Patents Examined by Clifford B Vaterlaus
  • Patent number: 6094950
    Abstract: The invention provides a lock assembly suitable for securing a swing door hinged to a refrigerated cabinet and is intended to dissuade pilfering. The lock assembly includes a strike plate having a mounting plate for mounting to the cabinet, and a locking plate spaced from the mounting plate. The lock assembly further includes a door bracket having an outer door plate to be located on an outer surface of the swing door, and a locking member mounted to the door bracket. The locking member has a locking shaft connected to the locking member for rotation with the locking member. The locking member is locatable between the mounting plate and locking plate of the strike plate and against the locking plate to lock the swing door to the cabinet in a first angular position of the locking shaft, and released from the locking plate to unlock the swing door in a second angular position of the locking shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Habco Beverage Systems Inc.
    Inventors: James Maynard, Neil Lionel Alexander, Milan Savic
  • Patent number: 6094949
    Abstract: A lock device for electronic apparatus is provided as a non-intrusive and removable attachment, The lock device has an actuating member that translates linear movement along a longitudinal axis to linear movement of a pair of retractable lugs along a transverse axis. The lock device is designed for use with an electronic instrument having an accessory-receiving cavity or recess built into its plastic case. The recess includes a pair of pockets on either side into which corresponding lugs of the lock device may be received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher W. Lagerberg, Joseph V. Ferrante
  • Patent number: 6095736
    Abstract: A small, compact, self-contained fastener. The fastener has a cylindrical housing of which one of the embodiments has threads located on its exterior for releasably securing the housing to a one of the two objects being fastened. Inside the housing is located a cooperating member which extends in the axial direction of the housing. The cooperating member is movable between an engaged position in which the cooperating member engages the second object and a dis-engaged position in which the cooperating member does not engage the second object. The cooperating member has a cooperating member stop shoulder opposed to the housing stop shoulder and adapted to mate with the housing stop shoulder when the cooperating member is in the engaged position. When the cooperating member is in the engaged position, the cooperating member can retain the second object at a selected position with respect to the first object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Nissi Industrial Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Virgil Miller, Nicholas Earle Miller, Roger Kent Miller, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6092846
    Abstract: An electrically actuable furniture locking device includes a locking housing, a locking pin and an indicator element. The locking housing is provided with two introduction openings for a locking pin. In the locking housing, a locking slide is arranged to be actuated electromagnetically and adjusted from a locking position into an unlocking position. A lever armature, which can be connected to the locking slide, can be connected to the locking slide such that it can be optionally switched over for closed-circuit or open-circuit operation. The locking device permits an arrangement adaptable to various installations, as well as monitoring of the open and closed states and optionally closed- and open-circuit operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: EFF-EFF Fritz Fuss GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Fritz Helmut Fuss, Augustin Toma
  • Patent number: 6089805
    Abstract: Device for mounting blind on an element (57a, 58a) provided with an opening (Ua) having:a) a first piece (1) having at least one holding lug (4) having a first projecting part and a second projecting part (9) disposed downstream of the said first projecting part in the direction of engagement,b) a second piece (20) provided with a foot having a first portion having a projecting part, a second portion (25) having a projecting part (26) and a breakable part,the first and second pieces being adapted to cooperate so that, once the first piece has been inserted until it abuts in the opening, a driving of the foot with respect to each holding lug produces, when the first projecting part of the first piece and the projecting part of the first portion meet, a breaking of the breakable part which enables the projecting part of the second portion to come up against the second projecting part of the first piece and to bend each holding lug around a first edge (Ra) if the edge is situated downstream of the first projecti
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: I.T.W. de France
    Inventor: Bertrand Salmon
  • Patent number: 6086121
    Abstract: A rod-roller latching system mounted on a panel secures the panel to the frame of an enclosure. The central latch rotates a pawl. Rods attach the pawl to remote latches. Two-part guides each having a mounting bracket and a bearing sleeve position the rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventor: Stuart Buckland
  • Patent number: 6082787
    Abstract: The device includes a housing having an aperture for the introduction of an engagement member fixed to the door, a retainer member mounted movably in the housing and movable between a working position in which it holds the engagement member when the door is closed and enables the domestic electrical appliance to operate, and a rest position in which it allows the engagement member to be released when the door is open and the engagement member to enter the aperture when the door is closed. An electromechanical control device includes a movable locking element movable under predetermined conditions, into a locking position in which it prevents the retainer member from moving from the working position to the rest position. The device further includes stop elements which lock the retainer in the rest position when the door is open, and release this retainer member when the door is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Bitron S.p.A.
