Patents by Inventor Jorg Bohlen

Jorg Bohlen 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).

  • Publication number: 20200087982
    Abstract: In one aspect, an elongate mounting structure is elongated along a longitudinal direction and includes an elongate member having an elongate mounting member and a headrail member above the elongate mounting member. A longitudinal end of the elongate mounting member receives an extension mechanism to mount an architectural covering between two opposing mounting surfaces and the headrail member receives a drive assembly for operating a covering. The elongate mounting structure further includes an overhang part protecting from the elongate main member in a lateral direction, with the overhang part comprising an attaching section for attaching said covering to the overhang part such that the covering can extend substantially vertically in front of the elongate main member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Jörg Bohlen, Katharina Vangberg-Brinkmann
  • Patent number: 10487573
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shading device for an architectural opening comprising a shade, a drive unit for extending and retracting the shade between a first and second end position, a spindle, a first end stop, stationary connected to the spindle near a first end of the spindle and at least one travelling nut, movably arranged on the spindle and operatively connected to the drive unit so as to move towards, respectively away from the first end stop as the shade is extended, respectively retracted. The travelling nut is articulated in circumferential direction into segments, with at least two segments being detachably connectable to each other at one of their ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: HUNTER DOUGLAS INDUSTRIES B.V.
    Inventor: Jorg Bohlen
  • Publication number: 20190234143
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to control architectural opening covering assemblies are disclosed herein. An architectural covering assembly including an architectural covering; a tube to which the architectural covering is coupled; a manual controller operatively coupled to the tube to rotate the tube; a motor including a motor housing and a motor shaft; and a clutch assembly including a clutch and a clutch housing in which the clutch is disposed, the motor shaft coupled to the clutch and the clutch coupled to the manual controller to hold the motor shaft substantially stationary when the architectural covering is moved under an influence of the motor to cause the motor housing to rotate with the clutch housing and the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Wendell B. Colson, Daniel M. Fogarty, Paul G. Swiszcz, Kevin M. Dann, William Johnson, Jörg Bohlen
  • Publication number: 20190128063
    Abstract: A counterbalancing device for a roller shade having a flexible sheet member and a roller shaft coupled to the flexible sheet member includes a stationary rod extending within the roller shaft, with the rod including a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The counterbalancing device also includes a rod adjuster coupled to the first end of the stationary rod and a spring winder positioned adjacent to the first end of the stationary rod. The rod adjuster is configured to selectively rotate the stationary rod and the spring winder is configured to rotate with the roller shaft. Additionally, the counterbalancing device also includes a spring having a first spring end coupled to the spring winder such that the first spring end rotates with the spring winder, and a second spring end coupled to the stationary rod such that the second spring end rotates with the stationary rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventors: Jörg Bohlen, Lars Koop
  • Patent number: 10273751
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to control architectural opening covering assemblies are disclosed herein. An architectural covering assembly including an architectural covering; a tube to which the architectural covering is coupled; a manual controller operatively coupled to the tube to rotate the tube; a motor including a motor housing and a motor shaft; and a clutch assembly including a clutch and a clutch housing in which the clutch is disposed, the motor shaft coupled to the clutch and the clutch coupled to the manual controller to hold the motor shaft substantially stationary when the architectural covering is moved under an influence of the motor to cause the motor housing to rotate with the clutch housing and the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Wendell B. Colson, Daniel M. Fogarty, Paul G. Swiszcz, Kevin M. Dann, William Johnson, Jörg Bohlen
  • Publication number: 20190085628
    Abstract: A method of selecting one or more springs for a roller blind is provided. The method may include determining one or more parameters of the blind, determining a torque curve of the blind based on the one or more parameters of the blind, and selecting one or more springs having a wire diameter and a spring diameter. The method may further include determining a length of the one or more springs based on the torque curve, the wire diameter of the one or more springs, and the spring diameter of the one or more springs to ensure the blind operates with a constant operating force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Jörg Bohlen, Lars Koop
  • Patent number: 10138678
    Abstract: A method of selecting one or more springs for a roller blind is provided. The method may include determining one or more parameters of the blind, determining a torque curve of the blind based on the one or more parameters of the blind, and selecting one or more springs having a wire diameter and a spring diameter. The method may further include determining a length of the one or more springs based on the torque curve, the wire diameter of the one or more springs, and the spring diameter of the one or more springs to ensure the blind operates with a constant operating force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Industries B.V.
