Opposed Engaging Faces On Gripping Member Formed From Single Piece Of Resilient Material Patents (Class 24/545)
  • Patent number: 10688268
    Abstract: A component useable with one or more tube comprises a body engageable with one or more external surface recesses of the one or more tubes. The component has a pair of jaws extending from the body for gripping an item. The component is configured, such that, in use, in a first orientation of the body relative to the respective tube(s) recesses, the component is movable along a length of the tube(s); and, in a second orientation of the body relative to the respective tube(s) recesses, the component is resistive to movement along a length of the tube(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Laurence Gulliver, Michael Paul Ronayne, Puqing Zhang, Andrew Paul Maxwell Salmon, Rex Gordon Faithfull
  • Patent number: 10414198
    Abstract: To provide a double clip that can reduce a force for an opening operation while maintaining a length of lever members as long as conventional ones, a double clip 1 includes a clip main body 10 and a pair of lever members 30. The clip main body has two plate-shaped portions 11, 12 and a bottom plate portion 13 connecting thereto. An opening portion 14 is formed by the plate-shaped portions abutting with each other by virtue of elasticity thereof. The lever members are formed long and connect to the plate-shaped portions. First fulcrum portions 11a, 12a are formed between the plate-shaped portions and the lever members to constitute fulcrums of the lever members when they perform an opening operation. The first fulcrum portions are disposed closer to a bottom plate portion side than a central position of a distance from the bottom plate portion to the opening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Plus Corporation
    Inventor: Togo Matsushita
  • Patent number: 10264772
    Abstract: A line stopper for a fishing reel according to the discloser includes a line stopper member that includes a fishing line catching portion and a support shaft portion, and a supporting member that supports the line stopper member and fits in a through hole formed in a main body of the fishing reel. On one of the fishing line catching portion or the supporting member, a protrusion is provided at a left or right side or both the left and right sides of the support shaft portion in a width direction of the supporting member in a plan view where the fishing line catching portion and the supporting member overlap each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBERIDE, INC.
    Inventor: Wataru Tsutsumi
  • Patent number: 10239572
    Abstract: In a conveyance seat, a linear member can be adequately hooked on a bottom wall and a state that the linear member is hooked on the bottom wall is adequately maintained. A bottom plate is provided with a protruding part on which a suspension strap is hooked when suspending a skin material, and a position variable part capable of changing a relative position to the protruding part. The position variable part can move between a first position where it contacts or engages the protruding part and a second position where it is disengaged from the protruding part. In a state that the relative position of the position variable part with respect to the protruding part is in the first position, at least a part of the position variable part projects further outward than a side surface of the protruding part in a direction intersecting the protruding direction of the protruding part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Sugiyama, Katsumi Kishida
  • Patent number: 10195387
    Abstract: A component useable with one or more tube including a body engageable with one or more external surface recesses of the one or more tubes. The component has a pair of jaws extending from the body for gripping an item. The component is configured, such that, in use, in a first orientation of the body relative to the respective tube(s) recesses, the component is movable along a length of the tube(s); and, in a second orientation of the body relative to the respective tube(s) recesses, the component is resistive to movement along a length of the tube(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Laurence Gulliver, Michael Paul Ronayne, Puqing Zhang, Andrew Paul Maxwell Salmon, Rex Gordon Faithfull
  • Patent number: 10183631
    Abstract: A tablet device holder assembly may include a housing defining an housing opening and including a housing lip arranged on a first side of the housing above the housing opening, and a removable bezel having a projection configured to extend through the housing opening and defining a projection opening that when the bezel is rotated to an installed state, the lip is received within the projection opening to maintain the bezel on the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jose Manuel Guzman Colin, Luis Humberto Soni Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 10081214
    Abstract: A double binder clip including a single continuous clip body. The single continuous clip body includes a right outer panel, a left outer panel, a substantially U-shaped inner panel, a right top panel disposed between the right outer panel and the substantially U-shaped inner panel, a left top panel disposed between the left outer panel and the substantially U-shaped inner panel, a right curled bottom edge disposed on a bottom surface of the right outer panel, and a left curled bottom edge disposed on a bottom area of the left outer panel. The right outer panel and the left outer panel are spring-biased toward one another. Each of a right lever and a left lever of a pair of looped wire levers is pivotally engageable within each of the right curled bottom edge and the left curled bottom edge, respectively, of the single continuous clip body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventor: Melvin Cuadrado
