Patents Examined by Gwendolyn Baxter
  • Patent number: 9923351
    Abstract: A universal bracket for electronic device, electrical devices, and their cabling is made up of one or more interconnected bracket plates. Each bracket plate has a rectangular base having a first side and a second side. A number of standoff platforms are attached to the second side. The standoff platforms have a polygonal cross section with a number of sides. A hole extends through one of the sides. A number of screw holes are in the rectangular base. The universal bracket can be screwed or otherwise affixed to a mounting surface. A zip tie or other tie is used to hold electronic and electrical devices and associated wires semi-permanently to the universal bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Gordon Haggott Beckhart
  • Patent number: 9893676
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mounting one or more solar panels are disclosed. A tubular component can be provided. The tubular component can include a first curved portion configured to rise to a first height above and extending along a length of the tubular component. The first curved portion can have a predetermined diameter, a predetermined thickness, and a predetermined bend radius selected to support a first solar panel module attached by a first end at a first attachment point positioned at the first height. The first curved portion can include an elongated leg configured to support a deflector element projecting outwardly at a predetermined angle to the mounting surface. The tubular component also can include a distal end having a second curved portion configured to rise to a second height above and extending along the length of the tubular component. The distal end can have a second attachment point at the second height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: David Anderson, Vasilije Jovanovic
  • Patent number: 9874306
    Abstract: A lightweight support structure includes a composite sandwich panel having a first face sheet and a lightweight core attached to the face sheet and an essentially rotationally symmetric cut-out extending through the first face sheet and into the lightweight core. The cut-out has an essentially rotationally symmetric inner cut-out and outer cut-out arranged essentially concentric with respect to each other, providing for a support there between. The support has a core support cut from the lightweight core and a support face sheet disc on top, cut from of the first face sheet. A rotationally symmetric insert is fitted into the cut-out for load application and/or anchorage of various components into and onto the sandwich panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventors: Gregor Burkhard, Dominik Christian NĂ£geli
  • Patent number: 9867464
    Abstract: A shelf locator insert includes an insertable portion including a leg member and a head portion located over the leg member. A tacky layer is located on the head portion. An engagement fin is provided along the leg member. The insertable portion is configured to be received within a channel of a shelf support bracket such that the engagement fin interfaces with an interior wall of the shelf support bracket to friction fit the shelf locator insert in the shelf support bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Organized Living, Inc.
    Inventor: John Kokenge
  • Patent number: 9866000
    Abstract: A cable ladder formed by two side rails and crosspieces, all formed of extruded polymer material. The side rails have a channel receiving a corresponding end of the crosspieces. The channel has a lower rib and an upper rib. A projection of the lower rib or upper rib has openings along a longitudinal direction of the side rail. The ends of the crosspieces go through the opening of the projection and have a recess in which a corresponding portion of the channel is snap-fitted. The lower rib of the side rails is bent over itself along a bending line, such that a final section of the lower rib experiences downward expansion by elastic bending when the end of the crosspiece is introduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Jose Antonio Mostazo Oviedo
  • Patent number: 9862440
    Abstract: A stand for securely parking a wheeled vehicle, particularly a bicycle, motorcycle, motor scooter or the like, is itself provided with a locking mechanism for locking the vehicle relative to the stand. This conveniently obviates the need for a vehicle owner to carry his own locking devices and related equipment, such as chains and cables, all of which can be cumbersome and heavy. The stand uses cable-actuated latch mechanisms to either provide the locking functionality directly or as a mechanism for securely retaining a cable or chain provided as part of the stand in a locking state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Capitol Development, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Steinman, Simon Turgeon
  • Patent number: 9855023
    Abstract: The control panel and display of a cart-borne ultrasound system are support by a lift which can be controlled to allow the control panel and display to be raised, lowered, and rotated. The lift has a first pivot elbow mounted to the ultrasound system cart and a second pivot elbow on which the control panel and display are mounted. A four-bar linkage is coupled between the pivot elbows which enables to control panel and display to be raised and lowered while maintaining the inclination of the control panel. The pivot elbows allow the control panel and display to be turned and rotated. A pair of hydraulic struts are mounted to the four-bar linkage to support the weight of the control panel and display. When a control button on the handle of the control panel is depressed the control panel and display can be freely raised, lowered and rotated. When the control button is released the pivot elbows and four-bar linkages are locked in their current positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventors: Mark Anthony Messina, David Dolan, Daniel van Alphen, Thomas James Hunt, Brent Jordan
  • Patent number: 9851023
    Abstract: A pipe support structure which is constructed to utilize the Coriolis force and the reaction force caused, thereby making it possible to suppress the hose compliance amount in the high temperature area while maintaining the degree of freedom of mountability specific for the resin pipe and to realize the above suppressing effect by the simple construction and at a low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Hironori Miki
  • Patent number: 9835285
    Abstract: A pivoting support assembly with a selective position locking capability may comprise a base, a first support arm movable with respect to the base, a first pivot joint pivotally mounting the first support arm to the base, and a first position locking assembly configured to lock a selected position of the first support arm with respect to the base. The first position locking assembly may comprise a first hydraulic motor mounted on the first pivot joint and having a fluid input and a fluid output with a fluid path defined therebetween such that fluid movement on the fluid path between the fluid input and the fluid output operates the first hydraulic motor. The first position locking assembly may comprise a first lock valve in communication with the first hydraulic motor and configured to selectively block fluid movement through the fluid path of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Hurco Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Lyndon J. Hurley
  • Patent number: 9835284
