Patents Examined by Brian Swenson
  • Patent number: 10513285
    Abstract: The swing, stroller with a detachable car seat includes a baby car seat that is able to connect with a car seat dock located on a seat in a vehicle. The baby car seat is also able to connect with a baby stroller that can mobilize the baby car seat or can immobilize itself in order to provide a swinging function that swings the baby car seat back and forth with respect to the baby stroller. The baby stroller includes a ā€œUā€-shaped swinging member that attaches to and extends downward from a swing arm member provided on opposing sides of the baby stroller. The baby stroller includes telescoping feet that extend down beneath wheels provided on the baby stroller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Empress M. Menen
  • Patent number: 9849790
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes an electric motor for driving a propelling device, a battery for supplying electric power to the electric motor, a temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of the battery, a discharge current setting unit for setting an upper limit discharge current value based on the detected temperature detected by the temperature sensor, and a control unit for regulating discharge current of the battery within the upper limit discharge current value determined by the discharge current setting unit and for controlling driving of the electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Shunsuke Miyashita, Yukifumi Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 9840263
    Abstract: A slab cart comprising: a castor frame including: four castors rotatably mounted to an underside of the castor frame; a primary upright member emanating upward from each end of the castor frame; two or more secondary upright members emanating upward from each end of the castor frame; a pivoting member engaged to the primary upright member and the secondary upright members; a platform frame engaged to the pivoting member and the primary and secondary upright members wherein the platform frame may pivot from a substantially vertical orientation to a substantially horizontal orientation; a support member secured to the platform frame which is used to aid in the retention of slabs; and a lift mechanism operationally associated with the castor frame, the upright members and the platform frame wherein the lift mechanism may raise or lower the platform frame relative to the castor frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Augusto P. Septimio
  • Patent number: 9834205
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle evaporation system may include a fuel tank having a fuel level sensor, a refuel button, and a controller. The controller may be programmed to disable HV charging in response to a selection of the refuel button, monitor a fuel level received from the fuel level sensor, and enable HV charging in response to the fuel level failing to increase for a predetermined amount of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 9827972
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle system facilitates operator control over electric power generation and use. The system features a motor/generator that can be mounted to an output of a transmission of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Albert W. Brown
  • Patent number: 9828036
    Abstract: An active grille shutter (AGS) system for a vehicle can include a housing defining first, second, and third openings, the third opening being located between the first and second openings and being configured to receive an object detection device that is configured to detect objects in front of the vehicle, a first set of louvers arranged in the first opening, a second set of louvers arranged in the second opening, and a linkage connecting the first and second sets of louvers, wherein a set of actuators are configured to selectively open/close the first and second sets of louvers by driving the linkage or at least one of the first and second sets of louvers. The AGS system can be configured to be fully-integrated, semi-integrated, or standalone with respect to a grille assembly of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: SRG GLOBAL INC.
