Patents Examined by Robert Sandy
  • Patent number: 10738820
    Abstract: Interlocking hook assemblies for elastic straps include an elastic member 500 including a pair of similar interlocking hook devices 100 connected to each end of elastic member 501. Each interlocking hook device 100, is provided with a connector 300 which is fixedly attached thereon. Each hook device can be connected, preferably in a locking manner, onto the other hook device creating a closed hook assembly thereby disabling the hooks to prevent entanglement of elastic or rigid straps when not in use or during storage and/or transportation. Multiple elastic straps 500 can be connected end-to-end forming an elongated elastic strap of desired length having closed central hooks with open hooks on each end. Interlocking hook assemblies for elastic members include an elastic member with interlocking hook devices 900 including two similar interlocking hook devices 800 with a connector groove 801 and a catch feature 802 and elastic member 811.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Bolder Products, LLC
    Inventor: Paul J. Cornay
  • Patent number: 10736408
    Abstract: A universal assembly for securing various configurations and designs of audio cables to clothing articles. The universal assembly has a receptor housing and a fastening mechanism. The receptor housing can secure the audio cables to clothing articles in any position on the clothing and also allow the audio cable to be angled in any desired position and orientation. The fastening mechanism can movably secure the receptor housing at any position on a clothing article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Paillasson
  • Patent number: 10737902
    Abstract: A device and method for storing cables commonly associated with mobile devices. A platform of the device has two posts around which a cable is wound, and a flexible cover attached to the posts that can fully enclose the cable and platform when closed. While remaining attached to the posts, the cover can be opened to allow access to the cavity for winding or unwinding the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Samuel Hong-Yen Pai
  • Patent number: 10736385
    Abstract: Embodiments for a removable zipper charm with marketing receptacle are provided. The attachment includes a medallion, a connector ring, a connecting mechanism, and marketing material. Generally speaking, these components are structured such that the connector ring is attached to the medallion at the edge of the medallion, the marketing material is engraved or attached to the medallion, and the connecting mechanism is fastened to the connector ring and thereby the medallion. The connecting mechanism can also be simultaneously fastened to a zipper slide or a zipper pull tab, and this architecture allows a user to use the attachment as a zipper tab replacement or extension while promoting marketing material as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Phil Martino
  • Patent number: 10730668
    Abstract: A combination decoration and wire-reinforced twist tie is made with a grip on each end. Width is selected to be part of the presentation, and includes multiple wires providing additional stability for positioning the grips as emblems as part of the presentation. Certain embodiments place the decorative element in the geographical center or elsewhere along the strand that forms the twist tie, thereby freeing the ends to become a bow-like decoration behind the shaped image of that center decorative element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Lisa Ross
  • Patent number: 10730419
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a clip (10) for fastening a car seat cover onto a car seat, characterised by: a head means (11) comprising a U-shaped holder (11a) with a gripping means (11b) at each end to receive and grasp a car seat cover; and an insertion element (13) having a tip end, connected to the head means (11) via a midpoint element (12), to be embedded in the car seat for fastening the car seat cover; characterised in that the midpoint element (12) is a truncated cone connecting the head means (11) with the insertion element (13), wherein the clip (10) is inserted to a joining of the car seat cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: CARZAC SDN. BHD.
