Patents Examined by Mark R Wendell
  • Patent number: 10595639
    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 that extends between the first and second seat back support members. The seat back tensioning assembly includes a carrier coupled to the first seat back support member, the carrier including an adjustable tension member and a first guide member, a pair of second guide members coupled to the second seat back support member, and a cable extending from the adjustable tension member into engagement with one of the pair of second guide members, with the first guide member, with the other of the pair of second guide members, and then returning to the adjustable tension member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: THE COMFORT COMPANIES, LLC
    Inventor: Steven DuFresne
  • Patent number: 10596934
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for a transit seating system including multiple seat frames, each seat frame including, at least one forward support and at least one rearward support. The at least one forward support and the at least one rearward support are capable of being detachably secured to a transit vehicle floor. A seat back height track system is vertically and slideably coupled to the seat frame. A seat back subframe is coupled to the seat back height track system. A seat base frame is coupled to the seat back height track system through a seat hinge. The at least one forward support is capable of overlapping the at least one rearward support when at least two of the seat frames are in a nested or fully compressed or stowed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Ritchie Dave Hollingsworth, Joseph D Mello, Luke Daniel Mielke, Christopher Luis San Nicolas, Jonathan William Rich, Samuel Robert Thompson
  • Patent number: 10588423
    Abstract: A folding chair for children includes a padded chair secured above a pair of folding angular tubular legs. Each folding angular tubular leg has a centrally located folding cross-brace. A pair of armrests are disposed on either side of the chair. A teething bar is secured at teething bar end to a distal end of each armrest. A handle is perpendicularly secured to the back of the chair. The folding mechanism is actuated by a switch located within the base of the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Michelle Adkins
  • Patent number: 10588413
    Abstract: Systems and methods herein provide a customizable camp chair that may provide added levels of comfort to portable seating. In some examples, portions of the camp chair are inflatable to provide customized support at various areas of the chair. In other examples, portions of the camp chair are configured to receive inserted inflation devices for customized support at various areas of the chair. The chair may include an integrated air pump, which aids in inflation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Jennifer Mason, Mary Billingsley McDaniel, Chad Manning
  • Patent number: 10588415
    Abstract: A method of using a seating device including a base, a plurality of roller mechanisms, a seat operably associated with the base via the plurality of roller mechanisms for movement relative thereto, the seat including a leading edge in a direction of travel, comprises receiving a user's sitting area on the seat of the seating device with the seat in a position centered over the base; and based on user input the seat moving toward the leading edge in the direction of travel away from the seat centered over the base while the user's muscles are engaged to maintain an upright posture, helping to improve the user's motor control, stability and strength over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Reactive Training, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony Carey
  • Patent number: 10576847
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat base, a backrest and a track arrangement with a fixed track part and a moveable track part and with a lockable range to lock the seat and the moveable track part relative to the a fixed track part. A lockout mechanism locks the backrest in a forward position with the seat base in a non-lockable track range. The lockout mechanism includes a lockout catch member connected to the backrest and a lockout hook connected to the seat base, which is pivotable between a locked position, with the lockout hook engaging the lockout catch member, and an unlocked position. A blocker member is connected to the seat base and is pivotable between a blocking position, with the blocker engaging the lockout hook to maintain the lockout hook in the locked position and an open position, with the blocker not engaging the lockout hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.à r.l.
