Mats Patents (Class 15/215)
  • Patent number: 10660502
    Abstract: Improved container for messy products which is made up of a framework (17) covered by a superposition (14) of membranes (15a to 15d), each of which is equipped with means of assembly by adhesion of at least part of at least one of the contact faces thereof to the contiguous membrane or membranes allowing said membranes to be separated by a peeling effect, said means of assembly consisting of a multitude of mechanical catching protuberances (16). The improvements made to this container relate on the one hand to the nature of the materials used for making the various components of this container and, on the other hand, to novel methods for obtaining some of said components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: PULL-LINER INNOVATIONS
    Inventor: Raphaël Caldas
  • Patent number: 10583763
    Abstract: A vehicle floor mat for a passenger foot well or a cargo area of an automotive vehicle comprising a mat body and first and second barriers mounted to the mat body. The first and second barriers are moveable between a stowed position, in which the first and second barriers are at least partially received within the mat body, and a deployed position, in which the first and second barriers extend away from the mat body. Each of the first and second barriers comprises a support arm housed within a boot. When the first and second barriers are in the deployed position, opposing surfaces of the first and second barriers together define a confined region therebetween in which a package can be contained during transportation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: FAURECIA INTERIOR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Brett Schnur, Maxime Salandre
  • Patent number: 10457220
    Abstract: A floorboard storage compartment may be placed on top of a floorboard basin of an automobile to conceal contents within an inner compartment composing a lower tray and an upper tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Anthony & Kimberlee Sanchez Family Trust
    Inventor: Anthony J. Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10426260
    Abstract: A desk includes a tabletop and at least one base member supporting the tabletop. A footrest is disposed on the at least one base member beneath the tabletop. The footrest is movable between a stowed position toward a back of the desk and a deployed position toward a front of the desk. At least one mechanism is disposed on the at least one base member and operatively coupled to the footrest. The at least one mechanism moving the footrest between the stowed and deployed positions. A floor mat is disposed with the footrest. The floor mat is movable with the footrest between a stowed mat position and a deployed mat position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventor: Mark E. Benden
  • Patent number: 10322657
    Abstract: A clip assembly can be coupled to a vehicle floor mat where the clip assembly includes a top member having a cover, a gasket, first opposing body portions, an attachment member, and a first body. The clip assembly can additionally include a bottom member having a bezel, second opposing body portions, and a second body. The top member and the bottom member can be positioned and/or coupled in the vehicle floor mat with the attachment member coupled in the bezel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Moises Aguirre, Leonardo Alonso Huitron, Santiago Manuel Parra becerra, David K. Gonzalez Bojorges
  • Patent number: 10315550
    Abstract: An access floor of a motor vehicle comprising a structural core made from injection-molded thermoplastic material, the core comprising at least one first part, the first part having a first face for receiving feet of passengers, defining a generally flat and horizontal surface, and a first rear face, defining a non-planar surface, wherein the first part comprises a network of contiguous cells defining a repetitive pattern extending along two axes, the cells being open on the reception and rear faces and delimited by partitions extending vertically, wherein two contiguous cells having at least one common portion of the partition, the core comprising an MFR fluidity in accordance with ISO 1133, greater than or equal to 50, the partitions have a thickness of between 0.6 and 1.6 mm, the thickness varying progressively so as to exhibit at least one undercut enabling the core to be removed from the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: CERA APS
    Inventors: Stéphane Ribes, Carlos Martins, Benoit Philippe
  • Patent number: 10279535
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for deforming a web are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method involves feeding a web into a nip that is formed between at least two intermeshing rolls. The rolls are configured for deforming a web with at least two sets of deformations that are oriented in different directions relative to the surfaces of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kirk Wallace Lake, Jill Marlene Orr, John Joseph Curro, John Brian Strube, Timothy Ian Mullane, Leroy Joseph Kocher
  • Patent number: 10239472
    Abstract: An automotive door-hole-sealing material reduces noise to be generated by contact between the sheeted foam elastic material and the protrusion, and, moreover, improves quietness inside the passenger compartment with high sound absorption performance and sound insulating effect. The automotive door-hole-sealing material 1 includes a resin sheet 2, and a sheeted foam elastic material 3. The resin sheet 2 has a through hole 2c formed in association with a protruding end of the impact absorbing material 105. In a side view, the sheeted foam elastic material 3 has a portion relaxing within an inner periphery of the through hole 2c of the resin sheet 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: NISHIKAWA RUBBER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keisuke Morimoto, Hiroaki Kaneda, Mitsuaki Arata
