Patents Examined by Suzanne Dino Barrett
  • Patent number: 8689593
    Abstract: The invention relates to an anti-theft device for the steering column of a motor vehicle, comprising a locking device including: a sensor (4) located close to the input of the rotor (2) such that it can be biased by the key (3) once it has been introduced into the rotor (2), and a retractable retaining member which can move between a locked position in which it acts on the control finger (7) in order to prevent the longitudinal movement of the slide (6) in the direction of the cam (8) counter to elastic means and an unlocked position in which the slide is released and can move under the action of the elastic means. In addition, coupling means between the sensor (4) and the retaining member enable said retaining member to be moved into: the locked position when the rotor (2) is in the rest position and the key (3) is engaged therein, and the unlocked position when the rotor (2) is in the rest position and the key is removed therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Valeo Securite Habitacle
    Inventor: Fabrice Giacomin
  • Patent number: 8671725
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to key assemblies and their mating locks, and more particularly, to keys with mutually compressible, actuating elements capable of being continuously positioned axially within apertures in a key blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Rav Bariach (08) Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Petrisor Nicoara
  • Patent number: 8136376
    Abstract: An electric lock device including a movable member, a cam plate (5) rotated in an unlocking direction and a locking direction by the driving of a drive source, and a lock member (8) including a cam contact surface (10) in contact with a sliding surface (6) of the cam plate (5). The lock member (8) follows the sliding surface (6) to be displaced between a locking position for inhibiting the movement of the movable member and an unlocking position for allowing the movement of the movable member. The cam profile of the sliding surface (6) is set so that the rotary torque of the cam plate (5) necessary for moving the lock member (8) from the locking position to the unlocking position can be maintained at approximately a constant value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Alpha Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuyuki Tsukano, Takahiro Okada
  • Patent number: 7918113
    Abstract: A press-buckled lock having a press buckle is used so that the operation of locking and unlocking can be performed rapidly. By pressing the buckle, the door can be locked rapidly. When the inner handle is rotated, the press buckle is separated rapidly to unlock. Other than making the operation easy, the installation of the press buckle at the inner handle of a lock will reduce the manufacturing cost and cause the operation to be easy. Thereby the cost is reduced. By pressing the press buckle, a lock can locked rapidly; when rotating the inner handle or inserting a specific key into the lock core, the press buckle will separate rapidly so as to unlock the lock; thus, the press buckle in the lock has the effect of controlling the locking and unlocking operation rapidly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Inventors: Che-Wen Liu, Chien-Cheng Liu
  • Patent number: 7878033
    Abstract: A security device includes a housing and a strap which extends from the housing and loops around a bottle neck or other item to secure the device thereto. A locking mechanism lockably engages the strap when the strap is inserted into the housing to secure the strap in a locked position. The housing has first and second opposed outer surfaces which taper outwardly and toward one another in a manner which makes the housing difficult to grasp manually or otherwise, thus helping prevent the breakage and removal of the device from the bottle. The tapered outer surfaces also serve to deflect impact forces to the housing to help prevent unauthorized removal of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Fawcett, Ronald M. Marsilio
  • Patent number: 7866193
    Abstract: A combination antitheft—quick lock device for the wheels or saddle rod of a bicycle includes a lever connected to an eccentric and at least one rod having a threaded end for receiving a bearing washer and a nut. The eccentric bears upon and is rotationally linked to the bearing washer and to the threaded rod extending through the hub of the wheel. A guiding channel for at least one ball is formed as a blind channel in the lever, forming an obtuse angle relative to the longitudinal axis thereof. A bore is formed in the axis and opening into the channel and has a shoulder defining a widened recess. An eccentric reversible locking means includes a widened head configured for displacement in the widened recess and a rod guided by the channel and abutting the ball. A spring is disposed between the widened head and the bore shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Michel Tribout
  • Patent number: 7856855
    Abstract: A lock assembly has a lock body and a shackle. The shackle has a leg. A locking element is disposed in the lock body. The locking element is selectively engageable to the shackle. A cam is disposed in the lock body. The cam has a lock position for moving the locking element to engage the shackle. There is also an unlocked position for moving the locking element to disengage the shackle. The cam has a shackle removal position for removing the shackle from the lock body. The leg has a shackle removal recess sized to receive the locking element sufficiently so as to permit movement of the cam to the shackle removal position. The cam is configured to displace the locking element into the shackle removal recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Commando Lock Company, LLC
    Inventors: Steven A. Fantl, Patrick Smith
  • Patent number: 7856856
    Abstract: An independently interactive interconnected lock includes an interconnecting mechanism that retracts a latchbolt and a deadbolt when an inner handle is moved between an up position, an intermediate position and a down position. The deadbolt is retracted by a deadbolt lock mechanism as the inner handle moves from the up position to the intermediate position. The latchbolt is retracted by a latchbolt lock mechanism as the inner handle continues to move from the intermediate position to the down position. When the inner handle is moved to the up position, both the latchbolt and deadbolt are extended and the deadbolt lock mechanism is disconnected from the latchbolt lock mechanism such that manipulation of the latchbolt lock mechanism to retract the latchbolt does not retract the deadbolt. The inner handle operates with low handle torque because the deadbolt and the latchbolt are not retracted simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Assa Abloy, Inc.
