Patents Examined by Christopher E Veraa
  • Patent number: 11110734
    Abstract: A security element for securing security papers, value documents and other data carriers, having a lenticular image that, from different viewing directions, displays at least two different appearances. The lenticular image includes a lens grid composed of a plurality of microlenses and a radiation-sensitive motif layer arranged spaced apart from the lens grid. The radiation-sensitive motif layer includes, produced by the action of radiation, a plurality of transparency regions that are each arranged in perfect register with the microlenses of the lens grid. Outside the transparency regions produced by the action of radiation, the radiation-sensitive motif layer is opaque and patterned in the form of a first motif such that, when the security element is viewed through the lens grid from a first viewing direction, the first motif is visible as the first appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT CURRENCY TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Fuhse, Andreas Rauch, Georg Depta
  • Patent number: 11090968
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for manufacturing a multilayer data medium (1), in which method: a multilayer data medium, including at least one transparent security layer (16), and at least one marking layer (17), sensitive to electromagnetic-marking radiation (5), are selected; the transparent security layer (16) includes at least one semi-transparent printed image including at least one thermochromic dye; at least one marking (30) is made using the electromagnetic-marking radiation, through the printed image; the semi-transparent printed image reveals, in a first state referred to as the inactivated state, at least one semi-transparent visible pattern that makes it possible, after the marking step, to view the marking (30) through the image, the pattern not being visible in a second state, referred to as the activated state. The invention also relates to a multilayer data medium (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Philippe, Laurence Bes
  • Patent number: 11084402
    Abstract: An extendible protective element for use in a child safety seat is disclosed. The extendible protective element comprises a first thread component comprising a first external thread and a first internal thread, and a second thread component comprising a second external thread, wherein the first thread component is rotatably connected to the second thread component via the first internal thread of the first thread component and the second external thread of the second thread component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Britax Romer Kindersicherheit GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Schmitz, Richard Henseler, Florian Berg
  • Patent number: 11051623
    Abstract: A backrest device includes a backrest carrier having a support arm, a backrest mounted on the support arm, and an actuator that is adjustable between a blocking position and a movement position. The support arm is equipped with a latching row. The backrest is movable along the support arm. The actuator is connected to the backrest and has an engaging piece. In the blocking position, the engaging piece is engaged with the latching row, so that a movement of the backrest along the support arm is blocked. In the movement position, the engaging piece is disengaged from the latching row, so that the backrest is movable along the support arm. The actuator is manufactured in one piece from an elastic material, in the movement position the actuator being elastically deformed by a manually applied force, so that the engaging piece is moved out of the latching row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: VITRA PATENTE AG
    Inventor: Thomas Kamber
  • Patent number: 11052698
    Abstract: The invention provides a free flowing copolymer between disparate plastic layers to thermally balance between the two differently expanding/contracting materials. The “primer” layer or “thermal balance layer” fully encapsulates the PET layer and can absorb the difference between the internal PET layer with any layer bonded to the encapsulated PET without cracking, bending or pitting and can “reset” into position when the heating/cooling has ended to make planar plastic core sheets for products such as credit cards, gift cards and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: GRIFF AND ASSOCIATES, L.P.
