Patents Examined by Lauren A Crane
  • Patent number: 10688595
    Abstract: A method of laser welding a workpiece stack-up (10) that includes at least two overlapping steel workpieces (12, 14) comprises directing a laser beam (40) at a top surface (26) of the workpiece stack-up to form a keyhole (56) surrounded by a molten steel weld pool (58). The laser beam is conveyed along a predefined weld pattern that includes one or more nonlinear inner weld paths (66) and an enclosed outer peripheral weld path (68) surrounding the one or more nonlinear inner weld paths. During conveyance of the laser beam along the one or more nonlinear inner weld paths, the keyhole fully penetrates through the workpiece stack-up from the top surface of the stack-up to the bottom surface (28) of the stack-up. The method produces weld joints between the steel workpieces that do not have an intentionally imposed gap formed between their faying surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David S. Yang, Justin Allen Wolsker, Jing Zhang, Wu Tao, Dalong Gao
  • Patent number: 10691000
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an autonomous moving device, including a camera and a camera heating device, where the camera heating device includes a heating module, and the heating module is configured to heat a lens of the camera to remove water mist on the lens. The present invention can effectively avoid a freezing or water mist phenomenon of a camera, thereby improving the photographing performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Positec Power Tools (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiang Du, Gen Sun, Yue Rao
  • Patent number: 10687666
    Abstract: A cooking appliance has a base with an upstanding wall defining a hollow interior with an opening. The base is configured to support a cooking grate adjacent to the opening. A lid is configured to be removably attached to the base and allow access to the cooking grate. An electrical cooking element is spaced from the grate and positioned in the hollow interior. A passage is formed in the upstanding wall and has a closure moveable between a closed position and an open position. In the open position, the passage receives and supports the cooking element in the hollow interior of the base to enable cooking with electricity via the cooking element. In the closed position, the closure of the passage at least partially blocks access through the passage into the hollow interior to enable cooking with a combustible solid material deposited in the base without the cooking element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: COLUMBIA INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: William A. Bucklew, Michael R. Mastroianni, Ross Bartels
  • Patent number: 10682027
    Abstract: A heated seat having a thermally conductive metal seat, a protective coating disposed on a top surface of the metal seat, and a thermally conductive water pipe in the thermally conductive metal seat. Hot water can be routed through the water pipe to heat the seat. This arrangement improves safety and enables the heat from the hot water to be rapidly conducted through the seat, thereby improving the comfort in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SHANGHAI KOHLER ELECTRONICS, LTD.
    Inventor: Yong Ji
  • Patent number: 10676905
    Abstract: A flow diverter for diverting flow between a toilet bowl and a toilet tank, having: a body having an inlet, a first outlet and a second outlet; and a flow adjustment mechanism rotatable within the body to selectively divert different percentages of flow between the first outlet and the second outlet; and an air vent and diaphragm in the body to prevent a siphon flow from the first or second outlet back to the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: FLUIDMASTER, INC.
    Inventor: Tuan Le
  • Patent number: 10674568
    Abstract: Provided are a heating unit, an imaging unit that captures an image of an interior of a heating chamber, a setting unit that sets heating control details, and a storage that registers the captured image and the set heating control details in association with each other. Further provided area plural-article determination unit that determines whether a plurality of types of foods are present, a similarity determination unit that determines a degree of similarity of a plurality of images, a control detail identification unit that identifies heating control details corresponding to a food included in a captured image in accordance with a determination result obtained by the similarity determination unit, and a controller. The controller presents heating control details indicating each food on a display unit in accordance with a number of the foods. This configuration can provide a heating cooker capable of facilitating heating control setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keiko Noda, Hirohisa Imai
  • Patent number: 10670801
    Abstract: An illuminated drain stopper includes a body having an upper end and a lower end, and a light pipe disposed at the upper end of the body. The light pipe is configured to transfer light from a light source within the body to an outer periphery of the light pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: Brian J. Mooren
  • Patent number: 10662634
    Abstract: The bowl portion of the flush toilet includes a bowl-shaped waste receiving surface and a rim portion formed on a top edge of the bowl portion. The rim portion includes a rim inside wall portion located on an inner side of the top edge of the bowl portion. The rim inside wall portion has a rim inside surface located at a lower area of the rim inside wall portion and a rim inside wall upper sloped surface having a section in a vertical plane, the shape of the section being sloped from an upper edge of the rim inside surface to an upper edge of the rim inside wall portion. The ratio between the height of the rim inside surface and the height of the rim inside wall upper sloped surface is 1:1 to 6:1 in a section in a vertical plane at any area other than a rear area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TOTO LTD.
