Patents Examined by Robert Sandy
  • Patent number: 11953076
    Abstract: An interchangeable attachment device includes a first attachment interface supporting a first component, and a second attachment interface supporting at least one second component. The first and second attachment interfaces define cooperating attachment portions arranged for securing an end portion of the first attachment interface to an end portion of the second attachment interface to form an attachment junction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ossur Iceland ehf
    Inventors: Valgeir Petursson, Halldor Albertsson
  • Patent number: 11950663
    Abstract: A belt system including a belt having a free end, an opposed clamp end, and a plurality of teeth positioned along the free end of the belt. The buckle includes a latch that is actuatable between an engaged position and a retracted position. Wherein when the latch is in the engaged position, the latch is biased against the teeth to mechanically engage the teeth and secure the belt free end with the buckle. When the latch is in the retracted position, the latch is retracted from the teeth to permit removal of the belt free end from the buckle. The buckle also includes a clamp member to secure the belt clamp end to the buckle. The clamp member is positioned on the buckle such that the free end of the belt is substantially concealed by the clamp member and the clamp end of the belt when the free end is inserted through the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: TEAM NexBelt Operating, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Rowland, Tom Hunsucker
  • Patent number: 11944165
    Abstract: The molded surface fastener includes: a fastener member that has a plurality of engagement elements disposed upright on the first surface of a base portion, and a back member that is secured to the second surface of the fastener member and that is provided with a structure enabling passage of a synthetic resin. The base portion has a first base region of a predetermined thickness and a second base region formed to be thicker than the first base region, and the back member is secured to at least the second base region of the base portion. The adhesion strength of the back member to the fastener member is thus increased, enabling the back member to be held more firmly by the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Matsui, Xu Zhang, Zhiyu Ren, Shinichi Imai
  • Patent number: 11944162
    Abstract: A shoelace is provided, including: a core material and a woven layer. The core material defines an axial direction, and the woven layer is sleeved on the core material. The woven layer includes a plurality of strands, a plurality of ridge portions and a plurality of connecting portions. The plurality of ridge portions and the plurality of connecting portions are woven by the plurality of strands and arranged alternatively in a circumferential direction of the core material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventor: Yung-Yu Wu
  • Patent number: 11944184
    Abstract: In one instance, an attachment device for use in attaching a hook-and-loop patch to Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (MOLLE) includes a backing member having a central stem and a first cap and a second cap portion. The front side of the device has a hook or loop material applied to it. The first cap has a first wing and second wing. The second cap has a third wing and fourth wing. The backing material is flexible enough to allow the first cap or second cap to be compressed to go through a loop on a MOLLE and then released causing it to return to its original position. In this way, it is attached to a loop on the MOLLE and may then receive a coordinated hook or loop material on the back of a patch. Other embodiments are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Crosier Products, LLC
    Inventor: Justin Matthew Stanton
  • Patent number: 11945344
    Abstract: A buckle for a child safety seat harness having a base part and a latch part, the latch part having a releasable latching mechanism that includes a plurality of magnetic elements arranged to urge the base and latch parts into engagement during a connection operation and to urge the base and latch parts apart during a disconnection operation that also releases the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Artsana USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Longenecker, Michael S. Degrace, Matthew J. Ransil
  • Patent number: 11937668
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fastening device and a method of removably attaching an object to a surface of a material, the fastening device including a base, rotatable around an axis of rotation; a support frame mechanically supporting the base allowing the base to rotate with respect to the support frame, the axis of rotation of the base being transverse to a reference plane of the support frame; an open-ring shaped piercing member including secured and piercing ends, secured end attached to the base, and the piercing member configured so the piercing end follows a first curved trajectory when the base is rotated; and a first abutment, on the support frame and configured to cause the piercing end of the piercing member to follow a second curved trajectory; so the plane of the second trajectory is offset by a deviation angle from the plane of the first trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventor: Leo Hong Wu
  • Patent number: 11937670
