Including Fastener For Attaching To External Surface Patents (Class 428/99)
  • Patent number: 10421606
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a debris bundling device can include a substrate including at least one edge. The substrate may be formed from a flexible material. The debris bundling device may further include a plurality of strings and a plurality of fasteners coupled to the substrate. Each string may include a first end coupled to the substrate and may include a second end. Each fastener may be configured to engage the second end of one of the plurality of strings to secure the substrate in a wrapped state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Sounthaly Outhavong
  • Patent number: 10380383
    Abstract: A screen protection filter includes a protection filter body and an attracting member. The protection filter body includes an attraction area and a protection area. The attracting member is disposed at the attraction area of the protection filter body and comprises at least one attracting block. With the attracting member, the protection filter body is attachable to an attraction component of an electronic device, such that the protection area of the protection filter body correspondingly covers over a display screen of the electronic device to prevent nearby persons from spying display contents and keep privacy. By simply attaching the attracting member to the attraction component and removing therefrom, the screen protection filter can be easily attached to and removed from the display screen of the electronic device whenever needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: RIGHT GROUP CENTRAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chuan-En Li
  • Patent number: 10379647
    Abstract: A touchscreen remote input device, according to one embodiment of the present invention, comprises: a conductive vacuum attachment member vacuum-attached to a touchscreen; a relay switch electrically connected to the conductive vacuum attachment member; and a microcontroller unit configured to control an on/off operation of the relay switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: WIFO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyoo Chang Kyung, Deok In Yoon
  • Patent number: 10260414
    Abstract: An engine cover assembly including a fastener concealing plug is disclosed. The plug includes a conical wall having upper and lower ends. A lower circumferential ring is spaced apart from the upper ring. The lower end of the concealing plug includes a fastener-receiving recessed area. The fastener pocket of the engine cover includes upper and lower grooves having a ring area formed therebetween. The upper circumferential ring of the plug nests with the upper groove of the pocket, the recessed area of the plug nests with the ring area, and the lower circumferential ring of the plug nests with the lower groove of the pocket. The engine cover is positioned on the engine such that a cover attaching stud passes through a stud-passing aperture of the cover. A fastening nut is threaded onto the cover-attaching stud until it comes into contact with a compression-limiting spacer. The plug conceals the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher William Newman, Gary Nola
  • Patent number: 10072383
    Abstract: An interlocking traffic tile for a one piece water permeable paver, which has a plurality of connection cells and is configured to support traffic, includes a paver plate with a top side formed over a plurality of intersecting beams. The paver plate has at least one of: a plurality of grooves extending into the top side of the paver plate, a plurality of ribs extending through the top side of the paver plate, and a plurality of perforations extending from the top side of the paver plate. The paver plate has at least one integral interlocking support integrally extending from the plurality of intersecting beams for locking to a connection cell of the one piece water permeable paver. The at least one integral interlocking support has a body, which connects the paver plate to the connection cell of the one piece water permeable paver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Stiles Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Barry J. Stiles
  • Patent number: 10052506
    Abstract: Two-sided and two-sided mirrored fire barriers having each of their two sides tested, rated, and certified for use in common spaces, such as spaces shared between two rooms are taught. Two-sided barriers require only one barrier and one installation, instead of the two presently needed. Two-sided barriers may have different construction and composition on each side; whereas each side of a mirrored fire barrier is a mirror image of the other. All two-sided barriers include top-mounted, bottom-mounted, and side-mounted barriers, gas and moisture impermeable barriers, and barriers shaped to fit into the expansion joint spaces created when a plurality of expansion joints intersect. The barriers are disposed to various sizes, lengths, widths, and depths, in addition to variations in shape, content, number and composition of layers, materials, and attachment means required to accommodate the variety of sizes and shapes of expansion-joint spaces and the desired rating, in terms of hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: InPro Corporation
    Inventor: Alan Shaw
  • Patent number: 10011991
