Patents Examined by Mark R Wendell
  • 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: 10512330
    Abstract: A legrest mechanism including a seat base rail, a mechanism rail, a drive assembly, a pivot plate link, a pivot plate, a main drive link, and a parallelogram legrest link assembly. The drive assembly moves the mechanism rail relative to the seat base rail, which drives movement of the parallelogram legrest link assembly between a retracted position and an extended position. The parallelogram legrest link assembly includes first and second legrest links, footrest and legrest drive arms, and a legrest bracket. The main drive link has a pin that is slidingly received in a slot in one of the first legrest link, second legrest link, or main drive link such that movement of the parallelogram legrest link assembly is decoupled from movement of the main drive link when the legrest and/or parallelogram legrest link assembly encounters an obstruction while moving from the extended position to the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: La-Z-Boy Incorporated
    Inventor: Scott Jorbel
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10507751
    Abstract: A head restraint assembly including a headrest including an inner member, a seat back including an outer member, and a bearing disposed between the inner member and the outer member, the bearing including at least one leaf spring adapted to bias the inner member, where the leaf spring includes a substrate and a low friction layer overlying the substrate, where the leaf spring includes an inner portion and a plurality of outer portions, where the outer portions include end portions of the leaf spring that are folded over such that the outer portions overlie the inner portion, forming a folded edge, where the headrest is adapted to translate with respect to the seat back, and where the seat back is adapted to receive the headrest such that the headrest is height adjustable relative to a seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS RENCOL LIMITED
    Inventors: Neil James, Llewelyn Pickering, James K. Burgess, Alfred J. Lethbridge, Ciaran Morrison
  • Patent number: 10507747
    Abstract: A conveyance seat configured to stabilize a position of a temperature detection unit to suppress positional deviation of the temperature detection unit is described. The conveyance seat comprises a cushion pad, a bottom plate, an electric heater which is attached to the cushion pad, a thermistor which detects temperature at a location between the cushion pad and the bottom plate during operation of the electric heater, a housing cavity with a hollowed shape formed in a bottom portion of the cushion pad, and a holding pad which holds the thermistor within the housing cavity by being fit in the housing cavity with the thermistor attached thereto. The thermistor is held by the holding pad, and is positioned between the cushion pad and the holding pad, within the housing cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignees: TS Tech Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Tsurumi, Ryuji Isobe, Shinichiro Motoda, Yuichi Honma, Gen Tanabe, Daichi Ito, Takeshi Sugimoto, Keishi Takayama
  • Patent number: 10500998
    Abstract: A seat (S) comprises a seat portion (SP) having an occupant supporting surface (SPU) and a back portion (BP) having an occupant supporting surface (BPU) and head rest assembly (1), the head rest assembly (1) having a head rest portion (2) and a side impact portion (3), the head rest assembly (1) being secured or securable to the seat (S), and being movable towards and away from a seat portion (SP) of the seat (S), the side impact portion (3) comprising a pair of peripheral elongate portions (3a) which are pivotable together about a common pivot axis (P) and relative to the head rest portion (2) between a first position wherein each peripheral elongate portion (3a) extends along the occupant supporting surface (BPU) of the back portion (BP) of the seat (S) toward the seat portion (SP) and a second or stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Kevin Scott Macliver
  • Patent number: 10499742
    Abstract: A mechanism for a chair is particularly suited for an office chair. In order to improve the sitting comfort of a chair, the mechanism has a base support to be placed on a chair column, a seat support disposed on the base support and movable in the longitudinal direction of the chair relative to the base support, and a backrest support which is connected to the seat support. The seat support includes first and second seat support elements. The second seat support element is movable transversely with respect to the longitudinal direction of the chair relative to the first seat support element and/or the backrest support includes first and second backrest support elements. The second backrest support element is rotatable relative to the first backrest support element about a rotational axis which lies in the longitudinal direction of the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: BOCK 1 GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hermann Bock, Martin Ballendat
  • Patent number: 10500994
    Abstract: A temperature controlled ventilation system for a vehicle seating assembly which includes a thermoelectric module. A thermoelectric device is disposed within a housing which includes a first chamber, a second chamber, an inlet port, a first outlet port disposed in the first chamber, and a second outlet port disposed in the second chamber. An inlet tube is coupled to the inlet port. An air mover is used for moving air through the inlet tube, into the inlet port and into the first and second chambers. The thermoelectric device is selectively and alternatively operable to cool air in the first chamber and to heat air in the second chamber or to heat air in the first chamber and to cool air in the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 10494062
    Abstract: A marine seat assembly is used in connection with a boat. The marine seat assembly comprises a hollow tubular metal frame with an upright portion and a seat portion. A plurality of polymer frame panels is disposed on the frame, using fasteners and adhesive to form a composite structure. A pair of armrests mounted on the frame pivot upward when not used. A bolster is pivotally mounted on bolster hinges for pivotal movement from in front of the seat, to above the seat. The bolster hinges are mounted sufficiently inboard of the bolster sides so as to preclude insertion of fingers in the bolster hinges, thereby avoiding injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Kohen, Kirk Owens
  • Patent number: 10493870
    Abstract: A vehicle seat recliner for reclining a seat back with respect to a seat base, includes an internal gear member, an external gear member, a drive member, a lock member, a biasing member, and a cover. The drive member causes relative rotation between the internal gear member and the external gear member. The lock member and the biasing member operate for selectively locking and unlocking relative rotation between the internal gear member and the external gear member. The cover covers an outside of the external gear member. The outside of the external gear member includes fitting projections, wherein the fitting projections project toward the cover, and are arranged concentrically. Each of the fitting projections includes a radial inside fixed to the cover by press-fitting and recess-projection fitting, and includes a radial outside configured to be fitted to a mounting hole of the second frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: TF-METAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kunihisa Oishi
  • Patent number: 10493867
    Abstract: An adjusting device (3), for a vehicle seat (1), includes at least one first adjusting element (5), at least one second adjusting element (7) that moves relative to the first adjusting element (5), a spindle (11) associated with the first adjusting element (5) and having an outer thread (13) for cooperating with an inner thread (64) of a spindle nut (60) associated with the second adjusting element (7). A base body (62) of the spindle nut (60) is made of metal, in particular steel, and at least sections of the inner thread (64) of the spindle nut (60) is made of a plastic or is covered with a plastic layer. A vehicle seat (1) is also provided having an adjusting device (3) of this type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.à.r.l.
