Patents Examined by William L. Miller
  • Patent number: 8490859
    Abstract: The rotating mailbox device is provided in varying degrees of complexity, with each embodiment thereof focused on as basic a design as is possible while still retaining the important features of the device. Even the most basic design provides illuminated address, illumination strips within the mailbox assembly, and exterior indicators for indicating mail received via sensing of door opening. Of importance is that the basic design of the device dictates that the dished tray is rotateably affixed directly atop the post and may also be affixed off-center regarding the tray. The direct post-to-tray attachment negates the need for further attachment devices such as horizontal arms, for example. Lateral attachment of the mailbox assembly to the platform elevated section provides for easiest disassembly of part of the device and also for the elevated section to be a floor for the mailbox assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventors: Brett A. Master, Donald A. Bland, Theresa K. Master
  • Patent number: 8485424
    Abstract: A security mailbox secures mail deposited therein from theft and protects its contents from the elements by having a receiving section including a receiving chamber for receiving mail through a mail delivery opening in its front end, a securing section including a securing chamber for receiving mail from the receiving chamber, and a teeter baffle separating the receiving chamber from the securing chamber. The securing chamber has an access door for selectively accessing delivered mail items secured therein. A portion of the securing section pecincluding the access door is selectably attachable to the remainder of the mailbox such that the access door can be on the front or the back of the mailbox. Fasteners accessible only through the access door attach the top end of the securing section to the remainder of the mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Gary L. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8484806
    Abstract: An ergonomic hand grip assembly is provided for attenuating shocks and impacts and reducing discomfort occasioned by use. The assembly includes a novel slotted sleeve member disposed between an elastomeric outer cover and an inner control member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Boyesen Engineering
    Inventor: Gregory S. Rarick
  • Patent number: 8484804
    Abstract: A hood hinge assembly is provided for operatively attaching a hood to a vehicle. The assembly includes a base link configured to be coupled to the vehicle; a deploy link coupled to the base link; and a hood link coupled to the deploy link and configured to be coupled to the hood. In a first transition from a first position into a second position, the base link and the deploy link pivot with one another relative to the base link, and, in a second transition from the first position into a third position, the hood link pivots relative to the deploy link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Himanshu H. Mehta, Gregory S. Erwin, David E. Thomas, Alvin N. Standard
  • Patent number: 8484801
    Abstract: A caster for being mounted to a bottom of a device includes a support, a connecting member, and a wheel mounted to the connecting member. The support defines a receiving space. The connecting member is threadedly connected to the support, and comprises a bracket accommodated in the receiving space. The wheel is rotatably mounted to the bracket. The support and the connecting member are operable to rotate relative to each other, with the wheel moving to expose out of or retract inside the receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiao-Zheng Li, Wen-Tang Peng
  • Patent number: 8484805
    Abstract: The invention describes a system (10) for attaching and releasing the handle of a container (14) for cooking food, in particular for a frying pan, comprising a base portion (12) and a handle portion (26) respectively provided with mutual attachment and release means (18, 20, 22; 28, 30, 32). Both the base portion (12) and the handle portion (26) as a whole are respectively made in a single piece from heat-resistant plastic material. The handle portion (26) as a whole is rotatable and removable with respect to the base portion (12) to obtain the attachment and/or release of the handle portion (26) with respect to the base portion (12) and thus with respect to the container (14) following the actuation of a release button (36) foreseen on the aforementioned handle portion (26) and capable of activating at least part of the aforementioned attachment means (18, 20, 22; 28, 30, 32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: La Termoplastic F.B.M. S.R.L.
