With Fabric Having Diverse Areas Patents (Class 160/237)
  • Patent number: 10710331
    Abstract: A vehicle interior component includes a board base and a skin. The board base includes a first surface to be on an interior side of a vehicle and a second surface to be on an exterior side of the vehicle when the vehicle interior component is installed in the vehicle. The board base includes a component mounting portion including a through hole extending through the board base and openings in the first surface and the second surface. The skin covers the first surface of the board base and includes flaps and a communication hole. The flaps are folded along an inner peripheral wall of the component mounting portion. The communication hole is defined by creases of the flaps and undersized relative to the mounting hole by a thickness of the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Kameda, Kenichi Kamura, Atsushi Miyake
  • Patent number: 10631678
    Abstract: Curtains are provided which have fastener/s and, in some cases, strut/s arranged along a screen. The strut/s extend to elevation/s below and/or above the fastener/s. An upper strut may have a lower degree of stiffness than a lower strut. In some cases, the fastener/s are arranged at least 20 inches from the screen's upper edge. Systems are described which include a disinfection apparatus and any of such curtains. Other systems include any of such curtains attached to an edge of a room divider. Easily assembled and disassembled room dividers are described which include cord/s and/or pole/s, installed or portable device/s for supporting the cords/poles, and fasteners for attaching a curtain to the cords/poles. A disinfection apparatus is described which includes a shield extending to an elevation at least two feet above a germicidal light source and borders at least one third of a continuous region surrounding the germicidal light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Xenex Disinfection Services Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Stibich, Morris Miller, Ricardo Flores-Clar, Sarah E. Simmons, Rachael A. Sparks, Paul P. Froutan, Julie A. Stachowiak, Daniel F. S. English, Timothy J. Morton, Joel G. Delman
  • Patent number: 10508452
    Abstract: Disclosed is an outdoor privacy screen for space-dividing residential and commercial landscapes with innovatively, snap fasteners that attach to a rigid horizontal support bar which suspends, for breeze-propelled, independent and not interconnected for motion, a decorative fabric panel that is easily secured, removed, and interchanged by means of sliding the panel's top hem pocket onto and across the bar. The fabric panel bottom edge may overlap an additional panel top edge to form a louver arrangement affording privacy; sunlight mitigation; and, airflow allowance for the creation of a wind resistant privacy partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: Judith A. Hooper
  • Patent number: 10329781
    Abstract: A system for substantially enclosing the periphery of a building top with a netting system which is easily and efficiently movable or reconfigurable during the building construction process comprises a lightweight netting system for extending above a completed work area or floor, a strong lightweight structural support system for the netting, wherein the structural support system is vertically adjustable via slidable engagement with brackets attached to the floors which are already completed, provides enhanced safety for workers and for pedestrians below by preventing passage of workers or debris through the netting and enhances efficiency of construction by providing an easily reconfigurable, inexpensive and lightweight system for providing such enhanced safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Lawrence Blinn
  • Patent number: 9849762
    Abstract: A golf cart enclosure includes a roof panel, a rear panel, two side panels and a front panel to enclose an interior space of the golf cart. The front panel includes an opening adapted to surround a windshield of the golf cart. The front panel further includes a channel provided around a perimeter of the front panel opening for receiving at least one drawstring. Upon pulling the drawstring tight and locking in position, the edges of the front panel around the opening are drawn in toward a center of the opening to neatly and snuggly fit the enclosure to golf carts of varying dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Stephen Tyrer
  • Patent number: 9763530
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide an apparatus and method for window treatment management. The apparatus may include a material strip and a pulling device. The material strip may include a hook threaded onto at least one end of the material strip and a plurality of loops stitched longitudinally onto the material strip. The pulling device may be utilized for pulling the material strip through the hook from a first end opening of a rod pocket of a window element to a second end opening thereof. Herein, the hook may be connected to one of the loops to create a securing loop around the window element when the material strip is exposed at the second end opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventors: Laurie Ann Caccavo, Elaine Katherine Espinosa, Frank Vincent Caccavo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9661947
    Abstract: A privacy curtain assembly includes a main curtain portion. The main curtain portion includes a first side, a second side, and oppositely disposed leading edges located between the first and second sides. The privacy curtain assembly also includes at least one cleanable, wipable panel that is permanently affixed to one of the leading edges of the main curtain portion. The at least one panel is configured to be cleaned while permanently affixed to the main curtain portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
    Inventor: Lorenz W. Mayer
  • Patent number: 9657510
