Patents Examined by Sarah B. McPartlin
  • Patent number: 10664900
    Abstract: An Indoor location mapping and wayfinding system for mapping waypoints on an interactive mapping system that can function both indoors and outdoors based on user selections and location. It can include a shopping system that allows users to pre-select items for purchase, maps the items on an indoor map of the store, and provides a route to the user for the collection of the selected items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Frank Daly Ward, Steven Faletto
  • Patent number: 10661687
    Abstract: An adjustable child device includes a first seat portion, a second seat portion and a belt engaging element. The second seat portion is foldable relative to the first seat portion between an unfolded position and a folded position and at least partially received in the first seat portion when the second seat portion is located at the folded position. The second seat portion and the first seat portion are located on a horizontal plane to form a seat part when the second seat portion is located at the unfolded position. A positioning protrusion is formed on a lateral side of the seat part. The belt engaging element is installed on a lateral side of the seat part. A positioning recess is formed on the belt engaging element for engaging with the positioning protrusion. The adjustable child device can be folded when it is not in use, which saves storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Wonderland Switzerland AG
    Inventor: Zong-Wang Cui
  • Patent number: 10646003
    Abstract: The Snap No Mo invention centers around the innovative concept of providing a fast, easy and safe way to connect, install or remove any item. This concept uses or replaces the conventional snap fasteners system for connecting any item with less effort to the installer or damage to the material and with a minimal amount of strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Charles Norman Zanaty, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10631644
    Abstract: A frameless furniture assembly adapted to be converted between an unfilled configuration and a filled configuration including: an outer liner having an inner surface and an outer surface; a plurality of pieces of fill material, wherein the fill material is retained within the outer liner; and at least one configuration support member associated with the inner surface of the outer liner. The frameless furniture assembly is preferably adapted to support a human in a seated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Comfort Research, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel C. George, II, Matthew Jung
  • Patent number: 10632872
    Abstract: An adjustable child device includes a first seat portion, a second seat portion and a belt engaging element. The second seat portion is foldable relative to the first seat portion between a folded position and an unfolded position and is at least partially received in the chamber when the second seat portion is located at the folded position. The second seat portion and the first seat portion are located on a horizontal plane to form a seat part when the second seat portion is located at the unfolded position. The belt engaging element is installed on a lateral side of the seat part and concurrently rotates from a stowed position to a use position when the second seat portion is unfolded from the folded position to the unfolded position. The adjustable child device can be folded when it is not in use, which saves storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Wonderland Switzerland AG
    Inventor: Zong-Wang Cui
  • Patent number: 10632888
    Abstract: A seating assembly comprising a shell assembly, a base assembly operably coupled to the shell assembly, and a control assembly including a handle. The control assembly comprises a spindle gear positioned within the base assembly, a gear plate disposed in the shell assembly proximate the spindle gear, a locking key configured to simultaneously engage the spindle gear and the gear plate, a locking leaf spring configured to bias the locking key into engagement with the spindle gear and the gear plate, and an actuator configured to withdraw the locking key from engagement with one of the gear plate and spindle gear and subsequently withdraw the locking key from engagement with the other of the gear plate and spindle gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin VanNieulande, John Wayne Jaranson, Christian J. Hosbach, Victoria Leigh Schein
  • Patent number: 10625865
    Abstract: Aircraft seat having a first seat element and a second seat element, the second seat element being mounted so as to be adjustable relative to the first seat element, a spring element that moves the second seat element relative to the first seat element being provided, it being possible for the force acting on the second seat element by the spring element to be released by an actuating element such that the spring element is deactivated in a first switching position of the actuating element, and the spring element is activated in a second switching position of the actuating element, where a force limitation element is provided, by which the force acting on the second seat element by the spring element can be limited to a predetermined value such that intermediate states between the first and the second switching positions can also be set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: LUFTHANSA TECHNIK AG
    Inventor: Oliver Thomaschewski
  • Patent number: 10625637
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an adjustable child device includes a first seat portion, a second seat portion and a belt engaging element. A chamber is formed on the first seat portion. The second seat portion is foldable relative to the first seat portion. The second seat portion is at least partially received in the chamber when the second seat portion is folded relative to the first seat portion to a folded position, and the second seat portion and the first seat portion are located on a horizontal plane to form a seat part when the second seat portion is unfolded relative to the first seat portion to an unfolded position. The belt engaging element is installed on a lateral side of the seat part. The adjustable child device can be folded when it is not in use, which saves storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Wonderland Switzerland AG
    Inventor: Zong-Wang Cui
  • Patent number: 10621528
    Abstract: A monitoring system configured to automatically detect that an amount of items in an environment has fallen below a threshold amount and in response automatically trigger a shipment of one or more additional items. The disclosed monitoring system addresses deficiencies of traditional ‘subscription orders’ by ensuring stock is only replenished when it falls below a user-specified threshold, rather than at periodic intervals whether required or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Yue Dong
  • Patent number: 10611570
    Abstract: Apparatus, system, and method includes a smart shelves unit including smart shelves configured for presenting items to an assembly line. The smart shelves are configured to be height adjustable. A computing unit within the smart shelves unit is configured for operation of the smart shelves for presenting the items. The computing unit is configured for bi-directional communication with at least a computing system for at least inventory and distribution controls. An item mover is configured for moving at least one item to the assembly line. A control switch is configured for enabling and disabling the operation of the smart shelves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Karen Lynnette Washington
