Patents by Inventor Jean Marc Girardin

Jean Marc Girardin 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: 10350120
    Abstract: The embodiments described and claimed herein are improved wheelchair passenger securement systems and stations. In particular, one embodiment described and claimed herein is a system that includes a wheelchair restraint and a moveable bumper, wherein the movable bumper is configured to induce tension into the wheelchair restraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Valeda Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Girardin, Joe Esteireiro
  • Patent number: 10292879
    Abstract: The embodiments described and claimed herein are improved wheelchair passenger securement systems and stations. In particular, one embodiment described and claimed herein includes a mobility aid restraint, a bumper, and a tensioning mechanism, wherein the tensioning mechanism is adapted to pre-tension the mobility aid restraint whereby the wheelchair restraint exerts a force on the mobility aid in a direction at least partly toward the bumper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Valeda Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Girardin, Joe Esteireiro
  • Publication number: 20190133853
    Abstract: The embodiments described and claimed herein are improved wheelchair passenger securement systems and stations. In particular, one embodiment described and claimed herein is a system that includes a wheelchair restraint and a moveable bumper, wherein the movable bumper is configured to induce tension into the wheelchair restraint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: Valeda Company (dba "Q'Straint, Inc.")
    Inventors: Jean-Marc GIRARDIN, Joe ESTEIREIRO
  • Publication number: 20180344546
    Abstract: The embodiments described and claimed herein are improved wheelchair passenger securement systems and stations. In particular, one embodiment described and claimed herein is a drop-in system comprising a barrier module and a wall-side module, which incorporate two separate restraint devices which are configured to secure a wheelchair at two separate attachment points and a bumper. The system can optionally include a moveable excursion barrier or a pull-mechanism to pre-tension at least one of the restraint devices the wheelchair securements. In a simpler embodiment, a bumper and two restraint devices, such as retractors, are provided for attachment to the vehicle surfaces or structures at a wall side of a wheelchair securement area or at a rear side of the wheelchair securement area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: VALEDA COMPANY (d/b/a "Q'Straint")
    Inventors: JOHN GOSS, JEAN-MARC GIRARDIN, JOE ESTEIREIRO
  • Patent number: 10071004
    Abstract: The embodiments described and claimed herein are improved wheelchair passenger securement systems and stations. In particular, one embodiment described and claimed herein is a drop-in system comprising a barrier module and a wall-side module, which incorporate two separate restraint devices which are configured to secure a wheelchair at two separate attachment points and a bumper. The system can optionally include a moveable excursion barrier or a pull mechanism to pre-tension at least one of the restraint devices the wheelchair securements. In a simpler embodiment, a bumper and two restraint devices, such as retractors, are provided for attachment to the vehicle surfaces or structures at a wall side of a wheelchair securement area or at a rear side of the wheelchair securement area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Valeda Company
    Inventors: John Goss, Jean-Marc Girardin, Joe Esteireiro
  • Publication number: 20180177651
    Abstract: The restraint and retractor assembly described and claimed herein are for securing a wheelchair to a support while the wheelchair is in transit. In one embodiment, the system includes at least one securement assembly having a configuration in which a portion of the wheelchair is secured in the vehicle. In this embodiment, the securement assembly includes a retractor secured to the vehicle and a restraint that has both of its ends secured to or near the retractor and a middle segment extends to and from a spool in the retractor, a middle segment is connected to the wheelchair by a connector and passes through an opening in the connector, providing a double length of flexible webbing to secure the wheelchair to the support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Applicant: VALEDA COMPANY (d/b/a "Q'Straint")
    Inventors: Jean-Marc GIRARDIN, Joseph ESTEIREIRO, Patrick GIRARDIN
  • Publication number: 20170216114
    Abstract: The embodiment described and claimed herein are improved barrier-type wheelchair securement systems. In particular, one embodiment of a barrier includes an integral shoulder belt assembly, two integral wheelchair restraint assemblies, and two integral lap belt assemblies. The wheelchair restraint and lap belt assemblies comprise retractors which can be mounted external or internal to the barrier. The integral shoulder belt assembly could be connected to a vertical telescoping member which is movable from a first position, wherein the telescoping member is housed inside of the barrier, to a second position, wherein the shoulder belt assembly is disposed at a proper height for a wheelchair passenger. Alternatively, the shoulder belt assembly could be rigidly mounted to the barrier in a fixed position, or could be adjustable to accommodate passengers of varying size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: VALEDA COMPANY LLC (d/b/a "Q'Straint")
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Girardin, Eric Girardin, Joe Esteireiro
  • Patent number: 9616843
