Flexible Patents (Class 70/457)
  • Patent number: 9250031
    Abstract: A bow string vibration and noise damper includes an aperture and a body portion. The string vibration and noise damper is configured to be mounted on the bowstring. In this way, a closed loop is created by inserting at least a portion of the body portion through the aperture. The closed loop encircles a portion of the bowstring thereby attaching the string vibration and noise damper to the bowstring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: MCP IP, LLC
    Inventor: Mathew A. McPherson
  • Patent number: 9115508
    Abstract: An elongated segmented binding cord (SBC) for reversibly housing and securing articles of manufacturing. The SBC reversibly houses and secures objects to a specified location while maintaining a predetermined amount of tension applied on the objects. The SBC includes a main longitudinal axis that includes a plurality of interlockable segments and abutments at opposing ends. Each abutment is adapted to at least reversibly attach at the specified location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: MEDI-MAG LTD.
    Inventor: Uri Rapoport
  • Patent number: 8572813
    Abstract: A fixed-loop key ring having an elongated filament with a barrel-shaped head at one end and a locking element at the opposite. Engagement of the locking element in the head forms a nearly circular loop for retaining one or more objects through their eyelets. The barrel-shaped head has a longitudinal bore of decreasing width that intersects a lateral channel entering from the top of the barrel, creating a step at the bore-channel interface. The locking element may be a bifurcated tip with a tapered distal end defined by opposing steps flanking a notch, the notch/steps compressing when inserted into the bore to permit the tapered portion to pass through and into the lateral channel, yet inhibiting withdrawal when engaged to the step inside the barrel-shaped head. A flat-bladed tool may plastically deform the locking element for permanent engagement via insertion between the bifurcations through the lateral channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: William Monaco
  • Patent number: 8464564
    Abstract: This invention relates to a key ring, comprising a wire (2) arranged in at least two rounds (20,21,22) providing a resilient spiral (1), said spiral (1) having a first and a second end (23,24), wherein the first end (23) by means of inertial resiliency is forced to tightly contact a first surface (21 A) of a lower round (21) and the second end (24) is forced to tightly contact a second surface (20 B) of an upper round (20) wherein at least one end (23) is openable, by means of arranging a peak (3 A) providing a compressible gap (5) between said at least two rounds (20,21,22), wherein said wire (2) in at least one of the rounds, preferably all rounds, has a cross-section wherein the thickness (h) and width (w) is such that 2h<w<15h.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Drosselmeyer Designgroup Aktiebolag
    Inventor: Erik Von Shoultz
  • Publication number: 20130008214
    Abstract: This invention relates to a key ring, comprising a wire (2) arranged in at least two rounds (20,21,22) providing a resilient spiral (1), said spiral (1) having a first and a second end (23,24), wherein the first end (23) by means of inertial resiliency is forced to tightly contact a first surface (21 A) of a lower round (21) and the second end (24) is forced to tightly contact a second surface (20 B) of an upper round (20) wherein at least one end (23) is openable, by means of arranging a peak (3 A) providing a compressible gap (5) between said at least two rounds (20,21,22), wherein said wire (2) in at least one of the rounds, preferably all rounds, has a cross-section wherein the thickness (h) and width (w) is such that 2h<w<15h.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: DROSSELMEYER DESIGNGROUP AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventor: Erik Von Shoultz
  • Publication number: 20120260705
    Abstract: A fixed-loop key ring having an elongated filament with a barrel-shaped head at one end and a locking element at the opposite. Engagement of the locking element in the head forms a nearly circular loop for retaining one or more objects through their eyelets. The barrel-shaped head has a longitudinal bore of decreasing width that intersects a lateral channel entering from the top of the barrel, creating a step at the bore-channel interface. The locking element may be a bifurcated tip with a tapered distal end defined by opposing steps flanking a notch, the notch/steps compressing when inserted into the bore to permit the tapered portion to pass through and into the lateral channel, yet inhibiting withdrawal when engaged to the step inside the barrel-shaped head. A flat-bladed tool may plastically deform the locking element for permanent engagement via insertion between the bifurcations through the lateral channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventor: William Monaco
  • Patent number: 7690091
