Patents Examined by Brian Johnson
  • Patent number: 6206398
    Abstract: A rear swingarm is made by casting an aluminum alloy having a front cross member with pivots at a front end thereof, a rear cross member having axle holders at the rear end thereof, and a pair of hollow arms connecting the front and rear cross members along the length of a buggy. The rear swingarm has an opening for cut-away excess metal, which is in the shape of an egg when viewed from above. A front wall, an inner wall and a rear wall, constituting the opening, are rounded with curvatures R1, R2 and R3, respectively. The inner wall is uniformly rounded with the curvature R2. A width of the arms is gradually increased from the front end thereof toward the rear end of the buggy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideo Yanai, Shinichi Yamada
  • Patent number: 6206388
    Abstract: A scooter board includes a board having a rear wheel and two branches extending inclinedly downward from the front end thereof. A transverse plate is located between the two branches and has two links pivotally connected to the two ends thereof. The two links are pivotally connected to the two branches and each of which has a front wheel connected thereto. A control bar extends upwardly from the front end of the board and has two rods extending therefrom which clamp a protrusion extending from the mediated portion of the transverse plate so that when pushing the control bar, the transverse plate is shifted due to the connection between the two rods and the transverse plate so as to control the directions the front wheels turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Inventor: Jan Wim Ouboter
  • Patent number: 6139043
    Abstract: A one-piece pintle hitch is disclosed. The one-piece hitch utilizes an integral drawbar that may be engaged with a conventional receiver assembly such as installed along the underside of a vehicle. The one-piece pintle hitch avoids the use of prior art mounting plates that bolt to one another. Accordingly, the problems associated with threaded fasteners such as loosening, fracturing, and corrosion are eliminated. In addition, the one-piece pintle hitch utilizes a unique configuration along its bar portion that results in a significant reduction in weight and materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Buyers Products Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Gries, Mark J. Saltzman
  • Patent number: 6089583
    Abstract: A stabilizer for vehicle with a framework incorporates a torsion bar which extends transversely to the longitudinal direction of the vehicle and is supported swivellingly relative to the framework of the vehicle by a first bearing in a first end region of the bar and a second bearing in a second end region of the bar. A first shank is non-swivellingly connected to the bar by a first connection, and a second shank which is non-swivellingly connected to the bar by a second connection. These shanks extend from the bar in substantially the longitudinal direction of the vehicle and are swivellingly connected to a wheel shaft arrangement of the vehicle. The longitudinal direction of the bar intersects the shanks at an oblique angle, at least in the regions of the connections between them. The shanks extend obliquely in a vertical direction at least in the regions of the connections to the bars or over the full extent of the shanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Scania CV Aktiebolag
    Inventor: Erkki Taipale
  • Patent number: 6076846
    Abstract: A bicycle chest rest system comprising a pair of tubes. Each tube has a front and a rear end positionable in the direction of bicycle movement. The front of ends of the tubes are at an elevation above the rear ends. The tubes are curved about a common radius of curvature with an axis of rotation thereabove, and with a central cross bar therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Inventor: Carl S. Clardy
  • Patent number: 5957233
    Abstract: A new Motorcycle Running Board Skirt for offering an accessory that adds to the appearance of a motorcycle while deflecting dirt, mud, water, and so forth. The inventive device includes a cover, a frame, a cover attachment, and a skirt attachment. In use, the Motorcycle Running Board Skirt 10 is fastened to an underside of a running board 4 of a motorcycle 2 by using the same shoulder bolts 22 as provided with the motorcycle 2. The Motorcycle Running Board Skirt 10 has a frame 14 which is flexible in order to survive contact with the ground and a cover 12 which has a shape that avoids contact with the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Thomas R. Hylla
  • Patent number: 5710805
    Abstract: In a communication system (10) which includes a communication unit (56) (CU), a Mobile-Switch Interface (50) (MSI), and a Mobile services Switching Center (40) (MSC), a method for location registration and call continuation involves the MSI (50) determining (174) whether the CU (56) intends to utilize a system service after the CU (56) completes a location updating process without releasing a channel between the CU (56) and the MSC (40). When the CU (56) does intend to utilize the system service directly after the location updating process, the MSI (50) allows the CU (56) to utilize the system service regardless of whether the MSC (40) indicated that the CU (56) cannot utilize the system service without first releasing the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Joseph Armbruster, Kenneth Lee Sowles, Daniel Richard Tayloe, James William Bishop, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5699440
    Abstract: A method and system for testing the performance of at least one electro-optical test device, comprising constructing an electro-optical system having a light source, a test target, a lens and an imaging device as required in combination with the test devices. A respective identity code of a plurality of precalibrated devices together with corresponding electro-optical performances are stored in a database and the imaging device is aligned to the test target so as to produce a focused image thereof. Pre-calibbrated devices are selected from the database and the focussed image is digitized and stored so as to produce a digitized image which is analyzed so as to determine an electro-optical performance representative of the performance of the electro-optical system which is equal to the product of component electro-optical performances of each of the electro-optical test devices and each of the additional pre-calibrated devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Assignee: Genop Ltd.
