Patents Examined by Rodney B. White
  • Patent number: 11944208
    Abstract: A chair can include a base having at least one chair back attachment mechanisms that attach a back of the chair to the base of the chair. The chair back attachment mechanisms can be positioned on an upper portion of the frame of the base of the chair to support the chair back. In some embodiments, there may be a single chair back attachment mechanism or only a pair of chair back attachment mechanisms to attach the chair back to the base. The chair back can be positioned via the chair back attachment mechanisms so that there is a gap between the lower portion of the chair back and the seat. Embodiments of the chair can be armless. Other embodiments can include arms positioned above the seat on opposite sides of the seat to support arms of a user sitting on the seat of the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Knoll, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Snyder, Adam Deskevich, Nick Max
  • Patent number: 11944198
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure disclose reclining seating apparatus with rocking and folding features. The seating apparatus includes a body support portion pivotally connected to a stationary frame, the body support portion including a seat member and a backrest member rotatably coupled with each other, the stationary frame including a first armrest and a second armrest supported by a leg structure. Further, the seating apparatus includes a pair of flexible members configured to adjust and control at least a rocking movement, a reclining movement, or a rocking-reclining movement of the body support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventor: Alexander Chan
  • Patent number: 11945349
    Abstract: A seat trim cover for an automotive seat is formed into a 3-dimensional shape by compression molding a laminated moldable foam in a 3-dimensional. The laminated moldable foam comprises at least a layer of cellular polyurethane foam compression moldable in a temperature range of about 220° F. to about 260° F. The 3-dimensional mold is heated to a temperature range of about 150° F. to about 320° F. The layer of cellular foam is adhered to a cover material layer and pre-cut into a pre-laminated blank prior to molding into the 3-dimensional shape. Optionally, seat heaters or other components can be integrated with the laminated foam prior to compression molding the seat trim cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: MAGNA SEATING INC.
    Inventors: Eric Kozlowski, Craig Prasatek, Andrew M Vivian
  • Patent number: 11944207
    Abstract: Adapters may be used for connecting pieces of equipment that may not be directly connected. One adapter for a vehicle seat includes two rails and a metal plate connecting the rails. The rails further include a plurality of holes configured to receive two or more fastening bolts. The fastening bolts are configured to couple a vehicle seat to each of the two rails. The metal plate further includes at least one hole configured to receive a chair base protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventor: Shurjo Ali
  • Patent number: 11937709
    Abstract: A folding frame and an outdoor table or outdoor chair using the folding frame. The folding frame comprises a base, a plurality of support legs, and a plurality of extension support bars. Both sides on the upper end of the support leg are configured with a teeth part, and every two neighboring support legs are connected through meshing teeth. The base is configured with a locking module to lock the support legs when they are relatively unfolded. The locking module includes a pull rod seat, a spring sheathing the pull rod seat, a plurality of locking blocks, and the pull rod seat is pushed upward under the elastic force of the spring so that the locking block is pushed into the lock slots of the support legs. Thus, the support legs unfolded in relation to the base can be fixed and supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventor: Dahai Xu
  • Patent number: 11938843
    Abstract: A child safety seat is provided and includes a seat body, a driving portion and a detection mechanism. The driving portion is rotatably connected to the seat body. The detection mechanism includes a detector and a trigger mechanism. The detector is in a non-working state when the trigger mechanism is in an open state. The detector is in a working state when the trigger mechanism is in a closed state. The driving portion is rotatably operated to switch the trigger mechanism from the open state to the closed state, so as to switch the detector to the working state. The child safety seat can prevent a dangerous scenario where a child is left in a car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Bambino Prezioso Switzerland AG
    Inventors: Ruyi Li, Zu Jian Liu
  • Patent number: 11937710
    Abstract: A folding chair includes front and rear supports that fold and/or retract into central beams to reduce the space occupied by the chair in a folded configuration. A backrest is coupled to the central beams with a hub that allows an angle of the backrest relative to the central beams to be selected and for the backrest to be folded flat relative to the central beams. One or more actuators and pin actuators may control the relative movements of the backrest, front support, rear support, and central beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Sunflow, Inc.
