Patents Examined by Daniel Yeagley
  • Patent number: 9854736
    Abstract: An electronic steering and control apparatus and related control methods for a pair of variable drive units. The variable drive units may be hydrostatic, continuously variable transmissions (CVTs), or other similar devices. The apparatus is shown in use with a vehicle that may include a mowing deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Ivan E. Fox, Raymond Hauser, Christopher K. Wyatt
  • Patent number: 9834247
    Abstract: A connector unit of a drive device includes an electric power supply connector, a signal connector, a base portion and leg portions and is fixed to an opposite side of a heat sink, which is opposite from an electric motor. The leg portions are formed at an outer peripheral edge of the base portion. A cover member receives the connector unit and the heat sink in the state where the electric power supply connector and the signal connector are exposed from the cover member. A connector side O-ring is installed between the base portion and the cover member. A height position of a first end surface of each leg portion is on a first side of a second base end surface of the base portion. With this construction, it is possible to limit deterioration of waterproofness of the drive device caused by a thermal load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventors: Tatsuya Abe, Yasufumi Matsuo, Shuhei Miyachi
  • Patent number: 9809069
    Abstract: A drawbar assembly for coupling a drawbar to a tongue of a towed implement includes a drawbar pin and a drawbar clevis having a bore configured to receive the drawbar pin. A locking plate is coupled to the drawbar clevis and movable between a pin-lock condition in which the locking plate is configured to obstruct at least a portion of the bore, and a pin-unlock condition. An ejector mechanism is configured to dislodge the drawbar pin from the bore. The ejector mechanism includes a handle utilized to operate the ejector mechanism and an ejector arm pivotably disposed in an ejector recess in the clevis. The ejector arm is movable from a home position in which the ejector arm does not interfere with the drawbar pin to an eject position in which the ejector arm forces the drawbar pin to be at least partially dislodged out of the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Derek Hruska, Matthew Shaw
  • Patent number: 9809110
    Abstract: A saddle-riding type vehicle includes a seat, a fuel tank including a vent and disposed below the seat, a canister connected to the vent, and an overflow prevention valve provided in a fuel vapor passage connecting the vent and the canister. The overflow prevention valve is positioned higher than the vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventors: Shinichirou Nakamura, Fumihiro Hidaka
  • Patent number: 9789742
    Abstract: A pintle hitch apparatus has a base adapted at a forward end thereof for attachment to the towing vehicle. A hook member is attached to a rear end of the base and forms a cradle between the base and an upward oriented male portion of the hook member, the cradle configured to support the hitch ring member in a ring location. A latch member is pivotally attached to the base about a horizontal pivot axis such that the latch member can pivot from a closed position, where a rear portion of the latch member extends over the cradle above the ring location, to an open position where the rear end of the latch member is forward of the cradle. The latch member is weighted such that the latch member falls to the closed position when the latch member is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: POWER PIN INC.
