Patents by Inventor John W. Franks

John W. Franks 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: 11167523
    Abstract: A film is described comprising a (meth)acrylic polymer and polyvinyl acetal polymer composition, wherein the film comprises a structured layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Jonathan E. Janoski, Carla S. Thomas, Anthony F. Schultz, Tien Y. H. Whiting, Kevin M. Lewandowski, Duane D. Fansler, Keith R. Lyon, Arlin L. Weikel, Evan D. Brutinel, Michael W. Kobe, Taylor J. Kobe, Ronald S. Steelman, Eric D. Shockey, John W. Frank
  • Patent number: 10344188
    Abstract: A film is described comprising a (meth)acrylic polymer and polyvinyl acetal polymer composition. A layer of an adhesive composition is disposed proximate the film. The adhesive composition has a tensile elastic modulus of less than 1 MPa at 25° C. and 1 hertz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Jonathan E. Janoski, Carla S. Thomas, Anthony F. Schultz, Tien Y. H. Whiting, Kevin M. Lewandowski, Duane D. Fansler, Keith R. Lyon, Arlin L. Weikel, Eric D. Shockey, Donald E. Gustafson, John W. Frank
  • Publication number: 20180346762
    Abstract: A film is described comprising a (meth)acrylic polymer and polyvinyl acetal polymer composition. A layer of an adhesive composition is disposed proximate the film. The adhesive composition has a tensile elastic modulus of less than 1 MPa at 25° C. and 1 hertz.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Jonathan E. Janoski, Carla S. Thomas, Anthony F. Schultz, Tien Y.H. Whiting, Kevin M. Lewandowski, Duane D. Fansler, Keith R. Lyon, Arlin L. Weikel, Eric D. Shockey, Donald E. Gustafson, John W. Frank
  • Publication number: 20180304576
    Abstract: A film is described comprising a (meth)acrylic polymer and polyvinyl acetal polymer composition, wherein the film comprises a structured layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Jonathan E. Janoski, Carla S. Thomas, Anthony F. Schultz, Tien Y.H. Whiting, Kevin M. Lewandowski, Duane D. Fansler, Keith R. Lyon, Arlin L. Weikel, Evan D. Brutinel, Michael W. Kobe, Taylor J. Kobe, Ronald S. Steelman, Eric D. Shockey, John W. Frank
  • Patent number: 8714407
    Abstract: Devices for dispensing material from a deformable tube comprise a shell having a top portion and a bottom portion. The shell comprises two shell pieces, the shell defining a compartment adapted for receiving a deformable tube and having an aperture in its top portion. Each shell piece comprises a press portion having a groove surrounding the press portion and a hinge located in the bottom portion connecting the press portion to the shell piece. The inner surfaces of the press portions have pressing features configured to squeeze a deformable tube from the bottom of the tube to the top of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: John W. Frank, Michael C. Molinet, Byron E. Trotter, Diane R. Wolk
  • Patent number: 8614281
    Abstract: Siloxane-containing reactive compounds contain moisture-curable alkoxy-silane functional end groups. The siloxane-containing reactive compounds may be prepared from siloxane-containing oxamide compounds or amine compounds. Siloxane-containing polymers may be prepared from the reactive compounds by reaction with water. The siloxane-containing polymers may be release materials or adhesives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Richard G. Hansen, David S. Hays, Suresh Iyer, John W Frank, Ramesh C. Kumar
  • Patent number: 8609787
    Abstract: Siloxane-containing reactive compounds contain moisture-curable alkoxy-silane functional end groups and also contain fluorocarbon-containing segments. The siloxane-containing and fluorocarbon-containing reactive compounds may be prepared from siloxane-containing and fluorocarbon-containing oxamide compounds or amine compounds. Siloxane-containing and fluorocarbon-containing polymers may be prepared from the reactive compounds by reaction with water. The siloxane-containing and fluorocarbon-containing polymers may be release materials or adhesives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Richard G. Hansen, David S. Hays, Suresh Iyer, John W. Frank, Ramesh C. Kumar
  • Patent number: 8449968
    Abstract: A cellular cushioning article is described. The cellular cushioning article may be used to wrap items such as fragile items needing protection during storage or shipping. The article includes a polymeric film including discrete first cells projecting from a major surface of the film. The first cells are arranged in rows parallel to each other, such that for two opposing polymeric films with the major surfaces facing each other, the total thickness of the two opposing polymeric films is less than twice the thickness of one polymeric film. The cellular cushioning article can be fan-folded into a stack occupying much less volume as compared to stacks formed by fan-folding known cellular cushioning articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Gerald E. Mueller, John W. Frank
  • Publication number: 20130011673
    Abstract: Siloxane-containing reactive compounds contain moisture-curable alkoxy-silane functional end groups. The siloxane-containing reactive compounds may be prepared from siloxane-containing oxamide compounds or amine compounds. Siloxane-containing polymers may be prepared from the reactive compounds by reaction with water. The siloxane-containing polymers may be release materials or adhesives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventors: Richard G. Hansen, David S. Hays, Suresh Iyer, John W Frank, Ramesh C. Kumar
  • Publication number: 20130012667
    Abstract: Siloxane-containing reactive compounds contain moisture-curable alkoxy-silane functional end groups and also contain fluorocarbon-containing segments. The siloxane-containing and fluorocarbon-containing reactive compounds may be prepared from siloxane-containing and fluorocarbon-containing oxamide compounds or amine compounds. Siloxane-containing and fluorocarbon-containing polymers may be prepared from the reactive compounds by reaction with water. The siloxane-containing and fluorocarbon-containing polymers may be release materials or adhesives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventors: Richard G. Hansen, David S. Hays, Suresh Iyer, John W. Frank, Ramesh C. Kumar
