Fabric Patents (Class 160/DIG7)
  • Patent number: 6142210
    Abstract: A multilayered integral curtain comprising a first layer of curtain made of a comparatively thick woven fabric material or the like, a second layer curtain made of a comparatively thin woven fabric material, and a third layer of a comparatively thin fabric material such as lace, said first to third payers of curtain being integrally fixed only at upper edges thereof and hung down from a single supporting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Suntex, Ltd.
    Inventor: Norihiro Isoda
  • Patent number: 6125905
    Abstract: Protecting coverings are provided for glass windows and the like. The protective coverings comprise a fiber reinforced polymeric fabric flexible enough to be rolled upon itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Owens Corning Fiberglas Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Margaret Mary Woodside, Frank Joseph Macdonald, Jeri Oliver Clark, Joseph Martine Lehman, Scott Alan Calvert
  • Patent number: 6112797
    Abstract: A fabric light control window covering in which fabric vanes are adhesively bonded between two sheer fabric sheets such that relative movement between the sheer fabric sheets in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the fabric vanes changes the angle of the fabric vanes and, thus, controls the amount of light admitted through the shade. The vanes are bonded to the sheer fabric sheets in a manner which tends to bias the sheer fabric sheets together to the nonlight admitting position. Also, disclosed are methods and apparatus for manufacturing the above window covering. The method features linear application of adhesive to the vane material which provides for a uniform appearance in the finished product. A heat setting process and apparatus is disclosed in which the bonded layers of sheer fabrics and vanes are fed between belts over hot and cool surfaces, under uniform tension and pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Wendell B. Colson, Paul G. Swiszcz
  • Patent number: 5996673
    Abstract: A header tape for curtains or the like has loops for a hook and loop fastener woven at discrete, spaced apart regions. The loops are formed from the warp threads. The back of the tape is coated only in the regions, for fixing the loops, so that the intervening regions remain flexible for gathering. Gathering cords are of a material which will not be adhered to by the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignees: YKK Europe Limited, Industrias Murta S.A.
    Inventors: Satiago E. Rosa Iban, Miguel Ferrero Sanche, Cesar Casas Grino, Takashi Hasegawa, Toru Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 5791392
    Abstract: A woven fabric for use as a shade in a roller blind which is rolled and unrolled, the woven fabric including a continuous flexible woven sheet. The sheet includes a plurality of bands extending across the sheet in a transverse direction and integrally woven therewith. Each band includes a front ply having an inner surface and an outer surface which forms part of the front surface of the sheet, and a rear ply having an inner surface and an outer surface which forms part of the rear surface of the sheet, the outer surface of the rear ply being provided with at least one opening disposed proximate at least one of the side edges and adapted to allow the insertion of a rod therethrough. The front and rear plies are spaced apart from each other to form a pocket between their respective inner surfaces, the pocket being adapted to accommodate the rod. A pair of transverse cords, integrally woven with the rear ply, are disposed in the center of the outer surface of the rear ply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: L'Estor, S.L.
    Inventor: Raimond Fernandez Lopez
  • Patent number: 5728632
    Abstract: The light intercepting net in accordance with the present invention has fine meshes and is formed by weaving or knitting yarns, a tackiness may be applied to the net at one side thereof. The one side of the net to which the tackiness agent is applied is preferably flat or smoothed.Preferably, the net is formed by weaving or knitting glass fiber yarns and then coated with resin, and yarns constituting the net have a suitable stretchability and elasticity.Colors or patterns may be painted or drawn on the net at one side or both sides thereof.The tackiness agent is preferably hydrophilic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Inventor: Ryoichi Sugie
  • Patent number: 5680893
    Abstract: A device and assembly for screening an area from view. Specifically, an aesthetically pleasing decorated screen or panel for proving privacy to an area such as a pool, patio or lanai. The privacy screen assembly is readily adapted to the geographical location of the purchaser, the intended area to be screened, and the overall amount of privacy which is desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Inventor: Dana L. Neer
  • Patent number: 5655585
    Abstract: A flexible roll up industrial door which includes a multilayered door closure fabric. The fabric includes conductive reinforcing yarns embedded within the layers of the fabric such that the conductive reinforcing yarns do not rise to the surface of the fabric. The embedding of the conductive reinforcing yarns within the multilayered fabric serves to both protect and at least partially conceal the conductive reinforcing yarns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Assignee: Asten, Inc.