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an integrated multi-function window in the technical field of building material, which overcomes the disadvantages of the existing windows, including complicated structures and time, labor and cost consuming double constructions. The integrated multi-function window includes a first window frame having a first window. A first window cover is mounted at the upper part of the first window frame and first telescopic curtain cloth is located within the first window cover. One side of the first window frame is fixedly connected to the second window frame having a second window. The position of the second window is corresponding to that of the first window. The integrated multi-function window has a simple configuration and multiple functions and is of a low cost and improved reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: NINGBO XIANFENG NEW MATERIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xianfeng Lu, Jianhua Sang
  • Patent number: 9504345
    Abstract: Curtains are provided which have fastener/s and, in some cases, strut/s arranged along a screen. The strut/s extend to elevation/s below and/or above the fastener/s. An upper strut may have a lower degree of stiffness than a lower strut. In some cases, the fastener/s are arranged at least 20 inches from the screen's upper edge. Systems are described which include a disinfection apparatus and any of such curtains. Other systems include any of such curtains attached to an edge of a room divider. Easily assembled and disassembled room dividers are described which include cord/s and/or pole/s, installed or portable device/s for supporting the cords/poles, and fasteners for attaching a curtain to the cords/poles. A disinfection apparatus is described which includes a shield extending to an elevation at least two feet above a germicidal light source and borders at least one third of a continuous region surrounding the germicidal light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Xenex Disinfection Services, LLC.
    Inventors: Mark A. Stibich, Morris Miller, Ricardo Flores-Clar, Jr., Sarah E. Simmons, Rachael A. Sparks, Paul P. Froutan, Julie A. Stachowiak, Daniel F. S. English
  • Patent number: 9376788
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are apparatuses for collecting water in a shower or bathtub enclosure. The apparatus comprises a water-resistant or waterproof panel, one or more connectors coupled or coupleable to the panel, the one or more connectors enabling the panel to be disposed within the shower or bathtub enclosure, and a receptacle coupled or coupleable to the panel, the receptacle having an opening for collecting water from a surface of the panel, the receptacle for delivering the collected water to a destination other than a drain of the shower or bathtub enclosure. The destination may be a container, a bucket, a toilet, a tank, a planter box, a plant pot, or an outdoor location such as a garden or lawn. The collected water may flow directly to the destination, or the apparatus may use a channel to deliver the collected water to the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: James H. Turner
  • Patent number: 9301634
    Abstract: A system and method of fabricating a partition curtain. The partition curtain is made from non-woven synthetic material. The partition curtain is made without sewing. Accordingly, the partition curtain has no seams that can harbor contaminants or initiate tearing. A mesh pattern is cut into the non-woven material. The mesh pattern runs parallel to the top edge and bottom edge of the curtain. The partition curtain is solid both below the mesh section and above the mesh section. Grommets are set into the partition curtain above the mesh section so that the curtain can be hung from a curtain track. Graphics can be printed onto the front and rear surfaces of the partition curtain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Ellis Toder
  • Patent number: 8967228
    Abstract: A temporary window has at least two sheets of thin plastic resin correspondingly comprising a center surrounded by at least one perimeter edge. The centers of the sheets are bonded to one another while the perimeters are not. Each of the perimeter edges of the sheets has an inner surface with an adhesive coating substantially thereon. The perimeters are arranged in relation to one another so that the adhesive inner sides create a v-shaped ravine adapted to adhere to a structure contiguous with an opening. The temporary window is especially suited to temporarily cover a window opening when the window glass is broken or otherwise non-functional. Uses include temporary windows for land vehicles, such as cars and trucks, marine craft, such as boats and the like, as well as windows in a residential or business establishment. The temporary window optionally includes a gap for fresh air in a vehicle's passenger compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Adelaide Sabb
  • Patent number: 8960259
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a variable screen includes a generally flat sheet having a front surface, a back surface, and a plurality of elongated slits that extend through the sheet from the front surface to the back surface, wherein the sheet includes a shape memory material that enables the slits to open into openings through which light and fluid can pass when a tensile force is applied to the sheet in a direction generally perpendicular to the slits and further enables the slits and openings to automatically when the tensile force is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventor: Mark Weston
  • Patent number: 8955555
    Abstract: A three-dimensional woven fabric including front layer, rear layer, and light-shielding layer connecting front layer to rear layer and a method thereof are disclosed. The light-shielding layer is formed by repeatedly overlapping first, second, and third light-shielding layers with another light-shielding layer with adjacent ones among the first to the third light-shielding layers overlapped. The front layer includes front parts formed by weaving front layer wrap threads and weft threads, the front parts have front layer-connecting parts formed by sequentially and repeatedly weaving front layer wrapwrap threads and weft threads and light-shielding layer wrap threads, the rear layer includes rear layer-connecting parts formed by weaving sequentially and repeatedly the rear layer wrap threads and weft threads and light-shielding layer wrap threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Ki-chul Cha
