Patents Examined by D. W. Underwood
  • Patent number: 4227717
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a safety apparatus for use with a motorcycle to aid the rider in avoiding serious injuries due to collisions. An inflatable upwardly extending cocoon envelops the rider either upon impact, or upon his actuation thereof, and dissociates from the motorcycle to travel with the rider should he be thrown off. A housing is provided which unobtrusively rides on the motorcycle and nests the inflatable shroud so that a rider can be protected without having to don any supplemental gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1980
    Inventor: Julien J. Bouvier
  • Patent number: 4227588
    Abstract: An apparatus which can automatically start and warm up a vehicle by means of a remote control signal. A remote control transmitter sends a signal of a predetermined frequency which is detected by a receiver located in the vehicle. The receiver produces an output signal in response to receiving the remote control signal which starts the operation of a starting circuit to provide an electrical energizing signal for operating the vehicle starter as well as a gas flow signal for sending a supply of gas to the vehicle carburetor. An operating circuit also starts which provides an electrical operating signal to the vehicle ignition system to continue the running of the vehicle once it is started. The operating circuit continues for a predetermined amount of time whereupon the car stops operating after it is sufficiently warmed up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1980
    Inventor: Michael J. Biancardi
  • Patent number: 4223758
    Abstract: A loader, especially a bucket loader for underground use in mining operations, comprising a rear car carrying the propulsion unit including the hydraulic pump and the driver's station, and a front car coupled to the rear car by a hinge joint and carrying the bucket and the hydraulic system for operating same. The rear car is formed by a chassis stiffly joined to the rear axle, which chassis has a stiff bulkhead serving for the mounting of the motor and transmission assembly. The motor and transmission assembly is disposed on a secondary frame which has also a bulkhead that can be fastened to the bulkhead of the chassis, from which on both sides of the motor and transmission assembly longitudinal girders project, between which the motor and transmission group is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1980
    Assignee: Schopf Maschinebau GmbH
    Inventor: Jorg Schopf
  • Patent number: 4221401
    Abstract: In a cross-country or langlauf-ski binding having a sole plate, locking pins engageable with the sole of a ski boot and a clip locating the sole on the locking pins, there is provided a mechanism, enabling an easy and comfortable manipulation of the binding. For this purpose the sole plate comprises lateral mounting flanges with coaxial bearing holes and holding elements. These parts are cooperating in such a manner that they come into engagement during the insertion of the ski boot of a skier being automatically locked in this operative position. For releasing the binding the skier has only to press down a suitable release mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1980
    Inventors: Fritz Stolzle, Heinrich Cmiel
  • Patent number: 4221278
    Abstract: A mercury switch sensitive to rotations in either of two selected directions is provided for interrupting the ignition circuit of a motorcycle if the motorcycle should topple over. The switch has a Y-shaped housing with two hollow copper members joined to a hollow stem. An electrical contact is mounted by means of an insulating stopper in the hollow stem. A pool of mercury provides a contact between the electrical contact and the metal Y-shaped housing. A wire is affixed to the electrical contact and a second wire is affixed to the metal housing. A pool of mercury completes the switch between the insulated electrical contact and the metal housing. As the switch is rotated in either a first or a second selected direction, at a predetermined point, the pool of mercury will separate from the insulated electrical contact thereby causing the switch to display an open circuit condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1980
    Inventor: Frankieboy Ponzo
  • Patent number: 4221254
    Abstract: A tread for a pneumatic tire having a plurality of circumferentially spaced independent projections, each projection has an outer configuration which is basically triangular as viewed in a plane perpendicular to the tread. The projections in the central portion of the tread are oriented such that the leading edges form an angle from about 30.degree. to 60.degree. with respect to the mid-circumferential plane of the tire, and the projections in the shoulder portions are oriented such that the leading edges form an angle from about 30.degree. to 70.degree. with respect to the mid-circumferential plane of the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1980
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Charles W. Roberts, Michael A. Kolowski, Daniel J. Lindner, John E. Lynch, Terrence M. Ruip, Harold D. Fetty
  • Patent number: 4220346
