Patents by Inventor Jess A. Sorel

Jess A. Sorel 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: 9907404
    Abstract: A convertible sofa includes a seat and a backrest moveable between a first configuration, in which the backrest is positioned along a back of the seat, and a second configuration, in which the backrest overlies an upper support surface of the seat. The sofa also includes a side wall positioned adjacent a side of the seat to define a recess that forms a leg opening. The sofa further includes a worksurface moveable between a first position, in which the worksurface is disposed within the recess and substantially aligned with a plane defined by the upper support surface of the seat, and a second position, in which the worksurface is spaced above the plane defined by the upper support surface of the seat. At least a portion of the worksurface is covered by the backrest when the worksurface is in the first position and the backrest is in the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Jess Sorel, David Simon, Jon LeFors, Howard Kaney, Gary Cruce
  • Publication number: 20100205868
    Abstract: A free-standing, partition-type furniture system adapted to subdivide an open space of a room, comprising a plurality of first partition panels, each including a first body portion having a pair of side edges, and a first screen member operably coupled to the first partition panel and laterally shiftable with respect to the first partition panel such that the first screen member extends from one of the side edges of the first body portion. The furniture system also includes a plurality of second partition panels each including a second body portion having an upper edge, and a second screen member operably coupled to the second partition panel and vertically shiftable with respect to the second partition panel such that the second screen member extends from the upper edge of the second body portion. The plurality of first and second partition panels are operably coupleable and arrangeable so as to subdivide the open space of a room.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventors: Otto N. Williams, Joe A. Nobles, Todd J. Sorel, Jess A. Sorel, Bryan T. White, Christopher A. Luomanen, Max Williams, David E. Simon, Jon H. Lefors
  • Patent number: 7707790
    Abstract: A free-standing, partition-type furniture system adapted to subdivide an open space of a room, comprising a plurality of first partition panels, each including a first body portion having a pair of side edges, and a first screen member operably coupled to the first partition panel and laterally shiftable with respect to the first partition panel such that the first screen member extends from one of the side edges of the first body portion. The furniture system also includes a plurality of second partition panels each including a second body portion having an upper edge, and a second screen member operably coupled to the second partition panel and vertically shiftable with respect to the second partition panel such that the second screen member extends from the upper edge of the second body portion. The plurality of first and second partition panels are operably coupleable and arrangeable so as to subdivide the open space of a room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Otto N. Williams, Joe A. Noble, Todd J. Sorel, Jess A. Sorel, Bryan T. White, Christopher A. Luomanen, Max Williams, David E. Simon, Jon H. Lefors
  • Publication number: 20050140184
    Abstract: A furniture system particularly adapted for informal collaboration and presentations includes lounge seating units for team members and a podium seating unit for a seated presenter. An information display panel is attached to a rear of the podium seating unit and extends vertically with its front surface being reachable over a back of the podium seating unit. The back terminates below a presenter's lumbar, but is deep enough to discourage the presenter from leaning rearwardly against the screen. By this arrangement, the seated presenter maintains level eye contact with group members in an informal setting while discussing and pointing to information. Accessories are provided to enhance use of the system, such as a paper-and-drink tray for resting on the seat cushion, an erasable board attachable to the screen, bridge tables positionable between seating units, and table-attached screens for promoting privacy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Publication date: June 30, 2005
    Inventors: Otto Williams, Jess Sorel, Joe Nobles, Todd Sorel
  • Patent number: D506879
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Joe A. Nobles, Otto N. Williams, Todd J. Sorel, Jess A. Sorel
  • Patent number: D513564
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Joe A. Nobles, Todd J. Sorel, Otto N. Williams, Jess A. Sorel
  • Patent number: D520263
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Joe A. Nobles, Todd J. Sorel, Otto N. Williams, Jess A. Sorel
  • Patent number: D525460
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Joe A. Nobles, Todd J. Sorel, Otto N. Williams, Jess A. Sorel
  • Patent number: D553867
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Otto N. Williams, Jess A. Sorel, Joe A. Nobles
  • Patent number: D554382
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Joe A. Nobles, Jess A. Sorel, Todd J. Sorel, Otto N. Williams, Christopher A. Loumanen
  • Patent number: D554386
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Joe A. Nobles, Jess A. Sorel, Todd J. Sorel, Otto N. Williams, Christopher A. Loumanen
  • Patent number: D555926
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Otto N. Williams, Jess A. Sorel, Todd J. Sorel, Joe A. Nobles, Christopher A. Luomanen
  • Patent number: D559002
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Otto N. Williams, Jess A. Sorel, Todd J. Sorel, Joe A. Nobles, Christopher A. Luomanen
  • Patent number: D567526
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Otto N. Williams, Jess A. Sorel, Joe A. Nobles
  • Patent number: D602709
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Otto Williams, Jess Sorel, John Feuerstein
  • Patent number: D727072
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventor: Jess Sorel
  • Patent number: D731192
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventor: Jess Sorel
  • Patent number: D731216
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: WEST COAST INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Jess Sorel
  • Patent number: D836368
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: WEST COAST INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Jess Sorel
  • Patent number: D842016
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: WEST COAST INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Jess Sorel