Patents Assigned to Hunter Douglas, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10895107
    Abstract: A power assist module for use in roller tube driven products, such as roller shades. The module may be pre-wound prior to installation in a roller tube and retains its pre-wound condition, even after use, when removed from the roller tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen R. Haarer, Richard N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10895106
    Abstract: In one aspect, a covering for an architectural structure may include a shade panel and a bottom rail assembly coupled to the shade panel. The bottom rail assembly may include a rail housing and a roller extending within the rail housing, with the shade panel being looped around the roller such that the bottom rail assembly is vertically supported by the shade panel as the panel is moved between extended and retracted positions. In addition, the relative positioning of the roller within the rail housing may be adjusted, as desired, between the top and bottom ends of the bottom rail housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventor: Michael S. Goldberg
  • Patent number: 10890028
    Abstract: A covering for an architectural opening may include a brake assembly including a first housing, a clutch on which the first housing may be mounted, a sleeve, a second housing attached to the sleeve, and a spring element attached to the second housing. The brake assembly may permit relatively unrestricted rotation of the first housing in a first direction, and impart rotational resistance to rotation of the first housing in a second direction. A method for assembling a covering for an architectural opening may include coupling a clutch to a first housing, coupling the clutch to a sleeve, coupling a second housing to the sleeve, mounting the second housing over a hub, and positioning a torsion spring between the hub and the second housing. The brake assembly may be used to impart rotational resistance to extension of a shade member, such as to resist unintended extension of the shade member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Anthony, Daniel Fluckey
  • Patent number: 10883308
    Abstract: A power assist module for use in roller tube driven products, such as roller shades. The module may be pre-wound prior to installation in a roller tube and retains its pre-wound condition, even after use, when removed from the roller tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen R. Haarer, Richard N. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20200378179
    Abstract: A covering for an architectural covering is provided. The covering may include a rotatable outer roller, a rotatable inner roller, a first shade secured to the outer roller, and a second shade secured to the inner roller. The outer roller may define an elongated slot extending along a length of the outer roller and opening to an interior of the outer roller. The inner roller may be received within the outer roller and may define a central longitudinal axis. The first shade may be retractable onto and extendable from the outer roller. The second shade may extend through the elongated slot and may be retractable onto and extendable from the inner roller. The elongated slot may be substantially horizontally aligned with the central longitudinal axis of the inner roller when the first shade is in a fully extended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Applicant: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Nickolas C. Buccola, JR., Terrence M. Drew, Kenneth M. Faller, Kent A. Smith
  • Patent number: 10851587
    Abstract: Example motor assemblies for architectural coverings are described herein. An example motor assembly includes a motor, a first switch to trigger the motor to retract an architectural covering, a second switch to trigger the motor to extend the architectural covering, and an actuator positioned to activate the first switch when the actuator is rotated in a first direction and to activate the second switch when the actuator is rotated in a second direction. Also described herein are example lever actuators for motor assemblies of architectural coverings. An example lever actuator detaches from the motor assembly to prevent excess force on the motor assembly that could otherwise detrimentally affect the motor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Anthony, Charles Culver Gidden Cooper, Peter Zagone, Stephen T. Wisecup, Jan Pruegner, Robert Witt, Joerg Schierz, Kevin M. Dann, Daniel A. Huber, Paul A. Brayford, Douglas J. Lorenz, James Kolozs, Ronald Holt, Todd Nelson, Shelby Jared Yenzer
  • Publication number: 20200370369
    Abstract: A covering for an architectural-structure covering is disclosed. The covering is formed from a plurality of assembled strips of fabric material joined together. Each assembled strip of fabric material may include a fabric material including inner and outer surfaces, and top and bottom ends. A first slat may be coupled to the inner surface of the fabric material adjacent the top end thereof, the first slat having a first contact surface. A second slat may be coupled to the outer surface of the fabric material adjacent the bottom end thereof, the second slat having a second contact surface. The first contact surface of the first slat of a first assembled strip is preferably nested with the second contact surface of the second slat of an adjoining second assembled strip. The second contact surface of the second slat may be partially covered by the piece of fabric material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Applicant: Hunter Douglas, Inc.
