Patent number: 10155479 Type: Grant Filed: Jan 8, 2018 Date of Patent: Dec 18, 2018 Patent Publication Number: 20180194290 Assignee: Moki Doorstep Corp. (Newington, CT) … . A length of the extension element 415E may be configured based on the location of the door latch element 100 in a door well, the size of the vehicle, the desired height of the steps with respect to the vehicle and/or the Earth's surface, the desired distance between the first step structure 405 and the second step structure 410, or on any other basis. . . Therefore, the convex portion(s) 230 and the concave portion(s) 235 may enable the step apparatus 200 to be used with door latch elements 100 of various sizes. Kevin out because he thinks it's overpriced and will soon have knockoffs. The step apparatus of claim 1, wherein: “Car Cane” Nov. 16, 2016; Retrieved from Internet . The elongate support element 210 may be configured to have a differently sized first surface 305 depending upon implementation. Turns out, like a shark, he was just waiting for his moment to strike. . The product costs $10.50 per item, landed. It is highly safety compliant and made from aircraft grade aluminum. 3D is a top view of a step apparatus according to embodiments of the present disclosure. Founders there because they want sharks to take deal global. Any listed range can be easily recognized as sufficiently describing and enabling the same range being broken down into at least equal halves, thirds, quarters, fifths, tenths, quadrants, thirds, etc. FIG. Such biasing of surfaces may be caused by gravity and/or a non-gravitational force being applied to the step structure 205 by a user or some other object. . 2A), a second surface 310 (proximate to or encompassed by the second end 220 of the elongate support element 210) is biased against the U-shaped latch element 120. 371 85.0 0.90 64.0 68.0 70.1 73.9 82.9 93.7 99.7 104.0 115.8 60 years and over . - My wife and I have always been travelers and the adventurous type. . The second step structure 410 has a first flat or substantially flat step surface 410A and a second flat or substantially flat step surface 410B sized to provide a second horizontal or substantially horizontal step 410 when the step apparatus 400 is coupled to the door latch element 100 in the hanging and upright configurations, respectively. 2B. . The step apparatus 200 is removably coupled to the door latch element 100 disposed within a vehicle's door well. The latch element can include a conventional “striker” latch portion of a vehicle's door latch mechanism. . While not illustrated, one skilled in the art will appreciate that the elongate support element 210 may include one or more surfaces that protrude perpendicularly from a major axis of the elongate support element 210 and that extend along a major plane of the step structure 205 such that the surface(s) may couple to the first step surface 205A and/or the second step surface 205B. This is the right to sue someone who infringes on your patent in the country in which it is issued. . For example, in a first configuration the first surface 305 may be arched to a first degree, in a second configuration the first surface 305 may be arched to a second degree, etc. Once in place, you can use the step to easily load your favorite sporting gear or wash the roof of your car, without using a ladder or step stool. The step apparatus 200 can be used in both a hanging position as illustrated in FIG. . 5B is a side view of a step apparatus according to embodiments of the present disclosure. 386 84.0 1.48 59.4 63.5 66.2 70.3 80.1 92.9 100.1 109.5 125.3 40-59 years . . Our product, the Moki Doorstep helps its users easily access the roof of their vehicle. The step structure 205 can also include a second flat or substantially flat step surface 205B sized to provide a horizontal or substantially horizontal step when the step apparatus 200 is coupled to the door latch element 100 in the hanging position as illustrated in FIG. However, Daymond offered the $150,000 for 20% of the equity, four times more than the entrepreneurs were interested in diluting the value of the company to. And when the entrepreneurs of Moki Doorstep expressed that they would be interested in selling, Daymond struck. 3A through 3E may or may not be maintained when dimensions are altered from those illustrated. Goal: $2,000. It that simple. The door latch element 100 also includes a U-shaped latch element 120 extending from the base plate 110. It currently sells for $44.95. Created by a husband and diminutive wife from Newtown, CT, Moki Doorstep is a literal step up that hooks into the strike of a car door providing firm footing for someone to be able to not just reach the top of a car but to potentially reach across. The Moki Door Step is the only product of its kind to be protected by a U.S. patent, 10,155,479. The step apparatus 200 includes an elongate support element 210 connected to the step structure 205. One skilled in the art will additionally appreciate that the size of the hook-shaped element 225 may vary, provided that the hook-shaped element's size permits the second end 220 of the elongate support element 210 to extend through the void of the door latch element 100. Door Step and set up guide AU & US & CA patents. As will be understood by one skilled in the art, for any and all purposes, such as in terms of providing a written description, all ranges disclosed herein also encompass any and all possible subranges and combinations of subranges thereof. For example, the illustrated dimensions can vary between about 20% and about 100% depending upon implementation requirements. 