Article Held By Clip With Spring (e.g., Leaf, Coil) Member Patents (Class 24/3.11)
  • Patent number: 9756927
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed for fabricating an electronic device with an integrated railing system that detachably couples mounting hardware to the electronic device. By selectively detaching the mounting hardware, the electronic device may be made more compact and portable. In some embodiments, the railing system is fabricated substantially contemporaneous to fabricating the electronic device, such as by extrusion of the railing and the electronic device together. This fabrication approach may reduce the overall cost and complexity of manufacturing the railing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Auclair, Fletcher Rothkopf
  • Patent number: 9341441
    Abstract: A KeyMod quick mounting arrangement is arranged for detachably coupling an accessory at a firearm having a KeyMod mounting slot, wherein the arrangement includes a mounting body having a first side extended from the accessory to be detachably coupled with the firearm, and a coupling head movably extended from the mounting body between a releasing position and a securing position. The coupling head has a head portion outwardly protruded from an opposed second side of the mounting body, wherein the mounting body is stationary when the coupling head is moved between the releasing position and the securing position. In the releasing position, the head portion of the coupling head is disposed in an enlarged slot portion of the mounting slot. In the securing position, the head portion of the coupling head is slid to a narrower slot portion of the mounting slot for securing the accessory at the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: NC STAR, INC.
    Inventors: Carson Cheng, Changan Tian
  • Patent number: 8973788
    Abstract: A portable hand sanitizer dispenser which contains hand sanitizer within an internal cavity, and which includes a dispensing body having tapered left and right sides and a U-shaped opening on a top end thereof, a pivotally attached metal clip across the opening by which user clips the dispenser onto an item, such as a belt loop, and also including a grip pad member on a front side having rows of spaced apart protuberances thereon thereby enhancing the ability to grip the dispenser during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin A. Burns
  • Patent number: 8938859
    Abstract: Disclosed is an assembly. The assembly may be comprised of a device having a first engaging member, a second member having a second engaging member engaging the first engaging member, and a third member locked in place by the first engaging member and the second engaging member. The first and second members together can serve as an attachment device. The third member, held in place by the first and second engaging members, can serve as an attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Enuresis Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Kaiomars P. Anklesaria
  • Patent number: 8914948
    Abstract: A scarf zipper with a scarf securing member, a medallion member and a medallion connector member. The scarf securing member is attached to the medallion member by the medallion connector member. The scarf securing member is a wire-form component. The scarf securing member having two halves, each terminating at one end in a locking mechanism and at the opposite end in an integral spring and loop. The spring causes the halves to be biased outward from each other until locked together by the locking mechanism. The locked halves retain two panels of a standard scarf. The scarf securing member is capable of being zipped up or down by pulling on the medallion member. The scarf securing member remains in place after being zipped and the medallion member ends up at the front portion of the scarf and acts as a decorative element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Teresa Rissmeyer
  • Patent number: 8827127
    Abstract: An arrangement for carrying or storing or transporting portable items for quick access by a user includes a magnetically assisted mechanical catch and carrying system which has a carrying unit with a cavity and a carried member with a protrusion that is received in the cavity. The carried member has a recess and the carrying unit has a movable latch that can be engaged into the recess for locking the carrier member in the cavity. Mutually magnetically attracting parts or materials are provided in or on the carrying unit and carried member for magnetically attracting the protrusion into the cavity. At least one or both of the latch and the protrusion are shaped to allow easy insertion of the protrusion into the cavity, or the latch may be manually pushed aside to allow insertion of the protrusion into the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventors: Richard Joseph Rekuc, Cheung Shik Kui, David Edward Ringel, Grace Faye King, David Joseph Rekuc
  • Patent number: 8783141
    Abstract: A folding knife with retractable pocket clip that moves in an arc between retracted and deployed positions generally within the same pivot plane as a pivotally folding blade and whose movement between retracted and deployed positions is coordinated through direct contact with the blade so that the clip is automatically deployed for use as the blade is pivoted into a storage position and automatically retracted when the blade is pivoted to a position for use. The pocket clip is configured to be uniquely sheltered from snagging hazards and to secure the folding knife to a pocket by means of a unique retentive characteristic resulting from localized tension advantageously generated along the pocket edge and maintained by compression exerted upon the body of the knife as it rests within the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Caswell
