Patents Examined by Timothy M. Ayres
  • Patent number: 11401073
    Abstract: A pallet includes a base layer and a cargo layer. The cargo layer includes a pair of spaced apart end deck boards, and intermediate deck boards between the pair of spaced apart end deck boards. Each end deck board and an immediately adjacent intermediate deck board are butted against one another. Spaced apart supports are coupled between the base and cargo layers and forming a gap therebetween for receiving a lifting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: CHEP Technology Pty Limited
    Inventors: Danel J Lantz, Bart De Laender, Monika Milewska
  • Patent number: 11401132
    Abstract: A cord management system for a cabinet or other similar furniture, appliances, or other applications include a conduit. A cord management weight is disposed within the conduit. The cord management weight includes a cord receiving portion and a weight locking feature. The cord receiving portion is configured to receive a portion of an electrical cord of an electronic device. The weight locking feature is configured to selectively prevent translational movement of the cord management weight within the conduit. The cord management weight is configured to be selectively retracted into the conduit and locked into position within the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Andrew L. Smith, Billy Jack Ahola, Alexander V. LeTourneau, Scott R. Krebs, Lawrence E. Duwell, Donald G. Bogenschuetz, Peter William Swart
  • Patent number: 11395547
    Abstract: Provided are rack systems including at least one support rail configured with a plurality of axially extending bracket arresting slots and a plurality of corresponding locking locations, and at least one support bracket including at least two axially disposed engaging hooks readily detachably attachable with any two or more of the bracket arresting slots of the support rail, said support bracket further including a locking mechanism including a locking plunger configured for engaging with a locking location at the support rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Keter Plastic Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaron Brunner, Izhar Shani, Uri Parizer
  • Patent number: 11382421
    Abstract: The laptop stand may comprise a laptop platform, a support leg, a first platform retainer, and a second platform retainer. The laptop stand may detachably couple to a work area and may be operable to support a laptop computer while the laptop computer is being used. The laptop stand may thus allow the laptop computer to be conveniently accessed in an environment where no horizontal surfaces are available upon which the laptop computer may be placed. The first platform retainer and the second platform retainer may detachably couple to the work area to support the rear of the laptop platform. The support leg may extend down from the front of the laptop platform to support the front of the laptop platform in a horizontal orientation. The laptop computer may be placed upon the laptop platform once the laptop platform is horizontally oriented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventor: Michael J. Wolak
  • Patent number: 11382425
    Abstract: A method for producing a wall for a piece of furniture involves providing two panel-form core halves, of which at least one has at least one aperture extending only along a portion of a side surface of the core half. A fitting or fitting housing is inserted into the at least one aperture and the two core halves are joining together to form a composite element enclosing the fitting or fitting housing. Side surfaces of the two core halves are located one upon the other. A narrow-surface coating is applied to at least one end surface of the composite element, the end surface being oriented transversely to the side surface. An opening is formed in a portion of the at least one end surface. The opening extends as far as the fitting, or the fitting housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: AMBIGENCE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Stefan Andschus
  • Patent number: 11375808
    Abstract: A table dividing system includes a connecting system to rest on a top surface of a table, the connecting system having a first bracket having a first portion and a second portion with one or more pre-drilled holes; and one or more connectors to extend through the pre-drilled holes; the first portion and the second portion secure to a panel; and the panel is held above the top surface of the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventors: Dony Dawson, Stephen Savoie
  • Patent number: 11357341
    Abstract: A retail merchandise display device with security shield includes a pair of opposed side supports. One or more peg hooks may be mounted between the pair of side supports within a retail merchandise containment region. A movable shield is positioned over an opening to the retail merchandise containment region. Movement of the shield from a lowed position to a raised position and/or from a raised position to a lowered position is detected by an alarm device of the display, which in turn is configured to produce an alarm signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Fasteners for Retail, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent O. Ewing, Keith C. Eden
  • Patent number: 11350736
    Abstract: A desk and desk system are disclosed. The desk forms a three-dimensional shape of an alphabet letter, number, or typographical symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventor: Ruby Thompson Smith
  • Patent number: 11352169
