Transparent Or Translucent Layer Or Section Patents (Class 428/46)
  • Patent number: 10328171
    Abstract: An air freshener for a vehicle includes a housing having an air inlet and an air outlet at both ends thereof. A perfume container is provided inside the housing, in which a plurality of aromatics having different physical states are laminated. An aromatics laminated at an uppermost layer is evaporated by air passing through an interior of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Hanon Systems
    Inventors: June Kyu Park, Kwang Woon Cho, Yong Jun Jee, Jae Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 10150331
    Abstract: A method of making a decorative shattered-glass screen or other work of art, including providing a planar main member, applying a two-dimensional graphical decorative work to the main member, applying a substantially clear viscous liquid adhesive over the decorative work of art, applying a shatterable clear glass pane onto the adhesive layer while still in liquid form, striking the pane, preferably on its edge, to shatter the pane into a multiplicity of shattered glass pieces and by such shattering causing the shattered glass pieces to spread from one another, and solidifying the adhesive layer to form a shattered-glass mosaic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Sherry Lou LLC
    Inventor: Sherry Lou Martin
  • Patent number: 9266264
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for making a ground coating made of a thermoplastic material, that comprises the steps of (a) depositing a layer of a liquid component on a substrate, the liquid component being selected from a plastisol, an organosol or an SBR rubber emulsion, (b) powdering solid particles on the liquid component layer, and (c) applying press heat in order to form a ground coating having a smooth surface. The invention also relates to a device for obtaining such coatings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: TARKETT SAS
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Georges, Richard Peres
  • Patent number: 9186903
    Abstract: A method of applying a graphic to an article is disclosed. The method includes applying a graphic to a backer material and covering the backer material with a clear protective layer, which may be silicone, to help prevent degradation of the graphic with time and use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven McClard, Eric W. Halverson
  • Patent number: 9132617
    Abstract: Scent releasing articles and methods for producing the same are provided. In one embodiment, a method includes absorbing a first amount of fragrant oil with a polymer material and positioning the polymer material between opposing layers of mesh material each defining a plurality of interstitial openings to form a composite structure. The composite structure is then heated and pressed to fill at least a portion of the interstitial openings of the opposing layers of mesh material with a portion of the polymer material. In one form, the method further includes contacting the composite structure with a second amount of fragrant oil. In another embodiment, the polymer material is positioned between a mesh material defining a plurality of interstitial openings and an oil impermeable barrier material, which can optionally also include a mesh layer. Other embodiments include unique methods, systems, kits, assemblies, equipment, and/or apparatus which involve scent releasing articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventor: Michelle Subrin
  • Patent number: 9046325
    Abstract: A composite shield comprises a panel including an outer ballistic fabric strike surface layer and an inner structural armor plate layer. The structural armor plate layer has a multiplicity of traversing ports. The traversing ports have sufficient lateral area to allow deformation of the ballistic fabric through the structural armor plate layer on the occurrence of explosive blast. The composite shield is particularly effective in protecting personnel. Blast frequencies in the damaging 1000 to 3000 Hz range are attenuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Alyssa A. Littlestone, Philip J. Dudt
  • Patent number: 8999475
    Abstract: A component of a substrate processing apparatus that performs plasma processing on a substrate includes a base mainly formed of an aluminum alloy containing silicon. A film is formed on the surface of the base by an anodic oxidation process which includes connecting the component to an anode of a power supply and immersing the component in a solution mainly formed of an organic acid. The film is impregnated with ethyl silicate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Koji Mitsuhashi
  • Patent number: 8934743
    Abstract: A light-receiving device of the present disclosure includes a light-trapping sheet, and a photoelectric conversion section optically coupled thereto. The light-trapping sheet includes: a light-transmitting sheet; and a plurality of light-coupling structures arranged in an inner portion of the light-transmitting sheet. The light-coupling structure includes first, second and third light-transmitting layers. A refractive index of the first and second light-transmitting layers is smaller than that of the light-transmitting sheet; and a refractive index of the third light-transmitting layer is larger than those of the first and second light-transmitting layers. The third light-transmitting layer has a diffraction grating parallel to the light-transmitting sheet. At least a part of the photoelectric conversion section is located along an outer edge of at least one of the surfaces of the light-transmitting sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Seiji Nishiwaki, Shinichi Wakabayashi
