Patents Examined by Rodney B. White
  • Patent number: 11324326
    Abstract: A multi-directional adjustable armrest pad and a chair armrest device with an armrest pad are disclosed and three embodiments are provided. In an embodiment, the pad body can be adjusted to move in a longitudinal direction and a lateral direction, and rotate relative to the chair armrest, and the pad body can be lifted by controlling a regulating assembly, and the regulating assembly is also rotatable and pivotally swingable, so as to make the armrest pad suit placement of a user's hand when the user sits on the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventor: Wen-Ping Hsieh
  • Patent number: 11324339
    Abstract: A photographing seat assembly for taking passport photos of a child includes a seat in which a child can be positioned. A base engaged to a bottom of the seat can be positioned on a substantially horizontal surface so that the seat is supported upon the base. A panel engaged to a back of the seat provides a background for a photograph of the child positioned in the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventor: Frank Ciaramitaro
  • Patent number: 11325514
    Abstract: An armrest includes a bracket fixed to a frame of a seat, an armrest body member rotatably mounted on the bracket, a receiver coil mounted in the armrest body member, and a transmitter coil mounted in the bracket and transferring power to the receiver coil with a non-contact transmission system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD., SUMITOMO RIKO COMPANY LIMITED, TOKAI CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Yamamoto, Satoshi Yamamoto, Hideki Oshima, Takahiko Endo, Jun Jin, Keiji Makino, Takemasa Okumura
  • Patent number: 11324323
    Abstract: A body support structure includes a structural lattice structure having a first stiffness, and a compressive lattice structure supported by the structural lattice structure and having a second stiffness less than the first stiffness. A skin lattice structure is supported by the compressive lattice structure, wherein the skin lattice structure is resistant to shear deformation in response to a normal force and is expandable in a direction transverse to the normal force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: STEELCASE INC.
    Inventors: Nickolaus William Charles Deevers, Carl V. Forslund, III, John Richard Hamilton, Kurt R. Heidmann, James Ludwig, Bruce Smith, Aaron Michael Porterfield
  • Patent number: 11324322
    Abstract: A body support structure includes a shell having a central region, an outer peripheral region spaced from the central region, and at least one array extending between the central region and the outer peripheral region. The at least one array includes a plurality of spaced apart support members and at least one connector connecting adjacent support members within each array. The support members of the at least one array are progressively divided between the central portion and the outer peripheral edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: STEELCASE INC.
    Inventors: Nickolaus Williams Charles Deevers, Kurt R. Heidmann
  • Patent number: 11325508
    Abstract: A child restraint includes a seat bottom and a seat back. The seat back includes a backrest and an adjustable headrest that is mounted for up-and-down movement on the backrest by a caregiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: DOREL JUVENILE GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Jason H. Johnson, Mei-Hui Lin, Devin J. Coakley, Grant M. Mason
  • Patent number: 11318866
    Abstract: A backrest locking mechanism is adapted for a backrest and a base of a child safety seat. The backrest is detachably connected to the base, and the backrest locking mechanism includes a locking pin, a locking component and an operating component. The locking pin is disposed on one of the backrest and the base. The locking component is disposed on another one of the backrest and the base. A locking hole structure is formed on the locking component. The locking pin is configured to detachably engage with the locking hole structure. The operating component is movably disposed on the backrest or the base. The operating component drives the locking pin and the locking hole structure to engage with or disengage from each other when the operating component is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Wonderland Switzerland AG
    Inventor: Guang-Hui Zhao
  • Patent number: 11318868
    Abstract: A side-impact crash structure for a vehicle seat may be positioned in the side wall of a passenger seat to reduce impact forces imparted to an occupant during a side collision. The side-impact crash structure for the vehicle seat may include energy absorbers positioned between the seating surface and the outer sidewall of the vehicle. The energy absorbers may be positioned to engage the shoulder and/or lower abdomen area of the passenger. The energy absorbers may be configured to absorb impact forces over a limited ride-down distance (the distance over which the deceleration occurs) to prevent injury to occupants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Alan Bates, Solomon Andrew Hafer, Mikael Jarsaeter, Markus Jost, David Maurice Libeaut, Andrew Frank Raczkowski
  • Patent number: 11304528
    Abstract: A chair assembly includes an arm assembly that includes an armrest supported by a vertically adjustable support assembly and an arm base, where the arm base extends at an acute angle with respect to a longitudinal centerline of the chair assembly, an upholstery arrangement including a ring member attached to a cover, where the ring member includes a plurality of reliefs having a width that reduces as the ring member is wrapped about a shell member of the chair assembly, and a control arrangement having a biasing member that moves through an arcuate path as the biasing member is adjusted between varying bias settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Battey, Gordon J. Peterson, Todd T. Andres, Gary Karsten, Richard Roslund, Jr., Pradeep Mydur, Nathan McCaughan, Kurt R. Heidmann
  • Patent number: 11304533
    Abstract: The portable beach stool comprises a leg and a seat. The portable beach stool may be adapted for a user to sit upon while at a beach. An auger at the bottom of the leg may be configured to bore into sand such that the leg may stand upright in the sand. The seat may detachably couple to a plurality of support struts located on the top half of the leg such that the seat is retained in a horizontal orientation above the leg. The plurality of support struts may collapse for transportation and storage when the seat is detached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventor: Rickey Horton
  • Patent number: 11304868
    Abstract: A protective cover improves the hygiene of patient procedure chair/table, such as a toe cover. There is a need to for an improvement on the ability to effectively disinfect all components of a universally adaptable protective cover applied to the toe area of healthcare furnishing/patient procedure chair. The embodiments of the present protective cover is universally adaptable to various shapes and sizes found in patient procedure chairs. Textiles selected for use include vinyl, medical grade upholstery vinyl, or other textiles that may be used in healthcare settings so that all components can be disinfected with intermediate grade disinfectants. The design also allows for decoratively enhancing the patient environment. Dental patient chair will be used to demonstrate images. The design can be adapted to various patient chairs and tables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventor: Marta Gainza
