Curved Wall Patents (Class 224/540)
  • Patent number: 10807539
    Abstract: A vehicle organizer capable of underseat storage when mounted upon a tunnel-hump, including a flexible receiving member having an elongate base portion and perpendicularly disposed opposing sidewalls extending upwardly from the elongate base portion, wherein the open enclosure is configured for underseat storage while the flexible receiving member is mounted atop the tunnel-hump, a pair of flaps extending from the axial plane of the flat common bottom plane, wherein the pair of flaps have opposing weighted ends for stable mounting upon the tunnel-hump, and a receptacle having a planar bottom and sidewalls configured for removable seating within the second open enclosure whereby the receptacle is prevented from tipping, and wherein the vehicle organizer is configured for the underseat storage when the receiving member is mounted atop the tunnel-hump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Tim Dexter
  • Patent number: 10525893
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a passenger compartment containing several passenger seats. A middle console is provided on the floor of the vehicle in a space formed between two of the passenger seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventor: Riley Lind
  • Patent number: 10167996
    Abstract: An adjustable bracket includes a body of quadrilateral shape that defines an attachment plane for a device, which includes a first adjustment mechanism located adjacent a first corner of the quadrilateral shape, a second adjustment mechanism located adjacent a second corner of the quadrilateral shape, and a pivot. The first adjustment mechanism includes a first passage transverse to the attachment plane, a second passage parallel to the attachment plane and leading to the first passage, and a first moveable member extending in the first passage. The second adjustment mechanism includes a third passage transverse to the attachment plane and a fourth passage parallel to the attachment plane, and a second moveable member extending into the third passage. The pivot locates adjacent a fourth corner of the quadrilateral shape such that the first and second adjustment mechanisms are configured for adjusting the adjustable bracket relative to the pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Dylan Thomas Cox, Dan Calder, Javor Gnjidic
  • Patent number: 9173486
    Abstract: An adjustable modular shelving system is secureable to a rail mounting system in the cargo area of a vehicle. The shelving system includes a pair of end panels, each pair having an end panel flange with a plurality of end panel flange apertures. The end panel flange extends along a portion of an outer periphery of each of the pair of end panels. The shelving system may include a shelf having a base and a pair of shelf flanges which extend from longitudinal end portions of the base, one of the pair of shelf flanges includes a plurality of locking mechanisms and another one of the pair of shelf flanges include a plurality of shelf apertures. The locking mechanisms may securably connect with a first side of the pair of end panels, and the plurality of shelf apertures may securably connect with a second side of the pair of end panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Adrian Steel Company
    Inventor: Thomas S. Richter
  • Patent number: 8998049
    Abstract: A vehicle dash accessory holding device holds an accessory such as a global positioning device while providing an appearance that the device is integrated into the original equipment of the vehicle. The device includes a housing having a perimeter wall extending between a front end and a back end. The perimeter wall defines an open front face at the front end of the housing. A top slot extends through the perimeter wall. Each of a plurality of tabs is coupled to and extends from the perimeter wall. Each tab is curved to extend in front of the open front face of the housing wherein the tabs support an extrinsic device in the front end of the housing. A fastener is coupled to a bottom face of the housing for coupling the housing to a dash of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald A. Orr
  • Patent number: 8807408
    Abstract: A storage area, particularly for vehicles, comprising a frame having opposite legs and a plurality of bars extending from one of the opposite legs of the frame to the other leg. The bars are each implemented as a detented system, so that they can be displaced independently of each other between a starting position and an ending position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Lisa Dräxlmaier GmbH
    Inventor: Raimund Kreis
  • Patent number: 8444008
    Abstract: A tissue holder and dispenser includes a cuboid shaped housing having a front panel, two planer side panels and a planer rear panel as well as a planer bottom panel and an open top. The front planer panel includes a horizontal slot through which individual tissues are dispensed while one side wall includes a rectangular opening through which an empty tissue box can be ejected by pushing it out of the housing with a finger inserted through a circular opening on the opposite side wall that is aligned with the rectangular opening in the first side wall. The housing is constructed and dimensioned to hold from one to four tissue boxes with the top of each box facing a front surface of the rectangular front planer panel so that a slit in the top of the tissue box on the bottom of the housing will come into register with a slot in the lower portion of the rectangular front planer panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Khaled Abdullah M. Al-Mahnna
  • Patent number: 8157312
