Patents Examined by Ismael Izaguirre
  • Patent number: 11225753
    Abstract: A domestic compact article folding machine (10) configured for autonomous article folding includes first, second and third primary conveyors (CI, C2, C3), at least two of which in a stacked formation, each includes two primary rollers (32) and a primary belt (34) which extends thereabout. First and second holding conveyors (U1, U2), each includes at least three holding rollers (32) and a holding belt (34) which extends thereabout. Each of the holding conveyors engages each of the first and second primary conveyors respectively. The folding machine further includes at least a first width-folder (38) which is configured for creating a width-fold in the article and at least a first length-folder (64) which is configured for creating a length-fold in the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Foldimate, Inc.
    Inventors: Isaac Naor, Gal Rozov, Alon Naim, Avraham Avi Aspler
  • Patent number: 11219327
    Abstract: A stackable hanger includes a main body having a hook portion; and a clip portion that extends downwardly from the main body and includes an opening defined by a bottom edge of the main body, first and second side walls, and a connector wall that connects and extends between bottom ends of the first and second side walls. The clip portion has a flexible clip that protrudes outwardly from the connector wall and has an angled wall that overlies at least a portion of the opening and is configured to flex outwardly away from the first and second side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Inventor: King Keung Kennedy Chan
  • Patent number: 11214921
    Abstract: A system and method for forming patterned tufted fabrics such as carpets, including the formation of patterns having cut pile and loop pile tufts therein. The system includes a pair of needle bars each carrying a series of needles to which a plurality of yarns are fed. Cut pile hooks are arranged along a cut pile side of a tufting zone, in a position to engage the needles of one of the needle bars, while loop pile loopers are arranged along the opposite loop pile side of the tufting zone, in a position to engage the needles of the other one of the needle bars. A backing material is fed through the tufting zone, and as loop pile tufts of yarns are formed in the backing material, the needles mounted along a needle bar extending along the cut pile side of the tufting zone can be shifted to an off-gauge position, with the yarn feed to these needles further being controlled, to substantially prevent engagement and pick-up of the yarns carried by such needles by the cut pile hooks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Card-Monroe Corp.
    Inventor: Wilton Hall
  • Patent number: 11213154
    Abstract: A system for an apparatus for assisting a user in donning an apparel is disclosed herein. The apparatus comprises a first brace element and a second brace element that is connectable to the first brace element. These supports allow for mounting a garment thereon for allowing a user to insert their feet through a garment foot opening while the garment is held by the first brace element and the second brace element. A handle is mounted to the brace elements and is used for pulling up the brace elements having the garment installed thereon, thereby assisting the user in getting dressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventor: James B. Timothy
  • Patent number: 11214903
    Abstract: A sewing machine includes a thread cutter. The thread cutter includes a cutter blade having a blade edge configured to cut a thread, and a movable member. The movable member includes a guide having a guide surface adjacent to the cutter blade. The guide is configured to receive force from the thread at the guide surface during the course of cutting the thread with the cutter blade and to move in a moving direction which is a longitudinal direction of the blade edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Uyama, Masahisa Kato
  • Patent number: 11208757
    Abstract: A method and apparatus that makes provision for two identical folding machines to be arranged one beside the other, and for these to be operated synchronously, so that the large operating width which is necessary for ironing large laundry items, in particular transversely, is also available for folding such laundry items. If large laundry items are to be ironed, and folded, in particular transversely, this requires ironers and folding machines with an appropriately large operating width. Such large operating widths currently cannot be realized technologically in folding machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Herbert Kannegiesser GmbH
    Inventors: Wilhelm Bringewatt, Engelbert Heinz
  • Patent number: 11208758
    Abstract: A heat press including a body, a heat plate, a handle, a cover, a control compartment and an insulation portion. The body includes a first end and a second end. The heat plate is located proximate the first end of the body and is configured to engage ironable materials. The handle is located proximate the second end of the body and is configured to withstand forces from a user. The cover covers a portion of the body and the handle. The control compartment includes an electrical circuit, controls and a display. The control compartment is spaced away from and is at least indirectly electrically coupled to the heat plate. The insulation portion is positioned between the control compartment and the heat plate. The insulation portion includes a first layer of insulating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Cricut, Inc.
