Patents Examined by Syed A. Islam
  • Patent number: 10806263
    Abstract: Provided is a cushion including a pad, an envelope, and a support pad set. The pad has a sunken portion. The envelope is disposed on the pad. The envelope has a pocket-shaped body. A plurality of coupling portions is disposed at edges of the body. The support pad set includes an upper foam pad, a lower foam pad, and a soft gel pad. The support pad set is disposed in the body of the envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: David Leverett
  • Patent number: 10807721
    Abstract: A safety seat for an occupant includes a front shell secured to a bulkhead. The front shell has an outer edge and an inner edge. The inner edge defines an opening. The safety seat includes a seat base having a first side and a second side opposite the first side. The seat base has a first position and a second position. In the first position, the first side is flush with the inner edge and in the second position; the second side supports the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Muneer Bakhsh, Charles Aitken
  • Patent number: 10800303
    Abstract: A operation knob device (10) for an armrest, that is configured to unlock the armrest and moves the armrest to a useable state, includes: a knob min body (30) having an operation knob (32); and an inner case (50) disposed around the knob main body (30) and configured to expose the operation knob (32) from a first opening (55). The inner case (50) includes a plurality of case protrusions (60) that protrude from a lower region (54a) of a lower edge of the first opening (55) toward the knob main body (30). The knob main body (30) includes a plurality of main body protrusions (40) that protrude toward the lower region (54a) of the inner case (50). The plurality of case protrusions (60) and the plurality of main body protrusions (40) are alternately disposed when viewed in a +Z direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: Koichiro Wada, Zhengda Mao, Anand Patil, Masao Sebata, Chunhua Hu, XiaoZhong Wu, YuLiang Wang, Cheng Peng
  • Patent number: 10787099
    Abstract: In order to improve steering operation operability during cornering while maintaining a driver holding property, a seat apparatus is provided with: a seat back frame; a cornering sensor for detecting a cornering direction of a vehicle; and a control unit that controls the seat back frame on the basis of the result of detection by the cornering sensor. The seat back frame is provided with: left and right side frames disposed on both sides of the seat back frame; a back plate disposed between the left and right side frames; and a swinging mechanism for swinging the back plate with respect to the direction of movement of the vehicle. The control unit controls the swinging mechanism such that, upon detection of a cornering direction of the vehicle by the cornering sensor, the inner one of the sides of the back plate with respect to the cornering direction is positioned rearward of the outer one of the sides with respect to the cornering direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinji Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10786082
    Abstract: A rotation adjuster of an armrest is connected on a bottom of a supporting extension, a rotatable fixer connected on a holding tray, and a U-shaped plate having a circular groove, a slidable seat, a support post, two slidable engagement structures, and multiple arcuate notches. The holding tray includes a body and multiple spaced recesses. The rotatable fixer includes multiple columns, a circular protrusion, multiple receiving orifices configured to accommodate multiple springs, multiple balls and the multiple pushing elements respectively, and a connection orifice. The U-shaped plate includes the circular groove, a first rib, a threaded orifice, and two locking pegs. The slidable seat includes a U-shaped frame, a covering sheet, a first slot, and two second slots. Each slidable engagement structure includes multiple arcuate notches and a flexible projection received in a trench. A screw is inserted through the connection orifice of the rotatable fixer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventors: Yu-Shan Lai, Yen-Chi Lai
  • Patent number: 10766392
    Abstract: A seat includes a seat back frame and a mounting plate fixed to the seat back frame. A deployable plate is movably engaged with the mounting plate and is moveable away from the seat back frame from an undeployed position to a deployed position. An actuator is coupled to the deployable plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Deepak Patel, Zhibing Deng, Matthew B. Makowski, Sean Timothy Ryan
  • Patent number: 10759307
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes a seat frame, a sub frame, an electric motor, a transmission, and a flexible drive shaft. The seat frame includes a front support portion and supports a bottom cushion. The sub frame has a top plate and a base plate. The top plate supports a front cushion and rotatably supports a screw gear. The electric motor includes a first output member and is fixedly mounted to the front support portion of the seat frame. The transmission includes an input member and a second output member. The transmission is fixedly mounted to the base plate of the sub frame. The second output member of the transmission is drivingly connected to the screw gear of the sub frame. The flexible drive shaft is drivingly connecting the first output member of the electric motor to the input member of the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Edeena A. Reader
  • Patent number: 10744916
    Abstract: This invention provides a locking seat cover securing system that includes a listing bead with a notch removed from the bead, and a stop clip with a nub in an inner surface of the stop clip. The notch is curved so as to maintain the structural integrity of the listing bead. The nub is sized, shaped, and located to correspond to the notch on the listing bead, so that the nub can engage within the listing bead when the listing bead is inserted into the notch. The engagement of the nub within the notch prevents the listing bead from sliding within the locking stop clip. The listing bead with the stop clip can be inserted into an upholstery clip within a foam seat, and the stop clip can abut the upholstery clip so that the listing bead cannot move relative to the upholstery clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Hope Global, Division of NFA Corp.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Agonia, Aleksandr V. Boguk, Carlos A. Neves, Andrew W. Santin
  • Patent number: 10744912
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle seat comprising a backrest portion and a seating surface portion, each of which is arranged to be connected with a seat base portion, wherein the backrest portion is resiliently arranged and supported to be able to swivel with respect to the seat base portion, and wherein the seating surface portion is arranged to be able to move in at least a longitudinal direction of the seat frontwards and rearwards with respect to the seat base portion, wherein the backrest portion and the seating surface portion are operatively connected together via a first lever arrangement in such a way that the seating surface portion is able to move rearwards in the longitudinal direction of the seat when the backrest portion makes a suspending movement with respect to the seat base portion in a direction away from the seating surface portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventor: Erwin Haller
  • Patent number: 10736426
    Abstract: A headrest device includes a support frame, a pillow plate, a first driving member and a first transmission member. The first transmission member includes a first transmission rod, two first connecting plates, and two elastic members. Each end of the first transmission rod is respectively provided with a first extending plate pivotally connected to the support frame with a first pivot. Each of the two first connecting plates is pivotally connected to the first extending plate with a second pivot. The headrest device has a first rotating process when there is no obstruction in its path, in which the first transmission member rotates about the first pivot relative to the support frame to tilt the pillow plate, and a second rotating process when there is an obstruction, in which the pillow plate and the two first connecting plate rotate about a second pivot relative to the first extending plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Zhongqiang Fei, Xiqi Sun, Shaoqiang Fei
  • Patent number: 10736423
    Abstract: The invention concerns a seat back (10) for an article of adjustable furniture comprising: a frame (12), at least one movable support section (14, 80) mounted for angular adjustment with respect to the frame; cam means (64) associated with one of the frame and the movable support section, cam follower means (58) associated with the other of the frame and the movable support section; actuator means (38) for moving said cam means or cam follower means associated with the frame with respect to the frame; whereby movement of said actuator means effects relative movement of said cam means with respect to said cam follower means and said relative movement effects angular adjustment of said support section relative to the frame to alter the seat back configuration. The present invention contemplates embodiments where the support section(s) comprise(s) an adjustable head rest (14), an adjustable lumbar support (80) or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Paul Daniel Brown
  • Patent number: 10729252
    Abstract: An angular position adjusting device includes a coupling column coupled with a chair body. The coupling column includes a top end having a lower coupling face with a receiving groove, a pivotal groove, and at least one restraining groove. The pivotal groove includes a bottom wall having a coupling hole. A positioning block is mounted in the receiving groove and includes a resilient portion having a positioning member. A seat includes a lower end having an upper coupling face with an axle received in the pivotal groove. A fastener extends through the axle and is coupled with the coupling hole of the coupling column. The positioning member is selectively and releasably engaged in one of angularly spaced positioning grooves of the upper coupling face. At least one restraining member is disposed on the upper coupling face and is slidably received in the at least one restraining groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Zooey Chia-Tien Chu, Douglas Pan
  • Patent number: 10730420
    Abstract: An occupant support includes a vehicle seat and an occupant support covering. The occupant-support covering may be configured to be selectively installed on the vehicle seat and an option of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventor: Aurelien Francois
  • Patent number: 10723245
    Abstract: A support base for a child safety seat includes a shell, a belt clamp, a latching mechanism and a belt retaining structure. The shell is adapted to receive a child seat thereon, and has a panel at an end thereof. The belt clamp is pivotally connected with the shell and is disposed adjacent to the panel, the panel rising above the belt clamp, the belt clamp being operable to clamp a lap belt portion of a vehicle safety belt adjacent to a surface of the shell. The latching mechanism is operable to lock the belt clamp in a clamping state. The belt retaining structure is provided on the panel, and is configured to hold a shoulder belt portion of a vehicle safety belt adjacent to the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Wonderland Switzerland AG
