Patents Examined by Thomas J. Dubnicka
  • Patent number: 4548436
    Abstract: French doors or other double hinge doors are barred against inward opening by an intruder by placing a pair of apertured support brackets in the door jamb at the hinged edges of the double doors and allowing these brackets to be supported by resting on two door hinges. A section of 2.times.4 lumber or other bar member is then placed through apertures of the brackets and extends across the two doors to securely bar them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1985
    Inventor: Theodore M. Cole, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4546627
    Abstract: An inexpensive cable locking mechanism adapted for use with a conventional padlock which is comprised of a male handle portion having a pair of apertures extending axially therethrough, a tubular female member adapted for threaded engagement with the male portion and having a pair of apertures in the extended end thereof, and a flexible cable. The cable extends through one of the apertures in the handle, through the tubular female portion and out one of the apertures in the extended end thereof, loops about the object or objects to be secured and extends back through the other aperture in the extended end of the female member, through the tubular portion thereof and out the other aperture in the male handle portion of the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1985
    Inventors: Carl F. Shrawder, Peter Randall
  • Patent number: 4543860
    Abstract: An attachment for a split ring type of key ring to facilitate separating of an end of the split ring from the remaining portion of the key ring permitting ease of insertion of a key on the key ring. The attachment comprises a sheet material member which is formed into an enlarged body section from which integrally extends a rounded protrusion. A necked down area connects between the protrusion and the body section. The outer end of the protrusion is sharpened. This sharpened outer end is to be inserted between abutting ring shaped members of the key ring and twisted ninety degrees with the key ring then being located within the necked down area which results in the end of the key ring being spaced from the remaining portion of the key ring facilitating locating of the end of the ring shaped member through the opening formed within the bow of a key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1985
    Inventor: James A. Van Meter
  • Patent number: 4541258
    Abstract: Devices for controlling the unlatching and locking of the latch are hydraulic. Connected to a single unit having a plurality of slide valves are an expansion vessel, transmitting pumps controlling the unlatching, a receiving unlatching fluid motor and one or more pumps controlling the locking of the latch. Depending on which slide valves and pumps are employed, it is possible to achieve at will one or more of the various locking functions required in automobile vehicle latches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1985
    Assignee: Compagnie Industrielle de Mecanismes
    Inventors: Pierre Periou, Jean Dauvergne
  • Patent number: 4541256
    Abstract: A flange lock for preventing unauthorized access to flanged connections, comprises a pair of semi-cylindrical shells having face plates at at least one end thereof. The shells are hingedly interconnected by a tongue on one that passes through a slot in the other. At their free ends, the shells carrying three sleeves that align with each other in the closed position of the device, two sleeves on one shell and a third sleeve that fits between the first two, on the other shell. A screw-threaded nipple passes through two of the aligned sleeves in the closed position and is screwed into the end sleeve; and a screw type cam lock has a rod that passes through the nipple and screws into a plug carried by the end sleeve. The cam lock is non-rotatable relative to the nipple but its rod can be rotated to screw into and unscrew from the plug, thereby respectively to lock and release the assembly, when a key is inserted in the cam lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1985
    Inventor: John Green
  • Patent number: 4538435
    Abstract: A steering column lock for heavy-duty vehicle steering columns includes a one-piece substantially T-shaped member having a main stem portion and a cross bar portion. The wheels of the vehicle are turned and the stem portion is inserted through the opening in the universal joint in the steering column. The cross bar portion interferes with adjacent structure such as the steering column support. A heavy-duty padlock is inserted through an opening toward the end of the stem portion opposite the cross bar portion. A crown is provided at the top of the cross bar portion to cause further interference when trying to rotate the steering column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1985
    Inventor: Hector B. Romero
  • Patent number: 4537049
    Abstract: A power door lock control for vehicles includes a manually operable member which may be the conventional lock-unlock button. One door contains an electrically powered mechanism which operates a locking bolt. Connected to the mechanism is a contact which is cooperable with a second contact on the vehicle body when the door is closed. A pulse circuit in the vehicle is actuated when the driver presses the lock button toward its "locking" position, and supplies spaced pulses to the body contact. The pulses continue at a very low duty cycle, so as to draw minimal current, until the door is closed at which time the door contact and body contact engage one another, thereby completing a circuit from the pulse generator to the powered mechanism. This in turn operates the locking bolt to secure the door. At the same time, a current sensing circuit in the vehicle detects that a pulse of current has flowed through the powered mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1985
    Assignee: Sun Chemical Corporation
