Patents Represented by Attorney Bruce E Harang
  • Patent number: 7832146
    Abstract: A self watering planter device and method of watering allowing water to be supplied by means of standard garden water hose and existing water faucet. A plurality of said self watering planters capable of being daisy-chained in a serial configuration to allow a single source of water from a standard water faucet and standard garden water hoses to provide irrigation water to all of said plurality of self watering planters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: Jeff Gordon
  • Patent number: 7513833
    Abstract: A golf swing training aid which utilizes a microprocessor controlled set of colored LEDs to teach the user to focus on a point away from the ball through the contact of a golf club with the ball. Also shown is a method of providing a visual confirmation to the golfer that he has maintained focus on a point away from the ball during the swing and through impact with the ball. This golf swing training aid may also be mounted in a practice golf mat especially those of the type used at driving ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Inventor: Gary Dale Town
  • Patent number: 7394775
    Abstract: The invention comprises several vehicle parameters transducers (1, 2, 3, 4) associated to respective slave circuits (10, 20, 30, 40) connected by a single, time-shared serial bus (60) with a master slave (50) which, when activated from a digital processing unit (DP), performs a communication with each one of the slave circuits, a bit frame circulating through said serial bus (60) according to a transmission protocol, without error correction, formed by a series of bit packets, each one with information from a corresponding slave circuit and separated by a short time interval, which information is stored in said master circuit (50) from where it is acquired by the (DP) through a parallel bus (70).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Lear Corp.
    Inventors: Fernando Gallego Hugas, Ernest Gil Doucet
  • Patent number: 7359783
    Abstract: The mobile element is a vehicle window pane, panel, movable seat or similar, conveniently guided, and driven by a DC electric motor with a permanent magnet, and the method comprises a step of detecting an entrapment or collision situation of the mobile element by means of a first fuzzy logic algorithm, which inputs are the mobile element's position and the increments that may occur in the intensity of the current demanded by said motor, which is evaluated from the relative increase of the current intensity at one turn of the motor and after one next, subsequent turn of the motor. A second fuzzy logic algorithm is used to control the mobile element's velocity, in close loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Lear Corp.
    Inventors: Jordi Bigorra Vives, Antoni Ferre Fabregas, Josep Samitier Marti, Atila Herms Berenguer, Sebastià Bota Ferragut, Agustin Gutierrez Galvez, Jose Luis Merino Panades, Francisco Javier Garcia Hernando, Rafael Jimenez Pino
  • Patent number: 7307358
    Abstract: A system of managing power supply systems in automobiles, particularly a system of active equalization between power supply systems sharing a rechargeable electrical power storage device such as a spare battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Jordi Escoda, Joan Fontanilles, Rafael Jimenez
  • Patent number: 7275649
    Abstract: An assembly system for an electrical distribution box designed to allow pre-assembly of the electrical connections within the electrical distribution box before final assembly of the electrical distribution box within a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Ignasi Ferran Palau
  • Patent number: 7268679
    Abstract: A rear lighting system for an automobile having the ability to serve several functions and to detect and compensate for burned out or damaged lighting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Alberto Garcia Briz
  • Patent number: 7213793
    Abstract: A vehicle storage compartment/cupholder assembly having a molded base into which is mounted a pair of flexible invertible dividers that allow for the secure retention of various sized beverage containers. The flexible invertible dividers may be mounted and tensioned by an internal or external flexible divider spring. The molded base may have a liner mounted therein which may be a liquid barrier, a tensioning device in place of a traditional spring, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Alan Sturt, James M Hutek, James A Mulvihill
  • Patent number: 7209360
    Abstract: The system consists of fixing the printed circuit board (3) to the bottom (1) of the body of the box with the cooperation of a perimetral and spacing flap (6) which creates a chamber (7) under the board (3), in which the components (4) associated to the lower side of said board are housed, subsequently filling the outer perimetral space of said flap (6) with a resin mass (8), which is applied in liquid state and solidifies immediately afterwards, such that said resin (8) perfectly seals the chamber (7), while at the same time provides a thick protective layer on the upper side of the printed circuit board (3), also protecting the latter, which allows for the cover (2) of the box to have openings for ventilation of certain components (4?) which generate a remarkable amount of heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Jorge Gimenez Yarza
  • Patent number: 7170193
    Abstract: A emergency power management system utilizing at least two power sources and electronic systems to monitor for emergency situations and respond to said emergency situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Antoni Ferre
  • Patent number: 7169067
