Key-controlled Patents (Class 70/31)
  • Publication number: 20150114050
    Abstract: A padlock comprises a lock body, a hoop which is displaceably held at the lock body, a cylinder core into which at least one core pin is inserted and which is supported directly in a reception opening rotatable about a cylinder axis in order selectively to lock or release the hoop at the lock body, and a tumbler housing into which at least one housing pin is inserted and which is received in a fixed position in the lock body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Bernhard GARTHE, Wai Kuen FAN
  • Publication number: 20140238090
    Abstract: A padlock is disclosed. The padlock includes a body and a cylinder mounted within the body, the cylinder being able to rotate about a first axis relative to the body. The padlock is movable between a locked condition in which the lock cylinder is prevented from rotating about said first axis, and an unlocked condition in which the lock cylinder is able to rotate about said first axis. The cylinder includes a first bore perpendicular to the first axis and having a first end and an open second end, and the body includes a second bore having a first open end and a second open end, the second bore extending between the open second end of the first bore and an external surface of said body. The first and second bores are substantially collinear. The lock also has a rebate disposed on the external surface of the body adjacent the open second end of the second bore that allows access to the second bore from outside of the lock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Glyn Green
  • Publication number: 20140076010
    Abstract: A locking device useful for example for bicycles in which a pair of shackles is spaced apart and fittable into cross bars, each cross bar having a locking mechanism so that the locking device can be locked and opened at either end, that is, at either cross bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: SCOTT GOLD
  • Publication number: 20140047872
    Abstract: A dual-key lock includes a lock body and a dual-key lock mechanism. The dual-key lock mechanism includes a spindle for receiving a first key and a second key which can unlock the dual-key lock mechanism. While the spindle is operated by the first key, the spindle is configured to move from an original position to an indicative position and stay in the indicative position. And, while the spindle is operated by the, second key, the spindle is further configured to return from the indicative position into the original position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: Chun Te YU
  • Patent number: 8596102
    Abstract: A bicycle link having one or more openings that can be ?-shaped and having a slider that closes a portion of the one or more openings is disclosed. The slider can be secured in place in relation to the bicycle link with a padlock or the like being placed in aligned holes in the slide and it the portion of the bicycle link containing the slider. Cables, chains and the like are placed in the openings and secured to immovable objects. When the slider is locked in place to close a portion of the openings, this arrangement secures the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Stanton Concepts Inc.
    Inventors: John Loughlin, Robert Loughlin
  • Publication number: 20130019641
    Abstract: A locking device includes a shaft, a locking head joined to the shaft, and a lock body having a lock opening for receiving a locking end of the shaft. A latch member is disposed within the lock body and includes a shaft aperture for receiving the locking end of the shaft therethrough. The shaft aperture includes an edge portion spring biased radially inward of the lock opening to engage the recessed portion with the edge portion when the locking end of the shaft is disposed in the lock opening. A locking member is disposed within the lock body. Rotation of the locking member from a locked condition to an unlocked condition moves the edge portion of the shaft aperture out of engagement with the recessed portion of the shaft to permit withdrawal of the shaft from the lock opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
  • Publication number: 20120305565
    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: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: KNAACK LLC
    Inventors: Wayne Hansen, Curtis J. Scadden, Robert A. Bergum, Pravin E. Lokhande
  • Publication number: 20120210756
    Abstract: A lock includes a stationary key mass having a key mass bore and a keyway, and a movable spring mass having a spring mass bore. A spring mass pin is mounted in the spring mass bore, and a key mass pin is mounted in the key mass bore for reciprocation between a locked position immobilizing the spring mass and an unlocked position unconstraining motion. The unlocked position is a function of the presence of a matching key in the keyway. Multiple key mass and spring mass pins can be used, and some can have stepped configurations. Corresponding single-bladed or multi-bladed keys, or multiple keys, can be used. The keys can be straight or curved or flexible to match curved keyways.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventor: Gordon B. J. Mah
  • Publication number: 20120192599
    Abstract: A padlock includes a lock housing, a U-shaped lock hoop and a lock cylinder in order selectively to lock the lock hoop to the lock housing, wherein the lock cylinder has a cylinder axis and is secured to the lock housing by means of a securing element. The securing element is displaceably supported at the lock cylinder and is resiliently supported transversely to the cylinder axis, wherein the securing element engages into a securing opening at an inner side of the lock housing to secure the lock cylinder to the lock housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: ABUS August Bremicker Soehne KG
    Inventor: Bernhard Garthe
  • Patent number: 8216558
    Abstract: Polymers and methods of making them are described. The polymers may be used to coat living cells. The polymer-coated cells are useful in cell therapy applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Sang Van, Yasunobu Tanaka, Lei Yu
  • Publication number: 20120125058
    Abstract: In one example, a disposition inserted in the padlock includes two extreme upper and lower parts connected by mobile bracelet or anklet, a central part fixed to the padlock, and a bracelet or anklet for transportation, whereby the upper and lower ends are attachable to each other, when the central part and thereby the padlock are removed from the ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventor: Paolo Papaiz
