Patents Examined by Victor Batson
  • Patent number: 9901144
    Abstract: A seatbelt buckling device and system includes a buckle and a latch plate. The latch plate includes a pair of fingers that extend from a base portion. The buckle includes buckle housing that defines a slot that is configured to receive the fingers of the latch plate. The buckle also includes a blocking member disposed in the slot that splits the slot into first and second slot portions. The first and second slot portions are sized to receive the fingers. The blocking member restricts debris from entering a cavity of the buckle housing. The buckle further includes a depressible button for releasing the latch plate. The blocking member is arranged as a blockout portion integrated into the button or an ejector protrusion extending from an ejector disposed within the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: Chris Koprowicz, Juan Arenas, Jonathon Boughner, Bin Wang
  • Patent number: 9879455
    Abstract: A slip resistant hinge system for doors and, in particular, frameless glass doors, is provided. The hinge includes a dovetail-shaped central raised portion that minimizes or prevents the possibility of the glass slipping when secured to the hinge. The dovetail-shaped central raised portion can be designed as part of the hinge or can be created by inserts positioned around the central raised portion of the hinge. In operation, a corresponding dovetail-shaped opening is cut into the door for receiving the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventors: Richard White, Tom McGrath
  • Patent number: 9863175
    Abstract: An automotive hinge assembly adapted to facilitate motion of a closure panel relative to a fixed body structure comprises a door component constructed from two press formed angle brackets structurally connected via a pivot pin and adapted to be mounted to a vehicle closure panel, a body component constructed from two press formed angle brackets structurally connected via a simple formed feature and the pivot pin and adapted to be mounted to a vehicle body structure, such that the pivot pin structurally assembles the two hinge components, facilitates relative rotary motion between them and structurally connects the multiple press formed angle brackets so that the resulting assembly achieves a much higher material efficiency than the prior art with an associated significant cost reduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: MULTIMATIC INC.
    Inventors: Robert John Murray, Rudolf Gruber, Chean Wang Ng, Pasith Banjongpanith, Prad Lad, Scott Worden
  • Patent number: 9833042
    Abstract: A catch for attachment to an elongated member and to control movement of the elongated member. The catch generally includes a body with one or more channels, a locking member positioned in the body in proximity to the channel, and a release member to control an extent of movement of the locking member. The catch provides for attachment to the elongated member to adjust its length. The catch is adjustable to provide for movement of the elongated member through the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Matthew T. Hauser
  • Patent number: 9826832
    Abstract: A fixing device includes an encircle element having lateral sides and left and right flap portions located inwardly of the lateral sides and extending transversely and outwardly from the lateral sides to define left and right chambers which are accessible only from the same direction, each of the left and right lateral sides being formed with a through hole; a fixing element installed on the encircle element at one of the through holes; and a locking plate having a first end fastened movably to the encircle element via a fastener such that the locking plate is movable relative to the encircle element between a locked position, where a second end of the locking plate engages the fixing elements, thereby preventing access into the chambers, and an unlocked position, where the locking plate disengages the fixing elements, thereby permitting access into the chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Mei Chuen Lin
  • Patent number: 9821176
    Abstract: A rigging link belt buckle device comfortably attaches a rescue tether to a rigging link in alignment with a buckle of a belt. The device includes a buckle having a first section and a second section. The first section is selectively engageable to the second section securing the buckle in a closed position such that the buckle secures a belt to a person. A rigging link is extendable away from the buckle to define a loop with the buckle. The rigging link is configured for coupling to a tether such that force exerted on the rigging link by the tether is aligned with the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Carel Valdes
  • Patent number: 9820028
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods for managing a cord, for example a headphone cord includes a first connector configured to connect to a second connector, creating a connection point such that the cord can be wrapped around the connection point. A third connector can also be included configured to attach a cord portion or a plug to a different cord portion when the cord is wrapped around the connection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Robert J. Long
