Patents Examined by Anthony D. Barfield
  • Patent number: 11363890
    Abstract: Radiant furniture made of a concrete mix includes one or more heating elements or hot water supplied hydronic tubing that provide comfortable radiant heat. Radiant furniture for sitting includes a radiant seating panel with a bottom cushion overlying the radiant seating panel that provides a heated seating surface for the radiant furniture. A back cushion or a portion of a back cushion can be moved from a first position for sitting to a second position overlying the bottom cushion. A controller senses the temperature of the radiant seating panel and the ambient temperature, then applies power to one or more heating elements in the furniture according to programmed temperature thresholds to provide comfortable radiant heat from the furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: David A. Gober
  • Patent number: 11358722
    Abstract: A passenger seat includes a bottom support to be connected to the aircraft floor, a seat pan frame, and a support structure interconnecting the seat pan frame to the bottom support. A front support member defines a frontmost portion of the support structure, and has a top end connected to a front end of the seat pan frame and a bottom end connected to the bottom support. The front end of the seat pan frame is forwardly offset from a front end of the bottom support and the top end of the front support member is forwardly offset from its bottom end such that an empty space is defined across a width of the seat between the seat pan frame and the floor, forwardly of the support structure, forwardly of the bottom support, and rearwardly of a vertical plane aligned with the front end of the seat pan frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventors: Philippe Erhel, Jerome Vigeant, Chen Hua Yu
  • Patent number: 11350752
    Abstract: The disclosed technology can include a dual chair folding system having rigid support poles joined by pins to form a collapsible chair support frame. Fabric sections can be affixed to the collapsible chair support frame to form a plurality of chairs. The dual chair folding system can also include vertical support poles and sunshade support poles that can be joined by pins to form a collapsible sunshade support frame. A continuous fabric section can be affixed to the collapsible sunshade support frame to form a sunshade positioned above the collapsible chair support frame. Attachment brackets can be attached to the collapsible chair support frame to receive the sunshade support frame such that the collapsible sunshade support frame can be removeably attached to the collapsible chair support frame. Furthermore, adjustable brackets affixed to the vertical support poles and the sunshade support poles can adjust the sunshade between a plurality of angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: GOPLUS CORP.
    Inventor: Xujuan Kong
  • Patent number: 11352140
    Abstract: The invention mainly relates to a system for the inertial unlocking of a seat back, in particular of an aircraft seat, characterized in that it comprises: a structural element of the seat back, called a connecting rod, a support piece for the fixation to a structural element of said seat, the support piece comprising a flyweight movable in translation between: a locking position in which the flyweight faces a lip of the connecting rod so as to prevent the connecting rod from rotating relative to the support piece about the axis of rotation, and an unlocking position in which the flyweight is released from the lip of the connecting rod so as to allow the connecting rod to rotate relative to the support piece about the axis of rotation, the passage of the flyweight from the locking position to the unlocking position being able to be carried out under the action of a deceleration by the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Safran Seats
    Inventors: Jean-Charles Marais, Olivier Lefevre, Anne Guirimand
  • Patent number: 11351896
    Abstract: A universal car seat cover system enabling an accurate and adaptable fit is provided. The accurate fit is facilitated by a headrest-receiving and headrest-securing portion. The upper front and rear portions of the universal car seat cover is movable between an open condition for receiving the headrest and an overlapping condition for securing the headrest, wherein the upper rear portions engage one or more headrest supports through integrated post slots provided by the upper rear portion. Loops interconnect separate front and seat portions of the universal car seat cover, and the loops associate with butterfly anchors to further facilitate a selectively accurate fit. The adaptable fit is by way of a two-point anchoring system enabling selective adaptability of portions of the seat cover system to fit a variety of sizes of vehicular seats, wherein the two-point anchoring system embodies the loop-butterfly anchors and the secured overlapping condition, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventor: Huyan Fang
  • Patent number: 11344130
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a portable head support designed to fit in the interior of a carry-on article carried by a passenger. The device provides head support for those who prefer sleeping in a face-down position and comprises a base and a head support connected along at least one of their abutting edges by a mechanism which permits the angle between the base and head support to be adjusted by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventor: Andrew Miller
