Fenders Patents (Class 114/219)
  • Patent number: 10533684
    Abstract: A clamping arrangement 10 of a buoyancy clamp assembly. The arrangement 10 includes three identical arcuate members 12 engageable together to define a ring. Each of the arcuate members 12 has three discrete resilient members 14 engageable on for instance a pipe 68. Engagement members 42 are provided extendable between adjacent pair of arcuate members 12 to prevent relative twisting of adjacent arcuate members 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: ADVANCED INSULATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Martin Steven Harrop, Radcliffe Lewis, Stewart Ian Morley
  • Patent number: 10501037
    Abstract: A pedestrian protection device for a motor vehicle, for example for a motor vehicle front end or a motor vehicle rear end, has a bumper crossmember with a deformation element arranged on the outer side thereof, i.e. the side directed towards the front. In particular, the deformation element is arranged between a bumper skin and the bumper crossmember. The deformation element has a first element and a second element which are displaceable relative to one another in the event of a collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Oeztzan Akif, Gerhard Fichtinger, Wilhelm Riedl
  • Patent number: 10485215
    Abstract: Shock-absorbing bumpers that are adapted and configured to be attached to an interior wall of an animal hauling slant load trailer and positioned to contact the shoulder of an equine when the equine is driven forward by a deceleration or braking of the trailer. The bumper(s) are positioned to contact and restrain the equine shoulder allowing it to lean into it, thereby preventing the unnecessary extension of and stress on the animal's right front leg and hoof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Monty L. Ruetenik
  • Patent number: 10391912
    Abstract: A bladder unit includes upper and lower sheets defining opposed portions of a first bladder. The bladder unit further includes a first extruded element having upper and lower faces respectively coupled with the upper sheet and the lower sheet at a portion of a first boundary of the first bladder. A first capillary extends through the element and across the portion of the first boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alan George Dry
  • Patent number: 10364001
    Abstract: A spacing component comprising a longitudinal axis wherein the structural spacing component may be configured to provide a boundary between a first object and a second object along its longitudinal axis is described. The structural spacing component may further comprise a restrictive layer enclosing an interior region wherein the restrictive layer may comprise a first length along the longitudinal axis and at least one second length transverse to the longitudinal axis. In examples, the restrictive layer may be formed of a plurality of braided strands. Additionally, the restrictive layer may define at least a partially enclosed interior region and may have flexural stiffness to maintain the first length as greater than the second length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: A&P Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew A. Head, Pamela M Schneider
  • Patent number: 10359093
    Abstract: The invention is a system for controlling the relative movement of a load P, comprising at least one main damper having a longitudinal action of stroke C and two ends with one end being connected to a frame and the other being connected to the load. A compensation device is included having at least one secondary damper of longitudinal action with two ends with one end being secured to the frame and the other end is connected to the end of the main damper connected to the load The secondary damper is arranged so that, at one point of stroke C, the secondary damper has an action orthogonal in direction to the direction of the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES
    Inventor: Benoît Amaudric Du Chaffaut
  • Patent number: 10351218
    Abstract: An enhanced system and various methods for remotely deploying boat fenders from a safe and convenient location. The boat fenders, which are placed along the entire periphery of the boat, may be deployed and retracted with lines attached to winches and motors. A smart phone app may be employed to remind users to deploy boat fenders upon entering known ports, and may also deploy the boat fenders automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Shmuel Sam Arditi
  • Patent number: 10293901
