Requiring Manual Force Applied Against Bias To Interlock Or Disengage Patents (Class 24/615)
  • Patent number: 10709209
    Abstract: A closure device for closing and locking a restraint system, such as a restraint system for an amusement vehicle, includes a blocking device, and a locking device having a first connecting member and a second connecting member. The locking device and the blocking device interact in such a way that, in at least a first position of the locking device relative to the blocking device, the first connecting member is releasable coupled to the second connecting member. Furthermore, in at least a second position of the locking device relative to the blocking device, the blocking device prevents release of the first connecting member from the second connecting member. In some examples, the second position includes the locking device being inserted at least partially into the blocking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Joerg Beutler
  • Patent number: 10687589
    Abstract: A protective enclosure for a zipper of an article. The zipper enclosure may include an enclosure base that is attachable to the article, such as a mattress cover or padding materials for use with a bedding/furniture cover. The enclosure base may be configured to receive a one or more components of the zipper, such as the zipper slider and pull tab, upon closing of the zipper. When the zipper is closed, the enclosure base may be enclosed by an enclosure cover to contain and/or prevent migration of particles and/or organisms, such as bed bugs, allergens, dust mites, small particles and the like, from the article through an opening in the zipper chain adjacent the slider head. The enclosure may include one or more barriers for preventing migration of small particles and/or organisms past obstructions formed by the barriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: CleanBrands, LLC
    Inventors: Gary Goldberg, David Harris, Donna Charpentier
  • Patent number: 10426470
    Abstract: A circular surgical stapling device includes a reload assembly that is supported on a distal end of an elongate shaft of the stapling device. The reload assembly includes a housing, a pusher assembly movably supported within the housing, a knife carrier movably supported within the pusher assembly, and an annular knife supported on the knife carrier. The elongate body includes a pusher drive member and a knife carrier pusher. The knife carrier includes first engagement structure that is configured to releasably engage second engagement structure formed on the knife carrier pusher to releasably couple the knife carrier pusher to the knife carrier. A reload insert or member is supported on or integrally formed with the housing of the reload assembly. The reload member includes a first portion configured to prevent separation of the first and second engagement structures and a second portion configured to accommodate separation of the first and second engagement structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Joseph Guerrera
  • Patent number: 10231519
    Abstract: A fastener for a garment, particularly suited to use in a garment such as a brassiere, includes female and male parts that interlock. The female part is connected to a first garment piece and the male part is connected to a second garment piece. The fastener is an overlapping fastener of the type in which the male piece is engaged with the female piece by inserting a connector plate of a male part into an aperture of a female part at an angle and thereafter pivoting the male part relative the female part thereby snap-fitting the connector plate in place in the aperture. The female part has a socket for receiving a detent of the male part, forming a locking mechanism. Dimensioning the male part to interfere with an edge of the female when coupling creates a second locking mechanism, as the female part resiliently couples to the male.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Dubrosky & Tracy Patent Service Corp.
