Patents Examined by William Miller
  • Patent number: 10064777
    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: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Matthews International Corporation
    Inventor: LeLand D. Ozbun
  • Patent number: 10046453
    Abstract: Armrest heat shield and handheld device systems and methods are shown and described. In one embodiment, the armrest heat shield includes a guard and a clamp. In another embodiment, a handheld device includes an elongated shaft, a gas powered motor, a cutting assembly, and an armrest heat shield aligned sustainably parallel on the shaft above the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Michael D. Lineback
  • Patent number: 10034567
    Abstract: A mailbox assembly includes a replacement mailbox having an outer surface, a rib extending along the outer surface of the replacement mailbox, a notification device secured to a front end of the replacement mailbox. A method to replace a damaged mailbox includes providing a replacement mailbox having a geometric shape smaller than a geometric shape of the damaged mailbox, sliding the replacement mailbox within the damaged mailbox, and securing the replacement mailbox at a spaced distance within the damaged mailbox with a rib secured to an outer surface of the replacement mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Scattered Mind Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Jimmy Billue
  • Patent number: 10028606
    Abstract: A system for the delivery and secure receipt of packages from unmanned vehicles to improve security and protection of the packages upon delivery. A UAV receptacle provides a water-protected interior to protect a package. The UAV receptacle includes a door in one side that allows a reception tray to extend out and back in, and which locks to protect the package so received. The UAV receptacle detects a drone in proximity. Upon confirming that delivery is for the UAV receptacle, the reception tray extends to a reception position. A sensor detects the package on the reception tray upon delivery from the drone. The reception tray is of a mesh material to reduce water retention. The UAV receptacle retracts the reception tray and closes a door to seal the package within the UAV receptacle. The UAV receptacle may notify user devices that the package has been received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: John K. Ritchie
  • Patent number: 10028877
    Abstract: A connection system for an inner coffin and an outer coffin, the inner coffin comprising a bottom and side walls extending from the bottom, wherein the outer coffin comprises a load bearing frame construction near the bottom of the inner coffin. The load bearing frame construction comprises movable support pins embodied for insertion in openings that are provided in an inner coffin's wall near the bottom thereof, for carrying the inner coffin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Rolandus Franciscus Beatrijs Marie Josef Hoijng
  • Patent number: 10017973
    Abstract: A hinge for unhingeable sheet-metal cabinet doors. A first hinge part, to be fastened to the door frame, has a bore hole or roll at a free end, through which a hinge pin extends. A second, U-shaped hinge part is connected to the door and surrounds the exposed end areas of the hinge pin in the mounted position. The U-shaped hinge part surrounds the first hinge part with first U-legs. The U-shaped hinge part includes a top part arranged in a bottom part. The top part has the shape of a U-shaped slide, with second U-legs, arranged to be displaceable between two end positions parallel to the extension of the first U-legs. The ends of the second U-legs close a lateral outlet opening for the hinge pin end in one end position, and expose the opening, through which the hinge pin end passes laterally, in the other end position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: DIRAK Dieter Ramsauer Konstruktionselemente GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Höschler, Friedrich Rinke, Dieter Ramsauer
  • Patent number: 10017006
    Abstract: A roller kit for a power washer surface cleaner attachment. A roller mount includes a bracket mounting a roller for rotation with respect to the roller mount and a clip for securing the roller kit to the surface cleaner attachment such that the roller is operatively aligned with the surface cleaner attachment for rolling over a surface to guide movement of the surface cleaner attachment along said surface. The clip includes a base portion supporting the bracket and an arm portion opposing the base portion. The clip is configured to bend resiliently in an opening direction to define an opening between the arm portion and the base portion for receiving a side wall of the shroud and to rebound in a gripping direction to grip the side wall between the arm portion and the base portion and thereby secure the roller kit to the surface cleaner attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Control Devices, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Salmons, James E. Norris, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10016327