    Inventors: Bruce Hiemstra, Yue Lang
  • Patent number: 10576854
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a bolster section for a seating assembly of a vehicle comprising: presenting a first metallic support element that includes a tubular portion; and overmolding the tubular portion of the first metallic support element with foam. The tubular portion of the first metallic support element is bent to a predetermined shape before overmolding the tubular portion of the first metallic support element with foam. A second layer of foam can be applied over the foam overmolded over the tubular portion of the first metallic support element. The second layer of foam can be a different type of foam than the foam overmolded over the tubular portion of the first metallic support element. A first end of the tubular portion can be flattened and an aperture formed therein, to allow the bolster section to be attached to a structural support of a seating assembly of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marcos Silva Kondrad, Johnathan Andrew Line, Kevin Mozurkewich
  • Patent number: 10576845
    Abstract: A vehicle seat to be mounted on a vehicle is provided. The vehicle seat includes a cushion frame, a back frame, a leg portion that couples the cushion frame to the vehicle side on a seat front side of the back frame. The leg portion includes a leg body extending downward from the cushion frame, and a fixing portion fixing the leg body to at least one of the cushion frame and the vehicle side. The fixing portion is displaced in a seat front or seat rear direction with respect to the leg body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Furukawa, Teruyuki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10575649
    Abstract: A knee-rest economic chair is provided. The knee-rest economic chair is formed from a unitary construction, fastener-less assembly, wherein the chair provides an elevated posterior condition as an elevated knee rest for seated users. The chair may be assembled from a plurality of components all of which are formed from a planar blank of one material. The components have tabs and slots for joined adjacent components that results in a seat component spaced apart and elevated above a knee support component, positioned relative to each other in an elevated posterior position, wherein gravity secures the resulting tab-slot and slot-slot joints, making separate fasteners unnecessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Mead Timothy Pelletier
  • Patent number: 10569684
    Abstract: A method is provided for manufacturing a headrest. The headrest includes an integrated functional module. The method includes mounting the functional module on a supporting rod and enclosing the functional module mounted on the supporting rod with a housing (102), which is fitted on a front part (104), and a rear part (302) and introducing a cable tube (208) into a hole (502) in the front part (104) or in the rear part (302). The cable tube (208) serves for receiving a cable fastening the front part (104), the rear part (302) and the supporting rod (204) using a fastening device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: ADIENT LUXEMBOURG HOLDING S.À.R.L.
    Inventors: Christophe Fritsch, Felix Manduzio, Christophe Morinière
  • Patent number: 10561246
    Abstract: Provided is a seat pad (10) having a placing surface (11), wherein a lateral slit section (15) extending from an outer side toward an inner side of the seat pad (10) is formed in a first lateral direction (B1) along the placing surface (11), and at least a portion of the lateral slit section (15) gradually becomes smaller in a thickness direction (H) perpendicular to the placing surface (11) from the outer side toward the inner side of the seat pad (10) in the first lateral direction (B1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Kumagai, Yoshiyuki Takahashi, Toshimitsu Shinohara, Taisuke Yonezawa
  • Patent number: 10561254
    Abstract: A child tray assembly includes a first tray and a second tray. The first tray is slidably disposed on a child seat. The first tray includes a first tray body and a first actuator. The second tray is detachably disposed on the first tray. The second tray includes a second tray body, a second actuator and a sliding latch. The second tray body can be installed on the first tray body by a first engaging portion of the sliding latch. The first actuator can be driven by the second actuator to allow the first tray to slide relative to the child seat when the second tray is disposed on the first tray. Furthermore, lower tubes can be installed on the second tray body by a second engaging portion of the sliding latch to form a small table when the second tray is detached from the first tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Wonderland Switzerland AG
    Inventors: Jerry Ingraham, Jonathan Pacella, Nathanael Saint, Jennifer Sheldrick, Patrick Bowers
  • Patent number: 10562419
    Abstract: A child's booster seat is provided and can include a booster seat base and seat back. The booster seat base can be collapsed or folded from an in-use configuration to a collapsed configuration to improve portability of the booster seat base. The booster seat base can include multiple seating surface panels that are rotatably coupled to one another to allow the booster seat base to be collapsed from an in-use width to a collapsed width that is less than the in-use width. The booster seat base can also be coupled and decoupled from the booster seat back. The booster seat base can include tab members that can be inserted into tab receiving cavities of the booster seat back. Adjustment of the booster seat base from the in-use configuration to the collapsed configuration can also facilitate removal of the tab members from the tab receiving cavities of the booster seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Taylor Daniel Genoway, Nicholas Henry Reaves, Joonho Na, Andrew Phillip Kitchens, Joshua William Gazaway, Matthew Alan Morgenstern
