Having Magnetic Fastener Patents (Class 24/303)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10897967
    Abstract: A jewelry attachment assembly includes a pair of cylindrical cases. One case has a male section including an annular flange with a pair of diametrically opposing radial splines situated on its periphery. The other case has a female section including a hollow sleeve with a shell. The sleeve includes a pair of diametrically opposite channels formed in the shell. Each channel includes an axially extending slot and an adjoining circumferentially extending slot. During assembly, the male section of one case is joined to the female section of the other case by registration of the pair of splines within the pair of circumferential slots by first guiding the splines through the axial slots, then guiding the splines through the circumferential slots. A pair of opposite polarity magnets are housed in the cases and disposed in adjacent relationship to promote magnetic coupling of the cases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Laura A. Plotner
  • Patent number: 10893722
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to fasteners for a variety of items including but not limited to luggage, clothing, handbags, etc. The fasteners have magnetic properties to ensure a solid yet removable connection between the fasteners. In at least one embodiment, a magnetic member is wrapped, at least partially, in a length of material thereby shielding the magnetic member from damage as well as assisting in coupling with another magnetic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventor: Matthew Voda
  • Patent number: 10874178
    Abstract: A magnetic buckling assembly includes a male buckling component, a female buckling component, a first locking portion, a second locking portion, an operating component, a first magnetic component and a second magnetic component. The first magnetic component magnetically attracts or magnetically repulses the second magnetic component during a connecting process of the male buckling component and the female buckling component along a connecting direction. The first magnetic component magnetically attracts the second magnetic component for preventing separation of the male buckling component and the female buckling component or magnetically repulses the second magnetic component for promoting the separation of the male buckling component and the female buckling component when the operating component is operated to disengage the first locking portion from the second locking portion for allowing the separation of the male buckling component and the female buckling component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Wonderland Switzerland AG
    Inventor: Manqun Cheng
  • Patent number: 10874815
    Abstract: A retention assembly is for a patient interface device. The patient interface device includes a cushion member structured to engage a face of a patient. The retention assembly includes: a retention member structured to be coupled to the cushion member; a headgear member; a first interconnect member removably coupled to the retention member; and a second interconnect member removably coupled to the headgear member. The second interconnect member is removably coupled to the first interconnect member in order to couple the headgear member to the retention member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Richard Thomas Haibach, Stephen George Hlopick, Robert Edward O'Grady
  • Patent number: 10849381
    Abstract: A set of removable flexible polyurethane buttons with magnetic disc inserts that permit two fabrics including garments to become attached and unattached while each button remains secured to the fabric. Assembly includes three parts: a top-hat shaped rare earth magnet partially embedded into a flexible polyurethane disc; a flexible polyurethane button; and a decorative cover. Each of two button disc assemblies can be temporarily attached a fabric by pressing the flat side of the disc against the fabric and securing the flaps of the button over the fabric and disc exposing a magnet face of opposite polarity as the second attached button assembly. The magnets will attract to secure the fabrics together and when pulled apart the button disc assembly remains secured to the fabric. The decorative polyurethane cover can be attached to the face of the button to provide a smooth appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Adrienne Teresa Moorefield-Shraibman
  • Patent number: 10850384
    Abstract: An insert for a utility tool includes a housing; a circular portion extending from a rear surface of the housing, the circular portion having a first diameter; a circular button extending from the circular portion, the button having a second diameter less than the first diameter; means for securing the housing on the utility tool; and a tool accessory secured within the housing. Tool accessories may include a laser, an LED light, and a bubble level, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Steven Enguita
  • Patent number: 10842965
    Abstract: An interconnect assembly (100, 300, 400) is for a support assembly (2) that includes a retention member (4) and a strap member (6). The interconnect assembly includes a number of female interconnect members (110, 210, 310, 410) with a first body member (112, 212, 312) and a first magnet (116, 216, 316, 416) coupled to the first body member. The first body member is connected to the retention member and has an aperture (114, 214, 314, 414). The interconnect assembly also includes a number of male interconnect members (150, 250, 350, 450) with a second body member (152, 252, 352) and a second magnet (160, 260, 360, 460) coupled to the second body member. The second body member is connected to the strap member and includes a protrusion (154, 254, 354, 452, 454) structured to be located within the aperture. When the protrusion is located within the aperture, the first magnet is attracted to the second magnet, thereby removably connecting the first body member to the second body member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Richard Thomas Haibach, Lauren Patricia Chodkowski
  • Patent number: 10791804
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an automatic magnetic buckle, which comprises a matching clamping head and a buckle base. The said clamping head comprises a clamping head housing, and the said clamping head housing has a cavity extending through the upper and lower ends of the clamping head housing. The said cavity is set with a buckle subassembly, the said buckle base is set with a clamping head matching with the said buckle subassembly, and the said clamping head and the buckle base are set with magnetic subassemblies which are mutually attracted. Clamping head and buckle base are attracted together through the matching of the magnetic subassembly. The buckle subassembly is matched with the clamping head to securely connect the clamping head and the buckle base. The present invention also discloses a method of using the automatic magnetic buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Fang Meng Chu
