Patents by Inventor Perry D. Erickson

Perry D. Erickson 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: 20200230625
    Abstract: A sprayhead that includes a body and first and second diverters. The body has an inlet for receiving a fluid; first, second, and third chambers; and first, second, and third outlets for dispensing the fluid in first, second, and third modes, respectively. The first diverter moves between a first position wherein the second chamber fluidly connects to the inlet and the first chamber fluidly disconnects from the inlet and a second position wherein the first outlet fluidly connects to the inlet through the first chamber and the second chamber fluidly disconnects from the inlet. The second diverter moves between a first position wherein the second outlet fluidly connects to the second chamber and the third chamber fluidly disconnects from the second chamber and a second position wherein the third outlet fluidly connects to the second chamber through the third chamber and the second outlet fluidly disconnects from the second chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Perry D. ERICKSON, Steven Thomas RADDER
  • Patent number: 10669701
    Abstract: A faucet includes a spout, a spray hose, a support arm, and a sprayer. The spray hose is partially contained within the spout and extends from the spout. The support arm is coupled to the spout and extends from the spout. The sprayer includes a docking assembly and a spray head. The docking assembly is removably coupled to the support arm. The spray head assembly is rotatably coupled to the spray hose and rotatably coupled to the docking assembly. The docking assembly is configured to facilitate rotation of the spray head assembly relative to the docking assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Brad R. Hadfield, Perry D. Erickson
  • Patent number: 10625278
    Abstract: A sprayhead having a valve including a body with an inlet and first, second, and third chambers; a first diverter movable between a first position, in which the second chamber is fluidly connected to the inlet and the first chamber is fluidly disconnected from the inlet, and a second position, in which the first chamber is fluidly connected to the inlet and the second chamber is fluidly disconnected from the inlet; and a second diverter movable between a first position, in which the third chamber is fluidly disconnected from the second chamber, and a second position, in which the third chamber is fluidly connected to the second chamber. The sprayhead having a first outlet that receives fluid from the first chamber; a second outlet fluidly connected to the second chamber when the second diverter is in the first position; and a third outlet that receives fluid from the third chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Perry D. Erickson, Steven Thomas Radder
  • Publication number: 20200048879
    Abstract: A faucet includes a spout, a spray hose, a support arm, and a sprayer. The spray hose is partially contained within the spout and extends from the spout. The support arm is coupled to the spout and extends from the spout. The sprayer includes a docking assembly and a spray head. The docking assembly is removably coupled to the support arm. The spray head assembly is rotatably coupled to the spray hose and rotatably coupled to the docking assembly. The docking assembly is configured to facilitate rotation of the spray head assembly relative to the docking assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Brad R. Hadfield, Perry D. Erickson
  • Patent number: 10495243
    Abstract: A joint for an articulating faucet includes a first housing, a second housing, and a clutch assembly. The first housing defines a first inner cavity and the second housing defines a second inner cavity. The second housing is coupled to the first housing such that fluid may flow from the first inner cavity to the second inner cavity. The clutch assembly is coupled to at least one of the first housing and the second housing and is configured to apply a resistive torque that inhibits movement of the first and second housings relative to each other. The clutch assembly includes a clutch pin, an interface member, and an end cap. The end cap is coupled to a first end of the clutch pin and the interface member. Movement of the end cap varies the magnitude of the resistive torque applied by the clutch assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Perry D. Erickson, Steven T. Radder, Christopher M. Shay
  • Patent number: 10253484
    Abstract: A faucet assembly includes a bushing defining a cutout at a portion of a first end, and a control handle received on the first end of the bushing. The control handle includes an inner wall defining a set screw bore therein, and an outer wall spaced apart from the inner wall, the outer wall defining a visible bore therethrough. The control handle further includes a cavity at least partially defined between the inner wall and the outer wall. The cavity is configured to receive at least a portion of the cutout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: William R. Bares, Perry D. Erickson
  • Publication number: 20180347158
