Means Mounted On Or Formed As Part Of Clip Or Hook For Further Securing Or Positioning Receiver To Torso Encircling Means Patents (Class 224/667)
  • Patent number: 10731696
    Abstract: A wearable lightweight fire fighter's personal escape system and method includes a rope, having a distal and proximal end, organized in parallel segments disposed in an inner pouch. The inner pouch is entirely contained in an outer pouch that is appointed to be removably attached to a belt or harness, worn by a fire fighter. The proximal end of the rope exits through an opening in the inner pouch and outer pouch and is attached directly to a lightweight hook, or optionally enters a belay device. The hook has a sharp point for creating a purchase point on soft surfaces, a hook opening having sufficient diameter to surround radiators, steam pipe and the like, and capture rope that surrounds substantial objects. The hook has a central opening appointed for holding a firefighting tool to aid in creating a substantial object. The fire fighter escapes by creating a purchase point and repelling at a high speed or at a controlled speed by adjusting belay friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Charles Christopher Botti
  • Patent number: 10596396
    Abstract: A wearable lightweight fire fighter's personal escape system and method includes a rope, having a distal and proximal end, organized in parallel segments disposed in an inner pouch. The inner pouch is entirely contained in an outer pouch that is appointed to be removably attached to a belt or harness, worn by a fire fighter. The proximal end of the rope exits through an opening in the inner pouch and outer pouch and is attached directly to a lightweight hook, or optionally enters a belay device. The hook has a sharp point for creating a purchase point on soft surfaces, a hook opening having sufficient diameter to surround radiators, steam pipe and the like, and capture rope that surrounds substantial objects. The hook has a central opening appointed for holding a firefighting tool to aid in creating a substantial object. The fire fighter escapes by creating a purchase point and repelling at a high speed or at a controlled speed by adjusting belay friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Charles Christopher Botti
  • Patent number: 10436551
    Abstract: A mounting system for a concealed carry holster for securing the holster to a storage location. The mounting system uses a belt clip of the holster to attach the holster to a bracket. The bracket has a spring action restraint that cooperates with the belt clip to retain the holster in the mounting system. The restraint is accessible from a front of the holster to allow easy removal from the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Richard N. Bradford
  • Patent number: 10285843
    Abstract: A trunk supporting exoskeleton comprises: a supporting trunk; thigh links configured to move in unison with a wearer's thighs; and first and second torque generators located on both left and right halves of the wearer substantially close to the wearer's hip. The torque generators couple the supporting trunk to the thigh links, and generate torque between the thigh links and the supporting trunk. When the wearer bends forward such that a predetermined portion of the supporting trunk passes beyond a predetermined angle from vertical, a torque generator(s) imposes a resisting torque between the supporting trunk and the thigh link(s), causing the supporting trunk to impose a force against the wearer's trunk, and the thigh link(s) to impose a force onto the wearer's thigh. When the predetermined portion does not pass beyond the predetermined angle, the torque generators impose no resisting torques between said supporting trunk and respective thigh links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Theerapat Yangyuenthanasan, Wayne Tung, Homayoon Kazerooni
  • Patent number: 10159855
    Abstract: A wearable lightweight fire fighter's personal escape system and method includes a rope, having a distal and proximal end, organized in parallel segments disposed in an inner pouch. The inner pouch is entirely contained in an outer pouch that is appointed to be removably attached to a belt or harness, worn by a fire fighter. The proximal end of the rope exits through an opening in the inner pouch and outer pouch and is attached directly to a lightweight hook, or optionally enters a belay device. The hook has a sharp point for creating a purchase point on soft surfaces, a hook opening having sufficient diameter to surround radiators, steam pipe and the like, and capture rope that surrounds substantial objects. The hook has a central opening appointed for holding a firefighting tool to aid in creating a substantial object. The fire fighter escapes by creating a purchase point and repelling at a high speed or at a controlled speed by adjusting belay friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Charles Christopher Botti
  • Patent number: 10058165
    Abstract: A bucket holder is presented for mounting to a user's clothing article, such as a belt. The bucket holder comprises a belt holding portion and a handle holding portion with an outer wire entrance. The belt holding portion has a belt slot that is configured to place a user's belt through. The handle holding portion comprises a grip slot that is configured to mount a bucket handle having a wire portion and a grip. The bucket holder is designed to first place the wire portion through the outer wire entrance and then slid the grip into the grip slot. The handle holding portion further comprises a first wire slot and a second wire slot. The first wire slot configured to hold the wire portion when the outer entrance is facing upward, and the second wire slot configured to hold the bucket holder when the outer wire entrance is facing downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Wallace Keith Lee
