Patents Examined by Stephen T. Gordon
  • Patent number: 11993192
    Abstract: Several aspects of this disclosure relate to a translocatable hopper that is mounted for example at the forward part of a front-end loader vehicle. The hopper receives, re-positions and delivers a slurry to a jobsite and preferably is detachably attached to a vehicle. In several embodiments, the hopper is translocatable from a resting position to a delivery position through one or more intermediate positions. Preferably, a front wall has an outlet gate and a chute extending therefrom. The chute is configured to direct slurry into the jobsite, A rising and falling sluice gate is associated with the chute. The slurry moves outwardly from the chute when the sluice gate is at least partially opened as the hopper is placed at or near or above the delivery position above the jobsite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Inventors: Lawrence Holman, David Masar
  • Patent number: 11993198
    Abstract: A rear seat latch release device is easily installed to a portion of a rear seat holding mechanism so the rear seat can be released and more effectively folded down. The rear seat latch release device is specifically designed to surround the factory latch, and allow a pull strap to be added, which can more easily and effectively operate the rear seat latch. Components of the rear seat latch release device are designed to easily cooperate with several variations in the factory latch, thereby allowing installation in many different situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: BuiltRight Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Matt Beenen
  • Patent number: 11993197
    Abstract: A goods vehicle has a chassis with at least one load deck, a plurality of steerable carriages underneath the load deck and an attachment and support assembly for the load, to be transported, supported by the chassis; the attachment and support assembly being provided with an attachment head for the load to be transported, a multiple-bar kinematic system for coupling the support head to the chassis and an actuator for moving the support head with respect to the chassis with a roto-translational motion; the support head being coupled to the kinematic system by means of a hinge having a movable hinge axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Inventor: Fabrizio Lippi
  • Patent number: 11987165
    Abstract: A cargo restraint system comprises a plurality of cargo restraint assemblies. Each cargo restraint assembly in the plurality of cargo restraint assemblies may be removably coupled to a cargo deck in various configurations. The plurality of cargo restraint assemblies may be reconfigurable based on a size of a plurality of unit load devices (ULDs) to be loaded and restrained. Each cargo restraint assembly may restrain four or fewer corners of respective ULDs simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Inventors: Dustin Paul Scheer, Aaron J Roberts, Wesley K Stegmiller
  • Patent number: 11981247
    Abstract: A tie-down secures a load onto a vehicle. The tie-down has a pivot, a winch, and an anchor. The pivot has a pin, a rotatable sleeve, a cap, and a base. The pin can be either a solid bar, or an annular tube. The winch is attached to the sleeve. The winch has a U-shaped frame comprising two flanges and a wall interconnecting the flanges. The wall is parallel with and attached to the sleeve. The anchor is attached to the base of the pivot. The anchor can be a solid bar, or C-shaped, or two channels sandwiching part of the pin, or annular. The vehicle has a support surface for supporting the load, and a plurality of the tie-downs. The anchor is either attached to the support surface, or, when the vehicle has stake pockets, is removably mountable within a stake pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Maners Mount LLC
    Inventors: Jay R. Maners, Bryce Maners
  • Patent number: 11969383
    Abstract: A backrest device that normally supports an occupant and moves forward with the occupant during a forward impact/crash event. The device is equipped with a spring activated biased ratcheting mechanism that provides only forward movement, thus reducing the amount of dangerous rear excursion during the rebound phase, as measured by the occupant's head and torso.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Valeda Company, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Girardin, Paul Edward Slevinsky
  • Patent number: 11970124
    Abstract: An occupancy sensor is provided for detecting the occupancy status of a wheeled mobility device securement system. The occupancy sensor may additionally confirm adequate “tightness” of the wheeled mobility device securement system and/or provide an indication of the magnitude of “tightness.” In one embodiment, the occupancy sensor comprises a spring-loaded follower that breaks the straight-line path of a wheeled mobility device tie down as it travels between two touch points. The follower is displaceable from an extended position to a compressed position in response to the magnitude of tension applied to the tie down. Proximity sensors are used to detect the displacement distance of the follower, thereby providing an indication of occupancy, adequate securement, and/or the magnitude of tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Valeda Company, LLC