    Abstract: A multiwall sheet comprises a sheet, comprising walls, wherein the walls comprise a first wall; a second wall; and an outermost rib extending between the first wall and the second wall, wherein the first wall extends longitudinally past the outermost rib to a first wall end and wherein the second wall extends longitudinally past the outermost rib to a second wall end; and an end cap comprising a top wall having a top wall end, a bottom wall having a bottom wall end, and a connecting wall disposed between the top wall end and the bottom wall end; wherein the end cap is disposed over the first wall end and the second wall end and wherein the top wall and the bottom wall extend longitudinally along the first wall and the second wall past the outermost rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: Chinniah Thiagarajan, Frans Adriaansen, Michael Matthew Laurin, Bernd Jansen
  • Patent number: 10011207
    Abstract: A mat for removable installation on the floor surface of a vehicle foot well has at least one through-hole for receiving a mat retention device. At least one endless elastomeric sealing member extends radially inwardly from a general sidewall surface of the through-hole. A grommet for the through-hole includes a bottom grommet and a cap. An outer sealing surface of the grommet compresses the elastomeric sealing member of the through-hole, thereby creating an impermeable barrier to water incident on an upper surface of the mat body. The mat body may have an endless ridge on its upper surface that is radially outwardly spaced from the through-hole and that is compressibly engaged by a lower surface of a cap retention flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: MACNEIL IP LLC
    Inventors: David F. MacNeil, Allan R. Thom, Frederick W. Masanek, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9944212
    Abstract: A laminated panel is provided with: a core panel having a vertical wall portion which extends in a direction which intersects with a panel surface, and a flat portion which is formed to extend along the panel surface from an end portion of the vertical wall portion; a pair of face plates which sandwich the core panel from both sides; and a structural material in which a rectangular cross-section portion which sandwiches the flat portion of the core panel between the rectangular cross-section portion and one of the face plates is disposed. The structural material is provided with peripheral edge structural materials which are disposed along a pair of opposing edge portions of a peripheral edge of the laminated panel, and connecting structural materials which extend in a direction which intersects with the peripheral edge structural materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Goto, Kimito Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 9919489
    Abstract: A sandwich structure including at least one fastener attached to a first facesheet, an ordered three-dimensional microstructure core defined by a series of interconnected polymer waveguides around the at least one fastener and attached to the first facesheet, and a second facesheet attached to the ordered three-dimensional microstructure core. The ordered three-dimensional microstructure core is sandwiched between the first facesheet and the second facesheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Jacob M. Hundley, Eric C. Clough, Alan J. Jacobsen
  • Patent number: 9764659
    Abstract: Methods and systems for an ice cap to prevent ice buildup on electrical cables or wires such as grooved cables that carry electricity to transportation vehicles are disclosed. The ice caps can be attached to grooved cables or wires and partially envelop them. The ice cap includes an inverted V-shaped structure and a pair of members descending from its apex and configured to form a canopy over the cable while allowing free access to the bottom portion of the cable by a current collector. It provides a cover over the cable allowing run off of rain, snow and sleet. Grooves present on the edges of the descending members disrupt ice buildup on the cable and increase the ice prevention efficiency of the ice cap. Descending members of the ice caps could also extend over neighboring cables to which they do not attach directly to prevent ice formation on them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Robert Doerr
  • Patent number: 9690286
    Abstract: A digital material skin is made of a set of discrete units with a finite set of parts and joints. The discrete units are assembled into a layer according to a regular geometry, with each of the discrete units being reversibly connected to at least one other unit in the set. The reversibly connected set of units forms an exterior structure surface that is larger than the individual discrete units. Digital material skins may be used to construct any shape or interior volume, whether regular or amorphous. The skin surface may be enclosed or open. The skin may rely on an interior digital material structure for support or may be self-supported. The skin may be part of a larger assembly or apparatus, enclosing an interior volume or structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Sarah Hovsepian, Neil Adam Gershenfeld, Kenneth Cheung
  • Patent number: 9656512
    Abstract: A decorative magnetic cover is provided. The cover includes a plurality of octagonal and triangular openings, allowing the cover to securely attach to a rounded item without kinking or otherwise unsightly attachment. The cover includes a magnetic sheet having a magnetic face and nonmagnetic face, and a decorative element attached to the nonmagnetic face. The cover is manufactured by scoring the nonmagnetic face of the magnetic sheet and applying the decorative element to the nonmagnetic face. The resulting magnetic element is the cut to form the octagonal and triangular openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Ellis Graphics, Inc.