    Inventor: Marco Munari
  • Patent number: 8479360
    Abstract: A clamp that attached to fabrics is provided that includes a tubular member and a locking member. The tubular member has an elongated tubular shape with a lengthwise slot disposed therein between a first end and a second end longitudinally opposite the first end, and a protrusion that extends out of an inner surface of a lengthwise cavity within the tubular member. The protrusion is disposed within the tubular member biased toward one side of the slot to create an asymmetrical cross section in the tubular member. The locking member has thickness smaller than a width in the slot and a width greater than the width in the slot allowing the locking member to be inserted into and out of the slot in a first orientation but not in at least one other orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Elmer V. Vera
  • Patent number: 8474690
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a depository (10) that can receive deposit containers (20) from persons authorized to open a door lock (24). The depository includes a depository head (12) and a chest (14). A security curtain assembly (36) is movable by an actuator to block the deposit entry opening into the chest. The security curtain assembly comprises a plurality of movable plate members (52, 54, 56). At least one processor is in operative connection with sensors that can sense conditions which correspond to an attack on the depository. The at least one processor causes the actuator to close the security curtain assembly in response to a sensed attack. The processor can also cause alarms to be activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven R. Davis, Virgil Barnes, Robert V. Artino, Gary Baker, Neil Gromley
  • Patent number: 8474102
    Abstract: A hinge assembly includes a first pivot unit including a shaft, a bracket, an engaging member, a locking member, and an elastic member. The shaft has a non-circular sleeve portion. The bracket is rotatably sleeved on the shaft. The engaging member has a sleeving hole with a shape substantially corresponding to a cross-section of the sleeve portion of the shaft. The locking member has a sleeving hole with a shape substantially corresponding to a cross-section of the sleeve portion of the shaft. The locking member is non-rotatably latched to the engaging member. The elastic member is sleeved on the shaft to resist the components on the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-Xin Wang, Liang Wei, Jian Li
  • Patent number: 8474096
    Abstract: An overhead door safety system includes a loading dock having a loading dock wall defining an opening. A truck and trailer door safety device is mounted to the loading dock wall. The truck and trailer door safety device includes a mounting bracket adapted for mounting to the loading dock wall and a swing arm. The swing arm includes an arm extension portion and a pivot portion. The pivot portion is pivotally mounted to the mounting bracket so that the swing arm pivots about a pivot axis between a retaining position and a storage position. In the retaining position, the arm extension portion is disposed beneath an overhead door of a truck positioned adjacent to the opening of the loading dock wall to prevent the overhead door from closing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Supervalu, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy B. Thompson, Jeffrey C. Bassett, Nicholas R. Tonozzi, Richard T. Rundle, Mike E. Daly, Dale H. Peleski, Tom G. Peterson, Harvey E. Boyles, Bennie L. Dickerson, Claudie D. Morgan, William H. Hough, Danny R. Dale
  • Patent number: 8468661
    Abstract: A pin latch assembly for releasably securing a casket lid in a closed position includes a latch housing and inner latch member disposed along a side wall of the casket, and a pin member projecting from the casket lid. The latch housing and inner latch member each include a respective bore or through-hole for receiving the pin member when the lid is closed. The inner latch member is movable within the latch housing between a pin-engaging position and a pin-disengaging position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Clarion Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Brownlow, Timothy D. Derengowski, Ricky L. Eustice
  • Patent number: 8468654
    Abstract: An embodiment of a hinge assembly includes a main body defining a shaft hole, a connecting shaft including an inserting end rotatably received in the shaft hole, and an expansion member forming a tapered portion and axially positioned in the shaft hole. An end surface of the inserting end toward the expansion member defines a tapered hole corresponding to the tapered portion, and the tapered portion is pressed into the tapered hole to expand the inserting end to resist the inner surface of the shaft hole, thus rotatably connecting the connecting shaft to the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Han-Zheng Zhang, Xiao-Bo Li, Shen Li
  • Patent number: 8468653
    Abstract: An actuating drive includes at least one actuating arm for moving a movable furniture part, and a locking device for blocking the motion of the actuating arm. The locking device permits the motion of the actuating arm only after the movable furniture part has been mounted on the actuating arm, and the locking device is released by the mounting of the movable furniture part on the actuating arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Julius Blum GmbH
