Patents Examined by Jeanette E. Chapman
  • Patent number: 10294679
    Abstract: A support bracket for securement to a vertically extending wall stud and providing cantilevered support of a horizontally disposed shelf unit, the support bracket incorporating a support arm and a vertically movable stud gripping mechanism, the mechanism including a pair of side plates that are laterally adjustable for movement and securing connection where desired onto studs of differing widths. The support arm is longitudinally elongate and includes support webs on each side for supporting an opposite end of a shelf, the webs including linear spacers and apertures for positioning and enabling securement of a shelf end to the bracket. Multiple pairs of support brackets enable a succession of shelf units to be assembled into side-by-side relation on respective studs to form a substantially continuous elongated horizontal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Scaff-All, Inc.
    Inventor: James Muth
  • Patent number: 10294671
    Abstract: A prefabricated skylight and curb assembly and method for installing and fabricating same is disclosed. The skylight and curb assembly of the present invention may include a roof curb, a skylight, and a locking cap. The roof curb may define an outer perimeter and an inner open perimeter. Further, the roof curb may include a lower end for securing to a roof structure and an upper end for rigidly securing the skylight. The locking cap may include a retainer and a cover. The retainer may be disposed on the outer perimeter of the roof curb between the upper and lower ends. The cover may be adjustably secured to the retainer so that the cover may be moveable between a generally vertical position and a generally horizontal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: VKR HOLDING A/S
    Inventors: Max LaForrest Sargent, Charles Joseph Rimsky, Steve Roy Kastner, Brian Jefferson Burkes
  • Patent number: 10294627
    Abstract: A system including a backfill protector including a skirt having an opening configured to receive a cover therein and a lip extending around a perimeter of the opening. The lip is configured to support the cover thereon, and the skirt further includes an inwardly-extending channel positioned adjacent to the lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: OPW FUELING COMPONENTS, LLC
    Inventors: Russell A. Bechler, Kevin Allen Webster
  • Patent number: 10298171
    Abstract: Building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems provide for solar panel arrays that can be aesthetically pleasing to an observer. BIPV systems can be incorporated as part of roof surfaces as built into the structure of the roof, particularly as multi-region roofing modules that have photovoltaic elements embedded or incorporated into the body of the module, in distinct tiles-sized regions. Such multi-region photovoltaic modules can replicate the look of individual roofing tiles or shingles. Further, multi-region photovoltaic modules can include hinged support structures along the upper edge of the modules, allowing for lifting of portions of an installed module, giving access to the underlying roof deck for more efficient installation, maintenance, or removal of roofing structures down-roof of the installed module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Almy
  • Patent number: 10287788
    Abstract: A mobile house of an aluminum alloy structure includes a C-shaped frame having a bottom frame, a side frame, and a top frame. Floor panels are mounted on the bottom frame, wallboards are mounted on the side frame, and roof panels are mounted on the top frame. A lower arm of a lower arm inner buckle of each floor panel is fixed to an end ledge of an adjacent floor panel by a respective fastener. The roof panels and the floor panels have an identical structure. A lower arm of a lower arm inner buckle of each wallboard is fixed to an end ledge of an adjacent wallboard by a respective fastener. Upper arcuate wallboards are mounted between the innermost roof panel and the uppermost wallboard. Lower arcuate wallboards are mounted between the innermost floor panel and the lowest wallboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AluHouse Technology (GD) Company Limited
    Inventor: Hoi Fung Kwong
  • Patent number: 10287775
    Abstract: A functional roof construction arrangement for a roof frame of a building, includes a plurality of functional roof modules being assembled together. Each of the functional roof modules includes a module housing and a roof functional unit which includes three different roof functional panel units selectively supported by the module housing at different levels thereof to provide different functions for the building. The roof functional panel units are selectively configured for selectively providing multiple functions of solar energy collection, thermal insulation, sound insulation, wireless network system, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Shih Hsiang Wu, Cheng Lin Wu, Chia I Wu
  • Patent number: 10284135
    Abstract: An aspect of the present disclosure provides solar panel mounting and charging system comprising a hub and a girder assembly. The hub may comprise a plurality of attachment points on its exterior. The girder assembly may comprise a plurality of top girders configured to be mechanically fastened to each other at their proximal ends, and having a distance between their distal ends that is greater than a distance between the proximal ends of the top girders. The girder assembly may also comprise a plurality of bottom girders configured to be mechanically fastened to each other at their proximal ends and the plurality of top girders at their distal ends. The system may further comprise an electric vehicle charging system affixed to the pole, wherein the electric vehicle charging system is configured to receive electrical power from at least one solar panel affixed to the girder assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Forrest Collins
