Patents Examined by Renee S. Luebke
  • Patent number: 10367503
    Abstract: A control panel and method of making a control panel for a dashboard of a passenger compartment of a vehicle. The control panel includes a trim element, a support element and a piezoelectric film. The trim element includes at least one control area. The piezoelectric film extends between the trim element and the support element. The support element has at least one recess facing the control area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Omar Ben Abdelaziz
  • Patent number: 10361042
    Abstract: A removable switching element for switching an electric current for an electrical switching device includes a housing; first and second fixed electrical conductors; a mobile electrical conductor that can be moved between a first position, in which the mobile electrical conductor electrically connects the first and second fixed electrical conductors; and a second position, in which the mobile electrical conductor is electrically isolated from the first and second fixed electrical conductors. The housing includes two windows passing therethrough, one being located facing an area of contact between the mobile conductor and the first fixed electrical conductor and the other being located facing an area of contact between the mobile conductor and the second fixed electrical conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Patrick Comtois
  • Patent number: 10361512
    Abstract: There is provided a connector in which a plug is put to a socket in any rotational direction around an axis and is guided to a normal position smoothly hereby providing proper connection with a simple structure. On opposite surfaces of the plug and the socket, there are provided a tilted cam surface and a cam follower with which the plug and the socket are slidably contacted to each other, rotated and positioned in a rotational direction around the axis when the plug is fitted onto the socket axially. At the center of one of the opposite surface of the plug and the socket, a pin-receiving hole is formed, and a center pin at the center of the other fits into the pin-receiving hole before the tilted cam surface comes in contact with the cam follower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Seido
  • Patent number: 10345849
    Abstract: This rotary control system for a device includes a rotary control member, rotationally mobile about a first fixed axis, between first and second positions, and a rotary control handle, intended to be secured in rotation with the rotary member about the first axis. It also includes a blocking device, that can be selectively moved, when the rotary member is in its first position, between a blocking configuration, in which it prevents the movement of the rotary member to its second position, and a release configuration, wherein the movement of the rotary member to its second position. This system further includes a locking plate, rotationally mobile about the first axis relative to the rotary member, when the rotary member is in its first position, between a locking position, in which a first orifice passing through the rotary member is superposed with a second orifice passing through the locking plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel Sinthomez, Florent Pitis
  • Patent number: 10325734
    Abstract: A keyboard switch includes a key top movable vertically on receiving a depressing force, a plunger engaged with a lower portion of the key top and movable vertically with the key top, a cup rubber disposed under the plunger and supporting the plunger from below, a housing arranged on an outer peripheral side of the plunger and cup rubber, a plate supported on the housing and extending laterally, and a spacer interposed between the plate and key top. The spacer is removably mounted onto the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Iijima
  • Patent number: 10312638
    Abstract: A cable assembly comprising a termination with at least one conductive, compressible member and a conductive ground shield. The conductive, compressible member may be held within a connector module forming the termination such that the conductive compressive member is pressed against, and therefore makes electrical contact with, both an outer conductive layer of the cable and ground structures within the connector module. In some embodiments, these connections may be formed using a conductive, compressible member with an opening configured to receive the end of the cable therethrough. The conductive ground shield may be configured to compress the conductive, compressible member, and to cause the conductive, compressible member to electrically contact the cable's conductive layer. The conductive, compressible member may be formed from a compressible material and may comprise a plurality of conductive particulates configured to provide electrically conductive paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Amphenol Corporation