    Inventors: Jorg Bohlen, Lars Koop
  • Patent number: 10138676
    Abstract: A roller shade including a flexible sheet member having opposite parallel first and second edges, and a roller shaft rotatable in each of two opposite directions of rotation. The flexible sheet member being attached along its first edge to the roller shaft, while the second edge of the flexible sheet member is freely depending from the roller shaft. The roller shade further comprises a counterbalancing device for balancing a portion of the flexible sheet member that is unwound from the roller shaft. This counterbalancing device has means for storing a variable torque that is complementary to a variable weight of the portion of flexible sheet member that is depending from the roller shaft. The means for storing variable torque includes a helically wound tension spring operatively interposed between a stationary central rod and the roller shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Industries B.V.
    Inventors: Jorg Bohlen, Lars Koop
  • Publication number: 20180258694
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mounting system for an architectural covering comprising a roller and a bearing for rotatably mounting the roller to a holding member. The bearing comprises a length variation member which is biased to be in a first state yielding a bearing length which allows the roller to be held by the holding member, and which can be manipulated into a second state, in which the bearing length is reduced such that the roller is removable from the holding member. The length variation member comprises at least one sloped portion that extends along at least part of its outer circumference and in the first state extends largely or completely outside the roller. The sloped portion is dimensioned such that the length variation member can be urged to the second state by applying a force on the sloped portion in a single direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Inventors: Jorg Bohlen, Lars Koop
  • Publication number: 20180252033
    Abstract: A mounting element for mounting an architectural covering between two opposing mounting surfaces may include an elongate mounting member, and an extension mechanism operable between: i) a retracted state, and ii) an extended state in which the mounting element can be fastened to the architectural recess. The mounting element may also include an actuator rotatable about a rotation axis which is not parallel to the longitudinal direction, and a conversion mechanism to convert a rotation of the actuator into a translatory movement of the rotation axis along the longitudinal direction and vice versa. The extension mechanism is arranged to abut one of the opposing mounting surfaces in the extended state when the mounting element is mounted between the opposing mounting surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventors: Jorg Bohlen, Kathatina Vangbergen-Brinkmann
  • Patent number: 10030442
    Abstract: A spring assist module for window covering includes a stationary member, at least one torsion spring, and at least one rotatable member. The stationary member may be connectable to an operating member of the window covering. The at least one rotatable member may be keyable to a driven part of the window covering, such that rotation of the driven part rotates the at least one rotatable member. The at least one torsion spring may include a first end operatively coupled to the stationary member and a second end operatively coupled to the at least one rotatable member. The spring assist module may be pre-assembled as a self-contained unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: HUNTER DOUGLAS INDUSTRIES B.V.
    Inventors: Jorg Bohlen, Lars Koop
  • Patent number: 9957752
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mounting system for an architectural covering comprising a roller and a bearing for rotatably mounting the roller to a holding member. The bearing comprises a length variation member which is biased to be in a first state yielding a bearing length which allows the roller to be held by the holding member, and which can be manipulated into a second state, in which the bearing length is reduced such that the roller is removable from the holding member. The length variation member comprises at least one sloped portion that extends along at least part of its outer circumference and in the first state extends largely or completely outside the roller. The sloped portion is dimensioned such that the length variation member can be urged to the second state by applying a force on the sloped portion in a single direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: HUNTER DOUGLAS INDUSTRIES B.V.
    Inventors: Jorg Bohlen, Lars Koop
  • Publication number: 20180002981
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to control architectural opening covering assemblies are disclosed herein. An architectural covering assembly including an architectural covering; a tube to which the architectural covering is coupled; a manual controller operatively coupled to the tube to rotate the tube; a motor including a motor housing and a motor shaft; and a clutch assembly including a clutch and a clutch housing in which the clutch is disposed, the motor shaft coupled to the clutch and the clutch coupled to the manual controller to hold the motor shaft substantially stationary when the architectural covering is moved under an influence of the motor to cause the motor housing to rotate with the clutch housing and the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: Wendell B. Colson, Daniel M. Fogarty, Paul G. Swiszcz, Kevin M. Dann, William Johnson, Jörg Bohlen
  • Patent number: 9834986
    Abstract: An architectural covering having a drive mechanism for extending and retracting a covering member between opposite first and second end positions. The drive mechanism includes an electric motor unit having a stationary end and a rotating end for rotating a winding core, such as a roller blind shaft, for receiving wound layers of a flexible element, such as a sheet of flexible material thereon. The drive mechanism further includes a motor head, separate from the electric motor unit, providing external electrical control for the motor unit via an electrical interface. A printed circuit board accommodated in the motor head may include at least one of end position limit switches, a switch for setting the first and second end positions, electronic communication means, or a remote control receiver. The electrical interface may include an electrical connector plug, an electrical socket, and/or an electrical cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Industries B.V.
