Patents Examined by Mark R Wendell
  • Patent number: 11566436
    Abstract: An in-airport guitar kiosk and related methods for allowing air travelers an opportunity to relax and play guitar before or after flights (to improve the passenger journey) as well as the opportunity to try a novel travel guitar uniquely suited for air travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Ciari Guitars, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Spangler, G. Bryan Cornwall, Thomas Benson
  • Patent number: 11564501
    Abstract: The convertible child high-chair and step stool can include a frame having a front leg stand and a rear leg stand. A height adjustment mechanism can be coupled to the front leg stand or the rear leg stand and can be adjustable along the vertical axis of the front leg stand or the rear leg stand from a raised position to a lowered position. The apparatus can also include a booster seat and removable platform step. In the raised position, the booster seat can be coupled to the height adjustment mechanism to provide a high chair. In the lowered position, the booster seat can be removed and the removable platform step can be coupled to the height adjustment mechanism and the frame to provide a step stool. The apparatus can also include wheel assemblies coupled to the frame that limit the potential for tip hazards in the step stool configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: GRACO CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Emil Dziak, Connie Yuanfang Gu, Shahnaz Selena Kasam, Ming Cheng Hsu, Chiyuan Chen
  • Patent number: 11564496
    Abstract: An interlockingly extending driving mechanism for an electric sofa, including a backrest adjusting assembly provided in a sofa seat frame. A footrest assembly is provided at one end, remote from the backrest, of the backrest adjusting assembly, and the backrest adjusting assembly is connected with the footrest adjusting assembly. The footrest adjusting assembly includes a supporting rod which is vertically and fixedly provided on the surface of one side of the backrest adjusting assembly, a driving unit is provided on the supporting rod, the driving unit is drivingly connected with a transmitting screw, an interlocking unit is movably connected to one end, close to the footrest, of the transmitting screw, the interlocking unit is movably connected with the footrest, and when the transmitting screw drives the interlocking unit to move, the interlocking unit drives the footrest assembly to extend or fold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: DewertOkin Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Long Li, Bin Shen, Pengfei He, Minglong Lei, Kangming Tao, Guangjiao Zhang
  • Patent number: 11560075
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ISOFIX interface structure of a vehicle seat. The ISOFIX interface structure of the vehicle seat comprises a shroud mounting base and two ISOFIX shrouds. Two mounting holes are formed in the shroud mounting base, and the mounting holes are penetrated from front to rear. The two ISOFIX shrouds can correspondingly be inserted into the corresponding mounting holes and can be detachably mounted on the shroud mounting base. According to the ISOFIX interface structure of the vehicle seat, the structure is novel, neat, attractive, and easy to realize. The problem is that conventional ISOFIX interfaces collapse surrounding seat foam when being installed. Here, consistency of the two ISOFIX interfaces on the same vehicle seat is guaranteed, the subsequent installation of a child safety seat is convenient, and the assembly and disassembly efficiency of the child safety seat can be effectively improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Vishal Parmar, Lars Modh
  • Patent number: 11560077
    Abstract: A support structure for supporting the user of a mobility device or the like, the support structure comprising a fluid flow channel, the fluid flow channel comprising a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet, wherein at least part of the fluid flow channel is tapered, the at least part tapered fluid flow channel comprising a first end and a second end, the first end of the at least part tapered fluid flow channel being located proximal to the fluid inlet and the second end of the at least part tapered fluid flow channel being located distal to the fluid inlet, and wherein the width of the second end of the at least part tapered fluid flow channel is greater than the width of the first end of the at least part tapered fluid flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Staels Design Ltd.