  • Publication number: 20140370225
    Abstract: Disclosed is a flooring material in which edge portions of a base layer and a surface layer of the flooring material are formed to be rounded when press forming the base layer and the surface layer, thereby providing its fine appearance, and which can provide construction joints between tiles through a dry construction method using an adhesive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Hae Seung Ko, Jun Hyuk Kwon, Sang Sun Park
  • Patent number: 8834992
    Abstract: A thermoplastic laminate plank is described wherein the thermoplastic laminate plank comprises a core, a print layer, and optionally an overlay. The core comprises at least one thermoplastic material and has a top surface and bottom surface wherein a print layer is affixed to the top surface of the core and an overlay layer is affixed to the top surface of the print layer. Optionally, an underlay layer can be located and affixed between the bottom surface of the print layer and the top surface of the core. A method of making the thermoplastic laminate plank is further described which involves extruding at least one thermoplastic material into the shape of the core and affixing a laminate on the core, wherein the laminate comprises an overlay affixed to the top surface of the print layer and optionally an underlay layer affixed to the bottom surface of the print layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventors: Hao A. Chen, Richard Judd
  • Patent number: 8658274
    Abstract: A thermoplastic laminate plank is described wherein the thermoplastic laminate plank comprises a core, a print layer, and optionally an overlay. The core comprises at least one thermoplastic material and has a top surface and bottom surface wherein a print layer is affixed to the top surface of the core and an overlay layer is affixed to the top surface of the print layer. Optionally, an underlay layer can be located and affixed between the bottom surface of the print layer and the top surface of the core. In addition, a method of making the thermoplastic laminate plank is further described which involves extruding at least one thermoplastic material into the shape of the core and affixing a laminate on the core, wherein the laminate comprises an overlay affixed to the top surface of the print layer and optionally an underlay layer affixed to the bottom surface of the print layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Mannington Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Hao A. Chen, Richard Judd
  • Patent number: 8406827
    Abstract: A housing for an electronic device is provided. The housing includes a substrate made of a light-transmittable ceramic. The substrate has an outer surface and an opposite inner surface defining at least one recess configured with patterns or symbols. An opaque layer is formed on the inner surface to prevent light penetrating through the substrate except through the at least one recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Yue-Ping Liu, Hsiang-Jung Su, Wen-Te Lai, You-Li Liu
  • Patent number: 8406832
    Abstract: A housing for an electronic device comprises a substrate, a base coat, and a transparent top coat. The substrate is a transparent or a translucent plastic substrate and has opposite surfaces. The base coat and the top coat are respectively formed on the opposite surfaces of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventor: De-Zhi Ye
  • Patent number: 8288746
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a laminated glass which reduces light transmittance loss of a certain region thereof at a predetermined wavelength, particularly within a near-IR (750 to 1,000 nm) range and which facilitates provision of an optical instrument employing the near-IR light without partial substitution of an intermediate film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Nippon Sheet Glass Company, Limited
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Matsushita, Toru Maruyama, Hideki Okamoto
  • Patent number: 8187702
    Abstract: A decorative laminate is provided and includes a core with at least one epoxy resin impregnated fiberboard sheet. The decorative laminate also includes at least one decorative layer provided adjacent to the core. A method of forming a decorative laminate is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: The Diller Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Francis O'Brien, Frederic Auguste Taillan
  • Patent number: 8129005
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a synthetic ice surface system comprising a first synthetic ice panel having a top surface, a bottom surface, and a side surface having at least one expansion groove having a length dimension and a height dimension, a second synthetic ice panel having a top surface, a bottom surface, and a side surface having at least one expansion nub having a length dimension and a height dimension, wherein the expansion groove is disposed along the side surface of the first synthetic ice panel so as to engage with the expansion nub on the side surface of the second synthetic ice panel such that the movement of the first synthetic ice panel relative to the second synthetic ice panel is inhibited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Florida Skating, Inc.
