Magnetic Patents (Class 220/230)
  • Patent number: 11453537
    Abstract: A portable, resealable storage container and a method for manufacture are provided. The container includes a body having a bottom opposite an opening, and sidewalls attached to the bottom, wherein the body defines a storage cavity. A top having an attachment band and a flap operable to connect to and disconnect from the attachment band covers the opening of the body when connected to the body. A ridge is disposed along an outer surface of the sidewalls and is configured to provide a seat for the attachment band of the top. A mating surface disposed at an upper end of the sidewalls above the ridge and is operable to contact the attachment band of the top. When the top is positioned to sit atop the ridge, the attachment band is in substantially continuous contact with the mating surface. The top is securely fastened to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Edge-Works Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Scott V. Evans, Nicholas R. Tomczak
  • Patent number: 11412630
    Abstract: A device incorporating both a magnet and a living hinge may be employed to construct cases to protect electronic devices and to function as a closure for cases and lidded containers. Such cases often can be bent three 360° allowing the cases to be either closed protecting devices therein are closed upon themselves allowing the case to function to secure an electronic device to a substrate such as an article of clothing. The devices of the disclosure can also be used to organize and hold loose items together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: GUI GLOBAL PRODUCTS, LTD.
    Inventor: Walter G. Mayfield
  • Patent number: 11312546
    Abstract: A drinking container includes an automatically opening and closing magnetic lid. The drinking container includes a container portion, a sleeve, and a lid. The sleeve is moveable between a closed position and an open position with respect to the container portion, the sleeve including a sleeve magnet. The lid is moveable from a closed configuration to an open configuration, the lid including a lid magnet, the closed configuration of the lid sealing an access pathway to an interior of the container portion, the open configuration of the lid opening the access pathway to the interior of the container portion. In the closed position of the sleeve, a biased force holds the lid in the closed configuration. In the open position of the sleeve, the sleeve magnet and the lid magnet have a magnetic force greater than the biased force to place the lid in the open configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: AFJ Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Al Smaldone, Daniel Gatto, James Smaldone
  • Patent number: 11285600
    Abstract: A locking device including a first frame including an insert hole and a first magnetic body, a second frame including an insert recess communicating with the insert hole, and a second magnetic body disposed to face the first magnetic body with a polarity opposite to a polarity of the first magnetic body, and an insert member including a slider inserted into the insert hole and configured to slide relative to the first frame, and a third magnetic body disposed on one side of the slider is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Se-Gon Roh, Jeonghun Kim, Minhyung Lee, Youn Baek Lee, Jongwon Lee, Byungjune Choi, Hyun Do Choi
  • Patent number: 11212929
    Abstract: A device incorporating both a magnet and a living hinge may be employed to construct cases to protect electronic devices and to function as a closure for cases and lidded containers. Such cases often can be bent three 360° allowing the cases to be either closed protecting devices therein are closed upon themselves allowing the case to function to secure an electronic device to a substrate such as an article of clothing. The devices of the disclosure can also be used to organize and hold loose items together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: GUI Global Products, Ltd.
    Inventor: Walter G. Mayfield
  • Patent number: 11161731
    Abstract: A device for opening and closing a urea inlet for a vehicle is configured to close an inlet of a urea filler neck in a push manner and to open the same in a pull manner, preventing a user from touching the vehicle body or peripheral portions when opening and closing the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: June Young Park, Jun Sik Lim, Tae Yoon Lee, Sung Won Lee, Seung Hoon Choi
  • Patent number: 11114830
    Abstract: It comprises a receptacle subassembly, a lid subassembly telescopically interacting with the receptacle subassembly by partially penetrating into or by retracting from the receptacle subassembly and a magnetic unit attached to the receptacle subassembly and to the lid subassembly and intended to align and interlock the receptacle subassembly with the lid subassembly; the lid subassembly incorporating supplementarily an optionally detachable frame unit, intended to cover an unaesthetic transitional zone between a contour of the enclosure assembly and a wall opening wherein the enclosure assembly is installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: PRIMEX MANUFACTURING LTD.