    Inventors: Gerhard Fildan, Karl Wanzenböck
  • Patent number: 10130146
    Abstract: A buckle assembly may include a first connection member, and a second connection member configured to receive at least a portion of the first connection member in order to removably connect the first connection member to the second connection member. The second connection member includes an outer frame defining a central opening that is configured to allow monitoring of alignment and connection between the first and second connection members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Scott D. Kolasa, David A. Shereyk
  • Patent number: 10000968
    Abstract: An electromechanical actuator (11) includes a sealing element (21) provided with a housing (22), an electronic control unit (15) electrically connected to a first electrical connector (23), and a power supply cable (18) including, at one of the ends of same, a second electrical connector (24). The second connector (24) includes an elastic tab (26) provided with a stop element (27) cooperating with a recess (28) provided in the housing (22), and a first bending area (32) provided at the junction between a first end (26a) of the elastic tab (26) and a body (25) of the second connector (24). The stop element (27) is provided at a second free end (26b) of the elastic tab (26). The elastic tab (26) includes a second bending area (33) provided at the junction between an arm (37) and the stop element (27) of the elastic tab (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: SOMFY SAS
    Inventors: Florian Bodet, Beatrice Ducornetz, Fabrizio Girola
  • Patent number: 9982469
    Abstract: A pivot bar for a tiltable window sash may include an elongated body, an anti-rotation feature and a retaining finger. The elongated body has first and second opposing ends and first and second opposing surfaces extending between the first and second ends. The elongated body also has a first longitudinal axis extending through the first and second ends. The first end may be configured to be received in a window balance assembly. The retaining finger may extend from the second surface and may be configured to engage the tiltable window sash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Caldwell Manufacturing Company North America, LLC
    Inventors: Jay Sofianek, John Kessler
  • Patent number: 9730694
    Abstract: A loading unit including a shipping assembly is provided. The shipping assembly is operably received adjacent the cartridge assembly to retain staples with the cartridge assembly. The shipping assembly includes a shipping member selectively secured to loading unit and a locking member slidably disposed within the shipping member. The locking member is movable between a proximal position wherein the shipping member is secured to the housing and a distal position wherein the shipping member is removable from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Paul Scirica, Justin Williams, Patrick Mozdzierz, Christopher Penna
  • Patent number: 9675141
    Abstract: A safety buckle device includes a first buckle part having a partially closed space with an opening, and a second buckle part having a body, a guiding tongue, and a control key. When locking the safety buckle device, a springing detent is adapted to lock against a locking element. The control key has two recesses having different depths and arranged adjacent each other in the longitudinal direction of the control key. The detent achieves a first locking when the control key is actuated, and the detent achieves a second locking when the control key no longer is actuated, or the detent achieves a locking when the control key is not actuated. The detent is adapted to be released when the control key is actuated again, or when the control key is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: BABYBJORN AB
    Inventors: Jakob Wikner, Thomas Bergens, Marten Andren
  • Patent number: 9670947
    Abstract: A trim retainer assembly having a clip portion with a base and a molded housing having a keyhole and an opening. The keyhole in the doghouse is smooth for improved molding and elimination of tuning since there are no detents in the bore to tune or maintain. The base is provided with a pair of arms that are flexible and each arm having a self detent feature that passes through the opening in the housing to provide clip retention and, at the same time, float for tolerance variations is provided. The pair of arms also include nominal centering detents. The keyhole bore, opening, and clip portion provides clip detent, consistent retention effort, float, centering and anti-rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore J. Bachelder, Ronald J. Andor, Molli J. Andor, Michael S. Gignilliat
  • Patent number: 9603418
    Abstract: A rotatable buckle assembly may include a male buckle member, and a female buckle member configured to rotatably connect to the male buckle member. The female buckle member may include a handle that is configured to be pulled to disconnect the first buckle member from the second buckle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Michael B. Grimm, Christopher A. J. Iannello, Martin J. Nilsen
  • Patent number: 9578930
    Abstract: A buckle having an excellent design property is provided. [Solution] In a buckle for a belt in which a socket member and a plug member engage with each other, a buckle 10 is formed by forming the socket member including a front face portion 25 having an approximately flat surface; a back face portion 26 provided in such a way as to face a reverse face of the front face portion 25, and forming an engagement hole 21 with which the plug member engages between the back face portion 26 and the front face portion 25; a pressing piece 28 formed in the front face portion 25 by being divided by a slit 31 formed in the front face portion 25 and pressed for releasing an engagement with the plug member inserted into the engagement hole 21 to be engaged therewith; and a hinge portion 29 formed to be thinner than the pressing piece 28, connecting the pressing piece 28 to the same surface as the surface of the front face portion 25, and serving as a base point for a displacement when the pressing piece 28 is pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Namiko Koreishi