    Inventors: Shu Kashirajima, Masaki Kitamura, Satoshi Yamakawa, Kazuyoshi Mizoguchi
  • Patent number: 10662636
    Abstract: A drain grate assembly includes a webbing and a reinforcement structure. The webbing includes webbing sections defining openings. A load rating of the drain grate is based on respective areas of the webbing sections and the openings. The reinforcement structure is secured to an underside of the webbing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: OATEY CO.
    Inventor: Eric G. Hull
  • Patent number: 10655314
    Abstract: The present invention provides a chlorine retention reservoir for a toilet. The chlorine retention reservoir comprises a housing having a base and a sidewall forming an interior volume with an open upper end. The open upper end includes a lip extending perpendicularly from the sidewall disposed around a perimeter thereof, wherein the lip receives a channel of a lid. The housing further includes an input port and an output port that receive a liquid therethrough. A plurality of baffles are disposed within the interior volume of the housing. A slot is disposed on an exterior surface of the housing, wherein the slot receives a fastener. The fastener removably secures the housing to an interior surface of a tank of a toilet. A chlorine tablet is placed within the housing where it is subjected to incoming water from a flush creating a chlorine solution that is discharged to a toilet bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: James Richard Alsop, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10646077
    Abstract: The core components of the invention are a frame, an upper carriage rail assembly, a lower carriage rail assembly, a brush, and two motor assemblies. The carriage rail assemblies are housed within a waterproof cover. The top of the cover is configured as a hood to protect the upper carriage rail assembly from water damage. The frame mounts onto the shower wall through the use of suction cups. The carriage assembly attaches to the frame through the use of screws on the frame and keyhole shaped mounting holes on the cover. The brush mounts onto an upper carriage assembly and a lower carriage assembly through the use of flanges. A stepper motor located on the upper carriage assembly drives a pulley system, allowing the brush to move horizontally from left to right and then from right to left.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Frieda Bear, Mert Bal
  • Patent number: 10646080
    Abstract: A toilet seat assembly for installation on a toilet includes a first toilet seat having a first seat aperture and a second toilet seat having a second seat aperture which is smaller than the first seat aperture. At least one of the first and second seats includes an attaching member for selectively attaching the first and second seats to each other. The first and second seat are hingedly connected to each other. When the first and second seats are attached by the attaching member, the first and second seats can be articulated together by an articulating force exerted on either one of the first and second seats. In one example, the first and second seats each include an attaching member which is a magnetic element such that the first and second seats are selectively attached to each other by a magnetic force generated between the magnetic elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: John E. Regan
  • Patent number: 10631692
    Abstract: The plunger cover of the present application comprises a plurality of enclosure elements and a handle. In one embodiment, the plunger cover comprises two enclosure elements connected by an integrated hinge. The enclosure elements are movable between an open configuration and a closed configuration, and they may be retained in the closed configuration by a retaining mechanism, such as a latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Edward G. Guirlinger
  • Patent number: 10626587
    Abstract: An overflow device for an appliance such as a bathtub, sink or the like. The overflow device comprises a body which connects the overflow device to the appliance. The body includes a body inlet adapted to be connected to an appliance outlet. The body also includes a body outlet adapted to be connected to a soil stack. A drainage flowpath is defined between the body inlet and the body outlet. In use, the drainage flowpath creates a water seal between the body inlet and body outlet. The overflow device also includes a pipe arrangement in fluid communication with the body, where the pipe arrangement defines an overflow flowpath between the body inlet and the body outlet, such that, in use, at least a portion of the overflow flowpath is beneath the level of the water seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: MCALPINE & CO. LTD.
