Trim Molding Fastener Patents (Class 24/289)
  • Patent number: 11084540
    Abstract: Apparatus for a tray deck for providing a selectable appearance outer surface for at least one component of the tray deck, the apparatus including for the at least one component a component substrate (902) including a plurality of connectors (907, 908, 909, 910, 911, 912, 913, and 914) for accepting a plurality of complementary connectors (922, 924, 926) on a panel (900) having a selected appearance for connection to the component substrate, wherein the panel, when connected to the component substrate, comprises at least part of the surface presenting outwardly of the tray deck, wherein each of the plurality of connectors on the component substrate includes an elongate protrusion (907, 909, 911) depending outwardly from the component substrate and along an edge of the elongate protrusion distal from the component substrate each connector including an elongate grooved connector (908, 910, 912), the elongate grooved connector configured to accept a complementary elongate projection (922, 924, 926) of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Aluminum Industries Investments Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Anthony Stolfo
  • Patent number: 11015632
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fastener for securing a retaining element on a support, wherein the fastener is formed like a retaining clip and has at least one leg and at least one engaging section, wherein the engaging section extends outwardly from the longitudinal axis of the fastener and is designed to engage with the retaining element. The leg has at least one latching section for retaining the retaining element on the support at an opening of the support, wherein the fastener has a channel for a section of the retaining element, wherein the fastener has at least one contact region for the retaining element that is positioned at least partially within the channel, and the contact region is functionally connected to the engaging section via a connecting section, wherein the contact region has an angle greater than 0° and less than 90° to the longitudinal axis of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: A. Raymond et Cie
    Inventor: Michael De Jong
  • Patent number: 10900513
    Abstract: A pin and grommet fastener includes a grommet that defines a central aperture and includes at least two adjacent longitudinally extending leg members that each include a frame, a knuckle and a tether. The knuckle is connected to the frame at a hinge region that is designed to permit the knuckle to move relative to the frame. The tether connects the knuckle to a base surface of grommet in order to limit movement of the knuckle relative to the frame. The fastener includes a pin that has a first locking member to retain the pin in a first position relative to the grommet in which the longitudinally extending leg members are in a laterally unexpanded state. The pin also has a second locking member to retain the pin in a second position relative to the grommet in which the longitudinally extending leg members are in a laterally expanded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Tien The Diep, Oday Amer Safry, Aaron J. Smith, Najwan Rassam
  • Patent number: 10801538
    Abstract: A clip for retaining two planar elements assembled together on the main face thereof includes at least two side walls, each equipped with a groove opening and configured to enable the clip to be inserted on the two assembled planar elements and retain them against one another. At least one of the side walls is equipped with a slot opening into the groove and defining a flexible arm secured to the rest of the wall by a bending area. The free end of the flexible arm supports a stop partially blocking at least the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: A. Raymond Et Cie
    Inventors: Antoine Legall, Jean-Baptiste Chevrier, Richard Petri, Emmanuel Turlot
  • Patent number: 10766432
    Abstract: A door trim includes a door trim base that has a fitting hole, and an ornament. The ornament has a fitting lug, and is configured to be attached to the door trim base with the fitting lug fitted into the fitting hole. The ornament includes an ornament base in which the fitting lug is provided and a high-brittleness portion that is fixed to the ornament base and of which at least a portion is more brittle than the ornament base and the door trim base and the ornament are connected to each other by a strap that has an excess length when the fitting lug is fitted into the fitting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Fujita, Manabu Ohtsuka
  • Patent number: 10759356
    Abstract: A fastening clip for a vehicle to mount a vehicle structure to a vehicle body panel is provided. The fastening clip includes a main body that is formed integrally with a support portion disposed between the vehicle structure and the vehicle body panel. An upper end of the main body is inserted into at least one first aperture formed in the vehicle structure and a lower end of the main body is inserted into at least one second aperture formed in the vehicle body panel. The fastening clip further includes a holder which is detachably coupled to the main body and fixes the vehicle structure to the main body, thereby ensuring that the vehicle structure is fastened to or separated from the vehicle body panel more easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, NIFCO KOREA Inc.