    Inventors: Grayson Stopp, Thomas Crisp, Lk Lin, Carry Zhu
  • Patent number: 11203836
    Abstract: The invention concerns an ironing board cover (2) to cover the top surface of an ironing board and to form a support for the clothing during ironing, characterised in that it comprises an upper cover part (3) in the form of a cover, in particular of a material on which a pattern can be printed, for example cotton, and at least one part (5) defining a so-called active envelope containing air in an airtight manner to form at least one layer of air, the envelope being placed between the upper cover part and the side of the cover that comes into contact with the upper surface of the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Inventor: Martijn Franciscus Maria Van Der Maas
  • Patent number: 11203835
    Abstract: An appliance for ironing clothes and similar, comprising a body adapted to support a soleplate and fixed to a handgrip; heating means arranged within said body and connectable to an electricity network for the heating of said plate; and means for generating steam connected to a water tank and to said plate to diffuse steam towards the outside via first and second holes arranged on said plate; said body being mounted rotatable around an axis of lateral rotation passing through said handgrip; said axis passing through said handgrip at an anterior portion of the handgrip and being inclined by an angle with respect to said handgrip so as to allow a user of the appliance to move said body and said plate between a first operating position for ironing said clothes in direct contact with said plate, and a second operating position for vertical steam ironing of said clothes also not directly in contact with the clothes; characterized in that in at said second operating position for vertical ironing, said plate is arra
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: De' Longhi Appliances S.r.l. Divisione Commerciale ARIETE
    Inventors: Carlo Rosa, Michele Picchi, Filippo Cifarelli, Alessio Rotondo
  • Patent number: 11198963
    Abstract: Packaging is used to store articles to be customized by methods including embroidery, wherein the packaging includes at least two portions defining a window, and wherein the two portions of the packaging hold a portion of the article, for example a fabric panel, taut across the window so that the portion of the article may be embroidered by an embroidery machine while retained by portions of the packaging. The packaging may be in the form of a box during embroidery, or may be converted into the form of a box after embroidery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: CreateMe Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Khamvong Thammasouk, Thomas C. K. Myers, Jinhwa Jung, David Bennet Matten, Benjamin R. Waller, IV, Lai Chyan Chow
  • Patent number: 11193224
    Abstract: An embroidery frame transport device includes a guide portion, a lever, and a locking portion. The guide portion is configured to prescribe a first direction being a movement direction when the embroidery frame is removed and a second direction being a movement direction when the embroidery frame is mounted. The lever is configured to move between a first restriction position that restricts the movement in the first direction of the embroidery frame and a first release position that does not restrict the movement in the first direction of the embroidery frame. The locking portion is configured to move between a second restriction position that restricts the movement in the second direction of the embroidery frame and a second release position that does not restrict the movement in the second direction of the embroidery frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Inventor: Daisuke Ueda
  • Patent number: 11193225
    Abstract: A tufting machine for selectively forming tufts of yarns, including different color or type yarns, for forming patterned tufted articles such as carpets. A series of needles are reciprocated into and out of a backing material being fed through the tufting machine and are engaged by a series of gauge parts so as to pick-up loops of yarns from the needles. The gauge parts will be selectively controlled by activators to move the gauge parts to positions or elevations sufficient to pick-up or not pick-up loops of yarns from the needles. The feeding of the yarns to the needles further will be controlled to pull back the yarns not picked-up by the gauge parts, while the backing feed will be controlled to enable formation of tufts at an increased rate over the pattern stitch rate for the pattern of the tufted article being formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Card-Monroe Corp.