    Inventor: Donald A. Girard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10312036
    Abstract: A keyboard device includes plural key structures, a switch circuit board, an elastic cover and a seal element. The switch circuit board includes a hollow region. The elastic cover is disposed on the switch circuit board. The hollow region is covered by the elastic cover, so that a foreign liquid is prevented from entering the switch circuit board. The seal element is disposed on sidewalls of the switch circuit board. Consequently, a sealed region is formed between the switch circuit board and the elastic cover. When the inner gas within the switch circuit board is changed, the elastic cover is subjected to expansion or contraction. Consequently, the switch circuit board is not subjected to deformation in response to the volume change of the inner gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Bo-An Chen
  • Patent number: 10305128
    Abstract: A cell system includes a laminated battery, a plurality of battery cells being laminated in the laminated battery, a first switch connected to a positive electrode of the laminated battery and configured to switch connection to the positive electrode to a shut-off state, and a second switch connected to a negative electrode of the laminated battery and configured to switch connection to the negative electrode to a shut-off state. Furthermore, the cell system includes a circuit to be connected at least either between the positive electrode and the first switch or between the negative electrode and the second switch; and a controller configured to shift control timings of the first switch and the second switch from the shut-off state to a connected state according to an electrical capacitance generated between the positive electrode and the negative electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Sato, Kotaro Akashi, Masanobu Sakai, Hidetaka Nishimura, Kenji Kobayashi, Keita Tsuji
  • Patent number: 10297843
    Abstract: A MEA is set in a state where a hydrogen gas is continuously supplied to both an anode-side electrode and a cathode-side electrode. In this state, a current is applied from an external power supply unit to the anode-side electrode and the cathode-side electrode so that the cathode-side electrode has a higher potential and that the current value gradually increases. Upon applying the current in this way, measured voltages between both electrodes measured by a voltage measurement unit are plotted in time series, thereby measuring the voltage transition across the inspection object MEA. A power generation performance inspection of the inspection object MEA is carried out based on the measured voltage transition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Michito Norimoto
  • Patent number: 10290442
    Abstract: A push switch includes a movable contact including a dome part that is shaped like a dome and configured to be inverted in shape when pressed, and a fixed contact including a first fixed contact, the movable contact being configured to be brought into contact with and away from the first fixed contact. The push switch is configured such that an operating load necessary to press the movable contact gradually increases after the movable contact starts to be pressed, decreases thereafter when the dome part is inverted, and increases again when the movable contact is further pressed, and the dome part contacts the first fixed contact after an inflection point at which the decreased operating load starts to increase again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Yashima, Izuru Sadamatsu, Toshihiko Tazawa
  • Patent number: 10290883
    Abstract: A fuel cell system comprises a fuel cell stack, radiator, cooling water feed passage, cooling water discharge passage, bypass cooling water passage, deionizer, stack side cooling water pump, radiator side cooling water pump, and bypass cooling water control valve. The radiator side cooling water pump and bypass cooling water control valve are controlled to selectively perform one of a stack flow through mode where cooling water flows through at least the fuel cell stack and a stack bypass mode where cooling water does not substantially flow through the fuel cell stack but circulates through the radiator and the bypass cooling water passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Hiromichi Sato, Shigeki Hasegawa, Atsuo Iio
  • Patent number: 10283882
    Abstract: A grounding clamp includes a safety lock-out which locks the operation of the clamp in the absence of a hot-stick. A clamping member cooperates with a frame having an arm, and is selectively biasable by a user to translate the clamping member relative to the frame to clamp a conductor between the clamping member and arm. The lock-out cooperates with the clamping member to prevent the translation of the clamping member unless in the presence of an insulating tool such as a hot-stick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Quanta Associates, L.P.
