Patents Examined by Stephen D'Adamo
  • Patent number: 7219956
    Abstract: A convertible stool is interchangeable between a utility function which has a seat movable up and down and has casters as feet at the end of legs connected with the seat through an upstanding member. In a second use, the casters are replaced by feet to give stability to the chair on a floor or base. As such, the second use can be a furniture type use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Larin Corporation
    Inventor: Shouyun Zhang
  • Patent number: 7168758
    Abstract: A modular comfort assembly adapted for installation within an occupant support includes a ventilation diffuser bag allowing for circulation of air through the bag. The diffuser bag includes a side surface having perforations therein and an opposite non-perforated side. The modular comfort assembly further includes a heating element and a lumbar support system. The heating element is adapted for placement on the surface of the diffuser bag having the perforations therein. The lumbar support system is adapted for placement on the non-perforated side of the diffuser bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: IGB Automotive Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael J. Bevan, Benson J. Brady
  • Patent number: 7134717
    Abstract: The backrest of a vehicle seat having a headrest, which may be displaced from an in-use position to a safety position by the effect of a force generation device, and which is fixed, by means of retaining elements extending into the backrest. The retaining elements may be displaced relative to the backrest, under the effect of the force generating device, by means of at least one connector guide, from a connector into a connector side block. The connector slide block is preferably lockable in the connector on the displacement from the in-use position to the safety position. One embodiment includes a rectangular connector slide block which performs a turning movement on the displacement, as a result of which the radial extent of the above relative to the connector is increased thus locking the connector slide block in the connector with a positive or non-positive fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Johnson Controls GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Thunnissen, Bernd Kraemer, Silvio Hartlaub
  • Patent number: 7100989
    Abstract: A collapsible cushion for integration into an automobile seat is provided. The collapsible cushion includes a first cushion plate and a second cushion plate with a plurality of springs interposed between the plates. The first plurality of springs is rotatably attached to both the first cushion plate and the second cushion plate such that each spring pivots when the collapsible seat cushion is collapsed. A seat suitable for inclusion in a automobile incorporates the collapsible cushion of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Christer Andersson, Odd Jaegtnes
  • Patent number: 7093898
    Abstract: An air-pressure applying assembly for a seat, having an occupant holding portion, for selectively applying a desired pressure to the body of a seat occupant. This assembly includes an air-bag assembly, an air-pressure source, an inlet-conduit assembly, an exhaust valve assembly, and a control assembly. The air-bag assembly is removably mountable to the seat occupant holding portion. The inlet-conduit assembly is in fluid communication at one end to the air-pressure source and at another to the air-bag assembly. The exhaust valve assembly is in fluid communication at one end to the inlet conduit assembly and has an air-outlet at the other end. A control assembly is linked to the air pressure source and to the exhaust valve assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Inventor: Julio Oswaldo Ladron De Guevara
  • Patent number: 7093897
    Abstract: A seat for an automobile vehicle comprises a seat pan (2) and a seat back (3), the seat pan (2) featuring a seating surface that is approximately horizontal extending from the seat back (3) to a forward limit (43), the seating surface comprising a fixed seating surface (4) and a mobile front section (5) spanning at least part of the width of the forward limit (43). The front section (5) can move between a raised position in which it is aligned with the fixed seating surface (4), and a tilted position in which the front section (5) is tilted down below the fixed seating surface (4) forming ridge (44) with it that is more or less parallel with the forward limit (43), this position being suitable to accommodate a seated child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Faurecia Sieges D'Automobile, S.A.
