Patents Examined by Paul N. Dickson
  • Patent number: 10414458
    Abstract: A single-track scooter for transporting people is provided. The scooter includes a front wheel and a rear wheel (arranged one behind the other in the longitudinal direction of the scooter, a fork for holding and guiding the front wheel, a rear wheel mount and a frame formed in three parts. The frame includes a fork mount, a middle part and a rear wheel mount. The fork mount can rotate relative to the middle part about a first axis of rotation and the rear wheel mount can rotate relative to the middle part about a second axis of rotation, with the axes of rotation being arranged at an acute angle to the longitudinal axis of the scooter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Udo Ochner, Robert Bobinger, Fabian Bachmann, Ernst Gruenwald
  • Patent number: 10407013
    Abstract: A stone guard for protecting a radiator core of a radiator. The stone guard includes a grate, a first mount, and a second mount. The first mount is at a first end of the grate for mounting the stone guard to the radiator. The second mount is at a second end of the grate for mounting the stone guard to the radiator. A distance between the first mount and the second mount is variable to fit the stone guard to the radiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mario Zeron Hernandez, Jeffrey Basinski
  • Patent number: 10399528
    Abstract: A fixing clip for fixing a member to a body panel includes a bushing and a lock pin. The bushing includes a head, a leg and paired engagement hooks. Each engagement hook includes a head-side engagement portion and a leg tip-side engagement portion located closer to a tip of the leg than the head-side engagement portion. Each engagement hook includes a rib extending from the tip-side engagement portion toward the head. When the leg tip-side engagement portion is brought into engagement with the body panel, since the fixing clip has been largely inclined relative to the body panel, a bending moment acting on the leg is decreased so that the leg is unlikely to be broken at a root of the leg. As a result, a durability of the fixing clip having two steps of engagement portions is improved compared to a conventional fixing clip having a single engagement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuhito Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10399405
    Abstract: A height-adjusting axle assembly separate from and connectable to a trailer frame. A first pair of wheels is connected to a first cross-beam by a first pair of torsion axles such that rotation of the first cross-beam causes rotation of the first pair of torsion axles. A second pair of wheels is connected to a second cross-beam by a second pair of torsion axles such that rotation of the second cross-beam causes rotation of the second pair of torsion axles. A interconnecting bar is pivotally connected to the first cross-beam and the second cross-beam. A first frame rail and A second frame rail are connectable to the trailer frame. The first cross-beam and the second cross-beam are supported by and extend between the first frame rail and the second frame rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Raizer Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Kelly Osborne, Thomas L. Sundberg
  • Patent number: 10391964
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant protection apparatus includes a seat for an occupant of a vehicle and an airbag device. The airbag device includes a front airbag configured to deploy in front of an upper body of the occupant in the seat. The front airbag is capable of deploying so as to receive the upper body that has been displaced forward from a seating position on the seat. The front airbag includes a pair of shoulder-receiving projections capable of receiving both shoulders of the upper body that has been displaced forward from the seating position by projecting rearward at both sides of the front airbag in a vehicle width direction of the vehicle in a deployed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Isamu Nagasawa, Takao Kondo
  • Patent number: 10392778
    Abstract: A support system for an excavator is disclosed as it may include an extended center frame, a trench support, and/or a mat. The extended center frame may be bolted onto a standard excavator to widen the overall footprint of the machine and reduce ground pressure. The trench support relieves any remaining pressure toward the open trench. The extended center frame enables a larger excavator to straddle an open trench, while at the same time a smaller excavator can dig the shallower depths, thereby increasing efficiencies. By implementing the trench support and/or the mat, it might not be necessary to widen the tracks of the excavator as far, thus further reducing time-related costs. In addition, the trench support may also enhance safety of the trenching operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: MIME, LLC
    Inventor: Ruben D. Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10391384
    Abstract: A truck includes a base plate, a hanger, a kingpin, and a bushing assembly. The base plate includes a coupling portion and a contact portion. The kingpin is disposed within a portion of the hanger to rotatably couple the hanger to the base plate. The bushing assembly includes at least one bushing disposed in a recess of the contact portion and in contact with the hanger. The bushing assembly including a bushing adjustment coupled to at least one of the base plate or the hanger and configured to selectively engage the at least one bushing to transition the bushing assembly between a first configuration in which the at least one bushing exerts a first force in response to rotation of the hanger and a second configuration in which the at least one bushing exerts a second force different from the first force in response to rotation of the hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SKATE ONE CORP