    Inventors: Bosung Lee, Seung Hwan Park, Bu Yeol Ryu, Yoo Sung Doh
  • Patent number: 10738807
    Abstract: A mushroom-shaped clip with a hollow, radially elastic sleeve section and a clamping edge protruding outwardly from the shank. The clip element being used in a component connection having a first component having a projecting male form-fitting element; a second component having a through-hole into which the male form-fitting element projects; and a clip element comprising a radially elastic sleeve section and a clamping edge projecting outward from the sleeve section, wherein the sleeve section is form-fittingly and/or frictionally clipped onto the male form-fitting element, and the clamping edge extends at least partially over the through-hole of the second component and rests against a side of the second component facing away from the first component or is fixedly connected with the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Mario Ernst
  • Patent number: 10704577
    Abstract: A resilient U-base fastener includes a U-shaped body defining a central cavity between first and second sides. The fastener has an insertion end with the first and second sides extending therefrom to a trailing end. The fastener includes a first barb extension extending outwardly from one of the lateral side edges of the first side. The first barb extension is bent to support a first barb in the central cavity. The fastener also includes a second barb extension extending outwardly from a lateral side edge of the first side opposite the first barb extension. The second barb extension is bent to support a second barb in the central cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventor: Steven M. Benedetti
  • Patent number: 10670058
    Abstract: A clip may have a clip main body that is configured to be coupled to a coupling rib of an attachment base formed in an attaching article and to be inserted into an attaching hole formed in an object member. The clip main body may include a head portion, a pair of engagement legs continuous with the head portion and elastically deformable inward and outward about the head portion, and a pair of retainer members continuous with the head portion and respectively configured to engage the coupling rib of the attachment base. The engagement legs respectively have first bent portions, second bent portions, and engagement portions positioned between the first and second bent portions and configured to engage an inner peripheral edge of the attaching hole. The engagement legs respectively have space-limiting portions that are respectively formed in inner surfaces thereof along the second bent portions thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: DAIWA KASEI KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takahiro Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10611319
    Abstract: A door trim coupling device for a vehicle may include a wire provided in a closed loop form, a locking device disposed in a door trim of the vehicle and configured to selectively wind or unwind the wire, and a mounting device disposed in the door trim and configured to be engaged with or disengaged from a door panel of the vehicle by winding or unwinding of the wire, wherein the mounting device includes a pulley provided to be rotatable and configured to wind or unwind the wire according to a rotation direction of the pulley, and a clutch configured to allow the pulley to rotate in one direction and to prevent the pulley from rotating in the other direction opposite to the one direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Duck Yang Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jaeseung Lee, Sun gu Lee, Sae Hoon Oh, Hun Sub Jeong, seung ho Kim
  • Patent number: 10590968
    Abstract: A u-shaped outer component includes at least one rib retention barb, and a u-shaped inner component includes at least one aperture retention wing. The outer component and the inner component are separate and are coupled together to create an assembled unit defining an interior rib receiving cavity with the at least one rib retention barb extending into the interior rib receiving cavity and the at least one aperture retention wing of the inner component extending exteriorly from the outer component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventor: Steven M. Benedetti
  • Patent number: 10511797
    Abstract: A sound-producing component and a display device are disclosed. The sound-producing component includes a sound-producing element, a backplane and at least one elastic element. The elastic element includes a first clamping portion and a second clamping portion; the sound-producing element includes a first mounting portion; the backplane includes a second mounting portion; the first mounting portion is clamped with one of the first clamping portion and the second clamping portion; and the second mounting portion is clamped with the other of the first clamping portion and the second clamping portion. Thus, the sound-producing element is fixed on the backplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., K-TRONICS (SUZHOU) TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jie Wang
  • Patent number: 10446947
    Abstract: A clip for grounding includes a grommet member made of a conductive resin, electrically connected to a grounding processing object, and fitted into an attachment hole formed in a nonconductive attachment object so as to link the grounding processing object to the attachment object; and a contact member made of metal, combined with the grommet member, and provided with an elastic contact portion relative to a reference potential member positioned on a fitting tip side of the grommet member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Daisuke Mori
