Clip Patents (Class 248/316.7)
  • Patent number: 10791836
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding a computer peripheral device (including, but not limited to, an external hard drive, a smartphone, and an external CPU) securely and conveniently to a flat screen monitor is presented. A system for securing a computer peripheral device to a laptop computer to optimize the use of space and practice clean organization is also presented. Further presented is a method and system that provides privacy during the use of a laptop computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Reit Lab, LLC
    Inventor: Gerald Dwayne Holt
  • Patent number: 10772449
    Abstract: A folding popcorn and drink holder useful for carrying a bucket of popcorn and a drink to a seat, and for being mounted in an armrest type cup holder at the seat. The holder has a folded configuration that is relatively flat, compact, and can be stored inside an empty popcorn bucket or hung vertically on the side of the bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Thomas J. Tannehill
  • Patent number: 10132428
    Abstract: Technology is provided for a cable management clip. The cable management clip includes a base portion and one or more cable control fingers. The base portion includes a first side configured to confront a mounting surface and a second side opposite the first side. One or more apertures are formed through the base portion and positioned to receive a corresponding mounting feature of the mounting surface, such as a bridge lance. The cable control fingers each include an arcuate first end portion extending away from the second side of the base portion, a middle portion extending parallel to the base portion, and a second end portion positioned to retain one or more cables between the cable control fingers and the mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon Brian Ehlen
  • Patent number: 9802190
    Abstract: A modular laboratory-style computer-controlled system for multistep chemical processing for use in laboratory automation or chemical production is disclosed. The system comprised a plurality of interconnectable electrically-powered controllable chemical process modules having chemical input and output ports and at least one communications interface. Interconnection among the chemical process modules include both chemical flow interconnections for the transport of chemical materials and network interconnections for the transport of communications signals. In some implementations chemical flow interconnections are software controllable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Lester F. Ludwig
  • Patent number: 9800199
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a roof attachment assembly for mounting a solar panel on a roof without the use of rails. The assembly includes a flashing member, a pivot bracket member, a clamp member, an array skirt and a splice member. The flashing member anchors the roof attachment assembly to the roof. The pivot bracket member is rotatably connected to the flashing member. The clamp member is connected to the pivot bracket member and is rotatably connected thereto. The clamp member includes grounding elements for electrically grounding the solar panel. The array skirt is removably connected to the clamp member. The splice member includes grounding elements for electrically grounding the solar panel and is removably connected to the array skirt. Also disclosed is a method of using the assembly and an assembly kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Ironridge, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Meine, Jon Ash, William Kim, David Taggart, William Pereira
  • Patent number: 9718349
    Abstract: The problem to be solved is to provide a fuel feeding device for vehicles that is stably secured to a vehicle body. In the fuel feeding device for vehicles having an inlet filler pipe 1 and a fixing member 4, a flexible element 5 is provided that relatively presses the inlet filler pipe 1 toward the fixing member 4. With the flexible element 5 causing the inlet filler pipe 1 and the fixing member 4 to make pressure contact with each other, there can hardly be any gap created between the inlet filler pipe 1 and the fixing member 4 irrespective of the difference in linear expansion coefficient between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kito, Yoshinari Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 9566535
    Abstract: A device for making knotted string accessories from a plurality of individual strings has a base having a substantially planar surface and a central longitudinal axis, a plurality of string holders connected to and extending away from the substantially planar surface of the base, the plurality of string holders symmetric with respect to the central longitudinal axis and configured to retain one of plurality of individual strings between adjacent string holders and a securing member carried by the base and positioned along the central longitudinal axis. The securing member secures at least one string of the plurality of individual strings. An electronic device holder is carried by the base and is configured to hold an electronic device to be viewed by a user making a knotted string accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: David J. Crorey
  • Patent number: 9481273
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate generally to a device for maintaining a cable in place or otherwise securing, capping, shielding, or guarding a cable. In one embodiment, the cable retention unit is used to secure or guard a cable in place in a seat actuator or other cable-containing component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Zodiac Seats US LLC
