Patents by Inventor A. Paul Cox

A. Paul Cox has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11001120
    Abstract: A shock absorber for a vehicle having a damper and a first and second springs mounted coaxially around the damper and a preload adjuster for partially compressing at least one of the springs independently of the compression stroke. In one embodiment the preload adjuster is remotely controllable. In another embodiment the shock absorber includes an additional mechanism for preloading at least one of the springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Paul Cox
  • Patent number: 11002334
    Abstract: Generally described, dampers having shimmed pistons are configured for use with vehicle suspensions. The dampers generally include a shaft having a piston with compression and rebound valves extending therethrough. The piston interfaces a shim assembly at the valve outlets such that damping fluid flow is controlled through a set of valves in one direction, and the damping fluid flow is limited through the same set of valves in the opposite direction. In this regard, the shim assembly is configured to provide bleed relief of the hydraulic damping fluid at lower shaft speeds and deflect away from the piston higher shaft speeds. The shim assembly generally includes a ring shim that interfaces a shim stack to provide a configurable preload for the deflectable shims and a flow path for the hydraulic damping fluid during bleed relief.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: MF IP Holding, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Paul Cox
  • Publication number: 20210114431
    Abstract: An anti-roll bar link for a vehicle suspension may be positioned between an anti-roll bar and an articulating arm. The link selectively transfers movement of the arm. to the bar, depending on a locked or unlocked state. The link includes a body interfacing a slidable shaft. A valve selectively controls flow of a damping fluid between an inner chamber of the body and a remote chamber. In the locked state, flow of the damping fluid is restricted at least in a direction from the inner chamber to the remote chamber, and movement of the arm is transferred through the link to the bar. In the unlocked state, flow of the damping fluid is permitted in this direction, and movement of the arm causes the shaft to translate with respect to the body such that at least a portion of the movement is not transferred to the bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventor: Christopher Paul Cox
  • Patent number: 10960076
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a gummy dosage form including: an amino acid in an amount of about 20% by weight or greater; a hydrophilic bulking agent; and a hydrophilic long-chain polymer, wherein at least a portion of the hydrophilic long-chain polymer comprises low methoxyl pectin. The gummy dosage forms can further include additives such as flavorants, fiber, and pH-adjusters. The disclosure further comprises methods for preparing such gummy dosage forms, wherein a hydrophilic bulking agent, a hydrophilic long-chain polymer, and water are combined to give a mixture and heated to give a hydrocolloid system in the form of a slurry; mixing an amino acid with the slurry; and setting the resulting mixture to give the gummy dosage form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Luis C. Muniz, Albert Nazareth, Paul A. Cox, Robert Frank Boutin
  • Publication number: 20210088101
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension damper including: a cylinder; a piston assembly; and an adjuster, wherein the piston assembly compresses fluid as it moves within the cylinder and the adjuster obstructs fluid flow from a first side of a damping piston of the piston assembly to a second side of the damping piston.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Applicant: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul COX, David M. Haugen
  • Publication number: 20210039468
    Abstract: A method for controlling vehicle motion is described. The method includes accessing a set of control signals including a measured vehicle speed value associated with a movement of a vehicle. A control signal associated with user-induced input is also accessed. The method compares the measured vehicle speed value with a predetermined vehicle speed threshold value to achieve a speed value threshold approach status, and then compares the set of values to achieve a user-induced input threshold value approach status. The method monitors a state of a valve within the vehicle suspension damper, and determines a control mode for the vehicle suspension damper. The method also regulates damping forces within the vehicle suspension damper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Applicant: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Everet Owen ERICKSEN, Christopher Paul COX, Philip TSIARAS, Mark LARSON, Mario GALASSO, Matt McLellan
  • Publication number: 20210039467
    Abstract: A method for controlling vehicle motion is described. The method includes accessing a set of control signals including a measured vehicle speed value associated with a movement of a vehicle. A control signal associated with user-induced input is also accessed. The method compares the measured vehicle speed value with a predetermined vehicle speed threshold value to achieve a speed value threshold approach status, and then compares the set of values to achieve a user-induced input threshold value approach status. The method monitors a state of a valve within the vehicle suspension damper, and determines a control mode for the vehicle suspension damper. The method also regulates damping forces within the vehicle suspension damper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Applicant: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Everet Owen ERICKSEN, Christopher Paul COX, Philip TSIARAS, Mark LARSON, Mario GALASSO, Matt McLellan
  • Publication number: 20210031582
    Abstract: A method for controlling vehicle motion is described. The method includes accessing a set of control signals including a measured vehicle speed value associated with a movement of a vehicle. A control signal associated with user-induced input is also accessed. The method compares the measured vehicle speed value with a predetermined vehicle speed threshold value to achieve a speed value threshold approach status, and then compares the set of values to achieve a user-induced input threshold value approach status. The method monitors a state of a valve within the vehicle suspension damper, and determines a control mode for the vehicle suspension damper. The method also regulates damping forces within the vehicle suspension damper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Applicant: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Everet Owen ERICKSEN, Christopher Paul COX, Philip TSIARAS, Mark LARSON, Mario GALASSO, Matt McLellan
  • Publication number: 20210023900
    Abstract: A method for controlling vehicle motion is described. The method includes accessing a set of control signals including a measured vehicle speed value associated with a movement of a vehicle. A control signal associated with user-induced input is also accessed. The method compares the measured vehicle speed value with a predetermined vehicle speed threshold value to achieve a speed value threshold approach status, and then compares the set of values to achieve a user-induced input threshold value approach status. The method monitors a state of a valve within the vehicle suspension damper, and determines a control mode for the vehicle suspension damper. The method also regulates damping forces within the vehicle suspension damper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Applicant: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Everet Owen ERICKSEN, Christopher Paul COX, Philip TSIARAS, Mark LARSON, Mario GALASSO, Matt McLellan