    Inventors: Damian Jackson, Edgardo Cardona
  • Patent number: 11951897
    Abstract: A device for fastening a container to a structure that stores or transports the container. The device has an elongated strip with first and second longitudinally-opposing ends. One end has a hook member and the other has an aperture through which a tie-down member may be extended, or another fastener for attaching a tie-down member or a tightener. The device's hook member may be inserted in a corner casting on an upwardly-facing surface of the container and the tie-down member may extend a first end through the aperture and a second end may be attached to the structure that stores or transports the container. By tightening the tie-down member, the container is drawn tightly against the structure that transports the container, which restrains the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventor: Sean Phoenix Jones
  • Patent number: 11945360
    Abstract: A tie down ratchet and strap includes, a ratchet shaft rotatably mounted in a ratchet body having a slot for receiving a wind-up strap therethough, a pair of ratchet wheels mounted on the ratchet shaft, a ratchet handle with a pawl engaging the ratchet wheels to rotate the ratchet shaft, a locking bar securing the ratchet wheels and ratchet shaft in position when the pawl is disengaged from the ratchet wheels, an anchor strap with a connector for securing the ratchet assembly to a first anchor point, and a wind-up strap including a non-metallic fabric strap with a braided metal outer cover extending continuously over the length of the non-metallic fabric strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Friend Success, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Chad Christie
  • Patent number: 11932314
    Abstract: A disclosed modular truck bed assembly includes two or more modular truck bed components configured to form a modular truck bed suitable for use with a bedless truck. The modular truck components may include two or more modular components that combine to form a multi-piece bed panel. The modular components that combine to form the multi-piece bed panel may include a center bed module attached between left and right wing bed modules. The center bed panel may be affixed to structural elements of the bedless while the wing bed modules may be attached to the center module. The center bed module may include a center bed panel, with or without a gooseneck hitch, and a center trail panel, without or without a trailer hitch. The assembly may include a vertically adjustable bulkhead positioned forward of the center bed panel and either side of the assembly may include a skirt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Trailboss Equipment, LLC
    Inventors: Greg Chumchal, Jonathan Petru, Benedict Orsak, Howard Henderson
  • Patent number: 11904921
    Abstract: A handcart may include: a support frame; a container; a lock member configured to move between a locking position at which the lock member restricts rotation of the container relative to the support frame and an unlocked position at which the lock member allows the rotation of the container relative to the support frame; and a retainer member configured to move between a retaining position at which the retainer member restricts a movement of the lock member from the unlocked position to the locking position and a non-retaining position at which the retainer member allows the movement of the lock member from the unlocked position to the locking position. The lock member may be configured to move from the locking position to the unlocked position and be maintained in the unlocked position by a movement of the retainer member from the non-retaining position to the retaining position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventors: Yasuo Ifuku, Susumu Kato
  • Patent number: 11897432
    Abstract: A rail assembly is strapped to a tailgate and allows utility attachments to be quick-connected to the rail without the need for tools to connect and disconnect the utility attachments. The rail length can be configured for small, mid, and full-size truck tailgates. Thus, a one package-fits-all design is provided. Example features of the rail assembly include a dual buckle plate, a lock tab, one-piece rail extensions, hex key for assembly, and a trimmable strap pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventor: Casey M. Chambers
  • Patent number: 11883337
    Abstract: A modular seat loading system for loading of various driver seats onto an off-road vehicle (ORV), forming a modular wheelchair-accessible ORV. The modular system includes controllable length-adjustment devices, configured to controllably adjust angular position of a floor of the ORV, by controlling length thereof, for switch ably achieving ORV modes: a load mode in which a floor structure of the ORV is tilted forming a non-zero angle ??????? the ORV floor and a ground surface, for removably loading a wheelchair or a wheel-less seat for serving as a driver seat; and a drive mode in which the ORV floor structure is lifted from the ground. The modular seat loading system also includes a load controller configured at least for adjusting length of the length-adjustment devices. Each of the length-adjustment devices is also configured and used for movement suspension of the ORV by enabling natural expansion and contraction responsive to ORV movements and road conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: B.A.K TECHNOLOGY LTD