    Inventor: Ted Fry
  • Patent number: 5520983
    Abstract: An outerlining fabric woven of warp threads and a weft thread and including at least two fastener portions composed of a male or a female member of a surface-type separable fastener, and a mesh portion of a predetermined width disposed between the fastener portions to separate them in the widthwise direction of the outerlining fabric, the weft thread being composed of a synthetic resin monofilament having a rigidity greater than that of any of the warp threads. The outerlining fabric is attached to and along the top edge of a curtain, and when the curtain is to be attached to a curtain rail, a series of curtain attachment connector members each having a fastener surface are attached to either of the fastener portions of the outerlining fabric. With the outerlining fabric, the vertical position of the curtain relative to the curtain rail can be changed among at least two positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
    Inventors: Toru Yamamoto, Mitsuhisa Okawa
  • Patent number: 5503211
    Abstract: A flexible safety screen which is designed for storage in an enclosure located above a doorway and deployment downwardly from the enclosure for tensioned attachment to the floor, in order to protect the occupants in a room from intruders. In a first preferred embodiment the screen is rolled on a shaft journalled for rotation in the housing and deployed by means of an electric motor and gear mechanism and according to a second embodiment of the invention, the screen is alternatively manually rolled on the shaft and deployed from the shaft and housing and tightened after being secured to the floor, by means of a crank and ratchet mechanism. In a most preferred embodiment of the invention the screen is characterized by flexible nylon webbing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1996
    Inventor: Everett C. Engi
  • Patent number: 5443563
    Abstract: A roller window shade (roller window blind) comprising:(a) a roller; and(b) a shade (blind) secured thereto for being rolled up onto, and rolled down from, the roller, the shade carrying a clear, undistorted, high definition imprint selected from a photograph, picture, icon, logo, trade mark, cartoon character or scene, applied on the face of the shade material, the shade comprising non-stretchable material to make the window shade (blind) non-stretchable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Inventors: Josef Hindel, Sam Hindel
  • Patent number: 5400848
    Abstract: A decorative window shade for a window opening and the like constructed of multiple layers of materials. A base layer covers the total area of the shade. Subsequent layers having defined patterns are applied in layers. A portion of the base layer may remain uncovered to provide an area having a single thickness of material, the subsequent layers may cover only a portion of the base layer to provide an area having a two layer thickness or may be overlaid on a previous patterned layer to provide an area having a multiple layer thickness. The layered material thus provides areas of varying thickness which provided for areas varying in translucence. In addition the patterned arrangement of the layers of material provide a shade that is aesthetically appealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Inventor: Janet R. Gainer
  • Patent number: 5394922
    Abstract: A window covering includes at least one piece of sheer material and a spaced but parallel support system in the form of a second sheet of sheer material, strips of similar material or strings, with a plurality of spaced flexible vanes extending therebetween. The vanes are attached to at least the sheer sheet of material by an adhesive line that penetrates the sheer material so as to protrude through an opposite side thereof and encapsulate the fibers of the sheer material. The surface of the adhesive on the opposite side of the sheer material from the vane is roughened to create a dull appearance. Strips of fabric material which can be used as vanes are also disclosed as being formable from elongated strips of material which are lengthwise tensioned prior to applying a bonding composition to the material so as to render the strip of material more stiff in its lengthwise direction than in a cross direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1995
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Wendell B. Colson, Paul G. Swiszcz
  • Patent number: 5313999
    Abstract: A fabric light control window covering in which fabric vanes are adhesively bonded between two sheer fabric sheets such that relative movement between the sheer fabric sheets in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the fabric vanes changes the angle of the fabric vanes and, thus, controls the amount of light admitted through the shade. The vanes are bonded to the sheer fabric sheets in a manner which tends to bias the sheer fabric sheets together to the nonlight admitting position. Also, disclosed are methods and apparatus for manufacturing the above window covering. The method features linear application of adhesive to the vane material which provides for a uniform appearance in the finished product. A heat setting process and apparatus is disclosed in which the bonded layers of sheer fabrics and vanes are fed between belts over hot and cool surfaces, under uniform tension and pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Wendell B. Colson, Paul G. Swiszcz
  • Patent number: 5301736
    Abstract: A sun shield for vehicles includes a net member which is made of a plurality of interwoven threads and which has a plurality of openings formed among the threads. The threads are interwoven to form at least two layers of overlapped projection portions on the front face of the net member. The projection portions form parallel eaves which are inclined toward a direction with respect to a plane defined by the net member in order to partially shield the openings. Two mounting strips which are made of a plastic cling material with static characteristics are secured to the rear face of the net member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1994
    Inventor: Hans Wu
