Patents Examined by Brian L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6805365
    Abstract: A shopping cart in which the carriage is made principally of rectangular U-shaped channels and the basket is made of resin which on its sides are reinforced by U-shaped channel members each extending angularly up from the carriage into merged relation in a matching groove provided in the interior surface of each side of the basket. Front wheels of the carriage are swivelably mounted on a vertical shaft having a resilient securing assembly to minimize tendencies toward wobble of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Inventor: Charles J. Lantz
  • Patent number: 6805367
    Abstract: A wagon assembly configurable to resemble one of many vehicles or other ornamental objects. The wagon can be arranged with separate integral side panels, temporarily, but securely, fixed to the horizontal bed member of the wagon by removable threaded knobs. The wagon is easily converted from one vehicle style to another by changing the side panels. The wagon, while configured to represent a vehicle, is capable of carrying passenger(s) or articles resting within the body of the wagon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Inventor: John E. Heller
  • Patent number: 6805216
    Abstract: In a method for regulating the distance between a vehicle and another vehicle traveling ahead, vehicle state variables, vehicle characteristic variables are determined together with the distance from and velocity of at least one other vehicle in the vicinity. The distance from the other vehicle and the vehicle's own velocity are set to permitted limiting values. To increase driving safety, the vehicle's own velocity or the setpoint distance from the other vehicle traveling directly ahead are determined as a function of the vehicle velocity of at least one other vehicle traveling to the side, or of the distance between a plurality of other vehicles traveling to the side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventor: Gerhard Noecker
  • Patent number: 6802385
    Abstract: An electrically powered vehicle has a motor, controller and power supply contained within a wheel compartment. A cylindrical stator frame is fixed on the wheel axle, with an inner surface of the stator frame defining a space for housing the power supply and controller circuitry. A plurality of electromagnet stator segments are mounted on an outer surface of the stator frame. A cylindrical rotor frame is coupled to the axle through bearings. An inner surface of the rotor frame supports a plurality of permanent magnets that surround the stator segments to form a radial air gap therebetween. Mounted to the outer surface of the rotor frame by appropriate supporting structure is a vehicle tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: Wavecrest Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander V. Pyntikov, Mark A. Benson
  • Patent number: 6802535
    Abstract: The invention relates to a support device for semi-trailers comprising a leg which has a receiving device, on its lower end. The support leg has a base element with a base plate, which is mounted by means of two vertical plates on the base receiving device so that it can move vertically and can pivot. Between the base plate and the base receiving device there is a damping element. To achieve an improved pivoting capability of the support base, whereby the damping element is subjected to a small deformation, the damping element is located on the underside of the base receiving device so that cannot pivot, and is supported on a curved plate which is fixed to the base plate and the contour of which is adapted to the pivoting movement of the base plate in relation to the supporting leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: Jost-Werke GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: José Manuel Alguera Gallego, Gerald Muller, Steffen Pfister
  • Patent number: 6799769
    Abstract: A wheeled hand dolly for loading, unloading, and transporting cylindrical objects from one location to another including a pair of vertical support members cooperating to form a forwardly facing contact area and joined by a cross member having a recessed portion. An adjustable restraining strap includes a free end with an attachment member and an opposing anchor end for attachment to either side of said cross member to substantially encircle the cylindrical object and having a second contact area to sandwich the cylindrical object between the contact surfaces and frictionally retain it thereto such that the object may be transported along with the dolly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: Z Manufacturing
    Inventor: Stephen Ziolkowski
  • Patent number: 6799782
