Having Magnetic Fastener Patents (Class 24/303)
  • Patent number: 10351078
    Abstract: The present application discloses a magnetic fastener. The magnetic fastener comprises a magnetic connector including a support bracket having a hole at a bottom; a bottom support including a base and a neck; and an elastic member. The neck extends from the base, passes through the hole of the support bracket, and is partially received in the support bracket. The support bracket is slidable relative to the neck, and the elastic member is disposed inside the support bracket and configured to connect the neck and the support bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Alvin Liu, Cliff Ruan, Kevin Shen, Xuezhi Jin
  • Patent number: 10342299
    Abstract: A magnetic snap fastener for releasably coupling a first material to a second material. The fastener includes a first fastening assembly affixable to the first material, the first fastening assembly including a first ferromagnetic eyelet having an integrally formed flange and protrusion magnetically coupled to a first toroidal-shaped magnet, the first fastening assembly disposed in a first water-resistant enclosure, and a second fastening assembly affixable to the second material, the second fastening assembly including a second ferromagnetic eyelet having an integrally formed flange and protrusion magnetically coupled to a second toroidal-shaped magnet having an oppositely poled orientation relative to the first magnet, the second fastening assembly disposed in a second water-resistant enclosure. The first and second fastening assemblies providing magnetic coupling to releasably couple the first and second materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ROMAG FASTENERS, INC.
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter
  • Patent number: 10334900
    Abstract: A releasable closure having a first structure that encapsulates a magnetic composition based on magnetic particles, such as a smart fluid of the group electrorheological fluid, magnetorheological fluid, ferrofluid, or that is formed of a printable composition with dispersed magnetic particles. The first structure is magnetically attracted and thereby joinable to an opposing, second structure, with the first and second structures forming the releasable closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: The North Face Apparel Corp.
    Inventors: Justin Lee Gladish, Mary-Ellen Smith
  • Patent number: 10319263
    Abstract: A flexible display is disclosed. In one aspect, the flexible display a flexible display panel includes a display area and a peripheral area located on opposing sides of the display area and a first fixing part located over an upper surface of the peripheral area of the flexible display panel. The first fixing part is configured to have a first restoring force that presses on the upper surface of the flexible display panel. The flexible display also includes a second fixing part located below a lower surface of the peripheral area of the flexible display panel. The second fixing part is configured to have a second restoring force that presses on the lower surface of the flexible display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung Hun Lee, Sang Jo Lee, Jang Doo Lee, Ju Suck Lee, Kyung Min Choi, Won Suk Choi
  • Patent number: 10309433
    Abstract: A magnetic securing system with first and second backers, each with a magnet embedded therein. The first backer is constructed and arranged to be placed on one side of an article, and the second backer is constructed and arranged to be placed on another side of the article such that the two magnets attract, to hold the backers in place on the article. There is a first structure that is coupled to or can be coupled to the first backer. The first structure is constructed and arranged to be used to support another object, such that the system is able to allow objects to be removably coupled to the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Karen Salvatore
  • Patent number: 10252135
    Abstract: An improved exercise assembly structured to be struck by a user includes a base supporting a shaft on a supporting surface. A support shaft extends outwardly from the supporting surface. At least one rotating targets is connected to the support shaft and extends outwardly. A resistance assembly is adjustably mounted on the shaft into and out of a position relative to a path of travel of at least one rotating target. The position includes the resistance assembly in engagement with at least one rotating target. The rotating target includes an elongated arm including a predetermined weighted construction and a safety portion thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Larry Roberts
  • Patent number: 10245523
    Abstract: The present utility model provides a magnetic building block. A building block back side is installed on a rear end of a building block front side. Four notches are formed on both of the rear end of the building block front side and a front end of the building block back side. Four protruding chucks are formed on both of the rear end of the building block front side rear end and the front end of the building block back side. Four small magnets are disposed on the front end of the building block back side. The protruding chuck and the notch are disposed on two sides of the small magnet. An embedded paper is disposed between the building block front side and the building block back side. The embedded paper is inlaid in a rectangle surrounded by the notch, the small magnet, and the protruding chuck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Shantou Xinbida Early Education Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yiqun Lin
  • Patent number: 10244806
    Abstract: An interlocking magnetic snap fastener of simplified construction for use with garments is provided. The magnet fastener includes two mating magnetically attracting elements of minimal thickness. The first element includes a central opening having a magnet or ferromagnetic disk recessed in the opening, creating recess for engagement with an opposing magnet protruding from the second element. Engagement through the recess prevents lateral movement between, and disengagement of, the first and second elements. The fastener is constructed such that, when placed in close proximity to the recess of the first element, the magnet in the second element is induced to slide sideways, enter the recess of the first element, and assume automatically-aligned contact with its magnetic counterpart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Alan C Marks
