Patents by Inventor Daniel H. Quinlan

Daniel H. Quinlan has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10648724
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a refrigerated compartment, at least one door that selectively seals the refrigerated compartment and a cold plate shelf assembly mounted in the refrigerated compartment. The shelf assembly includes a front trim, a rear trim and a first plate directly coupled to the front trim and the rear trim. A second plate extends from the front trim to the rear trim, the second plate being positioned so that a food item supported on the shelf assembly contacts the second plate. The second plate is made from a material having a higher thermal conductivity than glass. In one arrangement, the refrigerator further includes an air duct having an air vent. Air exiting the air duct through the air vent either impinges on and travels across the second plate or enters an interior of the shelf assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel H. Quinlan, Jose Angel Avalos, Yifan Wang, Jason Ammerman, Christopher L. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 10301158
    Abstract: A dispensing mechanism for an appliance includes an operable paddle having a lower portion and an upper portion pivotally attached to a dispenser wall between outward and inward positions. An actuator has a switch positioned proximate a pivot defined by a first end of an actuator lever. A second end of the actuator lever is positioned proximate the lower portion of the operable paddle, wherein operation of the operable paddle to the inward position engages the lower portion of the operable paddle with the bottom portion of the actuator lever and operates the actuator lever from an idle state to a use state. Movement of the bottom portion of the actuator lever operates the switch from a deactivated state to an activated state, wherein the activated state of the switch activates the at least one of the ice dispenser and the water dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jose R. Aranda, Daniel H. Quinlan, Todd Tunzi
  • Publication number: 20180066884
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a refrigerated compartment, at least one door that selectively seals the refrigerated compartment and a cold plate shelf assembly mounted in the refrigerated compartment. The shelf assembly includes a front trim, a rear trim and a first plate directly coupled to the front trim and the rear trim. A second plate extends from the front trim to the rear trim, the second plate being positioned so that a food item supported on the shelf assembly contacts the second plate. The second plate is made from a material having a higher thermal conductivity than glass. In one arrangement, the refrigerator further includes an air duct having an air vent. Air exiting the air duct through the air vent either impinges on and travels across the second plate or enters an interior of the shelf assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel H. QUINLAN, Jose Angel AVALOS, Yifan WANG, Jason AMMERMAN, Christopher L. CARPENTER
  • Publication number: 20170305732
    Abstract: A dispensing mechanism for an appliance includes an operable paddle having a lower portion and an upper portion pivotally attached to a dispenser wall between outward and inward positions. An actuator has a switch positioned proximate a pivot defined by a first end of an actuator lever. A second end of the actuator lever is positioned proximate the lower portion of the operable paddle, wherein operation of the operable paddle to the inward position engages the lower portion of the operable paddle with the bottom portion of the actuator lever and operates the actuator lever from an idle state to a use state. Movement of the bottom portion of the actuator lever operates the switch from a deactivated state to an activated state, wherein the activated state of the switch activates the at least one of the ice dispenser and the water dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jose R. Aranda, Daniel H. Quinlan, Todd Tunzi
  • Patent number: 9738504
    Abstract: A dispensing mechanism for an appliance includes an operable paddle having a lower portion and an upper portion pivotally attached to a dispenser wall between outward and inward positions. An actuator has a switch positioned proximate a pivot defined by a first end of an actuator lever. A second end of the actuator lever is positioned proximate the lower portion of the operable paddle, wherein operation of the operable paddle to the inward position engages the lower portion of the operable paddle with the bottom portion of the actuator lever and operates the actuator lever from an idle state to a use state. Movement of the bottom portion of the actuator lever operates the switch from a deactivated state to an activated state, wherein the activated state of the switch activates the at least one of the ice dispenser and the water dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jose R. Aranda, Daniel H. Quinlan, Todd Tunzi
  • Publication number: 20170174493
