Patents Examined by Bryan A Evans
  • Patent number: 10974126
    Abstract: The following describes an assembly for a ski strap. The assembly comprises a first portion comprising a first outer block, a first inner tab extending from the first outer block, a first retaining mechanism for a strap. The assembly also comprises a second portion comprising a second outer block, a second inner tab extending from the second outer block, and a second retaining mechanism for the strap. A ski strap assembly is also provided that comprises a ski strap and the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Skiezy Inc.
    Inventors: Edmund Mark Keohane, Mark Kline
  • Patent number: 10974751
    Abstract: A pulling cart with four wheels can be folded into a folded configuration. The wheels are mounted on wheel assemblies which can be in an open or a folded position. The cart has a front panel hinged to a rear panel. The front panel has a front carrier for mounting two wheel assemblies and a pair of slide rails extendable to the second panel. A rear carrier having two wheel assemblies is fixedly mounted to the end portion of the slide rails to move between the front and rear panels. When the cart is used for pulling, all wheel assemblies are in the open position. Each carrier has two arm-receiving holes. Each wheel assembly has a pair of arcuate arms which can rest on the carrier to support the wheel in the open position or move through the arm-receiving hole into the folded position for folding the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Louis N. Ritucci, Kevin Outz, Yiu Cho Fok
  • Patent number: 10960914
    Abstract: A front fork assembly of a snow bike is disclosed having left and right legs, each having an upper leg portion and a lower leg portion. The left leg upper and lower leg portions are linearly movable relative to each other. A right leg has an upper leg portion and a lower leg portion, the right leg upper and lower leg portions are linearly movable relative to each other. A ski mount has a lower end for coupling to a ski and an upper end for coupling to the left and right leg. A linear force element is coupled to the left and right legs with a first end adjacent the first ends of the forks and seconds ends coupled to the ski, the linear force element has a different linear force characteristic than the left and right legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Allen M. Mangum, Cody L. Telford
  • Patent number: 10946264
    Abstract: Snowboards and splitboards having a contact length less than or equal to 65% of the length of the snowboard or a contact length equal to or less than half the length of the snowboard are disclosed. In some embodiments, a peak of a cambered section is aligned with a horizontal midline of the snowboard. In other embodiments, a peak of a cambered section is aft of a horizontal midline of the snowboard. Optional features of the snowboards and splitboards include bi-lobed tips, bi-lobed tails, touring tails and/or dual recurved tails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Cardiff Backcountry Colab LLC
    Inventor: Samuel J. Bawden
  • Patent number: 10941539
    Abstract: A system to stabilize a construction vehicle is disclosed having a frame and a pair of stabilizer legs with ground-engaging shoes at the ends of the legs. The stabilizer legs may pivotally connect to the frame on substantially opposing sides, so that the stabilizer legs pivot upwards to a stowed position and pivot downwards to a stabilizing position where the shoe engages the ground. The stabilizer legs may telescope between a retracted and extended position. The retracted position locates the shoe closer to the vehicle and the extended position further from the vehicle. A pair of hydraulic cylinders may be connected to the respective stabilizer legs to power the telescopic movement of the stabilizer legs between the retracted position and extended position. A controller may allow substantially lateral movement of the construction vehicle while the pair of stabilizer legs are engaged with the ground to support the construction vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventor: Joshua Colbert
  • Patent number: 10940903
    Abstract: A modular military vehicle and a method for using a modular military vehicle is disclosed. The modular military vehicle can comprise a vehicle hull; a crew module removably mounted to the vehicle hull; a plurality of wheels mounted to the vehicle hull, the plurality of wheels comprising at least one driven wheel; and an electric drive system configured to drive the at least one driven wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Tie Down, Inc.
