Patents Examined by Jason S Morrow
  • Patent number: 10384583
    Abstract: An assist grip includes a retainer having a secured part secured to an attachment surface, and a pair of shaft-supporting parts; and a grip body that has a pair of recessed parts provided at both ends, a guide groove through which the shaft-supporting parts can slide and which is formed in at least one of two inside surfaces facing each other, and bearing holes provided in both inside surfaces; the grip body being turned about the shaft-supporting parts as a fulcrum to switch between a storage position and a usage position. The guide groove extends from the open edges of the recessed parts toward the inner bottom surface, and at least one bearing hole of both inside surfaces has an elastic locking piece positioned in a bearing hole or in the terminal end of the guide groove, the piece matingly or retainingly locking an end part of a shaft-supporting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventors: Takefumi Adachi, Ryuhei Nishida
  • Patent number: 10384518
    Abstract: A vehicle sun visor has a sun visor body including an electrical component, an arm including a cylindrical-end portion on which contact parts of a pair of conductors are arranged and rotatably holding the sun visor body, a mounting bracket for mounting the arm to a vehicle, and a connector attached to the mounting bracket and including a pair of terminals each having a contact portion to contact with a corresponding contact part of the pair of conductors. The mounting bracket includes an arm-supporting portion rotatably supporting a cylindrical-end portion of the arm. The connector is provided with an engaging protrusion. The arm is provided with an annular projection formed on an outer peripheral surface of the cylindrical-end portion exposed outside the arm-supporting portion and configured to engage with the engaging protrusion of the connector. The annular projection has a cutout to guide the engaging protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Noritaka Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 10384582
    Abstract: A truck bed handle apparatus including an elongated body, a central stop portion and a top cross portion. The elongated body extends from a proximal end to a distal end. The elongated body defines a lower pocket portion and an upper handle portion. The central stop portion is spaced apart from each of the proximal end and distal end. The central stop portion has a lower face that is structurally configured to interface with a pocket opening on a truck upon insertion of the lower pocket portion thereinto, so as to limit further insertion. The top cross portion is positioned between the central stop portion and the distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Step-N-Secure, LLC
    Inventors: M. Lawrence Parker, Joseph Brielman
  • Patent number: 10377317
    Abstract: An apparatus for an interior vehicle compartment comprises a seat adapted for moving in a travel direction and a console coupled to the movable seat. The console may include one or more of the following: (a) a collapsible portion for collapsing as a body portion of the console travels with the movable seat in the travel direction; (b) a stepped interface for connecting with the movable seat; (c) a rear drawer with a tiltable door to facilitate access by rear passengers; and (d) a deployable holder for a mobile handheld computer. A stationary base may also be provided for supporting the console during movement, such as along guide rails, which base may contain HVAC components, such as ducts, or electronic components, such as wires. Instead of a mechanical connection using a stepped interface, the coupled movement may also be achieved by commonly controlled motors for the seat and console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Shivraj Karthik Ranganathan, Manjil M. Kale, Robert Michael Coury, Gary D. Mullen, Anthony Ligi, Jr., Glenn Biddinger
  • Patent number: 10377427
    Abstract: An instrument panel reinforcement includes a cylindrical-shaped portion being formed as a single piece, being disposed at a driver's seat side, and extending in a vehicle width direction, and a groove-shaped portion being disposed at a front passenger's seat side, extending in the vehicle width direction, and opening in a predetermined direction. The instrument panel reinforcement is provided for a vehicle. The groove-shaped portion includes a reinforcement member being made of synthetic resin and mounted on a predetermined part of the groove-shaped portion, the part being away from the cylindrical-shaped portion by a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Syunji Mori, Takanobu Kaneko, Yasuhisa Tsuchida, Kiyoichi Kita
  • Patent number: 10369933
    Abstract: An autonomous all-terrain vehicle includes a frame structure, left and right frame rails mounted to the frame structure, and a rack mounted to the frame rails. A forward frame member of the rack includes left and right forward uprights and a forward cross member. The forward uprights include forward mounts each extended inwardly in a lateral direction of the vehicle. A rear frame member of the rack includes left and right rear uprights and a rear cross member. The rear uprights include rear mounts each extended inwardly in the lateral direction. A left rail is disposed between the left uprights of the forward and rear frame members. A right rail is disposed between the right uprights of the forward and rear frame members. The forward and rear left mounts are connected to the left frame rail, and the forward and rear right mounts are connected to the right frame rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Justin M. Winter
  • Patent number: 10363976
