Patents Examined by Lester L. Vanterpool
  • Patent number: 11000109
    Abstract: A device that is a lightweight, small, easily packable, hands-free accessory that improves how people carry shoulder bags is described. The device is a mechanism worn on the user's upper back that leaves the individual's hands free and enhances the ease of carrying shoulder bags. The device can be worn on bare shoulders, clothing and outerwear. The device helps to equalize the weight distribution of shoulder bags across the top of the trapezius muscle and allows for a less cumbersome commute via foot and public transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Kathleen T. Ullmann
  • Patent number: 11001324
    Abstract: A luggage container for fastening to a vehicle, particularly to a motorcycle, including a first locking device which can adopt a release position in which the luggage container can be opened, and a locking position, in which an opening of the luggage container is locked. The luggage container has a second locking device which can adopt a locking position, in which an opening of the luggage container can be locked even if the first locking device is in its release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Peter Reinhart
  • Patent number: 10986906
    Abstract: A heated equipment bag includes: a housing providing a first compartment configured to receive a first piece of footwear, the housing further providing a second compartment configured to receive a second piece of footwear, the first compartment being separate from the second compartment; a first heater disposed in the first compartment and configured to produce heat; and a second heater disposed in the second compartment and configured to produce heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: KULKEA, LLC
    Inventors: David Eric Abramowitz, Fernando Alberto Robert
  • Patent number: 10981515
    Abstract: A long gun carrier rests on a vehicle seat, and is secured to the seat by a seat belt. An upper, sloping surface of the long gun carrier slopes generally downward and forward. One or more gun-holding channels formed in this sloping surface each hold a long gun pointed generally forward and downward, toward the vehicle floor. The long guns may be secured in the gun-holding channels by straps. Long guns are conveniently placed into and extracted from the long gun carrier, held securely during transportation, pointed in a safe direction, and not readily visible from the exterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Nivel Parts & Manufacturing Co., LLC
    Inventors: Robert Neal Page, Charles Dunn Kim, Jihoon Kim
  • Patent number: 10973308
    Abstract: A reconfigurable waterproof bag is defined by a plurality of material surfaces extending in three dimensions, a strap for carrying the bag, and one or plurality of strap guide(s) into which the strap is disposed and through which the strap may be moved, the strap guide extending within or without the bag from any one of the plurality of surfaces to any other one of the plurality of material surfaces in three dimensional space without limitation to define a geometry of a strap path and coupling of the strap to the bag so that the bag is reconfigurable in a plurality of different carrying modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Melissa Holtz
  • Patent number: 10966509
    Abstract: A carrying box is releasably attachable to a portion of a piece of clothing. The carrying box has a top section connectable to a bottom section in a sealing manner. The bottom section has a curved bottom face with a curve radius substantially corresponding with the curve shape of a body part of a human being to be covered by the portion of piece of clothing. The carrying box further is arranged for releasable interconnection with said portion of piece of clothing by at least one attachment means, wherein at least one of a curved inward top face of the top section and the curved bottom face of the bottom section is arranged to carry a compress element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Nexim AS
    Inventor: Björn Hovdenakk
  • Patent number: 10953808
    Abstract: A vehicle utility rack with a foldable frame and floor. The frame includes a back support and two arms attached to the back support with hinges. Each arm includes a top part and a bottom part forming a track therebetween. When the arms are extended, they allow the floor to extend from a stored position to a working position. The floor includes an end support attached to the exterior end. The end support functions as a wall when the floor is in the working position. When the floor is in the stored position, the arms are locked to the back support. This allows the vehicle utility rack to remain closed, even when the vehicle is in motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Jascen Hyatt
  • Patent number: 10953807
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body having a roof that defines a volume and includes a top surface. The vehicle further includes a plurality of support members. The vehicle further includes a plurality of actuators each coupled to at least one of the plurality of support members. The vehicle further includes an input device configured to receive user input corresponding to a desired roof rack configuration. The vehicle further includes an electronic control unit (ECU) coupled to the plurality of actuators and to the input device and configured to control the plurality of actuators to actuate at least one of the plurality of support members to be in a raised position in which it extends above the top surface of the roof or to be in a stored position in which it is located in the volume based on the desired roof rack configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventors: Geoffrey David Gaither, Takanori Aoki, Abril Galang
