Patents Examined by Bryan A Evans
  • Patent number: 11911686
    Abstract: A skateboard truck includes a metal bolt called a kingpin and a threaded fastener, called a hex nut, which when combined hold the two main components of a truck together: the baseplate, which is mounted to the bottom surface of the skateboard deck; and the turning part of the truck called the hanger, which is mounted onto the baseplate by means of the kingpin, and affixed tightly into the baseplate by means of a threaded shaft nut assembly permanently affixed within the baseplate. Two bushings placed along the shaft of the kingpin and on either side of a flange protruding from the hanger hold the hanger in place by the tightening of the kingpin into the threaded shaft nut fastener. The kingpin is oriented such that a threaded portion of the kingpin (on an end opposite a bolt head portion) is generally facing towards a bottom surface of the skateboard deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: NHS, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Charles Piumarta
  • Patent number: 11912328
    Abstract: A vehicle frame applied to a baby stroller includes a first tube, a second tube, a third tube and a foldable unit. The second tube is pivoted to the first tube. The third tube is pivoted to the second tube. The foldable unit includes a fourth tube. An end of the fourth tube is pivoted to the first tube, and the other end of the fourth tube is pivoted to the third tube. A linkage mechanism is formed by the first tube, the second tube, the third tube and the fourth tube. Rotation of the first tube moves the second tube and the third tube close to each other or away from each other via the fourth tube for folding or unfolding the vehicle frame. The present invention can simultaneously fold all tubes of the vehicle frame, and have advantages the simple structure, easy operation and low production cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Wonderland Switzerland AG
    Inventor: Jian-Qun Li
  • Patent number: 11912248
    Abstract: An energy module exchange system may include an enclosure with one or more storage racks configured to store and charge energy modules; an opening in the enclosure; and a robotic arm configured to retrieve the energy modules from the storage racks and pass them through an opening in the enclosure for exchange with an electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: SynCells, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerard O'Hora
  • Patent number: 11897423
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a running board for a motor vehicle, and in particular relates to a linkage assembly for the running board and a corresponding method of using the same. An example running board assembly includes a deck and a linkage assembly configured to guide movement of the deck. The linkage assembly includes a first link and a second link further from the deck than the first link. The second link is curved such that the second link exhibits a concave contour from a perspective of the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mike Kipley, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, Peter Simeon Lazarevski, David Brian Glickman
  • Patent number: 11891150
    Abstract: A tricycle has a forward oriented fork member (20) supported for rotation about a steering axis (14) of the tricycle, a handle bar (50) mounted to the fork member, a cargo unit (24) supported by the fork member, and a pair of transversally spaced linkages (30), wherein each linkage at a proximal end is linked to the fork member and at a distal end supports a respective front wheel (16) of the tricycle. The cargo unit and the linkages are shiftable between respective forward and backward end positions to thereby transform the tricycle to a wheel cart and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: TOADRUNNER INNOVATION AB
    Inventor: Göran Durgé
  • Patent number: 11884337
    Abstract: An active rocker aerodynamic shield integrated into an automated running board for a motor vehicle. By using the existing automated running board linkages as a mounting location for the panels, the addition of a dedicated motor, linkage/pivot, and vehicle attachment scheme is no longer need for the aero benefit since components can be shared. The use of the moving linkages (Inner link, outer link, & lower mount) as attachment points for a panel(s) that is used to limit the flow of air to the underbody of a vehicle. When the miming board is in its stowed position. The panel is also stowed out of the line of sight and airflow. When the benefit of the aero panel is desired, the running board moves to the deployed position, orienting the aero panel in a position to reduce the amount of airflow under the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventors: Adolfo E. Milani, James W. Shelswell, Sorin O. Pantea
  • Patent number: 11858462
    Abstract: An electric pedal for an automobile comprises a driving support, a driven support, and a pedal. The driving support comprises a first automobile connecting rod, a driving motor, a second automobile connecting rod, a gear box, and a rotating mechanism. The first automobile connecting rod, the driving motor, and the second automobile connecting rod are separately fixed to the automobile to which the electric pedal is mounted, and the driven support comprises a driven automobile fixing plate and a driven rotating mechanism. The electric pedal for an automobile can be switched into a fixed side pedal, and in this case, the driving motor needs to be stopped, or the driving motor or the gear box fails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Shanghai Essenway Technology Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiancheng Li, Guilan Zhou
