Patents by Inventor Thomas J. Marusak

Thomas J. Marusak 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: 9670720
    Abstract: A method of making a plurality of foldable, collapsible window shades from a continuously moving strip of material. The method described herein is directed to a variety of methods of handling and processing preforms generated from the strip of material in order to ensure continuous movement of the strip of material during the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Comfortex Corporation
    Inventors: James Barss, Thomas J. Marusak, John A. Corey, Rodney Akers
  • Publication number: 20140261964
    Abstract: A method of making a plurality of foldable, collapsible window shades from a continuously moving strip of material. The method described herein is directed to a variety of methods of handling and processing preforms generated from the strip of material in order to ensure continuous movement of the strip of material during the process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Comfortex Corporation
    Inventors: JAMES BARSS, Thomas J. Marusak, John A. Corey, Rodney Akers
  • Patent number: 7800497
    Abstract: A system is disclosed including a transponder and a shield. The transponder may be a radio frequency identification (RFID) transponder and sends a signal to a reader. The shield selectively prevents the transponder from sending the signal. The transponder and the shield are selectively movable relative to each other to permit transmission of the signal from the transponder. A movement of the transponder and the shield relative to each other is indicated by the presence of the signal. Thus, when a signal is present, due to a change or increase of the movement of the shield relative to the transponder, the reader receives an indication of a disturbance or an intrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Comfortex Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Marusak, John A. Corey
  • Publication number: 20080236766
    Abstract: In a window treatment having vertical blind elements individually suspended from associated hanger elements, each of the vertical blind elements being connected by a connecting panel, an improved hanger is disclosed. The improved hanger includes a hanger body and a bonding portion located near a lower portion of the hanger body. The bonding portion is configured to receive the vertical blind element. Also included is an aperture for hanging the window treatment, the aperture being located near an upper portion of the hanger body, the aperture being spaced at a position substantially at a center of gravity of the vertical blind element with the connecting panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventors: Jason Vandervoort, Scott Pauley, Don Nicoll, Thomas J. Marusak, John A. Corey
  • Publication number: 20080143524
    Abstract: A system is disclosed including a transponder and a shield. The transponder may be a radio frequency identification (RFID) transponder and sends a signal to a reader. The shield selectively prevents the transponder from sending the signal. The transponder and the shield are selectively movable relative to each other to permit transmission of the signal from the transponder. A movement of the transponder and the shield relative to each other is indicated by the presence of the signal. Thus, when a signal is present, due to a change or increase of the movement of the shield relative to the transponder, the reader receives an indication of a disturbance or an intrusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventors: Thomas J. Marusak, John A. Corey
  • Patent number: 7131479
    Abstract: A covering material for a window covering assembly is provided that includes a plurality of formations, wherein an indicator marking is placed on the covering assembly at a known increment of the formations. The method of making the covering material includes, providing a web of material, printing a plurality of stripes on the web, and folding the web to create a window covering material having a plurality of formations. In one embodiment, the stripes are positioned such that a first face of the window covering material exhibits a color different than the remainder of the window covering material once folded. A longer stripe extends away from the first face to create the indicator marking. In another embodiment, the markings are made with a selectively observable material so that the covering material must be placed in a particular light to be viewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Comfortex Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Marusak, Jennifer M. Vanpoortfliet
  • Patent number: 6634409
    Abstract: A method of making a fabric Venetian blind comprises helical winding of a narrow, elongated strip, which, when properly overlapped and bonded along longitudinal glue lines, will form the vanes and front and rear facings of the blind. The strips may be formed of a single, uniform material, or of adjacent, longitudinally extending portions of relatively opaque and relatively translucent fabric. An alternative embodiment uses the same winding technique to similarly form a structure of only translucent fabric, but with pockets for subsequent insertion of opaque vanes. Several alternative strip configurations and assembly arrangements are disclosed. The disclosed method and structure may also be used to form products for other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: Comfortex Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Corey, Thomas J. Marusak