    Inventor: Timothy Roche
  • Patent number: 11014675
    Abstract: An upholstery cover article comprises a pad; a facing laminated to one side of the pad; a backing scrim laminated to the other side of the pad opposite the fabric cover; and an edge attachment article secured to a perimeter of at least one of the pad, the facing, or the backing scrim. The edge attachment article consists essentially of a ribbon of spring material, which is formed to provide a securement portion that is secured along the perimeter of the flexible panel, and to provide an catch portion that is not secured to the flexible panel and protrudes contiguous from the securement portion partway across the flexible panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: FRANKLIN PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Howard Velasco
  • Patent number: 11000129
    Abstract: A flip headrest device adapted for a sofa includes a sofa frame and a flip mechanism. The sofa frame includes a sofa frame top and two sofa frame sides that are cooperatively connected. The flip mechanism includes a driver rotatably connected in the sofa frame, a flip lever rotatably connected to the driving member, a planar link mechanism cooperatively connected to both ends of the flip lever, and a headrest portion disposed at an upper end of the sofa frame top. The planar link mechanism includes a crank rod, a first link and a second link. The crank rod has one end being fixedly connected to the flip lever, a middle portion being rotatably connected to the first link, and the other end being rotatably connected to the second link. The first and second links pass through the sofa frame top and are rotatably connected to the headrest portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: OKIN REFINED ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Pengfei He, Kangming Tao, Long Li
  • Patent number: 11001174
    Abstract: A vehicle seat system includes a seat back. A seat cushion is positioned proximate to the seat back. The seat cushion includes: a first side configured when upwardly directed for supporting an adult passenger; and a second side oppositely facing from the first side. The second side is configured when upwardly directed for supporting a child passenger and includes: an elevated face positioned proximate to the seat back; and a lower elevation face forward of the elevated face at a lower elevation than the elevated face when the second side is upwardly directed. The seat cushion is releasable and rotatable to configure the seat cushion with either the first side or the second side upwardly directed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Rylance, Stephanie C. Radion, Daniel W. Booth, Shaun P. Kavanagh
  • Patent number: 10999940
    Abstract: An electronic sign having slotted frame cabinets whereby each slotted frame cabinet can conveniently be attached to one or more vertically or horizontally positioned adjacent slotted frame cabinets by using connecting components which are generally located around the periphery of one or more slotted frame cabinets. Connecting components, including splice bars, splice plates, and mounting clamps, are aligned in, positioned along and secured to backing bars which are co-located in backing bar slots in one or more of the slotted frame cabinets. Lift eyes can be variably located in one or more lift eye slots. The use of externally located connecting components, which do not extend through the cabinetry, minimize the entry of environmental elements into the interior of the electronic sign. Multiple slotted frame cabinets can be connected without the removal of LED display panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kory D. Kludt, Russell Jon Neyens, Jon M. Mammenga
  • Patent number: 10981478
    Abstract: A seat for vehicle includes a seat cushion and a seat back. A seat back frame of the seat back includes a right side frame, a left side frame, a lower frame, and an upper frame. The upper frame includes a first upper frame and a second upper frame, the first upper frame having a cross-sectional shape of a U-shape opening downward, the second upper frame having a cross-sectional shape of a U-shape opening downward, and a closed cross section is configured by vertically overlaying the first upper frame and the second upper frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidekazu Kubota, Masaru Kaneko, Hiroshi Fukushima
  • Patent number: 10981476
    Abstract: A ventilation apparatus for a seat of a vehicle includes: a main duct configured such that a first end thereof is connected to a blower and a second end thereof is coupled to a seat frame so as to allow air to flow therebetween; and a connecting duct configured such that a first end thereof is connected to the second end of the main duct and a second end thereof is connected to a seat pad, and formed in a bellows shape having a variable length so as to allow air to flow between the seat frame and the seat pad even if a spacing distance between the seat frame and the seat pad is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: HYUNDAI TRANSYSINCORPORATED
    Inventors: Do Hyung Kim, Ho Sub Lim
  • Patent number: 10974533
    Abstract: A device for alignment of a book block consisting of single sheets and/or signatures is useable in a processing machine, in which manufacturing of books or printed products is carried out. The device is arranged upstream of a first processing station within the processing machine. The book block is feedable directly or indirectly into the device automatically or by hand. An alignment station has a base plate with a substantially vertically extending stop surface at an end thereof. The base plate has a movable part configured to carry out a movement with respect to the stop surface such that the movement of the movable part, in an operative connection to the stop surface, brings about an alignment of the single sheets and/or signatures at a book block edge, and such that, following alignment, the book block is grippable by at least one transport clamp for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Mueller Martini Holding AG
    Inventor: Pietro De Tommaso
  • Patent number: 10967976
