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Land vehicles: bodies and tops May archived by USPTO category 05/08

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05/29/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20080122236 - Exterior lights integrated in air deflector of roof rack: An exterior article carrier system for a vehicle includes a load carrier rack mountable to a roof a vehicle. An air deflector portion located adjacent a forward end of the rack extends between two side members for directing an apparent flow of air with respect to the rack as the... Agent: Young & Basile, P.C.

20080122237 - Mobile serving unit: A mobile serving unit has one or more serving platforms, and a pedal-operated transport unit for moving the serving platform, also an appliance which may be operated at least partly by gas, for the preparation of food an/or drink.... Agent: Marcel Luthe

20080122238 - Truck bed animal enclosure device: A truck bed animal enclosure device (1) comprising a frame (2) having a top section (3), two side sections (4) and a back section (5). The top section (3) covers a substantial portion of a truck bed (15). The side sections (4) extend above the truck bed side panels (16)... Agent: Edward M. Livingston, Pa

20080122239 - Vehicle overhead console assembly having a drop down occupant mirror assembly: The present invention provides a vehicle overhead console assembly mountable in a vehicle. In at least one embodiment, the assembly comprises a console body having an exterior surface which would face an occupant compartment when mounted in a vehicle and a drop down mirror assembly supported by the console body.... Agent: Brooks Kushman P.C. Intl. Automotive Components Group

20080122240 - Tailgate for a vehicle comprising an additional load carrier: The invention relates to a tailgate for a vehicle, said tailgate comprising an additional load carrier which is arranged in such a way that it can be pivoted or tilted about an axis in relation to the tailgate, and comprises at least one loading surface arranged approximately horizontally in an... Agent: Dickinson Wright PLLC

20080122241 - Ambient lighting for vehicle interior floor console: A floor console to provide ambient lighting in the interior of a vehicle is disclosed. The floor console includes lighting elements strategically positioned to illuminate the footwells of the vehicle, the cupholders, and the storage bin. The same lighting element may be used to illuminate one or more of the... Agent: Thomas Moga Butzel Long

20080122242 - Foldable vehicle seat: The invention relates to a foldable vehicle seat comprising a base structure, a cushion support member, front support arms, which are each hinged to the cushion support member on the one side and at a front hinge to the base structure on the other side, a carrier member, which is... Agent: Mccarter & English LLP Cityplace I

20080122243 - Energy absorbing device for a vehicle seat: An energy absorbing device is provided for reducing acceleration resulting from a force of a high energy impact acting on one side of the device in an impact direction. The device includes two plates transverse to the impact direction, an energy absorbing mechanism between the plates, and a stabilizing mechanism... Agent: Gary M. Nath The Nath Law Group

20080122244 - Auxiliary-handle fixing clip for modular headliner of automobile: The invention relates to an auxiliary handle clip which can improve the strength of the product clip and which can have a firm and stable supporting capability under a horizontally acting external force. According to an aspect of the invention, there is provided an auxiliary handle fixing clip for module... Agent: Bacon & Thomas, PLLC

20080122246 - Method of protecting fuel door: A control method of a sliding door of a vehicle. A first step engages a clutch of the sliding door if an obstacle is detected during manipulation of the sliding door, and waits for a sliding door manipulation signal to be input. A second step determines whether a fuel door... Agent: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (sf)

20080122245 - Windshield installation device and method of use: An installation device for installing a windshield in a vehicle. The device includes a pivot assembly including a pair of suction cups that attach to the door glass of a vehicle door, and a depending member that extends upwardly and forwardly adjacent a windshield opening. A support assembly includes a... Agent: Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

20080122247 - Convertible top: A convertible top can be displaced between a closed position and a put-away position. The convertible top contains a flexible convertible top cloth, rear side regions of which each have at least one folding device acting on them, impressing at least one defined fold in each case on the convertible... Agent: Lerner Greenberg Stemer LLP

20080122249 - Convertible vehicle: The invention relates to a cabriolet vehicle comprising a displaceable roof which can be maintained in the closed position thereof at a point on the windscreen frame. According to the invention, at least one displaceable engaging element and one spring-loaded pivotable drive lever which engages in a direct or indirect... Agent: Gifford, Krass, Sprinkle,anderson & Citkowski, P.c

