Patents Examined by Daniel Rohrhoff
  • Patent number: 9981677
    Abstract: The present invention provides disposable mobile storage units and supply carts, their methods of assembly and use. More particularly, the invention relates to carts that are lightweight, reusable, collapsible, recyclable, and suitable for use in a wide variety of industries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: TrippNT, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason T. Gross, Jay B. Hall, Susan I. Tripp
  • Patent number: 9850944
    Abstract: A drawer slide member including raceways formed of folded or solid material providing additional thickness while utilizing thin material may provide for increased strength of the drawer slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Accuride International Inc.
    Inventors: Darush David Hashemi, Hai Le, Jack Parvin, Yang Wenming, Zhang Xiang
  • Patent number: 9835369
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a vacuum insulated cabinet structure having side walls that are formed from a tube that has been folded/deformed into a structure having an “O” shape with vertically enlarged front and rear openings. The interior of the tube may be filled with silica powder or other filler, and a vacuum is formed within the tube. An insulated rear panel may be utilized to close off the rear opening of the vacuum insulated cabinet structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Kuehl, Axel Julio Ramm, Guolian Wu, James W. Kendall, Nihat Cur, Paul B. Allard
  • Patent number: 9829241
    Abstract: There is disclosed a refrigerator; a lighting device provided in the storage chamber, a first door rotatably coupled to the case to open and close the storage chamber, an auxiliary storage chamber provided in the first door, a second door, a front panel formed of a transparent material, an evaporation treatment unit evaporated on an overall back surface of the front panel to transmit lights partially, a variable transparency film attached to a back surface of the evaporation treatment unit provided in the front panel to get transparent when the power is supplied, a frame unit with an opening having a corresponding size to an opening provided in the first door, an insulation panel distant from the front panel, a power supply unit for supplying an electric power to the variable transparency film and the lighting device, a proximity sensor provided in the second door to sense a user's approaching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Woonkyu Seo, Soonho Jung, JinHee Park
  • Patent number: 9823013
    Abstract: For the purpose of improving efficiency a home appliance device, in particular a home chiller appliance device, is proposed. The device includes an insert (16) which is insertable into a storage space (12) and which has a front cover element (32) and a cover support element (34), wherein the front cover element (32) is connected to the cover support element (34) in a form-fit manner in at least one first direction (36) and is in at least one pre-assembly state movable with respect to the cover support element (34) in at least one second direction (38) that is at least substantially perpendicular to the first direction (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Muharrem Uemit Caglin, Mehmet Ciyanoglu, Tanzer Yildizgoecer
  • Patent number: 9810475
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a storage compartment, an inner door including an opening having a size corresponding to the size of the storage compartment, a plurality of door guards disposed in the opening, and an outer door that opens or closes the opening, wherein the inner door includes inner sidewalls that are disposed at both sides of the opening and are flat from an inlet of the opening to an outlet of the opening without any curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byoung Mok Kim, Yong Man Seo, Young Jae Song, Jae Hyun Lee
  • Patent number: 9801463
    Abstract: The present application relates to snap-together or press-together furniture. In a preferred embodiment, a table is provided that can be packaged and transported in a compact disassembled state, then easily assembled by the user without need for tools or hardware. Further, the table may be subsequently disassembled and re-assembled by the user as desired without need for tools or hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Carl Brock Brandenberg
  • Patent number: 9803411
    Abstract: A device for moving a movable furniture part, the device including a force accumulator such that when the device is fitted to an item of furniture, the movable furniture part in the case of an opening procedure by action of the force accumulator is capable of being put in an opening position by way of an ejector. A coupling installation is included, which in the case of a charging procedure of the force accumulator is effective between the ejector and the force accumulator. The ejector is designed in such a manner that the latter in the region of the end of the path thereof in the case of the opening procedure couples to the coupling installation. For a following closing procedure of the movable furniture part and a charging procedure of the force accumulator associated therewith, the coupling between the ejector and the force accumulator is in a clearance-free manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Grass GmbH
    Inventor: Guenter Grabher
  • Patent number: 9782001
    Abstract: An undermount drawer slide mounting clip releasably attaches a drawer to a drawer rail assembly mounted in a cabinet carcass. The apparatus is capable of effecting positional adjustments of the drawer in three directions without removing the drawer from the cabinet carcass. The apparatus is comprised of a body slidingly engaged with a bonnet. A trigger pivotally connected between the body and the bonnet. A spring loaded catch slidable within the bonnet and acted on by the trigger to releasably attach the apparatus to a drawer rail assembly. A threaded spindle rotates within the base and adjusts the horizontal position of the drawer. A ramp adjustably connected to the base adjusts the vertical position of the drawer. A plunger extends from a housing connected to the body and is adjacent the drawer rail assembly. A lever pivotable within the housing moves the plunger and adjusts the depth of the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Hardware Resources, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis McGregor
  • Patent number: 9771179
    Abstract: A pallet includes an upper portion which includes an upper surface. A plurality of columns extend downwardly from the upper portion. A plurality of channels extend across the upper surface of the upper portion. A plurality of cavities form openings through the upper portion and a corresponding one of the plurality of columns. The plurality of cavities are aligned with at least one of the plurality of channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: Suzanne Whitfield Clark, Dane Gin Mun Kalinowski, Jon P. Hassell
  • Patent number: 9756942
    Abstract: A drawer glide mechanism can include a first elongate guide member, a second elongate guide member, a ball bearing component, a v-notch socket, a release mechanism, and/or a roller support. The first elongate guide member can include a distal end that is configured to fit within an opening in the v-notch socket. The drawer glide mechanism can further include one or more floating members and fixed members. In some cases, the drawer glide mechanism includes a release member configured to facilitate separation of the first and second elongate guide members when actuated and to inhibit or prevent accidental separation of the first and second elongate guide members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: RSI HOME PRODUCTS MANAGEMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Edward William Roy Lachman, Bradly Anderson
  • Patent number: 9756943
    Abstract: A cabinet system having worksite-affixable facings, including components for a cabinet frame. The cabinet frame including a left side panel, a right side panel, a bottom panel having, a front top panel, and optionally, a back panel. The cabinet system further includes at least two side facings, at least one top facing, and at least one bottom facing, affixable, respectively, to the front edge of the left side panel, the front edge of the right side panel, the front edge of the bottom panel, and the front edge of the front top panel with a hidden fastening system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Michael F. Lee
  • Patent number: 9750355
    Abstract: A merchandise display system for storing and dispensing merchandise is provided. The merchandise display system includes an outer housing, a transparent front door, a refrigeration unit, and a door that includes an extended canopy. The merchandise display system also includes a front grille for a refrigeration system having, a surface adjacent a curved surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: PEPSICO, INC.