    Inventors: Mon Ket Low, Kok Kwee Haw
  • Patent number: 10729426
    Abstract: The present subject matter provides a magnetic suture needle retaining strap to be worn by a surgeon during a surgery. The strap includes a band and a housing on an outer surface of the band. The housing includes an inner chamber, an opening leading into the chamber, and a magnet. The band may be placed around a palm of the surgeon's non-dominant hand. The housing provides a dock for retaining the suture needle while the surgeon is knotting the suture or performing other tasks that require use of both hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: King Saud University
    Inventor: Hamad Abdulrahman Alzoman
  • Patent number: 10730617
    Abstract: A tethering system for a remote-controlled device including a tether line having a first end adapted to be connected to a ground support and a second end adapted to be connected to the remote-controlled device. The system further includes an anchor-point disposed between the first and second ends of the tether line, the anchor point having an eyelet for securing the tether line and allowing the tether line to slide through the eyelet during use. The anchor-point and eyelet enable the tether line to flex or bend and the remote-controlled device to maneuver one or more of over or around the target area without interfering with any nearby obstructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: James M. Freeman, Roger D. Schmidgall, Brian N. Harvey, Nathan L. Tofte
  • Patent number: 10731728
    Abstract: A ligature attachment device for use with a ligature is provided, the ligature attachment device having a proximal section comprising a loop retainer section, a distal section comprising a tool section, a central section comprising a central ligature spool section having a centrally located cinch aperture and the central ligature spool section is coupled to the loop retainer section and the tool section. The loop retainer section having a loop retainer profile configured to retain a loop of the ligature frictionally engaged with the central ligature spool section. The cinch aperture having an aperture shape configured to allow at least two sections of a ligature to be removably retained in the cinch aperture whereby the cinch aperture can removably retain the loop of the ligature. The tool section having a first tool for removably joining a second tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Gary Anthony Horgan
  • Patent number: 10731698
    Abstract: A clasp having a bushing and two hooks that face each other. Each hook has a bend, a shank, a sleeve that is rotatably coupled to the bushing, and ridges and grooves that engage with ridges and grooves on the other hook to latch the clasp in various positions. The bends contact each other along a plane of contact. The sleeve and bend of each hook are disposed on opposite sides of the plane of contact to bias the ridges and grooves towards each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Erik Vaclav Chmelar
  • Patent number: 10729106
    Abstract: A connector assembly for a leash system including a connector and a connector receiver. The connector includes a first connector end that has a connector end center. The connector receiver includes a first gate that moves between a locked and an unlocked position. The first gate defines at least a portion of a connector cavity, with the connector cavity selectively receiving the first connector end when the first gate is in the unlocked position. The connector cavity also has a cavity center, with the cavity center and the connector end center being substantially identical when the first connector end is received by the connector cavity. The connector receiver further includes a receiver actuator that is coupled to the first gate. The receiver actuator can move in a first direction and a second direction, wherein moving the receiver actuator in the second direction moves the first gate to the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Peter McConnell
  • Patent number: 10731697
    Abstract: A swivel snaphook has a hook and a retainer. The retainer has a support portion and a strap mounting portion. The support portion has a base body connected to the strap mounting portion, a through hole passing through the base body, and a snap-in portion protruding from the surface of the base body and surrounding the through hole. The hook has a hook and connector portion and an engaging portion. The engaging portion has a connecting shaft connected to the hook and connector portion, and a snap-on portion. When the hook and the retainer are snap-fitted together, the snap-on portion surrounds the snap-in portion and fits with the snap-in portion in an inverted manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Duraflex Hong Kong Limited
    Inventor: Yick Fai Chan
  • Patent number: 10722015
    Abstract: The invention discloses a double-safety adjustment hook for a length-adjustable luggage strap, which mainly includes a luggage strap, an adjustment hook housing, a reinforcing bar and a reinforcing crossbeam, wherein the luggage strap is penetrated into a strap inlet hole arranged at the bottom of the adjustment hook housing, penetrated through a strap passage, and passed through a U-turn and through a turn bypassing hole fixed on the reinforcing crossbeam, a strap clamping groove having bevelled teeth on both side walls thereof is arranged below the turn bypassing hole, the luggage strap is passed through the turn bypassing hole into the strap clamping groove and penetrated through the bevelled teeth, and finally exits from a strap outlet hole arranged at the bottom of the adjustment hook housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Tonglu Huabang Hardware Tools Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhenghua Chu
