Patents Examined by Michael P. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10816031
    Abstract: A swivel hanger system includes an anchor member with an anchor head disposed at an end of the anchor member and an elongated body, where at least a portion of the elongated body is configured to be inserted into a support member when the system is connected with the support member. The system also includes a swivel member with an open end extending to a hollow interior of the swivel member, where the open end is configured to rotatably couple with the anchor head such that the anchor head is located within the hollow interior and the elongated body extends through the swivel member open end. The system further includes a stop structure to limit an insertion distance at which the anchor member is inserted into the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventors: Donald K. Blaess, Adam P. Bauer, Mark Theismann
  • Patent number: 10808767
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a main shaft of a wind turbine with mounting segments. The main shaft includes a shaft portion and a disc portion. The disc portion includes a coupling surface, a hollow portion, and an alignment portion. The alignment portion is characterized by one or more mounting segments coupled with the alignment portion. The mounting segments are configured to align a component of the wind turbine with the central axis of the main shaft. Further, the one or more mounting segments are coupled to the alignment portion using at least one fastening device. The mounting segments have a thickness ‘t’ that may be constant or varied based on the component 32 of the wind turbine coupled to the main shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Srinivas Ratna Kosuri, Martin Moeskjaer, C. Gangadhara Reddy
  • Patent number: 10808419
    Abstract: A fence panel and method of assembly. The fence panel includes end brackets that are affixed to panel facing sides of fence uprights. A top rail and a base rail span between the uprights. Panel and spacer members are secured between the top and base rails. The fence panel construction method includes constructing lengths of fence by first installing uprights in the ground, then affixing the base rail to the uprights. A magnetic strip spans between the uprights. Spacers and panels are supported by the base rail and by the magnetic strip. After placement of the spacers and panels, a top rail is positioned between the uprights and adjacent to upper ends of the spacers and panels, thereby securing the spacers and panels between the top rail and the base rail to form a fence panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Brett Jason Richison, Clifford Marion Richison
  • Patent number: 10799022
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a connecting structure, a connecting method and an article containing the connecting structure. The connecting structure includes a fastener, a first connecting member adjacent to the trailing end of the fastener and a second connecting member away from the trailing end of the fastener. The second connecting member is provided with a threaded connecting hole, which in the axial direction thereof is provided with thread matching with the form of thread of the fastener and having a central angle of at least 180 degrees. The first connecting member is provided with a connecting hole, and the fastener connects the two connecting members through the threaded connecting hole and the connecting hole. The connecting method achieves quick connecting with the connecting hole of the first connecting member by preloading the fastener to the threaded connecting hole, without being affected by the assembly space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignees: Hangzhou Great Star Industrial Co., Ltd., Hangzhou Great Star Tools Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Weiyi Wang
  • Patent number: 10794063
    Abstract: A tension rod anchor includes a collar that defines a ball race and a ball jack that includes a ball head that forms a swivel joint with the ball race. The ball jack also includes a threaded shaft that engages with a threaded socket of a hosel, which also includes a rod channel that receives a railing rod. A set screw engages with a threaded hole through a side of the hosel into the rod channel. The set screw engages with an anchor hole in the rod, without bearing against the threaded shaft, while the hosel is screwed onto the threaded shaft to tension the rod. Once the desired tension has been obtained, the set screw is screwed down further and tightened to secure the rod with the rod under tension. The swivel joints allow rod railings to be easily installed at angles and inclines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Clearview Handrails Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen R Martin
  • Patent number: 10794035
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fastening tab for a construction element, preferably a beam, a panel or a slab, that is adjustable vertically and relative to the horizontal, that can be screwed to a support with inner thread, preferably a foundation screw, successively comprising: a fastening screw comprising a beveled head and a threaded shank; a metal plate pierced with a beveled opening that can accommodate said fastening screw and comprising fastening means to the construction element; a perforated flexible joint; a screw comprising a machined beveled head with an inner thread corresponding to that of said fastening screw; such that the position of the screw relative to the support, which is obtained by screwing/unscrewing, allows vertical adjustment of the metal plate; characterized in that the fastening screw, the beveled aperture of the metal plate and the flexible joint cooperate to allow angular adjustment of the metal plate relative to the horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: RBS SPRL