  • Patent number: 10172509
    Abstract: A shoe or cleat cleaning and transport unit structured as a box providing a storage cavity, in which a cleaning tray is removably positioned and resting on support structure whereby the tray is elevated above the box floor to provide a debris collection receptacle space between the floor and the tray, wherein the tray is formed with multiple upstanding brush or other mud scraping structure bordered by debris exit ports extending through the tray and opening into the debris collection space between the tray and the box floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Freddie Wayne Ketron
  • Patent number: 10151338
    Abstract: An apparatus that can be easily attached to and flush mounted on an attachment surface such as a surface of a bathtub, bathtub rim, wall or the like is disclosed. The apparatus includes a body fabricated from a pliable material such as rubber, silicone or polyurethane, and is provided with at least one substantially concave openings extending partially through a thickness of the body from a bottom surface towards a top surface. Each opening is arranged so as to leave a reduced body thickness between an apex of the opening and the top surface. This configuration enables the apparatus to be attached to a surface by suction when the pliable material is depressed over the at least one opening from the top surface towards the bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Adam Thomas Ochrimenko
  • Patent number: 10060082
    Abstract: An underlayment layer is configured to support an artificial turf assembly. The underlayment layer comprises plurality of panels, each panel comprising a core with a top side and a bottom side. The top side has a plurality of top projections. The top projections form top side water drainage channels. The panels have edges, with the edges of one panel abutting the edges of adjacent panels, thereby forming a drainage path between adjacent panels. The panel edges have vertical support extensions that extend into the drainage paths between adjacent panels. The vertical support extensions have an upper surface for supporting an artificial turf assembly overlying the turf underlayment layer, and the panel edges having one or more complementary indentations corresponding to vertical support extensions of adjacent panels. When the panels move toward each other, thereby closing drainage paths between adjacent panels, the vertical support extensions are received in the corresponding indentations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: BROCK USA, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel C. Sawyer, Richard R. Runkles, James M. Koerlin
  • Patent number: 9944017
    Abstract: A mat unit is formed from at least two layers ultrasonically welded together. Each layer is individually formed from non-vinyl nontoxic thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) material. In ultrasonically joining the two layers together, there is no need to use additional materials, such as adhesive (i.e., chemical attachment) or stitched thread (i.e., mechanical attachment) to form the joint/weld point. Once formed from the two layers, the mat unit has four quadrants and a plurality of longitudinal ribs integrally formed in the first layer positioned in the first and third quadrants, and a plurality of transverse ribs integrally formed in the first layer positioned in the second and fourth quadrants. Additionally, there are a plurality of longitudinal ribs integrally formed in the second layer positioned in the second and fourth quadrants, and a plurality of transverse ribs integrally formed in the second layer positioned in the first and third quadrants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: R&L Marketing & Sales, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Neill, Ronald N. Kessler, Daniel Kirsch, Keith Wittler
  • Patent number: 9909264
    Abstract: A reflective and directional water permeable paver system, which has a plurality of connection cells and is configured to support traffic, includes a marker insert. The marker insert has a continuous body wall with at least one tensioning marker rib extending from the continuous body wall. The marker insert has an insert head. The insert head diameter extending beyond the continuous body wall of the marker insert. The marker insert body diameter is substantially equal to the inner wall diameter of at least one of the connection cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Barry J. Stiles
  • Patent number: 9909301
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for making a water drainage-promoting wrap for applications such as housewrap and roofing underlayment. A substrate, which may be breathable or non-breathable, is conveyed through a nip between a rotating sleeve and a roll, the sleeve having a plurality of apertures therein. A fluid resin composition is fed into the sleeve and is fed out through the apertures in the sleeve as it rotates and as the substrate moves through the nip, forming spaced-apart spacer elements on a face of the substrate. The spacer elements are then dried or cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: OWENS CORNING INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Milne, Martin Vido
  • Patent number: 9909266
