Patents Examined by Timothy D. Collins
  • Patent number: 11447251
    Abstract: A configurable interior fixture for a vehicle includes a base assembly, a table assembly and an ottoman cushion. The base assembly is positionable between a lowered position and a raised position. The table assembly includes a center leaf section supported on the base assembly and a side leaf section that is moveable between a stowed position and a use position. The ottoman cushion includes a base frame with a cavity for receiving the table assembly and a cushion assembly attached to the base frame. The interior fixture may be configured as a foot rest by lowering the base assembly, folding the table assembly and attaching the ottoman cushion to the table assembly. The interior fixture may be configured as a table by raising the base assembly, detaching the ottoman cushion from the table assembly and the unfolding the table assembly into the use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
    Inventor: Joe Guthrie
  • Patent number: 11445713
    Abstract: A fishing rod holder and retainer include a top plate that includes a main opening, and a retainer opening. A cylindrical tube extends downwardly at an angle away from the top plate. A rod retainer includes a retainer cable having a retainer clasp adjacent the retainer opening. A retainer channel is coupled to the top plate and aligned with the retainer opening and configured to extend downwardly to guide the retainer cable so that the cable extends down into the retainer channel. A biasing device is coupled to the retainer cable and configured to bias the retainer cable downwardly within the retainer channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventor: Randy Truitt
  • Patent number: 11441517
    Abstract: A supersonic jet aircraft and a method of operating the same. The supersonic jet aircraft having at least three turbofan engines and an engine management computer. A first engine of the at least three turbofan engines is configured to be de-activatable during flight to move from an operational state in which it provides thrust to an operational state in which it stops providing thrust. Other engines of the at least three turbofan engines are configured to provide sufficient thrust to the supersonic jet aircraft when the first engine is de-activated such that the aircraft can perform a supersonic climb operation and/or a supersonic cruise operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventors: Michael O Hales, Stephen J Bradbrook
  • Patent number: 11439140
    Abstract: An enclosure for debilitating an animal is disclosed herein. The enclosure can include a compressing plate, a plurality of structural supports, a support surface, and a sensory deprivation shield. The compressing plate can be configured to receive a force causing the compressing plate to move in the direction of the force. The compressing plate can then debilitate the target animal within an internal region between the compressing plate and the support surface. The enclosure provides convenience and control for the hunter over the target animal, while avoiding the use of weapons or traps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: SLICE A LIFE ARCHERY L.L.C.
    Inventor: Edward Jay Flanagan
  • Patent number: 11439134
    Abstract: A shaking in-line spinner fishing lure has a hook, a wire shaft, a shaker blade, a spinner blade, and at least one loop fastener. The hook is connected to a first wire end of the wire shaft, and the shaker blade is rotatably coupled to a second end of the wire shaft through the at least one loop fastener, which may include a split ring and a duo snap lock, with the duo snap lock being rotatably coupled between the shaker blade and the snap lock, which is rotatably coupled to the wire shaft. The duo snap lock constrains a leading face of the shaker blade to be oriented toward the wire shaft, producing a vigorous shaking motion while in use. A spinner blade rotatably coupled to an end of the shaker blade produces an additional spinning motion for attracting fish to bite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventor: Danny Lee Hisaw
  • Patent number: 11444412
    Abstract: An electrical interface can include one or more connector devices that facilitate communication between components while they are connected. The connector devices can provide a secure communication and/or power link that resists infiltration by foreign object debris (“FOD”) as well as redundant electrical pathways. The connector devices can further provide mechanisms that are lightweight, are operable in a broad range of temperatures (e.g., low temperatures), accommodate displacement without loss of electrical continuity, and are of low resistance and induction. The connector devices can further provide a kickoff force upon separation of the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald Elwood Deppen, Lynn Carol Cain, Tiffany Phayvanh Chanthavong, Jeffrey John Bank, Spencer Keith Connor
  • Patent number: 11439138