    Inventors: George A. Powell, Michael T. Mete
  • Patent number: 10391828
    Abstract: An axle component for a motor vehicle axle is disclosed having rim holes for the insertion of a rubber-metal bearing. The upper and lower collars of the two rim holes are oriented in the same direction. An outwardly oriented collar is set back into the interior space in relation to an outer wall of the axle component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: BENTELER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Reinhard Jager, Christian Smatloch
  • Patent number: 10393002
    Abstract: There is provided an exhaust device of a straddle-type vehicle. A first muffler body is arranged at one side, at which a drive chain is not arranged, in a region at the rear of a chamber. A second muffler body is arranged at another side, at which the drive chain is arranged. A first connection pipe interconnects the chamber and the first muffler body. A second connection pipe interconnects the chamber and the second muffler body. An exhaust control valve is configured to control a flow rate of exhaust air to circulate from an exhaust port toward the first muffler body via an exhaust pipe, the chamber and the first connection pipe. A part or all of the second connection pipe is formed to have a pipe shape by two or more plate materials, and has a non-true circular cross-sectional surface shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshinori Sugi
  • Patent number: 10384638
    Abstract: A hood hinge for a motor vehicle includes a first part attached to a vehicle body part and a second part attached to a front hood. A lifting mechanism is configured to extend the attachment parts from a starting position into a cushioning position in which the front hood is raised from the starting position. A limiter exerts a limiting force on the attachment parts for limiting an extension movement thereof. A deformation element deforms when the force of the limiter acts on at least one attachment part. A stop may contact a counter stop for limiting the deformation of the deformation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Oeprations LLC
    Inventors: Steffen Karl Leschnik, Wolfgang Rasel, Christian Pietrasch, Bernd Klein
  • Patent number: 10378577
    Abstract: A telescopic steering column assembly comprising an upper shroud portion and a lower shroud portion is supported by the shroud portions through a support bearing assembly that acts between an upper portion of the telescopic steering shaft and a lower portion of the shroud that move relative to one another axially during telescopic adjustment, in which the support bearing assembly comprises: a set of bearings elements, a bearing cage comprising a sleeve that is located between an outer face of the upper shaft and an inner face of the lower shroud portion and is free to move axially relative to one of the upper shaft and the lower shroud, the cage including pockets that extend through the sleeve, each pocket loosely locating a bearing element such that a portion of the bearing element extends through the cage to engage with a first bearing race surface defined by one of the upper shaft and the shroud, an annular bearing race having a tapered second bearing race surface that engages the bearing elements located
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: TRW Limited
    Inventor: Mark Anthony Wilkes
  • Patent number: 10377199
    Abstract: An apparatus for coupling a trailing arm may include a carrier having defining an open space on one side thereof, a trailing arm, one end of which includes an extension inclined at a predetermined angle and inserted into the space, and an assist arm, an end of which is inserted into the space and positioned on one side of the extension, in which the extension and the end of the assist arm inserted into the space may be integrally coupled to the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Byung Joo Chung
  • Patent number: 10377267
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a pair of support portions that connect a frame portion and a roll-over protection cage to each other; a cross member that extends in a width direction of the vehicle and connects the pair of support portions to each other at positions higher than centers of the pair of support portions in an up-down direction of the vehicle; a first seat portion, a second seat portion, and a third seat portion in a front row; and a seat belt unit corresponding to the second seat portion. The seat belt unit includes a winding device located at a position lower than a shoulder anchor. The cross member is located between an upper end of the shoulder anchor and a lower end of the winding device in a front view of the vehicle, and supports the shoulder anchor and the winding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Hayashi, Kazuo Sunahiro, Fumihiro Hidaka
  • Patent number: 10369881
    Abstract: An evaporative fuel treatment apparatus, which is loaded on a hybrid vehicle equipped with a fuel tank and a battery mounted forward of the fuel tank, has a sealing valve for sealing evaporative fuel in the fuel tank. The sealing valve is disposed between the battery and the fuel tank and is arranged above the battery. The evaporative fuel treatment apparatus can prevent fuel leakage from the sealing valve more reliably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignees: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA ENGINEERING KABUSHIKI KAISHA, MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenichi Kunii, Takayuki Sano