    Inventors: Dustin Sloan Mackarvich, Stephen J. Tegge, Patrick William Maloney, Franklin B. Jones, Justin Hikaru Alcober, Matthew Phillip Vickers, Warren van Nus
  • Patent number: 10933898
    Abstract: A portable payload carrier (e.g., military transit case) comprises a housing for supporting at least one payload therein, and a ground transport assembly coupled to the housing comprising a first transport unit (e.g., cover) in support of a wheel assembly. The wheel assembly can comprise a wheel and at least one wheel support structure configured to support the wheel about the first transport unit. The wheel assembly can be operable between a stowed configuration and a deployed configuration for transporting the portable payload carrier about a ground surface via the wheel by a user. A handle transport assembly can be coupled to an opposing side of the housing, and can include a deployable handle assembly for lifting and moving the portable payload carrier. The wheel and handle assemblies can be collapsible to maintain a form factor of the portable payload carrier when in the stowed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Jeffrey T. Wildfeuer
  • Patent number: 10933899
    Abstract: A shopping cart basket having a handle region located at the front or the sides of the shopping cart basket is disclosed. The forward handle region may have a plurality of openings along the front, corners, and sides to allow a customer to easily grip the shopping cart basket and guide the shopping cart. The shopping cart basket may be formed from a metallic wire portion and a non-metallic forward handle region, or in some embodiments, the shopping cart basket may be formed from a fully formed from a polymer material. The shopping cart may also include non-metallic corner inserts that form a portion of the side and front walls of the shopping cart as well as a non-metallic bottom insert that forms a portion of the bottom wall of the shopping cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Unarco Industries LLC
    Inventors: William Timothy Harrison, Gregory Eric Dallen, Wesley McMurtrey
  • Patent number: 10932983
    Abstract: A mobility aid includes two side frames, each configured for contact with a hand or forearm of associated user; an interconnecting frame member; two or more wheels; one or two adjustable torso bars attached to side frames, and each variably including a posterior member for maintaining consistent contact of torso with the anterior member. Flexed posturing and abnormal lower body biomechanics are common with use of wheeled walking aids managed by the upper body. Users typically excessively push down and forward to advance device. The novel body engaging member(s) enable the presented device to be advanced by torso contact as the user walks. Upper body weight bearing is thereby minimized. Propulsion is enhanced as user advances the pelvis against the torso bar(s). Posture is improved and safety is increased. A walker is provided for users requiring, or training to achieve, light upper body support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Cynthia Louise Johnson
  • Patent number: 10926829
    Abstract: In an aspect, a collapsing foot-deck-based vehicle is provided and includes a foot deck, at least two wheels coupled to the foot deck, and a handle structure coupled to the foot deck via a locking pivot joint. The handle structure includes at least one handle. The locking pivot joint has a pivot axis that is generally unparallel with a horizontal plane defined by the lowermost surfaces of the at least two wheels. The handle structure is selectively pivotable via the locking pivot joint between a riding configuration in which the handle is generally distal from the foot deck for gripping by a rider of the foot-deck-based vehicle, and a collapsed configuration in which the handle is generally proximal to the foot deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: John McGowan, David Manton, Barry Whyte, Shane Connaughton
  • Patent number: 10919454
    Abstract: A universally mountable articulating step for a vehicle which includes a bypass linkage set which is common to mounting in a plurality of vehicles. The linkage set includes front and rear casting members that enable the step to collapse on itself. An independent mounting adapter which is unique to a particular vehicle is provided including a mounting configuration adapted to be attached to a vehicle and attachment mounting locations on which the bypass linkage set is to be mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Bestop, Inc.
