Having Magnetic Fastener Patents (Class 24/303)
  • Patent number: 11564322
    Abstract: An electronic device or electronic device assembly may comprise a first portion and a second portion, a first magnet disposed inside the first portion and rotatable about a pivot axis with respect to the first portion, and a second magnet disposed inside the second portion and rotatable about a pivot axis with respect to the second portion. The first and second magnet may be configured to rotate so that the first and second magnets magnetically engage each other when the distance between the first and second magnet is equal to or smaller than a first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC.
    Inventors: Esa Määttä, Niko Eiden, Otto Huittinen, Pasi Kemppinen, Antti Karilainen, Vicente Calvo Alonso
  • Patent number: 11533970
    Abstract: A buckle assembly has a first buckle portion, a second buckle portion and a locking lid. The first and second buckle portions have magnets that attract each other. The locking lid is connected to the first buckle portion and has a sliding element, a spring connected to the siding element, a pivot axle for connecting the locking lid to the first buckle portion, and front and rear attachment elements. The second buckle portion has engagement flanges for engaging the front and rear attachment elements. The first and second buckle portions are connected together by placing the first and second buckle portions together so that the magnets attract each other, sliding the sliding element against a force of the spring until the attachment elements engage the engagement flanges, and then releasing the sliding element to return the spring to a resting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Duraflex Hong Kong Limited
    Inventor: Ming Yen Tseng
  • Patent number: 11517080
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a freely spliced buckle strap, at least two buckle units and a buckle connection structure; the buckle connection structure includes a clamping protrusion and a clamping groove, and a first transverse convex strip is provided on or closed to the clamping protrusion; the clamping groove is provided with a second transverse convex strip that can be matched, clamped and locked with the first transverse convex strip; two adjacent buckle units are placed in the clamping groove of the other buckle unit, and are reliably connected to form a whole through the match, clamping and locking by the first and second transverse convex strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Inventor: Yang Lei
  • Patent number: 11504600
    Abstract: A back board and a method of holding a skateboard on a person's back are described. A back board can include a magnet infused skateboard or a magnet mounting assembly, attached to a skateboard. A back-mounted magnet infused holster, wherein, wearing the back-mounted magnet infused holster under or over clothing, the first magnet in or on the skateboard is configured so that together with the second magnet in the holster, the skateboard will hold to the back of ones back when placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventor: Jonathan Michael Rocha
  • Patent number: 11497283
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to a garment locking device appliance. The garment locking device includes a first component including an extension and a base element at one end of the extension. The first component is configured to be secured to a first garment material. The garment locking device includes a second component including a body with a channel formed therein. The channel is dimensioned to accommodate passage of the base element therethrough. The second component is configured to be secured to a second garment material. Passage of the base element of the first component into the channel of the second component detachably couples the first component to the second component, and detachably couples the first garment material to the second garment material. The first and second components include complementary magnetic or ferromagnetic components to assist in detachably coupling the first and second components to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventors: Kelsey Kosinski, Jaeah Augustine Yoo
  • Patent number: 11485034
    Abstract: A shaving device comprising a handle, a support member, a blade cartridge retention frame, and a replaceable blade assembly. The support member is disposed about a first end of the handle and includes at least one arm extending outward from a yoke. The blade cartridge retention frame includes a blade cartridge retention frame magnet and is coupled to the at least one arm and configured to pivot about a pivot axis. The replaceable blade assembly includes a blade assembly magnet and a blade assembly body having a face with a razor blade. The blade assembly magnet and the blade cartridge retention frame magnet are configured to create a repulsive magnetic force therebetween to releasably couple the replaceable blade assembly to the blade cartridge retention frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: INSIGNIA IP HOLDING COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: Ruairidh Robertson
  • Patent number: 11478347
    Abstract: A sphincter sizing instrument includes a body that defines a lumen and a shaft that longitudinally translates through the lumen relative to the body. The body includes opposing proximal and distal ends. The distal end includes a first magnetic coupling feature and a first mechanical coupling feature. The shaft includes opposing proximal and distal ends and a coupler coupled with the distal end. The coupler includes a second magnetic coupling feature and a second mechanical coupling feature. The second magnetic coupling feature is configured to attract and couple with the first magnetic coupling feature to form a magnetic connection. The second mechanical coupling feature is configured to couple with the first mechanical coupling feature to form a mechanical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Kevin M. Fiebig, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Michael D. Cronin
  • Patent number: 11478050
