Patents Examined by Phi Dieu Tran A
  • Patent number: 10240348
    Abstract: Floor panels which are provided with a mechanical locking system including an extruded flexible tongue in a sidewardly open groove which during a vertical folding motion is bent horizontally. A tongue adapted for being received in a sidewardly open groove of a floor panel, wherein the tongue, which is an elongated extruded section, when received in the groove is bendable in a plane substantially parallel with a front face of the floor panel, such that the tongue is at least partially resiliently displaceable inside said sidewardly open groove in said plane during locking of the floor panel with another floor panel and wherein a vertical protrusion, serving as a friction connection between the tongue and the groove, is arranged at an upper or lower part of the tongue, wherein the tongue has a total width that varies in the longitudinal direction of the tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: VALINGE INNOVATION AB
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Niclas Hakansson, Per Nygren
  • Patent number: 9926702
    Abstract: An insulation system includes roof sheathing panels, spaced apart structural members, a first insulation material, and a second insulation material. The first insulation material is disposed between pairs of the spaced apart structural members. The second insulation material is disposed across the spaced apart structural members and the first insulation material, such that both the spaced apart structural members and the first insulation material are covered by the second insulation material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: OWENS CORNING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony L. Rockwell, James William Rinne, Glenn Eric Haley, Liang Gwee, Harry Alter, Andrew Broderick, David Herman Wolf, Mikael Salonvaara, Robert J. O'Leary, Zachary Phillip Homoelle, Elaina Carpino
  • Patent number: 9920541
    Abstract: A scaffolding pipe of a structural scaffolding system extends from a first axial pipe end to an opposing second axial pipe end. A receiving portion is provided on the first axial pipe end and an insertion portion is provided on the second axial pipe end. The insertion portion has a reduced cross-section compared with the receiving portion and terminates with a radial shoulder which forms a support face. The receiving portion inner diameter is greater than the insertion portion outer diameter. The receiving portion at the first axial pipe end has one positioning groove which is interrupted or continuous in a peripheral direction which reduces the inner diameter of the receiving portion and which defines the minimum inner diameter of the receiving portion. A pipe wall of the scaffolding pipe has at the first axial pipe end a maximum wall thickness greater than the otherwise smaller wall thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: PERI GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Erath, Christian Leder, Rudolf Specht
  • Patent number: 9846094
    Abstract: A hail strike recording device is operable to provide quantifiable information about a hail storm event experienced by a roof. The recording device is operable to be installed on a roof and includes a panel component and a mounting assembly. The panel component presents a hail impact zone to sense one or more hail strikes, with the recording device operable to provide recorded data associated with the sensed one or more hail strikes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Hail Signature Technologies, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Carl Edwin Martin, Matthew Shane Sutter, Walter Wayne Sutter
  • Patent number: 9296316
    Abstract: A seat frame of a conveyance seat includes: a cushion frame that has cushion side frames disposed on left and right sides; a back frame that has back side frames disposed on left and right sides; recliners that serve as rotary joints, each cushion side frame and the corresponding back side frame being coupled via the corresponding recliner; and recliner plates, each recliner and the corresponding cushion side frame being coupled via the corresponding recliner plate. Each recliner plate has a bent portion at which the recliner plate is bent such that a lower portion of the recliner plate under the recliner is offset in a width direction of the seat frame relative to another portion of the recliner plate, and a reinforcing portion that enhances a strength of the lower portion in an up-down direction of the seat frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignees: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hidekazu Kitou
  • Patent number: 9194171
    Abstract: A prefabricated flashing product for an opening in an exterior surface of a structure includes a generally planar flange shaped to conform to the exterior surface, the flange extending outwardly from an entire perimeter of an aperture therein that corresponds to the opening, and a return that seals to the flange about the aperture and extends substantially perpendicularly therefrom toward an inward direction of the opening. The flange and the return are monolithically formed of a waterproof material. A method of integrating a fenestration product into an opening of an exterior surface of a structure includes inserting the flashing product described above into the opening, and inserting the fenestration product at least partially into the aperture of the flashing product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Norwood Architecture, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven A. Norwood, Adam Osterhoff
