Patents Examined by Brent W Herring
  • Patent number: 10995490
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to support members for ceiling systems, such as those that can be formed into an interconnected grid to be suspended from a ceiling and support ceiling tiles. One aspect of the disclosure is a linearly-extending support member for a ceiling tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: CertainTeed Ceilings Corporation
    Inventors: Robin C. Czyzewicz, Bryan Neubeker, Matthew Rapposelli
  • Patent number: 10995546
    Abstract: A hidden fastener screen installation system includes a plurality of screen frame extrusions cooperating to form an opening across which a screen is positioned. Each screen frame extrusion includes a mounting surface and a singular mounting rib extending outwardly from the mounting surface. The mounting surface is configured to receive a plurality of mechanical fasteners to retain the screen frame extrusion to a portion of a building structure. A trim mold includes a channel configured to closely receive and retain the mounting rib. The screen is received in the channel and is retained by cooperation between the trim mold and the mounting rib. A portion of the trim mold extends over the fasteners and fully covers the fasteners such that the fasteners are completely hidden upon installation of the trim mold on the screen frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: David Seuberling, William F Browning
  • Patent number: 10995502
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a corner guard and a wall guard, and a method of installing the corner guard and a wall guard that reduces the installation time and provides an improved aesthetic appearance. A corner guard and a wall guard each includes an elongated cover member that is terminated at one end, or both ends, by an end cap. The end cap is sonically welded or otherwise adhered directly to the cover member rather than being attached separately to an underlying base member. The cover member with end cap can then be slid on or snapped onto the underlying base member together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Itasca Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Field, Matthew W. Field
  • Patent number: 10988933
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of the present invention provide A roofing system comprising (i) a roof deck; (ii) a vertical structure extending from said roof deck; (iii) a membrane system covering said roof deck; and (iv) a flashing assembly creating a water-proof seal between said membrane system and said vertical structure, where said flashing assembly includes a flashing composite having a polymeric membrane component and a fabric component, said polymeric membrane component being bonded to said membrane system, and said flashing assembly further including a cured residue layer of a liquid flashing composition extending from said fabric component of said fleeced flashing membrane to a surface of said vertical structure, and said cured residue being bonded to said fabric component and said surface of said vertical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Firestone Building Products Company, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew J. Reynolds, Michael J. Hubbard
  • Patent number: 10982437
    Abstract: A modular barrier device for partitioning a room into two separate living spaces comprising: a plurality of storage modules, said storage modules arranged in a side-by-side as a well as a back-to-back fashion, and adjacent to a door module, to create a closet module to define the two separate living spaces in the room; at least one door rail attached to the closet module; at least one barn-style door slidably attached to the at least one door rail to provide user access to at least one of the two separate living spaces; and an adjustable valence system, said adjustable valence system capable of attaching to the closet module and further capable of expanding to fill any gap between the top of the closet module and a room ceiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: ChiCore Assets, LLC
    Inventors: Marc Lifshin, Mitchell Dalton
  • Patent number: 10981815
    Abstract: A manufacturing process for a one piece tank that involves three steps results in a consistently watertight and structurally stronger unit than previous tanks. The three steps comprise a process for producing the body of the tank, a process for producing a preliminary lid, and a process for producing the final tank. An important step in the process for producing the body of the tank is extending reinforcing steel (rebar) a distance above the concrete walls of the tank. After the preliminary lid is placed into a groove of the tank, the rebar is bent over the lid and a water stop is applied between the walls of the tank and the preliminary lid. The water stop can be any of several forms. In one form, the water stop is in the form of butyl or rubber strip which projects from the walls of the tank above the walls with the rebar. In an alternate form, the water stop is in the form of a gasket of plastic or other suitable material inserted in a groove at the top of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Jarrett Concrete Products
    Inventor: Thomas Henry Jarrett
  • Patent number: 10975583
