Patents Examined by Terrell McKinnon
  • Patent number: 9462982
    Abstract: An imaging stand includes: a holder configured to hold an installed cassette-type detector; a supporting member configured to support the holder from a back surface side; a circular gear secured to a shaft member protruding from a rotation center of the holder toward the supporting member on the back surface side, the holder being located in a different position from a position corresponding to the center of a radiation incidence surface of the cassette-type detector held in the holder; and a linear gear having concavities and convexities to be engaged with teeth of the circular gear, the linear gear being attached to the supporting member, wherein, when the holder holding the cassette-type detector is rotated relative to the supporting member, the rotation center of the holder linearly moves relative to the supporting member as the holder rotates, and a change is caused in orientation and position of the cassette-type detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Atsushi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9458962
    Abstract: An extension/retraction device includes a cylindrical stationary leg section having a base at the upper end thereof, a cylindrical movable leg section in which the stationary leg section is fitted so as to be slidable in the longitudinal direction, an engagement tube having an upper end formed in a stepped shape and installed in the stationary leg section so as to be coaxial with the movable leg section and so as to be pivotable about the cylinder axis of the movable leg section, a pressing spring installed within both the movable leg section and the stationary leg section, a pulling spring held within the pressing spring, a guide tube having an upper end affixed to the base and installed in the engagement tube, an engagement section fitted to the lower end of the engagement tube, and a spacer installed between the lower end of the guide tube and the engagement tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventor: Kazuo Higashi
  • Patent number: 9453594
    Abstract: A fixing device for at least one line is provided, with a holding portion for mounting the fixing device and at least one receiving portion which includes a receptacle for at least one line. Between the holding portion and the at least one receiving portion at least one damping portion is provided, which connects the at least one receiving portion with the holding portion and vibrationally decouples the same from the holding portion. The connection between receiving portion and holding portion is formed exclusively by the damping portion. The holding portion consists of a first, hard material and the damping portion of a second, soft material, the receiving portion including at least one damping element protruding into the receptacle, at least one damping component being provided on the outside of the receiving portion at least one damping component, the damping element and the damping portion being integrally connected with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: ITW Fastener Products GmbH
    Inventors: Waldemar Fiebich, Roland Classen
  • Patent number: 9447916
    Abstract: A system for securing an air conditioning unit to a building without the need for any alteration and/or damage to the building itself. The system includes a cross bar, an air conditioning unit support, and a strut. The arrangement of the components results in the cross bar applying an outward force to an interior surface of the building and strut applying an inward force to an exterior surface of the building in response to the downward force exerted on the air conditioning unit support. The sum of the forces applied on the surfaces of the building are sufficient to secure the air conditioning unit to the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Nation Wide Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Darby, Jim Mann
  • Patent number: 9447900
    Abstract: A pipe roller assembly includes a roller base; a roller shaft mounted to the roller base, the roller shaft defining an outer shaft surface; a roller defining an outer roller surface and an inner bearing surface, the roller mounted on the roller shaft; and an non-conductive barrier mounted between the roller and the roller base, the non-conductive barrier electrically isolating the roller from the roller base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Frank J. Birch, Carlos V. Costa, Gary P. Szechy
  • Patent number: 9447599
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a support pole having a spike unit with a prefabricated engaging thread and a method of using the same. The top of the spike unit is internally secured within a bottom opening of the support pole by an epoxy wherein the bottom of the support pole rests on a generally circular ridge of the spike unit. The support pole is especially suitable for use with mailbox posts, birdhouse posts, volleyball posts, fences, or the like. The support pole may be securely inserted or removed from the ground without the need for concrete, shovels and other numerous tools. The support pole has an opening on its exterior side for temporarily receiving a perpendicularly inserted rod which is inserted therein so as to provide leverage for driving the support pole into the ground by rotating the support pole clockwise or counter-clockwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: US Post Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Parent
  • Patent number: 9426583
    Abstract: A member includes a fastener for removable fixation of a housing of a hearing aid, and a hole for removable insertion of a sound tube of the hearing aid in sound proof engagement with the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: GN Otometrics A/S
    Inventor: Klaus Hartlev
  • Patent number: 9416896
    Abstract: A tube clip assembly incorporating a base having at least one tube support cradle and a displaceable lid adapted to be secured in overlying relation to the base to retain a tube in substantially stationary relation within the tube support cradle. Flexible arms are disposed on either side of the tube support cradle. The flexible arms are adapted to compressively engage the tube when the lid is closed such that a portion of the arms may bite into the tube thereby resisting both axial and rotational movement of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Eric J. Kato, Thomas A. Benoit, Mark O. Lepper
