Patents Examined by Jose V. Chen
  • Patent number: 11122886
    Abstract: An adjustable table apparatus and related method can include a table configured to adjust between an operative position and a collapsed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Halcon Corp.
    Inventors: Benjamin Saintmane Conway, Brady John Niebolte, Jacob Edward Snowbarger
  • Patent number: 11122890
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system for reducing injury from pinch zones in adjustable-height work surface assemblies are shown, the system including a desk surface; one or more adjustable-height legs, a controller for the adjustable-height legs; a Hall-effect sensor providing a signal to the system corresponding to a current draw of a motor in the adjustable height leg and wherein the system disables the motor if the current draw of the motor exceeds a fixed set point; and a proximity detection sensor being a strip of conducting material disposed adjacent to a perimeter of the desk surface and in electrical connection with an LC tank circuit, wherein the LC tank circuit is configured to exhibit a change in state when an object is in close proximity to the strip of conducting material and wherein the system disables the motor when the LC tank circuit exhibits the change in state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Ole Falk Smed
  • Patent number: 11122888
    Abstract: A table arrangement includes a height adjustment mechanisms for movement of one or more height adjustable tabletops. When more than one tabletop is present, each of the tabletops can be independently moveable. Embodiments of the table arrangement can be configured so that a user can manipulate an actuation mechanism to have the tabletop automatically moved to a pre-selected position without the user having to manually control the actuation mechanism to cause the tabletop to move to that pre-selected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Knoll, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Lee
  • Patent number: 11116361
    Abstract: Embodiments of a side shelf for coupling to an outdoor cooking station configured to control placement of objects adjacent a cooking surface of the outdoor cooking station. The side shelf includes an upward facing flat surface extending to a front periphery, a rear periphery, an outer periphery and an inner periphery. Further, the upward facing flat surface includes an upstanding elongated ridge, the upstanding elongated ridge extending above the upward facing flat surface and extending at least partially along the inner periphery of the upward facing flat surface. With this arrangement, the upstanding elongated ridge extends to define a set-back from the cooking surface for controlled placement of the objects on the upward facing flat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: North Atlantic Imports, LLC
    Inventors: Roger Dahle, Steve L. Puertas, Jeffrey D. Clark
  • Patent number: 11116312
    Abstract: A table assembly comprising a table including a top member and at least a first leg support member, the top member forming a substantially flat top surface and circumscribed by an outer edge, the at least one leg support member supporting the top member in a substantially horizontal position, a table dock secured to the top member and forming an elongated channel having a dock length dimension and at least a first display panel circumscribed by a panel edge and having at least one straight edge having a panel length dimension, the dock length dimension less than panel length dimension, wherein at least a portion of the straight edge of the panel is receivable within the dock channel with the panel extending out the open first and second ends of the channel to support the panel in a substantially upright orientation with at least a portion of the display panel extending to a height above the flat top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Battey, Sean M. Corcorran, Timothy Elms, Jeffrey Coffey, Duck Young Kong, Brett Robert Kincaid, Mark William Schoolmeester, Elger Oberwelz, Thomas Overthun, Jake Eisner, Cody Jay Holstege, Michael Skibinski
  • Patent number: 11116315
    Abstract: A desk for use with a chair, such as a recliner or arm chair, has desk surfaces supported on opposite sides of a front portion of the chair, with at least one of the desk surfaces movably mounted to move between a desk surface access position away from the front portion of the chair to allow access for a user to the chair and a desk surface use position with respect to the chair and a user in the chair to allow use of the desk surface for intended uses of the desk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Brent Hoffman
  • Patent number: 11109672
    Abstract: A vertically adjustable desk with an under carriage mounting system is described. The vertically adjustable desk may have a planar work surface and telescoping support legs which are operable to raise and lower the work surface. The vertically adjustable telescoping support legs may be height adjustable by at least one electronic motor. The under-carriage mounting system may include a first and a second U-shaped support bracket that each receives a first and second runner support, the U-shaped brackets affixed to respective first and second vertically adjustable telescoping support legs. The U-shaped support brackets may be used to mount accessories underneath the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: SQUAREGROVE, LLC
    Inventors: Eric W. Anderson, Jon Daniel Paulsen, Bryce Robert Bowerman
  • Patent number: 11109671
