Door Handle Patents (Class 16/412)
  • Patent number: 10309715
    Abstract: Disclosed is a refrigerator. The refrigerator may include a main body having a storage space configured to store food, a door configured to selectively open and shield or close the storage space of the main body and including a first accommodation groove on one side and/or end and a second accommodation groove on another side and/or end, and a handle in or on a front side of the door, configured to be held by a user and including a first portion rotatably fixed or attached to a pivot in the first accommodation groove and a second portion in the second accommodation groove or withdrawn from the second accommodation groove by rotation of the first portion. The second portion is capable of being fixed or attached to a fixing member in the second accommodation groove when the second portion is withdrawn from the second accommodation groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Dongbu Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Tae Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 10281191
    Abstract: For the purpose of improving flexibility, a home appliance door, in particular a home chiller appliance door, is proposed: The home appliance door has at least one base body, the base body comprising at least one side wall with at least one setback for defining a door handle recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Ziya Arslankiray, Ercan Engin, Tanzer Yildizgoecer
  • Patent number: 10273714
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a replacement door handle, and comprises: a connection member which has a groove with a certain depth formed therein so as to be coupled to a door lock; and a handle body which has a corresponding fitting portion formed therein so that the connection member can be fitted into and coupled to the fitting portion. Thereby, the present invention has the following effects: it is possible to replace or change a door handle, which is coupled to a door lock, with or to a variety of designs; it is possible to replace or change the door handle in a convenient and easy manner; and it is possible to use the door handle according to a user's preference or taste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Duck Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 10190816
    Abstract: A door for a refrigerator includes a door housing, which is provided with a thermal insulation material therein, where the thermal insulation material is combined with the door housing. The door housing has a concave portion recessed backwards from a front surface of the door, where one end of the concave portion is provided with a ramp that extends forwards. A detachable member is provided and is isolated from the thermal insulation material and is connected to the door housing. Accordingly, at least one part of the ramp is formed by the detachable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Songtao Lu, Zhishan Lu, Ping Lv, Xiangfei Yang, Chuan Zhang
  • Patent number: 10161669
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes an insulated cabinet structure and a cooling system. A door assembly includes a perimeter structure that is movably mounted to the insulated cabinet structure and an outer door that is movably mounted to the perimeter structure whereby the outer door can be moved between open and closed positions relative to the perimeter structure when the perimeter structure is in its closed position The outer door may comprise a vacuum insulated structure including porous core material disposed in a cavity of the outer door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Abhay Naik, Lakshya Deka, Paul B. Allard, Jerry M. Visin
  • Patent number: 10145143
    Abstract: A lever apparatus having a lever connected to a latch assembly is operable to open the latch when rotated to a second position from a first position under an actuation torque. The apparatus further includes a magnet assembly with first and second magnets operably coupled to the lever apparatus. The magnet assembly is operable to generate a return torque in an opposite direction to that of the actuation torque such that the lever is returned to the first position after the actuation torque is removed from the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Saagar Mohammed, Allen Mani, Aditya Heblikar, Abdul Khadar Jailani Mannanayak, Vijayakumar Mani
  • Patent number: 10087661
    Abstract: A vehicle panel handle assembly including a handle lever that rotates around a first rotation axis between a resting position where the panel is closed and an opening position where the panel is open is disclosed. A latch lever cooperates with the handle lever for opening the panel when the handle lever rotates around the first rotation axis for reaching the opening position. The assembly also includes a counterweight for preventing the unwilling rotation of the handle lever, the counterweight rotating around a third rotation axis between rest position in which the latch lever is prevented from rotating due to the handle and counterweight mass balancing, and a unrest position wherein the latch lever is not prevented from rotating. An inertial mass takes a blocking position by cooperating with at least a part of the latch lever and a rest position by being taken away from the latch lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: U-SHIN ITALIA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Simone Ilardo, Alberto Tropini