    Inventors: Mario Chioffi, Patrizio Rinaldi
  • Patent number: 6082788
    Abstract: A latch for attaching a door to a frame, having a latch stud secured to the door having a threaded stud portion and a head portion, the head portion having a driver recess to facilitate axial rotation, and a stud receptacle secured to the frame having a threaded latch stud captivator that allows the latch stud to be longitudinally inserted into said latch stud captivation means and requires the latch stud to be manually axially rotated for removal from the threaded stud captivation means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventors: D. Dale Turner, Stuart Kevan Buckland
  • Patent number: 6076869
    Abstract: A pressing and latching structure for a notebook-type computer screen, includes a pressing section disposed on the computer screen and a latching section disposed on a main body of the computer. By pressing the pressing section with one hand, the computer screen is unlatched from the main body, permitting the computer screen to be easily pivoted up from the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Compal Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ying-Hu Chen, Po-An Lin
  • Patent number: 6073979
    Abstract: A clamp for securing a removable cover on a screening machine is an over-center mechanical clamp which includes two distinct clamping force adjustment mechanisms. A first clamping force adjustment mechanism includes a plurality of clamping positions on a support bracket mounted on the cover. The clamp handle assembly is selectively positioned in one of the clamping positions on the support bracket to provide incrementally different clamping force levels. Additionally, irrespective of the clamping position, rotation of a threaded rod of the clamp adjusts the clamping force. A force level indicator is provided on the clamp to indicate the clamping force produced by the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Rotex, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Nawalaniec, Brady P. Ballman
  • Patent number: 6073980
    Abstract: A striker assembly for a door latch comprises a U-shaped bracket and a striker pin. The U-shaped bracket comprises a base plate of substantial width and height and a narrow generally L-shaped strap that is integrally attached to the side of the base plate and that has an end portion spaced from the base plate. The striker pin has an enlarged head that bottoms in a through hole of the base plate, a threaded shank end that screws into an end of the strap and a collar adjacent the threaded end for transferring longitudinal loads from the door latch to the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Frank Joseph Arabia, Jr., Michael Todd Moury, Donald Michael Perkins
  • Patent number: 6073978
    Abstract: A dishwasher lock includes a first component adapted to be secured to the underside of a counter top directly above the forward upper edge of a dishwasher and a second component slidably and detachably secured to the first component. The second component includes an L-shaped plate adapted to be disposed in overlying engagement with the front of a dishwasher to prevent opening of the dishwasher door when the second component is secured to the first component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Inventor: Ronald Sherman
  • Patent number: 6070921
    Abstract: A lift-gate dual latch mechanism utilizing both a primary spring and an auxiliary spring operates to provide the additional force needed to release a striker member from both stop positions of a dual latch. Without the auxiliary spring as mentioned above, the lift-gate, being a heavy member typically stays in the latching mechanism when the lift-gate key is actuated to the open position. This requires additional lift forces, such as added springs between the lift-gate and the back panel of the vehicle to open the lift-gate from the mandated second lock position. Gas cylinders are shown to assist the opening of the lift-gate when required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Jerome Valasin
  • Patent number: 6068304
    Abstract: An espagnolette edge bar assembly for use in a latch assembly. The espagnolette edge bar assembly includes an espagnolette edge bar lock housing mounting means (14) attached to the espagnolette edge bar, and an espagnolette rod connector associated with the lock housing mounting means. The espagnolette rod connector is arranged for displacement along the espagnolette edge bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Fix AB
    Inventor: Per Olof Lindqvist
  • Patent number: 6067827
    Abstract: A lock including a lock housing, a lock bolt rotatably mounted in the lock housing, an undulating end on the lock housing, a torque plate mounted on the lock bolt for rotation therewith, an undulating face on the torque plate, and a spring mounted on the lock bolt and biasing the torque plate into engagement with the undulating end of the lock housing with the undulating face of the torque plate in meshing engagement with the undulating end of the lock housing. A bracket is mounted on the lock housing, first wings on the bracket, and a key having second wings for engagement with the first wings when the lock is in an unlocked condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: McGard, Inc.
