Patents Examined by Clifford B Vaterlaus
  • Patent number: 6000735
    Abstract: A magnetically actuated safety lock device provides automatic locking capability to doors such as sliding glass patio doors and prevents unsupervised opening of the door by young children, thereby barring their access to dangerous environments. When the sliding door is closed, it is automatically locked. The lock device is installed in a position high upon the sliding door to prevent actuation by young children and requires no permanent modification to the door on which it is installed. The lock device consists of a locking assembly and a magnetic key. The locking assembly includes a magnetized latch assembly and a mounting bracket. The latch is held in the locked position by gravity and is only rotated into the unlocked position through the application of hand pressure or the repulsive force of the magnetic key. The doors can be unlocked from both inside and outside the door. Upon removal of either the magnetic force or hand pressure, the latch rotates back into the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Jormac Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven M. Jourdenais
  • Patent number: 5997053
    Abstract: A latching apparatus controls the motion of a first member relative to a second member. The first member is reciprocally moveable relative to the second member in forward and reverse directions along the line of motion. The second member carries a latch which is movable within a plane parallel to the line of motion. The latch has a first pawl and a second pawl. The second member carries a pivot for carrying the latch so that the latch is rotatable relative to the second member about the pivot which is orthogonal to the line of motion. The latch is shiftable between first and second positions relative to the pivot. The first member bears a plurality of engagement features linearly arrayed along the line of motion. Each engagement feature has a generally forward facing first face and a generally rearward facing second face. When the latch is in the first position, it is biased for its first pawl to engage the engagement features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: Daniel Marquez
  • Patent number: 5997052
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a lock releasing mechanism for a container having a hinged or removable lid. A locking arm is disposed adjacent the container lid to prevent an opening of the lid, and a cable, or rigid bar, connects the locking arm to the locking mechanism. The elements of the locking mechanism comprise a slide plate to which the cable is fixed; a spring for urging the slide plate to a locked position, a guide member for guiding the slide plate, and a trigger ball which blocks movement of the slide arm in the locked position. When the container is tilted forward by a predetermined angle, the trigger ball becomes dislodged from the locking position to enable movement of the slide plate, and subsequent movement of the locking arm. When the locking arm is moved out of the path of travel for the container lid, the contents of the container may be removed. In one embodiment, a stop is provided to limit rotation of the locking bar to prevent contact with the container lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventors: David Lee Reeb, Walter Paul Robinette, II
  • Patent number: 5996381
    Abstract: An automotive door lock device comprises an open lever pivotal between a door latch position and a door unlatch position. The open lever has an engaging lug. A lock/unlock lever is pivotal between lock and unlock positions. A release lever is pivotal between first and second positions. A first sub-lever has one end pivotally connected to the release lever and the other end pivotally connected to the lock/unlock lever. A second sub-lever has one end pivotally connected to the first sub-lever and the other end formed with an actuating arm. The actuating arm is engageable with the engaging lug of the open lever. A spring is used for biasing the second sub-lever toward the first sub-lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Ohi Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hajime Yoneyama
  • Patent number: 5988712
    Abstract: An anti-theft device is constituted by an elongated rod of a width less than the gap between a window glass pane and a facing inner edge of a window sill for an automobile door interior panel. A shield plate is fixed to and extends radially outward to one side of the rod at a distal end, and a wedge is fixed to and extends alongside the rod adjacent the proximate end, with the wedge having a thickness greater than the width of the gap and tapering over its length to a tapered leading edge facing the trailing edge of the shield plate. By inserting the shield plate into the interior of the door within the gap and twisting the rod about the axis, the wedge is forced into frictional locking position between the inside of the window glass pane and the window sill, with the shield plate covering the door mechanism actuating lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Worldwide Jimmy Block, LLC.