  • Patent number: 9723115
    Abstract: A magnification system includes an electronic device that has a display. The display may display an image. A case is provided and the case has the electronic device is removably positioned within the case such that the display is visible. A magnifier is removably coupled to the case. Thus, the magnifier magnifies the image on the display thereby enhancing visibility of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Wahib Abdullahi
  • Patent number: 9494183
    Abstract: A wearable lightweight fire fighter's personal escape system and method includes a rope, having a distal and proximal end, organized in parallel segments disposed in an inner pouch. The inner pouch is entirely contained in an outer pouch that is appointed to be removably attached to a belt or harness, worn by a fire fighter. The proximal end of the rope exits through an opening in the inner pouch and outer pouch and is attached directly to a lightweight hook, or optionally enters a belay device. The hook has a sharp point for creating a purchase point on soft surfaces, a hook opening having sufficient diameter to surround radiators, steam pipe and the like, and capture rope that surrounds substantial objects. The hook has a central opening appointed for holding a firefighting tool to aid in creating a substantial object. The fire fighter escapes by creating a purchase point and repelling at a high speed or at a controlled speed by adjusting belay friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Charles Christopher Botti
  • Patent number: 9261326
    Abstract: Firearm docking systems include a receiver bracket configured for attachment to a mounting structure, a bracket slot in the receiver bracket, an adaptor retaining mechanism carried by the receiver bracket adjacent to the bracket slot and a male adaptor configured for attachment to a firearm and including an adaptor flange inserted in the bracket slot. The adaptor flange is selectively rotatable in the bracket slot. A plurality of adaptor flange openings is provided in the adaptor flange. The adaptor retaining mechanism releasably engages at least one of the plurality of adaptor flange openings. The firearm can be mounted and rotated relative to the mounting structure by rotating the adaptor flange relative to the adaptor retaining mechanism in the bracket slot. Thus, the firearm can be both secure and ergonomically correct in an easily-retrievable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Neal W. Chandler
  • Patent number: 9033197
    Abstract: A spool holder and dispenser comprising a body fitted with a belt clip and two spool support arms extending from the body and defining between them a spool space, wherein at least one of said spool support arms is pivotal and spring biased towards said other spool support arm, and at least one of said spool support arms is fitted at its free end with a spool retention member; said spool support arms being displaceable between a retaining position wherein a tape is retained within the spool space, and a dispensing position wherein a tape is free to be discharged therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Nir Bar
  • Patent number: 8985413
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for a clip-like device for attaching the head of a hammer or like tool to the belt which is being worn about the waist of a user. Various embodiments are shown wherein the clip may be attached to the head of the hammer in various ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Richard Selsor
  • Patent number: 8985411
    Abstract: One example of the invention describes a belt that is to be used by uniformed professional field personnel (e.g. law enforcement, fire, park department, search and rescue, private security, utilities personnel, military, etc.). Some examples of the invention introduce many new features which allow for improved access, comfort, reliability, ruggedness and cosmetics. In one embodiment, the description describes a metal rail on a belt, to which accessories attach. The other items of the inventions are the details of the buckle and its various designs. Other attachments and accessories, plus various setups and arrangements for the belts and buckles, are also presented here. For example, the elastomeric belt variation helps the user, when sitting, with the belt on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: Ryan Mongan, Juan Sadder, David Law, Graeme Esarey, Scott Comins
  • Patent number: 8948824
    Abstract: A portable electronic device may have a clip. The clip may be mounted to a housing using hinge structures. The hinge structures may bias the clip towards a closed position. The clip may be opened to attach the portable electronic device to an object. When in the closed position, the clip may lie flush with the exterior of the device housing. Clip biasing may be provided using a torsion spring, a coil spring, a ribbon spring, a clip with built-in biasing, a tension spring, or a compression spring. A coupling mechanism may be used to attach the clip to the housing. The coupling mechanism may include a ratcheting rotatable mechanism, a fixed attachment structure, a flexible attachment structure, a removable structure, or a structure that includes a spring bias adjustment mechanism. The device may have a button with a touch sensor array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: J. Benjamin Filson, P. Jan Moolsintong, S. Brian Lynch
