Releasable Catches Patents (Class 70/459)
  • Patent number: 9217262
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a key and lock identification system. The key and lock identification system includes a first identification member connected to a second identification member. The first identification member and the second identification member have associated identifiers such as a color, a letter, a word, or a symbol that is identical or related.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Inventor: Matt Gilmore
  • Patent number: 8919161
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a key (1) and to a mechanical module for a key (1), comprising a body (2), the body (2) including a first body portion (21) and a second body portion (22), the first and second body portions (21, 22) being mechanically secured to each other via a shape assembly, the first body portion (21) including a base member (21?) and a matching member (23), the matching member (23) achieving the shape assembly with the second portion (22), and the matching member (23) and the base member (21?) being connected by an adhesive or welded connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Didier Pozzi
  • Patent number: 8844769
    Abstract: A dispenser housing has a closure mechanism that serves to hold the dispenser housing closed. A key either can be carried by an individual to be employed to override the closure mechanism to permit the opening of the dispenser or can be selectively mounted to the dispenser housing to position a release mechanism appropriately to permit the release mechanism to be manipulated to override the closure mechanism. When the key is not mounted to the dispenser, the release mechanism cannot be appropriately manipulated to override the closure mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E Rosenkranz, Robert L Quinlan, Jr., David D Hayes
  • Patent number: 8833122
    Abstract: A transport clip for attachment to a key fob is provided. The transport clip includes a neck at least partially surrounding a key blade, which is selectively rotatable between a stowed position in which the key blade is substantially within a fob body and a deployed position in which the key blade extends away from the fob body. The neck prevents rotation of the transport clip relative to the key blade. The transport clip also includes an ear portion that depresses a latch button to an unlocked position, which allows substantially free rotation of the key blade, relative to the fob body, between the deployed position and the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Konchan, Jorg Gschweng, Grant W. Nelson, Kemal Altin, Frank Biallas, Jens Koenigsfeld
  • Patent number: 8763434
    Abstract: The invention relates to a key, in particular for an automobile, which comprises: —a casing (3) with an upper half shell (3a) defining a lid and a lower half shell (3b) defining a casing bottom; —an insert (5, 7) pivotally mounted relative to the casing (3) and capable of movement between a rest position in which the insert (5, 7) is stowed in said casing (3) and a use position in which the insert (5, 7) is extended relative to said casing (3); —an insert (5, 7) extension device mounted in the casing (3) and including: a push button (19) axially received in a cavity (21) combined with the upper half shell (3a) and protruding from the upper half shell (3a) so as to be actuated by a user; and an elastic return member (23) for the insert (5, 7), having a first end (23a) connected to the insert (5, 7) for pivotally urging the insert (5, 7) into the use position when the push button (19) is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Valeo Securite Habitacle
    Inventors: Marc David, Benolt Delande
  • Patent number: 8695389
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a key and to a mechanical module for a key having a key body and a key bit fitted to this key body such that it can pivot about a rotation axis between a use position and a stowed away position, the mechanical module being of the type comprising a pivoting support, holding the key bit and engaging with a control button, the control button having a first mechanical means for preventing rotation which is able to engage with a second mechanical means for preventing rotation of a casing element of the key body, it being possible for the control button to be positioned in a normal position and in a position in which it is depressed parallel to the rotation axis, the first mechanical means engaging with the second mechanical means at least at four points around the rotation axis when the control button is in its normal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Christophe Gueble
  • Patent number: 8561847
    Abstract: A dispenser housing has a closure mechanism that serves to hold the dispenser housing closed. A key either can be carried by an individual to be employed to override the closure mechanism to permit the opening of the dispenser or can be selectively mounted to the dispenser housing to position a release mechanism appropriately to permit the release mechanism to be manipulated to override the closure mechanism. When the key is not mounted to the dispenser, the release mechanism cannot be appropriately manipulated to override the closure mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E. Rosenkranz, Robert L. Quinlan, Jr., David D. Hayes
  • Patent number: 8528374
