Patents Examined by Paul N. Dickson
  • Patent number: 10463946
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding a footwear heel to a snow travel aid is provided. The apparatus comprises a mountable base connected to a generally vertical post and an upper portion having at least one forward connector for connecting the upper portion to the heel. The upper portion is rotatable on the post between a downhill position and at least one touring position and comprises at least one part which travels over a prominence at a fixed location relative to the upper portion during rotation from the downhill position to the touring position. The at least one part becomes engageable with a depression adjacent the prominence when the upper portion is in the touring position to resist rotation from the touring position back to the downhill position. The post comprises a feature that provides clearance for the at least one part to travel over the prominence or which functions as the prominence and depression. Also provided are posts for use as a part in such an apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: G3 GENUINE GUIDE GEAR INC.
    Inventors: Cameron Shute, Mark Richard Mosher
  • Patent number: 10464588
    Abstract: A baby stroller is provided, which includes a front wheel assembly, rear wheel assembly and a folding assembly. The folding assembly includes two lateral folding holders; each includes an upper-front fence tube, lower-front fence tube, upper-back fence tube, lower-back fence tube and a middle holder. The middle holder includes an upper folding joint, lower folding joint and a support stand rod disposed therebetween. The front ends of the upper-front and lower-front fence tubes are pivotally connected to a front wheel holder respectively. The rear ends of the upper-front and lower-front fence tubes are pivotally connected to the front ends of the upper and lower folding joints. The rear ends of the upper-back and lower-back fence tubes are pivotally connected to the rear wheel holder respectively. The front ends of the upper-back and lower-back fence tubes are pivotally connected to the rear ends of the upper and lower folding joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: New Century Products Limited
    Inventor: Fu-Tsun Lin
  • Patent number: 10464389
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a housing, a flow controller, and a piston. The housing defines an inlet port, an outlet port, a flow path extending between the inlet port and the outlet port, and a pilot chamber configured to be in fluid communication with a pilot. The flow controller is positioned along the flow path. The piston is positioned to separate the pilot chamber from the flow path. The piston includes a first end in fluid communication with the pilot chamber and an opposing second end positioned to engage the flow controller with a pilot force that varies based on a pressure at the pilot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Oshkosh Defense, LLC
    Inventors: Jason J. Zuleger, Robert K. Sollenskog
  • Patent number: 10457135
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems and methods for cooling an electric drivetrain of an electric vehicle. The electric drivetrain can include an inverter, a gearbox and a motor. A first cooling system can use ethylene glycol and water (EGW) based coolant, and can include an EGW coolant loop to distribute the EGW based coolant to remove heat from a cold plate of the inverter, a housing of the gearbox, and a housing of the motor. A second cooling system can use an oil based coolant, and can include an oil coolant loop to distribute the oil based coolant to remove heat from internal components and the housing of the gearbox, and to remove heat from internal components and the housing of the motor. The second cooling system can include an oil coolant pump to control a flow of the oil based coolant through the oil coolant loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignees: CHONGQING JINKANG NEW ENERGY VEHICLE CO., LTD., SF MOTORS, INC.
    Inventors: Yifan Tang, Zhichun Ma
  • Patent number: 10457242
    Abstract: An air bag device has an air bag body, a retainer, a lid member. The retainer has an inner space and a flange portion. The lid member has a base portion and a door portion. An opening portion has a shape with a pair of opposite sides which are facing each other. A dimension in the parallel direction to the opposite side is larger than a dimension in the orthogonal direction to the opposite side. The flange portion has longer side portions and shorter side portions. The longer side portions are fixed on the lid member with a fastening and fixing member in a fastened and fixed portion. The shorter side portions are positioned at the lid member in an engaging portion. The engaging portion has an engaging member, and an engaging hole into which the engaging member is inserted and engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taro Shimizu, Kohei Okimoto, Yasuharu Ichikohara, Yuki Kashima
  • Patent number: 10457140
    Abstract: An all-terrain vehicle including a frame having longitudinally-spaced ends defining a first longitudinal axis, and an engine supported by the frame. The engine includes a crankshaft defining a second longitudinal axis substantially parallel to the first longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Bennett, Stephen L. Nelson, John D. Schreier
  • Patent number: 10458462
    Abstract: A steering column assembly for a motor vehicle constructed in accordance to one example of the present disclosure includes a box rocker, a column jacket and a first section of tape. The box rocker has a rocker body including a box rocker inner surface that defines a box rocker bore. The box rocker is configured to be fixed relative to the motor vehicle in an assembled position. The column jacket is configured to be slidably received into the box rocker bore. The column jacket has a column jacket outer diameter including an outer surface that opposes the box rocker inner surface. The first section of tape is disposed between the box rocker inner surface and the column jacket outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignees: ThyssenKrupp Presta AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Stephen McBride, Bryce Welch, Christian Pichonnat
