Having Magnetic Fastener Patents (Class 24/303)
  • Patent number: 10701998
    Abstract: This invention relates to a fastener (100, 400, 700, 1000, 1300) for clothing or lingerie. The fastener comprises a front element (200, 500, 800, 1100, 1400) having at least one seat cavity (201) and a back element (300, 600, 900, 1200, 1500) having at least one bump (301) for location in the seat cavity. The front element and back element each comprise magnets (235, 329) to assist in the location of the bump in the seat cavity. The front and back elements additionally comprise a plurality of complementary catch faces (203, 205, 211, 213, 501, 303, 305, 311, 313, 601) which secure the engagement of the front and back elements and are operable to prevent inadvertent release of the back element from the front element when the back element is subjected to forces in any of a plurality of disparate directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Dubrosky & Tracy Patent Service Corp.
    Inventors: Gerhard Fildan, Karl Wanzenböck
  • Patent number: 10681962
    Abstract: A multi-directional closure for securing two pieces together includes a male part and a female part. The male part has a central, main protuberance and a plurality of outer protuberances. The female part has a seat cavity including a plurality of inwardly depending catch faces. The female part further includes a plurality of outwardly depending catch faces. In embodiments, the male part and the female part may each be provided with a magnet to align the main protuberance with the seat cavity. The closure is capable of withstanding high levels of radial forces in all radial directions without being disconnected. This allows for easier use of the closure and also greatly facilitates manufacture of items using the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Dubrosky & Tracy Patent Services Corp.
    Inventors: Gerhard Fildan, Karl Wanzenböck
  • Patent number: 10678120
    Abstract: The disclosure demonstrates an attachment apparatus for optically coupling a mobile device camera to a lens of a medical examination device. The device includes an attachment body wherein the proximal side of the attachment body is attached to a mobile device directly or through a mobile device case. The distal side of the attachment device includes an array of magnets positioned radially around an aperture to align with the eye lens of a medical device wherein at least one pair of axially magnetized magnets of the array are positioned in antiparallel arrangement relative to each other It is understood that axially magnetized magnets positioned in antiparallel relation reduce the expanse of a magnetic field while at the same time increasing the magnetic field strength close to the magnetic poles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: 3GEN, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Paul Lozano-Buhl, Gregory Edward Mote
  • Patent number: 10655657
    Abstract: A connecting apparatus removably engages first and second articles to one another, the apparatus including a beam with a first protrusion ridge being attached to the first article, a housing with a first aperture with a slidable channel having a second protrusion ridge disposed within the housing, the first and second ridges removably engage, the housing is attached to the second article, resulting in the first and second articles being removably engaged to one another. Operationally, the beam is pushed into the housing first aperture until the first ridge contacts and deflects the second ridge with continued pushing the second ridge returns to an un-deflected state with the first and second ridges interlocked to one another, the channel is selectively slid away from the beam to disengage the first and second protrusion ridges from one another to separate the channel and the beam, thus separating the first and second articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Travis Hurley
  • Patent number: 10625092
    Abstract: A device for non-invasive treatment of a disorder in a patient comprising a magnetic portion having a first side and a second side, a first metal portion having a first end and a second end, and a second metal portion configured for hand holding and having a first side and a second side, wherein second side of the second metal portion: (i) is coupled to the first side of the magnetic portion; and (ii) has a surface area that is less than the surface area of the first side of the magnetic portion; and wherein the first metal portion is coupled to the second side of the magnetic portion. The first metal portion is optionally fitted with a head. The disclosure further relates to non-invasive methods for treating a disorder in a patient, wherein said methods use said magnetic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Yvonne Ya-Wen Feng
  • Patent number: 10617179
    Abstract: A closure device for releasably connecting two parts with each other includes a first closure member having a rigid first locking protrusion and a second closure member which is 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. 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: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Fidlock GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Fiedler, Artur Tucholke
  • Patent number: 10617536
    Abstract: A magnetic and electrical interface that may be used with an assistive device. The interface comprises a proximal connector and a distal connector. The proximal connector may be attached to a liner for a residual limb and the distal connector may be attached to a hard socket or other aspect of an assistive device. Other aspects of and uses for the connector interface are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    Inventors: Todd Kuiken, Timothy Reissman, Elizabeth Halsne, Robert Lipschutz
  • Patent number: 10597918
    Abstract: A magnetic lock is presented. The magnetic lock includes a base having a cylindrical opening disposed therein, and having a first magnetic element disposed in a bottom surface of the cylindrical opening of the base. The lock further includes an insert removably securable within the cylindrical opening of the base, the insert having a second magnetic element disposed along a bottom surface thereof. When the insert is inserted into the cylindrical opening of the base and the first magnetic element of the base is aligned with the second magnetic element of the insert the insert is locked within the cylindrical opening of the base. When the insert is rotated within the cylindrical opening of the base to a position wherein the first magnetic element and the second magnetic element are not aligned with each other the insert is removable from the cylindrical opening of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: TRICK TECHNOLOGIES OY
    Inventor: Timo Pekka Kauppila
  • Patent number: 10595604
    Abstract: Example implementations relate to a folio including a covering portion, a flexible hinge portion, and a first magnetic element and a second magnetic element. The first magnetic element and the second magnetic element may be disposed in the flexible hinge portion. The first magnetic element may be configured to move with respect to the second magnetic element. The folio may be configured to move between an open configuration and a closed configuration such that when the folio is in the open configuration, a portion of the first magnetic element is attached to a portion of the second magnetic element, and when the folio is in the closed configuration, the portion of the first magnetic element is separated from the portion of the second magnetic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Valentin de la Fuente
  • Patent number: 10589657
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method of using the apparatus and system may generally include a strap or retention device. A first end of a fastener is operatively coupled to the strap that is configured to retain a cargo contactingly adjacent a cargo support surface. A second end of the fastener is operatively coupled to the first end. The second end has a double rod formation. A magnet may be supported in a housing in the second end. The magnet may be held in position within a recess feature of the housing. A support structure may be disposed between the double rod formation to provide additional strength and stability. The support structure may be made of metal, polymer, or other suitable material. The magnet that is configured to support the second end adjacent a side of the cargo support surface, wherein the side does not produce its own magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: ETZKORN ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventor: Josh T. Etzkorn
  • Patent number: 10584736
    Abstract: A carabiner apparatus includes a first carabiner portion and a second carabiner portion. The carabiner apparatus further includes a first piece of magnetic material attached to the first carabiner portion. The carabiner apparatus further includes a second piece of magnetic material attached to the second carabiner portion, the first piece and second piece of magnetic material attracted to each other and releasably holding the first carabiner portion and the second carabiner portion together at an angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Nite Ize, Inc.
    Inventors: Bowden Ormsbee, Rex W. Stevens
  • Patent number: 10586641
    Abstract: A magnetic closure device has two complementary magnetic closure elements. Each of the two complementary magnetic closure elements includes an elongated magnet carrier having a single direction of main extension, and a plurality of permanent magnets supported by the magnet carrier in defined positions along the direction of main extension. Each of the permanent magnets is permanently magnetized either longitudinally or diametrically with regard to the direction of main extension. The permanent magnets following to each other in the direction of main extension are arranged in a closure alignment pattern having a magnetic non-repetition length extending over three or more of the permanent magnets. The magnet carrier is bendable in at least one direction orthogonal to the direction of main extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Wissenschaften e.V.
