Patents Examined by Lesley D. Morris
  • Patent number: 8328219
    Abstract: A bicycle frame, has a pedal hub connection part and a frame column part. The invention also relates to a bicycle and a method and assembly kit for assembling the bicycle frame and bicycle. The bicycle frame (1) according to the invention has a separate front fork (7) with a head tube (7P) and one or several openable head tube connection parts (5) for openably connecting the front fork (7), and that the openable head tube connection part (5) has an unrotatable connection element (21) for unrotatably connecting the head tube (7P) of the front fork (7) and that the head tube (7P) has a bearing assembly (19) for rotatably connecting the front fork (7) and the head tube (7P) to each other, and that the front fork head tube (7P) is connected to the bearing assembly (19) from the inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Fubicom AB Oy
    Inventor: Ulf Laxström
  • Patent number: 8328224
    Abstract: The receiver hitch assembly includes a receiver permanently attached to the towing vehicle and a drawbar removably attached to the receiver. The receiver and the receiver attachment end of the drawbar are oriented vertically, the receiver and its mounting structure being configured for concealment by the rear bumper or other structure of the towing vehicle when the drawbar is removed. The drawbar is configured to clear the rear bumper and/or other structure of the towing vehicle when installed to the receiver. The drawbar is also configured to position the hitch ball at approximately the same level as the center of the receiver when the drawbar is installed. The drawbar may include a longitudinally telescoping center section to allow the hitch ball to be spaced from the structure of the towing vehicle for clearance, load distribution, or other reasons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Masoud Motlaq Alsaid
  • Patent number: 8328216
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mechanical element, and more particularly, to a crank connected to a bicycle pedal or a handle for rotating a rotary body and to a bicycle using the same. The present invention uses a cylindrical cam, an end cam, or a swash plate cam, and the shafts of these cams and a shaft of a pedal or a handle for applying force are equipped with a miter gear (a bevel gear the number of teeth of which is 1:1 and the shaft angle of which is 90 degrees), such that the crank retracts/extends one time per one rotation of the pedal or the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Keun Hyoung Lee
  • Patent number: 8327967
    Abstract: An off-road vehicle is disclosed which comprises a driveline assembly unit operative Iy connecting the propeller shaft to the front or rear wheel assemblies. The driveline assembly unit includes a main housing, a slip clutch torque limiting mechanism, and a wet brake clutch assembly. The slip clutch torque limiting mechanism and the wet brake clutch assembly being housed within the main housing and are coaxial with the propeller shaft of the off-road vehicle. A driveline unit is also disclosed that combines torque limiting and brake functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald Schapf
  • Patent number: 8327961
    Abstract: Walk-with apparatus (101), e.g. a powered golf-caddy (101), has a reference member (18), a handle (1) adapted to be used to hold and guide the apparatus, and rotary mechanical damping means (13, 14), the handle 1 being movable in a forwards and backwards direction (103) relative to the reference member (18) to produce electric signals (104) to vary the speed of the (apparatus 101), under the effect of the damping means (13, 14) thereby to inhibit hunting. In addition to spring means (6, 8) and a DC motor controller (110) with an acceleration ramp, the damping means (13, 14) is needed to give smooth motion. The handle (1) has rotary cam means (80, 81, 90) to lock it in any position along direction (103), with a 45° rotation either way at any angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Mario Peter Arpino
  • Patent number: 8328220
    Abstract: A wheelchair foot support retention assembly and method are provided for preventing misplacement or loss of foot supports that may be removed from a wheelchair to facilitate a user entering or exiting the wheelchair. The assembly includes a wheelchair having a frame and a seat coupled to the frame. A receiver is coupled to the frame of the wheelchair and a foot support is detachably coupled to the receiver for selectively supporting a foot of a user seated on the seat of the wheelchair. A line is provided having a first end and a second end. The first end of the line is coupled to the frame of the wheelchair and the second end of the line is coupled to the foot support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Gary W. Kern
  • Patent number: 8322471
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are described for utilizing internally generated angular momentum for supplementing the propulsion of a mobile spherical vehicle capable of motion by rolling over terrain, thereby enabling such vehicles to climb steeper inclines and overcome larger obstacles. Torque generated by counter-rotating gyroscopes was used to supplement gravity generated torque produced by a pendulum drive propulsion system. Precession torque may be generated along a desired axis by changing the angular momentum of the gyroscopes while leaving its magnitude unaffected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Gregory C. Schroll
