Patents Examined by S. Joseph Morano
  • Patent number: 11505299
    Abstract: A watercraft and a marine engine assembly for mounting to a watercraft are disclosed. The marine engine assembly includes an engine unit including: an engine unit housing being sealed such that water in which the engine unit housing is immersed is impeded from entering the engine unit housing; an engine in the housing; and an air intake assembly in the engine unit housing which forms a conduit between an exterior of the engine unit housing and the engine, the air intake assembly defining an inlet fluidly communicating with exterior air, the engine unit housing defining at least one aperture aligned with the inlet, the air intake assembly defining at least one outlet fluidly connected with the engine intake, the air intake assembly being sealed such that surrounding fluids within the engine unit housing are impeded from entering the air intake assembly; and a propulsion device operatively connected to the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: BRP US INC.
    Inventors: George Broughton, James Macier
  • Patent number: 11505013
    Abstract: An inflation electronic control module for a tire inflation system comprising a solenoid valve disposed so as to selectively open or close fluid communication between a fluid pressure source and a vehicle tire in response to one or more pressure signals. The tire inflation system further comprising a fluid pressure sensor disposed so as to detect delivery-side fluid pressure between the solenoid valve and the vehicle tire, and provide a pressure signal corresponding to the detected fluid pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Pressure Systems International, LLC
    Inventor: Dane Henry
  • Patent number: 11505285
    Abstract: A boat mooring system utilizing a cylinder having an internal spring-like mechanism that allows a retaining rope to lengthen or shorten automatically to adjust for rising tide or high wind to retain a boat at a safe distance from a dock or pier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventor: Joseph Greco
  • Patent number: 11505291
    Abstract: A floating vessel comprising: (a) opposing hulls; (b) a beam extending between and interconnecting the opposing hulls; and (c) a deck supported by the beam and positioned between the opposing hulls, wherein the floating vessel is modular and configured for easy assembly, disassembly, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventor: Bogdan Oryniak
  • Patent number: 11505282
    Abstract: A pontoon boat includes port and starboard pontoons and cross members connecting the pontoons. A shock absorber may be installed at each point of connection of the pontoons to the cross members. A cross member may be embodied as a double-webbed beam having first and second parallel flanges and first and second webs disposed between and connected to the flanges. Each pontoon may include a two-stage lifting strake having a first surface and a second surface inclined from the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventor: Mark Neibert
  • Patent number: 11498651
    Abstract: A watercraft includes at least one floating member, a central frame supported thereon, first and second foot platforms, and first and second handlebars. The first and second handlebars define elongated configurations and include grasping end portions, intermediate portions pivotably coupled to the central frame, and base end portions pivotably coupled to first end portions of the respective first and second foot platforms. A propulsion system includes an axle assembly, first and second rotating arms, and first and second oars. The rotating arms are fixed relative to one another, pivotably coupled about the axle assembly at first ends, and pivotably coupled to second end portions of the foot platforms at second ends. The oars are engaged with and extend from the foot platforms. The propulsion system cycles the oars approximately 180 degrees out of phase to propel the watercraft while maintaining substantially perpendicular orientation of the oars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Ellipticraft, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Rhyne, Carly Rhyne
  • Patent number: 11485458
    Abstract: A watercraft according to the present disclosure may include an outer hull that defines an interior or hull cavity, and a ballast system located within the hull cavity. The ballast system may include at least three ballast tanks longitudinally distributed along the hull cavity, and each of the tanks being configured to be independently operated enabling selective entrapment of ballast at three or more different longitudinal locations to enable an intentional shifting of the longitudinal center of gravity (LCG) of the watercraft relative to the design location of the LCG of the watercraft. The watercraft may include at least a forward, a center, and an aft ballast tank, and in some embodiments, additional tanks, in some cases in sponsons, may be included and/or one or more of the forward, center and aft tanks, may be further subdivided for additional active LCG control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Ockerman Automation Consulting, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer Michaeli, Robert Walling, Alden Nelson