20080122248 - Header latch assembly for convertible tops: A latch assembly allows a first part and a second part of a convertible top system to be latched together. The latch assembly includes a pair of latch mechanisms disposed on the first part. Each latch mechanism has a hook movable between a locked position engaged with a receiver on... Agent: Gifford, Krass, Sprinkle,anderson & Citkowski, P.c

20080122251 - Opening trim weather strip: An opening trim weather strip includes a trim portion, a seal portion, and a cover lip integrally formed to the trim portion and extended to a vehicle interior side thereof. The cover lip is formed with a cover lip main body by a sponge member and formed with a cover... Agent: Mcginn Intellectual Property Law Group, PLLC

20080122250 - Sealing system of b-pillarless rear sliding door: With the proviso of providing a vehicle door of the type mentioned at the beginning, which can be produced in a less complicated manner, it is proposed that an end panel for delimiting the cavity is provided as a further body panel at least on one narrow side of the... Agent: Ford Global Technologies, LLC

20080122252 - Methods and apparatus for reducing drag via a plasma actuator: A vehicle includes a surface over which airflow passes. A plasma actuator is configured to generate plasma above the surface, the plasma coupling a directed momentum into the air surrounding the surface to reduce separation of the airflow from the surface. A method of reducing separation of airflow from a... Agent: Hanley, Flight & Zimmerman, LLC

20080122253 - Cover panel for a drawbar-controlled ground conveyor on the side facing the drawbar: Cover panel for a drawbar-controlled ground conveyor on the side facing the drawbar, which has a mainly U-shaped skirt formed from a blank section in the lower area, with a bar section facing the drawbar and lateral leg sections, which covers a drive unit of the ground conveyor on the... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.

20080122254 - Smooth side body structure and method: A method for constructing a wall structure for a bulk commodity carrying truck body or trailer is defined. The method includes arranging a plurality extruded aluminum panels to define a wall structure, wherein each of the plurality of panels includes a flat inner wall, an outer wall spaced-apart from the... Agent: Fay Sharpe LLP

20080122255 - Vehicle body structure: The vehicle body structure to be installed in a front part or in a rear part of a vehicle is provided with a flexural portion disposed in each side member extending in the anteroposterior direction of the vehicle and having a vertical bending strength smaller than that of the other... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20080122256 - Cable connecting structure of vehicle front body: A cable connecting structure of a vehicle front body comprises: a left side member disposed in a longitudinal direction of a vehicle; a right side member disposed in parallel with the left side member; a sub-frame disposed between the left and right side members; and a cable connected to the... Agent: Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP

20080122257 - Motor vehicle rear door: The rear door is for fitting to a motor vehicle having a rear chassis and a rear insurance impact absorber system suitable for absorbing insurance type impacts so as to prevent plastic deformation of the rear chassis of the vehicle. The door carries the rear impact absorber system of the... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC

20080122258 - Deployable running board to provide rollover resistance: A deployable running board mounted on an automotive vehicle to be laterally extendable so as to engage the ground during a rollover event to increase the rollover resistance of the vehicle. The running boards are connected to a pair of deployment members spaced longitudinally on the vehicle to provide a... Agent: Miller Law Group, PLLC And Ford Global Technologies, Inc.

20080122259 - Vehicle body side portion structure: A vehicle body side portion structure is disposed with a pair of right and left roof side rails disposed along a vehicle anteroposterior direction on both sides of a roof reinforcement that extends along a vehicle width direction of a roof and connection portions that bond together the roof side... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC

20080122260 - Crossmember: A crossmember, such as a cockpit crossmember of a motor vehicle, is connected on the longitudinal end sides to A pillars of a motor vehicle front end structure. The crossmember is supported in the central region via a supporting frame against a longitudinal central tunnel. The supporting frame has two... Agent: Lerner Greenberg Stemer LLP

20080122261 - Hood of a vehicle: A vehicle hood includes a hood inner panel; a hood outer panel attached to the hood inner panel; a subframe attached to the hood inner panel; and at least one auxiliary frame disposed at the subframe and attached to the hood inner panel. The subframe is disposed in a substantially... Agent: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (sf)

20080122263 - Door module for a vehicle: An aggregate support is attachable in a side structure of a vehicle, such as for instance in a vehicle door, for example. The aggregate support includes a mount for a window pane that guides the window pane when the latter is in a lowered position.... Agent: Carlson, Gaskey & Olds, P.C.

