Patents by Inventor Mark A. Higgins

Mark A. Higgins 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: 10697727
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a universal holster assembly for securely storing one or more handguns. The holster assembly comprises a first and second end walls. A supporting pad is located between the first and second end walls. The first and second end walls and the supporting pad define a cradle configured for holstering a handgun. A hollow tube extends through a set of aligned openings formed in the first and second end walls and the supporting pad. A plug having a head and a body is used to secure each end of the tube. The body is inserted into an end of the tube and a head urging against an exterior surface of one of the end walls, thus securing the holster assembly. Additional cradles may be defined by adding dividing walls and additional supporting pads. Further, one or more storage compartments may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Stephen Mark Higgins
  • Patent number: 10391945
    Abstract: A ramp bracket assembly for selectively storing a ramp in a rear of the vehicle is disclosed. The ramp bracket includes a mounting plate, a support plate, and a retaining channel. The mounting plate is spaced away from and fixedly connected to the support plate. The mounting plate further includes a key member that engages with a mounting bracket connectable to the vehicle sidewall. The retaining channel, which selectively receives a ramp, is fixedly connected to the support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy George, Kurt John Jaeckle, Mark Higgins, Matthew Naumann, Jeffrey Gerard Fortin, John Robert Dryden, John Jeffrey Steslicki
  • Patent number: 10351039
    Abstract: A ramp member is disclosed that cooperates with a connection member mounted to a portion of a vehicle, such as a tailgate. The ramp member comprises a first ramp section defining a connection end and a connector element fixedly secured to the connection end. The connector element defines a mounting channel that is configured to engage the connection member mounted to the vehicle. An opening to the mounting channel that has a width smaller than a width of the mounting channel to selectively secure the ramp member to the connection member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Russell Shaffer, Danny Wilyard, Mark Higgins, Kurt John Jaeckle, Morris Hadden, Matthew Naumann, Matthew Guerdet, Timothy George, Jeffrey Gerard Fortin, John Robert Dryden, John Jeffrey Steslicki
  • Patent number: 10234235
    Abstract: An apparatus operates as both a holster and a benchrest for a handgun. The apparatus comprises first and second end walls, and a supporting pad secured between the first and second end walls. As a holster, the first and second end walls and the supporting pad define a cradle adapted for holstering a handgun. The holster may also be flipped upside-down and then operated as a benchrest. When the assembly is operating as a benchrest, a barrel rest may be inserted into a barrel-rest receiver slot on the top-side of the assembly. The barrel rest has a U-channel adapted for supporting the barrel of a handgun. The supporting pad further provides a surface for supporting the grip of the handgun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Stephen Mark Higgins
  • Patent number: 10151559
    Abstract: A hole is formed through the two or more parts, and a hollow tube is extended through the hole. A first plug is inserted into a first end of the tube, and a second end of the tube is pulled through the hole until the first plug is urged against the two or more parts. The second end of the tube is then cut so that the second end is flush with the two or more parts. A second plug is then inserted into the second end of the tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Stephen Mark Higgins
  • Publication number: 20180056883
    Abstract: A ramp bracket assembly for selectively storing a ramp in a rear of the vehicle is disclosed. The ramp bracket includes a mounting plate, a support plate, and a retaining channel. The mounting plate is spaced away from and fixedly connected to the support plate. The mounting plate further includes a key member that engages with a mounting bracket connectable to the vehicle sidewall. The retaining channel, which selectively receives a ramp, is fixedly connected to the support plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Timothy GEORGE, Kurt John JAECKEL, Mark HIGGINS, Matthew NAUMANN
  • Patent number: 9878675
    Abstract: A ramp bracket assembly for selectively storing a ramp in a rear of the vehicle is disclosed. The ramp bracket includes a mounting plate, a support plate, and a retaining channel. The mounting plate is spaced away from and fixedly connected to the support plate. The mounting plate further includes a key member that engages with a mounting bracket connectable to the vehicle sidewall. The retaining channel, which selectively receives a ramp, is fixedly connected to the support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy George, Kurt John Jaeckle, Mark Higgins, Matthew Naumann, Jeffrey Gerard Fortin, John Robert Dryden, John Jeffrey Steslicki
  • Publication number: 20180003461
    Abstract: A bedside holster assembly is configured with a backing having a flap portion and hanging portion. The flap portion is positionable under a mattress of a bed, and the hanging portion is adaptable to hanging downwardly along the side of the bed. A holster is secured to the hanging portion of the backing, the holster being adaptable to holding a handgun.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventor: Stephen Mark Higgins
  • Patent number: 9415258
    Abstract: In one instance, a modular system for exercise and muscle manipulation work is presented that allows a user to easily carry numerous components and then quickly assemble or separate the components to facilitate a variety of exercises and muscle manipulation work. The components are quickly assembled or separated using rotatable and releasable magnetic quick-link couplers. Other systems and methods are included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Cygnet Systems LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Mark Higgins, Constance Ann Swanston
  • Publication number: 20160153745
