Patents Examined by Victor Batson
  • Patent number: 9021666
    Abstract: Flash grip system is used to securely retain a USB flash drive or thumb drive and provide a comfortable, gripping surface. Further, the flash grip system may use an article-fastener such that the USB flash drive may be removably attached to a variety of articles (such as a keychain, a belt loop, a bag strap, etc). The holding surface may further include decorative indicia for decorating the USB flash drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Patricia J. Sedivy
  • Patent number: 9015909
    Abstract: A separation portion having weakened tensile rupture strength of an element having tensile rupture strength reduced to 40 N or below is formed in a range of a first fixing portion of a first leg portion to a second fixing portion of a second leg portion via a coupling head portion, in at least a part of elements of the slide fastener. With this arrangement, when excessive lateral pulling force is applied to the slide fastener, cleavage lateral pulling force that causes cleavage of the slide fastener can be reduced. By adjusting tensile rupture strength of the elements, cleavage lateral pulling force of the slide fastener can be set within a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichi Daijogo
  • Patent number: 9009923
    Abstract: A cushion sleeve for a cable tie is provided. The cushion sleeve includes a body for receiving a bundle of cables. The body includes a first side and a second side opposite the first side. Additionally, the cushion sleeve includes a first arm extending from the first side of the body along a first axis and a second arm extending from the second side of the body along a second axis. The first axis is oblique to the second axis when the cushion sleeve is unwrapped such that the first arm engages the second arm when the cushion sleeve is wrapped around the bundle of cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Rodney Rouleau, Andrew Crouse
  • Patent number: 9009931
    Abstract: A strapping system used to hold a messenger bag or the like to a person. The system includes multi-component multi-attachment rotating and detachable buckles which provide pivoting motion about the intersection points of non-axial forces. The system allows for switching shoulders and adjusts to changing angles induced by changing the position of the bag on the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Matthew Jensen
  • Patent number: 9003604
    Abstract: In a door checker for automobile which is applicable to vehicles having different full open angles of doors, and which makes no chattering noise by vibration, a free end portion of a check lever plate is provided with a core plate exposed portion where a core plate is exposed from a cover layer, a full open stopper mechanism includes: a stopper pin fitted in the core plate exposed portion, the stopper pin having anti-falling expanded portions; a stopper plate swingably supported on the stopper pin; and a cushion member supported by the stopper plate, and configured to cushion an impact of full opening of the door by receiving a case, and a pressing piece is provide integrally and continuously to the cover layer, the pressing piece configured to press the cushion member toward the stopper pin to thereby keep the stopper plate in contact with the stopper pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Rikenkaki Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Katsuhiro Matsuki
  • Patent number: 9003618
    Abstract: A reinforcing eyelet for a hole, comprising two annular metal plates (3, 23, 43; 5, 25, 45) capable of being fastened, in use, the one opposed to the other on a substrate (T). An annular pad (12, 32, 52) placed adjacent to a first (5, 23, 45) of the two annular metal plates and intended to make contact, in use, with the substrate (T) in order to improve its bond to the reinforcing eyelet. The outer edge (15, 33, 53) of the said first annular metal plate (5, 23, 45) being folded over part of the annular pad (12, 32, 52) in order to hold it and conceal it from view in the fastened condition of the reinforcing eyelet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Riri S.A.
