Patents Examined by Luis A Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10919603
    Abstract: A bottom bracket is connected to a spindle and a frame of a bicycle. The bottom bracket comprises a housing and an adapter. The housing is connected to the frame and comprises a substantially circular disc, one or more pins, and an actuating mechanism. The disc comprises a plurality of disc openings arranged proximate to a circumferential edge of the disc and is adapted to rotate with the spindle. The pins selectively engage with the disc openings, wherein the engagement of the pins with the disc openings prevents further rotation of the disc. The actuating mechanism selectively engages the pins with the disc openings. The adapter removably is attached to the housing and connected to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Nathan Chan, Jasan Patrick Doherty
  • Patent number: 10908632
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a sensor for detecting the angle of a bicycle shoe or bicycle pedal in respect to a predetermined level and to a method of using a sensor to detect this angle. The sensor can be connected to a signaling device to notify the cyclist when the angle is less than 20 degrees such that the cyclist can lift one or both of his heels to exert more optimal power to the bicycle pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Marcin Golec
  • Patent number: 10906576
    Abstract: A telescope drive assembly for a steering column assembly includes a column jacket moveable in a rake direction and defining a tapered slot. The telescope drive assembly also includes a telescope actuator assembly operatively coupled to the column jacket to move the column jacket in a telescope direction. The telescope drive assembly further includes a telescope drive bracket operatively coupled to the telescope actuator assembly and to the column jacket, the telescope drive bracket and the column jacket rotatable about a common axis in the rake direction. The telescope drive assembly yet further includes a telescope guide disposed between the telescope drive bracket and the column jacket, the telescope guide disposed at least partially within the tapered slot and translatable within the tapered slot in the telescope direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Jarrod C. Sherwood, Robert D. Maida, Harmony J. Hudnall, Brian K. Rood
  • Patent number: 10906606
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to a pedal for a bicycle that includes a body, a spindle secured to the body and for connection to the bicycle, a first magnetic platter, and a second magnetic platter overlaying the first magnetic platter. The first and second magnetic platters each include a plurality of blocks formed of a material that can be magnetized, and a plurality of permanent magnet plates arranged so as to magnetize the blocks with either a magnetic north or magnetic south polarity with adjacent blocks being magnetized with opposite magnetic polarities. The second magnetic platter is movable with respect to the first magnetic platter by a ferrous metal cleat between a first position where the pedal is in a magnetically inactive state and a second position where the pedal is in a magnetically active state magnetically securing the cleat to the second magnetic platter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignees: Smart Clips LLC, Magswitch Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Ball, Shane Felton
  • Patent number: 10894432
    Abstract: A printing apparatus comprises a conveyance control unit which controls conveyance of printing sheets so that a trailing edge of a preceding sheet as a printing sheet precedingly fed from the stacking unit and a leading edge of a succeeding sheet as a printing sheet succeedingly fed from the stacking unit overlap each other; and a skew correction unit which performs skew correction of the succeeding sheet while the succeeding sheet overlaps the preceding sheet by the conveyance control unit. The skew correction unit makes the leading edge of the succeeding sheet abut against the conveyance roller during a time from an end of a last line feed operation by the conveyance roller for printing on the preceding sheet by the printing unit to start of a next conveyance operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Asai, Syunichi Kunihiro, Naoki Aoyama, Katsuya Ogawa, Noriyuki Sugiyama, Yasufumi Tanaami, Ryo Yonemoto
  • Patent number: 10894683
    Abstract: An example system includes an advancement mechanism to drive print medium into a stacking region, a clamping mechanism, and a controller. The clamping mechanism includes a trailing edge clamping arrangement in a trailing edge portion of the stacking region and at least one downstream clamping arrangement in a downstream portion of the stacking region, the downstream portion being downstream of the trailing edge portion. The controller is to sequentially actuate the trailing edge clamping arrangement and the at least one downstream clamping arrangement when the advancement mechanism transports a print medium into the stacking region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Steve O Rasmussen, Bruce G Johnson, Elliott Downing, Robert Scott Beale, Lonny Morgan
  • Patent number: 10890871