  • Patent number: 10071621
    Abstract: This automotive equipment includes: a central component intended to close an opening of a peripheral component with a peripheral clearance, a positioning member having centering elements, the positioning member is removably linked to the central component. The positioning member is arranged so that the centering elements extend at least partially in projection with respect to the central component. Each centering element is deformable so that the centering elements can cooperate with edges of the opening so as to center the central component with respect to the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: MGI COUTIER ESPANA SL
    Inventors: André Coutier, Philippe Billerot, Julio Garcia Rodriguez, Jose Oscar Vazquez Carballo, Delmiro Javier Couto Maquieira, Alberto Diez Estevez
  • Patent number: 10030410
    Abstract: A door handle may be mounted to a door with concealed fasteners. The fasteners do not engage the door itself, but rather engage a top plate that is mounted to the door. The fasteners are inserted into a hidden portion of the door handle and generate an opposing force as they press against a bulging portion of the top plate to produce a force that retains the door handle in place. The force generated also urges the door handle into a bottom plate on an opposing side of the door handle. The bottom plate includes a first and second planar section. The second planar section of the bottom plate is received into a receiving slot of the door handle. As a result, the door handle is retained on the door without any visible fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Spectrum Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: James Lin, Thomas P. Morse
  • Patent number: 10030413
    Abstract: Provided is an outer handle device for a vehicle door includes an outer handle and a cover. The outer handle includes a handle body that is disposed outside an outer panel of the vehicle door and extends in a front-rear direction of a vehicle. The cover is configured to cover, from an outside of the vehicle door, a cylinder lock located in a position adjacent to a first end of the handle body. The cover is configured to be attached to the outer panel and has an extension part, and the outer handle is turnable between a non-operation position and an operation position. While the outer handle is in the non-operation position, the extension part is engaged with a first end of the handle body and overlaps the first end of the handle body in a side view. While the outer handle is in the operation position, the engagement between the extension part and the first end of the handle body is released, and the cover is attachable to and detachable from the outer panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA HONDA LOCK
    Inventors: Youichirou Kamimura, Isao Todaka, Tadashi Saitou
  • Patent number: 9988826
    Abstract: An animal door system includes a door forming a body having: a front surface; a back surface; a first side; and a second side. The system further includes a plurality of hinges secured to the second side; a handle extending through a thickness of the body and configured to manipulate a latch extending through the first side of the body; a latch blocker secured over the latch and rigidly attached to the first side of the body; an animal interface rigidly secured to the first side of the body and configured to protrude relative to the front surface of the body; and an adjustable door return device secured to the back surface of the body of the door, the adjustable door return device is configured to return the door to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Marshall G. Walls
  • Patent number: 9953551
    Abstract: A door handle display member including a first bracket assembly and a graphics panel. The first bracket assembly is configured to releasably engage a door handle and includes a first member, a second member, and a third member. The first member has a first leg and a second leg. The second member is configured to releasably engage the first leg and the second leg of the first member. The third member is configured to threadably engage the first leg and the second leg of the first member, and is configured to releasably engage the second member. The graphics panel is configured to releasably engage the first bracket assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Display Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Douglas E. Best
  • Patent number: 9889783
    Abstract: An assist handle for a car includes an assist handle having mounting spaces and hinge grooves; main brackets positioned in the mounting spaces of the assist handle and having fitting protrusions, clip insertion holes and hinge shafts fitted into the hinge grooves on one side of the mounting spaces; auxiliary brackets having coupling plates provided with hook fixing holes overlapping front portions of body portions of the main brackets and hinge shafts fitted into the hinge grooves on another side of the mounting spaces; fixing clips adapted to couple to the body panel of the car at one side and inserted into the clip insertion holes at the other side such that holding pieces are placed at the same positions as the hook fixing holes; and hooks fitted into the holding pieces and the hook fixing holes to fix the fixing clips, the main brackets and the auxiliary brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: NIFCO KOREA INC.