3A, 3B, and 3D). A step apparatus may also be able to extend through a door latch element such that the step apparatus may couple to the door latch element in an upright position. One skilled in the art will appreciate that the distance D may be altered by altering a length of the elongate support element 210 and/or altering a configuration of the hook-shaped element 225. For example, when the step apparatus 200 is coupled to the door latch element 100, a first surface 305 is biased against the door well. 1. Referring to FIGS. FIG. The various singular/plural permutations may be expressly set forth herein for sake of clarity. . A step apparatus of the present disclosure includes a load-supporting step structure and an elongate element for anchoring the step apparatus to a latch element disposed within a door well. . The name, "Moki Doorstep" was inspired by Indians who used to build steps into walls. As illustrated in FIGS. The door latch element 100 is also often disposed opposite to a hinge that attaches a door of the vehicle to the door well 105. The patented Step eliminates dirty shoes on vehicle seats and the need for step stools or ladders. Provisional Patent Application Ser. The shape of the step structure (205/405/410) can be varied. If those numbers aren't made then the license would go away and the North American market would revert back to the entrepreneurs. The protrusions 320 may be manufactured as part of the first step surface 205A and/or the second step surface 205B or the protrusions may be manufactured as part of a material that is applied to the first step surface 205A and/or the second step surface 205B. 2B is a side view of a step apparatus removably coupled to a door latch element in a second configuration according to embodiments of the present disclosure. Step apparatuses that removably couple to a door latch element (e.g., a U-shaped striker element) of a vehicle are described. Daymond took them up on it.". $110,736. It will be further understood by those within the art that virtually any disjunctive word and/or phrase presenting two or more alternative terms, whether in the description, claims, or drawings, should be understood to contemplate the possibilities of including one of the terms, either of the terms, or both terms. For further example, when the step apparatus 200 is in the hanging position (as illustrated in FIG. Following Kickstarter, we appeared at the New England Camping and RV Expo and did … One skilled in the art will appreciate that the degree of arching of the first surface 305 may result in a different amount of surface contact between the first surface 305 and the door well (and/or the door latch element 100, and in particular the base plate 110). Goal: $2,000. 573 84.0 1.21 58.6 63.7 66.3 70.3 79.9 92.8 100.4 109.4 123.2 40-59 years . However, the use of such phrases should not be construed to imply that the introduction of a claim recitation by the indefinite articles “a” or “an” limits any particular claim containing such introduced claim recitation to embodiments containing only one such recitation, even when the same claim includes the introductory phrases “one or more” or “at least one” and indefinite articles such as “a” or “an” (e.g., “a” and/or “an” should be interpreted to mean “at least one” or “one or more”); the same holds true for the use of definite articles used to introduce claim recitations. The elongate support element 210 includes a door well biased surface and a latch element biased surface. . The SUV Doorstep is Made from aircraft-grade aluminum 6106-T6, And multiple contact points disperse the load on the door latch. With $30,000 funding from Zach’s uncle, and a Kickstarter that brought in about $110,000 with 2,000 backers, the Browns were ready to ask the Sharks for $150,000 in exchange for 5% of the company. Kickstarter The various anthropometric reference data for children and adults is periodically released by the National Health Statistics Reports and includes data for sizes of limbs, weights, and other human statistics, which may be considered in designing various characteristics and parameters of the step apparatus 200 including, for example, the size and strength of the step element 205 and the elongate support element 210. This application claims priority to U.S. asked on July 13, 2018. In terms of previous investment, the company was started with $30,000 that belonged to one of the entrepreneurs' uncles. 4A through 4C, a step apparatus 400 is illustrated having a first step structure 405 and a second step structure 410. From the foregoing, it will be appreciated that various embodiments of the present disclosure have been described herein for purposes of illustration, and that various modifications may be made without departing from the scope and spirit of the present disclosure. It is highly safety compliant and made from aircraft grade aluminum. . Portable One skilled in the art will appreciate that less than all of the dimensions illustrated in FIGS. For example, the predetermined position can be selected to place the step structure 205 at a predetermined distance D (as illustrated in FIGS. What is patent protection? 5537% of Goal. The step apparatus of claim 1, further comprising: 3. 934 91.3 1.10 63.8 69.0 72.9 78.2 88.6 102.9 109.8 117.6 126.6 60-69 years . 5A is a side view of a step apparatus according to embodiments of the present disclosure. Created by a husband and diminutive wife from Newtown, CT, Moki Doorstep is a literal step up that hooks into the strike of a car door providing firm footing for someone to be able to not just reach the top of a car but to potentially reach across. . 933 91.0 0.96 64.4 69.5 73.5 78.5 87.9 100.6 108.6 116.2 126.3 50-59 years . . 5. 2A). For example, the size of the step element 205 can be based on the size of human feet. 2,738 90.4 0.42 63.7 68.9 72.2 77.3 88.0 100.6 108.7 115.6 124.1 20-39 years . Ended almost 3 years ago. on Kickstarter. 391 82.0 1.13 58.6 63.0 66.5 70.2 80.4 90.9 96.6 101.5 109.4 Mexican American 20 years and over . One skilled in the art will appreciate that the U-shaped latch element 120 may be configured smaller than that illustrated in FIGS. The convex portion(s) 230 and the concave portion(s) 235 may also be configured to couple to the U-shaped latch element 120. The second end 220 of the elongate support element 210 includes a hook-shaped element 225 sized to hang the step apparatus 200 from the U-shaped latch element 120. FIG. 3A through 3E (and other figures). Accordingly, the various embodiments disclosed herein are not intended to be limiting, with the true scope and spirit being indicated by the following claims. All references recited herein are incorporated herein by specific reference in their entirety. Moki Doorstep. One skilled in the art will appreciate that similar data related to foot length and breadth may also be considered in designing characteristics and parameters of the step apparatus 200. . 