Ornamental Design Or Indicia Patents (Class 428/187)
  • Patent number: 10321590
    Abstract: An electronic device having multiple housing components interlocked together by a molded material is disclosed. In order to provide interlocking surfaces for the molded material, the housing components can include various geometries designed to receive and retain the molded material such that the housing components are secured with one another. For example, a first housing part can undergo several material removal operations to form multiple ribs, each with through holes. When the molded material extends along the ribs and into the through holes, the molded material cures and interlocks with the first housing part. A second housing part can include several stepped indentions that receive the molded material. Also, a third housing part can include a dovetail indention to receive the molded material such that the first and second housing parts interlock with the third housing part. The indentions can provide retention in three dimensions to protect against decoupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler B. Cater, Benjamin J. Pope, Scott A. Myers, Benjamin Shane Bustle, Tseng-Mau Yang, Adam J. Brinkman
  • Patent number: 10143641
    Abstract: A method for applying a temporary tattoo ink to an applicator is disclosed, in which the applicator includes a multi-layered pad having a first adhesive layer, a second adhesive layer, an ink-containing layer and a cut-away top layer. A tattoo design is cut into each of the first and second adhesive layers and a temporary tattooing ink is absorbed into the ink containing layer. The temporary tattooing ink includes genipin. The method includes embedding the genipin into the non-woven material by either dipping the ink-containing layer into an aqueous solution of genipin prior to assembling the multi-layered pad or pipetting the genipin onto the assembled applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: INKBOX INK INC.
    Inventors: Tyler James Handley, Braden Handley, Christopher Blain Caputo, Adam Manuel Zrehen
  • Patent number: 10099413
    Abstract: A resin-molded component includes a first molding part, and a second molding part. A portion of the first molding part and a portion of the second molding part are laminated in a direction of connecting an outer surface and an inner surface of the resin-molded component to provide a laminated portion. A portion of the second molding part is provided as an exposed portion. Each of portions of the laminated portion is located at least on opposite sides across the exposed portion. A one-side surface of the exposed portion in the laminating direction of the laminated portion is configured as a portion of the outer surface and the other-side surface thereof is configured as a portion of the inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroya Ito, Takatoshi Inoue, Tsukasa Ishiwata
  • Patent number: 10093111
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for printing a three-dimensional object. For example, a method includes determining a target thickness for a region of the three-dimensional object. A color for the region is determined. The color is assigned a color density. A color thickness for the color is determined based on the color density. The target thickness is independent from the color thickness. A color layer having the color thickness in the region is printed. A structural thickness for a structural layer of the region is determined based on the color thickness and the target thickness. The structural layer having the structural thickness is printed directly onto the color layer. A combination of the color layer and the structural layer has the target thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd W. Miller, Jeremy D. Walker
  • Patent number: 9968828
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a golf ball having a high performance as well as the visibility and the fashionable appearance. The present invention provides a colored golf ball having a color other than white and comprising: a core having a center and at least one intermediate layer disposed around the center, and a cover disposed around the core, wherein the cover and at least one of the intermediate layer preferably contain a fluorescent dye and/or a fluorescent pigment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Kosuke Tachibana, Keiji Ohama
  • Patent number: 9962578
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a golf ball having a high performance as well as the visibility and the fashionable appearance. The present invention provides a colored golf ball having a color other than white and comprising: a core having a center and at least one intermediate layer disposed around the center, and a cover disposed around the core, wherein the cover and at least one of the intermediate layer preferably contain a fluorescent dye and/or a fluorescent pigment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Kosuke Tachibana, Keiji Ohama
  • Patent number: 9703198
    Abstract: Negatives, and laminates containing negatives, for exposing liquid photopolymers in UV flexographic plate making are created by printing opaque images directly onto the protective or release cover films used in plate making processes. Combining negatives and cover films in this way eliminates two layers and two interfaces in the exposure process, reducing cost and improving quality. By bringing the negative images as close as possible to the liquid photopolymer, printed dots of “digital quality” are created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Chemence, Inc.
