Patents Examined by Debra S. Meislin
  • Patent number: 8276482
    Abstract: A bit for removing a broken security fastener having an elongated shaft with a longitudinal axis. The shaft has a first end and a second end. The first end terminates in a tip region having a recess for receipt of the post of the security fastener, the recess being disposed substantially along the longitudinal axis. The second end of the shaft is configured to be received by the chuck of a tool which provides rotational torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Combined Products Co. #1 Inc.
    Inventors: Burton Kozak, Ira Kozak
  • Patent number: 8272297
    Abstract: A ratchet wrench includes a handle including a head including a circular pocket, an internal arcuate recess communicating with the pocket, a circular flange on a lower portion of the pocket, and a C-shaped groove on an upper portion of the pocket, the groove having both ends terminating at the recess; a detent including an arcuate block including an arcuate wing plate extending from one end, and a spring loaded pawl movably seated on the wing plate and besides the arcuate block, the pawl including pawl teeth facing the pocket; a hollow, cylindrical socket rotatably seated on the flange and including external drive teeth on an outer surface, the drive teeth being disengaged from the detent, a toothed drive surface on an inner surface, and a central opening defined by the drive surface; and a split ring mounted on the groove to retain the socket in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Kuo Lung Chen
  • Patent number: 8261639
    Abstract: A screwdriver comprises a shaft, and a handle core, a handle body and an outer layer formed on the shaft by injection molding. The multilayer structure of the screwdriver prevents the impact force from being transmitted to the user's hand and causing discomfort, and can relieve the discomfort caused by the impact force applied to the screwdriver while reducing the impact force loss during impact operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Crossman Corporartion
    Inventor: Jung-Chen Liao
  • Patent number: 8250948
    Abstract: A wrench for engaging a workpiece comprises a pair of fixed jaws and a pair of movable jaws being movable relative to the pair of fixed jaws. The workpiece includes a plurality of flats which may be adjoined at a plurality of corners. The pairs of fixed and movable jaws may be configured to engage the workpiece in at least one of a flat engaging position and a corner engaging position. The flat engaging position comprises the pairs of fixed and movable jaws being engaged to one of the flats on each one of the opposing sides of the workpiece. The corner engaging position comprises the pairs of fixed and movable jaws being engaged to an adjacent pair of the flats on each one of the opposing sides of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Donald W. Coffland
  • Patent number: 8245606
    Abstract: An adjustable torque wrench includes a driving shank pivotally coupled to a tubular lever and biased with a compression spring, an adjusting screw for adjusting a compression force of the compression spring, and a barrel attached to the adjusting screw and rotated in concert with the adjusting screw and having a graduation aligned with a window of the tubular lever for allowing the graduation of the barrel to be seen through the window of the tubular lever, a control ferrule is slidably engaged with the adjusting screw for rotating the adjusting screw to adjust the compression force of the compression spring, and a lock device attached to a handle for selectively anchoring the control ferrule to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: William Tools Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shui Lai Chiang
  • Patent number: 8230764
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a ratchet wrench, which includes a body, a driving head, a fixing disk and a rotatable member. The body has a ring-shaped head with internal teeth therein. The driving head is located in the ring-shaped head and has a top portion which has a reception recess and a pawl is located in the reception recess. The pawl has engaging teeth on two ends of the front thereof and two curved surfaces are formed on the back of the pawl. A spring is located in the reception recess so as to bias the back of the pawl. The rotatable member is located on the top of the ring-shaped head and has two driving pins which shift the spring to pivot the pawl such that the engaging teeth in one of the two ends of the pawl are engaged with the internal teeth to control the driving head to rotate in one direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Hong-Jen Lee
  • Patent number: 8215206
    Abstract: A bit for removing a broken fastener comprises a tip from which extend two or more notches separated by traction or biting surfaces formed from two-sided frusto-conically-shaped regions. The surfaces are bounded on one side by a nonlinear cutting edge and on the other side by a non-cutting edge and are configured to cut into the fastener when the bit is rotated in a direction opposite to the fastener's direction of engagement. Specific embodiments include configurations where the cutting edges extend at different angles with respect to the bit axis, where the biting surfaces comprise a plurality of serrations, and where the cutting edges are separated by flutes which spiral along a longitudinally extending periphery of the bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Combined Products Co. #1 Inc.
    Inventors: Burton Kozak, Ira Kozak
  • Patent number: 8210073
    Abstract: A ratchet wrench includes a head having a compartment rotatably receiving a drive member. A pawl groove is formed in an inner periphery of compartment and slideably receives two pawls. A slot is formed in a side of the head and in communication with the pawl groove. A first end of a control plate is pivotably mounted to an engaging portion of the drive member extending beyond the side of the head via a hole in the side. A second end of the control plate includes two legs extending through the slot into the pawl groove for actuating the pawls upon rotation of the control plate to change a driving direction of the ratchet wrench. A positioning device is provided to position the control plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventor: Bobby Hu
  • Patent number: 8191192
    Abstract: A modular tool having a cutting end and a writing end. The cutting end comprises a retractable utility knife. The marking end comprises marker (an ink pen, a highlighter, a marker, or a wax pencil), a pocket clip, and a cap. The cutting end and the writing end are removably rigidly connected, and either end can be modularly replaced. The system includes a kit comprising the tool with replacement blades and multiple markers, and a method of using the modular tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: Richard W. Barker
  • Patent number: 8191446
    Abstract: An adjustable set wrench includes a wrench handle; an adjustable wrench head provided on the wrench handle and having a stationary jaw, an adjustable jaw and a wrench gap between the stationary jaw and the adjustable jaw; at least one of a metric jaw adjustment scale having metric marking units and a standard jaw adjustment scale having standard marking units provided on the adjustable wrench head; and at least one of a metric jaw mark and a standard jaw mark provided on the adjustable jaw and registering with at least one of the metric marking units and the standard marking units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: Brad J. Sherri
  • Patent number: 8182187
    Abstract: An article for use in a torque transmitting system which has a drive surface configuration having side and end surfaces is disclosed. The end surface tapers upwardly and outwardly from a lowermost point provided along a longitudinal axis to the side surface. The end surface defines a plurality of identically configured lobes that extend from a first point to a second point. The first point of one lobe is identical to the second point of an adjacent lobe. The first and second points of each lobe are provided along an imaginary circle having its center along the longitudinal axis. Each lobe extends from the first point to the second point by a series of edges that are straight, concave and/or convex. Two of the edges are tangential to the imaginary circle. The side surface extends upwardly from the edges defining the plurality of lobes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Asia Fastening (US), Inc.
