Patents Examined by Jeanette Chapman
  • Patent number: 7774996
    Abstract: The invention is a damper and a method for protecting buildings and similar structural systems from dynamic loading such as loading caused by earthquakes, strong winds or machine vibrations. More specifically, the damper is made from structural members being interconnected in frictional or visco-elastically dampened rotational joints. Due to the dampening of the joints, relative movement between the structural elements is dampened. In particular, the damper is useful for base isolation, e.g., in order to allow a building or a machine to move in a dampened movement relative to its foundation or in order to allow a cable stay of a cable stay bridge to move in a dampened movement relative to its fixation point on the bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Damptech APS
    Inventor: Imad H. Mualla
  • Patent number: 7770354
    Abstract: A lightweight cementitious panel/tile is provided with increased bending stiffness and less weight than conventional construction panels. The cementitious panel is constructed of a cementitious surface (which may be reinforced with wood fiber or other materials) supported by an integrated stiffener grid on the underside to absorb stresses and loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: Thuan H. Bui
  • Patent number: 7765751
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a window consisting of a window frame and a window wing the latter comprising a frame and a glazing which bears a static load, and where at least one seal being arranged between said window frame and said window wing. The characteristic of the invention lies in that the glazing of the window wing is held by means of a spacer in the outer side area thereof there is each time arranged a suitably U-shaped groove in which there is inserted a glass-panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Kovinoplastika Loz Industrija Kovinskih In Plasticnih Izdelkov D.D.
    Inventors: Aleksander Vukovic, Miha Klinar
  • Patent number: 7757449
    Abstract: A removable floor includes a support piece (1) having a floor tile (15) affixed to the upper surface thereof, with the support piece being equipped to be secured to other support pieces, in order to facilitate the installation and removal of the floor by the user and to enable the supports to be installed in an aligned and/or out of phase manner such as to produce different decorative patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignees: Taulell S.A., Industrias Alegre, S.A.
    Inventors: Javier Portoles Ibañez, Carlos Sanchis Ballester, Carlos Soler Aguilar, Mónica Alegre Olmos, Joaquín Peña Villanueba, Antonio Carbonell Balaguer, José Emilio Gil Serrano
  • Patent number: 7753334
    Abstract: The invention is a window safety harness which can be clamped to the frame of a window and which provides a solid anchor point for a person working around the window. The device includes a bar for placement inside the window, a bar for placement outside the window, and a connecting piece which holds the bars in rigid, spaced apart relation to each other. Each end of both the inside and the outside bar have contact pads which are configured to contact the window frame. They also include a tightening mechanism which tightens the contact pads against the window frame and secures the device in the window frame. An anchor point allows a worker to attach himself to the anchor point for work outside the window, or to anchor a line to the window frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Inventor: James L. Schreiber
  • Patent number: 7752820
    Abstract: A fast unfolding two-layer temporary flooring structure consisting of preferably rigid plates (1 to 6), made of a suitable material. The plates (1 to 6) are arranged mutually parallel and cascade-linked by an articulated linking element (B) so that between two consecutive plates, the element (B) is linked to an edge of the other plates, and also preferably in a central zone of the other plate, the elements defining hinge lines between parallel planes with longitudinal or transverse axis of the plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Ets A. Deschamps et Fils
    Inventor: Georges-Paul Deschamps
  • Patent number: 7752824
    Abstract: A continuity system for a building is designed to compensate for the downward settling of building elements over time, which occurs due to the shrinkage of wooden building members. The continuity system comprises one or more hold-down assemblies each having a stud-connector secured to a generally vertical stud, a generally vertical rod inserted into an opening of the stud connector, a rod-gripping member in toothed engagement with the rod above the opening, and one or more positioning elements exerting a downward force on the rod-gripping member. The rod has a lower portion secured to a stable building element such as the building's foundation. The opening of the stud-connector defines a frustoconical bearing surface on the upper surface of a portion of the stud-connector, or on a gripper support element in some embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: MiTek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Brown, Robert D. Lucey
  • Patent number: 7748187
