Patents Examined by Brent O'Hern
  • Patent number: 9593493
    Abstract: The invention relates to a multilayer lining plate (100) for essentially horizontal support surfaces such as floors or floor coverings, comprising a main layer (1), including at least one part made of a rigid or semi-rigid material, and a ductile or flexible upper decorative layer (2). The lining plate comprises in the perimeter of the main layer (1) a ductile machinable portion (3) that can be machined to form a connecting profile for the connection of the plate with other plates. The machinable portion (3) is preferably made of medium-density fiberboard (MDF), a wood-plastic composite (WPC) material or polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and the main layer is of magnesium oxide, fibrocement or mortar with perlite and vermiculite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: EURO TRADE FLOORING, S.L.
    Inventors: David Granados Pelaez, Luis Fernandez Lopez
  • Patent number: 9586509
    Abstract: A mat system for a vehicle floor that has a floor mat retainer defining a fixed first vertical axis. The floor mat system includes an adapter portion and a mat portion. The adapter portion has a first receiver to enable engagement of the adapter portion to the mat and a plurality of second receivers to enable engagement of the adapter portion to the mat retainer at a selected one of a multitude of locations. Each engagement of the adapter portion to the mat retainer is rotational about the fixed first vertical axis, according to a selection from the plurality of second receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventors: Annette Marie Stroud, Diner Mondragón, Johnny Lamar Brown
  • Patent number: 9580037
    Abstract: A shaped trim part configured to cover an airbag for a motor vehicle, and which includes at least one support which is weakened along an opening line which delimits an opening cover, and a decorative layer composed of leather and arranged on and/or over the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA INTERIORS (EUROPE) GMBH
    Inventor: Anton Tomaj
  • Patent number: 9580331
    Abstract: A CaF2 polycrystalline body which is a polycrystalline body constituted of CaF2 and of which an average grain size of crystalline grains is 200 ?m or more, and a method for producing a CaF2 polycrystalline body, the method including a process of introducing a compact which is obtained by using a CaF2 powder raw material into a vacuum sintering furnace and sintering at a temperature of not higher than 1400° C. for six hours or more, thereby obtaining the CaF2 polycrystalline body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seishi Fujiwara, Naoyasu Uehara, Yuka Narukawa
  • Patent number: 9573340
    Abstract: A composite fabric comprises perforated expanded low density polyethylene foam that is mechanically attached to two opposing facing layers, at least one of which outer facing layers is a non-woven material. The mechanical attachment of the perforated expanded low density polyethylene foam layer to the outer facing layers may be through stitching or quilting; through adhesive; or through thermal bonding. The composite fabric provides a textile with exceptional buoyancy, cold-resistant and water-resistant properties and which can be easily handled by conventional textile manufacturing processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: INNOVATIVE DESIGNS INC.
    Inventor: Joseph Riccelli
  • Patent number: 9573804
    Abstract: The invention relates to method for bonding at least two substrates, for example made from glass, silicon, ceramic, aluminum, or boron, by using an intermediate thin film metal layer for providing the bonding, said method comprising the following steps of: a) providing said two substrates; b) depositing said thin film metal layer on at least a part of a surface of a first substrate of the two substrates; c) bringing a surface of the second substrate into contact with said thin film metal layer on said surface of the first substrate such that a bonding between the second substrate and the thin film metal layer on the first substrate is provided; and d) at least locally strengthening the bonding between the second substrate and the thin film metal layer on the first substrate. The invention also relates to a device comprising two substrates, for example made from glass, silicon, ceramic, aluminum, or boron, and an intermediate thin film metal layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Micronit Microfluidics B.V.