  • Patent number: 10555847
    Abstract: A multi-function attachment to assist a user to perform one or more tasks, the attachment including an arm member having forward and back ends, one or more coupling members provided to the arm member and configured to detachable secure the arm member to a chair, and a support member configured to be detachably coupled to the second end of the arm member; wherein at least a portion of the support member is configured to extend laterally from a point proximate the front end of the arm member to provide support for a device forward and above a seat portion of the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Greg Lane
  • Patent number: 10556558
    Abstract: A vehicle seat may be used in a vehicle. The vehicle seat includes a frame for attachment to the vehicle and a seat module which secures to the frame to mount the seat module to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventor: Shaun D. Tait
  • Patent number: 10548402
    Abstract: A safety device for a folding chair has an adjustable brace for attachment to spaced-apart legs of a folding chair for preventing the chair from collapsing under weight. The brace includes two telescopic tubes and a locking mechanism that releasably locks the tubes together in a position that securely interposes the brace between the legs with the brace securely engaged with each leg. The overall length of the brace is adjusted to provide the most stable support to the chair. First and second leg engaging elements have a Y-shape configuration with an open curved portion and an extended leg portion. The open curved portions fit snugly around the chair legs. In a further embodiment, fasteners are provided on opposed ends of the open curved portions and the curve portions are overlapped so as to receive and encircle a chair leg to secure the brace to the folding chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Jacquelyn McCants
  • Patent number: 10543762
    Abstract: A vehicle seat air-blowing apparatus including an air blower including an impeller configured to generate air flow and an air blower opening configured to allow the air flow to flow in a ventilation passage of a seat pad of a vehicle seat, and a cover provided to the air blower opening and including a cover ventilation opening configured to allow the air flow to flow therethrough and a protection part configured to suppress application of a load to the air blower opening, wherein the vehicle seat air-blowing apparatus is configured to be attachable to the vehicle seat along the seat pad at a position where an opening of the ventilation passage provided in a rear surface of the seat pad and the cover ventilation opening of the cover face each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shuichi Ui, Yuya Makino, Atsushi Tsuzaki, Hiroshi Murahata
  • Patent number: 10538185
    Abstract: Adjustable headrest including a guide configured to be coupled to a seat; a head support coupled to the guide and configured to be movable along an adjustment path relative to the seat; and a slider having a surface defining a recess receiving the guide. A retainer is positioned to urge a surface of the slider against a surface of the guide, thereby maintaining friction between the surface of the slider and the surface of the guide. Additionally, the adjustable headrest includes a bracket that is fixable relative to the head support or fixed relative to the seat. The bracket has a mounting section positioned for fixation relative to the head support or for fixation to the seat and a guide receiving portion receiving the guide. The slider and the bracket are separate components and are formed from the same material or different materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: SOUTHCO, INC.
    Inventors: Eugene Novin, Andrew S. Matejka
  • Patent number: 10538177
    Abstract: A power return mechanism for restoring a seat track assembly for a vehicle from a first position, such as a full forward position used for easy-entry, to a second position, such as a passenger use position. The power return mechanism includes a return cable assembly with a return cable adapted to be fixedly secured to one of the upper or lower rails of the seat track assembly, and a selectively actuated cable draw assembly. The cable draw assembly is adapted to be connected to the other of the upper or lower rails of the seat track assembly. The cable draw assembly permits free movement of the return cable when the cable draw assembly is inactive. When actuated, the cable draw assembly draws in the return cable, thereby moving the upper rail of the seat track assembly from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Magna Seating Inc.
    Inventor: David M Runde
  • Patent number: 10538212
    Abstract: A vehicle seat comprises: a pair of opposed frames disposed opposite to and separately from each other; a pair of connecting frames disposed separately from each other in a perpendicular direction perpendicular to an opposing direction of the pair of opposed frames, the connecting frames being configured to connect the pair of opposed frames; a bridging wire disposed to bridge the pair of connecting frames; a reinforcing wire disposed to cross the bridging wire as viewed from an occupant side; and a plate-shaped plastic member configured to cover the bridging wire and the reinforcing wire at least at their crossover such that the bridging wire and the reinforcing wire are arranged to be spaced apart from and thus kept out of contact with each other, the bridging wire and the reinforcing wire being connected with the plate-shaped plastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koji Onuma