    Inventor: Vladimir Shvartz
  • Patent number: 7849720
    Abstract: A cam pin stop apparatus is provided which is resistant to a malicious pop-open condition. The cam pin stop apparatus includes a cam pin configured to be movable along a first axis, and a cam pin stop configured to be movable to a release location to prevent the cam pin from substantially moving along a second axis, wherein the second axis is substantially perpendicular to the first axis. A potential energy may be released by the cam pin stop when it moves to the release location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Lifelong Locks, LLC
    Inventor: Mark H. Reese
  • Patent number: 7841221
    Abstract: A lock assembly is provided which includes a lock mechanism with cover, and a pair of vertically movable locking rods. The lock mechanism is readily mountable to a liner of a cabinet door by a clamp member which permits initial clamping of the mechanism on an inner liner of the door, after which the inner liner is mounted to an outer finish panel. After assembly of the inner liner to the outer panel, the lock assembly is clamped in an aligned position in alignment with a corresponding lock aperture in the outer panel. The lock assembly further includes a fastener-free connector arrangement between a lock rack of the lock mechanism and the locking rods which is slidably driven thereby. A cover is snap fittingly mounted on the inner liner to guide the locking rod and prevent disengagement from the lock rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Haworth, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Hill, Kirk Hines
  • Patent number: 7823425
    Abstract: A latch assembly for preventing access into a door or drawer is provided. The latch assembly includes a housing configured to mount on a door or drawer, and at least one dog is slidably mounted in the housing for movement between a locked position and an unlocked position. The latch assembly include actuators operatively connected to the dog for moving the dog to the unlocked position. A key is insertable into a key slot on a side of the housing to move the actuators. The latch assembly may be used in combination with a catch assembly configured to mount on a door or drawer frame. The catch assembly is constructed to engage at least a portion of the dog in the locked position. The catch assembly may include a spring to move the latch assembly relative to the catch assembly such that the door or drawer may open slightly while in the locked position enabling a key to be inserted into the key slot to move the dog to the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Elbee Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: David W. Crossley
  • Patent number: 7415852
    Abstract: A tubular lock is disclosed. The tubular lock includes an outer portion, and an inner portion. A plurality of movable driver pins is disposed between the outer portion and the inner portion. The pins are accessible through a space formed by the outer portion and the inner portion. At least one fixed structure prevents an unauthorized tubular lock picking structure from entering the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: ACCO Brands USA LLC
    Inventor: Ralph Merrem
  • Patent number: 7412855
    Abstract: A pivotal bar-lock comprising an anchor hasp having a locking hub and a first locking element integrally formed with a first mounting plate; a locking hasp integrally formed with a second mounting plate and having a mating element and a second locking element formed therein; and a locking bar rotatably mounted on the anchor hasp, the locking bar having a cylinder lock encased therein and an engagement element formed therewith, the cylinder lock being operable such that when rotated into an unlocked mode, the locking bar is pivotally enabled to assume one of open, in-transit, and closed positions in interaction with the first and second locking elements, and when the cylinder lock is rotated into a locked mode, the engagement element of the locking bar engages the mating element of the locking hasp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Inventor: Moshe Dolev
  • Patent number: 7406844
    Abstract: A golf club lock apparatus for securing at least one golf club having a club shaft with a narrow segment and two shaft ends and a club head secured at one shaft end includes an interconnection line; two club shaft engaging mechanisms secured in spaced apart relation to the interconnection line, each shaft engaging mechanism having a locking and retaining structure for lockingly retaining at least one club shaft. Each shaft engaging mechanism preferably is a padlock having a lock mechanism case and a lock U-bolt having two U-bolt legs, one U-bolt leg extending slidably into the lock mechanism case and the other U-bolt leg lockably slidable into and out of the lock mechanism case and sized to closely fit around a narrow segment of a golf club shaft, so that the padlock must be opened to release the club. Each U-bolt preferably includes two U-bolt legs which are separate members interconnected by a hinge structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Inventor: Michael Haimm