1,541 84.4 0.88 60.4 65.0 67.3 71.4 81.6 93.2 100.2 107.3 121.0 20-39 years . . Zachary Brown is raising funds for Moki Doorstep on Kickstarter! . They discovered that both prices sold just as well. The Cost Breakdown: The landed cost to produce the Moki doorstep is $10.54 per step and based on a trial sales period at a camping show, they retail for between $40 and $50. . Design. Many modifications and variations can be made without departing from its spirit and scope, as will be apparent to those skilled in the art. In an example, the elongate support element 210 may be coupled to the second step surface 205B (as illustrated in FIGS. The dimensions are represented in inches and are merely illustrative. One skilled in the art will appreciate that the thickness and strength of the first end 215 of the elongate support element 210 may vary depending on the weight of a human that is intended to use the step apparatus 200. 2A and 2B. Portable Your Moki Door Step can be attached and ready to use in seconds. For example, the phrase “A or B” will be understood to include the possibilities of “A” or “B” or “A and B.”. In addition, even if a specific number of an introduced claim recitation is explicitly recited, those skilled in the art will recognize that such recitation should be interpreted to mean at least the recited number (e.g., the bare recitation of “two recitations,” without other modifiers, means at least two recitations, or two or more recitations). People have routinely placed items on the roof of their vehicle. FIG. Other configurations are anticipated within the teachings herein, but various embodiments disclosed herein include advantages associated thereto. The distance D may be configured in view of the vehicle(s) to which the step apparatus 200 is to couple, the size of the user of the step apparatus 200, as well as other considerations. . Their simple-minded yet inventive produce allows you to instantly create a step on your vehicle to access the rooftop for works like ensure merchandise or cleanup snow from the top of large vehicles. The elongate support element 210 may extend within and through the void. The elongate support element 210 is configured to releasably couple the step apparatus 200 to the door latch element 100. The elongate support element 210 can include a hook-shaped element 225 disposed at the second end 220 of the elongate support element 210. The hook-shaped element 225 removably couples to the U-shaped latch element 120, thereby enabling the step apparatus 200 to hang from the U-shaped latch element 120 such that the first step surface 205A is located a predetermined distance D from a top surface of the U-shaped latch element 120 (as illustrated in FIG. 356 89.9 1.43 61.3 64.2 66.6 72.1 85.6 101.4 111.7 120.0 134.3 40-59 years . It is highly safety compliant and … Alternatively, the first step surface 205A and/or the second step surface 205B may be manufactured to include rubber or some other friction providing material. 2A is a side view of a step apparatus removably coupled to a door latch element in a first configuration according to embodiments of the present disclosure. I believe thats patent infringement . The step apparatus of claim 1, wherein a first end of the elongate support element is sized to extend through a void of the latch element, the first end being distal from the step structure along the elongate support element. The elongate support element 210 can extend substantially entirely through the void (as illustrated in FIG. The doorstep can be placed and removed in seconds and, according to shorter of the two entrepreneurs, creates a firm foundation on which to stand. They currently do have one investor, Zach’s uncle, who is owed $1 royalty per unit sold for the length of the patent. For taller vehicles and/or short individuals, it may be difficult for a person to easily access items located on the roof of a vehicle. The Moki Door Step is the only product of its kind to be protected by a U.S. patent, 10,155,479. 62/443,890, titled “Vehicle Door Well Step Apparatus,” filed on Jan. 9, 2017. This is opposed to extending out of the door well towards an exterior or interior of the vehicle. 5A through 5E, a modified step structure 500 is illustrated. Additionally, to gauge the appropriate price point, the entrepreneurs tested prices between $40 and $50 per unit at camping shows. 1 illustrates a door latch element within a door well. 9. One skilled in the art will further appreciate that scaling of the dimensions illustrated in FIGS. . . ABOUT “SUV DOORSTEP” Made from aircraft-grade aluminum 6106-T6, the weight limit of 510lbs; Package Dimensions: 6.8 x 3.5 x 1.9 inches, Item Weight:11.2 ounces; The rubber bumper and coated hook protect the vehicle; Includes: Door Step and set up guide; AU & … 832 92.9 0.71 66.4 72.1 75.0 80.4 90.0 103.1 111.9 117.7 128.7 60 years and over . 3A through 3E, an example of the step apparatus 200 is illustrated wherein the second end 220 of the elongate support element 210 is sized to extend through the void created by the U-shaped latch element 120 and the base plate 110. 90.4 94.8 97.6 109.1 1Persons of other races and ethnicities are included opposing load-bearing step surfaces and. Change in Ownership ( or slightly open ) is issued in the appended claims to the load-supporting step 405. One or more than one step element 205 may be altered other configurations are anticipated within teachings! Such is well known in the art and therefore is not discussed in detail herein connected. 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