Patents Examined by Vaughn Coolman
  • Patent number: 10435054
    Abstract: A carriage having a frame which includes a plurality of elongated frame components. A first attachment point couples a first and second elongated frame component. A second attachment point couples a third and fourth elongated frame component. A transverse elongated frame component couples to the first and second attachment points. A rotation lock is disposed on the transverse elongated frame component. The rotation lock is configured to prevent rotation of the transverse elongated frame component in a locked configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Thule Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Paramjit Singh, Wesley Justin Fleming, Miao Kaihua
  • Patent number: 10392043
    Abstract: A cart for transporting an object, such as a storage container or a cooler for storing food and/or beverages, is provided. The cart includes a securing member to attach the cart to the storage container. The securing member includes first and second clasps each formed from a resilient material and configured to engage respective first and second securing members of the storage container. The first and second clasp are configured to resiliently flex away from the storage container to receive the storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan H. Guerdrum, Douglas A. Kempel, Alex S. Breeden
  • Patent number: 10377228
    Abstract: An air intake duct is fixed to the lower surface of the rear floor panel of a vehicle. An oil cooler, which is an object to be cooled, is fixed to the lower surface of the air intake duct. An exhaust duct, which discharges air supplied to the oil cooler to the outside of the vehicle, is fixed to the lower surface of the oil cooler. The exhaust duct includes an exhaust port, which is open to the outside of the vehicle and is open downward from the vehicle. The intake duct includes an intake port, which is open to the outside of the vehicle and is opened at a position posterior to the rear tires of the vehicle, in other words, is opened in the rear wall portion of the rear bumper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shingo Kondo, Masaya Tadatsu, Akihito Hosoi, Kouichi Yonemura, Kiwamu Inui
  • Patent number: 10343513
    Abstract: A work vehicle is disclosed that includes an elastic support mechanism for supporting an exhaust muffler. The elastic support mechanism includes a support platform member, an elastic cylindrical members and an bar-shaped member. The support platform member is supported by a rear-linking frame bar to adjust a position of the support platform member along one of lateral and longitudinal directions of the body frame. An elastic cylindrical member supported by one of the support platform member and the exhaust muffler. The elastic cylindrical member has an axis extending along the other of the lateral and longitudinal directions, and is supported at a single position, in a direction of the axis, of said one of the support platform member and the exhaust muffler. A bar-shaped member supported by the other of the support platform member and the exhaust muffler is fitted into the elastic cylindrical member to be supported by the elastic cylindrical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Oyama, Kimihiro Kai, Hiroshi Takagi, Toshiki Ono, Kohta Nakao, Takafumi Komatsu, Kensuke Okabe, Yuki Nakaoka
  • Patent number: 10308228
    Abstract: A land vehicle is provided having a chassis and having a plurality of corner support units. Each of the corner support units has a support leg which is mounted in a swiveling manner in a bearing shoe, which is rigidly attached to the land vehicle, about a substantially horizontal axis. The length of the support leg is telescopically variable. The support leg comprises at least two pipe sections, which can be displaced relative to each other in the longitudinal direction. A hydraulic cylinder is arranged in the interior of the support leg by means of which the position of the at least two pipe sections relative to each other, and consequently the length of the support leg, can be modified. A separate hydraulic assembly, arranged on the bearing shoe of each affected corner support unit and loading the hydraulic cylinder, is allocated to each corner support unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: HOERBIGER AUTOMATISIERUNGSTECHNIK HOLDING GMBH
    Inventor: Peter Roider
  • Patent number: 10293679
    Abstract: An air flow optimization device is provided for motor vehicle heat exchangers. The device includes a body having a first air flow opening with an inlet side and an outlet side. A series of fixed vanes are provided across the opening and divide the opening into a plurality of air flow channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Prashant Dubey, Lucas Apandi Phan, Aaron Peter Klop
  • Patent number: 10246115
    Abstract: Collapsible reusable watertight carrying cases are provided in sizes varying from small containers to large sealable container bins on wheels, to provide large quantities of water to remote areas not served by public water supplies, or where water supplies are unavailable because of weather disasters. The cases are assembled or disassembled from a joined flat space-saving configuration to a functioning case and vice-versa. The sides of the cases are erected progressively by hand by interlocking elements at the corners. The panels also disassemble progressively by being manually pulled apart. When folded into a flat storage or shipping configuration, the panels stay together, resisting unfolding by virtue of snaps which are either molded into the panels or bonded to them. The carrying cases are resistant to water, dirt, bacteria, molds, allergens, and inclement weather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ALLPILLARS, INC.