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120055210
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a lock assembly for use with locking stainless steel or steel cables, shackle bars and/or chains. The locking mechanism is a rotating cam that can secure the cable, shackle bar or chain into the lock assembly and release the same by again rotating the cam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventor: Kenneth Biba
  • Publication number: 20120042701
    Abstract: A lock includes a stationary key mass having a first key mass bore and a keyway, and a movable spring mass including a first spring mass bore. A first spring mass pin is mounted in the first spring mass bore, and a first key mass pin is mounted in the first key mass bore for reciprocation between a locked position immobilizing the spring mass and an unlocked position unconstraining motion in at least one direction. The unlocked position is a function of the presence of a matching key in the keyway. Multiple key mass and spring mass pins can be used, some or all of which can have stepped configurations, and corresponding single-bladed or multi-bladed keys, or multiple keys, can be used. The keys can be straight or curved in any of various planes, or they can be straight but flexible to match curved keyways. Curves can be unidirectional or compound. Relative motion between the key mass and spring mass can be in a plane or along straight line or circular.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventor: Gordon B. J. Mah
  • Publication number: 20110023563
    Abstract: A two-way opened padlock is a padlock having a housing and a shackle, a tumbler which can rotate relative to the housing and a block which can slide relative to the housing. The padlock can use a rotatable key to insert into a slot to rotate the tumbler to enable opening the lock and can also use a sliding key to deviate the block to enable opening the lock. Therefore, an effect that the lock can be opened in two ways is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventor: Chien-Yung Huang
  • Publication number: 20100039260
    Abstract: A lock having a body, a face, a shackle and an audio and/or a visual system. The audio system includes a speaker system and a controller, and the visual system includes an indicator light and a controller. The systems also employ a battery and a battery indicator light, e.g., an LED, indicating when the battery needs to be replaced. The audio system emits an audible sequence and the visual system emits a light sequence when the lock is unlocked, reminding a user to lock the lock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventor: Sanford BOSIN
  • Publication number: 20090223258
    Abstract: A padlock includes a lock body, shackle, locking mechanism and latch member. The latch member includes a laterally outermost shackle engaging portion that lockingly engages a recess in the shackle when the locking mechanism is in a locked condition and is disengageable from the recess when the locking mechanism is in an unlocked condition. The latch member is sized such that upward facing surfaces of the latch member that align with a circumferential edge of a shackle opening are limited to a notch laterally aligned with a laterally innermost portion of the circumferential edge when the shackle engaging portion is in a normal locking engagement with the recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventors: Gary Burmesch, Jesse Marcelle, Glenn P. Meekma, Dean A. Paulson
  • Patent number: 7581787
    Abstract: Bicycle apparatus for use with a bicycle that includes a bicycle seat post, the apparatus including at least one bicycle seat support member, a pair of locking members mechanically linked to the bicycle seat support member, and a lock adapted to lock the locking members to each other, wherein in a first position the bicycle seat support member is securable to a bicycle seat post of a bicycle for use as a bicycle seat support, and in a second position the bicycle seat support member is arranged for locking the bicycle by being locked with the locking members and the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Ino Vision Ltd.
    Inventor: Oren Livne
  • Patent number: 7555925
    Abstract: A padlock has a shell, a lock cylinder, a shackle and a resilient element. The lock cylinder is mounted in the shell and has a lock rod. The shackle is mounted slidably through a front opening of the shell and has a distal end, a proximal end and a protruding segment. The distal end is selectively received in a mounting slot of the shell. The protruding segment selectively abuts the lock rod to keep the shackle from sliding. The resilient element is mounted in the shell and presses against the proximal end of the shackle. With the resilient element, the distal end of the shackle is maintained in the mounting slot without any external force. Therefore, the padlock may still hold an object in position without locking and then the user may take the object easily without using a key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Inventor: Kun Yu Wu
  • Patent number: 7520150
    Abstract: A lock includes a casing, an indicator movably received in the casing between a first position and a second position and a core received in the casing and so configured in such a way that a private key and a general key are able to activate the core. The movement of the indicator from the first position to the second position is in response to a status where the general key is applied to activate the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Inventor: Chun Te Yu
  • Publication number: 20080209957
    Abstract: A lock for luggage, sports gear or any type of travel enclosure which can be operated by a key, combination or both, which has at least one removable shackle. The lock has one shackle that secures the lock to the luggage or luggage handle while the other shackle secures the luggage closure or zipper. An addition shackle is provided for the purpose of re-closing the luggage after the luggage is inspected by an international airport security agent. If the luggage is inspected, the inspector simply cuts the zipper shackle and re-secures the luggage using the additional or third shackle. A disposable shackle system allows the customer to replace the cut shackle and return the lock to its original condition for reuse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventor: Alberto F. Araujo
  • Publication number: 20080134729
