Patents Examined by Nathan J. Newhouse
  • Patent number: 10308191
    Abstract: A ventilation-mounted holder for attachment on a ventilation lamella assembly in vehicles for mounting electronic devices or other articles includes a carrier body onto which a holding bracket for engagement over a ventilation lamella is arranged on the backside, and a holding device for a smartphone or a tablet is arranged on the front side. The carrier body is configured as an elongated carrier arm. The holding bracket and at least one further holding bracket are each arranged rotatably and spaced apart from one another on an end region of the carrier arm, and the holding device is arranged on the opposite end region of the carrier arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Harald Richter
  • Patent number: 10302391
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a holster (A) which provides removal of the guns from the holster in an easy and rapid manner used by civil users, security forces, military personnel and army officers and comprising a holster body (1) and at least one lock latch (3) and where the lock latch end (3.1) of said lock latch (3) moves outwardly and separated from the guard and where the gun is released and provides separation from the holster body (1), characterized by comprising a slider (2) assembled on the bearing (1.1) by means of engagement tabs (1.6) in a manner realizing linear movement and having forward backward movement capability in a linear manner on the rail (1.3) by means of at least one spring (4), finger housing (2.1) formed in an integrated manner on the outer surface of the slider (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Serkan Akar
  • Patent number: 10285523
    Abstract: An improved race hydration system and method are provided that will enable runners and other athletes participating in competitive events using the system and method to easily and quickly access hydrating fluids without interfering with their competition pace or stride. The system may be formed from lightweight disposable components and is designed to be worn by the athlete without discomfort or distraction during competition. A hydration assembly, including a straw element with attachment structures, may be removably attached to the athlete's clothing by an attachment assembly. The straw element has a length and diameter that permits the athlete to obtain a maximum amount of hydrating fluid from an open top container while continuing to maintain a desired pace and stride. The hydration assembly is secured in place when it is not being used at an attachment assembly location that is easily accessed by the athlete when needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Raymond F. Pugsley
  • Patent number: 10279748
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a low profile, highly aerodynamic swing-in-place style vehicle article carrier system for use on a wide variety of passenger cars and trucks. The system makes use of a pair of side rails that are used to support a pair of cross bars in stowed positions thereon where the cross bars are secured parallel to the side rails, or in operative positions where the cross bars are secured perpendicularly between the side rails. The side rails each incorporate a rotating end support subsystem which automatically elevates one end of its associated cross bar when the cross bar is moved pivotally into its operative position. This enables the cross bars to form a very low profile when in their stowed positions, but to be automatically raised a predetermined distance when moved into their operative positions, to thus provide additional clearance between the cross bars and an outer body surface of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Aftanas, Michael J. Presley
  • Patent number: 10271918
    Abstract: The present invention relates to medical device management units and methods of their use. The medical device management units comprise two main pieces, a base piece, and a slide piece, as well as at least one medical device pathway defined by a surface means and a plurality of trenches. The invention may be used to keep two or more medical devices organized or it may be used to maintain control over the capture and release of a single medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Ken Wah Chow
  • Patent number: 10266240
    Abstract: A rack for carrying sports equipment alongside a personal watercraft. The rack includes a clamp sized and configured to removeably engage a lip of the watercraft, and a carrier with an engagement surface configured to hold an article of sports equipment such as a surfboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Pin
  • Patent number: 10251466
