Patents Examined by Christopher Polley
  • Patent number: 10239284
    Abstract: The present invention is an absorbent structure comprising a fibrous matrix (110), meltfusionable material and superabsorbent polymer particles (140). The absorbent structure is bonded by a meltfusion bond point (200) pattern, which is preferably created by ultrasonic welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Christoph Schmitz
  • Patent number: 10138633
    Abstract: As described herein, the invention includes a building underlayment sheet that comprises an underlayment lamina having a top surface and a bottom surface. The bottom surface includes an interior portion and a selvage portion that extends from the interior portion of the bottom surface to a terminal distal edge of the sheet and the interior portion of the bottom surface bears a self adhesive layer. The selvage portion of the bottom surface bears a bonding composition that is capable of bonding to a top surface of a second underlayment lamina to form a full lap joint. In some embodiments, the self adhesive layer includes an asphalt, a polymer such as poly(styrene-butadiene-styrene)(SBS), and a tackifier, and/or the bonding composition includes asphalt, a polymer such as poly(styrene-butadiene-styrene), ground tire rubber (GTR), and tackifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Gardner-Gibson, Inc.
    Inventors: Amir G. Khan, Alan R. Clites, Robert M. Hyer
  • Patent number: 10061078
    Abstract: In some variations, a polymer-based microlattice structure includes a plurality of intersecting micro-truss structural elements each comprising a thermoset first polymer, and a continuous coating layer (with a second polymer) that substantially encapsulates each of the micro-truss structural elements, wherein the second polymer in the continuous coating layer bonds the thermoset first polymer to a substrate. The micro-truss structural elements preferably are architecturally ordered and the coating layer is uniformly distributed within the microlattice structure. The polymer coating layer may be present over the entire microlattice surface area, thereby increasing bond area to improve toughness. The microlattice structure may also have higher glass-transition temperature and chemical resistance, compared to a microlattice structure without the coating layer. Methods of forming a polymer-based microlattice structure are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Zak C. Eckel, Jacob M. Hundley, Alan J. Jacobsen, Eric C. Clough, Thomas Boundy
  • Patent number: 10052850
    Abstract: An economical method of manufacturing a plastic glazing panel having an encapsulation for aesthetic purposes and to enhance the sealing of the glazing panel to the vehicle is presented. This method includes the steps of forming a plastic panel having an A-side and B-side; printing an opaque border from an ink with the border being in contact with the B-side of the panel and substantially encircling the perimeter of the panel; curing the ink of the opaque border; applying a weatherable layer on the printed border and the plastic panel; curing the weatherable layer; depositing an abrasion resistant layer on the weatherable layer; placing the plastic panel into a mold having a soft gasket; injecting an elastomeric material to form an encapsulation that substantially encircles the perimeter of the plastic panel and encompasses the A-side; B-side and edge of the plastic panel; and removing the plastic panel from the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: EXATEC, LLC
    Inventors: Keith D. Weiss, Steven M. Gasworth, Sunitha K. Grandhee, Wilfried Hedderich
  • Patent number: 10040967
    Abstract: A photosensitive film containing: a component (A): a binder polymer, a component (B): a photopolymerizable compound, and a component (C): a photopolymerization initiator, wherein the component (B) includes a di(meth)acrylate compound having at least one selected from the group consisting of a dicyclopentanyl structure and a dicyclopentenyl structure, and a thickness of the photosensitive film is 10 ?m or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventors: Mayumi Sato, Koji Abe, Hideo Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10030141
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a resin composition that can attain cured products having high flame retardancy, high heat resistance, a small coefficient of thermal expansion, and high drilling processability, a prepreg having the resin composition, a laminate and a metal foil clad laminate having the prepreg, and a printed circuit board having the resin composition. A resin composition, having at least an epoxy silicone resin (A) prepared by reacting a linear polysiloxane (a) having a carboxyl group with a cyclic epoxy compound (b) having an epoxy group such that the epoxy group of the cyclic epoxy compound (b) is 2 to 10 equivalents based on the carboxyl group of the linear polysiloxane (a), a cyanic acid ester compound (B) and/or a phenol resin (C), and an inorganic filler (D).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventors: Tomo Chiba, Hiroshi Takahashi, Eisuke Shiga, Takaaki Ogashiwa
  • Patent number: 10016943
    Abstract: An additive three-dimensional fabrication process uses multiple build materials with different optical properties (e.g., color, opacity) at different surface depths to achieve grayscale-rendered images on exterior surfaces thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: MakerBot Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Nathaniel B. Pettis, Adam G. Mayer, Anthony James Buser
  • Patent number: 10016966
    Abstract: A prepreg for manufacturing a fiber-reinforced composite material, the prepreg comprising a body comprising a layer of fibrous reinforcement impregnated with a matrix resin material, and a powder coating layer of resin material on at least one major surface of the body and adhered to the matrix resin material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Gurit (UK) Ltd.
