US Pat. No. 9,194,413

FIXING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FIXING IN AN OPENING IN A WALL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A fixing device (200) for fixing in an opening (100) of a wall of a vehicle, the fixing device (200) comprising the following features:
a support element (210) with at least one support lug (220) and an insertion opening extending through the support element (210); and

a retaining element (230) with at least one retaining arm (240) for fixing the fixing device (200) to the wall by rotation of the retaining element (230) relative to the support element (210) about an axis, wherein at least a portion of the retaining element (230) extends entirely through the insertion opening along the axis, such that a first portion of the retaining element (230) is disposed axially outside the insertion opening on a first side of the insertion opening and a second portion of the retaining
element (230) is disposed axially outside the insertion opening on a second, opposite side of the insertion opening, the first portion
including the at least one retaining arm (240), and the support lug (220) being configured to block a rotation of the support element (210) within the opening of the wall;

wherein the support lug (220) provides a support for inserting into the opening (100) of the wall, wherein the support lug (220) protects the retaining arm (240), and wherein the support lug (220) extends axially over a radially outer edge of the retaining arm (240).

US Pat. No. 9,260,089

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A DECELERATION ARRANGEMENT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for controlling a deceleration arrangement of a motor vehicle with at least one regenerative braking device, which
is designed to decelerate the motor vehicle at a variable braking torque and to generate electrical energy according to the
braking torque, wherein a speed of return of an operating element for driving the motor vehicle is detected, wherein a predefined
braking torque is exerted by the regenerative braking device when the speed of return and/or a variable correlated therewith
exceeds a first predefined threshold value or the speed of return and/or a variable correlated therewith falls below a second
predefined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,267,377

COUPLING DEVICE FOR CONNECTING A BRAKE INPUT ELEMENT TO A MAIN BRAKE CYLINDER AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SUCH A COUPLING DEVICE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

15. A method for operating a coupling apparatus with which a braking input element is connected to a brake master cylinder
of a vehicle, the coupling apparatus having (i) an input piston disposed on the braking input element in such a way that upon
actuation of the braking input element, the input piston is displaced out of an initial position over a brake application
distance, and (ii) an output piston to which a driver braking force exerted onto the braking input element is transferred
via the input piston displaced out of the initial position over at least one predefined first minimum brake application distance,
the output piston being disposed on the brake master cylinder in such a way that an internal pressure in the brake master
cylinder is increased by way of the driver braking force transferred via the input piston to the output piston, the method
comprising:
operating the coupling apparatus in a first operating mode in which the input piston displaced out of the initial position
over a brake application distance less than the predefined first minimum brake application distance is spaced apart from the
output piston in such a way that a force transfer from the input piston to the output piston is suppressed; and

selectively switching the coupling apparatus into at least a second operating mode having a second minimum brake application
distance less than the first minimum brake application distance, wherein in the second operating mode the input piston displaced
out of the initial position over a brake application distance less than the predefined second minimum brake application distance
is spaced apart from the output piston in such a way that a force transfer from the input piston to the output piston is suppressed,
and the driver braking force is transferred via the input piston displaced out of the initial position over a brake application
distance between the predefined second minimum brake application distance and the predefined first minimum brake application
distance, to the output piston.

US Pat. No. 9,222,912

METHOD FOR CORRECTING THE PUMP CURRENT OF A SENSOR ELEMENT

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a lambda sensor for determining a concentration of a gas component of a gas mixture, comprising:
removing the gas component from a measuring gas chamber by applying a pump voltage, the concentration of the gas component
in the gas mixture being inferred therefrom; and

correcting a sensor signal of the sensor taking into consideration oscillations of the pump current caused by dynamic pressure
variations.

US Pat. No. 9,123,716

METHOD FOR BONDING TWO SILICON SUBSTRATES, AND A CORRESPONDEING SYSTEM OF TWO SILICON SUBSTRATES

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for bonding two silicon substrates, the method comprising:
providing a first silicon substrate and a second silicon substrate;
depositing a first bonding layer of pure aluminum or of aluminum-copper having a copper component between 0.1% and 5% on a
first bonding surface of the first silicon substrate;

depositing a second bonding layer of germanium above the first bonding surface or above a second bonding surface of the second
silicon substrate;

subsequently bonding the first silicon substrate and the second silicon substrate, so that the first bonding surface and the
second bonding surface lie opposite each other; and

implementing a thermal treatment step to form a eutectic bonding layer of aluminum-germanium or containing aluminum-germanium
as main component, between the first silicon substrate and the second silicon substrate, spikes, which contain aluminum as
a minimum and extend into the first silicon substrate, forming at least on the first bonding surface.

US Pat. No. 9,145,851

METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING A LOW PRESSURE EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION SYSTEM OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND DEVICE FOR CARRYING OUT THE METHOD

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for diagnosing a low pressure exhaust gas recirculation system of an internal combustion engine, the method comprising:
measuring, by an air mass flow sensor, a fresh air mass flow taken in by the internal combustion engine,
wherein the internal combustion engine includes: (a) an intake area to supply fresh air, the intake area including, in succession
in the flow direction, a first section having a low pressure, a compressor, and a second section having a high pressure, (b)
an exhaust area including a first section having a low exhaust gas pressure, and (c) a low pressure exhaust gas recirculation
area including an adjustable low pressure exhaust gas recirculation valve recirculating at least a portion of the exhaust
gas in the second section of the exhaust area to the first section of the intake area, and

wherein the air mass flow sensor is provided in the first section of the intake area;
ascertaining the total mass flow flowing through the compressor;
ascertaining the low pressure exhaust gas recirculation mass flow from the difference between the total mass flow and the
fresh air mass flow;

determining an estimated value for the low pressure exhaust gas recirculation mass flow based on a model;
forming a difference between the ascertained low pressure exhaust gas recirculation mass flow and the estimated value; and
outputting an error signal in the event of a deviation.

US Pat. No. 9,099,798

CURRENT-SOURCE CONTACTING DEVICE AND CURRENT SOURCE HAVING METAL-INFILTRATED CERAMIC

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A current-source contacting device for electrical interconnection of at least two electric current sources, comprising:
at least one contact unit for electrically contacting at least one contact element of an electric current source, wherein:
the at least one contact unit includes (a) a metal-infiltrated ceramic portion that includes a ceramic infiltrated by a metal,
and (b) a metallic coating that at least partially coats a surface of the metal-infiltrated ceramic portion and the composition
of which includes the same metal as the metal of the metal-infiltrated ceramic portion;

the metal of the coating links up, and has a metallic continuity, with the metal of the metal-infiltrated ceramic portion.

US Pat. No. 9,061,639

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TRIGGERING PASSENGER PROTECTION DEVICES

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A device for triggering a passenger protection device of a vehicle, wherein the device is configured to be connected to
an accident sensor system which is configured to generate a first signal in response to a single impact event in which an
object impacts the vehicle, the device comprising:
an analyzer circuit adapted to:
derive a second signal from the first signal;
integrate the second signal to obtain a third signal;
determine a first value, which characterizes a combination of values of the second signal over an entirety of a period during
which the second signal lasts, by an absolute summation of particular differences in successive values of the second signal;

determine a second value, which characterizes a combination of values of the third signal over an entirety of a period during
which the third signal lasts, by an absolute summation of particular differences in successive values of the third signal;

determine a frequency of the second signal by forming a quotient of the second values and
trigger the passenger protection device as a function of the determined frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,302,566

METHOD FOR SHORT DROP ADJUSTMENT IN A FRAMELESS GLASS VEHICLE WINDOW SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for controlling movement of a window glass in a vehicle using an electric motor associated with a drive mechanism
through a cable, said method comprising the steps:
determining a first position of the window glass based on movement of the motor;
determining a stiffness of the cable, wherein said stiffness is determined based on an ambient temperature;
determining a position lag of the window glass based on the determined first position of the window glass, a second position
of the window glass representing a desired position of the window glass, and the stiffness of the cable, wherein the position
lag represents a distance between the window glass and the second position of the window glass; and

operating the electric motor to correct for the position lag of the window glass based on the determined position lag.

US Pat. No. 9,088,188

WASTE-HEAT RECOVERY SYSTEM

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A waste-heat recovery system for a waste-heat source, comprising:
an ORC (Organic-Rankine Cycle) postconnected with respect to the waste-heat source, the ORC including:
a heating device connected to the waste-heat source,
a down-running generator, and
an expansion machine coupled to the down-running generator and for performing a steam expansion, the expansion machine including
magnetic bearings, with an associated control device and a power supply via a direct current intermediate circuit of a generator
frequency converter, wherein in the event of a power supply failure, an electric energy that the down-running generator continues
to generate is used to supply the magnetic bearings with the associated control device.

US Pat. No. 9,297,782

METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING AN ELECTRICAL LEAD TO AN ELECTRODE OF A SENSOR ELEMENT FOR SENSING AT LEAST ONE PROPERTY OF A MEASURED GAS IN A MEASURED GAS SPACE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for diagnosing an electrical lead to an electrode of a sensor element to sense at least one property of a measured
gas in a measured gas space, the sensor element including a layered structure having at least one solid electrolyte layer,
at least two electrodes, and a heating element, the electrodes being interconnected by the solid electrolyte layer to form
an electrochemical pump cell, the heating element being embodied to heat the electrochemical pump cell, the electrodes being
connected via an electrical connection to a control unit, the electrical connection encompassing the electrical lead, the
method comprising:
checking for regularity a measured signal indicating an internal resistance of the pump cell upon switching on of the control
unit; and

identifying a suspected fault in the lead, and taking at least one substitute action upon identification of at least one irregularity
of the measured signal, the substitute action being selected from: an application of control to the heating element which
is provided for a fault situation, a check of the validity of the measured signal, and a monitoring of the heating element.

US Pat. No. 9,321,454

METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a vehicle, comprising:
specifying a time-related target power demand for the vehicle to an internal combustion engine powering the vehicle, the time-related
target power demand being dependent on a vehicle diagnosis to be carried out on the internal combustion engine;

switching in an additional powering device for the vehicle in addition to the internal combustion engine when a time-related
actual power demand of the vehicle on the internal combustion engine deviates from the time-related target power demand;

estimating the time-related actual power demand of the internal combustion engine on a route to be driven with the vehicle;
scheduling the vehicle diagnosis to be carried out based on a probability that a difference between the time-related actual
power demand and the time-related target power demand can be compensated for by switching in the additional powering device
in addition to the internal combustion engine; and

prohibiting vehicle diagnosis when the probability falls below a predetermined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,227,269

METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN ENERGY CELL AND APPARATUS FOR CARRYING OUT SAME

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for producing an energy cell, the method comprising:
arranging a plurality of films of an energy cell one above or on top of another in a stack at a processing location; and
cutting the plurality of films in one operation, wherein the cutting of the films is carried out by a laser beam, and wherein
the laser beam is guided in a liquid,

wherein the energy cell is an energy storage cell or a battery, and the films are battery films, wherein the liquid comprises
an electrolyte of the battery.

US Pat. No. 9,231,482

APPARATUS FOR REGULATING AN ENERGY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ENERGY SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An apparatus for regulating an energy system which is connected to a DC voltage, comprising
a first capacitive voltage divider (7), arranged between a first terminal of the DC voltage and a reference potential, the first capacitive divider (7) comprising a first capacitance (71) and a second capacitance (72, 73) connected in series, and a first terminal of the first capacitance (71) is connected to the first terminal of the DC voltage, a second terminal of the first capacitance (71) is connected to a first terminal of the second capacitance (72, 73) in order to form the central terminal (A) of the first voltage divider (7), and a second terminal of the second capacitance (72, 73) is connected to the reference potential;

a first resistor (74), arranged in parallel with the second capacitance (72, 73);

a second capacitive voltage divider (8), arranged between a second terminal of the DC voltage and the reference potential, the second capacitive divider (8) comprising a third capacitance (81) and a fourth capacitance (82, 83) connected in series, and a first terminal of the third capacitance (81) is connected to the second terminal of the DC voltage, a second terminal of the third capacitance (81) is connected to a first terminal of the fourth capacitance (82, 83) in order to form the central terminal (B) of the second voltage divider (8), and a second terminal of the fourth capacitance (82, 83) is connected to the reference potential;

a second resistor (84) arranged in parallel with the fourth capacitance (82, 83);

a voltage detector (25), configured to detect a voltage difference between a central terminal (A) of the first voltage divider (7) and a central terminal (B) of the second voltage divider (8); and

a compensation apparatus (16), configured to control the energy system connected to the DC voltage based on the detected voltage difference.

US Pat. No. 9,114,754

METHOD FOR REGULATING THE BEAM RANGE OF AT LEAST ONE HEADLAMP OF A VEHICLE AND LIGHT CONTROL DEVICE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for beam range regulation of at least one headlamp of a vehicle, comprising:
reading in a camera image of at least one camera of the vehicle, wherein the camera image includes at least a part of a representation
of a projection surface of a light cone of the headlamp in front of the vehicle;

determining at least one coordinate of at least one of (i) predefined brightness transition in the camera image, and (ii)
a predefined brightness inhomogeneity in the camera image, and additionally determining an unevenness contour of the surface
of a roadway by determining a height contour of the roadway surface over a predefined distance by traveling the roadway with
the vehicle over the predefined distance;

comparing the determined coordinate to a target coordinate to obtain a difference between the determined coordinate and the
target coordinate, wherein the target coordinate represents a coordinate at which the at least one of the predefined brightness
transition and the predefined brightness inhomogeneity is expected, and wherein the target coordinate is adapted corresponding
to the unevenness contour of the roadway surface for a repeated pitching motion of the vehicle caused by the unevenness contour
of the roadway surface; and

controlling the headlamp with a beam range modification signal to modify the beam range, wherein the beam range modification
signal is a function of the difference between the determined coordinate and the target coordinate.

US Pat. No. 9,310,467

SENSOR MOUNTING FOR A SENSOR FOR OBJECT DETECTION

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A sensor mounting for a sensor for object detection, comprising:
a housing for the sensor,
a holder on which the housing is pivotably held,
an adjusting device adapted to adjust an angular orientation of the housing, and
an angular gear mechanism adapted for controlling the adjusting device, the angular gear mechanism having a drive wheel and
a driven wheel, the drive wheel being connected to an engagement contour for transmission of torque to the drive wheel, and
a gear mechanism housing of the angular gear mechanism being adapted to permit installation of the drive wheel at different
sides of the angular gear mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,469,007

HAND POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hand power tool, comprising:
a housing;
a drive unit in the housing configured to drive an output shaft to move;
an electronic unit in the housing configured to control the drive unit; and
an after-run cooling unit in the housing including a cooling element and a further drive unit, the cooling element being configured
to be driven by the further drive unit to cool one or more of the drive unit and the electronic unit,

wherein the further drive unit is configured to receive power for driving the cooling element after the drive unit has been
deactivated and movement of the output shaft has ceased.

US Pat. No. 9,366,210

FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM HAVING A FUEL-CARRYING COMPONENT, A FUEL INJECTOR AND A CONNECTING DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A connecting device for a fuel injection system for connecting a fuel injection valve to a fuel-carrying component, comprising:
at least one wire-shaped connecting element which is able to be fastened to the fuel-carrying component and is able to be
fastened to the fuel injection valve, wherein:

the wire-shaped connecting element is at least essentially in the form of a closed loop,
the wire-shaped connecting element is able to be guided about a shoulder of the fuel-carrying component, and
the wire-shaped connecting element is able to be guided about a shoulder of the fuel injection valve.

US Pat. No. 9,093,881

PLASTIC BRUSH GUIDE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An engine cooling fan module comprising:
a motor having a horizontally extending motor shaft;
at least one plastic brush guide defining a guide axis aligned with the motor shaft,
the at least one plastic brush guide including a first side wall portion extending along the guide axis, a second side wall
portion generally opposite the first side wall portion, and a top portion extending between the first side wall portion and
the second side wall portion, the second side wall portion defining a radial slot opened at a radially inward end of the second
side wall;

a brush slidingly positioned within the plastic brush guide; and
a shunt electrically coupled to the brush and extending through the radial slot.

US Pat. No. 9,316,626

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DIAGNOSING ELECTRODES IN SENSOR ELEMENTS

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for diagnosing a sensor element for detecting at least one fraction of a gas component of a gas in a measuring
gas chamber, wherein the sensor element includes at least one first electrode, to which the gas is appliable, and at least
one second electrode, and wherein the first electrode and the second electrode are connected via at least one solid electrolyte,
the method comprising:
applying a diagnostic signal between the at least one first electrode and the at least one second electrode, wherein the diagnostic
signal is varied according to a pattern that is predefined as a function of passage of a predefined amount of time after each
of the applications of the diagnostic signal, so that, after each of a plurality of time intervals following a first application
of the diagnostic signal, the diagnostic signal is modified to a respective value that is different than an initial value
of the diagnostic signal at the first application; and

detecting a response signal between the first electrode and the second electrode and that varies according to the value variations
of the diagnostic signal.

US Pat. No. 9,255,904

STEP-CHANGE SENSOR FOR PUMPED AND UNPUMPED OPERATION

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A sensor device for sensing at least a proportion of at least one gas component of a gas in a measurement gas space, comprising:
at least one sensor element including at least one first electrode, at least one first reference electrode, and at least one
second reference electrode, wherein the second reference electrode is connected to at least one reference gas channel, the
first electrode is connected to the first reference electrode and the second reference electrode by at least one respective
solid electrolyte, the sensor element further includes at least one diffusion element which is connected to the first reference
electrode and which at least partially surrounds the first reference electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,343,788

BATTERY CELL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A battery cell, having a capacitive parallel path interconnected between poles of the battery cell, wherein the parallel
path is embodied as a discrete capacitor, wherein the capacitor has no leads, and wherein the capacitor is arranged outside
a cell housing.

US Pat. No. 9,212,601

DEVICE AND VEHICLE OR PRODUCTION MACHINE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

14. A device for a vehicle or a production machine, comprising:
a first hydraulic pump, which hydraulically drives a load, and which is mechanically driven by an internal combustion engine;
a second hydraulic pump, which is hydraulically coupled to the first hydraulic pump;
an apparatus, which drives the second hydraulic pump, while utilizing the energy in the exhaust-gas stream of the internal
combustion engine;

wherein the load: (i) is connected on an output side directly to a tank and (ii) is an auxiliary load and has a hydraulic
motor for the mechanical driving of a battery of at least one of a generator, a cooling pump, an air pressure compressor and
an air conditioning compressor.

US Pat. No. 9,296,106

METHOD FOR OPERATING A SAFETY DEVICE FOR A HANDLING DEVICE, SAFETY DEVICE FOR A HANDLING DEVICE, AND HANDLING DEVICE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

5. An industrial robot, comprising:
a movable gripper device;
at least one sensor device at least largely surrounding the gripper device for recognizing at least possible collision with
an object located in a motion path of the gripper device; and

a control unit configured to modify a motion sequence of the gripper device on the motion path upon recognizing the possible
collision with the object, wherein the modified motion sequence is a controlled reduction in a motion velocity of the gripper
device, and wherein the gripper device has gripper fingers which are configured to yield, in the event of a collision with
the object, in a direction of the collision.

US Pat. No. 9,379,392

TEMPERATURE CONTROL METHOD AND BATTERY SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A temperature-control method for temperature-controlling a battery, comprising:
arranging battery cells of the battery in a plurality of separate modules integrated in a temperature-control circuit, wherein
heating takes place in a stepwise manner in a heating phase;

heating only a first module by means of a temperature-control medium that acts in the temperature-control circuit and is heated
by means of a heating element; and

heating at least one further module using heat produced during operation at least of the first module.

