Patents Examined by Ruth Ilan
  • Patent number: 10407020
    Abstract: Embodiments disclose systems and methods associated with safety devices for vehicles. Specifically, embodiments are directed towards a user operated, manually controlled, inflatable safety device for off-road vehicles, which may reduce, eliminate, or lessen upper body and head injuries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Randy Marcus Monroe
  • Patent number: 10407147
    Abstract: An aftermarket adaptor apparatus for a float-board is disclosed. My invention permits a user to adapt a conventional buoyant water float-board (typically a “stand-up paddleboard”, surf board, or other floatable device), to effectively convert it into a foot-propelled exercise board. The adapted float-board allows a user to travel across, over, and through water by the action and means of the user's feet treading and ambulating upon a treadmill integral to said adaptor apparatus (after its attachment onto said float-board). In practice, the treadmill is affixed onto and over the upper surface of the float-board at the time of the adapter being attached. Accordingly, the affixed adaptor upgrades a simple float-board for treadmill propulsion through the water. The adapted float-board permits a user to “self-propel” over, across, and through a body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Hector Joaquin Benedi
  • Patent number: 10385960
    Abstract: A transmission assembly including a housing, an electric motor, and a baffle is provided. The housing may include first and second drainage channels. The electric motor may be disposed within the housing adjacent the drainage channels and a torque converter. The baffle may be disposed within the housing upon a housing inner surface, and may define an opening to the first and second drainage channels. The baffle may include a baffle flange sized for positioning adjacent the torque converter to minimize contact of oil within the housing to the torque converter. The housing may define first and second partition walls each partially extending over one of the first and second drainage channels. The baffle may further include first and second seal features each disposed at one of two baffle ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dengfu Zhang, Mark Steward, William Riley, Brian Richard Light
  • Patent number: 10377337
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant restraining system includes plural occupant restraining devices that are disposed in a side support portion of a seat back of a vehicle seat and is configured to, when activated, restrain an occupant; and a control device that is configured to staggers the activation timings of the plural occupant restraining devices so that a load that acts on the occupant simultaneously from the plural occupant restraining devices is made to be equal to or less than a maximum value of a load that acts on the occupant individually from the plural occupant restraining devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masato Kunisada, Hiroyuki Nagura, Takuma Kawai, Takayuki Iwakawa
  • Patent number: 10377333
    Abstract: A operator protection apparatus unlocks and lowers from a raised position to a lowered position suitable for clearing a low hanging obstacle when an operator applies a force to an operator lever or pedal. The operator protection apparatus returns to the raised position when the operator ceases applying force to the operator lever or pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: EXCEL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Harlan John Bartel, Brian Lee Nebel, Royce A. Steinert
  • Patent number: 10362823
    Abstract: An eyelash extension case includes an enclosure body defining an internal region for storage of one or more eyelash extensions, and a lid operative to cover the internal region in a closed state and open to allow access to the internal region in an open state. Internal wall surfaces of the internal region form a floor, and one or more eyelash extension retaining features. Each eyelash extension retaining feature includes a protrusion that extends outward from the floor toward the lid along an axis. Each protrusion has curved wall surfaces that transition into the floor, and each protrusion further has curved wall surfaces that define an outer profile of the protrusion surrounding the axis. At least a portion of each protrusion is formed from a self-adhesive super-gel material that is relatively sticky to retain one or more eyelash extensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Jessica Hill
  • Patent number: 10358110
    Abstract: An airbag includes: an airbag body formed in a bag shape with an occupant-side panel facing an occupant and an opposite-side panel facing a steering wheel in a deployed state; and a flow regulator arranged inside the airbag body and configured to regulate a direction of flow of gas supplied from an inflator. The flow regulator includes: a flow-regulator body arranged such that at least part of the flow-regulator body faces the inflator; fixed portions provided at mutually separated positions on the flow-regulator body and fixed to the opposite-side panel; and a notch provided between the fixed portions in a recessed shape toward a center of the flow-regulator body and forming a gas passage port between the notch and the opposite-side panel, the gas passage port being a port through which the gas supplied from the inflator flows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: NIHON PLAST CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Ooka, Yohei Kiuchi, Akihiko Yamami, Yuta Inaba
  • Patent number: 10343708
