Patents Examined by Bridget Avery
  • Patent number: 9284013
    Abstract: An upright three-wheeled vehicle. A footboard part is disposed between and connected to a pair of rear wheel parts, and has a space section therein. A frame connects a front section of the footboard part to a front wheel part. A handlebar part extends upward from the frame. A suspension includes a first link perpendicularly connected to a drive shaft of a corresponding rear wheel part to initially reduce delivery of shocks by rotating and reciprocating in a lateral direction when the rear wheel part moves up and down, a second link perpendicularly bent from the first link and accommodated within the space section in a rear frame of the footboard part to secondarily reduce the shocks, and an elastic member disposed on the second link to absorb the shocks depending on a direction of the shocks applied to the rear wheel part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: Jin Wook Rim
  • Patent number: 9278612
    Abstract: A vehicle has a motor and an engine each serving as a driving source for running the vehicle, and assembled batteries each capable of supplying an electric power to the motor. The assembled batteries include a high-power assembled battery and a high-capacity assembled battery. The high-power assembled battery is capable of charge and discharge with current relatively larger than that in the high-capacity assembled battery, and the high-capacity assembled battery has energy capacity relatively larger than that of the high-power assembled battery. In running of the vehicle using output from the motor with the engine stopped, the high-capacity assembled battery supplies more electric power to the motor than that in the high-power assembled battery. The high-power assembled battery is placed in a vehicle-inside space accommodating a passenger or baggage, and the high-capacity assembled battery is placed in a vehicle-outside space located on an outer face of a vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Hayashi, Kenji Kimura, Takurou Nakayama, Hirotaka Watanabe, Nobuyoshi Fujiwara, Akihiro Sato
  • Patent number: 9277674
    Abstract: A battery charger is disposed above an exhaust pipe, and a junction box is disposed above the charger. The charger includes a cooler having a forced cooling function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koichiro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9248882
    Abstract: A compact vehicle drive mechanisms that can be used in the design of a foldable, carry-on vehicle. The compact drive mechanisms presented herein, for example, have contributed to the advent of the compact, carry-on bicycles set-forth in the teachings which include drive-and-steering units and drive-and-chassis units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: MDM PRODUCTIVITY, INC.
    Inventor: Jon P. Moldestad
  • Patent number: 9242166
    Abstract: A gliding device includes a gliding board, a mechanism for binding a boot to the gliding board; the binding mechanism including a retaining device allowing rotation of the boot about an axis transverse to the gliding board; and an arrangement for applying a pulling force on the shovel of the gliding board. The arrangement for applying a pulling force on the shovel is not elastic; and the gliding device further includes a device for adjusting the length of the pulling arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: SALOMON S.A.S.
    Inventor: Bertrand Krafft
  • Patent number: 9242169
    Abstract: Provided is a heeling apparatus. The heeling apparatus includes a sole including a forefoot portion and a heel portion. The heel portion has an opening formed therein. In one embodiment, the sole includes a removable portion. The heeling apparatus further includes a wheel assembly including wheel rotably mounted to an axle and a mounting structure, wherein the wheel extends through the opening in the heel portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: HEELING SPORTS LIMITED
    Inventor: Roger R. Adams
  • Patent number: 9238168
    Abstract: A splitboard joining device for releasably coupling at least two separate portions of a splitboard, thereby creating a snowboard when coupled and at least a first ski and a second ski when uncoupled. The device may include a first interface and a second interface for attaching to a first portion and a second portion, respectively, of the splitboard. In some embodiments, the device comprises an adjustable tension element disposed on either the first interface or second interface to adjustably control the tension between the first interface and second interface, and to adjustably control the compression between the first and second portions of the splitboard when coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Inventors: Bryce M. Kloster, Tyler G. Kloster
  • Patent number: 9233603
    Abstract: A wheel provided with electric driving means in the wheel, the electric driving means comprising a rotor and a stator coaxially within the rotor and connectable to a vehicle, with an air gap provided between said rotor and said stator, wherein said wheel is provided with an air gap controlling bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: E-TRACTION EUROPE B.V.
