Having Work Engaging And Force Exerting Portion Inserted Into Cavity (e.g., Allen Wrench, Screwdriver) Patents (Class 81/436)
  • Patent number: 11821453
    Abstract: A fastener including a first recess and a second recess adjacent the first recess. The first recess includes a side surface defining a shape of the first recess and a stability surface oriented at an angle of greater than 1° and less than or equal to 89° relative to a major axis of the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignees: SHEH FUNG SCREWS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Carl Chasse, Chen Chun-Yen
  • Patent number: 11794317
    Abstract: A multipurpose drive tool having a handle to secure an extension driver between an extended position and a retracted position. The extension driver has a proximal end with a ¼ inch socket extending outwardly for use with a plurality of driver bits, and a distal end socket having a 5/16 inch socket. The drive tool further has a ? inch and 7/16 inch socket secured to the handle, having a base member housing with biasing springs for frictionally engaging the driver bits. The extension driver has grooves that interact with a ball bearings positional placement thereof, and a pin for securing the extension driver in an extended or retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Sensible Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Rubino, Hermann Fruhm
  • Patent number: 11787020
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a powered screwdriver. The powered screwdriver includes a housing, a motor housed in the housing and a tool holder driven by the motor. The tool holder selectively holds both a screwdriver bit and a hex key. The hex key includes a bend such that legs of the hex key are transverse to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Oleksiy P. Sergyeyenko, JianHui Jiang, JianFeng Zhang, Ana Garcia, Paul Gerard Gross
  • Patent number: 11781598
    Abstract: A drive system with full surface drive contact. The drive system tends to maximize the surface contact pattern or area at typical bit-recess reaction (drive) torque values, thereby tending to minimize bit-recess surface contact stresses, coating damage, recess ream and premature bit fatigue failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Acument Intellectal Properties, LLC
    Inventor: David C. Goss
  • Patent number: 11759923
    Abstract: A hex headed bit and socket for enhanced non-slip application of torque force having a hex head with contoured fastener engagement surface channel within the respective first and secondary alternating flat tool engagement sides. The contoured channels are tapered transversely and extend in angular inclination across hex head bit flat side. The defined primary channel lateral edges correspondingly embed themselves during rotational engagement within the so engaged fastener pulling the hex head bit into the engaged fastener imparting enhanced translateral points of tool engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Inventors: Ruth Doroslovac, Robert Doroslovac, George Doroslovac
  • Patent number: 11747117
    Abstract: A dual-diameter arrow shaft is disclosed. An arrow shaft is disclosed with a proximal diameter and a distal diameter, wherein the proximal diameter is smaller than the distal diameter, wherein the distal diameter is approximately equal to the diameter of a standard shaft hunting arrow, while the proximal diameter is approximately equal to that of a micro-diameter shaft hunting arrow. The arrow may have more weight front of center, and the distal diameter of the arrow may be suited for installing standard-sized inserts and additions to the arrow, while the proximal diameter is smaller than the distal diameter for better flight. The distal diameter is large enough for a sleeve with extra weight to fit snugly over the arrow shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Pro-Tracker IP Holding, LLC
    Inventor: Michael D. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 11745313
    Abstract: A hand tool includes a first jaw, a first handle fixed to the first jaw, a second jaw, and a second handle pivotally coupled to the second jaw, a link member, and an adjustment member. The adjustment member is operable to axially move a first end of the link member to vary a distance between the first and second jaws. The adjustment member includes an engagement surface engageable with the first end of the link member, a shank in threaded engagement with a bore in the first handle, and a flange extending from the shank opposite the engagement portion. The flange includes a first side, a second side opposite the first side, and an elongate opening extending through the first and second sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Steven W. Hyma, Chen Zhang Li
  • Patent number: 11730546
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprises a first member extending between a proximal end and a distal end configured for fixation with tissue. A second member defines a longitudinal passageway and is connected with a navigation component such that the distal end is disposable with the passageway at a selected distance from the navigation component. The navigation component is positioned relative to a sensor to communicate a signal representative of an orientation of the first member. A third member extends between a proximal end and a distal end. The third member is mountable with the first member along the orientation such that the distal end of the third member is engageable with the tissue. Systems, spinal implants, constructs and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Paxton Wall, Christopher Good