  • Patent number: 8919629
    Abstract: A belt mountable tool lanyard device includes an enclosure having diametrically opposed first and second openings, a plurality of internal dividers within the enclosure forming a plurality of lanyard device chambers wherein each chamber has at least one chamber opening that faces in the same direction as one of the first and second openings and wherein at least one of the plurality of chambers has a second chamber opening diametrically opposed to the one chamber opening forming a belt receiving loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventors: Darrell A. Moreau, Andre W. Moreau
  • Patent number: 8726953
    Abstract: A device for extracting a card such as a credit card from a wallet. The device may comprise a pulling hook formed from relatively thin material, a handle for grasping, and a strap connecting the handle to the pulling hook. The handle may be configured as a T-handle. The strap may bear adhesive to discourage the card from sliding along the length of the strap. The device may have a pushing hook opening in a direction opposite that of the pulling hook, such that the card may be inserted between and engage the pushing hook and the pulling hook and be entrapped therebetween. The hook may have sufficient overall length to project outside a pocket into which the card has been stored and in which the card is fully contained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Kathie Paulsen
  • Patent number: 8508921
    Abstract: A housing assembly having a housing and a clip. The housing has a pair of raised ridge portions and a first locking portion formed between the pair of raised ridge portions. Each of the pair of raised ridge portions has an undercut side wall and the undercut side wall defines a sliding groove. Additionally, the pair of raised ridge portions has a first entrance port and a second entrance port at two ends thereof. The clip has an insertion portion, a bent portion and a clamp portion. The insertion portion has side edges for inserting within the pair of raised ridge portions through either of the first entrance port and the second entrance port and a second locking portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Lite-On Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Chih-Hung Su
  • Patent number: 8485404
    Abstract: Holders for supporting portable handheld electronic devices, such as but not limited to iPhones®, IPODS®, IPADS™, cellular phones, and the like. An embodiment has an upper compartment on a backplate with sleeve edges that allow both a retractable cord and headpiece (earphones, headset) to be both stored inside when not being used. A spring loaded type rewinder on the backplate with sleeve edges automatically retracts both the cord and headpiece into the compartment where a hinge attached lid hides and protects both the cord and headpiece when not being used. The backplate with sleeve edges can include an internal inwardly protruding male prong that is attached to cord so that sliding the portable handheld electronic device into the sleeve edges plugs the prong into a female socket on the portable handheld electronics device, and sliding the device out removes the socket from about the male prong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: My Innoventure, LLC
    Inventors: Dean Monaco, John Santo
  • Patent number: 8322584
    Abstract: The support for cooling a container is a portable holder for a container of chewing tobacco that can be releasably attached to a vehicle air conditioner vent. The support includes a substantially circular front wall having at least one front rib formed on an inner face thereof. A semi-cylindrical sidewall extends peripherally from the inner face of the front wall, and at least one side rib is formed on an inner face thereof. A rear strap or wall extends across the sidewall, forming a pocket for holding the container. The rear wall is adapted for releasable attachment to the vent. In use, the at least one front rib and the at least one side rib space the container apart from the respective inner faces of the front wall and the sidewall to permit cool air to circulate around the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Jonathan M. Dethmers
  • Patent number: 8028873
    Abstract: A pocket clip is attached at a first end to a tool such as a folding knife. A roller assembly is provided at a second end of the clip with a portion extending toward the tool. The roller assembly includes a ratchet wheel between a pair of elastomeric roller wheels. A pawl engages the ratchet wheel and limits rotation of the roller assembly such that the assembly rotates in one direction around an axis transverse to a longitudinal axis of the tool, and resists rotation in an opposite direction. When the tool is positioned in a user's pocket, a panel of the pocket engages the roller assembly, which rotates substantially freely, permitting the pocket panel to slide easily between the pocket clip and the surface of the tool. However, the roller assembly resists movement of the pocket panel in the opposite direction, holding the tool securely in the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: KAI U.S.A., Ltd.
