One-piece Patents (Class 24/198)
  • Patent number: 10761412
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding a camera in connection with a strap of a bag is provided. The apparatus includes a camera holder comprising a ring adapted for connecting to the strap. The holder includes an aperture adapted for receiving a fastener for connecting the camera to the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Filip Postolek
  • Patent number: 10718269
    Abstract: A seal structure for sealing a gap between a first member and a second member of an aircraft includes: a plate spring-shaped first elastic seal; and a second elastic seal. When the first member and the second member are stationary with respect to each other, the first elastic seal elastically deforms between the first member and the second member to seal the gap, whereas the second elastic seal does not seal the gap. When the first member and the second member move closer to each other and the first elastic seal is elastically deformed, the second elastic seal elastically deforms between the first member and the second member to seal the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation
    Inventor: Akira Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10123592
    Abstract: A multi-functional article easily attachable to and adjustable along a strap, without having to either disassemble or modify the strap in any fashion. The attachment article includes a base configured with an interior cutout profile defining a pair of inwardly projecting tabs with contoured opposing edges configured to receive a strap in manipulated engaging fashion in order to mount the article to the strap. An integrally defined end portion extends from an edge of the base, typically in a reverse angled fashion, and defines a catch operable in multiple variants to either prevent abrading of a rifle sling, backpack strap, or the like as well as being operable in a further variant to provide a vertical load supporting article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Central Lake Armor Express, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles C. Raymond
  • Patent number: 10104969
    Abstract: A furniture clip to attach to the ends of a webbing strap in a system of webbing for an article of furniture. The clip is provided with prongs to be inserted into a groove provided on the framework of the article of furniture. The clip is further provided with teeth to retain the strap, wherein the strap is inserted into the clip and a user clamps the clip onto the strap using a pair of pliers or a vice. When clamped onto a strap, the prongs of the clip protrude at a 45-degree or 90-degree angle. The angle may be modified to accommodate furniture which requires the prongs to protrude at angles other than 45 or 90 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Jonathan Gale
  • Patent number: 9909341
    Abstract: A removable attachment device, that particularly forms an anti-theft device and/or electronic information medium, comprising a body on which a flap is mounted pivotably, wherein the body and the flap each have a substantially flat surface, wherein the flap rotates in relation to the body between a first extreme open position and a second extreme position known as the closed position in which the two respective surfaces can grip the object, wherein means are provided to lock the flap on the body temporarily and securely in the gripping position, characterized in that at least the gripping surface of the body and/or flap has/have raised or protruding means, that are elastically deformable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: THOONSEN TRADING
    Inventor: Jacky Thoonsen
  • Patent number: 9809287
    Abstract: One design embodiment of a holder for a container comprising: one or more bands each capable of retaining a container inside the band(s), with straps attached to and extending away from the exterior of the band(s); with fasteners on the ends of each strap such that container within the band or bands are held in a stable position relative to a harness to be worn by a user. The design embodiment allows easy attachment, use and deployment of containers in a variety of environmental conditions and situational uses, including but not limited to the carrying of gas supplies for underwater divers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: William Messner
  • Patent number: 9775327
    Abstract: An animal-identifying assembly is configured to be selectively secured to and removed from an animal. The assembly may include an identifying band configured to be wrapped around a portion of an animal. The identifying band may include at least one protuberance proximate a first end and at least one reciprocal aperture proximate a second end. The aperture(s) is configured to receive and retain the protuberance(s). The assembly also includes a securing strap configured to be selectively secured to, and removed from, the identifying band. The securing strap and the identifying band are configured to be reused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Downing
  • Patent number: 9560909
    Abstract: A garment strap clip has a closed upper loop and an open lower loop. The lower loop is formed by a hinged or unhinged arm extending from a first end of the upper loop that terminates in a first connector. The first connector engages with a second connector extending from a point near the second end of the upper loop to close the lower loop. The upper and lower loops are generally co-planar and are in immediate connection with one another. A tube can be attached to the upper loop to retrofit the clip. Alternatively, the upper loop is replaced by a tube for retrofitting the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventor: John Krpan
  • Patent number: 9526657
    Abstract: The present invention provides a strap for securing a garment or article (e.g. swimming goggles) to a wearer's/user's body. The strap comprises a first portion (1) having a tensioner end (2), the tensioner end including and terminating at a tensioner (3). The strap further comprises a second portion (4) comprising a clip end (5), the clip end including and terminating at a clip (6). In use, the second portion passes through the tensioner and the clip is releasably securable onto the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: SPEEDO INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Tom Waller, Chris Johnson
  • Patent number: 9521881
