Patents Examined by Victor Sakran
  • Patent number: 8458865
    Abstract: A paper yard bag 28 securing device consisting of a cylindrical shape adapted to fit over the corners of two or more bags 28. Two cross-sectional cuts 20a and 20b form four symmetrical legs 14a, 14b, 14c, and 14d and a body 12. Each of the four legs 14a, 14b, 14c, and 14d has a convex radius 18a, 18b, 18c, and 18d facilitating the easy insertion of a group of corners of two or more bags 28. This mechanism serves to both maximize the opening of the bags 28 and secure a plurality of bags 28 adjacent to one another greatly reducing the time to fill yard waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin Williams
  • Patent number: 7107657
    Abstract: A vertically positioned, lanyard, releasing breakaway buckle including a keeper and a secure. The keeper has a rear wall, side walls and a floor. A cover, to which a lanyard is secured, is hinged to the keeper and spaced apart from the floor. The cover defines an elongated slot. Apertures are formed inward from the side walls such that a strap may be fed through the apertures to vertically orient the buckle on a strap. The cover has a caming surface formed on the under surface of the cover, and which caming surface terminates in locking surface. An opening formed in the cover. A secure part includes a base, and a tongue section extending from the base. The tongue section has parallel guide arms extending from the rear wall forwardly, and terminating in leading ends, a member secured to the guide arms, and a caming surface formed in the tongue section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Inventor: Frank A. Howell
  • Patent number: 6964085
    Abstract: A storage system having a releasably mounted mounting clip that can be connected to a wall stud or ceiling joist. A variety of storage components can be joined to the mounting clip. The mounting clip can also be used to join boards and panels to construct furniture and stand-alone storage units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Inventor: James C. Boda
  • Patent number: 6959470
    Abstract: An apparatus for releasably securing a line having a cross sectional thickness and at least one free end. The fastener has a shaft dimensioned for wrapping the line around the shaft. The shaft has a pair of ends at least one of which includes: an insertion structure extending from the end that defines an insertion opening and a retaining structure extending from the end a distance greater than the cross sectional thickness of the line. The retaining structure defines a retention aperture operably dimensioned smaller than the cross sectional thickness of the line. When the free end of the line is inserted through the opening, positioned adjacent the shaft, wrapped around the shaft and positioned in the retention aperture, the line is thereby releasably secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Pigtail Fastener Company
    Inventors: Stephen D. Kuslich, Francis Peterson
  • Patent number: 6954969
    Abstract: A reclosable fastener strip for securing to a film web comprises first and second flangeless, elongated profile strip having a plurality of interlocking hooks, recesses and protuberances. Each hook, as extruded, has a half arrowhead-shaped tip, a concave or partial-concave tail, and a generally upstanding neck connecting the tip and tail. Each recess has a base with a pair of generally upstanding neck elements disposed on opposite ends of the base. The base does not extend laterally beyond the neck elements. Each protuberance, as extruded, has a rounded tip, a concave or partial-concave tail, and a generally upstanding neck portion connecting the tip and tail. The profile strips are readily secured to the web without entrapping air between the profile strips and the film web and form an airtight and watertight seal. The interlocking hooks, recesses and protuberances are dimensioned to provide and airtight and watertight seal upon interconnection thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: Com-Pac International, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory S. Sprehe
  • Patent number: 6941622
    Abstract: A hook is capable of hooking a chain at a desired length. The hook comprises a hook body, and a buckle above the hook body. The buckle has a U shape opening. Width of the shape opening is confined by the size of a chain to be hung. The buckle, has a penetrating groove which penetrates two inner sides of the buckle and one outer side of the buckle. A spring and a movable shaft pass through the penetrating groove. The movable shaft is positioned by a pin so that the spring is compressed by the movable shaft and the movable shaft will not drop out of the buckle. A notch is formed at a predetermined portion of the movable shaft. A semi-round groove is formed at a coupling portion of the buckle and the notch, and the semi-round groove is positioned across the two inner sides of the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Inventor: Rung Te Hung
  • Patent number: 6928705
    Abstract: A resilient clip for engaging a structure and having a body portion (22) with a pair of top flanges (24), a pair of fastening fingers (26) and a pair of abutting coupling flanges (28). Each of the fastening fingers (26) are coupled to the body portion (22) that is coupled to an associated top flange (24). Each of the abutting flanges (26) has a concave surface, which engages the mounting structure. The fastening finger (26) portions are configured to engage a first side of a mounting flange on an interior trim component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Robert Williams Osterland, Jeff A. Slobodecki
  • Patent number: 6907646
