Patents Examined by Glenn Dayoan
  • Patent number: 11072289
    Abstract: A vehicle interior component is disclosed. The component may comprise a base and a support. The component may comprise an actuator to operate a mechanism to move the support between raised and lowered positions. The mechanism may comprise a bladder. The support and the base may provide a cavity when the support is lowered. The support may protrude from the base when the support is raised. The support may be configured for a tilted state. The bladder may expand and/or contract to move the support. The bladder may comprise a first and second air bladder. An outer surface of the support and an outer surface of the base may comprise a substantially continuous surface when the support is in the raised or lowered position. The component may comprise at least one of a console; a floor console; a tunnel console; an armrest; an instrument panel; a door; a door panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Shanghai Yanfeng Jinqiao Automotive Trim Systems Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Natalie Bogdanov, Norbert Truxa, Lucas Eyl, Jesus Maria Galan Garcia, Bogdan Muresan
  • Patent number: 11072909
    Abstract: To provide a cab coming-off prevention structure of a working machine capable of preventing a coming-off prevention device from falling off. One end side of a stopper shaft portion 51 of a coming-off prevention device 16 is inserted through a through-hole 37a. The other end side of the stopper shaft portion 51 is inserted through an insertion hole 23b. A stopper main body portion 52 is provided on the other end of the stopper shaft portion 51. A portion of the key member 53 is fitted into a notched portion 51c provided along a direction crossing an axial direction of one end side the stopper shaft portion 51. The other part of the key member 53 protruding from the stopper shaft portion 51 is fixed to the one of the cab 14 and the revolving frame 23.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar SARL
    Inventors: Tetsuji Takaoka, Ryosuke Ono
  • Patent number: 11072425
    Abstract: A locking pin assembly for a cargo loading system includes a shaft, a first retention pin, a second retention pin, and a synchronizer. The shaft defines a first shaft groove and a second shaft groove. The first retention pin and the second retention pin are disposed within the shaft. The synchronizer is disposed about the shaft and defines a first synchronizer groove that crosses over the first shaft groove and a second synchronizer groove that crosses over the second shaft groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vinodkumar Shivalinga, Venkatesh Chitragar
  • Patent number: 11072227
    Abstract: A tonneau cover and a method of attachment are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, a self-energizing clamp can be used to retain a tonneau cover onto a side wall of a truck bed, or other vehicle bed. In some embodiments, the clamp can be rotated between a usage position and a storage position in order to prevent the clamp from incidental movement or harm while accessing the truck bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: LUND MOTION PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony Smith, Dean Mettler
  • Patent number: 11059425
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a floor assembly for a vehicle load space. The floor assembly includes a floor panel that is configurable in a lowered position, a first raised position and a second raised position. The floor assembly includes a first pivot means defining a first pivot axis about which the floor panel pivots from the lowered position to the first raised position. The floor assembly includes a second pivot means defining a second pivot axis about which the floor panel pivots from the lowered position to said second raised position. The floor panel can perform different functions in the first and second raised positions. The present disclosure also relates to a vehicle having a floor assembly. The floor assembly may be provided in the floor of the vehicle load space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Edward Simmons, Christopher Bellamy, Kripa Balachandran, James Pickup, Daniel Tait, Ben Cook, Emily Greenhalgh, Paul Kellitt, Christopher Brown, Matthew Atkinson, Thomas Booker, Lucy Wakefield, David Warburton
  • Patent number: 11059415
    Abstract: A load binder for securing a load for transport comprising a T-shaped handled connected to a first end of a lever arm, a primary hook connected to a first end of a U-shaped arm, the U-shaped arm and the lever arm connected via a first planar hinge mechanism at a second end of the U-shaped arm and a second end of the lever arm, a clip connected to the lever arm which aligns with the first end of the U-shaped arm while the U-shaped arm lies on top of the lever arm, a secondary arm and the lever arm connected via a second planar hinge mechanism to a first end of the secondary arm, an inner adjustment member connected to a second end of the secondary arm, an outer adjustment member which may be threaded into the inner adjustment member at a first end of the outer adjustment member and a secondary hook connected to the outer adjustment member at a second end of the outer adjustment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventor: Michael Frank Peters
  • Patent number: 11059426