    Abstract: A bracket for joining at least two spanning members, such as a board and a supporting member, includes a generally planar unitary body having front and rear sections, and a mid-section. The front and rear sections include locking members, which interlock when two brackets are aligned to each other. The bracket allows building of a structure, such as a deck, from top, where the nail or screw heads are hidden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventor: W. Glenn Sensenig
  • Patent number: 7743564
    Abstract: An exterior trim assembly for use with a window or door surround in a building structure comprises at least one mantle for affixing above the window or door, and first and second pilaster assemblies for affixing on the sides of the window or door. The mantle comprises a mantle base and a corresponding mantle cover to affix to and cover the mantle base. Each pilaster assembly comprises a base and a cover element affixed to the base wherein each of the bases has a plurality of regularly repeating reinforced structural sections. At least two pilaster cover plates are provided, each pilaster cover plate is affixed to and covering one of the first and second pilaster bases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Tapco International Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Schiedegger, Clyde G. Allen, Dean Dennis
  • Patent number: 7743569
    Abstract: A support panel for thin brick, comprising a metal sheet, an array of groove retaining tabs having first tab edges, said first tab edges protruding from said sheet having at an upward angle of less than about 45 degrees, for a distance of less than about one quarter inch, and an array of mortar lock tabs having second tab edges, said second tab edges protruding from said sheet at a downward angle of greater than about 45 degrees, said array of mortar lock tabs being offset vertically from said array of groove retaining tabs, wherein, said array of groove retaining tabs are adapted to engage shallow dovetail grooves formed in the rear of thin bricks, and said mortar lock tabs are adapted, when embedded within a cured mortar matrix, to exert, in response to a tensile force away from said metal sheet, a force along a vertical axis, on the brick, in an opposite direction to a force applied to the brick along a vertical axis by said groove retaining tab, to thereby retain the brick against the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Inventor: Chester Schwalenberg
  • Patent number: 7743586
    Abstract: A mortar applying machine incorporating housing, having a rotatable drive wheel mounted therein, the drive wheel adhered upon a pivot shaft located within the housing, and the drive wheel being disposed through the bottom of the housing for mortar and engagement with the surface of a row of blocks previously applied in the forming of a building wall. Fixedly mounted to the same shaft are a pair of paddles, formed of blades, which assure the proper shifting and movement of the fluid mortar into position within the housing, for passage out of its lower openings, and onto the transverse lands of the row of blocks as previously applied into the building wall. A diverter is provided within the housing to assure that the fluid mortar flows towards the front of the housing with respect to the direction of its movement when depositing a layer of mortar onto a previously laid row of blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Save Block, LLC
    Inventor: Norman Hancock
  • Patent number: 7739848
    Abstract: An insulated building panel includes a male connector configuration as well as a female connector configuration that are both formed of generally bent surfaces. The male connector as well as the female connector extends outwardly from the side faces of an insulating foam core so that the foam is protected from damage. The male connector is formed by bending the metal edge into a generally U shaped configuration with the outer edge of the U bent downwardly towards the interior of the panel. The female connector is bent back almost towards itself and terminates in a curvilinear gutter portion. The female portion includes a detent edge that defines a shallow receptacle into which a male detent edge is inserted so as to lock the male and female connectors in a nested position, thereby securing two panels together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Inventor: Kathy Trout
  • Patent number: 7739842
    Abstract: A method of employing an adjustable apparatus for bracing one or both sides of a wall being fabricated from masonry blocks, with said wall having an opening near the base of the block wall. Bracing system includes strong rigid members assembled in the form of a right angle brace set having stiff vertical, horizontal and diagonal members, a connector having a length sufficient to extend through the opening affixed at a right angle location of one or both of the brace sets. A pair of such braces—back to back, and spaced on opposite sides of a wall—are interconnected together via this connector. Selected brace members telescope to accommodate increases in wall height and a manually adjustable outrigger screwjack at the remote end of the horizontal member eliminates reliance on prior art deadmen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Inventors: Edwin R. Hodsdon, Laurent E. Grenier
  • Patent number: 7739766
