Patents Examined by D. Glenn Dayoan
  • Patent number: 10363802
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a body, a roof which is adjustable between a closed position and an opened position and has at least one front roof part and a rear roof part, two opposite side pillars, and two opposite rear pillars. The front roof part is connected rotatably to the two side pillars and the rear roof part is connected rotatably to the two rear pillars. The two side pillars and the two rear pillars are movably connected to the body. In the opened position of the roof, the rear roof part forms a folding top compartment lid, below which the front roof part, the two side pillars, and the two rear pillars are stowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Mario Rossetti
  • Patent number: 10363969
    Abstract: A rocker molding includes a side wall part, and an extending part. A rear liner is attached to the extending part. An outer surface of the extending part is provided with a first protruding strip part that protrudes toward a side far from a forward-rearward center position of the vehicle and a second protruding strip part that protrudes toward the side far from the forward-rearward center position of the vehicle and is located between an edge of the rear liner on a side far from the vehicle width center position and the first protruding strip part. The edge of the rear liner on the side far from the vehicle width center position in the vehicle width direction and the edge of the second protruding strip part of the extending part on the side near the vehicle width center position in the vehicle width direction extend in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinya Kuzushima
  • Patent number: 10363843
    Abstract: For loading space extending from a carriage to a driving section in a multipurpose vehicle with a driving section and a carriage disposed to the rear of the driving section fitted with a driver seat and a passenger seat laterally: the passenger seat has a seat portion and a backrest portion forwardly rotatable about a fulcrum provided by each of a front lower portion and a lower portion; a front gate board disposed on a front end of a floor board constituting the carriage is configured such that a movable front gate board positioned rearward of the passenger seat is forwardly rotatable; and the seat portion and the backrest portion rotated forward, the movable front gate board rotatable and to place over the backrest portion for an extended loading space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: YANMAR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Kawakami, Masaaki Yamashita, Kiyoyuki Okuyama
  • Patent number: 10363859
    Abstract: A vehicle loadspace cover is provided that is securable to a portion of a vehicle. The loadspace cover comprises a cargo fixing point configured to secure an item of cargo to the loadspace cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James Nicholas Murray, James Neugebauer, Bruce Southey, Richard Craven, Andrew John Murray, Ian Brazier
  • Patent number: 10358101
    Abstract: To improve the safety of passengers of a motor vehicle and road users in the case of a fronted collision, a deformation element is provided and has a cross-beam holder for mounting to a cross-beam and a bumper plate that can be positioned next to a bumper of a motor vehicle. The deformation element is characterized in that a friction device for adjusting and fixing the distance of the cross-beam holder from the bumper plate is provided between the bumper plate and the cross-beam holder, a first distance of the bumper plate from the cross-beam holder, starting from a normal position, being greater in a first position than a distance in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Marco Grehl, Oeztzan Akif, Gerhard Fichtinger, Wilhelm Riedl
  • Patent number: 10358072
    Abstract: A retractable tailgate table provides a folding table structure that is operable from the tailgate of a vehicle, so as to expand the functionality of the vehicle by providing a supportive and adjustable table that can be retracted for stowage or folded out from the tailgate for operational usage from the tailgate. The table comprises a mounting plate that fixedly mounts to the tailgate. The mounting plate may include a channel that enables a strap to wrap around the tailgate and through the channel for detachable attachment. A hinged arm hingedly articulates from the tailgate to move the table between a stowed position and an operational position. A platform pivotally joins the hinged arm, providing a supportive surface therefrom. The platform pivots to a desired slope and slides to and from the tailgate. A stabilizer bar extends from the platform to the ground surface to provide vertical and lateral stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: CJ Wereski
  • Patent number: 10350972
    Abstract: A mid-gate assembly includes a mid-gate and a first access panel received in the mid-gate. A window pocket extends through the mid-gate and the first access panel. Further, a window is displaceable between an extended position projecting from the mid-gate and a retracted position held in the window pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Musa Azzouz, Sino Johan Van Dyk, Noah Barlow Mass
  • Patent number: 10351177
