Door Handle Patents (Class 16/412)
  • Patent number: 11746576
    Abstract: A retractable outside door handle assembly has a handle unit including an outside handle having a pushing portion and mounted on a handle housing. The outside handle is configured to protrude by rotating in a first direction. An actuator includes an operation rod configured to selectively push the pushing portion. A door latch lever is rotatably mounted on the handle housing and configured to rotate during protrusion of the outside handle by operation of the actuator. A damage prevention mechanism is located between the operation rod and the pushing portion and configured to push the pushing portion when the actuator is operated. The damage prevention mechanism is configured to prevent a pushing force of the pushing portion from being transmitted to the operation rod when the outside handle rotates in a second direction opposite the first direction in a protruded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventor: Tae Kyung Song
  • Patent number: 11572002
    Abstract: A vehicle entry-exit assist device includes a support column that is provided along a vehicle vertical direction at a vehicle inner side of an a vehicle front side end portion or a vehicle rear side end portion of a door opening provided at a side section of a vehicle so as to place the vehicle inner side and a vehicle outer side in communication with each other, a handrail that is provided to the support column, that is capable of pivoting toward the vehicle outer side and a vehicle upper side about an axis along a vehicle front-rear direction in a case in which a door provided at the door opening is open, and that is stowed along the support column in a case in which the door is closed, and a pivot mechanism that is provided at the support column and that is configured to pivot the handrail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Inventor: Hideyuki Sakurai
  • Patent number: 11543170
    Abstract: Provided is a refrigerator having only a second door opened/closed or having both of a first door and a second door opened/closed using one handing by allowing a latch device to fix the second door to the first door or release the second door from being fixed to the first door. The refrigerator includes a main body having a storage compartment, a first door that is rotatably disposed in front of the main body and has an opening formed therein, a second door that is rotatably disposed in front of the first door to open/close the opening, a handle coupled to a front side of the second door to open/close the first door and the second door, and a latch device allowing the second door to be fixed and released to/from the first door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventors: Hyung Bum Lee, Beom Gon Kim, Su Hyeong Son, Woo Yeol Yoo, Wan Hyeong Lee, Youn Tae Shin, Ji Sick Hwang
  • Patent number: 11433796
    Abstract: A boarding handrail includes: a base supported by a support member provided on a periphery of an entrance of a vehicle; a handrail main body provided on the base and capable of being grasped by a passenger who gets on or off the vehicle through the entrance; and a moving member movably fitted on the handrail main body. The moving member has a self-propelled device that rolls over an outer circumferential surface of the handrail main body so as to cause the moving member to move in an axial direction while rotating on its axis, and an irradiation device that irradiates the outer circumferential surface of the handrail main body with ultraviolet light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventor: Hideyuki Sakurai
  • Patent number: 11420363
    Abstract: Provided are a vehicular interior material manufacturing method and a vehicular interior material, the method comprising the steps of: forming a molded article including a surface having an uneven shape; and forming a printing layer on the surface of the molded article by using a predetermined blanket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: LG HAUSYS, LTD.
    Inventors: Jae-Youl Joung, Yeon-Wook Choi, Yong-Gu Kwon, Dong-Hwan Choi
  • Patent number: 11254252
    Abstract: An assist handle assembly for a vehicle is provided that includes an assist handle configured to be gripped by a user, a releasable connector configured to secure the assist handle assembly to a structural component of the vehicle, the connector comprising a fastener having a key surface, a storage compartment provided in the assist handle, and an assembly tool for engaging the key surface of the fastener during assembly and disassembly of the connector from the structural component of the vehicle, wherein the assembly tool is stored in the storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Annette Lynn Huebner, Jim Baumbick, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Daniel J. Martin, Robert J. Gelardi, Ryan A. Olsson
  • Patent number: 11198382
    Abstract: A variable handle device for getting on and off a vehicle includes a grip body assembly installed to a vehicle body of a vehicle, the grip body assembly configured to be rotated and protruded to an outside of the vehicle body when a door is opened and to be pushed by the door to return to an inside of the vehicle body when the door is closed, a grip body rotation mechanism configured to generate a driving force for rotating the grip body assembly to the outside of the vehicle body when the grip body assembly returns to the inside of the vehicle body, and a grip handle assembled slidably to an outside surface of the grip body assembly along the grip body assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Soon Yong Song
  • Patent number: 11091094
    Abstract: A capacitive sensing car-door pre-opening warning device based on a flexible printed circuit in the present application comprises an inside door handle trim panel, an inside door handle subassembly, a flexible printed circuit, a capacitive sensing element, a capacitive-sensing processing circuit, a warning unit and a control unit wherein: the inside door handle trim panel is designed to have a through hole as well as an accommodating space; the inside door handle subassembly has a portion penetrating the through hole and linking the car door linkage and another portion covered in the accommodating space which is sensed by the capacitive sensing element; the capacitive-sensing processing circuit generates a sensing capacitance after processing for development of a warning instruction from the control unit and activation of a warning mode configured in the control unit according to the warning instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: GLORY CREATIVE, INC.
