Patents Examined by William L. Miller
  • Patent number: 10342374
    Abstract: A mailbox accessory assembly having novel guide channels for providing interchangeable message panels is provided. The mailbox assembly can be incorporated into a mailbox so that the moving of the mailbox door to a closed condition secures the message panels within the mailbox accessory assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Anthony Robert Lancellotti
  • Patent number: 10344797
    Abstract: A hinge with multiple preset positions is described. According to various embodiments, the hinge mechanism enables a support component to be adjustably attached to an apparatus, such as a computing device. In at least some embodiments, the hinge mechanism utilizes preset hinge positions that enable the support component to be placed at different preset positions. For instance, the hinge mechanism is configured such that an attached support component tends to “snap” into various preset positions. In at least some embodiments, the hinge mechanism includes an emergency escape position that enables the support component to be rotated beyond normal operating positions without damaging the support component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel C. Park
  • Patent number: 10349543
    Abstract: An assembly structure is formed of generally rigid layers of material bonded to generally flexible layers so as to form apparatus including hinges, bearings, and other translating and rotating subunits along with embedded functional devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Vibrant Composites Inc.
    Inventors: Pratheev Sabaratnam Sreetharan, Andrew Baisch
  • Patent number: 10342373
    Abstract: A support member is for a door assembly of a mailbox. The mailbox includes an enclosure member and a panel member coupled to the enclosure member. The door assembly has a door member coupled to the panel member. The support member includes a body portion structured to be coupled to the door member; and a flange portion extending outwardly from the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SOLAR GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Virgil Keith Clark, Jeremy D'len Dickens, J. Derrick Dry, Brian Lavon Roney, Kenneth Ray Smith
  • Patent number: 10327458
    Abstract: A memorial item is provided which comprises a mixture of animal feed and cremated human remains in the form of ashes. The mixture is edible to animals, and is intended to allow a deceased to return to nature in a natural manner. The memorial feed item may be formed as a block for feed items such as a bird feeder or mineral lick, or may be pelletized for other animal feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: James Rassman
  • Patent number: 10327592
    Abstract: A pivoting device includes a first body, a second body pivoted to the first body and rotatable about a pivoting axis, and a limiting unit for limiting a pivoting angle of the second body relative to the first body and having a limiting member. The first body has first and second radial stop surfaces. The limiting member is movable relative to the first body between first and second limiting states, where the limiting member is rotatable along with the second body in a circumferential direction of the pivoting axis and is respectively limited by the first and second radial stop surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Tsann Kuen (Zhangzhou) Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Qinghui Wu
  • Patent number: 10327973
    Abstract: A device and method for scattering cremation ashes including an elongated container body having a receiving space and a scattering element, the device configured as a walking stick and having an actuator for scattering cremation ashes present in the container body upon actuating the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Bart Stok, Henricus Johannes Antonius Maria Tibosch
  • Patent number: 10334749
    Abstract: A mobility apparatus. The mobility apparatus may include a continuous fixed-length rail attached horizontally to a bottom structural member of the front or the rear of a server rack. The continuous fixed-length rail exceeds a width of the server rack by an equal amount on either side of the server rack. The mobility apparatus also includes a lower rail portion attached to a lower edge of the continuous fixed-length rail; a raised rail portion attached to an extended length of each portion of the continuous fixed-length rail; and at least one wheel attached to an underside of each end of the extended length of the continuous fixed-length rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric A. Eckberg, Cody J. Erie, Michael J. MacPherson, Stephen P. Mroz, Christopher L. Tuma
  • Patent number: 10329087
    Abstract: A transport container includes a frame structure, a housing, and an extendable and retractable platform that is movable between a retracted position and an extended position. Spaced apart shelves are disposed at opposite sides of the housing and are adjustable between a lowered position, where the support surfaces are at or near a level of the platform, and a raised position, where the support surfaces are raised above the platform. Articles are placed on the extended platform and then the platform is retracted so that the first articles are disposed partially over the support surfaces of the shelves. The shelves are raised to the raised position to raise the plurality of first articles above the platform, whereby the platform is extended to have a plurality of second articles placed thereon and retracted so that the second articles are disposed on the platform below the shelves and the first articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Jerry D. Holman
  • Patent number: 10321780
    Abstract: The present invention is a device that assists with securing packages of varying sizes to the door or a home, apartment, or business. The device is capable of collapsing when not in use or while hanging on the user's door. Once a package is delivered and dropped into the secured apparatus, only the user will have access to the package by unlocking a pick-up door located on the device's bottom enclosure and retrieving the package from an interior bag. The user may additionally provide an enlarged bag to hang and secure to the outside of the device, if the package is expected to be too large to fit within the bottom enclosure of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Raymond James
  • Patent number: 10314424
    Abstract: A mailbox comprises a box body with a door having a lock, a mailbox unlocking code input device for inputting an unlocking code to unlock the mailbox, a communication module for communicating with a remote management terminal, a storage module at the mailbox or the remote management terminal for storing one or more preset mailbox unlocking codes, and a processor at the mailbox or the remote management terminal for identifying whether the input mailbox unlocking code matches the one or more preset mailbox unlocking codes, and issuing a mailbox unlocking instruction if matching. The processor comprises a mailbox unlocking code management circuit used to invalidate the matched mailbox unlocking code after the mailbox is unlocked, generate a new mailbox unlocking code when no valid mailbox unlocking code is currently available, and store the new mailbox unlocking code in the storage. The mailbox can safely, conveniently and automatically receive and/or send mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Suzhou Dewo Smart System Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiaoju Geng
