Patents by Inventor Livianu Dorin Puscas

Livianu Dorin Puscas 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: 20200011111
    Abstract: A vehicle door system includes a vehicle door and electrically-powered linear and rotary actuators. The vehicle door system also includes a pinch sensor. Upon receiving an open door command, a controller actuates the linear actuator and then actuates the rotary actuator to open the door. The controller also actuates the linear actuator to prevent closing of the door if the pinch-sensor detects an object in a door opening. The controller actuates the rotary actuator to close the door upon receiving a close door command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Muhammad Omer Khan, Kosta Papanikolaou, Livianu Dorin Puscas, Christopher Matthew Radjewski, H. Paul Tsvi Linden, George Anthony Bernwanger, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10526821
    Abstract: A keyless door latch system for doors of motor vehicles includes a backup electrical power supply to unlock the door latch in the event the primary power supply fails, thereby eliminating the need for a lock cylinder. The latch system includes a user input device having first and second user input features. The door latch system is configured to supply electrical power from the primary electrical power supply to unlock the latch upon actuation of the first user input feature, and to supply electrical power from the backup electrical power supply to unlock the latch upon actuation of the second user input feature. The user input device may comprise a wireless portable device that generates first and second wireless signals upon actuation of the first and second user input features, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Livianu Dorin Puscas
  • Patent number: 10458171
    Abstract: A vehicle door system includes a vehicle door and electrically-powered linear and rotary actuators. The vehicle door system also includes a pinch sensor. Upon receiving an open door command, a controller actuates the linear actuator and then actuates the rotary actuator to open the door. The controller also actuates the linear actuator to prevent closing of the door if the pinch-sensor detects an object in a door opening. The controller actuates the rotary actuator to close the door upon receiving a close door command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Muhammad Omer Khan, Kosta Papanikolaou, Livianu Dorin Puscas, Christopher Matthew Radjewski, H. Paul Tsvi Linden, George Anthony Bernwanger, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10385592
    Abstract: A door for vehicles includes a mechanism that prevents unlatching of the door if the door handle is moved at a high rate of speed, but permits unlatching during normal (e.g. manual) handle operation. The mechanism includes a wheel having a wheel tooth. The door mechanism also includes an inertia lever having a first pair of teeth. An input lever has a second pair of teeth that engage the wheel tooth and the first pair of teeth. This engagement prevents rotation of the input lever only when the input lever rotates at a rate above a predefined maximum rate thereby rotating the inertia lever relative to the wheel. Rotation of the input lever unlatches a door latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Constantin Manolescu, Livianu Dorin Puscas, Kosta Papanikolaou, Thomas Michael Herline
  • Patent number: 10308224
    Abstract: A convertible vehicle includes a door having a window and a powered actuator that moves the window from a closed position to a partially open (set) position to permit the vehicle door to open. A controller actuates the powered actuator to shift the window to a set position upon receiving a door open request signal. The controller actuates a powered vibrating mechanism to break ice on the window if actuating the powered actuator does not cause the window to move to the set position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kosta Papanikolaou, Erin Rose Briggs, Muhammad Omer Khan, Livianu Dorin Puscas, Christopher Matthew Radjewski
  • Patent number: 10280654
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a door structure and a movable door handle that is connected to a latch mechanism by a cable. A rotatably biased stop member is connected to the cable. The vehicle door further includes a housing having a channel that receives portion of the stop member. The channel includes first and second linear portions and a transverse stop portion that is engaged by the follower to prevent further lengthwise movement of the lock member and cable if a speed of the cable exceeds an allowable value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Livianu Dorin Puscas, Kosta Papanikolaou, Bhupendra A. Patel, David Manuel Rogers
  • Patent number: 10240370
    Abstract: A latch system for vehicle doors includes a bypass mechanism that mechanically disconnects a linkage assembly if an exterior door handle is moved towards an open position at a high speed. The bypass mechanism ensures that the door latch mechanism does not unlatch in the event a crash causes the exterior door handle to move open at a high speed, while providing for normal unlatching operation if the exterior door handle is opened at a relatively low velocity by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Livianu Dorin Puscas, Kosta Papanikolaou
  • Patent number: 10155436
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door assembly includes a door having an internal compartment and a door latch mechanism within that internal compartment. The motor vehicle door assembly also includes a window subassembly. That window subassembly includes a window body and water management feature carried on the window body whereby water is diverted from the door latch mechanism. A related method of diverting water from a door latch mechanism in a motor vehicle door assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Bhupendra A. Patel, Livianu Dorin Puscas
  • Publication number: 20180345910
    Abstract: A convertible vehicle includes a door having a window and a powered actuator that moves the window from a closed position to a partially open (set) position to permit the vehicle door to open. A controller actuates the powered actuator to shift the window to a set position upon receiving a door open request signal. The controller actuates a powered vibrating mechanism to break ice on the window if actuating the powered actuator does not cause the window to move to the set position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Kosta Papanikolaou, Erin Rose Briggs, Muhammad Omer Khan, Livianu Dorin Puscas, Christopher Matthew Radjewski
  • Publication number: 20180347242
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a door structure having an interior space and a ramp disposed within the interior space. The vehicle door further includes a latch and a handle that is pivotably connected to the door structure. The handle includes a pair of inwardly and forwardly extending hooks. The vehicle door also includes a cable or other linkage connected to the latch. The cable has a fitting that is pushed along the ramp by the hooks upon pivoting of the handle to thereby shift the cable and unlatch the latch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Livianu Dorin Puscas, Kosta Papanikolaou, Rajesh K. Patel
  • Publication number: 20180320420