  • Patent number: 9413062
    Abstract: The disclosure details a mounting flange for installation of a distributed antenna system (DAS) antenna module, the mounting flange including a base, an inner cylindrical wall, an outer grooved wall, and a plurality of through-holes extending through the base, the outer grooved wall or a combination thereof. The mounting flange may form part of a DAS antenna module kit as being a necessary component for installation of the DAS antenna module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: ETHERTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Francisco Carlos Sanchez Ortiz
  • Patent number: 9402486
    Abstract: An adapter plate for securing an item of merchandise to a merchandise security device is provided. For example, the adapter plate includes a body configured to be secured to an item of merchandise, wherein at least one slot is defined in the body. The at least one slot is configured to receive a first fastener for securing the body to the item of merchandise, and the body is laterally adjustable relative to the item of merchandise via engagement of the first fastener with the at least one slot. The body is configured to engage a second fastener for securing the body to the merchandise security device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Barry John Green, Larry T. McKinney, Robert Bisesti
  • Patent number: 9402508
    Abstract: A ceramic cooker support frame and transport device for holding, loading and unloading a ceramic cooker, smoker, or grill having a egg, cylindrical or spherical shape which includes a cooker holding pivotal frame with a freely swinging cooker basket and a detachable hand truck in order to maintain the cooker in an upright position during the loading and storage positions. The hand truck includes a frame with wheels and a locking handle to maintain the desired spacing between the support surface and the cooker supported by the elevated platform. The truck or dolly frame and locking handle are detachable from the cooker holding frame. The cooker frame and hand truck assembly are configured to be easily moved onto an elevated platform, for example, the bed of a truck or an elevated floor such as a raised patio or deck floor. The transport device facilitates cooking food for transport to a serving area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Terry D. Cothern
  • Patent number: 9395034
    Abstract: An equipment pad includes a base and a plurality of riser portions. The base includes a base surface that extends laterally outward and a base opening formed completely through the base surface. Each riser portion includes a top surface, a side wall, and an interior. The top surface is substantially level and continuous. The side wall tapers inward and extends upward from the base surface, elevating the top surface portion above the base surface. The interior, defined between the top surface and the side wall, is substantially hollow. The riser portions together define a single, continuous riser, at least one of the riser portions forming an angle with reference to an adjacent riser portion such that the riser includes at least one turn. The riser top surfaces together define a substantially level support surface for receiving the equipment unit, and the riser interiors align with the base opening so that the equipment pad is stackable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: J.F.R. Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay F. Rowland, Craig M. Harrison
  • Patent number: 9395044
    Abstract: A wall hanger includes a fastening member, a linking member including a top wall, a lateral wall, and a bottom wall, and a sleeving member. A first connecting portion is at the fastening member. A second connecting portion is at the top wall to connect with the first connecting portion. The lateral wall is extending vertically toward a first direction distant from the top wall and has first teeth. The bottom wall is extending toward the first direction from the lateral wall and is parallel to the top wall. The sleeving member includes a base member, a supporting wall standing on the base member, and an abutting wall extending from the supporting wall and parallel to the base member. A groove is defined by the base member, the supporting wall, and the abutting wall. The top surface of the abutting wall has second teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: Cheng-Ge Cheng
  • Patent number: 9397491
    Abstract: An electrical installation bracket includes a body that may telescope to allow the length of the bracket to be changed to accommodate installation in different configurations, for example to accommodate different spacing between mounting studs. The bracket has rails on a face that allow an electrical box to be positioned, by sliding, at any of a variety of locations along the length of the body. The body has holes in it for securing the box to the bracket at a desired location along the body, with a front of the box for example protruding through an opening in the body. The body includes ears on opposite sides of the opening, with mounting holes for mounting the bracket to studs or other structure (or other hardware or devices). The electrical installation bracket advantageously provides more flexibility in placement of electrical boxes, with pre-prepared holes available for securing boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventors: Mary Ellen Birli, Ronald Adam Jones, Raymond Scott Laughlin, Raymond Michael Olle
  • Patent number: 9389490
    Abstract: A mounting device typically used for mounting line-of-site equipment, the mounting device including leg members that can fold into a trough like body of the mounting device, and further including a strap spool connected to an end portion of the mounting device. A strap on the strap spool can be unspooled and used to attach the mounting device to a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Industrial Revolution, Inc.
