Patents Examined by J. Allen Shriver, II
  • Patent number: 9908553
    Abstract: A multi-function baby carriage comprising: base frames; a back frame installed at rear ends of the base frames to switch between a vertical position and a horizontal position and formed with a U-shaped hanger at its top for being suspended from a user's neck or a headrest of a car; a seat on the base frames to accommodate a baby; and wheel means below the base frames, wherein said wheel means include front and rear wheels, front and rear connectors, a front cross member connecting the front connectors, a rear cross member connecting the rear connectors, each of said front and rear connectors having an end rotatably connected to one of the front and rear wheels and the other end connected to one of axes, wherein said shaft is provided with a ball member, so that when the front or rear wheels are folded or unfolded, said shaft causes the front and rear wheels to move at the same time and said ball member passes through a ball holding member in a forward or backward direction to make said ball member to stop at
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: In Hwan Chang
  • Patent number: 9862398
    Abstract: The utility cart of the present application comprises a frame, at least two wheels and a storage panel. In one embodiment, the storage panel is removable and capable of being replaced with an alternate storage panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Edward G Guirlinger
  • Patent number: 9844976
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing self-locking nipples comprising the steps of providing a semi-finished nipple (10) with an enlarged head (5) in comparison with the shank (6), providing at least a first blind hole (11, 11a) in that head, injecting a fluid resin into the hole (11, 11a) and solidifying so as to obtain a corresponding insert (9, 9a), making a second axial hole (7) in the semi-finished product at least partly intersecting the said insert (9, 9a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: ALPINA RAGGI S.P.A.
    Inventor: Guido Cappellotto
  • Patent number: 9834037
    Abstract: A releasable wheel assembly includes a bracket having a plurality of bosses, each boss including a hole that receives an axle. A pair of wheels are mounted on the axle and a pair of locking caps fit over respective ends of the axle, the locking caps each including a clip for engaging the axle at a circumferential groove to prevent movement of the locking cap along the axle. The wheel assembly can be mounted to a carry bag or other storage unit by mounting the bracket to the storage unit, where the wheels and axle can be easily removed from the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Mark C. Carter
  • Patent number: 9821830
    Abstract: A covered wheelbarrow system includes a wheelbarrow that has a bucket. A lid is hingedly coupled to the wheelbarrow. The lid is positioned to selectively close the bucket to inhibit material from being removed from the bucket. The lid is positioned in an open position to facilitate the material to be removed from the bucket. A pair of hinges is provided and each of the hinges is coupled to the lid. Each of the hinges releasably engages the bucket such that the lid is removably coupled to the wheelbarrow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Janelle Matlock
  • Patent number: 9802605
    Abstract: An electric vehicle and a range extender engine are shown including the controls to operate the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventors: Urs Wenger, Beat Rene Kohler, Hans-Rudolf Jenni
  • Patent number: 9803543
    Abstract: A system and a method for reducing a rotational imbalance of a drive train of a hybrid vehicle are provided. The drive train includes an internal-combustion engine, an electric machine, and a crankshaft. A reduction or nullification of the rotational imbalance takes place by actuating the electric machine. The actuation is implemented as an adaptive feed forward control, which provides an actuation signal for the electric machine. The actuation signal represents a desired torque to be generated by the electric machine, so that the electric machine outputs a torque that is at least approximately inverse with respect to the rotational imbalance to the crankshaft for the superimposition of the torque generated by the internal-combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Christ, Jonas Mueller, Maximilian Skibbe
  • Patent number: 9802470
    Abstract: A vehicle drive device that includes a wheel drive rotary electric machine and a transmission device on a power transmission path connecting an input member drivingly coupled to an internal combustion engine and an output member drivingly coupled to wheels; a pump electric motor that serves as a driving force source of a hydraulic pump; a case that accommodates the wheel drive rotary electric machine, the transmission device, and the pump electric motor; and a motor controller including a first inverter that controls the wheel drive rotary electric machine, a second inverter that controls the pump electric motor, a cooler that cools the first inverter and the second inverter, and a smoothing capacitor that smooths direct-current power to be supplied to the first inverter and the second inverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Manabu Miyazawa, Tatsuyuki Uechi
  • Patent number: 9802110
    Abstract: A skateboard truck mountable to a deck of a skateboard, the truck comprising a base plate including a storage cavity formed within the base plate for removably accommodating a storage drawer for storing small items. The storage cavity is arranged facing away from the skateboard deck when the truck is mounted onto the deck. The base plate can include a biasing member disposed at a distal end for propelling the storage drawer outwards from the storage cavity. The storage drawer can include a latch adapted to releasably engage with a drawer retention feature provided within the storage cavity, thus preventing the storage drawer from sliding out of the storage cavity. A release pin is provided within the base plate for releasably engaging the latch to dislodge the latch from the retention feature allowing the storage drawer to slide out from the storage cavity to gain access to the items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: David Miller
  • Patent number: 9795199
    Abstract: A motorized luggage assembly includes a base unit that may contain objects and the base unit may be placed on a support surface. The base unit is structured to roll along the support surface. The base unit includes a mobility unit that is coupled to the base unit. The mobility unit is urges the base unit along the support surface. A tracking unit is coupled to the base unit. The tracking unit is operationally coupled to the mobility unit such that the tracking unit steers the mobility unit. A remote unit is provided and the remote unit may be worn. The remote unit is in communication with the base unit such that the base unit may follow the remote unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Amber Caputo, George Nieves
  • Patent number: 9790909
