Patents Examined by Mark Williams
  • Patent number: 10565187
    Abstract: A database system can receive, from a client, a query specifying at least one database operation implicating data within a first database and within a second database. The first database can have a first transaction manager and the second database can have a second transaction manager. Thereafter, a plurality of transactions are initiated that are responsive to the query to access the data within the first database and the second database. The first transaction manager and the second transaction manager together coordinate execution of the plurality of transactions. All changes specified by the at least one database operation are persisted in persistence of the first database including changes implicating data stored within the second database. Data responsive to the query can then optionally be provided to the client. Related apparatus, systems, techniques and articles are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Christian Bensberg, Steffen Geissinger
  • Patent number: 10563436
    Abstract: A powered latch system for a door of a vehicle including a latch assembly, actuatable inside and outside handles, a powered actuator and a door controller that causes the powered actuator to unlatch the latch assembly upon actuation of the inside and outside door handles. The latch assembly may be mechanically unlatched by a user within a vehicle interior even if the powered actuator does not actuate due to a loss of electrical power or other failure. The controller can be programmed to unlatch the latch assembly according to various criteria as required to meet the specific requirements of different markets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Kosta Papanikolaou
  • Patent number: 10544607
    Abstract: A system and method of controlling operation of a vehicle door assembly for a vehicle includes monitoring a door handle sensor to detect at least one open request generated by the door handle. A first control signal is transmitted by a controller to a door unlatching actuation mechanism in response to a first open request. The door unlatching actuation mechanism is actuated for a first time period T1 in response to the first control signal. A door position sensor is monitored by the controller and determines the position of the door at completion of the first time period T1. The controller transmits a second control signal to actuate the door unlatching actuation mechanism for a second time period T2 in response to a second open request when the door position sensor detects the door in the closed position at the completion of the first time period T1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Richard J. Lange
  • Patent number: 10533342
    Abstract: Examples described herein include handles with extended and retracted positions. In some examples, a handle comprises a housing and a knob. The knob may have a first surface and a circumferential sidewall. The knob may have a retracted position in the housing and an extended position. In the extended position, the circumferential sidewall protrudes from the housing and the knob is rotatable between a first position and a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Stephen Spencer, Kevin Peter Bold
  • Patent number: 10533347
    Abstract: A safety lock and access key for doors that otherwise need to remain locked comprising a lock body containing a spring biased catch extending from one end of the body to engage in a keep of the door frame, a lever for moving the catch into the body to unlock the door, and a tool for unlocking locked doors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventors: Ryan Eley, Michael Paxton, Renere Lopez
  • Patent number: 10519699
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lock having a locking mechanism comprising a rotary latch and a pawl for locking the rotary latch in a locked position of the lock. An identification device for identifying a position of a moving component of the lock is provided. The identification device comprises a spring which is fitted to the component. The spring opens or closes an electrical circuit when the component and the spring which is connected to said component are moved. In this way, positions of the locking mechanism can be reliably determined, without having to worry about fatigue of the spring and associated problems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Armin Handke, Milan Koubek
  • Patent number: 10508479
