Patents by Inventor Monte L. Falcoff

Monte L. Falcoff 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: 5977678
    Abstract: A multi-functional apparatus employing a magnetic coupling mechanism. The magnetic coupling mechanism selectively couples an actuator shaft and a second shaft driven by a rotatable driving member. In another aspect of the present invention, the magnetic coupling of the shafts is electrically controlled, whereby the driven shaft can be actuated independently from other systems actuated by the multi-functional apparatus. In an automotive context, a window wiper may be attached to the driven shaft, such that when the magnetic coupling mechanism is disengaged the window wiper can move in relation to upward pivotal movement of the opened window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: UT Automotive Dearborn, Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Mihekun Miller, Monte L. Falcoff
  • Patent number: 5969431
    Abstract: A linearly actuating multi-functional apparatus for use in an automotive vehicle includes a single electromagnetic device which linearly operates a pair of mechanical devices. In another aspect of the present invention, a plunger of a solenoid is selectively moved between various longitudinal positions in order to directly and linearly move a portion of a first mechanical device interfacing with a window assembly and move a portion of a second mechanical device, such as a door lock or latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Lear Automotive Dearborn, Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Mihekun Miller, Monte L. Falcoff
  • Patent number: 5920159
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, the preferred embodiment of a multi-functional apparatus employing a flexible drive element for selectively actuating multiple output includes an electromagnetic device and a flexible drive element with a plurality of members thereon. In another aspect of the present invention, a flexible closed loop drive element in response to selective energization of an electric motor, and at least one rotatable member is coupled to one accessory such as a window wiper. The member attached to the drive element are arranged in a loop motion or discontinuous manner and selectively engage the rotatable member and thus actuate the attached accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: UT Automotive Dearborn, Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Mihekun Miller, Daniel D Kilker, Monte L. Falcoff
  • Patent number: 5920158
    Abstract: A multi-functional automotive vehicle apparatus comprising: a rotatable member; an electromagnetic device operable to selectively rotate said rotatable member; a first motion transmitting member selectively moved in response to rotation of said rotatable member; and a second motion transmitting member selectively moved in response to rotation of said rotatable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Inventors: Robin Mihekun Miller, Daniel D. Kilker, Monte L. Falcoff, H. Winston Maue, Eric J. Krupp, William C. Zimmer, James W. Gibson
  • Patent number: 5522638
    Abstract: An overhead console for a motor vehicle including an integral remote control unit storage compartment is provided. The invention allows for the remote control unit to be activated directly by actuating a pivotable door to an open position or indirectly while the remote control unit remains in the storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Assignee: United Technologies Automotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Monte L. Falcoff, James D. Dowd, Jeffrey W. Stahlbaum, Robert D. Muller
  • Patent number: 5331525
    Abstract: The primary sun visor is co-existent with a low profile thin member, known as a recessed tray, which is independent from the headliner substrate and is thinner than the headliner substrate it replaces. The recessed tray contains an integrally molded center support and outboard bezel area. The primary sun visor vanity mirror lamps have been removed and integrated into the recessed tray. The recessed tray retains both the primary and auxiliary sun visors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1994
    Assignee: United Technologies Automotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Abdi R. Lawassani, James D. Dowd, Monte L. Falcoff
  • Patent number: 5278736
    Abstract: Electric circuity (45) in a lighted vanity mirror module (5) for an automobile sun visor (40) is mounted on the backside of an appearance bezel (10), thereby obviating the necessity for a separate housing. A wire wound resistor (80) is employed in a lamp dimmer (37) and, with the bezel, retains a sliding contact which controls lamp intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Assignee: United Technologies Automotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Monte L. Falcoff, George Boguszewicz, John Swiatocha, Leonard E. Moriconi
  • Patent number: 5062559
    Abstract: An overhead console (5) for an automobile or the like includes a storage compartment (20) disposed between a headliner (30) and the roof structure of the vehicle for efficient utilization of space. The compartment is covered by the headliner for enhanced aesthetic appeal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1991
    Assignee: United Technologies Automotive
    Inventor: Monte L. Falcoff
  • Patent number: 5050922
    Abstract: An overhead console (5) for a motor vehicle or the like includes a wall structure (30) including a rearwardly and downwardly facing portion (55) with opening (60) therein. The opening is closed by a door (80) in the shape of a tray, which blends smoothly into wall portion (55).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1991
    Assignee: United Technologies Automotive
    Inventor: Monte L. Falcoff
  • Patent number: 5020845
    Abstract: An overhead console 5 which accommodates an electric garage door opener transmitter or similar signalling device, includes a drop-down compartment (50) stored in a housing (20). Guide means such as tracks (85) and detent (90) as well as damping means such as cams 110 and spring 115 assure smooth operation of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1991
    Assignee: United Technologies Automotive
    Inventors: Monte L. Falcoff, Edward G. Curtindale
  • Patent number: D327865
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Assignee: United Technologies Automotive
    Inventors: Monte L. Falcoff, Walter K. Gierschick
  • Patent number: D340016
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Assignee: United Technologies Automotive, Inc.
    Inventor: Monte L. Falcoff
  • Patent number: D340017
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Assignee: United Technologies Automotive, Inc.
    Inventor: Monte L. Falcoff
  • Patent number: D340215
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Assignee: United Technologies Automotive, Inc.
    Inventor: Monte L. Falcoff