Patents by Inventor Alain Zürcher

Alain Zürcher 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: 11135988
    Abstract: A passenger restraint system for roller coasters, designed to maintain a passenger in an essentially upright posture, the passenger restraint system including a fixed column and a seat column designed to support and hold the passenger, which seat column is coupled to the fixed column so as to be movable relative to the fixed column and to be adjustable to the size of the passenger during an embarkation phase. The seat column is coupled to the fixed column by an articulated linkage, and the passenger restraint system further includes a device for balancing the seat column, which balancing device includes a cylinder fixed, at a first articulated end, to the fixed column and, at a second articulated end, to the seat column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Bolliger & Mabillard Ingenieurs Conseils S.A.
    Inventors: Alain Zürcher, Éric Berra
  • Publication number: 20200298783
    Abstract: A passenger restraint system for roller coasters, designed to maintain a passenger in an essentially upright posture, the passenger restraint system including a fixed column and a seat column designed to support and hold the passenger, which seat column is coupled to the fixed column so as to be movable relative to the fixed column and to be adjustable to the size of the passenger during an embarkation phase. The seat column is coupled to the fixed column by an articulated linkage, and the passenger restraint system further includes a device for balancing the seat column, which balancing device includes a cylinder fixed, at a first articulated end, to the fixed column and, at a second articulated end, to the seat column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Alain Zürcher, Éric Berra