Resiliently Biased Retaining Means Patents (Class 16/257)
  • Patent number: 11906819
    Abstract: A frame for spectacles includes a front mount with respective lateral lugs provided for articulation of respective arms producing an articulated connection of each arm to the front mount. Each lug includes a hinge pin extending between a pair of surfaces of the lug axially opposite each other in a hinge axis direction. Each arm includes a first arm portion extending as a second arm portion with a lesser longitudinal extent with respect to the first arm portion. The second arm portion is bent on the first portion in a position facing it, the pin is interposed between the first arm portion and second arm portion in order to produce a hinge connection. The second arm portion having a convex portion directed towards the first arm portion, which at least partially surrounds the pin so that relative positioning is maintained between the arm and pin during rotation of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: SAFILO SOCIETÀ AZIONARIA FABBRICA ITALIANA LAVORAZIONE OCCHIALI S.P.A.
    Inventor: Ampelio Artusi
  • Patent number: 11845918
    Abstract: An ingredient supplier of a beverage maker and a beverage maker having an ingredient supplier are provided. The ingredient supplier of the beverage maker may include an ingredient accommodation body including an ingredient accommodation portion into which an ingredient may be accommodated, a lid rotatably hinge-coupled to the ingredient accommodation portion, the lid being configured to cover the ingredient accommodation body at an upper side of the ingredient accommodation body, and a rotary damper configured to dampen rotation of the lid module. The rotary damper may include a damper case coupled to the ingredient accommodation body, and a damper shaft configured to connect the damper case to the lid. The damper shaft may be disposed in a straight line with a rotational axis of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Shic Yoon
  • Patent number: 11815743
    Abstract: Spectacle frame (1) comprising: a front piece (10); a pair of temples (20), each temple (20) extending between a first end portion (21) associated with the front piece (10) and a second end portion (22) that can be positioned on the ear of a user; a pair of hinges (30) configured to rotationally bind each temple (20) to the front piece (10), each hinge (30) comprising: a pin (40) extended along a development direction (A-A) between a first end (40a) and a second end (40b), coupling devices (50) associated with the first end portion (21) of each temple (20) and configured to engage the corresponding pin (40); a cavity (60) located in the front piece (10), the cavity (60) comprising: a first wall (70) and an opposite second wall (80) spaced along a spacing direction (B-B); and blocking devices (90) configured to engage the ends (40a, 40b) of the pins (40), the blocking devices (90) being shaped to match the first end (40a) and the second end (40b) of the pin (40) to prevent the pin (40) from making rotational m
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: M Group S.à r.l.
    Inventor: Alessandro Lanaro
  • Patent number: 11809238
    Abstract: A hinge device for supporting an electronic device includes a first portion and a second portion movable relative to the first portion with a biasing element supported by one or the first portion or the second portion. The first portion has an arcuate groove, and the second portion has an arcuate rail configured to complementarily mate with the arcuate groove and slide therein. The biasing element contacts a leading edge of the other of the first portion or second portion, and the first portion and second portion are bistable in a closed state relative to one another and an open state relative to one another based at least partially on a surface profile of the biasing element applying a radial force to the leading edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Kashyap Adury, Karsten Aagaard
  • Patent number: 11796123
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first portion and a second portion. The first portion includes a first front side wall, a first rear side wall, a top wall, and at least one pivotal pin structure extending from the first rear side wall. The at least one pivotal pin structure comprises a base, a shaft, and a head having a non-circular cross-sectional shape. The second portion includes a second front side wall, a second rear side wall, a bottom wall, and at least one pin holder extending from the second rear side wall. The at least one pin holder defines an opening for accepting the head of the at least one pivotal pin structure at an alignment. The head of the at least one pivotal pin structure extends through the opening. The first portion and the second portion are pivotally movable between an open configuration and a closed container configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tse-Lun Hsu, Fang-Yu Liu, Tsez-Chong Tsai
  • Patent number: 11787077
    Abstract: A sheet feeder, which is configured to feed a sheet to a processing machine, includes a main body, a cutting unit, and an attaching portion. The cutting unit is attached to the main body and includes a cutter slidable in a first direction. The cutting unit is configured to cut, along in the first direction, the sheet to be fed to the processing machine with the cutter. The attaching portion is configured to attach the main body to the processing machine. The attaching portion is attachable to the shaft of the processing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shota Nasu