    Inventors: Grant W. Hawk, Gavin D. Hawk
  • Patent number: 7971762
    Abstract: A belt clamp with a pivotal article carrier attached thereto includes a base and a cover hinged together at the top. The cover includes a passageway at the lower end to accept a barb-like fastener integral with lower end of base to lock clamp closed. A tongue projects inwardly from the cover to contact and inhibit movement of a duty belt inside the clamp. The base includes a pair of intersecting arcuate slots and a reversible insert having one arcuate slot to make the clamp usable by either right- or left-handed users. A movable belt width adjustment bar is mounted inside the clamp to accommodate belts of various widths. Bosses around the lower opening of the cover inhibit twisting of locked clamp to prevent inadvertent opening. A locking plate is provided to inhibit rotation of fasteners used in pivotal mounting of an article carrier to the belt clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Prezine, LLC
    Inventor: Norman E. Clifton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7866515
    Abstract: A paddle for securing at least one holster or accessory carrier at a desired attitude, the paddle including an attachment plate, a first arcuate slot defined through the attachment plate, a second arcuate slot defined through the attachment plate, a compound slot defined through the attachment plate below the first and second slots, wherein fastening means are capable of engaging points of attachment defined on a holster or accessory carrier, and wherein a relative angle of the holster or accessory carrier to the attachment plate is adjustable by coordinated adjustment of the fastening means within each of the first arcuate slot, the second arcuate slot, and the compound slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Blackhawk Industries Product Group Unlimited LLC
    Inventors: Charles E. Buis, III, Thomas M. Gregory, Robert A. Kincaid, Eric M. Yeates, Clifton L. Cook, David C. Alstrom, Bruce A. Schilling, Thomas A. Marx
  • Patent number: 7828180
    Abstract: A quick-release support strap device includes a longitudinally extended support strap having a first generally elastic section and a second mounting clip connection section. A releasable strap securement device such as a clip is mounted on the first generally elastic section for releasably connecting the support strap to a securement object, and a mounting clip is mounted on the second mounting clip connection section including a clip body, a clip arm pivotably mounted on the clip body and a releasable latch mounted on the clip body operative to releasably retain at least a portion of the clip arm therein. A cord is housed at least partially within the support strap and is operatively connected to the releasable latch on the mounting clip, the cord operative to disengage the releasable latch to release the portion of the clip arm therefrom to release the clip arm and open the mounting clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventor: Jeff Slesar
  • Patent number: 7815081
    Abstract: A retractable belt clip is disposed on an electronic hand-held tool, such as a stud finder, a laser level, or an electronic tape measure, and is moveable from a stowed position, in which the belt clip is disposed within or flush to a housing of the tool, to a deployed position, in which the belt clip may be attached to a belt or other member for carrying and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Irwin Industrial Tool Company
    Inventors: Daily Gist, Derek J. Nash, Raymond Chan
  • Patent number: 7802706
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for a clip-like device for attaching the head of a hammer or like tool to the belt which is being worn about the waist of a user. Various embodiments are shown wherein the clip may be attached to the head of the hammer in various ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventor: Richard Selsor
  • Patent number: 7748583
    Abstract: Apparatus 10 for an article holder 26 having opposing pliable arms forming means 32 for attaching the holder to an article of clothing or mounting to a structure using the fastener mounting aperture 36. Depending from the closed distal end of the pliable arms is a cantilevered ring serving as the article holder 26 having a divergent tongue 28 extending therefrom adjacent to the pliable arms with one of the arms having a protrusion forming a support element 42 for the tongue terminus. Once an article, such as a handheld blow dryer 12, is placed therein, the tongue 28 directs the nozzle of the blower away from the user 14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventor: David Woltman
  • Patent number: 7699198
    Abstract: An attachment mechanism for use with a portable electronic device (101) includes a case (110) having a first surface (211) and a second surface (111), where the first surface and the second surface define therebetween a space (105) capable of receiving the portable electronic device. The attachment mechanism further includes a clip (120) attached to the second surface of the case. The clip includes a body (221) adjacent to the second surface, a first extension (222) spaced apart from and extending toward the second surface, and a second extension (223) also spaced apart from and extending toward the second surface. The second piece creates a first pocket (231) between the case and the clip, and the second piece creates a second pocket (232) between the case and the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Belkin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Saharut Sirichai, John Wadsworth, Ernesto Quinteros, Vijendra Nalwad, Mitchell Suckle
