Patents Examined by William P. Watkins, III
  • Patent number: 10442574
    Abstract: An envelope construct having at least two layers and at least two sheet layers and a tilde matrix core placed there between. The tilde matrix core formed as a slit web material having a straight or curvilinear structure that is substantially longer than it is wide, with specially shaped slits, “tilde-slits”, which permit relatively easy expansion upon deployment. The expandable web material is especially well suited for construction of a light-weight, padded envelope that is durable and can withstand significant pressure during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: David M Kuchar, Matthew J. Kuchar
  • Patent number: 10442737
    Abstract: A green body for a cross-hole, compacted cutting insert, as well as a cutting insert, equipment for making a green body, and method for making a green body, wherein the green body includes a first side, a second side, and a side surface extending between the first side and the second side entirely around the first side and the second side. The green body includes a quadrilateral-shaped cross-hole extending through the green body from a first location on the side surface to a second location on the side surface on an opposite side of the green body from the first location. The quadrilateral-shape of the cross-hole can assist in achieving a more uniform density of compactable material in the green body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SECO TOOLS AB
    Inventor: Dirk Sterkenburg
  • Patent number: 10434742
    Abstract: A venting apparatus is disclosed herein. The venting apparatus comprises a substrate, such as a metal substrate or a specialty plastic substrate, having an opening therein and a fluoropolymer membrane, such as ePTFE, disposed over said opening and thermally bonded using a thermoplastic material to said substrate. This allows the fluoropolymer membrane to be directly bonded to the said substrate without using an adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: John E. Bacino
  • Patent number: 10426226
    Abstract: An article of apparel includes a base layer and an auxetic layer coupled to the base layer. The auxetic layer includes an auxetic structure defining a repeating pattern of shapes, with each of the shapes defined by perimeter walls and an interior recess. The auxetic layer includes a first region and a second region. Each interior recess in the first region provides a void exposing the base layer, and each interior recess in the second region is at least partially filled with a recess material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Guyan, David McManus, John Acevedo, Alan Toronjo
  • Patent number: 10426026
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present disclosure, a structure constructed by a sheet includes a sheet body. The sheet body has a plurality of enclosed paths. A plurality of slits and connection portions are arranged along each enclosed path. Each connection portion is located between two adjacent slits. The sheet body is flexible. In an extended state, the slits form extended openings. At least one extended opening is a symmetric opening, so that the sheet body is extended to form a structure constructed by sheet. The structure constructed by sheet forms a stereoscopic curved surface, and the plurality of connection portions is located on a plurality of contours of the stereoscopic curved surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Chao-Jen Wang, Chih-Chia Chang, Chiung-Hsun Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10422464
    Abstract: An exemplary insulator for a flue of a residential oven includes a bendable insulating body having a first end, a second end, and a bending portion. A first cut is disposed between the bending portion and the first end and a second cut is disposed between the bending portion and the second end. The first cut is expandable to form a first opening and the second cut is expandable to form a second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventor: Jason M. Seward
  • Patent number: 10415248
    Abstract: A roofing shingle comprising a base mat having a tab portion covered with granules and a headlap portion covered with a mask or film layer. An asphalt-based coating is applied to at least a top surface of the base mat. The film layer is adhered to the asphalt-based coating applied to the headlap portion and the granules are adhered to the asphalt-based coating applied to the tab portion. The film layer is adapted for preventing granules from adhering to the headlap portion of the base mat and, as such, the headlap portion may be substantially free from any granules adhered thereto. A method for manufacturing a roofing shingle is also provided wherein granules that are not adhered to the tab portion of one shingle may be collected and reapplied the tab portion of another shingle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: TAMKO Building Products LLC
    Inventors: David C. Humphreys, Thomas M. King, Rodney Lewis
  • Patent number: 10406735
    Abstract: An injection molded part for a motor vehicle includes a film layer having a film main portion and a film first side portion that ends in a first film side surface, wherein the film first side portion extends from the film main portion in a direction different than a plane defined by the film main portion. The film layer also includes a film outer surface and a film inner surface disposed opposite the film outer surface. A first polymer layer is in contact with the film inner surface. A second polymer layer is in contact with the film outer surface, the film first side surface and the first polymer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: Alberto Polonio Morales, Sai Her
  • Patent number: 10411533
    Abstract: Each lamination of the lamination stack comprises at least one assembly of coupling elements, said assembly comprising one insertion clamp, one receiving clamp and at least one receiving window, said coupling elements maintaining the same relative positioning from one another, the insertion clamp and the receiving clamp being defined by respective portions of the lamination axially projecting to the same side of the latter, each insertion clamp of a lamination being fitted, by interference, in the interior of a receiving clamp of an adjacent lamination, and each receiving clamp of a lamination being housed in the receiving window of at least one lamination of the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Embraco Industria De Compressores E Solucoes Em Refrigeracao Ltda.
