Patents Examined by Milton Nelson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11001181
    Abstract: A vehicle seat including a seat back in which a seat back frame that is a flat plate is provided, wherein a reinforcement portion is provided to a surface of the seat back frame, the surface requiring reinforcement, and the reinforcement portion protruding in a shape of a line along the surface requiring the reinforcement from the surface requiring the reinforcement, and at least a part of the reinforcement portion is a stepped portion that is provided to continue from the other portion of the reinforcement portion and has a protruding height lower than a protruding height of the other portion, the protruding height being a height from the surface requiring the reinforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignees: TS TECH CO., LTD., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kei Okuma, Naoya Nishimoto, Hisato Oku, Shingo Baba
  • Patent number: 10994640
    Abstract: Arm support (12) for an armrest (10), comprising a frame (19) that comprises connectors for the fixed or moveable attachment to a structure, in particular to a structure of a vehicle, wherein the frame comprises longitudinal bars (23, 24) and cross bars (21, 22) that are connected to one another with connectors (25, 26, 27, 28). The particularity is that at least a first type of connector is provided that is connectable with at least one longitudinal bar (23, 24) selected from a set of longitudinal bars of different length, and/or with at least one cross bar (21, 22) selected from a set of cross bars of different length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventors: James Powell, Joe Cahill, Aaron Cubells, Gary Kosnik, Don Kromm
  • Patent number: 10988057
    Abstract: A child safety seat comprising a seat body and first and second side wings depending from the seat body, the first and second side wings each comprising an outwardly facing exterior surface, an impact energy absorbing device depending from at least a part of the exterior surface of the first and second side wings, the impact energy absorbing device comprising a hollow and/or gas, liquid, gel or other energy absorbing material filled shell of deformable material formed by blow moulding, comprising an outwardly facing surface and an inwardly or occupant facing surface, and a plurality of energy absorbing elements in the form of recesses extending into the shell from the inwardly facing surface toward the outwardly facing surface; wherein the impact absorbing system is adapted to absorb impact through a combination of the shell plastically or elastically deforming, cushioning, rupturing, deflating or bursting, and the plurality of energy absorbing elements cooperatively plastically or elastically deforming, cush
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: Wieslaw Maciejczyk
  • Patent number: 10988106
    Abstract: A seat belt safety apparatus for a vehicle is provided and implements both of the functions of a retractor and a pretensioner in a structure with a seat belt disposed in a seat. The functions of a retractor and a pretensioner are separated in the seat belt safety apparatus to reduce the installation space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Hyun Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 10986938
    Abstract: A chair for particular use in clinical or hospital environments has a frame to which a support material is secured. The support material may form a chair back and/or a seat for the chair to provide support to the chair occupant. The support material may be made from a textile that includes copper containing particles such as copper iodide or copper oxide within the textile fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: VIA, INC.
    Inventor: John Charles Hepler
  • Patent number: 10974626
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes a seatback having an interior portion and a seat portion having an interior portion. A belt member includes first and second ends and a deployable portion disposed therebetween. The deployable portion is operable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The deployable portion of the belt member is disposed within the interior portion of the seatback and the interior portion of the seat portion when the deployable portion is in the stowed position. The deployable portion of the belt member is disposed outside of the interior portion of the seatback and outside of the interior portion of the seat portion when the deployable portion is in the deployed position. One or more retractor mechanisms are operably coupled to the belt member and operative to retract a portion of the deployable portion of the belt member after or during deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Yilma, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Johnathan Andrew Line, Sean Bayle West, Edward Joseph DeSmet, William Jerome Olsen, S. M. Akbar Berry
  • Patent number: 10974624
    Abstract: An impact absorption assembly for a seat back is provided having a deformation zone as least partially disposed above a top surface of a seat back structure. The deformation zone deforms plastically upon an impact from a rearward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Harald Fischer, Jaroslav Solc, Ulrich Schneider, Raphael Markert, Dorit Bachmann, Sybille Bruns
  • Patent number: 10973328
    Abstract: A furniture item comprises various components for assembly thereof. The furniture items include a substantially flat seat portion, a substantially flat back portion, connectors for securing the flat seat portion to the flat back portion, and a plurality of legs for attachment to the seat portion. Cushions are provided and may be configured to form barriers for use adjacent the seat portion and the back portion when packed in a container. Additionally, compressed and sealed cushions may also be provided to form barriers for use adjacent the seat portion and back portion when packed in a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: NOBLE HOUSE HOME FURNISHINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Siew Kin Tham
  • Patent number: 10973329
    Abstract: An article of furniture includes a seat frame, first and second spaced apart seat connectors, a plurality of elongated seat panels, first and second spaced apart back post connectors, and a plurality of elongated back panels. The seat connectors and the back connectors include an upper bulbous member, a lower bulbous member, and a web disposed therebetween. The panels include first and second spaced apart channels therein with cutouts extending from the channels and opening onto a surface of the seat panels. The channels of the seat panels are receivable on the upper bulbous members of the spaced apart seat connectors to form a seat, and the channels of the back panels are receivable on the front bulbous members of the spaced apart back connectors to form a back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: TELESCOPE CASUAL FURNITURE, INC.
