Having Cover Patents (Class 16/250)
  • Patent number: 11021897
    Abstract: An overtravel hinge for a sliding door of a vehicle. The overtravel hinge expands from a collapsed condition, to a partially deployed condition, and to a fully deployed condition. The hinge includes a four bar linkage utilizing an arm to control movement of the overtravel hinge between the collapsed condition and the fully deployed condition. The overtravel hinge, in one embodiment, is used to modify or retrofit a known original equipment manufacturer vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: THE BRAUN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Adam D. Wojdyla
  • Patent number: 10934751
    Abstract: A frame assembly supporting an overhead door has a horizontal header connected to upright columns or posts with splice assemblies. Fasteners mounted on the columns cooperate with retainers on the splice assemblies to position and connect the columns to the header. Hinges pivotally mount the door on the header for movement between open and closed positions. Linear actuators connected to the frame assembly and door are operable to move the door between door open and door closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SORREL QUARTERS, LLC
    Inventor: Michael L. Schweiss
  • Patent number: 10829971
    Abstract: A patch fitting cover or cap for a patch fitting creates a substantially continuous surface toward a glass door pane using an inclined wall of the cover/cap. The patch fitting cover may be attached to a patch fitting to improve the accessibility of an associated glass door. The cover may be constructed as a retrofit cover to replace an existing patch fitting cover. The cap may be constructed to cooperate with an existing patch fitting cover such that the cap is installed on the existing patch fitting cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY Accessories and Door Controls Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle R. Murray, Douglas Thompson
  • Patent number: 10791702
    Abstract: A pet waste collector is disclosed. The collector has a base collector, a wall collector, and a hinge. The base collector has a first frame and a first pet waste collecting surface. The first pet waste collecting surface is connected to the first frame. The wall collector has a second frame and a second pet waste collecting surface. The second pet waste collecting surface is connected to the second frame. The hinge pivotally connects the wall collector to the base collector. The wall collector is pivotal relative to the base collector about the hinge between a closed position and a raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Darlene Huntinghouse
  • Patent number: 10793202
    Abstract: A vehicle tailgate can be being pivotally attached to a cargo area of the vehicle with a gap being defined between an edge of the tailgate and an end of the floor of the cargo area. Embodiments disclosed herein relate to a tailgate gap cover that can protect the gap between a tailgate and a vehicle cargo floor. In one embodiment, the disclosed cover includes a cover member having a first edge pivotally attached to the tailgate such that a second edge opposite the first edge rests on cargo area floor beyond the gap when the tailgate is in a raised position or a lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Skylar C. Watson
  • Patent number: 10781850
    Abstract: A hinge module includes a joint assembly, a first pivot, and a second pivot. The joint assembly includes a first joint washer, a second joint washer separate from and coplanar with the first joint washer, an interlock member having two elongated limiting holes, and two pins. The first joint washer has a first pivot hole and a first pin hole. The second joint washer has a second pivot hole and a second pin hole. The pins are respectively inserted into the first and second pin holes and movably pass through the limiting holes. The first and second pivots respectively pass through the first and second pivot holes. When the first joint washer is rotated around the first pivot, the corresponding pin moves the interlock member in a direction perpendicular to each limiting hole, thereby moving the other pin to rotate the second joint washer around the second pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: FOSITEK CORPORATION
    Inventor: An-Szu Hsu
  • Patent number: 10745951
    Abstract: A hinge cover for preventing damage to a vehicle or other object caused by contact with one or more hinge of a vertically opening door. Hinges which may be covered with a hinge cover may include leaves connected together by an axial barrel with opposite ends defining openings. A hinge cover may comprise a generally wedge-shaped body and an axial connector removably insertable in a respective barrel end opening to removably attach the hinge cover to the hinge. The body may include a downwardly-sloping ramp and a pair of opposed sidewalls which receive the barrel therebetween. In embodiments, an axial connector comprises a pair of opposed coaxial tabs extending from a respective sidewall which can each be inserted into a respective end opening of the barrel to removably attach the hinge cover to the hinge. The hinge cover shields a vehicle or other object in the path of the hinge from direct or glancing damaging contact by the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: BUMPERHERO LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Wunderle, David W. Wunderle
  • Patent number: 10730375