  • Publication number: 20120329898
    Abstract: A pressure sensitive adhesive composition comprising a 2-octyl(meth)acrylate, (meth)acrylic acid copolymer and optional crosslinking agents is described. The adhesive composition may be derived from renewable resources and provides good peel, shear and high temperature stability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventors: Arlin L. Weikel, Jayshree Seth, Maureen A. Kavanagh, Cordell M. Hardy, John W. Frank, Chi-Ming Tseng
  • Publication number: 20120270978
    Abstract: A composition that includes polylactide resin and plasticizer, the plasticizer having a chemical formula: wherein R may be the same or different and wherein at least one R is a branched alkyl group having a carbon chain length of C5 or greater; and R is an H or an acyl group. In another aspect, the invention provides a process for providing an semicrystalline polylactide film, the process including the steps of providing a polylactide composition that includes polylactide resin, nucleating agent, and the foregoing plasticizer. The composition is extruded as a molten sheet which is then cooled to crystallize the polylactide and provide the film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: Sasha B. Myers, Jay M. Jennen, Ronald W. Ausen, Terence D. Spawn, Kelly S. Anderson, John W. Frank
  • Patent number: 8093330
    Abstract: An adhesive composition includes 5 to 40% wt polyvinylpyrrolidone; 3 to 20% wt alkanoate blend including a first Cn carboxylic acid salt and a second Cm carboxylic acid salt, where n and m are integers in a range from 12 to 22; 20 to 60% wt of a water-soluble or water-dispersable solid material; 0.5 to 30 wt % of a liquid polyhydric alcohol; and 15 to 60% wt water. The adhesive composition can be clear and in glue stick form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Cordell M. Hardy, Kurt C. Melancon, John W. Frank, Scott D. Pearson
  • Publication number: 20110318522
    Abstract: A cellular cushioning article is described. The cellular cushioning article may be used to wrap items such as fragile items needing protection during storage or shipping. The article includes a polymeric film including discrete first cells projecting from a major surface of the film. The first cells are arranged in rows parallel to each other, such that for two opposing polymeric films with the major surfaces facing each other, the total thickness of the two opposing polymeric films is less than twice the thickness of one polymeric film. The cellular cushioning article can be fan-folded into a stack occupying much less volume as compared to stacks formed by fan-folding known cellular cushioning articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventors: Gerald E. Mueller, John W. Frank
  • Publication number: 20110297697
    Abstract: Devices for dispensing material from a deformable tube comprise a shell having a top portion and a bottom portion. The shell comprises two shell pieces, the shell defining a compartment adapted for receiving a deformable tube and having an aperture in its top portion. Each shell piece comprises a press portion having a groove surrounding the press portion and a hinge located in the bottom portion connecting the press portion to the shell piece. The inner surfaces of the press portions have pressing features configured to squeeze a deformable tube from the bottom of the tube to the top of the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventors: John W. Frank, Michael C. Molinet, Byron E. Trotter, Diane R. Wolk
  • Publication number: 20110155006
    Abstract: A printing sleeve mandrel assembly for use in a rotary printing press is disclosed. The printing sleeve mandrel assembly includes a mandrel having an outer circumference and a plurality of printing sleeves each operable to be removeably disposed along the outer circumference of the mandrel. Each of the plurality of printing sleeves includes a first end and a second end wherein at least one of the first end and the second end includes an engagement mechanism, each engagement mechanism for removeably coupling with the engagement mechanism of an adjacent printing sleeve so that each of the plurality of printing sleeves are operable to rotate in conjunction with the other printing sleeves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: BRYCE CORPORATION
    Inventors: John A. Pratt, Terry L. Mitchell, John W. Franks
  • Publication number: 20110160353
    Abstract: An adhesive composition includes 5 to 40% wt polyvinylpyrrolidone; 3 to 20% wt alkanoate blend including a first Cn carboxylic acid salt and a second Cm carboxylic acid salt, where n and m are integers in a range from 12 to 22; 20 to 60% wt of a water-soluble or water-dispersable solid material; 0.5 to 30 wt % of a liquid polyhydric alcohol; and 15 to 60% wt water. The adhesive composition can be clear and in glue stick form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: Cordell M. HARDY, Kurt C. Melancon, John W. Frank, Scott D. Pearson
  • Patent number: 7915338
    Abstract: An adhesive composition includes 5 to 40% wt polyvinylpyrrolidone; 3 to 20% wt alkanoate blend including a first Cn carboxylic acid salt and a second Cm carboxylic acid salt, where n and m are integers in a range from 12 to 22; 20 to 60% wt of a water-soluble or water-dispersable solid material; 0.5 to 30 wt % of a liquid polyhydric alcohol; and 15 to 60% wt water. The adhesive composition can be clear and in glue stick form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Cordell M. Hardy, Kurt C. Melancon, John W. Frank, Scott D. Pearson
  • Patent number: D642475
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Shaelyn D. Crutchley, John W. Frank, Jane E. Harvey, Michael C. Molinet
  • Patent number: D684087
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: John W. Frank, Gerald E. Mueller, Irina Hass, Diane R. Wolk, Joy A. Packard, Jacob R. Polingo, Kevin W. Weber