  • Patent number: 6575222
    Abstract: A method of making a fabric Venetian blind comprises helical winding of a narrow, elongated strip, which, when properly overlapped and bonded along longitudinal glue lines, will form the vanes and front and rear facings of the blind. The strips may be formed of a single, uniform material, or of adjacent, longitudinally extending portions of relatively opaque and relatively translucent fabric. An alternative embodiment uses the same winding technique to similarly form a structure of only translucent fabric, but with pockets for subsequent insertion of opaque vanes. Several alternative strip configurations and assembly arrangements are disclosed. The disclosed method and structure may also be used to form products for other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Comfortex Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Corey, Thomas J. Marusak
  • Patent number: 6377384
    Abstract: A method of making a fabric Venetian blind comprises helical winding of a narrow, elongated strip, which, when properly overlapped and bonded along longitudinal glue lines, will form the vanes and front and rear facings of the blind. The strips may be formed of a single, uniform material, or of adjacent, longitudinally extending portions of relatively opaque and relatively translucent fabric. An alternative embodiment uses the same winding technique to similarly form a structure of only translucent fabric, but with pockets for subsequent insertion of opaque vanes. Several alternative strip configurations and assembly arrangements are disclosed. The disclosed method and structure may also be used to form products for other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: Comforter Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Corey, Thomas J. Marusak
  • Publication number: 20010050131
    Abstract: A method of making a fabric Venetian blind comprises helical winding of a narrow, elongated strip, which, when properly overlapped and bonded along longitudinal glue lines, will form the vanes and front and rear facings of the blind. The strips may be formed of a single, uniform material, or of adjacent, longitudinally extending portions of relatively opaque and relatively translucent fabric. An alternative embodiment uses the same winding technique to similarly form a structure of only translucent fabric, but with pockets for subsequent insertion of opaque vanes. Several alternative strip configurations and assembly arrangements are disclosed. The disclosed method and structure may also be used to form products for other applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2001
    Publication date: December 13, 2001
    Inventors: John A. Corey, Thomas J. Marusak
  • Publication number: 20010037849
    Abstract: A method of making a fabric Venetian blind comprises helical winding of a narrow, elongated strip, which, when properly overlapped and bonded along longitudinal glue lines, will form the vanes and front and rear facings of the blind. The strips may be formed of a single, uniform material, or of adjacent, longitudinally extending portions of relatively opaque and relatively translucent fabric. An alternative embodiment uses the same winding technique to similarly form a structure of only translucent fabric, but with pockets for subsequent insertion of opaque vanes. Several alternative strip configurations and assembly arrangements are disclosed. The disclosed method and structure may also be used to form products for other applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2001
    Publication date: November 8, 2001
    Inventors: John A. Corey, Thomas J. Marusak
  • Patent number: 6302982
    Abstract: A method of making a fabric Venetian blind comprises helical winding of a narrow, elongated strip, which, when properly overlapped and bonded along longitudinal glue lines, will form the vanes and front and rear facings of the blind. The strips may be formed of a single, uniform material, or of adjacent, longitudinally extending portions of relatively opaque and relatively translucent fabric. An alternative embodiment uses the same winding technique to similarly form a structure of only translucent fabric, but with pockets for subsequent insertion of opaque vanes. Several alternative strip configurations and assembly arrangements are disclosed. The disclosed method and structure may also be used to form products for other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Comfortex Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Corey, Thomas J. Marusak
  • Patent number: 5832979
    Abstract: A vertical blind has individual vertically extending vanes that include vertically extending interior compartments. The compartments are created by bonding a corrugated or pleated first member to a generally planar second member. In the first several embodiments, the members of each vane are formed of a relatively flexible, translucent sheet of material. A method of diffusing light through the translucent members of the vane and interior compartment is disclosed. In an alternate embodiment of the invention, the vertical vane is comprised of a relatively thick and rigid backing member wherein the thinner front member is bonded to the backing member to form the vertically extending interior compartments. In this embodiment, one vertical edge of the room-facing side of the vane is flattened, such that adjacent vanes are able to overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Comfortex Corporation Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Marusak
