Patents Examined by Cheryl Juska
  • Patent number: 11142873
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an artificial turf. In the present invention, nylon is used as the main material. Through selecting straight fibers and curve fibers with certain cross-sectional shapes, lengths and widths and using the straight fiber and curve fiber together, the obtained grass fibers not only have relatively good temperature resistance, but also good handfeel, wear resistance, anti-aging performance, grass fiber resilience, trampling resistance and grass uprightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: QINGDAO BELLINTURF INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kang Yu, Jiahui Zhou, Bo Yu, Faping Qin
  • Patent number: 11058228
    Abstract: Flame retardant panels generally include an adaptive cover layer and underlying batting layer. The cover layer includes a moisture vapor permeable synthetic fibrous layer, and a liquid impermeable but moisture vapor permeable thermoplastic layer disposed on an outer face of the cover layer, wherein the liquid impermeable but moisture vapor permeable thermoplastic layer is in an amount of about 2 to 15% by weight based on a total weight of the synthetic fibrous layer and the thermoplastic layer. The underlying batting layer can have a top surface and a bottom surface, the layer comprising a plurality of substantially vertically oriented flame retardant treated fibers extending from the top surface to the bottom surface; and a binder material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: DREAMWELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Michael S. DeFranks, James P. Ross
  • Patent number: 11041258
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a linear low density polyethylene composition, tapes, fibers and filaments, artificial turfs, and method of making the same. The linear low density polyethylene composition according to the present disclosure exhibits each of the following properties: (1) a CEF fraction from 70 to 90° C. of equal to or greater than 80% of the total CEF fractions; (2) a melt index, I2, measured according to ASTM D 1238 (2.16 kg @190° C.), in the range of equal to or greater than 2.0 g/10 min and equal to or less than 5.0 g/10 min; and (3) a melt flow ratio, I10/I2, of equal to or less than 6.7.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: David Lopez, Cornelis F. J. Den Doelder, Jesus Nieto, Barbara Bonavoglia, Frederik E. Gemoets
  • Patent number: 11021842
    Abstract: An artificial turf system includes a turf assembly having a turf backing and stands of artificial grass blades extending from the turf backing to form an artificial turf layer. Infill material is placed in between the blades of artificial grass and on top of the turf backing. The infill material has a composition of sand and organic particles. The infill material organic particles includes a plurality of wood particles where at least a portion of the wood particles define a length dimension oriented generally parallel to a grain structure of the wood particles. The length dimension is greater than a width or a thickness dimension and, in one example, may be in a range of about 0.5 mm to about 10 mm. The length dimension and one of the width or thickness dimensions may, in another example, define an aspect ratio within a range of 1:2 to 10:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Brock USA, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel C. Sawyer, Stephen Keyser, Steven L. Sawyer, Richard R. Runkles
  • Patent number: 11015268
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an artificial turf fiber includes creating a polymer mixture that includes, 60-99% by weight of an LLDPE polymer and 1-15% by weight of an LDPE polymer. The method further includes extruding the polymer mixture into a monofilament; quenching the monofilament; reheating the monofilament; and stretching the reheated monofilament to form the monofilament into the artificial turf fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Polytex Sportbelage Produktions-GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Sick, Dirk Sander, Bernd Jansen
  • Patent number: 10982383
    Abstract: Floor coverings having a greige good, an adhesive layer, and a secondary backing material. The greige good has a primary backing component having adjoined first and second portions, and a plurality of fibers. The secondary backing material has an attached portion and a first exposable portion, with the attached portion adhered to the first portion of the primary backing component by contact with the adhesive layer. The second portion of the primary backing component is unattached to the first exposable portion of the secondary backing material, and the first exposable portion defines a portion of the first end edge of the floor covering. The second portion of the primary backing component is selectively moveable relative to the first portion to a position in which at least a portion of the second portion of the primary backing component does not overlie the first exposable portion of the secondary backing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: COLUMBIA INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Fain Alexander Cochran, III, Jill Glascock Suhm