    Abstract: A hood latch assembly for a vehicle. A housing includes an insert recess allowing a striker coupled to a hood of a vehicle to be retracted into and withdrawn from the insert recess. A latch has one end portion pivotably coupled to an inner portion of the housing. A fitting recess in the other end portion of the latch allows the striker to be retracted into and withdrawn from the fitting recess. A support protrusion is formed on one end portion of the fitting recess. A safety hook includes a hinge disposed on one end portion to be pivotably coupled to an outer portion of housing and a sliding protrusion disposed on the other end portion to allow the striker to slide when in contact with the striker. When the hood is in a closed position, the safety hook is supported by the support protrusion so as not to pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: In Hwang, So Yeon Park, Byung Joo Lee, Ki Won Kim, Byoung Haan Choi
  • Patent number: 10508470
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lock body having an electric motor. The electric motor is arranged to guide the forming and removing of a force transmission connection between the parts to be arranged in the force transmission connection to transfer force or to impede force transfer. If formation of the force transmission connection is not achieved, the construction of the invention is such that the use of one spring enables the pushing of the piston connected to the electric motor both outwards and inwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Abloy OY
    Inventor: Juha Raatikainen
  • Patent number: 10494841
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle door lock which is equipped with a locking mechanism, an actuating lever mechanism, comprising at least one actuating lever and a coupling lever, and finally at least one blocking element. The blocking element ensures a mechanical connection between the actuating lever and the coupling lever during normal operation. In the event of acceleration forces of a specified magnitude, for example during an accident, the blocking element mechanically separates the actuating lever and the coupling lever. According to the invention, a locking element is provided in addition to the blocking element, said locking element acting on an actuating element for the coupling lever such that at least during an accident, the coupling lever is not just mechanically separated from the actuating lever but additionally assumes the “locked” position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Kiekert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Michael Strathmann
  • Patent number: 10487538
    Abstract: A door arrangement includes a door leaf movable relative to a frame. A locking device in a locked state locks the door leaf to the frame by at least one locking element and in an unlocked state releases the door leaf relative to the frame. An actuating element selects the state of the locking device. To transmit a movement of the actuating element, the locking device has a connecting bar which is arranged displaceably on the door leaf, wherein a motor-operated drive unit for driving the connecting bar is provided. A sensor device for the contactless detection of a movement of the connecting bar is provided and the motor-operated drive unit can be activated in accordance with a movement of the connecting bar detected by the sensor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: GRETSCH-UNITAS GMBH BAUBESCHLAEGE
    Inventors: Hans Bentheimer, Daniel Gruendler, Wolfgang Uebele, Zoltan Bencsik, Georg Bonn
  • Patent number: 10487542
    Abstract: An electronic lock and system particularly for replacing existing mechanical locks for enclosures including gaming devices are disclosed herein. According to one embodiment, the gaming device includes a cabinet having a chassis and a main gaming device door locked by a mechanical lock. The electronic lock is configured to have a profile to replace the existing mechanical locks and includes a rotatable bolt receiving a sleeve. In a retained and locked position the sleeve is within the lock barrel and an operator is nested in a pocket in the barrel head. Upon receiving a command a motor rotates a cam and the sleeve is released to axially move to release the operator from the pocket for rotation of the sleeve and bolt to unlock the door. Sensors sense for fault conditions. Authentication is required to provoke the opening command. Opening events may be logged at a system server or local memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Kay Daniel Vetter, Joseph R. Hedrick, Scott Thomas Hilbert
  • Patent number: 10472853
    Abstract: A door handle assembly for use with a door that includes an actuator plate configured for activating a door latch assembly and a door handle having a working end pivotally connected to the actuator plate and a free end opposite of the working end configured for manipulation by an operator, where the door handle freely pivots between a up position and down position relative to the actuator plate and only activates the latch assembly in the down position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: ARCHITECTURAL BUILDERS HARDWARE MFG., INC.
