Patents Examined by Christopher P. Ellis
  • Patent number: 10669046
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates launch systems, launch vehicles for use with the launch system, and methods of launching articles utilizing the launch vehicle and/or the launch system. In particular, various improvements for electroantimagnetic launch systems, vehicles, and methods are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: 8 Rivers Capital, LLC
    Inventors: Miles R. Palmer, Cam Hosie
  • Patent number: 10667506
    Abstract: An insect trap assembly for luring and trapping insects includes a tube that has an upper edge and a lower edge. The tube comprises a translucent material. An adhesive layer is positioned on an outer surface of the tube. The adhesive layer secures insects to the tube when the insects engage the adhesive layer. An illuminating member is mounted to the tube. The illuminating member illuminates the tube when the light emitter is turned on. The illuminating member is positioned in the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Ralph Natale
  • Patent number: 10669013
    Abstract: A gimbal having a split design, which can be used in an assembly for actuating an aerodynamic high lift device, is described. The gimbal enables a rotating load path when a force is transferred from the actuator to the high lift device via the gimbal. In particular, the split design can include two receivers which can be coupled to posts extending from a nut. The nut can be secured to a shaft which receives a force generated by the actuator. In one embodiment, the actuator can rotate the shaft to cause the gimbal to translate along the shaft. The split design provides a more compact form factor and is lighter in weight than traditional gimbal designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin Tsai, Bret Alan Bowers
  • Patent number: 10662875
    Abstract: A propulsion unit, notably for an aircraft, including a turbomachine; a propeller that can be selectively coupled to the turbomachine; a rotary electrical machine able to drive at least the turbomachine, and selective coupling of the rotary electric machine to the propeller and/or the turbomachine that is able to couple only the propeller to the rotary electrical machine during a defined stage of operation of the propulsion unit and that is able to couple or not couple the rotary electric machine to a gas generator and/or a free turbine of the turbomachine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SAFRAN HELICOPTER ENGINES
    Inventors: Olivier Lafargue, Didier Chartrain, Camel Serghine
  • Patent number: 10661894
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to an unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”) that transitions in-flight between vertical flight configuration and horizontal flight configuration by changing an orientation of the UAV by approximately ninety degrees. The UAV may include propulsion units that are coupled to a wing. The wing may include wing segments rotatably coupled together by pivots that rotate to position the propulsion units around a center of mass of the UAV when the fuselage is oriented perpendicular with the horizon. In this vertical flight configuration, the UAV may perform vertical flight or hover. During the vertical flight, the UAV may cause the wing to extend outward via the pivots such that the wing segments become positioned substantially parallel to one another and the wing resembles a conventional fixed wing. With the wing extended, the UAV assumes a horizontal flight configuration that provides upward lift generated from the wing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Erdozain, Jr., Berk Ozturk, Nicholas Hampel Roberts, Brian C. Beckman
  • Patent number: 10653125
    Abstract: An ice fishing apparatus for allowing the use of the natural wind to operate, the ice fishing apparatus comprised mainly of a base, a spring action bar, a flat cross bar, a spring-loaded signal flag, an air foil, a rod holder and a trigger mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Doyle D Mann
  • Patent number: 10645915
    Abstract: An insect trap is provided with a bottle for holding insects and a conically-shaped insert for insertion into the bottle The insert includes holes for permitting light and visibility. The trap and/or trap insert may be made from a plastic or a polymer. Further, insect attracting scents may be injected or impregnated into the plastic or polymer. A chemical exhibiting phosphorescence or photoluminescence may also be combined with the plastic and/or polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Kory McGavin
  • Patent number: 10647424
    Abstract: Hybrid unmanned vehicles are disclosed. An example vehicle includes a housing and a rollerball rotatably coupled to the housing and a propulsion system supported by the housing. The propulsion system is to generate lift to enable the vehicle to navigate in a first mode of operation. The vehicle includes a rollerball rotatably coupled to the housing. The rollerball to enable the housing to navigate in a second mode of operation different than the first mode of operation. The propulsion system is to generate a drive force to enable the vehicle to navigate in the second mode of operation via the rollerball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: David Gómez Gutiérrez, Leobardo Emmanuel Campos Macías, Rodrigo Aldana López, Rafael De La Guardia González, José Ignacio Parra Vilchis
  • Patent number: 10645913
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods relating to Anaconda Rattler tackle, a new type of lure that includes an audible generator (such as a rattle) attached to a bent blade to form wings and a lift surface, the wings may be formed in a direction generally the same as a direction of the lift surface or an opposite direction to the lift surface. The audible generator has some freedom of movement relative to the blade, allowing various noise profiles to be produced depending upon the type of audible generator chosen and the degree of bend in the blade. The blade may also have various holes to secure it to a wire and to change its hydrodynamic profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Robert Coxey
  • Patent number: 10645914
    Abstract: The present application describes an improved apparatus to hold and secure fly fishing equipment while not being directly handled by the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Jose F. Cantu
  • Patent number: 10647437
    Abstract: A support arrangement for an inflatable evacuation system may comprise an inflatable member configured to be elongated and stiffened in a longitudinal direction in response to being in an inflated condition, a protrusion extending orthogonal to a surface of the inflatable member, a tensile member attached at least two locations to the inflatable member on opposing sides of the protrusion and being slidably engagable over the protrusion so as to maintain about equal tension in the tensile member on opposing sides of the protrusion, and a sleeve attached to the protrusion configured to maintain the tensile member laterally relative to the protrusion even as the tensile member is able to slide longitudinally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jaro S. Volny, Drew Hartman