    Inventors: Andreas Hoffmann, David Balzar
  • Patent number: 10492613
    Abstract: A furniture member may include a seat assembly and a legrest assembly. The seat assembly includes a seat bottom and a seatback. The legrest assembly may include a legrest platform and articulating arm assemblies. Each articulating arm assembly may include first and second link-housings and first and second control links. The first link-housings may be rotatably attached to the seat bottom. The second link-housings may be rotatably attached to respective first link-housings and the legrest platform. The first control links may be disposed within respective first link-housings. Rotation of the first link-housings relative to the seat bottom may cause relative movement between the first control links and the first link-housings and relative movement between the first control links and the second link-housings. The second control links may be disposed at least partially within respective second link-housings and may be movably coupled to the second link-housings and to the legrest platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: La-Z-Boy Incorporated
    Inventors: Larry P. LaPointe, Chad E. Adams, Gerald G. Stotz
  • Patent number: 10486555
    Abstract: A seat 1 has a seat cushion 2 and a seat back 3 and is mounted on a vehicle such as a car. A reclining mechanism 4 capable of adjusting the tilt angle of the seat back 3 is provided between the seat cushion 2 and the seat back 3. The reclining mechanism 4 has a seat driving device 21 provided with an electric motor 22 and a speed reduction mechanism 23. The speed reduction mechanism 23 has a worm shaft 45 connected to a motor shaft 34 of the motor 22 and a worm wheel 47 meshed with a worm 46 of the worm shaft 45. The worm 46 is a multi-thread worm having two or more threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignees: MITSUBA CORPORATION, NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naohiro Iwatate, Junichi Busujima, Kenichi Katsube, Takeshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10485719
    Abstract: A seating unit includes: a base; a frame including opposed arms; a backrest; a seat, the seat including a front portion and a rear portion; a footrest; a lift mechanism attached to the base, the frame and the seat; a lift drive unit attached to the lift mechanism; a reclining mechanism attached to the seat and the backrest; a recline drive unit attached to the reclining mechanism; a footrest mechanism attached to the base and the footrest; and a footrest drive unit attached to the footrest mechanism. The lift mechanism controls the movement of the frame, seat and backrest between an upright position and a lift position. The reclining mechanism is configured to control the movement of the backrest and seat between the upright position and a reclined position. The footrest mechanism is configured to control the movement of the footrest between the upright position and an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ultra-Mek, Inc.
    Inventor: Marcus L. Murphy
  • Patent number: 10486567
    Abstract: A hinge and armrest assembly is provided with a stationary portion and a reclining portion. The stationary portion is affixed to a seat bottom and the reclining portion is affixed to a seat back. A link is coupled to the fixed portion on one end and a rotating cage on the opposite end. The rotating cage is located and overlays an armrest receiving portion on the reclining portion. An armrest has a pin that extends through the armrest receiving portion and rotating cage. As the reclining portion rotates with respect to the stationary portion, the rotating cage rotates to maintain the angle of the armrest to the fixed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy J. Roeglin, Scott J. Shrock
  • Patent number: 10486574
    Abstract: A vehicle footrest device including: a footrest; and a footrest moving mechanism including: a rail fixed on a vehicle floor and extending in a front and rear direction; a slider configured to be guided so as to be slidable in the front and rear direction along the rail; and a variable-length arm bridged in a height direction between the slider and a vehicle seat and configured to change a bridging length between the slider and the vehicle seat by a sliding displacement of the variable-length arm in response to a forward and rearward movement of the slider, wherein the footrest is connected to the variable-length arm, and a position in the front and rear direction and an inclination angle of the footrest to the vehicle floor are configured to be changed according to a movement of the variable-length arm caused by the forward and rearward movement of the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Fumitoshi Akaike, Hiroshi Tsuji, Yasuhiro Kato
  • Patent number: 10486558
    Abstract: A turntable assembly for a vehicle includes a base that couples to a support structure, a network of rails that includes lateral rails, longitudinal rails, and diagonal rails, and a locking mechanism that is coupled to the base and is actuatable between engaged and disengaged positions with the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, Rahul Arora, Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad