Rigid Patents (Class 292/128)
  • Patent number: 10526829
    Abstract: Hardware for a lift glide door assembly and lift glide window assembly provides ease of opening with an operational opening assist that urges the door or window to an open position on operation of an opening handle. A lock mechanism actuates a lock pin, blocks opening gear mechanisms from operating and extends a security bolt for locking. A guide blade is provided for assisting the door during opening or closing operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventors: Lawrence E Chaffin, John R Glover
  • Patent number: 10238139
    Abstract: Tofu is typically sold saturated in liquid, and in order for the tofu to take on a desired flavour, the liquid content of the tofu must first be reduced. The present invention provides a method of reducing the liquid content of tofu and a tofu press 10, comprising: a tray 20 for receiving tofu 30 therein; a pressure member 80 for applying pressure to the tofu 30 within the tray 20; and a toggle latch 120 releasably coupleable between the tray 20 and the pressure member 80 such that pressure is applied to the tofu 30 within the tray by the pressure member 80.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: Adam Kittow, Susanna Andrews
  • Patent number: 10126041
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet having a storage chamber, a main door pivotably mounted to the cabinet while including an opening provided at an inside of the main door, and a stepped portion provided around the opening, a sub-storage chamber mounted at the inside of the main door, a sub-door mounted to the main door, to allow a user to have access to the sub-storage chamber, the sub-door having opposite side surfaces with front portions protruding forwards of a front surface of the main door while having a greater width than the opening and stepped portion between the front portions of the side surfaces, to cover the stepped portion by the side surfaces, and a hinge pivotably mounted to the main door and coupled to the sub-door while being bent at an intermediate portion thereof, to pivotably support the sub-door with respect to the main door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Jisu Park, Seungho Lee, Jaeyoul Lee
  • Patent number: 10035256
    Abstract: A buckling apparatus includes a buckle, a connector and an elastic element. The buckle includes two bores. The connector includes a main axle, two levers transversely extending from the main axle, and two external rods extending from the levers into the bores. The elastic element includes a first torque spring, a second torque spring, and an intermediate lever formed between the first and second torque springs. The first torque spring is located between and connected to the levers and adapted for biasing the buckle from the connector. The second torque spring is supported on the first lever and adapted for biasing the connector from a toolbox. The intermediate lever is placed against the first lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Yi-Min Li
  • Patent number: 9851755
    Abstract: One embodiment provides an electronic device, including: a housing with a recess defined therein by an upper wall, a lower wall, and a planar surface between the upper wall and the lower wall, wherein the planar surface comprises a plurality of pins; said housing being open on lateral sides of said recess; and a processor disposed within the housing; a contact rail; a second contact rail; wherein the first contact rail and the second contact rail are operatively coupled to the processor; wherein the contact rail is disposed at or on a surface selected from the group of surfaces consisting of: the upper wall and the planar surface adjacent to the upper wall; and wherein the second contact rail is disposed at or on a surface selected from the group of surfaces consisting of: the lower wall and the planar surface adjacent to the lower wall. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Scott Wentao Li, Robert James Kapinos, Joaquin F. Luna, Russell SPeight VanBlon
  • Patent number: 9810001
    Abstract: A lockable retainer assembly adapted for retaining or releasing a panel having at least one edge by preventing or allowing movement of an edge of the panel. The lockable retainer assembly includes a rocker rotatably disposed at the edge, the rocker having a slot and is configured to protrude into the panel's path of movement when the rocker is rotatably disposed in a relaxed position. The rocker is configured to clear the panel's path of movement when the rocker is rotatably disposed in a depressed position. A lock is slidingly disposed within the slot and adapted to prevent rotation of the rocker when the lock is disposed in a relaxed position and allow rotation of the rocker when the lock is disposed in a depressed position. In the depressed position, the clears the path of movement of the panel, enabling the panel to be inserted or removed through the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: RC Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Bostley, Brian Giardino, Brian Meyer
