Patents Examined by David M Upchurch
  • Patent number: 11140947
    Abstract: An inserting buckle includes an insertion piece, a buckle body, an ejection member, a first pressing buckle and a second pressing buckle. The second pressing buckle movably disposed in the cavity and moved toward or away from the first pressing buckle; the second pressing buckle is driven back by a second elastic member; a buckle hole is formed between the first pressing buckle and the second pressing buckle; the connection portion is inserted into the cavity and is locked in the buckle hole; the first pressing buckle and the second pressing buckle are simultaneously pressed to enlarge an width of the buckle hole, the connection portion is separated from the buckle hole, the ejection member ejects the connection portion out of the cavity. The operation of separating the buckle body and the insertion piece only needs to simultaneously press the first button and the second button with one hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventor: Silong Chen
  • Patent number: 11142381
    Abstract: This document describes a saddle that adjusts to a bundle diameter. In some aspects, the saddle is a component of a cable-tie mounting assembly and forms a curved or planar mounting surface, which is flexible to support a bundle. The saddle includes an aperture for receiving a cable tie. The saddle also includes two laterally-extending distal flexible tabs that are flexible to conform to a bundle diameter based on a force applied by the cable tie disposed within the aperture and tensioned around the bundle to secure the bundle to the mounting surface of the saddle. The flexibility of the saddle surface to adjust into mating contact with the bundle (i) significantly reduces gaps created between the bundle, the cable tie, and the distal flexible tabs and (ii) provides side support, preventing rotation and lateral movement of the secured bundle and reducing the likelihood of damage to the bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Hellermann Tyton Corporation
    Inventors: Gerard G. Geiger, Reese L. Vaughn
  • Patent number: 11142160
    Abstract: A belt tongue (1) having a tongue body (3) extending in an insertion direction (2), forming a belt slot (4) for guiding a belt crosswise to an insertion direction (2), and a blocking element (5), movably arranged in the tongue body (3) The belt is movable through the belt slot (4) in an unloaded pass-through position of the blocking element (5) and its mobility is at least inhibited by the blocking element (5) in a loaded position, created by a tensile force introduced into the belt. The belt is deflected by the belt tongue (1) in the fastened state in a loop shape. A cover (6) is provided at least on one side of the tongue body (2) and is arranged having at least one partial section (7) under the belt slot (4), and the partial section (7) directly adjoins the belt slot (4) and covers at least one part of the blocking element (5) in the pass-through position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Michel Hermann, Robert Berg
  • Patent number: 11134755
    Abstract: A method for attaching a first surface to a second surface with a fastening device. The fastening device has a female component having a female opening featuring a broader female width at a first depth and a narrower female width at a second depth. The female component also has a female attachment surface with an interior slope rising away from the female opening. The fastening device also has a male component with a male attachment member that at least partially conforms to the interior slope of the female attachment surface. The male attachment member also has a broader male width larger than the narrower female width. The method comprises mounting the female component to the first surface, mounting the male component to the second surface, aligning the male component to the interior slope on the female component and applying pressure to couple the male component and the female component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: WRDT, LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Unger, William O. Wanner
  • Patent number: 11129445
    Abstract: Lacing systems for articles of apparel can include a first continuous lace element and a second continuous lace element, with each having a lace-receiving portion secured to the article of apparel, directly or indirectly, and a lacing portion that can engage with respective loop apertures of the lace-receiving portion to provide a closure mechanism. The articles of apparel can be articles of footwear and the lacing system can be provided to close an opening in an upper of the article of footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Noah Murphy-Reinhertz, Haley L. Toelle, James Zormeir
  • Patent number: 11129449
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a double-sided usable belt buckle, including a tail clamp, a frame, a buckling pin, first connectors, and a second connector. Both the frame and the buckling pin are connected with the tail clamp and rotate relative to the tail clamp, and a first end of the tail clamp is configured to connect with a belt body. The first connectors are configured to connect the tail clamp with the frame, the second connector is configured to connect the tail clamp with the buckling pin. A fixing base is disposed on a second end of the tail clamp, and the fixing base includes a left part fixing base and a right part fixing base. The left part fixing base and the right part fixing base are symmetrically disposed, a gap is formed between the left part fixing base and the right part fixing base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: QING CAN XING HARDWARE CRAFTS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nianqing Wang, Jindang Wang
  • Patent number: 11130572
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle for mounting a clamp to a line includes a body, a first propeller attached to the body, a second propeller attached to the body, and a third propeller attached to the body. The body is between at least one of the first propeller and the second propeller, the first propeller and the third propeller, or the second propeller and the third propeller. A guide is attached to the body and is configured to support the clamp for mounting to the line by flying the unmanned aerial vehicle toward the line. The guide is configured to support the clamp such that an imaginary clamp line between a first jaw of the clamp and a second jaw of the clamp when the clamp is in an arrested position is non-parallel to a plane intersecting the first propeller, the second propeller, and the third propeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: PREFORMED LINE PRODUCTS CO.
