Patents Represented by Attorney Raggio & Dinnin, P.C.
  • Patent number: 8333347
    Abstract: For each capture mechanism of a plurality of three capture mechanisms, a necked coupling element received by a corresponding socket slides therealong and engages a corresponding latch lever biased in an open position and rotates the latch lever to a closed position as the necked coupling element is slid within the socket towards a bottom thereof. A latch locked biased against the latch lever engages a notch in the latch lever when the latch lever is closed so as to latch the latch lever in the closed position and thereby capture the necked coupling element within the socket. The latch lever is unlatched by releasing the latch lock from engagement with the latch. Different latch levers incorporate different shaped surfaces that engage different corresponding necked coupling elements captured thereby so as to provide for respectively constraining in one, two and three degrees-of-freedom, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Michigan Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Greg Alan Ritter, Anthony Beckman Hays, Peter Tchoryk, Jr., Jane Camile Pavlich, Gregory Joseph Wassick
  • Patent number: 8279512
    Abstract: A periscope that is switchable between the normal optical view of the outside, a display view, and an overlay view in which the outside view and display view are combined. The switching element is an electronically switchable mirror with primarily reflective, primarily transparent, and intermediate states, depending on the application of electrical potentials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Oasis Advanced Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Wayne Minor, Henry Clarence Davies, Edward Charles Schwartz, Michael James Klingensmith
  • Patent number: 8264770
    Abstract: A collimated periscope that is switchable between a normal optical view of the outside, a display view, and an overlay view in which the outside view and display view are combined. The switching element is an electronically switchable mirror with primarily reflective, primarily transparent, and intermediate states, depending on the application of electrical potentials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Oasis Advanced Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Wayne Minor, Henry Clarence Davies, Edward Charles Schwartz, Michael James Klingensmith, Thomas Patrick Ryan
  • Patent number: 8245370
    Abstract: A capture mechanism provides for receiving a necked coupling element within a socket, providing for the necked coupling element to slide therewith, biasing a latch lever in an open position so as to provide for receiving the necked coupling element within the socket adjacent to the latch lever, rotating the latch lever with the necked coupling element from the open position to a closed position as the necked coupling element is slid within the socket towards a bottom of the socket, biasing a latch lock against the latch lever, engaging the latch lock with the latch lever when the latch lever is in the closed position so as to provide for latching the latch lever in the closed position and capturing the necked coupling element within the socket, and providing for unlatching the latch lever by releasing the latch lock from engagement with the latch lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Michigan Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Greg Alan Ritter, Anthony Beckman Hays, Peter Tchoryk, Jr., Jane Camile Pavlich, Gregory Joseph Wassick
  • Patent number: 8240613
    Abstract: First and second portions of a docking system are releasably connected with one another using at least one latch mechanism that can be reusably released either from the first portion of the docking system or from the second portion of the docking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Michigan Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Greg Alan Ritter, Anthony Beckman Hays, Peter Tchoryk, Jr., Jane Camile Pavlich, Gregory Joseph Wassick
  • Patent number: 8229664
    Abstract: The present invention provides parking curb detection devices and methods for alerting a motor vehicle driver when a predetermined distance from a parking curb has been reached to prevent vehicle damage. An audio and/or a visible signal device alerts the vehicle driver when the correct stopping point has been reached. The present invention utilizes a triangulation led infrared sensor, a control box with digital algorithm filtering, long wave length and bandpass optical filters, and also electronic filters to largely prevent false alerts during bright sunshine conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventors: William J. Herbert, Anthony Dechiara
  • Patent number: 8228589
    Abstract: A periscope that is switchable between the normal optical view of the outside, a display view, and an overlay view in which the outside view and display view are combined. The switching element is an electronically switchable mirror with primarily reflective, primarily transparent, and intermediate states, depending on the application of electrical potentials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Oasis Advanced Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Wayne Minor, Henry Clarence Davies, Edward Charles Schwartz, Michael James Klingensmith
  • Patent number: 8210567
    Abstract: A seam for use in a seat of a vehicle having a side airbag that deploys through a cover of the vehicle seat. The seam including a first material and a second material joined to the first material. A monofilament member used to join the first material to the second material. The monofilament member will allow for quicker and easier tearing of the seam thus allowing for more complete and quicker deployment of the airbag through the vehicle seat cover to protect the occupant from contact with interior surfaces of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Irvin Automotive Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Wieczorek, Timothy Owen Hamlin, William Bredo Berghoff
  • Patent number: 8180585
    Abstract: A magnetic field is generated by at least one coil in magnetic communication with at least a portion of a vehicle responsive to a first time-varying signal operatively coupled to the at least one coil in series with a sense resistor. A second signal is generated responsive to a voltage across the sense resistor and is response to a magnetic condition of the at least one coil, which is response to the magnetic communication of the at least one coil with the portion of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: TK Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard S. Cech, William Todd Watson, James D. Baal, Scott E. Bauer, Timothy J. Bomya, Richard W. Smith
  • Patent number: 8091946
    Abstract: A screwless visor for use in a vehicle is disclosed. The visor includes a body, and an arm having a first end and a second end with the second end arranged in the body. The arm also has an elbow arranged near the first end. The visor also includes a mounting assembly secured to the headliner. The mounting assembly includes an inner collar arranged over the first end of the arm and a bracket in contact with the inner collar. The bracket has a hook extending from a surface thereof wherein the hook is in contact with the headliner. The screwless mount assembly will allow for easier installation and removal of the visor from the headliner of the interior of an automotive vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Irvin Automotive Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David Huff, Shane DeVoe
  • Patent number: 8057163
    Abstract: Fuel (12) supplied to a rotary fluid trap (42) is centrifugally accelerated within a first cavity (46) adjacent a first side (48) of a rotor (24), and is then directed though a plurality of first passages (66) extending through the rotor (24) between and proximate to the blades (26), and shaped so as to at least partially conform to the shape of the blades (26). Second passages (100) extend within the blades (26) from the first passages (66) and terminate within associated cavities (110) proximate to the tips (112) of the blades (26). Relatively cooler fuel (12.2) in the first passages (66) is thermosiphon exchanged for relatively hotter fuel (12.3) in the second passages (100) so as to cool the blades (26). The heated fuel (12.3) flows into a second cavity (74) adjacent to a second side (72) of the rotor (24) and is discharged from the rotating frame of reference directly into the combustion chamber (16) through a second rotary fluid trap (96).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Williams International Co., L.L.C.
