Patents Examined by Jermie Cozart
  • Patent number: 9924943
    Abstract: A jaw member for use on a surgical stapling instrument includes a cartridge assembly and a cartridge housing each having an arcuate configuration. The cartridge assembly includes a surface configured to engage tissue and a plurality of rows of fastener retaining slots extending along a length of the cartridge assembly. The cartridge housing defines a channel configured for receipt of the cartridge assembly. The cartridge housing includes a base portion and a plurality of tabs. The base portion has a concave inner edge and a convex outer edge. The tabs extend from the concave inner edge and the convex outer edge. The tabs are spaced from one another along a length of the cartridge housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Venkata Ramana Mohan Pinjala, Rajasekhar Nukala
  • Patent number: 9927594
    Abstract: The present invention provides an imaging module manufacturing method capable of performing positioning of an imaging element unit and a lens unit with high accuracy and provides an imaging module manufacturing device. In a manufacturing device (200), in a state where a top surface (11a) of a housing (11) of a lens unit (10) is adsorbed to an adsorption surface (75d) of an adsorption head (75a) so as to hold the lens unit (10) on a Z axis and an imaging element unit (20) is held on the Z axis, a Z axis direction position of the imaging element unit (20) with respect to the lens unit (10) is changed, a measurement chart (89) is imaged by the imaging element (27), and a position and an inclination of the imaging element unit (20) with respect to the lens unit (10) are adjusted based on imaging signals obtained by the imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyofumi Yamamoto, Tatsuya Fujinami
  • Patent number: 9913761
    Abstract: An absorbent article may be constructed by printing on an unstretched web that forms a portion of the side panels. Seams may be formed by attaching the side panels to a chassis. The side panels and the chassis may have different elastic properties. The absorbent article may also comprise first and second waistbands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Michael Dale Trennepohl, Andrew James Sauer, Donald Carroll Roe
  • Patent number: 9902449
    Abstract: A door garnish mounting device for a mounting a door garnish to a door of a vehicle includes a frame, door alignment arms extending from the frame, and a garnish applicator mounted to the frame. The door alignment arms having datum points configured to engage corresponding vehicle datum points of the vehicle proximate to a mounting location of the door garnish to the vehicle to align the frame with the door of the vehicle. The garnish applicator includes a pressing device configured to engage and press against the door garnish, a first actuator configured to press the pressing device against the door garnish, and a second actuator configured to move the pressing device along the door garnish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Benjamin MacArthur, Paul Webb, Dwayne Switzer, Brent Martignago, David Van Leeuwen, Mark Daryl Franks, Darrell Lindsay Hastings
  • Patent number: 9896871
    Abstract: An extended range sliding door hinge may include a track bracket assembly and an intermediate bracket. The track bracket assembly is sized to be operatively received by a vehicle door track assembly. A first end of the intermediate bracket is movably mounted to the track bracket assembly so that the intermediate bracket may be moved with respect to the track bracket assembly between a retracted position and an extended position. A second end of the intermediate bracket is sized to operatively engage a vehicle sliding door. The extended range sliding door hinge allows the vehicle sliding door to be moved between a standard position when the intermediate bracket is in the retracted position and an extended position when the intermediate bracket is in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Vantage Mobility International, LLC
    Inventors: Steven P. Ungetheim, Michael L. Perez
  • Patent number: 9896800
