Patents Examined by Victor Batson
  • Patent number: 9683398
    Abstract: A multiple-stage positioning structure of dual shafts includes a dual shaft assembly, which includes first and second rotary shafts that are connected to each other with coupling members for being rotated synchronously. The first rotary shaft has a curved section and a planar section. Positioning sleeves are fit over the first and the second rotary shafts. Bearing members bear a positioning bar in such a way to have the planar section of the first rotary shaft in contact engagement with a lateral planar section of the positioning bar. When the first rotary shaft is rotated to have the curved section engage the lateral planar section of the positioning bar, an effect of outward expanding and stretching the positioning sleeves is induced. When the first rotary shaft is rotated to have the planar section re-engage the lateral planar section of the positioning bar, an effect of positioning is induced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: DEDA METALS COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Kun-You Chuang
  • Patent number: 9678541
    Abstract: A pivot shaft transmission device provides a security system and is easy to assemble. The pivot shaft transmission device includes at least one rotary shaft, a drive section movable with the rotation of the rotary shaft, a driver (transversely) movable along a rail between a first position and a second position, a turning unit having a first end connected with the driver and a second end, and a transmission unit assembled with the second end of the turning unit. The transmission unit includes a first section, a second section and at least one elastic body assembled with each other. When the turning unit is swung, the transmission unit is driven to (longitudinally) move to drive a connection section and a carrier body for lifting or lowering a substrate body or a frame in accordance with the operation mode of an electronic apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: First Dome Corporation
    Inventors: An Szu Hsu, Wang Jui Lee, Chung Yi Lin, Ya Ching Lin
  • Patent number: 9677310
    Abstract: A self closing and adjustable closing force cam hinge includes a compression spring located on the hinge so that a hinge pin passes through the compression spring and the head of the hinge pin is retracted in a direction away from the compression spring to compress the compression spring. Compression of the spring applies a closing force to the hinge when the hinge is in the open position. The hinge also includes a spring adjuster having an adjustably positionable body that is adjustably positionable relative to the head of the hinge pin. Adjustment of the position of the adjustably positionable body raises or lowers the head of the hinge pin such that raising of the hinge pin increases compression of the compression spring to increase the closing force applied by the compression spring and lowering of the hinge decreases compression of the compression spring to decrease the closing force applied by the compression spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: BARRETTE OUTDOOR LIVING, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Russo, Antonello Nizzia
  • Patent number: 9668547
    Abstract: A slider body of a slider includes a slider main member and a slider sub-member. The slider main member includes at least a portion of a first blade and at least a portion of a second blade which are connected to each other through a guide column. The slider sub-member includes a pair of first flange sections and is assembled with and fixed to the slider main member. The slider can easily be attached to a fastener chain. Since the slider stably has a predetermined distance between the first and second blades, it is possible to secure satisfactory sliding properties and operability of the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Morimasa Yoneoka, Haruo Matsushima
  • Patent number: 9642419
    Abstract: A shoelace securing apparatus including a clamping member having an upper portion, a lower portion, and a middle portion disposed between the upper portion and the lower portion. A pair of parallel grooves is disposed within an interior surface of the middle portion. Each of a right pair of lips and a left pair of lips of a plurality of a pair of convexly curved lips is disposed on the interior surface of the middle portion proximal each of a right edge and a left edge, respectively, of the middle portion. A plurality of teeth members is disposed on each of the right pair of lips and the left pair of lips. Each of a right end portion of a shoelace and a left end portion of the shoelace is disposed within each of the pair of parallel grooves and engaged between one of a pair of adjacent teeth members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Jasmyn Marrale
  • Patent number: 9638279
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a damper a damper including: a housing; a rotor; and a sealing member. The housing includes outer and inner cylinder portions to define a filling space portion therebetween for filling with a viscose fluid. The rotor includes a head portion and a cylinder portion extended downwardly therefrom so as to be inserted into the filling space portion. The sealing member seals the filling space portion. The rotor further includes axially-extending first and second groove portions provided on outer and inner peripheral surfaces of the cylinder portion near the bottom portion thereof. At least one of the first groove portions includes a communicating portion which communicates the inside and the outside of the rotor, and the second groove portion is apart from the communicating portion in a circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: PIOLAX INC.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Ichioka, Jun Saito
