Resilient Type Clasp Patents (Class 24/336)
  • Patent number: 11447042
    Abstract: A stop (11, 11?), in particular an abutment for a longitudinal adjustment mechanism, includes a stop element (15, 15?) that can be placed in various positions. The stop element is configured to automatically lock into a retaining position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Keiper Seating Mechanisms Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sascha Gorcic, Bharath Nagesha Gowda
  • Patent number: 11439208
    Abstract: A buckle has a main buckle body having a first side wall, a second side wall, and at least one first slot for receiving a strap, and a top bar connected to the main buckle body at the first side wall and forming a second slot with the main buckle body for receiving a second strap. The second slot is open at a distal end thereof. The top bar has a guide track extending longitudinally therethrough, with the guide track opening into the second slot. A catch is formed on the second side wall adjacent the distal end of the second slot. A spring gate is disposed in the guide track. The spring gate is placed around the catch to close the distal end of the second slot. The spring gate is releasable from the catch by pressing on the top bar until the spring gate clears the catch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Duraflex Hong Kong Limited
    Inventor: Yick Fai Chan
  • Patent number: 11441784
    Abstract: A guide device for a cooking rack comprises a side grid and a pull-out guide with rails movable relative to one another, wherein a stationary rail can be fixed to a strut of the side grid via at least two holders, wherein at least the strut to which the at least two holders are fixed has a cross-section deviating from the circular shape, and at least one holder has a contact surface which lies flat against the strut. In this way, the pull-out guide can be firmly fixed to the strut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: PAUL HETTICH GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Kathrin Homburg, Johann-Sebastian Lessmann
  • Patent number: 11420027
    Abstract: The present application includes a sheath that is suitable for use in a variety of medical procedures. In one or more implementations, the sheath includes a shunt member, and a curvable portion. The curvable portion may be configured in various orientations to facilitate an intervention, such as a hemodialysis intervention, or the like, by an operator. The curvable portion may be configured to bend between a substantially straight configuration and a curved configuration. In implementations, the sheath may be configured to have detachable and/or interchangeable components (e.g., shunt member, curvable portion, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
    Inventor: Gregory Gordon
  • Patent number: 11253180
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for increasing compliance with the discard volume method of blood drawing. The method includes attaching an initial discard container for discarding an initial amount of blood drawn to a standard blood culture bottle. The apparatus, detachable and configurable with a variety of standard blood culture containers, may act as a physical reminder and a convenient handling arrangement for drawing blood according to the preferred discard volume method that reduces sample contamination and false positives. These methods and apparatus may be compatible or retrofit with existing standard blood culture bottles or kits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Dignity Health
    Inventors: Roy Boukidjian, Gregoire Boukidjian
  • Patent number: 11109653
    Abstract: A jewelry ornament for being adjustably affixed to a jewelry chain has an ornament body that can be affixed to the jewelry chain, with a jewelry decoration, preferably a precious stone setting, formed at the front side of the jewelry body. A number of openings formed at the rear side of the ornament body allow a free end of the jewelry chain to be threaded through the ornament body, in a manner that guides one strand of the jewelry chain to extend along the left side of the ornament and a second, spaced strand of the jewelry strand to extend along the right side of the ornament. A holding mechanism includes a pressing plate configured to press on the first and second strands of the jewelry chain to immovably affix the jewelry ornament to the jewelry chain at a desired location along said first and second strands of said jewelry chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventor: Haneen AlQunaibit
  • Patent number: 11035499
    Abstract: A device for retaining a line includes an accommodating part having at least one line retaining portion and a bearing portion, and includes a closing part having a bearing portion. The closing part is mounted on the bearing portion of the accommodating part such that it can be rotated via its bearing portion. The closing part can be adjusted between an open position, in which it frees the at least one retaining portion, and a closed position, in which it closes the at least one retaining portion. The bearing portion of the accommodating part forms a through-opening enclosed by a bearing-portion wall, and the bearing portion of the closing part forms a through-opening enclosed by a bearing-portion wall. The bearing-portion wall of the accommodating part engages through the through-opening of the closing part, and the bearing-portion wall of the closing part engages through the through-opening of the accommodating part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Hubert Loewe
  • Patent number: 10744916
