Patents Examined by Mark R Wendell
  • Patent number: 10479248
    Abstract: A vehicle seat including: a surface cover covering a surface of the vehicle seat; a pad; a shape change unit including an air bag configured to expand and contract and configured to change a shape of the surface of the vehicle seat; and a buffer member provided between the air bag and the surface cover, wherein the buffer member is configured to be deformed elastically by expansion and contraction of the air bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideyuki Izukawa
  • Patent number: 10471855
    Abstract: A cushion frame for a conveyance seat is provided. The cushion frame comprises a first and a second side frame; a connecting member that couples the first side frame to the second side frame; a fixing bracket that comprises a first and a second fixing part; and a belt anchor that is disposed in the fixing bracket and is coupled to a seat belt. The first fixing part comprises a first plate-surface that is substantially parallel to a seat-width axis. The second fixing part comprises a second plate-surface that is substantially perpendicular to the first plate-surface and is situated in the opposite side of the second side frame across the first side frame. The belt anchor is fixed to the second fixing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masayuki Niwa
  • Patent number: 10471870
    Abstract: A suspension member for a seat assembly includes a plurality of zones which define spatially varying properties of the suspension member. Each of the zones produces a response to an occupant load imposed on the seat assembly by a seated occupant, where the response includes one or more of a stiffness response, an energy dissipation response, and a thermal response. The response produced by each zone is different from the response produced from any other of the zones. The suspension member can be made of a homogenous material or made of a combination of materials such that each zone is made of a different material. The suspension member can include a textile material formed by weaving, knitting or crocheting. At least one zone of the suspension member can include one or more apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Nilesh D. Mankame, Onkar S. Akolkar
  • Patent number: 10470575
    Abstract: A folding chair comprising: a first structure including a pair of front legs and a backrest, a second structure including a pair of rear legs movable with respect to the first structure between an open position and a closed position, and a seat movable about an articulation axis between a lowered position and a raised position, wherein the seat comprises: a support frame pivoting about said articulation axis between a lowered position and a raised position, a seating element movable with respect to the support frame along a direction transverse with respect to said articulation axis, and at least one transmission mechanism configured to move the seating element along said direction between a first position corresponding to the lowered position of the support frame and a second position corresponding to the raised position of the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: PROCORD S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giancarlo Piretti
  • Patent number: 10464454
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is provided that includes a seat base, a cushion on the seat base, one or more channels formed in the cushion, and a moisture sensor located in the seat base to sense liquid in the one or more channels. The sensed liquid indicates a wet seat condition which may be used to control usage of the seat and drying of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Halonen, Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, David Brian Glickman, Anthony Richard Walser, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 10463158
    Abstract: A wall-mounted foldable chair has: a supporting frame, a rotatable frame, and a seating member. The supporting frame is provided with the two assembling bars fixed on a wall surface, the other end of the supporting frame is connected with an axial tube. The two assembling bars are parallel to each other, the shaft tube is provided with a shaft rod, and the shaft rod is rotatably pivoted to the connecting rod. The rotatable frame is provided with a rotation shaft and at least two supporting leg member parallel to the rotation shaft, the two supporting leg member is capable of standing on the ground, and a connecting bar is horizontally disposed between the two supporting leg members for pivoting at the other end of the connecting rod. The seating member is provided with a pad member and the two secure bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: YO YUH INST. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yong-Hao Lin
  • Patent number: 10463155
    Abstract: A chair can include armrest apparatuses. Each of the armrest apparatuses can be configured so an arm pad is connectable to an armrest without the use of a mechanical fastener (e.g. a screw, a bolt, etc.) and without the use of an adhesive or welding, and without the use of mechanical tools (e.g. screw driver, hammer, etc.) by use of interlocking mating profiles defined in the structure of the arm pad and structure of the armrest to which the arm pad is attached. Embodiments of the chair can be configured as a side chair, task chair, or other type of chair having at least one armrest or other type of armrest apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Knoll, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Blair Hector, Christopher Flynn
  • Patent number: 10457311
    Abstract: A frame structure of a perambulator, a child seat, an infant carrier or the like, includes a profiled frame element which along a profile direction of the frame element has a substantially constant cross-section, wherein the profiled frame element includes an at least predominantly closed cross-section, and wherein the profiled fame element has an inwardly projecting first protrusion which is configured to be brought into engagement with a fastening arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: EMMALJUNGA BARNVAGNSFABRIK AB
    Inventors: Brendon Vermillion, Joakim Edvardsson, Martin Jonasson, Christian Persson
  • Patent number: 10455947
    Abstract: A chair has a base and a support articulated thereon. The support is coupled to a seat and supports the seat. The seat is connected to the support rotatably or pivotably around a rotation axis between a sitting position and a raised position, and the support has at least one receiving region for aligned abutment of a juxtaposed chair of identical design. Provision is made in this context that in the raised position, the seat is pivoted out of the receiving region of the support and exposes the receiving region. The result is to create a chair that, for storage, can be juxtaposed in space-saving fashion with chairs of identical design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: STÖRIKO PRODUCT DESIGN GMBH
    Inventor: Andreas Störiko
  • Patent number: 10457176
