Patents by Inventor Terry R. Bailey

Terry R. Bailey 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: 7048989
    Abstract: The invention relates to retroreflective articles such as retroreflective sheeting that comprises a core sheet comprising retroreflective elements and a topcoat wherein the topcoat comprises certain water-borne acrylic polymer(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Robert F. Watkins, Terry R. Bailey, Joey L. Reule, Scott A. Boyd
  • Patent number: 6703108
    Abstract: Retroreflective pavement marking material comprising on the top surface thereof an enclosed-lens retroreflective sheet that comprises a monolayer of retroreflective elements wherein first portions of the monolayer are arranged in an upwardly contoured profile and second portions of the monolayer are arranged a lower, substantially planar position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Chester A. Bacon, Jr., Louis C. Belisle, Larry K. Stump, Terry R. Bailey, T. Ian Bradshaw, Dale H. Haunschild, Gregory F. Jacobs
  • Publication number: 20040018344
    Abstract: The invention relates to retroreflective articles such as retroreflective sheeting that comprises a core sheet comprising retroreflective elements and a topcoat wherein the topcoat comprises certain water-borne acrylic polymer(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2003
    Publication date: January 29, 2004
    Inventors: Robert F. Watkins, Terry R. Bailey, Joey L. Reule, Scott A. Boyd
  • Patent number: 6677028
    Abstract: Retroreflective articles having multilayer films are useful for commercial graphics and retroreflective products, such as roll-up signs for highway transportation safety. The articles comprise multilayer films having at least one layer of polyurethane and at least one layer of a copolymer of alkylene and at least one non-acidic, polar co-monomer. Articles having the new multilayer films provide the same or improved performance, are less expensive, and offer improved methods for manufacturing, when compared to prior articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: James E. Lasch, Paul J. Wang, Raymond L. Lucking, Terry R. Bailey, Kanta Kumar, Michael A. Essien, Jeffrey D. Janovec, Jaime R. Ojeda, Michael D. Currens
  • Patent number: 6613819
    Abstract: The invention provides, generally, light stable article containing at least one single or multiple layer polyester film and an effective amount of a light absorbing composition comprising one or more of an ultraviolet light absorbing compound, a hindered amine light stabilizer (HALS) composition, and a phosphonate stabilizing compound. Generally, the weight ratio of the light absorbing compound to the HALS composition is at least about 2:1. Various composite articles and constructions made utilizing the above light stable articles are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Stephen A. Johnson, Daniel J. McGurran, Terry R. Bailey, John W. Frank
  • Publication number: 20020028862
    Abstract: The invention provides, generally, light stable article containing at least one single or multiple layer polyester film and an effective amount of a light absorbing composition comprising one or more of an ultraviolet light absorbing compound, a hindered amine light stabilizer (HALS) composition, and a phosphonate stabilizing compound. Generally, the weight ratio of the light absorbing compound to the HALS composition is at least about 2:1. Various composite articles and constructions made utilizing the above light stable articles are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2001
    Publication date: March 7, 2002
    Applicant: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Stephen A. Johnson, Daniel J. McGurran, Terry R. Bailey, John W. Frank
  • Patent number: 6127020
    Abstract: A method of making a retroreflective marking material is provided, the method has the steps of: (a) providing an enclosed-lens retroreflective sheet having a top surface and a bottom surface and comprising a cover layer and a monolayer of retroreflective elements; (b) applying a conformance layer to the bottom surface of the retroreflective sheet; and (c) laminating a configuration member to the conformance layer thereby creating first portions and second portions in the sheet, the first portions being arranged in an upwardly contoured profile and the second portions being arranged in a lower, substantially planar position. A retroreflective article made by the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Chester A. Bacon, Jr., Louis C. Belisle, deceased, Larry K. Stump, Terry R. Bailey, T. Ian Bradshaw, Dale H. Haunschild, Gregory F. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 5880885
    Abstract: Retroreflective article that provides effective retroreflective brightness at very high entrance angles as well as low entrance angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Terry R. Bailey, Louis C. Belisle, deceased, Larry K. Stump, Gregory F. Jacobs, David G. Schueler, Dale H. Haunschild
  • Patent number: 5835271