    Inventors: Rob Frayer, Kurt Meier, James DeLaHoussaye
  • Patent number: 9827482
    Abstract: A skateboard deck comprising an elongate, fiber-reinforced thermoplastic injection molded body having top and bottom surfaces and including: a pair of spaced truck attachment bases integrally formed on the bottom surface and each associated with a respective end of said body; a substantially closed-loop, integral torsion member formed on the bottom surface of the body in a space between said truck attachment bases; and a pair of longitudinal stiffening ribs each formed integrally with the body, said truck attachment bases and said torsion member, said stiffening ribs and body being positively cambered whereby the body substantially flattens out under load in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Benjamin Alastair Mackay
  • Patent number: 9827481
    Abstract: A splitboard boot binding system with single multi-angle climbing wire. The pivotable climbing wire is configured for use with any compatible ski tour interface, and folds away under the boot binding baseplate when the bindings are transferred to a ride mode interface. In ski tour mode, the baseplate pivots on a toe axis and is supported by the climbing wire when the heel is raised. Advantageously, the climbing wire is very lightweight and seats interchangeably in a plurality of detent positions on a compatible heelblock. There are no interferences with conjoint use of a slide-in crampon seated between the heelblock and the toe pivot or with use in systems having a heel locker. Surprisingly, in some combinations the climbing wire may also be used to retain the slider track in ride mode. The combinations and sub-combinations require no tools for adjustment or operation and operate cooperatively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: William J. Ritter
  • Patent number: 9809240
    Abstract: A dispenser configured for securely storing a plurality of items within a cart and providing access to a subset of the plurality of items to authorized users. The dispenser generally includes a housing defining an interior portion dimensioned to receive a storage cart having an array of receptacles each configured to hold one or more items, a laterally sliding access door configured to provide restricted access to the cart stored within the dispenser, and an item access mechanism configured to provide selective access to a subset of the plurality of items stored within the cart. The dispenser additionally comprises a cart guide mechanism and a cart locking mechanism configured to guide the cart into the housing and to secure the cart in an appropriate location within the housing for use with the item access mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Innovative Product Achievements, LLC
    Inventors: Ward Broom, Kyle Joiner, Bob Stonikas, Dan Weyen, James Findley
  • Patent number: 9809099
    Abstract: A fuel cell vehicle which a fuel cell stack is mounted on comprises a stack case that is configured to place the fuel cell stack therein; mounts that are configured to fix the stack case to a vehicle body; ribs, each being provided to be extended from a position adjacent to the mount across an upper surface of the stack case; and a damping member that is provided between adjacent ribs on the upper surface of the stack case. The damping member is a material formed by applying an aluminum sheet on butyl rubber. This configuration reduces the noise and damps the vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Michitaro Itoga
  • Patent number: 9809186
    Abstract: A vehicle including a housing supported on a framework member of the vehicle via a supporting member, a liquid medium supply unit fixed to the housing and driven by a motor to supply a liquid medium to a cooled or lubricated portion, and a first atmosphere communicating mechanism that establishes a communication between an inside of a motor portion of the liquid medium supply unit and atmosphere, the first atmosphere communicating mechanism including a volumetric member that is disposed apart from the liquid medium supply unit in a position higher than the liquid medium supply unit, that has a predetermined volumetric space, and that is fixed to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Hoshinoya, Shigeru Nakayama, Hirotomi Nemoto, Masahiko Akiyama, Yuji Minoda
  • Patent number: 9796402
    Abstract: A rechargeable motorized personal shopping and utility cart. Designed for elderly or infirm consumers who find it difficult to pull or push a manual utility cart, particularly on inclines, the electronic shopping cart would propel itself on demand. Designed in every aspect for the ultimate in convenience, the front of the unit would also feature an easy-access swing-open door which makes the loading and unloading of the electronic shopping cart far easier, even for extra tall items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Suarez
  • Patent number: 9795863
    Abstract: A truck for a skateboard utilizes spherical balls mounted for rotation beneath the deck of the skateboard such that the balls are freely rotatable in a direction along the longitudinal axis and are less rotatable in a direction transverse to the axis such that the skateboard exhibits behavior expected from a snowboard in snow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Linder
  • Patent number: 9790662
    Abstract: An assist generator motor is driven by an engine to generate power or assists in a drive of the engine by supply of power from an electricity storage device. A revolving electric motor is driven by power supplied from the electricity storage device or supplies regeneration power generated by a regeneration operation to the electricity storage device. The assist generator motor is controlled by a first inverter. The revolving electric motor is controlled by a second inverter. The first inverter and the second inverter are mounted on a support bracket elastically supported on a revolving frame in a position different from a position where the electricity storage device is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasunori Ota, Mitsugu Ojima, Shuji Egawa, Yuji Azuma
  • Patent number: 9789924
    Abstract: An accessory for a self-balancing board is provided. The self-balancing board comprises a foot-deck having two lateral foot-deck ends. Each lateral foot-deck end is coupled to a motor that drives a wheel in response to an orientation of the lateral foot-deck end relative to a horizontal plane. The foot-deck has at least one sensor that is triggered when a rider is in a riding position thereon. The accessory includes a chassis, at least one travel surface-contacting element coupled proximal to a first longitudinal end of the chassis to facilitate travel of the chassis over a travel surface, and a seat coupled to the chassis and configured to support the rider. The accessory further includes an engagement structure that releasably engages the self-balancing board and fails to trigger the at least one sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: YVOLVE SPORTS LTD.
