Patents by Inventor Brian W. KIRN

Brian W. KIRN 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).

  • Patent number: 10604944
    Abstract: A method of making a siding product is disclosed and includes molding a panel, wherein the panel comprises a substantially rectangular structure having a simulated pattern on a front face thereof and a hollow back, and the panel comprises a single shake configuration that does not simulate more than one shake or more than one course of siding, wherein the panel comprises a plurality of recesses and fastener locations on the front face thereof, and the hollow back comprises a pad opposite each recess and fastener location, each recess and pad having a thickness in a depth direction, wherein the hollow back comprises a plurality of short ribs extending in the longitudinal direction, each short rib having a longitudinal length that is less than a length of the hollow back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: CERTAINTEED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stephen W. Steffes, Brian W. Kirn, David J. Stucky
  • Patent number: 10487515
    Abstract: A siding product is disclosed and includes a panel comprising a front with a simulated wood grain, a hollow back opposite the front, a longitudinal length extending in an x-direction, a lateral width extending in a y-direction, and a transverse depth extending in a z-direction. The panel includes a hanger clip on the front that has a hanger clip length that extends longitudinally in the x-direction, the hanger clip length is at least about 50% of the longitudinal length of the panel, and a butt leg on the hollow back. Moreover, the butt leg of the panel is configured to engage the hanger clip of a lower panel without interlocking, such that they do not engage each other with positive snap action engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: CERTAINTEED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stephen W. Steffes, Robert D. Shaw, Brian W. Kirn, David J. Stucky
  • Publication number: 20190301173
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure is an exterior cladding panel including a first end, a second end, and a series of locking clips extending from a front face of the exterior cladding panel and positioned along the first end of the exterior cladding panel. The exterior cladding panel also includes a locking leg extending from a rear face of the exterior cladding panel and positioned along a middle portion between the first end and the second end. The exterior cladding panel also includes a series of simulated shingles positioned in a single course between the first end and the second end, including a series of gaps separating adjacent shingles. Each gap extends lengthwise from the second end to the middle portion of the exterior cladding panel, and includes a first width that differs from a second width of at least one adjacent gap in the series of gaps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen W. Steffes, Brian W. Kirn
  • Publication number: 20190301178
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to wall coverings or cladding, for example, suitable for covering and protecting the external surface of walls. The present disclosure relates more particularly to a system for a wall covering including first, second, and third polymer panels. Each of the polymer panels including a visible body extending from a respective support structure, where the visible body includes a front surface that extends across a width of the panel and has a textured contour that replicates a single masonry unit. The textured contours of the first, second, and third panels are different, and the size of the first panel is different from the size of the second panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen W. Steffes, Brian W. Kirn
  • Publication number: 20190284816
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure is a siding panel end plug including a body having a front face, a rear face, a side face connecting the front face and rear face, a top edge, a bottom edge, and a hollow space located between the front face, rear face, and side face. The siding panel end plug further includes a first locking mechanism disposed on the top edge and a second locking mechanism disposed on the bottom edge. The first locking mechanism and the second locking mechanism facilitate both locking and unlocking of the siding panel end plug from a second siding panel end plug and a third siding panel end plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen W. Steffes, Brian W. Kirn
  • Publication number: 20190169857
    Abstract: A siding product is disclosed and includes a panel comprising a front with a simulated wood grain, a hollow back opposite the front, a longitudinal length extending in an x-direction, a lateral width extending in a y-direction, and a transverse depth extending in a z-direction. The panel includes a hanger clip on the front that has a hanger clip length that extends longitudinally in the x-direction, the hanger clip length is at least about 50% of the longitudinal length of the panel, and a butt leg on the hollow back. Moreover, the butt leg of the panel is configured to engage the hanger clip of a lower panel without interlocking, such that they do not engage each other with positive snap action engagement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen W. Steffes, Robert D. Shaw, Brian W. Kirn, David J. Dtucky
  • Publication number: 20190153732