  • Patent number: 10309139
    Abstract: Provided is a guide roller for a vehicular slide door. The guide roller has an annular metal inner ring; a retainer holding a bearing; an annular metal outer ring and a sliding layer including a synthetic resin. When the sliding layer is sectionalized into a sliding surface side area, an intermediate area and an interface side area, from the sliding surface to an interface with the outer ring, the synthetic resins in the sliding surface side area, the intermediate area and the interface side area have, respectively, a degree of crystallizations X1, X2 and X3 and nanoindenter hardnesses Y1, Y2 and Y3 wherein X2?X1 is less than 5%, and X2?X3 is less than 5% and wherein Y2 is not less than 115% of Y1, and Y2 is not less than 115% of Y3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Takayoshi Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 10299617
    Abstract: An expandable large package receiver that is placed on a vertical support outside of a business or residence. The expandable large package receiver has a vertical support. A vertical 4-sided frame is mounted on the vertical support. A pair of 4-sided mounts insert within the vertical 4-sided frame. A scissor connector connects the 4-sided mounts to each other when placed within the vertical 4-sided frame. A pair of 4-sided doors, each door attaches to each 4-sided mount. A pair of expandable domed structures, each domed structure attaches to each 4-sided mount via a set of pivots. And, a pair of handles, each handle attaches to each pivot, and each handle moves each pivot in a manner that opens and closes each domed structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Pedro Jaime Castellanos
  • Patent number: 10301858
    Abstract: Technologies are described for a hinge mechanism coupled to at least a dual-display device wherein the displays can rotate with respect to each other through 360 degrees. The hinge mechanism has at least one flexible connection member that follows a generally S-shaped path when the displays are in a tablet position. In some embodiments, a second flexible connection member can be added that follows a mirrored S-shaped path. The S-shaped path of the first flexible connection member and the mirrored S-shape path of the second flexible connection member together create a cross-configuration. In other embodiments, interconnected friction hinges can allow for a free-stop function at any point along the 360 degrees of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Esa-Sakari Määttä
  • Patent number: 10301859
    Abstract: A hydraulic hinge comprising a fixed element anchorable to a stationary support structure and a movable element anchorable to a closing element. The fixed and movable elements are mutually coupled in such a way that the latter rotates with respect to the former about a first longitudinal axis between an open position and a closed position. One of the fixed element and the movable elements includes at least one working chamber defining a second longitudinal axis, which comprises at least one portion which includes: a plunger member sliding along the second axis and a working fluid to hydraulically dampen the movement of the movable element. The plunger member is mutually connected with one of the fixed element and the movable element so that the rotation of the latter corresponds to the sliding of the former.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: OL.MI S.R.L.
    Inventor: Ivano Miglioranzo
  • Patent number: 10292494
    Abstract: A slide rail self-return mechanism includes a holder base including a base block, a guide plate extended from the base block, a sliding groove defined in the guide plate and abutted to the base block and a mounting groove defined in the guide plate remote from the base block and disposed in communication with the sliding groove, a sliding seat slidably coupled to the holder base, and a biasing member including a body pivotally connected to the sliding seat and a position-limiting block located at the body and movable through the mounting groove into the sliding groove when the sliding seat is coupled to the holder base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Nan Jeun International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuo-Sheng Huang, Li-Ping Wang
  • Patent number: 10292519
    Abstract: A secure delivered mail repository comprises a durable cuboid box having an automatically locking and unlocking door capable of being irremovably secured to a surface, emergency illumination and an anti-theft concrete and cable tether. The repository has a digital panel capable of user interface in electrical communication with a power source, a plurality of digital cameras and a plurality of speakers. The repository may be monitored from a user's internet enabled electronic device which is configured to operate in conjunction with a home security system of a user while the illumination means is configured to visually alert a first responder to an adjacent emergency. The repository facilitates the safe and secure delivery of a package mailed to the user by enabling a delivery service to deposit a package within the repository and secure the same therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Sutton & Williams Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Sutton, Nathan Williams
  • Patent number: 10285525
    Abstract: A mounting assembly is for a mailbox. The mailbox has an enclosure member. The mounting assembly includes a sleeve member, a first support member coupled to the sleeve member and the enclosure member, a second support member coupled to the sleeve member, and a pad member coupled to the second support member. The mounting assembly has an axis extending through an opening in each of the sleeve member, the first support member, the second support member, and the pad member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SOLAR GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: J. Derrick Dry, Jeremy D'Len Dickens
  • Patent number: 10281951
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus includes a first casing, a second casing, and a hinge which couples them rotatably from a first state to a second state. The hinge includes a first shaft, a first rotation engaging portion, a second shaft, a second rotation engaging portion, a housing, and a transmission unit. The transmission unit links the first engaging portion and the second engaging portion and rotates them with respect to a rotation angle of the housing from the first state to the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Client Solutions Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Lin Vic, Chiu Brad, Lin Walter, Huang San, Minoru Enomoto
  • Patent number: 10272974
    Abstract: This invention relates to an improved boat tower hinge which supports a boat tower for use in supporting tow lines used for towing skiers or the like. The hinge can support a boat tower in a raised position while allowing the tower to be swung to a lowered rest position. In the raised tower position the hinge wedges an elongated tongue with polymer sides into an elongated groove having polymer locking inserts to reduce the side-to-side motion of the tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Richard W. Hord, Scott J. Mills