  • Patent number: 10284137
    Abstract: Roof brackets for attaching a structure such as a patio cover to a building, and methods for installing the brackets. The brackets have a saddle for receiving a support beam of the structure. The brackets can be attached to the building roof, but do not penetrate the roof substrate, thus preventing leakage and other structural problems. The roof brackets comprise a plate that is installed between the roof substrate and the shingles or tile on the roof. The brackets are available in different configurations depending on the roof pitch for easy installation. One roof bracket has a riser so that the saddle is lifted above the roof. Another roof bracket is configured so that when installed the saddle is located beyond the edge of the roof. Other brackets can be attached to the rafters under the roof. These also come in different configurations depending on roof pitch, and they are configured to extend below and outward from the fascia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Russ Edward Meznarich
  • Patent number: 10273678
    Abstract: A column cap connector for mounting and securing a beam to a post of a building including a central web portion and upwardly extending walls disposed along longitudinal edges thereof, wherein a lower portion of the beam fits within the walls, downwardly extending legs formed from the seat and alternatively from the seat and the walls of the connector attach the connector to the post with projecting tabs attached to the seat to support the connector on the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Sam Thomas Hensen, Emmet J. Mielbrecht, Timothy M. Stauffer, Jin-Jie Lin
  • Patent number: 10273689
    Abstract: The insulating barrier of a panel including has a first stratum and a second stratum, each having a plurality of ridges that face each other, and run athwart of each other. Clearance between at least some adjacent pairs of the ridges provide a mechanical chase that reaches across at least most of the panel. A cladding overlaying at least one side of the insulating barrier is denser than the barrier. The mechanical chase is in the form of a groove through which a utility feed can be routed when the panel is to be mounted in a building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Punit Chugh, John Fisher, Bill Chaleff
  • Patent number: 10273741
    Abstract: Multi-piece, flexible, sill pan assemblies and methods of installation are disclosed. Method of installation of a sill pan assembly for pocket door systems such as single- and double-door versions as well as multi-panel pocket doors. The sill pan assembly has a first flexible end dam member, a second flexible end dam member, a flexible outside corner member, and a flexible insert. Methods of installation of a sill pan assembly for a double-pocket door. The sill pan assembly having a first flexible end dam member, a second flexible end dam member, a first flexible outside corner member, a second flexible outside corner member, and a flexible insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Gene Summy
  • Patent number: 10273664
    Abstract: A manhole base liner (1), in particular for a wastewater manhole, has a base body (2) which comprises a tread surface (3) and at least one pipe connection opening (5). The base body (2) is produced in one piece from flexible material with a wall thickness, with which it can be bent together substantially arbitrarily in at least partial regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Predl GmbH
    Inventor: Manfred Predl
  • Patent number: 10273690
    Abstract: A new design for joists using cold rolling steel sheets and integrated parts is provided, that creates a sturdy yet easy to construct structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Ruhollah Safari
  • Patent number: 10267037
    Abstract: The insulating concrete form system includes longitudinal and corner block assemblies each having a pair of side panels configured with tie receivers interacting with panel spacing ties to hold the side panels in an opposing manner and leading edges with an alternating arrangement of projections and recesses for interlocking with neighboring block assemblies. Each panel spacing tie includes a mid-support section interposing in between and connecting to a pair of end sections by a living hinge with each end section being configured with a flange member for placement within an opposing spatial wedge of the tie receiver, whereby the living hinge possesses the capability of allowing the side panels to move inwardly toward one another in a racked position to yield compactness of the longitudinal block assembly for economical transport. The corner block assembly also includes corner panel spacing ties to supplementally reinforce its structure to withstand hydrostatic blowout caused by poured concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Cooper E. Stewart
  • Patent number: 10267053
    Abstract: A building wall comprises a shear wall panel having a horizontal bottom edge, a bottom left corner, and a bottom right corner. The wall sits atop a horizontal base support located under the horizontal bottom edge of the shear wall panel. A tie-down couples the shear wall panel to the base support at a central point along the horizontal bottom edge of the shear wall panel such that the shear wall panel rocks under horizontal forces. Toe crushing elements are situated under the bottom corners of the shear wall panel. The bottom corners of the shear wall panel compress the toe crushing elements as the shear wall panel rocks about the tie-down under horizontal forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Katerra, Inc.