    Inventors: Leslie Hsu Besner, Jeffrey Servaites
  • Patent number: 11937707
    Abstract: A chair having a backrest having an upper backrest section and a lumbar section, wherein the lumbar section is provided with a plurality of perforations and is elastically deformable to allow a backward tilting movement of the upper backrest section under a backward thrust applied from a user's back, and wherein the perforations stop the backward tilting movement of the upper backrest section in a position of maximum backward tilt of the upper backrest section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Pro-Cord S.p.A.
    Inventor: Alessandro Piretti
  • Patent number: 11930936
    Abstract: Fabric for a modular chair suitable for defining a surface in use and for supporting a user when seated on the chair, and a perimeter area defined by edges of the surface. The fabric includes, at the surface, a periodic weave, the base of which includes at least one main filament, inside of which at least one secondary filament is also inserted, arranged in a weft along a predetermined trajectory. The main filament and the secondary filament are mutually and tightly attached at the perimeter area. The fabric includes at least one spool defining a long element trapped inside part of the fabric along the perimeter area wherein the weaving of the main filament creates a tubular shape suitable for housing the spool, and the secondary filament at least partially wraps the spool to mutually block the main filament and the secondary filament at the spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: DV8 ID S.R.L.
    Inventor: Torsten Fritze
  • Patent number: 11932148
    Abstract: A bellows for a seat assembly for a cab of a vehicle can include a skirt configured to substantially surround a perimeter of a base of the seat assembly. The skirt can have a continuous perimeter extending between first and second free ends of the skirt along four sides of the base of the seat assembly. The bellows can include a break between the first and second free ends of the skirt to provide access to the base portion via the break, or to install or remove the skirt from the base portion without detaching the base portion from the cab or detaching the seating portion from the seat assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: SEATS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Joshua M. Justman, Jesse C. Boyarski, Mitchell E. Zank
  • Patent number: 11925273
    Abstract: An armrest for a chair includes a first member and a second member. The first member includes a body extending in a longitudinal direction from a first end to a second end. The body includes one or more recesses. The first member also includes one or more magnets disposed in the one or more recesses. The second member is releasably attached to the first member. The second member includes a cavity configured to receive the first member and one or more magnetizable plate members disposed in the cavity. The one or more magnetizable plate members are adjacent the one or more magnets when the first member is received in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: SECRETLAB SG PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Vincent Sin, Jon Hao Chan, Elroy Cheng Feng Lee
  • Patent number: 11918122
    Abstract: A method of controlling an adjustable chair comprising the steps of measuring the height of a person, entering the height of the person into a software application on a mobile device, taking a photograph of the person with a mobile device, analyzing the photograph to determine physical measurements of the person, storing the measurements in the mobile device; calculating optimum ergonomic adjustment of the chair based upon the stored measurements; and, transmitting signals to a controller in the chair to control actuators and adjust various components in the chair to achieve optimum ergonomic adjustment. The technology also includes the ergonomic task chair adjusted by the aforementioned method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: STRÖM ERGONOMICS CORP.