    Inventors: Benjamin Creaser Creaser, Paul John Spencer
  • Patent number: 10010936
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for designing and fabricating contact-free support structures for overhang geometries of parts fabricated using electron beam additive manufacturing. One or more layers of un-melted metallic powder are disposed in an elongate gap between an upper horizontal surface of the support structure and a lower surface of the overhang geometry. The powder conducts heat from the overhang geometry to the support structure. The support structure acts as a heat sink to enhance heat transfer and reduce the temperature and severe thermal gradients due to poor thermal conductivity of metallic powders underneath the overhang. Because the support structure is minimally or not connected to the part, the support structure can be removed with minimal or no post-processing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignees: The Board of Trustees of The University of Alabma, The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Yuag-Shan Chou, Kenneth Cooper
  • Patent number: 10011991
    Abstract: A multiwall sheet comprises a sheet, comprising walls, wherein the walls comprise a first wall; a second wall; and an outermost rib extending between the first wall and the second wall, wherein the first wall extends longitudinally past the outermost rib to a first wall end and wherein the second wall extends longitudinally past the outermost rib to a second wall end; and an end cap comprising a top wall having a top wall end, a bottom wall having a bottom wall end, and a connecting wall disposed between the top wall end and the bottom wall end; wherein the end cap is disposed over the first wall end and the second wall end and wherein the top wall and the bottom wall extend longitudinally along the first wall and the second wall past the outermost rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventors: Chinniah Thiagarajan, Frans Adriaansen, Michael Matthew Laurin, Bernd Jansen
  • Patent number: 10012768
    Abstract: An optical material which has a relative permeability different from 1 to light having a wavelength in, for example, the infrared region or shorter than the infrared region and which is stable in structure, and a liquid and a solid (optical element) using the optical material. The optical material is a powder used as a component of a liquid or solid to which an illuminating light is irradiated, and includes a large number of resonating elements which constitute the powder and each of which is formed of a conductor having a width approximately same as or smaller than a wavelength of the illumination light, and a protective film which is formed of a disc-shaped insulator, wherein an entire surface of each of the split-rind resonators is covered by the protective film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventors: Soichi Owa, Shunji Watanabe, Junji Suzuki, Kazuhiro Kido, Hidemitsu Toba
  • Patent number: 10005308
    Abstract: Methods for fabricating stamps and systems for patterning a substrate, and devices resulting from those methods are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan B. Millward, Gurtej S. Sandhu
  • Patent number: 9999988
    Abstract: Methods and systems for forming a thin-layer moisture-resistant fiber composite material involve pressing a mixture of fibers and resin between a pair of heated dies at least one of which includes a working surface coated with a hard ormosil coating including a cross-linked organically-modified silica network. The use of such coatings may yield composite sheet materials having improved surface quality, sharper edges, and greater draw angles than previously possible. Some systems for making thin-layer fiber composite materials may utilize ormosil coatings on various working surfaces of equipment coming into contact with the fiber and resin mixture, such as surfaces of machinery for mixing or conveying the mixture to the dies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: JELD-WEN, Inc.
    Inventors: Mike T. Battis, Greg Pickens
  • Patent number: 9975323
    Abstract: In one aspect, methods of printing a color 3D article are described herein. In some embodiments, a method described herein comprises receiving data representing a surface colorization of the article, and transforming the data representing the surface colorization of the article into voxel data of the article. The voxel data comprises (a) location values and at least one of (b) color values and (c) transparency values for a plurality of columns of voxels normal or substantially normal to a surface of the article. The method further comprises selectively depositing layers of one or more build materials onto a substrate to form the article in accordance with the voxel data. In addition, at least one column of the plurality of columns of voxels exhibits a surface color resulting from a combination of colors of a plurality of voxels of the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: 3D Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Chan, Mark R. Parker, Edward Sheufelt, Jule W. Thomas, Jr., Dong Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 9975276
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a three-dimensional object facilitates the removal of support material from the object. The method includes moving the object to a position opposite a microwave radiator and operating the microwave radiator to change the phase of the support material from solid to liquid. A controller either monitors the expiration of a predetermined time period or a temperature of the object to determine when the microwave radiator operation is terminated. The microwave radiation does not damage the object because the support material has a dielectric loss factor that is greater than the dielectric loss factor of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Ron E. Dufort, Erwin Ruiz, Linn C. Hoover, David K. Ahl, Patrick J. Howe, Andrew W. Hays
  • Patent number: 9976047
    Abstract: Plastisol compositions having a two-resin interpenetrating polymer network (IPN) are disclosed. The compositions begin with blocked isocyanate grafted acrylic polymer, blocked isocyanate urethane prepolymer, plasticizer, optionally pigment, and optionally thixotropic agent. When subjected to a thermal cure, the isocyanate groups on the acrylic polymer and urethane prepolymer both become unblocked and both react with the crosslinking agent to form an interpenetrating acrylic-polyurethane network. The two-resin IPN offers improved storage stability, hand-feel characteristics, and processing properties for textile printing among other uses. Preferably these plastisol compositions are essentially free of polyvinyl halides and phthalates restricted for regulatory reasons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: PolyOne Corporation
    Inventors: James M. Hurley, Erik M. Saly, Yixin Yang
  • Patent number: 9955687
    Abstract: A surface on a polymeric film having an array of patterned structures, wherein the array of patterned structures influences fluid flow of the surface and causes reduced attachment of a biological material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Karen Siew Ling Chong, Yeong Yuh Lee, Seok Hong Goh, Kevin Beng Chin Khaw, Ryan Chaw, Hong Yee Low, Adrian Yeo, Weng Keong Choy, Han Liat Loh
  • Patent number: 9946376
    Abstract: A display panel and an electronic device are provided. The display panel includes: a first substrate; a second substrate arranged opposite to the first substrate; a high resistance shielding layer arranged on a side of the first substrate farther away from the second substrate; a conductive film sandwiched between the first substrate and the high resistance shielding layer, the conductive film includes a contact portion contacted with the high resistance shielding layer and an extension portion; a ground pad arranged on a side of the second substrate closer to the first substrate; and a conductive connection portion for electrically connecting the extension portion of the conductive film and the ground pad. The high resistance shielding layer may be contacted closely with the conductive film, and static electricity on the high resistance shielding layer may be conducted to the ground pad via the conductive film and the conductive connection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Huiping Chai
  • Patent number: 9933551
    Abstract: A display includes a substrate with a light-transmitting property, a relief structure-forming layer disposed on at least one surface of the substrate and including a relief-structured region on a surface thereof opposite to its surface in contact with the substrate, a light-reflecting layer disposed on the surface of the relief structure-forming layer including the relief-structured region, and a printed layer formed on a surface of the substrate opposite to the surface on which the relief structure-forming layer is disposed, or between the relief structure-forming layer and the light-reflecting layer, or on a side of the light-reflecting layer opposite to its surface in contact with the relief structure-forming layer. The relief-structured region is constituted by recessed or protruding portions arranged two-dimensionally, has low reflectivity and low diffusibility under a normal illumination condition, and exhibits a diffracted light-emitting property under a specific condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventors: Toshiki Toda, Akira Nagano, Shingo Maruyama, Seiko Matsuno
  • Patent number: 9926457
    Abstract: An inherently printable polymeric material is provided. The polymeric material includes a homogenous mixture of a thermoplastic polymer with a Tg of about 30-80° C., a cyclic olefin copolymer, an ionomer of ethylene and methacrylic acid, and a thermoplastic rubber. The polymeric material can be printed without requiring printing receptive layers or treatments. The polymeric material can be thermoformed, yet retains its printability even after thermoforming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin O. Henderson