Patents Examined by Jason S Morrow
  • Patent number: 10894496
    Abstract: A container holder is disclosed and includes an inner body defining an innermost surface, an outer body at least partially surrounding the inner body that is rotatable about an axis of rotation, and one or more retaining members. The retaining members each define a retaining surface and are configured to abut against and exert a clamping force upon the container. The retaining members are each connected to the inner body by a hinged connection and are configured to actuate about the hinged connection between a first position where the retaining surface is at a maximum distance when measured from the axis of rotation of the outer body and a second position where the retaining surface is measured at a minimum distance when measured from the axis of rotation of the outer body. The container holder also includes one or more camming members disposed around the outer body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Nithish Sukumar
  • Patent number: 10894518
    Abstract: A door trim installed in a vehicle includes an upper board and a lower board. The upper board includes a mounting boss. The lower board includes a body and a mounting flange. The body defines a lower portion of the door trim. The mounting flange extends upward from an upper edge of the body and includes a mounting hole. The mounting flange is disposed behind a back face of the upper board. The mounting boss protrudes from the back face of the upper board toward the mounting hole of the mounting flange. The mounting hole includes a through hole portion and a slot portion. The mounting boss is inserted in the through hole portion. The slot portion extends from a front section of a hole edge of the through hole portion toward a front of the vehicle to communicate with the through hole portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignees: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomonari Masuda, Mitsuaki Eshima
  • Patent number: 10894562
    Abstract: A vehicle floor structure includes a floor tunnel arranged in a center of a vehicle interior in a vehicle width direction from a front end of the vehicle interior to a rear side, the floor tunnel projecting upwardly from a floor surface of the vehicle interior, a tunnel reinforcement that is a reinforcing member covering the floor tunnel, the tunnel reinforcement projecting upwardly from the floor surface of the vehicle interior and extending in a vehicle length direction, and a first floor crossmember extending in the vehicle width direction on the floor surface of the vehicle interior. An opening is formed in each of a pair of side walls of the tunnel reinforcement, the side walls facing each other in the vehicle width direction and the first floor crossmember is arranged so as to go across an inside of the tunnel reinforcement through the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Kasai
  • Patent number: 10889335
    Abstract: A motor vehicle body encompasses a surface-coated bodyshell having an underbody carrying portion and a underbody that is embodied separately from the bodyshell and is fixedly joined to the underbody carrying portion, the underbody having a planar, multiply curved underbody structure component encompassing fiber-reinforced plastic, as well as at least one underbody member, joined to the underbody structure component, having a member material different from the structural material of the underbody structure component; a support projection, on which the underbody member is braced and to which the underbody member is fixedly joined by adhesive bonding, protruding toward the vehicle interior from the underbody carrying portion; the vehicle body encompasses at least one securing structure component that is embodied separately both from the bodyshell and from the underbody and encompasses at least two limbs arranged at an angle to one another, which component is joined to the bodyshell and/or to the underbody member
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Röchling Automotive SE & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jochem Fischer
  • Patent number: 10889333
    Abstract: A motor vehicle has a self-supporting body which has a passenger compartment, with two longitudinal members, with two rear reinforcing struts which run in a V-shaped manner and are fastened at the front ends thereof to lateral longitudinal member portions of the two longitudinal members. The lateral longitudinal portions run below the passenger compartment. The two reinforcing struts are arranged at the rear ends thereof on a receiving component. The receiving component is a plastics/metal hybrid component which is composed of an open, shell-shaped metal component and of a fiber-reinforced reinforcing plastics component. The plastics component is integrated in the metal component and reinforces the metal component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Maria Birnkammer, Peter Hirsch, Clemens Walther
  • Patent number: 10889172
