Patents by Inventor Douglas Fischer

Douglas Fischer 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: 10746346
    Abstract: Furniture and other items are temporarily, but securely, fixed to any of a variety of surfaces using a quick release universal mount. The quick release mount includes a top plate, at least two rotatable latch carrying axles, latches carried by each of said axles extending through openings in the top plate, and means for biasing or holding the latches carried by said axles in a latched condition. The quick release mount is coupled to a surface and the latches engage the item to be fixed to the surface. The quick release application has broad application, but is particularly useful for mounting items to docks, piers and boats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventor: Douglas Fischer
  • Publication number: 20200240573
    Abstract: Furniture and other items are temporarily, but securely, fixed to any of a variety of surfaces using a quick release universal mount. The quick release mount includes a top plate, at least two rotatable latch carrying axles, latches carried by each of said axles extending through openings in the top plate, and means for biasing or holding the latches carried by said axles in a latched condition. The quick release mount is coupled to a surface and the latches engage the item to be fixed to the surface. The quick release application has broad application, but is particularly useful for mounting items to docks, piers and boats.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventor: Douglas Fischer
  • Patent number: 9323279
    Abstract: A hand grip for use in controlling machinery. The grip includes a grip body and a hand rest connected to the grip body. The hand rest adjustably slides and rotates with respect the grip body grip. The hand rest includes a first locking part that is configured to engage the grip body to lock the hand rest in a locked position with respect to the grip body such that the hand rest does not slide with respect to the grip body and configured to disengage from the grip body such that the hand rest slidably moves with respect to the grip body. The hand rest includes a second locking part that, when unlocked, allows the hand rest to rotate with respect to the grip body, and that, when locked, prevents the hand rest from rotating with respect to the grip body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: OTTO ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Steven Moehling, Douglas Fischer
  • Publication number: 20160085257
    Abstract: A hand grip for use in controlling machinery. The grip includes a grip body and a hand rest connected to the grip body. The hand rest adjustably slides and rotates with respect the grip body grip. The hand rest includes a first locking part that is configured to engage the grip body to lock the hand rest in a locked position with respect to the grip body such that the hand rest does not slide with respect to the grip body and configured to disengage from the grip body such that the hand rest slidably moves with respect to the grip body. The hand rest includes a second locking part that, when unlocked, allows the hand rest to rotate with respect to the grip body, and that, when locked, prevents the hand rest from rotating with respect to the grip body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Inventors: Steven Moehling, Douglas Fischer
  • Patent number: 7659804
    Abstract: A fuse for a high voltage/high current application, such as a hydro-electric vehicle (“HEV”) application is provided. The fuse employs a variety of arc quenching features to handle a large amount of arcing energy that is generated when such fuse is opened due to a fuse opening event. In one embodiment, an insulative substrate, such as a melamine substrate, is metallized with a fuse element. The fuse element extends to multiple surfaces of the substrate. A fuse opening portion of the element is located so that the arcing energy is forced to travel along multiple insulative planes, increasing an impedance across the opening of the element and decreasing the likelihood of a sustained arc. Also, the substrate and element are disposed in a sealed housing, which is packed in one embodiment with an arc quenching material, such as sand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Littelfuse, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin J. Harris, Jeffrey J. Ribordy, William P. Brown, John Adamczyk, Douglas Fischer, Gregory Stumpo
  • Publication number: 20060061145
    Abstract: A structural roof panel system for a vehicle includes mounting areas molded in or readily attached to the structural element. In a first embodiment, the roof panel is replaced by an engineered, structural system to support overhead components, the headliner, etc. In a second embodiment, an internal super-structure is located between the roof panel and a nonstructural headliner, all overhead system components being readily attachable to the super-structure at pre-designed and designated locations. In a third embodiment, the structural components are moved to pods, and all overhead components are attached thereto. In each embodiment, the headliner becomes an aesthetic and acoustic cover only that does not require structural strength. Furthermore, in each embodiment, a single, integral roof system can be supplied to a vehicle manufacturer, including the exterior panel, structural support for overhead components, the overhead components attached thereto, and the headliner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Publication date: March 23, 2006
