Patents Examined by Mark R Wendell
  • Patent number: 11147381
    Abstract: An adjustable chair support system includes a first seat back support member spaced from a second seat back support member, and a seat back tensioning assembly extending between the first and second seat back support members, the seat back tensioning assembly includes a carrier, an adjustable tension member coupled to the carrier, and a cable, wherein the cable extends between the first and second seat back support members a plurality of times, and wherein the adjustable tension member is configured to adjust a tension of the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: THE COMFORT COMPANIES, LLC
    Inventor: Steven DuFresne
  • Patent number: 11148602
    Abstract: Passenger assemblies for installation in a passenger cabin of a vehicle are provided. In one implementation, a reconfigurable assembly is adapted to be incorporated in a vehicle, the reconfigurable assembly including at least a base member fixed within a row of passenger seats of the vehicle. The base member includes one or more attachment members. The reconfigurable assembly further includes a seat unit including a frame having one or more attachment members adapted for removable attachment with the one or more attachment members of the base member. Also, the reconfigurable assembly includes a console unit including a frame having one or more attachment members adapted for removable attachment with the one or more attachment members of the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Leif Ahlning
  • Patent number: 11147385
    Abstract: A modular sofa assembly described herein includes a plurality of seating modules each having a seat section, a backrest section, and side edge surfaces. The backrest section includes first and second portions coupled for movement between a folded configuration and an extended configuration. An armrest module has an armrest side edge surface configured for mating engagement with a side edge surface of a seating module. The modular sofa is assembled by aligning connectors of the seating modules and armrest module, with each respective connectors slidingly engaged along an axis. After bringing the modules together, these connections are secured with the side edge surfaces in abutting engagement. The modular sofa further may include a power cradle mounted at the sofa's bottom surface. The power cradle includes a cubic power outlet near the front of the sofa, and power cable extending beyond the back of the sofa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Burrow, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Kuhl, Kabeer Chopra, Leah K. S. Amick, Paul Koh, Alex Kubo
  • Patent number: 11148618
    Abstract: A vehicle seat wiring harness system includes a vehicle seat having a wiring bundle connected to at least an electrical motor energized to displace the vehicle seat and a first fixed point. A wire harness chain is positioned between the first fixed point and a second fixed point connected to a vehicle floor member. The wire harness chain includes multiple links individually including a first connecting wall oppositely positioned with respect to a second connecting wall. A longitudinal cavity is defined between the first connecting wall and the second connecting wall of successive ones of the multiple links. Multiple wires are loosely routed through the longitudinal cavity of the wire harness chain and connected to the wiring bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Rami Z. Sayed
  • Patent number: 11147382
    Abstract: An auxiliary armrest is designed to be supported between two adjacent armrests of a seat in a seat row. The auxiliary armrest comprises an elongated body having two sides, and connectors on said two sides, wherein the connectors are configured to be reversibly connected to the adjacent armrests while the elongated body is between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventors: Yuval Eshet, Eric McGee, Adi Eshet
  • Patent number: 11148761
    Abstract: A convertible seating system is disclosed including a base and a first seating component supported by the base. The first seating component includes a first table portion extending from the first seating component, and optionally also a first footrest. The seating system further includes a second seating component including a second table portion and defining a footrest. The seating components are independently convertible from a seating position to a table position. When both seating components are in the seating position, a continuous seating surface is formed. When both seating components are in the table position, a continuous table surface is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: SMOKER CRAFT, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Farmer
  • Patent number: 11147383
    Abstract: A seat (10) comprises a frame (12), a backrest (14) fixed relative to the frame (12), a movable seat squab (16) and a movable screen (18), the screen (18) being movable between a lowered position and a raised position for providing privacy to a person sitting on the seat (10), in which downward motion of the movable seat squab (16) causes upward motion of the movable screen (18) from the lowered position to the raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventor: James Lucas
  • Patent number: 11148571
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat, a seatback, and a lower leg support. The seat includes a forward end and a rearward end. The seatback is pivotably coupled to the seat. The lower leg support includes an interior surface and an exterior surface. The lower leg support is rotatably coupled to the forward end of the seat and is movable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The stowed position of the lower leg support places the lower leg support in an area below the seat. The stowed position of the lower leg support forms an acute angle with the seat. A linkage assembly is coupled to an underside of the seat and the interior of the lower leg support. The linkage assembly is responsible for transitioning the lower leg support between the stowed position and the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Carol Diane Casey, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Jimmy Moua, Brian Boland, Sean Bayle West, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Keith Allen Godin
  • Patent number: 11142322
    Abstract: An aircraft seat may include a support system with a diaphragm, a cushion with at least one surface configured to conform to a corresponding surface of the support system, a dress cover configured to fit over at least a portion of the cushion, and an attachment assembly. The attachment assembly may include a primary attachment feature coupled to the dress cover proximate to at least one edge of the dress cover or coupled to the cushion. The attachment assembly may include an auxiliary attachment feature integrated within the support system. The attachment assembly may be configured to secure the at least one surface of the cushion against the corresponding surface of the support system when the primary attachment feature is coupled to the auxiliary attachment feature at a single attachment interface for the support system, the cushion, and the dress cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis Finlay, Joshua Miller, Stephen A. Puglisi
  • Patent number: 11142100
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat base and a backrest. A seat base track arrangement has a fixed track and a moveable track that is moveable along the fixed track. The seat base fixed track is connected to a vehicle seat support or fore/aft track to adjust an entire vehicle seat position. The seat base moveable track is connected to the seat base. A backrest track arrangement has a backrest fixed track and a backrest moveable track that is moveable along the backrest fixed track. The backrest fixed track is connected to a vehicle backrest support. A link arm pivotably links the seat base and the backrest. A seat base pivot connection is formed between the link arm and the seat base. A link arm and backrest pivot connection is formed between the link arm and the backrest and the moveable track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.á r.l.