    Abstract: The embodiment described and claimed herein are improved barrier-type wheelchair securement systems. In particular, one embodiment of a barrier includes an integral shoulder belt assembly, two integral wheelchair restraint assemblies, and two integral lap belt assemblies. The wheelchair restraint and lap belt assemblies comprise retractors which can be mounted external or internal to the barrier. The integral shoulder belt assembly could be connected to a vertical telescoping member which is movable from a first position, wherein the telescoping member is housed inside of the barrier, to a second position, wherein the shoulder belt assembly is disposed at a proper height for a wheelchair passenger. Alternatively, the shoulder belt assembly could be rigidly mounted to the barrier in a fixed position, or could be adjustable to accommodate passengers of varying size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Valeda Company LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Girardin, Eric Girardin, Joe Esteireiro
  • Publication number: 20160361212
    Abstract: The restraint and retractor assembly described and claimed herein are for securing a wheelchair to a support while the wheelchair is in transit. In one embodiment, the system includes at least one securement assembly having a configuration in which a portion of the wheelchair is secured in the vehicle. In this embodiment, the securement assembly includes a retractor secured to the vehicle and a restraint that has both of its ends secured to or near the retractor and a middle segment extends to and from a spool in the retractor, a middle segment is connected to the wheelchair by a connector and passes through an opening in the connector, providing a double length of flexible webbing to secure the wheelchair to the support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Applicant: Valeda Company (d/b/a "Q'STRAINT")
    Inventors: Jean-Marc GIRARDIN, Joseph ESTEIREIRO, Patrick GIRARDIN
  • Patent number: 9445957
    Abstract: The restraint and retractor assembly described and claimed herein are for securing a wheelchair to a support while the wheelchair is in transit. In one embodiment, the system includes at least one securement assembly having a configuration in which a portion of the wheelchair is secured in the vehicle. In this embodiment, the securement assembly includes a retractor secured to the vehicle and a restraint that has both of its ends secured to or near the retractor and a middle segment extends to and from a spool in the refractor, a middle segment is connected to the wheelchair by a connector and passes through an opening in the connector, providing a double length of flexible webbing to secure the wheelchair to the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Valeda Company
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Girardin, Joseph Esteireiro, Patrick Girardin
  • Publication number: 20150328067
    Abstract: The embodiments described and claimed herein are improved wheelchair passenger securement systems and stations. In particular, one embodiment described and claimed herein is a drop-in system comprising a barrier module and a wall-side module, which incorporate three separate restraint devices which are configured to secure a wheelchair at three separate attachment points. The system can optionally include a moveable excursion barrier or a pull-mechanism to pre-tension at least one of the restraint devices the wheelchair securements. In a simpler embodiment, three restraint devices, such as retractors, are provided for attachment to the vehicle surfaces or structures in, for example, a generally right-triangular configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Applicant: VALEDA COMPANY (D/B/A "Q'STRAINT")
    Inventors: Jean-Marc GIRARDIN, Joe ESTEIREIRO, Patrick GIRARDIN, Edgardo CARDONNA
  • Patent number: 9107786
    Abstract: The embodiments described and claimed herein are improved wheelchair passenger securement systems and stations. In particular, one embodiment described and claimed herein is a system comprising a barrier module and a wall-side module, which incorporate three separate restraint devices which are configured to secure a wheelchair at three separate attachment points. The system can optionally include a moveable excursion barrier or a pull-mechanism to pre-tension at least one of the restraint devices the wheelchair securements. In a simpler embodiment, three restraint devices, such as retractors, are provided for attachment to the vehicle surfaces or structures in, for example, a generally right-triangular configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Valeda Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Girardin, Joe Esteireiro, Patrick Girardin, Edgardo Cardonna
  • Publication number: 20140334893
    Abstract: The embodiments described and claimed herein are improved wheelchair passenger securement systems and stations. In particular, one embodiment described and claimed herein is a drop-in system comprising a barrier module and a wall-side module, which incorporate two separate restraint devices which are configured to secure a wheelchair at two separate attachment points and a bumper. The system can optionally include a moveable excursion barrier or a pull-mechanism to pre-tension at least one of the restraint devices the wheelchair securements. In a simpler embodiment, a bumper and two restraint devices, such as retractors, are provided for attachment to the vehicle surfaces or structures at a wall side of a wheelchair securement area or at a rear side of the wheelchair securement area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: VALEDA COMPANY (D/B/A "Q'STRAINT")
    Inventors: John GOSS, Jean-Marc GIRARDIN, Joe ESTEIREIRO
  • Publication number: 20140271020
