Patents Examined by Huyen D. Le
  • Patent number: 10738451
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, water storage tank has a space in an interior of the water storage tank. Water is stored in the space. The tank includes a lower enclosure, an upper enclosure, and a bonding member. The upper enclosure is positioned on the lower enclosure. The space is formed by the upper enclosure being bonded to the lower enclosure. The upper enclosure is longer than the lower enclosure in a vertical direction. The bonding member bonds the lower enclosure and the upper enclosure and is positioned between the lower enclosure and the upper enclosure. The lower enclosure has a concave part provided on the space side of the bonding member. The upper enclosure has a convex part provided on the space side of the bonding member. The convex part is engaged with the concave part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: TOTO LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaro Terada, Yoshiharu Mitsuhashi, Nobuhiko Umeda
  • Patent number: 10738494
    Abstract: A drain assembly for an artificial body of water is provided. The drain assembly includes a one piece structure that seals onto a sump and allows the drain openings to be selected from one or more circular, slotted, or other shaped drain openings The drain assembly can include a baffle that sits within an elongate internal space enclosed by a sump and the single drain cover. The drain cover can include an access opening disposed between a first inlet opening and a second inlet opening of the drain cover. The access cover can have a greater cross-sectional area than that of the first inlet opening and the second inlet opening. The access cover and the drain cover can each be adapted to receive plaster on a top surface to allow the access cover to blend in with the drain cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Todd Krombein
  • Patent number: 10736474
    Abstract: A toilet seat device includes a main part, a toilet seat, a load sensor, a controller, and a memory. The toilet seat includes a seating part where a user is seated, and a support leg part supporting a load applied to the seating part. The load sensor is provided in the support leg part and detects the load applied to the support leg part. The controller performs at least a body weight measurement of the user based on a detection result of the load sensor. The controller includes a register mode and a normal-use mode in the body weight measurement. The register mode includes determining an estimated value for estimating the total body weight of the user from the seated load. The normal-use mode includes estimating a load value relating to the total body weight of the user based on the estimated value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: TOTO LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Takaki, Hiroshi Tsuboi, Hitoaki Higuchi, Koji Sonoda, Keisuke Tashiro, Tomohiro Hara, Yo Morotomi
  • Patent number: 10738447
    Abstract: The invention relates to a waste fitting including a waste pan means into which waste can flow, at least one part of the waste pan means allowing visual inspection therethrough. During installation, an opening of the waste outlet can be located by visual inspection through the or each at least one part of the waste pan means, enabling a suitable position to be determined for forming and or positioning of at least one aperture in the waste pan means. The at least on aperture is formed such that, in use, waste that flows into the waste pan means can exit through the or each at least one aperture towards the opening in the waste outlet. The invention also relates to a method of installing a waste fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Philip John Muirhead
  • Patent number: 10736473
    Abstract: A toilet inhibits an occupant from exiting the toilet. Load sensors positioned in communication with the toilet seat detect a change of a load or pressure on the toilet by an occupant that is consistent with an occupant attempting to exit the toilet, and/or movements of an occupant that are consistent with an occupant attempting to exit the toilet. Other sensors may monitor movements that are consistent with an occupant attempting to exit the toilet. The sensors cause an actuator to change the angle of the toilet seat, which inhibits exiting the toilet. The toilet may also be constructed to signal an attendant when actions by an occupant are consistent with actions indicating an attempt by the occupant to exit the toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Robert Rife
  • Patent number: 10722084
    Abstract: A portable toilet seat for user over pre-existing toilet seats or in lieu of a broken or missing toilet seat is provided. The portable toilet seat provides a chain of arcuate portions pivotably connected in series so as to be adapted to fold among a flat condition, a first folded condition and a second folded condition. The bottom side of each arcuate portions may provide radial fins, each radial fin may provide a concentric slot. The concentric slots share a radial distance from a center of the opening defined by the portable toilet seat in the flat condition so that in such a condition the concentric slots may engage a rim of a toilet basin or bucket, while in the second folded condition the concentric slots securely engage the radial fins of opposing arcuate portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Richard Donald Evans
  • Patent number: 10716732
