Including Vacuum Maker Or Breaker Patents (Class 248/205.8)
  • Patent number: 10920925
    Abstract: A suction cup mount has a suction plate and a housing, wherein the suction plate and the housing are connected to each other in such a way that the housing can be pressed onto the suction plate and the suction plate includes a circumferential connection to a mount frame of the housing, which releases itself at a defined release force acting on the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Tormaxx GmbH
    Inventor: Hubert Koch
  • Patent number: 10890207
    Abstract: The connection of an accessory to a suction disc module comprises a lever mounted to the suction disc module; a latch bar on each side of that lever, and a raised shoulder on a top surface of the lever. The accessory has a pair of inclined latch blocks for engagement with the latch bars and a square-edge boss for engagement with the raised shoulder. The lever is urged away from the suction disc module by a spring. The lever has an overrun in a displacement thereof while a displacement of the spring remains constant. The lever is selectively movable along this overrun for engaging the latch bars with the inclined latch blocks and for engaging the raised shoulder with the square-edge boss. This latter engagement of the raised shoulder with the square-edge boss prevents an excess movement of the connecting direction, and urges the accessory in the release direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Vertiball Solutions Ltd.
    Inventor: Curtis Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10821612
    Abstract: A suction gripper system includes a suction calotte for the handling of at least one article and a counterpart configured correspondingly to the suction calotte. Further, the suction gripper system includes a magnetic element and a movably mounted ball, which are arranged to interact magnetically with respect to one another to influence a spatial position of the suction calotte in relation to the counterpart. Further, a method for handling the at least one article, a method for producing at least one spectacle lens, and the use of the suction gripper system are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Vision International GmbH
    Inventor: Norbert Kurz
  • Patent number: 10731391
    Abstract: A suction-security system includes an adhesion membrane coupled to a swing arm. Rotation of the swing arm lifts a center portion of the adhesion membrane, creating suction and adhesion of the suction-security system to an anchor surface. The swing arm may have a low profile enabling use of the suction security system in an enclosure with minimal loss of available interior space. The system may include a shield protecting the adhesion membrane, and a bushing in the shield permits rotation of a portion of the shield without disturbing adhesion of the adhesion membrane to the anchor surface. The suction-security system may be used in consumer items such as purses, backpacks, briefcases, and suitcases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: James E. Lucari, Don D. McCracken, Jr., Nicole A. Reading
  • Patent number: 10696269
    Abstract: A violation enforcement system configured to impair the view of a driver through a windshield of a vehicle is provided. The violation enforcement system includes a plurality of covering assemblies, each of the covering assemblies having one or more suction assemblies configured for placement against a windshield of a vehicle. A pump assembly is configured for pneumatic communication with the one or more suction assemblies. The pump assembly is configured to develop a partial vacuum between the one or more suction assemblies and the windshield. A release assembly is configured for pneumatic communication with the one or more suction assemblies. The release assembly is configured to actuate release of the one or more suction assemblies from the windshield and a sensor system is configured to sense environmental conditions for adjustment of the partial vacuum developed between the one or more suction assemblies and the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Colin Heffron, Kevin Dougherty, Robert White, Colin Heffron, Jr., Christopher C. D'Antuono, Francis J. Pinero, Amilcar Sergio Penetra
  • Patent number: 10649492
    Abstract: A mount includes a frame, a head coupled to a first end of the frame, a suction cup positioned at an opposite second end of the frame, and a suction-cup activator. Rotational movement of the suction-cup activator causes a corresponding axial moment of the suction cup for attaching the mount to a surface. The head allows attachment of a handheld electronic device to the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: ANNEX PRODUCTS PTY. LTD.
