Patents Examined by Richard E. Chilcot, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7866118
    Abstract: A storm door assembly for a doorway to a building comprises a frame configured for hinged mounting at a doorway of a building. The frame comprises an opening through the frame, the opening comprising a depth and at least two channels disposed in parallel around an inner surface of the depth. At least two removable frame inserts are provided, each comprising a front surface, a rear surface, and an insert perimeter comprising a plurality of recesses positioned about the perimeter. A plurality of twisting cams are each disposed within one of the plurality of recesses and not extending beyond the front and rear surfaces, and the at least two frame inserts are each held in a fixed position with respect to the frame via placement of the twisting cams within the at least two channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Unique Home Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan J. Hamblin, William E. Earl, Michael A. Mueller
  • Patent number: 7866101
    Abstract: A fire protection system for homes and other structures including a pliable multi-layered shroud of fire-resistant material having an inflatable support structure embedded therein. The inflatable support structure includes a web of inflatable channels for rapid deployment from a folded configuration to an inflated configuration in which the fire-resistant material partially envelops a structure. The shroud is packed in an enclosure having a bi-fold top panel for ease of access. The enclosure also has one or more air hose couplings to which the inflatable support structure is connected for rapid inflation and deployment out of the enclosure. A plurality of tethers are also provided as tie-downs, which anchor the heat resistant shroud. The system affords ample rapid deployment protection from neighboring fires and heat exposure therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Patrick H. Boggs, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7866103
    Abstract: Building wall panels having lightweight hollow core interiors include embodiments suitable for interior and exterior walls, for industrial, commercial or residential buildings, and for multi-story structures. Various methods for making these wall panels are disclosed, including the formation of cast gypsum firewall layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Carl R. Marschke
  • Patent number: 7866098
    Abstract: An integrated module fame and racking system for a solar panel is disclosed. The solar panel comprises a plurality of solar modules and a plurality of splices for coupling the plurality of solar modules together. The plurality of splices provide a way to make the connected modules mechanically rigid both during transport to the roof and after mounting for the lifetime of the system, provide wiring connections between modules, provide an electrical grounding path for the modules, provide a way to add modules to the panel, and provide a way to remove or change a defective module. Connector sockets are provided on the sides of the modules to simplify the electrical assembly of modules when the modules are connected together with splices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Andalay Solar, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry Cinnamon
  • Patent number: 7866117
    Abstract: The invention forms a composite building by using beams made from plastic foam coated with fiber reinforced concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Nasser Saebi
  • Patent number: 7866119
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method of forming a multi-ply core component. A mold press is provided having an upper die and a lower die defining a mold cavity. At least one of the upper die and the lower die has a plurality of protrusions. A first wood composite board and a second wood composite board are disposed within the mold cavity. The first and second boards are fused proximate the plurality of protrusions by compressing the boards in the mold cavity through application of heat and pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Hardwick, Randy C. McGuire
  • Patent number: 7866111
    Abstract: Floor laying system for joining together floorboards, including grooves made in opposing side edges of the boards, and a separate profiled rail, which is disposed between the side edges of the boards and couples together the boards and which has legs projecting to opposite sides from a central section of the rail, which legs are designed to lockingly engage in the grooves in the respective opposing side edges of the floorboards. The legs of the profiled rail delimit a channel-shaped cavity which can accommodate at least one line element. The profiled rail has legs, which supportively bear against diagonally opposing beveled faces of the grooves in two adjacent boards, in addition to which a slot running substantially parallel with the top and bottom sides of the respective board opens into the groove to form a resilient tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: AB Gustaf Kahr
    Inventor: Roy Johansson
  • Patent number: 7866121
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to composite fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) wind tower systems and methods of manufacture. More particularly, the present invention relates to a composite FRP wind tower system including a plurality of tower cells for functional engagement with adjacent tower cells along mating surfaces to form a tower section, each tower cell including a lower end and an upper end for telescopic engagement with a tower cell of an adjacent tower section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: The University of Manitoba
    Inventors: Dimos Polyzois, Nibong Ungkurapinan
  • Patent number: 7861489