  • Patent number: 11781968
    Abstract: A device for a cigarette tipping paper anti-adhesion test is disclosed. The device includes the following components: an upper cover (1), a plurality of upper cover semi-cylinders (11) inside the upper cover, having the same radius and arranged in parallel, and a box (2) with a plurality of holes (211) on the box upper surface (21), connected with the inner cavity of the box (2). Each upper cover semi-cylinder has a cross-section with a bow shape. The side wall of the box (2) also has an opening (22). A method for testing anti-adhesion of the cigarette tipping paper using the device is also disclosed. The present device can qualitatively and quantitatively simulate adhesion of tipping paper in various conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2023
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: CHINA TOBACCO YUNNAN INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ruizhi Zhu, Ji Yang, Zhijiang Yin, Zhihua Liu, Kai Wang, Yanqun Xu, Xiaoxi Si, Chunbo Liu, Fengmei Zhang, Wei Jiang, Zhenjie Li
  • Patent number: 11629536
    Abstract: An apparatus for attaching and detaching hard objects allowing for rotation wherein protrusions built in or attached to one object are forced into cavity sockets built in or attached to another by causing force resulting in momentary bending of protrusions or the cavities. The sequential bending causes curvilinear motion allowing protrusions to enter otherwise inaccessible cavity sockets. Once in, the components of the joining mechanism revert to natural position and an equilibrium is reached which keeps the objects attached, yet free to move around an axis. This equilibrium can only be disturbed by causing force at specific points on the mechanism and pulling the objects apart in a curvilinear motion, thereby detaching the objects in one continuous motion with little effort. Momentary bending necessary to operate the apparatus is made possible by empty space in the casing housing the mechanism. Permitted angles of rotation are controllable and attached objects can be locked in a position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Inventor: Pankaj Kumar Maskara
  • Patent number: 11603690
    Abstract: A hinge structure includes a cabinet plate defining a first face and a second face, the cabinet plate including a first fastening hole, a stiffener plate in planar contact with the first face of the cabinet plate along the Z-axis, the stiffener plate including a second fastening hole, a hinge plate in planar contact with the second face of the cabinet plate along the Z-axis, the hinge plate including a locating hole, and a fastener for fastening the cabinet plate to the stiffener plate, the fastener protruding through the first fastening hole and the second fastening hole along the Z-axis and including a fastener head, wherein the fastener head is cylindrical and accepted within the locating hole of the hinge plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Pierce
  • Patent number: 11592229
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet: a door formed to open and close the cabinet; an upper moving part coupled to the door and formed to be moved in a first direction with respect to the cabinet; a lower moving part disposed under the upper moving part, including an upper adjustment member configured to move the upper moving part in the first direction, and guiding the upper moving part to be linearly moved in the first direction; and a fixing part fixed to the cabinet under the lower moving part, including a lower adjustment member configured to move the lower moving part in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, and guiding the lower moving part to be linearly moved in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Youngkyun Jeong, Jaemin Park, Yongsoo Kyong, Joosang Yoo, Sungmo Kim
  • Patent number: 11319737
    Abstract: A flap fitting for a piece of furniture includes a compound lever with a door bearing lever, a slope-increasing device, and a mounting plate to which a wing of the piece of furniture is secured. A lateral position and an incline of the mounting plate is adjustable relative to the door bearing lever by the slope-increasing device. The flap fitting includes a housing having two side plates arranged in parallel and at a distance from each other. The compound lever with the door bearing lever and the slope-increasing device being positioned between the side plates in a closing position of the flap fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: HETTICH-ONI GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Martin Nordieker, Jens Poischbeg, Michael Tasche, Karsten Nolte
  • Patent number: 11085550
    Abstract: An e-liquid cartridge or other form of parent reservoir designed to supply e-liquid to an electronic cigarette vaporiser, in which the cartridge includes an air pressure valve. The air pressure valve is designed so that as the fluid level inside the cartridge/reservoir falls, atmospheric pressure enables the air pressure valve to allow air to flow into the cartridge/reservoir and ensure equalisation of the air pressure. The valve is an air-porous e-liquid impermeable PTFE or PTFE-coated layer or membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: AYR LTD.