  • Patent number: 10434952
    Abstract: An anchor for removably attaching an accessory to a frame member having an outer surface and a slot defined in the outer surface. The anchor comprises a body that has a surface that is generally complementary in shape to a portion of the outer surface of the frame member that surrounds the slot, a shank that from the surface, the shank being sized to be received in the slot and defining an aperture extending from a free end of the shank toward the surface. The aperture is adapted to receive a fastener. The anchor also includes at least one projection extending from a side of the shank. A vehicle having the frame member and the anchor is provided. A method of attaching a component to a frame member using the anchor is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Laurent Savard, Patrick Mathieu
  • Patent number: 10434960
    Abstract: A member attachment structure includes: a first member on which an attachment portion equipped with an engaged portion is provided; a second member in which an attachment hole is provided; and an attachment clip equipped with a distal end portion, a pair of plate-shaped portions are disposed opposing each other with the attachment portion of the first member being inserted therebetween, an engaging portion engages with the engaged portion, an engaging claw portion engages with an edge portion of the attachment hole, and a projecting portion that is provided on the opposing surface of the plate-shaped portion and projects, in an opposing direction in which the pair of plate-shaped portions oppose each other, from an end portion side in a width direction orthogonal to a direction in which the at least one plate-shaped portion extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignees: NIFCO INC., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masatoshi Kamei, Atsushi Usami, Masayuki Amano
  • Patent number: 10414365
    Abstract: A vehicle may include a bumper assembly that includes a bumper cover, and a bumper cover retainer. The bumper cover retainer may further include an integrally formed fastening feature that is integral with the bumper cover retainer and that folds over the bumper cover to connect the bumper cover to the bumper cover retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Cory S. Davenport, Nora Arellano
  • Patent number: 10155487
    Abstract: A tethering clip assembly is configured to tether first and second components of a vehicle together before and during deployment of an airbag. The tethering clip assembly may include a securing base configured to secure to the first component, a retainer configured to secure to the second component, and one or more tethers that couple the securing base to the retainer. The securing base, the retainer, and the tether(s) are integrally formed together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Jason M. Zander, Jesse L. Jensen, Mark O. Lepper, Michelle Bozinovski, Tim Hutson
  • Patent number: 10124744
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a clip for fastening a panel on a support, in particular for an automobile equipment. The clip comprises a core and a cage forming two separate parts centered on a central axis. The core includes a head and a body. The body has an outer profile forming an helix, slender on either side of the inflection plane transverse to the central axis. The cage includes a base surrounding the head and a torsion bar housed in the core. The core and the torsion bar include complementary means for rotational securing around the central axis. The bar is elastically deformed during a rotation of the core around the central axis. The invention also relates to a method for implementing such a clip, as well as a motor vehicle comprising such a clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Eric Leverger, Laurent Huet
  • Patent number: 10113345
    Abstract: In accordance with some implementations, a cover of an inspection chamber is described herein. Such a cover can provide a selectively openable and closable cover for covering of openings in walls of buildings or other structures where it is necessary to assure access to air condition devices and distribution of water, gas or electricity, and/or other items. Other implementations are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: ROMBA DRYWALL CZ S.R.O.
    Inventor: Roman Lahulek
  • Patent number: 10099631
    Abstract: A component group is provided for joining together vehicle parts which have to be aligned, adjusted and fastened relative to one another during assembly. The component group includes at least two components which are fastened to the vehicle parts to be connected together and which are able to be displaced relative to one another and which are able to be fixed to one another after adjustment. A simple, rapid and reliable alignment of vehicle parts relative to one another is permitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hubert Niessen, Frank Schwarz, Michael Albrecht, Achim Schmidt-Soltau, Gregor Edelhoff
  • Patent number: 10072688
    Abstract: A clip connection includes a first component, a male fixing element protruding from the first component, the male fixing element having a first portion connected directly to the first component and a second spherical portion adjoining the first portion, and a clip element that is clipped onto the male fixing element. The clip element has a plurality of clamping jaws spaced apart from one another in a circumferential direction of the clip element. The plurality of clamping jaws bear against the spherical portion from below beneath an equatorial plane of the second spherical portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Maik Hammer, Johann Van Niekerk