  • Patent number: 11725682
    Abstract: A method for connecting a screw and a rotary tool in a rotationally fixed manner, wherein the drive surfaces of the driving profiles have a constant inclination relative to their profile axis, which is the same for all drive surfaces of both components. In the component with the outer driving profile, the drive surfaces are all concave or all convex, and in the component with the inner driving profile, the drive surfaces are curved complementary to the drive surfaces of the outer driving profile, in such a way that, in the plugged-together state, the drive surfaces of the two components, viewed in the circumferential direction, come into surface contact/engagement with one another on both sides of the apex of the concave/convex curvature. The driving profiles are designed in such a way that they do not come into contact with each other in the transition regions located between the drive surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Inventor: Nicole Bongartz
  • Patent number: 11692335
    Abstract: A drain connector (10) is configured to be installed with a sanitary appliance (100) from bottom-up. The drain connector (10) includes a main body (12) connectable at a first end to an inlet end of a waste pipe system or trap. A hollow stalk member (14) is received at least partially within the main body (12). The hollow stalk member (14) is arranged to extend and retract relative to the main body (12) via a second end of the main body (12). The drain connector (10) includes at least one sealing element (24) defining an interference and active sealing fit between the main body (12) and the hollow stalk member (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: McAlpine & Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: James Edward McAlpine, Robert Gemmell McAlpine
  • Patent number: 11653966
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides medical instruments and medical instrument components having targeted torsional failure. Such targeted torsional failure helps prevent a surgeon from applying excessive torque that may damage an implant or bone, and also helps avoid the problems and complications that arise when medical instruments break within patients during surgical procedures. To provide such targeted torsional failure, the disclosed medical instrument components include a breakaway section designed so that the component breaks at a desired amount of torque, at a desired location, and in a desired way. The provided medical instrument components may also include a sleeve to increase side-loading strength that may otherwise be reduced due to the breakaway section. The increased side-loading strength may help prevent accidental bending-type failures. The presently disclosed medical instrument component therefore provides targeted torsional failure without sacrificing side-loading strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Acumed LLC
    Inventors: Andrew W. Seykora, Steven P. Horst, Mark B. Sommers, Scott F. Mastroianni, Gregory D. Hutton, James G. Falkner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11607252
    Abstract: A modular uniplanar pedicle screw assembly for use with a polyaxial bone fastener. The modular assembly comprises a uniplanar tulip assembly adapted to be coupled to a head of the polyaxial bone fastener, wherein the uniplanar tulip assembly includes a longitudinal slot. The modular assembly further includes an adapter having a lower portion and an upper portion. The lower portion is sized and shaped to be received in a recess of the bone fastener head. The upper portion extends from the lower portion and is adapted to slide along the longitudinal slot of the uniplanar tulip assembly to allow movement of the uniplanar tulip assembly in a first plane along a direction that is parallel to a longitudinal axis of the longitudinal slot, the longitudinal slot preventing movement of the uniplanar tulip assembly in a second plane lateral to the first plane relative to the bone fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: David Leff, Patrick Nolan, Liana Mari, Noah Gross, Khiem Pham, Aditya Ingalhalikar, Kurt Faulhaber
  • Patent number: 11602828
    Abstract: A screw bit body allows for efficient torque force application onto a socket fastener. The screw bit body includes a plurality of laterally-bracing sidewalls, a first base, and a second base. The laterally-bracing sidewalls are radially distributed about a rotation axis of the screw bit body with each further including a first lateral edge, a second lateral edge, a bracing surface, and an engagement cavity. The engagement cavity creates an additional gripping point to prevent slippage in between the screw bit body and the socket fastener. The engagement cavity traverses normal and into the bracing surface. Additionally, the engagement cavity traverses into the screw bit body from the first base to the second base. The engagement cavity is specifically positioned offset from the first lateral edge by a first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: GRIP HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kukucka, Thomas Stefan Kukucka
  • Patent number: 11565383
