Patents by Inventor John Clasen

John Clasen 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).

  • Publication number: 20200088226
    Abstract: A system and method including a fastener clip assembly including a cap configured to be secured to a chassis through a chassis slot and a pin configured to be secured to a body panel, wherein the pin is configured to be secured to the cap. The pin includes a pin head having a bottom surface and the cap includes one or more fingers. The fingers are configured to bend outward from an original position based at least in part on the pin being inserted into the cap and are configured to bend back to the original position based at least in part on the pin head moving past the fingers. The fingers are configured to secure the pin to cap based at least in part on the fingers engaging a bottom surface of the pin head. The cap includes one or more limiters corresponding to the one or more fingers. The limiters are located to the outside of the fingers, and the limiters are configured to prevent breaking of the fingers based at least in part on the limiters limiting an outward bending of the fingers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: Termax LLC
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, John Clasen
  • Patent number: 10228000
    Abstract: A magnetic fastener clip includes a cup having at least one hole, an overmold is attached to the cup and a magnet. The overmold has: a cup cover is injection molded on an outside portion of the cup, and an inner ring is injection molded on at least part of an inside portion of the cup. The inner ring is attached to the cup cover via the at least one hole. The magnet operably attaches into the inner ring. According to one embodiment, a turn coupler attaches to the cup cover. The magnetic fastener clip is operative for blind attachment into a structure, such as a vehicle chassis i.e. a pillar, door frame, chassis or roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: TERMAX LLC
    Inventors: Michael Tirrell, Daniel James Dickinson, John Clasen
  • Patent number: 10138922
    Abstract: A fastener clip assembly including a cap configured to be secured to a chassis through a chassis slot. The cap comprises one or more wings configured to collapse upon inserting the cap into the chassis slot and to expand upon full insertion. The cap is further configured to be secured to the chassis slot at least upon the wings expanding into the chassis slot. The clip further includes a pin configured to be secured to a body panel. The pin is configured to be secured to the cap. The cap comprises one or more releases. The releases are accessible from a side of the cap configured to receive the pin. The releases are configured, upon release, to collapse the one or more wings. The cap is configured to be extracted from the chassis based at least upon releasing the releases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: TERMAX LLC
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Tirrell, John Clasen
  • Patent number: 10024351
    Abstract: A fastener clip assembly including a cap configured to be secured to a chassis through a chassis slot and a pin configured to be secured to a body panel. The pin is configured to be secured to the cap. The clip also includes a removable seal configured to be attached between the pin and the cap. The removable seal is configured to form a seal against the chassis based at least upon the pin being secured to the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: TERMAX LLC
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Tirrell, John Clasen
  • Patent number: 10006479
    Abstract: A fastener clip assembly including a cap configured to be secured to a chassis through a chassis slot and a pin configured to be secured to a body panel. The pin is configured to be secured to the cap. The clip further includes a funnel coupled to the cap and facing in a direction of insertion of the pin. The funnel is configured to guide the pin into the cap based at least upon inserting the pin into the cap off center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: TERMAX LLC
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Tirrell, John Clasen
  • Patent number: 9919674
    Abstract: A tether fastening device for an automobile body structure includes a fastener clip, at least one tether strap, a tether clip bracket, a clip strap coupler, and a bracket strap coupler. The clip strap coupler operably couples to a slot in the automobile chassis. The tether clip bracket attaches to the fastener clip when in an attached position. The bracket strap coupler is attached to the body panel. The tether strap allows for controlled detachment between the clip strap coupler and the bracket strap coupler. The strap may include a mesh to absorb the deployment energy and decelerate the body panel in a controlled manner. In the event of an airbag activation, the tether clip bracket and the fastener clip initially accelerate and then decelerate from each other. The pair of tether straps control the deceleration and separation distance of the clip strap coupler and bracket strap coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: TERMAX LLC
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Walter Smith, Michael Tirrell, John Clasen
  • Patent number: 9649993
    Abstract: A fastener clip assembly including a first part and a second part. The first part is configured to engage and be secured to a first article, where the second part is configured to engage and be secured to a second article, and where the first part is configured to engage and be secured to the second part. The first part is pre-attached to the second part with a frangible link, where the first part is configured to engage and be secured to the second part based at least upon breaking the frangible link, and where breaking the frangible link is based at least upon pressing the first part toward the second part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: TERMAX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Walter Smith, Michael Tirrell, John Clasen