    Abstract: A vehicle having a first lateral diffuser provided on a first side of the vehicle and a second lateral diffuser provided on a second side of the vehicle. The first and second lateral diffusers are movably mounted and can be displaced from a retracted position to at least a first deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Adrian Gaylard, Christopher Thompson, Ross Turner
  • Patent number: 10363974
    Abstract: A container apparatus includes a sandwich structure. In another aspect, a sandwich structure of a container apparatus employs at least one core sheet including alternating peaks and valleys therein in addition to at least one adhesively bonded outer face sheet. Moreover, another aspect of a container apparatus includes a wheeled box trailer, an intermodal shipping container, a railroad car, or other box-like holding and transporting device. An inner container liner, such as a floor, or structural container frame rail is attached to a structural sandwich in another aspect. A joint or connection between adjacent sandwich structures and/or a sandwich structure and an elongated beam, for a container apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Celltech Metals Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Cox, Fabien Ebnoether
  • Patent number: 10363984
    Abstract: Inside a radiator shroud covering an outside of an engine or an outside of a radiator supposed to get hot relating to the engine, a first protruding portion and a second protruding portion are provided. An abutting surface to abut on the engine or the radiator is provided at a distal end of each of the first protruding portion and the second protruding portion. The first protruding portion and the second protruding portion are made of resin material with higher heat resistance than a shroud body of the radiator shroud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoya Matsuo, Yuji Noguchi, Masanobu Nagasaki
  • Patent number: 10358173
    Abstract: A device for subdividing vehicle cabs and/or storage spaces into a number of sub-portions, comprising a number of deformable walls and a drive unit for moving the walls between an open position, in which the walls do not subdivide the cab and/or the storage space, and a closure position, in which the walls subdivide the cab and/or the storage space into the sub-portions. The walls become deformed during movement between the closure position and the open position. Also included is a method for subdividing vehicle cabs and/or storage spaces into a number of sub-portions and a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt, Frederic Stefan, Frank Petri
  • Patent number: 10358017
    Abstract: A shielding apparatus for mounting on zero-turn type mowers of the variety having a horizontal cross-member forward of an operator seat and disposed between a pair of longitudinal frame members supporting a cutting deck, the shielding apparatus being comprised of a panel having a lower mount portion and an upper shield portion, the mount portion being mountable to the cross-member such that said shield portion is oriented vertically, perpendicular to the cutting deck. The shield portion is sized, shaped and oriented to substantially blocks debris and insects expelled forwardly and upwardly from beneath the cutting deck of the mower from coming into contact with an operator of the mower. Embodiments of the subject shielding apparatus are adapted for magnetic mounting to the mower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: William R. Harris
  • Patent number: 10358167
    Abstract: A vehicle front structure includes a radiator support upper, a first connection member and a second connection member. The radiator support upper is provided with a connected portion on an inner side with respect to both ends of the radiator support upper in a vehicle width direction. When viewed in a vehicle longitudinal direction, the first connection member connects the connected portion with a bumper reinforcement in an oblique direction such that a portion of the first connection member, connected to the connected portion, is located on an inner side in the vehicle width direction with respect to a portion of the first connection member, connected to the bumper reinforcement. The second connection member connects the radiator support upper with a vehicle component. A portion of the second connection member, connected to the radiator support upper, is located on a central axis of the first connection member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takanori Hayashi, Kenji Sato, Mamiko Yamatani
  • Patent number: 10351035
    Abstract: A vehicle comprises: a floor pan; a riser attached to the floor pan, the riser comprising a pin-guide surface at least partially surrounding a pin-receiving aperture, the pin-guide surface having an angled portion; and a seatback comprising a retractable pivot pin assembly, which includes a pin; inserted into the pin-receiving aperture of the riser; wherein, the pin is inserted into the pin-receiving aperture; and wherein, during the insertion of the pin into the pin-receiving aperture, the pin first contacts the angled portion of the pin-guide surface while the pin is in an extended state. During the insertion of the pin into the pin-receiving aperture, as the pin moves toward the pin-receiving aperture, the angled portion of the pin-guide surface forces the pin toward a retracted state within the retractable pivot pin assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Raghavan Narayan Setlur, George Jacob
  • Patent number: 10350977