  • Patent number: 9810010
    Abstract: A hinge for a swinging gate includes a base plate, a hinge base pivotally secured to the base plate and a mounting member connected in spaced apart relation to the hinge base by an elongate bolt. A gate-engaging member is secured to the mounting member so that pivoting of the hinge base effects conjoint pivoting of the mounting member, the gate-engaging member and a gate that it engages. An upstanding post has a pair of laterally spaced apart T-shaped slots that extend along its height. A bolt disposed within a T-shaped slot is disposed horizontally and cannot rotate. The bolts housed in a T-shaped slot screw-threadedly engage apertures formed in the corners of the base plate to secure the base plate to the upstanding post. In a second embodiment, a cantilever gate supported by a trolley assembly is secured in cantilever relation to at least one upstanding post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Barrette Outdoor Living, Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Woodard, Lawrence Peck
  • Patent number: 9791895
    Abstract: A convertible axle structure includes a first shaft, a second shaft parallel to the first shaft, and a switch member disposed between the first shaft and the second shaft. The outer wall of the first shaft has a slide groove composed of a front radial slide groove portion, an axial slide groove portion, and a rear radial slide groove portion. The outer wall of the second shaft has a guide groove composed of a radial guide groove portion, a front inclined guide groove portion, and a rear inclined guide groove portion. The switch member has a first protrusion slidable in the slide groove and a symmetrical second protrusion slidable in the guide groove to guide the first shaft and the second shaft to carry out an asynchronous convertible turning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: First Dome Corporation
    Inventor: An Szu Hsu
  • Patent number: 9788613
    Abstract: A ratchet bucket having a first reel member rotatably connected to a frame having a pair of arms. A lever is rotatably connected to the frame at a first end of the lever. A second reel member and a crank are rotatably connected to a second end of the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Mark Steffenhagen
  • Patent number: 9778704
    Abstract: A biaxial hinge which can meet the requirement that the first and the second casings should be able to keep a stable stopping state at any opening and closing angle within the 360 degrees range. A first hinge shaft attached to a first casing of a terminal device is coupled in parallel to a second hinge shaft attached to a second casing by way of multiple joint parts, a first module for selectively restricting rotation and a second module for selectively restricting rotation are provided for selectively allowing the first hinge shaft and the second hinge shaft to rotate, and a first slide plate and a second slide plate are used for the first module for selectively restricting rotation and the second module for selectively restricting rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Hideki Motosugi
  • Patent number: 9770074
    Abstract: A cap structure includes a cap body and an elastic piece. The cap body has at least two first inner concave grooves corresponding to each other, at least two first retaining blocks corresponding to each other and respectively extended outwardly from the at least two first inner concave grooves, and at least two first through holes corresponding to each other and respectively adjacent to the at least two first retaining blocks. The at least two first inner concave grooves are disposed on the inner surface of the cap body, and the at least two first through holes pass through the cap body to form two breach holes between the inner and the outer surfaces of the cap body. The elastic piece is disposed on the inner surface of the cap body, and the at least two first retaining blocks contact the elastic piece for retaining the elastic piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Yu-Pau Lin
  • Patent number: 9759242
    Abstract: A hinge device includes two rotation units and a base capable of relatively rotating; one radial side of the base is formed with an arc-shaped recess in which an axial connection part is formed, one axial side of the arc-shaped recess is formed with an action space; the rotation units are respectively disposed in the action space and the arc-shaped recess, and axial sides thereof are respectively formed a first axial connection part and a second axial connection part and an arc-shaped structure and an arc-shaped channel, each axial connection part is connected to each other for allowing the rotation units to respectively move along the action space and the arc-shaped recess for being rotated in or out of the base; the rotation units can only be in contact at the axial side for forming a sequentially rotating status but also at a radial lateral circumference for synchronously rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: JARLLYTEC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yu-Tsun Hsu
  • Patent number: 9758999