    Inventor: Clifton Ellis
  • Patent number: 9464735
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods for supporting tubular members are provided. A support structure can include at least one body having a plurality of openings disposed therethrough. Each opening can have an inner surface that includes at least one circular portion and at least one elliptical portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventors: Blake R. Masters, Rodney H. Masters, Billy L. Griffith
  • Patent number: 9339112
    Abstract: Mounts can hold electronic devices. Some mounts can attach digital media players to a wall, such as a wall of a home or a backside of a television. In some embodiments, mounts include a tray with side walls that hold electronic devices at least partially inside the mounts. In several embodiments, mounts include flexible necks connected to adhesive surfaces. The flexible necks can flex independently of each other to enable a mount to attach electronic devices to a wall that is not flat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Innovelis, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric John Wengreen
  • Patent number: 9086175
    Abstract: A support collar for long articles, in particular cables, pipes and/or the like, includes a sheet-like structure provided with a flat top end portion, having an opening, and two side portions perpendicular to the top end portion, each having a respective engaging element for engaging the support collar on a support plate or on a top end portion of another support collar. The side portions and the top end portion delimit an area for partially housing an article to be supported. The collar also includes a retainer for keeping the long article stably joined to the sheet-like structure, which includes at least one retaining clip provided with two gripping arms which extend inside the housing area. The gripping arms can be elastically splayed so as to engage with and retain the long article inside the housing area, pressing it elastically in directions transverse to the longitudinal extension thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: FI.MO.TEC. S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giorgio Feige
  • Patent number: 9021667
    Abstract: A clip comprising a first wall member and a second wall member is disclosed. A cross-section of the first wall member is defined by a first side wall, a second side wall and a connecting wall that is positioned between the first side wall and the second side wall. A cross-section of the second wall member is defined by a first end and a second end, wherein at least a portion of the first end is connected to a portion of the first side wall of the first wall member and wherein a second end is positioned between the first side wall and the second side wall and spaced away from an inner surface of the connecting wall. The first wall member and the second wall member cooperate to define a channel having a first portion and a second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Julie Wasco
  • Patent number: 9010708
    Abstract: A holder for the shaft of an implement such as a toothbrush, the holder comprising a substantially flat display surface with an upright frame at the outer periphery of the display surface. A pair of flexible arms extend from the base forming a generally circular grip between the arms, with an entry gap between the arms. A bias hump extends from the base into the circular grip between the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Dimce Vasilev
  • Patent number: 8985408
    Abstract: A garment-hanging accessory includes a strip of material having a first end and a second end; and a clip having an engaging end biased into a normally closed position and openable upon application of pressure upon opposing levers at an opposite end of the clip, the levers connected by a spring secured about a fulcrum point between the levers, each end of the strip of material secured to a respective opposite side of each of the opposing levers, opposite ends of each lever, not secured to either of the ends of the strip of material, co-acting to define a garment engaging end when the clip is in its normally closed position. The unsecured portion of the strip opposite the clip is suspended upon a primary garment hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: Nicole Lloyd, Kim Lloyd
  • Patent number: 8984735
    Abstract: The inventive concept is a device which is used to secure a sheath or stack of papers contained in an architectural sheet rack clamp. The device is essentially a three-tiered rectangular structure forming two parallel, length-wise channels within the spaces defined by the three tiers. One channel, situated as the upper clamp retaining channel, is structured so as to securely accommodate the typical sheet clamp used to store such materials as architectural drawings, maps, and other similar over-sized sheets. The second, or lower desk anchoring, channel of the device, contains two adjustable fastening means, enabling attachment of the lower desk anchoring channel to a desk, draftsman's stand, or table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Scott Brown
  • Publication number: 20150069197
    Abstract: A clip device to secure a container to a mounting location. In an example, the clip device has a base having a first and second side. The clip device also has an arm connected to the first side of the base. The clip device also has an attachment connected to the arm, the attachment configured to removably receive the container. The clip device also has a plurality of legs connected to the second side of the base, the legs configured for securement to the mounting location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Nathaniel Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8967395
