Plural Clasps Patents (Class 24/335)
  • Patent number: 10634183
    Abstract: In one preferred form of the present invention, there is provided hook system 10 for hanging school bags 18. The hook system 10 comprises: a body 10 providing a series of protective recesses 14 each having a projection 16. Each projection 16 allows a school bag to be hung therefrom using a top hanging strap 20 of the school bag 18. Each protective recess 14 shields the corresponding projection 16 to assist with preventing personal injury or eye damage associated with a person accidently moving towards the projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: John Russell Matthews
  • Patent number: 10250024
    Abstract: There is provided a cable breakout support, comprising a clamp for clamping to a trunking, and a clip for clipping to a cable breakout of a cable bundle supported in the trunking. Each clamp comprises at least two trunk fittings for fitting to at least two respective bulbous longitudinal edges of the trunking; and a clip fitting for connecting to a respective clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics UK LTD, Tyco Electronics Corporation India PVT Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Mark Eyles, Praveen Kurundwad, Dharmendra Jain, Srivani Chandoor, Suresh Kumar Muthuswamy, Shivaprakash Kainthaje
  • Patent number: 10099713
    Abstract: A beach sled having a first flexible panel and the second flexible panel adapted to be pulled simultaneously over a beach surface via the handle member for transporting items over beach surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Hussey
  • Patent number: 9972922
    Abstract: A connection terminal for connecting an electrical device to a continuous electrical conductor such as a ground conductor includes a connector body with at least one terminal connection. Each terminal connection includes a recess which extends in a direction of extension of the electrical conductor and a holding device to at least partially close the recess. The holding device is adjustable relative to the direction of extension of the electrical conductor from an open position in which the electrical conductor can be inserted into the recess to a closed position in which the holding device holds the electrical conductor in the recess. The holding device is either reversibly rotatable in a direction of rotation around an axis which extends in the direction of extension or reversibly displaceable in a sliding direction which extends transverse to the direction of extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Markus Speith, Andreas Rutz, Thomas Köster, Lukas Bastian
  • Patent number: 9854919
    Abstract: A headboard for use with a bed is described. The headboard includes a panel having a top edge, and a light fixture proximate to the top edge. The light fixture can move relative to the panel between a first position and a second position. In the first position, the light fixture emits light in an upward direction away from the bed. In the second position, the light fixture emits light in a downward direction toward the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: H.T.K. Design, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Mark Risdon
  • Patent number: 9829034
    Abstract: A retention clip having a body with a first end and a second end opposite the first end; a mounting hole defined in the first end of the body; and a U-shaped retaining slot formed by a leg arranged at the second end of the body and a portion of the body between the mounting hole and the U-shaped slot. The leg arranged at the second end of the body extends substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Stabilus GmbH
    Inventors: Rodney Armstrong, James Kull, Patrick Hartman
  • Patent number: 9783987
    Abstract: A pre-tensioned centrifugal concrete pillar includes a concrete body, a steel cage including a plurality of pre-stressed rebars, a plurality of stirrups; and two plates, the rebars are steel strands, a plurality of conical through holes are provided on the plate, and multiple clips are disposed inside each conical through hole, each clip having a toothed inner surface, the multiple clips are spliced together to form a chock assembly for clamping each steel strand, and a peripheral surface of the chock assembly has a conical surface; a clamping hole is formed in the center of the chock assembly, the steel strand passes through a clamping hole and is clamped tightly. A method for manufacturing a pre-tensioned centrifugal concrete pillar is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Xiangyang Yu
  • Patent number: 9774105
    Abstract: An embedded Alternating Current (AC) mitigation system reduces or eliminates induced AC currents on pipelines. When a pipeline runs parallel to power lines, the AC current in the power lines induces AC current in the pipeline. Known coatings applied to the pipelines provides electrical insulation and result in a dangerous or destructive buildup of AC voltage in the pipeline. A combination of the pipeline, a dielectric, and a plate, forms a capacitor. The dielectric may be a coating on the pipe, or a dielectric material deposited on the pipeline and under the plate. The capacitor acts as a decoupler by transmitting AC current to the ground while preserving DC current on the pipeline. The embedded AC mitigation system will further act as grounding system and eliminate the need of adding a grounding system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventors: Omidreza Moghbeli, Ian Budner