    Abstract: A door latch system for vehicle doors, deck lids, hatches, hoods, or the like includes a latch. The latch has a predicted life that may be based on a number of times the latch is used. A sensor that generates a signal that can be used to determine if the latch has reached the predicted life and/or if the latch is approaching the predicted life and/or if the latch has exceeded the predicted life. The system may include a controller that causes a display in a vehicle interior to display an end-of-life signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Erin Rose Briggs, Muhammad Omer Khan, Kosta Papanikolaou, Livianu Dorin Puscas, Christopher Matthew Radjewski
  • Patent number: 10072448
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a door structure having an interior space and a ramp disposed within the interior space. The vehicle door further includes a latch and a handle that is pivotably connected to the door structure. The handle includes a pair of inwardly and forwardly extending hooks. The vehicle door also includes a cable or other linkage connected to the latch. The cable has a fitting that is pushed along the ramp by the hooks upon pivoting of the handle to thereby shift the cable and unlatch the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Livianu Dorin Puscas, Kosta Papanikolaou, Rajesh K. Patel
  • Publication number: 20180126834
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door assembly includes a door having an internal compartment and a door latch mechanism within that internal compartment. The motor vehicle door assembly also includes a window subassembly. That window subassembly includes a window body and water management feature carried on the window body whereby water is diverted from the door latch mechanism. A related method of diverting water from a door latch mechanism in a motor vehicle door assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Bhupendra A. Patel, Livianu Dorin Puscas
  • Patent number: 9951547
    Abstract: A decklid assembly includes a striker that movably engages a vehicle body structure. The striker includes first and second opposed surfaces that face each other. The decklid assembly includes a decklid having a latch that releasably engages the striker. A cam is rotatably mounted to the body structure. The cam is disposed between the opposed surfaces of the striker, such that rotation of the cam in first and second directions causes the cam to engage the first and second opposed surfaces, respectively, thereby shifting the striker up and down, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Livianu Dorin Puscas, Kosta Papanikolaou, Manuel Santana
  • Publication number: 20180080270
    Abstract: A vehicle door system includes a vehicle door and electrically-powered linear and rotary actuators. The vehicle door system also includes a pinch sensor. Upon receiving an open door command, a controller actuates the linear actuator and then actuates the rotary actuator to open the door. The controller also actuates the linear actuator to prevent closing of the door if the pinch-sensor detects an object in a door opening. The controller actuates the rotary actuator to close the door upon receiving a close door command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: Muhammad Omer Khan, Kosta Papanikolaou, Livianu Dorin Puscas, Christopher Matthew Radjewski, H. Paul Tsvi Linden, George Anthony Bernwanger, JR.
  • Patent number: 9909344
    Abstract: A keyless door latch system for doors of motor vehicles includes a backup electrical power supply to unlock the door latch in the event the primary power supply fails, thereby eliminating the need for a lock cylinder. The latch system includes a user input device having first and second user input features. The door latch system is configured to supply electrical power from the primary electrical power supply to unlock the latch upon actuation of the first user input feature, and to supply electrical power from the backup electrical power supply to unlock the latch upon actuation of the second user input feature. The user input device may comprise a wireless portable device that generates first and second wireless signals upon actuation of the first and second user input features, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Livianu Dorin Puscas
  • Publication number: 20180051493
    Abstract: A keyless door latch system for doors of motor vehicles includes a backup electrical power supply to unlock the door latch in the event the primary power supply fails, thereby eliminating the need for a lock cylinder. The latch system includes a user input device having first and second user input features. The door latch system is configured to supply electrical power from the primary electrical power supply to unlock the latch upon actuation of the first user input feature, and to supply electrical power from the backup electrical power supply to unlock the latch upon actuation of the second user input feature. The user input device may comprise a wireless portable device that generates first and second wireless signals upon actuation of the first and second user input features, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Livianu Dorin Puscas
  • Publication number: 20180044947
    Abstract: A door for vehicles includes a mechanism that prevents unlatching of the door if the door handle is moved at a high rate of speed, but permits unlatching during normal (e.g. manual) handle operation. The mechanism includes a wheel having a wheel tooth. The door mechanism also includes an inertia lever having a first pair of teeth. An input lever has a second pair of teeth that engage the wheel tooth and the first pair of teeth. This engagement prevents rotation of the input lever only when the input lever rotates at a rate above a predefined maximum rate thereby rotating the inertia lever relative to the wheel. Rotation of the input lever unlatches a door latch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventors: Constantin Manolescu, Livianu Dorin Puscas, Kosta Papanikolaou, Thomas Michael Herline
  • Publication number: 20170370123
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a door-operating mechanism for selectively releasing a vehicle door from a closed position. A door handle is in communication with the door operating mechanism. The door handle is operable between a flush position, wherein an outer face of the door handle is flush with a portion of an exterior surface of the vehicle door such that only the outer face of the door handle is accessible, and an extended position, wherein the outer face of the door handle is moved away from the exterior surface of the vehicle door such that a rear surface of the door handle is accessible. A heating mechanism is in thermal communication with the outer face of the door handle and the exterior surface of the vehicle door. A remote transmitter is in communication with the heating mechanism, wherein the remote transmitter selectively activates the heating mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kosta Papanikolaou, David Manuel Rogers, Rajesh K. Patel, Livianu Dorin Puscas
  • Patent number: 9810006
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a handle having an angled or inclined ramp surface. A bellcrank is rotatably connected to the door structure for rotation about a generally horizontal axis. The bellcrank includes a follower that engages the inclined ramp surface such that movement of the exterior handle from the rest position to the opened position causes the bellcrank to rotate and shift linkage that unlatches a the latch mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kosta Papanikolaou, Livianu Dorin Puscas, Rajesh K. Patel