Patents Examined by Vicky A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10780573
    Abstract: A force transmission mechanism of a surgical instrument, which is configured to releasably engage with a drive interface device located at a patient side cart of a teleoperated surgical system, includes a housing. The housing is configured to cover one or more drive components of the force transmission mechanism. The housing includes a releasable coupling mechanism configured to releasably engage with the drive interface device. The housing and the releasable coupling mechanism are a monolithic construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Dennis Vaders
  • Patent number: 10784743
    Abstract: A vehicle seat actuator includes an electric motor and a gear set that connects the drive motor to the seat and transmits the output of the motor to the vehicle seat. The drive motor and gear set are each disposed in an individual, dedicated housing component. The individual housing components are then assembled together to provide the actuator. The housing components are maintained in the assembled configuration using snap fit mechanical fasteners. Each snap-fit fastener includes a receiving portion provided on one housing component and a retaining portion provided on the other housing component. The receiving portion may be a blind hole formed in the drive motor housing that is partially obstructed by an elastic member, while the retaining component is a latch that protrudes from an outer surface of the gear housing and forms a snap-fit engagement with the elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Luis Angel Ramirez Ortiz, Pablo Daniel Molina Cardozo, Alex Martin
  • Patent number: 10780574
    Abstract: A distal end side link hub is coupled to a proximal end side link hub via three or more link mechanisms. Each link mechanism has a proximal side end link member, a distal side end link member, and an intermediate link member. The proximal side end link member has a bent portion and rotation shaft mounting portions. A rotation shaft is mounted to the rotation shaft mounting portion. A bevel gear, forming a part of a gear mechanism for transmitting rotary motion of a posture control actuator to the proximal side end link member, is mounted on the rotation shaft mounting portion and disposed in a space between two virtual planes obtained by extending a radially inner edge and a radially outer edge of one end of the bent portion in a longitudinal direction of the rotation shaft mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenzou Nose, Hiroshi Isobe, Seigo Sakata
  • Patent number: 10782724
    Abstract: A control element for controlling a function of a domestic appliance has a control knob having a circular outer periphery, the control knob having a gripping portion configured to be gripped by a user of the domestic appliance, and a shaft receiving portion that is configured to receive a shaft of the domestic appliance; and a sliding ring positionally fixed to the control knob, the sliding ring having a circular outer periphery wall surrounding the outer periphery of the control knob, a base perpendicular to the outer periphery wall, and an opening in the base configured to receive the shaft of the domestic appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignees: BSH Home Appliances Corporation, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventor: Holger Metzmeier
  • Patent number: 10766561
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device comprises a base member, a brake operating member, and a first operating member. The base member comprises a first end portion, a second end portion, and a grip portion. The brake operating member is movably coupled to the base member to operate a brake device. The first operating member is coupled to the base member movably between a rest position and an operated position to move a mechanical control cable relative to the base member. The first operating member is movable relative to the base member between the rest position and the operated position without mechanically positioning the mechanical control cable relative to the base member during a movement of the first operating member occurring between the rest position and the operated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Nobukatsu Hara, Etsuyoshi Watarai
  • Patent number: 10767757
    Abstract: A shifter for controlling a transmission of a motor vehicle includes a rotatably mounted actuation element, a sensor assembly including a first element having a plurality of binary sensors and a second element having a trigger device. A control unit determines an angular position of the actuation element based on an input signal from the sensor assembly. The binary sensors and the trigger device are arranged such that each binary sensor corresponds to one trigger line comprising a plurality of trigger elements. The trigger elements are distributed along the trigger line such that at least one the binary sensors is able to detect a presence of a trigger element for each angular position of the actuation element. At least one trigger element from each trigger line together form a trigger pattern, and the trigger pattern is repeated at least twice on the trigger device to initiate a shift command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: KONGSBERG AUTOMOTIVE AB
    Inventor: Mattias Gudasic
  • Patent number: 10759492
