Ornamental: Color, Thickness Variation, Or Dissimilar Elements Forming Pattern Patents (Class 52/311.1)
  • Patent number: 10584494
    Abstract: A laminated roofing shingle has an overlay sheet having top surface and bottom surface opposite the top surface. The overlay sheet includes a headlap portion and a butt portion. The butt portion defines a series of tabs and cutouts. An underlay substrate has a top surface attached to the bottom surface of the butt portion of the overlay sheet. The underlay sheet includes a covered portion positioned beneath the tabs of the overlay sheet and a prime portion positioned beneath the cutouts. A layer of reflectivity-increasing granules and/or a layer reflectivity-increasing asphalt, is positioned on only one or both of the tabs of the overlay sheet and the prime portion of the underlay sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: OWENS CORNING INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL, LLC
    Inventors: Christina Marie Wise, Bert W. Elliott
  • Patent number: 10208177
    Abstract: The present invention relates to exterior siding, trim and rigid architectural assemblies for buildings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Patwin Plastics Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy J. Hannen
  • Patent number: 9702181
    Abstract: A decorative insert for a garage door panel comprising a multiplicity of decorative shapes, each respective decorative shape having exterior retaining taps extending transversely to an exterior surface of each decorative shape. The garage door panel includes a transparent sheet of material affixed to the back of the garage door panel by a frame member and a garage door frame is affixed to the front surface of the garage door panel with a gap between an interior surface of the garage door frame and the transparent sheet of material so that at least a portion of the retaining tabs of the decorative insert can be retained within the gap between the interior surface of the garage door panel frame and the transparent sheet of material to retain the decorative insert at spaced apart locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Robert A. Kelley
  • Patent number: 9366069
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an interchangeable corner hanger to ornament framing protruding corner structures is provided. The interchangeable corner hanger includes a horizontal portion and a vertical portion. The horizontal portion is designed to rest on an exposed edge of a corner structure, and the vertical portion is designed to hang over the corner of the corner structure and rest against a wall upon which the trim is attached. The vertical portion has a length sufficient to stabilize the corner hanger without the use of other adhesives or attachments. In an embodiment, the vertical portion is configured to allow one or more interlocking elements to be suspended from the vertical portion. For example, the vertical portion may include an interlocking pattern configured to accept a complimentary interlocking pattern on an interlocking element. Further interlocking elements may be attached to the interlocking element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Connie M. Dayton
  • Patent number: 9315994
    Abstract: Methods and systems for decorating at least one bevel surface or other surface of a laminated flooring are described. The bevel surface can be decorated by non-transfer printing such as digital printing. The digital printer can be an ink jet printer such as a piezoelectric drop-on-demand (DOD) printer that allows a color and pattern to be placed on the bevel surface that matches the print design (décor pattern or face design) of the laminated flooring. Other devices are provided such as a device that takes a picture of or scans an image of the print design, and modifies the taken picture or the scanned image so that the edge pattern thereof matches with an edge pattern of the print design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Mannington Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: Hao A. Chen
  • Patent number: 9266382
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing coated panels of the type including at least a substrate and a top layer with a motif, the top layer being provided on the substrate, the method may involve at least two steps. A first step may involve providing a synthetic material layer on the substrate. And a second subsequent step, may involve providing a relief on the surface of the synthetic material layer. The relief may include a pattern of recesses and/or projections. the pattern may be at least partially determined by one or more prints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventors: Benny Schacht, Filip Tack
  • Patent number: 9057197
    Abstract: An artificial stone is disclosed for use in creating a covering for a supporting surface. The artificial stone includes a body for placement on the supporting surface, which is shaped for mating engagement with like stones with intermediate perimeter joints to produce a continuous surface covering. The stone has a facing surface on the body, which facing surface has a contour defining a surface area and is subdivided by at least one simulated joint into a major surface portion and at least one minor surface portion. The major surface portion is free of simulated joints and extends over at least about 60% of the total surface of the facing surface. The stone further includes at least one perimeter recess in the body for generating a gap between the stone and another like stone in mating engagement therewith, which gap is wider than adjacent the adjoining perimeter joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Oldcastle Building Products Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc-Andre Lacas, Bertin Castonguay, Robert Daoust
