Patents by Inventor Dale Tucker

Dale Tucker 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: 10604946
    Abstract: An acoustical vinyl tile having an integral acoustical layer is disclosed. The vinyl tile includes a vinyl portion and an acoustical portion. The acoustical portion may comprise a crumb rubber component and a polyurethane foam component. The acoustical portion can include 10-40% crumb rubber and 60-90% polyurethane foam. The acoustical portion may comprise a plurality of individual layers, the combination of which is customized to the particular sub-floor structure to which the tile will be adhered or overlain. The individual layers of the acoustical portion can include any of a variety of combinations of rubber, cork, polyurethane foam, and the like. The resulting tile meets one or more of ASTM E 2179, ASTM E 989, ASTM E 492, and ASTM E1007 IIC sound requirements. A method of designing the disclosed tile to suit a particular flooring application is also disclosed. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: MICHAEL FREEDMAN & ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Freedman, Dale Tucker
  • Publication number: 20180291639
    Abstract: An acoustical vinyl tile having an integral acoustical layer is disclosed. The vinyl tile includes a vinyl portion, an acoustical portion, and an adhesive layer for fixing the vinyl portion to the acoustical portion. The acoustical portion comprises a crumb rubber component and a polyurethane foam component. The acoustical portion can include 10-40% crumb rubber and 60-90% polyurethane foam. The vinyl tile may also include a coupling feature for coupling to an adjacent vinyl tile. The coupling feature may be in the form of interconnecting tongue and groove elements formed along opposite sides of the vinyl tile so that adjacent vinyl tiles can be coupled together. The tongue and groove elements may incorporate integrated mechanical coupling elements such as, for example, interlocking tabs and spaces. In use, the tongue and groove elements may be arranged and configured to be snap-fitted together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: MICHAEL FREEDMAN & ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Freedman, Dale Tucker
  • Publication number: 20170362838
    Abstract: An acoustical vinyl tile having an integral acoustical layer is disclosed. The vinyl tile includes a vinyl portion and an acoustical portion. The acoustical portion may comprise a crumb rubber component and a polyurethane foam component. The acoustical portion can include 10-40% crumb rubber and 60-90% polyurethane foam. The acoustical portion may comprise a plurality of individual layers, the combination of which is customized to the particular sub-floor structure to which the tile will be adhered or overlain. The individual layers of the acoustical portion can include any of a variety of combinations of rubber, cork, polyurethane foam, and the like. The resulting tile meets one or more of ASTM E 2179, ASTM E 989, ASTM E 492, and ASTM E1007 IIC sound requirements. A method of designing the disclosed tile to suit a particular flooring application is also disclosed. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: MICHAEL FREEDMAN & ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Freedman, Dale Tucker
  • Publication number: 20170362839
    Abstract: An acoustical vinyl tile having an integral acoustical layer is disclosed. The vinyl tile includes a vinyl portion and an acoustical portion. The acoustical portion may comprise a crumb rubber component and a polyurethane foam component. The acoustical portion can include 10-40% crumb rubber and 60-90% polyurethane foam. The acoustical portion may comprise a plurality of individual layers, the combination of which is customized to the particular sub-floor structure to which the tile will be adhered or overlain. The individual layers of the acoustical portion can include any of a variety of combinations of rubber, cork, polyurethane foam, and the like. The resulting tile meets one or more of ASTM E 2179, ASTM E 989, ASTM E 492, and ASTM E1007 IIC sound requirements. A method of designing the disclosed tile to suit a particular flooring application is also disclosed. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: MICHAEL FREEDMAN & ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Freedman, Dale Tucker
  • Publication number: 20170204620
    Abstract: An acoustical vinyl tile having an integral acoustical layer is disclosed. The vinyl tile includes a vinyl portion and an acoustical portion. The acoustical portion comprises a plurality of individual layers, the combination of which is customized to the particular sub-floor structure to which the tile will be adhered or overlain. The individual layers of the acoustical portion can include any of a variety of combinations of rubber, cork, polyurethane foam, and the like. The resulting tile meets one or more of ASTM E 2179, ASTM E 989, ASTM E 492, and ASTM E1007 IIC sound requirements. A method of designing the disclosed tile to suit a particular flooring application is also disclosed. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: MICHAEL FREEDMAN & ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael FREEDMAN, Dale TUCKER
