Patents Examined by Jeanette Chapman
  • Patent number: 7707799
    Abstract: A self supporting panel system used to fabricate ceilings, floors, walls, or roofs. The panel system is assembled from a plurality of panels, each having a core that is sandwiched between opposing plate members. In a preferred embodiment, the core of each panel includes a unifying material to enhance the load bearing capacity of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: PNII, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Wrass, James K. Petersen, Robert Patrick Broad
  • Patent number: 7707797
    Abstract: A circular concrete cap foundation poured in-situ within a perimeter forming corrugated metal pipe set atop or within an excavated pit and enclosing a series of circumferentially spaced pile anchors. The circular concrete cap foundation supports sets of inner and outer circumferentially spaced tower anchor bolts having their lower ends anchored to an embedded anchor ring and their upper ends projecting vertically and upwardly out the top of the circular foundation to engage the base flange of a supported tower. The pile anchors are formed with perimeter corrugated metal pipes set deep in subsurface soils with cementitious material surrounding and partially bonding to a centralized steel bolt or tendon which extends through the cap foundation. The tower anchor bolts and the pile anchor bolts are both partially encased in a PVC sleeve so that the bolts can be post-tensioned. The pile anchors are in tension only and serve to pull the cap foundation down to compress the underlying ground soils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Inventor: Allan P. Henderson
  • Patent number: 7703248
    Abstract: An elongated building element (14) to form a series of walls (10) to (13). The elements (14) each have longitudinally extending flanges (21) that snap engage with longitudinally extending grooves (19) in the next adjacent element (14). Accordingly the wall (10) is constructed by joining the elements (14) in a direction transverse their general direction of extension. If so required the elements (14) may be filled with concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Inventor: Burak Dincel
  • Patent number: 7698865
    Abstract: A building product includes a pultruded part that constitutes exterior siding of a building. In one example, the building product includes a pultruded part that constitutes siding and the structural sheathing of a building. In one example, the building product includes a pultruded part that constitutes siding and the structural sheathing of a building and is configured to be weather-tight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Tecton Products, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Pringle, John Jambois
  • Patent number: 7694475
    Abstract: A fire rated glass flooring system comprising a first layer of glass which is a structural glass and a second layer of glass which is a fire rated glass, together with a structural frame supporting the flooring system, wherein the two layers of glass are positioned one above the other and are separated by at least one load transferring means. The flooring system is more aesthetic than conventional frames as the user of a load transferring means allows the first and second layers of glass to be brought closer together and hence the structural frame supporting the system is less visible through the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Wilde Contracts Limited
    Inventor: Michael Scott Rae
  • Patent number: 7694479
    Abstract: A three-dimensional constructional element 10 is shown having opposing and substantially planar panels 30, 40 mounted on opposing surfaces of a flexible planar member in the form of a flexible mesh material layer 52 therefore making a composite sheet of three layers. Panel 30 includes transverse grooves 12, 14 formed therein and panel 40 includes transverse grooves 16, 18 formed therein. The structure is deformable about each groove 12, 14, 16, 18. In a preferred embodiment the panels 30, 40 are divided into many segments defined by the transverse grooves to allow the constructional element to be deformed so that one of the exterior surfaces of panel 30 is concave while the opposing exterior surface of panel 40 is convex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Inventor: Andrew Killen
  • Patent number: 7694472
    Abstract: A thermally insulated frame member includes first and second elongate frame components (10, 12), an elongate thermally insulating material bridge component (14) securing the first and second elongate frame components (10, 12) to one another to define an elongate open channel, and a resin material (22) located within the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Architectural & Metal Systems Limited
    Inventor: David Rawlings
  • Patent number: 7690160
    Abstract: The present invention provides a modular flooring system including a ramp to facilitate entry and exit from the flooring system. The ramp may be modular and interconnect with all or parts of a perimeter of the flooring system, and the ramp may also interconnect with adjacent ramp members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Inventor: Jorgen J. Moller, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7685929
    Abstract: The present invention provides a telescopic hoist comprising a series of telescopically arranged tubular sections wherein the tubular sections are made in nitrided steel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Industries Mailhot Inc.
