Leg Collapses Between Surface Sections Patents (Class 108/169)
  • Patent number: 11612244
    Abstract: A portable structure includes a main body, a ridge coupled or formed with the main body and a supporting assembly with a mounting bar disposed adjacent to the ridge. The portable structure also includes a handle coupled to one or more of the ridge, main body and mounting bar by first and second connectors. Each connector includes a first connecting piece connected to the ridge and a second connecting piece coupled or formed with the first connecting piece. The handle includes first and second attachment portions connected to the first and second connectors, respectively, and a gripping portion between the first and second attachment portions to facilitate grasping of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Inno-Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kwan Jun Choi
  • Patent number: 11525912
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a hypertube system for detecting a position of a hypertube vehicle, including a hypertube vehicle, a tube configured to surround a travel path of the hypertube vehicle, At least one LiDAR sensor each mounted on an inner wall of the tube and including a laser transmitter configured to irradiate a laser beam toward the hypertube vehicle and a laser receiver configured to detect a laser, and a reflector configured to reflect the laser irradiated from the LiDAR sensor, wherein the reflector may be disposed in the hypertube vehicle, and wherein the laser beam reflected from the reflector reaches the laser receiver of the LiDAR sensor to be used in detecting the position of the hypertube vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: KOREA RAILROAD RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: SuYong Choi, JaeHeon Choi, JungYoul Lim, ChangYoung Lee, KwanSup Lee, YongJun Jang, JeongMin Jo, JinHo Lee, MinHwan Ok, JaeHoon Kim, LeeHyeon Kim
  • Patent number: 11350735
    Abstract: An integrated collapsible table and stool, comprising two table plates (10), two bench boards (20) and a hinging frame (30), wherein the table plates (10) are rotatably hinged to the hinging frame (30), the hinging frame (30) is movably connected to the table plates (10) and the bench boards (20) on the same side of the hinging frame (30) by a pair of supporting frames (40); the supporting frames (40) are symmetrically arranged at the front and rear ends of a fixing panel (36); the supporting frames (40) comprise vertical shafts (42), table plate supporting rods (44) connected to the upper end portions of the vertical shafts (42) and bench board supporting rods (46) connected to the lower end portions of the vertical shafts (42); the vertical shafts (42) are rotatably connected to the hinging frame (30); the bottoms of the bench board supporting rods (46) are used for support on the ground, and the tops of the bench board supporting rods (46) are connected to a cross bar (48); the cross bar (48) is rotatably
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: New-Tec Integration (Xiamen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Luhao Leng
  • Patent number: 10729248
    Abstract: A folding chair includes left and right support portions, left and right load-bearing portions, left and right handrail portions, left and right back rest portions, left and right front rotating portions, left and right rear rotating portions, left and right front cross portions, left and right rear cross portions, left and right engaging portions, a seat cushion portion, and a back rest portion. The lower parts of the left and right engaging portions are pivotally connected at a pivotal connection point to form an included angle greater than 180 degrees. The upper parts of the left and right engaging portions are close to each other. The folding chair is not only unfolded and thus unchangeable in shape, but also starts to fold up, because of the left and right engaging portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SPORT DIVERSIONS INC.
