Patents Examined by Beth A. Stephan
  • Patent number: 11396772
    Abstract: A motorized shade comprising a roller tube, a shade material connected to the roller tube, and a motor drive unit operably connected to the roller tube. The motor drive unit comprises a motor adapted to create torque to rotate the roller tube to lower or raise the shade material and a force sensor positioned at a point along the motor drive unit that resists the torque created by the motor resulting in a reaction force that is detected by the force sensor. The motor drive unit further comprises a motor control module adapted to receive sensor readings from the force sensor and control the motor in response to detecting an abrupt change in the reaction force using the received sensor readings to enable shade control via pulling of the shade material as well as or alternatively obstacle detection to minimize damage to the roller shade and users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Campagna, Benjamin Slivka, Luis J. Rivera
  • Patent number: 11391080
    Abstract: A movable wall panel system is disclosed. The movable wall panel system may include at least one monitoring system to monitor at least one area adjacent the movable wall panel system. The movable wall panel system may include a touch screen as part of an operator interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Modernfold, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley A. Jones, Bryan Thomas Welch, Michael W. Beeler, Jonathan Taylor Dreitlein, William S. Meyers
  • Patent number: 11390399
    Abstract: A deformable device includes a deformable beam or hinge having an extended state, a flattened state, and a rolled state if a beam, where a stiffness and strength in the extended state is greater than a different stiffness and strength in the flattened state, the deformable beam or the hinge deformable along a long axis. An end face cross section transverse to the long axis includes a first periodic curved member which defines at least two shaped curves. A second periodic curved member defines at least two shaped curves. The second periodic curved member is mechanically coupled to the first periodic curved member at respective ends of the end face cross section. The first arc length of the first periodic curved member and the second arc length of the second periodic curved member are of about a same arc length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Opterus Research and Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas W. Murphey
  • Patent number: 11384600
    Abstract: A system and method are provided herein for adjusting a set of roller shade motor motion parameters of a shade motor for use in a roller shade, the systems and method comprising: engaging the shade motor to move the roller shade a first distance; measuring a first torque level indicator in regard to a power supply voltage being supplied to the shade motor; determining a first torque level based on the measured first torque lever indicator; obtaining a first set of roller shade motor motion parameters from a table based on the first torque level; and applying the first set of roller shade motor motion parameters to the shade motor whenever the roller shade is directed to lift or lower the roller shade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Luis Rivera
  • Patent number: 11384597
    Abstract: A window treatment system includes a roller tube, a covering material, a motor drive unit, and an idler. The covering material is coupled to the roller tube such that the covering material is configured to be wound and unwound from the roller tube when the roller tube rotates. The motor drive unit is configured to rotate the roller tube. The idler includes a bearing sleeve, a bearing, a bearing retainer, and a pin. The bearing sleeve and the roller tube rotate together. The bearing sleeve includes a cavity and a flange. The bearing is disposed at least partially within the cavity and also defines a bore. The bearing retainer is disposed between the flange and an outboard face of the bearing to maintain the bearing's position. The pin is disposed in the bore such that the bearing sleeve and the roller tube rotate with respect to the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventor: Randy C. Seiple
  • Patent number: 11377906
    Abstract: A cordless blind device for external power drive is provided. The cordless blind device comprises: a winding roll; a screen member wound or unwound on the winding roll; a weight member connected to the lower end of the screen member to apply a torque in the direction in which the screen member is unwound; an elastic member for applying an elastic force to the winding roll to apply a torque in the direction in which the screen member is wound; and a power conversion module formed on at least one of the fixing brackets, and including a first driving shaft connected to the winding roll, a second driving shaft exposed to the outside of the fixing bracket and connected to a driving device connecting hole, and a gear box for transmitting power in both directions between the first driving shaft and the second driving shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: WINTEC KOREA INC.