    Abstract: A tonneau cover for a pickup truck. The tonneau cover includes a first panel, a second panel and hinge assembly pivotally connecting the two panels. The hinge assembly has first and second pivot members fixed to respective edges of the panels. The pivot members including a cylindrical portion within which a pivot pin is received. The hinge assembly also includes a base member positioned between the two pivot members. The base member is connected to the pivot pins so as to be pivotally moveable relative to the two pivot members. With this construction, the base member is pivotable relative to the second pivot member, and the first pivot member and first panel are pivotable relative to the base member so that the first panel is foldable into a position where the first panel overlies the second panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Winbo-Dongjian Automotive Technology Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Yongtao Ma
  • Patent number: 10633899
    Abstract: A multi-piece hinge cap covers an upper surface of an installed geared continuous hinge to provide ligature resistance with a door supported by the installed geared continuous hinge in a closed position. The multi-piece hinge cap has a frame cap that attaches at a vertical member of a door frame above a frame leaf of the installed geared continuous hinge. Also, the multi-piece hinge cap has a door cap that attaches at the door adjacent to the frame cap and above a door leaf of the installed geared continuous hinge. The frame and door caps each include an upper surface having a downward sloping angle that slopes downward from the door frame and the door, respectively, and extends over the exposed upper surface of the installed geared continuous hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Select Products Limited
    Inventor: Joseph James Eshuis
  • Patent number: 10542805
    Abstract: A piece of luggage comprises a front shell, a rear shell, and a frame assembly configured to hingedly secure the front shell to the rear shell. The frame assembly including a front frame sub-assembly configured to be secured to the front shell and a rear frame sub-assembly configured to be secured to the rear shell. Each of the front frame sub-assembly and the rear frame sub-assembly including a plurality of frame members and a plurality of corner members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: TUMI, INC.
    Inventor: Paul V. Scicluna
  • Patent number: 10465728
    Abstract: A connecting structure adapted for an infant carrier includes a connecting hole portion and a connecting component. The connecting hole portion is disposed on a frame body of the infant carrier. The connecting component includes a first connecting portion and a second connecting portion. The first connecting portion is coupled onto a cloth cover of the infant carrier. The second connecting portion is connected to the first connecting portion and for connecting the connecting hole portion. Therefore, the connecting structure of the present invention can provide a convenient way to connect a cloth cover and a frame body of the infant carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Wonderland Switzerland AG
    Inventor: Jun-Jie Hu
  • Patent number: 10450691
    Abstract: Disclosed are provided a drum washing machine having an improved coupling structure of a door and a cabinet. A drum washing machine comprising: a cabinet forming an outer appearance of the drum washing machine, and having an opening into which laundry is put; a door configured to open and close the opening of the cabinet; a hinge assembly including a hinge shaft to support the door such that the door is rotatable with respect to the cabinet; and an reinforcement member configured to support the cabinet and the hinge assembly, and rotatably connected to the hinge shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Han Kyu Choi
  • Patent number: 10394277
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an electronic device that can be cradled at various angles using a magnetic force and a stopper structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chung Ha Kim, Jangwoon Kim, Jaeho Baik, Hyun Keun Son, Jun Won Lee, Seung Ho Jang
  • Patent number: 10349740
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an insulated transport cabinet for food or the like having a housing, a door, a hinge cover, and a hinge pin. The housing includes a barrel portion adjacent to a front surface and extending between top and bottom ends. The barrel portion includes a longitudinal axis, a gap separating the barrel portion into top and bottom barrel sections having first and second passageways aligned with the longitudinal axis, respectively. The door includes a hinge adjacent to a side surface and including a third passageway aligned with the longitudinal axis. An inner surface of the hinge pin complements an outer surface of the hinge. The hinge pin passes through the first, third, and second passageways. The door pivots about the longitudinal axis between an open position and a closed position. The longitudinal axis is offset from a center plane of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: INTERMETRO INDUSTRIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Olson, Todd Robinson
  • Patent number: 10260263
    Abstract: The invention relates to a furniture hinge (10) with a hinge cup (52) having cup side walls (52.4) which encircle a cup opening at least partially, and having a cup bottom (52.1) which at least partially closes off the hinge cup (52) opposite the cup opening, with a spreading element (70) having two clamping jaws (72.1, 72.2) which at least partially radially enclose the cup side walls (52.4) of the hinge cup (52) and which are connected via a flange (71), and with a lifting arrangement for adjusting at least one of the clamp jaws (72.1, 72.2) between a first position and a second position. Here it is provided that at least one of the clamping jaws (72.1, 72.2) comprises at least one integrally formed spreading extension (76, 78) which, in the transition from the first position into the second position, cooperates with the hinge cup (52) so that the clamping jaws (72.1, 72.2) are spread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SAMET KALIP VE MADEN ESYA SAN. VE TIC. A.S.