    Inventor: Wen-Hao Tsai
  • Patent number: 10604170
    Abstract: A collapsible cart includes at least one platform and rolling casters. The platform includes pivotable panels that medially break enabling the cart to collapse for storage purposes. Adjacent pivotable panels are connected via pivotable plates. The pivotable plates are connected to struts that are connected to a sliding member configured to be lockable in a fixed position or slide along a medial support member bridging the one or more platforms. The struts are connected to a middle support member that terminates in a middle caster on each side of the collapsible cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Raymond E Davis
  • Patent number: 9869054
    Abstract: The present application relates to a garment treatment device comprising a base, a support structure extending upwardly from the base, and an ironing board connected to the support structure. The ironing board is pivotable relative to the support structure and positionable into a first operative position in which the ironing board is horizontal, and a second operative position in which the ironing board is vertical. The ironing board comprises a first section and a second section hingedly coupled together and pivotable relative to each other between an operative position in which they extend co-planar to each other and a storage position in which they are pivoted away from a co-planar orientation. The first and second ironing board sections (4a,4b) and the hinge mechanism (18) are configured such that the first and second ironing board sections (4a,4b) pivot away from each other from said operative position towards said storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Pooi Yeow Kuan
  • Patent number: 9273720
    Abstract: A foldable table includes a first tabletop panel, a second tabletop panel, a first peripheral edge rim, a second peripheral edge rim, and a foldable frame. The foldable frame includes a reinforcing frame which includes first through fourth elongated reinforcing member spacedly mounted along two longitudinal sides of the first receiving cavity and the second receiving cavity respectively, a first and a second leg frame pivotally mounted on the first receiving cavity and the second receiving cavity respectively, and a hinge arrangement. The hinge arrangement includes a first connecting joint, a second connecting joint, and a first and a second locker device coupled to the first connecting joint and the second connecting joint respectively, wherein the first locker device and the second locker device are arranged to operate between a locked position and an unlock position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventor: Ping-Cheng Tsai
  • Publication number: 20150101515
    Abstract: A foldable table may include a table top and legs movable between an extended position and a collapsed position. A first portion of a side rail may be connected to a first table top section and a second portion of the first side rail may be connected to a second table top section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Lifetime Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Ju-Young Jin, Cai Yixian, Mitch Johnson
  • Publication number: 20150020716
    Abstract: A foldable table includes a first tabletop panel, a second tabletop panel, and a reinforcing frame which includes first through fourth reinforcing members mounted along longitudinal sides of the first and second tabletop panels respectively, a first transverse member transversely extended between outer end portions of the first and second reinforcing members at the first tabletop panel, and a second transverse member transversely extended between outer end portions of the third and fourth reinforcing members at the second tabletop panel. Two ends of the first transverse member are affixed to the first and second reinforcing members in a non-rotatably movable manner. Two ends of the second transverse member are affixed to the third and fourth reinforcing members in a non-rotatably movable manner. Therefore, the first and second transverse members enhance the rigidity of the reinforcement frame to support two transverse sides of the first and second tabletop panels respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Ping-Cheng Tsai
  • Publication number: 20140345506
    Abstract: A folding table may include a table top and legs that are movable between an extended position and a collapsed position. The table top may be divided into a first section and a second section, and a hinge assembly may connect the first and second sections of the table top to allow the table to be selectively moved between folded and unfolded positions. In addition, a support frame may be connected to the first and second table top sections. The table top may include a downwardly extending lip with one or more engaging portions and receiving portions. The engaging portions may be at least partially disposed within corresponding receiving portions when the table is in the folded position. The engaging portions and receiving portions may be spaced apart when the table when the table is in the unfolded position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: LIFETIME PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Frank Clegg, Mitch Johnson
  • Patent number: 8857352
    Abstract: A folding table assembly having both a tabletop and legs that fold into smaller sizes. The tabletop has a main panel, a first side flap panel, and a second side flap panel. The side flap panels are joined to the main panel with hinge connections. The hinge connections enable the side flap panels to rotate from open positions that are coplanar with the main panel to folded positions that are under the main panel. The folding legs are coupled to the side flap panels. The folding legs can move between extended positions, where the legs support the tabletop, and retracted positions, where the legs are folded flush against the side flap panels. This enables the legs to fold flush against the side flap panels so that the legs are interposed between the main panel and the two side panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Warren Cohen
