Patents Examined by Richard E. Chilcot, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7877954
    Abstract: The invention contemplates constructing a building by making composite walls in a factory using continuous or batch processing equipment. To make the walls, a Fiber Reinforced Coating (FRC) is prepared and then applied to foam core panels on their faces. Preferably, the panels are precut to the required dimensions before coating with openings for doors and windows. The coated panels are then transported to the site and bonded together to form the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventor: Nasser Saebi
  • Patent number: 7874116
    Abstract: A clip for attaching the end of a grid tee to a wall angle. The clip, in various forms, is arranged to frictionally lock between the hem of the horizontal leg of the wall angle and the vertical leg. The clip, typically, has a pair of opposed open hems forming channels in which the flange of the tee end is received to join the tee to the clip. The clip can be elongated horizontally to accommodate movement of the grid during seismic activity. The clip can be used to trim the edges of a ceiling island and can be made to accommodate angular intersections of the grid with a wall or island edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: USG Interiors, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul D. LaLonde
  • Patent number: 7874117
    Abstract: A standing seam formed by overlapping male and female sidelaps, the male sidelap forming a male locking tab and the a female sidelap forming a female first cavity, a female second cavity and a female third cavity, the sidelaps hook and rolled and interconnected so that a female first portion and a male first portion are substantially parallel, a female second portion and male second portion are substantially parallel, and a female third portion and male locking tab are substantially parallel, the junction of the male first and second portions is disposed in the female first cavity, the junction of the male second and third portions is disposed in the female second cavity, and the male locking tab is disposed in the female third cavity, the female third portion and male locking tab extending toward the female and male first portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Harold Simpson, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold G. Simpson
  • Patent number: 7874113
    Abstract: The present invention is an anchoring biscuit device for joining three boards. It includes, (a) an at least partially flat horizontal top element having an imaginary center line, having opposite side walls, and having a top view footprint adapted to be inserted into grooves of adjacent boards; (b) at least one substantially vertical support member attached to the underside of the top element and extending downwardly therefrom for a predetermined length for joinder of two adjacent boards which contain said grooves for receiving portions of said top into said grooves; and, (c) at least one compressive element located on aid device, with at least a portion of said at least one compressive element, from a top view footprint, being located away from said imaginary center line and way from said vertical support member, wherein said compressive element is adapted to at least partially collapse under predetermined compressive force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Inventor: Harry W. Eberle, III
  • Patent number: 7874126
    Abstract: A service line distribution base (10) comprises a ground anchor (18) having an upstanding cruciform portion adapted to extend into the ground. A cabinet (20) suited to support a utility pole (14) extends upwardly from the ground anchor (18). The cabinet (20) defines and internal space for receiving buried wire conduits (28) incorporated to the cruciform ground anchor (18). The cruciform shape of the ground anchor (18) advantageously permits to incorporate a greater number of wire conduits (28) into the base of a utility pole as compared to conventional concrete bases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Inventor: Paul W. Fournier
  • Patent number: 7874107
    Abstract: A hard side shelter is convertible between transport and deployed modes. When in the transport mode, the shelter has an envelope that is the same as an ISO cargo container. Side sections unfold from a center section to convert the shelter into the deployed mode. A side section floor is connected to the center section for rotating between being coplanar with the center section floor when in the deployed mode and vertical and lying in a center section side plane when in the transport mode. Each side section has end and middle panels that are turnable relative to each other, and a door assembly that is turnable relative to the middle panels. Locking bars engage the center section floor when the shelter is in the transport mode, and engage the side section floors when the shelter is in the deployed mode. The shelter is handleable by pallet handling systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Global Engineering Marketing, LLC
    Inventors: Martin A. Medley, Amadeu Pereira
  • Patent number: 7874122