    Inventor: William Robert Segelin
  • Patent number: 5988711
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arresting/release device for a swing catch of a working current door opener with a catch lever, which arrests or releases the swing catch, a first safety lever, which maintains the catch lever in the arrested position and is pivotable with the aid of an electromagnet to a position releasing the catch lever, and with a second safety lever, which acts on the first safety lever for impact protection of the catch lever.In order to achieve an impact protection advantageous from the manufacturing and installation standpoint, the second safety lever is constituted by a mechanically decoupled lever of low mass mounted in its center of gravity. This symmetrically constructed, vibration-proof, second safety lever secures the first safety lever in an impact-preventing position and is magnetically coupled to and pivotable with the coil core, which is made from a soft magnetic material and has a relatively long acceleration path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: eff-eff Fritz Fuss GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien
    Inventor: Augustin Toma
  • Patent number: 5984385
    Abstract: A damped latch mechanism 116 is provided for a telescoping structure 10 including an inner tubular member 114 slidingly received within an outer tubular member 112. A first latch member 122 is coupled within the one tubular member 114 and a second latch member 126 is coupled to the other tubular member 114 so as to selectively interfere with the first latch member 122 to prevent the inner tubular member 114 from moving in an axial first direction relative to the outer tubular member 112. A fluid chamber 134 is provided on one of the first and second latch members 122, 126 opposite the other of the first and second latch members 122, 126. A magneto-rheological fluid 136 is disposed within the fluid chamber 134 to absorb shock between the first and second latch members 122, 126.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventors: Emil A. Shtarkman, L. Dwight Gilger
  • Patent number: 5979950
    Abstract: In a lock fitting for sliding closures a bolt-carrier includes a screwthreaded hole with its axis perpendicular to a covering plate to receive a screw for immobilizing a bolt on the bolt-carrier. The covering plate has an orifice for access to the screw and to the screwthreaded hole on the axis of the screwthreaded hole when the bolt-carrier is in its locked position. The fitting includes a plug to blank off the orifice. The plug can be retracted inside the casing to allow access to the screw and then returned to its normal position in which it blanks off the orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Ferco International Ferrures et Serrures de Batiment
    Inventors: Gerard Prevot, Gerard Desplantes, Eric Alvarez
  • Patent number: 5979951
    Abstract: A latch plate pivots between a latch position wherein the latch plate engages with the striker and an open position wherein the latch plate releases the striker. A pawl member pivots between an engaging position wherein the pawl member engages with the latch plate to restrain the latch plate in the latch position and a releasing position wherein the pawl member disengages from the latch plate. A holding lever pivots while incorporating with the latch plate and the pawl member. The holding lever includes a holding portion which is engageable with the pawl member to restrain the pawl member in the releasing position and an arm portion against which a projected part of the latch plate abuts to pivot the holding lever in a direction to disengage the holding portion from the pawl member when the latch plate is pivoted from the latch position toward the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Ohi Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryoji Shimura
  • Patent number: 5975596
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch has a locking mechanism and a latching mechanism and inside and outside handle levers for unlatching the vehicle door latch. Each handle lever cooperates with the locking mechanism and the latching mechanism independently of the other so that the vehicle door latch can be unlocked and unlatched by one handle lever when the other handle lever is stuck in an unlatched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Lloyd Walker Rogers, Jr., Reginald Leo McDonald
  • Patent number: 5975595
    Abstract: A protector device for hardware latch members used in conventional containers and trailers to secure in place the pivoting locking bar members. The device includes a housing having a substantially rectangular cross-section defined by side walls, a top wall and a bottom wall. Hingedly mounted tabs extending outwardly from the inner edge of the side walls are foldable within the housing and secured on the hardware latch members of the door being protected. The distal ends of the latch members include openings though which a conventional protective seal member is passed. Upper and lower concave members join the walls' outer edges and they are separated defining aperture inbetween. In front of the aperture a convex wall is mounted to the outer edges of the side walls and cutouts on the upper and lower walls permit a protective seal member through. The latch members are completely covered and protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Inventor: Lorenzo Lorenzo
  • Patent number: 5964487
    Abstract: A security door latching mechanism and complementary receiver are arranged to be installed within a door and a complementary door jamb. In the preferred embodiment, the installation takes place in a vehicle and the latching mechanism can be installed either in the door or in the door frame or jamb. The latching mechanism includes a plunger shaft which is arranged to extend from the door jamb into the receiver, and is forcibly maintained in the extended position until retracted by an electrical current provided to an actuator. This actuator is spring-driven to keep the plunger shaft in an extended position until provided with an electrical power to retract the plunger shaft. A wedge-shaped guide forces the plunger shaft to slide to the recess when the door is being closed. It is necessary to constantly maintain the electric power to the actuator in order to keep the plunger shaft retracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Inventor: Rosco Shamblin
  • Patent number: 5964112
    Abstract: A locking cylinder (1) with a cylindrical housing (2) of which the core bore (7) receives a cylindrical core (8) having a key channel (9) with core pins provided in the cylindrical core and housing pins displaceably guided in housing pin bores, the housing pins being resiliently biased by springs in the direction of the core pins, and with at least one additional, core-adjacent tumbler element (15) adjacent the wide-side profile of the key, the element (15) being displaceable in a cavity (H) crossing the rotational interface of the cylindrical core, the tumbler element being spring biased in the outward direction of the core and having a control projection (22, 51) projecting sidewards into the key channel (9, 43).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: C. Ed. Schulte GmbH
    Inventor: Alexander Stefanescu
  • Patent number: 5961164
    Abstract: An automotive door latch device comprises a latch rotatably mounted to a latch body by a latch shaft and engageable with a striker, a ratchet rotatably mounted to the body by a ratchet shaft and engageable with the latch, an opening mechanism for releasing the ratchet from the latch for opening the door, a lock lever switched between an unlocked position and a locked position, a block lever rotatably mounted to the latch body by a block shaft and engaging with the lock lever when the latch is in an unlatched position so as to prevent the lock lever from moving from the unlocked position to the locked position. The latch, the ratchet and the block lever are arranged on the same plane. The block lever and the ratchet are arranged along a lateral direction of the latch body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshito Gomi
  • Patent number: 5944366
    Abstract: An adaptable latch having a bolt case. A bolt case extension is connected to the rear of the bolt case. The bolt case extension can be locked in position with the bolt case to place the latch in a short-length position or a long-length position. A bolt head is disposed in the bolt case. A bolt tail is connected to the rear of the bolt case. The bolt tail can be locked in position with the bolt head to place the latch in the short-length position or the long-length position. A spring-loaded lug allows for simultaneous unlocking of the bolt tail from the bolt head and the case extension from the bolt case. The bolt tail and case extension, when unlocked from a previous locked position, can be placed in another locked position to lock the latch in either the desired long-length position or the short-length position. The bolt tail is locked into position with the bolt head by way of a bolt tail appendage extending into a bolt head hollow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: Talleres de Escoriaza, S.A.