    Inventors: Kfir Mevorach, Shlomo Mevorach
  • Patent number: 11873032
    Abstract: Angle-adjustable connectors and modular systems capable of securing angle-adjustable side rails to trailers and/or trucks are described. The angle-adjustable connectors comprise a first component capable of attaching to a universal bracket of a trailer and a second component capable of securing one or more rail at a position disposed at a desired angle relative to the first component and/or a bed of the trailer or truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Inventors: Ira Biggs, Steven Hartman
  • Patent number: 11872167
    Abstract: The embodiments described and claimed herein include an automated securement system that lock a wheeled mobility device into a designated station aboard an autonomous public transit vehicle, thus preventing unintended movement that is discomforting and potentially dangerous for both the WMD user and other passengers. The automated securement system includes features that integrate with typical autonomous public transit vehicles to minimize obstruction during stowage while maximizing effectiveness during deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Valeda Company, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Girardin, William Ott
  • Patent number: 11851016
    Abstract: A passenger transport vehicle includes a vehicle body having at least one left passenger compartment arranged in a travel direction on a left side of the vehicle, and at least one right passenger compartment arranged in a travel direction on a right side of the vehicle. Each passenger compartment has at least one passenger space and an access door to permit ingress into and egress from the at least one passenger space. A partition wall is arranged between the at least one left passenger compartment and the at least one right passenger compartment to restrict entry of passengers between the left passenger compartment and the right passenger compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: MAGNA STEYR Fahrzeugtechnik GMBH & Co KG
    Inventors: Manuel Erlacher, Maximilian Langer, Harald Zachnegger
  • Patent number: 11833980
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a haul truck body arranged to have a specific nominal payload capacity. The haul truck body includes an outer load carrying structure which has a front wall, two opposing side walls, and a bottom. The haul truck body further includes an inner load carrying structure arranged at inner surfaces of the outer load carrying structure, wherein neither the outer load carrying structure nor the inner load carrying structure alone is arranged to carry the specific nominal payload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Metso Outotec Finland Oy
    Inventors: Fredrik Larsson, Henrik Persson, Niclas Hällevall, Michael Gyberg
  • Patent number: 11827445
    Abstract: Disclosed are a support mechanism and a transport container, the technical field of support and accommodation mechanism is involved, comprising at least one group of supporter, each group of the supporters comprises two opposite support plates, and two of the support plates belonging to a same group are configured to jointly form a placement opening for insertion of a mandrel, wherein a top wall of one of the support plates is provided with a positioning block, and a bottom wall of another corresponding one of the support plates is provided with a positioning slot for insertion of the positioning block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2023
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Inventor: Xiaoren Qian
  • Patent number: 11820272
    Abstract: A load carrying apparatus for attachment to a motorized vehicle having a first supporting frame, a second supporting frame, a wheel, a hopper, a frame extension, and a pivot support. The wheel is connected to the first supporting frame, and the hopper is connected to the second supporting frame. The second supporting frame is hingedly connected to the first supporting frame and is moveable between a first position and a second position. The frame extension is configured for attachment to the motorized vehicle. The pivot support is pivotally connected to one of the frame extension or the first supporting frame and fixedly connected to the other of the frame extension or the first supporting frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Inventor: Gannon Danner
  • Patent number: 11814013
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed that limits forward swing of an accessory mounted in a vehicle, the accessory separating a cargo area from a passenger seating area and configured to rotate around a bracket rod. The apparatus includes a first bracket and a second bracket. The first bracket is attached to the accessory and extends perpendicularly away from the accessory. The second bracket is attached to the bracket rod and extends perpendicularly away from the bracket rod. When the first bracket contacts the second bracket, forward swing of the accessory toward the passenger seating area is limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Manuel Alejandro Vite Cadena