Patents Examined by Timothy M. Ayres
  • Patent number: 11988029
    Abstract: The present invention provides a refrigerator, comprising a cabinet, a door and a hinge body, wherein a positioning shaft and a guiding shaft are provided on the hinge body, and a positioning groove and a guiding groove are provided on the door; the door of the refrigerator according to the present invention may be moved by a distance in a direction away from a pivoting side when being opened, thereby avoiding inconvenience of opening the door due to the protrusion of the side wall of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: QINGDAO HAIER JOINT STOCK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Enpin Xia, Hao Zhang, Xiaobing Zhu
  • Patent number: 11980287
    Abstract: A backward-angled, dual-frame, open cabinet system that is minimalist in design. The open, dual-frame system eliminates hiding spots for common pests, such as mice and roaches. The cabinet does not have a back leg that extends down to the floor, and the cabinet is hung from a wall, or placed back-to-back with another cabinet. Adjacent cabinets can share a common subframe. The metallic design withstands high humidity and common abuse associated with heavily-used spaces. It is easy to clean, and it minimizes common repair costs. The cabinets have faces that can be replaced as needed, or refaced completely, at a lessor cost. The storage area is further maximized by eliminating the common horizontal (stretchers) found in most wood type cabinets. The backward-angled face panels offer enhanced spill resistance. The typical toe recess is replaced by using backward-angled front legs and panels, effectively safe guarding one's foot against contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventor: Steve Appolloni
  • Patent number: 11969086
    Abstract: An adjustable platform work tray includes a storage platform, a fixed mounting channel, an adjustable mounting channel, a support frame, and an adjustable brace. The storage platform that function as the storage area for materials and tools includes a base and a side wall. The fixed mounting channel is laterally mounted along a first wall section of the side wall and functions as one of the mounting structures. The support frame is perpendicularly mounted to the base and oriented opposite of the side wall. The support frame is positioned adjacent to the first wall section as the adjustable mounting channel is slidably mounted to the support frame. The adjustable mounting channel that functions as the second structure and the fixed mounting channel are positioned coplanar to each other. The adjustable brace is rotatably engaged in between the base and the adjustable mounting channel to further support the storage platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Inventors: Gary A. Christensen, James Michael Hainline, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11963650
    Abstract: A sliding-pivoting mechanism for a rack includes two pivot arms pivotably secured to the carcass, arranged parallel to one another, and forming a parallel guide for a pull-out guide having a guide rail and a running rail to which the rack is fastened. A locking mechanism is arranged on the guide rail and on one of the pivot arms to prevent a simultaneous pivoting and sliding movement. The locking mechanism has a locking pin arranged movably on one of the pivot arms and a locking plate mounted in a positionally fixed manner with respect to the guide rail and which interacts with the locking pin to block a pivoting movement of the pivot arms if the rack is lifted into an upper loading and unloading position. An unlocking device, coupled to the locking mechanism, has an actuating element and an unlocking element to move the locking pin from a blocking position into a release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Paul Hettich GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Oscar Garcia, Iker Lopetegi, Ander Martinez, Patrick Bon, Thomas Wieder
  • Patent number: 11957241
    Abstract: A mobile desk system that allows for the transportation of a seat, a desk, and additional materials by a single user. The desk and associated chair combine to form a transportation unit that can be operated by a user with one hand. The transportation unit can also carry additional equipment. Once the transportation unit is at the desired location, the equipment is offloaded and the desk and chair are set up per the user's needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventor: Anthony Rivera, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11957242
    Abstract: A height adjusting and leveling worksurface cantilever can comprise a leveling mechanism comprising a turnbuckle rod that can adjust an angle of a horizontal frame member relative to a vertical frame member. An assembler can adjust the angle of the horizontal frame member from a pivot point located on a proximal corner of the height adjusting and leveling worksurface cantilever. The height adjusting and leveling worksurface cantilever can also include a height adjusting mechanism comprising a threaded rod that can adjust a height of the height adjusting and leveling worksurface cantilever, relative to a hanger bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: DIRTT ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS LTD.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Brown, Geoff W. Gosling, Joseph A. Vulic
  • Patent number: 11944191
