Patents Examined by Terrell McKinnon
  • Patent number: 9951557
    Abstract: A roofing ladder bracket and safety assembly adapted to be secured to a roof of a building comprising a base member and a clamping member configured as a ladder clamping mechanism for firmly securing a ladder to a roof of a building and including a safety mechanism to which a worker's safety equipment or a worker's tethered tool can be attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: SLATOR, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Newman Roseveare, Jr., Bryan Douglas Relyea, Nicholas Mark Liberto
  • Patent number: 9888603
    Abstract: A slider arm assembly for a cable carrier of multiple electrical cables connected to rack-mounted electronics equipment includes a slider arm having a base disposed for sliding movement within a channel of a slider arm guide connected to the vertical rail of an equipment rack, and a latch for releasably connecting the slider arm to the slider arm guide at different locations. The slider arm guide channel is C-shaped and has a plurality of notched in a sidewall of the channel, and the slider arm has a releasable latch thereon that that cooperates with the notches to connect the slider arm to the slider arm guide at a predetermined location. The slider arm is slideable within the channel to locate the cable carrier appropriately to align the cables carried in the cable carrier with I/O ports of the electronics equipment, and to move the cable carrier for easy access to the electronics equipment mounted in the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Co. LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Vargas
  • Patent number: 9888607
    Abstract: A self-biasing storage device sled for mounting a storage device within a chassis is provided. The self-biasing storage device sled includes a bezel, which includes a first portion that is stationary relative to a storage device, a second portion vertically captured within the first portion and configured to slide between unlatching and latching positions, and a spring configured to push the latch outwardly from the bezel. The second portion includes a finger-movable member, a latch, and a horizontal biasing feature adjacent to the latch and configured to move in concert with the latch. When the storage device is installed in the chassis, the horizontal biasing feature exerts force against a first chassis interior side surface and biases the storage device sled against a second chassis interior side surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Lee Van Pelt, Christopher Ellis Schroeder
  • Patent number: 9873547
    Abstract: Systems and methods for airflow management around palletized cases of goods in a warehouse storage facility are provided, in which airflow around each individual layer of cases is facilitated while airflow “spillage” around the sides, top or bottom of pallet assemblies is minimized or eliminated. One exemplary device for such airflow management includes palletized product spacers disposed between respective layers of vertically stacked cases, in which the product spacers facilitate a substantially unidirectional longitudinal airflow. Another exemplary airflow management device is a series of automatically adjustable air dams disposed at the tops of respective pallet assemblies which prevent air spillage and establish intermediate air manifold spaces. Yet another device is a lateral pallet spacer prevents direct abutment of the side surfaces of neighboring pallet assemblies and thereby ensures that the air manifold spaces are in fluid communication with the spacers of multiple pallet assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Tippmann Companies LLC
    Inventor: Daniel J. Tippmann
  • Patent number: 9867490
    Abstract: A system for mounting decorative objects, such as Christmas trees, is disclosed. The system can include a base and a plurality of inserts. The base can comprise a plurality of feet that have a retracted position for ready storage and a deployed position for supporting a tree. The base can further comprise a locking mechanism for locking the feet in the retracted position, the deployed position, or both. The base can further comprise an adapter for receiving one or more inserts. The inserts can comprise a consistent outer diameter, for insertion into the adapter, and a variety of inner diameters for use with a variety of tree diameters. The insert can be installed on the trunk of a tree and then installed into the adapter on the base simplifying the tree erection process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Chi Yin Alan Leung
  • Patent number: 9869225
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a selective catalytic reduction system with a doser mounting system. A mounting plate includes an aperture in a surface with a plurality of fastener brackets coupled to the surface. The fastener brackets are positioned about a peripheral portion of the aperture. The fastener brackets each include an opening for inserting a fastener. The opening is elevated from the surface of the mounting plate. The fasteners each have a fastener head and a fastener shaft positioned in the opening of the fastener brackets. The fastener shaft extends from the opening in a direction having an orthogonal component with respect to the surface of the mounting plate. A doser is coupled to the doser mounting system. The fastener shafts extend through openings in legs of the doser. An injector port of the doser is aligned with the aperture in the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Cummins Emission Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Karthik Muruganantham, Achuth Munnannur, Deepesh Goyal, Ken Hummel, Vinay Kumar Joshi, Vipin Iyer
  • Patent number: 9861198
