One Surface Concealed Beneath Another Surface Patents (Class 108/93)
  • Patent number: 10123614
    Abstract: Disclosed is a shelf with a housing having a hollow interior and a tray having a plurality of surfaces, wherein the tray is in communication with the hollow interior of the housing, a holder is attached to the shelf one or more electrical outlets, which are electrically connected to a power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: John Trujillo
  • Patent number: 10092099
    Abstract: A rack for supporting items and comprising a first shelf and a second shelf that slideably interlocks with the first shelf and a plurality of support legs including at least two support legs for each of the first shelf and second shelf. Each of the first and second shelves has one end that includes a pair of spaced apart receiving ports with each receiving port for accommodating a corresponding support leg. Each of the first and second shelves further has an opposite end with the opposite ends for respective sliding engagement therebetween in order to provide the slideable interlocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Ronald Linari, Gary Tremblay
  • Patent number: 10053129
    Abstract: An adjustable all-terrain dolly system having a chassis assembly that includes a frame which has a right-side rail, a left-side rail, a first-adjustable cross member and a second-adjustable cross member, and a first-rolling assembly to include a first-set of inline wheels and second-rolling assembly to include a second-set of inline wheels and at least one adjustable-locking mechanism. The adjustable all-terrain dolly system is configured to transport a load over a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Eddie Lee Turner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9978630
    Abstract: An apparatus for and a method of forming a semiconductor structure is provided. The apparatus includes a substrate holder that maintains a substrate such that the processing surface is curved, such as a convex or a concave shape. The substrate is held in place using point contacts, a plurality of continuous contacts extending partially around the substrate, and/or a continuous ring extending completely around the substrate. The processing may include, for example, forming source/drain regions, channel regions, silicides, stress memorization layers, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: I-Ming Chang, Wen-Huei Guo, Chih-Hao Chang, Shou-Zen Chang, Clement Hsingjen Wann, Tung Ying Lee, Cheng-Long Chen, Jui-Chien Huang
  • Patent number: 9910280
    Abstract: A display device includes: a display portion; and a storage member configured to house the display portion and including an opening through which the display portion passes, wherein the display device further includes: a plurality of cover members configured to cover the opening and to travel from the opening to a region of the storage member adjacent to the opening so as to be overlapped with each other at the region; travel control means configured to cause the plurality of cover members to transfer to a covering position in which the opening is closed by the plurality of cover members, and also to a overlapping position in which the plurality of cover members are overlapped with each other, and configured to cause the display portion to transfer to rise-up and storage positions; and only one drive source configured to drive the travel control means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Minebea Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasukazu Yomogita
  • Patent number: 9856654
    Abstract: A collapsible stair with foldable ramp can include a first step, and a second step nestable within the first step such that when the collapsible stair is in a closed position the second step is aligned with the first step and when the collapsible stair is in an open position a lateral offset between the second step and the first step is increased. A third step can be nestable within the first step such that when the collapsible stair is in a closed position the third step is aligned with the second step and is in an open position a lateral offset between the third step and the second step is increased. A ramp can be rotatably coupled to the first step to rotate from a stair position to a ramp position, wherein the ramp position comprises the second step and the third step being covered by the ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventors: Wallace Tagart, Yvonne Tagart
  • Patent number: 9730355
    Abstract: An information handling system (IHS) has a lightweight server (LWS) chassis that is user selectable from multiple LWS chassis. Each LWS chassis includes a chassis base having structural configuration that enables placement of the LWS chassis in a nested, stacked configuration with a second LWS chassis placed atop the LWS chassis and a third LWS chassis placed below the LWS chassis. Multiple LWS chassis can be stacked in a vertical space whose height is less than a sum of individual heights of each of the multiple LWS chassis. The IHS further includes compute components inserted into the LWS chassis and one or more connecting cabling interconnecting the at least two compute components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Edmond I. Bailey, Walter Carver
  • Patent number: 9632538
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a positioning frame for a touch pad. The positioning frame includes a main frame and a positioning wall. The positioning wall is located at a side of the main frame and is connected to the main frame. An inner surface of the main frame and the positioning wall define an opening. An area of the opening is approximately the same as an area of a film to be adhered to the touch pad. The positioning wall is configured to insert into a gap between the touch pad and a front cover of a system body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Quanta Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Chung-Kai Chen, Chen Tseng
