Indicators Patents (Class 116/200)
  • Patent number: 10410548
    Abstract: Display module mounting apparatus and methods provide mounting features enabling ease of installation and service. The apparatus may have one or more releasable frame couplers and pivoting releasable frame couplers coupled to a display module having a display plane defined in relation to a substrate. One or more adjustable linkages may adjustably define a standoff distance between the display plane and a support frame to which the module may be mounted by the mounting apparatus. Concave and convex adjustments to the display plane may be made. Operation of pivoting action to tilt the display plane enables installation, removal, and serviceability of large displays constructed with a tiled plurality of display modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Nanolumens Acquisition, Inc.
    Inventors: Jorge Perez-Bravo, Qinghua Xiao, Bin Zhu
  • Patent number: 10352236
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to a nosecap for a gas turbine engine. The nosecap may be injection molded in an embodiment. The nosecap may have bolt holes surrounded by bolt pockets that are asymmetric about a plane passing through a geometric center of the nosecap and passing through and dividing the bolt hole in an embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Colin J. Kling, Charles W. Brown
  • Patent number: 10330294
    Abstract: LED related lighting methods and apparatus are described. Various features relate to water tight light fixtures. Some of the fixtures are spotlights while other fixture are intended for in ground use. The light fixtures in at least some embodiments include power control features. In spotlight embodiments beam angle and power or light output can be controlled without opening the light assembly or compromising the water tight seals which also protect against dirt. In ground embodiments support tilt angle setting which allow a user to set the light fixture to one or more tilt angles. Beam angle can also be changed in some embodiments as well as power control. Beam angle, power control and tilt angle adjustments are supported in some embodiments but need not be supported in all embodiments with some embodiments using one or more of the described features but not all features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: WANGS ALLIANCE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Basar Erdener
  • Patent number: 10323848
    Abstract: Disclosed is an expansion tank having an internal cavity separated by a flexible diaphragm to form an upper pressurized gas portion and a lower pressurized fluid portion, and an indicator positioned at an upper part of the expansion tank in communication with the contents of the upper pressurized gas portion. The indicator is configured so as to display a first color if the operating conditions are normal in the pressurized gas portion, and a second color if the amount of moisture detected in the pressurized gas portion greater than or equal to a predetermined amount. Further disclosed is a method for detecting whether there is an excessive amount of moisture in a pressurized gas portion of an expansion tank by allowing pressurized gas from the pressurized gas portion to come into contact with the indicator, and viewing the color displayed by the indicator. As such, the tank can be simply visually inspected to determine whether there is a potential failure in the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: AMTROL LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Van Haaren, Kenneth Cerpovicz, Christopher Kampf
  • Patent number: 10317208
    Abstract: A tilt sensor for signaling when the tilt sensor is not vertical. The tilt sensor includes a metallic ball that is free to move and capable of resting at a low point when the tilt sensor is vertical. A proximity sensor directed at the low point communicates when the metallic ball has deviated from its position of repose, indicating that the sensor is no longer vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Philip Schafer, Anton M Walters, Brent Muller
  • Patent number: 10275645
    Abstract: To determine the state of a subject person with a simple structure, an image determining device includes: an imaging unit that captures an image from a first direction, the image including the subject person; a first detector that detects size information from the image, the size information being about the subject person in the first direction; a second detector that detects position-related information, the position-related information being different from the information detected by the first detector; and a determining unit that determines the state of the subject person, based on a result of the detection performed by the first detector and a result of the detection performed by the second detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuya Yamamoto, Masahiro Nei, Isao Totsuka, Tomoyuki Matsuyama, Masamitsu Yanagihara, Satoshi Hagiwara, Masakazu Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 10221490