    Inventors: Artur Hirtsiefer, Bernd Rödder
  • Patent number: 10246922
    Abstract: A dampener, and an appliance with a dampener, wherein the dampener provides resistance against the movement of a door of the appliance between an open and closed position. The dampener can be incorporated into the door of the appliance in manner than provides strength for proper operation while also allowing for streamlined aesthetics and less bulk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Raymond Mora, Michael Wuttikorn Ekbundit
  • Patent number: 10190347
    Abstract: A hinge covers, guards, or protectors configured for use during painting. The hinge protector for a hinge has a pair of hinge plates and a knuckle. The hinge protector may have an inner cylinder portion, an outer cylinder portion, a pivot rotatably coupling the inner cylinder portion to the outer cylinder portion at one end. The inner cylinder portion and the outer cylinder portion may define an opening for receiving the knuckle of the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Paul Batistakis
  • Patent number: 10073407
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a cover and a hinge portion. The hinge portion couples the cover with an apparatus main body in openable/closable manner. The hinge portion includes an inner rail member, an intermediate rail member, and a movable rail member. The inner rail member is provided on an inner side of an opening in the apparatus main body, and is arc-shaped. The intermediate rail member is slidably supported by the inner rail member and displaced between a first position and a second position. The movable rail member includes a coupling portion and a supported portion, is slidably supported by the intermediate rail member, and when the cover is opened, is slid from a third position to a fourth position which is further outward of the opening than the third position and at which the coupling portion is disposed below a lower edge of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Koyanagi
  • Patent number: 10036187
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided including a docking device to accept a computing device, the docking device including a keyboard and a hinge to connect the computing device to the keyboard, the hinge is configured to allow the computing device, when connected to the hinge, to rotate relative to the keyboard in a laptop orientation. The hinge includes a plurality of interlinked parallel hinge segments at least partially enclosed in a flexible covering, and each hinge segment is to rotate about a respective one of a plurality of parallel axes of the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Bok Eng Cheah, Howe Yin Loo, Min Suet Lim, Chung Peng Jackson Kong, Poh Tat Oh
  • Patent number: 10000953
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided including a docking device to accept a computing device, the docking device including a keyboard and a hinge to connect the computing device to the keyboard, the hinge is configured to allow the computing device, when connected to the hinge, to rotate relative to the keyboard in a laptop orientation. The hinge includes a plurality of interlinked parallel hinge segments at least partially enclosed in a flexible covering, and each hinge segment is to rotate about a respective one of a plurality of parallel axes of the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Bok Eng Cheah, Howe Yin Loo, Min Suet Lim, Chung Peng Jackson Kong, Poh Tat Oh
  • Patent number: 9962041
    Abstract: An infant bather having a flexible water bath supported by a frame. The frame has a scissors fold such that the flexible water bath folds one way to an open configuration for bathing an infant and folds the other way to a closed configuration for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Regalo International, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Flannery, Porter R. Million
  • Patent number: 9834968
    Abstract: A hinge for a door, such a glass shower door, including a back plate attachable to a surface, a hinge block extending from the back plate, a clamp rotatably coupled to the hinge block for receiving the glass shower door, and a hinge limiter attached to one of a front or a back exterior surface of the hinge block. The hinge limiter may have a length equal to or less than a length of the hinge block and a width less than a width of the hinge block. The clamp may include a stop plate on an interior surface, adjacent to a distal end of the hinge block, adapted to contact the hinge limiter upon rotation of the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Mr. Shower Door, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas M. Whitaker
  • Patent number: 9790724
    Abstract: A door damper (100) is made preferably of heat-resistant plastic material and comprises a damper element (150) as well as a pestle (110) that is securely guided in the housing (120) of the door damper. As an integrated structure, it can be mounted at any suitable location at a household appliance (160) that is cool and the pestle (110) can directly contact the front door (220, 300). Beneficially, it comprises an orifice (140) at the housing (120) to fix it at a sidewall of a household appliance (161) or at the front door (220, 300). Beneficially, the door damper also comprises a switch (145) that allows switching a door alarm, a light or influencing cooking functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Electrolux Appliances Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Branko Ivanovic, Dietmar Hildner
  • Patent number: 9708841
    Abstract: A hinge cover can be removably attachable to a hinge and include a snap on feature comprising a cylindrically shaped inner surface with a c-shaped cross-section, the c-shaped cross-section comprising an opening and a top portion opposite the opening configured to be releasably coupled to a hinge without adhesive, screws, or nails. The hinge cover can further include a deflecting feature, the deflecting feature further including a width extending in a direction of an axis of the cylindrically shaped inner surface of the snap on feature. The hinge cover can include a first ramp portion sloping away from the top of the snap on feature in a first direction. The hinge cover can include a second ramp portion sloping away from the top of the snap on feature in a second direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Gregory Kar
  • Patent number: 9670706
    Abstract: A portable door guard used to secure the door at the hinge, particularly the wings of the hinge. The portable door guard comprises a retractable, non-permanently fixed device that can be secured around the hinge of the door from the inside to prohibit the door to open more than a gap. The portable door guard includes a center area designed to grip the hinge to limit the swinging movement of the hinge and adjusting means to configure the size of the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Henry Kong Sun Ching
  • Patent number: 9546017
    Abstract: A connecting assembly of modular box, comprising a top cover, a sleeve, a mandrel, and a jacket, the sleeve is configured to trap outside the mandrel; the sleeve is provided with at least one snap-fit portion, the jacket is provided with at least one snap-engagement portion, the at least one snap-engagement portion is connected with the at least one snap-fit portion, so that the jacket is fixed in a circumferential direction of the sleeve; the top cover is connected to an upper end of the mandrel to press firmly the sleeve and the jacket, so that the axial positions of the sleeve and the jacket are fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Tangshan Dushibao Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shaolong Li
  • Patent number: 9475432
    Abstract: A motor vehicle accessory mounts temporarily to a motor vehicle door hinge. The integral mount of the accessory includes a metal sleeve lined with a non-scratching non-metallic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Steinjager, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Rauschert
  • Patent number: 9417663
    Abstract: An electronic device capable of maintaining a high level of operability and which prevents damage to the keyboard and other input systems when converted from a laptop PC to a tablet PC. The electronic device includes a main body part having a keyboard and a display part having a display. The main body part and the display part may rotate from a 0-degree position where the display and the keyboard face each other up to a 360-degree position where the back faces of the display and the keyboard face each other through a 180-degree position where the display and the keyboard are parallel with each other while facing the same direction. The electronic device includes an upper leg portion that can advance and retreat from an upper face of the main body part in response to rotational movement of the display part from the 180-degree position to the 360-degree position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kinoshita, Eiji Shinohara, Seita Horikoshi
  • Patent number: 9388616
    Abstract: A hinge cover assembly for a pre-mounted hinge includes a cup cover releasably connected to a hinge cup of the pre-mounted hinge, an arm cover removably connected to a hinge arm of the pre-mounted hinge, the hinge arm pivotally connected to the hinge cup, and a hinge cover pivotally connected to the cup cover and slidably engaged with the arm cover. The hinge cover is pivotally connected to the hinge cup with a set of pins and a set of torsion springs. The set of torsion springs bias the hinge cover against the arm cover. As the hinge cup is pivoted between an open position and a closed position, the bias of the set of torsion springs and the slidable engagement of the hinge cover with the arm cover enables the hinge cover to extend and retract with respect to the hinge arm and cover the pre-mounted hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: HARDWARE RESOURCES, INC.
