US Patent No: 6,607,238

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Structural reinforcement member for wheel well

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A structural reinforcement member for reinforcing a wheel well area of an automobile includes a carrier and a load distributing medium supported by the carrier. The carrier also may include a reinforced protrusion, two reinforced openings, and an outwardly extending flange. The flange includes a reinforced raised portion having a shape similar to that of the flange. The load distributing medium is a structural foam and preferably an epoxy-based resin. The preferred load distributing medium is L5206, L5207, L5208, or L5209 structural foam commercially available from L&L Products of Romeo, Mich.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
ZEPHYROS, INC.ROMEO, MI153

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Barz, William J Shelby Township, MI 25 828

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Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
HENKEL AG & CO. KGAA (2)
* 8,356,859 Reinforcement assembly 0 2009
* 2011/0241,383 REINFORCEMENT ASSEMBLY 2 2009
 
ZEPHYROS, INC. (48)
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6,941,719 Structural reinforcement 53 2001
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7,169,344 Method of reinforcing at least a portion of a structure 2 2002
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7,004,536 Attachment system and method of forming same 17 2003
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6,923,499 Multiple material assembly for noise reduction 33 2003
* 2004/0075,299 Multiple material assembly for noise reduction 2 2003
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8,128,780 Reinforcement system utilizing a hollow carrier 1 2007
8,580,058 Structurally reinforced members 0 2007
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* 8,079,146 Reinforcements, baffles and seals with malleable carriers 3 2010
* 8,763,254 Reinforcements, baffles and seals with malleable carriers 0 2011
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