  • Publication number: 20170129421
    Abstract: A fastener clip assembly including a first part and a second part. The first part is configured to engage and be secured to a first article, where the second part is configured to engage and be secured to a second article, and where the first part is configured to engage and be secured to the second part. The first part is pre-attached to the second part with a frangible link, where the first part is configured to engage and be secured to the second part based at least upon breaking the frangible link, and where breaking the frangible link is based at least upon pressing the first part toward the second part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: Termax Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Walter Smith, Michael Tirrell, John Clasen
  • Publication number: 20170106809
    Abstract: A magnetic fastener clip includes a cup having at least one hole, an overmold is attached to the cup and a magnet. The overmold has: a cup cover is injection molded on an outside portion of the cup, and an inner ring is injection molded on at least part of an inside portion of the cup. The inner ring is attached to the cup cover via the at least one hole. The magnet operably attaches into the inner ring. According to one embodiment, a turn coupler attaches to the cup cover. The magnetic fastener clip is operative for blind attachment into a structure, such as a vehicle chassis i.e. a pillar, door frame, chassis or roof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: Termax Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Tirrell, Daniel James Dickinson, John Clasen
  • Publication number: 20170051780
    Abstract: A fastener clip assembly including a cap configured to be secured to a chassis through a chassis slot and a pin configured to be secured to a body panel. The pin is configured to be secured to the cap. The clip also includes a removable seal configured to be attached between the pin and the cap. The removable seal is configured to form a seal against the chassis based at least upon the pin being secured to the cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Termax Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Tirrell, John Clasen
  • Publication number: 20170051778
    Abstract: A fastener clip assembly including a cap configured to be secured to a chassis through a chassis slot and a pin configured to be secured to a body panel. The pin is configured to be secured to the cap. The clip further includes a funnel coupled to the cap and facing in a direction of insertion of the pin. The funnel is configured to guide the pin into the cap based at least upon inserting the pin into the cap off center.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Termax Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Tirrell, John Clasen
  • Publication number: 20170051775
    Abstract: A fastener clip assembly including a cap configured to be secured to a chassis through a chassis slot. The cap comprises one or more wings configured to collapse upon inserting the cap into the chassis slot and to expand upon full insertion. The cap is further configured to be secured to the chassis slot at least upon the wings expanding into the chassis slot. The clip futher includes a pin configured to be secured to a body panel. The pin is configured to be secured to the cap. The cap comprises one or more releases. The releases are accessible from a side of the cap configured to receive the pin. The releases are configured, upon release, to collapse the one or more wings. The cap is configured to be extracted from the chassis based at least upon releasing the releases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Termax Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Tirrell, John Clasen
  • Patent number: 9499108
    Abstract: A magnetic fastener clip includes a cup having at least one injection hole, an overmold attached to the cup and a magnet is attached to the overmold. The overmold has: a cup cover attached to an outside portion of the cup, and an inner ring attached to an inside portion of the cup. The inner ring is attached to the cup cover via the at least one injection hole. The magnet operably attaches into the inner ring. According to one embodiment, the cup cover and the inner ring are injection molded over at least one part of the cup. An optional coupler for attachment to a body panel is attached to the cup cover and is operative to flex. The magnetic fastener clip adapts to different surface curvatures and thicknesses. The magnetic fastener clip is operative for blind attachment into a structure, such as a vehicle chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: TERMAX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Walter Smith, John Clasen, Michael Tirrell
  • Publication number: 20160229368
    Abstract: A tether fastening device for an automobile body structure includes a fastener clip, at least one tether strap, a tether clip bracket, a clip strap coupler, and a bracket strap coupler. The clip strap coupler operably couples to a slot in the automobile chassis. The tether clip bracket attaches to the fastener clip when in an attached position. The bracket strap coupler is attached to the body panel. The tether strap allows for controlled detachment between the clip strap coupler and the bracket strap coupler. The strap may include a mesh to absorb the deployment energy and decelerate the body panel in a controlled manner. In the event of an airbag activation, the tether clip bracket and the fastener clip initially accelerate and then decelerate from each other. The pair of tether straps control the deceleration and separation distance of the clip strap coupler and bracket strap coupler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Applicant: TERMAX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Tirrell, John Clasen
