Patents Examined by Terrell McKinnon
  • Patent number: 9568266
    Abstract: An articulated support stick for supporting a weapon or other device, includes a handle for grasping by a user, a cradle connected to the handle for receiving and supporting the weapon or other device, a leg for supporting the handle while directing a portion of the weight of the weapon or other device along the leg, and an articulated joint assembly connected between the handle and the leg so that the handle can be manipulated by the user about mutually orthogonal axes with respect to the leg to thereby adjust the cradle portion and thus a position of the weapon or other device while preserving the user's strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: TruGlo, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul LoRocco, John Estridge, Alvin R. Wirthlin
  • Patent number: 9568270
    Abstract: An archery bow stand includes first and second legs having first and second connecting portions for engaging archery bow structure, and first and second support portions extending from the connecting portions for supporting the archery bow. The first and second legs are identical in construction and pivotally connected together. The first and second connecting portions together forming a hollow interior within which a biasing member is located to alternatively bias the legs toward the closed position and the open position. A pivot joint creates an internal gap so that the internal biasing member can travel across the pivot joint when the bow stand is opened and closed. Resilient overmolding on the legs protect the bow against damage when supported by the bow stand. Arcuate projections on each leg can be grasped by a user to facilitate opening and closing of the bow stand with one hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: TruGlo, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul LoRocco, John Estridge, Damon Lamont Coalson, Gregory A. Webb
  • Patent number: 9555381
    Abstract: A container restraint assembly includes a base that may have a container positioned thereon. A stop is coupled to the base and the stop may engage the container. A retainer is movably coupled to the base wherein the retainer may be manipulated by a user. The retainer is positionable in an engaging position to compress the container against the stop. Thus, contents of the container may be mixed without the container tipping over. The retainer is positionable in a releasing position to allow the container to be removed from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Daniel Evans
  • Patent number: 9546498
    Abstract: A fiber-reinforced composite structure, such as a cross arm for use in the power industry, having a rectangular outer cross-sectional shape and an inner hollow core having a curvilinear cross sectional shape. The present invention provides a composite structural element or device including, but not limited to, a cross arm or beam that can be applied in a variety of industrial and non-industrial settings including, but not limited to, the power distribution industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: William F. Britt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9541155
    Abstract: A mounting member for use in a vibration damping device equipped with a main rubber elastic body and a bracket, including: a fixing member configured to be fixed to the bracket; an anchoring member made of resin and configured to be anchored to the main rubber elastic body. The anchoring member is anchored to the fixing member and protrudes from the fixing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventors: Kei Okumura, Wakako Michiyama, Yasuhiro Komiya
  • Patent number: 9535143
    Abstract: A coil support arrangement for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging System and method of support are provided. One coil support arrangement includes a main former body having a plurality of channels between end flanges and a splint coupled to the main former body between the end flanges. The coil support arrangement also includes a load spreader coupled to the main former body adjacent one or more of the ends of the splint, and having a gap between the one or more ends of the splint and the load spreader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Derakhshan, Longzhi Jiang, William Einziger, Xiaoxue Diao, Benjamin Gronemeyer, Erman Citirik
  • Patent number: 9532663
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a combination of a support device (1, 33) and a holding device (7), the support device comprising an attachment surface having rows (5) with elongated slot openings (3, 3?), and the holding device comprising an attachment part (9) and a carrier part (11). The attachment part is intended to be attached to the support device by being partly inserted into a first slot (3), such that the holding device can take up a load directed in the plane of attachment surface, and the carrier part (11) being capable of supporting an item to be stored. A stem part (13) interconnects the attachment part and the carrier part and the stem part includes a fin (15) that fits into a second slot (3?) which is located under said first slot (3). This provides a more reliable connection to the support device. A holding device suitable for this combination is also considered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventor: Peter Nilsson
  • Patent number: 9535311
    Abstract: A monitoring device arrangement is disclosed comprising a mounting rail, and at least two fixed monitoring devices, said fixed monitoring devices each being mounted on a respective holder, said holders being arranged on said mounting rail, wherein each said holder comprises a lock device locking said holder in a determined position on said mounting rail, and wherein said lock device is releasable to allow sliding repositioning of said holder on said mounting rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: AXIS AB
    Inventors: Johan Bergsten, Jens Pahlitzsch, Niclas Möller Lewin
  • Patent number: 9528652
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a traversing incore probe valve support has: a valve bed fixed to a traversing incore probe valve provided in a traversing incore probe guide tube extending to outside of a reactor containment vessel; a stand provided on a floor surface outside the reactor containment vessel; and a displacement allowing member that connects the stand and valve bed in such a manner that they can be displaced in an axial direction of the traversing incore probe guide tube. The displacement allowing member may include: a lower slide rail fixed to the stand valve bed and having an upward contact surface; and an upper slide rail fixed to the valve bed and having a downward contact surface that can be slid in the axial direction of the traversing incore probe guide tube while contacting the upward contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Taito Sakai, Tadashi Miyazaki, Hidehiko Yasuta, Masaharu Katsuta, Masashi Hirano
  • Patent number: 9515466
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a cable assembly holding apparatus realized to hold a cable assembly between an upper level of an offshore facility and a lower level, comprising a set of open tubes, wherein an open tube comprises a longitudinal slit along its length, through which the cable assembly is introduced into the open tube. The invention further concerns an offshore facility comprising the cable assembly holding apparatus and a method of suspending the cable assembly from an upper level of an offshore facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventors: Niels Joergen Borch-Jensen, Johnny Soerensen