  • Patent number: 8782958
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mobile folding choral riser having lift-assist and stability mechanisms. In particular, the choral riser includes a gas cylinder that provides a force tending to extend the cylinder to assist in folding the riser into a storage position, the cylinder providing substantially no force to resist rapid extension thereof. In addition, the choral riser preferably includes a back railing linkage that permits independent raising and lowering of a back railing member when the choral riser is in a use or partially folded position but constrains the back railing member to a raised position when the choral riser is in an at least substantially fully folded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: AmTab Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremias C. Rivera, Jr., Doss Samikkannu, Gregory Hanusiak, Zelio Ferrarini
  • Publication number: 20140116302
    Abstract: A foldable table includes a first tabletop panel, a second tabletop panel, and a reinforcing frame which includes first through fourth reinforcing members mounted along longitudinal sides of the first and second tabletop panels respectively, a first transverse member transversely extended between outer end portions of the first and second reinforcing members at the first tabletop panel, and a second transverse member transversely extended between outer end portions of the third and fourth reinforcing members at the second tabletop panel. Two ends of the first transverse member are affixed to the first and second reinforcing members in a non-rotatably movable manner. Two ends of the second transverse member are affixed to the third and fourth reinforcing members in a non-rotatably movable manner. Therefore, the first and second transverse members enhance the rigidity of the reinforcement frame to support two transverse sides of the first and second tabletop panels respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Ping-Cheng TSAI
  • Publication number: 20140116301
    Abstract: A foldable table includes a first tabletop panel, a second tabletop panel, and a reinforcing frame which includes first through fourth reinforcing members mounted along longitudinal sides of the first and second tabletop panels respectively, a first transverse member transversely extended between outer end portions of the first and second reinforcing members at the first tabletop panel, and a second transverse member transversely extended between outer end portions of the third and fourth reinforcing members at the second tabletop panel. Two ends of the first transverse member are affixed to the first and second reinforcing members in a non-rotatably movable manner. Two ends of the second transverse member are affixed to the third and fourth reinforcing members in a non-rotatably movable manner. Therefore, the first and second transverse members enhance the rigidity of the reinforcement frame to support two transverse sides of the first and second tabletop panels respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Ping-Cheng Tsai
  • Patent number: 8667903
    Abstract: An adjustable table assembly provides a plurality of adjustable support surfaces positionable in a selectable configuration as desired by a user. The assembly includes a medial panel having a first side and a second side. A first slot extends into the first side of the medial panel. A first side panel is coupled to the medial panel. The first side panel is slidably inserted into the first slot whereby the first side panel is selectively extendable from the medial panel. A first side pivot hinge is coupled between the medial panel and the first side panel. Thus, the first side panel is pivotable relative to the medial panel. A plurality of legs is coupled to the medial panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin S. Goltry
  • Patent number: 8651030
    Abstract: A universal portable workstation that can be temporarily coupled to an existing fixture, the portable workstation comprising an adjustable support leg assembly, a first table section, a second table section and an attachment clamp. The support leg assembly includes one fixed leg and at least one adjustable leg configured for relative telescopic movement. The support leg assembly is pivotally coupled to a first table section that is configured to house the support leg assembly in a retracted position. The height of the workstation is adjustable and can be fixed by a height adjustment lock. First table section and second table section are hingedly coupled so that the two sections can be in an extended, flat position and a folded, retracted position. The attachment clamp is configured to temporarily fixedly couple an end of the second table section to the existing fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: mYdeation, llc
    Inventor: Zachary M. Coffman
  • Publication number: 20130319297
    Abstract: A vertically foldable frame is disclosed. The frame comprises: a base; a first fixing post; a second fixing post; a sliding frame; at least one table surface; wherein the first fixing post and the second fixing post are respectively fixed on both ends of the base; a first guide rail and a second guide rail are provided on the first fixing post and the second fixing post respectively and opposite to each other, the sliding frame is provided between the first guide rail and the second guide rail and adapted to slide up and down along the first guide rail and the second guide rail; the table surface is horizontally connected to a side of the sliding frame and adapted to be rotated in a vertical plane around a joint between the table surface and the sliding frame, the table surface is adapted to be horizontally positioned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Kin Chung Ng
