Patents Examined by James O. Hansen
  • Patent number: 11497311
    Abstract: A runner for drawer elements, in particular drawers or trays, that are movable relative to a carcass of a piece of furniture or a household appliance is provided. The runner includes a carcass rail that can be secured directly or via a carcass bracket to a carcass of the piece of furniture or the household appliance, a running rail that can be secured to the movable drawer element, and electric conductors for transmitting electrical energy to a power consumer positioned on the movable drawer element. Positioned on the carcass rail or the carcass bracket is a printed circuit board extending over the length of the carcass rail, and positioned on the running rail is a contact apparatus that has at least one electrically conductive contact element which, when mounted, makes permanent electrical contact with the printed circuit board, and has a connecting element that is electrically connected to the contact element for connecting to the movable drawer element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: PAUL HETTICH GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Oscar Garcia, Iker Lopetegi
  • Patent number: 11497308
    Abstract: An assembly includes a bearing web for a drawer base of a drawer, and a holding device for a drive device for driving the drawer relative to a furniture body. The holding device has a securing element, by which the holding device can be secured to the bearing web. The bearing web includes a receiving area for the securing element and a bearing region for the drawer base adjacently to the receiving area. The securing element has a support surface that faces the drawer base in a secured state, and the holding device is secured to the bearing web. The support surface of the securing element and the bearing region of the bearing web form a substantially flat drawer base bearing surface for the drawer base in the secured state. The drawer base bearing surface can rest against the drawer base in a flush manner in the secured state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Julius Blum GmbH
    Inventor: Pascal Janser
  • Patent number: 11497309
    Abstract: A drawer rail includes a first rail to be fixed to a drawer, and a second rail to be arranged on rail of a drawer pull-out guide. The first rail and the second rail are to be connected to one another by sliding onto each other. The first rail and the second rail are locked to one another by a locking element, with the locking element being pre-stressed by a force of a force storage member in a direction of a locking position. The locking element is arranged on the second rail and is configured to be pivoted, upon sliding the first rail onto the second rail, about a horizontally extending axis in the mounted position, starting from the locking position, against a force of the force storage member in a direction of the carcass rail or the central rail of the drawer pull-out guide into an unlocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: JULIUS BLUM GMBH
    Inventors: David Ruech, Lukas Kolhaupt
  • Patent number: 11478088
    Abstract: A museum showcase includes a guide system for a sliding door, including upper and lower guide mechanisms. The upper guide mechanism includes primary and secondary rails. The upper guide mechanism also includes a first slide unit and a second slide unit. The first slide unit has a rolling member on an upper horizontal track of the secondary rail, and a sliding block engaged on a vertical track of the secondary rail. The second slide unit has a rolling member on a lower horizontal track of the primary rail, and a sliding block engaged on a vertical track of the primary rail. Thereby, the upper guide mechanism is extremely strong. The weight of the door, entirely supported by the secondary rail, is discharged on the first rail by the two slide units to transmit both vertical and horizontal loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: GOPPION S.p.A.
    Inventor: Alessandro Goppion
  • Patent number: 11478785
    Abstract: The invention relates to a laboratory cabinet device for storing laboratory samples with a magnetic closure for the door. It concerns in particular a tempering cabinet for tempering laboratory samples, in particular an incubator for the growth of cell cultures. The magnetic closure works with magnetic elements arranged without contact in the closing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: EPPENDORF SE
    Inventors: Jan Fitzer, Gregor Bechmann, Arne Schafrinski, Sören Mensch
  • Patent number: 11478081
    Abstract: A device for fixing a drawer-type element on a rail of a pullout guide has a clamping mechanism, which has a housing having a receptacle into which an oblong retaining part is insertable to fix it on the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Paul Hettich GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Waldemar Petker
  • Patent number: 11478077
    Abstract: A cabinet including a housing having a cavity, a door that closes a front opening of the cavity, and a storage device. The storage device may include a movable storage member that is movable relative to the housing between a first position within the cavity and a second position outside of the cavity. The movable storage member may be configured to be coupled to the housing at a plurality of different locations. The storage device may be coupled directly to an inner surface of a sidewall of the housing that defines the cavity. The storage device may also include a fixed storage member that is non-movably coupled to the housing such that the movable storage member is pivotable relative to the housing and relative to the fixed storage member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventors: Devon George, Jason Mort, George Wahlgren, Linda Yang
