For Closures Patents (Class 70/77)
  • Patent number: 10535240
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to security systems and methods for securing an item of merchandise from theft or unauthorized removal. For example, the security system may include a sensor configured to be coupled to the item of merchandise and a charging circuit for providing power to the sensor and/or the item of merchandise. The security system may also include a cable connected to the sensor and at least one optical transceiver for defining a sense loop between the cable and the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Fawcett, Gary A. Taylor, Kevin A. Burtness
  • Patent number: 9784021
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door lock includes a rotary latch which in a locking position encompasses a locking element that is pre-tensioned in a direction of an open position releasing the locking element. A pawl is in engagement with the rotary latch such that the latch is inhibited from moving towards the open position. A coupling section of the pawl is coupled to a drive element which moves the pawl between an engagement position and a release position, the release position allowing the rotary latch to move toward the open position. A force is applied to the pawl only in the engagement position thereof and the force application holds the pawl in engagement with the rotary latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Huf Huelsbeck & Fuerst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Artur Torka, Udo Orzech, Stephan Wietkamp
  • Publication number: 20140338263
    Abstract: A universal locking device for securing flat or corrugated hurricane storm panels in place to avoid unauthorized removal and entry into a building. The locking device includes a combination of brackets removably secured between the building and the storm panels, and an adjustable locking bar locking these elements securely together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Tammy Lee Huddleston
  • Patent number: 8860574
    Abstract: A cabinet lock for protecting merchandise within a merchandise display cabinet having an inner door and an outer door. The cabinet lock includes a strike plate affixed to the inner door and a lock housing affixed to the outer door such that the cabinet is in a locked configuration that prevents access to the merchandise when the lock housing is operably engaged to the strike plate. A programmable electronic key communicates a security code with the cabinet lock and transfers electrical power to the cabinet lock to operate a lock mechanism between the locked configuration and an unlocked configuration. An indicator is provided for indicating whether the cabinet lock is in the locked configuration or the unlocked configuration. The indicator includes a first segment and a second segment that can be energized to visually indicate the status of the cabinet lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Grant, David N. Berglund, Hrishikesh P. Gogate, Justin A. Richardson, William M. Warren, Andrew W. Moock
  • Publication number: 20140109632
    Abstract: A lock assembly (16) for securing a container (10) having an interior region is disclosed. The lock assembly (16) includes a housing (18) positionable on the interior of the container (10), a bolt (26) moveable relative to the housing (18) between an extended position inhibiting access to the interior region of the container (10) and a retracted position to facilitate access to the interior region, a dial (20) positionable on an exterior of the container (10). The dial (20) includes a plurality of indicators (30, 32) indicative of a plurality of dial positions, and an electronic controller (46) operably coupled to the dial (20) to detect the relative position of the dial (20) to determine if a combination entered with the dial (20) provides authorization to move the bolt (26) from the extended position to the retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventors: George Marshall Horne, Gregory Charles Lainhart
  • Patent number: 8616393
    Abstract: Drug delivery systems and methods involve associating unique keys to patients. Medication intended for a patient is then locked in a container that may only be unlocked with the particular unique key associated with that patient or a master key. The master key may have a counter to count the number of times that it is used, so as to discourage unnecessary use of the master key. The medication containers may be locked with template locks that are subsequently encoded to be unlocked by a particular unique key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: Matthew Vessa
  • Publication number: 20130305791
    Abstract: A gate lock (10) includes a body (11), which in turn includes a latch (12) that can house a key (13) for opening the lock (10) and a stop element (14) having a first configuration of engagement on at least a part of the gate. The lock (10) further includes a slide (17), which slides with respect to the body (11); the stop element (14) is slidably constrained to a guide element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: CAME GROUP S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gianni Michielan
  • Patent number: 8511501