    Inventors: Robert Scott Anderson, Curtis M. Hartenstine, Patrick J. G. Bowers
  • Patent number: 10703238
    Abstract: Provided is a seat cover (5) of a vehicle seat (1) which is formed by sewing a plurality of skin materials includes: a locked part (23) which is provided in a sewn portion (12) of two sheets of sewn skin materials (10 and 11) and is locked in a locking part (22) of a cushion pad in a state where the sewn portion is pulled into a cushion pad (20). Among seam allowances of the skin materials included in the sewn portion, a seam allowance (14) of one skin material includes a protrusion part (15) which is arranged to protrude in a pulling-in direction of the sewn portion from a seam allowance (13) of the other skin material. The locked part is directly provided in the protrusion part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiko Suzuki, Katsunori Nagaoka
  • Patent number: 10694864
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes a seat with a hip/thigh support, a back support and at least one gap between the hip/thigh support and the back support. A seating pad assembly is positioned removably on the seat and has a foam cushion made at least partly of a viscoelastic foam and having a dimensionally stable woven fabric cover. Pelvic and upper back areas of a person sitting on the seat deform the viscoelastic foam significantly to provide a comfortable support and to define anchors for the seating pad assembly. The outer cover extends between those anchors for effectively supporting and cradling the lumbar back area of the person in the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Comfort Concepts LLC
    Inventor: Richard M. Leeds
  • Patent number: 10696201
    Abstract: In a headrest including a core member, an acoustic speaker, and an acoustic microphone, the acoustic microphone is provided in a recessed portion provided in the core member, and a sound collection surface of the acoustic microphone is provided in a position rearward of a vibrating surface of the acoustic speaker. An opening at a tip end of the recessed portion can be provided in a position forward of a tip end of the vibrating surface of the acoustic speaker. The recessed portion can be formed into a shape that narrows from the opening toward a bottom surface. Even when the acoustic microphone is provided near to the acoustic speaker, accuracy of voice recognition by the acoustic microphone can be prevented from being reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Fujikake, Takao Ishikawa, Shingo Takei, Naoki Takada
  • Patent number: 10696204
    Abstract: An inertial latch for a motor vehicle armrest is rotatably connected to a a bracket mounted to a support structure; an armrest interfacing component is disposed in an arcuate slot in the bracket, the slot extending from a first to a second end; a primary pawl rotatable from a first to a second position and limiting motion of the interfacing component in the slot; a secondary pawl rotatable from a third position to a fourth position and limiting motion of the primary pawl; a stop limits motion of the secondary pawl. The armrest articulates from a closed to an open position, the interfacing component moves through the entire slot when the primary pawl is in the first position, the interfacing component is held within a portion less than the entire slot when the primary pawl is in the second position, and the interfacing component is releasable from the portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Patrick N. Stewart, Edeena A. Reader
  • Patent number: 10681985
    Abstract: A folding chair comprises two front tubular legs, two rear tubular legs and a seat cushion board, with the front tubular legs intersecting the rear tubular legs. Two washers are arranged at an intersection of the front and rear tubular legs, such that each washer is located between a front tubular leg and a rear tubular leg. A pin passes through the front tubular leg, the washer and the rear tubular leg successively. The washer includes a curved base and a bowl-shaped support which is located in a central area of the curved base, and a through hole is formed at the center of the bowl-shaped support. The curved base is fixedly connected to the front tubular legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Dongguan Shichang Metals Factory Ltd.
    Inventor: Chenkang Lin
  • Patent number: 10676002
    Abstract: A headrest assembly includes a headrest body as well as a first support arm with a seatback rear support connection to a rear of a seatback and a cantilevered portion extending upwardly to a first headrest connection end. A second support arm has a rear seatback support connection and a cantilevered portion extending upwardly to a second headrest connection end. The first headrest connection end and the second headrest connection end are spaced apart a distance in the lateral direction to form a support connection. An adjustable connection is provided between the headrest body and the support connection. The adjustable connection includes a height adjustment means for adjusting a position of the headrest body relative to the support connection in a height direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Adient Engineering and IP GmbH
    Inventors: Mark Milner, John Gomez, Kurt Seibold, Jeff Laho