    Inventor: Klaus Tumler
  • Patent number: 8459539
    Abstract: A secure deposit box and method of construction thereof are presented. An inner door is affixed to a top inner surface of a housing and movable on a top edge around a sphere of rotation defined by a bottom edge. An outer door is affixed to a front side of the housing and moveable on a bottom edge. A connecting member is attached on one end to a side edge of the inner door and on the other end to a corresponding side edge of the outer door. An inner panel is fixedly attached to the bottom edge of the outer door, moveable on a proximal edge in the same direction as the outer and inner door, and has a distal edge defining a sphere of rotation which is distinct from the sphere of rotation for the inner door. No overlap exists between the inner door and the inner panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: David J. Bolles
  • Patent number: 8453303
    Abstract: Through experience of extended travels it is quite apparent that there is a need to solve the perplexing question of what should a person do when a family pet dies while on vacation. The Heart Pet Burial Vault solves this problem for owners of small to medium pets who die while miles from home and wish to return their pets home for burial. The burial vault is a strong, solid enclosure that protects the pet carcass inside an encasement that seals itself through a easy closing of an end cap by the simple turning of two screws. The unique seal allows the pet owner to retain the pet carcass for an extended period of time to store, transport and bury all in the same container without the fear of odor or liquid seepage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventors: Patricia Ellen Gamertsfelder, Allen Martin Gamertsfelder
  • Patent number: 8443496
    Abstract: A modular casket that is easy to assemble and can be assembled with few or no tools is disclosed. The casket comprises a number of injection molded plastic pieces that can be snap-fit together. The casket is relatively compact and lightweight and is conducive to shipping and storage, yet has sufficient strength for its intended purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventors: Jose A. De La Fuente, Carlos A. Hoefken
  • Patent number: 8443497
    Abstract: A kit for transforming a cremation container into a casket for display comprises a frame and a canopy. The frame includes a head end section, a right side section, and a left side section. Moreover, each section has a top surface, a bottom surface and a continuous channel along the bottom surface. The frame seats over the cremation container such that the channel of the head end section receives a rim of an end panel of the cremation container, the channel of the right side section receives a rim of a right side panel of the cremation container and the channel of the left side section receives a rim of a left side panel of the cremation container. The canopy temporarily overlies at least a portion of the cremation container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: John Norman Hobstetter
  • Patent number: 8434673
    Abstract: An apparatus for storage and transport of documents such as bank notes, visa slips, gift tokens, checks and the like is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a frame spanned by flexible material and a cover plate slideable therealong to close the frame, the cover plate having a leading edge comprising a first member shaped to form an irreversible lock with a correspondingly shaped second member on the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Volumatic Limited
    Inventor: Duncan Johnson
  • Patent number: 8434199
    Abstract: A knob safety assembly is operative to selectively restrict depression of a cooking element control knob. The safety assembly includes a blocking plate disposed inside of a bezel assembly. The bezel assembly includes an outer bezel defining one or more angled camming surfaces, and an inner bezel. Rotation of the inner bezel with respect to the outer bezel about a rotational axis slides an ear of the blocking plate along the camming surface to effect movement of the blocking plate along the rotational axis between a raised position, in which the blocking plate restricts depression of a cooking element control knob, to a recessed position, in which the blocking plate facilitates depression of the control knob. The inner bezel is releasably locked from rotating with respect to the outer bezel, and engages the blocking plate to constrain the blocking plate against movement along the rotational axis when locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Kidkusion, Inc.
    Inventors: Cynthia L. Bowen, Walter Lee Bowen
  • Patent number: 8434195
    Abstract: A covering as a part of a guide carrier on a door rail for a sliding door system of a rail car is provided. The guide carrier runs along a horizontal edge of a door opening of a car body of the rail car and has a guide device for a sliding support of a sliding door. The covering serves to cover at least the door rail and support elements on the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens AG Österreich
    Inventors: Martin Kronabeter, Markus Pollreiss