  • Patent number: 5733632
    Abstract: A window covering comprises a series of spaced collapsible cells, each cell having a pair of opposed panels which are joined by permanently creased flexible material. One panel of each cell is secured to a first control cord and the opposite panel of each cell is secured to a second control cord. Relative longitudinal movement of the two control cords causes said opposed panels to move toward or away from each other to expand or collapse the cells. Each panel includes a stiffening portion which has a mechanical interlock formation which retains a bead on the associated control cord. In their collapsed condition, the cells are spaced from each other to allow light to pass from one side of the window covering to the other through the space between the cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Assignee: Comfortex Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas J. Marusak
  • Patent number: 5141041
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved multi-cellular shade which is adapted to be mounted within a window and in particular a non-vertical window. The shade has a cut away portion on each of its end. This cut away portion is defined by a stepped section that terminates in an angled section as viewed from the rear side toward the front side of the shade. The stepped section is further defined by two substantially perpendicular walls, one wall being generally perpendicular to the faces of the shade and the second wall being generally parallel to the faces. The second or parallel wall terminates in the angled portion, and the angled portion is at a generally obtuse angle to the second wall. Preferably, the cutaway end of the shade is configured to be recieved with in a C-shaped channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1992
    Assignee: Comfortex Corporation
    Inventors: Alan J. Katz, Thomas J. Marusak, John T. Schnebly
  • Patent number: 4945969
    Abstract: An extensible and collapsible covering (10) for framed openings. A shade, having periodically emplaced elastic rod stiffeners (28), is motivated over parallel tracks (20) by a movable sill (26). During shade manufacture, stiffeners (26) are inserted into shade pockets by a machine (100) which examines the fabric, excises flaws and creates pockets for the envelopment therein of the stiffeners. The process for flaw removal uses a single pass technique that cuts fabric around a stiffener, reforms it and bonds the cut ends so as to capture the stiffener in a pocket formed thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Assignee: Comfortex Corporation
    Inventors: John T. Schnebly, Thomas J. Marusak, John A. Corey
  • Patent number: 4928369
    Abstract: A pleated, variable light-filtering, insulative window treatment. A horizontally or vertically pleated Venetian Blind is fashioned after two distinct processes with blind slats which extend rearwardly of the front pleated covering and, further, are cambered towards a motivation source proximate the planar cover. Articulator cords are used to move the trailing edges of the slat extensions uniformly in one direction while the forward edges of the slats are caused to pivot along the points of juncture of the slat leading edges and the trough lines of the front pleated cover. Upon complete articulation of the cambered slat edges, effecting an enclosure of the air space in the laterally disposed pleats by forming laterally concatenated air columns, a light-reflecting, room-darkening, highly insulative mode is achieved. Two processes, preferred by the inventors, are disclosed for manufacturing the invention's articulatable hinged extension slats, with the pleated fabric, to form the compound shade apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1990
    Assignee: Comfortex Corporation
    Inventors: John Schnebly, Thomas J. Marusak
  • Patent number: 4884612
    Abstract: A pleated, variable light-filtering, insulative window treatment. A horizontally or vertically pleated Venetian Blind is fashioned after two distinct processes with blind slats which extend rearwardly of the front pleated covering and, further, are cambered towards a motivation source proximate the planar cover. Articulator cords are used to move the trailing edges of the slat extensions uniformly in one direction while the forward edges of the slats are caused to pivot along the points of juncture of the slat leading edges and the trough lines of the front pleated cover. Upon complete articulation of the cambered slat edges, effecting an enclosure of the air space in the laterally disposed pleats by forming laterally concatenated air columns, a light-reflecting, room-darkening, highly insulative mode is achieved. Two processes, preferred by the inventors, are disclosed for manufacturing the invention's articulatable hinged extension slats, with the pleated fabric, to form the compound shade apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1989
    Assignee: Comfortex Corporation
    Inventors: John Schnebly, Thomas J. Marusak
  • Patent number: D486685
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Comfortex Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Marusak, George Allen
  • Patent number: D409869
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: Comfortex Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas J. Marusak