Patents Examined by Mark R Wendell
  • Patent number: 10688945
    Abstract: A substrate is mounted to a vehicle seat frame, to provide a support surface for an occupant. The seat substrate is formed with a pair of guides to receive a pair of suspension wires of a vehicle seat suspension for translation of the pair of suspension wires within the pair of guides and to distribute an occupant load from the pair of suspension wires to the substrate. An air bladder is fastened to a plurality of retainers on the substrate. A first plurality of terminals is mounted to the substrate for electrical connection to a wire harness. A second plurality of terminals is mounted to the substrate, each in electrical communication with one of the first plurality of terminals, for electrical connection to a plurality of electrical devices in the vehicle seat assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Jones, Kevin Farley, Stefan Gottauf
  • Patent number: 10681986
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a manicure head rest are provided. The system may include a head rest mechanically coupled to a plurality of members at one end of the plurality of members that is mechanically coupled to a fastening means at an other end. A first member may be connected to the head rest at one end and second member at the other end. The second member may be connected to the first member at one end and a third member at the other end. The third member may be connected to the second member at one end and a fourth member at the other end. The fourth member may be connected to the third member at one end and the fastening means at the other end. The fourth member may be permanently connected to the fastening means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Jeannie Sanders
  • Patent number: 10683094
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a seat (1) for an aircraft passenger comprising a back part (2) and a sitting part (3), said seat (1) being turned in a first direction so that when a passenger is sitting in said seat (1) he is turned in said first direction, said seat (1) being configured so as to perform a recline movement along a respective recline axis (A) between a sitting position and a recline position, and vice versa, said seat (1) being characterized in that it is configured in such a manner that the back part (2) and the sitting part (3) are apt to perform a translation movement along a translation axis (B), wherein said translation axis (B) is not parallel to said recline axis (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: OPTIMARES S.P.A.
    Inventors: Alessandro Braca, Alessio Morsicani, Andrea Giordano
  • Patent number: 10682271
    Abstract: An electric-assisted leisure lifting recliner includes a back frame pivotably mounted to a seat frame unit. A footrest unit includes a connecting portion pivotably connected to a front end of the seat frame unit. First and second frames are pivotably connected to a base unit and the seat frame unit and are operable to move the seat frame unit vertically. A telescopic rod is pivotably connected to an actuating block and the connecting portion. An actuator pivotably connected to the actuating block can move the footrest unit to an extended state and to recline the back frame. When the connecting portion abuts against the seat frame unit, the telescopic rod can be shortened to independently recline the back frame. When a length of the actuator is shortened, the first and second frames and the seat frame unit are lifted, and a rear end of the seat frame rises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Chang-Chen Lin
  • Patent number: 10681988
    Abstract: A holder for a chair. The chair includes a seat portion and a back portion. The holder includes a bag. The bag includes a bag opening. At least a first strap is attached to the bag. The first strap extends across the bag. The first strap and the bag define a first opening that is configured to securely receive one of a seat portion and a back portion or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Debbie Andrews
  • Patent number: 10682934
    Abstract: A seat assembly for supporting an occupant of a vehicle includes a cushion and a suspension. The cushion has a first surface and a second surface. The first surface is configured to engage the occupant. The second surface is disposed opposite the first surface. The suspension includes a first portion and a second portion. The first portion includes a third surface. The third surface engages the second surface of the cushion. The second portion includes a fourth surface. The fourth surface defines a first depression. The first depression opens toward the cushion. The first depression is configured to receive a portion of the cushion when the occupant exerts a load on the cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Nilesh D. Mankame, Onkar Akolkar, Daniel W. Booth, Paul W. Alexander
  • Patent number: 10681987
    Abstract: A console unit having a compartment door operatively incorporated therein, and within the upper part of the compartment or door, there is provided a storage receptacle for holding various different items, such as, for example, a book, a magazine, remote control devices, a wireless charging pad, a dock, or alternatively, the storage receptacle comprises at least one cup holder for holding a beverage container, and wherein further a motorized mechanism is provided within the console for moving the component, compartment, or door of the console unit between a first position at which the component, compartment, or door is CLOSED such that the storage receptacle or at least one cup holder is hidden within a forward section of the console unit, and a second position at which the component, compartment, or door is OPENED and projects forwardly and outwardly from the console unit such that the storage receptacle or the at least one cup holder is exposed and may in fact be utilized to hold various items, such as, for