  • Patent number: 11485456
    Abstract: Disclosed are embodiments of a table assembly for a boat docked near a landing. The table assembly consists of three essential components: (1) a table having an upper surface and an underside surface; and (2) a leveling mechanism secured to the underside surface. In one embodiment, a third essential component is: (3A) a pair of hooks secured to the leveling mechanism. In another embodiment, a third essential component is: (3B) a pair of claws secured to the table underside surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Inventor: Paul J Casey
  • Patent number: 11485457
    Abstract: A personal watercraft is disclosed including a flotation portion, a strut extending from the flotation portion, and a motor pod is disposed along the strut with an electric motor operably coupled to a driveshaft. A hydrojet unit is removably attached to the motor pod and includes an inlet portion removably attached to the motor pod and a substantially cylindrical housing. The inlet portion includes a substantially conical motor interface with a shaft through-hole for receiving the driveshaft therein, one or more fins extending outwardly from the conical motor interface, and at least one ring encircling the conical motor interface and connecting to each of the one or more fins for inhibiting objects from passing through the inlet region. The housing defines a fluid flow path to an outlet portion. The hydrojet unit includes an impeller coupled to the driveshaft and a stator disposed within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Kai Concepts, LLC
    Inventors: Donald Lewis Montague, Peter Jell, Merten Stroetzel, Joseph Andrew Brock, Matthew Campbell Greaves
  • Patent number: 11485169
    Abstract: An automobile wheel can include an outer rim, a hub, and a plurality of lug accessories. The hub, which is generally at the center of the automobile wheel, can have a plurality of lug holes. The plurality of lug accessories can be partially disposed in some, but not all, of the lug holes while leaving the remaining lug holes open. The open lug holes can receive a threaded stud from an automobile wheel hub assembly when the automobile wheel is mounted to the automobile wheel hub assembly. Each lug accessory can have a lug stud and a lug cap. The lug stud can have a flange and a linear member, with the linear member attached to the flange and extending to a free end. The flange can contact a rear surface of the hub when the linear member is inserted into a lug hole. The lug cap can extend over and couple to an opposite end of the linear member from the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Design Infini, Inc.
    Inventor: Suny Chung
  • Patent number: 11472675
    Abstract: A connecting arrangement by which an electric load, which can be displaced in at least one direction of travel in relation to a feeder device, is supplied, by a cable, with electrical energy and/or data. The feeder device has at least one connection member for connecting to a corresponding connecting element of a cable carried by the electric load. An energy-supply system supplies the electric load. A simplified automatic connection of the cable to the feeder device by a connecting arrangement has a manipulator for connecting the connecting element to the connection member. A related energy-supply system has such a connecting arrangement and a related method has the following steps: a) positioning the connecting element in relation to the feeder device, b) using a manipulator to grip the connecting element and/or the cable, and c) using the manipulator to connect the connecting element to the connection member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Conductix-Wampfler GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Maier, Frank Kreiter, Martin Nöltner, Dietmar Lang
  • Patent number: 11472516
    Abstract: A shallow draft sampling raft including a bow, and a stern, in which the bow is an opposite end of the raft from the stern. The raft also includes a top surface, a bottom surface, and a plurality of longitudinal stringers. The plurality of longitudinal stringers are attached to an inner face the bottom surface and run from the bow to the stern. A top surface is also attached to the longitudinal stringers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventor: Bruno Welter Giraldes
  • Patent number: 11473247
    Abstract: A grooved rail switch device (10) having a switch rail (12), the switch device having a monobloc design and comprising at least one stock rail (14), a junction rail (18) and a switch rail support (23), and the switch rail (12) and the junction rail (18) being mechanically interconnected. The switch rail (12) and the junction rail (18) merge into each other by means of a joint (20) that is S-shaped in the horizontal section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventors: Thomas Bergk, Thomas Christ, Jürgen Hellbach, Torsten Nolte