    Abstract: A modular storage system for a vehicle is disclosed. The modular storage system includes an adjustable frame having a plurality of first posts, a plurality of second posts, a first beam connecting one of the plurality of first posts to another of the plurality of first posts, and a second beam connecting one of the plurality of second posts to another of the plurality of second posts. The first posts and second posts are each secured to a curved member. The modular storage system is attached to a rail on an interior of a vehicle. Various off-the-shelf storage components can be used with the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Knaack LLC
    Inventors: Richard Chase Bliss, Jr., Ajay Dhananjay Utpat, Harishchandra Dahatonde
  • Publication number: 20100038392
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to a carrier and organizational apparatus which is detachably mounted on a vacuum cleaner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventor: Scott Stretton
  • Patent number: 7506843
    Abstract: The computer monitor support device for a vehicle includes a console body with a monitor support body pivotally mounted on the console body. The monitor support body pivots between an upright, in-use position where a monitor supported thereon is visible and readily accessible to an operator and a downward, non-use position in which the monitor support body and attached monitor are relatively inaccessible. With the support device in the non-use position, the windshield and dashboard of the vehicle are more readily accessible. In addition, a vibration attenuator tightens the play between the monitor support body and the console body to reduce vibration and noise within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Inventor: Richard L. McKelvey
  • Publication number: 20080308591
    Abstract: The present invention is a container for a light-duty automobile such as a light-duty pickup truck or sport-utility vehicle having at least one opening, operably associated with the quarter panel of an automobile, an inner wall operably associated with the container, and a cover having a closed position and an open position operably associated with the opening. The cover includes a door inner, and a door outer. The invention also includes a first rail positioned between the container and the quarter panel. The container is integrally formed with the first rail, and is located between the first rail and the inner wall. The first rail supports the container, and the cover can be moved from the open position to the closed position, allowing access to the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Applicant: Magna International Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Vernon Henderson, Peter Vincent MacLean
  • Publication number: 20080017682
    Abstract: An innovative cargo carrying system specifically designed to be easily mounted at the rear of mid-size or small sedan vehicles that allow easy access to the cargo and has minimal or no effect on wind noise and drag. Mid-size and small sedan vehicles are typically the ones that have the greatest cargo volume limitations and therefore benefit the most of the extra cargo space, especially for long travel. This invention disclosure presents the system and the required hardware needed to attach various types of cargo carrying devices to these vehicles. The system is made of two brackets, a frame and mounts. Various cargo carrying devices can be attached to the frame of this system. Two examples are presented in this invention disclosure, one is a simple platform and the second is an enclosed cargo box that allows locking the cargo and also protects it from the environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2006
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Inventors: David A. Warnock, Francois J. Charette
  • Patent number: 6510973
    Abstract: A coin case for an automobile includes: a casing to be attached to a vehicle end, the casing being formed with a plurality of independent cylindrical chambers to be sortingly loaded with a plural kind of coins; and a coin tray connected to a side end portion of the casing, the coin tray including a bottom wall having a curved surface in a direction toward the plurality of independent cylindrical chambers from a place where is far from the coin case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: Piolax, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Ichioka
  • Patent number: 6231098
    Abstract: A tunnel covering for a motor vehicle has a supporting structure in which at least one receiving space is provided, and at least one approximately vertically extending longitudinal wall. At least one lateral wall element is mounted on the integrally constructed supporting structure. The lateral wall element is assigned to the longitudinal wall of the supporting structure and which, at least in sections together with the lateral wall, bounds one or several hollow spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventors: Bernd Schenk, Tilo Volkmann
  • Patent number: 6170725
    Abstract: A tissue dispenser assembly for late model CORVETTE, such as for the model years 1997 to 1999. The assembly includes a box-like housing for slidable receiving a conventional box of facial tissue, and a support adapter secured to at least a portion of the housing. The housing and adapter are positioned to lie contiguous with a pair of angled walls forming a part of the console of the CORVETTE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Inventor: William A. Ganues
  • Patent number: 6135529
    Abstract: An interior assembly for a vehicle comprising a center console and a guide member for mounting the console to the vehicle. Preferably, the center console is of the type including at least one storage compartment and an associated lid. The guide member defines a reciprocal path from a first end of the guide to a second end of the guide. Preferably the first end of the guide is adjacent a set of front passenger seats and the second end of the guide is adjacent a set of rear passenger seats. A carriage is operatively coupled between the console and the guide member for slidably moving the console on the guide member along the reciprocal path between the front and rear passenger seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Atoma International Inc.