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a universal holster assembly for securely storing one or more handguns. The holster assembly comprises a first and second end walls. A supporting pad is located between the first and second end walls. The first and second end walls and the supporting pad define a cradle configured for holstering a handgun. A hollow tube extends through a set of aligned openings formed in the first and second end walls and the supporting pad. A plug having a head and a body is used to secure each end of the tube. The body is inserted into an end of the tube and a head urging against an exterior surface of one of the end walls, thus securing the holster assembly. Additional cradles may be defined by adding dividing walls and additional supporting pads. Further, one or more storage compartments may also be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Inventor: Stephen Mark Higgins
  • Publication number: 20160153747
    Abstract: An apparatus operates as both a holster and a benchrest for a handgun. The apparatus comprises first and second end walls, and a supporting pad secured between the first and second end walls. As a holster, the first and second end walls and the supporting pad define a cradle adapted for holstering a handgun. The holster may also be flipped upside-down and then operated as a benchrest. When the assembly is operating as a benchrest, a barrel rest may be inserted into a barrel-rest receiver slot on the top-side of the assembly. The barrel rest has a U-channel adapted for supporting the barrel of a handgun. The supporting pad further provides a surface for supporting the grip of the handgun.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Inventor: Stephen Mark Higgins
  • Publication number: 20160153746
    Abstract: A bedside holster assembly is configured with a backing having a flap portion and hanging portion. The flap portion is positionable under a mattress of a bed, and the hanging portion is adaptable to hanging downwardly along the side of the bed. A holster is secured to the hanging portion of the backing, the holster being adaptable to holding a handgun.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Inventor: Stephen Mark Higgins
  • Publication number: 20150375665
    Abstract: A ramp member is disclosed that cooperates with a connection member mounted to a portion of a vehicle, such as a tailgate. The ramp member comprises a first ramp section defining a connection end and a connector element fixedly secured to the connection end. The connector element defines a mounting channel that is configured to engage the connection member mounted to the vehicle. An opening to the mounting channel that has a width smaller than a width of the mounting channel to selectively secure the ramp member to the connection member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Inventors: Russell SHAFFER, Danny WILYARD, Mark HIGGINS, Kurt John JAECKLE, Morris HADDEN, Matthew NAUMANN, Matthew GUERDET, Timothy GEORGE
  • Publication number: 20150375686
    Abstract: A ramp bracket assembly for selectively storing a ramp in a rear of the vehicle is disclosed. The ramp bracket includes a mounting plate, a support plate, and a retaining channel. The mounting plate is spaced away from and fixedly connected to the support plate. The mounting plate further includes a key member that engages with a mounting bracket connectable to the vehicle sidewall. The retaining channel, which selectively receives a ramp, is fixedly connected to the support plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy GEORGE, Kurt John JAECKLE, Mark HIGGINS, Matthew Naumann
  • Publication number: 20150313352
    Abstract: A buffing apparatus has a shaft assembly connectable to a drill or other stationary motorized buffer/polisher. A stator is fixedly mounted on the shaft and a rotor is rotatably mounted on the shaft, and each of the stator and rotor includes a respective hub and two or more arms extending radially from the respective hub, and each of the two or more arms defines a hole. A pad having first and second holes is mounted on the shaft with an arm of the stator extending through a first hole of the pad and an arm of the rotor extending through a second hole of the pad. The pads are secured in place with a connector extending through the hole of an arm of the stator and through a hole of an arm of the rotor so that the pads are sandwiched between the shaft assembly and the connectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen Mark Higgins
  • Patent number: 9078513
    Abstract: A buffing apparatus has a shaft assembly connectable to a drill or other stationary motorized buffer/polisher. A stator is fixedly mounted on the shaft and a rotor is rotatably mounted on the shaft, and each of the stator and rotor includes a respective hub and two or more arms extending radially from the respective hub, and each of the two or more arms defines a hole. A pad having first and second holes is mounted on the shaft with an arm of the stator extending through a first hole of the pad and an arm of the rotor extending through a second hole of the pad. The pads are secured in place with a connector extending through the hole of an arm of the stator and through a hole of an arm of the rotor so that the pads are sandwiched between the shaft assembly and the connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen Mark Higgins
  • Publication number: 20140344133
    Abstract: A method and system for hedging a correlation risk associated with a basket option that includes a plurality of securities that includes the step of selecting at least two of the plurality of securities and, in the next step, forming a best-of option for the at least two of the plurality of securities. Finally, the best-of option is combined with the basket option to hedge the correlation risk associated with the basket option.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Goldman, Sachs & Co.
    Inventor: Mark Higgins
  • Publication number: 20140310897
    Abstract: A buffing apparatus has a shaft assembly connectable to a drill or other stationary motorized buffer/polisher. A stator is fixedly mounted on the shaft and a rotor is rotatably mounted on the shaft, and each of the stator and rotor includes a respective hub and two or more arms extending radially from the respective hub, and each of the two or more arms defines a hole. A pad having first and second holes is mounted on the shaft with an arm of the stator extending through a first hole of the pad and an arm of the rotor extending through a second hole of the pad. The pads are secured in place with a connector extending through the hole of an arm of the stator and through a hole of an arm of the rotor so that the pads are sandwiched between the shaft assembly and the connectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen Mark Higgins
  • Patent number: D785184
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Cygnet Systems LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Mark Higgins, Constance Ann Swanston
  • Patent number: D794814
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Cygnet Systems LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Mark Higgins, Constance Ann Swanston