Patents by Inventor George V. Weller

George V. Weller has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 8407944
    Abstract: A conferencing assembly, the assembly comprising a support, at least one table top member forming a substantially flat top surface, the at least one top member supported by the support with the flat surface substantially horizontal, the at least one top member including at least first and second substantially straight edge sections where the second edge section forms an angle with respect to the first edge section of less than substantially sixty degrees and at least first and second display screens positioned adjacent and substantially parallel to the first and second edge sections, respectively, each of the first and second display screens facing across at least a portion of the top surface of the top member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Baloga, Frank G. Graziano, Terence D. West, George V. Weller
  • Patent number: 6951085
    Abstract: A utility panel system is provided for open office spaces, and the like. Each utility panel has a relatively thick, skeleton-like frame, with a foot and opposite sides shaped for interconnection with like panel frames to create a substantially freestanding utility panel system. Cover panels are detachably connected to the opposite faces of each panel frame to enclose the same, and provide ready access to the panel interior. Horizontal utility troughs extend continuously between the opposite sides of each panel frame in a vertically stacked relationship. The utility troughs have open ends located at the opposite panel sides, and are positioned such that when adjacent utility panels are interconnected in a side-by-side relationship, the utility troughs are aligned to form multiple raceways. Panel connectors are provided to connect the utility panels with one or more of a variety of existing partition panels, such that the utility panels act as a spine which supplies utilities to the existing partition panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald R. Hodges, George V. Weller
  • Publication number: 20040154233
    Abstract: A utility panel system is provided for open office spaces, and the like. Each utility panel has a relatively thick, skeleton-like frame, with a foot and opposite sides shaped for interconnection with like panel frames to create a substantially freestanding utility panel system. Cover panels are detachably connected to the opposite faces of each panel frame to enclose the same, and provide ready access to the panel interior. Horizontal utility troughs extend continuously between the opposite sides of each panel frame in a vertically stacked relationship. The utility troughs have open ends located at the opposite panel sides, and are positioned such that when adjacent utility panels are interconnected in a side-by-side relationship, the utility troughs are aligned to form multiple raceways. Panel connectors are provided to connect the utility panels with one or more of a variety of existing partition panels, such that the utility panels act as a spine which supplies utilities to the existing partition panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2004
    Publication date: August 12, 2004
    Inventors: Ronald R. Hodges, George V. Weller
  • Patent number: 6748707
    Abstract: A utility interface system is disclosed for use in a work environment of the type having a floor system. The floor system may be of a type having an access opening and an upper surface. A compartment is configured within the access opening and has a cover. A module is adapted to be received within the compartment. The module can be stowed or concealed within the compartment while not in use and removed from the compartment for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Mark A. Buchalter, George V. Weller, Howard M. Montgomery, Thomas G. Feldpausch, Douglas L. Bartrand, Carl V. Forslund, III, Arthur Y. Tsubaki, Yasuyuki Hirai
  • Patent number: 6684583
    Abstract: A utility panel system is provided for open office spaces, and the like. Each utility panel has a relatively thick, skeleton-like frame, with a foot and opposite sides shaped for interconnection with like panel frames to create a substantially freestanding utility panel system. Cover panels are detachably connected to the opposite faces of each panel frame to enclose the same, and provide ready access to the panel interior. Horizontal utility troughs extend continuously between the opposite sides of each panel frame in a vertically stacked relationship. The utility troughs have open ends located at the opposite panel sides, and are positioned such that when adjacent utility panels are interconnected in a side-by-side relationship, the utility troughs are aligned to form multiple raceways. Panel connectors are provided to connect the utility panels with one or more of a variety of existing partition panels, such that the utility panels act as a spine which supplies utilities to the existing partition panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald R. Hodges, George V. Weller
  • Patent number: 6481168
    Abstract: A utility panel system is provided for open office spaces, and the like. Each utility panel has a relatively thick, skeleton-like frame, with a foot and opposite sides shaped for interconnection with like panel frames to create a substantially freestanding utility panel system. Cover panels are detachably connected to the opposite faces of each panel frame to enclose the same, and provide ready access to the panel interior. Horizontal utility troughs extend continuously between the opposite sides of each panel frame in a vertically stacked relationship. The utility troughs have open ends located at the opposite panel sides, and are positioned such that when adjacent utility panels are interconnected in a side-by-side relationship, the utility troughs are aligned to form multiple raceways. Panel connectors are provided to connect the utility panels with one or more of a variety of existing partition panels, such that the utility panels act as a spine which supplies utilities to the existing partition panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald R. Hodges, George V. Weller
