Patents Examined by Sunsurraye Westbrook
  • Patent number: 11453328
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a load securing system for flat-deck vehicles. The system includes a first member configured to provide a stable resting surface to load mounted over a flat-deck of the vehicle. The system further includes a second member having an elongated flat body, and two lugs fixedly configured underside in proximity to its two ends and extending downward. The second member is configured to act as a divider to separate rows of loads mounted over the flat-deck of the vehicle. The system further includes a third member having an elongated body embodying a track system, and a pair of slidable members each slidably configured over the track system of the elongated body and slide in opposing direction. The third member acts as a divider to separate rows of loads mounted over the flat-deck of the vehicle and retain the load mounted between the pair of slidable members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventor: Robin Kelly Wilkerson
  • Patent number: 11453324
    Abstract: A mechanically fastened outrigger arrangement provides an anchor point for an automatic four bar linkage tailgate. The mechanically fastened outrigger arrangement includes an outrigger arrangement support frame and an outrigger extending outward from the outrigger arrangement support frame to a distal end configured to support a tailgate actuation link. Outrigger braces also extend from the outrigger arrangement support frame to the distal end of the outrigger. A lower clamp is configured to secure the outrigger arrangement support frame to a lateral support of a truck, and a truck frame clamp is configured to secure the outrigger arrangement support frame to a truck frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: PHILIPPI-HAGENBUCH, INC.
    Inventors: Nolan Lock, Mark Beyer, LeRoy George Hagenbuch
  • Patent number: 11453326
    Abstract: A tie down system having a first attachment member having an engagement portion adapted to engage with a portion of a track, a second attachment member having an engagement portion adapted to engage with a portion of the track, the second attachment member rotatably attached relative to the first attachment member, a cam member rotatably attached relative to the first attachment member, and rotatable between a biased position in which the cam member engages with a portion of the track and a release position in which the cam member is disengaged from the track, and a connection portion adapted to connect to a strap, wherein the first and second attachment members are rotatable relative to each other between an engagement position in which the engagement portions engage with the track and inhibit movement of the attachment members relative to the track, and an open position in which the attachment members are movable relative to the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventor: Anthony Reardon
  • Patent number: 11446992
    Abstract: A locking apparatus for a flap door of a vehicle includes: a body bracket fixed on a vehicle body; a flap bracket fixed on the flap door; a lower side link with a first end connected to the flap bracket and a second end connected to the body bracket; an upper side link with a first end connected to the flap bracket and a second end connected to the body bracket at an upper side of the lower side link; a stopper groove and a stopper protrusion provided on the first end of the upper side link; a locking cam mounted to a rotational shaft of the lower side link relative to the flap bracket, while being in contact with the stopper groove and the stopper protrusion; and a spring installed between the flap bracket and the locking cam to elastically switch a direction of rotating the locking cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: In Chul Baik
  • Patent number: 11447092
    Abstract: A pedestrian protection apparatus includes a collision prediction unit which predicts a collision of a vehicle with a pedestrian existing forward of the vehicle, a grille which is disposed on a front surface of the vehicle so as to be inclined while rising toward the rear and attached to the vehicle in a state where an upper end portion of the grille is forwardly advanceable, and an actuator mechanism which causes, when the collision prediction unit predicts the collision of the vehicle with the pedestrian, the grille to be moved in such a manner that the upper end portion of the grille is advanced forward by a forward advancing amount greater than that of a lower end portion of the grille.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Sotaro Narita
  • Patent number: 11440378
    Abstract: A windshield and a cowl louver are reliably connected together by effectively absorbing an error in shape or dimension of each of laminated glass, a clip and the cowl louver. A cowl louver includes a body portion, a first protrusion portion, an engageable portion, and a second protrusion portion. A clip in a plate shape includes a first plate portion, a second plate portion, a first bent portion, a third bent portion, a second bent portion and an engaged portion such that the second bent portion and the first protrusion portion are at least partly brought into contact with each other, and the engaged portion and the second protrusion portion are at least partly brought into contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignees: AGC INC., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takafumi Inoue, Eiji Oki, Tohru Ono, Tomoyoshi Yoshizawa, Shota Anegawa
