Patents Examined by James O. Hansen
  • Patent number: 11185160
    Abstract: A corner-cabinet arrangement having two corpus areas which are rectangular in plan view and each of which has a front with a door, the fronts running together at right angles in an inside corner such that the two corpus areas enclose between them a corner space that is rectangular in plan view, the arrangement including a shelf which extends in a first one of the corpus areas and in a part of the corner space and, when the door is open, can be pivoted out of the door opening of the corpus-area, the second corpus area also having a shelf that extends in this corpus area and in another part of the corner space, and, when the door is open, can be pivoted out of the door opening of the corpus area, wherein pivotal axes of the two shelves are different from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Ninkaplast GmbH
    Inventor: Axel Uffmann
  • Patent number: 11178966
    Abstract: A furniture apparatus including a frame, a movable facade configured to transition between an open state and a closed state; and a hidden container configured to rest on a set of support ledges attached to one or more of the frame and an unhidden container optionally associated with the furniture apparatus such that the hidden container is configured to be visible when the movable facade is in the open state, and the hidden container is configured to be hidden from view when the hidden container is installed in the furniture apparatus and the movable facade is in the closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: NIGHT AND DAY FURNITURE, LLC
    Inventors: Joel Grossman, Howard Porter
  • Patent number: 11178968
    Abstract: A furniture assembly comprises two or more drawers and a plurality of pouches disposed at a rear lower portion of the furniture assembly. The plurality of pouches are filled with water, sand, or dirt. The water may contain a plurality drops of bleach. A minimum weight of the plurality of pouches is determined from torque balance of forces and weights. In one example, the plurality of pouches are disposed at a rear portion of a lower drawer. A rear wall of the plurality of pouches directly contacts a rear wall of the lower drawer. A top surface of each of the plurality of pouches and a top surface of a rear wall of the lower drawer are coplanar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventor: Jean-Francois Orsini
  • Patent number: 11178965
    Abstract: A slide rail assembly includes an inner rail, a middle rail slidably coupled to the inner rail, and an outer rail slidably coupled to the middle rail. The inner rail includes a first body and a latching member. The latching member extends from the first body to the middle rail. The middle rail includes a second body and a locking device. The locking device is fixedly coupled to the second body. The locking device defines a latching hole configured to receive the latching member so that the middle rail moves together with the inner rail relative to the outer rail to extend to a designated position and length of the slide rail assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: HONGFUJIN PRECISION ELECTRONICS (TIANJIN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chang-Ju Wu, Chen-Sheng Tang
  • Patent number: 11178981
    Abstract: A case frame and mullion assembly includes a case frame including a frame member defining a mullion pocket, a first electrical connector coupled to the frame member within the mullion pocket, a mullion defined by an elongated body, a second electrical connector coupled to the frame member within the mullion pocket, and an attachment mechanism coupled to one or both of the case frame and the mullion, the attachment mechanism positioned between the frame member and the mullion to attach the mullion to the frame member, the attachment mechanism aligns and couples the first electrical connector relative to the second electrical connector upon attachment of the mullion to the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Hussmann Corporation
    Inventors: Raymond P. Twohy, Delanie M. Parmenter, Daniel E. Schnur
  • Patent number: 11168436
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for fabricating a door provided at a laundry treating apparatus, the method including: mounting a front glass to a front glass mounting jig, and mounting a door frame to a door frame mounting jig; applying an adhesive to the door frame; lifting the front glass by absorption, and then mounting onto the door frame; moving the door frame mounting jig to a compression jig; attaching the front glass to the door frame by using the compression jig; separating the door frame mounting jig from the compression jig, and moving to an initial position; and separating an assembly of the front glass attached to the door frame, from the door frame mounting jig, wherein in the applying of the adhesive to the door frame, the adhesive is applied along an adhesive filling groove formed to enclose an opening of the door frame, plural times in a divided manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jungsang You, Yongwoo Kwon, Minsoo Seo
  • Patent number: 11160371
    Abstract: A slide rail assembly includes a first rail, a second rail, a third rail, a synchronization device and a contact feature. The second rail is displaceable relative to the first rail. The third rail is displaceable relative to the second rail. The synchronization device is arranged on one of the second rail and the third rail. The contact feature is arranged on the other of the second rail and the third rail. The third rail and the second rail can synchronously displace relative to the first rail through the collaboration between the synchronization device and the contact feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignees: KING SLIDE WORKS CO., LTD., KING SLIDE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Shih-Lung Huang, Yi-Syuan Jhao, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Patent number: 11154134
