Hook Or Barb Patents (Class 428/100)
  • Patent number: 11357673
    Abstract: The invention relates to a laminate (1) comprising at least one support element (2), for example a nonwoven fabric, in particular an SMS nonwoven, and at least one nonwoven loop fabric (3), in particular a carded nonwoven, secured to the support element (1), in particular by means of calendaring with the first nonwoven fabric, characterised in that the curve representing the force required to stretch the laminate along a given axis (e.g. the MD axis or the CD axis of the laminate) as a function of elongation, comprises a segment in which, starting from a zero elongation value, the force increases from zero up to a maximum force, corresponding in particular to the rupture of the laminate, and the curve comprises an inflection point (Pi) on said segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: APLIX
    Inventors: Nathalie Moinard, Thierry Marche
  • Patent number: 11254566
    Abstract: A preparation method of a bionic adhesive material with a tip-expanded microstructural array includes the following steps: machining through-holes on a metal sheet; modifying morphology of a through-hole by electroplating, using the metal sheet in step 1 as an electroplating cathode, and arranging the electroplating cathode and an electroplating anode in parallel to prepare a hyperboloid-like through-hole array assembly, fitting a lower surface of the hyperboloid-like through-hole array assembly tightly to an upper surface of a substrate assembly to prepare a through-hole assembly of a mold; and filling the mold assembly with a polymer, curing, and demolding to obtain the adhesive material with the tip-expanded microstructural array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignees: NANJING UNIVERSITY OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS, NANJING LI-HANG INDUSTRY INSTITUTE OF BIONIC TECHNOLOGY LIMITED COMPANY
    Inventors: Zhendong Dai, Keju Ji, Enhua Cui, Jian Chen, Cong Yuan, Yiqiang Tang
  • Patent number: 11248379
    Abstract: A wood or manufactured wood-composite based siding used on concrete wall or concrete masonry unit (CMU, or block) construction (including, but not limited to, insulated concrete form construction) with an integrated rainscreen feature. The rainscreen feature or component is applied to, or integrated into or with, the back of the siding (i.e., the inner surface) during the manufacturing process, or in a secondary process thereafter. The features may include raised elements, strips or ridges from approximately 1/16 to approximately ¾ inches tall, with one or more channels or spaces. No job-site assembly is required, thereby reducing time and cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: LOUISIANA-PACIFIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Gareth Paul Merrick
  • Patent number: 11246414
    Abstract: A furniture leg protector apparatus for preventing stubbed toes includes an anchor base having a base top side, a base bottom side, and a base perimeter. The base top side is placed underneath a leg of a furniture item. A wraparound backing has a backing top edge, a backing bottom edge, a backing left edge, a backing right edge, a backing inner face, and a backing outer face. A midpoint of the backing bottom edge is coupled to the base top side proximal the base perimeter. The wraparound backing moves between a planar position and a wrapped position to encompass the leg of the furniture item with the backing inner face. An outer layer is coupled to the wraparound backing. The outer layer is continuously coupled to the backing outer face and is sufficiently shock-absorptive to prevent injury to a person's toes when accidentally kicked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventor: Andrew Novak
  • Patent number: 11229304
    Abstract: A beach blanket including a stretchable main panel having two opposite sides comprising a body supporting top side for individuals to sunbath on and a bottom side for resting on a sandy beach surface, and a plurality of invertible bags attached to perimeter of the stretchable main panel. Each bag pivots about the stretchable main panel to allow users to scoop a large quantity of sand within each bag. The sand-filled bags are positioned on the beach to provide opposing tension on the main panel to easily eject sand off the blanket, and to securely anchor the beach blanket onto a beach which also prevents wind from blowing the beach blanket away.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventor: Lindsey Paulat
  • Patent number: 11192324
