Patents Examined by D. Boucher
  • Patent number: 5224743
    Abstract: A lock assembly allows selective locking of a refuse container so that it cannot be manually opened by an unauthorized user, but can be opened automatically by a refuse collection truck when the container is to be emptied. The lock assembly has a locking bar that is attached to a control bar which is pivotally mounted to the refuse container. In one embodiment, the control bar is selectively connected to a spring such that when the container is to be locked, the control bar and locking bar are connected to the spring by a lock and in order to open the container the bias of the spring must be overcome. The spring is set such that this bias is easily overcome by engagement of the coupler of a refuse collection truck. When the lock is removed, the control bar is separated from the spring and the locking bar freely rotates. In another embodiment, the locking bar is connected to a spring bias control bar by articulated connecting members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1993
    Assignee: E.S. Avalon Company
    Inventors: Steven Dawdy, Peter J. Rosewig, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5218846
    Abstract: A shield for a lock or lock box that protects surfaces that said locks or lock boxes contact from being scratched or damaged. The shield, which is generally a rectangular shape, is cut out of a flat sheet of flexible and resilient material. A single horizontal slot is or two horizontal slots are provided near the top end of the shield for weaving onto the shackle of a lock or lock box. The middle portion of the shield extends down the back of said lock or lock box. A generally u-shaped cut near the bottom end of the shield produces a loop that may be pulled up and around the lock or lock box body to create a protective bumper which surrounds the front and sides of said lock or lock box. Other embodiments of the shield are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1993
    Inventors: Teel M. Cook, Anne L. Montague, Harold A. Montague
  • Patent number: 5213382
    Abstract: A lock assembly for selectively locking a refuse container so that it cannot be manually opened by an unauthorized user, but can be opened automatically by a refuse collection truck when the container is to be emptied. The lock assembly has a locking bar that is attached to a control bar which is pivotally mounted to the refuse container. In one embodiment, the control bar is selectively connected to a spring such that when the container is to be locked, the control bar and locking bar are connected to the spring by a lock and in order to open the container the bias of the spring must be overcome. The spring is set such that this bias is easily overcome by engagement of the coupler of a refuse collection truck. When the lock is removed, the locking bar is separated from the spring and the locking bar freely rotates. In another embodiment, the locking bar is connected to a spring control bar by articulated connecting members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1993
    Assignee: E.S. Avalon Company
    Inventors: Steven Dawdy, Peter J. Rosewig, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5203187
    Abstract: The present doorlock closure secures existing doors having conventional doorknobs against entry by enveloping the doorknob with opposed cavity compartments of knob confining segments. Upper and lower housing segments are hinged together such that they may mount elements which form a cam-lever, segment interlocking assembly. The assembly includes a spring-loaded latch and lockable latch lever in the upper segment and a corresponding cam latch release in the lower segment. The housing segments themselves are hinged together for facile clamping upon the doorknob of a door, securing it against entry by persons having a passkey to the doorknob which retains a turnkey lock therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Inventor: James T. Kane
  • Patent number: 5201906
    Abstract: A control system for a revolving door includes an ultrasonic sensor having multiple sensor heads. The door has a housing and multiple movable compartments formed by door wings. The sensors emit energy waves into the housing in bursts, then receive echoes from any objects, including people, in the compartments. The sensors are activated when the door is activated by an authorized user. A controller stores a binary "echo" or "no echo" signal in memory in response to an emitted energy wave. The system determines a maximum height of an object or person in a compartment, then measures the total amount of time that it detects something above a selected percentage of the maximum height. When this time reaches a predetermined amount, the system interprets that as "piggybacking" (two individuals in one compartment). The system also interprets signals that go above, drop below, and then rise above the selected percentage again as piggybacking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1993
    Assignee: Milan Schwarz
    Inventors: Milan Schwarz, Robert Mayer
  • Patent number: 5199284
    Abstract: A lock device locks a steering wheel in an automobile and has a retaining plate unit which includes an elongated plate body covering two diametrically opposed portions of the rim of the steering wheel, a fixed pawl member fixed on the plate body, and a movable pawl member mounted axially movably on the plate body. A blocking rod is mounted axially movably on the plate body. A locking mechanism locks the blocking rod releasably in one of several first selected positions on the retaining plate unit so as to extend a portion of the blocking rod from an end of the retaining plate unit. A key plug unit is disposed on the retaining plate unit so as to lock the movable pawl member releasably in one of several second selected positions on the retaining plate unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Inventor: Chuan-Chuan Lin