    Inventor: Harry William Ellis
  • Patent number: 9481405
    Abstract: A detachable surface flow enhancement device is provided, comprising: an aerodynamic structure configured to deflect moving air incident upon the aerodynamic structure; and an attaching element configured to attach the aerodynamic structure to a surface of a vehicle and to detach the aerodynamic structure from the surface of the vehicle without altering the surface of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Robert B. Evans
  • Patent number: 9434116
    Abstract: Process for manufacturing composite material products is disclosed having at least the following operating steps: molding at least one plastic material spacer having one or more inserts; molding at least one composite material product having at least the spacer; and mechanically working at least one of the inserts for forming at least one threaded hole therein. The present invention also relates to the products manufactured with this process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: AUTOMOBILE LAMBORGHINI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Attilio Masini, Luigi De Sario
  • Patent number: 9339015
    Abstract: The present invention leverages various dog platforms, including collars, harnesses, and leashes to provide owners a way to add style or originality to their dog's look. The invention provides removable dog accessories that attach to any platform and do not require removing the platform from the pet or permanently altering the structure of platform; provide an avenue to enhance a dog's overall day-to-day appearance or for special occasions and/or holidays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: Caryn Susan Pinto
  • Patent number: 9302434
    Abstract: A compression molded composite structure includes an elongated thermoplastic composite part having integral thermoplastic composite fittings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: James Scott Griffing
  • Patent number: 9289085
    Abstract: Floor mats comprising two layers bonded together with an undulating boundary between them. The surface color and/or surface texture of the first layer being different from the surface color and/or surface texture of the second layer. The mats having an interlocking periphery boundary adapted so the mats can be interlocked with adjoining mats to form a continuous planar mat flooring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: PARALLAX GROUP INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventor: Bruce A. Thrush
  • Patent number: 9272646
    Abstract: Provided is a plastic foamed article to be attached to an attaching target having a rod-shaped attaching portion having a radial direction, the plastic foamed article including a holding portion for holding the attaching portion in the radial direction in a state attached to the attaching target, the holding portion including a pair of opposite surfaces facing each other for holding the attaching portion between the pair of opposite surfaces and a protrusion provided on one of the pair of opposite surfaces, and at least a part of the protrusion is configured to be elastically deformed by the attaching portion in a state in which the attaching portion is held between the pair of opposite surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Sekisui Plastics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinji Takakura, Soichiro Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9267323
    Abstract: A decorative covering for covering a passageway gate, the covering including a sleeve bounding a gate-receiving area. The sleeve has a front, a back, and a perimeter between the front and back. The gate-receiving area is sized and shaped to receive and cover a gate between the front, back, and perimeter of the sleeve. The perimeter includes a bottom which is releasably coupled to the front of the sleeve to move between a closed position secured to the front of the sleeve and an open position away from the front of the sleeve, defining an entrance to the gate-receiving area sized to receive the passageway gate for application therethrough. Openings are formed in the perimeter in communication with the gate-receiving area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: Lora M. Whooley
  • Patent number: 9259899
    Abstract: The present invention is a method of making laminated material comprising the steps of providing a base lamina with pointed tipped piercing members, impaling successive layers of thin laminae thereon using a resilient pad, clinching the protruding tips down onto the top lamina with a hard pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: R.A. INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT S.A.R.L.
    Inventor: Ray Arbesman
  • Patent number: 9227485
    Abstract: A mechanism for raising and lowering a windowpane achieves a satisfactory mounting of a guide rail to a drum housing to allow visual checking of the mounted state of the guide rail to the drum housing. Relative movement between the guide rail and the drum housing is restricted in the vehicle widthwise direction after completion of the mounting. An engaging projection formed at the end of the drum housing projects toward the guide rail. An engaging portion of the guide rail restricts relative movement between the guide rail and the drum housing in the vehicle widthwise direction by being engaged with the engaging projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masanao Baba
  • Patent number: 9211689
    Abstract: Composite material structures prepared from at least one reinforcement material and at least one matrix material are disclosed. The invention provides a simple solution for combining two or more components made of a composite material into a monolithic “fastener free” structure of a composite material having a smooth contour. The composite material structure includes a main frame with at least one load bearing beam having at least one beam surface. To this beam surface at least one composite material fitting is integrally attached. The main frame and the composite material fitting are conjoined by at least one matrix material. In addition, the disclosed technique provides for methods of production of a composite material structure with fittings made of a composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Elbit Systems—Cyclone, Ltd.