    Abstract: The theft proof lid according to the invention provides a lockable lid for a container, in particular, a standard 200-300 gallon grease bin used by most rendering and bio-fuel companies. The theft proof lid keeps thieves from stealing the bin contents. The lid is permanently installed onto the bin. A dual locking feature of the lid allows for easy pumping or dumping of the bin. First, locking pins for locking and unlocking the front corners of the lid are provided. A front half of the lid is foldable relative to a rear half of the lid, so that the front half may be unlocked and opened for pumping out the contents of the bin. A center locking bar is provided to lock the rear half of the lid from being opened. The locking bar is removed when the bin is to be lifted and dumped, allowing the lid to swing open on a back lid hinge, particularly when the lid is in a folded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventors: Donald R. Onken, Jr., Joseph D. Onken
  • Patent number: 8397546
    Abstract: A cabinet security system in accordance with the present disclosure includes a retractable latch associated with a cabinet drawer or door and a latch blocker coupled to a cabinet frame. A magnet is used to retract the latch to unlock the drawer for movement relative to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim R. Varney, Bryan R. Hotaling, Scott A. Leclerc, Jim Ormond, Chuck Buckavich
  • Patent number: 8353549
    Abstract: An opening and closing mechanism for a lid of a storage receptacle provided on a vehicle comprises a push button, a button pin and a lid linkage. The push button includes a first slider having an inclined face at a rear end thereof. The button pin includes a second slider having a first inclined face cooperating with the inclined face of the first slider. The first inclined face is spaced from a rear end of the second slider. The second slider is biased to contact the first slider. The lid linkage has a first end selectively engaged by the rear end of the second slider and a second end for selectively locking the lid in a closed state. The lid linkage is biased toward the second slider. Engagement of the push button with the button pin moves the second slider, which, in turn, allows the lid linkage to move toward the second slider to unlock the storage receptacle lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nathaniel J. Buchheit
  • Patent number: 8353543
    Abstract: A locking arrangement for a door includes an upright operating bar (1) mounted on the door for angular movement about its axis and a handle (3) which is connected to the operating bar by a pivotal connection for engagement with a closure mechanism (7,8). The handle and the closure mechanism include co-operating apertures (9). A housing (11) is adapted to cover the pivotal connection of the handle and at least a part of the closure mechanism. A releasable securing means (35) passes through apertures formed in both the handle and the closure mechanism and secures the housing relative to the handle and the closure mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Loksys Ltd.
    Inventor: Andrew Charles Harrison
  • Publication number: 20120324963
    Abstract: A lock module housing containing the components of a preferred embodiment is physically mounted to the rear of a gate drive motor of an automatic gate system. A solenoid front shaft, when the solenoid is de-energized, is pushed into a sprocket attached to the drive motor, thus preventing the motor shaft from turning. To release the drive motor, the solenoid is energized. The solenoid rear shaft contacts a limit switch to indicate to the controller that the drive motor is indeed unlocked. When the controller is about to move the gate, energizing the solenoid retracts the shaft and allows normal operation of the gate control system. At the end of the gate cycle, the solenoid is de-energized and the drive motor is once again locked. In the case of a manual release, a key lock is turned from a first position to a second position to unlock the motor shaft. A mechanical linkage arm attached to the key lock pulls the solenoid shaft to its energized position, which in turn contacts the limit switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventors: Alex Parsadayan, Wayne C. Hom
  • Patent number: 8322172
    Abstract: A key cylinder installation structure includes a key cylinder including a flange that is fixed to a trunk of a vehicle, the flange including a mounting hole through which a mounting bolt is inserted into a reference hole and a secondary reference hole, respectively, formed in the trunk, the key cylinder being operable to lock and unlock the trunk, and a pad that is attached to the flange of the key cylinder and includes a hole through which the mounting bolt is inserted and a projection projecting toward a center of the key cylinder in the hole of the pad. When the mounting bolt is inserted into the mounting hole, the projection of the pad lies between the mounting bolt and the mounting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventor: Jun Mizumoto
  • Publication number: 20120186310