    Abstract: A portable device having compact size while accommodating a mechanical key therein. The mechanical key has an opening and an internal space, which are in communication with each other. An engagement member, arranged in the internal space, is movable between a first position where it partially projects from the opening and a second position where it is accommodated in the internal space. A resilient member, which urges the engagement member from the second position toward the first position is arranged in the internal space, includes a fixing portion fixed to the mechanical key in the internal space. The portable device further includes a case having a key accommodation portion for removably accommodating the mechanical key. The key accommodation portion includes an engaged portion that is engaged with the engagement member when the mechanical key is accommodated in the key accommodation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Toshiharu Katagiri, Jun Yamaguchi, Takao Ogimoto, Takumi Tamezane
  • Patent number: 8485008
    Abstract: An automotive key fob includes a leaf-style spring positioned within the key fob so that, while a removable key is inserted into the key fob, the removable key engages, and at least partially collapses, the spring thereby reducing movement of the key within the key fob and thereby reducing noise associated with movement of the key within the key fob. The leaf-style spring may be positioned in a spring-surrounding pocket within an external housing of the key fob. The spring-surrounding pocket may be at least partially defined by a wall having a height that is less than a height of the leaf-style spring while the spring is installed within the key fob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems US, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott A. Hall
  • Patent number: 8424350
    Abstract: A key holder for personal security including a L-shaped body having a main elongated portion and a secondary elongated portion joined to the main elongated portion at a junction end of the main elongated portion, the secondary elongated portion being one of equal and shorter than the main elongated portion; an enlarged head at a head end of the secondary elongated portion, the enlarged head being larger than a width of the secondary elongated portion, the head end being opposed to the junction end; a key attachment provided on an outside of the junction end, the key attachment adapted to attach keys to the key holder, the secondary elongated portion being adapted to be received between two fingers of a single hand of a user, the main elongated portion being adapted to be received in a palm of the single hand. Additionally, a whistle can be provided at a whistle end of the main elongated portion, the whistle end being opposed to the junction end. Additionally, a light can be provided on the enlarged head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Projections Yoogo Inc.
    Inventor: Georges-André Bernatchez
  • Patent number: 8407862
    Abstract: A bi-directional releasable connector includes a connecting link defining a main tension leg and a pair of looped ends, the connecting link engaging a pair of spring-biased plungers axially movable independently of one another inside an outer housing. Axially outward movement of the plungers under the bias of the spring is limited by stops in the housing engaged by the plungers. Either end may be selectively opened and, in the static position with both ends closed, oppositely directed axial loads on the ends of the connector link are borne by the tension leg which is preferably made of steel or other high tensile strength material. Axial loads on the connector impose no loads or forces on the remaining components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: The Worth Company
    Inventor: Conrad Bluma
  • Patent number: 8402800
    Abstract: A key assembly with a releasable shackle allows a key to be attached and released from a closed loop or key chain. The key is similar to convention keys but does not have a closed shackle. A gap is formed in the shackle to define an opening. A gate that can be opened or closed releasable closes the gap. The gate is opened to add or remove the key from the loop. The gate is closed to lock the key on the loop. The gate can be formed in a number of manners including a wire gate, as flexible resilient gate, a hinged gate, or as a cuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: David D. Hester
  • Patent number: 8359891
    Abstract: A mechanical key is to be prevented from coming apart, a head portion of the mechanical key is to be attached to a main body for use and the main body is to be prevented from being disassembled unintentionally when using the mechanical key. In a key lock structure of a mechanical key of a portable device in which a mechanical key is storable in a main body, the main body is configured in a two-piece structure including a first case and a second case, the first case includes a first storage section for storing the mechanical key and a second storage section for storing a key lock mechanism of the mechanical key, the lock mechanism locks the mechanical key stored in the first storage section to prevent the mechanical key from coming off and unlocks in response to a predetermined operation to allow the mechanical key to be pulled out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventor: Akihiro Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 8307677
    Abstract: A key containment apparatus includes a key container having a pocket and a liner positioned in the pocket of the key container, the liner being shaped to receive a key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: UTC Fire & Security Corporation
    Inventors: Wayne Larson, Matthew S. Hill, Jon Marc Luebeck
  • Patent number: 8266936
    Abstract: A key having one end secured to a yoke mounted between in a casing to turn about a pivot axis between a position in which the key is retracted inside the casing and a position in which the key is extended, and a control pushbutton mounted in a housing of the yoke so as to be constrained to pivot therewith and so as to slide between a position for holding the yoke at least in the retracted position, and a position for releasing the yoke for pivoting, the control pushbutton having at least one stud received in a groove of the housing, the groove including an inlet segment that opens out via a first end in an outer face of the yoke and that opens out via a second end in a terminal segment, forming an angle therewith, the terminal segment extending along the pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Benoit Box, Benoit Regnard, Thierry Acas, Jean-Michel Rieu
  • Patent number: 8225633
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, a fob assembly comprising a housing, a mechanical key a spring cover, a spring, and a button is provided. The mechanical key includes includes a key holder for rotation to and from the housing and defines an opening extending therethrough to define a pivot axis. The spring cover is coupled to the key holder and is positioned about opening. The spring cover is adapted to rotate with the key holder. The spring is positioned within the opening and is coupled to the spring cover. The button is coupled to the spring and is adapted to lock the key holder to prevent rotation of the key holder. The button is further adapted to unlock the key holder in response to a force such that the key holder and the spring cover rotate about the pivot axis independent of the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Yi Luo, Yuanlong Zhong
  • Patent number: 8104315
    Abstract: A key ring includes a D-ring, and a key-holding ring. The D-ring couples the key-holding ring to a band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: Peter Perthou
  • Publication number: 20110314879
    Abstract: Connection devices for holding objects, such as, for instance, keys or dog tags, are disclosed. The connection device includes a ring presenting spaced apart ends defining an opening therebetween through which objects may be added or removed to the connection device. The device also includes a body with a blocking portion configured to adequately span the ring opening to selectively prohibit addition or removal of objects from the ring. The ring and body are shiftably interconnected at a hinged connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: AHA LLC
    Inventors: Douglas D. Danforth, JR., Warren V. Moore, David R. Peck, Dale W. Sass
  • Patent number: 8061170
    Abstract: The invention provides a key (10), of the type comprising a stem (14) which is retractable in relation to a case (12), in which the stem (14) comprises a lug (18), by means of which it is articulated in relation to the case (12), which comprises angular locking means (22) for locking the stem (14) in the retracted position and angular locking means (22) for locking the stem (14) in the deployed position, characterized in that the locking means comprise a single locking element (22) mounted such that it can move inside the case (12), which co-operates directly with the lug (18) of the stem (14) in order to lock the stem (14) in the retracted or deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Valeo Securite Habitacle
    Inventors: Hervé Calor, Louis Canard
  • Patent number: 8028556
    Abstract: A key ring apparatus is designed to provide visual evidence of tampering. The key ring apparatus includes a main loop member having adjacent end portions with substantially equal diameters. The key ring apparatus also includes a hollow tubular sleeve that receives the main loop end portions, and is crimped into place thereon after keys have been placed on the main loop member. The tubular sleeve may have a pair of crimping indication indicators thereon, to show where to crimp the sleeve onto the main loop of the key ring apparatus. One or both of the main loop member and the sleeve may have a unique serial identification number thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Alan Brown
  • Patent number: 7877844
    Abstract: An apparatus for attaching a tag to an object. The apparatus may include a body. The apparatus may also include an attachment arm, the attachment arm having a locked position and an unlocked position, and the attachment arm lockably closing to form a first closed loop with the body when the attachment arm is in the locked position. The apparatus may also include a tag loop mechanically coupled to the body. The apparatus may also include a detent arm mechanically engaged with the attachment arm in the locked position of the attachment arm, the detent arm configured so that an application of a force to the detent arm simultaneously unlocks the attachment arm and opens the tag loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: UP Country, Inc.
