Patents by Inventor Adam UDY

Adam UDY 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).

  • Publication number: 20220142427
    Abstract: A rotatable agitator is used in a surface clearing head of a surface cleaning apparatus. The agitator is coupled to the cleaning head at least partially within an agitator chamber and is rotated about a pivot axis. The agitator includes an elongated agitator body and a hair migration portion. The hair migration portion includes a continuous row of bristles and a sidewall. The continuous row of bristles and sidewall are at least partially revolved around and extend along at least a portion of the pivot axis from one of a collection area or a first end region of the agitator and either another collection area or a second end region of the agitator. The sidewall extends substantially parallel to the continuous row of bristles within the hair migration portion. The continuous row of bristles and sidewall are configured to reduce hair from becoming entangled in the bristles and to migrate hair towards the collection area or the first end region of the agitator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2022
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Inventors: Adam UDY, Andre D. BROWN, Steven P. CARTER
  • Publication number: 20220110495
    Abstract: A robotic cleaner includes a housing, a suction conduit with an opening, and a leading roller mounted in front of a brush roll. An inter-roller air passageway may be defined between the leading roller and the brush roll wherein the lower portion of the leading roller is exposed to a flow path to the suction conduit and an upper portion of the leading roller is outside of the flow path. Optionally, a combing unit includes a plurality of combing protrusions extending into the leading roller and having leading edges not aligned with a center of the leading roller. Optionally, a sealing strip is located along a rear side of the opening and along a portion of left and right sides of the opening. The underside may define side edge vacuum passageways extending from the sides of the housing partially between the leading roller and the sealing strip towards the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2021
    Publication date: April 14, 2022
    Inventors: Steven Paul CARTER, Adam UDY, Catriona A. SUTTER, Christopher PINCHES, David S. CLARE, Andre David BROWN, John FREESE, Patrick CLEARY, Alexander J. CALVINO, Lee COTTRELL, Daniel MEYER, Daniel John INNES, David JALBERT, Jason B. THORNE, Peter HUTCHINSON, Gordon HOWES, Wenxiu GAO, David WU, David W. POIRIER, Daniel R. DER MARDEROSIAN
  • Publication number: 20220095864
    Abstract: An agitator for a vacuum cleaner including an elongated main body extending along a pivot axis and having first and second opposite lateral ends, one or more soft cleaning elements extending from elongated main body between the first and second opposite lateral ends, one or more channels formed within the one or more soft cleaning elements and disposed between the first and second opposite lateral ends, and one or more deformable flaps disposed within the one or more channels and extending from the elongated main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Inventors: Daniel R. DER MARDEROSIAN, Nathan HERRMANN, Steven GACIN, Xavier F. CULLERE, Adam UDY, Vignesh GNANASEKARAN, Kai XU
  • Patent number: 11278171
    Abstract: A surface cleaning head with dual rotating agitators (e.g., a leading roller and a brush roll) may be used to facilitate capturing of debris in the air flow into a suction conduit on the underside of the surface cleaning head. The leading roller is generally positioned adjacent to and in advance of the opening of the suction conduit. The rotating brush roll may be located in the suction conduit with the leading roller located in front of and spaced from the brush roll, forming an inter-roller air passageway therebetween. The leading roller may provide a softer cleaning element than the brush roll and may also have an outside diameter that is less than the outside diameter of the brush roll. The surface cleaning head may also include debriding protrusions contacting the leading roller and/or a leading bumper that extends in front of the leading roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: Steven Paul Carter, Adam Udy, Catriona A. Sutter, Christopher Pinches, David S. Clare, Andre David Brown, John Freese, Patrick Cleary, Alexander Calvino, Lee Cottrell, Daniel Meyer, Daniel John Innes, David Jalbert, Jason Thorne, Peter Hutchinson, Gordon Howes, Nancy Gao Wenxiu, David Wu, David W. Poirier
  • Publication number: 20220071459
