Patents Examined by Cedrick S Williams
  • Patent number: 11407258
    Abstract: Provided is a pneumatic tire with a side pattern including a ridge pattern region provided with first ridges extending continuously in one direction at an interval; and a marking display region bordering and being surrounded by the ridge pattern region, the marking display region displaying markings including one or more of a letter, a number, a symbol, and/or a figure. The marking display region includes: a bordering ridge that borders an outer edge of the markings; and second ridges provided in an inner region of the markings and extending continuously in one direction at an interval from each other. Ends of the first ridges and the second ridges are connected to the bordering ridge, and apexes of the first ridges and the second ridges are flush with and connected to an apex of the bordering ridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Noboru Kuwahara
  • Patent number: 11383559
    Abstract: A tire includes side protectors arranged in a sidewall portion. Each of the side protectors is provided with a groove. The groove includes a first inclined groove portion inclined to a first side with respect to the tire radial direction, or a second inclined groove portion inclined to a second side opposite to the first side with respect to the tire radial direction. The side protectors include first protectors each provided with the first inclined groove portion, and second protectors each provided with the second inclined groove portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Naoki Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 11370251
    Abstract: A tire 1 comprises a tread portion 2 whose position when mounted on a vehicle is specified. The tread portion 2 comprises an outer tread edge (To), an inner tread edge (Ti), a plurality of main grooves 10, and a plurality of land regions 15. The main grooves 10 include a first main groove 11 whose groove edges are both positioned on an inner-tread-edge-(Ti) side of a tire equator (C), a second main groove 12 arranged on an inner-tread-edge-(Ti) side of the first main groove 11, and a third main groove 13 arranged between the tire equator (C) and the outer tread edge (To) and having a groove width smaller than the first and second main grooves 11 and 12. The land regions 15 include an inner middle land region 16 and an outer middle land region 17 having an axial width larger than the inner middle land region 16.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Maeda, Keita Nakano
  • Patent number: 11370173
    Abstract: In one aspect the present disclosure relates to a system for forming a three dimensional (3D) object from a volume of photo-responsive material contained within a material container. A plurality of optical projection subsystems are adapted to be arranged circumferentially around a material container containing the volume of photo-responsive material, and are controlled by a controller. The optical projection subsystems direct optical projections at a plurality of angles ? through the volume of photo-responsive material. The optical projections are further directed about a z axis extending through the volume of photo-responsive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignees: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Brett Kelly, Robert Panas, Maxim Shusteff, Christopher Spadaccini, Hayden Taylor, Indrasen Bhattacharya
  • Patent number: 11358416
    Abstract: A tire includes a tread portion including at least one land region extending in a tire circumferential direction. The land region is provided with a plurality of axial groove portions curved so as to protrude in one direction in the tire circumferential direction in a plan view. The axial groove portions include first axial groove portions and second axial groove portions having different degree of curvature from the first axial groove portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Takahiro Kimishima
  • Patent number: 11338623
    Abstract: A ply of a carcass of a pneumatic radial tire includes a turn-up ply and a down ply. The turn-up ply includes: a main body portion disposed between a pair of bead cores; turn-up portions around the bead cores from an inside toward an outside in a tire width direction. The down ply extends up to an inside in a radial direction of the bead cores so as to cover the turn-up ply including the turn-up portions from an outside. A curvature is formed at either one of a down ply predetermined portion of the down ply, which covers a turn-up end portion of the turn-up portion of the down ply from an outside in the tire width direction, and a turn-up ply portion that covers the turn-up end portion of the turn-up portion in the main body portion of the turn-up ply from inside in the tire width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiro Tobe
  • Patent number: 11331955