  • Patent number: 9631828
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a ventilating fan mounted on a wall of an indoor side of a wind path therethrough from the indoor side to an outdoor side. The ventilating fan includes a ventilating fan hood, a filtering member, a ventilating fan body, and a ventilating fan mounting member. The filtering member is integrally formed by a frame provided with an engagement that is engaged with the ventilating fan body and a filtering screen located within the frame. The ventilating fan according to the present invention has the advantages that the filtering member can be fixedly mounted to the ventilating fan body in a simple structure manner without using fasteners such as screws, so as to facilitate the operation and save the working time. Moreover, the filtering member is not blown off to fall off when the ventilating fan hood is removed. In addition, the mounting of the filtering member in a reverse order is eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: Panasonic Ecology Systems Guangdong Co., Ltd., Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Bodong Zhong, Min Long, Jiahan Hong, Shi Zhen, Shouyong Gao, Hideki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9588282
    Abstract: A liquid crystal module includes a back bezel (1), a side-in backlight source (3), a light guide plate (2) having a light-in side opposite to the side-in backlight source (3), a quantum bar (5) between the side-in backlight source (3) and the light guide plate (2), a first support (6) having first windows (60) on top, and a second support (7) having second windows (70) on top. The quantum bar (5) is placed in a room formed by the first support (6) and the second support (7). The present invention also proposes a liquid crystal display. The liquid crystal module is assembled easily and reduces breakage risk for the quantum bar glass tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Quan Li
  • Patent number: 9534422
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a child safety lock mechanism for a cupboard, the cupboard includes at least one movable door and fixed frame, the locking mechanical system includes an external section arranged on the outside of the cupboard door, an internal section secured to a part of the frame, a latching means and a releasing means, wherein the external section is removably lockable to the internal section by the latching means and releasable by the releasing means. The latching means and releasing means are mutually engageable to release the latch, and extend from a first surface of the door to a second surface of the door to effect the engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Safe and Care LTD.
    Inventor: Jesper Birk Andersen
  • Patent number: 9534421
    Abstract: An engaging mechanism includes an engaging member and an engaged member freely detachably engageable with the engaging member. The engaging member includes an engaging main part and an engaging claw part formed on the engaging main part, both resiliently deformable. The engaging claw part has an inwardly curved engaging surface defined by a first curvature continuous curve. The engaged member includes an engaged part engageable with the engaging claw part and having an outwardly curved engaged surface defined by a second curvature continuous curve. The engaging surface and the engaged surface contact each other at a linear contact area at a time from when the engaging claw part and the engaged part are in engagement with each other through to when the engaging claw part is disengaged from the engaged part. A curvature of the engaging surface at the linear contact area is smaller than a curvature of the engaged surface at the linear contact area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventor: Katsuzo Kamada
  • Patent number: 9499272
    Abstract: A latch system that includes a paddle button assembly having a button that is movable between a home position and an actuation position, a first latch assembly that includes a first striker assembly and a first hook assembly, and a first cable that extends between the paddle button assembly and the first latch assembly. Movement of the button from the home position to the actuation position moves the first cable, thereby disengaging the first hook assembly and the first striker assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: C&D ZODIAC, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen Kearsey, Eric Long, Scott Savian
  • Patent number: 9448005
