Molded surface fasteners and attachment methods

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7254874
APP PUB NO 20050198790A1
SERIAL NO

11076489

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Molded surface fasteners are provided which include a fenestrated base structure with sets of at least three undercut segments extending laterally over at least one window, thereby allowing fastening elements of diverse designs to be precisely molded by a set of biparting dies, either as independent attachable products or as an integral part of a product component. Embodiments include fastener portions comprising singular fastening 'buttons', portions with recessed fastening zones, unitary double-sided fasteners, products incorporating multiple fastener types in different locations, and unique self-engaging fasteners. Methods for attaching and assembling various components, utilizing the present fastener types are also provided.

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Duffy, Leonard Arnold Hinesburg, VT 7 25

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (3)
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4894060 Disposable diaper with improved hook fastener portion 505 1988
6054091 J hook-type hook strip for a mechanical fastener 75 1996
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (10)
4531733 Fastener and base using said fastener 37 1983
* 4671976 Web-type stock material with upwardly projecting filamentary elements and defined periphery 40 1986
* 5179767 Connector apparatus 52 1991
* 5378522 Ready wrap 25 1992
5555608 Connector apparatus with nesting ridges 8 1994
5640744 Nested ridge strap connector apparatus 16 1995
* 5799378 Fastening system 8 1997
5867876 Male-to-male connector apparatus having symmetrical and uniform connector matrix 11 1997
5983467 Interlocking device 44 1997
5943705 Athletic equipment attachment strap 32 1998
 
3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY (3)
6132660 Method for forming headed stem mechanical fasteners 43 1997
6684464 Bundling strap 11 2002
* 7048984 Net structure and method of making 17 2003
 
Tac-Fast Systems SA (1)
5382462 Carpet tape 45 1993
 
MEI CALIFORNIA, INC. (1)
5884368 Method for removably coupling a plurality of structures 4 1997
 
FEINTOOL SYSTEM PARTS OBERTSHAUSEN GMBH (1)
5953947 Method and apparatus for forming a profile in a wall of a hollow cylindrical work piece 6 1998
 
The Procter & Gamble Company (1)
6478784 Garment having integrally-formed surface protrusions 14 2000
 
APLIX, S.A. (2)
5656226 Method and apparatus for injection-molding a thermoplastic device 46 1996
RE37338 Method for injection-molding an orthopedic device and product of the method 40 1998
 
QUANTUM CORPORATION (1)
2002/0129,359 Cross platform system and method for the management and distribution of pay per view video on demand 38 2001
 
YKK CORPORATION (12)
* 5067210 Surface-type fastener 95 1990
* 5685050 Hook structure for molded surface fastener 34 1995
5839172 Hook structure for molded surface fastener 6 1996
5655268 Button-substitute fastening device 17 1996
5797170 Synthetic resin molded surface fastener 68 1997
6061881 Molded engaging member for surface fastener 31 1998
* 5913482 Integrally molded surface fastener 24 1998
6209177 Molded surface fastener, and molding method and molding apparatus of the same 41 1999
6317933 Binding band 34 1999
6430786 Synthetic resin opening and closing press fastener 7 2000
6720059 Fastener strip having sealing vertical wall 16 2001
6678924 Integral molded surface fastener, and continuous manufacturing method and continuous manufacturing apparatus therefor 14 2002
 
YKK CORPORATION OF AMERICA (3)
6449816 Complementary fastener product 5 2001
6430784 Complementary fastener product 8 2001
6694576 Fastener strip having vent holes 10 2002
 
VELCRO BVBA (6)
6248276 Fasteners and methods of making fasteners 31 1999
6258311 Forming mold cavities 36 1999
6656563 Segmented separable fastener 35 2000
6708378 Fasteners and methods of making fasteners 19 2001
6687962 Fastener element patterning 22 2002
6692674 Discrete fastener regions 16 2002
 
TENAX S.P.A. (1)
5891549 Sheet-like structure with surface protrusions for providing spacing, grip-enhancing, draining elements and the like 49 1997
 
NIFCO INC. (1)
5460769 Method and apparatus for manufacturing a separable plastic fastener 15 1994
 
Jane Marie Flynn (1)
* 4862563 Securing strap and fastener 69 1987
 
VELCRO INDUSTRIES B.V. (4)
4775310 Apparatus for making a separable fastener 144 1986
6224364 Injection molding products having fastener elements 17 1998
6737147 Laminated hook fastener 17 2000
6526633 Hook fasteners and methods of manufacture 10 2001
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
8375529 Touch engageable fastener 3 2009
 
SPORTSFIELD INTELLECTUAL, LLC (2)
8337340 Bases, home plates, and pitcher's rubbers for use on synthetic turf infill material 3 2009
* 2010/0210,382 BASES, HOME PLATES, AND PITCHER'S RUBBERS FOR USE ON SYNTHETIC TURF INFILL MATERIAL 2 2009
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