    Inventor: Stephen Marsh
  • Patent number: 10827880
    Abstract: A food processor includes a base, a motor disposed within the base, a drive shaft operatively connected to the motor and extending outwardly from the base, the output shaft being rotatable upon actuation of the motor, a bowl mounted on the base for containing food items, a modular lid for covering the bowl and having an opening therein, and a removable attachment receivable by the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: CONAIR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph W. Zakowski, Bryan Hotaling, Matthew Naples, John Macneill
  • Patent number: 10756414
    Abstract: A hinge for an information handling system and method for operating a hinge including an antenna feed operatively connected to a wireless adapter for communicating on a wireless link with the hinge pivoting between a display housing and a second housing and the hinge operable to provide for rotation of the display housing around the hinge with respect to the second housing between usage mode configurations. The antenna feed terminating in the hinge, wherein the hinge is movable with respect to a plurality of antenna apertures and the hinge includes the plurality of antenna apertures each alignable to the antenna feed depending on the rotation orientation of the display housing around the hinge with respect to the second housing to couple to the antenna feed in the usage mode configuration positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventor: Suresh K. Ramasamy
  • Patent number: 10669761
    Abstract: A hinge including two parts, the first part having a folding portion formed by a first leaf having holes and the second leaf having mechanical components for support, the second part formed by a portion having mounting holes and complementary mechanical support components to those in the first part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Lucciano Diaz-Skoff
  • Patent number: 10647480
    Abstract: A closure for a container of the kind use to deliver milk and juice. The closure is a two-piece construction comprise of a lid and a base. The closure preferably has overall dimensions that approximate a standard unitary cap use with the same containers, so that the closure can easily be used with standard feeding equipment in a bottling facility. The closure has a hinge that is formed of a post connected by a tab to the lid, and hinge supports extending upwardly from the closure's base. The hinge supports include a hook and a bridge. The hook allows the tab to slide under the hook during assembly of the lid to the base. Once the tab is positioned between hook and the bridge, the hook blocks disassembly of the lid from the base. The post of the hinge assembly fits within tunnel sections formed by the hook and the bridge, and gripping forces applied by the hook and/or bridge hold the lid in an open position when contents are poured from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: BLACKHAWK MOLDING CO., INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Davis, Douglas J. Hidding
  • Patent number: 10422172
    Abstract: The present disclosure envisages a tool-less hinge mechanism for coupling a first element and a second element. The tool-less hinge mechanism comprises at least one lug integrally extending from one of the first element and the second element, and at least one loop integrally extending from remaining one of the first element and the second element. The at least one lug is configured to be received in the at least one loop, thereby providing hingeable coupling between the first element and the second element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Appleton Grp LLC.