  • Patent number: 5199361
    Abstract: The present invention is a ground anchor security system for securing valuables and other items to the earth where they might otherwise be exposed. It includes an auger-type ground anchor having an elongated shaft with a top end and a bottom end, the anchor having a helical auger plate at its bottom end and having a connector to connect a cross-member at its top end, a container and a cross-member. The cross-member is one which is connectible to the top end of the anchor with the connector, the cross-member having a length which is greater than the largest dimension of the opening in the bottom of the container. The cross-member may be of sufficient length to be grasped manually when connected to the connector for facilitating insertion of the anchor into ground, and the container may be a trunk with a top lid. It may have at least one handle located on a side and at least one set of wheels located at its bottom away from the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Inventor: Milton W. Robinson
  • Patent number: 5199286
    Abstract: A locking device for a drum for chemical- and hazardous-waste containment is described. The locking devices are of drums, usually 30- or 55-gallon sizes, of the closed-end type having a head with two openings or bung holes therethrough. Each drum opening has a flanged or internal portion with interior threads. The locking device has three basic elements, namely, a pair of caps and a slip wrench/locking bar. In one embodiment, one of the caps includes an overpressure relief valve and an flame arrester. Each cap has a threaded base and a larger apertured cylindrical portion mounted thereon. Each cap has a closure gasket mounted at the shoulder formed between the base and the apertured cylinder which gasket permits partial rotation without unsealing the drum. The cylindrical portion of the outer wall has at least two pairs of elongated apertures with 180-degree spacing between the apertures of each pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Assignee: Taurus Precision, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary P. Jakubas
  • Patent number: 5197310
    Abstract: In order to improve the locking of a bicycle which is provided with a bicycle lock with a built-in cable- or chain-lock (12), a lock according to the invention is configured in such a manner that the cable-lock (12, 14) can be locked only providing that the locking ring (6) is locked, and vice versa. The lock hereby affords better protection, the reason being that when the lock according to the invention is used, then both the lock's normal locking ring (6) as well as the cable-lock (12) have to be broken open. This is achieved by preventing the locking pawl (4, 33) from entering into a locking engagement with the locking groove (15) in the locking piece (14) unless the locking pawl (4, 30) is engaged with the locking groove (10) in the locking ring (6), and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Assignee: Basta Lasefabrik A/S
    Inventor: Poul D. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 5197307
    Abstract: A securing device for a cover of a utility wire pull box including an inverted Y-shaped member having diverging legs which are engagable at their lower spaced ends beneath the lower margins of opposing walls of the pull box and at its upper main upright portion through a slot formed through the in-place cover. A lock arrangement such as a padlock may then be secured through a hole in the upright portion which is exposed above the slot in the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Inventor: Merle L. Abbott, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5195448
    Abstract: An anti-armed robbery system is provided wherein persons enter and exit an establishment through a plurality of floor to ceiling extending walls and lockable doors made of bullet resistant materials forming a completely enclosed bullet resistant vestibule, having means for detecting the entry and exit of persons, and means responsive thereto for allowing the unhampered entry to the establishment of entering persons, and not allowing exit from the vestibule of persons exiting the establishment, unless so enabled by an employee of the establishment. Elongated, vertically oriented anti-jamming panels are provided in the doorway, which rotate about a vertical axis so that a lateral edge of the panel projects into the doorway and rotates in a direction so as to eject into the vestibule an object or person obstructing the closure of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Inventor: Allen G. Sims
  • Patent number: 5193467
    Abstract: A valuables safe incorporates a money slot that is both inaccessible and out of sight during periods when it is not desired to use the money slot, for example during off-hours in a business. The money slot is quickly made both accessible and visible by opening the safe and repositioning one element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Inventor: Robert J. Lichter
  • Patent number: 5193367
    Abstract: A combination padlock includes a lock body having a hasp fastening member fixedly secured on one side portion of the lock body, a hasp pivotally mounted on the other side portion of the lock body operatively engageable with the hasp fastening member for locking the padlock, a locking bolt longitudinally held in the lock body and resiliently urged to normally bias the hasp for locking the hasp on the fastening member, and a plurality of dials coupled with a plurality of sleeves rotatably mounted in the lock body for operatively locking or unlocking the locking bolt which is in turn actuated to open or close the hasp for unlocking or locking the padlock, thereby providing a sidewardly pivoted hasp with a greater angular pivotal movement of the hasp for a convenient locking or unlocking operation of the padlock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Inventor: Chong-Kuan Ling