    Applicant: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Kevin Strebe, Douglas Fischer, Leif Norland
  • Publication number: 20060055497
    Abstract: A fuse for a high voltage/high current application, such as a hydro-electric vehicle (“HEV”) application is provided. The fuse employs a variety of arc quenching features to handle a large amount of arcing energy that is generated when such fuse is opened due to a fuse opening event. In one embodiment, an insulative substrate, such as a melamine substrate, is metallized with a fuse element. The fuse element extends to multiple surfaces of the substrate. A fuse opening portion of the element is located so that the arcing energy is forced to travel along multiple insulative planes, increasing an impedance across the opening of the element and decreasing the likelihood of a sustained arc. Also, the substrate and element are disposed in a sealed housing, which is packed in one embodiment with an arc quenching material, such as sand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2005
    Publication date: March 16, 2006
    Inventors: Edwin Harris, Jeffrey Ribordy, William Brown, John Adamczyk, Douglas Fischer, Gregory Stumpo
  • Patent number: 6422644
    Abstract: An energy dissipation assembly is provided for dissipating energy between a vehicle component and a vehicle sheet metal member. The assembly includes a collapsible crash box forming a central aperture therethrough for receiving the vehicle component. The collapsible crash box includes a plurality of collapsible levels oriented concentrically with respect to the central aperture. A sufficient impact against the component causes collapse of the plurality of levels between the component and the sheet metal member, thereby dissipating energy of the impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: Lear Donnelly Overhead Systems, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Dean T. Miller, Douglas A. Fischer, Brian K. Begg, Richard J. Weber, Peter E. Mack
  • Patent number: 6189949
    Abstract: A sun visor is disclosed having a body with an aperture through which an extender blade selectively slides between fully retracted and fully extended positions. The visor body is a clamshell type having first and second shell halves. A guide rib is located on one shell half to align and guide the extender blade as it moves into and out of the visor body. The aperture is formed by a recessed portion in at least one of the shell halves. Fabric covers the visor body and also extends into the aperture and covers at least part of the guide rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Lear Donnelly Overhead Systems L.L.C.
    Inventors: Douglas C. Miller, Brian J. Rogalske, Michael S. Serbay, Robert W. Donaldson, Douglas A. Fischer
  • Patent number: 6176536
    Abstract: A console and method of installing a console for a motor vehicle or the like including a passenger cabin. The console includes an accessory module for use by occupants of the vehicle and has a housing with fasteners adapted to mount the console within the vehicle cabin. A chamber having an open side is formed in the console and receives an accessory module. At least a portion of the housing comprises an expanded polymeric material, preferably expended polypropylene, to provide a soft surface within the vehicle cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: Lear Donnelly Overhead Systems L.L.C.
    Inventors: Dean T. Miller, Douglas A. Fischer, Douglas C. Miller, Mark R. Litke
  • Patent number: 6139083
    Abstract: A vehicle sun visor assembly includes a shaft configured for mounting in a vehicle. The shaft includes in-molded first and second electrical wires extending longitudinally along the shaft. The first and second electrical wires include corresponding first and second exposed contact surfaces spaced circumferentially about the shaft. The sun visor body is pivotally and slidably mounted to the shaft and includes first and second mating contacts positioned for selective engagement with the first and second exposed contact surfaces only when the sun visor is positioned at a predetermined pivotal and longitudinal position with respect to the shaft for providing electrical power to a vanity mirror or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Lear-Donnelly Overhead Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas A. Fischer, Bradley D. Miller
  • Patent number: 6106055
    Abstract: A grab handle assembly for attaching a grab handle to a vehicle roof. The grab handle assembly comprises a mounting clip having a fastener that passes through the aligned openings in the headliner and a vehicle roof bracket to secure the mounting clip to the vehicle roof and to additionally mount the headliner to the vehicle roof. The mounting clip further includes a lug extending downwardly from a lower surface of the mounting clip. The grab handle has opposing ends that terminate in a planar tab with an opening, which is sized to receive the lug. To connect the mounting clip and the grab handle, the lug is inserted through the opening in the grab handle and the mounting clip and grab handle are rotated relative to each other approximately 90.degree. to connect the grab handle and the mounting clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Lear Donnelly Overhead Systems L.L.C.
