Patents Examined by Gary K. Graham
  • Patent number: 10377350
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adapter 9 designed to be interposed between a connector 8 and an end portion of a drive arm, the adapter 9 including a first attachment member 32 designed to cooperate with a second attachment member 72 of the connector 8, the first attachment member 32 having at least one attachment wall arranged in a longitudinal plane of the adapter 9 and that bears a pivot shaft Ad of the connector 8, characterized in that the attachment wall has at least one recess 38c designed to receive a stiffening rib 70 of the connector 8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Stéphane Houssat, Vincent Gaucher, Eric Poton
  • Patent number: 10369969
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper device comprising an elastic, elongated carrier element, as well as an elongated wiper blade of a flexible material, which can be placed in abutment with a windscreen to be wiped, which wiper blade includes at least one longitudinal groove, in which groove at least one longitudinal strip of the carrier element is disposed, which windscreen wiper device comprises a connecting device for an oscillating arm, wherein said oscillating arm is pivotally connected to said connecting device about a pivot axis near one end thereof, with the interposition of a joint part, wherein said wiper blade comprises a spoiler at a side thereof facing away from the windscreen to be wiped, characterized in that a free end of said spoiler, facing towards an A-pillar of the windscreen to be wiped, is provided with a beveled surface, seen from the windscreen to be wiped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Trico Belgium SA
    Inventor: Xavier Boland
  • Patent number: 10369970
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wiper blade assembly, comprising: a refill member; an elastic member supporting the refill member; a cover member into which the elastic member is inserted, including an engagement cover fastener; and an engagement cover which is fastened to the engagement cover fastener, wherein a first side of the engagement cover includes a cover member receiving part for receiving the cover member, and wherein the wiper blade assembly includes a fastening protrusion located in a certain area of the cover member receiving part. Because the refill member and the cover member can be produced by a single extrusion molding process, it is possible to reduce the number of manufacturing processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: CAP CORPORATION
    Inventor: Myoung Yeon Kim
  • Patent number: 10364927
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hydraulic connector, particularly for a motor vehicle windscreen wiper system. The connector is designed to be mounted on a wiper blade fitted with a perforated pipe carrying cleaning and de-icing fluid, and comprises at least one inlet coupling suitable for connection to a fluid feed, and at least one distributor provided with at least one outlet coupling designed to be connected to the perforated pipe. The connector also includes at least one internal path for carrying the fluid from the inlet coupling to the distributor. Thus, by means of the presence of the internal path through the connector, the inlet coupling can be positioned at various locations on the connector, without feeding directly into the distributor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Gerald Caillot, Jean-Michel Jarasson, Vincent Izabel
  • Patent number: 10363905
    Abstract: A wiper blade including an elongate wiper strip, an elastic backing element and a mounting base. The wiper strip including a lip, a wide portion, and narrower intermediate portion between the lip and the wide portion. The backing element having a top portion from which two legs descend, such that each leg includes a claw that extends towards the opposite leg and has ends that define a gap sized to receive the intermediate portion of the wiper strip. The top portion, legs and claws of defining a wiper strip cavity where the wide portion of the wiper strip is disposed. The mounting base disposed on a section of the backing element and capable of connecting the wiper blade to a wiper arm and receiving force from same, such that the mounting base applies the force from the wiper arm to the backing element, which distributes same along the wiper strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Pylon Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventor: Vambi Raymundo Tolentino
  • Patent number: 10336301
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (2) for wiping a window of a motor vehicle, comprising a wiper blade (4) rotated by a drive shaft (6) which is arranged at the output of a motor assembly (8) capable of creating an alternating rotational movement of said drive shaft. The wiping device also comprises means for translating the motor assembly, and some of said drive means are supported by the drive shaft. In this way, it is the rotation of the drive shaft that translates the motor assembly. The invention also relates to a motor vehicle comprising such a wiping device and to a structural element, in particular a boot door, to which the device is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Vincent Gaucher, Stéphane Houssat
  • Patent number: 10328904
    Abstract: The wiper device includes a wiper blade which extends in a longitudinal direction and at least one longitudinal strip that is pre-curved to have a curved shape when in a relaxed condition. The wiper device supports the wiper blade and biases the wiper blade into a curved shape. A connecting device is attached with the at least one longitudinal strip. The connecting device includes a two-piece base and a joint part which is pivotably connected with the two-piece base. The two-piece base includes a first piece, which is directly secured with the at least one longitudinal strip, and a second piece with laterally spaced apart side walls that are each J-shaped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis E. Cox, Jesus Yee, David Reyes