    Inventor: Gregory Joseph Ryan
  • Patent number: 10213678
    Abstract: Detachable propelling apparatus to be fastened to a snowboard in order to propel it uphill. Said apparatus is equipped with foldable or removable tracks, being these tracks powered by either an engine, or a motor or a turbine. The apparatus is integral with an apt adjustable attachment plate, that is directly fastenable to the feet rests (boots attachments) holes of the snowboard. The invention is completed by a rucksack for transporting tracks and batteries, with an opportune frame for protecting the back of the wearer in case of fall and a remote control, in case equipped with movement sensors. The invention is a solution for the technical problem of powering a snowboard limiting the impact of such fixture on the snowboard itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Luciano Mattiangeli
  • Patent number: 10202061
    Abstract: The invention relates to a driver-free transport vehicle and to a method for the safe transportation of heavy loads which are in the form of loaded carriages which can be moved on castors, said vehicle having the following characteristics: a) vehicle housing having a central lifting mandrel for receiving and transporting a carriage by means of a docking traverse, with two drive wheels arranged on both sides of the vehicle housing, and in the center thereof, and at least one laser scanner system which is installed in the outer area of the vehicle housing; b) a drive motor for driving a hub spindle which presses, by means of a compression spring, the central lifting mandrel in a central opening of the docking traverse, and a system for supplying energy of the transport vehicle via inductive lines laid in the ground, by means of an induction current collector, is provided; c) an emergency stop system which comprises an emergency switch on the transport vehicle, the activation on the emergency stop switches trigg
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: GRENZEBACH MASCHINENBAU GMBH
    Inventors: Mathias Scherle, Sigfried Mecklinger
  • Patent number: 10202011
    Abstract: A hitch step assembly comprises a first shot component injection molded from a first polymer compound with a high flexural modulus and a second shot component injection molded from a second polymer compound having a relatively low Shore D hardness but high elastic compression. A post and a step body core are molded from the first polymer compound. A shell of the step body is molded from the second polymer compound and is overmolded on the step body core. The shell forms a compression zone that provides some protection against rear impacts. The hitch step assembly exhibits satisfactory resistance to torsion around the hitch receiver axis and deflection, even when a width of the step body exceeds 10.7 inches and the weight of a large man is placed on the top surface of the hitch step near its end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: MACNEIL IP LLC
    Inventors: David F. MacNeil, Frederick W. Masanek, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10202268
    Abstract: A chair configured to movably couple to parallel guide rails of a frame includes a support bar having a first end and an opposing second end. A transverse cross-member is coupled to the first end of the support bar. The transverse cross-member has a first side portion and an opposing second side portion. A first support assembly is coupled to the first side portion of the transverse cross-member. The first support assembly is configured to removably couple to a first guide rail of the parallel guide rails. A second support assembly is coupled to the second side portion of the transverse cross-member. The second support assembly is configured to removably couple to a second guide rail of the parallel guide rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Douglas J. Duff
  • Patent number: 10196094
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes: a pair of left and right bottom first frame and bottom second frame extending in a front-rear direction and supporting a floor plate; a bottom front frame, coupling a front end of the bottom first frame and a front end of the bottom second frame, extending linearly in a width direction and to which a first support member of a gear box for front wheels is welded; a front vertical frame coupled to the bottom front frame and extending in a top-bottom direction; and a door frame supporting a door and extending in the top-bottom direction, a fender cover provided behind a front wheel so that a front end thereof is attached to the front vertical frame and a rear end thereof is attached to the door frame, and a rear portion of the fender cover for the front wheel rising perpendicular to a horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Tsumiyama, Teruaki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10184227
    Abstract: A work machine includes a machine body, an engine, a rotary electrical device, and a battery. The engine is provided on the machine body to move the machine body. The rotary electrical device is provided on the machine body to move the machine body and to generate electric power. The battery is to be charged by the rotary electrical device and to discharge electric power to the rotary electrical device to move the machine body. The battery being is provided adjacent to the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki Nakagawa, Masahiro Kuroda, Masahiko Nomura, Shinichi Kawabata, Yuki Shimoike, Shizuo Demizu, Yoshihiro Takayama
  • Patent number: 10174482