    Abstract: An accessory holder for retaining accessories around the body of a user is provided. The holder includes a circular or oval-like perimeter with a central support that divides the device into two half-moon openings. The frame of the accessory holder is made of a flexible wire that is capable of being bent or folded into a variety of configurations, whereby the form is retained throughout the day. An elastomeric or rubber coating may be applied to the frame to add to the aesthetic appeal of the device. An accessory fabric, such as a scarf, may be inserted into the half-moon shaped openings of the holder. The ends of the scarf may be looped, weaved, or otherwise secured through the accessory holder. A user may secure the scarf around the waist, neck, or other suitable part of the body with the accessory holder maintaining the desired orientation of the accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventor: Joran Bachtold
  • Patent number: 9480309
    Abstract: A fixturing apparatus that includes a housing defining an interior space and having a trapezoidal cross-section, a first end, and an opposing second end, and is formed to include an aperture extending therethrough from the first end to said second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Michael P. Fennell
  • Patent number: 9468195
    Abstract: A restraining apparatus for an animal including a combination of a leash and a harness to be used in conjunction with a collar. The restraining apparatus includes a ring defining an opening. A coupling element for fastening to a collar on the animal is mounted to the ring. A substantially rigid arm is mounted to the ring and extends to a free distal end spaced from the ring, with the arm forming a substantially elongated opening with the ring. A leash may be attached to the ring. When the restraining apparatus is applied to the animal as a harness, the coupling element is fastened to the collar, and the leash is wrapped around the torso of the animal, engages the arm at the elongated opening, and may freely slide and tighten around the torso of the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Thundershirt, LLC
    Inventors: Philip J. Blizzard, Michael T. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9173455
    Abstract: A device for closing and fastening two sections of flexible band, particularly two end sections (15a, 15b) of flexible belt band, is equipped with fastening elements (1), which include an end keeper (2), intend to be fixed to a first band section (15a), and a lateral keeper (3), intend to come at the second band section (15b) which the second band section intend to come at the two keepers (2, 3) during closing and fastening operations, by being successively introduced, starting from the lateral keeper (3), through the opening (5) of the end keeper (2), the rear opening (9) of the lateral keeper (3) and the front opening (8) of this same lateral keeper (3), so as to be folded into a generally S-shape, with three superimposed portions (15b1, 15b2, and 15b3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Denis Chapron
  • Patent number: 9115826
    Abstract: A cable fastener with cable management function is revealed. The cable fastener is a hollow frame formed by two first side walls disposed at an interval along the length direction and two second side walls. The frame has an opening perpendicular to a length direction and two convex bodies arranged symmetrically on inner surfaces of the second side walls. A plurality part of a cable with equal length is respectively mounted into the opening of each cable fastener, passed through the convex bodies and secured in the frame. A plurality of bend points is formed on the cable along the length direction so that the cable is bent into bundles. The cable management and positioning is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventor: Tsun-Zong Wu
  • Publication number: 20150033518
    Abstract: A belt comprises a strap (10) extending between a first end portion (10a) and a second end portion (10b) along a respective principal direction of extension and comprising a plurality of through locking holes (11) arranged one after another and at least one through fastening opening (15). The belt also comprises a buckle (2), which can be removably coupled with the strap (10), comprising a main body (3) and at least one tongue (4) connected to an outer face (3a) of the main body (3) and projecting from it to form a free end (4b) which can engage in at least one of the through locking holes (11) in the strap (10) The buckle (2) also comprises a fastening element (5) protruding from the outer face (3a) of the main body (3) and configured for removably coupling the buckle (2) and the strap (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Randi Hollyn Moritz
  • Patent number: 8898865
    Abstract: An improved seatbelt adjuster for holding the lap seatbelt to the shoulder belt of an automobile seatbelt. The seatbelt adjuster prevents the shoulder belt from rubbing against the neck of a wearer. The adjuster is made of a single unitary piece and therefore cannot be separated. A frame member formed of resilient material has a front portion, rear portion, top edge, bottom edge and space between the front and back portions for containing the lap seatbelt. A parallel pair of dual gussets and rails is molded into the back portion to increase the stiffness of the flap member particularly to prevent it spreading open in hot weather. A snap clip has been added to the flap to avoid inadvertent release in hot weather. A horn gate has been added to the slot to prevent snagging on clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Terry A. Campbell
  • Patent number: 8858404
    Abstract: An exercise weight includes a weight member, a handle member spaced apart from and substantially surrounding the weight member, and at least one attachment member joining the weight member to the handle member so that the weight member is located inside the handle member. The exercise weight has a relatively narrow profile, or width, to avoid contact with the body during exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald Mathews
  • Publication number: 20140298623
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a buckle assembly employing a ladder lock. The ladder lock includes a pair of oppositely disposed longitudinal rungs. A set of lateral rungs are centrally positioned and serve to interconnect to longitudinal rungs. A central length of webbing is threaded through the longitudinal rungs, whereby the ladder lock can be freely adjusted along the length of the central webbing. Two lengths of side webbing are threaded through opposite sides of the lateral rungs. Anchor rungs can be included for securing each of the side webbings. In this manner, the two side webbings can be positively secured to the ladder lock, yet side to side adjustments can be achieved via the lateral rungs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: WFK & ASSOCIATES, LLC
    Inventor: Waldemar F. Kissel, JR.
