Patents Examined by Roberta S Delisle
  • Patent number: 10697158
    Abstract: A faucet control apparatus having a handle, a ring member and optionally protrusions. The handle has a proximal and a distal end. The ring member is positioned proximate the proximal end thereof. The ring member has an inner perimeter which defines an opening. The protrusions include one or more outer protrusions optionally extending from the ring member spaced apart from the handle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: David Kopp
  • Patent number: 10690169
    Abstract: A connecting apparatus and a bolt assembly are provided. The connecting apparatus includes a first connector defining a first through-hole, a second connector defining a second through-hole, a stopping member defining a stopping hole, an L-shaped bolt and a nut fitted about the L-shaped bolt. The L-shaped bolt includes a screw and an elbow connecting to the screw, wherein the elbow has a stopping surface extending along a lengthwise direction of the elbow, the L-shaped bolt is extended through the first through-hole, the stopping hole and the second through-hole successively and matches with the nut to connect the first connector and the second connector together, when the nut is rotated into the screw, the stopping surface and an inner wall of the stopping hole cooperate with each other to prevent the L-shaped bolt from rotating along an axis of the screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: WINBO-DONGJIAN AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yongbo Chen, Wei Huang, Zhihai Zhang, Jie Yang, Weiting He
  • Patent number: 10690174
    Abstract: A lock nut system includes a nut, a keeper engagement with the nut to inhibit movement of the keeper relative to the nut, and a keeper retaining member. The keeper has a radially inner side configured to engage a shaft to inhibit rotational movement of the nut relative to the shaft when the keeper engages the nut and a radially inner side engages the shaft. The keeper retaining member is secured to the keeper and is engageable with the nut to hold a keeper axially such that keeper is engaged with the nut. A cover member is located on an opposite side of the keeper retaining member relative to the nut and engaged to the keeper retaining member to inhibit a separation of the cover member from the keeper retaining member in such that that the separation of the cover member from the keeper retaining member provides a visual indication to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: TEMPER AXLE PRODUCTS CORPORATION
    Inventors: John E. Rode, Sean E. Strait, Ronald George Wilson
  • Patent number: 10690173
    Abstract: A screw includes a screw cap and a shank extending downward from the screw cap. The shank has an outer circumferential surface on which a thread is formed. The shank has a lower end forming a tip section. The screw cap is extended downward to form a conic section. The conic section is provided thereon with a reverse prevention mechanism, which is constructed to include at least one step structure. After the screw is screwed into a workpiece, in an attempt to screw the screw out of the workpiece, the reverse prevention mechanism providing a blocking and resisting effect to prevent the screw from being readily screwed out of the workpiece and thus, a reverse prevention effect of the screw can be enhanced to thereby improve overall performance of use of the screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Ying-Chin Chao
  • Patent number: 10690167
    Abstract: The invention concerns a fastener used to attach structural components that have aligned perforations with a nominal diameter (D), where the fastener comprises a minimum grip plane (Gmin) and a maximum grip plane (Gmax), and A screw (12) comprising an enlarged head and a threaded portion (22); A sleeve (30) comprising an enlarged head, a cylindrical tubular body and a tapped portion (36) that engages the threaded portion (22) of the screw, where the tapped portion (36) is adjacent to an internally smooth portion of the body (34) of the sleeve. This smooth portion has a thickness (E), a non-deformable area (A) adjacent to the head of the sleeve and a deformable area (B) adjacent the non-deformable area (A). The sleeve's deformable area (B) can be deformed into a bulb (48) intended to come into contact with a blind side (46) of the structural components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: LISI AEROSPACE
    Inventors: Antoine Villet, Nicolas Naretto, Olivier Gay, Guy Pailhories
  • Patent number: 10683884
    Abstract: A semi-tubular self-piercing rivet having a rivet head and a rivet shaft, the shaft bore of which satisfies the following relationship in relation to the length of the semi-tubular self-piercing rivet: 0.4 ? T B L N ? 0.6 , the total length of the self-piercing rivet LN being ?4 mm. The disclosure further relates to a corresponding self-piercing rivet joint, to a method for producing the self-piercing rivet, and to a method for producing the self-piercing rivet joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Böllhoff Verbindungstechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Mathias Heger, Dennis Henke, Daniel Junklewitz, Andreas Marxkors, Franz Ferdinand Menne
