Patents Examined by Paul N. Dickson
  • Patent number: 10538135
    Abstract: The invention relates to an axle suspension on a vehicle frame, comprising: an axle bracket which in its longitudinal direction is arranged transversely to the vehicle frame and at its longitudinal ends each is provided with a wheel carrier, a pendulum support which is connected with the axle bracket via a swivel bearing and is accommodated in a self-aligning bearing attached to the vehicle frame, wherein the swivel bearing has a swivel axis which extends parallel to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Hemmler
  • Patent number: 10532651
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes air-guiding means and an air duct. The air-guiding means are configured to guide incident air into the air duct. The air-guiding means are arranged such that the incident air flows from below into a first end section of the air-guiding means during an intended use of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: DR. ING. H.C.F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Benno Dahl, Tobias Hegedusch, Roland-Gerhard Stromsky, Thomas Wolf
  • Patent number: 10525784
    Abstract: A self-leveling mechanism for a mobility device, the mobility device including a chassis configured to propel the mobility device on a surface, includes a leveling structure on which is mounted a user support for supporting a user of the mobility device. The leveling structure is connected to the chassis by a swivel connection that enables the leveling structure to swivel about the connection, and by two linearly displaceable connections that are laterally displaced from one another. Two linear actuators are each configured to displace one of the displaceable connections to adjust a distance between each displaceable connection and the chassis. A sensor for senses a tilt of the leveling structure and a controller is configured to operate the linear actuators in accordance with the sensed tilt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: UPNRIDE ROBOTICS LTD.
    Inventors: Amit Goffer, Roee Haimovich, Oren Tamari, Dudu Haimovich
  • Patent number: 10524576
    Abstract: A work chair includes a base frame including a transverse portion, a longitudinal portion vertically located on the transverse portion and a plurality of rollers provided at a bottom side thereof, a first pivoting frame pivotally connected to the transverse portion and biasable between a horizontal position and a vertical position, a second pivoting frame including a bottom support portion and a top support portion. The top support portion has one end thereof pivotally connected to the longitudinal portion of the base frame such that the second pivoting frame can be biased to move the top support portion from a vertical position to a horizontal position where the second pivoting frame is placed across the first pivoting frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: HIEVER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tony Huang, Jeffery Huang
  • Patent number: 10518804
    Abstract: A steering system and method for a vehicle having steerable front and rear wheels has rear hydraulic steering device that 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 from a controller. In a manual steering mode, the controller does not determine a rear steering command for the rear valve assembly such that the rear wheels are freely rotatable. In a rear steering assist mode, the controller determines the rear steering command based upon, at least in part, the manual steering input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 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: 10518832
    Abstract: A self-contained mobile retail store structure which is transportable from one location to another. The structure is mounted to a frame which is coupled to a plurality of wheels by a hydraulic system capable of raising, lowering, inclining and declining the structure relative to a ground surface. In a stationary position, the walls of the structure contact the ground surface, and in the transportable position, the walls of the structure are spaced from the ground surface. The mobile retail store structure of this disclosure fits in a standard-sized parking space, and may be configured with other similar structures to expand the retail area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Flexetail, LLC
    Inventor: Joel Kamm
  • Patent number: 10518737
    Abstract: An airbag includes a main panel defining an inflation chamber and being inflatable to an inflated position. The airbag includes an extension extending from the main panel and defining an extension chamber. The airbag includes a side panel spaced from the main panel in the inflated position and fixed to the extension. The side panel is external to the extension chamber. The side panel, the extension, and the main panel define a cavity external to the extension chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Luis Enrique Castillo Jaime, Moises Blancas Galicia, Srinivas Reddy Malapati
  • Patent number: 10513239
    Abstract: It is provided a gas bag which is inflatable for the protection of a vehicle occupant, comprising: a first gas bag layer and a second gas bag layer, wherein a first fabric blank forms the first gas bag layer and a second fabric blank forms the second gas bag layer, wherein the first fabric blank and the second fabric blank each are woven from threads. The gas bag includes at least one elongate portion which extends along a longitudinal direction and which is formed by at least a part of the first gas bag layer and at least a part of the second gas bag layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS GERMANY GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Weyrich, Hans-Peter Sendelbach, Volker Rathgeb, Uwe Dierks, Holger Rist
  • Patent number: 10507861
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a lock for an adjustable steering column. The lock has a first member having at least one tooth disposed in a first direction. The lock has a second member having at least one tooth disposed in a second direction. A moveable locking device having a first recess disposed to engage at least one tooth on the first member and a second recess positioned to engage the at least one tooth on the second member. A releasable clamping device is positioned to be moved into and away from an engagement position with the first and second members. The first recess restricting movement in the first direction and the second recess restricting movement in the second direction when the moveable locking device is engaged with the first and second members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH AUTOMOTIVE STEERING LLC
    Inventors: Michael McFarland, Olivier Perichon
  • Patent number: 10507782
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus includes a gas generator and an airbag. The gas generator includes a gas generator main body and at least one mounting protrusion. The airbag includes a first fabric portion, a second fabric portion, and a storage chamber located between the first fabric portion and the second fabric portion. Part of the storage chamber is constituted by the first fabric portion. The storage chamber includes as insertion port, which allows the gas generator to be inserted, and one or more mounting holes, which allow the at least one mounting protrusion to be passed. The rearmost one in the insertion direction of the one or more mounting holes is a rearmost mounting hole. The storage chamber further includes an opening promoting portion, which is located between the insertion port and the rearmost mounting hole and causes the insertion port to open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Matsuo Nagata, Akihisa Tange
  • Patent number: 10507862