20080122262 - Multi-pane window assembly with two-sided frame: A window assembly configured for installation in a recessed window aperture comprises one or more transparent fixed position panes, one or more sliding panes, and a mounting frame. The mounting frame comprises at least a substantially full-circumference, molded plastic frame member and reinforcement integral with the frame member. The mounting... Agent: Banner & Witcoff Ltd., Attorneys For Client No. 004954

20080122264 - Motor vehicle with front wall cross member: A motor vehicle contains two A pillars, a front wall, a central tunnel and a front wall cross member. The front wall cross member has two side parts which are attached to the A pillars of the motor vehicle, and a middle part connecting these two side parts. The side... Agent: Lerner Greenberg Stemer LLP

20080122265 - Cross member, in particular a cockpit cross member: A cross member, in particular a cockpit cross member, for a motor vehicle, is connectable at both ends to a vehicle body and supportable in a central area via a supporting element on a longitudinal transmission tunnel of the vehicle. The cross member has at least two cross member elements... Agent: Lerner Greenberg Stemer LLP

20080122266 - Motor vehicle with a head-protection side airbag: A motor vehicle has a head-protecting side airbag disposed in a region of a lateral roof strut. The airbag is covered by a panel which can be pierced by the side airbag when the need arises. The panel merges laterally into a headliner which covers the vehicle roof on the... Agent: Lerner Greenberg Stemer LLP

05/22/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20080116707 - Sealing assembly: The present application discloses several embodiments of sealing assemblies and sealing components. In various embodiments, sealing assemblies are provided which include a frame assembly and at least one sealing component selected from a wiper seal and a bulb seal. In additional embodiments, a bulb seal is provided alone separate from... Agent: Calfee Halter & Griswold, LLP

20080116708 - Mechanism to attach and to raise a tonneau cover: An improved mechanism and method to attach a hard tonneau cover to a vehicle and to raise either just the rear of the cover or raise both the rear and front of the cover. The cover is supported in the raised position by two extending arms in the rear and... Agent: Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller Llc

20080116709 - Device for maintaining a tarpaulin in a taut state: A device for maintaining a tarpaulin in a substantially taut state over a top aperture of a container, the tarpaulin being configurable between an extended configuration and a retracted configuration, wherein, in the extended configuration, the tarpaulin substantially covers the top aperture, and in the retracted configuration, the tarpaulin is... Agent: Louis Tessier

20080116710 - Tarping system for open top containers: A relatively lightweight tarping system for use with trailers or other open top containers includes first and second spaced frame members and an elongated flexible member such as a cable or chain connected to and extending therebetween. A tarpaulin may be mounted thereon so that the frame members, flexible member... Agent: Sand & Sebolt

20080116711 - Three-way pickup bed cover: A pickup bed cover which utilizes four folding leg assemblies which are connected to the bed of the truck. On each side of the truck bed, two leg assemblies unfold and fold in unison to raise and lower each side of the cover. The cover can be raised from either... Agent: Mark E. Ogram

20080116712 - Motor vehicle provided with a folding top: A motor vehicle provided with a folding top, which is supported by a frame of the motor vehicle and can be set in an open position or in a closed position. The folding top has an element of covering, which is substantially horizontal in the closed position and is hinged... Agent: John A. Artz Artz & Artz, P.c.

20080116713 - Door frame: A door molding portion, configured to be attached to a door glass mounting portion of a vehicle door, includes a substantially rectangular member with a first and a second end, and a curved member with a first and a second end, the first end of the curved member being connected... Agent: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (sf)

20080116714 - Bus with improved constructions: A vehicular bus having a roof reinforcement structure having a plurality of hubs and angularly spaced reinforcement channel members extending radially outward from each hub. The vehicular bus further includes and improved destination sign and advertising panel members positioned in the interior of the bus and extending down the sides... Agent: Young & Basile, P.c.