    Abstract: This invention is a foldable buffet station comprising supporting legs and a countertop frame mounted on upper ends of the supporting legs. The supporting legs comprise two sets of supporting panels on left and right sides. Each set of the supporting panels comprises a front supporting panel and a rear supporting panel which are rotationally connected. The countertop frame comprises a front beam, a rear beam, and two left and right side beams which form a rectangular frame. The two left and right side beams are respectively fixed at upper ends of the two rear supporting panels on left and right sides. The rear beam is detachably fixed at upper ends of the two back side supporting panels. The front beam is fixed at upper ends of the two front side supporting panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventor: Yi Li
  • Patent number: 11944194
    Abstract: A table assembly includes a tabletop member having a tabletop worksurface and a downwardly directed lower surface. A leg structure including first and second substantially vertical and spaced apart leg members is coupled to the lower surface for supporting the tabletop member. An elongated horizontal upper member extends between upper ends of the leg members. An elongated horizontal lower member below the tabletop member lower surface extends between and is joined to the leg members intermediate their upper and lower ends to form a gap with the upper member. A removable accessory bracket includes a substantially flat vertical member extending along a first plane and a lip member coupled to an upper end of the vertical member, the lip member extending along a second, substantially parallel plane spaced from the first plane and engaging the lower member to support the accessory bracket adjacent the outer surface of the lower member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Kirt Martin, David C. Eberlein, Fredric Biddle
  • Patent number: 11945358
    Abstract: A modular flooring system comprises a modular floor surface and a plurality of stackable, three-dimensional modular interior design components (MIDCs). The modular floor surface can comprise an array of discrete, raised, low-profile, receiving panels that can be rectangular in shape. MIDCs can be securely and interchangeably placed on any group of one or more adjacent unoccupied receiving panel and they can also be stackable, such that various different floor layouts can be created. Each of the MIDCs may comprise a lower surface recess that fits over a group of one or more adjacent raised receiving panels. A first MIDC may have an raised lip on a top surface such that the lower surface recess of a second MIDC fits over, separately and interchangeably, one (or more) of the raised receiving panels and the raised lip on the top surface of the first MIDC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: HAPPIER CAMPER, INC.
    Inventor: Derek M. May
  • Patent number: 11937692
    Abstract: A cabinet system arranged to allow access to floor space underneath, the system including two side walls having front and rear edges, at least one door arranged proximate the front edges of the side walls and configured to be openable to access an area between the side walls; and a bottom panel arranged between the two side walls and configured such that at least a portion of the bottom panel is selectively movable to at least partially expose a floor space extending back from the front edges of the side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventor: Richard D. Cornell
  • Patent number: 11939107
    Abstract: A pallet includes a deck and one or more leg-plank bridges that extend from the deck. The leg-plank bridges include one or more legs and a plank that extends between the legs. The legs and plank are integrally formed together and attached to the deck. The legs have one or more internal walls that define one or more cavities. Concrete fills the cavities of the legs located on a lead end of the pallet. The remaining cavities in the legs are filled with foam. The cavities in one version are wedge shaped. Other legs of the deck are filled entirely with foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Artistic Composite Pallets LLC
    Inventors: Garrett Clark, William A. Bastian, II
  • Patent number: 11938237
    Abstract: A sanitizer and a method for using a sanitizer are disclosed. The sanitizer comprises an illumination source, a collection frame, a discharge frame and a carrier system comprising a pair of belts to transport the elongated item between the collection frame and the discharge frame. The elongated item may be a writing instrument, a stylus, an eating utensil, or any other elongated object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventor: Brian E. Wind
  • Patent number: 11930926
    Abstract: A table assembly includes a tabletop member having a tabletop worksurface and a downwardly directed lower surface. A leg structure including first and second substantially vertical and spaced apart leg members is coupled to the lower surface for supporting the tabletop member. An elongated horizontal upper member extends between upper ends of the leg members. An elongated horizontal lower member below the tabletop member lower surface extends between and is joined to the leg members intermediate their upper and lower ends to form a gap with the upper member. A removable accessory bracket includes a substantially flat vertical member extending along a first plane and a lip member coupled to an upper end of the vertical member, the lip member extending along a second, substantially parallel plane spaced from the first plane and engaging the lower member to support the accessory bracket adjacent the outer surface of the lower member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Kirt Martin, David C. Eberlein, Fredric Biddle
  • Patent number: 11927299