    Inventors: Christopher Peters, Leigh Ryan
  • Patent number: 10641314
    Abstract: A suction holder includes a suction unit, a housing unit, a pressure deformable unit, and a linkage positioning unit. The suction unit includes a suction cup and a traction element engaged to a top of the suction cup. The pressure deformable unit has a circumference radially distributed with a plurality of elastic pressing elements. The pressure deformable unit is located on the suction cup and is confined in the housing unit. The linkage positioning unit can drive the traction element to move upward so that the suction cup can attach to a surface. When the surface is curved or has arcs, the elastic pressing elements can be deformed to different extents to be pressed on the suction cup to maintain better attachment to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Eagle Fan
  • Patent number: 10588406
    Abstract: A product holder system is configured to be removably secured to a surface of a component. The system may include a bracket including a main beam and at least one securing mount, and at least one product holder removably and adjustably secured to the main beam. The product holder is configured to removably retain a product. At least one securing assembly is connected to the securing mount(s). The securing assembly is configured to removably secure the product holder system to the surface of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: ISEE STORE INNOVATIONS, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Mark Schaefer, Steven Allen Brenner, Joseph Vonder Haar, Emad Ayad
  • Patent number: 10585429
    Abstract: A steering robot for operating a steering wheel of a test automobile is disclosed. The robot includes an actuator mounted to the automobile, and an electromechanical connector that detachably connects the actuator to the steering wheel. A steering processor is connected to the actuator and to the electromechanical connector, and the steering processor (1) actuates the actuator, thereby operating the steering wheel when the actuator is connected to the steering wheel by way of the electromechanical connector; and (2) actuates the electromechanical connector, thereby disconnecting the actuator from the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: DYNAMIC RESEARCH, INC.
    Inventors: Jordan Y Silberling, Nadine A Wong, Brian K Kebschull, Joseph Kelly, Stephen Rhim
  • Patent number: 10393168
    Abstract: A securing assembly is configured to removably secure a structure to a surface of a component. The securing assembly includes a suction cup, a locking member coupled to the suction cup, and a suction securing nut coupled to the suction cup and the locking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: iSee Store Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Schaefer, Steven Allen Brenner, Sesha Madireddi, Sivateja Kasireddi
  • Patent number: 10059404
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a wake diversion system operates to manipulate the characteristics of the stern waves produced by a watercraft as it passes through water. In one embodiment, the wake diversion system includes a wake diverter that is comprised of a body, a panel, and a plurality of boat attachment mechanisms. The wake diverter is removably attachable to the side of the hull of a watercraft such that it obstructs the natural flow of water around the hull of the watercraft on side of the watercraft to which it is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: MISSION LLC
    Inventors: Kristopher William Clover, Mark Raymond Bohlig, Luke Raymond Bohlig
  • Patent number: 9914509
    Abstract: A wake enhancer can be configured to be quickly and easily coupled to and decoupled from a boat even when the boat is in water and without requiring any modification/alteration to the boat. The wake enhancer can include a base, an arm that extends from the base to form a forward facing surface for diverting the flow of water, and opposing sidewalls that extend between the base and the arm to provide support to the arm. The wake enhancer can also include suction cup assemblies that are integrated into the base and function to couple the wake enhancer to the hull of a boat. The opposing sidewalls can include recessed ends which facilitate access to handles of the suction cup assemblies to in turn facilitate coupling and decoupling the wake enhancer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Wakesurf Edge, LLC
    Inventor: Troy Tegeder
  • Patent number: 9889909
    Abstract: A device is temporarily attached to one side of the stern of a boat in order to modify the wake pattern of the boat by effectively making one side of the boat longer than the other side. The delayed wave on the opposite side of the boat from the wake shaping device allows the wave to crest over the natural wave on the side where the device is installed. In one example, the device has a frame with a side surface angled outwardly 12 degrees from the side of the boat, a mounting surface with a platform index notch configured to be positioned over a portion of a boat platform. A wedge shape utilizes water pressure to distribute the load evenly across the fastening side of the device, thereby allowing for a tight fit to the back of the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: Dean Morgan, Jeanna Jette
