Patents Examined by Brian R Slawski
  • Patent number: 10577167
    Abstract: An insulating device can include an aperture having a waterproof closure which allows access to the chamber within the insulating device. The closure can help prevent any fluid leakage into and out of the insulating device if the insulating device is overturned or in any configuration other than upright. The closure also prevents any fluid from permeating into the chamber if the insulating device is exposed to precipitation, other fluid, or submersed under water. This construction results in an insulating chamber impervious to water and other liquids when the closure is sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: YETI Coolers, LLC
    Inventors: Roy Joseph Seiders, Christopher M. Keller
  • Patent number: 10576778
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for processing an ink, stone and oil painting, comprising the steps of: mounting a Chinese painting painted on a piece of Chinese art paper by hand on the base plate; determining a replacement part on the surface of the painting, and determining a sculptural material according to the contents of the painting in the replacement part, and processing a sculptural module; placing the sculptural module on the replacement part and fixing same to the base plate; and further processing the sculptural module and connecting same to the surface of the painting. Drawing by using techniques of oil painting and sculpture/Chinese painting makes the contents of the painting coordinate with the contents of a viewing surface of the sculptural module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Desong Ma
  • Patent number: 10568376
    Abstract: A method of adorning an article including the steps of: providing a first layer; cutting the first layer along a first border edge that surrounds a discrete piece of the first layer; separating the discrete piece of the first layer from a remaining portion of the first layer to thereby produce a void within the first border edge; providing a pre-formed insert piece configured to fit within the void and having a second border edge having a shape that conforms to a shape of at least a portion of the first border edge; directing the insert piece into the void with the void and insert piece pre-aligned so that the second border edge is placed against or immediately adjacent to the first border edge where the first and second border edge shapes conform; with the insert piece directed into the void, fixing the insert piece and remaining portion of the first layer together to define an adornment assembly; and integrating the adornment assembly into an article to adorn the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Ronald Kronenberger
  • Patent number: 10569399
    Abstract: A wire sleeve hand application tool includes a handle and a plurality of mandrels received in the handle and being selectively extendable from an axial end of the handle. Each of the mandrels are biased into a retracted position in which an entirety of the respective mandrel is received in the handle. Each of the mandrels are further axially extendable to an extended position in which an axial tip and a portion of the respective mandrel extends from the axial end of the handle while an opposite axial end of the respective mandrel remains supported within the handle. An extended mandrel may be used to insert a wire sleeve or tubular marker onto a wire or other elongate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Brady Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Sohail Anwar, Michael Radford, Terrance Adams
  • Patent number: 10553876
    Abstract: A method is provided that modifies a catalyst layer of a membrane catalyst layer assembly, which is manufactured by transferring the catalyst layer formed on a transfer sheet onto an electrolyte membrane. In the catalyst layer correction method, presence or absence of a defect in the catalyst layer is detected. The defect is removed based on the size and position of the detected defect. The portion from which the defect has been removed is repaired by application thereto of a correcting ink corresponding to the catalyst layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Okonogi, Aurel Funar, Yasuhiro Numao, Tooru Kosemura, Takayuki Hirao, Kimio Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10543128
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and apparatuses for mechanically bonding substrates together. The apparatuses may include a pattern roll including a pattern element protruding radially outward. The pattern element includes a pattern surface and includes one or more channels adjacent the pattern surface. The pattern roll may be positioned adjacent an anvil roll to define a nip between the pattern surface and the anvil roll, wherein the pattern roll is biased toward the anvil roll to define a nip pressure between pattern surface and the anvil roll. As substrates advance between the pattern roll and anvil roll, the substrates are compressed between the anvil roll and the pattern surface to form a discrete bond region between the first and second substrates. As such, during the bonding process, some yielded substrate material flows from under the pattern surface and into the channel to form a channel grommet region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Joseph Allen Eckstein, Hailing Bao, Robert Charles Dreisig, Howard Jay Kalnitz, Uwe Schneider
  • Patent number: 10538018
    Abstract: A method includes processing multiple macromolecular staples to successively produce a macromolecular sheet body, multiple silks and multiple sheet particles. The macromolecular sheet body contains multiple district camouflages and is processed by edge cutting to form multiple color strips. The color strips, the silks and the sheet particles are processed and attached to the surface of the macromolecular sheet body, so that the surface of the macromolecular sheet body forms the district camouflages, the thread camouflages and the spot camouflages. Finally, the macromolecular sheet body is vulcanized or solidified in a foam molding zone, to form an elastic mat with a mixed color type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Simple Green Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chen-I Kao, Shang-Chieh Kao, Shu-Chen Huang, Hsueh-Fang Kao, Yung-Ping Lai