    Inventor: Adrianus Johannes Heinen
  • Patent number: 9233295
    Abstract: The invention is a device for removably blocking a central-front part of a ski boot to a ski platform for actuating a Telemark technique. The boot sole (51) forms, at a bottom thereof, two lateral edges, internal and external (52A, 52B). A plate (1) is blockable to the ski platform, a blocking device (17, 18) constrained to the plate, which bear at least two ratchets. The ratchets are associated with the bottom of the boot supported by the plate, to corresponding edges of the internal edge (52A) and external edge (52B). An activator (16, 24) for the blocking device is supported by the plate, defining two configurations of the blocking device, respectively inoperative (11), with a disengagement of the ratchets from the corresponding edges (52A, 52B) and operative (12), with a blocking of the two edges against the plate (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: ATK RACE S.r.L.
    Inventor: Giovanni Indulti
  • Patent number: 9227507
    Abstract: A pneumatic vehicle is provided with a chassis, wheels, a compressed air tank, a heat exchanger to heat the compressed air, and an air motor driven by the heated air and connected to at least one wheel. A pneumatic vehicle is provided with a chassis, wheels, a compressed air tank, and an air motor driven by the compressed air and connected to a wheel. The vehicle also has a ventilation system for the passenger compartment, a heat exchanger, and a restrictive solenoid valve for directing ventilation system air to the heat exchanger. A pneumatic vehicle is provided with a chassis, wheels, an aluminum compressed air tank, a carbon filament reinforced plastic layer over the tank, a fiberglass and aramid-fiber layer over the carbon filament reinforced plastic layer, and an air motor driven by the compressed air and connected to at least one wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Deakin University
    Inventors: Bernard Frank Rolfe, Timothy Ian De Souza, Gregory Ryan Pitts, Stuart James McFarlane Hanafin, Steven Lewis Anthony Agius, Benjamin Paul Adamson, Michael Pio Gordon Pereira, Timothy John Black, Christopher James Hurren, Noel Egan Miller
  • Patent number: 9216660
    Abstract: An electrically driven vehicle includes a first electric motor, a second electric motor, a first power drive device, a second power drive device, a first heat sink, a second heat sink, a baffle member, a first air guide passage, and a second air guide passage. The baffle member closes a space defined between the first power drive device and the second power drive device at a first end and a second end of the space. The first air guide passage houses the first heat sink. The first air guide passage is provided between a first partition wall and the first power drive device. The second air guide passage houses the second heat sink. The second air guide passage is provided between the first partition wall and the second power drive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Takamura, Koji Aoki
  • Patent number: 9211896
    Abstract: A scooter with casters or similar devices enabling it to move smoothly with efficient change of direction. Also included is an outrigger with crosspieces that provide footrests for the rider. The crosspieces are shaped to enable two scooters to be attached in an assembly. The crosspiece is stored in locked and/or nested fashion in a storage cavity formed into the bottom surface of the scooter. A safety belt and backrest may be used with the scooter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Shield Mfg., Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Berghash, Amy Hangen, David Delisanti
  • Patent number: 9199656
    Abstract: A shopping cart storage system allows a user to easily transport elongated items throughout a store. The system includes a shopping cart having a frame, a basket and a plurality of wheels. The basket and the wheels are coupled to the frame. The frame includes a lower bar spaced below the basket. An upper retaining member is coupled to the basket. The upper retaining member has an open top end and an open bottom end. A lower retaining member is coupled to the lower rail. The lower retaining member has a bottom wall and a perimeter wall coupled to and extending upwardly from the bottom wall. The lower retaining member is spaced from and vertically aligned with the upper retaining member wherein the upper and lower retaining members are configured to retain an elongated object in an upright position adjacent to the shopping cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventors: Jason Tong, Pornpun Boonyasub
  • Patent number: 9199782
    Abstract: A cooler with bladders filled with liquid attached to dispensers and placed in the interior of the cooler. The base of the cooler has recesses and channels to capture melted ice and provide cooling for the bladders. There is a front telescoping handle and a rear telescoping handle with a pair of wheels for transport. A pair of dispensers at equidistance apart, each having a control mechanism and an outlet, is mateable with bladders with either one or two liquid conduits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Larry Cliatt