  • Patent number: 8985032
    Abstract: An adjustable desk apparatus includes an auxiliary work surface that is movable between a sitting configuration and a standing configuration. When in the sitting configuration, the auxiliary work surface is located adjacent to a primary work surface of an existing desk so as to accommodate working while sitting. When in the standing configuration, the auxiliary work surface is upwardly displaced from the primary work surface of the existing desk so as to accommodate working while standing. The adjustable desk apparatus also includes a base member that interfaces with the existing desk. An adjustment assembly includes at least one counterweight and corresponding counterweight sprockets configured to selectively urge the auxiliary work surface toward the standing configuration when actuated by a user. A pin couples the auxiliary work surface to the base member so as to hold the auxiliary work surface at a desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Jamie M. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140311389
    Abstract: An article of furniture includes a base support, an intermediate support moveably attached to the base support via a first moveable attachment mechanism, and a top support moveably attached to the intermediate support via a second moveable attachment mechanism. The first moveable attachment mechanism includes a first rotatable member that rotates about a first axis of rotation such that the intermediate support is rotatable relative to the base support and is rotatable relative to the top support. The second moveable attachment mechanism includes a second rotatable member that is rotatable about a second axis of rotation such that the top support is rotatable relative to the intermediate support and is also rotatable relative to the base support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Office for Metropolitan Architecture Stedebouw B.V.
    Inventors: Rem Koolhaas, Andrew Blair Hector
  • Patent number: 8840205
    Abstract: A shelf assembly for a refrigerator appliance is provided. The shelf assembly includes a pair of brackets, a fixed shelf mounted to the pair of brackets, and a movable shelf. The shelf assembly also includes features for slidably mounting the movable shelf to said fixed shelf and for limiting movement of the movable shelf along a transverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bagawathkumar Chellappan, Louis Anthony Wantland
  • Publication number: 20140261104
    Abstract: An access door which opens and closes an opening that extends through a surface by which access is provided through the surface as, for example, to communication and power outlets, wires, cables, cable raceways, switches and the like behind the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Inscape Corporation
    Inventors: John D. Sherman, David Parshad, Ivan Liu
  • Patent number: 8740166
    Abstract: A support device including a keyboard platform and a bracket for mounting the keyboard platform a work surface to elevate the keyboard platform above the work surface. The keyboard platform is mounted on the bracket for sliding movement relative to an edge of the work surface along a horizontal fore-aft axis. The keyboard platform is mounted on the bracket for tilting movement about a tilting axis perpendicular to the fore-aft axis. The support device includes a lock movable between a locked position wherein sliding/tilting movement of the keyboard platform is prevented and an unlocked position wherein sliding/tilting movement of the keyboard platform is permitted. One aspect includes a clamp provided on the bracket and engageable with the work surface to elevate the keyboard platform above the work surface. One aspect provides a mouse platform pivotally attached to the keyboard platform and configured to support the mouse at a tilted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Fellowes, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Hamilton, Taiwon Choi, Michael Jensen, ChunSheng Li, Douglas Carpiaux, Adam Shileny, Heidi Anna Dondlinger, Martin Behling, II
  • Publication number: 20140053759
    Abstract: A pull-out tray assembly includes a pull-out tray moveable between a closed position and an open position. A front of the tray moves downwardly and a rear of the tray moves upwardly as the tray is moved from the closed to the open position. Likewise, a front cavity is opened and a rear cavity is closed as the pull-out tray is moved from the closed position to the open position. In one embodiment, the pull-out tray assembly includes a slide mechanism pivotally supporting the pull-out tray at a first location on the tray and a track guiding the tray at a second location on the tray. In various embodiments, at least one of a power outlet and communication port is coupled to the pull-out tray. A worksurface assembly incorporating the pull-out tray is also provided, together with a method of using the pull-out tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: JOHN MATTHAI, LEON RANSMEIER
  • Patent number: 8215245
    Abstract: A stand for supporting an article a spaced distance above a support surface and for damping vibration therebetween. The stand includes a support frame having resilient bushings engaged therewith. Each bushing defines a bore into which a first end of one of a plurality of rods is received. The rods extend downwardly from the bushings and abut the support surface. The bores are configured to permit the rods to move more in one horizontal direction than in another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: D Morrison Consulting Inc.