  • Patent number: 11345265
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a seat cover for car back seats. The seat cover includes a back portion and a seat portion connected with the back portion. The back portion includes a first back unit configured to cover one back seat and a second back unit configured to cover another one back seat. The first back unit and the second back unit are in a detachable connection. A detachable gap is located between the first back unit and the second second back unit during the first back unit and the second back unit detached from each other. The detachable gap is used for the seat belt and the seat armrest protruding through. A protruding space is located between the first back unit and the second back unit, and the protruding space is configured to accommodate a seat belt and a seat armrest protruded out from the car back seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: HAINING MODERN CAR SEAT COVERS, CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jian Wang
  • Patent number: 11338710
    Abstract: A child safety seat includes a seat shell having two sidewalls respectively provided at a left and a right side for restricting sideways movement of a child on the seat shell, a buffering part movably connected with the seat shell, a retaining mechanism and a release mechanism. The buffering part is movable between a first position corresponding to a stowed state where the buffering part is retracted toward one of the sidewalls, and a second position corresponding to a deployed state where the buffering part protrudes sideways from the sidewall. The retaining mechanism is operable to hold the buffering part in the first position. The release mechanism includes an operating device that is disposed adjacent to a thigh region of the seat shell and is operatively connected with the retaining mechanism, the operating device being operable to release the buffering part from the hold of the retaining mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: BAMBINO PREZIOSO SWITZERLAND AG
    Inventor: Da Liang Zhang
  • Patent number: 11338740
    Abstract: A monitor mounting apparatus for use in connection with passenger vehicles such as aircraft, trains, and buses. The unique pivoting mechanism of the mounting apparatus permits lowering of the monitor in a manner that permits the top of the monitor screen to be visible even to the tallest of passengers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Reinhold Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Kosta Gianakopoulos
  • Patent number: 11332053
    Abstract: A seat suspension with suspension strands which comprises a fan grille of plastic provided with anchoring points overmolded on at least some of the suspension strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: FAURECIA Sièges d'Automobile
    Inventors: Florent Longatte, Sébastien Lecroisey, Dominique Cottin, David Muhvic
  • Patent number: 11332055
    Abstract: A pre-tensioning device for pre-tensioning a backrest of a vehicle rear seat is provided. The backrest is situated in an upright seating position and configured to be pivotable about a pivot axis that extends in a vehicle transverse direction, in the direction of a folded position which in relation to the seating position is disposed to be repositioned toward the front. In order for a pre-tensioning device which can be produced in a more cost-effective and light-weight manner and can be attached in a more durable manner to be provided, the pre-tensioning device has at least one leaf spring which is configured to be supported at least indirectly on a vehicle body, and is supported at least indirectly on the rear side of the backrest that faces away from a passenger cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Sebastian Meyer
  • Patent number: 11325709
    Abstract: An upper shell for an aircraft seat may include a main body, and an upper pocket. The upper pocket may include a pocket flap coupled to the main body via at least one pocket flap hinge. The upper pocket may include a pocket cavity defined within the main body. The pocket cavity may be accessible following an actuation of the pocket flap into a pocket flap open position via the at least one pocket flap hinge. The pocket flap may be configured to cover at least a portion of the pocket cavity when the pocket flap is in a pocket flap closed position. The upper shell for the aircraft seat may include a personal electronic device (PED) holder assembly with a PED cavity defined within an area of the upper pocket, and a PED holder configured to fit within the PED cavity when in a PED holder closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Jackson R Wanner
  • Patent number: 11325513
    Abstract: A seat device for a vehicle includes a seat cushion, a slow deformation portion, and tilted standing members. An occupant in the vehicle is to be seated on the seat cushion. The deformation portion is disposed in at least a portion of the seat cushion and configured in such a manner that the deformation portion is deformed as a result of a load to be applied continuously to the deformation portion. The standing members stand in a load direction in an inner portion of the deformation portion and configured to be tilted as a result of the deformation of the deformation portion. When the outer and inner portions of the deformation portion are deformed by the load, the standing members in the outer and inner portions and the standing members in the inner portion are tilted respectively forward and rearward, from their respective positions before the load is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 11325507