    Abstract: An electrically isolated adapter may include a drive body made of first metallic material extending along a common axis, a driven body made of a second metallic material extending along the common axis, and an isolation assembly formed of insulating material disposed between the drive body and the driven body. The drive body may include a drive head configured to interface with a socket or fastener. The insulating material has a resistance to electrical current that is higher than the resistance to electrical current of at least one of the first metallic material and the second metallic material. The driven body may include a drive receiver configured to interface with a protrusion of a driving tool. A portion of one of the drive body or the driven body is received inside a portion of the other of the drive body or the driven body such that the drive body and driven body overlap each other along the common axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: APEX BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Pierre Mesnil, Rolf Reitz De Swardt
  • Patent number: 11547458
    Abstract: A locking element is configured to be used with a polyaxial bone anchor. The locking element including a central axis, a bottom side, a top side opposite to the bottom side, and a peripheral surface portion that extending completely around the locking element that has an external thread. The bottom side defines a first recess facing toward the bottom side for accommodating and applying a force in a direction toward the bottom side to at least the portion of the head of the polyaxial bone anchor. The top side defines a second recess having a non-circular cross-section in a plane perpendicular to the central axis for torqueable engagement with a driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Biedermann Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Markku Biedermann
  • Patent number: 11530736
    Abstract: A track system includes a track member with an elongate shaft mounted thereto. At least one support mechanism is mounted to the track member. The at least one support mechanism includes a housing. An engagement feature includes first and second engagement members spaced-apart from one another to define a receiving area therebetween. The first and second engagement members are operable between deployed and retracted positions relative to the housing. The elongate shaft is received in the receiving area when the first and second engagement members are in the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Michael Kish, Joshua Gauthier, Matthew Schwope, Robert Clayton Caldwell, Johnathan Andrew Line, Cung K. Chieu, Changwei Xie, Macit Aktas, Glenn Scott
  • Patent number: 11526934
    Abstract: Data account management systems and methods are described. A server is in communication with one or more information source systems, at least one user device associated with at least one user and one or more electronic data accounts associated with the user. The server links the electronic data accounts, monitors data among the information source systems and the linked accounts for any changes in activity associated with the user, predicts a behavioral activity of the user via machine learning based on at least one of the monitored data and historical data associated with the user, identifies at least one notification instruction specific to the user based on the predicted behavioral activity, and generates an interactive graphical user interface (GUI) for display on the user device. The interactive GUI presents one or more of the notification instruction and a user profile of the at least one user among the linked accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Kamron Rostami, Robert J. Sherman, Christina Elizabeth Sweeny, Gaurav Sethi, Scott Joseph Slagsvol, Rebecca Marie Hornbuckle, Shaun Kevin Fisher, Najmeh Mirzaie, Grace Elisabeth Nicklin, Venu Appana
  • Patent number: 11518009
    Abstract: A hex headed bit and socket for enhanced non-slip application of torque force having a hex head with contoured fastener engagement surface channel at the center of the respective alternating flat tool engagement sides. The contoured channels are tapered both transversely and longitudinally and extend in angular inclination across hex head bit flat side. The defined primary channel lateral edges correspondingly embed themselves during rotational engagement within the so engaged fastener pulling the hex head bit into the engaged fastener imparting enhanced translateral points of tool engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: BGD Unlimited, LLC
    Inventors: Ruth Doroslovac, Robert Doroslovac, George Doroslovac
  • Patent number: 11485169
    Abstract: An automobile wheel can include an outer rim, a hub, and a plurality of lug accessories. The hub, which is generally at the center of the automobile wheel, can have a plurality of lug holes. The plurality of lug accessories can be partially disposed in some, but not all, of the lug holes while leaving the remaining lug holes open. The open lug holes can receive a threaded stud from an automobile wheel hub assembly when the automobile wheel is mounted to the automobile wheel hub assembly. Each lug accessory can have a lug stud and a lug cap. The lug stud can have a flange and a linear member, with the linear member attached to the flange and extending to a free end. The flange can contact a rear surface of the hub when the linear member is inserted into a lug hole. The lug cap can extend over and couple to an opposite end of the linear member from the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Design Infini, Inc.
