Patents Examined by Jeffrey Allen
  • Patent number: 11408749
    Abstract: A method and system for providing navigation commands allows users to navigate to a destination by way of haptic feedback. The method and system employ: (1) a processor executed software application, and (2) one or more vibrating nodes worn by a user. Upon providing a destination via an application, the application sends commands to the nodes to vibrate along a specific signature to indicate, through the sense of touch, navigation commands to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventor: Stephen Wesley Schad, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11391590
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for selecting a map from a plurality of maps having different resolutions for a moving object includes dynamically selecting an appropriate map from maps having different levels of details according to environment information, such that a minimum amount of required map is loaded, thereby effectively improving the data processing efficiency of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Maximilian Doemling, Sebastian Granzow, Wanli Jiang, Qianshan Li, Jianpeng Li, Shuhan Lv, Hongshan Xu, Tao Xu
  • Patent number: 11391593
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted device that includes: a memory; and a processor, wherein the processor is configured to: detect an own vehicle position; transmit position information that indicates the detected own vehicle position to a location outside the own vehicle, together with car model information that indicates a car model of the own vehicle; receive position information of another vehicle of a predetermined specific car model or map information that indicates a position of the other vehicle, from the location outside the own vehicle; and display the position of the other vehicle on a monitor as a map, based on a reception result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Yamada, Takahiro Suzuki, Yosuke Tokuda, Taiki Nakamura, Miyu Tanaka, Kentaro Otokubo
  • Patent number: 11393238
    Abstract: A system for controlling an operation of a vehicle when a passenger is secure in a child car seat can receive data from one or more sensors within a passenger compartment of the vehicle, analyze the data to determine that a passenger is secure in a child car seat within the vehicle, and cause the vehicle to switch from operating in a first mode of operation, such as a bidirectional mode, to a second mode of operation, such as a unidirectional mode. The system may determine a direction of travel for the vehicle based on a pose of the passenger within the vehicle. The system can cause the vehicle to improve the riding experience of the passenger, such as by outputting media content to the passenger or modifying the operational characteristics of the vehicle, for example, by rocking the vehicle from front to back and/or side to side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy David Kentley-Klay
  • Patent number: 11383727
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and computer-readable media are described. In one example, a method of controlling a vehicle comprises: receiving, using one or more sensors, a first set of measurements of a set of physical attributes of the vehicle in a motion; determining, based on a motion data model that defines a set of relationships among the set of physical attributes of the vehicle in the motion and based on the first set of measurements, a set of expected measurements of the set of physical attributes; determining whether to use an entirety of the first set of measurements to control an operation of the vehicle based on comparing the first set of measurements and the set of expected measurements; and responsive to determining not to use the entirety of the first set of measurements, controlling the operation of the vehicle based on a second set of measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Urs Niesen, Jubin Jose, Xinzhou Wu
  • Patent number: 10227166
    Abstract: A beverage container closure or lid that is adapted for closing an open end of a beverage container. The lid is selectively couplable to the beverage container and includes a selectively openable stopper that when closed, creates a fluid-tight seal between the beverage container and the environment. The stopper may be selectively opened by a user by the user pressing a button disposed on a side of the beverage container closure. The stopper is subsequently automatically closed when the user releases the button. Thus, a user may open and close the beverage container closure using a single hand without the need to remove the beverage container closure from the beverage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Pacific Market International, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Sean Gilbert, Randy Sims
  • Patent number: 10207282
    Abstract: A wash-free air-guiding cover includes a cover having a body with a fixing seat disposed on a side thereof. A ventilation tube is disposed on the fixing seat and includes a ventilation hole intercommunicated with the other side of the body. An air guiding device is mounted to the fixing seat and includes a tube having first, second, and third air guiding spaces. The air guiding device further includes first and second sealing members and first and second flow guiding rods. Air flowing into the tube must flow zigzag through the first, second, and third air guiding spaces and between the first and second flow guiding rods and the second and third air guiding spaces, assuring smooth flow of air during the painting operation and avoiding the paint from leaking via the ventilation tube and the ventilation hole of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Hung-Yen Cheng, Kai-Cheng Chang