  • Patent number: 10322700
    Abstract: A longitudinal member for retaining a stiffening spine and holding a wiper blade for a windscreen wiper of a window of a motor vehicle is disclosed. The member defines at least one longitudinal housing for receiving the spine and at least one longitudinal housing for receiving a heel of the wiper blade, at least one of the housings being delimited at least partly by a bottom wall and two side walls linked to the bottom wall, where the side walls have planar inner faces converging towards one another away from the bottom wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Eric Poton, Stéphane Houssat, Lionel Cros, Denis Thebault
  • Patent number: 10322697
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper lip (20) adapted to a windshield wiper device (20). The windshield wiper device (20) has an elongated, at least partially bendable upper part (10), an elongated, at least partially bendable lower part (12), and a plurality of connection elements (18) for connecting the upper part (10) and the lower part (12). The connection elements (18) are configured to allow a movement of the upper part (10) and of the lower part relative to one another with a movement component along a longitudinal extension (8) of the wiper blade (2). The wiper lip is configured such that the rigidity of the wiper lip in the wiper direction (1) is greater than the rigidity of the wiper lip vertical to the wiping direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Marcel Spaan, Michael Weiler, Peter Deak, Viktor Hackl, Wim Buseyne
  • Patent number: 10322698
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a windscreen wiping device (100) for a vehicle, comprising a wiper blade (2) with an elongate upper part (10) and an elongate lower part (12), which are configured to be at least partially bendable. Furthermore, a plurality of connecting elements (18) for connecting the upper part (10) and the lower part (12) are provided, said connecting elements being spaced apart from one another along a longitudinal extent (8) of the windscreen wiping device and being designed to permit a movement of the upper part (10) and of the lower part relative to each other with a movement component along a longitudinal extent (8) of the windscreen wiping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Deak, Michael Weiler, Attila Geleta, Viktor Hackl
  • Patent number: 10322701
    Abstract: The invention relates to a windshield wiper device (100) for a vehicle, comprising a wiper blade (2) having an elongated upper part (10) and an elongated lower part (12), which are configured to be flexible, at least in part. Furthermore, the device comprises a plurality of connecting elements (18) for connecting the upper part (10) and the lower part (12), which are spaced apart from each other along a longitudinal extension (8) of the wiper blade (2), and which are configured to allow a movement of the upper part (10) and the lower part relative to one another with a motion component along a longitudinal extension (8) of the wiper blade (2). The windshield wiper device (100) further comprises a fastening device. The fastening device comprises a wiper-blade-side fastening part (20) and a fastening element (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Viktor Hackl, Michael Weiler, Peter Deak
  • Patent number: 10300891
    Abstract: A windshield wiper assembly for a dual sweep angle and indexable wiper system is provided. The system includes a wiper motor and a wiper arm for sweeping a surface of a windshield coupled to a first eccentric, the first eccentric comprising a primary eccentric and an indexable eccentric plate, wherein the indexable eccentric plate determines an eccentric offset of the wiper arm coupled to the first eccentric. The system further includes an output wiper shaft coupled to the wiper arm, a second eccentric coupled to a cam shaft, and a link coupled to the first eccentric and the second eccentric, the link having a first effective link arm length between the first eccentric and the second eccentric for driving the first eccentric to operate the wiper arm when operated in a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: GOODRICH AEROSPACE SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED
    Inventors: Amar Patel, Ramanathan Malaichamy
  • Patent number: 10293791
    Abstract: The wiper device includes a carrier element and a wiper blade with at least one longitudinal groove, in which groove the carrier element is disposed. The wiper device also includes a connecting device for pivotally connecting the wiper blade with an oscillating arm. The connecting device has spaced-apart sidewalls, each with a protrusion that extends sidewardly and outwardly. The connecting device and oscillating arm are interconnected by the protrusions pivotally and snappingly engaging into correspondingly shaped recesses of the oscillating arm. The oscillating arm has a guiding tongue engaging into a guiding groove of the connecting device. The connecting device has an asymmetric form with respect to its middle transverse plane, seen in vertical direction, in order to ensure that the wiper blade can only be mounted on the oscillating arm in a predetermined orientation of the wiper blade relative to the oscillating arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Federal Mogul S.A.
    Inventor: Eric Coos
  • Patent number: 10286878
    Abstract: A windshield wiper device for large size curved windshields comprising first and second arms hingedly connected to each other at a distal end by a main spacer and reciprocatingly operable. The device further comprises a windshield wiper blade rockingly mounted relative to said main spacer through rocking means and a secondary spacer mounted on the distal end in redundancy with said main spacer. The rocking means comprise a first toothed member integral with said secondary spacer and a second toothed member integral with said wiper blade, which are mounted meshed with one another to cause the rocking of said wiper blade about time longitudinal axis thereof in the rocking direction opposite to the direction of reciprocating movement of said first and second arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: DOGA, S.A.
    Inventors: Josep Biosca Munts, Carlos Chicón Montoya, José Antonio Montero Sánchez
  • Patent number: 10278554
    Abstract: The automatic squeegee assembly includes an energy storage charger, a main body configured as a housing, and a squeegee arm assembly coupled to the main body. The main body includes a base configured to rest upon a substantially horizontal surface, an energy storage, an energy storage charger port electrically coupled to the energy storage, and configured to electrically couple to the energy storage charger, a fluid container removably coupled to the main body, the fluid container configured for refillably containing a cleaning fluid, a cleaning fluid pump fluidly coupled to the fluid container and configured to dispense the cleaning fluid, a handle including a user interface configured to operate the cleaning fluid pump, and an access port configured secure and to allow removal of the fluid container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: M Solomon Bey
  • Patent number: 10272883
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a window-wiping device (100) for a vehicle, comprising a wiper blade (2) having an elongate upper part (10) and an elongate lower part (12), which are designed to be at least partially flexible. Also provided is a plurality of connecting elements (18) for connecting the upper part (10) and the lower part (12), the connecting elements (18) being spaced apart along a longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2) and being attached to the upper part (10) and/or the lower part (12) by a rotary joint, and the connecting elements (18) being designed to allow a motion of the upper part (10) and the lower part relative to each other with a motion component along the longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Florian Hauser, Michael Weiler, Viktor Hackl, Waldemar Ernst
  • Patent number: 10272878
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a wiper arm arrangement comprising a wiper bar (10), a coupling unit (12) and a fastening unit (14) for securing the coupling unit (12) to the wiper bar (10). According to the invention, the coupling unit (12) has a crimped profile (16, 54) which, in a mounted state, is to be connected to a washer fluid hose (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Zsofia Horvath, Harald Rapp, Michael Kruse
  • Patent number: 10266152
    Abstract: A wiper blade for cleaning a vehicle windscreen having a carrier element configured to hold a wiper rubber is disclosed. A wiper blade adapter, fixed to the carrier element, is configured to detachably connect the wiper blade to a wiper arm. The wiper arm includes a wiper arm adapter disposed on the wiper arm that is oriented along a longitudinal extension of the wiper arm in an assembly direction. The wiper blade adapter includes a first adapter section attached to the carrier element, a second adapter section configured to directly connect to the wiper arm adapter, and indirectly connect to the wiper arm via the wiper arm adapter, a joint that articulates the first adapter section and the second adapter section, and an electrical connecting element having an electrical contact configured to reversibly establish an electrical connection between a heating element and a current supply disposed on the wiper arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Bruno Egner-Walter, Michael Schäuble
  • Patent number: 10259429
    Abstract: A wiper blade assembly for a windshield wiper. In one embodiment, the wiper blade assembly includes a connector mounted on a blade support element. The connector has a receiving portion shaped to receive a first part of the end portion of a wiper arm and further has a securing portion shaped to secure a second part of the end portion of the wiper arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignees: Valeo North America, Inc., Delmex de Juarez S. de R.L. de C.V.
    Inventors: Andreas Fink, Wolfgang Scholl, Gerhard Schremmer
  • Patent number: 10259431
    Abstract: A self-centering wiper system for an optical device having an optical device body defined by an outer surface with an annular-shaped cross-section disposed along an axis includes an annular-shaped bellows. The bellows is configured to fit externally and concentrically with respect to the outer surface of the optical device body. The bellows has at least one bladder configured to accept a pressurized fluid to thereby extend the annular-shaped bellows along the axis. The wiper system also includes an annular-shaped wiper element fixed to the annular-shaped bellows and configured to wipe contaminants off the outer surface of the optical device body as the at least one bladder accepts the pressurized fluid and the annular-shaped bellows expands along the axis. An optical device having such a self-centering wiper system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Armand J. Ybarra, Joel S. Hooton