    Abstract: A loop closure includes a deformable loop and a closure with at least one entrance opening for at least one end of the loop which is fixed in the closure. The closure has a locking bolt opening with a locking bolt fixed once in the closure. By way of the locking bolt the end of the deformable loop is positively and/or non-positively fixed in the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: ASTRA Gesellschaft für Asset Management mbH Co. KG
    Inventor: Anatoli Stobbe
  • Publication number: 20090211321
    Abstract: A lanyard or key chain having a non-coiled body with two connecting ends. The body is made of a resiliently deformable material and is stretchable between extended and retraced states.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventors: Tak Ko Wong, Ka-Chow Ip Charles
  • Patent number: 7574881
    Abstract: A lanyard or key chain having a non-coiled body with two connecting ends. The body is made of a resiliently deformable material and is stretchable between extended and retraced states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Inventors: Tak Ko Wong, Charles Ka-Chow Ip
  • Publication number: 20090133455
    Abstract: A key holder for retaining one or more latch keys has a flexible key holder member that retains its shape when formed into a loop. The key holder member is made of a sturdy cable encased in a sleeve to prevent damage to user's clothes. The key holder can freely rotate in relation to the carrier while the keys can rotate between a plurality of selected positions in relation to the key holder member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventor: Tayhugh L. Yang
  • Publication number: 20090095039
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for attaching keys to a purse are disclosed. The apparatus includes a strap, a key-retaining device, a metal clip, and a long strap with a loop on the proximal end through which the distal end may be threaded. The method of the invention includes attaching one or more keys to the key-retaining device, wrapping the apparatus around the handle of a purse, threading the distal end through the loop on the proximal end, and tightening the strap such that the distal end hangs freely while the loop secures the apparatus to the purse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventor: Linda F. Nagamine
  • Publication number: 20080087063
    Abstract: A key ring assembly includes a flexible wire whose two ends removably extend through a passage of a retainer and can be snapped to each other. One of the two ends of the flexible wire can be easily removed from the passage so as to extend through the keys and then re-inserted through the passage and connected to the other end of the flexible wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventor: Hsu Tzu-Shun
  • Patent number: 7124477
    Abstract: A ball chain assembly may be used to form tessellated patterns of ball chains. The ball chains include a series of balls and intermediate links of a breadth less than the breadth of said balls. A chain connector of one-piece construction defines a circular array of ball-receiving sockets. Each of the sockets are sized to receive a ball of one of said chains. A ball of the chain can be inserted into one of the sockets of the chain connector where a link of the inserted ball passes through the slot extending from the socket, such that a chain can be connected to each of the sockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Inventor: Paul E. Boland
  • Patent number: 7093468
    Abstract: This present invention is related to a key ring for keeping a key. The key ring includes a ring body, which has cut planes at both ends thereof. A concave portion (30) is formed at a predetermined place of the key ring (10) and is curved in a direction and in a body with the key ring (10). One of the cut planes is projected toward an inner side of the concave portion (30), and the key (40) is inserted into the ring body (10). With this configuration, it is easy to keep and take out a key by less force by forming a concave portion at a predetermined position of a ring body made of a metallic material and making one cut plane at one end of the concave portion so as to be projected toward an inner side of the concave portion and the other cut plane so as to correspond to the other end of the concave portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Inventor: Chang Woo Song
  • Patent number: 6874342
    Abstract: A pouch made of fabric (#5) for storing keys, with three separate detachable devices (#1), (#2), (#3), made of rigid material. Below each device, an L shaped rod made of rigid material (#9), where the bow of the keys hang. Each rod has a detachable cap (#8), to secure the keys within each rod. Each device comes with notches (#7) that are made of flexible material, so that it can be repeatedly bent without fracturing, parallel to each side of the device. Each notch aligns with the proper slots (#6) on the lip, made of rigid material (#4) when pressed simultaneously within the slots the device will release from the pouch unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Inventor: Fausto Antonio Batista
  • Patent number: 6845644
