Patents Examined by Philip F Gabler
  • Patent number: 10814748
    Abstract: A vehicle seat structure including a first seat and a second seat, wherein the first seat includes: a tilting rotation mechanism configured to connect the first seat with respect to a floor in a manner switchable between a sitting position and a raised position; and a pivoting mechanism configured to pivotably connect the first seat to the floor with the tilting rotation mechanism provided therebetween, and wherein the second seat includes a concave portion configured to reduce interference between the second seat and a forefoot of a sitting occupant of the first seat which is being pivoted in the raised position when the second seat and the first seat are in a positional relationship in which the second seat overlaps, in a plan view, with a pivoting trajectory of the forefoot of the sitting occupant of the first seat which is being pivoted in the raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Fumitoshi Akaike, Hiroshi Tsuji, Keisuke Toda, Hajime Takagi
  • Patent number: 10814761
    Abstract: A vehicle seat having a backrest, a seat extending in a transverse direction from a first side edge to a second side edge, and a seat module. The armrest module includes a body and an armrest supported by this body, and is able to move relative to the seat between a home position where the armrest laterally extends the seat or is lower than the seat so as to be able to receive an occupant, and a rest position where the armrest is higher than the seat so as to be able to receive the arm of the occupant sitting on the seat. The armrest module has a substantially flat shape in a vertical plane, and has a thickness extending in the transverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: FAURECIA SI√ąGES D'AUTOMOBILE
    Inventors: Christophe Cazes, Claude Duboulet, Jacques Robert
  • Patent number: 10807719
    Abstract: An adjustable headrest assembly attachable to a seat back and including a linear slide and rotating links that allow the headrest to translate forward, laterally and/or about axes parallel to the seat back to provide head support in various positions. The headrest may further include lateral parts independently adjustable in angle relative to a center part to provide enhanced lateral head support. The adjustable headrest assembly is attachable to a front side of a seat back or to other adjustment mechanisms such as a vertical adjustment mechanism for moving the headrest assembly up or down relative to a seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Jackson R. Wanner, Matthew T. Greninger
  • Patent number: 10799018
    Abstract: A folding desk and chair apparatus. The apparatus includes a base. The base itself is defined by a pair of opposing lateral rails that are affixed together by a plurality of base supports. A chair is formed by a chair platform that is pivotally affixed to a pair of chair supports. Each chair support is pivotally connected to each opposing lateral rail. A desk comprising a desk platform is pivotally affixed to a pair of distal ends of a pair of desk supports. Each desk support is pivotally connected to each opposing lateral rail. A plurality of notches is placed on a top edge of the pair of opposing lateral rails. A desk security rod is disposed on a pair of proximal ends of the pair of desk supports. The desk security rod is sized to rest within a pair of notches of the plurality of notches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Rafael Ortega
  • Patent number: 10793103
    Abstract: A method of using a vehicle restraint device, including a vehicle safety belt having an adjustable safety belt connected to a vehicle seat such that a first end of the safety belt is connected to a seat belt anchor and a second end of the safety belt is connected to an upper seat portion, a strap extension having a lower attachment device connected to a first end of the extension such that the lower attachment device is located between the seat belt anchor and a hip area of the end user and an upper attachment device is connected to a second end of the extension, wherein the lower and upper attachment devices are located on the extension in an orientation that is substantially parallel to the safety belt and the lower attachment device and the upper attachment device allow the extension to be removed from the safety belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Kukielka, Maciej Luczak, Norbert Galuszewski
  • Patent number: 10793028
    Abstract: A seat adjuster assembly including a housing, a worm, a worm gear, and a spindle screw is provided. The worm is disposed within the housing for rotation about a first axis and includes a helical thread. The worm gear is disposed within the housing for rotation about a second axis and is meshingly-engaged with the worm. The spindle screw extends through the housing and the worm gear for rotation about the second axis. The spindle screw is meshingly-engaged with the worm gear. The helical thread of the worm may be longitudinally crowned or double-crowned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER & COMPANY, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Mircea Napau, Doina Napau, Ileana Dacia Napau, Ioan Napau, Dean Lenane, Matthew Essian, Antal Teer, Sapan Poptani, Radu Calin Napau-Stoica
  • Patent number: 10787148