    Inventors: Benjamin Franklin Ciesielczyk, Adam Michael Deel, Cameron Joseph Clines, Jacob Jeffrey Palmer, Andrew James Hanneman, Jonathon Randall Olszewski
  • Patent number: 11122866
    Abstract: An eyelet button and an assembly method thereof, in which the eyelet button is formed of an eyelet button body and a base plate for fastening with the eyelet button body. The eyelet button body is formed from an eyelet tube, a body peripheral portion formed by everything at one end of the eyelet tube in an axial direction, and a plurality of inverted fasteners formed by everting at the other end of the eyelet tube in the axial direction. The base plate is formed of a base plate body, with a mounting hole with an inner wall having a plurality of protruded tooth portions. A gap is formed between two adjacent protruded tooth portions. When the eyelet tube passes through the mounting hole, the inverted fasteners pass through the gaps to rotate with the eyelet tube so as to be connected and fixed to the corresponding protruded tooth portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: DURAFLEX HONG KONG LIMITED
    Inventor: Man Chak Chan
  • Patent number: 11122868
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a cap structure includes providing an initial cap body; placing an elastic piece on an inner surface of the initial cap body; and then punching the initial cap body to form a cap body. The cap structure includes a cap body and an elastic piece. The cap body has at least two first inner concave grooves, at least two first retaining blocks and at least two first through holes. The at least two first inner concave grooves are disposed on the inner surface of the cap body, and the at least two first through holes pass through the cap body. The elastic piece is disposed on the inner surface of the cap body, and the at least two first retaining blocks contact the elastic piece for retaining or abutting the elastic piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: CHUNG CHWAN ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yu-Pau Lin
  • Patent number: 11116290
    Abstract: A convenient and quick-release textile, a quick-release slide fastener being provided on the textile includes: a tooth easy-release region being provided on the teeth of the quick-release slide fastener. A pulling member is provided beside the tooth easy-release region. Quick positioners having a mutual positioning function are further provided on both the textile and the pulling member correspondingly. The quick positioner provided on the textile and the quick positioner provided on the pulling member are located on a same side of the quick-release slide fastener, or separately on two sides of the quick-release slide fastener. In this way, the pulling member textile is held easily and covers the tooth easy-release region, thus preventing the tooth easy-release region from separating due to the impact of the unnecessary external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: KEE (GUANGDONG) GARMENT ACCESSORIES LTD.
    Inventors: Shengchang Huang, Jerry Wang
  • Patent number: 11116264
    Abstract: This invention features magnetic, laundry tolerant, no-sew button adapters that convert traditional shirt buttons into magnetic closures to help people with dexterity limitations. The adapters simply attach to any shirt to help make getting dressed easier and a restore a crucial activity of daily living. Users can simply push the lapels of a shirt together to engage magnetic force, activating the buttons to snap into place. The shirt can be opened easily by pulling the lapels apart to undress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Gina Rae Adams
  • Patent number: 11116266
    Abstract: A magnetic clip, a system including one or more such magnetic clips, and a method for their use are provided. The two-part magnetic clip includes a clip body and a post that is separate from, and completely detachable from, the clip body, the post not being integrally formed with the clip body. The clip body and post are configured to magnetically mate with one another with a portion of an attaching material captured between them. Each clip body is formed to include at least one loop for attaching a connector, decorative element or tying material to the clip body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Traci Andrews
  • Patent number: 11118654
    Abstract: An apparatus for timely and securely locking and releasing a rope includes a housing having an interior space and a communication portion for entering a rope into the housing. The housing includes an abutment portion fixed into the housing, a rotatable cam configured to be corresponsive to the abutment portion and pivotally connected to an inner side of one of the side panels, an elastic member installed between the side panel and the cam, and a rotatable start portion having an engagement surface and a first engagement portion. The rotatable start portion is configured to be corresponsive to an end of the cam and pivotally connected to an end of an inner side of one of the side panels, and an end of the start portion has a second engagement portion corresponding to the first engagement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventors: Ti-An Chih, Ti-Fan Shih
  • Patent number: 11118655