US Pat. No. 9,169,572

ENERGY STORAGE AND POWER GENERATION SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An energy storage and power generation system (10) comprising:
at least one fuel cell (40), in which an oxidant and a fuel which can be stored can be converted electrochemically and in the process an electrical
current can be generated;

at least one electrolysis cell (30), which is used for generating the fuel which can be stored for the fuel cell (40), wherein the fuel cell (40) and the electrolysis cell (30) share a common electrode (21), and the fuel cell (40) and the electrolysis cell (30) each use a respective further electrode (31, 41) only for themselves; and

a store (13) for storing the fuel, the store located outside the fuel cell (40) and outside the electrolysis cell,

wherein the common electrode (21) has both an open channel (22) and a separate porous region (23) adjacent the open channel (23), wherein the open channel (22) extends along a first direction to direct hydrogen from the store (13) along the first direction, wherein the porous region (23) is positioned to receive the hydrogen from the open channel (22) along a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction, and to direct the hydrogen along a third direction
that is perpendicular to both the first direction and the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,266,488

METHOD AND CONTROL UNIT FOR ASCERTAINING A TYPE OF COLLISION OF A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for ascertaining a type of collision of a vehicle, comprising:
receiving, via a reception interface, a first acceleration information item, a second acceleration information item, a third
acceleration information item, and a fourth acceleration information item, wherein the first acceleration information item
represents an acceleration of the vehicle in a first direction, the second acceleration information item represents an acceleration
of the vehicle in a second direction, the third acceleration information item represents an acceleration of the vehicle in
a third direction, and the fourth acceleration information item represents an acceleration of the vehicle in a fourth direction,
the first and third directions each having a main component in a vehicle longitudinal direction, and the second and fourth
directions each having a main component in mutually opposite vehicle transverse directions;

determining a first resultant acceleration information item from the first acceleration information item and the second acceleration
information item;

determining a second resultant acceleration information item from the third acceleration information item and the fourth acceleration
information item;

combining the first resultant acceleration information item and the second resultant acceleration information item to obtain
at least one evaluation information item;

ascertaining the collision type based on the at least one evaluation information item;
comparing a difference to a second predetermined threshold value; and
deploying a passenger restraint unit during the collision based on the comparison between the difference and the second predetermined
threshold value,

wherein the difference is:
formed from the first resultant acceleration information item and the second resultant acceleration information item in the
combining step; and

compared to at least a first predetermined threshold value to ascertain the collision type.

US Pat. No. 9,393,667

HANDHELD POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An angle grinder, comprising:
a drive unit including a drive shaft;
a switching-over unit configured to be moved by an operator to a first switching position and a further switching position;
a control unit coupled to the drive unit and the switching-over unit, the control unit being configured to activate the drive
unit in a conventional mode when the switching-over unit is in the first switching position and to activate the drive unit
in a boost mode when the switching over-unit is in the further switching position,

wherein, in the conventional mode, the control unit activates the drive unit such that a maximum power output of the drive
unit corresponds to a first maximum power output, the first maximum power output being at most 120% of a nominal power output
of the drive unit,

wherein, in the boost mood, the control unit activates the drive unit such that the maximum power output of the drive unit
corresponds to a second maximum power output, the second maximum power output being greater than the first maximum power output
and at most 180% of the nominal power output of the drive unit, and

wherein the control unit is configured to return the drive unit to the conventional mode when the switching-over unit is in
the further switching position after the drive unit is operated in the boost mode for a predetermined duration.

US Pat. No. 9,271,399

ELECTRONIC MODULE AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An electronic module, comprising:
a support plate (2) having a base area (20) and at least one connection element (21) extending from the base area (20), wherein said at least one connection element (21) is arranged at a non-zero angle (?) relative to the base area (20),

at least one electronic component (3) coupled to the at least one connection element (21), and

a detent connection (10) on the at least one connection element (21), the detent connection (10) is configured to connect the at least one connection element (21) to a counter body (4).

US Pat. No. 9,281,510

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY AND BATTERY MODULE

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

1. A rechargeable battery comprising:
an electrode assembly comprising a positive electrode and a negative electrode;
a current collecting member coupled to the electrode assembly;
a case housing the electrode assembly;
a cap plate coupled to the case; and
a terminal electrically coupled to the electrode assembly and comprising a base portion located on the cap plate and a protrusion
portion integral with and protruding from the base portion and spaced from the cap plate, wherein the base portion comprises
an integral connection portion that directly contacts the current collecting member, wherein the protrusion portion is elastically
deformable in a thickness direction of the protrusion portion, and wherein a groove is located at an intersection of the protrusion
portion and the base portion in a corner of a bottom side of the terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,143,016

USE OF DOUBLE COIL-STRIP SPRINGS FOR ELECTRIC FUEL PUMPS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An electrical machine (1), the electrical machine (1) having
a commutator (3);

a brush (5) which is designed to make contact with the commutator (3); and

a spring for pressing the brush (5) against the commutator (3);

characterized in that the spring is designed as a coil spring (7) with a first coil strip (9) and a second coil strip (11).

US Pat. No. 9,071,913

NETWORK SYSTEM FOR AUDIO EQUIPMENT, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A network system (1) for audio equipment (4) comprising a number of base stations (3) and a number of microphone modules (4), wherein the microphone modules (4) configured to be allocated to the base stations (3) via configuration data and wherein each microphone module (4) of a microphone module-base station allocation is designed for transmitting audio information on a transmitting frequency
(F1, F2, F3, F4, FX, FY) to the associated base station (3) of the same microphone module-base station allocation, wherein the base stations (3) are networked together so that the configuration data are exchangeable, comprising a control device (2), wherein the control device (2) is designed in the form of a program or of a circuit to select or adapt the configuration data of the base stations (3) or of the microphone modules (4) or of the microphone module-base station allocations in automated manner, characterized in that the control device (2) is designed for setting the configuration data, and has a frequency analysis module (6) which is designed for testing the transmitting frequency spectrum during the initialization or in operation of the network
system, and determining the available transmitting frequencies or the quality of the available transmitting frequencies, wherein
the configuration data are adapted taking into consideration available transmitting frequencies or taking into consideration
a quality of the available transmitting frequencies.

US Pat. No. 9,162,293

RELEASE MECHANISM FOR A ROTARY TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A rotary tool comprising:
a housing defining at least one slot; a motor including an output shaft supported within the housing;
a collet chuck coupled to the output shaft, the collet chuck including a main body defining a collet receiving passage configured
to slidably receive a collet, the collet chuck including at least one lever arm pivotably attached to the main body and configured
to apply a clamping force to the collet when the collet is received in the collet receiving passage;

a wedge configured to move into engagement with the at least one lever arm to generate the clamping force and to move out
of engagement with the at least one lever arm to remove the clamping force;

a bearing attached to the wedge; and
a yoke member attached to the bearing such that the yoke member and the wedge are rotatable with respect to each other, the
yoke member including at least one lever structure that projects outwardly from the yoke member through the slot, the lever
structure being movable between a first position and a second position, the wedge being moved into engagement with the at
least one lever arm when the lever structure is moved to the first position and the wedge being moved out of engagement with
the at least one lever arm when the lever structure is moved to the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,414,012

DEVICE FOR PROJECTING AN IMAGE, PORTABLE MOBILE DEVICE COMPRISING A CORRESPONDING DEVICE, AND A METHOD FOR PROJECTING AN IMAGE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A projection device for projecting an image, comprising:
a video signal device providing a video signal having a first image refresh rate;
a mirror control device controlling a micro-mirror device with a second image refresh rate that is adapted to synchronize
the first image refresh rate and the second refresh rate based on the following: i) at least one characteristic of the micro-mirror
device and ii) the first image refresh rate; and

a laser device operated with the second image refresh rate and projecting the video signal provided by the video signal device
with the first image refresh rate, using the micro-mirror device moved by the second image refresh rate.

US Pat. No. 9,241,424

ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING A HOUSING MADE OF PROFILE MATERIAL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An electronic device comprising:
an insertion housing that is produced from a profile element having a closed cross-section and that includes a first opening
and a second opening arranged at opposite ends of the housing;

a circuit board extending longitudinally within the housing between the first and second openings and having at least one
electronic component; and

a first end piece arranged on the first opening,
wherein the first opening lies in a plane which is arranged at an angle that is smaller than 90° with respect to a direction
in which the circuit board is inserted into the insertion housing,

wherein the first end piece includes a cooling element that is connected in a heat-conducting manner to the electronic component,
wherein at least one heat-conducting intermediate element is arranged between the electronic component and the cooling element,
and

wherein the heat-conducting intermediate element includes an electrically conductive plate, the electrically conductive plate
being arranged directly on the electronic component and including a connecting element having elastic properties that connects
the electrically conductive plate to the cooling element.

US Pat. No. 9,267,478

STARTER MOTOR WITH MULTIPLE POSITION MOUNTING DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A mounting member for an engine starter having a motor, an electromagnetic switch, an auxiliary switch, and a housing including
an outer perimeter and configured to receive the motor and the electromagnetic switch, the mounting member comprising:
a first mounting section defining a first aperture configured to receive a portion of the electromagnetic switch; and
a second mounting section coupled to the first mounting section and defining a second aperture configured to receive a portion
of the motor,

wherein one of the first mounting section and the second mounting section includes a flange configured to extend past the
outer perimeter of the housing when the mounting member is aligned with the housing to receive the electromagnetic switch
and the motor, and

wherein the first mounting section is configured to be fixed between the electromagnetic switch and the housing and the second
mounting section is configured to be fixed between the motor and the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,281,270

METHOD FOR MAKING CONTACT WITH A SEMICONDUCTOR AND CONTACT ARRANGEMENT FOR A SEMICONDUCTOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for making contact with a semiconductor, wherein the semiconductor (10, 10?, 10?) is surface-connected to at least one first contact partner (20, 20?, 20?, 60?) on at least one first surface by providing a first solder layer (30, 32?, 34?, 36?, 30?, 80?) that has a predetermined thickness (LD), characterized in that a solder-resistant layer of polyimide (14, 14?, 14?, 18?) is provided as a restricting means on the semiconductor (10, 10?, 10?) and said solder-resistant polyimide layer determines at least one of the dimensions and the shape of at least one solder
area (12, 12?, 12?) of the semiconductor (10, 10?, 10?) and prevents the semiconductor (10, 10?, 10?) from floating and displacing laterally during the soldering process, and in that a lateral spacing (A) between at least
one contact surface (20.2, 22.2?, 24.2?, 26.2?, 20.2?) of the at least one first contact partner (20, 20?, 20?, 60?) and a border of the solder-resistant polyimide layer (14, 14?, 14?, 18?) is selected in dependence upon the thickness (LD) of the first solder layer (30, 32?, 34?, 36?, 30?, 80?).

US Pat. No. 9,112,237

ELECTROLYTE FOR RECHARGEABLE LITHIUM BATTERY AND RECHARGEABLE LITHIUM BATTERY INCLUDING SAME

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., G...

1. An electrolyte for a rechargeable lithium battery, comprising:
a lithium salt composition including:
a first lithium salt;
a second lithium salt of lithium bisfluorosulfonyl imide represented by the following Chemical Formula 1;
the first lithium salt to second lithium salt mole ratio is between about 1:0.05 to about 1:1; and
a non-aqueous organic solvent;

US Pat. No. 9,057,305

RESERVOIR TANK FOR A REDUCING AGENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A reservoir tank for a reducing agent (1), comprising an outer container (2) and a pot-shaped inner container (3) which limits a first partial volume (4) of a volume (5) of the outer container (2), a heating element (6) in the inner container (3) and an extraction device (7) for extracting the reducing agent (1), characterized in that the pot-shaped inner container (3) is surrounded in a floor region by an insulated collar (8) comprising a first limb (9) led to the outer circumferential surface (11) of said inner container (3) and a second limb (10) contacting a floor surface (12) of said outer container (2), such that the insulated collar (8) limits an additional second partial volume (13) of the volume (5) of said outer container (2).

US Pat. No. 9,267,485

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROL OF A TRANSITION BETWEEN SI AND HCCI COMBUSTION MODES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An engine system comprising:
a first cylinder;
a first inlet valve configured to control the flow of gases into the first cylinder;
a first outlet valve configured to control the flow of gases out of the first cylinder;
a first throttle configured to control the flow of fuel into the first cylinder;
a memory including program instructions stored therein; and
a processor operably connected to the first inlet valve, the first outlet valve, the first throttle, and the memory, and configured
to execute the program instructions to

control the first inlet valve and the first outlet valve in accordance with a spark ignition (SI) valve lift profile,
activate a first spark in the first cylinder while controlling the first inlet valve and the first outlet valve in accordance
with the SI valve lift profile,

control the first inlet valve and the first outlet valve in accordance with a homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI)
valve lift profile,

activate a second spark in the first cylinder while controlling the first inlet valve and the first outlet valve in accordance
with the HCCI valve lift profile, and

control the start-of-injection (SOI) timing of the first throttle in an HCCI SOI mode while controlling the first inlet valve
and the first outlet valve in the HCCI valve lift profile after activating the second spark.

US Pat. No. 9,408,291

CONTROL MODULE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A control module, comprising:
a circuit board configured as a base carrier, the-circuit board including conductor paths arranged at least on one plane of
the circuit board, and the circuit board including at least one rigid, non-flexible conductor path region;

an electronic control circuit electrically contacted by the conductor paths of the circuit board, the electronic control circuit
including electrical components; and

a bowl-shaped cover part configured as a protection for the electronic control circuit and arranged at least over a part of
the electronic control circuit, the cover part including a planar contact region aligned in parallel to a first face of the
circuit board and lying in a sealing manner on the first face of the circuit board,

wherein at least a part of the electronic control circuit is arranged in a protected manner in a housing inner chamber formed
between the cover part and the circuit board,

wherein electrical contacts of the circuit board are provided outside the housing inner chamber that is covered by the cover
part in order to contact the electrical components of the control module,

wherein at least one part of the electronic control circuit is arranged on a carrier substrate arranged in the housing inner
chamber,

wherein the carrier substrate is electrically contacted by the conductor paths or contact areas of the circuit board,
wherein a flowable material is applied over the carrier substrate onto the electrical components within the housing inner
chamber, and

wherein the flowable material completely fills the housing inner chamber except for volume that is occupied by the carrier
substrate and the electrical components.

US Pat. No. 9,360,424

DEVICE FOR CALIBRATING A SCATTEROMETER

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A calibration device for calibrating a scatterometer, comprising:
at least one scattering body that emits scattered light at a defined intensity and distribution when irradiated by a light
beam, wherein the scattering body includes an emission surface for the scattered light;

at least one light sensor assigned to the emission surface and for detecting the scattered light exiting the emission surface;
a screening body including at least one screen opening through which the scattered light exits in a direction of the at least
one light sensor, the screening body assigned to the emission surface of the scattering body;

a carrier including a receptacle for the scattering body, wherein on account of the carrier the scattering body is positioned
in a defined position within a measuring chamber of the scatterometer, wherein:

the carrier has a form of a pin that is insertable into an opening of a housing of the scatterometer using a guide section,
so that the scattering body accommodated in the pin is located within the measuring chamber in a beam path of the light beam,

the pin is embodied from a hollow cylinder pin having a cylinder wall and having a cavity formed within the cylinder wall,
the cylinder wall is insertable into the opening of the housing using the guide section, and
the screening body is formed from the cylinder wall, into which at least one penetration is introduced for forming the at
least one screen opening.

US Pat. No. 9,154,324

METHOD AND FILTER SYSTEM FOR FILTERING MESSAGES RECEIVED VIA A SERIAL DATA BUS OF A COMMUNICATION NETWORK BY A USER OF THE NETWORK

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for filtering messages, which are received, via a serial data bus of a communication network, in a communication
module of a user connected to the data bus, the method comprising:
using a filter system, the messages each having an identifier for identification, and the characteristics of the filter system
being defined by message identifiers which are stored in at least one list of the filter system, wherein each identifier specifies
a priority of a corresponding message;

storing multiple identifier pairs in the at least one list of the filter system which define a range delimited in each case
by a first identifier and a second identifier;

comparing the identifier for an incoming message to at least selected identifier pairs;
making a query concerning whether the identifier for the incoming message is greater than or equal to the first identifier
of a selected identifier pair and less than or equal to the second identifier of the selected identifier pair;

wherein:
each identifier pair has an associated filter type information stored in the at least one list, each item of filter type information
identifying whether an incoming message that is within the range delimited by the first identifier and the second identifier
of a respectively associated identifier pair should be forwarded to the application or rejected;

forwarding the incoming message to the application in response to determining that (a) the identifier for the incoming message
is within the range delimited by the first identifier and the second identifier of the selected identifier pair, and (b) the
filter type information of the selected identifier pair identifies forwarding; and

rejecting the incoming message to the application in response to determining that (a) the identifier for the incoming message
is within the range delimited by the first identifier and the second identifier of the selected identifier pair, and (b) the
filter type information of the selected identifier pair identifies rejecting.

US Pat. No. 9,110,090

PIEZORESISTIVE MICROMECHANICAL SENSOR COMPONENT AND CORRESPONDING MEASURING METHOD

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A piezoresistive micromechanical sensor component comprising:
a substrate;
a seismic mass suspended deflectably from the substrate;
at least one piezoresistive beam, which is provided between the substrate and the seismic mass and is subject to a resistance
change when the seismic mass is deflected, the at least one piezoresistive beam including at least one conductor track, which
at least partially covers the at least one piezoresistive beam and extends into a region of the substrate; and

a measuring device, which is electrically connected to the substrate and to the at least one conductor track and is configured
to measure the resistance change over a circuit path which extends from the substrate through the piezoresistive beam and
from the at least one piezoresistive beam through the at least one conductor track.

US Pat. No. 9,312,080

POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A power tool, comprising:
at least one handle housing including (i) at least one stem-type grip region, and (ii) at least one switching unit that has
at least one movably mounted latch element having a maximum transverse extent that extends at least over a major part of at
least one maximum transverse extent of the at least one stem-type grip region of the at least one handle housing; and

at least one switch-on inhibitor unit configured to avoid, at least to a large extent, a movement of the at least one movably
mounted latch element as a result of an unintentional actuation of the at least one movably mounted latch element.

US Pat. No. 9,246,146

BATTERY PACK

SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD., Y...

1. A battery pack, comprising:
a plurality of battery cells;
a housing accommodating the plurality of battery cells;
a connector coupled to the housing, at least a portion of the connector being exposed outside of the housing; and
a sealing member coupled to the connector, wherein the sealing member includes a substantially U-shaped body, the body surrounding
the exposed portion of the connector, and the body being substantially coplanar with at least one side surface of the housing,

wherein:
an interior surface of the body is conformally formed to a shape of the connector,
the housing includes a case in which the battery cells are placed, a top cover covering an upper portion of the case; and
a side cover covering the side surface of the case,

the connector is coupled to the side cover, and
the sealing member is coupled to the side cover,
wherein the substantially U-shaped body includes three sides,
wherein two of the three sides are inserted into and fill gaps between the connector and the side cover of the housing, and
a remaining side is substantially coplanar with the side cover of the housing,

wherein the connector includes:
a positive electrode terminal electrically connected to a positive electrode tab of the battery cells; and
a negative electrode terminal electrically connected to a negative electrode tab of the battery cells, and
wherein:
the sealing member includes:
the body surrounding an exterior side of the connector, the body being coupled to one side surface of the housing; and
a terminal cover covering the positive and negative electrode terminals of the connector, the terminal cover being coupled
to a top surface of the housing, and

the terminal cover includes a protrusion part therein.

US Pat. No. 9,159,984

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

1. A rechargeable battery comprising:
an electrode assembly;
a case containing the electrode assembly;
a cap plate covering an opening of the case; and
a current collecting member comprising:
a current collecting portion coupled to the electrode assembly;
a terminal coupling portion extending substantially perpendicularly from the current collecting portion to form a corner portion
of the current collecting member, the corner portion extending in a first direction along a width of the current collecting
member, the terminal coupling portion extending away from the corner portion in a lengthwise direction of the terminal coupling
portion; and

a fuse portion configured to pass a current therethrough and having a cross-sectional area that is smaller than that of other
portions of the current collecting member,

wherein the current collecting member has a fuse hole formed therein adjacent the fuse portion, a centerline of the fuse hole
extending through the fuse portion in a direction oblique to the first direction, the fuse hole being asymmetric about a centerline
of the terminal coupling portion extending in the lengthwise direction.