    Abstract: A foot spa tub includes a tub basin, a first magnetic drive member rotatably coupled to a drive motor, and a first casing supporting the magnetic drive member. The first casing is disposed against an exterior surface of a sidewall of the basin. A second magnetic drive member is rotatably coupled to a blade. The first and second magnetic drive members are magnetically coupled to each other so that the blade is drivingly coupled to the drive motor. A nozzle houses the second magnetic drive member and the blade. The nozzle is detachably securable to an interior surface of the sidewall by a magnetic attraction force between the first and second magnetic drive members. A method of circulating liquid in a foot tub spa is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: EcoTech Marine, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Lawyer, Patrick Clasen, Timothy Marks, Quy Ton
  • Patent number: 10718132
    Abstract: A shelter cover for a bathtub includes a hood, a guide, a fastener, a controller and indicator. The hood has a lower surface that extends about its periphery. The hood forming a concave body. The guide is coupled to either an interior surface or an exterior surface of the hood and extends below the lower surface. The fastener is in communication with either the hood or the guide to selectively couple the concave body to the bathtub. An interior handle is located on the interior surface of the concave body. The controller is coupled to the concave body and is in communication with the indicator. The indicator indicates the presence of a person inside the concave body to an individual exterior to the bathtub and concave body. The controller regulates operation of the indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Carl Locke
  • Patent number: 10718566
    Abstract: Washstand furniture is disclosed. The washstand furniture includes: a wash device including a wash bowl, a water supply assembly for supplying water to the wash bowl, and a drainage assembly for draining the water supplied to the wash bowl; an inner cabinet provided under the wash bowl, the inner cabinet having a space defined therein; a frame provided outside the inner cabinet for supporting the load of the wash device; an electrically operated module provided in the inner cabinet; a rail for moving the module provided in the inner cabinet; and a rail bracket for fastening the rail to the inside of the inner cabinet and for fixing the inner cabinet and the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Jongseok Kim, Inhyung Yang, Ungje Jo
  • Patent number: 10715929
    Abstract: Described herein is a MEMS acoustic transducer device provided with a micromechanical detection structure that detects acoustic-pressure waves and supplies a transduced electrical quantity, and with an integrated circuit operatively coupled to the micromechanical detection structure and having a reading module that generates at output an audio signal as a function of the transduced electrical quantity. The integrated circuit is further provided with a recognition module, which recognizes a of sound activity event associated to the transduced electrical quantity. The MEMS acoustic transducer has an output that supplies at output a data signal that carries information regarding recognition of the sound activity event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Marco Veneri, Alessandro Morcelli
  • Patent number: 10709296
    Abstract: A backsplash covering assembly for protecting grout in a backsplash includes a countertop that has a sink therein and a wall that intersects the countertop behind the sink. A splash guard is positioned at an intersection between the countertop and the sink. The splash guard is comprised of a fluid impermeable material to inhibit water from reaching the intersection. The splash guard is positioned behind the sink to protect the appearance of the grout in the intersection. Additionally, the splash guard is comprised of a translucent material such that the grout is visible through the splash guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Marissa Zahka
  • Patent number: 10715935
    Abstract: A hearing instrument includes: a microphone; a signal processor configured to compensating a hearing loss of a user; a speaker configured to provide an output sound signal; a wireless communication unit comprising an oscillator circuitry, the oscillator circuitry having an antenna resonator configured to emit an electromagnetic field at a first frequency and a driving circuit configured to provide a driving circuit output; the driving circuit output comprising: a first sequence of pulses having a first phase and a first pulse width, and a second sequence of pulses having a second phase and a second pulse width, the second phase being phase shifted with respect to the first phase, the first phase and the second phase being based on the first frequency; the oscillator circuitry being configured to obtain the first sequence of pulses and the second sequence of pulses for excitation of the antenna resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: GN HEARING A/S
    Inventors: Kim Fälling Andersen, Nikolaj Peter Brunvoll Kammersgaard
  • Patent number: 10709297
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, devices and kits for controlling water flow when using a transfer bench, comprising a transfer bench splash guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Marsha B. Vaughn
  • Patent number: 10715921