  • Patent number: 10982395
    Abstract: An underlayment layer is configured to support an artificial turf assembly. The underlayment layer comprises a core with a top side and a bottom side. The top side has a plurality of spaced apart, upwardly oriented projections that define channels suitable for fluid flow along the top side of the core when the underlayment layer is positioned beneath an overlying artificial turf assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Brock USA, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Lee Sawyer, Daniel C. Sawyer, Richard R. Runkles
  • Patent number: 10975533
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to a method and system for synthetic turf and the installation thereof. Modular turf sections are formed by attaching a turf section to a corresponding base structure of any desired size and shape. The base structure has a smooth top surface and smooth edges, and can be cut to any desired shape, angle or cutout. The base structure may include a PVC flushing system. The modular turf sections are laid side by side to cover a surface having any size and shape. The modular turf sections are portable and can be individually lifted after having been installed, thereby allowing for cleaning, repair and/or access under one or more selected modular turf sections, or for the replacement of selected modular turf sections which become worn or damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Perfet Turf LLC
    Inventors: David J. Sternberg, Matthew V. Scavo
  • Patent number: 10968554
    Abstract: A fabric made of yarns interlooping with each other or passing through an inner layer at looping intervals. The fabric is embossed with a micro-pattern extending into the yarns or into a layer underneath the fabric. The micro-pattern contains a pre-defined pattern of a plurality of binding points attaching the yarns to the inner layer or to the added underlayer. This micro-pattern has an inter-point spacing between adjacent binding points that is less than the interlooping intervals. The fabric can also be embossed with a macro-pattern separate from and coarser than the micro-pattern. The macro-pattern establishes a desired aesthetic in the fabric, and the micro-pattern does not interfere with the desired aesthetic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: ENGINEERED FLOORS LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Tsiarkezos, Dimitri Zafiroglu, John Joseph Matthews Rees
  • Patent number: 10968565
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing artificial turf includes the steps of: creating a polymer mixture including at least one polymer and a nucleating agent for crystallizing the at least one polymer, extruding the polymer mixture into a monofilament; quenching the monofilament; reheating the monofilament; stretching the reheated monofilament to form the monofilament into an artificial turf fiber, wherein during the stretching the nucleating agent boosts the creation of crystalline portions of the polymer within the monofilament; incorporating the artificial turf fiber into an artificial turf backing, thereby mechanically fixing the monofilaments of the arranged artificial turf fibers in the artificial turf backing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: POLYTEX SPORTBELÄGE PRODUKTIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Stephan Sick, Dirk Sander, Bernd Jansen, James Tritt, Dirk Schmitz
  • Patent number: 10907276
    Abstract: Artificial grass (100, 200, 320) with good fire-retardant performance including its manufacturing process (300) is disclosed, particularly to be used for indoor applications. The fire retardant, particularly of halogen-based type (311), is incorporated within the artificial fiber filaments (101, 201, 301). The backing (102, 202, 302) onto which the artificial fiber filaments (101, 201, 301) are attached, may also be provided with a fire retardant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: BFS Europe NV
    Inventors: Daan Robert De Keyzer, Marc Verleyen, Joris Degroote
  • Patent number: 10882273
    Abstract: A floor mat and a method of forming thereof, wherein the floor mat includes a backing layer embossed to provide a plurality of nibs extending from a surface of the backing layer while the backing layer remains molten. Each of the nibs is tiered, including a frusto-conical base and a tip extending from the frusto-conical base, the nibs having a maximum diameter in the range of 0.5 to 3.0 mm and an overall height in the range of 1.5 mm to 5 mm. In addition, each nib is located within a column and a row and is offset from at least one other nib present in the column and at least one other nib present in the row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: AURIA SOLUTIONS UK I LTD.