    Abstract: A locking assembly (100) consists of a pair of closable devices (110, 120) secured together in a contiguous side-by-side relationship and being displaceable, each relative to the other. Each of the closable devices (110, 120) has opposing end portions (112, 114 and 122, 124, respectively) defining a closable gap therebetween. A corresponding clasp (130, 140) is formed on the opposing end portions of each closable device (110, 120). The clasp (130, 140) is operable to selectively retain the opposing end portions in an overlapping relationship or to release the opposing end portions to define the closable gap therebetween. The clasps (130, 140) of both closable devices are simultaneously inoperable when one of the pair of closable devices is disposed in a first position relative to the other one of the closable devices and are simultaneously operable when one of the pair of closable devices is disposed in a second position relative to the other of the closable devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Inventor: James D. Buckner
  • Patent number: 6843086
    Abstract: A key chain for retaining objects is provided comprising a rigid curved member with two ends, a chain attached to each of the ends of the curved member, a stop carried on the chain for preventing movement of the object past the stop, and a removable retaining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Inventor: John S. Fitch
  • Publication number: 20040083783
    Abstract: This present invention relates to a key-ring which makes use of a photographic roll film casing, where said photographic film has already been developed, thereby avoiding the creation of waste and reducing environmental pollution. Said photographic film casing, without the corresponding photographic material therein, will be used together with the structure proposed by this present invention as a means for holding keys, commonly referred to as key-rings. Our invention incorporates, on the periphery of the insert or cylindrical rod, outer lugs which will give a similar configuration to an outer threading, and which will allow said insert to become firmly fitted and locked to the corresponding threading central hole of the photographic film casing, thereby avoiding the use of any glue or adhesive. The rod end not inserted to the casing will have three preferred forms of embodiment, such as a ring or a loop which closes on itself or on a small hole on which the outer ring is coupled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Inventor: Juan Carlos Brandalise
  • Publication number: 20040050125
    Abstract: A key-coupler for coupling a key with a key-holder includes a first closed ring to which the key-holder is connected and a second closed ring to which the key is connected. The key-coupler is integrally made of a single spring wire and includes a pair of circular portions and a portion connecting the pair of circular portions. Both closed rings are formed by overlapping the pair of circular portions with each other. The key-coupler is easily opened by simply separating one circular portion from the other, and is closed by its own spring action upon removing a force separating the circular portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Inventors: Tokio Shimura, Mitsuru Nakagawa
  • Publication number: 20040050124
    Abstract: This present invention is related to a key ring for keeping a key. The key ring includes a ring body, which has cut planes at both ends thereof. A concave portion (30) is formed at a predetermined place of the key ring (10) and is curved in a direction and in a body with the key ring (10). One of the cut planes is projected toward an inner side of the concave portion (30), and the key (40) is inserted into the ring body (10). With this configuration, it is easy to keep and take out a key by less force by forming a concave portion at a predetermined position of a ring body made of a metallic material and making one cut plane at one end of the concave portion so as to be projected toward an inner side of the concave portion and the other cut plane so as to correspond to the other end of the concave portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2003
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Inventor: Chang Woo Song
  • Patent number: 6668608
    Abstract: A dual-sided key ring holder that allows a key ring to be released from one end. The device uses a real or equivalent shell casing, and a real or equivalent shaped bullet member that fits in the mouth of the shell casing. The bullet member includes a hole in the nose for fastening a key ring thereto. A spring-loaded piston which is disposed inside the shell casing, normally acts on the bullet member to retain the bullet member in the casing. The piston includes a rigid tab which projects from the head of the shell casing and may be manually pulled to release the bullet member with a key ring from the casing. Provision is also made for fastening a key ring to the tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Inventor: Jay S Derman
  • Patent number: 6248451
    Abstract: A leather surround for decorative articles of the type which could be used with key rings or as luggage tags, golf bag tags, and the like includes a pair of leather sheets, one of which includes an opening. A decorative article, such as a pictorial work or logo, is located in the opening. The decorative article is held in place by first stitching between the two leather sheets, a plastic mesh and by applying a liquid adhesive to attach the decorative article to the mesh. The decorative article is preferably made from a non-ferrous metal, such as pewter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Bergamot Incorporated
