Patents Examined by Darren W Gorman
  • Patent number: 10293354
    Abstract: A misting device has a form factor that allows the device to be handheld. The device includes a fluid tank that can be pressurized to force the contained fluid under pressure through a fluid delivery system. A hand-operated pump injects air into the fluid tank to pressurize the fluid tank. The pump includes a pump handle located at the bottom of the tank at one end of a rod, and a piston at the other end of the rod. A pressure-relieving air channel extends through the piston, the rod, and the pump handle to emit air out of the pump and into the environment when the fluid tank is at a maximum pressure. A pressure relief valve is disposed inside the piston to control the flow of air through the air channel. The pump handle locks against the tank using a “twist-and-lock” mechanism to remain secured in a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Misty Mate, Inc.
    Inventors: David Bandawat, April LaCerra
  • Patent number: 10294908
    Abstract: A fuel injector, preferably a dual fuel injector, for an internal combustion engine is disclosed. The fuel injector comprises first and second valve needles (80, 100) arranged to control the injection of first and second fuels, first and second control chambers (88, 10) associated with the first and second valve needles (80, 100) respectively, a first control valve (26) comprising a first control valve member (48) and arranged to vary the pressure of a control fluid in the first control chamber (88) so as to cause opening and closing movement of the first valve needle (80), and a second control valve (28) comprising a second control valve member (60) and arranged to vary the control fluid 10 pressure in the second control chamber (110) so as to cause opening and closing movement of the second valve needle (100). The first and second control valve members (48, 60) are arranged for linear movement along a common control valve axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: George A. Meek, Lukhbir Panesar, Michael Colin Wickstone
  • Patent number: 10292433
    Abstract: One atomizer for an artificial cigarette includes an atomizing assembly and an adjustment assembly thereon. The atomizing assembly includes an accommodation cavity and the adjustment assembly includes a substrate and an adjustment member rotatably disposed on the substrate. A liquid inlet port is defined in the substrate, the port communicating with the accommodation cavity. The adjustment member adjusts a size of the liquid inlet port exposed during rotation of the adjustment member. A second atomizer includes an atomizing assembly and an air inlet port, the atomizing assembly includes an atomizing cavity and an air passage. The air passage has one end communicating with a top of the atomizing cavity and another end communicating with the air inlet port. An aerosol generating device including either one of the above atomizers is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Wei-Hua Qiu
  • Patent number: 10293359
    Abstract: An in-ground sprinkler assembly configured to be height adjustable and/or crush resistant from topside forces. An outer body is configured to receive an inner body therein. The outer body includes one or more wing members to facilitate stability and contain forces applied to the inner body. Across most embodiments, the outer body includes an interior surface configured with one or more recessed networks to facilitate the relative vertical positioning and/or movement of the inner body. The recessed networks of the outer body includes at least one vertical channel configured to engage at least one tab extending outward from the inner body. Securement of the selected vertical position of the inner body is facilitated by an upward bias on the inner body, an outward bias on one or more tabs, and/or a retaining member connected to the outer body that compresses a locking member against the inner body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Michael K. Polen
  • Patent number: 10293793
    Abstract: A washer nozzle for a vehicle is provided. The washer nozzle improves an ejection disorder due to external freezing of a washer ejection port that ejects washer fluid. The washer nozzle, removes ice and foreign substances frozen onto the surface of a washer ejection port by utilizing an ultrasonic vibration generated by an ultrasonic transducer disposed within an interior of the washer nozzle. The washer nozzle includes a nozzle cover with washer ejection ports and a nozzle body with washer fluid passages. The ultrasonic transducer is configured to generate an ultrasonic vibration disposed within the nozzle body. The ultrasonic transducer disposed beneath the lower portion of the washer ejection ports is configured to provide ultrasonic vibration toward the washer ejection ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jong Min Park
  • Patent number: 10293195
    Abstract: There is provided a safety device for aircraft, that prevents an explosion of a fuel tank storing aviation fuel, the safety device including: a flame arrester that is arranged near an end of a ventilation passage on an aircraft outer side, as a part of the ventilation passage allowing the inside of the fuel tank and an outside of the aircraft to communicate with each other, to prevent a flame propagation into the fuel tank from the outside of the aircraft through the ventilation passage; and a heat transfer reducing part that is arranged closer to the outside of the aircraft than the flame arrester to prevent heat transfer to the fuel in the fuel tank from the flame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Yuta Takahashi, Shingo Kawano, Tsutomu Kawamizu, Atsushi Fujii, Shimpei Todaka, Ushio Komoda, Toshiyuki Umemoto