    Abstract: Methods are provided for creating footings for structures proximate a wall face of a segmental retaining wall using a device that includes a sleeve and a reinforcing member having a base. The methods can include placing the device on a layer of backfill material behind the wall face so that the sleeve is located adjacent the wall face and the base of the reinforcing member extends away from the wall face, covering the base of the reinforcing member with at least one other layer of the backfill material, placing a bottom portion of the structure in the sleeve, and filling the sleeve with an anchoring material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Strata Systems, Incorporated
    Inventor: Jonathan S. Calle
  • Patent number: 7874111
    Abstract: A floor system for use in a conservatory or other annexes includes a panelled floor and a frame construction. The frame construction at least partly surrounds the panelled floor. The floor system is anchored in the ground by at least one ground anchor. The use of ground anchors makes a prior excavation substantially completely unnecessary. The floor system is a dry construction system, in which no construction material containing water are used during construction of the floor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Wigasol AG
    Inventor: Anton Guldimann
  • Patent number: 7874112
    Abstract: Methods of constructing concrete walls that include placing a plurality of cleats along a wall perimeter, securing the cleats to a surface under the wall perimeter, placing a plurality of insulating concrete forms along the perimeter, and placing concrete into the insulating concrete forms to form the insulating concrete wall. The cleats include a base plate, a first vertical flange extending approximately perpendicular from the base plate, and a second vertical flange extending approximately parallel to the first vertical flange. The space defined by the first vertical flange, second vertical flange and the base plate, is adapted to receive a bottom portion of a form component or a bottom portion of a form. The insulating concrete forms are placed along the perimeter such that a bottom portion of the form components or a bottom portion of the form are press fit into the defined space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: NOVA Chemicals Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Kovatch, Les Molke, Jeffrey Beaman, Justin Rubb
  • Patent number: 7874109
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for making a fireproof panel. The fireproof panel includes a first ply of material and a ceramic material impregnating at least a portion of the first ply of material, the ceramic material formulated to resist loss of physical properties when exposed to temperatures of at least 1090° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Stevenson, Siu-ching D. Lui
  • Patent number: 7874115
    Abstract: A modular floor including a pair of main beams, at least one cross beam and a floor panel. The pair of main beams each has an attachment structure. The attachment structure includes a first support section, a second support section and a channel that extends between the first and second support sections. The first and second support sections have a convex upper surface. The at least one cross beam engages the main beams to retain the main beams in a stationary position with respect to each other. The floor panel has ends that each have a recess that is shaped complementary to the upper surfaces of the first and second sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Wenger Corporation
    Inventor: Martin E. Thiede
  • Patent number: 7874121
    Abstract: A weatherproofing system for installing windows and doors is described and has a front seal and a real seal. The seals include clear, pressure-activated adhesives and seal against attaching hardware. The rear seal has a is self-setting foam web and molds to the flange of the window unit. When installed, the foam is compressed between the inner window frame and rough opening and between the window flange and the wall surface adjacent the rough opening. The system extends beyond the flange of the window unit and receives the weatherproofing membrane thereover. The weatherproofing system acts as a sealed bridge between the membrane and the window unit precluding entry of air and water. Both the foam and the adhesive have fire retardants in the formulation thereof. The rear seal is provided in a tape form with a self-skinned foam layer and a sheet form with polymeric covering web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Mitek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7870691
    Abstract: Green roof systems are provided comprising a plurality of tile sheets. Each tile sheet in turn may comprise a plurality of tiles. The tiles are connected to one another by one or more bridges. The tile sheets may be disposed above a layer of growing medium. The tiles are spaced apart from one another so as to form a channel between each tile. The channels formed between the adjacent tiles are contiguous with neighboring channels and are arranged so as to form a circuitous pathway for water runoff. The channels so formed allow plant growth between each tile. Advantages of certain embodiments include improved strength, reduced weight, reduced costs, increased life spans, reduced maintenance, easier installation, improved building energy conservation, reduced urban island heat effect, improved sound insulation, improved water retention, improved environmental aspects, improved irrigation, and reduced erosion of the growing medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventors: David A. Williams, Jonathan W. Kinder
