Patents Examined by Rodney B. White
  • Patent number: 10843602
    Abstract: A seat for vehicles, in particular motor vehicles, with separate backrest and seat base, includes a seat base and a backrest. The seat base is separate from the backrest, and the seat base is constrained to the backrest so that the backrest base can rotate relative to the seat base. The seat base and backrest are each manufactured as one piece of metallic material in a single cold-molding process. At least one of the seat base and backrest includes an engagement edge configured for engaging, via mechanical interference, with a cover for the seat in order to retain the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: PROMA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Carlo Verde, Luca Pino
  • Patent number: 10842282
    Abstract: A footrest system is disclosed. The footrest cushion is supported by a frame that is hinge-mounted onto the front of a chair frame. The rotation of the footrest frame by a user creates, through a mechanical system, rotation in a spool. The spool is wound with first and second lines, each being wound in the reverse direction as the other. The lines are connected through rerouting systems and then anchored to the translating member such that they pull the member out upon a deployment, and return the member back in when the footrest is retracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Textron Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Brent William Last
  • Patent number: 10843605
    Abstract: A child car seat includes a seat bottom, a backrest extending upwardly from the seat bottom, and a movable headrest mounted to be moved on the backrest. The child car seat also includes a controller for changing the elevation of the movable headrest relative to the underlying seat bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason H. Johnson, Ersen Boran, Scott M. Holmecki, Gary E. Reuther, Nicholas B. Max
  • Patent number: 10843595
    Abstract: A vehicle seat including, a seat cushion including: a pair of left and right base members; a seat cushion movable portion attached in a manner that enables tip-up around a rotation shaft disposed between the base members; and a seat cushion fixed portion fixed in a manner that an upper surface portion of at least one of the base members is partially overlapped with the seat cushion fixed portion, and a distance between the base members is smaller than a sum of widths of a rear end portion of the seat cushion movable portion and a rear end portion of the seat cushion fixed portion, and the seat cushion movable portion selectively adopts a normal state where the seat cushion movable portion forms a seating surface together with the seat cushion fixed portion, and a tip-up state without interfering with the seat cushion fixed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nori Matsuyama, Atsushi Shibata
  • Patent number: 10842281
    Abstract: A chair back assembly includes a back frame having a front surface and a rear surface and including a laterally extending cross member having opposite end portions, a back shell including a front surface, a rear surface positioned in front of the front surface of the back frame, a pair of laterally spaced side portions defining an opening therebetween, and a top portion extending laterally between and connected to the side portions, wherein the side portions are exclusively connected to the cross member at opposite ends of the cross member, wherein the connection between the side portions of the back shell and the end portions of the cross member are the only connections between the side portions of the back shell and the back frame, and a cover extending across the opening and connected to the side portions and the top portion of the back shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Battey, Todd T. Andres, Todd David Krupiczewicz, Kurt R. Heidmann, Gordon Jay Peterson
  • Patent number: 10842275
    Abstract: [Problem] The present invention provides a chair and a cover member of the chair that include a cover which can appropriately maintain the appearance of the chair while preventing a sitting person from touching a movement mechanism moving below a seat at the time of movement of the seat or a backrest. [Means for Solving the Problem] A chair according to the present invention is provided with cover members 71, 72 for covering a movement mechanism 5 to support a seat movably at least one direction of front-rear direction and left-right direction, and is configured so that the cover members 71, 72 include a plurality of through-holes 71x, 72x arranged lengthwise and breadthwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: KOKUYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yojiro Kinoshita, Hideshi Hamaguchi, Ippei Iwahara
  • Patent number: 10842276
    Abstract: A chair according to the present invention includes: a leg 1; a leg support pole 13; a support base 4; a movement mechanism 5 located below a seat 2, the movement mechanism 5 provided with plural movement parts 5A, 5B configured to allow the seat 2 to move in a certain area along a predetermined trajectory in a front-rear and left-right directions between the support base 4 and the seat 2, the movement mechanism 5 being a support mechanism configured to support the seat 2 so that the seat 2 moves in the front-rear direction and left-right directions; and plural cover members 71, 72 arranged corresponding to the plural movement parts 5A, 5B. The plural cover members 71, 72 are configured to move relatively in accordance with movement of the plural movement parts 5A, 5B and cover the support mechanism 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: KOKUYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takao Sugano, Toshiki Yajima, Fei Xu, Yasuhiro Shibamoto, Yojiro Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10836495
