Patents Examined by William L. Miller
  • Patent number: 10072450
    Abstract: Described is a hinge for doors or windows comprising: a first fixed body (5) associated with a fixed frame (1) and having a first axis (X1) of fixed articulation and a slot (6) made parallel to the axis (XC) of longitudinal extension of the first fixed body (5); a second movable body (7) connected to a movable sash (2); a first lever (8) having a first end articulated to the first fixed body (5) about the first axis (X1) of fixed articulation, a second end articulated to the second movable body (7), defining a second axis (X2) of articulation, and an intermediate zone; a second lever (9) having a first end articulated inside the slot (6) of the first fixed body (5) to define a third slidable axis (X3) of articulation, a second end articulated to the second movable body (7) definng a fourth axis (X4) of articulation and an intermediate zone; the first (8) and the second (9) levers are articulated to each other in the corresponding intermediate zone to define a fifth axis (X5) of shared articulation; means (10,
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: GSG INTERNATIONAL S.P.A.
    Inventor: Marco Lambertini
  • Patent number: 10072700
    Abstract: A through-hole of a flat spring has a shape that defines an opening area larger than the cross-sectional area of an end segment of a shaft and is subject to contact with the rotating end segment. A through-hole of a plate has an opening area larger than the cross-sectional area of the end segment and smaller than the opening area of the through-hole. The end segment is inserted through the through-hole and the through-hole and is swaged to form a space between the through-hole and the end segment, and the space is filled with grease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuro Nagami
  • Patent number: 10058472
    Abstract: A housing for keeping, transporting and entombing a corpse comprising a bottom with an outer peripheral edge and a lid (2) with an outer peripheral edge, which can be superimposed perfectly between each other, characterized in that between the edge of the bottom and the edge of the lid, along the whole perimeter it is interposed a wire frame section bar, flat, with opened junction, of highly resistant metal, wherein at the ends of the opened junction electric cables are connected, said wire frame section bar being configured so that it allows an extended contact between the edge of the bottom and the edge of the lid in the internal areas of said wire frame section bar, thus providing by current flowing, the welding and the sealing of the peripheral edges of the lid and the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Pietro Laudani
  • Patent number: 10052251
    Abstract: An ornamental structure for a cremains container includes a modeling unit (10) and at least one landscaping unit (20) connected with the modeling unit. The modeling unit includes a front plate (11), two side plates (12) and a top cap (13). The modeling unit has an interior defining a receiving space (14) to receive a cremains container (30). The at least one landscaping unit includes a main body (21) and a plurality of decorative members (22) mounted on the main body. Thus, the ornamental structure partially covers and decorates the cremains container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Tsung-Hua Lu
  • Patent number: 10054179
    Abstract: A ring link assembly may include a connecting ring including an annular body defining a central opening, a bushing defining a central passage, wherein the bushing is retained by the connecting ring within the central opening, a compression limiter positioned within the central passage of the bushing, and first and second bushing limiters secured to the compression limiter at opposite ends. The first and second bushing limiters securely connect to the compression limiter and the bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Jason K. Trotter, Dennis M. Mark, Glenn Heavens, Sr., Jason D. Holt
  • Patent number: 10045648
    Abstract: An interior mailbox, hard-mounted to the exterior door or window, designed to capture and to hold the mail dropped by the mail carrier from the outside in, through the cutout in said exterior door or window, comprising of two primary components, the container and the adjustment part, made to adjust the width of the bottom of the mailbox to accommodate the varying mounting surfaces and to prevent the mail from falling out of the mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: Moshe Epstein, Lihy Epstein
  • Patent number: 10022007
    Abstract: A mailbox shielding assembly for deflecting snow propelled by a plow away from a mailbox includes a base and a shell. The base is configured to couple to a surface, such as soil. The shell has a lower end, an upper end, a left side, a right side, a front and a back. The front is open to define a cavity. A plurality of connectors is coupled to and extends substantially perpendicularly between the base and the shell. A coupler is coupled to the shell and is positioned in the cavity. The coupler is configured to couple to a mailbox to position the mailbox within the cavity. The shell is configured to deflect matter, such as snow propelled by a plow, to shield the mailbox that is positioned in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Daniel Lucero
  • Patent number: 9976329