    Abstract: A boat fender system comprising a boat fender including a first portion that absorbs kinetic energy to prevent damaging a surface of a boat. The first portion having a first surface facing out away from the surface of the boat. The boat fender including a second portion arranged with the first portion. The second portion having a second surface facing toward the surface of the boat. The boat fender including an adhesive arranged on the second surface of the second portion of the boat fender. The adhesive arranged on the second surface of the second portion of the boat fender adherable to the surface of the boat to make the boat fender immobile on the surface of the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffrey David Sitton
  • Patent number: 10286274
    Abstract: The hockey goal comprises left and right vertical goalposts, a front crossbar, left and right elbows, a lower rear frame, an upper rear frame, a crinkle bar, a second crinkle bar, a net, a bumper cushion, and a wear plate. The left vertical goalpost, right vertical goalpost, front crossbar, left elbow, and right elbow comprise a goal opening at the front of the hockey goal. The lower rear frame and upper rear frame are fabricated from square tubing and comprise a semi-elliptical support for the net on the rear side of the goal opening. The wear plate supports the lower rear frame. The bumper cushion absorbs the impact of a puck entering the hockey goal and couples to the hockey goal via twine that is laced through the crinkle bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Graziano Carretta
  • Patent number: 10288571
    Abstract: The longitudinal relaxation times (T1) of water and hydrocarbon inside porous media, such as rock from subsurface formations, behave differently when external magnetic fields vary. A Nuclear Magnetic Relaxation Dispersion (NMRD) profile from Fast Field Cycling Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (FFC-NMR) technique differentiates the type of fluids filling the pores. Different types of pores in a rock sample are filled with different fluids, water and hydrocarbon, and the absolute porosity and the pore size of each type of pores is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Hyung T. Kwak, Ali A. Al-Yousif, Salah H. Al-Saleh
  • Patent number: 10271591
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein are directed to systems for automatically protecting an individual from injuries using one or more sensors, one or more rigid members, and one or more inflatable members associated therewith, and methods of using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Mahalaxmi Gita Bangera, Jesse R. Cheatham, III, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10245453
    Abstract: A safety airbag device for cushioning the free fall of a person or object from an elevated height. The airbag device includes an inflatable base bag capable of sustaining an air pressure and an inflatable structure coupled to the base bag, where the inflatable structure is in air communication with the base bag. A net is coupled to a top portion of the inflatable structure for decelerating and supporting the individual from free fall. A top cover is coupled to the base bag that substantially encloses the inflatable structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Stephen Gray
  • Patent number: 10206517
    Abstract: A cellular cushioning system includes cells or support units arranged in one or more stacked arrays. The cells are hollow chambers that resist deflection due to compressive forces, similar to compression springs. The arrays are attached to one or more intermedial binding layers. The intermedial binding layer(s) links the cells together while allowing the cells to deform independently of one another. An external load compresses one of the void cells within an independent compression range without significantly compressing at least one void cell adjacent the compressed void cell. The independent compression range is the displacement range of the compressed void cell that does not significantly affect the compression of adjacent void cells. If the void cell is compressed beyond the independent compression range, the intermedial binding layers may be deflected and/or the void cells adjacent the compressed void cell may be compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Skydex Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric W. Sugano, Collin Metzer, Peter M. Foley, Eric T. DiFelice, Bryant R. Hadden
  • Patent number: 10112685
    Abstract: A buoyant structure having a hull, a main deck, an upper cylindrical side section extending downwardly from the main deck, an upper frustoconical side section, a cylindrical neck, a lower ellipsoidal section that extends from the cylindrical neck, an ellipsoidal keel and a fin-shaped appendage secured to a lower and an outer portion of the exterior of the ellipsoid keel. The upper frustoconical side section located below the upper cylindrical side section and maintained to be above a water line for a transport depth and partially below the water line for an operational depth of the buoyant structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Jurong Shipyard PTE LTD.