US Pat. No. 9,196,886

SECONDARY BATTERY HAVING INSULATION BAG

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

1. A secondary battery comprising:
an electrode assembly including a first electrode, a second electrode, and a separator between the first electrode and the
second electrode;

an insulation bag having an open top and housing the electrode assembly therein;
a case housing the electrode assembly and the insulation bag therein; and
a cap plate sealing the case,
wherein the insulation bag comprises:
a first side surface portion extending from one side of the electrode assembly to an opposite side of the electrode assembly;
a second side surface portion extending from the one side of the electrode assembly to the opposite side of the electrode
assembly and facing the first side surface portion;

a first extending portion extending from an upper end of the first side surface portion at the one side, a height of the first
extending portion above the upper end of the first side surface portion gradually increasing from one edge of the first side
surface portion to an opposite edge of the first side surface portion; and

a second extending portion extending from an upper end of the second side surface portion at the opposite side of the electrode
assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,159,637

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH AN INTERLOCKING MOLD PACKAGE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A sensor package, comprising;
a sensor portion including an upper surface defining a sensor interlock feature; and
a mold package including a lower surface defining a mold package interlock feature,
wherein the mold package interlock feature is interlocked with the sensor interlock feature.

US Pat. No. 9,616,864

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A BRAKING DEVICE, BRAKING DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a braking device of a vehicle, the braking device including at least one wheel braking device having
an electrically motorized actuator, the electrically motorized actuator having an electric motor and an actuator element,
the electric motor being configured to move the actuator element between a brake application position and a brake release
position, the actuator element being configured to actuate the at least one wheel braking device when in the brake application
position and to release the at least one wheel braking device when in the brake release position, the method comprising:
monitoring a movement travel of the actuator element at least during a release process;
switching the electric motor from a control operation into a free-running operation during the release process;
determining a free-running voltage that is then generated by the electric motor;
calculating a minimum duration of movement of the actuator element for achieving the release position based upon the determined
free-running voltage; and

performing a plausibility check of the movement travel by comparing the calculated minimum duration of movement of the actuator
element to a measured duration of movement of the actuator element until the release process is terminated.

US Pat. No. 9,478,826

LAYER CONFIGURATION

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

11. A configuration, comprising:
at least three successive layers including a top electrode layer, a bottom electrode layer, and an electrolyte layer situated
between the top electrode layer and the bottom electrode layer, at least the electrolyte layer and one of the top electrode
layer and the bottom electrode layer having an organic matrix, wherein the organic matrix of the electrolyte layer has an
ionic conductivity in a range of ?10?6 S/cm;

wherein the organic matrix includes a material which is selected from the group including chitosan or an organic matrix having
functional SO3X groups.

US Pat. No. 9,170,967

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING INFORMATION FROM A TRANSMITTER TO A RECEIVER VIA A SINGLE LINE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for transmitting logical information from a transmitter to a receiver via a single line, the receiver being connected
to the transmitter by the line, the method comprising:
placing, using the receiver, a first signal on the line, the first signal being made up of alternating recessive and dominant
levels;

placing, using the transmitter, a second signal on the line without interrupting the first signal on the line, the second
signal being superposed with the first signal on the line, the second signal being made up of a sequence of recessive and
dominant levels, wherein dominant level segments of the second signal are superposed with recessive level segments of the
first signal; and

determining, using the receiver, from the second signal, the logical information that is to be received.

US Pat. No. 9,166,216

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY AND MODULE THEREOF

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

1. A rechargeable battery comprising:
a case accommodating an electrode assembly therein;
a cap plate covering an opening of the case and having terminal holes, the electrode assembly being insertable through the
opening in a first direction; and

electrode terminals installed in the terminal holes and electrically connected to the electrode assembly,
wherein the cap plate comprises:
a planar portion corresponding to the opening of the case; and
lateral portions extending away from end portions of the planar portion in the first direction,
wherein the lateral portions face each other at opposite sides of the planar portion and have the terminal holes formed therein,
and

wherein the electrode terminals are protruded from the terminal holes in directions transverse to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,246,140

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY WITH A CAP ASSEMBLY HAVING A FIRST TAB LOCATED OUTSIDE OF THE CASE

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

11. A rechargeable battery comprising:
an electrode assembly comprising a first electrode, a second electrode, and a separator between the first electrode and the
second electrode;

a first terminal electrically coupled to the first electrode;
a second terminal electrically coupled to the second electrode;
a case containing the electrode assembly;
a cap assembly coupled to the case, the cap assembly comprising a first tab located outside of the case and electrically coupled
to the first electrode, a cap plate, and a deformable plate attached to the cap plate and configured to contact the first
tab in response to an increase in pressure inside the case to electrically couple the first electrode and the second electrode
to each other; and

a connection tab on the cap plate and electrically coupling the second terminal to the cap plate.

US Pat. No. 9,093,843

ELECTRIC HAND-HELD POWER TOOL WITH A SHUT-OFF DELAY DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An electric hand-held power tool comprising
at least one electrical drive,
at least one electrical device that requires electrical energy in order to operate, said at least one electrical device configured
as control electronics of said electric hand-held power tool,

a shut-off delay device for the electrical drive and/or the electrical device,
at least one rechargeable battery for supplying electrical energy to the drive and the electrical device, and
an exhaustive-discharge safeguard device (8), which, above a critical state of charge threshold, specifies the delay time (?t) of the shut-off delay device (3) as a function of the state of charge of the rechargeable battery (9) it has determined, and below a critical state of charge threshold, specifies the delay time (?t) to be zero.

US Pat. No. 9,341,218

METHOD FOR ADAPTING A SEPARATING CLUTCH IN A DRIVE TRAIN SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE AND DRIVE TRAIN SYSTEM

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for adapting a separating clutch in a drive train system of a vehicle, the drive train system having an electric
machine, an internal combustion engine as well as an automatic transmission having an hydraulic torque converter and a torque-converter
lockup clutch, and the separating clutch lying between the electric machine and the internal combustion engine, and the internal
combustion engine being started by the electric machine while the electric machine is driving the vehicle, comprising:
in a time interval, operating the separating clutch in slip operation for cranking up the internal combustion engine;
in the time interval, calculating, by a control unit, an expected rotary speed change of the electric machine;
comparing, by the control unit, the rotary speed change expected by calculation for deviation to an actually occurring rotary
speed change of the electric machine; and

adapting, by the control unit, the separating clutch in accordance with the ascertained deviation, wherein the separating
clutch has a characteristics line, and wherein the characteristics line is changed for the adaptation of the separating clutch.

US Pat. No. 9,181,910

CONTROL VALVE, IN PARTICULAR FOR METERING IN A FLUID FOR A DELIVERY PUMP WHICH IS ARRANGED DOWNSTREAM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A control valve, in particular for metering a fluid for a delivery pump arranged downstream, having a housing, a flow channel
defined by the housing, an axially movable valve needle, and a valve element that can be urged in an opening direction by
the valve needle and is disposed in the flow channel, and when the valve element is actuated in the opening direction by the
valve needle, the flow channel can at least temporarily experience a backflow of the fluid through it counter to the opening
direction,
wherein a fluidically active shield is positioned to keep the backflow at least partly away from a face of the valve element,
a fuel-filled fluid chamber being defined radially within the shield, the chamber being in fluid communication with the flow
channel through a connector channel, and

wherein the flow channel gradually narrows in cross-section in the backflow direction to a throttle restriction positioned
at the connector channel between the flow channel and the fuel-filled fluid chamber within the shield.

US Pat. No. 9,357,656

METHOD FOR SOLDERLESS ELECTRICAL PRESS-FIT CONTACTING OF ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE PRESS-FIT PINS IN CIRCUIT BOARDS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for solderless electrical press-fit contacting of at least one electrically conductive press-fit pin in a circuit
board, comprising:
providing a circuit board having a specified thickness, at least one electrical conductor path, and at least one contacting
opening guided perpendicularly through the circuit board, the contacting opening being provided for electrical press-fit contacting
of the press-fit pin, and wherein the contacting opening has a metallized inner wall;

providing at least one electrically conductive press-fit pin having a longitudinal axis and a press-fit region suitable for
press-fitting into the contacting opening, the press-fit region having a substantially round cross section;

press-fitting the press-fit pin into the contacting opening by applying onto the press-fit pin a force acting along the longitudinal
axis of the press-fit pin;

wherein the contacting opening has a shape which deviates from a round shape and has a first inside diameter and a second
inside diameter, the second inside diameter being smaller than the first inside diameter, the ratio of the first inside diameter
to the second inside diameter being greater than 1.2, and wherein the press-fit region of the press-fit pin has, along a longitudinal
axis of the press-fit pin over an axial length of at least 50% of the thickness of the circuit board, an outside diameter
which (i) exceeds the second inside diameter of the contacting opening before press-fitting of the press-fit pin, and (ii)
is smaller than the first inside diameter.

US Pat. No. 9,181,858

TURBOCHARGED ENGINE WITH A SENSOR DEVICE IN THE TURBOCHARGER HOUSING

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A turbocharger in an internal combustion engine, comprising:
at least one turbocharger housing;
at least one compressor situated inside the at least one turbocharger housing;
at least one turbine disposed inside the at least one turbocharger housing; and
at least one sensor device for detecting at least one portion of a gas component of an exhaust gas of the internal combustion
engine, wherein the at least one sensor device is at least partially integrated into the at least one turbocharger housing,
and wherein the at least one sensor device is at least partially situated inside a volute of the turbine.

US Pat. No. 9,148,559

DEVICE FOR ASSISTING FOCUSING OF A CAMERA

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A camera for providing digital image contents comprising:
a manual focusing apparatus;
a device for assisting focusing comprising:
a camera processor configured to determine a focus value of the camera depending on an operation of the manual focusing apparatus;
and

an indicator for indicating to a user focusing information including displaying an initial direction for turning the manual
focusing apparatus on the basis of the determined focus value.

US Pat. No. 9,203,117

RECHARGEABLE SECONDARY BATTERY

SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD., Y...

1. A battery, comprising,
an electrode assembly, the electrode assembly including a pair of electrodes and a separator interposed therebetween, the
electrode assembly having a first side, a second side, a third side, and a fourth side, the second side of the electrode assembly
being opposite the first side of the electrode assembly;

a short circuit induction member, the short circuit induction member being attached to and electrically connected to one electrode
of the electrodes, the short circuit induction member including a first portion, a second portion, and a third portion, each
of the first, second, and third portions having a common polarity that is the same as the polarity of the electrically connected
electrode, the third side of the electrode assembly facing the third portion, the third portion mechanically and electrically
connecting the first portion to the second portion, the electrode assembly being interposed between the first portion and
the second portion such that the first side of the electrode assembly is between the first portion and the second side of
the electrode assembly, the fourth side of the electrode assembly being at least partially exposed by the short circuit induction
member;

a case, the electrode assembly, and the short circuit induction member being disposed in the case;
a cap plate, the cap plate closing an opening in the case, wherein the third portion of the short circuit induction member
is interposed between the third side of the electrode assembly and the cap plate; and

a terminal part, the terminal part including a current collector, a terminal, and a fuse, the fuse being formed on the current
collector.

US Pat. No. 9,345,139

CONTROL MODULE FOR A TRANSMISSION CONTROL INSTALLED IN AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A control module of a transmission control, comprising:
a multi-layer printed circuit board having a first side and a second side;
a first housing part covering the first side and a second housing part covering the second side;
electrical components forming an electrical circuit and situated on the multi-layer printed circuit board; and
one of a casting compound, a molding compound, a foam, and a gel for covering the electrical components of the electrical
circuit, wherein:

the multi-layer printed circuit board connects the electrical components situated in an inner space of at least one of the
first and second housing parts and contact points for contacting at least one further electrical component, the contact points
being situated on the multi-layer printed circuit board outside an area covered by the first and second housing parts,

the multi-layer printed circuit board thermally contacts a cooling element, and
the cooling element is a hydraulic plate of a transmission for a transmission control installed in an automatic transmission.

US Pat. No. 9,363,931

CARRIER FOR A DISPLAY MODULE AND DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING SUCH A CARRIER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A carrier for a display module, comprising:
a carrier arrangement that is configured to at least one of accommodate and fasten a display module, and that includes:
(a) a central air inlet opening;
(b) at least two air outlet openings situated at different locations of the carrier arrangement;
(c) air ducts (1) through which cooling air can flow to cool the display module and (2) that connect the central air inlet
opening to the at least two air outlet openings; and

(d) ribs between which the air ducts are configured and that are arranged at least approximately radially about a central
point at the central air inlet opening, so that the cooling ducts extend outwardly from the air inlet opening in the configuration
of a fan.

US Pat. No. 9,206,882

WIND POWER PLANT, HAVING COUPLING MEANS ARRANGED BETWEEN THE PLANETARY TRANSMISSION AND THE GENERATOR FOR THE PURPOSE OF COMPENSATING AXIAL, RADIAL AND ANGULAR MISALIGNMENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A wind power plant, comprising:
a rotor;
an integrated medium-speed electric generator that includes a generator shaft;
a planetary transmission that includes:
a transmission input shaft connected indirectly to the rotor; and
a transmission output shaft;
the planetary transmission being configured to convert a slow rotary motion of the rotor into a rapid rotary motion of the
transmission output shaft; and

a coupling mechanism that at least couples the transmission output shaft to the generator shaft so that the generator shaft
rotates along with the transmission output shaft for driving the generator, and that is configured to compensate axial, radial
and angular misalignment between the planetary transmission and the generator shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,306,342

PLUG CONNECTION FOR THE DIRECT ELECTRICAL CONTACTING OF A CIRCUIT BOARD

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A plug connection for direct electrical contacting of contact surfaces on a circuit board, comprising:
a plug receptacle: (i) associated with the circuit board, into which the circuit board extends and (ii) having at least two
contact pressure springs; and

a plug pluggable into the plug receptacle, which has a contact carrier having contact carrier halves, each contact carrier
halve having at least one spring contact element,

wherein when the plug is plugged in the plug receptacle:
the at least two contact pressure springs tension the contact carrier halves of the plug, and
based on the tensioned contact carrier halves of the plug, each at least one spring contact element exerts a force that provides
electrical contact with the contact surfaces of the circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,224,894

DEVICE FOR THE HOMOGENEOUS WET-CHEMICAL TREATMENT OF SUBSTRATES

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

9. A method for wet-chemical treatment of a substrate in an accommodation device, comprising in the following sequence:
a) inserting a process medium into the at least one accommodation device, wherein the accommodation device includes: at least
one fluid guidance element having a specified surface texture configured to provide a guidance of the process medium along
the specified surface texture;

b) inserting a treatment side of the substrate into the process medium, wherein the specified surface texture of the fluid
guidance element is situated opposite to, and distanced at a predetermined fixed recess from, the treatment side of the substrate;
and

c) moving the process medium in an intervening space between the specified surface texture of the at least one fluid guidance
element and the treatment side of the substrate by at least one of (i) using the flow generating device, (ii) moving the treatment
side of the substrate along the specified surface texture of the at least one fluid guidance element, and (iii) moving the
specified surface texture of the at least one fluid guidance element along the treatment side of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,293,756

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

1. A rechargeable battery comprising:
an electrode assembly comprising a first electrode, a second electrode, and a separator between the first electrode and the
second electrode;

a case containing the electrode assembly;
a cap plate covering an opening of the case and having a short-circuit opening formed therethrough;
an external short circuit assembly on the cap plate and comprising:
a connection tab on the cap plate and electrically coupled to the first electrode;
a cover on the connection tab and covering the short-circuit opening of the cap plate; and
a terminal plate on the cover and coupled to the cover,
wherein the connection tab, the cover, and the terminal plate are stacked on an outer side of the cap plate facing an outside
of the case,

wherein the connection tab is between the cap plate and the cover, and the cover is between the connection tab and the terminal
plate, and

wherein the cover comprises a cover body and at least one coupling projection protruding from an end of the cover body; and
a variable plate at the short-circuit opening of the cap plate and electrically coupled to the second electrode, the variable
plate configured to contact the connection tab and short circuit the first electrode and the second electrode to each other
when an internal pressure of the rechargeable battery exceeds a reference pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,360,348

SENSOR DEVICE, IN PARTICULAR FOR USE IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A sensor device (10), having a housing (11) for accommodating a sensor element (1), wherein the sensor element (1) has electrical contact areas (2, 3) which are connected to electrical plug connections (18, 19) arranged in the housing (11) in an electrically conductive manner in a region of contacts (23, 24) of the plug connections (18, 19), wherein a force is applied to the sensor element (1) with a housing element for the purpose of making electrical contact between the electrical contact areas (2, 3) and the contacts (23, 24), characterized in that the contacts (23, 24) of the electrical plug connections (18, 19) are arranged in a stationary manner in the housing (11) with respect to the electrical contact areas (2, 3) of the sensor element (1), and in that a support for an underside of the sensor element (1) is formed between the sensor element (1) and the housing (11) in such a manner that the sensor element (1) has a three-point, rigid contact in the housing (11), and in that punctiform supports are formed respectively between the electrical contact areas (2, 3) and the contacts (23, 24) by forming the contacts (23, 24) in a punctiform manner to define two of the three rigid contact points, as well as in a support region between the sensor
element (1) and the housing (11) by forming a support region (43) on the housing (11) in a punctiform manner to define a third of the three rigid contact points.

US Pat. No. 9,287,534

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY

SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD., Y...

1. A rechargeable battery, comprising: an electrode assembly including first electrodes and second electrodes; a casing including
a space in which the electrode assembly is embedded; a cap plate combined with the casing; and
a first thin film insulating member fused with the casing and surrounding the casing,
wherein a second thin film insulating member is coated on and covers the cap plate, wherein a top of the first thin film insulating
member includes a fusion part that is bent and fused with the second thin film insulating member.

US Pat. No. 9,212,932

METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING CONSUMERS AND PRODUCERS IN A PNEUMATIC, HYDRAULIC, OR ELECTRICAL NETWORK

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for identifying at least one of energy consumers and energy producers in one of a pneumatic, hydraulic, or electrical
network which has a control unit, the method comprising:
storing comparative profiles of the energy consumers and the energy producers in one of the control unit or a database;
detecting, by the control unit, at least one of connection and disconnection processes of the at least one of the energy consumers
and the energy producers;

comparing the at least one of detected connection and disconnection processes with the stored comparative profiles; and
associating the at least one of detected connection and disconnection processes with a selected one of the energy consumers
and the energy producers with at least a specified level of probability based on the comparison;

wherein during the at least one of the connection and disconnection processes of the at least one of the energy consumers
and the energy producers, a time curve of a measured value is detected, and wherein a recording unit is provided and a conclusion
is drawn regarding a spatial distance of the at least one of the energy consumers and the energy producers to the recording
unit based on the time curve of the measured value.

US Pat. No. 9,178,377

CHARGING DEVICE, BATTERY, AND METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING A FOREIGN OBJECT

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A charging device, comprising:
a coil for inductive electric charging of a device;
a control unit; and
at least one temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature generated by a foreign object external to the charging
device,

wherein the temperature sensor is:
situated in a charging area for charging of the device,
connected to the control unit, and
situated adjacent to an outside of the coil,
wherein the temperature sensor is situated on a printed circuit board which has an opening, the coil is arranged inside the
opening and the temperature sensor is arranged adjacent to an inner edge of the opening of the printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,260,106

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a drive train including an electric motor, comprising:
selecting, by a controller including a processor, as a function of a state of charge of a power battery, the electric desired
power level, wherein the electric desired power level is independent of the state of charge of the power battery when the
state of charge of the power battery is in a plateau region;

determining by the controller, a non-limited mechanical target torque as the difference between a target coupling torque and
an actual torque of the internal combustion engine of the drive train; and

producing by the electric motor, a mechanical target torque corresponding to the electric desired power level, wherein the
mechanical target torque is determined from the non-limited mechanical target torque by limiting the non-limited mechanical
target torque, in a step of limitation, to at least one of (i) a value greater than or equal to a lower mechanical limit,
and (ii) a value less than or equal to an upper mechanical limit; wherein an internal combustion engine target torque is determined
as the difference between the target coupling torque and a mechanical desired torque, wherein the mechanical desired torque
is selected such that the electric motor is operated in generator mode when the state of charge of the power battery is smaller
than a lower limit of the plateau region, and wherein the mechanical desired torque is selected such that the electric motor
is operated in motor-driven mode when the state of charge of the power battery is greater than an upper limit of the plateau
region.

