Patents Represented by Attorney Bliss McGlynn, P.C.
  • Patent number: 8336158
    Abstract: A wiper assembly having a wiping element for contact with a windshield within a predetermined attack angle range of ±10° perpendicular relative to the surface to be wiped. The wiper assembly further includes two elongated beams that are engaged to the wiping element and apply a downward force thereto. The wiper assembly also includes a connecting member mounted to the elongated beams. The wiper assembly also includes an airfoil that has an attachment portion attached to the elongated beams and an upper portion that is attached to the attachment portion. The upper portion includes a wing having a facing surface and a trailing surface that extend outwardly from the upper portion at converging angles to improve wind lift resistance and reduce drag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron Stankiewicz, Rolando Lozano, Mitica Polocoser, Kyle Moll, George Hojnacki, Christopher A. Weber
  • Patent number: 8336374
    Abstract: A method of determining opening of an intake valve of an internal combustion engine, the method including the steps of: determining the time pattern of an intake pressure in an intake manifold of the internal combustion engine, the time pattern of the rotation speed of a drive shaft of the internal combustion engine, or the time pattern of a voltage at the terminals of a battery of the internal combustion engine; determining an intake-frequency component of the intake pressure, the rotation speed, or the voltage; and determining opening of the intake valve as a function of the intake-frequency component of the intake pressure, and also as a function of the intake-frequency component of the rotation speed or voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Magneti Marelli S.p.A.
    Inventors: Massimo Zanotti, Fabio Sensi, Marco Panciroli, Andrea Leoni, Francesco Alunni, Filippo Cavanna
  • Patent number: 8328223
    Abstract: An attachment assembly for a vehicle having a receiver for pulling an object or being pulled. The attachment assembly includes a support member for connection to the receiver and an attachment member connected to the support member to provide both pivotal and rotational movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Bradley R. Leinenger
  • Patent number: 8303424
    Abstract: A shoe mounts an outer spring defining a longitudinal direction and an inner spring arranged within the outer spring. The outer and inner springs define corresponding end sides of the outer and inner springs, and the shoe defines an end side of the shoe. A spring-position limitation limits the outer spring in its longitudinal direction and enables the inner spring to emerge at the end side of the shoe out of the outer spring. A driver primary element exerts a pressure on the inner spring as the driver approaches the outer and inner springs in a direction of the corresponding end sides of the outer and inner springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: Jochen Boelling
  • Patent number: 8292246
    Abstract: An apparatus for an inclinable support of a speaker on a rod includes a sleeve for receiving an end portion of the rod provided with a closed head section, a mounting device adapted to be attached to the speaker having an elongated opening formed as a guidance for the sleeve and a bearing spaced apart from the opening, in which the sleeve with the head section is supported pivotally, and at least one locking device for the sleeve provided in the region of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Adam Hall GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Drumm, Dipl.-Ing. Guntram Pletz
  • Patent number: 8276326
    Abstract: A telescopic mast system includes a telescopic mast comprising a plurality of telescopic mast sections and a drive mechanism for extending and retracting the telescopic mast sections. The drive mechanism includes a rigid chain having one end connected to a last one of the telescopic mast sections to move the telescopic mast sections and a plurality of guide plates cooperating with the telescopic mast sections to prevent buckling of the rigid chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Serapid Inc.
    Inventors: Said Lounis, Kevin Dombrowski
  • Patent number: 8267379
    Abstract: A cable guiding device includes a base, upper and lower guide members disposed along a longitudinal direction, in which two ends of the upper guide member are mounted on the base and two ends of the lower guide member are mounted on the base. A slider defining a central cavity is penetrated therethrough in a lateral direction substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction. Upper and lower movable members are fitted slidably over the upper and lower guide members respectively, in which two ends of the upper movable member are mounted on two longitudinal side walls of the slider, and two ends of the lower movable member are mounted on two longitudinal side walls of the slider respectively. Upper and lower guiding rollers are fitted rotatably over the upper and lower movable members and disposed within the central cavity respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: T-MAX (Hang Zhou) Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Huizhong Yang, Zhaobo Qing, Wei Bao
  • Patent number: 8261403
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a wiper blade system that includes a wiper blade assembly having a wiping element, at least one elongated beam and a carrier that is operatively engaged to the elongated beam. The wiper blade assembly further includes an airfoil and a coupler assembly having a coupler and an adapter that is removably attached to the coupler. The coupler is removably secured the carrier and includes a corridor having a cross member extending therethrough that operatively receives the adapter. Together, the coupler and adapter facilitate mounting the wiper blade assembly to wiper arms having different wiper arm attachment members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventor: Dan Ehde
  • Patent number: 8256492
    Abstract: A sunshade device for a vehicle includes a sunshade cloth that has two opposite lateral ends inserted respectively into two track rails, a fixed end fixed to a winding shaft assembly, and a pull end interconnecting the lateral ends oppositely of the fixed end. A cross bar is attached to the pull end and extends between the track rails. A tensioning unit includes a spring disposed within the cross bar, a buffer sleeve disposed around the spring, and two tension cords each having an intermediate section attached to one of two lateral ends of the sunshade cloth, a first end section connected to one end of the spring, and a second end section connected to the winding shaft assembly. The tension cords prevent the sunshade cloth from becoming slack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Macauto Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Paul Lin
  • Patent number: 8231757