    Abstract: A pallet assembly includes an upper deck having a first plurality of ribs and a second plurality of ribs. The first plurality of ribs each include a first opening therethrough that opens downward. The second plurality of ribs each include a second opening therethrough that opens upward. The first openings and the second openings aligned to define a channel. A reinforcement member is disposed in the channel A plurality of columns extend from the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventor: William P. Apps
  • Patent number: 11344112
    Abstract: An extendable table assembly includes a primary board, a support unit mounted on the primary board, a foldable primary stand pivotally connected with the support unit, an extension unit arranged under the primary board and connected with the support unit, a secondary board placed on the extension unit, and a connecting unit mounted between the support unit and the extension unit. The extension unit includes a strut, an enclosure frame connected with the strut and the support unit, and a foldable secondary stand movable with the extension unit. The secondary stand includes two legs pivotally connected with the enclosure frame and a V-shaped brace mounted between the two legs and the strut. The two legs cooperate with the primary stand to support the primary board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventor: Te-Lung Chen
  • Patent number: 11324314
    Abstract: A cabinet apparatus including a housing having a cavity, a door that closes the cavity, and a support assembly that is coupled to the cabinet assembly. The support assembly may be movable in accordance with several different types of movement. For example, the support assembly may be movable upwardly and downwardly relative to the cabinet assembly along a vertical axis that is parallel to the longitudinal axis of the cabinet assembly. The support assembly may be rotatable about a first rotational axis to move a holding component of the support assembly between a stowed position in which the holding component is stored away and a deployed position in which the holding component protrudes from a periphery of the cabinet assembly. The support assembly may be rotatable about a second rotational axis to adjust an angle at which the holding component protrudes from the periphery of the cabinet assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventor: Agostino Lobello
  • Patent number: 11317716
    Abstract: A furniture assembly comprising a first frame structure having front and rear portions and including at least a first leg member and a substantially horizontal first rail member supported by the at least a first leg member where the first rail member has a first length dimension, a substantially horizontal second rail member supported by the at least a second leg member spaced apart from the first rail member wherein an assembly space includes the space between the first and second rail members, a front portion of the assembly space adjacent the front portion of the first frame structure and a rear portion of the assembly space adjacent the rear portion of the first frame structure, a first furniture sub-assembly having first and second ends, having a first depth dimension and supported within the assembly space by the first and second rail members and a second furniture sub-assembly having first and second ends, a second depth dimension and supported within the assembly space by the first rail member and a r
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Kirt Martin, David C. Eberlein, Fredric Biddle
  • Patent number: 11304517
    Abstract: A cabinet (1) with a containment space (2), shelves (9) contained in the containment space (2), an access opening (3) to the containment space (2) and a moving mechanism (4) for moving the shelves (9) through said opening (3); wherein said moving mechanism (4) comprises a first arm (5) and a second arm (6), which are sustained by the cabinet (1), cantilever-style, inside the containment space (2), and rotatably about a vertical line (V), said first arm (5) and second arm (6) in turn sustaining a related shelf (9) in a condition in which it can rotate, turning about at least one vertical line (V); at least the second arm (6) of said arms (5, 6) being provided with two component segments (10, 11), converging at an interposed articulated joint (12); and control and guiding means (13) for coordination of the movement of said first arm (5) and second arm (6) which are designed to allow the shelf (9) to travel along a horizontal trajectory with variable orientation of its positioning, in such a way as to pass throu
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Roberto Trombettoni, Emanuele Silvi
  • Patent number: 11305876
    Abstract: An apparatus for an aircraft cabin may include a body and a personal electronic device (PED) holder. The body may include a sloped surface between a top surface and a recess surface with a plurality of recess protrusions configured to support a PED. The body may be couplable to a surface within the aircraft cabin via one or more couplers. The PED holder may include a paddle and at least one hinge coupler. The paddle may be located opposite the sloped surface within the recess. The paddle may be dimensioned to fit within the recess when the PED holder is in a closed position. The paddle may be configured to support the PED when the PED holder is in an open position. The PED holder may be configured to rotate about an axis through the at least one hinge coupler between at least the open position and the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Jackson R. Wanner, David A. Richardson, Rafael Z. Ramos
  • Patent number: 11304546
