Patents by Inventor Robert Allen Losey

Robert Allen Losey 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: 10239368
    Abstract: A self-inflating tire assembly includes an air tube mounted within a tire sidewall groove. The air tube is in contacting engagement with opposite angled groove surfaces surrounding the air tube. A segment of the air tube is flattened from an expanded diameter to a flat diameter by bending and compression of the groove in a rolling tire footprint to force air evacuated from the flattened segment along a tube air passageway. A tube is positioned within the groove, wherein the tube has a circular cross-sectional shape and an outside diameter D, and the groove does not have a circular cross-sectional shape, wherein said groove has a width W and a length L, wherein D is greater than W.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Robert Leon Benedict, Robert Allen Losey, Thulasiram Gobinath
  • Patent number: 10052834
    Abstract: A method in accordance with the present invention retreads an air maintenance tire. The method comprises the steps of: grinding remaining tread material from a tire casing for a worn air-maintenance tire; temporarily securing a contoured piece around a structure secured to the inner surface of the tire casing; placing a tread on the tire casing; inflating a bladder within an internal cavity of the tire casing and around the contoured piece whereby the bladder does not contact the structure; securing the tread to the tire casing; deflating the bladder; separating the tire casing and tread secured to the tire casing from the bladder; and removing the contoured piece from the tire casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventor: Robert Allen Losey
  • Patent number: 9956823
    Abstract: A method of making a tire comprising the steps of providing a core; forming a first layer of ply by winding a strip of one or more rubber coated cords onto the core in a geodesic pattern extending from a first shoulder to a second shoulder opposite said first shoulder and being tangent to the bead at a location between said first shoulder and said second shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Robert Allen Losey, Samuel Patrick Landers, Thulasiram Gobinath, Luis Antonio Cabrera
  • Publication number: 20170368879
    Abstract: A structurally supported tire includes a ground contacting annular tread portion, an annular shear band and at least one spoke disk connected to the shear band, wherein the spoke disk has at least one spoke, wherein the spoke extends between an outer ring and an inner ring in a first parabolic curve. The spoke disk may further includes a second spoke having a second parabolic curve different from the first curve, and overlapping with the first spoke.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Inventors: Joseph Carmine LETTIERI, Robert Allen LOSEY, James Alfred BENZING, II, Addison Brian SIEGEL, Andrew Brent MENDENHALL, Timothy Michael ROONEY, Rani HARB, Kenneth Wayne RUDD, Mahdy MALEKZADEH MOGHANI
  • Patent number: 9669671
    Abstract: An air maintenance tire and air pump assembly is provided including a tire and an elongate tubular air passageway enclosed within a flexing region of a tire sidewall. A plurality of check valve devices are spaced apart and positioned along the air passageway into multiple air passageway segments. A check valve membrane opens to allow pressurized air to directionally pass through the check valve device from an upstream passageway segment to a downstream passageway segment and closes to prevent air from passing in an opposite direction through the check valve from the downstream segment to the upstream segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Robert Leon Benedict, Thulasiram Gobinath, Cheng-Hsiung Lin, Robin Lamgaday, Robert Allen Losey
  • Publication number: 20170087942
    Abstract: A tire assembly includes a cured tire having a tire cavity and first and second sidewalls extending respectively from first and second tire bead regions to a tire tread region, the first sidewall having at least one bending region operatively bending within a rolling tire footprint and a sidewall groove cut into the cured tire and defined by straight sidewalls and a semicircular bottom positioned within the bending region of the first tire sidewall, the sidewall groove deforming, segment by segment, between a non-deformed state and a deformed, constricted state in response to the deformation of the bending region when adjacent the rolling tire footprint of the tire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventor: Robert Allen LOSEY
  • Patent number: 9533533
    Abstract: An air pumping tube and tire system and method of assembling is provided in which a tire groove is formed to extend into a flexing region of a tire sidewall and a complementary air pumping tube inserts into the tire groove. In the green, uncured air pumping tube condition, one or more check valves are assembled into the air pumping tube through access shafts and align with an internal air passageway of the air pumping tube. Plug components of the system enclose the check valves in the air pumping tube and the check valve-containing green air pumping tube is then cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Robert Leon Benedict, Thulasiram Gobinath, Cheng-Hsiung Lin, Robin Lamgaday, Robert Allen Losey, Jean-Claude Patrice Philippe Griffoin
