Patents Examined by Basil S Katcheves
  • Patent number: 11028604
    Abstract: A masonry wall is provided with a plurality of passageways. At least one reinforcement member is provided in each of the passageways. The reinforcement members include a first group of reinforcement members each having a centre line on the first side of a midplane of the wall and a second group of reinforcement members each having a centre line on the second side of the midplane. The passageways include slots that are open horizontally to the first side of the wall only. The second group of reinforcement members are arranged in passageways located spaced from the second wall surface opposite of the first wall surface. The reinforcement members in the passageways are each embedded in an adhesive substance bonded to the reinforcement members and to an inner surface of the passageway in which the reinforcement member is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Martin Christiaan Van Der Leest, Peter Westra
  • Patent number: 11028575
    Abstract: Provided is a pre-distancing collapsible system particularly for the elements of a structural frame of a building such as a wall frame. An embodiment includes at least three components of a structural frame and at least two spacers. The spacers are not structural elements of the frame and may be fastened to heads of the structural components of the frame. The spacers may be foldable. A manufacturing method for assembling the wall frame components for shipping is provided. A method for forming a wall frame from the shipped, packed-together components is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Pre Framing Corp
    Inventor: Mauro Sica
  • Patent number: 11028614
    Abstract: An animal repelling device may include a first mounting bracket and a second mounting bracket, each of which includes an upper section and a lower section. The upper section may include a vertical tab, a notch formed in the vertical tab, and ribs coupled to opposing sides of the vertical tab. The lower section may include a foot coupled to a sidewall, the sidewall comprising a curved inner surface configured to mateably couple with a fence. A roller may be disposed between, be rotatably coupled to, and extend axially between, the first mounting bracket and the second mounting bracket, the roller comprising an aligner that biases the roller back to an initial at rest position. An attachment clip may be releasably coupled to the notch of the vertical tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: ROLL GUARD, INC.
    Inventors: Kip G. Robinson, Robert B. Ginos
  • Patent number: 11021889
    Abstract: A burial system comprising: one or more rectangular burial spaces, each confined by grave walls generated by cutting with a filament from a block of foamed polystyrene or other expanded polystyrene substance, thereby enabling reducing weight of burial elements of the burial system by at least 90% in comparison to concrete burial elements (the prior art), and providing ease of construction effort in comparison to concrete burial systems. The innovative saturated burial system is supposed to sustain for hundreds of years. The saturated burial system may be applied on a single burial arrangement, as well as on a double burial arrangement, and a multi-story crypt burial arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventor: Ronen Portal
  • Patent number: 11025192
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the photovoltaic generation of electrical energy. The present invention relates more particularly to photovoltaic arrays for use in photovoltaically generating electrical energy. Aspects of the present invention provide a variety of photovoltaic roofing elements and systems that include, for example, interlocking geometries to provide for water handling and integration with conventional roofing materials; and wire management features that can protect wiring and associated electrical components from physical and/or environmental damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: CertainTeed LLC
    Inventors: Robert D. Livsey, Joseph Charles Gombarick, Peter Chihlas, Husnu M. Kalkanoglu, Michael E. Blackburn, Stephen W. Steffes, Gregory F. Jacobs, Michael J. Noone
  • Patent number: 11015350
    Abstract: A wall panel installation method, assembly, system and kit are provided. The wall panel is installed and held to an existing building structure with the combination of a support plate secured to the building wall, fastening elements adhered to the wall panel and corresponding fastening elements adhered to respective support plates. When the wall panel is in position, the fastening elements are brought into contact to engage each other and hold the wall panel in position relative to the building structure/wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: InPro Corporation
    Inventors: David R. Gebhardt, Matthew G. Bennett
  • Patent number: 11008758
    Abstract: The invention relates to covering a gap between windows at the ridge of a double pitch skylight including at least one pair of windows. Each window comprises a frame with a frame top member and the windows of a pair are interconnected by one or more mounting brackets at the ridge. A cover element is arranged so that it interconnects the two windows of the pair on the interior side and extends in parallel with the ridge length direction. One edge of the cover element is inserted in a groove in the top frame member of one window of the pair and another opposite edge is inserted in a corresponding groove in the other window. The cover element is preferably made from an airtight material, is preferably convex on the interior side in the mounted state, and is preferably provided with elastic connecting parts at the two opposite edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventor: Thomas Lætgaard
