Patents Examined by Lester L. Vanterpool
  • Patent number: 10563952
    Abstract: Representative implementations of devices and techniques provide a holster lock assembly, which may be used with a carrier or a holster for an implement in a variety of configurations. The holster lock is arranged to be attached to the holster for temporarily and safely locking the implement within the holster, while making the implement easily accessible to the user. The holster lock includes an actuator arm and a locking post. The locking post is arranged to capture a portion of the implement or release the portion of the implement, based on a position of the actuator arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Tedder, Jacob Shearer, Taylor Vold
  • Patent number: 10562461
    Abstract: A movable cargo rack assembly for installation on the cargo bed rails of a vehicle including a support assembly and a main arch that includes a leading edge, trailing edge, top segment, and side segments. The side segments extend downward from the top segment to body-side ends with insert portions that are received in stake holes in the cargo bed rails. The support assembly has two support arms with attachment ends that are pivotally connected to the cargo bed rails. The support assembly is pivotally connected to the main arch and is movable between a first configuration where the main arch is supported in two forward stake holes and the support arms extend out at an angle from the trailing edge and a second configuration where the main arch is supported in two rearward stake holes and the support arms extend out at an angle from the leading edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Mahindra N.A. Tech Center
    Inventor: John P. Pacella
  • Patent number: 10556548
    Abstract: An adjustment mechanism includes a first pin connectable to a crossbar, a second pin connectable to a roof rail, a housing assembly disposed on the second pin, the housing assembly including a bearing and a first biasing member both disposed within the housing assembly, the bearing translatable within the housing assembly, the biasing member disposed between the bearing and the housing assembly to bias the bearing member, the first pin disposed through the bearing, and a second biasing member disposed on the second pin between the roof rail and the housing assembly to bias the housing assembly. The first pin is rotatable within the bearing to rotate the crossbar, the first pin is translatable with the bearing to move the crossbar in a first direction and a second direction, and the housing assembly is translatable along the second pin to move the crossbar in a third direction and a fourth direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Keck, II
  • Patent number: 10555599
    Abstract: A loadout exchange system includes a back panel and a front panel. The back panel has a front side with a hook and loop surface, a back side with a MOLLE-compatible surface, one or more tab locks, and one or more straps. The front panel has a front side with a MOLLE-compatible surface, a back side with a hook and loop surface, one or more pull tabs, and one or more tuck tabs with a hook and loop surface. The front surface of the back panel and the back surface of the front panel are complimentary and thus configured to mate with each other to be removably secured to each other. The tab locks and pull tabs also have complimentary hook and loop surfaces and are thus configured to mate with each other to be removably secured to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: AARDVARK
    Inventor: Jonathan B. Becker
  • Patent number: 10542816
    Abstract: A gear carrying system for wearing on the body of the user, the gear carrying system includes a body piece to be secured to a front of the user, the body piece having a first pocket having a magnetic closure; and an adjustable pocket; a harness system, having adjustable shoulder straps attached to the body piece; and an adjustable waist strap connected to the adjustable shoulder straps and to extend around the waist of the user; the magnetic closure reduces sound associated with opening the first pocket; and the harness system is to secure the body piece to the front of the user, thereby placing the body piece in a convenient position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventor: Caleb J. Newton
  • Patent number: 10543790
    Abstract: A modular rack system, for adjustably attaching equipment to a vehicle, includes a base mountable on a side wall of the vehicle. The rack system has a first wall that is disposed on and upwardly emanating from the top surface of the base that defines a lower seat. One end of a vertical member resides in the lower seat and is secured thereto. The other end of the vertical member resides in a upper seat defining by a downwardly depending wall from a saddle and is secured thereto. The first and second walls laterally stabilize the vertical member relative to the base and saddle to permit the base to be mounted to a side wall of a vehicle and a top rail to be secured to the saddle without the use of gussets or cross-braces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Thule, Inc.