  • Patent number: 9554665
    Abstract: A drapery holdback assembly having interchangeable, adjustable decorative ends is provided. The drapery holdback includes a base portion for mounting to a supporting surface. A neck portion extends from the base portion to a distal head portion, which provides an arcuate magnet along a portion of its periphery. The drapery holdback includes an interface assembly having a decorative end and an opposing joint end, wherein the joint end forms a magnetically attractive curved surface so as to be movable and/or positionable over the arcuate magnet to various orientations. Being magnetically connected, different interface assemblies and so different decorative ends, may be interchanged onto the head portion at the user's whim. A spring is disposed between the decorative and joint ends, so that the interface assembly absorbs shock and other compressive forces to prevent damage to the drapery holdback assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventors: Anthony Joseph Olivo, Barbara Kay Olivo
  • Patent number: 9510831
    Abstract: An apparatus for joining organ wall portions of first and second hollow organs, including first and second connectors, wherein the first and second connectors are magnetically attracted to one another. A device for delivering and deploying the first and second connectors to portions of the first and second hollow organs can be provided, wherein the device is configured and dimensioned to axially align the first and second connectors for performing circular anastomosis of the first and second hollow organs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Frank Viola
  • Patent number: 9352945
    Abstract: The present invention in one or more embodiments provides a jack tool including a first shaft including a first tail with a first protrusion connected to a first spring, and a second shaft including a second head with a second aperture to detachably receive the first protrusion of the first shaft upon a force on the first spring translated from a force of different direction on the first protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brenna Liu, Wendy Ge, Jack Xu
  • Patent number: 9226551
    Abstract: A securing device that requires wearer assistance for removal has a clasp that is unlocked by simultaneously disengaging movable ratchet teeth and sliding one half of the clasp past the other half. The clasp has a first portion and a second portion, each portion including a male connector having fixed ratchet teeth and a female connector having movable ratchet teeth. When the securing clasp is locked together by connecting the male connector of the first portion with the female connector of the second portion, and vice versa, it provides for the securement of an adjoining wristband. The securing device can be unlocked by anyone using a two-hand grip but not by a wearer of the device on their wrist, because the wearer only has the use of one hand to unlock the securing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: On Track Technologies Incorporated
    Inventors: Penny Shikowitz, Glenwood Garner, III, Richard W. Inskeep
  • Patent number: 9038251
    Abstract: A buckle assembly structured for quick release and including a gripping assembly structured to removably retain an end connector in a locked position. Two locking segments are movably connected to one another and disposable between a closed orientation and a release orientation. The locked position includes the locking segments disposed in gripping engagement with the connector when the connector is disposed between the locking segments. A quick release assembly may be selectively positioned into a separating engagement with the locking segments to at least partially define a positioning thereof from their closed orientation into their release orientation. A secondary release assembly is connected to the gripping assembly and is independently operable to release the connector from the gripping engagement with the locking segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: National Molding, LLC.
    Inventor: Miguel A. Bevilacqua
  • Patent number: 9027558
    Abstract: A respiratory mask assembly for delivering breathable gas to a patient includes a frame and at least one locking clip. The frame has a main body and a side frame member provided on each lateral side of the main body, at least one of the side frame members including a locking clip receiver assembly. The at least one locking clip has a main body providing a front portion adapted to be removably coupled with the at least one locking clip receiver assembly and a rear portion adapted to be removably coupled to a headgear assembly. The rear portion includes a cross bar that forms an opening through which a strap of the headgear assembly can pass and be removably coupled with the cross bar, and the front portion includes at least one resiliently flexible spring arm that is flexible within the plane of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Memduh Guney, Amal Shirley Amarasinghe, Perry David Lithgow, Milind Chandrakant Raje, Aaron Samuel Davidson, Michael Andrew Jones
  • Patent number: 9015912