  • Patent number: 8784468
    Abstract: Stent delivery systems, locking members for preventing unwanted actuation of a actuation member on a stent delivery system, and methods for making and using the same are disclosed. An example stent delivery system may include an inner member. A deployment sheath may be disposed about the inner member. A stent may be disposed between the inner member and the deployment sheath. A handle may be coupled to the inner member and to the deployment sheath. The handle may include an actuation member. The actuation member may be configured to shift the longitudinal position of the deployment sheath relative to the inner member. A locking member may be disposed on the actuation member. The locking member may be configured to prevent unwanted actuation of the actuation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Gerdts, Jim Vetsch, Joe Groff, Derek Larson
  • Patent number: 8713764
    Abstract: A connector structured to removably attach an object to a support platform including an elongated, rigid material base having a locking assembly disposed thereon and including a retainer and a gripping member. The gripping member is movably connected to the retainer and disposable relative to the base into both a locking orientation and a release orientation, wherein the locking orientation comprises a predetermined portion of the gripping member disposed in gripping, at least partially penetrating relation to an exposed surface of a corresponding part of either the support platform or the supported object. An activating member is connected to the gripping member and movable therewith, wherein positioning force exerted on the activating member will selectively dispose the gripping member between the locking and release orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventors: James Rittenhouse, Miguel Bevilacqua
  • Patent number: 8661623
    Abstract: An attachment selectively attachable to a pet training device that emits signal upon actuation by the hand that grasps the pet training device. The attachment includes an aperture for selectively securing the attachment to a hand and at least one connector for securing the attachment to the pet training device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: EZ Click, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Theodore Leggett, Lisa Ann Leggett
  • Patent number: 8613564
    Abstract: A quick disconnect device for detachably holding a long gun or other elongated emergency tool (EET). The quick disconnect device receives and captures the ball of a ball-and-stem structure that is attached to the EET. The quick disconnect device may allow the EET to rotate about the central axis of the stem, but otherwise prevents relative translational and rotational motion between the EET and the quick disconnect device. The quick disconnect device is especially suitable for mounting to clothing, such as a utility belt or a ballistic vest. the quick disconnect device allows the EET to be inserted without requiring the user to directly manipulate the quick connection device, but requires the user to manipulate some sort of mechanism on the quick connect device in order to release the EET.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher Busch
  • Patent number: 8595903
    Abstract: A self-locking clip may include a first member configured to attach to an item, the first member having a tongue arranged adjacent the item when the first member is attached to the item, the tongue configured to allow an article to be received between the tongue and the item when the first member is attached to the item; a second member pivotally attached to the first member, the second member having at least one engagement surface for engaging the article, when the first member is attached to the item and the article is received between the tongue and the item; and a bias member arranged to bias the second member to pivot in a direction to urge the at least one engagement surface toward the article to engage the article, when the first member is attached to the item and the article is received between the tongue and the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Nite Ize, Inc.
    Inventors: Heinz Richard Miltner, Julie Lynn Adams
  • Patent number: 8561958
    Abstract: A base assembly removably and adjustably receives a tool and includes a base and a wall extending outwardly from the base. First and second openings are disposed in the wall. First and second cutouts are disposed in the wall to receive the tool. A pivot pin is removably received by the first and second openings. The tool is removably disposed on the pivot pin. A locking ring is disposed on the pivot pin. The locking ring is in a locked position to prevent movement of the pivot pin and in an unlocked position to allow movement of the pivot pin, thereby allowing the tool to be easily moved between positions and securely locked in a desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark A. Chiasson, Henry Maxwell, Thomas R. Faucher, John Lefavour, Richard Robicheau
  • Patent number: 8484993
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems, methods, and apparatus for an earring safety device that can be clipped to an ear enveloping an earring so as to protect the ear and the wearer's head from the earring during fast-paced activities. The earring safety device can enable athletes to participate in contact sports without removing the earring, especially where rules would otherwise preclude the athlete from competing. The earring safety device can also protect the wearer from snagging the earring during high-intensity activities and jobs The protection also protects the athlete from injury due to impacts made to the earring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Chris Heffington
  • Patent number: 8393015