  • Patent number: 10791802
    Abstract: A magnetic buckling assembly includes a male buckling component, a female buckling component, a first locking portion, a second locking portion, an operating component, a first magnetic component and a second magnetic component. The first magnetic component magnetically attracts or magnetically repulses the second magnetic component during a connecting process of the male buckling component and the female buckling component along a connecting direction. The first magnetic component magnetically attracts the second magnetic component for preventing separation of the male buckling component and the female buckling component or magnetically repulses the second magnetic component for promoting the separation of the male buckling component and the female buckling component when the operating component is operated to disengage the first locking portion from the second locking portion for allowing the separation of the male buckling component and the female buckling component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Wonderland Switzerland AG
    Inventor: Manqun Cheng
  • Patent number: 10780340
    Abstract: A self-aligning snowshoe binding is provided that simplifies the process of “strapping in” to a snowboard. The binding includes a self-aligning buckle that includes two mating clips, and each clip contains a pair of offset magnets. One clip is rigidly attached to a snowboard binding and the other, mating, clip is connected to an ankle or toe strap via a tensioning mechanism. The opposite side of the ankle/toe strap is secured to the binding with an adjustable mechanism. When the two clips are brought proximate each other, the magnets engage to create a loose buckling. When tension is applied to the engaged clips, the clips interlock such that they will remain together as long as tension in the strap is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Jaen Carrodine
  • Patent number: 10743597
    Abstract: Disclosed is a magnetic self-zipping zipper with different magnetic pull-in forces. The self-zipping zipper includes magnetic elements arranged in rows, zipper end portions and a zipper intermediate portion. The magnetic element of the zipper end portion has a magnetic force concentrated structure, and the magnetic elements of the zipper intermediate portion including magnetic elements has a magnetic force concentrated structure and magnetic elements with one pole being an iron piece. Advantageous effects thereof are: the self-zipping zipper overcomes the shortcomings of conventional zippers being inconvenient for the elderly and children to pull and close, and provides a magnetic self-zipping zipper that is convenient to wear, washable, stable in pull-in forces, and easy to put on and take off. The magnetic element of the zipper end portion has a magnetic force concentrated structure, which has more stable pull-in forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventor: Wai Chi Tong
  • Patent number: 10743624
    Abstract: A buckle assembly includes a first buckle member having an insertion member, a second buckle member having a receiving slot, and a locking arrangement. The locking arrangement includes a locking slot indently formed on the insertion member, a locking member movably mounted in the second buckle member at a position corresponding to the locking slot, and a releasing key detachably attached on the second buckle member to drive the locking member to move between a locked position and a releasing position. In the locked position, the locking member is moved to engage with the locking slot to prevent the insertion member from detaching from the receiving slot. In the releasing position, the locking member is driven by the releasing key to retract from the locking slot so as to allow the insertion member to be pulled out of the receiving slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventor: Frank C. Hsu
  • Patent number: 10736408
    Abstract: A universal assembly for securing various configurations and designs of audio cables to clothing articles. The universal assembly has a receptor housing and a fastening mechanism. The receptor housing can secure the audio cables to clothing articles in any position on the clothing and also allow the audio cable to be angled in any desired position and orientation. The fastening mechanism can movably secure the receptor housing at any position on a clothing article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Paillasson
  • Patent number: 10722061
    Abstract: A personal use accessory comprising a utility plate having a front side and a rear side, a backing plate having a front side and a rear side, a first plurality of magnetically attractive elements disposed upon the rear side of said utility plate, a second plurality of magnetically attractive elements disposed upon the front side of said backing plate, and a utility element; said first and second plurality of magnetically attractive elements arranged to permit magnetic attraction between at least a subset of said first plurality of magnetically attractive elements and at least a subset of said second plurality of magnetically attractive elements, said magnetic attraction being of sufficient total force to support the personal use accessory when said utility plate and said backing plate are separated by a non-magnetic divider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Attractive Accessories, LLC
    Inventors: Neil Laslo, Jamie Laslo
  • Patent number: 10722005
    Abstract: A jewelry clasp that includes separate end pieces and a center housing that is adapted to engage and release with the separate end pieces. Each of the end pieces supports a magnet and further includes a blind passageway having the magnet disposed at a base of the blind passageway. The blind passageway further includes an annular slot, and the center housing includes a push button arrangement enabling engagement and release of the clasp. A pair of arms is supported from opposed sides of the center housing and the center housing further includes a pair of end flanges that are selectively engageable with the slot in the respective end pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Jason DiPietro
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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