  • Patent number: 10290562
    Abstract: Apparatus and method are provided for reducing acoustical noise when cooling a device, such as a lamp system. The apparatus includes at least a set of a first synthetic jet and a second synthetic jet. The first and second synthetic jets are responsive to respective actuating signals having a phase difference (e.g., 180°) between one another chosen to reduce acoustic noise produced by the first and second synthetic jets when cooling the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Fei Han, Mehmet Arik, Trevor Wood, Charles Franklin Wolfe, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10286418
    Abstract: To provide a mist spraying device (1) capable of easily resolving clogging of micropores when they are clogged. The present invention provides a mist spraying device (1) including: a vibration plate (6) having an atomization part in which multiple micropores are formed; a vibration generator (10) for vibrating the vibration plate (6); and a supply part for supplying a liquid to the atomization part (8), the liquid supplied to the atomization part (8) being atomized by vibration of the vibration plate (6) and sprayed, wherein the mist spraying device further includes a heating element (12), and the heating element (12) serves to warm the atomization part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: L'OREAL
    Inventor: Yuichi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10286414
    Abstract: A system includes a gravity-feed spray coating device having a body with a liquid inlet, a handle coupled to the body, a spray head coupled to the body, a liquid passage extending from the liquid inlet to the spray head, and a gravity-feed container fastener disposed adjacent the liquid inlet. The gravity-feed container fastener includes a non-compression container fastening mechanism. The system also includes a first gravity-feed liquid supply container having a liquid outlet and a compression fitting adapter, wherein the compression fitting adapter compression fits the liquid outlet to the liquid inlet without the non-compression container fastening mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Carlisle Fluid Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Marvin Dean Burns
  • Patent number: 10289127
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for operating and calibrating a paint mixture delivery system includes a positive displacement fluid cylinder and a linear transducer that monitors operation of the positive displacement fluid cylinder. A controller is connected to a servo drive whose operation manipulates the performance of the positive displacement fluid cylinder. Operation of the fluid delivery system is controlled such that the ratio of paint or resin to catalyst or hardener can be accurately controlled and calibration of the discrete fluid flow sensors can be quickly and conveniently calibrated to assure delivery of the respective fluids are the desired mixture ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOQUIP, INC.
    Inventor: Michael D. Elberson
  • Patent number: 10286237
    Abstract: An integrated operator interface for a fire suppression system is provided. The fire suppression system includes an engine, a water source, a water pump, a foam system and a compressed air system. The integrated operator interface includes a control panel including a plurality of one-touch activation controls. Each one-touch activation control is configured to cause the output of a predetermined fire suppression fluid from the fire suppression system and cause a predetermined increase in engine speed resulting in an associated increase in water pump pressure. The predetermined fire suppression fluid comprising a predetermined flow of water, a predetermined type of foamant, a predetermined concentration of the predetermined type of foamant, and a predetermined flow of compressed air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: HALE PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael A. Laskaris, Alan Smith
  • Patent number: 10288292
    Abstract: A swirler includes a swirler body defining a longitudinal axis. A stack of swirler plates is assembled to the swirler body stacked in a direction along the longitudinal axis. Each of the swirl plates defines a vane portion. The swirler plates are mounted rotated circumferentially about the longitudinal axis relative to neighboring ones of the swirler plates so the vane portions form a swirler vane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Delavan Inc
    Inventor: Jason A. Ryon
  • Patent number: 10279067
    Abstract: A fragrance diffuser has a diffuser element connecting a first reservoir to a second reservoir. As a fragrant oil flows between the reservoirs, the diffuser element becomes saturated with oil and diffuses the fragrance or scent. The diffuser is self-contained, easy to interact with, without creating a mess. The diffuser is relaxing and pleasant to watch as it flows through from one end and drips to the other, releasing one small bubble at a time. It is refillable, transportable, and the intensity of the scent release can be controlled easily by saturating the wood more or less often.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Hya-Scent, Inc.