  • Patent number: 10226104
    Abstract: A cord lock includes various components used to slidably adjust a cord length, such as one or more housing components that releasably clamp around the cord. In one aspect, the cord lock includes an arrangement of magnets that bias the cord-lock housing components away from one another, in order to secure the cord between the housing components. The housing components can be pressed towards one another to slidably adjust the cord. In a further aspect, the cord lock may also include a magnetized excess-cord retainer that attaches to a portion of the cord and that releasably attaches to the cord lock in order to help gather excess cord pulled through the cord lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuki Aihara, Kevin C. Sze
  • Patent number: 10212993
    Abstract: A closure device for releasably connecting two parts with each other includes a first closure member and a second closure member attachable to the first closure member and in a closed position is held on the first closure member. The second closure member has a rigid second locking protrusion, wherein the second locking protrusion can be brought into engagement with the first locking protrusion in an engagement direction and in the closed position engages the first locking protrusion in a positive locking manner. The first closure member includes a first magnetic member and the second closure member includes a second magnetic member, the first magnetic member and the second magnetic member being constituted to magnetically attract each other when the second closure member is attached to the first closure member for closing the closure device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Fidlock GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Fiedler, Artur Tucholke
  • Patent number: 10206463
    Abstract: This application relates generally to various embodiments of a magnetic wristband. More specifically the application describes a design for a magnetic wristband having a number of configurations. In one configuration the wristband is magnetically coupled around a user's wrist. In another configuration the magnetic wristband can be magnetically coupled around an electronic device to which it is attached. In this second described configuration the magnetic wristband acts as a protective cover for the electronic device to which the wristband is attached. In this way a user can reduce the likelihood of damage being inflicted upon the electronic device while it is not being worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Erik G. de Jong
  • Patent number: 10197210
    Abstract: Various pipe insulations and apparatuses for insulating pipe that employ magnetic closures are disclosed herein. Pipe insulation is configured to fit substantially around a pipe. In one case, the pipe insulation has a lengthwise split. A magnetic closure is attached to a first lengthwise edge of the pipe insulation along a first side of the lengthwise split. The magnetic closure is configured to magnetically mate with another closure attached to a second lengthwise edge along a second side of the lengthwise split to hold the pipe insulation substantially around the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hydra Heating Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10192701
    Abstract: An actuation apparatus includes a module movably tethered to a base member. Each of the module and base member include a plurality of magnetic elements aligned in a plurality of paired magnet sets such that in a non-actuated condition a repulsive magnetic force generated by each paired magnet set causes separation of the module and base member. Application of an actuation force to an actuation surface of the module, in opposition to the magnetic repulsive force, causes movement of the module toward the base member such that contact is made between terminals defined by the magnetic elements of at least one of the paired magnet sets, to generate an output signal. In an illustrative example, the base member is a steering wheel armature of a vehicle and the module is a wheel hub assembly including an air bag and a hub cover defining the actuation surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Sadanand N. Raikar, Jeffrey J. Schultz, Mukesh Amin, Peggy M. Gossiaux
  • Patent number: 10165840
    Abstract: A fastener system that provides the ability to attach objects together. The fastener system includes a key and a housing, which connect together by insertion of a prong and a magnetic attachment. The key includes a prong that fits into a recess at a center point. The housing includes an aperture at the lower end to allow attachment to an item, and a slot at the upper end to receive insertion of the key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Amika Adams, I
  • Patent number: 10136909
    Abstract: Systems and methods for placing a treatment device within a patient involve advancing a magnetic first introducer into the patient, advancing a magnetic second introducer into the patient, coupling the first introducer with the second introducer via magnetic force, and using the introducer devices to place a treatment device at a desired location within the patient. Optionally, such techniques involve visualization of the introducers or treatment devices during the procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Tamer Ibrahim, Michael J. Banchieri, Dwight P. Morejohn
  • Patent number: 10138923
    Abstract: Described is a self locking safety spring clip including at least a main body (21) provided with an opening (38) designed to receive a ring. The main body (21) houses a first locking element (25) equipped at an end with a hook-shaped part or hook (26) and rotatable about a first pin (27) integral with the main body, as well as a second locking element (29) opposite the previous one, rotatable about a second pin (30) integral with the main body, the second locking element (29) being equipped with a magnetic element (31) designed to attract the ring thus facilitating the coupling and simultaneously the locking to the hook-shaped part or hook (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ferplast S.p.A.
