Patents Examined by David Purol
  • Patent number: 9777530
    Abstract: A panel of a sectional door includes a panel frame and a sheet of material that is coupled to the panel frame. The panel frame includes a top frame member, a bottom frame member, a first side frame member and a second side frame member. The frame members include a rear surface and a front surface, and the front surface includes a ledge. The sheet of material is coupled to the front surface such that a bottom edge of the sheet rests on the ledge and a front surface of the sheet is unobstructed by the panel frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Overhead Door Corporation
    Inventors: Charles A. Haba, Dwayne J. Kornish
  • Patent number: 9758022
    Abstract: A vehicle curtain assembly has an axle tube, a reeling device, a curtain fabric, a rim board, and an auxiliary wheel mechanism. The axle tube has a side wall and a slot defined in the sidewall. The reeling device is mounted in the axle tube. The curtain fabric extends into the axle tube via the slot and is connected to and reeled around the reeling device. The rim board is connected to the curtain fabric. The auxiliary wheel mechanism is mounted on the side wall of the axle tube and is applied to abut a bottom of the curtain fabric, to rotate to push the curtain fabric to move toward the slot, and to abut a bottom of the rim board to position the rim board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventors: Paul Lin, Hung-Ming Yen
  • Patent number: 9752380
    Abstract: A cord wrapping mechanism converts linear motion to circular motion for use in coverings for architectural openings. The cord is guided onto a spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventors: Richard Anderson, Robert E. Fisher, Donald E. Fraser, Steven R. Haarer
  • Patent number: 9746289
    Abstract: A rolling door slat designed to deflect, redirect or absorb severe force is disclosed. The present invention utilizes a double slat design with layered joints, and an open volume enclosing a reinforced core. The reinforced core of the present invention consists of either a solid block of dense, protective material, or layers of material. The layers of material serve to both deflect and absorb impact and blast force, resist vertical force, as well as provide more traditional rolling door functions such as fire resistance or sound and heat insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventors: Steven Hahn, Paul Freberg, Paul Lawrence
  • Patent number: 9739088
    Abstract: A flexible screen material can be cut out of square, or part of the screen frame can be formed out of square such that when the screen is fitted to the screen frame, there is less sagging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Centor Design Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Craig Frederick Hicks, Charles Bilek, Martin Haberland, Nigel Spork, Glen Pacholke, Robin Simeon
  • Patent number: 9732546
    Abstract: Chain tensioner devices for use with movable partition systems include endplates configured to be mounted on opposing sides or ends of a movable partition. At least one of the endplates includes a bracket configured for attachment to an end of a chain. The bracket is movable relative to the endplate. The endplate having the bracket also includes an adjustment mechanism located on a common side of the endplate with the bracket, and is operably coupled with the bracket. The adjustment mechanism is configured for adjusting a distance separating the bracket from the endplate. Movable partition systems include such chain tensioner devices. Methods of adjusting a tension in a chain of a movable partition system involve the use of such a chain tensioner device. Methods of installing movable partition systems within structures include the installation of such chain tensioner devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventors: Paul Saccomanno, W. Michael Coleman
  • Patent number: 9714538
    Abstract: A includes upper and lower rails, a blind unit, a reel unit, mounted to the upper rail, two pull cords, a retarding unit mounted to the upper rail, and a ladder-string adjusting unit. The retarding unit includes two retarders each of which includes a bracket, a first retarding shaft mounted to a lateral wall of the bracket, and a rod member mounted to an end wall of the bracket. The ladder-string adjusting unit includes two ladder-string seats respectively mounted to the brackets of the retarders, a connecting rod interconnecting the ladder-string seats, and two ladder strings connected to the blind unit. Each of the ladder-string seats is located above the rod member and the first retarding shaft of the corresponding retarder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventor: Szu-Chang Huang
  • Patent number: 9708848
    Abstract: A magnetic curtain and a sliding panel formed therefrom are revealed. A magnetic curtain includes an upper portion, a lower portion, a plurality of a plurality of middle portions arranged between the upper portion and the lower portion, and a plurality of magnetic parts disposed on an interface between two adjacent portions of the magnetic curtain. While the magnetic curtain is retracted, the two adjacent middle portions are folded in half in turn to form a curved part respectively. The two adjacent curved parts are away from each other so as to prevent protrusion and extension caused by overlapping of the curved parts. Thus the magnetic curtain has more applications and higher use efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Chen-Ho Chu
  • Patent number: 9702187
    Abstract: A covering for an architectural covering is provided. The covering may include a rotatable outer tube, a rotatable inner tube, a shade attached to the outer tube, and an operating element secured to the inner tube. The outer tube may define an elongated slot extending along a length of the outer tube and opening to an interior of the outer tube. The inner tube may be received within the outer tube. The shade may be retractable to and extendable from the outer tube. The operating element may extend through the elongated slot and may be retractable onto and extendable from the inner tube. The inner tube may rotate relative the outer tube to open and close the shade once the support sheet is in a fully extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Holt, Marcus Long, Stephen T. Wisecup
  • Patent number: 9702186
    Abstract: A stacking panel covering for an architectural opening includes a headrail and a plurality of suspended from the headrail. The panels form an overlapped stack at one end of the headrail when the stacking panel covering is opened, and cover the architectural opening when the stacking panel covering is closed. The panels are piggybacked on those adjacent thereto, so that they stack, one behind the next, when the stacking panel covering is opened, and so that each pulls the next adjacent thereto as the stacking panel covering is being closed. The panels themselves may be planar, or convexly curved in a horizontal direction and substantially straight in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventor: Wendell B. Colson
  • Patent number: 9695623