  • Patent number: 8555587
    Abstract: A restoration anchoring system for use in cavity wall structures having an inner wythe and an outer wythe that requires remediation or re-anchoring is disclosed. The anchoring system employs a three-part system that is installed within the existing bed joints of the outer wythe to reattach and re-anchor the outer wythe to the structural inner wythe. The three-part system includes a helical dowel, a seismic T-clip and a reinforcement member. The helical dowel is self-threading and self-drilling. When the three-part system is installed within the outer wythe and attached to the inner wythe, the system is captively embedded in the outer wythe thereby providing a seismic construct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: MiTek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8438802
    Abstract: A window system for installation in a structure is provided. The window system includes a front side that faces away from the structure and a back side that faces into the structure when the window system is installed in a structure. The window system further includes at least one window pane having a front side that faces away from the structure and a back side that faces into the structure when the window system is installed in a structure; at least one sash that surrounds the at least one window pane, wherein the sash has a front side that faces away from the structure and a back side that faces into the structure when the window system is installed in a structure; at least one window frame comprising at least one head, sill, and jamb; and at least one mounting base integral to the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: The Muhler Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry M. Hay, Bruce Weber
  • Patent number: 8429869
    Abstract: A locking system for mechanical joining of rectangular floorboards having a body and long and short edges. Said locking system including a tongue and a groove for vertical locking of two joint short edges and for horizontal joining a locking groove formed in the underside of a first one of the short joint edges, and a portion projecting from the second short joint edge having a locking element cooperating with the locking groove. The tongue is arranged on the second short edge. The groove is arranged on the first short edge. The projecting portion is integrally formed with the board, by working of the body of the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventor: Darko Pervan
  • Patent number: 8424258
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to green roof, deck and patio apparatuses, also known as roof, deck and patio landscaping apparatuses and roof, deck and patio gardens, that are suitable for supporting live plant growth on building decks, rooftop and patio surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventors: Chuck Modica, Anthony Modica
  • Patent number: 8418411
    Abstract: The invention relates to an integral, industrialized, modular dwelling system which is based on modular, multi-functional, three-dimensional modules that are made from reinforced concrete. The modules, roofing and components are produced in a semi-automated covered plant in which the modules are first cast and set and subsequently provided with integrated finishes, installations, accessories, partitions and details. The invention also relates to a method for constructing the modules, a retractable flexible mold for casting said modules and a method for the on-site building of dwellings using the inventive three-dimensional modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Carlos Garcia, Velez Y Cortazar
  • Patent number: 8413386
    Abstract: A structure and method for making a structure for use in building construction is provided. The structure is defined by a body having a top surface, a bottom surface, and side surfaces. A flashing liner is integrally formed with the body, and the flashing liner is defined at one or more of the side surfaces of the body. The body is capable of being attached to a building structure, and the flashing liner provides a weather interface with the building structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Daryl Fazekas
  • Patent number: 8413393
    Abstract: Covers for attic trap doors and pull down attic stairs or ladders are described each of which is formed of an insulating material. The covers are structured to effectively seal a ceiling access opening. In some embodiments, a closure member constructed of insulating material is cooperatively and frictionally received within a frame formed of the same material to form an airtight seal therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: James B. Melesky
  • Patent number: 8402585
    Abstract: A swimming pool cleaner interchangeably usable as a suction cleaner and as a pressure cleaner. The cleaner is of the type movable along an underwater pool surface to clean debris therefrom, the pool cleaner including a body having a debris inlet and a debris outlet. The body is adapted at the debris outlet for securement of either a water-suction hose connected to a remote suction system or a debris-collection device entrapping debris and passing water therethrough back into the pool. A venturi-line structure is secured with respect to the body. The venturi-line structure includes a venturi-line inlet adapted for connection of a water-flow line fed by a remote pump and a venturi jet located at the debris inlet to cause accelerated flow substantially thereacross and into the body when the cleaner is used as a pressure cleaner. The body includes a debris-inlet adjuster configured to reduce the debris inlet to adapt the cleaner for use as a suction cleaner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Poolvergnuegen
