Patents Examined by Cheryl Juska
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10779669
    Abstract: A chair mat has a top that is a rug or carpet so that the chair mat has the appearance of an area rug. A woven or knitted rug is attached to a mesh material that can carry the loads that are applied to the rug top to hold the rug top from stretching or bunching when casters of a wheeled chair move over the rug top. The chair mat has a rigid layer to which a woven or knitted rug is attached to provide a hard underlying surface over when the wheeled chair may more easily move. The chair mat may be hinged to permit the chair mat to be folded to a smaller configuration where it is more readily stored or transported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: GFH Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Moons, Tarik Chhabra
  • Patent number: 10774246
    Abstract: A dry adhesive and a method of forming a dry adhesive. The method includes forming an opening through an etch layer and to a barrier layer, expanding the opening in the etch layer at the barrier layer, filling the opening with a material, removing the barrier layer from the material in the opening, and removing the etch layer from the material in the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Metin Sitti, Seok Kim
  • Patent number: 10738417
    Abstract: A knitted spacer fabric has a tightly knitted bottom layer, a more loosely knitted upper layer and linking fibres extending across the space between the lower and upper faces. Settable material, e.g. cement, is introduced into the space between the upper and lower faces and can be caused to set by the addition of a liquid, e.g. water. Until set, the fabric is flexible and can be shaped but after the material in space has set, the fabric is rigid and can be used as a structural element in a wide range of situations. The bottom layer has an extension that extends beyond the upper face and is connected to the upper face by elastic connecting fibres that draw the extension towards the other face, thereby at least partly closing the space at the edge of the cloth and preventing the settable material from spilling out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Concrete Canvas Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: William Campbell Crawford, Peter Eric Brewin
  • Patent number: 10731278
    Abstract: Pile articles (20,22), especially pile weatherstripping, and a method and apparatus (10) for making such articles where the backing (24) and the pile (26) are of unlike material, especially nylon yarn for the pile (26) and polypropylene containing material for the backing (24), wherein prior to the welding of the pile (26) to the backing (24) the pile is first pre-heated using ultrasonic energy to melt the pile in a region (65) thereof where the pile is ultrasonically welded to the backing and before the weld is made. The ultrasonic melting occurs upstream of the location where the pile (26) is welded to the backing (24) so that the ultrasonically pre-heated melted region (65) of the pile (26) can cool and become at least partially solidified. Then pile (26) at the pre-heated melted region (65) is welded to the backing (24) and causes a reactive or chemical weld to occur, thereby attaching the pile (26) to the backing (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: David M. Loughney, John F. Scherlein, Akira Chanthabandith
  • Patent number: 10724165
    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: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Stephen Tsiarkezos, Dimitri Zafiroglu, John Joseph Matthews Rees
  • Patent number: 10689800
    Abstract: Disclosed is a nubuck-finished leather-like sheet including a non-woven fabric that is an entangled body of ultrafine filaments, wherein the non-woven fabric includes a napped surface having napped fibers formed thereon, and the napped fibers are fixed to an acrylic resin on the napped surface while being laid down. Preferably, the acrylic resin is present so as to retain voids in the napped surface, while being made malleable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: KURARAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Wakimoto, Jiro Tanaka, Masato Warita, Rei Nagayama
  • Patent number: 10683593
    Abstract: The invention provides a novel pile fabric and a method for manufacturing the novel pile fabric. The pile fabric comprises: (i) a woven ground fabric comprising a plurality of warp yarns and a plurality of weft yarns intersecting the plurality of warp yarns, (ii) one or more pile yarns woven to form a plurality of pile loops extending from the ground fabric, wherein (a) at least one pile yarn from among the one or more pile yarns is a multi-ply pile yarn comprising a first pile component yarn plied with a second pile component yarn, and (b) a turns-per-loop ratio of the multi-ply pile yarn is less than 1.9 turns-per-loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Trident Limited
