Patents Examined by William L. Miller
  • Patent number: 12004672
    Abstract: A package receiving device (1) for receiving a package (3) includes a mounting panel (5a), a bottom panel (5b) and at least one side panel (7). The package receiving device (1) and corresponding panels (5,7) thereof being operable in at least one first configuration where the mounting, bottom and side panels (5a,5b,7) are collapsed onto one another into a reduced space, with the at least one side panel (7) being placeable between the bottom and mounting panels (5b,5a), and being containable within a spanning width (1) defined by the bottom and mounting panels (5b,5a). The package receiving device (1) and corresponding panels (5,7) thereof being further operable in at least one second configuration where the panels (5,7) are deployed and positioned with respect to one another in order to define a containment space being shaped and sized for containing the package (3) therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: ALEXIA HOLDINGS INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Evangelidis, Angelo Pasto
  • Patent number: 12004670
    Abstract: Disclosed is an automated key and mail storage apparatus that includes a container with one open side; a flexible cover; a mail holder; and a plurality of key holders. The magnetic strip secures a plurality of keys within the key and mail storage apparatus. The keys include metal rings that adhere to the magnetic strip. The motor end brackets is attached at each end at the top of the container to support a shaft. Attached to the shaft is motor which rotates the shaft. The flexible cover is attached to shaft and rolls up and down based on the motor rotation. The mail holder is attached to the back of container to provide storage of the mails. The key holders are attached to the back of container to provide storage of the keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Inventor: Cameron Todd Gunn
  • Patent number: 11998491
    Abstract: A cremation remains storage system is a container composed of biodegradable material the interior environment of which contains a water soluble natural fiber bag, coco coir netted seed starter pellet, a tree seed and woodchip disk. The device enables a user to bury cremains in an environmentally friendly container while simultaneously planting a tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Inventor: Allison K. Root
  • Patent number: 11998132
    Abstract: A building mounted delivery management system and associated method is provided which makes use of a movable electronic delivery box (basket) moves in a path outside a multi-story residential building such as an apartment building or other residential high-rise building. The electronic delivery box is accessible only by authorized delivery personnel and correctly identified and authorized residents of the residential building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2024
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: KING FAISAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Safaa Zaky El-Said Arafa, Mamdouh Mosaad Ahmed Helali, Fatma Mohsen Shalaby
  • Patent number: 11992142
    Abstract: A mailbox assembly that may be provided on a surface and freely movable by an end user from one location to another without digging a hole for the post. The mailbox assembly includes a post, a mail receptacle on an upper poste end, and a base on a lower base end. The base includes one or more hollow cavities for retaining ballast material to thereby move a center of gravity of the mailbox assembly towards the bottom surface, such that the mailbox can withstand 100 N of force applied perpendicular to the post without toppling. The post may also have one or more cavities for holding ballast material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: THE SIMPLAY3 COMPANY
    Inventors: John Hradisky, Keary Knerem
  • Patent number: 11995938
    Abstract: A bill validator mount holds a bill validator in a bill insertion position relative to an electronic gaming machine (EGM), such that the bill validator is configured to receive a bill from a player in the bill insertion position. The mount cage assembly facilitates tilting the bill validator backward from the bill insertion position to a servicing position that allows access to the bill validator for servicing from a back of the EGM cabinet. The mount cage assembly additionally facilitates lowering the bill validator from the bill insertion position to a collections position, such that the cash box can be accessed for collections. The mount cage assembly provides a way to easily service the bill validator while keeping the cash box secure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. (ATI)
    Inventors: Donald Rodd, Timothy Barbour
  • Patent number: 11986115
    Abstract: A landing station guidance-and-security system can include an environmental cover and/or a guide-and-security bar. In some embodiments, the landing station guidance-and-security system is integrated into a parcel-receiving device. In some embodiments, the landing station guidance-and-security system is configured to attach to a parcel-receiving device. In some embodiments, the guide-and-security bar includes a precision rod. In some embodiments, a drone landing station includes: a magnetic centering mechanism configured to center a drone and/or a package; sliding dovetail doors; a plow bar; at least one roll-up door; a first storage locker; a second storage locker; and/or a solid rear door configured to block access to the second storage locker from the first storage locker when the first storage locker is being accessed by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Valqari Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Walsh, Stefan Prokuski, David Laczak, Alex Falesch