  • Patent number: 9981614
    Abstract: A fastener is provided for mounting a first structure having an insertion rib with a retention slot to a second structure having a mounting opening. The fastener includes a U-shaped body having a bight portion at an upper portion thereof with a pair of outer legs depending therefrom. Each of the pair of outer legs terminates at a distal free end to engage an edge of the mounting opening when the U-shaped body penetrates the mounting opening. A pair of inner legs extends from the distal free ends of the outer legs toward the bight portion. The pair of inner legs has an intermediate protrusion configured to engage the insertion rib and bear against a stop in the retention slot to retain the U-shaped body on the first structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Summit Polymers, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest James Mingerink, Craig Steven Boris, Brian Michael Boyer
  • Patent number: 9938997
    Abstract: A clip attachment structure with a clip and a mounting member attached to a panel by the clip is provided. The clip has an anchor that attaches the mounting member to the panel by insertion into a clip hole in the panel. A pair of elastic claws extends from the anchor. The pair of elastic claws may engage with the clip hole and may disengage from the clip hole upon rotation of the clip relative to the clip hole from an attached position. The mounting member has a pair of ribs configured to guide the clip relative to the mounting member to orient the pair of elastic claws to engage with the edges of the clip hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: DAIWA KASEI KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshio Iwahara, Makoto Kato, Tetsuya Ogino
  • Patent number: 9914408
    Abstract: A fastener clip system including a carrier and a fastener clip configured to fit over the carrier. The fastener clip includes at least one wing, where the at least one wing is configured to engage a slot in a surface, and one or more barbs that are configured to secure the fastener clip to the carrier. The barbs may include gussets that are configured to increase a bending resistance of the barbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: TERMAX LLC
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Walter Smith, Michael Tirrell
  • Patent number: 9903400
    Abstract: A single piece retention clip for attaching a foam part to a substrate is disclosed. The retention clip includes a pair of spaced apart and opposed curvilinear retention clip arms, a planar foam part retaining member, and a bridge having first and second ends. The first bridge end extends from the planar foam part retaining member. The clip arms are flexibly attached to the second bridge end. The insulation part is captured between the planar foam part retaining member and the clip arms, prior to attachment of the clip to the substrate. An operator-usable handle to facilitate clip insertion and removal relative to the substrate may be formed on the foam part retaining member. Each clip arm includes a body having wide and narrow parts. The wide part of each of clip arm is attached to the bridge. A hook is formed at the narrow part of each arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Gary Nola
  • Patent number: 9782929
    Abstract: A molded vehicle part having at least one clip holder comprising a core designed to receive a clip. The core has a single first stiffening element, protruding from its first large face, and a single second stiffening means, protruding from the second large face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Faurecia Interieur Industrie
    Inventors: Gérald Marchetto, Godefroy Beau, Jean-Jacques Pesce
  • Patent number: 9776578
    Abstract: The clip includes a first engagement hook and a second engagement hook. The first engagement hook engages the body when the clip is in a normal fitting with the body. The second engagement hook prevents the clip from being disengaged from the body when the first engagement hook has been disengaged from the body. When the first engagement hook is disengaged from the body, a member is lifted away from surrounding members to such an extent as can be recognized by sight. Therefore, a state that the clip is not in the normal fitting state with the body is noticeable. Even if the clip is coupled to the body in the non-fitting state or half-fitting state, the second engagement hook prevents the clip from being disengaged from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuhito Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9739298
    Abstract: A product for fastening a component in place may include a retainer connected with the component. The retainer may have a platform and may have a wall extending between the component and the platform. The platform may define an opening that may be configured for fastening. The wall may define a slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy P. Fellows, Kelly M. Mazzola, Randy J. Freckelton
  • Patent number: 9711258
    Abstract: A wire harness includes: a tubular outer member; a conductive path which is inserted in and protected by the outer member; and a vibration suppressing member which reduces a movable range of the conductive path to suppress shakes of the conductive path. The vibration suppressing member includes an inward projection portion which projects inward from a tube inner surface of the outer member in a state in which the vibration suppressing member is attached to the outer member from a side of a tube outer surface after insertion of the conductive path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenta Yanazawa, Hideomi Adachi
  • Patent number: 9657807