    Abstract: This invention provides a locking seat cover securing system that includes a listing bead with a notch removed from the bead, and a stop clip with a nub in an inner surface of the stop clip. The notch is curved so as to maintain the structural integrity of the listing bead. The nub is sized, shaped, and located to correspond to the notch on the listing bead, so that the nub can engage within the listing bead when the listing bead is inserted into the notch. The engagement of the nub within the notch prevents the listing bead from sliding within the locking stop clip. The listing bead with the stop clip can be inserted into an upholstery clip within a foam seat, and the stop clip can abut the upholstery clip so that the listing bead cannot move relative to the upholstery clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Hope Global, Division of NFA Corp.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Agonia, Aleksandr V. Boguk, Carlos A. Neves, Andrew W. Santin
  • Patent number: 10575662
    Abstract: A fastener for mounting a frame onto a previously installed mirror which does not require screws or adhesives. The fastener has a support panel, a first brace, and a second brace. The support panel functions as the primary support member that is positioned in between the first brace and the second brace. The first brace is a fastener that is mounted onto a first side of the support panel. Additionally, the first brace is used intended to be affixed to the edge of a previously installed mirror Like the first brace, the second brace is a fastener that is mounted onto the support panel. However, the second brace is mounted onto a second side of the support panel and intended to be affixed to a frame. This configuration enables the fastener to function as a mounting device that is positioned in between the frame and the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventors: Mark Donald Lomax, Todd Allen Hite, Jeffrey Jay Phipps
  • Patent number: 10563684
    Abstract: A bed frame includes a backrest, a bedstead and a plurality of connectors to couple the backrest with the bedstead. A connector includes first, second, third and fourth segments, in which each of the second, third, and fourth segments extends from a lower side of the first segment. A first slot is formed between the second and third segments to accommodate a bar of the backrest, and a second slot is formed between the third and fourth segments to accommodate a bar of the bedstead. When the bed frame is assembled, each connector in the plurality of connectors is fixedly coupled with the bar of the backrest, and snap-fitted on the bar of the bedstead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Inno-Sports Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Kwan Jun Choi
  • Patent number: 10550769
    Abstract: A manifold fitting for a gas turbine engine includes a manifold tee including a first manifold port, a second manifold port and a pigtail port. A support extends from the manifold tee. The support defines a support aperture along a mount axis. A support tab extends from the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Kari L. Cutler, Joseph Szczapa
  • Patent number: 10408246
    Abstract: A receiving device for an electronic device, to hold a stylus, includes a top member, a bottom member, and a connection member. The bottom member faces the top member, the connection member is arranged between the top member and the bottom member. A clamping member and a receiving member are formed between the top member, the bottom member, and the connection member. The clamping member faces away from the receiving member, the clamping member is clamped onto an electronic device, the receiving member receives a stylus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: Fu Tai Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lei Hu, Chia-Jui Hu, Hao-Yuan Huang, Yen-Yu Chen, Chun-Kai Peng, Jian-Guo Wu, Xin Yang
  • Patent number: 10408494
    Abstract: A clamp for securing an air conditioning unit in a window without the need for any modification and/or damage to the air conditioning unit or window. The clamp includes a plurality of planar members forming two oppositely facing channels. A first channel engages the air conditioning unit rail while a second channel engages the window sash of the window. The clamp further includes two fasteners to abut the window sash and the air conditioning unit rail. The clamp therefore prevents the window from being opened and the air conditioning unit from being pushed through the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Nation Wide Products LLC
    Inventor: Jason Darby
  • Patent number: 10392800
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide assemblies with polygon shaped panel frames, separators and parts for light weight construction that is versatile, rigid, flexible and structurally stable. The assemblies with polygon shaped panel frames, separators and parts for constructing a complete building structure eliminates the need for conventional framing using unitized polygon shaped panel frames with alignment pieces, separators and fastener parts connected together. The assemblies with polygon shaped panel frames, separators and parts comprises of panel frames which are different geometric shapes or polygon parts, including but not limited to circles, ovals, triangles, trapezoids, rectangles, squares, pentagons, hexagons, etc. Panel frames can be hollowed or solid and can be fabricated as pieces of and in itself. Panel frames can be composed of many types of materials including but not limited to wood, metal, polymers, composites, plastics, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Shin Civil Engineering Consultants Inc.