    Inventors: Dean G. De Angelis, Paul E. Newman, Albert Shane, Omar D. Tame
  • Patent number: 5820075
    Abstract: An aircraft cargo pod for use with helicopters, the pod having a container slidably engaged with a mounting assembly mounted to the underside of the helicopter fuselage. The mounting assembly includes a plate having a pair of side rails sized and shaped to engage channels formed in the sidewalls of the container. The sidewalls and backwalls circumscribe an open top of the container to provide unobstructed access to the entire length of the container. Thus, the aircraft cargo pod of the present invention facilitates easy installation and removal and provides unobstructed access to the interior to facilitate loading and unloading of long and bulky items, such as golf clubs, skis, long-handled tools and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Creative Aeronautical Accessorie, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale M. Speakes, David M. Jensen
  • Patent number: 5803326
    Abstract: A tour guide cabinet for a coach comprises a cabinet body having a rear portion resting upon a seat frame of the coach and a front portion having a bottom surface resting upon the floor of the coach forwardly of the seat. The front and rear portions each defining an upper surface spaced upwardly of the seat and arranged to define at least one storage compartment therein for receiving tour guide materials. The cabinet body has a width so as to overlie only one half of a double seat leaving the other part for the tour guide. A shelf extends from the cabinet body outwardly to one side. The front portion includes a storage cabinet with a drawer underneath the bottom surface of the rear portion and forwardly of the seat. The bottom surface of the rear portion includes a clamp to engage onto the seat frame with the cushion removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Motor Coach Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: John W. Krieger, Sandy S. Friesen
  • Patent number: 5706991
    Abstract: A holder for tool transport and method for transporting tools is provided. The holder includes a compartmentalized top section with an optional handle. A securable cover may be included to protect tool during transport. The base of the holder includes both a contiguous edge that provides suitable support during placement on a flat surface and a curved cavity that provides suitable support during placement on a component of mobile machinery to be serviced. The component can be a wheel and the cavity can be configured to allow for placement on substantially all wheel types and size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: Jay Nagengast
    Inventor: Robert A. Stewart
  • Patent number: 5657916
    Abstract: A molded shell with a hinged cover for carrying ballast or other items in pick-up truck beds. The shell is designed to fit into the bed of a truck and is formed to fit around the wheel wells. The shell is designed to be half the height of the side walls. This permits large flat objects to be placed on top of the container for convenient hauling. The entire lid is hinged in the front end (i.e., the end nearest the cab). This allows the entire hinge to be lifted and opened, giving access to the entire shell. A second hinge is provided that allows the rear one-third of the lid to open. This gives access to the back of the storage unit from the tailgate. This door can be used to remove sand to place under the wheels if more traction is needed, for example. It also can be used for quick access to frequently used items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Inventor: John Tackett
  • Patent number: 5620123
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cargo container that is removably fastenable to the rear door of a van-type vehicle. The cargo container has an upper primary hook that engages the upper edge of the vehicle's rear door and lower secondary hooks that are tightenable and that engage the lower edge of said vehicle door. The cargo container has a container portion with a front wall and an openable access door leading into the open storage area. The front wall of the container confronts the rear of the van door and has an aperture for accessing the handle of the vehicle's rear door. Thus, the rear door of the vehicle can be swung open by opening the access door of the cargo container and opening the vehicle door with the handle accessible through the opened cargo container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Inventor: Joe Brisbois
  • Patent number: 5597201
    Abstract: An extended cab truck storage seat is disclosed. The storage seat comprises a box of an essentially rigid material with a front wall and a rear wall and parallel side walls coupled at their side edges to the side edges of the front and rear walls. The box includes a lower wall coupled at its front, rear and side edges to the bottom edges of the front, rear and side walls. The front and rear walls have a recess extending upwardly from their lower edges about an essentially common axis of rotation. The lower wall has an intermediate extent coupled at the front and rear edges thereof to the peripheral edges of the recesses of the front and rear walls. The front, rear, side and bottom walls are fabricated of steel and define an open rectangular top at the top edges of the front, rear and side walls. A lid has peripheral front, rear and side edges adapted to overlie the upper edges of the front, rear and side walls of the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1997
    Inventor: Billy W. Hinze
  • Patent number: 5535931
    Abstract: A storage system for a vehicle having a floor and a wheel well defined in the floor includes a compartment-defining structure having a pivot for pivotally attaching the structure to the vehicle for movement between a first position wherein the structure straddles the wheel well and a second position wherein the structure is located generally adjacent the wheel well on the vehicle floor. A compartment defined by the compartment-defining structure is accessible in one or both of the first and second positions. In one aspect, the compartment-defining structure includes a curved sidewall shaped to be mateably positioned over the wheel well when in said first position, and an outer sidewall spaced from the curved sidewall defining one or more compartments between the two sidewalls. In another aspect, the compartment-defining structure includes an elastic fence allowing access to the compartments in the compartment-defining structure when in the raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1996
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventors: John R. Barlow, Russell S. Stephanchick