Patents Examined by Peter Helvey
  • Patent number: 10245486
    Abstract: A golf bag having a shoulder strap assembly including a two strap system that can be converted to a single strap system is provided. In the two strap system, Strap A is fitted over one shoulder and Strap B is fitted over the other shoulder. To convert from a double strap configuration to a single strap configuration, Strap A is detached and slipped over the head area and coupled to Strap B. This results in a single strap comprising both Straps A and B. The combined Straps A and B are joined together by a suitable fastening means. For example, complementary male and female members that interlock with each other on the straps can be used. The shoulder strap assembly is durable, lightweight, easy to use, and comfortable. In another embodiment, a central hub connector having four open slots for retaining the shoulder straps is provided. The Straps A and B criss-cross each other in the hub connector. Strap A or B can be removed from the hub connector to convert the two-strap assembly to a single strap assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Ian Burgess, Stephanie L. Howard
  • Patent number: 10239589
    Abstract: A storage caddy system for mounting underneath a seat has a mounting bracket for attachment between a bottom of the seat and at least one leg, and a storage caddy removably attached to the mounting bracket. The storage caddy has at least one storage compartment for storing an item, which is accessible by at least one access point in an outer wall of the storage caddy. The storage caddy is configured to allow movement of the seat relative to the leg. The storage caddy is slidable relative to the mounting bracket in a direction perpendicular to the leg from a partially stowed position to a fully stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Premier Marine, Inc.
    Inventor: Mikenzie Murphy
  • Patent number: 10239464
    Abstract: A wheel/tire stabilizing assembly that can be removably mountable to a rear (or other) wall of a pickup truck bed is presented herein. The assembly can be used to facilitate the hauling of a wheeled vehicle (e.g., a motorcycle or bicycle) in the pickup truck bed, for example, by engaging or receiving one or more wheels/tires for stabilization. The assembly includes a wheel bracket and a mounting clamp adjustably interconnected or fastened to one another which can be clamped to the support surface. The mounting clamp may be moved or adjusted relative to the wheel bracket to fit or clamp to support surfaces having different widths or dimensions. The wheel bracket includes a pair of extension arms extending outward in a laterally spaced relation to one another defining a wheel receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Dennis F. Dunn
  • Patent number: 10232970
    Abstract: A device for selectively retaining a package opening in a gaping configuration and a package including the device applied to a package body. The device includes a circumferential strip with side seams formed as vertical or longitudinal hinges. One or more tabs extend in a first axial direction from an upper edge of the circumferential strip at the side seams. Each tab is coupled to the circumferential strip with a horizontal or transverse hinge. The tabs are pivotable about the horizontal or transverse hinges in opposite directions away from the opening axis to respective folded-out positions, which inhibits the device from folding at the side seams and retains a gaping open configuration of the device and package. The vertical hinges include thru cuts or line of perforations that go through the entire material thickness of the circumferential strip and the one or more tabs and extend for a majority of the full axial length of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: ProAmpac Intermediate, Inc.
    Inventor: Vishaal Boehm Verma
  • Patent number: 10232791
    Abstract: A crossbar-to-vehicle coupler may include one or more locking pins operatively connected to a pivoting cover, such that moving the cover from an open to a closed position causes the locking pins to engage corresponding recesses in a base portion fixed to a vehicle rooftop. The coupler may include a selectable pitch interface for adjusting the pitch angle of the crossbar with respect to the coupler and/or a vehicle on which the coupler is mounted. An actuator of the coupler may convert motion of a tightening screw oriented parallel to the crossbar axis into a clamp tightening force oriented orthogonal to the crossbar axis. The tightening screw may be inaccessible when the cover of the coupler is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Yakima Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott A. McFadden
  • Patent number: 10227048
    Abstract: A load support for a vehicle load bar can include a base, a first arm coupled to the base and rotatable about a pivot axis, and a second arm coupled to the base and rotatable about the pivot axis. The first arm and the second arm can be configured to selectively move relative to each other. A locking device coupled with the first arm can be configured to selectively fix a position of the first arm and the second arm relative to each other in a locked configuration. The locking device can be configured to engage a notch in the second arm to prevent movement of the first arm and the second arm relative to each other and configured to disengage from the notch to allow movement of the first arm and the second arm relative to each other and separately about the pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventor: Daniel Connors
  • Patent number: 10220505