  • Patent number: 7614532
    Abstract: A bottle carrier having a stay, the stay having an upper end, a lower end, and having front and rear faces; the bottle carrier further having a bottle support arm, the bottle support arm having rearward and forward ends; the bottle carrier further having a bottle neck receiving “C” clip fixedly attached to or formed wholly with the bottle support arm's forward end; and the bottle carrier further having an arm attaching and torque relieving eye and swivel pin combination fixedly attached to or formed wholly with the respective upper and rearward ends of the stay and the bottle support arms, the eye and swivel pin combination forwardly cantilevering the bottle support arm from the stay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Inventor: Elwood D. Dague
  • Patent number: 7597223
    Abstract: The specification and drawing figures describe and show holder for a non-folding tool that includes a first case formed with a duct. The first case is connected to a deployment control unit detachably that is removably insertable in the first case. At least one second case is included that is formed with a cavity. A plurality of second cases are provided to accommodate varying dimensions of the non-folding tool. The second case is removably connectable to the first case. A tension membrane, slidably insertable into the first case, is provided for controlling movement of the tool within the holder. A variably positionable mounting assembly engageable with the holder and with a user is provided. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure, but this abstract is not to be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of any claim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Inventor: Michael A. Martinez
  • Patent number: 7487897
    Abstract: An emergency information holder made of a pliable material having an elongate configuration with a clip secured at one end and a pocket formed at a second end. The pocket is configured to receive a flat strip of writable material. The pocket can be selectively opened and closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Inventor: Timothy P. O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20080105721
    Abstract: The invention provides a retention member with friction producing portion for mounting a hand gun or magazine holster on a user's pants and/or belt that increases the gripping power between the holster and the user's hip thereby permitting quick withdrawal of the gun or magazine from the holster while allowing the holster to remain securely against the user's hip. Also provided is a unitary inside the waistband rigid plastic hand gun or magazine holster.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Inventor: Chanan Har-Shen
  • Patent number: 7204395
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for flexing a concealed holster to secure the contents of the holster in the holster. An elongate substantially rigid elastically flexible sling is secured to a side of the holster such that the elongate member and side of the holster can be partially separated so the wearer's shirts can be inserted therebetween to conceal the holster. The lower end of the sling can be flexed outwardly away from the side of the holster such that a portion of the outer side adjacent the lower end is, when the sling is flexed outwardly to insert the wearer's shirt, flexed inwardly to compress a pistol in the storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Inventor: Richard N. Gallagher
  • Patent number: 7165706
    Abstract: A modular leg pack system is shown and described, embodiments of which include a belt or belt sleeve for wearing around the body, and preferably at the top of the hips, and preferably two thigh opposing bags. The thigh bags extend from just below the belt to above the knee. One or more top connectors attach the top of the bag to the belt, and a bottom leg strap extends from the bottom of the bag around the inside of the leg. To assist in natural movement of the bag with the leg, the preferred top connectors have a pivot point that allows the bag to pivot in a direction parallel to the motion of the leg. Additionally, it is preferred to have the top connector rotatable relative to the belt in a plane perpendicular to the outer surface of the belt, and rotatable relative to the bag in a plane perpendicular to the back plane of the bag. Openings of the bags are positioned to be easily accessible by the user, usually on the top of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Summit Equipment Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Jarrod Barr
  • Patent number: 7110802