    Inventor: John P. Maneira
  • Patent number: 9699890
    Abstract: Second display means front parts, each including an immersion liquid surface level display for a coating liquid for moisture prevention and a lead-free display mark, are formed respectively in upper portions on a left side and a right side that are opposite sides having the one side interposed therebetween. A first display means front part including a board management document number, which defines a material for solder, is formed in a lower portion of the printed circuit board. A lead-free display mark (PBF) is not buried in or mixed with a large number of circuit information displays in the board, and a detailed management number is described in a reduced size to conserve space. Thus, the important lead-free display mark can be displayed with large character marks that also serve to manage a liquid surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Hashimoto, Keiichi Arita, Shozo Kanzaki
  • Patent number: 9510656
    Abstract: An apparatus for decorating an article includes a decorative sheet member having a first side and a second side, neither of the first and second sides having an adhesive; a fixation sheet member having a third side configured to be attached to a surface of the article, the third side including a first adhesive with a first adhesion characteristic; and a fourth side, opposite the third side and configured to receive one of the first and second sides of the decorative sheet, the fourth side having a second adhesive with a second adhesion characteristic, the second adhesion characteristic being less permanent than the first adhesion characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: SWAPONZ, INC.
    Inventor: Patrick Planche
  • Patent number: 9282785
    Abstract: The invention relates to sole elements for articles of footwear, and systems and methods for manufacturing same. One embodiment of the invention includes a method of manufacturing a sole element for an article of footwear including the steps of forming a sole element preform, inserting the sole element preform into a press mold cavity, and press-forming the sole element preform within the press mold cavity to form a unitary finished sole element comprising a first region having a first density and hardness and a second region having a second density and hardness different from the first density and hardness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Grondin
  • Patent number: 9040147
    Abstract: A cover glass for use in a mobile device such as a touch-panel mobile telephone has a thickness in the range of, for example, 0.3 mm to 1.5 mm. A recess that can be recognized as a character or a figure when watching from the front side of the mobile device or a recess that can be recognized when touching from the front side of the mobile device is formed on at least one of opposite main surfaces of the cover glass. A surface of this recess is an etched surface treated by etching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignees: HOYA CORPORATION, HOEV COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Kazuaki Hashimoto, Go Chiwata, Dongna Qin, Masatomo Shibui
  • Patent number: 9023459
    Abstract: A laminate material having a decorative appearance has a plurality of layers that are bonded together with at least one of the layers having a first orientation. A portion of at least one of the layers adjacent to an exterior surface of the material is deviated into a second orientation differing from the first orientation. The exterior surface of the material is substantially flat, thereby revealing multiple layers at the exterior surface. Each layer may comprise a sheet that is pre-impregnated with a thermosetting resin. A form having a surface feature may be pressed into the exterior surface of the material while the layers are bonded together to deviate a portion of at least one of the layers adjacent to an exterior surface of the material into the second orientation. The invention also includes a method of generating a laminate material having a decorative appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Hogue, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil Fredrick Hogue
  • Patent number: 8993096
    Abstract: A heat shield for a vehicle comprising at least one layer of a 3D structured metal sheet with a plurality of indentations or embossments, wherein the embossments protrude in a common direction normal to the surface of the sheet material, defined as the neutral plane n. The embossments also protrude a first distance h away from this neutral plane and together form a regular network, where each embossment forms a junction by intersecting with at least two other embossments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Autoneum Technologies AG
    Inventors: Davide Caprioli, Mark Myron Melnykowycz
  • Publication number: 20150083630
    Abstract: A technical problem of this invention is to create in-mold labels that can be adhered to wide areas, including 3D curved areas, of the peripheral wall of a synthetic resin container in a high-grade state without air entrapment and/or wrinkling. A principal means of this invention to solve the technical problem described above is in-mold labels used as an inserted material and adhered to the outer peripheral wall of a container main-body concurrently when the main body is being molded, said labels including an adhesive layer to be adhered to the outer peripheral wall of the container main-body, wherein this adhesive layer has depressed portions on a back surface thereof, the depressed portions being formed by embossing and being disposed in a regular pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Miya, Masafumi Fujita
  • Patent number: 8927083