  • Patent number: 9730492
    Abstract: A lacing system having multiple anchor types, i.e., interior anchors, end anchors, and dynamically adjustable anchors, that, in combination with parallel lacing technology, provide instant and reliable fastening for shoes, boots, and other articles of manufacture. The lace is threaded and anchored so that, a single arcuate pull on the movable fastener(s) causes the multiple lace segments to move through the eyelets of the shoe, and align in unison, so that the entire shoe opening contracts (or opens wide) simultaneously. The fastener(s) can be hook and loop, ratchet buckles, adjustable buckles, or cord locks. The laces are replaceable. The adjustable opening is customizable for different width feet providing “gross” adjustment. The fastener provides “fine” adjustment. Methods and diagrams are disclosed for threading, anchoring, and customizing the lacing, as well as for indicating that the lacing is correct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Anna Krengel
  • Patent number: 9633635
    Abstract: A musical instrument stand clamp, which to be fixed to a stand, comprises a fixed part, a movable part, and a screwing-lock part. The movable part is pivotally coupled to a pivotal point of the fixed part. The fixed part includes a locked section and a clamping section respectively at two sides of the pivotal point. The movable part includes an outer curved surface near the locked section and a movable member far away from the locked section. The screwing-lock part is screwed through the locked section to push the outer curved surface of the movable part and rotate the movable part with respect to the fixed part so as to move the movable member toward a clamping member of the locked section, whereby the clamp is fixed to the stand. Thus, the clamp can be fast assembled or disassembled merely via rotating the screwing-lock part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Tsun-Chi Liao
  • Patent number: 9635795
    Abstract: A device comprises a rail configured to span and detachably couple to a housing. The device includes a plate that engages the housing and a mechanism securing the tool to the housing. The housing contains a printed circuit board configured with at least one row of slots, each slot configured with a retainer mechanism. A jaw assembly slides along the rail over more than one card positioned in the row of slots. The assembly includes a pair of inserts that perform either seating or extracting more than one card positioned in more than one slot. The device includes a lever for biasing the jaw assembly, where the inserts engage a selected one of more than one card positioned in more than one slot and the retainer mechanism for performing either simultaneously seating more than one card into or simultaneously extracting more than one card from more than slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Karl O. Casserly, Leung M. Hung, Mark L. Monroe, Ronny R. Shipley, Tracy A. Tong, James P. Verzi
  • Patent number: 9526300
    Abstract: A lacing system having multiple anchor types, i.e., interior anchors, end anchors, and dynamically adjustable anchors, that, in combination with parallel lacing technology, provide instant and reliable fastening for shoes, boots, and other articles of manufacture. The lace is threaded and anchored so that, a single arcuate pull on the movable fastener(s) causes the multiple lace segments to move through the eyelets of the shoe, and align in unison, so that the entire shoe opening contracts (or opens wide) simultaneously. The fastener(s) can be hook and loop, ratchet buckles, adjustable buckles, or cord locks. The laces are replaceable. The adjustable opening is customizable for different width feet providing “gross” adjustment. The fastener provides “fine” adjustment. Methods and diagrams are disclosed for threading, anchoring, and customizing the lacing, as well as for indicating that the lacing is correct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Anna Krengel
  • Patent number: 9506487
    Abstract: An attaching clamping mechanism which is clamped onto an existing pole of a hospital bed and retains the unsupported short pole adjacent the hospital bed. Through the clamp apparatus the short pole is used to retain sterile bags of medicine with fluid transportation lines which are connected to the sterile bag at one end and at the opposite end may be directly connected to a needle inserted into a patient for intravenous administration of medicine or alternatively connected to a motorized dispensing machine which regulates the dosage of medicine and period of time for intravenous medicine administration with a separate fluid transportation line extending from the dispensing machine to a needle inserted into a patient. The short pole is only between twenty-four (24) inches and thirty-six (36) inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventors: Dennis L. Merritt, Charles Allen Cordy
  • Patent number: 9417025
    Abstract: An apparatus is for use with a firearm having any one of a forestock and a barrel section and for use with an elongated stationary object. The apparatus includes a clamp device having a clamp portion. A forestock-support member is configured to make contact with any one of a forestock and a barrel section once the firearm is spatially positioned to do just so. A swivel connector is configured to extend from the clamp portion. The swivel connector is configured to rotatably couple the forestock-support member to the clamp portion. This is done in such a way that the forestock-support member, in use, pivotally swivels at will relative to the clamp portion once any one of a forestock and a barrel section (in use) contacts the swivel connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Franklin Arnold McDonald