    Abstract: Disclosed is a closure device for releasably connecting two parts, including a first closure part which includes a first base body, and a second closure part which includes a second base body. The first closure part and the second closure part can be attached to each other such that in a closed position the first base body and the second base body at least partly are at least positively connected with each other to support a load acting between the first closure part and the second closure part along a load direction, and holding of the first and second closure parts against each other in the closed position is magnetically supported. An engagement opening is formed on the first base body as a through opening into which an engagement portion of the second base body protrudes in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Fidlock GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Fiedler, Philip Klein
  • Patent number: 11470923
    Abstract: A magnetic connector providing a unique magnetic coupling system for quick, one-handed attachment and detachment of a leash to a pet collar or harness is disclosed. The magnetic connector has a cap with an outer armature for leash attachment and an inner female receptacle element for receiving a male insertion element previously attached to a collar. The male insertion element is in the shape of a star polygon having multiple attached magnets. The female receptacle element has a complementary aperture shape for insertion of the star polygon. The cap includes multiple attached magnets of opposite polarity to the star polygon's attached magnets. Upon insertion of the cap onto the star polygon, the cap undergoes rotation caused by the attractive magnetic forces between the star polygon's and the cap's magnets, locking the cap in place until the cap is manually rotated in the opposite direction and lifted off the star polygon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventor: Gjergj Nikolla
  • Patent number: 11430032
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for facilitating a transaction between two or more parties. A server computer is used to determine whether a contact information and an identity validation information of a second party are accurate. Whenever the contact information and the identity validation information of the second party are accurate, one or more documents are modified by attaching and identity validation from a first party and the identity validation from the second party to the one or more documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: COLLABORATIVE AGREEMENTS, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Fremont Twining, John Christopher Hallard
  • Patent number: 11425831
    Abstract: A foldable electronic device including a foldable housing including: a hinge structure; a first housing structure connected to the hinge structure; and a second housing structure connected to the hinge structure and being foldable with the first housing structure about the hinge structure. The foldable electronic device further including a flexible display disposed to be viewable from outside of the device; a locker & closer configured such that the foldable housing maintains an unfolding status or a folding status; a first damper member disposed in the interior of the first housing structure and including a magnetic substance; and a second damper member disposed in the interior of the second housing structure and including a magnetic substance such that a repulsive force is applied when being adjacent to the first damper member. In addition, electronic devices according to various embodiments can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yundong Kim, Hokyung Kang, Bowoong Seo, Hyunchul Oh, Seokwoo Lee, Hyunsuk Choi
  • Patent number: 11395659
    Abstract: An apparatus is operable to provide an anastomosis coupling two hollow organs, such as a duodenum and ileum. The apparatus includes a first component that is inserted through an enterotomy in a first hollow organ and a second component that is inserted through an enterotomy in a second hollow organ. The first and second components are brought together to o align the enterotomies and compress apposed layers of tissue adjacent to the enterotomies. The compressed tissue eventually necroses and the apparatus may be removed or simply pass through the hollow organ. Each component may include a set of pivoting links and a resilient member that is configured to both bias the links to an expanded configuration and grip the tissue adjacent to the enterotomy. The components may include magnets that secure the positioning of the components relative to each other and provide a compressive force on the apposed tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory J. Bakos, Mark S. Zeiner
  • Patent number: 11375789
    Abstract: An item may be provided with a body that forms an enclosure. The body (12) may have body portions (16, 18) that open and close along a seam (14). An elongated magnetic fastener (36) may run along the seam. The magnetic fastener may have first (38) and second (40) portions on opposing sides of the seam. The first and second portions may include magnets. When the magnetic fastener is operated in a closed state, the magnets in the first and second portions attract each other and pull the first and second portions of the fastener together to close the seam. When the magnetic fastener is operated in an open state, the magnets in the first and second portions repel each other and push the first and second portions of the fastener apart to open the seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas J. Weber
  • Patent number: 11324295
    Abstract: A buckle including: a male buckle member; a female buckle member; locking and unlocking means locked and unlocked by a relative sliding action of the male buckle member and the female buckle member; and a releasing means for unlocking the locking and unlocking means by sliding the male buckle member and the female buckle member in a release direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: WOOJIN PLASTIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ji Sook Paik, Nan Hee Paik, Ji Hye Paik, Ji Won Son
  • Patent number: 11291274
