Patents Examined by Jeffrey O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10442246
    Abstract: A device configured to couple to a wheel assembly of a mobile device is provided. The device includes a first side portion configured to couple to a first lateral side of the wheel assembly. The device also includes a second side portion configured to couple to a second lateral side of the wheel assembly opposite the first lateral side, wherein the first and second side portions are compliant mechanisms configured to both move a movable obstacle out of a path of the mobile device and to retract in response to a force exerted on the first and second side portions by a fixed obstacle disposed along the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: David Ellis Barker, Brettany Rupert, Melissa Elvia Barraza, Andrew A. May, Cameron Barrett Pluim, Cameron Michael Thevenin, Michael LeNeave
  • Patent number: 10442073
    Abstract: Rotatable handles and related methods are disclosed herein. In one form, the handle has a first clamp member, a second clamp member connected to the first clamp member on one end and mating with the first clamp member at another end, and an actuator operable to drive the mated ends of the first clamp member and second clamp member together to create a clamping force between the first clamp member and the second clamp member and secure the rotatable handle into a fixed position with respect to an object to which the rotatable handle is connected. Various methods are also disclosed herein with respect to the rotatable handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Brauer, Scott J. Emmerich
  • Patent number: 10435932
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a fastenerless hinge system which enables a thin form factor low cost design. A hinge system described herein may include a hinge bracket and a hinge wing. The hinge bracket includes an elevated portion thereby providing a hollow region and one or more spring tabs. The hinge wing is slidably coupled to the hinge bracket through the hollow portion. Advantageously, a hinge system consistent with the present disclosure does not include fasteners such that the ā€œZā€ height of the computing device may be minimized in addition to reducing costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Mark E. Sprenger, Kenan Arik, Drew G. Damm
  • Patent number: 10435931
    Abstract: A door closer device for driving a door to a predetermined closed position includes an adjustment mechanism and a door closer which is integrated with the door. The adjustment mechanism includes a base, an adjusting plate and at least one fixing element, wherein the adjusting plate is stacked with the base and coupled with the door closer. The adjusting plate and the base respectively include at least one adjusting bore, and the adjusting bores are corresponding with each other. One of the adjusting bores includes a first limiting end and a second limiting end, and a first moving path is defined between the first and second limiting ends. The fixing element is disposed in the adjusting bores and can move along the first moving path to fix the adjusting plate on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventors: Wen-Yuan Su, Jia-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 10422175
    Abstract: A hinge for cold rooms or glass shutters, coupling a stationary support structure and a shutter movable between an open position and a shutter position, includes a hinge body having a working chamber; a pivot defining a first longitudinal axis coupled to the hinge body to rotate around the first axis between the open and the closed shutter position; a cam element integral with the pivot; a plunger element sliding in the working chamber along a second axis substantially perpendicular to the first axis, the plunger element having a slider with an operative face interacting with the cam element; and an elastic counteracting member acting upon the plunger element to move it along the second axis between a position proximal to the bottom wall of the working chamber and a position distal therefrom. The hinge body has a substantially plate shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Luciano Bacchetti
  • Patent number: 10415283
    Abstract: The invention disclosed provides a hinge capable of a vertical and overlay adjustment, comprised of a recessed hinge cup and a hinge arm connected to an attachment plate and an abutment plate which are further connected by a deformable hinge section. An overlay adjustment is provided by bending the deformable hinge section through use of an overlay adjustment screw fitted between the attachment plate and the abutment plate. The novel hinge provided is also adjustable vertically via an adjustment screw accessed by a portal in the attachment plate. The design is less complicated and therefore is lighter and less expensive than previous overlay adjustable hinges and allows delicate and semi-permanent adjustments to be made by a single installer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Mark Jeffrey Lowe, Udhaya Bhaskar Nallamottu
  • Patent number: 10407941