    Abstract: A method of making a siding product is disclosed and includes molding a panel, wherein the panel comprises a substantially rectangular structure having a simulated pattern on a front face thereof and a hollow back, and the panel comprises a single shake configuration that does not simulate more than one shake or more than one course of siding, wherein the panel comprises a plurality of recesses and fastener locations on the front face thereof, and the hollow back comprises a pad opposite each recess and fastener location, each recess and pad having a thickness in a depth direction, wherein the hollow back comprises a plurality of short ribs extending in the longitudinal direction, each short rib having a longitudinal length that is less than a length of the hollow back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen W. STEFFES, Brian W. KIRN, David J. STUCKY
  • Patent number: 10221575
    Abstract: A siding product is disclosed and includes a panel having a plurality of simulated courses of simulated shingles including a front, back, top, bottom and sides. The siding product also includes a hanger clip that extends from the front of the panel and a butt leg that extends from the back of the panel. The butt leg is configured to engage the hanger clip of a lower panel in two courses of panels. Further, the siding product includes a fastener slot having a fastener plane of reference and only one fastener depth stop (FDS) that abuts the fastener slot. The only one FDS comprising a stop plane of reference displaced forward from the fastener plane of reference by at least about 0.030 inches, and not greater than about 0.125 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: CERTAINTEED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stephen W. Steffes, Robert D. Shaw, Brian W. Kirn, David J. Stucky
  • Patent number: 10208482
    Abstract: A siding product may include a panel having a substantially rectangular structure with a simulated pattern on a front face thereof. The panel may be formed from a polymer and may include color variegation. The panel may have a hollow back and be a single shake configuration that does not simulate more than one shake or more than one course of siding. The siding product may include a panel having a front face with a simulated pattern. The panel can include a hollow back, a longitudinal length extending in an x-direction, a lateral width extending in a y-direction, and a transverse depth extending in a z-direction. The panel can have a plurality of reinforcement ribs on the hollow back that extend longitudinally in the x-direction and transversely in the z-direction. In a version, none of the reinforcement ribs extend laterally in the y-direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: CERTAINTEED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stephen W. Steffes, Brian W. Kirn, David J. Stucky
  • Publication number: 20180117809
    Abstract: A method of injection molding a building product includes providing an injection mold with a plurality of gates located adjacent a perimeter of the injection mold. The method further includes commingling a first material and a second material into a flow, the second material comprising a color that contrasts with a color of the first material and injecting the commingled flow into the plurality of gates to form a building product. Thereafter, the method includes removing the building product from the injection mold. The second material extends through an interior of the building product and appears as contrasting streaks on an exterior of the building product to form a variegated grain appearance. The method also includes notching a portion of the building product, such that the building product has a substantially linear grain in an exposed portion thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Stephen W. STEFFES, Brian W. Kirn
  • Publication number: 20180112416
    Abstract: A siding product is disclosed and includes a panel having a plurality of simulated courses of simulated shingles including a front, back, top, bottom and sides. The siding product also includes a hanger clip that extends from the front of the panel and a butt leg that extends from the back of the panel. The butt leg is configured to engage the hanger clip of a lower panel in two courses of panels. Further, the siding product includes a fastener slot having a fastener plane of reference and only one fastener depth stop (FDS) that abuts the fastener slot. The only one FDS comprising a stop plane of reference displaced forward from the fastener plane of reference by at least about 0.030 inches, and not greater than about 0.125 inches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: Stephen W. Steffes, Robert D. Shaw, Brian W. Kirn, David J. Stucky
  • Patent number: 9885185
    Abstract: A siding product may include a panel having a substantially rectangular structure with a simulated pattern on a front face thereof. The panel may be formed from a polymer and may include color variegation. The panel may have a hollow back and be a single shake configuration that does not simulate more than one shake or more than one course of siding. The siding product may include a panel having a front face with a simulated pattern. The panel can include a hollow back, a longitudinal length extending in an x-direction, a lateral width extending in a y-direction, and a transverse depth extending in a z-direction. The panel can have a plurality of reinforcement ribs on the hollow back that extend longitudinally in the x-direction and transversely in the z-direction. In a version, none of the reinforcement ribs extend laterally in the y-direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: CERTAINTEED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stephen W. Steffes, Robert D. Shaw, Brian W. Kirn, David J. Stucky
