Patents Examined by Glenn K. Dawson
  • Patent number: RE47686
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure describe a wheeled vehicle having a structure attached thereto and configured to acquire within the interior of the structure a vehicle to be inspected. The structure is configured to receive the vehicle within its interior. In example implementations, the structure is located relative to the wheeled vehicle such that the vehicle to be inspected is loaded into and received within the structure during travel of the wheeled vehicle past the vehicle to be inspected. Having loaded the vehicle into the structure, the vehicle may be inspected. Once inspection is complete, the vehicle may be unloaded from the structure. In example implementations, the structure is located relative to the wheeled vehicle such that the inspected vehicle is unloaded from the structure during travel of the wheeled vehicle past the inspected vehicle. The wheeled vehicle may transport the structure to the site of another vehicle to be inspected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Wilson, II, Stephen Lawrence Ihm
  • Patent number: RE47743
    Abstract: An output buffer circuit for avoiding voltage overshoot includes an input stage, an output bias circuit, an output stage, a clamp circuit, and a control unit. The input stage includes a positive input terminal, for receiving an input voltage, and a negative input terminal. The input stage generates a current signal according to the input voltage. The output bias circuit is coupled to the input stage, for generating a dynamic bias according to the current signal. The output stage is coupled to the input stage and the output bias circuit, including an output terminal, reversely coupled to the positive input terminal, and at least one output transistor, coupled to the output bias circuit and the output terminal, for providing a driving current to the output terminal according to the dynamic bias to generate an output voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: NOVATEK Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Xie-Ren Hsu, Ji-Ting Chen
  • Patent number: RE47796
    Abstract: An intervertebral joint assembly includes an upper support and a lower support, each of which has two or more components. The upper and lower support components are arranged in situ to form the upper and lower supports, respectively. By arranging the supports in situ, the supports can be introduced from the back of the patient, for example with an arthroscope. Each of the upper and lower supports has a surface adapted to engage a vertebra and a surface adapted to engage the other support or an intermediate member to form an articulate joint which articulates the joint assembly. In some embodiments, the components of the upper and lower supports are assembled in situ, for example with pivoting, telescoping or bending, to form the upper and lower supports, respectively. The supports can be attached to vertebrae with pedicles screws, and/or other anchors attached to the supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Simplify Medical Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Malan de Villiers, David Hovda
  • Patent number: RE47834
    Abstract: A method for detecting a narrow road includes calculating relative heights of points from a distance measuring sensor to a ground based on distance information. A left boundary point and a right boundary point, at which a difference in relative heights from adjacent points becomes maximal, are acquired. A road boundary line of a driving road is acquired based on the left boundary point and the right boundary point depending on a movement trajectory of the vehicle when a difference in relative heights at the left boundary point and the right boundary point is more than or equal to a reference value. A road width of the driving road is calculated based on the road boundary line. It is detected whether the driving road of the vehicle is a narrow road based on the road width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Ki Cheol Shin, Chang Jae Lee, Ee Suk Jung
  • Patent number: RE47869
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for applying an adhesive film to the sole of shoes. Application of a portion of the adhesive film can be performed by receiving a shoe on top of the adhesive film, which in turn is above a plate and compressible pins. Upon receiving the shoe, the plate is raised or lowered, and the compressible pins mark the perimeter of the sole of the shoe. The adhesive film is cut in a sole-shaped pattern due to the height differentiation, resulting in a sole-shaped portion of the adhesive film being adhered to the sole of the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Tsontcho Ianchulev, Edward Y. Koo
  • Patent number: RE47941