    Inventors: David Morrison, Robert G. Dickie
  • Patent number: 8167253
    Abstract: A TV stand for a flat panel TV includes a base with plural shelves and a translucent frame on the top shelf. A rear support holds the TV juxtaposed with the translucent frame with the bottom of the TV above the top shelf, so that the TV appears as though it is floating above the top shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Gordon W. Smith
  • Patent number: 8100061
    Abstract: An item support apparatus, such as an overbed table, for example, includes a support surface assembly, a base assembly, and a vertical column coupled to each of the support surface and base assemblies. A side assembly is coupled to the base assembly and configured to remain stationary while the support surface assembly moves upwardly and downwardly relative to the base assembly. The overbed table may further include a hand sanitizer container coupled with the support surface assembly and configured to receive a removable hand sanitizer container unit. The base assembly may include weight-activated casters. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Hookway, Dawn Michelle Riley, G. Brent Fagan, Dennis James Gallant, Charles A. Howell, Jack Barney Sing
  • Patent number: 8079644
    Abstract: An ergonomic footrest includes a substantially planar platform having a pair of lateral extensions. A support structure suspends the platform a desired distance above an underlying surface. The support structure includes means for adjusting the height and angle of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Maria H. Pangilinan
  • Patent number: 7891306
    Abstract: A stool includes a seat board, a plurality of legs, and a connecting board. The plurality of legs is attached to the seat board so as to protrude from the seat board in a downward direction, and to support the seat board such that the seat board is horizontally held. The connecting board is disposed such that one surface thereof faces a bottom surface of the seat board. The connecting board is surrounded by and secured to the plurality of legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Kawai Gakki Seisakusho
    Inventor: Mitsuo Yamashita
  • Patent number: 7798502
    Abstract: A lug cart and support table assembly is disclosed comprising a support table having an upper support surface for supporting a breading machine. A lug tub-shaped lug located in the lug cart and a latching system affixed to the lug cart to removably attach the lug cart to a selected one of a front side and a rear side of the table assembly. The latching system includes a first latch assembly and a second latch assembly affixed to an end of the cart in spaced apart relation, each of the first and second latch assemblies includes a support body, a pivoting arm coupled to the support body and pivoting in a horizontal plane about a vertical axis between a locking position and a release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Bettcher Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Alexander Sukey, John H. D. LaMarche, II, Scott M. Muniga
  • Patent number: 7752981
    Abstract: A keyboard tray can be mounted on an articulating arm and has a passage extending from side to side. A mouse support is slidably mounted within the passage and has a closed position and an extended position. When extended, an outer end of the mouse support can be pivoted forward relative to the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Inventor: Nicholas L. Blackburn
  • Patent number: 7640868
    Abstract: A stand for a stereo speaker. The stand comprises a support and a plurality of isolating and polarizing assemblies that engage the support and allow movement of the speaker relative to the support in one direction more than in another direction and to isolate that movement relative to the floor surface upon which the support rests. Preferably, the stand also includes a shelf and a plurality of rods that engage the assemblies and connect the shelf to the support. A first assembly engages a first end of each rod with the shelf and a second assembly engages the second end of each rod with the support. The assemblies are configured to permit more movement of the rods in a first horizontal direction than in a second horizontal direction. Thus, the assemblies allow the shelf to move back and forth in the first horizontal direction in response to vibrations in the speaker and air movement adjacent the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: D Morrison Consulting Inc.
