Encased Patents (Class 70/232)
  • Patent number: 10662679
    Abstract: An invertible, boat outboard motor lock that places an impenetrable enclosure around the pivotable arms of a pair of cap screws that are used to frictionally affix a boat motor to the transom of a boat. When in place and locked, access to remove the boat motor from the boat is blocked. The pivotable arms are placed into either end of a trough formed in a unitary block and the assembly is placed into a concave cover housing. The housing may be installed in either of two orientations, 180 degrees apart. A lock cylinder is passed through the housing and block preventing their separation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Mark Tyler
  • Patent number: 9802659
    Abstract: A spare tire carrier fuel tank is configured to be located between the spare tire carrier and the spare tire on a vehicle that has its spare tire mounted at a location on the upper, rear, exterior of the vehicle body. The spare tire carrier fuel tank may include a tank body having a main reservoir and a wheel reservoir. At least one structural reinforcement recess may be formed in the tank body. Multiple indentations may also be formed in the tank body in order to accommodate a variety of spare tire carriers. A mounting system may include a first mounting plate coupled to a face of the tank body and also coupled to a spare tire carrier. A second mounting plate is coupled to the first mounting plate and to a spare tire so that the tank is located between the spare tire carrier and the spare tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Klint S. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9668759
    Abstract: A surgical drill guide for positioning, aligning, and of holes to be drilled in bone tissue has retaining means that holds the position and alignment of the drill guide body in a releasable manner with respect to a fastener hole in an orthopedic implant. The retaining means is a key guide that mates with a key way or key ways in or around a threaded locking hole of an orthopedic plate for alignment of a pilot hole and method of using the guide. The key guide has 2 to 8 projections that extend in the direction of the axis of the hole, such as hemi cylindrical projections, and the plate has a corresponding female key way that receives the retaining means. The invention also relates to a method of aligning a locking fastener in a plate at a desired angle relative to a bone by using a surgical guide having a key interface with the plate to position and align a pilot hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Orthohelix Surgical Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee A. Strnad, Dustin Ducharme, Andrew J. Leither, Derek S. Lewis, Amanda Martin
  • Patent number: 9500010
    Abstract: Electronic device and fastening anti-theft device, for preventing theft of the electronic device and includes a lock, a screw, a bracket, and a body having a locking plate extending from a side. The locking plate includes a slot, a locking hole and a shielding piece bent and protruding from a surface of the locking plate opposite to the body of the bracket, the shielding piece crosses over the slot. The screw is fastened to the electronic device and slides along the slot, the shielding piece is used in shielding the screw, and the lock passes through the locking hole and locks the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chia-Shih Lin
  • Patent number: 9346435
    Abstract: Theft-deterrence devices and methods adapted to assist in theft deterrence/prevention of machinery, for example, a man lift, whose controls include a joystick. Such a device includes an enclosure having an interior cavity defined by and between oppositely-disposed first and second ends of the enclosure, and an opening in the second end that communicates with the cavity and sized to enable a joystick to pass therethrough into the cavity. The cavity accommodates at least a portion of the joystick sufficient to prevent operation thereof. The device further includes an arm having a first portion permanently attached to the enclosure, a third portion comprising a through-hole that enables a shackle of a locking device to pass therethrough, and a second portion that permanently joins the first and third portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: lockurboom LLC
    Inventor: Ann Marie Cain
  • Patent number: 9150161
    Abstract: Vehicular mounted load carrier racks can include a lock cover to shroud an operator-engageable portion of a clamp device from unauthorized access in an installed and locked position. The operator-engageable portion can secure and release the clamp device to and from a surface such as a vehicle. The locking cover can be mounted in an installed and locked position on the clamp device to shroud the operator-engageable portion of the clamp device from unauthorized access in the installed and locked position. The locking can comprise a cover body and a lock. The cover body can have perimeter walls defining a receiving cavity within which the operator-engageable portion of a respective clamp device is located in the installed and locked position of the cover body on the clamp device. The lock can be coupled to the cover body. The lock can have an engagement portion transitional between locked and unlocked configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: THULE SWEDEN AB
    Inventors: John R. Laverack, Steven Robert Perry
  • Patent number: 9016096