  • Patent number: 8590462
    Abstract: The table with integrated and ground-covering blanket includes a foldable table from which a cover extends from a bottom, perimeter of a tabletop surface and which covers the surrounding ground. The foldable table includes attaching indicia at the bottom, perimeter that enable attachment of the blanket thereto, as well as to fold and secure shut the table when not in use. The foldable table may include at least one cup holder, and legs that rotate downwardly from underneath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Latyrain Dyson
  • Patent number: 8573139
    Abstract: A table may include a table top and a leg assembly. The leg assembly may be moved between use and storage positions, and the movement of the leg assembly may move a cross member between a first position in which the cross member resists folding of the table top and a second position in which the cross member facilitates folding and unfolding of the table top. The table top may include first and second sections with portions that overlap and/or interlock when the table top is unfolded. When the table top is in the unfolded position, movement of the leg assembly towards the use position may move the cross member towards the overlapping and/or interlocking portions, which may move the overlapping and/or interlocking portions towards each other. When moved towards each other, the overlapping and/or interlocking portions may be securely connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Lifetime Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent Ashby, Joel Bennett
  • Patent number: 8561552
    Abstract: A foldable table includes a table top, two leg frames foldably coupling with a bottom side of the table top, and a torsion resistance frame including two longitudinal side frames parallelly provided along two longitudinal side portions of the table top respectively, and two lateral side reinforcing members laterally extended between the longitudinal side frames at two lateral side portions of the table top to form an anti-torsion frame for encircling with a peripheral portion of the table top. The torsion resistance frame is integrated with the bottom side of the table top, making it a one-piece table frame structure with increased rigidity at its maximum level, resistance to the external force of torsion and distortion. The table, having the maximum utility with minimum materials, has increased durability, comfort in usage and convenience for transportation and has lowered energy consumption in the manufacture of household furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Mei-Fang Chang
  • Patent number: 8555791
    Abstract: A foldable table may include a table top and legs that are movable between an extended position and a collapsed position. The table top may include a first section and a second section that are connected by a hinge assembly. A locking member may be sized and configured to lock the hinge assembly in a fixed position. Advantageously, moving the legs between the extended and collapsed positions may cause the locking mechanism to move between the locked and unlocked positions. Thus, when the legs are in the extended position and the locking mechanism is in the locked position, the table top may be secured in the unfolded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Lifetime Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Ju-Young Jin, Cai Yixian
  • Patent number: 8555788
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention provides a table comprising a tabletop and at least first and second legs, at least the first leg of which is a moving leg, said table further comprising a connecting strut connected to the tabletop via a first horizontal axis and to the first leg via a second horizontal axis, so that, starting from a first position in which its first end and its second end face respectively towards the tabletop and towards the floor, the first leg is suitable for being turned over by pivoting about the second axis of the connecting strut so as to take up a second position in which its first end and its second end face respectively towards the floor and towards the tabletop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Grosfillex SAS
    Inventors: Norbert Kleinklaus, Fabrice Lambert
  • Patent number: 8544393
    Abstract: A table may include a handle to enhance portability. For example, if the table is a fold-in-half table, a first portion of a handle may be connected to a first portion of the table top and a second portion of the handle may be connected to a second portion of the table top. The first and second sections of the handle may be collectively grasped, which may help prevent the table top from unintentionally unfolding. The table top may also include receiving portions sized configured to receive portions of the handle. This may allow, for example, at least a substantial portion of the handle to be disposed in the receiving portions when the handle is in a refracted position and at least a substantial portion of the handle to be disposed outside the receiving portions when the handle is in an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Lifetime Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Branch, Ed VanNimwegen
  • Patent number: 8534205
    Abstract: A fold-in-half table may include a first half constructed from molded plastic, such as blow-molded plastic, and a second half constructed from a wire rack. An inner engagement surface of the first half of the table top may engage an inner engagement surface of the second half of the table top when the table is in the unfolded position. The first and second inner engagement surfaces may be spaced apart when the table is in the folded position. The fond-in-half table may also include first and second support structures connected to the first and second halves of the table top and the support structures may be movable between an extended position and a collapsed position relative to the table top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Lifetime Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitch Johnson, Brandon Smith, Jay Calkin