    Inventors: Wilton Hall, Ricky E. Mathews
  • Patent number: 11193235
    Abstract: A laundry treatment apparatus is disclosed. The laundry treatment apparatus includes a cabinet having an accommodation space formed therein to accommodate laundry, a door hingedly connected to the cabinet to open or close the accommodation space, a presser for applying pressure to laundry to remove wrinkles from laundry, and a presser-fixing structure for mounting the presser to the inner surface of the accommodation space or the door. The presser-fixing structure includes a support holder protruding from the inner surface of the accommodation space or the door and a presser-fixing recess formed concavely in the rear surface of the presser so as to allow the support holder to be inserted thereinto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Inventors: Hyunggyu Lim, Taejun Yoon, Minhyoung Lee, Jeongryeol Choi, Junyoung Nam
  • Patent number: 11180882
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement comprising a visible seam, which is arranged in a sheet material part. The arrangement also includes a lighting apparatus, which is arranged beneath an underside of the sheet material part. The visible seam has an upper thread and a lower thread. The lower thread extends along the underside of the sheet material part in a direction (R). The upper thread has first thread portions along the upper side of the sheet material part and is guided, at stitch holes formed during the sewing process, through said stitch holes via second thread portions. By means of the lighting apparatus, emitted light passes into the second thread portions, into the stitch holes, and from there into the first thread portions. Some of the light propagates along the first thread portions, starting from an adjacent second thread portion, whereas another portion of the light exits from the first thread portion. In this way, the upper thread of the visible seam is illuminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventors: Udo Kansteiner, Frank Blockhaus, Julia Schmidt, Holger Wagner, Christoph Riethmueller, Benjamin Pohl
  • Patent number: 11174579
    Abstract: This single chain stitch sewing device is provided with a sewing mechanism provided on a front end arm of a delivery robot. The sewing mechanism comprises a sewing motor for supplying power to sewing needles and loopers. When the sewing motor is energized, power is transmitted to the sewing needles via a first power transmission mechanism, this causing the sewing needles to move reciprocally. At the same time, power is transmitted to the loopers via a second power transmission mechanism to rotate the loopers. Accordingly, sewing is performed. The loopers are provided at an end of a post bed on the side closer to the sewing needles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yosuke Ikadai, Satoru Iriyama, Toru Takamura
  • Patent number: 11168439
    Abstract: A handheld steam iron for straightening creases in wrinkled fabric is disclosed. The handheld steam iron can combine the benefits of both an iron and a steamer by providing heat and steam to a garment. The handheld steam iron can include an upper arm and a lower body. The upper arm and lower body can include a plate, steam channels, or both. The steam iron can include one or more pumps to provide water to the upper arm and/or lower body so that both sides of the steam iron receive equal amounts of steam. The steam iron can also include a removable liquid reservoir that enables a user to quickly replace the liquid provided for steam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: NORI INC.
    Inventors: Courtney Toll, Mohan Rajasekaran
  • Patent number: 11168438
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present disclosure provide a laundry treating apparatus comprising a cabinet comprising an accommodation space configured to hold clothes therein, a support body disposed in the accommodation space and configured to define a predetermined space in which the clothes are supported, a compression body rotatably secured to the support body and configured to rotate in a direction towards the support body and a direction away from the support body, the compression body being configured to press the clothes towards the support body, a moisture chamber disposed in at least one of the compression body or the support body, and a moisture supply unit configured to supply steam or moisture to the moisture chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jaehyung Kim, Semin Jang
  • Patent number: 11166578
    Abstract: Developments relating to clothes hangers comprising a series of methods to bring increased width and contoured arms to substantially planar clothes hangers, by creating designs whereby an ecologically friendly material such as paper and cardboard may assume a similar strength to plastic or wood, and ways of attaching a wire-based hook to a planar clothes hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventor: Norman Fraser Mackenzie
  • Patent number: 11162200
    Abstract: An article may include a base layer, which may be knitted, along with a first strand embroidered with the base layer at a first embroidered area. The first strand may include an elasticity that is less than an elasticity of the base layer, and the first strand may include a plurality of first lengths that extend in a first direction such that the first embroidered area of the article includes a first elasticity along the first direction. The first embroidered area of the article may include a second elasticity in a second direction, where the second direction is perpendicular to the first direction, and where the second elasticity is greater than the first elasticity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: David Ngene, SH Park, John Salzano
  • Patent number: 11155957
    Abstract: A sole plate cover covers all exposed surfaces of a steam iron's sole plate to contain fluids leaking from the iron and prevent injury from contact with hot surfaces. The flexible cover includes a plate formed with a plurality of vent holes, a side wall extending outward from the plate all the way around the perimeter of the sole plate, a vent plug extending out from the plate to block a steam vent on the sole plate, and flanges configured to hold the cover to the front and rear ends of the sole plate. A sole plate cover may include a flexible strap for holding closed a water tank cover on the iron. An optional pressure relief valve on the strap blocks a vent hole on the water tank to prevent leakage, opening in the event of an over-pressure condition in the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Inventor: Ehsan Alipour