    Inventors: Chia-Wen Wen, Ju-Lin Wen
  • Patent number: 11039519
    Abstract: A mountable multiple angle sanitizing light for a door handle with the ability to be powered by batteries or ac mains. Preferably, ultraviolet light is used to disinfect the particular area of the door handle. A motion detection system can also be incorporated to regulate safety procedures and for controlling a light shut-off time, time off, and light illumination time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventor: Mathew Inskeep
  • Patent number: 11028640
    Abstract: A handle is releasably secured to a rail wall by means of fasteners extending from inside the rail. An actuator shaft pushes against a contact plate to move a movable braking member to stop the rotation of a rod inside the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Richard N. Anderson, Eugene W. Thompson, Robert E. Fisher
  • Patent number: 10989355
    Abstract: An accessory mounting plate for a modular mounting system is described. The accessory mounting plate allows screwless coupling with a mounting receptacle, and may be configured to support a variety of different accessories. In one example, an accessory mounting plate includes a main body, a screwless attachment aperture, and a dovetail structure. The screwless attachment aperture is configured to enable the main body to be screwlessly mounted to a mounting receptacle. The dovetail structure is configured to enable the main body to fictively engage the mounting receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Archon Firearms
    Inventors: Adrian C. Chavez, Dmitry Streshinskiy
  • Patent number: 10926637
    Abstract: An onboard voice outputting device includes: a judging section that judges whether or not an occupant of a vehicle is alone; and an outputting section that, in a case in which it is judged by the judging section that the occupant of the vehicle is alone, outputs information, which is an object of outputting, to a voice outputting section that is installed in the vehicle and that outputs information by voice into a vehicle cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Jun Ikeda, Masaki Tsukamoto, Hideo Hasegawa, Yukiya Yamane
  • Patent number: 10920462
    Abstract: A handle for a vehicle door includes an activation member, a grip member, a driving mechanism, and an actuator lever. The grip member includes a gripping part and is movable between a flushing position, active position, and opening position. In the flushing position, the gripping part extends flush to an external panel of the door. In the active position, the gripping part projects from the external panel, becomes graspable, and the grip member cooperates with the activation member. In the opening position, the grip member drives the activation member to activate the latch to unlatch the door. The driving mechanism and actuator lever cooperate with the grip member to drive the grip member between the flushing position and the active position. When the grip member is pulled in an opening direction, the grip member drives the activation member which in turn activates the latch to unlatch the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: U-SHIN ITALIA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Anthony Guerin, Siavash Ostovari-Far
  • Patent number: 10893749
    Abstract: A handle assembly is provided with a handle sized to be grasped manually with a slot formed along a length. A first plurality of fasteners is provided, each with a shank and a head sized to be received in the slot to fasten the handle to a drawer or a door at various fastener mounting patterns. A method to install a handle assembly inserts a shank of at least one fastener through an aperture in a drawer or a door. A handle is provided that is sized to be grasped manually with a slot formed along a length. The slot of the handle is slid along a head of the at least one fastener. The at least one fastener is tightened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventor: Kelly Nicole Pifer
  • Patent number: 10883273
    Abstract: A ligature-resistant grab bar provides ligature-proof self-support of persons at toilets, showers, baths or other locations where persons require self-support assistance. The ligature-resistant grab bar includes an elongate body that may be an extruded member, which has a flange disposed at a planar rear surface extending from the elongate body on a first side and a second side of the elongate body. The sides of the elongate body have curved side channels for drainage of water that extend from an inner edge of the flange toward a central axis of the elongate body to a gripping profile forming a front of the elongate body, which may be circular or elliptical in cross-section, of a front half of the gripping profile. The ligature-resistant grab bar also includes a bottom end cap and a top end cap attached to the ends of the elongate body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventors: Robert Lee deLoache, III, David Cory deLoache, Mark Mendes
  • Patent number: 10844627
    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: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Kent Herman
  • Patent number: 10787842