    Abstract: A retroreflective element that exhibits exceptional wet retroreflectivity, and a method of manufacturing the same. The retroreflective element includes an assembly having a multi-sided retroreflector and a clear thermoplastic. In one embodiment, the clear thermoplastic is at least partially thermally deformed to create a convex retroreflective dome for capturing high incident angle light rays. The retroreflective elements may be used in a pavement marking system, such as attached to pavement marking tape or deposited in pavement marking paint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Larry K. Stump, Thomas V. Kusilek, David C. May, Terry R. Bailey, Louis C. Belisle
  • Patent number: 5536569
    Abstract: Thermoplastic based pavement marking sheets are disclosed. The marking sheets employ a conformant composite material including: polyolefin and a nonreinforcing mineral particulate; and/or a thermoplastic upper surface. Preferably, the sheet's thermoplastic upper surface is embedded with reflective elements and/or skid-resistant particles. A solventless process of embedding particles in thermoplastic pavement marking sheets is disclosed. Processes for preparing marking sheets are also disclosed. Conformant pavement marking sheets which may be applied in cooler conditions are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1996
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: James E. Lasch, Terry R. Bailey, Gregory F. Jacobs, Roger R. Kult
  • Patent number: 5491021
    Abstract: A truck trailer cover 40 includes a multi-layered article 10 that is dimensioned and adapted to be fitted over and secured to a truck trailer 42. The multi-layered article, 10 includes a fabric 12 having a polymeric sheet 14, 16 secured to each side of the fabric 12. Each polymeric sheet 14, 16 secured to the fabric 12 has two non-chlorinated polymeric layers. The first non-chlorinated polymeric layer A, A' is disposed on the inner side of each sheet and contains an ethylene copolymer that has a Shore A hardness less than 85. The second non-chlorinated polymeric layer B, B' is disposed on the outer side of each sheet and contains a polymer having a Shore A hardness greater than 85. The multi-layered article 10 demonstrates good flex-crack resistance to make it suitable for use in a roll-up sign 30 or a truck trailer cover 40.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1996
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Howard R. Tolliver, Terry R. Bailey
  • Patent number: 5480705
    Abstract: A multi-layered article 10 includes a fabric 12 having a polymeric sheet 14, 16 secured to each side of the fabric 12. Each polymeric sheet 14, 16 secured to the fabric 12 has two non-chlorinated polymeric layers. The first non-chlorinated polymeric layer A, A' is disposed on the inner side of each sheet and contains an ethylene copolymer that has a Shore A hardness less than 85. The second non-chlorinated polymeric layer B, B' is disposed on the outer side of each sheet and contains a polymer having a Shore A hardness greater than 85. The multi-layered article 10 demonstrates good flex-crack resistance to make it suitable for use in a roll-up sign 30 or a truck trailer cover 40.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1996
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Howard R. Tolliver, Terry R. Bailey
  • Patent number: 5194113
    Abstract: Thermoplastic based pavement marking sheets are disclosed. The marking sheets employ a conformant composite material including: polyolefin and a nonreinforcing mineral particulate; and/or a thermoplastic upper surface. Preferably, the sheet's thermoplastic upper surface is embedded with reflective elements and/or skid-resistant particles. A solventless process of embedding particles in thermoplastic pavement marking sheets is disclosed. Processes for preparing marking sheets are also disclosed. Conformant pavement marking sheets which may be applied in cooler conditions are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: James E. Lasch, Gregory F. Jacobs, Terry R. Bailey, Louis C. Belisle, Roger R. Kult, Robert A. Haenggi, Michael P. Daniels
  • Patent number: 5069964
    Abstract: A retroreflective sheeting comprising a substantially transparent face member, an encapsulating member having a front and a back side, the front side of the encapsulating member being sealed by a network of interconnecting bonds to the face member, and retroreflective elements disposed between the face member and the encapsulating member in substantially a monolayer with an air-interface. The encapsulating member comprises a plasticizer-resistant barrier layer which prevents migration of plasticizer therethrough, thereby protecting the aforementioned elements of the sheeting therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1991
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Howard R. Tolliver, Terry R. Bailey, David L. Bergeson
  • Patent number: 5066098