    Abstract: Provided are a guard assembly that is rotatably installed at a rear side of a door of a refrigerator and the refrigerator including the same. The guard assembly in accordance with an embodiment, is installed at a rear side of a door of a refrigerator. The guard assembly includes a body portion which is placed at the rear side of the door and to which a supporting tray is coupled, and a rotation unit that causes the body portion to be rotatably coupled to the door. The rotation unit includes a guide member having a coupling hole and coupled to one side of the rear side of the door, and a hinge member having one side coupled to the body portion and another side rotatably coupled to the coupling hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Inventors: Tae Youl Lee, Byoung Mok Kim, Hyo Sik Kang, Dae Young Kim, Jong Sun Park
  • Patent number: 9359798
    Abstract: A latch for an electrical device enclosure, wherein the latch comprises a moveable member operable in response to high pressure conditions inside the enclosure, and is configured to prevent opening of the enclosure in the event of high pressure conditions inside the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventors: Peter James Greenwood, Seth Adam Cutler, Maxime Pean
  • Patent number: 9243427
    Abstract: A container is disclosed that has a housing and a lid. The lid has a planar portion and a latch that is freely movable parallel to the planar portion of the lid. The latch has a retention feature and a first reference surface that is perpendicular to the planar portion of the lid. There is a latch mechanism coupled to the housing that has an engagement element configured to engage the retention feature of the latch and a first alignment feature having a first alignment surface. The first alignment feature is configured to laterally displace the latch in a first direction such that the first reference surface aligns with the first alignment surface when the lid is brought together with the housing with the fastener laterally displaced away from the engagement element in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Dean Weber, Christoph Potakowskyj, Johannes Pollhammer
  • Patent number: 9200478
    Abstract: A latch mechanism is provided comprising a latch and a cover arranged for attachment to the latch. The latch includes a latch body and a projection extending therefrom wherein, when the latch and cover are attached to one another, the projection extends from an inner surface of the cover. The latch mechanism further comprises a docking area located on a device, the docking area being arranged to receive the latch such that the cover may be securely fixed to the device. When the cover is placed over the docking area, a sliding movement of the cover causes actuation of the latch to secure the cover to the docking area. When the cover is secured in the docking area, further sliding movement of the cover is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Hugh A. Connell
  • Patent number: 9179747
    Abstract: A clutch case comprises a pair of clamshell members hinged together at a bottom edge thereof such that the members, when closed, form an interior chamber for containing objects and, when open, provide access to the interior chamber. Each of the clamshell members has a lumen extending along at least a portion of its perimeter. The lumen is capable of containing a liquid having decorative material entrained therein. In use, tilting the case imparts motion to the entrained decorative material to create a unique visual appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Fiona Kotur Marin
  • Patent number: 9121161
    Abstract: A striker provided on a rear surface part of an engine cover is mounted on the rear surface part by using nuts from an inner surface. In a counterweight, a bracket is mounted on a top surface of a center weight portion by using bracket bolts, and a latch is mounted on a latch mounting surface of the bracket by using latch bolts. In this state, a hiding member is mounted on a hiding member mounting surface of the bracket by using hiding member bolts. At this time, the hiding member can cover and hide the bracket bolts and the latch bolts. Further, at the time the engine cover is closed, the bolts can be hidden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventor: Takeo Manabe
  • Publication number: 20150085444
    Abstract: A latch device includes a carrier, an operating member, a resilient member, two linkages, and two latch members. The operating member can move toward or away from the carrier along a first direction. The resilient member is disposed between the operating member and the carrier. Each of the linkages has a first end and a second end. The first ends are pivotally connected to two sides of the operating member. The latch members are slidably and symmetrically disposed on the carrier along a second direction, and pivotally connected to the second ends, respectively. The linkages are located between the latch members in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. While moving relative to the carrier, the operating member drives the latch members respectively by the linkages, so as to reversely move the latch members relative to the carrier in the second direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: WISTRON CORP.