  • Patent number: 11297949
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for joining the individual pieces of modular furniture together which includes a plurality of fastening devices that align and strengthen the frame of the furniture by tightly joining abutting pieces of the modular furniture assembly together. Also included is an elongated bar which passes through the individual pieces of the back boxes forming the back of the furniture so as to align and strengthen the abutting pieces of the back boxes of the modular furniture assembly. Additionally, a plurality of spool-like devices are placed at strategic locations on the lower edges of the frame of abutting pieces of the modular furniture assembly so as to strengthen and align the frame pieces on their bottom edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventor: Benjamin Andrew Galjour
  • Patent number: 11299068
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is provided including a base section fixed to a floor of a vehicle, a pair of seat sections that are disposed opposing each other as viewed along a seat width direction, that are each supported by the base section so as to be capable of tilting between a horizontal position and an upright position, and that each include plural cushion sections disposed in series and configured to support the body of an occupant, and a hinge mechanism that attaches the pair of seat sections to the base section such that the seat sections are capable of tilting, and that couples the plural cushion sections together such that the cushion sections are capable of swinging about an axis running along the seat width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Tanaka, Kenichi Katsube, Donghyoun Kim, Takuma Oki
  • Patent number: 11291303
    Abstract: A foldable chair comprises a seat (1) and a back (2) available according to at least an angular position in which an angular distance between the same is minimum and another angular position in which the angular distance between the same is maximum; and first rotational means configured to define a first axis of rotation and arranged for a first relative angular movement between the seat (1) and the back (2); in addition to second rotational means configured to define a second axis of rotation and arranged for a second relative angular movement between the seat (1) and the back (2). In accordance with this arrangement, the first rotational means and the second rotational means are arranged independently with respect to one another for independent angular movements of the seat (1) and of the back (2) with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: FIGUERAS SEATING SOLUTIONS, S.L.
    Inventor: Pablo Borras Pons
  • Patent number: 11292371
    Abstract: A seat assembly may include a seat having a seat base and a seat back, a temperature control unit disposed at least partially in the seat back, and/or an ECU connected with the temperature control unit. The ECU may be configured to receive an input related to (i) a first state corresponding to symptoms and/or discomfort associated with dysmenorrhea and/or (ii) a second state corresponding to symptoms and/or discomfort associated with sciatica. The ECU may be configured to operate the seat assembly according, at least in part, to the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: David Gallagher, Francesco Migneco
  • Patent number: 11291310
    Abstract: A seat or back for a chair comprises a frame having a first edge strut and a second edge strut, the first and second edge struts being on opposite edges of the seat or back. The first edge strut has a groove along all or most of its length, an elongate insert, and a mesh, the mesh being attached to the insert along an edge of the mesh. The insert has a section shaped to correspond to the section of the groove, such that the insert can be urged into the groove, the compression of the groove holding the insert in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: BLUE CUBE LTD.
    Inventors: Russell Plant, Daniel Chi Man Ho
  • Patent number: 11279260
    Abstract: A seat cushion tilting apparatus may include a fold-and-dive seat for vehicles in which tilting of a seat cushion is independently adjusted regardless of the position of a seat back, and thus, a passenger may realize a desired relaxation posture, where both reclining of the seat back of the fold-and-dive seat and tilting of the seat cushion, in which the front end portion of the seat cushion is raised or lowered regardless of the reclining position of the seat back, are enabled, and thus, body pressure may be easily distributed to the passenger's hips and thighs and fatigue to the passenger's lower body may be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Mu Young Kim, Sang Do Park, Jun Young Yun, Chan Ho Jung, Ho Suk Jung
  • Patent number: 11279488
    Abstract: An aircraft passenger seat assembly and backrest unit attachable to a seat assembly, the backrest being pivotally attached or fixed, and the backrest unit including at least one frame member having adjacent weakened and intact sections provided along a peripheral edge, the weakened section having a first failure load and the intact section having a second failure load greater than the first failure load such that, when a load on a backside of the backrest unit exceeds the first failure load, the weakened section fails and the intact section deforms allowing a portion of the backrest unit to tilt forward beyond an upright sitting position to absorb impact energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradford D'Alessio, Ryan Suhre, Stephen Puglisi
  • Patent number: 11272789
    Abstract: A seat includes a backrest, and a fan that is installed on the backrest at a position corresponding to a height of a head of a sitter sitting on the seat and generates an airflow flowing from a front toward a rear of the backrest. The seat may further include a sitter detector that detects the height of the head of the sitter, a lifting-and-lowering motor that adjusts a height of the fan, and a lifting-and-lowering controller that controls the lifting-and-lowering motor. The lifting-and-lowering controller may control the lifting-and-lowering motor to adjust the height of the fan to the height of the head of the sitter detected by the sitter detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinji Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11266244
    Abstract: Stackable or nestable single person seating assemblies that include a leg support defined by a plurality of legs and a crossbar that extends between the plurality of legs. The seat assembly includes a back that is rotatably coupled to the plurality of legs and a seat that is rotatably coupled to the back. A biasing element extends from the leg support to the seat and is coupled to a respective leg. Respective portions of the biasing element provide a third pivot axis and a fourth pivot axis that are activated when the back is reclined relative to the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Barrett Studios, Inc.
    Inventor: Shawn Barrett