    Abstract: A door mirror has a mirror base attached to a door-side panel, and a mirror seal disposed between the mirror base and the door-side panel. A concave section at least a part thereof is formed by an outer edge portion of the mirror seal and that opens toward a side of a door is provided at an inner side of a front edge portion of the mirror base. A door weatherstrip has a wind entering restriction wall that crosses a front side of the door-side panel and protrudes in a vehicle outer side than the door-side panel, and that is inserted into the concave section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaka Iwai, Yasuhiro Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10882560
    Abstract: A vehicle-body lower structure includes: a side sill; and a cross member, wherein the side sill includes a side sill outer and a side sill inner, a bulk having a shape corresponding to the cross member is provided on the opposite side of the side sill inner from the cross member in a closed-section space formed by the side sill outer and the side sill inner, and the bulk includes a front wall portion, a rear wall portion placed behind the front wall portion in the vehicle-body front-rear direction, and a connecting wall portion connecting the front wall portion and the rear wall portion, the front wall portion and the connecting wall portion forming a first edge line extending in the vehicle width direction, and the rear wall portion and the connecting wall, portion forming a second edge line extending in the vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukihiro Onishi, Nobuhiro Ichimura, Mikio Nakashima
  • Patent number: 10883294
    Abstract: An adjustable hinge assembly (10) for securing a boot lid to the body of a vehicle has a mounting member (22) for attachment to the body. An adjustment member (24) is connected to the mounting member for pivotal movement about a first axis X and a hinge arm (18) on which the boot lid is mounted is connected to the adjustment member for pivotal movement about a second axis Y parallel to but spaced from the first axis. An adjusting mechanism (26) is operative to selectively adjust the pivotal position of the adjustment member (24) relative to the mounting member (22) in order to adjust the position of the boot lid relative to a body in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Bentley Motors Limited
    Inventors: David Molyneux, Steve Crowe, Gary David Green, Matthew Robinson, Paul Wentworth, Thirupathi Adla
  • Patent number: 10882381
    Abstract: A windshield and a vehicle having a windshield are provided. The windshield includes a right-side bulging portion disposed at a right-side lower portion, a left-side bulging portion disposed at a left-side lower portion, and at least one protrusion disposed at an upper edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Kustom Cycles, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian R. Klock, Daniel R. Cheeseman, Logan S. Homstad, Jennifer N. Bainbridge, Jason P. Hanson, Randall J. Rothlisberger
  • Patent number: 10875389
    Abstract: A top arrangement of a motor vehicle having a hard-top or folding-top section and a top cutout which borders the hard-top or folding-top section and which can be either closed or at least partially opened by means of a top opening system comprising at least one displaceable lid element, which can be shifted over the hard-top or folding-top section, and a top cover, which spans at least the hard-top or folding-top section in a closed position of the top opening system and is fixed to the lid element across its entire width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: WEBASTO SE
    Inventor: Alexander Haimerl
  • Patent number: 10875392
    Abstract: A tonneau cover for a vehicle cargo includes a first panel having a first opening structured to enable fluid communication between a first side of the first panel and a second side of the first panel opposite the first side. The tonneau cover defines at least one airflow passage in fluid communication with the first opening and extending along the second side of the first panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Paxton S. Williams, Scott Louis Frederick
  • Patent number: 10876559
    Abstract: A panel assembly for a motor vehicle includes a first panel element and a second panel element that is connected to the first panel element. The first panel element has a fastening extension that is connected to a receiving section on the second panel element by way of a connector. The fastening extension further has a latch that is to interlock with a locking opening in the receiving section of the second panel element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Marc Weber
  • Patent number: 10870396
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding an article such as an umbrella includes a housing having a receiver, a sidewall and a guideway on the sidewall. The apparatus also includes a plunger held in the receiver and displaceable between a first position and a second position. The plunger includes a follower that slides along the guideway. A method of releasing an umbrella from a receiver in a housing held in a motor vehicle component is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Luis Adrian Tena Han, Carmen Frida Vargas Garcia
  • Patent number: 10864870