    Abstract: Described are passenger support assemblies for a passenger seat, including an expandable inner frame that attaches the passenger support assembly with a seat frame and an expansion mechanism that allows the expandable inner frame to change in width, and an outer frame that includes two side frame elements connected with the expandable inner frame and extending beyond the expandable inner frame, the outer frame configured to change in width in response to a change in width of the expandable inner frame. A diaphragm can held in tension by the two side frame elements of the outer frame to define a seating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Safran Seats USA LLC
    Inventors: Rafael Lozano Segura, Jeremy Green, Kevin M. Waters
  • Patent number: 10835041
    Abstract: A chair assembly includes a four-bar arrangement that includes a lower end and an upper end where the upper end is adjustable between a raised position and a lowered position, and an arm rest assembly adapted to support the arm of a seated user thereon and supported on an upper end of the four-bar arrangement, wherein the lower end of the four-bar arrangement is pivotably supported from an arm support structure for pivotable movement about an arm pivot axis, such that the upper end of the four-bar arrangement is movable between a first position and second position located laterally outward from the first position, and wherein the arm pivot axis is angularly offset from a vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Battey, Richard Roslund, Jr., Nathan McCaughan, Pradeep Mydur
  • Patent number: 10829014
    Abstract: A vehicle seat (100, 200), transferable from a use position into a non-use position, includes a seat part (120, 220), a backrest (110, 210), and a base (140, 240). A front rocker (160, 260) is articulated via a first joint (I) on the base/adapter (150, 250) fixed to the base, and is articulated via a second joint (II) on the seat part with limited displaceability. A rear rocker (170, 270) is articulated via a third joint (III) on the base/adapter fixed to the base and is articulated via a fourth joint (IV) on the seat part. A locking device (162, 262) locks the first joint, the second joint or the fourth joint to lock the front rocker about the first joint. A fifth joint (V) pivotably connects the backrest to the rear rocker. A pivoting movement of the backrest about the fifth joint can be locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Adient Engineering and IP GmbH
    Inventor: Srinivasan Sivaraj
  • Patent number: 10829008
    Abstract: A vehicle seat that includes: a cushion frame rear portion that is rotatable around a rear portion shaft, whose axial direction is a seat transverse direction, with respect to a vehicle body floor portion; a cushion frame front portion that is connected to the cushion frame rear portion so as to be rotatable around a center fold shaft whose axial direction is the seat transverse direction and that is positioned further toward a seat front side than the rear portion shaft; a seatback frame that stands erect from a rear end side of the cushion frame rear portion; and a driving mechanism that moves the cushion frame front portion and the cushion frame rear portion relatively in a seat vertical direction between a non-reclining state and a reclining state, in which the cushion frame rear portion tilts downward and rearward with respect to the cushion frame front portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Akira Honma, Kenichi Katsube, Daisuke Tanaka, Shunichiro Osa, Takuma Oki
  • Patent number: 10821863
    Abstract: A foamless vehicle seating assembly includes a frame with an inner support member and an outer support member. A first plurality of flexible straps extend about the inner support member of the frame, and a second plurality of flexible straps extend about the outer support member of the frame. At least one strap of the second plurality of flexible straps of the outer support member is adjacent to at least one strap of the first plurality of flexible straps of the inner support member. A retention member is disposed transverse to the inner support member of the frame disposed in a seat, wherein the retention member is displaceable between a design position and a fully deployed position in response to a sudden vehicle deceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Vishal Vinayak Nageshkar, John W. Jaranson
  • Patent number: 10820704
    Abstract: To provide a chair in which the seated person can perceive a comfortable sitting feeling even if sitting for a long time, and furthermore, a high work efficiency can stably be maintained, a chair according to the present invention includes a leg 1 erected on a floor surface, a seat 3 supported above the leg 1 and a suspension support mechanism 5 configured to operatively support the seat 3, in a front-rear direction and in a right-left direction, along a predetermined trajectory by suspending the part of the seat 3 from a part of the leg 1, the suspension support mechanism 5 comprises a inclining function Q configured to downwardly incline the seat 3 so that a tip side in a movement direction of the seat 3 is positioned below a base end side when the seat 3 operates from a reference position_(S) at which the seat 3 can rest by its own weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: KOKUYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takao Sugano, Toshiki Yajima, Katsuaki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10820705
