Receptacle Type Patents (Class 248/311.2)
  • Patent number: 10806265
    Abstract: A method and apparatus include attaching a lighted cup holder to a seating arrangement. The lighted cup holder includes a cup holder body and a light-producing light source, with the cup holder body being attached to the seating arrangement and having a cup receptacle therein, the light-producing source being disposed within the cup receptacle for illuminating the receptacle. A light-sensitive element operatively connected to the light source selectively controls production of light by the light source in such a manner that illumination of the cup holder is provided only under conditions where visibility is reduced to the point that it becomes difficult to locate the cup holder. The light-sensitive element is mounted on a master lighted cup holder and controls illumination of the master lighted cup holder and one or more slave lighted cup holders operatively connected to the master lighted cup holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: RAFFEL SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: Ken Seidl
  • Patent number: 10782065
    Abstract: A domestic appliance device, particularly a domestic refrigerator device, has at least one appliance body with at least one a rear wall, at least one shelf unit, and at least one retainer unit provided for retaining the shelf unit. In order to improve properties with respect to advantageous shelf unit retention, the retainer unit has at least one retainer element whose main extension direction extends, in at least one operating state, at least substantially parallel to the rear wall and at least substantially in a horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Pfister, Andrea Fink, Juergen Fink
  • Patent number: 10772435
    Abstract: A concession tray and container holder removably securable to a pre-existing container holder and which is connected to the container holder such that the tray and container holder can swivel or otherwise be movable about the connection of the tray to the seat. The connection comprises a customizable insert which can be of different heights such that the same tray can be connected to various different pre-existing container holders such as those of different seating configurations. The connecting insert is a generally cylindrical connecting portion having a first end configured for connection to the tray and a second end for inserting into the pre-existing container holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Peter W. A. Bergin
  • Patent number: 10775738
    Abstract: An air blowing cooling mechanism includes a duct, a fan, a first shutter member, a second shutter member, a first drive transmitting portion for transmitting a driving force to the second shutter member, and a second drive transmitting portion for transmitting the driving force from the second shutter member to the first shutter member. The second shutter member is supported by the duct so as to be slidable relative to the duct. The first shutter member is supported by the second shutter member so as to be slidable relative to the second shutter member. The second shutter member includes a slidable portion slidable relative to the first shutter member when said first shutter member slides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keisuke Mogi
  • Patent number: 10743656
    Abstract: A bedside table to be arranged in an area of a folding side extension of a mattress assembly. The bedside table includes a surface suitable for receiving or storing at least one object and apparatus for releasably attaching the surface of the bedside table to the folding lateral extension of the mattress assembly, such that the surface of the bedside table can be releasably attached to the mattress assembly even when the lateral extension is being folded or it is already folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: LANGEL SYSTEM INTERNATIONAL, S.L.
    Inventor: Alberto Sánchez Zarza
  • Patent number: 10717396
    Abstract: A vehicle cup holder cell phone mount has a base with a downwardly and inwardly tapering surface of rotation around a vertical axis. A pier stands up from a top of the base and a cell phone mounting bracket is pivotally mounted to the pier. The cell phone mounting bracket has adjustable jaws to fit cell phones of varying widths. The jaws always define an opening for a cell phone power/communications cable. One or more of a plurality of shells may be selectively assembled to the base. Each shell has a tapering surface of rotation around the axis. The shells are of different sizes. The user assembles from zero to (n) shells to the base, Russian-doll fashion, so as to optimally fit a particular vehicle cup holder. The user then wedges the assembly into the vehicle cup holder such that compressive force between the outermost tapering surface and the cup holder side wall securely holds the cell phone mount in place in the vehicle cup holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: MACNEIL IP LLC
    Inventors: David F. MacNeil, David S. Iverson
  • Patent number: 10655781
    Abstract: A mounting structure for a placing racket mainly includes a fixing frame including a circular arc seat and an opposite circular arc seat in connection therewith; at least one flexible cushion body is configured between the both seats, and the circular arc seat is formed with a rotatable assembly including a rotatable seat, engagement groove, at least one first joint and an engagement element, where the rotatable assembly is movably connected to a placing seat having an engagement seat and limiting mechanism adapted to be operated in coordination with the rotatable assembly. Whereby, the circular arc seat and opposite circular arc seat can be engaged with each other to fix on a tube, the different number of flexible cushion bodies may be placed to fit different sizes of tubes to facilitate the stable fixation, and the rotatable assembly is used to rotate the placing seat with the limiting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Pei-Hsiu Huang
