Patents Examined by Marlon A Arce
  • Patent number: 10766572
    Abstract: A snowmobile includes a frame, a motor, an endless track and a straddle seat. A left and a right footrest are each connected to the frame extend laterally outwardly therefrom. The footrests extend generally horizontally and are disposed vertically lower than the straddle seat for supporting a left foot of the driver. The left footrest is disposed on a left side of the snowmobile and the right footrest is disposed on a right side thereof. A left toe hold disposed above the left footrest is supported at an inner portion thereof and extends laterally outwardly therefrom to an outer portion thereof, the outer portion of the left toe hold being freely suspended. A right toe hold disposed above the right footrest is supported at an inner portion thereof and extending laterally outwardly therefrom to an outer portion thereof, the outer portion of the right toe hold being freely suspended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Jean-Sebastien Pard, Yvon Bedard, Martin Gagnon, Mathieu Mercier, Christian Labbe, Sebastien Vezina
  • Patent number: 10766321
    Abstract: A disclosed trailer hitch device includes an upper member to restrain the movement of the trailer hitch and a lower member to connect to the upper member and to connect to a vehicle. The upper member is rotatably connected to the lower member. The upper member is substantially U-shaped. The lower member is also substantially U-shaped and substantially symmetrical to the upper member. The upper and lower members include a respective side section, a respective arm section and a respective connecting plate configured to restrain the upper member from rotating with respect to the lower member. The upper connecting plate is connected to the lower connecting plate with a fastening device. A single component step washer includes a flanging washer concentric with a collar washer, the flanging washer comprising a ball mounting surface. The collar washer is configured to fit rotatably inside the hitching aperture of the lower member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Karl Glenn Pratt
  • Patent number: 10759241
    Abstract: A ball mount for measuring tongue weight of a trailer is disclosed. The ball mount can include a ball portion having a hitch ball configured to couple with a tongue of a trailer. The ball mount can also include a hitch portion for interfacing with a hitch receiver associated with a vehicle. In addition, the ball mount can include a load measurement device associated with the ball portion to determine a magnitude of a downward force on the hitch ball. The load measurement device can include a reservoir having a fluid and a piston disposed therein, and a pressure sensor in fluid communication with the reservoir. The hitch ball can be configured to exert a force on the piston, thereby affecting a pressure of the fluid in response to the downward force on the hitch ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Weigh Safe, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin McAllister
  • Patent number: 10759240
    Abstract: A fifth wheel hitch is adapted to affix to a vehicle having a vehicle-mounted ball that protrudes from a towing vehicle surface. The hitch has a frame with a sleeve portion that is fixed, and a rocker assembly is telescopingly received inside the sleeve portion. The rocker assembly is selectively affixed to the frame with a pin that extends through the receiver and sleeve portion. A ball cage affixes to the vehicle-mounted ball using pins that extend through vertical walls in the cage. The ball cage can be received by the frame in a close orientation that locates the vehicle-mounted ball closer to the rocker assembly and a far orientation that locates the ball farther away. The cage includes a threaded fastener that extends outwardly. The frame has an elongate aperture that receives the threaded fastener to secure the ball cage with a nut into a cage pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Pulliam Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall A. Pulliam, James M. Karasch
  • Patent number: 10751234
    Abstract: A cart for connecting or attaching to a wheelchair is provided to assist a wheelchair user to more easily collect and move items, such as groceries. In certain embodiments the cart is further defined as a shopping cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Darius Glover
  • Patent number: 10745048
    Abstract: Systems for controlling the speed and direction of vehicles such as tractors, including vehicles that have low to zero turning radius capability. Systems include steering and speed coordination systems that control the direction and speed of rotation of vehicle drive units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: MTD Products Inc
    Inventors: Axel Schaedler, Tim Dilgard
  • Patent number: 10739772
    Abstract: A novel robotic platform is presented with the characteristics of only two wheels establishing a stable and unstable axis. Stability of the unstable axis is provided by controlling the steering while driving in the direction of the stable axis. Stability while stopped is provided by setting one or both of the wheels oblique to the stable axis and controlling the traction angle of the wheels. High control authority is thus provided while standing and while underway without sensitivity to the driving surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher Andrew Tacklind, Cameron Andras Tacklind