    Inventors: Hyo Keun Yang, Chang Sun Hong
  • Patent number: 9598877
    Abstract: The present invention provides a flush pull handle affixable to a door. The handle includes a mounting assembly including a top portion, bottom portion, first side portion and a second side portion, the mounting assembly affixable to the door via at least one fastener. The mounting assembly includes at least one mounting flange. The handle further includes a pull assembly including an assembly interior portion having a first interior side and a second interior side, the first interior side having at least one flange mount opening. The pull assembly includes an assembly face having a handle flush with the pull assembly extruding across at least a portion of the assembly interior portion for allowing a pulling action on the door handle. Such that, the pull assembly mounts in the mounting assembly based at least on the mounting flange of the mounting assembly extruding through the flange mount opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: National Security and Door Corp.
    Inventors: Mark Allen Longest, Scott Childress
  • Patent number: 9528748
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a main body, a storage chamber provided in the main body, and a door opening and closing the storage chamber, wherein the door includes a front panel comprising a front portion forming a front exterior of the door, an edge portion bent from the front portion and a side portion bent from the edge portion and forming a side exterior, a rear panel coupled to a rear side of the front panel, an insulation material provided at an inner space defined by the front panel and the rear panel, and a decorative member coupled to the edge portion and forming an exterior. Due to such a configuration, the edge portion of the door has enhanced aesthetic appeal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sun Hwan Joo, Seung Yong Yang, Sang Gyu Jung
  • Patent number: 9512652
    Abstract: In an opening/closing operation device for a vehicle open/close door, a handle and a lever for transmitting an unlock operation force to a latch mechanism are turnably supported by an open/close door, and one end portion of the lever is brought into contact with a contact surface formed in the handle. In the contact surface, at least a portion to be in contact with the one end portion of the lever at an initial stage of the manipulation of the handle is formed in an inclined manner or curvedly: in a way that makes the portion situated more forward in a movement direction, in which the contact surface moves in response to the turn of the handle, as the portion comes closer to a rotary fulcrum of the lever in a direction along a plane orthogonal to the movement direction such that the portion intersects the plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lock, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuro Ono, Hiroto Fujiwara, Yuichi Nakamura, Yuichiro Yamaoka, Masatoshi Adachi
  • Patent number: 9475110
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a single piece sheet metal design incorporating two individual hem bend configurations forming the door/drawer front, a functional door/drawer handle, and a gasket protecting barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: THE DELFIELD COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Nick Richard Derry, Janice M. Jaferian
  • Patent number: 9441400
    Abstract: A latch comprising a base, a handle, a socket, a nut, a threaded shank, and a hollow shaft is provided. The base includes a central through hole and a side recess. The handle includes a toothed holed end. The socket includes an upper toothed section, a lower extension, an intermediate annular flange, a tab extending outward from the flange, an axial channel through the socket, a top hole on the socket and communicating with the channel, and a shoulder between the channel and the top hole. The nut includes a hexagonal top hole and an internally threaded hole. The threaded shank includes an upper section, a lower section, an adjustment section extending downward from the lower section, and an intermediate annular flange between the upper section and the lower section; and the shaft includes an internally threaded hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Wan Lai Liau
  • Patent number: 9366471
    Abstract: A handle assembly for mounting to a door of an appliance includes a tubular main body and an insert received within the tubular main body. A pin is disposed within a passage of the insert. A distal end of the pin engages a projection. The insert, pin and bracket can assist with mounting the tubular main body to the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Brian Dean Allen
  • Patent number: 9347240
    Abstract: The invention relates to pocket door hardware. Devices are disclosed that include a plate configured to fit over a surface pull of a pocket door, and members protruding from the plate away from the broad plane of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventor: Kent Herman
  • Patent number: 9291360
    Abstract: [Object] To provide an outdoor unit for an air-conditioning apparatus, which solves a manufacturing problem in that a grip is not easily taken out from a mold, and an air-conditioning apparatus including the outdoor unit. [Solution] There is included a grip formed by fitting two components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Yohei Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 9283294
    Abstract: A manual contact device including an antimicrobial contact surface, wherein the antimicrobial contact surface includes sodium chloride. A method for reducing a transfer of microorganisms by manual contact with a manual contact device, including providing the manual contact device with an antimicrobial contact surface, wherein the antimicrobial contact surface includes sodium chloride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: OUTBREAKER SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Douglas Glenn Olson
  • Patent number: 9227376
