Patents Examined by Chi Q Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11365579
    Abstract: An automatic door opening and closing system includes a distance measuring device measuring a distance between an external surface of a swing door of a vehicle and an object lying on a circumference of the swing door, a door lock device locking the swing door, a drive device opening and closing the swing door, a door opening operation input device receiving an operation to cancel the locking of the swing door and to open the swing door, and a control device controlling the door lock device and the drive device based on the distance measured in response to receiving the operation. The distance measuring device includes a plurality of distance sensors placed dispersively over the swing door, a measurement target by the distant measuring device including a whole of the external surface of the swing door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Mikio Ichinose
  • Patent number: 11359377
    Abstract: A shingle including a substrate having a first surface defining an upper side of the shingle and an opposing second surface defining a lower side of the shingle; asphalt infiltrating the substrate to form a first asphalt coating on the first surface of the substrate and a second asphalt coating on the second surface of the substrate; a plurality of granules embedded in the first asphalt coating; a first hydrophobic material; and a second hydrophobic material that is a different composition than the first hydrophobic material and the second hydrophobic material comprises a metal stearate, wherein the lower side of the shingle includes a lower surface and the first and the second hydrophobic material are disposed on the lower surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventors: William Smith, Scott Schweiger, Jonathan Verhoff, Ozma Lane, Kevin Click, Daniel Buckwalter
  • Patent number: 11352825
    Abstract: A port-door release assembly includes a door and a linkage coupled to the door to support the door during movement between open and closed positions. The port-door release assembly includes a drive shaft coupled to the linkage to drive movement of the linkage. The port-door release assembly includes a motor configured to rotate the drive shaft which moves the linkage and the door to the open and/or closed positions. The port-door release assembly includes a back-up release assembly movable relative to the linkage to disconnect the drive shaft from the linkage which allows the door to move to the open position without actuation of the motor. A door assembly includes the port-door release assembly as described above and a housing defining a port in which the door is movable relative to the housing between the open position that uncovers the port and the closed position that covers the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Matthew M. Stack, Omair Mustafa, Dayananda Narasimhaiah
  • Patent number: 11352799
    Abstract: The invention relates to a glue-down decorative floor covering system. The invention also relates to a glue-down floor covering realized by a plurality of tiles of the glue-down floor covering system according to the invention. The invention further relates to a tile for use in a glue-down floor covering system according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: I4F Licensing NV
    Inventor: Eddy Alberic Boucké
  • Patent number: 11346142
    Abstract: Methods, systems, devices and apparatuses for an air management system that circulates air to reduce the cabin temperature within a vehicle. The air management system includes a window configured to allow air circulation within the vehicle. The air management system includes an actuator coupled to the window and configured to open or close the window to control an amount of air circulation. The air management system includes a sensor. The sensor is configured to measure or determine a cabin temperature within the vehicle. The air management system includes an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is coupled to the actuator and the sensor and configured to determine, using the sensor, that the cabin temperature is greater than or equal to a first temperature and control the actuator to open the window and allow air circulation within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Abhishek Srivastava, David W. Cosgrove
  • Patent number: 11345114
    Abstract: A flexible article is provided having a core formed from a plurality of laminar panels that are inter-connected to provide an expandable structure upon movement of the panels away from each other. Opposite ends of the core terminate in a pair of end panels whereby the end panels may be moved apart to expand the expandable structure. Each of the panels are made from wood material. The panels, for example, include two wood sheets with longitudinally oriented grains and a flexible backing sheet that is sandwiched and adhered between the two wood sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: MOLO DESIGN, LTD.