  • Patent number: 9353890
    Abstract: A pole bracket magnetically attaches a magnetic cable fastener to a magnetic object such as a building structure such as a frame, electrical box, conduit, truss, I-beam, car body, vehicle chassis or any suitable object. For example, the pole bracket removably attaches to and holds the magnetic cable fastener to hold a cable to the building structure. The pole bracket has a base having a pole attachment portion to attach to a pole. The pole bracket also has a magnetic clip holder section coupled to the base. The magnetic clip holder section includes a snap stem portion operable to removably hold the magnetic cable fastener. As the magnetic fastener is positioned as desired via the pole bracket, the magnetic fastener is magnetically self-aligned with and removably attached to the building structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: TERMAX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Walter Smith, John Winnie, Michael Tirrell, John Clasen
  • Publication number: 20150321622
    Abstract: A fastener clip system including a carrier and a fastener clip configured to fit over the carrier. The fastener clip includes at least one wing. The wing includes an engagement region that includes a depressed portion configured to be secured against a slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Publication date: November 12, 2015
    Applicant: TERMAX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Tirrell, John Clasen, Mark Fleydervish
  • Publication number: 20150283957
    Abstract: A magnetic fastener clip includes a cup having at least one injection hole, an overmold attached to the cup and a magnet is attached to the overmold. The overmold has: a cup cover attached to an outside portion of the cup, and an inner ring attached to an inside portion of the cup. The inner ring is attached to the cup cover via the at least one injection hole. The magnet operably attaches into the inner ring. According to one embodiment, the cup cover and the inner ring are injection molded over at least one part of the cup. An optional coupler for attachment to a body panel is attached to the cup cover and is operative to flex. The magnetic fastener clip adapts to different surface curvatures and thicknesses. The magnetic fastener clip is operative for blind attachment into a structure, such as a vehicle chassis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2015
    Publication date: October 8, 2015
    Applicant: TERMAX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Walter Smith, John Clasen, Michael Tirrell
  • Publication number: 20150251624
    Abstract: A tether fastening device for an automobile body structure includes a fastener clip, at least one tether strap, a tether clip bracket, a clip strap coupler, and a bracket strap coupler. The clip strap coupler operably couples to a slot in the automobile chassis. The tether clip bracket attaches to the fastener clip when in an attached position. The bracket strap coupler is attached to the body panel. The tether strap allows for controlled detachment between the clip strap coupler and the bracket strap coupler. The strap may include a mesh to absorb the deployment energy and decelerate the body panel in a controlled manner. In the event of an airbag activation, the tether clip bracket and the fastener clip initially accelerate and then decelerate from each other. The pair of tether straps control the deceleration and separation distance of the clip strap coupler and bracket strap coupler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Applicant: Termax Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Walter Smith, Michael Tirrell, John Clasen
  • Patent number: 8615852
    Abstract: A magnetic fastener clip includes a base and an umbrella positioned on the base. A boss is attached to the umbrella and extends outwardly from the umbrella and away from the base. The magnetic fastener has a hole with a diameter to receive the boss. The boss is welded to hold the magnetic fastener against the umbrella. An optional carrier is attached to the base to provide additional height for suitable applications. The umbrella is positioned on the base or is attached to the carrier and positioned opposite the base. The boss is attached to the magnetic fastener such that the umbrella flexes to permit the magnetic fastener to pivot about the boss. The magnetic fastener clip adapts to different surface curvatures and thicknesses. The magnetic fastener clip is operative for blind attachment into a structure, such as a vehicle chassis i.e. roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Termax Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Walter Smith, Daniel James Dickenson, Mark Fleydervish, John Clasen
  • Publication number: 20100289288
    Abstract: A magnetic fastener clip includes a base and an umbrella positioned on the base. A boss is attached to the umbrella and extends outwardly from the umbrella and away from the base. The magnetic fastener has a hole with a diameter to receive the boss. The boss is welded to hold the magnetic fastener against the umbrella. An optional carrier is attached to the base to provide additional height for suitable applications. The umbrella is positioned on the base or is attached to the carrier and positioned opposite the base. The boss is attached to the magnetic fastener such that the umbrella flexes to permit the magnetic fastener to pivot about the boss. The magnetic fastener clip adapts to different surface curvatures and thicknesses. The magnetic fastener clip is operative for blind attachment into a structure, such as a vehicle chassis i.e. roof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: TERMAX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Walter Smith, Daniel James Dickinson, Mark Fleydervish, John Clasen