  • Publication number: 20150041074
    Abstract: A number of variations may include a grille cover which may attach to a grille.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Wayne R. Witkop
  • Patent number: 8919418
    Abstract: A curtain assembly includes a curtain, or panel of flexible material, such as fabric, forming a generally smooth surface extending between a first anchor assembly and a second anchor assembly. Slits through the fabric are sized and arranged to be stretched opened to form respective openings in response to relatively small amounts of stretching of the panel between the two anchor assemblies with a tension force. The openings may be re-closed by allowing the panel to return to a relaxed state. The opening and closing action can be repeated according to new methods to controllably vary the amount of light that the curtain assembly allows through the panel. The curtain assembly may be used as part of various larger assemblies and in various environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Maria Paulina Carvallo
  • Publication number: 20140262075
    Abstract: Products and devices are described for displaying a visible marker on a screen. Some embodiments disclose using different weave patterns and/or density patterns to create the visible marker. Other embodiments disclose using different colors of thread to create the visible marker. The present disclosure also describes methods for manufacturing or displaying the visible marker on the screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: AEDES TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventors: Sterling Clarren, Jonathan Seth Clarren, Dena Pomaikai Molnar
  • Publication number: 20140209746
    Abstract: A window shade assembly for a window includes a first member, a second member, a film, and an actuating device. The second member is disposed apart from the first member. The film has a first end coupled to the first member, a second opposed end coupled to the second member, an opaque portion, and a transparent portion. The actuating device is coupled to the first member or the second member for moving the first member or the second member to move the film between the first and the second members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Brandon W. Dunn
  • Patent number: 8720524
    Abstract: A layered blinds device having a series of screens of evenly spaced rods held in parallel relation to one another that allow users to manipulate light penetration and view transparency as independent variables and a method for doing the same. A spacing mechanism adjusts the spacing between the screens which controls the light penetration while an alignment mechanism adjusts the alignment of the rods which controls the view transparency. The blinds can be adjusted manually or by a tracking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Benjamin R. Spencer
  • Publication number: 20140076506
    Abstract: An air conditioning curtain device is disclosed that allows users to hang curtains or drapes over windows with air conditioning units without blocking the air conditioning units. The air conditioning curtain device comprises a piece of material with a continuous opening therein. Typically, the material is secured around a perimeter of an air conditioner output vent via elastic. Further, the air conditioning curtain device can comprise a flap component attached to an edge of the continuous opening for covering the continuous opening and the air conditioner unit. The flap component can be removably or fixedly attached to the edge of the continuous opening depending on the wants and needs of a user. The flap component is typically constructed of the same material as the piece of material, and can vary in size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: Matilde Olivas
  • Patent number: 8646509
    Abstract: A blind with a looped blind sheet for adjusting opacity is revealed. The blind includes a top rod supporter, a top rod with two ends connected to the top rod supporter, a bottom rod supporter, a bottom rod with two ends connected to the bottom rod supporter, and looped blind sheet. The looped blind sheet with predetermined length and width includes alternate see-through parts and opaque parts and connected to form a loop having a front blind sheet and a rear blind sheet wound between the top rod and the bottom rod. When the front blind sheet or the rear blind sheet is pulled down or up, the opacity is adjusted by overlap degree of the see-through parts and the opaque parts of the front and the rear blind sheets changing without changing the length of the looped blind sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Chen-Ho Chu
  • Publication number: 20130240162
    Abstract: A roller blind assembly is described that is made at least in part with a laminate material that includes a roller blind screen and a non-woven backing material applied to the roller blind screen by pressure or heat. If an adhesive is used, the adhesive can be applied to the front side of the non-woven backing material, after which the front side of the non-woven backing material is then attached or bonded to the rear side of the roller blind screen to form the roller blind laminate material. When placed in an architectural opening, such as a window, the roller blind laminate material can reduce or diffuse the light transmission in a room to create a diffused, opaque, or shielded view to the outside while still providing a warm ambiance to an architectural structure or room.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: HUNTER DOUGLAS, INC.
