Patents Examined by Lloyd A. Gall
  • Patent number: 10920459
    Abstract: Handcuffs include an outer frame and at least one bow pivotally coupled to the outer frame. The at least one bow includes an arcuate shape and a plurality of ratchet teeth. At least a first locking bar and a second locking bar are pivotally coupled within the outer frame and each include a plurality of ratchet teeth and offset shoulders. At least one spring is disposed within the outer frame and includes a first portion biasing the plurality of ratchet teeth of the first locking bar to interlock with the plurality of ratchet teeth of the at least one bow and a second portion biasing the plurality of ratchet teeth of the second locking bar to interlock with the plurality of ratchet teeth of the at least one bow when the at least one bow is brought into cooperation with the first locking bar and the second locking bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: John Malone
  • Patent number: 10907378
    Abstract: A lock for electronic devices may include a main body, a lock barrel, a connecting member, a first engaging member, and a second engaging member. The main body has a shell which comprises two pieces to fit together, and at least an inner surface of the shell has a first housing and a second housing which are communicated through a connecting channel. Two ends of the shell respectively have a first opening and a second opening axially penetrating through the shell, and the second housing comprises a first securing portion formed therein. The main body is connected to a lock cable which is configured to be wound around an immovable object to achieve the burglarproof effect of the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: INGAMAR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jason Su
  • Patent number: 10907399
    Abstract: Devices for securing and retaining firearms that include either a lockable firearm cabinet or a firearm securement system. The cabinet includes a receptacle; a locking device and locking mechanism; a spring for biasing the locking mechanism in the locked position; and a bar for overriding the locking mechanism. The securement system includes a wall mounted plate for securing a firearm thereto; a release mechanism that allows the firearm to be removed and electronics for wirelessly communicating with a computer and the firearm to provide information regarding removal of the firearm or firearm cartridge from the wall mounted plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Rustin B. Penland
  • Patent number: 10909789
    Abstract: A cam lock for cabinets, drawers, drug cabinets, credenzas, sliding doors, lockers, mail boxes and other door type applications is compact in size, fits an existing cam lock opening and provides electronic access via a keypad or other electronic access. Using batteries, such as AAA size batteries or smaller, the lock has electronics that release a lock turn knob or handle when the correct code is entered. Preferably a set of electronic contacts is included at an accessible position on the lock housing to allow both master access and power jumping with a common manager's implement, for situations of lost codes and/or battery failure. In a particular embodiment the lock is long, narrow and low in profile so as to fit on the margin of a steel or wood file cabinet, compatible with the cam lock opening already provided. The locks, NFC-enabled, can be used in securing delivery boxes to enable delivery access, when authorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Digilock Asia Ltd.
    Inventor: Asil T. Gokcebay
  • Patent number: 10899175
    Abstract: A wheel lock key assembly includes a wheel lock key portion configured to engage with keyslot features on a wheel lock. A driving tool coupling portion is connected to the wheel lock key portion and includes a surface structured to be rotationally coupled to a driving tool so as to enable rotation of the wheel lock key portion by the driving tool by a force acting on the surface. The surface extends along a plane extending parallel to the wheel lock key portion rotational axis. A retaining member is deformable to vary a radial distance the exterior surface extends from the rotational axis. A retaining member deformation mechanism is actuatable to deform the retaining member to vary the radial distance, such that the exterior surface extends at least a predetermined distance past the plane prior to rotational coupling of the wheel lock key assembly to the driving tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale R. Williams, Matt R. Cormier, Philip A. Lavallee
  • Patent number: 10894643
    Abstract: A secure beverage container may include a body having a first end, a second end opposing the first end, a first longitudinal side extending between the first end and the second end, and a second longitudinal side opposing the first longitudinal side and extending between the first end and the second end, the first end being closed, the second end being open. The body may define a cavity to receive a beverage fluid. The secure beverage container may include a lid to be received by the second end to seal the cavity in the body, and a powered locking device. The secure beverage container may include an access control device coupled to the powered locking device and configured to cause the powered locking device to switch between the locked state and the unlocked state based upon a security token.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Rhett C. Leary, Brett C. Leary
  • Patent number: 10890011
    Abstract: A cylinder lock and key system. The plugs comprise a housing having a cylindrical bore; and a cylindrical plug which is rotatable and which exhibits a front end and a keyway. The keys comprise a key bow; and a key blade is rotatable about the rotational axis when inserted. The plugs and keys are provided with cooperating stop surfaces for defining the fully inserted position of the keys. At least one first stop surface is in contact with a corresponding second stop surface when a key is inserted in the keyway of a lock. At least two first stop surfaces of each key are arranged adjacent each other and at least two second stop surfaces of each lock are arranged adjacent each other, at or in proximity to the keyway. A cylinder lock and key combination, a key, a key blank and a cylinder lock are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY OPENING SOLUTIONS SWEDEN AB
