Patents Examined by Hilary L Johns
  • Patent number: 10611230
    Abstract: A heater unit includes a heater case and a high-voltage component disposed on a mount surface of the heater case. A protector is disposed in front of the heater unit. The protector includes a protection cover and a protection member disposed laterally of the high-voltage component. The protection member includes a side surface (support wall) disposed along a forward-rearward direction; that is, an assumed collision direction. The leading edge of the side surface protrudes further than the high-voltage component. The length of the side surface in the forward-rearward direction is longer than the length from a position on the heater case with which the side surface comes into contact in a collision to a front surface of the high-voltage component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideaki Yokota, Hirokazu Yamadaki, Yuji Kawazoe, Mizuaki Kitajima, Takuya Abiko
  • Patent number: 10611397
    Abstract: A steering device includes a column shaft, a column jacket, a fastening mechanism including a fastening shaft having a first flat portion, a first tooth member, a second tooth member, an energizing member, and a release member including: a cylindrical portion having a second flat portion; and a release portion, wherein: the release member is configured to cause the release portion to be engaged with the second tooth member; and a projecting portion formed on at least one of the first flat portion and the second flat portion is elastically engaged with the other one of the first flat portion and the second flat portion and restrain backlash between the first flat portion and the second flat portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: JTEKT CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomonori Sugiura, Kentaro Kikuiri, Shoji Ishimura, Naohiro Oosono, Yuuji Ishii, Kosuke Ito, Shigeru Hoshino
  • Patent number: 10611392
    Abstract: A sterilization mechanism for a shopping cart is described. The shopping cart includes a frame, a basket portion mounted to the frame, and a handle portion mounted to the frame and including a top and bottom section. The shopping cart includes a cleanliness sensor configured to detect a cleanliness level of the handle portion. The shopping cart includes a sterilization mechanism for killing microorganisms on the handle portion detachably mounted to the handle portion. The sterilization mechanism includes an ultraviolet light source disposed within the body of the sterilization mechanism and configured to be actuated into a light-emitting position when the cleanliness level is detected to be equal to or above a predetermined cleanliness threshold. In the light-emitting position, the ultraviolet light source is configured to emit ultraviolet light onto the handle portion to sterilize both the top and bottom sections of the handle portion from a mounted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Feng Yang, Steven Jackson Lewis, Matthew Dwain Biermann
  • Patent number: 10596948
    Abstract: A suspension system for a vehicle includes an extendable and retractable actuator disposed at each side of a frame of the vehicle and pivotally attached at one end to a vehicle bracket and at the other end to a suspension bracket. The suspension bracket includes an actuator portion, an axle portion and a suspension arm, with the actuator portion and the suspension arm pivotable relative to an axis of the axle portion. When the actuator is extended or retracted, the actuator portion pivots about the axis of the axle portion and imparts pivotal movement of a suspension arm about the axis to adjust a height of the frame of the vehicle. The actuator includes an elastomeric element disposed between an outer end of a slide rod and an outer end of a ram rod, with the slide rod movable to absorb sudden movements of the frame or wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: DAVIS VILLAGE SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Philip J. Quenzi
  • Patent number: 10576924
    Abstract: An airbag is installed in a storage section of an instrument panel. The airbag includes a bag body, a part of which is constituted by a peripheral wall panel section. The peripheral wall panel section includes a pair of panels arranged in the vehicle width direction. At least one of the panels includes an assembled panel, in which adjacent fabric pieces are joined by a peripheral edge joint section. The assembled panel includes a support inflation section, which, when the bag body is deployed and inflated, projects outward of the bag body further than the other sections of the assembled panel so as to be in contact with the instrument panel. The support inflation section is constituted by a part of the peripheral edge joint section and a part of each of the two fabric pieces that are joined by the peripheral edge joint section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: John Ruddy, Brandon Streeter, Akira Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10576864