  • Patent number: 9193372
    Abstract: A stroller apparatus comprises a support frame, a first seat assembled with the support frame and configured to receive a child in a first position, a second seat assembled with the support frame and configured to receive the child in a second position at a height different from the first position, the child facing rearward when seated on either of the first and second seats, and a third seat assembled with the support frame and configured to receive a second child in a third position facing forward in front of the first and second seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventors: Robert E. Haut, Andrew J. Winterhalter, Curtis M. Hartenstine, Joseph F. Fiore, Jr., Linhai Shan
  • Patent number: 9186980
    Abstract: A vehicle radiator support structure which includes a plurality of upper holding members each attached to an upper shroud member which is one of a plurality of structural members of a vehicle body and configured to hold an upper portion of a radiator in such a manner as to restrict a horizontal relative displacement thereof. At least one pair of lateral elastic members is each attached to a respective one of right and left lateral portions of the radiator. At least one pair of lateral engagement members is each attached to another one of the structural members other than the upper shroud member and configured to come into contact engagement with at least an upper portion of a respective one of the lateral elastic members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Shinji Shibutani, Naomi Hayashi, Hirosato Izumi
  • Patent number: 9186998
    Abstract: A method for operating an electrical system in a motor vehicle having two electrical machines connected to the electrical system via one controllable inverter each. A regulated generator mode is initiated. A first step detects a drop below a first predetermined voltage in the electrical system. A second step, on the basis of an induced freewheeling voltage expected for one of the electrical machines, selects one of the inverters and actuating such that the electrical machine connected thereto is operated in electrical freewheel, with the result that the rotation of said machine induces a freewheeling voltage in the electrical system. A third step detects the rise above a second predetermined voltage for the induced electrical freewheeling voltage available in the electrical system. A fourth step actuates the inverter of the first electrical machine such that the first electrical machine connected thereto is operated in regulated generator mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus-Juergen Wald, Martin Wirth
  • Patent number: 9180061
    Abstract: A powered wheelchair includes a seat assembly configured to support an individual, a legrest assembly pivotally connected to the seat assembly, and an adjustment assembly including an actuator operatively connected to the central column through a piston slidably secured within a sleeve. The adjustment assembly is secured underneath the seat assembly. The powered wheelchair may also include an extension bracket that allows legrests and a central column of the legrest assembly to be separately and independently adjusted with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Permobil AB
    Inventors: Bo Engman, Urban Lind, Niklas Backstrom, Jonas Jahkel, Mehdi Mirzaie
  • Patent number: 9180767
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes an internal combustion engine, an exhaust passageway, and a driving system having a first and a second motors and a housing which houses the first and the second motors. The driving system is disposed further rearwards than the internal combustion engine in a front-rear direction of the vehicle. The exhaust passageway extends from the internal combustion engine towards a rear side of the vehicle and is disposed so as to surround: a first plane passing through a front end of the housing and perpendicular to the front-rear direction; a second plane passing through a rear end of the housing and perpendicular to the front-rear direction; a third plane passing through a left end of the housing and perpendicular to a left-right direction; and a fourth plane passing through a right end of the housing and perpendicular to the left-right direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takabumi Suzuki, Keiichi Ooiso, Takeshi Hoshinoya
  • Patent number: 9180774
    Abstract: In a work vehicle, a second processing device, disposed over a hydraulic pump, is configured to process the hydraulic gas from an engine. A first processing device is disposed closer to the engine than the second processing device is. Further, the first processing device is positioned higher the second processing device. The first processing device is partially overlapped with the second processing device in a top plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Mizuno, Tomomi Ueda