    Abstract: A composite material for vehicle interior, including: a skin material disposed at one outermost side of the composite material, and having a first principal surface and a second principal surface opposite the first principal surface; and a backing material disposed at the other outermost side of the composite material, so as to face the second principal surface of the skin material. The skin material is formed of a fiber structure body, and has a plurality of first fold lines of folding with the first principal surface of the skin material outward, and a plurality of second fold lines of folding with the first principal surface inward. The first fold lines adjacent to each other are parallel to each other or form an acute angle ?1 of 10° or less, the second fold lines adjacent to each other are parallel to each other or form an acute angle ?2 of 10° or less, and the first fold line and the second fold line adjacent to each other are parallel to each other or form an acute angle ?12 of 10° or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: SEIREN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Daisuke Kawabata
  • Patent number: 11186033
    Abstract: A method comprises using a three-dimensional additive manufacturing process to produce an interlocking volume, wherein using the additive manufacturing process includes depositing successive layers, each of which includes a first material distributed according to a first interlocking material pattern and a second material distributed according to a second interlocking material pattern, said second material differing from said first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Inkbit, LLC
    Inventors: Ari Berman, Wojciech Matusik
  • Patent number: 11109649
    Abstract: There is provided a fastening tape. A plurality of fastening cells on a surface of an elongated substrate. Each of at least some of the fastening cells includes: a fastening element array; one or more barriers at least partially surrounding the fastening element array; at least one slit provided in an upper portion of at least one of the one or more barriers; and a fastening element at least partially filling the slit. At least some of the fastening cells which are adjacent to each other in a longitudinal direction are separated from each other by an open space extending across the substrate in a lateral direction. The fastening element extends inward of the respective fastening cells in a direction away from a respective one of the open spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Matsui, Zhiyu Ren, Atsushi Nakaya, Kazuhiro Nozaka, Tetsuya Yoshino, Ayumi Fujisaki, Nao Yasuda, Masayoshi Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 11096429
    Abstract: Techniques for wirelessly charging smart textiles, such as smart garments, are provided. Aspects of the present application provide a smart garment device with an array of integrated coils and rectifiers that enable wireless charging of the device from a drawer or other enclosure that produces a roughly uniform AC magnetic field. The smart garment can draw power from the magnetic field once placed within the enclosure, regardless of how the garment is placed in the enclosure. The method can be applied to garments of any shape, and multiple garments can be charged simultaneously by placing the multiple garments into the same magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Stanley Riehl
  • Patent number: 11058186
    Abstract: A fastening strip for touch fasteners is provided which includes a corrugated portion as well as fastening elements. The corrugated portion allows the strip to be bent in a plane perpendicular as well as parallel with the longitudinal axis of the strip such that it may be applied to curved surfaces and remain substantially flat. Fastening elements such as hooks, loops, mushroom-shaped, bulbous and double hooks may be included on both sides of the strip and on the walls of the channels that form the corrugations as well as between the corrugations. The corrugated fastening strips may be useful for automotive seating and diaper applications. Processes for forming the corrugated fastening strip area also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventor: Gerald Rocha
  • Patent number: 11045645
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to an implantable lead for electrical stimulation of an organ and/or for collecting electrical potentials on this organ. The lead comprises a distal termination able to come into contact with the tissues of an organ, the termination comprising an insulating substrate and at least one conductive interface carried by the substrate. The lead further comprises a lead body having at least one bonding conductor connected to a respective conductive interface. The conductive interface comprises at least one deformable conductive wire with a woven, embroidered, braided or knitted configuration for anchoring the deformable wire to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Sorin CRM SAS
    Inventors: Maxime Rault, Patrick Le Gousse
  • Patent number: 11027566
    Abstract: A printed media display system includes a media mounting surface carrying discrete male touch fastening elements arranged in a field extending across the surface, and print media in the form of a flexible sheet having a fastening side and a print side, the fastening side featuring engageable fibers in a fibrous field extending across a length and width of the flexible sheet. The system exhibits particularly good wrinkle propagation and engaged alignment properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Velcro IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Luis Parellada Armela, Carlos Sáez Comet