  • Patent number: 10538037
    Abstract: A composite laminate reinforcing tool may be used to form a reinforced joint at a bond line of a composite laminate structure. The tool may hold one or more clips having posts, and the tool may be positioned along the bond line between at least two composite laminate elements. Joint sections of the clip may be heated to increase a pliability of the joint section, and the tool may be actuated to drive the post through the at least two composite laminate elements. The posts may be deflected toward a base of the clip, thereby to seat the clip. The reinforced composite laminate structure may then be cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Richard L. Kulesha
  • Patent number: 10538686
    Abstract: A multi-material assembly is provided, as well as methods of making a multi-material assembly. The multi-material assembly includes a first coated structural component and a second structural component. The first coated structural component includes a first uncoated portion, and an adhesive is positioned between the second structural component and the first uncoated portion that secures the first coated structural component to the second structural component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Derik Thomas Voigt
  • Patent number: 10535446
    Abstract: A joint between an insulative sidewall of a medical electrical lead subassembly and an underlying fluoropolymer layer includes an interfacial layer. A first section of the interfacial layer is bonded to the fluoropolymer layer and is formed by a thermoplastic fluoropolymer; a second section of the interfacial layer extends adjacent the first section and is bonded to the insulative sidewall. The insulative sidewall, of the subassembly, and the second section, of the interfacial layer, are each formed from a material that is not a fluoropolymer. A recess is formed in the first section of the interfacial layer and the second section of the interfacial layer extends within the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Seifert, Kathleen M. Grenz
  • Patent number: 10517592
    Abstract: A buttress assembly is configured to temporarily adhere to a wet surgical stapler end effector. The buttress assembly includes a buttress body and a humidity tolerant adhesive material. The humidity tolerant adhesive material is applied to at least one side of the buttress body. The humidity tolerant adhesive material is configured to hold the buttress body to an underside of an anvil or a deck of a staple cartridge for at least five minutes in an environment of 100% relative humidity at approximately 37° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Michael J. Vendely, Prudence A. Turner, Jackie Donners, Mark Timmer, Rao S. Bezwada, Aidan Craigwood, Caroline Hagerman, Ashley Easter, Kathrin Holtzmann
  • Patent number: 10500800
    Abstract: The present system, method and apparatus are adapted for the quick and easy patching of inflatable devices. More specifically, the system, apparatus and methods comprise a tip, a body portion, an adhesive, a patch and a probe, wherein the tip and body portion are inserted into the inflatable device so as to apply the adhesive and patch to the interior of the device to create an air-tight seal. The disclosure thus provides an improved patching system, apparatus and method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: CAVU01, LLC
    Inventors: William Woodruff, Jesse Gala, David Schiff
  • Patent number: 10486882
    Abstract: A production method for a heat insulation bag with a more regular shape and less heat transfer, the method includes preparing a bag cover, an inner bag and an outer bag; placing a heat insulation layer between the inner bag and the outer bag; and then welding the heat insulation layer, the inner bag and the outer bag together. Improvements of the present invention include the steps of first preparing an inner bag periphery before preparing the inner bag, then welding an inner bag top sheet, welding an inner bag enclosure, cutting off the middle portion of the inner bag top sheet, and then welding a bottom surface of the inner bag, thereby forming an inner bag platform in the inner bag. Thus, heat transfer between the bag cover and the bag body after the production of the heat insulation bag is reduced and the heat insulation effect is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Binghua Luo
  • Patent number: 10478346
    Abstract: Methods of handling adhesive laminate patches. A first article, passed over a first supporting structure, includes disconnected adhesive laminate patches adhered to a first web, each patch being aligned over and adhered to a tab. A second web can be passed over a second supporting structure that is separated from the first supporting structure by a gap. The first article can be passed over the first supporting structure to lift a leading portion of a first tab and a first patch off of the first web together, such that the first tab facilitates transfer of the first patch across the gap. The first patch can then be adhered to the second web; and the second web can be advanced to transfer the first patch, and first tab, onto the second web to form a second article comprising patches aligned over tabs on the second web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Gordon P. Knutson
  • Patent number: 10480563
    Abstract: An insert, a floating nut and methods for use thereof in a panel of an aircraft are presented. Specifically, an insert includes a housing defining a cavity. An aperture is further defined in a first end of the housing and a semi-spherical portion is defined at a second end of the housing. A pair of vent openings are also defined on opposing sides of the first end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING CO.