20080116715 - Truck streamlining: A leading edge airfoil 7, intermediate airfoil 9 and trailing edge airfoil 11 are provided to reduce drag on a truck towing or carrying at least one bluff body as a load. The leading edge airfoil 7 has a curved nose 23 and an upper surface angled away from the... Agent: Dann, Dorfman, Herrell & Skillman

20080116716 - Air foil: Airfoils and systems for reducing drag on a moving land base vehicle are provided. The airfoils and systems generally include one or more laminar flow control features selected from flow control apertures, air ejectors, splitters and flow control stubs or dimples. These features can be provided on a body that... Agent: Kenneth Buffington

20080116717 - Air deflecting system for automobiles: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to an air deflecting system positioned on an automobile and configured to produce an increased side force and/or a more favorable yawing moment when the automobile is cornering or is otherwise yawed relative to the direction of the free stream air flow.... Agent: Alston & Bird LLP

20080116718 - Logistics panel for use in a sidewall of a trailer: A logistics panel of the invention is formed of a composite panel, a logistics plate and a splicing plate. The composite panel is formed of inner and outer skins and a core member secured therebetween. The composite panel has top and bottom end portions and first and second side end... Agent: Trexler, Bushnell, Giangiorgi, Blackstone & Marr, Ltd.

20080116719 - Front structure for car body: A front structure for a car body that reduces time and cost to repair a car body after a collision by localizing damage in low-speed collisions to a crash box mounted in a space between a front bumper and a side member and making the car body deform always in... Agent: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (sf)

20080116720 - Vehicle: There is provided a vehicle equipped with a shock absorbing structure that can absorb collision energy stably under all collision conditions to ensure the safety of crew members and passengers. The shock absorbing structure is arranged in an end part of the vehicle. The shock absorbing structure comprises an upper-stage... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20080116721 - Windshield glass support structure: In a windshield glass support structure, a lower end of a windshield glass is supported at an upper end of a cowl portion across the entire width in the vehicle width direction. The cowl portion is open toward the front of a vehicle body with a cowl outer which forms... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20080116722 - Support module for vehicle doors and method of mounting same: The present invention relates to a supporting module for vehicle doors and a mounting procedure for said module, wherein said module incorporates the usual functional elements provided in vehicle doors and is meant to facilitate the mounting tasks. It incorporates an element meant to provide a sealing by covering one... Agent: Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.

05/15/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20080111389 - Adapter device for a grab handle: An adapter device for a grab handle has a deformation element with at least two end regions. The end regions of the deformation element are connected to each other by at least one web and each have at least one fastening element for the grab handle. The deformation element is... Agent: Lerner Greenberg Stemer LLP

20080111390 - Vehicle cargo tailgate enclosure: An improved vehicle cargo tailgate enclosure particularly adapted for ease of installation and removal. The tailgate enclosure comprises two side walls and a rear wall. The rear wall is configured to slope upwardly and rearwardly to provide additional storage space to a cargo bed of a vehicle. The cargo tailgate... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20080111391 - Vehicle seat: A vehicle seat includes: a seat cushion; and a front end transfer member which supports a front end of the seat cushion movably in a front-rear direction of a vehicle; and a rear end transfer member which supports a rear end of the seat cushion movably in a front-rear direction... Agent: Rankin, Hill & Clark LLP

20080111392 - Windscreen apparatus for motorcycle: A windscreen apparatus can change the height of a screen in front of a rider desirably or in accordance with the vehicle speed. The apparatus comprises a pair of slide rails of which sliding direction is oriented in a vertical direction or inclined at an angle; a pair of carrier... Agent: Michael L. Crapenhoft C/o Hiroe & Associates

20080111393 - Composite panel for a trailer wall: A composite panel of a wall of a trailer has inner and outer skins and a core material positioned between and secured to the skins. The core material defines or includes a plurality of voids which extend vertically along a height of the core material. At a plurality of points... Agent: Trexler, Bushnell, Giangiorgi, Blackstone & Marr, Ltd.

20080111394 - Baffle for an automotive vehicle and method of use therefor: There is disclosed a baffle for inhibiting the passage of sound, debris or the like through a cavity of an automotive vehicle.... Agent: Dobrusin & Thennisch Pc

20080111395 - Side curtain air bag deployment pillar bracket and garnish: A bracket for placement between the A-pillar and pillar garnish in an automobile is provided. The bracket includes a base and first and second mounting flanges for use in attaching the bracket to the A-pillar structure. The bracket also includes first and second handle flanges for use in attaching an... Agent: Rankin, Hill & Clark LLP

20080111396 - Protection device for vehicle floor pan: A device to protect the floor pan of a land vehicle against mines, which device incorporates at least one layer of deformable reinforcements positioned between a plane front plate and a plane rear plate, the surface density of the front plate being greater than that of the reinforcements.... Agent: Steptoe & Johnson LLP

20080111397 - Vehicle body structure: A vehicle body structure having a firewall is disclosed. The firewall has a board body made from an aluminum alloy. Steel left and right housing curved parts which may be readily press molded, and which constitute rear parts of left and right wheel housings, are attached to the left and... Agent: Carrier Blackman And Associates

20080111398 - Unitized vehicle frame subassembly and method of assembling a side frame for a vehicle: A frame subassembly for a vehicle is provided that includes a one-piece hydro-formed upper side beam and may also include a one-piece hydro-formed lower side beam. The side beams extend from the front or grill area of the vehicle to the rear portion of the vehicle. The side beams are... Agent: Brooks Kushman P.c./fgtl

20080111399 - Rotor blade pitch control: A mechanical independent blade control (MIBC) mechanism for controlling the pitch of each of the blades of a rotor blade system or a main rotor of a rotor aircraft independently of the other blades includes a plurality of actuators disposed in the fuselage below the hub of the rotor, each... Agent: Macpherson Kwok Chen & Heid, LLP

20080111400 - Open roof construction for a vehicle: An open roof construction for a vehicle is provided, comprising a roof opening provided in a stationary roof part and closure assembly comprising a closure element which is movable between positions for closing and opening the roof opening and which can assume a tilted position for at least partially opening... Agent: Westman Champlin & Kelly, P.a.

05/08/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20080106111 - Ladder assembly for a tailgate of a truck: A ladder assembly is disclosed that mounts to a truck tailgate. In one embodiment, the ladder assembly includes a base which is coupled to the tailgate. A pair of legs are slidably and pivotably mounted to the based and each pair of legs includes three segments that define upper, middle,... Agent: Scott T. Griggs

20080106110 - Glove box assembly exhibiting knee impact force transferring structure with respect to an associated vehicle dash/instrument panel and reinforcing bar and including removable strengthening ribs for tuning of crash safety characteristics: A glove box assembly incorporated into a vehicle instrument panel, along which extends a reinforcing bar. A three-dimensional and interiorly open receptacle is fixedly mounted within the instrument panel. The receptacle includes integrally formed structural projections extending from a rear side thereof and in a direction towards the reinforcing bar.... Agent: Gifford, Krass, Sprinkle, Anderson & Citkowski, P.C.

20080106109 - Overhead storage compartment for a vehicle: An overhead storage compartment 10, 100, 200 is disclosed in which the storage compartment 10,100, 200 is moveable into a collapsed state so as to lie substantially adjacent to a roof 2 structure of a motor vehicle 5 and not intrude significantly into an interior space of the motor vehicle... Agent: Butzel Long

20080106112 - Tractor: An object is to provide an assist grip for an operator to easily ride on/off an operation section. An assist grip for supporting a weight of an operator riding on/off an operation section is disposed in front of a steering wheel so as to overlap steering wheel when viewed in... Agent: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.l.l.c.

