Automobile Patents (Class 4/458)
  • Patent number: 11623594
    Abstract: A vehicle including a rear bumper having an upper surface, a power source, and a heating element in communication with the power source is provided. The heating element extends in a vehicle lateral direction and along substantially an entire portion of the upper surface of the rear bumper. The heating element may operable when a tailgate is in a closed position. Thus, debris, such as ice, dirt, and the like, accumulating on the upper surface of the rear bumper may be melted by the heating element prior to the tailgate opening. The heating element may be configured to heat substantially an entire portion of the upper surface of the rear bumper. The heating element may be configured to heat upon a condition being satisfied such as, for example, a vehicle start operation or outside temperature being below a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Paxton S. Williams
  • Patent number: 11565815
    Abstract: Example lavatory waste tube connection systems and related methods are discoed herein. An example apparatus includes an extension tube to be coupled to a system waste tube and a junction box to be coupled to a surface of a vehicle lavatory. The junction box is to define a housing for the extension tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Inventors: Jordan R. Brunner, Nicholas J. Lewis
  • Patent number: 11338744
    Abstract: One or more systems for an enclosed toilet may be mounted to an exterior of a big vehicle such as a truck. One or more systems for an enclosed toilet may be manufactured onto or mounted onto a trailer that may be hitched to a vehicle and towed. The embodiments for the toilet system comprise of a fully functional toilet which is operatively connected to a clean water tank and a waste tank. The clean water tanks and the waste tanks are also each provided with a temperature sensor, a heating element, a cooling element, and a level sensor. The various functions and systems of the toilet function may be electronically monitored and controlled. The one or more systems for a toilet system that may be used on a trailer also comprises of a shower area which has a gravity fed water tank that feeds into a shower head. The one or more systems herein is a fully independent system that provides easy access to a fully and independently functional toilet system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventor: Sikander Singh Randhawa
  • Patent number: 11162868
    Abstract: A vacuum toilet system including a toilet bowl, a wastewater tank under vacuum, an ejection valve for ejecting air from the wastewater tank, means for monitoring the frequency of activation of the ejection valve, and a sensor for activating the ejection valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventors: Aurelien Goyot, Ouadie Hmad
  • Patent number: 10808414
    Abstract: A collapsible, portable toilet facility includes: a back wall; a front frame; at least two side wall frames, wherein the side wall frames are converted between a retracted position and an expanded position, wherein the depth of the side wall frames relative to the back wall is greater in the expanded position compared to the retracted position, wherein each side wall frame comprises two or more side wall members connected to each other at a pivot point, and wherein the side wall members circumvolve around the pivot point during conversion from the retracted position and the expanded position; and at least one of a urinal or a toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Lance McClendon
  • Patent number: 10028628
    Abstract: A concealed toilet in a vehicle includes a flexible container, a foundation member, a primary toilet seat member, lock hook assemblies, and a toilet seat cover. The flexible container with a waste containment bag is positioned in a cavity in a vehicle seat. The foundation member, attached to the flexible container, secures the flexible container to a seat brace of the vehicle seat. The foundation member includes bag holders and an elevated bag diverter for holding and diverting an upper portion of the waste containment bag respectively. The primary toilet seat member includes a tapered guide stud engageable with the elevated bag diverter. The lock hook assemblies lock with lock posts of the primary toilet seat member for securing the primary toilet seat member to the foundation member. The toilet seat cover with a concealment layer is positioned on the primary toilet seat member for concealing the waste containment bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Joseph Anthony Giametta
  • Patent number: 9474423
    Abstract: A seat having built-in waste compartment for urinating, vomiting, or defecating therein. The seat having built-in waste compartment includes a container disposed in a seat, such as vehicle seat, gaming chair, stool, recliner, or the like. The seat includes an opening in the upper surface having a recessed area therein. The recessed area includes a container supported thereon. The container includes a base, one or more sidewalls, an aperture disposed in a sidewall, and an open upper end that can receive waste therein. The edge of the upper end of the container includes a flange that extends outward and rests on the upper surface of the seat, wherein the flange can be sat upon when the device is in use. The seat having built-in waste compartment further includes a tube that is connected to the aperture of the container and is able to receive urine therethough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Tiffany Terry