    Inventors: Gabriel B. Beck, Jr., Ernest Franklin Wilson, Sean Bracken Simmons
  • Patent number: 10870128
    Abstract: Method of manufacturing an artificial turf includes: creating fluid polyurethane mass, the creation comprising reacting first and second polyols with an isocyanate, the first polyol being a polyether polyol and/or a polyester polyol having at least 2 hydroxyl groups per molecule, the second polyol being polybutadiendiol; the isocyanate comprising isocyanate monomers, isocyanate polymers or isocyanate prepolymers or a mixture thereof, the isocyanate monomers, isocyanate polymers and the isocyanate prepolymers having two or more isocyanate groups per molecule; incorporating an artificial turf fiber into a carrier such that a first portion of the fiber protrudes to the front side of the carrier and that a second portion of the fiber is located at the back side of the carrier; and adding the fluid polyurethane mass on the back side of the carrier; and hardening the fluid polyurethane mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Advanced Polymer Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Stephan Sick, Frank Lucarelli, Axel Hinrichs, Andreas Schulze-Ising
  • Patent number: 10870952
    Abstract: Method of manufacturing an artificial turf includes: creating fluid polyurethane mass, the creation comprising reacting first and second polyols with an isocyanate, the first polyol being a polyether polyol and/or a polyester polyol having at least 2 hydroxyl groups per molecule, the second polyol being polybutadiendiol; the isocyanate comprising isocyanate monomers, isocyanate polymers or isocyanate prepolymers or a mixture thereof, the isocyanate monomers, isocyanate polymers and the isocyanate prepolymers having two or more isocyanate groups per molecule; incorporating an artificial turf fiber into a carrier such that a first portion of the fiber protrudes to the front side of the carrier and that a second portion of the fiber is located at the back side of the carrier; and adding the fluid polyurethane mass on the back side of the carrier; and hardening the fluid polyurethane mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Advanced Polymer Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Stephan Sick, Frank Lucarelli, Axel Hinrichs, Andreas Schulze-Ising
  • Patent number: 10850471
    Abstract: This invention relates to a multi-component absorbent floor mat. The floor mat contains a textile component, an absorbent component, and a base component. The textile component and the base component are attached to one another by a variety of mechanisms, including magnetic attraction. The magnetic attraction is provided by incorporation of magnetic particles in both the textile and base components. The textile component is designed to be soiled, washed, and re-used, thereby providing ideal end-use applications in areas such as building entryways. The absorbent component is designed to be soiled and recycled or otherwise discarded and replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Milliken & Company
    Inventors: Ty G. Dawson, Franklin S. Love, III, Venkatkrishna Raghavendran, Brandon T. Roberts, Padmakumar Puthillath, Dale S. Kitchen, Gordon J. Stannis, Brent A. Beukema
  • Patent number: 10837146
    Abstract: Synthetic turf (1) comprising a mat (2) equipped with a first face (2a), which in use is arranged next to a surface (50) to coat, and with a second face (2b) opposite to the first face (2a). The synthetic turf (1) comprises, furthermore, a plurality of filaments (3) knitted to the mat (2) and made of a synthetic material. Above the second face (2b) of the mat (2), furthermore, an infill material (10) is present that is arranged all around the filaments (3) of artificial material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: MAR.PROJECT S.R.L.
    Inventor: Roberto Nusca
  • Patent number: 10822751
    Abstract: A synthetic turf having a mat with a face arranged adjacent to a surface to coat, and a face opposite the face. The turf includes a plurality of blades made of a synthetic material that are connected to the mat. Above the face of the mat, an infill material is provided that is arranged among the blades. The infill material includes a predetermined percentage by volume of a vegetable material consisting of rachis of cereal ear. The infill material also includes a predetermined percentage by volume of a ligninic and/or resinous material of vegetable origin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignees: MAR. PROJECT S.R.L.
    Inventors: Marco Volterrani, Martina Nusca
  • Patent number: 10820655
    Abstract: A flocked helmet cover pad (FHCP) attachable add-on to a helmet cover includes a central hub and multiple appendages attached to the central hub. The appendages are shaped and arranged to provide additional impact energy absorption properties for a helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: University of Massachusetts
    Inventors: Armand F. Lewis, Yong K. Kim
  • Patent number: 10822752
    Abstract: An artificial turf system has polymeric turf fibers resembling grass, and infill particles interspersed among said turf fibers. At least some of the infill comprises synthetic composite particles containing a thermoplastic polymer and cellulosic fibers, in which thermoplastic polymer is a matrix that binds together the other components of each synthetic particle into a composite particle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
    Inventor: Qinglin Wu
  • Patent number: 10793973
    Abstract: The present invention relates to synthetic fibers and artificial lawn comprising such a fibre. More particularly, the invention relates to grass-like monofilament type fibers having a curved cross section and an artificial grass lawn, especially an artificial grass sports field, comprising such a fibre. According to an aspect of the invention, a synthetic fibre is provided of the monofilament type for use in an artificial lawn, in particular an artificial sports lawn, which synthetic fibre has a curved cross section, wherein the synthetic fibre has a centre line arc length to maximum thickness of less than 8, preferably between 4.5 and 3.8, and even more preferably between 4.4 and 4.0. In an other aspect of the invention, a synthetic fibre is provided of the monofilament type for use in an artificial lawn, in particular an artificial sports lawn, which synthetic fibre has a curved cross section, wherein the circumferential surface of the fibre is provided with a wave shaped pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Ten Cate Thiolon B.V.
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Auguste, Harry R. Ma