    Inventors: George C. Stickles, Frank A. Borke
  • Patent number: 10919453
    Abstract: An articulating step assembly for a vehicle which includes a mount for attachment to a vehicle, a step member and an articulating linkage connecting the mount and the step for stowing and deploying the step. A motor is attached to the linkage to provide raising and lowering of the step. A weather sealed non-contact switch located on the assembly for actuating the motor and linkage in response to movement of the step in a predetermined direction for deploying the step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley E. Watson
  • Patent number: 10920688
    Abstract: A system in a vehicle includes a primary intake manifold, a secondary intake manifold, a valve, and a computer. The primary and secondary intake manifolds are configured for an engine compartment of the vehicle. The secondary intake manifold is arrangeable to extend from outside the engine compartment to the valve. The valve is connected to each of the primary and secondary intake manifolds. The computer is in communication with the valve and programmed to identify a flood risk and then actuate the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Lirjon Llusho, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Howard Churchwell, John W. Jensen, John Vincent Fazio
  • Patent number: 10913477
    Abstract: A roller component and trolley. The trolley component includes the positioning seat, braking part, and roller that are respectively installed on the guiding shaft. The end of the shaft ring is cam surface, putting or relieving pressured to the end of the rollers when bring rotated, forming the braking structure; the trolley includes front bar, rear bar, bottom bar, handle bar, and flexible bag. The roller components are installed on the two sides of the guiding shaft under the rear bar, providing support and facilitating braking of the trolley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Zenithen USA, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew David Frankel, Shi-Ping Zheng, Tian-Xia Zheng
  • Patent number: 10912703
    Abstract: A rolling walker comprises a frame, a seat supported by that frame, and a backrest supported by the frame. By one approach the backrest is configured to selectively move between a first position that provides back support for a person sitting in the seat facing in a forward direction and a second position that provides back support for a person sitting in the seat facing in a rearward direction. If desired, this backrest can be comprised of a material (such as a memory foam material) that biases the backrest towards that first position when the backrest is in the first position and that biases the backrest towards the second position when the backrest is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Margaret M. Andersen
  • Patent number: 10913479
    Abstract: A wheeled platform has a base, a plurality of wheels, and a power supply. A connector extends from the wheeled platform. A motor assembly has at least one motor mounted on the connector to couple with a stroller. A controller assembly steers the stroller. The base includes an upper surface for supporting an operator. The base forms a wheel assembly for holding the wheels. The power supply sends power to the motor assembly through the control assembly to drive the stroller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventor: Eddy Cardentey
  • Patent number: 10905301
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a cleaner including a cleaner main body having a controller, a wheel cover mounted on the cleaner main body, a driving module coupled to the wheel cover to be movable up and down, a driving wheel coupled to the driving module and configured to be rotatable by receiving driving force from the driving module, a suspension configured to guide the upward and downward movement of the driving module and absorb impacts while the driving module is moved up and down, a link member rotatably installed on the wheel cover, and rotated by being in contact with a protrusion of the driving module when the driving module is moved downward by a preset distance, and a switch pressed in response to the rotation of the link member to transfer a signal to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Hyungkyu Youk, Sangjo Kim
  • Patent number: 10899218
    Abstract: A mobile vehicle is disclosed herein. It comprises a car body having four wheels, an engine room on a front side thereof and a luggage compartment on a rear side thereof, and at least one drive motor disposed in the engine room or the luggage compartment or both and each of which has a motor body and a rotational shaft passing through a center of the motor body for driving the four wheels to rotate through a driver assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Richard Chi-Hsueh, Chung-Yeh Hsu, Tzu-Chin Hsu, Yie-Yeh Hsu
  • Patent number: 10899387
    Abstract: A frame arrangement for a vehicle may include a first side member and a second side member that each have an upper portion and a lower portion. The upper portions are spaced laterally apart by a first distance, and the lower portions are spaced laterally apart by a second distance less than the first distance. The frame arrangement may further include a first battery positioned between the lower portions of the side members, and a second battery positioned between the upper portions of the side members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Trevor R. Milton, Kevin M. Lynk
  • Patent number: 10894469
    Abstract: A battery tray for a battery powered vehicle includes a battery tray having a side wall. An impact absorbing structure is connected to the side wall. The impact absorbing structure includes at least one roll-formed member fixed to the side wall. The at least one roll-formed member is created from a single metal plate and includes a first plate portion roll-formed to create a first cavity and having a first flange created in a member central wall of the first plate portion. The first flange is fixed to the first plate portion. A second plate portion is roll-formed to create a second cavity and has a second flange at an end of the second plate portion fixed to the member central wall. A roll-formed U-shaped attachment member is fixed to the at least one roll-formed member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Indraneel K. Page, Suhant Ranga