    Abstract: A side release buckle includes: a plug; and a socket, the plug including: a base; a pair of legs; and engaging portions, the socket including: a body; an insertion opening; a housing space; engaged portions; and a pair of guide surfaces. The guide surfaces, which are formed on an inner surface of the housing space and extend in an insertion direction of the legs while being opposed to each other, each include: a squeezing portion formed continuously with corresponding one of the engaged portions; and a guiding portion formed between the squeezing portion and the insertion opening. An interval between the guiding portions near the engaged portions is wider than an interval between the squeezing portions near the engaged portions. An inclination angle of each guiding portion to an insertion direction of the plug is smaller than an inclination angle of each of the squeezing portion to the insertion direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Madoka Nanbu, Ryoichiro Uehara
  • Patent number: 9009931
    Abstract: A strapping system used to hold a messenger bag or the like to a person. The system includes multi-component multi-attachment rotating and detachable buckles which provide pivoting motion about the intersection points of non-axial forces. The system allows for switching shoulders and adjusts to changing angles induced by changing the position of the bag on the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Matthew Jensen
  • Patent number: 8991867
    Abstract: A buckle for a child safety seat comprising a body having an opening for receiving and selectively retaining in position a tang portion of a first belt portion connector, a loop element for connecting a second belt portion, the loop element engaging the tang portion to connect the first and second belt portions, the loop element comprising a base with a pair of legs extending therefrom and abutting at distal ends at a split surface. Each leg includes an anti-spread tab extending generally perpendicularly from the leg configured to engage the opening when the buckle is operably assembled to prevent separation of the split surface and retain the loop element engaged on the tang portion. The anti-separation tabs allow separation of the split surface as the tang is partially withdrawn from the opening so that the lop portion may be disengaged from the tang by movement generally transverse to the tang.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Artsana USA, Inc
    Inventors: Michael L. Longenecker, James M. Dillner
  • Patent number: 8918963
    Abstract: A device for reversible connection between a casing for lead weights and a corresponding pocket of a diving jacket is described. The device has an elastically insertable and releasable buckle with a male part connected to the casing through a rigid plate and with a sheath, acting as the female part of the buckle, connected to the pocket of the jacket. The rigid plate presents lateral guide ribbings, suitable for facilitating insertion of the male part of the buckle in the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Cressi-Sub S.p.A.
    Inventor: Carlos Alberto Godoy
  • Patent number: 8863362
    Abstract: A side squeeze buckle with a cavity formed in a central section of the male section of the buckle is disclosed. The cavity can have an LED light enclosed therein or can be left as an open cavity to store items. The female section of the buckle has two arms extending around a central opening. The central section of the male section fits into the central opening of the female section. The external surface of the cavity forms a substantial portion of the top surface of the buckle when the buckle is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Bison Designs, LLC
    Inventor: Brian James Kelleghan
  • Patent number: 8857019
    Abstract: A belt buckle primarily for law enforcement or military personnel, for a relatively wide service belt, is of low profile, i.e. narrow from left to right so as to occupy minimal belt span to provide maximum space for equipment to be supported on the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: 5.11 Inc.
    Inventor: Cory Nykoluk
  • Patent number: 8851345
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fastening device for connecting a unit (120) to two mutually spaced headrest bars (101b, 101c) of a vehicle seat (101), comprising a first coupling element (102, 102a) for receiving a second coupling element (103, 103a) arranged on the unit (120) as well as a first fastening element (105) arranged on the first coupling element (102, 102a) and a second fastening element (106) moveably connected to the first fastening element (105), by way of which fastening elements the first coupling element (102, 102a) can be fastened to the headrest bars (101b, 101c). The first fastening element (105) and the second fastening element (106) are supported on the headrest bars (101b, 101c) and can be moved relative to each other in parallel to a connecting line (100) extending approximately horizontally between the centers of the headrest bars (101b, 101c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Kinetix AG
    Inventors: Peter Ackeret, Juergen Siegfried Skott
  • Patent number: 8827230
    Abstract: In an object holding device, it is possible to prevent loosening of a cord-like body for holding an object without requiring any user's special operation. The object holding device includes a fixing belt (3) wound on a plastic tank (2), a male buckle (9) provided at a fixing belt, a reel (4) having the fixing belt wound around and urged to rotate in a winding direction of the fixing belt and a reel housing (11) connecting with a male buckle. When the male buckle is connected to the reel housing, a rotation of the reel is restricted at least in a counter-winding direction of the fixing belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Takehiko Nemoto