    Inventors: David Morrison, Robert G. Dickie
  • Publication number: 20090307843
    Abstract: An item support apparatus, such as an overbed table, for example, includes a support surface assembly, a base assembly, and a vertical column coupled to each of the support surface and base assemblies. A side assembly is coupled to the base assembly and configured to remain stationary while the support surface assembly moves upwardly and downwardly relative to the base assembly. The overbed table may further include a hand sanitizer container coupled with the support surface assembly and configured to receive a removable hand sanitizer container unit. The base assembly may include weight-activated casters. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventors: Scott Hookway, Dawn Michelle Riley, G. Brent Fagan, Dennis James Gallant, Charles A. Howell, Jack Barney Sing
  • Patent number: 7610864
    Abstract: A support table assembly for a food product breading machine. The support table assembly includes a support table defining an upper support surface for supporting a breading machine, a guide coupled to the support table assembly and a slide assembly that is slidable beneath the support table along the guide between a first and a second position. The slide assembly defines an opening sized to receive a lug. In the first position of the slide assembly, the finished product lug is aligned with a first end of the breading machine such that finished products discharged from the breading machine drop into the lug and, in the second position of the slide assembly, the lug is aligned with a second end of the breading machine such that materials discharged from the breading machine during a cleaning operation drop into the lug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Bettcher Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John H. D. LaMarche, II, Jason Alexander Sukey, Scott M. Muniga, Jeffrey A. Whited
  • Patent number: 7506592
    Abstract: An adjustable-height workstation that can hold a laptop or tablet computer. The workstation includes a base section, an intermediate section having an upwardly-extending lower support structure, an upper support structure, and a pair of parallel side links connected there between, to accomplish a double-crank parallelogram four-bar linkage, with the upper support structure defining the coupler of the linkage. The workstation also has an upper working section supported by the intermediate section and having at least a first essentially horizontal shelf, to provide an adjustable-height workspace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Jaco, Inc.
    Inventor: Alfred P. Rossini
  • Patent number: 7455270
    Abstract: A mechanism for mounting a support including a linkage, wherein the linkage has at least three bars, the mechanism is attached to a base by a mounting member, and the mounting member has a pair of slots wherein the linkage may slide and pivot relative to the mounting member. In another embodiment, the mechanism includes a height indicator whereby a height of the mechanism relative to a height indicating surface is displayed. In a further embodiment, the mechanism includes an angle indicator whereby an angle of the support relative to an angle indicating surface is displayed. In yet another embodiment, the mechanism permits adjustment of the angle of the support relative to the angle indicating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Weber Knapp Company
    Inventors: Eric W. Maloney, Donald R. Pangborn
  • Patent number: 7430968
    Abstract: A folding work platform apparatus is used on a support surface and includes a work platform table and at least three legs. The work platform table has a top surface and a bottom surface disposed opposite the top surface and a side wall disposed between the top and bottom surfaces to define a thickness. The work platform table might have a groove formed into the top surface that extends longitudinally along a longitudinal axis. The at least three legs movably adjoin the bottom surface of the work platform table and are movable to and between a folded state wherein the at least three legs extended from the bottom surface generally parallel with one another and an extended state wherein the at least three legs extend from the bottom surface generally angularly away from the bottom surface and from one another for supporting the work platform table on the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Inventor: Roger T. Clark
  • Publication number: 20080105169
    Abstract: A working table is provided. The working table comprises a main frame and a plurality of working plates which are vertically spaced apart from each other. The main frame has an upper frame disposed on the top portion thereof. The working plate has a parts container disposed thereon, and a foldable wing-working plate disposed adjacent to the working plate. Thus, the working table not only provides sufficient space for receiving parts, tools and components, but also facilitates assembly during the manufacturing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Applicants: DELTA ELECTRONICS POWER (DONGGUAN) CO., LTD., DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Oasis Chen
  • Patent number: 7281476
    Abstract: A book rack and pencil tray combination has a book rack and a pencil case attached to the bottom wall of the book rack. The pencil case is optionally attached to the bottom wall of the book rack by a pencil case attachment plate attached to the bottom wall of the pencil case. The pencil case attachment plate is typically attached to the bottom wall of the pencil case such that a portion of the bottom wall of the book rack is sandwiched between the pencil case attachment plate and the bottom wall of the pencil case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Virco Mgmt. Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Mills, Peter Glass