    Abstract: A transport system and method for securely transporting subjects such as prisoners or persons that include a belt and a slideably engagable channel positioned across a part of a vehicle seat or bench for securing the belt and subject within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: SIRCHIE ACQUISITION COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: John G Roby, Neil Smith, Jr., Dan Nichols
  • Patent number: 10787105
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly is provided including a back panel formed of an aluminum alloy material that is stamped to form an aluminum alloy stamped back panel. The aluminum alloy stamped back panel has a periphery and with fastening locations inwardly of the periphery. A backrest frame is provided comprising steel tubes. A plurality of fastening connections fix the back panel to the backrest frame at the fastening locations. A process is provided for forming a vehicle seat assembly including stamping an aluminum alloy sheet to form an aluminum alloy, stamped, back panel with a periphery and with fastening locations inwardly of the periphery, providing a backrest frame comprising steel tubes, providing a plurality of steel fasteners and fixing the aluminum alloy stamped back panel to the backrest frame with the fasteners at the fastening locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Adient Engineering and IP GmbH
    Inventors: Yannis Poulos, Miodrag Petrovich, Ryan Schilling, Lucas Porinsky, Edward J. Lamont
  • Patent number: 10787103
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a seat frame including a waist portion supporting member having a smaller size while stably supporting a waist portion of an occupant. A vehicle seat frame serving as a frame for a vehicle seat includes a seat cushion frame forming a frame of a sitting part of the vehicle seat, a seatback frame forming a frame of a backrest part of the vehicle seat, and a waist portion supporting member coupled to a lower frame which is included in the seatback frame. The waist portion supporting member has a coupling region extending in the seat width direction, the coupling region being coupled to the lower frame, and a waist portion supporting region extending from the coupling region toward the seat cushion frame and supporting a waist portion of an occupant. The waist portion supporting region is longer in the seat width direction than the coupling region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuta Kijima, Takanori Yamaguchi, Wataru Nishii, Satoshi Fujita
  • Patent number: 10781898
    Abstract: A motorized positioning apparatus for a seating unit includes a motor assembly that is configured to move a linkage assembly though a series of positions that arrange the seating unit in a closed position, open position, or extended position. The motor assembly attaches directly to a footrest drive link by way of a mounting tube. In addition, the motor assembly may attach either to a base rail of the seating unit or to a rear pivot link by way of a rear mounting tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: L&P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventors: Gregory Lawson, Michael Crum
  • Patent number: 10779660
    Abstract: An infant swing rocking chair includes a frame, two rocking bars and a chair assembly. The two front legs are arc posts protruding forward; the front legs and rear legs are hinged through the leg joint, and the front legs and the rear legs have two working positions of unfolding & supporting and folding; the rocking bar has the working position of rocking and the working position of locating; the bottom of each rocking bar is hinged with the chair assembly through the chair joint to make the chair assembly have the working position for the swing and the working position for the rocking chair; and the infant swing rocking chair has two use modes: a swing and a rocking chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: KUNSHAN LUCKY CHILD PRODUCT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Joe Zou
  • Patent number: 10773620
    Abstract: A seat cover comprises a seat bottom overlay configured to cover a seat bottom of a seat; a seat back overlay configured to cover a seat back of the seat; and an anchor system the keeps the seat bottom and back overlays in position on the seat. The anchor system comprises a rigid anchor; a drawstring sleeve on the seat bottom overlay or the seat back overlay; and a drawstring connected to the anchor and passing through the drawstring sleeve. When tightened, the drawstring urges the anchor against a rear of the seat to help hold the seat bottom overlay and seat back overlay in place on the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Lynn Curtis Strong, Vicki Sickler
  • Patent number: 10772434
    Abstract: Various aspects of the present disclosure are directed toward apparatuses, systems, and methods that include a chair for assembly by a user. The chair for assembly by a user may include a bracket configured to releasably couple an arm rest assembly to a chair seat and facilitate adjusting a width for the arm rest assembly relative to the chair seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: HNI Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Corey Susie, Bradley D. Malli, Trevor J. Roose
  • Patent number: 10772428
    Abstract: A stool comprises a height-adjustable seat. The seat is coupled to a stem of the stool using a ball and socket mechanism. The ball and socket mechanism enables the seat to be tiltable up to 20 degrees in all directions about a vertical axis. The ball and socket mechanism aids in providing the seated individual with an increased range of motion. The range of tiltable motion can be adjusted using an adjustment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Virco Mfg. Corporation