    Abstract: A handle and a method of fabricating a handle, or another article of manufacture, that minimizes or avoids the likelihood of accumulating contamination before, during, or after use. The article includes a core element, for example, a plastic core element, having an outer surface and raised indicia, such as, letters or logos, extending beyond the outer surface; and a light-transferring material completely covering the raised indicia of the core element wherein the raised indicia are visible through the light-transferring material. The complete covering of the indicia avoids separation between the cover and the indicia. The cover material may be a translucent thermoplastic elastomer. Though particularly applicable to the medical device industry, aspects of the invention may be applied to a broad range of industries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Mack Molding Company
    Inventor: Randolph W. Pell
  • Patent number: 8927089
    Abstract: A sheet material (1) includes a stiffness-increasing concave-convex part (20). A first reference plane (K1), an intermediate reference plane (K3), and a second reference plane (K2) serve as a reference system. First reference areas (213), which have a specific shape, and second reference areas (223), which are all areas other than the first reference areas (213), are disposed in the intermediate reference plane (K3). The concave-convex part (20) is formed of first areas (21) as well as second areas (22) and/or plane areas (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Uacj Corporation
    Inventor: Masaya Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8920908
    Abstract: A sheet material (1) includes a stiffness-increasing concave-convex part (20). A first reference plane (K1), an intermediate reference plane (K3), and a second reference plane (K2) serve as a reference system. First unit areas (241) and second unit areas (242) are defined in the intermediate reference plane (K3). Each of the first unit areas (241) and the second unit areas (242) contains first virtual squares (243) and second virtual squares (244). Icosagonal areas that contain only adjacent first virtual squares (243) are designated as first reference areas (213), and icosagonal areas that contain only adjacent second virtual squares (244) are designated as second reference areas (223). The concave-convex part (20) contains first areas (21), which are formed based on the first reference areas (213), as well as second areas (22) and/or plane areas (23), which are formed based on the second reference areas (223).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: UACJ Corporation
    Inventor: Masaya Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20140315000
    Abstract: With respect to a product having a resin bent part, an image is color-printed on the bent part. When the image is printed with respect to a head band 10 as a resin bent part of a headphone, load is applied to the head band 10 so as to stretch the head band. The stretched head band 10, in the stretched state, is fixed with a jig 40. Then color printing using UV ink is performed with an ink jet printer or the like with respect to the head band 10 fixed with the jig 40.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicants: KAWASAKI SPECIAL PRINTING CO., LTD., HIROSHI MATSUMOTO, SHINJI OKUNO
    Inventor: Shinji Okuno
  • Publication number: 20140260080
    Abstract: Reinforced door skins, a door including one or more of the reinforced door skins, and methods of making the reinforced door skins and door are provided. The reinforced door skin as made by providing a reinforcement backing having a fibrous substrate layered with a solid-state thermoplastic hot melt adhesive, pressing the reinforcement backing and a preformed board having a door skin shape against one another at a temperature above a melt temperature of the thermoplastic hot melt adhesive and at sufficiently high pressure to conform the reinforcement backing to the door skin shape of the preformed board, and cooling the thermoplastic hot melt adhesive to form a reinforced door skin, the thermoplastic hot melt adhesive fusing the fibrous substrate to the preformed board of the reinforced door skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Steven SWARTZMILLER, James P. PFAU, James BRYANT, Kurt LILLIE
  • Patent number: 8828251
    Abstract: A method for finishing an exterior surface of an injection-molded product is provided, in which a metal layer is formed on the exterior surface of the injection-molded product, a photoresist layer is formed on the metal layer, a photomask is placed on the photoresist layer, light is projected onto the photomask, and remaining parts of the metal layer and the photoresist layer except for parts corresponding to a pattern formed on the photomask are removed by etching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong-Bae Park, Pil-Woo Lee, Jong-Hwa Kim, Hak-Ju Kim, Jung-Won Cho
  • Patent number: 8748691
    Abstract: A three dimensional printed article having a composite image printed thereon is disclosed. The composite image includes top and bottom artwork portions printed on the top and bottom surfaces of the printed article substrate. Both artwork portions are visible through a translucent or transparent substrate, thereby forming a visible composite image. The substrate can be a non-woven web. By printing on both surfaces of the substrate, the three dimensional printed article provides a good quality, aesthetically pleasing three-dimensional image that limits the loss of color and appearance of fuzz during normal use of the article. The three-dimensional printed article allows a more versatile creation of build colors and reduces the number of process colors required to print the composite image. The three-dimensional printed article can be integrated into an absorbent article, such as a diaper. A method of printing the three-dimensional printed article and forming the absorbent article are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Clarissa Maldonado, John Molander, Alrick Vincent Warner, Thomas Alexander Horn