    Abstract: A binding system (30H) having separate page images (81), (82), and (84) each of which present a portion of a complete map or image. The page images are printed within binding system (30H) which comprises three or more main pages (80a), (80b), and (80c) bonded to a main spine (21), and one or more secondary pages (86a) mounted on secondary spine (23a). Main spine (21) and secondary spine (23a) are substantially perpendicular to each other and bisect each other. Thereby allowing pages to be turned both vertically and horizontally without significantly altering the binding systems overall dimensions when open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ragner Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Gary Dean Ragner
  • Patent number: RE48010
    Abstract: A pump for dispensing fluid includes a dome portion for storing the fluid received through a pump inlet. The dome portion is movable between a compressed state and an uncompressed state. The pump includes a flexible membrane having a first pliability when a first voltage is applied and a second pliability when a second voltage is applied. The pump includes a first biasing device that applies a first force in a first direction to the flexible membrane. The flexible membrane moves the dome portion from the uncompressed state to the compressed state. The pump includes a second biasing device that applies a second force in a second direction to the dome portion to move the dome portion from the compressed state to the uncompressed state when the flexible membrane has the second pliability. Alternatively, the dome portion moves in the second direction in response to a gravitational force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick Ermanno Ciavarella, Scott Theodore Proper, Alexander York, Jason Thomas Dunn
  • Patent number: RE48026
    Abstract: Provided is a hydraulic railroad switch machine that incorporates a lock-spring assembly, a point-detection and display system, a connector rod assembly, and a hydraulic system to overcome disadvantages associated with throw-out linkages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Donald Coy Beamon, Dilson Santos Rodrigues, Rick Presley
  • Patent number: RE48038
    Abstract: Controlling the interaction between an external device and an implanted device, including a method of controlling interaction between an external device and an implanted device, the method including at least the steps of: establishing communications between the implanted device and the external device; the external device determining an identification of the implant and comparing the identification with identifications in a stored list; if the device matches one of said identifications, then using a corresponding set of operating parameters to interact with said implant; and otherwise, not interacting with said device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Bastiaan van Dijk, Peter Gibson
  • Patent number: RE47904
    Abstract: A method for laser welding of one or more workpieces made from press hardenable steel, in a butt joint, in which the workpiece or the workpieces have a thickness of at least 1.8 mm and/or a jump in thickness of at least 0.4 mm arises at the butt joint including supplying filler wire into a molten bath generated by a laser beam. In order to ensure that the weld seam can reliably harden into a martensitic structure during the hot forming (press hardening), the filler wire contains at least one alloy element from the group of manganese, chromium, molybdenum, silicon and nickel, wherein the at least one alloy element is present in the filler wire with a mass proportion that is larger by at least 0.1% by weight than the mass proportion of the element in the press hardenable steel of the workpiece or the workpieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: WISCO Tailored Blanks GmbH
    Inventors: Arndt Breuer, Dietmar Schaftinger, Max Brandt
  • Patent number: RE48068
    Abstract: A brush cutter includes a frame rod, a front end housing fixedly mounted to a front end of the frame rod, a cutting blade mounted on a support shaft within the front end housing, a rear end housing fixedly mounted to a rear end of the frame rod, an electric motor mounted within the rear end housing for rotation of the cutting blade, and a source of power supply for supplying electric power to the motor. In the brush cutter, a plurality of rechargeable battery packs adapted to use in electric power tools are used as the source of power supply for the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nojiri, Yoshifumi Morita, Toshikazu Migita
  • Patent number: RE48135
    Abstract: A server system includes a rack, a power supply module, a switch, and a plurality of servers. The rack can be divided into a plurality of rack units. The rack units are parallel to each other and vertically arranged. The power supply module and the switch are disposed in close proximity to each other in at least one of the rack units. The power supply is adjacent to the rear side of the rack. The switch is adjacent to the front side of the rack. Each of the servers is disposed in one of the other rack units and electrically connected to the power supply module and the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Maw-Zan Jau, Wei-Yi Chu, Chao-Jung Chen, Tzu-Hung Wang, Chih-Ming Chen
  • Patent number: RE48153