    Abstract: A belt clip device is provided for a mobile communication terminal unit. The belt clip device includes a terminal unit holder for receiving and holding the terminal unit, a clamp provided on one side of the terminal unit holder and adapted to resiliently clip a belt worn by a user, thereby allowing the belt clip device to be mounted to the belt, and a connector for rotatably connecting the clamp to the terminal unit holder. The clamp includes a base portion, a panel portion hingably coupled at one end thereof to the base portion and spaced apart from the base portion to define a gap for receiving the belt therebetween, a spring adapted to urge the base portion and the panel portion in such a fashion that the gap is resiliently maintained, and a stopper provided at the other end of the panel portion and adapted to prevent the clamp from being separated from the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: LG Information and Communications, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hong Joo Kim, Hae Seock Yang
  • Patent number: 6994238
    Abstract: A clip-type holster fashioned from a single strip of stainless steel and shaped for holding a battery powered rotary tool such as a screw gun for wearing on a tool belt. The holster catches the handle of the screw gun easily and locks it in place to prevent it from falling from the user's belt. The holster easily releases the screw gun when drawn from the holster by the user. The opening of the holster is adjustable to accommodate various types and sizes of handles. The strip is bent to form a hook having substantially U-shaped lower portion having an inner shank. The shank has a section bent back upon itself to form clip for the user's belt and having a spring action locking mechanism. The shank portion has a belt edge stop extending outward from the shank to meet the clip and located at a height spaced below the upper bend of the clip so as to clamp over the lower edge of the belt forming a holster clip that securely fits over the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Inventor: Romeo B. Estabaya
  • Patent number: 6915900
    Abstract: A tool box includes a base and a cover which is pivotably connected to the base and has a magnetic member connected to an inside thereof so as to attract small pieces. A hanging member has a hook portion connected to a first end thereof so as to be attached to a user's belt and an engaging member is connected to the hook portion. A board has two ridges on a side thereof and the tool box is clamped between the two ridges. A hole is defined through the board and the engaging member is rotatably engaged with the tool box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Inventor: Chang-Ying Chen
  • Patent number: 6817499
    Abstract: A sheath for a folding tool such as a folding knife that is variably positionable during use. A variably positionable knife, according to the present invention, includes a sheath formed with a cavity. At least one rail is formed in the cavity. A chamber juxtaposed to the cavity also is formed in the sheath. The chamber is substantially hollow, and is formed to allow removable insertion of a locking tongue. The locking tongue includes a dome segment that applies pressure on the rail. A disk is included. The disk is rotatably mountable on the sheath, and includes a plurality of pegs. A hole is formed in for insertion of a connector. A groove is formed in the disk. In addition, the sheath includes a plug formed with a slot. An elastic o-ring is placed in both the groove and slot. The sheath also includes a block formed with a plurality of apertures in which the pegs are positionable. A band is engaged with the block for securing the sheath on a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: The Group Design, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael A. Martinez
  • Patent number: 6769587
    Abstract: A belt-mounted golf accessory holder for carrying golf items such as golf balls, tees, and ball markers on one's person. The belt-mounted golf accessory holder includes a container having back, side, bottom, and front walls, and also having a storage compartment disposed therein; and also includes a flexible flap being hingedly attached to the container and being fastenably closable over an open top of the container; and further includes an assembly of fastening the flap to the container; and also includes belt loop members being securely attached to the container for carrying the container upon a user's belt; and further includes a towel support member being connected to the container for supporting a golf towel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Inventor: Manny Lomas
  • Publication number: 20040140336
    Abstract: A clip-type holster fashioned from a single strip of stainless steel and shaped for holding a battery powered rotary tool such as a screw gun for wearing on a tool belt. The holster catches the handle of the screw gun easily and locks it in place to prevent it from falling from the user's belt. The holster easily releases the screw gun when drawn from the holster by the user. The opening of the holster is adjustable to accommodate various types and sizes of handles. The strip is bent to form a hook having substantially U-shaped lower portion having an inner shank. The shank has a section bent back upon itself to form clip for the user's belt and having a spring action locking mechanism. The shank portion has a belt edge stop extending outward from the shank to meet the clip and located at a height spaced below the upper bend of the clip so as to clamp over the lower edge of the belt forming a holster clip that securely fits over the belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Publication date: July 22, 2004
