Patents Examined by Brian Glessner
  • Patent number: 9976677
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a dual use coupling end including a pipe section having an annular recessed cam groove a distance from an annular endwardly facing surface of the pipe section, the cam groove defined by a curved or tapered cam groove surface extending gradually radially inwardly from an annular radial outer surface of the fitting adjacent toward the endwardly facing surface, to an annular clamp groove terminating on an opposite end by a radially outwardly extending annular clamp abutment surface located a distance from the endwardly facing surface. The clamp abutment surface extends a distance radially outwardly from the radial innermost portion to an annular beveled cam abutment surface at an acute angle to the clamp abutment surface and facing radially outwardly from the endwardly facing surface, the cam abutment surface disposed radially outwardly of the cam groove surface and including a radial outward discontinuous extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventors: Michael James Lurk, Thomas A. Linhorst
  • Patent number: 9976299
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention relates to an insulation and ventilation system for a building envelope (e.g. a building wall and/or a building roof). The system includes: one or more interior building envelope layers; an insulation panel having an interior side abutting against at least one of the one or more interior building envelope layers and an exterior side having a plurality of transversely spaced and continuously longitudinally extending grooves interspaced between a plurality of transversely spaced and continuously longitudinally extending protrusions; and one or more exterior building envelope layers located exterior to the insulation panel to provide a plurality of transversely localized venting channels defined at least in part by an interior surface of the one or more exterior building envelope layers and the grooves of the exterior side of the insulation panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ross Power Investments Inc.
    Inventors: Ross Patrick Power, Scott Emo
  • Patent number: 9879433
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of mortarless, brick- and stone-like veneer systems for walls. More particularly, the present invention relates to suspension rails for providing mortarless or mortar-optional installations of brick- and stone-like panels for covering walls. Embodiments of the invention provide a cage-type suspension rail configured to be partially embedded in the panel and a universal hanging bracket that provides pullout resistance for the panels. An exemplary suspension rail comprises: a first four-sided frame with horizontally and vertically disposed sides; a plurality of posts disposed on and perpendicular to the first frame or the cross bars; a second four-sided frame in communication with the plurality of posts; an upper tab in communication with the first frame for connecting the rail to a surface; wherein the upper tab is disposed outside a perimeter of the first frame and a perimeter of a second frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Matthew Mann
  • Patent number: 9874424
    Abstract: A glass block panel assembled, framed and attached to a substrate such that it resists threats from forced entry, prisoner escape, bullets from guns, bomb blasts, and tornados.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: VITRABLOK, S.R.O.
    Inventors: Peter Rist Atherton, Nicholas Theodore Loomis, Larell Harris
  • Patent number: 9874020
    Abstract: An ice melting and clearing rod includes an ice melting chemical compound including calcium chloride, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, amide, and/or glycol, forming a substantially cylindrical member. The substantially cylindrical member includes: an outer surface including: multiple grooves that run along a length of the cylindrical member, the grooves being evenly spaced about a circumference of the cylindrical member; and a textured surface along at least a portion of the outer surface, the textured surface providing resistance in one direction along the length of the cylindrical member; and a set of through-holes adapted for use as placement features, wherein each through-hole in the set of through-holes is perpendicular to the length of the cylindrical member, where: the rod is adapted for use on a sloped roof, the outer surface is formed by the ice melting compound, and a shape of the substantially cylindrical member is retained without any external container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: Carl S. Moore
  • Patent number: 9869085
    Abstract: A bracket assembly for connecting an overhead roof structure to below roof structure elements of a building. The below roof structure elements include a wall having a top plate member or ceiling support structure. The bracket assembly includes overhead fixing members, a bracket member, bearing member, sleeve member, and below roof structure fastener, which are interconnected and fastened together. One end of the bracket member is connectable to the overhead fixing members to the overhead roof structure and the other end is connectable to the below roof structure fastener which is connectable to the below roof structure. The bearing and sleeve members are located and connected between the bracket member and the below roof structure such that the bracket member rests without loading on the bearing member which then rests on the sleeve member which when used rests without loading on the below roof structure, providing structural integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventors: Shaun Evans, Scott Simpson
