Patents by Inventor ATHANASIOS K. TEKNOS

ATHANASIOS K. TEKNOS 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: 10174831
    Abstract: A vibration isolation system reduces rattling in a reverse lockout mechanism for a manual shifter. A shaft retained in a shifter housing has an upper end for a shift knob and an enlarged barrel section proximate the housing. A lockout skirt slides on the shaft between upper and lower positions. The lockout skirt has a shoulder extending radially outward, and the housing includes a stop block such that the shaft is prevented from pivoting to a reverse gear position when the lockout skirt is in the lower position and is free to move to the reverse gear position when the lockout skirt is in the upper position. A spring retained on the shaft biases the lockout skirt toward the lower position. A plurality of lubricated O-rings are disposed on the shaft to define sliding interfaces between the lockout skirt and the shaft and between the lockout skirt and the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Athanasios K. Teknos, Chin L. Vong, Jeffrey M. Albers, Stephen M. Duane, Todd C. Trombley, James R. Backus
  • Patent number: 9927022
    Abstract: A manual transmission shifter includes a reaction arm mounting the shifter to a transmission via a bushing. The bushing includes a resilient member having a tubular section lining a mounting hole in the arm and having a flange extending around the hole. The bushing includes a rigid cup member having an inner sleeve disposed within the tubular section and having a cup rim defining a recess between the inner sleeve and cup rim with a predetermined depth. The flange has a thickness greater than the predetermined depth and is inserted in the recess to create an open gap between the cup rim and the arm. A fastener extends through the inner sleeve to attach the cup member to a transmission bracket. The resilient member attenuates vibrations through the bushing. The arm is provided with a limited range of longitudinal rotation by contact of the arm with the cup rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Chin L. Vong, Jeffrey M. Albers, Stephen M. Duane, Athanasios K. Teknos
  • Publication number: 20170097088
    Abstract: A manual transmission shifter includes a reaction arm mounting the shifter to a transmission via a bushing. The bushing includes a resilient member having a tubular section lining a mounting hole in the arm and having a flange extending around the hole. The bushing includes a rigid cup member having an inner sleeve disposed within the tubular section and having a cup rim defining a recess between the inner sleeve and cup rim with a predetermined depth. The flange has a thickness greater than the predetermined depth and is inserted in the recess to create an open gap between the cup rim and the arm. A fastener extends through the inner sleeve to attach the cup member to a transmission bracket. The resilient member attenuates vibrations through the bushing. The arm is provided with a limited range of longitudinal rotation by contact of the arm with the cup rim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Inventors: CHIN L. VONG, JEFFREY M. ALBERS, STEPHEN M. DUANE, ATHANASIOS K. TEKNOS
  • Publication number: 20170097089
    Abstract: A vibration isolation system reduces rattling in a reverse lockout mechanism for a manual shifter. A shaft retained in a shifter housing has an upper end for a shift knob and an enlarged barrel section proximate the housing. A lockout skirt slides on the shaft between upper and lower positions. The lockout skirt has a shoulder extending radially outward, and the housing includes a stop block such that the shaft is prevented from pivoting to a reverse gear position when the lockout skirt is in the lower position and is free to move to the reverse gear position when the lockout skirt is in the upper position. A spring retained on the shaft biases the lockout skirt toward the lower position. A plurality of lubricated O-rings are disposed on the shaft to define sliding interfaces between the lockout skirt and the shaft and between the lockout skirt and the barrel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Inventors: ATHANASIOS K. TEKNOS, CHIN L. VONG, JEFFREY M. ALBERS, STEPHEN M. DUANE, TODD C. TROMBLEY, JAMES R. BACKUS