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bicycle pedal adapter configured to be clicked onto a bicycle pedal which is intended and constructed to be used for a bicycle shoe having a cleat, wherein the bicycle pedal adapter is configured to convert the bicycle pedal to a bicycle pedal suitable to be used with a normal shoe without a cleat, wherein the bicycle pedal adapter is flat, wherein the bicycle pedal adapter comprises a main body having a height, a width and a length, wherein the width is more than four times the height and wherein the length is more than five times the height, and wherein the main body has a front end and a rear end, the bicycle pedal adapter comprising:—a front coupling at the front end, the front coupling being configured to mate with a front clamping member of the bicycle pedal and—a rear coupling at the rear end, the rear coupling being configured to mate with a rear clamping member of the bicycle pedal, and wherein the bicycle pedal adapter is configured to be clicked onto the bicycle p
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Marten Peter Van Der Heide
  • Patent number: 10759460
    Abstract: A device for fastening a safety module on a steering wheel frame includes at least one resilient ring, at least one hook and at least one valve gridge. The at least one hook includes a first surface forming a guide track ending on an inflection point, and a second surface separated from the first surface by the inflection point. The at least one valve bridge has with a third surface across from the second surface of the hook. The resilient ring locks the module fixed on the frame by bearing on the second surface of the hook and on the third surface of the valve bridge. The third surface of the valve bridge includes at least one recess arranged across from the inflection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Franck Carpentier, Cyrille Lanvin, Thierry Matrat, Fabrice Galmiche, Sebastien Cassin, Sylvain Langlet
  • Patent number: 10753537
    Abstract: The invention relates to a protective cover (01) comprising at least one protective cover element (02), which is variable in length, and comprising a frame element (04), said frame element (04) being capable of being connected to the protective cover element (02), said protective cover element (02)comprising at least one holding means (03) and said frame element (04) comprising at least one fastening means (06) in the area of a first longitudinal edge (05a), the connection between the holding means (03) and the fastening means (06) being a detachable, in particular force-fitting and/or interlocking, snap connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: ARNO ARNOLD GMBH
    Inventors: Maximilian Roehnert, Wolf-Matthias Mang
  • Patent number: 10744612
    Abstract: To provide a rotary table device that can prevent the occurrence of malfunction before it happens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroki Tezuka
  • Patent number: 10746279
    Abstract: A transmission housing (2) including two housing elements (9) that can be positioned to press against each other and that in the assembled state define: a cavity (13); a shaft (6) projecting at least in part from the housing; a motion transmission mechanism (30) for transmitting motion to said shaft (6), the motion transmission mechanism (30) being housed at least in part inside the cavity (13) of the housing (2); and adhesive connection means (16) for connecting together housing elements (9) that are arranged in the zone where said housing elements (9) are pressed together and referred to as a join plane (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: FRANCE REDUCTEURS
    Inventor: Wouter Barendrecht
  • Patent number: 10737777
    Abstract: An upper casing with a hollow shell made of composite materials. The shell was a side wall that extends in elevation from a housing flange to a housing collar, the side wall including at least one cutout. The upper casing includes an internal liner that is inserted inside the shell and that is fastened to an inside face of the shell, the liner comprising a base and a top, together with at least two legs extending in elevation from the base to the top, the liner further comprising at least one equipment support in register with a cutout, each equipment support being for carrying a removable piece of equipment of the upper casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
    Inventors: Cyril Sola, Thierry Rey, Jean-Victor Lapeyre, Philippe Moniot, Laurent Bourdier
  • Patent number: 10730582
    Abstract: This brake pedal device includes an arm portion (21) pivotally supported on a vehicle body to be rotatable, and a pedal portion (22) provided at a distal end portion (21b) of the arm portion (21). The pedal portion (22) includes a first operation portion (31) configured to operate a brake (102), a first uneven portion (33) formed on at least a part of the first operation portion (31), a second operation portion (32) provided at a position different from the first operation portion (31), and a second uneven portion (34) formed on at least a part of the second operation portion (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Tada, Kyohei Kawai, Kohta Murakami, Mikio Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 10730587
    Abstract: An apparatus disclosed herein includes a heel-shift lever. When the heel-shift lever is coupled to a motor vehicle, a first portion of the heel-shift lever is disposed higher than a first area of a floor of a floorboard of the motor vehicle, a second portion of the heel-shift lever is disposed lower than the first area of the floor of the floorboard, and a third portion of the heel-shift lever is disposed higher than a second area of the floor of the floorboard. The second portion is disposed between the first portion and the third portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Paul Yaffe
  • Patent number: 10724476
