Patents Examined by Pinel E Romain
  • Patent number: 11414135
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a moveable reinforcement assembly for a motor vehicle, such as a motor vehicle with a front trunk (i.e., a “frunk”). An example vehicle includes a front end assembly, a panel moveable relative to the front end assembly between a closed position and an open position, and a reinforcement assembly mounted to the panel and configured to interface with the front end assembly when the panel is in the closed position. The reinforcement assembly effectively absorbs and transfers loads applied thereto while also being moveable so as to not obstruct access to a front trunk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Brian Glickman, Mark A. Wisneski, Lance Coley
  • Patent number: 11414033
    Abstract: A vehicular apron system is provided. The vehicular apron is dimensioned and adapted to extend the length of a door of the vehicle at its outward-most portion, thereby absorbing damage that would otherwise be imparted into the underlying door. The bellow elements have accordion sidewalls which facilitates their movement between a uninflated condition and an expanded condition for absorbing impact. The LIDAR situational awareness functionality is operatively associated with the inflation valves fluidly coupled to the bellow elements, wherein these bellow elements are automatically urged to an expanded condition in response to an object within the vicinity of the vehicle. The LIDAR situational awareness functionality provides video output to be used as evidence in cases of theft or contested accidents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventor: Gene Clifford Hunt
  • Patent number: 11414018
    Abstract: A container that can be installed and removed from the storage area of a land vehicle. The container rests on the load floor and defines one or more compartments for storing goods. The lid allows for storage on op of the container. The container has outward dimensions that engage the land vehicle to prevent the container from substantially moving in either a lateral or forward/rearward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Edwin Kraus, Jon Scott Novak, James Lowry
  • Patent number: 11401741
    Abstract: A glove box assembly includes a surround structure having a central opening and a striker opening in the surround structure. The surround structure includes an interlock structure that is spaced inwardly from the striker opening and aligned with the striker opening. A striker is mounted in the striker opening of the surround structure adjacent the central opening. The striker includes an interlocking extension engaging the interlock structure. A glove compartment door is received in the central opening of the surround structure. The glove compartment door includes at least one latch pawl that is configured to releasably engage the striker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Qiukui Liu, Vijaykumar Hegde, Thomas Junior Luckett
  • Patent number: 11395778
    Abstract: A modified OEM vehicle having an interior for accommodating a passenger in a wheelchair including a floor base assembly, a seat, and a seat base assembly operatively connected to the seat. The seat base assembly includes a lower seat base assembly configured to be coupled to the floor base assembly, an upper seat base assembly pivotably coupled to the lower seat base assembly, and an actuator coupled to the lower seat base assembly and to the upper seat assembly. The actuator includes a retracted position in which the seat is located in a seated position and an extended position in which the seat is located in a tilted position, wherein the tilted position of the seat provides additional space for the wheelchair within the interior of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: The Braun Corporation
    Inventors: Justin Hargraves, Bill Newton, Jeffrey Tigges
  • Patent number: 11390332
    Abstract: A suspension system for a cab of an agricultural vehicle having a frame. The suspension system includes a pair of first mounts configured for connecting the cab to the frame at a first region, a pair of second mounts configured for connecting the cab to the frame at a second region, and a pair of actuators configured for connecting the cab to the frame at a third region. The actuators are configured for variably damping a movement of the cab. The suspension system also includes a first suspension linkage laterally connected in between the second mounts. The suspension system also includes a second suspension linkage configured for connecting the cab to the frame at a fourth region. The second suspension linkage is configured for limiting a rotation of the cab about the longitudinal axis of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Jacob Charles, Shane M. Scott, Lucas Koch, Rajeshwar Adupala
  • Patent number: 11390220
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a console tray for a vehicle capable of increasing a capacity of the tray itself by reducing a rotation radius of a cover of the console tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventors: Hyuk-Jae Kwon, Ik-Jin Jung, Sang-Ki Lee, Kwan-Woo Lee, Yong-Dae Kim
  • Patent number: 11384786
    Abstract: A car body (1) includes a nut plate (2) predominantly made of hardened steel, wherein the hardened steel of the nut plate (2) is welded directly to the car body (1). A nut plate (2) as for use in direct welding to a car body (1) is also provided. A method for mounting a nut plate (2), which is predominantly made of hardened steel, to a car body (1), wherein the method involves welding the hardened steel of the nut plate (2) to the car body (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventors: Isaac Tejero Salinero, Christoph Leidig
  • Patent number: 11377884
    Abstract: A lock device includes a base member fixed on an opening/closing member, an operation member rotatably supported on the base member, and a rod configured to move forward and backward to be engaged with and disengaged from a locked portion of the fixed member in response to operation of the operation member. The operation member includes a pivot portion and a transmission portion. The base member includes a first attachment portion and a second attachment portion. When the transmission portion presses an inclined surface of the rod and thus causes the rod to move backward, the first attachment portion abuts against the rod, thereby limiting movement of the rod in the direction intersecting with the forward and backward movement direction of the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: PIOLAX, INC.
