Patents by Inventor Richard W. McCoy

Richard W. McCoy 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: 10661846
    Abstract: A fifth wheel hitch may include at least one support frame capable of engaging with a towing vehicle. The fifth wheel hitch may further include a cross-member attached to the support frame and an isolation system operatively coupled with the cross-member. The isolation system may include a beam engaged with the cross-member about a first axis, where rotation of the beam about the first axis is dampened via a cross-member isolator. The isolation system may also include a skid plate engaged with the beam about a second axis, where rotation of the skid plate about the second axis is dampened via a wing isolator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Richard W. McCoy, Eric J. Stanifer
  • Patent number: 10589585
    Abstract: An underbed hitch mounting system is described. The mounting system may be utilized for towing vehicles wherein the mounting system may selectively accommodate either a fifth wheel hitch or a gooseneck hitch. The mounting system may include at least one rail capable of being connected to a vehicle frame, wherein the rail includes at least one socket. The socket may be engaged with a receiving member, wherein the receiving member may be engaged with a leg of a fifth wheel hitch. A mid rail may be connected to the rails and may include a hitch ball socket that is capable of engagement with a hitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Eric J. Stanifer, Richard W. McCoy
  • Publication number: 20200079166
    Abstract: A hitch mounting system capable of attaching to a vehicle, where, the vehicle includes a frame and a load bed is disclosed. The hitch mounting system may include at least one rail, the rail being a generally continuous member, where the rail includes at least one end portion, and where the end portion is deformed in a shape capable of attaching to the frame of the vehicle. The hitch mounting system may also include at least one mounting aperture located in the rail, the mounting aperture capable of having secured thereto an accessory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventor: Richard W. McCoy
  • Publication number: 20200070905
    Abstract: An underbed hitch mounting system is described. The mounting system may be utilized for towing vehicles wherein the mounting system may selectively accommodate either a fifth wheel hitch or a gooseneck hitch. The mounting system may include at least one rail capable of being connected to a vehicle frame, wherein the rail includes at least one socket. The socket may be engaged with a receiving member, wherein the receiving member may be engaged with a leg of a fifth wheel hitch. A mid rail may be connected to the rails and may include a hitch ball socket that is capable of engagement with a hitch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Henry J. Guthard, Richard W. McCoy
  • Publication number: 20200001671
    Abstract: An underbed hitch mounting system is described. The mounting system may be utilized for towing vehicles wherein the mounting system may selectively accommodate either a fifth wheel hitch or a gooseneck hitch. The mounting system may include at least one rail capable of being connected to a vehicle frame, wherein the rail includes at least one socket. The socket may be engaged with a receiving member, wherein the receiving member may be engaged with a leg of a fifth wheel hitch. A mid rail may be connected to the rails and may include a hitch ball socket that is capable of engagement with a hitch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Eric J. Stanifer, Richard W. McCoy, Brian W. Ward
  • Patent number: 10515069
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of obtaining data of interest from a larger set of data that has been indexed is provided, the method comprising defining, via a user interface of a computing device, a set of attributes associated with a concept. Each attribute associated with the concept is mapped to attributes associated with indexed data, and data of interest relevant to the concept is retrieved based upon the mapping of attributes associated with the concept to attributes associated with the indexed data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Richard W. Arnold, Thomas P. Bishop, Olushola O. Esho, Jordan R. McCoy
  • Patent number: 10479153
    Abstract: A hitch mounting system capable of attaching to a vehicle, where, the vehicle includes a frame and a load bed is disclosed. The hitch mounting system may include at least one rail, the rail being a generally continuous member, where the rail includes at least one end portion, and where the end portion is deformed in a shape capable of attaching to the frame of the vehicle. The hitch mounting system may also include at least one mounting aperture located in the rail, the mounting aperture capable of having secured thereto an accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS INC.