    Inventors: Hong Chen, Nathan Cheng, Christian Guckel, Donovan Hammersley, Balin Lee, Kai Zhang
  • Patent number: 11001422
    Abstract: An example lid assembly can include a lid and a slider. The lid can include a wall defining a recess. The slider can be configured to slide in the recess and can be configured to move between a closed position where the slider covers the opening to aid in preventing spilling of contents of the container and an opened position where the slider uncovers the opening such that the contents of the container can be consumed. The slider can be configured to be removable from the lid and can be replaced back on the lid. Additionally, the slider can be configured to lock into place on the recess in both the closed position and the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: YETI Coolers, LLC
    Inventors: Roy Joseph Seiders, John Alan Tolman, Steve Charles Nichols
  • Patent number: 10993339
    Abstract: A device incorporating both a magnet and a living hinge may be employed to construct cases to protect electronic devices and to function as a closure for cases and lidded containers. Such cases often can be bent three 360° allowing the cases to be either closed protecting devices therein are closed upon themselves allowing the case to function to secure an electronic device to a substrate such as an article of clothing. The devices of the disclosure can also be used to organize and hold loose items together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: GUI GLOBAL PRODUCTS, LTD.
    Inventor: Walter G. Mayfield
  • Patent number: 10959553
    Abstract: An insulating container can be configured to retain a volume of liquid, and include a canister having a first inner wall having a first end having an opening extending into an internal reservoir, and a second outer wall forming an outer shell. The opening can be sealed by a spout adapter, the spout adapter having an internal passageway extending between the internal reservoir and a spout opening, which may be smaller than the opening of the canister. The spout opening may be sealed with an upper cap that has a magnetic top surface. The upper cap may be selectively coupled to seal the spout opening, or may be magnetically coupled to a magnetic docking surface of a docking structure on the spout adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: YETI Coolers, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Charles Nichols, Evan Goldberg, Edward Abante
  • Patent number: 10959552
    Abstract: An insulating container can be configured to retain a volume of liquid, and include a canister having a first inner wall having a first end having an opening extending into an internal reservoir, and a second outer wall forming an outer shell. The opening can be sealed by a spout adapter, the spout adapter having an internal passageway extending between the internal reservoir and a spout opening, which may be smaller than the opening of the canister. The spout opening may be sealed with an upper cap that has a magnetic top surface. The upper cap may be selectively coupled to seal the spout opening, or may be magnetically coupled to a magnetic docking surface of a docking structure on the spout adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: YETI Coolers, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Charles Nichols, Evan Goldberg, Edward Abante
  • Patent number: 10897828
    Abstract: A device incorporating both a magnet and a living hinge may be employed to construct cases to protect electronic devices and to function as a closure for cases and lidded containers. Such cases often can be bent three 360° allowing the cases to be either closed protecting devices therein are closed upon themselves allowing the case to function to secure an electronic device to a substrate such as an article of clothing. The devices of the disclosure can also be used to organize and hold loose items together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: GUI Global Products, LTD.
    Inventor: Walter G. Mayfield
  • Patent number: 10788864
    Abstract: A portable information handling system with rotationally coupled housing portions having an OLED film display disposed over the housing portions automatically adapts presentation of visual images at the display based upon detection of a peripheral keyboard placed on the display. For example, a peripheral keyboard biases into a predetermined position with magnetic attraction and a keyboard manager removes content from the display beneath the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Deeder M. Aurongzeb, Jung-Hwan Hong, Justin C. Lyles, Yulin Wang
  • Patent number: 10773477
    Abstract: A repair apparatus is configured to repair a hole in a curved wall portion of a material guide. The repair apparatus includes a patch body that can conform to the shape of the curved wall portion and a retainer that non-destructively holds the patch body in place on the wall portion over the hole. In certain embodiments, the retainers are magnets or straps. The patch body can be flexible so that it can be adjusted to conform to the shape of curved wall portions of various sizes and curvatures. The patch body can include a wear-resistant inner surface. In some embodiments, the patch body includes an outer shell and a wear-resistant inner liner connected to the shell. The liner can have one side that is unattached to the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Lodestone Patchworks LLC
    Inventor: Robert Lynn Kirmer
  • Patent number: 10739826
    Abstract: Embodiments of keyboard deployment for multi-form factor Information Handling Systems (IHSs) are described. In an embodiment, a method may include engaging an actuator of an IHS, where the IHS comprises a first display coupled to a second display via a hinge, and where a keyboard is coupled to a backside of the second display; and deploying the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Michiel Sebastiaan Emanuel Petrus Knoppert, Mark R. Ligameri
  • Patent number: 10730254