    Inventors: Santosh K. Patil, Timothy E. Graff
  • Patent number: 10377535
    Abstract: A hinge segment is coupleable with a container lid for connecting the container lid to a container. The container has hinge segment openings with a shoulder defining an undercut. The hinge segment includes hinge pins pivotably securable in the hinge segment openings and a security tab engageable with the undercut. The design is particularly suited for containers with all plastic hinges and provides a high level of security and tamper evidence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: MONOFLO INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Axel Sommer
  • Patent number: 10246226
    Abstract: A storage case includes a front cover. An upper side of the front cover is rotatably connected to a top plate via a hinge structure. An outwardly protruding locking convex part is formed on the upper side of the front cover. In a first opened state where the front cover is turned upward about the upper side of the front cover as an axis, the locking convex part comes into contact with an engagement part on the top plate. When the front cover is turned upward from the first opened state and becomes in a second opened state in which the engagement part passes over the locking convex part, the locking convex part engages with the engagement part so that the front cover is locked in the second opened state. The locking convex part is recessed from a rear side of the front cover to be in a shell-shaped form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: NITORI HOLDINGS CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yasuomi Sudo, Shigehiro Uemura
  • Patent number: 10130029
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rotary cutting head with wires for a brush cutter, grass trimmer, edge trimmer, hedge trimmer or the like, said head comprising a housing (1) containing a supporting body (2) comprising a system (3, 3?, 4, 4?, 12) for blocking at least two cutting or shearing wires, and a peripheral wall (6) allowing the or each wire to be wound around said wall in said head. Said blocking system comprises at least two movable blocking elements (3, 3?) that are independent from each other and each associated with a clamping surface (4, 4?) built into the supporting body (2) and comprising a clamping face (10, 10?) and a supporting face (11, 11?), and a single elastic body (12) that can exert stress on each clamping face (11, 11?) for clamping and blocking each wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: PELLENC (SOCIETE ANONYME)
    Inventors: Roger Pellenc, Matthieu Blache
  • Patent number: 10111575
    Abstract: An appliance, such as a dishwashing appliance having a door linkage assembly is generally provided herein. The dishwashing appliance may include a cabinet, a tub, a door, a spring linkage, and a linkage latch. The tub may be disposed inside the cabinet and define a front opening. The door may be rotatably positioned at the front opening. The spring linkage may bias the door toward a closed position. The spring linkage may extend from a first end to a second end. The first end may be mounted to the cabinet. The second end may include a fastener that is selectively attached to the door. The linkage latch may extend laterally from one of a pair of opposing sidewalls below the door. The linkage latch may define a latch channel to selectively receive the spring linkage when the fastener is detached from the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcelo Torrentes, Alan Lucas
  • Patent number: 10081975
    Abstract: Disclosed is a low profile, adjustable, soft close hinge comprised of a hinge cup pivotally connected to a hinge body via a hinge arm and a hinge link in a four-bar linkage arrangement. A spring biases the hinge to a closed position. The hinge body is adjustably connected to an inner frame with an overlay adjustment screw and depth adjustment cam. The inner frame releasably connects the hinge body to a mounting plate. A stop bracket is adjustably and slidably connected to the hinge body by a cam. The adjustable position of the stop bracket relative to the hinge body determines the point at which the damping functionality of a damper begins during a hinge closing movement. A linkage sub-assembly pivotally connects the damper to the hinge link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: HARDWARE RESOURCES, INC.