  • Patent number: 10859133
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension damper including: a cylinder; a piston assembly; and an adjuster, wherein the piston assembly compresses fluid as it moves within the cylinder and the adjuster obstructs fluid flow from a first side of a damping piston of the piston assembly to a second side of the damping piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Cox, David M. Haugen
  • Patent number: 10821795
    Abstract: A method for controlling vehicle motion is described. The method includes accessing a set of control signals including a measured vehicle speed value associated with a movement of a vehicle. A control signal associated with user-induced input is also accessed. The method compares the measured vehicle speed value with a predetermined vehicle speed threshold value to achieve a speed value threshold approach status, and then compares the set of values to achieve a user-induced input threshold value approach status. The method monitors a state of a valve within the vehicle suspension damper, and determines a control mode for the vehicle suspension damper. The method also regulates damping forces within the vehicle suspension damper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Everet Owen Ericksen, Christopher Paul Cox, Philip Tsiaras, Mark Larson, Mario Galasso, Matt McLellan
  • Patent number: 10814689
    Abstract: A method for controlling vehicle motion is described. The method includes accessing a set of control signals including a measured vehicle speed value associated with a movement of a vehicle. A control signal associated with user-induced input is also accessed. The method compares the measured vehicle speed value with a predetermined vehicle speed threshold value to achieve a speed value threshold approach status, and then compares the set of values to achieve a user-induced input threshold value approach status. The method monitors a state of a valve within the vehicle suspension damper, and determines a control mode for the vehicle suspension damper. The method also regulates damping forces within the vehicle suspension damper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Everet Owen Ericksen, Christopher Paul Cox, Philip Tsiaras, Mark Larson, Mario Galasso, Matt McLellan
  • Patent number: 10807433
    Abstract: A method for controlling vehicle motion is described. The method includes accessing a set of control signals including a measured vehicle speed value associated with a movement of a vehicle. A control signal associated with user-induced input is also accessed. The method compares the measured vehicle speed value with a predetermined vehicle speed threshold value to achieve a speed value threshold approach status, and then compares the set of values to achieve a user-induced input threshold value approach status. The method monitors a state of a valve within the vehicle suspension damper, and determines a control mode for the vehicle suspension damper. The method also regulates damping forces within the vehicle suspension damper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Everet Owen Ericksen, Christopher Paul Cox, Philip Tsiaras, Mark Larson, Mario Galasso, Matt McLellan
  • Patent number: 10800220
    Abstract: A method for controlling vehicle motion is described. The method includes accessing a set of control signals including a measured vehicle speed value associated with a movement of a vehicle. A control signal associated with user-induced input is also accessed. The method compares the measured vehicle speed value with a predetermined vehicle speed threshold value to achieve a speed value threshold approach status, and then compares the set of values to achieve a user-induced input threshold value approach status. The method monitors a state of a valve within the vehicle suspension damper, and determines a control mode for the vehicle suspension damper. The method also regulates damping forces within the vehicle suspension damper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Everet Owen Ericksen, Christopher Paul Cox, Philip Tsiaras, Mark Larson, Mario Galasso, Matt McLellan
  • Publication number: 20200316574
    Abstract: JMZ-1S, a silicoaluminophosphate molecular sieve having a CHA structure and containing a trimethyl(cyclohexylmethyl)ammonium cation cation is described. A calcined product, JMZ-1SC, formed from JMZ-1S is also described. Methods of preparing JMZ-1S, JMZ-1SC and metal containing calcined counterparts of JMZ-1SC are described along with methods of using JMZ-1SC and metal containing calcined counterparts of JMZ-1SC in treating exhaust gases and in converting methanol to olefines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: John CASCI, Paul COX, Alessandro TURRINA
  • Publication number: 20200300330
    Abstract: An apparatus and system are disclosed that provide position sensitive suspension damping. A damping unit includes a piston mounted in a fluid-filled cylinder. A vented path in the piston may be fluidly coupled to a bore formed in one end of the piston rod, creating a flow path for fluid to flow from a first side of the piston to a second side of the piston during a compression stroke. The flow path may be blocked by a needle configured to engage the bore as the damping unit is substantially fully compressed, thereby causing the damping rate of the damping unit to increase. In one embodiment, the piston includes multiple bypass flow paths operable during the compression stroke or the rebound stroke of the damping unit. One or more of the bypass flow paths may be restricted by one or more shims mounted on the piston.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Everet Owen Ericksen, Christopher Paul Cox, Sante M. Pelot
  • Patent number: 10774897
    Abstract: Generally described, aspects of the disclosed subject matter are directed to electronically controlled dampers having shimmed pistons. In accordance with aspects of the present disclosure, the dampers generally include a shaft having a piston with compression and rebound valves extending therethrough. For further damper tuning and adjustment, a fluid bypass assembly permits damping fluid to bypass the piston during operation. The fluid bypass assembly may include a metering pin for manual adjustment of the fluid bypass, and a control valve for electronic adjustment of the fluid bypass. In this regard, the control valve may be controlled automatically, manually, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: MF IP Holding, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Paul Cox
  • Patent number: D896146
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: MF IP Holding, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Cox, Michael Grant Owens
  • Patent number: D907541
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: MF IP Holding, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Paul Cox
  • Patent number: D910419
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: MF IP Holding, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Cox, Michael Grant Owens