US Pat. No. 9,240,580

BATTERY MODULE

SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD., Y...

1. A battery module, comprising:
a plurality of battery cells;
a housing fixing a position of the plurality of battery cells; and
a barrier between adjacent ones of the plurality of battery cells, the barrier including:
a base facing wide surfaces of the adjacent ones of the plurality of battery cells, and
at least one flange on a periphery of the base and facing narrow surfaces of the adjacent ones of the plurality of battery
cells,

at least one flange battery spacer on an inner side of the flange, and
at least one housing spacer on an outer side of the flange.

US Pat. No. 9,228,520

METHOD AND CONTROL TOOL FOR OPERATING A VALVE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a fuel injection valve of an internal combustion engine of a motor vehicle actuated by way of an
actuator, comprising:
identifying a first delay time which characterizes a time difference between a point in time of a first change in an energization
signal for the actuator and a point in time of a first change in an operating state of the valve corresponding to the first
change in the energization signal; and

inferring from the first delay time at least one second delay time of the valve, the at least one second delay time characterizing
a time difference between a point in time of a second change, different from the first change, in the energization signal
and a point in time of a second change in the operating state of the valve corresponding to the second change in the energization
signal.

US Pat. No. 9,112,738

CONTROL DEVICE HAVING A DIGITAL INTERFACE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A control device, comprising:
at least one microcontroller;
a digital interface, the digital interface including a transceiver unit and at least one interface controller,
wherein:
the control device is adapted selectably for a first mode in which the at least one interface controller communicates via
an interface with the at least one microcontroller, or for a second mode in which the at least one interface controller is
integrated into the at least one microcontroller;

the transceiver unit includes a plurality of transceivers and a bootstrap circuit; and
the bootstrap circuit generates synchronization pulses for the transceivers in a staggered fashion such that the transceivers
receive respective synchronization pulses at different times.

US Pat. No. 9,291,140

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ACTIVATING A STARTER, WHICH IS CONTROLLABLE BY A DRIVER UNIT, FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A device for activating a starter, which is controllable by a driver unit, for an internal combustion engine of a motor
vehicle, the driver unit being controllable by a control unit with the aid of at least one activation line, comprising:
a switch which is controllable by the control unit and which is situated between the driver unit and a supply unit coupled
to a supply voltage, the control unit being configured to activate the starter with the aid of the switch in the case of failure
of at least one of the at least one activation line and at least one part of the driver unit, wherein the switch is closed
by the control unit in the case of failure of at least one of the at least one activation line and the at least one part of
the driver unit so that the starter is activated by a current flowing from the supply unit via the closed switch.

US Pat. No. 9,070,939

BATTERY MODULE

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

1. A battery module comprising:
a plurality of rechargeable batteries comprising a first terminal and a second terminal; and
a substantially plate-shaped connecting member electrically connecting rechargeable batteries of the plurality of rechargeable
batteries through the first and second terminals, the connecting member comprising an access protrusion protruded in a first
direction toward the first terminal and toward a case of a respective rechargeable battery of the plurality of rechargeable
batteries from which the first terminal protrudes,

wherein the first terminal comprises a pressurizer configured to press the access protrusion in the first direction toward
a part of the first terminal,

wherein the first terminal includes a connecting groove having a substantially rectangular cross-sectional shape corresponding
to the substantially plate-shaped connecting member, the connecting member being insertable into the connecting groove in
a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, the first terminal including a first side wall facing the connecting
groove and a second side wall opposite the first side wall and facing the connecting groove, the second side wall spaced apart
from the first side wall in a third direction perpendicular to each of the first and second directions, and

wherein the connecting member is inserted into the connecting groove, and the pressurizer is formed as a rib that protrudes
toward the inside from an edge of the connecting groove.

US Pat. No. 9,213,228

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MEASURING A CAMERA

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A device for measuring at least one camera having an image sensor, comprising:
a camera support for accommodating the at least one camera to be tested in at least one camera position;
a collimator device for emitting collimator light of a test pattern having different object distances; and
a mirror system for deflecting the collimator light to the camera position, wherein:
the mirror system includes:
at least one first mirror device,
a mirror adjustment device by which the first mirror device is pivotable into multiple pivot positions, and
a second mirror device having multiple second mirror units,
the second mirror units reflect a light emitted by the first mirror device in the multiple pivot positions of the first mirror
device to the camera position for imaging the test pattern in different image regions of an image sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,093,699

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY

SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD., Y...

1. A rechargeable battery, comprising:
an electrode assembly, the electrode assembly including a first electrode plate, a second electrode plate, and a separator
interposed between the first electrode plate and the second electrode plate;

a first collector plate;
a case in which the electrode assembly is received;
a cap plate sealing the case;
a first electrode terminal electrically connected to the first electrode plate, the first electrode terminal including a first
terminal bolt electrically connected to the first collector plate and passing through the cap plate, the first terminal bolt
including a thread on an outer circumferential surface thereof; and

a first terminal nut, the first terminal nut including a thread on an inner surface thereof, the thread of the first terminal
nut being engaged with the thread on the first terminal bolt, the first terminal nut also being engaged with the first terminal
bolt so as to be riveted thereto, and

further comprising:
a second collector plate;
a second electrode terminal electrically connected to the second electrode plate, the second electrode terminal including
a second terminal bolt electrically connected to the second collector plate and passing through the cap plate, the second
terminal bolt including a thread on an outer circumferential surface thereof;

a connection plate between the second terminal bolt and the cap plate, the connection plate directly contacting the second
terminal bolt; and

a second terminal nut, the second terminal nut including a thread on an inner surface thereof, the thread of the second terminal
nut being engaged with the thread on the second terminal bolt, the second terminal nut also being engaged with the first terminal
bolt so as to be riveted thereto.

US Pat. No. 9,516,750

CONTROL UNIT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A control unit for a motor vehicle, said control unit comprising:
an electric surface-mounted device component, including:
at least one corresponding connection pin; and
a circuit board, wherein:
the circuit board includes at least one soldering area, the at least one soldering area connected to the circuit board in
a non-detachable manner, the at least one soldering area and the at least one corresponding connection pin configured to be
connected to one another in a bonded, electrically conductive manner by a soldering process,

a contact-making holding-device is fixedly connected to the circuit board, and
the at least one corresponding connection pin is positioned by the contact-making holding-device such that when the at least
one corresponding connection pin is bonded to the at least one soldering area, the at least one corresponding connection pin
and the circuit board are at a predefined spacing from one another.

US Pat. No. 9,306,203

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY AND BATTERY MODULE

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

1. A rechargeable battery comprising:
an electrode assembly comprising a positive electrode and a negative electrode;
a current collecting member coupled to the electrode assembly;
a case housing the electrode assembly;
a cap plate coupled to the case; and
a terminal electrically coupled to the electrode assembly and comprising a base portion located on the cap plate and a protrusion
portion integral with and protruding from the base portion and spaced from the cap plate, wherein the base portion comprises
an integral connection portion that directly contacts the current collecting member, wherein the protrusion portion is elastically
deformable in a thickness direction of the protrusion portion, and wherein a groove is located at an intersection of the protrusion
portion and the base portion in a corner of a bottom side of the terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,293,744

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY

SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD., Y...

1. A rechargeable battery, comprising:
an electrode assembly including a first electrode, a second electrode, and a separator provided between the first electrode
and the second electrode;

a first current collecting plate electrically connected to the first electrode;
a second current collecting plate electrically connected to the second electrode; and
a case including the electrode assembly, the first current collecting plate, and the second current collecting plate, the
case having a length direction and a width direction, the first current collecting plate being electrically connected to an
inner wall of the case, wherein:

the first current collecting plate includes a plurality of spaced protrusions extending along the length direction and welded
with the inner wall of the case, adjacent protrusions being spaced apart by a groove in contact with the first electrode,
each of the protrusions establishing electrical contact between the first current collecting plate and the case, each of the
protrusions made of a heat-conducting material, and

each ones of the protrusions transfers heat generated inside the case to outside the case through a path that passes through
areas where the protrusions contact the inner wall of the case.

US Pat. No. 9,412,983

BATTERY PACK

SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD., Y...

1. A battery pack, comprising:
a battery module including a plurality of battery cells that are electrically connected;
a first case including an accommodating portion accommodating the battery module, the accommodating portion including a bottom
portion and an integral side portion and forming an enclosed space that is open at one end; and

a second case opposite to the first case so as to be coupled to and cover the one end of the first case, the second case including
an extending portion, the extending portion extending in a first direction in overlapping engagement with a surface of the
first case at the integral side portion of the accommodating portion thereof, such that an outward-facing surface of the extending
portion overlaps and directly contacts an inward-facing surface of the integral side portion of the accommodating portion,
wherein a length of a portion at which the extending portion and the first case contact and overlap with each other in the
first direction is greater than a thickness of the first case at the portion of the first case where the extending portion
and the inward-facing surface of the integral side portion of the accommodating portion overlap, the first direction being
a direction in which the first and second cases are coupled to each other, so as to shield a portion at which the first and
second cases are coupled to each other and wherein a portion of the integral side portion that is not overlapping with the
extending portion is exposed to an interior of the enclosed space.

US Pat. No. 9,252,405

RECHARGEABLE SECONDARY BATTERY

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

1. A secondary battery comprising:
a first electrode assembly;
a second electrode assembly;
a case accommodating the first and second electrode assemblies;
a first terminal part electrically connected to the first and second electrode assemblies, and exposed to an outside of the
case, the first terminal part having a first polarity;

a second terminal part electrically connected to the first and second electrode assemblies, the second terminal, part having
a second polarity opposite the first polarity; and

a plurality of short circuit inducing members comprising a plurality of first short circuit inducing members electrically
connected to the first terminal part and a second short circuit inducing member electrically connected to the second terminal
part, a first one of the first short circuit inducing members being between the first electrode assembly and the case, a second
one of the first short circuit inducing members being between the second electrode assembly and the case, and the second short
circuit inducing member being between the first electrode assembly and the second electrode assembly,

wherein the first one of the first short circuit inducing members, the first electrode assembly, the second short circuit
inducing member, and the second electrode assembly are sequentially arranged along a line of penetration extending through
a side part of the case, and

wherein, in a non-short-circuited state between the first and second terminal parts, each of the plurality of first short
circuit inducing members is electrically connected to the first terminal part, and the second short circuit inducing member
is electrically connected to the second terminal part.

US Pat. No. 9,172,102

FUEL CELL SYSTEM HAVING IMPROVED FUEL GAS CIRCULATION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A fuel cell system (1, 2) having a plurality of fuel cells (10, 30), wherein each of the fuel cells (10, 30) extends between a first cell end (10a, 30a) and a second cell end (10b, 30b) in tubular form, wherein each of the fuel cells (10, 30) is mechanically received with the first cell end (10a, 30a) on an inflow distributor unit (11, 33) that separately apportions the fuel gas into the first cell end of each of the plurality of fuel cells, and wherein the
fuel gas flows through the fuel cells (10, 30), entering the first cell ends (10a, 30a) and exiting either the first cell ends (10a, 30a), the second cell ends (10a, 10b, 30a, 30b), or a combination of the first and second cell ends (10a, 10b, 30a, 30b) as exhaust gas, characterized in means (12, 16, 18, 32) which extract at least some of the exhaust gas exiting the fuel cells (10) and feed it to the inflow distributor unit (11, 33) for recirculation are provided, wherein the extraction means (12, 16, 18) have an extraction collection unit (12) in order to extract the exhaust gas from the plurality of fuel cells (10), and wherein the extraction collection unit (12) is provided with openings (13), into which the second cell ends (10b) of the fuel cells (10) project.

US Pat. No. 9,312,565

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

5. A rechargeable battery comprising:
an electrode assembly comprising a first electrode and a second electrode;
a case housing the electrode assembly;
a cap plate coupled to the case;
a short-circuit tab electrically coupled to the second electrode, the short-circuit tab having an opening and a protrusion
extending towards the electrode assembly;

a short-circuit member electrically coupled to the first electrode and configured to be moved by a change in pressure to be
electrically coupled to the short-circuit tab;

a cover covering the opening in the short-circuit tab; and a groove on a top surface of the short-circuit tab, a first protrusion
on the cover and protruding towards the short-circuit tab, and an upper sealing member located between the groove and the
first protrusion.

US Pat. No. 9,279,822

MICROMECHANICAL STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A MICROMECHANICAL STRUCTURE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A micromechanical structure, comprising:
a substrate which has a main plane of extension; and
a mass which is movable relative to the substrate, the movable mass being elastically suspended via at least one coupling
spring,

wherein the micromechanical structure has a first functional layer and a second functional layer, the first and second functional
layers being offset relative to one another along the vertical direction in such a way that, along the vertical direction,
the first functional layer is situated between the substrate and the second functional layer, and

wherein the movable mass contains at least two subregions,
a first subregion of the movable mass, wherein the first subregion is at least partially situated between the substrate and
the coupling spring along a vertical direction which is essentially perpendicular to the main plane of extension and wherein
the first subregion is provided in the first functional layer, and

a second subregion of the movable mass, wherein the second subregion of the movable mass is provided in the second functional
layer.

US Pat. No. 9,273,809

HYDROSTATIC UNIT AND ADAPTER PIECE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydrostatic unit, comprising:
a hydraulic machine mounted pivotably and connected via at least one inlet flow path and one outlet flow path to a rotatable
connection side of a rotary leadthrough, the connection of which is mounted in a rotationally fixed manner and is in pressure
medium connection with a pressure medium source and a pressure medium sink; and

an adapter piece having (i) a connection flange configured to attach to the rotatable connection side of the rotary leadthrough
and (ii) a motor connection region configured to indirectly or directly attach to a housing of the hydraulic machine, the
inlet flow path and the outlet flow path being formed substantially in the adapter piece and opening into the connection flange
on one side and into the motor connection region on the other side,

wherein a leakage oil duct is formed in the adapter piece, the leakage oil duct opening into the connection flange and into
the motor connection region.

US Pat. No. 9,154,715

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ESTIMATING A FLY SCREEN EFFECT OF AN IMAGE CAPTURE UNIT

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for estimating a fly screen effect of an image capture unit having a plurality of image sensors for providing
an item of light intensity information, the method comprising:
determining an image property of an image information item based on a plurality of light intensity information items and a
plurality of parameters, one of the plurality of parameters being assigned to each of the plurality of image sensors, wherein
the plurality of parameters represents a dark signal nonuniformity of the image capture unit; and

ascertaining a plurality of parameter values for the plurality of parameters in which the image property is at least approximated
to an ideal image property, the plurality of parameters representing the fly screen effect in a model of the image capture
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,170,305

BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

1. A battery management system (BMS) of an electric vehicle having a battery, the BMS comprising:
a reference setup unit configured to set a charge completion value used to calculate a state of health (SOH) of the battery,
wherein the battery comprises one or more battery packs each including a plurality of battery cells;

a charge amount calculation unit configured to calculate an amount actually charged in the battery from a first point in time
when charging of the battery begins to a second point in time when the battery charging actually reaches the charge completion
value; and

an SOH calculation unit configured to calculate the SOH of the battery, while the battery is being charged, wherein the SOH
of the battery is calculated based on a ratio of i) the amount actually charged in the battery to ii) a preset charge amount
expected to be charged from the first point in time to the second point in time,

wherein the charge completion value is a state of charge (SOC) which is lower than 100%,
or a voltage of the battery which is lower than the voltage when the battery is fully charged.

US Pat. No. 9,260,004

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR VERIFYING A DRIVE TORQUE APPLIED BY AN ELECTRIC MACHINE IN A HYBRID DRIVE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for checking a drive torque applied by an electric machine in a hybrid drive of a motor vehicle, the motor vehicle
being propelled by at least one of the electric machine and an internal combustion engine, the method comprising:
setting at least one of the electric machine and the combustion engine to a predetermined overall speed;
closing a separating clutch situated between the electric machine and the combustion engine;
shifting the combustion engine into a state of fuel cutoff to generate a drag torque;
determining a drive torque applied by the electric machine during the fuel cutoff of the combustion engine; and
checking if the drive torque applied by the electric machine is determined accurately by comparing the drive torque to the
drag torque.

US Pat. No. 9,262,365

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SERIAL DATA TRANSMISSION AT A SWITCHABLE DATA RATE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for data transmission in a network having at least two participating data processing units configured to exchange
at least one data frame sent via a network bus, the data frame having a logical structure according to the CAN Specification
ISO 11898-1, a bit length in time within the data frame being able to assume at least two different values, the method comprising:
providing, for a first specifiable range within the data frame, the bit length in time to be no less than a specified minimum
value of approximately one microsecond;

providing, in at least one second specifiable range within the data frame, the bit length in time to be less than half of
the bit length in time of the first specifiable range;

wherein changes in the bit length in time are implemented by using at least two different scaling factors for setting a bus
time unit relative to one of a smallest time unit or an oscillator clock pulse in running operation; and

setting a value of an identification provided within the first specifiable range to indicate one of the at least two different
values, thereby signaling a change in the bit length in time.

US Pat. No. 9,160,163

BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, MOTOR VEHICLE AND BATTERY SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A battery management system for at least one battery cell comprising:
a fuse arranged in series with the at least one battery cell along a first current path between poles of the at least one
battery cell;

a second current path between the poles of the at least one battery cell and connected to the first current path; and
a switching device configured to open and close the second current path,
wherein the battery management system is configured to cause the switching device to close the second current path between
the poles of the at least one battery cell in response to receiving a triggering signal, and

wherein the second current path is configured such that the closing of the second current path prevents a light arc in the
fuse of the at least one battery cell after the fuse is triggered.

US Pat. No. 9,587,968

SENSOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A SENSOR DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A sensor device, comprising:
a sensor element configured to detect a measurement value based at least in part upon a physical variable, wherein the sensor
element is configured to detect and/or analyze gases; and

a support element configured to support the sensor element, the support element including a recess and at least two connection
regions,

wherein each connection region is positioned in a respective section of the support element,
wherein each connection region is configured to connect the respective sections of the support element to respective sections
of the sensor element such that the sensor element is mounted so as to be movable with respect to the support element, and

wherein each of the connection regions is positioned in the recess of the support element and the sensor element is positioned
outside of the recess.

US Pat. No. 9,180,768

METHOD FOR OPERATING A HYBRID DRIVE DEVICE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a hybrid drive device, the method comprising:
determining a slip torque transmitted by a separating clutch, wherein the slip torque is determined as a function of a speed
characteristic of a drive shaft of at least one combustion engine at least when at least one of starting and stopping the
combustion engine; and

taking into account the determined slip torque when operating the hybrid drive device, wherein the hybrid drive device includes
the at least one combustion engine and at least one electric machine, and wherein the combustion engine and the electric machine
are mechanically connectible and operatively connectible to each other by the separating clutch,

wherein the slip torque is determined as a function of a compression torque of the combustion engine, the compression torque
being reduced after the starting of the drive shaft of the at least one combustion engine,

wherein the determined slip torque is taken into account so that the functioning of the separating clutch is checked based
on the determined slip torque,

wherein the checking of the separating clutch includes detecting faults in at least one of (i) an actuation system of the
separating clutch and (ii) a control of the separating clutch.