    Abstract: Provided is a magnetic hinge device including a rotor having an elongated body with a rotor surface at least one permanent rotor magnet coupled to the rotor surface. A stator including an inner surface that defines a cavity to receive the rotor, the rotor is positioned within the stator along a common axis of rotation. The inner surface of the stator is generally radially continuous having a first edge portion and a second edge portion such that the first edge portion is attached to the second edge portion at an offset. The stator having at least one permanent stator magnet coupled to the inner surface. The rotor includes a radial position that is configured to rotate to a neutral position within the stator. The neutral position along the common axis of rotation is in approximate alignment with the offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Joey Erwin Heth
  • Patent number: 9752368
    Abstract: A door checker device for use in automobiles which includes a fixing member attached to one side of the car body, a checker arm having one end hinge-coupled to the fixing member to be rotated, wherein the checker arm is disposed between a door and the car body, and a door checker attached to one side of the door side and engaged with the checker arm to slid along the longitudinal direction of the checker arm, wherein the door checker allows the door to maintain a stationary state at a predetermined position in the swing trajectory of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Byeong Cheol Kwak
  • Patent number: 9731825
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for assisting movement of a bin into a closed position. An assistance system associated with the bin may be activated in response to a manipulation of a switch associated with the bin. The assistance system may comprise a biasing system and a switch. The biasing system may be configured to generate a force in a direction towards a closed position for the bin. A switch may be connected to the biasing system and configured to activate the biasing system when a selected amount of weight is present in the bin. The force in the direction towards the closed position for the bin may be generated in response to activating the assistance system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventors: Mark LeQuesne Cloud, Christopher Lyle Schwitters, Kwun-Wing Cheung, Paul Andrew Kinzer
  • Patent number: 9717296
    Abstract: A locking clip and anchor assembly for a tether. The clip includes an opening with at least one tab extending into a portion of the opening. The clip is also configured to attach to a tether or strap. In exemplary embodiments, the anchor assembly includes a post, biased support, biasing mechanism, and base. The clip is configured to be connectable to the post and movable to latched and unlatched conditions with respect to the anchor assembly. In the latched condition the clip has a limited range of rotation possible about the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventors: Mark Anthony Stiles, Stephen Joseph Drabant, Donald Thomas Myers
  • Patent number: 9714074
    Abstract: An adjustable circumference seal includes an envelope having an outer layer and an inner layer, with the inner layer defining a sealing surface. A circumferential closure is provided for constricting the inner layer of the envelope and thereby adjusting a circumference of the inner layer of the envelope. The closure includes a band having a first end and a second end, with a first cord guide at the first end and a second cord guide at the second end. A cord is threaded from the outer layer through a cord channel in the envelope, through the first cord guide of the band, through the second cord guide of the band and back through the cord channel. By pulling the cord, the circumference of the inner layer of the envelope is reduced until the sealing surface is brought into a sealing engagement. A cord lock for maintains the cord in a selected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Whites Manufacturing Ltd.
    Inventors: Leo Luomala, Ross Davis Harrington, Richard Kerr Myerscough
  • Patent number: 9709084
    Abstract: A clip includes a pair of holding members arranged oppositely to one another to be capable of holding an elastic body therebetween, a base member, to which end portions of one side of the pair of holding members are coupled and at least one of the holding members is pivotably coupled, set on an object to be fixed, and pressing members provided on the holding members for pressing/retaining the elastic member between the pair of holding members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventors: Masakazu Kato, Shinji Muto, Kei Akazawa, Yoshimichi Matudaira
  • Patent number: 9700108
    Abstract: The coupler includes a male coupler formed with an annular groove, and a female coupler into which the male coupler is detachably inserted. The female coupler includes a first body part downwardly open, a second body part upwardly open, being rotatably connected with the first body part, and defining a hollow space together with the first body part, and a guide housed in the space, and supporting the male coupler inserted into the female coupler. The guide is composed of a material having elasticity, and exerts an elastic force on the first body part and the second body part such that they are closed to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: SEBERU PICO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoyasu Ninomiya