  • Patent number: 8827766
    Abstract: A bra fastener assembly that includes at least two fasteners each attached to the shoulder straps at corresponding distances through a positioning element; between the two fasteners there is a detachable connective element; the positioning element includes the shoulder strap opening in the fastener, the shoulder strap opening includes the positioning element to fix in position the fastener on the shoulder strap, the positioning element includes the first pin within the shoulder strap opening. Through the element the two fasteners can be fixed in position on the bra shoulder strap, at the same time the two fasteners can detach or connect, when connected the fasteners secure the shoulder straps so they stay in the set position, keeping the distance between the shoulder straps fixed, thus preventing the shoulder straps from slipping and the fastener is interchangeable. Different positioning elements for the bra fastener assembly are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Chi Wing Leslie Lin
  • Patent number: 8764360
    Abstract: Described are connectors comprising: a body; at least four arms extending from the body; a first pair of opposing, substantially closed slots along a first axis of the body, wherein each slot is defined by one or more of the at least four arms and an edge of the body; and a second pair of opposing, substantially closed slots along a second axis of the body, wherein each slot is defined by one or more of the at least four arms and an edge of the body; wherein, each slot comprises an opening defined by at least two of the at least four arms; and wherein, the openings of the first pair of opposing, substantially closed slots are offset and the openings of the second pair of opposing, substantially closed slots are offset. Methods of coupling straps together via such connectors, and the resulting net-like structure, are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Southern Bracing Systems Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Wayne E. Vick, David W. Vick, Clayton D. Vick, Joseph David Hawks, Eddie R. Shockley, John Forcier
  • Publication number: 20140109351
    Abstract: A fixturing apparatus that includes a member having a first end, a second end, a first surface, and a second surface, wherein the member is configured to include a bend such that the first end overlies the second end, wherein the member is formed to include an aperture extending therethrough at the bend, a plurality of locking teeth disposed on the first surface adjacent the second end, wherein the distal ends of each of the plurality of locking teeth define a passage between the plurality of locking teeth and the first surface adjacent the first end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Michael P. Fennell
  • Patent number: 8701588
    Abstract: Bookmarks can include a base that can couple with a cover of a book and a ribbon that can be attached to the base. For some bookmarks, the base includes a display body that can be positioned at an exterior of a cover of a book when the bookmark is coupled with the book, and also includes a rigid body coupled with the display body such that the rigid body can be positioned at an interior of the cover of the book when the bookmark is coupled with the book. The rigid body can include a coupling assist region having a cavity that extends rearwardly relative to the display body. An edge of a book cover can be received into the cavity before being advanced between clamping portions that are defined by the display body and the rigid body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Franklin Mill, LLC
    Inventor: S. David Clarke
  • Patent number: 8689410
    Abstract: A tongue (200, 400) for an inflatable belt restraint system, the tongue comprising: a narrow cylindrical hollow tube (204a, 204b) comprising a first formed member and a second formed member joined together along respective mating edges of the first and second formed members and two mating portions (202a and 202b) forming the looped portion of the tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Key Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Arnold, Michael J. Moore, Bayard C. Temple
  • Patent number: 8677577
    Abstract: A seat belt safety device is configured with a first planar member including a slot opening for receiving a tongue latch of a second seat belt segment and a second planar member attached to at least one edge of the first planar member to extend at about 90° from a point of attachment so that upon insertion of a tongue latch through the slot opening, the second substantially planar member and contacts to lay substantially flat against a portion of an outer surface of the seat belt housing such that the seat belt safety device is substantially immobilized. The second planar member has a limited access opening centered and proximate the release button in the exposed surface of the housing so that when a tongue latch is inserted to latch and secure the first seat belt segment with the second seat belt segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: William McGlynn
  • Publication number: 20140026374
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to the field of fasteners used with flexible strapping to secure cargo. In embodiments of the invention, a wire buckle fastener includes a retention tab coupled to an inside shoulder of the buckle. The retention tab prevents the inside shoulder from being pulled through a base of the buckle when the buckle is in use. In alternative embodiments of the invention, the retention tab may be configured as a loop or an open curve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Gary E. Galliers