    Abstract: A lock system is provided having a lock housing and a lock barrel, a keeper shoulder, at least one full positioner shoulder, and a positioner shoulder. A lock plug is received in the barrel for rotation between locked and unlocked positions, a keyway and tumblers. The tumblers may include a key tumbler, a positioner tumbler and a keeper tumbler. The lock plug is rotatable between a first rotary position and a second rotary position. A control key is received into the keyway to retract the lock tumbler and the keeper tumbler. Included is a partial positioner shoulder, and includes a cutout portion. Removal of the lock plug from the lock barrel requires insertion of the control key in the keyway in the first rotary position and rotation of the control key and the lock plug to the second rotary position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Bruce Bacon
  • Publication number: 20120174633
    Abstract: A locking paddle handle assembly for closures has a housing with a paddle handle pivotally mounted therein, a latch which latches and unlatches the closure upon rotation of the paddle handle, and an exterior key lock with a movable member that shifts between locked and unlocked positions. A deadbolt lock selectively engages the closure frame in the locked position to positively retain the closure closed. The deadbolt lock is operably connected with the movable key lock member, such that movement of the latter between the latched and unlatched positions contemporaneously shifts the deadbolt lock between the locked and unlocked positions. A remotely operable controller may be mounted either horizontally or vertically relative the handle assembly and is operably connected to a multi-armed lock cam to power shift the deadbolt lock between the locked and unlocked positions from a remote location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventor: BRUCE C. BACON
  • Publication number: 20120146764
    Abstract: The present invention presents a novel security access device, wherein finger movements define a validation code to unlock entryway access in a system comprising an electronic controller directing a servomechanism. Security is enhanced by the finger movements, which are rendered virtually undetectable to an observer, and by the mathematical augmentation of the number of choices for code selection. Alternative embodiments present both a novel system and a novel method for validating access.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventors: Michael Brent Kitchen, Peter Michael Johnston
  • Patent number: 8181495
    Abstract: An anti-theft device and method for securing and preventing access to components within an interior of a fuel dispenser cabinet having an access door located on one side of the cabinet. The device includes structure for securing the anti-theft device to the periphery of the cabinet, structure for preventing the anti-theft device from being laterally and vertically removed from the cabinet, and a releasable assembly for selectively allowing and preventing access to the interior of the cabinet through the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Northern Indiana Mechanical, Inc.
    Inventors: Terence Brian Kiest, Michael Steven Kiest, Michael Anthony Hawley
  • Patent number: 8146392
    Abstract: A latch has a housing and a dead bolt shiftable on the housing between extended and retracted positions. A latch nut is rotatable on the housing and connectable to door handles and carries actuating and panic levers. An actuating element is connected between the dead bolt and the actuating lever, and a panic element is connected between the panic lever and a locking pawl and is movable between an unactuated position and an actuated position to shift the locking pawl into an unlocked position. A key cylinder on the housing has a movable actuating lug movable between a locking end positing and a freeing end position. A pivotal locking pawl is shiftable by movement the actuating lug of the key cylinder into a locked position blocking movement of the actuating element and holding the dead bolt in the extended position and an unlocked position freeing the bolt and actuating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Carl Fuhr GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Stefan Töpfer
  • Publication number: 20120061974
    Abstract: The invention relates to a latch assembly for a cavity door. The latch assembly comprises a housing operable to mount the latch assembly within the cavity door. A latch operator is mounted relative to the housing for operating the latch assembly. A drive assembly is mounted for rotation within the housing and is responsive to operation of the latch operator. A slider is mounted relative to the housing for linear movement and is responsive to the rotation of the drive assembly. A latch bolt assembly is also provided which is movable between a first extended position and a second retracted position. Movement of the latch operator in a first direction causes the latch bolt assembly to be moved into the first position and movement of the latch operator in a second direction causes the latch bolt to be moved into the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventors: Edward T. Laverty, Michael David Swales
  • Publication number: 20120047972