    Abstract: A thermoplastic article can be mounted to a support structure by a fastener. The article includes a molded body having a length. The molded body also has an attachment surface configured to face the support structure and a show surface opposite the attachment surface. The molded body defines an interior channel separating the attachment surface and the show surface. The article also includes a attachment boss coupled to and extending from the attachment surface for receiving the fastener to mount the article to the support structure. The attachment boss extends through the attachment surface and into the interior channel of the molded body for reinforcing the attachment boss at the attachment surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: William J. McMaster, Randy E. Fleck, Stephen P. Serna, Edward C. Caughey
  • Patent number: 9193309
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a vehicular handle having good characteristics in attachment of a decorative cover and also eliminating the likelihood of the occurrence of a failure in the attachment. Provided is a vehicular handle including: a handle body 1 attached to a vehicle; and a decorative cover 5 including a main body portion 2 which is long in a longitudinal direction of the handle body 1, and lock portions 3, 4 formed on both ends of the main body portion 2, the decorative cover 5 attached to a surface of the handle body 1 with the locking portions 3, 4 locked to the handle body 1, in which the decorative cover 5 is attached by turning the main body portion 2 with one of the locking portions 3, 4 acting as a turning fulcrum, and thereby resiliently locking the other locking portion 3, 4 to the handle body 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Alpha Corporation
    Inventors: Takao Toyama, Naoki Sato, Shuichi Kudoh
  • Patent number: 9046296
    Abstract: A method of assembling allows a refrigerator handle to be selectively mounted to a front face portion or a side edge of a refrigerator door. The handle includes first and second ends separated by an intermediate portion, wherein each of the handle ends includes a recessed section. Each of the recessed sections includes a mounting arrangement formed therein, which is adapted to receive either a bracket for mounting the handle to the side edge of the door or a clip for mounting the handle to the front face portion of the door. The method includes selectively attaching the handle to the front face of the door through the clip, or to the side edge with the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Forrest F. Wing
  • Patent number: 9021660
    Abstract: A handle has at least one fastening plate or holding part which can be fastened in a through-hole in a thin wall such as a sheet-metal wall by means of snap devices. According to the invention, the fastening plate forms or carries a pivot bearing for the at least one end of a handle, or the like, which is bent, for example, from a round material such as thick wire, this end having a round cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Dieter Ramsauer
  • Publication number: 20150115785
    Abstract: An appliance and a handle assembly for an appliance are provided. The handle assembly includes a tubular main body and an insert received within the tubular main body. A pin is disposed within a passage of the insert. A distal end of the pin engages a projection. The insert, pin and bracket can assist with mounting the tubular main body to the appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Brian Dean Allen
  • Patent number: 9015905
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a hygienic handle assembly and related methods for automatically advancing a clean portion of a protective sleeve over a handle after use of the handle by a person. In one embodiment, an exemplary hygienic handle assembly comprises a pair of first magnetic couplers, each having a passage therethrough, and a handle extending between the pair of first magnetic couplers and having a second magnetic coupler at each of its opposing ends. Each of the second magnetic couplers may be configured to be located within at least a portion of a corresponding first magnetic coupler, wherein magnetic fields of the first magnetic coupler repel magnetic fields of the second magnetic couplers received therein such that each second magnetic coupler is magnetically suspended within the corresponding first magnetic coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Shyh-Min Chen
  • Patent number: 9009969
    Abstract: A refrigerator which increases convenience in assembly of a handle and reduces generation of scratches on doors and drawers in assembly of the handle, and a handle assembly method thereof, is provided. The refrigerator includes doors rotatably combined with a main body, a handle combined with each door to open and close each door, a first handle fixing unit assembled with each door to fix the handle to each door and provided with an inclined part fixed to the handle by a fastening unit, a second handle fixing unit assembled with each door to fix the handle to each door and combined with the handle in a sliding manner, a first connector assembled with the handle and fastened to the first handle fixing unit by the fastening unit, and a second connector assembled with the handle and combined with the second handle fixing unit in the sliding manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nam Gu Choi, Dong Gyun Kim, Hyo Sik Kang, Young Gwi Park, Jong Sun Park, Yong Man Seo
  • Publication number: 20150096149
    Abstract: A sliding-door handle device has an outside handle and an inside handle. The outside handle is mounted on and abuts the sliding door and has a connecting board and a pulling tab. The connecting board is shaped as an elongated strip and abuts an outer side of the sliding door. The pulling tab is formed on and protrudes perpendicularly from a front end of the connecting board such that the outside handle is formed in a T shape. The pulling tab has a pulling end and a pressing end. The inside handle is detachably connected to the outside handle via the sliding door to connect the outside handle with the sliding door and has an assembling mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Door & Window Hardware Co.
