Patents Examined by William L. Miller
  • Patent number: 11672719
    Abstract: A collapsible casket viewing barrier includes a first transparent shield pivotally connected to a second transparent shield. The transparent shields are disposed within supporting frames that are connected via one or more hinges. Each supporting frame includes attached support legs, which may be telescopically adjustable and include wheels for easy transport. The first supporting frame and the second supporting frame are configured to move between a deployed configuration for use and a collapsed configuration for storage. When deployed during a funeral service, the collapsible casket viewing barrier can be positioned adjacent a casket such that the longer first transparent shield extends lengthwise along the casket while the shorter second transparent shield extends perpendicularly along the upper end of the casket. The casket is shielded in a way that allows individuals to view the deceased while reducing the transmission of germs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Inventors: Jesus Vega, Jason De Leon
  • Patent number: 11672369
    Abstract: A wall mount deposit box is provided. A housing includes a front side and a back side. A rotatable content deposit includes a content delivery door and an inner panel affixed on a proximate end at an angle to a bottom of the content delivery door, and is pivotably attached to the front side of the housing. A content slot is formed as an opening within a front surface of the housing when the rotatable content deposit is in a fully open position allowing content to be deposited through the opening over each of the inner panel and the safety arm. A content retrieval door is located below the rotatable content deposit and is pivotably attached to the front side of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Inventor: David J. Bolles
  • Patent number: 11666169
    Abstract: A package receiving device mountable to an exterior wall of a home or business structure that is collapsible into a flat stored configuration and expandable into a lockable package receiving receptacle having a rectangular volume adapted to temporarily store packages therein. Pivotable panels are adapted to allow the package receiving device to be moved between a stored configuration and expand into an in-use configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Inventor: Jeff Altmaier
  • Patent number: 11659948
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an innovative delivery receptacle for receiving objects (such as parcels and mail) deposited into the receptacle and securely storing them once deposited. The receptacle allows for the orientation of the position of an input opening and delivery door for a delivering party, such as a courier, to deposit the objects in the receptacle to be changeable with respect to the orientation of an access opening and access door for a receiving party to remove the objects. In one embodiment, the delivery door also restricts access to the deposited objects while they are deposited into the receptacle. The receptacle may be a stand-alone receptacle or it may be a structure-mounted unit, such as installed in a wall or other structure. The receptacle may comprise a separate first and second sections that may be shipped separately and assembled with the desired orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: Architectural Mailboxes, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Andrew Farentinos, Vanessa Felicia Troyer-Farentinos, Craig Ronald Steele, Taylor S. Johnson
  • Patent number: 11661781
    Abstract: The present invention relates to reliably performing an opening portion operation and a closing operation without using a cam and a member sliding on the cam, by including a body-side member fixed to a box body; a door-side member fixed to a door, a link mechanism connecting the body-side member to the door-side member, and a catch mechanism interposed between the link mechanisms, between the body-side member and the link mechanism, or between the door-side member and the link mechanism, and configured to bias the door-side member in a closing direction or an opening portion direction, wherein the catch mechanism includes a coil spring provided on one side of two members that are connected so as to be rotatable relative to each other through a shaft member, and a transfer arm configured to transfer an elastic restoring force of the coil spring to an other side of the two members, and the transfer arm is connected to be rotatable at a point spaced apart from the shaft member on the other side of the two member
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Manabu Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 11661778
    Abstract: The invention relates to an overhead door for covering a door opening comprising a door blade (11) with a plurality of panels (17), said door blade (11) being movable between a vertical, closed position and a horizontal, opened or overhead position within a side frame (12) comprising double-sided a vertical track (13) and a horizontal track (14), connected by a connecting portion (15), respectively, and with a belt (20) or a chain associated with one side each of the said side frame (12) to lift the panels (17) from said vertical position to said horizontal position. To develop the stated overhead door in a way that the advantages of a high speed rollup door and an overhead door are combined, to offer an overhead door with a low space requirement, low maintenance requirements and a high speed closing possibility, the stated overhead door comprises driving means (27) for simultaneously driving a plurality of said panels (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: Assa Abloy Entrance Systems AB
    Inventor: Friedhelm Frede
  • Patent number: 11660244
