Patents Examined by Lesley D. Morris
  • Patent number: 8550484
    Abstract: A bicycle headstock assembly may include a lower member adapted to be attached to a steering rod of the bicycle, and an upper member adjustably connected to the lower member. A pivot joint may be formed at a connection of the lower and upper members respectively. A handle bar clamp may be connected to the upper member and extending away therefrom. A primary fastener may pass through a first location of the pivot joint while an auxiliary fastener may pass through a second location of the pivot joint respectively. In this way, the primary and auxiliary fasteners may cooperate to permit the upper member to selectively pivot and lock at alternate positions relative to the lower member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Richard Draper
  • Patent number: 8382142
    Abstract: A trailer which is sized to be towed behind a motorcycle. The trailer includes a cargo bay for storing luggage, spare parts, tools or other cargo. The trailer is preferably towed behind a motorcycle in a group of motorcycles. In the unfortunate event that one of the motorcycles breaks down or a rider is unable to continue operating his or her motorcycle, the cargo bay can be converted to a towing configuration for towing the disabled motorcycle. This allows the group of motorcycles to continue riding, and the disabled motorcycle can be towed to a repair location at a more convenient time for the entire group of riders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: James B. Edmondson
  • Patent number: 8371616
    Abstract: A false positive testing device (FPTD) that contains a coating based on a one hundred percent solids varnish and a transparent reagent, that uses oxidative free radical polymerization as a drying mechanism, and that can be transferred to various types of porous substrates by conventional lithographic offset printing and/or dry offset printing. The substrates with the FPTD can be verified by using common currency detection protocols, such as testing with ultraviolet lights and/or counterfeit detection iodine based pen/pad stamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventors: Judy Wailing Wu, Robert Andrew McTaggart
  • Patent number: 8356685
    Abstract: In an arrangement for strengthening the road grip for a vehicle, particularly for a passenger car, air can be sucked from a vacuum chamber arranged under the vehicle and closed off with respect to the ambient atmosphere. As a result, a vacuum can be generated in a vacuum chamber arranged in a braking plate, and the latter can be changed from an inoperative position away from the ground into a operative position close to the ground, as a result of the generated vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventor: Karl-Heinz Baumann
  • Patent number: 8355854
    Abstract: A method of controlling variable extraction flow in a combustion turbine engine, wherein extraction flow comprises a supply of compressed air extracted from the compressor and supplied to the turbine through extraction conduits, and wherein the extraction conduits includes a variable extraction orifice, the method comprising the steps of: measuring a plurality of turbine engine operating parameters; monitoring, by a control unit, the measured operating parameters of the combustion turbine engine; setting the variable extraction orifices to a setting that allows an approximate maximum level of extraction flow; calculating, by the control unit, at least one calculated operating parameter based upon model-based control and the measured operating parameters, including at least a current turbine inlet temperature and a maximum turbine inlet temperature; and manipulating the setting for the supply of fuel to the combustor such that an increased and/or maximum level of engine output is determined by comparing the va
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Scott A. Childers
  • Patent number: 8348009
    Abstract: A steering device, in particular an electric power-steering device for a motor vehicle, comprising an axially parallel drive which has a steering gearbox housing, a steering axle, a steering element, and at least one axle steering mechanism connected to the steering element, having a motor unit disposed on the steering gearbox housing, having a servo gearbox disposed in a gearbox cover and having a control unit for the motor unit, which is disposed in a control device housing. The control device housing of the control unit is disposed on one axially parallel side of the servo gearbox, and a motor housing of the motor unit is disposed on the other axially parallel side of the servo gearbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: ZF Lenksysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Knoedler, Michael Ochs, Hans Koehnle
  • Patent number: 8350782
    Abstract: An embodiment is a display unit. The display unit includes a substrate layer, a layer of colored fluid on the substrate layer, and a transparent actuator element on the layer of the colored fluid. The layer of colored fluid has a thickness and a color. The transparent actuator element modulates the thickness of the colored fluid upon activated by a force such that the colored fluid is changed from a first state to a second state or vice versa. The modulated thickness provides a variable optical density of the colored fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Jurgen Hans Daniel, Michael Bassler
  • Patent number: 8347535
