Patents Examined by Paul N. Dickson
  • Patent number: 10246153
    Abstract: The present invention relates to all terrain vehicles having at least a pair of laterally spaced apart seating surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron D. Deckard, Phillip B. Swain, Andy T. Ives, Adam J. Schlangen, Corrie S. Roytek, Daniel L. Goffman, Clinton A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10246048
    Abstract: A seatbelt system comprising a buckle; a spool with a ratchet wheel and webbing that is windable onto or off of the spool as the spool rotates. A control mechanism is operatively engaged with a pawl located proximate the ratchet wheel. When the control mechanism is in a first condition, the pawl is disengaged from the ratchet wheel and the ratchet wheel and spool are rotatable to wind the webbing onto or off of the spool. When the control mechanism is in a second condition, the pawl is moved into engagement with the ratchet wheel and the ratchet wheel and spool are only able to rotate the webbing onto the spool. The control mechanism includes a button that has to be pushed by a user after the seatbelt is engaged with the buckle in order to move the pawl into engagement with the ratchet wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Tool, Inc.
    Inventors: William P. Liteplo, Jason G. Sidman, Arnold J. Herberg, John D. Fiegener, Daniel Bloch, Ryan Thompson, Michael D. Tinstman, Ben Bangser, Thomas Gernetzke, Daniel L. Ha, Matthew P. Cioe
  • Patent number: 10246029
    Abstract: An accessory arm for a lift truck includes at least one rear attachment mechanism affixed to a rear overhead guard leg of the lift truck and a front attachment mechanism affixed to a front overhead guard leg of the lift truck. The accessory arm further includes an accessory bar rotationally mounted to the at least one rear attachment mechanism and to engage with the front attachment mechanism when the accessory bar is in a closed position. A wiring harness connected to a battery of the lift truck and routed within the accessory bar to a device mounted to the accessory bar, the wiring harness to provide power to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: HYSTER-YALE GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Brotherton, Jeffrey G. Stephenson, Gary L. Owens
  • Patent number: 10238558
    Abstract: The invention relates to a backrest assembly for a wheelchair with a backrest frame pivotally connected to a seat or seat frame, a carrying means provided by or attached to the backrest frame, a rotating means rotatable secured to the carrier means, a first sliding means slidable connected to the backrest frame on the rear side of the backrest assembly and connected to the rotating means via a first mechanical link, a second sliding means slidable secured to the backrest frame on the front of the backrest assembly and connected to the rotating means via a second mechanical link, and an actuator for adjusting the backrest assembly between an upright and reclined position with the actuator being connected to the first sliding means for driving the second sliding means via the rotating means to perform a sinusoidal movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Sunrise Medical GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Kramer
  • Patent number: 10239370
    Abstract: Robotic devices are presented including: a body; an electronic computing device housed within the body; and at least two wheeled suspension systems coupled with the body, each wheeled suspension system including, a first suspension system including: a frame, a rotating arm pivotally coupled to the frame on a first end and coupled to a wheel on a second end, and an extension spring coupled with the rotating arm on a third end and the frame on a fourth end, where the extension spring is extended when the wheel is retracted, a second suspension system including: a base slidingly coupled with the frame, and a number of vertically positioned extension springs coupled with the frame on a fifth end and the base on a sixth end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: AI Incorporated
    Inventors: Ali Ebrahimi Afrouzi, Scott McDonald
  • Patent number: 10239560
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle subframe (1) in which a projecting portion (24, 31) of a front member (20) extends upward, while projecting from a body portion in a width direction, to have an upper end (25, 32), and exhibits a convex shape toward a front side, with the upper end (25, 32) functioning as a front attachment portion to a vehicle body, in such a manner that support stiffness of a suspension can be improved, while ensuring favorable productivity, high strength, and the like, with a simple configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignees: F-TECH INC., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norio Tomikuda, Takuya Tsurumi, Tomoyuki Imanishi
  • Patent number: 10239574
    Abstract: The application relates to a scooter with a very short, compact footboard, the front width of which corresponds to the width of two feet placed side by side on the footboard and the length of the foot plate of which corresponds to the length of the rider's feet. At its front end, the footboard has laterally projecting wings as footrests that are symmetrical to the steering column and the center line, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Helmut Abel
  • Patent number: 10232893