    Abstract: An electronic key including an internal power source is provided for transferring electrical power to a merchandise security device to operate a mechanical lock mechanism. In one embodiment, the key transfers power to the device via electrical contacts disposed on a transfer probe of the electronic key and corresponding electrical contacts disposed within a transfer port of the device when the transfer probe engages the transfer port. In another embodiment, the key transfers power to the device via inductive transfer as a result of passing an electrical current through an inductive coil disposed within the transfer probe to generate a magnetic field in the vicinity of a corresponding inductive coil disposed within the transfer port and thereby induce an electric current in the inductive coil of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Grant, Christopher J. Fawcett
  • Patent number: 8054194
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for processing assets in a lockable container are disclosed. A decoupler receives information from the container or the asset in the container. The container may be associated with a security status, and the item may be associated with a processing status. The decoupler may move the container along a processing path in a sequence based on the security status of the container and/or the processing status of the asset. The decoupler may also lock or unlock the container while moving the container along the processing path. At least a portion of the processing path may be exposed to a magnetic field, which may lock or unlock the container and/o activate or deactivate a security tag associated with the container or the item. The decoupler may also write or read information to or from an RFID tag associated with the container and/or the asset. This information may be used in conjunction with benefit denial, audit, loss prevention, transaction management, and other similar systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Autronic Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Lax, Timothy Keuning, Frederik van Koot
  • Publication number: 20110167882
    Abstract: A drive unit (1) comprising at least one electric drive motor (2) that moves a functional element (3), wherein the functional element (3) assumes, during its movement, a stop position (4) for switching off an electric drive motor (2), and at least one frictional element (6) cooperating with the functional element (3), wherein the frictional element (6) is disposed along a segment of a motion pathway (5) before the functional element (3) reaches the stop position (4). In addition, a motor vehicle lock (10) having a central locking mechanism (11) with such a drive unit (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Nass, Johannes-Theodor Menke, Frank Kunt, Lars Kretschmer, Philippe Mih
  • Publication number: 20110126598
    Abstract: A locking paddle handle assembly for closures has a housing with a paddle handle pivotally mounted therein, a latch which latches and unlatches the closure upon rotation of the paddle handle, and a exterior key lock with a movable member that shifts between locked and unlocked positions. A deadbolt lock selectively engages the closure frame in the locked position to positively retain the closure closed. The deadbolt lock is operably connected with the movable key lock member, such that movement of the latter between the latched and unlatched positions contemporaneously shifts the deadbolt lock between the locked and unlocked positions. A remotely operable controller is operably connected with the deadbolt lock to power shift the same between the locked and unlocked positions from a remote location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventor: Bruce C. Bacon
  • Publication number: 20110083480
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a lock device, such as for safety functions, which includes a displaceable lock bolt, which can cooperate with a receiver in order to provide a locked position and unlocked position. The lock bolt includes a guide portion in a second lock bolt portion which, in response to a guiding device applying a force to the lock bolt, guides the lock bolt from the unlocked position to the locked position. The guiding device, in the locked position, is prevented from displacing the lock bolt to the unlocked position. The lock bolt is arranged to be displaced from the locked position to the unlocked position through influence of an external force applied to a first lock bolt portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: ABB AB
    Inventors: Mats LINGER, Lars-Magnus Felth, Ingvar Gillholm, Mattias Bokesand, Martin Bredberg
  • Publication number: 20110056252
    Abstract: A security device for a closure leaf such as a door or window comprises: a link member extending between a portion of said security device located on said closure leaf to which said link member is attached, in use, and a portion of said security device located adjacent to said closure leaf to which said link member is attached, in use; whereby said link member restrains the opening of said closure leaf beyond a predetermined degree; a canister of pressurised substance; a canister holder for securing said canister on a support structure; whereby said canister is in a position for spraying a subject in the vicinity of said closure leaf; and an actuator which engages said link member and which applies pressure to said canister when pressure is exerted on said closure leaf beyond a predetermined level; whereby said canister sprays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventor: Robert David Simpson