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: HHC CHANGZHOU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chih Hsiung Liu, Mei Jun Xu
  • Patent number: 10682927
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a valve-control assembly for a vehicle seat that includes a pneumatic control valve configured to control at least one seat adjustment function. A control switch is configured to operate the pneumatic control valve, and a cover structure is arranged to one or more of at least partly cover the pneumatic control valve or at least partly surround the control switch. The control switch includes a first tab, and the cover structure includes a second tab. The first tab is configured to engage the second tab, when the control switch is actuated by a predetermined amount, to secure the control switch against movement and thereby secure the pneumatic control valve in an open configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Seats Incorporated
    Inventors: Craig Krueger, Daniel J. Ziemer, Adam Timothy Lindloff
  • Patent number: 10674827
    Abstract: A displacement auxiliary device for an accessory of a chair is revealed. The auxiliary device is disposed on the chair and used in combination with the accessory of the chair such as an armrest, a lumbar support, a headrest, etc. The auxiliary device includes a displacement member, a fixing plate and a loading plate. The displacement member further includes two rotating members that are rotated a large angle around two rotary shafts respectively and symmetrically to be moved inward to a first position or extended outward to a second position. The accessory of the chair stays still without displacement when the two rotating members are moved inward to the first position. The accessory of the chair moves synchronously while the two rotating members are extended outward to the second position. Thereby the accessory of the chair can be adjusted to have larger displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ATEC INTERNATIONAL TEAM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Te-Chun Chen
  • Patent number: 10676001
    Abstract: A seat back (2) has a pad (4) with a side surface covered by a trim cover (5) and a rear surface covered by a back board (6). A back board attachment structure has a folding portion (5a1) with a trim back surface edge portion (5a) folded back to a pad side. A fastener (7a) includes an element (7a2) attached to the folding portion (5a1) to face the pad side. An edge portion (6a) of a folding portion (6a1) of the back board (6), to be the backrest surface side, is folded back to the pad side. A fastener (7b) includes an element (7b2) attached to the folding portion (6a1) to face the pad side. The fasteners (7a and 7b) are engageable in a state with the trim cover provided from the backrest surface side and the back board provided from the back surface side, with respect to the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.á r.l.
    Inventors: Kaoru Baba, Yoshihisa Hamano
  • Patent number: 10674830
    Abstract: A seat cushion includes a support member. A cover encloses the support member. A self-regulating heating device extends between the support member and an upper portion of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: TRAMEC TERMICO TECHNOLOGIES, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Michael M. Cubon, Gilbert C. Hooper, III
  • Patent number: 10668839
    Abstract: A trim component for a vehicle seat base includes a center portion and first and second side portions. The center portion includes a center inner panel that can face a frame of the seat and a center outer panel that can to be visible within a passenger cabin of the vehicle. The center outer panel includes a flexible material and covers the center inner panel. The first and second side portions are fixed on opposite sides of the center portion. Each of the first and second side portions includes a side inner panel that can face the frame of the seat and a side outer panel that can be visible within the passenger cabin. The side outer panel includes the flexible material and covers the side inner panel. The trim component can be fixed to a back of the seat to conceal at least a portion of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Rylance, Peter J. Randazzo
  • Patent number: 10667611
    Abstract: A balancing chair can comprise a support structure, the support structure comprising a top portion, a middle portion, and a bottom portion, wherein the top portion is coupled to a first pad and a second pad, the second pad resting between the first pad and the middle portion, and a base, comprising a first lateral runner and a second lateral runner, the first and second lateral runners coupled to and perpendicular to the bottom portion of the support structure, wherein the first lateral runner and the second lateral runner have first and second lower surfaces, respectively, that collectively define a lower curved surface of the base, the lower curved surface enabling the base to define a rocking motion from side to side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Fully LLC