  • Patent number: 8813321
    Abstract: Buckle includes a male member having a pair of arms each having an engaged part, and a flat cylinder-shaped female member having an insertion port into which the pair of arms is inserted and an engaging part engaging the pair of arms. The female member includes a first cylinder side wall and a second cylinder side wall, and an opened port opposed to the insertion port. The pair of arms is not exposed from an edge of the opened port in the state where the engaging part is engaged with the engaged parts, when viewed from a plane opposed to an outer surface of the first cylinder side wall. The pair of arms is exposed from the opened port in the state where the engaging part is engaged with the engaged parts, when viewed from a plane opposed to an outer surface of the second cylinder side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Gaku Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 8800121
    Abstract: A fastening arrangement comprises a first fastening member connected to a first strap and a second fastening member connected to a second strap. The first fastening member includes a first surface comprising at least one first interlocking member. The second fastening member includes a channel positioned between a second surface and a biasing member. The channel is configured to receive the first fastening member with the first surface facing the second surface. The second surface includes at least one second interlocking member configured to engage the first interlocking member in a manner that blocks the first interlocking member from moving relative to the second interlocking member in at least one direction. The biasing member is configured to urge the first interlocking member into engagement with the second interlocking member when the first fastening member is inserted into the channel of the second fastening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Berns, F. Grant Kovach, Alan Guyan, Mari Lucero, Kevin Patrick Fallon, Kirsten Climer, Tara Marchionna, Yvonne Lin, Tucker Fort
  • Patent number: 8769783
    Abstract: A buckle includes a male member having a pair of flexible arms mutually facing each other and disposed extending from a base part, and a female member to connect to the male member by coupling with the pair of arms. The male member has a flexible bridge connecting the pair of arms. The bridge is connected to an opposing face of each of the pair of arms facing the other arm. At the connecting portion where each of the pair of arms and the bridge are connected, the bridge is placed projecting toward the other arm from the opposing face on the arm following a tangential direction to a circle being centered on the base end of the arm and having a distance from the base end to the connecting portion as a radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Gaku Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 8763612
    Abstract: A respiratory mask assembly for delivering breathable gas to a patient includes a frame and at least one locking clip. The frame has a main body and a side frame member provided on each lateral side of the main body, at least one of the side frame members including a locking clip receiver assembly. The at least one locking clip has a main body providing a front portion adapted to be removably coupled with the at least one locking clip receiver assembly and a rear portion adapted to be removably coupled to a headgear assembly. The rear portion includes a cross bar that forms an opening through which a strap of the headgear assembly can pass and be removably coupled with the cross bar, and the front portion includes at least one resiliently flexible spring arm that is flexible within the plane of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Memduh Guney, Amal Shirley Amarasinghe, Perry David Lithgow, Milind Chandrakant Raje, Aaron Samuel Davidson, Michael Andrew Jones
  • Patent number: 8763217
    Abstract: A buckle includes a male member and a female member. The male member includes: a base to which a string member is attachable; a pair of legs that project from the base and are elastically deformable in directions intersecting an insertion direction of the male member; and engaging portions that are provided to the legs and are engageable with the female member. When the male member is inserted into the female member, parts of the legs come into contact with inner walls of the female member to form biasing portions that bias the male member in an opposite-insertion direction using a resilience of the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Hitoshi Kaneko
  • Publication number: 20140150220
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein is a fastener which is embedded into a sturdy fabric. Once embedded into a sturdy fabric the fastener may be joined making a bag which can be used to contain items such as yard debris, sporting equipment, and many other items. In another embodiment, the fastener may be embedded into a strap and used to secure items to trailers, boats, and cars or to securely bundle items such as sticks, firewood, baseball bats, hockey sticks, tools and the like. The invention disclosed herein is composed of a fastener spring and a fastener spring receiver embedded into the opposite corners of a sturdy fabric. The fastener spring consist of a spring from which two lateral struts extend. At the end of the lateral struts, circular stops are attached. The fastener spring receiver is rectangular. The lateral struts of the fastener spring are compressed and the circular stops are inserted into the spring receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Karen HICKERSON
  • Patent number: 8732918