    Inventor: Abhishek Gupta
  • Patent number: 10661529
    Abstract: A textile sheet element having selectively applied arrays of surface projection elements defining raised zones across an active surface for cleaning and/or personal care, The textile sheet element is adapted for use by itself and/or for attachment to a user manipulated support with or without a handle such as a mop head or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Martin Wildeman, Michelis Hardegree, William D. Bell, Robert A. Johnson, David K. Osteen, Wade Wallace
  • Patent number: 10582756
    Abstract: A flexible reinforced strap for use with baggage as a level of security against theft includes a plurality of warp threads, one or more flexible reinforcing members, and a weft thread. The flexible reinforced strap is of a multi-layered construction, including an intermediate layer situated between a top and a bottom layer. The plurality of warp threads and the one or more flexible reinforcing members are arranged within the plurality of layers, and a weft thread is interwoven to form the flexible reinforced strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: MRM HK Limited
    Inventors: Yim Cheung Au, Jensen Pauwels
  • Patent number: 10544549
    Abstract: A border member for establishing a border around a synthetic turf field comprises: an elongated body molded from a flexible material; at least one notch formed in an upper surface of the elongated body and extending along a length of the elongated body; and a rigid spine embedded within the elongated body and extending along the length of the elongated body. The border member is positioned adjacent to the synthetic turf field such that a portion of synthetic turf of the synthetic turf field rests on the notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Pro Grass LLC
    Inventors: Robert W. Thomas, Thomas Rombach, Joseph Gaeta
  • Patent number: 10494761
    Abstract: Embodiments of fiber surface finish enhanced flocked surface impact force absorbing structure include a plurality of flock fibers disposed on a substrate, a surface coating applied to the plurality of flock fibers, and in another embodiment, a divider fabric bonded to the tops of flock fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: University of Massachusetts
    Inventors: Armand F. Lewis, Yong K. Kim
  • Patent number: 10463203
    Abstract: Provided is a towel product that ensures equivalent performance as the prior art in terms of water absorbency property and the like, while improving pile retention property. A towel is formed from a warp, a weft and a pile. The warp comprises sets of warp yarns. The pile comprises pile yarns that form the upper and the lower. The warp density is 27-33 threads/inch, and the weft density is 49-58 threads/inch. The pile ratio is 3.8-6.2. The configuration of 1 repeat is composed of 5 picks, and the configurations of 1 repeat are repeated. The 3 picks corresponding to weft yarns W2-W4 and thereof. W7-W9 compose the pile forming section. The 2 picks corresponding to weft yarns W5 and W6 compose the ground woven fabric section. The pile formed in the pile forming section has 3-6 snarls, preferably 4-5, and in the diagram, 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: UCHINO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shuichi Hozumi
  • Patent number: 10370799
    Abstract: The present invention seeks to provide a tufted structure such as an artificial turf, that imitates more closely the root zone, the volume effect, and density of natural grass and that has an improved wear and drainage property. An artificial turf adapted for use in landscape and sports applications comprises a bounded layer of fibers formed as a non-woven matting made of one or more natural and/or synthetic fibers. A plurality of tufts of pile yarn is inserted through the bounded layer of fibers. A backing is applied at the backside of the bounded layer of fibers enhancing anchoring the tufts to the bounded layer of fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: DFS EUROPE NV
    Inventors: Marc Verleyen, Mathijs Beauprez
  • Patent number: 10337141
    Abstract: A composite floor-covering comprising a fabric face layer, a barrier layer and a cushion backing layer is disclosed. The fabric face layer is attached to the barrier layer by a first adhesive layer and the barrier layer is attached to the cushion backing layer by a second adhesive layer. The fabric face layer on the composite floor covering can stretch up to an initial amount under a first pressure and can stretch beyond under a second pressure wherein the second pressure is higher than the first pressure. The composite floor-covering has a water vapor transmission rate of less than about 5.0 cm3/m2/24 hour at 100° F. and 90% RH.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Dimitri Zafiroglu
  • Patent number: 10322039