    Inventor: Xian-Feng KE
  • Patent number: 8979141
    Abstract: A washing machine door, in which assembly efficiency of the door is improved, and an assembling structure and assembling method thereof are disclosed. The door includes a front panel forming the front surface of the door, a rear panel forming the rear surface of the door, a door handle mounted on the rear panel, fixing parts provided on the rear panel, a hook member operated in connection with the operation of the door handle, and an elastic member provided with one side fixed to the fixing parts and the other side fixed to the door handle to provide elastic force to the hook member and the door handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang Bin Lee
  • Patent number: 8905442
    Abstract: A latch structure according to an embodiment includes a cage having an engagement hole, a connector attachably and detachably held in the cage, the connector comprising a connector body having an almost rectangular parallelepiped shape and an insertion part to be inserted into the cage formed on an end surface of the connector body, a latch cover rockably installed in an upper surface of the connector body, being formed of a single plate material and having a cover body for covering the upper surface of the connector body, an engagement claw to engage with the engagement hole of the cage formed at an end portion of the latch cover, a spring member for always energizing the latch cover so that the engagement claw engages with the engagement hole, a rocking member formed in both sides of the cover body of the latch cover and formed by bending the plate material downward and a rocking groove formed in both side surfaces of the connector body for rockably engaging with the rocking member, wherein the rocking memb
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Ishigami, Kenichi Tamura, Masayuki Nikaido
  • Patent number: 8556303
    Abstract: An apparatus secures a cover onto a housing of a portable electronic device. The apparatus has a first latch that is pivotally connected to the cover by a first hinge, so that in a first rotational position, the first latch contacts a first catch on the housing and in a second rotational position, the first latch is remote from the first catch. A second latch assembly has a second latch that is pivotally connected to the cover by a second hinge, so that in one rotational position, the second latch contacts a second catch on the housing and in another rotational position, the second latch is remote from the second catch. By squeezing the first and second latches between two fingers, a user is able to disengage those latches from the catches and remove the cover from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Vijai Rajagopal, James Carl Infanti, Timothy Herbert Kyowski
  • Patent number: 8424930
    Abstract: In an incubator according to the present invention, physical condition of a newborn is less likely to get out of order though a hand insertion window can easily be opened by operation with, for example, an elbow instead of a hand. A latch in a latch mechanism has a spiral face that extends to at least part of the periphery of a rotation shaft that extends along a side of a newborn chamber. A releasing member in the latch mechanism presses the spiral face of the latch by movement along the side of the newborn chamber and rotates the latch from a holding position to a releasing position for a hand insertion door. In addition, even if the latch in the latch mechanism rotates about the rotation shaft between the holding and releasing positions for the hand insertion door, the releasing member does not rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Atom Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Terumi Matsubara, Eiji Koike, Naoki Honma, Yoko Nagai, Kazuo Matsubara
  • Publication number: 20120280519
    Abstract: A hood latch assembly for a vehicle may include a base provided under an upper cover of a hood in the vehicle, a main hook pivotally coupled to the base, a rotary member pivotally coupled to the base by a first hinge supported by a first elastic member and having an auxiliary hook disposed above the main hook, wherein the auxiliary hook latches or releases a striker depending on rotation angle of the rotary member, and a release knob rotatably coupled to the rotary member by a second hinge supported by a second elastic member, wherein the release knob has on a first end thereof a pressing part to press and rotate the rotary member when the release knob rotates in one direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Ji Young Hong
  • Publication number: 20120248791
    Abstract: An engaging module is used for engaging a cover to a housing. The housing includes a sliding chute extended along a direction. The engaging module includes a sliding member and a hook. The sliding member is slidable between an opening position and a closing position in the sliding chute. The sliding member includes a latch including a first guiding surface and a second guiding surface. When the cover is engaged to the housing, the sliding member may be moved to the opening position along the direction to make the first guiding surface of the latch push the cover to separate from the housing. When it is desired to engage the cover to the housing, the hook is pushed toward the second guiding surface, the sliding member is moved from the closing position along the direction, and the sliding member is moved toward the closing position so that the latch is engaged to the trough of the hook.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: Ho-Li Chu
  • Patent number: 8240786
