Tops Patents (Class 312/140.3)
  • Patent number: 9347704
    Abstract: A divider assembly for a refrigerated drawer includes a plurality of dividers to form a plurality of adjustable storage compartments. Each of the dividers has a slot formed therein to receive a guide portion of another divider. The guide portions of a first divider are configured to slidably engage the guide portions of a second divider. The slots form openings which allow a cooling airflow to circulate between the storage compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventors: Andy Mok, Laura Ringemann
  • Patent number: 8763823
    Abstract: A pan guide for use in a food storage apparatus is provided. The pan guide has at least two levels for supporting food storage pans. The levels can be removable. This allows for easy movement of the food pans, to accommodate for temperature changes in the vicinity of the food storage apparatus. Dividers for separating the food pans are also provided, which can connect to the pan guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: The Delfield Company LLC
    Inventors: Charles L. Eaves, Jr., Stephen P. Griffin, Richard A. Seiss, Stephen R. Willoughby, Nick R. Derry
  • Publication number: 20140132129
    Abstract: A cabinet assembly is provided with a cabinet body sized to be received under a stationary countertop. A plurality of wheels is mounted to the cabinet body for transportation of the cabinet body. A countertop panel is mounted upon the cabinet body. At least one countertop leaf is provided for generally coplanar extension of the countertop panel when disconnected from the stationary countertop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Masco Cabinetry LLC
    Inventors: Donald Deneweth, Justin Hammerling, Gregg Schweir, Anthony Morabito
  • Publication number: 20120187808
    Abstract: An improved countertop structure and method of manufacture thereof, said countertop structure having a laminate or composite horizontal upper surface and a laminate or composite vertical face with a front corner element adapted to form a contoured surface that smoothly fairs into both the upper surface and the face. The countertop is manufactured by first mounting a piece of solid surface sheet material to a plurality of elongated structural elements extending the length of said sheet and having thermal expansion compensation slots, the structural elements being strategically placed and adhered to the bottom surface of the solid surface sheet material to permit cutting to the desired width while providing the required structural support. The solid surface is bonded to the front vertical laminate surface and the front structural element to create a joined edge piece firmly attached to said sheet and said front structural element. The joined front edge piece and sheet is finished to the desired contour.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Andrew Griffith
  • Publication number: 20120181905
    Abstract: A folding base for counters is disclosed; the base comprises: a left side panel, a left front panel hingedly connected to the left side panel, a right front panel hingedly connected to the left front panel, and a right side panel hingedly connected to the right front panel. The base further comprises a left door hingedly connected to the left side panel, and a right door hingedly connected to the right side panel. The base has an upright position, in which the doors are opposite the front panels, while the side panels are opposite one another. The base also has a collapsed position, in which the side and front panels and the doors are arranged adjacent to one another. The base optionally includes a cover that can be separate from or hingedly mounted to one of the side panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventor: Ricardo Ceballos-Godefroy
  • Patent number: 7960004
    Abstract: Glue-laminated bamboo furniture articles include a main panel (1) and plural panel supports (2). The panel (1) includes a main framework (11), a main plate (12) disposed on the main framework (11) and outer framework (13) covering the main framework (11). The main framework (11) is formed by joining corresponding ends of a plurality of frame borders (111). The main plate (12) corresponds in shape to a plane enclosed by the main framework (11) and includes slopes on interfacial edges (121) thereof. The outer framework (13) is formed by joining corresponding ends of sealing plates (131). Sloped upper ends (1311) of the sealing plates match the slopes on the interfacial edges (121) of the main plate (12). The resulting gluelam bamboo furniture has a trim aesthetic appearance, exhibits the beautiful natural texture of bamboo, effectively prevents the furniture from warping, has great durability, conserves materials and effectively reduces production costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Maria Yee, Inc.