    Inventors: Jae Min Shin, Ashkan Ferozepurwalla
  • Patent number: 10321741
    Abstract: Provided is a necktie retaining clip which is connected to the back of a necktie to secure the necktie to a shirt, the necktie retaining clip including: a plate-shaped attachment member connected to a loop of cloth sewn on the back of the necktie so as to be detachable and having a fastening piece formed on the lower end portion thereof; a connecting member that connects the attachment member and a retaining member; and the retaining member connected to the connecting member so as to be rotatable. It is possible to tightly secure a necktie by connecting the retaining clip to a shirt, thereby preventing the necktie from falling to the front or being tilted and facilitating wearing and attaching/detaching the retaining clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Eung Tae Kang
  • Patent number: 10264736
    Abstract: A coupler including an annular body having an annular body outer surface and an annular body inner surface connecting opposed annular body first and second faces, the annular body inner surface bounding an internal opening communicating between the opposed annular body first and second faces; the annular body having opposed annular body first and second ends which connect the annular body outer and inner surfaces and the annular body first and second faces to define a radial slot which communicates with the internal opening; the annular body sufficiently resiliently flexible to provide an adjustable radial slot width of the radial slot; and a plurality of spaced apart teeth radially inwardly projecting from the annular body inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Thriving Systems Design, LLC
    Inventor: Jason E. Rider
  • Patent number: 10254703
    Abstract: A cable fixing mechanism has a guide member and a conductive member, and permits a flexible cable to be fixed that is formed in the shape of a strip with a plurality of conductive wires arranged parallel to one another inside a cover member. The guide member has a guide surface facing one face of the flexible cable, and is fixed to a frame made of metal. The conductive member is flexible, is fixed to the guide member to face the guide surface, and is in contact with the frame. By the restoring force of the conductive member elastically deformed when fixed to the guide member, the flexible cable is held between the conductive member and the guide surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Naoto Miyakoshi
  • Patent number: 10253905
    Abstract: A wire management clip includes a wire compartment, a first clip compartment and a second clip compartment arranged perpendicular to the first clip compartment. The wire management clip may also include a retaining member extending into the first clip compartment for contacting a surface of a structure. The wire management clip may also include a retaining member extending into the second clip compartment for contacting a surface of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: HUBBELL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Evan Ronald Martin
  • Patent number: 10219699
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus are described herein for obtaining medical diagnostic measurements from implanted sensors. In various embodiments, a spinal implant-monitoring apparatus may include: a bridge defining a first hermetically-sealed interior and two or more legs; one or more strain gauges contained within the first hermetically-sealed interior of the bridge to provide a signal indicative of strain measured between the legs of the bridge; a housing defining a second hermetically-sealed interior, the housing mounted on a surface of the bridge; and control circuitry contained within the second hermetically-sealed interior. The control circuitry may be in communication with the one or more strain gauges and may be configured to convert the signal into digital data representative of the signal. Methods of using such apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Intellirod Spine Inc.
    Inventors: Steven E. Wilder, Daniel J. Johnson, Richard R. Navarro
  • Patent number: 10174549
    Abstract: A universal omni adaptor includes a connection board as a main body. The connection board includes a board main body, a first connection section and a second connection section. The board main body is for installing a blind assembly thereunder. The board main body is formed with several breakage slits, whereby the connection board can be broken along one of the breakage slits to shorten the length in adaptation to different sizes of windows, whereby the blind can be installed on different sizes of windows. The first and second connection sections are formed with toothed stripes at different heights, whereby the decorative panel can be selectively assembled in a higher position or a lower position for installation on different sizes of windows to speed the installation of the blind assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Tser Wen Chou
  • Patent number: 9932012
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seatback. A seatback panel is operably coupled with a back side of the seatback. The seatback panel includes a front side and a rear side. Multiple laterally-extending mounting features are disposed proximate edges of the front side of the seatback panel. An inner carrier includes multiple clip embossments extending laterally and releasably coupled with the mounting features. Multiple forwardly-extending clip towers are spaced vertically between the mounting features. A cushion assembly includes attachment features releasably coupled with the clip towers. After deployment of an airbag module, the mounting features of the seatback panel and the clip embossments can be recoupled for continued use of the vehicle seating assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Christian J. Hosbach, Nicholas Alphonse Billardello, Rodney Charles Brinker
  • Patent number: 9803352