  • Patent number: 11008755
    Abstract: A hanger for suspending tiles or panels from a ceiling or roof, and a ceiling system incorporating the hanger, is provided. The hanger comprises a suspension member securable to the ceiling, having a longitudinal axis, and a panel mount coupled to the suspension member and releasably securable to each of a multiple panels to hold the multiple panels in a spaced relation from the ceiling on a common plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventor: Andrew Cook
  • Patent number: 11008762
    Abstract: A floor panel has a substrate and a decorative layer of wood veneer provided thereon having a thickness of 1 millimeter or less. The substrate has an average density of more than 750 kilograms per cubic meter. The floor panel is rectangular and oblong and comprises a pair of opposite short edges and a pair of opposite long edges. The floor panel, on at least said two opposite long edges, is provided with coupling means allowing that two of such floor panels can be coupled to each other in a vertical direction perpendicular to the plane of the coupled panels and in a horizontal direction in this plane and perpendicular to the respective edge. The wood veneer and/or the substrate immediately underneath the wood veneer is treated at least at the short edges with a fluoro copolymer or a polymeric methylene diphenyl diisocyanate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: UNILIN BV
    Inventors: Frank Loncke, Luc Vanhastel, Laurent Meersseman
  • Patent number: 10988953
    Abstract: A perimeter pocket system with an inner wall having a brace connecting protuberance and an extended ceiling supporting ledge with grid tee end reference marks or coupling structure for an extension. Grid tee connector clips have cam slots for raising grid tees in a seismic event and features imparting rigidity and vibration resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: USG INTERIORS, LLC
    Inventors: Abraham M. Underkofler, Peder J. Gulbrandsen, Mark R. Paulsen, Michael P. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 10986832
    Abstract: The present invention provides a substantially animal-proof barrier that includes (a) two or more supports laterally spaced apart to define a substantially vertical plane between each support, (b) fencing material that is attached to each of the supports and spans the plane between each support to form a simple barrier, wherein the simple barrier divides a domain into a first area and second area, (c) a hood having a first section originating from a top edge of the simple barrier that forms an angle of about 10 degrees to about 80 degrees with the simple barrier, and a second section extending from a lower end of the first section in a direction towards the simple barrier, and optionally (d) a hood corner assembly to provide a hood at a corner formed by the simple barrier, that includes an upper corner section, a lower corner section, and a pair of brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Vanquish Fencing Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Moore, James McCamie Wilson, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10989334
    Abstract: A bracket holds a rigid or flexible tube during the pouring of a concrete slab. The bracket has a base and a housing connected to the base. The tube curves around a first tube support on the housing before passing through an opening in the bottom of the housing. The tube and any members inside the tube are cut off so they end inside the housing and are then covered by a housing cap. The base is fastened to a form for the concrete slab. The height of the housing relative to the base is adjusted to place the cap at the planned surface of the concrete slab. After the concrete slab is formed the cap is removed and the cut members inside the housing are connected to other members or devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Reliance Worldwide Corporation
    Inventors: James W. Cosley, Dennis L. Hart, Virgil O'Neil
  • Patent number: 10982438
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a frame tube recombination cover plate for a cast-in-situ wall core building block mold, including a bearing type cover plate and a partition type cover plate, wherein a plurality of flat plates on upper surfaces of model walls corresponding to the two types of cover plates for the cast-in-situ wall core building block mold are removed; more than three flat plates (2) perpendicularly connected with front and rear flat plates are equidistantly added between left and right outer edges of the front and rear flat plates (1) at intervals; then, the left and right outer edges of the front and rear flat plates (1) are connected with a plurality of lower convex semi-circular tubes (8) below; and hollow sections of semi-cylinders (9) of the lower convex semi-circular tubes (8) below the flat plates (2) added to one of the left and right sides are blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: Guangfu Li, Xingwu Chen
  • Patent number: 10982439
    Abstract: A dry floor assembly is provided. The dry floor assembly is configured to form or be positioned on a floor of an enclosed space. The dry floor assembly includes a grid, a pan, and a wicking layer. The grid has an array of openings configured to allow passage of liquid. The grid has members that extend from a base to an upper surface, with the upper surface configured to be walked upon. The members have a cross-section that tapers from the base to the upper surface. The pan is disposed beneath the grid, and defines a cavity. The wicking layer is interposed between the pan and the grid, and is configured to wick liquid that passes through the openings toward the pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: James Johnathan Childress