    Inventors: Anderson Wolf, Andre Lucas Merini, Hermann Otto Knupfer, Sergio Do Rosario, Tarcisio Joao Grott
  • Patent number: 10399762
    Abstract: A packaging material is formed of a composite film obtained by bonding a first film formed of a resin film and a second film having a stretch ratio lower than a stretch ratio of the resin film forming the first film or formed of a non-oriented resin film. The first film has a linear cut, a predetermined length in the longitudinal direction of the cut, and a predetermined width in a direction perpendicular to the cut. The packaging material includes a first strongly bonded section in which the first film and the second film are firmly bonded and a first weakly bonded section and a second weakly bonded section provided at both sides of the first strongly bonded section, with the first film and the second film being weakly bonded in the first weakly bonded section and the second weakly bonded section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Hiromichi Inagaki, Sakaru Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10394275
    Abstract: A member for chassis capable of achieving high strength is disclosed. The member for chassis is used for a chassis making up a lid of an electronic device in which the lid and the body are coupled with each other openably/closably via a hinge. The member for chassis has a configuration in which a frame formed of thermoplastic resin is joined with at least a part of an outside end face of a laminated plate including an intermediate layer disposed between a pair of fiber-reinforced resin plates, wherein the thermoplastic resin extends to a surface of the laminated plate and a nut serving as a female thread part is provided in the thermoplastic resin extending to the surface of the laminated plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Fumitake Mizoguchi, Takehito Yamauchi, Tatsuya Ushioda, Keita Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10391740
    Abstract: An adaptive material garment system includes a number of components to effectively transport and exhaust moisture and thermal energy while protecting the wearer from undesired levels of air permeability. Therefore, an adaptive material responsive to stimuli, such as moisture, is used as a base layer against a wearer's skin. The base layer is effective to transport thermal energy and/or sweat away from the skin. The base layer may be formed with a first gauge greater than and a denier that is less than an outer article. The outer article may also be formed from an adaptive material responsive to the same or different stimuli. The outer article may also have a wind-resistant panel having apertures and a selectively coupled perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Collin Bailey, Rebecca P. Hurd, Matthew D. Nordstrom, Patrick Williams, Olivia A. Echols, Ryan P. Henry, Stewart D. Horner
  • Patent number: 10384533
    Abstract: Methods for fastening or coupling dissimilar materials to each other may include providing a first component with a first through hole and a second component with a second through hole that is at least partly aligned with the first through hole. A mixture including a first material and a second material may be injected into the aligned through holes of the first component and the second component. The mixture of the first material and the second material may expand in the through holes, e.g., due to a chemical reaction, thereby connecting the first component and the second component together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Yu-An Lo
  • Patent number: 10376006
    Abstract: A pad arrangement comprises a layer of fabric with a pad connected to the layer of fabric. The pad includes a plurality of energy absorbing structures. Each of the plurality of energy absorbing structures includes an outer surface connected to the layer of fabric. Each of the outer surfaces is spaced apart from other outer surfaces on the pad. A plurality of buttresses extend between the energy absorbing structures, each of the plurality of buttresses extending downwardly and away from the outer surface of one or more of the energy absorbing structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Berns, Mari Lucero, William K. Mickle
  • Patent number: 10358767
