Patents Examined by Katherine W Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10563456
    Abstract: An apparatus controls the operation of multiple barriers at a common location. The apparatus includes a controller that determines which particular barrier operator among a group of several barrier operators should execute functionality based on certain operating conditions (e.g., location, speed, direction, orientation, etc.) relative to a controller or another component of the apparatus. In response to a user operating an interface in a manner intended to effect a barrier operator function, the apparatus causes the particular barrier operator to execute the function without affecting the other barrier operators among the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Bodurka, Casparus Cate, Mark L. Karasek
  • Patent number: 10561866
    Abstract: A cushioning apparatus is described for use with a safety harness used to aid in back, neck, and head support. The cushioning apparatus can easily be added to most safety harnesses in use today. The cushioning apparatus comprises a back (and perhaps shoulder) support pad, used in combination with an adjustable head and neck rest. The head rest may also be made to pivot forward and back. The neck rest is preferably attached to the back support pad via a support plate disposed on a rear surface of the back support pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Garrett Lee Hinnant
  • Patent number: 10557532
    Abstract: A movable latch housing apparatus and method of installation for enhancing security of a latch mechanism that has a channel with a linear drive that is removably engagable to a slidable engagement structure with a shoulder that is pivotally attached through an arm to a door for automated opening and closing, with a lever that can selectably disengage the slidable engagement structure from the linear drive to allow the door to open freely. The apparatus includes a base and a pair of opposing sidewalls each extending in a same direction perpendicular to and straddling the base and attach to the shoulder, the sidewalls extend beyond the base forming an open ended slot for arm movement. Wherein operationally, the base and the sidewalls shield the lever from unauthorized access to help prevent disengagement of the lever from the linear drive which would allow the door to be freely opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Hubert Junior Hill
  • Patent number: 10556566
    Abstract: A cargo blind end cap assembly of a vehicle comprises an end cap to receive a cargo blind bar and a seat belt retainer to retain and release a seat belt tongue. The seat belt retainer is coupled to the end cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Nick Theologou
  • Patent number: 10550637
    Abstract: An obstruction detection system for motorized window shades is presented having a motor, shade material, a bottom bar, and a motor controller having a microprocessor. The microprocessor is configured to detect when an obstruction has been encountered when closing the motorized window shades. When an obstruction is detected, the microprocessor stops lowering the shade material and the bottom bar thereby preventing further damage or destruction. The system may also be used to report when an unexpected obstruction has been detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: THE WATT STOPPER, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Selogy, Ben Kutell, Brian Baisden, Sean Scalf, Curtis Scott
  • Patent number: 10549793
    Abstract: A latch mechanism for releasably securing a hinged gate to one or more latches. The latch mechanism includes a handle that is pivotally connected to a gate wall. The handle includes at least one retention arm that lockingly engages a latch when the hinged gate is in a latched position. According to certain embodiments, the handle includes a retention arm at both ends of the handle, with the handle extending generally along the length of the gate wall. Further, the handle may be pivotally displaced about the retention arm(s) so that the handle is displaced from the first position to a second position. As the handle is pivotally displaced to the second position, a release mechanism of the handle may engage and pivotally displace the adjacent latch so that the retention arm may be released from the locking engagement with the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Club Car, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Paul Huston, Dean Jayson Long
  • Patent number: 10550635
    Abstract: A window covering includes a first rail and a plurality of non-moving elements arranged adjacent at least one spring motor positioned in the first rail. The non-moving elements contact at least one lift cord for routing of the lift cord through the first rail to increase friction incurred during motion of the lift cord(s) that takes place during height adjustment of window covering material. Non-moving members can also be positioned to contact at least one lift cord for routing of the lift cord through the first rail to increase friction incurred during motion of the lift cord(s) that takes place during height adjustment of window covering material. The non-moving elements and non-moving members can be positioned in the first rail such that they do not move relative to the first rail when the window covering is mounted and installed for use by a user to adjustably cover a window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Whole Space Industries LTD
    Inventor: Tzu-Yen Lin
  • Patent number: 10544620
    Abstract: A single-track stacking panel covering for an architectural opening has a headrail for mounting the covering above and in front of the opening, such as a window or door. The headrail has a single track. Suspended from the headrail and translatable therealong are panels oriented at a small angle relative to the headrail. When the covering is open, the panels form an overlappingly stacked array at one end of the headrail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Wendell B. Colson, Jeffrey A. Park
  • Patent number: 10538960
    Abstract: A slat for use in a window frame having opposing walls may include a wing portion structured to block light, the wing portion having a first end in a longitudinal direction and a second end opposite to the first end; and a first pressure contact part provided at the first end and a second pressure contact portion provided at the second end, the first pressure contact part and the second pressure contact part being structured to press the wing portion against the opposing walls of the window frame to thereby hold the wing portion in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: BUNKA, INC.