    Abstract: An assembly is provided for an aircraft propulsion system with an axial centerline. The assembly includes a translating sleeve, a sleeve actuator and a locking apparatus. The sleeve actuator is connected to the translating sleeve. The sleeve actuator is configured to move the translating sleeve along the axial centerline between a stowed position and a deployed position. The locking apparatus includes a lock and a lock actuator. The lock comprises a locking element. The lock actuator is configured to move the locking element between a locked position and an unlocked position. The locking element is configured to lock the translating sleeve in the stowed position when the locking element is in the locked position. A first portion of the locking apparatus axially overlaps the sleeve actuator along the axial centerline. A second portion of the locking apparatus does not axially overlap the sleeve actuator along the axial centerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Rohr, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Gormley, Imad D. Ghandour
  • Patent number: 10722804
    Abstract: A wraparound peripheral device grip comprising a substantially flat continuous sheet is provided. The grip includes a first side and a second side. The first side is configured to adhere to a grip of a peripheral device and the second side is configured to provide improved gripping to a user of the peripheral device. The substantially flat continuous sheet can be cut to fit a geometry of a particular model of peripheral device, or gaming controller. The wraparound peripheral device grip is capable of being placed onto a peripheral device by wrapping the grip around the factory surfaces of a peripheral device. The gripping friction of the grip can be achieved by disposing abrading particles thereon, such as sandpaper, silicon carbide, or grip tape material. Alternatively, the grip side can be made from an elastomer, such as a synthetic rubber, or other material with the property of viscoelasticity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: GAMING GRIPS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Lee Morris, Michael Jeffrey Kozer
  • Patent number: 10711827
    Abstract: A bicycle end cap has a first end and a second end that is opposite to the first end for attaching to a bicycle line shape member. The bicycle end cap includes a tubular portion and an attachment structure. The tubular portion is arranged at the first end and defining a receiving space that is dimensioned to axially receive the line shape member from the first end. The attachment structure is configured to attach a pulling member having a cable portion and a head portion that has larger diameter than the cable portion. The attachment structure is configured to position the head portion relative to the tubular portion as the cable portion is pulled toward the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Osamu Kariyama, Masahiro Nakakura, Takahiro Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10710627
    Abstract: A motor vehicle steering system includes a steering wheel hub which has a longitudinal axis and can be attached coaxially on a rotatably mounted steering spindle, and a steering wheel rim which is attached on the steering wheel hub at a radial spacing from the longitudinal axis and extends in a planar manner transversely with respect to the longitudinal axis. The steering wheel rim is mounted on the steering wheel hub in a bearing such that it can be inclined with respect to the longitudinal axis between an operating position and a stowed position about an inclination axis which lies transversely with respect to the longitudinal axis. The steering wheel rim is inclined at a flatter angle with respect to the longitudinal axis in the stowed position than when in the operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Daniel Kreutz, Sebastian Forte, Tim Bayer
  • Patent number: 10704707
    Abstract: An actuator for use in a control valve assembly that has a structure amenable to manufacture. The actuator may comprise a housing comprising a plurality of walls secured to one another with fasteners to form an interior cavity, a torque hub disposed in the interior cavity, the torque hub comprising a torque body and a torque arm that are releasably engaged with one another via fasteners, each of the torque body and the torque arm having interfacing geometry that defines surfaces that engage with opposing surfaces on the other; and a load generator coupled with the torque hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Dresser, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Louis Johanning, Mark David Kaczmarek, Abdul Raoof Mohamed, Jayesh K. Shah, Casey Michael Stockbridge, Orie Woodman Van Doran
  • Patent number: 10696259
    Abstract: A pedal assembly for a motor vehicle includes a pedal arm pivotably arranged about a rotation shaft at its first end when in an operating position. A bracket is rotatably arranged around the rotation shaft and connected to the first end of the pedal arm through a pedal connection shaft. A locking arrangement, when in a locked state, locks the bracket in a first bracket position relative the pedal arm such that the bracket rotates with the pedal arm, and the pedal arm is held in an operating position. When the locking arrangement changes from the locked state to an unlocked state, the bracket is unlocked from the pedal arm such that, under influence of gravity, the pedal arm is released from the rotation shaft and displaced from the operating position to a safety position, the first end of the pedal arm being connected to the rotation shaft via the pedal connection shaft and the bracket, and the bracket rotated relative the pedal arm to a second bracket position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: CJ Automotive AB
    Inventor: Mahdi Amirian