  • Patent number: 8744313
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus driving unit includes a rotatable member which is rotatably supported, a pair of bearing portions for rotatably supporting the rotatable member, and a motor for driving the rotatable member. In addition, a driving gear is provided on a driving shaft of the motor, and a driven gear, provided outside the pair of bearing portions with respect to a rotational axis direction of the rotatable member, engages with the driving gear to be rotated integrally with the rotatable member. At least one of the driven gear and the driving gear has, with respect to the rotational axis direction of the rotatable member, a crown shape so that a central tooth surface of a tooth projects more than end tooth surfaces of the tooth at a side where the driven gear and the driving gear engage each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shusuke Miura
  • Publication number: 20120233761
    Abstract: An automatic wheelchair-type feces cleaner without need of undressing and dressing comprises a wheelchair (1). A fully automatic treater (2) and adaptive pants (3) are provided on the wheelchair (1). The fully automatic treater (2) has an excretion duct (213), an excrement collection device (21), a negative pressure device (22), a positive pressure device (23), a hot water device (24), a hot air device (25) and a control device (26). The adaptive pants (3) are provided with an excrement collection region (33) at the crotch, which is provided with an excretion port (34), an inflating pipe (35), a hot water delivery pipe and a hot air delivery pipe. The inlet end of the excretion duct (213) is connected with the excretion port (34) of the collection region (33), and the outlet end of the excretion duct (213) is connected with the collection device (21) which is connected with the negative pressure device (22).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Chunming Huang
  • Patent number: 8181284
    Abstract: A mobile sanitary urinal apparatus for truck drivers or others who do not have access to restroom facilities while traveling comprising a removable accumulation vessel mounted to interior or exterior of a motor vehicle is herein disclosed. The urinal is designed to be discretely used in the passenger compartment of tractor-trailer rigs, although it can be used discretely in almost any vehicle. It comprises a catheter-type receiver which attaches to plumbing thereby functioning as a urinal to receive urine from a user and directing it through the hose to a retention container. It is envisioned that the retention container would be emptied into a sanitary collection station or normal restroom when feasible. The urinal can be cleaned periodically using a provided sanitation kit with a flushing bulb and liquid cleanser that would be flushed through the system cleaning the valves, hoses, and container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas K. Parker
  • Publication number: 20110247132
    Abstract: A fixed or permanently installed collapsible dry toilet that when mounted to movable walls as in a Recreational Vehicle or stationary walls, that can quickly be adjusted to any height with height stops for toddlers, 16.5 inches for the American with Disabilities Act of 1992 and 19 inches for seniors. When not in use the toilet seat is hinged so that the seat folds down and hugs the wall and is only 1.6 inches thick when collapsed and is intended for small spaces that can have multiple uses since the toilet can fold into the wall and not occupy any space. A biodegradable plastic bag is placed in the center of the seat and is supported by a replaceable fishnet basket. The plastic bag is of sufficient size to cover the entire toilet seat so that each user has a clean unused covering over the seat. Upon completion the disposable bag is tossed in any garbage receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventor: Phillip Charles Watts
  • Patent number: 7313833
    Abstract: Inventive disclosures made herein comprise various embodiments of a vehicle emergency toilet system having portions built into the seat of the vehicle. The toilet equipped vehicle seats having a toilet with a disposable waste receiving reservoir built into a seat portion thereof together with deployable privacy shades build into the vehicle seat back, vehicle roof or rear deck. The emergency toilet may be built into any flying mode of transportation like a helicopter, a jet plane, a military helicopter, a submarine (any submersible modes of transportation), an automobile, an ambulance, a stakeout police car or a detective car, a surveillance car, a taxi, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Inventor: Karen Wee
  • Patent number: 6957450
    Abstract: A sanitary system including a toilet adapted for use in a recreational vehicle, and a recreational vehicle including the toilet and sanitary system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: SeaLand Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Sigler, Edward McKiernan
  • Patent number: 6910230
    Abstract: A public sanitary device, comprising one or more walk-in positions, each having a receptacle for human excrement and/or urine, which is connected to a waste pipe for connection to a sewage system. The sanitary device has the characteristic that it is provided with means for causing at least partial submerging thereof in the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Urilift B.V.
