Patents Examined by Michael R Stabley
  • Patent number: 11964726
    Abstract: A shock absorber includes: a damper tube accommodating a piston in a reciprocally movable manner; a suspension spring for urging the damper tube and a piston rod in opposite directions; a first male screw provided on an outer peripheral surface of the damper tube; a first nut screwed into the first male screw so as to enable a spring load of the suspension spring to be adjusted; a second nut screwed into the first male screw so as to enable a position of the first nut in an axial direction of the damper tube to be fixed; a second male screw having a reverse screw configuration to the first male screw and provided on the outer peripheral surface of the damper tube; and a damper head screwed into the second male screw so as to enable the damper head to cover one end portion of the damper tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: HITACHI ASTEMO, LTD.
    Inventor: Yuka Kubotera
  • Patent number: 11964717
    Abstract: An off-road trailer includes a lower frame, a housing positioned on the lower frame, an extendible trailer tongue with a ball hitch receiver, an upper frame positioned above an upper surface of the housing, a rear frame, and at least two wheels. The upper frame and housing may store off-road gear, such as camping accessories. The housing may have one or more retractable platforms that may receive additional gear. Due to the configuration of the lower frame and the wheels, the trailer may be configured to traverse numerous types of terrain due to its lightweight frame and maneuverability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Inventor: Kent Linford
  • Patent number: 11964531
    Abstract: A wheel suspension system is disclosed. The wheel suspension system may include a suspension assembly that may include a sub-frame adapted to be connected to a reference frame of a vehicle, a wheel interface adapted to rotatably support a wheel of the vehicle and to define a wheel rotation axis and a wheel rotation plane, and one or more linking units. Components of the linking unit(s) may be pivotally connected to each other, to sub-frame and to the wheel interface using pivoting connection that may cause components of the linking unit(s) to rotate about axes that are substantially perpendicular to the wheel rotation axis. The components of the linking unit(s) may be dimensioned, and positions of the pivoting connections may be set to cause a substantially linear motion of the wheel interface along a reference wheel interface motion axis that is perpendicular to the wheel rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Inventors: Amit Aknin, Ran Dekel, Ahishay Sardes
  • Patent number: 11951620
    Abstract: An automated order fulfillment system and mobile robot are disclosed, where the mobile robot includes a compliant drive for moving between levels of a multilevel storage structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: William J. Fosnight, John G. Lert, Jr., Michael Duquette, Martin R. Elliott, Julian Warhurst, Charles W. Su, Alan Grant
  • Patent number: 11945545
    Abstract: Drive disks are configured to rotate a main wheel by applying a frictional force thereto. Each of the drive disks includes a base and a plurality of rollers. The base includes a first sheet metal member and a second sheet metal member. The first sheet metal member includes a first central part and a plurality of first arm parts. The second sheet metal member includes a second central part and a plurality of second arm parts. Each of the rollers has a first end and a second end in an axial direction thereof. Each of the first arm parts and each of the second arm parts support the first end of one of two rollers adjacent to each other and the second end of the other of the two rollers adjacent to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wataru Yada, Ritsuya Oshima, Hiroshi Gomi
  • Patent number: 11945315
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods associated with a powertrain for a micro-mobility fleet vehicle. The fleet vehicle may include at least one drive wheel to provide tractive contact between the flee vehicle and a road surface, an electric motor mechanically coupled to the drive wheel and configured to provide motive force for the fleet vehicle, a brake resistor configured to provide dynamic braking of the motor, and a motor controller electronically coupling the brake resistor to the motor. The motor controller may be configured to control the motive force provided by the motor using the brake resistor. The motor controller may be configured to limit a speed, power, and/or acceleration of the motor using the brake resistor based on an operational environment of, and/or on a directive received by, the fleet vehicle. The brake resistor may provide a relatively wide range of traction control for the fleet vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventors: Conrad Xavier Murphy, Chen-Yu Lin, Nikola Popov, Simon Roy
  • Patent number: 11939022