    Abstract: An adjustable carriage assembly includes a body; a hinge pin disposed in a threaded first bore of the body, the hinge pin having a threaded end and a first longitudinal axis; a lock post disposed in a second bore of the body, the lock post having a second longitudinal axis; a torsion spring disposed around the lock post; and a retention pin disposed in a third bore of the body to retain the lock post in the second bore. A first extension portion of the lock post engages a flat portion of the hinge pin in a locked state. The lock post is operable to rotate about the second longitudinal axis to disengage the first extension portion from the flat portion and place the carrier assembly in an unlocked state so that the hinge pin is free to rotate and move longitudinally within the first bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Caldwell Manufacturing Company North America, LLC
    Inventors: Robert M. Lucci, Jay DeSormeau
  • Patent number: 9959695
    Abstract: A coin box for a coin-operated device, the box having a housing, the front face of which is provided with a removal opening. A sliding door is associated with the removal opening and a supporting floor for the coins is situated in the interior of the housing. The supporting floor runs at an incline from a rear wall of the housing towards the removal opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: NOVOMATIC AG
    Inventor: Tobias Sprenger
  • Patent number: 9924821
    Abstract: A flexible mailbox support on which a mailbox is mounted includes a top end portion, a bottom end portion, and a joint configured to enable the top end portion to pivot relative to the bottom end portion when impacted by a force, such that respective longitudinal axes of top and bottom end portions of the support are angularly offset relative to one another. The joint includes a top joint housing, a bottom joint housing, a joint spring connected between the top joint housing and the bottom joint housing, and a safety cable connecting the top joint housing and the bottom joint housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Spectrum Services Company Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew M. Shamas
  • Patent number: 9920558
    Abstract: An easily assembled and disassembled connecting assembly includes a first connecting plate provided with a first edge and a second edge in opposite to the first edge; a second connecting plate removable and pivotally combined with the first edge for allowing the second connecting plate and the first connecting plate to open and close; and a fastening structure disposed between the first connecting plate and the second connecting plate for fastening and fixing the first connecting plate and the second connecting plate when the two connecting plates are arranged in a close status. Therefore, the two connecting plates are able to be easily assembled and disassembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Calvin Chou
  • Patent number: 9889057
    Abstract: Disclosed is a retractable handle system for a casket. A casket having retractable handles includes a casket box with a casket lid openably coupled to it. A base is coupled to the casket box. The base includes a panel having a length and a width similar to the length and width of the casket box. Spacers are coupled to the panel to form channels. Arms are slidably located in the channels. At least four bars are coupled to the arms. The bars may have forty-five degree angled ends which allow the bars to abut each other when they are in a closed position causing them to no longer appear as handles on the casket box. Sliding the arms causes the bars to move from the closed to open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: LaVerl A. Womack
  • Patent number: 9883981
    Abstract: A cremains container includes a container body (10), a cover (20) mounted on the container body, and a determined amount of filling powder (30) provided in the container body and the cover. The container body is made of transparent material. The container body has an interior formed with a receiving space (12) and has a periphery provided with a hollow portion (111) receiving the filling powder. The cover is made of transparent material and has an interior provided with a hollow portion (21) receiving the filling powder. Thus, the filling powder in the container body and the cover conceals the receiving space of the container body to prevent the receiving space of the container body from being viewed directly by a person outside of the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Tsung-Hua Lu
  • Patent number: 9879456
    Abstract: A hinge device includes a hinge and a clamping unit. The hinge includes a first leaf mounted on a first object, and a second leaf pivotably connected to the first leaf. The clamping unit includes bracing and pressure plates spaced apart from each other by a clamping space for accommodating a second object. The bracing plate is removably attached to the second leaf such that the second leaf can be shifted in two mounting positions, one where the bracing plate is removed from the second leaf and the second leaf is connected to the second object, and one where the bracing plate is attached to the second leaf and the second object is clamped by the bracing and pressure plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignees: Waterson Corp.