    Abstract: The vehicle latch activation system comprises: —a bracket (110), —an activation element (116) intended to activate a latch (102) by rotating with respect to the bracket around an activation axis (118) from an initial position to a final position, wherein a collision on the bracket (110) along a collision direction (L-R) may cause the activation element (116) to rotate from its initial position to its final position, —a blocking element (122) intended, as a result of the collision, to rotate with respect to the bracket (110) around a blocking axis (124), from a disengaged position in which the blocking element (122) allows the activation element (116) to reach its final position, to a blocking position in which the blocking element (122) is intended to block the activation element (110) at a blocked position located between the initial position and the final position. The blocking axis (124) is essentially orthogonal to the activation axis (118).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: U-SHIN ITALIA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Marco Savant, Anthony Guerin
  • Patent number: 10704671
    Abstract: An assisting element structure for a paddle shifter of a vehicle includes: an operating body having a centrally-disposed flange, with a first and second extending portions disposed at two ends of the operating body, respectively, the flange having therein a receiving chamber which the paddle shifter is fitted in; a groove corresponding in position to the first extending portion is concavely disposed on the flange, wherein a first through hole, a second through hole and a threaded hole are disposed at two ends and a middle of the groove, respectively, and a baffle corresponding in position to an inner wall of the second extending portion is disposed on the flange; a pressing element disposed in the groove and having two ends with a first and second elastic segments corresponding in position to the first and second through holes, respectively; and a screwing component disposed in the threaded hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Hsin-Cheng Yeh
  • Patent number: 10697158
    Abstract: A faucet control apparatus having a handle, a ring member and optionally protrusions. The handle has a proximal and a distal end. The ring member is positioned proximate the proximal end thereof. The ring member has an inner perimeter which defines an opening. The protrusions include one or more outer protrusions optionally extending from the ring member spaced apart from the handle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: David Kopp
  • Patent number: 10697693
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a refrigerator including a sliding bar provided in each of a pair of doors and that moves between standby and contact positions to which the sliding bar moves from the standby position to seal a gap between the doors, and a moving device that operates the sliding bar in linkage with operations of opening and closing the doors, wherein the moving device includes a lever that is pressed by the main body and rotatably provided inside the doors to transmit a pressing force in a direction different from a direction in which the lever is pressed by the main body, and a sliding link that operates in linkage with rotation of the lever and configured so that the sliding bar moves between the standby position and the contact position. Through this configuration, the refrigerator minimizes noise related to opening and closing the doors and improves insulation performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong Ho Lee, Geon Hee Lee, Jee-Hoon Lee, Jea Won Lee, Wan-Ku Kang, Nan Soo Park
  • Patent number: 10487547
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for controlling the opening (4) of a motor vehicle door (2). The system (4) comprises: a housing (8); a handle (6) pivoting relative to the housing (8); an electric motor (18) for retracting and extending the handle of the openable body section; and a computer (22) which controls the power supply of the motor (18), and which switches from a standby mode to an active mode when the handle (6) is moved. The electric motor (18) generates a wake-up voltage during the movement of the handle (6) relative to the housing (8). The computer (22) is configured to switch from standby mode to active mode when it receives the wake-up voltage generated by the motor (18). Waking only takes place when the wake-up voltage reaches a threshold S of 5 mV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignees: PSA Automobiles SA, U-Shin Deutschland Zugangssysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Malvy, Régis Grenouillat
  • 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
    Inventors: André Coutier, Philippe Billerot, Julio Garcia Rodriguez, Jose Oscar Vazquez Carballo, Delmiro Javier Couto Maquieira, Alberto Diez Estevez
  • 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
    Inventors: Youichirou Kamimura, Isao Todaka, Tadashi Saitou
  • 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: 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
    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
    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
    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