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing laminated bamboo sliver lumber comprises steps of: preparing bamboo slivers; performing moth-proofing, mildew-proofing, and antiseptic treatments to the bamboo slivers and then drying the bamboo slivers to a moisture content of about 6-15%; machining each dried bamboo sliver to a thickness of about 0.5-3.5 mm (0.02-0.14 in) and a width of about 5-22 mm (0.20-0.87 in) and then dehumidifying the machined bamboo slivers to a moisture content of about 3-10%; applying a glue to the bamboo slivers by glue-coating or “immerging” process, in which a ratio of the glue to an absolute dry weight of the bamboo slivers is about 3-16%; and arranging the glued bamboo slivers with their “width” direction consistent with the “vertical” direction and then pressing the arranged bamboo slivers and curing the glue under a “side” pressure of about 3-15 MPa (0.44-2.18 ksi) and a “top” pressure of about 1-6 MPa (0.15-0.87 ksi) so as to form the laminated bamboo sliver lumber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Hangzhou Dazhuang Floor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hai Lin, Xufeng Xu, Jiuhong Jin, Hongzheng Liu
  • Patent number: 8231493
    Abstract: A locking differential for an automotive vehicle including a housing and a differential mechanism supported in the housing. The differential mechanism includes a pair of clutch members where each of the clutch members presents an inwardly directed face. Each face includes a groove disposed in spacing relationship with respect to the other. A cross pin is received in the grooves and is operatively connected for rotation with the housing. The clutch members are axially moveable within the housing so that they may engage respective clutch members coupled to a pair of axle half shafts. Each of the grooves in the clutch members defines a first predetermined radius of curvature. The cross pin defines a second radius of curvature wherein the first radius of curvature of the groove is greater than the second radius of curvature of the cross pin such that contact between the cross pin and the groove defines a line extending along the axis of the cross pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen P. Radzevich
  • Patent number: 8205901
    Abstract: An extending and retracting device for a vehicle step includes a mounting bracket adapted to be fixed to a body of a vehicle and a step bracket. An arc sliding member is fixed to the step bracket. A driving arm defines a pair of ends thereof pivotally connected to the mounting bracket and step bracket, respectively. A supporting arm defines an upper end portion thereof pivotally connected to the mounting bracket and a lower end portion of the supporting arm defining at least one arc slot of the lower end portion. The arc sliding member is adapted to fit into the arc slot so as to be slidable in the arc slot such that the lower end portion of the supporting arm is slidably connected to the step bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: T-Max (Hangzhou) Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Huizhong Yang, Zhaobo Qing
  • Patent number: 8206227
    Abstract: A torsional vibration damper includes a drive-side primary element having at least one primary dog, an output-side secondary element having at least one secondary dog, and at least one spring device between the primary and secondary dogs for spring-elastic coupling of the primary element to the secondary element and including a plurality of spring elements. A separator sheet includes a ring element. At least one sliding block extends from the ring element between adjacent spring elements and is arranged circumferentially about the spring elements. The primary element has also an inner part having an external toothing, an outer part on which the primary dog is arranged and having an internal toothing engaging into the external toothing, and at least one damping part arranged between the external and internal toothing for vibration damping between the inner and outer parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Jochen Boelling, Christian Bernhard Halm, Frank Guenter, Volker Heinz
  • Patent number: 8205292
    Abstract: A windshield wiper arm assembly that is adapted to support a wiper blade as it moves across a surface to be wiped. The windshield wiper arm assembly includes a body and a head supported by the body and adapted to be mounted to a pivot shaft that defines a pivot axis P and drives the wiper blade in an oscillating manner across the surface to be wiped. The body also includes an opening providing access to the head mounted to the pivot shaft. A cover is mounted to the body at the opening and is movable about an axis A substantially parallel to the pivot axis P from a first position closing the opening to a second position allowing access to the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: C. Joseph Thielen, Mitica Polocoser
  • Patent number: 8206017
    Abstract: An illumination device (11) for a motor vehicle includes a transparent light guide (13). At least a first decoupling element (33) is formed into the light guide (13). At least one reflector (35) is assigned to the first decoupling element (33) for reflection of light coupled-out by the first decoupling element (33) and aligned and formed in such a way that at least a portion of the light reflected by the reflector (35) irradiates the light guide (13). At least one second decoupling element (37) is formed in the light guide (13) for coupling-out of light from the light guide (13) and aligned and formed in such a way that light coupled-out by the second decoupling element (37) ultimately exits the light guide (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Automotive Lighting Reutlingen GmbH
    Inventor: Hubert Zwick
  • Patent number: 8173882
    Abstract: A stringed instrument defines a hollow volume and includes at least one string. A tremolo assembly of the stringed instrument is adapted to vary tension in the string and comprises a tone block disposed within the hollow volume and operatively connected to the string. An arm extends from the tone block and is disposed within the volume of space. A handle extends from the arm and is spaced from the tone block and adapted to be displaced relative to the arm to operatively cause the tone block to correspondingly vary the tension in the string. A bridge plate is attached to the stringed instrument, connected to the string and tone block, and operatively connected to the arm. A connection mechanism operatively connects the bridge plate to the arm and is adapted to pull the bridge plate away from and toward the stringed instrument to correspondingly vary the tension upon the displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Inventor: William J. Hannapel
  • Patent number: D661454
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventors: Mark Allen Coir, Jeffrey David Evarts, Diane Ellen Schmale
  • Patent number: D664491
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Kawamoto
  • Patent number: D664911
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Kawamoto
  • Patent number: D673230
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Lei Qin