Patents Represented by Attorney John L. Shortley
  • Patent number: 4534593
    Abstract: A lumbar support for a vehicle seat comprises two interlocking elements which can be moved into position between a seat back cushion and a seat frame and then interlocked, thus fixing the lumbar support relative the cushion and the frame. The elements can be permanently placed in functioning position without damage to, or alteration of, the seat, without using special tools, and while the seat remains in position in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1985
    Assignee: Practical Technology Incorporated
    Inventor: William K. Ojala
  • Patent number: 4453719
    Abstract: An encoding game device having a series of flexible elongated carriers including a series of compartments interconnected by reduced sections. Each compartment contains a rotatable sphere having raised binary 1's and 0's with different tactile backgrounds for visual and tactile sensing. The carriers are used in conjunction with registers for coding and decoding selected words using binary, phonetic and semantic codings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1984
    Inventor: James H. McKean
  • Patent number: 4451105
    Abstract: An electrical connector device for use in an electrical system requiring electrical connection between rotatable members. The device comprises a first insulator having at least one first terminal affixed thereto, a first shaft member projecting from the first insulator, a second insulator rotatably fitted over the first shaft member and having at least one second terminal affixed thereto, a second shaft member secured to the second insulator, a flexible conductor in the form of a wire having either end connected to the first and second terminals, the conductor being wound around the first shaft member, and a restriction mechanism for limiting relative rotation between the first and second insulators within a predetermined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1984
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshimi Sakurai
  • Patent number: 4448279
    Abstract: A drive unit for a vehicle having two juxtaposed drive wheels comprises an engine, an axle for supporting on its ends the drive wheels, a final output gear operatively coupled with the engine and mounted on the axle adjacent to one of the drive wheels, and a power transmitting assembly mounted on the axle adjacent to the other drive wheel, the engine being located between the final output gear and the power transmitting assembly. A crankshaft extends parallel to the axle and supports on one end a flywheel for a generator and on the other end a clutch including a speed changing device. The drive unit is unitized, compact in size, simple in structure, and requires a minimum number of parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1984
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaki Watanabe, Goroei Wakatsuki
  • Patent number: 4448436
    Abstract: A locking system for a tricycle, including a braking mechanism, a rolling restraint mechanism, a driving mechanism which drives the braking mechanism and the rolling restraint mechanism, a control mechanism for applying control signals, and a detecting mechanism for applying a speed signal to the driving mechanism when a vehicle speed is lower than a predetermined value. The driving mechanism selectively or simultaneously drives the braking and restraint mechanisms in response to the control signal, and also drives the restraint mechanism upon receiving the speed signal. With such arrangement, maximum freedom is afforded the driver in assuming a desired posture, even when the tricycle is travelling under low inertia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1984
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kohei Ohzono
  • Patent number: 4446727
    Abstract: In a vehicle provided with a turbine-type fuel flow meter for detecting the flow rate of fuel supplied to a carburetor of an internal combustion engine, a method for integrating the amount of fuel consumption which comprises the steps of summing the flow rate detected by the fuel flow meter at each prescribed time, comparing a quantity relating to the vehicle speed in a mean value at the prescribed time with a given reference value, selecting one from at least two prescribed correction factors based on the comparison and correcting the corresponding sum value of fuel flow rate by multiplying by the selected factor, and integrating the corrected value of fuel flow rate. With such method, error based on the moment of inertia in a runner of the fuel flow meter is substantially eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1984
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Norimitsu Kurihara, Takeshi Imai
  • Patent number: 4445705
    Abstract: A stand device for two-wheeled vehicles having a rear fork pivotable with respect to a vehicle body, including a main stand member pivoted at a base end thereof to the vehicle body frame. The stand device includes a roller which is supported by either the main stand member or the rear fork, and a cam member having a cam surface for abutment and engagement with the roller is attached to the other of the members so that the rear fork is moved pivotally upwardly in response to a downward erecting operation for the main stand, whereby the main stand erecting operation can be performed more easily than has heretofore been possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1984
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsutomu Hayashi, Akira Shigihara
  • Patent number: 4444406
    Abstract: A front wheel suspension for motorcycles including a pair of first linkages each having link members for interconnecting an upper fork pivotably supported on a motorcycle body and a lower fork supporting a front wheel thereon, and a pair of second linkages for restraining the deformation of the first linkages through a damper, the upper fork having a hollow formed therein in which at least a part of the second linkage is accommodated. The suspension has the moment of inertia relative to the handlebar substantially reduced and has a simplified and favorable appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1984
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tokio Isono
  • Patent number: 4443033
