Patents Examined by Jessie Fonseca
  • Patent number: 9982477
    Abstract: A sill pan flashing is provided with a width-extendable accordion section enabling the flashing to be manufactured, shipped and installed in one piece regardless of significant variations in the actual width of a framing sill from a designed nominal width. The flashing includes opposite side end caps connected by a horizontal sill cover. The sill cover includes one or more accordion sections configured with a plurality of integrally formed accordion elements which may be of V-shape, U-shape, sinusoidal or other configuration, allowing the one-piece flashing to be elongated in the width direction during installation, in order to completely cover a sill member. The new flashing is manufactured in one piece for a minimum sill width and expanded as necessary during installation at the job site to fully cover the entire surface of a sill of greater width. Substantial savings can be realized while providing a superior moisture seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Sill Dry Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Joel I. Glickman, Kieran McMahon
  • Patent number: 9970165
    Abstract: A structural frame includes a plurality of members formed from fiber reinforced polymer. A pair of the members are arranged to engage one another at a first joint. The joint includes a notch that is provided in an outer surface of the first member of the pair of members and which is arranged to receive an end portion of the second member of the pair of members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: ECOS MACLEAN LTD
    Inventor: Nicholas Maclean
  • Patent number: 9957687
    Abstract: A wall block, wall block system and method of making a wall block. The wall block including at least one core extending from the top surface to the bottom surface, the at least one core having opposed front and rear surfaces and first and second side surfaces the wall block also including at least one pin hole opening onto the top surface of the block and extending at least a portion of the distance from the top surface to the bottom surface. The at least one pin hole may open onto at least a portion of at least one surface of the at least one core. The block may be provided with channels; the pin hole, channels and core may all be formed in a mold box by a single forming member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: KEYSTONE RETAINING WALL SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventor: Robert A. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 9945126
    Abstract: A gutter protecting apparatus includes a plurality of substantially parallel rods extending in a downward slope from near a roof edge to and beyond the far side of the gutter. The rods extend substantially perpendicular to the gutter's length and to a frame to which the rods connect at the upper edge. Preferably, the lower rod ends are spaced above and slightly beyond the far edge of the gutter to allow debris to pass the gutter without catching. Legs can extend down from some rods to the gutter's far edge to provide support. The apparatus can be pivotably mounted to the roof, the fascia or the gutter, permitting access beneath. The apparatus forms a cage-like covering over the gutter to exclude matter and small creatures, while allowing the liquid to flow past. Sunlight bypassing the rods and movement of air through the gutter make the water exiting the downspout cleaner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: B & J Concepts, LLC
    Inventor: Jerome W. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9938727
    Abstract: A floor panel includes male and female coupling means that are formed by at least one proximal groove that opens onto a lower face or upper face, respectively, of the panel and by a distal flexible tongue that extends from the end of the edge of the panel towards the lower face or upper face, respectively. The tongue has a proximal wall inclined at an angle with respect to a vertical plane towards the bottom and the outside of the panel and towards the top and the outside of the panel, respectively. The tongue of at least one of the male coupling means or female coupling means has a distal wall that includes, at least, a protrusion or a notch that is able to engage with a notch or a protrusion formed in or on a proximal wall of the proximal groove of the corresponding female coupling means or male coupling means so as to form an end stop, avoiding vertical movement of a panel with respect to an adjacent panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: GERFLOR
    Inventors: Olivier Ceysson, Bertrand Chammas
  • Patent number: 9845635
    Abstract: A window assembly may include a vacuum insulated glass unit and a frame assembly. The vacuum insulated glass unit may include first and second glass substrates defining a space therebetween that is at a pressure lower than atmospheric pressure. One of the first and second glass substrates may include a vacuum port extending outward therefrom. The vacuum port may define a passage in communication with the space. The frame assembly supports the glass unit and may include a base member and a glazing member. The base member and the glazing member cooperate to define a slot in which an edge portion of the glass unit is received. The glazing member may include a cavity receiving the vacuum port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Guardian Glass, LLC.
    Inventors: Robert D. Thompson, Charles L. Anderson, John M. Mitchell, Nigel J. Flynn, Kunal D. MacDonald, David Scott Rowley, Edward I. Stamm, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9828760
    Abstract: A formwork for constructing an arched structure comprises a first end panel and a second end panel. A plurality of longitudinal members extends between the first end panel and the second end panel. The longitudinal members are arranged in an arched formation and the longitudinal members slope between the first end panel and the second end panel. The formwork may have rollers disposed along lengths of the longitudinal members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Lock-Block Ltd.