    Abstract: A repair apparatus is configured to repair a hole in a curved wall portion of a material guide. The repair apparatus includes a patch body that can conform to the shape of the curved wall portion and a retainer that non-destructively holds the patch body in place on the wall portion over the hole. In certain embodiments, the retainers are magnets or straps. The patch body can be flexible so that it can be adjusted to conform to the shape of curved wall portions of various sizes and curvatures. The patch body can include a wear-resistant inner surface. In some embodiments, the patch body includes an outer shell and a wear-resistant inner liner connected to the shell. The liner can have one side that is unattached to the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Lodestone PatchWorks LLC
    Inventor: Robert Lynn Kirmer
  • Patent number: 10612278
    Abstract: A vehicle stowage assembly having a housing, a door and a retaining device. The housing has an opening. The door is movable between a closed position and an open position. The retaining device includes a ferromagnetic element, a permanent magnet, an electromagnet, a control unit and a detection device. The electromagnet is magnetically coupled to the ferromagnetic element and/or to the permanent magnet. The control unit controls the electromagnet the electromagnet to reduce the magnetic attraction between the housing and the door to a stop value of less than the nominal value during a stopping period following the detection of the arrival of the door near the closed position. The detection device is able to supply a signal representing the arrival of the door in the closed position to the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: FAURECIA INTERIEUR INDUSTRIE
    Inventor: Omar Ben Abdelaziz
  • Patent number: 10458160
    Abstract: A cap holder (21) that is attached to the inner surface side of a fuel filling door (19) in a state of facing an inner surface of the fuel filling door (19) with an interval in order to hold a cap (11K) removed from a fuel tank (11) and a lock (22) that locks the fuel filling door (19) from the outside in a state where the fuel filling door (19) closes a fuel filling opening (18) are provided on the fuel filling door (19). The lock (22) has a lock lever (22C) that rotationally moves between a locking position where the fuel filing door (19) maintains a state of closing the fuel filling opening (18) and an unlocking position where the fuel filling door (19) allows opening of the fuel filling opening (18). This lock lever (22C) is configured by a long member a base end of which is rotatably attached to the fuel filling door (19) and a leading end of which is allowed to enter a gap between the fuel filling door (19) and the cap holder (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Tierra Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Masashi Setaki, Tomoyuki Tanaka, Junya Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 10443883
    Abstract: An improved vent apparatus that is usable with an electrical enclosure includes a vent flap that is movable between a closed position overlying an opening formed in a wall of the electrical enclosure and an open position wherein at least a portion of the vent flap is spaced from the wall. The vent flap may be held in place in the closed position via gravity or through the use of a retainer such as a spring or a frangible structure. The vent flap is a part of a flap apparatus that is formed as a unitary single piece element that may be stamped from sheet metal, for example, and the flap apparatus includes a number of hinge elements that are rollably disposed on an edge of the wall adjacent the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael Davis Pearce, Bryan Richard Benson
  • Patent number: 10180188
    Abstract: A system may include a seal including first and second lip portions and an inner portion disposed between the first and second lip portions. The first and second lip portions may be formed from a different material than the inner portion. Additionally, the first and second lip portions may be configured to block the flow of fluid to the inner portion. Further, the first and second lip portions may be configured to block extrusion of the inner portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: ONESUBSEA IP UK LIMITED
    Inventor: Parth Dilip Pathak
  • Patent number: 10175724
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a portable information processing device includes first and second units, each having a flat approximately rectangular solid case. The first unit has as many magnets as the second unit has. Each of the magnets of the first unit attracts corresponding magnet of the second unit when the case of the first unit and the case of the second unit are placed one upon the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Shigeharu Imamura, Tsutomu Saigusa
  • Patent number: 10119220
    Abstract: A laundry treatment apparatus is disclosed. The laundry treatment apparatus includes a receiving unit for providing a laundry receiving space, an introduction port for allowing the receiving unit to communicate with the outside of the laundry treatment apparatus, a door for opening and closing the introduction port, an actuation unit provided at the door such that the actuation unit reciprocates between a first position and a second position, and a fixing unit for fixing the door to the introduction port using an attractive force when the actuation unit is positioned at the first position and for separating the door from the introduction port when the actuation unit is positioned at the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jihong Lee, Byungjin Lee, Hongchul Kim, Kwanwoong Jeong
  • Patent number: 9958901