    Inventor: Marten Alberto Schimmel
  • Publication number: 20040181866
    Abstract: A stool for a movable vehicle is one for seating, it forms a vibration absorbing means on the lower portion thereof contacting a floor, the vibration absorbing means is an integrally formed rubber block member, a structure made by stacking a plurality of layers of rubber tires one over another or a vibration absorbing zone formed by laying vibration absorbing springs. By providing the vibration absorbing means on the lower portion of the stool, vibration during moving of the movable vehicle against a user seating on the stool can be alleviated or eliminated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventor: Shih Keng Yu
  • Patent number: 6782561
    Abstract: A sanitary system including a toilet adapted for use in a recreational vehicle, and a recreational vehicle including the toilet and sanitary system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Sealand Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Sigler, Edward McKiernan
  • Patent number: 6775860
    Abstract: A portable toilet has a support stem which may be inserted into a trailer hitch. A base ring is coupled to the support stem. An attachment device is coupled to the base ring. The attachment device is used for removably coupling a waste collection bag to the portable toilet. A toilet seat assembly is coupled to the support stem and rests on the base ring. A multi positional toilet paper holder is coupled to the support stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Inventor: Edward Thomas Unruh
  • Patent number: 6681413
    Abstract: A portable restroom facility has a housing. The housing has a door opening for entering and exiting the housing. A removable waste storage container is stored within the housing for holding bodily waste. When the removable waste storage container is full or partially full, the removable waste storage container can be removed and a new clean removable waste storage container can be inserted into the housing. Thus, a waste drainage truck does not need to visit each facility and drain each portable restroom facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Inventor: Paul E. Weiss
  • Publication number: 20030140409
    Abstract: A truck mounted urinal system that includes a reservoir that is emptied with a minimum of leakage includes a urine receptacle having a sealable lid. The receptacle is attached at its outlet opening to a transfer hose that connects to the reservoir. The outlet opening includes a push-pull activated shutoff valve to control fumes. The transfer hose is removably sealed to the inlet opening of the reservoir with a compression nut and includes a shutoff valve. The inlet opening of the reservoir is dimensioned so that when the shutoff valve is closed and the transfer hose withdrawn, any urine left in the hose below the shutoff valve will be contained within the inlet opening, thus preventing leakage. An emptying port with cap is provided that includes opening at the base of the port for urine to return to the reservoir that may have collected on the port or the cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Publication date: July 31, 2003
    Inventor: Jesse C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6571402
    Abstract: A portable toilet seat is attachable to a vehicle mounted hitch receptacle having an elongated square opening. The toilet seat includes a coupling portion configured to be slidably inserted into and supported within the hitch receptacle and a seat portion connected to the coupling portion and comprising a single curvilinear band in the shape of an incomplete oval and defining an open center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Inventor: Frank J. Dobron
  • Patent number: 6505354
    Abstract: A urinal for collecting urine from a user while the user is driving. The urinal includes a housing comprising a perimeter wall. The perimeter wall defines an interior space of the housing. The interior space of the housing comprises an open top end. The open top end of the interior space is designed for permitting insertion of the penis of the user, and the scrotum if necessary, into the interior space of the housing when the user needs to urinate whereby the interior space of the housing is for collecting and storing the urine. A lid member is hingably coupled to the housing. The lid member is for selectively pivoting over the open top end of the interior space of the housing to close the open top end for inhibiting leakage from the interior space of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Inventor: Luis Almonte
  • Patent number: 6240576
    Abstract: A portable toilet having a frame defining a collection space for waste product, an opening in the frame, and a seating surface for supporting a user in a seated position to allow waste product from a user in the seated position to be discharged through the opening into the collection space. A removable cover is provided on the frame for selectively blocking and exposing the frame opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Inventor: Leslie Cosby