    Abstract: A preform having edges overlapped and jointed, two outer members for forming outer surfaces of a hydroformed product, and reinforcement members for forming reinforcement ribs that divide a hollow cross section of the hydroformed product, including a joint formed by, when more than three sheet materials for forming the outer members and the reinforcement members are overlapped together, welding a first sheet material on a surface of the overlapped sheet materials to a second sheet material positioned inside the first sheet material, and a space disposed and aligned with a joint plane between the second sheet material and a third sheet material located inside the second sheet material during the welding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuto Ueno, Hajime Minagawa, Shinji Ooe, Kazuhiro Mitamura, Satoru Majima, Takashi Haraoka, Masaaki Yoshitome, Hideto Kanafusa, Tomoaki Watari, Tomoyuki Hirota
  • Patent number: 7861488
    Abstract: The invention includes a corrugated decking flooring system. The corrugated decking flooring system can include a corrugated deck having at least two flutes and a trough between the flutes. A sound insulation layer generally conformal with both the flutes and the troughs of the corrugated deck can be provided. An underlayment layer can be provided over the sound insulation layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignees: Maxxon Corporation, Colbond Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Henry Giles, Clarence Curtis McCorsley, III
  • Patent number: 7861483
    Abstract: The invention relates to a panel, with a tongue on a longitudinal and a transverse edge, projecting beyond said longitudinal or transverse edge, with essentially parallel tongue surfaces and a groove on the opposing longitudinal or transverse edge, enclosed by lateral panel sections, corresponding to the tongue of an adjacent panel with essentially parallel groove edges. In order to lock two adjacent panels such as to run into each other, a projecting locking element is provided on at least one tongue surface at least in parts and in each region of (a) panel section(s) corresponding to said locking element(s) for connected panels a recess(es) is provided, whereby the region (B) of the tongue with the locking element and/or at least one of the regions of the tongue and the panel sections which are in contact on introducing the tongue into the groove, before the locking element clips into the recess, have an elastic embodiment such that said elasticity is greater than the elasticity of the locking element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventor: Dirk Dammers
  • Patent number: 7861484
    Abstract: A method for making a sound-insulating load-bearing floor, includes the following steps: applying a sound-insulating material over a load-bearing floor as to form a continuous coating layer; allowing the continuous coating layer to harden; applying a covering floor over said hardened continuous coating layer; wherein the sound-insulating material includes: 40% by weight to 95% by weight, preferably 60% by weight to 90% by weight, with respect to the total weight of the sound-insulating material, of at least one rubber in a subdivided form; 5% by weight to 60% by weight, preferably 10% by weight to 40% by weight, with respect to the total weight of the sound-insulating material, of at least one binding agent including: a first, component including at least one organic compound having at least one acid functional group or a derivative thereof, the first component having a Brookfield viscosity, measured at 23° C., of 0.1 Pa·s to 100 Pa·s, preferably 0.2 Pa·s to 50 Pa·s, more preferably 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Pirelli & C. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Massimiliano Pavan, Elio Ganci, Raffaella Donetti, Massimo Marini, Diego Tirelli, Franco Peruzzotti
  • Patent number: 7861467
    Abstract: A baffle vent is formed to span several roof rafters in a panel form with alternating flat ribs and rounded valleys extending along the longitudinal length thereof. The spacing of the flat ribs is four inches on center so that the transverse width of the panel will be engaged properly with roof rafters spaced on a multiple of four inches. The baffle vent includes uniformly spaced transverse ribs that extend from one transverse edge of the panel to the other to stiffen the panel which is formed of vacuum molded polyvinyl chloride film. The baffle panel is placed on top of the roof rafters before the roof sheeting is applied so that the insulation will force the baffle vent against the roof where the flat ribs engage the roof sheeting and the rounded valleys provide a passage for air to flow from the building soffit to the roof vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Brentwood Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Rosten, David J. Bonanni, Richard Pirino
  • Patent number: 7861477
    Abstract: A method for making a sound-insulating load-bearing floor, includes the following steps: providing a load-bearing floor; applying a sound-insulating material onto the load-bearing floor so as to form a substantially continuous coating layer; allowing the substantially continuous coating layer to dry; wherein the sound-insulating material includes: 40% by weight to 95% by weight, preferably 60% by weight to 90% by weight, with respect to the total weight of the sound-insulating material, of at least one rubber in a subdivided form; 5% by weight to 60% by weight, preferably 10% by weight to 40% by weight, with respect to the total weight of the sound-insulating material, of at least one binding agent including at least one water-dispersible polymer having a glass transition temperature (Tg) of ?50° C. to +50° C., preferably of ?40° C. to +10° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Pirelli & C. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Raffaella Donetti, Massimo Marini, Massimiliano Pavan, Elio Ganci, Diego Tirelli, Franco Perruzzotti
  • Patent number: 7861479
    Abstract: A corner bracket for modular foam forms for poured concrete walls includes an outer, horizontal strap with generally vertical strips attached thereto or molded therewith for encapsulation in the outside and optionally the inside foam panels of such a form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Airlite Plastics, Co.