    Abstract: Sliding element guide system for furniture including a cabinet unit rail, central rail, sliding element rail, and a carriage such that the cabinet unit rail, central rail, and sliding element rail are mounted so as to be movable in relation to one another. The system also includes synchronization means including a synchronization element to synchronize movements of elements of the system. Two identical synchronization elements are present on the central rail and are rotatably disposed on the central rail. The synchronization elements are disposed so as to be mutually opposite and mutually spaced apart on both sides of the central rail. The synchronization elements are configured on mutually opposite end sides of the central rail or on mutually opposite external sides of the central rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Grass GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Albrecht, Filip Rihtarec, Franz Reischl
  • Patent number: 11147374
    Abstract: A drawer pull-out guide includes a first guide rail, a second guide rail displaceably supported relative to one another, and a running carriage having load-transmitting rolling bodies displaceably arranged between the first guide rail and the second guide rail. The running carriage includes at least two rolling bodies rotatable about a rotational axis, and the at least two rolling bodies—in a view onto a plane perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the guide rails—are arranged so as to be laterally offset to one another. Each of the at least two rolling bodies has a cylindrical form and is rotationally supported about a horizontally extending rotational axis in a mounted position of the drawer pull-out guide, the rotational axes of the at least two rolling bodies are arranged in the same running plane, and the at least two rolling bodies have the same diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: JULIUS BLUM GMBH
    Inventor: Marc Meusburger
  • Patent number: 11149789
    Abstract: A slide rail includes a first rail, a second rail, and a third rail. The first rail is slidably coupled to the second rail. The second rail is slidably coupled to the third rail. The first rail includes a pulling tab. The second rail includes a first resilient piece and a first clearance slot. The third rail includes a positioning slot. One end of the first resilient piece is fixed to the second rail, and another end of the first resilient piece extends into the first clearance slot. When the first rail slides out, the pulling tab drives the first resilient piece and the second rail to slide out. When the first resilient piece is moved to the positioning slot, the first resilient piece resiliently bends and inserts into the positioning slot, and the first resilient piece is separated from the pulling tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: HONGFUJIN PRECISION ELECTRONICS(TIANJIN)CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chen-Sheng Tang
  • Patent number: 11140983
    Abstract: A slide rail assembly includes a first rail, a second rail displaceable with respect to the first rail, a third rail displaceable with respect to the second rail, a working member movably mounted on the second rail and switchable between two states, and a contact feature on the third rail. The third rail can be displaced from a retracted position to an extended position in a first direction, and when the third rail is displaced from the extended position to the retracted position in a second direction, the contact feature is brought into contact with the working member in one of the two states so as to drive and thereby retract the second rail with respect to the first rail in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignees: King Slide Works Co., Ltd., King Slide Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Shih-Lung Huang, Chien-Hung Kuo, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Patent number: 11143237
    Abstract: A slide rail assembly includes a rail kit. The rail kit includes a rail, a blocking member, and an operating member. The rail has an extension hole. The blocking member is movably disposed on the rail. The operating member is disposed on the rail, can be operated in order to drive the blocking member, and includes an operating portion corresponding to a portion of the extension hole of the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignees: King Slide Works Co., Ltd., King Slide Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Shun-Ho Yang, Chien-Li Huang, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Patent number: 11140985
    Abstract: An appliance includes a cabinet that has an inner surface. A frame is coupled to the inner surface of the cabinet. The frame includes a frame boss that extends from a bottom surface thereof. A panel is positioned within the frame. The frame extends along a perimeter of the panel. An inner trim member has a flange that extends therefrom. The flange defines an aperture configured to align with the frame boss. A fastener is configured to extend through the aperture and engage the frame boss to couple the inner trim member with the frame. An outer trim member is disposed over the inner trim member. The inner trim member is configured to slidably receive the outer trim member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Pratik P. Chavan, Shrawan Kumar, Pranav Karan
  • Patent number: 11134776