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to a pair of magnetic mating buckles including a first buckle (205) and second buckle (210), the first buckle extending beyond the second buckle's outer perimeter forming an extended lip. In an illustrative example, the lip may be manually manipulated to separate the first buckle from the second buckle when the pair of magnetic mating buckles are in a substantially planar magnetic engagement. In some examples, one or more magnets may be fixedly coupled to the first buckle, and/or the second buckle. In some examples, the buckles may be coupled to various webbings. In an engagement example, the first buckle may be inserted through a coupling aperture (215) in the second buckle. The coupling aperture may include one or more corner notches, for example. Various pairs of magnetic mating buckles with overhanging lips may advantageously provide leverage to manually separate the buckles without tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Michael Seman
  • Patent number: 11284701
    Abstract: A tethering device includes a primary housing supporting a retraction mechanism; a secondary housing configured to be connected to a tethered object; a retractable tether extending from the retraction mechanism to the secondary housing to movably couple the secondary housing to the primary housing; a first magnet assembly supported by the primary housing; and a second magnet assembly supported by the secondary housing, wherein the second magnet assembly is configured to engage with the first magnet assembly to bias the secondary housing towards the primary housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Ian R. Jenkins, Leo K. Greeley, Chi-Ming Wang, Huang Chih Huang, Sheng Du, Jason H. Le Goff
  • Patent number: 11278072
    Abstract: A magnetic fastener such as for an article of footwear comprises a male fastener portion and a female fastener portion. The male fastener portion is configured to magnetically fasten to the female fastener portion. The female fastener portion defines a recess with an outer periphery that is asymmetric about a center axis of the recess. The male fastener portion fits into the recess when the male fastener portion is in a first orientation relative to the female fastener portion, and interferes with the female fastener portion when the male fastener portion is urged to rotate about the center axis of the recess away from the first orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Giorgio Anceresi, Eric Y. Lee
  • Patent number: 11279154
    Abstract: A frame unit includes a first member formed with a cutout portion, and a second member to be fixed to the first member. A first receiving portion and a second receiving portion are formed in the cutout portion, the second member includes a first facing portion facing the first receiving portion, a second facing portion facing the second receiving portion, and a protruding portion protruding toward the first plate portion. When the second member is attached to the first member, the protruding portion enters the cutout portion so that the first facing portion faces the first receiving portion and the second facing portion faces the second receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masaki Shimomura
  • Patent number: 11278073
    Abstract: A magnetic fastener includes a female component and a male component. The female component includes a base, a hooded portion spaced from the base and formed opposite thereto, and a peripheral wall connecting the base to the hooded portion. A pocket is formed between the base and the hooded portion. The hooded portion includes a slot formed therein. A portion of the female component is magnetically attractive. The male component includes an insertion portion and a shaft extending from the insertion portion. A portion of the male component is formed by a magnet. The male component is configured to be coupled to the female component when the magnet is magnetically coupled to the portion of the female component that is magnetically attractive, the insertion portion is received within the pocket, and the shaft is received within the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: MAGNAHALTER LLC
    Inventor: Sara Marie Yarger
  • Patent number: 11272764
    Abstract: A buckle assembly has two buckle portions, each having a base body with a fastening hook and a fastening recess, and a magnet connected to the interior surface. The buckle portions are configured such that placing the interior surface of one buckle portion against the interior surface of the other buckle portion causes the magnets to engage each other and the fastening hook of each buckle portion to enter the fastening recess of the other buckle portion, to lock the two buckle portions together and prevent disengagement under tension in opposing directions parallel to a longitudinal extent of the buckle assembly. There is a fastening tenon connected to the base body and extending into the fastening recess on each of the buckle portions. The fastening hooks engage a respective one of the fastening tenons as the fastening hooks enter the fastening recesses to lock the two buckle portions together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Duraflex Hong Kong Limited
    Inventor: Ming Yen Tseng
  • Patent number: 11246383
    Abstract: New forms of fasteners are disclosed. Some such fasteners include a new form of zipper with magnetic actuation, initiated by bringing one end of a linear array of magnets into closer proximity with another end of a linear array of magnets. Some such fasteners include structural locking, driven by magnetic force. Some such fasteners include elastic subunits incorporated in a common semi-flexible substrate. The techniques set forth are applicable to a wide variety of applications, incorporating many different materials. For example, in some contexts, some fastening techniques allow rapid closing of articles, such as gym bags or sports apparel, with minimum effort, leading to an extraordinary custom-fit to a user's preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Patent number: 11227710
    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: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.