    Inventor: Seong-Ryong Jang
  • Patent number: 11374530
    Abstract: A modular, roof-mounted solar energy apparatus includes a mounting frame having a plurality of brackets. Each bracket having a first arm connected to a second arm at a connection point. The plurality of first arms form a first plane. The plurality of second arms form a second plane. Solar panels populate the planes. Also, there are ridge brackets and hip brackets for connecting various mounting frame portions over a ridgeline of a roof and across a hip of a hip roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventor: Chandramouli Vaidyanathan
  • Patent number: 11371283
    Abstract: The invention provides a conveniently fixed roller blind and a fixing device thereof. The roller blind comprises a sleeving tube, a shaft assembly, a fixing device, a retractable device, two fixing brackets, and a blind. The fixing device includes a shaft housing cover, a press buckle penetrating into the shaft housing cover, a spring retracting in the press buckle, a spring damping sleeve sleeving with the press buckle to allow the spring to expand and retract inside, a damping ring fixed on a bottom end of the spring damping sleeve, and a safety buckle shaft housing provided for the spring damping sleeve and the shaft housing cover to be sleeved into. The press buckle is moved back and forth in the spring damping sleeve by the spring, and is pressed so that the roller blind can be assembled and fixed by the fixing brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventor: Chih-Yung Wang
  • Patent number: 11371279
    Abstract: A door skin is provided that includes at least one inner panel, an outer body portion surrounding the at least one inner panel, and at least one contoured portion surrounding the at least one panel and interconnecting the at least one panel to the outer body portion. The at least one contoured portion is recessed from the at least one panel and the outer body portion and includes a center base portion that interconnects with the outer body portion via a first sloping portion and with the panel via a second sloping portion. The first sloping portion includes a first angled portion and a first bump. The second sloping portion includes second and third bumps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick C. Ege, Dale Di Iulio, Timothy D. Gouge
  • Patent number: 11365583
    Abstract: Disclosed is a roller blind allowing an upper position limit and a lower position limit to be set by the damper of the roller blind. The damper allows the upper position limit and the lower position limit to be set and includes an inner tube, a first sliding base, a first position-limiting base, and a second position-limiting base. When a blind fabric is driven by a linkage assembly, the first sliding base is driven by the linkage assembly and ends up pushed against the first position-limiting base or the second position-limiting base to stop the linkage assembly from driving the blind fabric. The blind fabric can therefore be limited in position whether it is raised or lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Sunmaster Blinds Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yi-Chin Tao
  • Patent number: 11359435
    Abstract: A screen assembly for a window includes a pair of parallel and spaced apart side rails locatable against respective sides of a window opening, and a head assembly including a roller upon which is wound a screen. The head assembly extends between the side rails and is adapted to be mounted on upper ends of the side rails to be supported thereon against and/or adjacent to an upper side of the window opening. Each side rail is linearly extendable whereby the upper and lower ends of the side rails frictionally engage upper and lower faces of a window opening to secure the side rails, and the head assembly mounted thereon, in place within the window opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Fourds Limited
    Inventors: Cormac Diamond, Kevin McCullagh, Patrick McGirr, Shay McGuinness
  • Patent number: 11352796
    Abstract: A shading system includes a housing extending along a longitudinal housing direction; a plurality of shading blades extending along a longitudinal blade direction; a coupling system comprising: a first rail; and a second rail. Each of the shading blades is rotatably coupled to the first rail and to the second rail. A coupling element is rotatably coupled to the housing and rotatably coupled to the second rail. An actuator to translate the first rail along the longitudinal housing direction. The coupling element rotates the shading blades by limiting a translation of the second rail. A rain gutter extends along the longitudinal housing direction below the plurality of shading blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventor: Gwenn Vanthournout
  • Patent number: 11339596
    Abstract: A folding panel system that allows foldable panels, such as folding glass doors, to fold and move around segmented tracks. The system includes a trolley assembly. The trolley assembly can include a pair of dual roller assemblies spaced rigidly apart by a rigid guide member and supported by an overhead guide track. The rigid guide member is positioned outside of the guide track and moves lengthwise along the overhead guide track except between overhead linear track segments. A hinge extension is secured to and extends rigidly away from the rigid guide member vertically away from the guide track. This configuration holds the hinge extension at a constant angle with respect to the guide track. The hinge extension pivotably joins hinge leaves from adjacent panels hingedly joining the two panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Solar Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Gregory A Header