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle seat (1) comprising a seat surface (2) and at last one backrest element (3, 13) which are pivotable about an axis (6) relative to the seat surface (2). The at least one backrest element (3, 13) is movable from a sitting position, in which the backrest element (3, 13) is positioned substantially at an angle (a) relative to the seat surface (2), into a reclined position, in which the seat surface (2) and the at least one backrest element (3, 13) form a substantially planar surface, and back again. The vehicle seat (1) has at least one pneumatic cushion (10; 10.1, 10.2) and a pneumatic unit (9), which is configured in such a way that the pneumatic unit substantially completely inflates the at least one pneumatic cushion (10; 10.1, 10.2) if the at least one backrest element (3, 13) is moved into the reclined position, and the at least one pneumatic cushion (10; 10.1, 10.2) is substantially completely emptied when the backrest element (3, 13) is moved into the sitting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: LANTAL TEXTILES AG
    Inventors: Manuela Glanzmann-Zaugg, Thomas Hertig, Andreas Guehmann
  • Patent number: 10960828
    Abstract: An entertainment bracket for a seat of a motor vehicle includes a mount disposed on the seat, the mount having a headrest bracket and a screen support. The headrest bracket extends from a substantially planar headrest attachment portion rearwards to the screen support, the screen support connected at an angle to the headrest attachment portion and including a first portion of a swivel ball joint. A human machine interface (HMI) bracket supports an HMI and includes a second portion of the swivel ball joint connected to the first portion of the swivel ball joint, the first portion and the second portion of the swivel ball joint allowing the HMI bracket to articulate through a range of motion relative to the headrest bracket. A covering component is disposed overtop the headrest attachment portion and forms a substantially smooth, continuous exterior surface of the entertainment bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Stephen L. Smith, Wendy Zaranek, Bryan R. Wakely
  • Patent number: 10957302
    Abstract: The invention relates to a seat arranged for enhanced sound perception via vibration including a padding and a sound reproduction assembly (20), which includes at least one vibration source (26), at least one elastic element (16, 21) and at least one frame structure (18, 22), which sound reproduction assembly is at least partially arranged inside the padding. The elastic element/-s (16, 21) are nonhomogenous element/-s and located in contact with the frame structure (18, 22) and the vibration source (26) and configured to provide elastically and mechanically tuned mounting and that the elastic element/-s are configured to create at least lateral vibration to the surface of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: FLEXOUND SYSTEMS OY
    Inventors: Jukka Linjama, Tommi Immonen
  • Patent number: 10946917
    Abstract: A seat frame extends rearward from a main frame, and the seat frame is a casting divided into right and left two parts, and the seat frame includes an upper cross member and a lower cross member, and the upper cross member and lower cross member couple divided left and right left side frame half body and right side frame half body one another, and the upper cross member and lower cross member are each fastened to the left side frame half body and right side frame half body with fastening members, and a seat is located above the one upper cross member, left side frame half body, and right side frame half body, and the lower cross member faces the upper cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takatomo Enami
  • Patent number: 10945535
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a hard plastic booster seat, a soft foam insert positioned inside the hard plastic booster seat, and a semi-circular tray removeably affixed to an upper channel of a top portion of the hard plastic booster seat, the tray comprising one or more sections configured to be locked separately or in combination into the upper channel with a dual function latch mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Summer Infant (USA), Inc.
    Inventors: Luke Roberts, Anthony Carbone
  • Patent number: 10946778
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided with a foam cushion and a fabric portion connected to a B-surface opposite a seat surface of the foam cushion. At least one pocket cavity is defined between the fabric portion and the foam cushion. A pneumatic support assembly is contained in the at least one pocket cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Frank, Marc Herrmann, Ulrich Schneider, Otakar Pok, Stefan Gottauf
  • Patent number: 10946511
    Abstract: A technician's work chair having a frame, an air cushion assembly, a seat assembly, and air hose and a pivoting hose support. The air cushion assembly is attached to the frame and supports the frame on an air cushion formed above a floor surface. The seat assembly has a cushion portion on the frame and a seatback portion with a mechanism that changes an angle of inclination of the seatback portion. A technician seated in the seat assembly can ergonomically operate tools and complete tasks with arms raised over the technician's head. The air hose having a first end connected to a compressed air source and a second end connected to the air cushion assembly. The pivoting hose support biases the air hose to move in a rearward direction relative to the technician's work chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Mohammed Jamila
  • Patent number: 10933777
    Abstract: A seat device for a vehicle includes a baby back being a divided part of a seat cushion, the divided part being raised to form a backrest portion of a baby seat at a position facing a seatback, and a baby back airbag being provided at the baby back. The backrest portion of the baby seat is formed with a baby seat support shape in a seat width direction by an expansion of the baby back airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryosuke Mizuno, Katsuya Nozue, Shogo Sakai