Patents Examined by Jason W San
  • Patent number: 11002308
    Abstract: A hook device for bungee cords comprising a pair of opposing hooks whose bends substantially overlap when the device is in a closed configuration. The hooks may rotate away from each other into an opened configuration to enclose an object, and the hooks may rotate towards each other into a crossed configuration to provide a pull tab. The hooks are resistively held in each configuration by retaining elements. One hook may have a shallow throat to enable insertion into narrow openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Erik Vaclav Chmelar
  • Patent number: 10993505
    Abstract: A flexible magnetic fastening apparatus with enhanced strength and reduced noise during use is provided. The magnetic fastening apparatus includes an upper fastener detachably coupled to a lower fastener. Each fastener in the upper and lower fasteners has a fabric layer that encapsulates a magnetic member. The magnetic member in each fastener has a positive magnetic pole at the bottom surface of the fabric layer and a negative magnetic pole at the top surface of the fabric layer. The negative magnetic pole of the magnetic member in the lower fastener attracts the positive magnetic pole of the magnetic member in the upper fastener, thereby coupling the bottom surface of the upper fastener to the top surface of the lower fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Frank Dale Boxberger
  • Patent number: 10982474
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a fitting (1) for arrangement to a door and a door frame. The fitting (1) comprises a body (3), a first part (4), and a support plate (6) arranged at a door facing side of the body. The fitting is configured to abut the door when arranged thereto and comprises a distance element (5) in-between the support plate and the body which sets an offset between the support plate and the body. The distance element is moveable between different positions providing different offset between the body and the support plate. This arrangement minimizes the penetration of air or other substance through the door due to an offset between the door and door frame and can be used on different types of doors with different offsets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Industrilås i Nässjö Aktiebolag
    Inventor: Bengt-Åke Alfredsson
  • Patent number: 10973282
    Abstract: Described herein is a flexible but resilient material comprising a soft outside shell and an internal flexible but resilient support core, as well as a method for constructing such a flexible but resilient material that can have multiple applications, including being used to manufacture an improved wearable apparatus to help young children, individuals who are physically challenged, and/or who have a limiting physical disability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Charisse Satchell, Elise Bourne-Busby, Ethel Edwards
  • Patent number: 10966490
    Abstract: A female button is in an unlocked state when a rotator takes a first position and is in a locked state when the rotator takes a second position, insertion and removal of a post of a male button being allowed in the unlocked state, and insertion and removal of the post of the male button being hindered in the locked state. Arresting part or elastic member is provided with a projection which, when the rotator rotates toward the second position, displaces the arresting part toward the rotational axis before the rotator reaches the second position and, if the displacement of the arresting part toward the rotational axis is obstructed by the post, rotational resistance of the rotator is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Eiji Sumiuchi, Shoji Matsui, Hayato Tadokoro, Takahiro Kanno
  • Patent number: 10967624
    Abstract: The article includes a thermoplastic layer having opposing first and second side edges and a first surface bearing male fastening elements. The thermoplastic layer is plastically deformed and has a retardance profile having an average retardance along a line from the first edge to a location 500 micrometers from the first edge and a distance from the first edge where 75% of the average retardance is observed of at least 10 micrometers. In some cases, a distance between the first and second side edges is up to 50 millimeters. In some cases, the article is a fastening tab. The method includes providing a thermoplastic film having opposing first and second side edges, with a distance between the opposing side edges of up to 50 millimeters, and stretching the thermoplastic film to form the thermoplastic layer, which is plastically deformed. The first surface of the thermoplastic film bears male fastening elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Thomas J. Gilbert, Todd L. Nelson, Neelakandan Chandrasekaran, Steven J. Perron, Timothy P. Pariseau, Mark A. Peltier
  • Patent number: 10959491
    Abstract: A fastening element for a shoe of a boot comprising a disk-shaped single or multi-part main part, comprising a base side for fastening to the shoe, a cover side lying opposite the base side, and two grooves molded into a casing between the base side and the cover side for receiving and guiding a respective end of a shoelace. The grooves have an entrance angle at which shoelaces are to enter into the fastening element when laced in the pulling direction and an exit angle at which shoelaces are to exit the fastening element when pulled in the pulling direction, and wherein the entrance angle is greater than or equal to the exit angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: NITRO Snowboards Entwicklungs-GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Delago