  • Patent number: 11021881
    Abstract: A floor panel for forming a floor covering comprises a substrate consisting of at least two substrate layers differing in density and, on at least one pair of opposite edges, is provided with coupling parts of the so-called push-lock type. Vertically active locking surfaces, where they cooperate in the coupled condition of two of such floor panels, define a tangent line which is horizontal or does not deviate more than 50 degrees from the horizontal. The locking surfaces are situated closer to the upper side of the first substrate layer than to the lower side of the first substrate layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventor: Pieter Devos
  • Patent number: 10945663
    Abstract: A smart patch including multi-component strands integrated into clothing or other textiles where the strands of the smart patch include sensory elements that can simultaneously measure tactile forces, moisture/wetness, and other signals, such as biopotentials. A sensing system comprising: a first set of strands including a plurality of first multi-component strands, each of the first multi-component strands including a conductive portion and a non-conductive portion; and a second set of strands including a plurality of second multi-component strands, each of the second multicomponent strands including a conductive portion and a non-conductive portion, and a plurality of third multi-component strands, each of the third multicomponent strands including a conductive portion and a non-conductive portion, the third multi-component strands being different than the first multi-component strands and the second multi-component strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Alper Bozkurt, Tushar Ghosh, Michael McKnight
  • Patent number: 10934716
    Abstract: Rigid foam-core construction underlayment is formed to have one broad side covered by a flexible substrate that carries a series of spaced-apart, discrete regions (such as islands or spaced lanes) of resin, each resin region carrying a respective field of male touch fastener elements extending away from the substrate and exposed for engagement, such as by fibers on an inner surface of exterior construction material, such as a roofing membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Velcro IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Scott Billings, Paul M. Siemiesz, Andrew Collins
  • Patent number: 10889246
    Abstract: An automotive interior equipment tray that defines a top surface, an under surface and a peripheral edge section extending between the under surface and the top surface over a contour of the tray. The peripheral edge section defines with the under surface a peripheral ridge. The tray includes a bead protruding from the under surface in the vicinity of the peripheral ridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: FAURECIA AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRIE
    Inventors: Steve Jeunesse, Gérard Bonnaudet
  • Patent number: 10772299
    Abstract: A therapeutic toy device for an animal user. The device comprises an internal spine simulator comprising a plurality of weighted vertebra simulators, all coupled together in a manner intended to somewhat resemble the spine of a prey animal. The toy device is configured so that when the animal user plays with the toy, the act mimics the sensation of tackling an actual prey animal. This satisfies the animal's predatory instincts, and thus gives the animal a more meaningful and satisfying sensory-motor experience, thus improving well-being. The device may optionally be surrounded by a covering, which may be a removable washable covering, and optionally configured with other elements such as one or more straps, limb simulators, internal stuffing or padding, and other features. The toy device may be configured in varying weights and configurations based on the size, weight, and play-drive of an animal user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Mary Beth Evans
  • Patent number: 10635183
    Abstract: A method of identifying gesture event types on a textile touch pad sensor (10) with the steps of: memorizing raw touch data generated by the conductive grid (17) during a predefined interval of time in which a gesture event is performed on the pad sensor; estimating the type of a gesture event performed on the pad sensor by analyzing the raw touch data generated by the conductive grid; measuring the total time (eventLength) of the gesture event performed on the pad sensor; memorizing the longest time (longestX, longestY) during which a conductive yarn of the conductive grid has been touched during the gesture event; correcting the estimation of the gesture type, if the longest time during which a conductive yarn of the conductive grid has been touched is greater than a quantity that is a function of the total time of the gesture event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Sanko Tekstil Isletmeleri San. Ve Tic. A.S.