    Abstract: A height-adjustable table structure includes: a tabletop, a first support frame, a second support frame, a first spring, an adjustment unit, a linkage group, and a positioning member. The adjustment member is disposed to the top surface of the tabletop for the user to observe. When the adjustment member is driven to move, the locking member of the linkage group is moved from the locking position to the releasing position, so that the first and support frames are free to rotate. When the adjustment member is released, the locking member will be moved from the releasing position to the locking position, so as to maintain the adjusted height of the table structure. By such arrangements, during the height adjustment of the table structure, the user can clearly see the position of the adjustment member, leading to more intuitive use, achieving easy operation and improved safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: C.D. Great Furniture Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tseng-Lang Liu
  • Patent number: 11110841
    Abstract: A retractable table may include a table body wound around the retraction mechanism in the housing when accommodated and drawn out and unfolded to the outside of the housing through the accommodation hole when drawn out, and a support mechanism provided at a side end portion of the table body, including a plurality of pieces, each of which is folded to overlap the table body or unfolded from the table body, and including magnetic bodies provided on the pieces to provide rigidity such that, when the table body is deployed, the pieces are connected to each other through the magnetic bodies to maintain the deployed state of the table body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventors: Dong Eun Cha, Jin Ho Hwang, Sang Heon Lee
  • Patent number: 11109673
    Abstract: A desk with integrated light source comprises a worktop (2) having a top working surface (4) and a perimetral edge (5), lighting means (8) of the top working surface (4) comprising at least one adjustable arm (9) having a first end (11) associated with the perimetral edge (5) to move from a lowered rested position wherein it is parallel to the worktop (2) to an operative position raised with respect of the worktop (2) and a second end (12) provided with a light source (10) suitable for directing a light beam towards the top working surface (4) when the adjustable arm (9) is in the raised position, wherein the at least one adjustable arm (9) is adapted to be brought into a plurality of raised operative positions to vary the direction of origin of the light beam emitted by the light source (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventors: Nicola Fierro, Angelo Fierro
  • Patent number: 11104477
    Abstract: A pallet having a top deck supported by four corner posts that extend to a bottom deck. The top deck has four side beams and four intermediate beams, with the beams each being provided with tubular reinforcements with the tubular reinforcements providing longitudinally extending passages that can receive reinforcing rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: OZKOR PTY. LTD.
    Inventor: In Soong Kim
  • Patent number: 11096487
    Abstract: An article of furniture can be converted for dual uses as a coffee table and an ottoman, or vice versa, with relative ease using a simple conversion mechanism disposed on the article if furniture and operably connected between a number of convertible members and a base for the article of furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventor: Natasha Hazarian
  • Patent number: 11096479
    Abstract: A furniture system is disclosed comprising a guiding bracket (1), a first furniture part (8) and a second furniture part (13). The first furniture part (8) is movable in view of the second furniture part (13) along a sliding direction (SD). The guiding bracket (1) comprises a through-going passage (3) forming part of a guide and having an extension coinciding with the sliding direction (SD), and an attachment protrusion (11) having an extension in a direction transverse the sliding direction (SD). The second furniture part (13) comprises a recess (12) arranged to lockingly receive the attachment protrusion (11) of the guiding bracket (1). The first furniture part (8) comprises a rail (7) arranged to extend through the through-going passage (3) of the guiding bracket (1) and to be slidable along said through-going passage (3) thereby allowing the first furniture part (8) to be movable in view of the second furniture part (13) along the sliding direction (SD).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: IKEA Supply AG
    Inventors: Peter Mansson, Benny Andersson
  • Patent number: 11096492
    Abstract: An oscillation system (1) for chairs includes a backrest support (3) oscillating about a rotation axis (4), a first support element (6) of the seat coupled to the frame (2) to assume, in the at rest position of the backrest support (3), a plurality of relative vertical positions with respect to the frame (2) depending on, and by effect of, a weight force applied to the first support element (6). A first elastic element (21) opposes an elastic reaction to the backrest support oscillation with respect to an at rest position of the backrest support (3). A lever (31) connects to the first support element (6) to be rotated by the first support element (6) during variation of the relative position, and connects to the first anchoring end (22) to displace the first anchoring end (22). A fulcrum axis (60) does not coincide with the rotation axis (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: CO.FE.MO. INDUSTRIE S.R.L.