    Inventor: Garrett Hayes Good
  • Patent number: 11207609
    Abstract: A magnetic toy construction block has an interior configured to house a radially magnetized ring magnet, which is rotatably supported within the block by a pair of pedestals extending into the interior of the block from opposite ends thereof. The positions of the poles of the ring magnet are variable relative to the sides of the block in response to the rotation of the ring magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: LAROSE INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence Rosen, Parviz Daftari
  • Patent number: 11191324
    Abstract: Disclosed is a toggle lever closure, including a first closure element, a second closure element which is pivotable about a first pivot axis with respect to the first closure element in order to close the toggle lever closure, and a tensioning element which is connected in an articulated manner to the second closure element about a second pivot axis spaced apart from the first pivot axis. At least one magnetic device acts between the first closure element and the second closure element and/or between the first closure element and the tensioning element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Fidlock GmbH
    Inventor: Joachim Fiedler
  • Patent number: 11191314
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for multifunction clips that can secure useful tools as well as include aromatic compounds that can repel insects, deodorize, or provide a pleasing aroma to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: BIRDIE EVERYTHING LLC
    Inventor: Robyn Dolores James
  • Patent number: 11172717
    Abstract: An electrically conductive magnetic snap fastener for releasably coupling a first material to a second material, the fastener including a male fastening element having a stud and stud flange affixable to the first material, and a female fastening element affixable to the second material and including a cover and a magnet disposed within a cavity defined by the cover, and defining a channel into which the stud is insertable, the female fastening element being electrically conductive at least in a portion disposed for electrically conductive contact with the male fastening element when the stud is inserted in the channel, and the cover being a unitary member of electrically conductive metal, wherein the channel is a distally closed and proximally open socket defined by a continuous wall portion of the cover for receiving the stud and preventing passage of liquid through the channel to the magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Romed Fasteners, Inc.
