Patents by Inventor Frank T. Sher

Frank T. Sher 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: 10308004
    Abstract: Methods of forming laminating adhesive articles include providing a multi-layer article, an embossing tool with a structured surface, and a support surface tool. The multi-layer articles include a substrate, an adhesive layer, and a liner or may just include an adhesive layer and a liner. The multi-layer article is placed between the structured surface of the embossing tool and the support surface tool. The embossing tool is pressed against the liner and the support surface tool is simultaneously pressed against the substrate by applying pressure or a combination of pressure and heat. The pressing causes the structures on the surface of the embossing tool to distort the liner and the adhesive layer and the support surface tool modifies the surface of the substrate. The distortion in the liner is retained upon release of the applied pressure. Upon removal of the liner from the adhesive layer, the structures on the adhesive layer are unstable, but do not immediately collapse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Frank T. Sher, Michael Benton Free
  • Publication number: 20180215109
    Abstract: A method of making an adhesive backed web, wherein the adhesive layer of such web has partially embedded filaments projecting therefrom. The filaments may comprise a thermoplastic material or a hot melt adhesive. The filaments are contacted to a major surface of a liner material then pressed partially thereinto. An adhesive layer, as from an adhesive backed film, is then laminated to the filament-containing liner, allowing the adhesive layer to pick up the filaments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: James P. Endle, Michael R. Kesti, Frank T. Sher, Dawud H. Tan, Patrick J. Yeshe
  • Publication number: 20180215957
    Abstract: An adhesive-backed film with an adhesive layer having thermoplastic or thermoset filaments partially projecting therefrom, to promote fluid egress and repositionability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: James P. Endle, Frank T. Sher, Patrick J. Yeshe
  • Publication number: 20170009105
    Abstract: Adhesive articles include a substrate with a first major surface and a second major surface, a layer of pressure sensitive adhesive with a first major surface and a second major surface, where the second major surface of the pressure sensitive adhesive layer is disposed on the first major surface of the substrate, and a plurality of non-pressure sensitive adhesive structures disposed on the first major surface of the pressure sensitive adhesive layer. The plurality of non-pressure sensitive adhesive structures are arrayed in a random or non-random pattern, and are applied to the first major surface of the pressure sensitive adhesive layer by direct contact printing. The articles may also include a microstructured release liner or conformable sheet covering the first major surface of the pressure sensitive adhesive layer and the plurality of non-pressure sensitive adhesive structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: John P. Baetzold, Audrey A. Sherman, Brian T. Weber, John J. Stradinger, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Suman K. Patel, Frank T. Sher
  • Publication number: 20160244641
    Abstract: A system and a method for making a web having a complex topography. A substrate having coatable material is contacted by a face-side roller having grooves set into the major surface thereof, the coatable material is then split between the face side roller and the substrate, resulting in a textured surface having a first area associated with the splitting from the major surface, and a second area resulting from splitting associated with areas of the face-side roller having grooves. Raised ridge features produced from the splitting step interconnect portions within the first area, and portions within the second area, and in between the first and second area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: John P. Baetzold, Mitchell A. F. Johnson, Steven J. McMan, Frank T. Sher, Robert A. Yapel, Patrick J. Yeshe
  • Patent number: 9353294
    Abstract: The present application is directed to an article comprising a base substrate having a first major surface and a second major surface opposite the first major surface and a structured surface comprising a deposited material adhered to a portion of the first major surface of the base substrate, wherein the material has a height over the first major surface of at least 3 micrometers. The structured surface is defined, in part, by the deposited material and the structured surface has at least one continuous structure from one edge of the base substrate to a second edge of the base substrate. The application is additionally directed to a method of manufacturing the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Danny L. Fleming, Frank T. Sher
  • Patent number: 9339997
    Abstract: Methods of adhering graphic film on an irregular substrate are disclosed. The methods includes providing a polymer film composite having two or more layers with at least one layer having a glass transition temperature of at least about 40° C., the polymer film composite having a first side and a second side, and an adhesive layer disposed on the second side. Then the method includes, positioning the adhesive layer against the irregular substrate, heating the polymer film composite, and pressing the heated polymer film against the irregular substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Ronald S. Steelman, John A. Nielsen, Frank T. Sher
