Patents Examined by Chong H. Kim
  • Patent number: 7464625
    Abstract: An apparatus for opening and closing a door of a container apparatus of a vehicle can include a single knob, a shaft, a fixed member, a shaft biasing spring, an arm, and a cam. The shaft is movable in an axial direction of the shaft and rotatable about an axis of the shaft. The shaft has a radially extending portion. The shaft has first, second, and third rotational positions. The third rotational position is offset by 180 degrees from the first rotational position. The arm has an opening side arm corresponding to the first rotational position and a closing side arm corresponding to the third rotational position. A cam driving protrusion for rotating the cam is provided to at least one of the opening side arm and the closing side arm. A support member may be coupled to the arm. The support member includes an opening side support member and a closing side support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Kojima Press Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keizo Sugiura, Seiji Isomura, Yoichi Yamamoto, Hitoshi Suga, Kazumi Sugesawa
  • Patent number: 7461573
    Abstract: The described actuation device comprises a casing, intended for the attachment to the handlebar of the bicycle, a cable-winding bobbin, angularly mobile in the casing about a main axis of the device, a first driving mechanism, acting on the bobbin to rotate it in a first angular direction, a second driving mechanism, acting on the bobbin to rotate it in a second angular direction opposite the first, as well as indexer assembly for removably holding the bobbin in predetermined angular positions. In accordance with the invention, the indexer assembly comprise first countering means, to counter the rotation of the bobbin in the first direction, and second countering means, distinct from the first countering means, to counter the rotation of the bobbin in the second direction. Asymmetric operation is thus obtained which allows active actuation to be set both for upward gearshifting and for downward gearshifting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Campagnolo, S.r.l.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Dal Prà, Marco Caiazzo, Andrea De Pretto
  • Patent number: 7448296
    Abstract: The present invention is, in a brake pedal apparatus having: (a) an operating pedal which is disposed pivotably about a first axis; (b) a pivot member which is disposed pivotably about a second axis parallel to the first axis, and which is connected to the operating pedal via a connecting link so as to be mechanically pivoted about the second axis in response to a depressing operation effected on the operating pedal; and (c) an output member which is to be mechanically pressed or pulled as a result of pivot motion of the pivot member, in that: (d) the connecting link has a first link disposed on a member on a side of the operating pedal pivotably about a first connecting pin parallel to the first axis, and a second link disposed on a member on a side of the pivot member pivotably about a second connecting pin parallel to the first axis; (e) the first and second links are connected to each other via a third connecting pin pivotably relative to each other, and are integrally displaced with constant attitudes th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Toyoda Iron Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akihiko Fukase
  • Patent number: 7444901
    Abstract: A transmission case is provided with a housing enclosing a clutch and/or torque converter connected to an engine, and a shifting mechanism case enclosing a shifting mechanism in an oil-tight state that is connected to the housing. A focus for stress resulting from an impact load acting on the transmission case is formed as a frangible portion in the housing. Thus, damage to the transmission from an excessive load is limited to the housing, and by absorbing the impact from that damage, damage to the shifting mechanism case is prevented and oil leakage from the transmission case is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsutaka Okuno, Masahiro Hayabuchi, Masaaki Nishida, Satoru Kasuya, Nobukazu Ike
  • Patent number: 7444729
    Abstract: A transmission oil pan assembly includes an oil pan matable with a transmission case to at least partially define a transmission interior space, and an accessing component for accessing an interior component located inside of the transmission interior space from outside of the transmission interior space. The oil pan is formed with structure adapted to support the accessing component. The oil pan may be formed with an opening adapted to receive the accessing component. A method of selecting an oil pan from an inventory of oil pans with differently disposed accessing components is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Ronald F. Lochocki
  • Patent number: 7444341
    Abstract: A method for detecting a change in a server in a server system includes a server system coupled to a network server. The method includes booting the server from the network server. Scan the server by the network server to obtain a new inventory of information. Compare the new inventory of information to a current inventory of information. Utilize the comparison to generate an event wherein at least one event action plan is based upon the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Linda A. Riedle
  • Patent number: 7437970
    Abstract: A stand tube of a bicycle comprises a body; one end of the body formed with a U shape ear; each leg of the U shape ear having a pivotal hole; a head having one end formed with a round portion; the round portion having a transversal penetrating hole; a buckling unit having a pivotal unit; a receiving hole penetrating through the buckling unit; the buckling unit passing through the two pivotal holes and the penetrating hole; two buckles; one surface of the buckle being protruded with a protrusion; and a screw unit received in the receiving hole of the pivotal unit; the teeth of two buckles being then engaged to the teeth portion of the U shape ear and the two protrusion being received into the pivotal hole. By above assembly, the stand tube of a bicycle has a rigid and firm structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventor: Chao-Hu Chen
  • Patent number: 7434244