  • Publication number: 20100175439
    Abstract: A locking apparatus having a body, at least one arm and a tapered member; wherein relative movement between the arm and the tapered member extends the arm from the body. In use, the arm is arranged to press against a wall of a channel to hold the locking apparatus in place and prevent the opening of a roller shutter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventors: Roy Thomas, John Tradewell
  • Publication number: 20100171399
    Abstract: A card lock apparatus is provided. The apparatus has a slot for receiving a key card with a plurality of perforations. The perforations align with a plurality of pins within the house of the card lock apparatus. The pins are moved upward by the inserted card and then urged downward into an aligned perforation. Each pin has a seat for supporting the biasing element and engaging a notch within the actuator. The position of the seat determines whether the actuator is moveable. When all seats are substantially aligned the actuator is traversable to an unlocked position by a manually moveable member. A manually moveable member disengages the device from the enclosure allowing the enclosure to open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventor: Ying Zheng
  • Publication number: 20100170308
    Abstract: The invention relates to a closing assisted electric lock for the opening of an automobile, that comprises: a bolt (5) including first (19) and second (20) notches, said bolt (5) interacting with a strike and being capable of rotating between an open position, a position closed at the first notch of the lock and a position closed at the second notch of the lock; a pivoting ratchet (13) capable of interacting with said bolt (5) for preventing the rotation thereof (5) into a closed position at the first and second notches of the lock; a bolt (5) driving lever for rotatingly driving the bolt (5) between the closed position at the first notch and the closed position at the second notch of the lock; characterised in that the driving lever (9) includes a protrusion (37) provided so that said bolt (5) is capable of pivoting the lever (9) when said bolt (5) rotates from the open position to the closed position at the second notch of the lock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventors: Christian Wattebled, Jean-Christophe Pecoul
  • Publication number: 20100154489
    Abstract: A locking paddle handle assembly for closures has a housing with a paddle handle pivotally mounted therein, a latch which latches and unlatches the closure upon rotation of the paddle handle, and a exterior key lock with a movable member that shifts between locked and unlocked positions. A latch lock selectively engages the latch, such that when the movable key lock member is in the locked position, the latch is retained in the latched position, wherein the closure cannot be opened. A deadbolt lock selectively engages the closure frame in the locked position to positively retain the closure closed. Both the latch lock and the deadbolt lock are operably connected with the movable key lock member, such that movement of the latter between the latched and unlatched positions contemporaneously shifts both the latch lock and the deadbolt lock between the locked and unlocked positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventor: Bruce C. Bacon
  • Patent number: 7722195
    Abstract: A projector includes a light source device and an exterior casing, wherein an engagement moving portion slant surface is formed at an engagement moving portion, the engagement moving portion slant surface abutting on an engaging protrusion in a sliding manner when the engagement moving portion is moved to a not-engaging position to press the engaging protrusion toward a top portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masayuki Okoshi, Toshimitsu Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20100043506
    Abstract: The invention relates to a locking device adapted for locking a shutter element (13) adapted to slide along a railing (11), which locking device (3) comprises at least one locking bolt (5) movable between a first state, in which the locking bolt is adapted to engage with a locking member (9) in the shutter element to lock the shutter element against movement, and a second state, in which the locking bolt is adapted to avoid engagement with the locking member and to allow movement of the shutter element. The invention also relates to a locking arrangement adapted to be connected with and allow locking of a shutter element (13) arranged to slide along a railing (11), which locking arrangement (7) comprises at least one locking member (9) shaped to allow a locking bolt (5) to, in a first state, engage with and lock the locking member, and thus the shutter element, against movement. The invention also relates to a locking system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: Jan Stendal
  • Patent number: 7658840
