Patents Examined by Alexander Grosz
  • Patent number: 7748065
    Abstract: A spring mattress is described, including a plurality of strings interconnected side by side. Each string includes a plurality of continuous casings and, enclosed therein, coil springs. Moreover, between at least some of the springs in at least one of the strings a slot is arranged which opens towards the upper or lower side of the mattress. It is preferred for the springs between which the slot is arranged to be separated with an intermediate separation distance, which separation distance exceeds about 10% of the diameter of the largest turn of the adjoining springs. In addition, it is preferred for the casing portions to be arranged at the ends of the spring to be moved towards each other, through the spring, and connected to each other by at least one connecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Stjernfjadrar AB
    Inventor: Kenneth Edling
  • Patent number: 7739762
    Abstract: A surgery table utilizing first and second sections which are hingedly attached to one another. First and second sections are also connected to supports apart from the hinged portion. An elevator moves one of the sections upwardly and downwardly at the support. The resultant position of the frame formed by the first and second sections may take the configuration of a flat surface or an upwardly or downwardly oriented “vee”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Mizuho Orthopedic Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Lamb, Mark Stanley, Michael Demaria
  • Patent number: 7721366
    Abstract: A folding mattress support system replaces both a conventional box spring and the bed frame with rails. The mattress support system is lighter, quieter and easier to transport, and also provides more storage space beneath the mattress. The mattress support system includes bed frame assemblies, central connecting bars, edge attachments and a bed skirt. Leg brackets fold out from the bed frame assemblies, which themselves unfold in the middle. Central connecting bars connect inner side edges of the bed frame assemblies. Plastic edge attachments are attached at outer corners of the bed frame assemblies and hold a bed skirt taught around the frame assemblies when the frame assemblies are standing on the extended leg brackets. A mattress is then placed on top of the assembled mattress support system. Optionally, metal edge attachments at the head corners of the mattress support system both hold the bed skirt and support a headboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Zinus, Inc.
    Inventors: Youn Jae Lee, Suk Kan Oh
  • Patent number: 7716766
    Abstract: A therapeutic mattress is provided having a base layer, first and second longitudinally extending side walls, and a patient support layer positioned on the base layer and between the foam sidewalls. In one embodiment, the patient support layer has a plurality of separately zoned air cell sections, including a head zone adjacent a head end of the mattress, a foot zone adjacent a foot end of the mattress, and a seat zone between the head zone and the foot zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Kreg Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig Poulos
  • Patent number: 7716758
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for displacing a person from a lateral incumbent position to a sitting position and vice versa, comprising: engaging means for engaging on the person. The invention relates to a bed provided with such an apparatus. The invention further relates to a method for displacing a person from a lateral recumbent position to a sitting position using such an apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Indes Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Wilhelmus Petrus Johannes De Kruijf
  • Patent number: 7707667
    Abstract: A backboard pad assembly comprising a body pad and cranial pad with side wrappings and a back coverslip attached to the body pad. The side wrappings and back coverslip may be of one piece are typically of an elastic material and extend around an associated backboard so as to retain the body pad to the backboard. The body pad has a width that is less than the distance between side handholds of an associated backboard such that the handholds are not covered by the body pad and have a length such that any end handholds of the associated backboard are not covered by the body pad. The body pad follows the profile of the associated backboard. The body pad, cranial pad, side wrappings, and back coverslip are made of or are covered with a coating of material that is waterproof and chemically resistant and capable of being medically disinfected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Inventor: Ross T. Walton
  • Patent number: 7703156
    Abstract: A side cover apparatus includes an electric mat, a curtain-type side cover attached to an outer periphery of the electric mat, and a contracting portion disposed on an inner periphery of the side cover. The side cover conceals side surfaces of the electric mat and a bed mattress such that the combination of the electric mat and the bed mattress appears as if the combination is a single bed mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Inventor: Myoung Jun Lee
  • Patent number: 7698766
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for facilitating spinal alignment is disclosed. The contoured sleep system facilitates alignment of a person's spine along the Sagittal plane when laying in a sleep-on-side position. An exemplary contoured sleep system has a trunk rest having a trunk rest surface and a trunk rest face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Inventor: John Schultz
  • Patent number: 7698756
    Abstract: A stronger foldable bed having a frame and a foldably soft cover attached thereto. The frame has two pairs of side bars each pivotally connected to a central link, a tilt leg pivotally connected to a free end of each side bar, three pairs of scissoring end or middle bars linking the two pairs of side bars, a pair of middle leg each containing a telescoping leg, a reinforcing bar each pivotally connected to one side bar and a sleeve covering on each tilt leg, and a journey limit formed on each tilt leg. The foldable bed is longitudinal stable, simple and strong, without sacrificing the easiness of operation of folding and expanding. The foldable bed has a tent attached thereto with the aid of slide fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Inventor: Libin Chen
  • Patent number: 7694371
    Abstract: A portable diaper changing pad with a memory foam insert. The diaper changing pad comprises a mat with a panel having a body of memory foam as a cushion. The memory foam insert preferably comprises a raised head rest section. In one embodiment, the diaper changing pad further comprises two side section panels which may be folded over the middle panel. When the side section panels are folded over the middle panel, the diaper changing pad may be rolled and securely closed for easy storage and portability. The diaper changing pad preferably has a terry cloth cover. Other preferred embodiments include a nonskid bottom surface, a storage bag, and accessories, such as toys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Ah Goo Baby, LLC