    Inventors: Alice M. Nichols, Khipra J. Nichols, Mark Sousa
  • Patent number: 7690233
    Abstract: A portable device includes a main body, which has a mechanical key retainer, and a mechanical key, which is removably retained in the mechanical key retainer. An engagement projection extends from the mechanical key in a direction perpendicular to the direction in which the mechanical key is inserted into the mechanical key retainer. The engagement projection is formed from a resilient material. The mechanical key retainer includes an engagement recess for engaging the engagement projection when the mechanical key is retained in the mechanical key retainer. This structure reduces the size of the portable device and improves portability of the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Toshiharu Katagiri, Takumi Tamezane, Katsushi Miwa, Jun Yamaguchi, Hironori Mizuno, Makoto Yamamoto, Takao Ogimoto
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7634932
    Abstract: A key fob for a vehicle has a first end that is used as a key for insertion into a vehicle ignition receptacle and a second end that defines an opening for internal storage of a separate, removable key. While the key fob will remotely unlock the vehicle doors and start the vehicle engine when turned in the vehicle ignition, the removable key is an auxiliary, mechanical access key that may be used on door locks and interior storage compartments. The key fob will not unlock interior storage compartments and the removable key will not sustain operation of the vehicle engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Mariano Cadiz, James A. Willyard, Timothy Lyon, Steve Holmes, Edward Pinardi
  • Publication number: 20090217722
    Abstract: A key fob assembly for a vehicle that includes a housing is provided. A mechanical key includes a key holder for rotation to and from the housing. The key holder includes first and second ends positioned opposite to each other. The key holder defines an opening extending between the ends for defining a pivot axis to facilitate the rotational movement of the mechanical key. The spring cover is coupled to the key holder and positioned about the second end of the opening. The spring is positioned within the opening and is coupled to the spring cover. The button is coupled to the spring and is releasably coupled to the first end for preventing rotational movement of the key holder when the button is coupled to the first end and for facilitating rotational movement of the key holder about the pivot axis when the button is released from the key holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yi Luo, Yuanlong Zhong
  • Patent number: 7578034
    Abstract: A collar stay perforating device for perforating a portion of a collar stay and a collar stay storage device for storing the perforated collar stay are provided. The collar stay perforating device comprises a base member having a punch hole and a guide to receive an end of a collar stay. A first lever member pivotally attached to the base member has a punch member that cooperates with the punch hole. A second lever member pivotally attached to the base member bears on the first lever member to bring the punch member into cooperation with the punch hole thereby perforating the collar stay. The perforated collar stay may then be stored on a collar stay storage device comprising an openable ring member having releaseably engageable arms for forming a closed loop. The ring is openable permitting one of the arms to be inserted through the perforated collar stay thereby providing ordered and compact storage of collar stays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: BG & Sons, LLC
    Inventors: Jason J. Bier, Joshua A. Gutstein
  • Patent number: 7578154
    Abstract: A key case includes a housing within which there is a plurality of rotationally mounted key holders. Each key holder is connected to an individual key. A plurality of buttons is mounted on the housing. Pressing on a selected button enables a desired key to swing out of the housing and move into an outwardly projecting position wherein it can be used to unlock a lock. In an alternative embodiment of the invention a selector assembly which is slideably mounted on the housing supports an operating button which facilitates pressing the desired button to select a key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Inventor: Bernardo Beresnitzky
  • Patent number: 7537032
    Abstract: A key locator includes first and second members. The first member has opposed ends and an intermediate u-shaped region. One of the ends of the first member comprises a hook for engaging the second member which includes a clasp while the other end comprises an enlarged portion for fixing an ornament thereto. The arrangement is suitable for hanging at the open top of a bag-like device such as a purse, backpack or briefcase whereby the ornament is displayed at the same time that the keys are readily accessible without undue fishing efforts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Alexx, Inc.