  • Patent number: 7249746
    Abstract: A multi-piece display device for the point-of-sale display of produce and other damageable items, manufactured out of a closed cell foam material and of solid construction, with each piece being a monolithic, flexible support block, whereby each of said support blocks has a top surface and is of a different size than each other support block, and with each said support block other than the smallest support block suitably adapted to support upon its top surface a smaller said support block, thereby allowing the device to be arranged into any number of configurations for the display of produce or other items. The foam construction of the device protects the items from damage while being light weight and easy to clean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: JSI Store Fixtures, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry Awalt
  • Patent number: 7198239
    Abstract: A keyboard support mechanism containing a novel articulating arm mechanism for permitting vertical movement of the keyboard shelf. The articulating arm mechanism has six major components: (1) a mounting bracket, (2) a mounting bracket support in combination with a swivel bracket, (3) a shelf bracket, (4) an upper arm, (5) at least one side arm, and (6) at least one stopping means. The upper arm links the shelf bracket and the mounting bracket; the side arm and the stopping means cooperate to keep the shelf bracket (and hence the keyboard shelf) at a constant angle relative to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Ergo View Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: George Mileos, Robert King
  • Patent number: 6997531
    Abstract: A tray apparatus for a refrigerator is provided which optimizes the use of storage space in the refrigerator. A position of the tray within a storage space of the refrigerator is varied through the use of elastic means which moves the tray toward an upper surface of the storage space as an article is stored thereon. The tray is supported by supporting links which are then connected through interlocking links so that they are integrally pivoted. The link mechanisms are supported on the upper surface of the storage space. Thus, a storage article with a relatively large bottom area can be easily stored in the vicinity of the upper surface of the storage space, which is usually out of use, thereby maximizing the use of the storage space in the refrigerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Han-Hyo Kim, Moon-Won Kim
  • Patent number: 6860550
    Abstract: A bucket seat fold out diaper changing table located within a vehicle. The table provides a surface for use while changing the diaper or clothing of an infant or for other activities and objects that require a surface area. The table is configured as a plastic molded seat back of a bucket seat. The table includes a surface member that provides a surface area, a first open end and a second open end. A first panel and a second panel are arranged within the surface member. The first panel slides out of the first open end of the surface member and retracts back into the surface member via the first open end. The second panel slides out of the second open end of the surface member and retracts back into the surface member via the second open end. The first panel and the second panel are used to provide additional surface area for facilitating the changing of an infant or other activity requiring table surface area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Inventor: Francis Wojcik
  • Patent number: 6846052
    Abstract: A desk unit incorporating a concealed pull-out keyboard well includes a work surface and a concealed keyboard platform mounted under a work surface. The work surface can have an apron on the lower front surface that conceals the keyboard platform. A movable section of the work surface at a front edge thereof is movable in a path that extends downwardly and under the front edge of the keyboard tray and then rearwardly under the keyboard tray, where the movable section can be stored or removed from the desk unit. When the movable section is thus positioned, the keyboard can be used or extended for use. This desk construction can be employed in a corner mounted desk, wherein the keyboard tray is mounted at an angle under a corner in the desk, or the invention can be employed in a conventional desk having a work surface with a straight front edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: Sligh Furniture Company
    Inventors: James O. Kelley, Ralph J Byma, Gregg J. Persons
  • Patent number: 6814009
    Abstract: A novel pillar is provided. The pillar having a longitudinal axis and first and second ends, an outer skin, an extruded support structure disposed within the outer skin, with the support structure including multiple cells arranged along the longitudinal axis for support of longitudinal loads, and a tension bar disposed at least partially within the extruded support structure. The outer skin and extruded support may include structural plastic, and the extruded support structure may be separately insertable into the outer skin. However, in an alternative embodiment the outer skin and extruded support structure are co-extruded as a single monolithic piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mario Acevedo, Hirokazu Goto, Brian Kim