    Inventors: Helena Zaludova, Martin Schnitzer
  • Patent number: 10272457
    Abstract: The sprayer includes a housing defining a chamber, and a cylinder within the chamber. The cylinder defines more than one discharge tube positioned in a longitudinal direction within the housing, the cylinder being selectively rotatable within the chamber. More than one suction tube extends from a lower portion of the housing. The more than one suction tube is in selective fluid communication with the more than one discharge tube of the cylinder, as the cylinder is rotated within the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Joseph A. McDonnell
  • Patent number: 10272449
    Abstract: A valve device for controlling fluid flow direction includes a cap; a valve seat secured to the cap to form a first outlet, a second outlet, and an inlet between the first and second outlets; a stem moveably disposed in a chamber between the first outlet and the second outlet; a pulse-width-modulated electromagnetic valve being adjacent to the first outlet; and a channel disposed between the stem and the pulse-width-modulated electromagnetic valve. In a first operation the pulse-width-modulated electromagnetic valve opens the first outlet and closes the second outlet so that water flows from the opening to the first outlet via the chamber and the channel. In a second operation the pulse-width-modulated electromagnetic valve closes the first outlet and opens the second outlet so that water flows from the opening to the second outlet via the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Fujian Xihe Sanitary Ware Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaofa Lin, Xiaoshan Lin, Caibo Gu, Qiqiao Liu, Xiaoqing Deng
  • Patent number: 10272451
    Abstract: To provide a spout apparatus which is easily maintainable by a user even when, in a fluid device utilizing Karman vortices, scale adheres to the Karman vortex generating portion. A spout apparatus for discharging hot or cold water while causing it to reciprocally oscillate, having a spout apparatus body and an oscillating element; whereby the oscillating element has a water supply passage, a vortex generating passage, and a spout port passage; the spout port passage is formed of an elastically deformable soft member and is attached to the spout apparatus body so that a user can manipulate the spout port passage to deform it; and the vortex generating passage is formed of an elastically deformable soft member, and is integrally formed with the spout port passage so that deformations of the spout port passage can be transmitted to this vortex generating passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: TOTO LTD.
    Inventors: Kiyotake Ukigai, Katsuya Nagata, Masateru Miyazaki, Yutaka Aihara, Shuhei Hayata, Kei Watanabe, Nao Tanizaki, Hiroshi Nishijima
  • Patent number: 10273918
    Abstract: A fuel injector has a seat and at least one seat passage. The seat includes an outer tip surface through which the seat passage extends. Fin structure is provided in the outer tip surface and is constructed and arranged to increase a surface area of the outer tip surface as compared to a surface area of the outer tip surface absent the fin structure. The outer tip surface, including the fin structure, is constructed and arranged to be heated by combustion gases so that the outer tip surface reaches a temperature greater than a temperature that the outer tip surface would reach absent the fin structure, so as to cause evaporation of fuel that contacts the outer tip surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: William James Imoehl
  • Patent number: 10272278
    Abstract: A thermal release element having a container body with an outer wall formed from a frangible material and a hollow space enclosed by the outer wall and enclosing a release fluid. The body is expanded in an axial direction with a tubular middle section extending in the axial direction and two end sections at each axial end. The middle section, as seen in a sectional plane transverse to the axial direction, has an outer contour of the outer wall that deviates from a circular or oval contour. The end sections each have a circular or an oval contour of the outer wall. Transition zones are provided between the middle and end sections where the outer contour of the outer wall transitions from the shape of the middle section deviating from a circular or oval shape, into the circular or oval shape of the end sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: JOB Lizenz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Rüdiger Klug, Bodo Müller, Jürgen Teschner
  • Patent number: 10271537
    Abstract: A powered material broadcast spreader apparatus. The apparatus may include a granular material hopper having one or more upwardly extending walls that partially enclose an interior volume of the hopper. A first wall may define an opening passing outwardly from the interior volume. The apparatus may also include a motor surrounded by the one or more walls, and a motor cover having a contact surface congruent with a mating inner surface of the first wall. The motor cover is configured to form a motor compartment adapted to effectively isolate the motor from the interior volume, while permitting access to the motor from outside the hopper via the opening in the first wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Clark S. Papke
  • Patent number: 10264779
    Abstract: A spray bar suspension device for an agricultural vehicle, including a stationary frame, a right bar holder and a left bar holder that are pivotably mounted on said stationary frame, and damping elements inserted between each of said holders and the stationary frame, where the damping elements include: two rotational supports secured to said stationary frame, right and left structures respectively articulated to said right and left holders, and each pivotably mounted alternating on said rotational supports, and so-called primary elastic elements respectively inserted between each of said right and left structures and said stationary frame, such that an oscillation of each holder around its normal operating position results in tilting the structure associated with that holder from one to the other of said rotational supports, then pivoting said structure around said support, against the elastic elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Patrick Jean Marie Ballu