    Inventors: Karin Telegadis, George Telegadis
  • Patent number: 7685656
    Abstract: The invention provides a convenient, compact and lightweight transfer device for transferring or transporting humans, animals or other objects or substances. One person can lift or maneuver the device under an object with a minimum of effort, with ergonomic safety, and little chance of injury or strain. The device has a generally flat and semi-rigid support member, a plurality of omnidirectional ball rollers for translating the support member across a generally horizontally disposed surface. The ball rollers are positioned in cylindrical extensions extending downwardly from the lower surface of the support member and are distributed in an anterior to posterior direction in parallel rows along the lower surface of the support member. The device has at least one vertical side extending upwardly from the support member. The device can also have a handle positioned on at least one of the vertical sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: James Darrigo
  • Patent number: 7681261
    Abstract: The swaddling blanket is preferably fabricated from a soft material. The blanket includes a double-layered back portion having a reinforced head area. A pocket member is attached to the front layer of the back portion to accommodate the infant's legs. Double-layered, tapered tie members are attached to the back portion. The tie members are utilized to secure the infant in the blanket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventor: Victoria H. O'Neill
  • Patent number: 7676861
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a stretcher which includes cot sides 160 and 162. These can be moved towards or away from the patient support to accommodate patients of greater width than average. The stretcher also includes a leg support that can be moved to a shock position by a hydraulic cylinder 152 connected to the lower end of the unshaped frame 150 at one end and at the other to the leg part of the patients support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Ferno (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Philip Ward, David Wyman
  • Patent number: 7676863
    Abstract: A bed skirt adapted to be removably attached to an associated bed sheet is disclosed. The bed skirt includes a first decorative side and a second decorative side. The bed sheet includes a top and an edge portion adapted to fit over one of a mattress and a box spring. A plurality of fasteners is provided to removably attach the bed skirt to the edge portion of the bed sheet, wherein one of the first decorative side and the second decorative side is outwardly facing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventor: Sharon K. Henning
  • Patent number: 7676859
    Abstract: The invention relates to a folding bed which is covered with a mattress (9) and comprises a head frame, back frame and foot frame (8, 7, 6) which are connected to one another in an articulated manner and are arranged in a collapsed state in a basic frame (1) or box such that they can be raised and lowered by means of a lifting mechanism (4), in which case the lifting mechanism (4) comprises scissors-type lifting arrangements which are provided on both sides of the head frame (8), are spring-loaded for lifting action, and have their top ends articulated on the end sides of the head frame (8), and that the first scissors arm (47) is articulated, at the top end, on a short block link (43) at the back-part head-frame end at an articulation (44) on which acts a link plate (42) which is connected in an articulated manner to a control arm (41) and is connected to a spacing head-frame connector (20) of the head frame (8) and of the back frame (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Sedac-Mecobel S.A.
    Inventor: Jean Brossier
  • Patent number: 7676864
    Abstract: A comforter is provided having a length and width dimension larger than commercially available comforters. A flexible slidable fastener is provided along the length of the comforter substantially in the middle of the width dimension of the comforter. The flexible slidable fastener may be covered to prevent irritation to the occupants of the bed on which the comforter of the present invention is placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventor: Nikki Lee
  • Patent number: 7669265
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present invention generally relate to pillow devices comprising a pair of opposing lobe cushions connected by a cross member comprising a neck supporting cushion. In some embodiments the cushions may define a region for receiving a back portion of a human head in a cradling relation. Furthermore, according to some embodiments the cradle region can optionally be adjustable by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventor: Mary Jane Weise
  • Patent number: 7669266
    Abstract: A body pillow includes an outer enclosure, first, second and third chambers disposed within the outer enclosure, the first and second chambers disposed adjacent to one another, and the second and third chambers disposed adjacent to one another, each of the first, second and third chambers adapted to be filled by respective filling material, a first baffle disposed between the first and second chambers, and a second baffle disposed between the second and third chambers, the first and second baffles adapted to prevent filling material within each of the first, second and third chambers from shifting to an adjacent one of the chambers. Beneficially, among other benefits, the body pillow's baffles prevent filling material disposed within each of the chambers from shifting to adjacent chambers, both during normal use of the body pillow and during washing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: United Feather & Down, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Palmer, Robert J. Hickman
  • Patent number: 7669255
    Abstract: A storable dual action hydraulic device has a base unit from which floor supports extend, and a series of arms that articulate relative to the base unit to lift and re-orient a lifting device. The base unit houses an on-board power supply and control systems for hydraulic cylinders. A first arm and associated hydraulic cylinder extend from the base, and a second arm and associated hydraulic cylinder extend from the extreme end of the first arm opposite the base unit. At the extreme end of the second arm opposite the first arm, a mechanism is disposed for connecting to a lifting device capable of lifting subjects such as immobile persons. The device is equipped with weight measuring equipment, a retractable handle for maneuvering the device, a hinge member from which the lifting device motorized control for the lifting device and a controller for articulating the arms of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventor: Terry Raney
  • Patent number: 7665165
    Abstract: There is disclosed an exercise cushion (10) for at least partially supporting an individual on a substantially level support surface (8). The cushion 10 comprises a body configured to elevate a region extending from and including the head to the thoracic spine of the individual from the substantially level support surface (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventor: Helen Pia Maganov