  • Patent number: 9845058
    Abstract: A mount for an electronic device includes a ferromagnetic element securable to the electronic device, and a mount body including a face plate and at least one leg, the magnet secured in the face plate, and the at least one leg movable from a stored position to a support position. The stored position is flush with the face plate, and the support position is normal to the face plate. The magnet and ferromagnetic element combine with the leg in it support position to allow reliable mounting of heavy and/or oversized electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Bracketron, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Chow
  • Patent number: 9844159
    Abstract: A handheld mount assembly for portable electronic device includes a pistol style grip and suction cup assembly. The mount assembly functions as a gripping device for handheld use, a hands free stand, and a recharging station. The mount can be secured anywhere on the back of the electronic device, making the angle adjustable for stand use, and also allowing the user to position the device differently to accommodate his/her own needs. The mount can power/charge the portable wireless device as well as wirelessly connect to it and integrate its operational controls to those three tactile controls of the mount assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Paul Stanley Liniger
  • Patent number: 9810370
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for positioning a computer workstation relative to a work surface, the apparatus including a base, wherein the base includes at least one attachment mechanism located on a bottom surface of the base, wherein the at least one attachment mechanism is configured to affix the base to the work surface; a support column that extends upward from the base; a display mount movably coupled to the support column such that the display mount is configured to move in a first range of travel relative to the base; and a keyboard tray movably coupled to the support column such that the keyboard tray is configured to move in a second range of travel relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Health Postures, LLC
    Inventors: Jared L. Elliott, Nathan D. Wenninger
  • Patent number: 9782154
    Abstract: An instrument (2) for manipulating an implant is disclosed, the instrument (2) comprising an attachment element (22), which is operable to engage an implant, an actuation rod (20), a distal end (34) of which is connected to the attachment element (22) and a handle (4) having a gripping surface (6). At least a proximal end (32) of the actuation rod (20) is moveably received within the handle (4). The instrument further comprises a drive mechanism (42), mounted on the handle (4) and operable to drive relative movement between the actuation rod (20) and the handle (4). Also disclosed is an instrument (2) for manipulating an implant, the instrument (2) comprising a handle (4), a suction cup (22) operable to engage a surface of an implant and moveably mounted with respect to the handle (4), and a release cord (104), fixedly connected between an edge (88) of the suction cup (22) and the handle (4). A method of releasing an implant from an instrument (2) to which it is attached is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Biomet UK Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan James Slade, Marc David Elliott
  • Patent number: 9746022
    Abstract: A suction cup, including a flat framework, a suction cup body covering the framework, a connection rod disposed on the back surface of the framework and passing through the cup body, a cup cover covering the connection rod and the cup body, and a pressing element provided on the back surface of the cup cover and in connection with the connection rod, a seal element on the adsorption surface of the cup body, and an annular protruding ring on the inner surface of the cup cover at a location corresponding to the seal element for touch pressing the inner surface of the cup body against the seal element. The invention uses rigid force transfer, and thus the force transfer is more effective. The sealing element enhances the airtightness of the suction cavity and increases the absorption force of the suction cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: ZHONGSHAN TAILI HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhengbing Shi
  • Patent number: 9717374
    Abstract: A bodily scrubbing assembly includes a housing that may be removably coupled to a wall in a shower. A sponge is removably positioned in the housing. Thus, the sponge is retained on the shower thereby facilitating the sponge to scrub a user's body. A plurality of couplers is provided and each of the couplers is coupled to the sponge. Each of the couplers engages the housing such that the sponge is removably retained in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Anderson Kinsale
  • Patent number: 9695974