    Inventors: Perry Boskus, Tom Rios
  • Patent number: 8021741
    Abstract: A thermoplastic laminate plank is described wherein the thermoplastic laminate plank comprises a core, a print layer, and optionally an overlay. The core comprises at least one thermoplastic material and has a top surface and bottom surface wherein a print layer is affixed to the top surface of the core and an overlay layer is affixed to the top surface of the print layer. Optionally, an underlay layer can be located and affixed between the bottom surface of the print layer and the top surface of the core. In addition, a method of making the thermoplastic laminate plank is further described which involves extruding at least one thermoplastic material into the shape of the core and affixing a laminate on the core, wherein the laminate comprises an overlay affixed to the top surface of the print layer and optionally an underlay layer affixed to the bottom surface of the print layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Mannington Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Hao A. Chen, Richard Judd
  • Publication number: 20110080738
    Abstract: A surface of a transparent substrate 5 which is adjacent to a light emitting body has a surface structure 13 that is defined by dividing the surface into a plurality of linear segments of width w which are inclined so as to extend in a specific direction in a plane of the surface and dividing the linear segments into minute regions aligned along the longitudinal direction of the linear segments such that the largest inscribed circle of the minute regions has a diameter from 0.2 ?m to 1.5 ?m. Each of the minute regions is formed by a raised or recessed portion formed in the surface of the transparent substrate 5. The proportion of the raised portions and the proportion of the recessed portions, P and 1?P, are determined such that P is in the range of 0.4 to 0.98.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventors: Shin-ichi Wakabayashi, Seiji Nishiwaki, Masa-aki Suzuki, Jyunpei Matsuzaki, Tatsuya Nakamura
  • Patent number: 7919176
    Abstract: The present invention is drawn to a coated substrate for ink-jet ink printing comprising a substrate, having coated thereon, a porous coating, wherein the porous coating comprises silica covalently attached to a chelating agent, an ultraviolet blocker, and/or a hindered amine light stabilizer. In one embodiment, the chelating agent, ultraviolet blocker, and/or hindered amine light stabilizer can be substantially homogenously distributed on the silica.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Palitha Wickramanayake
  • Patent number: 7868126
    Abstract: This invention provides a polyester and a polyester molded product, which, while maintaining color tone, transparency, and thermal stability, can realize a high polycondensation rate, are less likely to cause the production of polycondensation catalyst-derived undesired materials, and can simultaneously meet both quality and cost effectiveness requirements, which can exhibit the characteristic features, for example, in the fields of ultrafine fibers, high transparent films for optical use, or ultrahigh transparent molded products. These advantages can be realized by using, in the production of a polyester in the presence of an aluminum compound-containing polyester polycondensation catalyst, an aluminum compound having an absorbance of not more than 0.0132 as measured in the form of an aqueous aluminum compound solution, prepared by dissolving the aluminum compound in pure water to give a concentration of 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Toyo Boseki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Kageyama, Tooru Kitagawa, Kenichi Funaki, Masaki Fuchikami, Kazuo Katayose, Takahiro Nakajima, Toshiyuki Tsuchiya, Satoru Nakagawa, Fumikazu Yoshida, Haruhiko Kohyama, Naoki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 7791562
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of displaying an image on a display device having first and second sides, said image including an light restricting silhouette pattern having a plurality of first transparent or translucent areas, and at least one design layer having at least one color, said at least one design layer being visible from one side of said display device and substantially less visible from the other side, said image being substantially transparent or translucent as viewed from the other side, comprising the steps: 1) providing at least a definition of said design layer to a computer; 2) generating a computerized version of said design layer with the computer; 3) outputting the computerized version of said design layer to said display device, the computerized version of said design layer being modified to subdivide said design layer into a plurality of second discrete transparent or translucent areas and other areas, and 4) displaying said modified design layer and said silhouette pattern
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Bruno Mueller, William E. Bird
  • Patent number: 7763345
    Abstract: A thermoplastic laminate plank is described wherein the thermoplastic laminate plank comprises a core, a print layer, and optionally an overlay. The core comprises at least one thermoplastic material and has a top surface and bottom surface wherein a print layer is affixed to the top surface of the core and an overlay layer is affixed to the top surface of the print layer. Optionally, an underlay layer can be located and affixed between the bottom surface of the print layer and the top surface of the core. In addition, a method of making the thermoplastic laminate plank is further described which involves extruding at least one thermoplastic material into the shape of the core and affixing a laminate on the core, wherein the laminate comprises an overlay affixed to the top surface of the print layer and optionally an underlay layer affixed to the bottom surface of the print layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Mannington Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Hao A. Chen, Richard Judd