  • Patent number: 10631634
    Abstract: A modular container holder comprising a backing panel and a collapsible basket portion, the backing panel has a magnetic mounting means adapted to detachably secure the modular container holder to a vertical mounting surface, the basket portion projects forwardly from the backing panel and is adapted to receive and retain a container. The basket portion has a plurality of movable basket elements which allow the basket portion to be alternatively placed in an assembled state to receive the container, and a collapsed state which reduces the amount of space occupied by the modular container holder. A contiguous modular arrangement of multiple modular containers positioned in column or row configurations allows multiple containers to be stored, while the basket portion is tilted forwardly to prevent the obstruction of basket openings when the modular container holders are vertically stacked in the column configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Carrick J. Pierce
  • Patent number: 10589648
    Abstract: An apparatus for opening and closing a sliding armrest console, in which it is easy to access a console storage space by inserting an armrest into an armrest console in a state in which the console is opened, may include an armrest rotating about a main hinge, a console, an upper portion of which is closed by the armrest, a first guide groove formed for guiding a movement direction of an auxiliary hinge positioned at the armrest when the armrest rotates, and a main guide groove formed in a vertical direction of the console such that the main hinge moves along the main guide groove, wherein when the main hinge moves along the main guide groove, the auxiliary hinge moves along a second guide groove, which is vertically connected to the first guide groove, so that the armrest is inserted into the console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Daejoo Precision Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hye Kyung Kim, Sung Sik Choi, Young Ju Lee, Keun Sig Lim, Dae Ig Jung, Keun Hong Bae, Ki Young An
  • Patent number: 10502403
    Abstract: An integrated cardan mechanism for an adjustable luminaire for a lighting system. In an embodiment, a ring component includes a generally circular ring, a first inward connector having a through hole and extending inwardly from the ring component along a first axis, a second inward connector portion having a through hole and extending inwardly from the circular ring component along the first axis opposite the first inward connector, a first outward connector comprising a through hole and a first tab and extending outwardly from the ring component along a second axis, and a second outward connector comprising a second through hole and a second tab and extending outwardly from the circular ring component along the second axis opposite the first outward connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: CURRENT LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Rita Csirmaz, Tamás Vásárhelyi
  • Patent number: 10421409
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding various items such as a drink cup and a smart phone, includes a plunger and a holding device. The plunger includes a proximal end and a distal end. The holding device is carried on the distal end of the plunger. The holding device includes a first jaw and a second jaw opposed to the first jaw. A method of gripping an item in the apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mario Alejandro Medina Huerta, Jorge Arturo Ortiz Flores
  • Patent number: 10414316
    Abstract: A trim panel includes a container holder operably coupled to a storage area. A scuff plate is positioned below the trim panel. The scuff plate has a container receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gustavo Llamas Maldonado, Jose Carlos Hernandez, Jorge Araujo Nieto
  • Patent number: 10400949
    Abstract: A hanger system has a mount and a removable insert. The mount is formed from a single material and has mounting apertures to affix the mount to a wall or other vertical surface. The mount has a pocket to receive a keystone portion of the insert. The insert is formed from a single material and has an aperture extending therethrough that allows a separate device or component to be affixed. The insert mates to the mount when the keystone portion of the insert is received by a keystone pocket in the mount. The mount has tapered surfaces that contact complimentary tapered surfaces on the keystone portion of the insert. The user installs the mount to the surface with fasteners in the mounting apertures. The insert is mated to the mount by placing the keystone portion in the keystone pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Stephanie Kozak
  • Patent number: 10384580
    Abstract: A moveable tray assembly for a vehicle includes a tray portion and a collapsible cup portion coupled to the tray portion. The cup portion is extendible downward from the tray portion and sized to fit within a cupholder recess. A floor of the tray portion extends outwardly from a top circumference of the cup portion to support items. The floor has a length and width greater than 3?×4?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Maria Fernanda Medina Luna, Omar Mendoza Vera, John A. Shinska, Luis Pablo Rivera Paredes