  • Patent number: 9421832
    Abstract: An air maintenance tire and pump assembly comprising: a tire having two spaced inextensible beads; a ground contacting tread portion; a pair of individual sidewalls extending radially inward from the axial outer edges of said tread portion to join the respective beads; a supporting carcass for the tread portion and sidewalls; an innerliner disposed radially inward of the carcass, the innerliner having a innerliner surface facing an interior cavity of the tire; an elongate substantially annular air passageway enclosed within a bending region of the tire, the air passageway operatively closing and opening segment by segment as the bending region of the tire passes through a rolling tire footprint to pump air along the air passageway; an air inlet port assembly coupled to and in air flow communication with the air passageway at an inlet air passageway junction, the air inlet port assembly operable to channel inlet air from outside of the tire into the air passageway, the air inlet port assembly comprising a regu
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Carolin Anna Welter, Dinesh Chandra, Robert Allen Losey
  • Patent number: 9387737
    Abstract: A tire assembly having: a tire having a tread portion and a pair of sidewalls extending radially inward from the tread portion to join with a respective bead; a supporting carcass for the tread portion and sidewalls; a pump passageway positioned within a bending region of the tire, the pump passageway being operative to open and close as the tire rotates; a valve assembly in fluid communication with the pump passageway; a pocket formed in the tire; a filter assembly mounted in the pocket, said filter assembly being in air flow communication with the valve assembly, wherein the pocket has an area larger than the area of the filter housing wherein the valve assembly has an inlet, wherein the filter assembly has an outlet, wherein a tube connects the filter outlet assembly to the inlet of the valve assembly; wherein the tube is made of a rubber composition having a shore D hardness greater than 40 as measured by ASTM-D2240.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Carolin Anna Welter, Dinesh Chandra, Robert Leon Benedict, Robin Lamgaday, Cheng-Hsiung Lin, Thulasiram Gobinath, Robert Allen Losey
  • Publication number: 20160167457
    Abstract: A self-inflating tire assembly includes an air tube mounted within a tire sidewall groove. The air tube is in contacting engagement with opposite angled groove surfaces surrounding the air tube. A segment of the air tube is flattened from an expanded diameter to a flat diameter by bending and compression of the groove in a rolling tire footprint to force air evacuated from the flattened segment along a tube air passageway. A tube is positioned within the groove, wherein the tube has a circular cross-sectional shape and an outside diameter D, and the groove does not have a circular cross-sectional shape, wherein said groove has a width W and a length L, wherein D is greater than W.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Robert Leon Benedict, Robert Allen Losey, Thulasiram Gobinath
  • Publication number: 20160039258
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a tire assembly having: a tire having a tread portion and a pair of sidewalls extending radially inward from the tread portion to join with a respective bead; a supporting carcass for the tread portion and sidewalls; a pump passageway positioned within a bending region of the tire, the pump passageway being operative to open and close as the tire rotates; a valve assembly in fluid communication with the pump passageway; a pocket formed in the tire; a filter assembly mounted in the pocket, said filter assembly being in air flow communication with the valve assembly, wherein the pocket has an area larger than the area of the filter housing wherein the valve assembly has an inlet, wherein the filter assembly has an outlet, wherein a tube connects the filter outlet assembly to the inlet of the valve assembly; wherein the tube is made of a rubber composition having a shore D hardness greater than 40 as measured by ASTM-D2240.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 11, 2016
    Inventors: Carolin Anna Welter, Dinesh Chandra, Robert Leon Benedict, Robin Lamgaday, Cheng-Hsiung Lin, Thulasiram Gobinath, Robert Allen Losey
  • Publication number: 20150375575
    Abstract: An air maintenance tire and air pump assembly is provided including a tire and an elongate tubular air passageway enclosed within a flexing region of a tire sidewall. A plurality of check valve devices are spaced apart and positioned along the air passageway into multiple air passageway segments. A check valve membrane opens to allow pressurized air to directionally pass through the check valve device from an upstream passageway segment to a downstream passageway segment and closes to prevent air from passing in an opposite direction through the check valve from the downstream segment to the upstream segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Leon Benedict, Thulasiram Gobinath, Cheng-Hsiung Lin, Robin Lamgaday, Robert Allen Losey