    Abstract: A locking lug nut system includes a primary locking lug nut, a secondary locking lug nut, and a key. The locking lug nuts each have non-hexagonal irregular key surfaces and the key has a non-hexagonal key element engageable with the key surface of at least one of the locking lug nuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Dennis Winnie
  • Patent number: 8943865
    Abstract: A locking security system for motor vehicle wheel rims comprises a security housing, a locking assembly, and a plurality of grooved lug nuts. The security housing comprises a structure which covers wheel stud portions of an existing wheel rim. The locking assembly comprises a key lock mechanism located on an interior portion of the housing further comprising a plurality of locking plates which engage respective grooved lug nuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Shawn E. Bullock, Stephanie M. Cevallos
  • Patent number: 8943866
    Abstract: A magazine lock for a firearm includes a magazine well and a magazine latch. The lock includes a tube nut positioned within a housing. The tube nut is connected to the magazine latch of the firearm. When tightened down, the tube nut prevents the magazine latch from releasing a magazine from the magazine well. A tool is provided to engage the tube nut and rotate the tube nut within the housing permitting the magazine latch to release the magazine. The housing includes a biased engagement feature that selectively prevents the rotation of the tube nut within the housing. The tool is configured to overcome the biased engagement feature and to engage the tube nut so that rotation of the tool rotates the tube nut. A breech block inserted into the top of a magazine inserted into the firearm may also be used to lock the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Precision Tactical Inc.
    Inventors: Rick Fernandez, James Bentley
  • Patent number: 8860574
    Abstract: A cabinet lock for protecting merchandise within a merchandise display cabinet having an inner door and an outer door. The cabinet lock includes a strike plate affixed to the inner door and a lock housing affixed to the outer door such that the cabinet is in a locked configuration that prevents access to the merchandise when the lock housing is operably engaged to the strike plate. A programmable electronic key communicates a security code with the cabinet lock and transfers electrical power to the cabinet lock to operate a lock mechanism between the locked configuration and an unlocked configuration. An indicator is provided for indicating whether the cabinet lock is in the locked configuration or the unlocked configuration. The indicator includes a first segment and a second segment that can be energized to visually indicate the status of the cabinet lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Grant, David N. Berglund, Hrishikesh P. Gogate, Justin A. Richardson, William M. Warren, Andrew W. Moock
  • Patent number: 8826706
    Abstract: Provided is a barrel lock that can be used to securely lock a barrel opening, and in particular, a barrel pump positioned in a barrel opening. The barrel lock has a lock body, a closure mechanism, a locking mechanism, and is secured by a locking means. The lock body is capable of assuming an open position and a closed position for locking about the barrel pump. In a closed position, the locking mechanism is used to secure the lock body in a closed position and to secure the closure mechanism in engagement with the lock body, to thereby secure the barrel pump from use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Klondike Cheese Co.
    Inventors: Ronald A. Buholzer, Steve J. Buholzer
  • Patent number: 8820126
    Abstract: An anti-theft fastener with locking feature includes a nut, a nut casing, a lock casing and a lock. An engaging ball of the lock casing gets embedded in an engaging groove of the nut casing. The lock and its' casing are positioned inside the nut casing. An abutting portion of the lock no longer abuts against a positioning ball of the nut. The positioning ball is no longer embedded inside a positioning engaging passage of the nut casing, thereby preventing the nut casing from driving the nut except idling. Under locked condition, the fastener is unable to be mounted. To dismount the fastener requires turning the lock with a key until the engaging ball falls into a curved groove of the lock and exits the engaging groove. The positioning ball is pushed outward and embedded inside the positioning engaging passage, thereby unfastening the screw element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Yu-Pin Lin
  • Patent number: 8813529
    Abstract: Anti-theft device for an inverter assembly including an inverter having a housing with a rear panel, a mounting plate to which the inverter is attached and a locking pin connected at one end to the mounting plate and extending through a hole in the rear panel of the inverter housing when the inverter is in a mounted position, wherein the locking pin includes an opening at the other end through which a U-lock can be inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: SMA Solar Technology AG
    Inventor: Andreas Donth
  • Patent number: 8739585
    Abstract: A wheel lock for a vehicle wheel of the type comprising a body having a central attachment flange and studs passing through it. A security plate has a front side and a rear side; the rear side has a plurality of first circumferentially spaced-apart openings arranged to receive wheel studs; each of the first circumferentially spaced-apart openings is sized to receive a lug nut threaded on a wheel stud. There is at least one second opening where the second opening also sized to receive a wheel stud. The front side has a cover over the first circumferentially spaced-apart openings preventing access to lug nuts threaded on corresponding wheel studs. The front side has a receptacle concentric with the second opening for receiving a lock lug. The lock lug has a threaded hole for engaging a wheel stud and a key recess for engagement with a corresponding key lug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Toby Jack Sims