    Inventor: Sandra Stein
  • Patent number: 7520149
    Abstract: A combination writing instrument and handcuff accessory has a housing containing an elongated writing element with a writing tip. The housing has at its distal end a key suitable for opening a handcuff. The key has a longitudinal tunnel sized to allow passage of the writing tip. The housing also has a mechanism for reciprocating the writing element between a retracted and an extended position. The writing tip in the extended position extends (a) through the tunnel, and (b) outside the housing a predetermined distance. The portion of the writing element extending from the key can be inserted into a double lock hole of a handcuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Inventor: Travis Roemmele
  • Patent number: 7448238
    Abstract: The body of a portable device of an electronic key system includes a lock mechanism for removably holding an emergency key held in a housing of the body. The mechanism includes a rotary member and a torsion coil spring. The rotary member is supported rotatably on the body, and when a first end of the member is pushed inward of the body in the direction perpendicular to the rotary shaft, a second end of the member is raised outward of the body. The spring applies a constant force to the first end outward of the body. The second end is formed with a protrusion adapted to be fitted in a hole of the forward end of the key held in the housing. With the key held in the housing, the protrusion is disengaged from the hole and the key can be pulled out by pushing the first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: DENSO Corporation
    Inventors: Tokio Shimura, Mitsuru Nakagawa
  • Publication number: 20080209966
    Abstract: A key inventory chest including a case having a docking port formed therein and including first means for attaching the case to a carrying element, and a tag including second means for attaching the tag to keys, the tag further including a docking button, spaced apart from the second means, of a size and shape for lockable engagement in the docking port to temporarily fasten the keys in the case, wherein the docking button is arranged for snap-in fitting and locking into the docking port and releasable therefrom by digital pressure applied to the button.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2006
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventor: Raymond Howard
  • Patent number: 7370501
    Abstract: A key unit includes a grip case which includes at least a pair of synthetic resin case members joined to each other, and a mechanical key supported in the grip case and having a pivotable key head. A plurality of fitting projections are projectingly provided integrally on a metal holder ring held between the case members. The fitting projections are respectively fitted into a plurality of fitting holes provided in at least one of the case members. An engagement hook resiliently engaging with an engagement hole provided in the holder ring is projectingly provided integrally on one of the case members. This facilitates assembling and enhances assembly strength in attaching the metal holder ring to the grip case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lock
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Miyata, Mikihiko Kawase, Kyoutarou Yoshii
  • Patent number: 7350385
    Abstract: A separable, pull-apart key holder formed of two identically-shaped pieces. The pieces are mounted together in reversed, face-to-face relationship. The pieces are formed of a strong, rigid resiliently flexible plastic material, such as molded polycarbonate or nylon. Each includes a flat, plate-shaped body having a generally planar bearing surface on one side. Projecting tongues formed at one end of the bearing surfaces are received in openings formed at the opposite ends of the bearing surfaces. Locking notches snap into engagement to prevent accidental separation of the pieces after they have been pressed together. The pieces can be intentionally separated by simply pulling them apart with a quick tug or pull, causing the locking notches to deflect resiliently and release. The pieces are reassembled by simply pressing or sliding them together, longitudinal alignment between the parts being established by interfitting ribs and channels on the bearing surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Inventor: Steven C. Book
  • Patent number: 7308922
    Abstract: A key locator includes first and second members. The first member has opposed ends and an intermediate u-shaped region. One of the ends of the first member comprises a hook for engaging the second member which includes a clasp while the other end comprises an enlarged portion for fixing an ornament thereto. The arrangement is suitable for hanging at the open top of a bag-like device such as a purse, backpack or briefcase whereby the ornament is displayed at the same time that the keys are readily accessible without undue fishing efforts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: Alexx, Inc.