    Inventor: Douglas A. Fischer
  • Patent number: 6092917
    Abstract: A lamp assembly for an overhead console having a single lens that selectively operates multiple switches connected to multiple lamps to illuminate a desired area. The single lens has multiple push surfaces such that pressing a first push surface operates one lamp, pressing a second push surface operates another lamp and pressing a third surface operates both lamps simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Lear Donnelly Overhead Systems LLC
    Inventors: Mark R. Litke, David L. Edstrom, Graham L. Weeks, Douglas A. Fischer
  • Patent number: 6065657
    Abstract: A retractable coat hook assembly comprising a coat hook moveably mounted to a mounting bracket secured to a vehicle roof. The coat hook has a base portion with opposing side walls. A pair of pins extends from each side wall and is received in corresponding grooves in the mounting bracket to rotate the coat hook downwardly about non-fixed rotational axis and translate the coat hook away from the bracket when the coat hook is moved from a retracted to an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Lear Donnelly Overhead Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Douglas A. Fischer
  • Patent number: 5887929
    Abstract: An overhead console for a vehicle has a support structure (14) with walls (30, 80, 82, 84) and an access door (10) defining a compartment (78) for storing a remote transmitter (86). The transmitter (86) includes an actuator switch (92) that is normally manipulated by a user for operating the transmitter (86) to open a garage door, turn on lights, etc., from inside the vehicle. The console access door (10) is attached to the support structure (14) for movement between closed and open positions. A manually operable actuator (12) is engageable with the transmitter switch (92) for operating the transmitter (86) upon depression of the actuator (12). The actuator (12) is attached to the support structure (14) independent of the door (10) such that movement of the actuator (12) is at least substantially unaffected by movement of the door (10) between the closed and open positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: Lear Donnelly Overhead Systems, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Bradley D. Miller, John Rickfelder, Douglas A. Fischer
  • Patent number: 5507423
    Abstract: A vehicle coat hook assembly in which the coat hook is recessed into the header and is actuated to hanging and recessed positions by a simple push and release by the operator which linearly moves the coat hook to such positions. The actuation of the coat hook is controlled by a push-push mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas A. Fischer, Todd C. Adams
  • Patent number: 5411233
    Abstract: A vehicle coat hook assembly in which the coat hook is spring-biased to normally locate the hook closely adjacent to the header of the vehicle but which is extendable against the bias of the spring to provide more area for hanging a greater number of clothes hangers. In a preferred embodiment, a linearly movable stem is connected to the coat hook. In another embodiment, the coat hook is pivotally mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Grimes, III, Douglas A. Fischer, Nels R. Smith, Larry E. Mathias
  • Patent number: 5403058
    Abstract: A damper is snap-fitted in a mounting socket formed adjacent a door frame to engage the door for controlling the movement of the door between closed and open positions. In the preferred embodiment of the invention, the socket includes a first pair of spaced legs engaging one side of the damper at opposite ends and a centrally located leg engaging the side of the damper opposite the one side. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the central leg preferably includes an inwardly projecting lip which extends over the top of the damper which rests on a floor extending from the side of the door frame for holding the rotary damper vertically in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas A. Fischer
  • Patent number: 5392392
    Abstract: A parallel polygon/pixel rendering engine for a digital map capable of producing real-time linear shaded, three dimensional, raster graphics for video generation. The apparatus is suitable for use with avionic display systems, particularly digital map displays which include an instruction and interpreter unit and an image scanner. The apparatus comprises a raster engine, a memory interface and a bit mapped memory. The raster engine further includes a raster engine control and generic interpolation polygon processor interface, an edge interpolator, a line interpolator and a controller for the edge and line interpolators. The raster engine control is electrically connected to receive data from the instruction interface unit and is further electrically connected to the edge interpolator and interpolator controller. The edge interpolator is adapted to receive data from the raster engine control and the line interpolator is electrically connected to receive data from the edge interpolator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Assignee: Honeywell Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Fischer, Jennifer A. Graves, Thomas D. Snodgrass
  • Patent number: 5371840
    Abstract: A polygon tiling engine for use in a computer graphics display system. The computer graphics display system includes a high speed processor which provides lines of vertices, object type codes and START and STOP points for the vertex lines. The system further includes a VME bus. An improved apparatus for polygon tiling comprises apparatus for receiving the START and STOP points, instruction register apparatus coupled to the high speed processor for receiving instruction codes, object storing apparatus, a state machine for controlling the polygon tiling apparatus, a polygon address generating machine, a user defined object memory, a multiplexer and a triple buffered memory. Information is sent from the high speed processor to the tripled buffered memory, instruction registers and START and STOP registers. The information is processed into polygon addresses by the polygon generating apparatus. The polygon tiling apparatus is capable of tiling terrain data, multivertex polygons and user defined objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Assignee: Honeywell Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Fischer, Douglas E. Thorpe, Keith L. Jackson