Patents by Inventor Laurent Meersseman

Laurent Meersseman 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: 10415257
    Abstract: A floor panel has a rectangular shape and an upper surface. The floor panel includes a substrate and a top layer provided on the substrate. The top layer is made on the basis of synthetic material extending over a substantial part of the upper surface. The top layer includes a printed decor extending over a substantial part of the upper surface. The substrate has at least two opposite edges, with the edges being provided with coupling parts. The upper surface, at one or more edges, shows a sloping edge portion sloping down to the respective edge. The sloping edge portion, viewed according to a cross-section transverse to the respective edge, has a shape and/or angle varying in function of the longitudinal direction of the respective edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventors: Laurent Meersseman, Christian Vandevoorde, Bernard Thiers
  • Publication number: 20190242139
    Abstract: A floor panel has a rectangular and oblong shape, and includes a substrate and a top layer provided on the substrate and forming a decorative side of the floor panel. The top layer is composed of a print provided on a carrier sheet and a transparent thermoplastic layer situated above the print. The substrate has a thickness from 2 to 10 millimeter and forms at least half of the thickness of the floor panel. The substrate is a polyurethane-based substrate and the transparent thermoplastic layer is polyurethane-based. The floor panel has a length of more than 1.1 meters and has a plurality of reinforcing layers situated outside the center line of the substrate. A reinforcing layer may be provided in combination with the substrate and the top layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Laurent MEERSSEMAN, Martin SEGAERT, Mark CAPPELLE
  • Patent number: 10329776
    Abstract: A floor panel is of synthetic material and forms a layer-shaped substrate with first and second pairs of opposite edges. The first pair of opposite edges has coupling parts forming a first mechanical locking system, which, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels, effects a locking in the plane of the floor panels and perpendicular to the respective edges, and forms a second mechanical locking system, which, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels, effects a locking transverse to the plane of the panels. The coupling parts on the first pair of opposite edges are realized substantially in the material of the floor panel itself. The floor panel is provided with an edge configuration on the second pair of edges allowing two of such floor panels to be positioned with their respective edge alongside each other and free from mechanical horizontally active locking systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventors: Laurent Meersseman, Luc Vanhastel, Guy Van Hooydonck
  • Patent number: 10301831
    Abstract: A floor panel may include a substrate and a top layer located above the substrate. The substrate may include a closed cell foamed synthetic material layer with fillers, and have an average density of more than 300 kilograms per cubic meter. The top layer may include a back layer, a printed synthetic material film above the back layer, and a transparent or translucent synthetic material wear layer above the printed synthetic material film. The back layer may include a vinyl compound with fillers, and have a thickness of at least 45 percent of the thickness of the top layer. The floor panel may include first mechanical coupling parts at the pair of long edges and second mechanical coupling parts at the pair of short edges. The first mechanical coupling parts may allow horizontal and vertical locking of two of such floor panels using a turning movement along the respective long edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventors: Laurent Meersseman, Martin Segaert
  • Patent number: 10267048
    Abstract: A floor panel has a rectangular and oblong shape, and includes a substrate and a top layer provided on the substrate and forming a decorative side of the floor panel. The top layer is composed of a print provided on a carrier sheet and a transparent thermoplastic layer situated above the print. The substrate has a thickness from 2 to 10 millimeter and forms at least half of the thickness of the floor panel. The substrate is a polyurethane-based substrate and the transparent thermoplastic layer is polyurethane-based. The floor panel has a length of more than 1.1 meters and has a plurality of reinforcing layers situated outside the center line of the substrate. A reinforcing layer may be provided in combination with the substrate and the top layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventors: Laurent Meersseman, Luc Vanhastel
  • Patent number: 10233655
    Abstract: A floor panel may include a substrate and a top layer located above the substrate. The substrate may include a closed cell foamed synthetic material layer with fillers, and have an average density of more than 300 kilograms per cubic meter. The top layer may include a back layer, a printed synthetic material film above the back layer, and a transparent or translucent synthetic material wear layer above the printed synthetic material film. The back layer may include a vinyl compound with fillers, and have a thickness of at least 45 percent of the thickness of the top layer. The floor panel may include first mechanical coupling parts at the pair of long edges and second mechanical coupling parts at the pair of short edges. The first mechanical coupling parts may allow horizontal and vertical locking of two of such floor panels using a turning movement along the respective long edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventors: Laurent Meersseman, Martin Segaert, Bernard Thiers, Benjamin Clement, Christophe Maesen
  • Publication number: 20190063079
    Abstract: A floor panel may include a substrate and a top layer. The top layer may include a printed thermoplastic film and a thermoplastic transparent or translucent layer provided on the printed thermoplastic film. The substrate may be a synthetic material board including a filler. The substrate may include coupling means provided at edges of the synthetic material board. The coupling means may enable locking with a similar floor panel and prevent separation in a horizontal direction using locking parts with horizontally active locking surfaces. The horizontally active locking surfaces may be oriented at an angle A of more than 90 degrees with the horizontal direction. A first one of the locking parts may be an upstanding part at a bottom lip of a first one of the edges. The angle A may be between (a) a tangent of the horizontally active locking surfaces, and (b) a direction in a horizontal plane that points away from an open curved surface of the upstanding part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventors: Laurent MEERSSEMAN, Martin SEGAERT, Bernard THIERS, Benjamin CLEMENT, Christophe MAESEN