    Inventor: Sandra Stein
  • Patent number: 7240527
    Abstract: A device to facilitate manipulating a key by persons having restricted finger and/or hand use that includes a key holding unit with a socket in one end thereof and means to removably secure a key to such unit. The device also includes a hand tool that has a hand grippable body portion with a rounded outer surface in which there is located finger engageable indentations. The indentations are spaced apart from one another around an outer peripheral portion of the body to facilitate gripping and turning the same. A shaft projects outwardly from the body a terminating in a rounded bullet like free outer end that facilitates inserting the same into the socket in the key holding unit. The shaft has a portion proximate the rounded end that is non circular in outline cross sectional shape that is matingly insertable into the socket in the key holding unit. For those having limited hand movement there is provided a reversible ratchet between the hey holding unit and the hand tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Inventor: Terry M. Boyd
  • Patent number: 7181939
    Abstract: A key assembly includes a key, a cap and a fastener to selectively secure the cap to the key. The cap may include an opening for receiving a key ring, or other structure, therethrough. In one embodiment, the key includes a grip, and the cap and grip cooperate to enclose the key when the cap is secured in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Inventor: Mike T. Andersen
  • Patent number: 7047776
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an attachment device for keys which includes a key holding body by which the head and shaft of a key can be secured and a joining mechanism configured to join with the joining mechanism on like attachment devices. The present invention can be configured into a variety of shapes and receive print thus providing the opportunity for the attachment device to act as a promotional vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Keysnaps IP Limited
    Inventor: Graeme Ashley Blake
  • Patent number: 7043949
    Abstract: A Child Proof Key for Barrel-housed Gun Lock is disclosed. Also disclosed object of the present invention to provide a Child Proof Key for Barrel-housed Gun Lock. The lock includes a handle defined by a slot formed along its length for acceptance of the shaft. The shaft is hinged at one end which permits the shaft to be stowed within the shaft slot. The shaft terminates in a key socket at its head for engagement with the keyed head of a bore-housed gun lock. The key further includes a bushing along the length of the shaft for centering the key socket within the barrel of the weapon, and further to identify the size by indicia inscribable thereon (or other desirable indicia). Very importantly, the shaft slot formed in the handle is defined by a shoulder and a shaft bore, with the gap between the two shoulders being slightly smaller than the diameter of the shaft such that the shaft snaps into the slot when stowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Ross, Cruz Luna
  • Patent number: 7021095
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for controlling keys or other objects is provided. The key can only be removed when an access control key identifying the individual who is removing the key is inserted. The access control key cannot be removed until the key is returned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: Hans C. Jensen
  • Patent number: 7021852
    Abstract: An open ring-like device for holding articles such as plastic cards and keys is formed so that its ends are opposed to one another and includes tips at the ends. The distance between the tips is less than the thickness of an article. Articles can be inserted into the device by pushing the edge of an article against the tips to spread the tips apart. The article is slid in between the tips to fit a tip through a hole in the article to hold the article on the device. The device allows for the insertion or extraction of articles without a separate step of opening or closing the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Sherrette, LLC
    Inventors: David C. Turner, III, Bernadette A. Turner, Ted J. Sprinkle, Sheryl L. Sprinkle
  • Patent number: 6973812
    Abstract: An attachment device for attaching, e.g., a key ring is disclosed wherein the device facilitates the reversible attachment of various connecting means, such a device having a shoulder connected to a post and such post having at least one aperture running therethrough for attachment of snap hooks, rings etc. Attachment to various desired articles, preferably belts, garments, etc. is accomplished by, e.g., securing the shoulder by adhesive means or through a riveting structure, thereby allowing a post having an aperture therethrough to extend outwardly for easy access by a user. In some embodiments, the attachment device can be loosely attached to a desired article, wherein an attachment of an item via the aperture is sufficient to secure the attachment device to the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Inventor: David W. Piermattei
  • Patent number: 6892558
    Abstract: A key holder is provided that includes an upper housing connected to a lower housing, such that the upper and lower housings together form a key housing. A turn table for receiving a key having an end portion is attached to the key housing. The turn table is movable between a first position and a second position, wherein in the first position the key end portion is retracted within the key housing and in the second position the key end portion extends from the key housing. The key housing includes a slot between the upper and lower housings for allowing movement of the key end portion when the turn table is moved between the first and second positions. A locking device is attached to the key housing and lockingly engages the turn table when the turn table is in the first position. A push button is moveable to cause the locking device to disengage the turn table, allowing the turn table to rotate from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Inventor: David Jeffrey Chodosh
