Patents Examined by Gary K. Graham
  • Patent number: 11560124
    Abstract: A wiper blade includes a wiper lever assembly with a tournament structure. The wiper lever assembly includes a main lever and a pair of movable covers. The two length direction sides of the main lever and the movable covers are respectively formed with fin surfaces each having a downward gradient on progression toward a vehicle front side, and main housing compartments and movable housing compartments that are open toward a wiping surface. A pair of yoke levers are respectively housed spanning inside the main housing compartments and inside the movable housing compartments, and are coupled so as to be capable of pivoting to the main lever and to the movable covers. The main housing compartments, the movable housing compartments, and the yoke levers each has a greater height dimension at a rear side than at a front side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Inventor: Hiroshi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 11560122
    Abstract: A sensor enclosure comprising a domed cover and a base. The base can be encased by the domed cover. The base comprises an inner frame, an outer frame, one or more wipers, and a powertrain. The inner frame can provide surfaces for one or more sensors. The outer frame, disposed underneath the inner frame, the outer frame includes a slewing ring. The slewing ring comprises an inner ring to which the domed cover is attached and an outer ring attached to the outer frame. The one or more wipers extends vertically from the outer frame, each wiper having a first end attached to the outer frame and a second end attached to a support ring, and each wiper making a contact with the dome cover. The powertrain, disposed within the outer frame, configured to rotate the ring and the dome cover attached to the inner ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Pony AI Inc.
    Inventors: Zhongnan Hu, Zuoteng Chen, Nengxiu Deng, Cheng Jin, Kai Chen, Yubo Zhang, Xiang Yu, Tiancheng Lou, Jun Peng
  • Patent number: 11554753
    Abstract: A window wiper assembly for cleaning a surface of a vehicle window, which includes a guide rail mountable to a frame member supporting the window, a wiper arm having an elongate body configured with an opening and integrally connecting to a head portion for mounting thereto wheel assemblies capable of traversing interiorly within the guide rail, a glide post having a wheeled portion for slidably interacting with an integrated rail associated with the opening, a wiper blade assembly mounted to a bottom side of the elongate body, and a pivot arm equipped with first and second mount fittings respectively connecting to a shaft of the glide post and an output shaft of a wiper drive motor, whereby rotation of the output shaft aptly acts on the pivot arm to advance lateral movement of the wiper arm along the guide rail with that of the wiper blade assembly to effect entire surface cleaning of the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Inventor: James William Curtwright
  • Patent number: 11554754
    Abstract: A connector assembly and wiper blade incorporating same having a base connector, having two longitudinal side walls, a first and second end, and a top surface extending therebetween, wherein the top surface has a pair of cantilevered beams, each provided with a locking tab, extending from a central portion towards each respective end of the base connector. The locking tabs are capable of engaging and securing an aperture in cap or wiper arm. The base connector further has a central recessed portion capable of receiving and securing a top wall of a side adapter. The base connector may further include a base support structure capable of securing the base connector to a wiper blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kawashima
  • Patent number: 11541848
    Abstract: A wiper arrangement having at least one securing and/or guide unit (34a; 34b; 34c), which has at least one securing element (36a; 36b; 36c) with which a connecting unit (24a; 24b; 24c) can be brought into contact when a wiper blade (14a; 14b; 14c) moves relative to a wiper arm (18a; 18b; 18c), and which has at least one guide element (44a; 44b; 44c), which guides the connecting unit (24a; 24b; 24c) when the wiper blade (14a; 14b; 14c) moves relative to the wiper arm (18a; 18b; 18c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Harald Rapp, Raf Greunlinx
  • Patent number: 11535358
    Abstract: An aircraft windshield wiper system includes a wiper arm, a wiper blade coupled to a distal end of the wiper arm, and a drive shaft coupled to a proximal end of the wiper arm. The wiper blade is configured to clean water, dirt, and other debris from the windshield of the aircraft. The drive shaft is configured to rotate and cause the wiper arm with the coupled wiper blade to sweep across the windshield. The wiper arm includes both composite and metal components to reduce the weight of the windshield wiper system while also providing lightning strike protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Jacob, Aruna Kumar Huluvangala Krishnappa, Guru Prasad Mahapatra
  • Patent number: 11529931