  • Publication number: 20190063078
    Abstract: A floor panel may include a substrate and a top layer located above the substrate. The substrate may include a closed cell foamed synthetic material layer with fillers, and have an average density of more than 300 kilograms per cubic meter. The top layer may include a back layer, a printed synthetic material film above the back layer, and a transparent or translucent synthetic material wear layer above the printed synthetic material film. The back layer may include a vinyl compound with fillers, and have a thickness of at least 45 percent of the thickness of the top layer. The floor panel may include first mechanical coupling parts at the pair of long edges and second mechanical coupling parts at the pair of short edges. The first mechanical coupling parts may allow horizontal and vertical locking of two of such floor panels using a turning movement along the respective long edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Laurent MEERSSEMAN, Martin SEGAERT, Bernard THIERS, Benjamin CLEMENT, Christophe MAESEN
  • Publication number: 20190063080
    Abstract: A floor panel has a rectangular and oblong shape, and includes a substrate and a top layer provided on the substrate and forming a decorative side of the floor panel. The top layer is composed of a print provided on a carrier sheet and a transparent thermoplastic layer situated above the print. The substrate has a thickness from 2 to 10 millimeter and forms at least half of the thickness of the floor panel. The substrate is a polyurethane-based substrate and the transparent thermoplastic layer is polyurethane-based. The floor panel has a length of more than 1.1 meters and has a plurality of reinforcing layers situated outside the center line of the substrate. A reinforcing layer may be provided in combination with the substrate and the top layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Laurent MEERSSEMAN, Luc VANHASTEL
  • Patent number: 10214921
    Abstract: A floor panel has a rectangular and oblong shape, and includes a substrate and a top layer provided on the substrate and forming a decorative side of the floor panel. The top layer is composed of a print provided on a carrier sheet and a transparent thermoplastic layer situated above the print. The substrate has a thickness from 2 to 10 millimeter and forms at least half of the thickness of the floor panel. The substrate is a polyurethane-based substrate and the transparent thermoplastic layer is polyurethane-based. The floor panel has a length of more than 1.1 meters and has a plurality of reinforcing layers situated outside the center line of the substrate. A reinforcing layer may be provided in combination with the substrate and the top layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventors: Laurent Meersseman, Luc Vanhastel
  • Patent number: 10208490
    Abstract: A floor panel has a rectangular and oblong shape, and includes a substrate and a top layer provided on the substrate and forming a decorative side of the floor panel. The top layer is composed of a print provided on a carrier sheet and a transparent thermoplastic layer situated above the print. The substrate has a thickness from 2 to 10 millimeter and forms at least half of the thickness of the floor panel. The substrate is a polyurethane-based substrate and the transparent thermoplastic layer is polyurethane-based. The floor panel has a length of more than 1.1 meters and has a plurality of reinforcing layers situated outside the center line of the substrate. A reinforcing layer may be provided in combination with the substrate and the top layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventors: Laurent Meersseman, Luc Vanhastel
  • Publication number: 20190040634
    Abstract: A floor panel may include a substrate and a top layer located above the substrate. The substrate may include a closed cell foamed synthetic material layer with fillers, and have an average density of more than 300 kilograms per cubic meter. The top layer may include a back layer, a printed synthetic material film above the back layer, and a transparent or translucent synthetic material wear layer above the printed synthetic material film. The back layer may include a vinyl compound with fillers, and have a thickness of at least 45 percent of the thickness of the top layer. The floor panel may include first mechanical coupling parts at the pair of long edges and second mechanical coupling parts at the pair of short edges. The first mechanical coupling parts may allow horizontal and vertical locking of two of such floor panels using a turning movement along the respective long edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Laurent MEERSSEMAN, Martin SEGAERT, Bernard THIERS, Benjamin CLEMENT, Christophe MAESEN
  • Patent number: 10190323
    Abstract: A floor panel has a rectangular and oblong shape, and includes a substrate and a top layer provided on the substrate and forming a decorative side of the floor panel. The top layer is composed of a print provided on a carrier sheet and a transparent thermoplastic layer situated above the print. The substrate has a thickness from 2 to 10 millimeter and forms at least half of the thickness of the floor panel. The substrate is a polyurethane-based substrate and the transparent thermoplastic layer is polyurethane-based. The floor panel has a length of more than 1.1 meters and has a plurality of reinforcing layers situated outside the center line of the substrate. A reinforcing layer may be provided in combination with the substrate and the top layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventors: Laurent Meersseman, Luc Vanhastel
  • Publication number: 20190016153
