Patents Examined by Mark R Wendell
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10531738
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mechanical assembly (2), said mechanical assembly (2) comprising, in addition to a leaf spring, at least one further spring element, the elastic restoring force of the at least one further spring element and the elastic restoring force of the one or more leaf springs supporting the seat shell (S) with a total restoring force, and/or the mechanical assembly (2) comprising at least two leaf springs and at least two supports, each support being associated with one of the leaf springs, and at least two supports being displaceable beneath the leaf springs by means of an adjustment mechanism and being displaceable on their trajectories by different extents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: Johann Burkhard Schmitz, Carola Zwick, Roland Zwick
  • Patent number: 10532674
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat bottom and a seat back. The seat back is coupled to the seat bottom and arranged to extend upwardly from the seat bottom. The seat back includes a seat-back frame and a comfort integrator unit to be mounted to the seat-back frame, as well as a seat-cover shell that can be positioned over the mounted comfort integrator unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin L. Wright, Robert C. Fitzpatrick
  • Patent number: 10525855
    Abstract: A vehicle seat including: a decorative body attached to a side portion of a seat cushion and including a first locking portion provided to a rear side and a second locking portion provided to a front side; and a cushion side frame including a first locked portion and a second locked portion, wherein the first locking portion is configured to restrict the decorative body from moving in a seat width direction and allow a front end portion side of the decorative body to be pivoted in an upper and lower direction about the first locked portion when the first locking portion is locked to the first locked portion from the front side, and wherein the second locking portion is configured to be locked to the second locked portion from an upper side when the front end portion side of the decorative body is pivoted downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tetsuro Umezawa
  • Patent number: 10524577
    Abstract: A detachable seat includes an elongate support bar having first and second brackets with opposed open sides to receive an rigid elongate member in the brackets from opposite directions, a seat support frame including a first support member extending parallel to the support bar and a second support member affixed to the first support member, a hinge connecting the first elongate support member to the support bar, a seat mounted on the second support member, the seat support frame pivoting around the elongate support on the hinge and a retaining arm affixed to and extending from the elongate support bar adjacent the first bracket including a plurality of alignment apertures, the second support member having a mating aperture formed therethough, the mating aperture aligning with a plurality of the alignment apertures upon pivotal movement of the second support member around the hinge to receive a locking pin through the mating aperture and one of the alignment apertures to secure the seat in a selected pivotal p
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Friend Success, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Christie
  • Patent number: 10524579
    Abstract: A corner chair assembly for seating and cooling a competitor includes a frame that is coupled to an enclosure of a competition ring. A power module and an actuator are coupled to the frame. A fan it coupled to a first plate, which is coupled to and extends between a first side and a second side, proximate to a top, of the frame. The actuator and the fan are operationally coupled to the power module. A second plate is hingedly coupled to a lower edge of the first plate. The actuator is configured to selectively urge the second plate from a stowed configuration, wherein the second plate is positioned coplanarly with the first plate, to a deployed configuration, wherein the second plate extends substantially perpendicularly from the first plate. The second plate is configured to seat a competitor, positioning the fan to blow air onto the competitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Theodore R. Butler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10524970
    Abstract: A folding wheelchair includes two side frames, which are connected to each other via a cross-strut. A fabric is stretched between the side frames in order to form a seating area of a seat. The side frames are formed identically and include an outer tube and an inner tube. The outer tubes have a slot extending in a longitudinal direction (L), which opens at least into an outer tube end. The inner tubes each include a slot extending in the longitudinal direction (L), which opens at least into an inner tube end. A tensioning rod is accommodated in one of the outer tubes and opens into the associated inner tube. The fabric is led to the outside through the slots of the inner tube and outer tube. The inner tube, the fabric and the tensioning rod are connected to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: OTTO BOCK MOBILITY SOLUTIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Sergej Dick, Patrick Hoehn
  • Patent number: 10518668
    Abstract: A vehicle seat (101, 201), includes a seat height adjusting multi-bar linkage (4) with five transmission links (5, 6, 7, 8, 9), operative in normal operation as a four-bar linkage based on a locking unit (10) acting between at least two transmission links (7, 8). In the event of a crash a crash blocking unit (121) locks a vehicle-structure-fixed frame (5) and a rocker (8) to each other, such that the multi-bar linkage (4) acts as a three-bar linkage. A transmission link (7) is arranged between the frame (5) and the rocker (8). In the event of a crash, the multi-bar link (4) acts as a five-bar linkage because of a load-controlled release of the locking unit (10), whereby locking of the crash blocking unit (121) can be triggered independently of a load-controlled release of the locking unit (10) by an inertia-controlled pawl (125) of the crash blocking unit (121).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.à. r.l.
    Inventor: Rolf Schueler
  • Patent number: 10518795
    Abstract: Introduced here is a lightweight, foldable seat cushion which can be placed in the shopping cart seat to support a child's legs, and prevent the hard surfaces of the shopping card, such as bars, from causing discomfort to the child and causing the child to try to get out of the cart. The seat cushion can attach to the cart using an attachment mechanism such as magnets and/or clasping protrusions, thus preventing the movement of the seat within the cart. The seat cushion can fold for easy storage in a diaper bag. The lightweight, and the compact size of the seat cushion makes the carrying of the seat cushion convenient and effortless.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Kathleen Anne Eisele
    Inventor: Kathleen Anne Eisele
  • Patent number: 10518673
    Abstract: A chair includes a seat and a back rest, both of which pivot about respective axes between first and second positions thereof about parallel axes of rotation. The seat's second position is inclined relative to a first seat plane defined by the seat's first position. The backrest's second position is essentially parallel to the first seat plane such that the chair switches between seating and support configurations. In the seating configuration, the seat and backrest are their respective first positions such that the chair accommodates a seated person. In the support configuration, the seat and backrest are in their respective second positions such that the chair accommodates a person's chest on the backrest's rear face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: TOUTI TERRE
    Inventors: Flore Lacrouts-Cazenave, Ivan Lacrouts-Cazenave, Laurence Lacrouts-Cazenave
  • Patent number: 10513212
    Abstract: An occupant support may include a seat bottom and a seat back coupled to the seat bottom. In some embodiments, a leg support is coupled to the seat bottom and configured to support an occupant's leg when in an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Mateusz Antoniuk, Boris Von Kujawa, Andreas Rohlfing, Jacek Miszczak