    Abstract: A resealing suction cup mounting system and method wherein an arm pivotably connected to the suction cup is able to rotate in the direction of the suction cup and in so doing provide an impact force to be applied to the suction cup that cause a resealing action to occur. The impact force having a component that is perpendicular to the interface between the suction cup and a surface the suction cup is mounted to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Seph Gordon
  • Patent number: 9664227
    Abstract: A vacuum retaining device capable of reuse includes a sucking disk member. The periphery of a disk surface portion of the sucking disk member is formed with a coupling edge portion wrapped and connected with a sealing rim. During use, the coupling edge portion inside the sealing rim forms a support, such that the shape and efficiency of the sealing rim can be kept for a long time. When a sealing surface of the sealing rim is poked to disengage from a surface to be adhered, the sealing surface is able to link the coupling edge portion of the sucking disk body. When the vacuum retaining device is not used, the outer edge of the sealing rim is poked for the air to enter the interior of the sucking disk body. The vacuum retaining device can be detached from the surface easily and conveniently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Canshow Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-Shu Huang, Jin-Dian Huang, Chin-Chun Huang, Chinhung Huang, Lien-Yung Huang
  • Patent number: 9624963
    Abstract: A suction cup, including a bowl-shaped framework, a cup body covering the framework, a connecting rod on a back surface of the framework and passing through the cup body, a bowl-shaped cup cover placed on the connection rod and covering the back surface of the cup body, and an annular protruding rib placed on the periphery of the back surface of the framework, which is in direct contact with the inner surface of the cup cover for effectively transfer the pressing force to make the suction cup less likely to fall off from the supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: ZHONGSHAN TAILI HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhengbing Shi
  • Patent number: 9499235
    Abstract: A kayak paddle holder includes a handle retention clip and at least one suction cup. The handle retention clip includes a lengthwise body and a pair of opposing lips. The lengthwise body includes an inner perimeter, which is sized to receive a handle of a kayak paddle. The pair of opposing lips extend inward from opposing edges of the lengthwise body. Each suction cup includes a suction cup portion and a mounting portion. The suction cup portion is retained by the mounting portion. The mounting portion is preferably attached to the handle retention clip with at least one fastener. The suction cup may be replaced with a twist lock suction cup. It is preferable to attach one suction cup to each end of the handle retention clip. In use, the at least one suction cup is secured to a flat surface on a kayak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Michael A. Blavat
  • Patent number: 9500222
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are described for a passive suction base. In one aspect, a passive suction base can be provided on a bottom of an item for adhering the item to a flat surface. The passive suction base might comprise a central portion affixed to the bottom of the item and a perimeter portion that is not affixed to the item. A force opposing the flat surface when applied to the item causes the central portion to move away from the flat surface, while the perimeter portion remains in contact with the flat surface, thereby causing the passive suction base to adhere to the flat surface. In some aspects, when resting on the flat surface, the perimeter portion of the suction base can be substantially flat with respect to the flat surface (and not visible), so that the passive suction base may be easily moved along the flat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Switky, Adam Vollmer
  • Patent number: 9483075
    Abstract: A handheld mount assembly for portable electronic device includes a pistol style grip and suction cup assembly. The mount assembly functions as a gripping device for handheld use, a hands free stand, and a recharging station. The mount can be secured anywhere on the back of the electronic device, making the angle adjustable for stand use, and also allowing the user to position the device differently to accommodate his/her own needs. The mount can be secured to any planar, smooth surface including plates or trays providing a more stable and maneuverable option for eating without a table or carrying large trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Paul Liniger
  • Patent number: 9476523
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for a shower head includes a hollow, cylindrical mounting member including a recess, a channel, and external threads; a screw driven through the channel into a wall; a fastening element including a well, a protuberance, an annular flange, and a receptacle in the well; a sleeve including internal threads secured to the external threads to fasten the sleeve, the fastening element, and the mounting member together; a main body including a channel for receiving a section of a pipe, a hollow, cylindrical projection put on the protuberance to engage the flange, an externally threaded protrusion, and a tunnel member projecting out of the projection; a screw driven through the tunnel member into the receptacle to fasten the main body and the fastening element together; and a cap including internal threads secured to the protrusion to fasten the cap and the main body together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Chyi Liou Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chin-Hua Ho
