Patents Examined by Beth A. Stephan
  • Patent number: 10889166
    Abstract: A roll shade device includes: a fixed shaft fixed to a roof of a vehicle and extending in a vehicle width direction; a flexible rotation shaft into which the fixed shaft is inserted; a light shielding sheet whose first terminal end portion is fixed to the rotation shaft, and which is in an unfolded state where light passing through a light transmitting portion provided to the roof is blocked or is in a winding state where light is allowed to pass; and a torsion spring which is accommodated between the fixed shaft and the rotation shaft, and which biases the rotation shaft in a rotation direction in which the light shielding sheet is wound so that twist of the rotation shaft becomes symmetrical in the vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinichi Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 10875394
    Abstract: A glazing includes a window, and along part of an edge a profiled bead including a groove for clipping a cover piece onto the profiled bead, the cover piece including, seen in cross section, a harpoon penetrating into the groove during clipping, wherein when the harpoon is situated in the groove, the cover piece further includes, farther toward the exterior than the harpoon and outside of the groove, a base situated both facing and at a distance from a part of the edge surface of the window and a part of the edge surface of the adjacent window and, farther toward the exterior than the base, a flexible exterior covering situated both facing a part of the edge surface of the window and a part of the edge surface of the adjacent window, the exterior covering having a Shore A hardness between 45 and 90 inclusive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Martial De Paoli, Laurent Lamoureux
  • Patent number: 10870986
    Abstract: In one implementation, a metal deck is provided that includes a plurality of deck components formed in a contiguous metal sheet. Each of the deck components includes a plurality of folded ribs formed along the length of the metal deck. Each of the plurality of folded ribs are configured such that one or more trusses of a building may fit between the plurality of folded ribs. The metal deck may be used to complete the structural diaphragm without using concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: PatCo, LLC
    Inventors: John Louis Vanker, Michael J. Lastowski
  • Patent number: 10871030
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a cordless window covering that has one or more removable securement mechanisms that are positionable at various locations along one or more straps that are coupled to a first side of the window covering. Different portions of each of the one or more straps are coupled to the window covering at a number of different positions. This enables the one or more removable securement mechanisms to be removably coupled to each of the different positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: DANI DESIGNS CO LLC
    Inventor: Danelle Larsen
  • Patent number: 10865601
    Abstract: A window covering includes a fixed rail, a covering material, a lifting cord and a winding mechanism, wherein the covering material is positioned under the fixed rail, and the winding mechanism includes a reel, a rotating member and a stopper. The reel is adapted to wind up or release the lifting cord, in order to drive the covering material to move toward the fixed rail to fold, or to move away from the fixed rail to unfold. The rotating member passes through the reel. The stopper is operably pivoted relative to the rotating member. When the rotating member rotates independently from the reel, the stopper is driven to pivot, and is protruded from a surface of the rotating member, and the stopper would abut against a block of the fixed rail to stop the rotation of the rotating member. Therefore, when a covering material of the window covering is unfolded and meets an obstacle, the covering material could stop unfolding automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Nien Made Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jian Zeng, Keng-Hao Nien
  • Patent number: 10865569
    Abstract: An interlocking wall panel arrangement for mounting wall panels to an existing wall, includes a plurality of wall panels, each wall panel including a main wall panel section, a first interlocking section extend rearwardly from the main wall panel section at one end thereof, the first interlocking section includes walls defining a channel, and a second interlocking section extend rearwardly from the main wall panel section at an opposite end thereof for engaging with a first interlocking section of another the wall panel, the second interlocking section includes a projection wall that fits within the channel of another wall panel; and a securing arrangement for securing the first interlocking section to the existing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventor: Henry H. Bilge
  • Patent number: 10865600
    Abstract: A window blind includes a first rail, a second rail, a plurality of slats, a modulation mechanism, and an adjustment unit. The modulation mechanism includes a modulation shaft which can drive two warps of the ladder tape to make a relative movement in a vertical direction, whereby to modulate the slats to turn. When the slats are turned from a first position to a second position, the adjustment unit moves a rear cord which is used to move the second rail, whereby to change a length of a segment of the rear cord between a bottom edge of the first rail and a top edge of the second rail. In this way, the second rail could be turned along with the slats which are driven by the modulation shaft, and the problem of light leakage could be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Nien Made Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: De-Jun Zhang, Lin Chen, Keng-Hao Nien
  • Patent number: 10858854
    Abstract: A structural brace may include a core member, which may include a first end, a second end, and a center portion. The center portion may include a cutout pattern disposed along a length of the center portion. In response to absorption of energy from seismic forces, the core member may provide plastic deformation and may be resistant to buckling. The structural brace may include a housing, which may surround at least the center portion of the core member. The structural brace may include a spacing material between the core member and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: CoreBrace, LLC
    Inventor: Brandt Saxey
  • Patent number: 10858830
    Abstract: A device for suspension of a suspended ceiling, comprising an elongated suspension member (3) having a first end (10) and an opposing second end (11), an anchoring head (4) being arranged at the first end (10); a housing (2) having an open top side (5) and an opposed, closed bottom side (6), the (2) housing defining a housing cavity (7) adapted to be filled with an adhesive (16); and a suspension member holder (8). A passage (9) is provided extending through the closed bottom side (6) of the housing (2), wherein the elongated suspension member (3) in an assembled state of the device extends through the passage (9) with the first end (10) positioned inside the housing cavity (7) and the second end (11) positioned outside the housing cavity (7) and wherein the suspension member holder (8) in the assembled state of the device positions the first end (10) and the thereto arranged anchoring head (4) of the suspension member (3) at a distance H1 from the closed bottom side (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN ECOPHON AB
    Inventors: Torbjörn Persson, Jan Wilkens, Thomas Nilsson