    Abstract: A sheet housing device includes a sheet cassette, a frame, and a support member. The frame is configured to support the sheet cassette such that the sheet cassette is movable relative to the frame between a closed position and a drawn-out position along a first direction different from a gravity direction. The support member is configured to support the frame such that the frame is rotatable around a pivot axis extending in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction and the gravity direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuichi Saito
  • Patent number: 10890242
    Abstract: A gear box includes a casing, a gear that is accommodated in the casing and transmits the power of a motor, an output gear that is connected to the gear in the casing, and a collar that is externally inserted to the output shaft of the output gear and is rotatable relative to both the output shaft and the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Koichi Masuzawa, Kenichi Kudo
  • Patent number: 10882547
    Abstract: The present invention provides a dust cover which is provided between an engine room and the driver's seat such that, when a steering shaft provided under a steering wheel of a vehicle is installed passing through a vehicle frame, the steering shaft passes through the dust cover. The dust cover is characterized by comprising: a pair of bearings coupled to the steering shaft; a pair of bearing races provided to surround outer circumferential surfaces of the bearings; a ring-shaped fixing cap forcibly inserted into the bearing races through both sides of an opening by interference fitting, thereby fixing the bearings; and an integrally formed seal part having through-holes to which the bearing races are coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: DMC, INC
    Inventors: Jae Won Lee, Hyung Joon Kim
  • Patent number: 10876571
    Abstract: A connecting rod is provided, which includes a rod shaft and a rod cap. The rod shaft and the rod cap can be releasably fastened through connecting means to form a connected state, and when the rod shaft and the rod cap are in the connected state, they form a rod eye configured to enclose a bore for mounting the connecting rod on a crank shaft. The rod shaft and the rod cap have contact surfaces at which they touch each other in the connected state. The contact surfaces have an interlocking section-wise serration, and the contact surfaces have an un-serrated section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: INNIO Jenbacher GmbH & Co OG
    Inventor: Frederic Bussieres
  • Patent number: 10865066
    Abstract: A sheet discharging device includes a housing, a drive roller, a first pinch roller, a second pinch roller, a holder, a guide member, and an urging member urging the first pinch roller toward the drive roller. The second pinch roller is positioned downstream of the first pinch roller in a discharging direction. The holder has a connecting portion supporting the first and second pinch rollers. The first pinch roller is movable between a contact position in contact with the drive roller and a separated position separated from the drive roller. Between the first and second pinch rollers in the discharging direction, the guide member is farther away from the drive roller than the connecting portion is when the first pinch roller is at the contact position, and is closer to the drive roller than the connecting portion is when the first pinch roller is at the separated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kakeru Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10866064
    Abstract: An adjusting turret for a telescopic sight or reflex sight includes a rotary cap, which is rotatable about a rotary axis by applying a first torque, as an actuator for a spindle, wherein the rotary cap includes at least one rotation stop which is rotatable relative to the spindle about the rotary axis by applying a second torque that is smaller than the first torque, wherein the adjusting turret has at least one scale which is arranged on a part that is separate from the rotation stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Kahles Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventor: Gunther Weiszl
  • Patent number: 10846969
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing documents of value comprises a stationary part and a movable part. The stationary part comprises a singler for singling a stack of documents. The movable part comprises at least two output pockets for receiving processed documents. The movable part is mounted to the stationary part so as to be pivotable between a closed position and an open position. The stationary part and the movable part are arranged to form a transport path when in the closed position. The stationary part and the movable part are arranged to allow access to at least a section of the transport path when in the open position. The apparatus is arranged to transport singled documents of value from the singler along the transport path to the output pockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT CURRENCY TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Bentin P. Gnana Nesan, Lalit Pal Singh, Poobalan Subramani
  • Patent number: 10843650