    Inventors: Rachel Cooper, Dennis McGregor
  • Patent number: 10053895
    Abstract: A door holding device for selectively holding and releasing a vehicle door may include a door holding arm being connected to a vehicle and slidably connected to a door of the vehicle; a plunger shaft for selectively engaging the door holding arm; a guide pin; and a channel; a guide block to guide the plunger shaft; a bearing to stabilize the travel of the door holding arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Ramon Cervantes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10012262
    Abstract: A flexure hinge with two material segments connected to each other via a material tapering to a thin spot which defines a pivot axis between the two material segments. The material segments are provided with recesses such that the strength existing in the thin spot with respect to normal stresses or bending stresses is kept largely constant within a distance from the thin spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Wipotec GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Rübel, Christian Bur
  • Patent number: 10000952
    Abstract: A hinge is provided that includes a first hinge plate, a second hinge plate, and a pin. The first hinge plate includes a first knuckle having an appearance of a plurality of discrete knuckle portions that are directly adjacent to one another and intermesh with one another. The second hinge plate includes a second knuckle. The pin is configured to connect the first knuckle and the second knuckle to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy D. Gouge, Jan Ettrich
  • Patent number: 9993007
    Abstract: We disclose an ice cream cone with three, and optionally four, completely edible, interchangeable and customizable flavor and texture components. The cone comprises a wafer, a handle to be inserted into and through the wafer, and an edible adhesive joining the wafer to the handle. Ice cream or another comestible is surrounded by the wafer and supported from beneath by a flat top surface of the handle and optional handle topper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventors: Alix Rose Podbelsek, Jake Podbelsek
  • Patent number: 9964142
    Abstract: A flexure hinge with two material segments connected to each other via a material tapering to a thin spot which defines a pivot axis between the two material segments. The material segments are provided with recesses such that the strength existing in the thin spot with respect to normal stresses or bending stresses is kept largely constant within a distance from the thin spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Wipotec GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Rübel, Christian Bur
  • Patent number: 9790649
    Abstract: A material spreader is mountable to a rearwardly projecting bumper of a vehicle for conveying and spreading material, the vehicle including a rearwardly projecting hitch receiver. The material spreader includes a hopper for holding material to be spread, a frame supporting the hopper and having a forwardly projecting hitch mount configured for coupling to the rearwardly projecting hitch receiver of the vehicle, and a support member having an underside for resting atop a top surface of the bumper, the support member being movable vertically relative to the frame. A tie down is connected to the support member and the frame for urging the support member and the hitch mount towards one another to effect a clamping action on the receiver and the bumper. The material spreader also includes a dual hinged lid and a gear box for driving a spinner and an auger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Buyers Products Company
    Inventor: Philip Sandler
  • Patent number: 9679732
    Abstract: A hinge assembly includes a first portion having first and second receptacles and a second portion having first and second cylindrical members extending in opposite directions along a hinge axis and a thickened portion having a contoured outer surface disposed adjacent the cylindrical members. The second portion is moveable from: a first state wherein the first and second cylindrical members are disposed in the first and second receptacles such that the second portion is coupled to the first portion and generally free to rotate about the hinge axis through at least a predetermined degree range, and a second state in which the second portion is decoupled from the first portion responsive to the second portion being rotated beyond the predetermined degree range and the contoured outer surface interacting with a portion of the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas Alan Whitaker, Jason Eric Basta, Doel Jafeth Collazo, Paul Richard Rakus
  • Patent number: 9637061
    Abstract: A glove box supported by an instrument panel includes a storage compartment displaceable between an open position and a closed position, and at least one resilient arm protruding from an exterior surface of the storage compartment through an aperture in the instrument panel. The resilient arm may have a first surface for contacting an edge of the aperture and deflecting the resilient arm during installation of the storage compartment and a second surface for limiting displacement of the storage compartment once installed. An application of a force to the resilient arm allows displacement of the storage compartment beyond the open position allowing removal of the glove box from the instrument panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Andrew Mazzocchi, Robert Townsend, Joseph Platz
  • Patent number: 9631397
    Abstract: A railing system providing an aesthetically pleasing appearance and unobstructed view and having a plurality of railing posts defining planar side walls and fastening bases, clamp fastening openings formed from side wall to side wall through the posts, clamp units secured on opposite sides of the posts, by fastenings passing through the clamp fastening openings, and, glass panels supported by the clamp units between the posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Maurizio Bertato
  • Patent number: 9629278
    Abstract: A panel structure is removably connected with a main housing of an electronic device. The panel structure comprises a panel body, two movable members and at least two elastic members. The panel body comprises two fixing parts; each movable member is movably connected with the panel body, and each movable member comprises a pivoting part and a corresponding fixing part, wherein the two movable members are movably apart from each other in a first axial direction such that each movable member is fixed with each fixing part with each corresponding fixing part, making each pivoting part which moves along with each movable member pivotally connected to the main housing. Each elastic member has two ends respectively connected to the movable members and the panel body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Yong-Liang Zheng, Qi-Qiong Li, Chuan-Chi Wang
  • Patent number: 9617773
    Abstract: Disclosed is a low profile, adjustable, soft close hinge comprised of a hinge cup pivotally connected to a hinge body via a hinge arm and a hinge link in a four-bar linkage arrangement. A spring biases the hinge to a closed position. The hinge body is adjustably connected to an inner frame with an overlay adjustment screw and depth adjustment cam. The inner frame releasably connects the hinge body to a mounting plate. A stop bracket is adjustably and slidably connected to the hinge body by a helical cam. The adjustable position of the stop bracket relative to the hinge body determines the point at which the damping functionality of a damper begins during a hinge closing movement. A linkage sub-assembly pivotally connects the damper to the hinge link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: HARDWARE RESOURCES, INC.