    Abstract: A tether anchorage device for a swivel seat of a vehicle is provided. The device is configured such that an anchor including a horizontal bar and a vertical bar is mounted on a rear surface of the swivel seat, and a tether belt for fixing a baby seat is anchored to the anchor while being bound in a vertical direction as well as a horizontal direction of the swivel seat, so that the baby seat may be securely fixed to the swivel seat regardless of a rotating position of the swivel seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seung Kyu Kang, Dae Hyun Choi, Myeong Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 11325512
    Abstract: A seat device for a vehicle includes a seat cushion, a slow deformation portion, and a rearward-tilt member. An occupant in the vehicle is to be seated on the seat cushion. The slow deformation portion is disposed in at least a portion of the seat cushion and is configured in such a manner that deformation of the deformation portion proceeds as a result of a load to be applied continuously to the slow deformation portion. The rearward-tilt member is disposed in a load direction in an inner portion of the slow deformation portion. When the slow deformation portion is deformed by the load, the rearward-tilt member is tilted rearward from its position before the load is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 11324321
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention may include a ready-to-assemble chair, comprising a seat assembly, wherein said seat assembly comprises a top seat surface, at least three sides, and an underside, wherein the underside has an internal cavity defined by the at least three sides; a seat back assembly, wherein said seat back assembly is configured to fit substantially within the internal cavity of the underside of the seat assembly in a flat orientation when said chair is disassembled; and at least three legs. Some aspects of the present invention may include a method of assembly of a ready-to-assemble chair, as well as methods of packaging the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventors: Zheng Yao, Douglas Tripp
  • Patent number: 11319071
    Abstract: A passenger entertainment device operated by a controller associated with a vehicle passenger seat. The passenger seat includes a seat, a backrest and a pocket in a back surface of the backrest facing away from the seat. The entertainment device includes a base, a display attached to a base front surface and a cover pivotably attached to the base pivotable between a first position, in which the cover covers the display, and a second position, in which the cover exposes the display. A first fastener of the entertainment device is configured to interact with a second fastener on the seat to define a fastening system for detachably fastening the cover to the seat backrest when the cover is arranged in its second position and inserted into the seat pocket, while the base is arranged outside of the pocket with the display facing away from the seat backrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Alejandro Morales Anton, Taco Stouten
  • Patent number: 11318867
    Abstract: A child conveyance device includes an impact energy absorbing apparatus disposed on a portion of the child conveyance device. The impact energy absorbing apparatus includes an inner support configured to be positioned against the portion of the child conveyance device. The inner support has a receptacle formed therein. The impact energy absorbing apparatus further includes an outer cover configured to releasably secure the inner support and an insert received within the receptacle of the inner support. The insert is held in place by the outer cover when securing the outer cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: MONAHAN PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Douglas Gaudreau, Jr., Carl J. Sukeforth
  • Patent number: 11312495
    Abstract: A seat assembly for a vehicle includes a backrest. A tray table is moveably coupled to the backrest. The tray table is configured to be moved between a stowed position and a deployed position. A literature pocket is formed in the backrest. The literature pocket is disposed between the tray table in the stowed position and a rear surface of the backrest. In an embodiment, a device support is moveably coupled to the literature pocket. The device support is moveable between a support stowed position and a support deployed position that is configured to support a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Gary Tien Le, Matthew Vu Hoang, Wade DeLaney, Elijah Dobrusin, Thomas Rodolph Eaton, Zeke Johnson
  • Patent number: 11312274
    Abstract: A seating system for a vehicle and a method for producing a seating system include a seat part having a cushion and a support material disposed on a surface of the cushion. An elongated member is attached to one side of the support material to create a channel in the opposite side, and a trim material is positioned over the support material to create a concavity in the trim material along the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Jose Marques, Nathalie Navarro