  • Patent number: 5184659
    Abstract: A pleated shade for aircraft windows has metallic thermal expansion control strips respectively secured to all of either the inside or outside faces of the pleats to prevent wrinkling of the pleat material due to prolonged exposure to sunlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1993
    Inventor: Hector Alcocer
  • Patent number: 5147713
    Abstract: A single ply convertible top fabric comprising a sateen woven fabric using a blend of solution dyed polyester and cotton yarn coated with a PVC vinyl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1992
    Assignee: Milliken Research Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Dalbec, Marshall S. Hobson
  • Patent number: 5139076
    Abstract: An improved window screen in which each strand of the screen is substantially totally transparent is disclosed. In all cases the screen comprises a plurality of optically transparent strands with selected strands intersecting at an angle to form the screen. The strands may be woven or the strands may be bonded at their intersections to form the screen. Light passes through the strands in a distortion free manner. The strands of the screen may either be conventional optical fibers or merely of transparent plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1992
    Inventor: Christopher D. Langdon
  • Patent number: 4930832
    Abstract: A composite flexible planar material suitable for an automotive convertible top is made from fabric and chain mail. The chain mail consists of a regular array of interlocking stainless steel rings. An automotive convertible top formed of such composite flexible planar material is highly puncture and tear resistant. If the chain mail is disposed to the exterior then such a convertible top is visually distinctive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1990
    Inventor: Robert Shelton
  • Patent number: 4687039
    Abstract: A window shade designed to compete in the roller shade and venetian blind market includes a pair of pleated sheets spaced apart in substantially parallel array by top and bottom support members. Each layer includes a vacuum deposited aluminized surface, and the shade layers are arranged so that the corresponding aluminized surfaces face one another within the shade so that the shade has a significant resistance to heat loss or gain, if properly installed, and is decorative and distinctive in appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1987
    Inventor: James F. Chumbley
  • Patent number: 4582109
    Abstract: An accordian fold type decorative fabric drapery system having a pair of drapery sections of decorative weave fabric sheets specially formed into sharply pleated accordian-like folds to provide a large number of vertically elongated narrow panels resembling in size the slats or louvers of a vertical blind system. Structure such as a decorative trim tape is secured at the top of each sheet having provision for convenient connection to slides in a conventional slide and trackway overhead drapery hand traverse rod system, and restraint straps secured to the drapery sections at alternate fold lines maintain the folds at a desired angle when the draperies are in extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1986
    Assignee: Custom Shade and Awning Corporation
    Inventor: Lyman N. Fairbanks
  • Patent number: 4562675
    Abstract: A window assembly which includes a light transmissive heat insulator. The insulator is comprised of a high loft body of bonded together synthetic staple fibers and a plastic film adhered thereto. The window assembly with its insulator has a heat resistance R value of at least about 3 while also being substantially transmissive to incident light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1986
    Assignee: Clark Bros. Felt Co.
    Inventors: Joseph F. Baigas, Jr., C. Carey Hobbs
  • Patent number: 4560245
    Abstract: A special heat transfer inhibiting curtain for demountable positioning in juxtaposed coextending relationship with the interior surface of the windshield of a vehicle to reduce interior heat build-up in the vehicle when it is not being operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1985
    Inventor: Patricia I. Sarver
  • Patent number: 4535828
    Abstract: A thermally efficient window shade that folds into attractive pleats in the raised position. The shade is fabricated from a laminated insulating material composed of encapsulated air bubbles in combination with one or more skins. The shade folding properties are obtained by slitting the laminate partially through the laminate at predetermined locations. The disclosure includes modified versions of the laminated insulating material as well as shade configurations wherein numerous three-sided pockets are formed by the shade to provide small regions of stagnant air. The disclosure further includes apparatus for efficiently slitting a continuous web of the laminated insulating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1985
    Inventor: Peter B. Brockhaus
  • Patent number: 4531562
    Abstract: An interior window cover assembly is provided for selective insulating sealable closure of a window opening so as to prevent air infiltration and reduce heat transfer therethrough. The window cover assembly is provided with a pair of vertically oriented spaced-apart track assemblies adapted for opposed sealable engagement with the vertical sides of a window frame. A horizontally oriented spring-actuated window cover roller assembly is pivotally mounted across the top of a window frame in abutting engagement with the upper ends of the track assemblies. A flexible insulating window cover member having a sill closure bar across the bottom thereof is selectively extendable downwardly from the window cover roller assembly so as to cover the window opening. The vertical edge portions of the flexible cover member extend into grooves provided in the track assemblies and are movable therealong as the sill closure bar is moved downwardly to draw the window cover member over the window opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1985
    Assignee: Chemstyle, Inc.
