Patents Examined by Lloyd A. Gall
  • Patent number: 11499801
    Abstract: A firearm safe box comprising a housing having sides defining an interior volume and an opening. A container is slidably received in the opening of the housing, the container being movable between a closed position preventing access to the container and an open position allowing access to the container. In this embodiment, the container carries a configured insert adapted to cradle a firearm. A lock mechanism is operative to retain the container in the closed position. An opening mechanism is operative to automatically move the container to the open position when the lock mechanism is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Vaultek Safe Inc.
    Inventor: Shixiong Chen
  • Patent number: 11486162
    Abstract: A locking module for selectively coupling a first component and a second component of a lockable device includes a locking member rotatable about an axis between a rest position and an actuated position. An engagement member is movable between a locked position and an unlocked position. The engagement member is configured to cooperate with the locking member to selectively release the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Inventor: Wayne Floyd Larson
  • Patent number: 11486166
    Abstract: A locking system for a utility vault including an I-beam extending across an opening in utility vault, a two-piece lid positioned in the opening over the I-beam, brackets positioned on opposite ends of each piece of the two-piece utility lid for engaging an inside wall surface of the utility vault and the I-beam, and a three-tier locking system positioned at an end of one piece of the two-piece lid to lock the lid to the vault including a L-bolt lock, a padlock and a lockable door on an upper surface of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Channell Commercial Corporation
    Inventors: Robert H. Gwillim, Edward J. Burke
  • Patent number: 11486186
    Abstract: A system for the safe coupling of a re-usable bag to a banknote handling and storing machine includes a bag container, having a rigid upper port and a flexible bag permanently fixed to the rigid port, a lid, designed to be inserted onto the rigid port for closing the bag container when the filling operations are terminated, and a bag-holding frame. The bag-holding frame is suitable for being stably fixed to a safe structure of the machine for supporting and hooking the bag container when placed inside the machine to be filled with the banknotes. The system is provided with first coupling and hooking electro-mechanical components between the bag container and the bag-holding frame and with second coupling and hooking electro-mechanical components between the lid and the bag container. The first and second coupling and hooking electro-mechanical components are interconnected with a control unit to enable the respective functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: CIMA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Nicoletta Razzaboni, Vittorio Razzaboni
  • Patent number: 11473361
    Abstract: A safe for mounting on a shelf with a drop-down door that provides a work surface to sort a safe's contents. The drop-down door is congruent with a floor panel of the safe, forming a continuous working area. Within the drop-down door, there is a concealed document pocket. The drop-down door is substantially flush with a pair of side walls and a ceiling wall when closed. A spring plunger pushes the door open when the lock is disengaged. The safe has a back-lit shelf within an interior chamber. The safe is secured to the shelf by a bottom lock assembly with rotatable mounting plate concealed by the floor panel of the safe. In one example embodiment, the door is secured by a locking mechanism with a plurality of rotating pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Urban Sales, LLC
    Inventors: Eugene F. Sisco, Eric Chan
  • Patent number: 11459152
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lockout box for locking in objects comprising an upwardly open container; and a cover that is pivotably movably fastened to the container via a joint between a closed position and an open position, wherein the cover is provided with a carry handle for the lockout box at its upper side; wherein a plurality of securing openings are provided in the cover and in the container for the attachment of a plurality of locking elements in order to fix the cover to the container in the closed position; and wherein a closure is provided that enables a carrying of the lockout box at the carry handle in the closed position even when locking elements are not hung in. The cover is linearly displaceably attached to the joint via an adjustment mechanism between a retracted position and an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventors: Bettina Riepe, Bernhard Garthe
  • Patent number: 11459795
    Abstract: An electric strike for a door frame, comprising: a body; a keeper moveably attached to the body for selectively retaining a latch bolt on a door; a blocking element movable between a blocking position in which the blocking element locks the keeper to prevent a latch from being moved past the keeper, and an unblocking position in which the blocking element unlocks the keeper to allow the latch to move past the keeper; an electronically controlled electric actuator for moving the blocking element between the blocking position and the unblocking position; and an override mechanism to override the electric actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventors: Geoff Ross, Andrew Marget, Philip Millikin, Michael Maloney
  • Patent number: 11454050