  • Patent number: 10959497
    Abstract: A watertight zipper includes two zipper tapes each including: a base tape; zipper teeth arranged on the base tape, the zipper teeth on the two zipper tapes being matched with each other and capable of being engaged with each other to pull the two zipper tapes together; a first waterproof body extending to an inner side of the zipper tape, wherein in response to the two zipper tapes being pulled together, a first inner side surface of the first waterproof body of one of the zipper tapes is fit closely to a second inner side surface of the first waterproof of the other one of the zipper tapes, so that two first waterproof bodies are capable of covering over the zipper teeth together, and fit surfaces of the two first waterproof bodies laterally deviate from an engagement center line of the zipper teeth on the two zipper tapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Zhiqiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10959494
    Abstract: Described is a portable footwear tightener lace replacement (mechanism) for use with an ice skate, sports shoe, work boot, sneaker or other footwear that has eyelets or lace hooks and normally uses laces for tightening. The portable footwear tightener includes an inside strap having a tooth or ribbed top side, an inside strap footwear attachment structure, an outside strap having a ratchet or clasp/buckle mechanism, an outside strap footwear attachment structure. Each of the inside strap and the outside strap is attached to the footwear through the eyelets, hooks or hoops by the inside strap footwear attachment structure and the outside footwear attachment structure, respectively, and the ribbed or toothed portion of the inside strap is connectable to ratchet or clasp/buckle mechanism of the outside strap into a snug arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: D&J INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Denny Spicher, Joshua Spicher, Jeremy Spicher
  • Patent number: 10954705
    Abstract: Disclosed is a grill damping hinge comprising a hinge lower cover and a hinge upper cover covering the top of the hinge lower cover. The invention can adopt double-axis double spring pressing design, and the hinge ear can be adjusted back and forth, and can be easily adjusted when the oven body and the oven cover are different in size, to ensure the sealing effect. The upper cover of the invention is lighter during opening and closing, and the opening-and-closing of the oven cover can stay at any angle within 0 to 58°, thereby avoiding the natural falling of the oven cover and having higher safety performance; In the production process of the invention, the cumbersome link of the screws and the nuts in the traditional hinge is avoided, and the manual installation and commissioning cost can be greatly saved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignees: WUXI HUICHANG ADVANCED GRILL CO., LTD., WUXI M.Y. ADVANCED GRILL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yicheng Ma
  • Patent number: 10934757
    Abstract: A damper assembly is provided for a toggle type hinge with a mounting flange (13) and an arm assembly (11) pivotally connected thereto. The assembly comprises a damping device (16) that is actuable along a linear axis and a housing (20) mounted on the mounting flange to retain the damping device. The assembly further comprises means for converting pivotal movement of the hinge into linear actuation of the damping device. This comprises an actuating lever (21) connected to the damping device and engageable with the hinge arm assembly via a first camming mechanism causing the actuating lever to rotate in response to pivotal movement of the hinge arm assembly. A second camming mechanism causes linear displacement of the actuating lever in response to its rotational movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Titus d.o.o. Dekani
    Inventors: Valter Svara, David Pecar, Emanuel Penko, Miha Srebot
  • Patent number: 10935934
    Abstract: A bar for securing a watch wristlet including a hollow inner tube arranged in the hollow body, and is configured to co-operate with the first pivot and the second pivot. The second pivot and the spring are inserted in the hollow inner tube. The hollow body and the hollow inner tube being configured such that a displacement of the lug along the longitudinal groove towards the second pivot gives rise to a displacement of the second pivot, in the hollow inner tube, towards the lug, the user can easily retract the two pivots by manual action on the lug, with the simple movement of a finger, and without a tool. In fact, since the lug is integral with the first pivot, this action by the user tends to bring the first and second pivots towards one another inside the hollow body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Francois Maire, Jean-Marc Von Allmen, Jonathan Vonlanthen
  • Patent number: 10935104
    Abstract: A load binder includes: a body; a slotted spool rotatably attached to the body and about which a strap can be coiled; a ratchet mechanism coupled to the body and spool and including a shaft and a button, the shaft being adapted, by virtue of a hexagon head, to be turned, the ratchet mechanism, being adapted, when the shaft is turned, to rotate the spool, and being further adapted, when the button is depressed, to release the spool for free rotation; and a wrench, releasably secured to the body, and adapted, when released from the body, to engage the hexagon head of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Laura D'Antonio
  • Patent number: 10932532