  • Patent number: 6848288
    Abstract: A dual-ended key ring holder device that allows a key ring to be quickly released from one end. Provision is made for display of artwork or advertising and a space inside the holder is provided for storing a currency note. The device employs a strong attractive magnetic force produced by two permanent magnets to ensure that a removable key-ring portion is normally held tightly to the holder. The device is small in size, inexpensive and reliable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Inventor: Jay S. Derman
  • Patent number: 6848287
    Abstract: The present invention has a main body and a transverse annular ring being orthogonally connected with the main body for collecting and hanging keys; the main body has therein an elastic engaging latch, and has at its central position a longitudinal central hole, an upper and a lower transverse hole are communicated with the central hole; an upper and a lower section of the annular ring are extended through the upper and the lower transverse holes respectively; and the upper section has at a middle position an access with a diameter slightly larger than that of the central hole for mounting and dismounting. The engaging latch is inserted to connect the central hole, and has near the upper end thereof a control hole to select a state between offsetting from and communicating with the main body; a transverse window is provided beneath the control hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Inventor: Joseph Huang
  • 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: 6826938
    Abstract: The key collecting device being controlled on one end has a main body which is provided with a movable latch positioned normally by extending and abutting of an elastic member. A transverse hole with a specific diameter extends through the main body for connecting and mounting an annular ring having a notch for mounting and detaching of keys. The movable latch is provided with a through hole having a size same as that of the transverse hole, the through hole normally is under pressure to get out of the way of the transverse hole but get in the notch of the annular ring, so that partial length of the movable latch is exposed out of the end surface of the main body for controlling by pressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Inventor: Yu-Hwei Huang
  • Patent number: 6804868
    Abstract: A locking clasp (1) has a planar clasp body (3) an aperture (13), a swivel cover (12) rivetably mounted on a top surface and an interconnecting link having a plate (8) of the same size and shape as the aperture. When the plate on the interlocking link is inserted into the aperture of the clasp body and the swivel cover is rotated over the plate, the clasp provides a secure, aesthetic, all-pleasing and easy to use clasp for jewelry and other uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Inventor: Beverly Fox
  • Patent number: 6763692
    Abstract: The key collecting device comprises an upper and a lower housing each having a central base portion extending radially outwardly to form spaced spokes mutually opposite to the corresponding ones of themselves, every two of the spaced spokes opposite to each other form an operation space with the other two. The spokes have pairs of mutually opposite curved recesses mutually connected to form clamping channels for an annular ring with a notch. These housings further have a pair of mutually opposite recesses communicating with a corresponding one of the curved recesses for placing therein a slide-controlling member to be moved from outside to control closing and opening of the annular ring being movably positioned between these housings and controlled to rotate and moved into the interior of a pair of the spaced spokes opposite to each other, or to an operation space between two pairs of the mutually opposite spaced spokes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Inventor: Yu-Hwei Huang
  • Patent number: 6755061
    Abstract: The individual keys in a set of keys are configured to fit together in a compact arrangement, with the heads of the keys being in alignment with one another in one direction and stacked against one another in another direction, and with the shanks extending essentially in alignment with one another but spaced apart along the heads. A set of keys may be formed using two outer key configurations or by using the two outer key configurations, together with a central key configuration. One or more of such sets of keys may be stored in a holder including pockets for their storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Inventor: Jacob Sholom Herzenberg
  • Publication number: 20040118173
    Abstract: The key collecting device being controlled on one end thereof has a main body which is provided with a movable latch positioned normally by extending and abutting of an elastic member; a transverse hole with a specific diameter extends through the main body for connecting and mounting an annular ring having a notch for mounting and detaching of keys; the movable latch is provided with a through hole having a size same as that of the transverse hole, the through hole normally is under pressure to get out of the way of the transverse hole but get in the notch of the annular ring, so that partial length of the movable latch is exposed out of the end surface of the main body for controlling by pressing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Publication date: June 24, 2004
    Inventor: Yu-Hwei Huang