  • Patent number: 11472225
    Abstract: A mounting wheel (3) for a motor vehicle comprising an internal surface (2) and an external surface (4), the internal surface (2) not being visible when the mounting wheel (3) is mounted on the motor vehicle, and at least one fixing element (7) configured to attach the mounting wheel (3) to the motor vehicle. The fixing element (7) is arranged on the internal surface (2) of the mounting wheel (3) so that the fixing element (7) is not visible when the mounting wheel (3) is mounted on the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventors: Mostapha El-Oulhani, Olivier Muhlhoff
  • Patent number: 11465441
    Abstract: Wheel comprising a rim and a wheel center wherein the wheel center comprises several spokes extending in a longitudinal direction from a wheel hub to the rim. At least one spoke comprises an outer wall surrounding a cavity extending in the longitudinal direction of the at least one spoke. The cavity is delimited from the outer wall by an inner surface. The at least one spoke further comprises a reinforcing member extending along the inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventor: Christoph Renner
  • Patent number: 11465717
    Abstract: A floating lift system capable of fully integrating into an existing floating or fixed dock or into a floating or fixed dock currently in construction that allows users to employ a plurality of utilitarian uses, thereby providing for enhanced user experience. The floating lift system includes an elevator deck comprising of a parent floating dock adapter and a lift deck extender; a lift deck; and an air control system. The floating lift system allows for the raising and lowering of load into and out of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventor: Robert Lindsay Way
  • Patent number: 11465721
    Abstract: A harness system includes a spreader bar having first and second elongate end portions at its respective ends. A curved support member is interconnected to the spreader bar by way of a plurality of straps. The straps include first and second adjustment straps connected to the first elongate end portion and to the curved support member. The first and second adjustment straps are arranged at a non-parallel angle to one another. Fixed straps may be located on a side opposite the adjustment straps. The arrangement and configuration of the spreader bar, curved support member, and adjustment straps provides an improved adjustable harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: HYDROCINCH, LLC
    Inventors: Corey S Gerhart, Gregory Marquardt
  • Patent number: 11459063
    Abstract: A system and method of configuration including a trim tab having a planar surface, and guiding tabs coupled to the trim tab. The guiding tabs extend outward. A pair of mounting brackets, with a mounting plate, a vertical leg, and a safety catch tab are included. The mounting brackets are configurable for variable mounting. The vertical leg of the mounting bracket includes an upper portion bottom portion, the vertical leg bottom portion is vertical, and the upper portion is configurable to be angulated relative to a transom. The upper portion and mounting bracket have an angle between, which may be adjusted relative to a curvature in the transom. The guiding tabs configured to engage with the vertical legs of the mounting bracket, wherein the trim tabs are located forward of the vertical legs of the mounting brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventor: Joseph R. Langlois
  • Patent number: 11459067
    Abstract: Systems and processes for recovering a condensate from a conduit. In one embodiment, the system can include a floating buoy that can include a fluid swivel assembly coupled thereto. The system can also include a floating conduit, a first gas transfer conduit, and a second gas transfer conduit that can be configured to transfer a gas discharged from a vessel storage tank to a pipeline end manifold located at a subsea location. The system can also include a first condensation conduit, a pump, and a second condensation conduit that can be configured to transfer at least a portion of any condensate that accumulates within an internal volume of the floating conduit at a low point between the vessel storage tank and the first gas transfer conduit into a flow path defined by a first swivel section of the fluid swivel assembly, a storage tank, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: SOFEC, INC.
    Inventors: Martin Matthew Duensing, Samuel David Waronoff, Asis Nandi, Ramachandran Gopalakrishnan, Yuen How Leow
  • Patent number: 11459065
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cleat cover that is designed to prevent unauthorized use. The cover has a dome shaped body with an interior cavity interior configured to cover and removable attach to the cleat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventors: Gerald Moseley, Cynthia Moseley, Gavin Moseley, Aidan Moseley