    Abstract: Provided are a method and system for recommending content. The method and system enable a user to be given recommendations of contents similar to what he/she likes. The method for recommending content includes creating a user profile according to a predetermined model based on a user's reaction to the content, obtaining content features from one or more data sources, and creating a list of recommended contents according to a predetermined process based on the user profile and the content features. The system for recommending content includes a user profiling module that creates user profiles according to a predetermined model based on a user's reaction to the content, a digital television module that obtains content metadata from one or more data sources, and a content rating module that creates a list of recommended contents based on the user profile and the content metadata received from the user profiling module and the digital television module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrei Vladimirovich Popov, Hyo-seop Shin
  • Patent number: 7428949
    Abstract: The invention describes an arrangement of lubricating grease inside the housing of a gear unit with rotatable components, particularly the gear unit of a jack. It also describes a grease pouch for receiving lubricating grease and a method for lubricating the gear unit with lubricating grease. Since the gear units are often not transported in their installed position, oil that has separated from the lubricating grease may leak from any gearbox openings. Thus, one of the objects of the invention was to provide an arrangement of lubricating grease in the housing of a gear unit, which on the one hand provides lubrication of the gear unit so that it is ready for operation in its delivery condition and on the other hand effectively prevents the oil separated from the lubricating grease from leaking prior to initial startup. This object is attained by enclosing the lubricating grease within at least one grease pouch prior to initial startup of the gear unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: Jost-Werke GmbH
    Inventors: Jose Algüera, Gerald Müller
  • Patent number: 7424836
    Abstract: A push link shaft 4 serving as a center of swing of push links 2a and 2b adapted to directly output a force of operating a brake master cylinder 22 is provided in a pedal apparatus, in addition to a pedal link shaft 5 serving as a center of swing of a pedal arm 7, and pedal links 3 and 3. An application point shaft 10, on which an external force received by the push link 20 and 2b is competitive with a force of stepping on a pedal 11, is adapted to move in an up-down direction when a slider 8, to which the pedal arm 7 is fixed, is moved along a slider rail 9.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinichi Takai
  • Patent number: 7421927
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ratio regulating mechanism for an manually actuated action lever, like a hand brake lever or a pedal, in particular for the use in a motor vehicle, which comprises a mounting (2), an action lever arm (20) and a rotational shaft (15) for rotably mounting of the action lever arm (20) at the mounting (2), wherein the rotational shaft (15) is relocatably mounted at the action lever arm (20) and relocatably mounted at the mounting (2). Further, the ratio regulating mechanism comprises a first adjustment means (19, 21) for the relocation of the rotational shaft (15) in relation to the action lever arm (20) and a second adjustment means (22, 23) for the relocation of the rotational shaft (15) in relation to the mounting (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Fico Cables, S.A.
    Inventors: Jaume Prat Terradas, David Gras Alonso, Daniel M. Uribe-Echebarria
  • Patent number: 7418886
    Abstract: A split type connecting rod is capable of preventing problems of peeling and falling at the time of fracturing and splitting, securing alignment accuracy after the fracturing, reducing a processing time necessary for processing the groove and improving the processing accuracy. This split type connecting rod 100 includes a valley 106 formed on the inner circumferential surface of a crank-pin hole 101d of a large end portion 101e. Fracture starting point grooves 105 are also formed at the base of the valley 106.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Kubota, Tsuneo Isobe, Shinya Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 7418457
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and data structures for communicating object metadata are provided. A generic metadata container is presented that allows object metadata to be described in an extensible manner using protocol-neutral and platform-independent methodologies. A metadata scope refers to a dynamic universe of targets to which the included metadata statements correspond. Metadata properties provide a mechanism to describe the metadata itself, and metadata security can be used to ensure authentic metadata is sent and received. Mechanisms are also provided to allow refinement and replacement of metadata statements. Communication of metadata is expedited using hash digests to confirm metadata versions, and by piggybacking policy metadata requests and responses on other substantive data communication messages, thereby dynamically altering future communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher G. Kaler, John P. Shewchuck, David Langworthy, Donald Box, Steven E. Lucco
  • Patent number: 7418449
    Abstract: A method for loading data into a datamart. The method includes identifying business data in a first format from a real business process and identifying a desired second format. The method includes designing a transformation algorithm that transforms the business data in the first format into the second format and implementing the transformation algorithm in computer executable code. The method includes running the computer executable code on business data in the first format and generating business data in the second format and storing the business data in the second format in a datamart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: ENKATA Technologies
    Inventors: Daniel A. Sommerfield, Hinrich H. Schuetze, Stan Stukov
  • Patent number: 7415469
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to the field of computer software. More specifically, the present invention relates to one more populating, indexing, and searching a database of fine-grained web objects or object specifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Firstrain Inc.