  • Patent number: 9901352
    Abstract: An occlusion clip comprising: (a) a first elongated occlusion arm; (b) a second elongated occlusion arm; (c) a first elongated biasing arm coupled to a distal portion of the first elongated occlusion arm; (d) a second elongated biasing arm coupled to a distal portion of the second elongated occlusion arm, where a proximal portion of the first elongated biasing arm is coupled to a proximal portion of the second elongated biasing arm, where the first elongated occlusion arm extends parallel to the first elongated bias arm along a majority of its length, and where the second elongated occlusion arm extends parallel to the second elongated bias arm along a majority of its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank M. Fago, Kimberly Gray
  • Patent number: 9839313
    Abstract: A holder for inverted containers has a holder body with four vertical or near vertical outer walls and a guiding funnel passing through the holder body from top to bottom. A top surface of the holder body is cylindrically curved to support the shoulders of a container. At least one notch is present in the holder body for accommodating a handle of a container. All the surfaces have at least one linear or convex sectional profile and are pocketless so that dishwashing water drains off the holder in every orientation. The holder may include a back plate for additional support, magnetic connectors for connecting to other holders, or an electronic communication device for detecting a tag on a container. The holder may be made in two pieces that fasten together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Joseph Aolden Gaudet
  • Patent number: 9446909
    Abstract: A one-piece container gripper for suspending containers from a container region beneath a container mouth has segments, a locking portion, and a spring portion. On a front side of the container gripper, the segments define a container mount between them. The spring portion exerts a closing force pre-stressing the segments, thus urging the container mount to close. The segments can be moved apart against a spring-exerted closing force to open the gripper. The locking portion, which is integral with the container gripper, moves resiliently between a position that locks the gripper and a position that unlocks it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Igor Singur
  • Patent number: 9360143
    Abstract: A quick-connect assembly for connecting a fluid supply line, to a fluid valve, the assembly including a fluid supply line, a spacing element, a valve housing with an inlet and a transverse slot, and a spring clip. The valve housing has a face which includes an insertion end that defines a cavity having a valve housing stop. The spacing element and fluid supply line are adapted to be inserted into the cavity of the valve housing. The spring clip is configured to engage the valve housing and the fluid supply line after the spring clip is inserted into the transverse slot of the valve housing such that the fluid supply line is secured to the valve housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Mueller Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: James Dean Jones
  • Patent number: 9004800
    Abstract: A windshield wiper arm bracket includes a pair of side walls. Each of said side walls include at least one centrally located pin arm receiving hole formed therein. The bracket also includes a post attaching the pair of side walls together. The post is for receiving a pin arm adaptor thereon. The bracket also includes an attachment arm formed on a bottom of each of the pair of side walls. The attachment arms are for connecting the bracket to a windshield wiper assembly. An adaptor for a windshield wiper arm bracket includes a top portion and a web portion. The web portion includes a central aperture formed therein. The central aperture includes a first portion for receiving a post of the windshield wiper arm bracket and a second aperture for receiving a pin arm of a windshield wiper arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Alberee Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Albert Lee
  • Patent number: 8998071
    Abstract: A three-pronged box flap closure device is provided for securing together three box flaps of a moving box or carton without the use of adhesive tape or overlapping the box flaps to secure the same together. One or more closure devices are contemplated for each box end, wherein each closure device comprises a first and second upper prong member forming a substantial V-shape with a common apex. A third prong member extends from the apex and between the first and second prong members, wherein the third prong member is disposed below the plane created by the first and second prong members. The first and second prong members are adapted to be positioned over a pair of aligned box flaps, while the lower prong member extends beneath a third, undermost box flap below the aligned box flaps, thereby sandwiching the three box flaps together along one side of the box end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen Sublett
  • Patent number: 8967918
    Abstract: An open mat system to reinforce turf includes an anchor arrangement to help secure the mat to the turf. The anchor arrangement includes an anchor head embedded in the earth, a cable connected to the anchor head, a cable connector device, and a brace. The cable is inserted into the connector device, which holds the cable against withdrawal from the connector device. The brace includes a receiver, in which the cable connector device is removably oriented in the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Reynolds Presto Products Inc.