  • Patent number: 10457240
    Abstract: A rail for supporting a glove box assembly and airbag canister includes a substantially planar body having an upper and lower surface, the upper surface defining a plurality of ribs. The rail further includes a wall projecting from at least a portion of an outer periphery of the lower surface, a first plurality of connection points configured to couple an airbag canister to the rail, and a second plurality of connection points configured to couple a glove box assembly to the rail. The rail further includes a first appendage extending from a first end of the body and a second appendage extending from a second end of the body, the first and second appendages configured to couple the rail to a dashboard assembly. The rail is integrally formed as a single component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNESIUM PRODUCTS OF AMERICA
    Inventors: David Richard Greer, Jr., Joshua Lee McConnell
  • Patent number: 10457247
    Abstract: A belt buckle feeder comprises a stationary base (12) adapted to be fixedly mounted to the vehicle and a carriage (14) movable to a retracted position and to an extended position vis-à-vis the base (12), which carriage is connected to a belt buckle (20) via an intermediate plate (22) provided between the belt buckle (20) and the carriage (14). The intermediate plate (22) is tightly connected to the belt buckle (20) and there is provided a positive guidance by which the intermediate plate (22) is pivoted during traversing to the extended position by a predetermined degree vis-à-vis the carriage (14) so that in addition to the traversing movement of the carriage (14) along a tilting direction (N) the belt buckle (20) reversibly tilts from a home position to an inclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Jens Klaassen, David Reich, Karsten Kortschack, Karl Birk
  • Patent number: 10450027
    Abstract: A golf-bag carrying vehicle is an apparatus that assists a user in transporting their golf bag by either manually push-kicking the apparatus or motorizing the apparatus. The apparatus includes a pair of idle wheels, a stabilizing wheel, a frame, a steering mechanism, a handlebar, and a footboard. The pair of idle wheel arranged at the front end of the frame and the stabilizing wheel arranged at the rear end of the frame are configured into a tricycle configuration, which creates ample space in the center of the apparatus for a rider and/or a payload. The steering mechanism and the handlebar allows a user to steer the apparatus in a desired direction. The footboard allows the user to selectively ride on the apparatus or to manually assist the movement of the apparatus by push-kicking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: COOLRYDE B.V.
    Inventors: Frank Kistemaker, Guido Peters
  • Patent number: 10449990
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a clamp mechanism comprising a clamp pin that passes through an opening in a shroud of the steering column assembly and an opening in a bracket that supports the shroud of the steering column assembly. A first reaction member is secured to one end of the pin and a second reaction member secured to another end of the clamp pin, the reaction members defining a length of clamp pin between them that passes through the opening in the shroud and the opening in the support bracket. A cam mechanism has a fixed part and a moving part, each having an opening through which they are threaded onto the clamp pin between one of the reaction members and the support bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: TRW Limited
    Inventors: Raghavendra Dasadi, Slawomir Kwasny
  • Patent number: 10442423
    Abstract: A power take-off (PTO) drive assembly for a transmission includes a shaft defining a shaft axis, a PTO gear defined radially about the shaft axis, and a clutch assembly positioned between the shaft and the PTO gear and having an engaged position and a disengaged position. When the clutch assembly is in the engaged position, torque is transferred from the shaft to the PTO gear. When the clutch assembly is in the disengaged position, torque is not transferred from the shaft to the PTO gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: ALLISON TRANSMISSION, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Foster, Douglas Burchett
  • Patent number: 10442386
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicular curtain air bag device including a curtain air bag, the curtain air bag including: a rear seat chamber that inflates and deploys between a head of a rear seat occupant and a vehicle interior side section from an upper end section of the vehicle interior side section; and a headrest chamber extending from a rear end section of the rear seat chamber, the headrest chamber inflating and deploying between a headrest of a rear seat and the vehicle interior side section in a vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Seiji Hioda, Kouji Ohara
  • Patent number: 10435083
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a method and apparatus for reducing drag. An exemplary apparatus includes a semitrailer having a main frame extending along a longitudinal axis and a subframe movably connected to the main frame between a first position along the longitudinal axis and a second position along the longitudinal axis. The apparatus further includes an axle assembly attached to the subframe, the axle assembly including an axle, a left wheel set, a right wheel set, and a suspension, and a first recapture device located under the main frame behind and separated from the left wheel set along the longitudinal axis by a given spacing. The apparatus still further includes a second recapture device located under the main frame behind and separated from the right wheel set along the longitudinal axis by a second spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: EkoStinger, Inc.