    Inventors: Mauro Brais, Paolo Salvoni
  • Patent number: 11089868
    Abstract: A work table improvement for supporting and fabricating a solid surface is disclosed. The work table has a plurality of table rails, wherein each table rail has a rail top surface and a rail channel running along at least a portion of the rail length on the rail top surface. The table also includes a plurality of channel pucks comprised of a compressible material. Each channel puck has a puck top and a puck tongue, and the puck tongue further includes a necked region, a flared region, and a tapered region. The pucks are constructed to be installed into the rail channel in a direction that is substantially orthogonal to the rail top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: OMNI CUBED, INC.
    Inventor: Larry Leigh Livingston, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11089895
    Abstract: In the state of the art, numerous trays are known, so as to protect clothing from crumbs or droplets that fall down when eating a meal during a car ride or train ride. It is true that these trays catch everything, as desired, but for the remainder they are quite impractical, since the open tray with the droplets or crumbs stands in the car or train and must be cleaned before being stowed away or is actually only available as a disposable solution. Other solutions are too large to be conveniently stowed away after use. For this reason, a foldable tray is proposed, which can be folded up in sealed manner after use, into a compact unit, without the crumbs or droplets being able to exit from the unit. This is possible by means of division of a base plate having a connected apron, wherein the base plate consists of two parts that can be folded up, between which the apron can be laid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: CleanTab GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Meckle, Tobias Hahn, Mirko Roman Tochtermann
  • Patent number: 11083283
    Abstract: The present, application discloses a table assembly including a first lower support, a second lower support, a first upper support, a second upper support and a table top. The first lower support includes a pair of first hollow rods, a first bottom base and a first top base coupling the first hollow rods. The second lower support includes a pair of second hollow rods, a second bottom base and a second top base coupling the second hollow rods. The first upper support includes a first upper rod and a pair of first connectors coupled to one of the first hollow rods and one of the second hollow rods. The second upper support includes a second upper rod and a pair of second connectors coupled to another first hollow rod and another second hollow rod. The table top is supported by the upper rods and the top bases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventor: Chin-Hung Shyu
  • Patent number: 11083285
    Abstract: An electric table stand for simple assembly and adjustment includes a beam structure (10), support bars (20), and upright structures (30). Each of the support bars (20) includes a base (21) and a plurality of arms (211, 212, 213) extended from the base (21), wherein an accommodating space (A) is defined by the base (21) and the arms (211, 212, 213). One arm (213) of each of the support bars (20) supports one end of the beam structure (10), and the beam structure (10) is operatively moved in or out of the accommodating space (A). The upright structures (30) are connected to the support bars (20). Accordingly, it is easy to adjust and position each support bar (20) and each upright structure (30) on the beam structure (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignees: TIMOTION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., ADJUSTME SOURCING APS
    Inventors: John Aage Koehn, Yu-Chang Lin
  • Patent number: 11083282
    Abstract: A height-adjustable desk structure includes a desktop, two adjustment members, two linkage sets, two positioning members, two sliding sets, two springs and two supporting stands, and the adjustment members penetrate the top surface of the desktop and can be viewed by the user directly. When the two adjustment members are actuated, the moving members move from a locked position to a released position in order to allow the two supporting stands to swing freely. When the two adjustment members are released, the moving members move from the released position to the locked position and then, is positioned inside the positioning recesses. Accordingly, the user is able to clearly see the locations of the adjustment members of the desk, thereby enabling easy and intuitive use and ensuring safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: C.D. Great Furniture Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tseng-Lang Liu
  • Patent number: 11076689
    Abstract: A mobile workstation can include a head unit assembly. A worksurface can be coupled to the head unit assembly and configured to translate with respect to the head unit assembly between an open configuration and a closed configuration. A glide can be rotatably coupled to the head unit assembly and engaged with the worksurface. The glide can include a latch configured to translate with respect to a glide body of the glide. The mobile workstation can include a worksurface opening mechanism having a locking configuration and an unlocking configuration. The worksurface opening mechanism can include a latch release handle moveably coupled to the head unit assembly. Movement of the latch release handle can transition the worksurface opening mechanism between the locked configuration and the unlocked configuration. A release assembly can selectively engage with the first latch. A lift system can bias the worksurface away from the head unit assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Ergotron, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Alan Kottman, Michael Anthony Apolloni, John Kenneth Blomstrom