  • Patent number: 6430882
    Abstract: A utility distribution system for open office plans comprising a prefabricated floor construction and a utility post for distributing utilities. The prefabricated floor construction is adapted to be abuttingly supported on a building floor. The prefabricated floor construction includes a substantially hollow interior portion thereof defining at least one raceway to route at least one utility conduit therethrough and a plurality of floor tiles defining an upper surface of the floor construction. The utility post includes a floor tile shaped for installation in a prefabricated floor construction and at least one marginally positioned cutouts thereof disposed above the raceway and communicating therewith. The utility post further includes at least one vertical raceway being in communication with one of the at least one marginally positioned open foot area and a top located above the at least one vertical raceway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas G. Feldpausch, George V. Weller
  • Patent number: 6424248
    Abstract: A utility distribution system is provided for modular furniture of the type comprising individual furniture units which are juxtaposed to form one or more workstations. A signal conductor is positioned in each furniture unit, and extends generally between opposite sides thereof. Quick-disconnect connectors are provided at the opposite ends of each of the signal conductors, and mate with like quick-disconnect connectors in adjacent furniture units to create a communications network through the workstations. Each furniture unit has a signaler physically associated therewith, which is connected with an associated signal conductor at a coupler. A network controller is operable connected to the network to evaluate the network and/or the associated furniture units. The furniture units may be equipped with one or more utility ports, which are connected with the coupler, and service utility appliances, such as personal computers, telephones, facsimile machines, switches, power outlets, data receptacles, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: John Shackelford Toms, Steven M. Brown, William L. Miller, George V. Weller, Scott H. Russell, Joseph R. Branc, David C. Sweeton, Matthew M. Mikolajczak
  • Publication number: 20020069601
    Abstract: A utility panel system is provided for open office spaces, and the like. Each utility panel has a relatively thick, skeleton-like frame, with a foot and opposite sides shaped for interconnection with like panel frames to create a substantially freestanding utility panel system. Cover panels are detachably connected to the opposite faces of each panel frame to enclose the same, and provide ready access to the panel interior. Horizontal utility troughs extend continuously between the opposite sides of each panel frame in a vertically stacked relationship. The utility troughs have open ends located at the opposite panel sides, and are positioned such that when adjacent utility panels are interconnected in a side-by-side relationship, the utility troughs are aligned to form multiple raceways. Panel connectors are provided to connect the utility panels with one or more of a variety of existing partition panels, such that the utility panels act as a spine which supplies utilities to the existing partition panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Publication date: June 13, 2002
    Inventors: Ronald R. Hodges, George V. Weller
  • Patent number: 6354227
    Abstract: A portable table including a vertically adjustable upright support, a worksurface connected to the upright support and a one-way locking apparatus engagable with the upright support for locking the upright support in a vertically adjustable position. While the one-way locking apparatus is engaged, the upright support is only upwardly vertically adjustable. The one-way locking apparatus disengages from the upright support when the upright support is fully extended and reengages with the upright support when the upright support is lowered to a lowest vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas G. Feldpausch, James P. Keane, George V. Weller, Mitchell Niewiadowski, Joseph R. Branc
  • Patent number: 6311440
    Abstract: A floor mounted utility post includes a floor tile from a pre-fabricated floor construction, wherein the floor tile has at least two cutouts positioned at separate edges of the floor tile. A pair of vertical raceway channels are secured to the floor tile, and each vertical raceway channel is in communication with one of the cutouts. A door is mounted to a first of the vertical raceways, wherein the door and the pair of vertical raceway channels, in combination, define a partial enclosure. A top is supported by the raceway channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas G. Feldpausch, George V. Weller, Carl V. Forslund, III, Frederick S. Faiks
  • Patent number: 6211796
    Abstract: A utility distribution system is provided for modular furniture of the type comprising individual furniture units which are juxtaposed to form one or more workstations. A signal conductor is positioned in each furniture unit, and extends generally between opposite sides thereof. Quick-disconnect connectors are provided at the opposite ends of each of the signal conductors, and mate with like quick-disconnect connectors in adjacent furniture units to create a communications network through the workstations. Each furniture unit has a signaler physically associated therewith, which is connected with an associated signal conductor at a coupler. A network controller is operably connected to the network to evaluate the network and/or the associated furniture units. The furniture units may be equipped with one or more utility ports, which are connected with the coupler, and service utility appliances, such as personal computers, telephones, facsimile machines, switches, power outlets, data receptacles, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Inc.