    Abstract: An opening/closing mechanism of a double opening console box includes right and left operation portions for opening a lid around a left or right rotation shaft, and an erroneous operation preventing device for preventing simultaneous right and left opening actions of the lid. The erroneous operation preventing device includes a center projecting portion provided to the lid, an erroneous operation prevention bar movable leftward/rightward relative to the lid, a centering component having a left-right-symmetric recess groove at a front end, and a spring member energizing the centering component in the front-rear direction relative to the erroneous operation prevention bar so that the center projecting portion is located at the rear end bottom of the recess groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kohei Yoshida, Yasufumi Ike, Keigo Hyozawa, Kunio Yamazaki, Daiki Yamada
  • Patent number: 11059395
    Abstract: A position control system is disclosed that replaces a parallelogram or quadrilateral movement system with greater efficiency, economy, stability and utility by eliminating one of the four links and providing a non-linear path to be followed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventor: Eugene Edward Bachman
  • Patent number: 11052955
    Abstract: A spare wheel catcher in a vehicle comprises a base adapted to be connected on a rear differential and a catcher plate. The base includes a support extending along a longitudinal direction of the vehicle at an assembled position and a connection member; and the catcher plate is connected with a first end of the support and forms an obtuse angle with a forward moving direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gui Hua Tai, Filippo Wang, Dongpeng Kou, David Attard
  • Patent number: 11052806
    Abstract: A container holder for a vehicle is disclosed. The container holder defines a central axis. The container holder includes an inner body defining an innermost surface, where the innermost surface of the container holder is shaped to receive a bottom portion of a container. The container holder also includes an iris mechanism at least partially surrounding the inner body. The iris mechanism includes a plurality of blades that expand inwardly towards the central axis of the container holder and exert a clamping force upon a container placed within the inner body of the container holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Nithish Sukumar, Prathiba Ravindranath, Michelle A. Wood
  • Patent number: 11046232
    Abstract: A cargo tie-down for installation on a vehicle body is provided. The vehicle body includes a rear seat and a child restraint tether anchorage located rearward of the rear seat for attachment of an associated child restraint tether hook provided as part of an associated child restraint for securing the associated child restraint on the rear seat. The cargo tie-down includes a base having a mounting bracket configured for attachment to the vehicle body, a cover member rotatably mounted to the base for covering the base, and a hook main body rotatably mounted to the base. The hook-main body is configured to prevent the associated child restraint tether hook from being secured to the cargo tie-down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Donald W. Jackson, Larry G. Hughes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11046160
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a rigid cover for a dump trailer tank having a storage region with an open top used to transport bulk material. The rigid cover includes cover side walls having a top wall perimeter and a bottom wall perimeter and is configured along the bottom wall perimeter to correspond in shape with the open top of the trailer tank. The rigid cover includes a cover top connected to the cover side walls along the top wall perimeter and includes one or more ports in the top. The rigid cover includes cover fasteners mounted along the bottom wall perimeter configured to secure the plurality of cover side walls to the trailer tank so the traditional storage region of the trailer tank is transformed into an expanded storage region that allows storage of more bulk material than could otherwise be stored in the trailer tank alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Kerry A. Trest
  • Patent number: 11046267
    Abstract: A secondary bumper assembly is provided and includes a base plate, a secondary bumper, and heel blocks. The base plate includes holes for mounting the secondary bumper assembly to a primary bumper. The secondary bumper is disposed on the base plate. The secondary bumper includes a main body and a base. First and second grooves exist between portions of the main body and the base, which has base segments. The heel blocks include flanges and maintain contact between or at least partially prevent movement between the secondary bumper and the base plate. The base segments slide into gaps between the base plate and the heel blocks. A hardness level of the base segments is greater than a predetermined level to prevent flexing of the base segments in a direction away from portions of the main body opposite the base segments. The flanges slide respectively into the first and second grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: JPAV Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph Pavlik
  • Patent number: 11040743
