Patents Examined by Daniel Wiley
  • Patent number: 10001154
    Abstract: A connecting structure for a barbecue grill contains: a grilling device, a base, and plural coupling assemblies for connecting the base. The base including a first side plate, a second side plate, a bottom plate, a back plate, a front door, and a pull bar. Each coupling assembly includes a holder and a positioning piece, the holder has a joining element, and the joining element has a circular head portion and a circular extension. The positioning piece has a groove with a wide area and a narrow area, and the bottom plate also has an orifice, the second side plate has an aperture to correspond to the orifice. The front door has another aperture formed on a top edge of a right side thereof and has another orifice formed on a bottom edge of the right side thereof, such that two shafts are connected with another aperture and another orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: REVOACE INC.
    Inventor: Shu-Jui Chang
  • Patent number: 9863642
    Abstract: A cooking appliance including a body provided with a heating part, a control panel detachably provided at the body, and a coupling unit configured to allow the control panel to come into close contact with the body. The coupling unit includes a first lever rotatably provided at an inner side of the control panel and is configured to receive an external force outside the control panel. The coupling unit also includes a second lever provided in between the control panel and the body to allow the control panel to come into close contact with the body while interlocked with an operation of the first lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: Ji Woon Je, Han Seong Kang
  • Patent number: 9863456
    Abstract: A device for compensating the offset in automatic locking systems for the mounting of blanks comprising a box-like body composed of a T-shaped hollow body and a U-shaped base, which form an inner seat for a frustum-shaped jacket, which is arranged coaxially to the shank of the hollow body and above a piston, which can move transversely to the shank, a traction element being slideably arrangeable in the shank of the hollow body, the traction element cooperating selectively with balls which can be accommodated within openings provided in the shank and within second seats provided on the jacket, elastically compressible elements being arranged between the head of the hollow body and the jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Almerino Canuto
  • Patent number: 9855723
    Abstract: An apparatus, composition, and method for affixment of dissimilar materials, that includes a ceramic longwise member having a distal portion and a proximal portion that has a pilot, also included is a steel receptacle including primary and secondary voids that are co-axial and in communication with one another. The longwise member pilot is received in the primary void with the remainder of the proximal portion having an open gap within the secondary void, wherein adhesive is disposed within the open gap and the distal portion projects beyond the receptacle. Operationally, resulting in the longwise member and the receptacle resisting a separating force apart from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventors: Alan Wong, Howard Steven Rosen
  • Patent number: 9855978
    Abstract: A component connection is provided. The component connection has a first component, at least a first male fixing element projecting from the first component, and a second component, the second component has at least a female fixing element, into which the male fixing element is fitted. At least the first component consists of a fiber-reinforced plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Carsten Lankenau, Eva Vietze, Johann Van Niekerk, Sebastian Zech
  • Patent number: 9856674
    Abstract: A temporary fence assembly includes a plurality of post units. Each of the post units is vertically oriented on a support surface and the plurality of post units is arranged to surround a selected area. Each of the post units is substantially hollow and each of the post units is selectively filled with a liquid thereby increasing a weight corresponding to each of the post units. A plurality of wall units is provided and each of the wall units is slidably coupled between a selected pair of the post units to barricade the selected area. Each of the wall units is substantially hollow and each of the wall units is selectively filled with a liquid thereby increasing a weight corresponding to each of the wall units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Tawny Pond
  • Patent number: 9845823
    Abstract: The socket assembly includes a housing with an inner bore which extends between open first and second ends. A ball stud is partially disposed within the inner bore of the housing and includes shank, ball and protrusion portions with the shank portion extending out of the housing through the first end. A first bearing is disposed in the inner bore and includes a passage. The protrusion portion of the ball stud extends into the passage, and the passage is shaped to cooperate with the protrusion portion to allow the ball stud to rotate relative to said housing in one rotational direction by a greater magnitude than in another rotational direction. A cover plate closes the second open end of the housing, and a spring is disposed between the cover plate and the first bearing and biases the first bearing into contact with the ball portion of the ball stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Motorparts LLC
    Inventors: Evan T. Yaworsky, James J. Elterman
  • Patent number: 9840853
    Abstract: An edging and vegetation guard assembly includes at least one pair of elongate first and second base members each having a vertical front wall with a generally rectangular upper portion that are installed on opposed sides of the bottom of a chain link or wire mesh fence in parallel opposed relation and form a generally rectangular enclosure along the bottom of the fence which is filled with foam insulation material for preventing a mower or line of an edger from striking the fence when mowing or edging adjacent to it, and inhibit the undesirable growth of vegetation below the bottom of the fence and between the open spaces adjacent to the bottom of the fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Ronald A. DeWitt
  • Patent number: 9840824
    Abstract: A coupling system for coupling a tool to be carried over the earth to a mobile tool carrier. The system includes an attachment base for attaching the coupling system to the mobile tool carrier and a center pivot assembly with a pivot that allows a tool support arm to swing to either side of the tool carrier where it extends to the side to allow the tool to be used to the side while the machine moves forward. The support arm includes a vertical hinge that divides the arm into two parts, allowing the arm to fold so the tool can be either in front of the machine or beside the machine. The tool may be connected to the support arm with a quick-coupler having hooks or with a permanent attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Stephen T Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9828162
    Abstract: A set of connectors connects buckets, such as five-gallon buckets, to each other, to the ground, to dimensional lumber, and/or to pipe for the purpose of producing objects such as benches, stepstools, tables, sawhorses, shelters, platforms, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Primordial Soup, LLC
    Inventors: Tim Bachman, Matthew Vail Leyden, Christian Richard Trifilio, Jeff Waffensmith, Rod St. Michel
  • Patent number: 9822566
    Abstract: A spring actuated engagement device for remotely coupling a movable member to a stationary member comprises a fixture mountable onto a stationary member, a spring biased bar that is axially displaceable within a central recess formed within the fixture, an abutting element extending outwardly from the bar for actuating the spring, and a seating element outwardly spaced from the fixture and longitudinally spaced from the abutting element. The abutting element is axially displaceable in a first direction when contacted by a first edge of a movable member, allowing a second edge of the movable member to be received in an interspace between the seating element and the outer face, and to be axially displaced in a second direction after a force that initiated the contact with the first edge is released. A pivotally displaceable locking device, when set to a locked condition, prevents displacement of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Open Art Ltd.
