Patents by Inventor James M. Hutek

James M. Hutek 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: 7234619
    Abstract: An accessory strip for a vehicle having a bracket secured to a track at select locations. The bracket includes a cam on an inner end that is received by a cam lock bar. The cam is movable within the track to selected positions where it may be locked in place. The bracket may include a dovetail socket to which articles may be secured by means of a dovetail plug and also may include a hook on which articles may be hung by means of flexible handles, or the like. The accessory strip assembly may be attached to an interior wall or may be formed as an integral track on an interior wall or seat back of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: International Automotive Components Group North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas S. Hicks, Jeffrey A. Kempf, James M. Hutek
  • Patent number: 7213793
    Abstract: A vehicle storage compartment/cupholder assembly having a molded base into which is mounted a pair of flexible invertible dividers that allow for the secure retention of various sized beverage containers. The flexible invertible dividers may be mounted and tensioned by an internal or external flexible divider spring. The molded base may have a liner mounted therein which may be a liquid barrier, a tensioning device in place of a traditional spring, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Alan Sturt, James M Hutek, James A Mulvihill
  • Patent number: 7168750
    Abstract: A vehicle storage compartment system for a central console includes a lid and at least one hinge mechanism rotatable coupled to the lid and moveably coupled to the storage compartment. Each of the set of hinge blades define limit stop openings and receive limit stoppers therethrough, thereby limiting vertical movement of the set of hinge blades. The system also includes a set of tracks, and each of the tracks receives one of the set of hinge blades, such that the set of hinge blades move upwardly and downwardly as a function of opening and closing the lid. This movement allows the lid to flip open 180° and lie flushly against an adjacent object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: James M. Hutek, James A. Mulvihill, Alan Sturt