  • Patent number: 10363855
    Abstract: A beverage container holder that includes a first member including a floor, sidewall, and first opening, the floor connected and spaced apart from the first opening by the first member sidewall to define a receptacle to receive the beverage container therein; a second member, where a portion of the second member is inserted into the first opening of the first member to permit rotation of the second member about a center axis; a plurality of elastic bands, each elastic band of the plurality of elastic bands being connected to the first member at one end and the second member at the opposite end such that tension is established within each elastic band of the plurality of elastic bands; and the plurality of nylon bands collaborate to operatively form into a configuration which constricts an area centrally located in the receptacle of the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Taryn Dyle Kim
  • Patent number: 10342391
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser for dispensing a fluid and a method for dispensing a fluid such as a mouthwash may include a container having an internal reservoir for containing a volume of the fluid and a fluid pump connected to the container. The fluid pump may include a head, a spout, a stem, and a collar. The collar may attach the fluid pump to the container. The fluid dispenser may further include a container holder having a stem support that defines a slot that receives the stem of the fluid pump, a base, and an attachment member extending from the stem support toward the base. Various fluid dispenser designs, implementations, and uses are discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventor: Scott Beckerman
  • Patent number: 10308191
    Abstract: A ventilation-mounted holder for attachment on a ventilation lamella assembly in vehicles for mounting electronic devices or other articles includes a carrier body onto which a holding bracket for engagement over a ventilation lamella is arranged on the backside, and a holding device for a smartphone or a tablet is arranged on the front side. The carrier body is configured as an elongated carrier arm. The holding bracket and at least one further holding bracket are each arranged rotatably and spaced apart from one another on an end region of the carrier arm, and the holding device is arranged on the opposite end region of the carrier arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Harald Richter
  • Patent number: 10307322
    Abstract: A rolling walker comprises a frame, a seat supported by that frame, and a backrest supported by the frame. By one approach the backrest is configured to selectively move between a first position that provides back support for a person sitting in the seat facing in a forward direction and a second position that provides back support for a person sitting in the seat facing in a rearward direction. If desired, this backrest can be comprised of a material (such as a memory foam material) that biases the backrest towards that first position when the backrest is in the first position and that biases the backrest towards the second position when the backrest is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Margaret M. Andersen
  • Patent number: 10279717
    Abstract: An occupant support system includes a vehicle seat and an arm support. The vehicle seat supports an occupant in a vehicle while the vehicle is moving. The arm support supports the occupant's arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Cedric Ketels, Rod Goodrich, Robert C Fitzpatrick
  • Patent number: 10189390
    Abstract: A latch assembly for a vehicle armrest may include a pair of pawls fixed on opposite sides of a coupler, each pawl including a projection on each end thereof, and a pair of paddles each engaging one of each pawls and configured to cause inward translation of at least one of the pawls in response to an actuation at one of the paddles, wherein an inward translation of one pawl causes, via the coupler, an inward translation of the other pawl to disengage the projections from a console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Francis Raymond Gillis, Ian Johns, Francesco DiDato
  • Patent number: 10160360
    Abstract: A cover assembly has a support defining a pivot axis, a cover pivotal relative to the support about the pivot axis between an open position and a closed position, and a torque spring having first and second ends, a biasing coil part from which the first end extends, and a gripping coil part extending from the biasing coil part and from which the second end extends. The first end is seated in the cover, and the gripping coil part, except when is installed or adjusted, frictionally tightly and elastically engages the support and nonrotatably secures the second end to the support against rotation relative to the pivot axis. The gripping coil part is elastically deformable during installation or adjustment to disengage from the support and allow angular or axial movement of the gripping coil part and repositioning on the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventors: Hubert Keller, Johann Kaa
  • Patent number: 10118570
    Abstract: A shift console for a motor vehicle includes a receiving region for a shift lever. In order to provide a beverage holder for the central seat of a front seat row of a motor vehicle, the shift console comprises a beverage holder which is able to be stowed in a stowed position in the shift console and which is able to be adjusted into a use position horizontally adjacent to the shift console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Joerg Stephan