  • Patent number: 10858832
    Abstract: A structural element for constructions comprising a structure (2) made of concrete and/or geopolymer and/or alkali activated material and at least one strip (3) made of a fibre-resin composite. Such strip surrounds at least part of said structure (2), compressing it. The strip also at least partly surmounts an external surface (20) of said structure (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: FSC TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Giovanni Ferri, Claudio Subacchi
  • Patent number: 10844613
    Abstract: The invention relates to a paver supporting apparatus. The paver supporting apparatus has a pedestal with a top plate. A modular grid is positioned on the top plate and has a ballast receiving opening and a ballast is located in the ballast receiving opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Hanover Prest-Paving Company
    Inventors: Kevin Repasky, Brian Repasky
  • Patent number: 10835733
    Abstract: A connector or connector assembly for attaching a nasal cannula with a gas delivery hose includes a sensor port for a sensor probe positioned near an end of a nasal cannula, which can allow the sensor probe to be placed closer to the patient's nostrils than previous connector parts allowed. The connector assembly can be configured to automatically align locking protrusions on a first component with locking recesses on a second component, where insertion of the second component within the first component causes the second component to rotate relative to the first component, thereby aligning the locking protrusions with associated locking recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Laurence Gulliver, Michael Paul Ronayne, Charles William Douglas Irving
  • Patent number: 10815666
    Abstract: A building system includes a plurality of shingles mounted adjacent one another relative to a building surface. Each of the plurality of shingles has a core formed from a compressed, shredded composite material, and each of the plurality of shingles includes a first end having a first thickness and a second end having a second thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: Thomas L. Kelly
  • Patent number: 10812011
    Abstract: An example solar structure is disclosed for providing shade to a roof of a building having a building support structure. The solar structure may comprise: a plurality of vertical supports; a plurality of connecting beams; and a plurality of solar panels, wherein the plurality of vertical supports couple the load of the solar structure directly to the building support structure. Example methods are disclosed for keeping rooftop equipment cooler and operating more efficiently and longer, for specifying smaller AC units, for extending the life of a roof, for reducing the heat entering a building from sunshine, for reducing the heat re-radiated from solar panels onto a roof, and for specifying smaller structural roof support beams. An example solar structure comprises a movable portion configured to move from a first position to a second position to allow rooftop equipment to be lifted off the roof through the solar structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignees: Strategic Solar Energy, LLC, DBM Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Clayton Jay Allen, Thomas Headley, Mark Little
  • Patent number: 10800139
    Abstract: [Object] To provide a building material capable of solving the problem of peeling-off, turning-up, and displacement of a protective sheet from a coating during storage, transport, and construction and capable of solving the problem of degradation of surface finishing of the coating as a result of the protective sheet being peeled off from a coating surface of the building material. [Solution] A building material 10 includes a base material 1 having a design surface on a surface thereof, a coating 2 that is formed on the design surface and that has a surface having a 60-degree specular gloss of 80 or greater, and a protective sheet 3 affixed to the coating 2 so as to be peelable. The coating 2 has a pencil hardness of HB or higher. The adhesive force between the coating 2 and the protective sheet 3 is 2 to 8 N/20 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: NICHIA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Shimatani
  • Patent number: 10801209
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to a roofing system including flashing, for example, suitable for protecting a roof from water leakage. The present disclosure relates more particularly to a roofing system including first, second, and third courses of shingles, where the second course overlaps the first and the third course overlaps the second. A flashing plate is disposed over the first course of shingles and partially under the second course of shingles. The flashing plate and the third course of shingles are spaced apart by a gap in a direction of the slope of the roof between a top edge of the flashing plate and a lower edge of the third course of shingles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: CertainTeed LLC
    Inventors: Alex C. Nash, Stephen Koch, Robert L. Jenkins, Christopher C. Fisher
  • Patent number: 10781588
    Abstract: The present invention relates an integrated, post-tensioned building construction system that utilizes a rectangular array of interlocking block components for the shell of building structures. Internal tendons that pass through the interlocking blocks are affixed to beams at the base or foundation of the building walls and terminate above beams atop the building walls. The ends of tendons receive mechanical fasteners that are tightened to the beams and/or foundation. The tendons serve to maintain the integrity of the interlocking block components, which cannot come apart when the tendons are tightened. Build stops secured to tendons help to stabilize the interlocking block components during construction. With interlocking blocks fabricated from a compressible material, like concrete-and-aggregate, the tendons are tensioned to induce a compressive load on the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Marc R Nadeau
  • Patent number: 10781592
    Abstract: A roof gutter for the purpose of keeping small debris out of the gutter and allowing rainwater to pass into the gutter. The covering is comprised of a water permeable, weather resistant mesh having apertures of a pre-determined size for passing water, the mesh sized to substantially cover a rain gutter; corrugations formed in the mesh; a debris collection first trough disposed along a longitudinal axis of the mesh, formed by making at least two bends in the mesh, the first trough located between a longitudinal midline of the mesh and a front gutter end of the mesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: GUTTERGLOVE, INC.
    Inventor: Robert C. Lenney
  • Patent number: 10774524
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to an assemblable panel structure and, more particularly, to an assemblable panel structure having an expansion module connectable to a core module in an expansive manner. The assemblable panel structure includes a core module comprised of an upper core panel and a lower core panel, each having a regular thickness and a polygon horizontal-section wherein the core module has a space defined therein between the upper core panel and the lower core panel which are spaced apart from each other. The present invention adopts a modular structure, thus making it possible to quickly complete various types of prefabricated houses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Jong Woon Song
  • 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