    Abstract: The present invention provides a display and method of making thereof that can comprise comprising fragmenting a first image into a plurality of individual first image fragments, fragmenting a second image into a plurality of individual second image fragments, and positioning the first image fragments and the second image fragments at locations and at orientations in a three dimensional space to form a display having the first image visible when the display is viewed in one direction, the second image visible when the display is viewed in a different direction, and neither the first image nor the second image visible when the display is viewed in other directions. The invention also envisions a kit for making a display and a method for making an advertisement where two images can be viewed from two directions and not from any other direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas L. Cohlmia
  • Patent number: 8342271
    Abstract: A robotic vehicle including a chassis having front and rear ends, an electric power source supported by the chassis, and multiple drive assemblies supporting the chassis. Each drive assembly including a track trained about a corresponding drive wheel and a drive control module. The drive control module including a drive control housing, a drive motor carried by the drive control housing and operable to drive the track, and a drive motor controller in communication with the drive motor. The drive motor controller including a motor controller logic circuit and an amplifier commutator in communication with the drive motor and the motor controller logic circuit and is capable of delivering both amplified and reduced voltage to the drive motor from the power source. In one instance, the drive control module is separately and independently removable from a receptacle of the chassis as a complete unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Mikhail Filippov, John P. O'Brien, Adam P. Couture
  • Patent number: 8342553
    Abstract: A mounting device for a bicycle having a bottom bracket planetary gear system with a sun gear or ring gear, and a bottom bracket shell positioned at the convergence of a plurality of frame parts of a bicycle frame is disclosed herein. The mounting device preferably has a control plate, a drive side bearing flange, a control input and control pawl. The control pawl blocks the sun gear, ring gear or planet carrier of the planetary system of the bicycle transmission thereby transferring the sun gear, ring gear or planet carrier force to the control pawl then to the control plate and then to the bicycle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Patterson Bicycle Transmission LLC
    Inventor: Sam Patterson
  • Patent number: 8342552
    Abstract: Multiple pivot points on a bicycle frame provide for automatic adjustment of the saddle of the bicycle during usage of the bicycle within a range of positions. The bicycle will normally position the saddle in a neutral position area of the range of positions during steady pedaling over level ground. During sprinting the bicycle will position the saddle in a sprinting position area of the range of positions where the saddle raises and moves forward to maintain contact with the rider to support the rider. During downhill riding the bicycle will position the saddle in a downhill position area of the range of positions where the saddle drops and moves rearward while supporting the rider. A saddle locking assembly permit the rider to prevent the saddle from raising to permit the rider to raise off of the saddle when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Felton Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8340877
    Abstract: An engine speed synchronizer for a manual transmission with an engine clutch, synchronizes rotation of the engine side of the engine clutch with rotation of the transmission side of the engine clutch by engine speed control with reference to operation of a shift lever under condition that the engine clutch is disengaged. The engine speed synchronizer determines whether or not a transmission input speed has started to change in a direction conforming to the operation of the shift lever; permits the synchronization in response to determination that the transmission input speed has started to change in the conforming direction; and inhibits the synchronization in response to determination that the transmission input speed has not started to change in the conforming direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masami Murayama, Masahiro Iriyama
  • Patent number: 8336234
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a perforated card includes a plurality of separable components that includes a tag suitable for the inclusion of personal data such as an address. The tag includes an opening. The card also includes a strap that is separably attached to at least a portion of the tag. The strap is insertable through the opening of the tag and is configured to be fixedly attached about a handle of a piece of luggage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Tracer Imaging LLC
    Inventor: Steven M. Spiro
  • Patent number: 8336239
    Abstract: The field of the present invention relates to an identification assembly, and in particular, to a clasp device for securing to an identification wristband, and to a wristband and clasp assembly. In one embodiment, a identification assembly for a patient includes a band with first and second opposite ends and first and second opposite edges and a width measured between the first and second edges. The identification assembly also includes a clasp secured to the band. The clasp has a first section having an inside surface and an outside surface; a second section having an inside surface and an outside surface, the inside surface of the second section facing the inside surface of the first section; and a protrusion extending from one of the first or the second section to engage the other of the first or the second section to secure the first and second sections together in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: St. John Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert McDermott, Adam Preisach, Andrew Bishop, Tracey Carpentier, Karen Joseph