20080106113 - Windshield system including tower frame: A windshield assembly includes a windshield frame constructed to support a windshield. A plurality of couplers are secured to the windshield frame, and a tower frame for a wakeboard tow rope or cable attachment, radar arch or the like is connected to the windshield frame via the couplers. In one... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC

20080106114 - Covering structure having automatic coupling system: A cargo box tonneau system includes a system frame and cover. The tonneau system also includes a bow member supported by the system frame. The bow member is coupled to the cover, and the bow member applies biased tension to the cover in a cross vehicle direction. The tonneau system... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20080106115 - Recreational vehicle top and doors assembly: Twin sheet vacuum thermoformed vehicular top and doors, adapted for mounting on a roll cage of a recreational vehicle, in which the thermoformed article includes complementary sections thermally bonded to one another along a continuous peripheral edge seam. Each of the complementary sections has an exterior surface that is grained... Agent: Intellectual Property / Technology Law

20080106116 - Vehicle convertible top with automatic closing feature: Disclosed is a convertible top equipped with a rain sensor for automatically deploying (and closing) the convertible top when the car is parked with the top down and it starts to rain. Also disclosed is a sunroof with the same feature.... Agent: Ridout & Maybee Suite 2400

20080106117 - Soft-top convertible roof: A convertible roof includes a segmented rearmost roof bow that has a length that can change during the retraction and extension process. The rearmost roof bow can be segmented such that the pieces can move relative to one another to shorten a length of the rearmost roof bow when being... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20080106118 - Pickup camper loading guides: Pickup Camper Loading Guides is a right side and left side alignment device designed to allow a driver to quickly and easily pre-position a pickup truck for loading a camper. The invention consisting of two thin guide rails that are manually extracted from within a case or cavity that defines... Agent: Steve N. Smeltzer

20080106119 - Vehicle body to frame load absorbing structure: An apparatus is provided for transferring a side load from a vehicle body rocker structure to a vehicle body frame rail that is spaced laterally away from the rocker structure. The apparatus is an energy absorbing strut that is attached to one of the rocker structure and the frame rail... Agent: General Motors Corporation Legal Staff

20080106120 - Operator cab for heavy equipment: An operator cab for heavy equipment is disclosed to prevent a sliding door mounted on the cab from rocking or rattling in X, Y, and Z-axis directions due to a shock or vibration applied to the cab in a state that the sliding door is fully opened or closed. The... Agent: Ladas & Parry LLP

20080106122 - Operator cab tilting apparatus: A vehicle includes a frame and an operator cab. At least one mounting assembly releasably mounts the cab to the frame. The mounting assembly is operable between a coupled position such that the cab is mounted on the frame, and an uncoupled position such that the cab is permitted to... Agent: Caterpillar Inc. Intellectual Property Dept.

20080106121 - Wind shield with metallic mesh: A device for shielding wind in a convertible vehicle and a method for manufacturing the same are disclosed. In some embodiments, the device comprises a metallic frame, a metallic mesh; a plurality of slots in the metallic mesh, and a plurality of straps that feed through the plurality of slots... Agent: Kevin J. Mack

20080106123 - Structural member for a motor vehicle: A structural member of a motor vehicle, e.g., a “B” pillar, comprises a reinforcing member having an elongate core of ultra high strength steel and a casing of aluminum alloy, the casing having a constant section profile with a closed section cavity. The core is encased within the casing and... Agent: Ford Global Technologies, LLC

20080106124 - Roof module for vehicle: A vehicle glass roof module is provided by assembling a vehicle at a vehicle assembly plant and attaching a roof portion that is adapted to provide a perimeter mounting portion for mounting the glass roof module thereto. The roof portion includes a front header portion and a rear header portion... Agent: Van Dyke, Gardner, Linn & Burkhart, LLP

20080106125 - Vehicle roof: A vehicle roof with a roof opening system which has a roof frame surrounding an openable and closable roof opening, a wind deflector at a front edge region of the roof opening which can be pivoted out of a lowered position in a raising direction, and a positioning device which... Agent: Roberts, Mlotkowski & Hobbes

05/01/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20080100074 - Integrated screw cover/seal bottom trim: A bottom trim member attaches a curved sheet to a surface. The bottom trim member includes a connecting part having a sheet receiving component that is configured to receive a bottom portion of the curved sheet, and a connecting leg extending in a downward direction relative to the curved sheet.... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC

20080100075 - Sliding overhead rack for pickup trucks: An overhead rack for a pickup truck is provided, comprising a pair of mounts for connecting to respective sides of the pickup tuck; a cross-bar; and a pair of tubular upright posts, each of the posts supporting a respective end of the cross-bar and being mounted to a respective one... Agent: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP

20080100078 - Composition sideboard for dump trucks: The sideboard member includes an interior core portion (32) which is made from a composite material of shredded rubber and polyurethane plastic, and other ingredients. The core portion is covered with a durable rubber layer (35) which is bonded to the core portion and has a thickness of ⅛-inch to... Agent: Jensen + Puntigam, P.s.

