Patents Examined by Victor Batson
  • Patent number: 9268371
    Abstract: A hinge module for an electronic device includes a main body and an upper cover. The hinge module includes a biaxial hinge and a pad. The biaxial hinge includes a first rotary shaft, a second rotary shaft and a connecting member. One end of the first rotary shaft is fixed to the main body, and another end of the first rotary shaft being pivotally connected with the connecting member. One end of the second rotary shaft is fixed to the upper cover, and another end of the second rotary shaft is pivotally connected with the connecting member. The pad is disposed at the connecting member of the biaxial hinge. When the upper cover rotates with respect to the main body, the connecting member and the pad rotates using the first rotary shaft as a rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: PEGATRON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yu-Chun Chen
  • Patent number: 9247787
    Abstract: A male/female connection system is disclosed. The system is specifically designed as a novel way of attaching straps to cameras. The device includes a male attachment anchor with an overmolded loop, as well as a female housing inclusive of a spring to lock the male and the female together. The anchor connects to a camera at the neck strap loops using a cow hitch knot. The anchor connects to the housing by entering an open end, and being pulled through to an end where it is strapped. A strap connects to the housing by way of a loop being sewn around it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Peak Design, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Dering, Art Viger, Mike Holmberg
  • Patent number: 9241848
    Abstract: A fastening member has inboard and outboard ends, a panel region, an end region, and a stiffening element. The panel region is disposed adjacent to the inboard end and has first and second layers. The first and second layers are joined in a face-to-face orientation. The end region is disposed adjacent to the outboard end and has a fastening element zone and an intermediate zone. The intermediate zone is disposed between the fastening element zone and the panel region adjacent an interface between the panel and end regions. The stiffening element is disposed in the end region and has a stiffness of greater than about 200 N/m. A portion of the stiffening element is disposed between the first layer and the second layer and is joined to the first layer and the second layer. The portion is disposed adjacent to the interface between the panel region and the end region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Mark James Kline, Anna Elizabeth Macura, Michael Irwin Lawson, Ronald Joseph Zink
  • Patent number: 9241847
    Abstract: A fastening member has inboard and outboard ends, a panel region, an end region, and a stiffening element. The panel region is disposed adjacent to the inboard end and has first and second layers. The first and second layers are joined in a face-to-face orientation. The end region is disposed adjacent to the outboard end and has a fastening element zone and an intermediate zone. The intermediate zone is disposed between the fastening element zone and the panel region adjacent an interface between the panel and end regions. The stiffening element is disposed in the end region and has a stiffness of greater than about 200 N/m. A portion of the stiffening element is disposed between the first layer and the second layer and is joined to the first layer and the second layer. The portion is disposed adjacent to the interface between the panel region and the end region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Mark James Kline, Anna Elizabeth Macura, Michael Irwin Lawson, Ronald Joseph Zink
  • Patent number: 9244497
    Abstract: A hinge module is disposed between a first body and a second body. A first bracket is fixed on the first body to fix a shaft. A second bracket is fixed on the second body and passed through by the shaft, so that the second bracket can be rotated relative to the first bracket. An electromagnet is installed on the shaft. A magnetic element is installed on the shaft, and capable of being attracted or repelled with the electromagnet. At least one of the electromagnet and the magnetic element is capable of being moved along the shaft axially but substantially incapable of being rotated with the shaft as an axis. When the electromagnet is activated, at least one of the electromagnet and the magnetic element is axially moved to press the second bracket to increase a torque of a rotation of the second bracket relative to the first bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Shao-Huai Tsai
  • Patent number: 9241547
    Abstract: An easy access tab integrated into a hook closure forming a portion of overlapping hook and loop engaging surfaces of an adjustable garment. An edge extending tab is reverse folded over and against a forward and central most subset area of the hook surface and is subsequently sonically heat bonded to create a crushed or otherwise smoothed subset surface area maintaining a low profile and without any significant weight addition. The crushed area enables a user to insert one or more digits between the opposing hook and loop configured surfaces of the closure elements to facilitate easier opening and without damaging the closure elements. A corresponding method is also disclosed for sonically heat bonding the reverse, folded tab applied against the hook surface utilizing the above structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Central Lake Armor Express, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles C. Raymond
  • Patent number: 9217267