  • Publication number: 20140015301
    Abstract: An accessory for use with webbing in restraint systems. A free portion of webbing may be secured to a second portion of webbing with the accessory. The accessory may also facilitate controlled adjustment of webbing by an operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Eric Perlman, Trung Phung
  • Patent number: 8522405
    Abstract: A belt buckle is provided with a waist belt outlet slot (1) for connecting with a waist belt beginning (6) and at least one inlet retainer (5) engaging in openings of the belt at the opposite waist belt inlet slot (2). As a result of the design of the central section of the belt buckle as an essentially flat element (3), which permits deflection toward the waist belt, which reaches in the section of the, or of each inlet retainer (5) at least their height, can, in spite of a simple design, prevent an opening that is against the will of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Spielberger
  • Patent number: 8430285
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention can provide systems, methods, and apparatus for supporting a firearm from a person can be provided. For example, in one embodiment, a sling system for an object, such as a firearm or weapon, can be provided. The sling system can include a sling operable to mount an object to a portion of a person's body, wherein the sling comprises at least one adjustment loop. The sling system can also include an adjuster mounted to a portion of the at least one adjustment loop. Furthermore, the sling system can include a quick tab adjuster operable to change the size of the at least one adjustment loop, wherein the length of the sling can be changed when the sling is mounted to a portion of a person's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Blue Force Gear, Inc.
    Inventor: Ashley A. Burnsed, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8418324
    Abstract: In a tongue used in a seat belt system, a tongue main body 25 including a belt insertion hole 23 in which to insert a seat belt 3 is provided with an insertion part 27 in a projecting manner. The insertion part 27 is capable of being inserted in a buckle in the seat belt system, and includes a lock hole 27a to which a lock piece included in the buckle is capable of being locked. A front surface of the insertion part 27 is formed into a concave and convex surface by being provided with multiple convex parts 29 or multiple concave parts. The convex parts 29 or the concave parts included in a rear surface of the tongue are formed corresponding to the convex parts 29 or the concave parts included in the front surface. A height of each convex part 29 from a reference position or a depth of each concave part from the reference position is 0.01 mm to 0.10 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Enshu Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadao Ito
  • Patent number: 8393061
    Abstract: A seat belt safety device is configured to prevent access to a release button located on a side of a seat belt housing opposite a housing side at which a first seat belt segment is affixed and proximate a housing slot for receiving a tongue latch affixed to a second seat belt segment, which tongue latch is inserted in the housing slot to securely latch the first seat belt segment to the second seat belt segment. The seat belt safety device includes a first substantially planar member including a slot opening for receiving the tongue latch of the second seat belt segment and a limited access opening, substantially centered and proximate the slot opening so that when a tongue latch is inserted through the slot opening into the housing slot to latch and secure the first seat belt segment with the second seat belt segment, the limited access opening is located proximate the release button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: William McGlynn
  • Patent number: 8375951
    Abstract: Buckle and respirators having such buckles. The buckle has a movable cinch bar allowing a strap to be inserted into and be secured by the buckle by opening the cinch bar and inserting the strap. The cinch bar then returns to a closed position and supports the strap over the cinch bar. The cinch bar may be deformable through the use of a living hinge connecting the cinch bar to the body of the buckle. The cinch bar may be split into two members, each being deformably coupled to the buckle body, perhaps with living hinges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Yonas Gebrewold, Michael K. Domroese, Dwayne D. Daugaard, Daniel J. Stepan, Lance E. Behymer
  • Publication number: 20120080463
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (10) for hanging a garment, including: a strap (11) in which the ends are mutually connected such as to form a loop, and at least one adjustment part (12), said part (12) being suitable for dividing the strap (11) into two secondary loops, one of the secondary loops (11a) being intended for enabling the device (10) to be hung from the shoulder of a user, the other secondary loop (11b) being intended for enabling the insertion and support of a garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventor: Karim Mourad
  • Patent number: 8136210
    Abstract: A seat belt (2) for motor vehicles, has a restraining element (4) for a seat belt tongue (3). The restraining element protrudes from the seat belt (2), from only on one side thereof and the seat belt (2) may be configured as a multi-layer seat belt (2) forming a hollow space (5) between the seat belt layers (21, 22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventor: Michael Strutz