    Inventor: Suny Chung
  • Patent number: 11400534
    Abstract: A solder processing method according to one or more embodiments may include: sequentially supplying at least two solder pieces into a substantially tubular iron tip that is extended vertically, such that the at least two solder pieces are erected within the iron tip in such a manner that on the solder piece which is first supplied, the solder piece which is subsequently supplied rides; and heating the substantially tubular iron tip in a state where the at least two solder pieces are erected within the iron tip in such a manner that on the solder piece which is first supplied, the solder piece which is subsequently supplied rides, to melt the flux to be flown out from at least one of the at least two solder pieces to a space between an inner wall of the iron tip and the at least two solder pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: AND Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuo Ebisawa
  • Patent number: 11364601
    Abstract: A fastener system includes a fastener and a driver, each of which have three alternating lobes and troughs that define the drive surfaces. Each alternating lobes and troughs is defined by an outer radius portion, a drive side transition, an inner transition radius, and a reverse drive portion. The fastener recess and the driver each also have a side wall defined by the outer transition radius that tapers at a taper angle relative to a rotational axis. The fastener side wall may taper at about 60°. The driver side wall may taper at about 60°. Alternatively, the driver side wall may taper at an angle at least 10° less than the taper angle of the recess side wall, such as 42°. The drive side transition defines a drive angle, which may be between 0° and 5°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Infastech Intellectual Properties Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard W. Lukes, Donald K. Blaess, Sean Riskin
  • Patent number: 11358259
    Abstract: A driver tool for insertion and removal of a first part configured for threaded engagement in a corresponding threaded bore in a second part has a driving end portion of polygonal shape with multiple flats configured for engagement in a recess in the first part having a corresponding polygonal shape. Some or all of the flats have a respective grabbing feature or edge designed to grab or grip into the opposing surface of the recess to allow a greater amount of torque to be applied to the first part when the tool is rotated in the unthreading direction than when it is rotated in the opposite threading or insertion direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: ZEST IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: James I. Johnson, Evan A. Cook
  • Patent number: 11325236
    Abstract: An insulated multi-tool comprising a pair of opposing jaws, a pair of opposed handles operatively connected to the jaws relative to a pivot to force the jaws into a clamping position about an object, at least one of the opposed handles having a tool-receiving pocket, at least one tool stored in the tool receiving pocket, the at least one tool pivotally attached relative to the tool receiving pocket for movement between a stored position in which the at least one tool is stored within the tool receiving pocket and an open, use position in which the at least one tool is located relative to at least one of the opposed handles for use, and wherein the a pair of opposed handles are electrically insulated from both the pair of opposing jaws and each at least one tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Edensor Group PTY LTD
    Inventor: Ben Hyde
  • Patent number: 11273548
    Abstract: A screwdriver system can include a primary driver and a secondary driver. The primary driver can include an attachment feature configured to couple to a driver bit socket. The attachment feature can be mechanically coupled to the driver shaft such that torque applied to the attachment feature is transferred to the shaft. The secondary driver can include a driver bit socket at the end of its shaft. The attachment feature of the primary driver can be structured, configured, and oriented such that the secondary driver can reversibly couple to the attachment feature via the driver bit socket of the secondary driver shaft. The secondary driver, when so-coupled, can be oriented with the primary axis of the secondary driver shaft generally perpendicular to the primary axis of the primary driver. In some examples, the primary driver can be a torque wrench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: New Revo Brand Group, LLC
    Inventor: Ryan Chernik
  • Patent number: 10991489
    Abstract: An insulation system for a tool includes a first element configured to electrically insulate an output unit of the tool from a detachably receivable tool element of the tool that is configured to process a workpiece. The insulation system further includes and a second element configured to electrically insulate the output unit toward the outside. A method includes mounting the insulation system on the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Joerg Schneider, Achim Kugler