    Abstract: A reflective and directional water permeable paver system, which has a plurality of connection cells and is configured to support traffic, includes a marker insert. The marker insert has a continuous body wall with at least one tensioning marker rib extending from the continuous body wall. The marker insert has an insert head. The insert head diameter extending beyond the continuous body wall of the marker insert. The marker insert body diameter is substantially equal to the inner wall diameter of at least one of the connection cells. The insert head has a prismatic inner surface composed of an array of mirrored polygonal shapes providing at least three different reflective light vectors. The insert head has a translucent top surface covering the prismatic inner surface enabling light to penetrate to the inner surface and reflect outwardly from the insert head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Barry J. Stiles
  • Patent number: 9855926
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for cleaning systems of a vehicle. In one embodiment, a system includes: a floor mat; a vacuum system integrated with the floor mat, the vacuum system comprising a port, one or more ducts, and one or more openings integrated with the floor mat; and a control module that selectively activates suction of the vacuum system based on a detection of a level of uncleanliness of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Louise E. Stauffer, Sandra N. Thomson, Spencer W. Chamberlain, Joseph Neighbors, Mary E. Decaluwe, Jim K. Rainbolt, Paul W. Alexander, David R. Fischer, Joseph Bilderbeck, Ann K. Duffy
  • Patent number: 9826824
    Abstract: A cosmetic brush cleaning apparatus and processes for streamlining cleaning, drying, and/or storing cosmetic brushes are described. The cosmetic brush cleaning apparatus may include elevated elements to aid in cleaning and drawing out make-up, dirt, debris, etc., in the fibrous heads of cosmetic brushes. The cosmetic brush cleaning apparatus may include draining mechanisms for removing excess water resulting from the cleaning process. The cosmetic brush cleaning apparatus may include an elevated wall that follows a contour of the cosmetic brush cleaning apparatus for retaining water within the elevated wall of the cosmetic cleaning apparatus and/or securing cosmetic brushes for drying and storing cosmetic brushes. The cosmetic brush cleaning apparatus may include one or more additional drying elements for drying and/or storing the cosmetic brushes. The cosmetic brush cleaning system enables users to deep clean cosmetic brushes efficiently and conveniently dry and/or store the cosmetic brushes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: HCT GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Cindy Sean Yuei Lim, Michelle Wong, Nadine Yiang
  • Patent number: 9670624
    Abstract: A double walled earth grabbing water permeable modular paver having a first group of outer cells, a second group of outer cells, a third group of outer cells, a fourth outer cell, a fifth outer cell, and a plurality of inner cells. Each of the plurality of outer cells and inner cells further include an outer wall; an inner wall; a top surface; a plurality of structural support ribs; a permeable bottom portion engaging each inner wall; and a plurality gripping members extending from the permeable bottom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Stiles Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Barry J. Stiles
  • Patent number: 9617784
    Abstract: A safety screen has four frame portions joined together to form a fall resistant window screen to prevent accidental egress from a window or door. Each frame portion has an upper frame portion and a lower frame portion integrally formed out of aluminum. A hinge channel runs longitudinally along a top portion of the upper frame portion and allows the upper frame portion to rotate around an integrally formed pivot slot that is longitudinally disposed at the vertex between the upper and lower frame portions. A U-shaped spline track may have a locking tab that snaps and locks within a frame hook portion that is located on many window and door frame extrusions. A screen is frictionally held in place when the upper frame is rotated and compressed against the lower frame. Each frame is mitered and welded together to form the safety screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Lansing Housing Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Houlihan
  • Patent number: 9593489
    Abstract: A tread for a steel-pan staircase. The tread includes a lattice structure comprising a top side, a left side, and a right side. The tread further includes a top surface integrally formed on the top side of the lattice structure, a first tongue-and-groove structure disposed on the left side of the lattice structure, and a second tongue-and-groove structure disposed on the right side of the lattice structure. The lattice structure comprises a plurality of lateral members and a plurality of crosswise members. The first tongue-in-groove structure may include a wall descending from the top surface. The second tongue-in-groove structure may include a first wall extending outwardly from the right side of the lattice structure. Extending upwardly from the first wall may be a second wall or a plurality of teeth. The placement of the first and second tongue-in-groove structures may be reversed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Progressive Safety Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: David M. DeChristofaro, David H. Wilkerson
  • Patent number: 9468110