  • Patent number: 8655274
    Abstract: A communications device may include a near-field communication (NFC) circuit device, and a radio frequency (RF) signal blocking member adhesively coupled with the NFC device. The RF signal blocking member may be configured to block RF signal communication by the NFC device while coupled therewith. The RF signal blocking member may comprise an electrical conductor. In accordance with an example, the RF signal blocking member may comprise a frangible layer. In another example, a pressure sensitive adhesive layer may be included for adhesively securing the RF signal blocking member with the NFC device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: David Ryan Walker, Jason Tyler Griffin, Steven Henry Fyke
  • Publication number: 20140017454
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention relates to a method of forming a micro- or nano-pattern on the surface of a composite material. The pattern may be a herringbone pattern with a jog angle of greater than or less than 90° or a graded wrinkled pattern. The micro- or nano-patterns on composite materials produced by the methods may be used to modulate, confer or control thin film material properties; as the basis for thickness measurements; to enhance light extraction in OLED; to enhance light harvest in opto-electronic devices; to tune adhesion properties, wetting, and friction of surfaces; to reduce fluid flow drag; and for anti-fouling purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Mary Cunningham Boyce, Karen K. Gleason, Jose Luis Yague, Jie Yin, Shabnam Raayai Ardakani
  • Patent number: 8617671
    Abstract: An emblem assembly configured for attachment to a vehicle includes a first element and a second element. The first element is configured for attachment to the vehicle and has a first surface and a second surface recessed from the first surface. The second element is configured for attachment to the first element and has a third surface, a fourth surface spaced apart from the third surface, and a fifth surface extending between the third and fourth surfaces, wherein the fifth surface is spaced apart from the second surface to define a channel therebetween. The assembly includes a first coating disposed on the third surface and a tape disposed in contact with at least a portion of each of the second surface, the first coating, and the fifth surface to thereby fill at least a portion of the channel. A method of forming the assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Bruce N. Greve, Kitty L. Gong
  • Patent number: 8617670
    Abstract: An emblem assembly configured for attachment to a vehicle includes a first element configured for attachment to the vehicle and a second element configured for attachment to the first element. The first element has a first surface and a second surface recessed from the first surface. The second element has a third surface, a fourth surface spaced apart from the third surface, and a fifth surface extending between the third and fourth surfaces. The emblem assembly further includes a coating disposed on the third surface, and a molded resin disposed adjacent and in fixed contact with each of the fifth surface and the coating to contiguously encapsulate the coating and at least a portion of the fifth surface, wherein the molded resin is bondable to the first element. A method of forming the emblem assembly is also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Michael A. Szymberski
  • Patent number: 8609214
    Abstract: A combination handheld device and anti-slip film is produced by combining a thin, dimensionally stable plastic film having a smooth surface finish with a silicone elastomer having a low durometer and a textured and polished surface finish. The film includes adhesive means for adhering the film to objects such as a handheld device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Fred A. Antonini
  • Patent number: 8563118
    Abstract: A door facing blank is provided that includes a central portion, first and second side portions adjacent to and integral with opposite sides of the central portion, opposite interior and exterior major surfaces, and a design element including a molded portion and an embossed portion. The side portions include stile-receiving areas that are substantially planar. The molded portion is molded in the central portion to establish a first groove portion in the exterior surface region of the central portion and a protrusion on the interior surface region of the central portion. The embossed portion is embossed in the first side portion to establish a second groove portion in the exterior surface region of the first side portion but no protrusion on the interior surface region of the first side portion. The first and second groove portions establish a continuous groove in the exterior major surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Jason M. Walsh, Mark A. Ruggie, Steven K. Lynch, Robert C. Allen
  • Publication number: 20130273332
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a polymer-molded material which can easily form a three-dimensional surface shape and minimize deformation includes: (a) preparing a lower mold on which a three-dimensional pattern, for imparting a surface shape of the molded material to a surface to be formed, is formed; (b) coupling a gasket on an edge of the formed surface of the lower mold; (c) coupling an upper mold including a raw material injection part to the gasket of the lower mold; (d) injecting a raw material of the polymer-molded material onto the formed surface of the lower mold through the raw material injection part of the upper mold; (e) heat-curing the raw material and transferring the three-dimensional pattern onto the formed surface of the lower mold; and (f) additionally heat-curing the raw material, which does not react in the step (e), through heat treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: LG HAUSYS, LTD.