  • Patent number: 9422970
    Abstract: A suction cup is disclosed, including a suction disc assembly, a rotatable unit and a hanger accessory interface; wherein the suction disc assembly including a suction disc and a pull-up element disposed on the suction disc; the rotatable unit including a carrier base, a penetration hole, and a plurality of tilt tracks, the tilt tracks being distributed around a ring-shaped inner wall of the carrier base and the penetration hole being formed at the center area of the carrier base; the hanger accessory interface being disposed inside the carrier base and contacts the suction disc through the carrier base; the hanger accessory interface including a plurality of slider blocks, with each slider block located at a corresponding tilt track; the pull-up element being engaged to the hanger accessory interface through the penetration hole; as such, suction cup provides convenience and enhance durable suction for attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Eagle Fan
  • Patent number: 9404526
    Abstract: The rotary suction device includes a suction disk, a middle cover, and an upper cover. The suction disk includes a base and a soft disk. The base includes a peripheral wall, a guide block, an inclined surface, and a central circular trough. The middle cover includes a central through hole around the peripheral wall and a guide trough. The guide trough is around the guide block, and the middle cover is capable of axial displacement relative to the suction disk. The upper cover includes a central pivot, a sliding block, and an elastic component. The central pivot is accommodated in the central circular trough such that the upper cover is capable of rotating relative to the suction disk. The elastic component is disposed between the upper cover and the suction disk. The sliding block is forced to against the inclined surface by the elastic force of the elastic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: CHICONY ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei-Cheng Huang, Mei-Yi Tsai, Chun-Yu Huang, Chang-Yi Lin
  • Patent number: 9345347
    Abstract: A support for mounting an article onto a wall. The support includes a body with apparatus for holding or hanging the article. An impervious securing sheet is connectable air-tightly onto the wall and extends outwardly beyond a backside of the body. A friction plate is connected to the body and to the securing sheet. If the friction plate and the securing plate pull away from the wall, a negative pressure prevents the article from falling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventor: Yung-Huei Lan
  • Patent number: 9296447
    Abstract: A device is temporarily attached to one side of the stern of a boat in order to modify the wake pattern of the boat by effectively making one side of the boat longer than the other side. The delayed wave on the opposite side of the boat from the wake shaping device allows the wave to crest over the natural wave on the side where the device is installed. In one example, the device has a frame with a side surface angled outwardly 12 degrees from the side of the boat, a mounting surface shaped to match the mounting area of the boat stern, and one or more vacuum cups. A wedge shape utilizes water pressure to distribute the load evenly across the fastening side of the device, thereby allowing for a tight fit to the back of the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventors: Dean Morgan, Jeanna Jette
  • Patent number: 9120438
    Abstract: In an apparatus carrier for supporting cell phones and similar apparatus, including a suction foot on which a pivot arm is pivotally supported at one end thereof and provided with than apparatus holder at the opposite end and the suction foot has a housing with a suction membrane extending across a housing opening, the suction membrane is operatively connected to the pivot arm so as to be movable, by pivoting of the operating arm between a release position in which the suction membrane extends straight across the housing opening and a suction position in which the suction membrane is arched into the suction housing opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventor: Harald Richter
  • Patent number: 9091294
    Abstract: A suction disk structure including: a soft rubber suction disk (1) with a draw bar (11), a base (2) provided on a back face of the soft rubber suction disk (1) and a return spring (3) located between the soft rubber suction disk (1) and the base (2). Two sides of an end of the draw bar (11) is provided with a pin shaft (12) radially extended, and the suction disk further includes a driving device (4) for driving the draw bar (11) to rise and fall. The driving device (4) comprises a pushing switch (41) mounted on the base (2) and a driving slide cover (5) connected with the pushing switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Anho Houseware Co., Ltd. Jiangmen