    Abstract: A cabinet includes a frame portion and a door hingedly connected to the frame portion. A member is rigidly connected to the door and includes a flange portion extending from and spaced apart from an outer surface of the door. A handle is pivotably connected to the door and includes a user graspable portion disposed between the first outer surface of the door and the flange portion of the member. A catch member is rigidly connected to the user graspable portion and extends through a slot in the door for interlocking engagement with a retention feature disposed on the frame portion. When the door is in a closed position, handle is pivotable with respect to the door from a door retention position to a door release position for disengagement of the catch member from the door retention feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Waterloo Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Franco Fabio Daino, Gregory Jon Holcomb, Steven Frederick Kohagen, Matthew J. Sallee, Bradley M. White
  • Publication number: 20120050963
    Abstract: A latching mechanism for a portable electronic device includes a housing, a pressing assembly, a latching assembly and a cover, the cover latches in the housing with the latching assembly, the pressing assembly is pushed along a first direction, causing the latching assembly to slide along a second direction perpendicularly to detach the cover from the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventors: RUI-HAO CHEN, YUE-WU LI
  • Publication number: 20120028095
    Abstract: A battery cover latching mechanism employed in an electronic device is used to assemble a battery cover to a housing. The battery cover latching mechanism includes a hook, a base body, a sliding element, and an operating element. The hook is mounted on the battery cover, and the base body is detachably assembled to the housing. The sliding element is detachably and slidably assembled to the base body and includes a latching block corresponding to the hook. The operating element is detachably assembled to the sliding element, and is pushed relative to the sliding element, the operating element forces the sliding element to move relative to the base body, the latching block unlocks the hook to detach the battery cover, when the latching block locks the hook, the battery cover is latched.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
  • Patent number: 8083270
    Abstract: A safety hook structure for a hood is disclosed. The safety hook structure includes a bracket mounted on a rear surface of the hood and has a protrusion with a groove formed on the center thereof, a safety hook having a pivot portion pivotally inserted in the groove of the protrusion and moving in a horizontal direction, and a resilient member having one end fixed to the bracket and the other end fixed to the safety hook and applying a restoring force to the safety hook. Since the safety hook structure, which is moved in the horizontal direction to unlock the hood, is mounted on the hood, an enlarged buffer space for pedestrian protection is secured between an outer panel and an inner panel of the hood. Therefore, if a pedestrian is struck by an automobile, he/she can be protected by a stable buffer force. In addition, the safety hook structure can be easily manufactured by simplifying the construction of the safety hook, which can reduce the manufacturing cost thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: In Hwang
  • Publication number: 20110241358
    Abstract: A lock mechanism (for example, a small object storage device for a vehicle) includes a base (for example, a housing), a mobile member, and a lock device. The lock device includes a lock portion; a knob; a return spring; an elongate hole for movably supporting at least one end portion of a rotational axis along a moving direction (for example, a sliding direction) of the mobile member; an urging device (for example, the return spring also serving as the urging device) for urging one end portion of the rotational axis toward a position of a front side of the elongate hole; and a rotation blocking portion for blocking a rotation of the knob when the one end portion of the rotational axis moves toward a deep side of the elongate hole against an urging force of the urging device (for example, the return spring also serving as the urging device).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Yosuke Washio
  • Publication number: 20110215596
    Abstract: A latch for securing a cabinet door to a cabinet body is disclosed. The latch includes a cam and cam follower configured to move in a pivoting manner to engage and disengage a hook to and from a striker. All the working parts of the latch are installed inside the cabinet such that they are hidden from view, whether the drawer is opened or closed. To prevent the striker from punching through the cabinet door and damaging the decorative bezel or button situated at the external side of the door, the internal side of the door defines a pocket that provides an integrated striker stop to receive the striker when the cabinet is closed. The decorative bezel or button may be detached and replaced independent of the latch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Applicant: DeCrane Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen H. Fagan
  • Patent number: 7815228
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method for damping vibration of an elastic member within a latch for securing a top panel to a base of an information handling system (IHS) includes an elastic member with a first end and a second end, the first end attached to a fixed portion of the top panel. The latch may further include a body attachable to the top panel, the body defining a cavity for receiving the elastic member, wherein the body further comprises a movable anchor for attaching the second end of the elastic member and a raised portion, wherein the raised portion is in contact with the elastic member within the cavity to damp vibration of the elastic member. The latch further includes an actuation tab coupled to the body to engage the body in a movable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: David William Grunow, Richard C. Sohaney, Faiza Hassan, Anil Damani