    Abstract: A body support structure including a plurality of spaced apart support members defining a first surface and a plurality of spaced apart base portions defining a second surface. A plurality of connectors connects each base portion with the at least the two adjacent support members. In one embodiment, a body support structure includes a first plurality of spaced apart first support members and a second plurality of spaced apart second support members arranged in a checkboard pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Nickolaus Williams Charles Deevers, Kurt R. Heidmann
  • Patent number: 10822091
    Abstract: A passenger seat for an aircraft has a fixed seat portion with a front facing toward a first direction of the aircraft. The fixed seat portion has a centerline spaced equally from opposed lateral sides of the fixed seat portion. A first engagement member extends upwardly from the front at the centerline to a first engagement end. A moveable seat portion is mounted onto the fixed seat portion and is displaceable relative thereto. The moveable seat portion has a second engagement member extending downwardly from a front of the moveable seat portion to a second engagement end. The second engagement member is displaceable with the moveable seat portion to position the second engagement end under the first engagement end in an engagement position such that the overlapping first and second engagement ends prevent the moveable seat portion from pitching in a second direction opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventors: Philippe Erhel, Jerome Vigeant
  • Patent number: 10820708
    Abstract: A furniture member includes a base frame and a seat assembly supported by the base frame. The seat assembly includes a seat frame, a seat bottom, a seatback and a legrest. The legrest is movable relative to the base frame and seat frame between a retracted position and an extended position. The furniture member further includes a legrest mechanism attached to the legrest and the seat frame and driven by a drive rod configured to move the legrest between the retracted and extended positions in response to rotation of the drive rod. A wall-proximity mechanism is configured to translate the seat frame forward relative to the base frame. A trigger release mechanism is operable between a locked position in which a trigger limits rotation of the drive rod and a released position in which the trigger permits rotation of the drive rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: La-Z-Boy Incorporated
    Inventors: Larry P. LaPointe, Chad E. Adams, Gerald G. Stotz
  • Patent number: 10814752
    Abstract: A vehicle seat including a seat cushion and a seat back is constructed such that at least one of the seat cushion or the seat back includes: a blower fan, a blower chamber defining a ventilation passage of air sent from the blower fan, and a urethane pad sandwiching the blower chamber and formed with a plurality of vent holes allowing the air from the blower chamber to flow there-through. The ventilation passage in the blower chamber is formed across the full width of the blower chamber, and the blower chamber is formed with through-holes having a diameter smaller than that of the vent holes of the urethane pad and in a manner that the plurality of through-holes are overlapped with one vent hole in the urethane pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Arata, Takao Tsutsui
  • Patent number: 10814753
    Abstract: It is provided an adjusting device of a lumbar support or a side-bolster adjuster for changing the contour or position of a seat element of a vehicle seat supporting a body part of a seat user, with at least one driving device comprising a spindle drive and at least one adjustable support element for changing the contour or position of the seat element, wherein the spindle drive comprises a spindle extending along a spindle axis, which on a fastening part of the lumbar support or the side-bolster adjuster mounted in the vehicle seat is floatingly mounted at a spindle end via a spindle holder such that at this spindle end the spindle is displaceable along at least one spatial direction extending transversely to the spindle axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: BROSE FAHRZEUGTEILE GMBH & CO. KOMMANDITGESELLSCHAFT, COBURG
    Inventors: Sebastian Eichhorn, Florian Schmieder, Wera Wolniczak
  • Patent number: 10807720
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a detachable cabin attendant seat (CAS). In various embodiments, the detachable CAS may comprise a first section, comprising, a first rod and a second rod, and a first post and a second post extending from the first section, wherein the first post and the second post are configured to be coupled to a mount assembly when the detachable CAS is in a stowed position and the first rod and the second rod are configured to be coupled to the mount assembly when the detachable CAS is in a deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: Chad R. Pacheco
  • Patent number: 10807502
    Abstract: In a vehicle seat, a cushion pad includes a center portion and left and right side portions disposed, respectively, at left and right sides of the center portion. The cushion pad has a first slit provided between the center portion and each of the left and right side portions. The outer covering includes a center cover disposed to cover the center portion, and left and right side covers disposed to cover the left and right side portions, respectively. The outer covering has a second slit provided between the center cover and each of the left and right side covers. Left and right movement restriction plates are fixed to the left and right side covers, respectively. A cushion frame includes left and right engageable portions disposed, respectively, adjacent to the left and right movement restriction plates in positions laterally outward of the movement restriction plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignees: TS TECH CO., LTD., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaru Tsukamoto, Takuro Yamada, Ronald C. Cozzo, David A. Juarez, Masakazu Okada