    Inventors: Cory Schneider, William Handlos, Gary Bach, Bryan S. Wedin
  • Publication number: 20140373310
    Abstract: A clip includes a pair of end portions each having an arcuate portion. A pair of opposed gripping portions are each connected at each end to the pair of end portions. The arcuate portions provide a resilient force on the gripping portions toward one another. The end portions and gripping portions are integrally molded as a single piece of plastic. Optionally, the clip can be used with a base. The base includes a body portion and a pair of opposed raised portions. The gripping portions of the clip snap fit into the base, between the raised portions. This secures the clip to the base and retains the gripping portions in a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Artil Arrighini Leo, II
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140283344
    Abstract: A clip-clamp device for preferably closing and sealing bags and the like. The clip-clamp device includes a closure assembly including a pair of lever members spatially arranged and facing one another and also including an interconnector extending between the lever members, and further Including at least one biased member connected to the lever members for memory retentiveness and to bias the lever members about and seal an opening of a container such as a bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: ERNESTO A. AGUERO-HERNANDEZ
  • Patent number: 8800946
    Abstract: A retail display clip is provided. The retail display clip includes a stationary clip base and a rotatable clip member that rotates about an axis of rotation. The rotatable clip member rotates relative to the clip base. The retail display clip includes an open state and a closed state. As the rotatable clip member rotates from the open to the closed or the closed to the open state, an over-center point is transitioned. The over-center point is created by the interaction between a locking tab of the rotatable clip member and a flat inner surface of the clip base. In the closed stated, a torque is created by the over-center point that causes the locking tab to place a force on the flat inner surface of the clip base. A gripping point is formed at the location where the locking tab places the force. The gripping point supports retail merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Southern Imperial, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Valiulis
  • Publication number: 20140165343
    Abstract: A quick release clip for securing a screen in position in a frame, the clip comprising a main clip body, a first leg extending outwardly from the main clip body and bent relative to a plane of the main body, the first leg for receipt into a groove of the frame. In addition, the quick release clip includes a contact edge, the main clip body opposite the first leg terminating in the contact edge wherein the contact edge is disposed adjacent an edge of the screen applying a force to maintain the screen in position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Ply Gem Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenton Sy Gibbs, Colin David Campbell
  • Publication number: 20140163488
    Abstract: The pinch clip has a flange with a recess on the underside and a resiliently biased leg for moving from an open position spaced from a tubing and the flange to a closed position abutting and closing the tubing to a flow of liquid therethrough. The leg has a lip at the end for disposition in the recess of the flange to lock the leg in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: Michael J. Vaillancourt, Marshall Kerr
  • Patent number: 8689974
    Abstract: An article sorting apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a container having a bottom and a longitudinally extending sidewall extending therefrom and a panel positioned proximal the container. The panel includes a cylindrically shaped shoulder extending therefrom and that defines a channel in alignment with the shoulder and that extends through the panel for allowing pass-through of a matched pair of socks. The cylindrically shaped shoulder is configured for receiving an open end of a first sock. A second sock is positioned proximal the first sock and inserted into and through a respective channel and disposed into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: CreateSmart, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew N. Riad
  • Patent number: 8596256
    Abstract: A releasable mount comprising two mounting posts that releasably engage into notches in the ends of a resilient, generally C-shaped bracket. The releasable mount is particularly useful to releasably mount an archery accessory such as an arrow quiver to an archery bow, tree or tree stand or the like. The arrow quiver may include a hood having an arrow retaining insert for receiving an arrow with a single-point or a 2-4 bladed broadhead. The quiver may also include an arrow gripper having a plurality of fingers whose sides define expandable oval slots between adjacent fingers into which the arrows are loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: MCP IP, LLC
    Inventor: Mathew A. McPherson
  • Publication number: 20130291352
    Abstract: A fabric pin for fixing a fabric on a clothesline comprises a first leg, a second leg and a spring structure. The spring structure is arranged to force the first leg and the second leg in a clamping position in which the fabric is clampable between the first leg and the second leg. The first leg, the second leg, and the spring structure are integrally formed. The spring structure has an outer ring segment portion with a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the ring segment portion of the spring structure is connected to a distal end region of the first leg and the second end of the ring segment portion of the spring structure is connected to a distal end region of the second leg. The first leg and the second leg are arranged inside the outer ring segment portion of the spring structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: Eklipse ,LLC
    Inventor: Charles Marion Earley, III
  • Publication number: 20130247338
    Abstract: This invention provides a single or multi-ganged clip that can be grouped into a festooned arrangement. Each clip includes a base with opposing ends aligned in the direction of extension and transverse to an elongation direction for a connecting segment between ganged clip members. The base ends include opposing male and female connectors. 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. A gap opening at the far edge of the female connector provides clearance for the base that connects the male cylinder to the clip member base end. This gap is sized to allow a range of angular rotation of the male connector within the female connector. Clips can be dispensed in a continuous grouping/segment from a spool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: HOPE GLOBAL, DIVISION OF NFA CORP.
