Patents Examined by James R. Brittain
  • Patent number: 7536756
    Abstract: A bridle system for a hose has apparatus for connecting the system to a hose, a loop for securing the apparatus and associated hose to a fire truck for example and a loop for assisting in unloading the hose from the truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Inventors: John E. McLoughlin, Neocles G. Athanasiades, Toh M. Meng
  • Patent number: 7526842
    Abstract: An interlocking attaching system comprises a substrate adapter, an accessory adapter and a discrete locking member. The substrate adapter includes a base for affixing to a substrate object and a plurality of spaced apart raised regions disposed along a first longitudinal axis. The raised regions have slots defining a first plurality of passages oriented parallel to the first longitudinal axis and aligned with one another. The accessory adapter includes a base for affixing to an accessory object and a plurality of spaced apart raised regions disposed along a second longitudinal axis. The raised regions have slots defining a second plurality of passages oriented parallel to the second longitudinal axis and aligned with one another. The spacing between the locations of the raised regions of the adapters are dimensioned to position at least one raised region of one of the adapters between at least two raised regions of the other adapter when the adapters are in operational alignment, i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Best Made Designs, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Wemmer
  • Patent number: 7523526
    Abstract: A mounting clip assembly for a portable consumer product. The mounting clip assembly has a clip body with a top surface and two ends. A hole is provided in a housing wall of the consumer product. The hole is sized to receive the clip body, wherein the clip body lays flush across the hole. A pivot pin extends across the hole. The pivot pin engages the clip body at a fulcrum point. A leaf spring is provided under the clip body. The leaf spring abuts against the clip body and applies a bias force that retains the clip body in a flush orientation with the top surface of the clip body. When a depression force is applied to one end of the clip body, the clip body pivots and causes the opposite end of the clip body to rise away from the exterior surface of the housing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Inventor: A. Daniel Valois
  • Patent number: 7520030
    Abstract: A one-piece cable tie includes a tail which is configured with a plurality of slits or notches therein. These slits are in alignment with the recesses in the tail and extend no deeper than the depth of the recesses. Such slits are designed to aid the use in removing the excess tail from the cable tie once the tie has been tensioned around a bundle. The user first bends the tail so as to close the slits in one side of the tie and then twists the tie about its longitudinal axis so as to separate the excess tail from the tie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Laporte
  • Patent number: 7516522
    Abstract: A clamping collar comprising an open ring (10), each end of which carries a bearing tab (10A, 10B), and tightening means comprising a tightening bolt (14) whose shank passes through the bores (12A, 12B) in the bearing tabs, a nut (16), and a spacer (18). In order to tighten the collar, the head of the bolt or the nut are driven in rotation. The spacer is disposed between the element that is driven in rotation and the corresponding bearing tab. The spacer (18) is formed by a rolled-up blank disposed around the shank (14B) of the bolt (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Etablissements Caillau
    Inventors: Richard Chene, Didier Goussalt
  • Patent number: 7509713
    Abstract: A clamp assembly selectively grips material. The clamp assembly includes a housing, a gripping assembly and means for connecting the clamp assembly to an object. The housing has a first end, a second end, a first portion and a second portion. The first and second portions cooperate to define a material receiving slot. The first portion of the housing has an angular disposed channel and an angular disposed recessed portion. The second portion of the housing has a gripping surface. The gripping assembly is slidably disposed within the channel such that the recessed portion cooperates with the channel to define a travel path so that the gripping assembly can be selectively movable between a biased first position and a second position. In the biased first position, the gripping assembly extends into the material receiving slot. In the second position the gripping assembly is withdrawn from the material receiving slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Get A Grip, Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Lewis
  • Patent number: 7507049