    Abstract: A pedal assembly for a motor vehicle includes a bracket with a first groove, a pedal shaft arranged in the first groove and a pedal arm pivotally coupled to the bracket via the pedal; an operating device and at least one locking device. The operating device is arranged for activation or control of a vehicular function and is pivotally coupled to the pedal arm. The locking device is arranged for locking of the pedal shaft in an operating position, and in the event of a collision, it is releasable to allow movement of the pedal shaft from the operating position to a safety position. The bracket has a second groove. A locking pin is arranged in a locking position in the second groove in order to prevent the release of the locking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: CJ AUTOMOTIVE AB
    Inventor: Jon David Stough
  • Patent number: 10837538
    Abstract: The transmission includes: an open-end cover fitted to an inner circumference of an open end portion of a rotary housing, the cover being configured to close the open end portion; an O-ring provided between the rotary housing and the open-end cover in the compressed state in the axial direction of the rotary housing, the O-ring being configured to seal between the inner circumferential portion of the rotary housing and the outer circumferential portion of the open-end cover; and a snap ring configured to restrict the movement of the open-end cover in the axial direction. The open-end cover is pushed against the snap ring by the repulsive force exerted by the compressed O-ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: KYB CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun Suzuki, Kenji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10840767
    Abstract: An electrically driven device includes an electric motor with a drive shaft having a first rotary axis and a drive pin eccentrically thereto, and a driven shaft having a second rotary axis and mounted for pivoting motion. The driven shaft is coupled to the drive shaft by a scotch yoke mechanism, converting a rotary motion of the drive shaft into a reciprocating pivoting motion of the driven shaft. The scotch yoke mechanism includes a cross slider having a sliding support extending perpendicular to the first rotary axis and receiving the drive pin either directly or by a sliding block having a bearing receiving the pin. The cross slider is axially guided to move in an axial direction perpendicular to the first rotary axis and to the extension of the sliding support. The driven shaft is coupled to the cross slider by a pivotable crank arm, thereby converting a rotary motion of the drive shaft into a reciprocating motion of the driven shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Fritsch, Andreas Kramp, Norbert Schaefer
  • Patent number: 10821748
    Abstract: There is provided a recording apparatus with which it is possible to reduce an occupied space to a small size in a configuration of including a mounting unit and a receiving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kazunori Mori
  • Patent number: 10823283
    Abstract: Disclosed is a forced neutral return device for an automated manual transmission forcibly operating a shift cylinder of a pneumatic pressure actuator for the automated manual transmission to return shift neutral position including an air injection passage forcibly injecting outside air into the inside of the shift cylinder and a valve assembly for opening and closing the air injection passage. It is possible to easily return neutral position when the neutral of the automated manual transmission is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: HYUNDAI DYMOS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Won Kim
  • Patent number: 10822187
    Abstract: An elastic body portion includes an inner circumferential portion and an outer circumferential portion which serves as an outer circumferential side with respect to the inner circumferential portion and a space portion between the inner circumferential portion and the outer circumferential portion, and a plurality of joining portions which join the inner circumferential portion and the outer circumferential portion to each other in the space portion, in which at least a portion of each of the joining portions has a curved shape, and in which the joining portions are each joined to the inner circumferential portion and the outer circumferential portion such that connecting portions between the joining portions and the inner circumferential portion and connecting portions between the joining portions and the outer circumferential portion do not form acute angles in the space portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hidenobu Maruyama, Takuya Kojima, Kentaro Miyazaki, Naohiro Daito, Kenta Anegawa
  • Patent number: 10816927
    Abstract: A transport device includes a first rotary part that rotates; a second rotary part that contacts the first rotary part, that forms a pinch region where an object to be transported is pinched between the second rotary part and the first rotary part, and that rotates together with the first rotary part; and a positioning mechanism that positions the second rotary part with respect to the first rotary part. The positioning mechanism includes a swing part that supports one end portion side of the second rotary part, that is supported at one end portion side of the first rotary part, and that is swingable around a rotation center of the first rotary part; and a fixing section that fixes the swing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Teruki Naganuma, Junichi Asaoka, Mizuki Arai, Akira Iwasaka, Yuki Sekura, Kohei Takahashi, Hiromitsu Tomioka, Keita Yano, Yuichiro Shimura