    Inventor: Jacob S. Warren
  • Patent number: 10966526
    Abstract: Furniture is described having an extendable footrest. The footrest has a main panel and a flipper panel. In an extended position of the footrest, the top surfaces of the panels are approximately horizontal and co-planar, the main panel being proximate to a seat portion of the furniture. In a retracted position of the footrest, the top surface of the main panel is approximately vertical and the top surface of the flipper panel is approximately horizontal and facing in a downward direction. The footrest projects substantially 20? or more from the front of the seat portion in the extended position, and substantially 7? or less is provided between the floor and the apparent bottom edge of the footrest when retracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: American Leather Operations, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas A. Garland
  • Patent number: 10967767
    Abstract: Disclosed is a connector, comprising a base including one or more supports extending from the base, a diverter that is offset from the base via the one or more supports, and a passage defined in the base having a size that is substantially the same as a size of the diverter. The diverter is configured to extend through a layer in a climate control device. The diverter restricts the layer from obstructing the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: GENTHERM AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS (CHINA) LTD.
    Inventors: Haiming Yang, Tong Yu
  • Patent number: 10967770
    Abstract: A bracket for attaching an actuator is easily bonded to a side frame while avoiding interference with a shaft for driving a reclining mechanism. In a seat side frame which is provided at each of both ends of a seat back frame in the width direction, a reclining mechanism, and an actuator, the reclining mechanism is attached to a side wall of the side frame, and the actuator is fixed to an attachment bracket bonded to an inner surface of a portion to which the reclining mechanism is attached in the side wall in the width direction. An upper portion which is disposed above the attachment portion of the reclining mechanism and a lower portion which is disposed below the attachment portion thereof are connected to each other at the rear ends thereof and are separated from each other at the front ends thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masayuki Hoshi
  • Patent number: 10960791
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat base operably coupled with a seatback and an anchor housing operably coupled with one of the seat base and the seatback. The anchor housing includes a body defining a cavity and a slot in communication with the cavity. First and second sidewalls of the body define first and second receiving wells, respectively. A cam includes first and second arms that include first and second protrusions, respectively. The first and second protrusions are configured to be received by the first and second receiving wells, respectively. The cam is positioned within the cavity of the body and is rotatable between an open position and a closed position. An anchor extends between the seat base and the seatback and is operably coupled with the anchor housing when the cam is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Philip Skinner, Kurt Leon Kormos, Curtis Stanhope
  • Patent number: 10960805
    Abstract: A locking block is fixed with respect to a seat cushion. A locking pin which can advance and retract relative to the locking block is provided on a main frame side. A V groove shape receptacle is formed on the locking block. When the locking pin is advanced into the receptacle portion, the locking pin is guided by a receiving inclined surface of the receptacle portion forming the V-shape groove, and advances to a bottom of the receptacle portion. With this process, the locking block moves in a rotational direction B, and when the locking pin engages the bottom, the seat cushion is fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuya Nagai, Takashi Sugimoto, Osamu Oda, Kohshi Katoh, Akira Takinami, Masatoshi Hada
  • Patent number: 10959526