    Abstract: According to a chassis assembly structure, in assembling a front chassis side assembly in a bottom chassis, a front chassis side assembly 120 is configured such that when an upper surface end of a mechanical holder 103 projected to the rear side of a mechanical holder 103 is brought into contact with a rear-side bent part 111 of a bottom chassis 101, and a front side thereof is rotated about the contact portion serving as a rotational support axis toward the bottom chassis 101, a lower part of a front chassis 105 is invited and fitted between an angled pressing tab 113 and an upright part 112 along an inclined surface of an angled pressing tab 113.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Nagahama
  • Patent number: 9430943
    Abstract: Apparatus for providing illumination from a support surface includes a shell releasably engageable with the support surface. An electronics system is seated within the shell and projects light up and out of the shell. A power pack releasably engages the shell and electrically engages the electronics system to provide power thereto. The electrical interface between the electronics system and power pack is fluidly sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Newpark Mats & Integrated Services LLC
    Inventors: James Kerwin McDowell, Donald Scott Rogers, Grant Steven Cavalier
  • Patent number: 9421577
    Abstract: The invention concerns a screen panel (100) for use in vibratory screening operations. The screen panel has a rectangular bounding frame (102) and a screening surface (104) within the frame. The screening surface is formed by elongate, generally parallel, flexible screen elements (106) which are of zigzag shape in plan and which span across the frame. The zigzags of adjacent elements are out of phase with one another, and opposing zags (106.3) of adjacent elements are narrowly separated. The configuration is such that adjacent screen elements define diagonally spaced, generally rectangular screen apertures (108). The zags present generally flat, opposing surfaces (106.4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Screenex Manufacturing (PTY) LTD.
    Inventor: Jacobus Strydom Janse Van Rensburg
  • Patent number: 9376773
    Abstract: What is disclosed is removable outdoor sport flooring consisting of a plurality of floor elements that in turn have a layer of load distribution elements on which a cover layer is applied. The floor elements lie on a damping layer, the load distribution elements, the cover layer and the damping layer being implemented so as to be water-resistant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Hamberger Industriewerke GmbH
    Inventors: Falko Wepner, Friedrich-Wilhelm Struve, Stefan Kuner, Peter Hamberger
  • Patent number: 9340983
    Abstract: An entrance floor system is provided. The entrance floor system includes a base mat and a plate. The base mat has opposing bottom and top surfaces. The bottom surface of the base mat is configured to rest on a floor surface. The plate has opposing bottom and top surfaces. The bottom surface of the plate is configured to rest on the top surface of the base mat. The top surface of the plate has a border region and a non-border region. The non-border region is substantially parallel with the bottom surface of the plate and the non-border region has a pattern machined therein. The pattern includes a plurality of slots. At least one slot is configured to receive fluid and debris. The top surface of the plate in the border region includes a transition from the floor surface to the non-border region of the top surface of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: E.M.E.H., INC.
    Inventors: Jeff Gmitro, Matthew Umbriac, Charlie Brown
  • Patent number: 8955268
    Abstract: A modular tile configured to interlock with multiple tiles to form a modular floor covering over a floor. The tile includes a top surface having a periphery defining side walls extending downward from the top surface, the side walls having a coupling portion configured to couple with other tiles adjacent thereto to form the modular floor covering. The tile also includes a bottom side, opposite the top surface, having a support grid including an array of downward extending polymeric post structures, at least some of the post structures including at least one resilient end portion configured to be positioned against the floor to facilitate controlled deflection of the post structures. The post structures may comprise primary and secondary post structures, with the secondary post structures limiting the deflection of the primary post structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Connor Sport Court International, LLC
    Inventors: Mark L. Jenkins, Jeremiah Shapiro, Cheryl Forster, Vaughn W. North, David L. Stott
  • Patent number: 8931134
    Abstract: A rotating bathroom floor mat device is disclosed, comprising a series of carpeted, rotatable assemblies, a heating means and a gear and pulley mechanism. The device provides a wide, rectangular enclosure that allows a user to step directly onto its flat, upper surface, which is comprised of a series of adjoining, rotatable surfaces. Control buttons along one side of the upper service are operable via depression of a user's foot, which in turn activates a heating means and fan convection means to rapidly dry a user's feet and remove moisture from the carpeted assemblies. The assemblies are triangular sections that allow three distinct working surfaces. Once a first user has dried his or her feet, the assemblies are rotated to reveal a fresh, dry surface for a second user. The heating and convection means dries the previously used, moist carpet while in a stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventors: Curtis Jefferson, Kimberly Jefferson
