Patents Examined by Maurice L Williams
  • Patent number: 10730545
    Abstract: A rack housing and a reduction drive housing accommodate a ball screw mechanism and a reduction drive. Within the rack housing and the reduction drive housing, a gap is provided between the left end of a nut and the rack housing, and a gap is provided between the right end of the nut and the rack housing. A groove serving as a communication path in communication with the gaps on both axial sides of the nut is provided in the outer circumferential surface of the nut. The groove is provided so as to avoid a recirculation path provided in the nut. The groove is provided axially and rectilinearly from the end of the nut that is located on the side opposite to a flange, to the flange and is provided along the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuya Kaneko, Masayoshi Asakura, Satoshi Fujita, Ryuji Shibata, Masashi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10711869
    Abstract: Traction planets and traction rings can be operationally coupled to a planetary gearset to provide a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CVT can be used in a bicycle. In one embodiment, the CVT is mounted on the frame of the bicycle at a location forward of the rear wheel hub of the bicycle. In one embodiment, the CVT is mounted on and supported by members of the bicycle frame such that the CVT is coaxial with the crankshaft of the bicycle. The crankshaft is configured to drive elements of the planetary gearset, which are configured to operationally drive the traction rings and the traction planets. Inventive component and subassemblies for such a CVT are disclosed. A shifting mechanism includes a plurality of pivot arms arranged to pivot about the centers of the traction planets as a shift pin hub moves axially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Fallbrook Intellectual Property Company LLC
    Inventors: Donald C. Miller, Robert A. Smithson, Brad P. Pohl, Charles B. Lohr, Jon M. Nichols
  • Patent number: 10703409
    Abstract: Work vehicle axle device includes a wheel drive case utilizing a centrally disposed vertically extending first coupling portion, a centrally disposed vertically extending second coupling portion spaced from the first coupling portion and an input shaft located below an upper end of either the first or second coupling portions and being configured to transmit rotational power to wheels. The first and second coupling portions are configured to pivotally mount to the wheel drive case to a vehicle body of the work vehicle in a manner that allows the wheel drive case to pivot about an axis that, when viewed from above, is at least one of parallel to a front to back direction of the vehicle body and parallel to a centrally disposed front to back axis of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomeo Umemoto
  • Patent number: 10696316
    Abstract: The stair-climbing stroller is a baby stroller with retractable front and rear wheels for use on flat travel surfaces and a pair of tracks for use on inclined travel surfaces including, but not limited to, staircases. The front wheels are coupled to a pivoting front wheel support shaft and the rear wheels are coupled to a pivoting rear wheel support shaft. A wheel retract motor located on the underside of the stroller may cause a retraction drive shaft to pivot the front and rear wheel support shafts, retracting the wheels. When the front and rear wheels retract, the stroller may be lowered such that the left and right track rest on the ground. Left and right track motors may then be used to drive the stroller up an inclined travel surface using the tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Douglas Parks
  • Patent number: 10683045
    Abstract: A two wheeled throwable robot comprises an elongate chassis with two ends, a motor at each end, drive wheels connected to the motors, and a tail extending from the elongate chassis. A rear portion having a deep recess securing the pair of motors with brackets, and batteries with brackets. The forward part having a shallow recess with a printed circuit board secured therein having control circuitry. The wheels are less than six inches in diameter and the robot weighs less than five pounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: ReconRobotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew M. Sellner, Alex J. Kossett, Jade Moreau, Andrew Drenner, Steve Gigl
  • Patent number: 10675913
    Abstract: A bicycle having a rear wheel including an axle, a hub shell, a torque element including a torque output portion and a torque input portion, and a rear cog coupled to the torque input portion. The torque output portion is a first radial distance from the torque input portion. The position sensor measures a rotational position of the torque input portion relative to the torque output portion. In one embodiment, the position sensor includes a displacement indicator (e.g., a radial tab mounted to the torque output portion) and a displacement sensor (e.g., an inductive sensor mounted to the torque input portion). The inductive sensor preferably has two sensing coils positioned on each side of the displacement indicator. The hub assembly can further comprise a wireless transmitter adapted to transmit data from the position sensor. The hub shell preferably includes a window that facilitates data transmission from the wireless transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: SPECIALIZED BICYCLE COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventor: Wolfgang Ebersbach
  • Patent number: 10654503