    Abstract: The present application provides various examples of bracket for mounting a shelf to a flat vertical surface such as a wall. Examples and configurations disclosed herein provide brackets that have a high ratio of weight-supporting capacity to visibility relative to previous wall-mountable shelf-support apparatuses. One or more elongate members may extend through one or more apertures in a metal base. The proximal end(s) of the one or more elongate members may be welded to the back of the metal base around a cross-sectional perimeter of a cross-sectional shape that is shared by the proximal ends of the elongate members and the back ends of the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Kevin Anderson
  • Patent number: 9854692
    Abstract: A protective cover is provided that protects an electronic device. The protective cover includes a front cover having a front surface and a rear surface. The rear surface of the front cover is disposed over a front surface of the electronic device when the protective cover is closed. The protective cover also includes a rear cover connected with the front cover and having a front surface and a rear surface. The rear surface of the rear cover is disposed on a rear surface of the electronic device. The protective cover further includes a plurality of foldable segments disposed on the rear surface of the front cover. The plurality of foldable segments are unfolded for use as a stand of the protective cover and are folded for storage within the rear surface of the front cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Jung-Heon Yoo
  • Patent number: 9849810
    Abstract: A walk-in apparatus for a vehicle seat includes: a seat rail slidably supporting a vehicle front seat; a slide lock mechanism non-slidably holding a seat cushion of the seat on the seat rail; an operation lever turnably supported by a seatback of the seat; and a link mechanism allowing the seat to be capable of sliding forward by releasing the operation of the slide lock mechanism via a connection unit based on a turning operation of the operation lever. The link mechanism includes a turning link turning based on a pulling force to the connection unit; a lock release link turning based on the turning of the turning link, and thus, releasing the operation of the slide lock mechanism; and a torque absorbing mechanism provided between the turning and lock release links, and limiting a pulling force to the turning link to a predetermined value or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Hideo Nihonmatsu, Koichi Morita, Yasuhiro Kojima
  • Patent number: 9852668
    Abstract: An apparatus and related methods includes a base attached to an upright structure (such as a street light pole), a mounting bracket that releasably engages the base while supporting a hanging banner, and an install adapter that releasably holds the mounting bracket and banner until the mounting bracket attaches to the base. A removal adapter facilitates disengaging the mounting bracket and banner from the base. The mounting bracket and install adapter (and removal adapter) are attached to a pole and engage (and disengage) remotely and without using separate fasteners, thus allowing a worker to install (or remove) banners high on the upright structure while standing on the ground. The base and mounting bracket have tapered shapes that wedgingly engage, secured by a spring-biased friction retainer. The install adapter and removal adapter have structures that facilitate remote install and removal of the mounting bracket from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Calvin R. Peters
  • Patent number: 9848703
    Abstract: A slide rail assembly to be mounted to a first post and a second post of a rack is provided. The two posts define an accommodation space therebetween. The slide rail assembly is mounted between the first post and the second post by two brackets and includes a transverse width. A portion of the transverse width is arranged within the accommodation space so as to provide more space and thereby facilitate the mounting of an object to the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignees: King Slide Works Co., Ltd., King Slide Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Shun-Ho Yang, Chien-Li Huang, Chun-Yi Ho, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Patent number: 9844271
    Abstract: An adjustable support apparatus including a base with horizontal support members is provided. The adjustable support apparatus includes a first upright support member of a first predetermined height that is supported at one end thereof on one of the horizontal support members, and an other end of the first upright support member has a first support that is generally parallel to the one of the horizontal support members. A second upright support member is supported at one end thereof on a second one of the horizontal support members, and an other end of the second upright support member has a second support that is generally parallel to the second one of the horizontal support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Inventors: William Zager, Paul D'Orazio
  • Patent number: 9833722
    Abstract: The balloon display system used in indoor and outdoor show rooms and the like. The system includes a heavy plastic inflatable balloon. The balloon is mounted on top of a circular balloon holder cup. The cup and the balloon are attached to an upper end of a flexible rod. A lower end of a flexible rod can be attached to a flexible or a rigid, hollow mounting pole. A lower end of the mounting pole can be attached to an upper end of a ground stake. A lower end of the ground stake is inserted into a ground surface. Also the lower end of the mounting pole can be mounted on top of weighted base or stand or other upright objects. The system is designed to display one balloon or a plurality of balloons in a balloon cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventors: Christopher J. Wicken, Gregg A. Wicken