  • Publication number: 20100194119
    Abstract: A latch structure according to an embodiment includes a cage having an engagement hole, a connector attachably and detachably held in the cage, the connector comprising a connector body having an almost rectangular parallelepiped shape and an insertion part to be inserted into the cage formed on an end surface of the connector body, a latch cover rockably installed in an upper surface of the connector body, being formed of a single plate material and having a cover body for covering the upper surface of the connector body, an engagement claw to engage with the engagement hole of the cage formed at an end portion of the latch cover, a spring member for always energizing the latch cover so that the engagement claw engages with the engagement hole, a rocking member formed in both sides of the cover body of the latch cover and formed by bending the plate material downward and a rocking groove formed in both side surfaces of the connector body for rockably engaging with the rocking member, wherein the rocking memb
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: HITACHI CABLE, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki ISHIGAMI, Kenichi TAMURA, Masayuki NIKAIDO
  • Patent number: 7669901
    Abstract: A door safety latch for air cleaner is provided. The door safety latch includes a latch arm including a latch projection, with the latch arm configured to pivot with respect to a door of the air cleaner, and a slider that traps a portion of the latch arm. The slider is configured to hold the latch arm in a first, latched position and further configured to pivot the latch arm to a second, unlatched position. The door safety latch further includes a release button that includes a stop shoulder. The release button is biased to a normally extended position with the stop shoulder blocking movement of the slider and the latch arm to the second, unlatched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Oreck Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Paterson, John R. Bohlen, Steve Irby, Paul Moshenrose, Owen T. Bourgeois
  • Patent number: 7665774
    Abstract: A lock unit used for an electronic apparatus that includes a foldable and unfoldable housing that has a first surface that is foldable, and a second surface orthogonal to the first surface includes a lock member that locks the housing in a folded state, an operation member that moves the lock member and releases a lock of the housing by the lock member, and a transmission mechanism that transmits a driving force applied to the operation member to the lock member by changing an operating direction of the operation member to another direction, and moves the lock member in the other direction, wherein the operation member is provided on the second surface, and an operating direction of the operation member is a first direction perpendicular to the second surface, the lock member projecting in a second direction orthogonal to the first surface, and a moving direction of the lock member being a third direction orthogonal to the first and second directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Minoru Kumagai, Ikki Tatsukami, Kazuo Kobayashi, Wataru Tanaka, Kaigo Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7644963
    Abstract: A hooking device includes a hook for clasping a latching device, a spring mounted to the hook for providing a restoration force to the hook, and a base securing the hook and the spring thereon. The hook includes a main portion, a catch portion, and a pair of shaft portions extending from the other end along opposite direction. The spring includes two winding portions, two first arms extending from ends of the winding portions, the first arms acting on the hook; and two second arms extending from the other ends of the winding portions. The base includes a base plate defining an opening, two supporting plates accommodating the shaft portions, two bearing plates extending from the base plate, the second arms acting on the bearing plate, and an elastic arm extending from the base plate pushing on the other end of the main portion of the hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chien-Ming Fan, Jung-Hsiang Lee, Chang-Lin Yang
  • Patent number: 7637540
    Abstract: A latch structure includes a base, a connecting unit, a first spring member, at least one hook unit and a button. In this case, the connecting unit has a first side and a second side, and the connecting unit is disposed on the base. The first spring member has a first end and a second end. The first end connects to the connecting unit and the second end connects to the base. At least one hook unit is located at the first side of the connecting unit. The hook unit has a moving member with a hook portion and a connecting portion, and the hook portion locates in a first site. The button is located at the second side of the connecting unit. When the hook portion does not locate in the first site, the button moves toward a first direction, the button pushes the connecting unit in a second direction, and the connecting unit touches the connecting portion. Accordingly, the hook portion turns to the first site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
    Inventor: Ling-Yu Chiang
  • Publication number: 20090256364
    Abstract: A portable computing device, including a latch apparatus and system, may include a rotatable high wear plastic oversnapping arm, a pivot portion on the portable computing device, and an enclosure door with a geometric mating feature. The oversnapping arm may be configured to rotate 90° about the pivot portion to snap over the geometric mating feature and secure the enclosure door in a closed, latched position. As the oversnapping arm is rotated downward, its progress may be frictionally impeded by the geometric mating feature. Applying downward pressure on the oversnapping arm towards the physical interference may cause the oversnapping arm to bend over the interfering feature and snap into a closed, geometrically interlocked position. In the closed, latched position, the oversnapping arm may apply a positive pressure against the enclosure door. The positive pressure on the enclosure door increases the environmental sealing capabilities by putting additional pressure on the existing environmental seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Applicant: General Dynamics Itronix Corporation
    Inventors: William Eugene GADAU, Neal Stanley Clark
  • Patent number: 7552951
    Abstract: A tray locking structure of a vehicle includes a housing installed in an inner panel of the vehicle, having an accommodating room, an installation recess formed in a front side thereof, and a locking bar that crosses the installation recess; a door hinged to a rear side of the housing that can move up and down to thus open and close the door; and a locking part installed in a front side of the door, having a locking body, a locking step provided in a lower end of the locking body and locked by the locking bar, an upper end pulled forward to release the locking part from the locking bar, a plurality of rotation protrusions provided on lateral sides of the locking body, and a button including an insertion plate having a plurality of insertion holes such that the rotation protrusions are respectively inserted into the insertion holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keun Chul Kim
  • Patent number: 7523529
    Abstract: The present invention proposes an engagement mechanism employed in a first assembly part and a cooperating second assembly part. The engagement mechanism comprises a pivot member assembled in the first assembly part; and an elastic member having a double-wedged surface at an endmost portion thereof which extends outwardly from the projecting portion of the first assembly part. The elastic member is employed to provide an elastic force of maintaining the projecting portion extending outwardly from the first assembly part to engage with the second assembly part. The present invention, via the design of the double-wedged surface of the projecting portion, facilitates easy engagement or disengagement of the engagement mechanism, and overcomes the problem of having to provide extra disengagement arrangement in the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Inventec Corporation
    Inventors: Yung-Chi Yang, Yue-Jun Hu, Mike Cai, Li-Ming Le
  • Patent number: 7480132
    Abstract: A portable computer includes a cover (1) unit and a base unit (2) connected with the cover unit. The cover unit includes a movable latch member (30), and a driving button (40). The latch member includes a pair of slanted slots (34) defined therein. The driving button includes a pair of driving posts (44) moving in the slanted slots. The cover unit is latched to the base unit via the latch member to cover the base unit and unlatched from the base unit via moving the latch member by manipulation of the driving button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chao-Chu Wu, Xiao-Gang Jiang, Xin-Hu Gong
  • Patent number: 7427086
    Abstract: Door assembly including a hook at one side of a cabinet for engagement with a door lock, rotating shafts at opposite sides of the hook, a door frame having an opening for pass through of the hook, a first supporting part on the door frame having a pass through hole for inserting one side of the rotating shaft, and a second supporting part on the door frame having an opened loading groove for loading the other side of the rotating shaft, thereby providing a door assembly which can be assembled readily, and permit more stable operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: LG Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Myung Sik Park, Kwang Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 7311339
    Abstract: A latching system and method are provided for facilitating an easier and/or smoother latching of a locking mechanism, such as a latching and catching mechanism for use with the closing of doors. In accordance with an exemplary embodiment, an exemplary latching system comprises a catch device and a latch handle configured for maintaining closure of a door. To reduce or prevent any undesirable “kick-back” of the latch handle during closure of the door, the catch device can comprise a catch spring mechanism configured to facilitate engagement with the latch handle. To provide for a substantially even balance against the catch device and/or to provide for a substantially even pressure against a door gasket, the latch handle can comprise a latch spring mechanism configured to allow engagement of the latch handle to the catch device as well as facilitate engagement of the door during closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Inventors: George H. K. Lau, E. Wayne Thurber, Todd O. Bolenback
  • Patent number: 7261331
    Abstract: An apparatus with a two-way hidden latch. A main body comprises a magnet disposed under a retainer, which fixes the two-way latch disposed in a cover portion. The cover portion can be placed on the main body with a first or second surface facing downward. The cover portion comprises a first and second opening and a two-way latch is disposed near the two openings. When the cover portion is open, the two-way latch is fixed at an original position and hidden in the cover portion. When the cover portion covers the main body with the first surface facing downward, the two-way latch is drawn by the magnet to a first position, engaging the retainer. Moreover, when the cover portion covers the main body with the second surface facing downward, the two-way latch is drawn by the magnet to a second position, engaging the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Asustek Computer Inc.
    Inventor: Tzu-Wei Lin
  • Patent number: 7093865
    Abstract: A lid locking apparatus has a storage member, a lid, a knob member having a first abutment portion, a lock member having a second abutment portion and first and second biasing members. When the lid is in a closed position, the lock member locks the lid, when the knob member is in a closed position, the first biasing member biases the first and second abutment portions so as to abut each other, when the knob member is opened, the first biasing member biases to swing the lock member and the knob member integrally to thereby release the locked state, and when the lid is closed, the second biasing member biases the knob member in a direction towards the closed position to separate the abutment portions to thereby allow the lock member to swing independently even in the locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takahiro Furuya
  • Patent number: 7080531
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a latch having a button pawl shaft for attaching two panels together at two different points. The shaft of the latch has bezels in which the shaft rotates connected to one of the panels. The shaft has pawls at both ends which engage a keeper on a second panel and disengage and clear the keeper when a force is applied to the button on the shaft thereby rotating the shaft. A precompressed torsion spring provides a force on the button at all times. When a user presses on the button thereby rotating the shaft such that the pawls disengage with keepers the spring will rotate the shaft and button back to the same position as that prior to the user applying a force on the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Southco, Inc
    Inventors: Fabrice Vitry, Andrew Thornton
  • Patent number: 6971687
    Abstract: Door and cabinet catch with a bumper member, a bumper housing, a compression spring, a ball with stem, a ball joint mounting plate, a ball joint nut, a catch member and an L shaped catch retaining member. The bumper housing includes a clevis that hingably retains the catch member. The catch member includes a spring biased tab for opening the catch member. The compression spring holds the bumper member in an extended position so that it can compress during use thereby reducing the chance of rattling. A preferred embodiment includes that the ball joint allows the bumper housing and bumper member to angle as much as thirty degrees in any direction through a three hundred and sixty degree arc thereby making it possible to obtain a latching action even if the relationship between the catch member and the catch retaining member is not parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Inventor: Ron Amy
  • Patent number: 6970350
    Abstract: A computer has a case with a front side that is clad with a front panel. The front panel includes openings beside the mounting spaces for receiving PC components with attached retaining bars. The PC components can be inserted into the computer by way of the front side without having to disassemble the front panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Fujitsu Siemens Computers GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Schmid, August Scherer
  • Patent number: 6942257
    Abstract: A latch for a cabinet door or drawer for preventing access to the interior of the cabinet or drawer. The latch includes a hook spring biased to engage a catch and that allows the door or drawer to be only slightly opened enough to allow a caregiver to reach the latch and displace it out of the way so that the door or drawer can then be fully opened. When released the latch returns to the biased position. The latch may also disengage the spring so as to be fully disabled and allow the door or drawer to be opened freely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Wong, Jorge Tomas
  • Patent number: 6935661
    Abstract: A protective assembly for electronic components. The protective assembly has a chassis and a removable cover. The removable cover is secured to the chassis by a latch and a catch. The catch is biased by a spring to a first position. The latch slidingly engages the catch to displace the catch during the installation of the cover. The spring returning the catch to the first position when the cover is disposed on the chassis in the securing position. The panel being removeable by sliding the catch against the spring to release the latch from the catch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Arthur K. Farnsworth, Peter W. Austin
  • Patent number: RE40267
    Abstract: A lock mechanism for a sliding drawer of the type mounted on telescopic slides in a cabinet includes a pivotal handle bar on the top front edge of the cabinet drawer front wall. The handle includes catch mechanisms biased for engagement with a strike extending from the drawer slides mounted on the inside of the cabinet. Manual rotation of the handle moves the handle and thus the catch mechanisms out of engagement with the strike enabling the cabinet drawer to be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Waterloo Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Mehmen