  • Patent number: 8733138
    Abstract: An antitheft device (1) to be attached to an item capable of being stolen and including a control portion (2) that is rotatable relative to an attaching portion (3), the attaching portion (3) including an attaching element (4) that is translatably movable with an unlocked position, for placing of the item into the device (1) and for removing same, and wherein the rotation of the control portion (2) relative to the attaching portion (3) translates the attaching element (4), and with a locked position for maintaining the device (1) on the item and wherein the rotation of the control portion (2) relative to the attaching part (3) does not translate the attaching element (4). The control portion (2) includes a transmission mechanism (15) with a controller for the torque applied to the control portion so that the locked position is achieved for a predetermined value of the torque of forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Exaqtworld
    Inventor: Alain Favier
  • Patent number: 8733140
    Abstract: Disclosed is a security device to prevent trailer theft that attaches to the lug thread of a wheel hub to prevent wheel rotation or wheel mounting. The device includes an outer cylinder, an inner cylinder, a locking lug nut that screws onto the lug thread, and a lug nut key. The outer and inner cylinders rotate around and extend beyond the locking lug nut, utilizing a design that defeats many common methods for removing wheel locks, or requires specific tools that create considerable noise and time to defeat. An optional security bar can be engaged by removing two lug nuts to prevent wheel rotation. Also disclosed is an embodiment that prevents wheel installation on a bare wheel hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Charles Jones
  • Patent number: 8726703
    Abstract: A system for securing an item to an anchor is disclosed. The system may include a first extension extending from an item, an interface mechanism connected to the first extension, and a lock. The interface mechanism may include a cylindrical base, a sleeve, and a second extension. The cylindrical base may comprise an extension aperture receiving the first extension therewithin. The slide may surround at least a portion of the cylindrical base and occupy a blocking position locking the first extension within the extension aperture. The second extension may extend from the slide and comprise a traveler occupying a locking position locking the slide in the blocking position. The lock may engage the second extension and lock the traveler in the locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Jay S Derman
  • Patent number: 8701452
    Abstract: A security device to secure a computer may include a substantially vertical pedestal, a fixed platform mounted on the pedestal, a clamping table to cooperate with the fixed platform to secure the computer and a locking assembly to allow the clamping table to be moved to allow the computer to be attached and released from the fixed platform in an unlocked state and to prevent the clamping table from being moved to hold the computer in a locked state, The locking assembly may include a locking knob to operate the locking assembly between the locked state and the unlocked state, and the locking knob may rotate freely in the locked state and rotates to allow the clamping table to be moved in the unlocked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventors: Gary D. Foster, W. Douglas Mayer
  • 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: 8640510
    Abstract: A system for securing an interface mechanism within an aperture is disclosed. The system may include an interface mechanism comprising a body portion, extension, anchor, and traveler. The extension may extend from the body portion and have a traveler aperture. The anchor may selectively move through a range of motion with respect to the body portion. The range of motion may include one or more extended positions of the anchor. The traveler may be positioned within the traveler aperture. The traveler selectively moving through a range of motion with respect to the extension. The range of motion of the traveler may contain one or more blocking positions wherein the traveler confines the anchor to one or more extended positions. The system may further include a lock engaging the extension and confining the traveler to one or more blocking positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Jay S. Derman
  • Patent number: 8640511
    Abstract: A system for securing an item to an anchor is disclosed. The system may include a first extension extending from an item, an interface mechanism connected to the first extension, and a lock. The interface mechanism may include a cylindrical base, a sleeve, and a second extension. The cylindrical base may comprise an extension aperture receiving the first extension therewithin. The slide may surround at least a portion of the cylindrical base and occupy a blocking position locking the first extension within the extension aperture. The second extension may extend from the slide and comprise a traveler occupying a locking position locking the slide in the blocking position. The lock may engage the second extension and lock the traveler in the locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Jay S. Derman