  • Publication number: 20040194670
    Abstract: A computer desk for either right-hander or left-hander is disclosed. The desk comprises two first crosspieces interconnected legs at both side, second and third crosspieces interconnected both sides, two links moveably mounted on the first crosspieces, a connecting member moveable along the links, a latch at the connecting member, a printer support on top of the links, a keyboard tray, a hole in each leg, and a computer platform releasably secured to the holes from one of inner and outer locations at either side of the desk. For adjusting the print support and the tray, unfasten the second crosspiece by pivoting the latch upward, slide the links along the first crosspieces and the tray along the third crosspiece to left or right side of the desk, and fasten the second crosspiece by pivoting the latch downward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventor: Kuo-Ping Lai
  • Patent number: 6799816
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a computer desk 8 comprises a stationary desktop 12 for supporting a computer screen, a tray 18 having an upper keyboard supporting surface spaced below the desktop surface, a wrist support 20 secured to a forward end of the tray, and a forearm support 40 slidably moveable in front of or behind the keyboard. In another embodiment, the desk is used with an articulating workstation assembly comprising an articulating arm 40 attached to the desk and a workstation assembly supported on a free end of the articulating arm. The workstation assembly includes a lower shelf 53 attached to an articulating arm, and an upper shelf 54 slidably moveable with a wrist support 58 relative to the lower shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Inventor: William N. Touzani
  • Publication number: 20030213415
    Abstract: A computer desk including a desktop having an under surface and a top surface, a plurality of legs substantially vertically extending from the under surface of the desktop, at least one shelf element having a plurality of hubs attached thereto, wherein the at least one shelf element is attached to at least one of the plurality of legs via at least one of the plurality of hubs, and a removable stand element on the top surface of the desktop. Additionally, the computer desk may include a keyboard tray, wherein the keyboard tray is slidingly attached to the under surface of the desktop. Furthermore, the computer desk may include a side desk, wherein the side desk is pivotally attached to the under surface of the desktop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Inventors: Allan G. Ross, Kim Kendall
  • Publication number: 20030140824
    Abstract: A single-piece flexure and flexure apparatus according to an embodiment of the invention allow movement along two perpendicular axes. The flexure is made from a single continuous material having a first and second flexure sections, with the second flexure section allowing translational movement in a direction perpendicular to that allowed by the first flexure section. Two-dimensional flexure assemblies may then be manufactured using these flexures. The flexure apparatus is made from a single contiguous material fashioned to provide a base section and a plurality of legs extending perpendicularly from the base section, with each leg having a first and second flexure sections, with the second flexure section allowing translational movement in a direction perpendicular to that allowed by the first flexure section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2002
    Publication date: July 31, 2003
    Inventor: Andrew S. Poulsen
  • Publication number: 20030066463
    Abstract: A novel pillar is provided. The pillar having a longitudinal axis and first and second ends, an outer skin, an extruded support structure disposed within the outer skin, with the support structure including multiple cells arranged along the longitudinal axis for support of longitudinal loads, and a tension bar disposed at least partially within the extruded support structure. The outer skin and extruded support may include structural plastic, and the extruded support structure may be separately insertable into the outer skin. However, in an alternative embodiment the outer skin and extruded support structure are co-extruded as a single monolithic piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2001
    Publication date: April 10, 2003
    Inventors: Mario Acevedo, Hirokazu Goto, Brian Kim
  • Patent number: 6527234
    Abstract: A forearm/wrist/mouse support system comprises a panel formed in a generally rectilinear configuration having a front, rear, and lateral side edges and a lower surface positionable on the upper surface of the desk. A recess of a generally rectilinear configuration is formed in the panel and extends upwardly from its lower surface to a location adjacent to the upper surface. A support plate in a generally rectilinear configuration for the arm and wrist of a user and a computer mouse has a top, a bottom, a front, a back and parallel sides and is slidably received within the recess for movement between an operative orientation wherein it is pulled forwardly to overlie a portion of the desk and also forwardly of the desk and an inoperative within the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Inventor: Peter T. Kovacik
  • Publication number: 20030001464