  • Patent number: 10104972
    Abstract: A shared armrest includes two armrest members which are each configured for supporting a person's arm. The shared armrest is configured so that at least one of the armrest members is displaceable between an undivided condition and a split condition. In the undivided condition the armrest members are substantially together. In the split condition the armrest members diverge relative to each other with respective distal ends of the armrest members spaced apart from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Michael Anthony Cummins
  • Patent number: 10099595
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, a child restraint includes a juvenile seat and a child-restraint harness coupled to the juvenile seat. The juvenile seat includes a seat bottom and a seat back extending upwardly from the seat bottom. The juvenile seat further includes a cupholder coupled to the seat bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul D. Gaudreau, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10082242
    Abstract: Disclosed is a multidirectional fast tube-attachable frame, which generally includes, in structure, a clamp body that includes a first clamping member, a second clamping member, and a tightness adjustment assembly; a connection section respectively defined on the first clamping member and the second clamping member; two clamping sections respectively formed on and extending along opposite sides of the connection section; at least one tenon section respectively formed on the clamping sections; a clamping cutout section respectively formed on each of the clamping sections; a turning assembly and a rotation assembly movably arranged at an end of the clamp body; and a position-constraining mechanism. As such, by means of clamping members that are integrally formed and mutual jointing of the tenon sections, the structural strength and clamping force of the clamp body are improved. The turning assembly and the rotation assembly allow for free adjustment of angular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventor: Pei-Hsiu Huang
  • Patent number: 10039423
    Abstract: A flexible mounting system for a chemical product dispenser includes a dispenser holder and at least one mounting apparatus. The dispenser holder may be attached to the mounting apparatus by means of a releasable connection mechanism. The releasable connection mechanism may provide for attachment of the dispenser holder to the mounting apparatus in multiple orientations. In one example, the mounting apparatus includes a mounting bracket configured for mounting to a support object, such as a wall, table, counter top, cabinet, shelf, cart etc. In another example, the mounting apparatus includes a mounting clamp configured for mounting to ledges, poles, bedrails, handles, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Schultz, Sarah E. Gilbertson, Daniel D. Anderson, Cheryl A. Littau
  • Patent number: 9963059
    Abstract: A self-adjusting cup holder assembly includes a housing having an open cavity and a flexible well held in that cavity. The flexible well is displaceable between a rest position and cup holding position whereby the cup is squeezed by the flexible well and positively maintained in the well by a positive gripping force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey John Cooper, Hossein Jacob Sadri
  • Patent number: 9931174
    Abstract: A glove dispenser has a housing having first and second opposed walls. A glove roll is disposed within the housing for carrying a roll of removable gloves. An electro-mechanical feed mechanism rotates the roll. One or more proximity sensors are positioned within the housing to detect a user's hand and activate rotation of the glove roll. Activators are located on the housing first and second wall which activate the roll to rotate to dispense a glove from the roll. A take-up roll can be provided for receiving roll material after the gloves are dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventors: Camilo Machado, Javier Ramirez, Cutberto Medina, Sergio Nevarez
  • Patent number: 9862296
    Abstract: A cup holder system is provided for a motor vehicle. The cup holder system includes a storage bin having a housing and a cover. Further the cup holder system includes a cup holder, a first mounting feature in the storage bin for receiving and holding the cup holder in a first use position and a second mounting feature at a second location in the motor vehicle outside the storage bin for receiving and holding the cup holder in a second use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kathleen M. Parlow, John Louis Miklas, Nicholas Alphonse Billardello, David Frederick Lyons, Jr., Anthony Michael Zingalie
  • Patent number: 9849820
    Abstract: Receiving device for at least one food or beverage container in a motor vehicle having a trough-shaped receiving housing which has a base and wall sections, and at least one movable supporting part which, together with a side wall section of the receiving housing, forms a container holder in order to support a food or beverage container. The at least one supporting part is mounted in an infinitely adjustable manner in the receiving housing. At least one tension or compression spring arrangement is provided which continuously exerts a tensile or compressive force in the adjustment direction on the at least one supporting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: BOS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Hartmut Bohlke, Bogdan Tutelea, Andreas Goebbels, Tanja Pink, Wolfgang Sitzler, Wolfram Zummack