    Abstract: A golf club shaft holder assembly includes an adjustable base clamp member suitable for mounting to a vertical support rod of the canopy of a golf car, the spine of a golf bag cart or a suitable vertical portion of a golf bag. A sling shot shape shaft holder is mounted on the adjustable base clamp member and provides a pair of spaced apart C-shape clip members positioned thereon, capable of retaining the shaft of a desired, frequently used golf club thereon. A pair of Y-shape shield members are mounted adjacent the distal ends of the cross member to protect the C-shape clamps. The entire assembly includes a new means for selectably releaseably mounting a frequently used or desired golf club in a position which is easily accessible to a golfer for ease of use thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Vance A. Lorenzana
  • Patent number: 8960616
    Abstract: Mounting clips and decorative mounting articles removably engage to vertically disposed mounting surfaces, such as rain gutter downspouts. The mounting clips support arms, hooks, plates, decorations, and brackets for display of banners, flags, security lights, decorative lights, etc., on a downspout or other comparable mounting surface. The mounting clips include a frame having arms with projections separated by channels configured for attachment to a profiled outer surface of the mounting surface. Decorative mounting articles include a rear section forming channels having inner sidewalls with engagement portions configured for direct attachment of the decorative mounting article to a profiled outer surface of the mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Gibbons Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Gibbons, Jeffrey S. Gibbons
  • Patent number: 8951653
    Abstract: A battery module includes a plurality of battery cells, a plurality of holders, and a thermistor. Each of at least one of holders includes a thermistor holder. The thermistor supporter includes a pair of thermistor receiving segments, a pair of thermistor engagement segments, and a thermistor cover portion. The sensor casing includes a bias portion and an elastic claw portion. The bias portion is provided to press the sensor against one of the top surface and the bottom surface provided in the at least one of the battery cells by utilizing a reaction force generated by pressing the thermistor cover portion. The elastic claw portion has a width larger than the distance between the pair of thermistor receiving segments when the elastic claw portion is in a free state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomomi Kurita
  • Publication number: 20150034686
    Abstract: An electronic flight bag retention device for use within an airborne vehicle. An electronic flight bag includes a tablet computer that can be retained within an airborne vehicle cockpit by configuring a rigid substrate to retain the electronic flight bag. The rigid substrate can include, for example, three clips upon the edges of the rigid substrate, two of which retain the electronic flight bag. A top edge of the rigid substrate can be angled to form a weight supporting member of the retaining device. Two elongated slots can be formed or cut into the rigid substrate to facilitate a clipboard spring clip insertion through one of the two slots in order to retain the retention device to a cockpit side window clipboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Steven J. Holmstrom
  • Publication number: 20140361135
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting a frameless solar module includes a top member made by a solid material including two contact pads and a bottom member made by a rubber material including two upward rounded end bumps. The top member and the bottom member are operably fixed by a screw set in a symmetric mounting configuration. The contact pad is also made from the rubber material for pressing onto a top cover glass panel near an edge region. The upward rounded end bump is for supporting a portion of a bottom substrate glass panel at a first offset distance away from the top cover glass panel and a horizontal offset distance away from the edge region. The first offset distance is adjusted to a thickness of the frameless solar module and the second distance is predetermined for providing adequate support of the frameless solar module to allow uninhibited flexion under load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Joshua Alexander Moore, Todd G. Brehmer, Robert D. Wieting
  • Patent number: 8908137
    Abstract: A positioning hook of an optical film of a backlight module, wherein the backlight module has a frame, and the optical film is disposed on an inner side of the frame. The positioning hook includes a first hook portion and a second hook portion corresponding with each other. The first hook portion is disposed at a first end of the positioning hook for penetrating through and hooking on an edge of the optical film. The second hook portion is disposed at a second end of the positioning hook opposite to the first end for hooking on an edge of the frame, so that the optical film is disposed and fixed in the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Gang Yu
  • Patent number: 8894028