    Abstract: A B-pillar for a motor vehicle body comprises a sheet metal formed part having a head portion, a central portion and a base portion, and an inner side and an outer side. The head portion, on the inner side, comprises a connecting region for connection to a roof region of the motor vehicle body. The base portion can connect to a sill region. The central portion extends between the head portion and the base portion and defines a longitudinal direction of the B-pillar. The sheet metal formed part comprises a hat profile such that on the inner side a hollow chamber is formed; and a fiber composite part having an upper portion, a central portion and a lower portion, wherein the upper portion comprises a contact region that laterally embraces a supporting region and is supported against same in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Muhr und Bender KG
    Inventors: Hubertus Steffens, Bernhard Spielvogel
  • Patent number: 10350980
    Abstract: The invention relates to a frame construction (10) for a pane (12), comprising a plastic frame (16) surrounding the pane (12) in the edge region, and at least one metal carrier (14) that is at least partially embedded into the plastic frame (16), wherein at least one spacer (20) is provided between the metal carrier (14) and the pane (12). According to the invention, in order to produce a cost-effective, reliable connection between the carrier (14) and the pane (12), the spacer (20) is formed by at least one plastic layer (20), plastic bead (20) or plastic band (20) applied to the carrier (14) and/or the pane (12) by means of an application device (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: BBG GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Gerhard Hortrich, Bernhard Satzger
  • Patent number: 10350970
    Abstract: A zipper less removable window system having removable windows for use with a foldable, stowable roof for a vehicle. A plurality of attachment devices of the zipper less removable window system connect the windows to the foldable, stowable roof and to the vehicle without the use of zippers. The operator zipper effort caused by traditional windows is thereby eliminated and misalignment issues present with traditional zippered windows is eliminated or reduced. The stress placed on the portions of the windows connectable to the foldable roof during installation and removal, including around curved portions of the removable window, is eliminated or reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Bestop, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric John Hanson
  • Patent number: 10351183
    Abstract: A front splitter assembly includes a front splitter having a first end and a second end, a first side splitter at the first end and a second side splitter at the second end. Each side splitter includes a contoured body. In one embodiment each side splitter includes an underwing extending between the extension section and the wicker section inboard of the end plate of the side splitter. A related method of improving stability and peak cornering speed of a motor vehicle is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Arthur Titus, Andrew Thomas Cunningham, Michael Stephen Sylvester, Thomas Joseph Ciccone, Peter Thai
  • Patent number: 10343587
    Abstract: A truck cargo securing device includes a mounting post configured to mount to a truck bed anchor. The mounting post includes a body that includes one or more holes configured to receive a fastener. The mounting post also includes a flange adjacent to the body. The truck cargo securing device also includes a securing plate configured to mount to the flange of the mounting post. The securing plate includes a plurality of apertures, where each of the plurality of apertures is configured to receive at least a portion of a tie-down mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Shawn D. Frazier
  • Patent number: 10343719
    Abstract: A body arrangement for a front-end structure of a motor vehicle has a lower main longitudinal member arrangement, on the front end of which there is arranged a shock-absorbing transverse member, an upper member arrangement, which runs above a wheel suspension, and a tension strap which is fastened at a first fastening point to a front region of the main longitudinal member arrangement and at a second fastening point to the upper member arrangement. The first fastening point and the second fastening point are spaced apart in a vehicle transverse direction. The tension strap is arranged such that, in the event of a frontal collision of the motor vehicle with a small overlap, in the case of which a collision partner strikes the upper member arrangement of the motor vehicle laterally with respect to the longitudinal member arrangement, the tension strap, under tension, supports the upper member arrangement on the main longitudinal member arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Johannes Von Hasselbach, Florian Woelfle
  • Patent number: 10343578
    Abstract: A control system for a dump truck includes a signal reception unit that receives a rising command signal to cause the dump truck including a vessel and a hydraulic cylinder configured to raise and lower the vessel to start a rising action of the vessel, and a vessel control unit that varies an extension speed of the hydraulic cylinder nonlinearly with respect to elapsed time when the signal reception unit receives the rising command signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenta Osagawa, Koji Takeda