  • Patent number: 8322061
    Abstract: A distribution marketing piece is designed to be adhered to and carried by a substrate and includes a top ply selectively adhered to a liner ply. A transverse line of separation divides the top ply into first and second sections, each section having side strips and the first section having *a central portion and the second section having a center section. Removal of the liner before application of the top ply to the substrate results in removal of the side strips along the second section which are carried with the liner ply; a portion of the liner ply remains adhered **to the first and second sections to connecting them. By folding the liner ply and the connected part of the first and second sections, the first section adheres to the substrate surrounding the center section and the central portion to define a pocket free of adhesive connection to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Ward-Kraft, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger E. Kraft
  • Patent number: 8322060
    Abstract: A retractable double-sided banner stand has a base, two upright posts, a crossbar, and a single banner with graphic image(s) disposed on both sides of the banner. The base generally includes a housing, two housing end cap assemblies, a single core, and a retracting mechanism. The banner is wound around the core, and the retracting mechanism unwinds and winds the banner with respect to the core. The leading edge of the banner is attached to the crossbar, which is wider than the width of the banner. The banner stand has an erect upright mode for displaying the images(s), and a collapsed mode for transporting the banner stand. In the erect mode, the upright posts are retained in the base by means of a quick-release locking mechanism, the banner extends upwardly from the base, and the crossbar engages with, and is supported by, the upper portion of each of the upright posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Skyline Displays, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Parizek, Curtis H. Lindblom
  • Patent number: 8322479
    Abstract: A covering for a motorcycle exhaust tube is employed in a V-banked combustion engine having a drive output shaft, extending in a direction widthwise of a motorcycle body structure, and front and rear cylinder units arranged one after another in a direction longitudinally thereof, the front cylinder unit being displaced in one sidewise direction relative to a longitudinal mid-center line of the motorcycle body structure. The covering includes a covering body for covering a front exhaust tube, which is drawn from the front cylinder unit in a direction opposite to the one sidewise direction and extends rearwardly downwardly, and a covering extension provided in the covering body and positioned rearwardly of a radiator so as to extend towards the front cylinder unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Tani, Hisayoshi Shibata
  • Patent number: 8322470
    Abstract: Configurations are provided for vehicular robots or other vehicles to provide shifting of their centers of gravity for enhanced obstacle navigation. Various head and neck morphologies are provided to allow positioning for various poses such as a stowed pose, observation poses, and inspection poses. Neck extension and actuator module designs are provided to implement various head and neck morphologies. Robot control network circuitry is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy R. Ohm, Michael Bassett
  • Patent number: 8322743
    Abstract: A trailer alignment apparatus for aligning a trailer with a hitch on a vehicle. The apparatus includes an elongated member having an upper end and an opposite lower end. A light is located on the upper end and a base is locating on the lower end. The base is attachable to a base surface of the vehicle. The elongated member is sized for a portion of the elongated member to be visible when seated on the base surface of the vehicle. The apparatus also includes a contact mechanism for sensing when a portion of the elongated member is touched by the trailer. The light illuminates when the contact mechanism senses the trailer touching the contact mechanism. A driver of the vehicle laterally aligns the elongated member with the trailer and stops the vehicle when the light illuminates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Larry Klein
  • Patent number: 8317215
    Abstract: A cargo carrier trailer for movably supporting cargo includes a frame configured to support cargo at the cargo carrier trailer and at least two wheels at each side of the frame. Each of the wheels is rotatably mounted to a respective support arm. The support arms are pivotally mounted to a carriage assembly that is repositionable fore and aft along the frame of the cargo carrier. The support arms are pivotable relative to the carriage assembly and frame to adjust the height and tilt of the frame relative to a support surface. The cargo carrier trailer is readily adapted to position the frame at a lower position for road applications and a raised position for uneven terrain applications. The cargo carrier trailer is adapted to couple to a tow vehicle via a fifth wheel hitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Absolute Electronic Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip J. Quenzi, Richard W. Jenney
