Patents Examined by Nasser Ahmad
  • Patent number: 6984427
    Abstract: The present invention provides an article including a microstructured release liner having a plurality of outwardly extending protrusions associated with an adhesive layer such that the protrusions penetrate the adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Robert K. Galkiewicz, Brian E. Spiewak, Dennis R. Nichols, Janet R. Kirkman
  • Patent number: 6977106
    Abstract: A decal body art method and means produces a simple adhesive bandage which has a substrate carrying a compound layer consisting of a pressure sensitive adhesive in which is dissolved an artificial tanning agent. The bandage, or its compound layer, is shaped or formed to depict a selected image. The compound layer is covered with a removable release liner. In use, the release liner is removed and discarded. The compound layer is directly adhered to the skin, whereupon a self-tanning image of a rich tan color is formed on the skin of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Inventor: Scott Billings
  • Patent number: 6974616
    Abstract: A thermoglue binding tape to protect and decorate carpet's edges and borders with a fuse system. An adhesive is disposed at strategic locations on a tape. In one embodiment, the adhesive completely covers one surface of the tape and the tape is bent into a channel shape that adhesively captures the unfinished edge of the carpet. In another embodiment, one strip of adhesive extends along one surface of the tape adjacent one edge thereof, another strip of adhesive extends along the other surface of the tape adjacent the other edge thereof, and the tape is bent into a channel shape that adhesively captures the unfinished edge of the carpet, with a terminating portion of the tape bent under itself. In still another embodiment, one strip of adhesive completely covers one surface of the tape and another strip of adhesive extends along the other surface thereof adjacent one edge thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Inventor: Benigno G. Perez
  • Patent number: 6972141
    Abstract: An adhesive tape construction is removable from one or more objects to which it is adhered and which is reusably separable within its construction so that an object can be separated from another and subsequently reconnected with one another. The adhesive tape construction can be used to bond the other opposed surfaces of objects, including rigid objects such as a picture frame to a wall, where no portion of the adhesive tape construction projects from between the objects, and which subsequently affords easy separation of the objects without damage to either of them. More specifically, the adhesive tape construction includes a stretch release adhesive tape structure combined with a reusable connector surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: James L. Bries, Michael D. Hamerski
  • Patent number: 6967046
    Abstract: An adhesive-based sticker for adhering to a surface and incorporating a pocket between the surface and the sticker for insertion of objects into the pocket and removal therefrom. A sticker substrate is provided with a first section and a flap section with a fold line therebetween. An adhesive is provided on at least a portion of the back surface, and upon folding the flap section at the fold line, the back surface of the flap section is adhered to a portion of the back surface of the first section. When the sticker substrate is applied to a mounting surface, a pocket is formed between the sticker substrate and the mounting surface in registry with at least the portion of the flap section adhered to the first section. The pocket so formed may be bound around the entire perimeter excluding the fold line or may be a through-pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Inventors: Marilyn Bollinger, Howard Bollinger
  • Patent number: 6967047
    Abstract: Composite articles having a highly filled plastic component connected to a basic body are provided which avoid the occurrence of cracks in the plastic component under changing thermal conditions. More specifically, the plastic component is not fixed directly to the basic body but instead is fixed indirectly thereto via at least one intermediary component made of an elastic material. Preferably, the intermediary component is embedded by a frictional and/or positive connection with at least one projection in a groove or opening (28) of the plastic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Max Baermann GmbH
    Inventor: Alfred Heinrich
  • Patent number: 6964800
    Abstract: The invention concerns a plastic-based multilayer structure, in particular for making tubes or conduits for transporting liquid fluids such as alcohol, liquid fuels derived from petrol, fuels containing oxygen compounds such as, for instance alcohol. More particularly it concerns a multilayer structure comprising an external layer (A) formed from a polyamide based composition with and an internal adjacent layer (B) formed from a polyfluorovinylidene based composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Nyltec Italia
    Inventor: Nicolangelo Peduto
  • Patent number: 6962741
    Abstract: Press-on tool for pressing on a film to adhere to a substrate. The press-on tool comprises a relatively hard and rigid carrier part with a press-on surface with which, during use, the film can be pressed against the substrate. The intermediate layer comprises a relatively soft, resilient cushion layer. Preferably, the cushion layer is non-slidably connected with the press-on surface and/or the carrier part. The invention also relates to a method for pressing on a film to adhere to a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Vinytouch Vinylapplikaties B.V.