    Inventor: David Kahl
  • Patent number: 10668843
    Abstract: A vehicle seat bottom comprises a seat cushion support pan including first and second arms respectively coupled to first and second lateral brackets of a seat bottom support frame by a pair of first and second fastening devices that extend in opposing transverse directions from the first and second lateral brackets. Each of the arms of the seat cushion support pan includes a ramped portion at a distal end thereof extending to a slot. Each of the fastening devices includes a transverse neck terminating in a head. In assembly, the heads of the first and second fastening devices snap through the slots in the first and second arms of the seat cushion support pan, and chamfered surfaces of the necks of the first and second fastening devices guide rotation of the seat cushion support pan around a pivot axis defined by the necks of the first and second fastening devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: FAURECIA AUTOMOTIVE SEATING, LLC
    Inventor: Bartlomiej Sztajnert
  • Patent number: 10660442
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a meditation apparatus comprising a meditation seat and articulated pad that is lightweight, compact, and easy to transport that is suitable for indoor and outdoor use, wherein the articulated pad is pivotally connected to the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Calyx Cushions LLC
    Inventor: Harry Miles
  • Patent number: 10661692
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly includes a housing seat attachment portion with hooks in receipt of suspension wires. A housing bracket extends from a housing sidewall to provide a housing cavity and a housing opening. The housing bracket is spaced above the vehicle floor by at least fifty millimeters to provide clearance between the housing bracket and the vehicle floor. A pump is received within the housing cavity adjacent to the seat attachment portion. A cover is fastened to the housing seat attachment portion and the housing bracket to at least partially enclose the housing opening and to retain the pump within the housing. A light source is received within the housing cavity and is adjacent to the seat attachment portion to minimize a height of the housing. The light source is oriented away from the seat attachment portion to illuminate a region beneath the seat bottom frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Jeremy Siegmann, Nick Schiller, Alexander Schleicher
  • Patent number: 10653248
    Abstract: A upholstered sofa covered by a form fitting upholstery sack where the upholstery sack incorporates a supportive material panel that has integrated support webbing into the material panel. The support webbing comprising a plurality of webbing straps. With the upholstery sack properly positioned on the back rest portion, the supportive material panel is positioned on the front of the back rest portion frame. The material panel with webbing is incorporated as a component of the upholstery sack where the upholstery sack is pre-formed to snugly fit over the back rest portion of a furniture frame. The back rest portion or the frame is inserted into the sack and the material panel with integrated webbing is attached to the frame. Once the material panel is positioned and fastened, the remaining components, for example, the back panels and side panels, of the upholstery sack are attached to the frame at the back rest portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: James Allen Lewis, Philip Lee Stokes, James Anthony Sudduth, Jimmy Dale Holley
  • Patent number: 10653246
    Abstract: A dual-use footrest is disclosed. The dual-use footrest comprises a bottom frame and a flip frame. The bottom frame includes a shaft part disposed at a side of the two side plates, and a support disposed a side of the shaft part, and the flip frame includes a shaft coupling part disposed at a side of the two side frames and pivotally connected to the shaft part, and a pedal part disposed on a side of the shaft coupling part. When the back surface of the flip frame is abutted on the bottom frame, the user with the sitting posture can step on the pedal part; and, when the flip frame is outwardly flipped about the shaft coupling part and the shaft part, to abut on the support of the bottom frame by the top surface thereof, the user with the standing posture can step on the footrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: CHEN-SOURCE INC.
    Inventor: Kuan-Yen Wu
  • Patent number: 10647432
    Abstract: An airplane seat device with at least one airplane seat is at least configured to be adjusted between a use position and a stowage position. In the stowage position, the airplane seat has a maximum height which is equal to or less than a maximum height in the use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Itzinger, Jürgen Baumann
  • Patent number: 10640022
    Abstract: A device and a method for attaching a backrest cover to a vehicle seat. Provision is made that at least one latching element with which the backrest cover is attached to the vehicle seat in an assembly step is mounted in a floating manner on the backrest cover. In this design, the latching element is movable along a defined guideway relative to the backrest cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Volker Lindhorst