Patents Examined by James M. Gardner
  • Patent number: 5251958
    Abstract: A synchronous adjusting device is proposed as a chair mechanism for office chairs, seat furniture or the like, which is constructed extremely simply and with few mechanical components and which, if appropriate, can do without additional force accumulators. At the same time, the restoring movement of the back part will take place as a function of the weight of the user, a restoring moment occurring with the increase in inclination of the backrest. For this, the back part (7) is mounted rotatably relative to the seat part (5) at a distance in height. The leaning force (9) of the user at the back leaning point (10) is counteracted by a restoring force in the lower region of the back part as a result of the articulated connection between the seat part and the back part (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Assignee: Wilkhahn Wilkening & Hahne GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Hans Roericht, Horst Fleischmann, Franz Biggel, Burkhard Schmitz
  • Patent number: 5249838
    Abstract: A narrow seating device or chair including a support caddy having lockable ground engaging caster wheels and a seat portion for a patient undergoing a medical test. The seat portion is detachably mounted on the support caddy and tiltable to a plurality of tilt positions. The seat portion has a convexly curved surface which rests on spaced apart rollers on the upper side of the support caddy to enable tilting. A safety mechanism detachably secures the seat portion to the support caddy, while still allowing for tilting. The safety mechanism includes a flexible steel cable which is reeved around a pulley attached to the curved surface. The ends of the cable are secured to the support caddy. A tension spring and a turnbuckle to adjust spring tension are connected each to a respective one of the ends of the cable. A locking mechanism releasably locks the seat portion in a selected tilt position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Inventors: Judith I. Kulpa, Michael F. Conmy, Todd Fillingham, Mary K. Sydow
  • Patent number: 5219205
    Abstract: The covering (20) for a seat, made from an outer envelope (21) and an inner padding (22) shaped into a central pad (221) bordered by two side wings (222), where the pad (221) and wings (222) are arranged so as to form a pan (200), the concavity of which is intended to receive an occupant, where the padding (22) takes the form of a unit (30) consisting of comprising two elements (31, 32) separated by a joining surface (300), and where that one (31) of these elements (31, 32) which is closes to the pan (200) is made from a material which has a softer consistency than that of the material of the other one (32) of these elements (31, 32), so that when the pan (200) of the padding receives an occupant, the force exerted on the covering (20) straight the pad (221) causes the wings (222) automatically to be brought closer to each other by pivoting about a hinge zone (3020), and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1993
    Assignee: Cesa-Compagnie Europenne De Sieges Pour Automobiles
    Inventors: Francois Fourrey, Frederic Baret, Roel Verhoog
  • Patent number: 5213393
    Abstract: A child's safety seat to be fastened to a safety belt system of a motor vehicle, having a pelvic belt and a shoulder belt, is provided. The child's safety seat comprises an under frame and a seat shell. The under frame is to be fastened by the pelvic belt. The seat shell is provided with an integrated safety belt for securing the child in the safety seat. At the foot end of the seat shell an essentially vertically extending hoop is provided which is adapted to rest at the back rest of a vehicle seat. At the bottom portion of the hoop the under frame is engaged by the pelvic belt. The hoop is provided with a guide for the shoulder belt above the center of gravity of the seat shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1993
    Assignee: Autoflug GmbH & Co. Fahrzeugtechnik
    Inventors: Petra Maurer, Peter Schmidt
  • Patent number: 5211443
    Abstract: A chair comprising a seat, and a backrest including a lower portion which is connected to the seat and which has an upper end, a rear surface, and a forwardly facing lower body supporting surface, an upper portion having a lower end, an upper body supporting surface, and a surface opposite the upper body supporting surface, and structure connecting the lower end of the upper portion to the upper end of the lower portion for translational movement relative thereto between a locked position wherein the upper and lower body supporting surfaces are generally coplanar, and an intermediate position spaced upwardly from the locked position, and for pivotal movement relative thereto between the intermediate position and a folded-up position wherein the rear surface of the lower portion and the opposite surface of the upper portion are substantially in abutment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1993
    Assignee: Bemis Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Gordon D. Kelly
  • Patent number: 5210968
    Abstract: For walls of shopping cart baskets, advertising panels which include a plate element and a frame element which fits on the plate element and is releasably held in place thereon by a tab-and-slot arrangement. When held in place, a slot and a card display area which is encircled by the frame element are formed between the plate and frame elements. An advertisement display card can then be easily slid into and out of the display area through this slot. Projections on at least one of the elements keep the card from falling out of place when in the area. Retrofitted and molded-in panel versions are disclosed. Plate elements of the retrofitted version can be secured together on the inside and outside of the basket wall providing inwardly and outwardly disposed display areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1993
    Assignee: Rehrig International, Inc.