  • Patent number: 7401482
    Abstract: Portable locker apparatus is disclosed comprising three parts or components which includes a locker body formed of plastic material a tray for holding beverage cans placed horizontally on wave form ridges in the tray, and a carrying bag fitting around the portable locker apparatus, and in this first embodiment a cable fitting in slots in the portable locker apparatus with a padlock connecting eyelets on the cable ends and to anchor the whole assembly as needed. The second embodiment excludes the cable and slots but includes all other components of the portable locker apparatus, beverage tray and carrying bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Innovation Creation Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Shaw, Jeffrey S. McCallum, legal representative, Kenneth R. McCallum
  • Patent number: 7392677
    Abstract: A lock core structure including a housing, a lock core, at least two latch elements and plural lock piece sets. Each lock piece set includes a division plate and a first lock piece and the second lock piece are embedded in two sliding tracks on the division plate, and an elastic element is mounted between the first lock piece and the second lock piece for interlocking the first and the second lock pieces. Through the interlocked structure between the first lock piece and the second lock piece, it will be harder for the thief to break the lock core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Porter Lock Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tso-Pin Fan
  • Patent number: 7389659
    Abstract: An improved shackle assembly is disclosed that provides a bow having specially configured end portions that interlock with a specially configured pin assembly. The pin assembly has locking members or lugs that move between locking and releasing positions. The locking lugs can be moved to a locking position or unlocked using a tool such as an allen wrench, screwdriver, or any other tool that rotates a drive shaft which is used to operate the locking lugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Inventors: Carroll Diaz, Derrick Prentice
  • Patent number: 7387003
    Abstract: An apparatus, a system and a method secure, mount and/or attach a device to a fixture. The apparatus has an arm, a housing, a cable, and/or a locking member. The arm has a bracket which attaches to the device. The arm inserts into a housing and/or an opening in a head. A cable connects the head to a base which attaches to the fixture. A locking member receives the arm and/or locks the device to the cable, the base and/or the fixture. The cable extends outward with respect to a fixture allowing the device to be manipulated, to be examined and/or to be utilized by a person while the device remains secured to the fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Sennco Solutions, Inc
    Inventors: Christopher Marszalek, Daniel Horvath
  • Patent number: 7387005
    Abstract: A bathroom lock device includes an inner locking mechanism and a lock set. The inner locking mechanism includes a manual control rod, an unlocking rotary plate and an inner actuating rotary plate. The manual control rod has a rotatable wheel while the unlocking rotary plate has a pair of actuating protrusions. In a locking operation, the manual control rod is pressed to a locking position so as to limit a rotational movement of the inner actuating rotary plate. In an unlocking operation, the manual control rod is returned to an unlocking position by turning a lever so as to permit turning the inner actuating rotary plate. When the lever turns the unlocking rotary plate, the actuating protrusions of the unlocking rotary plate smoothly push the rotatable wheel of the manual control rod so as to return the manual control rod to the unlocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Taiwan Fu Hsing Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lan-Shi Huang, Chia-Chi Huang
  • Patent number: 7377140
    Abstract: A lock includes a body, a wheel, an outside spindle, and a locking plug. The outside spindle includes a front end having an extension not in contact with a circumferential wall defining a through-hole of the wheel. When the locking plug is in an unblocking position allowing retraction operation of a latch bolt, the front end of the outside spindle is engaged with the wheel to allow joint rotation of the outside spindle and the wheel. When the locking plug is moved from the unblocking position to the blocking position not allowing retraction operation of the latch bolt, movement of a push member pushes the front end of the outside spindle away from the through-hole of the wheel such that the front end of the outside spindle is disengaged from the circumferential wall of the through-hole of the wheel, thereby disengaging the outside spindle from the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: I-Tek Metal Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mu-Lin Shen, Chung-Liang Lin