    Abstract: A firewall (11) is provided as a partition between an engine room (25) in which an engine (7) and an exhaust gas post-treatment device (10) are arranged and a pump room (26) in which a hydraulic pump (8) is arranged. A rear surface plate (13) of the firewall (11) is provided with an outflow opening (28) for causing cooling air sucked into the engine room (25) to flow out toward a counterweight (6). Aright weight part (6C) of the counterweight (6) is provided with an exhaust opening (29) in a position facing the outflow opening (28) for causing cooling air having flowed out from the outflow opening (28) to be discharged to an exterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuichi Todokoro
  • Patent number: 10160492
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a battery housing arrangement integrated into a vehicle floor of an electric vehicle includes a BJB housing including a BJB configured to be electrically coupled to each of a plurality of battery modules in a battery housing upon installation of the plurality of battery modules into the battery housing. The BJB housing is positioned between at least one center structural support bar and one or more vehicle chassis bars, and is configured to protect the plurality of battery modules in the battery housing from crash forces by directing crash forces from the one or more vehicle chassis bars to the at least one center structural support bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: InEVit LLC
    Inventors: Heiner Fees, Alexander Eichhorn, Ralf Maisch, Andreas Track, Jörg Damaske, Martin Eberhard, Michael John Miskovsky
  • Patent number: 10155479
    Abstract: Step apparatuses that removably couple to a door latch element (e.g., a U-shaped striker element) of a vehicle are described. A step apparatus may include a hook element that enables the step apparatus to hang from a door latch element in a vehicle door well. A step apparatus may also be able to extend through a door latch element such that the step apparatus may couple to the door latch element in an upright position. A step apparatus may include one or more than one step structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Moki Doorstep Corp.
    Inventor: Rodney Lewis
  • Patent number: 10156059
    Abstract: Provided is a construction machine capable of smooth exhaust and suppression of a leak of noise from an engine room, including an engine guard defining an engine room, a cooling fan disposed in the engine room, a projection element projecting upward beyond the engine guard, and an exhaust duct. The exhaust duct has a bent shape including a first duct section extending along an axial flow direction of the cooling fan from an upstream end portion surrounding a duct inlet to a connection portion and a second duct section extending upward from the connection portion and surrounding a duct outlet opened upward, also including an engine concealment section obstructing a direct view to an engine through the duct outlet from outside the engine room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignees: Kobe Steel, Ltd., KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Tabuchi, Kyoko Masuda, Zenzo Yamaguchi, Kazuhiro Ueda, Daisuke Noda, Yusuke Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 10150346
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a floor panel, a battery module, a heater duct, and an exhaust duct. The battery module is disposed on the floor panel under a seat. The heater duct is disposed on the floor panel to discharge air output from an air conditioner through the heater duct. The exhaust duct is provided on the floor panel to discharge air output from the battery module through the exhaust duct. The exhaust duct intersects the heater duct viewed in a height direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Rieko Koyama, Kenta Sugitate, Ryo Fujii, Tetsuya Sugizaki
  • Patent number: 10118475
    Abstract: A battery unit includes a battery module, an upper frame member, a battery case, a battery cover, a sealing member, and a sealing bolt. The battery module is suspended from the upper frame member. The battery case has an opening to accommodate the battery module in the battery case. The battery cover is to cover the opening of the battery case. The sealing member is to seal a gap between the battery case and the battery cover. The sealing bolt is provided on the battery cover and secured to the upper frame member to connect the battery module and the battery cover via the upper frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Sugizaki, Rieko Koyama
  • Patent number: 10118083
    Abstract: A portable snow sports equipment locker is disclosed. The portable snow sports equipment locker features a varying depth and tapered shape. A pair of doors allows access to the interior of the portable snow sports equipment locker. Optional wheels assist in transport of the portable storage locker. Various interior pockets and straps organize equipment. A lock holds skis and/or snowboards in place. An optional boot bag offers separate storage for boots and provides an additional mechanism for holding skis and/or snowboards in place. A telescoping embodiment allows portable snow sports equipment locker to assume either a collapsed or extended configuration. The size of the disclosed portable snow sports equipment locker offers ample room for skis/snowboards, and related equipment while remaining within the size limits for conventional freight charges. The rigid construction provides protection for stored equipment, while also allowing convenient storage and access options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Brandon J. Ford