    Inventors: Robert S Thompson, Jr., Gregg Williams
  • Patent number: 8057483
    Abstract: An instrument for implanting tissue in an eye or other body member is disclosed. The instrument includes an elongated mandrel and a tubular nozzle arranged over the mandrel. The instrument also includes a piston engaging an end of the nozzle and a vacuum passage arranged in the piston. The instrument also includes a body having a portion of the piston arranged therein with one end of the mandrel being secured to the body. The instrument also includes an actuator integrated with the body wherein the actuator interacts with the piston to control movement of the nozzle relative to the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Ocular Transplantation LLC
    Inventors: Robert B. Aramant, Magdalene J. Seiler
  • Patent number: 8056864
    Abstract: A convex forward surface of a forward-biased probe head of a first portion of a docking system engages a central concave conical surface of a second portion of the docking system. A first linear actuator moves a flexible docking cable assembly relative to a support structure through bores therein and through the probe head. An aftward retraction of the docking cable assembly causes a linearly-actuated cam element thereof to rotate a rotary cam follower pivoted from the support structure, which engages an aft edge portion of the probe head, forcing the probe head forward. A plurality of distal coupling elements operatively coupled to the support structure around a central axis thereof engage with and become releasably captured by a corresponding socket and associated capture mechanism of a mating second portion of the docking system, and rigidized when the probe head is forced against the central concave conical surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Michigan Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Beckman Hays, Greg Alan Ritter, Peter Tchoryk, Jr., Jane Camile Pavlich, Gregory Joseph Wassick
  • Patent number: 8029065
    Abstract: A sliding armrest for use in an automotive vehicle. The sliding armrest including a lower cover, and a lower rail case arranged on a top surface of the lower cover. The armrest includes a guide arranged on the surface of the lower rail case and an upper case cover having a plurality of bosses extending from the surface thereof with the bosses contacting the guide. The sliding armrest also includes a force member arranged between the upper case cover and the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Irvin Automotive Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Wieczorek, Bryan Busha, Donald J. Woodward, Leslie R. Hinds, Marius Cociuba, Thomas Faber Morse, Bharat Vennapusa
  • Patent number: 7995282
    Abstract: A pair of optical prisms arranged in a complementary relationship provides for anamorphic magnification and cooperates with a refractive or diffractive cylindrical lens element, the later of which generates an aberration that at least partially compensates an aberration generated by the pair of optical prisms. The refractive or diffractive cylindrical lens element is rotated out of normal with respect to the optic axis of the system so as to provide for reflecting stray light away from the optic axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Panamorph, Inc.
    Inventor: Shawn L. Kelly
  • Patent number: 7992824
    Abstract: An end effector operatively coupled to an extendable tensile element extended from a first vehicle engages a primary receptacle of a second vehicle. The first and second vehicles are drawn together by retracting the extendable tensile element into the first vehicle until contact therebetween, after which roll axes of the first and second vehicles become substantially aligned responsive to a further retraction of the extendable tensile element into the first vehicle and a resulting tension in the extendable tensile element. At least one alignment post of at least one of the first and second vehicles engages with at least one surface of at least one corresponding secondary receptacle so as to at least substantially align the first and second vehicles in roll responsive to the tension in the extendable tensile element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Michigan Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Tchoryk, Jr., Jane Camile Pavlich, Anthony Beckman Hays, Gregory Joseph Wassick, Greg Alan Ritter
  • Patent number: 7994996
    Abstract: A plurality of antenna elements on a dielectric substrate are adapted to launch or receive electromagnetic waves in or from a direction substantially away from either a convex or concave edge of the dielectric substrate, wherein at least two of the antenna elements operate in different directions. Slotlines of tapered-slot endfire antennas in a first conductive layer of a first side of the dielectric substrate are coupled to microstrip lines of a second conductive layer on the second side of the dielectric substrate. A bi-conical reflector, conformal cylindrical dielectric lens, or discrete lens array improves the H-plane radiation pattern. Dipole or Yagi-Uda antenna elements on the conductive layer of the dielectric substrate can be used in cooperation with associated reflective elements, either alone or in combination with a corner-reflector of conductive plates attached to the conductive layers proximate to the endfire antenna elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: TK Holding Inc., Electronics
    Inventors: Gabriel Rebeiz, James P. Ebling, Bernhard Schoenlinner
  • Patent number: D667177
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Understated Corrugated, LLC
    Inventor: Paul D. Roberts
  • Patent number: D668879
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Jeanette Lynn Lewis
  • Patent number: D668880
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Jeanette Lynn Lewis