  • Publication number: 20140325782
    Abstract: A container for a tacky, multi-layer debris collector mat is disclosed. The container may include tabs to non-permanently secure a tacky, multi-layer debris collector mat. The container may be split into multiple sections for ease of use and transportation. A unique method of connecting the container sections together is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: CAROL ANN O'BRIEN
  • Publication number: 20140223684
    Abstract: A floor mat system comprising a base mat having at least one recess for accommodating at least one machine washable or disposable shoe cleaning pad. A shoe scuff member may be located in the center of at least one recess within the base mat or may be located on at least one of the shoe cleaning pads. The shoe scuff member may have a shape suitable to allow a user to manually clean pair of shoes. Dirt containment flaps may be located on the perimeter edges of at least one of the shoe cleaning pads. The dirt containment flaps encourage containment of the dirt within at least one shoe cleaning pad simplifying routine cleaning of at least one recess of the base mat. The base mat may also contain channels and/or liquid solution reservoirs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Victoria Lynn Hawkins
  • Patent number: 8749344
    Abstract: An exit lane monitoring system (10) detects wrong-way movement through a passage (P) between a secure area and a public area. Heel before toe sensors (12) are positioned on the floor of the passage and detect the foot pressure exerted by people moving through the passage from the secure area toward the public area and of persons moving the wrong way through the passage. Positioning of the sensors in the passage depends upon the geometry of the passage so sensors may be oriented in a non-geometric pattern if so dictated by the passage's geometry. A door (D) is selectively operated to block the passage and prevent persons moving the wrong way through it from entering the secure area. A control unit (16) is responsive to a sensor indication that someone is moving the wrong way to activate the door to block the passage and prevent movement into the secure area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Sam F Brunetti
  • Patent number: 8697224
    Abstract: An ornamental structure for a vehicle upholstery member provides a plurality of surface patterns by using a single vehicle upholstery member. On the surface of an embossed vehicle upholstery member are arranged a first region formed with a first emboss pattern, a second region spaced from the first region and formed with a second emboss pattern different from the first emboss pattern, and a third region located between the first and second regions and formed with a third emboss pattern which changes progressively from the first emboss pattern to the second emboss pattern as one moves from the first region to the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keisuke Kato, Mie Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8596023
    Abstract: A modular tile configured to interlock with multiple tiles to form a modular floor covering over a floor. The tile includes a top surface having a periphery defining side walls extending downward from the top surface, the side walls having a coupling portion configured to couple with other tiles adjacent thereto to form the modular floor covering. The tile also includes a bottom side, opposite the top surface, having a support grid including an array of downward extending polymeric post structures, at least some of the post structures including at least one resilient end portion with a radial end surface configured to be positioned against the floor to facilitate controlled deflection of the post structures. The post structures may comprise primary and secondary post structures, with the secondary post structures limiting the deflection of the primary post structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Connor Sport Court International, LLC
    Inventors: Mark L. Jenkins, Jeremiah Shapiro, Cheryl Forster, Vaughn W. North, David L. Stott
  • Patent number: 8533888
    Abstract: A shoe cleaning doormat device is provided for cleaning and disinfecting the soles of shoes and feet prior to a user's entry into a dwelling or building. The device is a doormat having a cleaning assembly having a disinfecting cleaning material surface and drying portions. Both portions are housed within a mat frame and exposed to a user through cutouts in the mat's upper surface. A disposable roll of moist, disinfecting wipe material provides the cleaning and disinfecting surface. An advancing button is operatively connected to the roll so that a user may obtain an unused portion of the roll by depressing the button. After shoes or feet are cleaned, they can be dried by rubbing on the drying portions of the device, which comprise a removable, moisture-absorbing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Jack Kessler
  • Patent number: 8505551
    Abstract: A device and method for removing dead skin from a person's foot by using a mat made of a foamy, cushioned, and light weight material. The mat has an upper surface and bottom surface. The upper surface has a rough or sandy like surface. The mat is further has a device for holding the bottom surface against a floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Josephine Moretti
  • Publication number: 20130198990