  • Patent number: 9706865
    Abstract: A cup holder with an adjustable depth includes: a cup-holder base, having at least one accommodation hole; a fixed cup holder, fixed in the accommodation hole of the cup-holder base; and a moveable cup holder, moveably sleeved over the fixed cup holder and capable of rotating around the fixed cup holder to ascend and descend, where during ascending and descending of the moveable cup holder, an inner cavity of the moveable cup holder and an inner cavity of the fixed cup holder jointly define a container placement hole for placement of containers of different heights. The present invention solves the problem that containers of different heights placed in the cup holder easily fall out when the automobile is accelerating, hard braking or travelling over uneven road surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Yanfeng Adient Seating Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Ruyi Shen
  • Patent number: 9657890
    Abstract: A holder comprising a connecting portion, an extension portion, and a receptacle; the connecting portion comprising a generally rectangular piece of material generally conforming to the shape of a channel; the connecting portion comprising an upper portion comprising a spring element biased in an expanded position such that connecting portion vertical dimensions may be reduced to fit within the channel, and upon insertion within the channel expanded to fill the space; a lower portion of the connecting portion being angled to permit easier insertion with the channel; the extension portion is pivotally attached to the connecting portion; and the receptacle comprising a base portion may be cooperatively coupled to a lower surface of the extension portion such that the holder may be collapsed when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventors: Javier Botello, Kara M. Botello, Manuel Botello
  • Patent number: 9649653
    Abstract: A fixture assembly for securing a spray gun to a shaking device includes a body securable to the shaking device. The body includes an open receptacle for at least partially receiving a reservoir of the spray gun. A support member is secured to the body and is configured to support the spray gun on the body while the reservoir is positioned in the open receptacle and shaken by the shaking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Julio A. Sanchez
  • Patent number: 9635885
    Abstract: A display carton for displaying a plurality of containers. The display carton includes a base having a front edge, and a back edge, a front side member extending perpendicularly from the front edge of the base and terminating at an upper edge thereof, a rear side member extending perpendicularly from the rear edge of the base and terminating at an upper edge thereof, the rear side member having a cover panel detachably affixed to the rear side member; an upper tray member having a front edge, and a back edge, the front edge extending perpendicularly from the upper edge of the front side member, the upper tray member having a plurality of first apertures; and a lower tray member, the lower tray member positioned along a plane substantially parallel to the upper tray member and the base and located therebetween, the lower tray member having a plurality of second apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC
    Inventor: Scott A. Fath
  • Patent number: 9616817
    Abstract: A storage assembly for a vehicle includes a flexible, silicone wall portion having a first edge and a second edge. A first hinge support rotatably supports the first edge of the wall portion for rotation about a first axis. A second hinge support rotatably supports the second edge of the wall portion for rotation about a second axis. The wall portion is rotatable relative to the first hinge support about the first axis in a first rotational direction, and is rotatable relative to the second hinge support about the second axis in a second rotational direction, between a stowed position and a deployed position. When disposed in the stowed position, the wall portion is positioned adjacent a trim panel. When disposed in the deployed position, the wall portion is positioned away from the trim panel to support a container between the wall portion and the interior trim panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Taryn Dyle
  • Patent number: 9561745
    Abstract: There is provided a cup holder including a holder body, an opening formed in a side wall of the holder body, a support supported on the side wall so as to advance into or retreat from a storage space through the opening, and a leaf spring disposed between the support and the side wall and biasing the support in a direction in which the support advances into the storage space. The support has a turning shaft serving as a center of swinging of the support and a swinging portion swinging around the turning shaft by turning of the turning shaft. On a peripheral edge of the opening formed in the side wall, a nipped portion protrudes to the outside of the side wall and swingably holds the support by being nipped between the turning shaft and the swinging portion while the support advances or retreats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichi Sawada, Nobuhiko Yokota, Tomoyuki Nakayama, Kunihito Kondo
  • Patent number: 9534413