    Abstract: The system and method for quick release can include a remote release enclosure having a connection side and a trigger side, at least one cable assembly traversing through the release enclosure from the connection side to the trigger side, a trigger assembly coupled the at least one cable assembly, and a plurality of attachment assemblies coupled the other end of the at least one cable assembly. The trigger assembly can be operatively coupled to each of the plurality of attachment assemblies via the cable assemblies. The attachment assemblies can have a male portion having an inner guide post between at least two outer guide posts and a female portion. The cable assemblies can couple the male portions of the attachment assemblies to the trigger assembly such that movement of the trigger assembly can release or disengage the male portion of the attachment assembly from the female portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Carter
  • Patent number: 8720018
    Abstract: The lock member includes: a plate-like base portion positioned on a top side of the socket; a holder retaining the base portion to the socket; an operating portion connected to the base portion and movable in a direction intersecting the base portion by an external operation; and a lock portion restricting disengagement of the engaged portions and the engaging portions. The lock portion is positioned in the socket and connected to the operating portion via a joint inserted in the cutout. Without the external operation, the lock portion is present in movement paths where the engaging portions move to be disengaged from the engaged portions. When the operating portion is moved by the external operation, the lock portion is moved away from the movement paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichi Yoshie, Ming Yi Huang
  • Patent number: 8695181
    Abstract: A buckle includes a male member and a female member. The male member includes: a base; a pair of legs that project from the base; engaging portions that are provided on the legs to be engageable with the female member; and a linking body that links the pair of legs. The linking body includes a curved portion that is curved such that the middle thereof is closest to the base. A pair of projecting portions that are substantially parallel with an insertion direction of the male member extend from the base to be disposed outside the curved portion such that the curved portion is interposed therebetween. With this arrangement, the linking body for linking the pair of legs can be disposed with less possibility that other objects are caught in a space in the male member and without increasing a length dimension in the insertion direction more than necessary. The male member can be stably held relative to the female member against a torsion force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Hitoshi Kaneko, Ryoichiro Uehara
  • Patent number: 8677576
    Abstract: A side release buckle includes a plug and a socket into which the plug is inserted for engagement. The plug includes: a base provided with a belt attachment; a pair of legs projecting from the base; an engaging portion formed to the legs; and a connecting portion connecting the legs to each other. The socket includes: a body provided with a belt attachment and an insertion opening; a housing space formed in the body and housing the legs inserted from the insertion opening; an engaged portion formed in the body and engageable with the engaging portion; and a cutout dented toward the insertion opening from an edge of the belt attachment. The cutout is formed over an area surrounded by the legs and the connecting portion when the legs and the connecting portion are housed in the housing space while the engaging portion and the engaged portion are engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Ryoichiro Uehara, Tomoko Yagami, Yasutaka Nishida, Takeshi Harada, Kenichi Yoshie
  • Patent number: 8677575
    Abstract: A clasp for jewelry has a female member and a male member insertable into the female member. Upon insertion, a plurality of engagements can be formed between the male and female members, such that two hands of a user can be required to disengage the male member from the female member. A satellite positioning system can be contained therein the female member so that the location of a wearer of the clasp can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Jenny Bergstrom
  • Patent number: 8667651
    Abstract: A combined diving utensil has a buckling assembly, a seesaw and a fastening element. The buckling assembly includes a male buckle and a female buckle. Of which, one end of the female buckle is provided with an opening, and the other end provided with a mating joint. One end of the male buckle is provided with a threading portion, and the other end provided with an extension coupled with the mating joint. A plurality of ribs are set on one surface of the fastening element, which is set on the threading portion of the male buckle. A stopper is set close to the end of the fastening element. The seesaw is provided with a thrust rib plate, which is mated with a plurality of ribs on the fastening element and pivoted on the female buckle via the fulcrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Ching-Wen Wang
  • Patent number: 8648735