    Inventors: Ozgur Cobanoglu, Fehim Caglar, Semih Kazanc, Jitka Eryilmaz, Serkan Mert, Ertug Erkus, Lian Kohener
  • Patent number: 10595958
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a wirelessly detectable object to be used in medical procedures are provided. The object may include a piece of absorbent material, a transponder to wirelessly receive and transmit signals, and a cover. The cover is attached directly to the piece of absorbent material to retain the transponder. Methods of manufacturing wirelessly detectable objects are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: William A. Blair
  • Patent number: 10544526
    Abstract: A woven fabric is provided wherein pile weft yarns, auxiliary weft yarns, and warp yarns are weaved in the front face and back face of the fabric according to a pattern, and wherein at least one of the pile weft yarns and/or auxiliary pile yarns is synthetic elastomeric yarn and at least one of the same is cotton core-spun elastomeric yarn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: KIPAS MENSUCAT ISLETMELERI ANONIM SIRKETI
    Inventor: Mustafa Guleken
  • Patent number: 10477927
    Abstract: A fixturing apparatus that includes a housing defining an interior space and having a trapezoidal cross-section, a first end, and an opposing second end, and is formed to include an aperture extending therethrough from the first end to said second end. The fixturing apparatus further comprises a flexible strap and a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip to allow identifying and tracking the fixturing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Michael P. Fennell
  • Patent number: 10433524
    Abstract: A therapeutic toy device for an animal user. The device comprises an internal spine simulator comprising a plurality of weighted vertebra simulators, all coupled together in a manner intended to somewhat resemble the spine of a prey animal. The toy device is configured so that when the animal user plays with the toy, the act mimics the sensation of tackling an actual prey animal. This satisfies the animal's predator instincts, and thus gives the animal a more meaningful and satisfying sensory motor experience, thus improving well-being. The device will be surrounded by a covering, and optionally configured with other elements such as one or more straps, limb simulators, internal stuffing, and other features. The toy device may be configured in varying weights and configurations based on the size, weight and play-drive of an animal user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Mary Beth Evans
  • Patent number: 10391530
    Abstract: An artificial surface is disclosed where super-repellency is obtained solely from surface roughness regardless of the material's intrinsic wettability. The surface is able to repel all known liquids. The surface contains thereon a plurality of microstructures having a doubly re-entrant topology and a liquid-solid contact fraction of less than 50%. In one embodiment, the doubly re-entrant topology includes a cap portion and downwardly extending lip extending from the periphery of the cap portion. The surface withstands high temperatures and resists surface changing phenomenon such as biofouling and chemical scaling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Chang-Jin Kim, Tingyi Liu
  • Patent number: 10392735
    Abstract: A clothing carrier (1) for flexible or semi-rigid clothings is formed from a random fiber sheet consolidated by needling. The random fiber sheet is formed from PES or PA fibers (10) and is impregnated with a polymer (11). The random fiber sheet is laminated with a PUR film (12) to structurally compensate at least one surface of the random fiber sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Graf + Cie AG
    Inventors: Peter Artzt, Günter Steinbach, Volker Jehle
  • Patent number: 10362908
    Abstract: A weighted towel manufactured from an absorbent material having weights near or at one end which allows a person with limited mobility, dexterity or range of motion to have the ability to dry himself; the weights allow the end to wrap around a body extremity to dry areas of a limb which are difficult to reach or touch, where the weights are heavy material enclosed in a pocket in the towel that allows the weight to conform to the limb, or the foot and toes when pressed against.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Kathleen Quinn
  • Patent number: 10343344