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter
  • Patent number: 11160337
    Abstract: A magnetic jewelry attachment assembly for selectively coupling mechanical clasps at opposite free ends of an article of jewelry, including a pair of clasp-retaining cases magnetically-couplable to each other. Each clasp-retaining case incorporates an elongated clasp-retaining body having a clasp-receiving channel extending into a proximal end of the elongated clasp-retaining body, the clasp-receiving channel extending from a proximal channel end to a distal channel end, the distal channel end terminating within the elongated clasp-retaining body. A clasp securement device is provided mounted within the distal channel end of the elongated clasp body-retaining and configured for releasably-engaging a first mechanical clasp at a first one of the opposite free ends of the article of jewelry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventor: Laura A. Plotner
  • Patent number: 11129431
    Abstract: A magnetic mechanical latching attachment for connecting goggles to a helmet includes a goggle attachment portion configured to mechanically and magnetically attach to a helmet attachment portion. The goggle attachment portion and helmet attachment portion include complimentary interlocking features that mechanically lock the portions together when attached and magnetic features that assist engagement of the complimentary interlocking features in a locked position. A related method of coupling goggles to a helmet, as well as a helmet-goggle attachment system, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott S. Whitesell, Timothy E. Piver
  • Patent number: 11131024
    Abstract: A method for using a fixture system and a fixture system for holding workpieces or parts to be treated by a plasma assisted vacuum process, the fixture system including magnetic means which generate a magnetic field with a magnetic force which is high enough for holding the workpiece or part. The magnetic means of the fixture system are designed and arranged in such a manner that magnetic field lines of the generated magnetic field are largely confined to the space including the fixture system and the body of the workpiece or part, so that a generation of unintended plasma inhomogeneities caused by the magnetic field lines is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: OERLIKON SURFACE SOLUTIONS AG, PFÄFFIKON
    Inventors: Dong-Ju Kim, Christian Keplinger, Armin Vester, Jurgen Becker
  • Patent number: 11116264
    Abstract: This invention features magnetic, laundry tolerant, no-sew button adapters that convert traditional shirt buttons into magnetic closures to help people with dexterity limitations. The adapters simply attach to any shirt to help make getting dressed easier and a restore a crucial activity of daily living. Users can simply push the lapels of a shirt together to engage magnetic force, activating the buttons to snap into place. The shirt can be opened easily by pulling the lapels apart to undress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Gina Rae Adams
  • Patent number: 11116265
    Abstract: An electrically conductive magnetic snap fastener for releasably coupling a first material to a second material, the fastener including a male fastening element having a stud and stud flange affixable to the first material, and a female fastening element affixable to the second material and including a cover and a magnet disposed within a cavity defined by the cover, and defining a channel into which the stud is insertable, the female fastening element being electrically conductive at least in a portion disposed for electrically conductive contact with the male fastening element when the stud is inserted in the channel, and the cover being a unitary member of electrically conductive metal, wherein the channel is a distally closed and proximally open socket defined by a continuous wall portion of the cover for receiving the stud and preventing passage of liquid through the channel to the magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Romed Fasteners, Inc.
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter
  • Patent number: 11103347
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are representative embodiments of methods, apparatus, and systems used to deliver a prosthetic heart valve to a deficient valve. In one embodiment, for instance, a support member is positioned to at least partially surround the native chordae tendineae and/or leaflets of a valve. The support member can comprise a flexible, distensible material to reduce abrasion and other mechanical damage to surrounding structures. A locking member may be used to couple both ends of the support member, forming a support ring. The support member may have two magnetic end portions which can be magnetically coupled to form a support ring. An expandable prosthetic heart valve can be delivered into the native heart valve and expanded within the support band, thereby causing one or more of the native chordae tendineae and/or leaflets of the native heart valve to be frictionally secured between the support ring and the expanded prosthetic heart valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald J. Hosmer, Erin M. Spinner
  • Patent number: 11089844
    Abstract: A buckle-type closing device including a first component and a second component that are associable with one another in a releasable manner, the first component including a chamber in which a magnet is housed and a support element, and the second component including a ferromagnetic locking element that is adapted to interact, in operation, with the magnet, the locking element being movable between a first released position and a second locking position in which the locking element is attracted by the magnet against the support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: FERPLAST S.P.A.