  • Patent number: 8893850
    Abstract: An acoustical vinyl tile having an integral acoustical layer is disclosed. The vinyl tile includes a vinyl portion, an acoustical portion, and an adhesive layer for fixing the vinyl portion to the acoustical portion. The acoustical portion comprises a crumb rubber component and a polyurethane foam component. The acoustical portion can include 10-40% crumb rubber and 60-90% polyurethane foam. The resulting vinyl tile meets ASTM E 2179 IIC sound requirements. A method of making a vinyl tile meeting the ASTM sound requirements is also disclosed. The method includes providing a vinyl slab portion, providing an acoustical slab portion comprising crumb rubber, polyurethane foam and a resin binder; and bonding the vinyl slab portion to the acoustical portion. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Michael Freedman & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Freedman, Dale Tucker
  • Publication number: 20140302294
    Abstract: An acoustical vinyl tile having an integral acoustical layer is disclosed. The vinyl tile includes a vinyl portion and an acoustical portion. The acoustical portion comprises a plurality of individual layers, the combination of which is customized to the particular sub-floor structure to which the tile will be adhered or overlain. The individual layers of the acoustical portion can include any of a variety of combinations of rubber, cork, polyurethane foam, and the like. The resulting tile meets one or more of ASTM E 2179, ASTM E 989, ASTM E 492, and ASTM E1007 IIC sound requirements. A method of designing the disclosed tile to suit a particular flooring application is also disclosed. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: MICHAEL FREEDMAN & ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael FREEDMAN, Dale TUCKER
  • Publication number: 20140106158
    Abstract: An acoustical vinyl tile having an integral acoustical layer is disclosed. The vinyl tile includes a vinyl portion, an acoustical portion, and an adhesive layer for fixing the vinyl portion to the acoustical portion. The acoustical portion comprises a crumb rubber component and a polyurethane foam component. The acoustical portion can include 10-40% crumb rubber and 60-90% polyurethane foam. The resulting vinyl tile meets ASTM E 2179 IIC sound requirements. A method of making a vinyl tile meeting the ASTM sound requirements is also disclosed. The method includes providing a vinyl slab portion, providing an acoustical slab portion comprising crumb rubber, polyurethane foam and a resin binder; and bonding the vinyl slab portion to the acoustical portion. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: MICHAEL FREEDMAN & ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael FREEDMAN, Dale TUCKER
  • Patent number: 8640824
    Abstract: An acoustical vinyl tile having an integral acoustical layer is disclosed. The vinyl tile includes a vinyl portion, an acoustical portion, and an adhesive layer for fixing the vinyl portion to the acoustical portion. The acoustical portion comprises a crumb rubber component and a polyurethane foam component. The acoustical portion can include 10-40% crumb rubber and 60-90% polyurethane foam. The resulting vinyl tile meets ASTM E 2179 IIC sound requirements. A method of making a vinyl tile meeting the ASTM sound requirements is also disclosed. The method includes providing a vinyl slab portion, providing an acoustical slab portion comprising crumb rubber, polyurethane foam and a resin binder; and bonding the vinyl slab portion to the acoustical portion. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Michael Freedman & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Freedman, Dale Tucker
  • Publication number: 20130299273
    Abstract: An acoustical vinyl tile having an integral acoustical layer is disclosed. The vinyl tile includes a vinyl portion, an acoustical portion, and an adhesive layer for fixing the vinyl portion to the acoustical portion. The acoustical portion comprises a crumb rubber component and a polyurethane foam component. The acoustical portion can include 10-40% crumb rubber and 60-90% polyurethane foam. The resulting vinyl tile meets ASTM E 2179 IIC sound requirements. A method of making a vinyl tile meeting the ASTM sound requirements is also disclosed. The method includes providing a vinyl slab portion, providing an acoustical slab portion comprising crumb rubber, polyurethane foam and a resin binder; and bonding the vinyl slab portion to the acoustical portion. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: MICHAEL FREEDMAN & ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Freedman, Dale Tucker
  • Publication number: 20100077648
    Abstract: A collapsible decoy apparatus including a conveyor assembly mounted to a base, having a chain adapted to be driven in a generally elliptical pattern. A decoy support removeably attaches to a mount on the chain. The decoy support is configured to removeably attach to a decoy. The chain can move the decoy support and the decoy in a generally elliptical pattern that simulates the movement of walking wildfowl.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventor: Rodger Dale Tucker, JR.
