Door-type Closure Having Article Support Patents (Class 312/321.5)
  • Patent number: 10677514
    Abstract: A refrigerator door bin assembly includes a door liner defining a first side wall defining a supporting base extending from the first side wall. The supporting base defines a locking channel therein. The assembly further includes a bin body defining a first outer wall facing and positioned adjacent to the first side wall of the door liner. The first outer wall of the bin body defines an alignment channel receiving the supporting base therein. A locking rib extends within the alignment channel to engage with the locking channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Edson Isaltino Bento, Luiz Afrânio Alves Ferreira, Guilherme Nehring, Ademar Testoni
  • Patent number: 10512327
    Abstract: A pedestal for a conference table or other furniture has a shell having an opening, and a rack for electronic equipment mounted within the opening. The rack is pivotable about a vertical axis between a stowed position in which the rack is entirely within the pedestal and an access position in which the rack is largely outside the pedestal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Legrand AV Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Pappas, Dean Wheelan
  • Patent number: 10465972
    Abstract: A container (10) has a plurality of storage spaces arranged in rows. The container (10) is installable on the inner side of a door (11a) of a refrigerator (1). The storage space of the frontmost row is shallower than at least one of the storage spaces of back rows when the container (10) is installed on the door (11a). The refrigerator (1) includes a refrigeration compartment (1), and a door (11a) installed on the refrigeration compartment (1). At least one container (10) is installed on the inner side of the door (11a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuya Hasegawa, Yohei Morita
  • Patent number: 10443920
    Abstract: Provided is a multifunctional chamber and a refrigerator. The chamber comprises a door body, an inner container enclosed by a plurality of plate bodies, at least one opening provided in at least one of the plurality of plate bodies, a moisture preserving module disposed at the opening and used for regulating and controlling the humidity of the chamber, an upper cover movably disposed on the moisture preserving module, and at least one air port provided in at least one of the plurality of plate bodies and used for discharging moisture from the chamber. When the chamber is at a high-humidity mode, the upper cover moves at the moisture preserving module to expose the moisture preserving module; and when the chamber is at drying mode, the upper cover completely covers the moisture preserving module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Qingdao Haier Joint Stock Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kexin Chen, Weiying Zhang, Enwei Ding, Min Li, Aimin Wang, Guoxin Yu
  • Patent number: 10260796
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a compressor to compress refrigerant, a condenser to liquefy the refrigerant supplied from the compressor, a capillary tube to decompress and expand the refrigerant supplied from the condenser, an evaporator to vaporize the refrigerant supplied from the capillary tube, a shutoff valve installed at an inlet of the capillary tube so as to prevent the refrigerant in the condenser during stoppage of the compressor from being moved to the evaporator, and a control unit to enable the shutoff valve to be blocked together so as to prevent movement of the refrigerant from the condenser to the evaporator during stoppage of the compressor, and to enable the shutoff valve to be opened together so as to move the refrigerant from the condenser to the evaporator during starting of the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jee Hoon Lee, Sang Gyu Jung, Seung Yong Yang, Jae Sek Oh, Kae Hum Lee, Sung Cheul Park, Jong Nam Lee, Ho June Jeong
  • Patent number: 10018396
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided that includes at least one freezer compartment and at least one refrigerator compartment, wherein the freezer compartment and the refrigerator compartment are defined by a plurality of interior surfaces. The refrigerator further includes a cooling module set (CMS) removably attached to at least one of the plurality of interior surfaces, wherein the CMS is configured to operate in any orientation of a plurality of orientations, and the CMS is further configured to be repositionable with respect to the plurality of interior surfaces to alter a shape of at least one of the refrigerator compartment and the freezer compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Nihat Cur, Alberto R. Gomes, Luiz Antonio D. Lopes, Guolian Wu, Luciana Wasnievski Da Silva
  • Patent number: 10012427
    Abstract: A refrigerator is disclosed including a refrigerator compartment configured to store food, and a door configured to selectively open and close the refrigerator compartment. The door includes a first frame disposed on a front surface and side surfaces of the door, and second frames connected to a top and a bottom of the first frame, where the first frame and/or the second frames including fixing portions configured to fix the first frame to the second frames. A manufacturing method for efficiently manufacturing a refrigerator is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Dongbu Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Woo Cheol Cheon
  • Patent number: 9989297
    Abstract: For the purpose of improving operation and maintenance a home appliance door, in particular a home chiller appliance door, is proposed: The home appliance door has an inner wall section; and at least one support unit for support of a door mullion, the support unit being fixated to the inner wall section at least in a form-fit and/or force-fit manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Yigit Akalan, Ziya Arslankiray, Emre Emek
  • Patent number: 9803915
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a movable body that is located in a case that defines a storage compartment. The refrigerator further includes a shelf that is connected to the movable body via a connection member. The refrigerator further includes a guard that is configured to surround an edge of the shelf, that is larger than the shelf, and that includes a protrusion member that protrudes toward the movable body. The movable body includes a guide rail that is configured to guide the protrusion member during sliding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Junsoo Park, Jiyeong Ku, Jiyoon Lee, Jiyoung Yoon
  • Patent number: 9631858
    Abstract: A shelf (5) for a cooling device having supporting walls (4 and 104) of different sizes and forms and joined with each other from at least one edge so that either the first support wall (4) or the second support wall (104) are almost vertically upward to the supporting wall which enables goods disposed thereon to be carried by supporting them from below while the other supporting wall supports the goods from the sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: ARCELIK ANONIM SIRKETI
    Inventors: Alper Mirza, Sati Mutlu
  • Patent number: 9599393
    Abstract: A refrigerator in which a rotating bar installed to one of a pair of doors is rotated when the other door is opened or closed. The refrigerator includes a rotating bar to seal a gap between doors, and a guide device to guide rotation of the rotating bar. The guide device includes a base having a receptacle, a rotating unit mounted in the receptacle and rotated by a rotating shaft, a ramp structure fixed in the receptacle and having a ramp, a linkage unit linearly movably secured to the rotating unit and connected to the rotating bar so as to be linearly moved on the ramp and rotated along with the rotating unit about the rotating shaft, and an elastic unit supported by the rotating unit and adapted to transmit elastic force to the linkage unit to allow the linkage unit to move on the ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Woon Jeon, Se Youn Park, Sun Min Lee, Jae Moon Lee
  • Patent number: 9581381
    Abstract: A refrigerator is described. The refrigerator includes a cabinet that includes a storage compartment; an inner case that defines the storage compartment. The refrigerator further includes a first door that is pivotally mounted to the cabinet. The refrigerator further includes a second door that is pivotally mounted to the cabinet and that is provided with a pillar that is configured to rotate between a folded orientation and an unfolded orientation, the pillar being configured to contact the first door and thereby close a gap between the first door and the second door based on the pillar being oriented in the unfolded orientation and the first door and the second door being closed. The refrigerator further includes a drive assembly that is located at the inner case and that is configured to rotate the pillar. The refrigerator further includes a controller that is configured to drive the drive assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jaehun Jung
  • Patent number: 9513047
    Abstract: A door module assembly for a refrigerator door of a refrigerator appliance may generally include a mounting bracket configured to be removably coupled to the refrigerator door to allow the mounting bracket to be moveable between a plurality of mounting locations defined along a height of the refrigerator door. The door module assembly may also include a door tray movable relative to the mounting bracket and at least one translation device configured in operative association with adjacent walls of the door tray and the mounting bracket. The translation device may be configured such that the door tray is movable relative to the mounting bracket in a horizontal direction between a retracted position and an extended position. Moreover, an open tray volume defined by the door tray may be accessible when the door tray is in both the retracted position and the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Bagawathkumar Chellappan, Madan Gopal Reddy Pathapati, Louis Anthony Wantland, Ratnakar Sahasrabudhe
  • Patent number: 9435579
    Abstract: A door for a refrigerator appliance is pivotally connected by a hinge. The door includes a polygonal shell having corners and defining at least part of a cavity therein and a hinge bearing mounted to the polygonal shell adjacent one of the corners. The hinge bearing extends into the cavity and defines a generally cylindrical passage to receive and journal a hinge pin of the refrigerator appliance. A reinforcement tube is secured to the hinge bearing and extends a distance within the cavity. The reinforcement tube includes a sidewall that defines a hollow interior, and at least one hole extends through the sidewall to provide communication between the cavity and the hollow interior. Insulation is foamed in place that substantially fills the cavity including the corner, and the insulation penetrates into the hollow interior of the reinforcement tube via the at least one hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: David House, Carlos Cordero, Chris A. Baker, Adam Ellis
  • Patent number: 9200830
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet that defines a first storage compartment, a first door that is opened or closed to allow or prevent access to an interior of the first storage compartment, a storing device coupled to the first door to define a second storage compartment, and a second door connected to the first door that is opened or closed to allow or prevent access to an interior of the second storage compartment. The first door includes a plurality of first coupling parts to which the storing device is coupled. The storing device includes a frame and a basket installed on the frame, each including at least one second coupling part interacting with at least one of the plurality of first coupling parts. A front surface of the second door is positioned to be generally coplanar with at least a portion of a front surface of the first door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seungjin Oh, Jonghwa Lee, Changbong Choi, Manho Park, Kiyoung Lim
  • Patent number: 9175902
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet that defines a first storage compartment, a first door that is opened or closed to allow or prevent access to an interior of the first storage compartment, a storing device coupled to the first door to define a second storage compartment, and a second door connected to the first door that is opened or closed to allow or prevent access to an interior of the second storage compartment. The first door includes a plurality of first coupling parts to which the storing device is coupled. The storing device includes a frame and a basket installed on the frame, each including at least one second coupling part interacting with at least one of the plurality of first coupling parts. A front surface of the second door is positioned to be generally coplanar with at least a portion of a front surface of the first door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seungjin Oh, Jonghwa Lee, Changbong Choi, Manho Park, Kiyoung Lim
  • Patent number: 9049926
    Abstract: An article of digital furniture piece comprises a table and a computer disposed in an accommodating space of the table, the computer comprises a frame, and a power supply, a hard disk and a host are disposed thereon. The frame comprises a first frame body and a second frame body connected each other, the first frame body is able to overturn relative to the second frame body according to the shape of the accommodating space, for matching the shape of the computer and the shape of the accommodating space, such that the appearance of the digital furniture piece could have variety designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: GIGAZONE INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Po Yu Lin, Bing Zhou, Dong Jie Tang
  • Publication number: 20150115786
    Abstract: A storage assembly 10 which has a plurality of unique storage components 12, 14, and 800 which may be selectively connected in order to provide an optimal storage solution for a wide variety of applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Edwin Dizon Manalang, Larry Mitchell Grela
  • Patent number: 8967741
    Abstract: A security apparatus for storing firearms adapted to be mounted within an enclosed area defined by a top wall, bottom wall, rear wall and one or more side walls. The security apparatus in the form of a lockable compartment secured to the ceiling of the enclosure adjacent the rear wall and consists of a rear panel and parallel spaced side panels secured to the rear wall and side walls, respectively. A bottom panel is hingedly coupled to the rear panel and adapted to be positioned adjacent the rear and side panels in opposition to the top wall of the enclosure. A front panel is pivotally coupled to the lower panel opposite the rear panel. Firearm retaining brackets are coupled to the interior surfaces of the front, lower and rear panels to secure the firearms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Adam T. Ferone
  • Patent number: 8960819
    Abstract: A spice rack for attaching to the inner surface of kitchen cabinet doors provides a low profile support and spice containers that may fit substantially within the gap between the cabinet door and the front of the shelves defined by a thickness of the face frame and a small clearance gap between the shelves in the rear of the face frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Peggy Brown Creative Consulting, LLC.
    Inventor: Margaret A. Brown
  • Patent number: 8911035
    Abstract: On a fitting for a corner cupboard (11), in particular a kitchen corner cupboard, comprising a cupboard body (12) and an internal space (21) accessible via a corner cupboard door (19), wherein at least one panel (22) is movably guided by means of the fitting (12) between an inner position and an outer position, in which the panel (22) at least partially extends beyond a level (23) of a door opening, said fitting (12) including at least one support arm for supporting the panel, which support arm can be mounted on the one hand so as to be pivotable about a stationary swivel pin (25) and can be mounted on the other hand on the associated panel (22) in a manner so as to be pivotable about a panel-fixed bearing axle (26), and control means for controlling the panel movement in a swivel plane between the inner and the outer positions, said control means having two control levers that can respectively be indisplaceably supported on the one hand so as to be rotatable about a stationary swivel pin (25, 29) and on the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Hetal-Werke Franz Hettich GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Köpnick, Dieter Stange, Thomas Ziegler, Artur Hirtsiefer, Heinz-Josef Henscheid, Bermd Rödder, Jürgen Schnell, Klaus-Dieter Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8864252
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided that includes a storage assembly including a removable storage bin. The bin of the storage assembly may be rotatable to be tilted relative to a housing in the refrigerator to move the bin between and open and closed position. While in an open position, the bin may also be removed by lifting the bin away from the housing to easily remove the storage bin from the refrigerator. Furthermore, the storage assembly includes little to no moving parts. The ease of use of the tilting and removing of bin of the storage assembly provides quick access and usability of the storage bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Isabel Rodriguez Cobas, Joel Barron Ramirez
  • Patent number: 8857930
    Abstract: A refrigerator including a storage container that may be selectively coupled to a refrigerator body or to a door by a storage container support device is provided. The refrigerator may include a refrigerator body having a storage compartment formed therein, a rotatable door to open or close the storage compartment, a gasket provided between the door and the refrigerator body, a storage container that may be selectively coupled to the door or to the refrigerator body, a storage container support device provided at the door, the refrigerator body or the storage container to allow the storage container to be selectively coupled to and supported by the refrigerator body or the door, and a control device provided in the door to selectively control operation of the storage container support device from an exterior of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jihyun Im, Moongyo Jung, Jindong Kim, Gyeongjin Jang, Myoungju Kang
  • Patent number: 8833882
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided. The refrigerator may include a cabinet, a door rotatably coupled to the cabinet, and a plurality of baskets each coupled to an interior side of the door. Each basket may include upwardly inclined bottom surface such that an upper one of a pair of vertically-adjacent baskets does not interfere with the basket below it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Woonkyu Seo, Seonkyu Kim, Seungjin Yoon, Jungyeon Hwang, Daesung Lee
  • Patent number: 8777339
    Abstract: A cabinet and a door are each provided with hinge sets having hinge parts secured thereto so that they can be separately mounted on the same hinge parts that are mounted on a door frame and are connected by a hinge pin for each hinge set that support the door on the door frame, using a single hinge pin for and as a part of each hinge set. With this mounting arrangement, the cabinet and the door of each such installation can move independently in an arc about the hinge pins connecting the door frame parts to the hinge parts fastened to the door and the hinge parts fastened to the cabinet without requiring the movement of the door concurrently with the movement of the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Hingenuity International, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Wayne Tassin, Myron Jude Tassin, Christian Tassin
  • Patent number: 8763421
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a refrigerator unit and/or freezer unit having at least one door as well as having at least one output unit which is arranged in the door and by means of which goods, in particular ice and/or water can be output, with the output unit or a component for the reception of the output unit having a first section which is connectable to or in communication with a first design of a door and having a second section which is connectable to or in communication with a second design of a door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Liebherr-Hausgeräte Ochsenhausen GmbH
    Inventors: Volker Friedmann, Georg Dorner, Holger Jendrusch
  • Patent number: 8757458
    Abstract: A storage box comprises a housing with open ends and a tray that slides out either open end and up to at least fifty percent or up to at least sixty percent of the length of the tray may slide out either open end. Latch members operable from either open end of the housing selectively hold the tray in a centered position and can be released to allow the tray to slide out a selected end of the housing. Multiple latch member mating members may be associated with the housing for selective engagement by the latch members to latch the tray in multiple extended positions between the centered position and fully retracted positions out either the first or second open ends. Latch engagement members mounted on the doors engage latches connecting the tray to the housing when the doors are shut to prevent the latches from becoming unlatched when the doors are shut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Lippert Components, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael W. Nebel
  • Patent number: 8746818
    Abstract: A storage rack configured to be removably attached to an inner refrigerator door liner to enable storage of canned and/or bottled beverages is defined by an open body formed from a peripheral frame member, a base member fixed to and extending between side portions of the peripheral frame member and an angled support member. A front segment of the angled support member and a frontal section of the peripheral frame member include a series of aligned arcuate portions. Bottles, such as soda, water, wine and the like bottles, can be stored upright in the rack, resting on the base member between the frontal section of the peripheral frame member and a rear segment of the angled support member, while beverage cans can be stored at an angle, abutting the rear segment of the angled support member while spaced side portions of the cans rest upon the aligned arcuate portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: David L. Meese
  • Patent number: 8726545
    Abstract: Fold-away ironing device comprising a frame (12) attached to the wall and in which there is an ironing board surrounded by a mobile frame (18). In a first position, the ornamental front part is visible in the frame fixed to the wall and the ironing board is folded away, and in the second position, the front part is folded away and the ironing board becomes visible. First pivot means comprising a top hinge and a bottom hinge at the right-hand end or at the left-hand end of the frame fixed to the wall forming a vertical axis allowing the ironing board to be pivoted through an angle of around 90° and, on the other hand, two hinges situated at the middle of the horizontal parts of the mobile frame forming the vertical axis (20) allowing the ironing board to pivot so that it becomes visible. Second pivot means allow the ironing board in the second position to be moved from the vertical position into the horizontal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Raoul Parienti
  • Publication number: 20140002971
    Abstract: A surface contact card holder includes a main body defining an entrance and a recess communicating with the entrance, a tray for receiving a surface contact card, and a door attached to an end of the tray and releasably received in the entrance. The tray is slidably received in the main body through the entrance. The door includes an operation board comprising elastic material and a fastening board attached to the operation board. The fastening board is movably connected to the tray. The operation board is positioned adjacent to the recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicants: FIH (HONG KONG) LIMITED, SHENZHEN FUTAIHONG PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: HUAN-CHANG CHUNG, HUA-XIANG LIANG
  • Patent number: 8596654
    Abstract: A service cart adapted to be moved along an aisle is provided, the service cart comprising a body defining an upper portion, a lower portion and two opposed lateral portions respectively disposed between the upper and the bottom portions, the portions being interconnected with intervening curved portions to form a continuous wall thereof and at least one longitudinal opening; wheels attached to a lower portion of the body for supporting the body; and a closing device for substantially closing the longitudinal opening. A method of manufacturing a service cart and a service cart kit are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Norduyn Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Belanger, Mathieu Boivin, Martin Gauthier
  • Patent number: 8590524
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to a trash receptacle holder for use on an outdoor grill that includes an upper retaining member capable of circumferentially receiving a trash receptacle; a lower retaining including a platform adapted to support a trash receptacle when said trash receptacle holder is in an erect position; an extension arm operatively connected to said upper and lower retaining members and allowing said upper and lower retaining members to be rotated into said collapsed position where said upper and lower retaining members are in a position that is generally perpendicular to the ground and an erect position where said upper lower retaining members are in a position that is generally parallel to the ground and a trash receptacle may be placed on said lower retaining member and circumferentially received by said upper retaining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: The Grill Company, LLC
    Inventor: John Ducate, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8550578
    Abstract: A fixture includes a medicine cabinet having a cabinet body and a door. The fixture includes a frame which includes a frame body having a recess sized and shaped to receive the door, and an overhang which extends along the upper portion of the door. The fixture can include a guide rail which is repeatably moveable between positions away from and extending over the lower portion of the door, and an organizer carried by the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Susan Martha Brink
  • Patent number: 8544973
    Abstract: A refrigerator is disclosed. The refrigerator includes a cabinet configured to define an exterior boundary of the refrigerator. The refrigerator also includes a first storage chamber defined by interior walls of the cabinet and configured to store food stuffs. The refrigerator further includes a first door configured to open and close the first storage chamber by rotating about a rotational axis. In addition, the refrigerator includes a second storage chamber that is smaller than the first storage chamber defined at a side of the first door, and that is configured to enable access to food stuffs while the first door remains closed and a second door, located in a predetermined portion of the first door, configured to open and close the second storage chamber by rotating the rotational axis, wherein a rotation direction of the second door is identical to the rotation direction of the first door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Sik Kwon, Yong Hun Chang, Jung Yeon Hwang, Seon Il Yu
  • Patent number: 8465030
    Abstract: A modular utility cart comprising a body defining a door opening; wheels attached to a lower portion of the body for supporting the body; and a door operatively attached to the body and adapted to mate with the door opening, wherein the body is adapted to receive a utility module thereto is provided. A method of assembling a modular utility cart is also provided. A kit of utility cart and utility module(s) is equally provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Norduyn Inc.
    Inventors: Mathieu Boivin, Martin Bélanger, Martin Gauthier, Mathieu Audet
  • Patent number: 8454103
    Abstract: A refrigerator including left and right doors of rotating opening/closing type and a sliding door between the left and right doors. The left and right rotating opening/closing doors have an improved slim edge structure such that a door thickness is hidden. The sliding door includes door guards to accommodate food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong Su Jeon, Sei Ill Jeon, Jong Youn Kim, Jang Won Kim, Tai Kyung Kim, Yoo Jin Jung
  • Patent number: 8439462
    Abstract: The embodiment relates to a refrigerator. The refrigerator according to one embodiment includes: a cabinet in which a storage chamber is formed; a door that is connected to the cabinet and opens and closes the storage chamber; a receiving member that is mounted in the door and receives foods; a guide unit that guides an up and down movement of the receiving member in a state where the receiving member is mounted in the door; and a fixing unit that fixes a position at which the receiving member is moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Woon Kyu Seo, Jung Yeon Hwang, Han Jin Jung, Hyeon Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 8393690
    Abstract: An enclosure for containing a portable hemodialysis unit includes a housing suitable to support components for performing hemodialysis including a dialyzer, one or more pumps to circulate blood through the dialyzer, a source of dialysate, and one or more pumps to circulate the dialysate through the dialyzer. The housing may have a front panel at which blood circuit connections and dialysate fluidic connections are located, e.g., blood line connections for patient blood access, connections for a reagent supply, dialyzer connections for both blood flow and dialysate, etc. The enclosure may also include a pair of vertical, side-by-side doors hingedly mounted to the housing. With the doors in the closed position, access to the patient access and dialysate fluidic connections may be blocked, and the doors may allow for the retention of heat in the housing suitable for disinfection during a disinfection cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Kevin L. Grant, Jason A. Demers, James D. Dale, Arun D. Chawan, David E. Collins
  • Patent number: 8388075
    Abstract: A cabinet includes a housing, two first rails, two pairs of pivoting elements, and two second rails. The housing includes two doors pivotably mounted to opposite sides of a front end of the housing. The first rails are respectively fixed to opposite internal sides of the housing. First ends of a pair of pivoting elements are pivotably connected to an inner side of each of the doors, and second ends of the pair of pivoting elements of each of the doors are pivotably connected a corresponding one of the second rails. When the doors are opened parallel to the first rails, the second rails are operable to move relative to the corresponding doors and aligned with the corresponding first rails to form two extended sliding rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zheng-Heng Sun
  • Patent number: 8342619
    Abstract: Provided is a refrigerator including a height-adjustable receiving apparatus in which a rotation gear is vertically moved along a fixed shaft disposed on a mounting member when the rotation gear disposed on a receiving member is rotated, and the receiving member is adjustable in vertical height. The height-adjustable receiving apparatus includes a receiving member in which foods are received, a mounting member on which the receiving member is vertically movably mounted, a fixed shaft longitudinally disposed on the mounting member, a rotation gear disposed on the receiving member, an operation member disposed on the receiving member, and a transmission member disposed on the receiving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Woon Kyu Seo, Jung Yeon Hwang, Han Jin Jung, Hyeon Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 8322804
    Abstract: Provided is a container mounted on a refrigerator door to be capable of being elevated, where the container can be raised or lowered through a user's manipulation when mounted on the rear of a door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Seong Wook Kim
  • Publication number: 20120280605
    Abstract: A door and door frame system are disclosed in which a door is constructed with a thickness approximately equal to the thickness of the door frame and wall through which the associated doorway extends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Robert Nettles, David Ebsen
  • Patent number: 8272702
    Abstract: A fixture includes a medicine cabinet having a cabinet body and a door. The fixture includes a frame which includes a frame body having a recess sized and shaped to receive the door, and an overhang which extends along the upper portion of the door. The fixture can include a guide rail which is repeatably moveable between positions away from and extending over the lower portion of the door, and an adjustable container assembly carried by the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Susan M. Brink
  • Patent number: 8147016
    Abstract: A can receiving apparatus is disclosed. More particularly, disclosed is a can receiving apparatus for a refrigerator, in which a can receiving shelf is conveniently fixed at a pivotally rotated position, assuring easy storage and removal of cans and improved space utility. The can receiving apparatus includes a case, a can receiving shelf coupled to the case in a pivotally rotatable manner, and a fixing structure to fix the can receiving shelf at an upper limit position upon pivotal rotation of the can receiving shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Youl Kwon
  • Patent number: 8123314
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a door having a pair of lateral spaced supports on an inside of the door, and a height-adjustable door storage compartment removably securable via a snap-in structure to the inside of the door at locations between the pair of supports at a plurality of different heights, and a support having a vertically extending guide compatibly configured with a corresponding portion of the door storage compartment. The vertically extending guide and the corresponding portion of the door storage compartment engaging one another for orienting the door storage compartment relative to the door in an installed position of the door storage compartment on the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventor: Christoph Becke
  • Patent number: 8113608
    Abstract: A cabinet and a door are each provided with hinge sets having hinge parts secured thereto so that they can be separately mounted on the sane hinge parts that are mounted on a door frame and are connected by a hinge pin for each hinge set that support the door on the door frame, using a single hinge pin for and as a part of each hinge set. With this mounting arrangement, the cabinet and the door of each such installation can move independently in an arc about the hinge pins connecting the door frame parts to the hinge parts fastened to the door and the hinge parts fastened to the cabinet without requiring the movement of the door concurrently with the movement of the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Hingenuity International, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Wayne Tassin, Myron Jude Tassin, Jr., Christian Tassin
  • Patent number: 8066342
    Abstract: A refrigerator with a home bar includes a main body of the refrigerator having a cooling chamber, a refrigerator door configured to open or close the cooling chamber and having an opening, and a home bar. The home bar includes a housing coupled to the opening and having a storage space therein, a home bar door for opening or closing the opening, and a home bar door driving unit for driving the home bar door to open or close the opening. Consequently, a gap increasing between the home bar door and the opening can be avoided so as to prevent leakage of cold air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Sun-Myung Hwang
  • Patent number: 8052236
    Abstract: Provided is a refrigerator. The refrigerator includes a main body defining a storage compartment, a refrigerator door for opening or closing the storage compartment, and a basket height-adjustably provided on the refrigerator door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Seong Wook Kim
  • Patent number: 8047622
    Abstract: A storage container of a storage container for a refrigerator, which is configured to mount the storage container for storing articles therein to a storage container seating portion formed in a rear surface of a refrigerator door by using a mounting protrusion and locking mechanism provided on the storage container and a mounting groove and catching protrusion provided on the storage container seating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hang-Bok Lee, Sang-Sin Kwak, Seon-Kyu Kim
  • Patent number: 7967404
    Abstract: A display unit installing structure for a refrigerator includes an accommodating unit which is formed by depressing a portion on a front surface of a door and in which a display unit for displaying a variety of information thereon and inputting operating signals are retractably installed; a link mechanism for guiding accommodation and withdrawal of the display unit and tiltably supporting the display unit withdrawn from the accommodating unit at a predetermined angle; and a locking arrangement for preventing the display unit from being inadvertently escaping from the accommodating unit. The display unit can be retractably installed on the front surface of the refrigerator door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seung-jin Oh, Soo-beom Lee, Ki-cheol Woo, Ik-kyu Lee, Jin-hyun Kim