Patents Examined by Hilary L Johns
  • Patent number: 10486746
    Abstract: A side sill structure included in a substructure of a vehicle body, includes a battery pack disposed below a floor panel, a side sill disposed at an outer part in a vehicle width direction and extending in a front-rear direction of the vehicle body, and a stiffener disposed inside a cross section of the side sill and extending along an extending direction of the side sill. The stiffener is composed of an outer stiffener bulging outward in the vehicle width direction, and an inner stiffener bulging inward in the vehicle width direction. In the side sill structure, a first side surface of the stiffener, formed on the inner stiffener, is shifted to a relatively upper side than a second side surface of the stiffener, formed on the outer stiffener, and the battery pack is supported on a lower surface of the side sill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoru Kawabe, Shutaro Sao, Ken Yasui
  • Patent number: 10479394
    Abstract: A steering device of a vehicle includes: a column housing supported on a vehicle body; a column tube supported to be movable in an axial direction with respect to the column housing and configured to accommodate a steering shaft; and a telescopic mechanism configured to drive the column tube with respect to the column housing in the axial direction. The column tube includes outer and inner tubes, and is configured to allow a relative movement of the outer tube with respect to the inner tube in the axial direction when a load equal to or larger than a predetermined value is applied to the steering shaft. The telescopic mechanism includes a holding member, and a driving mechanism, and is configured to drive the inner and outer tubes with respect to the column housing in the axial direction by the driving mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ken Kato
  • Patent number: 10471333
    Abstract: A component of a sports board may be controlled to configure the sports board. The component may be coupled with at least one layer of the sports board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Bryan Marc Failing
  • Patent number: 10464588
    Abstract: A baby stroller is provided, which includes a front wheel assembly, rear wheel assembly and a folding assembly. The folding assembly includes two lateral folding holders; each includes an upper-front fence tube, lower-front fence tube, upper-back fence tube, lower-back fence tube and a middle holder. The middle holder includes an upper folding joint, lower folding joint and a support stand rod disposed therebetween. The front ends of the upper-front and lower-front fence tubes are pivotally connected to a front wheel holder respectively. The rear ends of the upper-front and lower-front fence tubes are pivotally connected to the front ends of the upper and lower folding joints. The rear ends of the upper-back and lower-back fence tubes are pivotally connected to the rear wheel holder respectively. The front ends of the upper-back and lower-back fence tubes are pivotally connected to the rear ends of the upper and lower folding joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: New Century Products Limited
    Inventor: Fu-Tsun Lin
  • Patent number: 10463946
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding a footwear heel to a snow travel aid is provided. The apparatus comprises a mountable base connected to a generally vertical post and an upper portion having at least one forward connector for connecting the upper portion to the heel. The upper portion is rotatable on the post between a downhill position and at least one touring position and comprises at least one part which travels over a prominence at a fixed location relative to the upper portion during rotation from the downhill position to the touring position. The at least one part becomes engageable with a depression adjacent the prominence when the upper portion is in the touring position to resist rotation from the touring position back to the downhill position. The post comprises a feature that provides clearance for the at least one part to travel over the prominence or which functions as the prominence and depression. Also provided are posts for use as a part in such an apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: G3 GENUINE GUIDE GEAR INC.
    Inventors: Cameron Shute, Mark Richard Mosher
  • Patent number: 10457135
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems and methods for cooling an electric drivetrain of an electric vehicle. The electric drivetrain can include an inverter, a gearbox and a motor. A first cooling system can use ethylene glycol and water (EGW) based coolant, and can include an EGW coolant loop to distribute the EGW based coolant to remove heat from a cold plate of the inverter, a housing of the gearbox, and a housing of the motor. A second cooling system can use an oil based coolant, and can include an oil coolant loop to distribute the oil based coolant to remove heat from internal components and the housing of the gearbox, and to remove heat from internal components and the housing of the motor. The second cooling system can include an oil coolant pump to control a flow of the oil based coolant through the oil coolant loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignees: CHONGQING JINKANG NEW ENERGY VEHICLE CO., LTD., SF MOTORS, INC.
