Patents by Inventor Richard N. Anderson

Richard N. Anderson 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: 20210123301
    Abstract: A power assist module for use in roller tube driven products, such as roller shades. The module may be pre-wound prior to installation in a roller tube and retains its pre-wound condition, even after use, when removed from the roller tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2020
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventors: Stephen R. Haarer, Richard N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10954716
    Abstract: In one aspect, a lift station configured for use with a covering for an architectural structure includes a housing and one or more lift spools disposed within a spool cavity defined by the housing. Additionally, the lift station also includes first and second outriggers extending outwardly from opposed sides of the housing of the lift station. The first outrigger is configured to define a first cord guide surface for guiding a front lift cord between a front side of the covering and the spool cavity of the housing. Similarly, the second outrigger is configured to define a second cord guide surface for guiding a rear lift cord between a rear side of the covering and the spool cavity of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Richard N. Anderson, Eugene W. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10895107
    Abstract: A power assist module for use in roller tube driven products, such as roller shades. The module may be pre-wound prior to installation in a roller tube and retains its pre-wound condition, even after use, when removed from the roller tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen R. Haarer, Richard N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10883308
    Abstract: A power assist module for use in roller tube driven products, such as roller shades. The module may be pre-wound prior to installation in a roller tube and retains its pre-wound condition, even after use, when removed from the roller tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen R. Haarer, Richard N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10641037
    Abstract: A cord drive assembly for raising a covering relative to an architectural structure may include a housing and at least one cord drive component mounted for rotation within the housing. Additionally, in one embodiment, the cord drive assembly may include a biasing element installed relative to the housing such that the biasing element applies a biasing force against a braking member of the cord drive assembly that biases the braking member against the cord drive component to hinder rotation of the cord drive component relative to a second cord drive component positioned within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventor: Richard N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10584528
    Abstract: An end cap for use on a rail for a covering for an architectural opening. At least one securement leg secures the end cap to the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventor: Richard N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10557304
    Abstract: An arrangement for mounting an actuator button to a rail wherein the fastener for securing the button housing to the rail is hidden from view of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Richard N. Anderson, Eugene W. Thompson, Robert E. Fisher, II
  • Publication number: 20190383093
    Abstract: A handle is releasably secured to a rail wall by means of fasteners extending from inside the rail. An actuator shaft pushes against a contact plate to move a movable braking member to stop the rotation of a rod inside the rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Inventors: Richard N. Anderson, Eugene W. Thompson, Robert E. Fisher
  • Publication number: 20190368267
    Abstract: A covering for architectural openings includes a cord drive with a pulley that is supported by a bearing surface which lies in the plane of the cord.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Richard N. Anderson, Robert E. Fisher, II, Donald E. Fraser, Stephen R. Haarer
  • Publication number: 20190368269
    Abstract: A blind is arranged such that minimal force is required to rotate the tilt drum to tilt the slats from the fully open to the fully closed position and back, with each of the front and rear tilt cables sharing the load nearly equally throughout the entire path from the fully open to the fully closed position and back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Donald E. Fraser, Richard N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10407981
    Abstract: A handle is releasably secured to a rail wall by means of fasteners extending from inside the rail. An actuator shaft pushes against a contact plate to move a movable braking member to stop the rotation of a rod inside the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Richard N. Anderson, Eugene W. Thompson, Robert E. Fisher
  • Patent number: 10400507
    Abstract: A blind is arranged such that minimal force is required to rotate the tilt drum to tilt the slats from the fully open to the fully closed position and back, with each of the front and rear tilt cables sharing the load nearly equally throughout the entire path from the fully open to the fully closed position and back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Fraser, Richard N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10344528
    Abstract: A covering for architectural openings includes a cord drive with a pulley that is supported by a bearing surface which lies in the plane of the cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Richard N. Anderson, Robert E. Fisher Il, Donald E. Fraser, Steven R. Haarer
  • Publication number: 20190093424
    Abstract: A light-blocking element is movably coupled to and recessed into one of a first rail and a movable rail, and, when the movable rail moves to a position closest to the first rail, the light-blocking element enters into a recess in the other of said first rail and said movable rail and thereby is recessed into both said first rail and said movable rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventor: Richard N. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20190085623
    Abstract: In one aspect, a lift station configured for use with a covering for an architectural structure includes a housing and one or more lift spools disposed within a spool cavity defined by the housing. Additionally, the lift station also includes first and second outriggers extending outwardly from opposed sides of the housing of the lift station. The first outrigger is configured to define a first cord guide surface for guiding a front lift cord between a front side of the covering and the spool cavity of the housing. Similarly, the second outrigger is configured to define a second cord guide surface for guiding a rear lift cord between a rear side of the covering and the spool cavity of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Richard N. Anderson, Eugene W. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20190071927
    Abstract: A power assist module for use in roller tube driven product such as roller shades. The module may be pre-wound prior to installation in a roller tube and retains its pre-wound condition, even after use, when removed from the roller tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen R. Haarer, Richard N. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20190055780
    Abstract: A skew adjustment mechanism is used for adjusting the length of a lift cord on a window covering. The lift cord extends from a lift spool at a first end to an anchor drum at a second end. A cord wrap post is provided between the lift spool and the anchor drum so that the lift cord can be wrapped around the cord wrap post to provide friction between the lift cord and the cord wrap post when the lift cord is taut in order to reduce the amount of holding force that is needed to prevent the anchor drum from rotating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Inventor: Richard N. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20190017317
    Abstract: In one aspect, a slat configured for use with a covering for an architectural structure includes a route slot defined at least partially by a route wall that is recessed relative to one or more outer faces of the slat. Additionally, the recessed route wall further defines a through-hole for passing a cord through the route slot between the opposed outer faces of the slat. By configuring the disclosed route slot in this manner, the dimensions of the through-hole can be significantly reduced while still allowing full tilting of the slat to the closed position, thereby increasing light control and privacy for the associated covering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Richard N. Anderson, Eugene W. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10161183
    Abstract: A light blocking element is movably coupled to and recessed into one of a first rail and a movable rail, and, when the movable rail moves to a position closest to the first rail, the light-blocking element enters into a recess in the other of said first rail and said movable rail and thereby is recessed into both said first rail and said movable rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventor: Richard N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10119329
    Abstract: A skew adjustment mechanism is used for adjusting the length of a lift cord on a window covering. The lift cord extends from a lift spool at a first end to an anchor drum at a second end. A cord wrap post is provided between the lift spool and the anchor drum so that the lift cord can be wrapped around the cord wrap post to provide friction between the lift cord and the cord wrap post when the lift cord is taut in order to reduce the amount of holding force that is needed to prevent the anchor drum from rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: HUNTER DOUGLAS INC.
    Inventor: Richard N. Anderson