    Abstract: A different materials joint structure includes: a thinned-plate shaped iron member and a thinned-plate shaped aluminum member integrally joined together. The iron member comprises two or more steel thinned plates stacked on each other and an electrodeposition coating is applied to the thinned plates so as to form electrodeposition coating films on surfaces of the thinned plates. The iron member and the aluminum member are then stacked on each other with stacked surfaces, and are joined together by friction stir welding tool inserted from an aluminum member side toward an iron member side in a direction perpendicular to the stacked surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shosuke Ohhama, Tetsuya Miyahara
  • Patent number: 10227081
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to pool cleaners that remove debris from water using a plurality of cyclonic flows, or that include a removable impeller subassembly, a check valve for a debris canister, a particle separator assembly having a handle that locks to the pool cleaner, a modular roller drive gear box, or a roller latch that secures a roller to the pool cleaner. Exemplary embodiments are also directed to the check valve and the roller latch themselves. Exemplary embodiments are directed to a filter medium for pool cleaners that includes embossments providing flow channels for water, and to roller assemblies for pool cleaners. Exemplary embodiments are directed to pool cleaners including alternative pump motor engagements. Exemplary embodiments are directed to pool cleaners power supplies that include a potted and contoured power board assembly, and to kickstands therefor. Exemplary embodiments are directed to a pool cleaner caddy, and removable wheels therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Garrett Jacob Ferrell, Graham M. Hayes, Omar Enrique Osuna
  • Patent number: 10214262
    Abstract: The invention is based on a wheeled kick-scooter vehicle, comprising: a platform of elongate shape, which is at its rear end provided with a wheel, and which a user may rest at least one foot upon; a steering rod capable of pivoting about a first axis, which is transversal with respect to the forward-motion direction of the vehicle, wherein the rod comprises a first distal end which is provided with a steering device, e.g. a handlebar or a knob, and comprises a second proximal end which is connected to a front wheel via the intermediary of at least one fork straddling the front wheel; wherein the platform is mounted in such a way that it pivots with respect to a second axis that is transversal to the first axis, the platform being thus movable between two extreme positions, namely an active rolling position, in which it is substantially perpendicular to the rod, and a folded-up position in parallel to the rod and close to the latter; wherein the vehicle further comprises a compression mechanism, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: MICRO MOBILITY SYSTEMS AG
    Inventor: Franck Grolleau
  • Patent number: 10214173
    Abstract: A curtain airbag capable of applying tension in a vertical direction to improve occupant ejection mitigation performance. The curtain airbag is housed in an upper portion of a side surface inside a vehicle cabin and deployed along the side surface. The curtain airbag includes: a main chamber having a protection area for the occupant, and receiving an inflation gas and being inflated along a side window of a vehicle; a first chamber that overlaps an upper edge of the side window of the vehicle, the first chamber extends by being deployed toward an upper side of the main chamber along the upper portion of the side surface inside the vehicle cabin. The main chamber includes a second chamber positioned in a below portion of the first chamber to overlap the vehicle beltline upon deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Teruyuki Asada, Takayoshi Takeuchi, Atsushi Nakashima, Yosuke Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10212875
    Abstract: A farm vehicle includes a seat that converts between sitting and kneeling positions. The seat has three cushions: a first one to support a user's chest and head, a second to supports his knees, and a central cushion that pivots transversely between a lowered position and a raised position. In the lower position, the third cushion supports the user's pelvis in the kneeling position. In the raised position, the third cushion forms a sitting part in a sitting position. The slide-way comprises a supporting slide-way that allows translation of the seat in a direction of travel. The seat is mounted on a base that pivots on the slide-way to allow the first, second, and third cushions to pivot about a vertical pivot axis of the farm vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: TOUTI TERRE
    Inventors: Ivan Lacrouts-Cazenave, Flore Lacrouts-Cazenave
  • Patent number: 10207735
    Abstract: A steering system and method is described for a vehicle having steerable front and rear wheels, and a steering input device for receiving manual steering input. Front and rear hydraulic steering devices may be coupled, respectively, to the front and rear wheels. Front and rear valve assemblies may be configured, respectively, to steer the front and rear wheels. In a manual steering mode, the front valve assembly may be disabled with respect to the front steering device, and the front hydraulic steering device may steer the front wheels based upon the manual steering input. In a rear steering assist mode, a rear steering command may be determined based upon the manual steering input, and the rear wheels steered based upon the rear steering command. In an automated steering mode, the front and rear wheels may be automatically steered based upon a target path of travel for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Thomas D. Bebernes, Thomas A. Nichols, David V. Rotole, Walter C. Wright