  • Patent number: 9358948
    Abstract: Provided is a buckle device that fixes a seat belt mounted on a 2nd-row seat or a 3rd-row seat to the vehicle body floor in a vehicle. The buckle device may include a buckle bracket having an upper end with a hole for connecting with a seat belt and a lower end connected to a rail on a vehicle body floor by a buckle connection bolt, and a wire fixing bracket connected between a side of the buckle bracket and a side of a seat frame and absorbing vibration of a seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Samsong Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang Mun Kim, Chang Hee Kim
  • Patent number: 9331465
    Abstract: Aerial markers are disclosed for hanging on overhead support cables at discrete spaced apart distances to warn passersby, such as airplanes, helicopters, hang gliders, hot air balloons, and the like of the presence of the cables. The aerial markers can be made in multiple parts, having various parting lines, including a vertical parting line, and can be hung in a spaced relationship to the support cables. To space the marker body from the support wire, a support frame is used to enable hanging the marker body via one or more external clamps. Direct connection is also possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: San Diego Gas & Electric Company
    Inventor: Flynn S. Ortiz
  • Patent number: 9261205
    Abstract: A pipe brace assembly includes a main clamp body that can be secured to a brace pipe. A cable, or other flexible tensioning member, can be wrapped around a braced pipe and secured to the main clamp body. The pipe brace assembly includes a method or mechanism for tensioning the cable or flexible tensioning member around the braced pipe. In some embodiments, the tensioning method or mechanism involves moving, such as rotating, the main clamp body to tension the cable or tensioning member. The clamping of the main clamp body and tensioning of the cable or tensioning member can occur simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Cooper B-Line, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard W. Heath
  • Patent number: 8840653
    Abstract: A two-piece clamping element comprises two separate, i.e., non-integral, opposing first and second clamping jaws forming a laterally open cavity to receive a pin or rod-shaped element. Each clamping jaw has a bore aligned with one another to receive a screw, wherein a pivot bearing is arranged opposite said cavity allowing the two opposing clamping jaws to come in contact to one another. The pivot bearing comprises at least one set of complementary part-cylindrical bearing surface portions. An anti-rotation pin extends between the two jaw members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Stryker Trauma SA
    Inventors: Roland Thomke, Christian Lutz, Vinzenz Burgherr, Damian Fankhauser
  • Publication number: 20140259557
    Abstract: A surgical organizing device (10) comprises an integrally formed C-clamp (14) for mounting on an IV pole (12), a central portion (28) and a plurality of open-topped horizontal slots (38, 40, 42) for receiving tubing and/or wires used in surgical procedures. Along bottom side edges of the device, apertures (32,34) permit securing respective chains (60, 62) for attaching a drape clip (64), a second spring clip (70) or the like. A bore (30) in said central portion (28) is adapted to hold a suction device, and keep it in a sterile ready-to-use state, until the suction device is needed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel J. Egan
  • Patent number: 8782860
    Abstract: A fastening device is provided for securing a shoelace knot. The fastening device has a base plate configured to conceal a portion of a knot of a tied shoelace, wherein the base plate has an upper surface and a lower surface. The fastening device also has a first clamping assembly arranged on the lower surface of the base plate. The first clamping assembly has an arm moveable between an open position and a closed position. The fastening device also has a second clamping assembly arranged on the lower surface of the base plate. The second clamping assembly has an arm moveable between an open position and a closed position. In addition, the arm of the first clamping assembly and the arm of the second clamping assembly are independently moveable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Scott Anthony Rogers
  • Patent number: 8523858
    Abstract: An adjustable fixation clamp having first and second clamp assemblies positioned about a shaft. The clamp assemblies may each have a pair of vise plates. Each pair of vise plates may define at least two receiving portions and insertion portions intersecting the receiving portions. The receiving portions of one clamp assembly may receive at least two fixation components such as screws, pins or wires. The receiving portions of the other clamp assembly may receive at least one connector such as a rod, bar and/or ring. A biasing structure may be positioned between the first and second clamp assemblies and may allow for the fixation components to be snapped into the receiving portions through the insertion portions. Two or more adjustable fixation clamps may be used to form an external fixation system. At least two screws, pins or wires may be inserted into bone and one of the clamp assemblies may be attached thereto. A guide may be used for insertion of screws, pins or wires into bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Depuy Synthes Products, LLC
