Patents Examined by Philip C. Tucker
  • Patent number: 10568376
    Abstract: A method of adorning an article including the steps of: providing a first layer; cutting the first layer along a first border edge that surrounds a discrete piece of the first layer; separating the discrete piece of the first layer from a remaining portion of the first layer to thereby produce a void within the first border edge; providing a pre-formed insert piece configured to fit within the void and having a second border edge having a shape that conforms to a shape of at least a portion of the first border edge; directing the insert piece into the void with the void and insert piece pre-aligned so that the second border edge is placed against or immediately adjacent to the first border edge where the first and second border edge shapes conform; with the insert piece directed into the void, fixing the insert piece and remaining portion of the first layer together to define an adornment assembly; and integrating the adornment assembly into an article to adorn the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Ronald Kronenberger
  • Patent number: 10573830
    Abstract: A flexible display panel has an active region and a peripheral region surrounding the active region. The flexible display panel includes a barrier layer, a flexible layer, a display device array and a driving IC. The barrier layer has a first opening. The flexible layer is disposed on the barrier layer, and filled into the first opening of the barrier layer. The display device array is disposed on the flexible layer and located in the active region. The driving IC is disposed on the flexible layer, electrically connected to the display device array and corresponding to the first opening of the barrier layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: AU OPTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Po-Yang Lin, Tsung-Ying Ke
  • Patent number: 10569933
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a plastic fabric-film composite product includes forming an extruded-film web with at least one sealing layer by film extrusion in such a way that the sealing layer is located on a first side of the extruded-film web and then, feeding and laminating a plastic-fabric web made of film-strip fabric and the prefabricated extruded-film strip with one another to form a composite web. The composite web is formed in such a way that a second side of the extruded-film web faces a first side of the plastic-fabric web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Mondi AG
    Inventor: Jens Koesters
  • Patent number: 10569454
    Abstract: Provided is a method for manufacturing an impeller composed of a frustum-shaped hub (11) and a plurality of blades provided on a peripheral surface (12) of the hub (11) at predetermined intervals in a circumferential direction and inclined in one direction. The method for manufacturing the impeller comprises: an injection-molding step of injection-molding a molding article (10a) in which the blades are connected to the periphery of the hub (11) via fragile connection parts (16) so as to spread outward; a blade rotationally moving step of rotationally moving the blades (13) to the peripheral surface (12) of the hub (11) about the connection parts (16); and a fixation step of fixing ends of the blades (13) to the hub (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ishikawa, Shigeto Akahori, Yoshinori Tsurugai
  • Patent number: 10569399
    Abstract: A wire sleeve hand application tool includes a handle and a plurality of mandrels received in the handle and being selectively extendable from an axial end of the handle. Each of the mandrels are biased into a retracted position in which an entirety of the respective mandrel is received in the handle. Each of the mandrels are further axially extendable to an extended position in which an axial tip and a portion of the respective mandrel extends from the axial end of the handle while an opposite axial end of the respective mandrel remains supported within the handle. An extended mandrel may be used to insert a wire sleeve or tubular marker onto a wire or other elongate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Brady Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Sohail Anwar, Michael Radford, Terrance Adams
  • Patent number: 10569518
    Abstract: The present invention provides a laminator capable of improving evenness of a pressing force applied from pressure-bonding rolls to a substrate and a film. The laminator includes a first pressure-bonding roll, and a second pressure-bonding roll disposed above the first pressure-bonding roll and configured to be displaceable in a direction toward (a first direction) and a direction away from (a second direction) the first pressure-bonding roll. The laminator further includes a support roll configured to support the first pressure-bonding roll below the first pressure-bonding roll, and a pressure application roll disposed above the second pressure-bonding roll. The pressure application roll is configured to be displaceable in the first direction and the second direction, and is also configured to press the second pressure-bonding roll toward one side where the first pressure-bonding roll is located by being displaced in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: SANEI GIKEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ken Miyake, Toshihiro Takagi
  • Patent number: 10561825