  • Patent number: 9027302
    Abstract: A universal corner panel includes a first surface comprising a first portion and a second portion. The first portion has a first surface topography with a first delta and the second portion has a second surface topography with a second delta. The first delta is substantially different than the second delta.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Boral Stone Products, LLC
    Inventors: Wayne Joseph Buoni, Douglas Edward Lehman, Douglas M. McCaskey
  • Publication number: 20150075097
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a panel, in particular a wall, ceiling or floor panel, comprising a carrier layer made of a plastic material and a priming coat, wherein the priming coat comprises thereon an imprinted decorative pattern. Furthermore, the present invention relates to a method for manufacturing such a panel and a usage of a specific primer in such a panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: KRONOPLUS TECHNICAL AG
    Inventor: Dieter Döhring
  • Publication number: 20150059274
    Abstract: A laminated floor tile includes the following layers laminated together into a single unit, a base having an underside, an upper surface, and perimetric edges, the base being formed of a high impact copolymer material designed to provide a slight flexure, the base including tabs designed to interact with adjacent floor tiles to hold the adjacent tiles fixedly in place, and panels extending upwardly from the perimetric edges of the base and forming the upper surface into a tray shape, graphic media positioned on the base within the tray, and a clear protective layer overlying the graphic image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: John Shaffer
  • Publication number: 20150047284
    Abstract: A panel, with a horizontally and vertically active locking system, which allows two of such floor panels to be connected to each other at their sides by providing one of these floor panels, by means of a downward movement. The vertically active locking element comprises a locking element in the form of an insert and comprises at least a pivotable lock-up body and an attachment portion. The pivotable lock-up body and the attachment portion, in the non-coupled condition, horizontally extend at least for a part underneath each other and maintain a vertical mutual distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Cappelle, Pieter Devos
  • Publication number: 20150033653
    Abstract: A decorative molding assembly for a variety of surface applications providing a complex molding feature with a machine made single component set composite configured insert. A channel base molding receives a unique configured U-shaped insert forming linear spaced and aligned viewing openings for an underlying contrasting base material achieving a hand crafted detailed look with a single overlying molding tunnel insert combination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Zlate B. Malinajdovski
  • Patent number: 8915045
    Abstract: A sleeve for a post that is generally rectangular in horizontal cross-section, may have two or three panels, may have perforation which allow portions of one or more panels to be removed, may incorporate retroreflective materials, may have holes, bushings, and/or adhesive layers to facilitate attaching the sleeve to a post, may have top-bottom and side-to-side connectors to facilitate connecting the top of one sleeve to the bottom of another or the edge of one sleeve to an edge of another, may be accompanied by spacers to allow the sleeve to be connected to posts of different size and geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: EML Products Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Scott Eaves, Willis Michael Morris-Lent
  • Patent number: 8887460
    Abstract: A molding system for use in interior spaces at or near the top of a vertical wall having a decorative surface and a vertical mounting surface including an attachment flange used for fastening the molding section to the wall, said molding section having a center of mass which is spaced outwardly from the wall surface, and whereby the point of attachment of said molding to the wall is located at a vertically higher position on the molding section than the center of mass so that when secured to a wall the lower end of the molding section is continually urged towards the wall surface and is therefore maintained in continual contact with the wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventors: Jeremy P. Hoffman, Robert MacMillan
  • Publication number: 20140331585
    Abstract: There is provided a decorative panel comprising: a backing layer having a back face for abutting a panel-receiving surface and a front face opposite to the back face; a relief decorative layer attached to the front face of the backing layer and comprising: a layer of a base polymer attached to the front face of the backing layer and substantially covering the front face of the backing layer; and a relief element made of a layer of an overlay polymer attached to the layer of base polymer and covering a portion thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: MAAX BATH, INC.