    Abstract: An apparatus may mount an in-stream, continuous contact, visible, sacrificial anode in a fluid passage for the electrolytic corrosion protection. The apparatus may function to protect heat exchangers and/or other metallically connected system components that share contact with electrolytically active fluids. The apparatus may consist of an in-line anode cartridge including a collar body and a viewing port. The apparatus may include a site glass and compression fittings which seals the device causing corrosive fluids to flow past a sacrificial anode. The apparatus may include a visual indicator and an elastically compressed member (e.g., spring) which facilitate continuous metallic/electrical contact and inspection of the anode through the viewing port without system shut down or disassembly. The elastically compressed member and gauge assembly fills the view-ports with a bright indicator as the anode dissolves and the elastically compressed member expands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Scott Coleman Zifferer
  • Patent number: 10225902
    Abstract: A life-style two-level LED security light with a motion sensor. The life-style two-level LED security light includes a light-emitting unit configured with two sets of LEDs respectively emitting different color temperature lights. At night, the light-emitting unit is turned on for a low level illumination with a low color temperature light featuring an ascetic night view. When the motion sensor detects a motion intrusion, the light-emitting unit is switched from the low level illumination with the low color temperature light to a high level illumination with a high color temperature light to perform a dual effect of security alert and to enable an occupant to have a high visibility of the surrounding environment when needed. The low level illumination also creates a light house effect to help an occupant move toward a destination without encountering an accident or getting lost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Vaxcel International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chia-Teh Chen
  • Patent number: 10132410
    Abstract: A sealing assembly for mating two sections of an electrical device enclosure is disclosed. The enclosure includes a top and bottom joinable section. The sealing assembly includes a first sealing section disposed on the top joinable section that has both first and second upper projecting lip extensions. The second upper projecting lip extension has a height less than the first upper projecting lip extension and forms a channel therebetween. A second sealing section is disposed on the bottom joinable section, and includes a downward projecting lip extension and channel. The downward projecting lip extension is offset from the first section first upward projecting lip extension when the top and bottom joinable sections are joined. At that point the downward projecting lip extension engages within the channel of the first sealing section, and the second upper projecting lip extension of said first sealing section is engaged within the second sealing section channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: TOWER MFG CORP
    Inventors: Victor V Aromin, Dan R Paquette
  • Patent number: 10121342
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a security tag. The methods comprise: disposing a portion of an article between at least a first pad and a second pad of the security tag; applying a compressive force to the portion of the article disposed between the first and second pads; and concurrently providing by the first and second pads (A) a non-slip grip on the portion of the article and (b) prevention of article staining caused by at least one of oxidization, a chemical interaction, and outgassing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Richard D. Alvarez, Gilbert Fernandez, Photra Som, Kelvin Lee Hunter
  • Patent number: 10117666
    Abstract: An ultrasonic medical instrument includes a probe shaft having a threaded coupling at a proximal end and an end effector or head at a distal end. The coupling is configured for operative attachment to a source of ultrasonic mechanical vibratory energy, while the head has an operative surface configured for engagement with organic tissues of a patient. The probe shaft, the coupling, and the head are made of a metal or metal alloy. At least one end-of-life indicator element is affixed to the probe shaft or head, the indicator element being made of a material that gradually disintegrates or degrades with use of the instrument so as to provide a visible indicator of degree of use and remaining useful life of the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: MISONIX INC.