    Inventor: Hans-Erik Blomgren
  • Patent number: 10260272
    Abstract: An indoor safety shelter appearing to be one file cabinet or a sset of file cabinets is disclosed constructed with bullet-proof armor plates mounted on an interior support frame which protects one or more persons inside the shelter both from being discovered by and being harmed by an armed intruder in the case of a home or office invasion. The shelter can be assembled and disassembled on site from the interior of the structure providing for the ability of one or more persons protected inside the shelter to detach the plates if the bullet-proof door to the shelter, which is locked from the inside, becomes obstructed. The interior frame of the shelter has castors which allow the shelter to be moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: David Ivester
  • Patent number: 10260243
    Abstract: A tile leveling structure includes a fixture, a leveling member mounted on the fixture, a first wing pivotally connected with the leveling member, and a second wing pivotally connected with the leveling member. The first wing is provided with a first push section and a first pressing face. The second wing is provided with a second push section and a second pressing face. When the first push section of the first wing and the second push section of the second wing are pushed, the first pressing face of the first wing and the second pressing face of the second wing are moved to respectively press the first tile and the second tile so as to level the first tile and the second tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Plus Craft Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Timmy Chen
  • Patent number: 10253496
    Abstract: Building or structural panels may be joined, such as to form walls or floors. The panels may be connected in various orientations via one or more connectors. The connectors may mount to anchors associated with the panels. The panels may have outer skins located over an expanded core comprising a matrix of supporting elongate members and voids or openings, with the anchors located at edges of the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Joseph C. Fleming, III
  • Patent number: 10253513
    Abstract: A doorway lintel lift apparatus and method are provided. The door lintel lift apparatus may include two support columns, a lintel that is configured to be attached to the support columns, and that includes a vertical flange and a horizontal flange. The apparatus may include two lift bolts coupled to two end portions of the horizontal flange. The two lift bolts may be configured to respectively raise the two end portions of the horizontal flange. The apparatus may include two rotatable lift nuts that, when rotated, raise the lift bolts to engage and raise the two ends of the horizontal flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffery Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10252890
    Abstract: The object of the invention is a method for installing an elevator in the construction phase of a building. The elevator comprises an elevator car adapted to move reciprocally in an elevator hoistway in the construction phase and a compensating weight, which is connected via a suspension beam to support the elevator car by means of at least one suspension member and also by means of diverting pulleys. The elevator has a temporary hoisting machine provided with a traction sheave, the hoisting machine being kept in its position for the whole duration of the construction phase of the building, and a traction member, such as a belt, rope or chain, which is adapted to transmit the rotational movement of the traction sheave into movement of the elevator car and of the compensating weight. During the construction time, the supporting and the moving of the elevator car are separated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Jouni Ratia, Antti Mertala