    Inventor: Moshe Seles
  • Patent number: 9816541
    Abstract: A bed fastening device providing connection of the components in a bed structure, including a first mating part and a second mating part correspondingly mounted proximally to one end of bed components. The first mating part includes an elongate parallelepipedal plastic item with equidistantly spaced planar partition walls extending into side housings of tubular members, openings being provided in between sequential partition walls and side housings. The second mating part includes an elongate planar base plastic item with perpendicularly oriented, equidistantly spaced tubular members provided with side extensions. Engagement of the mating parts and of the bed fastening device and accordingly of bed components takes place with the introduction of tubular members of the mating parts within the openings of mating parts and the vertical downward displacement of the mating parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Ioannis Bilis
  • Patent number: 9803675
    Abstract: A self-piercing rivet for connecting high-strength steels. The rivet having a head which has a head diameter (DH); a shank which has a shank diameter (DS); and, located at the foot end of the shank opposite the head, the shank has radially outward a flat surface section and radially inward an axial recess defining an axial depth (LB). The ratio of axial depth (LB) of the recess to the shank diameter (DS) is smaller than 0.3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: NEWFREY LLC
    Inventors: Steffen Hofmann, Paul Bartig, Frank Wilhelm, Matthias Wissling
  • Patent number: 9797158
    Abstract: A railing assembly may include a first railing portion including a first channel and a second channel. The railing assembly may include a first retaining element disposed at least partially in the first channel. A second retaining element may be disposed at least partially in the second channel. A baluster may be disposed at least partially in the first railing portion. The first retaining element and the second retaining element may be configured to retain the baluster relative to the first railing portion. The railing assembly may include a second railing portion, and the baluster may be disposed at least partially in the second railing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Russell H. Springborn
  • Patent number: 9795076
    Abstract: A pneumatic coupler and method for coupling a hose to a surface of an agricultural implement is provided. The pneumatic coupler includes a hollow tube with a radially extending flange. The flange has one or more cutouts to permit the flange to pass through an aperture containing one or more protrusions. The flange has one or more recesses to mate with the one or more protrusions to mitigate rotation of the pneumatic coupler relative to the surface. A nut connects to the hollow tube and at least partially surrounds the hollow tube. A sealing member disposed between the flange and the nut provides a seal at the aperture of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Riley Lind, Matthew J. Wilhelmi
  • Patent number: 9792841
    Abstract: Scintillating display panels having a plurality of display element posts formed on the top surface and integrated interlocking couplings formed in the edge margins of each display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventors: Samuel Mark Cowan, Roman Zenon Shwed, Lindsay Cowan
  • Patent number: 9790975
    Abstract: Systems and methods for joining together two or more in-line components such as rail (e.g. staircase rail) components or like structures are disclosed herein. The system includes two or more components, each having at least one spring-bolt attached thereto and received in a respective cavity of the components. The components are coupled to one another by interlocking of the spring bolts caused by relative rotation of the spring-bolts, and the components include inner and outer perimeters sized to form a substantially flush connection with no external signs of the coupling mechanism when the components are so coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Artistic Southern, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger Rock
  • Patent number: 9790023
    Abstract: To provide a preferable container-connecting fitting with which it is possible to anchor a container using a cable, a connecting fitting is, at a part thereof, fitted into non-circular hole in the container and is connected to the cable. The fitting has a shaft part to be inserted into the hole in the container. One end side of the shaft part is provided with a first flange which can pass through the hole only when positioned at a specific angle about the center line of the shaft part, and the other side of the shaft part is provided with a second flange that is too large to pass through the hole. Further, a cable connecting part is mounted on an opposite side where the first flange is present, the second flange being interposed therebetween, so as to be able to rotate, about the center line of the shaft part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventors: Mamoru Omuta, Yukio Hanashiro
  • Patent number: 9790983
    Abstract: The movable joint assembly includes a housing which extends along an axis and has an outer surface and an open interior. A ball stud is partially disposed in the open interior and projects out of the housing. A flexible and elastic boot is sealed against the outer surface of the housing and against the ball stud. A metal insert is at least partially embedded within the boot adjacent an end of the boot for resisting pull out of the boot from the housing. The boot includes a lip which is at least partially spaced axially from the insert and extends radially inwardly and is in an interference fit engagement with the outer surface of the housing for establishing a fluid tight seal of the housing and for maintaining the fluid tight seal in response to injection of a lubricant into the open interior of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventors: Eric Kopsie, Donald Richard Doherty
  • Patent number: 9784012
    Abstract: A livestock fence assembly is provided for use across a waterway having a flow direction and a substantially horizontal bed surface. The fence assembly includes: a foundation having a bottom portion configured to be disposed parallel to and below the bed surface, a top portion configured to be disposed proximate the bed surface, and an interior region between the top portion and bottom portion; and a plurality of spaced apart poles, each having a proximal segment secured to the bottom portion of the foundation and secured to the top portion of the foundation, and having a distal segment extending upwardly in a plane which forms an angle ? between 30° and 75° relative to the flow direction, wherein the assembly is substantially devoid of any structure between distal segments of adjacent poles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Jose A. Pacheco