    Inventor: K. Wayne Smith
  • Patent number: 6146049
    Abstract: Flexible loop assemblies for use variously as key chains, paper ring binders, or as jewelry and a connector for use in such loop assemblies. The connector includes elongate cylindrical mating male and female connector halves each having respective end bores into which opposite ends of a flexible member of monofilament or multi-filament metal or plastic are secured. The male connector half includes a generally cylindrical front plug with a radially-inwardly compressible lock ring of slightly larger uncompressed outer diameter than that of the plug. The plug closely fits into a mating cylindrical socket bore in the female connector half which radially compresses the lock ring during insertion of the plug therein. An annular lock ring groove inside the socket bore is configured to receive the outer portion of the lock ring which lock ring radially expands therein to removably retain the male and female connector halves together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Inventor: F. Dale Faris
  • Patent number: 6106131
    Abstract: A key light holder for key organization has a key organizer device for organizing keys in key chain and a light device for illumination when the key is used in dark. The holder is a thin hard box having a round shape in top and square shape in bottom. The light device contained in the holder can be turned on and off. The key organizer device contained in the holder has a drawing back force when a pull out force applies to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventor: Da L Hao
  • Patent number: 6098327
    Abstract: A connecting device is provided which is formed of a connecting section for supporting a discrete article such as a key, a display section which displays an image and a flexible section joined to the connecting section and display section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Disc Concepts, Inc.
    Inventor: Glenn Gallant
  • Patent number: 6092405
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a keyring tool 1 suitable for storage on an expandable coil-type keyring 2 and disconnection therefrom which is used in connecting and disconnecting keys to and from the keyring 2. The keyring tool 1 comprises a bow portion 3 for connection of the tool 1 to the keyring 2 wherein the bow portion 3 has at least one circumferentially extending portion 5 having a generally wedge shaped-section extending from one side of the circumferentially extending portion 5 towards an opposite side thereof for insertion between one end 13, 19 of the coiled strip 14 of the keyring coil 2 and an axially adjacent part 15 of the coiled strip 14 for threading of the strip 14 through the bow portion 3 for connection or disconnection of the keyring tool 1 thereto or therefrom, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Inventor: Melville Berwick
  • Patent number: 6089060
    Abstract: An identification system utilizes a plastic housing which is appropriately sized to hold either a key or a coin as well as an information sheet on which the user may place selected indicia referring to the key or to himself. Each embodiment utilizes a living hinge closure attachment to secure the key or coin and information sheet within the housing. Utilizing the housing and indicia for identifying the key minimizes the excess material and connections thereby simplifying the identification and storage problem, yet because the use of the housing with the key slightly increases the size of the key head, it provides a slightly greater moment arm for turning the key in a lock and gives a slightly larger gripping surface to be employed when so turning the key. These factors are significant when dealing with children and with elderly people who may not have the physical strength and dexterity required for some small headed keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Inventor: Larry Joe Steeley
  • Patent number: 6050119
    Abstract: A universal key ring assembly having an attachment band of thin flat material with a self-adhesive on its inner engagement surface. An engagement loop is secured to the adhesive surface on the attachment band and extends therefrom defining a central engagement point for key ring elements. The attachment band is secured about any shaped element that then becomes the key ring base of support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Inventor: Fran Potts
  • Patent number: 5934123