    Abstract: A weight plate for securing portable structures employing a low-profile, planar plate having an aperture formed therethrough. The aperture is configured so as to allow the base of the leg of a structure to pass through. The plate is subsequently transposed so as to lock the base of the leg underneath the plate while the leg of the shelter passes through the plate and an opposite side of the plate extends away form the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventor: Oliver Ma
  • Patent number: 9475417
    Abstract: Container receiving apparatus for a vehicle interior having an upper supporting frame and a lower support base, the supporting frame being mounted in a receiving housing such that it can be moved linearly between a retracted rest position and an extended receiving position. The support base is mounted for movement between a supporting functional position and a rest position. A blocking device is provided and is active so as to limit movement or force in such a way that the support base is secured in its functional position against unintentional upward pivoting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: BOS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Hartmut Bohlke, Juergen Salewski, Wolfgang Sitzler, Wolfram Zummack, Bogdan Tutelea, Andreas Goebbels
  • Patent number: 9452098
    Abstract: The wheelchair mountable tank carrier comprises a holder and a support. The holder is a container that is adapted to hold an oxygen tank. The holder is attached to the support, which is a structure that is adapted to attach to a wheel chair. The wheelchair mountable tank carrier is designed to collapse with the wheelchair when the wheelchair is collapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventor: Mark Howard
  • Patent number: 9434318
    Abstract: A storage assembly for an associated vehicle includes a pocket for storing associated articles. A lid is pivotally secured and selectively positionable between an open position that allows access to the pocket and a closed position that covers the pocket. The lid has an inner, first surface that coincides with a maximum fill line of the pocket when the lid is in the closed position, a recess formed in the first surface of the lid adjacent a first edge of the lid, and an object bumper extending adjacent at least a portion of the recess for preventing the associated articles from interfering with pivotal movement of the lid relative to the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Robert A. Skapof, Dwayne W. Malone, Neal W. Luginbill
  • Patent number: 9434288
    Abstract: Receiving device for at least one container in a vehicle interior. A receiving device comprising a receiving frame is known, at least one adjustable cup holder being arranged in said receiving device, said cup holder being able to be displaced along opposing guide tracks of the receiving frame, to which latching means are assigned in order to fix the cup holder in a releasable manner in different positions relative to the opposing guide tracks. Longitudinal synchronization means are assigned to the at least one cup holder in order to achieve a parallel displacement of the cup holder along the opposing guide tracks. Use in the vehicle interior of passenger motor vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: BOS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Hartmut Bohlke, Juergen Salewski, Wolfgang Sitzler, Wolfram Zummack, Andreas Goebbels
  • Patent number: 9296342
    Abstract: An automobile air vent attachable beverage holding apparatus including a sleeve member disposed to gird at least a portion of a beverage container and supportively position said beverage container conjunct an airflow proximal an air vent interior to an automobile when at least one mounting insert is detachably secured to position the sleeve member thereat, whereby heat exchange between the beverage container and the airflow is facilitated and an associated beverage is maintainable within desired and palatable temperatures while heating or alternately cooling an automobile is concurrently effected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Stephan Adeniji Famojuro
  • Patent number: 9266545
    Abstract: A dolly for the transportation of snow sports equipment is an apparatus that facilitates the transportation of snow equipment. The apparatus includes a storage assembly which is used secure items in need of transport. The storage assembly includes a pan, an open adjustable brace and a restraint which are all used to secure items to the apparatus. The storage assembly also includes a locking mechanism which is used to set the position of open adjustable brace. The storage assembly is connected along a support structure which is used to support leverage items held by the storage assembly during transportation. The support structure includes a spine, and a wheel assembly. The spine is used as the main supporting member for the apparatus. The wheel assembly is connected to the spine and facilitates the transportation of equipment. The handle is used to maneuver the entire apparatus during transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventors: Leslie Carol Robinson, Tony Lee Laugen
  • Patent number: 9255707
    Abstract: An illuminated water bottle cage includes a cage forming a receiving space for a water bottle and including a bottom and a backing extending from a top edge of the bottom. The backing includes two barriers on two respective lateral sides thereof. The bottom, the backing, and the two barriers delimit the receiving space. An illuminating device engages with the cage and includes an illuminating member. The illuminating member in use projects light rays in a direction toward the receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventor: Louis Chuang
  • Patent number: 9254043
