Patents Assigned to Trico Products Corporation
  • Patent number: 11027705
    Abstract: The windscreen wiper device includes a wiper element and a least one carrier element. The wiper device also includes a connecting device, which includes a base and a joint part. The joint part has a top wall that extends in a lateral direction between a pair of side walls. The joint part also has a button configuration for lockingly attaching the connecting device with at least two different types of oscillating wiper arms. The button configuration includes first and second buttons, each of which is attached with the side walls via resilient strips. The resilient strips extend directly from the side walls to the buttons. The resilient strips bias the buttons into raised positions wherein the buttons project above the top walls. The resilient strips also allow the buttons to move to a pressed position wherein a top surface of the respective button is generally flush with the top wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: David Reyes Lopez, Miguel Angel Gallegos, Esteban Figueroa Ortiz, Miguel Gutierrez, Jesus Yee
  • Patent number: 11014539
    Abstract: A refillable wiper blade (36) including a refill subassembly (38) and a coupler (48) adapted for releasable attachment thereto. The refill subassembly includes a wiping element (42), an elongated spline (44) supporting the element, and a retention clip (46) operatively attached to the spline. The clip has a body (58) and an upwardly-biased cantilevered finger (60) extending from the body. The coupler has a first end (62A) shaped to receive the body of the clip, and a relief (64) defined adjacent to the first end and shaped to accommodate the finger of the clip. The refill subassembly and the coupler cooperate such that predetermined movement of the coupler with respect to the refill subassembly brings the body into engagement with the first end of the coupler such that the finger deflects downwardly until subsequent movement of the coupler along the spline releases the finger upwardly and into the relief of the coupler thereby securing the refill subassembly to the coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: Valentin Avasiloaie, Mitica Polocoser
  • Patent number: 11001232
    Abstract: An adapter (124) for attaching to an attachment member (138) of a wiper arm (114) extending to an terminal end (140) with an upper wall (142) and a pair of side walls (144) depending from the upper wall. The side walls each have an inward protrusion (146) and a U-shaped cutout (148) formed at the end defining upper (150) and lower cutout (152) edges. The upper wall has an aperture (156). The adapter has a body (158) with first (160) and second (162) ends. A stop (164) formed at the first end abuts the attachment member end. A slot (166) formed at the second end receives one of the protrusions. A resilient finger (168) attached to the body has a tooth (170) engaging the aperture to prevent longitudinal movement between the attachment member and adapter. A brace (172) formed at the first end is received in one of the cutouts when the tooth engages the aperture. The brace at least partially abuts the lower cutout edge and remains spaced from the upper cutout edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: Valentin Avasiloaie, Daniel Ehde, Mitica Polocoser
  • Patent number: 10906510
    Abstract: The windscreen wiper device includes a wiper element and a carrier element. The windscreen wiper device also includes a connecting device which has a base and a joint part. The joint part has a top wall that extends in a lateral direction between a pair of side walls. The joint part also includes a button configuration for lockingly attaching the connecting device with at least two different types of oscillating wiper arms. The button configuration includes a first button and a second button. The button configuration also includes a pin that is spaced below the top wall and that extends in the lateral direction between the side walls. The first button is attached with the pin on one longitudinal side of the pin, and the second button is attached with the pin on an opposite longitudinal side of the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: David Reyes Lopez, Miguel Angel Gallegos, Esteban Figueroa Ortiz, Miguel Gutierrez, Jesus Yee
  • Publication number: 20210009084
    Abstract: A wiper system and, more specifically, wiper adapters are provided for wiper assemblies. The adapter engages retention features formed on the front end of the wiper arm, and the blade assembly is equipped with an adapter that mates with the arm geometry to secure itself together. The adapters mount to a common arm geometry and allow for ready, direct connection of the wiper arm to the adapter, which in turn connects to a wiper assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Applicant: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: Ricardo Pina-Cabello, Alexander Kowal, Kole Brunsman, Nicholas Nemeth, Mitica Polocoser, Nicholas Finateri
  • Patent number: 10836360