    Abstract: Systems and apparatuses include a lock including a shackle movable between an unlocked state and a locked state, an electronically actuated blocker selectively engaged with the shackle to inhibit movement of the shackle from the locked state to the unlocked state, the blocker movable between a key override disabled position, a key override enabled position, and an electronic unlock position, and a key cylinder structured to move the shackle to the unlocked state when the blocker is in the key override enabled position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventor: Zachary T. Nave
  • Patent number: 11447976
    Abstract: A lock having an alarm function for a two-wheeler comprises a lock body and a securing hoop movable relative to the lock body between a securing position for securing the two-wheeler and an open position for releasing the two-wheeler. The lock body has a locking mechanism to selectively lock the securing hoop to the lock body in the securing position, and further comprises an alarm device for outputting an alarm signal. The locking mechanism can selectively be moved into an unlocked position, a locked position, or an alarm activation position, with the securing hoop being released for a movement into the open position in the unlocked position, with the securing hoop located in the securing position being locked at the lock body in the locked position, and with the alarm device being activated or being able to be activated by moving the locking mechanism into the alarm activation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: ABUS August Bremicker Söhne KG
    Inventor: Ernst Pankratius
  • Patent number: 11447984
    Abstract: A system for securing a device having a case and a security feature integrated into the device. The system has a device security apparatus removably mountable on the device by the security feature on the case of the device. The device security apparatus may include a base element configured to mount on the device by releasably engaging the security feature of the device, and may further include a securing element removably mounted on the base element. The securing element may include at least one of a plurality of modules configured to interchangeably mount on the base element. The plurality of modules may include a mechanical connection module configured to physically connect the device security apparatus to an object, and a monitoring module configured to monitor movement of the device security apparatus and any device connected to the device security apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventor: Marc Tobias
  • Patent number: 11447978
    Abstract: An electro-mechanical lock is provided for a door. The lock includes inner and outer lock components mounted on opposite sides of the door and a tube extending between the inner and outer lock components, the tube being configured to receive a spindle extending through the door. The tube includes an electrical conductor integrated with the tube as a one-piece construction for transmitting electrical power and/or control signals between first and second electrical connectors at the inner and outer lock components. The tube is less fragile than conventional double tube arrangements in locks and thus can be more easily cut to length and installed at the door, improving reliability and cost effectiveness of methods of installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: LOCK II, LLC
    Inventor: J. Clayton Miller
  • Patent number: 11447974
    Abstract: An anti-barricading turn hub assembly is configured for use with a lockset including a bolt movable to lock and unlock a door. The anti-barricading turn hub assembly includes a spindle connected to a thumb turn on one side of the lock. The spindle is releasably engaged to a turn hub that is operable by the key from the other side of the door. Under normal operation, the spindle and turn hub rotate together to lock and unlock the bolt. In a barricading situation in which the thumb turn is held to prevent the turn hub assembly from rotating, the turn hub disengages from the spindle upon application of sufficient force through rotation of the key, and the disengaged turn hub can be rotated to unlock the bolt even if the thumb turn is held to keep the spindle from rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Steven Verderaime, Adam M. Litwinski, Jonathan M. Carron, Drake Lunday
  • Patent number: 11439210
    Abstract: A modular linking system allows bags, pouches, and other items to be connected together quickly and securely while providing the ability to remotely disconnect the two items. The modular linking system includes a post assembly and a receiver assembly, each of which includes a geared component to permit variously angled, non-rotational engagement therebetween. The receiver assembly includes a locking member that is resiliently moveable to an unlocked position to permit disengagement between the post assembly and the receiver assembly. The locking member includes two arms that are positioned in a slide lockup channel of the post assembly in the locked configuration, where the arms move out of engagement with the slide lockup channel in the unlocked configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: ULTICLIP, LLC
    Inventors: Randall Lynn Darby, Clayton Andrew Bass
  • Patent number: 11441333
    Abstract: An electronic deadbolt includes a face plate and a housing having a first end and an opposite second end. The first end is releasably coupled to the face plate, and the housing further includes a bolt compartment defining a bolt axis and a battery compartment defining a battery axis. The bolt axis is substantially parallel to and offset from the battery axis, and the bolt compartment is separated from the battery compartment proximate the second end of the housing. The electronic deadbolt further includes a bolt module disposed within the bolt compartment. The bolt module includes a motor and a deadbolt, and the deadbolt is configured to be selectively linearly extended from the face plate along the bolt axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Amesbury Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary E. Tagtow, Michael Lee Anderson, Tracy Lammers, Bruce Hagemeyer, Douglas John Criddle
