Magnetic Patents (Class 220/230)
  • 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: 20140008363
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing and converting a container includes a platform for slidably accommodating a sheet of packaging material, an actuation mechanism for feeding the sheet through the platform, and a gluing device for applying glue to a portion of the sheet. The apparatus further includes a magnet applicator assembly housing a plurality of magnets, a slug applicator assembly housing a plurality of slugs and a folding mechanism to align the sheet in a final glued form. The magnet applicator assembly applies magnets to the sheet at a pre-determined time, and the slug applicator assembly applies slugs to the sheet at a pre-determined time. The magnet and the slug are attached to the sheet by the glue applied by the gluing device. The magnet aligns with the slug forming a reclosable connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: DISC GRAPHICS INC.
    Inventors: Diamond J. Armello, Mitch Serraino
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8556095
    Abstract: The replacement bottle cap according has a circular lid. An annular skirt extends downward from the lid to provide an opening for receipt of a threaded neck of a bottle. The skirt has internal threads to engage corresponding threads on an external portion of the neck of a bottle. The lid is permeable to a magnetic field. A magnet is located in the cylindrical opening adjacent the lid. A decorative object extends upwardly from the lid. A decorative object is attracted to the magnet so the object is securely held to the lid. The decorative object is detachable from the lid by pulling on the object sufficiently to overcome the force exerted by the magnet on the object. At least a first connector extends from the outside of the skirt for receipt of a mating connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Sawako Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8556527
    Abstract: A lipstick case includes a case holder, a lid, and first and second positioning members. The case holder includes an upper end face and a surrounding wall with non-circular cross sections. The lid is removably covered on the upper end face of the case holder. The first positioning member is mounted on the upper end face of the case holder and includes several lower magnets. Each lower magnet has an upper end which is one of north and south seeking poles. The second positioning member is engaged on a lower end face of the lid and includes several upper magnets. Each upper magnet has a lower end which is the other of the north and south seeking poles. The lower end face of the lid over the case holder is able to attract and engage with the upper end face of the case holder by the upper and lower magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Yu-Hsing Chou
  • Publication number: 20130229756
    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: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    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
  • Patent number: 8505787
    Abstract: A spout assembly configured to be attached to a mouth of a bottle to facilitate pouring of the contents of the bottle. The spout assembly includes a cap having an upper surface and defining an axial passageway; a spout mounted within the cap and movable between a retracted position, in which the spout is disposed within the axial passageway below the upper surface, and an extended position, in which at least a portion of the spout extends above the upper surface; and a first polarized magnet attached to the cap and a second polarized magnet attached to the spout, wherein the first polarized magnet and second polarized magnet magnetically bias the spout into the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: 2308479 Ontario Limited
    Inventors: Ryan Fox, Andrew Fox
  • Patent number: 8495803
    Abstract: A mechanical-magnetic connecting structure for releasably connecting a first element with a second element is provided. The connecting structure consists of a module A which is firmly connected with the first element or is rotatably arranged in the first element, and a module B which is firmly connected with the second element or is rotatably arranged in the second element. The module A is rotatably guided in module B. In module A at least one magnet and in module B at least one armature or second magnet is arranged and the shape, location and polarity of the magnets or of the magnet and the armature are designed such that when rotating module A relative to module B, the magnets or magnet and armature move from a closed position with maximum magnetic attraction into an open position with weakened magnetic attraction or a magnetic repulsion of module A and module B is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Fidlock GmbH
    Inventor: Joachim Fiedler
  • Patent number: 8484809
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mechanical/magnetic connecting structure, that is to say a mechanical interlock by means of magnetic-force assistance, which is particularly suitable for closures such as those which are used on bags, rucksacks and comparable objects, wherein the connecting structure has the following features: an interlock apparatus having at least one spring interlock element which moves in a direction and is arranged in one of the connecting modules, and having a blocking piece for interlocking of the connecting modules, which blocking piece is arranged in the other connecting module, and having a movable unlocking element with a force-deflecting rising sliding surface, which is likewise arranged in the other connecting module, and a magnet armature structure having at least one magnet which is arranged in one of the connecting modules, and at least one armature which is arranged in the other connecting module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Fidlock GmbH
    Inventor: Joachim Fiedler
  • Publication number: 20130135551
    Abstract: A liquid crystal module is disclosed, which comprises a backplate, a circuit board and a circuit board cover-plate. The circuit board is fixed to the backplate, and the circuit board cover-plate is fixed to the backplate by magnetic elements. Furthermore, a display comprising the aforesaid liquid crystal module is further disclosed. The liquid crystal module of the present disclosure has the circuit board cover-plate thereof fixed to the backplate by means of magnetic elements. Therefore, when it is necessary to carry out defect detection and corresponding electrical inspections on the liquid crystal module, the circuit board cover-plate can be opened rapidly to carry out corresponding operations, which is efficient and time-saving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: Shenzhen China Star Opoelectronics Technology Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Chong Huang
  • Patent number: 8443994
    Abstract: The present invention is a bottle cap assembly including an anchor, a cap portion, and a retaining device. The anchor attaches to a bottle and has a threaded neck and a ridge extending outward from the threaded neck. The cap portion removably attaches to the anchor and the bottle. The cap portion has a retaining sleeve along an entire circumference of the cap portion. The retaining device keeps the cap portion connected to the anchor, so that the cap portion is not lost. The retaining device includes a rod element housed in the retaining sleeve, and the rim of the retaining sleeve prevents detachment of the rod element from the retaining sleeve. The rod element extends between the anchor and cap portion, while only the anchor remains attached to the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Michael C. Desselle
