Patents Examined by Richard E. Chilcot, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8474209
    Abstract: A laminate flooring system includes planks with tile patterns thereon, the tiles of a plank being separated by a precisely formed and positioned interior bevel. The edges of the plank have a bevel as well. The width of the edge bevel is precisely determined and selected such that when two planks are placed adjacent to each other, the adjacent edge patterns combine to form a bevel whose with and appearance is the same as the interior bevels between the tiles of a single plank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Faus Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Eugenio Cruz Garcia
  • Patent number: 8141316
    Abstract: A pre-fabricated architectural element and method of fabricating that same. A first step involves providing a piece of drywall having a first edge and a second end, the second edge being opposed to the first edge. A second step involves cutting two parallel ninety degree “V” grooves in a face of the piece of drywall. A third step involves folding a portion of the piece of drywall as dictated by the “V” grooves and securing the folded portion, thereby forming a square corner at the fold. A fourth step involves bending the piece of drywall to a desired radius of curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Curved Walls, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley Remin
  • Patent number: 8028480
    Abstract: This application describes a wall construction and method of making the same in generally a Piece-en-piece mode. A vertical mortise is provided in adjacent vertical timber members and vertical mortises are cut into the end faces of horizontal timber members expected to be placed between adjacent vertical member. When the horizontal timber members are in place the vertical mortises align and wooden or metal splines can be inserted into the mortises thus securing the horizontal members laterally while still allowing them to move vertically to account for, for example, shrinkage in the wood. By substituting a mortise for a tenon, this invention reduces manufacturing costs and reduces assembly time and costs, as each horizontal timber can be set directly into place without lifting it to the top of the upright timber members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventor: David A. Loeks
  • Patent number: 8001730
    Abstract: Construction systems for erecting building structures comprise a plurality of prefabricated interconnectable modular building units, each unit comprising a frame shaped as a rectangular parallelopiped and comprised of framing members and a plurality of nodes, each node situated at a corner of said frame for selective interconnection with other units, the frame having at least one attachment point separate from the nodes for selective attachment to the frame of at least one adjacent unit, the nodes and the exterior dimensions of the frame conforming to ISO shipping standards such that each unit is transportable using the ISO intermodal transportation system, and such that when the units are aggregated horizontally and vertically and adjacent units are interconnected, a building structure comprising at least one habitable space is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Global Building Modules, Inc.
    Inventor: David Wallance
  • Patent number: 7992351
    Abstract: An apparatus for protecting susceptible objects comprises a bracket having a pin receiving portion and hinge portion. The apparatus also includes a cover pivotally connected to the hinge portion of the bracket wherein the bracket is securable to a wall and the cover is pivotable over a susceptible asset to protect the object from harmful forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Inventor: James J Kramer
  • Patent number: 7966785
    Abstract: A laminated window assembly for a device, such as a handheld electronic device (e.g., a media player or mobile telephone), includes a window layer that preferably is glass, and a larger, substantially transparent lip-forming layer to which it is laminated, preferably by a substantially clear adhesive. Additional adhesive preferably is placed at at least portions of the edge of the window layer adjacent the lip-forming layer, especially at the corners, to resist delamination. Holes preferably are formed in the lip—e.g., at the corners—to resist the lip-forming layer peeling apart from the window layer forming layer. The holes preferably make up at most about 33% of the periphery of the window layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Zadesky, Tang Yew Tan, John Benjamin Filson, Stephen Brian Lynch
  • Patent number: 7966773
    Abstract: An apparatus disposed along and attached to a wall edge to mitigate wind-generated vortices and suction loads on the wall, suitable and convenient for both new constructions and retrofits of existing buildings. Preferred configurations are described and include such types as wall edge cap, wall edge windscreen and wall edge wind spoiler, each utilizing a distinctive primary aerodynamic mechanism, often with optional secondary mechanisms to enhance vortex-suppressing effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Renscience IP Holdings Inc.
    Inventor: Jason JianXiong Lin
  • Patent number: 7954291
    Abstract: A composite for constructing concrete floors is completely factory assembled and comprises a body of expanded plastic having at least two parallel channels, open on the upper surface of the panel, extending the length of the article, adapted to be filled with concrete. A steel reinforcement bar fabric is installed into each channel, which may comprise at least two parallel steel bars connected by cross bars. At least some cross bars extend beyond a lowest reinforcement fabric bar to provide spikes long enough to pass through the plastic bottom and protrude therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Plastedil S.A.