    Abstract: An electronic device equipped with a touch panel provided with, at side surfaces of the housing, first elastic members having a first modulus of elasticity and a first coefficient of friction and contacting a level surface when the electronic device is made to stand in a range from the vertical to 50° and second elastic members having a second modulus of elasticity lower that the first modulus of elasticity and a second coefficient of friction larger than the first coefficient of friction and contacting the level surface when the electronic device is made to lean against a wall from the level surface by an angle of 50° or less, the electronic device thereby prevented from slipping no matter what the range of angle, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Takita, Kazunobu Yoneyama, Kei Kojima, Yoshifumi Kajiwara, Toru Koike, Satoru Noma, Hirohisa Nakabayashi, Katsumi Adachi
  • Patent number: 9957088
    Abstract: A container-closure system that comprises a container (1) without screw threads; a custom wiper (3) that sits in the neck of the container; a magnetic ring (2) that encircles the neck of the container; a custom closure (5) that comprises a handle (5b), a conic section (5g), a wand (5d) and an application surface (4) that depends from the distal end of the wand; an overshell (8) that fits over the handle and supports a metal ring (6). The strength of the magnetic ring for the metal ring is sufficient to effect a tight seal in two sealing zones: between the conic section (5g) of the closure and the beveled surface (3g) of the wiper (3); and between the bottom (5a) of the handle and the custom sealing lip (3a) on the top of the wiper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: ELC MANAGEMENT, LLC
    Inventors: Christophe Jacob, Herve Bouix
  • Patent number: 9910464
    Abstract: An information handling system includes a tablet computer and a base. The tablet computer includes a first plurality of closing magnets, first and second holding magnets, and a rounded edge. The base includes a hinge area, a second plurality of closing magnets, and third and fourth holding magnets located a bottom portion of the hinge area. The hinge area receives the tablet computer when the tablet computer is rotated from a closed position to an opened position, and holds the tablet computer in the opened position. The second closing magnets align with the first closing magnets, align the tablet computer on the base, and hold the tablet computer in the closed position. The third and fourth holding magnets attract the first and second holding magnets to ensure an alignment of the tablet computer within the base when the tablet computer is rotated from the closed position to the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: DELL PRODUCTS, LP
    Inventors: Justin C. Lyles, Brian H. Leonard
  • Patent number: 9841155
    Abstract: An LED lamp retrofit system, kit, and method is presently disclosed. The LED retrofit system comprises at least one longitudinally extending LED lamp having a length substantially greater than a width and open longitudinal ends. A first LED lamp support rail holds and covers a first open longitudinal end of each of the at least one longitudinally extending LED lamps and is configured to electrically connect each of the at least one longitudinally extending LED lamps to a power source. A second LED lamp support rail holds and covers a second open longitudinal end of each of the at least one longitudinally extending LED lamps held with the first LED lamp support rail. A system holder on each of the first and second LED lamp support rails is configured and disposed to hold the retrofit system to a portion of a lamp fixture being retrofitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Litetronics International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raghu Rao, Robert Sorensen
  • Patent number: 9809295
    Abstract: A sealing system for an aircraft having an opening and a door movable between an open condition spaced from the opening and a closed condition covering and sealing the opening includes a cover plate connected to the aircraft adjacent the opening. A first magnetic coupling secured to the cover plate includes a first plurality of magnets. A second magnetic coupling configured for securing to the door includes a second plurality of magnets. The first magnetic coupling is repelled by the second magnetic coupling when the couplings have a first degree of alignment with one another. This causes the cove plot move away from the door. The first magnetic coupling is attracted to the second magnetic coupling when the couplings have a second degree of alignment with one another greater than the first degree, causing the magnetic couplings to engage one another and seal the opening in the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert E. Bauer, John C. Rufino
  • Patent number: 9687857
    Abstract: A device for recovering magnetic particles trapped on a magnetic plug that has a bar magnet to retain the magnetic particles entrained by a liquid in which the magnetic plug is immersed, the device including a cap including a non-magnetic tube having a proximal end having an opening for the insertion of the magnet into the tube and a closed distal end, the tube to cover the magnet when it is inserted into the tube, a retention device to ensure retention between the cap and the magnet when the magnet is inserted into the tube, an extraction device provided with an opening to ensure insertion of the tube into the extraction device, the extraction device to cover the tube when the tube is inserted into the extraction device and to receive the particles trapped on the tube when the magnet is withdrawn from the tube, and a retention device to ensure retention between the extraction device and the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Gilles Berthod, Fabrice Colladon
  • Patent number: 9676340
    Abstract: The storage device (1) comprises a storage compartment (2), comprising an upper opening (10), and a lid (6), said lid (6) being movable between a closed position and a first opened position, wherein the storage compartment (2) is accessible from a first side (12) of the opening (10), and a second opened position, wherein the storage compartment (2) is accessible from a second side (14) of the opening (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Faurecia Interior Systems India PVT. Ltd.
