Patents by Inventor Michael F Donoughe

Michael F Donoughe 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: 20210094661
    Abstract: A pontoon boat including a thruster system is disclosed. The pontoon boat executes various operations relating to a speed and heading of the pontoon boat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Applicant: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew C. Schmid, Katie C. Kirchner, Michael F. Donoughe, Jeremy C. Smith, Blair A. Donat, Gabriel A. Marshall, Bradley R. Fishburn
  • Patent number: 10953584
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a pressure vessel liner are disclosed. One method includes forming an extruded tube by extruding a parison through a die and a mandrel and forming main body sections and return line sections in the extruded tube according to a first pattern. A cross-sectional area of the return line sections is smaller than a cross-sectional area of the main body sections. The method further includes changing the pattern according to which the main body sections and the return line sections are formed from the first pattern to a second pattern without stopping the forming of the extruded tube and forming the main body sections and the return line sections in the extruded tube according to the second pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Third Shore Group, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher T. Kondogiani, Michael F. Donoughe
  • Publication number: 20180111302
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a pressure vessel liner are disclosed. One method includes forming an extruded tube by extruding a parison through a die and a mandrel and forming main body sections and return line sections in the extruded tube according to a first pattern. A cross-sectional area of the return line sections is smaller than a cross-sectional area of the main body sections. The method further includes changing the pattern according to which the main body sections and the return line sections are formed from the first pattern to a second pattern without stopping the forming of the extruded tube and forming the main body sections and the return line sections in the extruded tube according to the second pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: Christopher T. Kondogiani, Michael F. Donoughe
  • Patent number: 9850852
    Abstract: A method and system for recycling permeated gas is disclosed. A container encapsulating a pressure vessel defines a containment volume. Gas permeating through the pressure vessel is captured in the containment volume. When a sensor detects a threshold level of permeated gas captured within the containment volume, a control module sends a command to open a purge valve. The open purge valve allows permeated gas captured within the containment volume to be supplied to an engine, a repressurization unit, or a secondary container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Third Shore Group, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher T. Kondogiani, Michael F. Donoughe
  • Publication number: 20170030300
    Abstract: A method and system for recycling permeated gas is disclosed. A container encapsulating a pressure vessel defines a containment volume. Gas permeating through the pressure vessel is captured in the containment volume. When a sensor detects a threshold level of permeated gas captured within the containment volume, a control module sends a command to open a purge valve. The open purge valve allows permeated gas captured within the containment volume to be supplied to an engine, a repressurization unit, or a secondary container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Inventors: Christopher T. Kondogiani, Michael F. Donoughe
  • Patent number: 7919942
    Abstract: A wiper system for a vehicle includes a first wiper assembly, a second wiper assembly spaced apart from the first wiper assembly, and a controller in communication with at least one of the first wiper assembly and the second wiper assembly. The controller controls at least one of the first wiper assembly and the second wiper assembly based on at least one of an aerodynamic characteristic of the vehicle and a soiling characteristic of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Michael F. Donoughe, Stacie N. Farina
  • Publication number: 20090066285
    Abstract: A wiper system for a vehicle includes a first wiper assembly, a second wiper assembly spaced apart from the first wiper assembly, and a controller in communication with at least one of the first wiper assembly and the second wiper assembly. The controller controls at least one of the first wiper assembly and the second wiper assembly based on at least one of an aerodynamic characteristic of the vehicle and a soiling characteristic of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventors: Michael F. Donoughe, Stacie N. Farina
  • Patent number: 6223793
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle remote fill fluid reservoir is provided. In a preferred embodiment the fluid reservoir includes a main body to contain the fluid. A neck is fluidly connected with the main body and is inclined toward a region of the engine compartment which is more readily accessible. An extendable funnel is also provided which has flanges along its extreme ends to prevent the funnel from falling into the fluid reservoir or being inadvertently pulled out of the fluid reservoir. The funnel is flexible and has an outwardly flared upper end to prevent fluid spills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Michael F Donoughe, Daniel J Flesher
  • Patent number: 6024400
    Abstract: A sun visor assembly for a motor vehicle is adapted to store a plurality of compact discs. The sun visor assembly includes a central core and an outer fabric cover. The outer fabric cover surrounds the central core. The outer fabric cover includes an upper fabric member having a continuous length. The upper fabric member is folded over on itself to define a plurality of shingled pockets. Each pocket includes an opening for receiving one of the plurality of compact discs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Michael F. Donoughe, Lawrence J. Sak
  • Patent number: 5913935
    Abstract: A shift control mechanism for manually shifting an automatic transmission includes a housing having a shift control pattern The shift control pattern has a longitudinal portion defining a plurality of automatic transmission operating settings and a transverse portion at one end of the longitudinal portion for manually shifting the transmission. The shift control mechanism additionally includes a shift lever manually movable along the shift control pattern for selecting the automatic transmission operating settings and for manually shifting the transmission. A switch is provided which is actuated by moving the shift lever in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal portion in the transverse portion to send a signal to manually upshift or downshift the automatic transmission. A centering mechanism centers the shift lever within the transverse portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Arthur Anderson, Michael F. Donoughe, Peter J. Byk, James W. Budzyn
  • Patent number: 5722292
    Abstract: A shift control mechanism for an automatic transmission includes a housing having a shift control pattern with a longitudinal portion defining a plurality of automatic transmission operating settings and a transverse portion at one end of the longitudinal portion defining a plurality of manual transmission operating settings, a shift lever which is manually movable along the shift control portion for selecting the automatic transmission operating settings and for selecting the manual transmission operating settings, and a proximity switch assembly actuated by moving the shift lever to a first position in the transverse portion to send a signal to manually upshift the automatic transmission and to a second position in the transverse portion opposite the first position to send a signal to manually downshift the automatic transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Arthur Anderson, Michael F. Donoughe, Peter J. Byk, James W. Budzyn
  • Patent number: 5675315
    Abstract: An electronic gear display for an electronically-controlled automatic transmission system having an automatic transmission, a shift lever mechanism, a transmission controller interconnecting the automatic transmission and the shift lever mechanism, a body controller, and a communication bus interconnecting the transmission controller and the body controller includes a first set of indicators connected to the body controller to indicate that the shift lever mechanism is in an automatic mode of operation of the automatic transmission, and a second set of indicators connected to the body controller to indicate that the shift lever mechanism is in a manual mode of operation of the automatic transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Nabil M. Issa, Arthur Anderson, Michael F. Donoughe
  • Patent number: 5509322
    Abstract: A shift control mechanism for an automatic transmission includes a housing having a shift control pattern with a longitudinal portion defining a plurality of automatic transmission operating settings and a transverse portion at one end of the longitudinal portion defining a plurality of manual transmission operating settings, shift lever structure being manually moved along the shift control portion for selecting the automatic transmission operating settings and for selecting the manual transmission operating settings, and a switch assembly actuated by moving the shift lever structure in a first direction in the transverse portion to send a signal to manually upshift the automatic transmission and a second direction in the transverse portion opposite the first direction to send a signal to manually downshift the automatic transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1996
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Arthur Anderson, Michael F. Donoughe