  • Patent number: 6125480
    Abstract: An extension member is attachable to a trailer hitch and extends away from the vehicle and is connected to a seating frame supporting a toilet seat. This extension member serves to provide distance between the toilet seat and the vehicle. The seating frame consists of a background which is perpendicular to extension member and two arms which extend from the back rail. The back rail and arms create a generally "U" shaped frame. In the top surface of the back rail are two mounting apertures. These apertures are 51/2 inches apart which is the standard different distance of the two mounting bolts commonly found on standard toilet seats. The toilet seat can be used by hunters, fisherman, campers, construction workers, boaters and other people who find themselves away from conventional bathroom facilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventors: Randall Jay Soffar, Mack Douglas Hopkins
  • Patent number: 6023792
    Abstract: A portable toilet for attachment to a vehicle trailer hitch comprises a toilet seat pivotally attached to a frame. The toilet includes extendable legs for supporting the front portion of the toilet seat and frame under the weight of a user. The legs are pivotally attached to the frame and thus can be rotated to a position adjacent and parallel to side arms of the frame when not in use or for transport and storage. The camping toilet further includes a waste collection assembly having a waste bag removable attached thereto, the assembly being slidably positioned beneath the toilet seat. A mounting assembly includes a bar which secures the toilet within a selected pair of the plurality of inclined slots presented by a mounting bracket. Accordingly, the height of the toilet above the ground is regulated. The mounting bracket is fixedly attached to a draw bar for mounting the overall camping toilet to a box hitch or ball hitch of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Inventors: Rodney K. Croucher, Charles F. Adamson, Alan Maxwell
  • Patent number: 5946742
    Abstract: A urine reservoir is provided for a truck allowing a trucker to utilize the urine reservoir while underway and/or without having to detour from a highway while traveling thereby saving precious travel time and greatly increasing the efficiency of a trucker. The urine reservoir includes a holding tank with a fill system which includes a fill tube with an in-line carbonatious filter which helps eliminate foul odors from entering into the truck cab. The holding tank is positioned and mounted on the truck for quick and easy removal by use of wing nuts and a quick release fill tube disconnecting member. The level of the holding tank is monitored by a float mechanism which audibly and/or visually indicates to the trucker when the urine holding tank should be emptied. The holding tank also includes a deodorant dispensing device which either automatically or manually releases deodorant into an interior of the holding tank helping to prevent foul odors from emanating from the holding tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Inventor: Jerry Paul Parker
  • Patent number: 5848443
    Abstract: An automobile urinal having a portable elevated flushing solution container, a portable bowl, (which when in use is positioned in the seat) and a portable disposable collecting bladder. The flushing solution container and the disposable collecting bladder are separately connected to the bowl by valved tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1998
    Inventor: Aston Waugh
  • Patent number: 5568817
    Abstract: A disposable or semi-disposable compact device for confining runoff of hazardous fluid is provided, comprising a removably attached fluid impermeable liner form-fitted to a frame so as to conform the liner to a predetermined container shape to allow for patient decontamination or retention of fluids from leaking structures. The liner could be reused or disposed with or without the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1996
    Inventor: Robert D. Harty
  • Patent number: 5183293
    Abstract: A waste management system for handling both solid and human waste consisting of a trailer with a hitch arrangement for connection to a towing vehicle. The trailer preferably includes tandem axles that support a trailer frame whereto a trash collecting bin is pivotally mounted, with that bin to tilt so as to dump rearwardly. The pivoting trash bin is maintained in an upright attitude to receive trash through a top thereof, and will gravity dump, when released, and further includes a linkage that is operated to move a friction wheel into engagement with one of the trailer wheels for turning a take-up drum. The take-up drum, when turned, to reel in a cable that is passed through a take-up pulley is secured between the trash bin, and the trailer frame. By operating the linkage, trailer forward travel will provide for pivoting the trash bin back to an upright attitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1993