  • Patent number: 10638737
    Abstract: The present invention is a hoop net comprised of netting mounted to two or more semicircular tubular rods, forming a ring that maintains its shape and structural integrity. The two semicircular tubular rods are fashioned to connect seamlessly by a fastening means that allows the entire assembly to function as intended. The hoop net assembly includes four stabilizing cords positioned equidistant from each other along the ring, which cords converge at the center of the hoop net assembly and are connected to each other by a fastening means, then further connected to a single draw cord. The draw cord is used to cast the assembled hoop net into water to a desired depth and pulled back into the boat with live bait. Once the hoop net assembly has been used, the metal rods are easily disconnected to facilitate folding the hoop net in half for easy storage and portability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Yunior Dominguez
  • Patent number: 10633116
    Abstract: A method for joining two aircraft structural parts by a bolted or riveted joint and for preventing cracks at said joint includes providing a first metallic aircraft structural part and a second aircraft structural part, wherein the first aircraft structural part includes a first joint region and a second aircraft structural part includes a second joint region. Furthermore, the method includes inducing compressive residual stresses in a first area of the first joint region for preventing cracks by applying parallel crack retarding regions formed as stripes in the first area, drilling fastener holes in the first and second areas of the first. Finally, the method includes a step of fastening together the first and second aircraft structural parts at the first and second joint regions by a bolted or riveted joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Domenico Furfari, Nikolaus Ohrloff
  • Patent number: 10626901
    Abstract: An apparatus to expand and collapse planar board provided. The apparatus includes two planar boards and provides resistance to expansion and collapse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Todd Norris
  • Patent number: 10618627
    Abstract: An example of an aerial vehicle includes a rudder removably connected to the aerial vehicle by a twist lock mechanism. The twist lock mechanism is biased in a locked position by an elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Levi Charles Hefner, Danielle Lynn Moore, Dakota Charles Easley
  • Patent number: 10617108
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device that facilitates the mounting of beads onto a fishing hook, such as a fly fishing hook. In one embodiment, the device may have a storage chamber and one or more of a loading access tip, a bead loading hole and/or a beading access tip. In some devices, the one or more of a loading access tip, a bead loading hole and/or a beading access tip may be combined. In an embodiment, the loading access tip, bead loading hole, or beading access tip allows the loading of the beads into the device. The bead loading hole and the beading access tip facilitates the beading of a fishing hook. The device(s) may further have one or more of slits or holes to facilitate the beading of the fishing hooks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventors: Timothy Harshbarger, Todd Cassidy, Mark Martel, Philip Morrison Allred, III
  • Patent number: 10612491
    Abstract: An assembly is provided that includes an inner support, an intermediate support, an outer support, first and second pins and a pin actuator. The intermediate support circumscribes and rotatably attaches to the inner support about a first axis. The outer support includes a first flange and a second flange. The intermediate support is laterally between the first flange and the second flange. The first and the second pins rotatably attach the intermediate support to the outer support about a second axis. The first pin is arranged with the first flange, and the second pin is arranged with the second flange. The pin actuator includes a drive element projecting laterally through the outer support. The pin actuator is configured to translate the second pin along the second axis upon rotation of the drive element about a rotational axis thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Rohr, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher J. Roberts
  • Patent number: 10611470
    Abstract: A drive system for rotating a wheel of an aircraft landing gear is disclosed including a motor operable to rotate a drive pinion via a drive path; and a driven gear adapted to be attached to the wheel so as to be capable of rotating the wheel. The drive system has a drive configuration in which the drive pinion is capable of meshing with the driven gear to permit the motor to drive the driven gear via the drive path. The drive path comprises a first compensating gear mounted on a common drive shaft with the drive pinion so as to be capable of rotating in tandem with the drive pinion, and a second compensating gear which is meshed with the first compensating gear. One of the drive pinion and the driven gear comprises a roller gear having a series of rollers arranged to form a ring, each roller being rotatable about a roller axis, and the other of the dive pinion and the driven gear comprises a sprocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventor: Fraser Wilson
  • Patent number: 10602732
    Abstract: A cockroach trap includes a case including an opening and first and second compartments; a guide assembly disposed above the first compartment and including a channel communicating with the opening, and a bossed hole communicating with the channel; an open reservoir releasably disposed in the first compartment; a bait passageway in an upper portion of the reservoir and communicating with both the channel and the reservoir; an entrance sensor disposed proximate the channel; a pivotal trigger disposed above the second compartment and including a projection; and an air canister releasably disposed in the second compartment and including a plunger engaged with the projection, a nozzle, and a line having two ends connected to the nozzle and the bossed hole respectively. After the entrance sensor is activated, the projection presses the plunger to open the nozzle, thereby communicating the nozzle with the air canister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Chen-Tung Ko
  • Patent number: 10604242
    Abstract: A multi-rotor flying machine includes a body on or in which a motor is mounted; and a respective head rotor mounted for rotation on a respective mast at each of at least three locations disposed around and spaced laterally outwardly from the motor. The motor is drivingly connected to each mast, for rotating each head rotor, by a respective driveline. Adjacent to at least one mast, the machine further includes a pitch rudder system that includes a pitch driver or rotor, or translational rotor. The arrangement is such that the head rotors are operable to provide thrust, while the pitch rudder system enables yaw to be achieved independently of operation of the head rotors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: HYPERDRONAMICS PTY. LTD.
    Inventor: Joy Yin Chan