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the field of memorial or internment vessels used to store ashes of a cremated individual, pet or other precious items. The memorial internment vessel is also equipped with a battery-operated eternal flame, illumination or other lighting feature, a speaker, wireless communication module, LED lighting and remote control capability. The candle-like memorial internment vessel of the present invention allows an individual to turn on a light located along the vessel for an extended period time, while simultaneously storing the ashes of a loved one or other precious item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventors: Colin Fleumer, Michelle Royall
  • Patent number: 11653781
    Abstract: A security mailbox system known as the “Safe “4U” Mailbox”, fully enclosed mailbox which is constructed from some sort of plastic, metal, fabricated material, or some sort of environmentally friendly material. The “Safe “4U” Mailbox” is easy to install and environmentally friendly, the mailbox includes chambers for incoming mail being delivered and pick-up for outgoing mail; a slot for newspapers/advertisements on side of mailbox. Incoming mail chamber is designed for mail to go into secure basket for pick-up from rear by homeowner. Outgoing mail can be placed from the real of mailbox for pick-up by postal worker. Mailbox is cemented into the ground though poles that extend from bottom of mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Inventor: Sheila Roxann Miller
  • Patent number: 11638671
    Abstract: A container for holding the deceased or their remains having an outer surface, a lid, an opening, and one or more pegs. The outer surface made at least in part of mycelium composite and featuring a plurality of equally spaced apart grooves on at least a majority of the outer surface. The lid made at least in part of mycelium composite, wherein the lid is configured to completely seal the opening. The one or more pegs made at least in part of mycelium composite, each peg having a first end and a second end distal from the first end, the first end configured for insertion into any of the plurality of grooves, the second end including of a decorative element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Inventor: Jennifer Trammell
  • Patent number: 11633058
    Abstract: A self-service parcel cabinet, comprising: a main-body part (1), a sorting apparatus (2), a parking apparatus (3), and a control device. The main-body part is a hollow structure opened at the top. At least part of the hollow structure is formed by multiple self-service parcel lockers (11) surroundingly arranged. The parking apparatus is provided on top of the main-body part and comprises a drone landing pad (31). Provided on the drone landing pad is a channel allowing passing of a parcel delivered by the drone and directly facing the opening at the top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: Xi'an Jingdong Tianhong Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xuejun Sun, Yong Sun, Yuping Shi, Zheng Cui, Yanguang Liu
  • Patent number: 11627823
    Abstract: The automated package delivery receptacle provides a faster, easier, more delivery-person friendly, and more reliable method of ensuring that packages delivered to unattended locations are not stolen by porch pirates. The receptacle automatically detects any package that is placed on top of it. As soon as the person who delivered the package has departed, the top surface lifts up above the body of the receptacle, rotates to a vertical position, and drops the package into the interior compartment. The top then reverses its motion and returns to its resting horizontal position, locked and ready for another delivery. The receptacle's mechanism does not encroach at all on the receptable's interior compartment space while cycling. It is powered by a 12-volt automobile type battery connected to a motor controller that is programmed to drive a high-speed linear actuator to complete its open/close cycle in less than twenty seconds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Inventor: Robert Steven Markman
  • Patent number: 11625969
    Abstract: An economic self-service terminal with simple but high safety features is described here.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: Cleveron AS
    Inventors: Remi Lössov, Anu Koppel, Ott Pabut, Rein Saetalu, Arno Kütt, Mihkel Ilp
  • Patent number: 11622902
    Abstract: A biodegradable burial container to be disposed under a ground surface at roots of a plant, the biodegradable burial container including a main body to receive a corpse therein and decompose the corpse in response to contact with the corpse, such that the decomposition of the corpse nourishes the plant, and a vegetation layer disposed within at least a portion of the main body to retain moisture within the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Inventor: Karen Laranjeira
  • Patent number: 11617465
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an article storage and retrieval apparatus, including a frame body, configured to be fixed on a vertical mounting surface; a cap body, the cap body, hinged with the frame body at upper end, left end or right end to rotate to open and close; and an accommodating box, arranged in a space formed between the frame body and the cap body, adopting a foldable structure and configured to be unfolded alter the cap body is opened relative to the frame body to form a space for accommodating articles and allow the cap body to be closed relative to the frame body after being folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Inventors: Yafang Zhang, Jun Xiao, Hui Wang, Zongjing Yu, Jian Zhang
  • Patent number: 11615667
    Abstract: A modular system of locker banks for receipt and delivery of packages is described. The system may include associate modules each having one or more lockers and a control board in communication with each of the lockers in the module. Each locker may include a locker board having a processor and memory configured to control operation of the locker. Each locker may include a lock and a light. The system may further include one or more control modules, each having the above components and further including a kiosk having one or more input and output devices for entering information to the module for controlling operation of the system. The modular system may be connected to a server and/or an administrator terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Digilock Asia Ltd.