    Inventor: Luis Angel Ruano Aramburu
  • Patent number: 5941578
    Abstract: A security door latching mechanism and complementary receiver are arranged to be installed within a door and a complementary doorjamb. In the preferred embodiment, the installation takes place in a vehicle and the latching mechanism can be installed either in the door or in the door frame or jamb. The latching mechanism includes a plunger shaft which is arranged to extend from the doorjamb into the receiver, and is forcibly maintained in the extended position until retracted by an electrical current provided to an actuator. This actuator is spring-driven to keep the plunger shaft in an extended position until provided with an electrical power to retract the plunger shaft. It is necessary to constantly maintain the electric power to the actuator in order to keep the plunger shaft retracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Inventor: Rosco Shamblin
  • Patent number: 5938253
    Abstract: A motor vehicle gate lock having a lock catch (2) which can be shifted from an open position into a catch position and vice versa, a detent pawl (5) which holds the lock catch (2) in the catch position by catching, and a spring (7) which pretensions the lock catch (2) and detent pawl (5) relative to one another. The detent pawl (5) has an actuating surface (11) for the lock catch (2) at a distance from a catch projection (9) of the detent pawl. There is an electric motor drive (13) with a drive element (14) and a driving lug (16) that located off-center relative to the axis of rotation of the drive element. The driving lug (16) touches the actuating surface (11) by rotation of the drive element (14) in one direction and then lifts the catch projection (9) of the detent pawl (5) out of a catch projection (10) of the lock catch (2) which, in the open position, keeps the detent pawl (5) in a raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Piotr Szablewski, Siegfried Karge
  • Patent number: 5934117
    Abstract: A freewheeling clutching design for enabling a freewheeling movement of an outer door handle with respect to a latch assembly of a lock when the lock is in a locked state. A clutch column is axially movable to engage with or disengage from a latch assembly by way of turning a control member which simultaneously moves axially. The outer door-handle performs a normal operation of opening a door when the clutch column engages the latch assembly, while it performs the freewheel turning movement to prevent an undesirable transfer of force to internal components of the lock when the clutch column engages the latch assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Inventor: Mu-Lin Shen
  • Patent number: 5924751
    Abstract: A portable door lock assembly for locking a door in a partially open attitude has an elongated base member with a length greater than the width of a standard door frame. First and second hollow members are secured to opposite ends of the base member. A pair of central hollow members are secured to the base member between the first and second hollow members. An elongated cup mount member is provided. The cup mount member has a cup for receiving the bottom of a door pivotally secured to one end. Its other end has an outer diameter smaller than the inner diameter of the first, second and central hollow members so the first, second and central hollow members can telescopingly receive the cup mount member. The cup mount member is telescopingly secured in the particular hollow member depending on the type of entryway and which side of the door is hinged to the frame. At no time during use does the door lock have to be bolted, screwed or otherwise fastened to the wall, door, or frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: Kenneth Emmons
    Inventor: Edward V. Moore
  • Patent number: 5918490
    Abstract: A golf club locking device and golf club holder assembly is provided, comprising an upper housing element having a substantially circular configuration, an outer locking knob coupled to the upper housing element, an inner locking coupler operably linked to the outer locking knob, and a locking plate secured to the inner locking coupler. A key cylinder is communicatively linked to the locking plate and a rubber bumper for holding golf clubs within the assembly is secured to the locking plate. A cable locking mechanism for locking the assembly to any object or to a golf bag is secured to a cable anchor plate and locking cable, and a lower housing element is configured to be adapted secured to the upper housing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Inventor: Ronald K. Lion