    Inventors: Richard K Lessig, Robert J. Chilton, III
  • Patent number: 8523923
    Abstract: A two-piece clamping element comprises two separate, i.e., non-integral, opposing first and second clamping jaws forming a laterally open cavity to receive a pin or rod-shaped element. Each clamping jaw has a bore aligned with one another to receive a screw, wherein a pivot bearing is arranged opposite said cavity allowing the two opposing clamping jaws to come in contact to one another. The pivot bearing comprises at least one set of complementary part-cylindrical bearing surface portions. An anti-rotation pin extends between the two jaw members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Stryker Trauma SA
    Inventors: Roland Thomke, Christian Lutz, Vinzenz Burgherr, Damian Fankhauser
  • Patent number: 8245363
    Abstract: Inexpensively manufactured device permits the holding, typically for display purposes, of at least one item, but preferably multiple items such as trading cards or photographs, in a manner offering an unobstructed view of the items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Jerome Glasser
  • Publication number: 20120151717
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus comprising a tensioner, first clamp, first slide, second clamp, and second slide. A tensioner may be adapted to apply a tensile force along a first dimension, may comprise a first end and a second end movable with respect to one another, and may be adapted to apply a clamping force therebetween. A first slide may be adapted to secure the first clamp such that the first clamp is substantially free to move in a second dimension and may comprise a first end and a second end movable with respect to one another. A second clamp may be adapted to apply a clamping force between the first end and the second end and may be adapted to secure the second clamp, such that the second clamp is substantially free to move in the second dimension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: The American Tank & Fabricating Company
    Inventor: Douglas Allen Zoller
  • Patent number: 8177736
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and to a method for monitoring access to vessels during extracorporeal blood treatment. The invention forms a loop in the arterial and/or venous line and provides device for fixing a section of the line in a loop. When the line is stressed under tension, the loop contracts and the line finally kinks. The modification of the diameter of the line and the formation of a kink in the line leads to a rise of pressure in the line, which is monitored by a pressure monitoring device. If the pressure exceeds a predetermined threshold value, the aspirating cannula is in danger of slipping out of the vessel access or has partially or completely slipped out, thus allowing the threshold value to be determined for alarms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Pascal Kopperschmidt
  • Publication number: 20120067912
    Abstract: Provided is a key locator comprising a) a bent rod-shaped first member having opposing first and second end portions and b) a second member that selectively retains keys. The first member incorporates a bent interior region between the end portions. The end portions are not urged against each other and allow the bent interior region to hang from or clasp to an edge. The first end portion substantially permanently and flexibly engages with the second member. In one embodiment, the second end portion is substantially rigidly affixed to the key locator such that container movement necessarily causes key locator movement. In another embodiment, the container is rotatably mounted to the second end portion and comprises a hinge that attaches a first face to the container. The first face moves between an open configuration that exposes an interior portion of the container and a closed configuration that seals the interior portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: Sandra Stein
  • Patent number: 8096026
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to mounting clips and structures to support the mounting clips. One such clip is substantially annular in nature. The mounting clip may have internal grip strips within its interior to better enable the clip to engage the supported item. Other clips involve the use of a suction cup and other designs. The mounting clips may be used with a tripod or a monopod, and in some embodiments a tripod with flexible legs utilizing ball and socket joint connectors which, when interconnected, form a flexible assembly. Each connector includes a body with a first and second end portion. An external socket engaging surface is provided at one end of the body. The other end of the body has an internal cavity. The socket engaging surface of one connector is snapped into the internal cavity of another to interconnect the connectors. In some embodiments, the ball and socket joint connectors utilize an over-molded strip around the outside of the connector to facilitate in their use for gripping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Joby Photo, Inc.