  • Publication number: 20070273831
    Abstract: An apparatus for obtaining a retinal image of an eye has a control logic processor for executing a sequence of operations for obtaining the image. A visual target orients the eye of a patient when viewed. An indicator element provides a signal that indicates that the patient is in position. A cornea focus detection section indicates cornea focus, in cooperation with the control logic processor. An alignment actuator aligns the optical path according to a signal obtained from the cornea focus detection section. A retina focus detection section detects retina focus in cooperation with the control logic processor. A focusing actuator is controlled by instructions from the control logic processor according to a signal obtained from the retina focus detection section. An image capture light source is energized by the control logic processor for illuminating the retina.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Inventors: Rongguang Liang, Dale Tucker, Jeffrey Hawver, Seung-Ho Baek, Vishwas Abhyankar, Richard Weil, Douglass Blanding
  • Publication number: 20070030450
    Abstract: An apparatus for obtaining a retinal image of an eye has a control logic processor (214) for executing a sequence of operations for obtaining the image. A visual target (162) orients the eye of a patient when viewed. An indicator element (410) provides a signal that indicates that the patient is in position. A cornea focus detection section (450) indicates cornea focus, in cooperation with the control logic processor (214). An alignment actuator aligns the optical path according to a signal obtained from the cornea focus detection section (450). A retina focus detection section (452) detects retina focus in cooperation with the control logic processor (214). A focusing actuator (406) is controlled by instructions from the control logic processor (214) according to a signal obtained from the retina focus detection section (452). An image capture light source is energized by the control logic processor (214) for illuminating the retina.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2005
    Publication date: February 8, 2007
    Inventors: Rongguang Liang, Dale Tucker, Jeffery Hawver, Seung-Ho Baek, Vishwas Abhyankar, Richard Weil, Douglass Blanding
  • Publication number: 20060092376
    Abstract: An apparatus (220) for obtaining a scanned image of an eye has a reference locator for pupil alignment apparatus along an optical axis. A pupil profiling apparatus for obtaining an outline of the pupil has a pupil profiling light source (176), a sensor (170) for detecting reflected light, and a control logic processor (104) for computing an outline of the pupil according to detected light. An illumination apparatus (112) for directing visible illumination into the eye has a spatial light modulator (125) for shaping an illumination beam according to the detected outline, a scanning element (229), and a camera (146) for obtaining the scanned image by sensing a portion of the reflected illumination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Publication date: May 4, 2006
    Inventors: Seung-Ho Baek, Douglass Blanding, Rongguang Liang, Dale Tucker, Jeffery Hawver
  • Patent number: 6415890
    Abstract: The padded ladder protector is an easily attachable and detachable device for mounting on edges of a ladder to cushion and protect the user from injury. The protector is made of a foamed polymer with an adhesive surface covered by a peel strip. By removing the peel strip, the protector may be temporarily attached to edges of the rungs or tray or other parts of the ladder as desired by the user. After a specific use, the protector can be easily removed and another protector may be placed on the same parts or other parts of the ladder. The protector may also be adhesively attached to a rigid support which can be attached to the ladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Inventors: James Dale Tucker, Dennis Michael Dale