    Abstract: A clasp for a bracelet or wristband includes first and second blades, the first blade being articulated to the second blade by a first end, between a closed position, in which the second blade is folded onto the first blade, and an open position, in which the second blade is released from the first blade, the first blade being articulated at a second end to a member for attaching a first wristband portion. The clasp includes an adjustment mechanism arranged to adjust the position of the second blade with respect to the first blade in an open position, the adjustment mechanism including a groove machined in the second blade, an arbor integral with the first blade and passing through the groove, the arbor receiving a pusher for releasing and/or locking it in order to move the second blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Omega SA
    Inventors: Eric Vuilleme, Yohann Ferraroli
  • Patent number: 10918167
    Abstract: A strap adjustor can include a first surface, a second surface opposite the first surface, and a third surface that extends between the first surface and the second surface. A first through opening can extend completely through the strap adjustor between the first surface and the second surface. A second through opening can extend completely through the strap adjustor between the first surface and the second surface. A can bar separate the first through opening and the second through opening. A first end opening can extend from the third surface to the first through opening, and a second end opening cab extend from the third surface to the first through opening. A first strap can be disposed through the first end opening. A second strap can be disposed through the second end opening. The first and second straps can be disposed through the first through opening and over the bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: BELL SPORTS, INC.
    Inventor: Ximena Prugue
  • Patent number: 10918169
    Abstract: A locking slide clip includes a C-shaped body and a door. The C-shaped body defines an opening in communication with a slot. The door is pivotably engaged with the C-shaped body opposite the slot and includes a protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Scott David Kolasa, Steven Craig Keller, Michael Wesley Havran, Eric William Millward
  • Patent number: 10918171
    Abstract: Provided is a copper alloy fastener element which improves season cracking resistance by a means different from that of increasing a ratio of a ? phase. The copper alloy fastener element includes a copper-zinc alloy as a base material, the base material having: an apparent zinc content of from 34 to 38%; a dendrite structure; and a ? phase at a ratio of 10% or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Takanori Kumei, Atsushi Ogihara, Chikako Hiromi, Yoshio Taira, Muneyoshi Yokota, Takahiro Fukuyama, Kouta Kido
  • Patent number: 10907675
    Abstract: A fastener for connecting two layers of stacked plate-like elements includes first through fifth sections. The first section is configured to abut against an outer side of the first plate-like element. The second section has a height corresponding to a thickness of the first plate-like element and is receivable in a through hole of the first plate-like element. The third section is configured to pass through the through hole of the first plate-like element in a first orientation, and a first side of the third section is configured to abut against an inner side of the first plate-like element in a second orientation, and a second side of the third section is configured to abut against an inner side of the second plate-like element. The fourth section is configured to pass through the through hole of the first plate-like element in the first orientation, and the fourth section is receivable in a through hole of the second plate-like element. The fifth section is configured to hold the second plate-like element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Bin Ai
  • Patent number: 10874179
    Abstract: A rotational mechanism of a separable stop member for a slide fastener may include: a first member including a first main body, an opening provided in the first main body, and one or more first contact portions provided in the opening; and a second member including a second main body, and one or more second contact portions provided, as a protrusion, in the second main body. One of the first and second contact portions may include an arc-shaped sloped surface extends in an arc about a rotational axis, and the other one of the first and second contact portions may include a sliding portion that slides on the arc-shaped sloped surface. The sliding portion may slide on the arc-shaped sloped surface such that at least one of the first and second main bodies is rotated about the rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: Shigeyoshi Takazawa, Shigeki Annaka
  • Patent number: 10874176
    Abstract: Disclosed is a belt buckle including a surround and an ornamental plate arranged in an interior space defined by the surround. The ornamental plate is connected to the surround by a pivot that allows the ornamental plate to be reversed within the surround. The buckle includes a lock to hold the ornamental plate in position with respect to the surround in a first position that exposes a first face of the ornamental plate via an open upper face of the surround, and in a second position that exposes a second face of the ornamental plate via the open upper face of the surround. The lock includes a first element projecting along an edge face of the ornamental plate and a second element projecting on an interior edge of the surround and which are configured to lock together mechanically. Also disclosed is a belt including such a buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: HERMES SELLIER
    Inventor: Philippe Mouquet