    Inventors: Yifan Tang, Zhichun Ma
  • Patent number: 10458462
    Abstract: A steering column assembly for a motor vehicle constructed in accordance to one example of the present disclosure includes a box rocker, a column jacket and a first section of tape. The box rocker has a rocker body including a box rocker inner surface that defines a box rocker bore. The box rocker is configured to be fixed relative to the motor vehicle in an assembled position. The column jacket is configured to be slidably received into the box rocker bore. The column jacket has a column jacket outer diameter including an outer surface that opposes the box rocker inner surface. The first section of tape is disposed between the box rocker inner surface and the column jacket outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignees: ThyssenKrupp Presta AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Stephen McBride, Bryce Welch, Christian Pichonnat
  • Patent number: 10442386
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicular curtain air bag device including a curtain air bag, the curtain air bag including: a rear seat chamber that inflates and deploys between a head of a rear seat occupant and a vehicle interior side section from an upper end section of the vehicle interior side section; and a headrest chamber extending from a rear end section of the rear seat chamber, the headrest chamber inflating and deploying between a headrest of a rear seat and the vehicle interior side section in a vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Seiji Hioda, Kouji Ohara
  • Patent number: 10435068
    Abstract: A suspension system for a vehicle may include a knuckle rotatably supporting a wheel and a plurality of arms connecting the knuckle with a vehicle body wherein an arm among the plurality of arms may be a virtual link formed by a virtual link module and a point at which the virtual link applies a constraint force to the knuckle may be formed at a virtual space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Seoul National University R&DB Foundation
    Inventors: Seungmin Kwon, Yong Sub Yi, Seung Hoon Woo, Yoon Young Kim, Suh In Kim
  • Patent number: 10435083
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a method and apparatus for reducing drag. An exemplary apparatus includes a semitrailer having a main frame extending along a longitudinal axis and a subframe movably connected to the main frame between a first position along the longitudinal axis and a second position along the longitudinal axis. The apparatus further includes an axle assembly attached to the subframe, the axle assembly including an axle, a left wheel set, a right wheel set, and a suspension, and a first recapture device located under the main frame behind and separated from the left wheel set along the longitudinal axis by a given spacing. The apparatus still further includes a second recapture device located under the main frame behind and separated from the right wheel set along the longitudinal axis by a second spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: EkoStinger, Inc.
    Inventor: J. Parr Wiegel
  • Patent number: 10434860
    Abstract: A kart having a pedal speed controller and other components and arrangements thereof are disclosed. The kart can be provided with a controller for controlling speed; the pedal speed controller comprising a pedestal and a pedal, one end of the pedal is articulated with the pedestal and keeps a certain angle with the pedestal. The pedal speed controller also comprises a sensor connected with the controller, and the sensor can obtain displacement signal along the tread direction of the pedal. The pedal speed controller has the advantages of realizing pedal control of acceleration or deceleration for drivers, avoiding interference with manual adjustment of kart direction, preventing from mutual influence between speed regulation and steering, improving the speed control performance of the kart, and improving the driving experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: RAZOR USA LLC
    Inventors: Robert (Wei-Pin) Chen, Tony Wang
  • Patent number: 10427652
    Abstract: A kingpin removal system including a cart assembly having one or more wheels and a yoke assembly carried by the cart assembly and positionable around a steering spindle of a vehicle's wheel end assembly. The yoke assembly can include a pair of plates interconnected by a pair of rods. An intermediate plate is positioned between the pair of yoke plates. A wheel end support mechanism can be carried by the cart assembly and a hub mounting ring can be carried by the wheel end support mechanism. The hub mounting ring can be positioned to connect to and support the wheel end assembly once the kingpin is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Stemco Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William Chirrey, Paul Dolan, Eric Downing, Thor David Sabgash, David Osowski
  • Patent number: 10427701
    Abstract: An appliance dolly has a platform with a caster wheel and a height adjustable stand disposed at each under side corner. At each upper side corner are a plurality of adjustable stays. The stays are configurable to retain the stands of an appliance which rests upon the stand and dolly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Duane S. Brede
  • Patent number: 10423155
    Abstract: A self-propelled device includes a spherical housing and an internal drive system. The self-propelled device can further include an internal structure having a magnet holder that holds a first set of magnets and an external accessory comprising a second set of magnets to magnetically interact, through the spherical housing, with the first set magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SPHERO, INC.
    Inventors: Ian H. Bernstein, Adam Wilson, Chun Kong, Ross MacGregor
  • Patent number: 10414369
    Abstract: A headache rack is formed substantially from sheet metal, including left and right uprights as part of a framing portion supporting a screen. The forward edge of the uprights has a concave curvature facing the cab and providing a cantilever, and a folded rearward edge causing the uprights to be considerably wider where they contact the pickup truck bed walls than they are at their tops. The framing portion is provided in three separable sections, connectable by the user using fasteners such as nuts and bolts, with a removable screen in the center frame portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Curt Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Wolfe C. Parzyck, Robert G. Fehr, Joel D. Diller, Brennan Druckrey
  • Patent number: 10414424
    Abstract: A stroller frame includes two side frame units that are symmetrically arranged. Each of the side frame units includes a handle rod, a front leg, a rear leg rod, and a support rod. The front leg includes a first front leg rod connected pivotally to an end of the handle rod, and a second front leg rod connected pivotally to the first front leg rod and adapted to be connected fixedly to a seat member. The rear leg rod is connected pivotally to the handle rod. The support rod has an end connected pivotally to the rear leg rod, and an opposite end adapted to be connected pivotally to the seat member. The support rod is connected indirectly and pivotally to the second front leg rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: WONDERLAND SWITZERLAND AG
    Inventor: Jia-Liang Yuan
  • Patent number: 10414371
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus includes an inflator and an airbag. The air bag is accommodated in a housing located in front of a seat arranged in a passenger compartment of a vehicle and configured to be deployed and inflated from the housing toward the seat by an inflating gas supplied from the inflator. The airbag includes at least three regular inflation portions arranged next to one another from the housing toward the seat, an upper connecting inflation portion that connects upper ends of adjacent ones of the regular inflation portions to each other, and a lower connecting inflation portion that connects lower ends of adjacent ones of the regular inflation portions to each other. The upper connecting inflation portion and the lower connecting inflation portion are alternately arranged from the housing toward the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ning Zhang, Shiro Ohara, Aviral Shrivatri
  • Patent number: 10407013
    Abstract: A stone guard for protecting a radiator core of a radiator. The stone guard includes a grate, a first mount, and a second mount. The first mount is at a first end of the grate for mounting the stone guard to the radiator. The second mount is at a second end of the grate for mounting the stone guard to the radiator. A distance between the first mount and the second mount is variable to fit the stone guard to the radiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mario Zeron Hernandez, Jeffrey Basinski
  • Patent number: 10393002
    Abstract: There is provided an exhaust device of a straddle-type vehicle. A first muffler body is arranged at one side, at which a drive chain is not arranged, in a region at the rear of a chamber. A second muffler body is arranged at another side, at which the drive chain is arranged. A first connection pipe interconnects the chamber and the first muffler body. A second connection pipe interconnects the chamber and the second muffler body. An exhaust control valve is configured to control a flow rate of exhaust air to circulate from an exhaust port toward the first muffler body via an exhaust pipe, the chamber and the first connection pipe. A part or all of the second connection pipe is formed to have a pipe shape by two or more plate materials, and has a non-true circular cross-sectional surface shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshinori Sugi
  • Patent number: 10391384
    Abstract: A truck includes a base plate, a hanger, a kingpin, and a bushing assembly. The base plate includes a coupling portion and a contact portion. The kingpin is disposed within a portion of the hanger to rotatably couple the hanger to the base plate. The bushing assembly includes at least one bushing disposed in a recess of the contact portion and in contact with the hanger. The bushing assembly including a bushing adjustment coupled to at least one of the base plate or the hanger and configured to selectively engage the at least one bushing to transition the bushing assembly between a first configuration in which the at least one bushing exerts a first force in response to rotation of the hanger and a second configuration in which the at least one bushing exerts a second force different from the first force in response to rotation of the hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SKATE ONE CORP
    Inventors: George A. Powell, Michael T. Mete