Patents Examined by Jacob B Meyer
  • Patent number: 11110977
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a chassis, a suspension system coupled to the chassis, a front axle, a first rear axle, and a second rear axle coupled to the chassis by the suspension system, and a powertrain coupled to the chassis and at least one of the front axle, the first rear axle, and the second rear axle. The powertrain is configured to drive the at least one of the front axle, the first rear axle, and the second rear axle. The chassis, the suspension system, the front axle, the first rear axle, and the second rear axle provide a payload capacity rating of at least 1,750 pounds. The vehicle has an overall width between 60 inches and 80 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Chad K. Smith, Robert S. Messina, Chris K. Yakes, Mark J. Charniak, Neil E. DeKarske, Mike A. Koenigs, Michael S. Poetter, Devon C. Palmer, Jesse D. Gander, Jason J. Zuleger, Megan N. Schultz, Troy D. Lind, Michael R. Yanacek, Kevin L. Pennau, Andrew L. Drach, Steve Volkman, Nathaniel J. Harter, Justin N. Rittenhouse, Peter K. Kramer, Annelise L. Kotenberg, Christopher J. Rukas
  • Patent number: 11110948
    Abstract: Disclosed is a four-wheeled folding handcart, including: a main body; and a loading plate provided with at least one loading plate wheel unit at a lower portion thereof, connected to the main body via a hinge unit such that the loading plate is folded by the hinge unit while being rotated toward the main body, and loading an article thereon. The loading plate wheel unit is connected to a wheel rod rotated by the rotation of the hinge unit in a direction perpendicular to a rotational direction of the hinge unit. The loading plate wheel unit is configured such that, when the loading plate is rotated and folded, the loading plate wheel unit is rotated and folded as the wheel rod rotates, and when the loading plate is rotated and unfolded, the loading plate wheel unit is rotated and unfolded as the wheel rod rotates reversely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventors: Jae Ho Song, Won Seok Song, Bo Kyoung Song
  • Patent number: 11097412
    Abstract: A mechanic's creeper assembly includes a panel that can be worn on a user's back. A first belt is slidably coupled to the panel and the first belt can be wrapped around the user to retain the panel on the user's back. A second belt is slidably coupled to the panel and the second belt can be wrapped around the user to retain the panel on the user's back. A pair of wheel mounts is each of the wheel mounts is coupled to opposite sides of the panel and each of the wheel mounts has a plurality of engagement points thereon. A pair of wheel units is provided and each of the wheel units is removably coupled to a respective one of the wheel mounts for rolling along the ground. Each of the wheel units engages a selected one of the engagement points in the respective wheel mount thereby spacing each of wheel units a selectable distance below the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventor: Rekeft Dosky
  • Patent number: 11097757
    Abstract: The present invention is generally a load-bearing assembly that may be expanded so as to increase a surface area on which to support different sized loads. The load-bearing assembly may be constructed with multiple T-shaped frames or housings that register with each other forming a unique H-shaped frame design. The two T-shaped housings register with each other in a manner that facilitates the adjustment of the width of the load-bearing assembly. Extensions enclosed within each housing and extendable at terminal ends of each T-shaped housing extend outwardly from their respective terminal ends to adjust a length of the load-bearing assembly. The load-bearing assembly may be constructed of a light, sturdy metal alloy that is lightweight. Applications include moving inventory inside warehouses or moving furniture or appliances from one location to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventor: Filemon Aguirre
  • Patent number: 11091023
    Abstract: A wheel assembly includes an attachment module, a motor module, a battery module, and a wheel. The wheel is rotatably coupled to the attachment module about a rotational axis of the wheel. The attachment module has a plurality of coupling elements, and the motor module and the battery module each releasably couple to one of the coupling elements. The wheel extends around the attachment, motor, and battery modules. The motor and battery modules are identically shaped in a direction along the rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Yilma, Travis Justin Raines, Pattrick Loew, Brian Robert Spahn
  • Patent number: 11084522
    Abstract: A steering assembly including a motor assembly, a worm assembly, and a coupler assembly is provided. The worm assembly includes a worm member defining a central axis and having first and second ends. The coupler assembly may include an adapter having a first wall defining a through-hole sized to receive a portion of the first end therein. The coupler assembly may operatively connect the motor assembly and the worm assembly. The worm member and the adapter may be arranged with one another such that pressing a swedge tool against a face of the worm member in a direction substantially parallel with the central axis deforms the first end to overlap a portion of the worm member onto a portion of the adapter adjacent the through-hole to secure the worm member and adapter to one another and to axially retain the worm member in a position relative to the central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel J. Diffin, Matthew T. Strickler, Jeremy E. Reisig
  • Patent number: 11071903
    Abstract: A blade for an ice skate (e.g., for playing hockey). The ice skate comprises a skate boot for receiving a foot of a user and a blade holder for holding the blade. The blade may be designed to be lightweight yet strong and possibly provide other performance benefits to the user, including by being made of different materials (e.g., at least three different materials) that are strategically arranged and secured to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: BAUER HOCKEY LLC
    Inventors: Ivan Labonte, Alexis Seguin, Jean-Francois Corbeil, Candide Deschenes
  • Patent number: 11065949
    Abstract: Provided herein is an electric axle assembly including a first motor-generator assembly, a second motor generator assembly, an axle housing, a first axle half shaft drivingly connected to the first motor-generator assembly and a second axle half shaft drivingly connected to the second motor-generator assembly. The first and second motor-generator assemblies each include a motor-generator and a housing and gear carrier portion. The axle housing includes a first axle tube portion, a second axle tube portion, a center portion, and an opening extending through the center portion of the axle housing, wherein the first axle tube portion and the second axle tube portion are disposed on axial opposite sides of the central portion. The first and second half shafts extended into the opening of the axle housing, and the first motor-generator assembly and the second motor-generator assembly are connected to the axle housing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Dana Heavy Vehicle Systems Group, LLC
    Inventor: James F. Ziech
  • Patent number: 11059373
    Abstract: A delivery AGV has a hybrid braking system. An emergency electrical brake shorts between motor contacts to stop the AGV quickly, but it doesn't work well to keep the AGV stopped, such as when on a hill. A mechanical parking brake is electrically actuated to lock the wheels. Both systems can be used at once for stopping the AGV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ennio Claretti, Nicolas Kurczewski, Andrew Stubbs
  • Patent number: 11046354
    Abstract: A steering system for a vehicle, including an input shaft, via which a steering force can be input by a steering element, an output shaft acting on a steering actuating mechanism, a coupling for connecting and disconnecting the input shaft and the output shaft with and from each other, respectively, and at least one actuator, by which the coupling can be actuated to couple and uncouple the input shaft and the output shaft with and from each other, wherein in the uncoupled state, the output shaft is independently rotatable relative to the input shaft in such a manner that a steer-by-wire drive controllable by a control unit is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Thomas Klinger
  • Patent number: 11040585
    Abstract: A trailer coupling comprises a cross member unit, which is mountable on a tail region of a body, and a bearing unit held by the cross member unit. A ball neck with a coupling ball is held on the cross member unit by the bearing unit. The cross member unit is connected in its two outer, mutually opposed end regions to mounting elements for fixation to the tail region. The cross member unit has an upper supporting structure and a lower supporting structure. The supporting structures are each connected at their mutually opposed outer end regions to the mounting elements and in a central region carry the bearing unit. One of the supporting structures is primarily torsionally rigid and at least partially surrounds a structure interior, and that the other of the supporting structures is primarily tensile stiff in the direction of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: ACPS Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Holz
  • Patent number: 11033444
    Abstract: Wheelchair with two independent driving arms fixed to the frame by pivot bearings at a low position. The driving arms extend to a sufficient height for the user to hold their upper portions and to move them in forward-backward directions around the pivotal bearings. Ropes are connected to the lower sections of the driving arms. Two large wheels have wheel hubs equipped with freewheel, and each wheel hub have a rope drums attached with a spring bias, and a winding made of rope. Pulling a the rope in forward direction results in turning the wheel hub in forward direction, and when the rope drum (31, 31?) is turned in the other direction the freewheel releases the connection towards the large wheel. The wheel hub comprises a release mechanism that releases the freewheel when the large wheel is moved in backward direction and backward movement gets allowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventors: László Mórucz, Zoltán Kálazi
  • Patent number: 11027771