    Abstract: A cart is disclosed for carrying a gas bottle. The cart includes a wheeled frame and a bottle support platform. The support platform is configured to pivot between a loading position in which a gas bottle may be loaded and/or unloaded from the bottle support platform and a cradle position in which the gas bottle and the bottle support platform are elevated. A bottle rest may support the bottle when the bottle support platform is in the cradle position. A bottle support spine may also, or alternatively, support the bottle during transportation and act as a lever for pivoting the bottle support platform between the loading position and the cradle position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: David Paul Marcusen, Nicholas James Dessart, Daniel James Helein
  • Patent number: 10561483
    Abstract: The invention generally encompasses an animal cart system for safely carrying, transporting and offloading an animal from an examination or surgery area to a recovery area, the cart system comprising a floor cart, the floor cart comprising an upper platform having rails, a lower platform, an actuator secured to the upper platform and the lower platform, and a pivoting connection coupled to the upper platform and the lower platform that tilts the upper platform in response to the actuator, and an examination cart slidably and releaseably coupled to the upper platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Inguran, LLC
    Inventor: Ted L. Funk
  • Patent number: 10559793
    Abstract: An example retention method includes, among other things, resting opposing laterally outer regions of a battery array on a respective first and second rails that are disposed on an enclosure structure such that the battery array is spaced a distance from the enclosure structure. The method then includes securing, from at least one position between the laterally outer regions, the battery array relative to the enclosure structure. An example retention assembly includes, among other things, an enclosure, a first and a second rail, and a battery array having a first laterally outer region resting on the first rail and an opposing, second laterally outer region resting on the second rail. The battery array is secured relative to the enclosure at a position spaced from the first and second laterally outer regions to clamp the first and second laterally outer regions against the first and second rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Micah Smith
  • Patent number: 10556546
    Abstract: A mount is disclosed for attaching a fixture to a tubular structure. The mount includes an extended mounting member having an inner surface shaped to conform to the tubular structure, and a flat outer surface having a plurality of attachment locations for facilitating attachment of the fixture to the extended mounting member. The mount also includes a plurality of securing members having an inner surface shaped to conform to the tubular structure, each securing member removably attachable to the extended mounting member so as to removably secure the extended mounting member to the tubular structure. The flat outer surface of the extended mounting member includes a plurality of mounting holes to accept bolts to attach the fixture thereto, or the flat outer surface can have an L-track tie-down rail formed therein to secure easily removable L-track fasteners attached to the fixture to attach the fixture to the extended mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Thomas Burton
  • Patent number: 10556565
    Abstract: A curtain airbag apparatus may include: an inflator part configured to inject gas; a main cushion part expanded by the gas injected from the inflator part, and coupled to a car body; and a cushion moving part interposed between the main cushion part and the car body, and expanded by the gas injected from the inflator part so as to move the main cushion part. The gas transferred to the cushion moving part may be passed through the cushion moving part and transferred to the main cushion part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jong Seob Lee
  • Patent number: 10543802
    Abstract: A restraint system includes a center console and an airbag inflatable upwardly from the center console. The airbag includes an internal panel defining two chambers. The internal panel includes a plurality of tubes, and each tube includes an opening at which that tube terminates. The openings are proximate a top of the airbag and open to the chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew B. Makowski, Deepak Patel, Tahmidur Rahman
  • Patent number: 10543863
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mobile cart for an organ container. The mobile cart includes a top assembly configured to be releasably secured to the organ container, which is at least one of an organ transporter and an organ perfusion apparatus configured to perfuse an organ. It also includes a support structure attached to the top assembly so as to support the top assembly, the support structure being moveable from an extended position to a collapsed position. The top assembly in turn includes distinct primary and secondary locking mechanisms, each of which is configured to secure the support structure in the extended position. And when the support structure is secured in the extended position, both the primary and secondary locking mechanisms must be actuated for the support structure to be moveable to the collapsed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: LIFELINE SCIENTIFIC, INC.