    Abstract: A backpack is disclosed which includes a pack for accommodating a load, a pair of shoulder straps extending from the pack from which to haul the load, and an anti-fatigue arrangement including a respective auxiliary handhold at opposing ends thereof to provide the user with access to each auxiliary handhold at a respective location in front of each shoulder of the user. The auxiliary handholds enable a user to maintain his or her arms in an elevated position when using the backpack and to selectively manipulate the backpack on the upper back of the user. Methods of modifying a backpack having shoulder straps for carrying a load to include a pair of auxiliary handholds are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Nancy Soltez
  • Patent number: 10246025
    Abstract: A system and method for loading items onto a vehicle. The system allows a support to be easily lowered from, for example, the roof of a vehicle towards the ground. The items to be loaded are secured in the supports at a much lower height than the roof of the vehicle to reduce the possibility of injury and eliminate the need of an additional person for loading and unloading objects onto the roof of a vehicle. Once the item is loaded onto the supports, the system can raise the item onto the roof and secure it in a safe position for transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Brenden Arthur Knigge, Ricardo Francisco Socci, Matthew Paul Baldwin, Ivan Wain Williams
  • Patent number: 10238201
    Abstract: Systems for holding tactical gear, such as firearm magazines, weapons, etc., and for connecting such holders to a harness are described and may include a carrier, and an accessory holder that is configured to attach to the carrier. The carrier and/or the accessory holder may be formed from substantially rigid materials, such as plastic or the like, and may be configured to be easily attached and detached from one another, using preconfigured, integral connectors. The connectors may be configured to resist rotation of the carrier and accessory holder with respect to each other, and/or to secure the accessory holder at a fixed angle with respect to the carrier. The accessory holder may also include flanges, surface treatments, or other features, that assist in holding the accessory in the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: S&S Precision, LLC
    Inventors: Johnny E. Swan, Andrew C. Borland, William-Joseph Basan Elizalde
  • Patent number: 10239460
    Abstract: An automobile storage container assembly. The automobile storage container assembly includes a first compartment and second compartment each having a base, a plurality of sidewalls extending therefrom, and an open upper end defining an interior volume. The first container includes a first strap and a second strap connected to first and second sidewalls, and each of the first and second straps are securable to the innermost post of an automobile seat headrest. The second compartment includes third and fourth straps that are securable to the outermost posts of an automobile headrest. The first and second compartments are positioned in a stacked configuration between the seats of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Angeline Hotio
  • Patent number: 10231534
    Abstract: A back support frame attachment system for a container, such as a backpack. A back support frame has a slot at its bottom end. A back portion of a container has a sleeve at its top end and a strap at its bottom end. The top end of the back support frame is insertable into the sleeve at the top end of the back portion and the strap is positionable through the slot in the bottom end of the back support frame. A first portion of the strap has hook material and a second portion of the strap has loop material, or vice versa. A folded middle portion of the strap is insertable through the slot at the bottom end of the back support frame such that the hook material can be attached to the loop material. The strap is operable to disconnect the bottom end of the back support frame from the bottom end of the back portion when a free end of the strap is pulled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: MMI Outdoor, Inc.
    Inventors: William V. Meador, III, Ryan T. Torpey, Jacob S. Pugh
  • Patent number: 10234242
    Abstract: A wearable supporting structure for supporting ballistic protections and/or military equipment has a band suitable to be wrapped around the waist or hips of a user; a dorsal upright having a lower end coupled to the band and extending, in use, upwards from the band; a vest for supporting ballistic protections and/or other military equipment, coupled to the dorsal upright and comprising two shoulder straps; and a unit connecting the shoulder straps to the band; the connecting unit being motorised to be able to continuously adjust the position in height of the shoulder straps with respect to the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: MECH LAB S.R.L.
