Patents Examined by Rodney B. White
  • Patent number: 10414307
    Abstract: A back frame of a vehicle seat including: a pair of side frames; an upper frame; and a reinforcing member attached to at least one of the pair of side frames, wherein the at least one of the pair of side frames has a pair of side surface portions and a rear surface portion, wherein the reinforcing member has a pair of side wall portions and a rear wall portion, wherein the rear wall portion is thicker than the pair of side wall portions, and wherein in a state where the reinforcing member is put on the at least one of the pair of side frames, the pair of side wall portions is in contact with and connected to the pair of side surface portions, and the rear wall portion is in contact with and connected to the rear surface portion by bonding or adhesion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Suzuki, Hiroshi Mizobata
  • Patent number: 10413083
    Abstract: A chair component includes a first chair member adapted to support a seated user, a second chair member movable between a first position, wherein the second chair member is substantially coplanar with the first chair member, and a second position, wherein the second chair member is substantially parallel with the first chair member, a cover member wrapped about at least a portion of the first chair member and at least a portion of the second chair member, and a single-piece drawstring operably coupled with the cover member to draw the cover member about the at least a portion of the first chair member and the at least a portion of the second chair member when the second chair member is in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Todd David Krupiczewicz, Jeffrey A. Hall, Gordon J. Peterson, Dale M. Groendal
  • Patent number: 10405613
    Abstract: A seatbelt tongue includes a tongue plate, a latch plate, a guide pin and a first retention bump. The tongue plate includes a belt slot. The latch plate is slidably connected with the tongue plate and is translatable between a first position and a second position. The guide pin is fixed to one of the tongue plate and the latch plate. The guide pin slidably passes through a pin slot in the other of the tongue plate and the latch plate. The first retention bump in the pin slot defines a pin pocket receiving the pin in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC.
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Robert W. McCoy
  • Patent number: 10405666
    Abstract: Left and right fixed arm plates extend upwardly from the seat of a chair. A left movable arm plate is above the left fixed arm plate and a right movable arm plate is above the right fixed arm plate. Parallel left links couple the left fixed plate and the left movable plate in parallelogram manner. Parallel right links couple the right fixed plate and the right movable plate in parallelogram manner. A left arm rest is coupled to the left movable plate and a right arm rest is coupled to the right movable plate. A gas lift cylinder including an upper cylinder secured to the seat reciprocable within a lower cylinder. The upper cylinder is urged upwardly. A bracket rotatably couples a lower foot support to a lower cylinder. A leaf spring couples the seat and the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Scott A. Reus
  • Patent number: 10399466
    Abstract: Disclosed is a seat recliner for a vehicle, the seat recliner including: a flange provided with internal teeth on an inner circumferential surface thereof; a gear plate disposed in the internal teeth of the flange, provided with external teeth along an edge thereof to be engaged with the internal teeth of the flange with being eccentric with respect to the flange, and formed with a through-hole at a center thereof; a rotating cam disposed at a center of the through-hole of the gear plate; a wedge cam held between the rotating cam and an inner circumferential surface of the through-hole of the gear plate to maintain eccentricity of the rotating cam and the gear plate, and provided with a lubrication part on a contact surface with the rotating cam to preserve lubricant; and an elastic member configured to press the wedge cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI DYMOS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Seung Hun Chang
  • Patent number: 10399465
    Abstract: A seat cushion adjuster in one aspect of the present disclosure comprises at least one bracket, at least one slider, at least one first interposing member, and at least one second interposing member. The slider is inserted into an inner hollow portion of the bracket. The slider comprises a base plate part of a plate shape and a pair of raised parts. The pair of raised parts is raised from a pair of ends of the base plate part so as to be raised with respect to one surface of the base plate part. The first interposing member is disposed between an inner wall of the bracket and the slider. The second interposing member is disposed between the inner wall of the bracket and the slider so as to face the first interposing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masaharu Nakamura, Jueru Shimizu, Masayuki Kanehira
  • Patent number: 10390629
    Abstract: A move and discover chair helps teachers transition to new education paradigm where children “move” and “discover” education with the teacher positioned in the midst of the children to encourage them in the excitement of learning. The chair stimulates the ability to focus on learning and to be more effective in one's work by allowing some level of movement, balance, fidgeting, and engagement with the background environment. The chair includes a concave end cap with a first side edge and an external concave surface, a convex end cap with a second side edge and an external convex surface, and a center section fixedly positioned between the concave end cap and the convex end cap and with an outer surface that is substantially straight in a directions between the concave end cap and the convex end cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Frank Phillips, Kristina Elizabeth Scala
  • Patent number: 10392114
    Abstract: Components and systems of an aircraft seating assembly are disclosed. The aircraft seating assembly can include a seat pan, a connection frame, and one or more mounts for removably coupling the seat pan to the connection frame. The aircraft seating assembly can include a back support having a removably coupled cushioning member. The aircraft seating assembly can include a tilt system which can allow the back support to articulate relative to the connection frame. The aircraft seating assembly can include a retention system coupled to the back support, the retention system can retain an object in place when in a closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: ENCORE SEATS, INC.