    Inventor: Hisashi Nakasone
  • Patent number: 11377153
    Abstract: An elongate vehicle reinforcement member having a U-shaped cross section, wherein the member is disposed inside and welded to a vehicle structural member, wherein the vehicle structural member includes opposite base lateral walls, the vehicle reinforcement member including: opposite reinforcement lateral walls extending in vehicle height and width directions, each having an outward edge on an outer side in vehicle width direction and an inward edge on an inner side; and a reinforcement connecting wall connecting the outward edges of the lateral walls, each lateral wall together with the connecting wall forming a ridge, each lateral wall including a row of welding projections, each protruding outward over the entire width of the lateral wall, each welding projection having a raised welding surface wherein the reinforcement lateral wall is welded to the base lateral wall, the welding projections in each row being arranged at intervals along vehicle height direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventors: Hiroyasu Kosaka, Daisuke Teramoto, Masanori Izumoto, Katsuya Igarashi
  • Patent number: 11370277
    Abstract: A sun visor assembly includes a sun visor panel. A first arm extends from the sun visor panel. An attachment assembly is supported by the first arm. The first arm is rotatably coupled with the attachment assembly. The attachment assembly is configured to detachably connect with a second arm of a second sun visor panel. The attachment assembly includes a connection block. The connection block includes an orifice. A connection arm includes a projection at a first end of the connection arm. The projection is configured to releasably connect with the orifice of the connection block. A connection loop extends from a second end of the connection arm. The connection loop is configured to connect with the second arm of the second sun visor panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventors: Ilene Mecker, Christopher Donnellan
  • Patent number: 11370362
    Abstract: A protrusion is formed on a facing surface which is integral with a shaft of a hinge mechanism. The protrusion has a tip that is in contact with an end surface of the engagement portion when the first member and the second member swing relative to each other, so that displacement of the second member along the lengthwise direction of the shaft is restricted. A state immediately after the engagement portion is engaged with the shaft is referred to as an initial engagement state. In the initial engagement state, the protrusion is situated at a position beyond a center of the shaft when viewed in a direction of engaging the engagement portion with the shaft, and the end surface of the engagement portion is separated from the tip of the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventor: Kenji Fujita
  • Patent number: 11364853
    Abstract: A universal holder for retaining an item on a vehicle interior lining component, wherein the universal holder has at least one retaining receptacle with at least one access opening. In order to provide such a universal holder, with which differently designed items can be retained in a better manner, the universal holder has at least one retaining lip that at least largely closes the access opening and is produced at least partially from an elastomer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Rochulus, Daniel Trinczek, Pablo Villar Mesa, Daniel Vieira
  • Patent number: 11364955
    Abstract: An engine bay structure of a vehicle is provided, which includes a capsule cover surrounding an engine. The capsule cover includes a lid part configured to cover the engine from above and a side wall part configured to cover the engine from outside in a vehicle width direction. The side wall part is divided in a vehicle front-and-rear direction into a plurality of vertical walls extending in an up-and-down direction, and one of the plurality of vertical walls is a specific vertical wall to which an electric component is attached at a side surface part thereof opposite from the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Bouta, Yukiya Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11364862
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a bumper for impact absorption and a bumper for the impact absorption manufactured from the same are provided. The method includes: filling solid salts in a mold, injecting a molten metal into the mold, and solidifying the molten metal with the solid salts to obtain a solidified product, spraying water onto the solidified product to dissolve the solid salts, which results in obtaining a porous metal having pores, disposing the porous metal in an injection mold, and injecting-inserting a resin composite into the injection mold to surround the porous metal while filling at least a part of the pores in the porous metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Chul Hong Bae