    Abstract: A powered folding door or window system includes at least two rigid panels that are linked together by at least one vertical hinge/pivot to fold between a closed state, where the panels extend across an opening, to an open state, where they are retracted to one side of the opening and stacked against each other. The system incorporates a motor and a drive belt mechanism as primary means for driving the panels. The system further includes a powered actuator on one of the panels and a co-operative element on a linked adjoining panel; whereby the powered actuator cooperates with the co-operative element on the linked adjoining panel to move the linked adjoining panel and said one panel about the vertical hinge/pivot linking them; whereby the powered actuator may start the opening of the door or window system and/or complete the closing of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Derek Keith Thomas
  • Patent number: 9695631
    Abstract: A built-in blind assembly includes light-transmissive first and second outer panels, a blind unit, a frame unit, a top rail unit, and a cord-driving unit. The first and second outer panels face each other. The blind unit is disposed between the first and second outer panels. The frame unit includes a top frame disposed above the blind unit. The top rail unit includes a top rail seat that is connected to the top frame and that defines a top accommodating cavity having an open side adjacent to the second outer panel, and a top cover that is removably connected to the top rail seat. The cord-driving unit is disposed in the top accommodating cavity, is coupled to the blind unit, and is operable to control operation of the blind unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Szu-Chang Huang
  • Patent number: 9689192
    Abstract: The present application refers to a closing system for through openings, comprising a quick opening door provided with a vertically moveable flexible panel, running between a pair of vertical guides and being attached by its upper end to a motor driven drum for its actuation, the system having in combination with the quick opening door a fire door mounted with capacity to move between an opening position and closing position, being the quick opening door and the fire door arranged for its alternate actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: AMISERRU, S.L.
    Inventor: Miguel Angel Iglesias Ballester
  • Patent number: 9689200
    Abstract: A roller blind including a sheet element secured at one end to a roller tube mounted for rotation, and secured at its opposite end to a fixed element located adjacent to the roller tube such that the sheet element defines a return portion located between the two ends; and a roller blind bottom bar located within the return portion, wherein the roller blind bottom bar includes a tubular body and an end cap carried by each end of the tubular body, the end caps including a proximal portion located adjacent to the tubular body, a distal portion spaced from the tubular body, and an outwardly flared portion located between the proximal and distal portions such that the end cap flares outwards from the proximal portion to the distal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Louver-Lite Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Greening
  • Patent number: 9689189
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a gate. More specifically, the present invention relates to a gate having at least one arm, wherein the at least one arm is configured to extend and retract. When the at least one arm is substantially extended, the at least one arm substantially prevents access through the gate. When the at least one arm is substantially retracted, the at least one arm no longer substantially prevents access through the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Stephen Douglas Zinda
  • Patent number: 9675506
    Abstract: A protective shield system protects a control interface of a wheelchair from environmental factors. The control interface includes a handle extending from a housing of the control interface to control motion of the wheelchair and one or more actuating mechanisms on the housing of the control interface to control one or more wheelchair functions. The protective shield system includes a flexible cover including at least one opening therein. The opening encompasses the handle when the cover is placed in operative connection with the control interface. The flexible cover further includes a releasable closure mechanism via which the at least one opening may be closed around a base of the handle. At least a portion of the flexible cover which is placed over the one or more actuating mechanisms is translucent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Jan E. Fisher, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9677329
    Abstract: A manually operated override release mechanism for use with a motorized window shade assembly having a shade fabric with a leading edge, the shade fabric being disposed behind a pane and movable between an opened position and a closed position upon operation of a motor. The override release mechanism has an actuator movable between a first position and a second position and biased in the first position. The actuator has a first side secured to one end of a cable, and a second side. The other end of the cable is connected to the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Aerospace Technologies Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Byron R. Knowles
  • Patent number: 9670719
    Abstract: A blind for a building opening, and having an upper blind roller, located in an upper region of the head rail, a lower blind attachment located in a lower region of the head rail, an upper blind stored on the upper blind roller, a lower blind stored on the lower blind attachment, a lower blind support wall, and a blind carriage mechanism thereon, for carrying vertical blind slats, so as to provide a head rail having a slim, aesthetically pleasing profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Mario M Marocco
  • Patent number: 9670722
    Abstract: An apparatus for installing a window covering is disclosed. In one embodiment, such an apparatus includes a stationary portion for attachment to an end of a headrail of a window covering, and a moveable portion to contact an inside of a window casing. A crankshaft is provided that, when rotated, translates the moveable portion relative to the stationary portion. A lever arm is provided to rotate the crankshaft member. A corresponding method is also disclosed and claimed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Emily Brimhall
  • Patent number: 9670723
    Abstract: A motor-operated drive system for a window covering system including a headrail, a mechanism associated with the headrail to spread and retract the window covering, and a continuous cord loop extending below the headrail for actuating the mechanism to spread and retract the window covering. The drive system includes a motor, a driven wheel that engages and advances the continuous cord loop, and a coupling mechanism for coupling the driven wheel to a rotating output shaft of the motor for rotation of the driven wheel. The drive system includes a channel system for redirecting the continuous cord loop engaged by the driven wheel, or other mechanism for configuring the drive system so that continuous cord loop extends in a substantially vertical orientation. The coupling mechanism includes an engaged configuration in which rotation of the output shaft of the motor causes rotation of the driven wheel, and a disengaged configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AXIS Labs Inc.
    Inventors: Trung Duc Pham, Alan Wing Hor Cheng, Marc Rashad Bishara