    Inventors: Gary Tien Le, Wade Franklin DeLaney, Elijah Dobrusin, Aram Aris Krikorian, Thomas Zachary Lloyd, Luke Neil Pearson, Nicholas Stanley Borg Carpenter, Matthew Vu Hoang, Thomas Rodolph Eaton
  • Patent number: 10391909
    Abstract: A head restraint for a motor vehicle has devices such as a fan and a heating element such that heated air can flow out of a front side of the head restraint if necessary. The head restraint enables heating of a head by way of outflowing heated air. A passage opening is formed in the cushion body of the head restraint, which passage opening extends from a back side of the cushion body to a front side of the cushion body. A cavity is formed in the passage opening at a distance from the back side and at a distance from the front side of the cushion body, in which cavity at least one fan is arranged. An air-permeable, electrically operated heating mat is provided on the back side of the cushion body in order to heat the suctioned air, and the pre-heated air is additionally heated by an air-permeable, electrically operated heating mat located on the front side of the cushion body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Maximilian Krumm
  • Patent number: 10384574
    Abstract: A universal bucket car seat cover includes a headrest cover sized to cover a removable headrest of the bucket seat, a backrest cover sized to cover a backrest of the bucket seat having an elastic trim on at least a portion of the back of the backrest cover, and a seat cover sized to cover a seat cushion of the bucket seat having a second elastic trim on at least a portion of the seat cover. The elastic trims advantageously allow for a precise fit to the car seat. A bench seat embodiment includes convenient cover components that are attachable with attachment mechanisms to adjust and/shorten the seat cover size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Darlene Fang
  • Patent number: 10383439
    Abstract: A swing stool arm for use in a swing stool has a horizontal top flange, a horizontal bottom flange, a vertical end flange at a proximal end of the arm, a web extending down from the top flange and up from the bottom flange, and a vertical fillet at the proximal end of the arm. The vertical fillet joins the vertical end flange to the web. The vertical fillet has an open cavity so that the swing stool arm can be made from a cast molten aluminum alloy without forming shrinkage cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Get Back, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Michael Byrne, Edward George Acciardi
  • Patent number: 10384566
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided herein. The seat assembly includes a seat member having a support surface. A pair of seat member bolsters is disposed on opposing sides of the seat member. A seat base supports the seat member and has a wraparound sidewall that extends above a bottom portion of each seat member bolster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marcos Silva Kondrad, Johnathan Andrew Line, S. M. Akbar Berry, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Jimmy Moua
  • Patent number: 10377275
    Abstract: An occupant support adapted for use in a vehicle includes a seat frame, a seat pad, and a suspension system. The seat frame is adapted to couple with the vehicle for movement with the vehicle. The seat pad is adapted to provide a comfortable support interface. The suspension system provides relative movement between the seat pad and the seat frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Cedric Ketels, Rod Goodrich, Matthew K. Benson, Alfred H. Bransdorfer
  • Patent number: 10376062
    Abstract: Mobile folding restaurant booth style benches are provided, which may be arranged in opposed pairs to form restaurant style booths. An individual bench incorporates a mechanism for shifting the weight of the bench between a mobile base, which may be supported by swivel casters, and a stationary base, which may be supported by non-slip feet, actuated by pivoting a bench seat down from a folded storage position to an unfolded seating position. The weight shifting mechanism may include an engagement member, which is initially spaced apart from an actuator at a folded angle of the seat, and which contacts and begins transmitting force and movement to the actuator at a partially unfolded angle of the seat. Preferably, the bench further includes a biasing component that biases the stationary base upward relative to the mobile base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: AmTab Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremias C Rivera, Jr., Doss Samikkannu
  • Patent number: 10368648
    Abstract: A deployable footrest assembly for a seat is provided. The deployable footrest assembly comprises a footrest movable between a stowed position and a deployed position in which the footrest presents a first surface for an occupant of the seat to rest their feet upon, wherein the footrest is bendable about an upstanding structural support for the seat such that the footrest is bent about the structural support in the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marcus Hoggarth, Matthew Graeme Leck
  • Patent number: 10363981
    Abstract: A seat cover that generates heat, reflects the sun and repels water. The seat cover includes an interior side, an exterior side, and an open lower end. The open lower end can secure around a motorcycle seat and the exterior side can reflect heat and repel water. The open lower end further includes heating strips embedded in the interior side of the seat cover, which increases or decreases the temperature of the seat cover when activated by a heat control unit. The open lower end further includes a lip on the seat cover having a fastener for securing the seat cover over the seat of the motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Harold R. Ingram
  • Patent number: 10358068
    Abstract: A rear-side end of a protrusion configured to prevent an armrest stored in a storage space from pivoting to a usage position is formed at a side of a seat back, the side defining at the storage space. The armrest has a pad and a cover covering the pad. The pad has a back-side end engageable with the rear-side end. The rear-side end of the protrusion is arranged on a path of the back-side end of a recess, the path created when the armrest pivots from the usage position to the storage position. The back-side end of the recess is arranged rearward of the rear-side end of the protrusion when the armrest is at the storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kei Okuma, Kazuaki Mima
  • Patent number: 10358093
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat. A seatback includes a seatback frame and a rearward facing surface. A selectively attachable hanger assembly is disposed on the rearward facing surface and mounted to a bracket attached to the seatback frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Adam D. Ewel, Jimmy Moua, Gregory Hagedorn, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 10351021
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle seat fastening structure that enables a reduced length of a bolt for fastening a movable rail and a cushion frame in a spaced-apart manner. The cushion frame includes a bottom wall extending in a seat-width direction and a seat front-rear direction. The nut includes a body having a cylindrical shape and configured to penetrate the bottom wall, a thread groove, and a flange portion projecting radially from the body. A length of the nut along a central axis thereof is greater than a separation distance between an upper surface of the movable rail and an upper surface of the bottom wall of the cushion frame in a state in which no impact is applied to the cushion frame. The flange portion is provided in an area of the nut at a distance from an insertion opening for the bolt greater than the separation distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuki Nagatani
  • Patent number: 10351024
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly comprising a base assembly including an inner base shell and an outer base shell and defining a recess, a shell assembly operably coupled to the base assembly, wherein a bottom of the shell assembly nests within the recess, at least one armrest integrally formed with the shell assembly, and at least one headrest wing integrally formed with the shell assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin VanNieulande, John Wayne Jaranson, Christian J. Hosbach, Victoria Leigh Schein