    Inventor: Nicola Vaccari
  • Patent number: 11084415
    Abstract: According to an example aspect of the present invention, there is provided a securing device comprising a strap, a first magnetic member coupled to the strap, a second member which is a magnet or attractable by the first magnetic member and coupled to the strap at a distance from the first magnetic member, and wherein the securing device is configured to hold at least a part of the strap in a specific rolled up storage position by a magnetic field of at least one magnetic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Jeiko Innovations Oy
    Inventors: Elmar Laarmann, Mikko Ikonen
  • Patent number: 11083307
    Abstract: A clamp is provided. The clamp has a first member, a second member, and a biasing element assembly pivotally connecting the first member to the second member. A first end of the first member can be pivoted to a position that is essentially adjacent to a second end of the second member and locked into place. A first slot is formed on a first surface of a first cushion. A second slot is formed on the second surface of a second cushion. A first member of a clamp is inserted into the first slot and a second member of the clamp into the second slot, so that a portion of at least one layer of bed covering materials can be positioned between the clamp first member and the clamp second member when the first member is locked into place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventors: Adam R Anderson, Kyle Compton, Seth Bohlken
  • Patent number: 11076661
    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 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventors: William Stuart Duncan, Beeman E. Burgoon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11076660
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a separable artificial muscle fastener includes: securing one or more muscle loops of an artificial muscle fiber to a substrate such that at least a portion of the one or more muscle loops extends out from the substrate; annealing the artificial muscle fiber to retain the one or more muscle loops; and cutting and removing a portion of the one or more muscle loops to transform the one or more muscle loops into one or more muscle hooks. When the one or more muscle hooks are engaged with one or more holders, actuating the one or more muscle hooks disengages the one or more muscle hooks from the one or more holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: LINTEC OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Marcio Dias Lima
  • Patent number: 11065773
    Abstract: A shaving device comprising a head assembly having a support member and a blade cartridge. The support member is configured to be detachably coupled to a handle. The blade cartridge has a first and a second face wherein at least one of the first or second faces comprises at least one razor blade. The blade cartridge is configured to be rotatably coupled to the support member about a pivot axis such that the blade cartridge is pivotable by a user to select one of the first or second faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Ruairidh Robertson
  • Patent number: 11051598
    Abstract: A magnetic closure, particularly for bags, rucksacks and the like, comprising a male element adapted to accommodate a magnet or ferromagnetic element, and a female element; the male element can be associated with a first flap of a bag, rucksack or the like, and the female element is associable with a second flap of the bag, rucksack or the like; the male element comprises an enclosure with a cavity for accommodating the magnet or ferromagnetic element, the enclosure being adapted to mate in a cavity of the female element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: S.T.E.G.I. S.R.L.
    Inventor: Andrea Grunberger
  • Patent number: 11026485
    Abstract: A wrist-worn device clasp that secures a strap of the wrist-worn device. A first mechanical part of the wrist worn device interlocks with a second mechanical part by motion in a first plane in order to resist motion perpendicular to said first plane. The first mechanical part also inhibits a first securing part and a second securing part being separated by tension along the strap substantially perpendicular to the first plane when the first mechanical part and second mechanical part are engaged with each other. The first securing part and the second securing part inhibit separation of the first mechanical part and the second mechanical part by motion parallel to the first plane when they are engaged with each other by motion perpendicular to the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: ARM IP Limited
    Inventors: Steven James Ogborne, Hugo John Martin Vincent, Gabor Balint
  • Patent number: 11006699
    Abstract: A magnetic buckle includes first and second buckle members. The first buckle member includes a first end and a second end adapted to engage a strap, a mounting surface, a latching aperture defined in the mounting surface, and a first magnet. A release direction extends along a longitudinal axis of the first buckle member from the first end to the second end. The second buckle member includes a joining surface adapted to be joined with the mounting surface, a latch hook adapted to engage the latching aperture extending from the joining surface, and a second magnet. The magnets pull the latch hook into engagement with the latching aperture when the joining surface is placed in proximity to the mounting surface. Engagement of the latching aperture by the latch hook prevents the second buckle member from being pulled apart from the first buckle member in a direction orthogonal to the mounting surface or against the release direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventor: Peter Goodwin
  • Patent number: 11000101
    Abstract: A wrist band for attaching a portable electronic device to a user includes articulating segments which may be releasably connected so as to provide the user the capability of sizing the wristband by adding or removing links as desired. A clasp is also disclosed for securing the wristband to a user. A manufacturing device and method are disclosed for machining complex surfaces on the segments and clasp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Webb, Erik L. Wang, Daniele De Iuliis, Wayne Cowan
  • Patent number: 10945476
    Abstract: A mechanical-magnetic locking device includes a first connecting component, a second connecting component and a magnet-armature structure. The first connecting component is provided with a locking element with a gap. The second connecting component is provided with a locking member matched with the locking element with the gap. A magnet is provided in one connecting component and an armature is provided in the other connecting component. The locking element with the gap is coupled with the magnet and the armature is coupled with the locking member. When opening the locking device, the magnet and the armature are relatively moved to each other, and the magnetic attracting area is substantially unchanged or increased, allowing the locking element with the gap and the locking member to move from the engaged position to the non-engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN CITY AIKANG WEIDA INTELLIGENT MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Wei Huang
  • Patent number: 10932507
    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, and disposed in a first water-resistant enclosure. The fastener includes in one embodiment a second fastening assembly affixable to the second material. The first and second fastening assemblies each include a ferromagnetic eyelet having an integrally formed flange and protrusion magnetically coupled to a toroidal-shaped magnet. Alternatively, the second fastening assembly is a ferromagnetic cap or button. The first and second fastening assemblies provide magnetic coupling to releasably couple the first and second materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Romag Fasteners, Inc.