    Inventors: Ronny Van 'T Oever, Marko Theodoor Blom, Jeroen Haneveld, Johannes Oonk, Marinus Bernardus Olde Riekerink, Peter Tijssen, Hendrik Jan Hildebrand Tigelaar, Jean-Noël Fehr, Jean-Christophe Roulet, Amitava Gupta
  • Patent number: 9566774
    Abstract: A display panel manufacturing method is provided. A display function unit is provided on a surface of a first substrate. Sealing material is provided in a region on the surface of the first substrate that is surrounding the display function unit. Resin is then placed in an inside region of the sealing material over the surface of the first substrate. A total volume amount of the resin placed is greater than a volume capacity of an open space surrounded by the sealing material above the surface of the first substrate. A second substrate is bonded with the first substrate via the sealing material to provide a closed space with the resin being provided in the closed space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: JOLED INC.
    Inventor: Takashi Osako
  • Patent number: 9566758
    Abstract: Digital flexural materials are kits of discrete parts that can be assembled into a lattice structure to produce functionally useful assemblies. Digital flexural materials enable design of materials with many small and inexpensive flexures that combine in a lattice geometry that permits deformation without compromising the strength of the assembly. The number of types of parts in a kit is small compared to the total number of parts. A product constructed from digital flexural materials comprises a set of discrete units that are assembled into the structure according to a lattice geometry, with a majority of the units being reversibly connected to at least two other units in the set according to the lattice geometry, and wherein, in response to loading of the structure, a reversible deformation of at least part of the structure occurs. An automated process may be employed for constructing a product from digital flexural materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Kenneth C. Cheung, Neil Adam Gershenfeld
  • Patent number: 9566822
    Abstract: An electrostatic wall sticker, use thereof, process for manufacturing the same, and method for storing and transporting the same are disclosed. The electrostatic wall sticker comprises the sticker body comprising a using layer made of plastic film which comprises a first side and a second side, and an adhesive layer made of plastic film which comprises a first side and a second side. It can effectively replace traditional wall stickers. This invention has the advantages of securely mounting on any dry surface without the need of adhesive agents, leaving no mark upon removal and being highly environmentally friendly. Also, this electrostatic wall sticker possesses the properties of face-to-face and rolling storage of static electricity, which makes transportation convenient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: MORNING LIGHT ENTERPRISES CO
    Inventor: Wing Shut Yeung
  • Patent number: 9562123
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a photocurable composition, to a barrier layer including same, and to an encapsulated device including same, wherein the composition comprises a photocurable monomer(A) and a silicon containing monomer(B), wherein the silicon containing monomers(B) has a structure according to Formula 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Cheil Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Chang Min Lee, Seung Jib Choi, Ji Hye Kwon, Yeon Soo Lee, Kyoung Jin Ha
  • Patent number: 9555595
    Abstract: A free-standing multi-laminate hermetic sheet includes a first carrier film, a hermetic inorganic thin film formed over the first carrier film, and a second carrier film formed over the hermetic inorganic thin film. A workpiece can be hermetically sealed using the multi-laminate sheet, which can be applied to the workpiece in a step separate from a formation step of either the multi-laminate sheet or the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventors: Victoria Ann Edwards, Cynthia Baker Giroux, Shari Elizabeth Koval, Mark Alejandro Quesada, Wanda Janina Walczak
  • Patent number: 9545773
    Abstract: A structure for use in a compressible resilient pad. The structure contains both axially elastomeric strands and relatively inelastic strands co-extruded in various patterns. The structure has a high degree of both compressibility under an applied normal load and excellent recovery (resiliency or spring back) upon removal of that load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Albany International Corp.
    Inventor: Robert A. Hansen
  • Patent number: 9546308
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an easy, scalable method, relying on conventional and unconventional techniques, to incorporate tilt in the fabrication of synthetic polymer-based dry adhesives mimicking the gecko adhesive system. These dry, reversible adhesives demonstrate anisotropic adhesion properties, providing strong adhesion and friction forces when actuated in the gripping direction and an initial repulsive normal force and negligible friction when actuated in the releasing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: The Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund
    Inventors: Noshir Pesika, Keijia Jin
  • Patent number: 9539742
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a continuous carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic plastic composite. The continuous carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic plastic composite includes a continuous carbon fiber impregnated in thermoplastic resin, and the continuous carbon fiber is a continuous carbon fiber has the width of 4 times to 8 times as wide as the original fiber bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: LG HAUSYS, LTD.
