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Patent The following is a list of patents for which Eldon is the inventor, or one of the inventors.  The intellectual property for most is held by the customer for whom the work was created.  These represent a good cross-section of our sphere of expertise -- covering several fields -- and containing both functional (Utility) and artistic (Design) patents.

Let us know how we can help.  At Synthesis, we are very flexible in structuring terms for intellectual property rights and requirements.  This list is growing with additional, on-going work.  Call Synthesis to have this creative effort incorporated in your behalf.

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US Patent #5,016,488Shift mechanism for engaging sliding gear in manual transmission;  awarded May 1991.  - Patent for a progressive gear shift linkage for a sliding gear engagement and disengagement.  - Improves shift feel, reduces engagement effort and improves driver feedback and control.  - 14 Claims.

US Patent #5,234,389Releasable overrunning coupling power transmission mechanism acting in cooperation with a friction brake;  awarded August 1993.  - Patent for a mechanical clutch system and the method for controlling the application and deactivation of the clutch.  - Combines the functions of mechanical and friction clutches in greatly reduced package.  - 8 Claims.

US Patent #5,492,509Operating range selection of an automatic transmission;  awarded February 1996.  - Patent for an electro-hydraulic range selection control system in an automatic transmission.  - Electronically controlled function of a previously mechanical only system.  - 4 Claims.

US Patent #5,513,732Regulation of hydraulic pressure in a system having multiple pressure sources;  awarded May 1996.  - Patent for pressure regulation and active control of hydraulic fluid for a system having multiple pressure sources.  - Improved efficiency, function and control using multi-pump system.  - 15 Claims.

US Patent #5,696,679Integrated electronic control of pawl-gear park function of an automatic transmission;  awarded December 1997.  - Patent for electronic control of a mechanical safety system having redundant and interlocking control features.  - Improved operation over a purely mechanical system with added safety and reliability.  - 8 Claims.

US Patent #5,762,580Operating range selection of an automatic transmission;  awarded June 1998.  - Patent for an electro-hydraulic full system range selection and safety interlock system for an automatic transmission.  - The practical, full system implementation of shift-by-wire control system logic.  - 6 Claims.

US Patent #5,826,612Orifice scheduling ball check valve;  awarded October 1998.  - Patent for a check valve for use in an hydraulic control circuit used to control flow.  - A simpler more responsive system for controlling flow.  - 3 Claims.

US Patent #6,139,468Electronically actuated transmission range control system;  awarded October 2000.  - Patent for a range selection control system in an automatic transmission.  - An electro-hydraulic control system with verification redundancy, more system flexibility and full vehicle integration.  - 7 Claims.

US Patent #D488,690Lighter sleeve integrated with a bottle opener;  awarded April 2004.  - Design patent covering the unique design of a lighter sleeve integrated with a bottle cap opener.  A simple and unique design that holds the bottle cap securely.

US Patent #6,814,222Narrow belt non-pneumatically actuated accumulation conveyor;  awarded November 2004.  - Patent for simplistic electro-mechanical accumulation conveyor actuator to control the activation / deactivation of float accumulation zones for a narrow belt conveyor drive system.  - 26 Claims.

US Patent #6,969,080Bicycle suspension damper system with lock-out;  awarded November 2005.  - Patent for bicycle suspension hydraulic control mechanism with integrated lock-out using a spool valve.  Related to Patent #7,134,534 with the addition of Lock-out.  Sold using the SPUL Lock-out trade name.  - 6 Claims.
(Patent filed as Chen.  In Taiwanese tradition the factory owner claims exclusive inventorship of any and all intellectual property.  Eldon Goates is the actual inventor.)

US Patent #7,063,343Simplistic bicycle suspension damper system;  awarded June 2006.  - Patent for a very simple bicycle suspension hydraulic control mechanism optimized for minimal weight and minimal manufacturing cost.  Unique design has only 2 parts in the damping system.  aka OX Valve.  - 7 Claims.
(Patent filed as Chen, in Taiwanese tradition as factory owner.  Eldon Goates is the actual inventor.)

US Patent #D524,210Design patent covering a License Plate Frame known as Diamondesque;  awarded July 2006.