    Abstract: A closed locking ring for a shaft, a shaft stub or a bore having a locking groove therein. The locking ring can include a closed edge zone and a circumferentially interrupted engagement zone, wherein the circumferentially interrupted engagement zone is proximal to the locking groove and the closed edge zone is distal from the locking groove. The interrupted engagement zone slants towards the axis of the locking ring a sufficient amount to allow axial movement of the locking ring into the position of the locking groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Barnes Group Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Eidam
  • Patent number: 7506419
    Abstract: A buckle includes a male buckle member having a locating bolt, and a slide cover type female buckle member, which has a buckle body, which has an insertion hole for the insertion of the locating bolt of the male buckle member and a notch for the positioning of the locating bolt, a slide cover slidably coupled to the buckle body and movable between a close position where a front notch of the slide cover is forced into engagement with a shank of the locating bolt of the male buckle member to secure the locating bolt firmly to the notch of the buckle body and an open position where the locating bolt is removable from the insertion hole, and two magnetic elements respectively affixed to the buckle body and the slide cover and attractable to each other by magnetic attraction when the slide cover is moved to the close position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Nifco Taiwan Corporation
    Inventor: Tsung-Min Kung
  • Patent number: 7500291
    Abstract: There is provided a waterproof slide fastener comprising a plurality of fastener elements arranged along flat element mounting edge portions opposing each other of a pair of waterproof fastener tapes having a waterproof layer on a belt-like core material surface, an insert pin and a box pin fixed integrally to each flat end portion of the fastener tapes to oppose each other, a slider, and an insert pin fixing member extending from part of a side face on a tape end side of the insert pin over front and rear faces of the fastener tape such that the insert pin fixing member is fixed integrally thereto, wherein an end portion of the insert pin fixing member covers the front end face of the fastener tape on an insert pin fixing side so as to stride across the front and rear faces of the fastener tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Satoshi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 7496994
    Abstract: An improved connecting device for assembling two components is described. The device comprises at least one magnetic male component and at least one magnetic female component. A male component comprises a bull-nose or beveled end integral with a hook and a magnet. A female component comprises an aperture with a guiding curvature, a groove in the same side with the guiding curvature, and a magnet receptacle or magnetic portion to which the magnet of the male component can be attached. A magnetic force between the magnet and the magnetic element of the receptacle in combination with the curved shapes of the female and male components achieve safe and secure engagement of the two components. The components of the device are located in the backside, thereby creating an unalterable appearance from the front. The device is interchangeable in a countless number of combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Inventor: Theresa Headley
  • Patent number: 7493677
    Abstract: A holding clip is provided for fixing the position of components which carry getters and are arranged at least partly as holl bodies in containers used in vacuum systems. The holding clip include, a partial section supporting the component carrying the getter and a partial section forming a supporting part for support in the container. The partial section supports the component carrying the getter by way of a flexurally rigid connection. The partial section is provided with a spring-elastic arrangement, so that the component carrying the getter can be braced relative to the partial section supporting the component carrying the getter and the supporting part can be braced relative to the inner surface of the container by elastic deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Schott AG
    Inventors: Matthias Müller, Günter Bauer
  • Patent number: 7490389
    Abstract: Swivel hook units are usable to position a fabric cover, such as a swimming pool cover. A base portion of unitary construction can be attached to a fabric cover via a strap sewn to the cover. A hook member is attached to the base portion via a fastener device which permits rotational displacement of the hook member to accommodate adjustment during installation. A single rivet-type fastener device may be employed. A swivel hook unit may have a flat bottom for placement against a fabric cover without protrusions which would facilitate abrasion of the cover fabric during use. A flexible member to restrain the hook member from unintended disconnection from an eyebolt may include an end section contour configuration to resist lateral displacement of the flexible member relative to the hook member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Meyco Products, Inc.
