Patents Examined by Katy M Ebner
  • Patent number: 10717322
    Abstract: A variable track wheel comprises a rim suitable for receiving a tire, and a disc through which said wheel is mountable on a hub, said disc being removably secured by fastenings to a connecting member provided in said rim, said connecting member projecting towards a rotation axis of said wheel, said wheel further comprising a plurality of spacers interposed between an annular perimeter zone of said disc and said connecting member of said rim, said disc and said rim being mountable in a plurality of reciprocal axial positions and in a plurality of reciprocal orientations to obtain a variation in the track of said wheel, said wheel further comprising at least one centering device for mutual positioning of said disc and of said rim said centering device comprising a hole and a pin said hole or said pin being provided in said connecting member or in said disc said centering device further comprising a coupling element so conformed as to cooperate with said hole and with said pin for reciprocally coupling said pin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Pasquale Patrizio Pellicano, Graziano Donati
  • Patent number: 10710654
    Abstract: A hydraulic drive system is disclosed. The hydraulic drive system includes a body housing, a rotor assembly, a motor assembly, and an engagement assembly. The first rotor assembly is attached to a first side of the body housing, while the first motor assembly is disposed inside the body housing and includes a first motor actuator. The engagement assembly positions the first motor actuator to engage and disengage with the first rotor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: New Heights, LLC
    Inventor: Aaron Jay Beiler
  • Patent number: 10667590
    Abstract: Luggage that may be mechanically integrated with a platform, including a piece of luggage including a slit through which the piece of luggage is integrated with a platform for the piece of luggage, a handle fastened to the piece of luggage, for pushing or pulling the piece of luggage, luggage wheels fastened to a first outer surface of the piece of luggage, for rolling the piece of luggage, and a release mechanism extending from the luggage unit to the platform, through the slit, for unlocking the platform, wherein the platform locks and unlocks such that the platform is free to be raised and lowered when it is unlocked, and is not free to be raised and lowered when it is locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Aviad Berger
  • Patent number: 10663053
    Abstract: A continuously variable transmission air intake assembly includes an air intake opening facing laterally outwardly through a one-piece body panel at a location behind an off-road utility vehicle operator station, below a cargo box underside, and in front of a rear wheel and tire. An upper intake plenum may be attached to the one-piece body panel on an inward facing side of the air intake opening. A lower intake tube has a first end extending through a floor opening in the upper intake plenum and a second end connected to a continuously variable transmission housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Robbie B. Quinn
  • Patent number: 10646387
    Abstract: An electrically powered wheelchair has a main frame, a seat frame, a seat back frame, a footrest frame, a wheel section, and an obstacle detection sensor. The seat frame is disposed above the main frame, and supports a sitting seat which supports buttocks and thighs of a user. The seat back frame is disposed behind the main frame, and supports a backrest which supports a back of the user. The footrest frame is disposed in front of the main frame, and supports a footrest which supports feet of the user. The wheel section movably supports the main frame. The obstacle detection sensor is installed in front of the seat frame, and detects an obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Sasai, Takeshi Ando
  • Patent number: 10618542
    Abstract: A foldable stroller frame and a foldable stroller are provided. The foldable stroller frame may include, a front wheel bracket, and a rear wheel bracket rotatably connected to the front wheel bracket. An upper end of the rear wheel bracket is rotatably connected to a side handrail, and a rear end thereof is rotatably connected to a rear supporting bar. The side handrail and the rear supporting bar are rotatably connected to a push bar from different shafts. The rear wheel bracket is provided with a slidable sleeve to which a front wheel bracket link and a side handrail link are rotatably connected, respectively. An end of the front wheel bracket link that is not connected to the slidable sleeve is rotatably connected to the front wheel bracket, and an end of the side handrail link that is not connected to the slidable sleeve is rotatably connected to the side handrail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: JIANGSU LITTLE DINOSAUR CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shoujin Cai
  • Patent number: 10611393
    Abstract: An occupant transportation accessory for luggage involves a foldable planar padded seat having a pair of handles each oppositely secured near a bottom edge, a plurality of straps disposed upon a back surface, and an integrated restraint harness disposed upon a front surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Jacobo J. Simon
  • Patent number: 10589769
    Abstract: A pallet sled includes an upper frame including spaced-apart arms adapted to receive feet of a pallet therebetween. A lower frame supports the upper frame. A plurality of pivotable arms connect the lower frame to the upper frame. A handle is pivotably connected to the lower frame and the upper frame, such that pivoting the handle selectively raises and lowers the upper frame relative to the lower frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: Dane Gin Mun Kalinowski, William Robinson
  • Patent number: 10589617
    Abstract: A wheel unit includes a motor, a pinion gear fixed to a rotating portion of the motor, a wheel including an annular ground surface and rotating around a final gear support shaft, and a final gear disposed on one side in an axial direction with respect to the wheel. The wheel unit further includes a speed reduction mechanism which decelerates rotation of the pinion gear and transmits the rotation to the final gear and a gear case which accommodates the pinion gear. When viewed from the axial direction, the final gear support shaft and the motor shaft are disposed in different positions. The motor includes a stationary portion and a rotary portion, and the stationary portion is fixed to the gear case by an attachment plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: NIDEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tadayuki Kanatani
  • Patent number: 10556494
    Abstract: When it is determined that the vehicle is stopped, a control unit blocks communication between a first opening and a fuel cell by a first valve. When a fan is being driven and communication between the first opening and the fuel cell is blocked by the first valve, a second valve opens a third opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideo Nagaosa
  • Patent number: 10538260
    Abstract: A cart may include a door forming a bed of the cart and a pair of wheel attachment assemblies. Each wheel attachment assembly may include (a) a fender having a planar expanse configured to abut a lower major face of the door, (b) a clamping member coupled to the fender, the clamping member configured to be coupled to an upper major face of the door and abut an edge face of the door, and (c) a wheel fork coupled to the fender and configured to be coupled to an axle of a wheel. The cart may include a handle clamp configured to be coupled to an edge portion of the planar member and a handle configured to be coupled to the handle clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Exit Gear, LLC
    Inventor: Kyle Jay Thomas
  • Patent number: 10532649
    Abstract: An electric motor assembly for a motor vehicle and brake has an engine cartridge with a stator connected to an engine casing. The engine cartridge also has a rotor connected to a wheel shaft. The assembly also has a disc of a disc brake connected to the wheel shaft. The assembly also has a disc brake caliper arranged astride the disc and connected to the engine casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Freni Brembo, S.p.A.