    Inventor: Nicolaas Johannes Vandenworm
  • Patent number: 10106225
    Abstract: A hull for a watercraft and a watercraft disclosed, the hull including a hull body having a first recess surface defining a first recess, and a second recess surface defining a second recess; a first hull panel disposed in the first recess, a front portion of the first hull panel being movable between a first and second position; a second hull panel disposed in the second recess, a front portion of the second hull panel being movable between a third and fourth position; a first biasing member biasing the front portion of the first hull panel toward the first position; a second biasing member biasing the front portion of the second hull panel toward the third position; a first stopper for the first hull panel; a second stopper for the second hull panel; and a stabilizing bar for transferring motion between the first hull panel and the second hull panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Alain Massicotte, Lonnie Lieb, Keith Allen Spade
  • Patent number: 10093255
    Abstract: A vehicle bumper includes: a bumper beam, a bumper face, covering a vehicle body front surface of the bumper beam, and a buffer component, provided between the bumper beam and the bumper face. The buffer component includes a platelike component configured to be folded upon collision load. The buffer component includes a folded part, and two surface parts that are connected through the folded part and are opposite to each other with a gap therebetween in a front-rear direction of the vehicle. A pressure pipe configured to be deformed by being clamped between the two surface parts so as to detect impact is provided in the gap. A lower space part that avoids interference between the bumper beam and a setting part for the pressure pipe in the buffer component is provided below the bumper beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Teruaki Aizawa, Tatsuya Ishizaki
  • Patent number: 10060696
    Abstract: A bumper for limiting a string displacement on a projectile accelerating apparatus is described for absorbing vibrations thereof, the bumper comprising an hollowed body including an opening portion at a first end of the body, an expansion portion inside the hollowed body and adjacent to the opening portion, a damper portion adjacent to the expansion portion inside the hollowed body, the damper portion including a volume of air that is compressible when the opening portion is closed, and a string-contacting portion disposed on an exterior surface of a second end of the body, the distal wall and the string-contacting portion being moveable toward the opening portion to compress the volume of air in the damper portion in consequence of a string contact on the string-contacting portion. A projectile accelerating apparatus including same and a method of using same are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: PLACEMENTS GASTON HOULE INC.
    Inventor: Gaston Houle
  • Patent number: 10053828
    Abstract: An assembly and process for forming a two stage extrusion of an elongated marine dock from a plasticized material, such as including but act limited to extruding a first generally “L” shaped bracket from a first more rigid thermoplastic, following which a cross head die arrangement is utilized in order to extrude a secondary arcuate and flexible material in extending fashion from a lower side of the “L” bracket. The secondary/flexible elastomer is extracted in an open flexed position relative to the first extruded bracket, and further such that, following completion, can be flexed into a closed engagement with an upper perpendicularly extending side of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: U.S. Farathane Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Charles Baxter, Timothy John Brown, Tobin Joseph Fauser, Zachary Taylor
  • Patent number: 10005528
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to pontoon shields. The pontoon shields disclosed herein may, for example, protect pontoons from damage and/or enhance the aesthetic appearance of pontoons. The shields may be fashioned from one or more segments of resilient material configured to attach along a longitudinal aspect of a pontoon. The shields may be fashioned from a single segment, or from one or more segments configured to mate with one another. The shields may be attached to a pontoon, for example, via an adhesive, weld, and/or one or more brackets, or other mechanical means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: David Schaefer
  • Patent number: 9986831
    Abstract: The protector is generally elongate and includes a mouth that is able to open to accommodate the structure. The mouth is biased towards a closed position so that the mouth grips the structure to hold it in place. The mouth is provided by a pair of opposed jaws and an inner plate provided to act as a stop for the mouth. A bumper is provided that extends spaced from the inner plate. The protector further includes at least one angled linear web that extends between the inner plate and bumper at a front of the protector. Advantageously, it has been found that as the bumper crushes, the angled linear web and the side connection of the bumper combine to cause the bumper to spread outwardly and around the structure thereby acting to deflect the force of the impact around the structure. Such deflection reduces the damage to the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: A-FAX LIMITED
    Inventor: Luke Smith
  • Patent number: 9987570
    Abstract: In a filter element, plates are provided in a manner of covering ends of an outer cylinder and an inner cylinder. A packing having a substantially hollow annular plate shape is provided on the plate. A filtering material is provided between the outer cylinder and the inner cylinder. The packing is abutted against a surface of the case in parallel with the plate and a cylindrical outflow portion having a surface parallel to the inner cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: YAMASHIN-FILTER CORP.
    Inventors: Meiho Taku, Hideo Nakaoka
  • Patent number: 9975507
    Abstract: A vehicle bumper assembly may include a fascia, a bumper beam arranged inside of the fascia including an upper portion and a lower portion, and a reinforcement block arranged only on the upper portion of the bumper beam and configured to absorb energy and to eliminate contact of the upper portion with the fascia during a collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rajarathinam Jayachandran, Erika Kristin Low, Bhimaraddi Venkaraddi Alavandi
  • Patent number: 9969466
    Abstract: A method for operating floating vessel wherein the floating vessel comprises a hull having: a bottom surface, a top deck surface, at least two connected sections engaging between the bottom surface and the top deck surface, and at least one fin extending from the hull with an upper fin surface sloping towards the bottom surface and secured to and extending from the hull, the at least one fin configured to provide hydrodynamic performance. The at least two connected sections extend downwardly from the top deck surface toward the bottom surface. The at least two connected sections contain at least two of: an upper portion in section view with a sloping side extending from the top deck section, a cylindrical neck section in profile view, and a lower conical section in profile view with a sloping side extending from the cylindrical neck section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Jurong Shipyard PTE Ltd.