    Abstract: A slide rail assembly includes a first rail, a second rail, a third rail and a switch member. The second rail is movably mounted between the first rail and the third rail. The switch member is linearly movable and configured to be switched between a first state and a second state. When the switch member is in the second state, the second rail is configured to be driven by the third rail to move to a predetermined position along a retracting direction. When the third rail is moved relative to the second rail at the predetermined position along an extending direction, the switch member is configured to be switched from the second state to the first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignees: King Slide Works Co., Ltd., King Slide Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Shun-Ho Yang, Tzu-Cheng Weng, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Patent number: 11129484
    Abstract: A food shield for use in a restaurant or food service institution includes a pair of partially overlapping upper and lower transparent panels, first and second locking assemblies connected to and supporting one lateral side of each of the upper and lower transparent panels, and first and second non-locking assemblies connected to and supporting the opposite lateral side of each of the upper and lower transparent panels. Each of the first locking and non-locking assemblies, which supports the upper transparent panel, is mountable to a respective vertical support post. The food shield is transformable into three different settings. In a cafeteria setting, the upper and lower transparent panels overlap each other to provide a full length barrier in front of food product being displayed. In a self-serve setting, the lower transparent panel is pivoted inwardly such that it resides behind the upper transparent panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Advance Tabco, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Jamie Scott
  • Patent number: 11109675
    Abstract: A connector comprising a carriage, an adjustment element, and a base configured to be rigidly attached to a drawer, the carriage is slidably attached to the base, and movement of the adjustment element causes the carriage to slide relative to the base. Also, such a connector further comprising: an engagement element configured to releasably engage a drawer movement guide assembly and attached to the carriage, and/or a wedge element linearly slidable relative to the carriage and configured to cause a change in a spacing between a drawer movement guide assembly and a drawer. Also, a connector comprising an engagement element that is separate from and pivotally attached to a connector assembly, that is configured to be rigidly attached to a drawer, and that is configured to releasably engage a drawer movement guide assembly. Also, systems comprising a connector together with a drawer, a cabinet and/or a drawer guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Grass America Inc.
    Inventors: Toni Claire Hayes, Jen-Cheng Jiang, Gabriel Auer, Tim Lucas
  • Patent number: 11112167
    Abstract: A refrigerator having an improved structure to maintain the humidity in a drawer. The refrigerator includes a storage chamber, a drawer configured to be inserted to or withdrawn from the storage chamber, a cover configured to cover an upper part of the drawer, and a rail device configured to guide the drawer to slide in a front-rear direction with respect to the cover and to allow the cover to be located in the storage chamber and to be moved upward with respect to the drawer when the drawer is withdrawn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyunnam Park, Yongman Seo, Myoungjin Jang, Jinhong Yu, Woochul Cho
  • Patent number: 11103092
    Abstract: A cabinet for a non-reversing image mirror (“NRIM”) is provided. A pivot assembly is provided for deploying the NRIM in open and closed positions. A second front-surface mirror of the NRIM has a width greater than a first front-surface mirror thereof. The cabinet may have additional compartments and/or second-surface mirror(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Michael D Connor
  • Patent number: 11103064
    Abstract: An accommodation apparatus having anti-peeping function is disclosed, and comprises: an accommodating unit, two loading boxes, and two spacing gap filling unit. The two spacing gap filling unit is disposed between the two loading boxes, and between a top inner wall of the accommodating space and one of the two loading boxes that is located upper the other one. According to particular design of the present invention, after the two loading boxes are inserted into the accommodating space through the opening, one of the two elastic members closely contacting the bottom plate of the loading box, and the other one closely contacting the top inner wall of the accommodating space, such that the accommodation apparatus has advantages of anti-peeping and electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding, and enhances structural stability thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Tse-Min Lin
  • Patent number: 11098949
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance having Universal Serial Bus (USB) features is provided. In one aspect, a refrigerator appliance has a cabinet defining a chamber. At least two shelf mounting tracks are disposed within chamber. A shelf having a USB port is mountable to the shelf tracks. The shelf tracks each include at least two bus bars. One bus bar is charged with a power charge, one is charged with a ground charge, one is charged with a positive data charge, and one is charged with a negative data charge. When the shelf is mounted to the tracks, the bus bars are in electrical communication with the USB port of the shelf such that data transmissions can be routed between the USB port and a controller or some other processing device. In another aspect, a refrigerator appliance includes features for enabling USB data transmissions to a bin mounted in a door thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis A. Wantland, Alisa Marie Stoops