  • Patent number: 9199518
    Abstract: A method of assembling an air pump in a tire is provided including: opening an axial air passageway of an elongate flexible air tube at one end; inserting one by one a plurality of one-way check valves into the air passageway from the one end to form an axial array of spaced apart check valves along the air passageway, each check valve having an external nominal width greater than a nominal width of the air tube passageway; establishing a press fit engagement between each check valve and air tube internal sidewalls defining the air passageway to place each check valve at a respective preferred position within the air passageway; retaining the check valves in the respective preferred positions within the air passageway by radial pressure from the air tube internal sidewalls and closing the one end of the flexible air tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Robert Leon Benedict, Thulasiram Gobinath, Cheng-Hsiung Lin, Robin Lamgaday, Robert Allen Losey
  • Publication number: 20150306924
    Abstract: An air pumping tube and tire system and method of assembling is provided in which a tire groove is formed to extend into a flexing region of a tire sidewall and a complementary air pumping tube inserts into the tire groove. In the green, uncured air pumping tube condition, one or more check valves are assembled into the air pumping tube through access shafts and align with an internal air passageway of the air pumping tube. Plug components of the system enclose the check valves in the air pumping tube and the check valve-containing green air pumping tube is then cured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Applicant: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Robert Leon Benedict, Thulasiram Gobinath, Cheng-Hsiung Lin, Robin Lamgaday, Robert Allen Losey, Jean-Claude Patrice Philippe Griffoin
  • Patent number: 9073278
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire includes a carcass with a plurality of ply cords braided into an interlaced structure. Each of the ply cords follows a geodesic path from a first sidewall portion across a crown portion to a second sidewall portion. The pneumatic tire also includes a rubber layer encasing the carcass and including a tread adjacent the crown portion. The pneumatic tire does not include any beads because the plurality of carcass plies is folded onto itself at each of the first and second sidewall portions. Thus, the benefits of geodesic plies and braided ply construction are achieved by the pneumatic tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Hoa L. Lam, Robert Allen Losey
  • Publication number: 20150165838
    Abstract: A tire assembly is disclosed, wherein the tire has a tread portion and a pair of sidewalls extending radially inward from the tread portion to join with a respective bead; a supporting carcass for the tread portion and sidewalls; and a pump passageway positioned within a bending region of the tire. The pump passageway is operative to open and close as the tire rotates. The tire assembly further includes a valve assembly in fluid communication with the pump passageway. The tire further includes a filter assembly mounted in the tire. The filter assembly is formed of a housing having an interior cavity for receiving the filter media, the interior cavity having an inlet in fluid communication with the outside air and an outlet in fluid communication with the inlet port of the valve assembly. The housing further includes a second cavity, wherein the second cavity is in fluid communication with the pump inlet and the valve assembly outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Applicant: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Robert Leon Benedict, Thulasiram Gobinath, Cheng-Hsiung Lin, Robin Lamgaday, Robert Allen Losey
  • Patent number: D803749
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Joseph Carmine Lettieri, Robert Allen Losey, James Alfred Benzing, II, Addison Brian Siegel, Andrew Brent Mendenhall, Kenneth Wayne Rudd, Rani Harb, Mahdy Malekzadeh Moghani
  • Patent number: D803750
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Joseph Carmine Lettieri, Robert Allen Losey, James Alfred Benzing, II, Addison Brian Siegel, Andrew Brent Mendenhall, Kenneth Wayne Rudd, Rani Harb, Mahdy Malekzadeh Moghani
  • Patent number: D804389
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Joseph Carmine Lettieri, Robert Allen Losey, James Alfred Benzing, II, Addison Brian Siegel, Andrew Brent Mendenhall, Kenneth Wayne Rudd, Rani Harb, Mahdy Malekzadeh Moghani, Jonathan James Shondel
  • Patent number: D804390
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Joseph Carmine Lettieri, Robert Allen Losey, James Alfred Benzing, II, Addison Brian Siegel, Andrew Brent Mendenhall, Kenneth Wayne Rudd, Rani Harb, Mahdy Malekzadeh Moghani, Jonathan James Shondel