  • Patent number: 7740941
    Abstract: This invention relates to thermoplastic article having one or more decorative materials embedded therein which is obtained by applying heat and pressure to one or more laminates wherein at least one of said laminates comprises, in order, (1) an upper sheet material; (2) one or more decorative materials; and (3) a lower sheet material; wherein the upper and lower sheet materials are formed from a polyester/aromatic polycarbonate blend wherein the thermoplastic article comprises at least one polyester composition comprising at least one polyester which comprises terephthalic acid and 2,2,4,4-tetramethyl-1,3-cyclobutanediol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Emmett Dudley Crawford, David Scott Porter, Gary Wayne Connell
  • Patent number: 7666485
    Abstract: A method of making alkali-metal vapor cells by first forming microscale-wax micropackets with alkali metals inside allows fabrication of vapor cells at low cost and in a batch fabricated manner. Alkali metals are enclosed in a chemically inert wax to preform alkali metal-wax micropackets, keeping the alkali metals from reacting with the ambient surroundings during the vapor cell fabrication. This enables the deposition of precise amounts of pure alkali metal inside the vapor cells. Laser ablation of the alkali metal-wax micropackets provides a simple and effective way of releasing the enclosed metal. The method reduces the cost of making chip-scale atomic clocks and allows shipping of alkali vapor packets without contamination issues, thereby creating a technology for alkali-metal vendors to provide small packets of alkali metals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Cornell University
    Inventors: Amit Lal, Shankar Radhakrishnan
  • Publication number: 20090320675
    Abstract: A damage localizing transparent armor having one or more mosaic tile layers each having two or more transparent projectile-resistant tiles bonded together along their edges in a mosaic arrangement, and preferably a transparent polymer backing plate bonded to a face of the mosaic tile layer with a transparent adhesive, to form a transparent protective panel capable of providing see-through shielding against small arms projectiles and shards from explosive devices. The edge-bonded mosaic arrangement of the mosaic tile layer reduces the energy transferred from an impacted tile to an adjacent tile of the mosaic tile layer, so as to localize damage caused by these projectiles, and increase the multi-hit capability of the transparent armor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventors: Richard L. Landingham, Steve J. DeTeresa, John Hunter
  • Patent number: 7510768
    Abstract: This invention relates to thermoplastic article having one or more decorative materials embedded therein which is obtained by applying heat and pressure to one or more laminates wherein at least one of said laminates comprises, in order, (1) an upper sheet material; (2) one or more decorative materials; and (3) a lower sheet material; wherein the upper and lower sheet materials are formed from a polyester/aromatic polycarbonate blend wherein the thermoplastic article comprises at least one polyester composition comprising at least one polyester which comprises terephthalic acid and 2,2,4,4-tetramethyl-1,3-cyclobutanediol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Emmett Dudley Crawford, David Scott Porter, Gary Wayne Connell
  • Patent number: 7452580
    Abstract: An imbedded flooring product has a skeletal frame in the form of a mesh at least partially imbedded into a vinyl sheet substrate. The mesh creates a pattern visible from above the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Inventors: Robert S. Weiner, John W. Waller, Willard Clifton Owens
  • Patent number: 7419717
    Abstract: A thermoplastic laminate plank is described wherein the thermoplastic laminate plank comprises a core, a print layer, and optionally an overlay. The core comprises at least one thermoplastic material and has a top surface and bottom surface wherein a print layer is affixed to the top surface of the core and an overlay layer is affixed to the top surface of the print layer. Optionally, an underlay layer can be located and affixed between the bottom surface of the print layer and the top surface of the core. In addition, a method of making the thermoplastic laminate plank is further described which involves extruding at least one thermoplastic material into the shape of the core and affixing a laminate on the core, wherein the laminate comprises an overlay affixed to the top surface of the print layer and optionally an underlay layer affixed to the bottom surface of the print layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Mannington Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Hao A. Chen, Richard Judd
  • Publication number: 20080138560
    Abstract: The invention relates to a floor panel in the form of a multilayer, rectangular laminate with a soft core (10) of plastic, a décor film (12) on the upper side of the core (10), a transparent finishing layer (14) and a transparent lacquer layer (16) applied on the finishing layer (16), as well as a back-pull layer (18) on the back of the core (10), with a lockable tongue and groove connection at least at two mutually opposite edges of the panel (20, 22).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: ULRICH WINDMOLLER CONSULTING GMBH
    Inventor: Ulrich Windmoller
  • Publication number: 20080138559