    Abstract: An adapter that connects with a coupler for a wiper element is configured to connect with a plurality of different wiper arms each having a different wiper arm style. The adapter can be a one-piece body or a multi-piece body having a cavity and openings for receiving distal ends or distal end features of each of the plurality of different wiper arms. The adapter can also include different tabs for engaging with openings, notches or other components on distal ends of each of the plurality of different wiper arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Inventors: Lindsey Tufts, Jr., David Boll, Nicholas E. Stanca, Robert Soreo, R. Kenneth Thorstenson, IV, James Croston, Dan Ehde
  • Patent number: 11511706
    Abstract: A method of preventing washer fluid freezing is provided. The method includes performing hose residual washer fluid removal control that removes residual washer fluid of a hose which is a movement path of washer fluid after a spray of the washer fluid by operation of a pump washer fluid device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Byoung-Suk Ahn
  • Patent number: 11505162
    Abstract: Fluid connection (12) for a wiper blade (14) of a windshield wiping system, wherein a heating element (16) is arranged in a lumen (18) and protrudes from an opening (18) of the lumen (18), wherein a tubular sealing means (10) is able to be arranged on the opening (20) and closes the opening (20) in a fluid-tight manner and fixes the heating means (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Ilija Pjescic
  • Patent number: 11485325
    Abstract: A vehicle wiper device includes a wiper arm, a wiper blade, a nozzle body, a hose, and a cleaning fluid supply section. A leading end side portion of the wiper arm is configured by an arm piece, and the wiper arm swings back and forth. The nozzle body is attached to the arm piece, is disposed on an outward movement side of the wiper blade, and jets cleaning fluid toward a windshield. The hose conveys cleaning fluid under pressure. The cleaning fluid supply section is at an opposite side of a rubber holder from the windshield, extends from the nozzle body so as to extend across the rubber holder from the outward movement side toward a return movement side of the wiper blade, is connected to the hose, and supplies cleaning fluid to the nozzle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Inventors: Takashi Umeno, Taku Ogura
  • Patent number: 11485324
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided to include a wiper, a wiper driver that is connected to the wiper and configured to provide a driving force for rotation of the wiper, and a multi-function switch that is configured to receive a user command to turn the wiper driver on or off. A controller is configured to adjust a position of the wiper to enter a parking state after a preset time when a local interconnect network (LIN) communication system enters a limp home mode and the rotation of the wiper is stopped by a signal for turning off the wiper driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: ChoongSeob Park
  • Patent number: 11479212
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper device of the flat blade type having an elastic, elongated carrier element and an elongated wiper blade of a flexible material, adapted to be placed in abutment with a windscreen to be wiped. The wiper blade includes at least one longitudinal slit, in which at least one longitudinal strip of the carrier element is disposed. The windscreen wiper device comprises an oscillating arm having a rod-like extension, a connecting device and a nozzle for spraying a washing liquid onto the windscreen to be wiped. The connecting device includes a channel adapted to receive a free end of the rod-like extension. The nozzle is adapted to be mounted onto the rod-like extension. The nozzle and the connecting device are provided with mutually cooperating protrusion/groove means for locking the nozzle onto the connecting device upon insertion of the free end of the rod-like extension inside the channel of the connecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: TRICO BELGIUM SA
    Inventor: Xavier Boland
  • Patent number: 11479210
    Abstract: Provided is a compact and high-strength cab capable of securing an excellent field of view for work. The cab includes a guard protecting a cab body, and a wiper having a blade to wipe a front window member and a blade actuator for actuating the blade. The guard includes a pair of side pillars and an actuator housing beam interconnecting the side pillars and housing the blade actuator. The actuator housing beam includes a hollow beam body formed with a body opening and a front-rear partition plate partitioning the inside of the beam body into front and rear sections. The body opening allows the blade actuator to be assembled to the front-rear partition plate therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventors: Keiji Yamamoto, Takuzo Shimoi
  • Patent number: 11472376
    Abstract: The invention relates to a blade for a windshield wiper device and to a corresponding windshield wiper device. The blade comprises a blade body for wiping said windshield surface and a longitudinal rib. The body has a first housing extending longitudinally inside the body and having at least one insertion end. The rib has a cross-section complementary to the cross-section of the first housing. Furthermore, the rib comprises a plurality of interlocking members protruding from its surface by way of a harpoon with an interlocking end. The plurality of interlocking members is oriented such that they allow the insertion of the first end of the rib through the insertion end for assembling the blade, but prevent the extraction of the rib from the first housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: DOGA, S.A.
