US 9,810,256 B2
Lock ring
Philip J. Blizzard, Durham, NC (US); and Michael Creighton, Hatboro, PA (US)
Assigned to Thundershirt, LLC, Durham, NC (US)
Filed by Thundershirt, LLC, Durham, NC (US)
Filed on Nov. 21, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/357,743.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/257,448, filed on Nov. 19, 2015.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/364,921, filed on Jul. 21, 2016.
Prior Publication US 2017/0146052 A1, May 25, 2017
Int. Cl. F16B 45/04 (2006.01); A44B 15/00 (2006.01)
CPC F16B 45/04 (2013.01) [A44B 15/00 (2013.01)] 10 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A lock ring comprising:
an elongated body, the body including
an end comprising a male portion including a tip having a transverse cross-section larger in diameter than an adjacent portion of the lock ring body, and
another end comprising a female portion including a tip having a transverse cross-section larger in diameter than the tip of the male portion of the body, the tip of the female portion defining a groove open to the exterior of the tip of the female portion, the groove configured for receiving the tip of the male portion of the body, wherein the ends of the body are in a connected position; and
a cover configured for closing the groove in the tip of the female portion of the body for securing the male portion of the body in the female portion in the connected position; and
a hinge connected between the cover and the female portion of the body, wherein the cover pivots on the hinge between an open position and the closed position.