    Inventors: Joeben Bevirt, Peter Frykman
  • Patent number: 8091185
    Abstract: A restraining apparatus for restraining a squeezed CRD blade includes two clips, two connective plates and a nut. The clips are made with a U-shaped cross-sectional configuration. The connective plates are used to connect the clips to each other so that the connective plate and the clips together form an annular structure for restraining the CRD blade. The nut is provided between the connective plate and can be engaged with a threaded section of an operative rod so that the operative rod is operable to move the restraining apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Atomic Energy Council-Institute of Nuclear Energy Research
    Inventor: Cheng-Chiou Peng
  • Patent number: 8079560
    Abstract: Adjustable mounting apparatus for securing electrical connectors and equipment to powersports vehicles such as motorcycles, all terrain vehicles and snowmobiles. These mounting brackets are low cost, compact and lightweight. The brackets install easily without the use of fasteners and are adjustable without the use of tools or modification allowing them to conform to surfaces that may be flat, curved or fully round.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Donald A. Blackwell
  • Patent number: 8079165
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a portable shopping aid used to mount a shopping list, coupons, or other documents. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the aid is configured to sacrifice a writing surface in favor of portability, by providing a small body that may be easily inserted into a pocket or handbag. The body includes a clamp for mounting the aid onto a push bar of a shopping cart, for hands free viewing during shopping, as well as a document clip mechanism that clips documents by their ends closest to the push bar. In order to provide structural rigidity to retained documents, and notwithstanding the absence of a writing surface or clipboard, the clip mechanism is configured to crease documents. The shopping aid also includes feet for standing the aid upright, on a flat surface, and means for mounting the aid magnetically on a refrigerator wall, in all cases such that retained documents are presented in a convenient reading orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventors: Michael J. Buerchner, Christopher N. Pericles, Michael J. Strasser, William G. Tannen
  • Publication number: 20110139020
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for restraining a squeezed CRD blade. The restraining apparatus includes two clips, two connective plates and a nut. The clips are made with a U-shaped cross-sectional configuration. The connective plates are used to connect the clips to each other so that the connective plate and the clips together form an annular structure for restraining the CRD blade. The nut is provided between the connective plate and can be engaged with a threaded section of an operative rod so that the operative rod is operable to move the squeezing apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: ATOMIC ENERGY COUNCIL-INSTITUTE OF NUCLEAR ENERGY RESEARCH
    Inventor: Cheng-Chiou Peng
  • Patent number: 7958607
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a fastener with a first end and a second end, the fastener including a first member, a second member and biasing means, at least a first portion of the basing means being substantially parallel to at least a portion of the first member and at least a second portion of the basing means being substantially parallel to the at least a portion of the second member, the first and second members relatively pivotable at a first fulcrum intermediate the first and second ends and at a second fulcrum intermediate the first and second ends wherein the first fulcrum and the second fulcrum are spaced apart relative to each other, jaws located between the first fulcrum and the second fulcrum, a first handle at the first end of the fastener and a second handle at the second end of the fastener wherein squeezing of the first handle pivots the first and second members about the first fulcrum to open the jaws against closing bias provided by the biasing means and squee
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventors: Ian Rankin, Rochelle Rankin, Mark Strickland, Miranda Strickland
  • Patent number: 7908718
    Abstract: Inexpensively manufactured device and system permits the holding, typically for display purposes, of at least one, but preferrably multiple items such as a trading cards or photographs in a manner offering an unobstructed view of the items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventor: Jerome Glasser
  • Patent number: 7735867
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing one or more loops of a length of tubing in a model vehicle is provided, comprising a support configured to be secured directly or indirectly to the chassis of a model vehicle, and a first fastener secured to the support for retaining at least a first portion of a loop of tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Traxxas LP
    Inventors: Brent Whitfield Byers, Timothy E. Roberts
  • Publication number: 20100077572
    Abstract: A fastening clip bar, comprising a plurality of fastening clips arranged parallel to each other, an adhesive joining the fastening clips with each other, and at least one elastic tape extending over the fastening clips which is glued together with the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventor: Burghardt KROHN
  • Publication number: 20100071171
    Abstract: A key locator includes first and second members. The first member has opposed ends and an intermediate u-shaped region. One of the ends of the first member comprises a hook for engaging the second member which includes a clasp while the other end comprises an enlarged portion for fixing an ornament thereto. The arrangement is suitable for hanging at the open top of a bag-like device such as a purse, backpack or briefcase whereby the ornament is displayed at the same time that the keys are readily accessible without undue fishing efforts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventor: Sandra Stein