    Inventors: Todd P. Macallen, Stephanie J. Forsythe
  • Patent number: 11346041
    Abstract: An improved locker seat includes a pair of spaced-apart upstanding sidewalls having a pair of lateral edges. A generally horizontal seat is disposed between the lateral edges of the sidewalls. In a first mode, an air source is connected to an airway formed within the seat to create an airflow. The airflow from the air source creates a first temperature differential to cool the seat. In a second mode, an external or internal heat source provides heat to a top surface of the seat, creating a second temperature differential to heat the seat. The first and second temperature differential are distributed across the top surface of the seat. The seat is hinged to be movable about the hinge between an open and a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Sam Allen, John Allen
  • Patent number: 11339602
    Abstract: A refrigerator is configured to enable a user to open doors of the refrigerator easily. The refrigerator performs a method for controlling the doors to prevent from opening due to a malfunction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sunghun Lee, Dongjeong Kim
  • Patent number: 11332948
    Abstract: An arena apparatus for staging a sport with at least one athlete is provided. The arena apparatus includes a floor having a perimeter; and at least one wall at the perimeter and extending upwardly and outwardly from the floor at an angle greater than or equal to fifteen degrees measured from an axis perpendicular to the floor, wherein the angle of the wall prevents the athlete from standing on the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: KOKO Sports Management, LLC
    Inventors: Michael DePietro, Robert Bryan
  • Patent number: 11332295
    Abstract: A double door assembly bottom restraining device and method provide stability to the double door assembly during manufacturing and shipping. The double door assembly bottom restraining device may be installed on the bottom of a double door assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: DOORFRAMER, INC.
    Inventors: Dave Vanderpan, Del Vanderpan
  • Patent number: 11332969
    Abstract: Provided is a motorized drive system for actuating a door, including at least one gear having a spindle axis and a drive axis, wherein the gear assembly is designed to convert a rotational movement about the drive axis into a rotational movement about the spindle axis; at least one spindle assembly having a threaded spindle which can be rotated about a spindle axis, wherein the threaded spindle is mechanically coupled to a part of the gear assembly that can be rotated about the spindle axis, and at least one drive assembly for driving the threaded spindle with a drive shaft, wherein the drive shaft is mechanically coupled to a part of the gear assembly that can be rotated about the drive axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: STABILUS GMBH
    Inventors: Marcel Schmengler, Magnus Hümmerich, Sergei Mazepa, Florian Höfer, Marian Bochen
  • Patent number: 11325347
    Abstract: A floor panel including a top layer and a substrate, where the substrate at least one first layer of a first thermoplastic material and a second layer of a second thermoplastic material, where the second layer is adjacent to a first side of the first layer. The first layer is characterized by a first colour with luminance value L1 in the HSL colour space and the second layer is characterized by a second colour with luminance value L2 in the HSL colour space, where L1 is different from L2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventor: Kristof Van Vlassenrode
  • Patent number: 11319744
    Abstract: A harvesting machine includes a chassis, a ground-engaging mechanism for supporting the chassis, and a tank assembly mounted to the chassis for storing a crop material. The tank assembly includes a retractable door for at least partially covering an opening formed in a top of the tank assembly. A mobile sensor assembly includes a rod and a sensor for detecting a weather condition, such that the rod includes a first end coupled to the retractable door and a second end to which the sensor is coupled. The retractable door is operably moved between an open position and a closed position, and the mobile sensor assembly is rotatably moved between a deployed position and a stowed position as the door is moved between the open and closed positions, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Jeffery Mussack, Gary Knapp
  • Patent number: 11318393
    Abstract: A hovering air fort containing an inflatable housing having an open base defined by a periphery surrounding the opening, an aperture tor receiving air flow for inflation and at least one connecting panel affixed to at least two of the inflatable housing side walls about the open base periphery that does not cover a majority of the open base and wherein the air flow through the aperture provides structure and lift tor the inflatable housing when the open base is positioned over an external surface to create the hovering air fort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Luciana E. Hanley, Edward E. Hanley
  • Patent number: 11313159