    Inventor: Romeo B. Estabaya
  • Patent number: 6763984
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for flexing a concealed holster to secure the contents of the holster in the holster. An elongate substantially rigid elastically flexible sling is secured to a side of the holster such that the elongate member and side of the holster can be partially separated so the wearer's shirts can be inserted therebetween to conceal the holster. The lower end of the sling can be flexed outwardly away from the side of the holster such that a portion of the outer side adjacent the lower end is, when the sling is flexed outwardly to insert the wearer's shirt, flexed inwardly to compress a pistol in the storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Inventor: Richard N. Gallagher
  • Patent number: 6698632
    Abstract: A nail coil and tool holding assembly, having a belt and a number of nail coil pouches each having a front and a rear. The rear of each pouch is attached to the belt by a single rivet. Pivotal attachment onto the belt by the rivet allows the pouches to be rotated to maximize ease of access to the nails. A hammer holder, a utility knife holder pouch, and a pencil holder pouch may be attached to the belt by means of fastening material attached to the rear surface of the belt. Each nail coil pouch has an open top lip and a vertical slot on the front surface, to facilitate easy access to the nails. The nail coils may be positioned in the nail coil pouch so that the points of the nails are oriented towards the pouch rear to minimize the risk of injury to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Inventors: William Turner, Jr., William Turner, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6662373
    Abstract: A utility vest enabling attachment of an at least one tool pouch having a generic tool belt type attachment means and method for employing same is disclosed. The utility vest comprises a vest portion having a back and two front side portions defining two armholes, a neck opening and a reinforced bottom edge along which are spaced a plurality of apertures and, one or more adapter portions comprising a rectangular staking plate on which are mounted two or more attachment means for securing the adapter portions to the reinforced bottom edge of the vest portion by inserting the attachment means into the apertures at a location selected by a user. The staking plate is sized in width to enable a tool pouch having a generic tool belt type attachment means to be fitted thereon prior to attachment of the adapter portion to the vest portion. Tool belt type tool pouches may be thereby attached to the vest at locations to distribute their weight properly so as to minimize strain to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Advanced Work Products, LLC
    Inventor: Michael L. Frank
  • Patent number: 6633770
    Abstract: A holster (10) for a telecommunication device (12), such as a cellular telephone or wireless telephone, includes a housing (14) adapted to removably support the telecommunication device (12). The holster (10) also includes an earpiece assembly (52) including at least one transducer, such as an earbud (53) or a microphone (54), and a cord (56) depending from the at least one transducer (53, 54). The earpiece assembly (52) is extendable and retractable relative to the housing (14). The holster (10) further includes an extension/retraction assembly (32) having a spool (34) for taking up at least a portion of the cord (56) when the earpiece assembly (52) is retracted relative to the housing (14), and at least one coil spring (35) adapted to rotate the spool (34). The at least one coil spring (35) can electrically couple the at least one transducer (53, 54) to the telecommunication device (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Inventors: Tom Gitzinger, Michael L. Charlier
  • Patent number: 6612432
    Abstract: A case for holding a portable electronic device is disclosed which includes a body portion having a front panel, a rear panel, and two side panels. The body portion has a cavity formed by the front, rear, and side panels. The cavity has an open top end and an open bottom end. A top flap is releasably secured to the body portion within the cavity. A bottom flap is attached to and extends downwardly from the body portion. To cover the open bottom end of the cavity, the bottom flap is folded over the open end and releasably secured to the rear panel. When it is desired to cover the top open end of the cavity, the top flap is folded over the cavity and secured to the front panel of the body portion. The top flap may be adjusted so as to accommodate various types of portable devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Inventor: W. David Motson
  • Patent number: 6485379
    Abstract: Ball-carrying structure comprising a support member having at least one orifice. The support member is adapted to removably retain a ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: Pilou Company Limited
    Inventors: Gilles Fondin, Cyrille Guillot
  • Patent number: 6454119