    Inventor: Richard W. McCoy
  • Patent number: 10445310
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of obtaining data of interest from a larger set of data that has been indexed is provided, the method comprising defining, via a user interface of a computing device, a set of attributes associated with a concept. Each attribute associated with the concept is mapped to attributes associated with indexed data, and data of interest relevant to the concept is retrieved based upon the mapping of attributes associated with the concept to attributes associated with the indexed data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Richard W. Arnold, Thomas P. Bishop, Olushola O. Esho, Jordan R. McCoy
  • Patent number: 10434976
    Abstract: A seatbelt and method of operating a seatbelt that allows webbing to slide between a lap portion and a torso portion through an unlocked weblock of a tongue assembly, and upon forces exerted on the webbing by an occupant, the weblock locking the webbing from movement between the lap and torso portions while flexing to allow for webbing payout in the torso portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Edward Ruthinowski, Robert W. McCoy
  • Patent number: 10406873
    Abstract: An underbed hitch mounting system is described. The mounting system may be utilized for towing vehicles wherein the mounting system may selectively accommodate either a fifth wheel hitch or a gooseneck hitch. The mounting system may include at least one rail capable of being connected to a vehicle frame, wherein the rail includes at least one socket. The socket may be engaged with a receiving member, wherein the receiving member may be engaged with a leg of a fifth wheel hitch. A mid rail may be connected to the rails and may include a hitch ball socket that is capable of engagement with a hitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Eric J. Stanifer, Richard W. McCoy, Brian W. Ward
  • Publication number: 20190263348
    Abstract: A seatbelt and method of operating a seatbelt that allows webbing to slide between a lap portion and a torso portion through an unlocked weblock of a tongue assembly, and upon forces exerted on the webbing by an occupant, the weblock locking the webbing from movement between the lap and torso portions while flexing to allow for webbing payout in the torso portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Richard Edward Ruthinowski, Robert W. McCoy
  • Publication number: 20190233029
    Abstract: A gooseneck hitch attachable to a cross member secured to a frame below a load bed of a vehicle, the cross member having a width is shown and described. The gooseneck hitch may include a beam selectively attachable to the cross member below the load bed and a rail monolithically formed with the beam and extending from the beam. The gooseneck hitch may also include a receptacle monolithically formed with the rail, where the receptacle is capable of selectively securing a hitch ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Richard W. McCoy, Jacob William Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10358176
    Abstract: An underbed hitch mounting system is described. The mounting system may be utilized for towing vehicles wherein the mounting system may selectively accommodate either a fifth wheel hitch or a gooseneck hitch. The mounting system may include at least one rail capable of being connected to a vehicle frame, wherein the rail includes at least one socket. The socket may be engaged with a receiving member, wherein the receiving member may be engaged with a leg of a fifth wheel hitch. A mid rail may be connected to the rails and may include a hitch ball socket that is capable of engagement with a hitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Henry J. Guthard, Richard W. McCoy
  • Patent number: 10336146
    Abstract: A securing chain attachment assembly is shown and described. The securing chain attachment assembly may include an attachment body selectively and rotatably securable to a towing vehicle, the attachment body rotatable along a first plane. The securing chain attachment assembly may also include a securement member attached to the attachment body, the securement member capable of having selectively secured thereto a securement chain, where the chain attachment member is pivotal along a second plane, the second plane generally parallel to the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Eric J. Stanifer, Richard W. McCoy
  • Patent number: 10322612
    Abstract: An adapter for mounting an accessory to a fixed feature positioned below a load bed of a vehicle is described. The adapter may include a mounting member, an aperture positioned on the mounting member, and a locking member capable of being inserted through the aperture, where the locking member is capable of selectively engaging the fixed feature. The adapter may also include at least one rail attached to the mounting member, and an accessory securing member positioned on the rail, the accessory securing member capable of selectively engaging an accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS INC.
    Inventor: Richard W. McCoy
  • Publication number: 20190152280
    Abstract: A weight distribution system is shown and described. The weight distribution system may include a spring arm configured to be operatively engaged between plate members of a ball mount, and a pin member inserted into the spring arm, the pin member configured to secure the spring arm with the ball mount. The weight distribution system may also include an attachment mechanism configured to selectively place the spring arm in mechanical communication with a towed vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Richard W. McCoy, Marvin Hanson
  • Publication number: 20190135058
    Abstract: A tie down apparatus that may be utilized for securing an item, such as a safety chain, wherein the tie down apparatus may be used with a hitch mounting system. In one embodiment, the tie down apparatus may include a receiving member, a tie down member, and a clocking member. The receiving member may include an opening located there through. The tie down member may include at least one aperture, wherein the tie down member may be capable of being located and rotated within the receiving member. The tie down member may be rotated either clockwise or counterclockwise. The locking member may include at least one leg capable of being housed within the aperture. The locking member may engage the receiving member once the tie down member is rotated, thereby trapping the item within the tie down apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventor: Richard W. McCoy
  • Patent number: 10252756
    Abstract: A gooseneck hitch attachable to a cross member secured to a frame below a load bed of a vehicle, the cross member having a width is shown and described. The gooseneck hitch may include a beam selectively attachable to the cross member below the load bed and a rail monolithically formed with the beam and extending from the beam. The gooseneck hitch may also include a receptacle monolithically formed with the rail, where the receptacle is capable of selectively securing a hitch ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Richard W. McCoy, Jacob William Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10183536
    Abstract: A weight distribution system is shown and described. The weight distribution system may include a spring arm configured to be operatively engaged between plate members of a ball mount, and a pin member inserted into the spring arm, the pin member configured to secure the spring arm with the ball mount. The weight distribution system may also include an attachment mechanism configured to selectively place the spring arm in mechanical communication with a towed vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Richard W. McCoy, Marvin Hanson
  • Patent number: 10173484
    Abstract: A tie down apparatus that may be utilized for securing an item, such as a safety chain, wherein the tie down apparatus may be used with a hitch mounting system. In one embodiment, the tie down apparatus may include a receiving member, a tie down member, and a clocking member. The receiving member may include an opening located there through. The tie down member may include at least one aperture, wherein the tie down member may be capable of being located and rotated within the receiving member. The tie down member may be rotated either clockwise or counterclockwise. The locking member may include at least one leg capable of being housed within the aperture. The locking member may engage the receiving member once the tie down member is rotated, thereby trapping the item within the tie down apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS INC.
    Inventor: Richard W. McCoy