  • Patent number: 5193373
    Abstract: A security device to be usable with a dead bolt lock to prevent the lock from being opened from the outer side of an associated door. The security device includes a body member having a space for receiving a dead bolt lock handle and a slidable retainer for locking the handle to the body member with a pin. The pin is attached to one end of a flexible connector with the other end being affixed to an attachment plate mounted on the door. The flexible connector and attachment plate prevent the body member and handle from rotating due to unauthorized turning of the dead bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Inventor: Robert J. Hunt
  • Patent number: 5193369
    Abstract: A latch for retaining together two parts of a piece of luggage has a latch element projecting from one of the parts, a housing mounted on the other part and shaped to receive the latch element, and a latch dog movable in the housing between a retaining position preventing the latch element, when engaged in the housing, from withdrawing from the housing and a freeing position permitting the latch element to withdraw from the housing. At least one operating element in the housing is displaceable in first and second nonparallel directions between an actuated and unactuated positions for, on displacement in the first direction and thereafter in the second direction, displacing the dog into the freeing position and for, on displacement in only one of the directions, leaving the dog in the retaining position. Thus if the operating element is accidentally hit by something the latch will not open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Sudhaus Schloss- und Beschlagtechnik GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Klaus-Ulrich Rose, Waldemar Ziebarth
  • Patent number: 5188405
    Abstract: A magnetically operated latch including a pivotally attached magnetic latching means engageable with an aubtment, but disengageable when brought into magnetic contact with a key magnet. A pivotably movable lock is provided to prevent reengagement with the abutment when the key magnet is disengaged from magnetic contact with the magnetic latching means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1993
    Assignee: Rev-A-Shelf, Inc.
    Inventor: Marco Maccaferri
  • Patent number: 5186032
    Abstract: The numeral lock with changeable combinations includes a housing, handle members disposed on opposite sides of the housing, a slider member mounted in the housing, a plurality of adjustable dial members provided on the housing for changing the combination of the numeral lock, and a plurality of notches or numbers provided on the housing circumferentially spaced about the dial members. The adjustable dial members can be set to an unlocking position to open the numeral lock. A setting knob mounted on the housing can be pulled outwardly to change the positions of the adjustable dial members for changing the combination of the numeral lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1993
    Inventor: Tzyh-Suenn Chia
  • Patent number: 5186030
    Abstract: A locking device for an auxiliary lock comprising a rotatable ring, able to be rotated at the outside of a lock to turn an actuating wheel 90.degree., said actuating wheel having an 8-shaped opening for an actuating plate of the dead bolt to pass through so that the actuating plate can be turned 90.degree. to extend the dead bolt latch out to lock a door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1993
    Assignee: Taiwan Fu Hsing Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jui C. Lin
  • Patent number: 5181407
    Abstract: A card lock and a punchable key card having a key card having through holes in the coordinating locatins to and the same number as long pin tumblers provided in a card lock for unlocking the lock without electric power, and a card lock having a plurality of pin tumblers--some long and some short mixed regularly or irregularly--and a dead bolt mover having through holes for the pin tumblers to fit and move is disclosed. The key card functions to push up the short pin tumblers to make the upper ends of all the pin tumblers become positioned in the same level as the upper surface of the dead bolt mover so that the dead bolt mover can be pushed further inward from the locked position to the unlocked position by the key card to retract the dead bolt to unlock the card lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1993
    Inventor: Wen-Yin Wu
  • Patent number: 5179847
    Abstract: A cable locking device consisting of two axially slotted cylindrically shaped closed-end structures, each having attached a rigid tube of smaller diameter than the cylinder. The length of each tube is greater than half the wheelbase of a skateboard, and one tube will fit within the other. The axial slots allow each cylinder to be guided over the trucks of a skateboard, entirely encompassing the truck and associated mounting hardware. Upon installation of the device, the smaller rigid tube has been incorporated within the larger tube. The free end of an attached locking cable is inserted into two aligned apertures, one on each tube, and a locking device contained within the larger tube secures the cable in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Inventor: Bryan B. Dorn