    Inventors: Phillip Howard Quaedvlieg, David Karl Wabnegger, Janos Csaba Toth, Daniel Neil O'Connell
  • Patent number: 10276318
    Abstract: In accordance with certain embodiments, an improved switching mechanism and related components are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Innovative Switchgear IP, LLC
    Inventor: Roger L. Schafer
  • Patent number: 10269521
    Abstract: A mounting structure for an energy storage assembly of a circuit breaker comprises an energy storage lever and an energy storage spring, wherein one end of the energy storage lever is an energy storage end which is connected with the energy storage spring, and the other end of the energy storage lever is a driving end. An external force can be applied to the driving end, such that the energy storage lever rotates around a lever fulcrum in the middle of the energy storage lever, thereby extruding the energy storage spring at the energy storage end to finish energy storage. One end of the energy storage spring is connected and mounted with the energy storage lever, and the other end of the energy storage spring is mounted in a base support. An energy storage mounting shaft which can be considered as a rotating fulcrum is also arranged in the middle of the energy storage lever. The driving end is stressed, such that the energy storage lever rotates around the energy storage mounting shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Binhua Pan, Jisheng Sun
  • Patent number: 10270212
    Abstract: A shield structure includes a shield member which is formed into a hollow tubular shape and a shield shell to which a leading end in the longitudinal direction of the shield member is attached. In the shield structure, the shield shell has a plate-like shell main body through which a through hole is bored, and a plurality of shell tightening pieces which are extended from an outer edge of the shell main body, the shell main body is so arranged that the leading end in the longitudinal direction of the shield member surrounds the through hole, and the leading end in the longitudinal direction of the shield member is clamped by the shell main body and the shell tightening pieces which are bent to the shell main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Ohkubo, Miki Nakamura, Takeshi Innan
  • Patent number: 10270108
    Abstract: A coolant storage tank (1) for storing coolant in a fuel cell system (2), the coolant storage tank comprising a plurality of individually controllable heater elements (7, 8a, 8b). A coolant storage tank comprising a first heater element (7) located at a base of the coolant storage tank and a second heater element (8a) is also disclosed. A coolant storage tank comprising a first coolant storage compartment (50) in fluid communication with a second coolant storage compartment (51), the first coolant storage compartment including at least a first heater element (54) and wherein the second coolant storage compartment is unheated is also disclosed. A method of melting frozen coolant in a coolant storage tank is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Intelligent Energy Limited
    Inventors: Daniel Ninan, Nathaniel Palmer, Sophie Charlotte Harris, Phillip Wardle, Jonathan Cole, Iain Fraser, Peter David Hood, Paul Leonard Adcock
  • Patent number: 10252642
    Abstract: An input device has operation shafts whose tips project through a first elongate hole and a second elongate hole formed through an upper plate portion of a case main body and that are movable along the upper plate portion of the case main body. An operation knob is movably attached to the tips of the operation shafts. The case main body is provided with elastic support pieces that deform following the movement of the operation knob and elastically support the operation knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshiteru Takayanagi
  • Patent number: 10242824
    Abstract: A safety lockout device for switchgear includes a movable member adapted to be moved from a first position to a second position. A switch is adapted to electrically isolate a motor in the switchgear and a blocking arm is coupled to a shaft of the motor. In the first position, the movable member engages the switch to close the electrical motor circuit and the blocking arm is free to rotate with the motor shaft. In the second position, the movable member moves away from the switch so that the switch is in an open circuit state disconnecting power to the motor and a portion of the movable member is moved to a position whereby the blocking arm engages the movable member to prevent rotation of the motor shaft and a change of state of the switchgear. The position of the movable member relative to the switch provides a visual indication of the operating state of the switchgear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Gieger, Charles Bindics
  • Patent number: 10236138
    Abstract: A key structure includes a key cap, a bridge assembly, a first supporting part, a second supporting part, an attractable element and a magnet. The bridge assembly includes first and second hinge parts. The first hinge part has a first pivot coupling portion and a first connecting portion. The second hinge part has a second pivot coupling portion and a second connecting portion, wherein the first and second connecting portions are connected on an axis, and the first and second hinge parts rotate with respect to the axis. The first and second supporting parts are coupled to two ends of the first and second pivot coupling portions, respectively. The attractable element is disposed on the second hinge part. The magnet is correspondingly located under the attractable element for providing a magnetic force, so that the attractable element is attracted and positioned by the magnetic force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Chun-Lin Chen, Hsin-Fu Liu
  • Patent number: 10217580
    Abstract: A restraint system is used to restrain a movable switch blade of a disconnect switch in order to prevent accidental closure of the switch blade. In this regard, the restraint system has a sheath that is positioned over an end of the switch blade, and the sheath is tethered to a support structure so that tension in the tether resists movement of the switch blade toward a conductive jaw. Thus, current is prevented from flowing through the disconnect switch until the sheath is manually removed from the switch blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: TCI Sales, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Edward Blain, Frank Joseph Kelly