    Inventors: Christian Stolarz, Praveen Kumar Nooli, Martin Broen, Stephen Lim
  • Patent number: 9755200
    Abstract: An equipment cabinet having a corrugation in the side panels is disclosed. The panels are affixed to a base by bolting or welding so as to be disposed opposite each other. Holes are provided in opposing surfaces the so that cross members may be secured in a position between the opposing side panels of the cabinet to form a support structure for equipment, such as batteries. Equipment may also be attached using mounting brackets. An equipment retaining bracket includes a retaining cross member, an L-shaped bracket and a bolt to joint the retaining cross member and the L-shaped bracket so as to secure the battery in two dimensions. Retaining brackets may be provided at the front and the rear surfaces of the equipment and, in cooperation with the cross members, retain the equipment in the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: C & C PWERE, INC.
    Inventors: N William Conrardy, Christopher D. Heinz, Michael T. Osko, William Fechalos
  • Patent number: 9751630
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tray table device, in particular a passenger seat tray table device, with at least one table unit, and with at least one cup holder unit which is provided in at least one position of use to at least partly hold at least one drinking vessel. The cup holder unit is movably mounted to the table unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Clinton Melton
  • Patent number: 9750390
    Abstract: A dish treating appliance for treating dishes according to an automatic cycle of operation includes a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber for receiving dishes for treatment according to the automatic cycle of operation, an access opening provided in the tub and through which is had access to the treating chamber, and a door movable relative to the tub to selectively open and close the access opening, the door having an inner surface confronting the access opening when the door closes the access opening, an outer surface, opposite the inner surface, and a window assembly provided in the door and having inner and outer panes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Juan F. Flores, Daniel W. Southworth, Anthony B. Welsh
  • Patent number: 9745099
    Abstract: A pallet for transporting products thereon includes a top having a product support surface and an opposing underside, and with outer sides extending between the product support surface and the opposing underside. The top includes a hand access hole extending through the top and located at a center of gravity of the pallet. Four feet each extend away from the underside of the top. Each foot has a first opening facing out through the product supporting surface for allowing stacking of such pallets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: CHEP Technology Pty Limited
    Inventors: Sanjiv Takyar, Karl Michael Wesson, Gert Stuve, Jean-Marc van Maren
  • Patent number: 9743775
    Abstract: A foldout bed assembly with bifold doors is described. The assembly includes a first door that folds along a first seam to reduce the width of the first door. The first door is hingeably coupled with a first side wall such that the door and side wall can be folded together in an accordion fashion. The door and side wall combination can also be folded along a third seam that is perpendicular to the first and second seams. The third seam allows for reduction of the height of the unit. The foldout bed assembly includes a second door and second side wall that is similar in construction as the first door and first side wall (e.g., left and right doors). Each door and side wall combination can be shipped in a folded configuration for economic shipping. Upon delivery, the combination can be unfolded for quick and easy installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Grubb
  • Patent number: 9745097
    Abstract: A pallet support block is constructed of recycled plastic material that is also recyclable. The use of the pallet support block in pallet construction reduces the amount of wood used in the pallet construction and thereby makes the pallet lighter and reduces the cost of manufacturing the pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Pallets.com LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Joseph Berwin, Michael John Berwin, Timothy Joseph Berwin, Timothy Oliver Deppen
  • Patent number: 9745098
    Abstract: A pallet for transporting products thereon includes a top having a product support surface and an opposing underside, and with outer sides extending between the product support surface and the opposing underside. Four feet each extend away from the underside of the top. Each foot has a first opening facing out through the product supporting surface so that the feet allow stacking of such pallets. At least one product tab receiving area is adjacent an edge of the top and has a parent slot within the top with a partially closed bottom forming a shelf and an opening adjacent the shelf. An inner slot extends through the opening adjacent the shelf so as to be recessed below the parent slot. The inner slot has a pair of spaced apart sidewalls, a closed bottom, and with one of the sidewalls having a projection extending towards the other sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: CHEP Technology Pty Limited
    Inventors: Sanjiv Takyar, Karl Michael Wesson, Gert Stuve, Jean-Marc van Maren