    Abstract: A utility cart comprising an upwardly extending frame, a pair of wheels journaled on the lower end of the frame at opposite sides of the frame, and a bed pivoted adjacent one of its ends on the frame at the lower end of the frame for swinging about an axis extending from side-to-side of the frame between an extended position in which the bed extends forwardly from the frame in a generally horizontal direction and an upright position in which the bed extends upwardly alongside the frame at the front of the frame. The bed has a support at one end extending forwardly from the bed when the bed is in its upright position for supporting an object to be carried on the cart. Legs at the other end of the bed support the bed in its extended position. The bed can be selectively locked to the frame in its extended and upright positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1980
    Assignee: Concept Engineering Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Geschwender
  • Patent number: 4218074
    Abstract: A motor vehicle folding seat and seat occupant restraint arrangement comprising a folding seat having a seat back hinged to a seat bottom which in turn is hinged to the vehicle floor whereby the seat is foldable in an upright position to provide increased storage area and wherein the seat occupant restraint includes a load-carrying member of relatively short length which is secured to the underneath side of the seat bottom and is releasably securable to the vehicle floor to both maintain the seat in its normal position and also transmit loads for seat belt restraint systems which are either anchored at both ends to the load-carrying member or are anchored at one end to the load-carrying member and at the other end directly to the vehicle floor whereby the seat bottom frame is not subjected to any force resulting from loads applied by an occupant to any of the restraint systems and whereby the floor is left unobstructed when the seat is folded in its stored position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1980
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Ray V. Crawford
  • Patent number: 4217944
    Abstract: A molded heavy duty wheel and method for making it, comprising a metallic core with a central opening and a circumferential flange, a moldable plastic or rubber material on the interior circumferential portion of the flange, and a tread of moldable plastic or rubber material on the exterior circumferential portion of the flange. The tread portion is bonded to the core to prevent slippage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1980
    Inventor: Robert A. Pascal
  • Patent number: 4216814
    Abstract: A heavy duty pneumatic tire is provided with bead cores having polygonal cross-sectional configurations. The bead cores are composed of a multiplicity of wires arranged in densely superpositioned parallel layers which are situated on conical generating lines whose common axis coincide with the horizontal axis of the pneumatic tire and whose angles of opening are approximately 10.degree.. The axially innermost and axially outermost wires in specified radially inner and radially outer layers lie on centerlines forming angles within selected ranges with the conical lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1980
    Assignee: Uniroyal GmbH
    Inventors: Karl A. Grosch, Henri J. Mirtain, Andre M. Devienne, Jean Trzepaez
  • Patent number: 4215735
    Abstract: A safety pneumatic tire which can run under its punctured condition.The tire is provided between a sidewall reinforcing layer and a tread wall reinforcing layer with a reduced thickness portion which can easily susceptible to bending deformation so as to notify a driver by his bodily sensation that the tire is punctured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1980
    Assignee: Bridgestone Tire Company Limited
    Inventor: Takeshi Sato
  • Patent number: 4213731
    Abstract: A versatile attaching structure for connecting a tool such as a soil-displacing trough to a boom having an intermediate piece connectable to a boom and an operating cylinder and with interfitting connectors between the trough and the intermediate piece movable relative to each other by rotation of the intermediate piece and which are drawn into tightly locked relation for use by fastening members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1980
    Inventor: Antonius P. Verachtert
  • Patent number: 4211426
    Abstract: The walker includes a frame structure mounted on rear wheels and forward casters in turn supporting a parallelogram structure lying essentially in a vertical plane. The rear ends of the upper and lower horizontal members making up the parallelogram structure are pivoted to a column extending upwardly from the frame structure and the front ends of these members are pivoted to a generally vertical front member supporting a harness. The arrangement is such that when the active lengths of the upper and lower horizontal members are equal, the front member will move up and down in essentially a vertical direction always remaining parallel to the upwardly extending column. A patient is supported in the harness structure to the front member and a force such as by springs is provided on the parallelogram structure to bias the front member upwardly and thereby relieve at least a part of the weight of a patient in the harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1980
    Assignee: Everest & Jennings, Inc.