    Inventors: In-Suk Yang, Jong-Chul Lee, Jae-Eun Lee
  • Publication number: 20130258478
    Abstract: A method of fabrication of a micro-optics device included providing a layer of material; patterning the layer of material by one or more of: locally unzipping and desorbing molecules thereof, with a nano-scale dimensioned probe, to obtain a curved surface for the layer of material, the curved surface having a curved profile in a plane section; and completing a layer structure perpendicular to the plane section by providing one or more additional layers of material in contact with the curved surface to obtain the micro-optics device, wherein the micro-optics device has the layer structure, with a given layer thereof comprising a defect delimited by two surfaces, wherein one of the two surfaces is the curved surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Fei Ding, Urs T. Duerig, Armin W. Knoll, Rainer F. Mahrt, Thilo H. Stoeferle
  • Patent number: 8545968
    Abstract: A reverse molded, plant-on decorative panel component comprises a panel portion lying on a first plane, a skirt portion, and a contoured portion. The skirt portion has a first surface adapted to be exteriorly disposed and an opposite second surface adapted to be interiorly disposed in order to be adhesively secured to a planar surface. The contoured portion extends outwardly from and surrounds the panel portion and interconnects and is integral with the panel portion and the skirt portion. The skirt portion extends peripherally about the contoured portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Steven K. Lynch, Dale E. Schafernak, Karine Luetgert, Bei-Hong Liang, Lee Braddock
  • Publication number: 20130252016
    Abstract: A metamaterial thin film with plasmonic properties formed by depositing metallic films by atomic layer deposition onto a substrate to form a naturally occurring mosaic-like nanostructure having two-dimensional features with air gaps between the two-dimensional features. Due to the unique deposition nanostructure, plasmonic thin films of metal or highly conducting materials can be produced on any substrate, including fabrics and biological materials. In addition, these plasmonic materials can be used in conjunction with geometric patterns that may be used to create multiple resonance plasmonic metamaterials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: Orest J. Glembocki, Sharka M. Prokes, Joshua D. Caldwell, Mikko Ritala, Markku Leskela, Jaakko Niinisto, Eero Santala, Timo Hatanpaa, Maarit Kariemi
  • Publication number: 20130236947
    Abstract: A substrate having rod-like molecules on a surface thereof including: a substrate in which a pattern including a convex portion with a flat upper surface is formed on at least a portion thereof; and a plurality of rod-like molecules, which are formed into rod-like shape, are aligned in line in a direction crossing a molecular length direction of each of the rod-like molecules an the upper surface of the convex portion, and have liquid crystalline states, wherein the molecular length LR of the rod-like molecule is 2.0 or less times LN, which is a length of the rod-like molecule in the molecular length direction within the convex portion; and a method for producing a substrate having rod-like molecules on a surface thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicants: Tokyo Ohka Kogyo Co., Ltd., National University Corporation Nara Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Masanobu Naito, Yusuke Nakamura, Toshiyuki Ogata, Toshikazu Takayama, Takayuki Hosono
  • Publication number: 20130224445
    Abstract: A glass or ceramic dishware item with an image disposed thereon is provided. The image is transferred, at ambient temperature, to the surface of the dishware from an ink composite by using a silicone transfer substrate. The ink composite is dispensed by an inkjet head. Methods and systems for producing ink composites and dishware using ink composites are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: John Donohoe, Michael J. Sullivan, Richard J. Lugen, Kenneth A. Kirk
  • Patent number: 8512552
    Abstract: A mat for cleaning a liquid spill on a surface has a flexible, liquid-permeable outer shell having a top side, a bottom side, and a peripheral edge. The top and bottom sides are mutually fastened at a fastening area so that an interior space is segregated into a plurality of compartments, each compartment retaining an absorbent material therein. The absorbent material is preferably a powdered polyurethane foam material. In one embodiment, the absorbent material within each compartment is contained within a rectangular substantially flat inner section having a top surface, a bottom surface and a peripheral edge, such that the mat is foldable between such inner sections but not easily folded across each inner section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas R. Rossi
  • Patent number: 8486512
    Abstract: In one embodiment, Hexagonal tiles encompassing a large are divided into three groups, each containing ? of all hexagonal tiles that are disjoined among one another. Openings for the hexagonal tiles in each group are formed in a template layer, and a set of self-assembling block copolymers is applied and patterned within each opening. This process is repeated three times to encompass all three groups, resulting in a self-aligned pattern extending over a wide area. In another embodiment, the large area is divided into rectangular tiles of two non-overlapping and complementary groups. Each rectangular area has a width less than the range of order of self-assembling block copolymers. Self-assembled self-aligned line and space structures are formed in each group in a sequential manner so that a line and space pattern is formed over a large area extending beyond the range of order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Charles T. Black, Timothy J. Dalton, Bruce B. Doris, Carl J. Radens