    Inventor: Luc Mainville
  • Patent number: 7687126
    Abstract: The present application is directed to adhesive articles and release liners. Namely, the present application is directed to an article comprising an adhesive layer with a structured surface. The structured surface comprises a first groove and a second groove recessed into the adhesive layer from a reference plane defined by the adhesive surface on either rim of the groove. In some embodiments, the second groove is contained within the first groove, and in other embodiments the grooves are separate. The first groove and the second groove have walls. The wall angle of the first groove with respect to the reference plane is non-zero and is smaller than the wall angle of the second groove with respect to the reference plane. The application is also directed to release liners for the adhesive article, wherein the surface of the release liner is the inverse of the adhesive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Danny L. Fleming, Michael R. Kesti, John A. Nielsen, Richard L. Peloquin, Frank T. Sher, David J. Yarusso
  • Patent number: 7685787
    Abstract: A system for connecting and sealing panels comprising a bridge component with elevated and recessed surface features adapted to receive and bridge adjacent panels to form a weather-resistant seal and aesthetically pleasing appearance. By providing mating surface features to receive a side edge portion of an adjacent panel assembly, an exemplary embodiment of the present invention may enable an improved lap joint to be established between adjacent backed panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Crane Building Products LLC
    Inventors: Paul J. Mollinger, Paul R. Pelfrey, Larry R. Fairbanks
  • Patent number: 7681372
    Abstract: A door threshold may include upper and lower members for sandwiching carpet and/or carpet padding therebetween. The threshold may, in certain example embodiments, grip the carpet in order to prevent it from being pulled out from between the upper and lower threshold members. Thus, in certain example instances, the need for tacks (or carpet tack strip(s)) proximate the threshold can be reduced and/or eliminated. In certain example embodiments of this invention, the threshold structure may include a locating bracket that is provided proximate the door frame for frame alignment and security purposes, and/or one or more pans located under the threshold for locating and/or securing purposes. Levelers, shims and/or the like may be used in certain example embodiments in order to compensate for non-level flooring proximate the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventor: Robert Rissone
  • Patent number: 7669371
    Abstract: An underfloor distribution system, includes a first module having a main body; an end closure and a cover. The end closure and the cover are removably mounted to the main body, and the first module is adapted to be removably mounted to a second module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: The Wiremold Company
    Inventor: John William Hill
  • Patent number: 7665256
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for creating firestopping barrier in a partition, such as a wall, floor, or ceiling, that is mounted adjacent the opening includes a housing containing a central opening. The cross-sectional area of the housing is greater than the cross-sectional area of the through-penetration opening, and the housing is arranged external to the through-penetration opening with at least a portion thereof extending along a surface of the partition thereby to allow the housing to be installed adjacent the through-penetration opening. Firestop material is arranged within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Stephen A. Miller, Brandon L. Cordts
  • Patent number: 7661236
    Abstract: A V-shaped indent is formed in a stab-in connector for a suspended ceiling grid. The indent forms a vertical bend line. In a fire, the connector bends along the vertical bend line to permit a cross beam in the grid to expand while keeping the grid intact, and thus capable of continuing to support the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Worthington Armstrong Venture
    Inventors: William J. Platt, Daniel C. Ziegler, Yu Lin
  • Patent number: 7662014
    Abstract: A joint system for joining polyhedric facet elements together. Polyhedrons have a plurality of facets. The polyhedric facet elements have facet planes that are generally congruent with the facets of the polyhedrons in which they are found. Various facet elements occupy angular relationships such that they can be joined in rigid stable joints by means of key elements where the planes of the key elements extend generally perpendicular to the planes of each of the facet elements. The joint system is suitable for inter-polyhedron joint systems where the joints include four joint elements, three of which are in the respective polyhedrons that are to be joined, and the fourth is a key element perpendicularly disposed between the other three joint elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Inventor: Gregg R. Fleishman
  • Patent number: 7644899
    Abstract: A saw horse comprises a pair of frames each assembled from a plurality of wooden struts joined by metal formings of sheet stock. Fabric hinges join the frames at their upper ends. The metal formings are positioned and closed around the beams with piercings engaging the fabric hinges. Spreader struts are also hinged by a fabric strap that permits the spreader struts to lay in horizontal positions when the frames are pulled into an A-shape, and to be oriented in side-by-side vertical positions when the frames are folded together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Inventor: Anthony Fasanella
  • Patent number: 7640699
    Abstract: There is provided a flashing panel mount adapted for an air conditioning unit which is located about an exterior of a building. The panel mount features a generally rigid panel that is attachable to the building. The panel mount further features a hood member which extends outward from the panel. A plurality of panel apertures is formed through the hood member and is configured to extend through the panel. Each of the panel apertures are sized and configured to accommodate a respective one of the air conditioning lines extending from within the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventor: William J. Gilleran
  • Patent number: 7631470
    Abstract: In a heliport of the present invention, a plurality of long deck materials are arranged and joined to form a planar member having an approximately plane structure. The planar member is placed on a structure such as a space framework that can float on water, or on another floating structure. The planar member can serve as a top surface of a heliport surface or as a foundation for the heliport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Aero Facility Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Motomi Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 7627997
    Abstract: A fabricated concrete foundation wall is provided with a plurality of insulation panels and reinforcing ribs to improve strength and reduce the density of the wall panel. The foundation wall panels are easily placed and interconnected together to quickly provide a foundation adapted to support the main walls of a home, for example. The foundation panels in one embodiment generally include a facewall that may have at least one carbon fiber band positioned horizontally therethrough to provide additional stiffness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Oldcastle Precast, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold G. Messenger, Thomas Rotondo