    Inventor: Corien Staels
  • Patent number: 11554691
    Abstract: The device for covering a rail of a vehicle seat comprises a cover strip for the rail and a guide support for guiding the sliding of the cover strip above the rail, the at least one guide support supporting the cover strip on side of said strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: FAURECIA Sièges d'Automobile
    Inventors: Guillaume Petot, Fabrice Petit
  • Patent number: 11554694
    Abstract: A vehicle seat control device including a control unit that, in a case in which at least one user has declared in advance a desire to board a self-driving vehicle having a plurality of seats that are switchable between a first state in which a user is able to sit down, and a second state that impedes a user sitting down, switches a same number of seats as a number of the at least one user to the first state before the at least one user boards the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Shiga
  • Patent number: 11548420
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an upholstery system for a vehicle seat, comprising: a foam lining comprising a front face and a rear face, a flexible covering which covers the front face of the foam lining, a rigid part which covers the rear face of the foam lining, at least one series of attachment systems, which are received as inserts in the foam lining, the attachment systems of the series being interconnected by at least one ball joint, and wherein the attachment systems are configured to ensure the attachment of the covering and of the rigid part onto the foam lining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: FAURECIA Sièges d'Automobile
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Mauffrey, Fabrice Etienne
  • Patent number: 11548418
    Abstract: A vehicle seat that accommodates at least two users includes a seating portion frame, a first backrest and a second backrest which are pivotally hinged to the seating portion frame according to a transverse axis, via a common hinge. The common hinge includes: a pivot pin comprising a first lateral portion, and a first housing arranged on the first backrest and receiving interiorly the first lateral portion by authorizing the rotation of the first backrest. The first lateral portion has a protruding rib and the first housing has a substantially keyhole shape, complementary with the radial section of the first lateral portion. The rib is oriented, according to an angle of between 30° and 60° relative to the vertical direction of the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Faurecia Sièges d'Automobile
    Inventors: Rémi Klitting, Emmanuel Liegeois, Frederic Pinto
  • Patent number: 11548410
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a seat control system for a vehicle, which may sense whether passengers have been seated on a front seat and a rear seat, and easily implement sleep and rest postures of the front seat and the rear seat through the height adjustment, the reclining adjustment, and the like of the front seat and the rear seat according to the sensed result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jong Seok Han, Seon Chae Na, Hyun Kyu Moon, Chan Ho Jung
  • Patent number: 11548412
    Abstract: A vehicle has a seat movable between an upright position and a reclined position and an automatically adjustable headrest connected to the seat, the automatically adjustable headrest being automatically adjusted for a posture of a head of a user when the user is reclined in the reclined position. The automatically adjustable headrest is automatically adjusted in response to a camera detecting that the user is sleeping or resting either on his or her back or on his or her side, the headrest being adjusted for either a side sleeping posture or a back sleeping posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Inventor: Matthew Roy
  • Patent number: 11541784
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided with a seatback having a forward surface to support an upper body of an occupant and an upper console portion formed on a rear surface of the seatback. The seatback pivots at a seatback pivot axis to a use position where the seatback extends generally horizontal. A bottom cushion has an upward surface to support a lower body of the occupant. The cushion pivots at a cushion pivot axis to an access position to access a lower console formed along an interior surface of the seat bottom cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael R. Powell, Karl Henn, Paul S. Severinski, Wee Tzee Gam, Anthony James Mollica, Louella Ann Patterson
  • Patent number: 11535124
    Abstract: A vehicle seat comprising a seat part, an adjustable backrest part attached to the seat part, and a floor assembly supporting the seat part and arranged on a vehicle floor. The seat part is connected to the floor assembly in a pivotal manner about a first axis, and the backrest part is connected to the seat part in a pivotal manner about a second axis. The vehicle seat has a first adjusting device powered by an electric motor for pivoting the seat part relative to the floor assembly about the first axis and a second adjusting device powered by an electric motor for pivoting the backrest part relative to the seat part about the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile SE & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Coburg
    Inventors: Jörg Gropp, Gregor Kröner
  • Patent number: 11535133