    Abstract: A stay comprises an inclined casing and a bundle of substantially parallel taut reinforcements lodged in the casing and individually anchored in a first and a second anchoring region. According to the invention, the casing and some of the reinforcements are installed by applying substantially uniform tension values to the reinforcements, then several iterations of the following steps are formed: compacting the installed reinforcements, at least at one end of the casing; slipping a further group of reinforcements along inside the casing, in a space left available by the compacted reinforcements; and tensioning each reinforcement of the further group between the first and second anchoring regions so that all the installed reinforcements exhibit substantially uniform tension values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Freyssinet International (STUP)
    Inventors: Benoit Lecinq, Jean-Pierre Messein, Jean-Claude Percheron, Craig Robertson
  • Patent number: 7735408
    Abstract: A cooling fin for a mortar tube comprises a plurality of discrete nibs disposed on an external surface of the mortar tube wherein the nibs are arranged in longitudinal rows spaced circumferentially around the mortar tube. Preferably, the number of longitudinal rows of nibs is thirty-six. The nibs have a substantially square cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Richard Becker, Mark Witherell, Jose Santiago, George E. Hathaway, IV, Steve Tauscher
  • Patent number: 7730680
    Abstract: A modular monolithic metal framed bulkhead panel having an outer frame, an inner frame, a non-metallic composite panel, a panel seal, and a frame seal common to a panel-bulkhead structure interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Wrenn P. Holman, Robert W. Dost, Ernest E. Williams, Jr., Gary L. Richter, Juan Villalobos, Yida Gonzalez, Michael H. Volkmar, Michael Byrd, Francisco J. Boyer, Nasima Rahman, William L. Saylor, Patricia M. Hutchinson, Chad L. Braunschweig, David J. Bauder
  • Patent number: 7721499
    Abstract: A reverse molded fiberboard panel; a wainscot kit comprising a plurality of differently sized reverse molded panels, and a planar finishing or spacer panel, adapted to completely cover any size wall between a wall base board and a wall chair rail; and a method of reverse molding a loose cellulosic mat, in a single pressing step, to provide one or more relatively high density, raised panels without requiring preliminary pressing, or other pre-shaping step, such as scalping. The reverse-molded panels are molded in a conventional, multi-opening fiberboard press, in a single pressing step process, while achieving excellent transfer of mold detail (embossing fidelity) without visually noticeable fiber fracture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Steven K. Lynch, Dale E. Schafernak, Karine Luetgert, Bei-Hong Liang, Lee Braddock
  • Patent number: 7716820
    Abstract: Apparatus for precision deploy-attaching beam-mount structure to the outside of an elongate column at plural, defined attachment sites that are distributed and spaced along the length of the column. During use, a column support jig with plural openable/closeable yokes in the apparatus supports a column horizontally for selective rotation about its long axis. A carriage in the apparatus, which holds beam-mount structures to be attached to a supported column, is selectively moveable and position-lockable in defined locations distributed along the supported column between yokes in a pair of spaced yokes to enable precision weld-attaching of the mounts to sides of the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: ConXtech, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Simmons
  • Patent number: 7716879
    Abstract: A modular window well arrangement includes one or more window well members. The window well members can be interconnected in a vertically stacked arrangement to provide the required overall height. Snap-connectors interconnect the vertically adjacent window well members, and a plurality of steps provide for escape. The window well members may have different sizes, and extension walls may be utilized to increase the size of the window well members to provide for a wide variety of configurations. The window well members may be made of a relatively lightweight structural foam material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Tapco International Corporation
    Inventor: Glen R. George
  • Patent number: 7716894
    Abstract: The present invention generally encompasses a starter block for use in the starter course of a roofing project to facilitate the subsequent positioning of shingles upon a hip roof without causing said shingles to substantially bend. The starter block has a tapered thickness, that is, the height of the front surface is greater than the height of the back surface. In one embodiment, the height of the front surface is about twice the height of the back surface. Otherwise, the starter block is generally rectangular. In one embodiment, the starter block is formed from a composite material, such as a combination of at least a polymer component (e.g. polyethylene) and a filler component (e.g., glass, stone, limestone), and includes at least one nib extending from each of its side surfaces and at least one nailing zone on its top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: EPOCH Composite Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Randal J. Jolitz