    Inventor: Dan Voic
  • Patent number: 10099822
    Abstract: A closure assembly includes a cap having a top panel joined to a circumferential skirt by a plurality of bridges and an opening in the top panel. A plurality of complementary projections are provided on the inner surface of the skirt. An intermediate member has a top portion. An annular sealing surface joins and rises from the top portion. A neck is formed on the top portion located to protrude through the opening. A closure base with a complementary annular sealing surface is adapted to telescopically receive the annular sealing surface. A plurality of projections extend from the closure base. A sealing member is applicable between the annular sealing surface and complementary annular sealing surface to provide a seal between the intermediate member and the closure base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: FLEXTANK INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Phillip Henry Slattery
  • Patent number: 10088430
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for authenticating working fluids. The systems and methods include exposing at least a portion of a working fluid containing a UV-reactive chemical marker to light having wavelengths in the range of about 10-400 nm, thereby causing the chemical marker to generate a signal. The signal can be detected via a sensor system and compared to a reference signal that is associated with an authentic working fluid. An output may be generated to indicate whether the working fluid is the authentic working fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Christopher Vander Neut, Michael L. Blumenfeld, Eric B. Senzer, Samuel C. Bainbridge
  • Patent number: 10072518
    Abstract: An abradable liner suitable for a gas turbine engine fan stage, comprising a plurality of abradable layers that are bonded together, wherein at least one visual indicator is embedded in the plurality of abradable layers, the visual indicators can be coloured strips of material and may be at a given depth, and may be in an independent element or layer located in between other layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventors: William Playford, James O'Toole
  • Patent number: 10047535
    Abstract: A dispenser system for delivering various combinations of dispersants to a body of water with the various combinations of dispersants supplied to the body of water through the interchanging of dispensing cartridges which are attachable to a main dispensing cartridge where a condition for interchanging of dispensing cartridges may be triggered by an event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: KING TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph A. King, Jeffrey D. Johnson, Lyle Enderson, Paul Freeberg, Donald Dalland, Terry Goeman
  • Patent number: 10022004
    Abstract: A beverage lid for temporarily and removeably covering beverage cups and glasses to prevent spillage and contamination. The lid is installed on a drinking glass having an enlarged reservoir with a circular rim. The lid has a circular, planar base with an outer surface, an inner surface, and a diameter larger than the diameter of the glass rim. A central handle is affixed at a proximal end to and projects from the base and has an outer, grasping surface and an inner surface. The handle preferably has a shape that allows the outer surface of one handle to nest in the inner surface of the handle of another of the lids. The lid preferably includes an annular lip or tabs that project transverse to the plane of the base to prevent the lid from sliding off the rim of the glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventors: Paul Taormina, Suzann Taormina, Francesco Taormina, Frankie Allison
  • Patent number: 10000327
    Abstract: Provided is a tip indicator that enables reduced manufacturing costs with a simple configuration, can be made lighter in weight, and is capable of detecting tipping over of a packaging box and the like. This tip indicator is fixed to a packaging box and is equipped with a main body that has a passage section and a moving object. The passage section has a first holding part and a second holding part. The moving object is held by the first holding part when the main body is in an initial position, and the moving object moves through the passage section and is held by the second holding part when the main body has returned to the initial position after having been turned by 90 degrees in a first direction and then by 90 degrees in a second direction, that is, a direction opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Seiji Sumitomo
  • Patent number: 9981795
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container equipped with a closure system particularly adapted for aseptically filled fluid contents. The invention also relates to the use of said container in a method for detecting spoilage of its fluid content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Niels Stoffers, Lutz Ellmann
  • Patent number: 9979115
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly for marking at least one connection of a computer system. The assembly comprises a housing with an outer wall, in which a recess is formed. Furthermore, at least one connection is provided, which is accessible from outside the housing via the recess of the housing. The assembly is characterized in that a labelling element can be secured within the housing such that at least one section of the labelling element which can be provided with a marking and which is assigned to the at least one connection projects outwards from the housing through the recess. Furthermore, the invention relates to a connection module and to a labelling element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Mario-Antonio Bez, Ralf-Peter Fietz, Bernhard Gut, Friedrich Köhler, Toni Koberling, Georg Venus