    Abstract: A device to hold a garment in place, particularly the event of a gust of air, comprising an attachment member, a connecting member, and a weight, which can be worn either on the inside or outside surface of the garment. In operation the device attaches to a garment and pulls the garment vertically in accordance with gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Catherine Ann Jones
  • Patent number: 8381360
    Abstract: A card and currency carrying device is shown. The device includes a first side member assembly and a spaced second side member assembly. Each side member assembly has a flexible member, preferably stainless steel, having an undeflected position and a deflected position which is responsive to a compression deflection force applied concurrently to flexible members. A first pair and a second pair of support members are operatively connected to the flexible members. An elastic fabric material, preferably a woven elastic fabric material, having a thickness which reduces in dimension in response to a longitudinal tension force and which maintains its width dimension in response to a longitudinal tension force is operatively connected to the support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Rita Preston-Hall
  • Patent number: 8360378
    Abstract: A mobile electronic device support is disclosed for allowing a mobile electronic device to be removably secured to a surface, such as a column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Michael D. Owens
  • Patent number: 8353086
    Abstract: A small pouch for holding/storing jewelry. This pouch is made of a flexible rubber material with a small, linear slit in the top of the device. The pouch is created in order to hold or store different articles of jewelry. The purpose of the linear slit is to allow the jewelry to enter/exit the device. Attached to this, is a small metal clip. The metal clip allows the device to be secured to different articles of clothing. The metal clip contains a small metal bead which can bounce around within the clip, thereby causing a rattling sound. The purpose of this is to alert the user of the device's presence, therefore reminding them of the jewelry that has been stored within the rubber pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: Meredith Evin Pike
  • Publication number: 20120272484
    Abstract: This invention relates to a system for connecting a visor to a headset headband, the headband having a headband spring that supports a headpad and a stirrup. The system includes a connector attachable to the headband spring at a user-selected location between the headpad and the stirrup. The connector has a stem. The system also includes an adaptor adjacent the connector and having a first end and a second end. The first end of the adaptor has a slot complementary with the stem for receiving and retaining the stem, such that the adaptor can translate with respect to the connector under user-urging. The second end of the adaptor has a hinge assembly. The system further includes an arm adjacent the adaptor and having a first end and a second end. The first end of the arm has an aperture complementary with the hinge assembly for reception into the hinge assembly, such that the arm can pivot about the second end of the adaptor. The second end of the arm has a securement for securing the visor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: Harold Willborn
  • Patent number: 8276598
    Abstract: An improved hair clip employs a pair of cooperating main members that are pivotally connected and biased into a hair engaging orientation. Each of the main members is contoured and includes a first end spaced apart from a second end by a middle portion. The first end of each main member acts as an articulation tab that allows an individual to apply leverage necessary to place the clip in a hair engaging orientation. Attachment sleeves are removably attached to the main member middle portions with a centrally located articulation storage sleeve. Each storage sleeve may be capped for storage of loose items or may accept one of several interchangeable accessory tubes. A depending cover member is provided for positioning of a mirror for use in cosmetics application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventors: Lisa Palmer Shepard, John Shepard
  • Patent number: 8266768
    Abstract: Apparatus for connecting an ornament to the surface of a textile is provided herein. In some embodiments, an apparatus for connecting an ornament to the surface of a textile may include a bottom plate; a plurality of posts coupled to a surface of the bottom plate; and a top plate having at least one connection arm comprising a plurality of hooks moveably coupled thereto, wherein the at least one connection arm and the plurality of hooks are configured to interface with the plurality of posts to removably couple the top plate to the bottom plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: Cathyann Sarra
  • Patent number: 8256026
    Abstract: The invention relates to an integral protective work clothing item comprising releasable integrated retaining elements and a digitally-activated retaining fastener. The inventive clothing item includes a harness and a retractable mechanism for securing a user to a standard lifeline. The item also comprises additional protective elements, such as a helmet, gloves and shoes which are connected thereto by means of respective elastic bands. Each of said bands is equipped with a hole for a fastener device that can only be released using a device designed for said purpose. The digitally-activated fastener comprises an electromagnet, a mobile discoidal part and a spring element. The cover of the fastener casing is provided with a hole and a tubular formation in which a pin or rod can be inserted and guided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Oltequip, S.A.