    Inventors: Nicolas Terrand, Alain Laporte, Guillaume Huguet, Yves Heranney
  • Patent number: 7070241
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multi-posture body support device adapted for working proximate to the floor. The device comprises: a frame extending at floor level, the frame having a front section, a rear section, and an extendible post in the rear section, the post being in a substantially perpendicular orientation relatively to the floor; an upper support adjustably mounted to the post; and a knee support mounted to the frame in front of the post and below the upper support, the knee support having a proximate end positioned proximate to the post and a distal end opposite to the proximate end; the knee support being substantially flat longitudinally between the proximate and distal ends for supporting longitudinally the legs of a worker facing one of the rear section and the front section relatively to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Inventors: Caroline Saulnier, Nicola Tardif-Bourdages, Dominic Thériault
  • Patent number: 7052087
    Abstract: A scissors lumbar support includes a hinge axle and two arms each having a forward portion and a rearward portion. The forward portions are lumbar support pads. At least one of the rearward portions of the arms are adapted to operatively engage a force applicator. Each of the arms hinge around a hinge axle upon application of force by a force applicator. At least one of the rearward portions of the arms are mountable on a seat frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Robert McMillen
  • Patent number: 7032973
    Abstract: A system for locking a first element with a second element, the system including a control member fitted on the first element and suitable for being actuated by a user in a direction that is substantially rectilinear and perpendicular to a pivot pin of a latch designed to co-operate with an anchor member fixed on the second element. The control member further includes a housing for receiving a finger of the latch while the latch is in the locked position so as to prevent the latch from pivoting about the pivot pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Faurecia Sieges d'Automobile
    Inventor: Yann Reubeuze
  • Patent number: 7028437
    Abstract: A deck with an integrated gutter system includes at least two separated joists and a plurality of planks. Each plank includes longitudinal grooves, is disposed above and supported by the joists, has an undersurface which is juxtaposed with the joists, and is secured to the joists. The deck also includes a plurality of unitary channels. Each channel includes a pair of flanges which mate with longitudinal grooves of immediately adjacent planks. The mating of the flanges of the channel with the grooves of the planks provides the deck with an impervious gutter that extends between and along the two planks, and is located above the joists to which the planks are secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Inventor: Robert F. Hauck
  • Patent number: 7021710
    Abstract: A juvenile seat includes a base and a lower back section coupled to the base. The base includes a bottom seat portion and the lower back section is positioned to lie at an angle relative to the bottom seat portion. The lower back section includes a planar front surface. A headrest of the juvenile seat is coupled to the lower back section for up and down movement relative to the base and the lower back section. The headrest includes a planar front surface and is positioned forward the planar front surface of the lower back section. The headrest and lower back section cooperate to provide a back rest surface for the juvenile seated therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: James Kain, Eugene Balensiefer, William Horton
  • Patent number: 7021714
    Abstract: A recliner adjuster for adjusting an inclination of a seat back with respect to a seat cushion includes a cam rotatably mounted between first and second brackets that are respectively fixed to the seat cushion and the seat back, and a lock plate interposed between the first and second brackets so as to move radially outwardly or inwardly with rotation of the cam. The lock plate has an engaging portion having teeth formed on an outer edge thereof, and respective side edges. The lock plate also has first and second shoulder portions formed on respective sides of the engaging portion. The first bracket has first and second guide members that define a guide groove therebetween in which the engaging portion of the lock plate is slidably received. The second bracket has internal teeth that are brought into engagement with the teeth of the engaging portion of the lock plate when the lock plate moves radially outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Delta Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasukazu Oki, Kiyonori Umezaki
  • Patent number: 7017988
    Abstract: A retractable work surface for a chair is provided for a chair that has a pair of arms. The work surface has a removable plate that can be coupled to one of the chair arms or the other. An L-shaped rod is coupled on one end to the plate so that is can rotate with respect to the plate. The other end of the rod has a bracket on one side and a tray on the other side. The bracket and tray can rotate as a unit with respect to the rod. The work surface is easily moved from one arm to the other by removing the plate from one arm and moving it to the other, and by reversing the rod and bracket. The work surface can also easily be retrofit to existing chairs by simply mounting the plate to one of the chair arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Marta Tornero, LeRoy Johnson
