Patents Examined by Steven D. Maki
  • Patent number: 11396211
    Abstract: A stud pin includes a tip, a body portion that supports the tip, and a lower flange connected to the body portion at an end on an opposite side to the end surface. A profile shape of the lower flange and a body profile shape of the body portion are anisotropic shape. The flange profile shape includes four or more first flange protrusion portions projecting toward the longitudinal direction and two second flange protrusion portions projecting toward the lateral direction. The body profile shape includes four or more first body protrusion portions projecting toward the lateral direction and two second body protrusion portions projecting toward the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Masakazu Mori
  • Patent number: 11364743
    Abstract: A motorcycle tyre has a tread band including a central portion and two shoulder portions arranged at axially opposite sides of the central portion. The central portion includes a first plurality of grooves extended according to a substantially longitudinal direction and alternatively arranged at opposite sides of the equatorial plane of the tyre. Each groove of the first plurality of grooves has a substantially curvilinear course such as to form a concavity. The central portion further includes a sub-portion substantially free of grooves placed astride the equatorial plane of the tyre. Each of the shoulder portions includes a second plurality of grooves arranged obliquely relative to the equatorial plane of the tyre.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A.
    Inventors: Mario Mariani, Sandro Gallo, Andrea Schiavolin, Pierangelo Misani
  • Patent number: 11358415
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire includes the plurality of sipes, when, with regard to each sipe in which the shoulder-side end portion is located closest to a center side among the plurality of sipes, a position of the shoulder-side end portion of the sipe in the tire width direction is taken as a first reference position, and with regard to each sipe in which the center-side end portion is located closest to a shoulder side among the plurality of sipes, a position of the center-side end portion of the sipe in the tire width direction is taken as a second reference position, the plurality of sipes are arranged at regular intervals in the tire circumferential direction, and at other of the first reference position and the second reference position, the plurality of sipes are arranged at irregular intervals in the tire circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: TOYO TIRE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsuji Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 11358417
    Abstract: A tire includes knob sets having leading edge bevels connected by a ramp. The leading edge bevels may be offset in their positions or angles. Each knob set includes a first knob attached to a second knob. The knobs in each set may differ in lengths or in the angles of the leading edge bevels. Each knob set shares a common base and includes a pair of elongate outermost surfaces divided by an optional axial channel. Each knob set includes a lateral edge, medial edge and a trailing edge. Transverse rows of two or more knob sets may vary in lateral spacing between knob sets to provide narrow and wide rows in an alternating pattern. Knob sets may also be included on sidewalls of the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventor: Shinji Marui
  • Patent number: 11345107
    Abstract: A tread for bonding to a tire carcass to form a retreaded tire having a length, a width, a top side and a bottom side. The tread also includes a central portion and a pair of wing portions extending laterally from the central portions. The top sides of each wing portion include one or more discontinuities having a longitudinal component and configured to resist deflection when subjected to a force from the bottom side and to deflect downwardly when subjected to a force from the top side. In particular embodiments, the one or more discontinuities are arranged within each wing portion are arranged within a thickened portion of each wing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventors: Dimitri Tsihlas, E. Bruce Colby, Cesar E. Zarak, Michael Widmyer
  • Patent number: 11338618
    Abstract: The present invention includes tire treads having a plurality of sipes (14) where at least one of the opposing sides of the sipe thickness includes a plurality of projections (18, 36) and recesses (20, 38) and a method for forming the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventors: Sadi Kose, Robert Cecil Lawson
  • Patent number: 11331958
    Abstract: A stud pin includes a tip including an end surface that comes into contact with a road surface, a body portion that supports the tip; and a lower flange connected to the body portion at an end on an opposite side to the end surface. A profile shape of the lower flange is an anisotropic shape in which, of imaginary rectangles circumscribing the profile shape, a first smallest rectangle with the shortest side of its four sides being the shortest and/or a second smallest rectangle with the longest side of its four sides being the shortest includes short sides and long sides of different lengths. The profile shape includes four or more first protrusion portions that project in the longitudinal direction parallel with the long sides and two second protrusion portions that project in the lateral direction parallel with the short sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Masakazu Mori
  • Patent number: 11325426