  • Patent number: 10952525
    Abstract: A flexible scabbard for securing a baton to equipment worn by a user includes a holster, a cover, and a clip. The holster and cover are made from flexible material. A strip of a first half of a hook and loop fastener wrapping around a top of the front of the holster and a first half of a snap fastener at a center of the front of a holster. The cover has a rear portion extending from the back of the holster to a forward portion having first and second security portions. A second half of the hook and loop fastener extends across the first and second security portions, with a second half of the snap fastener in the middle. When the halves of the snap fastener are engaged and the first and second halves of the hook and loop fastener are engaged, the hook and loop fastener in the security portions is orientated in a shear direction with respect to a release direction of the snap fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventors: Louisa Lui, Kevin Parsons
  • Patent number: 10946805
    Abstract: A surfboard rack device has a center post, two bottom receiver rings, and two top retainer loops. The bottom receiver rings may also have flexible netting forming bottom baskets, into which one end of a surfboard is inserted. The other end of the surfboard rests in one of the top retainer loops and is secured by an elasticized strap that hooks to a strap ring on the top retainer loop or a pair of hinged rigid arcs which lock together. The device is mounted on a vehicle either by sliding a trailer hitch insert into the vehicle's trailer hitch receptacle, or by hooking the flat hooks of the rack support over the top and bottom of the vehicle's trunk lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Shawn Skoff
  • Patent number: 10940803
    Abstract: A simple vehicle rack includes: a fixing rod, a middle part of the fixing rod being an H-shaped reinforcing seat, the H-shaped reinforcing seat forming an upper sliding slot on a top surface of the fixing rod and forming a lower sliding slot on a bottom surface of the fixing rod; two fixing frames, the fixing frames being fixed on the top surface of the fixing rod and connected to the fixing rod, moving back and forth along the upper sliding slot; and two support frames, the support frames being fixed on the bottom surface of the fixing rod and connected to the fixing rod, moving back and forth along the lower sliding slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: FORCOME (ZHEJIANG) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaojun Ni, Chengsheng Fang, Jing Xiong, Jiancheng Wang
  • Patent number: 10939745
    Abstract: A pouch or pocket may act as a container and may be used to securely hold objects (e.g., cell phone, keys, wallet, etc.) during athletic activity (e.g., running). The pouch may be a standalone item or integrally formed as part of other items. The pouch may hold the object to be stored in place within the pouch or pocket. The pouch may provide some cushioning or impact force attenuation to protect the object being held within the pouch or pocket. Additionally, the pouch may be attached to a garment, such as running clothes. The pouch includes an outer envelope sealable by a closure and a one-way valve with foam layers located inside the pouch. After the object is placed in the pouch, the closure is closed, and the air within the pouch is expelled via the one-way valve by compressing the foam layers from the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Cooper, Austin Orand, Nadia M. Panian, Peter P. Williams, II
  • Patent number: 10932551
    Abstract: A wearable, access-control management and storage device includes a belt loop including opposed connectable ends, the belt loop being adjustable in size; a pouch module coupled to the belt loop, the pouch module including an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface of the pouch module defining a first storage compartment having an opening and the outer surface defining a front side and a back side of the pouch module; and a plurality of key holders disposed within the first storage compartment of the pouch module, each of the plurality of key holders configured to receive and hold at least one key. The back side of the pouch module includes at least one aperture configured to receive the belt loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Sophia Edgel
  • Patent number: 10932545
    Abstract: Golf bag strap systems and methods to manufacture the same are generally described herein. In one example a strap system may include a strap connector having a body portion and a first and second strap arm portion extending diagonally therefrom. A plurality of strap fitments may be pivotally coupled to the strap connector at or proximate longitudinal end portions of the first and second strap arm portions. Other examples may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Duane E. Pacha, Candace Chen, William W. Sliger, II