  • Patent number: 11857470
    Abstract: Wheeled vehicles, such as wheelchairs, that are adapted to traverse obstacles are provided. The wheeled vehicles include a frame, drive wheels, front anti-tip wheels positioned in front of the drive wheels and rear anti-tip wheels positioned behind the drive wheels. One exemplary vehicle includes front anti-tip wheels supported by rigid arms that are fixed to the frame and drive assemblies that are independently suspended from the frame. Another exemplary vehicle includes a linkage that links the front and rear anti-tip wheels, such that movement of one of the front or rear anti-tip wheel relative to the frame causes movement of the other wheel relative to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Invacare Corporation
    Inventors: Robert L. Cuson, Robert A. Bekoscke, Daniel J. Stothard
  • Patent number: 11851025
    Abstract: A vehicle cab access assembly for easier and safer egress and ingress includes a step fairing, which is mountable to a respective side of a vehicle, such as a cab over engine vehicle, so that the step fairing is positioned below a door positioned in a cab of the vehicle. The step fairing comprises three steps and facilitates egress and ingress to the cab of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Inventor: Kent Schneider
  • Patent number: 11845402
    Abstract: A retractable step for a vehicle comprises an arcuate member extending between first and second ends and a pair of pivots secured to the vehicle proximate to or within a wheel well of the vehicle so as to pivotally support the arcuate member proximate to each of the first and second ends of the arcuate member between a raised position surrounding or within the wheel well and a lowered position extending substantially horizontally from the vehicle proximate to the wheel well wherein the arcuate member provides or supports a step for a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Inventor: William Bailie
  • Patent number: 11840269
    Abstract: Provided is a hand truck comprising a frame having a first end, and a second end configured with a wheel set, and a ledge extending at said second end, wherein one or both of the frame and the ledge is configured with an articulation arrangement for detachably attaching thereto a utility unit, the articulation arrangement extending parallel to a plane of the respective frame or ledge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignees: Keter Plastic Ltd., Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Yaron Brunner, Izhar Shany, Uri Parizer
  • Patent number: 11834090
    Abstract: The invention combines the best features of a cargo carrier with an upright dolly in a single unit to allow a user to safely offload heavy cargo from a carrier and transport that cargo to a final destination. The carrier includes a loading platform that engages a pair of loading hooks on the carrier and automatically locks the carrier to the loading platform. To offload the cargo, a user releases a self-locking latch with a lever and pivots the carrier around a loading bar until supported by a pair of wheels on the underside of the carrier. The rotational movement simultaneously disengages the loading hooks from the loading bar allowing the user to push the carrier away from the loading platform so that the carrier and its cargo may be transported to a final destination with the same ease with which a user would transport cargo on a dolly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Inventor: Jeffrey Bryan Shapiro
  • Patent number: 11833411
    Abstract: A skateboard truck includes a metal bolt called a kingpin and a threaded fastener, called a hex nut, which when combined hold the two main components of a truck together: the baseplate, which is mounted to the bottom surface of the skateboard deck; and the turning part of the truck called the hanger, which is mounted onto the baseplate by means of the kingpin, and affixed tightly into the baseplate by means of a threaded hex nut. Two bushings placed along the shaft of the kingpin and on either side of a flange protruding from the hanger hold the hanger in place by the tightening of the kingpin into the threaded shaft nut fastener. The kingpin is oriented such that a threaded portion of the kingpin (on an end opposite a bolt head portion) is generally facing towards a bottom surface of the skateboard deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: NHS, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Charles Piumarta
  • Patent number: 11827261
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention provides kit that can be used for closing off the volume between the top and bottom trays of a hand cart for more secure storage of items on the bottom tray. The kit comprises a first wall section, a second wall section, and a third wall section. The first wall section is generally flat. The second wall section has a first generally flat section and a second generally flat section connected by a corner section. The third wall section has a first generally flat section and a second generally flat section connected by a corner section, and a generally flat door section connected to the second generally flat section by a hinge. The kit preferably comprises a plurality of fastener pairs for attaching the wall sections to the angle-stock legs. Preferably, each fastener pair comprises a bolt and a nut, and the kit further comprises a bushing for each fastener pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Inventors: Joe Lin, Brian Liu