    Abstract: A method for producing a tubular underwater pipe including: assembling a structure of peripheral metal elements (3A, 3B, 3C) wound in an S-Z configuration about a central flexible core (1) as the core is driven in movement along its longitudinal axis; providing an inductive sensor (12) arranged for rotation about the central flexible core (1) in a manner synchronized with the longitudinal movement of the core so that the sensor scans the periphery of the structure opposite and in the immediate proximity of peripheral elements wound about the core and during the assembly step; using the sensor (12) to acquire measurement signals (S) of which the amplitude varies according to whether or not the sensor (12) is located opposite a peripheral element during the rotation of the sensor (12); and using the measurement signals to control the positioning of the assembled peripheral elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: TECHNIP FRANCE
    Inventor: Mickaël Melot
  • Patent number: 9885204
    Abstract: A hinge for a refrigerator includes a hinge support configured to be mounted on a front surface of a cabinet of the refrigerator, where the hinge support has a plate shape and defining a coupling hole, a hinge bracket including an insertion part configured to be inserted into the coupling hole, where the hinge bracket is coupled to the hinge support along a longitudinal direction of the hinge support, and a hinge pin that is configured to mount to the hinge bracket and that is configured to allow a door of the refrigerator to rotate about the hinge pin. The hinge support includes a bracket support that at least partially surrounds the coupling hole and protrudes from a front surface of the hinge support, the bracket support being configured to provide support to the hinge support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Myeongha Yi, Jongshin Lee, Hanhyo Kim, Raeyoung Park
  • Patent number: 9868147
    Abstract: A composite clip for attaching decking. The clip includes a bottom and a top. The bottom is made of a first material. The top is made of a second material. The first material of the bottom is different than the second material of the top. The first material of the bottom engages in the second material of the top during manufacturing so as to attach the bottom to the top and form the gangable composite clip without a need for any other means to attach the bottom to the top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: SIMPSON STRONG-TIE COMPANY INC.
    Inventor: Kevin Wadsworth
  • Patent number: 9868148
    Abstract: A cylinder for storing a plurality of rings to be crimped, said cylinder comprising a base body including a distribution outlet, a main cylindrical body mounted so that it can rotate along a cylinder axis relative to said base body in a plurality of angular positions, said main cylindrical body comprising a plurality of sheaths which are parallel to one another and each suitable for accommodating a plurality of rings, each sheath being arranged so as to lead to said distribution outlet of said base body for a predetermined angular position of said main cylindrical body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Aerolia
    Inventor: Philippe Hauw
  • Patent number: 9831365
    Abstract: A novel PV module carrier and methods of use provide protection for PV modules during transportation, field handling, and assembly with racking systems. The carrier contains elements of a racking system to allow for quicker installation in the field. The PV module carrier reduces manufacturing costs by eliminating the need for frame elements, while reducing field installation time and labor cost for system installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Sunlink Corp.
    Inventors: Todd Pelman, Martin N. Seery, Jeff Hartnett
  • Patent number: 9827104
    Abstract: There is provided a device for supporting an object during machining thereof, the object having a first object surface having a patient-specific configuration and a second object surface opposite the first object surface. The device comprises a support member adapted to support the object, the support member having a support surface shaped using patient-specific modeling and configured to matingly engage at least a portion of the first object surface for exposing the second object surface for machining thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: LABORATOIRES BODYCAD INC.