    Abstract: The present invention is a device for removing flies and other flying or crawling organisms, which allows the user to swat and/or scoop for capture and removal. The embodiment is a handheld mobile device for swatting and subsequently scooping and/or trapping and/or holding insects, bugs, flies, spiders or other organisms from undesired places, then releasing or disposing. The invention may include a handle, swatting mechanism, scoop, reservoir, beveled or tapered scoop edge, openings in handle for structural integrity, storage, with swatting/scooping mechanism, which are configured as follows: opposing end of handle is housed a loop for storage, handle embodies textured grip and comfort configuration, swatting/scooping embodiment at adjacent end of handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventor: Scott Putnam
  • Patent number: 11432532
    Abstract: A portable pet tether apparatus readily attaches onto a retractable pet leash. The portable pet tether allows a user to tether a pet anywhere. The portable pet tether consists of a corkscrew ground anchor that is rotatably connected to a leash receiver. The ground anchor is secured to the ground. The retractable pet leash can then be removably connected to the leash receiver through an attachment mechanism. The removably connected retractable pet leash may be detached from the leash receiver through the actuation of a release button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventor: Hernan Almeida
  • Patent number: 11432540
    Abstract: A trap for flying insects includes a housing having a plurality of housing apertures and a tank located interior of the housing. The tank has an insect killing agent within an interior of the tank and a plurality of tank apertures adjacent an upper portion of the tank in communication with the interior of the tank for access of flying insects into the interior of the tank. The tank apertures are located proximate the housing apertures to provide a path for flying insects to travel from locations exterior of the housing to the tank apertures and into the tank. The trap also includes an insect attractive illumination located proximate the tank apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Dalen Products, Inc.
    Inventor: William M. Draeger
  • Patent number: 11425886
    Abstract: A pet restraint system includes a vehicle floor and a vehicle seat supported by the vehicle floor. The vehicle seat defines a seat-rearward direction. A pet restraint device includes a frame having a lower portion disposed on the vehicle floor and an upper portion supported by the lower portion. The pet restraint device includes a partition supported by the upper portion and is elongated in the seat-rearward direction from the upper portion to the vehicle seat. The partition is telescopic in the seat-rearward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Parakrama Valentine Weerappuli, Saeed David Barbat, Derek Board
  • Patent number: 11427298
    Abstract: An aircraft structure including a heat shield. A heat shield including an interior; a skin enclosing the interior; a plurality of barriers attached in the interior to the skin, each of the barriers spaced to separate a plurality of thermal insulation layers disposed in the interior; and wherein the barriers suppress heat flow between the thermal insulation layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: William Cromer, Matthew J. Woerly, Robert E. Logan, Genesis M. Pilarca
  • Patent number: 11427351
    Abstract: A carrier and operational frame system and methods of assembling a structure are presented. The carrier and operational frame system comprises a plurality of panel carriers, each panel carrier comprising a frame configured to act as a strongback to a panel and indexing features configured to interface with at least one other panel carrier of the plurality of panel carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Lane W. Fuglevand, Brian M. Capobianco, Joseph M. Gholami, Kory K. Dehart, James F. Hammond, Aaron A. Denning
  • Patent number: 11419313
    Abstract: A bird feeder 13 that includes a hopper 23, 25 for providing a supply of food or fluid for a bird, a receptacle 15 for waste food or fluid, and a hopper support 35. The hopper includes a storage compartment 27, 29 for a supply of food or fluid for a bird, and a tray 31, 33 into which food or fluid from the storage compartment can flow. The hopper support 35 is configured to support the hopper 23, 25 in such a position that food or fluid can flow from the storage compartment 27, 29 to the tray 31, 33, and so that waste food or fluid can pass into the receptacle 15. The hopper 23, 25 is removable from the feeder 13 for cleaning or for replenishing the supply of fluid or food in the storage compartment 27, 29.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: HEBE STUDIO LIMITED
    Inventors: James Tuthill, Johannes Paul, Simon Nicholls, William Windham
  • Patent number: 11419324
    Abstract: A bait scoop allows an angler to retrieve live bait, hook the live bait while still in the bait scoop, and easily remove the hooked bait from the bait scoop. The bait scoop includes a scoop and a handle extending from a back of the scoop member. A plurality of front slots are formed in the scoop, where the slots are open at a top part of the scoop. The slots continuously extend from the top of the scoop, around the bottom, and partially up the back of the scoop to attached to a solid back portion thereof. Side slots are formed in sides of the scoop, where the side slots are open at the top of the scoop. Slotted cones are formed at a trench on a bottom interior of the scoop, where the slot in the scoop extends from the side slot to the interior of the scoop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Inventors: Douglas James Ritchie, Joshua David Ritchie