    Abstract: A method and apparatus include attaching a lighted cup holder to a seating arrangement. The lighted cup holder includes a cup holder body and a light-producing light source, with the cup holder body being attached to the seating arrangement and having a cup receptacle therein, the light-producing source being disposed within the cup receptacle for illuminating the receptacle. A light-sensitive element operatively connected to the light source selectively controls production of light by the light source in such a manner that illumination of the cup holder is provided only under conditions where visibility is reduced to the point that it becomes difficult to locate the cup holder. The light-sensitive element is mounted on a master lighted cup holder and controls illumination of the master lighted cup holder and one or more slave lighted cup holders operatively connected to the master lighted cup holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: RAFFEL SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: Ken Seidl
  • Patent number: 9211828
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cup holder that is capable of preventing a drawing portion from being pushed and retracted while maintaining a state in which a cup is held. A retraction preventing portion is formed on an interior face of a bottom face of the holder case, and a protrusion is formed so as to be oriented to the bottom face's side of the holder case at a rear end part of a turnable holding arm portion that is provided at a drawing portion. In the case where an attempt is made to retract the drawing portion while maintaining the state in which the cup is held, the protrusion abuts against the retraction preventing portion, and retraction of the drawing portion can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: NIHON PLAST CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Masuda, Kazuhisa Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9199584
    Abstract: A condiment packet holder of molded plastic has a generally centrally located aperture sized to receive and suspend a body of a condiment packet. The condiment packet holder has a generally cylindrical body surrounding the aperture, sized to be received by an automobile cup-holder and rest on the rim of an insert therein, just below the opening of the cup-holder at a height convenient for dipping food items into an open-top condiment packet supported by the condiment packet holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Philip J Mango
  • Patent number: 9192241
    Abstract: A method and apparatus include attaching a lighted cup holder to a seating arrangement. The lighted cup holder includes a cup holder body and a light-producing light source, with the cup holder body being attached to the seating arrangement and having a cup receptacle therein, the light-producing source being disposed within the cup receptacle for illuminating the receptacle. A light-sensitive element operatively connected to the light source selectively controls production of light by the light source in such a manner that illumination of the cup holder is provided only under conditions where visibility is reduced to the point that it becomes difficult to locate the cup holder. The light-sensitive element is mounted on a master lighted cup holder and controls illumination of the master lighted cup holder and one or more slave lighted cup holders operatively connected to the master lighted cup holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: RAFFEL SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: Ken Seidl
  • Patent number: 9188279
    Abstract: A reserve tank is fixed to the vehicle body with a bracket. The bracket includes a supporting member supporting an intermediate part which is an intermediate part in vertical direction when the reserve tank is fixed to the vehicle body side. The supporting member includes the vertical movement restricting part for restricting a vertical movement while the reserve tank is fixed to the vehicle. The reserve tank includes the fastening part fastened with the fastening member to a fastened part formed on the bracket, the rotation restricting part for restricting, at a location apart from the fastening part, rotation on the fastening part, and an extending part protruding outwardly in a diametrical direction from a side surface of the reserve tank and extending from a side of the fastening part in a circumferential direction to the rotation restricting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Nissin Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Sakai, Kouki Hinohara, Satoru Motegi
  • Patent number: 9174799
    Abstract: A beverage container holder having a receptacle, gripping members, and a membrane is disclosed. The membrane is disposed in openings located between a sidewall of the receptacle and the gripping members. Living hinges are integrated into the gripping members, which allow the gripping members to flex and provide a gripping force on a beverage container that has been placed into the beverage container holder in order to provide a more stable and secure placement of the container. The receptacle and gripping members are manufactured in one step process, preferably an injection molding process, and are composed of a material having a low coefficient of friction, preferably a hard plastic, which allows for the easy placement or retrieval of a beverage container. The membrane is overmolded onto the receptacle and gripping members and is preferably composed of a flexible material such as a soft plastic or rubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Esteban Virgen