Patents by Inventor Louis Favie

Louis Favie 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: 10865581
    Abstract: Swimming pool cleaners may operate autonomously within pools and spas. The cleaners need not include any external hoses or cords, and their bodies may be oriented at pool waterlines so as to make their on-board filters readily accessible for removal. The cleaners may dock at docking stations for various purposes, including (but not limited to) for charging any on-board battery and communicating electronically with the docking station or other external equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Arnaud Lancry, Simon Duffaut, Remi Deloche, Louis Favie, Philippe Pichon
  • Publication number: 20200308859
    Abstract: Debris filters for automatic swimming pool cleaners may be formed of metal, carbon fibers, or composites more rigid than soft nylon bags. In at least one version, the filter may be made of, or include, steel or stainless steel. Non-uniform sizes, densities, and/or shapes of openings in the filtration material may be created to provide different levels of filtration in a single device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: Zodiac Pool Systems LLC
    Inventors: E. Keith McQueen, Remi Deloche, Louis Favie
  • Publication number: 20200165832
    Abstract: The invention relates to a swimming-pool cleaning apparatus which comprises: a body; at least one hydraulic circuit for circulating liquid between at least one liquid intake and at least one liquid outlet, and through a filtering device of the cleaning apparatus; a fluid-circulation pump installed in the hydraulic circuit downstream from the filtering device; means for adjusting the pressure inside the hydraulic circuit upstream from the circulation pump, in response to a detected variation of said pressure, said pressure-adjustment means comprising: at least one secondary liquid intake (21) connected to the hydraulic circuit, upstream from the circulation pump, said at least one secondary liquid intake (21) being provided with a valve (22) mounted rotatably movable about an axis of rotation, and with means for driving the valve from an open position to a closed position, said means for driving the valve comprising a float (26), the orientation and/or the force of which depend on the orientation of the cleani
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Philippe Blanc Tailleur, Louis Favie, Thierry Michelon, Philippe Pichon
  • Patent number: 10597887
    Abstract: The invention relates to a swimming-pool cleaning apparatus which comprises: a body; at least one hydraulic circuit for circulating liquid between at least one liquid intake and at least one liquid outlet, and through a filtering device of the cleaning apparatus; a fluid-circulation pump installed in the hydraulic circuit downstream from the filtering device; means for adjusting the pressure inside the hydraulic circuit upstream from the circulation pump, in response to a detected variation of said pressure, said pressure-adjustment means comprising: at least one secondary liquid intake (21) connected to the hydraulic circuit, upstream from the circulation pump, said at least one secondary liquid intake (21) being provided with a valve (22) mounted rotatably movable about an axis of rotation, and with means for driving the valve from an open position to a closed position, said means for driving the valve comprising a float (26), the orientation and/or the force of which depend on the orientation of the cleani
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Philippe Blanc Tailleur, Louis Favie, Thierry Michelon, Philippe Pichon
  • Patent number: 10426142
    Abstract: The invention concerns an apparatus for cleaning a surface immersed in a liquid, notably a swimming pool cleaning robot, including a body, said body including lower, upper and lateral walls configured so that said lower wall is intended to be positioned facing the immersed surface over which the apparatus (10) moves, said upper wall is opposite said lower wall, said lateral walls connect said lower and upper walls, means for moving the body (11) over said immersed surface. Said apparatus also includes a central chamber (15), situated inside the body (11), and including a filter basket (151), said filter basket (151) including a filter wall, and an opening (113) enabling extraction of said filter basket (151) from the body (11). Furthermore, said opening (113) is on a lateral wall of the body (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Louis Favie, Philippe Blanc Tailleur, Philippe Pichon
  • Patent number: 10400467
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a swimming pool cleaning device comprising: a body, means for driving and guiding the body comprising at least two pairs of wheels: front wheels and rear wheels, characterized in that the drive means of the device further include: an intermediate wheel turning about a rotation axis disposed between the front wheel and the rear wheel on at least one of the two sides of the device, the diameter and the position of the rotation axis of this intermediate wheel being such that said wheel does not touch the guide plane XrYr when the robot is resting on the latter, said guide plane XrYr being defined by the points of contact of the front and rear wheels with the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Philippe Pichon, Philippe Blanc Tailleur, Louis Favie
  • Publication number: 20180283029
    Abstract: The invention relates to a swimming-pool cleaning apparatus which comprises: a body; at least one hydraulic circuit for circulating liquid between at least one liquid intake and at least one liquid outlet, and through a filtering device of the cleaning apparatus; a fluid-circulation pump installed in the hydraulic circuit downstream from the filtering device; means for adjusting the pressure inside the hydraulic circuit upstream from the circulation pump, in response to a detected variation of said pressure, said pressure-adjustment means comprising: at least one secondary liquid intake (21) connected to the hydraulic circuit, upstream from the circulation pump, said at least one secondary liquid intake (21) being provided with a valve (22) mounted rotatably movable about an axis of rotation, and with means for driving the valve from an open position to a closed position, said means for driving the valve comprising a float (26), the orientation and/or the force of which depend on the orientation of the cleani
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Philippe Blanc Tailleur, Louis Favie, Thierry Michelon
  • Publication number: 20180283028