    Abstract: A surface cleaning head includes a housing having a front side and back side, a brush roll rotatably mounted to the housing within a suction conduit and having at least a portion proximate the opening of the suction conduit, a leading roller mounted to the housing in front of the brush roll, and a drive mechanism operatively coupled to the brush roll and the leading roller for driving the brush roll and the leading roller at same time. The brush roll includes an agitator body and a first bristle/flap arrangement comprising a first deformable flap extending from the agitator body and a first bristle strip and/or row of tufts extending from the agitator body and disposed adjacent to the first deformable flap. The first deformable flap is disposed at an aggressive angle and the first bristle strip and/or row of tufts is arranged at a passive angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2021
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Inventors: Steven GACIN, Jason B. THORNE, Adam UDY, Charles S. BRUNNER, Xavier F. CULLERE, Nicholas Sardar, Ognjen VRDOLJAK, Daniel R. DER MARDEROSIAN, Andre D. BROWN, Daniel J. INNES
  • Publication number: 20220031133
    Abstract: An agitator including an elongated main body configured to rotate about a pivot axis, one or more soft cleaning features coupled to and extending over a substantial portion of a surface of the elongated main body, the one or more soft cleaning features defining at least one channel, and at least one deformable flap disposed at least partially within the at least one channel and extending from the elongated main body. The deformable flap may extend beyond an outer surface of the soft cleaning features. The channel may have a generally U shape and/or V shape. The channel may be configured to allow the resiliently deformable flap to move front to back as the agitator rotates about the pivot axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2021
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventors: Daniel R. DER MARDEROSIAN, Nathan HERRMANN, Max P. LACOMA, Devan SCHAPPLER, Adam UDY, Donald WILLIAMS, Steven Gacin, Patrick Cleary, Xavier Cullere
  • Patent number: 11234568
    Abstract: A rotatable agitator is used in a surface clearing head of a surface cleaning apparatus. The agitator is coupled to the cleaning head at least partially within an agitator chamber and is rotated about a pivot axis. The agitator includes an elongated agitator body and a hair migration portion. The hair migration portion includes a continuous row of bristles and a sidewall. The continuous row of bristles and sidewall are at least partially revolved around and extend along at least a portion of the pivot axis from one of a collection area or a first end region of the agitator and either another collection area or a second end region of the agitator. The sidewall extends substantially parallel to the continuous row of bristles within the hair migration portion. The continuous row of bristles and sidewall are configured to reduce hair from becoming entangled in the bristles and to migrate hair towards the collection area or the first end region of the agitator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: Adam Udy, Andre D. Brown, Steven P. Carter
  • Patent number: 11213177
    Abstract: In general, the present disclosure is directed to a hand-held surface cleaning device that includes a relatively compact form-factor to allow users to store the same in a nearby location (e.g., in a drawer, in an associated charging dock, on a table top) for easy access to perform relatively small cleaning tasks that would otherwise require retrieving a full-size vacuum from storage. A hand-held surface cleaning device consistent with aspects of the present disclosure includes a body (or body portion) with a motor, power source and dust cup disposed therein. The body portion also functions as a handgrip to allow the hand-held surface cleaning device to be operated by one hand, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Tonderys, Andre D. Brown, Daniel Innes, Bastin Antonisami, Jason B. Thorne, Kai Xu, Heliang Chen, Adam Udy
  • Patent number: 11202542
    Abstract: A robotic cleaner includes a housing, a suction conduit with an opening, and a leading roller mounted in front of a brush roll. An inter-roller air passageway may be defined between the leading roller and the brush roll wherein the lower portion of the leading roller is exposed to a flow path to the suction conduit and an upper portion of the leading roller is outside of the flow path. Optionally, a combing unit includes a plurality of combing protrusions extending into the leading roller and having leading edges not aligned with a center of the leading roller. Optionally, a sealing strip is located along a rear side of the opening and along a portion of left and right sides of the opening. The underside may define side edge vacuum passageways extending from the sides of the housing partially between the leading roller and the sealing strip towards the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: Steven Paul Carter, Adam Udy, Catriona A. Sutter, Christopher Pinches, David S. Clare, Andre David Brown, John Freese, Patrick Cleary, Alexander J. Calvino, Lee Cottrell, Daniel Meyer, Daniel John Innes, David Jalbert, Jason B. Thorne, Peter Hutchinson, Gordon Howes, Wenxiu Gao, David Wu, David W. Poirier, Daniel R. Der Marderosian
