Patents Examined by Jeffrey Allen
  • Patent number: 10921374
    Abstract: A diagnosis device diagnoses current cutoff devices connected in parallel and disposed on an energization path to an energy storage device mounted on a vehicle. The diagnosis device performs switch processing of switching one of the current cutoff devices to be diagnosed from an opened state to a closed state or from the closed state to the opened state and closing the other current cutoff device while an engine of the vehicle is stopped. The diagnosis device detects end-to-end voltage of the current cutoff device when current larger than a threshold flows through the current cutoff device after the switch processing, and diagnoses the current cutoff device based on the detected end-to-end voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: GS Yuasa International Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoya Wada, Takeyuki Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 10889189
    Abstract: A braking force control apparatus for a vehicle has a friction braking device, a regenerative braking device, and a control unit for controlling the friction braking device and the regenerative braking device. The control unit is configured to calculate a target pitch gain of the vehicle so that a pitch gain of the vehicle gradually changes in accordance with a difference between a target braking force of the vehicle and a regenerative braking force when the target braking force of the vehicle exceeds a maximum regenerative braking force and changes within a range larger than the maximum regenerative braking force, and to control a front-rear wheel distribution ratio of a friction braking force so that the pitch gain of the vehicle becomes the target pitch gain and the friction braking force becomes the difference between the target braking force of the vehicle and the maximum regenerative braking force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventor: Kazuaki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10889351
    Abstract: A bicycle controller is provided that performs control in accordance with a riding condition of a bicycle. The bicycle controller includes an electronic control unit that controls a motor. The motor assists human power that is inputted to a bicycle. Upon determining a gear changer that changes a gear ratio of the bicycle is operated, the electronic control unit switches a control state of the motor from a first control state to a second control state based on a rotation phase of a crank of the bicycle and changes a timing at which the control state of the motor is switched from the first control state to the second control state based on an inclination of the bicycle in a front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Tsuchizawa, Hiroshi Matsuda, Tomohiro Kondo
  • Patent number: 10884131
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle generates segmentation scenes based upon lidar data generated by a lidar sensor system of the autonomous vehicle. The lidar data includes points indicative of positions of objects in a driving environment of the autonomous vehicle. The segmentation scenes comprise regions that are indicative of the objects in the driving environment. The autonomous vehicle generates scores for each segmentation scene based upon characteristics of each segmentation scenes and selects a segmentation scene based upon the scores. The autonomous vehicle then operates based upon the segmentation scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Andrea Allais, Micah Christopher Chambers
  • Patent number: 10793286
    Abstract: An on-board computer system includes a first neural network trained to receive a video stream of a landing approach, runway data, and aircraft state data and identify environmental landmarks corresponding to components of the runway and environmental obstacles that might interfere with autonomous landing. The on-board computer system also includes a second neural network that receives a flight path vector and a flight director corresponding to vectors based on the aircraft energy state and a desired aircraft flight path respectively. The second neural network determines flight control inputs to bring the flight path vector into conformity with the flight director.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Carrico, Carlo L. Tiana
  • Patent number: 10787196
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlling the ramp in of current to an electronic power assisted steering motor associated with an auto stop-start engine are described. A controller is to determine a moving average voltage of a vehicle battery. The controller is also to determine a voltage rate of change based on the moving average voltage. The controller is also to determine a moving average engine speed of an auto stop-start engine of the vehicle. The controller is also to ramp in current to an electronic power assisted steering motor of the vehicle based on the moving average voltage, the voltage rate of change, and the moving average engine speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventors: Hafiz Shafeek Khafagy, Hussam Makkiya, Kirt Eschtruth, Jonathan Edward Gunger, Ahmed Awadi
  • Patent number: 10752231
    Abstract: A method of conducting a diagnostic procedure for a braking system includes analyzing via an electronic control unit whether only a first input device is engaged or only a second input device is engaged, conducting a first diagnostic test if only the first input device is engaged, and conducting a second diagnostic test if only the second input device is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew David Rasmussen, Joseph Christopher Sharp, Bryan Todd Fulmer
  • Patent number: 10730642
    Abstract: A method for evaluating a rate of change of a failure between a first unit type and a second unit type of an avionic system, the method taking into account, for each aircraft comprising the unit type, the number of flights made and the number of fault messages associated with the failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus (S.A.S.)
    Inventor: Mustafa Demirel
  • Patent number: 10697795
    Abstract: A navigation system for vehicles, such as rotorcraft, includes a directional gyroscope having a magnetic heading correction mode, a nonmagnetic manual heading correction mode and a nonmagnetic automatic heading correction mode. A magnetic field sensor is operably coupled to the directional gyroscope and is operable to generate magnetic north-based signals. A heading correction input is operably coupled to the directional gyroscope and is operable to generate manual signals upon actuation thereof. A global positioning system sensor is operably coupled to the directional gyroscope and is operable to generate track-based signals. In the magnetic heading correction mode, the directional gyroscope receives the magnetic north-based signals for heading corrections. In the nonmagnetic manual heading correction mode, the directional gyroscope receives the manual signals for heading corrections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Erik John Oltheten, Aaron Thomas Halverson
  • 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: 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: 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
    Inventor: Grzegorz Widłak
  • 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: 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
    Inventors: Joseph Michael Sexton, Evan Allen Fulford, Gianna Lint
  • 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: 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
    Inventor: Hiroki Oguchi
  • 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