Patents Examined by James R. Brittain
  • Patent number: 7464445
    Abstract: A cap structure for a zipper includes a cap and a resilient tab. The cap has a containing groove formed on the bottom surface thereof. At least one lug is disposed on the bottom surface of the containing groove. The bottom of the concave portion is lower than the top of the lug. Two sides of the cap each have a side wall. Each of the side walls has a recess opening that communicates with the containing groove. The resilient tap is disposed within the containing groove and the resilient tap abuts against the limiting portions. One end of the resilient tap has an aperture that corresponds to the lug. Therefore, the resilient tap and cap are combined to form the cap structure. Because the space for the resilient tap to bend is bigger, the force for pulling the slide of the zipper is smaller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventor: Yu-Pau Lin
  • Patent number: 7464448
    Abstract: A buckle assembly includes a first connection member and a second connection member. The first connection member includes engagement members, such as buttons. The second connection member is configured to connect to the first connection member, and includes openings in which the engagement members are retained when the first connection member is connected to the second connection member. The second connection member also includes release arms configured to be actuated to engage the engagement members in order to disconnect the first connection member from the second connection member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Scott D. Kolasa
  • Patent number: 7464444
    Abstract: A hose clamp includes a binding belt, which has a flat head, a protruded portion disposed adjacent to the flat head and defining a locating hole, a through hole cut through the flat head, two bottom welding flanges at two sides of the through hole, two bottom stop blocks in front of the through hole, and two bottom retaining rods behind the through hole, and a screw holder, which is attached to the top surface of the flat head to hold a screw for joining the ends of the binding belt, having two mounting plates respectively clamped on the bottom surface of the flat head and stopped between the stop blocks and the protruded portion and respectively welded to the welding flanges by spot welding, the mounting plates each having a positioning rod respectively engaged into the locating hole in the protruded portion and a retaining hole respectively forced into engagement with the retaining rods of the binding belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventor: Dian-Tai Chen
  • Patent number: 7458134
    Abstract: A constriction assembly that has a regulator on two ends of head bands and includes a casing seat, the regulator and a pad. By pressing protruding buttons of the regulator support arms formed on both sides of the buttons are displaced and driving turning bodies to disengage the chuck groves from the projection pieces of the band so that the band can reach a loosened state. In contrary, the band can be constricted by pulling the ends of the band while the protruding buttons are free of pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: QDS Injection Molding LLC
    Inventor: Chih-Cheng Shiue
  • Patent number: 7451531
    Abstract: A fastener adapter for connecting fastener straps. The fastener adapter includes an outer member, and an inner member attached at an angle to the outer member such that the outer and inner members cooperate to form first and second pockets. At least one of the first and second pockets defines one of an all-hook and an all-loop pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: EBI, LLC
    Inventors: James Israel, Eric Heiberg
  • Patent number: 7444723
    Abstract: A safety hook includes: a hook body defining a hook mouth; a latch unit including a latch plate pivoted to the hook body so as to be rotatable between locked and unlocked positions, the latch plate having a blocking plate portion; a releasing unit including a releasing plate pivoted to the hook body, the releasing plate having a driving plate portion; and a safety lock unit including a bent safety plate disposed between the latch plate and the releasing plate, pivotable between restraining and releasing positions, and having a restraining end portion abutting against the blocking plate portion, and a driven end portion abutting against the driving plate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Usang Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yu-Wen Lin
  • Patent number: 7444722
    Abstract: A male component of a mechanical fastening system, such as a hook and loop fastener, that can remain fastened to a female component under high levels of shear force. The male component has a backing material with protrusions extending from the backing material at an angle toward the direction of fastener force. The combination of the male component with a female loop component results in a secure fastening system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary Lou McDaniel, Nadezhda Efremova, Joseph Earl Pierce, Lisha Yu, Brian Van Benschoten, Wallace L. Kurtz, Jr., Ernesto S. Tachauer
