Patents Examined by Mark R Wendell
  • Patent number: 10787102
    Abstract: A recliner mechanism having a first plate, a second plate, and at least one pawl. The first plate has a first set of teeth. The second plate has a second set of teeth. The pawl that has a set of pawl teeth that engage the first set of teeth and the second set of teeth to inhibit rotation of the second plate with respect to the first plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Antoine Moulin
  • Patent number: 10779653
    Abstract: A furniture member may include a base frame and a seat assembly mounted on the base frame. The seat assembly may include a seat frame, a seatback, a seat bottom, and a legrest mechanism. The legrest mechanism may be mounted to the seat frame and attached to a legrest platform. The legrest mechanism may include a drive rod coupled to a pantograph linkage that is movable relative to the seat frame between retracted and extended positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: La-Z-Boy Incorporated
    Inventors: Larry P. LaPointe, Michael R. Mero
  • Patent number: 10780933
    Abstract: A seat post head assembly is disclosed. The assembly includes a housing coupled to a seat post, the housing including a cylindrical bore, and a first and second threaded chamber. A rotatable core is inserted into and rotates within the cylindrical bore, the rotatable core including a seat rail clamp assembly to fixedly clamp a set of seat rails and provide independent adjustment of a fore-aft location of the seat without affecting a pitch of the seat. The assembly additionally includes a first threaded member that threads into the first threaded chamber, contacts the rotatable core, and adjusts the pitch of the seat without affecting the fore-aft location of the seat. The assembly also includes a second threaded member that threads into the second threaded chamber, contacts a different portion of the rotatable core, and provides a physical hard stop against a change in the pitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Evan Michael Choltco-Devlin, David Robert Edwards
  • Patent number: 10780799
    Abstract: A vehicle seat and a vehicle, with the vehicle seat are provided. The vehicle seat includes a seat cushion, a backrest, and at least one of a cavity located under the seat cushion and a cavity located under the backrest. The at least one cavity includes at least one air intake, at least one air outlet, and at least one drain port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.à r.l.
    Inventor: Eric Michalak
  • Patent number: 10780801
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle sheet with a seat back which is provided with a urethane pad covered with a trim cover, and a pressing unit on the reverse side of the urethane pad covered with the trim cover, the pressing unit being formed with a shaft extending laterally and a pair of pressure portions arranged in the vertical direction with respect to the shaft to support both the upper and lower sides of the urethane pad by detecting the intermediate position of turning movement of the pressing unit by means of a turning movement detection unit and stopping the turning movement of the pressing unit, or is configured to press forward the upper side of the urethane pad using the upper pressure portion or the lower side of the urethane pad using the lower pressure portion by turning the laterally-extending shaft of the pressing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takumi Yamakawa
  • Patent number: 10773619
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a cushion with a seating surface. An elongated trench extends into the seating surface. A primary fastener part is disposed in the elongated trench, and a secondary fastener part is disposed around a cushion perimeter. A cover includes first and second fastener parts, wherein the primary fastener part and the first fastener part are selectively attachable to form a first disengageable seal. The secondary fastener part and the second fastener part are selectively attachable to form a second disengageable seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Owen Hamlin, Rebecca Ann Olsen, Kanav Mahotra
  • Patent number: 10758054
    Abstract: A double folding chair has a left chair with a left chair front inside foot and a left chair front inside joint. A left chair front cross brace supports the a left chair front inside joint above the left chair front inside foot. The left chair front cross brace unfolds to an expanded configuration. A right chair has a right chair front inside foot and a right chair front inside joint. A right chair front cross brace supports the right chair front inside joint above the right chair front inside foot. The right chair front cross brace unfolds to an expanded configuration. An upper hinge connects the right chair front inside joint to the left chair front inside joint. A lower hinge connects the right chair front inside foot to the left chair front inside foot. A middle mesh panel connects the left chair to the right chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Wang
  • Patent number: 10759310
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is configured to adjust a position of a seat cushion by a multi-bar link provided at each of both sides of the seat cushion, where the multi-bar link includes one seat cushion frame of a plurality of seat cushion frames forming both side frames of the seat cushion, and front and rear links pivotably connected to the respective front and rear of the one seat cushion frame. The vehicle seat includes a drive device configured to rotate the multi-bar link such that an end of the front link connected to the one seat cushion frame is lifted up and an end of the rear link connected to the one seat cushion frame is simultaneously moved down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Das Co., LTD
    Inventors: Ju-Yeol Kong, Gil-Ju Kim, Jung-Sang You, Byeong-Seon Son, Seon-Chae Na, Chan-Ho Jung, Dong-Hyun Kim, Jun-Sik Hwang, Hyoung-Jun Ham
  • Patent number: 10759315
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is provided which includes a protruding corner formed by joining a first surface and a second surface. The protruding corner includes a pad, a surface cover covering a surface of the pad, and a contour defining plate that is provided on a back side of the surface cover at a position corresponding to the second surface of the protruding corner, the contour defining plate defining the contour of the protruding corner. The contour defining plate has a first edge arranged along a top portion of the protruding corner and a second edge different from the first edge, the contour defining plate not being fixed to the surface cover at the first edge, but fixed to the surface cover at the second edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Tachi-S Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hitoshi Abe
  • Patent number: 10744911