    Inventor: Ronald S. Rubinoff
  • Publication number: 20130139976
    Abstract: A curtain assembly includes a curtain, or panel of flexible material, such as fabric, forming a generally smooth surface extending between a first anchor assembly and a second anchor assembly. Slits through the fabric are sized and arranged to be stretched opened to form respective openings in response to relatively small amounts of stretching of the panel between the two anchor assemblies with a tension force. The openings may be re-closed by allowing the panel to return to a relaxed state. The opening and closing action can be repeated according to new methods to controllably vary the amount of light that the curtain assembly allows through the panel. The curtain assembly may be used as part of various larger assemblies and in various environments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: Maria Paulina Carvallo
  • Publication number: 20130087292
    Abstract: A welding curtain comprises a substrate comprising a fire-resistant material and a number of magnets coupled to a portion of the substrate. A welding curtain comprises a substrate, a number of sliding mechanisms attached to at least a portion of an edge of the substrate, a track defining a groove within a front surface and comprising a back surface, and a number of magnets attached to the back surface of the track, in which the grooved front surface receives the sliding mechanisms, and in which the sliding devices, upon placement within the grooved front surface, slide along the length of the track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventor: Don Gould
  • Publication number: 20130075050
    Abstract: A privacy curtain comprises an attachment portion, a main panel formed of a non-transparent material and a mesh panel attached to the main panel and formed of strands of a mesh material defining a plurality of openings. The openings have an openness sufficient to allow the passage of water through the openings. The mesh material is preferably composed of a bi-directional polypropylene material which provides for 90% openness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventor: Tony Colledge
  • Publication number: 20120222826
    Abstract: An improved removable curtain is described. One embodiment includes a curtain comprising an upper section; and a lower section, wherein at least one of the upper section or the lower section has anti-microbial properties, and wherein the lower section is connected to the upper section with a quick change mechanism such as a zipper or snaps. The anti-microbial properties of the curtain may be from anti-microbial fibers incorporated into the curtain, from an anti-microbial coating, or from both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: PurThread Technologies, inc.
    Inventors: Stephen W. Foss, Richard S. Bodman
  • Publication number: 20120175071
    Abstract: A cladding apparatus is provided for the interior of an aircraft that includes, but is not limited to at least one two-dimensional fabric sheet, at least one guide device, and at least one tensioning element. The guide device is configured to be attached in the interior along a direction of extension of the interior, and slidably guide the fabric sheet at least in a first section of the interior along the direction of extension. The tensioning element is, furthermore, configured to be attached in the interior, and by producing a tensile force that acts on the front edge and/or the rear edge of the fabric sheet to stretch taut the fabric sheet along the direction of extension of the interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Ingo WUGGETZER, Stefan LIST, Nicolas TSCHECHNE, Tobias MAYER
  • Publication number: 20120103540
    Abstract: A window treatment is disclosed that offers privacy while also allowing persons within a residence to look outside. The window treatment utilizes a fabric manufactured to have a transparency constant across its horizontal dimension, and varying across its vertical dimension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventors: Kris Shaffer, Lee Weinstein
  • Publication number: 20120090794
    Abstract: An assembly and method for forming a cubicle curtain includes providing a curtain assembly with a curtain-supporting dispenser core supporting a curtain material. The curtain material has a length, a width, an upper connector portion spanning substantially the entire width, a mesh portion spanning substantially the entire width, a lower portion spanning substantially the entire width and coupled to a lower edge of the mesh portion, a horizontal line of weakness spanning substantially the entire width, and at least one vertical line of weakness spanning substantially the entire length. A first portion of the curtain material is unrolled from the dispenser core so that at least one of the at least one vertical lines of weakness is exposed and a force sufficient to separate the first portion of the curtain material from the dispenser core is applied to the vertical line of weakness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventors: Elizabeth A. Serio, Stephanie Serio
  • Publication number: 20110260497
    Abstract: A window blind has upper and lower outer edges that follow contours of the window and may be arched slightly to the outside. Upper and lower force-transmitting, low-expansion reinforcing elements made from a cord, a thread or a fiber network are joined fixedly to the outer edges of the knitted fabric of the blind. The reinforcing elements extend between a winding shaft and a pull-out profile that lies opposite the winding shaft on the end side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: DR. ING. H.C.F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Juergen Durm, Sascha Ruckwied