    Abstract: The invention relates to a portable container adapted for disengageable engagement with an animal pet leash. The device includes a container carrier clampable to a pet leash, the container carrier adapted to contain or carry a container and being removable therefrom. The container carrier includes a universal clamp which permits the device to be clamped to any format of animal pet leash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Inventors: Basil E. Demeur, Dale N. Padjen
  • Publication number: 20020100784
    Abstract: A vehicle remote key holder adapted for receiving and holding a vehicle ignition key and key handle therein. The ignition key folded on the key handle. The key holder may be releasably attached to a belt, shirt pocket and like articles of clothing of the user of the key holder. The key holder includes a holder housing having an open top for receiving the vehicle key and key handle therein. The holder housing also includes a bottom, a front, a back, a first side and a second side. A spring mounted clip is attached to the back of the housing and used for releasable attachment to the clothing of the user of the key holder. A portion of the bottom and a lower portion of the front of the housing are cut away for gripping the key handle and folded ignition key with a thumb and a finger of the user of the key holder and releasing it upwardly from inside the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2001
    Publication date: August 1, 2002
    Inventor: Grant Baird
  • Patent number: 6336576
    Abstract: A front pack and belt support assembly including 1) a main front pack assembly which can be collapsed and expanded to achieve a large carrying capacity; 2) a shoulder support strap assembly connected to the main front pack assembly and supported on a shoulder portion of a user thereof; 3) a support frame assembly to provide rigid support to the main front pack assembly; 4) an instrument support assembly connected to the support frame assembly having support means thereon to hold a gun, fishing pole, or tripod for ease of resting and conveyance; 5) a side pack and arm support assembly having pivotal side pocket assemblies pivotally movable from a collapsed to an inclined usage position and having arm support means thereon to support an elbow area of a user thereon; 6) a belt support assembly slidably attached and vertically supported to a user's belt member; and 7) an accessories support assembly having a support receiver assembly to receive a tubular member such as a monopod therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Inventor: Michael D. Easter
  • Patent number: 6290112
    Abstract: A holder for keys on rings has a belt retaining flattened loop through which a belt passes. The flattened loop has a front face formed by a short top leg and a longer bottom leg that is bent inwardly to resiliently engage the front surface of the belt to prevent the device from inadvertently sliding off the belt. The lower leg forms a bight that holds a clasp member of a clasp and receptacle combination well known in the art of molded plastic strap buckles on luggage. The receptacle member that releasably locks onto the clasp member is constructed to hold one or more rings of keys. The receptacle member with its keys can be released and reattached to the belt with one hand. The belt retaining portion may be removed from or attached to the belt without unbuckling the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Inventor: Morton Iver
  • Patent number: 6286736
    Abstract: A container detachably securable to an article of clothing or other item. The container includes a first panel and a second panel. The first and second panels are attached at their peripheral edges to form a pouch with an opening thereto. The pouch defines exterior and interior surfaces. The container further includes a clamp secured to the pouch for detachably securing the container to an article of clothing or other item. The container still further includes a flap extending from the second panel adjacent the opening to the pouch. The flap folds over the exterior surface of the first panel and the clamp secured thereto, is fastenable to the clamp, and is liftable to open the pouch while the clamp remains secured to the exterior surface of the first panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Inventors: June Angus, Keith Willows
  • Patent number: 6213366
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an improved box-belt attachment system (15) for attaching a box (16) having a lid (21) to a belt (18). In the preferred embodiment, the attachment comprises a box loop (19) and a belt loop (20), whereby the lid of a box may be folded over the box loop and the belt loop may engage a user's belt. The box loop and belt loop may be formed from a continuous wire member comprised of a flexible elastic material. The elastic material may be spring steel having a substantially circular cross-section. The lid may include two male connections (22) and the back panel (23) of the box may contain two corresponding female connections (24), whereby the lid may be temporarily attached to the back panel of the box. The box may include a reinforced crease (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Inventor: Russell C. LaRocco