    Inventor: Carlo Vaccari
  • Patent number: 10130130
    Abstract: A clasp assembly is provided. The clasp assembly includes a first clasp member, a second clasp member, a first magnet, and a metallic component. The first clasp member defines a first cavity sized to receive a first portion of a zipper, and defines a first portion extending over the first cavity. The second clasp member defines a second cavity sized to receive a second portion of the zipper, and defines an overhang. The first magnet is secured to one of the first portion of the first clasp member and the overhang of the second clasp member. The metallic component is secured to another of the first portion of the first clasp member and the overhang of the second clasp member. The overhang is sized to receive the first portion of the first member to align the first magnet and the metallic component for magnetic interaction therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Roberman
  • Patent number: 10117504
    Abstract: A wearable band for an electronic device and a method of forming the wearable band for the electronic device. The wearable band may include a first strap portion including a loop, and a second strap portion positioned through the loop of the first strap portion. The second strap portion may include a first group of components positioned adjacent a first end of the second strap portion. The first group of components may include magnetic properties. The second strap portion may also include a second group of components positions adjacent a second end, opposite the first end, of the second strap portion. The second group of components may include magnetic properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jeremy D. Bataillou, Richard D. Kosoglow, Sean S. Corbin
  • Patent number: 10113688
    Abstract: A magnetic mounting apparatus has a base structure that includes a steel ball. A magnet is provided that has a peripheral exterior sidewall, a first face and a second face. The steel ball is secured to the first face of the magnet solely by magnetic attraction. A friction collar is provided that has an internal shoulder, a skirt section that extends in a first direction from the shoulder along the peripheral exterior sidewall of the magnet and terminates in a contact edge co-planar with the second face of the magnet and a bowl section extends in a second direction from the shoulder and surrounds the first face. The contact edge provides friction to dampen movement of the magnet along a surface of an object to which the second face of the magnet is secured. The bowl section provides friction to dampen movement of the steel ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Suzhou Uni-Solution Import and Export Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yiran Zhu
  • Patent number: 10111500
    Abstract: Self-aligning, durable quick connect strap end connector system that includes a pair of identical end connectors configured to slide together and interconnect. Each end connector includes a body with a strap bar and strap slot formed on the body's proximal end. The body includes a narrow section and a lip section that extends downward and rearward. The lip section includes an abutment surface transversely aligned with the body's longitudinal axis. Located adjacent to the abutment surface is a void area configured to receive the lip section on a second end connector longitudinally aligned with said first end connector. At least one projecting element extends from the abutment surface on said first end connector and fits into a hole formed on the abutment surface of the second end connector. Mounted on each abutment surface is at least one magnet that generate a magnetically attractive force between the two end connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Brian Lambert
  • Patent number: 10112313
    Abstract: A shaving device comprising a head assembly including a support member having at least one support member magnet and a blade cartridge having at least one face with at least one razor blade and configured to be rotatably coupled to the support member about a pivot axis. The blade cartridge includes at least one blade cartridge magnet having a pole aligned with a pole of the support member magnet to generate a magnetic force that urges the blade cartridge about the pivot axis towards an initial starting position (ISP), wherein the blade cartridge is further configured to rotate about the pivot axis away from the ISP upon application of an external force sufficient to overcome the magnetic force between the support member magnet and the blade cartridge magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Ruairidh Robertson
  • Patent number: 10105858
    Abstract: A shaving device comprising a head assembly including a support member having at least one support member magnet and a blade cartridge having at least one face with at least one razor blade and configured to be rotatably coupled to the support member about a pivot axis. The blade cartridge includes at least one blade cartridge magnet having a pole aligned with a pole of the support member magnet to generate a magnetic force that urges the blade cartridge about the pivot axis towards an initial starting position (ISP), wherein the blade cartridge is further configured to rotate about the pivot axis away from the ISP upon application of an external force sufficient to overcome the magnetic force between the support member magnet and the blade cartridge magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Ruairidh Robertson
  • Patent number: 10098423