    Inventor: Edwin L. Marr, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10525897
    Abstract: A bike rack for, but not limited to, truck and vehicle beds using an over center locking mechanism actuated by a lever. The mechanism is combined with a clamping arm that, allows a bike to be secured by a single movement of the lever. The bike is secured without removing the bike's wheels. The same lever when reversed in a single movement, will quickly release the bike to be immediately removed. A slide assembly and tuning knob will allow for adjustment to fit different tire diameters. The bike rack can be attached to a vehicle using a crossbar or other means of attachment. To mount the bike, the bike's wheel is placed into the rack and the clamping arm is lowered against the tire and locked into position by the lever creating a pressure fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Jeremy Len Lathrop
  • Patent number: 10517375
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bulk item backpack composed of an upper frame portion and a lower frame portion that pivot with respect to one another and are adapted to carry a wide array of bulk cargo, including coolers. The backpack has a strap or plurality of straps to secure the backpack to the user, including a waist strap, shoulder straps, or both types of straps. Optionally the backpack may also include cargo straps for securing additional items, such as folding chairs or a storage box adapted for carrying loose items therein. The backpack of the present invention provides a frame that is ideally suited for simultaneously carrying bulky items and loose items that are difficult to carry at once and would normally require several trips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas Hoppa
  • Patent number: 10513227
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a bicycle having wheels and a frame relative to a cargo bed of a pickup truck having a tailgate, spaced sidewalls and a front wall. The apparatus comprises a carrier adapted for receiving and supporting the bicycle frame and a guide for mounting to the sidewall for guiding movement of the carrier in the travel direction. The guide may comprise parallel rails for slidably engaging a connector of the carrier. The carrier may be adapted for moving, such as by pivoting, between a stowed position aligned with the travel direction and an extended position transverse to the travel direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Carlos Emilio Merino, Jonatan Leff Yaffe, Pedro Montoya, Iuis Manuel Garcia
  • Patent number: 10513299
    Abstract: A rack for use with a two or three-wheeled vehicle including a platform defining a length and a width, at least one of the length and the width of the platform being adjustable, and a platform support, operably connected to the platform, configured to be secured to the two or three-wheeled vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Henry Gordon MacMorran
  • Patent number: 10499724
    Abstract: A drywall knife holster includes a belt hook, a back member and a knife holder. The back member couples with the belt hook. The knife holder couples with the back member through an upwardly facing U-bend that biases a pinch region of the knife holder toward the back member. Inserting a drywall knife blade between the knife holder and the back member, and seating a leading edge of the drywall knife blade within the U-bend, causes the pinch region of the knife holder to urge a handle of the drywall knife into contact with the back member. The back member and the knife holder may form a holster portion that couples with the belt hook through a swiveling connector. The holster may continue past the pinch region to form a second drywall knife holder and/or a loop member to accommodate a different tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Stephen L. Hyson
  • Patent number: 10499723
    Abstract: A wearable modular carrying system, comprising: a belt; an attachment insert held next to the belt and configured with at least one of a locking post, with a top post prong and a bottom post prong, and a key-hole; and, a modular object configured for reversible attachment to the attachment insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: SANTC Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony R. Goldman
  • Patent number: 10493355
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for carrying skis are disclosed. The skis are encircled with a strap to form a bundle. The bundle is releasably attached to a belt or bandolier worn by a person. The strap carries an engagement member, and the belt or bandolier carrying a holder with which the engagement member is adapted releasably to engage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Paul Reid
  • Patent number: 10486610
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a bracket and a rack. The bracket may be attachable to a vehicle. The rack may include (i) a rail having a U-shape forming two side sections separated by a handle section, (ii) a respective joint at each free end of the rail and pivotally connected to the bracket and (iii) cross members attached between the side sections of the rail. The rail generally forms a carry section and a retainer section. The side sections may include a curve. The rail may be rotatable about the joints. The handle section may be in contact with a ground while the rack is in a load position. The retainer section may be approximately parallel to a hood of the vehicle while the rack is in a stored position. The retainer section may be approximately perpendicular to the ground while the rack is in a carry position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Jerry Owens
  • Patent number: 10485716
    Abstract: A loading transfer device includes: a carriage adapted for attachment to a lower surface of the rear compartment; a rack to hold the wheelchair or other object; and rotatable linkage means pivotally connecting the rack to the carriage, whereby, as the linkage means is rotated in a substantially continuous forward pivotal motion during a loading cycle, the rack and the wheelchair or other object held thereon are raised from a substantially vertically oriented loading position at the rear of the vehicle in which the rack is adjacent a ground surface rearward of the vehicle to facilitate placement of the wheelchair or other object thereonto, forwardly pivoted through approximately 90°, passing through a point of maximum elevation, and lowered and moving forward simultaneously to a substantially horizontal storage position in which the rack is adjacent and substantially parallel to the carriage in the compartment, the cycle being reversible for unloading; wherein when the rack and the chair or other object are in
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: iMobilities Inc.