    Abstract: Provided is a pneumatic tire. A sipe includes, on each of a leading side edge and a trailing side edge, a chamfered portion and a non-chamfered region in which no other chamfered portion is present. A maximum depth of the chamfered portion is shallower than a maximum depth of the sipe, and a width of the sipe is substantially constant. In a cross-sectional view perpendicular to a lengthwise direction of the sipe, at least one chamfered portion has a profile line that projects outwards in the radial direction beyond a chamfer reference line connecting the end portions of the chamfered portion, and a cross-sectional area of a chamfered region that is surrounded by the profile line, the sipe, and a tread contact surface of a tread portion is smaller than a cross-sectional area of a reference region surrounded by the chamfer reference line, the sipe, and the tread contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuro Shinzawa, Takayuki Shiraishi, Hiraku Kouda, Takanori Uemura
  • Patent number: 11331956
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire includes a first main groove in a circumferential direction outward of an equatorial plane in a vehicle width direction, a second main groove in the circumferential direction at a position closer to the equatorial plane than the first main groove, a third main groove in the circumferential direction at a position inward of the equatorial plane in the vehicle width direction, and a fourth main groove in the circumferential direction at a position farther from the equatorial plane than the third main groove; relationships 1.05?G1/G3?1.25, 1.20?G2/G3?1.40, and 1.10?G4/G3?1.30 are satisfied; and relationships G3<G1<G2 and G3<G1<G4 are satisfied, where G1 is a first main groove width, G2 is a second main groove width, G3 is a third main groove width, and G4 is a fourth main groove width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Masayuki Nemoto
  • Patent number: 11325420
    Abstract: Provided is an aircraft tire which has both satisfactory light weight and satisfactory separation durability of carcass ply ends. An aircraft tire (10) includes a pair of bead cores (1), and a carcass (2) extending between the pair of the bead cores (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kiichiro Suzumori
  • Patent number: 11325426
    Abstract: A tire comprises a tread portion comprising at least one circumferentially continuously extending main groove, and a land portion divided by the above-said at least one main groove, wherein the land portion is provided with straight sipes and curved sipes each extending in the tire axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Kouichirou Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11318796
    Abstract: A pneumatic vehicle tire, in particular a commercial vehicle tire, having a tread with transverse grooves (3, 3?), which are continuous over the tread width and which, at least in sections, are formed to the profile depth and are the main grooves of the tread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Paul Naglatzki, Florian Kristen, Christian Meiners, Frank Lippert
  • Patent number: 11318795
    Abstract: In a pneumatic tire which is formed with plural shallow grooves 40 and plural recesses 32 in a tread and in which the plural shallow grooves 40 extend in parallel, the plural shallow grooves 40 form a saw teeth shape as a cross-sectional shape of the tread in a direction orthogonal to an extending direction of the shallow grooves 40, portions corresponding to apexes of the saw teeth shape are formed as edges 44, and the recess 32 is formed between the two edges 44.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: TOYO TIRE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jiro Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 11312180
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire includes a lug grooves extending in a shoulder region of a tread portion in a width direction up to a sidewall portion, a shoulder block and a side block defined by the lug grooves, in which the side block located outward of the shoulder block in the width direction is ridged higher than the shoulder block, at least a part of the lug grooves being each a closed lug groove closed by a ridge portion provided therein, the ridge portion being continuous to the side block located on both sides of the closed lug groove in the circumferential direction, the ridge portion including a first narrow groove with a smaller groove width and a smaller groove depth than the lug groove, extending in the width direction, and at least one end of the first narrow groove penetrating toward the closed lug groove or the sidewall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Takahisa Murata
  • Patent number: 11312185
    Abstract: Provided is a tire capable of efficiently discharging water, which is additionally absorbed through a plurality of flow tubes, through the flow tubes and a drain tube, thereby improving wet grip performance. The tire with enhanced wet grip includes a kerf formed on a block to discharge water introduced thereinto to a groove, a drain tube formed in the kerf in its longitudinal direction and connected to the groove to discharge the water to the groove, and a flow tube formed in the kerf toward the drain tube from an inlet of the kerf, into which the water is introduced, and connected to the groove or the drain tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Hankook Tire Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Gang Park, Dong Uk Lee, Ha Eun Koog