  • Patent number: 8127407
    Abstract: A packaged item including one or more packaging tie-downs configured to retain objects secured with a retention strap in association with packaging material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Chiu Wah Wong, Lu Jian Xu, Charles H DeVoe
  • Patent number: 8108973
    Abstract: A side buckle of swimming goggles is approximately formed into a strip shape. The side buckle has a retaining clip and a retaining groove respectively at two ends thereof. The retaining clip has two shaft rods and a step-shaped urging portion. The retaining groove has two shaft holes and a belt hole. A connecting portion is formed between the retaining clip and the retaining groove. The retaining clip and the retaining groove may be locked to each other after the connecting portion is bent. Thereby, the side buckle of swimming goggles is fitted at side edges of a pair of swimming goggles and connected to a belt. The connecting portion is pressed to trigger the operation of the retaining clip to loosen or fasten the belt, so as to quickly adjust a length of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: First Rank Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cheng-Yo Chen
  • Patent number: 8037581
    Abstract: An anti-rattle tongue plate is provided that includes two different materials for being operably connected to the body of the tongue plate. One of the materials is softer than the other to minimize noise when the tongue plate engages against interior components of the vehicle such as during rough ride conditions. One of the materials is made into a distinct component for being operably connected to the tongue plate body. In this manner, the tongue plate herein eliminates at least one of the insert molds needed for prior over molded latch plates, thus providing manufacturing and cost efficiencies thereover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: TK Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark F. Gray, Timothy A. Gandee
  • Patent number: 8015769
    Abstract: A connector for securing a roofing band to a roofing beam by a threaded fastener may include a circumferential flange portion, first and second recess extending within the circumferential flange portion sized to accept a roofing band, and a central portion extending within the circumferential flange portion between the first recess and the second recess, a middle area of the central portion being offset laterally from the circumferential flange portion by a distance enough to permit the roofing band to be slid through the first and second recesses so that the circumferential flange portion is located on a first side of the roofing band and the middle area of the central portion is located on a second side of the roofing band opposite the first side. A single fastener opening defined through the central portion, the fastener opening sized for receiving a threaded fastener therethrough for fastening the roofing band to a roofing beam. Related roofing assemblies and methods of construction are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Guardian Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. Crostic, Jr., Lawrence Zupon
  • Patent number: 7958604
    Abstract: Packaging tie-downs configured to retain objects secured with a retention strap in association with packaging material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Chiu Wah Wong, Lu Jiao Xu, Charles H. DeVoe
  • Patent number: 7761960
    Abstract: An insert tongue (10) for a safety belt buckle includes an insert section (12) which is intended to be inserted into the belt buckle and a safety belt section (14) which has a slot for receiving the safety belt (5). The safety belt section (14) generally extends in the extension of the insert section (12) and the slot extends at an angle of less than 25° relative to a plane defined by the insert section (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: TRW Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Herbert Feile
  • Patent number: 7648408
    Abstract: A user selectable interchangeable bra system enables user to customize the selection, style, construction, and usage of a bra both through component purchase and interchangeable fit. An infinite number of different size, color and fits are possible, as well as underwire interchangeableness. The center connector can be selected to provide for user selectable cup separation. Buckle type shoulder strap fittings can be provided with a tiny loop to support body jewelry, and because the shoulder straps are reversible, the body jewelry can be worn on the front or back upper chest, especially where the jewelry can appear to come from underneath the dress to give an appearance of a much more extensive jewelry extent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Hung Hon Industrial Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Cheung Sui Lung
  • Publication number: 20090151132
    Abstract: A buckle that is a single piece, glass buckle is provided. A single piece, glass buckle is provided that is designed to limit the likelihood of breakage during use. The buckle may be of any desired shape or design, including coloration and other design effects, wherein all aspects are part of the continuous, single piece, glass buckle. A belt assembly with a strap or similar device designed to be used with the single piece, glass buckle to provide maximum stability to all aspects of the single piece, glass buckle. A belt assembly is provided that may be used in a functional capacity or as a fashion accessory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventor: Gerald Rotunno, JR.