    Inventors: Tyler Kroymann, Colm Marum, Wayne Walsh
  • Patent number: 9783035
    Abstract: A vehicle axle assembly including an electric motor, an electric power source, a mode shift gearset, an actuator and a differential within a housing. The motor can include a first output member. The mode shift gearset can include a second output member and a shift member. The shift member can transmit torque between the first and second output members when the shift member is in a second position. The actuator can be coupled to the shift member to move the shift member between first and second positions. The differential can include a differential case and a differential gearset. The differential case can be drivingly coupled to the second output member to receive rotary power therefrom. The differential gearset can transmit rotary power between the differential case and first and second output shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Zugang Huang, James P. Downs
  • Patent number: 9780632
    Abstract: A synchronous electric machine includes a stator having a plurality of teeth with first and second active surfaces; first and second stator windings having respective series of first and second coils wound on said teeth; first and second rotors having respective series of first and second permanent magnets with alternate polarities and facing said respective first and second active surfaces; wherein the first coils and the second coils of each stator winding are arranged in pairs, with two coils of each pair offset from each other by a predetermined angle; and wherein, during operation as a motor, two first coils of each pair produce concordant torque contributions on the first rotor and discordant torque contributions on the second rotor and two second coils of each pair produce concordant torque contributions on the second rotor and discordant torque contributions on the first rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: C.R.F. Societa Consortile per Azioni
    Inventor: Antonio Fricasse
  • Patent number: 9776650
    Abstract: A hand truck includes a quick release/attach mechanism operating according to a method for quickly and easily exchanging various tools with the hand truck, the quick release/latch mechanism including biased locking pins movably located within tubular frame members integral to the hand truck and proximal holes in the tubular frame members for receiving a projection member of the tool and spaced a predetermined distance from a hangar portion of the tool and wherein the hangar portion may be hung on a crossbar of the tubular frame and then the projection members of the tool may be coupled with and retained by the locking pins of the tubular frame. The arrangement requires no hand tools such as wrenches or screwdrivers, and no external fasteners such as pins or bolts. The geometry of the cross bars on the hand truck allow tool attachments to be captured or releases simply by tilting the hand truck forward or backward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Darryl Edward Berlinger
  • Patent number: 9776494
    Abstract: A motor vehicle body structure includes a frame rail and a bracket attached to the rail and adapted for attaching an engine mount. The bracket has a first portion secured to the frame rail beneath the engine mount and at least one cantilever portion projecting at one end beyond the first portion. The cantilever portion defines an anchoring point for attachment of the engine mount that is spaced from the frame rail so that the portion of the frame rail beneath the anchoring point may undergo controlled deformation in the event of a front end vehicle collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew David George Shynn, Bradley Staines, Joerg Reim, Matthew Sykes, Jon Horseman, Peter Brook, Alan Thorpe, Raise Ahmed
  • Patent number: 9770636
    Abstract: A rear wheel interlock folding mechanism of a golf bag cart is revealed. An upper frame is fixed on an upper-frame connecting rod connected to a lower frame. A rear-wheel connecting rod is fixed on the lower frame and behind the upper-frame connecting rod. A rear-wheel set is set on each end of the rear-wheel connecting rod. The rear-wheel set includes a fixing base fixed on the rear-wheel connecting rod, a bending base pivotally connected to the fixing base, a rear wheel pivotally disposed on the outer end of the bending base, a rotating seat fixed on the upper-frame connecting rod and a link between the bending base and the rotating seat. Thereby the bending base is also moved to drive the rear wheel moving close to the lower frame when the upper frame is folded toward the lower frame. Thus the golf bag cart is folded conveniently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Sports World Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Fang-Li Wu