Patents Examined by Sarah B. McPartlin
  • Patent number: 10016060
    Abstract: A body support structure includes a frame and a membrane attached to the frame. The membrane includes elastomeric filaments. The membrane has a first region with a first stiffness and a second region with a second stiffness. The second stiffness is greater than the first stiffness. The membrane may form a part of a seat or a backrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Johann Burkhard Schmitz, Claudia Plikat, Carola Eva Marianne Zwick, Roland Rolf Otto Zwick, Andrew Keith Hector, John Fredric Aldrich
  • Patent number: 10016322
    Abstract: A seat assembly including a seat, a support plate configured to pivot with respect to the seat, a slide plate slidably mounted to the support plate, and a pivot arm positioned between the support plate and the slide plate and connected to the slide plate and the seat. When the support plate is pivotally adjusted with respect to the seat, the pivot arm causes the slide plate to slide along the support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Permobil AB
    Inventors: Bo Engman, Urban Lind, Niklas Backstrom, Jonas Jahkel, Mehdi Mirzaie
  • Patent number: 10011201
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle seat which has a simple structure, prevents the lower back region of an occupant from sinking into the seat back, induces backward rotation of the entire upper body when a rear-end collision occurs, and reduces the degree to which the neck region of the occupant independently tilts backward, and is therefore able to effectively reduce the load on the neck region and so on of the occupant. A vehicle seat is provided with a neck-burden reduction element that, during a rear-end collision, causes a greater amount of backward movement of a connection point between the neck region and a torso region of the occupant than the amount of backward movement of a lower torso region of the occupant, and causes an upper torso region of the occupant to sink into the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Nitsuma, Masaya Furuta
  • Patent number: 10004974
    Abstract: An externally worn protective thigh pad which protects the inner and frontal thigh muscles from baseball or softball impacts. The protective thigh pad is designed specifically for the player who begins play by squatting behind a batter and spreading their legs. This is usually referred to as the catcher, but this could also be the umpire. The protective thigh pad provides a level of ballistic protection equal to the rest of the catchers gear. The protective thigh pad can be easily put on and removed for batting and base running. The protective thigh pad is comfortable enough to wear through nine innings of play. The protective thigh pad protects an area of the thigh from the inner thigh to the outer thigh and from the patella to the pubis. The protective thigh pad is circumferentially attached to the thigh then suspended from the waist keeping the pad in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: Dale Michael Schneider
  • Patent number: 9981396
    Abstract: A single operation cutting device having a safety guard which locks after each cutting action. The single operation cutting device having a housing, cutting blade holder, safety guard, safety guard release and intermediary member. The safety guard is in movable communication with said intermediary member. The intermediary member having a body translatable along a rod such that it may move responsive to said safety guard during locking and unlocking actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Eddie Rafii
  • Patent number: 9958080
    Abstract: A valve apparatus of the present invention includes a body, a seat and a cap, in which the body includes a chamber and passageway therein, the chamber is connected with the passageway, and the body includes a first ladder toward the passageway. The seat is disposed in the passageway. The seat includes a second ladder toward the first ladder of the body, and the second ladder of the seat is engaged with the first ladder of the body. The seat also includes a third ladder opposite to the second ladder. The cap has a flange which is contacted with the third ladder of the seat to fix the seat in the body tightly so that the cap is against the seat to prevent the seat from pulling out of the valve apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: JDV Control Valves Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yi-Ming Fan
  • Patent number: 9943163
    Abstract: The new design of a toothbrush is designed so that it's easier to used compared to a normal toothbrush. It is designed so that the two sides clean the teeth or gums in one go and the inside front can clean the back ends of the gums and also inside the two sides in the front of the toothbrush has lower length bristles to brush the top of teeth or gums, also it is designed to rotate or swivel by handle to brush or clean and gaps which separate the gums or teeth. There can also be five separate heads that can slot on and slot of easily and safely and for safety the two sides that have bristles that extend from the base of the toothbrush curve in at the top and are at different lengths or heights. These bristles bend but do not stay bent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: John Charles Newbury
  • Patent number: 9940663
    Abstract: An Indoor location mapping and wayfinding system for mapping waypoints on an interactive mapping system that can function both indoors and outdoors based on user selections and location. It can include a shopping system that allows users to pre-select items for purchase, maps the items on an indoor map of the store, and provides a route to the user for the collection of the selected items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Frank Daly Ward, Steven Faletto
  • Patent number: 9936753
    Abstract: A decorative mask is used as face covering in masquerade, comprising an inverted U-shaped headband with resilient and holding function configured to wear around a user's head; a covering piece positioned on and connected with the headband by a connector; said covering piece defined as a mask; the connector including a first end arranged in one end thereof and connected in a center of a bottom end of the headband; a second end arranged in the other end thereof and connected in a center of a top end of the covering piece; and an resilient part integrally connected between the first end and the second end; the covering piece tended to return to its original position by the connector after opening it, thereby wearing securely, quickly reducing its volume, and compacting for easy storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Chia-Ching Yeh
  • Patent number: 9936808
    Abstract: An article of furniture is disclosed. The article of furniture comprises a base frame assembly configured to support an attached seating unit. Other modules or components may also be attached to the base frame assembly. The article of furniture may also comprise a supplemental frame assembly attached to the base frame assembly to extend the size of the article of furniture and to support an additional or larger module or component. The other modules or components may comprise one or more of a casegood unit, a backrest, an armrest, a privacy panel, a console, an outlet (for power and/or data), etc. Electronic devices may be incorporated. A set of articles of furniture is also disclosed; the articles of furniture have a modular construction and can be assembled on the base frame assembly by combinations of modules and components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Iacovoni, Alan Rheault, Mark Kapka, Karl Mead