    Abstract: A door securing apparatus, particularly for securing a garage door, including a first member for securing to a structural member of the garage, a second member for selectively engaging a portion of the garage door, and a bar connected between the first and second members for bracing the second member against the garage door portion. A cable assembly is provided for conveniently selectively moving the apparatus between a locked position wherein the second member engages and is braced against the garage door portion and an unlocked position wherein the second member is spaced from the door to permit unobstructed opening and closing of same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1984
    Inventor: Michael A. D'Anna
  • Patent number: 4441574
    Abstract: A rear cover device in a motorcycle having an engine disposed substantially in front of a rear wheel, a muffler at one side of the rear wheel, and a rear wheel support member and a shock absorber at the other side of the rear wheel. The device comprises a cover member which covers the rear wheel from above and also covers portions of both sides of the rear wheel while accommodating the shock absorber therewithin, and a container member constructed integrally with the cover member and extending inside the cover member above the muffler.A dead space can be substantially eliminated from the rear cover device, and therefore substantially the entirety of the interior space can be utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1984
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mikihiro Kohyama, Kozo Ohta
  • Patent number: 4440297
    Abstract: A box for displaying and selling small articles such as Christmas ornaments and the like. The box includes a lower part having a side panel which forms a base for displaying the box in an upright position on one of its sides, and an opposite panel provided with a slit for receiving and supporting a hanging member of an article to be displayed in the box such that the article is suspended above the base panel in freely swinging relation thereto. The box further includes a lid having a window-like opening for viewing an article within the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1984
    Inventor: Harold Wohlfahrt
  • Patent number: 4439957
    Abstract: A housing module which is formed as a box-beam structure, and has sufficient rigidity and strength so that it can be used to span distances of relatively great length. The housing unit is able to be prefabricated and can be readily transported without the need for additional support or stiffening members to prevent damage from excess flexure. Further, the unit can be simply put in place on site without any additional stiffening or strengthing members. In addition, the units can be stacked one over the other, thus greatly increasing their flexibility to the architect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1984
    Inventors: Benny O. Raasakka, Alfred Evans
  • Patent number: 4438828
    Abstract: An air cleaner device in a motorcycle comprising an air cleaner disposed within a fairing in front of a front fork, the cleaner including a case which is generally in the form of an inverted L comprising a transverse portion extending in a transverse direction of the motorcycle body and a longitudinal portion extending at one side of the transverse portion in a longitudinal direction of the motorcycle body along one side inner wall of the fairing, the wall surface of the case opposed to the front fork being curved so as not to interfere with a steering motion of the front fork. In this manner, the clean side of the air cleaner comprises a portion extending in the direction of the vehicle width and a longitudinal portion adjacent one end thereof to thereby ensure a sufficient capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1984
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mitsuo Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 4438358
    Abstract: In a device driven by a small size electric motor incorporated in the device, a rotating shaft, namely, an output shaft of the electric motor is biased by a force in a direction diametrically crosswise to a line connecting N-pole and S-pole of the field magnet of the motor.Aperture of the bearing for receiving the output shaft of the motor in its cross section normal to the output shaft is preferred to have a profile composed of a semicircle at its half part opposite to the direction of biasing and the other half of the aperture at the same side of the direction of the biasing is formed into a triangle so as to have tapered two planes for receiving the output shaft.By virtue of this aperture configuration, output shaft of the motor is forcibly against the tapered surfaces so as to be kept stable free from any undesirable vibration and noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1984
    Assignee: Ozen Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Shiseki, Junichi Yagi, Yasuyuki Miura
  • Patent number: 4437002
    Abstract: A pyroelectric infrared sensor for use in intrusion alarm systems, including a pyroelectric ceramic element provided with two pairs of electrodes, of which the front electrodes are so configured as to permit a simplified printing process for higher productivity and lower production costs. The front electrodes each have a first region overlapping with a part of one of the back electrodes and a second region overlapping with a part of the other of the back electrodes, and are arranged adjacent to each other and are electrically insulated from each other. The first regions and the second regions of the front electrodes have a ratio of areas of approximately 1:1. The pyroelectric element is attached to a holding member which is so designed that the back electrode areas of the element are free from physical contact with any thermally conductive solid material that may detract from the thermal responsiveness of the element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1984
    Assignee: Nihon Ceramic Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Taniguchi, Shigeki Edano, Masanori Akiyama
  • Patent number: D273235
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1984
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tetsuo Ogishima
  • Patent number: D273857
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1984
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mamoru Matsui
  • Patent number: D273919
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1984
    Inventor: Ralph R. Pasinski
  • Patent number: D274180
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1984
    Assignee: Avelino M. Mape
    Inventor: Romeo L. Llarena
  • Patent number: D292228
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1987
    Inventor: Leonard A. Framalin