Patents Examined by Lori L. Lyjak
  • Patent number: 10807645
    Abstract: A reinforcement member has a load-receiving portion and an inclined portion. At least a part of the load-receiving portion is placed in front of a Fr side member. An end, at an inner side in the width direction, of the inclined portion matches in the width direction of the vehicle with a ridgeline at an inner side, in the width direction of the vehicle, of the Fr side member, or is provided at an outer side, in the width direction of the vehicle, in relation to the ridgeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Tagaito
  • Patent number: 10807449
    Abstract: A convertible door assembly includes (a) an upper door section, defining a window opening, (b) a lower door section, (c) a releasable locking feature, retaining the upper door section to the lower door section, and (d) a window. The window is displaceable between a raised position, closing the window opening and a lowered position, concealed within an internal door cavity formed in the upper door section and the lower door section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Adrian Nania
  • Patent number: 10800234
    Abstract: A truck that includes a bed section located rear of a cab section where the bed section is bounded on each side by opposing first and second upward-extending side walls, respectively. The truck includes a tonneau cover which has a first panel section pivotable with respect to the opposing first and second upward-extending side walls. A latching assembly is attached to the first panel section that selectively secures and releases the first panel section with respect to the first and second upward-extending side walls of the truck. The latching assembly includes at least one adjustable pinch latch assembly. The pinch latch assembly includes a latch handle portion and a latch base located on the first panel section adjacent the latch handle portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Truck Associates Group, LLC
    Inventors: Eugene A. Dylewski, II, Christopher David Mattison, John William Bevis, III, Thomas Augustine Hubbard
  • Patent number: 10800239
    Abstract: Transportation methods, systems and covers for transporting hot ingots or sows are disclosed. The transportation system includes a base, at least one stack of ingots, and at least one cover positioned over the at least one stack of ingots. The transportation system may also include a securement assembly configured to secure the at least one stack of ingots and at least one cover to the base. A transportation method using the transportation system to deliver hot ingots to a processing facility is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Eric Paul Ingram
  • Patent number: 10800229
    Abstract: A sun visor module includes: a base portion which has an accommodating space formed therein and a front portion provided at the ceiling of a front seat of a vehicle in an openable or closable form; a sun visor portion which is provided at the center of the inside of the base portion and slides in or out through the front portion of the base portion; a screen-shaped awning portion which is provided at a lower portion of the inside of the base portion to be entered in or out to the front portion of the base portion; an air discharge portion which is connected with an A-pillar of the vehicle to introduce the wind flowing in the A-pillar into the base portion; and a first blowing portion which communicates with the rear lower portion of the base portion to send the wind to the inside of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Mingyu Cho
  • Patent number: 10800075
    Abstract: An interior part for a vehicle is formed by core-back expansion molding. The interior part includes a foamed plastic body formed by injecting a foamable plastic resin into a mold and separating the mold portions of the mold to allow foaming expansion of the foamable plastic resin. An edge portion of the foamed plastic body includes a projecting freeze section and a core-back expansion radius located adjacent to the projecting freeze section. The projecting freeze section is formed in a freeze seal area of the mold adjacent a parting line to help prevent excessive flashing of material at the parting line during separation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Faurecia Interior Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Jones
  • Patent number: 10793195
    Abstract: Each side sill of a vehicle body structure includes in addition to an outer panel (21) and an inner panel (22) jointly forming a closed cross section structure (23), a first stiffener (25) extending in the fore and aft direction and interposed between the outer panel and the inner panel and having a lower edge joined to the lower edges of the outer panel and the inner panel, a second stiffener (26) formed as a channel member extending in the fore and aft direction and having an open side facing in the inboard direction, the second stiffener having an upper edge and a lower edge attached to an outboard side of the first stiffener, and a third stiffener (27) extending in the fore and aft direction and in a transverse direction to have an outboard edge joined to the first stiffener and an inboard edge joined to the inner panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Kato, Satoru Kawabe, Ken Yasui
