Patents by Inventor Bradley E. Watson

Bradley E. Watson 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: 20210129759
    Abstract: An articulating step assembly for a vehicle which includes a mount for attachment to a vehicle, a step member and an articulating linkage connecting the mount and the step for stowing and deploying the step. A motor is attached to the linkage to provide raising and lowering of the step. A weather sealed non-contact switch located on the assembly for actuating the motor and linkage in response to movement of the step in a predetermined direction for deploying the step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley E. Watson
  • Patent number: 10919453
    Abstract: An articulating step assembly for a vehicle which includes a mount for attachment to a vehicle, a step member and an articulating linkage connecting the mount and the step for stowing and deploying the step. A motor is attached to the linkage to provide raising and lowering of the step. A weather sealed non-contact switch located on the assembly for actuating the motor and linkage in response to movement of the step in a predetermined direction for deploying the step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley E. Watson
  • Publication number: 20200339039
    Abstract: An adjustable position automated running board step for a vehicle. A step member is attached to a linkage. The linkage is operable for moving the step from a deployed to a stowed position. An adjustable lead screw linkage is provided, which allows adjustable stop points between the stowed and the deployed positions. A typical stow position stows the step in a suitable position at the rocker interface and also provides a more easily tunable lowest position. The invention includes a method whereby the step can be infinitely positioned in a predetermined range between the lowest step position and the stow position by means of electronic control. The electronic control of the “mid variable position” could be programmable by either the customer or the manufacturer. For example, there exists the opportunity to have a “his and hers” selection by a number of methods such a key fob or instrument panel selection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Applicant: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley E. Watson
  • Publication number: 20200156547
    Abstract: A power box step on a vehicle having a safety arrangement that provides noticeable controlled failure of the power box step if damaged. The controlled failure is accomplished by using vertical and horizontal shear pins that are designed to break when the horizontal or vertical load applied to the step is too great. The failure of the step is controlled by vertical and horizontal movement limit pins that prevent the step from moving too far in the vertical or horizontal direction when failure occurs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley E. Watson
  • Publication number: 20190315278
    Abstract: An articulating step assembly for a vehicle which includes a mount for attachment to a vehicle, a step member and an articulating linkage connecting the mount and the step for stowing and deploying the step. A motor is attached to the linkage to provide raising and lowering of the step. A weather sealed non-contact switch located on the assembly for actuating the motor and linkage in response to movement of the step in a predetermined direction for deploying the step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventor: Bradley E. Watson
  • Publication number: 20190308558
    Abstract: A compact deployable/retractable running board assembly for a motor vehicle including a running board, linkage coupled to the running board, and a motor assembly coupled to an actuator, the running board moveable between at least one stowed position and at least one deployed position. The linkage includes a drive arm connected to a pivot shaft within a housing at a location on the pivot shaft between two bushings that are coupled to the pivot shaft within the housing. The linkage also includes an idler arm connected to a pivot shaft within an idler housing. The actuator is operably coupled to the linkage to cause rotation of the linkage to move the running board between the at least one stowed position generally under the motor vehicle and at least one deployed position to provide a step surface for a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Applicant: Magna International Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Yuguang Long, Jeffrey R. Johnson, Bradley E. Watson
  • Patent number: 10343610
    Abstract: A compact deployable/retractable running board assembly for a motor vehicle including a running board, linkage coupled to the running board, and a motor assembly coupled to an actuator, the running board moveable between at least one stowed position and at least one deployed position. The linkage includes a drive arm connected to a pivot shaft within a housing at a location on the pivot shaft between two bushings that are coupled to the pivot shaft within the housing. The linkage also includes an idler arm connected to a pivot shaft within an idler housing. The actuator is operably coupled to the linkage to cause rotation of the linkage to move the running board between the at least one stowed position generally under the motor vehicle and at least one deployed position to provide a step surface for a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Yuguang Long, Jeffrey R. Johnson, Bradley E. Watson