    Abstract: A recessed portion is formed at a frame member provided at a rear portion of a vehicle body and having a closed cross section extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction such that a part of a lower face of the frame member is recessed upwardly, where a damper of a rear suspension is inserted and fixed. A front portion of the frame member is joined to a side sill extending in the vehicle longitudinal direction at a position offset outwardly in a vehicle width direction from the frame member. Branch-shaped closed cross sections branching off from the closed cross section inwardly and outwardly relative to the damper are formed at a position corresponding to the recessed portion of the frame member. A portion of the frame member located at the above-described position is wide outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideyuki Tsukamoto, Ken Yamada, Akiyoshi Masuda, Hidenori Matsuoka, Koji Matsushita
  • Patent number: 11040666
    Abstract: A glove box retainer assembly for retaining a glove box in a closed position during a frontal impact event of a vehicle includes an instrument panel of the vehicle and a bin is coupled to the instrument panel. The bin includes a base coupled to a rearward wall, a forward wall, and a side wall positioned between the rearward wall and the forward wall. A plurality of ribs is coupled to the forward wall. A collapsible feature is coupled to the side wall. An arm feature is coupled to the side wall and is defined by a slot feature in the side wall that feature extends from an upper rim of the side wall toward the forward wall. The collapsible feature is configured to collapse and the arm feature is configured to protrude outward from the side wall and engage the instrument panel in response to the application of a sufficient force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yalla Mussa Abushawashi, Marwan Ahmad Elbkaily, Matthew James Enciso, Abdelrahim Khal, Jon Maninga
  • Patent number: 11034279
    Abstract: A ramp frame guides a vehicle slide-out room to enable the slide-out room floor to be flush with the vehicle floor when the slide-out room is in its extended position. The ramp frame includes a landing portion including a top wall that is configured to receive the slide-out room in the extended position, and a lifting portion including an inclined section extending from the top wall of the landing portion and a horizontal section extending from a distal end of the inclined section. The horizontal section extends outside of a boundary defined by the top wall of the landing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Lippert Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Kaleb VanOrt, Trenton Miller, Marc Grimes
  • Patent number: 11034393
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a cargo bay defined by a fore endwall, a first sidewall, a second sidewall, and a bed. A closure panel is pivotable between an open position and a closed position with respect to the cargo bay. The vehicle also includes a collapsible storage container comprising a plurality of wall panels. Each respective wall panel of the plurality of wall panels is pivotably coupled to at least one other respective wall panel of the plurality of wall panels. The plurality of wall panels are selectively repositionable between a stowed position and a deployed position. A respective wall panel of the plurality of wall panels is pivotably coupled to the interior side of the closure panel. In the stowed position each respective wall panel is disposed parallel to the closure panel and in the deployed position a storage volume is defined between the plurality of wall panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Alexandru F. Ionescu, Joseph M. Polewarczyk
  • Patent number: 11029132
    Abstract: Unidirectional transparent projectile penetration resistant panels and bidirectional opaque projectile penetration resistant assemblies and systems and methods of forming and mounting the same relative to underlying support structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Truarmor a division of Clear-Armor, LLC
    Inventor: David Anthony Trudeau
  • Patent number: 11021109
    Abstract: A vehicle having a hidden storage compartment with a user notification system and method of using the same is provided. The vehicle includes a storage container securely fixed onto an interior surface of a vehicle floor panel in the footwell area. A floor covering is disposed over the footwell area covering the storage container and includes a flap having a living hinge configured to selectively cover and uncover the lid of the storage container. The storage container includes a biometric scanner, a mass sensor, and a lid sensor in communication with a notification controller. The notification controller analyzes the information received from the biometric scanner, lid sensor, and mass sensor, and determines the state of the storage container based on a logic table. The notification controller then selectively transmit a predetermined message to the user based on the state of the storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Nikhil H N, Tanmay Balse, Vinodkumar Ganiger, Rajkiran Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 11021114
    Abstract: A door trim assembly includes an armrest, a pull handle, including a receiver, and a bracket joining the armrest and the pull handle. The bracket includes a connection feature that engages with the receiver. The bracket is cantilevered to the pull handle and includes a second end with an abutment surface engaging the armrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jesus Miranda Lujan, Sandra Cristina Alvarado Gomez, Joseph Andrew Hickey, Bhavani S. Thota, Linh Doan