  • Patent number: 10206416
    Abstract: A multilayer high pressure cylindrical vessel (1) has an inner metal cylinder (3), the inner surface defining an inner volume of the vessel (1) along the radial direction, an outer metal cylinder (4), and one intermediate cylindrical layer sandwiched in space between the inner cylinder (3) and the outer cylinder (4) has and comprising a number of circular wedge segments (51) separated by gaps (52). To improve the vessel there exists an interference fit between the one intermediate cylindrical layer and the adjoining solid cylinders and said gaps (52) are broken by bridges (522) connecting angularly adjacent circular segments (51) and defining two axially adjacent gap sections (521) so that the cylindrical layer is a single cylindrical element (5), and the circular wedge segments (51) separated by gaps (52) both extend in parallel to each other along the longitudinal axis of the vessel (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: EXDIN SOLUTIONS SP. Z O.O
    Inventor: Grzegorz Widłak
  • Patent number: 10207864
    Abstract: Waste bin liners, such as rigid liners, methods of using waste bin liners, and combinations of waste bins with a liner, are disclosed. In one example hook parts of a waste bin liner are extended in sequence over and under a perimeter rim of a waste bin, and laterally inward of a part of the perimeter rim. In one example a rigid liner has multi-purpose hook parts that lock to the rim of a waste bin, and also form lifting handles for removing the liner from the bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Brandon Thomas McBride
  • Patent number: 10196173
    Abstract: A container assembly including a number of sidewall assemblies is provided. Each sidewall assembly includes a number of sidewalls. Each sidewall includes a generally planar perimeter and a number of tapered edge segments. The sidewalls are disposed in an enclosing configuration wherein a number of the tapered edge segments overlap. The sidewalls define a generally enclosed space. Further, each overlapping tapered edge segment is coupled to an adjacent overlapping tapered edge segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: 500 Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Paolo Tiramani
  • Patent number: 10182972
    Abstract: A flexible sealing lid and connector device for a drink container includes a container attachment band for wrapping around and attaching to the drink container. A resiliently flexible lid component is interconnected by a flexible connector element to the container attachment band. The lid component includes a neck portion for resiliently expanding to receive and sealably grip a periphery of the drink container such that the lid component covers a liquid dispensing opening of the drink container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: Yesica Viviana Trawick, Esther Paulina Gallego
  • Patent number: 10179672
    Abstract: A container assembly includes at least one container that can be stacked, which has a base unit having a main accommodating body and having a carrying handle and which also has two auxiliary accommodating bodies, which sit on the main accommodating body and cover a main accommodating chamber formed therein in a basic position. Each auxiliary accommodating body has an auxiliary accommodating chamber that can be closed by means of a pivotable closing cover. The auxiliary accommodating bodies can be moved into an access position, in which the auxiliary accommodating bodies make the main accommodating chamber accessible. In addition, couplers are arranged on the base unit wherein the couplers enable vertical coupling of a plurality of stacked containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: TTS Tooltechnic Systems AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Timo Kuhls, Lutz Wolle
  • Patent number: 10173826
    Abstract: A storage container for food and other items and a method of venting a storage container. The storage container may include a container body and a removable lid. The removable lid may include a flexible sealing lip that traverses the perimeter of a rigid central cover portion. At least one venting aperture may extend through the rigid central cover portion. Additionally, the storage container may include a latch moveable between a latched position and an unlatched position. The latch may include a gripping portion configured to grip a peripheral rim of the container body and a sealing portion configured to cover the venting aperture when the latch occupies the latched position. When the latch occupies the unlatched position, the sealing portion may uncover the venting aperture to permit venting of steam and other gases from within the storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: RUBBERMAID INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Joseph Michael Sexton, Evan Allen Fulford, Gianna Lint
  • Patent number: 10167127