    Abstract: Various apparatuses to attach a first medical device to a second medical device are described that allow the physician to grasp only a single device while the other device remains securely attached to the one being grasped. The apparatuses, once they are attached to the first medical device, are designed to be easily and quickly attached and detached to a second medical device, normally only requiring the use of one hand. Furthermore, the apparatuses oftentimes include a base that can easily couple and decouple from the portion that is attached to the second medical device so that if the need arises to separately use the second medical device, it can be decoupled from the first medical device without completely removing the apparatus from the second medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: John B. Golden, John O. McWeeney, Christopher A. Benning, Robert Castoldi, John F. Howard, Brian Intoccia, Gary Kappel, William Lucas Churchill
  • Patent number: 8851350
    Abstract: A hands-free mount and a manufacturing method for a hanging structure thereof are disclosed. The hands-free mount includes a mount body and a hanging arm. The mount body is formed by a bottom shell and a top shell coupled mutually. The hanging arm includes a metal substrate and inner and outer coatings wrapping the metal substrate. The outer coating has a chamfered end located outside the bottom shell and inclined at an angle. The manufacturing method for the hanging structure of the hands-free mount uses an over-molding process to fully wrap the stainless steel core, so as to endow the hanging structure with good appearance and soft touch and prevent the product from rusting. Using the hanging structure as the hanging arm, the hands-free mount has improved firmness, appearance and touch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yi-Ping Liao
  • Patent number: 8844586
    Abstract: A retaining bracket used in bottle processing includes a clamp having clamp arms that pivot in a horizontal plane for grasping bottle necks, a sliding sleeve for receiving a hinge pin entering therein from an upward direction, the hinge pin having a magnetizable or magnetically free end, a first permanent magnet disposed in a lower region of the sleeve for interacting with the free end of the hinge pin, a pivotable sleeve for receiving a second pin parallel to the hinge pin, the second pin having, at a free end thereof, a permanent magnet or magnetically influenced region that exerts an attractive force tending to center and restore the clamp, and a brace-like projection that engages below the clamp when the clamp is in a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Fahldieck
  • Patent number: 8844888
    Abstract: A strut clip for facilitating attachment of pipe hangers, electrical conduit, or other structures to open channel unistruts. The strut clip includes an assembly of a face element and a nut element. The face element includes a centrally located threaded aperture, a face element rear surface, and a pair of flanges extending rearwardly from the face element rear surface. The nut element includes a nut element rear surface, an unthreaded aperture for free passage of a fastener, and a pair of openings therein. The flanges of the face element extend through the openings in the nut element thereby forming the strut clip assembly. Nut element further includes a narrow side, a wide side, and beveled edges that enable attachment to a unistrut by simply inserting the narrow side of the nut portion into the open channel of the unistrut and rotating the assembly by 90 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Publication number: 20140268622
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a fixing mechanism including a base, a cover, a connecting component, at least one resilient component and a pushing component. The base is for containing a portable electronic device. The cover is pivoted to the base. The connecting component is disposed on the base for engaging with the cover. The at least one resilient component is disposed on the base. The pushing component is connected to the at least one resilient component and the connecting component, the pushing component is driven to move in a first direction as the portable electronic device is installed on the base, so as to drive the connecting component to separate from the cover, so that the cover pivots in a first pivoting direction relative to the base to engage with the end of the portable electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Yi-Hsiang Chao
  • Patent number: 8833034
    Abstract: Weather protection systems, for use in protecting structures and structural elements during severe weather events, are disclosed. Also disclosed are methods of assembling and installing weather protection systems. Weather protection systems of this invention provide fabric to cover a structural element; the fabric is connected to the structure via a clip. A clip of is invention may include features such as fastening points, anchor points, and engaging members; a clip may also introduce a desirable point of flexibility into a system of this invention. Other features of weather protection systems of this invention may include resin and straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Hurricane Fabric, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Gorman, Yehuda Ozari, Aaron Feinberg
  • Patent number: 8833596
    Abstract: In one embodiment there is provided a mounting bracket for use with a container. The container has a wall extending from a bottom to an upper edge and has a mounting flange extending outwardly from a portion of the wall. The mounting flange includes an outer surface with a terminal edge leading to upper and lower edges and a pair of distal sides. The mounting bracket has a support side positionable towards the wall of the container. The support side includes a notched section with a base extending outwardly from the support side and a pair of lateral faces extending outwardly and away from edges of the base. Each lateral face includes a member positioned along a portion thereof and which extends towards the other member in a tapering edge such that the sides of the mounting flange are captured between the support side and the extending members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Berlin Packaging, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Sanguinet, Brett Niggel, Steven Kroplewski, Scott Jost