  • Patent number: 9631410
    Abstract: A door opening/closing device includes a shaft member installed on a first door panel side so that it cannot rotate. Both ends of a torsion spring in the door opening/closing device are latched to a second door panel side via torsion spring latching walls, and a center portion of the torsion spring is latched to the first door panel side via a latched member, a latching portion, and the shaft member. When the first door panel and the second door panel are pulled from the state in which the doorway is closed, the first door panel and the second door panel fold about an outside cylindrical member as center. The outside cylindrical member rotates relative to the shaft member. First and second coil portions deform elastically in the direction that they are each wound tighter, and the first and second door panels are opened and the doorway is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazushi Nakao
  • Patent number: 9624016
    Abstract: A multi-surface cable tie device includes a head member having an outer end and an opposed inner end, the head member defining an aperture having rectangular configuration and a channel defining a generally V-shaped configuration in communication with the aperture. The cable tie device includes an elongate tying strap that includes a base strip having a planar configuration that includes a proximal end adjacent the inner end of the head member and a distal end opposite the proximal end, the base strip having an elongate toothed portion mounted to an inside surface of the base strip. The toothed portion includes a generally triangular cross-section and having a plurality of teeth extending away from the base strip. The aperture is configured to selectively receive the base strip and the channel is configured to receive the toothed portion of the tying strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Sean M Lidey
  • Patent number: 9625003
    Abstract: A securement apparatus including a securing body and an engaging member is provided. The securing body may include a first passage therethrough for receiving one or more retention members in a looped configuration with first and second legs of the loop extending through the first passage, wherein a first side of the first passage has a generally uniform surface generally configured to conform to a periphery of at least one of the one or more retention members; and a second passage meeting the first passage. The engaging member may be securable within said second passage and positionable within the second passage to retain the one or more retention members within the first passage by encouraging a position of the one or more retention members to rest within the surface and by pinching both the first and second legs of the loop between the surface and the engaging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: BVA SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Mahmood Hooti, Sami Elkhazin, Sarper Arun, Ronald Guenter Giessmann, Karl Lucas Peterman
  • Patent number: 9615631
    Abstract: A ratchet belt system includes a belt having a notch strip extending along a portion of the length thereof. The notch strip is formed of a plurality of adjacent notches, each being configured to engage a ratcheting tab of an associated buckle. The belt is configured with a first belt layer, a second belt layer, and a monolithic insert disposed between the first and second layers. The belt with monolithic insert can be configured for use with a gun holster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: KORE ESSENTIALS, INC.
    Inventor: Robin Laatz
  • Patent number: 9603418
    Abstract: A rotatable buckle assembly may include a male buckle member, and a female buckle member configured to rotatably connect to the male buckle member. The female buckle member may include a handle that is configured to be pulled to disconnect the first buckle member from the second buckle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Michael B. Grimm, Christopher A. J. Iannello, Martin J. Nilsen
  • Patent number: 9593701
    Abstract: A fastening clip assembly is configured to securely connect a first panel to a second panel. The fastening clip assembly may include a collar, a securing support extending from the collar, and deflectable beams connected to the securing support. The deflectable beams are configured to move in first and second directions when the deflectable beams are mated with one or both of the first and second panels. The first direction differs from the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Brock T. Cooley, Marc R. Risdale
  • Patent number: 9567785
    Abstract: A hinge has a pivot assembly and a holding assembly. The pivot assembly has a securing panel, a connecting seat, a pivot shaft, and two positioning sets. Each of the positioning sets has a positioning ball and a silencing positioning element filled with lubricating grease. The holding assembly has two holding sheets holding the pivot shaft. With the holding sheets and the pivot shaft abutting each other with tooth or embossed surfaces, friction between the holding sheets and the pivot shaft is increased. Thus, the pivot shaft and the holding sheets do not pivot relative to each other easily. The lubricating grease in the silencing positioning elements can be smeared on the positioning balls, such that the positioning balls can smoothly roll on the pivot shaft without abrasion and no noise will occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Dinmex Mfg., Inc.
