Patents Examined by Troy Chambers
  • Patent number: 10214176
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gas generator, including in a cylindrical housing, an ignition device chamber provided with an ignition device, a gas inflow chamber having a gas discharge port and a pressurized gas chamber being arranged in the above order from the first end, a rupturable plate closing between the pressurized gas chamber and the gas inflow chamber and being fixed to an annular fixing portion, a breaking device for the rupturable plate being arranged between the ignition device chamber and the gas inflow chamber, the breaking device including a base, a rod main body which extends from the base towards the rupturable plate, and an enlarged-diameter portion at a distal end of the rod main body, and during actuation, the base moving in the axial direction, the enlarged-diameter portion being positioned inside the pressurized gas chamber after punching out the rupturable plate, and the rod main body portion being positioned so as to oppose the annular fixing portion in a radial direction, a pr
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Kenji Fukumoto, Tomoharu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10208828
    Abstract: A compensating damper comprises opposed working end faces (1788), a hermetically sealed chamber between the working end faces, and a set of plates (1701) in the chamber with a film of viscous fluid between each pair of adjacent plates. The damper has at least two different film thickness zones across the set of plates, each of the different film thickness zones providing a different resistance response when acted upon by an outside force exerted on at least one of the opposed working end faces. Multiple internal guide pins (1723) may extend axially from the opposed working end faces for engaging the plate stack partially from each of said working end faces to increase the stroke while providing for a compact damper. The plates may have a conical configuration to providing dampening in different plans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Martin Gaudet
  • Patent number: 10184739
    Abstract: A firearm bolt assembly for a self-loading firearm has an elongated frame defining a frame axis, a bolt connected to a forward end of the frame, a plurality of separate weights connected to the frame, and the weights being movable at least slightly with respect to the frame and to each other for movement along the axis. There may be a resilient spacer element between adjacent weights. There may be a resilient spacer element between one of the weights and a portion of the frame. The spacer element may be an O-ring. The weights may be connected to a rear portion of the frame. The weights may be tubular bodies each defining a bore. A portion of the frame may be received within the bore. The frame may define a rear portion having a first diameter, and a flange forward of the rear portion having a larger second diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: J & K IP ASSETS, LLC
    Inventor: John Paul Gangl
  • Patent number: 10180309
    Abstract: A one man portable electromagnetic pulse transmitter includes a standard rifle having a muzzle and capable of firing a blank cartridge containing propellant. A blank firing adapter is fixed to the muzzle of the rifle. A piezolectric generator is aligned with the gas exit orifice of the blank firing adapter. An antenna is electrically connected to the piezolectric generator and an electromagnetic shield is disposed between the antenna and the piezolectric generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: James E. Burke
  • Patent number: 10159213
    Abstract: A fluid measurement device and methods of manufacturing and using the same are disclosed. The fluid measurement device includes a conduit configured to transport a fluid, a conductivity sensor in the conduit, and a voltage sensor in the conduit and having first and second rings, probes, or plates. The conductivity sensor is configured to determine the conductivity of the fluid. The voltage sensor is configured to receive a first voltage on the first ring, probe, or plate and detect a capacitance or a second voltage on the second ring, probe, or plate. A value of the capacitance or second voltage corresponds to the amount of fluid in the voltage sensor. The total amount of fluid through the conduit may be determined from amount of fluid in the voltage sensor, the fluid flow rate, the fluid velocity, and the number of samples or the sampling rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: BECO Dairy Automation Inc.