  • Patent number: 11827265
    Abstract: A movable carrier includes a bottom frame assembly, a first support member, a link assembly, a position mechanism, and a first unlock member. The first support member has a first end portion pivotally connected to the bottom frame assembly. The link assembly includes a link member and a first connect member. The link member is disposed at a second end portion of the first support member. The first connect member is pivotally connected to the link member and connected to the second end portion through the link member. The position mechanism is disposed on the link assembly and corresponds to the first connect member. The first unlock member is disposed on the link assembly and connected to the position mechanism. When the first unlock member contacts the bottom frame assembly, it carries the position mechanism to move to change the position of the first connect member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: UNIQUE PRODUCT & DESIGN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chih-Ching Cheng
  • Patent number: 11827101
    Abstract: An electromechanical power-split system and a method of operating thereof is provided, with a mechanical drive branch including an internal combustion engine (3), and with an electric drive branch including a first motor-generator block (59) including a first motor-generator (1) and a second motor-generator block (60) including a second motor-generator (2), the first motor-generator (1) is connectable to the internal combustion engine (3) and to the second motor-generator (2). The system includes a planetary gearset (4) with dual planet gears (46) and four input/output members for altering the flow ratio of the mechanical and electric drive branch. Each dual planet gear (46) is connected to the four input/output members, which are a first pair of input/output members formed by a first sun gear (41) and a ring gear (44), and a second pair of input/output members formed by a second sun gear (43) and a planet carrier (45).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Winning Steel S.R.O.
    Inventors: Jan Lukas, Jakub Pospisil, Miroslav Lukes, Petr Nemec, Martin Kratky
  • Patent number: 11820411
    Abstract: A transport vehicle with a horizontally oriented integrated table which is arranged at the upper end of a vertical frame section and forms the upper end of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: TANOS GmbH Verpacken Ordnen Präsentieren
    Inventors: Lutz Wolle, Tjeerd Jan Pieter Gerbranda, Ingo Michelmann
  • Patent number: 11814093
    Abstract: A telescopic cart includes a storage unit, a support unit, a positioning unit, a pressing control handle, a limit unit, and a handle. The support unit includes a first supporting frame and a second supporting frame which are pivotally connected. The first supporting frame is pivotally connected with the storage unit. The second supporting frame is slidably connected with the storage unit. The positioning unit is used to position the first supporting frame and the second supporting frame without different angles defined therebetween, so that the storage unit is located at different height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Yeou Ghi Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Hsien Lin, Ho-Tsang Li, Guan-Ting Lin
  • Patent number: 11805717
    Abstract: A self-propelled machine for agriculture forms an agricultural gantry system. The machine has a support structure for receiving attachment devices, at least one drive unit with a control module, a support structure forming an agricultural gantry system and a plurality of ground supports for moving the support structure. The agricultural gantry system is convertible from a road orientation defining a driving width (FB) to a working orientation having a substantially larger working width (AB).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Kalverkamp Innovation GmbH
    Inventors: Felix Kalverkamp, Klemens Kalverkamp
  • Patent number: 11801193
    Abstract: Example ambulation aid apparatus and associated methods of manufacture are disclosed and described herein. An example ambulation aid apparatus includes an ambulation aid body formed as an integral part, the integral part formed in monocoque construction to provide support for mobility of a user through the integral part, the integral part providing a plurality of grippable areas to facilitate user movement and support through the integral part. Another example ambulation aid apparatus includes a primary panel formed in monocoque construction to provide support for and assist in mobility of a user through the skin of the monocoque primary panel, the primary panel formed to interrelate with one or more subassemblies to provide an integrated monocoque part to assist in providing support for and improved mobility of the user through the integrated monocoque part. Example methods of manufacture are also disclosed and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: MOTIVO, INC.
    Inventors: Jeremy F. Knopow, Jennifer R. Harris