Patents by Inventor Howard J. Reiter

Howard J. Reiter 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: 11172717
    Abstract: An electrically conductive magnetic snap fastener for releasably coupling a first material to a second material, the fastener including a male fastening element having a stud and stud flange affixable to the first material, and a female fastening element affixable to the second material and including a cover and a magnet disposed within a cavity defined by the cover, and defining a channel into which the stud is insertable, the female fastening element being electrically conductive at least in a portion disposed for electrically conductive contact with the male fastening element when the stud is inserted in the channel, and the cover being a unitary member of electrically conductive metal, wherein the channel is a distally closed and proximally open socket defined by a continuous wall portion of the cover for receiving the stud and preventing passage of liquid through the channel to the magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Romed Fasteners, Inc.
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter
  • Patent number: 11116265
    Abstract: An electrically conductive magnetic snap fastener for releasably coupling a first material to a second material, the fastener including a male fastening element having a stud and stud flange affixable to the first material, and a female fastening element affixable to the second material and including a cover and a magnet disposed within a cavity defined by the cover, and defining a channel into which the stud is insertable, the female fastening element being electrically conductive at least in a portion disposed for electrically conductive contact with the male fastening element when the stud is inserted in the channel, and the cover being a unitary member of electrically conductive metal, wherein the channel is a distally closed and proximally open socket defined by a continuous wall portion of the cover for receiving the stud and preventing passage of liquid through the channel to the magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Romed Fasteners, Inc.
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter
  • Patent number: 10932507
    Abstract: A magnetic snap fastener for releasably coupling a first material to a second material. The fastener includes a first fastening assembly affixable to the first material, and disposed in a first water-resistant enclosure. The fastener includes in one embodiment a second fastening assembly affixable to the second material. The first and second fastening assemblies each include a ferromagnetic eyelet having an integrally formed flange and protrusion magnetically coupled to a toroidal-shaped magnet. Alternatively, the second fastening assembly is a ferromagnetic cap or button. The first and second fastening assemblies provide magnetic coupling to releasably couple the first and second materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Romag Fasteners, Inc.
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter
  • Publication number: 20200196692
    Abstract: An electrically conductive magnetic snap fastener for releasably coupling a first material to a second material, the fastener including a male fastening element having a stud and stud flange affixable to the first material, and a female fastening element affixable to the second material and including a cover and a magnet disposed within a cavity defined by the cover, and defining a channel into which the stud is insertable, the female fastening element being electrically conductive at least in a portion disposed for electrically conductive contact with the male fastening element when the stud is inserted in the channel, and the cover being a unitary member of electrically conductive metal, wherein the channel is a distally closed and proximally open socket defined by a continuous wall portion of the cover for receiving the stud and preventing passage of liquid through the channel to the magnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter
  • Patent number: 10609967
    Abstract: An electrically conductive magnetic snap fastener for releasably coupling a first material to a second material, the fastener including a male fastening element affixable to the first material, the male fastening element including an integrally formed stud and stud flange and a female fastening element affixable to the second material, the female fastening assembly including a cover, a backplate, and a magnet disposed within a cavity defined by the cover. The male fastening element and the female fastening element being magnetically couplable to each other such that the male fastening element contacts the female fastening element to form a conductive electrical path through the male fastening element and the female fastening element when the male fastening element and the female fastening element are magnetically coupled to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: ROMED FASTENERS, INC.
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter
  • Publication number: 20190328068
    Abstract: A magnetic snap fastener for releasably coupling a first material to a second material. The fastener includes a first fastening assembly affixable to the first material, and disposed in a first water-resistant enclosure. The fastener includes in one embodiment a second fastening assembly affixable to the second material. The first and second fastening assemblies each include a ferromagnetic eyelet having an integrally formed flange and protrusion magnetically coupled to a toroidal-shaped magnet. Alternatively, the second fastening assembly is a ferromagnetic cap or button. The first and second fastening assemblies provide magnetic coupling to releasably couple the first and second materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter
  • Patent number: 10342299
    Abstract: A magnetic snap fastener for releasably coupling a first material to a second material. The fastener includes a first fastening assembly affixable to the first material, the first fastening assembly including a first ferromagnetic eyelet having an integrally formed flange and protrusion magnetically coupled to a first toroidal-shaped magnet, the first fastening assembly disposed in a first water-resistant enclosure, and a second fastening assembly affixable to the second material, the second fastening assembly including a second ferromagnetic eyelet having an integrally formed flange and protrusion magnetically coupled to a second toroidal-shaped magnet having an oppositely poled orientation relative to the first magnet, the second fastening assembly disposed in a second water-resistant enclosure. The first and second fastening assemblies providing magnetic coupling to releasably couple the first and second materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ROMAG FASTENERS, INC.