    Abstract: A lifter mechanism for an edge of a seat cushion includes a bracket pivotable about a transverse bar. The bracket includes a forward lever and a rearward portion. The forward lever is coupled to a channel within a flange of a seat suspension. The rearward portion is coupled to a linkage. The linkage is coupled to a seatback. The forward lever raises an edge of the seat suspension upon the seatback pivoting to a predetermined reclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Jimmy Moua, Adam Ewel, Corbin Shea Johnston, Robert Damerow, Paul Iacoban, S. M. Akbar Berry
  • Patent number: 10744915
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes an air mover within a seatback. An inlet channel extends from an occupant seatback surface to the air mover and includes first and second outlet channels. The air mover selectively and alternatively moves air from the inlet channel to one of the first and second outlet channels. The first outlet channel includes a vent located proximate a headrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Murphy McElroy, Jeffrey Michael Attala, Ahmad Miqdadi, Ryan Kurrle
  • Patent number: 10736405
    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: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Ricci D. Larsen
  • Patent number: 10737601
    Abstract: A beam clamp (124) for a passenger seat includes a keyhole (126) configured to flex outwardly from an un-flexed position to a flexed position. The diameter of the keyhole in the un-flexed position is less than the diameter of the keyhole in the flexed position. A method of assembling the passenger seat includes assembling a seat base and connecting a seat back to the seat base. Assembling the seat base includes flexing the keyhole of the beam clamp outwards from the un-flexed position to the flexed position and inserting a support beam within the keyhole in the flexed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Safran Seats USA LLC
    Inventor: Klay E. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 10730417
    Abstract: A seat back board includes: a flexible plate member which is made of a resin material and has the Shore hardness higher than 50, the plate member including: a back-surface covering part which covers a back surface of a seat back; and a bottom-surface covering part which covers a bottom surface of a seat cushion; a sewing part, which is sewn with a cover member covering a front surface and side surfaces of the seat back or is sewn with a coupling member to be coupled with the cover member in a detachable manner, being provided in an edge portion of the back-surface covering part; and a locking part, to be locked in the seat cushion, being provided in the bottom-surface covering part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignees: TACHI-S CO., LTD., KASAI KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Inoue, Akinori Taniguchi, Takayuki Ohmori, Keita Myochin, Saori Aoyama
  • Patent number: 10730412
    Abstract: The invention relates to a child seat for attaching to a motor vehicle seat, comprising a seat element as well as at least one support leg for supporting the child seat on a ground surface, in particular the footwell of the motor vehicle, wherein a display device is provided that is designed to display a ground contact of the support leg with the ground surface, in particular footwell, wherein the support leg has at least one upper telescopic section and a lower telescopic section, which can be moved against one another for lengthening and shortening the support leg, wherein an operative connection is present between the lower telescopic section and the display device, which is designed such that a shifting of the lower section in relation to the upper section leads to a releasing of the display device due to a ground contact of a support leg end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: CYBEX GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Pos
  • Patent number: 10730444
    Abstract: A vehicle seating arrangement includes first and second seating assemblies that are each equipped with a seat and a seatback. A surface of the seat of the first seating assembly is vertically above a surface of the seat of the second seating assembly. A forward extreme of the first seating assembly is displaced rearward of a forward extreme of the second seating assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Ryan Welch
  • Patent number: 10723251
    Abstract: A vehicle seat that includes a cushion frame, a seatback frame, and a pelvic restraining strap or a restraining member. The cushion frame is connected to the vehicle floor and has a first side member and a second side member that is disposed opposite to the first side member. The seatback frame is connected to the cushion frame. The pelvic restraining strap or the restraining member is connected to the cushion frame and extends towards and may or may not connect to the seatback frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: INSTITUTE FOR INJURY RESEARCH
    Inventor: David C. Viano
  • Patent number: 10722037
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to a beverage holder designed to be mounted to the underside of an armrest and may be retracted under the armrest when not in use. Embodiments of the present disclosure include a retractable beverage holder (RBH) with a mounting bracket that provides support to the beverage holder when the beverage holder is retracted under the armrest, and when the beverage holder is extended out from under the armrest. Embodiments of the present disclosure include, for example, a dual option retractable beverage holder (DORBH) having both a wine glass holder, and a cup holder. Another example embodiment is a single option retractable beverage holder (SORBH) comprising a wine glass holder and a mounting bracket, or a cup holder and a mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Brian T. Pendleton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10722410
    Abstract: An assistance chair assembly includes a base and a chair is positioned on the base. Two upright boards are perpendicularly connected to the top of the base, and two extension portions extend from the rear end of the base. The chair includes two front legs and two rear legs. The front legs each have a curve slots which allows the chair to be is pivotable about the bolts extending through the rear legs of the chair. The weight center of the chair is not moved beyond the two extensions portions of the base when the chair is pivoted toward the two extensions portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Tuang-Hock Koh
  • Patent number: 10722032
    Abstract: Chair assemblies (e.g., rocker style chairs, fixed position chairs, chairs with pivoting seats, tables and trays, a sub-combination thereof, or a combination thereof) are provided. More particularly, chair assemblies (e.g., rocker style chairs, fixed position chairs, chairs with pivoting seats, tables and trays, a sub-combination thereof, or a combination thereof), modular components for use within the chairs, parts for use within the modular components and related manufacturing and installation methods are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Frederick Jacobs, Matthew Jacobs, Steven Hayden