    Inventor: Ramon Olivares Garrigos
  • Patent number: 8245366
    Abstract: A clip assembly is provided for securing a crib bumper to a crib. The clip assembly may include a clip adapted to be secured to the crib bumper. The clip may include a body member having a first arm and a second arm coupled to the first arm. The clip may also include a clasping member carried by the body member and adapted to clasp the first arm and the second arm. The clip assembly may also include a belt adapted to secure the clip to a portion of the crib. The belt may include a strap member having a fastener, adapted to secure the strap member to the crib portion. The belt may also include a protruding member carried by the strap member and adapted to be received by the linking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Raphael J. Morejon
  • Publication number: 20120175394
    Abstract: A retaining device (1?) for a mobile multimedia terminal (2), such as a pocket PC, smart phone, navigation device, or the like, including: at least one retaining arm (4); a fastening device (5?), arranged at a first end of the retaining arm and which is designed to fasten the retaining arm to an air-conditioning duct cover (11) in the area of the dashboard or the center console (9) of a motor vehicle; a connecting device (14) arranged at the other, second end of the retaining arm for connecting to a receiving and retaining element (6) for the multimedia terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventor: Dirk Keune
  • Patent number: 8186022
    Abstract: An apparatus for one of substantially minimizing damage to and loss of earbuds when not in use. Such apparatus comprises an elongated member formed of a predetermined material and a loop member engageable with a first end of the elongated member for securing such earbud when such loop member is tightened over such earbud thereby securing it thereto. A crimp bead member is disposed intermediate such first end of such elongated member and such loop member, such crimp bead member capable of sliding so as to tighten the loop member and close the loop member over such earbud. A clip member is engageable with a second end of the elongated member for engagement with a preselected object for securing the elongated member having such loop member attached thereto with such earbud disposed therein to such preselected object. There is, further, a clasp member for securing the second end of the elongated member to the clip member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Michael G. Roser
  • Patent number: 8166615
    Abstract: A wearable, item attaching, apparel clamp is disclosed. The clamp broadly includes a clamping jaw and an underlying opposed clamping jaw capable of permanently or temporarily attaching a personal item either directly or indirectly to whatever substrate or fabric edge the clamp is attached. The clamping jaw attaches to the underlying jaw via a hinge element which includes a fulcrum. An article connecting element attaches to the clamping jaw and extends toward or beyond the securing portion of the clamping jaws. The connecting element contains a resilient opening large enough to attach a second item directly or indirectly. Such other item may include a key chain, chain link, receptacle, or the like, thus enabling the item to hang below the bottom of the clamp. The underlying clamping jaw(s) distribute the weight of the attached item relative to the clamp preventing the flexible substrate to which the clamp can fasten from excessive bending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: The Hip Klub, LLC
    Inventor: Audra Coldiron
  • Patent number: 8156616
    Abstract: A safe pacifier clip including a base sheet, a pulling member, a latching member, a clamping member and a tying tool. A connecting sheet is longitudinally connected between two protruding sheet columns and the height of the connecting sheet is lower than that of the sheet columns, a first flange is installed on the top end of the connecting sheet; a second flange provided on the top end of the latching member is installed in the connecting sheet and is provided adjacent to the inner surface of the first flange; an opening at the bottom end of the cap-shaped clamping member is provided to the first and the second flanges that are in a stacking status, and arc-shaped clamping sheets provided at the front and the rear ends of the clamping member clamp the two flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Tien Chung Ent. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chin-Tien Lo
  • Patent number: 8136693
    Abstract: A closure for a beverage container that has a cap for overlapping a mouth of the beverage container. An arcuate member attached to the cap having a pair of extremity portions separated from one another and a springing member is connected to the arcuate member proximate to one of the extremity portions that is angularly pivotally moveable in response to a manually applied force, between a first position at which the springing member closes and completes a continuous periphery of the arcuate member and a second position at which the arcuate member periphery is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Penguin Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryce Thatcher