  • Patent number: 10793199
    Abstract: A vehicle side portion structure includes a cross member extended along a vehicle width direction, a pillar that extends along a vertical direction at an end, in a vehicle width direction, of a vehicle, and a gusset for connecting an end portion, in the vehicle width direction, of the cross member to the pillar. The gusset includes a plate portion whose inner end portion in the vehicle width direction is fastened to the cross member, the plate portion being extended from a region including a position fastened to the cross member toward a pillar side and having a region upwardly inclined toward outside in the vehicle width direction until the plate portion reaches in a region on the pillar side to a pillar side end, and a flange joined to the pillar side end of the plate portion and fastened to the pillar. A fastening position of the flange and the pillar is located upward of a fastening position of the inner end portion, in the vehicle width direction, of the gusset and the cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeshi Mika
  • Patent number: 10787854
    Abstract: A vehicular opening/closing body control device includes: an opening drive control unit configured to control operation of a drive device configured to drive a vehicular opening/closing body to open the opening/closing body upward; a gravity descent detection unit configured to detect a descent of the opening/closing body opened upward due to gravity, a braking force imparting unit configured to impart a braking force to the opening/closing body whose descent due to gravity is detected; and an opening drive prohibition unit configured to prohibit opening drive by the drive device of the opening/closing body whose descent due to gravity is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoya Tsuboi, Ryo Asano
  • Patent number: 10787064
    Abstract: A door assembly, of a vehicle that includes a first pillar structure and a second pillar structure, includes a door outer panel, a door inner panel coupled to and positioned inwardly of the door outer panel, and an impact beam positioned between the door outer panel and the door inner panel. The door impact beam includes a first end and an opposite second end, the first end overlaps the first pillar structure and the second end overlaps the second pillar structure. The door assembly further includes an inner bulkhead coupled to the door inner panel and positioned between the door inner panel and the first end of the impact beam, and an outer bulkhead coupled to the door inner panel and positioned between the inner bulkhead and the first end of the impact beam, the outer bulkhead overlaps a portion of the inner bulkhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Blaine C. Benson, Keith O'Brien, Michitomo Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 10787097
    Abstract: A seating system for a vehicle having a vehicle body includes a seat bottom and a seat back. The seat bottom includes first and second attachments to the vehicle body, where the first attachment has a locked position for securing the seat bottom to the vehicle body and an unlocked position for facilitating detachment of the seat bottom from the vehicle body. The seat bottom is slidingly attachable to and detachable from the vehicle body at the second attachment when the first attachment is in the unlocked position. The seat back pivotably connected to and slidingly attachable to and detachable from the seat bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Samir Bodke, Vikas Metkari
  • Patent number: 10780927
    Abstract: Spoiler apparatus for use with vehicles are disclosed. A disclosed spoiler for a vehicle includes a sensor operatively couple to the vehicle. The spoiler also includes a body supporting the sensor and including an aperture positioned thereon. The body is coupled to an exterior vehicle surface near a lamp of the vehicle, separate from the spoiler, such that the lamp is exposed via the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Varun Jonathan Prabhakar
  • Patent number: 10780842
    Abstract: A mounting system for a sheet on a vehicle includes two elongate rub rails with undercut channels to receive the sheet and tensioning components. The upper rub rail is engaged with one of opposed edges of the sheet. An elongate engagement is engaged with the other opposed edge of the sheet and includes one frame rail and an engagement surface both facing the upper rub rail. An elongate retainer includes a bead engaged with the lower rub rail, another frame rail and parallel retainer surfaces, the second frame rail and the parallel retainer surfaces facing away from the upper rub rail. The engagement surface is movable laterally of the parallel retainer surfaces to be positioned in interlocking engagement with any one of the parallel retainer surfaces to tension the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: EPIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTIES, LLC