  • Patent number: 7017985
    Abstract: A folding chair with arms includes two back-rest tubes, two seating frame tubes, a pair of front crossed tubes, a pair of rear crossed tubes, a chair fabric, and a pair of soft or rigid arms. Each of the back-rest tubes is connected cross-wise to one of the seating frame tubes. The upper portion of each of the rear crossed tubes is connected to one of the back-rest tubes via a U-shaped hinging element. The front crossed tubes are cross-wise connected, and at the crossed connection point is provided a support reinforced block. The upper portion of each of the front crossed tubes is connected to one of the seating frame tubes via an eccentric U-shaped hinging element and a fixing element. The lower portion of each of the front crossed tubes is connected to the lower portion of one of the back-rest tubes via an eccentric U-shaped hinging element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventor: Libin Chen
  • Patent number: 7011372
    Abstract: A modular chair assembly includes a support frame, a leg frame, a link unit, and a seat mounted on the support frame. The support frame includes a plurality of curved supporting tubes, each of which has opposite first and second ends. The first end of each supporting tube is connected detachably to the second end of an adjacent supporting tube. The leg frame supports the support frame on a support surface, and includes a plurality of leg tubes. The link unit detachably connects one end of each leg tube to the first and second ends of two adjacent ones of the supporting tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Habitex Corporation
    Inventor: Duan-Cheng Hsieh
  • Patent number: 7011374
    Abstract: A seat device for a chair includes at least two outer sheet layers made of a stretchable elastic textile material, and an inner sheet layer of a textile material sandwiched by the outer sheet layers. The inner sheet layer has a second marginal part surrounding substantially an entire area thereof and secured to first marginal parts of the outer sheet layers. An attachment member is associated with the first and second marginal parts and is adapted to be mounted on the chair. The entire area of the inner sheet layer is larger than that of a respective outer sheet layer so that the inner sheet layer creases when the outer sheet layers lay flat. The inner and outer sheet layers form a concaved configuration when a pressure is exerted on the inner and outer sheet layers along a direction transverse to the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Habitex Corporation
    Inventor: Duan-Cheng Hsieh
  • Patent number: 7011369
    Abstract: An adjustable lumbar support (10) adapted to be integrated into new or existing seat structures. Adjustable lumbar support (10) includes a floating plate (15) supported by a support linkage. In one embodiment, the support linkage is defined by first and second spring members (25) and (26) which engage the seat frame. In an alternate embodiment, the support linkage is defined by first and second spring members (25) and (26) engaged with first and second linkage members (52), respectively, and includes a rotary power mechanism (50) for applying a rotating motion to a shaft (54) threadably engaged with first and second linkage members (52). The degree of support provided by floating plate (15) is adjusted by adjusting the effective length of the support linkage. Lumbar support mechanism (10) can be mounted in a seat back alone or in conjunction with an integral trim attachment array (70). Trim attachment array (70) is adapted to replace the trim wires molded into the cushion foam of a standard seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Alfmeier Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew J. Massara, Brandon R. Vogt
  • Patent number: 7011368
    Abstract: A child restraint for use with aircraft seats wherein the restraint is a one-piece shell-like body having integrally formed bottom and side walls that support the child and which permit nesting of the seats for compact storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Am-Safe Aviation
    Inventors: Thomas H. Barth, Andrew W. Mackie
  • Patent number: 7004544
    Abstract: Backrest for armchairs, made up of a soft front body (1.1) and a rear frame (1.2), situating at the upper part a headrest made up of a respective soft front body (3.1) and a respective rear frame (3.2), fitting the soft body (3.1) of the headrest in a notch (11) of the upper part of the soft body (1.1) of the backrest, with fixing of the mentioned soft body (3.1) of the headrest over the hooks (9) of the corresponding rear frame (3.2) and a screwed anchoring (14) which passes through the frame (3.2) of the headrest and the frame (1.2) of the backrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Figueras International Seating, S.A.
    Inventor: Jose Figueras Mitjans
  • Patent number: 7000993
    Abstract: A furniture piece including a base and a backrest pivotally connected to the base. An attachment component is positionable or movable between an engaged position locking the backrest in an upright position and a disengaged position allowing the backrest to move towards a folded position. A seat portion is pivotally connected to the base, and pivotally movable with respect to the base between an open position and a closed position. With the backrest in the folded position, the furniture piece may be placed within a box and shipped and/or stored in a volume-efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: LumiSource, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Lee