  • Patent number: 10369880
    Abstract: The power transmission device includes an input shaft that rotates about its axis together with a vehicle wheel. A driving gear is arranged coaxially with the input shaft so as to rotate about the axis of the input shaft together with the input shaft. A driven gear meshes with the driving gear, and configured to transmit a rotational force to an output shaft connected to a regenerative energy converter. A wheel bearing for the vehicle wheel supports the input shaft such that the input shaft is rotatable about its axis relative to the driven gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NTN Corporation
    Inventors: Masao Kurita, Hirokazu Ohba, Taisuke Igi
  • Patent number: 10363791
    Abstract: The invention relates to an axle assembly for commercial vehicles includes a linkage element, a first axle element and a second axle element, wherein the first axle element substantially extends along a tube axis and can be fastened on a first side of the linkage element, wherein the second axle element is shaped at least in regions rotationally symmetrically around the stub axis and can be fastened on a second side of the linkage element, wherein the tube axis and the stub axis are separated from one another in the region of the linkage element, and wherein a receiving section is provided which can be fastened to at least one of the elements in order to provide a bearing for a spring element such that a first plane of the spring element is cut at least in regions by one of the axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SAF-HOLLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Olaf Drewes, Thomas Naber
  • Patent number: 10358107
    Abstract: A front passenger seat airbag device includes a module case; a front passenger seat airbag configured such that, in a folded state, a height of a first airbag section positioned at a vehicle outer side is lower than a height of a second airbag section positioned at a vehicle inner side, and widths of the first airbag section and the second airbag section are substantially the same; an inflator disposed at a bottom side of the module case; and a raising member disposed at a bottom portion of the module case, and that raises a height of a first support face supporting the first airbag section to be higher than a height of a second support face supporting the second airbag section, such that a height of an upper face of the first airbag section is substantially aligned with a height of an upper face of the second airbag section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Ohno, Ikuo Yamada, Mikine Hayashi, Shun Ito, Takahiro Kojima
  • Patent number: 10358158
    Abstract: A trailer having a framework configured for selectively switching between a wheel-based towing mechanism and a ski-based towing mechanism and wherein the trailer framework is lightweight and configured for supporting an enclosed trailer that may be constructed of lightweight composite paneling. The trailer framework can also be used with a pivotable and removable tow-bar where the tow-bar is configured with a plurality of pivotable attachment points for pivotably securing to the framework. The tow-bar is also connectable to any tow-vehicle and can be removed from the tow-vehicle and the trailer framework when not in use, or can be pivoted upwardly about the trailer framework for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTELLI-CORE LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Chas Bjorkman, Jesse Richard Gamble
  • Patent number: 10351184
    Abstract: A working vehicle where a front axle case is supported by two front axle brackets includes a body flame formed by disposing beams at a prescribed interval, by welding reinforced plates to plate faces of the beams which face to each other, and by welding both end parts of one of the front axle brackets to the reinforced plates; and a front hitch formed by welding both end parts of the other front axle bracket to both end parts of a plate member which are bent. The front hitch is attached to the body flame such that the two front axle brackets are opposed to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: YANMAR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Hanafusa, Taihei Daiyakuji, Terunobu Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 10350958
    Abstract: A hydraulic level-adjustment device has a reservoir, a reversible hydraulic unit with a hydraulic pump, and a single-acting hydraulic linear actuator. To lift a vehicle chassis, the working space of the linear actuator can be pressurized by the hydraulic pump operated in its first pumping direction via its first pump connection and a fill line with a fill-check valve arranged therein. To lower the chassis, via its second pump connection, the hydraulic pump, operated in the reverse pumping direction, pumps hydraulic fluid into the reservoir via an outflow line with a throttle unit arranged therein. The pressure present upstream of the throttle unit acts on the control connection of a lockable, drainage-check valve via a control line and opens same, so that, under the weight of the motor vehicle, hydraulic fluid is forced out of the working space of the hydraulic linear actuator into the reservoir via the drainage line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: HOERBIGER AUTOMOTIVE KOMFORTSYSTEME GMBH
    Inventor: Klaus Stolle