    Abstract: A jewelry item that includes a main decorative stem; at least one cap member engaged over the main stem; a first magnet; and a second magnet. The main stem has a channel for receiving the first magnet therein, and the cap member also has a channel for receiving the second magnet therein. Both channels are constructed and arranged so that the first and second magnets are in juxtaposition when the cap member is engaged toward the main stem so that there is a magnetic attraction between the main decorative stem and the cap member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: National Chain Company
    Inventor: Steven A. Cipolla
  • Patent number: 10098422
    Abstract: A band device extends longitudinally along an extension direction and at least in sections is formed flexible for placing it around a user's limb. It comprises a first end having a first surface, a second end having a second surface, and a closure device for connecting the first end and the second end to each other such that the first end and the second end are held on each other in a closed position of the closure device, wherein in the closed position the first end with its first surface and the second end with its second surface extend along each other. The closure device comprises at least one engagement element arranged on the first end and at least one engagement opening arranged on the second end, wherein in the closed position of the closure device the at least one engagement element engages the at least one engagement opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Fidlock GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Fiedler, Artur Tucholke, Breido Botkus
  • Patent number: 10085521
    Abstract: A magnetic buckle includes two buckle bodies respectively have a magnetic attraction element fitted thereon. The two magnetic attraction elements bring the two buckle bodies to be magnetically detachably engaged with each other. A guide structure is formed on between the two buckle bodies. The two magnetic attraction elements and the guide structure together enable one of the two buckle bodies to move in different directions when it sequentially moves along an approaching path, within which the two buckle bodies are separate from each other, a contacting path, within which the two buckle bodies are brought to contact with each other, and a locating path, within which the two buckle bodies are brought to engage with each other. Thus, a user can conveniently magnetically engage the two buckle bodies with each other without the necessity of aligning them in advance or double-checking the engagement between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: BUTTON INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chung Lung Chen, Fu Hao Li
  • Patent number: 10085921
    Abstract: A gastric port system for transport of materials to the interior of a body cavity that may include a port configured to be disposed between a first body cavity and an area adjacent to the first body cavity. The gastric port system may further include a first bolster disposed on the port where the first bolster includes a magnet, and a second bolster disposed on the port where the second bolster includes a magnet, and the magnets are attracted to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventor: F. Kristen Lyons
  • Patent number: 10070698
    Abstract: A cuff link may releasably secure two cuffs of a French cuff shirt, and is configured to interchangeably receive any of a plurality of decorative cover plates to easily/quickly change its appearance. The decorative cover plate is formed with a magnetic material. A base of the cuff link has a post extending therefrom, with a cross-member. The base also includes an opening with a peripheral side wall shaped to correspond to the decorative cover plate, and a bottom wall. The bottom wall has a flat first portion formed of a magnetic material, to magnetically couple the cover plate thereto. A second portion of the bottom wall is also flat, but formed at an angle to the first portion to permit pivotal movement of the decorative plate within the recess, to unsecure the magnetic coupling of the magnetic material of the decorative plate from the magnetic material of the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Corey Stein
  • Patent number: 10045866
    Abstract: A prosthetic attachment for a prosthetic limb. A base is attached to the prosthetic limb. The base has a magnet that is surrounded by base valleys and base peaks. An attachment piece is attached to the prosthetic attachment. The attachment piece also has a magnet that is surrounded by attachment piece valleys and attachment piece peaks. The magnetic force between the base magnet and the attachment piece magnet attracts the prosthetic attachment to the prosthetic limb so that the base peaks and valleys mates with the attachment piece peaks and valleys for a secure removable attachment. In a preferred embodiment a locking device is used to further secure the prosthetic attachment to the prosthetic limb. In a preferred embodiment the prosthetic attachment is a prosthetic hand and the prosthetic limb is a prosthetic arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Armbruster
  • Patent number: 10047774
    Abstract: A magnetic fastener assembly has counterpart magnetic fastener members that are in detachable magnetic coupled fastening engagement. The magnetic fastener assembly are configurable between an axes aligned magnetic coupled fastening engagement and axes nonaligned magnetic coupled fastening engagement. The counterpart magnetic fastener members are detachable when in the axes aligned magnetic coupled fastening engagement and not detachable when in the axes non-aligned magnetic coupled fastening engagement when subject to an axial separation force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Wai Yue Yeung