    Abstract: In a key holder (10), a first flexible member (12) includes a first free end (14) and a second end (42). A second flexible member (12) has a first free end (16) and a second end (42). A third flexible member (30) has a first free end and a second end (42). A first key ring (20) is connected to the free end (14) of the first flexible (12). A second key ring (20) is connected to the free end (16) of the second flexible member (12). A handle (28) is connected to the free end of the first flexible member (30). The second ends (42) of the first, second and third flexible members are connected together at a hub (52). A third key ring (32) is connected to the flexible members generally at the hub (52). In use, the key holder (10) may be suspended from the third key ring (32) and the first, second and third flexible members (12, 12, 30) will hang from the hub (52) adjacent each other (FIG. 4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Inventor: Eleanore C. Eldredge
  • Patent number: 5899501
    Abstract: A key holding system including a binder. A pair of retention brackets are each secured on opposing cover members of the binder. The brackets are longitudinally disposed inwardly of free edges of the cover members. Each bracket defines a plurality of holding spaces. A plurality of tags are dimensioned for positioning in the plurality of holding spaces. The tags are used to hold keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Inventor: James C. Maxwell
  • Patent number: 5884514
    Abstract: A new key and alarm remote stabilizing device for helping prevent keys and auto remote control devices from banging against a steering column when a key is in the ignition. The inventive device includes a main panel with a ring panel coupled to the top end of the main panel. The back surface of the ring panel is designed for mounting to a vehicular surface such that a locking ignition switch on the vehicular surface extends through the central hole of the ring panel. The outer perimeter of a top panel is coupled to the lower portion outer perimeter of the lower portion of the main panel to form a pocket between the top panel and the main panel. The top edge of the top panel defines an opening into the pocket so that objects may be inserted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Inventor: Earnest Willis
  • Patent number: 5842365
    Abstract: A key-retaining system is provided which includes a key holder and a key holder retainer. The key holder is a substantially continuous member having ends and sides, for example one continuous wire, and provides an interior space between the sides and ends of the member. The ends are separated by a predetermined distance substantially greater than the length of a key. One of the sides or ends includes a device to permit fastening of keys upon the member. The key holder retainer includes a hollow extending substantially from end to end of the key holder retainer and adapted to receive the key holder in use. Keys may be fastened on the key holder and positioned in a flat position within the interior space of the key holder. The key holder retainer is then friction fit onto the key holder remote the key heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Inventor: Corrado Bordonaro
  • Patent number: 5813262
    Abstract: The key ring assembly includes a normally open, flexible, resilient hoop having elastic memory and fabricated of plastic or the like. The key ring assembly has an inverted generally U-shaped upper end and integral, spaced diverging downwardly extending legs bearing integral grippers at their lower ends, the grippers being in the form of claws facing each other and extending into the central space therebetween. The hoop also has a releasable lock in the form of a first bar integrally connected to the inner surface of one leg above the claws, preferably at about the mid-point of the hoop, extending into the central space and bearing teeth on its upper surface, and a second similar bar integral with the inner surface of the opposite leg and releasably securable to the first bar by a number of spaced integral tabs depending from the underside thereof. The upper surface of the second bar has an upwardly extending integral lever arm for disconnecting the two bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: Sterling Attwood Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald B. Crumley, Steven M. Kavitky, Sterling Attwood Kavitky
  • Patent number: 5809814
    Abstract: A keyholder is described having a soft nylon cord, looped to hold keys, with both ends of the nylon loop capturable in a cord capture device. The cord capture is of the type which permits passing of the cord through aligned holes in a casing and in a button in the casing, where the button compresses a spring to align the holes. When the button/spring is released, any cord segment in the cord capture is prevented from movement through the holes. One end of the nylon cord has a clip on it to prevent that end from passing through the cord capture; and advertising indicia may be put on a surface attached to the clip. A preferred method for making the keyholder is described, including protecting the cord ends from fraying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Inventor: David A. Cons
  • Patent number: 5722277