    Abstract: The windscreen wiper device includes a wiper element and a carrier element. A base of a connecting device is fixedly attached with the carrier element, and a joint part is pivotably attached with the base. The joint part has a top wall and a pair of side walls and a button configuration for locking attachment with different types of oscillating arms. The button configuration includes a first button and a pair of resilient strips that extend from the side walls to the first button and bias the first button into a raised position. The resilient strips also allow the first button to move to a pressed position. A second button is attached with the first button, and the second button is pivotable about a living hinge from a first position, wherein the second button projects above the top wall, to a second position wherein the second button is recessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: David Reyes Lopez, Miguel Angel Gallegos, Esteban Figueroa Ortiz, Miguel Gutierrez, Jesus Yee
  • Patent number: 10793114
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper device is provided including a longitudinally extending wiper strip of a flexible material. At least one carrier of a spring-like material operatively supports and biases the wiper strip into a predetermined configuration. The windscreen wiper device further includes a connecting device for connection with a wiper arm. At least a portion of the wiper strip has a microtextured surface formed directly into the flexible material. The microtextured surface may be on, for example, any one of or any combination of a wiping portion, a channel, a hinge portion and a spoiler portion of the wiper strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: Xavier Boland, Jimmy E. Teal
  • Patent number: 10744978
    Abstract: An adapter for attaching to a wiper arm attachment member having a track defined by a base and walls depending therefrom, a bent tab extending outwardly from the base, and fins that extend from the walls. The adapter has a body with a first and second ends. A stop wall formed at the first end abuts the track. A pair of outer walls extend between the first and second ends. A strap connects the outer walls for engaging the base. A pair of inner walls are spaced laterally between the outer walls and are arranged at least partially under the strap. A cantilevered finger extends from each of the inner walls with a tab formed adjacent to the second end. The tabs extend away from each other and are arranged to engage respective fins to prevent movement between the adapter and the attachment member when the stop wall abuts the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander McGee, Mitica Polocoser, Valentin Avasiloaie, Kyle Moll
  • Patent number: 10703339
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper device for cleaning a windshield of a vehicle is provided. The windscreen wiper device includes a wiper strip for sealing against the windshield and at least one carrier element engaged with the wiper strip to bias the wiper strip into a predetermined configuration. A frame structure is coupled to the at least one carrier element and includes at least two components. One of the components presents an elongated member with a resilient tab, and another component includes a longitudinally extending opening. One of the walls of the opening has a recess shaped similarly to the resilient tab. The elongated member is inserted into the opening until the resilient tab snaps into the opening to interconnect the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Oslizlo, Dennis E. Cox
  • Patent number: 10668897
    Abstract: The windscreen wiper device includes an elastomeric wiper blade that extends in a longitudinal direction. At least one pre-curved longitudinal strip is operably attached with the wiper blade and biases the wiper blade into a curved shape. A connecting device is secured with the at least one strip. The at least one strip includes a pair of tabs that extend longitudinally towards one another and project vertically. The tabs cooperate with the connecting device to secure the connecting device with the at least one longitudinal strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: Miguel Angel Gallegos de la Pena, Jesus Yee, David Reyes Lopez, Miguel Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 10604117
    Abstract: The windscreen wiper device includes a longitudinally extending wiper element that is made of an elastomeric material. A carrier element, which includes at least one pre-curved longitudinal strip, operably supports the wiper element. The wiper device also includes a connector device with a first piece and with a second piece. A joint part is also provided, and the joint part is connectable with the second piece of the connector device and is configured for attachment with an oscillating wiper arm. The second piece includes a pair of prongs which extend through aligned openings in the first piece and the at least one longitudinal strip. Ends of the prongs are plastically deformed to lock the first and second pieces of the connector device with the at least one pre-curved longitudinal strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: Jesus Yee, David Reyes