  • Publication number: 20140247550
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for a solid state disk includes a bracket and a latching module. The bracket includes a connecting pole and a supporting member mounted to the connecting pole. The latching module is installed to the supporting member, and comprises a latching member. The supporting member includes a position pole mounted to the connecting pole and a supporting bar perpendicularly extending out from the position pole. The position pole defines a latching slot facing the supporting bar for positioning an end of the solid state disk. The supporting bar defines a guiding slot facing the latching slot for receiving a side of the solid state disk. The latching member is to latch onto the solid state disk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
  • Patent number: 8813457
    Abstract: A clip for mounting an elongated trim strip on ends of ceiling grid runners, having a right angle configuration with two intersecting legs, one leg adapted to laterally abut an end of a grid runner and the other being adapted to engage the trim strip, said other leg having oppositely extending upper and lower grips for reception into upper and lower opposing channels of the trim strip, the grips being relatively moveable, and a toggle arrangement for moving said grips away from one another, when retracted, the grips being capable of passing between the opposed channels, the toggle arrangement selectively maintaining said grips in an extended position to frictionally lock onto the opposed channels of the trim strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: USG Interiors, LLC
    Inventors: Abraham M. Underkofler, Mark R. Paulsen, Peder J. Gulbrandsen
  • Patent number: 8800946
    Abstract: A retail display clip is provided. The retail display clip includes a stationary clip base and a rotatable clip member that rotates about an axis of rotation. The rotatable clip member rotates relative to the clip base. The retail display clip includes an open state and a closed state. As the rotatable clip member rotates from the open to the closed or the closed to the open state, an over-center point is transitioned. The over-center point is created by the interaction between a locking tab of the rotatable clip member and a flat inner surface of the clip base. In the closed stated, a torque is created by the over-center point that causes the locking tab to place a force on the flat inner surface of the clip base. A gripping point is formed at the location where the locking tab places the force. The gripping point supports retail merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Southern Imperial, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Valiulis
  • Patent number: 8794581
    Abstract: A clip for a construction machine is provided, which prevents the damage of a fastening structure of a connector and facilitates the release of the connector when the connector is fastened to the clip using a connector fastening structure having the same shape in upper, lower, left, and right directions and a moving latch provided in the clip, in the case where the connector that is included in various kinds of wires and signal cables is mounted using the clip that is fixed to a structure of a vehicle of the construction machine. In addition, the clip has a structure whereby two connectors can be simultaneously fastened to one click using the fastening structure having the same shape, and the connector can be fixed to the clip in a desired direction without twisting of the wires using the fastening structure having the same shape in left and right directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Volvo Construction Equipment AB
    Inventor: Young-Chul Jo
  • Patent number: 8789805
    Abstract: A bracket for stabilizing a heat exchanger has a base member extending between first and second ends. An aperture at the first end of the base member receives a fastener. The bracket is fixedly secured to a vehicle through the fastener. A flex zone extends between the first and second ends of the base member. The flex zone is movable between a first, relaxed position and a second, flexed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred Piggott, Simon Kehimkar
  • Publication number: 20140183317
    Abstract: A mounting device for an expansion card includes a chassis, a supporting member, a resilient member, and a locking member. The chassis includes a bracket. A sliding way is defined in the bracket. The supporting member is located in the bracket and is movable in the sliding way. The resilient member is located between the bracket and the supporting member. The locking member is pivotally mounted to the supporting member. The supporting member is configured to be driven by the resilient member to push the locking member towards the expansion card, and the locking member is pivotable relative to the supporting member to engage the expansion card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: ZHAN-YANG LI
  • Publication number: 20140183316
