Patents by Inventor Shawn Sterling

Shawn Sterling 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: 9694754
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes a side wall at least partially defining a cargo area. The side wall has an electrical fixture. A storage compartment assembly has a storage compartment and is moveable between an uninstalled orientation and an installed orientation where the storage compartment assembly is directly fastened to the side wall. An outboard panel of the storage compartment assembly includes a fixture receiving opening aligned with the electrical fixture with the storage compartment assembly in the installed orientation such that the electrical fixture is only accessible from within the storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Shawn Sterling
  • Patent number: 9669746
    Abstract: A storage compartment assembly is moveable between an uninstalled orientation and an installed orientation in which the storage compartment assembly is directly fastened to a side wall of a cargo area. The storage compartment assembly defines an opening along an upper end thereof providing access to the storage compartment. A lid is pivotally supported to the storage compartment assembly by a hinge mechanism. The hinge mechanism extends in a direction parallel to the side wall with the storage compartment assembly in the installed orientation. The lid is movable between a closed orientation covering the opening and concealing the storage compartment, and an open orientation uncovering the opening and exposing the storage compartment. The lid contacts the elongated support projection in the open orientation such that the lid is supported by the elongated support projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Shawn Sterling
  • Patent number: 9623809
    Abstract: A storage compartment assembly has a main body including an inboard panel and an outboard panel defining a storage compartment therebetween. With the storage compartment assembly installed to a side wall, at least a first portion of the main body extends under an overhanging portion of the side wall and a second portion of the main body extends inboard relative to the overhanging portion over an area of a cargo area floor. An upper end of the first portion of the storage compartment assembly includes at least one upwardly extending projection that extends upwardly adjacent to the overhanging portion within a space between the upper end of the side wall and a utility attachment track such that the utility attachment track restricts movement of the upper end in an inboard direction with the storage compartment assembly installed to the side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Sterling, Robert Speights
  • Patent number: 9623787
    Abstract: A tie-down assembly includes a clamping member configured to engage an accessory track of a vehicle. The clamping member is movable between engaged and disengaged positions. A cleat receives the clamping member and has a first side that engages the accessory track. A shaft of the clamping member passes through the cleat. A tightening member receives a free end of the shaft of the clamping member. The tightening member engages the shaft on a second side of the cleat opposite the first side. An indicator is fixed to the clamping member and is movable with the clamping member between a locked position in which the clamping member is in the engaged position and an unlocked position in which the clamping member is in the disengaged position. The indicator indicates the locked and unlocked positions when viewed from the second side of the cleat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Shawn Sterling
  • Publication number: 20160288727
    Abstract: A storage compartment assembly has a main body including an inboard panel and an outboard panel defining a storage compartment therebetween. With the storage compartment assembly installed to a side wall, at least a first portion of the main body extends under an overhanging portion of the side wall and a second portion of the main body extends inboard relative to the overhanging portion over an area of a cargo area floor. An upper end of the first portion of the storage compartment assembly includes at least one upwardly extending projection that extends upwardly adjacent to the overhanging portion within a space between the upper end of the side wall and a utility attachment track such that the utility attachment track restricts movement of the upper end in an inboard direction with the storage compartment assembly installed to the side wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventors: Shawn STERLING, Robert SPEIGHTS
  • Publication number: 20160288693
    Abstract: A tie-down assembly includes a clamping member configured to engage an accessory track of a vehicle. The clamping member is movable between engaged and disengaged positions. A cleat receives the clamping member and has a first side that engages the accessory track. A shaft of the clamping member passes through the cleat. A tightening member receives a free end of the shaft of the clamping member. The tightening member engages the shaft on a second side of the cleat opposite the first side. An indicator is fixed to the clamping member and is movable with the clamping member between a locked position in which the clamping member is in the engaged position and an unlocked position in which the clamping member is in the disengaged position. The indicator indicates the locked and unlocked positions when viewed from the second side of the cleat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventor: Shawn STERLING
  • Publication number: 20160288725
    Abstract: A storage compartment assembly is moveable between an uninstalled orientation and an installed orientation in which the storage compartment assembly is directly fastened to a side wall of a cargo area. The storage compartment assembly defines an opening along an upper end thereof providing access to the storage compartment. A lid is pivotally supported to the storage compartment assembly by a hinge mechanism. The hinge mechanism extends in a direction parallel to the side wall with the storage compartment assembly in the installed orientation. The lid is movable between a closed orientation covering the opening and concealing the storage compartment, and an open orientation uncovering the opening and exposing the storage compartment. The lid contacts the elongated support projection in the open orientation such that the lid is supported by the elongated support projection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventor: Shawn STERLING
  • Publication number: 20160288719
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes a side wall at least partially defining a cargo area. The side wall has an electrical fixture. A storage compartment assembly has a storage compartment and is moveable between an uninstalled orientation and an installed orientation where the storage compartment assembly is directly fastened to the side wall. An outboard panel of the storage compartment assembly includes a fixture receiving opening aligned with the electrical fixture with the storage compartment assembly in the installed orientation such that the electrical fixture is only accessible from within the storage compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventor: Shawn STERLING
  • Publication number: 20070245010
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for optimizing network data transfers using multiple classes of network resources and network intelligence gathered and integrated by a multi-perspective network optimizer so as to maximize the performance, scalability and commercial controllability and minimize the cost of network data transfers in heterogeneous networks such as the internet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Publication date: October 18, 2007
    Inventors: Robert Arn, Thomas Taylor, Jonathon Balogh, Justin McMichael, Kevin Matrosovs, Shawn Sterling
  • Publication number: 20040015371
    Abstract: A method and system of managing recruitment data provides an online application process that prohibits submission of a job application unless the applicant selects one or more available jobs. The applicant is also required to submit gender and ethnicity information. The applicant's information is stored in a database where it is related to jobs or job groups so that the employer can create a profile of the gender, ethnicity, and optionally other applicant data for applicants who apply for specified jobs or job groups. Preferably, the system also allows the employer to track similar information for new hires and thus profile an applicant pool and compare it to a profile of actual hires.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2003
    Publication date: January 22, 2004
    Inventors: Zachary Thomas, Shawn Sterling, SaiPrasad Kapila
  • Patent number: 6588781
    Abstract: A vehicle step assembly which easily mounts to and removes from a motor vehicle and includes a main body portion and a pair of mounting brackets. The main body portion defines a step surface. The assembly further includes fasteners for attaching the main body portion to the mounting brackets as well as the brackets to the vehicle body or frame. The brackets attach to the vehicle through a downwardly facing tab and removable fasteners. The fasteners secure the bracket to the body or frame. The downwardly facing tabs help to carry and allow for easy installation and removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Inventors: John W Pohill, John S Kargilis, David W Pennala, Shawn A Sterling
  • Publication number: 20020079667
    Abstract: A vehicle step assembly which easily mounts to and removes from a motor vehicle and includes a main body portion and a pair of mounting brackets. The main body portion defines a step surface. The assembly further includes fasteners for attaching the main body portion to the mounting brackets as well as the brackets to the vehicle body or frame. The brackets attach to the vehicle through a downwardly facing tab and removable fasteners. The fasteners secure the bracket to the body or frame. The downwardly facing tabs help to carry and allow for easy installation and removal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Inventors: John W. Pohill, John S. Kargilis, David W. Pennala, Shawn A. Sterling