    Abstract: A trench drain includes a trench, a grating seat and a grating hingedly connected to the trench. The trench has a base wall with peripheral side walls extending upwardly therefrom and an outwardly-extending peripheral flange. The grating seat is configured to receive the grating. The peripheral side walls of the trench have a pair of opposing elongated slots formed therein and the grating has a pair of posts on opposing ends thereof. Each of the pair of posts on the grating are received in a respective one of the pair of opposing elongated slots of the trench to establish an axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: David M. Gomo, Robert A. DiPlacido, Jaroslaw J. Plachotnik, Jason E. Morris
  • Patent number: 10968619
    Abstract: A construction technique, for example for residential, light commercial and multifamily building construction, involving pre-fabricated elements. The elements include prefabricated structural components and prefabricated surface components. A technique of incremental building includes assembling a building structure using these pre-fabricated elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventor: David L. Harmon
  • Patent number: 10967486
    Abstract: This application relates to the field of reveal architectural panels and a tool or clamp for assembly thereof. The apparatus and method replace prior art assembly methods and fasteners with adhesives and a dedicated particularly designed clamp to facilitate assembly. The frame members are modified to facilitate assembly with adhesive sealants and removal of mechanical fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Axiom Construction and Consulting LLC
    Inventor: Timothy Koetje
  • Patent number: 10968653
    Abstract: A buckling resistant spring clad bar (BRSCB) assembly is described. The BRSCB assembly includes a plurality of bars arranged to form a perimeter, each of the plurality of bars having a top end and a bottom end. A plurality of springs are provided, wherein at least one of the plurality of springs is wrapped around each of the plurality of bars. A diameter of the at least one of the plurality of spring is greater than a diameter of the each of the plurality of bars. The at least one of the plurality of springs is wrapped around each of the plurality of bars in close contact to provide buckling resistance against a load applied over each of the plurality of bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Venkata Rangarao Vemuri, Badri K Prasad
  • Patent number: 10962207
    Abstract: A hub for lighting at a grid intersection. The hub includes a light enclosure, light fixture, yoke, clip adapter, and beams. The enclosure includes connected walls each having a central offset portion with a connecting slot and multiple fixture slots. The yoke includes a middle section, two side sections, and two connector sections having protrusions. The yoke is attached to the enclosure by passing the connector sections through the connecting slots in opposite walls of the enclosure. Clips are inserted into the connecting slots that do not contain the yoke. The clips include arms extended therefrom and have protrusions. Beams with end adapters having holes are then connected to the enclosure by engaging the protrusions on the yoke and clips with the holes on the clip adapters. A light fixture can then be attached with fasteners passing through the fixture and slots in the fixture. Optionally a driver can be attached to the fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Joshua L. Neal, Brett W. Sareyka
  • Patent number: 10961739
    Abstract: Disclosed is a ceiling type seismic impact buffer unit which may perform a buffering action of reducing vibration or the impact applied thereto attributable to earthquakes, typhoons, etc. without direct transmission of the vibration or the impact to a ceiling panel installed on a ceiling. The ceiling type seismic impact buffer unit includes a housing main body, a first coupling bolt, which is fixed into a coupling hole formed in the center of the upper surface of the housing main body and has a front end connected to an upper connection rod, a second coupling bolt, which is fixed to a sliding contactor through a sliding guide hole formed in the center of the lower surface of the housing main body and has a front end connected to a lower connection rod, and a restoring spring, which has upper and lower ends coupled to first and second fixing washers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: An Se Lee
  • Patent number: 10961717
    Abstract: A hidden siding fastener is provided. The hidden siding fastener includes an upper nail hem hook and an opposing lower pressure point, fold point and lock engagement hook extending therefrom. The nail hem hook is threaded through the back side of a lower piece of siding panel so that the lock engagement hook can nest into a siding lock slot of the same siding panel. Thereby, a separate upper piece of siding panel and specifically its siding lock hook can operatively associate with the lock engagement hook and fold point in a locked engagement, while the pressure point urges a more secure locked engagement between the two pieces of siding panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: John David Donnelly
  • Patent number: 10961701
    Abstract: An interlocking construction block having a predefined finish, suitable for the construction of buildings and featuring elements that allow the passage of pipes, ducts or iron rods inside it, enabling construction to be carried out more efficiently, with the consequent reduction in labor and material requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Eduardo Alberto Grundland Farace, Fernando Rey Farias
