Patents Examined by Robert Sandy
  • 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: 11918930
    Abstract: A connection structure for toy tents having a first connection component, a second connection component and a connection buckle, the first connection component and the second connection component are clamped together, the connection buckle is clamped with the first connection component and the second connection component, an outer hemisphere of the first connecting assembly is clamped with an outer hemisphere of the second connecting assembly and an inner hemisphere of the first connecting assembly is clamped with the inner hemisphere of the second connecting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: JAM'N PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Shuxiong Tan
  • 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
  • Patent number: 11919740
    Abstract: A reel based closure device includes a housing, a spool positioned within the interior region of the housing, a knob that is operably coupled with the spool and with the housing, and a rotation control component that is operably coupled with the knob. The knob is rotatable in a tightening direction to cause the spool to rotate within the housing and thereby wind the tension member about the spool. The knob is also rotatable in a loosening direction to cause the spool to rotate in an opposite direction within the housing and thereby unwind the tension member from about the spool. The rotation control component is configured to prevent accidental loosening of the tension member by inhibiting rotation of the knob in the loosening direction until a sufficient rotational force is exerted on the knob in the loosening direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: BOA Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Randon George Kruse, Josef Duller, Charles Clay Corbett, Ryan Vogt
  • 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: 11910884
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lace, string, strap or zip cord lock or securement device that can be applied to an apparel item or accessory. The device has a threaded cap and threaded housing which attaches to a base. The housing includes a continuous opening through which the laces, strings, straps, or cords can be inserted such that they enter the opening on one side of the housing and exit the opening on the other side of the housing. Then, the cap can be turned to tighten the cap and cause it to move downwards on the housing until the laces, strings, cords or straps are pinned between the cap and the base. In addition, a lace, strap, string or cord insertion tool is provided to aid a user in inserting laces, strings, cord or straps through the continuous opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventor: Roby Edwards
  • Patent number: 11910887
    Abstract: A fastening tape having a substrate layer having a nonwoven layer with two opposite faces defining a first outer face and a second outer face of the substrate layer, and at least one fastening element provided on the first outer face of the substrate layer, the fastening tape being characterized in that the substrate layer presents an air permeability which is higher than 0 and lower than 30 l.m?2.s?1 as per ISO 9237 with a pressure of 200 Pa for a sample with a tested zone having a diameter of 8 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: APLIX
    Inventor: Damien Jean Jacques Grimmelprez
  • Patent number: 11911889
    Abstract: A socket tether system is a traditional socket wrench having a socket tethered to the socket wrench. The system has a first lanyard which is configured to connect a tool and a user. The first lanyard extends between a first lanyard and a second lanyard. The second lanyard is configured to make a connection between the tool and an auxiliary tool. The lanyard system is configured to prevent an auxiliary tool associated with the tool from falling when the auxiliary tool becomes disengaged from the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventor: Edward K. P. Pascua
  • Patent number: 11910888
    Abstract: Mounts (10) for securing devices (12) to articles (14) comprise a housing (16) and a pin (18) coupled to the housing (16). The housing (16) has a first side (50), a second side (52) opposite the first side (50), and a central axis (54), and the housing (16) is configured to receive the device (12). The pin (18) comprises a piercing end (20) and has an open position (22) and a closed position (24). In the open position (22), the pin (18) extends away from the second side (52) of the housing (16), and the piercing end (20) is spaced away from the housing (16) and is positioned to pierce the article (14). In the closed position (24), the piercing end (20) is closer to the housing (16) than when in the open position (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Elevation Lab, Inc.
    Inventors: Casey Hopkins, Jacob Hull, Mitchell T. Wilson
  • Patent number: 11903462
    Abstract: A clasp for bands with a device for adjusting the length is provided, wherein the adjustment device has a pivotally arranged member, and wherein the member can be activated by a user in order to activate the length adjustment. Preferably, the pivoting element is part of the clasp cover. Preferably, the pivoting element is articulated by means of axes that correspond to the shafts of the pushers of the clasp-locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: DEXEL SA
    Inventor: Elio Granito
  • Patent number: 11903461
    Abstract: A jewelry clasp includes a clasp shell enclosing a spacing, the clasp shell having a first opening for slidably receiving a first end of an elongated member; and a spring-biased push button slidably received in the spacing through a second opening, the button being slidable between a releasing state and a locking state, wherein the button has a hole for receiving the first end of the elongated member when the first end is received through the first opening of the clasp shell, wherein the push button further comprises a stopper, the stopper releasing the first end of the elongated member when the button is in the releasing state; and a magnet exerting a magnetic force which, when the first end of the elongated member includes a magnetic material, acts to pull said first end of the elongated member through the first opening and into the hole of the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Pandora A/S
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Phouthapanya Selbe, Koumanotham Abhay, Punnakaphun Wangphaisal, Kidsakorn Judto
  • Patent number: 11903451
    Abstract: A reel based closure device includes a housing, a tension member, a spool that is rotatably positioned within the housing, and a tightening component that is positioned axially above the spool and that is operably coupled therewith so that an operation of the tightening component causes the spool to rotate within the housing to wind the tension member about the spool. The reel based closure device also includes a coupling component that is separate from the tension member and that frictionally engages with a distal end of the tension member so that the coupling component is removably fixed to the tension member. The spool component includes a coupling feature within which the coupling component is positioned to attach the tension member to the spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: BOA Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Pollack, Eric Whewell, Randon Kruse, Mark Clementi, Josef Duller, Brendan Hoskens, David Roland, Mark Soderberg