    Inventor: Peter J. Lupoli
  • Patent number: 4536022
    Abstract: A gate latch device shown for swinging and sliding gates. In the swinging gate embodiment, a latch bar rides over a strike plate until a notch in the latch bar is engaged. A pin is simultaneously depressed by contact with the strike plate which releases a latching pin or bolt to immobilize the latch bar until a manual release is effected from a visually non-obvious location. For a sliding gate, concentric mutually slideable tubular members are provided, one mounted to the sliding gate and the other carrying an articulated jaw which engages a pin or bolt on a fixed structure on a fixed structure to which the gate is closed. A combination lock is adapted to lock the tubular members together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1985
    Inventor: Joseph F. Giordano
  • Patent number: 4534195
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lock having a key provided with variable key information elements which are adapted to be scanned during rotation of the key around an axis of the lock. The key preferably includes ten (10) cam plates fixedly joined together in pairs for rotation and mounted in pairs on coaxial hollow shafts. Each shaft is driven by a handwheel in an angularly variable manner. Each cam plate has five (5) different radial steps, so that each pair of cam plates correspondingly has twenty-five (25) different possible combinations of angular positions, each of which can be identified by a letter of the alphabet on the respective handwheel. The key combination is legible through a display window. The lock and its key which are of a relatively simple design, allow the key combination to be easily set and readily recalled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1985
    Assignee: GRETAG Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Kurt Ehrat
  • Patent number: 4534587
    Abstract: An improved latch assembly is provided particularly for use in so-called sunroof windows or the like in an automotive vehicle to movably position a vent panel, such as a pane of glass, to selectively open and close a vent opening. The latch assembly comprises at least one pair of mechanical links pivoted to each other and respectively pivoted to the vent panel and a stationary main frame at one side of the vent opening. The links are designed for articulated movement generally over-center relative to each other between a first position holding a latch in locking engagement with a keeper on the main frame thereby locking the vent panel in a closed position and a second position supporting the vent panel in an open position relative to the vent opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1985
    Assignee: W & F Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul D. Fleming
  • Patent number: 4532785
    Abstract: An improved lock assembly having a plurality of peripherally gated tumbler wheels supported within a housing for rotation about a common axis. A peripherally gated control cam is mounted to the tumbler wheel axis to provide cam operated movement of a fence lever and rotatably attached lock bolt between extended and retracted positions when the peripheral tumbler wheel gates are aligned. A single spring is provided for serving the dual purpose of biasing the fence lever towards the control cam and securing the fence lever to the bolt. Further, precise positioning of the lock bolt and lever when the lock bolt is moved to its extended position are provided by a three point positioning configuration in which special surfaces on the lever are moved into abutment with the lock housing. A new relock spring configuration and system is provided for preventing retraction of the lock bolt when the housing backplate is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1985
    Assignee: La Gard, Inc.
    Inventor: Tim M. Uyeda
  • Patent number: 4530528
    Abstract: A double action securing device for the drop side of a crib comprises a guide member connected to the crib or to the drop side in a vertically oriented position. A slide member is slidably mounted to the guide member between two positions for raising and lowering the drop side. A catch pin is axially and rotatably mounted to the slide member and engageable with an opening of the guide member in at least one of the relative positions. The catch pin has a head which defines a recess for embracing a lower edge of the guide member opening. The weight of the slide member causes the head recess to drop over the lower edge of the opening to lock the slide member with respect to the guide member. The catch pin can further be rotated to increase the engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1985
    Inventor: Louis Shamie
  • Patent number: 4530532
    Abstract: An indoor unlatching device for latch device of a refrigeration chamber door, comprising an operation rod extending through a frame wall of the door and connected at its outer end to a latch support and a manipulation handle connected to the inner end of the operation rod by means of a pivot shaft and having a first contact surface and a second contact surface selectively contactable with a handle seat surface, the distance between said first contact surface and said pivot shaft being greater than the distance between said pivot shaft and said second contact surface. In the normal state, said first contact surface is held in contact with said handle seat surface to pull and hold said latch support on the outer surface of said frame wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1985
    Inventor: Toshimichi Fujiya
  • Patent number: 4529234