  • Patent number: 10391980
    Abstract: An end cap for a wiper assembly includes a body adapted to be disposed over a portion of a plurality of splines of the wiper assembly. The body includes a separator adapted to cooperate with the splines of the wiper assembly to separate and retain the splines laterally from movement for a wiping element of the wiper assembly disposed between the splines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: Kyle Moll, C. Joseph Thielen
  • Patent number: 10328904
    Abstract: The wiper device includes a wiper blade which extends in a longitudinal direction and at least one longitudinal strip that is pre-curved to have a curved shape when in a relaxed condition. The wiper device supports the wiper blade and biases the wiper blade into a curved shape. A connecting device is attached with the at least one longitudinal strip. The connecting device includes a two-piece base and a joint part which is pivotably connected with the two-piece base. The two-piece base includes a first piece, which is directly secured with the at least one longitudinal strip, and a second piece with laterally spaced apart side walls that are each J-shaped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis E. Cox, Jesus Yee, David Reyes
  • Patent number: 10071712
    Abstract: An adapter for attaching a wiper assembly to a wiper arm having an attachment member including an end with a bent tab extending outwardly therefrom, and walls having fins. The adapter includes a body having first and second ends. A retention member is disposed at the first end for abutting the fin. A canard extends from the retention member toward the second end and is adapted to be disposed adjacent to one of the walls. A stop is disposed closer to the second end than the first. A guard is spaced longitudinally from the stop and has a cam surface and an engagement surface. A bridge connects the guard to the body and is adapted to flex when the guard pivots from the stop in response to force translated to the cam surface from the bent tab until the engagement surface abuts at least a portion of the bent tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: Valentin Avasiloaie, Dan Ehde
  • Patent number: 10046739
    Abstract: An adapter for attaching a wiper assembly to a wiper arm having an attachment member including an end with a bent tab extending outwardly therefrom, and walls having fins. The adapter includes a body having first and second ends. A retention member is disposed at the first end for abutting the fin. A brace is connected to the retention member for substantially preventing lateral movement with respect to the body. A stop is disposed closer to the second end than the first. A guard is spaced longitudinally from the stop and has a cam surface and an engagement surface. A bridge connects the guard to the body and is adapted to flex when the guard pivots from the stop in response to force translated to the cam surface from the bent tab until the engagement surface abuts at least a portion of the bent tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: Valentin Avasiloaie, Dan Ehde
  • Patent number: 10046737
    Abstract: A wiper arm for supporting a wiper blade includes a wiper arm head comprises a recessed splined cup portion having a plurality of angularly adjacent teeth about the internal circumference of the cup portion wherein the cup portion includes a slot. A complementary drive shaft includes a splined head having teeth for mating engagement with the teeth in the wiper arm head. In order to facilitate the alignment therebetween, an integral alignment key is received in the axially aligned slots. The alignment key further includes a lower notched end which abuts against a bottom radial lip of the splined head to prevent the key from moving axially in the slots. As such, the key and the splined head include complementary formations preventing the key from accidentally falling out of the slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Wozniak, Michael Wilson, Kyle Moll
  • Patent number: 10041520
    Abstract: A holder assembly for holding multiple wiper assemblies includes a plurality of end spacers adapted to contact and separate wiper assemblies at a toe and heal thereof and a center clamp adapted to be disposed about and retain the wiper assemblies together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventor: Kyle Moll
  • Patent number: D895523
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: TRICO PRODUCTS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lindsey Tufts, Jr., David Boll, Nicholas E. Stanca, Robert Soreo, R. Kenneth Thorstenson, IV, Dan Ehde
  • Patent number: D896156
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TRICO PRODUCTS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lindsey Tufts, Jr., David Boll, Nicholas E. Stanca, Robert Soreo, R. Kenneth Thorstenson, IV, Dan Ehde
  • Patent number: D904275
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: TRICO PRODUCTS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lindsey Tufts, Jr., David Boll, Nicholas E. Stanca, Robert Soreo, R. Kenneth Thorstenson, IV, Dan Ehde