    Inventors: Wei-Hung Chang, Sung-Hui Lin
  • Publication number: 20150067987
    Abstract: The invention relates to pocket door hardware. Devices are disclosed that include a plate configured to fit over a surface pull of a pocket door, and members protruding from the plate away from the broad plane of the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Kent Herman
  • Publication number: 20150048626
    Abstract: A mechanism for selectively coupling a first moving part with a second moving part. The mechanism includes and engaging member that is movable between a detent position, a uncoupled position, and a coupled position in which the load transferring surface is within the aperture. A biasing member biases the engaging member into the detent position or coupled position. The engaging member overrides the biasing force and moves out of the detent position into the uncoupled position when first and second moving parts move relative to each other. When the engaging member is in the coupled position, the first and second moving parts are coupled for movement together. One embodiment of the invention is a child safety door handle rotating on a spindle. Other embodiments include water faucets, stove or burner controls, or any other rotatable or movable parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Michael P. Hogan
  • Patent number: 8918962
    Abstract: A decorative door handle comprising a flexible material configured in the shape of a door handle and a malleable stiffener material to maintain the handle in a desired useful looking configuration. In one aspect the flexible material is a magnetic vinyl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Robert J. Schrader
  • Publication number: 20140366326
    Abstract: An elastically deformable retaining hook for matable components includes a first component having a body portion extending from a first end to a second end. Also included is a second component extending from a first end to a second end. Further included is a slot disposed in the first end of the second component and defined by a first, second, third, and fourth slot wall. Yet further included is a hook portion disposed proximate the first end of the body portion. The hook portion includes a first segment extending angularly from the body portion. The hook portion also includes a second segment extending angularly from the first segment and configured to fittingly engage the slot of the second component, wherein the second segment is formed of an elastically deformable material and configured to elastically deform upon engagement with the first slot wall and the second slot wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Joel Colombo, Jeffrey L. Konchan, Steven E. Morris, Steve J. Briggs
  • Publication number: 20140345087
    Abstract: An easily installable and preferably antimicrobial cover trim for a push bar of an exit device for a door, as well as a method for increasing fingerprint resistance of metal touch surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Triangle Brass Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin S. Simon, Reed C. Baumgarten, Vicente Delgadillo
  • Publication number: 20140338153
    Abstract: A rail vehicle has at least one handle, in particular a securing or activation handle for passengers and/or train personnel. The handle has a disinfecting device or is connected to a disinfecting device which is suitable for disinfecting the handle before, after and/or during the activation of the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Florian Dopatka, Guenther Schless
  • Publication number: 20140338152
    Abstract: A handle assembly for a door includes at least a support member, an elongate handle body, an insert and a fastener. The elongate handle body includes an opening at a handle end. An outer hole is formed on a shell of the handle body near the handle end so as to be in communication with the opening. The insert is configured to be inserted into the opening. The insert includes an aperture and an inner hole. The aperture is configured to accommodate the support member mounted on a door. The inner hole is configured to be aligned with the outer hole and be in communication with the aperture. The insert includes a protrusion that protrudes into the aperture. The fastener is configured to be inserted through the outer hole and the inner hole and press the support member against the protrusion such that the protrusion extends into a neck portion of the support member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: William Lee Moody, Nilton Carlos Bertolini
  • Publication number: 20140310916