  • Patent number: 8479667
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mobile folding table with attached seating having an improved lift-assist mechanism. In particular, the table includes a gas cylinder that provides a force tending to extend the cylinder to assist in folding the table into a storage position, the cylinder providing substantially no force to resist rapid extension thereof. Preferably, a mobile folding table according to the present invention also includes a stabilizing mechanism including center bench legs attached to a center leg structure that is maintained substantially upright whether the table is in an unfolded use configuration, in a mobile folded storage configuration, or in the process of being folded or unfolded. In this manner, the attached benches are prevented from freely tipping when the table is being folded or moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: AmTab Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremias C. Rivera, Jr., Doss Samikkannu, Gregory Hanusiak
  • Publication number: 20120234214
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mobile folding table with attached seating having an improved lift-assist mechanism. In particular, the table includes a gas cylinder that provides a force tending to extend the cylinder to assist in folding the table into a storage position, the cylinder providing substantially no force to resist rapid extension thereof. Preferably, a mobile folding table according to the present invention also includes a stabilizing mechanism including center bench legs attached to a center leg structure that is maintained substantially upright whether the table is in an unfolded use configuration, in a mobile folded storage configuration, or in the process of being folded or unfolded. In this manner, the attached benches are prevented from freely tipping when the table is being folded or moved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventors: Jeremias C. Rivera, JR., Doss Samikkannu, Gregory Hanusiak
  • Patent number: 8267019
    Abstract: A foldable table or bed comprises outer frames 1 and 2, leg frames 1 and 2, and leg frame expanding rods. Each outer side of the outer frames 1 and 2 is a flat panel of rectangular shape. Each inner side of the outer frames 1 and 2 is concave for containing leg frames 1 and 2 and leg frame expanding rods. The outer frames 1 and 2 are connected to each other with hinges on the ends of each adjacent side to form a case which can be folded and unfolded via the hinges. The leg frames 1 and 2 are inverted-square-bottomed-ā€œUā€-shaped and set in outer frames 1 and 2. Leg frame expanding rods are installed under each leg frame shaft to increase the height of the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: Te-Lung Chen
  • Patent number: 8256360
    Abstract: A massage table for supporting a person above a surface during a massage includes a table top assembly and a leg assembly. The table top assembly supports the person. The leg assembly is secured to the table top assembly and supports the table top assembly above the surface. The leg assembly includes a plurality of legs. At least at least one of the legs includes (i) a first leg section that is attached to the table top assembly, (ii) a second leg section that is movable relative to the first leg section to adjust the position of the table top assembly relative to the support, and (iii) a section attacher that selectively attaches the first leg section to the second leg section. In one embodiment, the section attacher includes a section stop and a section clamp. The section stop inhibits relative movement between the first leg section and the second leg section. The section clamp also selectively inhibits relative movement between the first leg section and the second leg section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Earthlite Massage Tables, Inc.
    Inventor: William W. Chow
  • Patent number: 8205937
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mobile folding table with attached seating having an improved lift-assist mechanism. In particular, the table includes a gas cylinder that provides a force tending to extend the cylinder to assist in folding the table into a storage position, the cylinder providing substantially no force to resist rapid extension thereof. Preferably, a mobile folding table according to the present invention also includes a stabilizing mechanism including center bench legs attached to a center leg structure that is maintained substantially upright whether the table is in an unfolded use configuration, in a mobile folded storage configuration, or in the process of being folded or unfolded. In this manner, the attached benches are prevented from freely tipping when the table is being folded or moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: AmTab Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremias C. Rivera, Jr., Doss Samikkannu, Gregory Hanusiak
  • Patent number: 8188410
    Abstract: A portable party table [1000] for holding hot and cold foods is described. It employs at least two sections [1100, 1500] held together with a hinge [1600] for holding foods. The party table [1000] has folding legs [1111, 1511] and leg supports [1113, 1513] to support the legs. Each section [1100, 1500] has a tapered base [1101, 1501] with a drain hole [1107, 1507] and a drain plug [1109, 1509]. As ice melts it is directed toward the drain holes [1107, 1507]. Electric receptacle [1525] provide electricity for a heating plate. Alternatively, the hinge [1600] is a type which provides spacing between the sections [1100, 1500] to thermally insulate the hot from the cold section. The hinge [1600] may be allowed to slide to provide an insulation gap [1607], or eliminate the gap [1607].