  • Patent number: 10604108
    Abstract: A restraint system includes a webbing-guide shell including a guide portion and a sloping portion, and a member reinforcing the sloping portion. The guide portion includes a slot and an opening from the slot through the guide portion, and the sloping portion includes a top surface sloping downwardly in a vehicle-inboard direction. The material of the member is stronger than the material of the webbing-guide shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Joseph Abramoski, Edward Joseph DeSmet, Jr., Christopher Donald Schop, Travis Justin Raines, Kris Allyn Warmann
  • Patent number: 10586223
    Abstract: A line-of-credit digital content application platform is provided, including a system and method for providing a digital content distribution platform, said digital content distribution platform configured to transmit digital content across a network; receiving from a user of the digital content distribution system a request for a membership account with the digital content distribution system; creating the membership account corresponding to the user; providing the user, prior to receiving payment or credit from the user, with a line-of-credit, said line-of-credit usable by the user to purchase access to digital content from the digital content distribution system; receiving from the user a purchase selection, whereby the user purchases access to digital content from the digital content distribution system in exchange for payment from the line-of-credit; and providing the user with access, across the network to a user device, to digital content from the digital content distribution system in exchange for the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: EXPONENTIAL HORIZONS, LLC
    Inventor: Harry Thomas Kloor
  • Patent number: 10580093
    Abstract: The present invention provides an estimate of the prior requested in a crop allocation model. The crop allocation model is a mathematical modelling to estimate crop area, yield and production for 42 major crops in the world across a global 5 arc minute grid. The model uses a downscaling approach that accounts for spatial variation in the biophysical conditions influencing the productivity of individual crops, and uses crop gross revenue potential of alternate crops when considering how to prioritize the allocation of specific crops to individual gridcells. The proposed methodology is an entropy-based optimization procedure that imposes a range of consistency and aggregation constraints. A particular feature of this method is the explicit inclusion of error terms. There is inherent uncertainty in many aspects of the model, such as input data, incomplete information on farmers' behavior, spatial heterogeneity of crop varieties and managements cross regions in the world.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
    Inventor: Liangzhi You
  • Patent number: 10556523
    Abstract: Arrangements for safety and comfort in vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Arjuna Indraeswaran Rajasingham
  • Patent number: 10548381
    Abstract: A container that houses a brush submerged in water or any other non toxic cleaning liquid. A brush inside this container will help facilitate the cleaning of any small object with a hard to reach gap or intricate cavity. A top cover that provides additional accessories needed to make it an all in one shaving and grooming experience. In our present application, it would be the gap between the blades on a disposable or a double edge safety razor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Farid Nedjam
  • Patent number: 10549657
    Abstract: An adjustment device, in particular for adjusting motor vehicle seats, has: a) a rotatably mounted drive element; b) a rotatably mounted output element; c) a first sprag freewheel, by means of which the output element can be blocked steplessly in different positions in both adjustment directions, and which can be released via a release element; d) a second sprag freewheel, which is coupled to the first sprag freewheel via the release element and by means of which the output element can be blocked steplessly in different positions in both adjustment directions; e) an actuating element for releasing the second sprag freewheel; and f) an additional locking means for securing the first sprag freewheel against rotation with at least one rotatably mounted locking lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: GNS KV GmbH
    Inventors: Milto Benjamin, Danijel Jagarinec
  • Patent number: 10551851
    Abstract: An autonomous unmanned road vehicle and how it can be used to make deliveries. The unmanned vehicle is capable of operating autonomously on paved roadways. The vehicle has a control system for autonomous driving and a perception system for detecting objects in its surroundings. The vehicle also has one or more cargo compartments for carrying the delivery items. The vehicle may have a flashing light beacon to increase the conspicuousness of the vehicle. In consideration that the vehicle does not carry passengers, the size and/or motor power of the vehicle may be reduced as compared to conventional passenger vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Steven Sounyoung Yu, Sounil Yu
  • Patent number: 10548792
    Abstract: A motorized chair is provided. The chair comprises a seat, a back, a hoist comprising at least a mast, a winch, and a sling, and at least one actuator, that based on receipt of a first instruction to activate the hoist, raises the seat and back and extends the mast over the raised seat and back. Based on receipt of a second instruction, the at least one actuator instructs the winch to raise the sling. An individual seated in the chair, based on actuator receipt of the first instruction, is raised to an upright position. The sling comprises at least one member for attachment to the individual. Based on the attachment of the at least one member to the individual and based on receipt of the second instruction by the at least one actuator, the hoist lifts the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Larry Nelson Cheek
  • Patent number: 10543923
    Abstract: A seat is disclosed. The seat includes a frame, a seat pan connected to the frame and a backrest. The backrest includes a main panel, an upper panel hingedly connected to the main panel and a lower panel hingedly connected to the main panel. The upper panel is connected to the frame and the lower panel is connected to the seat pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: AMI INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Chad R. Pacheco, Kyler Marutzky
  • Patent number: 10542823
    Abstract: A traveler's personal arm rest device comprises a chest portion and a pair of shoulder straps configured to supportively maintain the chest portion against the anterior side of a wearer's torso. In an embodiment, the chest portion may be securely folded to define a tubular cavity sized to accommodate all of the wearer's arms therein so that such arms may be maintained and comfortably supported by way of the straps in a resting position that is in line with his or her own body. The disclosure may provide a wearer with increased comfort while seated in cramped modes of public transportation and further prevent passive aggressive and even assertive arguments with neighbors regarding available arm resting spaces. Elements enabling compact self-stowage when not in use, providing ergonomic support when worn, and permitting storage of personal belongings therein are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventor: Theodore Lunsford