    Inventor: James Joseph Drew
  • Patent number: 9828769
    Abstract: The invention is about a modular foldable brick that enables architectural elements such as stacked walls, arches, corners, doors, windows and wall niches to be constructed at indoor and outdoor conditions that divides, restricts and secures a certain space; Due to the possibility of folding the storing and carrying of this brick is possible at a minimum weight. The brick is connectable within itself and also attachable to others for constructing architectural elements as wall building systems. The foldable brick provides a foldable brick body that forms the outer walls and an inner wall being formed with three techniques; connecting/fixing (A-B groups)/encircling (C group). All three techniques are related to the forming of the detachable wall building system's entity unit foldable and sustainable brick. All these three techniques are used simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: HOBI ENDÜSTRIYEL ÜRÜN TASARIM UYGULAMA ÜRETIM ITHALAT IHRACAT LIMITED SIRKETI
    Inventors: Adem Aribaş, Mustafa Gürça{hacek over (g)} Özler
  • Patent number: 9822581
    Abstract: A glass unit including a spacer, a front glass pane attached to a front side of the spacer, a back glass pane attached to a back side of the spacer, and a pressure equalization conduit defined by and within the spacer, wherein the pressure equalization conduit has a first end and a second end, wherein the pressure equalization conduit contains a desiccant and is in fluid communication with an exterior of the glass unit at a first end port adjacent to the first end and with an interior space of the glass unit at a second end port adjacent to the second end. The glass unit may further include one or more intermediate layers contained within the interior space and one or more floating suspension systems for supporting the intermediate layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: LITEZONE TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventor: Gregory L. Clarahan
  • Patent number: 9808947
    Abstract: A roofing system including shingles with different shingle patterns. The roofing system may include a plurality of first shingles having a first two-tab shingle pattern and a plurality of second shingles having a second two-tab shingle pattern. The first shingles including a first tab having a first width and a second tab having a second width, wherein the first width and the second width are substantially equal. The second shingles including a third tab having a third width and a fourth tab having a fourth width, wherein the third width is substantially equal to the first width and the fourth width is about double the second width. The plurality of first shingles and the plurality of second shingles can be formed from a rectangular shingle blank in an interwoven pattern with substantially no scrap or waste material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Grubka, Carmen A. LaTorre, Bert W. Elliott, Christopher C. Freidner
  • Patent number: 9810015
    Abstract: A window assembly may include a vacuum insulated glass unit and a frame assembly. The vacuum insulated glass unit may include first and second glass substrates defining a space therebetween that is at a pressure lower than atmospheric pressure. One of the first and second glass substrates may include a vacuum port extending outward therefrom. The vacuum port may define a passage in communication with the space. The frame assembly supports the glass unit and may include a base member and a glazing member. The base member and the glazing member cooperate to define a slot in which an edge portion of the glass unit is received. The glazing member may include a cavity receiving the vacuum port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Guardian Glass, LLC.
    Inventors: Robert D. Thompson, Charles L. Anderson, John M. Mitchell, Nigel J. Flynn, Kunal D. MacDonald, David Scott Rowley, Edward I. Stamm, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9803330
    Abstract: A post support system is provided that is useful for construction projects where supports are placed in the ground and the supports and their placement in the ground can be inspected at any time during construction. This allows for construction to continue on the project without being held up for inspection purposes. Provided is a post support system comprising: a post support with a base; at least two walls opposing one another on one side of the base; a plate with apertures on an opposing side of the base; and at least three legs, each with a first end disposed in communication with one of the apertures of the plate; and a support mount with a lip; wherein each leg has a second end disposed in communication with the lip of the support mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Timothy Seay
  • Patent number: 9797153
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a refuge comprising a roof; at least four wall members each fixedly attached to the roof, wherein the refuge has a width of 60 inches or less, and wherein each wall member comprises a ballistic material; a door disposed in a first wall member, wherein the door has a width of at least 18 inches; a power system disposed within the enclosure, the power system comprising a primary power source and a secondary power source; and an armored air purification system configured to provide purified air to the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: SIMPLY IV SAFETY LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Anthony Baggiero, II, Thomas Anthony Baggiero, Michael Costardo, Joanne Costardo
  • Patent number: 9790684