    Inventors: David Pettinato, Christopher P. Steinman, Alan K. Wu
  • Patent number: 10532651
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes air-guiding means and an air duct. The air-guiding means are configured to guide incident air into the air duct. The air-guiding means are arranged such that the incident air flows from below into a first end section of the air-guiding means during an intended use of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: DR. ING. H.C.F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Benno Dahl, Tobias Hegedusch, Roland-Gerhard Stromsky, Thomas Wolf
  • Patent number: 10524576
    Abstract: A work chair includes a base frame including a transverse portion, a longitudinal portion vertically located on the transverse portion and a plurality of rollers provided at a bottom side thereof, a first pivoting frame pivotally connected to the transverse portion and biasable between a horizontal position and a vertical position, a second pivoting frame including a bottom support portion and a top support portion. The top support portion has one end thereof pivotally connected to the longitudinal portion of the base frame such that the second pivoting frame can be biased to move the top support portion from a vertical position to a horizontal position where the second pivoting frame is placed across the first pivoting frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: HIEVER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tony Huang, Jeffery Huang
  • Patent number: 10518832
    Abstract: A self-contained mobile retail store structure which is transportable from one location to another. The structure is mounted to a frame which is coupled to a plurality of wheels by a hydraulic system capable of raising, lowering, inclining and declining the structure relative to a ground surface. In a stationary position, the walls of the structure contact the ground surface, and in the transportable position, the walls of the structure are spaced from the ground surface. The mobile retail store structure of this disclosure fits in a standard-sized parking space, and may be configured with other similar structures to expand the retail area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Flexetail, LLC
    Inventor: Joel Kamm
  • Patent number: 10518737
    Abstract: An airbag includes a main panel defining an inflation chamber and being inflatable to an inflated position. The airbag includes an extension extending from the main panel and defining an extension chamber. The airbag includes a side panel spaced from the main panel in the inflated position and fixed to the extension. The side panel is external to the extension chamber. The side panel, the extension, and the main panel define a cavity external to the extension chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Luis Enrique Castillo Jaime, Moises Blancas Galicia, Srinivas Reddy Malapati
  • Patent number: 10507859
    Abstract: Described is a shopping cart bagging station that is used in retail stores to dispense shopping bags while a customer of the retail store shops. The shopping cart bagging station holds and dispenses shopping bags. The shopping cart bagging station is coupled to a shopping cart so that the customer can load items they purchase into the shopping bags as they shop. The shopping cart bagging station includes a support channel and three hooks coupled to the support channel. The support channel couples to the shopping cart. The three hooks hold shopping bags. By using the shopping cart bagging station, a customer does not have to visit a checkout station to bag their purchased items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventor: Yurgis Mauro Bacallao
  • Patent number: 10501041
    Abstract: An airbag system includes a seat back having a first location and a second location spaced from the first location. The airbag system includes a housing pivotally supported by the seat back at the first location. The airbag system includes a linear actuator including a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The first end is fixed to the seat back at the second location. The second end is fixed to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi, Mark A. Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 10501108
    Abstract: A steering wheel having a body rotatable around a steering axis (D), a first gripping element and a second gripping element, the first gripping element being movable between a deployed position, in which the first and second gripping elements extend on either side of the body, and a retracted position, in which the first gripping element is folded down against the second gripping element. The second gripping element is translatable relative to the body at least in a first direction substantially parallel to the steering axis (D) between the deployed position and the retracted position so as to free a space for the first gripping element in the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: FAURECIA INTERIEUR INDUSTRIE
    Inventor: Julien Beauregard
  • Patent number: 10492611
    Abstract: A dual-purpose work chair includes a base frame including a transverse portion, a longitudinal portion vertically located on the transverse portion and a plurality of rollers provided at the bottom side thereof, a first pivoting frame pivotally connected to the transverse portion and protruding beyond the base frame and biasable between a horizontal position and a vertical position, a lower seat cushion located on the first pivoting frame, a second pivoting frame pivotally connected to the longitudinal portion and biasable from a vertical position to a horizontal position across the first pivoting frame, and an upper seat cushion located on the second pivoting frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: HIEVER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tony Huang, Jeffery Huang