    Abstract: An outer handle device for a vehicle door, in which a supporting arm portion provided on one end portion of an operating handle which houses an electronic component unit and is disposed on an outer side of the vehicle door is turnably supported by a base member fixed to the vehicle door, a groove housing part of a harness connected to the electronic component unit and routed from the operating handle into the vehicle door is provided in the supporting arm portion, and a guide portion holding the harness between the guide portion and the supporting arm portion is disposed to cover part of the groove, wherein the guide portion is formed integrally on the base member. Accordingly, the outer handle device can hold a harness while reducing the number of components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA HONDA LOCK
    Inventors: Norio SHIMIZU, Yasuyuki ETOU
  • Patent number: 8851536
    Abstract: A handle for a door leaf of a motor vehicle, including a stationary portion mounted on the outer panel of the door leaf, and a gripping lever pivotably mounted relative to the stationary portion and configured to be operated by a user. The gripping lever includes: a pivotably movable outer shell having a front surface visible to a user and a rear surface opposite the front surface, and a recess provided in the outer shell, which forms an opening in the visible front surface of the outer shell, and a decorative insert attached inside the recess and having a front wall that is substantially flush with the front surface of the outer shell, a rear wall attached to the rear surface of the outer shell, and at least one rib connecting the front and rear walls of the decorative insert, the front and rear walls and the rib being made of one piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: VALEO S.p.A.
    Inventors: Fiorenzo Savant, Alberto Gramaglia
  • Publication number: 20140245570
    Abstract: A door handle for the inside of a motor vehicle door includes a mounting region and a gripping region. The handle is formed as a basic body which is substantially U-shaped with two leg portions connected by a base member. The gripping region is formed on a first leg portion and the mounting region is formed on the second leg portion of the basic body. The first and second leg portions point in substantially the same direction so that door opening and closing forces applied to the gripping region substantially avoid creating torque at the mounting region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stefan Toennies, Frank Speer
  • Patent number: 8813995
    Abstract: Provided is a refrigerator and a refrigerator door. The refrigerator includes a main body configured to form a storage space, a door configured to selectively open and close the storage space, handle fixing parts coupled to the door and protruding from the door, a door handle disposed at the door and configured to be grasped by a user for opening and closing the door, holders disposed at both sides of the door handle for receiving the handle fixing parts, and a detachment preventing part. The detachment preventing part is coupled to a side of the holder at an acute angle with a front surface of the door and is configured to be locked by the handle fixing part for fixing the door handle. The door handle can be attached to the door more easily and firmly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hyun-Cheol Kim, Chang-Lim Lee, Boo-Youn Lee, Sang-Hu Park
  • Publication number: 20140197645
    Abstract: A handle device includes a pivoting portion and a handle body. The pivoting portion includes a surrounding wall formed along a longitudinal axis, and the surrounding wall has a top surface. The handle body comprises an extending portion which protrudes from the pivoting portion along a radial direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and is apart from the top surface of the surrounding wall by a gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: TAIWAN FU HSING INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shih-Min Lu, Fu-Chih Huang, Tsung-Yu Li
  • Patent number: 8776320
    Abstract: A handle assembly for mounting to a door of an appliance includes a main body member having first and second end portions separated by an intermediate portion. Each of the first and second end portions includes a cavity adapted to receive an end insert formed of soft material. Each of the end inserts includes an attachment member. The handle is mounted to a front face of the door through interengagment of the attachment members and base members provided on the door without scratching the surface of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Forrest F. Wing
  • Patent number: 8777064