  • Patent number: 11160425
    Abstract: A hand vacuum cleaner has a main body having an upper end having a dirty air inlet conduit and a handle. The handle has a hand grip portion that extends upwardly and forwardly. An assembly comprising an air treatment member and a pre-motor filter media is removably mounted to the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventors: Andre D. Brown, Wayne Conrad, Nina Conrad, Lee M. Cottrell, Dave Petersen, Jason B. Thorne, Adam Udy
  • Publication number: 20210315428
    Abstract: A nozzle for use with a surface cleaning device is disclosed that includes a nozzle housing defining a dirty air inlet, at least a first caster coupled to the nozzle housing to allow for movement of the nozzle housing over a surface to be cleaned, and a caster locking arrangement coupled to the nozzle housing. The caster locking arrangement preferably includes at least a first locking member to transition the first caster between a locked configuration and an unlocked configuration, with the locked configuration limiting movement of the nozzle housing along a single axis during cleaning operations, and the unlocked configuration allowing for movement of the nozzle housing along a plurality of axes/directions during cleaning operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2021
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Inventors: Adam UDY, Nikola PETROV, Daniel J. INNES
  • Publication number: 20210244248
    Abstract: A flexible hose for use with surface cleaning devices is disclosed that includes a support structure that allows a user to collapse and lock the same into a storage configuration, and then easily unlock the same using a relatively minor amount of force, e.g., a user-applied pulling force or mechanical force. Thus, in a general sense, a hose consistent with the present disclosure may include two relatively stable/steady-state configurations, namely a storage configuration and an in-use configuration. Thus, the hose allows a user to collapse and lock the hose when not in use, and to transition the hose to an in-use configuration to target various types of surfaces to clean including, for instance, floors, walls and ceilings which may be many feet (e.g., up to 5 feet or more) from the surface cleaning apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2021
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Inventors: Jason B. THORNE, Andre D. BROWN, Daniel INNES, Lee M. COTTRELL, Adam UDY, Daniel TONDERYS, David CLARE, Kai XU
  • Patent number: 11051668
    Abstract: A vacuum assembly having a hand vacuum configuration and a wand vacuum configuration may include a dust cup, a suction motor fluidly coupled to the dust cup, and a power source. The suction motor and the power source may be transitionable between a wand vacuum position and a hand vacuum position. When the suction motor and the power source are in the wand vacuum position, the dust cup, the suction motor, and the power source may be arranged serially. When the suction motor and the power source are in the hand vacuum position, the suction motor and the power source may be arranged in parallel with the dust cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: Jason B. Thorne, Kai Xu, Sam Liu, Adam Udy, Daniel J. Innes, Nikola Petrov, Andre D. Brown
  • Publication number: 20210177223
    Abstract: A nozzle having castellations provides high suction pressure while also allowing for large pieces of debris to pass through inlet openings. In more detail, a nozzle for a surface treatment/cleaning apparatus is disclosed herein. The nozzle provides a suction channel through which debris passes into a main body of the surface treatment apparatus. Castellations are provided along a leading edge of the nozzle to allow debris to pass through the leading edge to the suction channel, and into the main body during, for instance, forward and reverse strokes of the surface treatment apparatus. In an embodiment, the castellations further include receptacles/cavities to receive and securely hold wheels therein. The wheels may extend from the nozzle at a predefined angle, also referred to herein as a camber angle, to improve vacuum handling and reduce noise during operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel R. DER MARDEROSIAN, Nathan HERRMANN, Max P. LACOMA, Devan SCHAPPLER, Adam UDY, Donald WILLIAMS, Hanzon R. HUNT