    Inventors: Nicolaas Johannes Vandenworm, John William Beck, III
  • Patent number: 9963208
    Abstract: Outboard stabilizing members (110, 210, 310, 410) include a foam core (120, 220, 320, 420) and a bladder (134, 234, 334, 434) configured to be inflated to a design pressure and configured to cover at least a portion of the associated foam core. The bladders are configured to be non-compressive to the foam core. A plurality of joining members (135, 235, 335, 435) connect an inner wall of the bladder with an outer wall of the bladder, such that when the bladder is inflated to the design pressure the outer wall and joining members prevent the inner wall from compressing the foam core. The joining members are preferably inelastic, and may be one-dimensional linear members such as strings or rods, two-dimensional panels, or other webbing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: William M. Hansen
  • Patent number: 9925908
    Abstract: A modular inflatable protection system for protecting an item is provided. The system includes a plurality of inflatable modules, each of the modules having an inflatable body; a gas valve configured to receive a gas to inflate the inflatable body; a first connection portion; and a second connection portion. The first connection portion is configured to removably connect a first one of the modules to the second connection portion of a second one of the modules, the first connection portion can be reused to connect the first one of the modules to the second connection portion of a third one of the modules, and the system is configured to provide a barrier to protect the item from damaging contact by a potentially damaging element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventors: Raymond Jacob Zwack, III, Stuart I Smith
  • Patent number: 9896169
    Abstract: A landing watercraft boat hull with push knees and side bumper assemblies that include a vertical rigid frame aligned parallel to the hull's longitudinal axis. The rigid frame's front edge extends in front of the bow of the hull. Attached to the rigid frame's top edge and extending over the rigid frame's front edge is an L-shaped front bumper. In one embodiment there are two assemblies located on opposite sides of a landing door. The rigid frames are sufficient in length so the front edges of the two L-shaped bumpers are disposed in front of the bow enabling the hull to safely push against other hulls or objects and protect the landing door. Attached to the outside surface of each rigid frame is a rigid shell cover that extends rearward from the rigid frame. The cover includes a rear opening in which the distal end of a side bumper attached to the side of the hull is inserted to hold and protect the distal end of the side bumper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: Jesse W Munson
  • Patent number: 9879432
    Abstract: An outdoor wall padding apparatus attachable to a vertical structure includes an upper padding section, and a lower drainage section disposed below the upper padding section. The outdoor wall padding apparatus is attachable to the vertical structure with the lower drainage section positionable adjacent to the ground and operable to allow water to pass into and out of the lower drainage section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Sportsfield Intellectual, LLC
    Inventors: Wayne P. Oliver, Matthew L. Cross, Joshua A. Hicks
  • Patent number: 9849362
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a machine for martial arts training that simulates sparring with a live partner and provides a safe tool for body hardening. More specifically, the machine is a vertical alignment of three independently rotatable Alpha Bodies having detachable arms, a weighted base, and bearing interfaces, where each Alpha Body may rotate to initiate strikes via programmable servo motors. The present invention facilitates martial arts offensive strikes and defensive moves, which safely promotes the formation of calcium deposits and scar tissue about key nerve areas to give the body a hardened feel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Jonathan Cameron Nelson
  • Patent number: 9849947
    Abstract: A control system for a suspension system of a multi-hulled vessel, the vessel including a chassis portion, at least two hulls moveable relative to the chassis portion. The suspension system of the vessel provides support of at least a portion of the chassis above the at least two hulls, and includes adjustable supports and at least one motor to enable adjustment of a support force and/or displacement of the adjustable supports. The control system includes a fender friction force input for receiving at least one signal indicative of a friction force on a fender portion between a fixed or floating object and the vessel chassis portion, and in response to the fender friction force input, the control system is to adjust the support force and/or displacement between the chassis portion and the at least two hulls to reduce or minimize the friction force on the fender portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Nauti-Craft Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Michael James Longman
  • Patent number: 9822836