    Inventor: John T. Ciniglio
  • Patent number: 7490387
    Abstract: A rope, cable or other linear tension member is retained along its length by a device 10 having a body 12 with a plunger 18 that is movably located in an internal cavity 14 of the body. The body provides a first surface 16 to engage the tension member and the plunger provides a second surface 24 that is disposed in substantially parallel relationship to the first surface. A biasing means 26 is used to urge the plunger upwardly in the internal cavity, so that the first and second surfaces are urged towards registration. Opposing ends 28, 30 of the body may be shaped in a manner to provide a cleat upon which the tension member may be wound or tied off. Mounting means 32, 34 in the body permit the body to be fixed to a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Inventor: Clyde Hillier
  • Patent number: 7490388
    Abstract: A pipe clamp for attaching a duct to a base surface. The pipe clamp has a clamp body with an aperture for arranging the pipe clamp around the duct, a tightening element for keeping the ends of the clamp together, and a spring nut arranged on the second end of the clamp body and provided with a set of resilient lips with free ends facing one another, engaging the tightening element. The spring nut has a baseplate with a through-opening for the shank, and a set of connecting arms. The resilient lips are situated at a distance from the baseplate and are respectively connected to an associated connecting arm which extends substantially transversely to the resilient lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: J. Van Walraven Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Jan van Walraven
  • Patent number: 7480968
    Abstract: A product package clip has tamper evident protection which is formed integrally with the clip. Breakage of frangible connectors indicates that the clip, and thus the package, has been the target of tampering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Edmund Maresh, Eric Allen Stegner, Robert William Stegner
  • Patent number: 7478459
    Abstract: A buckle arranged to connect a band member to a connected member includes a base having an attaching portion for the connected member, a base portion, and opposing lever member supporting portions projecting from the base portion. A lever member is rotatably attached to the base, and includes a combined portion and an operating portion extending from the combined portion. The operating portion includes a slit through which the band member is allowed to pass. The lever member further includes a clamping portion protruding from the combined portion in a direction different from the operating portion. The clamping portion is configured to clamp the band member, which passes between the base portion and the combined portion, to the base portion by a rotation of the lever member towards the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: NIFCO Inc.
    Inventors: Gaku Kawaguchi, Ki-Po Sim
  • Patent number: 7475454
    Abstract: A zipper mechanism is stitched to one side of a base which has a layer of adhesive on the other side. A release liner covers the adhesive and includes a plurality of rows of slits which define sections which are separated from each other. The zipper mechanism is attached to the base by rows of stitches with the rows of stitches being located between sections of the release liner so the release liner can be separated from an adhesive layer covering position in sections without interference by the stitching. The zipper mechanism is formed by a method which slits the release liner just prior to stitching the zipper mechanism to the base and locating each row of stitches between adjacent rows of slits defined in the release liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Inventor: William C. Semons
  • Patent number: 7472461
    Abstract: A coupling member (20) includes cylindrical body (22) and hook (24). Sleeve (70) slides over the outer surface of body (22) between and open position (as shown) and a closed position and carries pin (50) which is guided by slots (60, 62) formed in body (22). Closure shaft (30) is mounted within body (22) and biased by spring (42) towards a closed position wherein end (32) of shaft (30) is received within recess (44) formed in portion (26) of hook (24). Pin (50) is slidably mounted in transverse bore (56) of shaft (30). Spring (58) biases pin head (52) towards shaft (30) so that when shaft (30) is in the closed position, pin head (52) is seated in recess (66) and shaft (30) is thereby locked in the closed position. Coupling member (20) can be used for securing lines in mountaineering or cave diving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Inventor: Edward David Anstee
  • Patent number: 7467443
    Abstract: A retaining tool with rotational locating device includes a main frame and a locator. The main frame provides a first lock part at an end thereof. The locator rotationally inserts through the main frame next to the other end thereof. The locator further includes an adjustable unit and a locking unit attached to the adjustable unit. The locking unit has a second lock part at the lower section thereof corresponding to the first lock part. The lock parts engage with an object and the locking unit with the second lock part is capable of moving vertically in case of the adjustable unit being turned horizontally. The object is forced to keep contact other objects tightly or to release from contacting other objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Asia Vital Components Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sheng-Huang Lin
  • Patent number: 7464442
    Abstract: A tie provides for the bundling of one or more articles. A deformable tie has an elongate strap including an elongate tail at one end and a locking head at the other end. The locking head includes a pair of holding tabs defining a passageway therethrough and slot spaced from the holding tabs having a raised wall. The tie is placed about the articles to be bundled. The tail is inserted through the passageway of the holding tabs in a first direction. The tail is then passed through the slot in the first direction. The tail is bent around the raised slot wall so as to extend in a second direction opposite the first direction. The tail is then passed through the passageway of the holding tab in the second direction and the tail is bent around the holding tab so as to extend back in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Laporte