  • Patent number: 10933790
    Abstract: A carrier system and method for assisting in handling cargo of a vehicle. A carrier container includes an interior storage space surrounded by a front side facing the rear of the vehicle, rear, left, right, and bottom sides, and an open top that allows access to the interior storage space with a lid that closes and opens the top. A carrier support structure mounted to the carrier container is inserted into the hitch of the vehicle and holds the top surface of the container flush with the cargo bed of the vehicle. The lid is opened to deploy a ramp stored inside which is anchored to the container so that it is flush with the top surface of the container and reaches the ground. The lid is closed and a bridge plate commonly hinged with the lid is deployed over any gap between the cargo bed and the container top, providing a continuous surface between the cargo bed and the ground for use by pets for ingress and egress of the vehicle and for handling cargo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Theodore J. Keck
  • Patent number: 10925364
    Abstract: A shoe-carrying bag with front and back shoe holding sections pivotally attached to a base. The front and back sections each have multiple shoe-carrying compartments that display the shoes behind see-through covers such as mesh fabric. A center section extends vertically from the base between the front and back sections. It has a compartment sized for a laptop computer. The front and back sections pivot apart from the center section into a horizontally opposed open position while the center section remains vertical. This displays all of the shoes in the front and back sections simultaneously while also providing unobstructed access to the center section. The base may have a further zippered compartment. Partitions between the shoe carrying compartments may be rigid or semi-rigid and non-releasable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Sole Premise LLC
    Inventor: Anthony M. Fernandez
  • Patent number: 10925379
    Abstract: A thermally insulated fanny pack containment system provides secure containment of temperature sensitive articles in either hot or cold environments by utilizing a rigid double wall bin portion that has an insulating gap between the inner and outer walls. A cover, which is also rigid double wall construction is configured to extend over the top opening of the bin portion and latch down to secure the cover over the bin portion. A belt is coupled to the bin portion and is configured to extend around a person's waist. One or more detachably attachable thermal liners that are chilled or heated may be configured to fit within the bin portion to control the temperature within the interior of the bin portion enclosure. The thermal liners may have fasteners for securing an article within the bin portion. A bottle-in-bottle may be utilized to prevent moisture exposure to contents therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Efficiency Products, LLC
    Inventor: Jim E. Fulbrook
  • Patent number: 10906471
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mobile mounting system for releasably supporting an elongated vessel on a vehicle support member, the mobile mounting system comprising a handgrip extending from a curved end to an angled end, a mount in receipt of the handgrip and a hinge operably extending between the handgrip and the mount, the hinge configured for pivotal operation of the handgrip about a pivot axis extending through the curved end and a release mechanism operably connect to the angled end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Matthew Magliacano
  • Patent number: 10899403
    Abstract: A hitch equipment storage mount. The hitch equipment storage mount is sized and shaped to secure to a portion of hitch equipment, such as a trailer hitch or trailer hitch tongue, and comprises a main body. The main body is sized and shaped to secure to, for example, the trailer hitch tongue. The main body is configured to receive and hold, for example, a hitch bar or spring bar used in a hitch system and comprises two arm-like appendages separated by a space and terminating in a bottom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Hitchport, LLC
    Inventor: Gary E. Bussell
  • Patent number: 10900744
    Abstract: A combination exteriorly worn holster and an illuminator packaged together for retail sale, the combination providing a simple exteriorly worn holster solution for handguns with an attached accessory that is wearable either on the right or left side, with a reliable passive retention, and with a universal fit for a very large segment of the semi-automatic handguns with accessory rails. The accessory removed from the packaging instantly snaps onto the handgun's rail without utilizing threaded fasteners such that the handgun and accessory is readily received by the holster and the accessory provides the entirety of the engagement between the handgun and accessory combination and the holster. The holster's passive retention comprising a polymer spring unitary with the holster body, wherein the holster body conformingly and snugly engages and grips the accessory as it is holstered retaining the handgun in position by the illuminator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Vista Outdoor Operations LLC
    Inventor: Larry A. Houck