    Abstract: A faucet assembly includes a bushing defining a cutout at a portion of a first end, and a control handle received on the first end of the bushing. The control handle includes an inner wall defining a set screw bore therein, and an outer wall spaced apart from the inner wall, the outer wall defining a visible bore therethrough. The control handle further includes a cavity at least partially defined between the inner wall and the outer wall. The cavity is configured to receive at least a portion of the cutout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: William R. Bares, Perry D. Erickson
  • Patent number: 10124349
    Abstract: A fluid control valve includes a body, a first diverter, a second diverter, and a first actuator. The body includes an inlet configured to receive a supply of fluid. The first diverter is movable in a radial direction within the body between a first radial position and a second radial position. The second diverter is movable in a longitudinal direction within the body between a first longitudinal position and a second longitudinal position. The first actuator is operatively coupled to the first diverter and to the second diverter. The first actuator is configured to simultaneously move the first diverter between the first and second radial positions and the second diverter between the first and second longitudinal positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Perry D. Erickson, Steven Thomas Radder, Amruta Velapure
  • Patent number: 10086390
    Abstract: A sprayhead includes a body having a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The body includes a fluid inlet proximate the first end and a fluid outlet proximate the second end. The sprayhead includes a first disc fixed to the body, a second disc moveably coupled to the body, and a pin which defines an axis of rotation for the second disc. The second disc is configured to rotate about the axis of rotation and to translate in a radial direction relative to the axis of rotation while the sprayhead is in use. Rotation of the second disc relative to the first disc causes a first response, whereas translation of the second disc relative to the first disc causes a second response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: Perry D. Erickson
  • Patent number: 10072400
    Abstract: A faucet assembly includes a bushing defining a cutout at a portion of a first end, and a control handle received on the first end of the bushing. The control handle includes an inner wall defining a set screw bore therein, and an outer wall spaced apart from the inner wall, the outer wall defining a visible bore therethrough. The control handle further includes a cavity at least partially defined between the inner wall and the outer wall. The cavity is configured to receive at least a portion of the cutout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: William R. Bares, Perry D. Erickson
  • Patent number: 10000913
    Abstract: A faucet includes a spout; a sprayhead that is moveable relative to the spout between a docked position and an undocked position; a magnet associated with the spout and having a bore; and a magnetically responsive collar associated with the sprayhead and moveable relative to the magnet in an axial direction as the sprayhead moves between the docked and undocked positions. In the docked position, magnetic forces between the magnet and the collar attract a center of the collar to align with a center of the magnet in the axial direction with the collar in the bore of the magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: John C. Esche, Perry D. Erickson, Roger W. Murphy, William R. Bares
  • Patent number: 9879407
    Abstract: A fitting for a faucet handle includes a body having an interior wall disposed within the body, the interior wall having a plurality of apertures. Each aperture has at least a first opening and a second opening fluidly connected by a channel, and the first opening is angularly offset relative to the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: David E. Hansen, Perry D. Erickson
  • Publication number: 20170333920
    Abstract: A sprayhead having a valve including a body with an inlet and first, second, and third chambers; a first diverter movable between a first position, in which the second chamber is fluidly connected to the inlet and the first chamber is fluidly disconnected from the inlet, and a second position, in which the first chamber is fluidly connected to the inlet and the second chamber is fluidly disconnected from the inlet; and a second diverter movable between a first position, in which the third chamber is fluidly disconnected from the second chamber, and a second position, in which the third chamber is fluidly connected to the second chamber. The sprayhead having a first outlet that receives fluid from the first chamber; a second outlet fluidly connected to the second chamber when the second diverter is in the first position; and a third outlet that receives fluid from the third chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Perry D. Erickson, Steven Thomas Radder
  • Publication number: 20170312766
    Abstract: A fluid control valve includes a body, a first diverter, a second diverter, and a first actuator. The body includes an inlet configured to receive a supply of fluid. The first diverter is movable in a radial direction within the body between a first radial position and a second radial position. The second diverter is movable in a longitudinal direction within the body between a first longitudinal position and a second longitudinal position. The first actuator is operatively coupled to the first diverter and to the second diverter. The first actuator is configured to simultaneously move the first diverter between the first and second radial positions and the second diverter between the first and second longitudinal positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: PERRY D. ERICKSON, Steven Thomas Radder, Amruta Velapure
