Patents Examined by William L. Miller
  • Patent number: 11363901
    Abstract: A security access control insert is provided for installation in curbside mailboxes. The security access control insert prevents tampering or theft of delivered mail. The security access control insert may be sold as part of a mailbox, or as a retrofit kit that may be added to a previously installed mailbox. The security access control insert provides a lockable door with a specific supplied access key. A second access key provided to an authorized mail carrier agency or delivery service may be a master key or passkey that is able to open many different customer mailboxes equipped with the security access control insert. The security access control insert may be formed of sheet-metal construction, aluminum, galvanized steel, or may be formed from molded plastic or composite materials. The security access control insert has a shape that matches the interior cross-section of the mailbox to which the insert will be installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Brad St. Cyr
  • Patent number: 11364169
    Abstract: A method for preparing a likeness of a deceased human or animal, incorporating said human or animal's cremains in the likeness, prepared on a surface, is disclosed. The method allows for a surface to be prepared with at least one layer of adhesive, to which the cremains are attached to create a substantially surface, which is used to prepare the likeness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Heide Hatry
  • Patent number: 11363902
    Abstract: Theft-resistant enclosure systems may include an enclosure having an enclosure interior. An enclosure door may be carried by the enclosure. The enclosure door may be selectively positional in opened and closed positions and selectively lockable in the closed position. At least one enclosure mount member may extend through the enclosure interior of the enclosure. At least one anchoring device may anchor the at least one enclosure mount member outside the enclosure interior of the enclosure. At least one enclosure mounting assembly may be disposed in the enclosure interior of the enclosure. The at least one enclosure mounting assembly may secure the enclosure to the at least one enclosure mount member. Theft-resistant enclosure installation methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Robert Dakotah Durante
  • Patent number: 11357350
    Abstract: An ecologically sound and environmentally friendly mailbox apparatus comprising a traditional mailbox; a shredding device affixed to the underside of the mailbox; a hollow tube, having a first end and a second end; a hollow receptacle for collecting shredded material, and that is connected to the shredding device by way of the hollow tube, where the first end of the hollow tube is connected to the shredding device and the second end of the hollow tube is directed downward and is connected to the receptacle; and a vertically positioned pole located adjacent to the mailbox and the receptacle, whereby the mailbox and the receptacle are individually connected to the pole by a fastening means that holds the entire apparatus together. This apparatus allows an end user to shred junk mail before leaving his mailbox and prevent clutter in his home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventor: Sabrina Butler
  • Patent number: 11350782
    Abstract: A remote-controlled mailbox is provided. The device includes a mailbox housing having an open front end and a front door pivotally affixed thereto, wherein the front door selectively closes the front end. A post is affixed to a base of the mailbox housing. A frame is affixed to a lower end of the post, wherein the frame movably engages a track. Upon actuation of a motor of a mechanical drive system, the frame moves along the track, thereby moving the post and mailbox housing in kind. A remote device includes a plurality of controls thereon, wherein the plurality of controls is operably connected to the motor. Upon actuation of the plurality of controls, the mechanical drive system selectively moves the frame along the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventor: Doug Beam, Sr.
  • Patent number: 11352823
    Abstract: A stowage bin assembly includes a bin bucket assembly having a bin bucket which includes at least one sidewall, the at least one sidewall including a notch and the at least one sidewall having an interior surface. The stowage bin assembly also includes at least one hinge assembly. The at least one hinge assembly includes a housing which is received in the notch, the housing having an interior surface, wherein the interior surface of the housing is substantially flush with the interior surface of the at least one sidewall when the housing of the at least one hinge assembly is received in the notch. The stowage bin assembly also includes a stowage bin door pivotably coupled to the bin bucket assembly via the at least one hinge assembly, the stowage bin door moveable between an open position and a closed position. Related components, assemblies, and devices are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Harper Engineering Company
    Inventors: David Chadwell, Richard J. LaConte
  • Patent number: 11352754
    Abstract: A mailbox shield that includes first and second panels connected to one another forming an angle therebetween. The first and second panels are held in place by a plurality of wires therebetween and a post that is adjustable in height and is adapted to be inserted into a ground surface adjacent to a mailbox and is designed to deflect snow and ice being thrown or piled upon the mailbox by a passing snow plow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventor: Harold Emery Parker, III
  • Patent number: 11344144
    Abstract: A storage container securable to the exterior of a home, office or other building for enclosing one or more packages is disclosed herein. The container may be coupled to a door or window of the building without destruction of the exterior surface of the door or window. The storage container may be sized and shaped for various sized packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventor: Benjamin Kristopher Curtis
  • Patent number: 11344464
    Abstract: A cloth assembly for a casket includes a first fabric segment, a second fabric segment, and a substrate. The first fabric segment has a first length and a first width, and the second fabric segment having a second length and a second width. The substrate has a third length and a third width. The first lengthwise edge of the first fabric segment is secured to the substrate along the third length of the substrate, such that the second lengthwise edge of the first fabric segment can be disposed beyond at least one lengthwise edge of the substrate. The first lengthwise edge of the second fabric segment is secured to the substrate along the third length of the substrate, such that the second lengthwise edge of the second fabric segment can be disposed beyond the at least one lengthwise edge of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Vandor Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin F. Davis, Gerald H. Davis
  • Patent number: 11346150