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter
  • Patent number: 10926187
    Abstract: Units and fasteners for a modular construction set are provided. A unit includes a panel having a front surface and a back surface opposite the front surface. The panel is made of a flexible material that biases the panel to a flat state. The panel includes an aperture between the front surface and the back surface. The unit further includes a fastener affixed to the panel at the aperture, the fastener including a first piece and a second piece joinable to the first piece through the aperture to affix the fastener to the panel. The fastener further includes a magnet disposed between the first piece and the second piece to engage the fastener with an oppositely facing fastener of the modular construction set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: FELTRO INC.
    Inventor: Samuel Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10923893
    Abstract: A tubing structure includes a first unit, a second unit movably connected to the first unit, and a controller. The first unit includes a first body and at least one first magnetic component disposed inside the first body. The second unit includes a second body movably engaging with the first body and at least one second magnetic component disposed inside the second body and located at a position corresponding to the at least one first magnetic component. The controller is electrically connected to at least one of the at least one first magnetic component and the at least one second magnetic component. The controller selectively controls the at least one first magnetic component and the at least one second magnetic component to magnetically attract or repulse each other to drive the second body to move relative to the first body for inclining the second unit relative to the first unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Tien-Chung Tseng
  • Patent number: 10918176
    Abstract: The magnetic backing for collector pins is a mounting structure. The magnetic backing for collector pins is a magnetic structure. The magnetic backing for collector pins magnetically attaches to a target surface. The target surface is formed from a material that includes a magnetic material. The magnetic backing for collector pins is configured for use with a collector pin. The collector pin is a jewelry item that attaches to a garment. The collector pin attaches to the magnetic backing for collector pins such that the collector pin is displayed from the target surface. The magnetic backing for collector pins includes a truncated pyramid structure and a magnet. The magnet attaches to the truncated pyramid structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Michael Roth
  • Patent number: 10914329
    Abstract: A system for carrying or using a device includes the device and at least one attachment apparatus. The device may include at least one attachment element. The attachment apparatus may include a length of material and at least one attachment point arranged on an end of the length of material. The at least one attachment point may include at least one magnetic feature configured to attach and detach the device and the length of material. The material can include but is not limited to cloth, metallic (magnetic and non-magnetic), fibrous material, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Peter N. Russell-Clarke, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Matthew D. Rohrbach
  • Patent number: 10913020
    Abstract: A water filter assembly is provided that includes features that facilitate mounting and removal of a water filter cartridge to and from a manifold. In particular, the water filter assembly includes a magnetic interface that simplifies and aids mounting and removal of the water filter cartridge to and from the manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Sharath Chandra, Naresh Suthar, Gregory Sergeevich Chernov, Koncha Chandra Sekhar, Allamneni Naga Tejaswini, Syed Moin Ahmed
  • Patent number: 10898173
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described allow the techniques of endoscopic and laparoscopic surgery to be combined into a minimally invasive hybrid surgical technique called NOTES-assisted laparoscopic surgery. Manual and robotic-controlled versions of a modular laparoscopic tool are described having a small diameter shaft that is delivered laparoscopically to a surgical site. Larger diameter working tips are delivered through a NOTES delivery tube inserted to the surgical site through a natural orifice and joined to the shaft of the modular laparoscopic tool. Larger diameter working tips improve the effectiveness of the modular laparoscopic tools and the number and size of laparoscopic ports used can also be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Modular Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Amir Belson, James J. Leary