    Abstract: An aspect of the invention provides a folding bicycle (10) comprising a first frame section (12a); a second frame section (12b) movably mounted to the first frame section so that the first and second frame sections may be moved relative to each other from an unfolded position to a folded position; a front wheel (40) mounted to the first frame section; a rear wheel (42) mounted to the second frame section; a chainset (48) mounted to the first frame section comprising a pair of crank arms (48a) fixed to a bottom bracket axle (74) and defining a crank shaft axis orthogonal to the first and second frame sections; wherein, the bottom bracket axle comprises first and second axle members (74a) extending orthogonally to the crank arm axis and a bridge portion (74b) connecting the first and second axle members, the bottom bracket axle defining a void between the first and second axle members, and wherein, when in a folded position the front and rear wheels are positioned at least partially within the void defined betw
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventor: Quinten John Northfield
  • Patent number: 11939020
    Abstract: A saddle-type vehicle includes an engine, a vehicle body frame, a fuel tank, and a fuel pump configured to supply fuel from the fuel tank to the engine. The vehicle body frame includes a head pipe, one main frame extending rearward and downward from the head pipe, a cross member connected to the rear end of the main frame and extending in the vehicle width direction, a pair of left and right body frames extending downward and rearward from the cross member, and a pair of left and right seat rails connected to the pair of left and right body frames, respectively. The cross member is disposed in front of the fuel pump. The pair of left and right body frames are arranged to sandwich the fuel pump in the vehicle width direction in a top view, and are connected to the cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventors: Takeshi Kashihara, Hiroshi Tamura, Satoshi Morotomi
  • Patent number: 11932348
    Abstract: A transportation apparatus that combines pedaled and motored locomotion as selected by the rider. The apparatus includes a set of structural frames including a front frame and a rear frame. In an embodiment of the invention, the front frame and rear frame may be folded together to reduce the size of the apparatus for storage. The apparatus includes a pedal set coupled to a prime mover and motion transfer element located to the front end of the apparatus that together enable pedaled movement without a front axle. One or more rear wheels are motorized for pedal assistance or direct motorized locomotion. The apparatus is relatively low weight and can transport a plurality of passengers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Inventor: David M. DeLorme
  • Patent number: 11931633
    Abstract: A rideable golf cycle adapted to transport a rider and a golf bag for use on a golf course. The cycle includes a frame and a seat, a front wheel and steering components, a rear wheel, an inclined bag support structure extending between the legs of the rider, and a motor/control subassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Inventor: Eric W. Reimers
  • Patent number: 11932321
    Abstract: An ATV is shown having a steering system comprised of a power steering unit having drive and driven pitman arms coupled to a drag link. The drive pitman arm is laterally offset from a vehicle centerline and is driven by the power steering unit. An alternate power steering system includes a pack and pinion subassembly coupled to a power steering motor, which then couples to steering arms of the ATV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan M. LaCanne, Nicholas K. Otto, Jeffrey D. Bennett, Ryan K. Lovold
  • Patent number: 11912081
    Abstract: A lunette ring lock includes a lunette ring enclosure having a top plate coupled to a bottom plate by a pair of opposing side walls along a width and a front plate having a pair of long edges along its length and a pair of side edges, a pair of matching notches including a top notch in the top plate and a bottom notch the bottom plate centered along a back edge for surrounding a mounting plate to the lunette ring, a locking pin 202 for passing through a through hole in the top plate and a through hole in the bottom plate after passing through the lunette ring enclosure, and a rectangular blocking tube coupled to the top plate adjacent to the top notch extending upward from the top plate. The lock connecting top element engages a puck lock to retain the locking pin to the lunette ring lock between the through hole in the top plate and the through hole in the bottom plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventor: Rondoyle Glenn
  • Patent number: 11904646
    Abstract: A system and method of raising and lowering a ball coupler for coupling to a ball hitch is provided. A combination of hydraulic pump and hydraulic piston are employed to raise and lower the ball coupler of a gooseneck trailer. Both custom and off the shelf parts combine to create a user friendly system to couple and uncouple a gooseneck trailer to the truck. The system described herein replaces the need to raise and lower a gooseneck trailer's coupling system by hand crank and gear box and even the need to climb into the back of the truck bed. Varying trailer frame configurations and ball coupler sizes can be employed with the present invention. Also described and shown in this provisional is a non-rotating free end hydraulic piston device and method. Also described and shown is a coupling bushing device and method for securing a conventional coupler to piston rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: New Wave Gooseneck Traller Couplers, LLC