    Inventor: Shuji Nanba
  • Patent number: 10533371
    Abstract: A window covering system comprises a shell, a weight member, a covering material positioned between the shell and the weight member, a control device. The covering material comprises at least one ladder, multiple slats corresponding to the at least one ladder, and at least one lifting cord, wherein the lifting cord is connected between the shell and the weight member. The control device comprises a driving module, a releasing module, and an operation module that are connected to each other. The ladder is connected to the operation module, and the lifting cord is connected to the driving module, such that the operation module drives the ladder to tilt the slats, at the same time, the releasing module is driven by the operation module to remove restriction to the driving module, hence descending the weight member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventors: Lin Chen, Keng-Hao Nien
  • Patent number: 10532919
    Abstract: A collapsible personnel basket apparatus quickly and easily deploys on the tip of a crane boom and stores in a space-efficient manner when not in use. The basket apparatus has a collapsible spine made up of a plurality of spine segments, a support platform pivotally coupled to a bottom spine segment, a connection member pivotally coupled to a top spine segment and including a coupling portion at a proximal end thereof, an adapter configured for attachment to a crane tip at a distal end of a crane boom, and a foldable rail assembly removably mountable on the spine and/or the support platform. The adapter mates with the coupling portion of the connection member to removably mount the connection member on the crane tip. A related deployment method, spine segment locking mechanism, coupling apparatus, and storage apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Omaha Standard, LLC
    Inventors: Mario Hufnagl, Robert Engdahl
  • Patent number: 10526838
    Abstract: The present invention provides a liquid drainage assembly for an automatic, roll-up door and has an attaching member connecting a drip tray to a surface proximate the door. The attaching member moves drip tray from a position where the tray is disposed under a bottom edge of the door to collect liquid flowing across the bottom edge when the door is in an open position to a position where the tray is outside the vertical plane in which the door moves to allow the door to move to a closed position. A motor moves the door in response to signals received from a controller which ensures coordinated movement of the door and the drip tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: OSI Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Tao Chang, Mike Yeager, Sone Phimsouay, Dan Werner
  • Patent number: 10519714
    Abstract: Example implementations relate to methods and devices for electric discharge of a workpiece. An example device includes a housing structure configured with an inner portion that extends partially into an outer portion and an elongate rod positioned inside the housing structure. The device also includes a cover component coupled to a first end of the rod proximate a slot of the outer portion of the housing structure, and a lock coupled around the rod proximate a slot of the inner portion of the housing structure. The device also includes a compressible spring positioned within the housing structure, a ground component coupled to a second end of the rod, and an attachment component that is configurable for coupling the device to a workpiece such that the ground component presses against a ground when the workpiece is positioned on the ground and is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Steve W. Gaugler
  • Patent number: 10512802
    Abstract: A cover for an energy absorber for use in a horizontal lifeline system includes four cover pieces structured to interlock together to form the cover. Each cover piece includes an interlocking section structured to slide into the interlocking section of another one of the cover pieces, a number of tabs, and a number of tab receivers. The number of tabs are structured to snap together with the tab receivers of another one of the cover pieces and the number of tab receivers are structured to snap together with the tabs of another one of the cover pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: WERNER CO.