  • Patent number: 11305592
    Abstract: A pneumatic vehicle tire of a radial type of construction with a profiled tread (1), sidewalls (3), bead regions (2) and an airtight inner layer (4), which forms the inner side (4a) facing the interior space of the pneumatic vehicle tire, ribs (6) being formed on the inner layer (4), having been imprinted in it by a heating bladder introduced into the interior of the tire during the vulcanizing of the pneumatic vehicle tire in a tire heating mold, and a sound absorber (5) being provided so as to extend in an annular manner on a circumferential region (4b) of the inner side (4a) opposite from the tread (1). Grooves (7) have been formed by the heating bladder at least in a partial region of the circumferential region (4b) of the inner layer (4a) on which the sound absorber (5) is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Oliver Schürmann
  • Patent number: 11298983
    Abstract: A pneumatic vehicle tire, in particular a commercial vehicle tire, includes a tread which has a profile and has at least one circumferential groove (1) which is encircling in the circumferential direction, is embodied to a profile depth (PT) and in the cross section, starting at the tread external face, is composed of three adjoining groove portions, one outer groove portion (2) that expands in a funnel-shaped manner toward the outside, one 1 mm to 3 mm wide contracted groove portion, and one inner groove portion (4) which lies radially inward, is expanded in relation to the contracted groove portion (3) and has the largest cross-sectional face of all portions, and which is delimited by two cover flanks (4a), lateral groove flanks (4?b, 4?b) that adjoin said cover flanks (4a), and a groove base (4c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Jesus Ocana Amezcua, Andre Lutz
  • Patent number: 11279177
    Abstract: A tire having a tread portion with: zigzag shoulder main grooves having a trapezoidal wave form comprising first and second circumferential segments and first and second oblique segments; and shoulder axial grooves extending from the shoulder main grooves beyond the tread edges. The shoulder axial grooves are respectively smoothly continued to the first oblique segments or the second oblique segments so as to form composite shoulder axial grooves whose groove widths are smoothly increased toward the axially outside of the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Hirokazu Takano
  • Patent number: 11279176
    Abstract: The curved sipe in the present invention is connected at one or both sipe end portions to a circumferential recess extending in the tire circumferential direction, an angle of the curved sipe with respect to the circumferential recess is less than 90 degrees in a curve outside direction, the curved sipe has a chamfered inclined surface portion provided in the curve outside direction of the curved sipe, the inclined surface portion is provided in a region surrounded by an inclination start line that becomes a ridge line between a surface or offset surface of the rib and the inclined surface portion, the curved sipe and the circumferential recess, gradually increases a depth from the inclination start line toward the curved sipe, and forms a straight line in sectional view by a plane perpendicular to the inclination start line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: TOYO TIRE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsuji Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 11267195
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a 3D printer with an exposure system for a large-scale screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: CARIMA CO., LTD
    Inventor: Byung-keuk Lee
  • Patent number: 11267292
    Abstract: Tread (2) of a radial tire for a heavy vehicle. The tire alternatingly rolls in laden and unladen states on ascent and descent, respectively. Tread (2) has total width WT and comprises first median portion (21) having median width Wc, where 0.2WT?Wc?0.5WT. Tread (2) axially delimited by second and third lateral portions (22, 23) that have respective lateral widths (WS2, WS3) at least equal to 25% and at most equal to 40% of total width WT. Angle A51 of leading face (51) of every element in relief (31) of first median portion (21) is strictly less than angle A61 of trailing face (61) of said element in relief (31). Angle (A52, A53) of leading face (52, 53) of every element in relief (32, 33) of each of second and third lateral portions (22, 23) is strictly greater than angle (A62, A63) of trailing face (62, 63) of said element in relief (32, 33).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventor: Philippe Mansuy