  • Patent number: 9970472
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a metal washer having an outer circumference, a plurality of cavities formed within the washer, wherein each cavity has an opening that is flush with the outer circumference, an indicator material comprising an inspection lacquer within at least one of the cavities, and a membrane along the outer circumference sealing the inspection lacquer within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Manoj Handa
  • Patent number: 9963113
    Abstract: Windscreen wiper blade intended to be hinged to an actuating arm of a wiper system, this blade comprising: a member referred to as an ageing member able to change visual appearance over time; and at least one symbol (7) hidden by the ageing member, the symbol (7) becoming visible after the ageing member has changed in visual appearance, characterized in that the symbol (7) comprises at least one type of elementary pattern (70) the dimensions and/or relative layout of which code for information relating to the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Valeo Systémes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Gérald Caillot, Frédéric Giraud, Pierre Sevellec, Olivier Raby
  • Patent number: 9888929
    Abstract: A drill and drill cover and autogenous bone collector using the same are provided. The autogenous bone collector comprises a shaft unit connected to a driving device and a cutting unit which revolves and collects bone particles of a patient. The cross-sectional area of the cutting unit is from 10% to 40% of an area of a circle having a radius corresponding to a distance from the center of the cutting unit to the outermost end portion of the cutting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: OSSTEMIMPLANT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong Hoon Moon, Tae Euk Lee, Tae Gwan Eom
  • Patent number: 9862626
    Abstract: A floating dispenser for floatingly delivering a dispersant or dispersants to a body of water with the floating dispenser floating in an upright condition when a dispersant is present in a dispenser cartridge of the floating dispenser with the dispenser self inverting 180 degrees in response to consumption of the dispersant in the dispenser cartridge to thereby provide a visual alert that one should replace the dispenser cartridge in the dispenser with a fresh dispenser cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: KING TECHNOLOGY INC
    Inventors: Joseph A. King, Jeffrey D. Johnson, Lyle Enderson, Paul Freeberg, Donald Dalland, Terry Goeman
  • Patent number: 9863578
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device for displaying hazard indicia, having a stanchion defining a first end and a second end, whereby the first end defines a first cross section that is smaller than a second cross section of the second end; a base adapted to removably receive the second end of the stanchion so as to maintain the stanchion in a vertical position; and a means for allowing the device to be collinearly stacked on top of a second device such that only the second end of the device and the second end of the second device contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: LAKESIDE PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael A. Cuttill, Anne M. Meunch
  • Patent number: 9781962
    Abstract: A protective clothing system for protecting a user from high velocity particles and lacerating objects. The protective clothing system generally includes a clothing item having a front portion and a rear portion. The front portion of the clothing item is constructed of three to fifteen sheets of protective material to protect the front portion of the body of the user from high velocity particles and lacerating objects. The rear portion of the clothing item may have no protective material or significantly less sheets of protective material compared to the front portion to help reduce the weight of the clothing item. The joints of the clothing item corresponding to the human joints are relatively free moving to provide increased mobility to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Midwest Armor, LLC
    Inventor: Tommy R. McClure
  • Patent number: 9707133
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing a disposable absorbent article is disclosed. The method includes providing a first nonwoven layer with bi-component fibers and having a first surface and an opposing second surface; color printing the first nonwoven layer on at least one of the first or second surface; providing a second nonwoven layer with bi-component fibers and a first and an opposing second surface; joining the first and the second nonwoven layers together to form a laminate structure, wherein the color printing faces the second nonwoven layer; providing a topsheet, an absorbent core, and a backsheet; and placing the laminate between a topsheet and an absorbent core such that the color printing is visible through the topsheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Marco Digiacomantonio, Carlo Toro, Giovanni Carlucci
  • Patent number: 9691302