    Abstract: Implementations of the present invention provide systems, methods, and apparatus for securing trim to interior and/or exterior walls and wall portions. In particular, at least one implementation includes a system for connecting and securing trim elements without additional adjustments and/or fitting thereof. Moreover, the system for connecting and securing trim elements can improve accuracy and increase the speed of assembly, thereby reducing time and expense associated with installing trim to a building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: DIRTT Environmental Solutions, LTD
    Inventors: Geoff Gosling, Mogens Smed
  • Patent number: 9763435
    Abstract: A device for holding a fishing rod, the device comprises a first clip member and a second clip member each with a clipping end and a handle end, the clip members are connected to each other by a pivot pin. The handle end of the first and second clip members comprise a vertical slot for receiving and holding the fishing rod. The device further comprise a resilient member disposed around the pivot pin, the resilient member comprise two opposite ends pressed against an inner surface of the first and second clip members, so as to clip on the device to a vertical surface of an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: Dave Schultz
  • Patent number: 9756902
    Abstract: A shoe tongue bracket is provided. The bracket is formed of a band having a first end, a second end, and a middle portion in between. A middle bend is formed at the middle portion and is shaped to contour with an underside of a shoe tongue. A first end bend is formed at the first end and bends in an opposite direction of the middle bend. A second end bend is formed at the second end and is bending in an opposite direction of the middle bend. A first aperture is formed through the band at the first end and a second aperture is formed through the band at the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Robert Wesley Shirley
  • Patent number: 9752604
    Abstract: The adapter comprises a clip with a groove, and a rack that engages with the groove. The clip attaches securely to an edge of a fabric, for example, a panel on a baseball cap. The rack includes an angle adjuster, on which a brow guard, welding helmet, or other protective gear can be mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: A.C.E. INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Jason M. Pereira, James Watkins, Ed Martin
  • Patent number: 9506234
    Abstract: A device for a trench drain system includes an elongate frame, and the elongate frame is configured to detachably connect to a plurality of channel sections, to longitudinally and laterally align each channel section of the plurality of channel sections with adjacent channel sections, and to interconnect the plurality of channel sections such that the plurality of channel sections is moveable as a single unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Rapid Trench, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick T. Files, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9399177
    Abstract: Building sets including a plurality of blocks and a plurality of clips configured to engage a thickness of one or more of the blocks. Each clip includes a base and first and second substantially parallel extensions extending from the base and defining a channel therebetween into which a thickness of a block is receivable. The width of the channel is substantially equal to the thickness of the block receivable within the channel so that the thickness is frictionally retained therein. In one embodiment, the clip includes a plurality of channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Building Creative Kids, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Cochella
  • Patent number: 9021667
    Abstract: A clip comprising a first wall member and a second wall member is disclosed. A cross-section of the first wall member is defined by a first side wall, a second side wall and a connecting wall that is positioned between the first side wall and the second side wall. A cross-section of the second wall member is defined by a first end and a second end, wherein at least a portion of the first end is connected to a portion of the first side wall of the first wall member and wherein a second end is positioned between the first side wall and the second side wall and spaced away from an inner surface of the connecting wall. The first wall member and the second wall member cooperate to define a channel having a first portion and a second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Julie Wasco
  • Patent number: 8887354
    Abstract: A construction clip includes a pair of generally identical clip members. Each clip member has a base portion and two converging opposing flanges extending from the base portion. The clip members are hinged together at their respective base portions. The converging opposing flanges of each clip member include a generally flat base flange and an opposing clip flange. The base flange presents a generally flat inside surface suitable for contacting a generally flat, thin piece of model construction media. The base flange further includes an opening. The clip flange has a curved distal end that preferably extends to the opening defined in the base flange and a distal edge that curves away from the generally flat inside surface of the base flange. The clip flange has a return flange that originates at a location toward the distal end of the clip flange and extends toward the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jeremy Eugene Weinman
  • Patent number: 8881350
    Abstract: A clip for holding folded articles such as towels, fabrics, textiles, nonwoven fabrics, paper, and other sheets of material, includes a single piece construction having contoured braces on opposite ends of a connector. The contoured braces define a hinge portion allowing the braces to move outwardly away from the connector and then resiliently return to a position adjacent the connector. The braces are formed into a shape similar to the English letter S such that one curved portion of the brace is a finger grip and a second curved portion of the brace fits against a folded fabric to hold the fabric within the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Robyn Pellei