    Inventors: Andrew W. Santin, David F. Jones, Carlos A. Neves
  • Patent number: 8528573
    Abstract: A hair clip has a body of a resilient material and first and second claws. The body has a dome shape and includes an outer perimeter, inner and outer surfaces, and a body plane defined generally by the perimeter. The body also includes a body axis generally central to the body and oriented generally perpendicular to the body plane. The first and second claws are coupled to and extend from the body in a generally axial direction relative to the body. The first and second claws are spaced from and generally opposite one another across the body. The hair clip is movable between an open and a closed position. In the open position, the body protrudes from the body plane in an inward axial direction and the first and second claws are separated from one another. In the closed position, portions of the first and second claws overlap one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Goody Products Inc.
    Inventors: Stan Chudzik, Michael Defenbaugh
  • Publication number: 20130190157
    Abstract: The cloth of different size and form is fixed on a surface, fastening elements are fixed in the body of the cloth preventing their movement along the cloth, the fastening elements are chosen considering the need for multiple folding and prompt fastening of fastening elements in the folded position. A fastening element is folded lengthwise along the rectangular edge of the surface at a 90° angle, then folded again at a 90° angle. In another embodiment a fastening element is folded crosswise along rounded edge of the surface, the edge of the fastening element, after going round the surface, should be adjacent the inner side of the surface. In another embodiment a fastening element is folded crosswise along figured edge of the surface repeating its form, the edge of the fastening element after folding along the edge of the surface, should be adjacent the inner side of the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: Tamara Teimurazovna GOGIBERIDZE
  • Publication number: 20130167333
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fastening device that prevents waste bags from sliding into the waste bins/trash. The above mentioned fixture serves as the locking of the bags through punching that provides joint function for up and down angle. Fixture design consists of an upper fastening member and a lower tillable fastening member, made of a flexible, thin, flat material, cut out or punched with slots on opposite sides for slant of the lower portion of the fastener. Slits between the upper and lower fastening member has multiple functions, both for spin 180 degrees to the lower fastening member for bag obsession, and for attaching the device closer to the curved surfaces. By the design of said device allows flexibility and slant and attachment to curved surfaces. Trough special punching and embossing in combination with a flexible, thin and flat material, reducing tension. Cited device is generally adapted for curved area shapes, but can also be attached to flat surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventors: Kent Andersson, Peter Kvamás
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130036577
    Abstract: A board connector comprising: a contact comprising a first and a second clipping portion and for clipping therebetween a board which is inserted from the outside, a first beam portion supporting the first clipping portion, and a second beam portion supporting the second clipping portion; a housing that supports the contact; and an actuator that is fixed to the first beam portion, wherein the actuator has an action point portion that is formed more on a rear side in a board insertion direction than the first and second clipping portions and and that is pushed by the board at the time of insertion of the board, and the first clipping portion is elastically displaceable independently of the actuator in a direction away from the second clipping portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: JAPAN AVIATION ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Kenta ASHIBU
  • Patent number: 8372095
    Abstract: A surgical spring clip is provided for use in minimally invasive surgical procedures. The clip has a flat planar plate shape having pair of arms connected by a base, all generally positioned within a single plane. The arms are elongate linear cantilevered beams extending beyond the base and are biased to a first or closed position generally within the plane. The base and arms define a slot for the positioning of and receiving a vessel and occluding the flow therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Frank J. Viola
  • 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: 8336239
    Abstract: The field of the present invention relates to an identification assembly, and in particular, to a clasp device for securing to an identification wristband, and to a wristband and clasp assembly. In one embodiment, a identification assembly for a patient includes a band with first and second opposite ends and first and second opposite edges and a width measured between the first and second edges. The identification assembly also includes a clasp secured to the band. The clasp has a first section having an inside surface and an outside surface; a second section having an inside surface and an outside surface, the inside surface of the second section facing the inside surface of the first section; and a protrusion extending from one of the first or the second section to engage the other of the first or the second section to secure the first and second sections together in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: St. John Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert McDermott, Adam Preisach, Andrew Bishop, Tracey Carpentier, Karen Joseph