    Abstract: A swing training device which utilizes an microprocessor controlled set of colored LEDs to teach the user to watch the ball through the contact of a ball hitting device such as a baseball bat or golf club with the ball. Also shown is a method of providing a confirmation visual for an observer to confirm the hitter has in fact watched the bat hit the ball. This swing training device may be mounted in a standard batting tee stanchion or may replace a standard batting tee stanchion. The swing training device may also be mounted in a practice golf tee especially those of the type used at driving ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Inventor: Gary Dale Town
  • Patent number: 7142102
    Abstract: A system for determining if a motor vehicle is overloaded by utilizing the Tire Pressure Monitoring System and the Auto Leveling System installed on many vehicles, and optionally, also providing the proper tire pressure to provide a save driving condition for the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Yann Darroman
  • Patent number: 7119284
    Abstract: Printed circuit board with insulated metal substrate with integrated cooling systemlt comprises a metal substrate (10), at least one electrically insulating layer (11) adhered to said metal substrate (10) and several electro-conducting tracks (12) capable of interconnecting electronic power components (24), adhered to said electrically insulating layer (11), said metal substrate (10) incorporating several heat transporting channels comprising several conduits for a heat-carrying fluid, conduits which extend to the outside of the metal substrate up to a heat transfer area to an outside medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Caŕles Borrego Bel, Xavier Sanchez Foguet, Alex Subirates Sole
  • Patent number: 7116559
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device and method of attaching a housing unit, particularly an instrument cluster housing, to an IP retainer without the necessity of attaching the bottom edge of said housing with fasteners such as screws and the incumbent requirement for fastener driver and driver operator access. This achieved by providing at least one snap-in attachment member on the bottom edge of the housing. The attachment member terminating in a mounting pin mounted in corresponding pin mounts provided in the receiving IP retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph J Davis, Jr., Aaron M Delong
  • Patent number: 7112101
    Abstract: A plugboard for housing sockets and micro-relays, of the type used for housing a plurality of connectors suitable for mounting sockets or micro-relays, which is composed of a base (1) and a plurality of holes (4) for housing connectors (2) suitable for mounting sockets or micro-relays Said holes (4) not being but instead rotated 180° with regard to the position of the adjacent holes (4) intended for housing the connectors (2) suitable for mounting sockets or micro-relays to said plugboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Montserrat Piñol Pedret, Jose Maria Pares Caselles
  • Patent number: 7107183
    Abstract: A recyclable electric junction box applicable to automotive vehicles, of the type comprising at least one casing housing a series of circuits inside materialized in one or more printed circuit boards with a series of electroconducting tracks on at least one of its sides, and with a series of components assembled on said plates, welded on said tracks and responsible for carrying out at least one power stage and one signal stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Juan Carlos Alonso
  • Patent number: 7093880
    Abstract: A center mounted visor assembly for mounting in a vehicle that allows the visor to be rotated downward and upward, from front windshield to side window, and horizontally along the windshield from vehicle side to vehicle center as needed is taught. Provision for vanity power for a vanity light is also taught.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: John Marstan Tiesler
  • Patent number: 7083443
    Abstract: The connector assembly security device refers to a device used for verifying the proper position of a connector in an assembly, said connector provided with a number of connection terminals connected to conductor cables, and which is intended for being housed on a base part, also provided with connection terminals. Likewise, it is also a function of said device to carry out a second retention in case the first retention existing between the connector and the base part fails, thus preventing disconnection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Josep Maria Roset Rubio
  • Patent number: 7077463
    Abstract: Disclosed is a folding split seat which is easy to move from a seating position to a cargo position and back and which accomplishes this by moving the seat cushion forward and downward out of the way of the folded seat back without the need to fold or flip the seat cushion. Also disclosed is a embodiment of the folding split seat that also provides for a reclining seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Simon Sun, Zorn Kojic
  • Patent number: 7066749
    Abstract: The connector (11) is made up of electroinsulator supports (1, 2) carriers of at least one pair of terminals (3, 4) capable of coupling to a plug said terminals (3, 4), being in a coupling position for said electroinsulator supports (1, 2), electrically joined to each other establishing a channel (5) for the passing of electrical energy towards said power load (10), the method and system being made up of a connection (15) between a point (23) of said channel (5) near to the load (10) and after the connector (11), whose connection passes through the connector (11), in order to detect a voltage (V2) and/or intensity in the second point (23), which is compared with the voltage (V1) of supply, and in the event of a sudden change being observed, said supply is cut off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Carles Borrego Bel, Fernando Gallego Hugas