    Inventors: Grace Wang, Jackie Wu, Jennifer Wu, Andy Wu
  • Patent number: 9568130
    Abstract: Profiled clamp that includes a clamping element, a sealing element having elastically deformable spacers on a radial outside, and a profile band on which the sealing element is held secured against loss. The elastically deformable spacers bear against an inside of the profile band in a non-positive manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: NORMA GERMANY GMBH
    Inventors: Detlef Henrich, Mathias Krauss, Manfred Krueger
  • Patent number: 9565941
    Abstract: A hinge is provided, including a base plate, a hinge arm movably associated with the base plate, an adjustment cam for adjusting a displacement of the hinge arm relative to the base plate, and a locking member for preventing the hinge arm from fully disassociating with the base plate, located immediately adjacent the adjustment cam, and adapted to connect the base plate to the hinge arm in a manner that does not interfere with a range of motion provided by the adjustment cam if the adjustment cam device experiences uncontrolled displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Grass America, Inc.
    Inventors: Manfred Peer, Cheng Jiang, Georg Domenig
  • Patent number: 9534419
    Abstract: A decorative door handle comprising a flexible material configured in the shape of a door handle and a malleable stiffener material to maintain the handle in a desired useful looking configuration. In one aspect the flexible material is a magnetic vinyl. In another aspect, a decorative door handle comprising molded resin having at least one magnetic insert in the back surface. In another aspect, a decorative hinge element comprising molded resin having at least one magnetic insert in the back surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventor: Robert J. Schrader
  • Patent number: 9523230
    Abstract: A door closer comprises a piston cooperating with a rotating pinion. Upon rotation of the pinion in the door opening direction, the piston moves toward the second end of the housing forcing fluid from a second variable volume chamber through a passage to a first variable volume chamber and compressing a spring assembly for storing energy. The spring assembly urges the piston toward the first end of the housing for forcing fluid from the first variable volume chamber to the second variable volume chamber and rotating the pinion in the door closing direction. A controller controls the position of a valve in the passage based on the sensed angular position of a door and the position of the valve for determining the amount of hydraulic fluid flowing through the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Yale Security Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Burris, Robert L. Tadlock, Jr., John White, Jason Scott Gurley, Steven Michael Faes, Joseph McGinty, Wade Patterson
  • Patent number: 9507387
    Abstract: A pivot mechanism rotatably coupes a cover to a base of a foldable electronic device. The pivot mechanism includes a connector, a first rotation assembly, and a second rotation assembly. The first rotation assembly is rotatably coupled to the base and fixedly attached to the connector. The second rotation assembly is fixedly coupled to the cover and rotatably coupled to the connector. The first rotation assembly rotates relative to the base and the second rotation assembly remains fixed relative to the connector as the cover is rotated open to a first angle. The second rotation assembly rotates relative to the connector as the cover is rotated further to a second angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tai-An Tsao, Ting-Yu Wang, Lei Han, Hsieh-Chih Chiang, Hung-Ming Chen
  • Patent number: 9506281
    Abstract: A load bearing rotation lock mechanism including disks or cylinders with teeth or a combination of both that interlock radially between their inner and outer surface areas, or frontal areas, or both, where one of the disks or cylinders is attached to a fixed surface area and the other disk or cylinder is attached to a pivoting arm, plate, or other kind of load bearing support element, and where one of the disks or cylinders is able to mesh (lock) and un-mesh (unlock) from the other disk or cylinder by protruding, retracting, or sliding laterally over a common, continuous or divided axis, shaft, or channel thereby freezing the angular position of the pivoting arm, plate, or other kind of load bearing support element with respect to the fixed surface area at the time the disks, cylinders, or a combination of both, mesh (lock) with each other and unfreezing the pivoting arm, plate, or other kind of load bearing support element to pivot freely with respect to the fixed surface area when the disks, cylinders, or c
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Joseph Zaloom
  • Patent number: 9482041
    Abstract: A power boost assembly is disclosed that can be used with a door actuator, such as a door closer. The power boost assembly is structured to store an energy during a first movement of a door and release the stored energy during a second movement of the door. In one form the power boost assembly can be structured as a module that can be added to an existing door and door closer installation. In one form the power boost assembly is used to increase a closing force imparted to a door to ensure a latching event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Patrick McKibben, Brian Christopher Eickhoff