    Inventors: Maria Yee, Hua Xie
  • Patent number: 7685691
    Abstract: A method of producing a countertop upon a workspace furnishing such as floor cabinets by casting a polymer-modified cementitious casting compound thereupon has some of the following steps. Given the workspace furnishing, temporarily attaching edging forms or flow checks around all the free edges of the top deck thereof, both of which the forms the and flow checks operate to check the flow of the casting compound at least to the height of a given rise. Following that, pouring a polymer-modified cementitious casting compound over the countertop to the height of the given rise and as checked within the edging forms and flow checks. The edging forms have depending-flange relief cavities that descend below the plane of the deck that give the hardened casting compound an appearance of a virtual thickness that disguises in part the actual thinness of the rise over the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: Matthew X. Jecker
  • Patent number: 7670670
    Abstract: A surface-covering system and methods for making and using the same. The system includes a plurality of components each being a substantially planar portion having plurality of edges and an upper surface and an under surface. A second portion is attached to the under surface of the planar portion along a predetermined one of the edges, forming a thickened edge that has a predetermined cross-section. The plurality of components are placed edge-to-edge to cover a surface. If desired, the edges can be straight and/or the upper and lower surfaces of the components can be rectangular. Also, the cross-section of the thickened edge can be an arc of a circle. The second portion can be attached to the under surface of the planar portion by an adhesive such as an epoxy adhesive. The component can be made from a quarry material such as granite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventor: Clifford M. Stupfel
  • Patent number: 7649752
    Abstract: A riser card module includes a riser card and a mounting rack. The riser card is inserted in a slot of a main board vertically and has a first hook member arranged on the side of the slot. The mounting rack includes an upright board and an engagement member. The upright board mounts the riser card in parallel. The engagement member has a mounted portion, a force portion, and a hook portion. The mounted portion is mounted on the upright board. The force portion and the mounted portion form a predetermined angle. The hook member is connected on the force portion and has a second hook member hooking on the first hook member. When the force portion is pressed toward a direction reducing the predetermined angle, the second hook member is disengaged from the first hook member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Quanta Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Yaw-Tzorng Tsorng, Chen-Sheng Tang
  • Publication number: 20100001622
    Abstract: A modular countertop includes a composite layer and a support layer. The composite layer includes a top surface and a bottom surface and is formed of a polymer matrix with a filler material dispersed there through. The support layer is bonded to the bottom surface of the composite layer, and the composite layer and the support layer have a combined thickness less than about 1.25 inches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Inventor: Don Dunbar
  • Publication number: 20090189494
    Abstract: A method for making a profiled no drip edge countertop in a series of attractive shapes where much of the profiled surface is already polished as it utilizes the factory polished surface of the original slab. This method decreases the amount of skilled labor or expensive tooling required for making this countertop and edge. This method hides lamination seams in joints so that the profiled edge appears as one piece as if it were milled out of a single slab of material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventor: Morris Bendah
  • Publication number: 20090108719
    Abstract: A serpentine clip attaches a backsplash to a countertop. The clip has a first arm that engages a slot in the rear edge of the countertop and a second arm that engages a slot in the backsplash. Each arm preferably includes barbs that securely retain the arms in the slots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: Robert LILLY
  • Publication number: 20090099292
    Abstract: A polymerizable composition comprising a monoethylenically unsaturated resin polymerizable by a free radical initiator, and a particulate formulation comprising one or more gemstones present in the particulate formulation at a level between about 0.5 weight percent to about 30 weight percent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Applicant: ARIZONA CULTURED STONE PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: GREGORY S. NOVAK, JOHN PAUL SIMMONS, II
  • Publication number: 20080169736
    Abstract: Countertop assemblies, kits for countertop assemblies, and methods of assembly of countertops including a substrate, a surface material, and an edge profile element removably attached to the lower surface of the substrate, the edge profile element including a first leg portion configured to be secured to the lower surface of the substrate and a second leg portion, extending from the first leg portion, configured to substantially overlay the at least one edge surface of the substrate and the at least one edge surface of the countertop surface material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventors: Craig B. Bell, Ryszard Konarski
  • Publication number: 20070273254
    Abstract: Natural stone counter tops and methods for making and using the counter tops are described. The counter tops are made from natural stone, including granite, but comprise pre-fabricated pieces that are substantially modular. The pre-fabricated pieces are manufactured with an integrated edge so that they can be quickly assembled to create a counter with an integrated exterior edge, without the need to make and install a separate exterior edge. The pre-fabricated pieces can be quickly manufactured and easily stored as inventory, allowing the counter tops to be quickly and easily installed without the wait and cost of custom ordering the counter tops.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Inventors: Robert Jack Turville, Lisa E. Turville
  • Patent number: 7269928