    Abstract: The restraint and retractor assembly described and claimed herein are for securing a wheelchair to a support while the wheelchair is in transit. In one embodiment, the system includes at least one securement assembly having a configuration in which a portion of the wheelchair is secured in the vehicle. In this embodiment, the securement assembly includes a retractor secured to the vehicle and a restraint that has both of its ends secured to or near the retractor and a middle segment extends to and from a spool in the refractor, a middle segment is connected to the wheelchair by a connector and passes through an opening in the connector, providing a double length of flexible webbing to secure the wheelchair to the support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: VALEDA COMPANY (D/B/A "Q'STRAINT")
    Inventors: Jean-Marc GIRARDIN, Joseph ESTEIREIRO, Patrick GIRARDIN
  • Publication number: 20130280002
    Abstract: The embodiments described and claimed herein are improved wheelchair passenger securement systems and stations. In particular, one embodiment described and claimed herein is a system comprising a barrier module and a wall-side module, which incorporate three separate restraint devices which are configured to secure a wheelchair at three separate attachment points. The system can optionally include a moveable excursion barrier or a pull-mechanism to pre-tension at least one of the restraint devices the wheelchair securements. In a simpler embodiment, three restraint devices, such as retractors, are provided for attachment to the vehicle surfaces or structures in, for example, a generally right-triangular configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: Valeda Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Marc GIRARDIN, Joe ESTEIREIRO, Patrick GIRARDIN, Edgardo CARDONNA
  • Patent number: 8414234
    Abstract: The embodiments described and claimed herein are improved wheelchair passenger securement systems and stations. In particular, one embodiment described and claimed herein is a drop-in system comprising a barrier module and a wall-side module, which incorporate three separate restraint devices which are configured to secure a wheelchair at three separate attachment points. The system can optionally include a moveable excursion barrier or a pull-mechanism to pre-tension at least one of the restraint devices the wheelchair securements. In a simpler embodiment, three restraint devices, such as retractors, are provided for attachment to the vehicle surfaces or structures in, for example, a generally right-triangular configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Q'Straint
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Girardin, Joe Esteireiro, Erick Rudaitis
  • Patent number: 7854576
    Abstract: A rear facing wheelchair passenger station for securing a wheelchair in a large accessible transit vehicle. The station includes a forward excursion barrier for preventing forward movement of a wheelchair, lateral excursion barriers for preventing undesired lateral and rearward movement of the wheelchair, wall side flip seats which are adapted to covert the wheelchair passenger station for use by non-wheelchair persons, hand holds, high friction floor material for assisting in the prevention of movement of the wheelchair, and an electro-pneumatic control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Valeda Company LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Girardin, Joe Esteireiro, Andrew Shutter, Douglas A. Hobson, Jules Legal
  • Publication number: 20100092263
    Abstract: The embodiments described and claimed herein are improved wheelchair passenger securement systems and stations. In particular, one embodiment described and claimed herein is a drop-in system comprising a barrier module and a wall-side module, which incorporate three separate restraint devices which are configured to secure a wheelchair at three separate attachment points. The system can optionally include a moveable excursion barrier or a pull-mechanism to pre-tension at least one of the restraint devices the wheelchair securements. In a simpler embodiment, three restraint devices, such as retractors, are provided for attachment to the vehicle surfaces or structures in, for example, a generally right-triangular configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Girardin, Joe Esteireiro, Erick Rudaitis
  • Patent number: 7637705
    Abstract: A track fitting with a spring loaded plunger for use in securing an anchor to a floor track mounted in a vehicle. The track fitting includes an anchor with at least one engaging lug, preferably on each side of the anchor, and a spring loaded plunger with at least one post, preferably one on each side of the plunger, that is registered to a lug to lock the anchor into the floor track when the fitting. The fitting includes visual indicia to signal an installer that the plunger is at least approximately in the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Valeda Company
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Girardin, Joe Esteireiro, Roger Dick
  • Publication number: 20090214314
    Abstract: A docking system for securing a wheelchair into a vehicle in which docking fixtures are firmly attached to the frame of the wheelchair and the floor of the vehicle, either directly or by attachment to a support which is attached to either the frame of the wheelchair or the floor of the vehicle. A male docking fixture is mounted on a support to the underside of the wheelchair, which is positioned in the vehicle so that the male docking fixture and the female docking fixture are aligned and the male docking fixture can be slideably and releasably locked with the female docking fixture. Preferably, the female docking fixture includes an electrically operated, spring loaded, release mechanism, and may also include a slide mechanism to allow limited forward and rearward movement of the wheelchair while under restraint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Girardin, John Kazanchy