    Abstract: A connection system has a first adhesion segment, on which a first connection region is formed, a second adhesion segment, on which a second connection region is formed, and a solidifiable liquid connection substance for connecting the two adhesion segments in a material fit, wherein at least one of the two connection regions is formed flexibly, such that, when the liquid connection substance is introduced between the two connection regions which are opposite one another in an assembly arrangement of the two adhesion segments, a material connection is formed between the two connection regions automatically as a result of the elastocapillary effect via the liquid connection substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Hermann Benthien, Matthias Hegenbart
  • Patent number: 10299464
    Abstract: A therapeutic toy device for an animal user. The device comprises an internal spine simulator comprising a plurality of weighted vertebra simulators, all coupled together in a manner intended to somewhat resemble the spine of a prey animal. The toy device is configured so that when the animal user plays with the toy, the act mimics the sensation of tackling an actual prey animal. This satisfies the animal's predator instincts, and thus gives the animal a more meaningful and satisfying sensory motor experience, thus improving well-being. The device, preferably produced from synthetic materials, will be surrounded by a synthetic covering, and optionally configured with other elements such as limb simulators, internal stuffing, and other features. The toy device will be offered in varying weights and configurations based on the size, weight and play-drive of an animal user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Mary Beth Evans
  • Patent number: 10245703
    Abstract: A laterally-stretched netting comprising a patterned abrasive layer on a first major surface thereof, and methods of making.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Aaron K. Nienaber, Ronald W. Ausen, John M. Brandner, Thomas J. Nelson, Stephen M. Sanocki
  • Patent number: 10201214
    Abstract: A loop surface fastener in which numerous looped engaging elements formed from loop yarns inserted in parallel to ground warp yarns are provided upright on one side of a base fabric formed from ground warp yarns and ground weft yarns satisfies all the following requirements 1) to 3). 1) The loop yarn is a multi-filament yarn formed by bundling 5 to 9 filaments of 30 to 45 decitex. 2) The density of the looped engaging elements is in a range of 100 to 200/cm2. 3) Loop surfaces of the looped engaging elements are substantially facing in the same direction and the loop surface facing direction is a ground weft yarn direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: KURARAY FASTENING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keiji Takehara, Yukitoshi Higashinaka, Satoru Ono
  • Patent number: 10167757
    Abstract: An insulation structure of catalytic converter of vehicle according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes an LNT converter. A connecting housing is provided such that a urea reducing agent is injected to the exhaust gas when it is needed. An SDPF converter reduces nitrogen oxide contained in the exhaust gas using the injected reducing agent, and SCR catalyst is coated on a filter. An insulation cover including inner surface contacts the LNT converter, the connecting housing and the SDPF converter and also includes an outer surface which is opposing surface to the inner surface and surrounds the LNT converter, the connecting housing and the SDPF converter. The insulation cover insulates heat generated from the LNT converter, the connecting housing and the SDPF converter. An insulation material is inserted and attached between the outer surface and the inner surface of the insulation cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jin Ha Lee, Jae Gi Sim, Jin Woo Park
  • Patent number: 10125452
    Abstract: There is described a system, article, method, connectors and apparatus for article reuse or recycling, which system including the assembling of an article from at least two components at least one of which has a textile material brought into communication with each other through one or more connectors and the subsequent disassembling of the article and use of one or more of the components in the assembling stage. The assembled article is susceptible to automatic or semi-automatic disassembly through one or more of its connectors being susceptible to a reduction in one or more mechanical properties under exposure of the article to electromagnetic energy especially microwave. The article may be a garment that has joins stitched with a microwave susceptible yarn. The yarn is ideally manufactured from pseudo-conductive materials and is metal free.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: WEAR2GO B.V.
