Patents Examined by Robert Sandy
  • Patent number: 12022917
    Abstract: A male touch fastener product has an array of discrete fastening elements extending from a resin base. The elements are formed by molding stems and then deforming at least a rim of a distal end of each head to form an overhanging mushroom-type fastener element. Some are deformed against a hard surface to form flat fastener elements, and others are deformed against a compliant surface and form umbrella-shaped fastener elements. The fastener element heads feature particular structural relationships that enhance their performance, particularly with low-lying fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2023
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: Velcro IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Antoli Fauria Torrent, Luis Parellada Armela, Emili Pubill Piera, James L. Tardiff
  • Patent number: 12022918
    Abstract: A fastener tape, a slide fastener, a skin product, and a method of forming the fastener tape are provided. The method includes forming fabric tapes made from high-melting warp yarns and weft yarns. The fabric tapes each include an outer connecting portion and an inner connecting portion. Fastener teeth are sewn to an outer side of the inner connecting portion through a sewing thread. The inner connecting portion includes an teeth sewing region. A low-melting component is provided in at least the teeth sewing region, and the low-melting component thermally welds the high-melting sewing thread, warp yarns, and weft yarns to form a hardened structure. The method further includes heating, after the fastener teeth are sewn to the fabric tapes, the fabric tapes for bending and shaping, such that the low-melting component thermally welds the sewing thread, the warp yarns, and the weft yarns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Inventor: Changhua Chen
  • Patent number: 12024116
    Abstract: In this buckle device, a base end portion of a belt is folded back on itself to form a ring-shaped portion, and the belt is wound onto a spool in a state in which the ring-shaped portion of the belt has been inserted through an insertion hole in the spool. This enables a winding radius of the belt to be increased by the base end portion of the belt and enables a load at which the belt is permitted to be pulled out to be reduced, when the belt is pulled out from the spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Inventors: Ryuji Yamaguchi, Yoshio Mizuno
  • Patent number: 12016435
    Abstract: A knitted fastener stringer has a chain stich yarn disposed on the innermost edge wale furthest from the tape body portion of an element attaching portion is the thickest of all the chain stich yarns used in a fastener tape. This enables a distance of a gap formed between left and right fastener tapes to be smaller when a slide fastener is formed by two knitted fastener stringers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Norio Uozumi, Takashi Saito
  • Patent number: 12012267
    Abstract: A cable tie arrangement for bundling one or more elongate members, and which includes a continuous strap having a planar surface free of any racks and a separate locking head defining an opening and having a metal locking element with a pair of opposed teeth extending into the opening and arranged to engage the strap in the opening. In use, a looped section of the strap bundles one or more elongate members on a first side of the locking head, and the looped section has an end section and a supply section extending through the locking head to a second side of the locking head in a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Federico Cabrele, Waldemar Gaweda, Lorenzo Altarino, Simone Brombin, Michele Lucon, Leonardo Pellizaro
  • Patent number: 12012050
    Abstract: A fastening device for fastening an interior component of a vehicle to a body component. The fastening device includes a fastening clip, a bracket associated with said fastening clip, and a blocking device. The fastening device can be transferred from a pre-assembly state into an assembly state. In the pre-assembly state, the blocking device is deactivated and the fastening clip, together with the associated bracket, can be inserted at least partly into an opening formed in the body component. Further, and the fastening clip or at least a portion of the fastening clip can be moved in a flexible manner relative to the associated bracket and in particular in an insertion direction and/or perpendicular to the insertion direction. In the assembly state, the blocking device is activated and a movement of the fastening clip or the portion of the fastening clip relative to the associated bracket is at least substantially blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Marek Kukuczka, Adam Zawada, Zsolt Wilke
  • Patent number: 12013062
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for a clamp assembly including clamp having a first body extending between an attachment end and a hinged end. The first body includes a set of apertures and defines at least a portion of the attachment end. A second body includes a second aperture and defines a remaining portion of the attachment end, the second body hingedly connected to the first body at the hinged end for movement of the first body and the second body between an opened position and a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: TRAMEC, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Craig Herweyer, Chris Kline, Kevin Cornelius, Jeffrey McKeown
  • Patent number: 12005729
    Abstract: A writing instrument holder for clip is disclosed. The writing instrument holder for clip is detachable from a clip having a clip body which is bent to have an insertion space into which a document is inserted, is closed by an elastic restoring force, and pressurizes the document, and a pair of handles which are coupled to the clip body and pressurize the clip body to widen, and includes a body unit, a fixing unit, and an elastic unit. The body unit is provided in the insertion space and comes in close contact with the inner surface of the clip body. The elastic unit connects the body unit and the fixing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Inventor: Chun Ki Kim
  • Patent number: 12006959
    Abstract: A retention clip is described herein. The retention clip has a first portion configured to temporarily deform upon insertion into a slot of a mounting location and prevent the retention clip from retracting through the slot once inserted. The retention clip also has a second portion configured to attach the retention clip to a component via a first torque of a fastener interfacing with the second portion. The retention clip further has a third portion configured to abut against a surface of the component and deform under s second torque of the fastener such that the first portion and the second portion are translated along an attachment axis toward the component. The retention clip allows for locating and securing the component with a single fastener via two stages. Accordingly, mounting of the component may be cheaper, less complex, and quicker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies AG
    Inventor: Roberto Morelli Lopez
  • Patent number: 12006966
    Abstract: A system and method including a fastener clip including a top portion and a bottom portion. The bottom portion includes a platform, a pair of locking arms and a pair of feet. The pair of locking arms is coupled to the platform via a pair of hinges. The pair of feet is coupled to the locking arms and is being configured to rotate with the locking arms. The feet are configured to be partially inserted into a slot in a doghouse and, based at least on the locking arms being rotated, the feet are configured to rotate into the slot in the doghouse and to couple the bottom portion to the doghouse. The locking arms are configured to be coupled to the platform at the end of the rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: TERMAX COMPANY