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus includes a bracket and two latching structures. The bracket includes a base and two clipping structures located on the base. The base defines a receiving space configured to receive a data storage device. Each of the two clipping structures includes two guiding rails and two clipping pieces respectively connected to the two guiding rails. The two latching structures are configured to secure the data storage device to the bracket without screws, and each of the two latching structures includes a neck portion and a head portion connected to the neck portion. Each head portions are held between the two guiding rails of the two clipping structures, and the neck portion is clipped between the two clipping pieces, to prevent the data storage device from disengaging from the receiving space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
  • Patent number: 8767386
    Abstract: A fastening device for a hard disk drive (HDD) includes a bottom plate and two fastening members. Two protrusions protrude up from the bottom plate. A positioning portion is formed on the bottom plate. The positioning portion defines a hooking slot. Each fastening member includes a connection wall, and a top wall and a bottom wall perpendicularly extending from top and bottom sides of the connection wall. The top walls are fastened to a bottom of the HDD. Each bottom wall defines an engaging hole. The engaging hole includes a large first hole and two small second holes communicating with opposite sides of the first hole. A latch is formed on one of the fastening members. The HDD is operable to slide to allow the protrusions to enter the corresponding second holes from the corresponding first holes, and to allow the latch to engage in the hooking slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zheng-Heng Sun
  • Publication number: 20140175244
    Abstract: The invention includes an apparatus for mounting a photovoltaic (PV) module onto a structure where the apparatus includes a base portion, a stud portion, and a coupling portion. The coupling portion includes a male portion that acts as a spring under load and a clip portion that penetrates the PV module frame to create a grounding bond. The apparatus includes a lower jaw, shaped to pry open a groove, and a key portion that can compress to allow for tolerances. The invention further includes a clip with one or more tabs and one or more teeth. The invention further includes a replacement roof tile which includes a support structure with a horizontal flange, a vertical component, a horizontal component, a flashing with an upper surface and a lower surface, and a tile-shaped metal surface having a curvilinear shape that reflects the shapes of adjacent tiles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: ZEP SOLAR, INC.
    Inventors: John Raymond West, Tyrus Hawkes Hudson, Emil Johansen
  • Publication number: 20140175245
    Abstract: A clamp assembly configured for holding hockey sticks and hockey puck comprises an adjustable bracket having a generally square-shaped cross-section, the bracket being configured to hold shafts of four hockey sticks, and at least one puck clamp coupled to the adjustable bracket, the at least one puck clamp being configured to secure a hockey puck proximate to the adjustable bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20140175242
    Abstract: An optical mount is disclosed having at least one restraining element for an optic having at least one contact point with a first surface of the optic and at least one force element having at least one contact point with a second surface of the optic, wherein each contact point on the first surface of the optic has a corresponding contact point on the second surface of the optic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Thorlabs, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett D'Alessio, Alex Ezra Cable
  • Patent number: 8757562
    Abstract: The present invention includes a C-type resin clip projecting from an exterior surface on a band tightener in a band-type wire harness mount or from a front surface on a middle portion of a substrate in a substrate-type wire harness mount, and a C-type metal clip having a length shorter than the C-type resin clip. The C-type metal clip is mounted between upper and lower tabs of the C-type resin clip. A pressing projection is provided on opposing interior surfaces of each of the upper and lower tabs of the C-type resin clip, and a press-down tab is provided on the upper and lower tabs of the C-type metal clip. When a bracket is pressed in between the upper and lower tabs of the C-type metal clip, the press-down tabs are lifted by the pressing projections and both the upper and lower surfaces of the bracket are pinched and held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiki Fujiwara
  • Publication number: 20140161399
    Abstract: An example embodiment includes a retention spring. The retention spring includes a central portion, a coupling feature, and a spring arm. The central portion includes a heat sink contact surface configured to contact a detachable heat sink. The coupling feature is configured to mechanically couple the retention spring to an optical component. The spring arm connects the central portion to the coupling feature. The spring arm is configured to elastically deform to allow insertion of the detachable heat sink between the heat sink contact surface and a heat dissipation surface of the optical component and to at least partially retain the detachable heat sink against the heat dissipation surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Cindy Hsin-I Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8740167
