Patents Examined by Daniel J. Cavallari
  • Patent number: 10479221
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a battery; an inlet to which a charging connector provided external to the vehicle is connectable; a power receiving device configured to contactlessly receive power from a power transmitting device provided external to the vehicle; a connector electrically connected to the inlet and the power receiving device; and a connector electrically connected to the power receiving device and the battery. Power supplied to the inlet is supplied to the battery via the connector, the power receiving device, and the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Kamikihara, Chiemi Tsunekawa
  • Patent number: 10479294
    Abstract: A circuit arrangement for an onboard network of a motor vehicle, includes a line having a first inductivity and connecting a component of a power electronics of an onboard network with an element, wherein the component is adapted for being clocked during operation of the power electronics at a clock frequency; and an absorber circuit assigned to the line and having a second inductivity and a capacitance, wherein the second inductivity of the absorber circuit is coupled with the first inductivity of the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Thomas Rinkleff, David Krause
  • Patent number: 10483799
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a power supply and pickup system capable of maintaining stability of transmission efficiency despite changes in a resonant frequency. More particularly, the present invention relates to a power supply and pickup system capable of maintaining the stability of efficiency of transmitting power to a pickup device from a power supply device even when a voltage or current changes by the variation in a resonant frequency. According to the power supply and pickup system of the present invention, Q-factor of a power supply and pickup system is set to a low value, a stability of efficiency of transmitting power to a pickup device from a power supply device is maintained even when a voltage of current changes by the variation in a resonant frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Dong Ho Cho, Joung Ho Kim, Yang Bae Chun, Eun-Jung Kim, Ji-Yun Ryu, Mi-Joo Kim, Il-Song Han, Seung-Young Ahn, Gyeng-Chul Kim, Gu Ho Jeong
  • Patent number: 10476301
    Abstract: The methods and apparatus described enable automatic configuration, or commissioning, of controller devices and load control devices through a low voltage communication network controlled by one or more controller devices. These methods and apparatus further enable expansion of the load control system by connection of additional loads and or load control devices and or controller devices which will reinitialize the low voltage communication network and automatically reconfigure the controller devices and load control devices connected to the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: The Watt Stopper, Inc.
    Inventors: Louia Weidman, Peter John Horton, Jason H. Joyce, Eric J. Fournier
  • Patent number: 10465847
    Abstract: A safety device with a safety switch and an actuator that is arranged movably relative to said safety switch. A transponder is arranged in the actuator, and a reading unit is arranged in the safety switch. A locking position of the actuator is controlled by the fact that transponder signals of the transponder are detected in the reading unit. The safety switch has a locking element with an influencing element. The actuator has a sensor coupled with the transponder. In the locking position of the actuator the locking element is insertable into a receptacle of the actuator. This effects the locking of the actuator. This locking is controlled in that the influencing element is only within the range of influence of the sensor when the locking element is inserted into the receptacle. Said sensor generates a sensor signal via which the transponder signals sent by the transponder are modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Euchner GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Joachim Mailänder, Sören Albrecht, Matthias Kraus, Ilo Grimm
  • Patent number: 10468885
    Abstract: There is provided a power converter unit that can include an inverter and a plurality of batteries. The inverter and the plurality of batteries can be cooled by a common thermal management system. Furthermore, the power converter unit that can include a battery enclosure and the inverter can be co-located with the plurality of batteries inside the battery enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: GE Energy Power Conversion Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert Gregory Wagoner, John S Harrison, Lukas Mercer Hansen
  • Patent number: 10454275
    Abstract: A system and method to collect energy from generation systems such as, for example, wind farms or solar farms with widely distributed energy-generation equipment. In some cases, static inverters are used to feed the energy directly into the power grid. In some other cases, back-to-back static inverters are used create a high-voltage DC transmission line to collect power from multiple generation sites into one feed-in site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: TIGO ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Mordechay Avrutsky, Dan Kikinis
  • Patent number: 10453636
    Abstract: A passive wireless switch circuit and related apparatus are provided. In examples discussed herein, an apparatus includes a smaller number of voltage circuits configured to control a larger number of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) switches. The voltage circuits passively generate a number of constant voltages based on a number of radio frequency (RF) signals to collectively identify each of the MEMS switches. A decoder circuit decodes the constant voltages to identify a selected MEMS switch and provides a selected constant voltage higher than a defined threshold voltage to close the selected MEMS switch. As such, it may be possible to eliminate active components and/or circuits from the passive wireless switch circuit, thus helping to reduce leakage and power consumption. It may be further possible to reduce conductive traces between the voltage circuits and the MEMS switches, thus helping to reduce routing complexity and footprint of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Qorvo US, Inc.
    Inventor: Nadim Khlat
  • Patent number: 10453053
    Abstract: A system and device to add electronics to materials to form a smart wallet. An electronic wallet (also referred to as a smart wallet) stows and retrieves financial as well as personal information such as credit cards, debit cards, identification, coupons, and the like. Electrical features include techniques and elements for a user to interact with the smart wallet via an interface that governs interaction, for securing information in the smart wallet, and for charging a power source on a powered transaction card. Mechanical features of the electronic wallet include techniques for integrating electronics within wallets to add electronic wallet functionality. Several accessory styles are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Fit Pay, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Tunnell, David Tunnell
  • Patent number: 10447069
    Abstract: A vehicle power source includes a generator motor coupled to an engine, a first power storage, a second power storage, a conduction switch, and a switch controller. The first and the second power storages are coupled, in parallel, to the generator motor. The conduction switch is subject to change between a conductive state and a cut-off state of the generator motor and the second power storage. The switch controller changes the conduction switch from the conductive state to the cut-off state, on a condition that the generator motor is controlled in a powered state. The switch controller changes the conduction switch from the cut-off state to the conductive state, on a condition that the second power storage discharges in excess of a threshold, with the conductive switch changed to the cut-off state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiro Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10435151
    Abstract: A system and method for converting onboard battery-powered, free-flight drones into ground-powered tethered drones that overcome the impediments designed into safeguarded free-flight drones. In combination with a ground-sourced power supply for the drone, power being delivered to the drone through a tether, the system comprises a battery emulating module that provides false signals to the drone's battery circuit board such that the onboard batteries may be removed and the alternative ground-based power source utilized without causing the drone's main circuit board to initiate a systems shutdown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: DRONE AFS CORP.