  • Patent number: 10722006
    Abstract: Device for adjusting the length of a bracelet, having a guidance and fastening system (10, 30, 40, 50), including at least one adjusting link element (23) mounted with the ability to rotate about an axis of rotation (A1) defined by a guidance device of the guidance and fastening system. The guidance and fastening system (10, 30, 40, 50) includes an elastic fastening device comprising an elastic property in order to perform an elastic fastening function. The two guidance and elastic fastening devices are arranged around the axis (A1), notably upon implementation of the fastening function. The elastic fastening device provides elastic immobilization of an end link element (25) connected to the adjusting link element (23), particularly relative elastic immobilization of the said end link element (25) with respect to the adjusting link element (23), or of the adjusting link element (23), in at least one configuration of the adjustment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: ROLEX SA
    Inventors: Martin Christian, Philippe Di Piazza, Teddy Grivet
  • Patent number: 10722005
    Abstract: A jewelry clasp that includes separate end pieces and a center housing that is adapted to engage and release with the separate end pieces. Each of the end pieces supports a magnet and further includes a blind passageway having the magnet disposed at a base of the blind passageway. The blind passageway further includes an annular slot, and the center housing includes a push button arrangement enabling engagement and release of the clasp. A pair of arms is supported from opposed sides of the center housing and the center housing further includes a pair of end flanges that are selectively engageable with the slot in the respective end pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Jason DiPietro
  • Patent number: 10721995
    Abstract: An ornamental structure that is constructed and arranged to be coupled to an end of a cord includes a body with a through-hole and a cord-end receiving cavity that has a width about equal to a diameter of the cord, where the through hole and cavity are proximate one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Funletz, LLC
    Inventor: Zachary Mills
  • Patent number: 10724602
    Abstract: A strap enclosure that, when the two fastener tongues are looped through a ring on the opposite end, cinches and applies compression forces in a constrictive way and fastens on both left and right sides with a fastener, with a consequential fail-safe, double redundant feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Jonathan Corey Cruise
  • Patent number: 10722003
    Abstract: A touch fastener having long and thin headed stems welded to and extending from, for example, a thin film, is made by orienting thin, hollow, drawn staple fibers between bristles of a brush, with no more than fiber ends sticking out of the brush, and then fusing a film to the fiber ends by direct welding. The fibers are then withdrawn from the brush as stems that are headed by heating their ends and allowing the resin to reform into an engageable head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Velcro BVBA
    Inventors: Gregory K. Kopanski, Joshua W. Whitcomb
  • Patent number: 10722060
    Abstract: An integrated buttoning assist and unbuttoning assist device includes a tubular handle member; a button assist tool coupled to one end of the handle member and including a wire loop extending from one end of the tubular handle member, wherein the wire loop includes a button hole expanding portion adjacent the tubular handle and a button holding portion adjacent the button hole expanding portion; and an unbuttoning assist tool coupled to an opposed end of the handle member and including a spanner extending from the opposed end of the handle member, the spanner including a fixed lower jaw member having a pair of button engaging tangs separated by a slot which is configured to receive the threads or eye of a button therein, and the spanner including a fixed button engaging upper jaw member. A zipper puller may be coupled to the tubular handle member between the ends thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Howard Windows, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10722002
    Abstract: An illuminated belt buckle (1) for a seat belt device of a motor vehicle, having a housing (2), a push button (3) displaceable in the housing (2), an insertion slot (4) bounded by an edge section (21) of the housing (2). A light source (10) and the at least one light emission surface (12, 13, 38, 39) are connected via at least one optical waveguide (11), and wherein a deflecting element (14, 15, 16) is arranged or formed on at least one boundary surface (7) of the optical waveguide (11) and/or on at least one boundary surface (8, 9) of the light emission surface (12, 13, 38, 39). The deflecting element having a geometry that differs from the rest of the boundary surface (7, 8, 9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Fabian Harms, Arndt Sohnchen, Iulian Rotariu