  • Patent number: 11470964
    Abstract: A piece of furniture or domestic appliance includes a body, a drawer element slidably arranged in the body and having two side walls. Respective pull-out guides are arranged between the side panels and side walls of the body. Each of the pull-out guides has at least one body rail fastenable to a side wall of the body and one running rail fastenable to the side panel. The piece of furniture or domestic appliance also includes at least one functional unit, which is coupled to one of the pull-out guides. A functional unit is detachably arranged in at least one of the side walls at distance from the pull-out guide, which functional unit, in a predefined position of the drawer element relative to the body, is operatively connected to a counter-element stationarily mounted on the body or on the body rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: PAUL HETTICH GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Timo Szlapka, Sebastian Bastkowski, Thorsten Hötger, Gerrit Staufenberg, Ulrich Ratsch, Stefan Klaus
  • Patent number: 11473835
    Abstract: A refrigeration appliance includes a cabinet defining a food storage compartment being at least partially closeable by a door-in-door assembly including an inner door sealing against the cabinet and an outer door sealing against the inner door. The inner door has an opening extending therethrough in communication with the compartment when the inner door is closed. The outer door includes a window extending therethrough being covered at an inner side by an inner pane of glass and at an outer side by an outer pane of glass covering a majority of a front of the outer door to provide the effect of a full glass door. A user interface (UI) is disposed in the outer door and is configured to control appliance features upon selective user contact with the outer pane. The door assembly includes a light element for illuminating at least one of the outer pane and the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Josh Hanson
  • Patent number: 11470966
    Abstract: The guiding apparatus includes a first member having a sliding groove formed along a longitudinal direction; and a plurality of second members which are slidably assembled along the sliding groove so as to hold the first member in between, wherein the first member is formed with a first mounting hole on a bottom surface of the sliding groove, and the second member is formed with a second mounting hole on a surface opposed to the bottom surface, and wherein a stopper member is mounted to each of the first mounting hole and the second mounting hole, each of the stopper member having an insertion part which is to be inserted into each of the first mounting hole and the second mounting hole and is formed to be shorter in a length in an axial direction than a depth of the first mounting hole and the second mounting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: THK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Shoyu, Hiroomi Kuribayashi, Akito Kaneko, Toshiro Minami, Hajime Fukushima, Takama Igarashi, Tomoki Obayashi
  • Patent number: 11464336
    Abstract: A panel assembly includes a frame panel including a front surface, an upper surface, a side surface, and a rear surface and is formed as a single sheet of a metal plate, and a corner member disposed in a gap formed between the upper surface of the frame panel and the side surface of the frame panel, wherein the corner member includes: an insertion member inserted into the gap to fill the gap, and a fixing member integrally formed with the insertion member and coupled to the rear surface of the frame panel to fix the corner member to the frame panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Heesoo Jeong, Hyeongjin Jang, Sihwan Kim, Hongman Chang, Cheoleun Choi
  • Patent number: 11457737
    Abstract: A drawer glide includes a main body, the main body including a base which defines an X-axis and a Y-axis perpendicular to the X-axis, and a front face extending from the base along a Z-axis perpendicular to the X-axis and the Y-axis; and a slide extension extending from the base along the Z-axis, the slide extension located at a rear of the base distal the front face. The slide extension extends in an opposite direction along the Z-axis from the front face, and the slide extension defines a hook including a first tab extending along the X-axis and a second tab extending along the Z-axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Haler US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Lydia Stempky, John Adam Yantis
  • Patent number: 11460237
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet defining a chilled chamber, an enclosure housing positioned within the chilled chamber, the enclosure housing defining an enclosure and a docking port configured for receiving a water filter, and a door assembly for providing selective access to the enclosure. The door assembly includes an access door pivotally mounted to the enclosure housing, a guide pin mounted to the enclosure housing, a guide bar having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the first end being pivotally mounted to the access door and the second end defining a slot having the guide pin slidably received therein, a friction washer mounted on the guide pin adjacent the guide bar; and a spring member mounted on the guide pin and being configured for urging the friction washer against the guide bar to resist motion of the access door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Madan Gopal Reddy Pathapati, Herbert Sabelhaus, Mark Allen Stout, Michael William Basley
  • Patent number: 11459811