    Abstract: An agricultural implement includes a first central implement section. At least one second implement section is positioned on each of two sides of the first implement section. Adjacent implement sections are each displaceable relative to one another about a pivot axis in order to displace the implement between a transport position and a working position. Each implement section comprises mowing mechanisms, conveying mechanisms or both. A hat-like conveying element made from an elastically deformable material is positioned on at least one of the mowing mechanisms, on at least one of the conveying mechanisms or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: CLAAS Saulgau GmbH
    Inventor: Josef Fischer
  • Patent number: 9802717
    Abstract: Materials and structures for absorbing energy. The materials and structures are well suited for arresting aircraft and other vehicles, although their purposes need not be so limited. Also detailed are packaging and other solutions for maintaining system integrity, especially (but not exclusively) when foam glass or other aggregate is employed and stabilizing the location of the aggregate is desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Engineered Arresting Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Silvia C. Valentini, Shawn Patrick Doherty, Youhong Li
  • Patent number: 9789936
    Abstract: Inflatable fender having an inflatable first, internal, casing provided at least at one end in the continuation of the chamber with an inflatable tubular appendage (3) equipped with a stoppered end stub (2), this assembly being housed inside an external second casing (5) that hugs the first casing and the appendage (3) and being equipped, at the neck hugging the appendage, with at least one pair of fixings (9) of the D-ring type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Jean-Luc Vanoise
  • Patent number: 9765494
    Abstract: A marine fender system for absorbing energy to prevent damage to berthing facilities, berthing structures, and vessels during the berthing of the vessels. The marine fender system generally includes a plurality of mounts which are secured against a berthing structure such as a dock or the like. Each of the mounts comprises a first angled edge and a second angled edge. A frame is suspended from the berthing structure, including fenders extending from the frame toward the berthing structure. Each of the fenders comprises a first arm and a second arm extending diagonally outward in different directions from a deflector. The deflector rests against the angled edges such that pressure exerted on a bumper on the outer end of the frame will cause the deflectors to move with respect to the angled edges of the mount, thus absorbing energy which otherwise would be transferred directly to the berthing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: Sharon Kedar
  • Patent number: 9759373
    Abstract: An attachment for attaching an accessory to a structure such as a vehicle or boat through a rail having a track. The attachment has at least one welt that is shaped and/or sized to fit within the facial opening of the track when no tensile force is exerted on the attachment and with retained within the track when tensile force is exerted on the attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Dowco, Inc.
    Inventor: Justin Hough
  • Patent number: 9745709
    Abstract: A floatation device configured to fit around a dock pier. The flotation device includes a body having a first circular section; a second circular section that form a circular opening to receive the dock pier therebetween; and a fastener configured to secure the first circular section to the second circular section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: John R. Peterson
  • Patent number: 9738358
    Abstract: An enhanced system and various methods for safe and convenient deployment and retraction of boat fenders, comprising a system for stowing a boat fender in a fender receptacle, the receptacle having an opening for threading through a line, the line being attached to the fender, the line operable to pull up the fender into the receptacle through a second opening at the bottom of the receptacle, the receptacle being located within the rail, hull, or attached thereto, and being attached to a hinge, operated either mechanically or manually, to enable unobstructed deployment of the fenders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Shmuel Sam Arditi
  • Patent number: 9731800
    Abstract: An enhanced system and various methods for remotely deploying boat fenders from a safe and convenient location. The fenders, which are placed along the entire periphery of the boat, may be deployed and retracted with lines attached to winches and motors. A user interface application installed on a mobile device may be utilized to alert the need for deploying boat fenders upon entering known ports, and may also deploy the fenders automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Shmuel Sam Arditi
  • Patent number: 9725142
