Patents Examined by Jeanette E. Chapman
  • Patent number: 11002069
    Abstract: A Venetian blind to be fitted to an architectural frame, including a first rail; a second rail; and a transfer mechanism, wherein: the first rail includes a tilt controller configured to control tilting of the blind, the second rail includes a control actuator, and the transfer mechanism mechanically couples the control actuator and the tilt controller to transfer movement of the control actuator to the tilt controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventors: Nicolaas Dekker, Christianus Wilfred Michael Slobbe, David Peter Martin, Jan Pieter Wetsema
  • Patent number: 10982485
    Abstract: An installation system to fabricate the multiple glazing units at the installation site is provided. The installation system includes a primary glazing unit, a secondary glazing unit, a spacer element, a primary sealant, a fixture, a secondary sealant and a dispenser. The installation system includes a fixture to apply the primary sealant on the spacer element. The installation system also includes a dispenser to apply the secondary sealant to a clearance between the primary glazing unit and the secondary glazing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: Vinay Natrajan, Sasi Kiran Tallam
  • Patent number: 10975562
    Abstract: In one aspect, a smart corner is provided that can be prefabricated. The smart corner comprises a rear side including a first hole, a first side including a second hole, a second side including a third hole, and a top. A wall frame is also provided. The wall frame includes a top plate, a bottom plate, studs, and four smart corners. A framing system is also provided comprising at least two wall frames. The at least two wall frames connect via the smart corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Katerra Inc.
    Inventors: Darrin Griechen, Robert Stanford
  • Patent number: 10968621
    Abstract: The present disclosed subject matter relates to a connector for two workpieces, which are in particular made of wood. The connector comprises a first and a second fitting which may be mounted on one of the workpieces each by their one side and may be anchored to one another by their other sides, and which each have a circumferential edge between their one and other side. At least the first fitting has a projection with an undercut on its other side and the second fitting has a slot, starting from its edge and corresponding to the undercut, for anchoring the projection. At least one of the fittings has a protrusion on its other side and running transverse to the direction of the slot for resting of the edge of the other fitting when the projection is in the position anchored in the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: KNAPP GMBH
    Inventor: Friedrich Knapp
  • Patent number: 10961715
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a roof structure comprising support members. Depth locators are provided for fastening to the support members to locate a desired depth of bridge members. The bridge members extend between the support members at the desired depth. A safety barrier is provided for being supported by the bridge members. Each depth locator may include a folded sheet bracket which advantageously resists twisting when fastened to the support members with a threaded depth locator fastener driven by a rattle gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Mario Hurst
  • Patent number: 10961709
    Abstract: A foam backed composite panel having two or more layers of materials adhesively bonded to each other. The panel is comprised of a cementitious material as a face layer and/or an optional core layer backed by polyurethane foam bonded to the face or core layer. The polyurethane foam bonds the panel to a supporting frame. The foam backed panel has increased impact and fire resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Kreizinger
  • Patent number: 10954648
    Abstract: This invention employs proprietary multi-sensor inspection systems that enable the acquisition of extremely accurate data and comprehensive assessments of maintenance holes and trunk sewers during operation. The invention maps fisheye camera data onto time of flight (TOF) laser data to provide rapid and accurate 3D data and full space angle video imaging of the interiors on manholes and other structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Michael D Blackshaw
  • Patent number: 10941546
    Abstract: A Mechanical Electrical Plumbing (MEP) tunnel is provided. The MEP tunnel includes a rear side, a first side, and a second side. The MEP tunnel is configured to be disposed in a wall frame. The MEP tunnel may also include a plurality of tubing used for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing utilities. The MEP tunnel is connected to the wall frame via two mechanical devices. The MEP tunnel can move up and down between a raised position and a lowered position in the wall frame via two tracks in the MEP tunnel and the two mechanical devices. The MEP tunnel remains in the raised position during shipping and lowered at the completion of installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Katerra Inc.
    Inventors: Darrin Griechen, Robert Stanford
  • Patent number: 10934700
    Abstract: A drain system includes a support frame configured to support and position a drain cover over a drain opening in a tile floor. The support frame has a base portion and a wall portion projecting upwardly from the base portion to define a seat for the drain cover within the support frame. A release surface on the wall portion tapers and slopes inwardly from a top of the wall portion. The release surface is arranged to interface with the drain cover and reduce frictional and shear forces between the drain cover and the support frame during removal of the drain cover from the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: EBBE AMERICA, LC
    Inventors: Alden S. Meyers, Lawrence G. Meyers
  • Patent number: 10927545
    Abstract: A wall panel of a moveable and demountable frameless wall panel system that is secured between a floor of a room and a ceiling rail secured to a ceiling of the room. The wall panel includes a frameless panel, an upper clamp assembly, a ceiling track configured to be removably inserted into the ceiling rail, a lower clamp assembly, a first height adjustment mechanism secured to the lower clamp assembly, a second height adjustment mechanism, and a bottom floor channel receiving the first height and second height adjustment mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Allsteel Inc.