    Abstract: A bottle includes a bottom wall portion of a bottom portion, grounding portion at an outer circumferential edge, rising circumferential wall portion continuous with grounding portion from the bottle radial inner side, and movable wall portion protrudes from the rising circumferential wall portion upper end. The movable wall portion movable upward around a connected portion to the rising circumferential wall portion. Plurality of ribs are radially disposed around bottle axis on the movable wall portion, and ribs include main recess that is recessed upward, and connection recess. Plurality of main recesses arranged at predetermined intervals in the bottle radial direction, and connection recess connects main recesses, adjacent to each other in the bottle radial direction, in the bottle radial direction together. A depth ratio D2/D1 that is the ratio of a depth (D2) of the connection recess to a depth (D1) of each main recess <2/9 and ?1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroki Oguchi
  • Patent number: 10167119
    Abstract: A spout (20) for a lid (10), where the lid (10) is constructed and arranged to fit over and close an open top of a container (150). The spout (20) has an elongated fluid conduit (22) having two ends (24, 25) and lying along a conduit longitudinal axis (23). The conduit (22) has a pair of opposed convex curved sidewalls (61, 63) that meet at two opposed locations (64, 65) at an angle of less than 180 degrees to define a generally elliptical cross-sectional shape that has a major axis (51) that passes through the sidewall meeting locations (64, 65).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventor: Joshua Wiesman
  • Patent number: 10160579
    Abstract: A sealing disc for a closure cap for containers, especially bottle closures for liquids fermented with yeast, consists of a plurality of layers (1, 2, 3, 4). One of these layers (4) comprises an active especially metallic substance in layered or particulate form which binds sulphur compounds in order to reduce the formation of sulphide odours after the bottle has been filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Alfelder Kunststoffwerke Herm. Meyer GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Kroger, Heinz-Werner Rohrka, Peter Rothweiler
  • Patent number: 10160578
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention include a child resistant packaging system that makes use of a container, a protective sleeve and a two part child resistant lid with inner lid and an outer lid that are co-axially aligned. The protective sleeve has a recessed groove that substantially matches a corresponding lip on the container enabling the protective sleeve to retain the container without a stretch fit. Also provided is a sleeve for protecting a container that is constructed from a molded silicone and has a recessed groove for retaining a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Eric Harvey
  • Patent number: 10155336
    Abstract: Method for forming a holder (1), by blow moulding, with a wall (3), whereby a preform is pushed against a first and second mould part (10, 11) to form an intermediate form, in which the second mould part (11) is moved and takes the intermediate form with it in order to form an edge (5) between the first and second mould part (10, 11), whereby the mould parts (10, 11) are such that the edge (5) includes a first and second edge part (13, 14)), of which the second (14) is closer to the wall (3) than the first, of which the first (13) makes an angle (?) to the direction of movement of the second mould part (11) and of which the second (14) makes a larger angle (?) to it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: CARDIFF GROUP, NAAMLOZE VENNOOTSCHAP
    Inventor: Geert Norbert R. Standaert
  • Patent number: 10150600
    Abstract: Containers are described that allow a consumer to see inside the container and to more easily access the products. One form of the container includes a base member with a lid defining a window. A flexible laminate with a peelable flap portion is attached to the lid to provide access to the products inside. The flexible laminate includes a first film layer laminated to a second film layer. The first film layer includes a first cut line defining a peelable flap portion and the second film layer includes a second cut line offset from the first cut line that defines an opening into the container. First and second reclose surfaces defined between the cut lines on the corresponding film layers include pressure-sensitive adhesive to allow the container to be re-sealed via movement of the peelable flap portion back into engagement with the flexible laminate remaining with the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.
    Inventor: Scott William Huffer
  • Patent number: 10137214
    Abstract: A sterilization container includes a floor. A first sidewall is connected to a first side of the floor and a second sidewall is connected to a second side of the floor wherein each of the first and second sidewalls has an elongated blind cavity formed along a length thereof. A first hinge is positioned partially within the blind cavity of the first sidewall, and a second hinge is positioned partially within the blind cavity of the second sidewall, wherein each of the first and second hinges are movable along a length of the first and second blind cavities, respectively. A lid is connected between the first and second hinges and is positionable between a first position substantially parallel with the floor on a third side of the floor, and a second position substantially parallel with the floor on a fourth side of the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SYMMETRY MEDICAL MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Jason Hawkes, Robert Zeuge