    Inventors: Daryl R. Haseley, Jeffery R. Sullivan, Thomas R. Lanham
  • Patent number: 6065785
    Abstract: A limiter or stop for a sliding door or sliding panel is provided. The limiter includes a shaft disposed within the escutcheon that is connected to a head. The head includes two spaced-apart holes for frictionally receiving locking rods or bars. The head is further connected to retaining elements for securing the rods in position after insertion. The rods may be manually removed and inserted into either hole in the head. Rods of differing lengths are provided. Accordingly, a single limiter is provided that may be installed in a variety of different positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Reflectolite Products
    Inventors: Petros Z. Mantarakis, Donald A. Becken
  • Patent number: 6062788
    Abstract: A nail having a nail head with a top surface having a plurality of protuberances formed thereon, a nail body extending from a bottom surface of the nail head, a nail tip formed at an end of the nail body opposite the nail head, and a ring portion formed between the nail head and the nail body. The ring portion has a plurality of indentations formed thereon so as to allow separation of the nail head from the nail body upon a twisting force applied to the plurality of protuberances. The nail tip has a plurality of sliced sections formed thereon. The sliced sections have differing surface areas. The sliced sections have a generally diamond-shaped configuration. A plurality of slanting ribs extend along a length of the nail body at an acute angle relative to a longitudinal axis of the nail body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Yeun Chang Hardware Tool Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hung Ying-Feng
  • Patent number: 6059327
    Abstract: A latch system for a trunk lid of an automobile comprises a latch, a ratchet, a key lever for releasing the ratchet from the latch, a key cylinder connected to the key lever and having a locked position, a neutral position, an open position and an unlocked position, a trunk opener or a motorized actuator, an open lever operated by the trunk opener or motorized actuator, a locking mechanism displaced between unlocked and locked states. The ratchet lever is released from the latch when the key cylinder is shifted to the open position. The locking mechanism is displaced into the locked state when the key cylinder is shifted to the locked position, and the locked state is continuously kept until the key cylinder is shifted to the unlocked position. The open position of the key cylinder is set between the neutral position and the unlocked position. The neutral position of the key cylinder is set between the open position and the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masakatsu Yoshikuwa
  • Patent number: 6059329
    Abstract: An automotive door handle assembly adapted to be mounted in an aperture defined in the outer skin of a motor vehicle door by a flange structure. The assembly includes an escutcheon plate sized to fit in the door skin aperture and having a peripheral flange sized to fit against an outer face of the outer door skin in surrounding relation to the door skin aperture. The door handle is pivotally mounted on a front face of the escutcheon plate for door unlatching movement, and a locking member is slidably mounted on a rear face of the escutcheon plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: ADAC Plastics Inc.
    Inventor: Larry W. Spitzley
  • Patent number: 6059326
    Abstract: A simple and low cost locking mechanism that is unlocked by a simply configured key while protecting against tampering through limited access and unique geometry. Access is limited by a spin bushing that guards access to a cam twister having a keyhole with a unique star geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Inventor: Paul F. Tramontina