    Inventor: Piero Cretti
  • Patent number: 7934346
    Abstract: Synthetic shingles are made and treated, such that upper surfaces thereof that are to be weather-exposed in the installed condition, are scuffed, abraded, or scraped in such a manner that different visual appearances occur between abraded zones and unabraded (or lesser abraded) depressions, to enhance the natural-appearing materials that the synthetic shingles are designed to resemble. The shingles and the abrading medium have motion relative to each other. The abrading medium may take on various forms, such as a roller, a brush, a pad, etc. Some portions of the upper surface of the shingle remain unabraded, preferably being those portions that are depressed relative to higher portions of the shingle. The shingle may be of a single layer construction, or a multi-layer laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: CertainTeed Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Kevin MacKinnon, Douglas Harold Wylie, John K. Donaldson
  • Patent number: 7926231
    Abstract: A modular furniture component such as an electrified relatively thin panel has electrical wiring in a raceway near a downwardly depending adjustable leveler leg and a pluggable multiconductor cable for connecting the raceway electrical wiring with another modular furniture component. The components may each comprise a relatively thin upstanding generally rectangular modular office wall panel having an electrical wiring containing raceway near a bottom edge. Adjacent panels have the raceways generally horizontally aligned with one another. In one form, apparatus and method is disclosed for routing the power and data cables/conductors out of the bottom of the panels next to threaded leveler legs and back up into the adjacent panel. The cable is located closely adjacent a thinnest portion of the adjustable leveler leg and has a portion thereof displaced vertically below each raceway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Group Dekko, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregg E. Laukhuf
  • Patent number: 7918060
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a watertight sub-floor system for balcony or roof, in the form of a semi-rigid rollable plank of corrugated polymeric type installed in juxtaposition to form a waterproof flooring between boards and beams. Under-plank are unwrapped and cut at a desired length to avoid transverse junction with respect to water flow. Under-planks overlap parallel to water flow without loss of sealing. The corrugated under-plank has a design of crests and dips, crests widened and sloping to make possible the receiving of screws from deck board, thereby permitting the descent of water trickling from around the damaging screwing of the under-plank, and dips which bear no perforations from screwing and merely allow water to run off to protect wood structures of patios, balconies or terraces against moisture causing premature rot and to protect objects (bike, mowers . . . ) under a deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Inventor: Eric Gobeil
  • Patent number: 7913466
    Abstract: A panel structure including a flexible panel, at least one edge strip and mounting hardware is provided. Also provided is a method of configuring the panel structure. The edge strip has at least one mounting member receiving area provided thereon. The mounting member receiving area is dimensioned to receive the mounting hardware therein. The mounting hardware cooperates with the edge strip to suspend and mount the flexible panel. When installed, the panel structure provides a canopy-like visual element to a space in which it is suspended or mounted. The panel structure may be suspended or mounted in various configurations having different degrees of flex or curvature. The panel structure can be installed easily and reconfigured easily to suit the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: AWI Licensing Company
    Inventors: Richard D. Stackenwalt, Eric Krantz-Lilienthal, Guillaume Martin
  • Patent number: 7913462
    Abstract: The present invention provides structural members for buildings, methods for using the same, and building structures comprising such structural members. In particular, the present invention provides buildings that can withstand natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, high winds such as hurricanes and tornadoes, and other natural disasters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventor: Jerry A. Woodcock
  • Patent number: 7908809
    Abstract: Disclosed is both an apparatus and system for screeding a three dimensional panel including a screed clip for securing a guide bar to the panel for screeding a cementitious coating to a substantially uniform finish and level. The clips are used in combination and in series to support a guide bar. The clips are attached to the wire grid mats of a three dimensional panel to enable a less than skilled laborer to finish a cementitious coating applied to the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Titan Atlas Manufacturing
    Inventor: Franz Meier
  • Patent number: 7908815
    Abstract: Floor panels are provided with a mechanical locking system including a displaceable tongue in a displacement groove. The tongue is molded and provided with bendable protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Agne Paisson
  • Patent number: 7908820
    Abstract: An integrally molded window spacer bar connector for joining opposed spacer bar end passages in the form of a hollow tube with a longitudinal axis of symmetry and a transverse axis of symmetry includes inclined leading edge ramps, a medial rib to control the insertion of the connector into spacer bars, and external channels to receive a sealant material for sealing the connector to the spacer bar at the seam of the joint of the spacer bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Allmetal, Inc.
    Inventor: Vincent R. Catalano
  • Patent number: 7905066
    Abstract: A tension connection for a building includes a first tension member, the first tension member being anchored at its distal end, a second tension member being anchored at its distal end; the first and second tension members being disposed in close proximity and connected by a coupler having a surrounding sleeve and a central bore with a thread, the coupler also being formed with a first rotational member being received in the central bore of the surrounding sleeve and operatively connected to the surrounding sleeve; the first rotational member is connected to the surrounding sleeve, such that the rotational member can rotate in relation to the surrounding sleeve. A torsion spring connects the first rotational member and the surrounding sleeve; the torsion spring biasing the first rotational member and the surrounding sleeve in opposite rotational directions such that the first rotational member can be drawn into the surrounding sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Simpson STrong-Tie Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Steven E. Pryor, Lisa M. McGurty, William F. Leek, Richard I. Proctor
  • Patent number: 7905068
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to methods and apparatus for protecting a coupling that is disposable within a concrete structure. In one aspect, a cap for engaging a coupling of a cement coupler bar is provided. The cap includes a body having an engagement portion and a back portion, wherein the engagement portion is configured to engage the coupling of the cement coupler bar. Additionally, the cap includes a flexible tail having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is attached to the back portion of the body. In another aspect, a method of using a protective cap with a coupling of a cement coupler bar is provided. In a further aspect, a coupler bar assembly for use in reinforcing a cement structure is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Edgeworth Construction Products, LLC
    Inventor: Louis Albert Waters, Jr.
  • Patent number: D705171
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: SMC Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Fukano, Kazuyuki Oguma
  • Patent number: D723941
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Blockbuster L.L.C.
    Inventors: Kevin Andrew Lewis, Travis Michael Smith, Eileen Frances Head, Debra Vowell Trahan