    Inventors: Rachel Cooper, Dennis McGregor
  • Patent number: 9493142
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lid which is pivotably attached by a link at a filling spout (1) of a windshield washing water container. The invention proposes to provide the link with pinions which are received in support eyelets with an intermediary space there between. During injection molding the intermediary space is filled by slides of an injection molding tool so that the lid is injection moldable in one step together with the filling spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventors: Frank Sommer, Andreas Massold
  • Patent number: 9347248
    Abstract: A blind hinge structure used for furniture, comprising a movable cup seat provided on the furniture door body, a regulating base provided on the main body of furniture, a rotary arm connected between the movable cup seat and the regulating base, an elastic element which is designed to generate start-stop acting force on the movable cup seat at least, wherein the front of the rotary arm is designed as “” shaped structure, the arm lever at its small end is hinged with the movable cup seat through pin shaft and forms an arc-shaped surface which is connected with the elastic member; The top surface of its big end is a plane, and regulating components are provided on the plane and are in coordinated connection with the regulating base; fasteners are provided on the regulating base and are used in coordination with the regulating components for positioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: GUANGDONG TAIMING METAL PRODUCTS CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Tai Wai Ng
  • Patent number: 9316035
    Abstract: A blind hinge used for furniture, comprising a movable cup seat provided on the furniture door body, a regulating base provided on the main body of furniture, a rotary arm connected between the movable cup seat and the regulating base as well as an torsion spring designed to generate start-stop acting force on the movable cup seat at least, wherein two torsion springs are respectively mounted on the notches on both sides at the bottom of the movable cup seat; The torsion spring at least comprises a first supporting leg with one end extending into the cup body of the movable cup seat and being connected with it as well as a second supporting leg with another end being extended into the cup body of movable cup seat and being connected with the rotary arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventor: Tai Wai Ng
  • Patent number: 9290297
    Abstract: A thermally insulating transportation box, including a base part, two longitudinal side parts, two transverse side parts and at least one top part, which parts bound a transportation space and are produced from a thermally insulating material. The longitudinal side parts and the transverse side parts are pivotably mounted on the base part about pivot axes which each run parallel to the base part, so that they can be folded open from a folded-together arrangement, which extends parallel to the base part, into an arrangement which is perpendicular to this and in which they bound the transportation space, and the transportation space can subsequently be closed by the at least one cover part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: OVERATH GmbH
    Inventor: Udo Overath
  • Patent number: 9169681
    Abstract: Disclosed is a low profile, adjustable, soft close hinge comprised of a hinge cup pivotally connected to a hinge body via a hinge arm and a hinge link in a four-bar linkage arrangement. A spring biases the hinge to a closed position. The hinge body is adjustably connected to an inner frame with an overlay adjustment screw and depth adjustment cam. The inner frame releasably connects the hinge body to a mounting plate. A stop bracket is adjustably and slidably connected to the hinge body by a helical cam. The adjustable position of the stop bracket relative to the hinge body determines the point at which the damping functionality of a damper begins during a hinge closing movement. A linkage sub-assembly pivotally connects the damper to the hinge link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Hardware Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Rachel Cooper, Dennis McGregor
  • Patent number: 8752727
    Abstract: A hinge pin lock for a molded plastic container includes a locking tab molded with an upper rim of the container and connected to the upper rim by a living hinge. The locking tab is pivotable from an open position to a locked position. A channel is formed in the upper rim and is sized to receive a hinge pin of a container lid. The channel includes engagement structure that secures the locking tab in the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Monoflo International, Inc.
