Patents Examined by Felicia L Brittman
  • Patent number: 10689056
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method is provided for preventing the communication of contaminants between connected hollow interiors of tubes of a frame, such as a bicycle frame, for example. A hollow insert may be positioned inside a first tube of a frame such that seals on bottom and top portions of the insert are radially sealed against an interior surface of the first tube on either side of an open intersection between the first tube and other tubes of the frame, so that the interior of the first tube is not open to the interiors of the other tubes of the frame. Contaminants that then enter the first tube, such as through the headset of a bicycle head tube, for example, pass through the interior of the insert and out the bottom of the first tube, instead of passing into the interior of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Matthew Hendey
  • Patent number: 10689045
    Abstract: An acceleration detector is placed on a side stand portion attached to the main body of a side-stand-equipped vehicle. The acceleration detector has a CPU. In a side stand state detection mode, the CPU detects the state of the side stand portion according to a detection signal from the acceleration detector. In an orientation detection mode, the CPU detects the orientation of the main body of the side-stand-equipped vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kyozo Saito
  • Patent number: 10689055
    Abstract: A folded bicycle frame comprising a single and continuous sheet of metal is disclosed. The bicycle frame is formed by cutting the sheet of metal to form a boundary, hydroforming the sheet of metal to create a profile comprising indentations and protrusions along the sheet of metal, and then folding the molded sheet essentially along its axis of symmetry, such that the symmetrical parts of the sheet are positioned next to each other to form the frame with a hollow interior. Holes are precut in the frame so that other bicycle parts may be attached to the frame. The frame is produced without the need for any welding or connecting of individual parts. Thus, it is stronger than conventional bicycle frames which are weaker at such welded connections of their parts. A method for making the folded frame is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Alexander Buzov
  • Patent number: 10689048
    Abstract: A bicycle comprises a main frame and a suspension assembly coupled to the main frame. The suspension assembly includes a dynamic crank support and a spring mechanism. The dynamic crank support is movable from an uncompressed position to a compressed position. The spring mechanism biases the dynamic crank support toward the uncompressed position. The suspension assembly further comprises a dynamic seat support coupled for movement with the dynamic crank support. For example, the dynamic seat support and the dynamic crank support can be rigidly coupled to each other and cooperatively form one bar of a four-bar linkage. An eccentric assembly is supported by the main frame and rotates about a first axis. The eccentric assembly pivotally supports the dynamic crank support for rotation about a second axis offset from the first axis. The spring mechanism preferably comprises a spring secured between the main frame and the eccentric assembly to rotationally bias the eccentric assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SPECIALIZED BICYCLE COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher P. D'Aluisio
  • Patent number: 10675930
    Abstract: A recreational collapsing/expanding tow bar for towing a vehicle. The tow bar contains a collapsing/expanding middle part and a pair of attachment ends. The attachment ends include a sleeve, fastener, and bar end. The fastener includes a first end, a second end, a ball, and a shaft. The fastener is secured within the sleeve and retained with the bar end. The fastener can be used in a fixed rigid position or a rotational position. The collapsing/expanding middle part is rigid and adjustable to various distances between the towing and towed vehicle, wherein the device is compact in size and easily stored. Additional towing connectors are disclosed to engage a snowmobile and motorcycle for being towed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Robert J Ramstad
  • Patent number: 10670101
    Abstract: A linear motion assembly having a static coefficient of friction, ?S, as measured between an inner component and an outer component, and a dynamic coefficient of friction, ?D, as measured between the inner component and the outer component, wherein ?S/?D is less than 2.0, such as less than 1.9, less than 1.8, less than 1.7, or even less than 1.6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nicholas F. Witting, Vincent Dimartino
  • Patent number: 10661823
    Abstract: A feedback actuator for a motor vehicle may include a steering adjuster that acts on steered wheels of the motor vehicle and is controlled electronically based on steering commands from a driver of the motor vehicle. The feedback actuator may transmit feedback from a road on which the motor vehicle is traveling to a steering wheel via a steering shaft. Further, the feedback actuator may have a preloaded crank drive and an electric motor configured as torque-generating means. The feedback actuator may produce a torque to simulate the feedback of the road, and the torque may be formed by a sum of a torque from the preloaded crank drive applied to the steering shaft and a torque from the electric motor applied onto the steering shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Claudio Delmarco, Felix Brandl, Claudio Virzi
  • Patent number: 10661621