  • Patent number: 11358641
    Abstract: A center upper frame nodal connection fabrication comprising a top surface, a bottom surface opposite the top surface, two side surfaces, a front surface having a plurality of integral planes oriented at angles relative to each other, and a rear surface opposite the front surface. The top surface, the bottom surface, and the two side surfaces can be weldably attached to each other and the front and rear surfaces to form a structure of the center upper frame nodal connection fabrication. The integral planes of the front surface are configured to weldably attach to respective elongate support members of a space frame. The rear surface is configured to weldably attach to a center upper frame connection casting of the space frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Tad W. Miller
  • Patent number: 11358530
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving a cuboidal object, which has three side edges of different length, in a motor vehicle, having a receiving space, which has an insertion opening, the length of which corresponds at least to the length of the longest side edge of the object and whose width corresponds at least to the length of the shortest side edge of the object, but at least in sections is smaller than the length of the side edge of the object with the medium length, wherein the receiving space is of such a size that the object after being inserted through the insertion opening in the receiving space can be rotated through an angle of at least approximately 90° about its longitudinal axis and can be moved to a storage position in the receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Eric Deseyve, Matthias Zacherl, Ahmed Moussa, Sidney Groß
  • Patent number: 11358532
    Abstract: A dashboard pouch is provided. The dashboard pouch ensemble includes a base tray, configured to be detachably attached to an external surface, and a document pouch, configured to be inserted into a cavity of the base tray. The base tray includes a first cover, comprising a first end hingedly connected to a first side panel of the base tray, and a second end including one or more first fastening devices, and a second cover comprising a first end connected to the first side panel of the document pouch, and a second end connected to a second side panel of the base tray, and the second cover is configured to form a cavity with a base panel, side panels, and a rear panel of the base tray, wherein the second side panel includes one or more second fastening devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventor: Gillian Richards-Greaves
  • Patent number: 11351922
    Abstract: A foldable barrier system; the foldable barrier system includes a three-sided foldable containment assembly defined by a first-section, a second-section, and a third-section hingedly connected in a respective series. The three-sided foldable containment assembly is configured to be mounted to a perimeter of a flatbed section of a vehicle and define an inner volume to contain items stored within the inner volume upon the flatbed section of the vehicle. The second-section is in alignment with a rear portion of the flatbed section, the first-section is in alignment with a right-side of the flatbed section, and the third-section is in alignment with a left-side of the flatbed section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventor: Steven T. Estrada
  • Patent number: 11345287
    Abstract: A floor drawer is provided which is mounted so as to be below the floor when in the fully closed or storage position, and movable so as to be above the floor when in an accessible or open position. The floor drawer can be mounted to a support structure connected under the floor and then selectively slidable along a Lazy S track to emerge from the floor to rest on the floor, after a cover is opened. When in the closed position, the cover serves as an extension of the floor over the floor drawer opening. In vehicular applications, the support structure for the floor drawer is mounted between chassis beams or peripheral frame structure for the floor. The vertical component of the Lazy S track elevates the floor drawer over the vertical component of the chassis beam or frame structure, and the horizontal component of the Lazy S track guides the floor drawer toward or away from access doors to the vehicle exterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Lon L. Aldrich, Andrea Graves