20080100079 - Compartment access system with active material component and method for controlling access to an interior compartment: Accessing interior compartments for storage or other purposes is improved by the use of one or more active material components. Activating one or more active material components carries out one or more of the following functions: opening or closing the compartment (which may include cinching a closure) and/or latching or... Agent: General Motors Corporation Legal Staff

20080100082 - Floor panel having a reinforcing structure in a vehicle: A floor panel for a vehicle having a reinforcing structure includes: a luggage room which is formed at the rear of a passenger space and holds at least one piece of luggage; a floor box which is formed at a floor of the luggage room and receives at least one... Agent: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (sf)

20080100081 - Vehicle interior storage compartment: A vehicle interior storage compartment includes a recess formed in a vehicle headliner. The recess has a peripheral edge, and a surface of the headliner within the recess defines at least one wall of a storage compartment. A storage compartment cover is attached about a portion of the peripheral edge... Agent: International Automotive Components Group, LLC C/o Macmillan, Sobanski & Todd, LLC

20080100083 - Floating liner mount attachment and method: A mounting system is provided for reducing binding effects that includes a first rail and a second rail. The mounting system also includes a first mount and a second mount that are coupled to each other. The first mount is configured to engage with the first rail in a sliding... Agent: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP

20080100084 - Selectively detachable tailgate cable assembly: An exemplary embodiment of a selectively detachable tailgate cable assembly comprises a tailgate cable having first and second ends and a wiring harness having first and second ends. One of the first and second ends of the tailgate cable is connected to a portion of a vehicle and the other... Agent: GlobalIPCounselors, LLP

20080100085 - Selectively detachable tailgate hinge assembly: A selectively detachable tailgate hinge assembly for connecting a tailgate to a vehicle is disclosed. The hinge assembly comprises a hinge mechanism, a first wiring harness, and a second wiring harness. The hinge mechanism connects a portion of the tailgate to a portion of a vehicle. At least a first... Agent: GlobalIPCounselors, LLP

20080100086 - Instrument panel assembly for a vehicle: The present invention provides for an instrument panel assembly for a vehicle. The instrument panel assembly includes a dashboard with an interior panel disposed proximal to the dashboard. A shift lever is pivotally attached to the interior panel and movable between a drive position for allowing movement of the vehicle... Agent: Delphi Technologies, Inc.

20080100076 - Cargo carrying system: A cargo carrying system for use with a vehicle. The system includes a platform having roller members on an underside thereof to facilitate movement of the platform along the ground. Also included is a connection assembly which serves to permit the attachment of the platform to a vehicle. In one... Agent: Patterson & Sheridan, L.L.P.

20080100077 - Trailer roof having improved support structure: A trailer includes a pair of vertical, spaced apart opposing sidewalls and a roof sheet extending between and mounted atop the sidewalls. The sidewalls and roof sheet cooperate to define a cargo space. The roof sheet has an interior surface facing the cargo space and an opposing exterior surface. A... Agent: Sommer Barnard Attorneys,p.c.

20080100080 - Under-floor storage: An under-floor storage system provides extra storage space, and is intended for use in locations where tile floors are normally used, such as in kitchens and in bathrooms. The storage system provides for tiles that are the lids of sub-floor storage containers. In one embodiment, the removed tile lid provides... Agent: Kelly G. Hyndman

20080100087 - Hinge assembly: A tonneau cover is mounted to the cargo area of a pickup truck by a hinge mechanism positioned at the forward end of the pickup truck cargo area. The hinge assembly has two major components. The first component is a mounting plate that is affixed to each sidewall of the... Agent: Flynn Thiel Boutell & Tanis, P.C.