US Pat. No. 9,178,205

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

1. A rechargeable battery comprising;
an electrode assembly comprising a first electrode, a second electrode, and a separator between the first and second electrodes;
a case receiving the electrode assembly;
a cap plate coupled to the case;
an electrode terminal connecting the electrode assembly to an outside of the cap plate;
a first lead tab coupled to the first electrode at a first end of the electrode assembly and electrically connecting the first
electrode and the electrode terminal; and

a second lead tab coupled to the second electrode at a second end of the electrode assembly, the first end being opposite
and spaced apart from the second end in a lengthwise direction of the electrode assembly,

wherein the electrode assembly comprises:
a first coated region of the first electrode;
a second coated region of the second electrode;
a second uncoated region of the second electrode at the second end of the electrode assembly; and
a first uncoated region of the first electrode at the first end of the electrode assembly, the first uncoated region adjacent
an end portion of the first coated region, the first uncoated region comprising a slant region extending toward the end portion
of the first coated region, and a junction region connected to the slant region and coupled to the first lead tab, the junction
region spaced apart from the end portion of the first coated region in the lengthwise direction, the first uncoated region
having a through hole formed therein at least at the slant region and connecting an inner portion of the electrode assembly
to an outside of the electrode assembly, the through hole being at least formed at a location between the first coated region
and the first lead tab and spaced apart from a portion of the first lead tab that is directly connected to the first electrode
in a direction opposite the lengthwise direction such that an open exhaust path is defined by the through hole from a first
side of the first uncoated region to a second side of the first uncoated region in a direction perpendicular to the lengthwise
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,642,288

CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A CONTROL DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A control device for a motor vehicle, comprising:
a first circuit mount including electrical components that are electrically conductively connected to one another; and a second
circuit mount including electrical components that are electrically conductively connected to one another, wherein the first
circuit mount and the second circuit mount are electrically conductively connected to one another, wherein the second circuit
mount is thermally conductively and fixedly connected to a fluid-tight thermally conductive mount element, wherein the first
circuit mount has a recess with a through hole extending completely through the first circuit mount, the second circuit mount
being arranged in the recess, and wherein the mount element (i) is arranged in the recess, (ii) has a better thermal conductivity
than the first circuit mount, (iii) is configured to be thermally conductively connected to a heat sink, and (iv) is laminated
into an inner edge region of the first circuit mount in a fluid-tight manner.

US Pat. No. 9,287,549

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY

SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD., Y...

1. A rechargeable battery, comprising:
an electrode assembly;
a case in which the electrode assembly is installed, the case including an opening;
a cap plate coupled to the opening of the case;
an electrode terminal provided on the cap plate; and
an external insulator receiving the electrode terminal from an external side of the cap plate,
wherein the electrode terminal includes:
a first plate terminal electrically connected to the electrode assembly,
a second plate terminal overlying and separated from the first plate terminal,
a fuse portion between and connecting the first plate terminal and the second plate terminal, and
a rivet terminal connecting the electrode assembly to the first plate terminal, and wherein the external insulator includes:
a first insulator member including first and second parallel plates, and a sidewall connecting the first and second parallel
plates, the first parallel plate supporting the first plate terminal in an insulated manner, the second parallel plate supporting
the second plate terminal in an insulated manner, the second parallel plate being between and separating the first and second
plate terminals, and the sidewall surrounding at least one side of the first and second plate terminals, and

a second insulator member coupled to the first insulator member and surrounding at least one other side of the first and second
plate terminals opposite the sidewall of the first insulator member, the fuse portion being between and directly contacting
the second insulator member and the second parallel plate of the first insulator member.

US Pat. No. 9,102,332

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A HYBRID DRIVE SYSTEM

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a hybrid drive system having multiple drive units, each drive unit having a drive motor and a motor
control unit, comprising:
activating at least one of the motor control units in order to request a partial drive torque from at least one of the drive
units according to a drive strategy;

executing by at least one of the motor control units an adaptation function when a predefined condition is present for the
adaptation function;

determining a frequency of an execution of the adaptation function; and
determining whether the determined frequency of the execution of the adaptation function falls below a predefined frequency
threshold value,

wherein the drive strategy is selected as a function of whether the frequency of the execution of the adaptation function
in the at least one motor control unit falls below the predefined frequency threshold value, and

wherein the drive strategy is selected as a function of the determined frequency of the execution of the adaptation function
in the at least one motor control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,082,628

TRENCH SCHOTTKY DIODE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A trench Schottky diode, comprising:
a highly doped substrate of a first conductivity type;
an epitaxial layer of the first conductivity type and applied to the substrate, wherein:
the epitaxial layer includes at least two trenches,
the epitaxial layer is a stepped epitaxial layer including a first partial layer and a second partial layer of different doping
concentrations,

the first partial layer is contacted by the substrate and includes a higher doping concentration than the second partial layer,
the second partial layer is not contacted by the substrate,
the first partial layer determines a breakdown voltage of the trench Schottky diode, and
the trench Schottky diode is a trench Schottky barrier Schottky diode;
a first metal layer disposed at a rear side and serving as a cathode electrode;
a second metal layer disposed at a front side and extending into the trenches, the second metal layer serving as a control
electrode and forming a first Schottky contact with the second partial layer; and

a third metal layer disposed between the second metal layer and each of the bottoms of the trenches, the third metal layer
forming a second Schottky contact with the second partial layer and a third Schottky contact with the first partial layer
wherein a barrier height of the second Schottky contact is different from a barrier height of the third Schottky contact.

US Pat. No. 9,603,237

SURGE ARRESTER FOR AN ELECTRIC MACHINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A surge arrester for an electric machine, comprising a dummy component (2) which is, compared to components including a sensor element (3) on a circuit board (1) of the electric machine, the dummy component mounted at a shortest distance from a rotatable shaft (4) that acts as a discharge element of the electric machine, the dummy component (2) being connected to earth potential at all electric terminals thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,481,363

METHOD FOR OPERATING A HYBRID VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a hybrid vehicle including an internal combustion engine and an electric machine, a total wheel
drive torque being composed of a wheel drive torque of the internal combustion engine and a wheel drive torque of the electric
machine, the method comprising:
selectively operating the electric machine in one of a motor operating mode or a generator operating mode, wherein the total
wheel drive torque is increased by the wheel drive torque of the electric machine in the motor operating mode, and wherein
the total wheel drive torque is reduced by the wheel drive torque of the electric machine in the generator mode;

monitoring whether a wheel-drive-torque-modifying safety measure is to be carried out; and
operating the electric machine in such a way that the sum of the wheel drive torque of the electric machine and the wheel
drive torque of the wheel-drive-torque-modifying safety measure remains constant when (i) the electric machine is operated
in the generator operating mode and a wheel-drive-torque-reducing safety measure is carried out, or (ii) the electric machine
is operated in the motor operating mode and a wheel-drive-torque-increasing safety measure is to be carried out.

US Pat. No. 9,725,309

MICROMECHANICAL SENSOR DEVICE AND CORRESPONDING MANUFACTURING METHOD

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A micromechanical sensor device, comprising:
an ASIC substrate having a first front side and a first rear side;
a rewiring element formed on the first front side and including multiple stacked conductor levels and insulating layers;
a MEMS substrate having a second front side and a second rear side;
a first micromechanical functional layer formed on top of the second front side;
a second micromechanical functional layer formed on top of the first micromechanical functional layer and connected to the
rewiring element via a bond connection;

a movable sensor structure formed in the second micromechanical functional layer and anchored on one side on the MEMS substrate
via a first anchoring area formed in the second micromechanical functional layer;

an electrical connecting element which is formed in a second anchoring area of the second micromechanical functional layer
and anchored on one side of the ASIC substrate via a contact area of the bond connection; and

a spring element formed in the second micromechanical functional layer and elastically connecting the first anchoring area
and the second anchoring area to one another.

US Pat. No. 9,595,701

HANDHELD TOOL, HANDHELD TOOL ADD-ON MEASURING DEVICE AND HANDHELD TOOL BATTERY

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A system, comprising:
a handheld tool add-on measuring device, the handheld tool add-on measuring device including at least one handheld tool interface
configured to transmit data containing measuring information of the handheld tool add-on measuring device at least to a handheld
tool, and an energy interface configured to receive energy from a handheld tool battery;

a handheld tool, the handheld tool including a battery interface, a drive motor, and at least one measuring device interface,
which is configured to receive at least data containing measuring information of the handheld tool add-on measuring device
to influence a work process of the drive motor as a function of the measuring information;

the handheld tool battery, the handheld tool battery including a handheld tool interface configured to supply power to the
battery interface of the handheld tool, and a battery measuring device interface configured to supply power to the energy
interface of the handheld tool add-on measuring device,

wherein the measuring device interface of the handheld tool is situated in or on a side of a housing of the handheld tool,
wherein the handheld tool add-on measuring device is disconnectable without the use of a tool.

US Pat. No. 9,068,542

FUEL INJECTOR

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A fuel injector for a fuel injection system of an internal combustion engine, having a valve longitudinal axis, the fuel
injector comprising:
an energizable actuator in the form of an electromagnetic circuit which has a solenoid, an internal core, an external magnetic
circuit component, and a movable armature for activating a valve closing member which cooperates with a valve seat surface
provided on a valve seat member; and

a thin-walled valve sleeve which extends at least in an area of the electromagnetic circuit, wherein a wall thickness t of
the valve sleeve, at least in an area of a working air gap in a lower core area and in an upper armature area, is 0.2 mm mm;

wherein outer diameter DM of the external magnetic circuit component in a peripheral area of the solenoid is 10.5 mm of 0.01 T

US Pat. No. 9,750,115

INTERFACE MODULE FOR POWERING WIRELESS USER INTERFACE THROUGH LIGHT SWITCH

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An interface module for replacing a light switch assembly in an electrical switch box, the electrical switch box including
an input wire coupled to a power source, an output wire coupled to a first lighting device, and at least one threaded bore,
the interface module comprising:
a housing positionable within the electrical switch box;
a first terminal mounted on the housing and configured to connect to the input wire;
a second terminal mounted on the housing and configured to connect to the output wire;
a first switch component positioned within the housing, the first switch component being coupled to the housing between the
first terminal and the second terminal and configured to activate and deactivate the first lighting device when the second
terminal is connected to the output wire;

a control configured to operate the first switch component;
a user interface configured to receive operating power from the power source through the first terminal when the first terminal
is connected to the input wire; and

a wireless transmitter coupled to the user interface and configured to transmit signals indicative of inputs received through
the user interface, the wireless transmitter being configured to receive operating power from the power source when the first
terminal is connected to the input wire.

US Pat. No. 9,057,335

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN EXHAUST GAS AFTERTREATMENT APPARATUS

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A device comprising:
an injection valve; and
a control unit operably connected to control the injection valve, the control unit being programmed to operate an exhaust
gas aftertreament apparatus of an internal combustion engine, the exhaust treatment apparatus having an oxidation catalytic
converter, an SCR catalytic converter and a first temperature sensor disposed in the direction of flow downstream of the oxidation
catalytic converter and upstream of the SCR catalytic converter,

being programmed to generate an exhaust gas atmosphere capable of exothermal reaction in said oxidation catalytic converter
by using the injection valve to meter hydrocarbons into the exhaust gas upstream of said oxidation catalytic converter during
a heating operation,

being programmed to form a first numerical measurement value of a nominal value of a hydrocarbon conversion in said oxidation
catalytic converter,

being programmed to determine a second numerical measurement value of an actual value of the hydrocarbon conversion in said
oxidation catalytic converter as a function of the signals of the first temperature sensor,

being programmed to compare the second numerical measurement value with the first numerical measurement value, and
being programmed to reduce the metering of the hydrocarbons from the injection valve if said second numerical measurement
value is smaller than the first numerical measurement value.

US Pat. No. 9,274,003

IMAGE PIXEL APPARATUS FOR DETECTING ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION, SENSOR ARRAY FOR DETECTING ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION AND METHOD FOR DETECTING ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION BY MEANS OF AN IMAGE PIXEL APPARATUS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

12. A sensor array for detecting electromagnetic radiation, comprising:
at least one image pixel apparatus including:
an absorption structure device configured to absorb the electromagnetic radiation and to take it up as a quantity of heat;
at least one plasmonic resonance structure device arranged on the absorption structure device, the plasmonic resonance structure
device being configured to forward the electromagnetic radiation to the absorption structure device; and

a detection device having at least one detection element operably connected to the absorption structure through a thermal
bridge and configured to detect changes in an electrical property of the at least one detection element that are caused by
the quantity of heat taken up by the absorption structure device so as to detect the electromagnetic radiation,

wherein the at least one image pixel apparatus is coupled to a substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,280,195

METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY GENERATING USER PROGRAM CODE FOR A PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLER FOR CONTROLLING A MACHINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for programming a programmable logic controller configured to control a machine having energy consumers and energy-saving
properties, comprising:
providing, at a first earlier time, a plurality of selectable program code parts for the programmable logic controller, at
least one of the plurality of selectable program code parts being configured to activate at least one energy-saving function
of the machine, at least one of the at least one energy-saving function being a break mode for operation of the machine with
the at least one energy-saving function during only a portion of a predetermined break time, the portion of the predetermined
break time being a part of the predetermined break time other than a predetermined time needed to restore a production mode
of the machine from the energy-saving function and a total time period of the predetermined break time;

automatically generating user program code, at a second later time, by combining at least two of the plurality of selectable
program code parts that have been selected by a user; and

programming the programmable logic controller with the user program code, the programmable logic controller being configured
to execute the user program code to control the machine.

US Pat. No. 9,284,904

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MONITORING A HIGH-PRESSURE FUEL SYSTEM

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for monitoring a fuel pressure in a fuel injection system of an internal combustion engine, the method comprising:
executing a first fuel injection and a subsequent second fuel injection in a monitoring time interval which is shorter than
a decay time of a pressure wave in the fuel injection system triggerable by the first fuel injection;

setting a setpoint fuel pressure in response to an operating state of the fuel injection system at which there is a first
actual fuel pressure in the fuel injection system, the setpoint fuel pressure being maintained after a change in the fuel
injection system to a second actual fuel pressure;

setting a setpoint fuel injection quantity based on the setpoint fuel pressure;
ascertaining a monitored fuel injection quantity injected via the second fuel injection; and
outputting to a user of the internal combustion engine a warning of a defective pressure sensor when the monitored fuel injection
quantity differs by more than a limiting value from the setpoint fuel injection quantity.

US Pat. No. 9,614,259

BATTERY WITH A THERMAL TRIPPING ELEMENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A battery comprising:
a battery housing;
two connections configured to electrically conductively connect the battery to a load;
a battery string positioned in the battery housing, wherein:
the battery string connects the two connections to one another; and
at least one battery cell is connected in at least one of (i) in series the battery string, and (ii) in parallel with the
battery string; and

at least one thermal tripping element positioned within the battery housing, and configured to:
trip when a predetermined first temperature is present in a region of the at least one thermal tripping element; and
indicate that the predetermined first temperature is present in the region of the at least one thermal tripping element when
tripped,

wherein the at least one thermal tripping element comprises a liquid-filled glass ampoule configured to break when the predetermined
first temperature is present in the region of the at least one thermal tripping element.

US Pat. No. 9,291,519

METHOD FOR CORRECTING AN OFFSET FOR A PRESSURE DIFFERENCE MEASURED USING A DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE SENSOR SITUATED IN AN AIR DUCT

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for correcting an offset for a pressure difference measured using a differential pressure sensor situated in an
air duct, the offset being computed using an output signal of a pressure sensor, the method comprising:
transferring the air duct into a predetermined operating situation in which a predetermined pressure difference is considered
to be applied to the differential pressure sensor;

measuring, in the predetermined operating situation, a level of the output signal; and
computing the offset based on the measured level of the output signal.

US Pat. No. 9,726,200

MODULAR EJECTOR PUMP FOR A FUEL DELIVERY DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A fuel delivery device (39) for delivering fuel (27), the fuel delivery device (39) having
an ejector pump (1) including

a first passage ending in a first nozzle (7),

a second passage ending in a second nozzle (9), the second nozzle (9) being arranged parallel to the first nozzle (7),

a feed line (3) that supplies fuel to the first nozzle (7) via the first passage and the second nozzle (9) via the second passage,

a bubble line (21), and

an outlet line (31), which is configured to supply fuel (27) to a further ejector pump (33), and wherein the outlet line (31) is directly connected to the second passage at a location between the feed line (3) and the second nozzle (9); and

a bubble section (23) for collecting fuel (27) at a venting device (25),

wherein the bubble line (21) is connected to the bubble section (23), and

wherein the first passage and the second passage are independent branches of the feed line (3).

US Pat. No. 9,726,296

PRESSURE REDUCING VALVE WITH SEPARATE RADIAL BORES FOR DIFFERENT FLUID FLOW PATHS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydraulic cartridge valve, comprising:
a sleeve having a first longitudinal bore that extends along a longitudinal axis, the first longitudinal bore configured to
form a working port via an end opening;

a plunger accommodated for linear motion in the first longitudinal bore;
at least one first radial bore penetrating the sleeve in the region of an inlet port and extending radially with respect to
the longitudinal axis;

at least one second radial bore penetrating the sleeve in the region of a return port, the at least one second radial bore
extending radially with respect to the longitudinal axis and being arranged at a distance from the at least one first radial
bore in the direction of the longitudinal axis;

a first fluid flow path extending from the inlet port to the working port;
a second fluid flow path extending from the working port to the return port, and
a third fluid flow path extending from the working port via a restrictor and an adjustable pilot valve to the return port,
wherein the plunger is configured such that one or more of the first fluid flow path and the second fluid flow path are blocked,
depending on the position of the plunger, while the one or more of the first fluid flow path and the second fluid flow path
are otherwise open,

wherein the plunger has at least one third radial bore that extends radially with respect to the longitudinal axis and forms
part of the first fluid flow path,

wherein the plunger has at least one fourth radial bore that (i) extends radially with respect to the longitudinal axis, (ii)
forms part of the second fluid flow path, and (iii) is arranged at a distance from the at least one third radial bore in the
direction of the longitudinal axis,

wherein the plunger has a second longitudinal bore that extends along the longitudinal axis, wherein the second longitudinal
bore is open towards the working port, wherein the at least one third and fourth radial bores open into the second longitudinal
bore, and wherein the second longitudinal bore forms part of the first, second, and third fluid flow paths, and

wherein the plunger has a third longitudinal bore extending along the longitudinal axis on the side facing away from the second
longitudinal bore, wherein the second and third longitudinal bores are connected to one another via the restrictor, and wherein
an actuating pressure between the restrictor and the pilot valve loads the plunger in the direction of the working port.

US Pat. No. 9,528,768

TEST STAND AND METHOD FOR TESTING FLUID PUMPS AND FLUID INJECTORS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A test stand for testing at least one of a fluid injection pump and a fluid injector, the test stand having a device for
conditioning a test fluid used for the testing, the device comprising:
a tank to accommodate and store the test fluid;
a first fluid removal line situated to withdraw test fluid from the tank and to convey it to the fluid injection pump;
a first cooling circuit configured to cool the test fluid stored inside the tank, the first cooling circuit having a second
fluid removal line situated to withdraw test fluid from the tank, a heat exchanger configured to cool the test fluid removed
from the tank and connected to the second fluid removal line, and a return line connected to the heat exchanger and situated
to return the test fluid from the heat exchanger back into the tank; and

a second, closed cooling circuit connected to the heat exchanger and configured to cool the test fluid flowing through the
heat exchanger during operation, wherein the second cooling circuit circulates a coolant which is separate from the test fluid.