    Inventors: Gi-Hune Jung, Yong-Hoon Yoon, Hee-June Kim, Tae-Hwa Lee, Ae-ri Oh, Jae-Hoon Choi
  • Patent number: 9527230
    Abstract: There is provided a method for manufacturing a joint member obtained by joining a carbon fiber composite material containing a thermoplastic resin as a matrix and a metal. The method includes a step (i) of forming an uneven shape having a depth of 0.02 to 0.6 mm on a surface of the metal at a joining portion; a step (ii) of providing a thermoplastic resin layer having a thickness in the range of 5?m or more and 5 mm or less at a joining portion between the surface of the metal and a surface of the composite material; and a step (iii) of melting the thermoplastic resin layer by heating the joining portion to thereby combine the metal and the composite material into one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Teijin Limited
    Inventors: Masaki Takeuchi, Masumi Hirata, Takumi Kato, Hiroki Sano
  • Patent number: 9531172
    Abstract: A board fabricated from a composite material that can be used to build a structure. Electrical conductors may be embedded into the board to distribute electric power to electrically powered devices attached to the board. The board may further comprise elongated supports that can be used to partially enclose threaded fasteners. A plurality of cavities may be formed above the supports so that a fastener head can be recessed into each cavity to allow for a relatively planar upper surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: ALF OPERATING PARTNERS, LTD.
    Inventor: M. John Fakhari
  • Patent number: 9527268
    Abstract: A method of making a sandwich-type composite panel having a cellulose-based core and a living hinge from a stack of material is provided. The stack includes first and second reinforced thermoplastic skins, first and second sheets of thermoplastic adhesive and a cellulose-based cellular core disposed between the sheets and the skins. A pressure is applied to the stack after heating the stack wherein the skins are bonded to the core by the sheets to form the composite panel. A portion of the composite panel is crushed at a predetermined location simultaneously with applying the pressure to locally compact and separate the cellular core at the predetermined location to form two side portions of the panel. The heated first skin stretches during the step of crushing while remaining intact between the two side portions. The skins bond together at the predetermined location to form the living hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: GLOBAL IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Darius J. Preisler, Christopher A. Heikkila
  • Patent number: 9508471
    Abstract: The invention relates to a material (I) adapted for the production of composite parts by a process in which a thermoplastic or thermosetting matrix is diffused within said material, comprising at least one sheet (1) of unidirectional carbon fibers (2) associated on at least one of its faces with at least one conductive component (5) associated or integrated with a permeable layer (3a, 3b, 10) in a thermoplastic material or in a mixture of thermoplastic or thermosetting materials, said permeable layer being in the form of a fabric, a powder, a porous film, a knit, or, preferably, a non-woven (3a, 3b, 10), a process for fabricating composite parts using such a material and the composite parts that can be obtained by such a process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Hexcel Reinforcements
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Beraud, Andrea Viard
  • Patent number: 9505260
    Abstract: A decoration made from a plurality of colored objects arranged in a regular pattern on a colored substrate, individual colored objects discernable at arm's length, with the decoration recognizable at greater distance as corresponding to a digital image. The colored objects may be pushpins, and no colored objects are placed at positions where the substrate color is the desired color. Embodiments also include an apparatus to select a single pushpin from a container of pushpins, and an apparatus to orient a pushpin in preparation for insertion into the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Alexander D. Walter
  • Patent number: 9505955
    Abstract: The present invention will provide adhesive technology adapted to adhere indefinitely to a surface without leaving a residue or sticky mess after removal. The self-preloading force provided by the electrostatic adhesion enables the present invention to be used in applications where directly applying a preload is not possible. Furthermore, the combination of electrostatic forces and Van der Waals forces allows electro-dry-adhesives to adhere to surfaces where traditional dry adhesives and electrostatic devices fail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Krahn, Carlo Menon