    Inventors: Stan Brown, Monte Lininger
  • Patent number: 10161704
    Abstract: A universal firearm adapter configured to mount to the frame of a firearm. The adapter easily, quickly, accurately, securely, concentrically and repeatably, with or without tools, attaches a suppressor or suppressor adapter to the frame or rail system of a firearm. The adapter includes a rail attachment configured to attach to a plurality of dimensionally inconsistent frames/rails and a bore alignment assembly. Moreover, the adapter is configured to axially align the adapter bore with the barrel bore regardless of the dimensional and axial inconsistencies of the barrel and its bore. The bore alignment assembly preferably includes a suppressor mount axially aligned with the adapter bore thereby ensuring that the suppressor is axially aligned with the bore of the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Darryl S. Lee
  • Patent number: 10143145
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling apical growth of plants without cutting or pinching so as to increase productivity and efficiently utilize growth resources. A coiled frame is provided having the form of mirror image/opposed Fibonacci or Golden Spirals that expand from a first starting point and then contract back to a second starting point by an approximately similar number of quarter-turns at a selected pitch, the spring suitably being formed of a single length of wire. The apical growth tip of the plant is bent to meet the frame at selected locations and attached progressively as growth proceeds, using ties or other connectors. A stake inserted through the starting points of the spiral attaches the frame to the medium in which the plant is rooted. The stake is preferably angled so that the plant maximizes utilization of available light, for example, approximately 80° to the surface of the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Benjamin J. Valum
  • Patent number: 10139204
    Abstract: A method of producing a concussion device including providing a structure including a cavity, the cavity having a top opening; providing a first energetic charge disposed in a bottom portion of the cavity; providing an elongated member having a length, a width, and a thickness, with the length being greater than both the width and the thickness of the elongated member, the elongated member removably secured to the structure within the cavity and at least partially overlying the first energetic charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: DMD SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Darren Naud, John David Thomas
  • Patent number: 10139210
    Abstract: An external storage device for holding bullets. The storage device snaps into a conventional lower receive on the firearm. The bullets are mounted in slots that are provided on the outside of the storage device. This device is intended for use with very large caliber bullets, such as .50 caliber bullets, for which there is no ammunition clip. The external storage device may also be constructed as an ammunition magazine that automatically loads bullets into the firearm, whereby the ammunition magazine is modified to include bullet storage slots on external surfaces that remain exposed when the magazine is inserted into lower receiver. The external storage device may also be constructed as a sleeve that fits over a conventional ammunition clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Solomon
  • Patent number: 10139197
    Abstract: A firearm sight comprises a sight body including a clamp at its lower extent for removably securing the sight to a portion of a firearm. An upwardly facing surface is disposed on the sight body above the clamp and a housing projects above the upwardly facing portion, the housing containing a lens assembly. A shade is carried by the sight body, the shade movable along the sight body from a retracted position in which the shell is at least partially contained by the housing, and an extended position in which the shell extends over the upwardly facing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Sellmark Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Horton, Tianliang Chen, Andrew Pischke
  • Patent number: 10126080
    Abstract: A biometric firearms safety system includes a firearm that has a grip and an action. A fingerprint unit is coupled to the firearm. The fingerprint unit is positioned on the grip to read fingerprints from a user. The fingerprint unit stores fingerprints from an authorized user. A locking unit is coupled to the firearm. The locking unit engages the action such that the locking unit inhibits the action from is manipulated. Thus, the locking unit inhibits the firearm from is loaded and fired. The locking unit is electrically coupled to the fingerprint unit. The locking unit disengages from the action when the user's fingerprints match the authorized user's fingerprints. Thus, the locking unit facilitates the user to load and fire the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Roy Martin
  • Patent number: 10126076
    Abstract: A magazine coupling device includes two or more floor plate structures sharing a common base for connecting a plurality of magazines together to form a single connected unit. Each floor plate structure replaces a magazine floor plate secured to a bottom end of a detachable magazine. A release button receptacle extends through the base. A release button access channel extends from the release button receptacle to an outer surface of the base forming an access opening to allow access to the release button receptacle from outside the coupling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: RJK VENTURES LLC
    Inventors: Ryan J. Klein, Paul B. Petitpierre
  • Patent number: 10107582