US Pat. No. 9,261,363

YAW RATE SENSOR

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

11. A yaw rate sensor, comprising:
a drive mass element arranged above a surface of a substrate and drivable to vibrate by a drive device along a first axis
extending along the surface; a detection mass element deflectable along a second axis under the influence of a Coriolis force;
and a detection device adapted to detect deflection of the detection mass element along the second axis; wherein the second
axis extends perpendicular to the surface;

an additional drive mass element arranged above the surface and drivable by an additional drive device along the first axis;
an additional detection mass element deflectable under the influence of the Coriolis force along the second axis extending
perpendicular to the surface; and an additional detection device adapted to detect deflection of the additional detection
mass element along the second axis;

wherein the detection mass element and the additional detection mass element are coupled to one another by at least one coupling
spring,

wherein centers of gravity of the drive mass elements and the detection mass elements coincide in a resting position.

US Pat. No. 9,326,408

SENSOR HAVING A SENSOR HOUSING

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A sensor, comprising:
a sensor housing;
an electronic component; and
a sensor element, wherein the electronic component and the sensor element are electrically connected to one another in a media-tight
manner via an electrically-conductive plating and first and second bonding wires, the plating including first and second bonding
sites, the first bonding wire connecting the first bonding site to the sensor element, the second bonding wire connecting
the second bonding site to the electronic component, wherein an adhesive which provides a seal is placed between the first
and second bonding sites and between the first and second bonding wires, and wherein the adhesive is placed on the plating,
and wherein a gel is applied on a media side of a base plate, the gel at least partially covering the first bonding sites
and the first bonding wires.

US Pat. No. 9,439,194

METHOD FOR ROBUST REAL-TIME WIRELESS INDUSTRIAL COMMUNICATION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for wireless communication comprising:
generating with a first controller in a master wireless node a first allotment of sub-carriers selected from a predetermined
frequency band for communication with a first slave wireless node, the first allotment of sub-carriers including at least
two orthogonal sub-carriers;

generating with the first controller in the master wireless node a second of allotment of sub-carriers selected from the predetermined
frequency band for communication with a second slave wireless node, the second allotment of sub-carriers including at least
two orthogonal sub-carriers that are different than the at least two orthogonal sub-carriers in the first allotment;

transmitting with a first transceiver in the master wireless node a first message to the first slave wireless node using only
the first allotment of sub-carriers and a second message to the second slave wireless node using only the second allotment
of sub-carriers, the first message being different than the second message and the transmission of the first message and the
second message occurring substantially simultaneously;

generating with a second controller in the first slave wireless node a third message for transmission to the master wireless
node; and

transmitting with a second transceiver in the first slave wireless node a preamble to the master wireless node followed immediately
by the third message using the first allotment of sub-carriers, the preamble including a first predetermined sequence of symbols,
a repetition of the first predetermined sequence of symbols, and a second predetermined sequence of symbols having a low correlation
to the first predetermined sequence of symbols.

US Pat. No. 9,284,936

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING THE EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION RATE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES DURING LEAN OPERATION

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for setting an exhaust gas recirculation rate in an engine system having an internal combustion engine, the exhaust
gas recirculation rate indicating a portion of the exhaust gas recirculated into one cylinder of the internal combustion engine
with regard to a total gas quantity present in the cylinder, the method comprising:
operating the internal combustion engine according to an input for the exhaust gas recirculation rate, an ignition of an air/fuel
mixture being carried out in the cylinder at a certain ignition timing;

adjusting the ignition timing in the cylinder of the internal combustion engine; and
correcting the input for the exhaust gas recirculation rate as a function of a change in an operating behavior of the internal
combustion engine due to the ignition timing adjustment,

wherein the input for the exhaust gas recirculation rate is increased, when:
(i) acted on by a correction value, and
(ii) a torque provided by the internal combustion engine is: a) increased in a case of an ignition timing retardation or b)
reduced in a case of an ignition timing advance.

US Pat. No. 9,369,016

ROTOR FOR AN ELECTRIC MACHINE COMPRISING RECESSES IN MAGNET POCKETS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A rotor (1) for an electric machine, the rotor (1) in cross section having a plurality of sectors (15), which are arranged along a peripheral direction (y) and are each formed with identical geometry, each sector (15) being formed symmetrically with respect to a radial center line (16) and extending over an angular range of 2*?4, and each sector (15) having a pair of adjacent receiving spaces (6) which are spaced from one another and arranged on opposite sides of the radial center line (16), each receiving space (6) receiving a respective permanent magnet (7), which is elongate in cross section, in such a way that each respective permanent magnet (7) bears against an outer wall (12) of the receiving space (6) via a radially outwardly directed lengthwise surface (10), the outer walls (12) of the receiving spaces (6) being collinear, and wherein magnetic field lines run transversely from the outwardly directed lengthwise surface (10) of the permanent magnet (7) to an outer periphery (27) of the rotor (1),
characterized in that
at least one recess (20) is formed on the outer wall (12) of each receiving space (6) and forms a non-magnetizable space (29) adjacent to the outwardly directed lengthwise surface (10) of the permanent magnet (7),

a line (25) between an edge of the at least one recess (20) arranged outwardly in the peripheral direction and the center point (23) of the rotor (1) being arranged at an angle of ?3 to the radial center line (16) of the sector (15),

a line (21) between an edge of the recess (20) arranged inwardly in the peripheral direction and the center point (23) of the rotor (1) being arranged at an angle of ?1 to the radial center line (16) of the sector (15), and

a line (24) between a center point (26) of the at least one recess (20) and the center point (23) of the rotor (1) being arranged at an angle of ?2 to the radial center line (16) of the sector (15).

US Pat. No. 9,728,929

METHOD FOR ELECTRICALLY CONNECTING A COAXIAL CONDUCTOR TO A CIRCUIT CARRIER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for electrically connecting a coaxial conductor to a circuit carrier, the method comprising:
electrically connecting, via at least one first contact conductor, an outer conductor to at least one first printed conductor
of the circuit carrier, wherein the circuit carrier has a top side and a bottom side, the at least one printed conductor being
situated at least on the top side of the circuit carrier, the coaxial conductor including an inner conductor and the outer
conductor, the coaxial conductor being led, at least partially, from the bottom side of the circuit carrier through a feedthrough
provided in the circuit carrier; and

electrically connecting, via at least one second contact conductor, the inner conductor to at least one second printed conductor
of the circuit carrier;

wherein the first and the second contact conductors each have a press-in connection at at least one of their contact points
with the circuit carrier or with the coaxial conductor;

wherein at least one of the first contact conductor and the second contact conductor in the area of contact with the outer
conductor or the inner conductor, respectively, has a C-shaped section, and acts on at least one of the outer conductor and
the inner conductor with an elastic force for the contacting.

US Pat. No. 9,461,285

MOTOR VEHICLE BATTERY COMPRISING DUMMY CELL AND COOLING PLATE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A motor vehicle battery, comprising:
a battery housing having a pair of first side walls spaced apart in a longitudinal direction and a pair of spaced apart second
side walls extending in the longitudinal direction between the pair of first side walls;

a cooling plate with opposite first and second surfaces arranged normal to the pair of first side walls and the pair of second
side walls;

at least a first battery module having a first plurality of battery cells, each of the battery cells having opposite first
and second ends, the first ends of the battery cells being supported on the first surface of the cooling plate, the battery
cells being positioned side-by-side and bounded by the pair of first side walls and the pair of second side walls, the battery
cells of the first battery module being pressed together in the longitudinal direction between the opposite ends of the first
battery module;

a hollow first dummy cell spaced inward from the pair of first side walls and extending in a direction normal to the cooling
plate, the hollow first dummy cell being positioned between two adjacent battery cells of the plurality of first battery cells;
and

a clamping bolt extending through the first dummy cell and pressing the plurality of first battery cells of the first battery
module against the cooling plate in a direction perpendicular to the cooling plate.

US Pat. No. 9,312,528

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY AND BATTERY MODULE

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

1. A battery module comprising:
a plurality of rechargeable batteries each of the rechargeable batteries comprising:
an electrode assembly;
a case and a cap plate accommodating the electrode assembly;
a first terminal post electrically coupled to an electrode of the electrode assembly and consisting of a first metal composition;
a first terminal plate comprising a first plate coupled to the first terminal post and consisting of the first metal composition
and a second plate and a third plate both coupled to the first plate, spaced from the first terminal post, and consisting
of a second metal composition different from the first metal composition, wherein the first terminal post extends within an
opening in the first plate in a direction away from the case;

a second terminal post electrically connected to another electrode of the electrode assembly and protruding from the case,
and a second terminal plate welded to the second terminal post, wherein the second terminal post, the second terminal plate
and the second plate comprise the same material; and

an insulating gasket between the cap plate and the first terminal plate, wherein the insulating gasket directly contacts the
first plate and the second plate; and

a connection member electrically coupling adjacent ones of the rechargeable batteries together, wherein the connection member
is welded to the second plate and the third plate of a first one of the batteries and to the second terminal plate of a second
one of the batteries and wherein the connection member consists of the second metal composition.

US Pat. No. 9,267,318

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING AN INDICATION OF MOVEMENT, PARTICULARLY FOR RECOGNITION OF BLOCKING IN A LOCKING SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for providing an indication of movement from a sensor signal of a position transmitter (9), the indication of movement indicating a speed, the sensor signal from the position transmitter (9) comprising a plurality of edges, the plurality of edges being alternating rising edges and falling edges, each rising or
falling edge of the plurality of edges being generated by the sensor following a movement over a particular travel range,
the method comprising:
determining (S1) a pulse duration (dT) as an interval of time between a most recent two edges of the plurality of edges of the sensor signal;

providing (S4, S6) the indication, when a time period corresponding to the pulse duration (dT) has elapsed since the most recent edge of the
sensor signal;

wherein the indication is provided faster than an interval of time that would elapse between edges of the sensor signal at
a predefined maximum speed.

US Pat. No. 9,228,546

METHOD FOR ACTUATING AN ELEMENT IN THE AIR SUPPLY TRACT OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, IN PARTICULAR A THROTTLE FLAP

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for actuating an element (22) in an air supply tract (29) of an internal combustion engine (19), wherein the internal combustion engine (19) has a driveshaft (28) which is coupled to a toothed ring (16), and the internal combustion engine (19) has at least one cylinder (30) with at least one inlet valve (37), wherein the internal combustion engine (19) is in a run-down phase and a rotational speed of the driveshaft (28) is thus decreasing, with generation of rotational speed fluctuations (60), wherein the internal combustion engine (19) is coupled to a starting device (13) which has a pinion (10) for engaging into the toothed ring (16), which pinion serves to set the driveshaft (28) of the internal combustion engine (19) in rotation in order to permit starting of the internal combustion engine (19), and the element (22) is in an at least approximately closed position (61), comprising actuating the element (22) such that the element opens the air supply tract (29) before the pinion (10) engages into the toothed ring (16) of the internal combustion engine (19), wherein at a time (te) of engagement of the pinion (10) into the toothed ring (16), an inlet valve (37) of a cylinder (30) which was most recently in a compression stroke before the engagement is already closed.

US Pat. No. 9,266,420

HYDROSTATIC DRIVE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydrostatic drive comprising:
a hydraulic pump having an inlet and an outlet;
at least three hydraulic motors configured to be driven by the hydraulic pump;
a first flow divider that is arranged downstream of the hydraulic pump, and that has an inlet connected to the outlet of the
hydraulic pump, a first outlet, and a second outlet;

a second flow divider that is arranged upstream of the hydraulic pump, and that has a first inlet, a second inlet, and an
outlet connected to the inlet of the hydraulic pump, wherein:

a first hydraulic motor of the at least three hydraulic motors has:
an inlet side connected to the first outlet of the first flow divider; and
an outlet side connected to the first inlet of the second flow divider;
a second hydraulic motor of the at least three hydraulic motors has:
an inlet side connected to the first outlet of the first flow divider; and
an outlet side connected to the second inlet of the second flow divider; and
a third hydraulic motor of the at least three hydraulic motors has:
an inlet side connected to the second outlet of the first flow divider; and
an outlet side connected to the first inlet of the second flow divider.

US Pat. No. 9,105,097

METHOD FOR DETERMINING RELATIVE MOTION WITH THE AID OF AN HDR CAMERA

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for detecting a motion of an object using an image recording system which includes an image sensor, comprising:
performing a first reset and a second reset at a first time interval during an exposure of the image sensor;
measuring a first extent of a first region of constant brightness from an image of an object detected by the image sensor;
and ascertaining the motion of the object at a first point in time from a relationship between (i) the measured first extent
and (ii) the first time interval between the first and second resets;

wherein the motion of the object is ascertained from a single image;
performing at least one third reset at an additional time interval during the exposure of the image sensor;
measuring a second extent of a second region of constant brightness from the image of the object;
and ascertaining the motion of the object at an additional point in time from a relationship between (i) the measured second
extent and (ii) the additional time interval between the second reset and the third reset;

wherein a change in the motion of the object is determined based on the motion of the object at the first point in time and
the motion of the object at the additional point in time.

US Pat. No. 9,057,349

DECOUPLING ELEMENT FOR A FUEL INJECTION DEVICE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A fuel injection device for a fuel injection system of internal combustion engines for direct injection of fuel into a
combustion chamber, the fuel injection device comprising:
at least one fuel injection valve and a receiving bore for the fuel injection valve; and
a decoupling element positioned between a valve housing of the fuel injection valve and a wall of the receiving bore,
wherein the decoupling element has a spring rigidity to provide a decoupling resonance that is located in a frequency range
below 2.5 kHz in order to reduce undesired noise excitation in a surrounding structure,

the decoupling element is made from a metallic material,
the decoupling element has a radially outer support area and radially inner support area with which the decoupling element
can be supported radially outwardly in annular fashion against a shoulder of the receiving bore, and

the fuel injection valve can be supported radially inwardly from below against the decoupling element.

US Pat. No. 9,425,447

MOTOR VEHICLE BATTERY

Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche A...

1. A motor vehicle battery, comprising:
at least one battery module having a plurality of battery cells arranged side-by-side, each of the plurality of battery cells
having first and second connection poles spaced from one another on a common surface of the at least one battery module and
a degassing predetermined breaking point offset inward in relation to the connection poles of the battery cells to form a
recess, the recesses of each of the plurality of battery cells aligned with each other to define a continuous recess;

a guide element positioned in the continuous recess and extending along the plurality of battery cells of the at least one
battery module, the guide element having a main body with a U-shaped cross-section defined by a base wall and opposed side
walls, cutouts formed through the base wall and communicating with the degassing predetermined breaking points;

a profile fitted to a side of the guide element opposite the plurality of battery cells, a degassing channel defined between
the profile and the guide element and control device accommodation space on a side of the profile opposite the degassing channel;
and

a common battery module control device configured to control the plurality of battery cells of the at least one battery module
arranged in the accommodation space so that an outer surface of the common battery module control device does not project
beyond the common surfaces of the plurality of battery cells, wherein

gas escaping from the battery cells via the degassing predetermined breaking points is routed into the degassing channel via
the cutouts in the base wall.

US Pat. No. 9,206,033

MICROMECHANICAL COMPONENT HAVING A DAMPING DEVICE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A micromechanical component comprising:
a substrate;
a connecting bar;
at least one spiral spring, the spiral spring including at least one folding section, which is formed by two spring legs which
are situated essentially in parallel to each other and are connected to each other with the aid of the connecting bar;

a mass structure configured to be deflected with respect to the substrate with the aid of the at least one spiral spring in
a direction of deflection; and

a damping device for oscillating movements of the folding section in the direction of deflection, wherein the damping device
includes at least one damping structure, the damping structure being an extension of the connecting bar.

US Pat. No. 9,062,827

PROXIMITY BASED THERMAL PROFILING FOR A POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A power tool comprising:
an actuator configured to move an implement;
an infrared sensor located at a first predetermined position in relation to the implement configured to generate temperature
data corresponding to a region proximate to the implement, the implement being outside of the region, in which a plurality
of objects approach the implement;

a range sensor located at a second predetermined position in relation to the implement and configured to generate range data
corresponding to the plurality of objects in the region proximate to the implement, the implement being outside of the region;
and

a controller operatively connected to the infrared sensor, the range sensor, and the actuator, the controller being configured
to:

operate the actuator to move the implement;
identify a presence of an object having a temperature within a predetermined temperature range in the region proximate to
the implement with reference to the temperature data received from the infrared sensor;

identify a distance between the object having the temperature within the predetermined temperature range and the implement
with reference to the range data received from the range sensor; and

deactivate the actuator in response to the identified distance between the implement and the object having the temperature
within the predetermined temperature range being less than a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,408,319

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT HAVING A MOLDED COMPONENT HOUSING

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. An electronic component, comprising:
a micro component;
a molded component housing; and
an electrically conductive insert part embedded in the component housing for contacting the micro component, wherein the insert
part includes:

an accommodating area for accommodating the micro component;
at least one of solder and an adhesive, which is on a portion of the accommodating area and connects the accommodating area
to the micro component; and

walls that at least partially enclose the accommodating area and are spaced apart from the micro component, for decoupling
the micro component from material stresses of the component housing.

US Pat. No. 9,376,979

FUEL GOVERNOR FOR CONTROLLED AUTOIGNITION ENGINES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for controlling combustion performance of an engine, the method comprising:
determining a desired fuel quantity for a first combustion cycle;
determining whether one or more engine actuator settings required during a subsequent combustion cycle to cause the engine
to approach a target combustion phasing will be within a defined acceptable operating range if the desired fuel quantity is
injected during the first combustion cycle;

when the one or more engine actuator settings required during a subsequent combustion cycle to cause the engine to approach
a target combustion phasing are predicted to be within the defined acceptable operating range if the desired fuel quantity
is injected during the first combustion cycle, injecting the desired fuel quantity during the first combustion cycle; and

when the one or more engine actuator settings required during a subsequent combustion cycle to cause the engine to approach
a target combustion phasing are predicted to be outside the defined acceptable operating range if the desired fuel quantity
is injected during the first combustion cycle,

determining an attenuated fuel quantity, and
injecting the attenuated fuel quantity during the first combustion cycle.

US Pat. No. 9,283,987

METHOD FOR OPERATING A DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM, AND DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method of a driver assistance system of a vehicle, the driver assistance system including a sensor arrangement, a computing
device, and a steering device, the method comprising:
determining, by the driver assistance system and using the sensor arrangement thereof, a current position of a pedestrian
in an environment surrounding the vehicle;

determining, by the driver assistance system and using the sensor arrangement thereof, a first current state of motion of
the pedestrian;

determining, by the driver assistance system and using the sensor arrangement thereof, a second current state of motion of
the vehicle;

calculating, by the computing device of the driver assistance system, a sojourn probability distribution of the pedestrian,
the sojourn probability distribution being a function of time and of space and being based on a pedestrian motion model in
connection with the determined current position of the pedestrian and the determined current state of motion of the pedestrian;

calculating, by the computing device of the driver assistance system and based on the calculated sojourn probability distribution
of the pedestrian and on the second current state of motion of the vehicle, a trajectory of the vehicle with a minimum collision
probability for the vehicle into the pedestrian; and

operating, by the driver assistance system, the steering device to steer the vehicle along based the calculated trajectory
of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,139,158

RESTRAINING DEVICE FOR A RIDER OF A VEHICLE, METHOD FOR USING SUCH A RESTRAINING DEVICE, GARMENT FOR A RIDER OF A VEHICLE, AND SAFETY SYSTEM FOR THE DETACHABLE BINDING OF A RIDER TO A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A restraining device for a rider of a vehicle, comprising:
a restraining belt that is integratable or is integrated at least partly into a garment of the rider, the restraining belt
being configured so as to encompass at least one bodily region of the rider; and

a connecting element that is connectable or is connected to the restraining belt, and that is configured to bind the rider
detachably to the vehicle;

wherein the connecting element has at least one first electrical contact terminal; and
wherein the connecting element has at least one further first electrical contact terminal, the first electrical contact terminal
being configured to be connected to an energy supply line of the restraining device, and the further first electrical contact
terminal being configured to be connected to a data transmission line of the restraining device.