    Inventors: Hugues Morneau, Nicolas Cloutier, Guillaume Dionne
  • Patent number: 8869480
    Abstract: Clear or tinted window panes of glass or plastic having a pattern of dots, vertical lines, horizontal lines or a combination of vertical and horizontal lines in a regular pattern on a surface of the pane, the pattern being visible to the avian eye to prevent birds from striking or colliding with the window pane and having optical characteristics of a minimum of 20% ultraviolet reflection separated by ultraviolet absorption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Klem, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8844228
    Abstract: A dry-cast concrete block is provided. The dry-cast concrete block comprises a surface to be exposed, at least a portion of the surface having a cast texture with a natural stone appearance. The cast texture may have a surface level difference of greater than 4 mm. In one example of implementation, the dry-cast concrete block may be a paving unit, in which case the surface level difference may be greater than 6 mm, such as between 6 mm and 12 mm. In another example of implementation, the dry-cast concrete block may be a wall construction unit, in which case the surface level difference may be greater than 15 mm, such as between 15 mm and 25 mm. Each of a plurality of points of the cast texture may define a respective texture angle between 75° and 90°. The cast texture may comprise at least one valley each having a respective depth greater than 4 mm. A process for manufacturing such a concrete block is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Oldcastle Building Products Canada, Inc.
    Inventor: Denis Hamel
  • Publication number: 20140260032
    Abstract: A tile having a contrast pattern intermixed with a portion of a background pattern. The contrast pattern is positioned proximate a selected corner of the tile and has a contrast color different than the colors of the background pattern. Within a surface covering, the rotational position of the tile can be varied to thereby achieve a desired visual appearance with respect to the contrast patterns of adjacent tiles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Shaw Industries Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Pamela Managan Rainey
  • Patent number: 8826607
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to photovoltaic devices, and more particularly to photovoltaic roofing products in which a photovoltaic element is joined to a roofing substrate. In one embodiment, the present invention provides a photovoltaic roofing element comprising a roofing substrate; one or more photovoltaic cells disposed on the roofing substrate; and a colored or patterned layer disposed on the roofing substrate and visible in the area surrounding the photovoltaic cells; and an encapsulant layer disposed over the photovoltaic cells and the patterned colored layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: CertainTeed Corporation
    Inventors: Ming-Liang Shiao, Gregory F. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 8815374
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a direct printed lightweight panel, in particular a flooring panel, comprising a lightweight MDF or LDF carrier board with a density of ?750 kg/m3; a decor layer printed onto the carrier board; and a transparent protective coating. The different layers and coatings are applied in such a manner so that surface structures and/or optical characteristics of the carrier board are at least partially visible and thereby incorporated into the design of the decor layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Kronoplus Technical AG
    Inventor: Dieter Döhring
  • Patent number: 8793964
    Abstract: A mosaic concrete product, methods of creating the same, and methods of fabricating a module for use in creating the mosaic are provided. The methods of installing the mosaic upon an uncured concrete surface utilize the module. The module may be fabricated by mapping out tile in a design corresponding to the mosaic; adhering the tile to a template utilizing an adhesive, the tile being positioned thereon corresponding to the design; and allowing the adhesive to set. The module may define upper and lower surfaces, the upper surface including the tile adhered thereto. The methods of installing the mosaic comprises: positioning the module upon the uncured concrete surface; embedding the tile into the concrete surface; massaging the tile into the concrete surface to interpose a quantity of cement/fines paste between the adjacent tiles; and finishing the concrete surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Lithocrete, Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Brailsford, Lee A. Shaw, Ronald D. Shaw
  • Patent number: 8769896
    Abstract: An artificial stone is disclosed for use in creating a covering for a supporting surface. The artificial stone includes a body for placement on the supporting surface, which is shaped for mating engagement with like stones with intermediate perimeter joints to produce a continuous surface covering. The stone has a facing surface on the body, which facing surface has a contour defining a surface area and is subdivided by at least one simulated joint into a major surface portion and at least one minor surface portion. The major surface portion is free of simulated joints and extends over at least about 60% of the total surface of the facing surface. The stone further includes at least one perimeter recess in the body for generating a gap between the stone and another like stone in mating engagement therewith, which gap is wider than adjacent the adjoining perimeter joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Oldcastle Building Products Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc-Andre Lacas, Bertin Castonguay, Robert Daoust