    Abstract: A seatbelt buckle apparatus includes a buckle assembly for latching or unlatching a tongue connected to a seatbelt, a hall sensor assembly including contact and non-contact switched integrated into one unit, which is coupled with the buckle assembly, and for operating together with the buckle assembly to detect the locking or unlocking state thereof to generate at least two control signals; an upper case and a lower case coupled to each other for receiving the buckle assembly and the hall sensor assembly, in which the lower case includes a device for determining the position of the hall sensor assembly and fixing it thereon; the frame includes a device for determining the position of the hall sensor assembly and fixing it thereto; and an ejector including a second permanent magnet to cooperate with the hall sensor responsive to the movement thereof and a pair of leg portions projected from a lower surface thereof to cooperate with the movable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Delphi Automotive Systems Sungwoo Corporation
    Inventors: Jae Ho Lee, Chan Woo Choi
  • Patent number: 6907647
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ringless eyelet (10?) comprising a plate (11) arranged on the display side (23) of the carrier strip (20), and a tube-shaped collar penetrating the hole in the carrier strip. The hem of the collar of the eyelet element (10?) is supported on the rear side (24) of the carrier strip (20). The aim of the invention is to connect the eyelet to the carrier strip (20) faster and in a more cost-effective manner. In order to achieve this, the free end part of the collar of the eyelet element (10?) is provided with projections (16). An essentially closed ring profile (50), into which the collar projections (16) are integrated, is created when the collar is hemmed. After hemming, pressure points (40) are created on the carrier strip (20) between the collar projections (16) and the abutment surfaces (49) formed by the plate (11), said pressure points reliably holding the carrier strip (20). Said carrier strip (20) extends namely inside (51) the ring profile (50) beyond the pressure points (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: William Prym GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Heinz-Dieter Kopatz
  • Patent number: 6901637
    Abstract: A reclosable fastener assembly (10) for use in the manufacture of a plastic bag (30). The fastener assembly (10) includes a zipper (18) with a seal feature on a web flange (24) extending from an interlocking member (26) of a profile (28) of the zipper (18). The web flange (24) is bent at a lower portion of the web flange (24) upward to the interlocking member (26). At the lower portion, an interior face (32) of the web flange (24) is sealed to an opposite interior face (33) to form a flange seal (31). The bend (35) of the lower portion includes a weakness area (34) which, in concert with the flange seal (31), acts as a barrier and a tamper-evident feature. After the flange seal (31) is initially torn open, the weakness area (34) may be torn open to access the plastic bag (30). A method for making a reclosable plastic bag (30) is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Zdenek Machacek
  • Patent number: 6901638
    Abstract: An antitheft retainer clip according to this invention is a retainer clip 1, with which slits 3 are provided in inserted parts 2 so as to form press-contacting parts 4 and auxiliary parts 5, and comprises the press-contacting parts, which are formed to be substantially the same in width as upper parts of cylinder slits 9, raised parts 10, which are put in pressed contact against the upper parts of the cylinder slits, and inclining parts 11, which are provided continuous to the raised parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Thuou Hatujyo Kougyou Kabusiki Kaisya
    Inventors: Yuichi Itou, Kouki Gotou
  • Patent number: 6898826
    Abstract: A ladder strap (150) is made by joining—for example, by co-molding—a first, relatively supple material, defining a lower strap portion (155) with a second, relatively hard material defining an upper strap portion (165). The teeth (167) of the ladder strap are comprises substantially of the harder, second material. In a preferred embodiment, the first and second materials are thermoplastic urethanes, and the co-molding is done using an injection molding process. The co-molding process may be accomplished with co-injection, wherein the two materials are injected at about the same time, or the first material may be injected into a first mold cavity and allowed to partially set, after which the cavity is modified to accommodate the second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: K-2 Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander D. Draper, Nigel Bruce Edward Steere, Kenneth Wayne Heinle
  • Patent number: 6886223
    Abstract: The invention provides a cord tying-up connecting device including a first component (1) having a groove. One end of first component (1) includes an insertion end for insertion of a heald into the groove, while the other end includes a cam for connection with second component (2). Second component (2) is formed by a hollow body including a bilaterally coincident cam which engages with the cam for first component (1). A third component (3) includes a through-with hole and a shoulder for engagement with second component (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Textilma AG
    Inventors: Jan Lemfeld, Vaclav Kubica
  • Patent number: 6880211
    Abstract: There is provided an improved tab member for a closure system comprising a tab portion and a slot member. The slot member includes a slit or a loop, with the slot located between an inboard portion and an outboard portion. The tab portion has a tab member having a length, an inner edge, an outer edge and at least one lip portion. The tab member outer edge is passed through the slot of the slot member to engage the fastening device. Once passed through the slot, at least one lip portion of the tab member overlaps or catches the outboard portion of the slot member to prevent the tab member from disengaging from the slot member. The slot member outward portion is retained between the lip portion(s) and the underlying generally flexible tab carrier substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Byron M. Jackson, Leigh E. Wood, Randall L. Alberg