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventors: Marlene Dean, Larry Dean
  • Patent number: 8181583
    Abstract: In one aspect, an improved locking mechanism for a mobile folding table is provided, permitting convenient access near the top of the folded table to a manual actuator for unlocking the table from a folded configuration. In another aspect, an improved lift-assisting mechanism for a mobile folding table is provided, with a clutch that engages the lift-assisting mechanism only when the table top halves are at an angle from the vertical that is equal to or larger than a predetermined angle. These two aspects may be advantageously and synergistically combined in the same mobile folding table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: AmTab Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremias C. Rivera, Jr., Doss Samikkannu, Gregory Hanusiak
  • Patent number: 8166894
    Abstract: A table may include a table top and one or more legs or support pedestals. The table may also include one or more handles that may enhance the portability of the table. For example, if the table is a fold-in-half table, then the table top may include first and second sections that may be moved between a folded position and an unfolded position. The handle may include first and second sections that are connected to the first and second sections of the table top. The first and second sections of the handle may be collectively grasped, which may help prevent the table top from unintentionally unfolding. The table top may also include receiving portions that are sized configured to receive one or more portions of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Lifetime Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Branch, Ed VanNimwegen
  • Patent number: 8091490
    Abstract: A table may include a table top and one or more legs or support pedestals. The table may also include one or more handles that may enhance the portability of the table. For example, if the table is a fold-in-half table, then the table top may include first and second sections that may be moved between an folded position and an unfolded position. The handle may include first and second sections that are connected to the first and second sections of the table top. The first and second sections of the handle may be collectively grasped, which may help prevent the table top from unintentionally unfolding. The table top may also include receiving portions that are sized configured to receive one or more portions of the handle. This may allow, for example, at least a substantial portion of the handle to be disposed in receiving portions when the handle is in a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Lifetime Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Branch, Ed VanNimwegen
  • Patent number: 7966950
    Abstract: A shelf assembly is for carrying goods on a rear seat of a vehicle. The shelf assembly includes a base, a pair of front legs, and a pair rear legs. The base includes a first and a second section. The base, which is for resting on the rear seat, has a front and a rear portion opposing the front portion. The rear legs extend from the rear portion of the sections of the base for supporting the base on the rear seat of the vehicle. A section hinge pivotally connects the first section and the second for folding the first section relative to the second section at the section hinge. A pair of front legs and a pair of rear legs are adapted to extend from the front portion of the sections of the base to support the base on a floor of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventors: Joseph Volpe, Jr., William Chynoweth
  • Patent number: 7765941
    Abstract: A support stand for a barbecue stove includes two table members, a plurality of support feet and at least one leg brace assembly pivotally connecting the table members to the support feet. Each leg brace assembly has a hinge, an actuating device and a driving device and connects the table members to the support feet. A user can operate the leg brace assembly to detach the driving device from the actuating device and can hold handles of the table members to set the table members upright so that the driving device can move downward quickly and the support stand will be collapsible quickly. The table members further include a plurality of receptacles formed thereon and adapted for receiving the feet of the barbecue stove so that the barbecue stove can be disposed on the table members stably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Pro-Iroda Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Jan-Nan Chen
  • Patent number: 7757617
    Abstract: A table may include a table top with first and second sections that are connected by a hinge to allow the section to move between a folded position and an unfolded position. The table may also include legs that are movable between a use position and a storage position relative to the table top. The hinge may facilitate folding of the table top when the legs are in the storage position. On the other hand, the hinge may resist folding of the table top when the legs are in the extended position. In addition, the table may include components that expand and/or contract in different fashions in response to changes in temperature. For example, the table top and the frame may be constructed from different materials with different coefficients of expansion in response to temperature changes. The table is preferably sized and configured to accommodate these differences in expansion and contraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Lifetime Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Larcom, David C. Winter, Joel Bennett
  • Patent number: 7707949