    Inventors: John Shackelford Toms, Steven M. Brown, William L. Miller, George V. Weller, Scott H. Russell, Joseph R. Branc, David C. Sweeton, Matthew M. Mikolajczak
  • Patent number: 6133845
    Abstract: A utility distribution system is provided for modular furniture of the type comprising individual furniture units which are juxtaposed to form one or more workstations. A signal conductor is positioned in each furniture unit, and extends generally between opposite sides thereof. Quick-disconnect connectors are provided at the opposite ends of each of the signal conductors, and mate with like quick-disconnect connectors in adjacent furniture units to create a communications network through the workstations. Each furniture unit has a signaler physically associated therewith, which is connected with an associated signal conductor at a coupler. A network controller is operably connected to the network to evaluate the network and/or the associated furniture units. The furniture units may be equipped with one or more utility ports, which are connected with the coupler, and service utility appliances, such as personal computers, telephones, facsimile machines, switches, power outlets, data receptacles, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Inc.
    Inventors: John Shackelford Toms, Steven M. Brown, William L. Miller, George V. Weller, Scott H. Russell, Joseph R. Branc, David C. Sweeton, Matthew M. Mikolajczak
  • Patent number: 5942984
    Abstract: A utility distribution system is provided for modular furniture of the type comprising individual furniture units which are juxtaposed to form one or more workstations. A signal conductor is positioned in each furniture unit, and extends generally between opposite sides thereof. Quick-disconnect connectors are provided at the opposite ends of each of the signal conductors, and mate with like quick-disconnect connectors in adjacent furniture units to create a communications network through the workstations. Each furniture unit has a signaler physically associated therewith, which is connected with an associated signal conductor at a coupler. A network controller is operably connected to the network to evaluate the network and/or the associated furniture units. The furniture units may be equipped with one or more utility ports, which are connected with the coupler, and service utility appliances, such as personal computers, telephones, facsimile machines, switches, power outlets, data receptacles, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: John Shackelford Toms, Steven M. Brown, William L. Miller, George V. Weller, Scott H. Russell, Joseph R. Branc, David C. Sweeton, Matthew M. Mikolajczak
  • Patent number: 5907285
    Abstract: A utility distribution system is provided for modular furniture of the type comprising individual furniture units which are juxtaposed to form one or more workstations. A signal conductor is positioned in each furniture unit, and extends generally between opposite sides thereof. Quick-disconnect connectors are provided at the opposite ends of each of the signal conductors, and mate with like quick-disconnect connectors in adjacent furniture units to create a communications network through the workstations. Each furniture unit has a signaler physically associated therewith, which is connected with an associated signal conductor at a coupler. A network controller is operably connected to the network to evaluate the network and/or the associated furniture units. The furniture units may be equipped with one or more utility ports, which are connected with the coupler, and service utility appliances, such as personal computers, telephones, facsimile machines, switches, power outlets, data receptacles, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: John Shackelford Toms, Steven M. Brown, William L. Miller, George V. Weller, Scott H. Russell, Joseph R. Branc, David C. Sweeton, Matthew M. Mikolajczak
  • Patent number: 5684469
    Abstract: A utility distribution system is provided for modular furniture of the type comprising individual furniture units which are juxtaposed to form one or more workstations. A signal conductor is positioned in each furniture unit, and extends generally between opposite sides thereof. Quick-disconnect connectors are provided at the opposite ends of each of the signal conductors, and mate with like quick-disconnect connectors in adjacent furniture units to create a communications network through the workstations. Each furniture unit has a signaler physically associated therewith, which is connected with an associated signal conductor at a coupler. A network controller is operably connected to the network to evaluate the network and/or the associated furniture units. The furniture units may be equipped with one or more utility ports, which are connected with the coupler, and service utility appliances, such as personal computers, telephones, facsimile machines, switches, power outlets, data receptacles, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: John Schackelford Toms, Steven M. Brown, William L. Miller, George V. Weller, Scott H. Russell, Joseph R. Branc, David C. Sweeton, Matthew M. Mikolajczak
