And Distinct Spring Biasing Component Patents (Class 24/613)
  • Patent number: 10378568
    Abstract: A lateral positioning device coupled to a first object to laterally engage or interfere with a second object. The lateral positioning device includes a body portion and positioning element. The body portion is coupled to the first object in a first direction and has a through hole which has therein a limiting portion and extends in a second direction, with an angle formed between the first and second directions. The positioning element is penetratingly disposed in the through hole and limited by the limiting portion to thereby move in the second direction. The positioning element has an engaging portion disposed on the first side of the limiting portion to allow the engaging portion to engage with the second object; a stopping portion disposed on the second side of the limiting portion; and a neck portion connecting with the engaging and stopping portions and passing through the limiting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Ting-Jui Wang
  • Patent number: 10271887
    Abstract: An orthopedic device holder and related kit are disclosed. The orthopedic device holder can include a body portion having a proximal end and a distal end, the body portion defining a bore positioned between the proximal end and the distal end, a plunger portion having a proximal end and a distal end, the plunger portion extending into an opening of the body portion and defining a second bore, and a locking lever that, when activated, is configured to move between a first position and a second position and transition the first bore and the second bore from a locked configuration to an unlocked configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Zimmer, Inc.
    Inventors: Nolan C. Jones, Jeffery A. VanDiepenbos
  • Patent number: 10113573
    Abstract: A passive locking mechanism for a telescoping structure includes a stud fixed to a first panel section, a lower pawl coupled to a second panel section, an upper pawl coupled to the second panel section operable to engage the lower pawl, and a lock wedge coupled to a third panel section. The lock wedge is operable to engage the upper and lower pawls. In a retracted position of the telescoping structure, the lower pawl is engaged with the lock wedge, such that the second panel section is locked in place relative to the third panel section, and the first panel section is free to move relative to the second panel section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Steven P. Kemp, Gary E. Marcelynas, Gregory S. Renaud, Sarah L. Palmer
  • Patent number: 8176605
    Abstract: A buckle, operating between a locked position and a released position, comprising a male buckle member having a plurality of locking members, and a female buckle member. The female buckle member includes a housing, a plurality of engaging portions formed on the housing for engaging with the locking members, a latch member slidably disposed in the housing for preventing the locking members from disengaging with the engaging portions in the locked position, and a bias device connecting the latch member to the housing for biasing said latch member against the locking member in the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Yuet Ying Maggie Mok
  • Publication number: 20120073096
    Abstract: The invention relates to the technical field of insert buckles, in particular to an insert buckle head and an insert buckle, wherein one end of the insert buckle head is an inserting end; left and right sides of the inserting end are slidably provided with a detachable buckle pin respectively; and the insert buckle comprises an insert buckle body and the insert buckle head which are inserted, buckled and matched with each other. The insert buckle head and the insert buckle have the advantages that: as the insert buckle head in the insert buckle adopts the detachable buckle pins, the buckle pins are difficult to break off or damage; the insert buckle head can be maintained; and the buckle pins can be replaced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: Leo Lai
  • Patent number: 8122574
    Abstract: A device for fastening includes a first component including an aperture, and a second component including a base with a perpendicular post to be inserted into the aperture to engage the fastener and of a diameter similar to the diameter of the aperture, a sprung latch with a flange to be inserted into the aperture along with the post that engages the surface of the first component underneath the aperture to fasten the second component to the first component, a rotating actuator that rotates on an axis on the base and actuates the flanges to allow clearance for insertion or extraction from the aperture, and a hinge to assemble the rotating actuator to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Kurt Philip Dammermann
  • Patent number: 7052223
    Abstract: A lockable key comprises a handle, a flange, a shaft, a first spring, a second spring, and two depressible balls. The handle is connected to the top of said flange, and the shaft is connected to the bottom of the flange. The shaft provides two lateral appendages, and he first spring is coiled around the shaft between the flange and the two lateral appendages. The shaft terminates in a tapered region that provides apertures through which the depressible balls depend. The second spring is mounted internal to the shaft and acts to push the depressible balls outwardly through the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Inventor: William Clarence Miller
  • Patent number: 6811348
    Abstract: A device for locking a position of a moving part with respect to a fixed part. The moving part is positioned with respect to the fixed part isostatically. The device generates a force opposing the loss of contact of all the points of isostatic contact between the moving part and the fixed part so as to lock the position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Thales Avionics S.A.
    Inventors: Guy Meyer, Jean-Marc Darrieux
  • Patent number: 6220778
    Abstract: An apparatus retains and aligns an electrical ignition switch of a motor vehicle with respect to a steering column housing. A switch housing supports the electrical switch and has at least one first aperture formed therein. The steering column housing slidably receives the switch housing therein, and the steering column housing has at least one second aperture formed therein. At least one locking member is engagable within the first aperture and is moveable between a first position retracted within the aperture and a second position extended outwardly with respect to the first aperture. The locking member engages within the second aperture when the switch housing is slidably engaged and fully seated within the steering column housing and holds the switch housing with respect to the steering column housing when engaged within the second aperture. A biasing member urges the locking member toward the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Valeo Inc.