    Abstract: A container holder system for attachment to a lawnmower handle assembly. In operation, the container holder system receives a beverage container and pivots with respect to the ground to prevent spilling from the beverage container. Optionally, the container holder system rotates with respect to itself to provide ease of use. The container holder system includes a cage assembly and a mounting device for securing the cage assembly to the lawnmower handle assembly. The cage assembly includes cage arms and a flange interface defined by the cage arms. The mounting device includes a gripping sleeve positioned between the cage arms and the lawnmower handle assembly and includes a clamp for drawing the cage arms and the gripping sleeve against the lawnmower handle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Suzy Collins
  • Patent number: 8740162
    Abstract: A diaper tree comprises a vertical stalk mechanically coupled to a spring loaded clamp and a bracket. The bracket is mechanically coupled to a platform left arm and the platform left arm is connected to a platform right arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Mitchell Glenn Morgan
  • Patent number: 8714501
    Abstract: A mounting bracket may include a base plate, at least one stationary clip disposed on the base plate, a push releasing plate disposed in spaced apart relation to the at least one stationary clip, and at least one movable clip operatively coupled to and movable with the push releasing plate. The stationary clip or clips and movable clip or clips are disposed and configured to mate with cavities in respective ends of a pump when the push releasing plate is in a non-pivoted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Xylem IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Thang Q. Dang, Jim L. Jackson, Jr., Vijay Mallik, John J. Fong
  • Patent number: 8702047
    Abstract: A bracket is disclosed for mounting an electrical box on a mounting bar. The bracket comprises a front jaw and a rear jaw. The jaws are movable toward an open position for allowing movement of the bracket relative to the mounting bar and toward a closed position for gripping the mounting bar at a selected position along the mounting bar. The jaws are biased toward the closed position. An electrical box is attached to the front jaw. In one embodiment, the front jaw, rear jaw and a spring for urging the jaws closed are integrally formed from a single piece of sheet metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Eric R. Nuernberger, Brandon M. Tally
  • Patent number: 8678327
    Abstract: A trash bag securing device has a rotatable member and a stationary member. The stationary member is attached to the trash receptacle. The rotatable member has a first bag securing means which may include a bag containment area. The stationary member includes a second bag securing means which may include a point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventors: David McMiller, Michael M. Potempa, Brian S. Potempa
  • Patent number: 8678332
    Abstract: An adhesive holder for holding objects comprises an adhesive layer, an object holder, an adapter with a contact surface and a counter element with a counter surface. The counter surface of the counter element is positionable at a distance from the contact surface of the adapter in order to enclose a section of a structural element. The adhesive layer can be applied onto the contact surface of the adapter or onto the counter surface of the counter element. The adhesive holder according to the invention makes it possible to introduce a force into a structural element by exerting compressive stress and shearing stress only such that the adhesive connection is much more durable and the adhesive holder can be subjected to higher loads than in the state of the art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Hermann Benthien, Sheriff Shehata
  • Publication number: 20140042285
    Abstract: A modular device mounting platform apparatus having interchangeable jaw members for accommodating different devices. The device mounting platform apparatus includes a frame member capable of being mounted, by example and without limitation, in a vehicle and having a device mounting surface facing generally upward. A telescoping clamp member is slidably interconnected to frame member along a first direction. A biasing mechanism is coupled between frame and clamp members for urging a jaw member of the clamp member along first direction away from the frame member. A plurality of different jaw members are interchangeably coupleable to the frame and clamp members in an opposing relationship across the device mounting surface of the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Patent number: 8631937
    Abstract: A packaging assembly comprising: a card comprising at least one panel; a fluid dispenser comprising a fluid reservoir and a fluid dispenser member that is mounted on the reservoir; and a connection element fitted on the panel and including fastener means, the dispenser being engaged in the fastener means for being held in removable manner on the card; wherein the panel includes a window, the connection element being fitted in the window, the connection element includes a base, advantageously a flat base, of dimension that is greater than the dimension of the window, the fastener means projecting from the base, the base being disposed on one side of the panel with the fastener means passing through the window in such a manner as to project from the other side of the panel, the fastener means being inserted through the window and presenting a dimension that is greater than the dimension of the window, thereby holding the connection element in the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Aptar France SAS
    Inventor: Jean-Paul Lecoutre