    Abstract: A supplemental bumper apparatus for covering the bumper of a personal water craft and providing enhanced shock absorption and blemish resistance. The supplemental bumper apparatus comprises a synthetic rubber body and a fastener system. The synthetic rubber body provides a barrier which can absorb shock and block blemishes from an impact. The synthetic rubber body is attached to the bumper fastener system defined by a plurality of snap fasteners on its upper section and a hook and loop fabric fastener is on its lower section. A plurality of snap fastener base members are permanently attached to the bumper and a corresponding hook and loop fastener material is permanently attached to the bumper, each providing a corresponding engaging member to enable the snap fasteners and the hook and loop fastener surface to attach the synthetic rubber body to the surface of the bumper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Shepheard William Glass
  • Patent number: 9725863
    Abstract: A vertical pneumatic fender comprises a fender body having bowl-shaped hemispherical portions joined to both ends in the axial direction of a cylindrical body portion, and a weight that is connected to the bottom of the fender body. The vertical pneumatic fender accommodates ballast water in an interior space of the fender body, and is provided with a backup chain. One end of the backup chain is connected to the fender body in a position that is offset with respect to the axial line of the fender body, and the other end is connected to the weight. The fender body and the weight are connected with the backup chain in a sack state. The slope of an axial orthogonal reference line and an axial parallel reference line are detected by way of a reference line detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Minami Izumi, Shigehiko Amano
  • Patent number: 9714072
    Abstract: Dampers for mounting on a dock to control landing a boat. The dampers may be used individually or in damper systems made up of a plurality of dampers. Each damper has a flexible body with one or more sidewalls defining an inner chambers, and orifices are provided in one of the sidewalls to allow the chamber to be filled with water when the damper is in an at-rest state. When the boat approaches the dock and contacts the damper or the outer set of dampers in a damper assembly/system, the collision or impact force applied by the boat against the outer surfaces of the damper(s) causes the damper body to be compressed, which causes the sidewalls of the chamber to collapse so as to expel water out of the inner chamber via the orifices so as to reduce the speed of the boat at a desired rate of deceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Brooke M. Swift, Eric J. Moy, Dennis M. Lind, J. Douglas Smith, Casey L. McKibben
  • Patent number: 9677238
    Abstract: A conventional pneumatic fender has an outer protection cover composed of used tires and steel chains. Due to the high friction coefficient at the tire side surfaces and the ship motion induced high impact forces, the lateral friction forces could be very high. These high friction forces not only increase the wearing damages at the tire side surfaces, but also cause scratching damages to the paints on the ship outer shell. A new type of outer protection cover using plastic plates is utilized to replace used tires and steel chains in order to reduce the wearing damages to the fender and to reduce the scratching damages to ship outer shell paints. Such reduction should be able to help the shipping industry achieve cost savings from decrease of scheduled ship re-paintings in dry docks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: William Wei Lee
  • Patent number: 9637879
    Abstract: A frontal-impact crash barrier (1) for use in automobile or motorcycle racing circuits, comprising a plurality of impact-absorbing units (2) arranged in reciprocal contact, each in turn comprising: a longitudinal body (3) having an external lateral surface (15), which is hollow and which is arranged vertically; and a plurality of annular elements (4) which are inserted along the longitudinal body (3) so as to externally embrace the longitudinal body (3) and which are stacked on one another so as to enclose the longitudinal body (3) so that the external lateral surface (15) of the longitudinal body (3) is entirely facing the plurality of annular elements (4). The longitudinal body (3) of each impact-absorbing unit (2) can be made of metal. Each transversal section of the longitudinal body (3) of each impact-absorbing unit (2) has a thickness forming a polygon having five sides, or six sides or seven sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Pasquale Impero
  • Patent number: 9631690
    Abstract: A protective device is positioned on poles in vehicle lifts or hoists. The device has: two arms having an outer surface and an inner surface; each inner surface having a magnetic layer; inner surfaces of the two arms forming an interior angle between 30 degrees and 150 degrees; outer surfaces of the arms forming an exterior angle of between 330 degrees and 210 degrees; and the external angle supporting a cushioning element comprising an elastomeric, compressive tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Joseph A. Adelmann
  • Patent number: 9616973