    Inventors: Marie LeMonnier, Antonio Garcia Coma, Alejandra Martí Jover
  • Patent number: 11465588
    Abstract: A reciprocating wiper system according to the present invention may include a guide rail; a carrier unit coupled to be slidable in the guide rail and installed to reciprocate in a longitudinal direction of the guide rail; a cam member installed to be rotatable on the carrier unit; a wiper arm coupled to the cam member to move integrally with the cam member and to which a blade is coupled; a first pressing member for aligning the wiper arm in a direction perpendicular to the guide rail by rotating the cam member while the carrier unit is moving in a forward direction along the guide rail; and a second pressing member for aligning the wiper arm in a direction parallel to the guide rail by rotating the cam member while the carrier unit is moving in a reverse direction along the guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: DY AUTO Corporation
    Inventor: Jeong Goo Lee
  • Patent number: 11465589
    Abstract: An attachment for a wiper arm of a windscreen wiper of a vehicle, having a rod arm, comprises a fluid channel for conducting a fluid and a first dimensionally stable element, wherein a first fluid channel section is formed in the first dimensionally stable element. The attachment also comprises a second dimensionally stable element, wherein a second fluid channel section is formed in the second dimensionally stable element. A wiper arm including the attachment is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignees: A. Raymond et Cie, Audi AG
    Inventors: Karl Bode, Stephan Häfner, Axel Feger
  • Patent number: 11465591
    Abstract: A wiper blade including multiple frame components hingedly connected to one another and at least two joint springs applying elastic force to respective frame components, the wiper blade accommodating a changing curvature of a surface of a windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventors: Albert Lee, Franz Johannes Buechele
  • Patent number: 11465590
    Abstract: A windshield wiper assembly may include a wiper strip, and a force distribution structure securing the wiper strip comprising. The force distribution structure may include a primary frame structure, and a secondary frame structure. The primary frame structure may include a central base portion, a leg extending from the central base portion to its end, and a first boss connecting structure. The secondary frame structure may include a first complementary connecting structure such that the first boss connecting structure and the first complementary connecting structure pivotally engage one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventors: Matthew Graham, Vambi Raymundo Tolentino, Will Young
  • Patent number: 11453368
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a windshield wiper. A fastening rack has a fastening seat and lateral fins. The elastic arms are disposed on the lateral fins and have a plurality of openings. The pressing sets are combined with the elastic arms, each pressing set has a pressing sheet and a buckling set, the pressing sheet is formed with an opening slot, the buckling set has a fastening bolt seat and an inserting member, the fastening bolt seat penetrates the opening and the opening slot, the inserting member penetrates the fastening bolt seat, the fastening bolt seat and the inserting member are mutually buckled to clamp the elastic arm and the pressing sheet. Thus, the pressing sheet is combined with the elastic arm and prevented from being loosened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventors: Che-Wei Chang, Cheng-Kai Yang
  • Patent number: 11447102
    Abstract: An adaptive adjustment windshield wiper, comprising a wiper rubber body and an adaptive adjustment mechanism. The adaptive adjustment mechanism comprises an adjusting elastic piece, balance connectors and fixators; the adjusting elastic piece has elastic modulus, the balance connectors are arranged between the adjusting elastic piece and the wiper rubber body; elastic supporting parts are arranged on both sides of the balance connector, and the fixator is flexibly installed between supporting parts of the balance connector. The adaptive adjustment mechanism is installed on the wiper rubber body; elastic pressure of the adjusting elastic piece for the adaptive adjustment mechanism is transferred to the wiper rubber body through the balance connectors so that the wiper rubber body is bent to fit surface of the front windshield; the balance connectors flexibly connected with the adjusting elastic piece through the fixators can adjust balance during move to ensure wiping effects of the windshield wiper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventor: Kongjin Hu