    Inventors: Rachel Cooper, Travis McElveen, Dennis McGregor
  • Patent number: 9363948
    Abstract: A framing unit used with a plurality of replaceable panels that form a vertical retaining wall or a rigid enclosure to make raised planting beds. The framing unit includes two vertical end connectors, two horizontal top rails, at least one bottom rail, and a plurality of vertical panels. Each end connector includes two side flanges joined to form a vertical channel. Each end connector includes at least one hinge sleeve offset from the hinge sleeve on the opposite end connector adjacent framing units to be joined with a single anchor pin. The bottom and the two top rails are parallel and extend between the two end connectors. The top rails are separated by an upper gap that allow a plurality of vertical panels to be inserted into and supported by a channel formed on the bottom rail. The top edges of the panels are captured by the two top rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Gordon W. Birkland
  • Patent number: 9250009
    Abstract: With a domestic appliance comprising a carcass (1), a door (2) hinged to the carcass (1) and a frame (8, 9, 10) fastened to the carcass (1) and surrounding the edges of the door (2), a foliate anti-trap element (17) extends from the door (2) through a recess (12) of the frame (8, 9, 10) to a hinge-side side wall (11) of the carcass (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Kentner, Karl-Friedrich Laible
  • Patent number: 8938853
    Abstract: A hinge includes a rotating member and a sleeve member. The rotating member includes a rotating shaft and a mounting portion connected to the rotating shaft. The mounting portion includes a first mounting portion. The first mounting portion includes a first mounting piece used to secure to an enclosure and a second mounting piece connected to the first mounting piece. The sleeve member includes a main body and a positioning portion extending from the main body. The rotating shaft is received in the sleeve member, and the second mounting piece is secured to the positioning portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Peng Zhang
  • Patent number: 8918959
    Abstract: The invention relates to a novel hinge connection (1) for a transport container made of plastic, which hinge connection comprises a hinge part (2) designed as a sleeve (4) having a longitudinal opening (5) and a hinge clip (3) that encompasses the sleeve. The sleeve has a wide outer circumferential groove (6) for receiving the hinge clip, which has a recess (7) at least at one of the ends thereof. The hinge clip (3) further comprises at one end a detent (9) that projects inward for engaging with the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Georg Utz Holding AG
    Inventor: André Keller
  • Patent number: 8898861
    Abstract: A product and a method employing a block having a downwardly angled front surface suitable for covering the top surface of a continuous geared door hinge after the door is installed in a frame. The block has one or more recessed counter bored holes in the front surface to accommodate security screws without compromising the angle of the front surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Timothy Alan Schau
  • Publication number: 20140298616
    Abstract: A pinned hinge with articulating cover system and associated method for assembly are provided. In one embodiment, the hinge includes first and second hinge members pivotally coupled together. A plurality of geared bearing inserts are mounted to knuckles of the hinge members. A cover adapter clip is mounted on the knuckles that is configured to movably engage the geared bearing inserts. A cover is mounted on the cover adapter clip to complete the cover system. Opening and closing leaves of the hinge members displaces the cover to prevent interference with the hinge members during operation. The cover adapter clip and cover are resiliently structured in some embodiments to facilitate lateral assembly of the clip and cover to the hinge for convenience of installation. The geared bearing inserts further include an integral load bearing portion and provide vertical load-bearing support for the hinge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: VON DUPRIN LLC
    Inventor: Austin R. Baer
  • Patent number: 8752245
    Abstract: A finger-safe door-hinge combination looks and feels like a conventional residential door. Finger protection is achieved through the use of soft, deformable materials on the hinge-side edge in combination with specialized hinges. The deformable materials are shaped to give the appearance of a traditional door yet provide clamping injury protection by yielding to fingers. The specialized hinges provide structural support across the deformable materials in a finger-safe manner such that hinge leaves do not cause clamping injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Niall J. Duffy
  • Patent number: 8707516
    Abstract: A coupling device for coupling a first casing and a second casing in a movable manner, comprising a first coupling member provided at the first casing, a second coupling member provided at the second casing, and coupled to the first coupling member in such a way that the first casing and the second casing move relative to each other, and a cleaning mechanism that cleans a clearance between the first casing and the second casing or the second coupling member. The cleaning mechanism has a wiper blade that moves in the clearance with movement of the casings, air injection means that injects air to the clearance, and/or a hinge cover that is displaceable within the clearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Yutaka Koyama, Yasuhiko Kawasaki