  • Patent number: 9757740
    Abstract: A fluid control valve including a body, a first diverter, and a second diverter. The body includes an inlet that receives a supply of fluid, and first, second and third chambers. The first diverter is movable between first and second positions. When the first diverter is in the second position, the first chamber is fluidly connected to the inlet and the second chamber is fluidly disconnected from the inlet. When the first diverter is in the first position, the second chamber is fluidly connected to the inlet and the first chamber is fluidly disconnected from the inlet. The second diverter is movable between first and second positions. When the second diverter is in the second position, the third chamber is fluidly connected to the second chamber. When the second diverter is in the first position, the third chamber is fluidly disconnected from the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Perry D. Erickson, Steven Thomas Radder
  • Patent number: 9707572
    Abstract: A fluid control valve includes a body, a first diverter, a second diverter, and a first actuator. The body includes an inlet configured to receive a supply of fluid. The first diverter is movable in a radial direction within the body between a first radial position and a second radial position. The second diverter is movable in a longitudinal direction within the body between a first longitudinal position and a second longitudinal position. The first actuator is operatively coupled to the first diverter and to the second diverter. The first actuator is configured to simultaneously move the first diverter between the first and second radial positions and the second diverter between the first and second longitudinal positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Perry D. Erickson, Steven Thomas Radder, Amruta Velapure
  • Publication number: 20170173602
    Abstract: A fluid control valve includes a body, a first diverter, a second diverter, and a first actuator. The body includes an inlet configured to receive a supply of fluid. The first diverter is movable in a radial direction within the body between a first radial position and a second radial position. The second diverter is movable in a longitudinal direction within the body between a first longitudinal position and a second longitudinal position. The first actuator is operatively coupled to the first diverter and to the second diverter. The first actuator is configured to simultaneously move the first diverter between the first and second radial positions and the second diverter between the first and second longitudinal positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Perry D. Erickson, Steven Thomas Radder, Amruta Velapure
  • Patent number: 9657466
    Abstract: A faucet that includes a spout and a sprayhead movable between a docked position, in which the sprayhead is in contact with the spout, and an undocked position, in which the sprayhead is spaced apart from the spout. The faucet also includes a hose assembly that includes a tubular portion having an inlet end and an outlet end and configured to provide fluid through the spout to the sprayhead and a magnetically responsive end portion coupled to the outlet end of the tubular portion and freely and rotatably received within a portion of the sprayhead. A magnet is located in the spout such that when the sprayhead is in the docked position, the magnet magnetically attracts the magnetically responsive end portion so as to retain the sprayhead against the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: John C. Esche, Perry D. Erickson, Roger W. Murphy, William R. Bares
  • Patent number: 9649645
    Abstract: A sprayhead includes a body having a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The body includes a fluid inlet proximate the first end and a fluid outlet proximate the second end. The sprayhead includes a first disc fixed to the body and a second disc moveably coupled to the body. Rotation of the second disc relative to the first disc causes a first response. Translation of the second disc relative to the first disc causes a second response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: Perry D. Erickson
  • Publication number: 20170106381
    Abstract: A sprayhead includes a body having a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The body includes a fluid inlet proximate the first end and a fluid outlet proximate the second end. The sprayhead includes a first disc fixed to the body, a second disc moveably coupled to the body, and a pin which defines an axis of rotation for the second disc. The second disc is configured to rotate about the axis of rotation and to translate in a radial direction relative to the axis of rotation while the sprayhead is in use. Rotation of the second disc relative to the first disc causes a first response, whereas translation of the second disc relative to the first disc causes a second response.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Inventor: Perry D. ERICKSON