    Abstract: Provided is a conveyance seat configured for adjustment of a deflection amount of a seat forming the conveyance seat, i.e., cushion properties of the seat. The conveyance seat includes a seat frame and a buffering body bridged over the seat frame configured to elastically support a seated occupant. The buffering body has a wire having both end portions attached to the seat frame, and a back restriction member configured to support at least a portion of the wire to restrict deflection of the portion of the wire. The wire includes a first right-to-left extending portion and a second right-to-left extending portion that extend in a seat right-to-left direction, and a coupling portion coupling the first right-to-left extending portion and the second right-to-left extending portion. The back restriction member is made of a resin material, and supports the first right-to-left extending portion and the second right-to-left extending portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignees: TS Tech Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Onuma, Ryuhei Abe, Taiji Misono, Toshimitsu Mizukoshi, Masaki Shimazu, Akira Nakajima, Yuki Fukuda, Hiromitsu Nagatomo
  • Patent number: 10448741
    Abstract: A collapsible support structure includes a plurality of platform assemblies, a handle assembly, and an axle assembly. In use, the collapsible support structure may folded from a deployed position in which it rolls along a surface to transport items, to a stowed position, in which it is collapsed in a compact geometry for storage. The collapsible support structure includes at least one support member removably coupled to one of the platform assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: SUNNY FOLD LLC
    Inventor: Joseph E. Panigot
  • Patent number: 10442332
    Abstract: A seat backrest is provided, comprising a framework (1) including an upper portion (10), a lower portion (20), a central support portion (40) and two side portions (30) formed integrally by injection molding a thermoplastic material; and an elongated reinforcement (60) embedded in the side portion (30) and the central support portion (40) by overmolding and extending along the side portion (30), the reinforcement (60) being configured to bend along a boundary (35) between the side portion (30) and the central support portion (40). A seat including the backrest is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Hee Won Seo, Martin Baumert, Tsung-Chieh Cheng, Sangcheol Jun, Daewoo Lee, Sunghyun Kang
  • Patent number: 10442326
    Abstract: A lifter mechanism for an edge of a seat cushion includes a bracket pivotable about a transverse bar. The bracket includes a forward lever and a rearward portion. The forward lever is coupled to a channel within a flange of a seat suspension. The rearward portion is coupled to a linkage. The linkage is coupled to a seatback. The forward lever raises an edge of the seat suspension upon the seatback pivoting to a predetermined reclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Jimmy Moua, Adam Ewel, Corbin Shea Johnston, Robert Damerow, Paul Iacoban, S. M. Akbar Berry
  • Patent number: 10434904
    Abstract: An adequate mechanical stiffness and strength are afforded to a tumble seat or a vehicle seat having a latch mechanism provided in a rear end of the seat cushion. A cushion frame (F1) of the seat includes a side frame (5) extending in a fore and aft direction, and the side frame includes a first member (10) comprising a channel member having an open side facing sideways and a second member (11) attached to the first member so as to form a closed cross section jointly with the first member, and extending downward further than the first member. A latch mechanism is positioned under the first member and attached to the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shoma Sato
  • Patent number: 10433645
    Abstract: Seating device (1) comprising a base plate (2) for a user to sit on and a pelvic support (3) for supporting in a vertical position the pelvis of a user sitting on said base plate (2) without supporting or immobilising said user's vertebrae, wherein said pelvic support (3) is configured for contacting said pelvis (9) at the posterior superior iliac spines (PSIS) (91) and/or at the iliac crests (92), without any contact to said user's vertebrae wherein said seating device is configured for maintaining an angle of 93° to 97° between the vertically supported pelvis (9) and the femoral bones of said user. In embodiments, the seating device includes a mechanism to encourage the user's upper body mobility, for example a convex base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Solvaseat SA
    Inventor: John St. Mary
  • Patent number: 10427611
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seatback. The seatback includes a rear portion and a substantially horizontal strap including first and second ends fixed to the rear portion. The substantially horizontal strap further includes an intermediate attachment area fixed to the rear portion between the first and second ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Vanderpool, Dustin Shedlarski, Victoria Leigh Schein, Timothy Owen Hamlin
  • Patent number: 10426267
    Abstract: A seating structure includes a body support member having laterally spaced opposite sides and longitudinally spaced ends. The body support member has a curvature in least one of the lateral and longitudinal directions, wherein the curvature is changeable between at least first and second configurations. The body support member includes a shape memory material extending in at least one of the lateral and longitudinal directions, wherein the shape memory material is attached to the body support member at two spaced apart locations. The shape memory material is contractible between at least a non-energized state and an energized state in response to an application of energy. The shape memory material biases the flexible body support member between the first and second configurations when the shape memory material is contracted to the energized state. Other office systems incorporating shape memory materials are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: STEELCASE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Norman, Timothy D. Swieter, Ryan E. Schmidt, Mark Mckenna, Robert Scheper, Bruce Smith
  • Patent number: 10427567
    Abstract: A vehicle seat cushion assembly includes a first foam pad defining a ventilating column disposed therethrough, a topper pad disposed over the first foam pad, and a second foam pad disposed adjacent the first foam pad. The second foam pad and the first foam pad define a flow channel in fluid communication with the ventilating column. A thermally conductive tape includes a thermoelectric device disposed between the first foam pad and the topper pad. The thermoelectric device is disposed near an end of the ventilating column. An air mover moves air from an air intake of the flow channel to an air exhaust of the flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Alan George Dry
  • Patent number: 10427569
    Abstract: A seat, such as a vehicle seat, includes an assembly for use in adjusting a seat support relative to a seat frame to provide a varying level of support to a seat occupant. The assembly includes a chassis mounted on the seat support, a screw drive supported on the chassis, an actuator coupled to the screw drive, a drive block engaging the screw drive, and first and second cables extending from the assembly for adjustable attachment to the seat frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: KONGSBERG AUTOMOTIVE, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Ellis, Scott Meachum
  • Patent number: 10427559
    Abstract: A child restraint includes a seat-support base adapted to be retained on a vehicle passenger seat. The child restraint also includes a juvenile seat mounted on the seat-support base and sized to seat a juvenile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert S. Anderson, David A. Lehman, Mei-Hui Lin