  • Patent number: 10882162
    Abstract: A screw bit body which allows for efficient torque force application onto a socket fastener from a variety of angles. The screw bit body includes a plurality of laterally-bracing sidewalls, a first base, and a second base. The laterally-bracing sidewalls are radially distributed about a rotation axis of the screw bit body with each further including a first lateral edge, a second lateral edge, a concave surface, a convex surface, and an engagement cavity. The convex surface is adjacent to the first base and the concave surface is adjacent to the second base to create a ball-like shape. The engagement cavity creates a gripping point to prevent slippage in between the screw bit body and the socket fastener. The engagement cavity traverses normal and into the concave surface and the convex surface. Additionally, the engagement cavity traverses into the screw bit body from the first base to the second base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: GRIP TOOLING TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kukucka, Thomas Stefan Kukucka
  • Patent number: 10850408
    Abstract: A shaving apparatus has at least one cutting unit detachably coupled to a drive mechanism via a coupling having first and second coupling members. The second coupling member has a coupling cavity. A coupling head of the first coupling member is in a form-locking engagement in the coupling cavity to transfer a driving force, and is detachable from the coupling cavity by movement in an axial direction parallel to an axis of rotation of the cutting unit. The second coupling member has a plurality of recesses, each recess extending in a radial direction from the coupling cavity and being delimited by two radially extending side wall sections. Each of the two radially extending side wall sections forms an edge with a bottom surface of the second coupling member, and the edges of each recess converge in a radially outward direction in relation to the axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Harm Anton Richard Peters
  • Patent number: 10804669
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an assembly method for a connector, in particular for a high-voltage connector, having an electrical conductor and an electric contact, which assembly method comprises the following steps: providing a screw having a first drive and a second drive which is formed opposite the first drive; establishing a connection with play between the electrical conductor and the electric contact by means of the screw by the screw being inserted respectively into a passage hole in the electrical conductor and in the electric contact and being turned in a first direction by way of its first drive; tightening the connection between the electrical conductor and the electric contact by the screw being turned in a second direction, which is opposite the first direction, by way of its second drive. The present invention further relates to a connector and also to a screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: ROSENBERGER HOCHFREQUENZTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventor: Willem Blakborn
  • Patent number: 10792132
    Abstract: A guide-sleeve is couplable to an oral surgical guide at a fixed rotational orientation, height, and angle with respect to oral anatomy. An implant delivery device, couplable to a dental implant, drives the implant into tissue of the subject by rotation of the delivery device about its longitudinal axis until the delivery device lockingly engages the guide-sleeve. When the implant lockingly engages the guide-sleeve, the implant is disposed in the tissue at a fixed rotational orientation, depth, and angle with respect to the oral anatomy, and any further advancement and rotation of the dental implant with respect to the tissue is prevented. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: PALTOP ADVANCED DENTAL SOLUTIONS LTD.
    Inventors: Azarya Danziger, Mordechai Mor Miles, Michael Klein, Shlomo Hillel
  • Patent number: 10569391
    Abstract: A driver tool for insertion and removal of a first part configured for threaded engagement in a corresponding threaded bore in a second part has a driving end portion of polygonal shape with multiple flats configured for engagement in a recess in the first part having a corresponding polygonal shape. Some or all of the flats have a respective grabbing feature or edge designed to grab or grip into the opposing surface of the recess to allow a greater amount of torque to be applied to the first part when the tool is rotated in the unthreading direction than when it is rotated in the opposite threading or insertion direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: ZEST IP HOLDINGS, LLC.