    Inventor: Hans Niemann
  • Patent number: 8745824
    Abstract: A hinge device has a first part and a second part, which are intended to be attached to a door frame and a door, respectively. The first part and the second part are rigidly connected to each other and have each a tubular housing, whose center axis defines a first hinge axis and which accommodates two balls, an axially displaceable locking member arranged axially inwardly of each ball, a compression spring arranged between and cooperating with each ball and the associated locking member, and an eccentric located between the two locking members and cooperating therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Holstensson Design AB
    Inventor: Lars Holstensson
  • Patent number: 8474099
    Abstract: A hinge assembly includes a first body, and a second body capable of rotating relatively to the first body. The first body includes a first main part and a pair of stopper portions respectively extending from two sides of the first main part and coplanar with the first main part. Two ends of a shaft are fixed with the pair of stopper portions, respectively. The second body includes a second main part, a pair of blocking portions and a resilient arm located between the pair of the blocking portions. When the second body rotates to be perpendicular to the first body, the second body is positioned stably relative to the first body without an external force, due to an elasticity of the resilient arm of the second body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Pei-Yu Hung
  • Patent number: 8453299
    Abstract: A connecting module includes a mounting portion, a pin and a washer. The mounting portion defines a receiving groove and two latching grooves positioned at opposite sides of the receiving groove. The pin extends through the mounting portion. The washer includes a washer body and two extending arms protruding from opposite sides of the washer body, each extending arm having an arcuate portion. The washer body is received in the receiving groove and is fitted around the pin, the extending arms are received in the latching grooves, and each arcuate portion is latched in a corresponding latching groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Jian-Wei Li, Chao Duan, Chia-Hua Chen
  • Publication number: 20110154611
    Abstract: A fixing structure is provided. The fixing structure comprises a first housing, a rotating shaft, a second housing and a third housing. The first housing having an accommodating portion, and the rotating shaft is disposed in the accommodating portion. The second housing is disposed on one side of the first housing. The third housing is disposed on the other side of the first housing and covering the rotating shaft and the second housing. The shaft body is wedged into a shaft bore, and the shaft shoulder is wedged into the second housing. A third housing is against one side of the shaft body, and covering the rotating shaft and the second housing. The shaft shoulder is firmly against the second housing. Thus, it does not need any tool to assemble and disassemble.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: INVENTEC APPLIANCES CORP.
    Inventors: Cui-Yu ZHOU, Ming WEN, Martin HSU
  • Patent number: 7665183
    Abstract: A hinge apparatus for a cover of an image forming apparatus has a hinge body with supporting brackets, movably inserted into a coupling hole positioned in a main body of the image forming apparatus, a hinge cam connected to the cover and pivotably connected to the supporting brackets, and a pressure device disposed at the hinge body to press the hinge cam. Accordingly, the hinge apparatus can be implemented with a simple and easy assembly operation, since it is not a complicated structural connection among the component parts of the hinge apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dong-ha Choi
  • Publication number: 20090313788
    Abstract: A pivot assembly for securing a pair of mounting lugs and stabilizing a machine member has an axis member having a first end member and a second end member. An opening is formed in both the first and second end members. A pair of expansion sleeves is provided wherein one of the pair of expansion sleeves is positioned over each of the first end and second end members. A pair of locking devices is provided wherein one locking device is inserted into the opening formed in each of the first and second end members of the axis member. The locking devices engage the pair of expansion sleeves causing the expansion sleeves to expand to secure the axis member in a pair of mounting lugs. A chamber member is formed around a central area of the axis member. At least one lubricant chamber member is formed between the central area of the axis member and the chamber member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Inventor: ROGER SVENSSON
  • Patent number: 7594575
    Abstract: An optical disc package (10) for containing optical media (11), the package (10) being made solely from a resiliently flexible plastics material, the package (10) comprising: a first half (20) having protruding members (40) at a hinge portion (23) of the first half (20); and a second half (30) having recesses (50) at a hinge portion (33) of the second half (30), each recess (50) having an opening (51) which is constricted relative to the blind end (52) of the recess (50); wherein a pivotal connection is formed between the first and second halves (20, 30) such that the package (10) is moveable between an open position to access the optical media (11) and an enclosed position to protect the optical media (11) from damage, the pivotal connection being formed by sliding the protruding member (40) into the recess (50) causing the opening (51) to resiliently deform and allow the blind end (52) to receive the protruding member (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Encore Holdings Ltd.