  • Patent number: 10683882
    Abstract: A connection assembly adapted to join a surface element to an underlying support structure while maintaining a substantially zero gap abutting relation between the surface element and the support structure. The connection assembly includes a press-in retainer with a circumferential seal having a sealing foot. The sealing foot flexes about a living hinge while maintaining continuous sliding contact with the support panel without interfering with downward movement of the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Scroggie, Michelle E. Bozinovski, Robert A. Murawski
  • Patent number: 10669762
    Abstract: A hinge assembly for pivotally joining the opposing halves of a carryable case, especially a case for housing an electronic apparatus. The disclosed hinge is adapted to convey electrical conductors from one half of the case to the other, while protecting them from damage by excessive flexing, abrasion, moisture, and debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Nexus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin W. Bomer
  • Patent number: 10670069
    Abstract: The invention relates to a clip body (10) with a retainer (12) for a fastening device (14), wherein the clip body (10) can be fastened to a panel (18) provided with at least one fastening opening (16), wherein the clip body (10) has two limbs, of which one can be arranged on a first side of the panel (18) and the other can be arranged on a second side of the panel (18), and for this purpose is placed onto an edge of the panel (18), and the clip body (10) has at least one positioning element (20). According to the invention, the at least one positioning element (20) can be guided through the fastening opening (16) in the panel (18), and the clip body (10) can be positioned on the panel (18) by a stop of the at least one positioning element (20) on an edge (22) of the fastening opening (16). The invention also relates to a clip (30) and a fastening arrangement (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SFS intec Holding AG
    Inventor: Sascha Costabel
  • Patent number: 10660478
    Abstract: A removable handle for a cooking utensil is provided. The removable handle includes a proximal end including a gripping surface, a distal end including a plurality of tines, and an elongated shaft extending from the proximal end to the distal end and being bent so that the distal end including the plurality of tines are oriented at an angle that is greater than 45°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Gregory Darren Koke
  • Patent number: 10662995
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a washer having a generally circular shape and is used for supporting a screw head. The shank of the screw penetrates the central hole of the washer. When viewed from a planar perspective, the outer edges of the washer have a sinusoidal shape with depressions and elevations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: MLT MINET LACING TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Horst Jakob, Bernard Tavernier
  • Patent number: 10655667
    Abstract: A cap assembly for enclosing an end portion of a bolt fastener includes a first cap member which includes a bore and a surface positioned within the bore which defines first threads and the first cap member also includes an external surface which defines second threads. A second cap member includes a sidewall which defines a receptacle with an opening which provides access to an interior of the receptacle and the sidewall includes an interior surface which defines third threads compatibly configured to engage the second threads. The third threads are positioned along the interior surface of the receptacle extending along a length of the receptacle a first distance and the second threads are positioned along the external surface of the first cap member extending along a length of the external surface a second distance wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Bart Stevens, Brandon Mulligan, Brandon D. Booth, Daniel J. Cowan
  • Patent number: 10655662
    Abstract: A connecting device between components of a piece of furniture includes a casing capable of being received in a first seat and in a second seat obtained respectively in a first and in a second component of the piece of furniture, and including a first and a second radially expandable region to engage respectively the first and the second component in correspondence of the first and the second seat, a tie rod received inside the casing with axial sliding power towards and from a locking position, and including a first segment in enlarged section and a second segment in enlarged section susceptible of engagement respectively with the first and the second region to determine a radial expansion of the casing when the rod is moved in the locking position, and an eccentric element arranged to engage a head of the tie rod and axially move it towards the locking position when the eccentric element rotates around its main axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: CAR S.R.L.