  • Patent number: 9908155
    Abstract: A vacuum powered surface cleaning apparatus which is capable of cleaning an adjacent surface to remove debris without external leaking, dripping or misting. The vacuum powered surface cleaning apparatus includes an eductor assembly to create a vacuum within the device to naturally induce a flow of cleaning fluid which is imparted onto the adjacent surface to be cleaned. The expended cleaning fluid and debris are expelled from the apparatus through the eductor to external atmosphere or to an external waste or recycling container. Removal of the adjacent surface opens the internal chamber which causes a loss of partial vacuum which ceases flow of cleaning fluid, thereby eliminating the possibility of external dripping or misting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Jonathan William Smith, Hugh Hunter Chant, Matthew William Smith
  • Patent number: 9902298
    Abstract: A system of air cushions to protect during impact, an occupant in a vehicle seat comprising elements for protection of the head and neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Arjuna Indraeswaran Rajasingham
  • Patent number: 9894991
    Abstract: A unique portable and foldable five-device-in-one system comprises: two foldable garden tables each for holding foods and drinks thereon, two foldable elastic garden-tool caddies each attached to the one of the two foldable garden tables and each for storing garden tools therein, two spring-loaded finger-centralizing stabilizers each welded to one of the two foldable garden tables and each for releasably locking the rotatable kneeler-bench cushion, a rotatable kneeler-bench cushion for providing comfort when seated or kneeled on, and an adjustable umbrella rotatably attached to one of the two foldable garden tables and having a kneeler-bench-caddy-table-locking arm for releasably locking the two foldable garden tables right side up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: Dee Volin
  • Patent number: 9889061
    Abstract: A crutch and method of carrying packages using such crutch are disclosed. The crutch comprises a plurality of metal poles connected together and covered by an insulating material. An outwardly extending finger element along an upper edge on a top of the crutch is configured to detachably mount a package having a hanging loop by draping the hanging loop on the finger element. The crutch includes side poles and a center pole sandwiched between the side poles. A pocket for receiving a package or other item is between the side poles and an enclosure holding a stretchable netting is mounted to the crutch and is configured to enable a user to withdraw the netting from the enclosure and wrap the netting around the package. The user detachably connects a free end of the netting to a portion of crutch to secure the package to the crutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Lorelei Trask
  • Patent number: 9855874
    Abstract: A device to support a passenger in a vehicle, where that device includes a U-shaped frame having a member extending outwardly from a first end of said frame, a securing mechanism extending outwardly from the frame to engage a portion of a passenger seat in the vehicle, and a cushion attached to the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Carlos Sanchez
  • Patent number: 9216695
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly includes a seat portion disposed adjacent to a seat back having a front surface, a back surface, an inboard surface, and an outboard surface. A side pocket extends across the inboard surface and terminates at a forward edge proximate the front surface at a first end and terminates at a rearward edge proximate the back surface at a second end. An upper back pocket disposed is on an upper back surface of the seat back and a lower back pocket disposed on a lower back surface of the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Todd Gagnier
  • Patent number: 9211819
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle seat which has a simple structure, prevents the lower back region of an occupant from sinking into the seat back, induces backward rotation of the entire upper body when a rear-end collision occurs, and reduces the degree to which the neck region of the occupant independently tilts backward, and is therefore able to effectively reduce the load on the neck region and so on of the occupant. A vehicle seat is provided with a neck-burden reduction element that, during a rear-end collision, causes a greater amount of backward movement of a connection point between the neck region and a torso region of the occupant than the amount of backward movement of a lower torso region of the occupant, and causes an upper torso region of the occupant to sink into the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Nitsuma, Masaya Furuta
  • Patent number: 9192236
    Abstract: A guard for a rotatable or swivel seat includes a first generally planar surface and an opposing second generally planar surface. The first and second surfaces define an inner peripheral edge that surrounds a central opening. A skirt extends generally perpendicularly from the first and second surfaces. The skirt generally surrounds and is spaced radially outwardly from the inner peripheral edge. The guard includes a plurality of equidistantly spaced-apart fastener points formed on or in at least one of the first and second surfaces. Each fastener point is spaced radially outwardly from the inner peripheral edge and radially inwardly from the skirt. The guard is attachable to a platform of a seat in both a first configuration wherein the skirt of the guard extends away from the platform of the seat and a second configuration wherein the guard is inverted from the first configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: KGM Gaming LLC
    Inventor: Lance Weiss
  • Patent number: 9187015
    Abstract: An armrest unit for a passenger seat includes an armrest base body forming an armrest surface, and a suspension unit which is disposed underneath the armrest surface and which has at least one spacing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Klaus Wieland, Bernd Sommer
  • Patent number: 9187033
    Abstract: A passenger seat includes a first seat element and at least one second seat chamber element that are movable relative to each other, and which can be stood on a base of a transport means and has at least one optical transmission unit having a light input element, at least one light output element and at least one light guide path that runs from the light input element to the light output element and along which light is conducted. The optical transmission unit is provided for contact-free transmission of light in at least one operating state at at least one location of the light guide path that differs from a location of a light input into the light input element and from a location of light output from the light output element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Timo Tscherwitschke, Peter Gall