Patents Examined by Peter C. English
  • Patent number: 10456659
    Abstract: Automatic card shufflers include a card shuffling mechanism, a base at least partially supporting the card shuffling mechanism, a shoe to receive cards from the card shuffling mechanism, and a card imaging system configured to detect at least one indicia on the cards, the card imaging system being at least partially disposed within the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Shuffle Master GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Peter Krenn, Ernst Blaha, Attila Grauzer
  • Patent number: RE47273
    Abstract: The machine or method buys gold or precious metal items. A housing with a vault is linked to a central office for tracking buy/no-buy sales events and uploading current exchange rate data. The item is placed on a platform leading to processing stations which weigh, image, assay and convey the item to the vault (buy) or return-route (no-buy). User display commands and offers-to-buy, capture user images, scan identity and biometric data and permit user-keyed input. A computer processor calculates a discounted market value based upon exchange rate, weight, assayed purity and discounts. A compiler stores seller's data including seller responses, images and scanner data and buy/no-buy data. An acceptance module initiates a credit event and delivers the item to the vault. A rejection module negates acceptance upon user command or if an error in gold purity, weight, discounted market value or size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Gold Cube Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Nakia Geller
  • Patent number: RE47286
    Abstract: A vehicle body front structure includes: a front side frame; a lower member placed at an outer side of the front side frame in the vehicle width direction; and a gusset placed between the front side frame and the lower member. The front side frame includes a first bending point which absorbs an impact load by being bent by receiving impact load upon a collision of the vehicle. An inner side of the gusset in the vehicle width direction is joined to the outer side of the front side frame in the vehicle width direction and extends from a front end of the front side frame to a first bending point. A tapered part which is inclined toward the front side frame as extending backward from the front end of the gusset is formed in an outer side of the gusset in the vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryo Ohnaka, Yoshinori Taguchi, Makoto Hisazumi, Naoyuki Hashimoto
  • Patent number: RE47349
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hook (10), which may for example be used with a crane to lift heavy loads. In one embodiment, the hook may have a load-bearing portion (12) and an arm portion (14) where the arm portion can pivot relative to the load-bearing portion between open and closed configurations and may have a locking mechanism (20, 21, 29, 30, 32) that can lock the arm portion with respect to the load-bearing portion in the open configuration of the hook, in which configuration the arm portion and the load-bearing portion together define a discontinuous boundary. The hook may also be provided with a suspension portion (74), and the suspension portion, the load-bearing portion and the arm portion may be pivotally coupled with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: NAUTILUS RIGGING LLP
    Inventor: John Toon
  • Patent number: RE47361
    Abstract: A method and apparatus may be present for moving a wing. A plurality of lifting assemblies may be attached to a first plurality of channels in a ring associated with the wing of an aircraft. A plurality of base assemblies may be attached to a plurality of fittings with a second plurality of channels associated with a fuselage of the aircraft. The plurality of lifting assemblies may be moved away from the plurality of base assemblies using a plurality of biasing systems such that the ring may move away from the fuselage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: William Elmer Rumberger, Jr., Patrick F. Joyce, David E. Scheerer
  • Patent number: RE47449
    Abstract: A vehicle sound absorption structure has: a recessed cell that has an opening on one end of the cell; a divider that is provided within the cell and that divides an acoustic wave entering the cell from the opening into two acoustic waves; reflectors that reflect one of the two acoustic waves divided at the divider and reflect the other acoustic wave respectively toward the opening, and that generate a phase difference between the one acoustic wave and the other acoustic wave; and an interfering portion that is provided within the cell and that causes the one acoustic wave and the other acoustic wave, which have been respectively reflected at the reflectors, to interfere with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toyoka Ide
  • Patent number: RE47473
