Patents Examined by Minnah L Seoh
  • Patent number: 11447205
    Abstract: A vehicle frame includes a frame body that includes a front wheel connecting member, a rear wheel connecting member, and a backbone member interconnecting the front and rear wheel connecting members and having a plurality of backbone sections interconnected to each other, and a coupling device that includes a plurality of first coupling members, each of which is mounted to a corresponding one of the backbone sections and is operable to switch between a mobile state and a stationary state. Each of the first coupling members is movable along the corresponding one of the backbone sections in the mobile state, and is immobilized relative to the corresponding one of the backbone sections in the stationary state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventor: Yueh-Han Li
  • Patent number: 11433970
    Abstract: A bicycle drive unit includes a housing, a crankshaft and a propulsion assist motor. The housing is configured to be mounted on a frame of a bicycle. The crankshaft is provided to the housing. The assist propulsion motor is provided to the housing to assist propulsion of a bicycle. The propulsion assist motor includes a rotational axis extending in a direction intersecting a direction in which crankshaft extends. The bicycle drive unit is configured such that a distance from a rotational axis of the crankshaft to a part of the bicycle drive unit that is the farthest from the rotational axis of the crankshaft in a direction parallel to the rotational axis of the propulsion assist motor is smaller than or equal to 210 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Shinichiro Noda, Yoshinori Iino, Takuya Edamura, Kento Mitsuyasu, Takaaki Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 11433723
    Abstract: A fifth wheel cover is disclosed herein. The fifth-wheel hitch cover includes a magnetically attachable support with an integrated reel apparatus. Additionally, the reel supports a cover that is retractable, and the cover has a magnetic anchor bar on the end opposite the reel. The fifth wheel cover may come in the form of a storage box containing the cover therein. The storage box is then mounted onto a frame of a truck. A user may then retract the cover to provide protection to the fifth wheel from weather and debris. Additionally, a heated underplate may be included beneath the fifth wheel to provide protection from debris that may come in contact with the fifth wheel. Another embodiment includes a fifth wheel cover having a frame including foldable arms which extend a cover over the fifth wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventor: Jammie Guy
  • Patent number: 11420695
    Abstract: An unmanned and self-powered vehicle or Towable Autonomous Dray (TOAD) may follow a vehicle and tow a trailer, haul a load, and/or recharge a pilot vehicle. The TOAD may be semi-autonomous and may attach to a pilot vehicle by an electronic identification. Further, wireless charging of the pilot vehicle may be provided by the TOAD. Smart trailer brakes, electric trailer axles, and a mechanically coupled tow vehicle may be provided by the TOAD in combination with additional units. A smart trailer controller may include a smart head unit and a smart tail unit in a trailer that may offer trailer security and increased safety. A smart trailer brake controller on the pilot vehicle and a smart module on the trailer may be applied where no unmanned vehicle is employed, such as, in a classic pick-up/trailer combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Vieletech Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Viele, David Glass
  • Patent number: 11420709
    Abstract: A straddle type electric vehicle comprises a vehicle body frame, a motor unit including an electric motor, a battery that supplies power to the motor unit, and a control unit that executes drive control of the motor unit. The vehicle body frame includes a main frame extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction. The motor unit, the battery, and the control unit are supported by the main frame between the front wheel and the rear wheel, and in a vehicle side view. The motor unit and the control unit are disposed overlapping one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takamori Shirasuna, Makoto Fujikubo, Kazuya Atsumi, Yoshihiro Nomura
  • Patent number: 11420701
    Abstract: A mirror assembly for a handlebar of a vehicle has a stem assembly and a mirror connect to the stem assembly. The stem assembly includes a base, a stem connected to the base, and a clamp connected to and extending from the base. The clamp is adapted for being disposed inside a handle of the handlebar. The base, the stem and the clamp are integral. The clamp defines a ramp. A threaded fastener inserted through the base and extends in part in the clamp. A nut engages the threaded fastener, and at least a portion of the nut abuts the clamp. Translating the nut toward the base by rotating the fastener causes the nut to move over the ramp thereby deflecting the ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Driant, Kevin Cyrenne
  • Patent number: 11420704
    Abstract: Steering group of a motor vehicle including a front frame provided with a steering tube that rotatably houses a steering shaft or pin, which rotates about a steering axis, the front frame being provided with an upright integral with the steering tube, the front frame having a steering bracket (36), integral in rotation with the steering shaft where, the steering group includes elastic return means which elastically influence the steering shaft to position itself symmetrically with respect to the front frame, the elastic return means being interposed between the upright and the steering bracket so as to be compressed when the steering shaft rotates with respect to the central symmetrical position, wherein the elastic return means have a regressive trend elastic response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. S.P.A.