  • Patent number: 11339609
    Abstract: An idler end for a roller tube of a roller blind. The idler end includes a housing having a bore therethrough, an internal partition and a generally cylindrical passageway extending through said partition. The passageway has an internal first should for engagement with a fastener. The idler end includes a shaft having (i) a pin portion for engagement with the roller blind, (ii) a receiver configured to pass through the passageway and for engagement with said fastener, and (iii) a second shoulder between the pin portion and the receiver end, and a biasing member configured to longitudinally bias said pin portion away from said housing. The idler end further includes a ring member surrounding said shaft positioned between said second shoulder and said biasing member, the ring member reducing the generation of noise created through rotational movement of said biasing member relative to said second shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventor: Philip Ng
  • Patent number: 11332974
    Abstract: A bottom rail for a flexible material shade including an elongated base dimensioned and configured to be connected to the shade. The base has a hollow interior, extending along the length thereof, and including a plurality of cavities extending interiorly along the length of the base. The plurality of cavities are symmetrically disposed relative to a major axis of the base and are cooperatively structured with the base to be connected to a free end of the shade in different operative orientations, methods styles, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventor: Edwin Chiquin
  • Patent number: 11326394
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a punching-free mounting assembly for a curtain, a curtain, and a method of installing a curtain; the punching-free mounting assembly for a curtain comprises a mounting seat, a telescopic head, an adjusting plate and an elastic thrust member; the center of the telescopic head is sequentially provided with an outwardly extending threaded column and smooth column. In a natural state, the elastic thrust member squeezes and pushes the mounting seat and the adjusting plate toward two sides, and the limiting part of the smooth column abuts against the outer bottom of the mounting seat, which no longer needs to damage the surface of the wall, and without the requirements of auxiliary tools, a quick and punching-free installation of the curtain is achieved, greatly saving time and effort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventor: Baoguo Tan
  • Patent number: 11326350
    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: October 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: CertainTeed LLC
    Inventors: Alex C. Nash, Stephen Koch, Robert L. Jenkins, Christopher C. Fisher
  • Patent number: 11313131
    Abstract: An openable sunscreen device with adjustable slats (3) moved by at least one distance adjustment member (21) between opened (O) and closed (C) conditions. Each slat (3) has an axle (9) whose ends (11) slide along a first site for sliding (15) of a side guide (17). Each slat (3) has an inclined arm (23) provided with a slider (25). A rotation member (27) provides for rotation of the slat (3) around its axle (9) and includes a longitudinal track element (31) parallel to the site for sliding (15) and a corresponding transversal track element (33). Each transversal track element (33) intersects the longitudinal track element (31) at a respective switch element (35) rotatable between a rotating condition in which it (37) is aligned with the respective transversal track element (33) and a sliding condition in which it (37) is aligned with the longitudinal track element (31).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Maurizio Terenzi
  • Patent number: 11313173
    Abstract: Smart electric shades system, and its method of operation. A smart electric shades (SES) device includes a window blind, and a motor able to open and close the window blind. The SES device includes a Wi-Fi transceiver able to receive an incoming Wi-Fi signal indicating a remote command to control another SES unit that is external to and separate from that SES device. The SES device also includes a non-Wi-Fi reduced-power wireless transceiver, to send to that other SES unit a non-Wi-Fi wireless communication signal, based on the incoming Wi-Fi command, indicating the remote command to control that other SES unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: OLIBRA LLC
    Inventors: Zohar Shinar, Christopher Andrew Merck
  • Patent number: 11306535
    Abstract: A pre-loadable spring roller blind, including a spring bar, a limiting spring, a spring tail plug and a limiting pipe plug sleeve. By arranging the spring tail plug into the first rotating plug and the first adjusting core and arranging the holding spring between the first rotating plug and the first adjusting core, the first adjusting core can be rotated to store the force for the limiting spring. After the torsion force is stored, the spring may not discharge the force when released. When the limiting pipe plug sleeve is used for loading, as long as the tail of the spring bar is fixed, the limiting pipe plug sleeve is rotated to store a force for the limiting spring. After the force is stored, the limiting pipe plug sleeve can be released at any time and the limiting pipe plug sleeve is kept fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventor: Jiefei Lu