    Inventors: Christopher B. Barney, Lyle J. True, Lee James Keetle
  • Patent number: 10478347
    Abstract: A nozzle assembly may be used to apply fluid to an advancing substrate. The nozzle assembly includes a nozzle body made from a first material. The nozzle body may include one or more abrasion resistant materials fused to the nozzle body. The nozzle body may be configured to deposit a fluid, using a shim plate, onto the advancing substrate. As the substrate advances past the nozzle assembly, the substrate and/or the fluid may contact the nozzle assembly resulting in wear. The one or more abrasion resistant materials, which is different than the first material of the nozzle body, may be fused to a portion of the nozzle body to reduce the wear and prolong the life of the nozzle body. Thus, the portion of the nozzle body having the abrasion resistant material is restored rather than having to replace the entire nozzle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Klaus Eimann, Uwe Schneider, Dirk Esser, Ricky Reynaldo Yanez, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10471662
    Abstract: A rehabilitated pipe system and a method for rehabilitating a pipe system. A lines a host pipe and a coupling member configured for being operatively coupled to a mechanical coupler is positioned adjacent the host pipe so that a connecting section of the liner extends into the coupling member. The connecting section of the liner is adhesively bonded to the coupling member, and the mechanical coupler is installed to fluidly couple the liner to another fluid conducting structure. The connecting section of the liner can be formed in a portion of the host pipe that is removed after lining. The coupling member can be flanged or include a lateral coupling tube. The mechanical coupler can, e.g., be a ductile iron coupler or a bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: INA Acquisition Corp.
    Inventors: Mark Hairston, Barry Paschall
  • Patent number: 10456989
    Abstract: A method for producing a fiber composite component assembly having at least first and second plate-shaped composite structures made from synthetic resin embedded fibers, the at least first and second fiber composite components having a plurality of partial regions not containing synthetic resin is described. The method includes positioning the at least first and second fiber composite components, the partial regions having been brought to flush conformity with each other, bonding the at least first and second positioned fiber composite components by the adhesive layer arranged in between, placing mechanical reinforcement means through the partial regions, infusing the dry partial regions with synthetic resin, and curing the synthetic resin placed in the partial regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Kruse, Paulin Fideu
  • Patent number: 10450047
    Abstract: A method of repairing an airship hull of an airship during flight and while the airship is untethered from the ground comprises detecting a breach in a gas barrier bordering an interior volume of the airship, the airship containing a lifting gas wherein the hull of the airship comprises an electrically conductive material and wherein the breach in the gas barrier is detected by detecting changes in an electrical conductivity of the electrically conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Stratospheric Airships, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen B. Heppe
  • Patent number: 10450755
    Abstract: Methods for attaching a layer of hook fasteners onto an insulation board for use attaching a roofing membrane having fleece backed loops thereon such that the roofing membrane can be held onto the insulation membrane by: adhering the hook layer onto portions of the top or bottom facer of an insulation board after the insulation board has exited a laminator; or adhering the hook layer onto the top or bottom facer prior to entry into the laminator; or replacing the top or bottom facer of the insulation board with the hook layer before use in the laminator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Gardner, Matthew Baker, Steven Seiler