  • 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: 8733293
    Abstract: A dual axes swivel connector for connecting various panels to assemble a pet enclosure is disclosed. The dual axes swivel connector allows panels of the enclosure to be reliably pivoted with respect to each other. The dual axes swivel connector may comprise first and second parts. The first part may be fabricated from a flexible material compared to the second part, whereas the second part may be fabricated from a more rigid material compared to the first part. The flexibility of the first part allows the first part to have a tighter fit with the wire rods. The second part has a looser fit with the wire rods but the rigidity of the second part compensates for the looser fit. When the first and second parts are interlocked, they create a tight fit which can reliably provide a hinge between the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Precision Pet Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David Link, Hongkun Liang
  • Patent number: 8701254
    Abstract: A clamp structure includes a base plate, a pair of first jaws, and a pair of second jaws. The first jaws extend respectively from two sides of the base plate in a face-to-face manner and form a first jaw opening at their ends. The first jaws are also formed with a pair of cutouts that face each other. The second jaws extend respectively from the pair of cutouts towards the base plate and form a second jaw opening at their ends. Each second jaw has a hook-shaped configuration composed of a first arc near the second jaw opening and a second arc away from the base plate, wherein the first arc has a greater curvature than the second arc. A junction box and a solar panel which are bonded together can be inserted into and thus clamped by the clamp structure so as to be secured against lateral shifting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: K.S. Terminals Inc.
    Inventor: Chih-Hsin Lin
  • Patent number: 8545041
    Abstract: A mounting clip for attaching objects, such as flashlights to an article, such as a hat or belt, includes a clip portion dimensioned for attaching the clip to the article and an object mounting portion formed with the clip portion. Objects of different widths are removably yet snugly grasped within the object mounting portion. The clip portion includes upper and lower members defining a slot for receiving the article through a lip of the slot and frictionally securing the clip to the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: MSB Incorporated
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Brown
  • Patent number: 8458865
    Abstract: A paper yard bag 28 securing device consisting of a cylindrical shape adapted to fit over the corners of two or more bags 28. Two cross-sectional cuts 20a and 20b form four symmetrical legs 14a, 14b, 14c, and 14d and a body 12. Each of the four legs 14a, 14b, 14c, and 14d has a convex radius 18a, 18b, 18c, and 18d facilitating the easy insertion of a group of corners of two or more bags 28. This mechanism serves to both maximize the opening of the bags 28 and secure a plurality of bags 28 adjacent to one another greatly reducing the time to fill yard waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin Williams
  • Patent number: 8341808
    Abstract: A clip has an opposed jaw end, a bridged back end and defines a slot extending across the bridged back end. It is connected to an article, for example, another clip or a float, which has an enlarged spherical head extending longitudinally therefrom. The head of the post has a diameter which is slightly greater than the width of the slot so that the connected item has rotational freedom of movement by receipt of the spherical head through the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventors: Kenneth B. Vermillion, Bradley N. Vermillion
  • Patent number: 8272612
    Abstract: A clip for holding an object on a supporting member comprises a holding clamp and an attaching clamp. The holding clamp has a pair of clamping members with oppositely bowed gripping portions and inwardly arched handles. The oppositely bowed gripping portions form together, when engaged, jaws for holding an object such as a cigar. The jaws are connected together for pivotal movement to cooperate with each other for clamping action upon actuation of their handles. At the juncture point of the jaws with the handles, the clamping members are provided with aligned, apertured supports for receipt of an axial binding post or rivet that extends through the apertures and for holding the clamping members together and in axial alignment. A spring, normally biasing the clamping members towards a closed position is looped around the post with its ends locked against the handles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Edward Brian Thorpe
  • 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
  • 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: 8091184
    Abstract: This invention provides a single or multi-ganged clip that can be grouped into a festooned arrangement. That is, a plurality of clips are arranged together into a discrete assembly along a line of extension so that a human or automated handler can retrieve a grouping, separate one-clip-at-a-time from the grouping, and apply the separated clip to a mold cavity or other assembly structure. Each clip can include a base with opposing ends aligned in the direction of extension and transverse to an elongation direction for a connecting segment (if any) between ganged clip members. In an illustrative embodiment, these base ends include opposing male and female connectors. In this embodiment the male connector is a cylinder with an axis that extends transverse to the direction of elongation and the female connector defines a conforming cylindrical inner diameter, which allows it to nest over the male cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Hope Global, division of NFA Corp.