    Abstract: An adjustable hinge set and a method for making it improves mounting of a deck lid to a motor vehicle body by permitting mass production adjustments without distortion or multiplication of the parts installed. A hinge set bracket with spaced flanges receiving a pivot strap and pivot therebetween is formed with a substantially vertical slot in each flange. At least one insert having a collar and a stem, reinforces the spacing between the support flanges, as the pivot pin compressionally engages the flanges. Preferably, two inserts having a collar and a stem have a combined length that reinforces the predetermined spacing within a predetermined tolerance when compression is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Techform Products Limited
    Inventors: Michael J. Duffy, John R. Beckwith, David J. Smallwood
  • Patent number: 9212769
    Abstract: The clamping collar comprises a metal belt (10), two tightening lugs (12, 14), and a bridging plate (20) for bridging the gap between the lugs. The belt includes an overlap portion (22) that has its inside face provided with a setback (24) into which a first end (20A) of the plate penetrates during tightening of the collar. The setback is defined by a first joggle (26) having an end wall that forms two surfaces on either side of the longitudinal midline of the belt, which surfaces are disposed substantially symmetrically about said midline, and are inclined both relative to the longitudinal direction and relative to the transverse direction of the belt, and each of which surfaces extends over a substantial fraction of the half-width of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: ETABLISSEMENTS CAILLAU
    Inventors: Nicolas Rigollet, Fabrice Prevot, Arnault Jacquelin, Eric Mesnard
  • Patent number: 9199105
    Abstract: A safety hook includes a hook member, a latch member, and a switch, wherein the both the latch member and the switch are pivoted on the hook member, and the latch member is moved between a lock position and an unlock position by pressing the switch. The hook member is covered by a insulating member, and the insulating member includes two insulating layers with different colors to warn the user by the color change if the outer insulating layer is worn. The latch member and the switch are covered by insulating members as well to avoid electric shock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: YOKE INDUSTRIAL CORP.
    Inventor: Wei-Chieh Hung
  • Patent number: 9195274
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lock device, which comprises a first lever and a third lever pivoted on a frame, and the first lever is pivoted with a second lever. When a first machine body inserted in the insertion device is desired to be removed, the third lever can buckle an unlocked lock member thereby preventing returning and allowing the first machine body to be easily removed; when the first machine body is inserted, the second lever drives the third lever to release the lock member for buckling and fastening the first machine body, then the third lever can be released and recovered through the second lever thereby allowing another cycle of buckling the unlocked lock member to be processed; as such, through continuously releasing of the levers in cycle, operations of inserting and removing the first machine body are more smooth and simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: JARLLYTEC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hsiao-Ting Chen
  • Patent number: 9194493
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a clamp lock to secure a clamp around a pressure vessel, such as a split tank pool filter. The clamp lock includes a drive rack with at least one notch, and a housing with a rotatable drive gear, a locking pawl, and a receiving hole. The rotatable drive gear is capable of laterally moving the drive rack through the receiving hole, and the locking pawl is capable of engaging the at least one notch when the drive rack has been inserted a distance into the receiving hole. The distance correlates to a diameter of the clamp sufficient to secure the clamp around the pressure vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Pentair Water Pool and Spa, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard Richiuso, Paul Hopfer
  • Patent number: 9185977
    Abstract: A furniture skid plate to transport and protect a piece of furniture or a cabinet that includes a general triangular shape base skid plate that includes a bottom surface with a bottom perimeter and a top surface with a top perimeter, a pair of linear rail protrusions that protrude upward and are disposed on the top perimeter of the base skid plate and are in contact with furniture or appliance transported and a pair of indentations that are disposed on the bottom surface of the base skid plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: SD Machinery, LLC
    Inventor: Donald S Lupa
  • Patent number: 9173454
    Abstract: A belt head includes a seat, a buckle portion, an engaging portion and a button. The seat has a front side portion having two narrow side surfaces facing to each other and a rear side portion used to connect and fix an end of a strap. The buckle portion has a connecting base connected with the front side portion and a fastening base which has a passage enabling the other end of the strap to pass through and a fastener for fastening or releasing the strap. The engaging portion is disposed on the front side portion and is movable between a first and second positions to engage with and release from a blocking member of the connecting base. The button is located on one of the narrow side surfaces of the front side portion for controlling the engaging portion to move between the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Hsin-Ta Liu
  • Patent number: 9173458