    Abstract: An elastic averaging system for mated components comprises an inner panel and an outer panel disposed in a spaced configuration. An elastically deformable stand is fixed to and extends from the first panel towards the second panel. The elastically deformable stand comprises a side wall that forms a partial enclosure having a closure surface defining a top surface that faces the outer panel. A flexible wing extends outwardly from the sidewall. A receiver member extends outwardly from the outer panel towards the corresponding inner panel and comprises side walls extending forming a partial enclosure that is configured to receive the elastically deformable stand. The elastically deformable stand is configured to elastically deform as said stand enters the partial enclosure of the receiver member and moves toward a fully engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Steven E. Morris, Jennifer P. Lawall
  • Patent number: 9608315
    Abstract: The invention relates to a roof antenna (1) for mounting on a roof (2) of a vehicle, said roof antenna (1) having a base plate (7) and an antenna cover (3) that can be connected to the base plate (7). A printed circuit board (4) with antenna elements and at least one plug connection (5) is arranged under the antenna cover (3). The base plate (7) has detent hooks (11) for pre-attaching on the roof (2) and fixing means for a final assembly, said fixing means being designed as a central dome (6) with a screw thread and a star handle (12) that interacts with the dome (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: HIRSCHMANN CAR COMMUNICATION GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Gerneth, David Silva
  • Patent number: 9534627
    Abstract: A bearing arrangement includes a carrier device and a bearing socket for rotatably supporting a component. The bearing socket includes a sleeve fixed in a recess of the carrier device. A peripheral wall of the sleeve delimits an inner space for receiving a bearing journal of a component. The sleeve includes at least a first, inner catch element securing the bearing journal in the sleeve and a second, outer catch element securing the sleeve in the recess of the carrier device. The second catch element is formed from a catch tongue which is a portion of the peripheral wall of the sleeve and which has a hooked portion for engagement in a catch receiving member of the recess of the carrier device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: WEBASTO-EDSCHA CABRIO GMBH
    Inventor: Albert Weber
  • Patent number: 9509126
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a power distribution box comprising a screw defining a longitudinal axis. The screw includes a screw head and a screw shank adjacent to the screw head, the screw shank includes a longitudinal end opposite the screw head. The power distribution box further includes a sleeve comprising an axially extending sleeve hole through which the screw shank extends, a circuit board, and a busbar comprising a busbar hole through which the shank of the screw extends. At least one of the sleeve and the screw is electrically coupled to the busbar, and the busbar is electrically coupled to the circuit board. The screw may be rotatably fixed relative to the circuit board, and the sleeve may be configured to receive a portion of a torque applied to the longitudinal end of the screw shank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Xavier Carbonell Maté
  • Patent number: 9488209
    Abstract: A fastener clip includes a head extended by a hollow body that is to be housed in the orifice of a support and that is to receive the anchor leg of a panel for fastening to the support, the body includes first and second elastically deformable flaps and presents a U-shape with branches including recesses housing said first and second flaps, each first and second flap is provided with at least one inside hook projecting into the inside of said U-shape for the purpose of locking said anchor leg in the U-shape of said fastener clip, and an outside hook projecting to the outside of said U-shape for the purpose of locking said support between said outside hook and said head (2). An assembly includes such a fastener clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: A. RAYMOND ET CIE
    Inventor: Pascal Camus
  • Patent number: 9488202
    Abstract: A clip having a main clip body that is made of resin and has a shape in front view that is closed at one end and open at the other end. The main clip body has engaging arms and holding members positioned to the inside of the engaging arms. The engaging arms are configured so as to be elastically deformed when the main clip body passes through an installing hole of a partner panel and to engage with a rim of the hole when the engaging arms have been inserted. The holding members are configured so as to keep the main clip body fitted onto the clip seat of the mounted member. The engaging arms and the holding members are connected to assume a substantially diamond-shaped loop in front view, and are configured so that the positions thereof differ in side view, and overlap in front view, when elastically deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: DAIWA KASEI KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Jun Komeno, Takahiro Sugiyama, Toshio Iwahara
  • Patent number: 9475525