    Inventors: Francesco Marchetta, Luca Balduino, Daniele Torriani
  • Patent number: 11407444
    Abstract: An electromechanical motor vehicle steering system includes a steering column, a steering rack, a steering pinion that couples the steering column to the steering rack, and an electric drive device with an electric motor and a worm wheel arranged on the steering pinion. The steering rack is arranged between the worm wheel of the electric drive device and the steering column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Knopp, Joachim Thies, Klaas-Simon Jenke
  • Patent number: 11407457
    Abstract: A shock absorbing pin box system includes a first sidewall, a second sidewall, an upper wall, a lower wall, and a kingpin. The first sidewall defines at least a first plurality of apertures arranged in first column, and the second sidewall defines at least a second plurality of apertures arranged in a second column. A plurality of tubes extend from each of the first plurality of apertures and the second plurality of apertures. A plurality of flexible and resilient tubular bushings are received in a corresponding one of the plurality of tubes. A plurality of bolts are received within corresponding ones of the pluralities of apertures of the pin box and the plurality of tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Lippert Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy D. Schultz, Brandon Burdine
  • Patent number: 11406890
    Abstract: A motorized or non-motorized multi-wheeled skateboard assembly including a board deck to support the user, a board having a top side, a bottom side, a flat and a rounded end, linkages, hinges, a steered wheel assembly, an input device and a drive assembly. The steered wheel assembly improves maneuverability, turn radius, and stability. The user steers the skateboard assembly by altering pressure between the top side first end and the top side second end causing the steered wheel to turn, thus manually steering the board. This change in pressure is also altered between the first linkage and second linkage in direct or inverse relation to altering pressure between the top side first end and the top side second end of the board deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventor: David Jackson
  • Patent number: 11407263
    Abstract: A swivel trailer is described that can include a swivel hitch and swivel axle configuration which prevents a vehicle and trailer from jackknifing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventor: Donald B. Hazen
  • Patent number: 11400967
    Abstract: A wheelbarrow with multiple wheels on a front axle is provided. The wheelbarrow includes a cargo carrying portion, two load carrying members supporting the cargo carrying portion, and a motor providing an output torque. The wheelbarrow further includes the front axle attached to the two load carrying members, a middle wheel attached to the axle and receiving the output torque from the motor, and two side wheels attached to the axle, one on either side of the middle wheel wherein the two side wheels each have a smaller diameter than the middle wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventor: Roger Larry Simons
  • Patent number: 11399995
    Abstract: A powered balancing mobility device that can provide the user the ability to safely navigate expected environments of daily living including the ability to maneuver in confined spaces and to climb curbs, stairs, and other obstacles, and to travel safely and comfortably in vehicles. The mobility device can provide elevated, balanced travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Stewart M. Coulter, Brian G. Gray, Dirk A. van der Merwe, Susan D. Dastous, Daniel F. Pawlowski, Bob Peret, Dean Kamen, Derek G. Kane, Dave Doherty, Matthew A. Norris, Alexander D. Streeter, David J. Couture, Matthew J. Myers, Matthew B. Kinberger, Constance D. Pitenis, Allison E. Key-Wallace, David E. Collins, Erik N. Sabin, Katie A. DeLaurentis, Catharine N. Flynn, Elizabeth Rousseau, Thomas A. Doyon, Dale B. McGrath, Ryan Adams, Prashant Bhat, Trevor A. Conway, David J. Meehan, Tania M. F. Zirn, Paul R. Curtin, Zachary E. Cranfield, James J. Dattolo, Atlant G. Schmidt, III, Steven B. Meuse, George W. Marchant, Jr., Jeffrey C. Marrion
  • Patent number: 11396346
    Abstract: An electric motor device for pedal assist bicycles may include an electric motor connectable to a rear wheel rim of a bicycle, a pedaling sensor connectable to a hanger of a frame of the bicycle, a charging outlet, a control unit, and a block insertable into an oblique main tube of the frame. The electric motor may include at least one free wheel rigidly connectable to transmission gear wheels of the bicycle. The block may include a battery configured to actuate the electric motor, a motor controller configured to control a plurality of operating parameters of the electric motor, a battery manager configured to manage the battery connected in parallel to the battery and to the motor controller, a plurality of first cables connecting the block to the electric motor, the charging outlet, and the pedaling sensor, and a plurality of second cables connecting the block to the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Inventors: Marco Antonio De La Serna Gonzalez, Jose Vicente Franco Revilla, Jose Joaquin Cortes Lopez