    Inventors: John Gregory, Jamie Toland
  • Patent number: 10772429
    Abstract: A novel sling assembly and corresponding method of stretching sling fabric are disclosed. The assembly preferably comprises a chassis with opposing rails connected by a cross bar. A sling frame having opposing stretch bars connected by a stretchable fabric is disposed over the chassis in a pre-assembled position. A cam lock is inserted into a key hole cut into at least one of the rails; the cam lock is then rotated away from the central axis of the key hole. An engagement member extending from at least one of the stretch bars is then inserted into the key hole. The sling fabric may now be stretched by rotating the cam lock toward the central axis of the key hole to move the engagement member along the key hole until the fabric is taut. The taut fabric is held in place by the engaged cam lock, whereby the assembly is kept in its stretched, fully assembled position. The invention's unique structure thus advantageously makes sling fabric replacement convenient, quick, and without the need for special tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Richard Holbrook, Darren Mark
  • Patent number: 10766393
    Abstract: A cup holder assembly for a seat assembly of a vehicle includes a side shield and a net. The side shield includes an inner surface, an outer surface, a curved indentation wall extending from the outer surface, and a bottom wall. The net has an upper edge, a lower edge, and a pair of side edges. The lower edge has a length less than a length of the upper edge. The lower edge and the pair of side edges of the net engage with the outer surface of the side shield to bound at least a portion of the curved indentation wall. The net includes an apex that extends outwardly beyond the outer surface such that the net is configured to retain an object within the cup holder assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Shelby L. Brown, Lindsay A. Babian, Hamshivraj Dhamrat, Robert J. Hazlewood
  • Patent number: 10765218
    Abstract: A chair assembly (1) of a chair or an armchair comprises a seat body (2), a backrest body (6), a locking and adjustment device (4), and a backrest support (10). The backrest support (10) is engaged with an articulated parallelogram that allows the position of the backrest body (6) to be changed while keeping it parallel to itself. The backrest support (10) further comprises spring return means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Donati S.P.A.
    Inventor: Armando Donati
  • Patent number: 10759317
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat cushion, a seatback, and a headrest. At least one of the seat cushion, the seatback, and the headrest includes a fixed part and a movable part. The fixed part and the movable part that is mounted so as to be movable relative to the fixed part are provided adjacent to each other. A border between the movable part and the fixed part is exposed to an outside of the seat. A movable-side edge of the movable part and a fixed-side edge of the fixed part are disposed adjacent to each other along a direction of movement of the movable part so as to form at least a part of the border exposed to the outside of the seat. The movable part moves relative to the fixed part while keeping a constant clearance between the movable-side edge and the fixed-side edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Iwao Matsushima
  • Patent number: 10752143
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a pair of side frames arranged at a distance from each other in a width direction and each including a front frame portion and a rear frame portion, and a cushion panel arranged between the pair of side frames. A rear portion of the front frame portion is provided with a rear upper fitting portion extending in the width direction and a rear lower fitting portion extending in the width direction. A front portion of the rear frame portion is provided with a front upper fitting portion extending in the width direction and fitted to the rear upper fitting portion, and a front lower fitting portion extending in the width direction and fitted to the rear lower fitting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takuya Inoue, Kazunobu Nuno
  • Patent number: 10752132
    Abstract: A deployable working surface is provided for use in a reconfigurable passenger cabin of a personal automotive vehicle. The vehicle includes a first seat that can rotate to an inwardly-rotated position. The working surface is provided by a panel that is mounted on a second seat for movement between a stowed position and a working position. This movement includes vertical movement and rotational movement about a vertical axis. When the panel is in the working position, the working surface extends in a radial direction that is perpendicular to the direction the first seat is facing when in the rotated position and is positioned higher that an occupant seating surface of the first seat and in front of a backrest of the first seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: FAURECIA INTERIOR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Fitzpatrick, Markus Uhlig, Desmond O'Regan, Matthew Benson, Fabrice Aycoberry