  • Patent number: 8443993
    Abstract: The present invention is a bottle cap assembly comprising an anchor for attachment to a bottle and a cap portion removably attached to the anchor. The anchor has a first connector, and the cap portion has a second connector. The second connector removably engages the first connector, when the cap portion detaches from the anchor, and extends around the circumference of the cap portion, so that the cap portion can be attached to the first connector in any orientation. The first connector can also be mounted on a tab extending down from the anchor. The first and second connectors can be male and female connectors, respectively. Alternatively, the first and second connectors can be compatible magnets. A retaining member can also be used to permanently attach the cap portion and anchor member to reduce the risk of loss when the first and second connectors are being engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Michael C. Desselle
  • Patent number: 8424703
    Abstract: A system of moving magnets for sealing a container may include a plurality of moveable magnets disposed near a perimeter of a container door and a rotatable linkage hub positioned within the perimeter of the container door. In addition, the system may include a plurality of control linkages connecting each of the plurality of moveable magnets to the linkage hub so that rotating the linkage hub causes the control linkages to move the moveable magnets between a sealed position and an open position. Alternatively, the moveable magnets may be connected to each other by a magnet positioning mechanism to physically move the magnets along a path near the perimeter. A plurality of static magnets may be disposed near an opening sized to receive the container door and positioned to form a magnetic seal with the moveable magnets when the moveable magnets are positioned at the sealed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter van der Meulen
  • Patent number: 8409740
    Abstract: The remote control system (1) has a battery compartment, which is disposed in a housing and which is closed by means of a removable cover lid (4). The cover lid (4) is held to the housing by means of at least one permanent magnet (6, 7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: FM Marketing GmbH
    Inventor: Ferdinand Maier
  • Patent number: 8371461
    Abstract: A bottle assembly including a body portion having a dividing wall, a first chamber for holding a first liquid and a second chamber for holding a second liquid. The base portion of the bottle assembly includes a weight distribution mechanism for counterbalancing the first liquid against the second liquid. The weight distribution mechanism is a flexible member positioned between a first base portion of the first chamber and a second base portion of the second chamber, the flexible member slidingly engaging an inner surface of the base portion of the bottle assembly. When the first liquid is reduced, the first base portion of the first chamber is displaced in a first direction and the second base portion of the second chamber is displaced in a second direction, the first direction being opposite the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventor: Theodosios Kountotsis
  • Patent number: 8348061
    Abstract: A cosmetic container (X) has a cap (11) that is fit externally onto a container body (1), in which a cosmetic is stored, to fully cover a to-be-covered portion of the container body (1). First and second magnets (15 and 17) are disposed respectively in the cap (11) and the container body (1) so as to oppose each other in the completely covered condition and so that the cap (11) fully covers the container body (1) by the mutual magnetic attachment of the magnets (15, 17). Each magnet (15, 17) is formed into a ring in a circumferential direction and having a plurality of magnetic poles disposed alternately in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Hidan Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Komatsuda, Satoru Naramoto
  • Patent number: 8317051
    Abstract: The present invention relates to Trash field. More particularly, the present invention relates to Trash can lid. The present invention provides a design of a big lid and a small lid. When an inhabitant usually disposes trash, he or she need only press a button to open the small lid. Since the small lid is connected with the big lid by magnetism and a spring buffer unit is installed in the seat of small lid, opening the small lid is very smooth, without any noise or vibration. When a dustman collects the trash, what he needs to do is only to open the big lid, being very convenient and sanitary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Zhejiang Jiaxing Zhongda Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiaming Jin, Xiaofeng Lu, Zhongjun Zhou
  • Patent number: 8317048
    Abstract: A self-activating closure mechanism is described. In certain embodiments, containers or closures have closure elements, which, upon being brought into proximity to each other, are drawn together and urged into alignment to engage locking members by magnets or other mutually attractive or repulsive elements, thereby providing a self-closing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventors: Louis Hajichristou, Christina Hajichristou
  • Patent number: 8251212
    Abstract: The Invention is a hand carried barrel shaped plastic molded case with two mating sides connected with a hinge, which when the case is closed around a spool of wire, protect the wire from damage during storage, transport and use. The case has an integral handle to make transport of the wire easier and helps protect the spool from damage if the case is dropped. The case incorporates locking tabs on the two sides of the case. The case also comes with a locking hole in the handle through which a padlock can be placed to prevent theft of the wire. The case has a dispensing hole or slot for the wire. The case can be translucent or molded of different colors to correspond to specific types or gauges of wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Rodney Dunlap
  • Patent number: 8235235
    Abstract: A breakaway-protective limit switch cover is provided that includes a main plate, a pair of support arms attached to the main plate, and a magnet attached to each support arm. The breakaway-protective-limit switch cover attaches, via the magnets, to a conveyor track of a power conveyor system and becomes dislodged upon impact from an external force strong enough to overcome the magnetic force of the magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Rodger D. Lusch
  • Patent number: 8196260
    Abstract: A support system includes a frame member and a cover magnetically coupled to one another proximate an edge of the cover and in an aligned state. The cover is rotatable with respect to the frame member without any structural coupling therebetween while the frame member and cover remain substantially in the aligned state. A method of supporting a cover with respect to a frame includes magnetically attracting the cover and frame to each other proximate an edge of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Peter Danko