    Inventors: Lior Zilberman, Oran Katzuni, Leve Cohen
  • Patent number: 9169056
    Abstract: A thermally insulating member includes a plane sheet having two ends spaced in a length direction and two sides spaced in a thickness direction perpendicular to the length direction. The plane sheet includes a plurality of rows of slits between the ends of the plane sheet. Each row of slits extends from one of the sides through the other side of the plane sheet. A first spacing between two adjacent rows of slits in the length direction is larger than a spacing between two adjacent slits in the same row of slits in a width direction perpendicular to the length and width directions by a second spacing. A thermally insulating strip is defined between two adjacent rows of slits. A stretchable rib is formed between two adjacent slits in the same row of slits. Each end of the plane sheet is a coupling portion free of the slits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Lian Yi Design Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shao-Wen Zhang
  • Patent number: 9151063
    Abstract: An illustrative embodiment of a tile and support structure may include a plurality of tiles, which may be generally rectangular in shape, engaged with one or more support structures. The tile may be formed with four edges, wherein two opposing edges may be formed with grooves therein and the other two opposing edges may be formed with protrusions thereon. The support structure may be formed with a generally vertical spine having two rails extending outward from a distal end thereof. The support structure may also include two generally horizontally extending flanges, which may be formed with a trough therein. The trough may include a plurality of apertures formed therein. One side of the trough may be defined by a lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: MBRICO, LLC
    Inventor: Mark A. McManus
  • Patent number: 9109358
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mounting device (1) for mounting covering elements (7), such as baseboards, door jamb casings or panels, onto a building surface, said device (1) having a rear side portion (11) configured for being mountable to said building surface, and including a bistable snap catch (2, 3) having a peripheral edge (3?), the bistable snap catch (2, 3) being adapted for assuming a natural first configuration wherein said peripheral edge (3?) is closer to said rear side portion (11) and a natural second configuration wherein said peripheral edge (3?) is farther away from said rear side portion (11). The invention relates also to a building kit comprising said mounting device (1) and a building surface covering element (7), such as a wooden base-board, door jamb casing or panel, and to a method for mounting this building kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: IDEBANK THY HOLDING APS
    Inventor: Hans Brusgård Kloster
  • Patent number: 9103066
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are composites as well as methods of making these composites. The composite may, for example, be used as light-weight, high-strength structural members and wall panels. In some embodiments, the composites can be prepared from a light-weight assembly using simple procedures. Also disclosed herein are assemblies for preparing the composites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Takahisa Kusuura
  • Patent number: 9079615
    Abstract: A reinforcement including at least two separate members that are secured to each other. The reinforcement may further include a bonding material that is disposed on at least one of the members and confined within an outer perimeter of the carrier. The bonding material may be configured to secure the carrier to the structure. The two members are secured to each other to permit at least one of translational and rotational relative movement therebetween such that one of the members engages the bonding material, thereby forcing the bonding material beyond the outer perimeter of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: SIKA TECHNOLOGY AG
    Inventors: Vincent Belpaire, François Godillon
  • Patent number: 9067379
    Abstract: A stiffened multi-layer assembly composed of an inner layer and an outer layer mutually aligned by elastic averaging at the peripheral interface therebetween which provides both a precise alignment and a torsionally stiffened structural configuration when the first and second layers are mutually mated and snapped together to form the stiffened multi-layer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technologies Operations LLC
    Inventor: Steven E. Morris
  • Publication number: 20150147494
    Abstract: Enclosures and panels for forming such enclosures can include a first edge having a front side and a rear side, each side having a first portion of a fastening medium thereon, and a second edge having first and second flaps, each flap having an inner surface with a second portion of the fastening medium thereon. The flaps of a first panel can engaged with the front and rear sides of an adjacent panel, and similarly, any number of adjacent panels can be engaged in this manner to form a sealed enclosure, usable for maintaining a pressure differential between the interior and exterior thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: SAMER AL-AZEM
  • Publication number: 20150147519