    Inventor: Decai Zhang
  • Patent number: 9022331
    Abstract: A suction device includes an elastic base and a release structure connected operably to the elastic base. The elastic base has a peripheral portion for to hermetically contacting a contact surface and defining a vacuum chamber therebetween when a predetermined external force is applied on the elastic base, thereby mounting the elastic base on the contact surface. The release structure has a projection protruding outwardly and partially from the elastic base when an applied force on the elastic base is greater than the predetermined external force and retracting inwardly within the elastic base so as to be disposed in the vacuum chamber when the elastic base is mounted on the contact surface such that a distance between a protruding end of the projection and the contact surface is greater than zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Buckingham Industrial Corporation
    Inventor: Kuo-Chuan Lin
  • Publication number: 20150108134
    Abstract: An apparatus that includes a suction cup mount having a suction cup, a cup cap, a drawing bar coupled to the suction cup at one end and having a distal end, and a press button coupled to the distal end of the drawing bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Jiang FANGYUAN
  • Publication number: 20150076299
    Abstract: A vacuum mount type support structure includes a vacuum mount type support structure of the present invention comprises a bracket, a vacuum mount peripherally sealed to the bracket and attachable to a flat surface and partially movable up and down relative to the bracket to produce a vacuum in between the vacuum mount and the attached flat surface, an operating device comprising an actuation member made in the form of a driving screw or cam wheel and rotatable to move the vacuum mount up and down relative to the bracket, and a support arm mounted at the bracket around the operating device for holding an electronic device and formed of multiple segments that are pivotally coupled to one another and adjustable to change the elevation and angular position of the supported electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Cheng-Che Yu
  • Patent number: 8979046
    Abstract: A vacuum suction device of the present invention comprises: a cover which is rotatably mounted on the upper portion so as to couple to a flat surface by means of vacuum suction; an suction plate, which is coupled to the lower portion of the cover, for vacuum suction to the flat surface; and a height adjustment member, which is arranged between the cover and the suction plate, for moving the suction plate back and forth according to the rotation of the cover; wherein a plurality of fixing pieces are formed on the upper surface of the inside of the cover, a plurality of elastic stoppers are coupled to the inside of the height adjustment member, so as to be movable by sliding when each of the fixing pieces is in contact, and for fixing the cover by each of the fixing pieces being hooked to the end portion of the cover so as to prevent reverse rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Chul Seok Woo
  • Publication number: 20150069195
    Abstract: In an apparatus carrier for supporting cell phones and similar apparatus, including a suction foot on which a pivot arm is pivotally supported at one end thereof and provided with than apparatus holder at the opposite end and the suction foot has a housing with a suction membrane extending across a housing opening, the suction membrane is operatively connected to the pivot arm so as to be movable, by pivoting of the operating arm between a release position in which the suction membrane extends straight across the housing opening and a suction position in which the suction membrane is arched into the suction housing opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Harald Richter
  • Patent number: 8950715
    Abstract: A support apparatus has a positioning disc mounted on a sucking disc. An operation disc is mounted on the positioning disc and has a receiving hole. Two bevel ribs are arc-shaped, are formed on and protrude along an inner wall of the receiving hole. The sucking disc has a column mounted through the positioning disc and the receiving hole of the operation disc. A pin is mounted through the column, with two ends of the pin protruding beyond the column and abutting against the two bevel ribs of the operation disc. By rotating the operation disc to axially move the pin upon abutting against the bevel ribs to pull the sucking disc, the sucking disc can be adhered to a tablet PC. A pivotable stand connected to the positioning disc can be rested on a desk to facilitate viewing at any angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Mao-Tung Chiu, Daphne Su
  • Patent number: 8919712