  • Patent number: 8769897
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a decorative remaining formwork formed by combining a plurality of single frame plates defined by 3 or more edges comprising one edge arranged horizontally and at least one inclined edge inclined with respect to the horizontal edge; arranging the single frame plates so as to form a predetermined gap in a joint-shape between respective edges of the single frame plates adjacent each other; and having a back plate on a concrete casting surface, the back plate covering the predetermined gap in a longitudinal direction, and being fixed to the single frame plate to connect the single frame plates adjacent each other, and a cross-sectional shape in a width direction of the back plate being formed into a shape enlarged from a contact surface with respect to the single frame plate toward an opposed surface with respect to the contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignees: WPC Corporation, Kengo Kuma and Associates
    Inventors: Takeyasu Kikuchi, Seiichi Fukawa, Kengo Kuma
  • Patent number: 8745948
    Abstract: An assembly for wall covering, includes a fastening structure provided with a body, an anchoring face, recesses having an insertion portion, two facing parallel upper reception portions, two facing parallel lower reception portions, and two support blocks, each block bordered in part by one of the upper and lower edges of the insertion portion and by the upper and lower reception portions. A fastening interface is configured to be attached to a covering element and to be mounted on the structure, which interface includes three branches, two of these branches projecting from a first branch configured to be inserted into the insertion portion then slid against a face of the body along a block and with the other branches being configured to be received in the upper or lower portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Shigeru Ban
  • Patent number: 8745950
    Abstract: A construction structure of wall surface includes: a hat joiner; and a building board. The hat joiner has a fixing plate portion and a design portion, and the building board has a design portion extending linearly on a surface. A joint at which the design portion of the hat joiner constitutes a design surface, and a design pattern at which the design portion of the building board constitutes a design surface, are formed in a same direction, by arranging the building board in plurality to left and right, or above and below, of the design portion of the hat joiner. A width of the joint at the design portion of the hat joiner is the same as a width of each of the design portions on the surface of each of the building boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Nichiha Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ito, Gou Minami
  • Patent number: 8733063
    Abstract: The floor member, in one embodiment of the invention, is a floor member unit having a surface declination at the periphery of a top surface and extending downwardly to a peripheral beveled edge, and intersecting with the beveled edge between the top surface and a bottom surface. The surface declination can be curved or uncurved. In another embodiment of the invention the floor member unit is laminated in offset relationship to an underlayer of the same size and shape as the floor member unit. In either embodiment, the floor member can be formed as a floor tile or a floor plank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Tower IPCO Company Limited
    Inventors: Jincheng Song, Zhiming Wang, Qingfeng Lu
  • Patent number: 8607516
    Abstract: A process for installing quoins to a building structure includes fabricating a plurality of quoins, each including two quoin panels angularly disposed relative to each other and connected along a common edge. A true edge column is attached to the building structure, the true edge column including two column panels angularly disposed relative to each other along a common column edge. The plurality of quoins are then attached in stacked relation over and to the true edge column. Each of the quoins may include an outer and an inner surface, wherein the inner surface comprises a right-angled recess adjacent to the common edge and along the two quoin panels. The true edge column may be cooperatively sized to fit within the right-angled recess. A plurality of pre-drilled apertures may be disposed about the right-angle recess for fastening the quoins to the true edge column and building structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: John Patrick O'Brien
  • Patent number: 8603613