  • Patent number: 9884443
    Abstract: An injection molded product may include a corner shingle resembling a single course of tiles that differ in size. The corner shingle may be a semi-crystalline thermoplastic and having a wood grain direction. Streaks may be formed in the corner shingle that are substantially parallel to the wood grain direction. The streaks may extend through an interior of the corner shingle and appear as contrasting streaks on an exterior of the corner shingle to form a variegated wood grain appearance. In addition, an injection molded vestige may be formed in the corner shingle. The injection molded vestige may be located adjacent a perimeter of the corner shingle, and may comprise the location at which material entered an injection mold through a gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: CERTAINTEED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stephen W. Steffes, Brian W. Kirn
  • Publication number: 20170114548
    Abstract: A siding product may include a panel having a substantially rectangular structure with a simulated pattern on a front face thereof. The panel may be formed from a polymer and may include color variegation. The panel may have a hollow back and be a single shake configuration that does not simulate more than one shake or more than one course of siding. The siding product may include a panel having a front face with a simulated pattern. The panel can include a hollow back, a longitudinal length extending in an x-direction, a lateral width extending in a y-direction, and a transverse depth extending in a z-direction. The panel can have a plurality of reinforcement ribs on the hollow back that extend longitudinally in the x-direction and transversely in the z-direction. In a version, none of the reinforcement ribs extend laterally in the y-direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Inventors: Stephen W. STEFFES, Robert D. SHAW, Brian W. KIRN, David J. STUCKY
  • Patent number: 9482011
    Abstract: A siding product may include a panel having a substantially rectangular structure with a simulated pattern on a front face thereof. The panel may be formed from a polymer and may include color variegation. The panel may have a hollow back and be a single shake configuration that does not simulate more than one shake or more than one course of siding. The siding product may include a panel having a front face with a simulated pattern. The panel can include a hollow back, a longitudinal length extending in an x-direction, a lateral width extending in a y-direction, and a transverse depth extending in a z-direction. The panel can have a plurality of reinforcement ribs on the hollow back that extend longitudinally in the x-direction and transversely in the z-direction. In a version, none of the reinforcement ribs extend laterally in the y-direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: CERTAINTEED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stephen W. Steffes, Robert D. Shaw, Brian W. Kirn, David J. Stucky
  • Publication number: 20160168861
    Abstract: A siding product may include a panel having a substantially rectangular structure with a simulated pattern on a front face thereof. The panel may be formed from a polymer and may include color variegation. The panel may have a hollow back and be a single shake configuration that does not simulate more than one shake or more than one course of siding. The siding product may include a panel having a front face with a simulated pattern. The panel can include a hollow back, a longitudinal length extending in an x-direction, a lateral width extending in a y-direction, and a transverse depth extending in a z-direction. The panel can have a plurality of reinforcement ribs on the hollow back that extend longitudinally in the x-direction and transversely in the z-direction. In a version, none of the reinforcement ribs extend laterally in the y-direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Stephen W. Steffes, Brian W. Kirn, David J. Stucky
  • Patent number: 9303410
    Abstract: A siding product may include a panel having a substantially rectangular structure with a simulated pattern on a front face thereof. The panel may be formed from a polymer and may include color variegation. The panel may have a hollow back and be a single shake configuration that does not simulate more than one shake or more than one course of siding. The siding product may include a panel having a front face with a simulated pattern. The panel can include a hollow back, a longitudinal length extending in an x-direction, a lateral width extending in a y-direction, and a transverse depth extending in a z-direction. The panel can have a plurality of reinforcement ribs on the hollow back that extend longitudinally in the x-direction and transversely in the z-direction. In a version, none of the reinforcement ribs extend laterally in the y-direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: CERTAINTEED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stephen W. Steffes, Brian W. Kirn, David J. Stucky
  • Patent number: D792615
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: CERTAINTEED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stephen W. Steffes, Robert D. Shaw, David J. Stucky, Brian W. Kirn
  • Patent number: D818151
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: CERTAINTEED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Neil J. Sexton, Brian W. Kirn, Ryan L. Applegate
  • Patent number: D863604
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: CERTAINTEED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Neil J. Sexton, Brian W. Kirn, Ryan L. Applegate