    Inventor: Swamiray Ankolikar
  • Patent number: 9593863
    Abstract: An improved vent apparatus that is usable with an electrical enclosure includes a vent flap that is movable between a closed position overlying an opening formed in a wall of the electrical enclosure and an open position wherein at least a portion of the vent flap is spaced from the wall. The vent flap may be held in place in the closed position via gravity or through the use of a retainer such as a spring or a frangible structure. The vent flap is a part of a flap apparatus that is formed as a unitary single piece element that may be stamped from sheet metal, for example, and the flap apparatus includes a number of hinge elements that are rollably disposed on an edge of the wall adjacent the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Davis Pearce, Bryan Richard Benson
  • Patent number: 9476277
    Abstract: Magnetic means for managing and stopping leaks in metal pipes such as well bores and pipe risers is provided. A magnetic leak arrestor comprises a spool with magnetic collar disposed thereabout. The spool has a tapered end for inserting into a pipe riser. The magnetic collar creates a seal with the pipe riser, which may be welded in place, if desired. Additionally, a magnet may be positioned proximate a leak in a side wall of a pipe riser to seal the leak. The magnet may be shaped to conform to the shape of the pipe riser, and a seal gasket provided around an edge portion of the magnet. A slurry of magnetically active material may be provide inside the pipe to seal the leak in the side wall or to provide a blockage in the pipe riser so that killing fluids may be pumped into the well bore, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventor: Emanuel Stamatakis
  • Patent number: 9409678
    Abstract: A bottle body structure includes a substrate accommodating a container bottle which includes an inner bottle body, an outer container bottle and a bottle cap. The bottle cap can be accommodated inside the outer bottle body and the side wall of the bottle cap is provided with a discharge hole. An ejecting mechanism, enabling the inner bottle body to displace axially relative to the outer bottle body to expose the discharge hole out of the outer bottle body, is provided between the inner bottle body and the substrate. As a result, the bottle body structure conceals the discharge hole in the outer bottle body and the ejecting mechanism enables the inner bottle body to eject automatically to expose the discharge hole, which is convenient to use and hygienic. Material in the bottle can be poured out easily with one hand. The bottle body is especially applicable to storage of spices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: NINGBO CHEFSHERE KITCHEN TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lv Ding
  • Patent number: 9315158
    Abstract: A housing to locate sunglasses or clip-on sunglasses directly in front of a driver by securing the sunglasses or clip-on sunglasses in a container clipped to the sun visor of an automobile. In addition, the sunglasses or clip-on sunglasses are held firmly in place in a compartment of different configurations such that the sunglasses or clip-on sunglasses are readily available in a position immediately in front of a driver. The container is secured to the visor by a wire clip or other appropriate connection to the sun visor. A portion of the compartment folds away from the portion of the container which is clipped or fixed to the visor. The movable portion of the container is held firmly in place in a closed position as well as in an open condition by a magnet or other secure connection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Navajo Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon Levy, Hoi Kwan Wong
  • Patent number: 9016501
    Abstract: In a transfer system for wafers, etc., a coupling chamber corresponding to a port is formed only when a transfer box comes in tight contact with an apparatus as a transfer target in the transfer box is transferred into the apparatus, so that the transfer target will be transferred together with the coupling chamber into the apparatus by means of magnetic attraction forces exerted between the transfer box, transfer box door and apparatus door, thereby simplifying the structures of the transfer box and apparatus and also allowing the transfer target to be transferred into the apparatus without fail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