    Inventor: Daniel Andersson
  • Patent number: 10889169
    Abstract: A latching assembly for use on a pick-up truck, and particularly on a truck bed cover configured to sit over a truck bed section is provided. The latching assembly includes an electronic release assembly and a mechanical override system. An electronic release assembly includes a first rod coupled to a first electronic actuator and a second rod coupled to a second electronic actuator. The electronic release assembly also includes a first electronic actuator that selectively moves the first latch catch and the second electronic actuator that selectively moves the second latch catch. A switch is engaged to send a signal to the first and second electronic actuators to cause the first and second latch catches to disengage from the truck bed section. The first and second rods and the first and second electronic actuators also serve as part of a mechanical override system that selectively unlatches at least a portion of the truck bed cover from the truck bed section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Truck Accessories Group, LLC
    Inventors: Ernest M. Mcdonald, II, Eugene Andrew Dylewski, II, Christopher David Mattison
  • Patent number: 10870457
    Abstract: A lockable bicycle handlebar hardware for easily securing a bicycle includes a bottom lock plate having a lower stem aperture and a lower lock aperture extending therethrough. The bottom lock plate has a recession around the lower stem aperture forming a bearing shelf. A bearing is coupled to the bottom lock plate and is selectively engageable with the bearing shelf. A top lock plate has an upper stem aperture and an upper lock aperture extending therethrough. A locking nut has a threaded aperture and a faceted perimeter. The lower stem aperture and the upper stem aperture are configured to receive a stem of a bicycle handlebar, the threaded aperture of the locking nut is configured to selectively engage with a threaded portion of the stem, and the lower lock aperture and the upper lock aperture are configured to receive a padlock when aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventor: Edward Di Napoli
  • Patent number: 10871008
    Abstract: An exemplary lockset is configured for installation in a standard door preparation, and includes an exterior assembly, an interior assembly, and a center assembly connecting the exterior and interior assemblies. The exterior assembly includes an exterior escutcheon which houses a credential reader assembly including a multi-tech credential reader. The interior assembly includes an interior escutcheon which houses a control system. The center assembly includes a chassis, an outer surface of which may define a channel. The credential reader assembly is in communication with the control assembly via a wire harness, a portion of which may pass through the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: James D. Ohl, Richard A. White, Joseph W. Baumgarte, Ryan C. Kincaid, Matthew Dexter, John Evenson
  • Patent number: 10865587
    Abstract: A deadbolt securing assembly includes a restraint that has a rounded portion being positionable around a stem of a doorknob on a door. The restraint has a rhombus portion that is spaced from the rounded portion. The rhombus portion is positionable around a deadbolt knob on the door when the rounded portion is positioned around the stem of the doorknob. Thus, the restraint inhibits the deadbolt knob from being rotated when the restraint is positioned between the doorknob and the deadbolt knob. In this way the restraint inhibits the door from being unlocked with a key. A doorknob pad is coupled to the rounded portion of the restraint to frictionally engage the stem of the doorknob. A deadbolt pad is coupled to the rhombus portion of the restraint to frictionally engage the deadbolt knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Joseph Russell, Valerie Russell
  • Patent number: 10858864
    Abstract: An exemplary locking mechanism includes a plunger, a lock control member adjacent the plunger, a roller captured between the plunger and the lock control member, a driver operably connected with the lock control member, and a control assembly operable to control the driver to move the lock control member between a locking position and an unlocking position. The locking mechanism has a locking state in which the lock control member is in the locking position, and interference between the roller and the lock control member prevents movement of the plunger in a retracting direction. The locking mechanism has an unlocking state in which the plunger is in the unlocking position such that the roller is operable to move into a pocket formed in the lock control member, thereby enabling movement of the plunger in the retracting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventor: Dan Pfunder
  • Patent number: 10858878
    Abstract: A door assembly system including a door assembly frame and a plurality of doors, each door being movably coupled to the door assembly frame. The system further includes an electrically activatable component coupled to the door assembly frame and operatively coupled to at least one door to selectively lock or unlock the at least one door. The door assembly frame is configured to be removably attached to a storage device frame having a plurality of compartments such that each door covers one of the compartments. The electrically activatable component is configured to be operatively connected to a controller coupled to the storage device frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: APEX INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Kent V. Savage, Benjamin V. Savage
  • Patent number: 10858862