    Abstract: A coffin is constructed to hold an inner coffin for holding the mortal remains therein or thereon. The inner coffin has a bottom, opposing first and second ends and opposing first and second sides extending in a longitudinal direction of the inner coffin between the first and second ends. The coffin comprises a base for supporting the inner coffin; and a cover to provide at least partial covering of the inner coffin when arranged on the base. The coffin allows displacement of the inner coffin over the base by allowing passage of the inner coffin from the base at one end or side. The coffin further allows access to at least one other one of the ends and sides of the inner coffin from lateral directions along a support plane comprising the bottom of the inner coffin for getting hold on the inner coffin to move it along the support plane over the base in the direction of the one of the ends and sides of the inner coffin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Rolandus Franciscus Beatrijs Marie Josef Hoijng
  • Patent number: 9993102
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a mailbox apparatus including: a box for accommodating mail, wherein the box includes: two horizontal tracks, each of the tracks disposed at an inner upper part of an opposite sidewall of the box; and two pins, vertically disposed at the same level, each of the pins horizontally disposed at an entry side to one of the tracks; a door having side grooves in side facets of the door positionally corresponding to the pins, wherein the door adapted to have: an open state in which the door is horizontally disposed at an upper inner side of the box, thereby allowing insertion and extraction of the mail; and a closed state in which the door is vertically disposed. Preferably, the apparatus includes: a spring mechanism for applying force on the door while being inserted into the tracks, thereby retaining the door in position upon placing into the tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Nir Silko
  • Patent number: 9987739
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for mounting to a work tool shaft to facilitate and reduce stress in the use of the tool. The apparatus includes a mounting portion adapted for receiving the work tool shaft and a handle mounted to the mounting portion. The handle includes an elongated portion offset from the work tool shaft and adapted for gripping by a user of the tool. The handle elongated portion is disposed, at least in part, intermediate the mounting portion and the work tool head and is substantially in line with the tool shaft. The mounting portion is adapted so that it can slide along the work tool shaft when no leverage is exerted on the handle and can firmly hold the work tool shaft when leverage is exerted on the handle. An adjustment assembly is provided for adjusting the sliding resistance of the mounting portion on the work tool shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Anthony F. Frascello
  • Patent number: 9990006
    Abstract: In one example a hinge assembly for an electronic device comprises a first hinge comprising a first bracket coupled to a first bushing disposed at a first end of the first bracket and rotatable about a first shaft extending through the first bushing. a second hinge comprising, a second bushing, a first linkage arm rotatable about a second shaft extending through the second bushing, and a second linkage arm rotatable about the second shaft extending through the second bushing and a third hinge comprising a second bracket coupled to a second bushing disposed at a first end of the second bracket and rotatable about a third shaft extending though the second bushing, wherein the first linkage arm is rotatably coupled to the first shaft and the second linkage arm is rotatably coupled to the third shaft. Other examples may be described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Mark E. Sprenger, Kenan Arik, Aleksander Magi, David A. Rittenhouse
  • Patent number: 9980593
    Abstract: An apparatus for use on a mailbox having a substantially vertical side, includes a first panel; a second panel; a hinge joining the first panel and the second panel; an angle limiter; and a mounting device for securing the apparatus to the mailbox. A mailbox is improved by mounting on the box an apparatus having a panel to provide a surface oriented to tangentially receive the impact of substantially horizontally-directed debris directed toward the mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Todd R. Pajonas
  • Patent number: 9980592
    Abstract: A mailbox kit having a compact shipping volume and methods of assembling such mailbox are disclosed. The mailbox kit includes a roof having an arched shape and opposing elongated roof bottom edges forming the bottom of the arched shape and a mailbox floor positioned under the roof such that the floor and the roof form a compartment. A mailbox left sidewall and right sidewall are positioned within the compartment formed by the roof and the floor. A mailbox front door, handle and flag may also be positioned within the compartment. The mailbox components include lap joint flanges to attach the components of the kit to form an assembled mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: ARCHITECTURAL MAILBOXES, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Andrew Farentinos, Vanessa Felicia Troyer-Farentinos, Craig Ronald Steele, Raffy Michael Arce Paje
  • Patent number: 9976796