  • Patent number: 9861843
    Abstract: The anchoring element serves to anchor the bracket to a substrate, and the pressure element is intended to interact with the firestop collar. The pressure element can be moved relative to the anchoring element. An expansion element made of intumescent material is arranged between the anchoring element and the pressure element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Mario Paetow, Rudolf Semler
  • Patent number: 9856670
    Abstract: An apparatus and associated method for a sliding entry door assembly. The sliding door assembly has a frame, and a fixed lid attached to the frame. A rail is attached to the frame. A lid is selectively slidable upon the rail relative to the fixed lid to an opened position. A cam is selectively operable to raise the slidable lid to be flush with the fixed lid in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Bunker Safety Structures, LLC
    Inventor: Joe Kraft
  • Patent number: 9856660
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of home decoration, in particular to a home plate connecting device, which includes a plate and plate connecting piece, a glass and plate connecting piece, a plate bottom edge and ground connecting piece, a decorative plate and plate connecting piece, a doorframe and wall connecting piece and a plate chamfer connecting piece, wherein each of the connecting pieces is provided with a rubber barbed tenon structure and a mortise structure with a barbed accommodation groove. According to the invention, the mortise and tenon structures and a threaded connection manner are adopted for fixation, so that the device can be freely dismounted and conveniently packaged and transported; each part is matched, and is easy to position, so that mounting and dismounting working efficiency is improved; and the dismounted parts are prevented from damage, and are high in reutilization rate, so that the device can be widely applied to the field of home mounting and decoration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventors: Jihong Yin, Yongkang Zhao, Xiaochen Hu, Yunqi Zhao
  • Patent number: 9849317
    Abstract: Apparatus are provided for a shield and flange support for a duct. The shield and flange support includes a first side and a second side coupled to the first side to extend toward the duct. The first side and the second side cooperate to define a cavity, and the cavity includes at least one of a first insulating fluid and a first insulating solid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Patrick S. Mulloy
  • Patent number: 9834932
    Abstract: The present invention relates to structure members having a body made of a composite material comprising at least one type of fiber and at least one type of resin, and pluralities of connection extensions which are one-piece with said body in order to provide connection to another structure member with the same properties, and the present invention relates to a structure formed by said structure members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Renco World Corporation
    Inventor: Kamil Engin Yesil
  • Patent number: 9834921
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a retrofitable brace fitting assembly. In one approach, a brace platform has a first side, a second side, and a platform slot extending inwardly from an outer edge. The brace platform further includes a post disposed on the first side of the platform for engagement with a corresponding opening in a brace fitting, and a tab disposed on the second side of the platform for engagement with a strut. To restrict rotation of the platform relative to the strut, the tab may extend into an opening of the strut for engagement with an inward turn edge of the strut, or the tab may extend along and abut an exterior surface of the strut. The brace platform may further include a reinforcement post for engagement with a threaded rod, the reinforcement post extending through a corresponding opening in the brace fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Unistrut International Corporation
    Inventor: Charles O. Nehls
  • Patent number: 9834946
    Abstract: This invention generally relates to a workspace based on a central-themed geometric configuration, wherein a circular area is divided into pie segments that relate a first team of working associations, separated radially, from a second team of working associations, first and second teams of associations collocated circumferentially into teams of differing and similar tasked members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Neeti Mehta Shukla
  • Patent number: 9834923
