Pivoted Patents (Class 70/159)
  • Patent number: 9533803
    Abstract: A container includes a body defining an interior and an opening that leads to the interior. A cap removably affixes over the opening to move the container between an opened position and a closed position. A child resistant closure moves between an engaged position and a disengaged position, and prevents moving the container from the closed position to the opened position when in the engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: CSP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Giraud, Herve Pichot
  • Patent number: 8950223
    Abstract: A personal lock box with a timer comprising a hinged strongbox with an internal cavity that is large enough to contain small personal items therein. The lock box is controlled by an electronic circuit. The lock box further comprises a user interface, a timer, a power source, and associated circuitry. The user interface allows a user to activate the device, selectively program a locked time, and initiate a locked cycle during which time the lockbox cannot be opened. Additionally, the lock box comprises a retractable locking cord for securing the lock box to large items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Sean T. Joyce
  • Patent number: 8922994
    Abstract: An assembly can include a first component; a second component; and an interconnection mechanism for pivotable interconnection of the first component and the second component about a pivot axis where the interconnection mechanism includes a latch mechanism to latch the second component to the interconnection mechanism, an actuator to unlatch the latch mechanism, an obstruction to obstruct actuation of the actuator, and a sliding bar slidable in a first direction to move the obstruction to an obstructing position that obstructs actuation of the actuator and slidable in a second direction to move the obstruction to an unobstructing position that permits actuation of the actuator. Various other apparatuses, systems, methods, etc., are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Ltd. Pte.
    Inventors: Jennifer Greenwood Zawacki, Vincent James DeCaro, Jason Pratt Parrish, Kishiko Itoh, Hiroyuki Noguchi, Eiji Shinohara, Kazuo Nakada
  • Patent number: 8905278
    Abstract: A cargo box is configured for mounting on crossbars on top of a vehicle. The cargo box includes a control assembly for operating a latch assembly on one side of the cargo box. The control assembly includes a toggle switch which may be enabled or disabled by operation of a lock device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Yakima Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Elliot, Dave Condon
  • Patent number: 8695386
    Abstract: A lockbox for attaching to a surface including a housing, a lid that is selectively coupled to the housing and includes a lid lock that is arranged to selectively maintain the lid coupled to the housing and to inhibit removal therefrom. An anchoring mechanism is positioned at least partially within the housing and is moveable between an engaged position in which the lockbox is attached to the surface and a disengaged position in which the lockbox is removable from the surface. The anchoring mechanism includes an anchoring mechanism lock which inhibits movement between the engaged position and the disengaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Flambeau, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Schulz, David Scott Jamison
  • Patent number: 8616120
    Abstract: A grilling device with the rotatable lock catch, has a pin module and a rotary shaft joint with two semi-shafts. The upper half shaft of the rotary shaft has a post rod, the lower half shaft of the rotary shaft has a through hole for accommodating the passing in and out of the post rod. The upper end of a supporting shelf of the pin module is disposed with a U-shaped opening for adapting the rotary shaft, two short shafts are respectively disposed by the two sides of the U-shaped opening, two arc-shaped spacing flakes with opposite openings are respectively hinged joint with the corresponding short shafts. A movable ejector pin is disposed on the supporting shelf and along the midline of the U-shaped opening. A pressing board of the middle portion of the ejector pin upward presses the lower portions of the two spacing flakes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Tsann Kuen (Zhangzhou) Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dongmei Chen
  • Patent number: 8601838
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for a storage container is provided. The locking mechanism is positioned on a center post of the storage container and includes a sled, a handle or knob, a connecting mechanism, a sled arresting mechanism, and a lock. Depending upon the position of the lock, the handle can unlatch the container. When the lock is in the unlocked position, the sled arresting mechanism allows the unlatching of the container. When the lock is in the locked position, the sled arresting mechanism prevents the unlatching of the container. The locking mechanism is resistant to drill attack due to its vertical configuration and positioning of a cover on the center post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Knaack LLC
    Inventors: Wayne Hansen, Curtis J. Scadden, Robert A. Bergum, Pravin E. Lokhande
  • Patent number: 8534206
    Abstract: An application for a safe or strong box attachment mechanism that attaches to a bed system includes a barbed plate that has barbs. The barbed plate readily inserts between a box spring and a mattress, but due to the barbs, is difficult to remove without lifting the mattress from the box spring making it at least difficult to remove by, for example, children in the home. In some embodiments, the safe (or strong box) has a revolving door that, when a proper code/combination/biometric is provided, rotatably opens to expose the contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Heim, Richard Allen Angwin
  • Patent number: 8534103
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for securing a door having one or more door mechanisms via a cover and base. The cover protects the door mechanisms and includes an enclosure fitting over the at least one of the door mechanisms, a first securing member comprising a slot through which a second securing member passes, and a first joint member. A base connects the cover to the door. The base includes one or more second holes extending through which are one or more fastening mechanisms of the door mechanisms protected by the cover, and a second joint member. A releasable joint aligning the cover with respect to the base, is formed by the first joint member of the cover and the second joint member of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Robert C. Brooks
  • Patent number: 8413851
    Abstract: A security device protects the vulnerable portions or accessories of a bulk storage tank or container against unauthorized access. The device includes a housing that covers the vulnerable portions of the tank, the housing having two or more lockable doors that selectively permit access to the tank or container via two or more respective apertures. A first door is openable after unlocking a readily-accessible lock, while the second movable door is openable after an elongate lock member that is positioned internally within the housing is moved to an unlocking position. The elongate lock member can be moved to its unlocking position after the first door is opened. Certain tank operations, such as dispensing fuel, may be carried out after unlocking and opening a single door, while other operations, such as refilling the tank, may be accomplished after opening a second door once the first door has been opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Burlingame Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark W. Bruinius
  • Patent number: 8381751
    Abstract: A self service automated dump station is provided using a control mechanism for the collection of money that releases a latching mechanism located on a removable lockable cap that sits upon the dump station's drain line. In one embodiment provided, the removable lockable cap is lifted from the dump station inlet line by a remote foot pedal—this allows for a cleaner and more efficient means for inserting the hose from the waste tank of a vehicle into the dump station inlet line. Money payment can be either made by cash or by credit or debit cards. The operation of the dump station is made more efficient and requires fewer interactions between those who need to transfer waste from their vehicle waste tanks, such as operators of campers or recreational vehicles, and the dump station operator. Remote sensors can also be deployed to minimize the possibility of spillage or over-fill of the dump station if the dump station is not hooked up to a sewer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Vito Ignatius Bartolotta
  • Patent number: 8297088
    Abstract: An enclosure includes a main body, a cover for covering the main body, a movable member movably attached to an inner surface of the main body, and a latch member. The main body defines a through hole. The cover defines a through hole aligning with the through hole of the main body. The movable member defines a locking hole. The locking hole includes a small part and a large part communicating with the small part. The movable member is moved to align the large part of the locking hole with the through hole of the second sidewall. The latch member extends through the through hole of the cover, the through hole of the second sidewall, and the large part of the locking hole. The movable member then is restored, thereby the latch portion engaging in the small part of the locking hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guang-Yi Zhang, Jia-Qi Fu, Pu-Yu Yao
  • Patent number: 8297089
    Abstract: A theft deterrent enclosure that eliminates unauthorized access is disclosed. The enclosure includes a door assembly having three sides and a wrapper assembly having three sides that mate to form a lockable enclosure. A key lock cylinder is mounted in a lock opening of the door assembly such that it blocks the lock opening in a locked position. A keyed interface operates a fastener, such as a compression latch, threaded coupling or lock plate, which is mounted on the door assembly such that the fastener secures the door assembly and the wrapper assembly in a closed position. The keyed interface is positioned on an interior side of the enclosure that is opposite and aligned with the lock opening. A guide sleeve is positioned inside the enclosure that guides a security keyed tool inserted through the lock opening toward the keyed interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: Johnny Edward Walker
  • Patent number: 8250776
    Abstract: A method of operating and managing a laundry room machine that performs a washing operation and a drying operation according to a payment made by customers is provided. The method includes setting information of payments and operating conditions and setting operating conditions according to a payment additionally inserted while a drying operation is performed, receiving information of a payment insertion from the payment device and operating a predetermined operation according to the set operating conditions, and receiving information of an additional payment insertion from the payment device while a drying operation is performed and performing an additional drying operation according to the information of the additional payment insertion based on the setting operating conditions according to the payment additionally inserted while the drying operation is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hea-Kyung Yoo, Tae-Hoon Lim
  • Patent number: 8201426
    Abstract: An application for a safe or strong box attaches to a larger, heavy object and provides improved security to its contents from unwanted removal. The safe or strong box has a revolving door that, when a proper code/combination/biometric is provided, rotatably opens to expose the contents. In one embodiment, the safe/strong box interfaces to, for example, a bedding system using a barbed plate that readily inserts between a box spring and a mattress, but due to the barbs, is difficult to remove without lifting the mattress from the box spring making it at least difficult to remove by, for example, children in the home. In some embodiments, sound dampening devices are provided to provide a quiet retraction of the revolving door, so as to not alert an intruder when the occupant is retrieving a weapon such as a pistol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Heim, Richard Allen Angwin
  • Patent number: 8198553
    Abstract: A draft shield for a balance, the draft shield having a rear wall and rails extending forward from the top corners of the rear wall. The rails contain guide tracks for a top cover panel and two sidewalls. A draft shield of this design allows for easy cleaning and also permits the parts to be cleaned to be removed without a tool. To this end, a bottom edge of a front wall of the draft shield is inserted into a seat, such that the front wall can then be pivoted into flush alignment against the top cover panel and the sidewalls and can be secured in this position by locking elements arranged at the front ends of the rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo AG
    Inventors: Balthasar Dürst, Daniel Mock
  • Patent number: 8196919
    Abstract: A lock mechanism is disclosed for a sheet store adapted for the dispensing or accepting of sheets. The sheet store comprises a container having a lid operable for access to the interior of the container and a shutter operable for the passage of sheets therethrough. The lock mechanism comprises: a locking plate movable relative to the container, the locking plate being operable to control a lid lock element and a shutter lock element; and an actuator arranged to control movement of the locking plate. The locking plate is movable between three positions, including: a closed position, in which the shutter lock element prevents opening of the shutter; a primed position, in which the shutter can be opened; and an open position which controls the lid lock element to permit opening of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Talaris Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Steven Copestake, Steven Michael Hosking, Fiona Joan Mancini
  • Patent number: 8176576
    Abstract: A container comprising a body (1), a lid (5) for the body (1), and a locking arrangement for securing the lid (5) to the body (1): the locking arrangement comprising a handle (23) which fits around at least a part of the periphery of the lid (5), and at least one locking device which connects the handle (23) to the lid (5) such that the lid (5) is movable by the handle (23), which is such that the locking device locks when the handle (23) is lowered with respect to the lid (5), and which is such that the lifting of the handle (23) away from the lid (5) causes the locking device (4) to unlock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Phoenix Product Development Limited
    Inventors: Garry Moore, Christopher Bryson Garcin
  • Publication number: 20120043778
    Abstract: A securement apparatus for a vehicle storage compartment includes a closure panel and a body portion. The securement apparatus includes a base portion, a handle, a tumbler and a lock. The base portion is configured to couple to the closure panel. The handle is pivotally coupled to the base portion to move between latched and unlatched positions, and includes a latch that is configured to engage the body portion while the handle is in the latched position. The tumbler is moveably disposed with respect to the base portion between locked and unlocked positions, and is configured to restrict movement of the handle from the latched position to the unlatched position while the tumbler is in the locked position. The lock is configured to move the tumbler between the locked and unlocked positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: NISSAN TECHNICAL CENTER NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Andrew BRANT
  • Patent number: 8096152
    Abstract: A lock system for a tool box is disclosed wherein locking is achieved with a lock which is located in a recessed portion along the front wall of the tool box in order to prevent tampering. A latch rod is slidably disposed adjacent a front wall of the box. The lock and the latch rod are disposed such that the lock body blocks the longitudinal movement of a lock engager and maintains the latch rod in the latched position when the lid of the tool box is in the closed position and the lock is locked. When the lock is unlocked, the lock engager is allowed to move past the lock to move the latch rod to the unlatched position thereby allowing the lid of the tool box to be opened. The lock system may be used for a horizontal or a vertical tool box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Knaack LLC
    Inventors: Snehal Madhavrao Wagh, Robert A. Bergum, Vinjo Varghese, Atish Jagdish Bhavsar
  • Publication number: 20110288685
    Abstract: A storage system includes storage units for securely retaining articles therein. The storage system includes an electronic user identification system to insure that the individual storing articles therein is the same individual removing the articles there from. The user identification system also compares the user identification information with database information to determine if the user is permitted to use the storage unit or not. The storage system provides such information to security personnel so that improper use of the storage system can be identified and appropriate action taken.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: Ruth B. Usem
  • Publication number: 20110232339
    Abstract: A portable lock box for enclosing and organizing a plurality of fishing rods with securement means to a base structure. A rectangular box is disclosed with a lockable, hinged roof and cut-outs that accommodate fishing rod penetrations on both lengthwise sides of the box. The box provides a secure container for transporting, protecting and housing a series of fishing rods. Securement means along the bottom of the box are accessible from the box interior and provide mounting points for the assembly to a base structure, preventing theft or movement during transportation. Fishing reels are housed within the internal cavity of the box to prevent theft and to protect them from external damage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventors: Nicholas Norman, John Rodgers
  • Publication number: 20110203328
    Abstract: An electrically and manually lockable container system that includes a container having a container portion and a cover. The cover can be selectively disposed in locked or unlocked conditions relative to the container portion. The container system carries a lock system that includes a latch member that is movable between a locked and unlocked configuration. In the locked configuration, the latch member prevents the cover from being moved from the locked to the unlocked condition. In the unlocked configuration, the latch member permits the cover to be moved from the locked to the unlocked condition. The lock system includes a motor operatively connected with the latch member and a controller that operates the motor to move the latch member between the locked and unlocked configurations. The lock system also includes a manual key arrangement that enables the latch member to be manually moved between the locked and unlocked configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: THE STANLEY WORKS ISRAEL LTD.
    Inventors: Gil Vilkomirski, Iftach Galler
  • Publication number: 20110174027
    Abstract: A pair of left and right slide pins 10 and 20 are disposed at the rear side of the lid 1 movably in the lateral direction. The base member 30 is installed in the installation part formed on the lid 1 from the surface side of the lid 1. The operation handle 50 that drives a pair of slide pins 10 and 20 is mounted on the surface side of the base member 30. Also, the rotor 40 causing a pair of slide pins 10 and 20 to interlock in accordance with drive operation of the operation handle 50 is rotatably installed at the base member 30. The rotor 40 has a pair of drive force transmission engagement parts 43 and 43. A pair of slide pins 10 and 20 have the engaged parts 101 and 201, which are separately engaged with one and the other of the pair of drive force transmission engagement parts 43 and 43, respectively. The rotor 40 is mounted in the base member 30 in a state where the respective drive force transmission parts 43 and 43 are exposed to the rear side of the lid 1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventors: Toshihiko Ookawara, Toshihiro Shimizu
  • Patent number: 7946143
    Abstract: A universal box lock for securing a meter box including a first clamping means, a second clamping means operatively connected to the first clamping means. The second clamping means being movable relative to the first clamping means. The box lock also includes a biasing means for urging the second clamping means toward the first clamping means to secure the box lock to a wall of a meter box placed between the first and second clamping means. Moreover, the box lock includes a body portion, which selectively engages and secures the first and second clamping means to a meter box wall. The first clamping means includes an aperture configured to allow a portion of the second clamping means to extend through the aperture facilitating the attachment of the inventive box lock to a side wall or a bottom wall of a meter box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Inner-Tite Corp.
    Inventors: Robert E. Rafferty, John C. Mahaney, Anthony J. Agbay
  • Patent number: 7921683
    Abstract: The locking container is a selectively lockable container for the storage of used cooking oil and the like. The locking container includes a reservoir and both front and side locking mechanisms. The front and side locking mechanisms selectively retain a screen within the reservoir. The container is adapted for the disposal of oils, solvents, acids and various other liquid wastes. The pair of locking mechanisms allow access for storing the liquid waste in the container, but prevent unauthorized removal of the liquid waste. The container includes a lid to cover the screen, with the lid being secured by the front locking mechanism. The side locking mechanism locks the screen to the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventor: Charles E. Largay, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110024425
    Abstract: A lockable container arrangement includes an interior and an exterior, the container includes a base part, a cover pivotally attached to the base part for displacement between a closed position in which the cover and the base delimit a substantially enclosed space and an open position, a lock mounted on the container, the lock including a lock catch operable from the exterior of the container, which lock catch engages a receiving portion to lock the container. The container arrangement can be selectively set in a key operated mode where the lock catch is operable by a key, or in a push button operated mode where the lock catch is operable by the application of a force onto the lock by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Jonas Herrmann, Kjell Eriksson, Bjorn Larsson, Per Moller
  • Patent number: 7866505
    Abstract: A portable and lockable storage container includes a lid, a base, a locking mechanism, and a securing cable. The lid defines a lid aperture therein proximate a front edge portion of the lid. The base is hingedly connected to the lid along at least part of rear edge portions of the base and the lid. The lid and the base define a chamber when the lid is closed. The locking mechanism is connected to the base proximate a front edge portion of the base. The front edge portion of the base substantially aligns with the front edge portion of the lid when the lid is closed. The securing cable is designed to allow at least part of a first end portion of the securing cable to pass through the lid aperture and cooperate with the locking mechanism to retain the lid in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Blue Chip Group, LLC
    Inventors: Robert D. Perlman, Jose Pelaez, Robert E. Higgins
  • Publication number: 20100326146
    Abstract: A lock mechanism to lock at least one door of a container in a closed position includes a housing enclosing at least a portion of the lock mechanism, and a lock circuit at least partially enclosed within the housing. The lock circuit includes a main power supply, a backup power supply, a plurality of subsystems, and a lock controller coupled to the main power supply and the backup power supply. The lock controller is configured to receive commands related to operation of the lock mechanism, determine a battery level remaining in the main power supply, determine if the remaining battery level is below a threshold level, and cause the lock circuit to enter a lower power mode upon determining that the remaining battery level is below the threshold level. When in the lower power mode, at least a portion of the subsystems of the lock circuit are not powered, the lock controller receives power from the main power supply, and the lock controller monitors an interface to detect a command to unlock the lock mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: David R. Powers, Donald H. Warf, Daniel Bertuna, Walter C. Bonneau, JR., David K. Aberizk, Keith L. Frankie, Stuart J. Waddell
  • Publication number: 20100236298
    Abstract: A high-security enclosure includes a base, a cover and a lock system. The lock system includes a base portion and a cover portion. The lock system base portion includes one or more fixed lock bars. The lock system cover portion includes one or more movable lock bars. Each movable lock bar is generally perpendicular to, and arranged to engage, one of the fixed lock bars. The lock system cover portion further includes a lock bar retraction assembly coupled to the one or more movable lock bars for retracting the movable lock bar(s) substantially simultaneously out of engagement with the fixed lock bar(s). A security drive mechanism is coupled to the lock bar retraction assembly to drive the lock system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Applicant: Diversified Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent A. James, Aron J. King, Michael R. Cosley
  • Publication number: 20100223966
    Abstract: A system and method for locking a tool box is provided. The system utilizes a remote device transmitter and receiver that may be used in conjunction with each other to facilitate locking of a tool box. The system and method also utilizes a hand held remote control unit which incorporates the transmitter whereby when a user desires to lock and/or unlock the tool box, the user simply depresses a button on the remote and the receiver within the tool box causes for locking of the box. Additionally, the system and method may be utilized for a plurality of differing tool boxes allowing for a number of boxes to be locked with a single signal being sent to each box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: T & E Concrete, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Ennis, Richard Ennis
  • Publication number: 20100212376
    Abstract: A lock system for a tool box is disclosed wherein locking is achieved with a lock which is located in a recessed portion along the front wall of the tool box in order to prevent tampering. A latch rod is slidably disposed adjacent a front wall of the box. The lock and the latch rod are disposed such that the lock body blocks the longitudinal movement of a lock engager and maintains the latch rod in the latched position when the lid of the tool box is in the closed position and the lock is locked. When the lock is unlocked, the lock engager is allowed to move past the lock to move the latch rod to the unlatched position thereby allowing the lid of the tool box to be opened. The lock system may be used for a horizontal or a vertical tool box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: KNAACK LLC
    Inventors: Snehal Madhavrao Wagh, Robert A. Bergum, Vinjo Varghese, Atish Jagdish Bhavsar
  • Patent number: 7743935
    Abstract: A self locking enclosure and method of self locking an enclosure which provides an enclosure having a hingedly coupled lid which locks by operation of a latch which allows a first occurrence of the lid in the closed condition and subsequent operation of the lid to the open condition and which locks upon the second occurrence of the lid in the closed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Inventor: Randy R. Maid
  • Publication number: 20100050711
    Abstract: An anti-fuel theft device for a fuel tank is disclosed. The device has a body member that has a channel that covers the filler tube and cap assembly of the fuel tank, a ring member coupled to a top portion of the body member, a lid assembly coupled to and forming a cover over a top portion of the ring member, a hinging mechanism coupled to the ring member and to the lid assembly for pivoting the lid assembly over the ring member, and a locking mechanism coupled to the lid assembly. Flanges on the lid members may form a collar over the lip member to prevent a person from prying the lid members off of the device. The device may also have a guard device to prevent tampering of a locking device that may be used to lock the lid assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Eugene Davis
  • Patent number: 7671719
    Abstract: An electronic storage box, an electronic storage box opening and closing method, and computer program product, comprising: safety, portability, convenience, economical efficiency and presentation effects are provided. In case a cryptograph setting request signal is received from a PC 21, the electronic storage box 1 stores cryptograph information included in the cryptograph setting request signal. In case an opening and closing request signal is received from a PC 21, the electronic storage box 1 determines whether or not the cryptograph information included in the opening and closing request signal and the cryptograph information stored in a key storage portion 103 match with each other. In case it is determined that these pieces of the cryptograph information match with each other, the electronic storage box 1 allows a lid 12 to shift either to an opened state or a closed state according to the opening and closing state of the lid 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Asian Integration Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Norihito Sogo
  • 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: 7565999
    Abstract: A display and dispensing device for lottery-type tickets or the like that is securable to prevent the dispensing of the tickets when desired. The device includes a housing of box-like configuration having an open rear end, a door pivotally attached to the housing open end and a security shield pivotally attached to the door and being alternatively located in an open condition allowing said lottery tickets to be dispensed and a closed condition blocking the dispensing of said tickets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: Owner Revolutions Inc.
    Inventor: Craig A. Jensen
  • Patent number: 7516632
    Abstract: A remotely controlled lock apparatus is attached to a container, such as a tool box, that includes a container lid portion and a container body portion. The apparatus includes a manual key-operated cylinder connected to a wall of the container. A manually-operated lock latch assembly is supported by a wall of the container and includes a pivoted manually-operated lock latch member which includes a latch-to-container locking portion and a blocking-member abutment portion. A remotely controlled electrically powered linear mechanism assembly is connected to a wall of the container, and a dual latch control unit, is connected between the electrically powered linear mechanism assembly and the manually-operated lock latch assembly and between the manual key-operated cylinder and the manually-operated lock latch assembly, for selectively controlling locking and unlocking of the lock latch assembly by the electrically powered linear mechanism assembly or by the manual key-operated cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Inventor: James W. Poppell
  • Publication number: 20090090145
    Abstract: A container locking device has a rotating rod (16) that is rotatably attachable on a first container element between a releasing position and a locking position. At least one locking member (18) is mountable on a second container element. The locking member (18) is movable between an opened position and a closing position. In the open position, the rotating rod (16) is arranged within a locking recess (28) of the locking member (18). In the closing position, the locking member (18) is pivotable between a closed pivot position and an opened pivot position around the rotating rod (16). The rotating rod (16) has a contour. The contour is such, that with the rotating rod (16) in its locking position, the contour is supported on a support face (30) of the locking member (18) in its closed position. The support face (30) has an undercut (33). The undercut (33) enables pivoting of the locking member (18) from the closed pivot position into the opened pivot position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Applicant: HUWIL-WERKE GmbH MOBELSCHLOSS UND BESCHLAGFABRIKEN
    Inventor: Hans-Peter Engelberth
  • Patent number: 7513541
    Abstract: A rotary latch mechanism that includes at least one support plate that pivotally supports both a latch fork and a lock cam is disclosed. The lock cam is movable from a first position where the lock cam prevents rotation of the latch fork to a second position where the lock cam does not interfere with the movement of the latch fork. A spring is attached to the latch fork and the lock cam and extends between the latch fork and the lock cam, so that the spring biases the lock cam towards the first position while biasing the latch fork to a release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Inventor: Shawn Gregory
  • Publication number: 20080289374
    Abstract: An apparatus for opening and closing a door of a glovebox mounted in an instrument panel. The apparatus includes a latch mounted to either the door or the instrument panel, a push button mounted to the other one of the door or the instrument panel, a rack bar connected to the push button and extending inward, a pinion engaged with the rack bar, and a link having a rack gear engaged with the pinion. The link is movable to lock and unlock the latch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventor: Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 7451628
    Abstract: An apparatus for opening and closing a door of a glovebox mounted in an instrument panel. The apparatus includes a latch mounted to either the door or the instrument panel, a push button mounted to the other one of the door or the instrument panel, a rack bar connected to the push button and extending inward, a pinion engaged with the rack bar, and a link having a rack gear engaged with the pinion. The link is movable to lock and unlock the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 7448235
    Abstract: A locking assembly for locking a cover over an opening of an enclosure includes a mounting bracket including a first wall having opposing first and second ends, a second wall joined to said first end and extending in a first direction away from the first wall. A stud joined to the first wall extends in a second direction away from the first wall. Hooking structure extends from the second wall of the mounting bracket for extending into the opening of the enclosure and engaging the enclosure to secure the mounting bracket relative to the enclosure. A locking bracket includes a first wall having opposing first and second ends and a first surface facing the first wall of the mounting bracket. A second wall is joined to the first end of the mounting bracket and extends in a first direction away from the first wall of the locking bracket. In one embodiment, a lock housing is fixed to the first wall of the locking bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Rexnord Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy B. Ely, Frederick P. Finck, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20080250827
    Abstract: A lockable security storage container includes a container having a base and a lid hingedly connected to the base and movable between opened and closed positions. A lock slide is slidable between locked and unlocked positions to lock and unlock the container. The lock slide engages both the lid and base when the lock mechanism is in the locked position. The lock slide is encased within the container when the lock slide is in both the locked and unlocked positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventors: Dennis D. Belden, Ronald K. Burdett, Michael S. Jaeb, Ronald M. Marsilio, Nicholas M. Sedon, James M. Byrne
  • Patent number: 7418846
    Abstract: A lock box with a locking mechanism using a puck lock is provided that also has a handle for moving a locking bar from a locking to an unlocking position. Furthermore, the puck lock is permanently attached to the exterior of the lock box eliminating the possibility of losing the puck lock. The construction of the puck lock makes tampering with the locking system of the lock box impractical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Greenlee Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Derrick L. James, John W. Kroening
  • Publication number: 20080150676
    Abstract: A system and method for locking a tool box is provided. The system utilizes a remote device transmitter and receiver that may be used in conjunction with each other to facilitate locking of a tool box. The system and method also utilizes a hand held remote control unit which incorporates the transmitter whereby when a user desires to lock and/or unlock the tool box, the user simply depresses a button on the remote and the receiver within the tool box causes for locking of the box. Additionally, the system and method may be utilized for a plurality of differing tool boxes allowing for a number of boxes to be locked with a single signal being sent to each box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Applicant: T & E Concrete, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Ennis, Richard Ennis
  • Publication number: 20080142522
    Abstract: A self locking enclosure and method of self locking an enclosure which provides an enclosure having a hingedly coupled lid which locks by operation of a latch which allows a first occurrence of the lid in the closed condition and subsequent operation of the lid to the open condition and which locks upon the second occurrence of the lid in the closed condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventor: Randy R. Maid
  • Patent number: 7377134
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for securing the cover of a thin-walled box to the box frame. The locking mechanism includes a clip bracket adapted to engage a wall of the box frame, a lock body adapted to latch to the clip bracket and engage the box cover, a locking member carried by the clip bracket and adapted to clamp the clip bracket to the box wall when the locking member is in a clamping position, and a pivotable actuating lever adapted to actuate the locking member into the clamping position. The locking member and the actuating lever can be implemented as a two-piece system comprising first and second pivoting members. Alternatively, the locking member and the actuating lever can be integrally formed as a one-piece system. The locking mechanism is capable of multiple mounting positions on the box without drilling, and uses a spring-loaded plunger assembly that allows for a quick, keyless, slam installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: McGard, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Sullivan, Eric R. Nolle
  • Patent number: 7350384
    Abstract: A door device equipped with a lock, which prevents forgetting to lock a door and the like, without an electrical warning device. The door device includes a lock allowing a rotating shaft to rotate between an opened position and a closed position by inserting and rotating a key and the key to be extracted only at the closed position, a cam rotating between the opened position and the closed position in linkage with the rotating shaft, and an oscillating strip oscillating between a first position and a second position, thereby contacting a door projection and moving to the first position when the door is closed while moving to the second position when the door is opened. An oscillating projection and a cam projection do not contact when the oscillating strip is in the first position, while they contact when the strip is in the second position. Thus, the cam rotation is suppressed and the lock rotation is restricted in the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazumi Teratani
  • Patent number: 7299667
    Abstract: A vault assembly generally comprises a lock box, an anchor bracket, and a locking member. The lock box includes a mounting wall having a plurality of outward extending hooks arranged in a spaced pattern and a locking opening. The anchor bracket includes a panel for attachment of the lock box including one or more locking openings and a plurality of joining openings for receiving the hooks. The locking member is disposed in the box and includes a locking shaft for insertion in the locking openings and a locking flange on the end to prevent withdrawal. The lock box mounting wall can be attached in a plurality of positions to either side of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Inventor: Masoud S. Miresmaili