    Inventors: Diana Gillstrom, Philip Michael Chang, Steven Yi
  • Patent number: 11919599
    Abstract: A bicycle saddle raising device includes a fixed tube carrying a slidable rising rod, stroke springs biasing the rising rod upward, a locking mechanism for locking the rising rod at a predetermined height, and a locking/unlocking switching arrangement. The locking mechanism includes an engaging member having a plurality of engaging recesses, and claw members having claws which engage the engaging member. The locking/unlocking switching arrangement disengages the claws from the engaging recesses. A claw state switching member presses the claws in a direction in which they engage the engaging recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: FUJIWARA WHEEL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Hisao Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 11918126
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a window structure for visualizing the internal structure of upholstered furniture and including abase, a side surface of the base is provided with installation grooves, inner walls of the installation grooves are provided with transparent windows, an inner wall of the base is equipped with a seat board, a top surface of the seat board is equipped with a shaping layer, and a top surface of the shaping layer is equipped with an elastic layer. An outer layer, the elastic layer and the shaping layer can improve the comfort of the user; an elastomer layer has good impact resistance, always returns to shape and is not easy to be damaged, can improve the service life of the present disclosure; through the transparent windows, a user can conveniently view the internal structure of the present disclosure; the ventilation grooves play the role of ventilation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: IGO FURNITURE (GAO AN) LIMITED
    Inventor: Chi-Po Law
  • Patent number: 11910934
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes a base and a support platform spaced above the base. The support platform includes a pad having a hinge portion defining a flex region, wherein the pad is pivotable about the flex region. A link has a lower portion coupled to the base and an upper portion coupled to the pad, wherein the upper portion is pivotable with the pad about the flex region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: STEELCASE INC.
    Inventors: Nickolaus William Charles Deevers, Kurt R. Heidmann, Gordon J. Peterson
  • Patent number: 11903490
    Abstract: A clip for securing a cushion to an outdoor furniture item is disclosed. The clip includes a middle portion, a first end portion extending transverse to the middle portion and a second portion that extends transverse from the middle portion. The middle portion is longer than each of the first end portion and the second end portion. The end portions are configured to fit through and overlap portions of a loop in the cushion to hold the cushion to a rail of the furniture item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventors: William Stuart Duncan, Sherri Duncan
  • Patent number: 11896396
    Abstract: A sensor-equipped seat detecting various parameters and determining a change in physical condition of a seated occupant includes: a surface temperature sensor detecting a seat surface temperature on a seated occupant side and acquiring surface temperature data; an outside air temperature sensor detecting the seat body outside temperature and acquiring outside air temperature data; and a controller having a calculation unit calculating the degree of change in temperature difference from the surface temperature data and the outside air temperature data and a wakefulness determination unit determining a wakefulness state of the seated occupant based on the degree of change. The calculation unit calculates the degree of change in temperature difference from the seat surface temperature in the surface temperature data and the outside air temperature in the outside air temperature data, the degree of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinji Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 11896140
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a packable assembly comprising an apparatus. The apparatus may comprise a main body comprising one or more openings or grooves; one or more support members that are insertable into the one or more openings or grooves of the main body; one or more additional support members positioned external to or remote from the one or more openings or grooves of the main body; and one or more attachment mechanisms configured to releasably couple the one or more support members to the one or more additional support members to provide structural support for the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: ZINUS INC.
    Inventor: Dongyoung Lee
  • Patent number: 11897377
    Abstract: A kinetic seat cushion assembly that rotates based on a force applied on an occupant seated therein is provided. The kinetic seat cushion assembly includes a primary seat cushion frame, a secondary seat cushion frame, a seat cushion tilt mechanism coupling the secondary seat cushion frame to the primary seat cushion frame such that the secondary seat cushion frame is movable with respect to the primary seat cushion frame, and a front pivot mechanism that pivotally couples a front portion of the primary seat cushion frame to a front portion of the secondary seat cushion frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Todd Rupert Muck, Charles P. Patterson, Matthew R. Speck, Peter J. Moegling
  • Patent number: 11882940
    Abstract: A cushion body for sitting is provided which can offer good feeling of sitting even to many unspecified users of various body shapes and allow them to be seated more comfortably. A cushion body for sitting (1) includes: a base part (2) having a sitting surface (S1) formed of a curved surface that is curved concavely to support, from below, the buttocks of a seated person in a seated posture; and a pair of side supporting portions (3) each having a side supporting surface (S2) formed of a curved surface that is curved continuously from the sitting surface (S1) of the base part (2), where the pair of side supporting portions (3) project from sides of the base part (2) such that the side supporting portions (3) can be bent and deformed by a load applied to the side supporting surfaces (S2), so as to support both the left and right parts of the buttocks of the seated person in the seated posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: JSP Corporation
    Inventor: Seishiro Murata