Patents Examined by Russell D. Stormer
  • Patent number: RE47752
    Abstract: A system is provided herein which includes a closet flange insert and at least one spacer to be positioned between the closet flange insert and an installed closet flange. The closet flange insert includes a toilet connecting flange which extends radially outwardly from a through pipe. The through pipe is sized to be inserted into a pipe section of a closet flange. Each spacer includes spaced apart first and second faces, and spaced apart inner and outer edges extending between the first and second faces. The inner edge defines an opening extending through the body, the opening sized to permit passage therethrough of the through pipe of the closet flange insert but not the toilet connecting flange of the closet flange insert. With the subject invention, a system is provided which allows the closet flange insert to be mounted atop an installed closet flange flush with surrounding finished flooring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: OATEY CO.
    Inventor: Alan Hughes
  • Patent number: RE47898
    Abstract: The disclosure herein is directed toward systems and methods for supporting a person and enabling motion of a person across a surface of snow while satisfying the countervailing requirements of increasing surface area for weight-carrying capacity on soft snow and reducing the opposing forces, like for example drag and friction, in hard snow. More specifically, a snowboard described herein includes an inner edge and an outer edge, and allows the rider to control the amount of board-to-snow contact. This snowboard is configured to improve rider support, increase speed and enhance safety performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventor: Nicholas James Gilson
  • Patent number: RE47927
    Abstract: Aspects of this disclosure can be used to implement a braided cover comprising a plurality of left handed fibers and a plurality of right-handed fibers braided into a hollow tube of fabric. Such a braided cover may be adapted to form a plurality of annular ridges and annular valleys along the longitudinal length of the braided cover when compressed from an extended length to a compressed length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ragner Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Gary Dean Ragner
  • Patent number: RE48070
    Abstract: A trailer can include an open bed, a frame, an actuator, and a pin. The open bed can extend a width and a length. The frame can support the open bed. The actuator can be mounted on the frame. The pin can be mounted on the frame along a periphery of the open bed. The pin can be drivable by the actuator in reciprocating movement transverse to the length between a first pin end limit of travel defining a refracted retracted position and a second pin end limit of travel defining an extended position. The pin can be recessed from the open bed when in the retracted position and extend above the open bed when in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Floyd K. Clow, Darwin James Sanborn
  • Patent number: RE48104
    Abstract: A utensil dispenser including a reservoir that stores utensils and front and rear pedestals in contact with a next utensil. The pedestals contain a plurality of utensils within the reservoir. A gravity feed ramp moves the next utensil to an access port of the utensil dispenser. The utensil dispenser includes an actuator operably connected to a drive pin or other drive mechanism. The actuator is configured to halt a dispensing utensil at a ready position based upon contact between the dispensing utensil and the actuator. In the ready position, a handle portion of the dispensing utensil is accessible via the access port. The drive mechanism is configured to contact the next utensil. The actuator is configured to move the drive mechanism to move the next utensil to clear the front pedestal to release the next utensil from the reservoir onto the gravity feed ramp when the dispensing utensil is dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Todd Jongen, Jeffrey Bobroff, Michael Prince, Jeff Mathison, Christian Kulujian, Mark Eyman
  • Patent number: RE48236
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus for the performance of tricep dip exercise and the like. The apparatus comprises first and second elongate members, which are adapted to be brought into fixed positional arrangement relative to each other. The first upper end of each member is adapted to be brought into engagement with a substantially horizontal member of a pull up or chin up bar, while the second, lower end of each tubular member is adapted to form, or is conjoined to, a hand grips means grip. The hand grip means is grips are provided in a direction which is substantially perpendicular to the main body of the first and second member. A third member is conjoined to the first and second members about their lower ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Kehoe, William McCarthy
  • Patent number: RE48307
    Abstract: Train detection security system and method for detecting a moving train are provided. The train detection security system includes one or more sensor units fixed to a rail of a rail track. The sensor units are arranged for detecting a first signal induced by a moving train and propagated through the rail. The system further includes a control unit including a signal processor arranged for receiving first sensor output signals representing the first signals from each of the one or more sensor units, processing the first sensor output signals and generating a train warning signal representing characteristics of the moving train based on envelope characteristics of the first sensor output signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: WAVETRAIN SYSTEMS AS
    Inventors: Fredrik Lingvall, Tron Danielsen
  • Patent number: RE48321
    Abstract: To provide a rolling bearing in which a favorable antirust performance can be obtained while reducing an amount of antirust oil than before, after removing chloride ions and sulfate ions from the entire surface of the bearing, antirust oil is provided to adhere thereto at an average film thickness of 4.5 ?m to 10 ?m, and the entire bearing is covered with a volatile corrosion inhibitor film such that a space between the volatile corrosion inhibitor film and the bearing is kept in a pressure-reduced condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventor: Kyohei Matsunaga
  • Patent number: RE48337
    Abstract: To provide a rolling bearing in which a favorable antirust performance can be obtained while reducing an amount of antirust oil than before, after removing chloride ions and sulfate ions from the entire surface of the bearing, antirust oil is provided to adhere thereto at an average film thickness of 4.5 ?m to 10 ?m, and the entire bearing is covered with a volatile corrosion inhibitor film such that a space between the volatile corrosion inhibitor film and the bearing is kept in a pressure-reduced condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventor: Kyohei Matsunaga
  • Patent number: RE48427
    Abstract: A discharge device having an actuating handle, a first pump system for conveying a first medium and a second pump system for conveying a second medium. The actuating handle can be moved between an initial position and an end position. The first pump system includes a first pump chamber and a first piston arranged in a displaceable manner in the first pump chamber. The second pump system includes a second pump chamber and a second piston arranged in a displaceable manner in the second pump chamber. The first piston and the second piston can be displaced via the actuating handle in the direction of actuation, and the actuating handle and the first piston are coupled to each other such that the actuating handle and the first piston can be displaced relative to each other in a direction of actuation via a free travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: APTAR RADOLFZELL GMBH