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for predicting a collision are provided. The method includes calculating, by a controller, a driving trajectory of the subject vehicle based on a yaw rate using driving information of the subject vehicle. In addition, the controller is configured to calculate a driving trajectory of a target vehicle for a predetermined period of time that uses driving information of the target vehicle that includes information from an imaging device, configured to obtain a front image, and radar sensors installed on a plurality of locations. Further, the method also includes predicting classified collision types by analyzing a collision possibility between the subject vehicle and the target vehicle based on the driving trajectory of the subject vehicle and the driving trajectory of the target vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jae Woong Choi, Kwang Jin Park
  • Patent number: RE47524
    Abstract: A portable pet bed apparatus is provided that can be selectively side mountable to a bed assembly. The pet bed apparatus includes a carrier device that defines a bedding space thereof sized and dimensioned to accommodate a domestic pet therein. The pet bed apparatus further includes a mounting assembly having a horizontal portion and a vertical portion that lies closely adjacent to the bed assembly, and a connector assembly on the side of the carrier device for detachably connecting the carrier device to the vertical portion of the mounting assembly. The carrier device can be removed from the mounting assembly, which enables independent functionality as a pet carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Barbara M. Pietra
  • Patent number: RE47610
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, systems and methods to provide an internal supply rail with over voltage protection using a host power source, an external power source, and a switch configured to receive indications of host and external power source validity. In an example, the switch can be configured to provide the internal supply rail using the host power source when the indication of host power source validity indicates a valid host power source and the external power source when the indication of host power source validity indicates an invalid host power source and the indication of external power source validity indicates a valid external power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory A. Maher, Myron J. Miske
  • Patent number: RE47626
    Abstract: An end terminal for a guardrail system includes an elongated guardrail beam and a flattening or reshaping device defining a channel having an inlet and an outlet vertically aligned along a longitudinal axis. The guardrail beam is moveable along the longitudinal axis through the channel from the inlet to the outlet. An anchor is vertically spaced below the outlet, with a tether coupled between the anchor and an end portion of the guardrail beam. The tether is adapted to pull the guardrail beam downwardly from a first height at the outlet to a second height vertically spaced from the first height free of any engagement with any other structure once the guardrail beam exits the outlet, and with a bending of the deformed guardrail beam in only one direction after the deformed guardrail beam leaves the outlet. Methods of assembly and operation are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: ENERGY ABSORPTION SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Smith, Barry D. Stephens, Patrick A. Leonhardt
  • Patent number: RE47696
    Abstract: A composite aerofoil, the aerofoil having a leading edge, a trailing edge a pressure side and a suction side and comprising an outer erosion protection layer along one or both of the pressure side or suction side, a structural core having a plurality of resin impregnated plies of unidirectional fibers, and between the outer erosion protection layer and the structural core a woven composite impregnated with a resin having a modulus of elasticity greater lower than that of the resin impregnating the plies in the structural core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce, PLC
    Inventors: Simon Read, Bijoysri Khan
  • Patent number: RE47835
    Abstract: Tools (such as system, apparatus, methodology, etc.) may be provided to control traffic over a railway track section, and more particularly, when a railway worker is working on or near the track section. Move particularly, when traffic over the track section is to be blocked, a block is placed to prevent trains from traversing the track section. Further, a release code is generated and sent to an electronic contact address of the railway worker. Traffic through the track section is blocked until the release code is entered in a user terminal. The block is removed from the track section when the release code is received by the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: RAILWARE, INC.
    Inventor: Ross Pirtle
  • Patent number: RE47932
    Abstract: A monocore for a sound suppressor that significantly enhances the trapping and delay of the gases exiting from the sound suppressor due to the design, location, and configuration of slanted baffles and angled half-baffles, and a plurality of rods. The slanted baffles help define the blast chamber, expansion chambers, and exit chamber of the monocore. The plurality of rods may be positioned in the blast chamber or the expansions chambers. The plurality of rods may vary in length. The plurality of rods may also replace the angled half-baffles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Smith & Wesson Inc.