    Abstract: A multiple function lock comprising an engaging element and a captive element. The engaging element enters a captive space provided in the captive element for locking the lock. The captive element includes a selectable passage into the captive space for permitting the engagement element to be selectively released or secured. The selectable passage is revealed or concealed through translation or rotation of a blocking element. In certain embodiments, the multiple function lock comprises a body, a shackle having toe and heel portions, a first locking mechanism for securing the heel portion to the body and a separate second locking mechanism for securing the toe portion to the body. The second locking mechanism is operative to engage and disengage the toe portion from the body so the shackle may rotate about the heel portion secured by the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: Stanton Concepts Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Loughlin, John Loughlin
  • Patent number: 7385522
    Abstract: A portable security device for displaying articles of merchandise in a retail environment has a base formed with a plurality of holes arranged in predetermined patterns for mounting the device on a plurality of different support structures. A housing containing an alarm system, a retractor and an alarm cable is contained within the housing. The housing is locked on the base by a key operated tumbler attached to the base. The base is mounted on the various support structures by fasteners, the attachment heads thereof being concealed within the housing. A plunger switch at the outer end of the alarm cable is activated when the cable is attached to an item of merchandise. An audible alarm is sounded if the integrity of the alarm cable is comprised or if the item of merchandise is removed therefrom. In a modified embodiment, a space is provided between the alarm and mounting base providing increased sound alarm level in all directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis D. Belden, Jr., Ronald M. Marsilio
  • Patent number: 7278283
    Abstract: A padlock has a lock body comprising a housing, furthermore a lock hoop adjustably secured to the lock body, a lock cylinder accommodated in the housing and a latching mechanism accommodated in the housing. The latching mechanism enables a latching of the hoop to the lock body. The latching mechanism releases at least one end of the hoop on an opening actuation of the lock cylinder so that this hoop end can be removed from the lock body. The housing consists of an electrically insulating material at least at the outer side. The hoop and the lock cylinder are electrically insulated from one another by an additional measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: ABUS August Bremicker Soehne KG
    Inventor: Gerhard Meckbach
  • Patent number: 6813913
    Abstract: A padlock is provided with a shackle having a short leg with a first locking recess and a longer leg with an opposed locking recess and a casing having a short and longer recess extending into the casing from a first end to accept the short and long shackle legs respectively. A central recess extends into the casing from the opposite end in and offset recess extends into the casing and intersects the central recess. A transverse recess extends into the casing from one side and intersects the short, longer and central recesses. A cylinder having a key operable barrel is disposed in the body and two opposed balls are supporting within the transverse recess which are capable of protruding into the recesses in the shackle legs respectively. A cam is provided to control the balls and a coupler to facilitate operable coupling between the cam the cylinder. The coupler is mountable within the body to provide a Type 1 padlock or a Type 2 padlock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Yarra Ridge Pty., Ltd.
    Inventor: John Russell Watts
  • Patent number: 6543260
    Abstract: A coupler lock for securing a device within a sleeve of a vehicle hitch to prevent unauthorized removal of the device which can include a hitch ball insert, a cargo platform, bike carrier or similar accessory designed to be attached to the vehicle. The coupler lock includes a lock housing removably attached to one end of a lock bar configured to pass through apertures within the hitch sleeve and insert. The lock housing has a plurality of ball bearings radially movable in and out of an annular groove to lock and release the bar. A locking cup longitudinally movable within the lock housing in response to movement of the lock cylinder retains the bearings within the groove or releases the bearings from removal of the lock bar from the lock housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Fulton Performance Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Tim Vander Koy, Sung Soo Kim
  • Publication number: 20030005732
    Abstract: A switch includes a switching mechanism, an operating mechanism with a key which normally causes the switching mechanism to be in a switched-off condition when it is pulled out and to be displaced against a biasing force to be in a switched-on condition when the key is inserted, and a locking mechanism for maintaining the switching mechanism locked in the switched-on condition and releasing it from the locked condition if a load greater than a specified magnitude is applied to the key while the switching mechanism is locked such that the switching mechanism is set back in the switched-off condition. The switching mechanism may be contained in a head case attached to a main case containing the operating mechanism. The main case also includes a forcing mechanism which tends to force the switching mechanism in the switched-off condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Moriyama, Shingo Akiyama, Takashi Niwa, Sueaki Honda, Minoru Yoshii, Hiroyuki Kajio, Hidemitsu Takenaka, Kazuki Kawata, Tetsuhiko Miyoshi
  • Patent number: 5819560
    Abstract: A padlock having a U-shaped rigid shackle, a pair of locking balls, a rotatable retainer, and a lock cylinder held into a two piece composite plastic lock body. The two piece lock body can be ultrasonically welded together to capture the mechanical parts inside. The shackle can be metal such as steel, as can be the other mechanical parts. A lightweight, inexpensive yet reliable medium security lock is thus provided. The lock can be used as a safety lock out device or it can be used as a padlock for medium security applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: American Lock Company
    Inventors: Duane B. Grahovec, James E. Krueger