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a layers layered absorbent element for use in a disposable absorbent article comprising a top layer and a bottom layer. The top layer is a fibrous nonwoven layer having a basis weight of from 20 to 100 gsm, a thickness from 0.25 to 5 mm, is formed with fibers having an average length from 26 to 200 mm and it has a fixed height saturation at 5 cm above 40%. The bottom layer is in direct contact with the top layer and comprises superabsorbent polymer (SAP) and cellulosic fibers. A plurality of fibers protruding from the bottom layer penetrate into the top layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Mariangela Caputi, Norbert Matthais Stelzer, Michele Mazzeo, Carola Elke Beatrice Krippner, Gerard A. Viens, Christopher Philip Bewick-Sonntag, Remo Bellucci
  • Patent number: 10323361
    Abstract: A synthetic turf system and method includes turf tufted from monofilament fibers of a thermoplastic polymer where about 1 in about 32 tuft rows comprise at least one antistatic filament per tuft. Each antistatic filament has a first nonconductive polymeric component coextensive with a second non-conductive component. One or more of the antistatic filaments substantially reduces static electrical discharge within the turf. The thermoplastic polymer for each fiber may comprise at least one of nylon, polyethylene, polypropylene, and polyester. Each tuft of the tufted turf may be twisted and each tuft may be slit to form multiple ends. The turf system may comprise stitched turf. Each antistatic filament may comprise a carbon core surrounded by a non-conductive sheath, wherein a ratio of the antistatic filament per number of tuft rows may comprise at least one of 1:2, 1:4, 1:8, and 1:16.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Dale Karmie, Brian Karmie, Ty Allen, Davis Lee
  • Patent number: 10301772
    Abstract: Disclosed are improved carpet products made using certain types of coating compositions to secure carpet fibers to a carpet backing or substrates and/or to secure one or more carpet scrims or other layers to carpet backing. The coating compositions, which can be in the form of either precoating or skip coating compositions, are made from latex binder emulsions based on interpolymers emulsion polymerized from vinyl esters, ethylene, and a multifunctional cross-linking co-monomer such as an unsaturated silane. Such emulsions are also stabilized with surfactant emulsifiers but are substantially free of protective colloid stabilizers. The multifunctional co-monomer alters interpolymer molecular weight, branching and/or flow properties such that films formed from such interpolymers exhibit relatively low elongation values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: David J. Lunsford, Rajeev Farwaha, Joerg Ludwig Schulte, Kerstin Gohr
  • Patent number: 10233573
    Abstract: A carpet having a shadow effect comprises a backing fabric having weft threads (S) and tension warp threads (S1, S2), further comprising pile warp threads (P) interlaced with the weft threads (S) of the backing fabric and forming pile elements, the weft threads (S) being provided in groups (G) of weft threads repeatedly appearing in a warp direction, each group (G) of weft threads providing a relative positioning of the weft threads (S) thereof relative to at least one tension warp thread (S1, S2), a weft thread (S) of a group (G) being either positioned on a pile side relative to a tension warp thread (S1, S2) or on a back side relative to this tension warp thread (S1, S2) in a respective relative positioning, a first group (G1) of weft threads having a first relative positioning of the weft threads (S) thereof and a second group (G2) having a second relative positioning of the weft threads (S) thereof different from the first relative positioning, wherein the first relative positioning and the second relati
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: NV Michel Van de Wiele
    Inventors: Charles Beauduin, Johny Debaes
  • Patent number: 10227716
    Abstract: An artificial turf mat includes a backing and a plurality of protruding artificial grass blades divided into rows and connected to the backing. The mutual distance between successive blades in a row is substantially equal to the distance between adjacent rows and is at least 10 mm. The backing and the blades may be formed and mutually connected by weaving. A method for forming an artificial turf mat includes supplying a backing material, supplying an artificial turf material, forming a backing from the backing material, and connecting blades of the artificial turf material divided into rows to the backing. The blades may be connected to the backing such that their mutual spacing in a row is substantially equal to the mutual distance between adjacent rows and is at least 10 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Greenfields B.V.
    Inventor: Hugo de Vries