    Inventors: James I. Johnson, Evan A. Cook
  • Patent number: 10237982
    Abstract: A solder application stamp embodied to transfer solder paste from a reservoir to a contact location of a circuit board. The solder stamp has a basic body having an end area and a protrusion, which protrudes out of the end area. The solder application to create solder paste dots of diameters as small as 10-300 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: ENDRESS+HAUSER SE+CO.KG
    Inventors: Christoph Hippin, Jenny Schone
  • Patent number: 10220493
    Abstract: A power tool is provided that includes a motor housing, an output head, a pinion, at least one pin, and at least first and second rings. The output head includes a rotatable output spindle and extends from the motor housing which extends longitudinally along a first axis. The pinion is located in the output head, is coupled to a drive force, and rotates about the first axis to rotate the rotatable output shaft. The at least one pin is located in the output head. The first ring is coupled to the pinion and rotatable about the first axis with the pinion. The second ring engages, and is movable longitudinally along the first axis relative to, the at least one pin. The second ring is not rotatable about the first axis. Rather, the second ring is movable toward and away from the first ring along the first axis, and selectively engagable with the first ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Company
    Inventors: Warren A. Seith, Aaron Crescenti
  • Patent number: 10061361
    Abstract: A portable computing device includes at least a base portion of a lightweight material that includes at least a wedge shaped top case having a trough formed at an interfacing edge thereof. The trough includes a raised portion having a first contact surface and a receiving area, and a bottom case coupled to the top case to form a complete housing for at least a portion of the portable computing device for enclosing at least a plurality of operational components and a plurality of structural components. The portable computing device also includes at least a lid portion pivotally connected to the base portion by a hinge assembly. In the described embodiments, the lid portion has a display in communication with one or more of the plurality of components in the base portion by way of or more electrical conductors that electrically connect the base portion to the lid portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Brett W. Degner, Euan Abraham, John M. Brock, Matthew P. Casebolt, Robert L. Coish, Laura M. DeForest, Michelle Goldberg, Bradley Joseph Hamel, Ron Hopkinson, Jim Hwang, Caitlin E. Kalinowski, Steven Keiper, Patrick Kessler, Eugene Kim, Chris Ligtenberg, Jay K. Osborn, John Raff, Nicholas A. Rundle, David J. Yeh
  • Patent number: 9889549
    Abstract: A precision handle for hand tools has a body, an elastic element, a sheath, a pressing element, and a group of balls. The mounting protrusion protrudes axially from a rear end of the body. The elastic element is mounted in the body. The sheath is mounted around the mounting protrusion. The pressing element is mounted through and engages with the sheath. The group of balls includes a first ball and a second ball. The first ball is mounted in the mounting protrusion and abuts the elastic element. The second ball is mounted between the pressing element and the first ball. The first ball abuts against the second ball at one point of contact when the pressing element is pressed, thereby decreasing the friction between the body and the sheath. Accordingly, the precision handle for hand tools can be operated smoothly and efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Shyang Yun Tools Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chia-Szu Lin
  • Patent number: 9839995
    Abstract: A drain removal tool with a central opening aligned along a central tool axis, a holding section with a hex head for applying torque to the tool, and an engagement section including elongate sharp ridges or teeth extending in a helical pattern from an external surface of the engagement section from the tool for engagement with the drain to be removed. Each elongate sharp ridge has one flat face and a ramp face. Each flat face is aligned along a radius extending outwardly from the central tool axis. The ridges are spaced such that the distance between each flat face is approximately 6 degrees. Each helical ridge is a left hand helical serration on a 15 degree pitch with respect to the central axis of the central opening. The holding section includes a hex head configuration. The central opening in the holding section has a hex configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: James A. Kovach