  • Patent number: 8444167
    Abstract: A hitch lock device for preventing theft of a trailer featuring a hitch ball with a threaded bolt and a nut adapted to be threaded onto the bolt. Locking pin slots are disposed in the threaded bolt. A lock can be inserted into a slot in the threaded bolt. Locking pins are slidably disposed in each locking pin slot. The locking pins are connected by a spring and can move between an in position in the threaded bolt and an out position protruding from the bolt. The pins are biased in the out position by the spring. When the locking pins are squeezed to the in position the nut can be threaded past the locking pins to sandwich a trailer hitch with the hitch ball. When the lock is inserted into the slot the lock blocks movement of the locking pins and locking the lock prevents removal of the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Nour-Eddine Derdari
  • Patent number: 8408147
    Abstract: A cards safe for the safe keeping of credit, debit, and switch cards, or any other small personal item used for making payments or for deposit/security purposes. A card is retained inside a box (30) which is retained by the seller. The box (30) is locked in a secure condition with two locking arms (88), which require a key (70) to unlock them. A locking bar (126) slides across the edge of the box (30) in a slot (46). The key has a protrusion (110), which stops at a correct location to bear against locking arms, which are otherwise biased to a locked state by springs. The key (70) enters the box (30) through a slot (106), and the lock releases. The box (30) can only be opened with the unique key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Cardssafe, Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher John Holloway, Trond Rornes, Alan Hawkins, Nick Brown, Lee Manvell
  • Patent number: 8387423
    Abstract: A bicycle lock set includes a main part and a connection member wherein an operation unit is located between the main part and the connection member. A shackle is movably connected to a first end of the main part and has two notches. A frame is linearly movable in the main part and has a first contact portion. A number wheel is rotatably connected to the frame and has a second contact portion which is engaged with the first contact portion. The operation unit includes an operation member which is driven and rotated by the frame and has a stud for being engaged with one of the notches when the shackle is moved toward the main part. A receiving space is defined in the operation member and a bead is partially received in the receiving space or pushed to protrude out from the main part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Crops Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keiji Taiga
  • Patent number: 8347669
    Abstract: A securing mechanism cooperating with a device that is to be secured, having a closing part, which can be slipped onto a free end region of the device. Locking elements are rotatably mounted in the closing part and engage into an annular groove of the device by an engaging element to lock it, except in one defined position of rotation. An adjusting member engages in an end region of the locking elements accessible from outside. A spring presses the locking element against a contact area of the closing part in the direction of the axis of rotation thereof forming a brake. A catching structure provided with a plurality of catching points is disposed on an annular surface of the locking elements. A catching element engages into the catching points when the respective locking element is rotated, at least when the closing part is tilted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Invictus AG Innovation & Engineering
    Inventor: Reinhold Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8307675
    Abstract: A locking device for box-shaped containers (20) having a base and a separable cover each provided with an ear-like extension (20c; 20d) with openings, wherein in the lockable position the openings are in register one with respect to the other. The device comprises a block-shaped housing (10) with a key-operated mechanism (30) comprising a rotor. A slidable locking element is coupled to the rotor so that upon rotation of the rotor by 180° in one or the opposite directions by turning the key, a locking element slides over a certain distance in one or the opposite directions. A cavity is formed in the housing configured to accommodate therein both ear-like extensions (20c; 20d). For locking the container, the locking element is driven in the direction of and across the cavity and openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Meir Avganim
  • Patent number: 8297090
    Abstract: A theft prevention device includes a base having body with a pair of side walls; a base protrusion protruding from an edge of the body, the base protrusion having a base protrusion opening; and a fastener opening configured to receive a fastener for coupling the base to an external device; and a sleeve adapted to mate with the base, the sleeve having a bottom wall; a pair of side walls extending from the bottom wall; an end wall extending from the bottom wall and between the side walls, the end wall having an end wall slot adapted to receive the base protrusion; and a sleeve protrusion protruding from an edge of the sleeve and having a sleeve protrusion opening configured to be substantially aligned with the base protrusion opening when the base protrusion is inserted through the end wall slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Gary Fong Photographic, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary M. Fong