    Abstract: Provided is a safety directional indicator to improve highway safety. Embodiments of the invention include devices for guiding a driver of a vehicle in a desired direction, typically away from highway workers, pedestrians, curbs, and opposing lanes of traffic. Specifically included is a safety directional indicator system comprising a flexible belt with a plurality of light transmitting bars disposed along the belt and having a plurality of LEDs disposed at one elongated end of each light transmitting bar and in operable communication with a control system for illuminating the LEDs in a manner to indicate a direction for traffic. Safety devices according to the invention can be stand-alone devices, devices capable of being attached to objects or structures at a highway scene, or configured to be worn on a person's body. An object of the safety devices according to embodiments of the invention is to increase driver awareness of highway situations especially during conditions of restricted visibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventors: Paul Haynes, Eric Collins
  • Patent number: 8601652
    Abstract: A side release buckle includes a plug and a socket into which the plug is inserted for engagement. The plug includes: a base provided with a belt attachment; a pair of legs projecting from the base; an engaging portion formed to the legs; and a connecting portion connecting the legs to each other. The socket includes: a body provided with a belt attachment and an insertion opening; a housing space formed in the body and housing the legs inserted from the insertion opening; an engaged portion formed in the body and engageable with the engaging portion; and a cutout dented toward the insertion opening from an edge of the belt attachment. The cutout is formed over an area surrounded by the legs and the connecting portion when the legs and the connecting portion are housed in the housing space while the engaging portion and the engaged portion are engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Ryoichiro Uehara, Tomoko Yagami, Yasutaka Nishida, Takeshi Harada, Kenichi Yoshie
  • Patent number: 8522409
    Abstract: A side release buckle includes a plug and a socket into which the plug is inserted for engagement. The plug includes: a base being provided with a belt attachment and a pair of legs; and an engaging portion being formed to each of the legs. The socket includes: a body being provided with a belt attachment and an insertion opening; a housing space being formed in the body and capable of housing the legs inserted from the insertion opening (22); and an engaged portion being formed in the body and engageable with the engaging portion. The body includes an undulation being continuously formed in an insertion direction of the legs on at least one of top and bottom surfaces of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Ryoichiro Uehara, Yasutaka Nishida
  • Patent number: 8522410
    Abstract: A releasable buckle including a latch having locking arms adapted to lockingly engage a female component. A folding bridge structure extends between the locking arms. The bridge structure includes a pivot connection zone adapted to engage an elongate release member. Upon tensioning the elongate release member the locking arms are pulled inwardly to disengage from the female component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works
    Inventors: Brian M Parisi, Scott D Kolasa, Craig E Ernst, Jr., Jeffrey D Anderson
  • Publication number: 20130224667
    Abstract: A survival buckle is disclosed which is durable, easy to use, safe, and can provide the necessary spark to create a fire in almost any setting. The male buckle member comprises a flint cartridge positioned on the center guide rod, and the female buckle member comprises a striking pad. To create a spark, the user will separate the male buckle member from the female buckle member, secure the male buckle member in one hand, secure the female buckle member in the other hand, and strike the flint cartridge against the striking pad in an outward motion. The impact from the flint cartridge causes a portion of the striking pad, heated by friction, to react with oxygen from the atmosphere and create a spark.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Dale Roybal
  • Patent number: 8464406
    Abstract: A quick release buckle assembly has a male portion that is inserted into a female portion. Each female portion has a cavity and at a spring-loaded locking device disposed within the cavity. Each male portion has a base with a locking tongue having an aperture, such that inserting the male portion into the open top of the female portion causes the locking device to snap into the aperture in the locking tongue to lock the two buckle portions together. To release the buckle portions, the locking device is pulled upward, in a direction that is between 45 to 90 degrees to the insertion plane of the female portion, until the locking device clears the aperture in the locking tongue. The motion required to release the male portion from the female portion ensures that the buckle will not be inadvertently released by catching on something in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: National Molding-Duraflex, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Anscher
  • Patent number: 8448308
    Abstract: A buckle includes a buckle body, two first retainers, and two second retainers connected respectively and detachably to the first retainers. The buckle body includes an insert groove having two upwardly facing openings, two stop portions, and a resilient pressing arm. The first retainers are inserted into the insert groove via the openings, respectively. Each of the first retainers includes a resilient retaining plate biased to a retaining position to prevent removal of the corresponding first retainer from the buckle body. Each of the resilient retaining plates is removable from the retaining position. When the resilient pressing arm is pressed, each of the resilient retaining plates is removed from the retaining position by the resilient pressing arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Nuna International B.V.