    Inventors: Graeme Esarey, Stephen Padden, Lee Rawls
  • Patent number: 9383039
    Abstract: A pipework brace comprising a first pipework engaging member and a second engaging member. A first tubular strut and a second tubular strut are provided and the first tubular strut is attached to the first and second engaging members by connectors located at each end of the first tubular strut. The second tubular strut is connected to the first and second engaging members by connectors located at each end of the second tubular strut. The connectors each comprise two clamp members that are arranged to allow multi-axis rotation so that each end of the strut may be moved in at least two planes relative to the pipe work engaging members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: AES Engineering Ltd.
    Inventors: Simon Hirst, Neil Parkinson
  • Patent number: 9370268
    Abstract: A hook device (2) for hanging objects such as picture frames comprises a housing (10) which has an internal space for allowing a carrier for the hook device (2) to extend through the housing (10), and which is normally provided with a projection designed for functioning as a hanging hook. The hook device (2) further comprises a clamping mechanism for fixing the housing (10) on a carrier, wherein the clamping mechanism comprises a first hollow cylinder (20) having a tapered inner surface (21), which is retained in the housing (10) in an axial direction by form closure. During the assembling process of the hook device (2), the first hollow cylinder (20) is inserted into the housing (10) by moving the cylinder (20) through an opening (17) in a radial direction, different from other elements (30, 40, 50) of the hook device (2), which are moved in an axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Wilhelmus Maria Van Groesen
  • Patent number: 9371955
    Abstract: A tilt mechanism for an electronic display including a torsion spring, the torsion spring providing a spring torque to balance a monitor torque due to weight of the monitor. The tilt mechanism allowing an electronic display to be positioned at a variety of tilt angles within a range of tilt angles. Such a tilt mechanism allowing an electronic display to be positioned at positive and negative tilt angles within the range of tilt angles. Methods of using a tilt mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Ergotron, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiao long Fu, Shaun C. Lindblad
  • Patent number: 9358948
    Abstract: Provided is a buckle device that fixes a seat belt mounted on a 2nd-row seat or a 3rd-row seat to the vehicle body floor in a vehicle. The buckle device may include a buckle bracket having an upper end with a hole for connecting with a seat belt and a lower end connected to a rail on a vehicle body floor by a buckle connection bolt, and a wire fixing bracket connected between a side of the buckle bracket and a side of a seat frame and absorbing vibration of a seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Samsong Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang Mun Kim, Chang Hee Kim
  • Patent number: 9360739
    Abstract: A mounting plate for securing a photographic and video device to a stabilizing element. The mounting plate is affixed to the device using a fastener and includes a deployable attachment member movable between a retained position and deployed position. In the retained position, the mount is usable and attachable to a stabilizing element. In the deployed position, the mount is attachable to a strap or similar element using the attachment member. The device allows a user to easily and quickly affix the mount to both a strap and a stabilizing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventors: David Fliger, Lynn Fliger