    Abstract: A weighted tarp for providing a waterproof covering that can remain in position without the need for cables, bungee cords, external weights, or other fasteners. The tarp includes a multi-layer sheet having a first and second layer of waterproof or water-resistant material. The first and second layers are coextensive and are preferably secured to one another via an adhesive. A plurality of weights is disposed between the first and second sheets. The weights are preferably flat disks and are arranged in a grid, such that the weights are spaced at fixed intervals. The weights help to maintain the tarp in a desired position without the need for additional fasteners, and the weights serve to evenly distribute the weight of the tarp. The tarp includes grommets on the perimeter or corners thereof, allowing the user to further secure the tarp using cables, if so desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Mark Siegel
  • Publication number: 20150137560
    Abstract: An assembly including a compression-molded composite component having a sandwich structure with a cellulose-based core and at least one fastener component is provided. The composite component has a first outer layer of fiber-reinforced thermoplastic material, a first sheet of thermoplastic adhesive, a second outer layer of fiber-reinforced thermoplastic material, a second sheet of thermoplastic adhesive, and a core of cellulose-based material and positioned between the outer layers. The outer layers are bonded to the core by the first and second sheets by press molding. Each fastener component has a fastener part having a length and width and a mounting part mounting the fastener part to the first outer layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Darius J. Preisler, Christopher A. Heikkila
  • Publication number: 20150132528
    Abstract: A display board includes a core structure, which includes a three-dimensional core having a front surface and a back surface, a first rigid board attached to the front surface, a second rigid board attached to the back surface, and respective rigid skins applied to an exposed surface of each of the first rigid board and the second rigid board. An aperture extends i) through the rigid skin applied to the second rigid board, the second rigid board and the back surface and ii) into the three-dimensional core a depth that is less than a thickness of the three-dimensional core. The display board further includes an insert that is complementarily shaped with the aperture and that is to be inserted into the aperture. The insert has a mount receiving portion formed therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Francois K. Pirayesh, Xiaoqi Zhou, David Edmondson
  • Patent number: 9027293
    Abstract: A window covering assembly, including a generally convex panel defining a perimeter. The panel further includes structural outer and inner layers and an impact absorbing layer disposed between the structural outer layer and the structural inner layer. A flange portion is connected to the generally convex panel and has a plurality of apertures formed therethrough. A plurality of fasteners are extendable through the apertures for engaging a structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Richard Scott
  • Patent number: 9023455
    Abstract: A composite part including a resin matrix and fibers reinforcing the resin matrix in a first portion of the matrix. A second portion of the resin matrix is substantially devoid of fibers. The fibers may be in the form of a woven mat that defines an opening. Alternatively, the fibers may be loose fibers that are deposited in a mold that includes predetermined areas that are shielded from the deposit of the loose fibers. A method of making the composite part is disclosed in which a woven mat having an opening is filled with resin. Another method is also disclosed in which loose fibers are shielded from being deposited in a portion of the mold that is subsequently filled with resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aindrea McKelvey Campbell
  • Patent number: 9017789
    Abstract: Insulation assemblies and associated methods of use and manufacture are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, for example, an insulation assembly includes a plurality of insulation panels that are configured to releasably attach to an interior surface of an engine housing. The individual insulation panels can include a first surface configured to face the interior surface, and a second surface opposite the first surface and configured to face an engine in the housing. The insulation panels can each further include an attachment portion on the first surface carrying one or more first fasteners that releasably attach to a corresponding portion of the interior surface. The insulation panels can additionally include an attachment strap carried on the second surface. The attachment strap carries a second fastener that releasably attaches to a corresponding portion of the interior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: AmSafe Bridport Limited
    Inventor: Wilson Riley Vance, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150110995
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to extrusion-coated structural systems including one or more reinforced structural members, as well as methods of making and using the same. Structural systems of the present invention that include at least one reinforced member may exhibit enhanced strength, functionality, and/or durability, while being simpler to assemble and more aesthetic than similar conventional systems. Structural systems according to embodiments of the present invention can be suitable for use in a variety of applications, including as ready-to-assemble furniture or cabinetry or as building and construction materials such as wall board, flooring, trim, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Jennifer Lynne Peavey, Mohan Sasthav, James Wilson Mercer, JR., Scott Allen Clear, Chanandh Cheowanich