    Inventor: Frans Wirtje Bogman
  • Patent number: 6962738
    Abstract: A roofing component adhering assembly includes a bitumen layer having first and second major surfaces and at least a first release sheet substantially coextensive with the first major surface of the bitumen layer. The first release sheet is separable from the first major surface of the bitumen layer so that the bitumen layer of the roofing component adhering assembly can be used to adhere together overlapping surfaces, such as end and/or lateral edge portions, of first and second roofing components. The roofing component adhering assembly is especially well suited for adhering surfaces together where one of the surfaces is a granule surface, such as an end edge portion of a cap sheet. Preferably, styrene-butadiene-styrene modified bitumen is used to form the bitumen layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Johns Manville
    Inventor: Raymond C. Swann
  • Patent number: 6960380
    Abstract: A flexible wrap (10) for enclosing a cable splice (20) without external heating includes a gel layer (1) and a support layer (2). The wrap has sufficient flexibility to be manually gathered into wrinkles around the smaller parts of the cable-to-splice transition with the gel sealing the resulting enclosure. The support layer (2), which is preferably made of low density polyethylene, provides mechanical strength and facilitates the application of the wrap (10). A vapour barrier layer (3), preferably made of aluminium, may be applied on the support layer (2). A protective layer (4) may be applied on the vapour barrier layer (3). An adhesion-reducing substance (6) may be applied on at least part of the side of the gel layer (1) facing away from the support layer (2) to allow adjustment of the wrap (10) when applied on the cable splice (20). Elastic or rubber tape (11) maybe wound around the applied wrap (10) to compress the gel. A re-enterable closure having a long sealing length may be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Raychem NV
    Inventors: Valere Buekers, Dirk Deroost, Thomas E. McNeal, Dirk Roosen, Els Timmermans, Filip Vandeputte
  • Patent number: 6958179
    Abstract: The present invention provides a new sheeting article that may suitably include: a carrier having a first major surface and a second major surface; and a plurality of discrete segments of a sheeting (e.g., a retroreflective sheeting), wherein the sheeting has a first major viewing surface and a second major opposing surface, and the first major viewing surface of the sheeting is preferably removably attached to the second major surface of the carrier. Preferably, the first major surface of the carrier comprises a release surface, the second major opposing surface of the sheeting comprises an adhesive, the article is provided in the form of a roll, and the adhesive surface of the sheeting is adjacent the release surface of an adjacent layer of the roll. In a presently preferred embodiment the present invention provides novel easy-to-use truck conspicuity sheeting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Eugene H. Carlson, James C. Coderre, Christopher L. Harvey, James E. Lasch, David W. Meitz, Colleen C. Nagel
  • Patent number: 6955843
    Abstract: A label assembly including a face sheet having a removable label portion and a layer of adhesive adhered to the face sheet. A back sheet includes a removable first portion generally coextensive with the label portion of the face sheet so that when the first portion is removed from the label assembly, a remaining portion of the back sheet is attached to the label portion of the face sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Inventors: Timothy J. Flynn, Thomas E. Flynn, Patrick J. Flynn
  • Patent number: 6953602
    Abstract: The invention relates to a adhesive article comprising at least one backing layer with a first and second surface and a pressure sensitive adhesive layer adhered first surface of the backing layer in a pattern, wherein the pattern of the adhesive layer has an adhesive free area of less than about 25% and wherein the adhesive article has a water vapor transmission rate of greater than about 2000 g/m2/24 hour. The invention also relates to a method of forming an adhesive article comprising (a) providing a release liner, (b) applying pressure sensitive adhesive in a pattern wherein the free adhesive area is less than 25%, and (c) applying a backing layer to the pressure sensitive adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Theresa L. Carte, Kim Vesey, Omar Attia, Brett Ulrich, Karen L. Spilizewski, Robert Li-Jiun Sun
  • Patent number: 6951676
    Abstract: Butt splicing tape comprising: a splicing portion, an attachment portion and a gripping portion, wherein said splicing portion comprises an elongated first backing member (10) having two faces and two longitudinal edges, a first adhesive layer (11?) on the first face of said first backing member (10), said first adhesive layer (11?) extending substantially along the first longitudinal edge of said first backing member (10) and optionally being covered by a first release liner (12), and a second adhesive layer (11?) on the first face of said first backing member (10), said second adhesive layer (11?) extending substantially along the second longitudinal edge of said first backing member (10) and being covered by a second release liner (13) having two faces and two longitudinal edges, the first face of said second releaser liner (13) being adjacent to second adhesive layer (11?); wherein said attachment portion (20, 21) is connected to said splicing portion, and includes a third adhesive layer (31) and is conne