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a folding chair comprising a seat plate, a back plate, two front legs, and two rear legs. Each of the two front legs is connected with a joint. The joint is disposed between the back plate and the seat plate, and the joint extends rearward to form an extension portion. A rear end of the extension portion is rotatably connected to a top end of a corresponding one of the two rear legs, and a barrier extends from a rear edge of each of the two front legs or a front edge of each of the two rear legs. When the folding chair is folded, the barrier separates each of the two front legs from a corresponding one of the two rear legs and provides an accommodation space for fingers between each of the two front legs and the corresponding one of the two rear legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: New-Tec Integration (Xiamen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Luhao Leng
  • Patent number: 10959524
    Abstract: A piece of seating furniture with a base for setting up in a fixed position, a seating element tiltable in relation to the base and having a seating surface, and a leg support element movable in relation to the seating element and having a leg support surface. The leg support element is connected to the seating element via a link gear, wherein the leg support element is movable between a storage position and a use position via the link gear. An electric motor is provided below the seating surface, which acts on the link gear via a push rod. To connect the leg support element to the seating element, the link gear has a pivoting link which, during the transfer of the leg support element from the storage position into the use position, is arranged in part in a slot partially penetrating the leg support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: BEHEERMAATSCHAPPIJ VERMEULEN BEESD B.V.
    Inventor: Matthias Fischer
  • Patent number: 10953988
    Abstract: A headrest for a seat assembly includes a central main body having a first side and a second side that is opposite from the first side. A first lateral stabilizer is moveably coupled to the first side of the central main body. The first lateral stabilizer is distinct from the central main body. A second lateral stabilizer is moveably coupled to the second side of the central main body. The second lateral stabilizer is distinct from the central main body. The first lateral stabilizer and the second lateral stabilizer are movable between retracted positions and stabilizing positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Ryan C. Canton, Daniel G. Etcheto
  • Patent number: 10946776
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes a base frame and first and second guide brackets coupled to opposed sides of the base frame. The first and second guide brackets each include slots disposed therethrough. First and second support brackets are slideably mounted to the slots of the first and second guide brackets, respectively. A seat portion includes a seat frame that is pivotally coupled to the first and second support brackets at opposed first and second ends of the seat frame. The seat frame is configured to pivot with respect to the first and second support brackets between use and upright non-use positions. The base frame is rotatably supported on a swivel mechanism for rotation of the seat assembly between forward-facing and rearward-facing configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Michael Kish, Jeffrey Gabalski, Johnathan Andrew Line, Joshua Gauthier, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Spencer Robert Hoernke
  • Patent number: 10940782
    Abstract: A vehicle bucket seat (1) has a seat face (2) and a backrest (3). The backrest (3) has a shoulder support (4) and a head support (5). The shoulder support (4) has a shoulder rest (14) and right and left shoulder flanks (24) arranged to the right and left of the shoulder rest (14) in a laterally projecting manner. The head support (5) has a headrest (15) and right and left head flanks (25) arranged to the right and left of the headrest (15) in a laterally projecting manner. Reinforcing structures (6) run from the head flanks (25) toward an attaching structure (7) on the shoulder rest (14) for fixing the vehicle bucket seat (1) on a vehicle supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventors: Christoph Kutscheid, Martin Kinscher, Livio Galassi
  • Patent number: 10933775
    Abstract: On each of the two longitudinal sides of the cushion (2) of a seat (1) there is provided a front mechanism (4) and a rear lever (5) to move the seat, varying the height and inclination thereof. The rear lever (5) is hinged to the cushion (2) and to a rear supporting bracket (7). The hinging axis (a1) between the rear lever (5) and the cushion (2), is located at a lower position than the horizontal hinging axis (a2) between the rear lever (5) and the rear supporting bracket (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Pier Guido Castelli