    Abstract: A system and method for decorative elements having multiple visual appearances. The decorative elements may present different colors and/or other visual appearance characteristics and yet function as a durable construction material, like a traditional brick, tile or shingle. The decorative elements may receive a mechanical operation that permanently physically alters the decorative element, such as a cutting, sawing, drilling or molding operation, while the decorative element is functional to provide a controllable visual appearance both before and after the physical alteration. The decorative elements may be autonomous in that power needed to change visual appearance states can be gathered by an integrated energy harvesting device, such as a solar cell. A color chip system may be used to select decorative element features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Tesserae Technologies
    Inventor: Erik Larson
  • Patent number: 8596005
    Abstract: Disclosed is a raised profile panel having various patterns for a door, which allows a user to repair a profile of the door or change a design of the door according to the demand of the user without exchanging the door with a new one when the profile formed on a surface of the door for decoration is damaged or the user wants to change the design of the door. The raised profile panel includes a profile section manufactured separately from the door and having a bonding surface forming an inner wall of the profile section and an exposed surface forming an outer wall of the profile section; and an adhesive layer provided on the bonding surface of the profile section to bond the bonding surface of the profile section with the surface of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Yong Sibbett
  • Patent number: 8590238
    Abstract: A simulative brick or other block covering for a wall is provided with grooves cut sufficiently deep into the coating to substantially separate all simulated structured sections from each other with respect to drying and coating on the outside with a waterproof acrylic coloring material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas L. Polak
  • Patent number: 8584414
    Abstract: Structures with an outer wall structure have multiple angled walls that are alternately joined together so as to create recessed and protruding elements relative to a horizontal structural foundation, there being a façade structure added to the outer wall structure, so that a viewer at a predetermined viewing distance from the outer wall structure will see a reverse-perspective illusion on the outer wall structure when moving laterally relative to the outer wall structure. Reverse-perspective lines are formed by one or more visible elements that help to create a reverse-perspective illusion. Reverse-perspective lines, if extended to infinity, will converge at a vanishing point on a horizon line located at a preselected viewer's eye height at a predetermined distance from the structure but they are not parallel to the horizontal structural foundation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Stephen P. Hines
  • Patent number: 8561368
    Abstract: Embodiments of a carved solid face door and methods of fabrication are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a carved solid face door includes a solid base having a substantially flat face and an opposing rear surface, wherein the face has a design carved into at least one section of the face that emulates the appearance of a multiple-piece construction including at least one of a frame, a rail, a stile, a molding, a trim, a plurality of planks, or a panel. Optionally, a backing may be coupled to the solid base. Optionally, the solid base may comprise a plurality of horizontal sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Edward Fimbel, III
  • Patent number: 8530036
    Abstract: A sports board has a hard top shell formed with a top concave shell cavity. The hard top shell has an inside surface. The hard top shell is pervious to light. A top layer of adhesive adheres to the hard top shell. A rigid foam core is formed with a top profile and a bottom profile. The top profile matches and receives the top hard shell. The top layer of adhesive adheres to a top surface of the foam core. A bottom layer of adhesive adheres to a bottom surface of the rigid foam core; and a hard bottom shell is formed with a bottom concave shell cavity. The bottom concave shell cavity is formed to fit to the bottom profile. The hard bottom shell is pervious to light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Dean Ronald Thompson
  • Patent number: 8499502
    Abstract: A display for displaying the features of a casket which has a shell, a lid and an interior, comprises a wall, a cabinet mounted to the wall, an openable and closable door mounted to the cabinet, the door having the appearance of being at least a portion of the lid of the casket, and at least a portion of the shell of the casket positioned in the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Batesville Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jane Browe, Diana Burkhart
  • Patent number: 8484919
    Abstract: A structure to form flooring transitions having outer surfaces comprising two disparate materials. In a preferred embodiment the flooring transitions includes a T-shaped molding and at least one attachment thereto. The outer surfaces of the T-molding and attachment may be comprised of different materials, even though they may sometimes have the same pattern or décor. For example, the T-molding may have a surface of real wood or veneer and the attachment may have an outer surface of abrasion resistant foil, metal, or even a visual perception element, such as lights or reflective tape. A kit is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Pergo (Europe) AB