    Inventor: J. Parr Wiegel
  • Patent number: 10434860
    Abstract: A kart having a pedal speed controller and other components and arrangements thereof are disclosed. The kart can be provided with a controller for controlling speed; the pedal speed controller comprising a pedestal and a pedal, one end of the pedal is articulated with the pedestal and keeps a certain angle with the pedestal. The pedal speed controller also comprises a sensor connected with the controller, and the sensor can obtain displacement signal along the tread direction of the pedal. The pedal speed controller has the advantages of realizing pedal control of acceleration or deceleration for drivers, avoiding interference with manual adjustment of kart direction, preventing from mutual influence between speed regulation and steering, improving the speed control performance of the kart, and improving the driving experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: RAZOR USA LLC
    Inventors: Robert (Wei-Pin) Chen, Tony Wang
  • Patent number: 10435067
    Abstract: A wheel suspension system (101) with at least one wheel support (103), first and second coupling rods (105, 107) and at least one track rod (109). The first and second coupling rods (105, 107) are connected to one another in an articulated manner. The second coupling rod (107) and the wheel support (103) are connected to one another in an articulated manner. The track rod (109) is designed to apply a steering torque to the first coupling rod (105). The steering torque is transmitted from the first coupling rod (105), via the second coupling rod (107), to the wheel support (103). The wheel suspension system has at least one suspension link (111) which is mounted, in an articulated manner, on a vehicle body or chassis and is articulated to the wheel support (103). The suspension link (111) and the first coupling rod (105) are articulated to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Alexander Neu, Heinz-Joachim Gilsdorf, Christian Förster, Tom Lehmkuhl
  • Patent number: 10423155
    Abstract: A self-propelled device includes a spherical housing and an internal drive system. The self-propelled device can further include an internal structure having a magnet holder that holds a first set of magnets and an external accessory comprising a second set of magnets to magnetically interact, through the spherical housing, with the first set magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SPHERO, INC.
    Inventors: Ian H. Bernstein, Adam Wilson, Chun Kong, Ross MacGregor
  • Patent number: 10414424
    Abstract: A stroller frame includes two side frame units that are symmetrically arranged. Each of the side frame units includes a handle rod, a front leg, a rear leg rod, and a support rod. The front leg includes a first front leg rod connected pivotally to an end of the handle rod, and a second front leg rod connected pivotally to the first front leg rod and adapted to be connected fixedly to a seat member. The rear leg rod is connected pivotally to the handle rod. The support rod has an end connected pivotally to the rear leg rod, and an opposite end adapted to be connected pivotally to the seat member. The support rod is connected indirectly and pivotally to the second front leg rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: WONDERLAND SWITZERLAND AG
    Inventor: Jia-Liang Yuan
  • Patent number: 10414371
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus includes an inflator and an airbag. The air bag is accommodated in a housing located in front of a seat arranged in a passenger compartment of a vehicle and configured to be deployed and inflated from the housing toward the seat by an inflating gas supplied from the inflator. The airbag includes at least three regular inflation portions arranged next to one another from the housing toward the seat, an upper connecting inflation portion that connects upper ends of adjacent ones of the regular inflation portions to each other, and a lower connecting inflation portion that connects lower ends of adjacent ones of the regular inflation portions to each other. The upper connecting inflation portion and the lower connecting inflation portion are alternately arranged from the housing toward the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ning Zhang, Shiro Ohara, Aviral Shrivatri
  • Patent number: 10415664
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension system (3) includes an electromagnetic damper (7) provided with a sprung member (8) and an unsprung member (9) to apply a drive force and a damping force between the sprung member and the unsprung member, and a control unit (10) for controlling the electromagnetic damper. A target load for the electromagnetic damper is determined based on the unsprung member demand load that attenuates a vertical vibration of the unsprung member, and the sprung member demand load that restrains a vertical displacement of the sprung member. An absolute value of the sprung member demand load is reduced when a sprung member frequency is in an unsprung member resonance frequency range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoya Toyohira, Takafumi Kato, Satoshi Ohno, Atsuhiko Yoneda