  • 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: 8205308
    Abstract: A clamping mechanism, including: a deformable body configured to provide a friction fit with at least one element to which it is fitted, at least one slot in the deformable body, wherein the slot traverses at least a portion of the longitudinal and latitudinal direction of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Puku Limited
    Inventor: Simon Garry Moore
  • Patent number: 8146875
    Abstract: A mosquito coil holder in the form of a clip. The clip has a first and second contact portions each adapted to contact a mosquito coil and to hold a mosquito coil therebetween. First and second support portions support the respective first and second contact portions relative to each other. A connection portion connects the first and second support portions. The clip includes at least one base portion which acts as a base upon which the clip can stand in use, while holding a mosquito coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: Dennis Pryor
  • Patent number: 8136770
    Abstract: A mount (50) for mounting an exhaust gas component (30, 32, 16) in an exhaust pipe (34) or in a component housing includes a spring band (54) and a plurality of spring fingers (64). The spring band (54) is configured to contact and substantially pass around an outer surface (52) of the exhaust gas component (30, 32, 16). The plurality of spring fingers (64) extend from the spring band (54) generally axially with respect to the exhaust gas component (30, 32, 16) and generally radially from the spring band. The spring fingers (64) contact the exhaust gas component (30, 32, 16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: International Engine Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Scott A. Beatty, Gregory A. Griffin, Ivan M. Lazich, Luis Carlos Cattani
  • Patent number: 8117719
    Abstract: A system for engaging and supporting a flat piece of cardstock. The system utilizes a clip. The clip is made from a continuous strip of material. The clip is configured into four sections that are delineated by three bends. A first clip structure is defined by a first section, a first bend and a second section. The first clip structure is capable of receiving and retaining a portion of a flat piece of cardstock. Likewise, a second clip structure is defined by a second section, a second bend and a third section. The second clip structure is capable of receiving and retaining a portion of a different piece of cardstock. The clip can be supported or interconnected to other clips by a detachable tubular element, such as a straw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Edward R. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 8099891
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a holder clip (1) for cards, such as identification cards, comprising two holding arms (3, 4) interconnected by a yoke (2) and defining between them a card reception slot (5). In order to be able to hold also cards of various thicknesses with adequate holding force by means of the holder clip (1), the present invention is so conceived that at least one of the two holding arms (3, 4) is provided with at least one contact-pressure pad (6) bulging, at least in certain sections thereof, towards the respective other holding arm (3, 4), said contact-pressure pad (6) consisting of a material that is different from the material of the holding arms (3, 4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Durable Hunke & Jochheim GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Horst-Werner Maier-Hunke
  • Patent number: 8083188
    Abstract: A sprinkler riser clamp securely engages a spring-retractable riser of a pop-up sprinkler. The riser clamp includes a clamping body and a handle attached thereto. The clamping body is configured to snap onto and securely grip the spring-retractable riser of the pop-up sprinkler. The clamping body exerts a gripping force while the spring-retractable riser exerts a retracing force. The gripping force exerted by the clamping body exceeds the retraction force exerted by the spring-retractable riser. The clamping body includes a resilient first clamp arm and a resilient second clamp arm connected by a joint at one end of each arm. The clamping body includes an opening for receiving the spring-retractable riser. The first clamp arm and second clamp arm of the clamping body each include rounded bottom edges configured to facilitate installation and removal by pivoting motion. The handle is attached to the clamping body by an arm. The handle has blunt ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventors: Dallas Kittle, Jonathan P. Mcvety
  • 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: 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: 8056195
    Abstract: A U-shaped clip that is configured to be quickly installed by attaching the clip over the top edge of the vertical wall defined by plural end to end oriented landscape edging restraint members. This action is quick and easily accomplished by hand, requiring no tools or forceful effort. The clip is made of a material having a hardness characteristic that is harder than the material of the edging restraint members. The clip includes a series of pointed, opposing, hardened steel barbs that bite into the softer edging material to create a mechanical lock. Further, the barbs are angled so as to increase the force applied to the edging material as the parts are drawn apart in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Permaloc Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel G. Zwier
  • Publication number: 20110265310