  • Patent number: 11396342
    Abstract: A front suspension (4) of the telescopic type with anti-dive effect, comprising at least one sheath (32) and at least one stem (36), housed and guided telescopically inside said sheath (32) according to a direction of the fork axis Z-Z, the suspension (4) comprising a foot (44) associated to the sheath (32) or to the stem (36) that rotatably supports a wheel spindle (44) of an associable front wheel (12) defining a rotation axis X-X, a braking device (52) for the associable front wheel (12), having a support (56) rotatably mounted with respect to the wheel spindle (44) so as to be able to oscillate about the rotation axis X-X. Between the support (56) of the braking device (52) and the foot (44) of the suspension (4) are interposed transfer means (64) of the braking force, exerted by the braking device (52), on an element (32, 36) between the sheath (32) and the stem (36) that does not support the foot (44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. S.P.A.
    Inventor: Paolo Angelin
  • Patent number: 11390322
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein for operating a vehicle in a front dig mode. The front dig mode is engaged in response to determining that speed of the vehicle is below a speed threshold and determining that the amount that at least one of the front wheels of the vehicle is turned exceeds a turn threshold. While operating in the front dig mode, forward torque is provided to the front wheels of the vehicle. Further, resistance is applied to forward rotation of the inner back wheel of the vehicle. Yet further, forward torque is provided to the outer back wheel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Rivian IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Korsch, Mason Verbridge
  • Patent number: 11390319
    Abstract: A valve for hydraulic parallel work systems is provided. The valve includes a first pair of ports, a second pair of ports, a first connection, and a second connection. The first connection is between the first pair of ports when the valve is in a load reaction-enabling state. The first connection transmits a load reaction from a load at a steering actuator to a steering device of a hydrostatic steering circuit. The second connection is between the second pair of ports when the valve is in an electro-hydraulic steering enabling state. The second connection fluidly connects a fluid source to an electro-hydraulic steering circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: FEMA Corporation of Michigan
    Inventor: Charles Bowden
  • Patent number: 11383758
    Abstract: The present invention provides a power steering apparatus capable of improving a noise/vibration characteristic derived from a pitch difference. Assuming that a belt pitch refers to a pitch between a plurality of belt tooth portions, the belt pitch in a first state refers to the belt pitch when the power steering apparatus is in an unloaded state that no electric power is supplied to an electric motor, the belt pitch in a second state refers to the belt pitch on one side pulled by a motor pulley when electric power is supplied to the electric motor, and a first pulley pitch refers to a pitch between a plurality of tooth portions of a first pulley, which is one of the motor pulley and a nut pulley that is a pulley on a smaller diameter side, a power steering apparatus satisfies Equation 1: the belt pitch in the first state<the first pulley pitch, and Equation 2: an absolute value of (the first pulley pitch?the belt pitch in the second state)<the first pulley pitch?the belt pitch in the first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI ASTEMO, LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Yoshida, Tatsuyoshi Maruyama
  • Patent number: 11382810
    Abstract: A personal mobility vehicle, such as a stroller, has spaced apart side frame assemblies that each include a backrest portion and a seat frame portion. The backrest portion is moveable to several recline positions relative to the seat frame portion by actuating a latching mechanism. The backrest portion and the base frame are both moveable to a folded position relative to the seat frame by actuating the same latching mechanism. The side frame assembly further has a tilt mechanism that permits the backrest and seat frames to move as a unit relative to the base frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Sunrise Medical (US) LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Silveira, Samuel D. Traxinger, Jefferey Bashian, Steven Alatorre
  • Patent number: 11383598
    Abstract: A ground drilling device with a wheel undercarriage, comprising wheels and wheel carriers for the wheels, wherein the wheel undercarriage makes possible a towing of the ground drilling device in highway traffic by a towing vehicle, and no tracked undercarriage is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Custom Made Rigs GmbH
    Inventor: Joachim Schmidt