    Abstract: A table may include a table top with first and second sections that are connected by a hinge to allow the section to move between a folded position and an unfolded position. The table may also include legs that are movable between a use position and a storage position relative to the table top. The hinge may facilitate folding of the table top when the legs are in the storage position. On the other hand, the hinge may resist folding of the table top when the legs are in the extended position. In addition, the table may include components that expand and/or contract in different fashions in response to changes in temperature. For example, the table top and the frame may be constructed from different materials with different coefficients of expansion in response to temperature changes. The table is preferably sized and configured to accommodate these differences in expansion and contraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Lifetime Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Larcom, David C. Winter, Joel Bennett
  • Patent number: 7707948
    Abstract: A collapsible table has a blow-molded tabletop comprising two table top halves. Each tabletop half has a substantially planar top surface, a bottom surface opposite the top surface, an inner edge, and an opposing outer edge which is substantially parallel to the inner edge. A hinge assembly pivotally connects the two tabletop halves along their inner edges, allowing the two tabletop halves to be folded together into a storage position. Four collapsible legs are attached to the bottom surface of the tabletop halves. Each collapsible leg is operable to collapse independently of any of the other legs. A first pair of the legs collapse to positions which are substantially parallel to the outer edges of the tabletop halves, and a second pair of the legs collapse to positions which are substantially diagonal to the outer edges of the tabletop halves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Maxchief Investments, Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen-Sheng Lin
  • Patent number: 7703402
    Abstract: A table may include a table top with first and second sections that are connected by a hinge to allow the section to move between a folded position and an unfolded position. The table may also include legs that are movable between a use position and a storage position relative to the table top. The hinge may facilitate folding of the table top when the legs are in the storage position. On the other hand, the hinge may resist folding of the table top when the legs are in the extended position. In addition, the table may include components that expand and/or contract in different fashions in response to changes in temperature. For example, the table top and the frame may be constructed from different materials with different coefficients of expansion in response to temperature changes. The table is preferably sized and configured to accommodate these differences in expansion and contraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Lifetime Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Larcom, David C. Winter, Joel Bennett
  • Publication number: 20090078174
    Abstract: A table may include a table top with first and second sections that are connected by a hinge to allow the section to move between a folded position and an unfolded position. The table may also include legs that are movable between a use position and a storage position relative to the table top. The hinge may facilitate folding of the table top when the legs are in the storage position. On the other hand, the hinge may resist folding of the table top when the legs are in the extended position. In addition, the table may include components that expand and/or contract in different fashions in response to changes in temperature. For example, the table top and the frame may be constructed from different materials with different coefficients of expansion in response to temperature changes. The table is preferably sized and configured to accommodate these differences in expansion and contraction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventors: Larry Larcom, David C. Winter, Joel Benneth
  • Publication number: 20080282941
    Abstract: A collapsible infeed/outfeed table is provided with a pair of collapsible wings that are supported by struts slidably attached to the wings and pivotally attached to two pairs of elongated support legs. A pair of vertical stanchions provide a pivot point for the wings and lower ends thereof support a pair of sliding braces also connected to the extensible legs. A central roller is provided between the two wings that telescopes between an extended and a retracted position. Extensible rollers are provided at free ends of the wings such that, when extended, the table may serve as a crosscut saw support stand. With the wings retracted and the central roller raised, the table may serve as an infeed/outfeed roller support for a separate saw, such as a crosscut saw or table saw. Finally, with all of the rollers retracted and the wings extended, the table is a work table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventor: Robert W. Wise
  • Patent number: 7448330
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus for a folding table assembly comprising a lifting assist center torsion bar assembly, a lift off caster assembly and a stability locking mechanism. A folding table assembly with a lifting assist mechanism provides a lifting assist force during a portion of the folding process of a foldable table from an unfolded use position to a folded storage position. A lift off caster assembly maintains an unfolded table assembly in a stationary position and prevents the unfolded table from wandering or deviating from its original location on the floor. There is also provided a stability locking mechanism that can set the folding table in a folded and stable semi-closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Midwest Folding Products
    Inventors: Jeremias C. Rivera, Jr., John Daniel Lazar, Doss Samikkannu, Scott M. Zeeb, Philip M. Anthony, III
  • Patent number: 7278361