    Inventors: Pierre Servais, Bernard Servais
  • Patent number: 10788069
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a joined component in which the overflow of brazing filler metal from the outer peripheral line of a joint boundary surface between a first member and a second member is suppressed, and a method for manufacturing the joined component. A joined component is obtained by joining, with brazing filler metal, a first member and a second member to each other at a joint boundary surface where the first member and the second member are in contact with each other, the joined component having a non-contact area that is provided on an inner side with respect to an outer peripheral line of the joint boundary surface and in which the first member and the second member are not in contact with each other. In the joined component, the first member has a retaining recess where the brazing filler metal that is melted when the first member and the second member are joined to each other is retained, the retaining recess providing the non-contact area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Sintered Alloy, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masato Uozumi, Yosuke Kimura
  • Patent number: 10788067
    Abstract: An assembly for, for example, a photo collage featuring first (1) and second elements (3), with the first elements (1) containing a flat panel and the second elements forming coupling members (3) to interconnect the first elements. The first elements (1) feature as openings (2) near a corner of the flat panel at least two notches (9) in the edges and the coupling member features at least two complementary protrusions (5) that work together with the notches (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Bicsy International BV
    Inventors: Paulus Johannes Ninaber, Johannes Hendrikus Ninaber, Maria Gerberdina Cornelia Kuypers
  • Patent number: 10781838
    Abstract: A connector device for connecting to one or more pipes. The connector device having one or more arms with static and flexible portions. The connector device connects pipes or other types of tubing by inserting the arms of the connector device into the openings of the tubing. A flexibility of the flexible portions enables the connector device to accommodate varying dimensions of inside diameter of pipes or tubing and to provide a friction fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Lawrence V. Koepke
  • Patent number: 10779646
    Abstract: A modular furniture system capable of being arranged in different configurations in a settee area of a bowling center, for example, is disclosed. The furniture system includes at least one modular furniture element with a fastening mechanism which includes a first assembly and a second assembly. The first assembly of the fastening mechanism includes an engaging element which extends through at least one component of the first assembly and attaches to a component of the second assembly of an adjacent modular furniture element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: QubicaAMF Worldwide, LLC
    Inventors: Massimo Baraldi, Tommaso Parisi, Samuel Ramesh Namala, Leroy T. Warren, Charles A. Lee
  • Patent number: 10774859
    Abstract: Embodiments of a slot bar configured to secure one or more sheet materials are disclosed herein. The slot bar being configured to receive one or more retaining strips. The slot bar includes a base section and a first slot base extending substantially perpendicularly from the base section. The base section and first slot base define a first ledge region. The slot bar also includes a first slot wall extending from the first slot base and a first slot arm extending from the first slot wall. The first slot arm is also substantially parallel to and spatially disposed from the first slot base. The first slot base, the first slot wall, and the first slot arm define a first slot configured to receive the first retaining strip so as to secure a first sheet material between the first retaining strip and the first ledge region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Spartan Fire, LLC
    Inventors: James Roger Lackore, Jr., Scott D. Williamson
  • Patent number: 10757908
    Abstract: A connector includes a cube, a first cylinder and a second cylinder. The cube includes first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth faces. The cube includes a first bore therein, the first bore having a first longitudinal axis. The first cylinder extends from the first face; the first cylinder includes a first hole therein, the first hole having a second longitudinal axis. The second cylinder extends from the second face; the second cylinder includes a second hole therein, the second hole having a third longitudinal axis. The first, second and third longitudinal axes are parallel to each other. In another aspect, a vent element includes a first piece and a second piece that is a mirror image of the first piece, each of the pieces having upper, middle and lower portions. In yet another aspect, a system is configured for removable attachment of an elongated tube to a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Amity Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Brian E. Dahl
  • Patent number: 10760298
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a brace adapted to secure one or more fence rails to a fence post. The present invention brace may optionally be installed onto an existing fence or on a new fence. The invention includes a first fence rail brace member adapted to connect to two or more sides of a first fence rail, a second fence rail brace member adapted to connect to two or more sides of a second fence rail, and a fence post member adapted to connect to two or more sides of a fence post. The fence post brace member may form a picket fastener slot for use in affixing a picket to the fence post. The fence post brace system may be adapted for use with cylindrical fence posts or rectangular fence posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventors: Fonda Crandall, Joseph Crandall