    Inventors: Jonathan Kirk Mountz, Nathanael Saint
  • Patent number: 8418327
    Abstract: The security buckle includes a first body member having one or more walls defining a receiving cavity and one or more mating slots; and a second body member adapted to engage the receiving cavity, the second body member including one or more latching tabs for engaging the one or more mating slots wherein the second body member is inhibited from disengagement while the one or more latching tabs engage the one or more mating slots, and wherein the first body member includes a portion of the one or more walls defining a security slot adapted for receiving an interfering object that includes an engagement mode for insertion and removal from the slot and an interfering mode for inhibiting the one or more latching tabs from disengaging from the one or more mating tabs until the interfering object is transitioned to the engagement mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Michael E. Woods
  • Patent number: 8365368
    Abstract: A buckle includes a male member and a female member. The male member includes: a base; a pair of legs that project from the base; engaging portions that are provided on the legs to be engageable with the female member; and a linking body that links the pair of legs. The linking body includes a curved portion that is curved such that the middle thereof is closest to the base. A pair of projecting portions that are substantially parallel with an insertion direction of the male member extend from the base to be disposed outside the curved portion such that the curved portion is interposed therebetween. With this arrangement, the linking body for linking the pair of legs can be disposed with less possibility that other objects are caught in a space in the male member and without increasing a length dimension in the insertion direction more than necessary. The male member can be stably held relative to the female member against a torsion force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Hitoshi Kaneko, Ryoichiro Uehara
  • Patent number: 8333433
    Abstract: A harness apparatus including a first adjustable harness strap, a second adjustable harness strap, and a retainer apparatus. The retainer apparatus includes a first retainer portion slidably attached to the first harness strap, a second retainer portion slidably attached to the second harness strap, and a braking mechanism configured to prevent the first retainer portion and the second retainer portion from moving along the first harness strap and the second harness strap. The first retainer portion is removably attached to the second retainer portion. The braking mechanism includes a braking device configured to apply resistance to the first harness strap and/or the second harness strap and to hold the retainer apparatus in a stationary position along the first harness strap and the second harness strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: Mark J. Friedman
  • Patent number: 8286312
    Abstract: A buckle has plug and socket members which are detachably coupled to each other. The plug member having a base part, a pair of lock arms which project from the base part to be elastically coupled to the socket member, a guide rod which projects from the base part between the pair of lock arms, and bridges which extend from the base part inside the pair of lock arms and are connected to distal ends or middle portions of inner surfaces of the lock arms. The socket member have a chamber which is defined by an upper plate, a lower plate and sidewalls connecting the upper and lower plates and is open at a distal end thereof to receive the pair of lock arms and the guide rod, and engagement parts which are formed outside the chamber to allow distal end portions of the lock arms to be engaged therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Jisook Paik
  • Patent number: 8286311
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a buckle that includes a male latch having an improved shape. An object of the present invention is to provide the buckle that includes a projected part formed on a hook of the male latch, where the projected part has three projected surfaces projected from three side surfaces of the arm. The buckle comprises: the male latch including a pair of hooks each of which has three projected surfaces; and a female receptacle coupled to the male latch by holding the projected surfaces formed on the each hook of the male latch, where the male latch is inserted into the female receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Jisook Paik