    Inventors: Stephen John Russell, Charles Rea, Robert Stuart Ellis Bell, Norman Maloney
  • Patent number: 10085890
    Abstract: According to the invention, a wound dressing may be further developed, whereby a wound dressing made from a planar structure with a first main direction of extension and at least one further main direction of extension, whereby the textile planar structure, at least along the main directions of extension comprises extensibility properties which differ by less than 80%, preferably less than 50%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: PREVOR INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Erik Berndt, Jürgen Steffes
  • Patent number: 10052243
    Abstract: One or more fastener tabs using particular spunlace materials are described. The fastener tabs find wide application as closure systems and can be used in products such as in disposable diapers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Bert Bogaerts
  • Patent number: 9999997
    Abstract: A metal-plastic composite and method for producing the same are provided. The metal-plastic composite comprises: a metal substrate and a plastic body jointed to the metal substrate via a dual-snap-fit structure, in which the dual-snap-fit structure comprises: a micro-snap-fit structure disposed on the metal substrate and a macro-snap-fit structure formed by the micro-snap-fit structure and a surface of the metal substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: BYD COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Shijin Su, Lihong Zhao, Wenhai Luo
  • Patent number: 9963616
    Abstract: A dry adhesive structure and a method for manufacturing thereof is disclosed. In an embodiment, the dry adhesive structure comprises a base structure and a plurality of fiber structures is disclosed, wherein each of the plurality of fiber structures comprises a cap structure that substantially overhangs its corresponding fiber structure on at least one side. The method for manufacturing the dry adhesive structure comprises applying a photosensitive material to substrate comprising polymethyl acrylate, patterning and developing the photoresistive material to form a mask comprising the overhanging cap structure, exposing the mask to UV light, developing the substrate to form undercut fiber structures, molding an elastomer rubber materials to form an elastomer rubber negative mold, and molding a flexible polymer material in the elastomer rubber negative mold to form the dry adhesive structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventors: Carlo Menon, Daniel Elliot Sameoto
  • Patent number: 9913548
    Abstract: A method of constructing a mattress includes placing a first ribbon about a perimeter surface of a foam member. The first ribbon includes a top lip and a bottom lip. A second ribbon is placed about a perimeter surface of the first ribbon. A third ribbon is placed about a perimeter surface of the second ribbon. The top lip of the first ribbon is folded over the top surface of the second ribbon. The bottom lip of the first ribbon is folded over the bottom surface of the second ribbon. A first fabric panel is bonded to the top surface of the first foam member and to the top lip of the first ribbon. A second fabric panel is bonded to the bottom surface of the first foam member and to the bottom lip of the first ribbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: CASCADE DESIGNS, INC.
    Inventors: Douglas S Jacot, James Edward Marson
  • Patent number: 9878256
    Abstract: A sleeping bag system has the appearance of a stuffed character when not in use as a sleeping bag and includes a torso including a torso compartment therein, a first limb having a first arm compartment therein which is in connection with the torso compartment, a second limb having a second arm compartment therein which is in connection with the torso compartment, at least a third limb having at least a first leg compartment therein which is in connection with the torso compartment. The sleeping bag system further includes an opening in the torso providing access to the torso compartment from outside of the sleeping bag system and an item removably storable in the torso compartment which is adapted to provide stability to the sleeping bag system such that the sleeping bag system can sit upright without support when not in use as a sleeping bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Cameron Jones
  • Patent number: 9808131
    Abstract: A of web material for hygiene products includes at least one folded continuous web material, and a first connector and a second connector, adapted for interconnection of the first end surface of the stack to a second end surface of another, similar stack. The first connector includes a first connection surface consisting of a first material, and the second connector includes a second connection surface consisting of a second material; said first and second materials having properties that, upon bringing said first and second surfaces into contact with each other, the surfaces attach to each other by surface adhesion so that the surfaces are repeatedly removable from and reattachable to each other while leaving the surfaces substantially unaltered, whereby a connection between a first/second connector of the stack and a second/first connector of a similar stack is accomplished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Björn Larsson, Inger Andersson, Gunnel Elglund
  • Patent number: 9750631
