Patents Examined by Peter N Helvey
  • Patent number: 11958441
    Abstract: A vehicle roof rack system is disclosed, such as a laterally extensible rail-type rack for connection to the roof or top of a vehicle. The rack rails may extend laterally and at the same time, through or over their range of extension, come down to a more accessible or lower height with respect to the ground upon which the user is standing or located with respect to the vehicle when using the rack to load or unload cargo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventor: Noah Malgeri
  • Patent number: 11958442
    Abstract: A mounting bracket system for a vehicle roof, and a method for its attachment to a vehicle having a side rail including a drip well, is contemplated in which no drilling of holes or other permanent modifications to the vehicle roof is required, and in which each individual mounting bracket may be independently fixed in place without requiring any structural support from interconnections with any other mounting bracket via crossbars or other interconnections. In this regard, a number of problems associated with prior mounting bracket systems may be overcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: NAADE, Inc.
    Inventors: Manuel Alvarez Martinez, Abraham Ramirez Moreno
  • Patent number: 11958658
    Abstract: Flat packaging and packaging methods for sheet products. The sheet includes interconnected panels including a first cover panel comprising a first surface printed with information and/or images related to a product and one or more product panels, each product panel comprising one or more product components comprising the entire panels or configured to be removed from the product panels for use as the product. The cover panel and product panels are connected by fold lines between the panels the panels are configured to form a stacked formation when folded at the fold lines with the first surface of the first panel facing outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventor: Joel Orrie Morris
  • Patent number: 11952192
    Abstract: A flexible standing pouch made from a single sheet of packaging material having a fitment with a flat flange for mounting cap or dispensing device sealed onto a folded edge forming the top of the package, seams on each side and a bottom formed by turning the opposing corners of the bottom of the flat package downward, compressing them and turning them inward to form a flat bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventor: Robert C. Kelly
  • Patent number: 11950684
    Abstract: An auxiliary weight supporting device includes a back rack, a walking-stick and a connecting rod. The back rack is configured for the user to wear and for carrying an object. The walking-stick includes a main body and a gripping part and a contacting end configured at two ends of the main body respectively. The gripping part is configured for the user to hold, and the contacting end is configured to touch the ground when the user is walking. The connecting rod has a first end connected to the main body and a second end coupled to the back rack. The walking-stick is controlled by the user to support the ground and swings back and forth in accordance with the user's steps. The connecting rod drives the back rack to rise when the walking-stick swings backwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: ROPACE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chun-Hsien Lee
  • Patent number: 11945410
    Abstract: A ladder rack system may have a slide with a support flange and a spanning flange. The system may also have a ladder support member adapted to selectively receive a portion of the support flange therein. The system may also have a pivot bracket pivotally connected to the ladder support member. The pivot bracket may be adapted to selectively move the ladder support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Adrian Steel Company
    Inventors: Elizabeth Elaine Willnow, Mark Anthoney Henry, Jr., Joshua Michael Gerez, Scott Donald Lee, Robert Michael Butcher
  • Patent number: 11945635
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a flexible container (10). In an embodiment, the flexible container includes a front panel (22), a rear panel (24), a first gusseted side panel (18), and a second gusseted side panel (20). The gusseted side panels adjoin the front panel and the rear panel along peripheral seals (41) to form a chamber. The panels form (i) a top portion, (ii) a body portion, and (iii) a bottom portion. The top portion comprises a neck (27) and a fitment (30) in the neck. The front panel comprises a front handle (82) extending therefrom and the rear panel comprises a rear handle (84) extending therefrom. The front handle and the rear handle are in opposing relation to each other, the front handle and the rear handle extending over the first gusseted side panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Marc S. Black, Liangkai Ma, Simon Jespersen, Muhammad Ali Siddiqui, Chad V. Schuette, Brian W. Walther, Fabrice Digonnet
  • Patent number: 11945411