    Inventors: Bradley J. Crosby, Michael D. Hays, Jeffrey A. Blake, Patrick D. Gredys
  • Patent number: 7861482
    Abstract: A locking system for a floor panel includes a first connecting device, a second connecting device, and a third connecting device. The first connecting device includes a combination lock including an upwardly directed locking element configured to cooperate with a locking groove. The combination lock further including a flexible tongue in a displacement groove. The displacement groove and the flexible tongue of the combination lock are configured to cooperate with a tongue of a third connecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Christian Boo
  • Patent number: 7861472
    Abstract: An inexpensive device is provided for quickly and efficiently securing protective panels such as, for example, plywood and the like, to exterior surfaces of buildings to protect windows, doors and/or other vulnerable features from wind and flying debris. The device comprises a stationary base, and a clamping member attached to such base. At least one device of the present invention is mounted to a building in general proximity to a window, door or other feature to be covered with a protective panel; the clamping member(s) secure the protective panels in place against the building. When not in use, the present invention can be maintained in a stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventor: Guy Carl Thompson
  • Patent number: 7856785
    Abstract: A thin rectangular laminate floor panel with one pair of long edges and one pair of short edges, the floor panel having an upper decorative wear layer; a core layer arranged beneath the upper decorative wear layer, the core layer being made of a material that is not as hard as the upper decorative wear layer; the floor panel having a substantially planar upper top side and a substantially planar lower underside and which is substantially parallel to the upper side. Also, having a long-side tongue, a short-side tongue, a long-side strip integrally formed with the floor panel, a short-side strip integrally formed with the floor panel, a long-side locking groove, and a short-side locking groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventor: Tony Pervan
  • Patent number: 7856780
    Abstract: The invention relates to panels having a decorative surface for forming a flooring, to a method for producing the decors and to a flooring made up of said panels. The invention finally relates to a decorative paper. The aim of the invention is to provide panels that allow to produce an inexpensive flooring having a high-quality appearance and to provide a corresponding method for producing them. For this purpose, the décor surfaces of panels on at least one end each are optically adapted to each other to such a degree that, when the panels are laid, they give a continuous image of the décor at the transition from one laid panel to the adjacent laid panel. The wood décor has a continuous image within the meaning of the invention if the grain of the depicted wood is optically uninterrupted at the transition from one laid panel to the adjacent laid panel, i.e. when there is no offset between the respective depicted grains. The same applies for other decors, for example stone decors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Kaindl Flooring GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Durnberger
  • Patent number: 7856777
    Abstract: A cover tile for releasable cooperation with one side of a wall panel frame. The cover tile has elongate rails fixed to the rear side thereof so that the rail ends terminate adjacent corners of the tile. A pair of connector clips are engaged on the rail for disposition at the corners of the tile. Each connector clip includes a main channel-like body transversely slidably engaged on the rail, and this body has a transversely protruding spring or hook projection for cooperation with an opening in the panel frame. The main body of the clip, in one of the legs of the channel-shaped body, has a transversely deformed positioning tab adapted for cooperation with a positioning notch formed in the rail. The one leg also has a locking tab deformed transversely for cooperation with an edge formed on the respective rail to fixedly positionally secure the clip on the rail in the transverse direction thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Haworth, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Lamfers, David Koning