US Patent Application No: 2004/0104,580

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Unit having a memory metal actuator for latching devices of household appliances

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The present invention provides a method for a door latch of a household appliance wherein the unit includes at least one memory metal actuator which generates forces desired during use of the door latch.

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Patent Owner(s)

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EMZ-HANAUER GMBH & CO. KGAANABBURG20

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Dirnberger, Albert Neunburg v.W., DE 19 57
Nothaas, Josef Waffenbrunn, DE 1 22
Spiessl, Georg Willhof-Altendorf, DE 15 140
Zuhlke, Gunter Stulln, DE 2 22

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
* 5,543,678 Flat motors 52 1993
* 5,456,243 Thermal block for door assembly 10 1994
 
France/Scott Fetzer Company (1)
* 6,474,702 Range door lock with nuisance latch 11 2000
 
LANDIS & GYR TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION AG (1)
* 5,685,148 Drive apparatus 24 1995
 
SONY CORPORATION (1)
* 6,404,098 Drive unit using shape memory alloy 175 2000
 
ELEKTROMANUFAKTUR ZANGENSTEIN HANAUER GMBH & CO. KGAA (1)
* 6,634,684 Latching mechanism for the door of an electric household appliance 75 2001
 
Nanotechnology, Inc. (1)
* 5,637,984 Pseudo-mechanical system incorporating ohmic electromechanical transducer and electrical generator 9 1994
 
MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC. (1)
* 6,633,095 Motion device using shape memory material and method therefor 50 1999
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN (1)
7,331,616 Hood latch assemblies utilizing active materials and methods of use 26 2004
 
ELETTROTECNICA ROLD S.R.L. (2)
* 2008/0238,113 Locking device for the closing lid of washing machines 1 2008
* 2013/0127,181 PUSH-PULL CLOSING DEVICE 0 2011
 
DEEP SCIENCE, LLC (1)
8,146,357 Self assembling/quick assembly structure using shape memory alloy materials 0 2008
 
Alfmeier Prazision AG Baugruppen und Systemlosungen (1)
* 2009/0174,195 Shape-Memory Alloy Actuator and Latches Including Same 1 2005
 
PBT (IP) LIMITED (2)
* 7,798,538 Electrically controllable latch mechanism 1 2004
* 2006/0214,434 Electrically controllable latch mechanism 2 2004
 
PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (1)
* 8,708,198 Dispenser with lockout device 0 2013
 
GOJO INDUSTRIES, INC. (2)
* 8,387,830 Dispenser with lockout device 0 2010
* 2011/0056,987 DISPENSER WITH LOCKOUT DEVICE 7 2010
 
DUAL MECHANICS CO., LTD. (2)
8,459,705 Door lock apparatus 0 2010
* 2011/0203,332 DOOR LOCK APPARATUS 0 2010
 
TINA TECHNOLOGY, INC. (1)
* 2007/0215,187 Dishwasher Having A Height-Adjustable Upper Rack 5 2005
 
THE INVENTION SCIENCE FUND I, LLC (1)
7,469,538 Self assembling/quick assembly structure using shape memory alloy materials 1 2005
 
TELEZYGOLOGY PTY LIMITED (1)
7,217,059 Fixing and release systems 13 1999
 
HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC. (1)
* 2007/0171,609 Electronic equipment enclosure with passive thermal vent door control 4 2006
 
GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC (3)
* 9,316,212 Superelastic shape memory alloy overloading and overheating protection mechanism 0 2012
* 2014/0026,554 SUPERELASTIC SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY OVERLOADING AND OVERHEATING PROTECTION MECHANISM 1 2012
* 2014/0225,708 OVERLOAD PROTECTION FOR SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY ACTUATORS 0 2013
 
DELL PRODUCTS L.P. (1)
* 2010/0283,270 Magnetic Latch and Method for Manufacture Thereof 2 2009
 
C.R.F. SOCIETA CONSORTILE PER AZIONI (5)
7,086,885 Shape memory actuator device 4 2004
* 7,585,006 Household appliance, namely a machine for washing and/or drying laundry, with a door block/release device that can be actuated electrically 7 2005
* 2006/0012,190 Household appliance, namely a machine for washing and/or drying laundry, with a door block/release device that can be actuated electrically 6 2005
* 7,764,159 Shape-memory actuator device with protection against over-stresses 4 2005
* 2006/0148,296 Shape-memory actuator device with protection against over-stresses 8 2005
 
ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC. (3)
7,617,703 Washing machine lid lock with memory wire actuator 7 2005
* 2006/0101,869 Washing machine lid lock with memory wire actuator 0 2005
* 2006/0208,500 Door locking system 5 2006
 
WISTRON CORPORATION (1)
* 9,213,374 Computer device 0 2014
 
SEARETE LLC (1)
* 2007/0119,218 Adaptive engaging assembly 0 2005
 
TELEZYGOLOGY, INC. (10)
8,166,836 Multi-function tool 1 2003
7,610,783 Fasteners and other assemblies 10 2004
* 7,600,301 Fixing and release systems and fastener networks 8 2004
* 2005/0172,462 Fixing and release systems and fastener networks 18 2004
* 7,922,415 Strip fastener 15 2006
* 2007/0212,166 Fixing and release systems 1 2006
* 8,066,462 Development in beam type fasteners 1 2006
* 2010/0011,548 Fasteners and Other Assemblies 3 2009
* 8,333,529 Strip fastener 0 2011
* 2011/0150,560 Strip Fastener 0 2011
 
DOMETIC GMBH (1)
* 2008/0083,242 LOCKING MEANS FOR LOCKING THE INNER CHAMBER OF A DEVICE AND DEVICE WITH LOCKING MEANS 0 2007
 
TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA (2)
* 9,140,243 Shape memory alloy latch with stable on-off position 0 2012
* 2014/0130,491 SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY LATCH WITH STABLE ON-OFF POSITION 0 2012
 
LG ELECTRONICS INC. (1)
* 7,775,070 Door power interruption safety switch of washing machine and method of operation thereof 5 2005
* Cited By Examiner