    Abstract: A physical rehabilitation device for the treatment of a medical condition of the foot known as plantar fasciitis includes a splint which is connected to the toe and ankle of a patient. The splint can be used in a method for treating plantar fasciitis known as “dynamic splinting”. This device allows the patient to bend the ankle and thus dynamically change the flexion in the foot of the patient. The device itself is unique, but the method of treatment made possible by this device is also unique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: ARTHROLOGY DESIGNS, LLC
    Inventor: Derek Amanatullah
  • Patent number: 9668621
    Abstract: A stack of folded web material for hygiene products, such as paper or nonwoven products, said stack including: at least two webs, the webs including: a first web divided into individual sheets by means of lines of weakness; and a second web divided into individual sheets by means of lines of weakness; said first and second webs being interfolded with one another so as to form said stack; and wherein the first web and the second web are arranged in said stack such that the lines of weakness of the first web and the lines of weakness of the second web are offset with respect to one another along the webs; each line of weakness having a separation strength, being the force required to separate an individual sheet from the web along said line of weakness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Anders Andersson, Mattias Bengtsson, Bjorn Larsson, Inger Andersson
  • Patent number: 9671165
    Abstract: A weighted towel with handles manufactured from an absorbent material having weights near or at one end which allows a person with limited mobility, dexterity or range of motion to have the ability to dry himself; the end having hook and loop fasteners which attach and allow the end to wrap around a body extremity to dry areas of a limb which are difficult to reach or touch, where the weights are heavy material enclosed in a tough, flexible bag that allows the weight to conform to the limb, or the foot and toes when pressed against.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Kathleen Quinn
  • Patent number: 9538816
    Abstract: A touch fastener strip includes a sheet-form material substrate having a front face, an array of fastener elements integrally molded with a resin base layer on the front face of the substrate and an array of discrete regions of resin (e.g., gripping elements) integrally molded with a resin base layer through apertures in the sheet-form material on the back face of the substrate. The array of fastener elements forms a discrete band of fastener elements extending longitudinally along the front face of the fastener strip, and the array of gripping elements forms a discrete band of gripping elements extending longitudinally along the back face of the fastener strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Velcro BVBA
    Inventor: Clinton Dowd
  • Patent number: 9504296
    Abstract: A male touch fastener strip includes an elongated base having a thickness and defining a longitudinal direction and a lateral direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction across the base between longitudinal edges of the base, and a field of male fastener elements each having a stem extending from a broad face of the base and a head at an upper end of the stem and overhanging the base for engaging fibers. The fastener element stems and broad face of the base together form a unitary mass of resin. The male touch fastener strip also includes a pair of longitudinal barrier walls rising from the broad face of the base on either side of the field of male fastener elements, and a plurality of lateral barrier walls. Each of the lateral barrier walls extends between facing surfaces of the longitudinal barrier walls to define a longitudinal column of bounded fastening cells that each contain one or more male fastener elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Velcro BVBA
    Inventors: Michael Cina, Paul Joseph Voigt, Man Wai Chan
  • Patent number: 9480612
    Abstract: A composite web, with elastic and inelastic regions, is formed to separated or punched into diaper closure elements. The composite web includes nonwoven web which forms a first outer side of the composite web. On the composite web are disposed spaced-apart, elastically stretchable foil strips. A nonwoven material covers the elastically stretchable foil strips on a second outer side of the composite web. At least one inelastic strip of a hook material bridges a region between two adjacent, elastically stretchable foil strips. The nonwoven material overlaps edges of the strip of hook material. The strip of hook material has projections on the edges thereof that are overlapped by the nonwoven material. The projections extend into the nonwoven material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Mondi Consumer Packaging Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Herbert Bader, Marcel Grossmann
  • Patent number: 9468265
    Abstract: A mechanical fastening system having an engaging component and a receiving component. The receiving component has a first bond line, a second bond line, a bond zone, and a plurality of consecutive sweep regions. The second bond line is disposed adjacent to the first bond line such that a portion of the second bond line overlaps a portion of the first bond line. The bond zone circumscribes the first bond line and the second bond line. The plurality of consecutive sweep regions are disposed within the bond zone. At least one sweep region includes a portion of both the first bond line and the second bond line, and the remaining sweep regions include at least a portion of the first or the second bond lines. The receiving component has a bond ratio greater than or equal to about 1 and less than or equal to about 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Thomas Alexander Horn, Mark James Kline, Kazuhiko Masuda, Hisashi Morimoto
  • Patent number: 9445650
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a male surface fastener member configured for being molded onto a surface of a foaming resin mold body. The male surface fastener member includes a plurality of male surface fastener strips connected with each other in an end-to-end relationship via a connecting portion that is integrally formed with at least the end portions of each male surface fastener strips. Each male surface fastener strip includes a base material having a first surface from which a plurality of engaging elements extend upwardly and first and second substantially lateral resin intrusion prevention walls that upwardly from the first surface along a width direction of the base material between the first and second longitudinal resin intrusion prevention walls. Each of the lateral resin intrusion prevention walls comprises a plurality of engaging elements that are arranged in series in a width direction of the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: YKK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryuichi Murasaki, Yasutoshi Nozawa, Wolfgang E. Coronel, Hisashi Yoneshima, Shinichi Imai
  • Patent number: 9441917
    Abstract: A shroud and method for fixedly covering a pipe with a camouflage scheme using thermoplastic shrink wrap, hydro dipping, or multi-layered panels. The shroud serves to securely and permanently encapsulate a substantial portion of a pipe with a camouflage scheme to make the pipe less conspicuous by blending in with the environment. Fastening mechanisms, including hook and loop fasteners, magnets, adhesives, and frictional fittings are used to fasten an inner fastening film of the shroud to an external surface of the pipe. The shroud further includes an outer film having a camouflage scheme, such as mottled camouflage. The color and pattern display on the camouflage scheme creates a visual effect that integrates the pipe with external or interior environment. In this manner, the pipe is less visible. The camouflaging effect is effective for enhancing the aesthetics of a garden, or hiding the pipe for strategic purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Jeffery D. Hegyi
  • Patent number: 9427050
    Abstract: A fastening system for mounting detachable covering components, like panels, on other components (17), like carriage parts (19), has at least one spacer (1) with a spacer body (3). One spacer body side can be attached to the covering component. The opposite side has an adhesive closure part (7) detachably engaged with a corresponding adhesive closure part (16) attached to the other component (17). At least on one border of the side of the spacer body (3) connected to the covering component, a flat mesh (21) abuts to enlarge the connection area between the covering component and the spacer (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: GOTTLIEB BINDER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Konstantinos Poulakis
  • Patent number: 9357815
    Abstract: A surface fastener member includes left and right longitudinal protective wall sections and front and rear lateral protective wall sections. Each of the lateral protective wall sections includes an outer first lateral wall section and an inner second lateral wall section. The first lateral wall section includes a continuous lateral wall body which is continuously placed between the left and right longitudinal protective wall sections at a predetermined height. The second lateral wall section includes a plurality of divided lateral wall bodies which are intermittently placed along a width direction, and a plurality of second engagement elements. According to this, when the molded surface fastener is integrally molded on a cushion body, it is possible to prevent resin material from entering an engagement element region of the surface fastener member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Minato, Zhiyu Ren, Mineto Terada, Shinichi Imai, Kenji Okuda, Atsushi Nakaya, Yasuhiro Sugahara
  • Patent number: 9271546
    Abstract: Provided is a molding hook and loop fastener, in which a barrier erected near left and right side edges of a substrate includes at least two rows of vertical wall arrays, and the vertical wall array includes a plurality of vertical walls disposed alternately. Between the two adjacent, rows of the vertical walls disposed alternately, each of the vertical walls disposed on one row is connected to two vertical walls disposed on the other row via a connecting part, and the connecting part connects one end portion of one vertical wall disposed on the adjacent row and the other end portion of the other vertical wall. Due to this, in the molding hook and loop fastener an outer side and an inner side of the barrier can be divided by the vertical wall array and the connecting part, and flexibility of the molding hook and loop fastener can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Mineto Terada, Shinichi Imai, Hiromasa Abe