  • Patent number: 5530435
    Abstract: A utility distribution system is provided for modular furniture of the type comprising individual furniture units which are juxtaposed to form one or more workstations. A signal conductor is positioned in each furniture unit, and extends generally between opposite sides thereof. Quick-disconnect connectors are provided at the opposite ends of each of the signal conductors, and mate with like quick-disconnect connectors in adjacent furniture units to create a communications network through the workstations. Each furniture unit has a signaler physically associated therewith, which is connected with an associated signal conductor at a coupler. A network controller is operably connected to the network to evaluate the network and/or the associated furniture units. The furniture units may be equipped with one or more utility ports, which are connected with the coupler, and service utility appliances, such as personal computers, telephones, facsimile machines, switches, power outlets, data receptacles, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Toms, Steven M. Brown, William L. Miller, George V. Weller, Scott H. Russell, Joseph R. Branc, David C. Sweeton, Matthew M. Mikolajczak
  • Patent number: 5487246
    Abstract: A utility panel system is provided for open office spaces, and the like. Each utility panel has a relatively thick, skeleton-like frame, with a foot and opposite sides shaped for interconnection with like panel frames to create a substantially freestanding utility panel system. Cover panels are detachably connected to the opposite faces of each panel frame to enclose the same, and provide ready access to the panel interior. Horizontal utility troughs extend continuously between the opposite sides of each panel frame in a vertically stacked relationship. The utility troughs have open ends located at the opposite panel sides, and are positioned such that when adjacent utility panels are interconnected in a side-by-side relationship, the utility troughs are aligned to form multiple raceways. Panel connectors are provided to connect the utility panels with one or more of a variety of existing partition panels, such that the utility panels act as a spine which supplies utilities to the existing partition panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1996
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald R. Hodges, George V. Weller
  • Patent number: 5341615
    Abstract: A utility panel system is provided for open office spaces, and the like. Each utility panel has a relatively thick, skeleton-like frame, with a foot and opposite sides shaped for interconnection with like panel frames to create a substantially freestanding utility panel system. Cover panels are detachably connected to the opposite faces of each panel frame to enclose the same, and provide ready access to the panel interior. Horizontal utility troughs extend continuously between the opposite sides of each panel frame in a vertically stacked relationship. The utility troughs have open ends located at the opposite panel sides, and are positioned such that widen adjacent utility panels are interconnected in a side-by-side relationship, the utility troughs are aligned to form multiple raceways. Panel connectors are provided to connect the utility panels with one or more of a variety of existing partition panels, such that the utility panels act as a spine which supplies utilities to the existing partition panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald R. Hodges, George V. Weller
  • Patent number: 5244401
    Abstract: A multi-tiered electrical system is provided for furniture arrangements and the like of the type having a plurality of individual furniture units interconnected side-by-side. A branch raceway extends along each furniture unit, and houses therein an associated branch powerway, which is connected with adjacent branch powerways to create a branch circuit. Power taps are connected to the branch circuit to provide conventional low current power to electrical appliances. A feeder raceway extends adjacent each branch raceway, and houses therein a feeder harness that is connected by a power-in connector to a source of high current electrical power. A power jumper interconnects the feeder harness with one of the branch powerways, such that multiple branch circuits can be powered by a single power-in connector through the feeder harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Scott H. Russell, George V. Weller