  • Patent number: 8272338
    Abstract: A safe anchoring device for anchoring a safe to a floor. In addition to anchoring the safe, the safe anchoring device simultaneously provides a watertight and airtight seal for the interior of the safe. A tunnel connects the interior housing to the exterior housing. Insulation is between the interior housing and the exterior housing. A removable top cover covers the tunnel on the inside of the safe at the interior housing. When the anchoring device is used to anchor the safe to the floor, a removable threaded locking bolt extends through the tunnel and is threaded onto a threaded tube section of a bottom cover while the bottom cover is securely attached to the floor. In a preferred embodiment, when the safe is anchored to the floor the watertight and airtight seal is provided by a gasket under the top cover and an O-ring under the bolt head of the threaded locking bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Leslie Ho Leung Chow
  • 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: 8176615
    Abstract: The method is for securing a device. Security bolts are into the device. The bolts have openings defined therein. A wire is inserted through openings of each bolt. The wire has a male end and a female end. A male end is inserted into a cavity of the female end to align a cavity of the male end with an opening of the female end. A locking bar of a lock is inserted through the cavity and the opening to lock the male end to the female end. The wire may also be attached to an item so that the device cannot be removed from the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Ernst Konecnik
  • Patent number: 8171761
    Abstract: A locking device is provided and operable to retain an article intended for display and handling in a designated area. In particular, the locking device is formed with an adjustable fastening loop, which can assume an extended position to receive a free end or a portion of the article, and a retracted position to secure the article in the fastening loop. The fastening loop can be adjusted between the extended position and the retracted position, so that the locking device is adapted to receive and secure articles of various sizes. The locking device is preferably mounted to a fixture, such as a display table or counter via a tether cable. When the cable is mounted to the fixture, the locking device is capable of retaining an article in the designated area and preventing the article from being removed from the designated area. For example, the locking device can secure a sample item to a designated area, such as a display counter in a retail store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Lloyd, Gerstner & Partners
    Inventor: Christopher Kidd
  • Patent number: 8156774
    Abstract: An anti-theft device for a bicycle that includes wheels disposed on a front fork and on a rear stay by a nut or bolt system and a saddle tube whose clamping axis comprises a nut or a bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventors: Michel Tribout, Frédéric Lacom
  • Patent number: 8152194
    Abstract: An object of this invention is to provide a way for a person to lock and secure the hitch of an unhitched utility trailer. Another object of this invention is to allow a person to keep an unhitched utility trailer from being stolen when the utility trailer is not hooked to a truck hitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventors: Larry Landgraf, Sam F. Manna, Jr., Maggie Ann Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 8087268
    Abstract: A thread retained security bolt system has a bottom collar and a top collar, the bottom collar fixed to one element of an enclosure and the top collar affixed to a mating element of the enclosure. The top collar carries a minor part of a securing bolt bearing surface and the bottom collar carries a major part of the securing bolt bearing surface and when the mating element of the enclosure is brought into engagement with the one element of the enclosure, the minor part is aligned with and contiguous to the major part upon joinder of the top collar with the bottom collar. A bearing surface of a head of a bolt is then moved into engagement with the minor part and the major part to secure the one element to the mating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: The Durham Company, PMD
    Inventor: Alva Glen Pruitt
  • Patent number: 8074478
    Abstract: A horizontal locking case lock includes a coupler fastened to a case and a lock with a housing surface latchable horizontally by the coupler for locking. The coupler includes at least a first wedge portion and at least one latch trough. The lock contains a locking mechanism. The locking mechanism drives and controls movement of a first retainer to further drive a second retainer to force a steel ball into or out of the latch trough, thereby control locking or unlocking of the coupler and the lock. Such a structure can safely lock the case at a public location to avert hitting and pilferage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Vulcan Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chang Chin Shu
  • Patent number: 8064195
    Abstract: A storage device module is disclosed. The storage device module includes a storage device, a bracket for receiving the storage device, a mounting member attached to one side of the bracket, and a screw attached to the mounting member for extending through the bracket to screw into the storage device. A screw mounting structure is arranged on the mounting member for retaining the screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guang-Yi Zhang, Zhe Zhang, Bing-Bao Guo