    Abstract: A bumper cross beam connects to a body of a motor vehicle, in particular connects directly or indirectly to a left longitudinal beam and a right longitudinal beam. The bumper cross beam has a hollow profile base carrier which is reinforced on the front exterior in the travel direction by a front U-profile carrier element. A non-free limb of the front U-profile carrier element is spaced apart from a front side of the hollow profile base carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Johannes Fender, Niko Fontein, Simon Hesse, Lennart Keuthage, Gerald Scheidacker
  • Patent number: 10857871
    Abstract: A vehicle rear structure prevents early deterioration of fastening portions on side members of a battery pack having a large mass caused by vertical vibrations during travelling of a vehicle. The vehicle rear structure includes a pair of side members disposed on right and left sides of the vehicle in a width direction of the vehicle and extending in a front-rear direction of the vehicle, and a battery pack whose bottom surface side is fastened to the side members. The vehicle rear structure also includes an upper back skeletal member extending in the width direction of the vehicle above the battery pack and fixed to the body of the vehicle, in which an upper surface side of the battery pack is fixed to the upper back skeletal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Fumiaki Sato
  • Patent number: 10850792
    Abstract: A motorcycle (1) including: —a supporting structure; —at least two wheels (2,3) constrained to the supporting structure; —a traction engine (4) constrained to the supporting structure and a transmission system (5) adapted to transmit the motion from the traction engine (4) to at least one (3) of the two wheels (2, 3); —a storage container (10) fixed to the supporting structure having an internal compartment (11) and a closing device (12) movable with respect to the supporting structure between a closing position and an opening position in order to prevent the access to the internal compartment (11) in the closing position and to allow the access to the internal compartment (11) in the opening position. The storage container (10) includes at least one presence detector (30) adapted to output an electrical signal representative of the presence and/or absence of at least one object (9) in the internal compartment (11) of the storage container (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. S.P.A.
    Inventors: Giovanni Bolognese, Alberto Gracci
  • Patent number: 10850676
    Abstract: The auxiliary truck bed rack is an elevated rack system. The auxiliary truck bed rack mounts on the pickup truck such that the auxiliary truck bed rack is elevated above the port sidewall and the starboard sidewall of the pickup truck. The load path provided by the auxiliary truck bed rack adjusts such that the internal strains on the load can be minimized while stored on the auxiliary truck bed rack. The auxiliary truck bed rack comprises a forward crossbeam, one or more middle crossbeams, an aft crossbeam, a port beam, and a starboard beam. The port beam mounts on the port sidewall of the pickup truck. The starboard beam mounts on the starboard sidewall of the pickup truck. The forward crossbeam, the one or more middle crossbeams, and the aft crossbeam are transverse structures that attach to both the port sidewall and the starboard sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Worker
  • Patent number: 10850659
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods are disclosed for an interchangeable truck bed is disclosed. A truck chassis including an electric motor. An interchangeable truck bed unit is configured to detachably couple with a truck chassis. A power source for an electric motor is disposed in an interchangeable truck bed unit to provide power to the electric motor through an electrical coupling between the interchangeable truck bed unit and a truck chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: NR-LOK, CORP.
    Inventors: Greg Stocks, Thomas Mudge
  • Patent number: 10850776
    Abstract: A motor vehicle has a self-supporting body which has a passenger compartment, with two longitudinal members, with two rear reinforcing struts which run in a V-shaped manner and are fastened at the front ends thereof to lateral longitudinal member portions of the two longitudinal members. The lateral longitudinal portions run below the passenger compartment. The two reinforcing struts are arranged at the rear ends thereof on a receiving component. The receiving component is a plastics/metal hybrid component which is composed of an open, shell-shaped metal component and of a fiber-reinforced reinforcing plastics component. The plastics component is integrated in the metal component and reinforces the metal component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Maria Birnkammer, Peter Hirsch, Clemens Walther
  • Patent number: 10850777
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided in which a plurality of attachment connecting portions are provided easily and the functionality of a carrier can be improved. A front carrier includes a pair of left and right side resting portions. The side resting portion includes a resting plate forming a loading surface and including edge portions of mounting holes as a plurality of attachment connecting portion. The resting plate includes cut-out portions inside corner portions thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Kobayashi, Tetsutaro Takasugi, Anthony M. Schroeder