US Patent #7,134,534Bicycle suspension damper control system;  awarded November 2006.  - Patent for a bicycle suspension apparatus for use in a hydraulic damping control using a spool valve.  Initial application but related to Patent #6,969,080 listed above.  Sold using the SPUL trade name.  - 5 Claims.
(Patent filed as Chen, in Taiwanese tradition as factory owner.  Eldon Goates is the actual inventor.)

US Patent #7,316,409Bicycle suspension damper and support system;  awarded January 2008.  - Patent for a simple bicycle suspension system using an air over hydraulic configuration for pressure control in conjunction with damping control for minimal weight.  Sold using the AERIS trade name.  - 2 Claims.
(Patent filed as Chen, in Taiwanese tradition as factory owner.  Eldon Goates is the actual inventor.)

US Patent #7,325,661Hydraulic bicycle suspension system with variable lock-out;  awarded February 2008.  - Patent for bicycle suspension system with hydraulic threshold adjust that allows accurate compression pressure and feel control.  STX - 11 Claims.  - 2 Claims.
(Patent filed as Chen, in Taiwanese tradition as factory owner.  Eldon Goates is the actual inventor.)

Patent Application #20080141486Fire damper latching apparatus;  published June 2008.  - Patent for a latching apparatus to be used with ventilation system fire dampers, allowing an inspector to quickly test and reset the retractable fire damper.  - 13 Claims.

US Patent #D593,917Design patent covering a License Plate Frame known as Golf Club;  awarded June 2008.

US Patent #D576,531Design patent covering a License Plate Frame known as Palm Trees;  awarded September 2008.

US Patent #D599,255Design patent covering a Medium Road Bike Chain Ring;  awarded September 2009.

US Patent #D599,716Design patent covering a Large Road Bike Chain Ring;  awarded September 2009.

US Patent #D599,717Design patent covering a Large Cyclocross Bike Chain Ring;  awarded September 2009.

US Patent #D599,718Design patent covering a Large Mountain Bike Chain Ring;  awarded September 2009.

US Patent #D599,719Design patent covering a Medium Mountain Bike Chain Ring;  awarded September 2009.

US Patent #D602,831Design patent covering a License Plate Frame known as Neo Diamondesque;  awarded October 2009.

US Patent #D602,832Design patent covering a License Plate Frame known as ICE;  awarded October 2009.

US Patent #D616,347Design patent covering a License Plate Frame known as Tribal;  awarded May 2010.

US Patent #D630,986Design patent covering a License Plate Frame known as Curve;  awarded January 2011.

US Patent #D631,415Design patent for a multi-positional, reversible emblem system on a License Plate Frame known as Eagle;  awarded January 2011.

US Patent #D633,020Design patent covering a License Plate Frame known as Heart;  awarded February 2011.

European Patent #09814899.2-1254Six Link Front Derailleur for Bicycles;  awarded April 2011.  - European Patent covering an innovative way of lifting the chain for shifting.  Part of the Paradigm Shift system for WickWerks.

European Patent #09814912.3-1254Bicycle Chain Rings with Radical Ramps;  awarded April 2011.  - European Patent covering Chain Rings designed for improved front shifting on bicycles.  Part of the Paradigm Shift system for WickWerks.

US Patent #D639,592Design patent for a Single Wire Display Rack for retail display of license plate frames.  Design uses fewer wires and less material to show more merchandise in retail setting;  awarded June 2011.

US Patent #D647,021Design patent covering a License Plate Frame known as Princess;  awarded October 2011.

US Patent #D647,834Design patent covering a License Plate Frame known as Skulls & Chains;  awarded October 2011.

US Patent #D651,547Design patent covering a License Plate Vanity Bar sold as an add-on or accessory to a license plate or license plate frame for displaying messages or decorations;  January 2012.

US Patent #8,092,329Bicycle Chain Rings with Shift Ramps;  awarded January 2012.  - Patent for bicycle chain rings with shift ramps having several features to facilitate chain movement, smooth transitions and increase wear life while providing fast and accurate front shifting.  - 19 Claims.

US Patent #D656,076Design patent covering a License Plate Frame known as Daisy;  awarded March 2012.

US Patent #D656,077Design patent covering a License Plate Frame known as Skull & Bones;  awarded March 2012.  This frame also includes some clever mixed materials for an orientation independent aesthetic effect.

US Patent #D656,872Design patent covering a License Plate Frame known as Morphed Skulls;  awarded April 2012.