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for pre-heating an engine of a mild hybrid vehicle are provided, and the apparatus includes: a pre-heating plug pre-heating the engine; a pre-heating controller recognizing the mild hybrid vehicle based on vehicle driving information, determining whether the mild hybrid vehicle enters a coasting driving mode based on the vehicle driving information, and generating a duty control signal according to a coasting driving time when the mild hybrid vehicle is driven in the coasting driving mode; and a driver supplying electrical energy of the low-voltage battery to the pre-heating plug according to the generated duty control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Hwa Yong Jang
  • Patent number: 9789755
    Abstract: A compressor, an intercooler, and a fuel cell stack are housed in a housing compartment. The compressor and the intercooler are connected with each other by upstream side piping, and the intercooler and the fuel cell stack are connected with each other by downstream side piping. The upstream side piping is formed from upstream side first and second pipe parts, and the downstream side piping is formed from downstream side first and second pipe parts. Movement of the compressor and fuel cell stack relative to the intercooler at the time of a heavy collision of the vehicle causes disconnection of the upstream side first and second pipe parts and disconnection of the downstream side first and second pipe parts, to thereby cause communication of the upstream side piping and the downstream side piping with an internal space of the housing compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventors: Tetsuji Aishima, Shigeaki Murata, Hiroyoshi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9789894
    Abstract: A riding board apparatus configured to be mounted to a stroller is provided. The riding board apparatus includes a platform, at least one mounting arm extending from the platform, and a seat mounted onto the platform and is configured to be convertible between a sitting configuration and a stowable configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventors: Esther Weber, Samuel Weber
  • Patent number: 9783000
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wheel hub for vehicle axle used in trucks, buses, trailers and semi-trailers, consists of a cylindrical central body, said central body surrounded by a plurality of radial projections extending vertically from the median region of said central body, being structured by ribs integrated with said projections providing robustness, reduced weight and reduced heat transfer from the brake to tires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Gustavo Perini
  • Patent number: 9776497
    Abstract: A vehicle driving system 1 includes a first motor/generator M/G1 which is mechanically connected to either of front wheels Wf and rear wheels Wr of a vehicle, a second motor/generator M/G2 which is electrically connected with the first motor/generator M/G1, and a flywheel FW which is mechanically connected with the second motor/generator M/G2 and which stores kinetic energy. The second motor/generator M/G2 is mechanically connected to the other of the front wheels Wf and the rear wheels Wr of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi Hori
  • Patent number: 9776069
    Abstract: A stroller-attachable skateboard apparatus comprises a skateboard, a connection rod and and an adjustable mounting bracket. The connection rod includes a board engagement portion, a stroller engagement portion and a rod axis. A rod securement interface of the skateboard receives the board engagement portion and rigidly retains it therein by way of an actuatable locking pin such that the rod axis extends laterally of the skateboard's longitudinal axis. The stroller engagement portion is axially receivable by a rod receiving element and releasably axially locked therein by way of a first spring-biased actuator element. The rod receiving element may be provided as part of the adjustable mounting bracket or as a pre-existing wheel axle end from which a stroller wheel has been removed. The mounting bracket facilitates highly-adjustable mounting of the skateboard to a frame member of a standard, unmodified stroller. The connection rod may also be adjusted for extension length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Travis Mckay
  • Patent number: 9771105
    Abstract: A suspension structure includes a pair of trailing arms (12), a beam member (13) connecting the pair of trailing arms, a bracket (21) connected to a rear end region of the trailing arm, and an in-wheel motor drive device (31) coupled and fixed to the bracket. The in-wheel motor drive device (31) is located above the rear end region of the trailing arm (12), and a lower side of the in-wheel motor drive device (12) is covered by the rear end region of the trailing arm (12) and the bracket (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventors: Shiro Tamura, Minoru Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9770100
    Abstract: Autonomous trolleys include an integrated power source, which energy can be utilized for integrated trolley systems such as a wheel assist module, heating module, and cooling module. The power source may include a fuel cell system or a rechargeable electrical energy storage device or a combination thereof. The rechargeable electrical energy storage device can be charged by any other power source, including a fuel cell system. The trolley can also be equipped with a fuel tank for easy and safe refueling of a fuel cell system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Driessen Aerospace Group N.V.
    Inventors: Kevin Huang, Lucas Nastase, Tom Schreuder, Andreas Hoogeveen, Adriaan Eijkelenboom, Cyril Morozeau, Olivier Zarrouati
  • Patent number: 9771095
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a stroller with a secondary attachment mechanism to facilitate the attachment of various structures to the stroller. In one embodiment, the secondary attachment mechanism may comprise an infant car seat adapter. In another embodiment, the secondary attachment may comprise a basket. The present disclosure also relates to a basket for use in an expandable stroller system. The expandable stroller system comprises an expandable base. The basket attaches to the expandable stroller system and expands with the expandable base of the stroller system advantageously providing additional storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Austlen Baby Co.
    Inventors: Patrick William Laffan, Leslie Stiba
  • Patent number: 9764754
    Abstract: A push cart, including: a frame, a rear wheel assembly, a front wheel assembly, a connection rod linkage. The frame includes an upper frame and a lower frame, and the upper frame is disposed on the lower frame. The rear wheel assembly is movably disposed on the lower frame or the upper frame. The front wheel assembly is disposed on the lower frame. The frame is connected to the rear wheel assembly via the connection rod linkage. The rotation of the upper frame or the lower frame drives the connection rod linkage to flatten the rear wheel assembly with the upper frame or the lower frame, or to unfold the rear wheel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: Sheng Zhang