    Inventor: Garrett Hayes Good
  • Patent number: 10584980
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sensing device (10) designed for being applied on a first flap (11) and on a second flap (12) of an opening (13) arranged in a wearable item (14). The sensing device (10) comprises: a triggering element (20) arranged on the first flap (11) of the opening (13) and comprising an activating component (23); a switch element (30) arranged on the second flap (12) of the opening (13) and comprising a sensing component (33); the sensing component (33) being designed for emitting an electrical output signal when it is put in a predetermined mutual position with respect to the activating component (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: ALPINESTARS RESEARCH SRL
    Inventors: Colin Ballantyne, Giovanni Mazzarolo
  • Patent number: 10580557
    Abstract: A mechanism for fixing together first and second parts and comprising first and second guides provided respectively in or attached to the first and second parts. The mechanism further comprises first and second magnetic components coupled respectively to the first and second guides such that the first magnetic component is rotatable with the first guide and the first part, and the second magnetic component cannot rotate relative to the second guide, the magnetic components being moveable axially and rotationally with respect to each other and having magnetic poles oriented such that rotation of said first magnetic component causes relative axial movement of the magnetic components between a locking position in which one of the magnetic components straddles the two guides and an unlocking position in which it does not straddle the two guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: INELXIA LIMITED
    Inventor: Patrick Andre Chaizy
  • Patent number: 10568374
    Abstract: A magnetic closure system includes first and second opposing bodies with permanent magnets disposed on or in sloping surfaces of the bodies to keep the bodies in contact until being pulled apart. The bodies may be rigid, semi-rigid or flexible strips or elongated structures comprised of separate blocks, each block having two divergent sloping surfaces. Whether in strip or block form, each body may be adapted for attachment to a flexible material or fabric, such that the opposing bodies form a magnetic zipper. The magnetic closure system many be used in conjunction with many products, including clothing, curtains, bags, backpacks, purses, mats, tiles, or any other situation wherein materials or fabrics are joined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Cooper F. Klein-Kassab
  • Patent number: 10563689
    Abstract: A hook in conjunction with an element to be inserted into the hook interior has an opening, via which opening the element can be inserted into the hook interior, wherein a hook partial region adjoining the opening includes an adhesion element having an adhesion surface directed toward the element and/or the element includes an adhesion element having an adhesion surface directed toward the hook partial region adjoining the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: easyCLIC GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Berndorfer, Johannes Koller
  • Patent number: 10560775
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a multi-position strap anchor that is movable between a first position and a second position. In the first position, the strap anchor may be less accessible to attach to a strap, and in the second position, the strap anchor may be more accessible to attach to a strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Edwin Brad Pham
  • Patent number: 10512292
    Abstract: An accessory fastener device including front and back magnets for securing an accessory to a fabric item or other surface. The front and back magnets may include fabric shields covering a portion of the magnets and are configured to interface with the front and back sides of a fabric item. The accessory fastener may also include an accessory coupling configured to removably couple with the accessory. The device is used to add a plurality of accessories to fashion items, and also as a decorative means for holding and securing items in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Tina Curtis
  • Patent number: 10485345
    Abstract: A device for attaching items to walls, ceilings etc. comprises a plurality of cells wherein each cell comprises a contact fixing and a coupling, and wherein each is attached to its neighbour by a means, such as a hinge or flexible joint, allowing articulation therebetween. The device further has a means for locking the articulation between adjacent cells. The contact fixing advantageously comprises one or more magnets, allowing the device to attach to suitable metals such as the side of a vehicle. The device allows a strong fixing to be obtained, from the combined fixing action of multiple cells, whilst allowing removal a single cell at a time. The invention further extends to an associated article—which may act as the means for locking the articulation—for attaching to the device, such as a shelf, rack or other item. The article may have attachment points arranged to couple to multiple cells, and, when attached, to maintain the cells in a fixed positional relationship to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: MAGRAK LTD.
    Inventor: Jason Bishop
  • Patent number: 10490330
    Abstract: A clamping mechanism comprising a first part provided with a first magnetic component, a second part, and a third part provided with a second magnetic component and being coupled to the second part. The mechanism is such that, bringing the first and second parts together along an axis causes rotational alignment and relative radial movement of the first and second magnetic components to effect axial clamping of the first part to the second part, and wherein relative rotation of the first and third parts to misalign the first and second magnetic components reverses this radial movement and effects unclamping of the first and second parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: INELXIA LIMITED
    Inventor: Patrick Andre Chaizy
  • Patent number: 10470529
    Abstract: An attachment assembly has a hook component and a bracket component to which the hook component is removably attached. The hook component has a base body, a hook element attached to the base body, an attachment device for attaching an item to the hook component, and a first magnet connected to the hook element. The bracket component has a base surface, a front surface, and a hook-supporting strut between the base surface and the front surface. The bracket component has a second magnet connected to the base surface. Inserting the hook element in a space between the base surface and the front surface causes the magnets to attract each other and force the hook element through the space to rest on the hook-supporting strut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Duraflex Hong Kong Limited