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus relate to a glass reference plate panel; to a modular glass reference plate assembly; and to creation of the modular glass reference plate assembly, which may include providing a plurality of glass reference plate panels, arranging the plurality of glass reference plate panels into an array of adjoining glass reference plate panels, and adhering together the adjoining glass reference plate panels. One or more embodiments may include 6.8 mm-thick borosilicate glass, ground, and polished, with reference marks on a top side and a PVD aluminum coating on a bottom side, perforated with holes, arranged in a 4×4 array of 16 glass reference plate panels, each approximately 810 mm2 in size, abutting at interfaces formed by lap joints, and bonded together with a UV-curable adhesive into a contiguous piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventors: Douglas E. Brackley, Kiat Chyai Kang, Paul Maynard Schermerhorn, Mark Alex Shalkey, Paul John Shustack
  • Patent number: 7208224
    Abstract: Resin laminate mat is produced by laminating an outer layer comprising a transparent base resin and highly luminant particles dispersed in the transparent resin, and a back layer made of a colored resin. Back layer is composed of upper layer containing a coloring agent and lower layer containing a filler. Preferably, the transparent base resin of the outer layer is mainly composed of a linear low-density polyethylene resin, while the back layer is mainly composed of a mixture of a linear low-density polyethylene resin and a low-density polyethylene resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignees: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki, Hayashi Telempu Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiro Matsuura, Mary Dovell, Masato Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 7189442
    Abstract: The present invention provides an edge band including a protective layer attached to a wood portion. The wood portion includes a first side and a second side. A first adhesive is disposed between the protective layer and the first side of the wood portion and a second adhesive is disposed on the second side of the wood portion and may be used to attach the edge band to an article. The protective layer can be removed from the band when desired, for example, following the application of a finishing material to the associated article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: David Jesse, Terry Luyk
  • Patent number: 7172668
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for constructing a rotatable label and attaching the rotatable label to a container. The rotatable label system comprises an inner label attached to the container and a rotatable outer label. The inner label may have adhesive on a rear surface of a trailing end alone, adhesive on a rear surface of both the leading and trailing end for fixedly attaching it to a container, or adhesive on the entire rear surface. The outer label may only have adhesive on a rear surface at or near a trailing end to secure the outer label to itself. The outer label is temporarily coupled to, the container while the outer label is wrapped around the container. Once the trailing end is attached to a front surface of the outer label at or near a leading end of the outer label, the outer label can be rotated about the container over the inner label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Stephen Key Design, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen M. Key
  • Patent number: 7169460
    Abstract: A thermoplastic laminate plank is described wherein the thermoplastic laminate plank comprises a core, a print layer, and optionally an overlay. The core comprises at least one thermoplastic material and has a top surface and bottom surface wherein a print layer is affixed to the top surface of the core and an overlay layer is affixed to the top surface of the print layer. Optionally, an underlay layer can be located and affixed between the bottom surface of the print layer and the top surface of the core. In addition, a method of making the thermoplastic laminate plank is further described which involves extruding at least one thermoplastic material into the shape of the core and affixing a laminate on the core, wherein the laminate comprises an overlay affixed to the top surface of the print layer and optionally an underlay layer affixed to the bottom surface of the print layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Mannington Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Hao A. Chen, Richard Judd
  • Patent number: 7160624
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide an interlayer film for a laminated glass and a laminated glass, which are superior in transparency, heat shield property, electromagnetic wave permeability and weatherability. The present invention is directed to an interlayer film for a laminated glass, wherein a laminated glass, produced by interposing the film between two sheets of glass selected from the group consisting of clear glass, green glass and high heat ray absorbing glass, has an electromagnetic wave shielding performance of 10 dB or less at a frequency of 0.1 to 10 MHz and 2 to 26.5 GHz, a haze of 1.0% or less, a visible light transmittance of 70% or more and a solar radiation transmittance of 85% or less of the visible light transmittance in a wavelength region of 300 nm to 2100 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Juichi Fukatani, Tadahiko Yoshioka, Shinnen Kobata
  • Patent number: 7153380
    Abstract: A method of affixing a gasket to a transparent substrate utilizing a fixture having a channel formed therein, into which the gasket is inserted and held in place by, for example, a vacuum. Alternatively, a removable form may be inserted into the channel, and the elastomeric member/gasket is inserted into the removable form. A suitable substrate is precisely positioned on the fixture in a predetermined position relative to the elastomeric member. An adhesion promoting primer may be applied to the substrate, and an adhesive may be applied to the gasket, or to the substrate. The elastomeric member is then bonded to the transparent substrate. Finally, the completed assembly is removed from the fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Pilkington North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Ash, Thomas S. Hicks