  • Publication number: 20140036423
    Abstract: A hinge device which rotatably connects a display to a keyboard part comprised of a hinge pivot member which attaches the keyboard part and a bracket which is attached to the display and holds the hinge pivot member and of a hinge cover, wherein if making the bracket hold the hinge pivot member, then attaching the hinge cover to the pivot of the hinge pivot member and making it slide in the axial direction to engage it with the housing of the display part and attaching the front cover to the display part in this state, a projecting part which is provided at the front end part of the front cover is inserted in the hinge cover and return of the hinge cover in the axial direction is prevented, so the front cover and hinge cover can be simply removed at the time of maintenance of the display part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: KAIGO TANAKA
  • Patent number: 8627610
    Abstract: A privacy enhancer is composed of a first strip preferably rigid and a flexible strip. The first strip has a connector located on one edge. An adhesive is provided along the length of the side for attachment to a first or second pilaster of an enclosure. The enhancer includes a second strip preferably a flexible plastic strip preferably nontransparent having a connector located on an edge of the flexible plastic strip. The two connectors are coupled together. The first strip is then attached to the pilaster by contacting the adhesive side of the strip to the pilaster on the side of the pilaster opposite to the direction of movement of the door. The flexible plastic strip closes off the space between the door and the pilaster when the door is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Prime.Line Products Co.
    Inventor: Richard H Crowther
  • Patent number: 8585167
    Abstract: A hinge device features improved ease of installation/removal of covers thereof to/from mounting bases thereof. The hinge device, which has mounting bases and knuckles, is connected such that it swings on a hinge pin inserted in the knuckles. The covers conceal mounting screws of the mounting bases. Each of the mounting bases has recesses formed in a side surface on a non-supporting side, grooves which are formed in a side surface adjacent to both ends in the axial direction of the hinge pin and which extend to a side surface, and an engaged portion concavely formed in each of the groove. The inner side of the cover has engaging portions which are inserted in the groove and which detachably engages with the engaged portion when the cover is installed, and also has protruding streaks which enter into and engage with the recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Healthcare Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Takahashi, Tomokazu Hashiba, Takashi Arai
  • Patent number: 8499418
    Abstract: In this device, the frame has, facing a rounded edge of the leaf B, an inclined surface, the distance of which from the frame A increases from the inside to the outside and which is connected to the internal surface of a covering strip, this strip being positioned parallel to the wall of the frame and at least in front of the rounded edge of the leaf B in order to prevent any access into the external gap between leaf B and frame A, while each of the hinge plates comprises, firstly, a male element fitting into a housing in the leaf, so as to be aligned therewith, and, secondly, a female element composed of: a cylindrical hinge body fitting into the male element so as to come into alignment with the rounded part; and a fastening base fitting into a housing recessed into the inclined surface of the frame so as to come into alignment with this surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: DMP Systems
    Inventor: Alain Deveze
  • Publication number: 20130185898
    Abstract: A hinge structure for assembly of a display module is located on a base. The hinge structure includes a first holder and a second holder. The first holder includes an assembly portion and at least one pin coupled with the assembly portion. The second holder includes a hinge portion hinged on the pin and a connecting portion fastened to a host of a notebook computer. The display module is located in a first holding groove and a second holding groove of the assembly portion, thereby the hinge structure and display module are fastened together to reduce thickness caused by front fastening to achieve the object of thin and light panel design. By direct coupling of the display module and the assembly portion the extra production process of fastening the hinge to the display module can be dispensed with to simplify production.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventors: Ting-Hung SU, Wen Yan Lin
  • Patent number: 8441783
    Abstract: There is provided a laptop personal computer comprising: a first chassis 11 accommodating a display section and having a basic shape of substantially rectangle in a planar view; a second chassis 31 accommodating an operation control section and having a basic shape of substantially rectangle in a planar view; and a hinge mechanism 20 for coupling one side 31r of the second chassis and one side 11r of the first chassis and supporting both chassis in a relatively openable and closable manner, wherein the first chassis is provided with a projection part 19 at an edge portion of an other side 11f opposing to the one side 11r, the projection part is formed along the other side and projects to the second chassis side in a state where the first chassis is closed together with the second chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shintaro Tanaka, Akira Iwamoto