  • Patent number: 10961697
    Abstract: A metal reinforcement fitting for reinforcing a through hole penetrating through a wooden building component from one surface and the other surface thereof includes: a first plate member made of a metal plate, a cylindrical member made of a metal cylinder, and a second plate member made of a metal plate. The first plate member has a through hole adapted to receive a rod-like fastener therethrough, and is adapted to be disposed on the one surface of the wooden building component. The cylindrical member is adapted to receive the rod-like fastener therethrough and to be inserted and fitted in the through hole of the wooden building component so as to extend over an entire length thereof. The second plate member has a through hole adapted to receive the rod-like fastener therethrough, and is adapted to be disposed on the other surface of the wooden building component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Adachi
  • Patent number: 10954662
    Abstract: The system and method for connecting a square concrete-filled steel tubular column to a reinforced concrete footing includes a short steel pipe partially embedded in the footing, the pipe having a top end having flanges extending radially therefrom, the top end extending into a cavity in the footing having an elliptical top opening and circular base, the flanges extending above the base. An elliptical base plate is welded to the bottom of the tubular steel column, the base plate having a circular opening defined therein and a plurality of spaced flange slots depending therefrom. The bottom end of the column is lowered into the cavity, the elliptical base plate passing through the elliptical opening in the cavity, and the column is rotated 90° to interlock the flanges with the flange slots. The cavity is filled with concrete grout, and the square or rectangular steel column is filled with concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventors: Husain Abbas, Nadeem A. Siddiqui, Baha M. A. Khateeb, Tarek H. Almusallam, Yousef A. Al-Salloum
  • Patent number: 10947751
    Abstract: A multiuse utility pole is presented that may house various public and quasi-public infrastructure. In one non-limiting embodiment, the multiuse pole houses cell control equipment and one or more cellular antennas. In any embodiment, the multiuse pole incorporates an optically transparent or translucent section (hereafter transparent section) in its pole structure that allows for enclosing a camera such that the camera has a substantially unobstructed 360-degree field-of-view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Comptek Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James D. Lockwood, Kenneth Michael Hoganson
  • Patent number: 10947721
    Abstract: A through-wall flashing support system for supporting a through-wall flashing membrane installed in a cavity wall. The system includes multiple support parts, multiple spline parts and a through-wall flashing membrane. Each support part has a flange, configured to abut and be attached to an inner wall of the cavity wall, and a base, extending with a downward slope from the lower portion of the flange such that the outer portion of the base penetrates an outer wall of cavity wall. Spline parts are configured to connect adjacent support parts. The through-wall flashing membrane extends across the cavity and covers the bases of the support parts and the spline parts. Weep holes are installed to enable water to flow through the outer wall along through-wall flashing membrane. Methods for installing this system in a new cavity wall and retrofitting an existing cavity wall are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Paul Schepens
  • Patent number: 10941537
    Abstract: A prefabricated former for an underground pump station comprises: a floor former; a plurality of vertical support elements; a side wall secured to and surrounding the plurality of vertical support elements, the side wall having an inner layer and an outer layer defining a cavity therebetween, and an opening at an upper end of the side wall in communication with the cavity for receiving concrete, the side wall extending both above and below the floor former for defining a space above the floor former and a space below the floor former, and an opening being provided between the cavity and the space below the floor former enabling concrete to flow through the cavity and into the space below the floor former; when set, the concrete forming a unitary wall and base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Dutypoint Limited
    Inventors: Timothy Olof Eagle, Robert James Freeman
  • Patent number: 10941571
    Abstract: The set of modular timber hollow bricks with thermal insulation properties includes wooden hollow bricks, marked as A and B which have a box structure. Hollow brick A and corner hollow brick B include two boards connected by crossbars in such a way, that they form a peripheral socket on the inside for a connection with the connector. The corner hollow brick B also has a connector on the side surface of the board. Each hollow brick has a circumferential socket, the size of which corresponds to half the thickness of the connector. The corner hollow brick B has a notch on the lateral surface. The hollow brick A and corner hollow brick B have each an additional reinforcing bar inside. The socket is filled with sealing foam before assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: CONSTRACT ECO DOMY sp. Z o.o.
    Inventor: Kacper Wasniewski