    Abstract: A door locking assembly in which the latching mechanism of the assembly comprises a latch bolt operated by rotary means, which can be the door knob or a key operated tumbler, for normally operating the latch bolt, dead lock means for blocking the retraction of the latch bolt, auxiliary latch means having link means normally urging it into a position for moving the dead lock means out of latch bolt blocking position, electrically operable means cooperating with the latching mechanism for controlling the auxiliary latch means, lock bar means operative to prevent turning of the rotary means, and an operating element connected between the lock bar and the link means for the auxiliary latch means for determining the operative position of the lock bar means in relation to the position of the dead lock means relative to the latch bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1985
    Assignee: Architectural Control Systems Incorporated
    Inventor: David A. Senften
  • Patent number: 4526022
    Abstract: Disclosed is a keylock having a key settable lever tumbler which can be bent, by use of an operating key, from an initial neutral configuration to set it to the operating key, and which by use of a change key can be restored to its initial configuration and then reset to other operating keys. The tumbler can be rebent and reset to different keys a substantial number of times. The accuracy of the rebending is assured by imparting an overbend which accommodates the spring back that accompanies the rebending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1985
    Assignee: American Standard Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph J. Parrock
  • Patent number: 4526412
    Abstract: A security device to prevent the unauthorized removal of sliding windows and doors from the frame structures in which they are slidably supported. The device is defined by a security clip having a substantially flat wall forming a mainstay and a spring-tension-jaw member integrally formed along the lower edge thereof. The security clip is arranged to be force-fitted over the depending flange of the frame structure, whereby the clip is held in a predetermined position relative to the sliding window or door. In order to prevent upward lifting of the window or door, the wall mainstay is formed having an inwardly bent, abutment lip for engagement with the window when raised from the lower frame-structure track. Ears are formed at the opposite ends of the abutment lip for engagement with the depending flange so as to reinforce and increase the strength and resistance of the abutment lip. A spacer bar is adapted to be positioned on the abutment-lip member to accommodate the various sizes of windows or doors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1985
    Inventor: Alfred Gist
  • Patent number: 4526021
    Abstract: A locking mechanism is designed for a vehicle having a spare tire elevator mechanism, wherein the elevator mechanism includes a drive shaft, a gearbox, and a cable or the like for operatively coupling the gearbox to the tire to elevate it between storage and removal positions. The locking mechanism cooperates with a relatively stationary vehicle member such as a body panel or frame member adjacent the drive shaft. The locking mechanism includes a bracket providing a surface for non-rotatably engaging the drive shaft. A locking bracket is provided which is selectively engageable with the drive shaft engaging bracket. A lock having a shackle which passes through openings provided in both the bracket and the locking bracket prevents rotation of the bracket with respect to the locking bracket and thus with respect to the stationary vehicle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1985
    Inventor: William E. Princell
  • Patent number: 4524592
    Abstract: A cylinder type combination lock comprising a housing formed with windows arranged in a row, a corresponding number of disk dials accommodated in the housing for respective rotation therein, each dial having a slit and an operation lever projecting through the concerned window for angularly moving the dials, and a key-like member insertable in the housing, wherein the angular positions of the slits relative to the respective operation lever are formed in such a way that by setting the operation levers in a predetermined arrangement of various angular positions, all slits are put in alignment for unlocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1985
    Assignee: Saikosha Works Ltd.
    Inventor: Hisashi Saitoh
  • Patent number: 4524590
    Abstract: The door latch with lock includes a support bracket adapted to be mounted on the interior surface of an outer screen or storm door, an elongated bolt slideably and rotatably carried in a guideway on the support bracket, and a transversely extending handle on the bolt which extends through a slot in the guideway and is somewhat longer than the spacing between the outer door and an inner door. When the handle is in a generally horizontal sliding position, the bolt slides freely between a latched position wherein the outer end is received in a keeper on the door frame and an unlatched position wherein the bolt is retracted from the keeper. The bolt and handle can be rotated downwardly to a general vertical locking position when the bolt is in either the latched or unlatched positions, but lock means and actuating means prevent the sliding of the bolt between the latched and unlatched positions unless the handle is rotated to the sliding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1985
    Inventor: Joseph D. Budish
  • Patent number: 4523443
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a key keeper comprising a key-retaining loop 3 with an opening 17 for the receipt of keys; said loop is connected to a loop holder 2 being slideably mounted within a housing 1. The loop is being closed if the holder is in its slid-in position, whereas the loop can be opened if the holder is partially slid out of the housing. Means are further provided for locking the holder in its slid-in position.The means for locking the holder consist of a wheel 4, which is rotatably mounted in the housing, the rotation of which can be prevented by a snap connection 11. By rotating the wheel 4, the loop holder is displaced in or out of the housing 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1985
    Inventor: Wilhelmus M. A. Momemers