    Inventor: C. D. Swanson
  • Patent number: 4463792
    Abstract: An apparatus for insulating a surface area is disclosed having an insulating sheet mounted to a roller for winding and unwinding thereon. Sealing means are provided for sealing the edges of the sheet when the sheet is unwound to insulate the surface area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1984
    Inventor: Simon F. Lukos
  • Patent number: 4397346
    Abstract: A five-layer window shade fabric 100 especially useful in forming a Roman shade which will substantially increase the insulating factor (R) for a glass windowpane has a moisture-, light-, and mildew-resistant exterior layer 10; an insulation layer 12 adjacent the exterior layer; a vapor barrier 14 adjacent the insulation layer to reduce condensation and to trap a layer of air between the barrier and the window; a reflective sheet adjacent the barrier to reflect heat back into the room; and an interior cover fabric 18 adjacent the reflective sheet and chosen to complement the room decor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1983
    Assignee: Warm Window, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Chumbley, Michael W. Corke, Jo Yount
  • Patent number: 4391865
    Abstract: A thermal drapery construction including first and second metalized fabric panels, a third panel of high loft, low density, randomly oriented fibers disposed between the first and second panels and a thermal drapery liner located adjacent the metalized surface of the second fabric panel. The panels and liner are typically bound together along their aligned outer edges to form a highly insulating liner assembly. The liner assembly is lightweight, flexible, drapes well and can be used in conjunction with a decorative drapery fabric opposite the metalized surface of the first fabric panel to form pleated hung draperies. Adhesive means, such as magnetic strips, can be attached to the outer surface of the liner to seal against heat loss between the liner assembly and the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1983
    Inventor: Lillie B. Constance
  • Patent number: 4377195
    Abstract: An integral ventilating curtain is disclosed for use with a supporting structure to define a cubicle enclosure preferably of the type utilized for hospital beds or the like. The ventilating curtain is in the form of a fabric constructed of knitted inherently flame retardant yarn materials, and having a first section having a stitch density sufficient to render it sufficiently opaque to provide privacy for the user thereof. A second section is formed integrally with the first section and is in the form of an open mesh construction having knitted stitches of lesser density than the density of the knitted stitches of the first section so as to permit the passage of light and air to provide light and ventilation for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1983
    Inventor: Hans Jack Weil
  • Patent number: 4358488
    Abstract: A low cost sun screen device for use on motor vehicles is disclosed comprising a perforated polymer laminate sheet which is affixed to the interior surface of the vehicle rear window. The outermost surface of the laminate sheet includes artwork and other indicia formed thereon which when viewed by an observer through the rear window of the vehicle, simulates the appearance of a three-dimensional mechanical window louvre structure. The perforated laminate sheet provides an aesthetically pleasing, effective sunshield which reduces the temperature of the interior compartment of the vehicle by as much as forty percent while insuring that occupant visibility is not adversely affected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1982
    Assignee: Larry Eugene Reeves
    Inventors: Hubbard L. Dunklin, Larry E. Reeves
  • Patent number: 4335774
    Abstract: A thermal window barrier of quilted insulating fabric supported taut by springs connected to track runners and retractable in pleats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1982
    Inventor: Timothy K. Price
  • Patent number: 4317481
    Abstract: A unique thermal barrier is provided for use with a window in a building construction. The thermal barrier comprises a sheet at least the same size and preferably somewhat larger than the size of the window and one edge of the sheet is secured to the building above the window. A plurality of slats are secured to one side of the sheet so that the slats extend substantially horizontally and are parallel and adjacent to each other. In addition, the slats are constructed of a thermal insulating material such as a polystyrene foam. A decorative covering is also secured to the sheet so that the slats are positioned in between the decorative covering and the sheet. In addition, a cord is operable to move the sheet with its attached slats between a lower position, in which the sheet covers the window opening, and an upper position in which the slats are folded upon each other thus exposing a substantial portion of the window opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1982
    Inventor: Samuel G. Oswald
  • Patent number: 4017282
    Abstract: A device is presented which prevents rain drops from penetrating and which allows light and gas to be transmitted in a rain-free environment. The device is a screen assembly whose outer surface (toward outdoors) has a contact angle with water of greater than 90.degree. and whose inner surface has a contact angle with water of less than 90.degree..
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1975
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1977
    Inventors: Joseph G. Zahka, Ruthven H. Daniels