    Inventor: Ernesto Violato
  • Patent number: 8984724
    Abstract: A garment clip system for hangers for adjustably holding various clothing has a cover that fits over a central portion of a hanger and has two clips moveably mounted along a portion of hanger that clips cloths to hold them to the hanger. An elastic cord connects each clip to the cover and keeps the clips in a selected place. A closure is disposed along the bottom that opens to allow a user to attach garment clip system for hangers to any hanger. A hook and loop connector is used to keep closure closed. In another embodiment, a retractor is mounted within cover to keep tension on a retractable cord that connects the clips. The retractor is biased using a spring to keep the desired tension on the cords.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Johnette Amanda Kinney
  • Patent number: 8978213
    Abstract: A buckle for use with a belt or with strapping in which the bucket uses magnetic attraction forces to apply a clamping force on the belt or strap, when the buckle assembly components are in a first predetermined orientation. Typically, a plurality of magnets is used, and when the buckle assembly is rotated to a second predetermined position, the magnets are moved from a state where they attract one another, to a position where they repel one another. In this second predetermined orientation, the buckle components are forced apart by the repulsive forces so as to create a larger gap between the buckle components, and thus allow the belt or strap material to move freely within the gap. The buckle is preferably held in the second predetermined orientation by a restraint device such as a pin located within a recess on the corresponding rotating assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Paul J. Hayton
  • Patent number: 8973509
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a strap ring (1), made from a material woven with warp threads (3) and at least one weft thread (4) extending between the warp threads (3). The woven material is a tubular fabric (11) whose warp threads (3) extend parallel to the axis of extension of the tubular fabric (11), the strap ring (1) being made from an axial section (16) of the tubular fabric (11) which is axially cut up by cutting the warp threads (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Zedel
    Inventor: Jean-Marc Hédé
  • Patent number: 8967933
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fast extraction threaded nut intended to be used on a threaded bolt or male member wherein the fast extraction threaded nut comprises at least an outer face and an axial bore as to allow insertion of a male member or like, wherein the fast extraction threaded nut and the threaded bolt have tightening means with common geometry, and the fast extraction threaded nut and the threaded bolt or male member are intended to join or connect two elements that need to be attached or coupled to each other, wherein the fast extraction threaded nut comprises in at least the outer face a notch of variable section and the notching is formed by at least two faces wherein the maximum cross-section of the notch is positioned in the outer area and the minimum section is positioned prior to the axial bore at such a distance that allows for the generation of an increase area which extensively grows until reaching the inner surface of the axial bore where the common tightening means is formed thus
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventors: Alejandro Gutierrez Silva, Alberto Monsalve Gonzalez, Jose Antonio Vallejo Rodriquez
  • Patent number: 8961090
    Abstract: An axle nut for preloading a bearing is provided. The axle nut may be used to apply and monitor preload on a bearing or bearing assembly. The axle nut includes a cylindrical body having a first end, a second end having a face adapted to bear against a surface, a longitudinal axis, and an outer surface engagable by a tool; a threaded through-hole directed substantially along the longitudinal axis of the cylindrical body; and at least one recess in the face of the second end of the cylindrical body, the at least one recess adapted to expose at least a portion of the surface the face bears against. The first end of the axle may comprise a nut locking mechanism, for example, the nut locking mechanism may include a counter bore having a plurality of internal projections, such as, gear or spline teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: John E. Rode
  • Patent number: 8955195
    Abstract: A clamping-sliding assembly for a single-track-suspension sliding door has a body and a roller mount. The body has a clamping recess transversally formed through the body, a connecting recess longitudinally formed through the body and communicating with the clamping recess, a connecting mount formed on and protruding in the connecting recess with an adjusting hole and an adjusting bolt rotatably connected to the connecting mount in the adjusting hole. The roller mount is movably mounted in the connecting recess, abuts the adjusting bolt and has at least one roller rotatably connected to the roller mount and an abutting face formed in the roller mount and abutting the adjusting bolt to adjust a height of the roller mount relative to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Door & Window Hardware Co.