    Abstract: An apparatus for partially covering a door or window opening in a vehicle comprises a collapsible cover. The cover may include a plurality of movable members adapted for moving along a support to at least partially expose the door or window opening. A plurality of movable members in the form of panels may be provided, along with actuators for rotating and/or moving one or more of the panels between the raised and collapsed configuration. One or more of the panels may be at least partially transparent or translucent, and seals may be provided for sealing the panels within the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Michael Babbage, Henry W Hausler, Danielle Marie Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10343556
    Abstract: A seat track assembly including a first rail configured to move along a second rail. The assembly may include a roller cage disposed at least partially between the first rail and the second rail. In embodiments, the assembly includes a stopper that projects from an inner surface of the second rail and is configured to restrict movement of the roller cage while the movement of the first rail relative to the second rail is independent of the stopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Marc Laumeier, Klaus Walter, Michael Wojatzki, Peter Stutika, Frantisek Kotulak
  • Patent number: 10343727
    Abstract: A rear deck post assembly is provided for reinforcing a cargo bed of a utility vehicle. The assembly includes a first deck mount coupled to a vehicle frame, and a first rear deck post coupled to the first deck mount. A second deck mount is provided coupled to the vehicle frame and spaced apart from the first deck mount. A second rear deck post is coupled to the second deck mount. A deck sill component is provided longitudinally extending between the first deck post and the second deck post. Deck bolts may be used to couple the deck sill component, deck mounts, and deck posts to the vehicle frame. The first and second deck mounts and deck posts may be a cast aluminum alloy, a cast magnesium alloy, or a fiber reinforced composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Hihara, Christopher M. Higgins, Scott P. Robison, Scott L. Frederick, Adam D. Holmstrom
  • Patent number: 10344513
    Abstract: A component for a vehicle interior is disclosed. The vehicle trim component may comprise a base comprising a compartment; a cover coupled to the base configured for movement relative to the compartment; a blocker coupled to the base configured to selectively engage with the cover; and a mechanism coupled to the blocker. The mechanism may be configured to move the blocker between a deployed position when the cover is not engaged with the blocker and a retracted position when the cover is engaged with the blocker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Shanghai Yangeng Jinqiao Automotive Trim Systems Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Randal John Vanhoof, Amit Mukund Patankar, John Grooters, Chris J Harmelink
  • Patent number: 10343634
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a vehicle structure, a bumper, an elongate structural member, and an extension portion. The elongate structural member is able to crush longitudinally in response to application of force in a longitudinal direction. The extension portion is able to crush longitudinally in response to application of force in the longitudinal direction, is connected to the elongate structural member such that the elongate structural member and the extension portion support the bumper with respect to the vehicle structure, and is operable to move the bumper between an extended position and a retracted position with respect to the vehicle structure to change a distance between the bumper and the vehicle structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Mikael Fermer, Alice C. Watts, Joel Frederic Jensen, Ronald Jack Smith, Mark B. Rober, Sung Hoon Kim, David Jennings Dostal, Russell Cranstoun Mead, Jr., Todd Elliot Lewis, Jesse T. Buehler, Nathaniel J. Dennis, Tommaso P. Rivellini, Robert R. Mayer, Anthony S. Montevirgen, Donald J. Parr, Bryce A. Woollard, Adam J. Golman, Kevin P. Makowski, Daniel E. Rivera
  • Patent number: 10343586
    Abstract: A shelter system configured to removably couple with a vehicle. The shelter system includes a top portion and a bottom portion that are slidably coupled such that the top and bottom portions are operable to assume a collapsed configuration with the top and bottom portions nested together with a shelter cabin having a first volume. The shelter system is also configured to assume an extended configuration having the top portion extending upward with the shelter cabin having a second volume that is greater than the first volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Strato Gear Corp.
    Inventor: Mark Stoetzl
  • Patent number: 10343502
    Abstract: An open roof construction comprises at least one guide rail and front and rear closure panels. An operating mechanism supports the front panel and is adjustable between a closed position and an open position. The operating mechanism comprises rear supports connected to the front panel and two parallel guide tracks. A rear guide track portion extends rearwardly beyond the roof opening. The rear panel and the sidewardly adjacent fixed roof include a passage opening to allow the supports to support the front panel when the support is positioned in the rear guide track portion. The rear panel and the adjacent fixed roof are each provided with a seal to close the passage opening and to allow the support member to move between the seals, which, when viewed from above, extend in a non-parallel fashion with respect to each other and to the guide track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: INALFA ROOF SYSTEMS GROUP B.V.
    Inventor: Marcel Johan Christiaan Nellen