Patents Examined by Kristina R Fulton
  • Patent number: 11002045
    Abstract: A door bar system is provided. The door bar system is adapted to mount to the periphery of the opening of a secured door to prevent break ins therethrough. The door bar system provides at least one systemic hinged bracket providing a mounting plate to connect to the periphery of the door opening, therethrough, and into the supporting wall of the door opening. Each hinged bracket has a door bar engager pivotally connected to the mounting plate for moving between a collapsed condition, further lowering its profile, and an operable condition for engaging a door bar for locking the door in a secured configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Andrew Gregg Ramus
  • Patent number: 11001959
    Abstract: A door-lock system for a household appliance, such as a washing machine and the like, of the type provided with a door, to which a hook is associated, and a member to be moved (C) of said household appliance, such as a washing drum (C) or the like, said door-lock system comprising motor means for operating said member to be moved (C) and a door-lock device, capable of interacting with said hook, to lock said door, characterized in that said door-lock system comprises a control unit, capable of controlling the power supply of said motor means and connected to said door-lock device, so as to control the power supply to hold said hook and to close said door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: BITRON S.p.A.
    Inventors: Fabrizio Promutico, Paolo Da Pont
  • Patent number: 11002044
    Abstract: An example door handle system, includes a handle, an actuation lever, a first spring, and an unlocking lever. The handle includes a first mounting section and a second mounting section. The first mounting section is opposite the second mounting section. The actuation lever is pivotably connected to the first mounting section. The first spring is engaged with the actuation lever and the first mounting section to urge the handle to pivot in a first rotational direction relative to the actuation lever. The unlocking lever is pivotably connected to the second mounting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Roland Och
  • Patent number: 11002042
    Abstract: A child safety door latch system includes interchangeable pushbutton compression springs of varying tensions proportional to selected values of thumb opposition strength. A pair is selected for a predetermined age group. A pair of handles each contain one of the selected pair of compression springs and a pushbutton. A latch includes a latch compression spring and a latch slider. A master connector is coupled to the latch slider. In a locked mode, the selected pair of compression springs cooperate with the latch compression spring such that the latch protrudes from the latch sleeve, holding the door locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Jamell E. Moore
  • Patent number: 11002046
    Abstract: A latch mechanism includes a hook, a displaceable handle, and links connected between the handle and hook for the operation of the latch mechanism. The handle and links cooperate with the hook to hold the latch mechanism in a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Hartwell Corporation
    Inventors: Simon Jeongwoo Kim, Bo Dumitru Artin
  • Patent number: 10975600
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle lock comprising a locking mechanism provided with a rotary latch and at least one pawl, a rotary movement of the rotary latch can be blocked by means of the pawl, a drive device by means of which the pawl can be transferred from the locked position into a release position for the locking mechanism, and an adjusting device (9). A motor vehicle part (4) accommodating the vehicle lock can be moved from the closed position into an open position by means of the adjusting device (9). Said adjusting device (9) maintains the motor vehicle part (4) in the open position such that the motor vehicle part (4) can be prevented from opening automatically from the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventor: Thorsten Bendel
  • Patent number: 10961752
    Abstract: The object of the invention is a motor vehicle latch demonstrating a locking mechanism comprising a catch and at least a pawl, a latch plate (1), whereby the locking mechanism can be accommodated in the latch plate (1) and the latch plate (1) demonstrates an inlet area (12), whereby a latch holder (13) can be inserted to interact with the locking mechanism in the inlet area (12) and with at least a deformation (11) formed in a peripheral area of the inlet area (12) in the latch plate (1), whereby the deformation (11) is arranged at least in places directly on an edge of the inlet area (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Stelian Borlodan, Keith Robertson, Jim Zhuang
  • Patent number: 10954704
    Abstract: An assembly according to some embodiments of the disclosure includes an enclosure having a housing and door hingedly attached to the housing and a door stop mechanism which holds the door in an open position. The mechanism includes a link member pivotally connected to the door and to the housing. The link member has an elongated slot which extends along a portion of the link member. The slot has a linear portion and an enlarged opening at an end thereof which is offset from the linear portion. When the door is opened, a fastener, which is either mounted to the housing or to the door, slides along the slot until the fastener is positioned in the enlarged opening to hold the door open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: GREENLEE TOOLS, INC.
    Inventor: John Wayne Kroening
  • Patent number: 10941592
    Abstract: A latch for a vehicle hood and method of construction thereof is provided. The latch includes a housing; a ratchet pivotally mounted on the housing and a pawl pivotally mounted on the housing for pivoting between a first position in locked engagement with the ratchet and a second position out of locked engagement with the ratchet, with the pawl being biased into the first position. A pawl lever is pivotally mounted on the housing to engage the pawl and rotate the pawl from the first position to the second position. A double pull lever having an abutment surface is pivotally mounted on the pawl lever. A safety catch member is pivotally mounted on the housing, wherein the safety catch member selectively engages the abutment surface of the double pull lever to pivot the safety catch member from a locked first position to an unlocked second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Magna Closures Inc.