    Abstract: A locking liquid filter assembly is disclosed that prevents an unauthorized user from removing the filter media cartridge after installation. The locking filter assembly includes a head unit for coupling with an inlet conduit for delivering unfiltered process liquid into the filter assembly and an outlet conduit for delivering filtered process liquid from the filter, a head portion that includes a manifold for communicating with the inlet conduit and with the outlet conduit, and a locking assembly coupled to the head portion configured such that when the filter media cartridge is fully engaged with the head portion, the locking assembly engages with the filter media cartridge to prevent filter media removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Inventor: Robert Lisenko
  • Patent number: 7613580
    Abstract: A system that generates an electromagnetic interference (EMI) fingerprint for a computer system is presented. During operation, the system executes a load script on the computer system, wherein the load script includes a specified sequence of operations. Next, the system receives EMI signals generated by the computer system while executing the load script. The system then generates the EMI fingerprint from the received EMI signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenny C. Gross, Aleksey M. Urmanov, Ramakrishna C. Dhanekula
  • Patent number: 7600648
    Abstract: A locking cap for a container has a combination lock built into the top. Two or more thumbwheels with numbers or letters are mounted beneath the top surface of the cap or gung plugs. The thumb wheels have through holes corresponding to the numbers or letters. One or more pins are slidably mounted in the cap. The pins are locked by the thumb wheels unless the through holes are in alignment. The pins either project through holes in the container or abut inwardly, projecting portions with the top of the container to prevent turning of the cap unless the pins are retracted. Combinations of numbers or letters can be preset at manufacture, or selected at or after sale, using plugs to fill selected through holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Inventor: Douglas Taylor Hamer
  • Publication number: 20090249843
    Abstract: A locking device is adapted for receipt within the main cavity of an underground enclosure. The locking device includes a container having a main body and a container top which define an interior compartment for holding the items of the underground enclosure. The main body is adapted to be assembled in the main cavity of the underground enclosure and is sized to be retained within the underground enclosure. The container top has a selective open position to allow access to the interior compartment of the main body and a selective closed locked position to deter access thereto. An arm assembly coupled to the container top is moveable between an extended engaged position to retain the container top on the container and a collapsed disengaged position to allow release of the container top from the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Inventors: Gianni Ygnelzi, Emilio Ygnelzi
  • Publication number: 20090193858
    Abstract: A retention bar holds a shutter in place against a window within a window opening of a building, the retention bar having a first tubular member and a second tubular member that slides within the first member. The retention bar is positioned against a pair of opposing surfaces of the window opening, windward of the shutter, and the two tubular members are locked to one another. A spring loads the two tubular members against the window surfaces. A foot is threadably attached to an end of the first tubular member and provides fine length adjustment of the retention bar. A pair of plates is located on an end of the second tubular member, which plates lay against the window opening surface and the shutter respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventor: Christopher L. Stinson
  • Publication number: 20090169249
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a housing including a photosensitive member and having an opening at an upper portion of the housing; an upper cover connected to the housing at one end of the upper cover via a hinge and configured to move between an opened state and a closed state; an exposure unit supported by the upper cover and configured to face the photosensitive member when the upper cover is in the closed state; and a lock mechanism. The lock mechanism is releasable by lifting the upper cover so that the upper cover becomes to the opened state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasunori WATANABE, Takuya Yamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20090158788
    Abstract: A universal box lock for securing a meter box including a first clamping means, a second clamping means operatively connected to the first clamping means. The second clamping means being movable relative to the first clamping means. The box lock also includes a biasing means for urging the second clamping means toward the first clamping means to secure the box lock to a wall of a meter box placed between the first and second clamping means. Moreover, the box lock includes a body portion, which selectively engages and secures the first and second clamping means to a meter box wall. The first clamping means includes an aperture configured to allow a portion of the second clamping means to extend through the aperture facilitating the attachment of the inventive box lock to a side wall or a bottom wall of a meter box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Applicant: INNER-TITE CORP.