    Abstract: A waterproof, airtight, anti-slit, high transverse tensile strength double-layer zipper made by: stitching a continuous polyester chain to a middle part of a broad-width fabric tape and then separating the continuous polyester chain into left and right series of interlocking teeth after zipper chain tape dyeing and drying and gluing processes, and then folding up the zipper chain tape and stitching up the open side of the folded zipper chain tape so as to obtain a single-sided double-layer zipper chain tape, and then using a zipper slider to couple two single-sided double-layer zipper chain tapes, thereby obtaining a waterproof, airtight, anti-slit, high transverse tensile strength double-layer zipper. Alternatively, the continuous polyester chain can be stitched to the broad-width fabric tape near its one lateral side for making a high-strength double-layer zipper with less fabric consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Lien-Chou Wang
  • Patent number: 9168689
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a hubless caster that is at least as aesthetically pleasing as prior art hubless casters but that is significantly more durable. In one aspect, a hubless caster is provided that includes a frame member having two opposed sides. A generally ring-shaped mount portion projects from at least one of the two opposed sides of the frame member. In some embodiments, the hubless caster has the following three components mounted on the mount portion, in sequence moving radially outwardly from the mount portion: a) an annular backbone member defining an inner bearing race, b) a rolling element, and c) a wheel defining an outer bearing race.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: NGS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LLC
    Inventor: Kyle C. Stoehr
  • Patent number: 9156414
    Abstract: Roof clip for attaching accessories to the panels of vehicles, designed to be inserted in an opening made in said panels, the clip being assembled to the modular roof system, along with the accessory, and secured by a screw, in which there is a base having a hole with a screw thread, openings in said base, and side wings, the fold of which provides a surface for contact with said panel, and also flanges for removing said clip from said panel, comprising the superposition of a lower base with said intermediate base, keeping said screw thread of said intermediate base aligned with the lower hole in said lower base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Victor Diez Herrera
  • Patent number: 9157699
    Abstract: Disclosed is a D-ring for use in sling systems, in particular firearm slings, where quick detachment and consistent behavior of the sling are of particular importance. At least two swivel sockets are provided on opposite sides of the D-ring for ambidextrous use and slots are provided to restrict rotational movement of the attached swivels. The D-ring may be formed from a single toroid or a conglomeration of different toroidal forms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Magpul Industries Corp
    Inventors: Thomas Ward, Michael T. Mayberry, Richard M. Fitzpatrick
  • Patent number: 9157469
    Abstract: A two-piece locking nut assembly for securing a mantle to a head assembly of a cone crusher. The two-piece locking nut assembly includes an inner nut and an outer nut. The inner nut includes a set of axial bores that each receive a jackscrew. Once the locking nut assembly is in position on the head assembly, the series of jackscrews are tightened to exert a force on the mantle that is counteracted by forces through the inner nut and into the head to create a locking force between the locking nut assembly and the head assembly. The outer nut is turned along the inner nut to hold the locking nut assembly in place. Once the outer nut is moved into position, the jackscrews are removed such that the outer nut continues to apply the locking force between the mantle and the head through the locking nut assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Metso Minerals Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter R. Marks, Edward L. Snow
  • Patent number: 9155361
    Abstract: A mechanical lever buckle having a buckle base plate, a lever element, a buckle prong and a belt loop element having a belt guiding element for guiding a belt in a belt guiding direction is disclosed. The buckle base plate includes an elongated slit oriented in the belt guiding direction. The lever element includes an elongated guiding opening that allows passage of at least a portion of the buckle prong. The lever element is attached to the buckle base plate at a first rotation axis, such that during rotation the elongated guiding opening intersects at all time with the elongated slit and the buckle prong slides along the slit and the elongated guiding opening. The lever element includes a lever tooth that interacts with a belt loop tooth when the lever element is rotated to the determined angle of rotation to block a belt loop element's movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: ROLAND ITEN MECHANICAL LUXURY SA
    Inventor: Roland Iten
  • Patent number: 9144270
    Abstract: A latching device configured to secure a strap to a piece of sports equipment or other wearable equipment. The latching device includes a locking buckle and clasp assembly. The locking buckle has a main body portion and a release mechanism. The release mechanism has locking pawls with claw members. The locking pawls engage the clasp assembly to releasably retain the locking buckle on the clasp assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Home Team Sports, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce James Mitchell, Jr., Joseph Albert Simon