    Abstract: A two display monitor mechanism including a stand assembly, a motorized arm assembly, and a mounting assembly is disclosed. These assemblies in conjunction with one another provide a simple solution to selectively concealing a secondary display behind a primary display. The stand assembly includes a stand having a primary display placed thereon. The motorized arm assembly includes a motorized arm with a second support plate to support a secondary display. The motorized arm assembly being disposed adjacent and at a spaced apart and parallel relationship with respect to the stand assembly. The motorized arm and the secondary display mounted thereon are then actuated via a remote between an up and down position. Thereby selectively concealing the secondary display behind the primary display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventor: Randy Embrey
  • Patent number: 11927385
    Abstract: A sliding and connecting device configured to slidably secure a cabinet panel to an appliance door includes a rail element and a sliding element. The sliding element has a first flat portion and a second flat portion. The second flat portion has a first cross-sectional hollow profile and a second cross-sectional hollow profile intersecting the first cross-sectional hollow profile. Each of the first and second cross-sectional hollow profiles are configured to engage and slide along a matching cross-sectional profile formed on the rail element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Matteo Parnisari
  • Patent number: 11918116
    Abstract: A system for managing the elevation of a workstation, the system comprising a frame, a worktop having an upper worksurface, at least a first powered vertical-displacement drive mechanism connected between the frame and the worktop and arranged to selectively vertically displace the worktop with respect to the frame, a presence sensor and a processor linked to the drive mechanism and the sensor, the processor using information from the presence sensor to track user presence at the workstation and, upon detecting that the workstation is unoccupied, automatically controlling the drive mechanism to move the worktop from a current height to a scheduled height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Labrosse, Michael Xinjie Chu, Scott Sullivan, Matthew N. Schneider
  • Patent number: 11910913
    Abstract: An apparatus drives and guides movement of a display assembly that includes a display unit. At least one track extends along at least one side of the display assembly and defines a path along which the display assembly is driven. A plurality of pins extend from the display assembly to the at least one track. At least one constant force spring has at one end a coiled part that is rotatably coupled to the display assembly, and an opposing end fastened to a fixed mounting location, and an uncoiled part extending between the coiled part and the opposing end. The at least one constant force spring is configured to drive the display assembly from a lowered position to a raised position while the plurality of pins travels along the at least one track and guide movement of the display assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Pedoeem, David Paolazzi
  • Patent number: 11903483
    Abstract: This invention discloses a storage device which consists of one drawer and one shell. The shell consists of one top panel and two side panels. Each side of the top panel offers a downward protruding wall. There are at least two downward-protruding, front-to-back-extending positioning plates located on the bottom edges of the two protruding walls of the top panels of the shell. The top ends of the two side panels are pivotally connected to the protruding walls on the corresponding sides of the top panels. Each of the positions at which the top sides of the two side panels connect to the positioning plates has a front-to-back-extending long groove. When in the standing form, the two side panels can slide backwards against the top panel, allowing each positioning plate to slide into their corresponding long grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: PROTREND CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Henry Chen
  • Patent number: 11896119
    Abstract: A two-stage lock assembly comprising a multi-element lock tab configured for disposition in a lateral structure of a lock device. The multi-element lock tab may include a body that includes an end on which a first element and a second element are disposed. The first element may extend from the body farther than the second element to enable the first element to be introduced into a receiver prior to the second element. The multi-element lock tab may be configurable in a disengaged configuration in which the first element and the second element are not positioned in a receiver, a first engaged configuration in which the first element is positioned in the receiver and the second element is not, and a second engaged configuration in which the first and the second elements are positioned in the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Lifetime Products, Inc.
    Inventor: S. Curtis Nye
  • Patent number: 11882934
    Abstract: A table assembly includes a tabletop member having a tabletop worksurface and a downwardly directed lower surface. A leg structure including first and second substantially vertical and spaced apart leg members is coupled to the lower surface for supporting the tabletop member. An elongated horizontal upper member extends between upper ends of the leg members. An elongated horizontal lower member below the tabletop member lower surface extends between and is joined to the leg members intermediate their upper and lower ends to form a gap with the upper member. A removable accessory bracket includes a substantially flat vertical member extending along a first plane and a lip member coupled to an upper end of the vertical member, the lip member extending along a second, substantially parallel plane spaced from the first plane and engaging the lower member to support the accessory bracket adjacent the outer surface of the lower member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Kirt Martin, David C. Eberlein, Fredric Biddle