    Abstract: A refrigerator including a rotatable door handle. The door handle is rotatably coupled to a refrigerator door through a through-hole on the door. The door handle includes a grip portion, a connection portion fastened to the grip portion, and an insertion portion protruding from the connection portion. The insertion portion includes an engaging projection protruding outward from a peripheral surface of the insertion portion. The door handle includes two stoppers. During the process of assembling the door handle with the door, the engaging projection may be rotated in the first direction until it engage with a first stopper to. In an assembled state, the door is opened or closed when the door handle is rotated in the second direction. The second stopper can stop rotation of the door handle in the second direction when the engaging projection engages with the second stopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Dongbu Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Won Woo Jang
  • Patent number: 9968189
    Abstract: A platform system removably mountable within an interior compartment of a storage device having a back wall and side walls providing an interior storage compartment. Connecting passages are provided through the back wall and side walls to removably mount the platform system in the interior compartment. The platform system includes a platform and a plurality of connector members attached to the platform and removably connectable through the connecting passages; each connector member including a spring member as part of the construction. The spring members permit automatic downward and movement of said platform as a function of the weight of articles supported on the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Penco Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Berlino
  • Patent number: 9963930
    Abstract: A high security anti-splash cuffing box system is provided for enabling articles to pass through the access opening of a high security door or wall and for the safe hand cuffing of prisoners or detainees by personnel outside the cell. The system embodies a door frame assembly providing a sliding door movable between a locked engagement and an unlocked disengagement in a closed and an open condition relative to the access opening, while providing anti-slam functionality. A cuffing box providing an enclosure with 280-degree visibility is detachably connectable and securely engageable to the door frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: David Paul Reisender
  • Patent number: 9962824
    Abstract: A grip structure includes a grip base and a grip mounted with or dismounted from the grip base along a first direction. When being disposed on the grip base, the grip can be applied with an external force to move together with the grip base along a second direction non-parallel to the first direction. The grip has a finger abutting portion formed on the circumferential surface of the grip along the first direction for the fingers of the user to be abutted thereon. Therefore, the grip is changeable in the direction relative to the grip base according to the dominant hand of the user in a way that the finger abutting portion is toward the left side of the grip base for the right-handed user and toward the right side of the grip base for the left-handed user, thereby improved in the convenience of usage and hand feel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: K&W TOOLS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kuan-Ting Chien, Kung-Jung Ho
  • Patent number: 9964988
    Abstract: Particular embodiments described herein provide for an device that includes a first body coupled to a first housing, a second body coupled to a second housing, a hinge rod, and a spring clip on an outside diameter of the hinge rod, where the spring clip is configured to increase the torque of the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: David A. Rittenhouse
  • Patent number: 9957743
    Abstract: A slow-closing door hinge, includes a first foldout and a second foldout having a shaft sleeve respectively. A fixed rod mounted in the sleeve of the first foldout, and a rotating rod mounted in the sleeve of the second foldout are connected by a connecting rod. The connecting rod and the fixed rod are movably connected, with a hollow groove at the joint. A restoring spring in contact with the fixed rod and fixed to the connecting rod in the hollow groove. The connecting rod is connected with the rotating rod in a coaxial, rotationally actuating manner. The forward and backward rotation of the fixed rod and the rotating rod cooperates with the restoring spring to drive the connecting rod in a reciprocal motion within the shaft sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Zheng Chen, Shangda Chen
  • Patent number: 9945165
    Abstract: A compatible door hinge for vehicles includes a lower plate which has a pin hole and a hinge hole in which a hinge pin and a bushing pin are respectively disposed, an upper plate which is coupled to the lower plate by the hinge pin and can be changed in position relative to the lower plate, and a body plate with which the lower plate and the upper plate are integrated by the bushing pin passing through them. A minimum required setting distance between the door hinge and an upper or lower door skin of a vehicle door can be maintained without changing the design shape of the door skin. Particularly, a door opening trajectory can be formed closer to the door skin and reduced in radius, such that a rotation gap is ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Seung-Il Choi