    Inventor: Waterson Chen
  • Patent number: 9874048
    Abstract: A bendable display apparatus includes two supporting devices, a carrying plate, and a soft display mounted on the carrying plate. Each supporting device includes a hinge module and two buffering modules respectively installed on two opposite sides of the hinge module. Each buffering module includes an external linking member fixed on the hinge module, an internal linking member fixed on the carrying plate and being movable with respect to the external linking member, and a gear driven by the hinge module to move the internal linking member. Each hinge module is bendable between an unfolded position and an inwardly folded position. When the hinge module is bent from the unfolded position toward the inwardly folded position, the gear is driven by the hinge module to move the corresponding internal linking member away from the pivots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: FIRST DOME CORPORATION
    Inventor: An-Szu Hsu
  • Patent number: 9874906
    Abstract: A supporting device includes a hinge module and two buffering modules respectively installed on two opposite sides of the hinge module. Each buffering module includes an internal linking member fixed on the hinge module, an external linking member slidably disposed on the internal linking member, and an elastic member connected to the internal linking member and the external linking member. The hinge module is bendable between an unfolded position and an outwardly folded position. When the hinge module is at the unfolded position, the supporting device is a flat construction, and the elastic members are configured to block the external linking members to move away from the pivots. When the hinge module is at the outwardly folded position, the supporting device is a curved construction and the internal linking members are arranged at the inner side of the curved construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: FIRST DOME CORPORATION
    Inventor: An-Szu Hsu
  • Patent number: 8528170
    Abstract: A utility tool handle is provided for use with a hand tool shaft. The handle has curved upper and lower surfaces and a curved termination end. The two side surfaces are parallel to each other. The upper surfaces of the handle slants upwardly relative to the longitudinal axis of the hand tool shaft. The lower surface spline is configured to provide a relaxed wrist grip such that the shaft centerline is generally aligned with a user forearm centerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Brian T. Clancy
  • Patent number: 8523051
    Abstract: A refuse collection apparatus includes a body portion extending between upper and lower ends. The apparatus includes a refuse container having bottom and side walls extending upwardly from the bottom wall and defining an open top and an interior area. A lid is releasably coupled to an upper edge of the side wall and configured to cover the container open top, the chute lower end being fixedly attached to the lid. An exhaust fan is operatively mounted to the lid in communication with the container interior area and configured to withdraw air from the container interior area when actuated. An input station is coupled to the chute upper end and configured to interface with the building wall, the input station having an access door movable between open and closed configurations selectively allowing and preventing access to the chute body portion, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventors: Terence C. Clancy, Elizabeth W. Clancy
  • Patent number: 8510921
    Abstract: A cremation urn display has a floor, a top, and a perimeter sidewall. A viewable portion on the top or sidewall includes fasteners upon which a memorial display is surface mounted. The display includes a mounted butterfly fixed in a container having a viewable display panel. No recess need be formed in the top or sidewall to accommodate mounting of the display. The display is removable from the urn, and contains a sealable capsule for retaining a portion of cremated remains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Joshua Florea
  • Patent number: 8500000
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for locking and unlocking the roller shutter (12, 15) of a container (10) that can be inserted into a rack (11) and removed therefrom. The roller shutter (12, 15) is pulled open by a stationary pin engaging therewith during insertion of the container (10), it is pulled shut by the same engagement of the pin (14) when the container (10) is pulled out of the rack (11). In the closed position, the roller shutter (12, 15) shall be locked reliably and accurately. Two locking pins (21, 22) that can be actuated by cam tracks (35, 36) extending in longitudinal direction of the rack (11) and provided at the rack (11) serve for this purpose. The first locking pin (21) serves to lock the roller shutter (12, 15), the second locking pin (22) keeps the roller shutter (12, 15) in its exactly defined closed position during the locking by the first locking pin (21). As a result thereof, position errors of the roller shutter (12, 15) during locking and unlocking are prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventor: Elmar Berendes