    Abstract: The present invention is a quick connect receiver adapter assembly for an automatic or semi-automatic rifle, specifically the AR-15 assault rifle. The adapter system is used to quickly exchange barrels on an AR-15 rifle platform, and allows the user to convert the AR-15 from a single caliber weapon to a multi-caliber weapon. The system has a receiver attached portion comprising a three piece locking ring assembly, and separate barrel adapter assembly which can be attached to any caliber barrel suitable for use with the AR-15 assault rifle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Gray, Nathan Love
  • Patent number: 10107599
    Abstract: A projectile deployment system includes an entangling projectile including a pair of pellets and a tether connecting the pellets. A projectile casing includes a pair of sockets, each socket sized to carry one of the pair of pellets and a selectively activatable pressure source, carried by the projectile casing. The pressure source is capable of expelling the entangling projectile from the projectile casing toward a subject. A launcher carries an activator operable to activate the pressure source to expel the entangling projectile from the projectile casing toward the subject. The projectile casing is removably engageable with the launcher to allow removal of the projectile casing from the launcher after expulsion of the entangling projectile from the projectile casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Wrap Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Elwood Norris, James Barnes, Julian Groeli, Jin Chen
  • Patent number: 10107590
    Abstract: A photoluminescent capsule illuminator for a sighting device. The photoluminescent illuminator includes an elongated phosphor housing having sidewalls and a base. The photoluminescent illuminator includes phosphors in a granular form disposed inside the phosphor housing. The photoluminescent illuminator includes a cap sealing the phosphors in the phosphor housing. The phosphor housing is disposed in relation to a body of the sighting device such that photoluminescent light emitted from the phosphors exits the phosphor housing and identifies a location of a sight on the sighting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Defense Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard James Martin, Gregory Louis Bender, Thomas Wells Brignall, Jr., Henry John Richert
  • Patent number: 10107585
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, a firearm comprises a stock comprising a vibration damper. The vibration damper comprises a first resilient member, a second resilient member and a mass. Each resilient member is attached to the stock and comprises a first material and a second material. Each of the first and second materials is elastomeric. The first material defines a body of the resilient member, the body defining apertures therein and spokes extending between adjacent apertures. The second material of each resilient member occupying an entire cross-section of each aperture defined in the first material of the resilient member. The mass is supported by said first and second resilient members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: MCP IP, LLC
    Inventor: Mathew A. McPherson
  • Patent number: 10060234
    Abstract: A low-debris low-interference semi-solid well perforator having selectively variable free volume and method for providing such is disclosed according to one or more embodiments. The perforator may include a charge tube holding an independently floating axial stack of selectively variable divider segments, each having one or more concavities formed in upper and lower sides. The segments are arranged so that concavities of adjacent segments form sockets, into which shaped charges are located. The segments provide support to minimize deformation of shaped charge cases yet provide less than 360 degrees circumferential contact about the shaped charges to form selectively variable voids for collecting debris and spall resulting from detonation. The voids and floating segments attenuate detonation shock interference. A debris guard prevents debris from entering the wellbore. Relieving slots in the debris guard attenuates transmission of shock interference through the debris guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Richard E. Robey, Christopher C. Hoelscher
  • Patent number: 10054387
    Abstract: Apparatus for electromagnetic launching system for the linear acceleration of macro particles. The apparatus disclosed is autonomously-powered, compact, and lightweight. The apparatus disclosed has low recoil force, low acoustic report, and low visible and infra-red signature. The apparatus disclosed is capable of automatic operation and the maximum particle velocity can be adjusted. The apparatus disclosed includes a trigger, controller, component power source, particle container, particle loader, propellant container, propellant loader, igniter, combustion chamber, sound suppressor, linear electrical generator, linear electrical motor, and thermal barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas Gregory Engel
  • Patent number: 10054396
    Abstract: A handgun mounted accessory such as a laser sight is combined with a trigger-guard mounted flush profile switch to provide high reliability of operation. The switch is designed and located to provide passive user switching in use without separate movement or applied force of the user's hand or fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Richard George Hovsepian
  • Patent number: 10041750
    Abstract: A bolt carrier having a first gas port, wherein the first gas port provides fluid communication between an interior and an exterior of the bolt carrier; a second gas port, wherein the second gas port provides fluid communication between an interior and an exterior of the bolt carrier; and a third gas port, wherein the third gas port provides fluid communication between an interior and an exterior of the bolt carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Paul Oglesby