  • Patent number: 9770309
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a shaft of a dental tool comprising a distal end region, a cylindrical shaft region adjoining the distal end region, and a proximal end region which lies opposite the distal end region and which is provided with a polygonal profile that tapers conically in the direction of the distal end region and adjoins a tool part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: GEBR. BRASSELER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Axel Kirsch, Walter Duerr, Volker Brinkmann, Karl-Heinz Danger
  • Patent number: 9737977
    Abstract: The driver bit according to the present invention includes: a tip on which a cross blade is formed; a torque transmitting part having a polygonal outer circumference; and a locking groove which extends in the circumferential direction between the tip and the torque transmitting part and into which locking balls enter, wherein the tip has four blade forming grooves forming the cross blade, the blade forming grooves are continuous with the locking groove, and the blade forming grooves are arranged so that the blade forming grooves have bottom parts, at which they are connected with the locking groove, located inwardly of the outer circumference of the torque transmitting part, and the center lines are displaced from a line connecting the shaft center with vertex positions of the polygonal outer circumference and a line connecting the shaft center with center positions of sides of the polygonal outer circumference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Vessel Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuaki Taguchi, Jiro Taguchi, Koji Chido, Koji Dohi
  • Patent number: 9702393
    Abstract: A fastener used to secure an electrical conductor includes a head, a shaft, and a pressure pad. The head has an inner surface for receiving a drive tool. The shaft has an outer surface including a threaded portion. The pressure pad can include a surface feature. The pressure pad can also be releasably, rotationally-fixed to the shaft through a breakaway portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Alan Douglas Beck, Benjamin Herman Sparks, Barry Lynn Baker
  • Patent number: 9676451
    Abstract: The bilge plug saver of the present invention includes a large piece and a small piece made of a waterproof material, preferably rubber. The large and small piece fit together to form a waterproof capsule sized and shaped to accommodate a bilge plug within the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Jason D. Marceau
  • Patent number: 9216615
    Abstract: A wheel mounting bolt includes a male thread portion, a collar portion, an engagement portion, and a protruding shaft portion. The male thread portion has a first end portion and a second end portion opposite to the first end portion in an axial direction of the male thread portion to be threadedly engaged, from the first end portion, with a female thread portion of a hub. The collar portion is provided between the first end portion and the second end portion of the male thread portion to fit into a bolt insertion hole of a wheel. The engagement portion is provided at the second end portion of the male thread portion integrally with the male thread portion to be gripped by a fastening tool. The protruding shaft portion protrudes from the engagement portion toward a direction opposite to the first end portion and is provided with male threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: KYO-EI INDUSTRIAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daisaku Kishida
  • Patent number: 9193058
    Abstract: An adjustable tool handle for holding a tool during use provides an improved handling of tools during use of tools that are difficult to use on their own, specifically L-shaped hexagonal wrenches. The adjustable tool handle includes a tool handle body with a handle and an adjustable opening for receiving a tool. In order to place a tool within the tool handle, a user opens the tool handle. When the tool handle is open, one leg of the tool handle is inserted into one of a plurality of openings on the back of the body and the other leg is placed within the adjustable opening. After the tool is placed within the tool handle, the tool is held in place by a securing mechanism. With the tool coupled to the tool handle, a user is able to tighten and loosen work pieces of different sizes and different types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: WAGIC, INC.