    Inventor: Marco Taurasi
  • Patent number: 10941586
    Abstract: A retention bracket configured for use with a latch mechanism including a laterally extending housing. The retention bracket includes a first wall, a second wall, a collar, and a deformable section. The first and second walls are longitudinally offset from one another and are structured to receive the housing therebetween. The collar extends longitudinally outward from one of the walls and defines an opening having an effective diameter. The deformable section has a natural state in which the effective diameter is a first diameter, and a deformed state in which the effective diameter is a second diameter greater than the first diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventor: Nathanael S. Murphy
  • Patent number: 10941594
    Abstract: A latch mechanism for a vehicle storage box may include a pair of pawls fixed on opposite sides of a coupler and configured to cause inward translation of one pawl in response to actuation at the other pawl, and a sliding element arranged between each of the pawls and the coupler, the sliding element including at least one retention mechanism to fix the pawl to the sliding element and further including a biasing element to compress the pawl to further engage the pawl with the retention mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Qiukui Liu, Francis Raymond Gillis
  • Patent number: 10934749
    Abstract: A sliding bolt latch as disclosed herein is convenient to use and more reliable than counterpart door locking mechanisms of the prior art. A user may open and close a door with only one hand, but the present mechanism requires both a rotational movement and a translational movement of elements against a biasing force. Such requirement makes opening doors much more difficult for livestock confined to spaces by the closed doors. Also, the biasing of elements into the locking state makes embodiments of the invention less likely to unlock inadvertently in the presence of ambient vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Alik Alexander Braz
  • Patent number: 10935139
    Abstract: A dual-ended brush seal assembly that may be for turbine engine includes a first structure having a first surface and a second structure having a second surface. A brush seal of the assembly includes a bent bristle pack having a first end in sealing contact with the first surface and an opposite second end in sealing contact with the second surface. The first and second ends project in respective first and second directions that generally traverse one-another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy M. Davis
  • Patent number: 10927565
    Abstract: Bridge adapters configured for insertion into a door stile cavity within a door stile are presented, the bridge adapter including: a planar body including, a first plate disposed along a proximal end of the planar body, where the first plate includes a first plate front edge disposed along the proximal end and a first plate back edge located along opposite ends of the first plate, where the first plate front edge includes a locking tab sized to couple with a locking indent, a second plate including a second plate front edge and a second plate back edge located along opposite ends of the second plate, where the second plate front edge is mechanically coupled along the first plate back edge by a leading hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: Steven M. Goldstein
  • Patent number: 10920362
    Abstract: A lock including a latch provided at one of a door and a cabinet, and a coupler provided at the other one of the door and the cabinet, the coupler including a housing including a latch insertion hole, an engaging lever including an engaging lever body rotatably provided within the housing, a latch insertion groove having a first end of the latch inserted therein by extending from a first end of the engaging part body, and first, second, third, and fourth projections formed by extending a second end of the engaging lever body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Kichul Cho
  • Patent number: 10920465
    Abstract: A side door of a motor vehicle has a door lock actuator for a door lock, and a pivoting lever pivotable about a rotational axis of a joint. The pivoting lever has a coupling section coupled to a mechanical actuating member of the door lock in the installed state. An interior door pull handle has one or more fastening regions and at least one handle region having an axial extent. The pivoting lever is integrated into the handle region of the interior door pull handle. The rotational axis is oriented substantially transversely with respect to the axial extent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Zsolt Wilke, Roland Och, Matthias Seubert
  • Patent number: 10907379
    Abstract: A lock system includes an active panel center gearbox. The active panel center gearbox includes a deadbolt, a deadbolt drive to extend or retract the deadbolt, an upper drive assembly, a lower drive assembly, a latch bolt, a handle assembly to retract the latch bolt and to extend or retract the lower and the upper driver assemblies, a reverse action rocker coupling the lower and the upper drive assemblies so they move in different directions, a mishandling bolt, and a mishandling plate. When the mishandling bolt extends, it lowers the mishandling plate. When the mishandling plate lowers, it engages the deadbolt to prevent the deadbolt from extending, it engages the handle assembly to prevent the lower drive assembly from extending, and it engages the reverse action rocker to prevent the upper drive assembly from extending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Roto Frank of America
    Inventor: Paul H. Kane
  • Patent number: 10907387
    Abstract: Push button device for a motor vehicle, has: a mechanical and/or electric function controller with a first control state and a second control state; a push button element pressable from a disengaged state into a pressed state, wherein the function controller has the first control state when the push button element is in the disengaged state and the second control state when the push button element is in the pressed state, the push button element connected to the function controller by a first pivot arm mounted rotatably about a first axis of rotation and by a second pivot arm mounted rotatably about a different axis of rotation spaced apart from the first axis of rotation, wherein the first pivot arm and the second pivot arm are designed to be pivoted in an identical direction of rotation as a consequence of a movement of the push button element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Roland Och, Zsolt Wilke, Kai Hamacher
  • Patent number: 10910810
    Abstract: A gel sealing device includes a gel sealing block (5) which provides a sealing section (22) through which the elongate parts (13, 14) extend. The gel sealing block (5) includes an upper flange (11) and a lower flange (12) with a support section (11a, 12a, 12b) disposed therebetween. The upper and lower flanges (11, 12) sandwiches, in direction of extension of the elongate parts (13, 14), a gel inner ring (7) supported by said support section (2) and a gel outer ring (6, 10a) covering the gel inner ring (7) in a radial direction extending transverse to said extension direction. The gel inner ring (7) and the gel outer ring (6, 10a) are made of a gel sealing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Robert Vanhentenrijk, Ronnie Rosa Georges Liefsoens, Pieter De Coster
  • Patent number: 10907377
    Abstract: A panic device for rapidly unlocking an entryway includes a touch bar handle configured for activating the panic device; and a push arm assembly mechanically connected to the touch bar handle, and configured for operating a latch mechanism connected to the push arm assembly via a plurality of linkages. Activation of the panic device, including depressing the touch bar handle, activating the push arm assembly, and the operation of the latch mechanism generates a noise reduction in the range of approximately 20-99 percent and at least 30 decibels during operation of the latch mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Ankit Kirti Shah, George Vavrek