    Abstract: A fastening device template for joining mosaic pieces together having two variants that are easy to install by unskilled labor so as to help them achieve professional result. The device can be for assembling individual planks that together make up a floor covering such as solid wood flooring and engineered flooring, or it can be used for tiles. It can also be used to assemble individual parts which, together, create a piece of furniture. In this application, the generic term “mosaic” or “mosaic units” will be used to describe the individual pieces which, as indicated hereinabove, have a multitude of possible uses. Mosaic units can be assembled in all possible XYZ plans: side-to-side, side-to-face, side-to-end, end-to-end, end-to-face. In order to do so, the invention has an elongated clip core. At least one wing member attached to and extending a portion of the length of the clip core, and resilient leg members adapted to be frictionally inserted within a groove of a mosaic piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: CHARLES BEAULIEU
  • Patent number: 7987842
    Abstract: A releasable mount comprising two mounting posts that releasably engage into notches in the ends of a resilient, generally C-shaped bracket. The releasable mount is particularly useful to releasably mount an archery accessory such as an arrow quiver to an archery bow, tree or tree stand or the like. The arrow quiver may include a hood having an arrow retaining insert for receiving an arrow with a single-point or a 2-4 bladed broadhead. The quiver may also include an arrow gripper having a plurality of fingers whose sides define expandable oval slots between adjacent fingers into which the arrows are loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Mathew A. McPherson
  • Patent number: 7963010
    Abstract: A molded, semi ridged device for the purpose of securing a length of fabric or towel wrapped around the body of a person of the type having a straight flat base (10) connected to the face (12) by the top section (21). The base can be offset from the face to the left (7), right (13), and bottom (9) making the device easy to install beneath the bottom layer of the towel or fabric. The face of the device is inclined toward the base a few degree's from parallel till the beginning of the raised lip (14) which than is raised away from the base a few degree's from parallel to help facilitate the installation process. The towel/fabric clip has raise rails (15) (16) running vertically under the face, and raised rails (17) (18) running vertically under the base of the device to insure horizontal and vertical pressure on the towel/fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventor: Alfred B Levesque
  • Patent number: 7963392
    Abstract: A bar connecting apparatus applies clips to connect transverse bars used in reinforced concrete. A clip string is fed into the bar connecting apparatus by a clip feed assembly, so several pairs of transverse bars can be connected in rapid succession. A hammer reciprocates in the barrel of the bar connecting apparatus, and drives a clip from the barrel into engagement with the bars. An alignment head aligns the bar connecting apparatus with the transverse bars so the clips properly engage the bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Kodi Klip Corporation
    Inventor: Jon R. Kodi
  • Patent number: 7921527
    Abstract: A towel clip for securing a towel around the waist of a user, the towel clip typically including a body. The body has a longitudinal axis, and an inner and outer surface. The body has a first leg and a second leg and a bridge section. The bridge section is typically semicircular and the first leg and second extend outward therefrom. An embodiment of Applicant's towel clip includes a convex upper rail located on the inner surface of the first leg and a pair of convex lower rails spaced apart on the lower legs and extending upward from the inner surface of the lower leg. The bridge section is resilient and the legs will spread apart to exert pressure on a folded towel to secure the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventor: Carey Moy
  • Patent number: 7922207
    Abstract: In order to provide more secure binding of physical media, activation and deactivation mechanisms for media binders are presented. As such, internal spine clamp deactivation mechanisms for deactivating a spine clamp in a media binder are presented, the mechanism including: a tension sheet configured to operate the spine clamp in response to opening the media binder in a range of approximately 270 to 360 degrees (°), normally, greater than approximately 270°; a tear line disposed along the tension sheet and oriented along the spine clamp wherein when the tension sheet is torn at the tear line, the spine clamp is deactivated. In some embodiments, the mechanism further includes a cosmetic sheet disposed between the tension sheet and a cover of the media binder for providing a cover for the spine clamp such that when the tension sheet is torn, the spine clamp remains covered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Hoarau, Steven W. Trovinger
  • Patent number: 7918000
    Abstract: A clip for holding an object, such as a literature booklet, comprises first (23) and second (25) resilient parts, the first part adapted to hold an object having a first thickness and the second part adapted to hold an object having a second thickness, the first thickness being greater than the second thickness. Consequently, the clip can hold a range of thickness of literature booklets or other objects. The clip may be part of an article, such as a container for compact discs or DVD's.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Dubois Limited
    Inventors: John Hein, Peter Antony Farrar