Patents by Inventor Jeff Steffens

Jeff Steffens 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: 9820903
    Abstract: A device for use with a bed having a frame and a supporting surface includes a flexible sheet with a tether strap connected to the sheet and extending from the sheet. The flexible sheet has opposed top and bottom surfaces, with the top surface having a high friction material with a higher coefficient of friction as compared to the bottom surface, which includes a low friction material. The tether strap is configured for connection to the frame of the bed to secure the sheet in place. A system incorporating the flexible sheet may also include an absorbent pad configured to be placed on the top surface of the sheet, where the high-friction top surface resists sliding of the absorbent pad, as well as one or more wedges having a base wall that the wedge rests on and a ramp surface configured to confront the sheet when the wedge is placed under the sheet. The base wall and the ramp surface may also contain high friction and low friction materials, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Sage Products, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Steffens, Paul Fowler, Larry Ponsi, David Beck, Greg Davis
  • Patent number: 9528257
    Abstract: A trapping device for trapping non-dispersing cloths in a toilet bowl is disclosed. The trapping device comprises a strap and a plurality of hooks. The trapping device may be installed in a trapway of the toilet bowl. The strap has a first end, a second end, and a middle portion, wherein the first end includes a first tab extending perpendicular to the strap and the second end includes a second tab extending perpendicular to the strap, and the middle portion is rounded. The plurality of hooks extend from an inner wall of the strap. The strap is made of a strap material that is resilient to bend and springs back to its previous shape, such as a stainless steel or a high density polyethylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: SAGE PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Hanifl, Jeff Steffens, Tim Moran, David Beck, Gregory T. Davis
  • Publication number: 20150376886
    Abstract: A trapping device for trapping non-dispersing cloths in a toilet bowl is disclosed. The trapping device comprises a strap and a plurality of hooks. The trapping device may be installed in a trapway of the toilet bowl. The strap has a first end, a second end, and a middle portion, wherein the first end includes a first tab extending perpendicular to the strap and the second end includes a second tab extending perpendicular to the strap, and the middle portion is rounded. The plurality of hooks extend from an inner wall of the strap. The strap is made of a strap material that is resilient to bend and springs back to its previous shape, such as a stainless steel or a high density polyethylene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Inventors: Paul Hanifl, Jeff Steffens, Tim Moran, David Beck, Gregory T. Davis
  • Patent number: 9157224
    Abstract: A trapping device for trapping non-dispersing cloths in a toilet bowl is disclosed. The trapping device comprises a strap and a plurality of hooks. The trapping device may be installed in a trapway of the toilet bowl. The strap has a first end, a second end, and a middle portion, wherein the first end includes a first tab extending perpendicular to the strap and the second end includes a second tab extending perpendicular to the strap, and the middle portion is rounded. The plurality of hooks extend from an inner wall of the strap. The strap is made of a strap material that is resilient to bend and springs back to its previous shape, such as a stainless steel or a high density polyethylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Sage Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Hanifl, Jeff Steffens, Tim Moran, David Beck, Gregory Davis
  • Publication number: 20140304918
    Abstract: A device for use with a bed having a frame and a supporting surface includes a flexible sheet with a tether strap connected to the sheet and extending from the sheet. The flexible sheet has opposed top and bottom surfaces, with the top surface having a high friction material with a higher coefficient of friction as compared to the bottom surface, which includes a low friction material. The tether strap is configured for connection to the frame of the bed to secure the sheet in place. A system incorporating the flexible sheet may also include an absorbent pad configured to be placed on the top surface of the sheet, where the high-friction top surface resists sliding of the absorbent pad, as well as one or more wedges having a base wall that the wedge rests on and a ramp surface configured to confront the sheet when the wedge is placed under the sheet. The base wall and the ramp surface may also contain high friction and low friction materials, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Jeff Steffens, Paul Fowler, Larry Ponsi, David Beck, Greg Davis
  • Patent number: 8850634
    Abstract: A device for use with a bed having a frame and a supporting surface includes a flexible sheet with a tether strap connected to the sheet and extending from the sheet. The flexible sheet has opposed top and bottom surfaces, with the top surface having a high friction material with a higher coefficient of friction as compared to the bottom surface, which includes a low friction material. The tether strap is configured for connection to the frame of the bed to secure the sheet in place. A system incorporating the flexible sheet may also include an absorbent pad configured to be placed on the top surface of the sheet, where the high-friction top surface resists sliding of the absorbent pad, as well as one or more wedges having a base wall that the wedge rests on and a ramp surface configured to confront the sheet when the wedge is placed under the sheet. The base wall and the ramp surface may also contain high friction and low friction materials, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Sage Products, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Ponsi, Paul Fowler, Jeff Steffens, David Beck, Greg Davis
  • Patent number: 8789533
    Abstract: A device for use with a bed having a frame and a supporting surface includes a flexible sheet with a tether strap connected to the sheet and extending from the sheet. The flexible sheet has opposed top and bottom surfaces, with the top surface having a high friction material with a higher coefficient of friction as compared to the bottom surface, which includes a low friction material. The tether strap is configured for connection to the frame of the bed to secure the sheet in place. A system incorporating the flexible sheet may also include an absorbent pad configured to be placed on the top surface of the sheet, where the high-friction top surface resists sliding of the absorbent pad, as well as one or more wedges having a base wall that the wedge rests on and a ramp surface configured to confront the sheet when the wedge is placed under the sheet. The base wall and the ramp surface may also contain high friction and low friction materials, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Sage Products, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Steffens, Paul Fowler, Larry Ponsi, David Beck, Greg Davis