    Abstract: A marine hull including a hull plate manufactured from metal, a set of longitudinal reinforcements and a set of transverse reinforcements, at least one longitudinal reinforcement of the set of longitudinal reinforcements being arranged between the hull plate and at least one transverse reinforcement of the set of transverse reinforcements, and being connected to an inside of the hull plate. The marine hull is characterized in that the hull plate has a thickness that is less than 10 mm, and that the at least one longitudinal reinforcement is manufactured from the same metal as the hull plate and comprises at least one resilient segment arranged to spring in the direction transverse to the thickness of the hull plate, and that the resilient segment is arranged to bottom upon a compression that is more than 10 mm and less than 50 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Håkan Rosén
  • Patent number: 9609957
    Abstract: A bed system includes a semi-rigid top foam member having a top periphery edge; a semi-rigid bottom foam member having a bottom periphery edge; a first spring extending through the top periphery edge; a second spring extending through the bottom periphery edge; a foldable pliable material rigidly attached to the top periphery edge and rigidly attached to the bottom periphery edge; a sealed cavity formed by the top foam member, the bottom foam member, and the foldable pliable material; and a valve secured to and extending through a thickness of the foldable pliable material and in gaseous communication with the sealed cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: David D. Todd
  • Patent number: 9611016
    Abstract: A method of anti-fouling of a surface while said surface is at least partially submersed in an liquid environment, comprising: providing an anti-fouling light (9); distributing at least part of the light (9) through an optical medium (5) comprising a silicone material and/or UV grade fused silica; emitting the anti-fouling light (9) from the optical medium (5) and from the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Bart Andre Salters, Roelant Boudewijn Hietbrink, Ivo Wilhelmus Johannes Marie Rutten, Hendrik Van Houten
  • Patent number: 9553629
    Abstract: A protective implement for portable electronic devices such as, but not limited to, smartphones, tablets and laptops includes a set of self-holding protective members that fit tightly on the corners of an electronic device without the need for tools or adhesives. Each protective member fits onto a respective corner of the electronic device and includes a shell formed of a generally rigid material (e.g., plastic, polycarbonate, ABS, silicon, metals, or wood) and an inner shock absorbing material such as, but not limited to, a rubber-like material that frictionally engages the top and bottom of the electronic device at the corner. The shell may be structured to receive a U-shaped spring element to assist with holding the protective member on the corner of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Dylan Demnard
  • Patent number: 9528238
    Abstract: The present invention is an illuminating dock bumper for attachment to either a dock or a dock vehicle, comprising an elongate, forwardly projecting parabolic arch, which is of uniform substantially-arched cross-section; and an elongate structural tension member laterally extending between the lateral extremities of the parabolic arch, the structural tension member comprising a planar rear surface about which the structural tension member and thereby the bumper is secured to the dock or the dock vehicle, the structural tension member comprising an elongate, forwardly projecting, protective housing of uniform substantially-arched cross-section disposed on the front surface thereof and along the length thereof, the protective housing for receiving an elongate light source therewithin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Zachary Taylor
  • Patent number: 9531218
    Abstract: A magnetic force generating device is provided for application to a first object that is movable relative to a second object providing a first magnetic force, and includes a coil disposed on the first object, a sensing module disposed on the first object adjacent to the coil for sensing a distance between the first and second objects, and a processor. When the sensed distance is shorter than a threshold value, the processor enables provision to the coil of a driving current having a magnitude negatively correlated to the sensed distance, so that the coil generates a second magnetic force, which is repulsive to the first magnetic force, in response to the driving current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: NATIONAL TAIWAN NORMAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yi-Hsuan Hung, Chien-Hsun Wu, Yu-Xuan Lin, Jian-Hao Chen
  • Patent number: 9505470
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sports device, such as a surf board, water board, and the like for use by persons in moving over a water surface. The device generally has: a) a central foam core; b) a cover fabric laminated around the central foam core; c) a laminating adhesive securing the cover fabric to the central foam core; and d) a water resistant polymeric coating covering the laminated cover fabric and laminating adhesive. The laminating adhesive generally has a specific gravity of less than 2.0 g/m3. The laminating adhesive may have a Shore A hardness of at least 70 and may be a water-based polyurethane emulsion, a methacrylate-acrylate copolymer emulsion, an epoxy or epoxy-acrylate hybrid emulsion adhesive or a mixture of at least any two of these adhesives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: John Arthur Martens