    Inventors: Dan Brunedal, Patrick Smith
  • Patent number: 8474208
    Abstract: A vinyl floor panel for a flooring system prepared from a blend of a polymer and cork granules. The floor panel includes top and bottom surfaces with a first layer between both surfaces. A printed pattern is located on the top surface. The first layer is prepared from a blend of a polymer polyvinyl chloride and cork granules, where the cork granules are evenly distributed with the polyvinyl chloride throughout the length, width, and thickness of the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Novalis Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Carl Ruland
  • Patent number: 8475287
    Abstract: A method for changing a theme associated with a given space (e.g., restaurant). A wall system includes a wall panel having multiple themes depicted thereon or multiple wall panels each having a theme depicted thereon. Using a series of winches, chain drives, cables and pulleys or the like, the wall panels are moved to change the theme of the space. A ceiling system includes two ceiling panels movable via a series of winches, chain drives, cables and pulleys. Once separated the ceiling panels expose a theme different than that depicted while closed. Audio and/or visual cues may be provided to alert patrons to a theme change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Wynn Resorts Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Rick Gray, William B. Gorlin, Stephen A. Sywak, Murphy Gigliotti, Frederick L. Smith, Jean Labadie
  • Patent number: 8468763
    Abstract: A reverse molded fiberboard panel; a wainscot kit comprising a plurality of differently sized reverse molded panels, and a planar finishing or spacer panel, adapted to completely cover any size wall between a wall base board and a wall chair rail; and a method of reverse molding a loose cellulosic mat, in a single pressing step, to provide one or more relatively high density, raised panels without requiring preliminary pressing, or other pre-shaping step, such as scalping. The reverse-molded panels are molded in a conventional, multi-opening fiberboard press, in a single pressing step process, while achieving excellent transfer of mold detail (embossing fidelity) without visually noticeable fiber fracture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Steven K. Lynch, Dale E. Schafernak, Karine Luetgert, Bei-Hong Liang, Lee Braddock
  • Patent number: 8438809
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods configured for installing a decorative feature having a wave-like appearance. For example, a system for installing the decorative feature can include one or more mounts configured to attach to a support structure and support one or more decorative panels. The system can also include a plurality of decorative panels configured to be disposed within or supported by the mounts. Each decorative panel can have a concave or convex configuration to produce a wave-like appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: 3form, Inc.
    Inventors: Allan R. Ismay, Richard C. Perrior
  • Patent number: 8418588
    Abstract: A method of making a modular textile system includes dividing a textile web having a length and a width into a plurality of tile areas including a first tile area, a second tile area, and a third tile area. The textile web includes a plurality of discrete design zones positioned along the width of the textile web. A first design zone includes a motif and a second design zone does not include the motif. The textile web is divided so that the first design zone is apportioned between the first tile area and the second tile area, and the second design zone is apportioned between the second tile area and the third tile area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Tandus Flooring, Inc.
    Inventors: Suzanne Tick, Terry Mowers
  • Patent number: 8413397
    Abstract: An artificial stone is disclosed for use in creating a covering for a supporting surface. The artificial stone includes a body for placement on the supporting surface, which is shaped for mating engagement with like stones with intermediate perimeter joints to produce a continuous surface covering. The stone has a facing surface on the body, which facing surface has a contour defining a surface area and is subdivided by at least one simulated joint into a major surface portion and at least one minor surface portion. The major surface portion is free of simulated joints and extends over at least about 60% of the total surface of the facing surface. The stone further includes at least one perimeter recess in the body for generating a gap between the stone and another like stone in mating engagement therewith, which gap is wider than adjacent the adjoining perimeter joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Oldcastle Building Products Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Marc-Andre Lacas, Bertin Castonguay, Robert Daoust
  • Patent number: 8414995
    Abstract: A textile web includes a plurality of yarns tufted to define a motif that is repeated along the length and width of the textile web. Each occurrence of the motif comprises a design module repeated to form a unitary array of contiguous design modules, with the design modules having various orientations with respect to one another in fixed positions within the unitary array of design modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Tandus Flooring, Inc.