    Inventor: Houston Rehrig
  • Patent number: 5211447
    Abstract: In a safety belt fastening device for a safety belt system having a belt-tightening device which acts on the fastening device of the belt and a fastening tongue which can be latched in the fastening device, whereby the fastening device comprises a fastener body having a fastening mechanism for the fastening tongue and a spring-loaded release button which acts on the fastening mechanism, it is ensured that even at the end of the belt-tightening process the operating button is within reach in an accessible position for the person who is strapped in. To this purpose, it is provided that the release button is formed in two parts with two button portions which are coupled together, which are movable in relation to each other and of which one button portion follows the movement of the fastener body during the belt-tightening process and the other button portion, after the completion of the belt-tightening process, stands in the operating position preset by the rest position of the fastener body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1993
    Assignee: Autoflug GmbH & Co. Fahrzeugtechnik
    Inventors: Gerhard Sedlmayr, Peter Eckmann, Alfred Liensdorf, Jan Baumann
  • Patent number: 5207480
    Abstract: A manually-operable six-way seat adjustment mechanism having a pair of laterally spaced tracks which are fixed securely to the vehicle's floor pan. A pair of carriages are slidably coupled to the tracks and are operable for synchronous longitudinal movement thereon. A seat assembly is fixedly secured to seat frame members supported from the elongated carriages for longitudinal movement therewith. A horizontal adjustment mechanism is operatively interconnected between each of the tracks and carriages to enable a seat occupant to selectively adjust the longitudinal position of the assembly. The manually-operable six-way seat adjustment mechanism also includes a front vertical adjustment mechanism and a rear vertical adjustment mechanism which are each operably interconnected between the laterally spaced seat frame members and the carriages to enable selective and independent vertical adjustment of their respective front and rear portions of the seat assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1993
    Assignee: Douglas & Lomason Company
    Inventors: Richard F. Johnson, Ashok K. Sahi
  • Patent number: 5205608
    Abstract: A seating arrangement for a motor car has a seat for occupation by an adult comprising a squab and a back. A child's seat is incorporated in the back of the adult seat and is movable from a retracted position, in which the child seat is accommodated within a recess formed in the back of the adult seat, to an operative position. The child seat has a squab which incorporates a mechanism adapted to move squab elements from an initial position to an operative position. The overall size of the squab when the squab elements are in the operative position is greater than the size when the squab elements are in the initial position. The mechanism is actuated on movement of a control member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1993
    Assignee: General Engineering (The Netherlands) B.V.
    Inventor: Ingemar Stig
  • Patent number: 5203613
    Abstract: Problems encountered in adapting child restraint devices of the kind used to retain a child in the seat of a shopping cart, "stroller", dining chair, or like device, for use in different circumstances and with children of different sizes, are overcome by a restraining device which comprises a pair of straps, each having a releasable fastener at each end portion. The cooperating parts of the fastener are spaced apart lengthways so that when they are fastened the end portion will form a loop. In use, the straps are placed over a child's shoulders and crossed over each other both front and rear. The ends of the straps are attached to a belt secured around the child by looping the end portions around the belt and fastening the releasable fasteners. The restraining device conveniently restrains the child in the seat, the shoulder straps preventing it from wriggling upwards out of the waist belt. Because the straps are releasably attached to the belt, they can be used independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Inventor: Susan P. Ward
  • Patent number: 5203609
    Abstract: A dental patient chair has a seat, backrest and headrest which are adjustable in both the horizontal and vertical directions relative to a base part to establish a given chair position for treatment. The patient chair includes a controllable positioning arrangement which enables positioning a reference point or "mouth point" in a particular position in both the vertical and horizontal directions and enables varying this point in view of changes either in the size of the patient, the size of the attending person, or a change between a sitting and standing position for the attending person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Klaus Stoeckl
  • Patent number: 5203853
    Abstract: A locking chair tilt mechanism for a chair in which the backrest and rear seat portion tilt rearwardly and downwardly, and the front seat portion of the chair slides generally horizontally is disclosed. The chair is supported by a tilt mechanism mounted between the base and the chair. Front and rear support arms extend from the biasing member mounted on top of the base, to the chair frame. The front support arm is slidably and pivotably mounted to the chair frame to create the horizontal sliding movement of the front portion of the chair. The locking mechanism mounts immediately adjacent the elongated opening and comprises a pivotable locking bar, a high pitch screw fixedly attached to said bar, a rack with a first set of teeth and a gripping member threadably mounted on said screw with a second set of teeth. The first and second set of teeth are selectively cooperable upon rotation of the locking bar and screw through movement of the threadably mounted gripping member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerome Caruso
  • Patent number: 5203611
    Abstract: A chair structure provided which can be used by young children either as a bouncer or as a rocker. The structure is defined by a frame member having a pair of transversely spaced, generally U-configured side portions and at least one seat member raised above a support surface. The frame member is oscillatable or rockable depending upon which one of the opposite end portions thereof is engaged with the support surface. Preferably, the structure incorporates a unitary frame member and single seat cover member that is adapted to slip over either opposite end region of the frame member, whichever one of the end regions is positioned uppermost relative to a floor surface. In one orientation, straightened portions of the frame member are floor engaged causing the upper frame portions to be vertically oscillatable. In a reverse orientation, curved portions of the frame member are floor engaged causing the upper frame portions to be horizontally and reversibly tiltable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Assignee: Children On The Go, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark H. Greenwood
  • Patent number: 5201134
    Abstract: An advertisement card display assembly particularly suitable for walls of plastic shopping carts. The assembly includes a rectangular backing plate held or formed in a cart wall opening. An upright wall is formed on and about the entire perimeter of the plate. Inwardly disposed tabs are formed on top of the wall on three of the four sides define slots. Display cards can be inserted from the fourth side into the slots and into a display position against the backing plate. The tabs retain the card in the display position. Keeper ribs on the backing plate at the fourth side prevent the card from slipping out of the display position but do not prevent the removal therefrom by being lifted slightly and slid back out the slots. The entire assembly is injection molded as one piece with the basket wall. Mold inserts form the slots and tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1993
    Assignee: Rehrig International, Inc.