    Abstract: A tactical transport cart manually navigable by a single human operator over both topographic and hydrographic terrains has a frame, a payload-supporting area on the frame, a pair of wheels or other terrain-engaging transport propulsion members attached to the frame, a handle structure attached to the frame, at least one motor connected in driving relation to the transport propulsion members, a battery for providing motive power to the motor, and a control device connected between the battery and the motor for controlling supply of motive power to the motor, with a switch device mounted on the handle structure for selective actuation and deactuation of the motor. The frame, transport propulsion members and handle structure are cooperatively dimensioned and configured for movement of the cart over ground surfaces of topographic terrains and for partially and fully submerged movement over water-covered surfaces of hydrographic terrains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Hendrick Motorsports Performance Group, LLC
    Inventors: Marshall Carlson, Mark Allen Thoreson
  • Patent number: 10639950
    Abstract: A torsion trailer coupler is affixed to a trailer between the tongue and an adjustable coupler. The torsion trailer coupler has a trailer side that affixes to the trailer and a coupler side that affixes to the adjustable coupler. The trailer side has torsion tubes that carry torsion bars and the coupler side has torsion tubes that carry torsion bars. The torsion bars between the trailer and coupler side are connected with torsion arms. The torsion trailer coupler moves between an unloaded position where the torsion bars and arms are at rest and a loaded position where force is applied between the sides and the torsion bars rotate about their central axes. The torsion bars, arms and sides cooperate to absorb transient forces between a towing vehicle and the tongue of the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: GEN-Y Creations, LLC
    Inventor: Carl J. Borkholder
  • Patent number: 10611411
    Abstract: A child drift car comprises a car frame, a wheel assembly, a seat, a driving mechanism and a direction control mechanism; the wheel assembly comprises a driving wheel assembly, and the driving wheel assembly comprises driving wheels, and an axle fixedly connected to the driving wheels; the driving mechanism comprises a driver and a transmission device; the direction control mechanism comprises a steering column, a steering wheel fixedly connected to the steering column, and a steering device separately connected to the steering column and the driving wheel assembly; the driving mechanism further comprises a main shaft rotatably disposed on the car frame along its own axis and driven by the transmission device to rotate, and the main shaft is connected to the axle through a universal joint. When the driving wheels turn, the speed of the driving wheels is not affected, and a higher drifting speed can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: GOODBABY CHILD PRODUCTS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hui Cai, Guobao Tong
  • Patent number: 10569638
    Abstract: An electric powered vehicle having a battery pack capable of storing electric energy and a clean fuel engine operated with a clean fuel. A first D/C alternator communicating with the clean fuel engine, supplying electric energy to the electric driving motor. A timing gear belt driven starter/alternator that is connected directly to the clean fuel engine, activating the clean fuel engine when the battery pack reaches loss at a maximum of 30% capacity remaining. Thereafter, a second D/C alternator and yet thereafter a third D/C alternator communicating with the clean fuel engine during periods when no electrical communication exists between the electric driver motor and battery packs. The D/C alternators maintain an electrical output to the battery packs until recharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Heinz Welschoff
  • Patent number: 10569803
    Abstract: A steerable caddy trailer is provided that has an improved structure including a main frame assembly, spindle assemblies attached to each end of the main frame for attachment of a wheel, a pair of swinging arms forwardly extending from the main frame and pivotally attached to the main frame, and tie rods connecting the swinging arms with the spindle assembly such that pivoting of the swinging arms steers the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: MONTAG INVESTMENTS, LLC
    Inventor: Roger A. Montag
  • Patent number: 10556624
    Abstract: A vehicle underbody assembly including a pair of rockers, a pair of side rails, a first cross member, a second cross member, and a fuel tank is provided. Each of the pair of side rails is secured to a rearward portion of one of the rockers. The first cross member extends between the side rails and is thermally treated to form a first central hard strength zone between two first soft strength zones. The second cross member is arranged with the pair of side rails and the first cross member to form a rectilinear frame and is thermally treated to form a second central hard strength zone between two second soft strength zones. The fuel tank is secured between the pair of side rails so that the fuel tank is located within a rectilinear frame formed by the pair of side rails and the cross members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Raj Sohmshetty, Sridhar Santi Boyina, Rohit Telukunta, Saied Nusier, Mohamed Ridha Baccouche
  • Patent number: 10539097
    Abstract: A saddle-ride type vehicle for enabling the placement of canisters with a required absorption-chamber capacity in a compact manner. The saddle-ride type vehicle includes a head pipe supporting a steering shaft connecting with a handlebar; a vehicle-body frame connecting with the head pipe; a fuel tank placed to the rear of the head pipe and supported on an upper portion of the vehicle-body frame; and a pair of canisters for absorbing evaporated fuel introduced from the fuel tank. The canisters are vertically placed under one side portion of the fuel tank in a position along the vehicle-longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ko Kurata, Takeshi Shimura, Teppei Maeda, Hiroshi Inaoka
  • Patent number: 10526041
    Abstract: A bicycle crank assembly comprises a sprocket, a crank axle, a movable member, a torque transmitting member, and a bearing structure. The sprocket has a rotational center axis. The crank axle extends along the rotational center axis. The crank axle includes an internal space. The movable member is movably provided in the internal space to move the sprocket in an axial direction of the rotational center axis. The torque transmitting member is to transmit a pedaling torque from the crank axle to the sprocket. The bearing structure is disposed between the movable member and the crank axle to slidably support the movable member in the axial direction. The bearing structure is disposed at a location different from a location of the torque transmitting member in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventor: Nobukatsu Hara
  • Patent number: 10486766
    Abstract: The rear of a motorcycle with cardan suspension comprising a rear frame, a fork, hinged to said frame about a hinging axis, the fork rotatably supporting the rotation pin of a rear wheel of the motorcycle around a rotation axis, the fork supporting a cardan-shaft transmission comprising at least one first transmission shaft, suitable to be connected to a power take-off of an associable engine, at least one final shaft provided with a pinion rotatably connected to said rear wheel, wherein between the first transmission shaft and the final shape is interposed a first cardan joint, a floating arm that supports said pinion of the final shaft, the arm being floating around said rotation axis of the rear wheel. The floating arm comprises a cup portion arranged coaxially to the rotation pin and having at least an inner end that houses and supports said pinion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. S.p.A
    Inventor: Piero Soatti
  • Patent number: 10486728
    Abstract: A collapsible dolly assembly includes a pair of frames that are each selectively urged between a deployed position and a collapsed position. A pair of rear wheels is rotatably coupled to the frame to roll along a support surface. A pair of front wheels is rotatably coupled to the frame to roll along the support surface. A dolly is hingedly coupled to the frame to support an object thereby facilitating the object to be transported along the support surface. A pair of skid units is movably coupled to an associated one of the frames. Each of the skid units is selectively positioned in a deployed position. In this way each of the skid units frictionally engages a staircase thereby facilitating the object to be urged upwardly and downwardly along the staircase. A braking unit is movably coupled to the frame to selectively engage the staircase when the skid unit is positioned in the deployed position. Thus, the braking unit retains the object at a selected point along the staircase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Emily Kim
  • Patent number: 10464620
    Abstract: A vehicles configured for navigating surface transitions. Navigation of surface transitions is controlled by information obtained by sensors carried by the vehicle. The vehicle may be propelled forward using force generated by tiltable propellers carried by the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Z├╝rich
    Inventors: Michael Arigoni, Robert Simpson, Silvan Fuhrer, Paul Beardsley, Dario Mammolo, Michael Burri, Michael Bischoff, Thomas Stastny, Lennon Rodgers, David Krummenacher, Roland Siegwart
  • Patent number: 10464593
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a power steering apparatus and a method of manufacturing a power steering apparatus that allow balls to smoothly travel in a connection member for circulating the balls. To achieve this object, a first curved portion of a first connection passage of a nut that faces a first bent portion of the connection member is formed into a curved shape in such a manner that a space between the first curved portion and the first bent portion is equal to or smaller than a predetermined value. Further, a second curved portion of a second connection passage of the nut that faces a second bent portion of the connection member is formed into a curved shape in such a manner that a space between the second curved portion and the second bent portion is equal to or smaller than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Keisuke Kitamura, Tatsuyoshi Maruyama, Hiroyuki Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10465592
    Abstract: A straddle-type vehicle comprises a radiator through which air flowing from a front flows in a forward and rearward direction of a vehicle body; an engine which generates driving power for allowing the straddle-type vehicle to travel, the engine being disposed rearward of the radiator; and a cover unit covering from above a space formed between the radiator and the engine, and the engine, wherein the cover unit includes: a hard cover which is located at a front side of the cover unit, extends rearward from the radiator, and covers the space formed between the radiator and the engine; and a soft cover which is located at a rear side of the cover unit, extends rearward from the hard cover, and covers the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahiro Jyouzaki, Akira Soeda
  • Patent number: 10464628
    Abstract: A steering apparatus with forward extended fork legs includes left and right fork legs that extend from a wheel axle all the way up to a handlebar. Top fork portions support a handlebar in a more forward location. A mid-fork portion of each fork leg is positioned in front of the steering column to provide more clearance room for the rider's knees. e top ends of the fork legs are positioned a forward distance in front of the vertical axis defined by the steering column. Each fork leg may be tilted forward with respect to the steering column and may also include a forward bend to direct portions of each fork leg towards the front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Shinji Marui