  • Patent number: 8127404
    Abstract: The present invention provides a jewellery ornament device for decorating the upper torso region of a user, comprising a clip, and a support for a decoration, the support being detachable from the clip, the clip comprising: a first plate connected to a second plate, the plates being adapted to grip between them a portion of a garment worn by a user, such that when a portion of a garment worn by a user lies substantially flat against the user's body, and the portion of garment is gripped between the second and first plates, the plates limit the movement of the clip about the plane of the portion of the garment, thereby retaining the dip substantially in line with the portion of the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventor: Renata Matassa
  • Patent number: 8112894
    Abstract: A folding knife with a retractable clip is disclosed. The folding knife comprises at least two rigid plates housing at least one knife blade and the retractable clip. The retractable clip is slidably mounted between the two rigid plates and traverses a path between a retracted position and an extended position defined by a guide slot in a base portion of the clip. A guide pin intermediate the slot and between the plates limits the translational movement of the retractable clip such that its extension is optimal for affixing it onto clothing by means of an elongated member attached to the base portion, and its retraction within the housing space renders a smooth facing to the knife.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph Caswell
  • Patent number: 8090130
    Abstract: An improved portable media device and methods for operating a media device are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Rico Zorkendorfer, Stephen Brian Lynch, Dinesh Mathew, Jonathan P. Ive, Stephen Paul Zadesky, Evans Hankey, Christopher David Prest
  • Publication number: 20110220675
    Abstract: A green, all-in-one dog walking solution, with 100% bio-degradable drawstring waste pick-up bags in the form of a compact pouch for carrying and dispensing waste bags, having a compartment that can be filled with folded waste bags, which are easily accessible through an opening with overlapping covers across the pouch, by reaching into the opening with one hand and pulling on the first folded waste bag. The pouch includes an additional compartment for storing miscellaneous items, accessible with one hand through an arched top with a zipper opening. The waste bags are individually folded to the size of the compartment and stacked in a way that one bag can be removed at a time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: Marlies Barton
  • Patent number: 8011069
    Abstract: An innovative baby appliance support makes it possible to keep baby's pacifier (and other appliances) clean while in use. The support features a strap with clasps at each end. The strap, which may or may not feature an adjustable length, features at least one clasp tab. In use, one clasp of the device is affixed to the child's clothing, while the other is looped around the pacifier handle and applied to the clasp tab. When used in such a manner, the support will frequently wholly prevent the pacifier or other appliance from falling and contacting the ground when it is dropped from the child's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventor: April H. Klein
  • Patent number: 7971324
    Abstract: A card and currency carrying device is shown. The device includes a first side member assembly and a spaced second side member assembly. Each side member assembly has a flexible member, preferably stainless steel, having an undeflected position and a deflected position which is responsive to a compression deflection force applied concurrently to flexible members. A first pair and a second pair of support members are operatively connected to the flexible members. An elastic fabric material, preferably a woven elastic fabric material, having a thickness which reduces in dimension in response to a longitudinal tension force and which maintains its width dimension in response to a longitudinal tension force is operatively connected to the support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: The Naked Wallet, Inc.
    Inventor: Rita Preston-Hall
  • Patent number: 7877844
    Abstract: An apparatus for attaching a tag to an object. The apparatus may include a body. The apparatus may also include an attachment arm, the attachment arm having a locked position and an unlocked position, and the attachment arm lockably closing to form a first closed loop with the body when the attachment arm is in the locked position. The apparatus may also include a tag loop mechanically coupled to the body. The apparatus may also include a detent arm mechanically engaged with the attachment arm in the locked position of the attachment arm, the detent arm configured so that an application of a force to the detent arm simultaneously unlocks the attachment arm and opens the tag loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: UP Country, Inc.