    Abstract: A steering column may comprise an adjusting unit that holds a steering spindle rotatably mounted about a longitudinal axis, a holding unit that receives the adjusting unit, a clamping device that locks the adjusting unit relative to the holding unit in a fixing position and permits adjustment in an unlocked position, and an energy absorption element attached to the adjusting unit and extending through an opening of a wedging housing parallel to the longitudinal axis. The energy absorption element is longitudinally movable in the opening in the unlocked position and lockable within the opening in the fixing position. The opening may have a wedging section with inner wall regions that converge longitudinally. A wedging element is movable into the wedging section and disposed between the energy absorption element and the inner wall regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Forte, Hieronymus Schnitzer, Daniel Kreutz, Thomas Werner Heitz
  • Patent number: 10336285
    Abstract: An airbag arrangement with a gas bag inflatable by a gas generator to protect a vehicle occupant, whose envelope defines an interior space of the gas bag that can be filled with gas, with a vent opening through which gas can flow out, with an apparatus for controlling the cross-section of the vent opening including a covering part with which the vent opening can be covered to at least partly closed. The arrangement also includes an inflatable gas duct which interacts with the covering part to vary the cross-section of the vent opening. The duct is inflatable by a secondary gas generator, which during inflation interacts with the covering part such that it changes the cross-section of the vent opening. Rotational movement of the inflatable gas duct is restricted by an extended panel secured to the gas bag, a tab anchored nearby, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS ACQUISITION LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Morawski, Christopher Anderson
  • Patent number: 10336282
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for helping to protect an occupant (20) of vehicle (12) having a seat (16 or 22) for receiving the occupant (20) includes an inflatable protection device (14) inflatable from a stored condition in the vehicle (12) adjacent a reaction surface (19, 23, 36) to a deployed condition between the reaction surface and the vehicle occupant (20). The protection device (14) includes a front portion (62) presented toward the seat (22) and an inflatable volume for receiving a penetrating occupant (20?) when the protection device (14) is in the deployed condition. A rear portion (64) connected to the front portion (62) has an inflatable volume spaced from the front portion (62) by a space (110). The front portion (62) is positioned between the vehicle occupant (20) and the rear portion (64) when the protection device (14) is in the deployed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: TRW VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Roy Turnbull, Douglas M. Gould
  • Patent number: 10336293
    Abstract: A motor vehicle comprises a three-point safety belt device to a motor vehicle seat, wherein the safety belt device comprises a belt, a belt magazine, a belt buckle for releasably securing the belt and a deflection member. The deflection member is provided for guiding the belt emerging from the belt magazine and for deflecting the belt and forming a belt portion of the belt, wherein the belt portion is guided over a shoulder and a chest of a secured motor vehicle occupant seated on the motor vehicle seat. The deflection member is designed such that in the state of the motor vehicle occupant secured by the belt, when the belt portion is subjected to an increased tensile loading, the belt portion performs a displacement from a comfort position into an emergency position in the direction of the motor vehicle interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Carsten Bazant, Gregor Frosch, Joerg Frank Doering, Martin Kizil
  • Patent number: 10336593
    Abstract: A device for lifting a toilet includes a base frame member disposed adjacent to a toilet (not part of the invention) such that the toilet can be elevated to a predetermined distance. The device further includes a substantially vertical elevation member secured to the base frame via a horizontal offset member integrally joined to the base frame, a lifting arm secured to the elevation member, a lifting member or strap assembly secure to the lifting arm, and a manually operated jack secured upon the horizontal offset member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Randall Graham
  • Patent number: 10336397
    Abstract: A motorcycle having a motorcycle frame that includes one or more frame members with an adjustable mechanism for increasing or decreasing the stiffness of the frame member. By adjusting the stiffness of one or more frame members, the overall stiffness of the motorcycle frame may be increased or decreased. The adjustable mechanism may be controlled by an actuator, such as a hydraulic pump, that is, in turn, controlled by a computer control system. The control system may include sensors for determining performance parameters while the motorcycle is in use. For example, a speedometer may sense motorcycle speed and a gyrometer may sense the orientation of the motorcycle when in turns. Thus, in one example, the stiffness of the motorcycle frame may be increased if the motorcycle speed reaches a threshold speed. Further, the stiffness may be increased if the gyrometer senses that the motorcycle is engaged in a power slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Peter Tristan Ridet
  • Patent number: 10336387
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a frame, a passenger presence sensor mounted thereto, and a seat assembly removably connected to. The seat assembly includes a driver seat disposed on the frame and a passenger seat disposed on the frame rearward of the 5 driver seat, at least the passenger seat being selectively disposed on the frame. A rigid passenger presence responsive member (PPRM) is retained in the passenger seat and movable with respect to the frame between at least a first position and a second position responsive to a weight of a passenger seated on the passenger seat. The PPRM is coupled to the passenger presence sensor in at least one of the first and 10 second positions, the passenger presence sensor is thereby configured to detect a presence of the passenger. Removable passenger seats for a vehicle are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Pierre Lacasse-Jobin, Mark Hebert