  • Patent number: 11420750
    Abstract: A set of consolidated electronics packages for staggered aircraft seats may include a first consolidated electronics package and a second consolidated electronics package. The first consolidated electronics package and a second consolidated electronics package may be installed within a primary passenger compartment. The first consolidated electronics package and the second consolidated electronics package may be configured to provide electrical connectivity to the primary passenger compartment and an auxiliary passenger compartment including an auxiliary aircraft seat. A primary aircraft seat and the auxiliary aircraft seat may be installed in a staggered configuration within an aircraft cabin including the primary passenger compartment and the auxiliary passenger compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark B. Dowty
  • Patent number: 11420761
    Abstract: An autonomous propeller propulsion system for an aircraft. The autonomous system comprises a chassis with first attachment systems which engage with second attachment systems of the wing to ensure detachable attachment of the autonomous system, a fuel cell attached to the chassis, an electric motor attached to the chassis and having an output shaft, a propshaft rotated by the output shaft, a propeller attached to the propshaft, a controller converting an electric current delivered by the fuel cells into an electric current delivered to the electric motor, a hydrogen feed duct and an air feed duct, a set of auxiliary equipment, and a first connection arrangement, which connects with a second connection arrangement of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignees: AIRBUS SAS, AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS, AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Matthieu Thomas, Anthony Roux, Didier Poirier, Olivier Verseux, André Anger, Benedikt Bammer, Guido Klewer, Guillaume Gallant, Florian Vogel, Christian Wehle
  • Patent number: 11420748
    Abstract: A galley structure for an aircraft cabin includes double-depth cart bays capable of stowing an outer full-size cart in front of an inner fell-size cart. An extraction and retention (E&R) system is mounted to a sidewall of the double-depth cart bay and includes a stowable retainer arm and fixed extractor arm coupled to and articulable via an extraction handle that may be pulled or pushed out of or toward the cart bay. When the outer cart is removed, the inner cart can be brought forward for extraction via the extractor arm (the inner cart extractable once the retainer arm is stowed) and returned to its inner stowed position via the retainer arm (in both cases, by pulling or pushing the extraction handle). The extraction handle includes a retainer actuator for stowing or deploying the retainer arm as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Tracey, Daniel H Wall
  • Patent number: 11414185
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a propulsion assembly for an aircraft. The propulsion assembly comprises a mast, a hub assembly coupled to the mast and having a gimballing degree of freedom relative to the mast, the hub assembly having an inner hub wall spaced part from the mast, a gimbal lock positioned about the mast, the gimbal lock configured to fit between the inner hub wall and the mast in an engaged position, and an over-center locking mechanism coupled to the gimbal lock. The gimbal lock is movable between a disengaged position and the engaged position relative to the hub assembly. The gimbal lock enables the gimballing degree of freedom in the disengaged position and disables the gimballing degree of freedom in the engaged position. The over-center locking mechanism is configured to move the gimbal lock between the engaged position and the disengaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventor: Kyle Thomas Cravener
  • Patent number: 11414212
    Abstract: Launch and land system for a tethered aircraft (in connection with FIG. 1) The invention provides for a launch and land system (1) for a tethered aircraft (90) comprising a runway (12) for the aircraft and a winch (62) for the tether (92), wherein the runway comprises a funnel-shaped target area (14) with a wide end oriented towards one end of the runway and a narrow end opposite of the wide end, wherein said target area is laterally bordered by restriction devices (80) extending from one end of the target area to the other for preventing the aircraft to roll out of the target area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: AMPYX Power B.V.
    Inventor: Marcos Paz Duart
  • Patent number: 11412705
    Abstract: Described herein is an animal handling device in the form of a cattle crush with automated headbail capture, back bar operation and positional sensing along with methods of use thereof. The crush and method offer automation for functions that in the art have been largely manual and inherently labour intensive, physical and even potentially dangerous for the operator and/or animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Te Pari Products Limited
    Inventor: Nicholas Mark Blampied