  • Patent number: 7444718
    Abstract: A ratchet buckle device includes a base having two side plates rotatably attached to a reel drum, one or more toothed discs attached to the reel drum and latched to the base with a stop, an operating arm having two legs rotatably attached to the reel drum, a catch device latching the operating arm to the toothed disc, and a latch pivotally attached to the side plates for engaging with the toothed disc, and for allowing the latch to be tilted relative to the side plates, and the ratchet buckle device includes an improved structure for allowing the ratchet buckle device to be easily operated and for allowing the belt or strap to be temporarily released and to be easily unlocked or unfastened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Inventor: Vincent Chang
  • Patent number: 7444721
    Abstract: A fastener clip includes a pair of laterally offset legs joined at a head portion, wherein the legs form a clip opening at an opposite end of the head portion. A pair of arms are coupled to the pair of legs adjacent to the head portion such that the arms move substantially independently from the pair of legs, wherein the arms project toward the clip opening to form a frictional opening and to permit insertion or withdrawal of a post such that the post causes a non-compressive force between the arms when the post is withdrawn. The post may be a blade, post or tower on a body panel or any suitable flat post. The fastener clip is operative for insertion into a hole defined in a first engagement structure, such as a vehicle chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Termax Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Walter Smith, Daniel James Dickinson
  • Patent number: 7437806
    Abstract: A safety hook includes: a hook body having a base segment that has front and rear end portions, the rear end portion being formed with an elongate groove that is defined by a groove-defining wall which has a lower surface; a latch locking unit including a limiting rod that extends through the elongate groove and that is in sliding contact with the lower surface of the groove-defining wall; and a latch unit pivoted to the front end portion. The latch unit has a limiting arm unit extending toward the limiting rod, disposed above the limiting rod, and arrested by the limiting rod when moving downwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Usang Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yu-Wen Lin
  • Patent number: 7430787
    Abstract: The link element (12) includes a strand (14), which extends longitudinally in a horizontal plane, and a front end which (22) includes a device for attachment to a watch (10). The attachment device includes a casing (24), which is secured to the front end (22) of the strand (14), and two coaxial securing pins (26) of transverse axis (A) which are received in two associated lateral housings (28) of the casing (24). A free end of each pin (26) is pivotally received about the transverse axis (A) in one of the two opposite orifices of the watch (10). The casing (24) includes a bottom plate (32) and a top back plate (34), The front end (22) of the strand (14) includes a holding pin (44), which is fitted vertically into a opening (46) of the bottom plate (32). The top back plate (34) is secured to the bottom plate (32) trapping the front end (22) of the strand (14) such that the casing (24) is secured to the strand (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Management Services AG
    Inventor: Philippe Loetscher
  • Patent number: 7426773
    Abstract: A post attachment device for connecting a helmet to a head and neck support. The device includes a post anchor having a base, a button, a resilient member, a post, a retainer and a catch having a slot with a larger first section connected by a channel to a smaller second section. The button is positioned in an indention in the base with the resilient member positioned therebetween. The post extends through the button, the base and the helmet. The retainer is secured on the post adjacent the inner surface of the helmet. To secure the post attachment device, the catch is orientated over the post. The button is then depressed into the base while the catch is moved backwards to move the post into the second section of the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: Hubbard/Downing, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Downing, Samuel V. Tidwell, Sr., Steve L. Caldwell
  • Patent number: 7426772
    Abstract: A fastener element for a concealed type slide fastener having a substantially U shaped section including a side edge portion mounting groove for a fastener tape, comprising: a C shaped base portion; flat first and second tape nipping portions extended substantially in parallel from respective front ends of the C shaped base portion; and a coupling portion integrated with an engaging face side on the opposite side to a tape nipping face of the second tape nipping portion, wherein the first tape nipping portion has expanded portions expanded back and forth in a coupling direction, and a front end face of the first tape nipping portion is formed wider than a front end face of the second tape nipping portion, thereby having excellent concealed property and coupling strength and capable of preventing generation of a gap between right and left fastener tapes even if pulling stress is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Naoyuki Himi, Masayoshi Kojima
