Patents Examined by Marlon A Arce
  • Patent number: 10696353
    Abstract: A motor vehicle, in particular a motorcycle or a motorcycle-like vehicle, includes a wheel suspension supporting the vehicle frame with a spring assembly. The wheel suspension is designed to compress in a compression direction and to rebound in an opposite rebound direction. The wheel suspension includes a lowering device which can be selectively actuated by a pressure fluid in an active state to apply a preload to the wheel suspension to alter a ride height of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Josef Seidl
  • Patent number: 10688904
    Abstract: A drop-deck trailer for hauling heavy loads (e.g., jumbo glass panes) positioned on each side of the drop-deck and which minimizes trailer twisting/leaning is provided. The drop deck includes a plurality of transversely-mounted A-frames that are coupled through an anti-torsion structure (ATS) to each other and to at least two trailer main beams at an elevated front deck and at a rear portion of the drop-deck for transferring the load from each side of the trailer and into the at least two main beams. The ATS includes tie bars for connecting the tops of the A-frames together, a front support for connecting the forward-most A-frame to the main beams and an end support for connecting the rear-most A-frame to the main beams. The ATS minimizes twisting/leaning of the trailer without adding any significant weight to the trailer itself. This permits the transport of increased payload on the trailer, including a continuous tarp for covering the payload during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Miles A. Reitnouer
  • Patent number: 10688865
    Abstract: A fuel tank includes a fuel tank main body portion, a first supporting pillar portion, and a second supporting pillar portion. The first supporting pillar portion is provided at a vehicle rear side of an inner side of the fuel tank main body portion. The second supporting pillar portion is provided at a vehicle front side of the first supporting pillar portion at the inner side of the fuel tank main body portion and is longer in the vehicle vertical direction than the first supporting pillar portion is in the vehicle vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinsuke Amano, Yuuki Nagase, Toshiaki Asahara
  • Patent number: 10683043
    Abstract: A platform trailer includes a neck reinforcement structure located in the neck region to provide for a reduced height in the neck region of the trailer to increase the cargo-carrying capacity of the trailer. The height in the neck region of the trailer is less than 30% of the height in the rest of the trailer. A fifth wheel plate includes a main portion secured to both the first and second beams of the trailer. The fifth wheel plate includes a bifurcated tail portion including a first tail portion connected to the first beam and a second tail portion connected to the second beam. A kingpin is connected to the fifth wheel plate and is adapted to be engaged by an associated tractor fifth wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: East Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Howard D. Booher, Russell D. Pittman, Derek Davies
  • Patent number: 10661825
    Abstract: An electric power steering apparatus that easily obtains desired steering torques to a steering angle without being affected by a road surface state and changes of mechanism characteristics of a steering system due to aging. The apparatus includes a target steering torque generating section to generate a target steering torque based on at least one of EPS/vehicle information, a converting section to convert the target steering torque into a target torsional angle, and a torsional angle control section to calculate the current command value based on the target torsional angle, a steering angle, a torsional angle of a torsion bar and a motor angular velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventor: Takahiro Tsubaki
  • Patent number: 10661846
    Abstract: A fifth wheel hitch may include at least one support frame capable of engaging with a towing vehicle. The fifth wheel hitch may further include a cross-member attached to the support frame and an isolation system operatively coupled with the cross-member. The isolation system may include a beam engaged with the cross-member about a first axis, where rotation of the beam about the first axis is dampened via a cross-member isolator. The isolation system may also include a skid plate engaged with the beam about a second axis, where rotation of the skid plate about the second axis is dampened via a wing isolator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Richard W. McCoy, Eric J. Stanifer
  • Patent number: 10647384
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention describe a recreational vehicle spindle, including a spindle body having one or more sockets in the spindle body, and an upper attachment mechanism in contact with the spindle body and adapted to attach to a steering component. The spindle also includes a lower attachment mechanism in contact with the spindle body and adapted to attach to a ski or wheel. The one or more sockets are adapted to each receive a ball and stud forming one or more ball joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Arctic Cat Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Vigen, Guy L. Sibilleau
  • Patent number: 10647346
    Abstract: A worm shaft (46) has a first end section (52) and a second end section (54) extending from a worm section (50). A first drive system (98) is in driving engagement with the first end section (52) of the worm shaft (46), and a second drive system (104) is in driving engagement with the second end section (54) of the worm shaft (46) for redundantly steering a vehicle. The worm section (50) of the worm shaft (46) is disposed between the first drive system (98) disposed on the first end section (52) of the worm shaft (46) and the second drive system (104) disposed on the second end section (54) of the worm shaft (46). A lost motion connection (82) is disposed between an input shaft (76) and said worm shaft (46).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: CHINA AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, INC
    Inventors: Haimian Cai, Tianyi Qiu, Siqi Zuo
  • Patent number: 10647350
    Abstract: A steering gear for a vehicle includes a linear drive having at least one displacement element, which is displaceable substantially along a vehicle longitudinal axis of the vehicle and which is fastenable to a steering drag link of the vehicle, in which the linear drive is configured to convert a rotational movement of a steering column of the vehicle into a movement of the displacement element substantially along the vehicle longitudinal axis. Also described is a related vehicle having the steering gear, a method for actuating the steering gear, and a method for steering the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: KNORR-BREMSE SYSTEME FUER NUTZFAHRZEUGE GMBH
    Inventors: Falk Hecker, Michael Herges, Christian Staahl, Rainer Lang
  • Patent number: 10640159