    Abstract: A cabinet includes a frame, having a top pan and a bottom pan, and a pair of sides coupled to the top pan and the bottom pan to form the frame. A shelf is adjustably mounted in the frame in one of a substantially level or a slanted orientation. The shelf has a plurality of shelf openings therethrough on a shelf face, the shelf openings configured to provide multiple lateral subsection configurations. A plurality of divider rods sized to be accommodated in the pan openings and shelf openings, the divider rods configured to divide the frame into the multiple lateral subsections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventor: Joshua B. Boos
  • Patent number: 11300512
    Abstract: The drawer organization system comprises a cabinet and one or more drawers. The one or more drawers are contained within the cabinet. Each of the one or more drawers are organized into a plurality of containment sections. A user organizes the storage of the one or more objects by properly selecting a containment section selected from the plurality of containment sections for each object. The drawer organization system further comprises an index display and a plurality of stickers. The index display is contained within the cabinet. The index display is a display surface on which an index that identifies the selected containment space for each stored object. Each of the plurality of stickers presents the image of an indicia that is attached to a containment space selected from the plurality of containment spaces that relates the selected containment space to the index display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventor: Edward C. Moriarty, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11287180
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes: a cabinet in which a storage compartment is formed; a refrigerator door for opening and closing the storage compartment; a rack which can move from an initial position to a door opening position to open the refrigerator door; a driving motor which generates a driving force to move the rack; a power transmission unit which transmits power of the driving motor to the rack; a rotation detection unit which detects a rotation number of the driving motor; and a controller that controls the driving motor based on information on the rotation number detected by the rotation detection unit, in which the controller may control the driving motor to a first state until the rack moves from the door opening position to a reference position and may control the driving motor to a second state until the rack moves from the reference position to the initial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sunghun Lee, Dongjeong Kim, Seungyoon Cho
  • Patent number: 11284719
    Abstract: A drawer assembly has a frame with one or more drawer-receiving spaces and one or more drawers received therein. Each drawer includes a pair of guide-receiving tracks and a pair of securable guides. The pair of guide-receiving tracks are positioned on laterals sides of the drawer and each securable guide is received in one of the guide-receiving tracks. Each securable guide includes one or more bearing surfaces in engagement with the respective guide-receiving track to permit linear sliding translation of the drawer relative to the securable guide. Each securable guide also further includes a securing element having an installed position in which the securing element engages the lateral sides of the frame to attach and fix the securable guide in position relative to the frame. The securing element is movable away from this installed position to facilitate installation or removal of the drawer from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Greenheck Racing, Inc.
    Inventor: Brandon R. Frank
  • Patent number: 11278752
    Abstract: A health and safety unit according to the present disclosure can include a vertically arranged panel having a first side and a second side opposite the first side and a mounting structure for movably mounting the panel to a housing. The panel can define a plurality of pockets extending through the first and second sides. Each of the plurality of pockets can be dimensioned to receive and support one or more items for storing within the housing. The panel, when movably mounted to the housing by the mounting structure, can be movable between a first position and a second position, wherein the panel and any items received therein are enclosed within the housing in the first position, and wherein the panel and any items received therein are accessible in the second position such that the one or more items can be removed from the plurality of pockets for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: First Reaction Ltd.
    Inventor: Jason Walker
  • Patent number: 11267610
    Abstract: A pallet top deck, a bottom deck, and spaced apart support blocks coupled between the top and bottom decks. Each support block includes an inner wall surrounding an interior opening, an outer wall surrounding the inner wall, and a plurality of ribs extending between the inner and outer walls. A first plurality of upper tabs extend outwards from upper surfaces of the inner wall and the plurality of ribs, with each tab comprising an angled contact surface for engaging top deck tab openings in an underside of the top deck. A second plurality of upper tabs extend outwards from the upper surfaces of the inner wall and the plurality of ribs, with each tab comprising an angled contact surface for engaging the top deck tab openings. The angled contact surfaces of the first and second plurality of upper tabs face away from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: CHEP Technology Pty Limited
    Inventors: Brandon Michael D'Emidio, Ricardo Martin Garcia, Daniel Aaron Gorsky, Paul J. Siebert, Robert G. States, III, Paul Barnswell, Joseph Adam Gainey