    Abstract: A recording apparatus comprises a plurality of supporting materials, a plurality of labels, and an unpacking recordation form. The supporting materials supports and fixes components of a specific device. The amount of the labels is at least the amount of the supporting materials plus two, wherein the labels comprises a starting-label and an ending-label pasted on the unpacking recordation form. The unpacking recordation form comprises several recording columns between the starting-label and the ending-label, wherein the amount of the recording columns is corresponding to that of the supporting materials. When unpacking the supporting materials from the device, the labels is removed from the supporting materials to paste to the recording columns. Therefore, user can determine if all supporting materials in the device are unpacked completely by checking if all of the recording columns are pasted by the labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignees: XYZPRINTING, INC., KINPO ELECTRONICS, INC., CAL-COMP ELECTRONICS & COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Sin-In Ho
  • Patent number: 9688451
    Abstract: A composite closure including a panel and an outer portion defining a recess into which the panel is received. The composite closure may be coupled with a container. The panel deflects downward toward the container when the composite closure is sealed with the container and the interior of the container is under vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: SILGAN WHITE CAP LLC
    Inventor: William J. Kapolas
  • Patent number: 9669652
    Abstract: This applicator product, in a section thereof for guiding an adhesive B from a container body 1 towards a top portion 64 and including at least the top portion 64, is furnished with a see-through passage 6a of translucent constitution such that the adhesive B is visible from the outside, whereby it is possible to apply a desired quantity of the adhesive B to an object, and to do so over a desired location and surface area. A cap 7 covers a nozzle 6, maintaining the adhesive B constituting the application material within the see-through passage 6a in a state of being shielded from visible light, so that the adhesive B retains stable coloration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: KOKUYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shogo Kobayashi, Koji Gamoh
  • Patent number: 9644117
    Abstract: An adhesive compositions which shows a first color change when the ambient temperature is increased to a temperature of ?T1 and a second color change when the ambient temperature is lowered to a temperature of ?T2, wherein T1>T2. Such adhesive compositions have advantageous properties, in particular at security applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: ARTIMELT AG
    Inventors: Olaf Meincke, Philip Andres, Thomas Griebel, Benno Blickenstorfer
  • Patent number: 9643462
    Abstract: A ball mount for measuring tongue weight of a trailer is disclosed. The ball mount can include a ball portion having a hitch ball configured to couple with a tongue of a trailer. The ball mount can also include a hitch portion for interfacing with a hitch receiver associated with a vehicle. In addition, the ball mount can include a load measurement device associated with the ball portion to determine a magnitude of a downward force on the hitch ball. The load measurement device can include a reservoir having a fluid and a piston disposed therein, and a pressure sensor in fluid communication with the reservoir. The hitch ball can be configured to exert a force on the piston, thereby affecting a pressure of the fluid in response to the downward force on the hitch ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Weigh Safe, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin McAllister
  • Patent number: 9645570
    Abstract: A monitoring system includes at least one light sensor, at least one fastener and at least one controller. The light sensor is configured to detect light emitted by an operation lamp. The fastener wraps around the operation lamp, and it includes a light-shielding body. The light-shielding body has an accommodation groove and an inner surface. The inner surface is adjacent to the operation lamp. The accommodation groove is concavely formed at the inner surface. The light sensor is accommodated in the accommodation groove. The controller is electrically connected with the light sensor for determining a status of the machine according to the light detected by the light sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: PEGATRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yu-Te Lin, Chih-Yung Wang, Yu-Chen Liu, Yi-Lung Lin, Hung-Wen Chien
  • Patent number: 9637951
    Abstract: Systems (100) and methods (1000) for operating a Security Tag (“ST”). The methods involve rotating a Rotational Clip (“RC”) of ST (132) towards a Housing Base (“HB”) of ST until RC (406) contacts a latch (610) disposed within HB (404), where an article resides between a first pad (602) fixedly coupled to RC and a second pad (604) movably coupled to HB. An angled surface (626) of RC slides against an angled surface (624) of the latch so as to cause compression of a cap spring (614) and a latch spring (612). The cap spring is disposed in HB such that a center axis (818) thereof is perpendicular to a center axis (816) of the latch spring. When the latch becomes aligned with an aperture (628) formed in the rotational clip, the latch travels into the aperture as result from a pushing force applied thereto by the latch spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventor: Danhui Luo
  • Patent number: 9620035
    Abstract: A parking space sign system that is placed in a parking space at the interior end and includes a U-shaped flexible bracket defining a base and two opposing arms projecting from the base, a pair of frame mounts adapted for mounting to the projecting arms, at least one sign panel having indicia thereon for placement in one of the frame mounts and an end cap for each end of each frame mount to secure the frame mounts to the flexible bracket. The flexible brackets are preferably made from a rubber-based material used for tires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Jerrold J Hochfelsen