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, David Friesorger
  • Patent number: 11998089
    Abstract: A clasp for a garment such as a bandana is described. The clasp consists of two distinct portions, each of which can be different or identical. Each portion includes three or more passages that allow the ends of a bandana or other garment to be threaded through each. The complementary portions are then connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: DESIDARA
    Inventor: Robert M. Kemmer
  • Patent number: 11997955
    Abstract: An agricultural clip includes a base portion, a left arm portion attached to the base portion, a right arm portion attached to the base portion, and a curved protrusion. The left arm portion and the right arm portion define a clip receiving space to receive the agricultural item of interest and the support structure, and the curved protrusion includes a first end attached to one of the left arm portion and the right arm portion, and a second end which is a free end that protrudes into the clip receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Inventors: Roatchanatam Anattasakul, Pius Ng
  • Patent number: 11998128
    Abstract: A flexible napkin sleeve formed into an elongated hollow enclosed cylinder and including an opening and closing means disposed along a substantial length of the napkin sleeve to open a significant length the napkin sleeve to insert a napkin therein and to close the napkin sleeve to retain the napkin therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Inventor: Velma E Miller
  • Patent number: 12000429
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatuses and techniques relating to modular edge clips for fastening a fastening element to an edge of an object. In an aspect, a modular edge clip includes first and second edge clip modules. The edge clip modules include retaining elements and latching connection elements. The respective latching elements having latching claws which, in collaboration with the other edge clip module serve as a counter-bearing, are designed to latch the modular edge clip onto the edge. The latching connection elements for connecting the respective edge clip modules to one another by way of a latching connection. The edge clip modules, in a state connected by the latching connection elements, form a gap between the respective latching elements, into which the edge of the object can be inserted in an insertion direction in order to fasten the edge clip to the edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Inventors: Ute Villbrandt, Björn Schiwek
  • Patent number: 11998106
    Abstract: A portable tool bracket 20 has a hook member 25 having a mounting portion 21 attached to a portable tool body 10 and a notch portion 24 for hooking and holding, an insertion portion 22 that is inserted into a guide rail portion 31 provided to a holder 30 attached to a waist belt 2 and is detachably attached to the holder 30. The insertion portion 22 has a pair of overhang portions that overhang on both sides of the insertion portion 22 with respect to the hook member 25.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Inventors: Akio Goto, Akihito Sato, Nobuko Tayama
  • Patent number: 11994160
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fastener for coupling a first component to a second component. The fastener comprising a body portion, a bridge, and a shank portion. The body portion comprising a plurality of ribs arranged to form a U-bend. Each of the plurality of ribs defines a profile designed to regulate at least an insertion force of the fastener. The profile can be curved. The bridge connecting the plurality of ribs to each other at the U-bend. The shank portion extends from the body portion and includes a plurality of arms. Each arm is cantilevered at a free end of a rib from among the plurality of ribs and extends therefrom in a direction away from the body portion to be hingeable about the arm. The rib profile can be curved between the U-bend and shank portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy Berres
  • Patent number: 11992098
    Abstract: The present invention provides a resin molded body with a hook-and-loop fastener excellent in engaging force, and a method for producing the same. In addition, the present invention provides a method for fixing a ceiling material for automobiles to a vehicle body, which has an adhesive force for a long period of time even under high temperature or low temperature conditions, is excellent in productivity, and does not cause a problem such as falling of a male-type engaging element even when a hot melt adhesive is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Kuraray Fastening Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoru Ono, Yoshikatsu Fujisawa, Yuichi Itoi
  • Patent number: 11993437
    Abstract: The invention to which this application relates to improvements to a retaining band which can be used to securely locate, form and retain a load of items or goods, in one embodiment on a pallet, and thereby retain the said items or goods as a single integral package. The invention allows for the adaptation of the retaining bands to be detectable when with a predetermined range of detection apparatus such as X-ray and/or metal detection apparatus so that should the retaining band or fragments thereof be discarded or dislodged, the presence of the same is detectable and therefore prevented from becoming a potential contaminant or safety hazard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Detectamet Limited
    Inventor: Sean Ronald Smith
  • Patent number: 11992097
    Abstract: A clip piece. Two clip pieces are joined to provide a clip assembly which is used to attach an object to user equipment. Clip pieces include a support bar from which prongs extend. Two outer prongs and at least one central prong are provided. The at least one central prong is spaced apart from and located between the first outer prong and the second outer prong. The first outer prong, the second outer prong, and the at least one central prong each have a proximal end located at the support bar. Each of the first outer prong, the second outer prong, and the at least one central prong extend longitudinally from the proximal end to a distal end. A latch keep portion is provided, having first latch keep aperture defined by first latch keep inner sidewalls, and a second latch keep aperture defined by second latch keep inner sidewalls. A first latch is located adjacent the distal end of the first outer prong, and sized and shaped for interfitting releasable engagement with the first latch keep aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Inventor: Brian K. Wagner
  • Patent number: 11988247
    Abstract: A solar power system includes at least one mounting assembly including a rail, at least one framed solar module, and at least one clip to secure the solar module to the rail. The clip includes at least a pair of sidewalls extending from a top plate or rear wall, each sidewall including a slot, a recess, and a locking member, at least one of the slot, recess, or both include a serrated edge. The clips may secure a solar module to the rail by coupling to the frame of the solar module to a rail of the mounting assembly within the slots of the sidewalls. The clips may be secured to the mounting assembly by locking members positioned on a distal end thereof. The clips may establish an electrical grounding connection between the frame of the solar module and the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: NEXTRACKER LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Watson, Ricardo Delgado-Nanez