    Inventors: Wei-Hung Chang, Sung-Hui Lin
  • Patent number: 8955203
    Abstract: The carabiner includes a body delimiting a basic frame, a closing finger pivotably mounted on the body between closed and open positions of the basic frame, locking means movably mounted on the closing finger between locked and unlocked positions of the closing finger, and actuating means arranged to move the locking means between the locked and unlocked positions thereof, where the actuating means include a handling member connected to the locking means and movably mounted on a portion of the carabiner body opposite the closing finger, between a first position in which the locking means are in the locked position and a second position in which the locking means are in the unlocked position, the handling member being arranged so that moving the latter between the first and second positions thereof causes the locking means to move between the locked and unlocked positions thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Wichard
    Inventor: Sebastien Tardif
  • Patent number: 8943650
    Abstract: A vehicle interior trim component hinge assembly includes a rotatable component, and a shaft disposed through the rotatable component. The hinge assembly also includes a first friction disk rotationally coupled to the shaft, and a second friction disk rotationally coupled to the rotatable component. The hinge assembly further includes a biasing member configured to urge the first and second friction disks toward one another to establish a friction force that provides resistance to rotation of the rotatable component about the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Rick A. Anderson, Loren R. Washburn, Allan W. Getliff
  • Patent number: 8943655
    Abstract: A clip 200 includes a locking portion 6 and an operation portion 9. The locking portion 6 of the clip 200 is inserted into the clip insertion hole 7 exposed while the protrusion 1a of the panel 1 is fitted into a protrusion insertion hole 5a of a panel attaching portion 5. An upper surface 12b of a locking main body portion 12 of the clip 200 presses an inner surface of the clip insertion hole 7 to bend the protrusion 1a. A rear side inclined surface 19b of a hook portion 13 of the clip 200 presses a front side horizontal edge 21b on a ceiling surface of the clip insertion hole 7, and both connecting portions 14 of the clip 200 press vertical edges 22 of an inner wall surface of the clip insertion hole 7. The clip can easily and reliably fix a vibration generating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Daiwa Kasei Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Kabeya, Makoto Kato, Hideyuki Kawaguchi, Atsutoshi Kaji
  • Patent number: 8938854
    Abstract: Hinge, to connect flat closing element to household appliance body in correspondence to a body opening, including: first supporting structure to bind to structure or front bearing wall of the body, second supporting structure to bind to flat closing element, first and second connecting elements to connect the first and second supporting structure, and elastically deformable member interacting with at least one of the two connecting elements, to push the closing element against the body opening. The first and second connecting elements and at least first and second portions respectively of the first and second supporting structure form sides of an articulated quadrilateral lying in one or more planes, perpendicular to the flat closing element. The quadrilateral for opening and closing the closing element between operative positions has hinge elements of external portions of the first and second connecting elements to the first and second portions of the supporting structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Oreste Lanzani
  • Patent number: 8938855
    Abstract: Disclosed is a gear hinge device employed in a portable apparatus including first and second housings. The gear hinge device connects the first and second housings in such a manner such that the first and second housings can be rotated about first and second hinge axes, respectively. The gear hinge device includes: a first driving unit comprising a first driving cam gear that is rotated about the first hinge axis and a second driving unit comprising a second driving cam gear that is engaged with the first driving cam gear and rotated about the second hinge axis that is parallel to the first hinge axis and a flexible auxiliary gear that is arranged coaxially to the second driving cam gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Ho Ahn, Kun-Woo Baek
  • Patent number: 8938862
    Abstract: A lever latch/strap tie system that can include a screw-down lock mechanism that securely holds a brake plate against the strap. Generally, the strap-locking latch has a latch frame that receives a strap so that the strap lies flat against at least a portion of the latch frame. A locking lever engages the strap and presses a portion of the strap against the latch frame. A screw-down knob, or other locking knob abuts a braking plate where the braking plate is positioned above the strap. When the screw-down knob is tightened, it securely clamps the strap between the braking plate and the latch frame. The brake plate can contain at least one insert which contacts the strap when the screw-down clamp is tightened. This can be a grommet or other insert. This increases the friction and further prevents slipping. The entire product including the latch and hook can be scalable to different size straps such as 1 inch, 1.5 inches, 2 inches and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Andre' Grasso
  • Patent number: 8931145
    Abstract: A sliding controller for a zipper has a slider, a close-ended connecting rack, a U-shaped connecting sheet, an elastic plastic tab and at least three embedded through-holes. The zipper's sliding controller features lower manufacturing cost, resistance to rust, stronger robustness and longer service life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Mei-Lee Liao
  • Patent number: RE45328
    Abstract: A curl spring sash shoe cassette improves upon the suggestions of U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,353,548 and 5,463,793 by providing a mounting bracket that holds an uncurled length of the curl spring and is securely mounted on top of the shoe cassette to maintain an assembly of the shoe body, the curl spring, and the mount during shipment to a window manufacturer. The mount can receive two mounting screws to resist torque caused by curl springs and sash weight. The shoe is also improved to facilitate removal and reinsertion of sash pins into the tilt lock cams of the shoes and ensure that shoe body halves do not rotate relative to each other when sash tilting splays the body halves apart to lock them in a shoe channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Caldwell Manufacturing Company North America, LLC
    Inventor: Jeff Tuller