  • Publication number: 20160114568
    Abstract: Methods of forming laminating adhesive articles include providing a multi-layer article, an embossing tool with a structured surface, and a support surface tool. The multi-layer articles include a substrate, an adhesive layer, and a liner or may just include an adhesive layer and a liner. The multi-layer article is placed between the structured surface of the embossing tool and the support surface tool. The embossing tool is pressed against the liner and the support surface tool is simultaneously pressed against the substrate by applying pressure or a combination of pressure and heat. The pressing causes the structures on the surface of the embossing tool to distort the liner and the adhesive layer and the support surface tool modifies the surface of the substrate. The distortion in the liner is retained upon release of the applied pressure. Upon removal of the liner from the adhesive layer, the structures on the adhesive layer are unstable, but do not immediately collapse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 28, 2016
    Inventors: Frank T. Sher, Michael Free Benton
  • Publication number: 20150225900
    Abstract: Adhesive articles are prepared through the use of modified release liners. The modified release liners include a fracturable layer and a release surface partially covering the fracturable layer. The modified release liners may be prepared by selective coating of a release material onto the fracturable layer or by selective treatment of a release surface to expose portions of the fracturable layer. Upon removal of an adhesive layer adhered to the modified release liner, portions of the fracturable layer of the release liner adhere to the adhesive layer to form a modified adhesive layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Publication date: August 13, 2015
    Inventors: Frank T. Sher, David J. Yarusso
  • Patent number: 9034448
    Abstract: Adhesive articles are prepared through the use of modified release liners. The modified release liners include a fracturable layer and a release surface partially covering the fracturable layer. The modified release liners may be prepared by selective coating of a release material onto the fracturable layer or by selective treatment of a release surface to expose portions of the fracturable layer. Upon removal of an adhesive layer adhered to the modified release liner, portions of the fracturable layer of the release liner adhere to the adhesive layer to form a modified adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Frank T. Sher, David J. Yarusso
  • Publication number: 20140262013
    Abstract: Methods of adhering graphic film on an irregular substrate are disclosed. The methods includes providing a polymer film composite having two or more layers with at least one layer having a glass transition temperature of at least about 40° C., the polymer film composite having a first side and a second side, and an adhesive layer disposed on the second side. Then the method includes, positioning the adhesive layer against the irregular substrate, heating the polymer film composite, and pressing the heated polymer film against the irregular substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Ronald S. Steelman, John A. Nielsen, Frank T. Sher
  • Patent number: 8778122
    Abstract: Methods of adhering graphic film on an irregular substrate are disclosed. The methods includes providing a polymer film composite having two or more layers with at least one layer having a glass transition temperature of at least about 40° C., the polymer film composite having a first side and a second side, and an adhesive layer disposed on the second side. Then the method includes, positioning the adhesive layer against the irregular substrate, heating the polymer film composite, and pressing the heated polymer film against the irregular substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Ronald S. Steelman, John A. Nielsen, Frank T. Sher
  • Patent number: 8268428
    Abstract: The present application is directed to adhesive articles and release liners. Namely, the present application is directed to an article comprising an adhesive layer with a structured surface. The structured surface comprises a first groove and a second groove recessed into the adhesive layer from a reference plane defined by the adhesive surface on either rim of the groove. In some embodiments, the second groove is contained within the first groove, and in other embodiments the grooves are separate. The first groove and the second groove have walls. The wall angle of the first groove with respect to the reference plane is non-zero and is smaller than the wall angle of the second groove with respect to the reference plane. The application is also directed to release liners for the adhesive article, wherein the surface of the release liner is the inverse of the adhesive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Danny L. Fleming, Michael R. Kesti, John A. Nielsen, Richard L. Peloquin, Frank T. Sher, David J. Yarusso
  • Publication number: 20120070604
    Abstract: Adhesive articles are prepared through the use of modified release liners. The modified release liners include a fracturable layer and a release surface partially covering the fracturable layer. The modified release liners may be prepared by selective coating of a release material onto the fracturable layer or by selective treatment of a release surface to expose portions of the fracturable layer. Upon removal of an adhesive layer adhered to the modified release liner, portions of the fracturable layer of the release liner adhere to the adhesive layer to form a modified adhesive layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventors: Frank T. Sher, David J. Yarssoo