    Inventors: Hsiao-Min Yang, Yan-Zhang Chen
  • Patent number: 10477949
    Abstract: A duty belt and dress belt retainer clip system has a duty belt clip that attaches to the duty belt and has a magnet for engaging a magnet engagement portion on a dress belt clip. Dress belt clips are positioned around a dress belt with the magnet engagement portions facing outward and corresponding duty belt clips are positioned around a duty belt with the magnets facing the magnet engagement portions. The magnet engagement portion has trap walls that surround a magnet engagement wall. The trap walls prevent the magnet from sliding off of the magnet engagement portion. The duty belt clips include a duty belt retention clip that pivots between a locked position that captures the duty belt and an unlocked position that allows removal from the duty belt. Optional fasteners extend through the dress belt to affix the dress belt to the dress belt clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Brandon Scott Wall
  • Patent number: 10479284
    Abstract: A load-bearing system configured to rotatably support heavy cargo loads supported from a vehicle is provided. The system includes a pivot platform coupled to the vehicle and having first and second swing arms pivotably mounted to the pivot platform, each swing arm having a first end coupled to the pivot platform and a second end coupled to a mounting platform, the mounting platform rotatably mounted to the second ends of the first and second swing arms and designed to permit attachment thereto of one or more cargo carriers to support cargo, and a locking assembly coupled to the vehicle. The locking assembly pivotably adjusts to a first position to lock the mounting platform into a first position against the vehicle. The locking assembly pivotably adjusts to a second position to unlock the mounting platform and permit rotation of the mounting platform away from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Jimmy Ross Salyer
  • Patent number: 10455910
    Abstract: Uniqueness: A convenience and security device that wraps around cane fastens with Velcro on both ends. Has pockets on exterior, handy for men who wish to eliminate bulky wallets and women who want to eliminate purses while visiting establishments where there is no space, holder, or extra chair to rest a purse or other objects. Cane Wrap storage compartments eliminate the hassle of juggling purses and/or keys along with cane and irritating pocket wallet bulge. Wrap, has an anti-slide stopper, pockets keep items discrete and safer, remains in view. Walker Saddle Bag is removable, with anti-slide strip, not made onto walker but has that option by being sewn on to attach. Has pockets, saddlebag is lightweight, can be used on other stable or mobile objects, i.e., bikes, wheelchairs, motorcycles, motorbikes, chairs, and baby chairs, can flap over recliners and sofas and flap over tables with towel bars or any bar in any room and be used for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Leola Brantley
  • Patent number: 10449909
    Abstract: A base roof rack system for use in a vehicle having a glass roof. A set of base brackets are installed at the factor proximate to the seam between a glass room and metal support members of the vehicle supporting the roof. A j-shaped hook is able to slide in the seam to access the base bracket. Rotation of the bracket inserts the hook into a cavity formed in the base bracket so that it resist pull out when oriented normal to the roof surface. A tower receives the other end of J-shaped hook, a threaded bolt, and a retaining nut threaded about the bolt compresses the tower down toward the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Connolly, Caroline Park, Hubert Kaesweber
  • Patent number: 10442363
    Abstract: A load carrying bar including a channel with an opening. The channel is adapted to receive a fastening member for fasten a load carrying bar accessory to the load carrying bar. A cover is arranged to seal the opening of the channel. The cover is adapted to be deformed in the proximity of the opening as the fastening member is slid along the length of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventor: Magnus Ferman