    Abstract: A connection arrangement for tubular members may include a latch arrangement having a latch hook attached to a first tubular member and a striker arrangement attached to a second tubular member. The striker arrangement may include a transverse member extending transverse to the length of the second tubular member. The transverse member may be positioned proximate to the latch hook when an end of the first tubular member is positioned adjacent to an end of the second tubular member such that rotation of the latch hook engages the transverse member and effects a clamping force between the first tubular member and the second tubular member in a direction transverse to the rotational axis of the latch hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joshua Hallock, David Abdella, Sam Blair
  • Patent number: 11529896
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus, according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a seat back movable between an upright position and a folded position, and a platform coupled to the seat back with a support mechanism such that the platform is movable between a plurality of use positions when the seat back is in the folded position. The support mechanism includes at least one member that is selectively detached from the platform to provide at least one of the plurality of use positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: FAURECIA AUTOMOTIVE SEATING, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Fitzpatrick
  • Patent number: 11523689
    Abstract: A cushion includes a pillow portion, an elongate trunk portion and a scarf. The pillow portion has a front side and a rear side and defines a support surface on the front side which is useable for supporting the head of a user of the cushion. The trunk portion extends away from the pillow portion and has a terminal end which is distal to the pillow portion. The scarf is attached to the pillow portion and/or the trunk portion at a first end portion of the scarf and is engageable, in use, with the trunk portion at a portion of the scarf that is spaced from the first end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Inventor: Gemma Jensen
  • Patent number: 11519453
    Abstract: A threaded fastening assembly includes a nut body and a screw body. The internal thread of the nut body includes a nut thread crest and a nut thread root. The external thread of the screw body includes a screw thread crest, a screw thread root, a fourth side wall located on one side of the screw thread crest, and a fifth side wall located on the other side of the screw thread crest. A locking notch located on one side of the nut thread crest is arranged on the internal thread. The locking notch includes a first side wall and a bottom wall. One end of the first side wall is connected to the nut thread crest, and the other end of the first side wall is connected to one end of the bottom wall. The bottom wall is spirally distributed around the axis of the nut body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: ZHONGSHAN MEITU PLASTIC IND. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wenhui Zhou
  • Patent number: 11518276
    Abstract: In an arrangement which includes: a seat support body slidably supported on a fixed rail fixed to a floor; a power supply device supplying power to an electrical component on a seat side; and a drive device driving the seat support body in a front-and-rear direction and having a motor and a transmission member disposed so as to pass longitudinally through an interior of the fixed rail, the power supply device includes: a housing an electric wire for power supply; and a slider linked to the seat support body and slidable within the fixed rail. The electric wire is drawn out from the housing, retained by the slider and slidable within the fixed rail. The slider has an interference-avoiding portion for avoiding interference with the transmission member disposed so as to pass longitudinally through the interior of the fixed rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsukasa Meguro, Toshiaki Shimada, Nobuyuki Tezuka
  • Patent number: 11517117
    Abstract: A sofa includes a sofa seat and a sofa seat accessory. The sofa seat includes a seat frame, a first outer wrapping, and first snap buckles. The first outer wrapping wraps the seat frame. The first snap buckles are disposed on at least one side of the seat frame. The sofa seat accessory is configured to be detachably mounted on the sofa seat. The sofa seat accessory includes an accessory frame, a second outer wrapping, and second snap buckles disposed on the accessory frame. When the sofa seat accessory is mounted to the sofa seat, each of the second snap buckles is matched to each of the first snap buckles to form a quick connection between the sofa seat and the sofa seat accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: JINGNING MEIGE OPERATION MANAGEMENT CO., LTD
    Inventor: Jiada Sun
  • Patent number: 11518313
    Abstract: Methods for using a carseat tray and carseat tray devices are disclosed. The device includes a front section, a rear section that is seamlessly attached to the rear section, a rim that is attached to the front section and the rear section, wherein the rim at the front section is on an incline with respect to the horizontal axis, and wherein the rim at the rear section is perpendicular to the horizontal axis, a plurality of raised surfaces on an internal surface, and a fastener attached to an external surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Inventor: Aubrey Michael Gray