  • Publication number: 20130111704
    Abstract: A hinge apparatus for an electronic device includes a cam unit and a gear unit provided at a connecting position of an upper plate and a lower plate. The cam unit includes a first cam mechanism for causing a first cam shaft connected to an upper plate to generate a torque and a second cam mechanism for causing a second cam shaft connected to a lower plate to generate a torque. Further, the gear unit includes a first gear shaft connected to the upper plate and a second gear shaft connected to the lower plate, a first gear provided in the first gear shaft, a first gear provided in the second gear shaft, and a gear mechanism that synchronizes and rotates the first gear shaft and the second gear shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI STEEL MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Mitsui
  • Publication number: 20130081228
    Abstract: A rotary hinge assembly includes a hinge housing including at least one interior chamber. A spring disposed within the hinge housing provides a torque on an attached door while in an opened and closed position. A rotor rotatably disposed within the at least one interior chamber includes at least one rotor vane that moves in relation to a stationarily mounted stator having at least one stator vane. A fill plug includes a plurality of entrance and exit holes disposed in relation to the stator and rotor vanes to define a fluidic damper assembly. A valve disposed within the fill plug permits selective adjustment of the fluidic damper by restricting or opening the entrance and exit holes of the fill plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: John M. Janak
  • Publication number: 20130070406
    Abstract: Example embodiments disclosed herein relate to a hinge assembly. An example of the hinge assembly includes a pair of active hinges and a pair of passive hinges. The hinge assembly may be utilized in portable computing devices such as notebook computers and personal digital assistants (PDAs).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventors: Britt C. Ashcraft, Peter M. On, Michael Delpier
  • Patent number: 8381357
    Abstract: A door hinge, in particular an edge hinge, which has door-mounted support and a support mounted on a door frame, both of which are designed such that they can be swiveled relative to each other around a common rotational axis. To suggest a new type of door hinge, in particular an edge hinge which allows a simplified handling, the invention suggests a door hinge, in particular en edge hinge, with a door support to be arranged on a door and a frame support to be arranged on a door frame, both of which are designed to be arranged around a common rotational axis such that they can be swiveled relative to each other, wherein the door support and the frame support are designed to be of equal construction and equally usable for left and right doors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Steinbach & Vollmann GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jürgen Zinn
  • Patent number: 8312596
    Abstract: A hinge assembly (4) for the connection of two panels (10, 12) at their adjacent edge regions (8d) to allow said panels to rotate up to 360 degrees relative to one another, the hinge assembly comprising an elongate member (20) providing two opposing curved surfaces adjacent the edge of each panel, said member co-operating with at least one pair of intermeshed gears (24), the assembly including connector means (34) for attaching each panel to said member and a bubble seal (22) disposed between the edge of each panel and each curved surface of the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: DLP Limited
    Inventor: James Edward Self
  • Patent number: 8307509
    Abstract: A geared full surface mounted continuous hinge with a hole in a thrust bearing supporting the hinge, said hole adapted to accommodate a flexible tube containing electrical wiring and thereby facilitate the passage of electric current from a frame to appliances in a door connected to the frame using the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Select Products Ltd
    Inventor: Timothy Alan Schau
  • Patent number: 8296906
    Abstract: A four bar hinge for mounting a door on an enclosure, the hinge including a first mounting bracket adapted to secure the hinge to the enclosure, a second mounting bracket adapted to secure the hinge to the door, a first link rotationally connected to the first mounting bracket at a first location and rotationally connected to the second mounting bracket at a second location, a second link rotationally connected to the first mounting bracket at a third location and rotationally connected to the second mounting bracket at a fourth location, a first shield fixedly connected at the second and the fourth locations and a second shield slidably connected to the first link and rotationally connected at the third location, wherein throughout an entire range of motion of the first mounting bracket relative to the second mounting bracket at least a portion of one of the first or second shields overlaps at least a portion of the other of the first and second shields whereby access to a volume formed between the first and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Weber Knapp Company
    Inventor: Michael G. Wisniewski