  • Patent number: 7870696
    Abstract: A panel assembly for decoration glass is disclosed herein, which is to be attached to a side of a pane of transparent glass. The panel assembly includes a panel piece and at least one embedding piece. The panel piece is a thin plate and has at least one through hole. The embedding piece is corresponding to and fitted in the through hole. The embedding pieces are configured as a pattern or a character and have various colors. When the panel assembly is attached to the glass, it gives the glass a vivid appearance. The individual embedding pieces or the whole panel assembly may be replaced with other colors or patterns to make the glass present a diverse appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventor: Chia-Yen Lin
  • Patent number: 7870697
    Abstract: A skirting board comprising a base profile and a guard profile. The base profile comprises a receiving portion and a deflecting arm. The guard profile comprises a protruding portion, that interfaces with the receiving portion of the base profile, and a curved portion. The guard profile combines with the base profile to provide at least one open space. Finally, the deflecting arm and the curved portion combine to provide a surface used to finish a corner produced by a floor and a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventor: Adam Galas
  • Patent number: 7870704
    Abstract: The invention concerns an insulating glazing wherein the gap between the substrates is filled with at least one rare gas such as argon, krypton or xenon, the inter-layer sheet (50) has a thermal conductivity less than 1 W/m.K, preferably less than 0.3 W/m.K, a low-emissive coating being deposited on at least part of one of the substrates, an anti-frost coating being deposited on part of at least the outer surface of one substrate, the glazing being free of heating element, the glazing having a thermal conductivity coefficient U less than 1.2 W/m.K with a gas filling of at least 85%, and having a light transmission of at least 67% and a light reflection less than 18%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Glass France
    Inventors: Luc-Michel Riblier, Helene Grussaute Ngheim, Marie Isabelle Watchi
  • Patent number: 7870693
    Abstract: A system for protecting tile roofs that includes a wire mesh assembly that substantially covers the shingle tile roof structure. The wire mesh assembly includes peripheral sides defined by outermost wire members. Strap members with some degree of deformability have two folded ends. One of the ends hooks over the outermost wire member and the other end removably mounts to the distal peripheral end of the drip guard. The system can be readily deployed over the roof structure and removed for volumetrically efficient storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventor: Piñero Gudelio
  • Patent number: 7870702
    Abstract: An apparatus (“chair”) for supporting one or more reinforcement bars or post-tension cables (“bars/cables”) in a concrete structure includes a base member having a centered opening, a pair of opposing first leg members extending upward from the base member at a first angle, a pair of opposing second leg members extending upward from the base member at a second angle, and a strap-shaped locking cradle. The strap-shaped locking cradle includes an arc-shaped receiving portion attached to the first and second leg members, a flexible portion suitable for wrapping over the bars/cables and a fastener to affix the flexible portion to the arc-shaped receiving portion or one of the first leg members such that transverse and vertical movement of the bars/cables is limited and longitudinal movement of the bars/cables is allowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventor: Gary Dan McKay
  • Patent number: 7870698
    Abstract: A foundation system includes metal framing members that support a reinforced, lightweight, dimensionally stable cementitious panel. The foundation system is non-combustible, water durable, mold and rot resistant, and termite resistant. The panels employ one or more layers of a continuous phase resulting from the curing of an aqueous mixture of inorganic binder, for example, calcium sulfate alpha hemihydrate, hydraulic cement, an active pozzolan and lime. The continuous phase is reinforced with glass fibers and contains lightweight filler particles, for example, ceramic microspheres.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: United States Gypsum Company
    Inventors: Timothy D. Tonyan, James M. Ullett, James E. Reicherts
  • Patent number: 7866106
    Abstract: A barrier comprising a body member. The body member has a first side, a second side, a front side, a rear side, and one or more cavities within the body member. The body member further has a first overlap portion and a second overlap portion. The first overlap portion extends from the first side adjacent to the front side and spaced apart from the rear side. The second overlap portion extends from the second side adjacent to the rear side and spaced apart from the second side. The second overlap portion is shaped to mate in an overlapping manner with the first overlap portion of an adjacent body member. A barrier wall comprising two or more barriers is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel S. Bowlware