    Abstract: Prefabricated wall assemblies for the construction of buildings have a corrugated panel and preferably include at least one backside panel. The corrugated panel has one or more vertical channels and several horizontal channels. The vertical channels extend the entire panel height and are recessed from the front face. The horizontal channels extending the entire panel width and are also recessed from the front face so they intersect with the vertical channel. The horizontal channels are almost as wide as the vertical channels, and are greater than one-half the channel width of the vertical channel. The backside panel is connected to the corrugated panel to form a structural panel assembly. The backside panel can be a shear panel or other backside flat panel, a backside corrugated panel symmetrically mirroring the corrugated panel, a backside corrugated panel asymmetrically mirroring the corrugated panel, a sandwiched corrugated panel, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Neumayr
  • Patent number: 9777473
    Abstract: A sheathing material includes a layer of ceramic paper to help prevent the burning of the sheathing during a fire. The material may include insulation disposed between the ceramic paper and the substrate to further reduce damage to the substrate, and may include a thin layer of wood or paper placed over the ceramic paper to protect the ceramic paper and to allow the sheathing to be used in a manner similar to that of a conventional sheathing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Graig Cropper
  • Patent number: 9757873
    Abstract: Disclosed is a board structure for manufacturing concrete products, wherein a board used to manufacture a concrete product, for example, concrete blocks, paving stones, etc. is formed of an upper layer and a lower layer, and a side support frame connecting the upper layer and the lower layer, so it does not need to manufacture molds for each size, and a portion that receives external weight during the manufacturing of concrete products can be reinforced, thus obtaining substantial strength and lightness, and the manufacturing does not cost a lot while reducing noises during the manufacturing of concrete products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignees: SAMJUNG INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hi-Man Lee
  • Patent number: 9752324
    Abstract: A roofing shingle is provided comprising a reduced-with headlap portion including headlap projections, a buttlap portion including buttlap projections, a lateral leading edge, and a lateral trailing edge, wherein the headlap projection nearest the lateral leading edge has an increased breadth. A roofing system is also provided comprising a multiplicity of courses of shingles of the invention, wherein a lateral trailing edge of a shingle in a single course overlaps (side-laps) an adjacent previously installed shingle, and wherein a shingle in a subsequent course provides a generally uniform overlap region over the headlap portions of a first and second adjacent shingle in the first course and an expanded overlap region over the second adjacent shingle, wherein the expanded overlap region is due to the increased breadth of the headlap projection nearest the lateral leading edge of the second adjacent shingle in the first course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Building Materials Investment Corporation
    Inventor: Olan Leitch
  • Patent number: 9751718
    Abstract: A tension assembly indicates when a desired tension is achieved between two objects connected by the tension assembly. The tension assembly may be attached in series with a tension adjustor between a structure and an anchor, or any other two objects, and include a compressible component and an indication mechanism. As tension between the structure and anchor is adjusted using the tension adjustor, the compressible component adjusts in size, allowing the indicator to indicate whether the current tension is satisfactory. The compressible component includes a spring which, when compressed or expanded, allows the indicator to move toward or away from another indicator. When the indicators are aligned, the desired tension is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: US TOWER CORP.
    Inventors: Kenneth Pereira, Bruce Kopitar
  • Patent number: 9745756
    Abstract: Floor panel (1) has a carrier layer (2) which is a plastic material that is pliable and elastic at an application temperature of the flooring. A decorative layer (3) is disposed above the carrier layer (2). Complementary mechanical locking profiles (8, 9) provided on at least two panel edges (1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 11, 12). The locking profiles cooperating in the locked state of two floor panels (1) and counter-acting a moving apart of the floor panels (1). At least one panel edge (1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 11, 12) has an edge break-away point (4) at the edge of the decorative layer (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: AKZENTA PANEELE & PROFILE GMBH
    Inventor: Hans-Jürgen Hannig
  • Patent number: 9725900
    Abstract: An interlock connector interlocks building blocks that are assembled so as to provide a wall structure. The building blocks have respective front surfaces for defining a front façade of the wall structure and respective rear surfaces with at least one respective horizontal groove. The interlock connector comprises first and second bodies. The first body is inserted in the rear surface horizontal groove of a first building block. The second body is inserted in the rear surface horizontal groove of a second building block adjacent the first building block. Insertion of the first and second bodies in the respective rear surface horizontal grooves of the first and second building blocks provides for interlocking the first and second building blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Horacio Correia