  • Patent number: 11414889
    Abstract: An electronic lock apparatus includes an input panel and a control box. The control box includes a box body, a circuit board, a connection cable, a back plate, and a sensing assembly. The circuit board is disposed in the box body, and includes an electronic lock switch control module. The connection cable is disposed on the circuit board, electrically connected to the electronic lock switch control module. The sensing assembly is disposed on the circuit board, faces a back opening of the box body, and is configured to sense whether the back plate covers the back opening. The electronic lock apparatus can provide an unlocking manner of wireless, a biological feature, password entry or a combination thereof as a basis of controlling an electronic lock, and include a safety protection design, to improve safety of near-end and/or remote access control management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventors: Chih-An Shaw, Yih-Jong Wan
  • Patent number: 11408199
    Abstract: A vehicle key assembly may include a main body case; an emergency key including a key portion and a knob connected to the key portion and provided to be introduced into the main body case; a restraining member; and a manipulator configured to operate the restraining member, wherein the knob includes: a knob case connected to the key portion and configured to close an opening of the main body case in a state of being accommodated in the main body case; a key ring member mounted on the knob case to be introduced into or retracted from the knob case to be protruded to an outside of the main body case; and one or more elastic members provided in the knob case and configured to press the key ring member in a protrusion direction in which the key ring member is protruded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Sang Hoon Gweon, Nam Ju Lee, Min Su Ham, Myeong il Jeong, Cheol Kim
  • Patent number: 11408206
    Abstract: A status indicating handle assembly generally includes a handle, an activation carrier mounted in the handle, and a status indicator mounted in the handle and engaged with the activation carrier. The handle includes a shank extending along a longitudinal axis and a grip portion extending laterally from the shank. The activation carrier is mounted in the shank, and has an unlocking position and a locking position. The status indicator has a first state in which a first indicium is displayed and a second state in which the first indicium is not displayed. The activation carrier transitions the status indicator between the first state and the second state as the activation carrier moves between the locking position and the unlocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Drake Lunday, Isaiah Martinez, James D. Ohl
  • Patent number: 11408205
    Abstract: Electromechanical lock. Actuator (103) comprises drive head (109) rotatable by electric power (160). Access control mechanism (104) comprises driven gear (101) with cogs, and grip mechanism (111). Drive head (109) comprises two pins (210, 212) configured and positioned so that one of pins (210, 212) is in notch between two cogs (220, 222, 224, 226, 228) of driven gear (101). For opening, drive head (109) rotates driven gear (101) to open position (400), by two pins (210, 212) driving cogs (220, 222, 224, 226, 228) and overcoming grip mechanism (111), and thereby setting access control mechanism (104) to be rotatable (152) by user. If external mechanical break-in force (172) is applied, drive head (109) remains stationary by at least one of pins (210, 212) contacting at least one of cogs (220, 222, 224), and by grip mechanism (111) holding driven gear (101) stationary in locked position (200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: ILOQ OY
    Inventors: Mika Piirainen, Mauri Arvola
  • Patent number: 11391082
    Abstract: A dresser integrated safe apparatus for preventing dressers from tipping and providing safekeeping includes a dresser frame and a plurality of tracks coupled to the dresser frame and positioned on a frame left side and a frame right side within a frame inside adjacent a plurality of drawer apertures. A plurality of drawers each has a pair of drawer rails to slidingly engage the tracks. A safe body has a pair of safe rails to slidingly engage the tracks adjacent a lowest drawer aperture of the plurality of drawer apertures. A safe door is hingingly coupled to the safe body. The safe door covers and alternatively exposes a safe cavity of the safe body. A safe control is coupled within the safe door. The safe control includes a door lock to secure and alternatively release the safe door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventor: Bonita Hervey
  • Patent number: 11391063
    Abstract: A lock has a flexible cable, instead of a shackle. The lock has a shaft moveable relative to the lock body so the top part of the shaft is moved out of the lock body to open the lock. The lock has a combination unlocking system and a key-overriding system. The lock can be unlocked by a lock-opening combination or by a correct key. The first end of the cable is fixedly attached to the lock body and the second end is removably engaged with a shaft slot. When the lock is in the locked mode, the shaft slot is located inside the lock body, preventing the removal of the second end of the cable from the shaft slot. When the lock is in the open mode, the shaft slot is located outside the lock body, allowing the second end of the cable to be removed from the shaft slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventor: Karl Lai