    Inventor: Phua Cheng Siong
  • Patent number: 8181554
    Abstract: An eyebrow embroidery machine includes a connecting sleeve, an eyebrow embroidery bushing, an anti-backflow plastic cover, an eyebrow embroidery needle module and a transmission mechanism. At least one circular flange is formed at an end of the eyebrow embroidery bushing and embedded into another end of the connecting sleeve. An end of the anti-backflow plastic cover is fixed onto the periphery of the eyebrow embroidery needle module and another end is connected to the connecting sleeve. The eyebrow embroidery needle module installed in the connecting sleeve includes a core link rod at an end and an eyebrow embroidery needle at another end and passed out of the eyebrow embroidery bushing. The transmission mechanism is screwed with the connecting sleeve, and provided for moving the core link rod, the anti-backflow plastic cover and the eyebrow embroidery needle reciprocally along the central axis of the eyebrow embroidery machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Mei-Chi-Na Hsinyen Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Su-Lin Lin
  • Patent number: 8176818
    Abstract: A rotary tool includes a tool body having a driving end formed thereon and an annular groove defined therein. An indicating coiled spring is received in the annular groove. The indicating coiled spring has a colored indicating mark formed thereon for easily identifying a standard of the rotary tool. The indicating coiled spring is made of metal, wherein the indicating coiled spring is hard to be broken and a lifetime of the indicating coiled spring is lengthened. The indicating coiled spring is able to elastically expand to be easily and co-axially sleeved on the annular groove of the tool body, such that the indicating coiled spring being replaceable and re-useable. When operating, the indicating coiled spring is rotatable relative to the tool body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Ji-Fen Meng
  • Patent number: 8166851
    Abstract: Embodiments of a driving tool are disclosed that comprise a shank portion, and a working portion, wherein the working portion is configured to drive either a Phillips head fastener or a Robertson® head fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Edward Pchola, Kenneth C. Osberg, Hagen Walter Dost, Wade Nachtigall, Jonathan Markwald
  • Patent number: 8161847
    Abstract: A socket wrench device having multiple adjustable fastener engagement tool ends. A pair of ratchet engagement heads are pivotally secured in respective rotational and supportive orientation with extending handles pivoted together at their free ends to afford multiple socket engagement orientation by compound pivot and socket rotation within a single hand tool configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel Considine
  • Patent number: 8161846
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for rotating or spinning a tubular. In some embodiments, the apparatus, referred to herein as a pipe spinner, includes a body, an arm pivotally coupled to the body, and an actuator coupled to the arm. The arm has a cam roller coupled thereto. The actuator is operable to pivot the arm relative to the body between an open position and a closed position. In the closed position, the cam roller engages the tubular. In the open position, the cam roller is disengaged from the tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventor: Lopek Drzewiecki
  • Patent number: 8161848
    Abstract: A screwdriver is convenient for changing driver heads. A button is released to drive an arm of the screwdriver in a first position to grasp a fixing portion of the driver head. The button is pressed to drive the arm to rotate from the first position to a second position to deform an elastic member, with the arm releasing the driver head to make the driver head drop out of the handle. Each of the driver head can be easily mounted to the screwdriver, and detached from the screwdriver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cheng-Chi Chen
  • Patent number: 8151671
    Abstract: The tool adaptor of the present invention includes a first work piece, a second work piece and a block element. The work pieces are pivoted with each other. The block element is sleeved on the first work piece and slidable between a first position and a second position. As the block element locates at the second position, it engages with the first and second work pieces simultaneously to restrict the sway of the first work piece about the second work piece. The tool adaptor is therefore switchable between a swayable mode and a fixation mode by moving the block element between such positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Hui-Chien Chen
  • Patent number: 8146460
    Abstract: The invention is a tool for lifting building materials, such as shingles, while extracting nails that fastened those materials. The slots that grip the nails are a concatenation of overlapping holes, for smooth insertion of the tool past the nails, and the envelope of the tool is a surface of curves for smooth insertion of the tool under the building materials. The bottom surface is a rocker that provides a moving fulcrum for prying out the nail, giving maximum force when the nail is first gripped and smoothly moving to maximum speed of extraction as the fulcrum moves back towards the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Craig Elliott Holdings Ltd.
    Inventor: Craig Elliott
  • Patent number: RE43286
    Abstract: A ratchet wheel includes an inner periphery and an outer periphery. The outer periphery includes a number of arcuate concave teeth each having two sides and an intersection of the two sides. The ratchet wheel includes a center, a line from the center to the intersection dividing an angle between the two sides into two unequal portions, thereby forming asymmetric arcuate concave teeth to provide improved structural strength and improved torque. In another embodiment, the concave teeth are non-arcuate to reduce the formation time for the teeth, thereby reducing the production cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: Bobby Hu