  • Patent number: 7678080
    Abstract: An intravenous catheter introducing device includes a needle hub slidably inserted into a barrel and holding a needle cannula, a biasing member disposed to bias the needle hub to a rear position so as to retract the needle cannula in the barrel, and an easy release unit including an engaging wall segment which is attached to an outer surface of the barrel, two flexible squeezed wall segments which extend from the engaging wall segment and which is squeezable so as to move two latch members to steer clear of a retained end of the needle hub through an access hole in the barrel, thereby permitting the biasing member to bias the needle hub towards the rear position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventors: Ming-Jeng Shue, Deborah Huang, Phillip Shue
  • Patent number: 7673410
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a portable shopping aid used to mount a shopping list, coupons, or other documents. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the aid is configured to sacrifice a writing surface in favor of portability, by providing a small body that may be easily inserted into a pocket or handbag. The body includes a clamp for mounting the aid onto a push bar of a shopping cart, for hands free viewing during shopping, as well as a document clip mechanism that clips documents by their ends closest to the push bar. In order to provide structural rigidity to retained documents, and notwithstanding the absence of a writing surface or clipboard, the clip mechanism is configured to crease documents. The shopping aid also includes feet for standing the aid upright, on a flat surface, and means for mounting the aid magnetically on a refrigerator wall, in all cases such that retained documents are presented in a convenient reading orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: CM Concepts, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Buerchner, Christopher N. Pericles, Michael J. Strasser, William G. Tammen
  • Publication number: 20090260196
    Abstract: A self-secure mount for a tubular object includes an outer holder and an inner holder. The outer holder includes two spaced apart holding panels and an arc-shaped cornering panel extended between the two holding panels for applying an elastic clipping force between the holding panels. The inner holder includes two spaced apart clipping panels overlapping with each other to define a clipping channel therebetween, wherein two inner edges of the clipping panels are extended towards a closed end of the clipping channel. The two inner edges of the clipping panels are adapted for pressing against an outer surface of the tubular object to retain the tubular object in position, such that when the holding panels are pressed to minimize a distance therebetween, the clipping force of the outer holder is substantially increased towards the inner edges of the clipping panels to hold the tubular object within the cornering panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventor: Chin-Hsiung Lien
  • Publication number: 20090049657
    Abstract: A clamping assembly for securing the canopy of a retractable awning mounted on a recreational vehicle, including one or more clamp members, each having a top section and a bottom section positioned in face opposed relation with each section having a back surface and a front surface. Each back surface includes a protruding member with an opening adapted, when aligned, to receive a means to attach the clamp member to support arms. The front surfaces form a pair of projecting face opposed clamping flanges with a space in between the two to engage the canopy material. Also provided is a pair of spring-loaded lever arms adapted for pivotal movement between a vertical position to enable the flanges to engage the canopy material in a releasable grip and a horizontal position to enable the flanges to separate and release their grip on the canopy. Rotating the lever arms in opposite directions act to adjust the tightness of the grip the flanges have on the canopy material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventor: Dennis Lunder
  • Patent number: 7387223
    Abstract: In order to provide a synthetic resin clip and a hanger with synthetic resin clips that are high in safety and can yet be produced at low cost, a synthetic resin clip and synthetic resin clips to be provided on a hanger are arranged with engaging portions being formed on inner surface portions of tips of a synthetic resin spring, which is formed in a “U” shape by being folded back at an intermediate portion, window holes for sliding of molding dies being formed on outer portions of clip members in order to form receiving portions, engaging with the engaging portions, at inner portions of the clip members, insertion spaces, into which the tip portions of the synthetic resin spring are inserted, being formed in the direction of sliding of the dies between upper edges of the window holes and upper end portions of the receiving portions, and fly-apart preventing bars being disposed across the upper and lower edges of the window holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Inventor: Hideo Misumi
  • Patent number: 7356883
    Abstract: A holding device for spherical and flat objects includes a carrier body, a clamping device held to the carrier body, a cover plate held to the carrier body, a plurality of holding elements, and an axle accommodated by the holding elements. The clamping device includes first and second clamping elements for accommodating round or angular objects. The cover plate and carrier body are partially spaced-apart to provide a guide slot, and at least one of the carrier body or the cover plate includes retention elements including formed lips extending from a basic body, each lip including an uninterrupted front edge. The cover plate is pivoted in a tiltable manner around the axle to connect the cover plate with the carrier body and is held under tension of a torsion spring against the carrier body. The cover plate is also formed so as to allow a tilt motion against the force of the spring to open the guide slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Inventor: Erich Mekyska