    Inventors: MICHAEL J. SIEBENALLER, KEVIN DANN
  • Publication number: 20200362627
    Abstract: A perimeter light blockout system for minimizing light leakage between light gaps such as, for example, between the sides of a covering (e.g., shade) of an architectural-structure covering and the interior side surfaces of a window frame, or between the covering and the outer surface of an interior wall is disclosed. The perimeter light blockout system including a light blocking device and a mounting element for coupling the light blocking device to the interior side surface of the window frame, or the outer surface of the interior wall. The light blocking device may include rear and front channel members. The mounting element may be a mounting extrusion. Alternatively, the mounting element may be a spring clip. In use, the light blocking device may be adapted and configured so as not to contact the covering as the covering moves between extended and retracted positions. The mounting element may include a degree of adjustment so that the light blocking device may be aligned with an out-of-skew window frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: Hunter Douglas, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick E. FOLEY, Paul JOSEPHSON, Mark SCHWANDT, Donald J. CLARK, Wendell B. COLSON, Paul G. SWISZCZ, Stephen T. WISECUP, Benjamin J. MADDEN, Fred BOULD, Kwan Hon Anson CHEUNG, Byron LEE
  • Publication number: 20200362628
    Abstract: A covering for an architectural opening is provided. The covering may include a roller rotatable about a longitudinal axis, a shade associated with the roller, and an operating system operably associated with the roller. The operating system may include a base, a drive mechanism, a transmission, an actuator arm, and an engagement arm. The drive mechanism may be associated with the base to provide an input torque. The transmission may be associated with the drive mechanism to selectively transmit the input torque to the roller. The actuator arm may be associated with the base to indirectly set a rotation direction of the roller. The engagement arm may be associated with the base and engageable with the transmission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen P. Smith
  • Patent number: 10829990
    Abstract: A cord wrapping mechanism converts linear motion to circular motion for use in coverings for architectural openings. The cord is guided onto a spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Anderson, Robert E. Fisher, II, Donald E. Fraser, Steven R. Haarer
  • Publication number: 20200331210
    Abstract: A system and method for laser sealing an edge portion of a covering of an architecture-structure covering is disclosed. In one embodiment, after cutting a covering of an architectural-structure covering to an appropriate size, lasering the cut edge portions or surfaces of the covering to seal the cut edge portions or surfaces of the covering to prevent fraying. The beam of the laser may be positioned to contact the cut edge portions or surfaces of the covering in a plane of the fabric. Subsequently, the beam of the laser scans or moves across the surface of the cut edge portion of the covering. In use, the beam of the laser is arranged and configured to apply heat to the surface of the fabric material at discrete points or spots to vaporize any loose fibers located along the cut edge portion of the covering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Applicant: Hunter Douglas, Inc.
    Inventors: David Lynch, Stephen T. Wisecup, Patrick Foley, Wayne Rayman
  • Publication number: 20200318428
    Abstract: A bottom rail for a covering of an architectural-structure covering is disclosed. In one example of an embodiment, the bottom rail includes a first or front member, and a second or rear member. The first and second members are arranged and configured to be coupled to each other with a bottom portion of a covering positioned in between the first and second members. Thus arranged, the first member is coupled to the second member, and the covering is securely coupled to the bottom rail. In addition, and/or alternatively, the covering may be received within the bottom rail along a tortuous pathway. In addition, and/or alternatively, the bottom rail may include a front profile or surface that substantially corresponds to a front profile of battens extending across a width of the covering. Moreover, the bottom rail may enclose the lowermost batten so that consistent spacing of the battens is maintained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Applicant: Hunter Douglas, Inc.