    Abstract: Cellular, encapsulated-lens retroreflective sheeting comprising: (1) a base sheet of a monolayer of retroreflective elements partially embedded in a binder layer which typically is white or comprises a whitening agent; (2) a cover sheet disposed in spaced relation from the layer of retroreflective elements; and (3) a network of narrow intersecting bonds or seal legs that extend between the cover sheet and the base sheet and comprise binder material thermoformed at the point of contact between the base sheet and cover sheet so as to adhere the base sheet and the cover sheet together and form a plurality of cells within which retroreflective elements are hermetically sealed; wherein the cover sheet comprises an inner layer and at least a structural layer, the structural layer being adhered to the outside surface of the inner layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1991
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Roger R. Kult, Terry R. Bailey, Howard R. Tolliver
  • Patent number: 5064272
    Abstract: In encapsulated-lens reflective sheeting of the prior art, a monolayer of glass microspheres is embedded in a binder layer, a specularly reflective layer underlies the microspheres, and a cover film encapsulates the microspheres, within a plurality of hermetically sealed cells. In the invention, a HMW thermoplastic binder film, affords improved structural intregity, greater toughness, and better conformability to irregular surfaces without cracking. The cover film preferably is of the same polymer family as said binder film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Terry R. Bailey, Roger R. Kult, Howard R. Tolliver, Arthur D. Dickson
  • Patent number: 4983436
    Abstract: A retroreflective sheeting having incorporated therein an optically-nonfunctional backing film. The backing film comprises at least a self-adherent layer which is adhered directly to the rear side of the specularly reflecting layer of the sheeting and, may further comprise one or more layers, such as a reinforcing layer, on the rear side of the self-adherent layer. The physical properties of the backing film, e.g., tensile strength, tear resistance, elongation, or adhesive compatibility are selected according to the properties desired of the resultant retroreflective sheeting. The self-adherent layer may comprise: polyethylene; or one or more copolymers comprising by weight a major portion of at least one of ethylene or propylene, and a minor portion of a polar comonomer; or a blend comprising (a) one or more other polymers and (b) one or more of such copolymers or polyethylene or combinations of such copolymers and polyethylene, the blend comprising a major portion by weight of ethylene and/or propylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1991
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Terry R. Bailey, Howard R. Tolliver, Douglas C. Degler, Dennis J. Chirhart
  • Patent number: 4950525
    Abstract: Elastomeric embedded-lens retroreflective sheeting comprises a monolayer of non-stretchable microspheres; a sheet in which the microspheres are embedded which comprises a spacing layer of transparent elestomeric material underlying the back surface of the microspheres and a cover layer of transparent elastomeric material covering the front surface of the microspheres; and a specularly reflective layer disposed on the back surface of the spacing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Terry R. Bailey
  • Patent number: 4897136
    Abstract: In encapsulated-lens reflective sheeting of the prior art, a monolayer of glass microspheres is embedded in a binder layer, a specularly reflective layer underlies the microspheres, and a cover film encapsulates the microspheres, within a plurality of hermetically sealed cells. In the invention, a HMW thermoplastic binder film, affords improved structural integrity, greater toughness, and better conformability to irregular surfaces without cracking. The cover film preferably is of the same polymer family as said binder film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1990
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Terry R. Bailey, Roger R. Kult, Howard R. Tolliver, Arthur D. Dickson
  • Patent number: 4896943
    Abstract: An encapsulated-lens retroreflective sheeting comprising a monolayer of lenses partially embedded in a binder layer, a specularly reflective layer underlying the lenses, and a cover film sealed to the binder layer along a network of interconnecting lines forming hermetically sealed cells within which the lenses are encapsulated and have an air interface, wherein the cover film comprises polyethylene, or polypropylene, or a copolymer comprising a major portion by weight of at least one of ethylene or propylene and a minor portion by weight of a comonomer. Such a cover film affords high flexibility, improved impact resistance, resistance to moisture absorption, and greater toughness to the retroreflective sheeting. In some embodiments the cover film is multi-layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1990
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Howard R. Tolliver, Roger R. Kult, Terry R. Bailey, Arthur D. Dickson