  • Patent number: 11988005
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a crypt system having a frame used as a skeleton structure upon which a fa├žade is secured. The frame includes vertical and horizontal supports, each equipped with a mechanical interconnecting arrangement that allows the frame to be assembled easily and with close tolerances. The interconnecting arrangement also provides the structural stability and integrity desired for a mausoleum or columbarium, even when the system is free-standing. Each horizontal support has a fluid channel that collects fluid (e.g., gas and/or liquid) and directs it to the vertical support in connection with the horizontal support. Each vertical support has a fluid channel to direct the gas up to a conduit that leads to outside the building that houses the crypt system. The vertical fluid channel also directs liquid down to a drain that captures the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Inventor: Raymond Conrad, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11974686
    Abstract: A method and a device used to hide packages left in a publicly accessible area such as a porch that includes using a lenticular lens array printed on a translucent or transparent sheet of material and positioned such that it is between a delivered package and a potential viewer. The device can include a plurality of sections of material to which the lenticular lens array is attached to shield the package from view from more than one direction. The lens array can be printed in different orientations to provide different visual effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Inventor: Tyler Ruble
  • Patent number: 11974685
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising: a retaining device for retaining planar items including mail and/or documents, in which mail can be located and from which mail can be collected; a control means; a sensor means for indicating to the control means information indicative of mail and/or documents having been placed in the retaining device and/or removed from the retaining device, wherein the control means is arranged to cause, in response thereto, at least one action to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Inventor: Camie Amber Crawford
  • Patent number: 11974684
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an illuminated mailbox device primarily comprised of a mailbox, at least one solar panel, at least one address plate, at least one LED light, at least one motion sensor and at least one light sensor. The at least one solar panel provides power to the LED light, which may be located on the interior surface to illuminate the interior surface and the exterior of the device to illuminate the address plate which displays the address of the house at which the device is being used. The LED light is further activated by the motion sensor that is preferably activated when the front wall is in motion and/or when the light sensor that is activated by a lack of light during dawn, dusk or night.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Inventor: Edward Warmsley
  • Patent number: 11969113
    Abstract: The present invention relates a package securing system comprising a package receptacle having an access door, a web-enabled control system, and a securing tether that is attached to the access door. The securing tether is operationally related to the securing tether actuator and repositions the access door in an open or a closed position. Upon receipt of an authorization, the access door transitions to the open position, by way of the securing tether. The open position allows the package to be inserted or removed from the package receptacle. The package is secured by transitioning the access door to the closed position, by way of the securing tether, after the package has been inserted into the package receptacle. An autonomous vehicle equipped with a vehicle web-enabled control system can make package pickups and deliveries. The autonomous vehicle can be a car, truck, drone, or other autonomous vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Inventor: Cary C Pappas
  • Patent number: 11958691
    Abstract: A rooftop package delivery receptacle for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) is transformed from a normally closed downwardly pitched transparent or translucent aesthetically acceptable rooftop aperture, appearing as an ordinary skylight, into a preferably larger substantially horizontal delivery platform providing a safe, secure, above ground location for a drone to land or tether for package delivery. Upon a wireless command signal from either an arriving UAV or a local user, the curb frame mounted receptacle containing a center pivoting platform supporting a plurality of slidably mounted panels rotates upwards and expands both longitudinally and transversely enabling a larger substantially horizontal landing area. After the package is delivered the platform contracts to its original size and continues in an upwards rotation urging the package to move inwards for collection. A pair of weatherproof accordion shaped shudders surround the openings and enclose any gaps during the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventor: David John Teoli
  • Patent number: 11959311