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Robert G. Shaw
  • Patent number: 6949280
    Abstract: A sheet of unidirectionally-oriented fiber strands includes unidirectional fibers, bonding fibers interwoven with the unidirectional fibers to form a fiber panel, and thermoplastic film laminating the fiber panel there between. In one embodiment, a second sheet of laminated unidirectional fibers is joined to the first sheet of laminated unidirectional fibers with the unidirectional fibers running in a second direction as compared to the first fibers. In yet another embodiment, individual laminated sheets of unidirectional fibers are stitched together to form packets of sheets which may be used singularly or multiple packets may be bundled together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Survival, Incorporated
    Inventors: Lee Walker Brillhart, III, Ricky William Stewart, Ronald G. Krueger
  • Patent number: 6946178
    Abstract: This invention discloses a releasable adhesion layer having good adhesion during high temperature fabrication process in the absence of light, and delaminating at a lower temperature in the presence of light. One embodiment of this invention is a film of polymer whose thermal decomposition temperature changes drastically upon photoexposure. These materials, prior to photoexposure, can withstand temperatures in the range of approximately 200° C. to 300° C. without decomposition, yet decompose at around 100° C. with photoexposure. The releasable adhesion layer can be used in a thermal transfer element, sandwiching a donor substrate and a transfer layer having a plurality of multicomponent transfer units. In the absence of light, the releasable adhesion layer can sustain high temperature processing of these multicomponent transfer units. By photoexposing according to a pattern, the photoexposed multicomponent transfer units can be selectively released at a low temperature to transfer to a receptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Inventors: James Sheats, Tue Nguyen
  • Patent number: 6939594
    Abstract: A self-adhesive label carried on a backing of release material comprising a multilaminar label portion having a front cover panel having an end, the multilaminar label portion having a first part, and a second part comprising the end of the front cover panel, and a self-adhesive support piece upon which the multilaminar label portion is disposed, the, support piece comprising first and second portions which are spaced apart to define a gap therebetween and at least one connecting portion extending across the gap and integrally connecting the first and second portions together, the first and second parts of the multilaminar label portion being respectively adhered to the first and second portions of the support piece, and the self-adhesive surface of the support piece being adhered to a backing of release liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Inprint Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: David R. Barry
  • Patent number: 6933029
    Abstract: A label sheet for electrophotographic process is composed of a label body in which an adhesive layer is formed on the back surface of a label base and a separator that is tentatively bonded to the label body with the adhesive layer interposed in between so as to be peelable from the label body. Both of the label base and a separator base are made of heat-resistant resin film. A toner accepting layer contains a release agent and has surface resistivity of 1×1014 ?/? or more. An antistatic treatment layer has surface resistivity of 1×108 to 1×1012 ?/?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Ogino, Kiyoshi Hosoi
  • Patent number: 6929837
    Abstract: A repositionable label for mounting upon or proximate to electrical or other types of interfaces may identify devices associated with such interfaces. A label may include a static cling or other type of substrate that carries identifying information. The identifying information may exist in textual, symbolic, iconic, tactile, chromatic, and/or other formats, and may correspond to common types of electrical devices and/or appliances controlled through electrical and/or other types of interfaces. Such interfaces may include switch covers and/or switches associated therewith; fuse or circuit boxes and/or switches residing therein; outlets; power strips; and/or other interfaces typically found in households, offices, or other environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Inventor: Rod Morrison
  • Patent number: 6926942
    Abstract: Label sheets are formed from a continuous web of laminated stock material comprising a face stock layer and a liner layer secured together by an adhesive layer. The stock material is delaminated and an adhesive deactivating material is applied to the adhesive layer in longitudinal strips to create active and inactive adhesive portions. Label sheets are formed by cutting the web of stock material transversely. Individual labels are formed on the label sheets by kiss-cutting the face stock layer. Each individual label includes an attachment end with active adhesive and a free/unattached end with inactive adhesive. A method of manufacturing partially-secured labels includes the steps of delaminating a stock material, deactivating strips of an adhesive layer, and relaminating the stock material. The method also includes the steps of cutting the stock material into individual label sheets and kiss-cutting the label sheets to form individual, partially-secured labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Graphic Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Garvic, Mike H. Wilkinson