  • Patent number: 10982448
    Abstract: A hand tool for placing a single insulation plate at one time atop an insulation board or a vapor barrier or membrane on a flat or low slope roof. The hand tool has a flexible member that carries a releasable connector having a grip strength that releasably retains one insulation plate. The flexible member flexes between a neutral first position and a flexed second position. When the flexible member is flexed towards the second position, the releasable connector releases the insulation plate to place the insulation plate in a desired location atop the insulation board or vapor barrier on the flat or low slope roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Everhard Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J Horner, Roy S Ailstock
  • Patent number: 10975589
    Abstract: A precast, prestressed concrete tank and method that facilitates construction of a primary inner tank within a secondary outer tank, and which permits for the construction of the primary inner tank after the secondary outer tank has been erected, but without requiring insertion through a top of the secondary outer tank, or by tunneling underneath the secondary outer tank, is disclosed. The primary inner tank has an inner wall and the secondary outer tank has an outer wall (precast, prestressed concrete) and wire windings. The primary inner tank is disposed inside of the secondary outer tank. The secondary outer tank has a plurality of first precast outer wall panels, and a temporary construction opening frame. The temporary construction opening frame defines an access doorway during construction of the tank. The temporary construction opening frame is disposed on a foundation base slab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Sanjay Mehta, Eric T. Reaman
  • Patent number: 10975567
    Abstract: An improved cap and assembly is provided for a poured concrete deck. The improved assembly has a diaphragm seal over-molded to a top plate having a depending sidewall that is snap-fit to a base containing a fire ring. A tubular sleeve is connected to the over-molded top plate by snap fit connections to the sidewall and by threaded fasteners passing through sockets in the sleeve, sidewall and base. The over-molded diaphragm has a funnel shape. A first sleeve cap has depending positioning tabs that may be broken off to adjust the cap height relative to the sleeve, with an inwardly extending latching surface engaging the sleeve when the tabs are removed. A second cap has inwardly extending tabs that fit into channels on the sleeve fit between ridges on the sleeve when rotated to adjustably position the second cap on the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Larry D. Brown, James Cosley, Dennis Hart, Virgil O'Neil
  • Patent number: 10968623
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system which allows users to mount multiple pieces of equipment to a tower and it has the unique capability to adjust a steel frame to level without additional equipment. In accordance with a first preferred embodiment, the present invention includes a duel locking system that includes a taper adjusting bolt to adjustably position the frame level with the earth. Further, the dual locking system of the present invention preferably further includes the use of retaining bolts to keep the assembly positioned correctly. According to a further aspect of the present invention, once the taper adjusting bolt is in its desired position, the retaining bolts are preferably tightened to lock the frame in place, with the taper adjusting bolt acting as a redundant measure to help maintain the level state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Valmont Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Brandon M. Chapman
  • Patent number: 10961711
    Abstract: A reinforcement system for anchoring tendons for structural reinforcing a structure such as a concrete structure, said reinforcement system comprises at least one anchor and at least one tendon, said anchor is adapted to fix said tendon in and/or outside said structure, wherein said reinforcement system comprises a ductility element, which is positioned in structural connection between said tendon and said anchor, said ductility element comprising weakened deformation zones being deformable so that the length of the ductility is increased or decreased in an axial direction along the length of said tendon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
    Inventor: Jacob Wittrup Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10954672
    Abstract: The method of connecting a circular concrete-filled steel tubular column to a reinforced concrete footing provides a process for constructing a circular concrete-filled steel tubular column anchored in a reinforced concrete footing. A tubular member is partially embedded in a cavity formed in a block of reinforced concrete, such that a pair of flanges thereof is positioned adjacent to and above a base surface of the cavity. A steel tube is partially inserted into the cavity, such that rotation of the steel tube will cause the pair of flanges to interlock with a pair of slots at the lower end of the steel tube, locking the steel tube in place with respect to the tubular member and the block of reinforced concrete. The cavity is filled with concrete grout to secure the column, and the steel tube is filled with concrete to form the circular concrete-filled steel tubular column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventors: Husain Abbas, Yousef A. Al-Salloum, Tarek H. Almusallam, Nadeem A. Siddiqui, Baha M. A. Khateeb