    Inventors: Jaswinder Pal Singh, Randolph Wang
  • Patent number: 7415451
    Abstract: A cyclic referencing management method and apparatus, a parsing method and apparatus, and a computer readable recording medium storing a program to implement the methods are provided. The method for managing cyclic referencing that may occur by mutual references of assets in a file provided to control assets in a multimedia application environment, includes: detecting an asset generating cyclic referencing; and ignoring the asset generating cycling referencing. According to the methods and apparatuses, cyclic referencing that can occur in a file to control assets can be detected and processed such that the system can be prevented from entering an indefinite loop or causing an erroneous operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Du-il Kim, Seong-kook Shin, Young-yoon Kim, Jin-yong Ahn, Hee-yeon Kim, Hyok-sung Choi
  • Patent number: 7415457
    Abstract: In one approach disclosed herein, a cache is used to provide cursor isolation. The cache is used to cache data that is updated in a query. Specifically, when a query is initiated, one or more caches may be instantiated in respect of the cursor. When data is updated during the query, the updated data is stored in the cache. By storing the updated data in the cache, the updated data is isolated from other users, from other sessions and from other queries by the same user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Dombroski, Ekrem Soylemez
  • Patent number: 7412912
    Abstract: A drying system configured to dry the pedals of a vehicle as well as the footwear of the driver of the vehicle. The dry system includes an air trap for catching and diverting air from the ventilation system of the vehicle. A multi tube adapter is connected between the air trap and multiple tubes. The tubes are configured direct the air flow from the multi tube adapter to each of the pedals. The tubes are connected to the rear portion of the pedals and direct air flow into a chamber of each of the pedals. Each of the pedals includes multiple holes on the surface and bottom. The holes permit the air flow to exit the chamber of the pedal, thereby drying the pedals and further permit the air flow to blow onto the footwear of the driver, drying footwear of the driver. The holes on the bottom portion of each of the pedals permit air and liquid to exit the chamber of each of the pedals, thereby preventing liquid buildup within each of the chambers of the pedals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Inventor: Nathaniel Smith
  • Patent number: 7409889
    Abstract: An arrangement (10) for disconnectably coupling an axially orientated motor vehicle brake booster control rod (12) to a brake pedal (14). A first end (16) of the control rod (12) is coupled to an intermediate part (20) of a vertical actuating bar (22) of the brake pedal (14). The first end (16) has a head (32) with at least one spherical bearing surface (34) that is housed in a complementary boss (36) formed in a wall of the intermediate part (20). The head (32) is kept in contact with the boss (36) via elastically deformable axial retention means (38) interposed between the intermediate part (20) of the actuating bar and the control rod (12). The deformation is controlled by an unlocking arrangement (52) that accessible from outside of the intermediate part (20) of the actuating bar (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Aleksander Hurwic, Ulysse Verbo, Philippe Richard, Silverio Batista
  • Patent number: 7412445
    Abstract: A multimedia content retrieving device for retrieving multimedia content stored in a terminal through a network includes a memory that stores a terminal ID of a managing terminal that stores meta information. The meta information includes information relating to the multimedia content including a content ID and a terminal ID of a terminal that stores the content. A the multimedia content retrieving device also includes a retrieving device that inputs a retrieving condition that specifies information relating to the content, an obtaining device that obtains the meta information, a specifying device that specifies the content ID based on the meta information obtained by the obtaining device, and the terminal ID of the terminal storing the content, and a transmitting device that transmits a request for obtaining the content relating to the content ID through the network to the terminal specified by the specifying device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Shozo Isobe