    Inventor: Jhane Barnes
  • Patent number: 8404331
    Abstract: The present invention provides a building material in which a coating is applied to a front surface and a side surface is sufficiently adhered to a sealing and method for manufacturing thereof. In a building material in which a coating is applied to a front surface, a coating film on a side surface is removed or reduced by laser irradiation. The part of the side surface in which the coating film has been removed or reduced by laser irradiation has a width of at least 5 mm from a front surface side toward a rear surface side of the building material, or extends over the entire side surface from the front surface side toward the rear surface side of the building material, or is formed more than a part in which coating film is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Nichiha Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Kawakami, Koji Sawada, Yoshinori Hibino
  • Publication number: 20130067842
    Abstract: In a method for manufacturing floor panels that have at least a substrate and a top layer provided on the substrate, the top layer including a thermoplastic layer that is translucent or transparent, the method may involve providing the top layer, including the thermoplastic layer, on the substrate. The method may also involve heating at least the thermoplastic layer, and structuring the thermoplastic layer using a mechanical press element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventors: Laurent Meersseman, Martin Segaert, Bernard Thiers, Benjamin Clement, Christophe Maesen
  • Patent number: 8375665
    Abstract: A partition module and system of partition modules provides an aesthetically pleasing partition for an interior space of a building. The front and rear exteriors of the module each include three-dimensional surface patterns configured to coextensively align with patterns on adjacent substantially identical modules to form a collective, dual-sided partition having a seamless visual appearance. The partition module may include a recess sized and shaped to receive a beam for supporting the partition structure and a plurality of alignment projections for self-alignment of the partition modules during construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Modular Arts, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald L. Kaump
  • Publication number: 20130036697
    Abstract: A surface covering comprises multiple units adapted to mate with one another and cover a surface. Each said unit comprises at least one primary rotational tessellation element that defines the sides of the unit, has an irregular configuration, includes a face having molded surface irregularities or variations therein, and has at least two pairs of irregularly shaped sides. Preferably, gaps of variable width are defined between visible edges of adjacent units in the surface covering. The surface covering has a natural appearance such that a repeating pattern is not readily apparent. A structural wall unit system is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: KEYSTONE RETAINING WALL SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventor: Keystone Retaining Wall Systems LLC
  • Patent number: 8365488
    Abstract: Methods and systems for decorating at least one bevel surface or other surface of a laminated flooring are described. The bevel surface can be decorated by non-transfer printing such as digital printing. The digital printer can be an ink jet printer such as a piezoelectric drop-on-demand (DOD) printer that allows a color and pattern to be placed on the bevel surface that matches the print design (décor pattern or face design) of the laminated flooring. Other devices are provided such as a device that takes a picture of or scans an image of the print design, and modifies the taken picture or the scanned image so that the edge pattern thereof matches with an edge pattern of the print design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Mannington Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: Hao A. Chen
  • Patent number: 8361581
    Abstract: A modular textile system comprises a plurality of distinct, but coordinating, textile tiles, each including at least one design zone, where at least two of the distinct tiles include at least one design zone having substantially the same composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Tandus Flooring, Inc.
    Inventors: Suzanne Tick, Terry Mowers
  • Patent number: 8364620
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the creation, selection, ordering, shipping and constructing of personalized living environments with customized configurations through the use of an architectural process, unitized assemblies, and assembly joineries. The architectural process allows for the initial creation, design and selection of the unitized assembly collections based upon human factors behavioral based criteria. The unitized assemblies are fixed and/or flexible, trade-integrated modules in unitized, shippable configurations designed and incorporated with high touch finished crafts, allowing for dimensional flexibility. The unitized assembly and human factors behavioral analysis combine for an experience blueprint of a homeowner's lifestyle portrait. The assembly joineries, based upon the desired collections selection, provide finishing touches to the unitized assembly, efficient strength to weight ratios, and expressed, stylized configurations in hybrid materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Paul B. Boardman
  • Patent number: 8347570
    Abstract: A crown molding fastener has a connector portion connected to a mount portion. The mount portion has a tail connected to a foot. The foot is connected such as by adhering and/or anchoring to a rear side of crown molding. The connector portion has a base connected to at least one of a wall and a ceiling. The connector portion connects to a clamp. The clamp receives the tail there through and upon pulling the tail a desired amount, a tension is applied between the foot and the clamp such as by providing a resilient tail and/or a spring member between the base and the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventors: Jim Shupe, David Shupp