  • Patent number: 10738425
    Abstract: A security barrier for deployment in crowd control and/or containment, the security barrier being capable of adopting at least two configurations. In a first configuration the security barrier is erected for deployment and comprises a compartment bounded at its front by a front panel for providing a barricade, at its rear by a rear panel of lower height than the front panel, at its sides by respective side panels pivotally connecting the rear and front panels, and at its bottom by a bottom panel connected at least two of the front panel, the rear panel, and the respective side panels. In its second configuration the security barrier is collapsed for storage and/or transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: James Heselden
  • Patent number: 10738813
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a display apparatus having an improved structure to improve an assembly performance of a product. The display apparatus includes a chassis disposed in a rear side of a display module to support the display module, a cover detachably coupled to the chassis and forming an appearance, a first coupling unit provided on one of the chassis and the cover and provided with a linear member having an elasticity, and a second coupling unit provided on the other of the chassis and the cover and detachably coupled to the first coupling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Sung Soo Jung, Dae Sung Ko, Song Hyeon Kim, Jun Pil Oh
  • Patent number: 10731378
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a brace adapted to secure a fence rail to a fence post. This brace may optionally be installed onto an existing fence. The present invention may also be installed on a new fence. The brace may be adapted to support fences with cylindrical fence posts or rectanguloid fence posts and rectanguloid fence rails. Optional embodiments include braces for fence corner pieces. The brace may further optionally be adapted to secure fences on a steep incline. The invention includes a first fence rail brace member adapted to connect to 2 or more sides of a first fence rail; the first fence rail brace member is fused to a first side of a fence post brace member, the fence post brace member being adapted to connect to 2 or more sides of the fence post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Fonda Crandall, Joseph Crandall
  • Patent number: 10731683
    Abstract: The invention relates to an aircraft structure, the aircraft structure comprising a first component and a second component. A fastening device fastens the first component to the second component, wherein the fastening device comprises a clamping member, and a fastening member. The fastening member has a longitudinal axis, and the clamping member is associated with the first component such that the clamping member is movable in a first direction and is fixed in position in a second direction, the first direction being parallel to the longitudinal axis of the fastener, wherein the fastener extends through the second component into engagement with the clamping member and holds the clamping member against the second component. The fastening device may hold the first component and second component in a fixed position relative to one another, in at least one direction, without applying a clamping force between the first component and second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventors: Richard Christensen, Harish Agadi, Lee Randle
  • Patent number: 10724560
    Abstract: A fastener mounting assembly is configured to securely mount to at least one panel of a component. The fastener mounting assembly may include a base, a fastener mount extending from the base, and at least one panel-engaging member connected to one or both of the base and the fastener. The panel-engaging member(s) is configured to securely engage the panel(s) of the component to securely lock the fastener mounting assembly to the panel(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Mark O. Lepper, James T. Kirchen, Stephen M. Everard, Brian R. Peek
  • Patent number: 10717485
    Abstract: A quick-release mechanism enables the saddle of a cycling apparatus to be removed and installed to and from the cycling apparatus without the use of tools. The upper portion of the quick-release mechanism couples directly to the rails of the saddle. The lower portion of the quick-release saddle adapter is pivotally coupled to a saddle mounting post or secured to the cycling apparatus in place of the saddle by using the mechanism intended for mounting the cycling saddle. The quick-release mechanism may also be integrated into a standard cycling apparatus mount post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Joshua C. Hight
  • Patent number: 10718133
    Abstract: A modular fence unit integrates a base, a pair of end posts extending through slots formed in the base, and a fence panel design resting above the base between the pair of end posts. A tongue and groove combination provides the joint used to situate the fence panel design between the posts. The joint enables the fence panels to be releasably attachable to the end posts. The fence unit can incorporate a single panel, multiple vertically-oriented panels arranged horizontally, or multiple horizontally-oriented panels arranged vertically. The base includes an interior compartment space capable of holding fluid, such as liquid, to serve as a stabilization ballast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Michael B. Maher