    Abstract: A tire comprises a tread portion comprising at least one circumferentially continuously extending main groove, and a land portion divided by the above-said at least one main groove, wherein the land portion is provided with straight sipes and curved sipes each extending in the tire axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Kouichirou Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11318794
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire in which a plurality of sipes 20 are formed in land sections of a tread and at least one of end parts in an extending direction of each sipe 20 is an end part 21 in the land section that is blocked in the land section, in which holes 22 separated from the sipes 20 are formed on line segments L connecting the end parts 21 in the land section of adjacent two sipes 20 to each other, and the hole 22 has a circular shape or an elliptical shape in plan view, a diameter of which becomes smaller as coming toward a deeper position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: TOYO TIRE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Taiichi Nishio
  • Patent number: 11312186
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire includes a lateral groove that includes a groove bottom surface extending in a direction crossing a tire circumferential direction, and a protrusion provided on the groove bottom surface and extending in an extension direction of the groove bottom surface. The protrusion includes a main body, and an end portion provided on at least one side in a longitudinal direction of the main body and shaped such that a height of the protrusion from the groove bottom surface decreases from an inside to an outside in the longitudinal direction of the main body. The end portion includes an upper surface that forms a circular arc recessed inward in a tire radial direction in a cross section crossing a width direction of the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: TOYO TIRE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keiki Orii
  • Patent number: 11312181
    Abstract: In a pneumatic tire, a lug groove is configured so that a portion thereof defining a leading side of a block in a rotation direction is inclined toward a trailing side in the rotation direction as that portion extends outward in a lateral direction from an equator line side. Among small blocks defined in the block by narrow grooves, a small block adjacent to the lug groove defining the leading side of the block in a rotation direction, and to a circumferential main groove defining the equator line side is a leading-side block, and a small block with a portion positioned on a backmost side of the block in the rotation direction is a trailing-side block. Among the small blocks, the trailing-side block has a greater surface area than that of the leading-side block, and intermediate blocks each have a greater surface area than the trailing-side block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Tomohiro Asano
  • Patent number: 11312183
    Abstract: A tyre includes a tread portion having an outer shoulder main groove, a crown main groove, and an outer middle land region defined between the outer shoulder main groove and the crown main groove. The outer middle land region is provided with first middle sipes each extending inwardly in a tyre axial direction from the outer shoulder main groove to have an inner end in the outer middle land region and second middle sipes each extending outwardly in the tyre axial direction from the crown main groove to have an outer end in the outer middle land region. The number of the second middle sipes is larger than the number of the first middle sipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Maiko Tanabe, Ryuta Kitora
  • Patent number: 11305589
    Abstract: A motorcycle tyre for traveling on rough terrain, the tyre includes a tread portion provided with blocks. The at least one of the blocks includes a ground contact surface having a pair of lateral edges extending in a tyre axial direction. The at least one of the blocks is provided with a pair of lateral narrow grooves extending in the tyre axial direction on the ground contact surface to form a pair of edge-side portions defined between the pair of lateral narrow grooves and the pair of lateral edges. The at least one of the pair of edge-side portions includes a neck portion having a minimum circumferential length thereof, wherein a circumferential length of the at least one of the pair of edge-side portions increases toward axially both sides from the neck portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Makoto Sueishi
  • Patent number: 11298984
    Abstract: In the pneumatic tire, at least one main groove is formed in each tread portion on either side of the tire equator to form plural land portions, a microgroove that extends in the width direction and closes at a time of grounding, and a crossing microgroove that crosses the microgroove and closes at the time of grounding are formed in at least one of the land portions, such that block groups, each consisting of plural blocks aligned along the microgroove, are arranged in at least one of the land portions repeatedly in the circumferential direction, and widthwise sidewalls of blocks in a block group arranged adjacent to each other in the circumferential direction are displaced from each other along the microgroove by a distance L corresponding to from ? to ½ of the arrangement pitch P of the blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11298982