    Abstract: A steering assistance device includes: a steering angle detection unit that detects the steering angle of a vehicle; a pump unit that performs steering assistance of the vehicle by using oil pressure; a motor that performs steering assistance of the vehicle by using electrical power; and a steering control unit that causes the pump unit to perform steering assistance with the steering assistance amount thereof reduced by a predetermined amount from the predetermined steering assistance amount, and causes the motor to perform steering assistance, in a case where the pump unit can perform steering assistance in a steering assistance amount predetermined for the detected steering angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Teruhiko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11021199
    Abstract: A foldable transportation trailer able to be folded in two separate locations to enable the folded trailer to assume a vertical position behind the vehicle towing it, when not in use, thus providing a substantially minimal footprint to the trailer in its compacted state. In this manner, when compacted and folded, the trailer reduces from an elongated length of approximately 20 feet, to a length of 3 feet when compacted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventor: Wayne Linkletter
  • Patent number: 11021182
    Abstract: A handle cover according to various exemplary embodiments can include a collapsible corrugated tube comprising a tube body of a tubular shape defining spiral corrugations having spiral ridges and spiral grooves, which are arranged alternately running transverse to a length of the tube. A slot is formed longitudinally along the length of the tube. At least one antimicrobial agent is impregnated throughout the tube for inhibiting growth of microbes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: iGrip Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael V. DeGrazia
  • Patent number: 11014438
    Abstract: A hybrid straddle vehicle comprises a hybrid traveling driving power unit including an engine and a traveling motor, the hybrid traveling driving power unit being configured to generate driving power for allowing the hybrid straddle vehicle to travel; a fuel tank which stores therein fuel to be supplied to the engine; and a battery unit which stores therein electric power to be supplied to the traveling motor. An outer end of the fuel tank in a vehicle width direction is located outward of the battery unit in the vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: Yoshimoto Matsuda
  • Patent number: 11014604
    Abstract: A hydraulic steering arrangement (1) is described comprising a supply port arrangement having a pressure port (P) and tank port (T), a working port arrangement having two working ports (L, R), a steering unit (2) arranged between the supply port arrangement and the working port arrangement and a steering valve (3) arranged between the supply port arrangement and the working port arrangement. Such a steering arrangement should have a safety means. To this end in a manual steering mode the steering valve (3) is connected to the working port arrangement through the steering unit (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventors: Soren Pedersen, Morten Bruhn
  • Patent number: 11007421
    Abstract: A snow ski assembly is provided for use by an individual to slide across a snow covered surface, for example, under the force of gravity. The assembly includes a ski having a bottom wall for engaging a snow covered surface and an upturned peripheral region extending around a perimeter of the bottom wall to help facilitate sliding movement of the ski across a snow covered surface in any direction, without preference to a particular direction, and to help inhibit the ski from digging into the snow covered surface when sliding across the snow covered surface. The assembly also includes a mounting feature for coupling a binding to the bottom wall of the ski, such that an individual can position a foot in the binding and use the ski to slide across the snow covered surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventors: John Pfeifer, Michael C. Marner
  • Patent number: 11000432
    Abstract: A moving device adapted to be actuated by a prime mover is disclosed. The moving device allows a caregiver to ride thereon. The moving device comprises a vehicle body and a plurality of rotors. The vehicle body includes a first frame portion and a second frame portion. The first frame portion allows the caregiver to ride thereon and the second frame portion allows a care receiver to ride thereon. The plurality of rotors are provided on the first frame portion and are rotatable in accordance with movement of the vehicle body. A wheel base defined by the plurality of rotors is constant. The second frame portion is provided on the first frame portion so as to be movable in accordance with a motion of the caregiver riding on and getting off the first frame portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventors: Hitoshi Katsura, Kazuhito Maeda, Taichi Kitamura, Chika Baba
  • Patent number: 10995651
    Abstract: An exhaust system for a combustion engine of a motor vehicle comprises a support plate on which at least one exhaust line or at least one exhaust silencer is provided. The support plate is made of a plastic material. A motor vehicle comprises a combustion engine and an exhaust system which is arranged in an underfloor tunnel of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Boris Kienle