    Abstract: A new and useful preformed, self supporting article is provided, which can function as a tile substrate. The tile substratum has inherent durability, strength and ease of application and reduces the installation process for building tile to such a degree as to be significantly easier and faster than built up substratum and in addition requires no other structural components such as wood or plywood. The tile substrate is formed of lightweight cast or preformed mixture of cement/expanded polystyrene and water, which individually or when assembled together, provide a complete, ready to tile substratum. Individually or in assembly the substratum units are self-supporting, and require a minimum of modification to complete their installation. The units are lightweight by design. Individual units are designed and manufactured to address the majority of common tiled counter top configurations with easy modification or cutting to size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Colewest Group
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Roberts, Christian P. Bowen
  • Patent number: 7219409
    Abstract: A method of remodeling a subsisting countertop by casting a polymer-modified cementitious casting compound thereupon has some of the following steps. Given a subsisting countertop, without altering it, temporarily attaching edging forms or flow checks around all the free edges of the subsisting countertop, both of which forms and flow checks operate to check the flow of the casting compound at least to the height of a given rise. Following that, pouring a polymer-modified cementitious casting compound over the countertop to the height of the given rise and as checked within the edging forms and flow checks. The final step involves optionally removing the forms before the lapse of a full day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Inventor: Matthew X. Jecker
  • Patent number: 7055918
    Abstract: A pair of connector elements, one stapled, screwed or otherwise fastened to a countertop and the other stapled, screwed or otherwise fastened to the lower edge of a backsplash are snapped together to mount the backsplash in an upright position along the rear edge of the countertop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Inventors: James L. LaChance, Edward M. Collins
  • Patent number: 7001558
    Abstract: A mold for producing a finished countertop on top of a countertop substrate is provided. The mold is comprised of a shaped inner surface to receive a countertop material pour and form a countertop edge and a tab extending from the shaped inner surface, the tab dimensioned to cover at least part of the substrate edge and extend over at least a part of the substrate top and hold the shaped inner surface adjacent the countertop substrate edge. Also included in the invention is a method of making a countertop using the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Inventor: Edwin Baldoni
  • Publication number: 20040251797
    Abstract: The retrofit cashier counter is a replacement countertop that requires little effort to install, is particularly suited to resist damage from repeated use, and provides attractive and effective advertising space. The countertop of the present invention is also manufactured in a single size that fits substantially all existing retail store countertops, allowing stores to standardize this feature of their checkout lines. The countertop generally includes a support tray that is mounted onto existing countertops. The support tray accommodates multiple advertisements protected by a contact surface that further provides a steady, clean area for writing out checks and signing receipts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Inventor: Kevin Hartman
  • Publication number: 20040119381
    Abstract: A system for creating a floating sub-top into an open space of a counter upon which tiles may be applied. The float characteristic of the sub-top eliminates cracking and breaking of tiled corner pieces and grout due to expansion of the sub-top. Used with the system is a support member attachable to vertical upstanding walls of the counter on the ends of the walls or on the inner surfaces; and attachable to the sub-top.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Publication date: June 24, 2004
    Inventor: Leo Flores
  • Publication number: 20040017135
    Abstract: A new and useful preformed, self supporting article is provided, which can function as a tile substrate. The tile substratum has inherent durability, strength and ease of application and reduces the installation process for building tile to such a degree as to be significantly easier and faster than built up substratum and in addition requires no other structural components such as wood or plywood. The tile substrate is formed of lightweight cast or preformed mixture of cement/expanded polystyrene and water, which individually or when assembled together, provide a complete, ready to tile substratum. Individually or in assembly the substratum units are self-supporting, and require a minimum of modification to complete their installation. The units are lightweight by design. Individual units are designed and manufactured to address the majority of common tiled counter top configurations with easy modification or cutting to size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2003
    Publication date: January 29, 2004
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Roberts, Christian P. Bowen
  • Patent number: 6645591
    Abstract: This invention relates to new and improved components including decorative surfacing materials, high and low pressure laminates, wood materials used in the assembly and fabrication of countertops, cabinet tops, worktops, desktops, and other casework and fixtures, which have been surfaced on one side with double-faced adhesive tape to enable bonding these components together during assembly or fabrication operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Inventor: Theodore H. Liebig, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6601929
    Abstract: A shelving system for displaying audio visual components that may be configured into multiple positions is disclosed. The system includes a base that supports a center platform disposed between right and left platforms. The center platform and the right and left platforms all may assume multiple positions for displaying and demonstrating different audio visual components of varying sizes. In a first upright position, the right and left platforms provide an open three walled platform for holding a large speaker or other component in an inclined position. In second inverted positions, the right and left platforms are useful for supporting a component, such as a smaller speaker, in an elevated position above the base. In a first upright position, the center platform provides an elevated platform for a larger component, such as a monitor with or without other components such as a DVD player and a video cassette recorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Sears, Roebuck and Co.