    Inventors: Jorg Bohlen, Lars Koop
  • Patent number: 9765568
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to control architectural opening covering assemblies are disclosed herein. An example architectural opening covering assembly includes a manual controller operatively coupled to a tube to rotate the tube. The tube includes an architectural opening covering. The example architectural opening covering assembly also includes a motor operatively coupled to the tube to rotate the tube. A local controller is communicatively coupled to the motor to control the motor. The example architectural opening covering assembly further includes a gravitational sensor to determine an angular position of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Wendell B. Colson, Daniel M. Fogarty, Paul G. Swiszcz, Jörg Bohlen, Kevin M. Dann, William Johnson
  • Patent number: 9714539
    Abstract: A winding shaft drive (1, 1A, 101, 101A, 102, 102A) is arranged for operating a retractable covering for an architectural opening. The winding shaft drive includes an at least partially hollow winding shaft (7); a driving member (3, 103) for inducing rotation to the winding shaft; and a shaft brake adapted to be operated by the driving member. The shaft brake includes a preassembled module (5) for accommodation in the at least partially hollow winding shaft (7) and has first coupling means (67) on one axial end thereof for transmitting rotative forces and second coupling means (69) on the same one axial end for transmitting non-rotative stationary forces. The driving member has a driving hub (11, 111) for removably coupling to the first coupling means (67) and a stationary connector (17, 17A, 117, 117A) for removably coupling to the second coupling means (69). A shaft brake module (5) and a driving member (3, 103) are specifically adapted for use in the winding shaft drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Industries BV
    Inventor: Jorg Bohlen
  • Publication number: 20170175440
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shading device for an architectural opening comprising a shade, a drive unit for extending and retracting the shade between a first and second end position, a spindle, a first end stop, stationary connected to the spindle near a first end of the spindle and at least one travelling nut, movably arranged on the spindle and operatively connected to the drive unit so as to move towards, respectively away from the first end stop as the shade is extended, respectively retracted. The travelling nut is articulated in circumferential direction into segments, with at least two segments being detachably connectable to each other at one of their ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventor: Jorg Bohlen
  • Patent number: 9617787
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shading device for an architectural opening comprising a shade, a drive unit for extending and retracting the shade between a first and second end position, a spindle, a first end stop, stationary connected to the spindle near a first end of the spindle and at least one travelling nut, movably arranged on the spindle and operatively connected to the drive unit so as to move towards, respectively away from the first end stop as the shade is extended, respectively retracted. The travelling nut is articulated in circumferential direction into segments, with at least two segments being detachably connectable to each other at one of their ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Industries B.V.
    Inventor: Jorg Bohlen
  • Patent number: 9453370
    Abstract: A architectural covering, such as a shutter, blind or shade, comprising a control unit for controlling a motor so as to adjust the position of the architectural covering, wherein the control unit includes a housing and a circuit means, which is provided with switching means which upon actuation allow for the setting of at least one position of the architectural covering in the circuit means. The housing includes a tool receiving section for releasable engagement with a tool for actuating the switching means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Industries B.V.
    Inventors: Jorg Bohlen, Lars Koop
  • Publication number: 20160138333
    Abstract: A method of selecting one or more springs for a roller blind is provided. The method may include determining one or more parameters of the blind, determining a torque curve of the blind based on the one or more parameters of the blind, and selecting one or more springs having a wire diameter and a spring diameter. The method may further include determining a length of the one or more springs based on the torque curve, the wire diameter of the one or more springs, and the spring diameter of the one or more springs to ensure the blind operates with a constant operating force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Inventors: Jorg Bohlen, Lars Koop