    Inventor: Ran Carmeli
  • Patent number: 5675663
    Abstract: An artificial visual apparatus and method for image recognition having a simple adaptive scaling mechanism enables the definition of scale invariant visual icons in a processing area corresponding to the anterior inferotemporal cortex (AIT) in a one-step, value-based decision making process. Icon related activity states resulting from sensory filtering to a fourth stage KL filter corresponding to the V4 area are recognized independent of the scale and position of the item to be recognized within the maximum visual field. The AIT processing area controls the window of attention in the V4 area and confines further processing onto this selected spotlight. The invention presents a biologically plausible method for scale invariant mapping from the V4 stage filter to the AIT processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Edgar Koerner, Hiroshi Tsujino, Tomohiko Masutani
  • Patent number: 5615908
    Abstract: A deployment door assembly (28) covers an inflatable air bag (12) contained in a reaction canister (24) mounted in a vehicle (16). The deployment door assembly (28) includes first and second continuous pieces of plastic material. The first piece defines a substrate (50) having a panel portion (56), first wall portions (170-174), and second wall portions (180-188). The panel portion (56) closes an opening (49) in the vehicle (16), and defines boundaries of a deployment door (32). The first wall portions (170-174) extend across the deployment door (32), and project inward from the deployment door (32). The second wall portions (180-188) surround the deployment door (32), and direct the inflating air bag (12) to move outward from the reaction canister (24) toward and against the first wall portions (170-174). The second continuous piece of plastic material defines an outer layer (52) which covers the substrate (50) in overlying surface contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Assignees: TRW Vehicle Safety Systems Inc., Huron Plastics Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack A. Phillion, Jamie L. Klomhaus, Gary M. Meyers, Richard J. Barton
  • Patent number: 5576771
    Abstract: A circuit in a widescreen television receiver effects horizontal picture compression on a standard aspect ratio video signal by storing at least one field of the video signal, generating a read clock signal for reading the video signal from storage, wherein the read clock signal has a frequency equal to F.sub.R, generating a write clock signal for writing the video signal into storage, wherein the write clock signal has a frequency equal to F.sub.W =3/4 F.sub.R. The circuit arrangement includes a write circuit for writing each line in the video signal into a memory using the write clock signal, and a read circuit for reading each line of the stored video signal from the memory using the read clock signal, whereby the read-out video signal forms, on display, a picture occupying 3/4 of the horizontal width of a display of the widescreen television receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Assignee: Philips Electronics North America Corporation
    Inventor: Willem C. Van Tol
  • Patent number: 5528308
    Abstract: Direct synthesis of a digital audio sample clock from a digital video sample clock is achieved by using a numerically controlled oscillator driven by the digital video sample clock. A phase accumulator increments a phase increment at the frequency of the digital video sample clock, the phase increment being a function of a desired frequency for the digital audio sample clock, the frequency of the digital video sample clock and the bit precision of the accumulator. The accumulated phase output from the accumulator is converted into a sine wave signal at the desired audio frequency from which the digital audio sample clock is derived.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Assignee: The Grass Valley Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Alelyunas, Michael Poimboeuf
  • Patent number: 5521650
    Abstract: A cable television tuner including a tracking filter to receive the radio frequency signal of the cable television, microwave monolithic integrated circuit to changes the radio frequency signal into an intermediate frequency signal, an inband and outband matching network to match the impedance of the signal, a balance to unbalance transformer, a low pass filter to receive signal from the inband and outband matching network through the balance to unbalance transformer, a double tuned circuit device, a secondary mixer to changes the output signal of the double tuned circuit device, which is received from the low pass filter, into the desired intermediate frequency signal, a trap to remove the sound carrier frequency and image carrier frequency of the nearby channels from the signal received from the secondary wave mixer, ampli-filter to remove noises from the signal received from the trap, and an attenuator to attenuate the signal received from the ampli-filter so as to provide a satisfactory radio frequency ou
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Assignee: Hwa Lin Electronic Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsi-Yung Ku
  • Patent number: 5508756