  • Patent number: 10736801
    Abstract: A wheelchair includes a chair frame mechanism and two pedal mechanisms. The chair frame mechanism includes a frame body and two pedal-mounting rods. The pedal mechanisms are respectively mounted to the pedal-mounting rods. Each of the pedal mechanisms includes a pivot unit sleeved on the corresponding pedal-mounting rod and having has a guide groove, a positioning unit mounted to the corresponding pedal-mounting rod and engaging the guide groove, and a pedal unit mounted to the pivot unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Karma Medical Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yen-Tsung Lin
  • Patent number: 10730584
    Abstract: A convertible running bike capable of selectively converting from a non-motorized configuration to a motorized configuration may include a front fork rotatably engaged with a front wheel, a handle bar rotatably engaged with the front fork for steering the bike, a frame and a seat connected to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: STACYC, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Ryan Ragland, Eric Johnson, Phillip Charles Burke
  • Patent number: 10730546
    Abstract: A steering system equipped with a linear electric actuator includes: a casing, a shaft slidably coupled to the casing with respect to a sliding axis and provided with an end that protrudes externally from said casing, an electric motor, which is housed in the casing and provided with a stator and a rotor that is axially hollow and coaxial with the shaft, in which the rotor is operable in rotation with respect to an axis of rotation parallel to the sliding axis, a nut screw integrated in rotation with the rotor of the motor and provided with an internal thread, the nut screw includes a first cylindrical portion and a second cylindrical portion, axially arranged side by side, a joint adapted to make the first cylindrical portion and the second cylindrical portion integrated in rotation, and a helical groove surface integrated with the shaft and coupled to the internal thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: OGNIBENE POWER S.P.A.
    Inventor: Claudio Ognibene
  • Patent number: 10723410
    Abstract: A vehicle, comprising: a forward frame portion; a rear frame portion; and a motion control system comprising a first motion control device that movably interconnects the forward frame portion and the rear frame portion and a second motion control device that movably interconnects the forward frame portion and the rear frame portion, wherein the first motion control device connects to the rear frame portion at a first location, and the second motion control device connects to the rear frame portion at a second location that is a fixed distance from the first location, and the motion control system, by virtue of a geometric arrangement of the motion control system relative to the forward frame portion and the rear frame portion, adopts, 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, an operating state in which forces imparted onto the motion control system by a tensioning of a drivetrain element that transfe
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Darrell W Voss
  • Patent number: 10710675
    Abstract: An electric bike comprises a front wheel, a rear wheel, a seat for a rider to sit on, a frame that supports the front wheel, the rear wheel and the seat, a driving device that provides moving energy to the electric bike and a braking device that reduces the speed of the electric bike. The driving device comprises one or more electric motors. The electric bike further comprises a pedal assembly that receives muscle power from the rider. The pedal assembly comprises a pedal axis and two pedals fixed to the pedal axis. The torque from the pedal assembly is not mechanically transferred to the front wheel or the rear wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Chanmin Park
  • Patent number: 10710664
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tricycle component, and in particular to a reverse tricycle support structure in which two steering wheels are arranged in the front and a driving wheel is arranged in the back. The reverse tricycle support structure includes a frame, a front two-wheel fixing bracket and a rear flat fork. The frame includes a frame rear section, a frame middle section and a frame front section, the frame front section is fixedly connected to the front two-wheel fixing bracket, the frame rear section is movably connected to the rear flat fork, the front two-wheel fixing bracket is fixed on two front wheels, an upper end of a rear center single shock absorption member is hingedly fixed on the frame, and a lower end of the rear center single shock absorption member is hingedly fixed on the rear flat fork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG LANGXIANG INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhipeng Cao, Weitao Tuo, Qian Wang
  • 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