    Abstract: According to at least one exemplary embodiment, a carrier may be overlaid onto a vehicle. The vehicle may be a handle-propelled vehicle, for example a wheelbarrow. The carrier may have contours that fit over the top of the vehicle such that the carrier stays in place relative to the vehicle without additional fastening means when the vehicle is propelled in motion. The carrier design may also allow the carrier to be easily installed and removed from the vehicle. Additionally, the carrier may have a plurality of compartments of varying sizes and shapes. The compartments may be specifically designed to hold a variety of items, for example mobile technology devices, food containers, beverage containers, gardening materials and tools, landscaping materials and tools, or construction materials and tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Burro Creative Solutions
    Inventor: Robert Ladd Thorsen
  • Patent number: 10214149
    Abstract: A shaped elongate strap enables a plastic grocery bag to be used for trash disposal in a vehicle. It has a shaped headrest post gripping top portion at one end and a shaped grocery bag handle gripping portion at the other. The top portion encircles both headrest posts, allowing the strap to drape over the shoulder of the seat so that the bag gripping portion hangs between the seats. The bag gripping portion comprises two spaced-apart hook parts for the bag handles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Vernon L. Nolan
  • Patent number: 10209738
    Abstract: A head-mounted-display adjustment apparatus may include a spring with a restoring force that is, within an elastic limit of the spring, substantially disproportional to deflection of the spring. The adjustment apparatus may also include a mount that couples the spring to a head-mounted display. In addition, the adjustment apparatus may include a strap with a distal section coupled to the head-mounted display and a proximal section coupled to the spring such that (1) the strap is extendable, via deflection of the spring, away from the head-mounted display and (2) when a user is wearing the head-mounted display, the restoring force of the spring holds, via the strap, the head-mounted display against the user's face. Various other head-mounted-display adjustment devices, systems, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Glen Jason Tompkins, Joseph Patrick Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10202229
    Abstract: A heat-shrinkable packaging article has one or more tear initiators for initiating a manual tear that can be propagated to open a package and allow a product to be readily removed therefrom, without the use of a knife or scissors or any other implement. The tear initiators are present in a skirt and/or header of the article. The skirt and/or header has a first side and a second side. In one embodiment, some or all of the first side of the skirt and/or header can be heatset in order to reduce the shrink and curling of the skirt and/or header. This improves identification and utilization of the tear initiators by a consumer upon shrinking the packaging article around the product. In another embodiment, the skirt and/or header has a plurality of pairs of tear initiators to allow portions of the package to be torn off to expose a portion of the product that can then be sliced off while the remainder of the packaged product remains covered by a remainder of the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Diana L. Huerta, Robert A. Odabashian, Stephen F. Compton, Sumita Ranganathan, Michael J. Rosinski, H. Walker Stockley, Scott C. Bossong, Richard K. Watson
  • Patent number: 10202083
    Abstract: A crossbar-to-vehicle coupler may include an intra-coupler toe adjustment mechanism. The toe adjustment mechanism may include a pair of structural frames connected at a pivot joint. In some examples, the frames may be secured by a securement mechanism and/or limited in rotation by a mechanical stop. In some examples, an outer housing of the coupler may be fixed to only one of the two frames. A detent mechanism may be provided, including the outer housing and one of the two frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Yakima Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Wendell Scott, Scott A. McFadden, Gian-Marco D'Angelo, John Mark Elliott
  • Patent number: 10197370
    Abstract: The utility model discloses a single-slot cartridge clip holder comprising a front housing, a rear housing, positioning rack slots, adjustable rack arms and a screw hole, wherein the adjustable rack arms are arranged at two sides of the front housing, the rear housing is mounted at a rear part of the front housing, the positioning rack slots matching the adjustable rack anus are arranged at two sides of the rear housing, a slidably adjustable mounting hole is arranged at a middle part of a connection between the front housing and the bottom of the rear housing, an integrally formed pressure elastic piece is arranged at an inner side of the rear housing, and positioning screw holes are arranged at two sides near a top end of a pressure elastic piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: CYTAC TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Joe Zhang
  • Patent number: 10196192
    Abstract: A compartmented bag with at least two pouches that can be separated along a tear line. Each pouch has front and back panels and a standing base formed of a base gusset panel constituted of a separate piece of film that is fastened by welds to the front and back panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: MONDI JACKSON, INC
    Inventors: Mark Gum, Julia Greaser
  • Patent number: 10189621