    Inventors: Robert E. Rafferty, John C. Mahaney, Anthony John Agbay
  • Publication number: 20090158789
    Abstract: A lockable shutter assembly has first and second shutters mounted operatively to a building and movable between open and closed positions. The locking assembly includes a bracket member that extends longitudinally along a gap formed between the shutters when in the closed position. The bracket member is mounted at its respective ends to top and bottom portions of a shutter opening via mounting plates. The bracket member includes at least one through bore formed along the length of the bracket member. A selectively releasable interlock member is slidably received in the through bore. The locking device can releasably engage the bracket member and/or the interlock member. Another interlock member can be used to secure the locking device to the bracket member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventors: Nathan D. Greenway, Brad A. Kutler, Clyde G. Allen
  • Publication number: 20090139286
    Abstract: There is provided a door lock control device in a heating cooker that prevents a door from being accidentally unlocked when the door is locked and a temperature inside the heating cooker is a predetermined temperature or more such as during self-cleaning, and provides safe handling of the heating cooker. Even in general door lock and unlock states, when the temperature inside the cooker is low and a thermal switch 8 of a lock detection and thermal switch portion 6 is closed, the lock detection and thermal switch portion 6 can be energized, and a power supply line 2 can supply power to a drive motor 5 to lock and unlock the door. In the case of self-cleaning or the like, the door is locked and a detection switch 7 is on a door lock side 7a, but the temperature inside the cooker is high and thus the thermal switch 8 is opened, and the power supply line 2 is interrupted. Even if a failure in a driving component occurs, the drive motor 5 is not energized, thereby preventing the door from being unlocked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventor: Masamitsu Kishimoto
  • Patent number: 7510301
    Abstract: A security lock, locking system, kit, and personal apparel, such as garments, purses, and luggage that include the security lock. The security lock is a typical combination lock, which includes a body and a locking member in communication with a lock mechanism disposed within the body and a user interface disposed upon or within the body. A battery powered light is disposed proximate to the user interface such that the light illuminates the symbols on the movable members when power is supplied thereto. The system includes a security lock, with or without a light, and an adjustable cable. The kit and apparel include the system and a pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventor: Elizabeth A. Dial
  • Patent number: 7475929
    Abstract: A lid open-close apparatus including: a lid openably mounted in a concave portion, which is provides at a vehicle side; a lock device for locking a closed state of the lid; and an operating element, which is disposed at the vehicle side close to the concave portion, for releasing the lock device, wherein: the lock device has a lock piece, which is provided in the lid and moves into and out of the lid from a peripheral edge thereof and is usually elastically pushed in such a way as to project from the peripheral edge thereof and engages with an engaging hole provided in an inner periphery of the concave portion; and the operating element has a pusher adapted to push a receiving portion, which is provided in a part interconnected to the lock piece, to thereby cancel engagement of the lock piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Piolax Onc.
    Inventor: Satoshi Yamada
  • Publication number: 20080276663
    Abstract: A locking device attached to a solar junction box and a key to open the locking device, comprises: a male part; comprising: a plug-in unit extended at an angle from the male part; a pair of protruded units having a locking tab formed on edges of the plug-in unit; an outward projection disposed above the locking tab; and a slant portion formed on top of the outward projection; and a female part; comprising: a hollow main body having an outside wall and an inside wall; a pair of extrusions disposed at the inside wall of the female part corresponding to the pair of locking tabs of the male part; and a step formed in the lower part of the extrusions of the female part geometrically shaped to match the locking tab of the male part, in a locked position the male part and the female part are securely clamped together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Applicant: BizLink USA Technology Inc.