  • Patent number: 7989046
    Abstract: A protective covering is readily installed on and removeable from standard privacy curtains. The covering is made of a disposable sheet material having two sections interconnected by a crease. The two sections are positioned over the side surfaces of the curtain, the edge of the curtain being located within the crease. Attachment of the curtain is accomplished by snap connectors which extend through the upper mesh section of the privacy curtain and adhesive components which adhere to the side surfaces of the curtain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Robert DiNunzio
  • Patent number: 7913741
    Abstract: Devices, apparatus, systems and methods for providing a pass through connection opening for water hoses, electrical and power cords, telephone lines, and cable lines to freely pass through screens such as screen pool enclosures, screen doors, and the like. The pass-through connectors easily attach to the screens to allow for a permanent pass through to exist between an interior space and an exterior space that is separated by a screen wall. The connectors can have a first plate with central opening and corner adjacent male protruding members with enlarged heads, and a second plate with central opening and corner adjacent female openings in similar locations. The plates can be positioned on opposite sides of the screen wall so that their respective fastening portions and their central openings are aligned to another. The plates can then be snapped together by the male members being received within each of the female openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventor: Jose M. Aulet
  • Publication number: 20110011003
    Abstract: A door system comprises a door panel, a support member, and a pivoting vertical plate. The door panel comprises a plurality of discrete rigid insulation pieces interposed between flexible layers. An outer skin encompasses the rigid insulation pieces and the flexible layers. The door panel is secured to the support member by the outer skin, such that the outer skin bears the weight of the door panel. The vertical plate is secured to a trailing side of the door panel. The vertical plate includes keepers that selectively engage hooks extending from a casing positioned at a doorway. The rigidity of the door panel depends on the pivotal position of the vertical plate relative to a plane defined by the door panel. The door panel provides sufficient flexibility to withstand impacts from objects and vehicles yet also provides sufficient rigidity to insulate a cold environment from a warm environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventors: Lynn D. Vogel, Curtis L. Berry
  • Patent number: 7845387
    Abstract: Disposable curtains, systems and methods to install a disposable curtain, and methods of manufacturing a disposable curtain are disclosed. A disclosed system to install a disposable curtain includes: a washable mesh upper curtain; an installation bag structured to be suspended from an installer during installation; a disposable curtain located in the installation bag; and a plurality of connectors to removably suspend the disposable curtain from the upper curtain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Hospital Therapy Products
    Inventors: Timothy J. Roberts, Thomas J. Roberts, Daniel Stout
  • Publication number: 20100288449
    Abstract: A three-dimensional fabric with three-layered structure is provided. The three-dimensional fabric comprises a surface layer, a backing layer, an intermediate layer, a first interconnection portion for connecting the surface layer and the backing layer, and a second interconnection portion for connecting the intermediate layer and the backing layer. The three-dimensional fabric with three-layered structure can be woven on a single loom in a batch operation and undergo transformation between two-dimensional shape and three-dimensional shape. This fabric is applicable as materials for blinds with high light-shielding rate because intermediate portions have a multi-layered structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicants: Woongjin Chemical Co., Ltd., Youil Corporation Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hoo-Sung CHANG, Il-Sun Ryu
  • Publication number: 20100126390
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a screen e.g. (50) with variable visibility. The screen has various regions (a)-(d). Each region (a)-(d) of the screen (50) provides a different level of possible visibility, which allows for different levels of interactivity between people positioned either side of the screen. Where a high degree of interactivity is required a person can utilise particular regions of the screen (50), and where low or no degree of interactivity is desired other regions of the screen (50) can be utilised.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: FORMWAY FURNITURE LIMITED
    Inventors: Edward John Burak, Christopher Warren Bisman
  • Publication number: 20100006238
    Abstract: A window covering fabric and a transverse-moving zebra-stripe shade thereof includes a flexible shade with light penetrating portions located thereon that have a plurality of pores formed in spaced columns or rows by drilling or punching and opaque portions which do not have pores. The light penetrating portions and the opaque portions are spaced from each other alternately. The window covering fabric thus formed can be installed in an overlapped fashion in a front side and a back side relative to each other to become a double-layer zebra-stripe shade and is movable through a transverse-moving means to make the light penetrating portions and the opaque portions overlapped or staggered with each other to facilitate adjustment of indoor lighting or dark condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventor: Li-Ming CHENG