    Abstract: A tread for a tire includes: a first tread zone extending circumferentially, continuously, and entirely around the tire, the first tread zone being formed of a first compound; a second tread zone extending circumferentially, continuously, and entirely around the tire, the second tread zone being formed of a second compound different from the first compound; and a boundary groove axially separating the first tread zone from the second tread zone, the first tread zone, the second tread zone, and the boundary groove entirely forming the tread, the boundary groove having an axial centerline disposed an axial distance from an equatorial plane of the tire. The first tread zone has a first circumferential groove and a sidewall portion defining an intermediate circumferential rib of the first tread zone and a shoulder circumferential rib of the first tread zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Michael Stefan Skurich, Zachary William Juergens, Michael Richard Crano, Jung Wan Cho, Kenneth William Smesko, Hans-Peter Guevara Leocadio, Richard Mark Wieland
  • Patent number: 11285762
    Abstract: A tyre includes a tread portion including an outboard middle land portion disposed between an outboard tread edge and a tyre equator. The outboard middle land portion includes first and second longitudinal edges, outboard middle lateral grooves extending from the first longitudinal edge and having terminal ends within the outboard middle land portion, first outboard middle sipes extending from the respective terminal ends of the outboard middle lateral grooves to the second longitudinal edge, and second outboard middle sipes extending from the first longitudinal edge toward the second longitudinal edge beyond the terminal ends of the outboard middle lateral grooves and terminating within the outboard middle land portion. The outboard middle land portion is not provided with any lateral grooves that extend from the second longitudinal edge toward the first longitudinal edge to reach an axial center location of the outboard middle land portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Ryuta Kitora, Ryo Oba, Yasutaka Ishitobi
  • Patent number: 11285760
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire includes alternating first and second groove portions. The first groove portion intersects an equator and extends in a width direction. The second groove portion inclines from the first groove portion to a tread edge at a smaller angle relative to a circumferential direction than an angle of the first groove portion relative to the circumferential direction. The first groove portion communicates with the second groove portion of the lug groove adjacent in the circumferential direction. The first groove portion is on a stepping side of each lug groove. The second groove portions are curved or bent and an average angle of the second groove portions in an inner region is smaller than in an outer region. Shallow grooves having a bent point are formed on blocks. The blocks are defined by circumferential narrow grooves connecting the second groove portions adjacent in the circumferential direction and the lug grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventor: Hiroaki Honda
  • Patent number: 11267290
    Abstract: A tire having a tread portion. The tread portion includes a first shoulder land portion that is defined between a first shoulder main groove and a first tread end. The first shoulder land portion includes: a shoulder lateral groove that extends from the first tread end and ends in the first shoulder land portion; a first sipe that extends from an end of the shoulder lateral groove to the first shoulder main groove; and a second sipe that extends from the first tread end toward the first shoulder main groove, and ends in the first shoulder land portion. A length of the shoulder lateral groove in a tire axial direction is 0.10 to 0.30 times a width of the first shoulder land portion in the tire axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Eisuke Hirosue
  • Patent number: 11267294
    Abstract: A tire has, on a tread surface of the tire, five land portions, an installation direction of the tire to a vehicle is designated, intermediate land portions respectively have a communicating sipe 40, the communicating sipe is constituted by a first sipe 41 at a vehicle-installed outside and a second sipe 42 at a vehicle-installed inside, the first sipe and the second sipe have an intersection point P on the vehicle-installed outside of a center line in a tire width direction of the corresponding intermediate land portion, the distance between the intersection point and a land portion edge at the vehicle-installed inside is the largest in an innermost intermediate land portion of the intermediate land portions, and an angle ?1 of the first sipe to a tire circumferential direction is larger than an angle ?2 of the second sipe to the tire circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shintaro Hayashi
  • Patent number: 11247512
    Abstract: A tire comprises a tread portion having at least one main groove extending in a zigzag manner in a tire circumferential direction. The main groove includes first inclined portions and second inclined portions arranged alternately in the tire circumferential direction. The first inclined portions are inclined in a first direction and the second inclined portions are inclined in a second direction opposite to the first direction with respect to the tire circumferential direction. A length of each of the first inclined portions is larger than a length of each of the second inclined portions. The main groove is provided in a groove bottom thereof with projecting portions extending in a groove width direction of the main groove. The projecting portions includes first projecting portions arranged in the first inclined portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroki Hokazono