NOV has been granted a patent for a pop-up stopper with multiple aperture and lever rod engagement locations, allowing for easy replacement in various drain systems. The stopper features a seal for enhanced drainage closure and a compact design with a maximum width of 1.04 inches. GlobalData’s report on NOV gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Pop up stopper for basin drain opening

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: NOV Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11927001B2) discloses a pop-up stopper designed for a basin drain opening. The stopper comprises a body with multiple rod engagement locations, a cap, and a seal to close or open the drain flow. The lever rod actuates the stopper between raised and lowered positions, with the force of gravity assisting in the lowering process. The design features integrally formed cap and body, spaced-apart rod engagement locations, and a connector plate with a notch for lever rod engagement. The stopper is compact, with a maximum width of 1.04 inches, and includes fins for stability.

The patent also details a method for installing the pop-up stopper, involving inserting the stopper body through the drain opening and engaging the lever rod with the appropriate engagement location. Testing is recommended to ensure proper functionality, with adjustments made by selecting different engagement locations if necessary. The stopper body design includes fins, a connector plate, and a connector body, with various aperture locations for lever rod engagement. The method emphasizes proper alignment and testing to ensure the stopper functions correctly, with specific instructions for addressing any issues that may arise during installation and testing.

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