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a stair-climbing remote control utility wagon. The wagon provides a forward chassis arm and a rear chassis arm which are interleaved with each other, providing a broad, stable base. The forward chassis arm terminates in a forward chassis, and the rear chassis arm terminates in a rear chassis. The forward chassis and the rear chassis provide powerful, battery-powered electric motors and caterpillar tracks. The forward chassis arm and rear chassis arm are fully articulated by servomotors, providing telescoping segments which may be extended and retracted with servomotors, and the motor housing of the forward chassis arm further provides infrared sensors, which are controlled by a microprocessor to enable the wagon to climb a flight of stairs. The forward chassis arm and rear chassis arm may also be used to elevate the bed of the wagon to any height, up to 48 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Eric Bliss
  • Patent number: 10633051
    Abstract: An adjustable spacer structure of a bicycle is used for adjusting a height of a stem disposed on a steering tube. The adjustable spacer structure includes a first spacer and a second spacer. The first spacer includes a body and a positioning portion. The body has a ring shape and a first opening, and the steering tube is movably disposed through the first opening. The positioning portion is disposed on the body. The second spacer has a ring shape and a combining portion. The combining portion is detachably connected to the positioning portion, and there is a second opening formed between the first spacer and the second spacer. The stem is abutted against the first spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: GIANT MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hsi Wong, Hua-Chun Huang, Bo-Hao Huang
  • Patent number: 10632803
    Abstract: A hitch assist system is provided herein that includes a sensing system configured to detect a trailer proximate a vehicle. The hitch assist system also includes a controller for detecting a coupler of the trailer; determining a trailer-heading direction-based on a coupler orientation; and determining a path for aligning a hitch assembly on the vehicle with a coupler on the trailer based on the trailer-heading direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Luke Niewiadomski, Chen Zhang, Bruno Sielly Jales Costa, Nikhil Nagraj Rao, Vidya Nariyambut Murali
  • Patent number: 10632830
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a motor, a high-voltage device, and a power converter. The motor moves the vehicle. The high-voltage device is disposed inside a vehicle cabin of the vehicle. The power converter is disposed outside the vehicle cabin. The power converter is connected to the motor and the high-voltage device to convert electric power output from the high-voltage device and to supply the converted electric power to the motor. The high-voltage device is arranged to be juxtaposed to the power converter along a front-rear direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Sugizaki, Tomohiro Fukazu, Noboru Fujiyoshi, Rieko Koyama, Kosuke Oguri
  • Patent number: 10625811
    Abstract: A suspension assembly including a core member; and a skin member bonded on said core member. The skin member having a higher strength than the core member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventor: Mario Galasso
  • Patent number: 10618594
    Abstract: A swing arm structure for a saddle riding vehicle including: a pivot section swingably supported by a vehicle body frame of the saddle riding vehicle; an arm section extending from the pivot section toward a rear side of a vehicle body of the saddle riding vehicle and configured to support an axle of a rear wheel of the saddle riding vehicle at a rear section; and a first reinforcement section formed of a carbon fiber reinforced resin in which carbon fibers are oriented uniformly in a vehicle body forward/rearward direction, wherein the first reinforcement section is installed on a lower surface of the arm section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kunihiro Mizuno, Shimpei Shikanai
  • Patent number: 10618362
    Abstract: A hitch mount assembly includes features configured to facilitate hitching of a drawbar receiver to a drawbar. The hitch mount assembly includes an alignment member supported for movement relative to the drawbar receiver. The alignment member is configured to abut the drawbar and consequently move the drawbar receiver relative to the drawbar to substantially align the pin opening of the receiver with the pin hole of the drawbar. The hitch mount assembly also includes a view window in the drawbar receiver for viewing movement of the drawbar within the drawbar cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Faust, Stephen K. Parsons, Roger D. Stephenson
  • Patent number: 10618595
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a forward frame portion with a seat support portion. The vehicle also includes a motion control system and a rear frame portion movably interconnected to the forward frame portion by the motion control system. The motion control system, in response to a forward acceleration of the rear frame portion resulting from a driving force imparted by a wheel supported by the rear frame portion, imparts a force onto the forward frame portion that immediately accelerates the seat support portion in a forward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Darrell W Voss
  • Patent number: 10611200
    Abstract: A trailer cart. The trailer cart includes a frame having a front end, a rear end and sides. A wheel assembly is attached to the frame. The wheel assembly includes an axle and a pair of wheels. A tongue is attached to and extends from the front end of the frame. The tongue includes a trailer coupler configured to secure to a trailer ball. A winch assembly is attached to the trailer. The winch assembly includes an upright post and a winch attached to the upright post. The winch assembly is attached to at least one of the tongue and the frame and is disposed near the front end of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: COMEAUX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Ray Comeaux
  • Patent number: 10604200
    Abstract: An all-terrain vehicle configured to be propelled by an endless loop track and a suspension system therefore comprises first and second lower suspension rails pivotally attached to one another at a central pivot. First, second and third suspension supports are provided, each comprising a resilient element and a suspension strut, the suspension strut having an upper end pivotally connected to the frame and a lower end. The lower end of the suspension strut of the first suspension support is pivotally connected to the first lower suspension rail. The lower end of the suspension strut of the third suspension support is pivotally connected to the second lower suspension rail. The lower end of the suspension strut of the second suspension support is pivotally connected to the first lower suspension rail, the second lower suspension rail or the first and second lower suspension rails proximal the central pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Ontario Drive & Gear Limited
    Inventors: Peter Derek Visscher, Keith Louis Heibein
  • Patent number: 10604208
    Abstract: A bicycle suspension tube comprises a tubular body, a wheel attachment part, and a caliper attachment part. The wheel attachment part is provided on the tubular body. The wheel attachment part includes an attachment hole having a rotational center axis. The caliper attachment part is provided on the tubular body. The caliper attachment part includes a first through hole having a first longitudinal axis non-parallel to the rotational center axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Akira Kondou, Takuma Sakai, Hideki Ikemoto