    Abstract: A method is provided for manufacturing panels having a decorative surface, wherein the panels at least include a substrate and a top layer, and wherein the top layer includes a paper layer having a printed pattern. The method may involve providing the paper layer with an inkjet receiver coating by transporting the paper layer relative to a coater in a coating direction. The coated paper layer may be provided with at least a portion of the printed pattern using a digital inkjet printer that includes a housing containing print heads. The printed pattern may be a wood motif having wood nerves extending generally in a nerve direction that substantially corresponds to the coating direction. Providing the printed pattern may involve a relative motion between the digital inkjet printer and the paper layer during a printing operation in a printing direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicants: UNILIN, BVBA, AGFA, NV
    Inventors: Benjamin CLEMENT, Laurent MEERSSEMAN, Patrick VAN DEN BERGEN, Rudi VANHOOYDONCK
  • Patent number: 10124603
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing panels having a decorative surface, wherein the panels at least comprise a substrate and a top layer, wherein the top layer comprises a paper layer having a printed pattern, and wherein the method at least comprises the step of providing the paper layer with thermosetting resin by transporting the paper layer through a resin application device in a resin application direction, and the step of providing the paper layer with at least a portion of the printed pattern by means of a digital inkjet printer, wherein the printed pattern comprises a wood motif having wood nerves extending generally in a nerve direction substantially corresponding to the resin application direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignees: UNILIN, BVBA, AGFA, NV
    Inventors: Benjamin Clement, Laurent Meersseman, Patrick Van Den Bergen, Rudi Vanhooydonck
  • Publication number: 20180320389
    Abstract: A floor panel has a rectangular and oblong shape, and includes a substrate and a top layer provided on the substrate and forming a decorative side of the floor panel. The top layer is composed of a print provided on a carrier sheet and a transparent thermoplastic layer situated above the print. The substrate has a thickness from 2 to 10 millimeter and forms at least half of the thickness of the floor panel. The substrate is a polyurethane-based substrate and the transparent thermoplastic layer is polyurethane-based. The floor panel has a length of more than 1.1 meters and has a plurality of reinforcing layers situated outside the center line of the substrate. A reinforcing layer may be provided in combination with the substrate and the top layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Laurent MEERSSEMAN, Luc VANHASTEL
  • Patent number: 10100533
    Abstract: A floor panel may include a substrate and a top layer located above the substrate. The substrate may include a closed cell foamed synthetic material layer with fillers. The closed cell foamed synthetic material layer may have an average density of more than 300 kilograms per cubic meter. The top layer may include a back layer, a printed synthetic material film located above the back layer, and a transparent or translucent synthetic material wear layer located above the printed synthetic material film. The back layer may include a vinyl compound with fillers. The back layer may have a thickness of at least 45 percent of the thickness of the top layer. The floor panel may be rectangular and oblong and may include a pair of long edges and a pair of short edges. The floor panel may include first mechanical coupling parts at the pair of long edges and second mechanical coupling parts at the pair of short edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, SARL
    Inventors: Laurent Meersseman, Martin Segaert, Bernard Thiers, Benjamin Clement, Christophe Maesen
  • Patent number: 10094123
    Abstract: A floor panel may include a substrate and a top layer. The substrate may include a closed cell foamed PVC layer. The top layer may include a back layer, a printed synthetic material film, a transparent or translucent synthetic material wear layer, and a surface layer. The printed synthetic material film may be a printed PVC film. The transparent or translucent synthetic material wear layer may include a vinyl layer, and have a thickness of 1 millimeter or less. The surface layer may include a UV hardened substance. The floor panel may include a pair of long edges with first mechanical coupling parts and a pair of short edges with second mechanical coupling parts. The first mechanical coupling parts may have vertically active locking surfaces, and horizontally active locking surfaces formed in the material of the closed cell foamed PVC layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, SARL
    Inventors: Laurent Meersseman, Martin Segaert, Bernard Thiers, Benjamin Clement, Christophe Maesen
  • Publication number: 20180266121
    Abstract: A floor panel is of synthetic material and forms a layer-shaped substrate with first and second pairs of opposite edges. The first pair of opposite edges has coupling parts forming a first mechanical locking system, which, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels, effects a locking in the plane of the floor panels and perpendicular to the respective edges, and forms a second mechanical locking system, which, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels, effects a locking transverse to the plane of the panels. The coupling parts on the first pair of opposite edges are realized substantially in the material of the floor panel itself. The floor panel is provided with an edge configuration on the second pair of edges allowing two of such floor panels to be positioned with their respective edge alongside each other and free from mechanical horizontally active locking systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: Laurent MEERSSEMAN, Luc VANHASTEL, Guy VAN HOOYDONCK
  • Publication number: 20180266122
    Abstract: A floor panel has a rectangular shape and an upper surface. The floor panel includes a substrate and a top layer provided on the substrate. The top layer is made on the basis of synthetic material extending over a substantial part of the upper surface. The top layer includes a printed decor extending over a substantial part of the upper surface. The substrate has at least two opposite edges, with the edges being provided with coupling parts. The upper surface, at one or more edges, shows a sloping edge portion sloping down to the respective edge. The sloping edge portion, viewed according to a cross-section transverse to the respective edge, has a shape and/or angle varying in function of the longitudinal direction of the respective edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: Laurent MEERSSEMAN, Christian VANDEVOORDE, Bernard THIERS