    Inventor: Daniel W. Marihugh
  • Publication number: 20030020378
    Abstract: A pair of connector elements, one stapled, screwed or otherwise fastened to a countertop and the other stapled, screwed or otherwise fastened to the lower edge of a backsplash are snapped together to mount the backsplash in an upright position along the rear edge of the countertop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2001
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventors: James L. LaChance, Edward M. Collins
  • Patent number: 6413337
    Abstract: A natural stone edging tile having a top portion and a generally perpendicular facing portion can be mounted on the forward edge of a countertop substrate and has a portion extending rearward of the forward edge that is approximately half as thick as the forward edge and the same thickness as conventional stone tiles that can be mounted rearward of the edging tile. The conventional tiles have a thickness that is approximately half as thick as a typical stone slab countertop, but to a person viewing the countertop, the entire appears to have the substantial thickness of a typical slab countertop because the forward edge of the edging tile has such a thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Inventors: Pete A. Sciarrino, Kathleen M. Sciarrino
  • Patent number: 6352038
    Abstract: Disclosed is a modular worktop, and method of assembly, including a surface member, a front edge, and a backsplash, the components preferably being removably attached to each other. Each of the surface member, front edge, and backsplash may be selected from a predetermined group of decorative surfacing options, resulting in a worktop that is aesthetically pleasing to the consumer or person selecting the components. Additionally, each of the components is sized and configured so as to bring assembly and installation within the skill range of the average consumer. Because the front edge is removably attached, the front edge is changeable at the discretion of the consumer, for example, for aesthetic reasons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Premark RWP Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas John Nelson, Peter Charles Gaa, Yein Ming Lee, Bruce Rodney Trethewey, Jr., Peter Fyler Lynch, Scott Warren Osiecki, Ronald James Kingston
  • Patent number: 6340044
    Abstract: A system for the fabrication of molding from stock material is disclosed. The system includes a groove cutting assembly for cutting a groove of predetermined shape and size in stock material to define a facing member and bevel member, wherein the groove is positioned between the facing member and the bevel member to define respectively opposed surfaces on the facing member and the bevel member. The system also includes an adhesive application station for applying adhesive within the groove formed by the groove cutting assembly and a folding station for bringing the opposed surfaces of the facing member and the bevel member together. The system further includes a conveyor moving the stock material through the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Premark RWP Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis M. Beierman, John K. Hubbard
  • Patent number: 6258190
    Abstract: A natural stone edging tile having a top portion and a generally perpendicular facing portion can be mounted on the forward edge of a countertop substrate and has a portion extending rearward of the forward edge that is approximately half as thick as the forward edge and the same thickness as conventional stone tiles that can be mounted rearward of the edging tile. The conventional tiles have a thickness that is approximately half as thick as a typical stone slab countertop, but to a person viewing the countertop, the entire appears to have the substantial thickness of a typical slab countertop because the forward edge of the edging tile has such a thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventors: Pete A. Sciarrino, Kathleen M. Sciarrino
  • Patent number: 6212707
    Abstract: A bowed front bathroom vanity system is supported by a frame having a back and two side elements. A support substrate is supported by the three frame elements, and defines a hole for the sink and plumbing connections. A bowed front apron support bracket provides upper and lower rails connected by a plurality of support stanchions. The upper rail is carried by a recessed front edge defined on the support substrate. A bowed front apron and left and right apron wings, are typically made of stone or similar material, and are carried by the bowed front apron support bracket. A vanity surface is carried by the upper surface of the support substrate, and a back splash and opposed side splashes are carried by the vanity surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Inventors: Terry M. Thompson, Michael Zukun Ni