20080100088 - Solid fold tonneau system: A tonneau system for a cargo box of a pickup truck having panels and hinge assemblies pivotally coupling the panels is provided. The hinge assemblies can define gutters to collect fluid and guide the fluid away from the cargo box. The hinge assemblies can include covers between pivoting components which... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20080100089 - Storage system for a sport utility hardtop and other vehicle accessories: A storage system for sport utility hardtops and other vehicle parts including accessories. The system includes a storage cart that can be secured to the rear portion of the hardtop while the hardtop is still positioned atop the vehicle body. The hardtop and secured cart can then be lifted off... Agent: Dorr, Carson & Birney, P.C. One Cherry Center

20080100090 - Motor vehicle with a convertible body: The invention relates to the automotive industry, in particular, to motor vehicles provided with convertible bodies. The inventive motor vehicle comprises a body provided with seats and a convertible roof, consisting of a front section adjacent to a windscreen frame and a rear section, which is pivotally connected to the... Agent: Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP

20080100091 - Sliding door structure for automobile: A sliding door structure of a vehicle is provided for sliding a door body with respect to an opening portion of a vehicle body in forward and rearward directions of the vehicle body for opening and closing. The sliding door structure includes a rail disposed on the door body and... Agent: Osha Liang L.L.P.

20080100092 - Door actuation systems: A door system includes a structural member and a door that is movably mounted with respect to the structural member for movement between an open position and a closed position. A spring is mounted with respect to the structural member or the door and being sufficiently positioned to bias the... Agent: Quinn Law Group, PLLC

20080100093 - Vehicle window assembly with horizontal slider: A flush-flush horizontal vehicle window assembly is provided that includes a sliding panel with guide pins, formed with a load-bearing shoulder, on sliding panel corners, and a frame defining a window opening. The frame is attached to two fixed panels. Upper/lower tracks are attached above/below the window opening. Each track... Agent: Marshall & Melhorn, LLC

20080100094 - Slide out for a vehicle and a vehicle including the slide out: The invention relates to a sliding arrangement (31) for supporting a slide out body member of a slide out on a vehicle body in a way that permits the slide out body member to slide relative to the vehicle body between an expanded and a retracted position. The sliding arrangement... Agent: Grossman, Tucker, Perreault & Pfleger, PLLC

20080100095 - Configuration for fastening and/or processing of two vehicle parts: A configuration is provided for the handling and/or processing of a vehicle cowling part together with an add-on part. The parts are coordinated with each other prior to the handling and/or processing and temporarily fixed at a distance from each other by a fastening device and then can be handled... Agent: Lerner Greenberg Stemer LLP

20080100096 - Cross-member for a motor vehicle front end module, and a front end module and a cooling module support provided: The invention relates to a cross-member to be found in the proximity of a bodywork part capable of moving towards the cross-member, said cross-member being fitted with an inertia part and a stabilization part for geometrically stabilizing the inertia part. The stabilization part is longitudinally subdivided into a first portion... Agent: James R. Williams

20080100097 - Panel member: A panel member includes an outer panel and an inner panel which are superimposed one on the other and have a seamed edge. In the seamed edge, the outer panel has a distal end surface enclosed by the outer panel and gripped between the outer panel and the inner panel.... Agent: Rankin, Hill & Clark LLP

20080100098 - Vehicle floor structure and vehicle body frame structure: In a vehicle floor structure, a subsidiary frame is provided between a front frame and a seat frame and at a position higher than a lower frame, for supporting thereon a floor section. Step support frame is provided laterally outwardly of the lower frame, for supporting thereon a boarding step... Agent: Hamre, Schumann, Mueller & Larson, P.C.

20080100099 - Mount structure of vehicle body vibration damping apparatus: An extended section is provided on a head of a mounting bolt used to mount attached components, such as a front suspension member, a rear suspension member, and a rear stability brace, to a floor panel of a monocoque body. The extended section extends along the axis of the mounting... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20080100100 - Vehicle roof assembly and method of installing a vehicle roof assembly on a vehicle: A vehicle roof assembly is provided including a substantially transparent panel having an outer periphery and opposing inner and outer surfaces. The roof assembly also includes a preformed, one-piece support member having opposing upper and lower surfaces defining an opening, and a stepped region configured to mate with and thereby... Agent: Quinn Law Group, PLLC

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