    Inventors: Eberhard Von Hoyningen Huene, Michael Salzman, Anneke Struis
  • Patent number: 10927555
    Abstract: The present invention is intended for use in large conditioned air plenum environments and particularly in the plenum environment of multilevel raised floor electro-mechanical distribution systems. The invention comprises the step of providing at least one height change of dedicated conditioned air plenum, which alters the plenum's volume. This makes it possible to maintain the preferred static pressure and velocity for conditioned air throughout the entire plenum even as the amount of air in the plenum decreases as conditioned air discharges into the intended space outside of the plenum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: William Randolph Collier
  • Patent number: 10925417
    Abstract: A secure hold hook is shown and described. The secure hold hook may include a body having first and second portions and a pair of opposed surfaces, a hook monolithically formed with the body, the hook extending from a first of the pair of opposed surfaces and a first adhesive adhered with a second of the pair of opposed surfaces. The secure hold hook may also include a second adhesive extending from the first adhesive, and a hinge positioned between the first and second portions, the hinge configured to permit the first and second portions to pivot with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: CCL LABEL, INC.
    Inventors: Jay Sato, Eric Cushing, Sujith Chacko, Alan Jameson
  • Patent number: 10919624
    Abstract: A system for configuring unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to a structure is disclosed. The structure may be a standing structure such as a tower. A movement system may be configured with the tower. The UASs may be tethered to the movement structure and the movement structure may move with respect to the tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: WET
    Inventors: Mark Fuller, Dezso Molnar, James Doyle, John Canavan
  • Patent number: 10920428
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes composite siding panels with a structure that reduces dimpling. The siding panel comprises a backing member and a siding member that are joined by an adhesive layer. The adhesive layer may be made with fingers extending from its sides, or may be made with an adhesive that has an elongation factor of at least 1000%. These reduce dimpling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Progressive Foam Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick M. Culpepper, Ryan Beach
  • Patent number: 10920435
    Abstract: A horizontal support apparatus and method are provided for use with any structure having a horizontal span, including but not limited to doors, garages, and windows. The horizontal support 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: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Lintel Lift, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffery Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10907374
    Abstract: A method of retrofitting a pre-Northridge type steel beam-to-column connection, includes welding the web of the beam to a flange of the column and slotting the beam web in the region of the connection and near the beam flanges. Stress relief holes are made into the web of the beam and slots are cut into the web of the beam. A top backup bar is welded to the flange of the column and a bottom backup bar is removed from the flange weld to the column. The method includes back gouging the flange of the column at a position of the removed backup bar and welding a bottom flange of the beam to the flange of the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Ralph M. Richard, Clayton J. Allen
  • Patent number: 10907348
    Abstract: A building formwork component comprising first and second spaced sidewalls having one or more webs extending there-between, each sidewall comprising a flange extending inwardly along a first edge of the sidewall such that an outer surface of the flange forms a ramp surface; and a groove extending along an opposing second edge of the sidewall. The component may be coupled to a like component by relative movement of the components towards each other, whereby the flanges are received in respective grooves of the like component, and whereby the ramp surfaces facilitate such coupling by engaging respective second edges of the like component to move the second edges and/or ramp surfaces for engagement of the flanges in the grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Stephen W. Darwell
  • Patent number: 10907361
    Abstract: [Object] To provide a fixture that can increase the degree of layout freedom of a contact fitting and facilitate construction and that can suppress a reduction in the strength and the durability of a building structure; and a wall structure for buildings. [Solution] A fixture 10 can be provided with a contact fitting 30. The fixture 10 includes a substrate portion 11, a first side wall portion 12, a second side wall portion 13, a support portion 14, a first locking portion 15, a second locking portion 16, and a fixing plate portion 17. The fixing plate portion 17 extends from a distal edge 13A of the second side wall portion 13 so as to face the substrate portion 11, and is disposed at a location closer than the support portion 14 to the substrate portion 11. The contact fitting 30 includes a mounting portion 31 that is fixable to the fixing plate portion 17, and an erect piece 32 that is erect in a direction that intersects the mounting portion 31.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Youhei Sawada
  • Patent number: 10900226
    Abstract: The performance of precast concrete cladding wall panel connection details is enhanced by incorporating a specific connection hardware, that allows precast panels to deform elastically to accommodate relative displacements due to building motion and/or energy associated with a seismic event. The connection hardware includes a crushing tube to at least partially absorb an impact due the seismic event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Mark Hildebrand
  • Patent number: 10895079
    Abstract: The invention relates to a decorative panel, in particular a floor panel, ceiling panel or wall panel. The invention also relates to a panel covering, such as a floor covering, ceiling covering or wall covering, comprising a plurality of panels according to the invention. The invention further relates to a method of producing a decorative panel according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Northann Building Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Lin Li