    Abstract: A dispensing mechanism for an appliance includes an operable paddle having a lower portion and an upper portion pivotally attached to a dispenser wall between outward and inward positions. An actuator has a switch positioned proximate a pivot defined by a first end of an actuator lever. A second end of the actuator lever is positioned proximate the lower portion of the operable paddle, wherein operation of the operable paddle to the inward position engages the lower portion of the operable paddle with the bottom portion of the actuator lever and operates the actuator lever from an idle state to a use state. Movement of the bottom portion of the actuator lever operates the switch from a deactivated state to an activated state, wherein the activated state of the switch activates the at least one of the ice dispenser and the water dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jose R. Aranda, Daniel H. Quinlan, Todd Tunzi
  • Patent number: 9057554
    Abstract: A household appliance such as a refrigerator includes a housing and a user interface operatively connected to the housing. The user interface includes a display and user inputs. The user interface is adapted for showing on the display a part number for a component part, contact information for use in acquiring the component part, and instructions for installing the component part. The contact information may include a phone number. The contact information may include a web site address. The component part may be a replacement part such as a filter or the component part may be an accessory part. The user interface may also be adapted for displaying instructions or service or maintenance tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel H. Quinlan, Michael A. Kahwaji, Ananth Uggirala, Sang W. Lee
  • Publication number: 20080159494
    Abstract: A household appliance such as a refrigerator includes a housing and a user interface operatively connected to the housing. The user interface includes a display and user inputs. The user interface is adapted for showing on the display a part number for a component part, contact information for use in acquiring the component part, and instructions for installing the component part. The contact information may include a phone number. The contact information may include a web site address. The component part may be a replacement part such as a filter or the component part may be an accessory part. The user interface may also be adapted for displaying instructions or service or maintenance tasks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: DANIEL H. QUINLAN, MICHAEL A. KAHWAJI, ANANTH UGGIRALA, SANG W. LEE
  • Patent number: 6425259
    Abstract: A removable ice bucket for an ice making system for a refrigerator and more particularly a removable ice bucket disposable in a refrigerator for receipt of ice pieces from an ice maker disposed in the freezer compartment of the refrigerator. The ice bucket has a base and a plurality of upwardly extending side walls cooperating to form a storage bin. A first handle is formed in an upper portion of a first side walls and a second handle is formed in a lower portion of a second of said side walls. A spout is formed above the first handle. The handles facilitate quick and sanitary removal of the ice bucket from the freezer and dispensing of the ice pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Mark H. Nelson, Daniel H. Quinlan, Kenneth Todd Shelley, Sandra C. Steward, Jim J. Pastryk
  • Patent number: 6401478
    Abstract: A modular ice maker having a frame formed from a base, a tub resting on the base, and a pair of opposing side panels affixed to opposing sides of side tub and base assembly. The ice maker has a refrigerated compartment with a ice forming and dispensing device and an ice storage bin receiving and storing ice from the ice forming and dispensing device. An inner door or chute rotates about a horizontal axis to provide access to the ice storage bin and to provide a surface extending outwardly of the refrigerated compartment to redirect and guide dropped ice back into the ice storage bin. An outer door sealingly closing the refrigerated compartment is provided with a surface adapted for providing a camming action to drive the inner door upwardly when the outer door is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: James F. Dasher, Scott E. Roales, Daniel H. Quinlan
  • Patent number: D518076
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel H. Quinlan, Steve S. Lee, Tania L. Aldous, Kevin J. Gilboe
  • Patent number: D523878
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel H. Quinlan, Steve S. Lee, Tania L. Aldous
  • Patent number: D565892
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: John W. McConnell, Daniel H. Quinlan
  • Patent number: D490091
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel H. Quinlan
  • Patent number: D777226
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jessica R. McConnell, Daniel H. Quinlan, Kelly E. Roche, Michael S. Seeley
  • Patent number: D808446
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Julia B. Burke, Mansour Ourasanah, Daniel H. Quinlan
  • Patent number: D809572
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Julia B. Burke, Mansour Ourasanah, Daniel H. Quinlan
  • Patent number: D841059
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher L. Carpenter, Daniel H. Quinlan, Todd J. Tunzi, Yifan Wang
  • Patent number: D883348
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Julia B. Burke, Mansour Ourasanah, Daniel H. Quinlan
  • Patent number: D926235
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Julia B. Burke, Mansour Ourasanah, Daniel H. Quinlan