    Inventors: William K. Chapin, Ronald L. Perdue
  • Patent number: 11897551
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and a method for controlling a feedback torque actuator in a steering system. The steering system comprises a steering assistance actuator (140) with a torsion bar (128) and a feedback torque actuator (130) with an Electric Control Unit, ECU, for giving feedback to a driver, a steering wheel (120) to which the driver applies a driver torque, TD. Only the torsion bar of the steering assistance actuator (140) comprises a torsion-bar torque sensor, and a target torque for the feedback torque actuator (130) is a target steering feel torque compensated for torque sensed in the torsion bar (128).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: SENTIENT IP AB
    Inventors: Johan Hultén, Jochen Pohl
  • Patent number: 11884349
    Abstract: Spacer for spacing a headset from a stem of a bicycle. The spacer comprises a cable guide, in particular for brake cables and gear shift cables. The cable guide is provided with a cable guide opening and a cable guide wall enclosing the cable guide opening. The cable guide wall is interrupted by a cable insertion gap, allowing lateral insertion of a cable. Optionally, the cable guide comprises cable retaining means for retaining an inserted cable within the cable guide opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Inventors: Sierd Heida, Richard Hofs
  • Patent number: 11878768
    Abstract: A saddled vehicle includes an air cleaner and a vehicle body movement sensor. The air cleaner takes travel wind in an air cleaner box to purify air of the travel wind and supplies the purified air to an internal combustion engine. The vehicle body movement sensor is received in a recess and measures movement of a vehicle body. The recess is defined by a flat surface that crosses a rear wall of the air cleaner box. This provides a saddled vehicle including a vehicle body movement sensor that is disposed without reducing the volume of an air cleaner box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Kontani, Takeji Kawazumi, Hiroshi Kurata, Satoru Okoshi, Atsushi Ogahara
  • Patent number: 11878750
    Abstract: A drive component is disclosed. The drive component may include a base of a first material having a first hardness and a plurality of wear inserts of a second material having a second hardness greater than the first hardness. The plurality of wear inserts may extend from an interior of the base to an exterior surface of the base. The base and the plurality of wear inserts may be a composite casting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Prest, Benjamin Jones
  • Patent number: 11872882
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods are provided for a transmission for a rear mid-engine vehicle. The transmission comprises a power transfer portion for receiving torque from the engine and a gearbox for providing conversions of rotational speed and torque. First and second side output portions conduct torque from the gearbox to the rear wheels. A forward output portion conducts torque to front wheels of a four-wheel drive vehicle. An air clutch comprising each output portion controls the degree of torque transferred to each wheel. The output portions are each coupled to a rear wheel by a rear axle, bevel gears, and rear portal gears. The rear axles are aligned with, and positioned above, the trailing arms to protect the rear axles from damage due to rocks and debris. The length and alignment of the rear axles cause CV joints to articulate in the same direction as the trailing arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Inventor: Robby Gordon
  • Patent number: 11872866
    Abstract: A two-wheeled vehicle includes a frame assembly, a plurality of ground-engaging members for supporting the frame assembly, and a cooling assembly positioned below a head portion of the frame assembly and intermediate vertically-extending frame tubes of the frame assembly. A lower end of the cooling assembly is coupled to a lower end of the vertically-extending frame tubes, and an upper end of the cooling assembly is frictionally retained at an upper end of each of the vertically-extending frame tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Indian Motorcycle International, LLC
    Inventors: David L. Bagnariol, Shane K. Pearson
  • Patent number: 11857472
    Abstract: A wheelchair includes a seating portion on which a wheelchair user sits, a body frame that supports the seating portion, a pair of rear wheels and a pair of front wheels rotatably supported by the body frame, and a seat back portion capable of changing the inclination angle with respect to the seating portion. The wheelchair includes push-along handle portions as engaging portions capable of fixing the seat back portion to a side sill as a vehicle body member that forms a door opening of the vehicle when the seat back portion is tilted backward of the wheelchair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Inventors: Takashi Iwase, Isao Toda