Patents Represented by Law Firm Jacox & Meckstroth
  • Patent number: 8348485
    Abstract: A headlamp for a motor vehicle, this headlamp comprising at least one optical module capable of emitting a plurality of light beams, including a low beam and at least one additional light beam. The optical module is equipped with a cover plate which can be moved between at least two positions, this movable cover plate being configured along a shaft mounted so as to rotate in the optical module and driven in rotation at least by a motor. The shaft comprises at least one first cut-off member configured as a double-edged cover plate providing an oblique cut-off for emission of the low beam, and at least one second cut-off member configured as a wall of substantially constant height, angularly offset relative to the first cut-off member and providing at least one substantially vertical cut-off line for emission of a high beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Pierre Albou, Jonathan Blandin, David Bourdin, Jean-François Le Bars, Boris Wiegand
  • Patent number: 8328497
    Abstract: A grain cart includes a wheel supported frame supporting a container having front and rear walls connected by an inclined left side wall and an inclined right side wall. An auger conveyor has a lower section having an inlet to receive grain from the container and an upper section pivotable between a storage position adjacent the container and an extended discharge position projecting laterally outwardly from the cart. A side wall extension panel is pivotally connected to the inclined right side wall of the container and is movable from a retracted position projecting above the right side wall and an inclined extended position projecting laterally outwardly from the right side wall beyond a right support wheel. A set of inclined brace members are pivotally connected to the extension panel and are adjustably connected to a corresponding set of horizontal tie members rigidly connecting the side walls of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: J. & M. Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Wood
  • Patent number: 8322902
    Abstract: An optical system for a motor vehicle, the optical system performing at least one main optical function and including in particular a diffusion screen, at least one light source of the LED type, each LED of the optical system producing a set of rays of light to be propagated in the diffusion screen wherein the screen is in the form of a curved sheet, with an upper lateral flange and a lower lateral flange which meet at a periphery which has in particular a rear face and a front edge and the principal function is performed essentially via an output face constituted by the front edge of the diffusion screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Laure Martin, Benjamin Vernisse, Benjamin Thierry, Nicolas Vathonne, Jean-Claude Gasquet
  • Patent number: 8315766
    Abstract: A process and system for detecting a phenomenon limiting the visibility for a motor vehicle. The process and system comprises the steps of determining at least one point of interest in an image captured of the environment of the vehicle (CALC_H(I)); determining a region of interest in the image (CALC_ROI(I)); determining a graph of different levels of grey on the basis of said region of interest (CALC_CL(ROI)), and determining an area in said graph of different levels of grey around said point of interest (CALC_A(CL, H)).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Julien Rebut, Joël Leleve, David Hue
  • Patent number: 8308326
    Abstract: A lighting or signaling device for a motor vehicle which is capable of emitting a linear beam in the direction of an optical axis and which comprises a point light source that emits light rays radially around a source; a light ray guiding plate; wherein the light guiding plate is shaped so that the light rays generally propagate in incident propagation planes normal to the plate between the light source and the reflection edge and in reflected propagation planes normal to the plate between the reflection edge and the output edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Christophe Dubosc, Antoine De Lamberterie
  • Patent number: 8305431
    Abstract: A system and method to support the driving of a motor vehicle comprising in particular a system capable of capturing images, wherein the system for capturing images comprises a stereoscopic image capturing system having at least a first camera and a second camera, with the first camera presenting a field of vision) greater than the field of vision of the second camera, and with the stereoscopic system thereby conferring a degree of multifunctionality to the device supporting the driving of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Caroline Robert, Julien Rebut
  • Patent number: 8297805
    Abstract: A lighting and/or signaling device comprising at least one optical module equipped with a cooling unit, comprising at least one heat conductor, one end of which is placed spaced from the cooling unit, and is provided with a plurality of deflectors which channel a flow of cold air towards a heat-exchange surface of the cooling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Christine Roucoules, Eric Mornet
  • Patent number: 8301359
    Abstract: A microprocessor controlled automated, multi-fuel apparatus to blend hydrogen, bio-fuel and/or natural or propane gases. This novel multi-stage apparatus first converts cooking oils into bio-fuel. The system automatically blends the bio-fuel with at least one of or both hydrogen gas, generated by a self-contained on-board hydrogen electrolyzer, and/or natural or propane gases. This blended “Hyenrich” gaseous fuel drives various processes including, but not limited to, cogeneration systems and electrical generators to produce “green” electricity by utilizing an adaptive and predictive learning algorithms to significantly reduce cost per kilowatt and lessen dependency on the over taxed utility grid, while simultaneously reducing emissions of CO, CO2 and NOx, making the method and apparatus an environmentally-friendly energy device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: HyCogen Power, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Lee Sagar, Eric Michael Maskrey