    Abstract: A clip assembly is configured to securely connect a first structural component to a second structural component. The clip assembly may include an arc attachment member and an arc-receiving member. The arc attachment member may include a securing arc having a semi-circular rim. The arc attachment member is configured to be secured to one of the first or second structural components. The arc-receiving member may include an arc-receiving portion configured to receive the securing arc through multiple directions. The arc-receiving member is configured to be secured to the other of the first or second structural components. The securing arc is configured to be pivotally adjusted with respect to the arc-receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Mark O. Lepper, David W. Edland, George Siragusa, Gregory Flynn, Jeffrey Steltz, Timothy D. Pearson, Wes Sprague
  • Patent number: 9421052
    Abstract: In an exemplary embodiment, the present invention provides an anchor assembly that can be used for the fixation or fastening of orthopedic devices or instruments to bone tissue. In particular, the present invention preferably provides a variable angle or fixed angle anchor assembly that is able to securely connect the orthopedic device to bone tissue even when there is a variance in the angle and position of the assembly with respect to the device. Furthermore, in an exemplary embodiment, the present invention provides an anchor assembly having a locking mechanism that will quickly and easily lock the anchor assembly with respect to the orthopedic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Suh, Jon Suh
  • Patent number: 9410566
    Abstract: A fixing device for a panel which can absorb a dimensional change due to expansion of the siding board is provided. A comb-shaped slit is formed at an area from the intermediate line C defined between opposed two sides of a rectangular metal plate to form leaf spring-shaped strip plates 41, 42 and 43. The strip plates are bent at the intermediate line C and a bend line F to form fixing pieces 41a, 42a and 43a and lock pieces 41b, 42b, and 43b so as to lock fixing ends 51a and 52b of the siding board 50. Moreover, an inclined angle ?1 of the fixing piece 41a disposed at the strip plate 41 is formed to have a different angle from an inclined angle ?2 of the fixing pieces 42a, 43a disposed at the remaining strip plates 42 and 43. Thereby the strip plates can be elastically deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: WPC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeyasu Kikuchi, Masatomo Sato, Seiichi Fukawa
  • Patent number: 9376067
    Abstract: A main trim panel has a trim surface, a plurality of first attachment parts and a recessed surface that is spaced apart from the trim surface. The recessed surface defines a flange that includes a first tether attachment part and a plurality of attachment parts. A sub-trim panel has a second tether attachment part and a plurality of fastener parts fixed to the attachment parts of the flange. A tether has a first end attached to the first tether attachment part and a second end attached to the second tether attachment part, such that with the sub-trim panel installed to the main trim panel, the sub-trim panel the covers and conceals the flange, the first tether attachment part and the tether, and with the sub-trim panel un-installed from the main trim panel the tether limits movement of the sub-trim panel relative to the main trim panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Stanczak, Tetsu Satou
  • Patent number: 9347475
    Abstract: Fasteners are generally described. In some examples, a fastener may include at least one latch. The at least one latch may include an arcuate portion and a linking portion. The arcuate portion may be connected by the linking portion to a pivot point. The pivot point may be located with respect to the first member so that, as the linking portion pivots around the pivot point, the arcuate portion moves along an arcuate path between a non-fastening position and a fastening position. In the fastening position the arcuate portion may extend beyond the first member to engage with the second member to secure it to the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Peter Vullings
  • Patent number: 9040152
    Abstract: A profiled retaining section for positioning a seam connecting two decorative layers includes an upper region, a center region and a lower region forming at least one anchor. The upper region is designed as a piping, or in the manner of a piping, for protruding over a visible side of the skins to be positioned. The center region includes two sides to be sewn to the decorative layers. The anchor is designed to be introduced in a groove having a lesser width than the anchor itself and to exert a force on the groove in the lateral direction. The upper region, the center region and the anchor are integral with each other and arranged in the vertical direction relative to each other. Also described is a composite part that uses the profiled retaining section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Faurecia Innenraum Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Schäfer, Wilfrid Bergeret
  • Patent number: 9003616
    Abstract: A plastic clip of the present invention includes a clip boss integrally formed in a fixed panel; and a clip main body detachably assembled to the clip boss. The clip boss includes fitting portions provided in two lower side portions of a vertical plate provided with a fitting hole; and locking projections provided in front and back upper ends of the fitting portions. The clip main body includes an inverted triangular input portion provided in a lower end portion; a locking projection provided in an upper end portion of the input portion; a clip-boss input guide hole provided in the center of an upper end; a clip-boss input guide portion provided in the center of an internal upper portion and connected to the clip-boss input guide hole; and an elastic fitting piece provided in a lower end of the clip-boss input guide portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Nifco Korea Inc.