    Inventors: Andrew W. Santin, David F. Jones, Pasquale Rossi, Timothy E. T. Scott
  • Patent number: 8083432
    Abstract: A connection element includes first and second retaining elements adapted to be connected to be freely rotated relative to each other about 360°. The first retaining element has a first outer annular portion and a first inner annular portion concentric to the first outer annular portion. The first outer annular portion has an inner locking portion of limited length in the circumferential direction. The second retaining element has a second outer annular portion and a second inner annular portion concentric to the second outer annular portion. The second inner annular portion is matingly accommodated by the first inner annular portion. An annular circumferentially extending locking portion of the second outer annular portion is within the first outer annular portion gripping behind the inner locking portion when the retaining elements are plugged together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: ITW Automotive Products GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventor: Alexander Limpert
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8079552
    Abstract: A clip assembly (111) having a clamp member (115) with opposing fingers (121 and 123) configured to form a channel, and an insert member (129) that holds the fire detector wire (128) is disclosed. The insert member (128) is made of, coated with, or treated with an anti-friction material. The insert member includes end flanges (133, 135) that retain the insert member between the opposing fingers. The fire detector wire is installed into the insert member, and the insert member is then snapped into the channel formed by the opposing fingers of the clamp member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel J. Sweigard
  • Patent number: 8020812
    Abstract: A clamp for corrugated tubes capable of holding a corrugated tube, whether a corrugated tube of large diameter or a corrugated tube of small diameter, with adequate holding force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Hiroto Matsuno, Masato Ibaraki
  • Patent number: 8011068
    Abstract: A structure for attaching to a support a protective member having a rib comprises a single-piece clip with a rib-fastening section and a support-fastening section. The rib-fastening section has a pair of walls defining a space into which the rib is inserted, and the walls have respective resilient pawls that engage opposite sides of the rib to resist withdrawal of the rib from the space. The walls have reinforcing braces outside the space. The support-fastening section has a tube with a tapered lead-in member for receiving a stud projecting from the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Tatsuya Kaneko, Noriaki Kojima
  • 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: 7946524
    Abstract: A device and method for preventing a wound item from inadvertently unwinding from a spool in a point-of-sale display. The point-of-sale display includes a shelf that holds the spool. The shelf has a forward edge that prevents the spool from rolling off the shelf. A device is provided that holds the wound item as it is drawn away from the spool. The device inhibits the movement of the wound item so that the wound item will not unwind from the spool when not manually drawn from the spool. The device includes a clip body that selectively engages the forward edge of the shelf proximate the spool. A retention mechanism is coupled to the clip body, wherein the retention mechanism receives and retains a section of the wound item, thereby preventing said wound item from inadvertently unwinding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventor: Kenneth B. Meyers
  • Patent number: 7926777
    Abstract: An application for a decoration clip includes a portion for inserting between a facial board of a roof and a drip guard and a portion for interfacing with an outer surface of the drip guard. The substantially flat insertion surface is connected to the substantially flat outlay surface, thereby forming an elongated U-shape when viewed from a side. A device for holding the decoration is situated on an outer surface of the portion for interfacing with an outer surface of the drip guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventor: John B. Koesema, Jr.
  • 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: 7887027
    Abstract: A fence guard mountable to a chain link fence includes a generally elongated shield and a mounting clip. The mounting clip includes a clip-to-fence attachment for attaching the clip to the fence and an adjustable shield-to-clip attachment for adjustably attaching the shield to the mounting clip. The shield-to-clip attachment allows for vertical adjustment of the position of the shield relative to the position of the mounting clip. The vertical adjustability of the shield relative to the mounting clip provides vertical adjustment of the position of the shield relative to the position of the fence lower edge when the shield is mounted to the mounting clip and the mounting clip is mounted to the fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventors: Fernand Garceau, Maurice Garceau