    Inventors: Alice M. Nichols, Khipra J. Nichols, Mark Sousa
  • Patent number: 7832606
    Abstract: A belt clip for detachably fixing a cellular phone is disclosed, which comprises a body which has an accommodating part provided in the interior of the same and having an opened upper side, and a guide groove provided at a front side of the same for guiding accommodating into the accommodating part; and at least one stopper which is integrally formed at an inner side of the body and has a certain elastic force for preventing an escape of the accommodated engaging protrusion. It is possible to easily and reliably engage and disengage the cellular phone or the cellular phone casing to/from the belt clip, and the construction is simple. Since springs are not used in the present invention as compared to the conventional art, the manufacturing cost is not high, and a reliable and cheap belt clip for cellular phone can be manufactured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Newvit Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ki Sub Sin
  • Publication number: 20100236559
    Abstract: A respiratory mask assembly for delivering breathable gas to a patient includes a frame and at least one locking clip. The frame has a main body and a side frame member provided on each lateral side of the main body, at least one of the side frame members including a locking clip receiver assembly. The at least one locking clip has a main body providing a front portion adapted to be removably coupled with the at least one locking clip receiver assembly and a rear portion adapted to be removably coupled to a headgear assembly. The rear portion includes a cross bar that forms an opening through which a strap of the headgear assembly can pass and be removably coupled with the cross bar, and the front portion includes at least one resiliently flexible spring arm that is flexible within the plane of the main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Applicant: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Perry D. Lithgow, Memduh Guney, Amal S. Amarasinghe, Timothy Tsun-Fai Fu, Gary C. Robinson, Aaron Samuel Davidson, Milind Chandrakant Raje
  • Patent number: 7752716
    Abstract: Elastic force originating from an elastic body is applied to gripping portions, so that a lower member and an upper member functions as a clip. An elastic member is formed in such a manner as to be cut out from an attachment surface of the lower member along the contour (other than a portion thereof) of a closed figure, and can warp with respect to the attachment surface with that portion taken as a warp axis. The elastic member has a projection on the leading end thereof, and a rear panel has a recess in an attachment surface thereof. When the rear panel is rotated with respect to the lower member, the projection is disengaged from the recess by warping of the elastic member, or engaged with the recess by a retroaction of the warping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Icom Incorporated
    Inventor: Shuichi Babasaki
  • Patent number: 7739820
    Abstract: A spring loaded display device is described particularly suited for attachment to the leading edge of a shelf such as a bookshelf, the display unit including a clip mechanism for securely grasping the top and bottom surfaces of a shelf at its edge, the clip mechanism hingedly connected to a display unit which can freely rotate about the hinged connection. The display unit itself, generally of rectangular configuration, is designed to receive a document, and includes a transparent face so that the document contents may be easily viewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Inventor: Gary Liebling Frank
  • Publication number: 20100132164
    Abstract: An article-storing belt buckle includes a base having a top to which a cover is fit. A chute is formed in the belt buckle and an article receiving chamber is formed in the chute. An article to be stored is deposited in the chute and is moved along the chute into the article receiving chamber to be retained therein, or the article is forcedly moved out of the article receiving chamber for detaching from the belt buckle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventor: YUNG-FA SU
  • Publication number: 20100122435
    Abstract: This invention is an article holder for a cell phones hands free device such as the Bluetooth or the Jawbone so the device will not become lost if it falls out of you ear. The Hands Free Holder is a leash comprising of a strap with an eye-ring attached to the proximal end to attach to the earpiece of the hands free cell phone device and a swivel-mounted spring clip attached to the terminal end to clip on to the clothing. The article is composed of a cord, a ribbon, a chain, and a leather strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventor: Caren Valentine Markham
  • Publication number: 20100071168
    Abstract: The earpiece retainer is a retaining device for securing an earpiece, such as a Bluetooth® earpiece or the like, to a support, such as the user's belt. The earpiece retainer includes a housing having opposed front and rear walls and at least one sidewall. The housing defines and open interior region therein. A slot is formed through the front wall. The slot is dimensioned and configured for removably receiving an earphone portion of the earpiece therethrough. The earphone portion of the earpiece is releasably locked within the open interior region of the housing to secure the earpiece to the to housing when not in use. A spring-biased retaining member is disposed within the open interior region, the retaining member resiliently engaging the earphone portion and releasably holding the earphone portion against the front wall to releasably lock the earphone portion in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventor: David A. Miller
  • Patent number: 7587844
    Abstract: A novelty apparatus that includes a birthday announcement and a number of money clips to which can be attached a paper form of money. The novelty apparatus includes a base and a frame that surrounds the base, with the base being either rectangular or square in nature. The base has a rear-mounted primary clip that can be used to attach the novelty apparatus to an item of clothing. The front side of the novelty apparatus has a front-mounted logo stating “Happy Birthday,” along with a place where a numerical sticker indicative of age can optionally be placed. A number of clips organized in one or more rows are attached to the front side of the base to allow other individuals to attach paper money as gift offerings to the person who is experiencing the birthday.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Inventor: Robert G. Palmer
  • Patent number: 7571523
    Abstract: A retractable hook is used to couple a portable article to another thing. The retractable hook has an attachment section that at least partially extends from and at least partially retracts into a housing section. The attachment section has a gate with open and closed positions. The housing section typically is affixed to a portable article. To couple the portable article to another thing, the attachment section is at least partially extended from the housing section and the gate is opened. The attachment section is then engaged with the other thing and the gate is closed. The attachment section is then at least partially retracted into the housing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Inventor: Rick Beed
  • Patent number: 7546753
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided including a first member, a second member, a device for holding one or more keys, and an ornament. The ornament may be attached to a second end of the first member. The first member may be attached to the second member so that the first member pivots with respect to the second member. The device for holding one or more keys may be attached the second member. The apparatus may further include a spring and a ball, which help to retain the apparatus in a first state in which the first member is at a first angle with respect to the second member. The apparatus can be attached to a purse to easily locate keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Charm Zone, Inc.