  • Patent number: 9586270
    Abstract: A coated hole cutter including an ink-based colored coating applied only to the external surface of the cylindrical blade body of the hole cutter, but not to the surfaces of a circumferentially-extending cutting edge or to the interior surface of the blade body. The ink-based color coating is an ultraviolet activated ink that cures when the coating is exposed to a specific ultraviolet light intensity and wavelength. At least the surfaces of the cutting edge and the internal surface of the blade body, which do not include the coating, have a steam tempered oxide finish that imparts a color that contrasts with the color imparted by the coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: IRWIN INDUSTRIAL TOOL COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert Richard Zielonka, Joseph H. DeSantis, Christopher F. Fitzgerald, Peter Weremchuk
  • Patent number: 9578908
    Abstract: A sports bra configured to be worn by a human female includes a body fabric and a wear indicator. The wear indicator is configured to change colors when the useful life of the sports bra has expired and the sports bra should be replaced with a new sports bra. The wear indicator may be provided on any of various components of the sports bra, such as a color band, trim feature, tag, or other sports bra component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason A. Berns, Shannon Miller
  • Patent number: 9573040
    Abstract: A golf swing training apparatus to be used exclusively in the short game of golf to provide a first audible clicking sound when the golfer cocks his wrists and a second audible clicking sound when the golfer releases the club head. The training aid includes a base having a clamping mechanism for attaching the apparatus to the end of the grip of a golf club and a click generating mechanism including a spring having a free end which engages an actuator during the cocking of the wrist and flexes to generate the first audible click and again the second audible click when the flex of the spring relaxes during the release of the club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventors: Michael Metz, Anthony Martino
  • Patent number: 9535497
    Abstract: In one aspect, a device includes a processor, at least one at least partially transparent display accessible to the processor, at least one eye sensor accessible to the processor, and a memory accessible to the processor. The memory bears instructions executable by the processor to present content at a first location on the at least partially transparent display and, based at least in part on data from the eye sensor, determine whether a user is looking one of at least substantially at the first location and past the first location. The instructions are also executable to, in response to a determination that the user is looking past the first location, remove the content from presentation at the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Amy Leigh Rose, Nathan J. Peterson, John Scott Crowe, Bryan Loyd Young, Jennifer Lee-Baron
  • Patent number: 9529335
    Abstract: An elapsed timer device includes a timer element comprising a timer chamber, a timer chamber conditioning material disposed within the timer chamber, and a sensor arranged to sense a timer chemical within the timer chamber. The sensor indicates elapsed time in response to a threshold level of the chemical being present within the timer chamber. The timer chamber, timer chemical adsorption/desorption characteristics of the timer chamber conditioning material, and the sensor are configured so that an amount of the timer chemical within the timer chamber reaches the threshold level within a predetermined time after initialization of the timer element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Ramkumar Abhishek, Sourobh Raychaudhuri, Ashish Pattekar
  • Patent number: 9516961
    Abstract: The present invention provides a container including a system for personal identification. A series of bands are mounted between ridges formed circumferentially around the container. The bands have symbols printed in a color similar to the container. The bands can be rotated around the container to position selected symbols over a patch printed on the container in a contrasting color to make the selected symbol visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventors: Alexander N. Yambao, Maria Yambao, Ashley Yambao, Allen Yambao
  • Patent number: 9413108
    Abstract: A lever-actuated electrical connector is disclosed having a housing mateable with a mating connector having complementary mating detection terminal. A mating detection terminal is positioned in the housing to form a detection circuit when in contact with the complementary mating detection terminal. A mating lever is supported by the housing. A housing lock is positioned on the housing and in contact with the mating lever when the housing is mated to the mating connector, with the housing lock being displaceable by an operation of the mating lever. The mating detection terminal is positioned at a distance from the counterpart mating detection terminal when the mating lever is in an unlocked positioned, and is in contact with the counterpart mating detection terminal when the mating lever reaches the final mating position to actuate the detection circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Japan G.K.