    Abstract: A floor mat system comprising a base mat having at least one recess for accommodating at least one machine washable shoe cleaning pad. The base mat can be made out of any suitable material such as a polymer. In one embodiment the base mat is made of rubber. In one embodiment the base mat is made up of four edges which slope inwards at an acute angle. In one embodiment the mat of the invention includes a shoe cleaning pad fastening system made up of a plurality of studs which are integral with and extend from corners of the recesses to secure shoe cleaning pads. In one embodiment a shoe scuff member is located in the center of a shoe cleaning pad. The shoe scuff member can have a curved shape such as a spherical or spheroid shape to manually clean the medial side of a shoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventor: Victoria Lynn Hawkins
  • Patent number: 8460775
    Abstract: An improved apparent surface (Astroturf like) material surrounded by a water tight enclosure with raised borders that better control and conceal any debris and dirt that is scraped off the shoes or otherwise fall onto the mat. Means are provided to direct the debris to an area where it is better concealed from view and more protected from any blowing air. The debris is less likely to be blown about by any stream of air, such as a heater fan. In one configuration the debris is substantially completely sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Bernard Engelhardt
  • Patent number: 8404325
    Abstract: A soft mat of the present invention includes a soft and non-water-absorbent base cushion, a soft and water-absorbent cover cushion and two sheaths. The sheaths are firmly disposed on the cover cushion respectively. Each of the sheaths and the cover cushion defines a pouch. Each of the pouches has an opening. One of the openings is opposite to the other one. Two sides of the base cushion are detachably inserted into the pouches, so that the base cushion is clad beneath the cover cushion. As such, the soft mat of the present invention is soft and supportive. Further, the cover cushion is able to be detached from the base cushion so as to be cleaned or washed easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Chun-Fu Kuo
  • Patent number: 8209811
    Abstract: A disposable mat that carries a sanitizer and is sized and shaped to be positioned on a floor and enables a user to stand upon the mat without directly contacting the floor. The mat may have a toe fold formed in or attached to the front portion of the mat, which toe fold forms an envelope that is closed on at least three sides and allows a user to insert their toes into the envelope. The mat may also be separable along an approximate midline of the disposable mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventors: David B. Jordan, Steven J. Etheridge
  • Patent number: 8112839
    Abstract: A cleaning element for washing a vehicle includes a support having a layer of synthetic grass material mounted thereto. The support maybe a rotatable support which forms a rotary brush. The cleaning element also may be a solid curtain of synthetic grass material or a curtain formed into individual strips of synthetic grass material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: G Thomas Ennis
  • Patent number: 7993726
    Abstract: A matting construction includes a multilayer thickness for supporting at least a user thereon, the multilayer thickness may have an outer layer which enables a user to ambulate without slipping thereon; a compressible layer for absorbing at least a portion of the weight of the user, and a peripheral frame member disposed between the outer layer and the compressible layer. The peripheral frame member may be disposed at an angle from the horizontal and the frame member is fixedly attached between the outer layer and the compressible layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Johnson Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Johnson, Robert E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7846524
    Abstract: The invention relates to a modular mat which is formed by base profiles (1) in the form of U-shaped grooves, with respect to 0which covering profiles determining the mat surface are incorporated by means of fitted coupling, the base profiles (1) being able to be joined by means of lateral engagement there between so as to form the desired mat extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventor: Julio Muro Baglietto
  • Patent number: 7825047
    Abstract: A spread mat capable of reducing, by suppressing slippage, the risk of getting injured by falling even if a surface layer is wet with oil or water. A crushed particulate material of 15 to 80 meshes is sprayed and adhered onto the front surface of the spread mat formed by stacking a large number of synthetic resin filaments in loop shape through an adhesive agent at a distribution rate of 50 to 150 g/m2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Towa Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shutaro Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 7784848
    Abstract: A vehicle floor tray is molded from a thermoplastic polymer sheet such that it has high shear and tensile strength, an acceptable degree of stiffness and a high coefficient of friction on its upper surface. The floor tray has first, second, third, and fourth sidewalls integrally formed with the floor, which has a reservoir. The reservoir has a plurality of longitudinally and transversely oriented baffles standing up from the general surface of the reservoir portion to impede lateral movement of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: MacNeil IP LLC
    Inventor: David F. MacNeil
  • Patent number: 7748177