    Abstract: A sucker assembly includes a sucker (10), a pull bar (13) secured on the sucker, a pressing seat (30) mounted on the pull bar and encompassing the sucker, a control handle (40) pivotally mounted on the pressing seat, and a pivot shaft (45) extending through the control handle, the pressing seat and the pull bar. The sucker includes a first layer (11) and a second layer (12). Thus, when the sucker is placed on a rough surface, the first layer of the sucker can be deformed elastically to fill the corrugated gaps of the rough surface, so that the first layer of the sucker is bonded onto the surface closely to prevent ambient air from entering the space between the sucker and the rough surface to keep the vacuum state of the sucker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Ferro-Carbon Ent. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lung-Chih Chen
  • Publication number: 20140353445
    Abstract: A suction device includes an elastic base and a release structure connected operably to the elastic base. The elastic base has a peripheral portion for to hermetically contacting a contact surface and defining a vacuum chamber therebetween when a predetermined external force is applied on the elastic base, thereby mounting the elastic base on the contact surface. The release structure has a projection protruding outwardly and partially from the elastic base when an applied force on the elastic base is greater than the predetermined external force and retracting inwardly within the elastic base so as to be disposed in the vacuum chamber when the elastic base is mounted on the contact surface such that a distance between the projection and the contact surface is greater than zero.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Kuo-Chuan Lin
  • Publication number: 20140346295
    Abstract: Disclosed is a holder for the helmet, in which an suction band is formed by directly applying an adhesive soft material or by attaching a molded adhesive soft product to only the other portion of a pad except a center portion so that a vacuum state can be generated in the center portion of the pad; the suction band has a curved surface so as to be strongly mounted to even the helmet having a rounded shape; and a projection ring is formed on a circumference of the pad and a circumference of an inner circle of the pad to which the suction band will be attached so that the suction band can be easily formed on the pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Soon Young SONG
  • Publication number: 20140263894
    Abstract: A sucker includes a sucker body having a rough suction layer which includes a plurality of protrusions which are juxtaposed to each other closely, and a plurality of grooves defined between the protrusions. When the rough suction layer presses an attached face and is disposed at a negative pressure state, the sucker body is pressed toward the attached face by a normal force from the ambient air, so that the rough suction layer is compressed, and the grooves form multiple independent negative pressure or vacuum zones, to increase a negative pressure of the rough suction layer, to decrease air existing in the rough suction layer, and to reduce a vacuum leak in the rough suction layer, so as to increase an air-tightness between the rough suction layer and the attached face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Kuei-I Chen
  • Patent number: 8757418
    Abstract: A self-anchoring, low profile container anchor with directional release and attachment capability comprises a lower base member, an upper movable member adapted for attachment to a container, and a seal member on the base member. The seal member is configured to engage an external reference surface and form a substantially airtight seal therewith that defines a periphery of a controlled pressure zone. A sealing valve disposed on a valve seat is operably connected to the movable member for lifting off the valve seat and vent the controlled pressure zone when the movable member is raised a first predetermined distance. However, the movable member can tilt a second predetermined tilting distance without the sealing valve lifting off the valve seat, thus providing tilt resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Israel Harry Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8740161
    Abstract: A holder for sustaining a handheld electronic device is provided. The holder includes a sucker and a positioning device. The sucker has a central and peripheral portion. The positioning device, which is disposed on a side of the sucker, comprises a housing, a ball, a clamping assembly and a rod. The housing is disposed on the sucker and has a receiving space for the ball and the clamping assembly. The rod has a first end connecting to the central portion of the sucker and a second end extending towards the receiving space. When the rod is led to position the sucker onto an object, the clamping assembly is adapted to restrict the ball simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventor: Wen-Sheng Hsu
  • Publication number: 20140124556
    Abstract: A holder for mounting a mobile electronic device to a vehicle is disclosed which comprises a first suction device for being mounted to a smooth surface in the vehicle by a suction force, a second suction device for being mounted to a smooth surface on the mobile electronic device also by a suction force, and a linking member having a first end attached to the first suction device and a second end attached to the second suction device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventor: Peigen Jiang