    Abstract: A hand sanitizing apparatus for sanitizing a person's hand while operating a handle of a door opener. The apparatus includes a housing body received about the door opener and limiting access to the handle. A canister of hand sanitizer is received into the housing body, and the canister has a nozzle. The apparatus includes an actuator mounted within the housing body upon an axle for movement from a first position to a second position. The actuator has a hand-contacting portion including a palm-contacting paddle, and the actuator is operably coupled to the nozzle and to the handle. As the actuator is moved from the first to the second position, the handle opens the door as the nozzle dispenses hand sanitizer from the canister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Keith Dawson Williams, Dawson Allen Williams
  • Patent number: 8726467
    Abstract: A retractable strap system for a roll up door of a truck featuring a housing with a spindle and a spring-loaded reel and a strap wrapped around the spindle. The spring-loaded reel is biased to retract the strap into the housing. A catch lever allows and prevents the spring-loaded reel from retracting of the strap into the housing. When the truck door is open, the strap can be pulled to a desired length and held at that desired length. The strap automatically retracts into a housing when the roll up door of the truck is closed, preventing its exposure or unnecessary wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin L. Smith
  • Patent number: 8720116
    Abstract: The hands-free door opener assembly permits a person to open, close and lock a door by employing a forearm or elbow. The system comprises respective push handle members disposed on both the interior and exterior surfaces of the door. Pushing either handle member functions to pivot a latch out of engagement with a latch plate positioned in the door frame. A door opening spring-biased plate is mounted on the latch plate to provide an assist to open the door when the latch is disengaged. The door is provided with a hands-free locking structure on the interior surface. An occupancy alert is disposed on the exterior surface of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Abdulaziz Kh. M. A. A. Ahmad
  • Publication number: 20140115829
    Abstract: A decorative door handle comprising a flexible material configured in the shape of a door handle and a malleable stiffener material to maintain the handle in a desired useful looking configuration. In one aspect the flexible material is a magnetic vinyl.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Robert J. Schrader
  • Publication number: 20140083016
    Abstract: A collapsible vehicle door pull handle comprises two separate pieces joined together by a break away feature. This arrangement allows the pull handle to be strong when the occupant pulls the vehicle door closed, but allows deflection because of the break away feature during a side impact event. The collapsible vehicle door pull handle comprises a handle, a base, an attachment member fitted to one of the handle and the base, and an elastic deformable portion having a keyway for receiving and holding the attachment member with the attachment portion being on the other of the base and the handle. A molded handle might enclose part or all of the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC.
    Inventor: PAUL SCHRYER
  • Patent number: 8677569
    Abstract: A grab handle assembly with integrated articulating hook is disclosed comprising base elements and a handle pivotal on the base elements between closed and an open positions. A pivot pin is fixed to the handle and pivotally supported on a base element. A hook is pivotally supported on the pivot pin and is movable between a stored and a deployed position. In one form a resilient finger on the hook coacts with surfaces on the pivot pin to provide resistance to movement of the hook between the stored and deployed positions. The pin is configured to provide varied resistance at different hook positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Justin L. Ruzich, Walter Belchine, III, Joel R. Lee
  • Patent number: 8646151
    Abstract: A ligature-resistant grab bar for mounting on a surface, having an elongated handgrip having a generally centrally disposed spine extending from the first end of the handgrip to the second end of the handgrip and which is configured and dimensioned to extend outwardly from the surface, when mounted. The spine lying flush against the surface and two arms extending outwardly from the spine along its entire length, each having an outer surface which collectively define the handgrip outer surface. The arms each having an outer free end portion which is configured and dimensioned to be grasped by a user. End caps on each of the ends of the handgrip, at least one of the end caps having an outwardly flared end wall having a first edge joined to the outer surface of the handgrip and a second edge configured and dimensioned to lie flush against the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventors: Laurence D. Kopp, Christopher L. Kopp