    Inventor: Yick Fai Chan
  • Patent number: 10472161
    Abstract: Methods and systems using magnetism to securely hold detachable spray-extension straws to aerosol cans to prevent their misplacement or loss are presented. Created from inexpensive magnetic plastic material: one is a magnetized straw that alone will securely attach to a spray can, and others are a variety of magnetized devices that will affix the straw on the surface of spray cans by magnetic attraction forces. Each device variation is designed to grasp and hold a conventional plastic straw while magnetically attached to an aerosol can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: MAGTUBE, LLC
    Inventors: Bernard L. Sater, Neil D. Sater
  • Patent number: 10455905
    Abstract: An interchangeable accessory assembly that is operably configured to be selectively removably coupled to a fashionable item, the fashionable item having an exterior side opposite an interior side, the interchangeable accessory assembly comprising an anchor shell; a first magnetic member disposed at least partially within the anchor shell; and an accessory selectively removably mechanically couplable to the anchor shell. The anchor shell includes a first tapered portion opposite a second tapered portion, the first tapered portion and the second tapered portion defining a smooth outer surface having a length. The accessory includes a coupling side having a second magnetic member and a decorative side opposite the coupling side. The interchangeable accessory assembly is operably configured such that the first magnetic member and the second magnetic member mechanically couple and have a magnetic strength sufficient to couple each of the anchor shell and the accessory to the fashionable item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Alexandra Baker, Troy Baker
  • Patent number: 10420657
    Abstract: An adjustable seal system includes a suspension liner having a liner body and an outer surface. A plurality of seal bands are located along a height of the liner body. A seal component is arranged for removably securing to the liner body. The seal component includes open upper and lower ends defining an opening therethrough and an internal surface arranged to frictionally engage at least one of the seal bands and secure on the outer surface of the liner. The seal component also includes an upper portion descending to at least one seal, and a lower portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: OSSUR ICELAND EHF
    Inventors: Grimur Jonsson, Linda Ros Birgisdottir, Arora Helgadottir, Unnur Osp Asgrimsdottir, Egill Sveinbjorn Egilsson
  • Patent number: 10420399
    Abstract: A zipper closure facilitator assembly for use with articles of apparel to permit a user person with limited arm reach and movement, such has with old age or incapacitated persons, or anyone, ease of access to the slider of the zipper closure. One of the twin bands to which complimentary zipper teeth are secured, has a free short bottom section which is not sewn to the article of apparel but removably attached thereto by magnetic attraction for ease of access to the slider. Closure facilitators using superimposed magnetic strips provides ease of engagement and removal of articles of footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Ronie Reuben
  • Patent number: 10413047
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hat holding including a first strap having a first end and a second end, a second strap having a first end and a second end, the second strap joined to the first strap, a first ferromagnetic member disposed at the first end of the first strap, a second ferromagnetic member disposed the first end of the second strap, and a hook coupled to the first strap. The first strap and the second strap are configured to be separably joined at their respective first ends by a magnetic attraction between the first ferromagnetic member and the second ferromagnetic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Lindsay Albanese
  • Patent number: 10405591
    Abstract: A head garment having a base section and a face section is provided where the face section is both affixed to the base section and releasably extends over the face of the user to create a magnetic seal against the elements. The head garment may also include a magnetic fastener to position the face covering section when it is not extended over the face of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: SERIUS INNOVATIVE ACCESSORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Murphy, Li-Ray Chen
  • Patent number: 10406707
    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: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Ruairidh Robertson
  • Patent number: 10376022
    Abstract: A jewelry clasp is disclosed and includes a first part including a first magnet, a first groove and a first catch and a second part including a second magnet, a second groove and a second catch. The first and second magnets generate an attractive force holding the first part to the second part, the first catch is received in the second groove and the second catch is received in the first groove. A relief disposed on at least one of the first part and the second part at an interface between the first part and the second part is provided to aid in releasing the first part from the second part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: William Stuart Duncan, Beeman E. Burgoon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10357083
    Abstract: Buckle assemblies and associated systems and methods for use with child seats and other restraint systems are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a buckle assembly includes a housing having an opening shaped to receive a first tongue of a first web connector and a second tongue of a second web connector. The buckle assembly also includes a spring having a first ejector arm carrying a first magnet and a second ejector arm carrying a second magnet. A switch assembly is positioned within the housing, and insertion of the tongues into the housing to latch the buckle assembly moves the magnets toward the switch assembly to activate switches in the switch assembly and produce a signal confirming buckle engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Shield Restraint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian George Babin, Donald Richard Ireland, Phillip Dale Morgan
  • 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: 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: 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: 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