US Patent #D657,294Design patent covering a License Plate Frame known as Fleur de Lis using multi-positioning and flippable emblems to accommodate visual legalities of the license plate;  awarded April 2012.

US Patent #8,291,627License Plate Frame with Movable Emblem;  Awarded October 2012.  - Patent for Automotive and Motorcycle license plate frames incorporating attachments or emblems that are movable and flippable with a rotatable base frame to accommodate various vehicle and license plate legal and visual requirements.  - 2 Claims.

US Patent #8,303,443Six Link Bicycle Front Derailleur;  Awarded November 2012.  - Patent for bicycle front derailleur system using 6 links for linear chain lifting.  The lifting allows quick, smooth, secure shifting action by placing the chain at the proper running location rather than relying on the "smash and drag" typical action.  - 23 Claims.

US Patent #D684,513Design patent covering a License Plate Emblem Frame known as the Cadillac Frame using rotatable screw cover emblems for a clean style within visual legalities of the license plate;  awarded June 2013.

US Patent #8,506,436Bicycle Chainrings With Ramps;  Awarded August 2013.  - Patent for bicycle chainrings made with special ramps and tooth forms to support the chain during transitions for improved front shifting.  - 13 Claims.

US Patent #D689,802Design patent covering a flowy License Plate Decoration known as Ribbon;  awarded September 2013.

US Patent #D689,803Design patent covering a studded License Plate Frame known as Defender;  awarded September 2013.

US Patent #D689,804Design patent covering a series of License Plate Frames based on a platform known as Twin String Bling;  awarded September 2013.

US Patent #D689,805Design patent covering a linked License Plate Frame known as Titanium;  awarded September 2013.

US Patent #D689,806Design patent covering a linked and studded License Plate Frame known as Chain and Spikes;  awarded September 2013.

US Patent #8,545,154License Plate Fastener;  Awarded October 2013.  - Patent for anti-rattle fastener assembly for use specifically with license plate frames and other attached devises exposed to vibration that will cause attached components to rattle.  Product sold in auto parts stores as "Rattle-Stop".  - 5 Claims.

US Patent #D691,533Design patent for a styled License Plate Frame known as Ovalesque or Immersion;  awarded October 2013.

US Patent #D691,534Design patent covering a multi-layer License Plate Frame known as Button-Tuck;  awarded October 2013.

US Patent #8,608,169Portable Target Apparatus;  Awarded December 2013.  - Patent for a portable, auto-resetting target devise for small arms target practice that can be automatically or remotely reset for repeat shooting.  Target includes several unique features for survival in ballistic environments and for resetting quickly and accurately.  - 17 Claims.

US Patent #8,617,015Bicycle Chain Rings;  Awarded December 2013.  - Patent for bicycle chain rings made with specially shaped ramps, tapers and profiled teeth for improved chain management and bicycle front shifting performance. Technology of WickWerks with their "World's Fastest Shifting Chainrings". This is the parent case for the 2 previoiusly issued CIP's.  - 31 Claims. '

US Patent #8,650,780License Plate Frame Pivoting Fastener Cover;  Awarded February 2014.  - Patent for a decorative fastener cover that provides an extended artistic canvas for display, yet pivots out of the way for access to fasteners - thus extending artistic presence while avoiding visual obstruction to legal requirement of the license plate.  - 14 Claims.

US Patent #D700,553Design patent for a License Plate Frame known as Twin String Bling Buckle;  awarded March 2014.

US Patent #D705,712Design patent for a License Plate Frame known as Twin String Bling Bow;  awarded May 2014.

US Patent #D712,326Design patent covering a License Plate Frame Shape that is used with Licensed Insignia Badging;  awarded September 2014.

US Patent #8,821,329Bicycle Chainrings with Ramps;  Awarded September 2014.  - Additional patent continuation for a special bicycle chainring configuration with ramp features designed to enhance front shifting performance (speed and chain stability) during a shift.  Patent convers enhancements not included in the parent cases.  - 22 Claims.

Several additional Patent applications and invention disclosures are currently pending or in process.
Check back once in a while to see what we've been doing.
 
As can be seen in the list above, development of intellectual property is something we've been doing for quite some time, and we're good at it.  Creativity is one of our strong suits.  It is part of working with Synthesis, and it's something we are happy to assist you with as well.  Please Contact Us to discuss details.
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