    Abstract: A medical device securement system is configured to secure medical devices such as catheters in place. The securement system includes an anchor pad that attaches to a patient's skin. A malleable support base is attached to an upper surface of the anchor pad. The support base has front and back inclined surfaces that are separated by an offset surface that extends generally normal to both of the inclined surfaces. A spot of adhesive is applied to one or more of the inclined surfaces. A catheter assembly includes a connector having a first connector portion with a diameter larger than an adjacent second structure. The catheter assembly is attached to the support base with the first connector portion engaged with and supported by the back inclined surface, and the second connector portion engaged with and supported by the front inclined surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Maddoc Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Bierman, Tu Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10557274
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for drywall banjo apparatus for applying joint tape. An example tool for applying joint tape to a corner drywall joint includes a base and a wheel configured to rotatably couple to the base and roll along the corner drywall joint. The wheel includes a body that defines an outer surface. The outer surface includes a first angled surface configured to press the joint tape against a first drywall defining the corner drywall joint, a second angled surface opposite the first angled surface and configured to press the joint tape against a second drywall defining the corner drywall joint, and a rounded vertex defined between the first angled surface and the second angled surface. The rounded vertex is rounded to deter the wheel from perforating the joint tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: THE ADVANCE EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: John Wedekind, Duane Huber, Richard Eisfeller, II
  • Patent number: 10553876
    Abstract: A method is provided that modifies a catalyst layer of a membrane catalyst layer assembly, which is manufactured by transferring the catalyst layer formed on a transfer sheet onto an electrolyte membrane. In the catalyst layer correction method, presence or absence of a defect in the catalyst layer is detected. The defect is removed based on the size and position of the detected defect. The portion from which the defect has been removed is repaired by application thereto of a correcting ink corresponding to the catalyst layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Okonogi, Aurel Funar, Yasuhiro Numao, Tooru Kosemura, Takayuki Hirao, Kimio Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10549876
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a label attaching apparatus comprising a mounting base; an attaching plate having a first end which is connected to a first position on the mounting base and a second end which is a free end and provided with a label attaching unit; and a driving cylinder including a cylinder body and a piston rod retractable and extendable relative to the cylinder body, the cylinder body being connected to a second position on the mounting base, a distal end of the piston rod opposite to the cylinder body being connected to the attaching plate between the first and second ends of the attaching plate, wherein the first end of the attaching plate is hingedly connected onto the mounting base so that an orientation of the label attaching unit is able to be changed by the movement of the piston rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., HEFEI BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wangdong Chu, Jiaxiang Chen, Fuyong Cao, Jinjun Wang, Tao Chen, Peihuan Ning
  • Patent number: 10543128
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and apparatuses for mechanically bonding substrates together. The apparatuses may include a pattern roll including a pattern element protruding radially outward. The pattern element includes a pattern surface and includes one or more channels adjacent the pattern surface. The pattern roll may be positioned adjacent an anvil roll to define a nip between the pattern surface and the anvil roll, wherein the pattern roll is biased toward the anvil roll to define a nip pressure between pattern surface and the anvil roll. As substrates advance between the pattern roll and anvil roll, the substrates are compressed between the anvil roll and the pattern surface to form a discrete bond region between the first and second substrates. As such, during the bonding process, some yielded substrate material flows from under the pattern surface and into the channel to form a channel grommet region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Joseph Allen Eckstein, Hailing Bao, Robert Charles Dreisig, Howard Jay Kalnitz, Uwe Schneider
  • Patent number: 10546722
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed by which patterns of various materials can be formed on flexible substrates by a continuous roll-to-roll manufacturing process. The patterns may include metallic, transparent conductive, or non-metallic elements with lateral dimensions including in the range from below 100 nanometers to millimeters and with thickness dimensions including the range from tens of Angstroms to greater than 10,000 Angstroms. The substrate may be any material capable of sufficient flexibility for compatibility with roll-based processing equipment, including polymeric films, metallic foils, and thin glass, with polymeric films representing a particularly broad field of application. Methods may include the continuous roll-to-roll formation of a temporary polymeric structure with selected areas open to the underlying substrate, the continuous addition or subtraction of constituent materials, and the continuous removal, where necessary, of the polymeric structure and any excess material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: MicroContinuum, Inc.