    Inventors: PEIXIAN HU, Jianfeng Ma
  • Publication number: 20080276666
    Abstract: Described herein is locking apparatus, method for making a locking apparatus, and method for mounting a locking apparatus to the door of a personal storage container. The locking apparatus may include a threaded portion having deformed threads and a lock body shape to fit a restrictive mounting hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventors: Donald E. Irwin, Michael L. Spears, Robert Dalton
  • Publication number: 20080264119
    Abstract: A lock 10 comprises a planar member 12 for attaching to a side of a frame, for example, a door frame 20 and a locking element 14 including a locking face 28 rotatably mounted to the planar member 12 about a pivot 16. The axis of the pivot 16 lies substantially parallel to the plane of the planar member 12, and the locking element 14 is movable, in use, between an unlocked position, wherein the locking element 14 lies entirely to one side of the planar member 12, and a locked position, wherein the locking element 14 lies at least partially to the other side of the planar member 12 and the locking face 28 is substantially perpendicular to the substantially planar member 12, thereby blocking movement of a wing, for example, a door 26 mounted in the frame 20.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventor: Jerome Thomas
  • Publication number: 20080256991
    Abstract: Locks and seals for containers, in particular those including an automatic self-checking and warning system against tampering, are provided. The lock has an infra-red (IR)-bases mechanism, with an IR emitter and an IR receiver, communicating through a waveguide such that an IR pulse emitted by the IR emitter can pass through the waveguide and be received by the IR receiver only when the lock is in the closed state. The seal has a U-shaped shackle engaged in a seal body irreversibly locking said shackle to the body. Only when the shackle is broken into two separate parts, each part can be rotated to disengage the cylindrical end so that the broken part may be pulled out of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Applicant: E-Lock Technologies Ltd
    Inventor: Ilan Goldman
  • Publication number: 20080256992
    Abstract: A two point lock includes two pivotally mounted security hooks having sliding faces that engage sliding faces of a spring-loaded mishandling pin when the mishandling pin is vertically extended and the security hooks are rotatably retracted. The mishandling pin is vertically retracted when it abuts a jamb. When the mishandling pin is vertically retracted, the sliding faces disengage so that the security hooks can rotate to lock onto a striker on the jamb. Thus, the mishandling pin prevents the security hooks from being slammed into the striker before a door or a window is fully closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventors: Stanley Chung, Brian Bourgoin, Jeffrey M. Briggs, Paul DeMarseilles
  • Publication number: 20080236212
    Abstract: A zipper lock includes a combination lock, a pin tumbler lock, a swivel member and two latches. The swivel member is disengaged from the latches for allowing movement of the latches when the combination lock shows the correct permutation. The pin tumbler lock has an actuating block rotatable with the key to move the swivel member away from the latches for allowing movement of the latches so as to enable the pull-tabs of the zipper be inserted into or pulled away from a lock housing of the zipper lock. Therefore, the user is allowed to selectively unlock the zipper lock either by means of the combination lock or the pin tumbler lock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventor: Min-Tsung MA
  • Publication number: 20080209961
    Abstract: In a sidewall of a connector frame, a cantilevered lock arm is provided. A lower end of the lock arm is connected to the sidewall with a curved supporting unit interposed therebetween. The lock arm extends upward from the supporting unit with a space. The supporting unit has a slit to increase the flexibility of the lock arm. An engagement protrusion is provided on the lock arm. Moreover, a fitting sidewall is provided in a box body, and a lock wall having a lock protrusion is provided outside the fitting sidewall. The lock protrusion includes a downward-facing engagement surface. A mold hole used in molding the engagement surface is formed between the fitting sidewall and lock wall. An abutment surface is provided at an upper end of the fitting sidewall and contacted with the supporting unit to close communication between the mold hole and the slit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventors: Masahiro KANAMARU, Makoto Nakayama, Tarou Inoue
  • Publication number: 20080202175
    Abstract: In a lock of a door, a window or such like with a basic lock and at least an auxiliary locking device and at least a first actuation arrangement for locking the lock, a second actuation arrangement separate from the first actuation arrangement is provided for unlocking the lock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventors: Peter Riznik, Karl Haidic