  • Patent number: 11440454
    Abstract: The present invention is in the form of a body (111) adapted to be fitted to a truck having at least two axles. The body is capable of tipping once fitted to the truck. The body comprises two side surfaces (13) interconnected by a longitudinal surface (21) to keep the side surfaces in spaced apart relation. The longitudinal surface and the side surface define a cavity (30) for receiving a payload. The longitudinal surface is configured such that the payload is self-centering as the body is loaded, such that in operation the distribution of load on each of the at least two axles remain substantially the same between a first payload having a first volume and a second payload having a second volume, neither payload resulting in the gross vehicle weight limit being exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: SSAB Technology AB
    Inventors: John De Jager, Alex Cespedes, Ian Cornfoot
  • Patent number: 11440380
    Abstract: A window member is joined to a surface of a window-opening peripheral edge on an inside of a vehicle cabin through an adhesive to cover a window opening. A dam member for separating the window-opening peripheral edge and the window member from each other at a predetermined interval is interposed between the window-opening peripheral edge and the window member. The dam member is set at a position closer to an inner peripheral end of the window-opening peripheral edge than a set position of the adhesive when viewed in a penetrating direction of the window opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuki Komoriya
  • Patent number: 11433800
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an article securing system for a motor vehicle. The system has a linear track having a generally C-shaped configuration which is secured to the vehicle. The track has a pair of inwardly projecting flanges which are spaced apart to form a linear slot, and a pair of interstitial spaces adjacent the flanges. The spacing between the flanges forms a first dimension. A load restraining component is included which has a base portion with a neck portion extending therefrom. The neck portion has a second dimension slightly less than the first dimension such that minimal play exists between the neck portion and the flanges of the track. A T-shaped clamping element is included which has a neck portion configured to engage with the base portion, and a pair of spaced apart teeth configured to fit within the interstitial spaces of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Gordon Michie
  • Patent number: 11433801
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an adjustable shoring beam having a hook assembly configured to mate with E-track mating features. The adjustable shoring beam can be adjusted over a predetermined length range by adjusting the tube assembly and the rod assembly. In some embodiments, the extension length is fixed using a fixing clamp coupled to the tube assembly and the rod assembly. A connecting clamp and bracket may be used to couple a first adjustable shoring beam to a second adjustable shoring beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: INNOVATIVE LOGISTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Dylan Henderson, David Albers, Mark Belin
  • Patent number: 11433952
    Abstract: A vehicle work area assembly includes a tailgate moved to a horizontally oriented position. The tailgate has a main surface with a utility track fixed thereto. A fence accessory is releasably attached to the utility track and is positioned and fixed to any of a plurality of locations to the utility track. The fence accessory defines a stop location for one end of a workpiece. A clamp accessory releasably attaches to the utility track such that the clamp accessory temporarily clamps the workpiece to the main surface such that the workpiece can be measured and/or cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: David Smolik
  • Patent number: 11434683
    Abstract: A non-contact obstacle and gesture detection system and method are disclosed. The system includes first and second electronic control units in communication with one another and obstacle and gesture sensors coupled to the first electronic control unit. First and second power actuators are coupled to the first and second electronic control units for moving first and second closure members, respectively. The first electronic control unit detects the obstacle or gesture using the obstacle and gesture sensors, communicates the detection of the obstacle or gesture to the second electronic control unit, and controls movement of the first closure member using the first power actuator. The second electronic control unit is configured to request the detection of the obstacle or gesture adjacent the motor vehicle from the first electronic control unit and control movement of the second closure member using the second power actuator accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES INC.