    Inventors: Asil Gokcebay, Ali Ozhan, An Zhang
  • Patent number: 11613922
    Abstract: A guide system includes a first guide rail for guiding a door wing, a second guide rail for guiding the door wing. A carrier can move the door wing relative to the second guide rail in a direction extending transversely to the longitudinal direction of the first guide rail. A drive device has a force storage member, and the carrier can be at least partially ejected by the drive device from the retracted position of the carrier by a force of the force storage member. The drive device includes a coupling portion and a control curve, and the coupling portion and the control curve are decoupled over a large part of the movement of the carrier between the extended position and the retracted position. The carrier can be retracted into the retracted position starting from a position immediately before the retracted position when the coupling portion couples with the control curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: JULIUS BLUM GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias Rupp, Christian Hauer, Hermann Haemmerle, Ingo Gasser, Franz Kohlweiss
  • Patent number: 11596254
    Abstract: A notification apparatus and method for a package receptacle, such as a mailbox, including a receiving door with a closure lip, a mounting plate, a notification flap, and a self-contained spring loaded hinge between the mounting plate and the notification flap. The mounting plate is securable to a mailbox with at least a portion of the notification flap securable under a door of the mailbox, and, when the door is opened, the flap rotates approximately 90-degrees about the hinge toward the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Inventor: Gregory A. Jennings
  • Patent number: 11598132
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a system for providing substantially 180 degrees, or more, of rotation between a sheet metal door mounted on a sheet metal sidewall of a chassis, relative to the chassis. The system includes a first and a second shaft passing through a module positioned between the door and the sidewall, whereby the door rotates about the two shafts, where the two shafts are not axially aligned. The chassis may hold sleds of a server, and the door may further comprise multiple linking modules, such that the sleds are coupled to the linking modules when the door is in a closed position, and the sleds are slid home within the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Inventors: Yaw-Tzorng Tsorng, Chun Chang, Ching-Cheng Kung
  • Patent number: 11590042
    Abstract: A novel technique for the fabrication of a casket dome lid from, for example, Smooth-One-Side (“S1S”) hardboard is disclosed. The invention is also directed to the fabrication of a casket lid which has a domed configuration both in the lateral and longitudinal directions of the lid. The method comprises the steps of providing a lid blank having a first end, second end, and a central region; providing a pair of diagonal voids oriented at corners of the first end of said blank and extending inward toward the central region; placing the lid blank in a vacuum fixture; and flexing the lid blank into a domed configuration via the vacuum fixture, such that the blank is domed in both a longitudinal and a transverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Matthews International Corporation
    Inventor: Leland D. Ozbun
  • Patent number: 11583122
    Abstract: A postal and package receptacle includes a main body that has an open top and a lid over the top that is movable between an open position and a closed position. The lid is moved from the open to the closed position upon receiving an open command via a wireless communication, whereupon a package can be placed in the interior of the main body. After a package is placed in the interior of the main body, the lid can be closed. A drone can be programmed to deliver a package to the postal and package receptacle and upon arriving at the location of the postal and package receptacle, the drone can communicate with the postal and package receptacle to issue the open and close commands, accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Inventors: Orlando Rogers, Juan Enrique Perez