  • Patent number: 8340852
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle comprises at least one image sensor to provide measurements of landmark position for a plurality of landmarks; and processing functionality to estimate the position of the plurality of landmarks in a global frame and in the autonomous vehicle's frame, and to estimate the kinematic state of the autonomous vehicle in a global frame based, at least in part, on the measurements of landmark position from the at least one image sensor. The processing functionality is further operable to calculate errors in the estimated positions of the plurality of landmarks in the global frame and in the estimate of the kinematic state of the autonomous vehicle in the global frame by using a plurality of unit projection vectors between the estimated positions of the plurality landmarks in the autonomous vehicle's frame and a plurality of unit projection vectors between the estimated positions of the plurality of landmarks in the global frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Vibhor L. Bageshwar, Kartik B. Ariyur
  • Patent number: 8335611
    Abstract: A method of controlling a motor current for a vehicle having a motor and a steering system includes the steps of obtaining a torque signal from the steering system, calculating a torque, and adjusting the motor current based at least in part on the torque signal, the torque gain, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Lin Wang, Kenneth L. Oblizajek, R. Larry Arbanas, John D. Sopoci, Scott R. Kloess, Jose M. Lopez
  • Patent number: 8333397
    Abstract: A vehicle assembly includes a two-wheeled vehicle including a frame having opposed sides, opposed front and rear ends, and a front wheel mounted for rotation to the frame proximate to the front end of the frame positioned in front of an opposed rear wheel mounted for rotation to the frame proximate to the rear end of the frame and that is substantially in-line with respect to the front wheel. A member is carried by the frame of the vehicle between the front and rear wheels and has end portions disposed adjacent to the respective sides of the frame. A wheeled stabilizer assembly is carried by each of the end portions of the member to wheelingly interact with the ground over which the vehicle is driven along the sides of the frame proximate to the front and rear wheels of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Steelhead Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: William G. Trout
  • Patent number: 8333256
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed, for construction and operation of an all terrain polymorphic tracked vehicle. The invention improves on the prior art by providing a mechanism whereby it is possible to vary the shapes of the tracks during operation of the vehicle. This capability facilitates negotiating obstacles and rough terrain, enables such vehicles to climb stairs or similar obstacles, and also enables self leveling of the vehicle on inclined terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventors: Rustam Stolkin, Kirk Deligiannis, Colin Finley Harrier, Mathew Hochberger
  • Patent number: 8333389
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for use on standard or customized wheelchairs for moving the wheelchair and wheelchair occupant up or down a stairway or stairway-like structure (e.g., a curb) with greater confidence and stability to the occupant of the wheelchair and its handler(s). The apparatus includes a motorized assembly that interacts with stair steps when the apparatus and wheelchair are tilted backwardly. The motorized assembly allows the wheelchair to glide or move up or down the steps without experiencing the bumps commonly associated with rolling a wheelchair up or down a set of stairs. The apparatus includes a headrest to provide comfort to the occupant during operation and includes pivoting handlebars to allow the operator of the wheelchair to control the movement of the wheelchair. The apparatus is mountable to, and removable from (when not in use), the wheelchair. The apparatus can be considered as a retrofit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventors: Steven Rembos, Rick Guindon, Kenneth Muderlak, Todd J. Muderlak
  • Patent number: 8333401
    Abstract: A dual chassis with multi-directional transmission includes a front chassis and a rear chassis that can be united to function as a traditional unitary chassis or can be separated to become two independently, but connected, chassis that can traverse uneven terrain during ground movement. The multi-directional transmission serves to increase the distance between the two chassis and enable them to travel at differing vertical and horizontal angles with respect to the surface of the earth. As part of the multi-directional transmission, a central multi-directional mechanism connects a medial portion of said front chassis to a medial portion of said rear chassis to selectively allow for the independent horizontal and vertical movement of said front and rear chassis when traversing uneven terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Lares Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Francisco Javier Lares