    Inventors: King Yeung Choi, Kwok Keung Kwong
  • Patent number: 7406747
    Abstract: A hinge apparatus for a cover of an image forming apparatus has a hinge body with supporting brackets, movably inserted into a coupling hole positioned in a main body of the image forming apparatus, a hinge cam connected to the cover and pivotably connected to the supporting brackets, and a pressure device disposed at the hinge body to press the hinge cam. Accordingly, the hinge apparatus can be implemented with a simple and easy assembly operation, since it is not a complicated structural connection among the component parts of the hinge apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dong-ha Chol
  • Patent number: 7401380
    Abstract: A low overhead hinge assembly comprising a stationary hinge plate and a rotating hinge plate. The stationary hinge plate having a stationary hinge plate body portion and a plurality of stationary hinge plate digits coupled to the stationary hinge plate body portion, each of the stationary hinge plate digits having an opening therein. The rotating hinge plate having a rotating hinge plate body portion and a plurality of pins coupled to the rotating hinge plate body portion, wherein the stationary hinge plate digits are configured to be engaged with the rotating hinge plate pins so that each of a plurality of the rotating hinge plate pins is inserted into an opening in one of the stationary hinge plate digits so as to pivotally couple the rotating hinge plate to the stationary hinge plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Dean Frederick Herring, Daniel Paul Kelaher, Glenn Edward Myrto, Paul Andrew Wormsbecher
  • Publication number: 20080148517
    Abstract: A detent mount bracket for an adjusting device in a motor vehicle seat includes first and second hinge parts that are adjustable with respect to each other about a hinge axis. A stopper part is slidably disposed between a detent position and a release position on the first hinge part, and comprises an outer toothed surface and a first control region. An adjusting part is connected to a shaft and comprises a second control region cooperating with the first control region. An elastic means biases the stopper part in the detent position. On the second hinge part defines an inner toothed surface, which mates with the outer toothed surface. The stopper part is axially slidably disposed on the first hinge part, is substantially non-rotatably disposed, and is spaced an additional axial distance apart from the first hinge part in the detent position than in the release position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2007
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventors: Vitantonio Rosato, Oliver Renner, Wilfried Beneker, Burckhard Becker
  • Patent number: 7322072
    Abstract: A fast disassembling joint structure includes a base part and a removable part. One end of the removable part is secured to a desired structure; the other end is a connection arm. The housing has a raceway and a first semi-circular concavity. The movable clamp has an insertion section to engage a recess of the connection arm. The insertion section has a second semi-circular concavity to fit with the first semi-circular concavity so as to pivotally connect with the connection arm. A spring is adapted to provide a push force for the movable clamp. A top cover, secured on the housing, is employed to house the spring and movable clamp inside. A handle of the movable clamp extends out of an opening of the cover so that users can manually control the handle to disassemble the removable part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Quanta Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Cheng-Wang Lin, Chien-Chih Tung, Jason Cheng