    Abstract: An assembling structure for timely and securely locking and releasing a rope includes a housing including two integral side walls for defining a space to allow a rope to pass through; a contact surface on an inner surface of the housing; a pivotal cam including an occlusion section and an engagement surface adapted to pivot about the contact surface from a first position to a second position and vice versa; a torsion spring on one pivot of the cam and having one end fastened in the cam and the other end passing through a limit member of the cam; and a pivotal trigger adapted to pivot about the housing from a third position to a fourth position and vice versa, the trigger including an occlusion member at one end in gear engagement with the occlusion section and a lever at the other end and extending out of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventors: Ti-An Chih, Ti-Fan Shih
  • Patent number: 11109644
    Abstract: A fastener device includes a first fastener part and a second fastener part which can be mounted on one another along a closing direction, are held against one another in a closed position, and are releasable from one another in order to open the fastener device. The second fastener part has an actuating element with a first engagement means and has a winding element which is arranged on the actuating element and which is rotatable in a winding direction in order to wind up a tension element and which has a second engagement means. The first and the second engagement means, in a release position, are not in engagement with one another, such that the winding element is rotatable relative to the actuating element, and can be placed in engagement with one another, such that, in an engagement position, the winding element is rotatable by means of the actuating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Fidlock GmbH
    Inventor: Joachim Fiedler
  • Patent number: 11111944
    Abstract: The clip retention assembly includes a base for attaching to a surface. The base includes a body, one or more snaps and a retaining member such that the surface is positioned between the one or more snaps and the retaining member to secure the base to the surface. A cap moves on the body from a released position to a retention position. The cap includes a head, a plurality of second snaps for retaining the cap on the base and a core. The core extends through the base body such that in the cap retention position the core is adjacent the base one or more snaps to prevent deflection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Michael W Sulkowski, Joseph A Casilio, Sami R Oweis
  • Patent number: 11103031
    Abstract: Exemplary securement straps comprise an elongated strap having a plurality of fastener surfaces disposed at discrete intervals along the length thereof. Each fastener surface can have a plurality of vertical posts that extend upwardly from the strap and a sphere disposed on each post, such that opposing fastener surfaces frictionally engage and secure to one another via interlocking of the spheres. Fastener surface spacing can create gaps along the strap around which a ratchet mechanism or other strap accessory can be secured. Additionally, the fastener surfaces can be disposed on both sides of the strap such that multiple storage and usage configurations can be achieved. Exemplary securement straps can also have one or more embedded magnets and reflectors for visibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: William Dixson
  • Patent number: 11104487
    Abstract: A zipper for a reclosable package or bag, wherein the female profile has been crushed at first periodical intervals and the male profile has been cut at second periodic intervals. This provides audible and tactile feedback characteristics to the zipper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Jose Manuel Septien Rojas, Gary Allport
  • Patent number: 11096462
    Abstract: A clasp system includes a first clasp element that is carried by a first article of a baggage item. The first clasp element includes a rim and an elongated aperture is defined within the rim. The clasp system further includes a second clasp element that is carried by a second article of the baggage item. The second clasp element includes a base, a shaft, and a handle. The handle is movable through the aperture. The first clasp element and the second clasp element are reconfigurable from an unclasped configuration to a clasped configuration and vice versa. In the unclasped configuration the first clasp element and the second clasp element are disposed apart from each other. In the clasped configuration the base is disposed on a first side of the rim, the shaft extends through the aperture, and the handle is disposed on a second side of the rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: MRM HK Limited
    Inventor: Luke Ritchie
  • Patent number: 11097879
    Abstract: A cable tie including a belt, a base, a restricting part, and a controlling part is provided. The belt has a contacting side. The base is connected to a first end of the belt and has a through-hole. The restricting part is connected to the base and is located in the through-hole. The controlling part has a connecting portion, and a protruding portion and a pressing portion away from the connecting portion, and the connecting portion is connected to the base. When the belt passes through the through-hole, the contacting side defines a tying area for accommodating a tied object, and the protruding portion protrudes into the tying area. When the tied object pushes the protruding portion towards outside the tying area, the pressing portion presses the restricting part to restrict a movement of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Aten International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Ming Chen, You-Lin Shih