  • Publication number: 20100317799
    Abstract: An adhesive composition includes a blend of a pressure sensitive adhesive and an additive. The pressure sensitive adhesive includes a (meth)acrylate polymer. The additive includes a copolymer with a vinyl polymeric backbone that includes at least one free radically polymerizable vinyl monomer A and at least one reinforcing comonomer B, wherein B is present at 0 to about 20% by weight of the copolymer, and a pendant polysiloxane monomer grafted to the backbone. The adhesive composition may optionally be crosslinked. The adhesive composition may be applied to a film to form a graphic article. These graphic articles may be applied to a substrate without liquid application aids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventors: Audrey A. Sherman, David J. Yarusso, Frank T. Sher
  • Patent number: 7807754
    Abstract: An adhesive composition includes a blend of a pressure sensitive adhesive and an additive. The pressure sensitive adhesive includes a (meth)acrylate polymer. The additive includes a copolymer with a vinyl polymeric backbone that includes at least one free radically polymerizable vinyl monomer A and at least one reinforcing comonomer B, wherein B is present at 0 to about 20% by weight of the copolymer, and a pendant polysiloxane monomer grafted to the backbone. The adhesive composition may optionally be crosslinked. The adhesive composition may be applied to a film to form a graphic article. These graphic articles may be applied to a substrate without liquid application aids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Audrey A. Sherman, David J. Yarusso, Frank T. Sher
  • Publication number: 20100143654
    Abstract: The present application is directed to adhesive articles and release liners. Namely, the present application is directed to an article comprising an adhesive layer with a structured surface. The structured surface comprises a first groove and a second groove recessed into the adhesive layer from a reference plane defined by the adhesive surface on either rim of the groove. In some embodiments, the second groove is contained within the first groove, and in other embodiments the grooves are separate. The first groove and the second groove have walls. The wall angle of the first groove with respect to the reference plane is non-zero and is smaller than the wall angle of the second groove with respect to the reference plane. The application is also directed to release liners for the adhesive article, wherein the surface of the release liner is the inverse of the adhesive surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventors: Danny L. Fleming, Michael R. Kesti, John A. Nielsen, Richard L. Peloquin, Frank T. Sher, David J. Yarusso
  • Patent number: 7687126
    Abstract: The present application is directed to adhesive articles and release liners. Namely, the present application is directed to an article comprising an adhesive layer with a structured surface. The structured surface comprises a first groove and a second groove recessed into the adhesive layer from a reference plane defined by the adhesive surface on either rim of the groove. In some embodiments, the second groove is contained within the first groove, and in other embodiments the grooves are separate. The first groove and the second groove have walls. The wall angle of the first groove with respect to the reference plane is non-zero and is smaller than the wall angle of the second groove with respect to the reference plane. The application is also directed to release liners for the adhesive article, wherein the surface of the release liner is the inverse of the adhesive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Danny L. Fleming, Michael R. Kesti, John A. Nielsen, Richard L. Peloquin, Frank T. Sher, David J. Yarusso
  • Publication number: 20080083495
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of manufacturing a structured release liner. The method includes providing a base; providing a ridge-forming material; coating the ridge-forming material on the base; forming the ridge-forming material into at least one ridge using a coating bar having a profile; and solidifying the ridge-forming material. Coating the ridge-forming material on the base and forming the ridge-forming material into the at least one ridge using a coating bar may be carried out simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Inventors: Frank T. Sher, David J. Yarusso, Michael R. Kesti
  • Publication number: 20080078500
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of manufacturing a structured release liner. The method includes providing an extrudable material; extruding the extrudable material through a die having a profile thereby forming a base and at least one rail. The rail has a height over the base of less than 100 micrometers. In other embodiments, a first and second extrudable material are provided and are extruded through the die to create a first layer and a second layer. The structured release liner may also be formed by extruding onto an existing substrate. Also disclosed herein is a method of forming a laminate construction comprising an adhesive layer and a backing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Inventors: Frank T. Sher, David J. Yarusso, Brian E. Spiewak