    Abstract: Methods and components produced from carbon fiber pre-impregnated composite precursor materials (pre-preg) having enhanced flowability and moldability are provided. Discontinuous cut regions are introduced into a pre-preg. A sheet of pre-preg may be contacted with a patterned surface having a plurality of non-contiguous staggered cutters, so that the contacting creates discontinuous cuts in the pre-preg. A plurality of staggered discontinuous cut regions are formed in the plurality of continuous carbon fibers that define a first plurality of carbon fibers having a first length and a second plurality of carbon fibers having a second distinct length. The patterned surface may be provided on a cutter device that is a roller or a plate having the non-contiguous staggered cutters formed or disposed thereon. The discontinuous cut regions that are formed in the pre-preg reduce stiffness and improve moldability/flowability when forming carbon fiber polymeric composites, while retaining high strength levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Hamid G. Kia, Nicole D. Ellison, Selina X. Zhao
  • Patent number: 10353116
    Abstract: An optical device includes a substrate having a surface, a peripheral edge, an area of vision, and a boundary portion of the surface between the peripheral edge and the area of vision. At least a portion of the boundary portion is textured. A coating is applied to the surface of the substrate over the area of vision and the textured boundary portion. In some embodiments, the substrate is comprised of a polymeric material and the coating is comprised of multiple layers of dielectric material and the substrate is textured such that the textured portion increases adhesion and the durability of the dielectric coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Andrew Vadimovich Alekseyev-Popov, John Fernando Cueva, Jose Inga
  • Patent number: 10335243
    Abstract: To keep a clean area separated from an unclean area, a drape unit for separating the manipulator that has a treatment section at a distal end of an elongated section and that has at a proximal end a proximal-end drive unit from the base including, on a substantially horizontal top surface, a drive source to which the proximal-end drive unit is detachably connected, the drape unit includes: a drape main body that has an opening from which the drive source is exposed; and an adaptor that is interposed between the drive source and the proximal-end drive unit, that is disposed with a gap vertically above the opening, and that covers the entire opening, the adaptor includes a force transmission unit for transmitting the driving force from the drive source to the proximal-end drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Masaru Yanagihara, Kosuke Kishi
  • Patent number: 10328662
    Abstract: An in-situ foam core component having first and second opposed thermoformed skins each having a thermal bond to an in-situ foam core disposed there between. At least one embossment In one of the skins joined to the other skin forming a pinch off junction. A through hole is formed in the pinch off junction sized to receive a fastener so that the embossment provides a sleeve structure which can transmit load between the first and second skins when the in-situ foam core component is attached to a member using a fastener extending through the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Richard W. Roberts
  • Patent number: 10316919
    Abstract: A buffer structure is provided, including a main body. The main body has a first face, a second face, and a predetermined thickness between the first face and the second face, the first face has a plurality of first holes, the second face has a plurality of second holes, and the plurality of first holes and the plurality of second holes are located within the predetermined thickness. Side walls of the plurality of first holes are integrally and continuously connected to side walls of the plurality of second holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Yu-Hsuan Lin
  • Patent number: 10285269
    Abstract: A multilayer substrate is manufactured by first manufacturing a first substrate by stacking and hot-pressing resin base materials of the first substrate and then adjacently stacking and hot-pressing the first substrate and resin base materials that constitute a second substrate at a position overlapping with each other in a stacking direction. The position in the stacking direction between the resin base materials in the first substrate is located at almost a middle position in the stacking direction of a resin base material of the second substrate, and is different from the position between the layers of the resin base materials of the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Kuniaki Yosui