    Inventors: James Edward McAlpine, Christopher McKendrick, Robert Gemmell McAlpine
  • Patent number: 10624508
    Abstract: A variable height lift seat assembly includes a framework providing a seat mounting site. A plurality of linear actuators operably connects to the framework and each linear actuator has a power supply and preselected set points. A control mechanism operably connects to the linear actuators for controlling up and down and angular movement of the seat mounting site of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Raul Duarte
  • Patent number: 10626590
    Abstract: A synthetic, fluid impervious gasket for releasably, and fluid sealably coupling a fluid delivering assembly, and a fluid receiving assembly, together, is described, and which includes an annular shaped main body which defines, at least in part, a medial fluid passageway, and a flexible, funnel portion is fabricated from a synthetic, polymeric, closed-cell, resilient, and fluid impervious material, and which forms a part of the medial fluid passageway, and which further can be selectively moved between a first and second operational position so as to allow the annular shaped main body to simultaneously fluid sealably engage with a fluid delivering assembly, and a fluid receiving assembly, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Walter Pytlewski
  • Patent number: 10617267
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the field of sanitation, and discloses a toilet. The toilet includes a toilet bowl on which a toilet seat is provided, the toilet further includes: a detecting device configured to detect position information of a user; a retractable cover provided on the toilet seat and switchable between statuses of closing a through hole of the toilet seat and opening the through hole of the toilet seat; and a controller in signal connection to the detecting device and the retractable cover, and the controller is configured to compare the position information detected by the detecting device with a preset range, wherein the retractable cover is configured to retract in the case where the position information falls within the preset range, and to extend to cover the through hole in the case where the position information exceeds the preset range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lei Cao, Xiao Zhang, She Lin, Zifeng Wang, Nannan Hu, Yan Ren, Hailan Jin
  • Patent number: 10619368
    Abstract: A modular and multipurpose covering device for a pool includes a first modular covering tarpaulin forming a tailor-made safety cover made up of first tarpaulin elements which are joined together reversibly by transverse supports. A second modular covering tarpaulin is superimposed with the first tarpaulin and made up of second tarpaulin elements which are joined together reversibly by the same transverse supports. This second covering tarpaulin affords additional functions that can be modified according to the season. The two end transverse supports are coupled to lashing and tensioning mechanism for securing and holding down on ground covering device that is arranged over a pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Groupe Waterair
    Inventors: Thierry Steinbauer, Luc Meheux
  • Patent number: 10619337
    Abstract: The bowl portion of the flush toilet includes a bowl-shaped waste receiving surface and a rim portion formed on a top edge of the bowl portion. The rim portion includes a rim inside wall portion located on an inner side of the top edge of the bowl portion. The rim inside wall portion has a rim inside surface located at a lower area of the rim inside wall portion and a rim inside wall upper sloped surface having a section in a vertical plane, the shape of the section being sloped from an upper edge of the rim inside surface to an upper edge of the rim inside wall portion. The ratio between the height of the rim inside surface and the height of the rim inside wall upper sloped surface is 1:1 to 6:1 in a section in a vertical plane at any area other than a rear area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: TOTO LTD.
    Inventors: Shu Kashirajima, Masaki Kitamura, Satoshi Yamakawa, Kazuyoshi Mizoguchi
  • Patent number: 10619372
    Abstract: A kit for preventing a swimming pool cleaner from becoming caught on a main drain cover of a swimming pool including a flexible clip-on protective device with a printed company logo and an installation tool with three cylindrical retainers. The installation tool mounts the clip-on protective device onto the main drain cover to force the swimming pool cleaner to tilt to one side, so that the suction forces of the swimming pool cleaner and the main drain will not interact with each other. The installation tool is made by injection molding with a uniform thickness of 0.165 inch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Harry Albaugh, II