    Abstract: A building construction unit and a method of constructing a building using wall and ceiling panel assemblies that are made up of traditional framing materials, such as studs and interior walls, coated with insulating foam, except that the typical exterior sheathing is optional. Because the panel assembly is structurally sound and thermally insulated, the only reason to install an exterior sheath or additional roofing material is for aesthetic or practical purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Robert Lepage
  • Patent number: 9834947
    Abstract: A fire escape chamber includes a hermetically sealable outer cage with outer side wall elements, with an outer floor element and with an outer ceiling element. Fire protection insulation layers are provided on the inner sides of the outer elements with some fastened by pin elements, which protrude from the outer side wall elements and from the outer ceiling element into the respective fire protection insulation layers. An inner cage has inner side wall elements, an inner ceiling element and an inner floor element. The inner floor element is mounted in a supporting manner on the fire protection insulation layer of the outer floor element. The inner side wall elements and the inner ceiling element are formed by a plurality of support structure elements, on the inner sides of which panels are, in turn, fastened. The support structure elements are located at spaced locations from the pin elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Alexander Beckmann, Matthias Lühr, Eric Rojahn
  • Patent number: 9816284
    Abstract: Provided is a retrofitting structure for existing building that does not require the addition of a foundation specific to the retrofitting structure, can implement seismic retrofitting at any floors only of the existing building, and hardly causes a large drawing force resulting from eccentric bending moment that may act on the seismic retrofitting structure. A retrofitting structure 100 for existing building includes: a reinforcing frame 10 including a frame member 11 and a vibration control member 12 interposed in the frame member, the reinforcing frame being provided on an outer wall surface of an existing building B having an overhang T on the outer wall surface so as to surround the overhang T; and a vertical truss member 30 and a horizontal truss member 20 configured to couple the reinforcing frame 10 and the outer wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshinao Konishi
  • Patent number: 9816262
    Abstract: The present invention provided a precast modular concrete wall panel having a rectangular wall body with an upper slot and two side slots, and the wall body can further include an insulating layer and a decorative layer, and can contain a sandwich layer embedded in the concrete structure. The wall panels may be used with wall columns, wall corners and other components to form a wall panel system and further to form a building of frame structure or frame-share wall structure. Such wall panels have advantageous structural features and thus can be cost effectively prefabricated, and the construction process using such panel system can be performed with high efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Jianqun Hou, Yazhi Wu
  • Patent number: 9809983
    Abstract: A floorboard assembly comprises first and second solid wood floor boards (10) and (12). The first floor board (10) has a tongue (14) extending longitudinally along a first side thereof. The second floor board (12) having a groove (16) extending longitudinally along a second side thereof. The groove (16) has a width defined between a top lip (22) and a bottom lip (24). The tongue (14) is insertable in a tight fit manner in the groove (16) to prevent translational separation of the boards (10, 12) in a common plane thereof. A clearance (26, 26?, 28, 32, 32?, 32?, 36 and 38) is provided between the tongue (14) and the groove (16) at one of a tip portion of the tongue (14) and an outermost portion of the top and bottom lips (22, 24) of the groove (16). The clearance (26, 26?, 28, 32, 32?, 32?, 36 and 38) is configured to allow angular withdrawal of the tongue (14) from the groove (16) by manually pivoting the first and second floor boards (10, 12) towards one another in one of an upward and a downward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: RENE ST-CYR (1996) INC.
    Inventor: Pierre Trudel
  • Patent number: 9808124
    Abstract: A waterproof juncture comprised of a water-impermeable membrane applied over at least the upper peripheral edge of a wallboard or shower pan sidewall and a portion of an adjacent wall-forming member which is coplanar with the wall studs, which in turn will form a waterproof covering over the seam between the upper peripheral edge of the wallboard or shower pan sidewall (or equivalent shower bench, shelf or ledge) and the adjacent wall-forming member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Joseph R. Cook
  • Patent number: 9804134
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connector unit for connecting capillaries, in particular for high-performance liquid chromatography, wherein a sealing element sealing the capillary protrudes at least partially into the interior of the capillary, while a portion of the sealing element that protrudes axially from the capillary can be subjected to a compressive force that is introduced via the capillary to obtain an axial or radial plastic and/or elastic deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventors: Daniel Bürger, Michael Schadl