    Abstract: A vehicle cargo carrier device may include first support platform and a second support platform which may be coupled together via a connection bar. The first support platform may also be coupled to a first vertical support arm, and the second support platform may also be coupled to a second vertical support arm. A first arm bracket may couple the first vertical support arm to a first portion of a vehicle, such as to a first support arm of a vehicle hitch receiver that is coupled to the rear vehicle frame, and a second arm bracket may couple the second vertical support arm to a second portion of the vehicle, such as to a second support arm of the vehicle hitch receiver that is coupled to the rear vehicle frame. Preferably, the arm brackets may be coupled to the vehicle so that the arm brackets are positioned apart from the geometric centerline of the vehicle and any hitch receiver that may be coupled to the center of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventor: Leonard O. Wallace
  • Patent number: 11938904
    Abstract: A cargo bed divider system for a pickup truck includes a first guide rail connectable to a first lateral side of a cargo bed, a second guide rail connectable to a second lateral side of the cargo bed, a cargo bed divider supported between the first guide rail and the second guide rail, and an adjustment mechanism connectable to a forward end of the cargo bed and the cargo bed divider. The adjustment mechanism selectively moves the cargo bed divider between a first position adjacent the forward end of the cargo bed and a second position adjacent to a rear end of the cargo bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jesus Anthony Bernal, Eric James Bontrager
  • Patent number: 11938903
    Abstract: A vehicle cargo lift includes a stationary slide adapted to be mounted on a roof of a vehicle. The cargo lift is automatically extended to a position for easily loading cargo onto the lift and is automatically retractable to a position on top of the vehicle roof. A rolling slide is slidably mounted to the stationary slide and a rear tray is movably supported by the rolling slide. A front tray is supported by the rear tray via a pair of elbow arm assemblies that are extendable below the rear tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventor: Daniel Knapper
  • Patent number: 11939146
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to multilayer silo bags that may include a tube comprising at least two layers, a first open end, a second open end, and a first region and a second region disposed between the first and second end. One or more of the at least three layers may comprise an ethylene/alpha-olefin interpolymer having a density of 0.90 g/cc to 0.965 g/cc and an I2 of 0.1 to 6.0 g/10 minutes, a low density ethylene-based polymer having a density of 0.917 g/cc to 0.935 g/cc and an I2 of 0.1 to 2.0 g/10 minutes, or combinations thereof. The first region may have a thickness of at least 10% greater than a thickness of the second region. The first region may have a surface area that is at least 50% of an overall surface area of the multilayer silo bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignees: Dow Global Technologies LLC, PBBPolisur S.R.L.
    Inventors: Akanksha Garg, Ashishkumar S. Lokhande, Pavan Kumar Valavala, Jose Eduardo Ruiz, Maximiliano Zanetti, Kurt A. Koppi
  • Patent number: 11932482
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a flexible bulk container are disclosed having a number of innovative features. In one embodiment, the flexible bulk container includes an enclosure defining an interior volume in which a support sling is located. The support sling helps prevent the shape of the container from deforming as it is filled with bulk material. In another embodiment, the flexible bulk container includes an opening in the top through which it can be filled with material. A cord is coupled to the top around the opening and can operate as a drawstring to close the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: MHF Packaging Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Rusty D. Strunk, Thomas E. Brandon
  • Patent number: 11932481
    Abstract: A flexible tank has one or more inner layers and one or more outer layers enclosing the inner layers. It has an improved structure to prevent leakage and rupture when making a long multi-modal shipment of large quantities of a liquid, including when the flexible tank is not supported by the end or side walls of a shipping container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Odyssey Logistics & Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Roger G. Goose, Douglas B. Postek
  • Patent number: 11932206
    Abstract: A roof rack system is provided for affixing to a vehicle having a plurality of mounting locations. The roof rack system comprises a crossbar comprising a first end and a second end. The crossbar is configured to allow mounting of equipment. The roof rack system further comprises a first stanchion coupled to the first end of the crossbar by a first swivel joint. The roof rack system further comprises a second stanchion coupled to the second end of the crossbar by a second swivel joint. The first and second stanchions are configured to mount to respective mounting locations of the plurality of mounting locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: RIVIAN IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Cory Borghi, Eric Griffith, Christian Elder
  • Patent number: 11919485
    Abstract: And angularly adjustable object support rack or bicycle support rack for a vehicle is constructed with a first rod and a second rod connected by an adjustment structure that enables the first rod and the second rod to be adjusted to a folded over configuration that occupies less space when storing the bicycle rack. The adjustment structure also enables the first rod and second rod to be adjusted to a right angle orientation that reduces the extent the support rack extends from the rear of a vehicle to which it is attached. The adjustment structure enables the first rod and second rod to be adjusted to where the second rod is aligned with the first rod for attaching bicycles on the support rack. The adjustment structure further enables the second rod to be adjusted to a downward tilted orientation providing clearance between the vehicle and the attached support rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: ETRAILER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Craig Obermark, Daniel Perotti, Brenden McIntyre
  • Patent number: 11910900
    Abstract: A convertible containment device includes a flexible base portion configured to substantially conform to a supporting surface when the device is in an open configuration, a wall affixed to a perimeter of the flexible base and extending away from the flexible base when the device is in the open configuration, and a cinch cord in operable relation with the wall, and forming a loop when the device is in the open configuration. The cinch cord is configured such that pulling the cinch cord causes the device to transform from the open configuration to a bag-like configuration by gathering the wall to form an annulus having an opening, and the opening of the annulus is sized to prohibit exit of an object from within the bag-like configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventors: Amy S. Fazackerley, Adam D. Fazackerley
  • Patent number: 11912240
    Abstract: A vehicle article carrier system is disclosed for supporting articles above an outer body surface of a vehicle. In one embodiment the system forms a swing-in-place style system with front and rear cross bar assemblies that can each be swung pivotally at one end from stowed positions on respective support rail assemblies, to operative positions extending perpendicularly between the support rail assemblies. In other embodiments the rear cross bar assembly is fully removable and can be positioned at a plurality of different longitudinal positions along the support rail assemblies. In all of the embodiments, the support rails include an L-shaped construction which is dimensioned in relation to the height of the cross bar assemblies, so the support rail assemblies are able to fully hide the cross bar assemblies from view when the cross bar assemblies are in their stowed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Aftanas, Gordon Michie, Michael J. Presley
  • Patent number: 11904811
    Abstract: A storage assembly for a vehicle includes a console housing including a storage compartment and an access opening to the storage compartment. The storage assembly includes a tambour door assembly having a tambour door panel configured to move between a first position to close the access opening and a second position to open the access opening. The storage assembly also has a tray assembly including the tambour door panel. The tray assembly is configured to move between a retracted position and an extended position relative to the console housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Paul Thomas, Stephen Neal Jacobsen, Michele Marie Matthews
  • Patent number: 11897433
    Abstract: A hitch mounted tree carrier is configured to be secured to a motor vehicle and permits a user to transport a tree from a first location to a second location. The hitch mounted tree carrier includes an elongated member configured to be removably received by a motor vehicle hitch and a receptacle having a front portion and a rear portion, wherein the front portion is affixed to the elongated member. The hitch mounted tree carrier also includes: (i) a wedge positioned in the receptacle and configured to apply a first force on a first extent of a tree trunk, when the tree is in the process of being inserted into the receptacle, and (ii) a securement assembly extending into the receptacle and configured to apply a second force on a second extent of the tree trunk, when the tree is in an engaged state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventor: Jonathan Miller Chamlin
  • Patent number: 11897238
    Abstract: A thermoplastic film which embodies a three-dimensional pattern. The thermoplastic film comprises a three-dimensional pattern including at least three sub-patterns of deformations. The shape, positioning, and pattern deformation density of the at least three sub-patterns of deformations cause the three-dimensional pattern to give the thermoplastic film a thicker appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: The Glad Products Company
    Inventors: Edward B. Tucker, Robert T. Dorsey, Zeljko Vidovic