    Inventor: Vincent D. Julian
  • Patent number: 5031249
    Abstract: A universal recreational vehicle toilet system with a removable waste holding tank is provided to enable the recreational vehicle manufacturer to have wide latitude in the positioning of the toilet within a recreational vehicle. The toilet system includes an upper section containing the toilet bowl and a lower section forming a base upon which the bowl section is supported in spaced relation above the recreational vehicle floor. A holding tank is partially or fully inserted in the base section and coupled to the toilet bowl for receiving waste therefrom. The holding tank is removable through an opening in the sidewall of the recreational vehicle for disposal of waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1991
    Assignee: Thetford Corporation
    Inventor: Charles L. Sargent
  • Patent number: 5020321
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for efficiently disposing of human waste material without the use of power or expendables other than waste heat and flow resulting from the normal operation of an internal combustion engine. Human waste is inserted into an incineration chamber located in the engine exhaust system, is incinerated by the engine exhaust heat, and the resultant ash is expelled from the system by the flow of engine exhaust gasses. The device may be utilized for the disposal of human waste generated by personnel on board various motor vehicles, i.e. various combat vehicles (armored personnel carriers, tanks, command post vehicles, etc.), and is easily adaptable for marine (i.e. various types of boats) or various other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1991
    Inventor: Carter K. Lord
  • Patent number: 4454613
    Abstract: A self-contained, compact towable facility having sanitary components and electrical, water and gas distribution systems with minimum weight, optimum balance and a maximum volume of water adapted to be stored therein and including a frame having an axle and a tow bar adapted to be coupled to a towing vehicle, a multistage potable water storage and drain and waste water collection and isolation system which includes a potable water storage system, adapted to be filled by an exterior source, comprising tanks having a predetermined geometrical shape nad balance over the wheels of a single axle or tandem axle of the trailer or over substantially the midway point between front and rear wheels of a four-wheeled trailer and wherein the tanks are positioned to have the collective center of gravity thereof located at approximately the collective center of gravity of the drain and waste water collection and isolation system, a grey water collection system adapted to receive and collect drain water having a low impurity
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1984
    Inventor: William A. Palmer
  • Patent number: 4376314
    Abstract: A vehicular toilet comprising a toilet bowl having an upper rim defining a bowl opening and a lower outlet, a flush valve for selectively controlling the application of a vacuum to the bowl outlet for flushing the toilet, a flush ring proximate the toilet bowl rim having apertures for directing liquid downwardly onto the surface of the bowl during flushing, means for increasing the cleaning effectiveness of the liquid as it flows downwardly over the toilet bowl during flushing including means for sealing the toilet bowl opening, a manifold having air inlet apertures and air outlet apertures communicating with the interior of the toilet bowl above the flush ring, and a baffle for directing the air pulled into the bowl from the air manifold during flushing downwardly over the liquid discharged from the flush ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1983
    Assignee: Kidde, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Iwans
  • Patent number: 4332040
    Abstract: A self-contained, compact towable facility having sanitary components and electrical, water and gas distribution systems with minimum weight, optimum balance and a maximum volume of water adapted to be stored therein and including a frame having an axle and a tow bar adapted to be coupled to a towing vehicle, a multi-stage potable water storage and drain and waste water collection and isolation system which includes a potable water storage system, adapted to be filled by an exterior source, comprising tanks having a predetermined geometrical shape and balance over the wheels forming the axle of the trailer and wherein the tanks are positioned to have the collective center of gravity thereof located at approximately the collective center of gravity of the drain and waste water collection and isolation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1982
    Inventor: William A. Palmer