    Inventor: Marvin A. Smith
  • Patent number: 10773669
    Abstract: A structural member (10) includes a closed-cross-section structure having a hat member (1) and a closing plate (2), and a reinforcing member (supplementary strengthening member (“SSM”)) (4). The hat member (1) includes two side wails (11 and 12), each of which includes a high-strength portion (11A, 12A) with a yield strength not lower than 500 MFa and low-strength portions (11B, 12B) with a yield strength of 60 to 85% of the yield strength of the high-strength portion. As determined along the direction of extension of the ridges (123) of the hat member, both ends of the reinforcing member (4) overlap the high-strength portions (11A and 12B) of the side walls (11 and 12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Nippon Steel Corporation
    Inventor: Satoshi Hirose
  • Patent number: 10766360
    Abstract: A closure system for a pressurized container system for a motor vehicle includes a fuel filler flap and at least one refueling connection. The refueling connection has a non-return valve and a protective cap. The protective cap is designed to be pluggable onto an end of the refueling connection. The fuel filler flap covers a refueling compartment which is set back from the vehicle body. On the side facing the refueling compartment, the fuel filler flap has such a contour that the fuel filler flap can be closed only if the protective cap is fitted on the refueling connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Hans-Ulrich Stahl
  • Patent number: 10766433
    Abstract: A trim strip has upper and lower trim-strip-side mating portions. A glass run body has, at its exterior part, body-side mating portions and an upper contacting portion contacting an upper part of an exterior surface of the trim strip. The upper contacting portion has a portion contacting the trim strip, and the portion is provided with a coating. The coating is formed of an elastic material reducing the sliding resistance to the trim strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: NISHIKAWA RUBBER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shingo Tomoyasu, Tomonori Miyata
  • Patent number: 10759316
    Abstract: A dynamic adjustable armrest includes a bracket supporting the armrest, a rod guide having a plurality of detents, the rod guide in slidable communication with the bracket, a locking rod engageable with the rod guide and the bracket. The locking rod is movable between at least a first position and a second position, and the armrest is movable between at least an up position and a down position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Vinay C. Bhairagond, Kiran Kumar Siddegowda, Pramod Lockhande, Navinkumar J. Singh, John Bosilkovski, Helio M. Queiroz, Alan Denys Aldrete Meza, Eliseo Arturo Flores Diaz
  • Patent number: 10752080
    Abstract: A canopy downdraft fan assembly for being able to direct air flow like a curtain as selected. The canopy downdraft fan assembly includes a canopy assembly including support members adapted to be mounted upon a prime mover and including a canopy mounted upon the support members; and an air flow generating assembly in communication with the canopy assembly and including fans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: SPORTECH, LLC
    Inventors: Grayson Kroyer, Mario Negri, Marc McCauley
  • Patent number: 10752097
    Abstract: A vehicular-use door comprising a first panel and a second panel bonded to a panel bonding part of the first panel, wherein the first panel is provided with a plurality of ribs, sticking out from the panel bonding part so as to cross the adhesive coated on the first panel or the second panel, along the coating direction of the adhesive, and each rib is provided with a non-visible part which is bonded to the second panel and which is covered by the second panel and can no longer be viewed from the outside and a visible part which extends from the non-visible part in a direction crossing the adhesive and which is not covered by the second panel and can be viewed from the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Adachi
  • Patent number: 10752291
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes a front side member, a body attachment structure and an off-center impact structure. The front side member defines a hollow interior, an outboard wall and an inboard wall. The body attachment structure is attached to the outboard wall of the front side member. The off-center impact structure has a first end portion, a second end portion and a main section extending from the first end portion to the second end portion. The first end portion extends through an outboard forward opening and into the hollow interior of the front side member and is rigidly connected to the front side member forward of the body attachment structure. The second end portion is attached to the front side member at a location rearward of the body attachment structure with the main section extending outboard of the body attachment structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Grattan