  • Patent number: 10026535
    Abstract: A mechanical-magnetic connector structure for releasably connecting a first element with a second element is herein described. The connector structure includes a dongle attached to the first element, a receiver assembly attached to the second element and having a bore, and a rotating knob assembly attached to the receiver assembly and rotatable between an open and closed position to unlock or lock the dongle within the bore. With the rotating knob assembly rotated to the closed position, the dongle no longer is completely concentric within the bore, such that a user is prevented from applying any offset, angled, or indirect pull force on the dongle in an effort to remove it. The dongle can only be removed if completely concentric within the bore and the rotating knob assembly has been rotated to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: CATCH LATCH, LLC
    Inventor: Jeremiah Bohannon
  • Patent number: 10021943
    Abstract: Ornament assemblies including a fastener, and a removable and replaceable ornament are provided. Contemplated fasteners include a magnet and a looped attachment mechanism, and are configured to simultaneously couple with an ornament via the magnet, and an accessory via the looped attachment mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Mashannon Ferris
  • Patent number: 9993050
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, there is provided a wearable electronic device including a main body, at least one strap connected to at least one part of the main body, a buckle installed to an end portion of the strap, and a connection member for connecting the buckle and the strap. Accordingly, hardness and aesthetic feeling can be improved, while improving an assembling capability, reducing a manufacturing cost, and contributing to a slimness of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-Hak Lee, Byoung-Uk Yoon, Chong-Du Kim, Youn-Jin Nam, Seung-Kwon Choi
  • Patent number: 9936772
    Abstract: Provided is a buckle for a chest strap of a knapsack, including a plug member including a plug plane portion formed at a front side of a base so as to be connected to the base via a plug inner-side slope, a plug front-end slope extending forward from the plug plane portion, a first magnet embedded in a middle portion of the plug plane portion, and coupling protrusions protruding from opposite sides of the first magnet, and a socket member including a socket plane portion formed at a front side of a base so as to be connected to the base via a socket inner-side slope, a socket front-end slope extending forward from the socket plane portion, a second magnet embedded in a middle portion of the socket plane portion, and coupling recesses formed in opposite sides of the second magnet so as to correspond to the respective coupling protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Jisook Paik
  • Patent number: 9907345
    Abstract: A fastening module is used to attach a first end of a first material to a second end of a second material to form a strap. The fastening module has a first attachment feature and a second attachment feature. The first end is attached to the first attachment feature. The second end is attached to the second attachment feature by wrapping the second end around a bar-like feature. The second end comprises a non-slidable magnetically attractive material near its tip and a slideable magnetically attractive material further from the tip. The tip of the second end is wrapped around the bar like feature and engages with the slidable magnetically attractive material to secure the strap. Adjustment of the strap can be accomplished by sliding the slidable magnetically attractive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Devin O'Neill
  • Patent number: 9907367
    Abstract: Provided is a buckle including a plug member and a socket member. The plug member includes a plate extending forward from a lower end of a base and having a first magnet embedded in a middle portion thereof, and a holder protruding from a front end of the plate. The socket member includes an upper plate extending forward from an upper end of a base and having a second magnet embedded in a middle portion thereof, side plates formed on opposite sides of the upper plate, and a accommodation region formed inside the upper plate and the side plates so as to accommodate the plate therein. The upper plate has a holder aperture formed therein so that the holder is seated in the holder aperture when the plug member and the socket member are coupled to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: WOOJIN PLASTIC CO., LTD
    Inventors: Jisook Paik, Nan Hee Paik, Ji Hye Paik, Ji Won Son
  • Patent number: 9905964
    Abstract: An accessory to device coupling system can include a first magnet array adapted for assembly with respect to a surface of an electronic device and a second magnet array adapted for assembly with respect to a surface of an accessory device, the accessory device configured to interact electrically with the electronic device. The first magnet array can include a first plurality of magnets arranged in a first pattern of alternating polarities, and the second magnet array can include a second plurality of magnets arranged in a second pattern of alternating polarities that corresponds to the first pattern of alternating polarities. The corresponding alternating polarity patterns can cause the second magnet array to couple to the first magnet array with a normalized attraction force only at an intended orientation and alignment, and with less than half of the normalized attraction force at any other orientation and alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brett W. Degner, David H. Narajowski, Oliver C. Ross, Hao Zhu, Erik A. Uttermann, Stephen R. McClure, Melody L. Kuna