    Abstract: A quick release system for an interchangeable watch strap on a clasp, the quick release system including an end link for securing the watch strap on the clasp, the end link including a body and two lateral end piece placed on each side of the body, a first lateral end piece being in one piece with the body and a mobile end piece, able to slide away from the body, a first bar including a first end being fixed to the first lateral end piece and a second free end cooperating with a bore of the mobile end piece; a second bar extending from the first end piece, including a first end able to slide inside the first end piece, and a second end articulated to the mobile end piece; a retaining stem arranged coaxial and fixed to the second bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Glashuetter Uhrenbetrieb GmbH
    Inventor: Sebastian Einhorn
  • Patent number: 11940003
    Abstract: A vertical blinds support device having a pair of opposing plates wherein a first plate has two extending posts spaced at a predetermined distance from each other, each post having opposite surfaces with rails projecting from the surfaces of the posts, and a second plate having two apertures corresponding to the two posts with each of the apertures having interior ridges extending inward for receiving the posts, respectively, such that the rails slidably engage and releasably interlock with the interior ridges of corresponding apertures to join the two plates thereby sandwiching a plurality of vertical blinds therebetween. The distance between the plates may be adjusted by pushing or pulling the posts further into or out of the apertures. The vertical blind support device may be raised and lowered on the blinds to a desired position for separating the upper ends of the blinds to create a fanned appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventor: Ronald Drozd
  • Patent number: 11933438
    Abstract: An operator is enabled to easily identify the normal attachment direction of a ground clip and set the ground clip in a correct direction. Provided is a hose attachment structure in which a ground clip is attached over a grounded electroconductive pipe and a flexible hose inserted onto an outer face of the electroconductive pipe, wherein the ground clip includes a coil part that is attached to the outer face of the electroconductive pipe and an outer peripheral surface of the flexible hose and a pair of pinch parts that protrudes from both end parts in an axial direction of the coil part and faces each other, and one pinch part among the pair of pinch parts has an asymmetrically-shaped indicator part having directivity in the axial direction of the coil part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenichi Numata
  • Patent number: 11930896
    Abstract: A band includes first and second pin member including first and second pin, an operation member that moves between first and second positions, a housing including a coupling part and an engaging part, and a guide part that guides and moves the first and second pin members between an engagement position and a release position. The first and second pin members move to the engagement position when the operation member is moved to the first position, whereas move to the release position when the operation member is moved to the second position. The engagement/release position is a position where each pin is located outside/outside the side surface of the housing in the width direction, and the engagement/release position is closer to the coupling/engaging part than the release/engagement position in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Inventor: Takahiro Aoki
  • Patent number: 11930894
    Abstract: The present application discloses a pluggable connecting buckle, including a male buckle and a female buckle. A first connecting rod is arranged on one end of the male buckle, and a decorative plate and a buckling rib are arranged on an other end. A buckling block is arranged on the buckling rib, and a corresponding engagement groove is arranged on the buckling rib. A second connecting rod and an accommodating cavity are respectively arranged on two ends of the female buckle. Two engagement assemblies are respectively arranged on two sides of the accommodating cavity. A limiting plate is arranged on the engagement assembly which includes a turning plate. An inclined engagement surface is arranged on the engagement groove, and an inverted hook plane is arranged on the turning end of the turning plate. The pluggable connecting buckle has a good anti-loosening effect, a long service life, and good user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Foshan Tuorun Precision Hardware Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Maoyang Gao
  • Patent number: 11930892
    Abstract: A retention device can be used with an adjustable strap. The adjustable strap can be part of a tie down strap system, a backpack, or a fanny pack. A free end of the adjustable strap can be inserted and pulled through a tensioning device. The retention device can be placed around a portion of the adjustable strap adjacent to the tensioning device. The retention device can prevent the adjustable strap from undesirably pulling back through the tensioning device. The retention device can include a top plate and bottom plate that sandwich the strap and then connected to each other. The retention device can also be a strip of material that includes a plurality of tiny loops and a plurality of tiny flexible hooks that are used to attach to the adjustable strap and wrap around the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: VisumLearn, Inc.