  • Patent number: 7424769
    Abstract: Buckling is prevented at the time of clamping a band body, and the band body is made short.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Ogino, Takashi Morimoto, Hiroshi Ikeda, Toshiya Migita
  • Patent number: 7421763
    Abstract: An adjuster for facemask includes a main body and a plurality of fixing pillars. Each of the fixing pillars provides an anti-move-back elastic member and a fixing groove in a way of the anti-move-back elastic member and a fixing groove in a way of the anti-move-back elastic member being received in the fixing groove. An end of a girding band on the facemask is capable of being inserted into the fixing groove to be adjustably held by the anti-move-back elastic member tightly such that the facemask can be worn comfortably and contact the face area surrounding the mouth and the nose of the user tightly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Center Healthcare Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yung-Chu Cheng
  • Patent number: 7418771
    Abstract: A clip for clamping a cloth according to the invention is mounted on an embroidery frame including an outer frame, and an inner frame which is internally engaged with the outer frame thereby to hold a cloth to be worked between the outer frame and the inner frame. The clip includes a leaf spring member which can be detachably mounted on the outer frame, and an urging member which is fitted to this leaf spring member and adapted to press the cloth to be worked onto the inner frame. The leaf spring member has a first engaging portion adapted to be engaged with a lower part of the outer frame from outside, a first plate portion extending upwardly from the first engaging portion, a second plate portion formed in an upper part of this first plate portion by way of a bent portion and downwardly inclined along an inner face of the outer frame, and a second engaging portion formed in this second plate portion and adapted to be engaged with an upper part of the outer frame from inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masayuki Hori
  • Patent number: 7415753
    Abstract: A slide fastener, wherein in the fastener chain openable and closable from both ends thereof, a box pin and the insert pin, which can join with or separate from each other, are provided at least on an end of the fastener chain; and a protrusion facing the insert pin and projecting from an opposing face is provided at a front end of the box pin; the protrusion has slopes inclined in a direction of approaching the insert pin on upper and lower sides of the protrusion; and the lower side of the protrusion makes contact with a diamond of the reverse opening slider, while the upper side of the protrusion can guide the insert pin smoothly when the pin is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Kusayama, Kiyomasa Segawa
  • Patent number: 7412754
    Abstract: A system for tensioning lines, particularly belts or webs, utilizing a bi-directional tensioning device. The system includes an anchoring tensioning line, the proximal end of which is removably attached to a first end of the device, and a threadable tensioning line, the proximal end of which is threadably attached to a second end of the device. The distal ends of both tensioning lines are fastened to a support surface. A ratcheting system included in the device winds the proximal end of the threadable tensioning line by means of a pivot handle. The threadable tensioning line is tightened when the handle is pivoted in the direction of the second end of the device. The user may change the direction of the power stroke simply by switching the anchoring tensioning line from the first end to the second end and the threadable tensioning line from the second end to the first end of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Inventor: Burton Warren Hanson
  • Patent number: 7404238
    Abstract: A securing strap for use independently or in combination with one or more similar straps. The securing strap includes a head portion and a shank portion. The head portion includes a first slot as well as first and second arrowhead shaped portions each having a neck portion. The arrowhead shaped portions are positioned in a head to tail relationship. The shank portion includes a second slot. The neck portion of the first arrowhead portion is adapted to engage the first slot. The neck portion of the second arrowhead portion is adapted to engage the second slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Inventor: Stephen Robert McNeill
  • Patent number: 7401387
    Abstract: A clip for joining structural parts comprises a disk having an inner portion and an outer portion forming a rim about the inner portion. The inner portion has a depression with a recess extending downwardly from the depression and provided with a laterally-extending opening for receiving a mounting member, such as a pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventor: Frank Rosemann