  • Patent number: 10986970
    Abstract: A flexible hose for use with surface cleaning devices is disclosed that includes a support structure that allows a user to collapse and lock the same into a storage configuration, and then easily unlock the same using a relatively minor amount of force, e.g., a user-applied pulling force or mechanical force. Thus, in a general sense, a hose consistent with the present disclosure may include two relatively stable/steady-state configurations, namely a storage configuration and an in-use configuration. Thus, the hose allows a user to collapse and lock the hose when not in use, and to transition the hose to an in-use configuration to target various types of surfaces to clean including, for instance, floors, walls and ceilings which may be many feet (e.g., up to 5 feet or more) from the surface cleaning apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: Jason B. Thorne, Andre D. Brown, Daniel Innes, Lee M. Cottrell, Adam Udy, Daniel Tonderys, David Clare, Kai Xu
  • Patent number: 10813510
    Abstract: A hand vacuum cleaner has a suction motor and fan assembly, an air treatment member and a pre-motor filter. The front end of the air treatment member is forward of the pre-motor filter media and the front end of the suction motor is forward of the pre-motor filter media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventors: Andre D. Brown, Wayne Conrad, Nina Conrad, Lee M. Cottrell, Dave Petersen, Jason B. Thorne, Adam Udy
  • Publication number: 20200329930
    Abstract: A surface cleaning head includes dual rotating agitators (e.g., a leading roller and a brush roll) and a removable cover for covering a top of the agitators and allowing access to the agitators from a top of the surface cleaning head. The dual agitators may be used to facilitate capturing of debris in the air flow into a suction conduit on the underside of the surface cleaning head. The brush roll may be located in a brush roll chamber and at least partially in an opening to the suction conduit. The leading roller may be positioned adjacent to and in advance of the suction conduit opening such that the leading roller engages debris and moves the debris toward the brush roll and the opening. The leading roller may be removable from the housing and held in place by the removable cover. The cover may be coupled using isolated latching mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Adam UDY, Andre David BROWN, John FREESE, Patrick CLEARY, Daniel MEYER, Daniel John INNES, Jason THORNE, Peter HUTCHINSON, Gordon HOWES, Wenxiu GAO, Daniel R. DER MARDEROSIAN, Thomas FORD, Owen R. JOHNSON
  • Patent number: 10716448
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus, such as an extractor, has a liquid delivery system operable to alternately deliver a carpet cleaning solution and a hard floor cleaning solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Ernest Conrad, Dave Petersen, Nina Conrad, Daniel Innes, Adam Udy, Brian Christopher Burke
  • Patent number: 10702116
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus such as an extractor is operable in a floor cleaning mode which utilizes a floor cleaning fluid flow path. The surface cleaning apparatus is also operable in an above floor cleaning mode which utilizes a different above floor fluid flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Ernest Conrad, Daniel Innes, Adam Udy, Brian Burke
  • Patent number: 10702108
    Abstract: A surface cleaning head includes dual rotating agitators (e.g., a leading roller and a brush roll) and a removable cover for covering a top of the agitators and allowing access to the agitators from a top of the surface cleaning head. The dual agitators may be used to facilitate capturing of debris in the air flow into a suction conduit on the underside of the surface cleaning head. The brush roll may be located in a brush roll chamber and at least partially in an opening to the suction conduit. The leading roller may be positioned adjacent to and in advance of the suction conduit opening such that the leading roller engages debris and moves the debris toward the brush roll and the opening. The leading roller may be removable from the housing and held in place by the removable cover. The cover may be coupled using isolated latching mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: Adam Udy, Andre David Brown, John Freese, Patrick Cleary, Daniel Meyer, Daniel John Innes, Jason Thorne, Peter Hutchinson, Gordon Howes, Wenxiu Gao, Daniel R. Der Marderosian, Thomas Ford, Owen R. Johnson