Antonio Risi has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Abstract: Retaining wall blocks are disclosed, which are trapezoidal in shape and have a positive interlock. These blocks can be used to construct walls, especially garden walls, that are strong and either straight or serpentine, with concave or convex surfaces. More particularly, the blocks, thanks to their structure, can be used to construct tree rings or wells, patio walls with or without corners, straight walls with curved ends, serpentine feature walls, L-shaped walls, lawn and driveway edgings, small steps, free-form shallow ponds, planter boxes, window wells and the like. Advantageously, they can be produced in the form of units comprising blocks of the same or different type, e.g. of the stacking, coping or corner type, which can be assembled in the form of very light bundles easy to store and transport.
Abstract: This invention relates to improvements in retaining wall structures derived from a plurality of like structural blocks stacked end-to-end one upon the other in generally horizontally axially extending courses in overlapped wall defining relation. The blocks have a body portion with an axis terminating in opposed end surfaces, and are bounded by front and rear facings and by generally parallel upper and lower surfaces, with the upper and lower surfaces including therewithin respective opposed axially extending recess formations. More particularly, this invention relates to a connector for selectively positioning and interlocking against transverse displacement the blocks used in constructing the retaining wall structure.
Abstract: This invention relates to improvements in the control and stabilization of earthen or soil embankments comprising a gravity facing wall tied to and anchored by a grid or mesh extending into the embankment. The gravity facing wall is comprised of facing wall units or blocks stacked in overlapping horizontal courses. In particular an improved facing wall unit or block is provided featuring a projection formation extending longitudinally of the block in the upper surface and, in the lower surface, an offset recess of matching extent and configuration to the projection formation. The projection formation further includes grid or mesh engaging projections which penetrate the mesh or grid when registered thereover. A further recess or depression is also included in the upper surface of the facing wall unit or block and is of such an extent and configuration so as to confine therewithin the grid or mesh engaging projections and the grid or mesh when registered thereover.
Abstract: An interlocking block and a retaining wall system derived from such blocks wherein the blocks when arranged to extend in horizontal courses in end to end relation and one upon the other in interlocking overlapping wall defining relation extend upwardly as such wall structure is erected, such interlocking block having an axis terminating in spaced apart end walls and bounded by generally flat top and bottom walls arranged in parallel relation to each other and by front and rear facings extending from end wall to end wall and so spaced apart as to provide a substantially uniform cross-section throughout the axial extent of same, the block having an axially extending projection upstanding from the top wall and the bottom wall having an axially extending recess formation of a configuration and extent to match the projection, the projection being spaced inwardly from the front facing a distance substantially equal to the distance the recess formation is spaced inwardly from the rear facing and the projection is sp
Abstract: A hollow module useful for a retaining wall structure or the like defined by an upstanding surrounding wall formation presenting front, rear and opposed side faces and having generally planar upper and lower surfaces and a substantially constant wall thickness throughout the extent of any given face, the lower planar surface in the regions of the opposed side faces presenting at least a pair of opposed depending lug formations projecting therebelow of dimensions such that when measured in the front to rear direction the extent of same are always less than the front to rear extent of the opposed side faces so as to define with the lower planar surface recess formations for selective registration over the upper planar surfaces of other like or compatible modules whereby such modules are selectively interlockingly interengaged; and wherein suitable slabs are provided with depending lug formations projecting therebelow for disposition upon upper planar surfaces of such modules with the lug formations projecting t