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a T.V. tuner cassette insertable into a tape player. These tape players (or recorders) normally have magnetic pick-up heads, volume controls and other signal conditioning circuitry which collect and modify an audio signal prior to application of the audio signal to one or more speakers. The T.V. tuner cassette demodulates the audio components of the received T.V. signal and applies the demodulated audio component to the electronic circuitry in the tape player by an inductive or an electromagnetic link established with the magnetic pick-up head in the tape player and an inductive transmitter in the T.V. tuner cassette. The T.V. tuner cassette is powered from a power cable extending beyond or outboard of the tape player. The power cable, at its remote end, terminates in a cigarette lighter adapter plug. This plug fits into a standard cigarette lighter outlet. Mounted on the cigarette lighter adapter plug is a tuner control such that a user can select a T.V.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Inventors: Bruce Landy, Bradford Landy
  • Patent number: 5332242
    Abstract: An ice skate runner which may be removeably secured to a blade holder which forms part of an ice skate blade assembly. The runner is formed as a thin replaceable flexible strip arranged to be secured to said holder. The top surface of the strip has a configuration which is complementary to the lower surface of the holder so as to prevent lateral displacement of the strip with respect to the holder. Attachments are provided in the front and rear of said holder to hold the strip in place and to create tension along the entire length thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1994
    Inventors: Brian G. Cann, Richard C. Hampton
  • Patent number: 5303940
    Abstract: A roller skate in accordance with this invention utilizes at least two angularly mounted wheels disposed generally in an in-line relationship. This skate comprises a mounting plate having a pair of oppositely disposed surfaces, with one of such surfaces being adapted to be fastened to the sole of a boot or shoe. At least one wheel mounting bracket is affixed along the longitudinal axis of the other surface of the mounting plate, for supporting the axles upon which the wheels of the skate are rotatably mounted, with the treads of the wheels disposed in alignment. The angular disposition of the wheels enables the user of my skate to achieve improved roll, and better traction during a turn and in a power stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Assignee: Jeannette L. Brandner
    Inventor: Ernest E. Brandner
  • Patent number: 5299822
    Abstract: In a plastic shell ski (1) with a body formed by hollow sections and a lower part with a running surface, and top (10) is connected to the lower part by substantially vertical webs (3, 5) running in the ski longitudinal direction, hollow sections (2, 4) are formed by at least two U sections open on the same side and variable in height, whose webs (3, 5) are connected to connecting sections (9), running in the longitudinal direction, for the connection with a substantially plate-shaped part (8) by welding and/or gluing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1994
    Assignee: Head Sport Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Bernhard Mayr, Lampl Heinz
  • Patent number: 5271473
    Abstract: A front body structure forms an engine compartment in front of which a flat heat exchanger, provided with a pair of cooling fan units projecting lengthwise and rearward therefrom and transversely arranged with a space therebetween, is positioned. The front body structure includes a front body frame structure, defining opposite side walls of the engine compartment, and a front end frame structure, defining a front end wall of the engine compartment, which includes an upper front cross member extending transversely between the side walls so as to form an upper front end of the engine compartment. Stay members extend downward from the upper front cross member and are arranged so that a space between adjacent stay members is formed for receiving a cooling fan unit. A lower front cross member, extending transversely of the car body between the opposite side walls, forms a lower front end of the engine compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1993
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Ikeda, Susumu Makimoto, Tadayuki Shigeoka, Makoto Tokuda
  • Patent number: 5265695
    Abstract: A portable collapsible golf cart vehicle adapted for use on a golf fairway and collapsible for storage and transport. A scooter-type vehicle having a steering mechanism and rear propelling mechanism in which the steering mechanism includes a steering column coupled with a steering handle for rotation of the steering column. A pivotal connection is provided for pivotally connecting and locking the steering mechanism in one position during propelling of the vehicle and in another position for storage of the vehicle. The mechanism includes a pivotal unit and a rear wheel with the pivotal unit being in a first position for use in a scooter vehicle and in a second position for storage in the compact condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Inventor: Roberto Piazzi
  • Patent number: 5263730
    Abstract: A stroller arrangement includes an elongate planar platform, having first and second seat members arranged in an aligned relationship relative to one another, with a first seat positioned forwardly of a rearward most seat mounted to the platform structure. The arrangement is directed to include a surrounding framework relative to the seat structure, having a rearwardly projecting handle, with rear wheels of a first diameter at a rear distal end of the platform, with a forward pivotally mounted wheel at a forwardmost end of the platform and frame assembly for pivotal mounting relative to the framework, with the forward wheel of a second diameter less than a first diameter of the rear wheels permitting ease of maneuverability of the organization in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1993
    Inventors: Douglas R. Roach, Louise A. Roach