  • Patent number: 8051690
    Abstract: An anti-theft device is provided for inhibiting access to a fastener, and more specifically to a fastener head. The anti-theft device can include a base member with an opening for receiving the fastener and a lid member releasably coupled to the base member. The lid member can include a specialized tool recess adapted for receiving a specialized tool, such that only the specialized tool can be used to open and close the lid member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Camisasca Automotive Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Henry P. Camisasca
  • Patent number: 8042366
    Abstract: A security apparatus is disclosed. The security apparatus comprises an attachment device comprising a base. A locking head can be configured to secure to the base. The attachment device can be small and strong. The locking head can have a securing element and a locking component, associated with a housing. The locking head may be in a secured configuration upon a single motion or movement of the locking head. The locking head may contain one or more gate structures for securing to the attachment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Acco Brands USA LLC
    Inventors: Robert Mahaffey, John Hung, John Tan, Will Ali, Ryan White, Michael Xiao Lei Liang
  • Patent number: 8037723
    Abstract: A theft prevention device includes an outer shell having a top wall and side walls and defining a cavity, wherein the side walls have a slit therein adapted to accommodate a strap and wherein the top wall has an outer shell opening; and an inner shell having a top wall and side walls and defining a cavity, wherein the side walls have a slit therein adapted to accommodate a strap and wherein the top wall has an inner shell opening; wherein the inner shell is adapted to be mated to the outer shell such that the inner shell opening and the outer shell opening can be generally aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Gary Fong, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary M. Fong
  • Patent number: 8028551
    Abstract: A mountable lock includes a lock body and a retaining member. The lock body is configured to be secured to an external structure by at least one fastening member. The lock body includes a lock interface movable from a locking condition to an unlocking condition in response to proper user manipulation of the lock interface. The retaining member includes a first end receivable in a first opening of the lock body and lockingly engageable with the lock body when the lock interface is in the locking condition, the first end being disengageable from the first opening when the lock interface is in the unlocking condition. The at least one fastening member is accessible through a passageway in the lock body that is blocked when the retaining member is in locking engagement with the lock body, thereby preventing disassembly of the lock body from the external structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Master Lock Company LLC
    Inventor: D. Scott Kalous
  • Patent number: 8020885
    Abstract: An assembly for restricting access to a coupler includes a body having a coupler engagement portion for engagement with a first surface of a coupler, a coupler engagement member laterally movable within a laterally extending slot in the body, with the coupler engagement member extending perpendicularly from the slot for engagement with a second surface of the coupler opposite the first surface. The assembly further includes a securing mechanism for selectively securing the coupler engagement member relative to the body against lateral movement away from the coupler engagement portion. When at least a portion of the coupler is received between the coupler engagement portion and the coupler engagement member and the coupler engagement member is secured in a coupler lockout position, at least one of the coupler engagement portion and the coupler engagement member prevents withdrawal of the coupler from the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Master Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Maja A. Cuellar, D. Scott Kalous
  • Patent number: 8016535
    Abstract: A wheel lock device wherein a locking lug nut is threadably engaged on a vehicle wheel. A security sleeve is removably secured over the hex portion of the lug nut preventing unauthorized engagement and removal thereof. A retainment fastener secures the security sleeve to the modified lug nut by an integrated removal and placement rotational key tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Niels C. Roberts
  • Publication number: 20110214461
    Abstract: An anti-theft device is provided for inhibiting access to a fastener, and more specifically to a fastener head. The anti-theft device can include a base member with an opening for receiving the fastener and a lid member releasably coupled to the base member. The lid member can include a specialized tool recess adapted for receiving a specialized tool, such that only the specialized tool can be used to open and close the lid member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Applicant: CAMISASCA AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventor: HENRY P. CAMISASCA
  • Patent number: 8001812