US Pat. No. 9,587,608

VALVE FOR A FLOWING FLUID

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A metering valve for a flowing fluid, wherein the metering valve is configured as an injector for an internal combustion
engine, comprising:
a valve-seat member which closes a valve chamber, wherein a valve opening is formed in the valve-seat member; and
a spray orifice disk positioned downstream from the valve-seat member in the flow direction of the fluid, the spray orifice
disk having at least one spray orifice, a swirl chamber which is concentric with the spray orifice and at least one swirl
duct leading from the swirl chamber to beneath the valve opening, wherein the swirl chamber and the swirl duct are integrally
formed as recesses into the disk surface of the spray orifice disk facing the valve-seat member, and wherein the swirl duct
has a duct cross section and the spray orifice has an orifice cross section which are dimensioned in such a way that the ratio
of the duct cross section to the orifice cross section is equal to or greater than 1.5,

wherein the swirl duct has an inflow region leading away from the valve opening and an incident flow region opening into the
swirl chamber, the incident flow region is situated in such a way that the fluid flows tangentially into the swirl chamber,

wherein a single spray orifice is present, which is situated at a radial distance from the valve opening, and wherein two
curved swirl ducts are guided to the swirl chamber of the single spray orifice, the two curved swirl ducts being situated
laterally reversed from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,308,876

METHODS FOR GENERATING AN ITEM OF INFORMATION FOR INDICATING AN AIRBORNE STATE FOR A VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING AN AIRBORNE STATE OF A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:
generating, by a sensor arrangement, an electronic rotational speed signal, which represents a rotational speed of at least
one drive wheel of a vehicle;

receiving, by a processor, the electronic rotational speed signal from the sensor arrangement;
generating, by the processor, a first electronic item of information indicating an airborne state of a vehicle (a) based on
a comparison of a profile of the rotational speed signal with at least one reference profile for the rotational speed signal,
and (b) without determining an acceleration of the vehicle;

receiving, by the processor, a further signal;
generating, by the processor, a second item of information for indicating the airborne state based on a comparison of a profile
of the further signal with at least one reference profile for the further signal, the further signal indicating that fewer
of particular components act on a structure of the vehicle compared with the at least one reference profile for the further
signal; and

combining, by the processor, the further signal for indicating the airborne state with the first electronic item of information
for indicating the airborne state in order to generate an airborne state signal;

wherein:
(a) the structure of the vehicle is at least one seat of the vehicle, the further signal is a seat occupancy signal that represents
a seat occupancy of the at least one seat, and the particular components are forces other than gravity;

(b) the structure of the vehicle is at least one tire of the vehicle, the further signal is a tire load signal that represents
a tire load of the at least one tire, and the particular components are loads; or

(c) the structure of the vehicle is at least one shock absorber of the vehicle, the further signal is a shock absorber load
signal that represents a shock absorber load of the at least one shock absorber, and the particular components are loads.

US Pat. No. 9,117,359

PHOTOELECTRIC SMOKE DETECTOR AND PROCESS FOR TESTING THE PHOTOELECTRIC SMOKE DETECTOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A photoelectric smoke detector (1) for detecting smoke particles (4), the smoke detector (1) comprising:
a light emitting element (5),

a light receiving element (6) for receiving light (8) emitted by the light emitting element (5) and scattered by the smoke particles (4) and for outputting a detection signal (12) obtained by photo-electrically converting the received light (10, 11),

an amplifier circuit (13) for amplifying the detection signal (12) and providing an amplified output signal (14), wherein the amplified output signal (14) may be divided into an offset-signal (20) and an amplified detection signal (21),

whereby the photoelectric smoke detector (1) is adapted to operate in a pulsed mode, so that the detection signal (12) comprises high-frequency components,

characterized in
that the amplified detection signal (21) is determined by high-frequency components of the detection signal (12) and that the offset-signal (20) is determined based on the detection signal (12),

whereby the amplifier circuit (13) is adapted to transfer the high-frequency components with a higher gain and to transfer the low-frequency components with
a lower gain in order to improve the signal ratio between the amplified detection signal (21) and the offset-signal (20).

US Pat. No. 9,273,958

ROTATION LASER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A system, comprising:
a rotation laser; and
at least one remote control unit,
wherein the rotation laser has at least one operating mode in which the rotation laser emits at least one laser beam to perform
a measurement operation configured to be controlled exclusively by the remote control unit, and

wherein the rotation laser does not include a means for an operator to control or activate the at least one operating mode
on the rotation laser.

US Pat. No. 9,122,500

METHOD FOR PRECONFIGURING AN APPLIANCE, AND METHOD FOR STARTING UP THE APPLIANCE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An appliance comprising:
a housing;
a memory held within the housing;
a functional unit held within the housing and operatively connected to the memory through a first interface arranged within
the housing;

a connector formed through the housing and electrically connected to the memory through a second interface; and
the appliance being configured to:
operate in a first mode to receive with the second interface configuration data and store the configuration data in the memory,
the configuration data being transmitted through the connector from a removable cable while the functional unit and the first
interface are deactivated and disconnected from power and the memory receives power only through the second interface through
the removable cable; and

operate in a second mode with the second interface being deactivated, the functional unit and the first interface being activated
and configured to read the configuration data from the memory through the first interface and operate the appliance with reference
to the configuration data, the memory receiving power through only the first interface and the removable cable being disconnected
from the connector in the second mode.

US Pat. No. 9,301,388

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD, METHOD OF PRODUCING A PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND TESTING DEVICE FOR TESTING A PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A printed circuit board (10), having printed circuit tracks (11, 11a) which are arranged on at least one surface of the printed circuit board (10) and are used to make electrical contact with components, and having at least one test zone (12) which is formed by a section of a printed circuit track (11) and is used to make electrical contact with a testing element (20), wherein the surface of the printed circuit board (10) is provided with a protective layer (14), which is interrupted in the test zone (12) in the region of a contact zone (15), and wherein the contact zone (15) is provided with a layer (18) which is exposed to make an electrical contact between the testing element (20) and the layer (18), characterized in that the contact zone (15) is arranged at least partially with lateral spacing from edges of the printed circuit track (11) in the region of the test zone (12), wherein the layer (18) forms an elevation which projects above the protective layer (14) of the printed circuit board (10) in an upward direction and the test zone (12) has a lateral spacing (A) from at least one other printed circuit track (11a) which is less than the radius of the testing element (20) so that, when the testing element (20) is placed on the contact zone (15), the other printed circuit track (11a) is covered by the testing element (20), wherein the testing element (20) does not make electrical contact with the other printed circuit track (11a).

US Pat. No. 9,281,280

BONDING PAD FOR THERMOCOMPRESSION BONDING, PROCESS FOR PRODUCING A BONDING PAD AND COMPONENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A component, comprising:
a first carrier material, which on a first surface, has at least one bonding pad, the at least one bonding pad including:
a deformable base layer made of metal, which is connected to the first carrier material, the metal being nickel-based; and
a metallic top layer connected directly to the deformable base layer and arranged at least on a side of the deformable base
layer which faces away from the first carrier material,

wherein a layer thickness of the metallic top layer is smaller than a layer thickness of the deformable base layer, and
wherein an oxidation resistance of the metallic top layer is greater than an oxidation resistance of the deformable base layer;
and

a second carrier material arranged at a distance from the first carrier material and having a second surface which faces toward
the first surface of the first carrier material,

wherein the second carrier material has, on the second surface, a contact point which is arranged lying opposite the at least
one bonding pad and is configured to rest on the at least one bonding pad,

wherein the contact point is connected to the at least one bonding pad,
wherein a contour of the at least one bonding pad is configured to correspond to an outline of the contact point within a
tolerance range, and

wherein the contact point is formed as a further bonding pad, the further bonding pad including:
a further deformable base layer made of metal, which is connected to the second carrier material, the metal being nickel-based;
and

a further metallic top layer connected directly to the further deformable base layer and arranged at least on a side of the
further deformable base layer which faces away from the second carrier material,

wherein a layer thickness of the further metallic top layer is smaller than a layer thickness of the further deformable base
layer, and

wherein an oxidation resistance of the further metallic top layer is greater than an oxidation resistance of the further deformable
base layer.

US Pat. No. 9,781,856

CONTROL UNIT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A SHOCK HAZARD PROTECTION COVER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A control unit (1) for an electric vehicle or hybrid vehicle, the control unit (1) comprising:
a housing (3) enclosing at least one cavity (4), wherein the housing (3) has a housing lid (5) and a housing opening (6), wherein the housing lid (5) is configured to close the housing opening (6); and

an electrically insulating shock hazard protection cover (7), which has at least one projection region (20) extending transversely with respect to a surface of the shock hazard protection cover (7),

wherein the housing lid (5) has at least one receptacle (21) for the projection region (20), which receptacle (21) is configured to securely hold the projection region (20) with a frictional fit,

wherein the shock hazard protection cover (7) has at least one latching hook (10, 11), wherein the latching hook (10, 11) is configured to latch, with a form fit or additionally with a frictional fit, with the housing (3), and

wherein a force required for releasing the at least one latching hook (10, 11) from the housing (3) is greater than a force required for separating the shock hazard protection cover (7) from the housing lid (5) so that, when the at least one receptacle (21) is holding the projection region (20) with a frictional fit and the housing lid (5) is moved away from the housing opening (6), the housing lid (5) is separated from the shock hazard protection cover (7) and the shock hazard protection cover (7) remains latched with the housing (3) via the at least one latching hook (10, 11).

US Pat. No. 9,787,892

SAFETY DEVICE FOR MOTORCYCLE RIDERS AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A SAFETY DEVICE FOR MOTORCYCLE RIDERS

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A safety device for a motorcycle rider, comprising:
a safety helmet;
a camera device situated on the safety helmet, wherein:
the safety helmet includes a facial area in which a face of the motorcycle rider is situated,
the camera device is situated on the safety helmet in such a way that the camera device directly faces toward the facial area
and at least partially detects the facial area, and

at least one additional camera device is situated on the safety helmet and oriented to face forward from the facial area to
detect surroundings of the motorcycle rider including a roadway; and

a warning device connected to the camera device and outputting a warning as a function of data collected by the camera device,
wherein the camera device ascertains a viewing direction of the motorcycle rider as a function of data collected by the camera
device and the at least one additional camera device ascertains a direction of travel of the motorcycle rider as a function
of data collected by the additional camera device, and wherein the warning is output when a deviation between the direction
of travel and the viewing direction exceeds a predefined value.

US Pat. No. 9,284,908

METHOD FOR PERFORMING A NUMBER OF INJECTIONS

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. An automated method for carrying out a plurality of injections for at least one cylinder of an internal combustion engine,
comprising:
ascertaining by a control apparatus, for the at least one cylinder, a reference point in time for a control application onset
of an injection;

ascertaining by the control apparatus, for the at least one cylinder, a target point in time for a delayed control application
onset of the injection based on the reference point in time plus a delay time;

wherein a monitoring function is provided in the control apparatus for monitoring an operation of the internal combustion,
wherein the monitoring function is configured to verify the delayed control application onset of the injection and output
a verification signal indicating the verification to a test unit connected to the control apparatus; and

performing, by the test unit connected to the control apparatus, a test of the monitoring function by (i) deliberately applying
the delay time to implement the delayed control application onset of the injection at the target point in time, and (ii) ascertaining
by the test unit whether the monitoring function has verified that the delayed control application onset of the injection
has occurred.

US Pat. No. 9,227,598

WIPER BLADE ADAPTOR DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A wiper blade adaptor device, comprising a wiper blade adaptor (10) and a coupling element (12) for coupling the wiper blade adaptor (10) to a wiper blade (14), characterized in that the wiper blade adaptor (10) is connected releasably to the coupling element (12), wherein the coupling element (12) has a basic body (28) and at least one latching means (18) which is arranged at a free end of the coupling element (12) and which is configured to form, in a fitted state, a form-fitting connection to the wiper blade adaptor (10), and wherein the wiper blade adaptor has a skirt-shaped side guide (48) which surrounds the basic body (28), wherein the coupling element (12) has a longitudinal guide unit (24) which is provided to wide the wiper blade adaptor (10) upon a pushing-on movement during installation, wherein the longitudinal guide unit (24) comprises two longitudinal guide elements (26) which are formed in one piece with the basic body, each of the longitudinal guide elements forming a part of a respective
one of opposite side walls (30) of the basic body, wherein the longitudinal guide elements form a lower edge (40) of the basic body which serves as a bearing for the wiper blade adaptor, wherein, in order to couple the wiper blade adaptor
to the coupling element, the wiper blade adaptor is received by the longitudinal guide unit of the coupling element in the
pushing-on movement, such that the side guide adjoins the longitudinal guide elements of the coupling element and the side
guide surrounds the basic body (28) and reaches under the lower edge (40), and wherein a guide member (36) extends generally longitudinally on each of the side guides, each guide member ending at one end with a locking cam (42) that serves as a stop for the coupling element (12) during installation.

US Pat. No. 9,201,138

PHOTON DETECTOR WITH A PARALYZABLE PHOTON-SENSITIVE ELEMENT, IN PARTICULAR SPAD, AND DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICE COMPRISING SAID TYPE OF PHOTON DETECTOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A photon detector, comprising:
a paralyzable photon-sensitive element, and
a photon transmission element configured to receive a photon intensity from a source,
wherein the photon transmission element is further configured to vary a photon intensity transmitted by the photon transmission
element and impinging on the photon-sensitive element.

US Pat. No. 9,140,258

GEAR MACHINE HAVING A NON-CIRCULAR LOW-PRESSURE CONNECTION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A gear machine, comprising:
a housing having a high-pressure connection, a low-pressure connection, a central axis extending through the high-pressure
connection and the low-pressure connection, and an inner circumferential face, the low-pressure connection having a constant
cross sectional shape in a direction of the central axis, an intersection edge formed where the low-pressure connection intersects
the inner circumferential face;

two externally intermeshing gear wheels each including gear tooth tips and at least one lateral face, the gear wheels arranged
within the housing such that the inner circumferential face bears tightly against the gear tooth tips, the gear wheels arranged
such that the high-pressure connection and the low-pressure connection are situated on opposite sides of the gear wheels;
and

at least one bearing liner arranged on both sides of each of the gear wheels so as to bear tightly on the at least one lateral
faces of the gear wheels, the at least one bearing liner configured to rotatably support each of the gear wheels, the at least
one bearing liner having at least one pressure equalization chamfer assigned to each of the gear wheels, the at least one
pressure equalization chamfer having an end, the at least one pressure equalization chamfer extending opposite the at least
one lateral face of a respective gear wheel and opposite the inner circumferential face, the at least one pressure equalization
chamfer extending in a direction from the high-pressure connection toward the low-pressure connection to the end of the at
least one pressure equalization chamfer,
wherein:
a notional boundary line is assigned to each of the gear wheels, each notional boundary line defined on the inner circumferential
face so as to intersect with the end of the at least one pressure equalization chamfer,

a line of contact is assigned to each of the gear wheels, each line of contact defined where the gear tooth tips of the respective
gear wheel contact the inner circumferential face,

each notional boundary line is parallel to the line of contact of the respective gear wheel,
the intersection edge is located between the notional boundary lines,
a minimum distance between the intersection edge of the low-pressure connection and each of the notional boundary lines is
equal to or greater than at least one pitch interval of the gear wheels,

the cross sectional shape of the low-pressure connection defines a cross sectional area where the cross sectional shape overlaps
with the gear wheels in the direction of the central axis,

a notional low-pressure connection has a circular cross sectional shape defined at the minimum distances from the notional
boundary lines, the circular cross sectional shape defines a notional cross sectional area where the circular cross sectional
shape overlaps with the gear wheels in the direction of the central axis, and

the cross sectional shape of the low-pressure connection differs from the circular cross sectional shape such that the cross
sectional area is greater than the notional cross sectional area.

US Pat. No. 9,431,932

CONVERTER UNIT FOR AN ASYNCHRONOUS MACHINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A converter unit comprising:
a plurality of battery modules connected in series, each battery module comprising:
at least one battery cell;
a first switch connected in series to the at least one battery cell to connect and disconnect the at least one battery cell
from the plurality of battery cells; and

a second switch connected in parallel to the at least one battery cell to bypass the at least one battery cell only in response
to the first switch being configured to disconnect the at least one battery cell from the plurality of battery cells; and

a multi-level inverter comprising:
a plurality of inputs, each input being connected to at least one of the plurality of battery modules to connect the multi-level
inverter in parallel with the plurality of battery modules;

at least one switching arrangement connected to each of the plurality of inputs, the at least one switching arrangement comprising:
a first plurality of switching elements connected in series;
a first plurality of input diodes, each input diode including an anode connected to one of the plurality of inputs and a cathode
connected to an input of one of the first plurality of switching elements;

a second plurality of switching elements connected in series;
a second plurality of input diodes, each input diode including a cathode connected to one of the plurality of inputs and an
anode connected to an input of one of the second plurality of switching elements;

a third plurality of diodes, each diode in the third plurality of diodes being connected in parallel to one switching element
in the first plurality of switching elements;

a fourth plurality of diodes, each diode in the fourth plurality of diodes being connected in parallel to one switching element
in the second plurality of switching elements; and

an output connected between the first plurality of switching elements and the second plurality of switching elements, wherein
the at least one switching arrangement generates an alternating current output signal with a plurality of output voltage levels
in response to a plurality of control signals applied to the first plurality of switching elements and the second plurality
of switching elements.

US Pat. No. 9,184,858

MICROPHONE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTING AN OPERATING FREQUENCY FOR A OR SAID MICROPHONE SYSTEM AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A microphone system (1) having a base station (3) and having a microphone module (2), wherein the base station (3) is designed to receive information, transmitted on an operating frequency, wirelessly from the microphone module (2), wherein the base station (3) has a reception analysis module (14) and/or is coupled to the reception analysis module (14) which is designed for analyzing the quality of reception of the information at a number of possible transmitting frequencies,
characterized in that the microphone module (2) transmits test information on the plurality of possible transmitting frequencies, the reception analysis module (14) selects the operating frequency from the plurality of possible transmitting frequencies based on the analysis of the quality
of reception of the test information, and transmits the operating frequency via a return channel to the microphone module.

US Pat. No. 9,083,039

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY

SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD., Y...

1. A battery, comprising:
an electrode assembly including a first electrode and a second electrode;
an electrode terminal;
a current collecting member electrically connecting the electrode terminal and a first electrode uncoated region of the first
electrode, the current collecting member including:

a terminal connecting portion coupled to the electrode terminal, and
an electrode connecting portion extending from the terminal connecting portion, the electrode connecting portion including:
an extending connecting plate, and
a current collecting piece extending from the extending connecting plate along the first electrode uncoated region, the current
collecting piece being in contact with the first electrode uncoated region along sidewalls of the first electrode uncoated
region;

a fixing member including a current collecting member coupling portion engaged with the current collecting member, the current
collecting piece and the extending connecting plate extending through the fixing member; and

a case, the electrode assembly, the current collecting member, and the fixing member being disposed within the case, the fixing
member being between the current collecting member and the case.

US Pat. No. 9,788,465

ACTUATOR APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AN ACTUATOR APPARATUS

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. An actuator apparatus, comprising:
a stator device;
a cover device;
a contact device including two lead wires; and
an attenuation device;
wherein:
the stator device and the cover device are joined so that a hollow space is formed between the stator device and the cover
device;

the cover device has a first opening, through which the contact device is guided together with the lead wires into the hollow
space, so that the contact device runs at least partially in the hollow space and at least partially in the cover device;

a width of the first opening is larger than a combined width of the two lead wires;
the hollow space has no other openings besides the first opening;
the attenuation device is positioned in the first opening so that electromagnetic radiation, which is generated in the hollow
space and travels through the first opening, is more highly attenuated by the attenuation device than the radiation would
be attenuated without the presence of the attenuation device;

a body of the attenuation device is formed of a material that is dimensioned such that, when the body is positioned in the
first opening, the attenuation device attenuates at a frequency of the electromagnetic radiation generated in the hollow space;
and

the body of the attenuation device surrounds the contact device while mechanically sealing the hollow space by forming a seal
around an inner surface of the first opening.