    Abstract: A fifth wheel hitch assembly is provided that includes a mounting bracket adapted to support a fifth wheel hitch plate and having a substantially vertical surface, a vehicle frame rail having a substantially horizontal portion and a substantially vertical portion; and a support bracket having a first portion secured to the substantially vertical portion of the vehicle frame rail and a second portion secured to the substantially vertical surface of the mounting bracket, and having a plurality of mounting positions spaced longitudinally along the support bracket from one another, wherein the mounting bracket is releasably secured to less than a total number of the mounting positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SAF-HOLLAND, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Zerba, Michael D. Appel
  • Patent number: 10654326
    Abstract: Tow coupling (100) having a tow coupling part (128) for fitment to a tow ball (104) of the vehicle, a load coupling (190) for coupling to a load to be towed, and a tow element (180) pivotally connecting to the tow coupling part (128) and to the load coupling part (190). Pivoting of the tow element (180) with respect to the tow coupling part (128) varies the vertical position of the load coupling part (190). Positioning structure (220), between the tow coupling part (128) and the tow element (180) permits setting that position. The positioning structure (220) is resiliently biased by a spring (260) so as to resiliently bias the tow element (180) such that the load coupling (190) assumes a selectable set position, from which the load coupling (190) is however upwardly displaceable under pivoting of the tow element (180) against that resilient bias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: AERO-TECH PTY LTD.
    Inventors: Warwick Brook Tozer, Cameron Ronald Tozer
  • Patent number: 10633039
    Abstract: A torsion gooseneck coupler has a pin box that is designed to be affixed to an existing trailer. The pin box has a pin box torsion end and a lower assembly that each have a corresponding torsion bar. The torsion bars extend outwardly where each affixes to a corresponding torsion arm. The lower assembly is designed to affix to a towing vehicle. The lower assembly has an upper and a lower torsion tube that each has a corresponding torsion bar. The upper torsion arm affixes the upper torsion bar of the pin box assembly to the upper torsion bar of the lower assembly. Correspondingly, a lower torsion arm affixes the lower torsion bars of the pin box assembly to the lower assembly. The torsion tubes and bars resist rotation and cooperate to allow limited movement and provide resistance to forces along the axes of the upper and lower assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: GEN-Y CREATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Carl J. Borkholder
  • Patent number: 10617580
    Abstract: A wheelchair with a ratchet/pawl drive system comprising a seat back, a seat bottom, a frame, two mounting brackets, two car guide tracks, two front wheel assemblies, two car assemblies, two brake assemblies, two drive wheels, and two wheelchair wheels. The ratchet/pawl drive comprises at least one drive wheel sprocket, at least one ratchet/pawl assembly, at least one forward-neutral-reverse lever and at least one brake assembly. The ratcheting/pawl drive system may be included in a novel wheelchair or may be integrated into existing standard wheelchairs as a retrofit kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Gerald M. Steiner
  • Patent number: 10618550
    Abstract: A power steering electrohydraulic system is provided for an electric vehicle, including: at least one reservoir of hydraulic fluid; and at least one hydraulic actuator for actuating a steering rack shaft of the vehicle; at least two electric motor pump units in parallel for supplying the actuator with hydraulic fluid from the reservoir and adjusting the flow rate of the hydraulic fluid supplied to the actuator, and each electric motor pump unit is a motor pump unit operating at a voltage of 24V. A vehicle equipped with such a system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: BLUEBUS
    Inventors: Christophe Bardot, Alain Rochais
  • Patent number: 10611432
    Abstract: This disclosure generally relates to an automatic bicycle, particularly to a hydraulic automatic transmission bicycle which can automatically and adaptively change gear ratios. More particularly, this disclosure relates to those hydraulic automatic transmission bicycles which use fluid pressure to change such gear ratios, and which include various hydraulic automatic transmissions which may be provided in various configurations and may operate in various methods and sequences to provide automatic and infinitely variable gear ratios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventors: Dong Won Lee, Youngtack Shim
  • Patent number: 10603119
    Abstract: A portable surgical robot includes a surgical device and a cart. The surgical device is coupled to the cart. The cart includes a chassis, a frame member, a pair of wheels, and a steering mechanism. The chassis defines a longitudinal axis that extends a length of the cart. The frame member is coupled to the chassis of the cart. The pair of wheels are pivotably coupled to the frame member. The steering mechanism is coupled to the pair of wheels. The steering mechanism is configured to facilitate selectively pivoting the pair of wheels to steer the cart in a plurality of steering modes. The plurality of steering modes include at least one of a fore-and-aft steering mode, a turn-on-axis steering mode, and a lateral steering mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: MAKO Surgical Corp.