    Inventors: Nickolas C. Buccola, JR., Michael S. Goldberg, Thanh Vu
  • Publication number: 20200308905
    Abstract: A base structure and associated method for converting the base structure into an operable vane on a shade for an architectural opening. The base structure includes a back sheet and a front sheet attached together in engagement regions spaced along the length of the back sheet and front sheet. The front sheet is separated into front strip sections having a free end. Operating elements are positioned along the back sheet and situated so as to move relative thereto. The operating elements are attached adjacent to a free end of the front strip. Movement of the operating elements actuates the free end of the front strip to move from a closed position to an open position as desired by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: Hunter Douglas, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Holt, Marcus Long, Kelly Q. Rahn, Jason T. Throne, Stephen T. Wisecup
  • Patent number: 10781630
    Abstract: A covering for an architectural covering is provided. The covering may include a rotatable outer roller, a rotatable inner roller, a first shade secured to the outer roller, and a second shade secured to the inner roller. The outer roller may define an elongated slot extending along a length of the outer roller and opening to an interior of the outer roller. The inner roller may be received within the outer roller and may define a central longitudinal axis. The first shade may be retractable onto and extendable from the outer roller. The second shade may extend through the elongated slot and may be retractable onto and extendable from the inner roller. The elongated slot may be substantially horizontally aligned with the central longitudinal axis of the inner roller when the first shade is in a fully extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: HUNTER DOUGLAS INC.
    Inventors: Nickolas C. Buccola, Jr., Terrence M. Drew, Kenneth M. Faller, Kent A. Smith
  • Patent number: 10774584
    Abstract: A covering for an architectural-structure covering is disclosed. The covering is formed from a plurality of assembled strips of fabric material joined together. Each assembled strip of fabric material may include a fabric material including inner and outer surfaces, and top and bottom ends. A first slat may be coupled to the inner surface of the fabric material adjacent the top end thereof, the first slat having a first contact surface. A second slat may be coupled to the outer surface of the fabric material adjacent the bottom end thereof, the second slat having a second contact surface. The first contact surface of the first slat of a first assembled strip is preferably nested with the second contact surface of the second slat of an adjoining second assembled strip. The second contact surface of the second slat may be partially covered by the piece of fabric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: HUNTER DOUGLAS INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Siebenaller, Kevin Dann
  • Patent number: 10774585
    Abstract: A perimeter light blockout system for minimizing light leakage between light gaps such as, for example, between the sides of a covering (e.g., shade) of an architectural-structure covering and the interior side surfaces of a window frame, or between the covering and the outer surface of an interior wall is disclosed. The perimeter light blockout system including a light blocking device and a mounting element for coupling the light blocking device to the interior side surface of the window frame, or the outer surface of the interior wall. The light blocking device may include rear and front channel members. The mounting element may be a mounting extrusion. Alternatively, the mounting element may be a spring clip. In use, the light blocking device may be adapted and configured so as not to contact the covering as the covering moves between extended and retracted positions. The mounting element may include a degree of adjustment so that the light blocking device may be aligned with an out-of-skew window frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: HUNTER DOUGLAS INC
    Inventors: Patrick E. Foley, Paul Josephson, Mark Schwandt, Donald J. Clark, Wendell B. Colson, Paul G. Swiszcz, Stephen T. Wisecup, Benjamin J. Madden, Fred Bould, Kwan Hon Anson Cheung, Byron Lee
  • Patent number: D901937
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald N. Hunsburger, John Anthony Wargo, Mary Jo Dubina, Josh DeWard
  • Patent number: D903374
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Scott Goldberg, Fred Bould, Kwan Hon Anson Cheung, Andrew Aguinaldo
  • Patent number: D904072
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Smith, Michael True, Fred Bould, Kwan Hon Anson Cheung, Andrew Aguinaldo
  • Patent number: D907590
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: HUNTER DOUGLAS INC.
    Inventors: Fred Bould, Kwan Hon Anson Cheung, Byron Lee