  • Publication number: 20090229768
    Abstract: A window covering fabric and a transverse-moving zebra-stripe shade thereof includes a flexible shade with light penetrating portions located thereon that have a plurality of pores formed in spaced columns or rows by drilling or punching and opaque portions which do not have pores. The light penetrating portions and the opaque portions are spaced from each other alternately. The window covering fabric thus formed can be installed in an overlapped fashion in a front side and a back side relative to each other to become a double-layer zebra-stripe shade and is movable through a transverse-moving means to make the light penetrating portions and the opaque portions overlapped or staggered with each other to facilitate adjustment of indoor lighting or dark condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventor: Li-Ming Cheng
  • Publication number: 20090151878
    Abstract: An assembly for controlling the passage of radiant energy through a skylight, a roof or a wall including at least two linked control members positioned across the defined region mounted for generally parallel linked movement relative to each other between a closed position and an open position. The control members have a plurality of transmitting areas and blocking areas arranged so that the respective transmitting areas and blocking areas of the control members are aligned when the members are in the closed position and the transmitting areas of the first control member are aligned with the transmitting areas of the second control member when the panels are in the open position. A motorized motion unit may be used for producing relative movement between the control members. The assembly is particularly well-adapted to be used with a series of adjacent dual panel glazing units where assemblies associated with each adjacent dual panel glazing unit are linked to and controlled by a single motion control device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: KONVIN ASSOCIATES LTD.
    Inventors: Moshe Konstantin, Eitan Konstantino
  • Publication number: 20090114351
    Abstract: A suicide-deterring shower curtain for use in a shower stall is disclosed. An optional outer web has a plurality of apertures therethrough, and an inner web includes a plurality of flaps. Each flap corresponds to and substantially covers one of the apertures of the outer web. In use, with the shower curtain suspended proximate the top side thereof in the shower stall, water impacting the inner web rolls off each flap and is prevented from traversing the apertures of the outer web. Yet air may traverse freely through the apertures of the outer web and around the flaps of the inner web. As such, a person wrapped in the shower curtain is unlikely to asphyxiate since air may freely flow through the shower curtain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventor: Steven Shilts
  • Patent number: 7523778
    Abstract: Disposable curtains, systems and methods to install a disposable curtain, and methods of manufacturing a disposable curtain are disclosed. A disclosed system to install a disposable curtain includes: a washable mesh upper curtain; an installation bag structured to be suspended from an installer during installation; a disposable curtain located in the installation bag; and a plurality of connectors to removably suspend the disposable curtain from the upper curtain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Hospital Therapy Products
    Inventors: Timothy J. Roberts, Thomas J. Roberts, Daniel Stout
  • Patent number: 7458175
    Abstract: A retractable display apparatus (10) comprises a housing (12), a drum (14) journalled for rotation in the housing, a display sheet (16) wound on to the drum, and a slot (22) in the housing through which the display sheet can be unwound from the drum against the action of a return spring, wherein a flexible leader strip (28) extendable through the slot is provided for releasably attaching the display sheet to the drum (14) in an easy and convenient manner outside the housing (12). The leader strip (28) has ribs (28.2) along both longitudinal edges, one rib being engageable with the drum and the other with an undercut formation (30) secured to the display sheet (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Inventors: Allen Meyer, David Ivy
  • Patent number: 7275581
    Abstract: A shutter device co-operating with driving means for enabling the shutter (1) to be displaced between an open position and a closed position, this shutter (1) being guided by a guide track (4, 5) and being designed to close off a bay (6) or other opening. The device having a drum (8) about which the shutter (1) is wound when the latter is in the open position such that the shutter forms a roll (31) made up of turns formed by successive layers of the shutter (1). The shutter (1) can be unwound from this roll towards its closed position. The device further has confining means for preventing the turns from forming wrinkles as the shutter (1) is being displaced into the closed position and/or for preventing these turns from slipping relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Dynaco International, S.A.