  • Patent number: 6877193
    Abstract: A releasable fastener system comprises a loop portion and a hook portion. The loop portion includes a support and a loop material disposed on one side thereof whereas the hook portion includes a support and a plurality of closely spaced upstanding hook elements extending from one side thereof. When the hook portion and loop portion are pressed together they interlock to form a releasable engagement. The resulting joint created by the engagement is relatively resistant to shear and pull forces and weak in peel strength forces. The hook elements are formed of a magnetorheological elastomer that provides a change in shape orientation and/or flexural modulus of the hook elements. In this manner, the shape orientation and/or flexural modulus of the hook elements can be remotely changed to provide a reduction or magnification in the shear and/or pull-off forces in addition to providing variable damping capabilities to the fastener system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Robert A. Ottaviani, John C. Ulicny, Mark A. Golden
  • Patent number: 6877191
    Abstract: An improved band clamp for securely clamping the end of a flexible hose to one of at least a rigid pipe, a cast outlet of a radiator, a charge air cooler and a turbocharger in order to prevent fluid communication between the two. The improved band clamp includes a clamp band which is configured to circumvent a substantial portion of the hose. The clamp band defines first and second ends, each of which is defined by a terminal portion of the clamp band folded over on itself to define a double thickness, and then formed in an arcuate configuration away from the center of the clamp band. A spline is provided for being received between each of the first and second ends of the clamp band. First and second spacers are provided on the outer sides of the clamp band first and second ends. The first spacer, each of the first and second clamp band ends, and the spline each define an opening to cooperatively receive a bolt. The second spacer defines a threaded opening to receive the bolt in threaded engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: DWWS, LLC
    Inventors: Dan T. Logan, Steven E. Yates
  • Patent number: 6877190
    Abstract: A strap fastener intended for locking at least one strap tightenably arranged in the strap fastener. The locking of the strap or each of the straps is effected by means of a leaf spring (1) and a roller (2, 3) rotatably arranged in some distance from an end edge (4, 5) of the leaf spring (1). The distance is adapted in such a manner that the strap or each of the straps during the locking may be clamped between the respective roller (2, 3) and edge (4, 5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Inventor: Jan Gisle Berger
  • Patent number: 6874210
    Abstract: A clipping device (2) and method of use wherein the clipping device (2) comprises a hook (4) for attachment to a supporting bar or other device. The hook (4) has a shank end (6) and a curved end (8). A two-way gate (10) having an upper end (12) and a lower end (14) is pivotally coupled to the shank end (6) of the hook (4). The upper end (12) of the two-way gate (10) is adjacent to the curved end (8) of the hook (4) and forms an openable mouth (16). A method for using the clipping device (2) comprises attaching the clipping device (2) to a support by pressing the upper end (12) of the two-way gate (10) against the support causing movement of the two-way gate (10) inward providing passage (16) for the support into said hook (4). The clipping device (2) is detached from the support by pressing the upper end (12) of the two-way gate (10) against the support, causing movement of the two-way gate (10) outward, providing passage (16) for the support out of the hook (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Whitmar, Inc.
    Inventor: Claude H. Whitby
  • Patent number: 6868588
    Abstract: Assemblies comprising a fastener, which has engagement springs in opposite sides of the fastener. Each engagement spring has an engagement region comprising a hindrance portion, which increases considerably the removal to insertion force ratio as compared to such ratio in the absence of the hindrance portion, thus permitting very easy insertion with considerably more difficult removal of the fastener from the slot of a panel, which provides an efficient ergonomically balanced removal to insertion force ratio. The hindrance portion comprises ripples or other hindrance elements of unexpectedly minute dimensions for providing this efficient ergonomic force balance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Termax Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Walter Smith, Lawrence John Conway, Edward Sacha, Paul Lester Clemens, Mark Fleydervish, Richard H. Ducato, Eustathios Vassiliou
  • Patent number: 6868587
    Abstract: An improved strap tensioner that allows a user to manually shorten the strap by applying greater tension on the strap and easily lengthening the strap after being tightened. The tensioner includes a tension lever, an intermediate member, and a brake lever all pivotally mounted on a rigid base. The tension lever and brake member are longitudinally aligned on opposite sides of the rigid base. Formed on the tension lever is a transversely aligned clamping flange that extends under the strap when longitudinally extended through the rigid base. Formed on the intermediate member and disposed above the clamping flange is a first cam surface that forms a slot for the strap to extend through. The brake lever includes a second cam surface that is spaced above the front flange member to form a second slot. During operation, the brake lever is rotated to press the second cam surface against the front flange member to temporarily hold the strap inside the rigid base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Inventor: Roy Rard