    Abstract: An exemplary lockset includes a first bolt, a second bolt, and a drive assembly operable to retract the first bolt and the second bolt. The drive assembly includes a first gear train including a first input gear and a first output gear operably connected with the first bolt, a second gear train including a second input gear and a second output gear operably connected with the second bolt, a third input gear, and an electromechanical driver operable to rotate the third input gear in an unlocking direction. The third input gear is engaged with the first input gear and the second input gear such that rotation of the third input gear in the unlocking direction causes rotation of the first and second output gears, thereby retracting the first and second bolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Justin D. Seacat, Matthew Brandes, Avi Gordon, Matthew Heacock, Brendan Szuwalski
  • Patent number: 10858876
    Abstract: Lock boxes and methods of removably storing locks that have key holes and are operable with keys are provided. The lock boxes include a container body having an exterior and an interior cavity defined by walls of the container body with a window for viewing the interior cavity from the exterior, and structure within the interior cavity configured for arranging locks removably placed within the interior cavity so that the locks are arranged in an array and so that the key holes of the locks or any keys inserted therein are simultaneously visible through the window and so that all of the locks within the interior cavity can be audited through the window to confirm that the keys thereof are within the locks without accessing the interior cavity of the container body. Keys removed from locks that have been removed from the interior cavity can be similarly audited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Jon Neil Ensign, Raymond Arthur Vincel
  • Patent number: 10858863
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to merchandise security devices, systems, and methods for protecting an item of merchandise from theft. For example, a merchandise security device may include a lock configured to be secured to a merchandise fixture and a strike plate configured to be secured to the merchandise fixture. The lock includes an actuator configured to extend into operable engagement with the strike plate in a locked state and to retract out of operable engagement with the strike plate in an unlocked state. In addition, the actuator includes a curved portion at its free end and a straight portion extending from the curved portion, and the strike plate is configured to receive the entire curved portion in the locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Johnston, Jeffrey A. Grant, Gary A. Taylor, David N. Berglund, Karen Bellum Bomber
  • Patent number: 10857990
    Abstract: A hydraulic system bleed system for a vehicle, including a hydraulic system bleed device, including a pneumatic air cylinder containing air in an interior portion thereof, a ram rod disposed at least partially within the pneumatic air cylinder, such that the pneumatic air cylinder and the ram rod are disposed between a steering wheel and a brake pedal of the vehicle, and a recoil spring disposed within the interior portion of the pneumatic air cylinder to provide a springing reciprocating movement for the ram rod, and a mobile device to provide a signal to the hydraulic system bleed device to initiate the reciprocating movement such that the brake pedal is depressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Robert Whitt
  • Patent number: 10851927
    Abstract: Security devices including a lock, shroud, and plug are described. In embodiments the security devices include a shroud that includes a shroud sidewall having an inward facing surface and an outward facing surface. The security devices further include a lock that includes a barrel, wherein the lock is integral with or coupled to the shroud to define a shroud cavity between an outward facing surface of the barrel and the inward facing surface of the shroud sidewall. The plug includes a proximal end, a distal end, and a plug sidewall receivable within the shroud cavity. The plug sidewall includes an inward facing surface defining a plug cavity configured to receive the barrel of the lock therein. Such security devices may be advanced from an assembly state to an unlocked state, and may then be reversibly moved between the unlocked state and the locked state. Security device kits are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: DEWALCH TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: John Edward Stachowiak, Aditya Kumar Palthi, Norman Binz DeWalch, Tyler Dean Todd, II
  • Patent number: 10844638
    Abstract: A retractable cable locking device, which includes a housing having a top and a bottom, a non-rotatable axle extending between the top and the bottom, a plurality of rotatable assemblies disposed within the housing where each rotatable assembly comprises a rotatable planar member and where each rotatable assembly can be separately rotated around the non-rotatable axle, a plurality of locking cables each having a first end which is attached to a different one of the plurality of planar members, a plurality of locking pins where each locking pin is disposed on a different distal end of a different locking cable, and a plurality of lock mechanisms wherein each lock mechanism will accept and fixture any one of the plurality of locking pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: John Harris Sud
  • Patent number: 10843660
    Abstract: A portable device executes wireless communication with an in-vehicle device in a vehicle to thereby permit the in-vehicle device to perform control relating to locking or unlocking of a door in the vehicle. The portable device includes a circuit board on which a function for executing control is mounted, a housing, and a side cover. The housing is achieved by combining an upper case and a lower case configured to separate in an up and down direction that is a direction orthogonal to the circuit board. The side cover is attached to a side surface on an outside of the housing to bring the upper case and the lower case into close contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshiaki Saito