    Inventors: Houston Rehrig, Steven C. Decker, Alan R. Kern, Lonnie G. Dickerson
  • Patent number: 5197780
    Abstract: A transmission apparatus for permitting a seat occupant to selectively and remotely adjust distinct comfort features of a dual-function comfort mechanism corporated into a seating assembly. The transmission apparatus has a dual-positioned control device for defining a first mode position permitting selective actuation of a first cable assembly for causing corresponding adjustment of a first comfort feature. The transmission apparatus further defines a second mode position permitting selective actuation of a second cable assembly for independently adjusting a second comfort feature. The dual-position control device is movably supported within the transmission apparatus and is configured and arranged to be positively located and retained in either of the first or second mode positions for eliminating any lost motion therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Assignee: Fisher Dynamics Corporation
    Inventor: Craig J. Coughlin
  • Patent number: 5195265
    Abstract: The wording on a label provided on the packaging of a rerecordable recording medium must be able to be altered to suit the contents of new recordings. A separate sheet comprising a plurality of adhesive labels is impractical as the sheet usually cannot be found when the wording on the label needs to be changed. Accordingly, spare labels are arranged in a stack with the labels stuck one on top of the other, each label comprising a tab for peeling it off the stack once the wording on it has become out-of-date. This stack of labels can be stuck directly onto the packaging or be provided as a separate accessory. This labelling method can be adapted for all types of uses, such as the labelling of video cassettes, of cassettes containing a rerecordable magnetic tape or optical disk, of packagings containing floppy disks, or more generally of any packagings the wording on the label of which needs to be altered periodically or according to the contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Inventor: Hans U. Klingenberg
  • Patent number: 5195804
    Abstract: A backrest for stools, seats, chairs, and the like, characterized by two backrest shells (1) that are arranged at the sides and are configured in the manner of the contact surfaces of equestrian saddles, these being configured so as to be concave with reference to an axis that is essentially perpendicular to the seating surface (20), and so as to be convex with reference to a horizontal axis above the seating surface (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Inventors: Herbert D. Stolle, Matthias Brunig
  • Patent number: 5190348
    Abstract: A self-inflating support device is described. The device has utility in various environments, particularly in seating devices deployed in motorized vehicles. The support device comprises an inflatable bladder having a release structure to control air flow. A memory plate deployed within the inflatable bladder urges the bladder to full expansion when the release structure is open. When it is desired to form the support device to the contours of a body area, the release structure is opened while the body area is reclined thereagainst. The force of reclining compresses the bladder and memory plate. Closing the release structure retains the device in the desired contour by the static air mass formed therein. Reinflation is achieved without use of a pump by the action of the memory plate. When the valve is reopened, the memory plate expands the bladder, drawing air into the bladder through the release structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1993
    Assignee: Findlay Industries
    Inventor: Arduino Colasanti
  • Patent number: 5190347
    Abstract: An adjustable flexible back cushion including a flexible protecting frame, a ventilating mesh, an upper pull belt, a lower pull belt, fasteners and elastic belt, wherein the protecting frame contains a flexible metal strip and the left and right sides thereof are curved while the lower portion thereof is bent rearward, and at least two pull belt assemblies each of which is composed of the upper and lower pull belts and the fasteners are dispowed on the protecting frame in vertical direction while the elastic belt is sewn on the protecting frame across over the pull belt assemblies, whereby the back cushion can be adjusted to eliminate a user's backache caused by improper sitting attitude, the back cushion being suitable for a car seat, office chair and general domestic chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1993
    Inventor: Liou Shiow-Lan
  • Patent number: 5187888
    Abstract: An index tab and assemblages thereof to be used in conjunction with hanging file folders and the like, in lieu of individual plastic tab holder and paper insert combinations of the prior art. In the preferred embodiment, a plurality of paper or plastic tabs, backed by pressure-sensitive adhesive, are carried on a release sheet, comprising tab stock. Each such tab includes opposing bilaterally symmetric portions. The shape of each half of such tabs may be generally similar to the clear individual plastic tabs holders of the prior art, including a message portion and a base portion. A message is places on the message portion of either, or both halves of a tab. The tab is then peeled from the release paper and the two adhesive-backed opposing halves folded together. In this configuration the base portion may be inserted into the tab slots of a file folder. In lieu of mounting adhesive-backed tabs to a release sheet, the tabs may be interconnected by lands, or may be defined by score lines or perforations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1993
    Assignee: Dennison Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Karen M. O'Brien, Lee A. Carlson