    Inventors: Ankit Kirti Shah, Darryl Devine
  • Patent number: 10474668
    Abstract: A query is received from a client that specifies at least one database operation implicating data within a first database and within a second database. The first database can have a first transaction manager and the second database can have a second transaction manager. Thereafter, a plurality of transactions responsive to the query are initiated to access the data within the first database and the second database. Execution of the plurality of transactions is then coordinated using the first transaction manager and the second transaction manager. All changes specified by the at least one database operation are logged in a distributed log in the first database including changes implicating data stored within the second database. The distributed log is configured such that it is accessible by both of the first transaction manager and the second transaction manager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Christian Bensberg, Steffen Geissinger, Thorsten Glebe
  • Patent number: 10465426
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a locking mechanism for arrangement on a door, the locking mechanism (1) comprising an actuator (10), arranged to be linearly movable along a first axis (Y). The locking mechanism further comprises a locking clamp (20) for engaging a locking element (50) on a door frame. The locking clamp (20) may be flexibly coupled to the actuator (10) so that, when the actuator (10) is moved along the first axis, the locking clamp (20) may move linearly along the first axis (Y) and rotate around a first rotational axis (A) to admit engagement to the locking element. The present invention further relates to a locking system (100) comprising such locking mechanism (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Industrilås i Nässjö Aktiebolag
    Inventor: Bengt-Åke Alfredsson
  • Patent number: 10458158
    Abstract: In a vehicle door lock apparatus, when disposed in an unlocking position, a second lever enables a fork to be displaced to an unlatched position and, in a locking position, it disables the fork from being displaced to the unlatched position. Third levers displace the second lever from the locking position to the unlocking position in response to an unlocking operation being performed on a lock operator and displace the second lever from the unlocking position to the locking position in response to a locking operation being performed on the lock operator. In an unblocking position, a fourth lever linked to the fork separates from the second lever. In a blocking position, the fourth lever contacts the second lever and blocks it from being displaced to the locking position. A fifth lever is linked with the fourth lever, detects the position of the fork, and disconnects or connects a switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: ANSEI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaharu Takagi, Satoshi Yamaji
  • Patent number: 10450776
    Abstract: An electromagnetic lock assembly includes a magnet block having a coil assembly and a connection for receiving an electrical current; and a control system having a detection circuit and an activation circuit, wherein the detection circuit senses a voltage across the coil and automatically sends an activation signal to the activation circuit when the voltage decreases from a supply voltage to a reference threshold voltage, the activation circuit increasing the electrical current through or the voltage across the coil assembly upon receipt of the activation signal. The electromagnetic lock assembly may further include an armature for coupling with the magnet block, wherein the supply voltage is configured by the control system to magnetically couple the armature and the magnet block absent an external separating force applied against the armature or magnet block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Rutherford Controls Int'l Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan McMillan, Soo Jeon, Vahid Babakeshizadeh
  • Patent number: 10443276
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle latch device; a vehicle latch device (1) includes a switch plate (46), which is provided in a housing (23), and is able to conduct electricity to a motor (48) or another electrical component in the housing (23) other than the motor 48; and the switch plate (46) is formed separately from the housing (23) and formed by an electrically conductive plate being embedded in a synthetic resin 462 in a state where a portion thereof electrically conductive to the motor or electrical component and a connection terminal portion thereof to outside are exposed. The switch plate (46) is fixed in the housing 23 by engagement means 255, 256, 257, 464a, 465, and 467 that engage the synthetic resin 462 and the housing 23 with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Act Corporation
    Inventors: Masakazu Akahori, Chenming Zhang
  • Patent number: 10443279
    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: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: HARTWELL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Simon J. Kim, Bo D. Artin
  • Patent number: 10431401
    Abstract: A device and related method temporarily restrict use of a control via one or more of lock out and tag out. The device includes a first and second portion. The first portion has a passageway adapted for the reception of a tie that extends through the first portion along a distance of passageway extension. The second portion has a tang and is movable relative to the first portion to move the tang transversely across the passageway relative to the direction of passageway extension to toggle the device between an opened position and a closed position. A tie may be received in the passageway and the reception of this tie in the passageway may prevent the device from being moved from the closed position back into the opened position due to inability of the tang of the second portion to be moved past the tie in the passageway of the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Brady Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Benda, Nels E. Benda, Chad M. Benda
  • Patent number: 10422164
    Abstract: A dead bolt is provided in a lock shell to be drive-jointed with a drive mechanism. Two hooks are symmetrically set along an access direction of dead bolt in the shell. The hooks are hinged with an elastomer therebetween. A draw ring is set to keep mute upon popup under the action of anti-collision mute strip. A strike plate and strike box assembly have a panel with an elongate groove on at least one end thereof. The elongate groove has a set of slots on at least one side thereof. The strike plate is provided with a fastening hole on each end. The fastening hole has a sidewall extending above the plane of the strike plate with a clip bar at a position able to fit into a corresponding slot in the elongate groove. The clip bar joints the corresponding slot to facilitate alignment adjustability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Qianyan Cheng