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a swimming pool cleaning device comprising: a body, means for driving and guiding the body comprising at least two pairs of wheels: front wheels and rear wheels, characterized in that the drive means of the device further include: an intermediate wheel turning about a rotation axis disposed between the front wheel and the rear wheel on at least one of the two sides of the device, the diameter and the position of the rotation axis of this intermediate wheel being such that said wheel does not touch the guide plane XrYr when the robot is resting on the latter, said guide plane XrYr being defined by the points of contact of the front and rear wheels with the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Philippe Pichon, Philippe Blanc Tailleur, Louis Favie
  • Publication number: 20180249685
    Abstract: The invention concerns an apparatus for cleaning a surface immersed in a liquid, notably a swimming pool cleaning robot, including a body, said body including lower, upper and lateral walls configured so that said lower wall is intended to be positioned facing the immersed surface over which the apparatus (10) moves, said upper wall is opposite said lower wall, said lateral walls connect said lower and upper walls, means for moving the body (11) over said immersed surface. Said apparatus also includes a central chamber (15), situated inside the body (11), and including a filter basket (151), said filter basket (151) including a filter wall, and an opening (113) enabling extraction of said filter basket (151) from the body (11). Furthermore, said opening (113) is on a lateral wall of the body (11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventors: Louis Favie, Philippe Blanc Tailleur, Philippe Pichon
  • Patent number: 9963897
    Abstract: The invention relates to a power lead for a swimming pool cleaning robot. Said power lead comprises a rotary connector and a buoyancy means supporting said rotary connector. An upper part of said buoyancy means is a cap shaped to slide under a swimming pool cover, under the effect of a traction exerted by the swimming pool cleaning robot on the buoyancy means through the power lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Louis Favie, Remi Deloche
  • Patent number: 9887505
    Abstract: Detailed is a device for guiding a cable for linking a submerged robot, in particular a robot for cleaning swimming pools, to the device for controlling and powering same, said guiding device including: a. a coupling including a rotary connector, connected by one side to a first floating portion of the linking cable extending from the control and power device to said coupling and, by the other side, to a second portion of the linking cable extending from said coupling to the submerged robot; b. a floating mounting including: b(i). a float; b(ii). an interface for mechanically linking the rotary connector to said float; and b(iii). a hood extending above the surface when the floating mounting is submerged in a liquid and removably connected to the float; c. in which the mechanical link between the float and the rotary coupling is a ball-and-socket link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Louis Favie, Remi Deloche
  • Publication number: 20170234022
    Abstract: The invention relates to a power lead for a swimming pool cleaning robot. Said power lead comprises a rotary connector and a buoyancy means supporting said rotary connector. An upper part of said buoyancy means is a cap shaped to slide under a swimming pool cover, under the effect of a traction exerted by the swimming pool cleaning robot on the buoyancy means through the power lead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Louis Favie, Remi Deloche
  • Publication number: 20170222385
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for guiding a cable for linking a submerged robot, in particular a robot for cleaning swimming pools, to the device for controlling and powering same, said guiding device comprising: a. a coupling including a rotary connector, connected by one side to a first floating portion of the linking cable extending from the control and power device to said coupling and, by the other side, to a second portion of the linking cable extending from said coupling to the submerged robot; b. a floating mounting including: bi. a float; bii. an interface for mechanically linking the rotary connector to said float; and biii. a hood extending above the surface when the floating mounting is submerged in a liquid and removably connected to the float; c. in which the mechanical link between the float and the rotary coupling is a ball-and-socket link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Louis FAVIE, RĂ©mi DELOCHE
  • Patent number: 9708826
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pool cleaning apparatus and a method for controlling such an apparatus comprising a body, a liquid inlet, a liquid outlet, a drive device, a pumping device, a hydraulic circuit between a liquid inlet and a pumping outlet and via a cleaning device, a monitoring device providing electronic signals which are representative of a state of the apparatus, an electronic signal processing unit receiving and analyzing the signals of the monitoring device and controlling the pumping device, wherein, on detection of a removal event of the body from the liquid, the processing unit stops the pumping device after a predetermined emptying time in order to allow active emptying of the hydraulic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Thierry Michelon, Louis Favie
  • Publication number: 20170114561
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a swimming pool cleaning device comprising: a body, means for driving and guiding the body comprising at least two pairs of wheels: front wheels and rear wheels, characterized in that the drive means of the device further include: an intermediate wheel turning about a rotation axis disposed between the front wheel and the rear wheel on at least one of the two sides of the device, the diameter and the position of the rotation axis of this intermediate wheel being such that said wheel does not touch the guide plane XrYr when the robot is resting on the latter, said guide plane XrYr being defined by the points of contact of the front and rear wheels with the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Inventors: Philippe Pichon, Philippe Blanc Tailleur, Louis Favie
  • Publication number: 20130341284
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pool cleaning apparatus and a method for controlling such an apparatus comprising a body, a liquid inlet, a liquid outlet, a drive device, a pumping device, a hydraulic circuit between a liquid inlet and a pumping outlet and via a cleaning device, a monitoring device providing electronic signals which are representative of a state of the apparatus, an electronic signal processing unit receiving and analyzing the signals of the monitoring device and controlling the pumping device, wherein, on detection of a removal event of the body from the liquid, the processing unit stops the pumping device after a predetermined emptying time in order to allow active emptying of the hydraulic circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Thierry Michelon, Louis Favie