    Abstract: A handle assembly for sheet metal lids is provided, comprising a handle member having an upper plate and a grip, and a base member having a pair of brackets formed to engage a corner of the sheet metal lid, and wherein the brackets include an upwardly open groove and a mounting plate. The grooves engage an underside of the lid, wherein the upper plate of the handle member is removably attached to the mounting plates of the base member by a plurality of fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: Barry Wagner, Benjamin Glenn
  • Patent number: 10407958
    Abstract: A hinge device includes a first connecting member and a second connecting member pivotably connected to the first connecting member by an axle. A rotary member and a limiting member are mounted in the axle. The rotary member includes a at least one positioning groove. The limiting member includes at least one positioning leg. The rotary member is actuatable by the first connecting member to pivot about the axle. The limiting member is fixed on the axle. The limiting member is located between the rotary member and a retaining device biasing the limiting member toward the rotary member. When the first connecting member pivots through an angle relative to the second connecting member, the at least one positioning leg engages with the at least one positioning groove, thereby positioning the first connecting member relative to the second connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Kuo-Ho Tsou
  • Patent number: 10400492
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hinge for windows having a sash hinged on a fixed frame; in particular, the hinge is of the hidden type, i.e. is mounted inside the jamb of the fixed frame, so that it is not visible when the sash is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: FAPIN S.P.A.
    Inventor: Sergio Pacini
  • Patent number: 10400496
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates a stop apparatus for use with a system comprising: a first component having a first surface; and a second component having a second surface. The second component is movable relative to the first component. The first surface and the second surface are disposed at different orientations when the first surface is located in proximity to the second surface. The stop apparatus is operable to be disposed between the two surfaces and operable to prevent them directly contacting each other. The apparatus may comprise an elongated body and an adjustable setting mount assembly inter-connected to the body. The mount assembly is operable to selectively adjust the angle at which the body is mounted relative to the first mounting surface over a range of angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignees: NO SLAM LTD.
    Inventors: Levi Garrett Kuta, Jeremy Loewen, Douglas Grelowski
  • Patent number: 10385598
    Abstract: A tip is provided for a geared hinge including a first leaf, a second leaf and a cap enclosing complementary meshed edges of the first and the second leaves, at least one of the first leaf, the second leaf and the cap defining a channel. The tip includes a body with a depending tongue constructed and arranged for complementary engagement in the channel, an angled upper end projecting vertically from the tongue, the upper end including an inclined surface extending from a top portion to the tongue, the inclined surface defining an overhang extending on at least one side of the tongue for covering the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Ankit Shah, Rafael Prieto Velasco
  • Patent number: 10384531
    Abstract: The universal wheel includes a base member, a vertical axle, a lift member, and a wheel member. The lift member adjusts the universal wheel's height. A first driving element, a second driving element, and an engaging element are configured on the base member and the wheel member. The first driving element for turning the base member laterally within 360 degrees. The second driving element is for rolling the wheel member around its lateral axle. The engaging element couples or decouples an external shaft with the lateral axle of the wheel member. As such, through the first and second driving elements, and the engaging element, the universal wheel can control a height from the ground and can be rolled forward, laterally, obliquely, turned 360 degrees when standing in place, or in a combination of these operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Chun-Hsiang Yang, Hsiu-Fang Chang
  • Patent number: 10378756
    Abstract: A ceramic ferrule assembly is provided, including a head including at least one tab protruding outwardly from an inner peripheral surface thereof, and a stem having an annular flange about an outer peripheral surface thereof and having at least one slot formed therein, the slot being adapted to receive the tab and retain the tab in a stationary position when the stem is rotated relative the head, whereby the at least one tab and the at least one slot mechanically engage one another to secure the ferrule stem and ferrule head to prevent axial disassociation from one another without counter rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Blasch Precision Ceramics, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin L. Collins, III, William P. Russell, Jeffrey J. Bolebruch
  • Patent number: 10378257