  • Patent number: 10343616
    Abstract: A collapsible trunk for use with a vehicle having a wheel well. The trunk comprises a base wall and a side wall pivotally connected thereto. The side wall extends from the base wall and terminates at an upper edge. The side wall and base wall collectively define a storage cavity. The base wall and the side wall each have an expandable portion conformable to the wheel well in response to placement of the base wall and the side wall over the wheel well. The trunk is selectively transitional between a collapsed configuration and a deployed configuration. In the collapsed configuration, the base panels overlap each other, and in the deployed configuration, the plurality of base panels are co-planar to each other. The upper edge of the side wall moves away from the base wall as the trunk transitions from the collapsed configuration toward the deployed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Singer
  • Patent number: 10336389
    Abstract: A windscreen assembly (10) for a vehicle 1 is described, comprising:—a windscreen panel group (11, 12) comprising a windscreen panel (11) and a support structure (12) to support the windscreen panel (11); and—a wiper group (20. The wiper group (20) comprises a wiper (13), a drive motor group (14) for actuating the wiper (13), a tank (15) for a liquid and a pump (16) operationally connected to the tank (15). The wiper group (20) is supported by the windscreen panel group (11, 12) and said windscreen assembly (10) is configured to be removably coupled to said vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. S.P.A.
    Inventors: Onorino Di Tanna, Stefano Bartolozzi
  • Patent number: 10336170
    Abstract: A variable belt molding structure for a vehicle door, may include a skin disposed in a fixed quarter window and a rear door window formed in a rear door of a vehicle to have a width that is varied in a longitudinal direction; a carrier portion internally coupled to the skin to maintain air-tightness by being in contact with a window glass of the rear door window; a clip mounted to be internally coupled to the carrier portion and mounted in a door panel of the rear door; and a mounting clip coupled to a fixed quarter window bracket attached to the fixed quarter window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Dae Chul Kim, Eui Chan Cho
  • Patent number: 10337227
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a two-door closure system for a motor vehicle including a body having an A-pillar and a C-pillar being spaced from one another. According to an aspect of the disclosure, the closure system includes a front door having a front edge that is pivotably connected to the A-pillar. The closure system also includes a rear door that has a rearward edge that is pivotably coupled to the C-pillar of the vehicle body. At least one swivel hinge unit is provided that has a first pivot pin that is pivotably connected to the rearward edge of the rear door, and a second pivot pin for being pivotably connected to the C-pillar of the vehicle body to allow the rear door to initially pivot and translate away from the front door prior to pivoting the rear door between an open and closed position about the second pivot pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES INC.
    Inventors: Frank Stoof, Kris Tomaszewski, Roman Cetnar, Kurt M. Schatz, Peter Lance Oxley, James J. Ferri, Jeffrey Richard F. Domenchini, Joseph Scheuring
  • Patent number: 10337539
    Abstract: An apparatus and system provide drag reduction and energy efficiency for a transport vehicle. Cover sections of transport vehicles are formed to include solar panels comprising photovoltaic cells and dielectric barrier discharge plasma actuator arrays. The vehicle cover also generates electricity to charge onboard battery racks. The cover sections are integral with and shaped to conform with areas such as a trunk lid or roof. Fiber Bragg grating sensors are placed to detect formation of a separation layer. Plasma actuator arrays are actuated either to inhibit formation of the separation layer or to create span-wise waves to reduce skin drag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Naseem Z Shah
  • Patent number: 10336271
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to bumper beams having a closed cross-section, the closed cross-section being formed by one or more metal plates. The metal plates include a plurality of holes and a plurality of projections, wherein the projections engage with corresponding holes to retain the closed cross-section. The present disclosure further relates to rocker panels having a closed cross-section, the closed cross-section being formed by one or more metal plates, and the metal plates including a plurality of holes and a plurality of projections, wherein the projections engage with corresponding holes to retain the closed cross-section. The present disclosure further relates to methods of manufacturing such bumper reinforcing members and rocker panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOTECH ENGINEERING A.I.E.
    Inventor: Richard Palisse