  • Patent number: 7141292
    Abstract: A laminar mat comprises a rigid planar tile of moulded plastics material having on respective faces a planar layer integrated therewith during moulding of the tile, the planar layers each being of similar material. Non-adhesive integration of the planar layers during moulding eliminates the need for adhesive. The mat may be moulded so as to include one or more projections, recesses and living hinges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Innavisions, Limited
    Inventor: John Kenneth Kirby
  • Patent number: 7003267
    Abstract: A part employing internally molded shapes and surface finish to provide cosmetic features or design elements includes a body, at least a portion of which is molded of a transparent or semi-transparent material having an internal surface and an external surface. A cosmetic feature is formed in the internal surface of the body and is visible through the body of the part from the external surface. In some embodiments, the part is within a mobile phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Siemens Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Isaac Ward, Souhail Abood, David Owen West, Dietmar F. Wennemer, Kenneth Lawrence Weselake
  • Patent number: 6995339
    Abstract: An automotive transparency having a heatable wiper rest area includes a first glass sheet and a second glass sheet secured together by an interlayer material. An opaque band is positioned on the inner surface of the outer glass sheet along a portion of an edge of the outer sheet at an expected wiper rest areas; and an electrically conductive member is positioned on a major surface of the second glass sheet and extends along an edge portion of the second sheet at the wiper rest area. A plurality of bus bars positioned in electrical contact along the conductive member divides the conductive member into a plurality of heatable areas with a first lead electrically interconnecting selected ones of the bus bars and a second lead electrically interconnecting other selected ones of the bus bars with overlying portions of the first and second leads electrically isolated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventors: James H. Schwartz, Allen R. Hawk
  • Patent number: 6986934
    Abstract: A thermoplastic laminate plank is described wherein the thermoplastic laminate plank comprises a core, a print layer, and optionally an overlay. The core comprises at least one thermoplastic material and has a top surface and bottom surface wherein a print layer is affixed to the top surface of the core and an overlay layer is affixed to the top surface of the print layer. Optionally, an underlay layer can be located and affixed between the bottom surface of the print layer and the top surface of the core. In addition, a method of making the thermoplastic laminate plank is further described which involves extruding at least one thermoplastic material into the shape of the core and affixing a laminate on the core, wherein the laminate comprises an overlay affixed to the top surface of the print layer and optionally an underlay layer affixed to the bottom surface of the print layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Mannington Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Hao A. Chen, Richard Judd
  • Patent number: 6969546
    Abstract: A ceramic tile includes a ceramic core material and an oxide ceramic matrix composite (CMC), where the ceramic core material has at least one surface covered by the oxide CMC. The oxide CMC includes a ceramic fiber, with a cured metal oxide ceramic material impregnating the ceramic fiber. An exemplary embodiment of the ceramic tile provided as part of the invention further includes a tough low temperature cure coating (TLTC) which infiltrates the ceramic core surface before it is covered by the oxide CMC. The TLTC includes a cured ceramic powder together with a binder. The metal oxide ceramic material impregnating the ceramic fiber, and the TLTC are co-cured, meaning that neither is cured when the CMC is wrapped around a surface of the TLTC-infiltrated ceramic core, and a curing step is performed on both uncured ceramic materials at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Robert A. DiChiara, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6903033
    Abstract: An imbedded flooring product has a skeletal frame in the form of a mesh intermediate a first and second vinyl layer. The mesh creates a pattern visible from above the flooring product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Product Concepts Residential, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Robert S. Weiner, John W. Waller, Willard Clifton Owens
  • Patent number: 6899935
    Abstract: A method of affixing a specialized dual durometer gasket to a substrate is disclosed. The method utilizes a fixture having a channel formed therein, into which the dual durometer gasket is inserted and held in place by, for example, a vacuum. Alternatively, a removable form may be inserted into the channel, and the elastomeric member/gasket is inserted into the removable form. A suitable substrate is precisely positioned on the fixture above the channel containing the gasket. An adhesion promoting primer may be applied to the substrate, and an adhesive is applied to the gasket, or to the substrate, so that upon application of a lifting force, the gasket is raised from the channel into bonding contact with the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Pilkington North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Ash, Thomas S. Hicks
  • Patent number: 6844058