    Abstract: A fixing apparatus according to an embodiment includes: a first roller; a second roller that forms a nip between the second roller and the first roller and presses a sheet passing through the nip against the first roller; a heater that heats at least one of the first roller and the second roller, a heating range of the heater being greater than a maximum printing width of a predetermined maximum sheet width, and a heat-uniformizing member that distributes heat of the heater along a longitudinal direction thereof, an effective length of the heat-uniformizing member in the longitudinal direction being the same as, or greater than, the predetermined maximum sheet width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Shinji Maruyama, Takaho Watanabe, Kazuhiko Kikuchi
  • Patent number: RE48208
    Abstract: A toner cartridge comprises a toner container which contains toner, a driving member winch rotationally drives a conveying member, an agitating member Which agitates a toner in the toner container while being rotated, a driven member which rotates in association with the driving member which is for rotationally driving the agitating member, and a rotational body which rotates according to rotation of the driven member, has a plurality of slits in rotational circumference for identifying a type of the toner cartridge, and has 1/K or more of the slits when a ratio of a rotational speed R1 (rad/s) of the driving member and a rotational speed R2 (rack) of the driven member is K=R2/R1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Tsutomo Sato
  • Patent number: RE48344
    Abstract: A furniture system (600) includes an inner back (620) and a conversion mechanism (800) which operates so as to move the inner back (620) from a sofa configuration to a sleep configuration. A table assembly (700) is also provided which utilizes a table mechanism (710) so as to permit a user to manually adjust the height of a table top (701) among three functional positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Sauder Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Blair Weiland, Steven Stieglitz, Anthony J. Warncke, Martin J. Krause, Jr., Joel D. Alberda, Donald E. Newfer
  • Patent number: RE48353
    Abstract: A container for dispensing pressurized fluid, such as an aerosol. The container includes a plastic bottle having a top portion, tapered neck, main body and a bottom. The top portion and tapered neck are covered by an adapter collar for providing a safety cover. The adapter collar can further have a valve assembly for dispensing the fluid contained in the bottle. A based cover can be further provided to cover the bottom of the bottle. The bottle, adapter collar and base cover can be covered and secured together, in part, by a sleeve such as a heat shrink sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Oxygon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Melvin Kohls, James Thomas Harris
  • Patent number: RE48355
    Abstract: A control structure for a window covering includes a base, a revolving wheel having an axial post, a restriction means including a bushing fitting around the axial post, a transmission member provided on a side of the bushing, and at least one pawl connected to the axial post. The revolving wheel is connected to the base. The restriction means has at least one cutting groove. The transmission member has at least one abutting portion on an inner wall thereof. The pawl is pivotable within a width of the cutting groove. When the revolving wheel is rotated forward, an end of the pawl passes through the cutting groove to mesh with the abutting portion. When the revolving wheel is rotated backward, the pawl disengages from the abutting portion, and the transmission member is rotatable relative to the revolving wheel. Whereby, it could prevent generating noise while operating the window covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Nien Made Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lin Chen, Keng-Hao Nien
  • Patent number: RE48483
    Abstract: Even when power is to be simultaneously supplied to a plurality of power-supplied devices by using one primary coil, it is possible to properly supply power to the respective power-supplied devices. More specifically, a power-supplying device stops non-contact power supply in accordance with the detection of a plurality of power-supplied devices set in a power supply area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Akihiro Tanabe
  • Patent number: RE48594
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide methods, systems, and apparatus for conserving power while conducting an ocean bottom seismic survey. Sensor nodes placed on an ocean floor may be configured to operate in at least an idle mode and an active mode. Each node may adjust its mode of operation from idle mode to active mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventors: Timothy B. Rigsby, Felix E. Bircher
  • Patent number: RE48701
    Abstract: A shaving razor having a handle and a shaving head with an exposed reciprocating blade. A power source is disposed within the handle with an actuator that causes at least one blade of a multi-blade razor head to reciprocate within a zone of motion. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Winning Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Leon Coresh