    Inventors: N Blake Young, Philip H Dater
  • Patent number: RE48069
    Abstract: A high pressure monitor includes an outlet body with a transverse passage, which extends through the body to form two inlets of the outlet body, and a second passage, which is in communication with the transverse passage and extends through the outlet body to form an outlet. The monitor further includes first and second bodies, with the outlet body mounted between the first and second bodies. Each of the first and second bodies has a transverse passage, which are in fluid communication with the inlets of the outlet body. A first swivel joint is provided between the outlet body and the first body. A second swivel joint is provided between the outlet body and the second body. Further, each of the swivel joints comprises a pressure balanced hydraulic fitting with seals and bearings, wherein the seals and bearings are oriented to reduce the axial pressure on the bearings from fluid flowing through the monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: ELKHART BRASS MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: James M. Trapp, Raymond A. Boissonneault, Tina M. Mott
  • Patent number: RE48120
    Abstract: An easy to use trailer anti-theft device that forms an integral part of said trailer comprising a front exterior wall mounted locking mechanism having a rotatable lock bar extending therefrom with the lock bar having an upper arm pivotally and swivelably connected to a lower swing bar that can be unlocked and moved from a stored position to a downwardly depending blocking position. The lock bar has a partially rotative lower swing arm that under force extends under the trailer substantially in the direction of the trailer king pin. A trailer lock assembly can include a housing mounted on a front wall of a trailer, an upper arm operably connected to the housing, and a swing arm pivotally connected to the upper arm. The swing arm is capable of pivoting under the bottom of the trailer in order to prevent a tractor's fifth wheel from engaging the trailer's king pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Robert Haley
  • Patent number: RE48173
    Abstract: A vehicle driving device that includes a rotary electrical machine that functions as a driving force source of a wheel along with an internal combustion engine; a transmission device that is disposed side by side with respect next to the rotary electrical machine in an axial direction, the axial direction being a direction in which a rotation axis center of the rotary electrical machine extends; a case including a first case section that accommodates the rotary electrical machine and a second case section that accommodates the transmission device; an inverter device that controls the rotary electrical machine; and a wiring member structure that connects the rotary electrical machine and the inverter device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsutoshi Takahashi, Hiroyuki Fujioka, Tatsuyuki Uechi, Manabu Miyazawa
  • Patent number: RE48176
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for creating and distributing satellite tracking data in a compact format to a remote receiver. At least a portion of the satellite tracking data is extracted from memory and is formatted into a compact format. The compact formatted data is transmitted to the remote receiver via a distribution network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: AVAGO TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL SALES PTE. LIMITED
    Inventors: Frank van Diggelen, Charles Abraham, James W. LaMance
  • Patent number: RE48268
    Abstract: A construction machine, in particular road milling machine, recycler or stabilizer, with a machine frame (4) that is carried by a chassis (2) with a working drum (6) and a drive train (8) comprising at the least a drive engine (10), a traction mechanism (12) for the mechanical drive of the working drum (6) with a drive element, an output element and a traction element (30), a device (14) for switching the torque between the drive engine (10) and working drum (6), and device (16) for driving at least one hydraulic pump; it is provided that elements of the drive train (8) are divided into at least two groups, the first group (3) shows at least the drive engine (10), the second group (5) shows at least the drive element (11) of the traction mechanism, and where the first and the second groups (3, 5) are connected to one another via an articulated coupling device (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Wirtgen GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Busley, Dieter Simons
  • Patent number: RE48270
    Abstract: A side-by-side refrigerator having a door opening device which includes a cabinet and a door to open and close a front surface of the cabinet, the door opening device comprising: a handle which is mounted on a front surface of the door to perform a seesaw motion; and a push kit which is mounted on a side surface of the door to interwork with the handle, wherein a portion on which the handle and the push kit are mounted is formed to be recessed in the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yong Man Seo
  • Patent number: RE48320
    Abstract: The aircraft-engine gas turbine includes an outer sealing ring for sealing an array of rotor blades that can be attached to a housing by a clamping mechanism (80) in a friction fit, and a plurality of ring segments (20i, 201+1), wherein a free axial path length (af) of a sealing ring segment counter to the direction of through-flow is at least as large as an axial engagement (a1) of a rotation locking member (10) of the outer sealing ring (af?a1), which is free of form fit counter to the direction of through-flow, and/or an axial overhang (a2) of a radial mounting rail (23) of the outer sealing ring (af?a2), and/or an axial offset (a3, a4) of a sealing fin (31, 41); and/or a quotient of a specific clearance sum of the outer sealing ring attached to the housing in a friction fit and pi is at least as large as a difference between a maximum outer diameter of the outer sealing ring and a minimum inner diameter of the flow channel inlet of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: MTU Aero Engines AG
    Inventors: Walter Gieg, Petra Kufner, Rudolf Stanka