  • Publication number: 20120278983
    Abstract: A trapping device for trapping non-dispersing cloths in a toilet bowl is disclosed. The trapping device comprises a strap and a plurality of hooks. The trapping device may be installed in a trapway of the toilet bowl. The strap has a first end, a second end, and a middle portion, wherein the first end includes a first tab extending perpendicular to the strap and the second end includes a second tab extending perpendicular to the strap, and the middle portion is rounded. The plurality of hooks extend from an inner wall of the strap. The strap is made of a strap material that is resilient to bend and springs back to its previous shape, such as a stainless steel or a high density polyethylene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: Sage Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Hanifl, Jeff Steffens, Tim Moran, David Beck, Gregory Davis
  • Publication number: 20120186587
    Abstract: A device for use with a bed having a frame and a supporting surface includes a flexible sheet with a tether strap connected to the sheet and extending from the sheet. The flexible sheet has opposed top and bottom surfaces, with the top surface having a high friction material with a higher coefficient of friction as compared to the bottom surface, which includes a low friction material. The tether strap is configured for connection to the frame of the bed to secure the sheet in place. A system incorporating the flexible sheet may also include an absorbent pad configured to be placed on the top surface of the sheet, where the high-friction top surface resists sliding of the absorbent pad, as well as one or more wedges having a base wall that the wedge rests on and a ramp surface configured to confront the sheet when the wedge is placed under the sheet. The base wall and the ramp surface may also contain high friction and low friction materials, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: Sage Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Steffens, Paul Fowler, Larry Ponsi, David Beck, Greg Davis
  • Publication number: 20120186012
    Abstract: A device for use with a bed having a frame and a supporting surface includes a flexible sheet with a tether strap connected to the sheet and extending from the sheet. The flexible sheet has opposed top and bottom surfaces, with the top surface having a high friction material with a higher coefficient of friction as compared to the bottom surface, which includes a low friction material. The tether strap is configured for connection to the frame of the bed to secure the sheet in place. A system incorporating the flexible sheet may also include an absorbent pad configured to be placed on the top surface of the sheet, where the high-friction top surface resists sliding of the absorbent pad, as well as one or more wedges having a base wall that the wedge rests on and a ramp surface configured to confront the sheet when the wedge is placed under the sheet. The base wall and the ramp surface may also contain high friction and low friction materials, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: Sage Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Ponsi, Paul Fowler, Jeff Steffens, David Beck, Greg Davis
  • Patent number: 8201281
    Abstract: A trapping device for trapping non-dispersing cloths in a toilet bowl is disclosed. The trapping device comprises a strap, a plurality of hooks, and an adjustment buckle. The trapping device may be installed in a trapway of the toilet bowl. The strap has a first end, a second end, and a middle portion, wherein the second end includes a plurality of adjustment holes, and the middle portion is rounded. The plurality of hooks is attached to an inner wall of the strap, wherein the hooks extend at approximately 45-60 degrees away from the strap. The adjustment buckle is attached to the first end of the strap, wherein the second end of the strap slides through the adjustment buckle to adjust the diameter of the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Sage Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Hanifl, Jeff Steffens, Tim Moran
  • Publication number: 20110023219
    Abstract: A trapping device for trapping non-dispersing cloths in a toilet bowl is disclosed. The trapping device comprises a strap, a plurality of hooks, and an adjustment buckle. The trapping device may be installed in a trapway of the toilet bowl. The strap has a first end, a second end, and a middle portion, wherein the second end includes a plurality of adjustment holes, and the middle portion is rounded. The plurality of hooks is attached to an inner wall of the strap, wherein the hooks extend at approximately 45-60 degrees away from the strap. The adjustment buckle is attached to the first end of the strap, wherein the second end of the strap slides through the adjustment buckle to adjust the diameter of the strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: Sage Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Hanifl, Jeff Steffens, Tim Moran
  • Patent number: 6965855
    Abstract: A system includes a database stored on a server utilized for collecting information throughout a plant and/or component design process, and usable in operation and maintenance of the plant and components. The system provides access to engineering data for all parties simultaneously, even if team members are in different parts of the world and allows changes and/or corrections to engineering documents through remote access. The system also is robust enough to handle large volumes of documents and users and facilitates startup and operation of the plant and components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: David Burbridge, Barry Garofalo, Jeff Steffen, John Woolner
  • Patent number: 6868370
    Abstract: A system includes a database stored on a server utilized for collecting information throughout a plant and/or component design process. The system provides access to engineering data for all parties simultaneously, even if team members are in different parts of the world and allows changes and/or corrections to engineering documents through remote access. The system also is robust enough to handle large volumes of documents and users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: David Burbridge, Barry Garofalo, Jeff Steffen, John Woolner