    Inventors: Manuela Rief, Dieter J. Rief
  • Patent number: 8393124
    Abstract: In an anchor installation in a lightweight construction panel having spaced cover plates with a support core disposed therebetween, wherein an anchor installed in a bore extending through at least one of the cover plates and the support core includes an expansion body having engagement elements spreading outwardly behind the cover plate to lock the anchor in the bore, the expansion body includes an axial bore fittingly accommodating a needle for the injection of cement into the expansion body and distribution passages for the distribution of the cement to various cavities in and around the expansion body for firmly fixing the anchor in the lightweight construction panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventors: G√ľnther Zimmer, Martin Zimmer
  • Patent number: 8387316
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly system used to form insulating floors, in which two types of elements are coupled to one another, namely: hollow prismatic floor modules (100) including one face (110) which forms the load-supporting useful surface and containing cylindrical elements (160, 162, 164, 166) for receiving coupling elements (200); and coupling elements (200) comprising cross-shaped elements with U-sections forming the arms thereof, intended to receive the vertical faces (140, 142, 144, 146) of the floor modules (100), and posts (230) which are coupled to the corresponding hollow cylindrical elements (160, 162, 164, 166) of the floor modules (100) to be joined. The geometric configuration of the modules (100) and the coupling elements (200) ensure that the load on the assembled floor is transmitted to the ground through the vertical walls (140, 142, 144, 146) of the prismatic body (100), the coupling elements (200) and a central cylindrical load body (170).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Jose Leon Garza
  • Patent number: 8387321
    Abstract: A connector for a wall structure wherein the connector connects to and reinforces a stud within the wall structure, or in some cases, the connector actually functions as a stud. The connector includes an elongated web and a pair of flanges that project from the web. About the lower portion of the connector there is provided a series of tabs that extend from the web and the two flanges and are turned so as to overlap and form a transfer structure that extends between the flanges about the lower end of the connector. In use, the connector can be connected to respective studs in a wall structure and at the same time anchor to an underlying structure such as a floor. In other cases, the connector itself can be utilized in the wall structure as a stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: The Steel Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward R. diGirolamo, John Herrmann, Nabil Abdel-Rahman
  • Patent number: 8387953
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a vehicle jack an include an elevation assembly and a guide bracket. The elevation assembly includes a threaded member and an elongated support member, with the elongated support member configured to threadedly engage and rotate relative to the threaded member. The guide assembly includes a guide bracket configured to engage the threaded member such that the threaded member moves with the guide assembly as the guide assembly moves along a path defined by a longitudinal axis of the elongated support member. This movement raises or lowers a vehicle positioned on the jack. Various embodiments address the assembly of a vehicle jack by engaging a threaded member with an elongated support member and a guide bracket. Rotation of the elongated support member about its longitudinal axis causes the threaded member to move the guide bracket along a path defined by the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: MoJack Distributors, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Vernon Drake
  • Patent number: 8381485
    Abstract: A composite floor panel includes a concrete floor deck having a side portion and an edge member secured to the side portion. The edge member is configured to be positioned in proximity to an adjacent edge member. The adjacent edge member is coupled to an adjacent concrete floor deck. The edge member is further configured to have a junction formed between the edge member and the adjacent edge member to define a channel. The edge member is further configured to have a binder material placed in the channel to form a joint between the concrete floor deck and the adjacent concrete floor deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Plattforms, Inc.
    Inventors: David H. Platt, John E. Charchenko, Daryl G. Hodgson, Russell J. Platt
  • Patent number: 8381477
    Abstract: Floor panels are shown which are provided with a mechanical locking system consisting of an extruded flexible tongue in a sidewardly open groove which during a vertical folding motion is bent horizontally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Niclas Hakansson, Per Nygren