    Abstract: A folding table is disclosed having a two-stage folding mechanism. The folding table includes a table top divided into a first planar portion and a second planar portion. A pair of side rails is connected to each planar portion. A foldable leg and support brace is connected to each planar portion. A hinge assembly is provided disposed between the first planar portion and the second planar portion. The hinge assembly includes a hinge pin, a first hinge connector and a second hinge connector. The first hinge connector has a cam portion. A locking pin is disposed through a slot in the second hinge connector. A lock actuating mechanism may be used to move the locking pin in the slot between the locked and unlocked position. In one embodiment, the lock actuating mechanism includes a handle coupled to the locking pin and a spring biased against the locking pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Lifetime Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Chen Zhurong, Jin Shenghao, Arvin Patel
  • Patent number: 7278515
    Abstract: A foldable scaffold is convertible between a use position and a folded position. In the use position, the scaffold may be used to support one or more people standing thereon. In the folded position, the scaffold may be more compact and easy to carry or store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory C. Moser, Paul F. Meyers
  • Patent number: 7252040
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a portable table which is formed in two half sections movable between a folded position where they form a brief case and an unfolded position in which the half sections abut one another to define a planar table top capable of supporting a laptop computer, notebook and the like. The table top has a pair of legs which are adjustable both in the vertical and lateral directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: Intellectual Ventures, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Dumond
  • Patent number: 7199883
    Abstract: A system determines the position of a vehicle moving responsive to an inverter having a 360 degree electrical cycle. The system includes a guideway comprising a linear synchronous motor excited by the inverter, a MAGLEV adapted to move with respect to the guideway and the linear synchronous motor, and a reflective pattern disposed along the guideway. A laser light source is coupled to the MAGLEV and directs light toward the pattern. A light sensor is coupled to the MAGLEV and senses the light from the light source which is reflected from the pattern. The light sensor outputs a plurality of pulses corresponding to movement of the MAGLEV with respect to the pattern. A modulator, radio transmitter, radio receiver, demodulator and wayside processor cooperate with the light sensor. The processor determines the position of the MAGLEV by accumulating the pulses. The position corresponds to the 360 degree electrical cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Union Switch & Signal, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph W. Schaad
  • Patent number: 7174838
    Abstract: A collapsible table includes a table top formed of a pair of pivotable table top half-sections hinged to one another at their adjacent edges along a center-line of the table and displaceable between an open position where the half-sections are coplanar, and a folded position where the half-sections overlap one another. Each half-section has at an undersurface thereof a transverse support member pivotally articulated thereto with a leg associated with each lateral edge of the transverse support member, and a pair of longitudinal support members pivotally articulated to the undersurface. The support members are displaceable between erect and collapsed positions whereby the transverse support member is prohibited from collapsing as long as at least one of the longitudinal support members is erect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Keter Plastic Ltd.
    Inventors: Sami Sagol, Efraim Haimoff
  • Patent number: 7171911
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus for a folding table assembly comprising a lifting assist center torsion bar assembly, a lift off caster assembly and a stability locking mechanism. A folding table assembly with a lifting assist mechanism provides a lifting assist force during a portion of the folding process of a foldable table from an unfolded use position to a folded storage position. A lift off caster assembly maintains an unfolded table assembly in a stationary position and prevents the unfolded table from wandering or deviating from its original location on the floor. There is also provided a stability locking mechanism that can set the folding table in a folded and stable semi-closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Midwest Folding Products
    Inventors: Jeremias C. Rivera, Jr., John Daniel Lazar, Doss Samikkannu, Scott M. Zeeb, Philip M. Anthony, III
  • Patent number: 7140308
    Abstract: A foldable frame includes two U-shaped tabletop supports mounted underneath two table panels respectively, two folding hinges spacedly mounted between the two tabletop supports to pivotally connect the two tabletop supports with each other such that the tabletop is adapted to fold between a folded position that the two table panels are overlappedly folded with each other and an unfolded position that the two table panels are aligned edge-to-edge, and two leg frames foldably connected with the tabletop supports respectively. As a result, the foldable frame is capable of not only supporting the tabletop but also folding the tabletop in half so as to reduce the size of the foldable table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Wok & Pan Ind., Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Tsai
  • Patent number: 6830294
    Abstract: A foldable seating structure includes a foldable frame defining a first frame section and a second frame section. The first and second frame sections are coupled together by a section hinge allowing the first and second frame sections to pivot relative to one another between a frame deployed configuration and a frame folded configuration wherein in the frame deployed configuration the first and second frame sections are in a substantially horizontal position and in a substantially co-linear relationship relative to each other and wherein in the frame folded configuration the first and second frame sections are in a substantially vertical position and in a substantially parallel and adjacent relationship relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Inventor: Gilles Berthiaume