    Abstract: A security apparatus is disclosed. The security apparatus comprises an attachment device comprising a base, and a locking head configured to secure to the base. The attachment device can be small and strong. The locking head can have a securing element and a locking component, associated with a housing. The locking head may be in a secured configuration upon a single motion or movement of the locking head. The locking head may contain one or more gate structures for securing to the attachment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: ACCO Brands USA LLC
    Inventors: Robert Mahaffey, John Hung, John Tan, Will Ali, Ryan White, Michael Xiao Lei Liang
  • Patent number: 7997106
    Abstract: A security apparatus is disclosed. The security apparatus comprises an attachment device comprising a base, and a locking head configured to secure to the base. The attachment device can be small and strong. The locking head can have a securing element and a locking component, associated with a housing. The locking head may be in a secured configuration upon a single motion or movement of the locking head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: ACCO Brands USA LLC
    Inventors: Robert Mahaffey, John Hung, John Tan, Will Ali, Ryan White, Michael Xiao Lei Liang
  • Patent number: 7980598
    Abstract: A pipe joint locking device which prevents accidental loosening of a pipe joint after tightening and with which a sealing property of a seal portion of the pipe joint is not impaired even if a force for rotating a pipe member acts on the pipe member. The device is formed of: a first component member 11 including a mounting portion 21 to be mounted to a joint member 2 having an external thread while prevented from relative rotation, a cover portion 22 to be brought into contact with an outer peripheral face of a cap nut 5 from a lower side, and a coupling portion 23 to be brought into contact with a pipe member 3 from the lower side; and a second component member 12 including a cover portion 31 to be brought into contact with the outer peripheral face of the cap nut 5 from an upper side and a coupling portion 32 to be brought into contact with the pipe member 3 from the upper side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Fujikin Incorporated
    Inventors: Kenji Tsubota, Michio Yamaji
  • Patent number: 7937975
    Abstract: A boot is positionable about a rotatable wheel having an axle extending therefrom. A pair of mating components include interconnecting elements for attaching the elements about the wheel preventing non-destructible detachment of the mating components. Flanges extend from the mating components to prevent attempts to rotate the boot about the wheel. The flanges which support the interconnecting elements are frangibly removable from the body to permit destructible detachment of the mating components from the wheel. The boot may support an electronic tag such as radio frequency identification (RFID) tag or an electronic article surveillance (EAS) tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: B&G Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Chester Kolton, Michael Norman
  • Patent number: 7930914
    Abstract: An anti-theft device for preventing theft of a boat fitted with an outboard motor. The anti-theft device is made up of a rear collar and a front collar. In one embodiment the rear collar comprises an elongated bracket having a U-shaped cross-section defined by first and second opposite sidewalls with a joining curved portion there-between. A nut cover is integral with and located at one end of the front collar. Complimentary locking teeth and locking teeth receiving apertures allow a user to affix the front and rear collars around an outboard motor's steering piston. Each of the front and rear collars are provided with locking tongues. In typical use a shackle is threaded through the locking tongues and attached to a padlock to secure the anti-theft device to the steering piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventor: Richard Warren Taylor
  • Publication number: 20110042920
    Abstract: A removable locking mechanism for a fifth wheel hitch is provided which includes a mounting plate removably attachable within a fifth wheel chassis formed to support a fifth wheel hitch plate that has an aperture in the load surface thereof. The mounting plate is formed with a u-shaped throat dimensioned to receive a trailer kingpin and a top surface configured to be co-planar with the fifth wheel hitch plate load surface when seated within the chassis. A locking mechanism for retaining the kingpin against said closed end of the throat is mounted to the underside of the mounting plate and includes a cam arm; and a bumper arm pivotally attached to the cam arm configured to engage a bumper stop formed in the mounting plate underside; a sliding jaw member slidably mounted to the cam arm; and a secondary lock member for preventing unintended disengagement of the lock mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventor: Steven William Mann
  • Patent number: 7797972
    Abstract: A security device for engaging a threaded element includes an inner body configured to engage the threaded element and an outer body operatively coupled to the inner body. A pin is operatively coupled to the inner body and movable between an extended position and a retracted position such that the outer body moves relative to the inner body when the pin is disposed in the retracted position and the outer body and the inner body are operatively coupled for simultaneous movement when the pin is disposed in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Flow Security Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Nickeas, Martin Nickeas