    Abstract: A vehicular exterior door handle assembly includes a bracket, a handle, and a clip. The handle, with the bracket mounted at an exterior door handle region of a vehicular door, is movable relative to the bracket by a user to actuate a latch mechanism for opening the door. The clip is attached at the bracket and engages a pivot end of the handle when the pivot end is inserted into the bracket, and retains the pivot end of the handle at the bracket when the pivot end of the handle is engaged with a pivot element of the bracket. The clip (i) limits movement of the handle relative to the bracket in a direction along a longitudinal axis of the bracket or handle, (ii) allows pivotal movement of the handle about the pivot element of the bracket, and (iii) allows for removal of the handle from the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Ruse, Brett A. Gorby
  • Patent number: 11957630
    Abstract: In one implementation, a casket lowering system is configured to enable the lowering of a casket into a grave and includes: a casket support system configured to support the casket and temporarily suspend the casket above the grave; an electrically-actuated brake assembly coupled to the casket support system and configured to control the rate of descent of the casket support system into the grave; and a rechargeable power source electrically coupled to the electrically-actuated brake assembly and configured to provide electrical energy to the electrically-actuated brake assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Frigid Fluid Company
    Inventors: Brian Yeazel, Marcin Sobas
  • Patent number: 11950665
    Abstract: A pendant includes a face plate and back plate for defining an internal chamber. When key portions on the face plate are positioned over key entrances of the back plate, and the face plate rotated with respect to the back plate so that the key portions rest on a top surface of the second portion of the grooves in the back plate, the pendant enters a primary locked position. When the latch of the face plate is positioned between two protruding portions of the back plate and resting on a seat location, the pendant enters a secondary locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventor: Jerry Guire
  • Patent number: 11952211
    Abstract: A controlled substance take-back kiosk has a housing that defines a secured internal kiosk storage vault. A vault door has an integrated doorjamb, and a pair of lock openings that each extend through multiple sheets of metal including both the doorjamb and door. The lock openings are shaped in the form of tapered cam-slots, and a rotating bolt arm pivots through these slots to draw the door and door jamb together. A hopper is selectively moveable between a normally closed position disallowing insertion of controlled substances into the housing interior and an open position allowing insertion of controlled substances. The hopper has an adjustable size opening with a smooth interior. A baffle has a curved cam surface that engages with the hopper, to accelerate closure of the baffle during opening of the hopper, to isolate the secured internal kiosk storage vault from the housing exterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: American RX Group, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Pietrini, Craig A. Whaley, Matthew A. Machesky
  • Patent number: 11951049
    Abstract: A combination cremation urn and ornament comprises a base adapted to receive cremation ashes therein, an upstanding post mounted to an upper surface of said base and extending upwardly therefrom, and a decorative ornament that is three-dimensional an entire 360 degrees about a vertical axis of said decorative ornament, said decorative ornament having a hole extending upwardly from a bottom thereof into said decorative ornament, said post received in said hole as said decorative ornament is positioned on said base to secure said decorative ornament to said base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Batesville Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristine Ann Reynolds, Todd Jefferey Tekulve, Gregory Wray
  • Patent number: 11954960
    Abstract: A storage stores money. An outlet can receive money delivered from the storage therein. The outlet is configured to allow the money to be removed from the inside of the outlet. A detector detects a removal action associated with removal of money from the outlet. The controller switches a process on money remaining in the outlet based on a detection result of the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Izumida, Shinsuke Shibata, Fumiaki Koga
  • Patent number: 11944217
    Abstract: A package delivery apparatus for securing delivered packages includes a flexible bag, a security strap, and a locking mechanism. The flexible bag is configured to accommodate one or more packages and includes an opening adjustable between an open position and a closed position. The security strap is integrated with the bag and cinches around the opening. The locking mechanism selectively allows the security strap to move in one direction to secure the closed position. The locking mechanism includes a housing, a lock element, a ratcheting mechanism, and a handle mechanism. The security strap extends through the housing and the ratcheting mechanism and is coupled to the handle mechanism. Moving the handle mechanism to an extended position cinches and locks the bag closed. The lock element is selectively actuated to disengage the security strap from the ratcheting mechanism and allow the bag to be re-opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventor: Cindy Sutherland