    Abstract: A steering device includes a column pipe, an outer column A, a fixed bracket, a stopper bracket, and a tightening tool. The stopper bracket has a first suspended plate-like portion and a second suspended plate-like portion. A telescopic long hole and an impact absorbing long hole into which a bolt shaft can be inserted from the front side toward the rear side are formed in each of the first and second suspended plate-like portions. A first collapse portion that is bent by colliding with the bolt shaft is provided between the telescopic long hole and the impact absorbing long hole of either the first suspended plate-like portion or the second suspended plate-like portion. A second collapse portion is provided as an inclined side on either the top sides or the bottom sides of the impact absorbing long holes of the first and second suspended plate-like portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Abe, Takuya Aiba
  • Patent number: 10501041
    Abstract: An airbag system includes a seat back having a first location and a second location spaced from the first location. The airbag system includes a housing pivotally supported by the seat back at the first location. The airbag system includes a linear actuator including a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The first end is fixed to the seat back at the second location. The second end is fixed to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi, Mark A. Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 10492611
    Abstract: A dual-purpose work chair includes a base frame including a transverse portion, a longitudinal portion vertically located on the transverse portion and a plurality of rollers provided at the bottom side thereof, a first pivoting frame pivotally connected to the transverse portion and protruding beyond the base frame and biasable between a horizontal position and a vertical position, a lower seat cushion located on the first pivoting frame, a second pivoting frame pivotally connected to the longitudinal portion and biasable from a vertical position to a horizontal position across the first pivoting frame, and an upper seat cushion located on the second pivoting frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: HIEVER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tony Huang, Jeffery Huang
  • Patent number: 10486724
    Abstract: A configurable cart system having an accessory receiving base frame with a bottom, an external perimeter, an internal perimeter and a top where there is a mounting portion between the external perimeter and the internal perimeter, and the frame is designed to be used with at least one accessory dimensioned to fit into the frame, and where the accessory has an accessory bottom, a resting portion that matingly rests on the mounting portion of the accessory receiving base frame and at least two protrusions projecting from at least two different points on the accessory bottom where the protrusions are positioned on the accessory bottom so that the protrusions abut the internal perimeter of the receiving frame to prevent the accessory from horizontal movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: ATLANTIC REPRESENTATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Shahriar L. Dardashti
  • Patent number: 10479312
    Abstract: A side air bag device is described which is disposed in a space between a vehicle body and a back seat and for which rigidity of attachment to a vehicle body member is improved. The side air bag device provided between a vehicle body and a back seat includes: a base member including a base storage configured to store an air bag and an inflator and a base attachment portion attached to the vehicle body; and a retainer member configured to hold the base storage from a vehicle back side. The retainer member extends from a portion holding the base storage while being bent along the shape of the vehicle body. The retainer member is attached to the vehicle body together with the base attachment portion while being overlapped with the base attachment portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinichi Tanabe, Kazuhiro Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10479394
    Abstract: A steering device of a vehicle includes: a column housing supported on a vehicle body; a column tube supported to be movable in an axial direction with respect to the column housing and configured to accommodate a steering shaft; and a telescopic mechanism configured to drive the column tube with respect to the column housing in the axial direction. The column tube includes outer and inner tubes, and is configured to allow a relative movement of the outer tube with respect to the inner tube in the axial direction when a load equal to or larger than a predetermined value is applied to the steering shaft. The telescopic mechanism includes a holding member, and a driving mechanism, and is configured to drive the inner and outer tubes with respect to the column housing in the axial direction by the driving mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ken Kato
  • Patent number: 10479436
    Abstract: A powered vehicle has a rear frame assembly and a front frame assembly that are pivotally attached to one another, and can be pivoted from a normal fully-extended operating position to a folded position in which the frame assemblies are positioned substantially adjacent to one another, effectively reducing overall vehicle length to about half. One or more latch members lock the front and rear frame assemblies in the fully-extended, normal operating position, and they may be used to lock the frame assemblies in the folded position. The seat support structure may be integrated with the front and rear frame assemblies such that pivoting the frame assemblies toward the folded position collapses the seat support. The steering tiller may also be collapsible toward the front frame assembly. The rear wheels may be mounted on a transaxle that is pivotally mounted on the rear frame assembly. An extendable handle may be provided to assist in the folding operation and to tow the collapsed vehicle on its anti-tip rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Pride Mobility Products Corporation
    Inventors: James M. Kosco, Charles J. Martis, Sterling G. Lamoreux, III
  • Patent number: 10471333
    Abstract: A component of a sports board may be controlled to configure the sports board. The component may be coupled with at least one layer of the sports board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Bryan Marc Failing
  • Patent number: 10471920
    Abstract: A seat includes a seat bottom and a seatback coupled to the seat bottom. The seatback includes a headrest and a front face facing the seat bottom. The seat includes an airbag inflatable from an undeployed position to a deployed position. The airbag in the undeployed position is supported by the front face above the headrest. The seat includes a tether extending from the seatback to the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Jonathan Andrew Line, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Brian Robert Spahn
  • Patent number: 10471982
    Abstract: A steering column for a motor vehicle may include a steering spindle and a cover. The steering spindle may include an input shaft configured to rotate with a steering wheel, an output shaft rotatably mounted in a steering gear housing, and a swivel joint arranged between the shaft and the output shaft. A portion of the steering spindle within a footwell of the vehicle may be covered by the cover. The cover may include a fastening device and an opening on a side facing away from the footwell. The opening of the cover may extend across a portion of the output shaft, the swivel joint, and a portion of the input shaft. The cover may be fastened to a portion of the steering gear housing by the fastening device so the cover does not rotate with the steering spindle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kristian Tebbe, Dirk Sickert, Joachim Heidel, Jens Hohmann