    Inventor: Sylvia M. Kim
  • Publication number: 20090144943
    Abstract: A portable device that comprises a built in coupling that allows various types of clips to be attached to the device. The device can be attached to different items present in different situations by using different types of attaching devices in the coupling. For example, an attaching device for clothing can be removed and one for a vehicle may be inserted. In such a way, the portable device, for example a music player, can easily be transported and conveniently used in different environments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventors: Manuel Arranz Del Rosal, Yaron Sheba, Derek T. Niizawa
  • Publication number: 20090119884
    Abstract: A holder capable of holding a comparatively large external load with the aid of the external ear canal or the external ear. Protrusions of which is inserted into a first curve of an external ear canal are provided at one end of a holding arm, and a hole capable of holding an external load is formed in the other end of the holding arm. A protrusion supporter provided with the protrusions is rotatably attached in a hole formed in one end of a holding arm, and one of the protrusions is inserted in the first curve of the external ear canal, enabling the other end of the holding arm to hold an external load. Further, the positions and angles of the protrusions are made arbitrarily adjustable to thereby provide the holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventor: Shuuji Kitazawa
  • Patent number: 7523526
    Abstract: A mounting clip assembly for a portable consumer product. The mounting clip assembly has a clip body with a top surface and two ends. A hole is provided in a housing wall of the consumer product. The hole is sized to receive the clip body, wherein the clip body lays flush across the hole. A pivot pin extends across the hole. The pivot pin engages the clip body at a fulcrum point. A leaf spring is provided under the clip body. The leaf spring abuts against the clip body and applies a bias force that retains the clip body in a flush orientation with the top surface of the clip body. When a depression force is applied to one end of the clip body, the clip body pivots and causes the opposite end of the clip body to rise away from the exterior surface of the housing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Inventor: A. Daniel Valois
  • Patent number: 7513472
    Abstract: An adjustable stand for carrying an electronic device and adjusting a position on a desk is provided to include a clamp and a supporting element. The clamp has a positioning element that comprises two axial portions each having a through hole, a clamping element that comprises an adjusting portion with a plurality of notches, and an elastic element positioned between the positioning element and the clamping element for restoring the position. The supporting element has two terminal rods that are axially fixed to the axial portions of the positioning element, and a supporting rod formed between the two terminal rods for lodging into one of the notches of the clamping element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Inventor: Shang-Wen Yang
  • Patent number: 7458489
    Abstract: A carrying assembly (10, 110) having an easy release clip for carrying of an electronic device (12, 112) is disclosed. In both a first and a second preferred embodiment, the easy release clip of the carrying assembly (10, 110) allows a user to insert and remove the electronic device (12, 112) in one step and without having to depress a release key. In the first preferred embodiment, the carrying assembly (10) is adjustable so that the electronic device (12) may be positioned in a horizontal position, a vertical position, or any position between horizontal and vertical. The carrying assembly (10) broadly comprises a rear panel (14), a spring component (16) including an integral leaf spring (46), a retainer button (18), and a base (20). In a second preferred embodiment, the carrying assembly (110) is fitted to a lanyard so that the electronic device (112) may be worn around the user's neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: John J. Mudd, Jonathan C. Burrell, John B. Whiteside, David F. Lammers-Meis