  • Patent number: 11904755
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a ratchet strap hook lock device for securing the hook of a ratchet strap to an anchor point. The body of the device can be attached to a ratchet strap by placing the strap within a notch in the body, placing at least one fastener through the body and fastening the fastener, and securing the lid to the body. Then, at least one hook of the lid can be placed on the base of a ratchet strap hook to further secure the device to the ratchet strap. When a user wishes to secure a hook of the ratchet strap to an anchor point, a lever of the device can be pushed through the body and locked into position such that an anchor point is positioned between the hook and the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventors: Donald Marsh, Patricia Marsh
  • Patent number: 11903449
    Abstract: An article of footwear and related method includes a midsole, an upper secured with respect to the midsole, and a lace extending through the upper. A motorized lacing system positioned within the midsole, configured to engage with the lace to increase and decrease tension on the lace. The motorized lacing system includes a motor, including a motor shaft, a spool, coupled to the motor shaft, configured to spool and unspool the lace based on the turning of the motor shaft, a processor circuit, and an optical encoder. The optical encoder comprises a three-dimensional encoder defining a major axis and having a surface having a first plurality of segments positioned between a second plurality of segments, and an optical sensor, positioned within optical range of the cylindrical encoder, configured to output a signal to the processor circuit indicative of a detected one of a first and second plurality of segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Holli Pheil, Summer L. Schneider
  • Patent number: 11907789
    Abstract: A clasp device adapted for use with a wearable device including a main portion and at least one resiliently deformable arm extended from the main portion along a curvature and configured to be switchable between a normal state and a deformed state; wherein in the normal state a free end of the deformable arm is separated from an opposed end of the main portion a first distance and configured to form a first cavity or passage with the main portion for receiving or engaging with the wearable device; while in the deformed state the free end of the deformable arm is resiliently deformed to enable it to be separated from the opposed end of the main portion a second distance and configured to form a deformable second cavity or passage with the main portion for enabling insertion or removal of the wearable device into or from the clasp device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventor: Ka Wai Wayne Leung
  • Patent number: 11903452
    Abstract: In an example, a lacing engine apparatus can include a housing and a drivetrain. The housing can be securable within a footwear article. The drivetrain can include a motor, a sun gear, a planet gear, a rotating ring gear, and a spool. The spool can be secured to the ring gear and can be rotatable therewith. The spool can be configured to control a lace of the footwear article and can be configured to wind the lace as the ring gear rotates in a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Martine Stillman, Bret Richmond
  • Patent number: 11903458
    Abstract: A riveting multi-directional closure includes a female part releasably engagable with a male part. The female part and the male part of the closure may each be riveted to a piece of the garment or article in any orientation without adversely affecting the efficacy of the closure. Embodiments of the closure include a hybrid of plastic and metal components, and a pair of complementary magnets, providing fast, sturdy, and secure attachment to the article, as well as comfort and ease of manipulation to a user. The female part and the male part include a plate with prongs for piercing the article, and a slot ring for receiving the prongs. The closure is attachable to the article by sandwiching the article between the plate and the slot ring and riveting the prongs within the slot ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: DUBROSKY & TRACY PATENT SERVICE CORP.
    Inventors: Gerhard Fildan, Karl Wanzenböck
  • Patent number: 11903460
    Abstract: A wearable device includes a main body and a band body. The opposite sides of the main body are provided with a tail portion and a hook portion, respectively. An open groove is provided between the hook portion and other parts of the main body. One end of the band body is connected to the tail portion. The band body enters the open groove from an open side of the open groove and is folded back around the hook portion. The other end of the band body is fixed to a part of the band body, so that the band body is coupled to the hook portion, and the band body is adapted to fix the main body to a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Li-Hsun Chang, Yu-Hsun Chung, Chen-Fu Chang
  • Patent number: 11903457
    Abstract: An integrally formed resilient holder is configured in the form of a two-turn spiral ring body with an elongated configuration. The holder includes an upper loop and a lower loop having a size substantially different from that of the upper loop, such that pivot points are created at which the upper loop and the lower loop intersect each other. In the light of its deformability, the holder can be easily triggered to open up an entry port through which keys or rings may be introduced or removed by a simple press from the user. The holder is of high durability and versatility and is cost-effectiveness accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: HOEY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chi-Chao Huang
  • Patent number: 11903459
    Abstract: A wearable object including a middle of a case, a bracelet, and a fastening system for removably securing the bracelet to the middle, the middle including two longitudinal cavities configured to form a slide-bar and receive a hooking head of the bracelet of complementary shape and configured to cooperate by sliding. The fastening system includes elastic casing elements to bolt the axial movement of the hooking head inside the longitudinal cavity, the elastic casing elements including: a rigid bolting protrusion, arranged on an inner wall of each of the longitudinal cavities, cooperating with; two obstacles arranged in the vicinity of an elastic portion of the hooking heads, the obstacles delimiting an inter-obstacle space designed to receive the bolting protrusion and form locking elements of the bolting protrusion; the elastic casing elements being configured to elastically distort the elastic portion of the hooking head during the insertion of the bracelet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: Dohan Schlichtig, Roger Willemin