US Pat. No. 9,269,270

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SUPPORTING A DRIVER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE DURING A DRIVING MANEUVER

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for supporting a driver of a motor vehicle during a driving maneuver, during which at least one of longitudinal
guidance and lateral guidance is performed in an automated manner, the method comprising:
determining at least one trajectory for performing the driving maneuver;
guiding the vehicle via automatic control along the at least one trajectory;
monitoring the surroundings of the vehicle during the driving maneuver to generate surroundings data; and
when the driver intervenes in the steering while the lateral guidance is being performed in an automated manner or when the
driver operates the accelerator while longitudinal guidance is being performed in an automated manner or when the driver intervenes
in the steering or when the driver operates the accelerator when longitudinal guidance and lateral guidance are being performed
in an automated manner, determining whether a driving path resulting from operation of the steering wheel or the accelerator
would result in an endangerment to the surrounding of the vehicle based on the surroundings data, wherein control of the vehicle
is transferred to the driver when a driving path resulting from operation of the steering wheel or the accelerator does not
result in an endangerment to the surroundings of the vehicle and control is not transferred to the driver in the case of an
imminent endangerment to the surroundings.

US Pat. No. 9,093,210

SOLENOID ARMATURE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A solenoid armature for a solenoid actuator, comprising:
a solenoid armature arrangement including at least one magnetic region and at least one non-magnetic region;
wherein the solenoid armature is configured as a one-piece component having a first armature end face and a second armature
end face,

wherein the solenoid armature is configured to have a central through-hole that extends over the entire axial length of the
solenoid armature,

wherein the magnetic region and the non-magnetic region are integrally bonded to each other by a two-component powder injection
molding technique, and

wherein the magnetic region and the non-magnetic region extend in the axial direction at least as far as the first armature
end face.

US Pat. No. 9,181,627

METHOD FOR COATING, POLE TUBE AND DEVICE FOR CARRYING OUT THE METHOD

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for coating a workpiece consisting of two different metallic materials that form a material interface in a surface
region of the workpiece, the method comprising:
applying a corrosion-resistant layer to the workpiece; and
electrolytically applying a metallic adhesive layer to both of the two different metallic materials of the workpiece before
the application of the corrosion-resistant layer,

wherein the corrosion-resistant layer is a zinc layer, and
wherein the two different metallic materials are stainless steel and an unalloyed steel.

US Pat. No. 9,178,204

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

1. A rechargeable battery comprising:
a case;
an electrode assembly housed in the case and comprising a first electrode, a second electrode, and a separator between the
first electrode and the second electrode, the first electrode having a coated portion coated with a first active material
and an uncoated portion absent the first active material;

a cap assembly physically coupled to the case and comprising a terminal electrically coupled to the electrode assembly;
a safety assembly housed in the case, the safety assembly comprising a first electric conductive plate of a first electrical
polarity, a first supporting protrusion extending from the first electric conductive plate and physically coupled to the uncoated
portion, and a second electric conductive plate of a second electrical polarity different from the first electrical polarity
the first electric conductive plate and the second electric conductive plate both being on only a single side of the electrode
assembly;

a current collecting tab electrically coupling the electrode assembly with the terminal and physically coupled to the uncoated
portion; and

a first auxiliary plate physically coupled to the uncoated portion at a surface of the uncoated portion opposite to where
the first supporting protrusion is physically coupled to the uncoated portion.

US Pat. No. 9,285,216

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING AN AXLE GEOMETRY OF A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for determining characteristics of an axle geometry of a vehicle as part of an axle alignment procedure, the method
comprising:
steering a wheel mounted on an axle of the vehicle to various steering positions having different steering angles;
determining, by a spatial position determining unit, a spatial position of the wheel in the different steering positions;
determining, by an evaluation unit including a processor, an axis of rotation of the wheel in the particular steering position
from the results of the determination of the spatial position;

modeling, by the evaluation unit, a parametric model of the steering axis;
determining, by the evaluation unit, the axis of rotation of the wheel from the parametric model of the steering axis for
the different steering positions;

adapting, by the evaluation unit, the parametric model of the steering axis to the axes of rotation determined from the measurement
of the spatial position of the wheel in the different steering positions; and

determining, by the evaluation unit, characteristics of the axle geometry from the adapted parametric model of the steering
axis, for the axle alignment.

US Pat. No. 9,255,000

CMOS INTEGRATED MOVING-GATE TRANSDUCER WITH SILICON AS A FUNCTIONAL LAYER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method of fabricating a semiconductor device, comprising:
forming a first dielectric layer above a substrate, the first dielectric layer including a fixed dielectric portion and a
proof mass portion;

forming a source region and a drain region in the substrate;
forming a routing layer above the first dielectric layer;
forming a second dielectric layer above the routing layer;
forming a bond layer above the second dielectric layer, a portion of the bond layer supported by the proof mass portion;
forming a gate electrode in the proof mass portion;
bonding a silicon layer to the bond layer, the silicon layer including a first silicon portion and a second silicon portion;
releasing the proof mass portion; and
releasing the second silicon portion, such that a proof mass of the semiconductor device includes the proof mass portion and
the second silicon portion, the proof mass movable with respect to the fixed dielectric portion and the first silicon portion,
the gate electrode movable with the proof mass portion relative to the source region and the drain region, the second silicon
portion movable with the proof mass portion, and the first silicon portion fixed with respect to the fixed dielectric portion.

US Pat. No. 9,190,635

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY HAVING A SHORT CIRCUIT PLATE

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

1. A rechargeable battery, comprising:
a case;
an electrode assembly in the case;
a cap assembly sealing the case and comprising a cap plate having a short circuit opening, and a short circuit plate in the
short circuit opening; and

a terminal electrically connected to the electrode assembly comprising:
a collector plate electrically connected to the electrode assembly,
a collector terminal electrically connected to the collector plate and extending through the cap plate, and
a fastening terminal spaced apart from the cap plate and comprising a fastener, the fastener being engaged with the collector
terminal, and an extender extending from the fastener, the extender being adjacent to the short circuit plate,

the cap assembly further comprising an insulation member between the cap plate and the fastening terminal, the insulation
member comprising a bottom portion, a first sidewall extending upward from the bottom portion, and a plurality of first coupling
grooves in the first sidewall, and a cover covering the extender and being detachably coupled to the insulation member, the
cover comprising a plane portion, a second sidewall extending downward from the plane portion, and a plurality of first coupling
protrusions at the second sidewall engaged with the plurality of first coupling grooves.

US Pat. No. 9,090,279

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING A TRANSVERSAL CONTROLLER PARAMETERIZATION FOR TRANSVERSAL CONTROL OF A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for determining a transversal controller parameterization for transversal control of a vehicle on a route segment
to be instantaneously traveled on by the vehicle, the method comprising:
determining, with a controller, the transversal controller parameterization based on a piece of information about a curvature
of the route segment to be instantaneously traveled on, by performing the following:

providing, with the controller, a plurality of curviness ratings which represent different curvature states of a possible
course of a road, each curviness rating including a parameter which is related to a curvature state corresponding to the curviness
rating;

ascertaining, with the controller, a curvature of the route segment to be instantaneously traveled on;
selecting, with the controller, an instantaneous curviness rating from the plurality of curviness ratings based on the curvature;
providing, with the controller, the parameter of the instantaneous curviness rating as the transversal controller parameterization
for the transversal control of the vehicle; and

ascertaining an instantaneous driving velocity of the vehicle, the transversal controller parameterization furthermore being
determined based on the instantaneous driving velocity;

wherein the plurality of curviness ratings includes a plurality of parameters related to different velocities of the vehicle,
and

wherein a curvature characteristic includes information about radii and/or lengths of the curves included in the route segment
instantaneously to be traveled, and wherein at least three curviness categories are provided, which represent different curviness
states relating to the curviness of a possible road characteristic.

US Pat. No. 9,276,255

LITHIUM CELL HAVING AN IMPROVED CATHODE STRUCTURE AND PRODUCTION METHOD FOR IT

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

6. A lithium accumulator, comprising:
a plurality of lithium cells, each of the lithium cells including a cathode structure made of a freeze cast base material
which conducts electrons and Li ions, the cathode structure including a continuous substrate, which provides a base area,
starting from which extends a plurality of crosspieces which provide crosspiece surfaces, starting from which carrier structures
extend, which provide carrier surfaces on which active material is distributed; and

a mounting support in which the plurality of lithium cells are situated in the form of a stack, the mounting support also
including electrical contacts by which the lithium cells are electrically connected to one another, the electrical contacts
including plug contacts.

US Pat. No. 9,071,369

OPTICAL WAVEGUIDE SYSTEM FOR A DISPLAY DEVICE AND DISPLAY DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A light transmission system (20) for a display device (1),
wherein the light transmission system (20) has one or more optical fiber groups (20-1, 20-2, 20-3, 20-4, 20-5, 20-6),

wherein at least one optical fiber group (20-1, 20-2, 20-3, 20-4, 20-5) has:

a plurality of optical fibers (18) comprising a material which is transparent to light from an LED (14);

spacers (34) having a length which defines a distance between a circuit carrier (12) and a front panel (2); and

a housing (22) which is made from a material which is not transparent to light, surrounds each of the plurality of optical fibers (18) and connects the optical fibers (18) and the spacers (34) among one another and to one another.

US Pat. No. 9,587,580

CONTROLLING THE FUEL PRESSURE IN AN INJECTION SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for controlling a pressure in an injection system for an engine of a vehicle, the method comprising the following
steps:
determining whether the vehicle is decelerating;
reducing the delivery rate of a high-pressure pump that supplies fuel to the injection system;
reducing the pressure in the injection system to a standstill pressure by means of idle operation of the engine;
estimating a standstill time at which the vehicle comes to a standstill; and
reducing the delivery rate of the high-pressure pump before the standstill time is reached, with the result that the standstill
pressure is attained in the injection system at the standstill time.

US Pat. No. 9,285,473

RADAR SENSOR AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME TO REDUCE THE CROSSTALK OF DIGITAL SIGNALS TO THE HF RADAR SIGNAL

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

6. A method for controlling a radar sensor having a transceiver device for generating a radar signal, the transceiver device
having a settable output power which is settable by a control unit via a digital interface, the method comprising:
lowering the output power of the transceiver device, by the control unit, in response to a line for a selection signal being
set at a predetermined level;

wherein:
the digital interface is a serial interface that includes a plurality of lines;
the plurality of lines include the line for the selection signal, a line for a clock signal, and a line for at least one data
signal; and

the line for the selection signal is connected to the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,244,131

METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE INTERNAL OHMIC RESISTANCE OF A BATTERY MODULE, BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for determining an internal ohmic resistance of a first battery module, comprising:
measuring a first voltage intensity of the first battery module;
connecting, after obtaining the first voltage intensity, the first battery module to a second battery module subject to a
load current;

measuring a second voltage intensity of the first battery module after the connection of the first battery module; and
determining the internal ohmic resistance with reference to the first voltage intensity and the second voltage intensity.

US Pat. No. 9,108,666

STEERING SYSTEM IN A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A steering system in a vehicle, comprising a steering shaft (3) for transmitting a steering angle predetermined by the driver, and comprising an electric servomotor (7) for producing an assisting driving torque, said servomotor being coupled to the steering shaft (3), wherein the steering shaft (3) and a motor shaft (15) of the servomotor (7) are accommodated in a common bearing housing (8), wherein the steering shaft (3) is accommodated in two adjustable eccentric bearings (30, 31) in the bearing housing (8), and a position of the shaft (3) is adjustable radially with respect to a longitudinal axis (14) thereof via the eccentric bearings (30, 31), wherein the two eccentric bearings (30, 31) are arranged on the steering shaft axially on different sides of a worm wheel (20), wherein the worm wheel (20) is part of a kinematic transmission linkage between the servomotor (7) and the steering shaft (3) and connected to the shaft (3) for rotation therewith, and further wherein the eccentric bearings (30, 31) are in each case directly adjacent to an end side of the worm wheel (20).

US Pat. No. 9,453,745

SENSOR MODULE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A SENSOR MODULE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for producing a sensor module, comprising:
providing, in a first production step, a line part which includes at least one receiving region for at least one of force-fitting
and form-fitting accommodation of a sensor element;

producing a housing by extrusion-coating, in a second production step, including extrusion coating a portion of the line part
with a plastic material in such a way that the at least one receiving region is located in a recess free of material and the
recess is formed in the plastic material during the second production step; and

fixing, in a third production step, the sensor element in place in at least one of force-fitting and form-fitting manner in
the at least one receiving region, the third production step being implemented temporally after the second production step.

US Pat. No. 9,281,803

METHOD FOR ACTUATING A NUMBER OF MODULES

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for actuating a number of modules with a circuit system that implements a trigger mechanism, in which at least
one trigger signal can be caused by various sources, the method comprising:
providing flexible triggering, via a flexible triggering arrangement, which is operable based on a time base and which simultaneously
allows the triggering and controlling of a plurality of hardware units for signal outputting, wherein the flexible trigger
arrangement, having connected modules, flexibly provides for a plurality of trigger types, including a trigger based on the
time base, so that output units are switchable on or off, respective outputs are switchable on or off, and/or a parameter
set is reloadable in a parallel manner, and wherein the flexible trigger arrangement is reprogrammable during runtime; and

selecting, as a function of the source, a particular trigger mechanism that actuates a trigger.

US Pat. No. 9,586,336

KICKBACK DETECTION SYSTEM

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A method of detecting a kickback event for a table saw, the table saw including a motor having an arbor shaft for driving
a saw blade and a guide fence for guiding a workpiece, the method comprising:
operatively connecting a stress sensor to the table saw, the stress sensor being configured to detect deflection of a work
component during a cutting operation, the work component comprising at least one of the arbor shaft and the guide fence;

outputting sensor signals from the stress sensor indicative of the deflection of the work component; and
controlling the saw blade based on the sensor signals.

US Pat. No. 9,348,018

MEASUREMENT DEVICE FOR MEASURING A DISTANCE BETWEEN THE MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND A TARGET OBJECT USING AN OPTICAL MEASUREMENT BEAM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hand-held measuring instrument for ranging, comprising:
a transmission apparatus configured to emit optical measurement radiation toward a target object;
a reception apparatus including a first detection area configured to detect optical measurement radiation returning from the
target object, the first detection area having a first plurality of pixels, each pixel of the first plurality of pixels having
at least one light-sensitive element; and

a reference apparatus including a second detection area configured to detect device-internal reference radiation, the second
detection area having a second plurality of pixels, each pixel of the second plurality of pixels having at least one light-sensitive
element, each pixel of the first detection area being associated with a pixel of the second detection area of the reception
apparatus, the second detection area being formed separately from the first detection area.

US Pat. No. 9,287,550

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

1. A rechargeable battery comprising:
a plurality of electrode assemblies each comprising a positive electrode and a negative electrode, each of the positive and
negative electrodes comprising a coated region and an uncoated region at an end of the coated region in a longitudinal direction
of the electrode assembly;

a case housing the electrode assemblies;
a terminal coupled to the electrode assemblies; and
a current collecting member electrically coupling the electrode assemblies to the terminal,
wherein the current collecting member comprises:
a side plate extending in a direction substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the electrode assemblies,
a length of the side plate being along the direction substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the electrode
assemblies, and the length of the side plate being greater than a width of the side plate; and

a plurality of support plates respectively extending from opposite sides of the side plate and each having a surface that
is substantially parallel to the side plate, the opposite sides of the side plate extending in the length direction of the
side plate, and

wherein an end portion of each of the uncoated regions extends substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of
the electrode assemblies and is coupled to the support plates.

US Pat. No. 9,121,497

ATTACHMENT OF A CONTROL UNIT FOR A TRANSMISSION CONTROL MODULE TO A CARRIER BOARD

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A control unit for a transmission control module of a motor vehicle transmission, comprising:
a circuit mounting device having an electronic circuit and defining a first bearing side;
a carrier board defining a second bearing side; and
at least one attachment device configured to attach the circuit mounting device to the carrier board, and having at least
one attachment element,

wherein the first bearing side of the circuit mounting device is pressed against the second bearing side of the carrier board
by the attachment device,

wherein the at least one attachment element is connected to the circuit mounting device and protrudes from the circuit mounting
device on the first bearing side and projects through an attachment opening in the second bearing side of the carrier board,
and

wherein the circuit mounting device has a circuit carrier and a baseplate, wherein the circuit is arranged on the circuit
carrier, and wherein the attachment device is configured to introduce a clamping force into the baseplate to press the first
bearing side of the circuit mounting device against the second bearing side of the carrier board.

US Pat. No. 10,029,386

TABLE SAW WITH POSITIVE LOCKING MECHANISM

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

6. A power tool, comprising:a swing arm movable along a swing arm path between a first swing arm position and a second swing arm position spaced apart from the first swing arm position;
a latch pin movable between a first latch pin position whereat the swing arm is maintained at the first swing arm position and a second latch pin position whereat the swing arm is not maintained at the first swing arm position;
an actuating device that, upon actuation, contacts the latch pin to transfer a first force to the latch pin to move the latch pin in a direction toward the second latch position, and, after transferring the first force, contacts the swing arm to transfer a second force to the swing arm to force the swing arm assembly away from the first swing arm position and toward the second swing arm position; and
a control system configured to control the actuation of the actuating device.

US Pat. No. 9,297,891

ULTRASONIC MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EVALUATING AN ULTRASONIC SIGNAL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An ultrasonic measurement apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:
a receiving device configured to receive an ultrasonic signal emitted by at least one of an in-vehicle and external ultrasonic
transmitter and to determine and provide a measurement sequence relating to a time variation of period lengths of the received
ultrasonic signal;

a comparison device on which at least one reference sequence is stored and which is configured to compare the determined measurement
sequence with the at least one reference sequence and to determine a comparison information item relating to a deviation of
the determined measurement sequence from the at least one reference sequence; and

an evaluation device configured to determine, based on the determined comparison information item, at least one of an information
item relating to a signal form transmitted by the ultrasonic transmitter, a relative speed between the receiving device and
the external ultrasonic transmitter, a relative speed of at least one reflecting object situated in a transmission path between
the receiving device and the ultrasonic transmitter, and a shape feature of the at least one reflecting object;

wherein the measurement sequence determined by the receiving device includes at least one of a sequence of positive period
lengths of the ultrasonic signal, a sequence of negative period lengths of the ultrasonic signal, a sequence of positive period
length deviations of the ultrasonic signal from a reference period length, a sequence of negative period length deviations
of the ultrasonic signal from a reference period length, a sequence of frequencies of the ultrasonic signal, and a sequence
of frequency deviations of the ultrasonic signal from a reference frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,153,809

SECONDARY BATTERY INCLUDING RETAINER FOR ELECTRODE ASSEMBLY

SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD., Y...

1. A secondary battery, comprising:
an electrode assembly including a first electrode plate including a first electrode non-coating portion, a second electrode
plate including a second electrode non-coating portion, and a separator disposed between the first and second electrode plates,
the first electrode non-coating portion and the second electrode non-coating portion being exposed from sides of the electrode
assembly, respectively;

a first collecting plate and a second collecting plate that are in contact with and fixed to the first electrode non-coating
portion and the second electrode non-coating portion, respectively;

a retainer including a first fixing slit and a second fixing slit that accommodate the first and second collecting plates
connected to the electrode assembly, respectively, the retainer having a first side part that includes the first fixing slit,
having a second side part that faces the first side part and includes the second fixing slit, and having a bottom part that
connects the first and second side parts to each other;

a case that accommodates the retainer accommodating the electrode assembly and the first collecting plate, the case having
an upper opening; and

a cap plate closing the upper opening of the case accommodating the electrode assembly, the first and second collecting plates,
and the retainer.