    Inventor: W. Dennis Slafer
  • Patent number: 10538018
    Abstract: A method includes processing multiple macromolecular staples to successively produce a macromolecular sheet body, multiple silks and multiple sheet particles. The macromolecular sheet body contains multiple district camouflages and is processed by edge cutting to form multiple color strips. The color strips, the silks and the sheet particles are processed and attached to the surface of the macromolecular sheet body, so that the surface of the macromolecular sheet body forms the district camouflages, the thread camouflages and the spot camouflages. Finally, the macromolecular sheet body is vulcanized or solidified in a foam molding zone, to form an elastic mat with a mixed color type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Simple Green Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chen-I Kao, Shang-Chieh Kao, Shu-Chen Huang, Hsueh-Fang Kao, Yung-Ping Lai
  • Patent number: 10538037
    Abstract: A composite laminate reinforcing tool may be used to form a reinforced joint at a bond line of a composite laminate structure. The tool may hold one or more clips having posts, and the tool may be positioned along the bond line between at least two composite laminate elements. Joint sections of the clip may be heated to increase a pliability of the joint section, and the tool may be actuated to drive the post through the at least two composite laminate elements. The posts may be deflected toward a base of the clip, thereby to seat the clip. The reinforced composite laminate structure may then be cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Richard L. Kulesha
  • Patent number: 10538071
    Abstract: Provided is a flooring tile manufacturing apparatus includes: a lower sheet supply unit configured to form and supply a lower sheet; a middle sheet supply unit configured to supply a middle sheet joined to an upper side of the lower sheet; a raw material supply unit configured to supply materials having different contents of a filler to the lower sheet supply unit and the middle sheet supply unit; a main roller configured to join the lower sheet and the middle sheet that have been received; a first sheet supply unit configured to supply a print sheet having a color or a pattern to the main roller; a second sheet supply unit configured to supply a transparent sheet to the main roller; and an ultraviolet (UV) coating unit configured to form a UV coating layer on a surface of the transparent sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventor: Jung Soo Seo
  • Patent number: 10538686
    Abstract: A multi-material assembly is provided, as well as methods of making a multi-material assembly. The multi-material assembly includes a first coated structural component and a second structural component. The first coated structural component includes a first uncoated portion, and an adhesive is positioned between the second structural component and the first uncoated portion that secures the first coated structural component to the second structural component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Derik Thomas Voigt
  • Patent number: 10535446
    Abstract: A joint between an insulative sidewall of a medical electrical lead subassembly and an underlying fluoropolymer layer includes an interfacial layer. A first section of the interfacial layer is bonded to the fluoropolymer layer and is formed by a thermoplastic fluoropolymer; a second section of the interfacial layer extends adjacent the first section and is bonded to the insulative sidewall. The insulative sidewall, of the subassembly, and the second section, of the interfacial layer, are each formed from a material that is not a fluoropolymer. A recess is formed in the first section of the interfacial layer and the second section of the interfacial layer extends within the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Seifert, Kathleen M. Grenz
  • Patent number: 10532503
    Abstract: An optical fiber re-coating device of the invention includes an optical fiber coater that includes: a pair of glass members having grooves formed thereon; and two bases on which the respective glass members are provided, wherein at least one of the paired glass members has a cross section in a direction vertical to a mounting surface of the bases, the cross section is formed in a trapezoidal shape, the groove is provided on a short side of the trapezoidal shape, and an inclined surface of the glass member including an inclined side of the trapezoidal shape is pressed, and the glass member is thereby fixed to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIKURA LTD.
    Inventors: Noriyuki Kawanishi, Koichi Yokota, Ryo Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10518511
    Abstract: A wrappable protective sleeve for providing protection to at least one elongate member contained therein and methods of construction and use thereof are provided. The sleeve includes a flexible textile wall having opposite inner and outer faces bounded by opposite edges and opposite ends. The opposite edges extend generally parallel to one another between the opposite ends. A pair of adhesive layers is bonded to the inner face, with each of the adhesive layers being spaced from one another. The adhesive layers extend between the opposite ends adjacent the opposite edges. Further, a release paper is releasably adhered to the pair of adhesive layers for subsequent removal and use of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Powertrain LLC
    Inventors: Cassie M. Malloy, Jean Ferrand, Danny E. Winters, Tianqi Gao
  • Patent number: 10513809
    Abstract: A novel nonwoven material for use as underlayment in landscaping is disclosed. The inventive method comprises creating a layered nonwoven material, identifying a landscaping location for receiving a portion of said layered nonwoven material; preparing a landscaping location; placing a portion of said layered nonwoven material on said landscaping location. The method may further comprise measuring a portion of said landscaping location; measuring a portion of said layered nonwoven material; comprise cutting one or more desired shapes from a portion of said layered nonwoven material; and securing a portion of said layered nonwoven material to said landscaping location by pushing one or more landscaping pins through said layered nonwoven material and into a portion of ground underneath said layered nonwoven material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Novum Microfiber Corp.
    Inventor: Bobby Shokar