  • Patent number: 10315695
    Abstract: A pivot bearing, especially for a double wishbone axle for steerable wheels, especially front wheels, of a motor vehicle, in one embodiment is made as a one-piece cast part with a seat or recess for accommodation of a wheel bearing and seats or recesses for fastening of the same on the pivot bearing, two seats or recesses for linking of a brake caliper which are disposed substantially vertically with distance from one another, a seat or recess for linking of a track rod, a seat or recess for linking of a lower wishbone, a seat or recess for linking of a connecting rod, which substantially absorbs the longitudinal forces of the wheel, and a seat or recess for linking of an upper wishbone which is connected with the seat or recess for accommodation of the wheel bearing via a neck-like portion starting from same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: KSM Castings Group GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Kleemann, Heik Lachmund, Heiko Kauert
  • Patent number: 10315604
    Abstract: A clamping arrangement for an inflatable restraint of a motor vehicle includes a base member and a retention member. The base member has a main body with an axially extending length and a partially cylindrical shape curved in a direction perpendicular to the length. The base member further has at least a first securing portion. Each securing portion includes a planar portion radially extending from the main body of the base member and disposed in a plane parallel to the axially extending length. The retention member has first and second ends connected to the main body of the base member. The first end is connected to the base member by the first securing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: John Erik Terbu, Kurt Gammill
  • Patent number: 10308115
    Abstract: An off-road vehicle with a driver's seat; a seat belt apparatus provided for the driver's seat; a seat belt detecting device for detecting the set state of the seat belt apparatus provided for the driver's seat; and a controller for controlling the off-road vehicle. The controller has a rotation speed control mode for controlling the rotation speed of the engine to a predetermined rotation speed or less, and the controller releases the rotation speed control mode when the seat belt detecting device detects the set state of the seat belt apparatus provided for the driver's seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hitoshi Kawakatsu, Yoshinori Tsumiyama
  • Patent number: 10308275
    Abstract: A steering column may include a casing unit with a steering spindle that is rotatable about a longitudinal axis and a bracket unit that is fixable on the motor vehicle. The casing unit may be secured to the bracket unit such that the casing unit is adjustable in at least one direction. The casing unit may be fixable in different positions by a fixing mechanism. The fixing mechanism may have a fixing element that is rotatable about a pivot axis. The casing unit may be fixed in position in or on the bracket unit in a locked position of the fixing element, and adjusted relative to the bracket unit in a released position of the fixing element. A movably mounted stop body may interact with the fixing element and, in the released position of the fixing element, is disposed in a first position where it limits adjustability of the casing unit relative to the bracket unit. In the locked position of the fixing element, the stop body may be disposed in a second position where it disengages with the casing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Huber, Mergim Murtezi
  • Patent number: 10308215
    Abstract: A detachable steering wheel includes a steering wheel body, an electric sleeve, a fixing mechanism, a controlling module and an identifying module. The steering wheel body includes a direction grip and a connection shaft. The connection shaft is inserted into a steering column. Moreover, plural indentations are formed in the connection shaft. The electric sleeve is movably sheathed around the steering column. The fixing mechanism includes plural rolling balls and plural openings. The plural openings are penetrated through the corresponding openings and connected with the corresponding indentations. The controlling module is installed in the steering column and electrically connected with the electric sleeve. The identifying module is installed in the direction grip and electrically connected with the controlling module. Due to these structures, the intelligent anti-theft purpose is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventor: Kuan-Pao Ting
  • Patent number: 10308206
    Abstract: A side airbag of a far side airbag device includes a rear inflation section that inflates and deploys on being supplied with gas and restrains at least rear portions of the chest and abdominal regions of a seated occupant, and a front inflation section that inflates and deploys by being supplied with gas through a through hole formed at a boundary between the rear inflation section and the front inflation section to restrain at least front portions of the chest and abdominal regions of the seated occupant. The far side airbag device includes a tension member that, on receiving tension and adopting a deployed state accompanying inflation and deployment of the side airbag, has a front end side connected to the rear inflation section, and a rear end side connected to a seatback frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusuke Fujiwara