  • Publication number: 20180001825
    Abstract: A compact deployable/retractable running board assembly for a motor vehicle including a running board, linkage coupled to the running board, and a motor assembly coupled to an actuator, the running board moveable between at least one stowed position and at least one deployed position. The linkage includes a drive arm connected to a pivot shaft within a housing at a location on the pivot shaft between two bushings that are coupled to the pivot shaft within the housing. The linkage also includes an idler arm connected to a pivot shaft within an idler housing. The actuator is operably coupled to the linkage to cause rotation of the linkage to move the running board between the at least one stowed position generally under the motor vehicle and at least one deployed position to provide a step surface for a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: Albert Yuguang Long, Jeffrey R. Johnson, Bradley E. Watson
  • Publication number: 20170210299
    Abstract: Running board assembly for a motor vehicle having a passenger cab and a box. The running board assembly includes a linear actuator assembly partly disposed within a housing assembly, a running board operably coupled to the linear actuator assembly and movable relative to the housing assembly between a stowed position tucked underneath the vehicle, a cab entry position generally outwardly from the vehicle to support a user entering or exiting the passenger cab, and a box side step disposed generally outwardly from the vehicle and rearward of the cab entry position to provide a user with side access to the box, and a motor operably coupled to the linear actuator assembly for driving the linear actuator assembly in opposing first and second directions. The linear actuator assembly converts rotary input to linear motion to cause a drive arm having a linkage assembly to move the running board between the positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventor: Bradley E. Watson
  • Patent number: 9649983
    Abstract: Running board assembly for a motor vehicle having a passenger cab and a box. The running board assembly includes a linear actuator assembly partly disposed within a housing assembly, a running board operably coupled to the linear actuator assembly and movable relative to the housing assembly between a stowed position tucked underneath the vehicle, a cab entry position generally outwardly from the vehicle to support a user entering or exiting the passenger cab, and a box side step disposed generally outwardly from the vehicle and rearward of the cab entry position to provide a user with side access to the box, and a motor operably coupled to the linear actuator assembly for driving the linear actuator assembly in opposing first and second directions. The linear actuator assembly converts rotary input to linear motion to cause a drive arm having a linkage assembly to move the running board between the positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley E. Watson
  • Publication number: 20160023609
    Abstract: Running board assembly for a motor vehicle having a passenger cab and a box. The running board assembly includes a linear actuator assembly partly disposed within a housing assembly, a running board operably coupled to the linear actuator assembly and movable relative to the housing assembly between a stowed position tucked underneath the vehicle, a cab entry position generally outwardly from the vehicle to support a user entering or exiting the passenger cab, and a box side step disposed generally outwardly from the vehicle and rearward of the cab entry position to provide a user with side access to the box, and a motor operably coupled to the linear actuator assembly for driving the linear actuator assembly in opposing first and second directions. The linear actuator assembly converts rotary input to linear motion to cause a drive arm having a linkage assembly to move the running board between the positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Publication date: January 28, 2016
    Inventor: Bradley E. Watson
  • Patent number: 8714575
    Abstract: A running board assembly is provided for a motor vehicle. The running board assembly includes an actuator housing fixedly mounted to the motor vehicle. An arm is slidable relative to the actuator housing in opposing inboard and outboard directions for movement into and out of the actuator housing. A linear mechanism is disposed within the actuator housing and is spaced apart from the arm. The linear mechanism is also operably connected to the arm to provide linear movement of the arm in the inboard and outboard directions. A step is pivotal relative to the arm and movable in the opposing inboard and outboard directions therewith for movement between a stowed position and a deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Magna International Inc
    Inventor: Bradley E. Watson
  • Patent number: 8676440
    Abstract: A snowmobile suspension system connected between a skid frame positioned below a chassis of a snowmobile. A limiter strap adjustment mechanism is connected between the chassis and the at least one limiter strap and selectively adjusts the length of the at least one limiter strap. A coupling arm adjustment mechanism is connected between the chassis and at least one coupling arm and selectively adjusts the length of the at least one coupling arm. A linear force device adjustment mechanism is connected between the chassis and the linear force device for adjusting the length and angle of the linear force device relative to the at least one rear arm resulting in control of the force displacement characteristics of the at least one rear arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley E. Watson