    Inventors: Justin S. Patton, Tracee Leonardson, Cody Rappoport
  • Patent number: 10512799
    Abstract: A quick release restraint system comprising a restraint body that mates a harness fitting with a moveable lockpin. The lockpin is held in a closed position by a return member and can be moved to an open position when a sleeve and/or a ripcord is moved away from the lockpin. The sleeve surrounds the restraint body and mates with an internal lockpin body that may also be attached to the ripcord. The ripcord and/or sleeve engage the lockpin body in a single direction to generate a pulling force that counteracts a biasing force of the return member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Capewell Aerial Systems LLC
    Inventors: Adam J. Fitzgerald, Stephen T. Parkinson
  • Patent number: 10513884
    Abstract: In one aspect, a roller shade assembly for an architectural opening may generally include a first roller, a second roller and a looped shade extending around the first and second rollers. The looped shade may include at least one outer shade web forming a continuous loop around the rollers. In addition, the roller shade assembly may include an inner shade web configured to be wrapped around the first roller or the second roller such that the inner shade web is positioned within the continuous loop. The inner shade web may be coupled to the outer shade web(s) at a location along an inner perimeter of the continuous loop. Additionally, rotation of the first roller and/or the second roller in an unwinding direction may result in the inner shade web being unwound from the first roller or the second roller along the inner perimeter of the continuous loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Rupel, Toralf H. Strand
  • Patent number: 10513875
    Abstract: An overhead door having a floating spring adjustment is presented. Tension is applied to a torsion spring while the door is in the open, minimal tension state. One end of the torsion spring is fixed to a spring tension trolley. The trolley translates within a trolley guide mounted to the building structure. The other end of the torsion spring is fixed to a shaft running through the torsion spring. This allows the torsion spring to change in length as the number of coils shrink and grow through door operation thereby eliminating the “snake-like” or serpentine appearance from an improper fixed torsion spring length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: CornellCookson, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph L. Balay, Thomas Balay
  • Patent number: 10501984
    Abstract: A closure locking design is presented that is more resistant to a displacement/dislodgement force. A closure end strip is fixed to a closure end and received by a closure guide first section. A rotatable tube and hook assembly run vertically within a closure guide second section. When rotated to a locking position a hook member of the tube and hook assembly rotates through a slot cut in the guide and through a cutout in the closure end strip to restrictively engage the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: CornellCookson, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Balay, Joseph L. Balay
  • Patent number: 10494863
    Abstract: A motor-operated drive system for a window covering system including a headrail, a mechanism associated with the headrail to spread and retract the window covering, and a continuous cord loop extending below the headrail for actuating the mechanism to spread and retract the window covering. The drive system includes a motor, a driven wheel that engages and advances the continuous cord loop, and a coupling mechanism for coupling the driven wheel to a rotating output shaft of the motor for rotation of the driven wheel. The drive system includes a channel system for redirecting the continuous cord loop engaged by the driven wheel, or other mechanism for configuring the drive system so that continuous cord loop extends in a substantially vertical orientation. The coupling mechanism includes an engaged configuration in which rotation of the output shaft of the motor causes rotation of the driven wheel, and a disengaged configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Axis Blinds Inc.
    Inventors: Trung Duc Pham, Alan Wing Hor Cheng, Marc Rashad Bishara
  • Patent number: 10494817
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure provide retractable canopies, kits of parts for assembling retractable canopies, and methods for assembling and operating retractable canopies. The retractable canopies provide tracks extending in a longitudinal direction and transversely spaced apart. A support extends in a transverse direction between the tracks and is moveably coupled to the tracks via mounts to the tracks. The mounts include engagement members, such as wheels, to engage with the tracks. The engagement members may be biased transversely away from the support (e.g. toward the track), thereby permitting the engagement members to adjust their transverse positions relative to the support as the support moves along the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Outdoor Living Manufacturing Ltd.
    Inventors: Greg Bailey, Terry James Brown, Andrew John Barron