  • Publication number: 20140084126
    Abstract: Some embodiments disclose a coupling device configured to couple to a surface. The coupling device including: (a) a first housing; (b) a rotational dial with a first aperture and mechanically coupled to the first housing, the rotational dial comprising a cam mechanism adjacent to the first aperture; (c) a support base comprising a first stem with a second aperture, the first stem is located inside the first aperture, the stem having a second aperture; (d) a suction cup coupled to at least one of the rotational dial or the support base, the suction cup having: (1) a suction portion; and (2) a second stem located inside of the second aperture; and (e) an elastic mechanism located at least partially between the support base and the second stem of the suction cup. The coupling device is configured such that the suction cup can be rotated relative to at least the rotational dial to create a vacuum between the suction portion and the surface. Other embodiments are disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Belkin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Oliver Duncan Seil, Vincent Razo, Thorben Neu, Chad DeJong, David A. Kleeman, Vijendra Nalwad, Jung Man Park, Steven Lane
  • Publication number: 20140027588
    Abstract: A sucker includes a sucker body having a rough suction layer which includes a plurality of protrusions which are juxtaposed to each other closely, and a plurality of grooves defined between the protrusions. When the rough suction layer presses an attached face and is disposed at a negative pressure state, the sucker body is pressed toward the attached face by a normal force from the ambient air, so that the rough suction layer is compressed, and the grooves form multiple independent negative pressure or vacuum zones, to increase a negative pressure of the rough suction layer, to decrease air existing in the rough suction layer, and to reduce a vacuum leak in the rough suction layer, so as to increase an air-tightness between the rough suction layer and the attached face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Kuei-I Chen
  • Patent number: 8584997
    Abstract: A device for attachment to both porous and non-porous wall surfaces includes a suction cup of a first type having an elastomeric core and an elastomeric outer layer that is substantially softer than the inner layer. The outer layer includes material that fills pores within a porous surface against which the suction cup is held. The inner layer prevents tearing of the suction cup and causes a partial vacuum to be formed as the suction cup attempts to return to its original shape following depression against a wall surface. Alternately, the device may include a suction cup having a number of concentric ridges held against porous surface, with the suction cup being formed of a single elastomeric material or of elastomeric materials including a softer elastomeric outer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Zoya, Inc.
    Inventor: Zoya Hajianpour
  • Publication number: 20130240693
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for adjustably mounting a tablet PC or other electronic device for hands-free emplacement in a diverse range of environments. This continuation-in-part application emphasizes varieties of a subcombination apparatus that provides integrated mounting and adjusting means for use either with the present invention or with separate unspecified other devices and objects. The apparatus of the present invention attaches to various surfaces via a mounting means comprising an adjustable suction cup connected to hanger rotatable in multiple dimensions wherein the movement of adjustable parts is regulated by built-in, easily-reversible locking mechanisms. The invention, used with or without the present subcombination apparatuses, enables stable and precise positioning of personal electronic devices in almost any situation where rapid, impromptu, or reversible deployment is desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Steven R. Jacobson
  • Patent number: 8534633
    Abstract: A suction cup for a tool driven by vacuum is presented, the suction cup in a first or upper end arranged to be brought into fluid flow communication with a vacuum source and in its opposite end arranged to be brought tightly into contact with the surface of an object to be handled. The suction cup is in its lower end arranged to be coupled to a sealing ring having a sealing surface arranged between an outer periphery and a through-opening defined by an inner periphery, and the sealing ring in the region of its inner periphery having a lip arranged to engage with the suction cup, to which purpose the suction cup in its lower end has a circumferentially running groove) in which the peripheral region and the lip of the sealing ring is insertable under form fitting engagement and in a radially overlapping relation between the groove and the lip in the region (r) of engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Xerex AB
    Inventor: Peter Tell