  • Publication number: 20150110996
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to extrusion-coated hardware integrated structural systems, as well as methods of making and using the same. Hardware integrated structural systems of the present invention may exhibit enhanced strength, functionality, and/or durability, while being simpler to assemble and more aesthetic than similar conventional systems. Structural systems according to embodiments of the present invention can be suitable for use in a variety of applications, including as ready-to-assemble furniture or cabinetry or as building and construction materials such as wall board, flooring, trim, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: EASTMAN CHEMICAL COMPANY
    Inventors: Jennifer Lynne Peavey, Mohan Sasthav, James Wilson Mercer, JR., Scott Allen Clear, Chanandh Cheowanich, Michael L. Herrig, Kevin Michael Cable
  • Patent number: 9010706
    Abstract: A curtain rod ornamental structure comprises a first ornamental panel with a leaning member extended outwards from the back side, a second ornamental panel and a third ornamental panel symmetrically coupled on two sides of the first ornamental panel, a first edge covering member fastened to one side of the second ornamental panel and including a first fixing member opposing the leaning member, and a second edge covering member fastened to one side of the third ornamental panel and including a second fixing member opposing the first fixing member. Through the leaning member, first fixing member and second fixing member a curtain rod can be coupled and anchored. The first, second and third ornamental panels can cover and decorate the curtain rod to meet ornamental purpose and increase varieties to improve practicality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Li-Ming Cheng
  • Patent number: 8999478
    Abstract: A panel overlay system for embellishing an existing metal multi-panel articulating overhead garage door is disclosed. Plural lightweight panels are removably attached to the panels of the existing garage door with magnets. Each panel comprises an underlayment sheet that provides a relatively rigid structural backing, and thin wood veneer adhesively bonded to the outer-facing major surface of the backing sheet. The veneer includes plural vertical demarcations; when multiple panels are installed the demarcations on adjacent panels align to give the appearance of elongated vertical boards. Vertical and horizontal members are placed at desired positions on the veneer—typically the vertical members are aligned along the side edges of the panel and the horizontal member extends across the middle of the panel so that the entire installation provides the appearance of a garage door typical of the well-known rail and stile carriage house design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Garageskins, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard L. Medlen
  • Patent number: 8999477
    Abstract: An apparatus for attachment to a medicine container has a label with label surface such that it can be written upon by hand with a writing instrument. An attachment mechanism is provided which will attach the label to a medicine container. The label surface contains thermochromic material to indicate change in body temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Frederick A. Hirth
  • Publication number: 20150093539
    Abstract: The present application relates to a glass laminate (1) comprising at least two glass plates (2, 3). At least one first polymer film (4) and also at least one shaped part (5) made of metal are arranged between said at least two glass plates (2, 3). The at least one shaped part (5) has substantially the same thickness as the at least one first polymer film (4). The first polymer film (4) has a cutout (10), in which there is arranged the shaped part (5). The shaped part (5) furthermore has at least one first region (6) which engages with the at least one first polymer film (4) in a form-fitting manner in the form of an undercut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Roland Krugmann, Bruno Kassnel-Henneberg
  • Patent number: 8986809
    Abstract: In exemplary implementations of this invention, a digital material comprising many discrete units is used to fabricate a sparse structure. The units are reversibly joined by elastic connections. Each unit comprises fiber-reinforced composite material. Each unit is small compared to the sparse structure as a whole. Likewise, in a sparse structure made from this digital material, the number of types of units is small compared to the total number of units. The digital material is anisotropic. This anisotropy may be due to different fiber orientations within each unit. Furthermore, different units in a single sparse structure may be oriented in different directions and in different, non-parallel planes. In some cases, the digital material is reinforced with carbon fibers, and connections between units are stronger than the units themselves. The small discrete units may be assembled into a strong, lightweight sparse structure, such as an airframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Neil Gershenfeld, Kenneth Cheung
  • Patent number: 8984729
    Abstract: A ski or snowboard includes a metal layer having integral flanges projecting from its opposite sides to define a cavity for receiving a base layer. Several additional layers of laminated wood and in some versions synthetic polymer or carbon are pressed and bonded together on the metal layer. A method of manufacturing includes a support plate which holds a base layer and edge members received in a slot in the perimeter of the base layer. Additional layers of the ski or snowboard are successively laid on the base layer and pressed and bonded together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ramp Sports, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Kilchenstein, Christian Alary
  • Publication number: 20150072099
    Abstract: A lightweight board having an upper covering layer, which extends in a longitudinal direction, a lower covering layer, which extends parallel to the upper covering layer and is spaced apart from the upper covering layer in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, a light middle layer, which extends between the upper covering layer and the lower covering layer, and a bar, which extends between the upper covering layer and the lower covering layer and consists of wood or wood-based material. To simplify the production of a connection arrangement, the bar has a machine-worked tongue profile and/or groove profile, which is formed for mechanical locking in the longitudinal direction and in the direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction with a corresponding profile of a further component. The invention also relates to a corresponding connection arrangement and a corresponding method for producing a connection arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Bruno Reiter, Helmut Nerf
  • Publication number: 20150060382
    Abstract: A blanking panel is provided for blocking an aperture in a rack for mounting multiple hardware components. The panel includes: a frame having a first pair of parallel sides connected orthogonally to a second pair of parallel sides, where at least one of the pairs of parallel sides is adjustable in length; an attachment means provided on at least one of the pairs of parallel sides for removable attachment of the blanking panel to the rack; and a screen formed of a flexible and stretchable material extending between at least one of the pairs of parallel sides where the flexible and stretchable material stretches as the pair of parallel sides are moved apart thereby blocking the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Sarah M. Drewery, Colin I. Holyoake
  • Publication number: 20150056402
    Abstract: A wear element system, primarily for rock, stone and gravel handling equipment. includes a plurality of wear elements received in support rails. The support rails being fastened to surfaces of the equipment. Side edges of two adjacent wear elements are received in one of the support rails. The wear elements and support rails are shaped to fasten the wear elements in the support rails by means of wedge elements. The wedge elements are pushed down between the wear elements inside the support rails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AB
    Inventor: Mats Malmberg
  • Publication number: 20150056403
    Abstract: The present invention leverages various dog platforms, including collars, harnesses, and leashes to provide owners a way to add style or originality to their dog's look. The invention provides removable dog accessories that attach to any platform and do not require removing the platform from the pet or permanently altering the structure of platform; provide an avenue to enhance a dog's overall day-to-day appearance or for special occasions and/or holidays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Caryn Susan Pinto
  • Patent number: 8962121
    Abstract: An assembly comprising a molded article and a cover that covers the molded article, a longitudinal groove being formed in the molded article while being open to the outside, two elements having hooks being overmolded in the molded article so as to form the bottom of the groove at least in part, the hooks penetrating into openings in loops stemming from the cover so as to hook therein and thereby fasten the cover to the molded article, and at least two overmolded elements having hooks are provided that form the bottom of the trench at least in part by being placed one behind the other in the longitudinal direction, the two elements having hooks being separated from each other by an intermediate zone in which there is no element having hooks, and means are provided for preventing the cover from riding up towards the top of the trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: APLIX
    Inventors: Fabrice Billarant, Marc Woodling
  • Patent number: RE45946
    Abstract: A loop material for a hook and loop type fastener is a composite nonwoven. The composite nonwoven consists of a loop layer, a backing layer, and a plurality of bond regions. The loop layer may be a carded nonwoven of thermoplastic crimped staple fiber. The staple fiber may be between 1.5 to 6.0 dTEX. The loop layer may have a basis weight of between 10 and 35 g/m2. The backing layer may be a spunbond or spunmelt nonwoven having a basis weight of 5 to 30 g/m2. The loop layer may be superimposed face-to-face with the backing layer. The plurality of bond regions joins the loop layer to the backing layer and rendering said bond regions substantially air impermeable. The bond regions comprise between 35 to 55% of a surface area of the loop material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignees: Aplix, Inc., Dounor SAS
    Inventors: Donald H. Lester, Jr., Stephanie Hoyas