    Abstract: A smart door control system for securely receiving a delivery item and controlling access between an interior space and an exterior space, the system comprising a smart door with an access opening and a movable access panel which selectively blocks or permits passage through the access opening. The smart door further has a control module adapted to receive delivery data identifying one or more authorized items, and a scanning device adapted to read a delivery identifier found on the delivery item. The smart door is adapted to reveal the access opening upon the delivery item being matched with one of the authorized items. The access panel is adapted to variably control the size of the access opening in proportion to the dimensions of the delivery item. The system further comprises a user device allowing a user to remotely receive status alerts from the smart door and issue user commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventor: Christopher Andrew Johnston
  • Patent number: 11346260
    Abstract: A metallic bushing that deforms under a force applied substantially parallel to its central longitudinal axis and then expands radially to take up the gap between a support bolt and a rocker arm shaft in an internal combustion engine in order to eliminate unwanted motion and subsequent excess engine noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventor: John P. Lindsay
  • Patent number: 11344143
    Abstract: This present application relates to a movable tray for use with a mailbox, as well as a kit, to allow an individual to retrofit a mailbox to accommodate the moveable tray of the present invention. The moveable tray of the present invention has a low coefficient of friction and may use a system of rails and channels to allow easy pulling of the moveable tray from the mailbox to retrieve the contents of the mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventor: John Wilson
  • Patent number: 11337538
    Abstract: A retractable arm device, system, and method with a locking mechanism for preventing items placed in a device or receptacle from getting stuck, damaged, or torn. The retractable arm includes an inner tube, a pawl, and an outer tube surrounding the inner tube. The inner tube slides within the outer tube and the pawl preventing the retractable arm from moving into an extended position under particular conditions. The retractable arm may be placed in a receptacle for items to prevent the door from being reopened before the door is fully closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Joram Shenhar, Joel Locknauth Dewnandan, William Albert Tartal
  • Patent number: 11330926
    Abstract: A selectively securable container apparatus and method consists of a container with a lid where the container is sealed from opening when the lid is in a closed and locked position. A hook with a first size and an extension with a first end and a second end and a length, where the length has a second size and where the second size of the length is smaller than the first size of the hook, where the first end is connected with the container and the second end is connected with the hook and where the smaller second size of the length of the extension fits between a space between the bottom of a first object and the top of a second object but the first size of the hook is larger than the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventor: Jon K. Root
  • Patent number: 11324349
    Abstract: An extendable and resilient mailbox is implemented in which the mailbox can revertibly extend outward to improve accessibility to the mailbox during heavy snowfall. The extendable mailbox is also configured with break-away action which enables the mailbox to laterally move and resiliently revert (or “break away”) to a base position. For example, when a snow plow inadvertently crashes into the extended mailbox, the mailbox will laterally move in the direction of the encounter to reduce the chances of or prevent the mailbox's destruction. Once the snow plow has passed or at least is no longer clashing with the mailbox, the extendable mailbox reverts back to its base position in which it is aligned with the mailbox post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventors: Catherine Grant, Jason McGrath
  • Patent number: 11318061
    Abstract: The funeral tray can have an elongated bottom and an upwardly projecting wall peripheral to the bottom and leading to a raised rim, defining a concave shape sized and configured to receive the body of a deceased person, the upwardly projecting wall and the bottom being integral to one another and made of bio-based material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: CERCUEILS CONCEPT INC.
    Inventor: Jean-François Houde
  • Patent number: 11311443
    Abstract: A method of assembling a casket assembly includes folding a left end of one side panel toward a main body portion to form part of a head end of the casket assembly. The method also includes folding a right end of the side panel toward the main body portion to form part of a foot end of the casket assembly. Another side panel is folded the same way, and also forms part of both the head end and the foot end. The method includes arranging the first side panel and the second side panel within a base of the casket assembly, and removably coupling a lid of the casket assembly to the side panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Vandor Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald H. Davis, Gary L. Cox
  • Patent number: 11311132
    Abstract: A package-receiving container includes: a receptacle portion; a lid portion coupled to the receptacle portion and configured to control access to a receptacle volume associated with the receptacle portion; and a tether coupled to the receptacle portion, the lid portion, or a combination thereof; wherein: the tether is configured to engage at least one of: a door and a door jamb; and the package-receiving container is configured to receive a package within the receptacle volume. The package-receiving container may further include electronics features for smart home integration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Ahmad Eivaz
  • Patent number: 11284732
    Abstract: A parcel box includes a lid, a container, and a self-closing module. The self-closing module is connected to the lid and includes a contacting part arranged inside the container. When a parcel is placed into the container, the contacting part is pushed downward, and the lid-closing module drives the lid to close on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventor: Paul John McCloskey, III
  • Patent number: 11285067
    Abstract: A repository system includes a first repository side panel including a plurality of first memorial apertures and a second repository side panel including a plurality of second memorial apertures. The first and second repository side panels interfacing at a corner region. A first corner portion of the first memorial apertures of the first repository side panel and a second corner portion of the second memorial apertures of the second repository panel neighbor each other in the corner region. The first memorial apertures of the first corner portion and the second memorial apertures of the second corner portion have vertical positions that are offset in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventor: Scott S. Conrad