    Abstract: An advanced floor mat is disclosed. In an embodiment of the present invention, the floor mat includes a cleanable portion. The floor mat may also include a water dissipation component, a water absorbing component, a cushioning component, customized graphics, a transparent cleanable portion, a tacky surface on the cleanable portion, an antibacterial composition, an antifungal composition, and a fragrance. The cleanable portion may be erodible and may include a plurality of cleanable reusable layers. If a tacky surface is included in the floor mat, an anti-slip feature may be associated with the tacky surface to help prevent slipping on a possibly wet tacky surface. The tacky surface may comprise a material with a dual chemistry such that the tacky surface is tacky both when dry and when wet. Additionally, a sensor system may be included in the floor mat to assist a user in identifying when the floor mat may require cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: Tech Mats, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald D. Blum, Bradley J. Blum, Dwight P. Duston, William Kokonaski, Peter W. Kopf
  • Patent number: 6838130
    Abstract: An automotive quality paint coat (44) is laminated to the exterior surface of a molded plastic car body member or panel (118). In one embodiment, the paint coat (44) includes an exterior clear coat (45) above a color coat (46). During processing, the clear coat (45) and color coat (46) are each coated on a temporary flexible casting sheet (42) and dried. A high gloss surface is transferred to the clear coat (45) from the casting sheet (42). The paint coat (44) is then transferred from the casting sheet (42) to a thin, semi-flexible thermoformable plastic backing sheet (72) by dry paint transfer-laminating techniques. The resulting laminate (70) is thermoformed into a complex three-dimensional shape of the car body member or panel. The preformed laminate (116) is then bonded to an underlying plastic substrate material, by injection-cladding techniques, for example, to form the finished article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick L. Spain, Keith L. Truog
  • Patent number: 6824877
    Abstract: A clay composition comprises, in parts by weight on oxide basis, 10-15% Al2O3, 50-85% SiO2, 0-12.5% B2O3 and 10-20% metal oxides of the form RO or R2O.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Inventor: John Howard Groth
  • Patent number: 6815041
    Abstract: Disclosed is both a method and composition for providing a three dimensional welding rod. The welding rod essentially comprises a first layer which is substantially formed from a consolidated layer having pigmented particles and a second layer which is substantially formed from a consolidated layer of clear particle. The three dimensional welding rod includes three dimensional pigmented particles which appear to be dispersed about the clear particles and having an excess of clear upon forming the seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: AWI Licensing Company
    Inventors: Richard H. Blamer, Donald L. Kurtz
  • Publication number: 20040219324
    Abstract: A color compensational layer's structure and manufacturing method, wherein the major structure includes: a dye carrier, a first transparent substrate, and a second transparent substrate, and wherein the dye carrier is a plate structure having a first face and a second face, and the dye carrier is particularly inset with dye, and the first transparent substrate and the second transparent substrate are respectively pasted upon the first face and the second face of the dye carrier, and since polarization plate is applied in the color compensational layer, so by the special characteristics of the polarization plate, the dye may first be solved in the water and then be inset into the polarization plate, such that a harmful solvent may be avoided and the cost of dye will be lowered down as well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2003
    Publication date: November 4, 2004
    Applicant: Optimax Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Yueh-Hsiang Hsu, Chien-Shu Lai, Ta-Wang Lai
  • Patent number: 6805932
    Abstract: A method for decorating a substrate using a kit that includes a laminate comprising a cover sheet having a layer of adhesive on one surface, a predetermined printed design, and pieces of optical film that have peripheral shapes corresponding to parts of the printed design, each of which pieces has a layer of adhesive along one surface and grooves or other structure along an opposite surface so that the pieces visually simulate decorative structures. The pieces of optical film are placed over portions of the design corresponding to their shapes, the structured surfaces of the pieces of film are adhered to the adhesive on the laminate, and the pieces of optical film adhered to the layer of adhesive on the laminate are positioned at a desired location on the substrate. Air is pressed out from between the pieces of optical film and the substrate, after which the laminate is removed to leave the pieces of optical film adhered to the substrate in the predetermined design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Jon E. Stickrod
  • Patent number: RE40436
    Abstract: An electronic display screen is created by processing a mirror on a substrate glass. A back plate glass is then placed on top of the substrate glass and sealed to the back plate glass. A hermetic seal that includes an adhesive mixed with zeolites is disclosed. The hermetic seal can seal the back plate glass with the substrate glass. The application of the hermetic seal is not limited to the electronic display screen. Rather, the hermetic seal can be used to seal a variety of surfaces including metals, polymers, plastics, alloys, ceramics and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: IDC, LLC
    Inventors: Manish Kothari, Clarence Chui