    Abstract: In at least one implementation, a nut for a hinge pin includes a head and a sidewall portion extending from the head to a free end. The sidewall portion includes at least one void that defines part of at least one sidewall section. The void extends radially through the sidewall portion and along at least part of the axial extent of the sidewall portion including the free end so that the free end of the sidewall portion is not circumferentially continuous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventor: Adam C Witting
  • Patent number: 10358851
    Abstract: A compliant hinge for deployable membrane-like structures and other applications is provided. The compliant hinge generally includes a flexible intermediate portion having one or more enclosed contours connected by inner longitudinal segments along a longitudinal axis of symmetry. The enclosed contours are resiliently deformable in response to an in-plane load, including tension and shear forces. The compliant hinge allows for rotation, bending, and extension, and can interconnect rigid panels in tensioned precision structures and other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Emil V. Ardelean, Sungeun K. Jeon, Jeremy A. Banik
  • Patent number: 10352079
    Abstract: A pneumatic door closer includes a rotary energy-storing mechanism including a housing and a driving mechanism. The driving mechanism includes a cylinder, a second piston assembly and a sealing element, the sealing element is in an air tight connection with the cylinder and the second piston assembly, to form a closed space filled with high pressure gas in the cylinder. The second piston assembly drives the closed space into a first air chamber and a second air chamber in communication with each other. The driving mechanism also includes a first piston assembly connected to the second piston assembly. The pneumatic door closer also includes a transmission mechanism having one end received in the housing and another end connected to the door frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Cmech (Guangzhou) Ltd.
    Inventor: Fan Shui Wang
  • Patent number: 10351082
    Abstract: A metal grommet includes a front body and a back body which are brought into contact with an object. The front body includes a flange provided with a plurality of fixing bosses, a cylindrical front barrel vertically protruding from the flange, a plurality of outer coupling teeth formed on a front end of the front barrel, and a plurality of rib grooves formed between the outer coupling teeth at regular intervals. The back body includes a flange provided with a plurality of fixing bosses, a cylindrical back barrel vertically protruding from the flange, the back barrel being inserted into the front barrel, and an inner coupling flare protruding from the flange and spaced apart from the back barrel, in which the inner coupling flare is formed by casting, and is pressed by a presser so that a front end of the inner coupling flare is bent inwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Hong Kwan Kim
  • Patent number: 10344511
    Abstract: An example device includes a first member, a second member, and a hinge. The hinge pivotably couples the first member to the second member. The hinge includes a damper. The damper includes core, and the core has a lobed portion. In another example, a device includes a first mounting member, a second mounting member, a first connector pivotably coupled to the first mounting member at a first hinge and to the second mounting member at a second hinge, a second connector pivotably coupled to the first mounting member at a third hinge and to the second mounting member at a fourth hinge, and a damper positioned at least at one of the first hinge, second hinge, third hinge or the fourth hinge, the damper including core with lobed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Gerald Boyum, Lynn A Collie, Kevin Lo
  • Patent number: 10337224
    Abstract: A door hinge includes first and second leaves each with a plate portion, a free edge and an opposite geared edge, the geared edges meshing with each other as the leaves operationally pivot. Each leaf has a front surface and an opposite back surface. A cap covers the meshed geared edges on the back surface and defines a pivot axis for each of the leaves, the cap defining a channel A recess is provided in the front surface of each leaf, the recesses being in communication with the channel, each recess defining a break in the geared edges. First and second access panels are removably secured in the recesses, having a geared panel edge complementary with the leaf geared edge and filling the break, and at least one of the access panels being secured to the respective hinge leaf by security fasteners extending only into the leaf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Ankit Shah
  • Patent number: 10336135
    Abstract: A wheel adapter for a cargo container includes a wheeled adapter body. A container connector on the adapter body is configured for connection to the cargo container. A container elevation bolt threadably engages the adapter body. The container elevation bolt is selectively adjustable to correspondingly adjust an elevation of the adapter body and raise the cargo container for transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Frederick W. Anton Engelbrecht, Richard Alan Stahl, Marshall Roy Crosby