    Inventor: Brian R. Olson
  • Patent number: 9783263
    Abstract: A tracked vehicle has a frame, a straddle seat connected to the frame, an engine, a pair of slide rails, at least two idler wheels, at least one drive sprocket, and a drive track The drive track has an endless belt, a plurality of external and internal lug, at least a number of the plurality of internal lugs forming two outer longitudinal rows, the belt having at least two contact surfaces, each contact surface being a surface where a corresponding one of the at least two idler wheels is in contact with the belt, a plurality of apertures and a plurality of alignment cleats disposed between the two outer longitudinal rows, and a plurality of lateral rods embedded within the belt and extending in the lateral direction. Both ends of at least a number of the plurality of lateral rods being disposed inwardly of the contact surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: Yvon Bedard, Jean-Sebastien Pard
  • Patent number: 9777774
    Abstract: An auxiliary motor, for a bicycle, includes an energy storage device for storing energy, a drive device for converting the energy stored in the energy storage device into kinetic energy and a transmission device for transmitting the kinetic energy onto a pedal crank spindle. The auxiliary motor is designed to be attached to a down tube of a bicycle at least parallel to the down tube and to power a pedal crank of the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: FAZUA GmbH
    Inventor: Johannes Biechele
  • Patent number: 9751161
    Abstract: A cart or trailer for managing, storing, and working with welding bottles is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: S&V Fabrication & Steel, LLC
    Inventors: Seth Stewart, Chris Vogel
  • Patent number: 9707138
    Abstract: Apparatus for a manually-powered wheelchair comprising a frame and first and second wheel rotatably coupled to the frame. Each wheel includes a hand rim and a drive wheel. For each of the first and second wheels, a multiple speed transmission coupled to the wheel comprises a transmission output coupled to the drive wheel, a transmission input coupled to the hand rim, and at least two gears selectively coupling the transmission output to the transmission input. The transmission allows the drive wheel and the hand rim to rotate concentrically with one another but at different speeds. A selector is provided for selecting one of the at least two gears. A controller controls the selector to operate the transmission for the first and/or second wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
    Inventors: Elizabeth T. Hsiao-Wecksler, Scott Daigle
  • Patent number: 9708022
    Abstract: A pump mounting seat surface is formed on a rear lower portion of a fuel tank. An approximately strip-shaped tank rear stay is mounted such that the tank rear stay escapes a pump mounting seat of the pump mounting seat surface. Both ends of the tank rear stay in the longitudinal direction project outward from the rear lower portion as mounting end portions. The mounting end portions are made to overlap with tank rear mounting bosses formed on center frames, and are fastened to the tank rear mounting bosses by bolts from above. A mounting member is not arranged below the pump mounting seat surface and hence, it is possible to ensure a space for a pipe of a fuel pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoichi Nishida, Mitsuya Kawamura
  • Patent number: 9701356
    Abstract: A bicycle includes a frame including first and second segments pivotable relative to each other between a folded position and an unfolded position. A magnet is fixed relative to the first segment. An electromagnet is fixed relative to the second segment and disposed in a magnetic field of the magnet when the frame is in the folded position. A controller is configured to power the electromagnet to repel the magnet to unfold the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Southey, Simon Potticary, James Neugebauer, Torsten Gerhardt, Richard Craven, James Loyd, Jonathan Mundy
  • Patent number: 9694845
    Abstract: A motor control device includes a motor, a control device, and a motor drive circuit. The motor includes a motor rotor, a motor stator, and a plurality of coil groups divided into a first coil group and a second coil group of at least two systems for each of three phases, and configured to excite a stator core by three-phase alternating currents. In the motor drive circuit, a first motor drive circuit supplies a three-phase AC first motor drive current to the first coil group based on a command value, and a second motor drive circuit supplies a three-phase AC second motor drive current having a phase difference from a phase of the first motor drive current, to the second coil group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Kikuchi, Gen Kimura, Zhipeng Tu
  • Patent number: 9676439
    Abstract: A vehicle with a collapsible body. With this construction a one-person's vehicle can be folded together to a very compact size with the dimensions of an average suitcase. The body comprises two halves: a front and back part. Each of these parts contains a lower and upper hollow section. Each upper hollow section can slide telescopically in and out the lower hollow section, thus enlarging or reducing the length of the corresponding part. In the collapsed state both parts with all their sections are nested into each other. A further reduction of the volume of the collapsed vehicle can be achieved by using a chassis with two retractable slidable frame parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: NEWINNO BV