    Inventor: Benoit Coenraets
  • Patent number: 7192633
    Abstract: A covering for an architectural opening, having a first layer with alternating relatively opaque stripes and relatively translucent stripes, and a second layer with alternating relatively opaque stripes and relatively translucent stripes. The first and second layers are positioned one behind the other, with the stripes substantially parallel. The first and second layers are movable relative to one another in a direction substantially perpendicular to the stripes. The covering also includes a series of parallel binder threads for attaching the first layer to the second layer. The binder threads run substantially perpendicular to the stripes, and thereby, one of the layers can be slid along the binder threads when moved relative to the other. The blind is preferred to be woven as a double-layer fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Industries BV
    Inventor: Anton Petrus Theodorus Hubertus Fransen
  • Patent number: 7185694
    Abstract: A sunshade for a vehicle such as an automobile includes a housing that is adapted to be mounted to a vehicle window and a drum member mounted for rotation within the housing about which a flexible, weblike shade element is wound. A retraction mechanism is provided for enabling the shade element to be moved from a first, retracted position wherein most of the shade element is wrapped about the drum member and a second, extended position wherein the shade element is at least partially unwrapped from the drum member. The retraction mechanism includes a biasing mechanism for biasing the drum member so that the shade element is urged toward the first, retracted position, and an arresting mechanism that is constructed and arranged so as to permit the drum member to be stopped when the shade element is in the second, extended position and, in addition, in at least one intermediate position that is between the first, retracted position and the second, extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Munchkin, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven B. Dunn, Josiah To Sang Li
  • Patent number: 6962188
    Abstract: This invention concerns a flexible shutter system combined with drive systems in such a way as to permit the shutter (1) to move vertically between a closed position and an open position, said shutter (1) being intended to close an opening (5) or other aperture, the shutter (1) having at least one area of low resistance (11) which, in the closed position, extends from the lower edge (4) of the shutter (1) to a certain height on the latter (1), in such a way as to permit the creation of at least one access aperture if the shutter (1) is broken at the location of said area of low resistance (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Dynaco International, S.A.
    Inventor: Benoit Coenraets
  • Patent number: 6675860
    Abstract: A window and door treatment complex characterized by base pairs of hook and fastener strapping units removably affixed to a window to which units there is removably affixed via hook and fastener strapping affixed to a rear side of a first coverlet, a first coverlet made up of insulating fabric about which there is sewn an outer fabric and into which insulating fabric and outer fabric a through hole has been cut and affixed to near the top border and near the bottom border of the frontal side of which first coverlet there is hook and fastener material removably affixable to hook and fastener material attached to a rear side of a second coverlet made up of an insulating material about which there is sewn an outer fabric, the front side of which, near lateral borders thereof and near top and bottom borders thereof, is characterized by the presence of hook and fastener material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Inventor: Doris M. Steele
  • Patent number: 6474396
    Abstract: An open mesh is adapted for use as the upper portion of a cubicle curtain. The open mesh has a major portion with openings, and a narrow and a wide selvedge. The open mesh major portion has said integral narrow knitted selvedge on an edge opposed to said integral wide knitted selvedge. The selvedges have a substantially finer mesh than the open mesh major portion. The open mesh is knitted in multiple adjoining panels. Adjoining panels are connected with in order a first narrow selvedge, an intermediate strip comprising a tear thread, a waste strip and an open mesh relief band, and a second narrow selvedge. The selvedges are thus made integral with the major open cell portion and are ready without further manufacturing steps (except for separating from a roll and for sizing) for the insertion of grommets in the wide selvedge and the sewing to a vision-resistant fabric at the narrow selvedge with the narrow selvedge retaining a straight outer edge due to use of the relief band during sizing on a pin frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Inventor: Ellis I. Toder
  • Patent number: 6474395
    Abstract: A process for producing roller blinds includes defining a plurality of shapes for the completed roller blind in a continuous material band. The band has a uniform width and edges of the roller blind are defined between the longitudinal edges of the material band. Separating strips are defined in the material band between adjacent edges of the devices. The individual devices are removed from the continuous material band by separating the material band along the separating strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Inventor: Albert Weiss
  • Patent number: 6397920
    Abstract: A mesh web is characterized in that it has interlaced threads providing meshes that define locally a zone (5a or 5b) having a mesh void factor that is different from that of the remainder of the web. It is applicable to make light-attenuating binds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Hexcel Fabrics (Societe Anonyme)
    Inventor: Roger Forin