    Inventor: Thomas Bruder
  • Patent number: RE48585
    Abstract: A key for use in a cylinder lock with a rotatable key plug having an elongated key blade with a relatively wide lower portion and a relatively narrow upper portion. A step-like transition region between the wider lower portion and the narrow upper portion. The key blade includes a longitudinal profile groove located adjacent to the step-like transition region that extends along at least a portion of the length of the blade. An inner wall of groove is substantially parallel to a side surface of the lower portion of the key blade. The longitudinal profile groove includes an undercut portion adjacent to and inside a ridge portion of the key blade. The outside of ridge portion forms a part of the side surface of the blade in the relatively wide lower portion up to the step-like transition region and the inside of ridge portion facing inner wall of the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: WINLOC AG
    Inventor: Bo Widen
  • Patent number: RE48600
    Abstract: A belt conveyor wing pulley is comprised of a plurality of V-shaped wings radially spaced about and connected to circumferential surfaces of a pair of spaced hubs. Gussets are connected to facing surfaces of adjacent wings and to the circumferential surfaces of the hubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Superior Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Micah D Zeltwanger, James M Solvie
  • Patent number: RE48626
    Abstract: A bicycle crank arm apparatus comprises a crank arm having a crank axle mounting portion and a pedal mounting portion. A circuit-mounting structure is disposed between the crank axle mounting portion and the pedal mounting portion, wherein the circuit-mounting structure is configured to detachably mount a measurement board. When a measurement board is mounted to the circuit-mounting structure, the resulting combination forms a bicycle input force processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano, Inc.
    Inventor: Toshio Tetsuka
  • Patent number: RE48789
    Abstract: A connection utilizing a joist hanger to hang a generally horizontal joist or beam from a wood structural support member such as a top plate or header in cooperation with a first plurality of fasteners such as screws and one or more generally vertical drywall panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory D. Bundy, Dustin P. Muhn, Thomas G. Evans, Daniel M. Gray
  • Patent number: RE48872
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hydrodynamic torque converter having an impeller wheel, a turbine wheel and an oscillation damper which is accommodated in the converter housing, and a converter lockup clutch. Two damper stages are arranged here as a serial damper between the output hub of the torque converter and the converter lockup clutch, and a damper stage is arranged between the turbine wheel and the output hub. In order to improve the damping properties, a rotary oscillation absorber is additionally provided which is arranged between the dampers and is also connected to the turbine wheel in a rotationally fixed fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Heiko Magerkurth, Christian Huegel, Andreas Meissner
  • Patent number: RE48910
    Abstract: A vented soffit panel is provided. The soffit panel includes a first panel section, a second panel section and a vent channel. The vent channel is positioned between the first and second panel sections and extends along a width of the soffit panel. The vent channel has a generally dove-tailed shape defined by a first sidewall extending from the first panel section at an acute angle relative thereto, a second sidewall extending from the second panel section at an acute angle relative thereto and a top wall extending between the first and second sidewalls. The top wall has at least one row of openings extending substantially along the width. The row of openings in the top wall being positioned such that when the panel is installed the row of openings are obscured from a view of an ordinary observer by at least one of the first and second panel sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Rollex Corporation
    Inventors: Mikkel Shield, Paul R. Pavesich
  • Patent number: RE48957
    Abstract: A paper sheet material dispenser apparatus for dispensing paper sheet material from a roll of paper sheet material having a tail portion includes a sensor structure having a light emitter and a light sensor for sensing the absence of a replacement tail portion projecting from a housing exit opening and for activating an electric motor to rotate a roll support drum and cause the replacement tail portion to project from the exit opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: DISPENSING DYNAMICS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Joel P. Keily, Richard Dale Brannan, Jr.
  • Patent number: RE48973
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are designed to be improvements over existing wheelbarrows. Certain embodiments comprise a frame, one or more weight-bearing wheels, and a pan. In certain embodiments, a wheelbarrow comprises a bight or a bumper having wheels. The wheels on the bight or bumper are located to the sides of a weight-bearing wheel. In certain embodiments, wheels located on each side of a bight or bumper portion allow a user to maneuver a wheelbarrow up or down a curb, or navigate stairs without causing damage to surfaces. Certain embodiments of the invention allow more efficient unloading of the contents of a wheelbarrow bed. Certain embodiments are designed to retrofit on existing wheelbarrows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: VECTION LIMITED
    Inventors: Mathew D. Meyer, Bryan Beard
  • Patent number: RE48978
    Abstract: A dragline bucket comprises a base member, a first side member extending from the base member and including a first top edge, a second side member extending from the base member, and a rear member extending from the base member and including a second top edge, a mouth for receiving material into the bucket, and a first beveled wall extending from the first side member forming a first compound angle with the base member and a second beveled wall extending from the rear member proximate the first beveled wall forming a second compound angle with the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Robert Stolz
  • Patent number: RE49027
    Abstract: A cable gripping and tensioning apparatus is provided for attaching a cable to an anchor point such as a wooden post as part of a cable railing system. In one form, the apparatus includes a tubular component and a ferrule. The tubular component includes external threads to engage the wall of a hole in the post, an internal axial bore through which a cable may pass, a first end which may engage a wrench to rotate the tubular component and a second end which may provide a thrust bearing surface. The ferrule is swaged to an end portion of the cable. The ferrule provides a thrust bearing surface for contact with the second end of the tubular component, allowing for the rotation of the tubular component to tension the cable while the cable does not rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventor: Edwin Lee Henderson