    Inventor: Stefano Rovoletto
  • Patent number: 10655668
    Abstract: A bonding washer for making electrical connection between two metal pieces that are to be mechanically fastened together. The washer, to be interposed between the two metal pieces, may be constructed so as to fasten to one of the pieces before the two pieces are joined. Teeth on the washer, positioned at right angles to the plane of the washer, are forced into each of the two metal pieces when the fastener is tightened, making electrical connection between the two metal pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: HUBBELL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Brian Thomas Wiley, Palvin Chee Leong Chan
  • Patent number: 10647506
    Abstract: A one-piece trash container and dumpster lid engagement lift and support device having an upper container engagement end and an oppositely disposed integrated handle grip portion. Recessed upper and lower central surface define lid and container engagement support areas after lid access is achieved to hold the lid open with aid without user engagement thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Kenneth Seok Kim
  • Patent number: 10648500
    Abstract: A blind rivet nut includes a rivet sleeve having a set head, a deformation region for forming the closing head, and a threaded section having a female thread. The female thread comprises maximally four complete thread turns, which produces a blind rivet nut with a low mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: GESIPA BLINDNIETTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Richard Gaertner, Thomas Bamberger, Sandro Setzer, Alexander Schulz
  • Patent number: 10648499
    Abstract: A clip nut 100 has first and second opposed arms 202, 204 extending longitudinally and the second arm 204 includes first and second walls 222, 224 extending transversely of the clip nut, and the first wall 222 includes a first plurality of cavities 234, 236 and the second wall 224 includes a second plurality of cavities 248, 250. A nut 102 includes legs 112, 114 extending into respective cavities. The nut is assembled with the clip nut by putting a leg into a cavity in the first wall and moving the nut toward the second arm to engage a cavity in the second wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: LISI AEROSPACE
    Inventor: Terry Vovan
  • Patent number: 10641308
    Abstract: A fastener to be inserted into a holding hole of a mounted member and a mounting hole of a mount member, includes a head portion disposed on the mounting hole. A leg portion extends from the head portion to be inserted into the holding hole and the mounting hole. An engaging portion is provided on the leg portion to be brought into engagement with the mounting hole. An elastic projecting portion projects outwards of the leg portion. The elastic projecting portion is disposed away from the holding hole. The elastic projecting portion is brought into abutment with an inner circumference of the mounting hole to thereby be bent, and a largest outside diameter of a portion of the elastic projecting portion which is positioned on the rear side of the mounting hole is set to be equal to or smaller than a bore diameter of the mounting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: PIOLAX, INC.
    Inventor: Naoki Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 10641310
    Abstract: A screw has a shaft section which extends axially, a screw thread at the shaft section, which screw thread has thread turns that extend radially starting from the shaft section, a screw tip section which connects to the shaft section, at least one first scraping edge at the screw tip section, and at least one second scraping edge in a region of the shaft section adjacent to the screw tip section. The at least one first scraping edge and the at least one second scraping edge are spaced at a distance from each other and extend in an axial direction over different areas of the screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventors: Rainer Eckert, Andreas Wunderlich
  • Patent number: 10641022
    Abstract: A hinge (100) including a first hinge leaf assembly, a second hinge leaf assembly pivotally coupled to the first hinge leaf assembly (101), a spring (138) operatively connected to the first and second hinge leaf assemblies, and a spring tensioning mechanism to adjust the bias of the spring (138). The first hinge leaf assembly includes a first hinge component (101) having a first mounting surface for securing to a first structure and a plurality of first knuckles (114, 115). The second hinge leaf assembly includes a second hinge component having a second mounting surface for securing to a second structure and a second knuckle (123). The spring biases the first hinge leaf assembly and the second hinge leaf assembly toward a closed position, wherein the spring is located with a hollow defined by coaxial alignment of the plurality of first knuckles (114, 115) and the second knuckle (123).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Christopher Stuart