  • Patent number: 7421764
    Abstract: Shoulder strap ring hardware is comprised of multiple connected runs made from a hard material such as metal where certain of the runs having a coating or shield of non-abrasive somewhat resilient with an increased effective diameter or radius so that the metal or hard material will be precluded from undesirably engaging against a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Travel Caddy, Inc.
    Inventors: Zoran H. Gracer, Donald E. Godshaw
  • Publication number: 20080209702
    Abstract: An improved guide for securing a lace, rope or other material, which enables the material to be tightened and secured with ease is disclosed. The guide allows the material to slide through a buckle allowing a user to tighten the material and lock the buckle without the loss of tension in the material. The guide is implemented on footwear, watch bands, luggage and backpack straps, ropes for tents, boats and other structures, and any other buckling or line securing apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventors: James R. Van Dine, Jacqueline L. Lenox, Gary C. Moore
  • Patent number: 7340803
    Abstract: A buckle for capturing and releasably retaining an end tab of a flexible strap wherein the flexible strap has a substantially uniform width and thickness and an end tab of increased thickness. The buckle includes a base, and parallel side walls, which extend upwardly from and cooperate with the base to define an open-ended receiving channel having an entry end and an exit end. Flanges are spaced vertically from the base and extend inwardly in cantilever fashion from the side walls to define an opening-ended slot communicating with and extending along the length of the receiving channel. The slot is configured and dimensioned to accommodate longitudinal pinching and lateral insertion of the strap into the receiving channel. The flanges have undersides configured to accommodate receipt of the end tab in the receiving channel via the entry end, and to releasably retain and prevent withdrawal of the end tab from the receiving channel via the exit end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Frank A. Howell
  • Patent number: 7299527
    Abstract: A strap retainer device and method for retaining a first object to a second object, the device including a body that is generally planar with an outer periphery portion, the body including a first end portion and a substantially oppositely disposed second end portion. The first end portion is adapted to attach to the first object and the second end portion includes a slot therethrough that is closed at both ends, the second end portion also includes a tortuous passageway therethrough that extends from the outer periphery portion to be in communication with the slot. The tortuous access passageway is operational to allow the strap to be selectably manually positioned from the outer periphery portion to the slot and selectably manually positioned from the slot to the outer periphery portion, wherein the tortuous access passageway helps restrict the strap from inadvertently dislodging from the slot to the outer periphery portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Inventor: Gerald Albert Gyure
  • Patent number: 7278900
    Abstract: A bra strap retainer for preventing the straps from falling from the user's shoulders. The bra strap retainer includes a retaining member having an elongate main portion and opposite end portions which are adapted to keep straps of a bra on a user's back in proximate relationship to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Inventor: Michelle D. Ostaseski
  • Patent number: 7234995
    Abstract: A D-ring for a shoulder strap assembly and brassiere can have a catch which enables the D-ring to be locked in use or opened for lateral insertion of the loop of the shoulder strap. The catch can be formed by a pin on the bow of the D-ring laterally engageable in an eye of a limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Fildan Accessories Corporation
    Inventors: Gerhard Fildan, Karl Wanzenböck
  • Patent number: 7150079
    Abstract: An adjuster for a cord includes a first end and a second end and the adjuster can be translated between a first and a second position. The first end can be attached to a looped member such as a belt and the looped member can be attached to a support surface. The adjuster includes a tortuous path configured to accept the cord. When the cord is inserted, the tortuous path divides the cord into a first portion and a second portion. When tension is applied to the second portion of the cord, the resultant friction forces exceed the tension force such that the position of the cord in the adjuster is maintained while the adjuster is in the first position. A force exerted on the second end of the adjuster can translate the adjuster to the second position where the friction force exerted by the tortuous path is substantially reduced such that the cord can be repositioned be exerting tension on either the first or the second portion of the cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc
    Inventor: Kurt Lundstedt
  • Patent number: 7140080
    Abstract: A lingerie strap and slide assembly has the central bar of the slide of set or recessed and formed with spikes to which the strap end is welded. The slide has its thickest portions at the centers of the transverse bars at which the central bar merges with the remainder of the slide. The strap passes around the central bar or directly through one of the slots to a ring and returns through that slot across the central bar and through the other slot in the slide to the shoulder of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Fildan Accessories Corporation
    Inventors: Gerhard Fildan, Karl Wanzenböck
  • Patent number: RE43766
    Abstract: A bra strap retainer for preventing the straps from falling from the user's shoulders. The bra strap retainer includes a retaining member having an elongate main portion and opposite end portions which are adapted to keep straps of a bra on a user's back in proximate relationship to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Michelle D. Ostaseski