    Inventors: Michael Kapusky, Eric Michalak, Nathan Caruss, Jennifer Carlson, Brent Burton, Matthew McClelland
  • Patent number: 11134793
    Abstract: A child restraint includes an infant carrier having a carry handle. The infant carrier may be mounted on a stroller frame or on a vehicle seat or may be carried by a caregiver after separation from the stroller frame or vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Abigail K. Smith, Jason H. Johnson, Devin J. Coakley, Dennis Olfers, Mei-Hui Lin
  • Patent number: 11134769
    Abstract: Lounge chair towel that converts into backpack. One embodiment is a lounge chair towel that includes a seat portion, a backrest portion, and a middle portion of material between the seat portion and the backrest portion. The middle portion includes a first sleeve on a back side of the lounge chair towel, a second sleeve on a front side of the lounge chair towel, and a middle sleeve disposed between the first sleeve and the second sleeve. The middle portion also includes a bag opening for a bag storage area formed by an interior of the backrest portion. The middle portion also includes one or more belt straps looped through the first sleeve and the second sleeve. The belt straps close the bag opening when pulled and forms two backpack straps to convert the lounge chair towel into the backpack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventor: Ricci D. Larsen
  • Patent number: 11135948
    Abstract: A latching device for automotive applications, in particular a backrest latch for the bolting and unbolting of seat backrests in motor vehicles. The latching device in its basic construction is equipped with a locking mechanism consisting predominantly of a catch and predominantly a pawl. Furthermore, an element which can be mechanically impinged by a drive unit, in particular an unbolting element is provided for the locking mechanism. In accordance with the invention, the drive unit for the element and in particular the unbolting element is equipped with at least an end stop demonstrating a cantilever arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Jim Zhuang, Keith Robertson
  • Patent number: 11135955
    Abstract: A mesh type seat for a vehicle includes a mesh mounted for supporting the upper body and the lower body of a passenger on a seat frame. An elastic member and a damping member are installed on the mesh type seat and are capable of adjusting the tension of the mesh to the side of the seat frame, thereby providing a comfortable seating feeling to the passenger by adjusting the tension of the mesh while maximizing ventilation performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jong Seok Han, Gil Ju Kim, Seon Chae Na, Suk Won Hong, Chan Ho Jung
  • Patent number: 11124098
    Abstract: Provided is a channel cover for a ventilation seat, the channel cover including a ventilation passage blocking layer which has the shape of a plate that extends in the planar direction and of which a lower surface is positioned on an upper portion of a seat frame; an adhesion layer which extends in the planar direction, of which both upper and lower surfaces have an adhesive property, of which the lower surface is adhered to an upper surface of the ventilation passage blocking layer, and in the upper surface of which a cutting line for separating a release paper sheet is formed; and a non-woven fabric layer which covers an air flow path groove, a lower surface of which is adhered to an upper surface of the adhesion layer, a lateral end portion of which extends more outward than the cutting line, and which covers the cutting line from above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: HYUNDAI TRANSYS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Ho Sub Lim, You Jeong Jeong
  • Patent number: 11124095
    Abstract: A harness locking mechanism for use with a child restraint seat is configurable between a locked state in which a harness cannot be removed from the seat and an unlocked seat in which the harness can be removed from the seat for cleaning or replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Evenflo Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Douglas
  • Patent number: 11122899
    Abstract: A seat is disclosed herein having a backrest, a base for receiving a posterior of a human user, and an incline adjuster having a shaft, a lever, a follower, and a rack the shaft being moveable to swing the lever to cause a follower into or out of locking engagement with the rack, an arrangement being such that when the follower is in an unlocked disposition the rack can move to adjust an incline of the backrest and the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: ROLAPAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Roydon Mark Scarlett
  • Patent number: 11117492
    Abstract: A foam part of a motor vehicle seat having seat occupancy detection, wherein the foam part includes a seat surface and an underside opposite to the seat surface, and wherein a number of seat occupancy detection sensors are arranged in the region of the underside and these sensors are fastened via a number of holding profiles on the foam part to detect a weight force acting on the seat surface. Furthermore, the invention comprises a method for producing such a foam part and a motor vehicle seat having foam part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Jürgen Beckett
  • Patent number: 11117495
    Abstract: A motorized seat that may be used in various marine applications to help improve adjustability and user comfort. In one implementation, a left armrest motor, a right armrest motor, and a footrest motor are selectively controllable and configured to move the left armrest between a left armrest stowed position and a left armrest lowered position, the right armrest between a right armrest stowed position and a right armrest lowered position, and the footrest between a footrest stowed position and a footrest lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: GLOBAL INTERIOR SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Derek Heath, Doug Heath
  • Patent number: 11109684
    Abstract: Seat assemblies are provided. In some embodiments, a seat assembly includes a seat member having a first seat surface, a second seat surface, and a third seat surface opposite the second seat surface. The third seat surface is substantially parallel to the second seat surface and the first seat surface is substantially perpendicular to both the second seat surface and the third seat surface. The seat assembly also includes a first side panel affixed to the second seat surface and a second side panel affixed to the third seat surface. Each one of those panels is substantially perpendicular to the first seat surface. The seat assembly further includes a bin movably affixed to the first side panel and the second side panel. The bin includes an open compartment and can be moved between a closed position that obstructs the compartment and an open position that permits access to the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventors: Gema Perez, Maureen E. Carroll, Jeffrey Juskowich, Stephen Jones