  • Patent number: 10202138
    Abstract: In order for a core metal member having three spoke parts to be usable in a three-spoke steering wheel and a two-spoke steering wheel having one fewer spoke part than the three-spoke steering wheel, one of the spoke parts of the core metal member is a separable spoke part, which is separable along separation marks provided on vertical spokes forming the separable spoke part. Each vertical spoke constituting the separable spoke part is provided with an indented first fragile portion and an indented second fragile portion which also act as the separation marks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taro Shimizu, Tadashi Inazu
  • Patent number: 10202097
    Abstract: An airbag unit is provided that can be quickly unfolded, and also retrofitted to an existing vehicle body. The airbag unit includes an airbag that covers, upon being unfolded, at least a part of a hood or a windshield outside a vehicle, a gas generator that ejects gas into the airbag, a cover bottom member that accommodates therein the airbag yet to be expanded and the gas generator, a cover lid member including a cover lid plate that covers the cover bottom member in which the airbag is accommodated, and a cowl cover attached to the cover lid plate between the hood and the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignees: FUJI HEAVY INDUSTRIES LTD., TAKATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Minoru Takase, Ayanori Kunisawa, Yoshiyuki Hashimoto, Kazutaka Sugimoto, Kazuhiro Abe, Hideki Umeda
  • Patent number: 10202013
    Abstract: A suspension linkage for a motor vehicle includes an extruded body having a first wall and a longitudinal length. An extruded feature is disposed on the first wall of the extruded body and extends along the longitudinal length. The extruded feature has a cross-sectional profile configured to control a flexural rigidity of the suspension linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: DURA OPERATING, LLC
    Inventors: Walter Joseph Steiner, Robert Hendren, Jim Norman
  • Patent number: 10189353
    Abstract: An on-vehicle structure includes a housing of a motor and a power control unit. The power control unit is fixed by a front bracket and a rear bracket above the housing. A space is defined between a lower surface of the power control unit and the housing. The front bracket includes a base section and a support section. The support section is configured to contact with the housing before the lower surface of the power control unit contacts with an upper surface of the housing when the support section is collapsed rearward by a load applied to the power control unit from front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusuke Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 10183703
    Abstract: A mud flap assembly includes a flexible elongated spine to which protective scales are permanently or removable attached in a spaced apart array with an overlapping configuration. An attachment, such as an adhesive, magnets, or weatherstrip is fixed to the spine. The attachment secures the spine to a flange or edge of a fender of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Jaeger Brothers Automotive Accessories, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Jaeger, Jonathan Jaeger
  • Patent number: 10179606
    Abstract: A steering system and method are described for a vehicle having steerable front and rear wheels. A rear hydraulic steering device may be coupled to one or more of the rear wheels. A rear valve assembly may hydraulically control the rear hydraulic steering device to steer the rear wheels based upon a rear steering command. In a rear steering assist mode, the rear steering command may be determined based upon a manual steering input received at a steering input device. In an automated steering mode, the rear steering command may be determined based upon a target path of the agricultural vehicle that is determined independently of the manual steering input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Thomas D Bebernes, Thomas A Nichols, David V Rotole, Walter C Wright, Eric R Lang, Mitchell R Usasz
  • Patent number: 10179565
    Abstract: In a load limiting device (10), especially for a seat belt in a vehicle, comprising a controllable braking device (16) which has a fluid-filled compartment (24) including a conduit (34) through which the fluid (23) can flow, an element to be decelerated (32) which is coupled to the seat belt, at least one sensor (18) for detecting vehicle operating data, especially an acceleration sensor, a sensor (20) for detecting the webbing extension, and a controller (22) for controlling the braking power of the braking device (16) as a function of the vehicle operating data measured and the webbing extension measured, the fluid (23) is a magnetorheological fluid and a control magnet is provided which is adapted to generate a variable magnetic field inside the conduit (34) and to vary the viscosity of the magnetorheological fluid inside the conduit (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: TRW Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Biller, Hans-Peter Bausch