    Inventors: J├╝rgen Suchanek, Larry W. Burr
  • Patent number: 6163942
    Abstract: A two-piece lock comprises a male connector; a locking mechanism provided on the male connector including a pair of connecting rods each having a rod portion and a slope portion, a pair of springs each putting on one of the rod portions, a tube member for receiving the springs and the rod portions on two opposite sides having a longitudinal center opening and a transverse center hole, a movable member having a head portion and a recessed body portion, and a pair of connecting members each pivotably connecting the rod portions and the recessed body portion which is pivotably secured to the tube member by inserting a fixing means through the transverse center hole and a predetermined position of the recessed body portion; and a female connector comprising a pair of holes on two opposite sides each receiving one of the slope portions in a locked position, and a recessed portion for receiving the head portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Inventor: Chien-Chen Liao
  • Patent number: 5878930
    Abstract: The bicycle seat pack comprises a clam shell structure wherein a top portion includes a releasably locking bicycle seat engaging assembly including a release lever. A zipper extending almost completely around a periphery of the pack allows for a drop down bottom portion to drop away from the top portion, allowing for easy access to the interior space, with enhanced accessibility allowing for compartmentalization of the inner space, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Inventor: Charles Martin Schwimmer
  • Patent number: 5522529
    Abstract: A clasp assembly for selectively connecting and disconnecting a pair of bands which define a watch bracelet is described. The clasp assembly includes a male coupling defined by a housing and a depending insert, and a female coupling having an inside wall which defines an opening that is sized to selectively receive the insert of the male coupling. The clasp assembly also includes a pair of tab members which overlie the insert for selectively engaging the female coupling member along the inside wall thereof. The clasp assembly further includes a spring which is operatively connected between the two tab members to enable the user to selectively lock and unlock the insert from the female coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Assignee: Yurman Design, Inc.
    Inventors: David Yurman, Peter Roth
  • Patent number: 5170541
    Abstract: An apparatus for fastening a pair of handbag handling straps includes a longitudinal first grip member fixed to one handling strap and a longitudinal second grip member fixed to the other handling strap. The first grip member has a first face including a recessed receiving portion which has a curved portion. The second grip member includes a second face which is opposite and complementary to the first face. The second face has an outwardly projecting hood which extends into the recessed receiving portion and is movable in a longitudinal direction of the second face. A resilient member is provided in the second grip member to urge the hook to move in the longitudinal direction to engage with the curved portion when the first and second faces are engaged with each other. An releasing device is provided in the first grip member to release the hook from its engaging position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Inventor: Charles Chen
  • Patent number: 5075936
    Abstract: A clasp for bracelets and the like made up of two locking cylinders is described. The clasp is readily separated by compression, turning and then withdrawing one cylinder from the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Inventor: Ellen A. Glaser
  • Patent number: 5020947
    Abstract: An automatic locking system for different sized containers on flat cars or trailers. The locks at the corner of the loading space are not retractable but have automatic locking mechanism that holds the container down. The locks in the center of the loading space are retractable and positioned to lock the adjacent ends of shorter containers and will be automatically retracted into the holder of the locks, when a longer container is lowered down over the locks. The retractable locks are retracted by the weight of the long container when the container presses on a release mechanism placed between the locks on top of the lock-holder. When the long container is unloaded, the retractable center locks automatically are released from the holder and will automatically become locked into a loading position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1991
    Assignee: Buffers AB
    Inventor: Peter Marcelius
  • Patent number: 4564984
    Abstract: A positioning cone for positioning containers stacked one upon another on a ship or the like engages the containers without the need of turning a separate external lever. This arrangement saves time required to clamp the containers to one another and ensures secure and accurate positioning work by the use of a cooperative latch and locking pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1986
    Assignee: Taiyo Seiki Iron Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Takaguchi
  • Patent number: 4433459
    Abstract: The push fastener of this invention includes a plastic receptacle held by a metal member to a workpiece, the receptacle having four leaf springs for improved alignment and load carrying ability. Two inclined inner surfaces are provided on the receptacle, one for engagement by the end of the plunger and the other for engagement by the release collar. A lip at the ends of the leaf springs is received within the interior of a washer on the end of the plunger when the fastener is secured, resisting outward displacement of the ends of the leaf springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1984
    Assignee: Deutsch Fastener Corp.
    Inventor: Jorge W. Molina
  • Patent number: 4420860
    Abstract: A quick disconnect pin assembly is provided with a bushing having an intel bore with an axially extending recess. The disconnect pin, insertable into the bore, has an annular groove in alignment with the recess when the pin is in an inserted position within the bushing. This recess defines a locking ring seat. A resilient locking ring in the groove locks between the seat and the shoulder to prevent withdrawal of the pin after the pin is inserted. The bushing has a side face on its inserted end which is of less diameter than its side face on the other end toward the withdrawal opening of the bushing, forming a space between the bushing and the pin. Part of a release means for releasing the ring from engagement between the seat and the shoulder to deflect it backwardly into the groove so that the pin can be withdrawn utilizes this space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1983
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Steve R. Chamuel