    Inventors: Florent Miquel, Philippe Myrand-Lapointe
  • Patent number: 9822811
    Abstract: An externally threaded fastener is captivated by a component that includes an opening. The externally threaded fastener includes a thread and a non-threaded shaft. The opening includes a major diameter and a minor diameter. The minor diameter includes a first diameter portion, a second diameter portion, and orthogonal portions that connect the first diameter portion and the second diameter portion. To captivate the externally threaded fastener with the component, the externally threaded fastener is positioned within the component opening and the externally threaded fastener is angled relative to an axis of symmetry of the opening in order to engage the threads of the externally threaded fastener with the component opening until the non-threaded shaft is fixed against at least two planes of the component by the first diameter portion of the minor diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jason R. Eagle, Scott R. LaPree
  • Patent number: 9822917
    Abstract: Tube end connector which connects a first tubular member and a second tubular member while securing sealing performance is provided. The tube end connector according to the present invention is provided with a heat-shrinkable Teflon® tube 4b which covers both outer surface of an end portion of a zeolite membrane covered ceramic tube 1 and outer surface of an end portion of a metal tube 5 in conditions of jointing the end portion of the zeolite membrane covered ceramic tube 1 and the end portion of the metal tube 5; and a heat-shrinkable fluororubber tube 3b which is placed at the region between the heat-shrinkable tube 4b and the outer surfaces both of the first tubular member and the second tubular member, and which has solvent resistance and swelling property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI CHEMICAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kentaro Sawamura
  • Patent number: 9815353
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a door for a vehicle includes molding a door inner panel using a polymer composite; molding a door frame assembly using an aluminum alloy or a steel alloy, the door frame assembly defining a space to be opened or closed by a door glass; molding a door outer panel using an aluminum alloy or a steel alloy; molding an impact beam using an aluminum alloy or a steel alloy, the impact beam serving to increase rigidity of a side surface of the door; coupling the molded door frame assembly and the molded impact beam to the door inner panel; and coupling the door inner panel, which is coupled to the door frame assembly and the impact beam, to the door outer panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jun Ho Jang, Hoon Mo Park, Kyung Moon Lee
  • Patent number: 9816605
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to various shift selector assemblies having a shift gate with a plurality of indentations corresponding to transmission shift selections. At least one of the indentations is configured to have a flexible depth so as to selectively restrict and accept a pawl pin, thereby mitigating shift position overshoot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Donald Morrissett
  • Patent number: 9815155
    Abstract: A reconfigurable autonomous workstation includes a multi-faced superstructure including a horizontally-arranged frame section supported on a plurality of posts. The posts form a plurality of vertical faces arranged between adjacent pairs of the posts, the faces including first and second faces and a power distribution and position reference face. A controllable robotic arm suspends from the rectangular frame section, and a work table fixedly couples to the power distribution and position reference face. A plurality of conveyor tables are fixedly coupled to the work table including a first conveyor table through the first face and a second conveyor table through the second face. A vision system monitors the work table and each of the conveyor tables. A programmable controller monitors signal inputs from the vision system to identify and determine orientation of the component on the first conveyor table and control the robotic arm to execute an assembly task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Yhu-Tin Lin, Jeffrey A. Abell, John Patrick Spicer
  • Patent number: 9808662
    Abstract: A method for consistently placing a crossbar on a pin on a standard used in a vertical distance field event such as high jump and pole vault. The crossbar has a crossbar end with a directional index on at least one surface. In another example embodiment, the crossbar end has a plurality of ordinal indicia alone or with the directional index. A worker notes the placement of the directional index and the ordinal indicia when placing the crossbar a first time. The worker subsequently places the crossbar making sure the directional index and ordinal indicia appear in the same position relative to the standards and relative to the pin on the standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: David M. File
  • Patent number: 9802654
    Abstract: One variation may include using a plurality of node structures to assemble a uniframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Edward D. Moss, Peter M. Parlow, Robert N. Saje, Giles D. Bryer, Jonathan J. Andrews
  • Patent number: 9796148
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of producing an unbonded flexible pipe and an unbonded flexible pipe. The method comprises providing an innermost sealing sheath defining a bore and a longitudinal axis, and a pressure armor layer surrounding the innermost sealing sheath. The pressure armor layer comprises at least one helically wound elongate armor element with at least one helical armor element gap between windings thereof, and the method comprises providing a foundation layer for the pressure armor layer. The foundation layer is provided with at least one helically shaped groove, and the elongate armor element is applied in the helically shaped groove, preferably such that the foundation layer at least partly fills the helical armor element gap, the foundation layer is preferably a fluid permeable foundation layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO DENMARK I/S
    Inventor: Kristian Glejbol
  • Patent number: 9790803
    Abstract: A rotor assembly for a gas turbine engine includes a plurality of blades including a root portion and an airfoil portion. The rotor includes a plurality of slots that receive the root portion of a corresponding blade. The rotor includes an annular groove for a first and second retaining ring. The retaining rings are received within a common annular groove for holding each of the plurality of blades within the slots of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Carney R. Anderson, Peter V. Tomeo