    Inventor: Kevin Hess
  • Patent number: 10439839
    Abstract: Field-device coupling unit for providing a supply voltage for a field device and for communication with a superordinate control unit, the field-device coupling unit including a current interface, which is configured for communication with the control unit and has a first controllable input load which is configured to provide, from an interface current of the current interface, a load voltage on which the supply voltage is based, the field-device coupling unit further including a circuit arrangement for providing a communication signal which is to be transmitted to the control unit, wherein the circuit arrangement is configured to control the first controllable input load according to the communication signal in order to superimpose the interface current with a current signal corresponding to the communication signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: FESTO AG & CO. KG
    Inventors: Steffen Wunderlich, Stefan Beuel
  • Patent number: 10439338
    Abstract: A plug with a cable includes a plug and a cable. The plug is connected to a receptacle to which a secondary cell is connected. The plug includes a hosing and a substrate therein. The cable includes a power supply line and a grounding line. The cable has one end connected to the plug and the other end connected to a power supply unit. A switch is mounted on the substrate and provided in series in a power supply interconnection connected to the power supply line. A temperature sensor is mounted on the substrate and disposed near a power supply terminal or a grounding terminal of the plug. A control circuit is mounted on the substrate and configured to interrupt the power supply interconnection by turning off the switch when a temperature detected by the temperature sensor exceeds a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Motoichi
  • Patent number: 10432029
    Abstract: In a non-contact power feeding system which is formed with a power transmission device that includes a power transmission-side resonant circuit including a power transmission-side coil and a power reception device that includes a power reception-side resonant circuit including a power reception-side coil and which can transmit and receive power by a magnetic field resonance method, the control circuit of the power transmission device supplies, before the power transmission, a predetermined determination alternating current voltage to the power transmission-side resonant circuit so as to detect the amplitude of a current flowing through the power transmission-side coil at that time. The control circuit controls the performance of the power transmission based on the current amplitude detection value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: ROHM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Ikefuji
  • Patent number: 10428799
    Abstract: Provided is a wind power generation system using a jet stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Kwangwoo An
  • Patent number: 10418802
    Abstract: A calibration circuit according to various aspects of the present invention comprises a battery pack, a protection IC, and a power source. The power source may have a predetermined voltage and may be selectively coupled to the protection IC. The power source may be capable of providing a current to the protection IC through one of a first current loop and a second current loop, wherein the current through the first current loop generates a first voltage across a first and second terminal of the protection IC, and the current through the second current loop generates a second voltage across the first and second terminals that is substantially equal to the voltage of the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Atsushi Kamei, Yasuaki Hayashi, Katsumi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10407004
    Abstract: Provided are battery coupling systems. The system may comprise a first terminal electrically coupled to a vehicle electrical system; and a first contactor electrically coupled to a first battery connection of a battery and the first terminal, the first contactor comprising a first solid state switch for selectively coupling and decoupling the first battery connection to and from the first terminal, using a first control signal. The system may also comprise a second terminal electrically coupled to the vehicle electrical system; and a second contactor electrically coupled to a second battery connection of the battery and the second terminal, the second contactor comprising a second solid state switch for selectively coupling and decoupling the second battery connection to and from the second terminal, using a second control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Faraday & Future Inc.
    Inventors: W. Porter Harris, Nicholas John Sampson
  • Patent number: 10411462
    Abstract: A medium voltage power supply is disclosed as including plural medium voltage power lines and plural medium voltage switchboards, connected by respective medium voltage power lines. The medium voltage switchboards are each provided with a respective electrical protection equipment under the IEC 61850 standard and with respective medium voltage signal couplers driven by the electrical protection equipment to transmit and receive Generic Object Oriented Substation Event messages through the medium voltage power lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: ANSALDO ENERGIA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Gaetano Sanacore
  • Patent number: 10411514
    Abstract: There is provided a container (30) of consumer goods, the container (30) comprising a wrapped bundle of consumer goods (10) comprising a wrapper (16) wrapped around one or more consumer goods. The wrapper (16) comprises a folded laminar blank comprising at least one carrier layer (12) and at least one conductive layer (13), the at least one conductive layer (13) forming at least one power transfer receiver coil (14) configured to wirelessly receive a supply of electrical energy. The container (30) further comprises an outer housing (31) containing the wrapped bundle of consumer goods (10), and an electronic device (38) connected to the at least one power transfer receiver coil (14) to receive the supply of electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Arjen Hamilcar Slooff
  • Patent number: 10404382
    Abstract: In order to suppress both large current and arc discharge during hot switching, a grounding circuit includes a first relay, a second relay, and a third relay, a first resistance connected in series with the first relay and is capable of connecting the feeding path to the ground, and a voltage divider connected in series with the second relay and the third relay and is connectable in such a way as to divide voltage between the feeding path and the ground, the third relay being disposed at a point at which the voltage is divided, and when the feeding path is to be connected to the ground, the feeding path is connected to the ground via the first resistance by the first relay, the voltage divider is connected in parallel with the first relay and the first resistance, and a connection to the ground is cut off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshinari Takigawa