    Inventors: Alan Ross, Paul Shiels
  • Patent number: 10603803
    Abstract: A humanoid robot foot (10) comprises: a foot base (12), at least one leaf spring (14) acting as a flexible toe of the foot, said at least one leaf spring (14) having a rear portion (14a) rigidly connected to a flat surface (12b) of the foot base (12), a front portion (14b) projecting from the foot base (12) and an intermediate portion (14c) which is not rigidly connected to the foot base (12) and is therefore freely deflectable, along with the front portion (14b), as a result of the application of an external force on the front portion (14b), and a stiffness adjustment device (26) for actively changing the stiffness (K) of said at least one leaf spring (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA, UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
    Inventors: Wooseok Choi, Nikolaos G. Tsagarakis, Gustavo A. Medrano-Cerda, Darwin Gordon Caldwell
  • Patent number: 10589772
    Abstract: In an aspect a vehicle is provided, and includes a frame a front wheel and a rear assembly. The front wheel is rotatably mounted to the frame. The rear assembly includes a first rear wheel support and a second rear wheel support. Each of the wheel supports is movably mounted to the frame. The rear assembly further includes a first rear wheel and a second rear wheel. The first and second rear wheels are rotatably mounted to the first rear wheel supports respectively. The rear assembly is positionable in a first position in which the first and second rear wheels are substantially immediately adjacent one another to operate as a single rear wheel, and a second position in which the first and second rear wheels are spaced apart from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: YVOLVE SPORTS LIMITED
    Inventors: Thomas O Connell, Matthew Ernest Golias
  • Patent number: 10576001
    Abstract: A basket for a power chair includes a frame assembly having an inverted “L” shaped first side frame member with a first horizontal frame member and a first vertical frame member, an inverted “L” shaped second side frame member with a second horizontal frame member and a second vertical frame member, and an interconnecting front frame member connected to those ends, and a wire basket. The wire assembly is attached to the frame assembly. Also included is an “L”-shaped first mounting bracket having a hollow first vertical section that receives the first vertical frame member and a first horizontal section, and an “L”-shaped second mounting bracket having a hollow second vertical section that receives the second vertical frame member and a second horizontal section. The first and second horizontal sections are configured to insert into receiver tubes of a power chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventors: Jacqueline K. Makins, Teddy R. Makins
  • Patent number: 10576359
    Abstract: A personal transportation vehicle comprises a carrier, a control device, and a first and second pair of wheels. The first pair of wheels are fixed in a direction and the second pair of wheels are mounted on swivels below the carrier. The first and the second pair of wheels are arranged aligned and parallel to each other below the carrier. A first controller drives the first wheel and a second controller drives the second wheel of the first pair of wheels. The control device transmits signals to the first controller and the second controller to control the first driving device and the second driving device. The second pair of wheels are swiveled and driven by a difference between the rotational speeds of the first wheel and the second wheel of the first pair of wheels to determine a movement direction of the transportation vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Moboster Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kevin Chiu
  • Patent number: 10578213
    Abstract: A steering assembly for a vehicle includes a steering gear including a steering gear housing enclosing a steering rack, the steering rack coupled to a tie rod at a joint, at least one boot assembly configured to enclose the joint between the steering rack and the tie rod. The at least one boot assembly includes a first boot proximate to the joint and a second boot disposed outward of the first boot. The first and second boots define a void therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Travis S. Larson, George E. Doerr, Miroslaw Zaloga, John T. Zuzelski, David Juarez
  • Patent number: 10569832
    Abstract: A drive for a wheeled vehicle having a driven wheel is described. The driven wheel is driven by a gear. The drive includes a support mounted on an axle of the driven wheel and attached to a frame element of the vehicle. A motor is located at the driven wheel. This drive motor is mounted on the support. A second drive gear connected to the drive motor. The second drive gear is also mounted on the support. The second drive gear engages the gear fixed to the driven wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Michal Szelagowski