  • Patent number: 8321116
    Abstract: A system for controlling a foundation brake of a vehicle. The system includes an adaptive cruise control (ACC) device, an arrangement to detect or predict excessive use of the foundation brake and an arrangement to disengage the ACC device on detection of excessive use of the foundation brake of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Volvo Lastvagnar AB
    Inventors: Peter Lingman, Andreas Johnsson
  • Patent number: 8317231
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a security element (20) for security papers, value documents and the like, having a substrate (22) and an opaque metallization 24, 26) arranged on the substrate. According to the invention in the security element is provided, that the metallization (24, 26) comprises a first opaque metal layer (24) and a second opaque metal layer (26) arranged above the first metal layer (24), and that the two metal layers (24, 26) have substantially the same tone of color in the visible spectral region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventors: Manfred Heim, Bernhard Wiedner, Marius Dichtl, Mario Keller
  • Patent number: 8316984
    Abstract: In an electric power steering apparatus including a capacitor for smoothing out the voltage of a battery and a relay including a relay contact disposed at a place upstream of the capacitor, a path is provided for directly conducting a terminal voltage of the capacitor from a downstream side of the relay contact to a system power supply that generates a source voltage for a control system including a controller and the like, so that the system power supply and the control system that is supplied therefrom with electric power for control purpose are utilized as a discharge circuit. Thus is obtained a simplified configuration of circuit responsible for discharging the capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignees: JTEKT Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd
    Inventors: Masayuki Tanaka, Naoaki Oikawa, Yuuichi Fukuyama, Yuji Takatsuka, Takahiro Kuroiwa
  • Patent number: 8312653
    Abstract: A collapsible tradeshow display includes curved end panels that provide for easier attachment and eliminate the possibility of dramatic disengagement of the panel from the display. Each end panel has a generally planar body comprised of a resilient material having a tendency to return to a generally flat configuration when in a curved configuration. A pair of side margins extend along opposing vertical sides of the body, each having a bridge portion attached thereto. A connecting means can connect the bridge portions to retain the panel in the curved configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Skyline Displays, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark A. Fritsche
  • Patent number: 8313121
    Abstract: A pneumatic vehicle is provided with an elongate compressed air tank, a chassis assembled with the tank oriented longitudinally in the chassis where the tank is a load-bearing structural chassis member, wheels connected to the chassis, and a powertrain driven by the compressed air and operably connected to one of the wheels. A chassis for a pneumatic vehicle is provided with an elongate compressed air tank, a first series of side support members connected laterally to the air tank, a second series of side support members connected laterally to the air tank, a first side panel connected to the first series of side support members, a second side panel connected to the second series of side support members, wheels connected to the side panels, and a powertrain driven by the air in the compressed air tank and connected to one of the wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Deakin University
    Inventors: Bernard Frank Rolfe, Timothy Ian De Souza, Gregory Ryan Pitts, Stuart James McFarlane Hanafin, Steven Lewis Anthony Agius, Benjamin Paul Adamson, Michael Pio Gordon Pereira, Timothy John Black, Christopher James Hurren, Noel Egan Miller
  • Patent number: 8307938
    Abstract: In an electric power steering apparatus, a worm gear is structured such that a leading end of a leading end shaft of the worm gear is always pressed and supported by a part in a peripheral direction of a diameter enlarged inner diameter portion of a collar which is urged by an elastically urging body, and is always urged toward a side coming close to a center shaft of a worm wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Showa Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Tokura, Kazumasa Hayashi, Tatsuru Niihara
  • Patent number: 8311734
    Abstract: A mobile computer that can be borne in a vehicle and that can receive position information may adjust a maximum speed limit to account for unfavorable weather or road conditions and cause the vehicle to automatically reduce speed below the adjusted maximum limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Nikolaos Georgis, Fredrik Carpio, Paul Jin Hwang