    Abstract: A heat-shrinkable bag has a means for initiating a manual tear that can be propagated to open the bag and allow a product to be readily removed therefrom, without the use of a knife or scissors or any other implement. The bag is made from a heat-shrinkable multilayer film having a Peak Load Impact Strength of at least 50 Newtons per mil. The means for initiating tearing results in a first tear in the first side of the bag, and a second tear in the second side of the bag. The first tear and the second tear are each capable of being manually propagated through a heat seal and across the bag, or down the length of the bag, with the tear being capable of being manually propagated through and to an opposite bag edge, so that the product inside a package can be readily removed from the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Dayrit, Robert A. Odabashian, Janet W. Rivett, Thomas D. Kennedy, Diana Huerta, Tom Bonner, Rodney R. Hodgson, Mendy W. Mossbrook, H. Walker Stockley
  • Patent number: 10188918
    Abstract: A golf bag having a shoulder strap assembly including a two strap system that can be converted to a single strap system is provided. In the two strap system, Strap A is fitted over one shoulder and Strap B is fitted over the other shoulder. To convert from a double strap configuration to a single strap configuration, Strap A is detached and slipped over the head area and coupled to Strap B. This results in a single strap comprising both Straps A and B. The combined Straps A and B are joined together by a suitable fastening means. For example, complementary male and female members that interlock with each other on the straps can be used. The shoulder strap assembly is durable, lightweight, easy to use, and comfortable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Stephanie L. Howard, Ian T K Burgess
  • Patent number: 10183716
    Abstract: A seat connecting device includes a first base unit for coupling with a bicycle seat and a second base unit. The first base unit includes an extension having a first end portion with first teeth and a connecting portion. The second base unit includes a body and a connecting member. The body includes a second end portion with second teeth and a sliding groove extending through the second end portion. The connecting member extends through the sliding groove and is detachably connected to the connecting portion. The connecting member selectively presses against a side of the second end portion distant to the second teeth. The second teeth disengageably engages with the first teeth. A water bottle holder can be mounted to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Louis Chuang
  • Patent number: 10179548
    Abstract: A closure device for fastening an object, for example an electronic instrument, to a carrier element includes a first closure part and a magnet device which acts in a magnetically attracting manner between the first closure part and the second closure part. At least one thread is arranged on one of the connection portions and at least one engagement element is arranged on the other of the connection portions. The connection portions are screw-connectable together by rotation with respect to one another as a result of the at least one engagement element running onto the at least one thread. The first closure part includes at least one first anti-rotation portion and the second closure part includes at least one second anti-rotation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Fidlock GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Fiedler, Friedemann Richter, Breido Botkus
  • Patent number: 10173809
    Abstract: A resealable flexible package is provided comprising polymeric wall panels and a peel-reseal feature sealed therebetween. A peel-off portion is removed to transition the package from a closed position to an open position, removal of the peel-off portion both opening the package and exposing a pressure sensitive adhesive of the peel-reseal feature. The exposed pressure sensitive adhesive is coupled to one of the wall panels and moved into adhesive engagement with an exterior surface of another wall panel to transition the package to a reseated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Bemis Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Jordan R. Tracy
  • Patent number: 10172477
    Abstract: Described herein is a baby carrier and insert therein. In particular, a multi functional baby carrier that transitions seamlessly from one mode to another to allow the carrying of a child from newborn baby through to a toddler wherein the main body forms an adjustable seat width position to address ergonomic concerns when in a particular carrying mode. The main body portion also comprises a hands through pouch configured to allow a wearer to pass their hands through for additional support when carrying the child. The insert includes an adjustable length back support and is configured to engage with the main body of a multi functional baby carrier without requirement of separate fasteners to retain the insert within the main body of the multi functional baby carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Phil and Teds Design Limited
    Inventors: Evarn Flaunty, Campbell Douglas Gower
  • Patent number: 10173601
    Abstract: A carrier apparatus for a vehicle may include a bumper back beam to be drawn out and received in the bumper back beam, an adapter cover rotatably disposed at an upper portion of the carrier in an up and down direction and having an upper portion depressed to form an installation space, and a loading cover detachably connected to the installation space of the adapter cover and provided with a fixture for fixing a luggage loaded at an upper portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Dong Eun Cha, Hyun Gyung Kim, Keon Soo Jin, Jin Young Yoon, Ki Hong Lee