    Inventors: Gabriele Wayne Sabatini, J. R. Scott Mitchell, Samuel R. Baruco, John G. Zeabari
  • Patent number: 11433746
    Abstract: A protrusion is formed on a first part of an inner-cabin side wall of an installation base member of a protector with a sensor. The first part is closer to a connecting wall than a second part opposite the first part. The protrusion is on a virtual line in cross section. The virtual line is where convex substances, keys for example, hanging on passengers' clothes conceivably pass through. The virtual line extends toward a connecting point from a rear part of an automobile body closer to an interior of the automobile body than a reference line. The reference line is parallel with a direction in which a flange protrudes and extends from the connecting point. The connecting point is a part of an inner-cabin side end of a hollow part closest to an interior of the automobile body. The inner-cabin side end is connected with the installation base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignees: NISHIKAWA RUBBER CO., LTD., AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ishibashi, Masahiro Kojima, Michihiko Matsumoto, Wataru Hattori
  • Patent number: 11420577
    Abstract: Radar transparent decorative plate for the front grille of a motor vehicle, of the monobloc type with a first layer of PMMA transparent to light, like a smooth lens with decorative elements in relief on the back, and an overmoulded second layer of opaque ABS-PC or opaque ABS that compensates for the height thereof simultaneously realizing a support with integrated fastening elements and a masking background. On the back is a particular decorative treatment having an ultra-thin metallization layer with a thickness of less than 0.05 micrometres, on which a shadowing layer with an anti-transparency effect is superimposed. Embodiment variants are provided in which the decorative elements have a three-dimensional appearance obtained from a mould by means of cavities in the head or with a shading optical effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Inventors: Andrea Bicego, Alessandro Costa, Marco Piazzon
  • Patent number: 11420503
    Abstract: A sliding-door drive device includes: a motor; a speed reducing mechanism reducing rotation of the motor; opening and closing cables having respective one ends secured to a sliding door of a vehicle; an opening drum, having the opening cable wound therearound, to be rotated by the motor through the speed reducing mechanism; and a closing drum, having the closing cable wound therearound, to be rotated by the motor through the speed reducing mechanism. Further, rotation axes of the motor, the opening drum, and the closing drum are parallel, and the opening drum and the closing drum are arranged parallel in radial directions thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: MITSUI KINZOKU ACT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ishigaki
  • Patent number: 11414005
    Abstract: An anchor point for mounting on a hauling apparatus for securing a tie down line on an anchor ring, comprising an anchor ring mounting in an anchor ring housing. The anchor ring housing has a top flat plate member that is offset relative to the anchor ring so that its length extends farther from the anchor ring on one side of the anchor ring so it will fit flush in an opening in a hauling apparatus. The top flat member is offset relative to the transverse centerline of the anchor ring so that the distance from the transverse centerline and a longitudinal side of the top flat plate member is greater than the opposed longitudinal side of the top flat plate member. The anchor ring may be oriented at an acute angle from the top flat plate member or may be perpendicular to the top flat plate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Bestop BullRing, LLC
    Inventor: Donald S. Egigian
  • Patent number: 11414139
    Abstract: Disclosed is a connector between sidewalls, or the top rails of the sidewalls, and roof panels. The connector includes a downwardly oriented pocket adapted to receive a portion of the sidewall and an inwardly oriented pocket adapted to receive a portion of a roof panel. The connector also includes a base flange that is comparatively sized to, and adapted to be supported by, a roof bow support ledge of the sidewall. The inwardly oriented pocket is located directly above, and offset from, the base flange of the connector. Connectors, such as adhesives or rivets, may be utilized to secure the connector to the sidewall and to secure the connector to the roof panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Vanguard National Trailer Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Roush
  • Patent number: 11414000
    Abstract: A self-leveling single axle dump truck is provided, the truck comprising a frame, a dump body pivotably mounted on the frame, and a propulsion and self-leveling system comprising a single axle supporting the frame at least during motion of the self-leveling single axle dump truck, the single axle comprising at least a first and a second wheel and at least a first electric traction motor for driving the first wheel and a second electric traction motor for driving the second wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: LIEBHERR MINING EQUIPMENT NEWPORT NEWS CO.
    Inventors: Joshua Brown, Hunter Bates
  • Patent number: 11414001
    Abstract: A motorized vehicle is provided for transporting material and selectively dumping the material from the vehicle. In one example, the motorized vehicle includes a frame, first and second forward wheel assemblies coupled to the frame, and a rearward wheel assembly coupled to the frame. An engine is supported by the frame and configured to rotate the first and second forward wheel assemblies to move the motorized vehicle. The motorized vehicle also includes a bucket supported by the frame adjacent the first and second forward wheel assemblies. The bucket is configured to rotate about a vertical axis between a first radial positon in which a longitudinal axis of the bucket is generally parallel with the longitudinal axis of the frame and a second radial positon in which the longitude axis of the bucket is oriented generally perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: LHD Machinery LLC
    Inventors: Tony Abrams, Jeff Zurawski, Kevin Stutey
  • Patent number: 11414928
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems, devices, apparatuses, kits, and methods of accessing a container. In a particular implementation, a container includes a housing that defines a cavity and a ladder coupled to the housing. The ladder is movable relative to the housing while the ladder is coupled to the housing. The ladder is movable relative to the housing between: a first position in which the ladder is disposed within the cavity; and a second position in which the ladder is disposed outside the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: DECKED LLC
    Inventors: Calvin Allan, Timothy Smith, Jake Peters