    Inventor: Wallace M. Motloch
  • Patent number: 4211268
    Abstract: A wheel has a plurality of variable length spokes extending radially from the hub to the rim and supporting the rim coaxially around the hub. Spoke length varying devices vary the lengths of the spokes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1980
    Inventor: Borut Ravnikar
  • Patent number: 4209183
    Abstract: A load carrying pallet of the type comprising a base provided adjacent each end of each side with a support surface level with the deck of the base and terminating in an upstanding lug, and with an upwardly facing channel subjacent each support surface, for use with detachable walls, each having at the lower end an upper transverse frame member to rest on the support surfaces and having depending leg members with lower transverse members for locating in the channels, is improved--as to ease of application and removal of the walls and as to interchangeability with known pallets--by providing between each support surface and the subjacent channel a catch on an axis parallel to the support surface, the catch having upper and lower outward projections and spring latching means, whereby, in one position of the catch the lower projection extends from the slot and over the channel, in another position of the catch the lower projection is withdrawn into the slot, and in both positions the upper projection extends fro
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1980
    Assignee: Twil Handling Systems Limited
    Inventors: Brian G. Jones, Barry Brown
  • Patent number: 4207939
    Abstract: A traction device that can be removably mounted on a vehicle tire includes a plurality of non-deformable straps of a length greater than width arranged at evenly spaced intervals around the tread of the tire. Each strap has a series of transversely running ridges on it with a pair of flexible resilient loops of nylon cord that pass through apertures in the ends of each strap along opposite side walls of the tire holding the traction assembly adjacent the tire tread thereby increasing traction in mud and snow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1980
    Inventor: Stephen J. Motosko, II
  • Patent number: 4207940
    Abstract: The assembly of a large size pneumatic tire for a heavy off the road vehicle and an annular bead seat for a bead of the tire is characterized by the fact that said annular bead seat has a lateral face terminating in a flange and an inner face with a heel portion adjacent said lateral face and a toe portion meeting at a vertex and forming in radial cross section the shape of a very open V open toward said bead, and said bead has a reinforcing bead wire so arranged that the median plane of the bead wire intersects the toe portion of the inner face at a distance from the vertex at least equal to one-tenth of the diameter of the cross-section of the bead wire, the outer surface of the bead being thus in permanent contact with the lateral face and the inner face of the annular bead seat and the assembly being slidably mountable on a wheel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1980
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventor: Jack Roger
  • Patent number: 4206796
    Abstract: A tire having a tread, sidewalls and an inner wall, said inner wall having, at least over the portion corresponding to the width of the tread, a layer of a self-sealing agent, a layer of elastomer arranged radially inward of the layer of self-sealing agent and partitions defining volumes of self-sealing agent arranged between said layer of elastomer and the inner wall of the tire is improved due to the fact that the transverse distances measured along the inner wall of the tire between successive partitions decrease from the tread in the direction towards the sidewalls of the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1980
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventor: Andre Chemizard
  • Patent number: 4203609
    Abstract: A transport cart is disclosed having a load receiving and supporting platform of sandwich-type construction formed from a pair of spaced panels each having offset portions which contact the other panel. The panels, where they contact each other, are rigidly secured together to form a rigid, load supporting sandwich. The platform is mounted on swivel casters interconnected by a linkage system which responds to the pivotal movement of the tow bar and which effects opposite pivotal movement of the front and rear casters to cause the cart to track the towing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1980
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry L. Mitchell, David A. Immink
  • Patent number: 4203618
    Abstract: A fixed length of belt has an outboard end attached to the door and an inboard end attached to the vehicle body forwardly of the seat. A track extends longitudinally inboard the seat and mounts a belt carriage which slidably receives the belt intermediate the inboard and outboard ends. Opening movement of the door causes the outboard end of the belt to be moved outwardly and forwardly so that sliding movement of the belt through the belt carriage causes forward movement of the belt carriage to stow the belt forwardly of the seat. A spring retracts the carriage toward the seat to establish the belt in a rearward restraining position when the door is closed. In the preferred embodiment, the belt having its inboard end mounted on the vehicle body forwardly of the seat has its outboard end attached high on the vehicle door to provide a diagonal shoulder belt. A lap belt has an outboard end attached low on the vehicle door and an inboard end mounted inboard the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1980
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: William R. Frank, David F. Manz