  • Patent number: 8486509
    Abstract: A pattern having variable colors can be attached on a soft material of wearing apparels or household cloths. The pattern is constituted of decorative blocks provided on the surface of the cloth or the soft material and a plurality of color-shielding pieces embedded on the surface of the decorative blocks. At least two opposite outer sides of the color-shielding piece are respectively provided with a colored block, so that the decorative blocks represent a visual effect of variable colors when viewed from different angles since the color-shielding pieces shield the colored blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Min-San Huang
  • Patent number: 8486511
    Abstract: In one embodiment, Hexagonal tiles encompassing a large are divided into three groups, each containing ? of all hexagonal tiles that are disjoined among one another. Openings for the hexagonal tiles in each group are formed in a template layer, and a set of self-assembling block copolymers is applied and patterned within each opening. This process is repeated three times to encompass all three groups, resulting in a self-aligned pattern extending over a wide area. In another embodiment, the large area is divided into rectangular tiles of two non-overlapping and complementary groups. Each rectangular area has a width less than the range of order of self-assembling block copolymers. Self-assembled self-aligned line and space structures are formed in each group in a sequential manner so that a line and space pattern is formed over a large area extending beyond the range of order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Charles T. Black, Timothy J. Dalton, Bruce B. Doris, Carl J. Radens
  • Publication number: 20130164502
    Abstract: Processes for forming a thermoformed labeled article are described. Labels are attached to a sheet to be thermoformed or to a section thereof. Label attachment can optionally use an adhesive. If the label material is completely or partially compatible with the sheet then the use of adhesive may not be necessary. The labels may also receive various graphics or other designs, such as by printing. After appropriate placement of the label relative to the sheet, the assembly of both sheet and label is thermoformed. After thermoforming, a finished and labeled article is produced. Also described are various labels and label assemblies which are uniquely suited for use in the processes described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: AVERY DENNISON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Farid F. Ghiam, Victor P. Holbert, Michael Zajaczkowski, Kevin O. Henderson
  • Patent number: 8455075
    Abstract: A decorative stainless steel rolled sheet has an embossed pattern, suitable for use as a surface finish or an interior surface finish of products, wherein a thin stainless steel sheet subjected to surface treatment including nanoceramic coating or PVD ionic coating resulting in various colors and a release sheet alone or with a nonwoven fabric layer bonded thereto by means of a hot melt adhesive layer are embossed together and bonded to each other with the embossed pattern, thus exhibiting superior bonding strength, heat resistance, fire resistance, scratch resistance, shape stability, flexibility and wrinkling resistance. In the method of manufacturing such a decorative stainless steel rolled sheet, the rolled sheet can be mass produced at uniform quality using a continuous process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Daejin DSP Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin Hyung Kim
  • Publication number: 20130129967
    Abstract: An improved molded door skin of a synthetic door is disclosed to have a recessed portion for removably installing a replaceable panel thereon, by changing the replaceable panel with another one having different patterns, the molded door skin is therefore variegated; the molded door skin further has a receiving groove circling the recessed portion for receiving a batten having decorative effects, by combinations of different battens with different fashionable replaceable panels can better improve the molded door skin in decoration and esthetics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: NAN YA PLASTICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kuei Yung WANG CHEN
  • Publication number: 20130101793
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a production process for a decorative sheet comprising a step in which a primer layer is formed on a releasing film having a smooth surface, a step in which a design layer is formed on the above primer layer, a step in which the primer layer and the design layer are transferred on a base material, a step in which the releasing film on the base material is peeled off, a step in which an ionizing radiation curable resin composition is laminated on the primer layer formed on the base material and a step in which the above ionizing radiation curable resin composition is cross-linked and cured to form a surface protective layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventor: Nobuo Saitou
  • Patent number: 8404073
    Abstract: A durable decorative sheet high in the ability to follow a curved surface with small appearance change by heat or elongation. A decorative sheet comprising a transparent resin film having two main surfaces, a transparent resin layer formed on the first main surface of the transparent resin film, a pattern printed layer arranged on the transparent resin layer, and a colored base film arranged on the second main surface of the transparent resin film. The transparent resin layer includes first beads, the pattern printed layer include second beads. The first beads are different from the second beads in content, color and/or particle size. The first beads and the second beads are embedded in the transparent resin layer and the pattern printed layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Hajime Chisaka, Mamoru Kanno