    Abstract: A key ring opener for spreading apart the adjacent end and intermediate portions of a split key ring that are spring-urged against each but are spreadable to allow a key to be placed on or taken off the ring. The opener includes an annular band having sharp circumferential wedging edges and is adapted to encircle such a key ring in the same way as a key, and along with keys on the ring, and a wedging bar extending diametrically of the band and having sharp wedging edges. The opener is slipped on and off the key ring like a key but is easier to do because of the sharp circumferential edges. While on the key ring, the bar can be wedged, again because of its sharp edges, between adjacent segments of the ring, ahead of a key, thereby to spread the segments apart. Thereafter, the band is rolled between the thumb and forefinger causing the bar to leverage the segments of the key ring farther apart thereby to facilitate entry and removal of a key to and from the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Inventor: James M. Williams
  • Patent number: 5638713
    Abstract: A round and flat molded device not readily identifiable as a handcuff key, which can be hidden under a wrist watch or behind a standard shirt button of a law enforcement officer or security person and which can be silently retrieved and utilized by bending the key portion partially out of the surrounding molded support ring structure with the use of the thumb, index finger and middle finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Assignee: Advanced Technologies Group
    Inventors: Robert A. Roth, Karmen Lee Wheelbarger
  • Patent number: 5619875
    Abstract: A flexible ring device, such as a key ring for example, is formed of a section of flexible material, such as metal cable or plastic anchored at one end to a coupling sleeve. The free end of the flexible section carries a coupling plug which can be inserted axially to an open end of the coupling sleeve. The coupling sleeve is formed with a locking notch, preferably a through opening, facing radially inwardly with respect to the closed ring. When the coupling plug is inserted into the open end of the coupling sleeve, and past the locking notch, a locking portion, formed by the back end of the coupling plug, is resiliently displaced into locking engagement with a shoulder formed by the locking notch. The device is thus locked in a closed configuration against being opened by tension forces. The device can be easily opened by manually re-aligning the coupling plug with the axis of the coupling sleeve and withdrawing the plug axially from the open end of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Inventor: Pierre Lahaussois
  • Patent number: 5577403
    Abstract: An identification system utilizes a plastic housing which is appropriately sized to hold either a key or a coin as well as an information sheet on which the user may place selected indicia referring to the key or to himself. Each embodiment utilizes a living hinge closure attachment to secure the key or coin and information sheet within the housing. Utilizing the housing as the indicia for identifying the key minimizes the excess material and connections thereby simplifying the identification and storage problem, yet because the use of the housing with the key slightly increases the size of the key head, it provides a slightly greater moment arm for turning the key in a lock and gives a slightly larger gripping surface to be employed when so turning the key. These factors are significant when dealing with children and with elderly people who may not have the physical strength and dexterity required for some small headed keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1996
    Inventor: Larry J. Steeley
  • Patent number: 5544511
    Abstract: The ring is composed of three arc of a circle-like portions which are hinged connected between them so as to allow their mutual pivoting movement in the plane of the ring. The first portion (1) extends on an arc of about 270.degree. and each one of the two other portions extend on an arc of about 45.degree., providing a full ring. Male locking member (9) and female locking member (10) allow to close the ring between the first portion (1) and the third portion (5). To open the ring, it is enough to push inwardly the hinged connection (7) between the second and third portions (4, 5) of the ring, against the resilient force exerted by the first portion (1). The closure of the ring takes place in engaging the male locking member (9) into the female member (10) and by displacing outwardly the hinged connection (7) also against the resilient force of the first portion (1). Once the ring is closed, it is no longer possible to cause its opening under the action of an outwardly directed force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Inventor: Joseph Cavaleri
  • Patent number: 5501090
    Abstract: Housing (1, 20) for lodging conventional flat keys or keys of a special kind (2, 2a, 2b'-2b", 2c, 2d), in a safe but removable way. The laminar housing (1, 20) is realized by elastically flexible plastic material s of a type and form like a rectangular "credit card", and it is provided with a central opening (5, 21) whose peripheral edge (10, 22) defines a space for lodging a key or more superimposed keys. At the site of the opening (5, 21), elastic seizing elements (7--7) may project out of the housing (1, 20) acting on the lateral fins of the heads (3, 3a, 3b, 3c) or on the stems (4, 4a, 4c, 4d) of the keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1996
    Assignee: C.E.A. S.p.A.