  • Publication number: 20120166043
    Abstract: A snowmobile suspension system connected between a skid frame positioned below a chassis of a snowmobile. A limiter strap adjustment mechanism is connected between the chassis and the at least one limiter strap and selectively adjusts the length of the at least one limiter strap. A coupling arm adjustment mechanism is connected between the chassis and at least one coupling arm and selectively adjusts the length of the at least one coupling arm. A linear force device adjustment mechanism is connected between the chassis and the linear force device for adjusting the length and angle of the linear force device relative to the at least one rear arm resulting in control of the force displacement characteristics of the at least one rear arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: Magna International Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley E. Watson
  • Patent number: 8136826
    Abstract: A running board assembly for a motor vehicle includes an arm adapted to be fixedly coupled to the motor vehicle. A pivot shaft extends through the arm and is rotatable relative thereto. A step is fixedly secured to the pivot shaft and is movable between a stowed position and a deployed position. A motor is operably coupled to the pivot shaft such that actuation of the motor rotates the pivot shaft relative to the arm to move the step between the stowed position and the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley E. Watson
  • Patent number: 8070173
    Abstract: A step assembly includes a mounting bracket assembly adapted to be fixedly secured to a motor vehicle. A first arm includes one end pivotal with respect to the mounting bracket assembly and an opposing end. A second arm includes one end pivotal with respect to the mounting bracket assembly and an opposing end. A step pad assembly is pivotally coupled to the opposing end of each of the first and second arms. The step pad assembly includes a step movable between a retracted position and an extended position. A push to release mechanism is operably coupled to at least one of the first and second arms to release the step from one of the retracted and extended positions in response to a push action on the step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Magna International Inc
    Inventor: Bradley E. Watson
  • Patent number: 7976042
    Abstract: A step assembly includes an upper housing adapted to be fixedly secured to the motor vehicle. A step is movable relative to the upper housing between a stowed position and a deployed position. A single arm is pivotal with respect to the upper housing and pivotal with respect to the step in order to form a three-bar linkage for moving the step between the stowed and deployed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventors: Bradley E. Watson, Charles J. Chuba, Ben Yang, John Harding, Christopher J. Kuntze, Trevor Thompson
  • Publication number: 20100320715
    Abstract: A running board assembly is provided for a motor vehicle. The running board assembly includes an actuator housing fixedly mounted to the motor vehicle. An arm is slidable relative to the actuator housing in opposing inboard and outboard directions for movement into and out of the actuator housing. A linear mechanism is disposed within the actuator housing and is spaced apart from the arm. The linear mechanism is also operably connected to the arm to provide linear movement of the arm in the inboard and outboard directions. A step is pivotal relative to the arm and movable in the opposing inboard and outboard directions therewith for movement between a stowed position and a deployed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventor: Bradley E. Watson
  • Publication number: 20100044993
    Abstract: A running board assembly for a motor vehicle includes an arm adapted to be fixedly coupled to the motor vehicle. A pivot shaft extends through the arm and is rotatable relative thereto. A step is fixedly secured to the pivot shaft and is movable between a stowed position and a deployed position. A motor is operably coupled to the pivot shaft such that actuation of the motor rotates the pivot shaft relative to the arm to move the step between the stowed position and the deployed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: Bradley E. Watson
  • Publication number: 20090250896
    Abstract: A step assembly includes a mounting bracket assembly adapted to be fixedly secured to a motor vehicle. A first arm includes one end pivotal with respect to the mounting bracket assembly and an opposing end. A second arm includes one end pivotal with respect to the mounting bracket assembly and an opposing end. A step pad assembly is pivotally coupled to the opposing end of each of the first and second arms. The step pad assembly includes a step movable between a retracted position and an extended position. A push to release mechanism is operably coupled to at least one of the first and second arms to release the step from one of the retracted and extended positions in response to a push action on the step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Inventor: Bradley E. Watson