    Inventors: Riccardo Arrigoni, Beniamin Szewczyk, Andrea Butti
  • Patent number: 10479189
    Abstract: In one aspect, a child vehicle is provided comprising a motor, a wheel selectively operatively coupled to the motor for driving the child vehicle under the power of the motor, and a motor drive selector mechanism. The motor drive selector mechanism allows the child vehicle to be operated in a first operational mode wherein the wheel is driven by the motor and a second operational mode wherein the wheel is substantially free from drag or resistance due to the motor. A method of operating the child vehicle is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventor: Donald K. Jessie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10464412
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for determining a position of active grille shutters (AGS) using a light sensor positioned behind the AGS. In one example, a method may include diagnosing a position of the AGS in response to an output of a light sensor positioned behind the active grille shutters (AGS), and responsive to the diagnosed position, adjusting an engine operating parameter. Further, the AGS diagnostic may be performed in response to an indication of ambient light external to a vehicle being over a threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10464586
    Abstract: A pallet sled includes an upper frame including spaced-apart arms adapted to receive feet of a pallet therebetween. A lower frame supports the upper frame. A plurality of pivotable arms connect the lower frame to the upper frame. A handle is pivotably connected to the lower frame and the upper frame, such that pivoting the handle selectively raises and lowers the upper frame relative to the lower frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: Dane Gin Mun Kalinowski, William Robinson
  • Patent number: 10442452
    Abstract: A transport vehicle including one or more accessory connectors for releasably locking one or more vehicle accessories to the transport vehicle. An accessory connector may releasably lock a first accessory within a first slot defined by the accessory connector and a second accessory within a second slot defined by the accessory connector. In some embodiments, the accessory connector may simultaneously releasably lock the first accessory and the second accessory within the first and second slots, respectively. The accessory connectors facilitate simple, quick, and easy attachment and detachment of vehicle accessories so that the transport vehicle may be easily converted between different modes of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Thule Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley Justin Fleming, Matthew Stengler
  • Patent number: 10443533
    Abstract: A fuel injection control system is usable with an engine, e.g., a diesel engine of a mild hybrid electric vehicle. The control system includes an auxiliary battery, a high-voltage (HV) battery, e.g., 48 VDC, a switching circuit with first and second switching pairs, a controller, and a fuel injector system. The controller opens and closes the switches to command an electrical current from the auxiliary or HV battery according to a predetermined injector current profile. The fuel injector system has one or more control solenoids. Windings of the solenoids are electrically connectable to the HV battery during a boost phase of the profile via opening of the first switching pair and closing of the second switching pair, and to the auxiliary battery during peak, by-pass, hold, and end-of-injection phases of the profile via closing of the first switching pair and opening of the second switching pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Gennaro Merlino, Francesco Concetto Pesce, Roberto Romanato
  • Patent number: 10433474
    Abstract: An agricultural implement having ground engaging components and inboard and outboard frame members are safely unfolded by using a radar or laser sensor to detect the presence of an obstacle in the unfolded position. A warning signal or disabling the unfolding process occurs when an obstacle is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Parvathy K. Hadley, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Patent number: 10406424
    Abstract: A blade holder for an ice skate (e.g., for playing hockey). The ice skate comprises a skate boot for receiving a foot of a skater. The blade holder comprises a blade-retaining base to retain a blade. The blade-retaining base comprises a first material (e.g., a non-composite polymeric material). The blade holder comprises a support extending upwardly from the blade-retaining base to interconnect the blade holder and the skate boot. The support comprises a second material (e.g., a composite material) different from (e.g., stiffer than) the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Bauer Hockey, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Gans, Edouard Rouzier, Martin Chambert, Pascal Martel
  • Patent number: 10377425
    Abstract: A work vehicle according to the present invention includes: a recessed portion (4) that is provided in a lateral side surface (31a) of an engine hood (30) and is recessed from the lateral side surface (31a) toward the inside of the engine hood (30). The recessed portion (4) includes a recessed portion bottom surface (41) that is recessed inward from the lateral side surface (31a) of the engine hood (30), and a peripheral wall portion (42) that is continuous with a peripheral edge of the recessed portion bottom surface (41) and a peripheral edge of a recessed portion inlet opening (40) that is formed in the lateral side surface (31a). A work light (5) that emits light forward and downward is provided on the peripheral wall portion (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichi Aoyama, Maho Yamanaka, Yoshiyuki Tamura