    Abstract: The invention is a splash and spray suppressor for a wheeled motor vehicle, especially for trucks. The splash and spray suppressor includes a wheel panel nested within the fender. Apertures in the wheel panel allow water droplets to flow into the gap between the wheel panel and the fender. Droplets then flow within the gap toward an opening from where the droplets are drained from the splash and spray suppressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Sunil K. Jain, David J. Beigel, L. David Allendorph
  • Patent number: 6796565
    Abstract: There is disclosed a cart for transportation, which includes a plurality of trays, a support for supporting the trays, a handle provided to the uppermost tray, and a wheel provided to the lowermost tray, which comprises a connecting pipe 112 attached to each corner of each of the trays 110, a supporting member 120 provided between upper and lower trays, a connecting member 130 for joining the supporting member 120 and the connecting pipe of the tray 110 with each other, a handle connecting member 140 for joining the handle 150 with the connecting pipe of the uppermost tray, and a wheel connecting member 160 for joining the wheel 170 with the connecting pipe of the lowermost tray. The invention can be assembled easily without using coupling devices and shipping charges can reduced as the volume of the components is minimized before the cart is assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Inventors: Jae Chul Choi, Choon Yong Choi
  • Patent number: 6793224
    Abstract: A skateboard truck comprising a base attachable to the underside of a skateboard and an arm carried by the base and rotatable relative to the base about a first axis. An axle having a pair of wheels mounted at opposite ends thereof is carried by the arm and the axle is rotatable relative to the arm about a second axis. A spring-loaded linkage is operatively connected between the base and the arm for limiting the rotational motion of the arm and biasing the arm towards a center position aligned with the skateboard's direction of movement. The first and second axes provide pivoting of the skateboard in two dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Carver Skateboards
    Inventor: Neil Stratton
  • Patent number: 6793236
    Abstract: A motorized game cart having a frame with wheels mounted to an axle. A portable power drill is mounted to the frame with the chuck of the power drill mounted to a gear box connected to the axle for rotating the axle when the power drill is operated. A drive sprocket is fixedly mounted to a ball bearing assembly mounted for free rotation about the axle. The ball bearing assembly further having a female portion of a socket coupler. A male portion of the socket coupler is secured to the axle to rotate with the axle but is movable longitudinally along the axle. A control rod is provided for moving the male portion into coupling relation with the female portion. A follower sprocket is mounted on a differential mounted to the axle between the two wheels. An endless chain connects the drive sprocket with the follower sprocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Inventor: Ervin A. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 6793029
    Abstract: An automobile inertial kinetic energy regeneration system which saves energy and enhances safety includes a driving element installed on the automobile drive shaft. The driving element clutches at a clutch that drives a power generator. With the power generator, the braking inertia kinetic energy is converted into pressurized air to be stored in a power tank. Once the driver steps on the gas pedal again in an attempt to start the vehicle, the automobile drive shaft will be driven by a driving installation connected to a clutch which clutches at the driving element. Given the aforesaid design, braking inertia kinetic energy is stored to assist in driving a vehicle, saving energy, shortening the braking distance and enhancing driving safety effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Inventor: Li Kuo Ching
  • Patent number: 6793028
    Abstract: The addition of emission control devices to engines of work machines has increased the cooling demands placed on the engine cooling system. This increased cooling demand can lead to the use of larger engine heat exchangers, thus requiring larger engine enclosures that may restrict the visibility of the machine operator. In accordance with one aspect of this invention, the engine enclosure of a work machine is devoid of an heat exchanger. An engine heat exchanger is mounted to a machine frame rearward of an operator cab and positioned so that an upper edge of the heat exchanger cooling core extends along a line that intersects the longitudinal axis of the machine frame at an angle other than 90°. This arrangement permits the use of a larger heat exchanger without substantially obstructing the view of the machine operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Caterpillar S.A.R.L.