    Inventor: Mario Mattiuzzo
  • Patent number: 5367896
    Abstract: A key holder is provided comprising a ring shaped element formed from a resilient coil of material wherein at least one end of the coil used to form the key holder extends into the area defined by the ring so as to form a push bar on to which a key or other such element may be threaded so as to facilitate adding or removing keys onto or from the key holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Inventor: Carl B. Sundberg
  • Patent number: 5311758
    Abstract: A key storage tag facilitates storage of a key blank. The key storage tag includes a tag main body, a key to tag interface, a junction body and a hinge. The hinge enables the tag main body to be deflected between a key blank storage configuration where the tag main body is positioned substantially parallel with the key blank and a key duplication configuration where the tag main body is deflected away and separated from the lower surface of the key blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1994
    Assignee: Axxess Entry Technologies
    Inventors: William J. Neitzke, G. Lynn Hagen
  • Patent number: 5269392
    Abstract: A restraint/safety belt for operators of motor vehicles to be used in conjunction with the ignition key/keys of said motor vehicles. Said restraint/safety belt to be installed as a permanent part of the motor vehicle so as to prevent the operators from leaving their respective vehicles without removing their keys from the ignition switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Inventor: Louis J. Perrotti
  • Patent number: 5197316
    Abstract: A radio transmitter for vehicle accessories has a key ring including a releasable latch. The latch is attached to a ring strap fixed to the top of the transmitter housing and fits into an opening in the top of the housing. A cam body of the latch is held within the housing by projections extending into a slot in the side of the housing. A latch release member projects from the slot and can resiliently move the cam member for releasing the latch from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Assignees: The Black & Decker Corporation, Designtech International, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Gottlieb, Roderick F. Bunyea
  • Patent number: 5168735
    Abstract: An improved disc-type key holder includes a circular disc with an annular sliding groove on its peripheral surface, and a multiplicity of key retaining rings slidably suspended in the groove. The disc is formed of two halves each having in the center of the disc surface a boss portion with a recess on the outside and a convexity on the inside and which are opposedly joined together to form a wheel-type body. On the disc surface of one of the two halves is provided a guide slit cutting and extending along the surface from a point on the peripheral wall toward the center to terminate in an enlarged end opening provided on the peripheral surface of the boss portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1992
    Inventor: Philip Wang
  • Patent number: 5138855
    Abstract: The loop comprises a flexible length of small-diameter cable, nylon or like tough, flexible material, which has on its respective ends a socket with a constricted area, and a plug with a reduced neck groove so that the plug is forcibly inserted into the socket to form a releasable but positive engagement between the two ends of the loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1992
    Inventor: Dale Faris
  • Patent number: 5040394
    Abstract: A key chain with decorative function which has a miniature photo frame connected to its one end and in a size similar to that suitable for the usual decorative plate of a key chain, and on back of the photo frame, a clamp is provided to allow the key ring of the key chain to snap in and thereby form a support permitting the photo frame to uprightly or crossly stand on a table or desk top as a decoration. Pictures preferred by the user may be inserted into the photo frame through a movable clear sheet at the front of the frame. When the key ring is detached from the clamp, the key chain is served as a general key chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1991
    Inventor: Gohome Wang
  • Patent number: 5038590
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a key identification cover having universal adaptability to all manner of conventional keys. More specifically, the key cover of the present invention includes two substantially planar panels linked at their periphery by a hinge means having an aperture therethrough for receiving a key shank, and fastening means for securing the panels together at their periphery as they lie against a key head. Identifier means for identifying the lock for which the covered key is intended are associated with at least one of the panels, and may comprise labels or other markings. The key cover, or at least a portion of the panel carrying the identifier means, is substantially transparent so as to permit the placement of the identifier means in a protected position while enabling the user to view it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Inventors: Virginia E. Sawyer, Marshall H. Sawyer
  • Patent number: 4901549
    Abstract: A key retainer, primarily having the facility for manually manipulating a key from a stored, inoperative position to a partially stored operation position, is disclosed. The key retainer includes a top planar semi-flexible member and bottom planar semi-flexible member, both of which are joined to one another generally, along their perimeters and vertical center lines, to form two adjacent key storing facilities. Each key storing facility is provided with a key receiving-finger manipulating slot for inserting a key within the key storing facility and manual manipulation of the key to move the key from a stored position to a partially stored operative position through an opening provided in the joining means. A major advantage of the key retaining arrangement is the absence of key connecting devices usually associated with key retainers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1990
    Inventor: Donald F. Dengel
  • Patent number: 4901547
    Abstract: A spare car key comprising a metal core defined by a grip portion and by an active portion designed to cooperate with a respective lock, and housed in removable manner in the center portion of a plate to which it is secured by means of a flexible appendix on the plate itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1990
    Assignee: Fabbrica Italiana Serrature Torino Fist S.p.A.
    Inventor: Attilio Dal Palu'