  • Patent number: 6691382
    Abstract: A retainer injection-molded from tough plastics for securing two wire meshed/grilled members together, for enabling the two secured members to be turned relative to each other between the operative position and the collapsed position. The retainer has two transverse through holes arranged in parallel, and two peripheral gaps through which the respective wire rods of the first and second wire meshed/grilled members are respectively set into the transverse through holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: Lien-Cheng Su
  • Patent number: 6691374
    Abstract: An eyeglasses holder that includes a frame and a displaceable holding member. The frame may be integrally formed from a single piece of flexible, resilient material such as plastic or metal. The frame includes a base section and a holding section. These sections are connected to one another at a first pair of their ends while a second end of one of the sections is separated the section to form an entrance. The sections define between them a receiving space that is opened at opposite sides. In one embodiment, the entrance is normally sufficiently closed to bar the crossed temple bars or arms of a pair of eyeglasses. The resiliency of the frame allows the entrance to be enlarged sufficiently to allow the arms to pass through the entrance and into the receiving space, and to later pass outwardly through the entrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: Mark Coyne
  • Patent number: 6618862
    Abstract: A pants hem guard, for attachment to a shoe, having a frame with a U-shaped inner portion and a U-shaped outer portion, and a clip insert attached to the outer portion of the frame. The outer portion has two ends attached to a rear surface of the clip insert. A pair of horizontal members connect the inner and outer portions so that the frame is one continuous piece. The guard is attached to the back portion of a shoe, with the clip insert remaining on the outside of the shoe just above the shoe heel. A pants hem is tucked behind the clip insert and keeps the hem above the shoe heel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Inventor: Douglas Bunjes
  • Patent number: 6592102
    Abstract: Mounting devices for mounting items such as signs to chainlink fences. The devices have at least one tab punched out of each end of the mounting and a portion of the chainlink fence is received between the tab and the remainder of the mounting device, which attaches the mounting device to the fence. The mounting device has apertures which will receive fasteners to secure a sign to the mounting device which in turn is secured to the fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Inventor: Doris P. Telles
  • Patent number: 6551273
    Abstract: Devices and methods for managing a portion of an intravascular catheter which is extending from the body of a patient under operating room conditions (e.g., while a physician is wearing surgical gloves). A catheter in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention includes a catheter shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, and a keeper fixed to the catheter proximate a proximal end thereof The keeper includes one or more inside surfaces defining a channel which is adapted to entrap a straight portion of the catheter shaft. The keeper also includes a passageway which is adapted to allow a curved portion of the catheter to pass into the channel of the keeper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: SciMed Life Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Olson, Jason Lenz, Loren J. Simer, Jr., Paul J. Miller, Katherine M. Prindle
  • Patent number: 6481457
    Abstract: A high pressure flow line that is formed from sections of pipe that are coupled together is provided with a safety restraint assembly. The safety restraint assembly is formed by wrapping short, flexible rib tethers around the pipeline near the ends of each section of pipe. A plurality of long tethers are linked end-to-end to form a continuous spine, which is threaded through all of the rib tethers. Each of the tethers contains continuous filaments. The spine is then anchored at each of its terminal ends to suitable anchoring structures. Alternatively, the safety restraint assembly may utilize anchor elements in addition to the tethers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: S.P.M. Flow Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn P. Hayes, Mark D. Matzner, Timothy Andrew Gauss
  • Publication number: 20020046447
    Abstract: A clamp includes a holding section for receiving an elongated member, a mounting section to be attached to a mounting object, and an elastic ring elastically deformed by the elongated member. The elastic ring is disposed between upper engagement portions formed at both sides of the holding section through lower engagement portions formed at positions closer to a bottom portion of the holding recess section. The ring constituting portions inside the holding recess section are bent in advance toward the bottom portion of the holding recess section. When the elongated member is inserted into the holding section, the ring constituting portions situated inside the holding section closely contact the peripheral surface of the elongated member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2001
    Publication date: April 25, 2002
    Applicant: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Atsushi Ogawa
  • Patent number: 6370740
    Abstract: A clamp for cylindrical objects uses a plurality of split-rings, each of which has a first half-ring and a second half-ring. Each first half-ring is hingedly coupled to a corresponding second half-ring at a hinge point. Means, coupled to each first half-ring at a distance from the hinge point, are coupled to a control assembly. The control assembly is operated to apply one of a pulling force to each first half-ring to simultaneously open each of the split-rings, or a pushing force to each first half-ring to simultaneously close each of the split-rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Carl R. Foreman