    Abstract: Sound emanating from the high-frequency diaphragm of a coaxial speaker will diffract into the annular gap between the tweeter unit and the midrange cone. This results in response irregularities. We therefore disclose a loudspeaker, comprising first and second drivers located substantially coaxially with the first driver located centrally and the second driver located concentrically around the first driver, the loudspeaker being bounded at its radially outer side for at least part of its extent by the voice coil former of the second driver and including a spacing between the outermost extent of the first driver and the innermost extent of the second driver thus defining an annular space, the annular space containing a sound-absorbent material. By placing the sound-absorbing material in the annular space, the resonances within this space are damped, thus alleviating their effect. The annular space can have a lower resonant frequency that is below the passband of the first driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Mark Alexander Dodd, Jack Anthony Oclee-Brown, Christopher Spear
  • Patent number: 10716170
    Abstract: A heating apparatus with automatic switching heaters includes a control module, a switch module, and a heating module. The control module receives an input power source. The switch module is connected to the control module. The heating module is connected to the switch module. When the control module detects that an amplitude of the input power source is larger than a threshold voltage value, the control module turns on a first switch assembly and turns off a second switch assembly of the switch module so that the heating module operates in a first heating mode. When the control module detects that the amplitude of the input power source is less than the threshold voltage value, the control module turns on the first switch assembly and the second switch assembly of the switch module so that the heating module operates in a second heating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Lee-Lung Chen, Shih-Yu Lai, Wu-Chi Lee
  • Patent number: 10702951
    Abstract: A laser machine includes a laser head that machines a planar workpiece in a machining region while moving relative to the workpiece, a workpiece rack that is able to travel with the workpiece placed thereon, and an elevator that is able to locate the workpiece in the machining region by raising and lowering the workpiece rack with the workpiece placed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventor: Koji Ozeki
  • Patent number: 10708694
    Abstract: A transducer assembly including a frame, a diaphragm positioned within the frame, a surround connecting the diaphragm to the frame, the surround having a corner section and a plurality of corrugations formed within the corner section, wherein each corrugation of the plurality of corrugations comprises a length dimension perpendicular to a line of maximum stress intersecting a radial axis of the corner section, a voice coil extending from one side of the diaphragm and a magnet assembly having a magnetic gap aligned with the voice coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Onur I. Ilkorur, Alexander V. Salvatti, Bonnie W. Tom, Oliver Leonhardt, Christopher Wilk
  • Patent number: 10697167
    Abstract: A wall hung toilet is described which has a toilet body having a toilet body inlet, a back plate having at least a first and a second lower fastener opening therethrough, a toilet body outlet, a bowl and a base. The bowl has an interior surface defining a interior area for receiving fluid, an inlet for introducing fluid to the interior area of the bowl and a bowl outlet. A trapway for passing fluid from the bowl outlet to the toilet body outlet is also included. The base of the toilet body extends from a front bowl portion of the base to a rear portion of the base that contacts the back plate, and the base is configured so as to distribute load bearing forces when applied to the bowl in use towards each of a first area around the first fastener opening and a second area around the second fastener area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: AS AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Christophe Bucher, David Grover
  • Patent number: 10697163
    Abstract: An actuating device for a sanitary fitting comprising a housing (2) having a front side (13) and a rear side (14) and also a detection sensor (3) having a transmitter (4) and a receiver (5) for detecting a user, wherein the detection sensor (3) emits waves via the transmitter (4) and receives them via the receiver (5). The detection sensor (3) is arranged in a cavity (6) that has a radiating region (7a), which is transparent to said waves, in the direction of said waves; and wherein the housing (2) is designed such that it is installable having a gap (7b) in relation to a predefined installation plane (ME) on the structure side, which gap (7b) is located in relation to said radiating region (7a) such that the emitted waves and also the waves to be received are guided through the gap (7b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Peter Schmid, Rene Elsener, Pascal Brandli, Stephan Muller, Samuel Schüller, Tobias Pluss
  • Patent number: 10687148
    Abstract: An assembly of a transformer and an electrostatic sound generator is especially efficient if the resonance frequency of the diaphragm is in the frequency range in which the generator is operated, such as in the interval of 1-20 kHz. Then, a smaller transformer with a winding ratio of 5000 or less may be used for feeding the sound generator, making the assembly suitable for hearing aid purposes or in-ear products such as for pro audio use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Sonion Nederland B.V.
    Inventors: Rasmus Voss, Haico van Oosten, Camiel Eugène Groffen, Laurens de Ruijter, Koen van Gilst, Frederik Cornelis Blom