    Abstract: A modular tile configured to interlock with multiple tiles to form a modular floor covering over a floor. The tile includes a top surface having a periphery defining side walls extending downward from the top surface, the side walls having a coupling portion configured to couple with other tiles adjacent thereto to form the modular floor covering. The tile also includes a bottom side, opposite the top surface, having a support grid including an array of downward extending polymeric post structures, at least some of the post structures including at least one resilient end portion with a radial end surface configured to be positioned against the floor to facilitate controlled deflection of the post structures. The post structures may comprise primary and secondary post structures, with the secondary post structures limiting the deflection of the primary post structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Connor Sport Court International, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark L. Jenkins, Jeremiah Shapiro, Cheryl Forster, Vaughn W. North, David L. Stott
  • Patent number: 7727612
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle floor mat M to be laid on a foot space of a driver's seat, characterized in that retainer holes to be retained at retainer pins implanted on a vehicle floor side, are provided at two positions at a predetermined interval near a rear edge portion of the mat, a first retainer hole of the two position retainer holes is provided on a right rear side of the mat and in the vicinity of a rear extension portion of an accelerator pedal, a second retainer hole is provided on a rear extension portion of a brake pedal and rather on a center side of the mat than the first retainer hole, a retainer member having a rigidity is provided on an inner edge of each retainer hole, and a thickness of the retainer member is smaller than a height of the retainer pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Access Corp.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Haraguchi, Hinako Tamagawa, Toshihide Matsuoka, Masashi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 7686370
    Abstract: A three-dimensional digital model of a vehicle foot well is used to mold a vehicle floor tray such that large areas of at least two upstanding walls of the tray depart from respective surfaces of the foot well by no more than an eighth of an inch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: David F. MacNeil
  • Patent number: 7686371
    Abstract: A vehicle floor tray is molded from a thermoplastic polymer sheet such that it has high shear and tensile strength, an acceptable degree of stiffness and a high coefficient of friction on its upper surface. The floor tray has first, second, third, and fourth sidewalls integrally formed with the floor, which has a reservoir. The reservoir has a plurality of longitudinally and transversely oriented baffles standing up from the general surface of the reservoir portion to impede lateral movement of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: David F. MacNeil
  • Patent number: 7607713
    Abstract: A vehicle floor tray is molded from a thermoplastic polymer sheet such that it has high shear and tensile strength, an acceptable degree of stiffness and a high coefficient of friction on its upper surface. The floor tray design is digitally fitted to a foot well of a particular model of vehicle such that a lower surface of the tray is no more than one-half of an inch from a digitally acquired model of the foot well surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: David F. Macneil
  • Patent number: 7498072
    Abstract: A long life scent dispersing mat apparatus uses an outer housing with apertures appointed to disperse a scent or fragrance. The fragrance is provided in a fragrant body which is a springy spongy rubber or polymeric sponge soaked with essential oils that have high vapor pressure at ambient temperatures. The fragrant body is inserted into an inner pouch which has small apertures and the stagnant air within the inner pouch attains saturation of fragrance vapor, thereby stopping further evaporation of the essential oils. When the scent-dispersing mat is stepped on, the inner pouch releases the saturated fragrant vapor into the interior of the outer housing and it is released to room air through apertures provided in the outer housing. When force on the mat is released, the fragrant body recovers its original shape and the inner pouch draws fresh make up air and essential oils volatilize until saturation is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Inventor: Marni Markell Hurwitz
  • Patent number: 7449228
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a floor mat which can prevent scuffs on the heels of a user's footwear. The floor mat includes at least a first layer of material; a scuff-resistant portion provided on the first layer; and a glide mechanism which moves the scuff-resistant portion on the first layer when a force is applied to the scuff-resistant portion. The glide mechanism may include an elastic portion connected to the scuff-resistant portion and to the first layer, a backing layer connected to the elastic portion; and a base portion connected to the backing layer. The base portion may be disposed on a second layer, the second layer which is disposed beneath the first layer. Further, the first layer may have an opening such that the base portion which is connected to the second layer, is accessible through the first layer. The scuff-resistant portion is made of plush felt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Inventor: Shirley Mason