  • Patent number: 8282682
    Abstract: This invention relates to a spinal fusion system and method for use as a prosthetic implant. The system and method includes a housing dimensioned to be situated between adjacent spinal bones, such as adjacent vertebrae. The housing cooperates with the spinal bones to define a graft area for receiving graft material, which may be inserted anteriorly into the housing during a surgical operation such as a vertebrectomy or discectomy. A housing may have various features such as migration preventers to prevent the housing from migrating posteriorly towards a spinal column and can be used with a cover that permits the housing to “float” relative thereto. Screws are provided in one embodiment and are dimensioned or configured to lock against each other to retain the screws and, consequently, the cover in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: X-spine Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: David Louis Kirschman
  • Patent number: 8276596
    Abstract: An applicator for applying a composition to the eyelashes. The applicator has at least one brush sector that has a row of fibers and at least one comb having a row of teeth and having a shape that is generally helical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Chanel Parfums Beaute
    Inventors: Pascale Marciniak-Davoult, Christian Salciarini
  • Patent number: 8272502
    Abstract: Scrap metal pieces are conveyed from a mechanical press by a shaker conveyor having horizontal and parallel spaced elongated trays supported for reciprocating movement by an elongated carriage positioned above a compact drive unit attached to and supported by the press. The drive unit includes an electric motor connected to rotate an elliptical input gear on an eccentric axis and in continuous mesh with an elliptical output gear eccentrically connected to an output shaft. A rocker arm and link assembly is eccentrically connected to the output shaft and oscillates a shaft connected to the carriage by one or more rocker arm and link assemblies for reciprocating the trays with rapid acceleration and rapid deceleration. The elliptical input and output gears are identical in size and have the same odd number of teeth, and in one embodiment, the drive unit is located between a set of rocker arm and link assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Pax Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven J. Pax
  • Patent number: 8274009
    Abstract: An automotive body framing system includes a setter supported by parallel spaced tracks for movement from a work position to a standby position and to a gate change position and driven by corresponding racks and synchronized pinion drive units. Opposing gate storage belt shuttles are located at the gate change position for receiving the setter therebetween, and a gate staging cart is supported in back of the setter by parallel tracks and is also moved between opposing gate storage belt shuttles by synchronized rack and pinion drive units. Power operated registration units are positioned on the setter to register each gate received at precise horizontal and vertical positions, and the setter, staging cart and gate storage belt shuttles each have a series of resilient guide and support rollers to provide for quiet operation during rapid transfer of the gates on the setter, staging cart and belt shuttles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Easom Automation Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Reginald D. Kelley
  • Patent number: 8262697
    Abstract: A modular interspinous fixation system and method are shown. The system and method comprise a first plate, a second plate and a locking cross bar for locking the first and second plates together and into locked engagement with a first spinous process and a second spinous process. A bridge is mounted or received on the locking cross bar so that it becomes locked onto the locking cross bar when the locking cross bar is in locked engagement. The bridge and locking cross bar are adapted so that the bridge does not rotate about its axis while on the locking cross bar. Various other embodiments are shown illustrating various bridges of different shapes and sizes, integral and non-integral locking cross bars and even a ramped locking cross bar for facilitating preventing separation of the first and second plates after they are mounted to the first and second spinous processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: X-spine Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: David Louis Kirschman
  • Patent number: D666742
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Deceuninck North America, LLC
    Inventor: Sidney M. Wiesemann
  • Patent number: D667529
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: Gregory M. Vreeland
  • Patent number: D667721
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Deceuninck North America, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan G. Morton
  • Patent number: D667850
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: J. & M. Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Wood, Joshua P. Gaerke
  • Patent number: D669586
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Bulldog Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert B. Meyer, Wilbur N. Meyer
  • Patent number: D670012
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Valeo Vision S.A.S.
    Inventors: Cyril Herbin, Olivier Draguet
  • Patent number: D672221
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Terry J. Tincher