    Inventors: Shiro Hara, Hitoshi Maekawa
  • Publication number: 20150090717
    Abstract: An ornamental cover for concealing an article includes an elongated shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, and a base member disposed at the proximal end of the elongated shaft. The elongated shaft may extend distally from an upper surface of the base member, while a lower surface of the base member defines an opening for receiving an upper portion of the article into the elongated shaft. A perimeter of the base member may be shaped to fit an opening of a container sized to receive a lower portion of the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Stacy L. Marcell
  • Publication number: 20150049426
    Abstract: A cover is described that is magnetically attached to a tablet device. The cover includes at least as flap. In the described embodiment, the flap includes a plurality of segments. The cover includes a number of magnets formed into a number of magnetic arrangements that provide a number of useful features associated with the cover and the tablet device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel G. Smith, Taylor Harrison Gilbert
  • Publication number: 20140362506
    Abstract: Flux fountain techniques are described. In one or more implementations, an apparatus includes a cover configured to be disposed over at least a portion of a display device of a computing device that is configured as a tablet and a connection portion attached to the cover using a flexible hinge. The connection portion is configured to be physically coupled to the computing device using a magnetic coupling device. The magnetic coupling device includes a first magnet that is disposed in the connection portion such that a magnetic field is aligned along an axis and second and third magnets are disposed in the connection portion at opposing sides of the first magnet from each other. The second and third magnets have respective magnetic fields that are aligned along a respective axis that is substantially perpendicular to the axis of the magnetic field of the first magnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: David Otto Whitt, III, Robyn Rebecca Reed McLaughlin, Summer L. Schneider, Eric Joseph Wahl, James H. Wise, Camilo Leon, Karsten Aagaard, Thomas Charles Oliver
  • Publication number: 20140353313
    Abstract: Provided is a box includes a box body having an opened upper portion; a first cover openably disposed to seal the opened portion of the box body; a second cover openably disposed to overlap on at least partially; and a slide button operably disposed on the second cover to fix the second cover to the first cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dae-Geun An
  • Patent number: 8851534
    Abstract: A magnetic closure comprises a magnet-armature structure having a magnet and an armature, the magnet and the armature being constituted such that, for an automatic closing, the armature and the magnet mutually attract each other in a closing direction below a predetermined minimum distance, and, for an opening, the magnet is laterally shifted or rotated with respect to the armature into an open position so that the surfaces of magnet and armature facing each other in a mutually attracting manner become smaller, whereby the force of attraction between magnet and armature comes smaller, Further, an opening-assisting spring is provided for assisting the opening, wherein the opening-assisting spring either is automatically pretensioned by the magnetic force during the automatic closing, or is pretensioned during the opening operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Fidlock GmbH
    Inventor: Joachim Fiedler
  • Publication number: 20140263319
    Abstract: Vial containers including a collar which is attached to a vial or incorporated into a vial cap, a cap designed to receive a portion of the collar while covering the vial, and a container designed to receive a portion of the collar and encase the body of the vial are described herein. The collar, generally, includes a means for reversibly attaching to the cap and container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: MEDRAD, INC.