    Abstract: An appliance height-adjustment mechanism includes a support block having a plurality of supporting faces, a plurality of height-adjustment surfaces defined by at least a portion of the supporting faces of the support block, each height-adjustment surface being further defined by a lateral spacing flange extending perpendicularly from each height-adjustment surface and a plurality of support surfaces defined by at least a portion of the plurality of supporting faces, wherein each support surface corresponds to a cooperating height-adjustment surface of the plurality of height-adjustment surfaces, wherein the support block includes a plurality of support positions, and wherein each of the plurality of support positions is defined by one of the support surfaces being a respective base of the support block and the corresponding height-adjustment surface defining a dedicated appliance height above the respective base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Yogesh S. Gandole, Naveen Jayabalan
  • Patent number: 9825446
    Abstract: An electrical box mounting bracket includes a mounting frame having a central opening. A removable support member is coupled to an inner edge of the central opening by a frangible tab. A removable extension member is coupled to the support member by a frangible tab that can be removed and attached to an end of the support member. A cable guide is coupled to an inner edge of the central opening by a first fold line and is bendable to a position for supporting a cable. The cable guide has a body or support plate with a plurality of adjacent cable openings with a retaining tab between two adjacent cable openings. The retaining tab is bendable from a first open position for inserting a cable into the cable openings and a second closed position to retain the cable in the cable openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Krzysztof W. Korcz, Steven J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9810021
    Abstract: A thermal expansion and contraction system secures cables to a ladder rung. The thermal expansion and contraction system includes a cable grip secured to the ladder rung. The cable grip includes a protective grommet for holding cables to the ladder rung, a metal plate and wire forms to secure the protective grommet to the metal plate. The thermal expansion and contraction system also includes a cable divider secured to the ladder rung to maintaining separation of cables and a cable containment clamp secured to the ladder rung.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: David J. Sylvester, Rodney G. Rouleau, Samuel C. Ramey, Shaun P. Brouwer, Scott K. Benedict
  • Patent number: 9784040
    Abstract: A pony substructure, for use in supporting substructures of drilling rig operations, which includes two parallel oriented frames and two outriggers attached to each frame. In preparation for transportation to and from drilling rig operations, the outriggers are adapted to rotate about a plurality of pivot points, which then enables each outrigger to fold over the top of each corresponding platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: Shawn R Smith, Harlan B Smith
  • Patent number: 9783273
    Abstract: A carrying device for a side-scan sonar, including a suspension rod, a hanging rack, and a flange. The side-scan sonar is in fixed connection to the lower part of the hanging rack. The suspension rod includes a suspension unit, a universal joint, and a tension rod. The flange is disposed below the lower part of the tension rod. The hanging rack includes a Z-shaped main cross beam. Two U-shaped hooks are disposed at two ends of the Z-shaped main cross beam for supporting the side-scan sonar. A vertical drag hook is disposed in the inner side of each of the two U-shaped hooks for hanging the side-scan sonar. The flange is fixed in the center of the Z-shaped main cross beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: Yan Lin, Ming Chen, Yanyun Yu, Yunlong Wang, Kai Li
  • Patent number: 9783252
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for adjusting a bicycle saddle angle in a seated position while driving, which enables a user on a bicycle saddle mounted on a bicycle to adjust an angle of the bicycle saddle with a simple operation according to a riding and driving state, or the user's needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: CREVEN CO., LTD
    Inventor: Choon Choo Kim
  • Patent number: 9782023
    Abstract: A wall hanging apparatus relates to a wall hanging system having a frame configured to display an item. The wall hanging comprises an upper half. The upper half comprises a frame attachment portion. An extended member extends down from the frame attachment portion. At least one screw hole is located in the frame attachment portion and configured to allow a screw to attach the upper half to the frame. A first set screw groove is located in a first side of the extended member. A lower half comprises an adhesive sheet on the lower half. The adhesive sheet is configured to cause the lower half to adhere to the wall when the lower half is pressed against the wall. A receiving slot is configured to receive the extended member. At least one screw hole is located in the lower half and configured to allow the screw to attach the lower half to the wall. A first set screw hole is located on a first outer side of the lower half.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: Marc Fattahi, Carl Ferraro
  • Patent number: 9776319
    Abstract: A work bench may include a body for supporting a power tool, a first leg connected to a first end of the body, a second leg connected to a second end of the body, the first and second legs being pivotally connected, the first and second legs being movable between a first position where the body is in a lowered position and a second position where the body is in an elevated position, and a spring connecting the first and second legs. The spring provides at least a portion of the force necessary to move the first and second legs from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Craig A. Schell, Robert S. Gehret, Derek T. Tillery
  • Patent number: 9778011
    Abstract: An adjustable support holder for a gauge device on a magnetic base to provide adaptable positioning and mounting for measuring instruments. The support holder comprises of a gauge engagement platform rotatable with a support base adapted to be mounted on an electro-magnetic attachment for selectively securing on a magnetically attractive surface. An integrated remote locking assembly will selectively release and lock the rotatable platform and attached measuring gauge allowing for 360-degree rotation and orientation there therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventors: Chad Armstrong, Alan Hitchcock
  • Patent number: 9763518
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an apparatus (e.g., for damping a motion of a drawer in a storage system) comprises a plate to pivotally attach to a first wall of a drawer, the plate comprising a pivot point about which the plate can pivot; a damped gear coupled to the plate, the damped gear having a plurality of gear teeth; and a spring to facilitate pivoting the plate about the pivot point to engage at least one of the plurality of gear teeth with at least one tooth on a rack. In some embodiments, the spring is to pivot the plate from a first configuration to an angular position relative the wall in a second configuration, wherein the at least one of the plurality of gear teeth and the at least one tooth on the rack are fully engaged with one another in both the first configuration and the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventors: Glenn Patrick Charest, Daniel Bernard Hruska, Aditya Prabhakar
  • Patent number: 9757597
    Abstract: A safety-harness attachment for attaching a safety harness thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Johnnie Kotrla, Gary R. Driver, Carter Erwin