  • Patent number: 9829773
    Abstract: A monitoring device arrangement is disclosed that may comprise a mounting rail and at least two fixed monitoring devices. The fixed monitoring devices may each being mounted on a respective holder. The holders may be arranged on the mounting rail. Each holder may include a lock device that locks the holder in a determined position on the mounting rail. The lock device may be releasable to allow sliding repositioning of the holder on the mounting rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Axis AB
    Inventors: Johan Bergsten, Jens Pahlitzsch, Niclas Moller Lewin
  • Patent number: 9820591
    Abstract: A picture frame hanging system includes a picture frame hanging bracket attachable to opposite, lateral or side picture frame portions. Each bracket includes a tortuous path for the picture hanging wire involving at least one end of the wire being bent about a radius that creates frictional forces between the wire and the bracket to sustain a tension representing the weight of the picture frame without disengaging from the brackets under load. The method involves attaching opposing brackets on the lateral sides of the picture frame and advancing the respective ends of the picture hanging wire through a tortuous path requiring the bending of the wire about a radius sufficiently small to ensure adequate frictional engagement between the wire and the brackets to ensure that the ends of the wire remain entrained within the brackets notwithstanding the tension forces that are applied to the wire when the frame is hung on a surface by means of the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Jeffrey Popkin
  • Patent number: 9816599
    Abstract: A modular transmission support secures a variety of transmissions to various vehicle frames. The modular transmission support comprises a pair of frame mounting brackets including a series of holes, slots or other openings to allow for user-selectable positioning and attachment of a crossmember for mounting a transmission. The crossmember comprises one or more trusses and a mounting pad or a set of mounting pads that may be secured at various positions at a concave section of the crossmember's trusses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Victor Products LLC
    Inventor: Lloyd Brooks Compton
  • Patent number: 9816644
    Abstract: A support assembly is provided which is engageable to an as-used position in contact with opposing sidewalls of an air duct to stiffen and increase structural support. The device is engageable between parallel and non parallel sidewalls of ducts through the provision of a support member with pivoting ends configured to engage with the opposing sidewalls. The pivoting ends are in a reverse threaded engagement with opposing ends of the support member whereby rotating the support member will change the length of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Paul Tarpy, Broc Kelly, Drew Miles, II
  • Patent number: 9808128
    Abstract: An adjustable bracket assembly for securing an edge of a panel relative to a surface. The adjustable bracket assembly includes a mounting member and a bracket member. The mounting member has a body configured for mounting on the surface and defining at least two fastening screw receiving holes. The bracket member includes an extension arm extending perpendicularly to a mounting arm. The extension arm includes a panel clamp and the mounting arm includes a mounting plate extending therefrom. The mounting plate defines at least two fastening screw holes and at least two adjustment screw holes therethrough. A fastening screw extends through each fastening screw hole and is received in a respective fastening screw receiving hole. An adjustment screw is positioned in each adjustment screw hole and is threadably adjustable to contact the mounting member body and adjust the angular relationship between the bracket member and the mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Minkovich
  • Patent number: 9810347
    Abstract: A guide system for securing a torpedo pre-set power cable to move within a torpedo tube is provided. The guide system includes a longitudinal keeper and a guide assembly. The longitudinal keeper secures the power cable and includes a protrusion. A channel of the guide assembly connects to a Torpedo Mount Dispenser such that the channel receives the protrusion with the keeper sliding within and along a length of the channel. An alternate channel connects to a torpedo tube land and is configured to pivot to a stowed position and a deployed position where the channel is configured to receive the protrusion of the keeper such that the keeper slides within and along a length of the channel. When using each of the channels, the power cable can move within the torpedo tube when the protrusion of the keeper with the secured power cable slides within each channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: John C. Babineau
  • Patent number: 9791018
    Abstract: A vibration isolation apparatus includes a support unit that elastically supports an object to a mounting surface, a measurement sensor that measures a displacement of the object relative to the mounting surface, a drive unit that drives the object, and a storage unit. The storage unit stores data indicating a relationship between the displacement of the object and information that indicates a non-linear force produced by an elastic element including a support unit and that corresponds to the displacement. The drive unit drives the object in accordance with the displacement of the object and the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yugo Shibata