    Abstract: The invention relates to a movement assemblage, in particular for a drawer, a sliding door, a hinged door, a hatch, or a similar movable furniture part, having a push-out assemblage; the push-out assemblage comprising a guide element (90) on which an energy reservoir (80) acts; the guide element (90) being displaceable from a parked position into an ejection position; and a switching piece (99), which is displaceable with respect to the guide element (90), being attached to the guide element (90). For improved movement guidance, provision is made according to the present invention that the switching piece (99) comprises a guide element (99.4) that is guided in a guide track (74) of the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventor: Ulrich Bantle
  • Patent number: 11460194
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a cooking appliance capable of reducing noise generated when a door is closed using a buffer member that is easily fixed to a hinge unit. The cooking appliance includes a main body, a cooking chamber provided to have a front surface opened inside the main body, a door to open and close the cooking chamber, a hinge unit coupled to the main body to rotatably support the door, and a buffer member fixed to the door to buffer an impact generated when the door is closed by contacting the hinge unit when the door is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ji Yea Hong, Gong Soo Kim, Hee Jin Yoon
  • Patent number: 11452374
    Abstract: A sliding element guide system for furniture is provided, including a cabinet unit rail, central rail, sliding element rail, and at least one carriage. The cabinet unit rail, central rail, and sliding element rail are mounted to be movable in relation to one another. The system also includes two identical synchronization wheels that synchronize movements of elements of the system. The two identical synchronization wheels are rotatably mounted on a vertically oriented central rail side wall and extend horizontally therefrom via a pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Grass GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Albrecht, Filip Rihtarec, Franz Reischl
  • Patent number: 11445824
    Abstract: A slide rail assembly has a slide rail kit that includes a slide rail, a component, and an operation member. The slide rail includes a longitudinal wall. The component is movably disposed on the slide rail. The operation member can be used to operate the component and includes a driving portion with a first section and a second section connected to the first section. The first section and the second section have a first transverse height and a second transverse height with respect to the longitudinal wall of the slide rail respectively. The second transverse height is greater than the first transverse height. The first section and the longitudinal wall support each other to keep the second section at the second transverse height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignees: King Slide Works Co., Ltd., King Slide Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Shun-Ho Yang, Kai-Wen Yu, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Patent number: 11445821
    Abstract: A lazy susan fitting for a cabinet having a top wall and a bottom wall has a supporting column of constant length, a top mount, a bottom mount, and a shelf supported at the supporting column. The top mount and a top end of the supporting column are configured to allow for mounting the supporting column to the top mount fixed to the top wall by moving the supporting column tilted out of the vertical in the top mount from below beyond a final installation position, and for aligning the supporting column in the top mount to the vertical. The bottom mount and the bottom end of the supporting column are configured for mounting the supporting column to the bottom mount fixed to the bottom wall by inserting the supporting column aligned to the vertical into the bottom mount from above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: VAUTH-SAGEL HOLDING GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Peter Sagel
  • Patent number: 11445823
    Abstract: A sliding-pivoting mechanism of a shelf of a piece of furniture or of a household appliance for extracting and raising the shelf out of a body of the piece of furniture or of the household appliance is provided. The mechanism includes at least two pivot arms of a pivoting mechanism, which are rotatably fixed by a first end to at least one of the side walls of the body, parallel to the plane of the side walls, and which are arranged parallel to and at a distance from each other. At respective second ends of the pivot arms, a guide rail of a sliding mechanism is pivotably fixed parallel to the plane of the side walls such that the guide rail is pivotable from a lower position within the body into a raised, upper position at least partially outside the body, at least one running rail that is linearly displaceable in the guide rail and to which the shelf is fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: PAUL HETTICH GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Benjamin Bextermöller, David Krüger, Arnold Gurr
  • Patent number: 11435130
    Abstract: A door panel for a refrigerating appliance includes an inner liner. An outer wrapper is attached to the inner liner and defines an insulating structure with an insulating cavity disposed therein. An insulating material is defined within the insulating cavity. A dispenser structure is defined within a central portion of the inner liner and the outer wrapper. The dispenser structure defines an insulated dispenser portion therein. A dispenser conduit extends from an interior area disposed above the dispenser structure to an external dispensing cavity and passing through the insulated dispenser portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Paul B. Allard, Sarah Galea, Dustin M. Miller, Vikas C. Mruthyunjaya, Abhay Naik, Sanjesh Kumar Pathak