    Inventors: Bruno FAZI, Jason L. BAZALA, Arthur E. UBER, III
  • Publication number: 20140138378
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a compact for a cosmetic product that includes a base; a lid, fitted movably to the base; a container disposed in the base that is suitable for containing a cosmetic product. The base or the lid includes a magnet suitable for cooperating with a magnetic element fixed to the lid or to the base opposite the magnet in order to effect the closure of the compact. Of note, the compact includes at least one component with high magnetic permeability defining with the magnet a magnetic system in such a way as to concentrate the magnetic field of the magnetic system on a face of the magnetic system disposed opposite the magnetic element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: ALBEA SERVICES
    Inventor: Vincent LEQUEUX
  • Patent number: 8726704
    Abstract: A shelf device comprises an enclosed frame that includes a plurality of members, a concealed compartment within the frame, and a locking system that includes a locking mechanism comprising a slide bolt and magnetic lift positioned perpendicularly within the slide bolt, a ledge that is engaged with the slide bolt when the locking system is locked, and a magnet. The magnetic lift moves in one direction to cause the slide bolt to move perpendicularly to the magnetic lift's direction as the slide bolt disengages or engages with the ledge to unlock or lock the shelf, respectively. In one embodiment, a rare earth magnet is aligned with the magnetic lift to pull the magnetic lift vertically upward causing the slide bolt to move horizontally backward to disengage the slide bolt from the ledge. Consequently, the shelf is opened as one or more frame members are released to expose the concealed compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Brian Dale White
  • Patent number: 8701336
    Abstract: An improved pest control device having a bottom, two side walls, two end walls with holes therethrough to permit an animal to enter, and a lid, with a bait holder inside the trap, which may optionally be raised off of the floor of the trap and magnets positioned near the top edge of at least two of the walls to secure the trap to a dumpster, thereby holding the lid in the closed position when the trap is secured to the dumpster to prevent access to the bait other than through the holes in the end walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel J. Kay
  • Patent number: 8701337
    Abstract: A method of controlling rats and the like by magnetically attaching a pest control device to a dumpster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel J. Kay
  • Patent number: 8684200
    Abstract: A bottle assembly is presented including a body portion having a dividing wall extending therein; a first chamber for holding a first liquid, the first chamber configured to connect to a first orifice; a second chamber for holding a second liquid, the second chamber configured to connect to a second orifice; and a weight distribution mechanism configured to be placed entirely within the body portion of the bottle assembly for counterbalancing the first liquid against the second liquid, the weight distribution mechanism having a plurality of spheres therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Theodosios Kountotsis
  • Publication number: 20140083883
    Abstract: A protective covering for an electronic device such as a tablet computer. In various embodiments, to protective covering may cover both front and rear surfaces of the electronic device, as well as from and rear surfaces of an associated keyboard. Additionally, certain configuration for the protective covering may operate to trigger a sleep mode for the keyboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: John G. Elias
  • Patent number: 8662298
    Abstract: A mobile electronic device cover has a first cover portion with a first edge surface along a perimeter thereof. A second cover portion has a second edge surface along a perimeter thereof. A magnetic clasp has a first part in the first portion of the cover adjacent the first edge surface and a second part in the second portion of the cover adjacent the second edge surface. The magnetic clasp is adapted to magnetically hold the first edge surface meeting the second edge surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Leonardo Aldana, Felipe Oliveira Simoes
  • Patent number: 8651306
    Abstract: A flip guide plug structure for a bottle includes a lower main body, an upper main body, a lower plug, a guide pipe, an upper plug, a connection unit and two magnetic members. The upper main body can be opened relative to the lower main body through the connection unit, and then positioned by the attraction of the two magnetic members to prevent an unexpected closing. The flip guide plug structure of the present invention is very convenient for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: G. Esmond International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kuan-Mu Pai
  • Patent number: 8636167
    Abstract: A container assembly comprising a body and interlocking and self-actuating lid. The body has a bottom and at least one sidewall extending generally upwardly and includes at least one body interlock piece. The lid includes a lid interlock piece configured to releasably engage the body interlock piece. A first magnet is coupled to the body and a second magnet is coupled to the lid. The first and second magnet magnetically generate a first relative movement of the body and lid in a first direction when the first and second magnet are in a first orientation, wherein the first relative movement operatively engages the lid interlock piece with the body interlock piece. Additionally, the interengagement of the lid interlock piece and the body interlock piece during the first relative movement of the body and lid mechanically generate a second relative movement of the body and lid in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventors: Louis Hajichristou, Christiana Hajichristou
  • Publication number: 20140008258
    Abstract: A package for containing and dispensing contents includes a magnetic closure. The package defines a package interior for accommodating the contents. A pair of package portions defines an opening for accessing the package interior. The magnetic closure includes magnetic material which is placed on at least one of the packaging portions for permitting reopenable closure of the packaging portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: KRAFT FOODS GLOBAL BRANDS LLC
    Inventors: Kerri Clark, Brian Hawthorne, Maximiliano Rodriguez, Allen Sydney Aldridge, Christopher J. Feltman, Alejamdra Buitrago, Simon richard Gainey