    Abstract: A gesture access system includes at least one ultra wide band transceiver to be mounted to a motor vehicle, and a processor to operate in either of (i) a gesture access mode to control an actuator associated with an access closure of the motor vehicle to lock, unlock, open or close the access closure in response to an object within a sensing region of the at least one UWB transceiver exhibiting a predefined gesture, and (ii) an inactive mode in which the at least one processor does not receive or does not act on UWB radiation detection signals, the at least one processor to operate in the gesture access mode in response to known mobile communication device being within a perimeter defined about the motor vehicle, and to otherwise operate in the inactive mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: ADAC Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Bussis, Anne Adamczyk, Keith Scheiern
  • Patent number: 11313168
    Abstract: A universal add-on device for controlling a movable barrier opener to open and close a movable barrier includes a control module which wirelessly communicates with a user's mobile electronic device. The opener includes a hand-held remote transmitter having a push-button switch. The hand-held remote transmitter is configured to transmit wireless signals to the opener for initiating the opener to move the movable barrier upon actuation of a push button of the push-button switch. The control module is either connected to an actuator to physically actuate the push-button switch of the hand-held remote transmitter or electrically connected in parallel with the push-button switch to electrically actuate the push-button switch of the hand-held remote transmitter. The device enables a manufacturer's compatible remote transmitter or a universal remote transmitter to be utilized to control the movable barrier using the user's mobile electronic device such as a smart phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: William Kyle Virgin
  • Patent number: 11299926
    Abstract: A drive mechanism for imparting movements to a door which pivots about a generally vertical axis between open and closed positions. The drive mechanism includes a frame, a power source mounted on the frame or positively driving an output shaft of the drive mechanism and thus, moving the door from a closed position toward an open position. The drive mechanism also includes an output shaft mounted for rotation about a fixed axis disposed generally parallel to a fixed axis of a power source drive shaft. A drive train including a plurality of intermeshing gear sets is arranged between the power source drive shaft and the output shaft. At least one gear set in the drive train includes a clutch mechanism selectively operable in either an engaged condition or a disengaged condition. When in a disengaged condition, the clutch mechanism operably transfers rotational movements of the power source to the output shaft so as to forcibly open the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: MOTIONACCESS, LLC.
    Inventors: Robert L. Oakley, Joseph P. Madden
  • Patent number: 11293209
    Abstract: A device for controlling a door of a vehicle includes a drive unit that pivots the door between closed and open positions, wherein the closed and open positions define a pivoting range of the door. The device includes a control unit to control the drive unit. The device also includes a sensor unit that monitors the pivoting range. The sensor unit transmits a collision signal when an object is in the pivoting range while the drive unit is pivoting the door. The control unit transmits a switch-off signal to the drive unit if the control unit receives the collision signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventors: Philippe Raviart, Ulf Kehlenbeck, Matias Mail, Sascha Rodewald
  • Patent number: 11293211
    Abstract: A vehicle door opening and closing device includes: a detection unit having three or more detection sections configured to detect an object, wherein each of the detection sections has a detection range for the object, and two or more operation zones are defined by partial overlapping of the detection ranges of the detection sections which are adjacent to each other; and a control section configured to cause a door driving section to control a door to open and close when a predetermined movement performed by the object is detected in any of the two or more operation zones. The control section is configured to use detection results of two of the detection sections corresponding to the operation zone where the object has first been detected for detection of movement of the object in preference to other detection results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: U-SHIN LTD.
    Inventor: Tetsuo Tokudome
  • Patent number: 11286706
    Abstract: A lock arrangement for a vehicle door, which is connected in an adjustable manner to a motor vehicle body, wherein a motor vehicle lock is provided that in the mounted state is arranged on the motor vehicle door or on the motor vehicle body, wherein the motor vehicle lock arrangement, in particular the motor vehicle lock, comprises a push-open arrangement with which the motor vehicle door may be adjusted in a motorized push-open procedure out of a door closed position, in particular a door main-closed position or a door pre-closed position into a door push-open position that is lying further in its opening direction and as a consequence a gap, may be produced between the motor vehicle body and a door engagement edge of the motor vehicle door, wherein a control arrangement and connected thereto in terms of control technology a sensor arrangement are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH SE & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Bamberg
    Inventors: Rainer Wirths, Michael Pleines