  • Patent number: 9504357
    Abstract: An insulating pot bottom for stockpots has a connecting base, a flame guiding block, and multiple insulating mounts. The connecting base has a bottom panel, an inlet hole, and multiple abutting ribs. The inlet hole is formed through the bottom panel. The abutting ribs are formed on and protrude from the bottom panel at spaced intervals around the inlet hole, and each one of the abutting ribs has at least one protrusion. The flame guiding block is mounted in the inlet hole of the connecting base and abuts the protrusions of the abutting ribs. The insulating mounts are mounted on the connecting base, and respectively abut the abutting ribs around the flame guiding block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventors: Chung-Yen Cheng, Chun-Hong Liu
  • Patent number: 9498073
    Abstract: Presented is a device for hanging a picture frame in the corner of a room, with a wall attachment bracket, and a tensioning device for pressing the picture frame into contact with the walls of the corner. The tensioning device can be an elastic tubing, a retracting reel, or a cord with a tightening device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Micah Monroe Argyle
  • Patent number: 9494184
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a rail-type vacuum fixer, and more specifically relates to the rail-type vacuum fixer with a two-piece structure composed of a suction plate, on which a screw bar is installed at the center of the top surface and a hard rotary rail is installed in the circumferential direction in the areas of the top surface, and a rotary cap, which has a screw pipe inserted by the said screw bar at the center of the inside and is equipped in the border area with a sliding rim corresponding to the said rotary rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: GOODSENSE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kye-Yoon Lee
  • Patent number: 9493271
    Abstract: A scoop retention device is provided, comprising: a first length of flexible tubing having openings at each of first and second ends, the first length of tubing being configured to receive and retain a handle of a scoop within the first opening; a first magnet secured within the opening at the second end of the first length of tubing and having an exposed surface associated with a first magnetic polarity; and a second magnet securable to the inside of a container having a surface associated with a second magnetic polarity opposite the first polarity and facing the inside of the container; whereby, the scoop is removably secured to the inside of the container by magnetic attraction between the first and second magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Paul Thomas Gillie
  • Patent number: 9486913
    Abstract: Fastener devices and methods are disclosed that may be provided in combination with attachments, retainer elements and peg board systems that are mounted to the surface of a wall or framing construction. The fastener devices and methods may be used or performed in combination with storage elements, as in traditional peg board hooks, clasps, hangers or rings, with fastener elements, as in screws, bolts, and nails, and retained elements generally, such as materials, tools, and other implements. The fastener device and method may correspond to at least one aperture and in some embodiments a plurality of apertures, each aperture extending from a first to a second surface of the fastener device and having configurations unique of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Ironsides Storage Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Scott T. Thieman
  • Patent number: 9480445
    Abstract: An elevating column for an X-ray apparatus, the X-ray apparatus preferably being mobile, wherein the column is rotationally fixed in relation to a base of the X ray apparatus, and the column having a plurality of segments, including: a first segment, having a first end and an opposite second end, arranged at the base with the first end, and a second segment having a first end and an opposite second end; wherein the second segment is arranged at its first end with an overlap of the first segment's second end and is moveable relative the first segment; and a first elevation adjustment unit including: at least a first threaded elongate member fixed at one of the first and second segments, and a first threaded receiving element arranged at the other of the first and second segments, matingly engaged with the threaded elongate member for elevation adjustment of said column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventors: Mattias Guldstrand, Martin Göran Kristoffer Yngvesson, Jan Bååt
  • Patent number: 9476541
    Abstract: A mounting device (1) for supporting umbrellas (31) and other items having elongated tubular handles, such as fishing poles, tiki torches (34), flag poles, signs and so forth. The mounting device is capable of being attached to different objects having various sizes and shapes, such as chairs, coolers (32), tables (33), railings (30), ladders, tailgates, boat rails, fence posts and so forth. The mounting device has a support portion (2) that attaches to a tubular handle of an umbrella and a mounting portion that attaches to an anchoring object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventors: Carlos A. Kastner, Paul A. Kastner
  • Patent number: 9476525
    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: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventors: Paul Tarpy, Broc Kelly, Drew Miles, II
  • Patent number: 9475408
    Abstract: A seat rail apparatus for a vehicle may include a guide rail fixedly installed along a lower rail mounted to a bottom surface of the vehicle, a lock assembly installed to be movable along the guide rail in an unlocked state and selectively locked and unlocked with and from the guide rail as a locking pin is moved forwards and rearwards, a driving assembly integrally installed at an upper rail mounted to a cushion frame, wherein the driving assembly locks and unlocks the lock assembly with and from the guide rail by operating the locking pin and locks and unlocks the lock assembly such that the lock assembly is operated integrally with the lock assembly according to a walk-in lever, and a stopper provided at the upper rail, for contacting the lock assembly locked with the guide rail when the seat returns after a walk-in operation to stop the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, DAS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ji Hyun Kim, Hyeong Jong Kim, Hyeong Jun Kim, Seong Jun Hwang, Jae Chul Jung
  • Patent number: 9475594
    Abstract: Launch lock assemblies with reduced preload are provided. The launch lock assembly comprises first and second mount pieces, a releasable clamp device, and a pair of retracting assemblies. Each retracting assembly comprises a pair of toothed members having interacting toothed surfaces. The releasable clamp device normally maintains the first and second mount pieces in clamped engagement. When the releasable clamp device is actuated, the first and second mount pieces are released from clamped engagement and one toothed member of each retracting assembly moves in an opposite direction relative to the other one toothed member of the other retracting assembly to define an axial gap on each side of the first mount piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventors: Tim Daniel Barber, Ken Young, Timothy Hindle