    Inventor: William Pack
  • Patent number: 6793250
    Abstract: A tanker trailer includes tanks mounted one behind the other to a chassis using a flexible mounting system. The mounting allows individual tank movement in upward and downward directions from a rest position. Close nesting is accomplished by provided adjacent tanks with complimentary curved ends. The tanks may have progressively increasing depths from the front to the rear of the trailer. Two sight gauges disposed on a diameter passing through a volumetric center line provides a means of assessing the quantity of liquid in the tank. Alternatively, a single gauge may be used in conjunction with a level meaning device on a horizontal line-intersecting the volumetric center line and the gauge. A vapor recovery system includes two volumetrically matched members mounted within the tank equidistant from the volumetric center line one of which serves as a vent pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Inventor: Allan William Stobart
  • Patent number: 6789809
    Abstract: A push cart transferable to a back holder and a chair includes a pair of connecting mounts jointing a bottom frame and a back frame as well an angle adjusting device jointing with an upper frame and the back frame; wherein the angle adjusting device adjusts the rotation angle of the upper frame; the bottom frame displaces and positions vertically or horizontally in a concave slot of the connecting mount; the connecting mounts slide at a limited distance on a left and a right lateral tubes of the back frame so as to fulfill the embodiment of being a push cart, a back holder or a chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: Ken Lin
  • Patent number: 6789637
    Abstract: The device ascertains a setpoint distance or a setpoint time gap with respect to a vehicle driving ahead as a function of the traveling speed, the distance control taking a minimum distance or a minimum time gap, specifiable by the driver, into consideration when determining the setpoint distance or the setpoint time gap. Since the driver's impression of distance is dependent on the visibility at the moment, in response to poor visibility (bad weather, darkness), the distance control increases the setpoint distance or the setpoint time gap ascertained for normal visibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Hermann Winner, Ralph Lauxmann
  • Patent number: 6786494
    Abstract: A vehicle hardtop carrier has a rear wheels bar transversely of a mounting bar, and front wheels on separate wheel bars support the hardtop and are adjustably pivotally mounted on the mounting bar to accommodate various hardtops. A cushion bar extends generally upwardly from the mounting bar to support the hardtop. A retaining strap extends from the carrier and about the hardtop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Inventor: Michael J. Garbiso
  • Patent number: 6786502
    Abstract: An adjustable mount for use with a snowboard and a snowboard binding has a center-line and a channel which longitudinally extends along the center-line of the snowboard. The snowboard binding includes a binding base plate and a disc. The disc has a center-line and a bottom surface and is rotatably coupled to the binding base plate. The adjustable mount includes a rail and a locking mechanism. The rail is disposed in the channel and is fixedly coupled thereto. The rail is a flexible member and has a key-slot and two series of parallel notches. The binding base plate is disposed on the snowboard. The disc has a center-line and a bottom surface. The disc is rotatably coupled to the binding base plate. The locking mechanism securely couples the rail to the binding base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Inventor: Stephen R. Carlson
  • Patent number: 6786512
    Abstract: A shield for controlling air, spray and airborne debris generated by a wheel of an automotive vehicle when traveling on a roadway surface. The shield includes a planar frame having front and rear surfaces and top, side and bottom borders. The shield is adapted to be disposed above the roadway surface vertically depending from the vehicle and spaced rearwardly from the vehicle wheel in a plane extending transversely to the vehicle. A plurality of downwardly and rearwardly oriented louvers are fixed on the frame to extend rearwardly beyond its rear surface, so as to be oriented horizontally (when the shield is in position on the vehicle) between the side borders, and the louvers are shaped so as to permit, when the vehicle is moving, a flow of air, spray and airborne debris through the shield and downward deflection thereof as they pass between louvers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Morin, Dale Richard Vranckx
  • Patent number: 6786291
    Abstract: A motor vehicle with a forward-mounted engine and a forward-situated air intake has a tubular chassis element running in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle. Between the air intake and the chassis element there is a guide arrangement for leading air into and through the chassis element past at least one major vehicle component, advantageously the vehicle's gearbox, situated inside the chassis element. Downstream from that major vehicle component there is an air outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Scania CV AB (Publ)
    Inventors: Michael Linden, Fredrik Modahl, Ola Logdberg
  • Patent number: 6786501
    Abstract: Device for adjusting the relative position between a first part, for example a ski binding heel-piece, equipped with a toothed strip (8) and a second part, for example a slide (2), equipped with two opposed sets of teeth (16, 17) collaborating with the sets of teeth (10, 11) of the strip. The sets of teeth of one of the parts are offset by a half-tooth and the teeth of the sets of teeth are truncated. The sets of teeth of the two parts come into mesh alternately on one side and the other, making it possible to have a pitch for adjustment equal to a half-tooth rather than a full tooth. The fineness of the adjustment is thus improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Look Fixations S.A.
    Inventors: David Derisoud, Christian Lucas, Frédéric Farges