    Inventor: Robert J. Gallegos
  • Patent number: 9145711
    Abstract: A device attachable to a key that allows an individual with limited dexterity to handle the key and use it according to its ordinary function. The device provides a Y-shaped handle, such as that structured by a section of antler, that attaches to a key and provides each of the geometric and structural requirements necessary for the user to pick up the key from a flat surface, insert the key into a lock or switch aperture, and turn the key once inserted. The Y-shaped component is curved across its height dimension and provides a yoke engagement structure to permit holding the device with key to exert a force sufficient to insert the key into a lock or switch, and by a combination of forces exerted by the palm or back of the hand and the thumb, to rotate the key/device combination in order to activate the lock or switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventors: Patricia A. Burton, Donald W. Burton
  • Patent number: 9120212
    Abstract: A ratchet includes multiple ratchet teeth defined in the outer periphery thereof and a coated layer is coated along the outer periphery of the ratchet. A sand blasting device is used to blast sands to remove a part of the coated layer to define a circular endless opening on the coated layer, and the ratchet teeth protrude the coated layer from the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventor: Cheng-Pu Yang
  • Publication number: 20150143964
    Abstract: A device for both installing and uninstalling a drain trim ring. The device comprises a body, a flange, and a male drive. The length of the body corresponds to the interior diameter of a trim ring, thereby creating fitment therebetween and holding the device securely in place within the trim ring. After the device has been inserted into a trim ring, an individual can then apply rotational force to the device via a socket wrench, or other such device, applied to the male drive. The rotational force applied to the device is then applied to the trim ring due to the frictional engagement between the device and the trim ring, thereby allowing the trim ring to be screwed into or out of the corresponding drain shoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Glen Kanczewski, Ken Kanczewski
  • Patent number: 9010223
    Abstract: A tool bit includes a plurality of fins each having first and second ends and extended radially and longitudinally and including the second end thereof forming two opposite lateral sides each including a reinforcing section extended therefrom. Two adjacent fins of the plurality of fins form a recess therebetween, which has a curved periphery interconnecting two adjacent reinforcing sections of the two adjacent fins. Each fin defines a first length from the end thereof to the curved periphery of the recess extended from the second end thereof. The first length is smaller than a second length defined between two opposite peripheral sides of a hexagonal periphery of a connecting end of the tool bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: New Way Tools Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ping-Wen Huang
  • Patent number: 8978525
    Abstract: A coupling structure between a screw head and a tightening tool includes a recess (3) with a curved concave surface on the free base of the head (1) of the screw (2) and a protuberance (6) with a curved convex surface finishing the end of the tool (5). The recess has axial projections (4) internally and the protuberance (6) has meridional grooves (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Universal Ball Head, S.L.
    Inventor: Ramón Farré Berga
  • Publication number: 20150059146
    Abstract: An internal plumbing wrench is arranged for internally gripping a plumbing insert, such as those used in sinks and the like. The internal wrench includes a split gripping section which is adjustable by the cam action of a hexagonal core. A central shaft has a foot extending 90° away from the longitudinal axis of the shaft and is arranged to extend into pipes connected to the insert to hold a broken pieces and permit separation of the insert from any pipe pieces attached thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Rodney Bills
  • Publication number: 20150013508
    Abstract: A bit assembly includes a bit for driving a screw, a shank for holding and driving the bit to rotate about a pivot axis wherein the bit is capable of moving relative to the shank in a predetermined range, and a limiting structure formed between the bit and the shank for preventing the bit to move beyond the predetermined range. The bit and the shank are made of different materials and form a sliding connection so that they have a certain buffer space in the axial direction and in the circumferential direction thereby reducing the effect of impacts on the service life of the bit assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Xiaofeng Zhang
  • Publication number: 20150000479
    Abstract: A torque transmission driver has a first end portion adapted to receive and transmit torque from a torque generation source, and a second end portion including a shaped tapered bit having drive surfaces with an alternating series of five or six lobes and troughs about a rotational axis, having a taper angle between 15 and 65° from the rotational axis operable to engage corresponding drive surfaces in a plurality of at least two size fasteners, the tapered drive surfaces of the bit comprising a first tapered portion operable to engage drive surfaces of a first sized fastener and a second tapered portion operable to engage drive surfaces of a second sized fastener, the drive surfaces of the second sized fastener being larger than the drive surfaces of the first sized fastener. The taper angle may be nominally 52° from the rotational axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: INFASTECH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTIES PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Richard W. LUKES, Donald K. BLAESS
  • Publication number: 20140352501
    Abstract: An anti-slip fastener driver includes a body portion and a driving portion formed at one terminal end of the body portion. The driving portion includes at least one peripheral face. At least one contact face is formed at one distal end of the driving portion opposite to the body portion. The contact face is beveled and at an inner included angle less than 90 degrees to the peripheral face. The contact face is adapted to abut against a terminal section of a bottom surface of a socket formed in a fastener to increase contact area between the socket and the anti-slip fastener driver for providing enough friction to turn the fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: New Way Tools Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ping-Wen Huang