    Inventor: Maurizio Castrati
  • Patent number: 10227029
    Abstract: A container holder attached to a utility vehicle and including a support member; an upper holding member attached to the support member and holding a side surface of a container; and a lower holding member attached to the support member and supporting a lower surface of a container; wherein the upper holding member is rotatable with respect to the support member between a first holding position of holding a container and a first accommodated position of holding no container, the lower holding member is rotatable with respect to the support member between a second holding position of holding a container and a second accommodated position of holding no container, the upper holding member located at the first accommodated position holds the lower holding member located at the second accommodated position, and the support member includes a fixing portion configured to fix the upper holding member at the first accommodated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Maeda, Itsuo Takegami
  • Patent number: 10227163
    Abstract: A plastic bag has a closure comprising first and second mutually interlocking profiles and a slider on the closure adapted to engage the interlocking profiles in locking relationship when the slider is moved across the profiles in a locking direction and to disengage the interlocking profiles when the slider is moved across the profiles in an opening direction opposite the locking direction. Topographical features are spaced periodically along the width of the closure. The topographical features are arranged for engagement with the slider as the slider moves across the profiles. Engagement between the topographical features and the slider produces a locking tactile and audible sensation upon closing the closure which is different from an opening tactile and audible sensation upon opening the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Interplast Group Corporation
    Inventors: Ben Tseng, Jyh-yao Raphael Li, Kelvin Yang
  • Patent number: 10222172
    Abstract: A retention system for equipment includes a base plate assembly and an adapter assembly securable to the equipment. The adapter assembly interface includes a locking recess The base plate assembly includes a base plate and an adapter assembly guide adjacent the base plate for receiving the interface therein thereby coupling the adapter assembly with the base plate assembly. The base plate assembly further includes a locking mechanism movable between an engaged position and a disengaged position. The locking mechanism in the engaged position engages the locking recess of the interface, thereby locking the adapter assembly with the base plate assembly. The locking mechanism in the disengaged position disengages from the locking recess of the interface, thereby unlocking the adapter assembly from the base plate assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Toby J. Melville
  • Patent number: 10220798
    Abstract: A combination of a vehicle including a steering wheel assembly and an electronic cell phone device having a side positioned camera and a mounting system that enables said cell phone device to be mounted on said steering wheel assembly. The camera faces at least one front seat side window of the vehicle allowing handsfree recording and uploading to cloud storage of events inside and outside the vehicle without the necessity of the driver positioning the camera at the area being recorded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas A. Lowell
  • Patent number: 10219615
    Abstract: A hands free reading assembly includes a box that may be positioned on a chest of a user while the user is seated. The box may have an object positioned thereon thereby facilitating the object to be visible to the user. A stand is removably coupled to the box and the stand may retain the object in an upright position. A hoop is hingedly coupled to the box and the hoop may be positioned around a neck of the user. Thus, the box is retained on the user's chest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: John Iacoviello
  • Patent number: 10214153
    Abstract: A selectively openable and closable, outdoor storage bag includes a body portion made of a flexible, waterproof, plastic coated fabric bag material, the bag material comprising a plurality of waterproof welded seams that define a predetermined shape of the body portion and an opening, the body portion defining an interior space within the body portion; a closure mechanism joined to the body portion by a welded seam proximate a periphery of the opening, the closure mechanism configured to selectively open and close the opening and provide a seal that is at least water-resistant when the opening is closed; a flap of the plastic coated fabric bag material that extends from the body portion and covers the closure mechanism; and a plurality of anchor points attached to an exterior surface of the body portion, wherein the body portion of the bag is waterproof and the seal is at least water-resistant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Load Lugger, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel J. Dooling, Julie A. Dooling
  • Patent number: 10194731
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an apparatus comprising a body, a pair of shoulder straps attached to the body, a pair of pockets, each of the pair of pockets being formed respectively in each of the pair of shoulder straps, and a sternum strap including two parts connectable with a connector, wherein each of the two parts is attached and can be stowed respectively inside of each of the pair of pockets. Each of the two parts has a first end attached to a first corner of the corresponding pocket and a second end attached to a second corner of the corresponding pocket, such that the connector can slide up or down along the two parts and, when the two parts are connected with the connector, each of the two parts forms a ā€œVā€ shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Ben Guthrie, Greg Dailey
  • Patent number: 10194732
    Abstract: Present aspects hereof are directed to a compressible backpack having a plurality of compressible flanges that shift along a vertical axis of the compressible bag upon tensioning of at least one bag tether. In some aspects, a locking mechanism restricts travel of the bag tethers in a first direction, while permitting travel in a second direction upon triggering a locking release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: David Sagan