  • Patent number: 9901143
    Abstract: A magnetic necktie retainer device is provided that retains a necktie to the shirt of a wearer without piercing or otherwise damaging the shirt. The device comprises a front backing plate and a rear backing plate. The backing plates are magnetically attracted to each other such that the rear backing plate is positioned under the wearer's shirt, while the front backing plate is positioned between the necktie and the outside of the wearer's shirt. The two backing plates magnetically secure together, while a necktie retainer article extends from the front backing plate to engage the necktie. The retainer article may comprise a clasp, a chain, a necktie bar, or similar structure that secures the necktie to the front backing plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Krasney
  • Patent number: 9889972
    Abstract: A bottle crown engagement system includes a cap structure sized and shaped to releasably receive a bottle crown. The bottle crown engagement system also includes a magnetically attractable clamping member configured to magnetically interact with the cap structure to releasably affix the cap structure to an attachment surface between the cap structure and the magnetically attractable clamping member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Kam Tech, LLC
    Inventor: Chris Sugai
  • Patent number: 9878653
    Abstract: A tie down strap system for securing a vehicle to a platform of a transport medium comprises a first strap member, a second strap member, a connecting means having a first slot and a second slot and an attachment means at the second strap member. A front end of the first strap member is connected to a clamp member of the transport medium using a first securing means. A rear end of the first strap member is passed through the first slot to suspend therefrom and a first end of the second strap member is looped through the second slot and a second securing means and sewn thereon and a second end of the second strap member extends and suspends from the second securing means. When the vehicle is loaded on the platform, the first and second strap members secure the vehicle firmly to the platform of the transport medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Kevin Roe
  • Patent number: 9851511
    Abstract: The present invention provides a spring bias that is particularly suited for use to preload a low profile ferrule of an optical connector. In accordance with the present invention, an axial preload is applied to a connector ferrule by a spring structure provided external of the connector. In one embodiment, spring structure is provided outside a plurality of optical fiber connectors, which provides axial preload of multiple ferrules. Each ferrule could be of the type that supports a plurality of optical fibers of a fiber cable. In one embodiment, the spring bias is effected by a planar flexure external of the connector. The ferrule is coupled to the planar flexure with its longitudinal axis through the center of the planar flexure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: NANOPRECISION PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Shuhe Li, Gregory L. Klotz, Michael K. Barnoski, Robert Ryan Vallance
  • Patent number: 9834937
    Abstract: An anti-skid mat including a skid-resistant material exhibiting flexible properties and having a generally planar configuration with a length, width and thickness. A plurality of hinges or flex lines design into the material and which enable the material to conform to any irregular surface associated with the metal roof. The mat underside can include any or both of magnetic attracting or conformal adhering undersides such that placement of the material upon a sloping magnetic attracting or non-attracting roof securely supports the weight of a user standing on the mat without slippage relative to the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Steel Grip Samm, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil A. Warner
  • Patent number: 9834958
    Abstract: A padlock having a key intended to unlock another lock. The other lock can be a padlock or some other locking structure. The key is inserted into a bore made in the body of the padlock, intended for one end of the shackle. To fit the key into the bore, its blade section is pivotable relative the shank of the key, and the blade section is adapted, in a first position of the blade section, to be at least partially received into the bore. The shank of the key can be received into the bore as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: ABLOY OY
    Inventors: Jouni Tirkkonen, Pauli Havukainen
  • Patent number: 9827584
    Abstract: A masking fixture for coating dishware includes a support base having a first ferromagnetic member and a contoured support surface configured for engagement with a lower contour of the dishware. A mask base includes a second ferromagnetic member. The second ferromagnetic member is magnetically attracted to the first ferromagnetic member. The mask base includes a mask guide. A mask includes a masking surface configured for engagement with the upper contour. The mask is moveably coupled to the mask guide for movement between an engaged position in which the masking surface is engageable with the upper contour and a disengaged position. The mask can be moved to the disengaged position to facilitate removal of the mask base from the dishware after a coating operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: WKI Holding Company, Inc.