  • Patent number: 8372493
    Abstract: An emblem assembly configured for attachment to a vehicle includes a first element having a first surface and a second surface recessed from the first surface, wherein the first element defines at least one void therethrough extending through the second surface. The emblem assembly includes a second element having a third surface, a fourth surface spaced apart from the third surface, and a fifth surface extending between the third surface and the fourth surface, wherein the second surface is spaced apart from the fifth surface to define a channel therebetween. The emblem assembly includes a coating disposed on the third surface and a sealant disposed adjacent and in contact with at least a portion of each of the void, the second surface, the coating, and the fifth surface to thereby fill at least a portion of the channel. A method of forming the emblem assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Bruce N. Greve
  • Publication number: 20130011627
    Abstract: An emboss pattern, tissue product and method of manufacturing tissue product having improved bulk and softness with minimal roll ridging. The pattern combines a plurality of aligned signature bosses with a grouping of signature bosses offset from the machine direction in a clockwise manner and another grouping of signature bosses being offset in a counter-clockwise manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Brian J. Schuh, John H. Dwiggins, T. Philips Oriaran, Galyn A. Schulz
  • Publication number: 20120288661
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a solid structure glass with a thin cross-sectional plane and a method for making the same. The solid structure glass includes an inner surface and an outer surface each combined of a curved surface, or at least two curved surfaces, or a curved surface and at least one flat surface, or at least two flat surfaces. As a result, the solid structure glass can easily be made with different shapes so as to be especially compatible with the form factor of products. Besides, the solid structure glass is made by heating a glass preform and a mold together into a forming temperature of the glass preform under condition that the glass preform is in a softened state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: Weis Limited
    Inventor: KANG WEI
  • Patent number: 8298652
    Abstract: An injection molding die for producing a molded product having an appearance surface, an injection molding method for producing a molded product having an appearance surface, and a resin molded product molded by the injection molding method which is free from occurrence of appearance deficiency such as a flow mark or the like that is a drawback in appearance. A molten thermoplastic resin material is injected into a cavity defined by a molded product's appearance surface forming portion (4a) and a molded product's rear surface forming portion (6a) through one or more direct gates and one or more hot runners to fill the cavity with the molten resin material, thereby performing injection molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: SANKO GOSEI Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideyuki Aoki
  • Publication number: 20120270016
    Abstract: A cover glass for use in a mobile device such as a touch-panel mobile telephone has a thickness in the range of, for example, 0.3 mm to 1.5 mm. A recess that can be recognized as a character or a figure when watching from the front side of the mobile device or a recess that can be recognized when touching from the front side of the mobile device is formed on at least one of opposite main surfaces of the cover glass. A surface of this recess is an etched surface treated by etching.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicants: HOEV COMPANY, LIMITED, HOYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuaki HASHIMOTO, Go CHIWATA, Dongna QIN, Masatomo SHIBUI
  • Patent number: 8268426
    Abstract: An anti-slip film is produced by combining a thin, dimensionally stable plastic film having a smooth surface finish with a silicone elastomer having a low durometer and a textured and polished surface finish. The film may include adhesive means for adhering the film to objects, and label stock for displaying graphical and/or textual indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: Fred A. Antonini
  • Patent number: 8229589
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for fabricating a foam container by using a laser cutting apparatus to precisely cut and remove portions of foam in order to form custom and predetermined text, indentations and protective compartments in the foam, and more particularly a method of controlling the laser relative to high density foam to create precise cuts completely through the foam without subsequently adjusting the focal point of the laser, the cuts being made according to exterior dimensions of an object to be supported and protected in the high density foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Battle Foam, LLC
    Inventor: Romeo Filip
  • Patent number: 8197926
    Abstract: A screen includes a plurality of concave recesses arranged on a flat surface, wherein the recesses are arranged in such a way that the spacing between adjacent ones of the recesses in the radial direction from a reference point located in the flat surface or a plane extended from the flat surface increase with distance from the reference point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Shinbo, Ryoji Katsuma