    Inventor: Paul Gokkel
  • Patent number: 9676279
    Abstract: A parallel regeneration brake torque modulation system for an electrified vehicle includes a brake pedal travel sensor adapted to transmit a brake pedal travel sensor signal upon travel of a vehicle brake pedal through at least a portion of a range of motion; and a regenerative braking system adapted to apply regeneration braking torque to a vehicle using the brake pedal travel sensor signal from the brake pedal travel sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: John Phillip McCormick
  • Patent number: 9669869
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension apparatus is constructed to improve stability and controllability. Suspension apparatus includes; a tire wheel to be equipped with a tire; a wheel hub mechanism to support the tire wheel; a first link member connecting the wheel hub mechanism and a vehicle body on a lower side of an axle in an vehicle up and down direction; a second link member connecting the wheel hub mechanism and the vehicle body on the lower side of the axle in the vehicle up and down direction and intersecting the first link member in a vehicle top view; and a steering rack moving in a vehicle widthwise direction and steering the wheel hub mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Kageyama, Yutaka Mikuriya
  • Patent number: 9669864
    Abstract: In order to provide a fail-safe operating mode during a transition between an autonomous steering mode and a driver-controlled steering mode in an emergency situation, a steering system comprises a steering shaft, a brake mechanism movable between an released position and a engaged position for angularly locking the steering shaft, and an override such that a non-destructive external torque applied to the steering shaft above a given threshold when the brake mechanism is in the engaged position results in a rotation of the steering shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch Automotive Steering Vend├Áme SAS
    Inventors: Olivier Bernard Perichon, Pritish S. Khale, Michael McFarland
  • Patent number: 9656702
    Abstract: A fifth wheel mounting assembly comprises first and second support members adapted to couple to frame members and support assembly that comprises first and second portions slidably engaging the first and second support members and adjustable along a length thereof, the first and second portions including an upwardly-opening recess, first and second mounting members coupled to the first and second portions and configured to pivotably support the fifth wheel hitch plate, and a center portion having a first and second end received within the recesses of the first and second portions, wherein the recesses of the first and second portions are configured to receive the ends of the center portion subsequent to the first mounting member being coupled to the first mounting portion and the second mounting member being coupled to the second mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: SAF-HOLLAND, Inc.
    Inventor: Justin D. Keatley
  • Patent number: 9656709
    Abstract: A swing scooter includes a frame, a riser bar, a handlebar, a front wheel, at least two carrier rods, a flexible linking mechanism, at least two rear wheels, at least two pedals, at least two auxiliary wheels and at least two swinging modules. The auxiliary wheels are installed at the rear of the rear wheels. When the front wheel and the rear wheels touch the ground, the auxiliary wheels are situated at an appropriate height from the ground, and the swinging module is coupled between the carrier rods and the rear wheels. During use, the front and rear wheels situated at the general using status touch the ground, or the front of the scooter is tilted, such that the rear wheels and the auxiliary wheels touch the ground to add more fun to the use of the scooter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: YVOLVE SPORTS LTD.
    Inventor: Thomas O'Connell
  • Patent number: 9643514
    Abstract: A straddle electric vehicle comprises a battery case accommodating a battery which is an electric power supply for an electric motor; an inverter which converts DC power stored in the battery into AC power and supplies the AC power to the electric motor; an air passage through which ram air is guided to an interior of a battery case and discharges air from the battery case; and a radiator for cooling a coolant used to cool the inverter using water or oil, wherein the radiator is placed forward relative to an air inlet of the air passage or within the air passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshimoto Matsuda
  • Patent number: 9637198
    Abstract: The power assisting device includes driver with a rotary axis, a main gear, a first transmission rod, a first bevel gear, a second bevel gear, a first rotating rod, a third bevel gear, and a first driving wheel. The main gear is driven by the driver to rotate about the rotary axis. The first transmission rod extends along a direction perpendicular to the rotary axis. The first bevel gear and the second bevel gear are separately sleeved on the transmission rod. The first bevel gear is engaged with the main gear. The first rotating rod extends along a direction parallel to the rotary axis. The third bevel gear is sleeved on the first rotating rod and is engaged with the second bevel gear. The first driving wheel is coupled to the first rotating rod for assisting a wheel of a vehicle to move forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventors: Yen-Chi Chen, Chang-Yuan Shih, Shih-Hsin Hsu