    Inventors: John Gephart, Richard Lugen
  • Patent number: 9820520
    Abstract: A fastening system that either attaches to existing buttons or attaches directly to an article of clothing are presented. The fastening system has a first portion that attaches to a button hole or a first part of the article and a second portion that attaches to a button or second part of the article. The first portion and second portion detachably attach to each other by a twist-lock, magnetic mechanism, or some other attachment mechanism. Alternatively, the fastening system can be built directly into an article without augmenting an existing button and button-hole fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Robert Edward Bolen
  • Patent number: 9810252
    Abstract: To provide a lower member fixing device that eliminates the need for a fixation tool and reduces the time and effort for fixation, and a fluid control device provided with the lower member fixing device. A through hole of a lower member is formed by a large-diameter section opened in an upper surface and a small-diameter section continued from the lower part of the large-diameter section and opened in a lower surface. A fixation member includes a shaft section inserted into the small-diameter section of the through hole, a head inserted into the large-diameter section of the through hole, and a magnet section provided at a lower end of the shaft section. The support member is made of a magnetic substance and a recess into which the magnet section of the fixation member is fitted is formed in the upper surface of the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIKIN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Kenji Aikawa, Takahiro Matsuda
  • Patent number: 9795193
    Abstract: To provide a fastening tool that can solve problems that are raised upon locking the opening portion of clothing, baggage or the like, and can also positively lock the portion to be locked at a desired position without the necessity of any processing jobs, such as caulking, sewing and the like, so as to be freely detachably locked. The fastening tool is provided with at least a pair of fastening members a and b which have detachably attaching portions that are freely detachably attached to each other, and each of the fastening members a and b has a substrate with a piercing needle formed on one of the surfaces, a bottom plate that is penetrated by the piercing needle, a pierce catch made of a cap-shaped member to cover the tip of the penetrated piercing needle, and detachably attaching portions that are freely detachably engaged with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: UOAK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoko Fujita
  • Patent number: 9799436
    Abstract: A magnetic attraction-fixing assembly and a rotating support structure for a portable device are provided. The magnetic attraction-fixing assembly includes two magnetic units, the two magnetic units stacked with and attracting each other; wherein each of the magnetic units respectively comprises a circular magnetic component and at least one annular magnetic component around the circular magnetic component, a magnetic pole of the circular plane of the circular magnetic component is an unlike pole to a magnetic pole of an annular plane of the annular magnetic component that is adjacent to the circular magnetic component. The rotating support structure comprises two magnetic units and a body. Magnetic attractions in both radial and axial directions are enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Bing-Zhang Lee
  • Patent number: 9785188
    Abstract: A portable information handling system (IHS), including a housing having a main housing portion, a lid housing portion, and a hinge assembly rotatably coupling the main housing portion and the lid housing portion to rotate the lid housing portion through a plurality of angular positions relative to the main housing portion is disclosed. The plurality of positions include a closed position and a tablet position. The portable IHS further includes a lid magnet assembly in the lid housing portion including a point on the lid magnet assembly closest to the hinge assembly in the tablet position at a first position on a y-axis; and a main magnet assembly in the main housing portion including a point on the main magnet assembly closest to the hinge assembly in the tablet position at a second position on a y-axis, wherein the second position is approximately the same as the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Mark Schwager, Julian Spencer, Shu Hao Lu
  • Patent number: 9760126
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes a first case, a second case relatively rotating with respect to the first case, coupling portions respectively coupled to ends of the first and second cases, to relatively rotate the first and second cases, and a display including a first portion formed on the first case, the first portion having at least one portion fixed to the first case, and a second portion integrally formed with the first portion, the second portion being disposed on the second case. The coupling portion includes a first connecting portion and a second connecting portion, respectively having one end portions fixed to the ends of the first and second cases to integrally rotate with the first and second cases, and rotating portions respectively coupled to the other end portions of the first and second connecting portions, to rotate the first and second connecting portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Choonghwan Shin, Seongchan Byun, Sanghoon Song, Insu Song
  • Patent number: 9717293
    Abstract: A magnetic fastener is provided that permits existing garment buttons to be retrofitted for use by persons having diminished motor abilities. The magnetic button system comprises a button cover received over an existing button and having a magnet housed therein. The magnet is attracted to a magnetic or ferromagnetic element on a button hole engagement member received in a button hole of an existing garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Michelle P. Lim