    Inventor: Shingo Iwatani
  • Patent number: 9387273
    Abstract: Liquid activated ink formulations comprising a liquid activated dye, a hydrochromic ionic compound, an opacifier, and a solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Sebastian V. Kanakkanatt, Santosh B. Kanakkanatt
  • Patent number: 9388554
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for visually indicating the presence of a fire hydrant and the range of gallons per minute water flow associated with the hydrant by using a single-piece fire hydrant cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventor: Keith Allen Bost
  • Patent number: 9376803
    Abstract: A flood vent includes a door pivotable within a frame between a closed position and an open position. A fluid trigger that is triggerable by a fluid to allow the door to pivot from the closed position to the open position includes a retainer and a fluid modifiable material. The fluid modifiable material is positioned between the door and the retainer thereby obstructing the door from pivoting from the closed position to the open position until the fluid modifiable material is modified by contact with the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: SMART VENT PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Winfield Scott Anderson, Jr., Tom Little, James Rycek, Michael J. Graham
  • Patent number: 9339918
    Abstract: An identifiable tool includes a bit and an identification ring. The bit includes a frusto-conical section formed on an external side. The identification ring includes an identification layer formed on an external side and a frusto-conical section formed on an internal side. The frusto-conical section of the identification ring is in contact with the frusto-conical section of the bit when the identification ring is placed on the bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: Hsiu-Hua Chang
  • Patent number: 9283882
    Abstract: Designs and methods are provided for a convertible fighting vehicle. In one embodiment the vehicle includes a drivable chassis having a standardized bed with mounting surfaces and a suite of interface connections for utility coupling. A mission module is adapted to attach to the bed mounting surfaces and couple with the suite of interface connections, wherein the mission module is configured in one of several mission specific forms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: ArmorWorks Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Richard F. Langner, Matthew Luster, Valent Horvatich, William J. Perciballi
  • Patent number: 9217242
    Abstract: Fire hydrants each have a band of lamps strapped around them, the lamps powered by a solar collector battery circuit. An RF signal is transmitted to a receiver in the circuit by a remote responder causing the lamps to light up with a coded color related to the water flow rating of each of the hydrants and with a blink rate related to the water pressure of each of the hydrants. Upon arriving at the fire scene responders are able to select an appropriate hydrant for the location and size of the fire. The circuit is able to transmit flow and pressure information to the responders which information is presented on a display screen for early reconnaissance of the water resources at the fire scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Inventor: Keith Jones
  • Patent number: 9168579
    Abstract: In some aspects of the invention, a punching tool includes a punching stamp including a stamp shaft and an axial stop; and an adjustment ring having a center opening configured to receive the stamp shaft and abut the axial stop, where a first mark is located along a cylindrical portion of the stamp shaft adjoining the axial stop, and at least a portion of the first mark remains visible when the adjustment ring is abutted against the axial stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Stefan Buettner, Wolfgang Laib
  • Patent number: 9113916
    Abstract: Drill bits comprising a shaft having a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinal axis extending between the proximal end and the distal end; and a cutting head located at the distal end of the shaft, having a cutting diameter, and having at least one flute, which includes a cutting edge and an offset leading spur are disclosed. A portion of the shaft of the drill bits located adjacent and proximal to the cutting head has a reduced diameter relative to the remainder of the shaft. The drill bits have a tapered point along the longitudinal axis at the distal end of the cutting head for guiding the drill bit or are cannulated to receive a guide wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Zimmer, Inc.
    Inventors: Antony J Lozier, Daniel P. Murphy, Andrew L. Gray
  • Patent number: 9027503
    Abstract: A multi-purpose reflective collar for attachment to a fire hydrant that increases the visibility of the hydrant to motorists and others, and that indicates the hydrant's flow rate, water source and pressure rating to firefighters and other first responders through the use of color coded reflective tape webs that can be removably attached to the collar. The multi-purpose reflective collar of the present invention is adjustable to accommodate fire hydrants of different shapes and sizes, and is useful in increasing safety and the efficiency of firefighting procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Sampson