US 9,809,984 B2
Floor panel
Laurent Meersseman, Kortrijk (BE); and Luc Vanhastel, Tielt (BE)
Assigned to FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL, Bertrange (LU)
Filed by FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL, Betrange (LU)
Filed on May 17, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/156,520.
Application 15/156,520 is a continuation of application No. 14/552,870, filed on Nov. 25, 2014, granted, now 9,366,035.
Application 14/552,870 is a continuation of application No. 13/808,274, granted, now 8,925,275, issued on Jan. 6, 2015, previously published as PCT/IB2011/052715, filed on Jun. 21, 2011.
Application 13/808,274 is a continuation of application No. PCT/IB2011/051886, filed on Apr. 28, 2011.
Application PCT/IB2011/051886 is a continuation of application No. PCT/IB2011/051884, filed on Apr. 28, 2011.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/429,845, filed on Jan. 5, 2011.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/426,734, filed on Dec. 23, 2010.
Claims priority of application No. 2010/0283 (BE), filed on May 10, 2010; application No. 2010/0323 (BE), filed on May 27, 2010; application No. 2010/0420 (BE), filed on Jul. 9, 2010; application No. 2010/0441 (BE), filed on Jul. 15, 2010; application No. 2010/0602 (BE), filed on Oct. 12, 2010; application No. 2010/0705 (BE), filed on Nov. 25, 2010; application No. 2010/0713 (BE), filed on Nov. 29, 2010; application No. 2010/0719 (BE), filed on Dec. 2, 2010; application No. 2010/0749 (BE), filed on Dec. 22, 2010; application No. 2011/0128 (BE), filed on Feb. 23, 2011; and application No. 2011/0247 (BE), filed on Apr. 28, 2011.
Prior Publication US 2016/0258167 A1, Sep. 8, 2016
Int. Cl. E04C 3/30 (2006.01); E04C 3/00 (2006.01); E04F 15/10 (2006.01); B27N 7/00 (2006.01); B32B 3/06 (2006.01); B32B 21/02 (2006.01); B32B 21/08 (2006.01); B32B 27/08 (2006.01); B32B 27/30 (2006.01); B44C 5/04 (2006.01); E04B 1/61 (2006.01); E04F 13/08 (2006.01); E04F 15/02 (2006.01); B32B 5/18 (2006.01); B32B 7/12 (2006.01); B32B 27/32 (2006.01); B32B 27/40 (2006.01); E04F 15/18 (2006.01)
CPC E04F 15/107 (2013.01) [B27N 7/00 (2013.01); B32B 3/06 (2013.01); B32B 5/18 (2013.01); B32B 7/12 (2013.01); B32B 21/02 (2013.01); B32B 21/08 (2013.01); B32B 27/08 (2013.01); B32B 27/304 (2013.01); B32B 27/32 (2013.01); B32B 27/40 (2013.01); B44C 5/043 (2013.01); B44C 5/0476 (2013.01); E04B 1/54 (2013.01); E04F 13/0894 (2013.01); E04F 15/02 (2013.01); E04F 15/02022 (2013.01); E04F 15/02033 (2013.01); E04F 15/02038 (2013.01); E04F 15/102 (2013.01); E04F 15/105 (2013.01); E04F 15/18 (2013.01); B32B 2255/10 (2013.01); B32B 2255/26 (2013.01); B32B 2260/021 (2013.01); B32B 2262/067 (2013.01); B32B 2262/101 (2013.01); B32B 2307/412 (2013.01); B32B 2307/712 (2013.01); B32B 2323/04 (2013.01); B32B 2323/10 (2013.01); B32B 2471/00 (2013.01); B32B 2607/00 (2013.01); E04F 2201/0107 (2013.01); E04F 2201/0123 (2013.01); E04F 2201/0138 (2013.01); E04F 2201/0146 (2013.01); E04F 2201/0153 (2013.01); E04F 2201/0176 (2013.01); E04F 2201/023 (2013.01); E04F 2201/049 (2013.01); E04F 2201/0523 (2013.01); E04F 2201/0535 (2013.01); E04F 2201/0588 (2013.01); E04F 2201/091 (2013.01); E04F 2201/095 (2013.01); E04F 2201/098 (2013.01); Y10T 428/17 (2015.01); Y10T 428/195 (2015.01); Y10T 428/24488 (2015.01); Y10T 428/24777 (2015.01)] 12 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A floor panel having a rectangular shape with two pairs of opposite edges, the floor panel comprising:
a waterproof substrate comprised of a single layer and defining a thickness of 2 to 10 millimeters; said thickness being more than half of the entire thickness of the floor panel; the substrate material being chosen from the list consisting of a polyvinyl chloride-based substrate, polyethylene-based substrate, a polypropylene-based substrate and a polyurethane-based substrate,
a top layer provided on the substrate, the top layer including a print provided on a carrier sheet with said carrier sheet being provided underneath said print,
a transparent thermoplastic layer of less than 1 millimeter thickness situated above said print; the floor panel either being free from intermediate layers between said substrate and said carrier sheet, or including a glue layer between said substrate and said carrier sheet;
the floor panel, at least on one pair of two opposite edges, including mechanical coupling parts for coupling two of such floor panels to each other, such that a locking is created in a vertical direction perpendicular to the plane of coupled panels, as well as in a horizontal direction perpendicular to the coupled edges and in the plane of the panels; said coupling parts being substantially realized in said substrate material.