    Inventor: Youn Young Choi
  • Patent number: 8979169
    Abstract: A device (20) for fastening a vehicle inner lining (14) to a lining support (12) includes a holding element (22) and a receiving element (24). The receiving element (24) has a latching portion (26) that is laterally open and into which the holding element (22) can engage such that it is fastened to the receiving element (24) in the axial direction. Furthermore, the invention also relates to a method of mounting and demounting the vehicle inner lining (14) to or from the lining support (12) by means of this device (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: TRW Automotive Electronics & Components GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver Marx, Martin Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8960621
    Abstract: A slide lock to releasably secure a roller blind fascia to the end plate of a roller blind. The slide lock comprises a lock body slidably received along an interior surface of the fascia. The lock body has an engaged position, where the lock releasably secures the fascia to the roller blind end plate, and has a disengaged position, where the lock releases the fascia from the end plate to permit the fascia to be removed therefrom. The lock body includes a flexibly resilient leg member that releasably engages between the fascia and the roller blind end plate. The leg member includes a deflection zone such that when the leg member engages between the fascia and the roller blind end plate at least a portion of the leg member is compressed or deflected about the deflection zone to releasably secure the lock body between the roller blind end plate and the fascia, thereby releasably securing the fascia to the end plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: ZMC Metal Coating Inc.
    Inventor: Norman Wills
  • Publication number: 20150000086
    Abstract: A number of variations may include a product including a vehicle substrate having a pocket formed therein for isolating a fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Robert N. Saje, ROBERT M. KIELBIK
  • Publication number: 20140352244
    Abstract: An attachment device has a first member and a second member. The first member connects to a wall or another structure and the second member connects to a component, such as a piece of molding or decking, to be mounted to the wall or the other structure. The first and second members can be joined, such as by a snap fit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Dennis M. Pierret, Trustee of the Dennis Pierret Revocable Trust
    Inventor: Dennis M. Pierret
  • Patent number: 8875357
    Abstract: A clip and a method for using the clip is shown and described herein. The clip may include a base, a pair of flaps, a pair of arms and at least one wing. The pair of flaps may be mutually confronting and extend outwardly from the base, wherein each flap includes a tab. The pair of arms may be mutually confronting and extend outwardly from the base, wherein each arm includes a tab. The method may utilize a clip to secure a first component to a second component. The method may include rotating the clip or the first component in a first direction thereby securing each other together. The second component may be placed onto the clip. The first component and clip may be serviceable by rotating the first component in a second direction opposite that of the first to remove the first component from the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Tinnerman Palnut Engineered Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Réznar, Robert Donglas Dziadula, Lawrence Michael Manzo
  • Patent number: 8844992
    Abstract: A vehicle, a clip assembly for the vehicle and a method of manufacturing the clip assembly are disclosed. The clip assembly includes a first housing and a second housing attached to the first housing to define a pre-deployed position and detached from the first housing to define a deployed position. The clip assembly also includes a strap formed of a plurality of strands braided together. The strap is affixed to the first and second housings to tether together the first and second housings in both the pre-deployed and deployed positions. The clip assembly further includes an attachment member attachable to the first housing and detachable from the first housing to adjust the attachment member relative to the first housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Scott M. Noga, John T. Kavanagh
  • Publication number: 20140259546
    Abstract: [Object] To provide a clip for attaching an EA member, of which a base portion between a flange and a cylindrical portion is reliably filled with a resin foam body, and an EA member equipped with this clip. [Solution] A clip 30 for attaching an EA member to a member, includes a cylindrical portion 31 and flanges 32 provided at both ends of the cylindrical portion 31. In a base portion of at least one of the flanges 32, a penetrating portion 34 that penetrates through the flange 32 is formed. An EA member 20 is equipped with this clip 30.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki TAKAHASHI, Shin TADA
  • Publication number: 20140265455
    Abstract: A molding fixing assembly for securing a roof molding in a roof groove includes a bracket fixedly secured in the roof groove and a separate clip mounted to the molding. The bracket includes a base and a pair of arms extending substantially perpendicularly from opposed longitudinal side edges of the base. At least one of the arms includes a first retaining member and a second retaining member having a configuration different than the first retaining member. The clip includes a body having a pair of longitudinal sidewalls and a pair of end walls. At least one of the sidewalls has a post projecting therefrom. To connect the clip to the bracket, the sidewalls of the clip are positioned between the pair of arms of the bracket. The first retaining member engages one of the sidewalls of the clip and the second retaining member engages the post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Benjamin Fulton