    Inventor: Phillip A Poston
  • Patent number: 11930895
    Abstract: A garment system includes a garment, a first male connector, and a female connector. The first male connector is coupled with the garment and includes a base and a first ridge coupled with and protruding from the base. The first ridge defines an aperture and has a first ridge outer wall, a first ridge inner wall, and a first ridge central portion extending therebetween. The first ridge further includes a ramp extending from the aperture toward the base at a non-zero angle, and a shelf coupled with the ramp and defining a securing cavity. The female connector is configured to be coupled with the first male connector and includes a cap and a rim. The rim is coupled with and protrudes from the cap, and extends substantially around the cap. A tab is coupled with the rim inner wall and is sized to fit within the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: The Beer Vest Guys LLC
    Inventor: Paul Flowers
  • Patent number: 11932176
    Abstract: A T-flange with a snap fit feature will ensure a tight fit once the operator overcomes the snap feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventor: Mark F. Esper
  • Patent number: 11932162
    Abstract: A ratchet strap tensioning mechanism includes a barrel defining an axis of rotation and a body and a handle coupled via the barrel. Each of the body, handle and barrel is independently rotatable about the axis of rotation. At least one ratchet gear wheel is mounted to the barrel at a position between a portion of the body and the handle. A driver rotatably drives the at least one ratchet gear wheel about the axis of rotation and a pawl restricts rotation of the at last one ratchet gear wheel about the axis of rotation. A force indicating device is connected to at least one of the body and the handle. The force indicating device is operable to indicate to a user when a predetermined force is applied to the ratchet strap tensioning mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Inventors: David Mazzarelli, Michael Hissong
  • Patent number: 11925241
    Abstract: A buckle assembly includes a first buckle component, a second buckle component and an operating component. The first buckle component includes a locked portion. The second buckle component includes a locking portion. The locking portion engages with the locked portion along a lateral direction of the buckle assembly when the second buckle component is mated with the first buckle component along a mating direction. The operating component is partially embedded in and partially exposed out of the second buckle component. The operating component is slidable relative to the second buckle component. The operating component drives the locking portion to move away from the locked portion for disengaging the locking portion from the locked portion during a sliding movement of the operating component relative to the second buckle component. The present invention has advantage of saving labor and easy operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Wonderland Switzerland AG
    Inventors: Manqun Cheng, Zheng-Wen Guo
  • Patent number: 11925242
    Abstract: A pull ring for a buckle assembly that has a main body with a first hook element facing a rear end, and an actuation button. The actuation button is connected to the main body by a spring so that the actuation button can move between an extended resting position and a compressed position. The actuation button has a second hook element on a bottom surface and which faces the front end of the main body. The pull ring is connected to the main body and actuation button by fitting the pull ring around the first hook element, pressing the actuation button, pivoting the actuation button and main body until the second hook element is disposed within a central aperture of the pull ring, and releasing the actuation button so that the pull ring is retained in the hook elements under pressure by the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Duraflex Hong Kong Limited
    Inventor: Yick Fai Chan
  • Patent number: 11918087
    Abstract: An article of clothing in the form of a belt includes: a cord having a proximal end and a distal end; and a buckle having an eyelet and a locking feature; wherein the buckle is attached to the proximal end and the distal end of the cord is configured to pass through the buckle eyelet; and the locking feature is structured and arranged to selectively lock and unlock movement of the cord through the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: LT BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Justin Ronald Chambers, Ephraim Pittore-Candelario
  • Patent number: 11920712
    Abstract: A shrink-fit ring, the two circumferential edges (10) of which are flanged, makes it possible to use thinner band thicknesses without the risk of buckling owing to its greater intrinsic strength. The circumferential edges (10) end in limbs (16) which point radially outwards and enclose an angle of approx. 70° to 90° with an unflanged centre portion (13) of the ring that is located axially further inwards. The flanging results in an extension of the diameter of the ring edges, wherein the ring edge regions (14) are bent outwards in a rounded manner and the edge surfaces (11) run at an angle of preferably approx. 0° to approx. 20° with respect to the ring axis (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Oetiker Schweiz AG
    Inventor: Stefan Miessmer