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter
  • Publication number: 20190183187
    Abstract: An electrically conductive magnetic snap fastener for releasably coupling a first material to a second material, the fastener including a male fastening element affixable to the first material, the male fastening element including an integrally formed stud and stud flange and a female fastening element affixable to the second material, the female fastening assembly including a cover, a backplate, and a magnet disposed within a cavity defined by the cover. The male fastening element and the female fastening element being magnetically couplable to each other such that the male fastening element contacts the female fastening element to form a conductive electrical path through the male fastening element and the female fastening element when the male fastening element and the female fastening element are magnetically coupled to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter
  • Publication number: 20180303207
    Abstract: A magnetic snap fastener for releasably coupling a first material to a second material. The fastener includes a first fastening assembly affixable to the first material, the first fastening assembly including a first ferromagnetic eyelet having an integrally formed flange and protrusion magnetically coupled to a first toroidal-shaped magnet, the first fastening assembly disposed in a first water-resistant enclosure, and a second fastening assembly affixable to the second material, the second fastening assembly including a second ferromagnetic eyelet having an integrally formed flange and protrusion magnetically coupled to a second toroidal-shaped magnet having an oppositely poled orientation relative to the first magnet, the second fastening assembly disposed in a second water-resistant enclosure. The first and second fastening assemblies providing magnetic coupling to releasably couple the first and second materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter
  • Patent number: 8650723
    Abstract: A snap fastener includes a male component and a female component. In a mechanical fastener, a shaft having an enlarged tip fits within a socket having a retaining element for releasably holding the enlarged tip. In a magnetic snap fastener, the female component has a magnet and a cover with a central hole for receiving the shaft. In both forms of snap fasteners, the male component and female component have anti-rotation surfaces, which interact to prevent rotation of the male and female components relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Rome Fastener Corporation
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter
  • Publication number: 20120255145
    Abstract: A closure includes a first section having a bore, the bore having a crimped opening smaller than an inner portion thereof, and a second section having a shaft which is at least partially deformed inside the bore to lock the two sections together. The closure may be a magnetic snap fastener or mechanical snap fastener. The magnetic or mechanical snap components releasably connect a first and second sheet material. The first section of the closure may be an ornamental cap or button. A method for forming a crimped locking bore comprises a tool having a bore with tapered sidewalls to form the crimped opening of the first section of the closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: Howard J. REITER
  • Publication number: 20110047759
    Abstract: A closure includes a first section having a bore, the bore having a crimped opening smaller than an inner portion thereof, and a second section having a shaft which is at least partially deformed inside the bore to lock the two sections together. The closure may be a magnetic snap fastener or mechanical snap fastener. The magnetic or mechanical snap components releasably connect a first and second sheet material. The first section of the closure may be an ornamental cap or button. A method for forming a crimped locking bore comprises a tool having a bore with tapered sidewalls to form the crimped opening of the first section of the closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter
  • Publication number: 20110041295
    Abstract: A snap fastener includes a male component and a female component. In a mechanical fastener, a shaft having an enlarged tip fits within a socket having a retaining element for releasably holding the enlarged tip. In a magnetic snap fastener, the female component has a magnet and a cover with a central hole for receiving the shaft. In both forms of snap fasteners, the male component and female component have anti-rotation surfaces, which interact to prevent rotation of the male and female components relative to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter
  • Publication number: 20100300768
    Abstract: A portable scale including an inflatable bladder, an inflation port, a pressure sensor, and a display. The display indicates the weight of an object that may be placed upon the bladder based on the pressure inside the bladder that is sensed by the pressure sensor. The bladder may be deflated for easy transport or storage. The portable scale may further include a mechanical or electric pump for inflating the bladder. The pump may be turned off when the pressure inside the bladder reaches a predetermined level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter
  • Patent number: 7610944
    Abstract: A magnetic handle system for use in briefcases, luggage, handbags or the like, having a first handle and a second handle, each including a magnetic member, whereby moving the first handle into proximity of the second handle creates a magnetic force which releasably connects the first and second handles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Lodestone Fasteners LLC
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter
  • Patent number: 6892428
    Abstract: An adjustable magnetic snap fastener for releasably connecting two pieces of material at any one of a number of possible positions. There are a number of stems attached to one plate and a number of magnets attached to another plate. Any one of the stems fits into a hole in any one of the magnets to connect the two sections of the fastener and hence the two pieces of material. Alternatively, there are a number of magnets attached to one plate and a number of magnets attached to another plate, oriented so that every one of the magnets on the first plate is attracted to every one of the magnets on the second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Lodestone Fasteners, LLC
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter
  • Patent number: 6836935
    Abstract: An adjustable magnetic snap fastener for releasably connecting two pieces of material at any one of a number of possible positions. There are a number of stems attached to one plate and a number of magnets attached to another plate. Any one of the stems fits into a hole in any one of the magnets to connect the two sections of the fastener and hence the two pieces of material. Alternatively, there are a number of magnets attached to one plate and a number of magnets attached to another plate, oriented so that every one of the magnets on the first plate is attracted to every one of the magnets on the second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Lodestone Fasteners, LLC
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter
  • Publication number: 20040003487
    Abstract: An adjustable magnetic snap fastener for releasably connecting two pieces of material at any one of a number of possible positions. There are a number of stems attached to one plate and a number of magnets attached to another plate. Any one of the stems fits into a hole in any one of the magnets to connect the two sections of the fastener and hence the two pieces of material. Alternatively, there are a number of magnets attached to one plate and a number of magnets attached to another plate, oriented so that every one of the magnets on the first plate is attracted to every one of the magnets on the second plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2003
    Publication date: January 8, 2004
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter
  • Publication number: 20030221297
    Abstract: An adjustable magnetic snap fastener for releasably connecting two pieces of material at any one of a number of possible positions. There are a number of stems attached to one plate and a number of magnets attached to another plate. Any one of the stems fits into a hole in any one of the magnets to connect the two sections of the fastener and hence the two pieces of material. Alternatively, there are a number of magnets attached to one plate and a number of magnets attached to another plate, oriented so that every one of the magnets on the first plate is attracted to every one of the magnets on the second plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2003
    Publication date: December 4, 2003
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter
  • Patent number: D922863
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Romag Fasteners, Inc.
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter