Single Patents (Class 70/201)
  • Patent number: 10556031
    Abstract: A device for counting sterilization cycles during the sterilization of medical instruments and devices includes a counter for recording and reproducing a number of sterilization cycles, an actuation unit for sterilization parameter-dependent actuation of the counter, and a locking unit for sterilization parameter-dependent locking the counter. The actuation unit actuates the counter upon exceeding a first threshold sterilization parameter. The locking unit locks the counter after an actuation has been carried out and/or after exceeding a second threshold sterilization parameter, and unlocks the counter after not meeting a third threshold sterilization parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Aesculap AG
    Inventor: Dieter Weisshaupt
  • Patent number: 9003841
    Abstract: A lock assembly for a lever type handle is disclosed. In the lock assembly for the lever type handle according to an aspect to the invention, the lever type handle is for opening and closing a door by a rotation of a handle portion. The lock assembly includes a key module rotated by a key member, wherein the key module being positioned in the handle portion, a rotary shaft rotated by a rotation of the key module and locking or unlocking the door through a dead lock member, and a rotation transmitter for transmitting the rotation of the key module to the rotary shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Youngkyun Koh
  • Patent number: 8752408
    Abstract: A system and method for restraining a vehicular brake pedal in depressed position. A system includes an elongated multi-section unit the length of which can be adjusted within a dynamic range by changing mutual positioning of the sections and locking the unit with an internal lock once the desired length has been achieved. Fastening of the internal lock is achieved through twisting of the unit around its axis. The restraining of the brake pedal is carried out with respect to a steering wheel, a portion of which is received and accommodated by a cradle on one end of the unit while a turnable foot on the other end of the system depresses the pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: TWN Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas W. Neiburger, Bret Lee Niemeyer
  • Patent number: 8627693
    Abstract: A lock assembly for a container having an opening defined by a door jamb, a cargo door adapted to close the opening, a rod linearly moveable to engage the door jamb, and a latch mountable to the rod. The assembly includes a casing having an inclined opening and mounted to the cargo door parallel the rod. The casing includes a protrusion changeable between an extended and a retracted position. A latch receiving means has an inclined opening adapted to align with the inclined opening of the casing for accepting the latch therein. The latch receiving means is responsive to movement of the latch within the casing between a locked and an unlocked condition and engages the locking means when the latch receiving means is in the locked condition. The rod is moved by the latch to engage and disengage the door jamb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Greg Haber
  • Patent number: 8607602
    Abstract: Passenger portable safety brake, a safety devise for passenger to control the speed or stop a car driven by a student driver. The passenger portable safety brake includes a handle, elongated tube and U-shaped tip with a latch. This device is designed to easily and temporarily attached to the car brake and controlled by the passenger, driving instructor, parents or any one that is helping the student driver with on the road instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventors: Godwin Okoye, Mathias Okoye
  • Publication number: 20130098123
    Abstract: The invention describes an actuating lever which can be pivoted into a recess, and which, in the pivoted-in position, can be locked in place by means of a key-actuable lock, such as a cylinder lock, wherein the access opening for the key is provided with a cover, secured by means of a pin, wherein according to the invention the cover can be moved along the longitudinal extension of the actuating lever between two end positions, with said cover closing off the access opening in one end position and exposing the access opening in the other end position, and wherein the cover forms an undercut groove, which receives the head of a pin which is secured to the actuating lever.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Armin Gorontzi, Peter Höschler, Friedrich Rinke
  • Patent number: 8418515
    Abstract: A valve which is controlled using a master key such that only an authorized person is able to turn the valve on and off. The valve is constructed such that a fluid passage is controlled by rotating a handle relative to a body, including a locking device for maintaining a locked state of the handle relative to the body. A master key slot, which extends to the locking device, is formed in the handle, so that, when the master key is inserted into the master key slot, the locked state of the handle is released such that the fluid passage can be controlled by the rotation of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: BMT Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong Chan Yoon
  • Patent number: 8281625
    Abstract: A skewer assembly for a rack mount having a cam disposed against a cam follower actuable from an open configuration to a closed configuration, the skewer assembly further having a lock assembly integrated with the cam follower and a locking member located within a radial contact surface perimeter of the cam. The skewer further having a tightening assembly with a ratcheting nut which is incapable of being loosened when the skewer is placed in tension. Moreover, the skewer assembly covers the access holes to the internal hardware of the rack mount when inserted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventor: Keith L. Prescott
  • Patent number: 8261585
    Abstract: A quick release mechanism including a shaft having a first end cap and a second end cap is provided. The second end cap is attached to, or associated with, a lever designed and configured for actuating the quick release mechanism between closed and open positions and for use as a bicycle repair tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: TriG Cycling Ltd.
    Inventors: Guy Kotlizky, Gal Raz
  • Patent number: 8201506
    Abstract: A portable anti-theft device for attachment to a piece of portable outdoor furniture comprises a base attachable to the outdoor furniture and a hollow security shell attachable to the base. The base comprises a segmented tubular body comprising at least two semitubular segments and having an inner peripheral surface; longitudinally opposed stops extending outwardly from the base, and a closure for attaching, the base to the portable outdoor furniture. The hollow security shell comprises a first shell segment and a second shell segment (the first and second shell segments defining an enclosed internal space with a pair of vertically-opposed apertures), and a hinge joining said first and second half shells, the security shell being configured to enclose the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: John P. Parlapiano
  • Patent number: 8160807
    Abstract: In information processing device or the like is provided to output a suitable form of information from a view point of user's non-feeling of trouble. In the information processing system, whether a user issues an output instruction or not is confirmed only with respect to information that is not extracted out of information stored in a first storing unit (211) and information that is not output out of information stored in a second storing unit (212) and the importance of which is not less than the standard value. Thus, it is avoidable for a user to coerce an output instruction or non-output instruction for information that is less important than the standard value even in the case that the information has been distributed or broadcasted from a distributing information server (100) and has been output or non-output information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadafumi Nogawa, Satoshi Murata
  • Patent number: 8117873
    Abstract: A gooseneck trailer lock is provided including a body having a coupler engaging portion and a trailer frame engaging portion. A lock secures the body to the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Paul J. Bickel, III
  • Patent number: 7971459
    Abstract: A door lock and alarm in the form of a case which is attached to the exterior door handle by a clamping mechanism that stops movement of the case with respect to the door in all degrees of freedom, but allows the handle to turn inside the case. The case is provided with a lockable cover so as to permit an authorized user to open the cover and operate the door handle. An alarm device can be provided within the case to indicate tampering with the door lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignees: Bournemouth University, Matthew Price
    Inventor: Mathew Price
  • Publication number: 20110126599
    Abstract: A key interlock device for a vehicle, may include a shift lever moving straight at least in two perpendicular directions between a predetermined range and a P-range in sequence, a key lock lever pivotally coupled to a vehicle body and rotatable by a second straight movement of the shift lever between the predetermined range and the P-range, and a motion transmitting member coupled to an end portion of the key lock lever and transmitting the rotation of the key lock lever to a key set as a straight motion while the other end portion of the key lock lever moves in the second straight movement from/to the P-range of the shift lever by the shift lever.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Dohyon Won
  • Patent number: 7866193
    Abstract: A combination antitheft—quick lock device for the wheels or saddle rod of a bicycle includes a lever connected to an eccentric and at least one rod having a threaded end for receiving a bearing washer and a nut. The eccentric bears upon and is rotationally linked to the bearing washer and to the threaded rod extending through the hub of the wheel. A guiding channel for at least one ball is formed as a blind channel in the lever, forming an obtuse angle relative to the longitudinal axis thereof. A bore is formed in the axis and opening into the channel and has a shoulder defining a widened recess. An eccentric reversible locking means includes a widened head configured for displacement in the widened recess and a rod guided by the channel and abutting the ball. A spring is disposed between the widened head and the bore shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Michel Tribout
  • Publication number: 20100242554
    Abstract: A locking and/or throttle immobilization system (100) for a motorcycle, includes a lock and/or immobilization element (200), and a mounting unit (300). The mounting unit (300) is configured for being affixed to an end portion of a handlebar (23) and the lock/immobilization element (200) is configured for being detachably attached to the mounting unit (300). The lock comprises a locking element (150) formed as an integral body with a permanent slot (152) and configured for locking engagement to a disk-brake via the slot (152) when the lock is detached from said mounting unit. The lock can be the immobilization element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventor: Efraeyim Hogesta
  • Publication number: 20100236303
    Abstract: A swivel lever can be locked in a trough in a swiveled in position and comprises a locking device which is accommodated in the swivel lever and which can be unlocked by way of an access opening in the swivel lever. The access opening can be made inaccessible by means of a cover. According to the invention, the cover can be blocked mechanically, particularly electromechanically, in its covering position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventors: Dieter Ramsauer, Sebastian Knoch
  • Publication number: 20090289429
    Abstract: A preferred embodiment of the present invention comprises a collapsible folding stand for use with a horizontally oriented object such as a portable table saw that is attached to the stand wherein the stand has a front and a rear portion and is capable of being manipulated between open and closed positions. In the open position, the top frame is horizontally oriented. In the closed position, the stand is generally vertically oriented as is the top frame. To move the rolling stand from its open position to its closed position, the user needs only to lift the handle and the top frame will then move to its generally vertical closed position where the latching mechanism can then be engaged. Because of the mechanism advantage of the folding mechanism, moving between the open and closed positions in either direction requires very little effort by the user. The preferred embodiment has an integrated support leg that can be selectively positioned and locked to provide increased stability and rigidity for the stand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Applicants: CREDO TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION, ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Gary Voong
  • Publication number: 20090241614
    Abstract: A locking device for a telescoping pole for use with a retractable handle system, the pole having at least one moveable section slideably mounted in a guide member having at least one opening. The locking device includes a body fixed to the movable section, a locking member carried by the body and movable between locking an unlocking positions, a rotatable lever carried by the body and pivotable between a release position, in which relative movement is permitted between the movable section and the guide member, and a blocking position, in which the lever comes to bear on the guide member and exerts a force assuring a transverse immobilization of the moveable section in the guide member. The lever is coupled to the locking member to be displaced toward the blocking position when the locking member is engaged in the opening under the force produced by a restoring element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventor: Matthias HAHN
  • Patent number: 7421868
    Abstract: A multipoint lock including a locking mechanism adapted to selectively retract and extend at least one locking element relative to an elongate housing, wherein the locking mechanism includes an arm pivotally attached to a lock actuator and constrained to travel in a channel formed in a linkage device linked to the at least one locking element, and wherein in a first position of the lock actuator, the arm is at a first limit of travel in the channel and is pivoted in a first angular direction with respect to the lock actuator so as to be geometrically locked at the first limit of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Mul-T-Lock Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Adalbert Matyko, Alex Akerman
  • Publication number: 20080178645
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for a shift lever includes a detent member movable along a predetermined path, a stopper member movable between a locking position wherein the stopper member is within the path of the detent member to block movement of the detent member along at least a portion of the path and an unlocking position wherein stopper member is positioned to permit the detent member to move along the path, and a control member comprising a shape memory alloy. The control member selectively applies a force to the stopper member to move the stopper member toward the unlocking position in response to heat being applied to the shape memory alloy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventors: Brian Douglas Howe, Stephen Gerard Wieczerza
  • Publication number: 20080092608
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for a shift lever includes a detent member movable along a path, a stopper member movable between a locking position to block movement of the detent member and an unlocking position to permit movement of the detent member, and a cam member carried by the stopper member and pivotable relative to the stopper member. In one embodiment, a spring member resiliently biases the stopper member toward the locking position. An electromagnetic solenoid permits relative movement between the cam member and the stopper member when unenergized and prevents relative movement between the cam member and the stopper member when energized. The cam member applies a force to the stopper member to move the stopper member toward the unlocking position in response to movement of the detent member along the predetermined path when the electromagnetic solenoid is energized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Inventors: Yong Qiang Wang, David A. Choby
  • Patent number: 7076978
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an axle attached to a bicycle, a locking element carried by the axle, and an open attachment member received over the axle between the locking element and the bicycle. The open attachment member is secured between the locking element and the bicycle, and an antitheft element is coupled to the open attachment member inhibiting unauthorized use of the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Inventor: Michael L. Denby
  • Patent number: 7073357
    Abstract: A handle lock is configured for use with a trailer door latch handle. The handle lock is configured to be coupled to the trailer door. The handle lock is used to lock the handle to lock the trailer door in a closed position and to unlock the handle to allow unlatching and opening of the trailer door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Inventor: Willie E. Nixon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6973811
    Abstract: A theft deterrent device for use with a wide range of motor vehicles. The device has a baseplate, a housing, and a gear-stick embracing element that can move relative to the housing. The gear stick of the motor vehicle passes through the gear-stick embracing element, which can be locked to prevent movement of the gear stick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Stud-It, Ltd.
    Inventor: Clifford Jenkyns
  • Patent number: 6766674
    Abstract: A motor vehicle anti-theft device adapted to disable the brake pedal of the vehicle. In a first embodiment the device includes an outer housing and an inner shaft member mounted within the housing for relative rotary and telescopic movement. A first clamp structure is journaled on the shaft and a second clamp structure is threaded on the shaft so that as the shaft is rotated in the housing the clamp members are moved toward and away from each other into an out of locking engagement with the brake pedal. The inner shaft and outer housing are slid telescopically relative to each other to firmly engage the fire wall of the vehicle with the clamp members clamped about the brake pedal and a lock structure is provided to preclude relative rotary and relative longitudinal movement of the housing and the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Inventor: David A. Simon
  • Patent number: 6758071
    Abstract: An automobile anti-theft device comprises a decoupling assembly having a first decoupling portion that couples to an accelerator system and a second decoupling portion that couples to a throttle system. The first decoupling portion and the second decoupling portion are removably rotatingly coupled together. The first decoupling portion comprises a first decoupling disc having a locking pin aperture. A locking pin assembly is configured to removably couple with the first decoupling portion. The locking pin assembly comprises a locking pin removably extendable into the locking pin aperture, such that when the locking pin is not extended into the locking pin aperture the accelerator system may operate the throttle system and the automobile's engine can rev above idle, and when the locking pin is extended into the locking pin aperture the accelerator system is prevented from operating the throttle system and the automobile's engine cannot rev above idle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Inventors: Rex Reeb, Colin G. O'Hair
  • Patent number: 6732556
    Abstract: The anti-theft device is for covering the brake and gas pedals of a vehicle. It includes a gas pedal cover placed over the gas pedal, a brake pedal cover placed over the brake pedal, with the brake pedal cover having an upwardly extending ledge having an opening therein. A slide bracket is placed opposite the brake pedal cover and has an opening opposite the opening in the ledge. An L-shaped bracket is provided having a pair of arms. Fasteners connect each arm of the L-shaped bracket to one of the pedal covers. A padlock extends through the openings in the slide bracket and ledge for securing the slide bracket to the brake pedal cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Inventor: Michael Russell
  • Patent number: 6615624
    Abstract: An anti-theft system for motor vehicles. The preferred embodiment is designed to prevent theft by preventing a vehicle's wheels from turning when the system is activated. In the preferred embodiment, there are inhibitors in the disc rotors of each wheel. Next to each wheel, there is a solenoid, within which is a locking pin or piston rod. When the user enters an activation coded key in an ignition, the solenoids are energized, causing the piston rods to move outward into arcuate recesses, thus preventing the rotor discs from turning. A deactivation code must be entered in the ignition to de-energize the solenoids, causing the piston rods to move back into the solenoids and releasing the rotor discs. Optionally, the parking brake may also be locked when the system is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Inventor: Douglas C. Cardwell
  • Patent number: 6575001
    Abstract: A motor vehicle anti-theft device adapted to disable the brake pedal of the vehicle. The device includes a tubular strut with an opening sized to receive the pedal arm of the brake pedal and a lock bar which may be slid forwardly following movement of the pedal arm into the opening to trap the pedal arm in the opening. The device further includes an actuator rod and a strut rod interconnected by a gear and rack structure so that rearward movement of the actuator rod generates forward movement of the strut rod to plant a foot carried on the forward end of the strut rod against the fire wall of the vehicle following entrapment of the pedal arm. A lock structure is provided to preclude retraction of the lock bar and to preclude retraction of the strut rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Inventors: David A. Simon, Michael T. Laba
  • Patent number: 6499324
    Abstract: A remote-controllable automobile anti-theft device replaces a common connection between the accelerator and the throttle of an automobile with a locking main shaft connector between an accelerator shaft and a throttle shaft. The locking main shaft rotates about a central axis in response to motion from the accelerator, and translates that motion to the throttle. The locking main shaft contains a hole. The remote control activates a push-pull solenoid which reversibly inserts a solenoid locking pin into the hole in the locking main shaft. When the solenoid locking pin is inserted into the hole in the locking main shaft, the locking main shaft is prevented from rotating around a pivot axis of the locking main shaft. Therefore, when the locking pin is inserted into the hole in the locking main shaft, motion of an accelerator shaft does not translate to the throttle shaft, and the automobile's engine cannot rev.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Inventors: Rex Reeb, Colin G. O'Hair
  • Patent number: 6477873
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a car lock structure built in an automatic transmission shift rod, and the entire lock structure is the head of an automatic transmission shift rod for users to lock it onto the automatic transmission rod body. The head in sequential order has a fixed cover, and a push button for pushing the rod; and a lock cylinder is sleeved into the head to restrict and lock the press button in order to attain the effect of locking the automatic transmission shift rod. After installing the entire set of the lock onto the automatic transmission shift rod, the lock is in the locked position, and the press button will not fall out from the fixed cover because of the insertion of the push rod. The fixed cover will restrict the lock cylinder in a position because the lock bracket of the lock cylinder snaps into the latch section at the top of the fixed cover such that the lock cylinder cannot be removed from the head of the automatic transmission shift rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Inventor: Chun-Chang Lee
  • Publication number: 20020148261
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a car lock structure built in an automatic transmission shift rod having a latching opening and a latching hole on the push rod and the push rod tube respectively, and a lock cylinder and a latching board formed by the lock bracket at the position corresponsive to the latching opening and the latching hole, such that when the lock cylinder is turned, the latching board will latch into the latch hole of the push rod tube and the latching opening of the push rod to form a mutually latch structure among the push rod, the push rod tube, and the lock cylinder, and the push rod is restricted and not able to move downward due to the latching effect of the latch opening. Such arrangement can attain the lock effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2001
    Publication date: October 17, 2002
    Inventor: Chun-Chang Lee
  • Patent number: 6463772
    Abstract: A device to lock a brake or clutch pedal of a vehicle so as to deter theft of the vehicle includes a base for placement on the floor of the vehicle beneath the pedal of the vehicle being locked and beneath a pedal shaft supporting the pedal. The device includes a generally U-shaped housing with a second leg attached to the base, a first leg shorter than the second leg, and a cross member connecting the first and second legs to define an opening between the first leg and the base and a slot between the first and second legs to receive the pedal shaft and permit travel of the pedal shaft through the slot. A locking mechanism includes a locking pin and a lock. The locking pin is selectively movable on the U-shaped housing between a raised locked position sufficiently close to a lower side of the pedal shaft to prevent the pedal shaft from being operably depressed, i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Inventor: Robert A. Vito
  • Publication number: 20020144567
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a car lock structure built in an automatic transmission shift rod, and the entire lock structure is the head of an automatic transmission shift rod for users to lock it onto the automatic transmission rod body. The head in sequential order has a fixed cover, and a push button for pushing the rod; and a lock cylinder is sleeved into the head to restrict and lock the press button in order to attain the effect of locking the automatic transmission shift rod. After installing the entire set of the lock onto the automatic transmission shift rod, the lock is in the locked position, and the press button will not fall out from the fixed cover because of the insertion of the push rod. The fixed cover will restrict the lock cylinder in a position because the lock bracket of the lock cylinder snaps into the latch section at the top of the fixed cover such that the lock cylinder cannot be removed from the head of the automatic transmission shift rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2001
    Publication date: October 10, 2002
    Inventor: Chun-Chang Lee
  • Patent number: 6460384
    Abstract: A car lock structure built in an automatic transmission shift rod having a latching opening and a latching hole on the push rod and the push rod tube respectively, a lock cylinder and a latching board formed by the lock bracket at a position corresponding to the latching opening and the latching hole, such that when the lock cylinder is turned, the latching board will latch into the latch hole of the push rod tube and the latching opening of the push rod to form a mutually latch structure among the push rod, the push rod tube, and the lock cylinder, and the push rod is restricted and not able to move downward due to the latching effect of the latch opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Inventor: Chun-Chang Lee
  • Patent number: 6439012
    Abstract: The invention is a non-slip, dual leg pedal lock for securing one or more pedals and pedal arms of an automobile to prevent the theft of the automobile, the pedal lock a pair of dual leg shaft components, a locking slide bar component, a pedal engaging component and a keyed lock which engages both of the dual leg shaft components for double security locking the pedal to the floor of an automobile in a non-slip attachment to the vehicle floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventor: Dennis Quiang Chen
  • Publication number: 20020100300
    Abstract: This invention is a remote-controllable automobile anti-theft device which replaces a common connection between the accelerator and the throttle of an automobile with a locking main shaft connector between an accelerator shaft and a throttle shaft. The locking main shaft rotates about a central axis in response to motion from the accelerator, and translates that motion to the throttle. The locking main shaft contains a hole. The remote control activates a push-pull solenoid which reversibly inserts a solenoid locking pin into the hole in the locking main shaft. When the solenoid locking pin is inserted into the hole in the locking main shaft, the locking main shaft is prevented from rotating around its pivot axis. Therefore, when the locking pin is inserted into the hole in the locking main shaft, motion of an accelerator shaft does not translate to the throttle shaft, and the automobile's engine cannot rev.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2001
    Publication date: August 1, 2002
    Inventors: Rex Reeb, Colin G. O'Hair
  • Patent number: 6397645
    Abstract: A vehicle anti-theft accelerator lock for preventing the accelerator pedal of a vehicle from being depressed by a person attempting to steal the vehicle. The vehicle anti-theft accelerator lock includes a base assembly including a base member being adapted to be securely attached to a floor of a vehicle, and also including a shoe support member being securely fastened with fasteners to the base member; and further includes a shoe member being adapted to cover an accelerator pedal of the vehicle and being adapted to lockingly mount to the base assembly for preventing unauthorized use of the accelerator pedal; and also includes a locking member for locking the shoe member to the base assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Inventor: Deloash Grant, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6393881
    Abstract: A manual shift lever lock structure, wherein: a second hollow pipe is slipped over the shift lever, a lock cylinder is fixedly connected to the top of the shift lever to move the second hollow pipe, the first hollow pipe and the slide sleeve are slipped over the second hollow pipe, a tailing member is provided at the end of the first hollow pipe and has thereon an elastic member; the first hollow pipe has a hole for inserting therein a bead; a first annular recess and a second annular recess are respectively provided in the inner wall of the slide sleeve and the external wall of the second hollow pipe, thereby the bead drops into the first annular recess of the slide sleeve when the slide sleeve is pulled down to insert into a hole of a shift lever seat, and the slide sleeve is stopped here in engagement with the shift lever seat; and when in unlocking the shift lever, the second hollow pipe is moved and the bead drops into the space of the second annular recess of the second hollow pipe, the slide sleeve is
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Tung Chu International Inc.
    Inventor: Chun-Chang Lee
  • Publication number: 20020043084
    Abstract: A lock mechanism (10, 110) including a lock gear lever (12, 112) movable between unlocked, locked and superlocked positions, the lock lever being connected to further components of the lock mechanism to provide for corresponding unlocked, locked and superlocked conditions of the lock mechanism, the lock lever being operably movable between the unlocked, locked and superlocked positions by a stepper motor (22, 122) (FIG. 7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2001
    Publication date: April 18, 2002
    Inventor: Sidney Edward Fisher
  • Patent number: 6357267
    Abstract: A gear shift lock for locking a gear shiftlever of an automobile with a manual transmission is disclosed. The lock has a ring with a through hole defined therethrough and a tube with a protrusion formed to be alternatively received in the through hole. When the protrusion is received in the through hole, the gear shiftlever is not able to be moved. When the protrusion of the tube is away from the through hole of the ring, the gear shiftlever is in an unlocked state and able to move freely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Inventor: Miko Lee
  • Patent number: 6347538
    Abstract: A locking mechanism is shown for locking weapons. The mechanism works with a lever that turns and locks and unlocks the weapon by interfacing with elements on the interior of the weapon. A key can be used to position a lock plunger such that the lever cannot be turned to the firing position, hence locking the weapon against unauthorized use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Inventor: Gerald J. Doiron
  • Patent number: 6298696
    Abstract: A device to lock a brake or clutch pedal of a vehicle so as to deter theft of the vehicle includes a base for placement on the floor of the vehicle beneath the pedal of the vehicle being locked and beneath a pedal shaft supporting the pedal. The device includes a generally U-shaped housing with a second leg attached to the base, a first leg shorter than the second leg, and a cross member connecting the first and second legs to define an opening between the first leg and the base and a slot between the first and second legs to receive the pedal shaft and permit travel of the pedal shaft through the slot. A locking mechanism includes a locking pin and a lock. The locking pin is selectively movable on the U-shaped housing between a raised locked position sufficiently close to a lower side of the pedal shaft to prevent the pedal shaft from being operably depressed, i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Inventor: Robert A. Vito
  • Patent number: 6202456
    Abstract: An anti-theft device for locking the foot pedal of a vehicle against depression toward the underlying floorboard of the vehicle comprises a base for engaging the floorboard beneath the foot pedal, a tubular body extending upwardly from said base and having an upper end spaced above the pedal arm and a slot extending from the base toward the upper end, a locking rod slidably received in the tubular body and having a hook extending outwardly through the slot and providing an upwardly open recess with said body for receiving the foot pedal arm, and a key operated lock for releasably holding the locking rod in a position relative to the tubular body in which the hook precludes displacement of the foot pedal toward the floorboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Winner International Royalty LLC
    Inventor: Robert V. Vickers
  • Patent number: 6131425
    Abstract: An automatic shift lever knob with an imbedded lock is disclosed. Wherein, a shifting axle-bore for insertion of a shift lever link is provided on the bottom of a casting of the shift lever knob. The top of the casting has on one side thereof a push button chamber for insertion of a push button to communicate with the axle-bore. The shift lever link is moved through pressing the push button. A lock seat extends outwardly from a lateral side of the casting and has a bore extending to communicate with the axle-bore or the push button chamber for insertion of the lock. The lock is provided for controlling motion of the push button or the shift lever link. And plastic is injection formed to envelop the casting and the lock to construct a completed shift lever knob. In this way, the lock is prevented from dismantling, and a function of theft proofing can be assured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Inventor: Chi-Yuan Li
  • Patent number: 6098431
    Abstract: A manual shift lever locking structure including a knob moveable up and down relative to an axle of the shift lever; a lock in the knob for locking and fixing the knob and the axle of the shift lever relative to each other; and a restraining element provided under the knob for restraining the lower end of the knob wherein the axle of the shift lever are restrained from movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Inventor: Chi-yuan Li
  • Patent number: RE38873
    Abstract: A lockable quick release assembly for securing removable parts such as a wheel to the fork of a bicycle frame with the assembly including a specialized handle which not only rotates a cam shaped member within the interior of the assembly but has a key means which allows locking of the assembly to the frame to prevent theft of the wheel. The assembly also has means to secure the handle to the assembly so it will not fall off during normal use of the bicycle, but can be removed if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Inventors: Michael L. Denby, Charles R. Posenauer
  • Patent number: RE38951
    Abstract: A device for locking the a brake pedal and brake pedal shaft of a vehicle and preventing its theft comprising: , which includes a base member for a placement on the a floorboard of a the vehicle beneath a the brake pedal; a and break pedal shaft. A U-shaped housing extending extends downward and having has a first arm attached to the base and having a second shorter arm defining a gap an opening for receipt of a the brake pedal shaft, said space . The opening between the first and second arms defining defines a slot for receiving the brake pedal shaft and permitting its permits full extension of the brake pedal shaft upward through said shaft; and slot. A locking means mechanism is associated with the second first arm for locking the an underside of the pedal shaft within the slot such that the brake pedal cannot be depressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Unbreakable Company
    Inventor: Robert A. Vito
  • Patent number: RE39248
    Abstract: A device for locking the a brake pedal and brake pedal shaft of a vehicle, and preventing its theft comprising: which includes a base member for a placement on the a floorboard of a the vehicle beneath a the brake pedal; and brake pedal shaft. a A U-shaped housing extending extends downward and having has a first arm attached to the base and having a second shorter arm defining a gap an opening for receipt of a the brake pedal shaft, said space . The opening between the first and second arms defining defines a slot for receiving the brake pedal shaft and permitting its permits full extension of the brake pedal shaft upward through said shaft; and slot. A locking means mechanism is associated with the second first arm for locking the an underside of the pedal shaft within the slot such that the brake pedal cannot be depressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Unbreakable Company
    Inventor: Robert A. Vito