    Abstract: A desk unit incorporating a concealed pull-out keyboard well comprises a work surface and a concealed keyboard platform mounted under a work surface. The work surface can have an apron on the lower front surface that conceals the keyboard platform. A movable section of the work surface at a front edge thereof is movable in a path that extends downwardly and under the front edge of the keyboard tray and then rearwardly under the keyboard tray, where the movable section can be stored or removed from the desk unit. When the movable section is thus positioned, the keyboard can be used or extended for use. This desk construction can be employed in a corner mounted desk, wherein the keyboard tray is mounted at an angle under a corner in the desk, or the invention can be employed in a conventional desk having a work surface with a straight front edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2002
    Publication date: January 2, 2003
    Inventors: James O. Kelley, Ralph J. Byma, Gregg J. Persons
  • Patent number: 6481683
    Abstract: In articulating keyboard support mechanism, a plurality of cylindrical links provide for a multipositional support arm. The links are attached to the inner side of a desk using a mounting bracket and base cylinder. A keyboard support tray is coupled to the forwardmost link of the articulating arm. The tensioning bar allows for placing the links under tension so as to maintain their position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: Accuride International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristin M. Stewart, Eduardo AcĂșna, Robson L. Splane, Jr., John A. Drusch
  • Patent number: 6409127
    Abstract: An adjustable keyboard support assembly including a keyboard tray support bracket; a work surface mounting bracket adapted to be coupled to a work surface; a connector mechanism having one end coupled to the work surface mounting bracket and an opposite end coupled to the keyboard tray support bracket, the connector mechanism comprising a support arm coupled to the keyboard support at an outer end, such that the keyboard tray support bracket is rotatable about a horizontal axis with respect to the support arm; an angle control mechanism between the keyboard tray support bracket and the support arm for locking the keyboard tray support bracket at a desired angular inclination with respect to the support arm, the angle control mechanism including a spring exerting a clamping pressure on the support arm and the keyboard tray support bracket and a spring lifter for repositioning the spring so as to relieve the pressured applied to the support arm and the keyboard tray support bracket; and a lever control bar coup
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Knape & Vogt Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Craig L. VanderHeide, John P. Conner
  • Publication number: 20020043186
    Abstract: Cupped arrangement for holding a fabric-type furniture cover in a use-configuration upon a furniture piece. The cupped arrangement includes an attachment portion defining a trap space. The trap space is configured to releasably engage a portion of a fabric-type furniture cover. An anchor portion is coupled to the attachment portion, the anchor portion having a cupped receiving space adapted to insertibly receive a foot portion of a leg of a furniture piece over which the fabric-type furniture cover is installable. The attachment portion and the anchor portion together establish a cupped receiver that is predominantly constructed from semi-rigid material, preferably plastic, that is form-retaining and that possesses sufficient flexure to accommodate releasable securement of the cupped receiver to a furniture cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2001
    Publication date: April 18, 2002
    Inventor: Mitchell T. Kelldorf
  • Patent number: 6219866
    Abstract: An apparatus for administrating infant care comprised of three flat members that create a rigid and lightweight surface sized to properly support an infant. The three flat members are connected to each other in a way that allows the three flat members to be stored inside each other reducing the size of the apparatus for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Inventor: Leroy Pascal
  • Patent number: 6158359
    Abstract: The present computer keyboard support assembly comprises a platform suitable for supporting a keyboard mechanism having one end of an arm pivotally mounted to the platform and the other end pivotally mounted to a mounting bracket which is attached to the underside of a work surface. A compensating mechanism utilizing a driving mechanism interacting with the pivot mountings for the arm and controlling the orientation of the platform, as the platform is moved to and from a storage and use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Waterloo Furniture Components, Ltd.
    Inventors: Scott Allan, Michael Woof
  • Patent number: 6116557
    Abstract: A keyboard support system includes a tool-less, adjustable, in-board clamping apparatus for clamping a track to a base. The clamping apparatus includes clamps each having a clamp top slidable relative to and releasably engageable with a clamp bottom to clamp the track and the base therebetween. A clamp knob is adjustable to tighten and secure the clamp top and clamp bottom together. A positioning apparatus includes a slide coupled to the track for horizontal adjustment. The slide is connected to a shuttle which is coupled to an height adjustment arm for vertical height adjustment by an indexing rod. A keyboard tray for holding a keyboard is connected to a tray support which is coupled to the height adjustment arm for pitch adjustment by a guide rod. A clenching mechanism couples the movements of the indexing rod and guide rod and exerts a biasing force to bias the indexing rod and guide rod at selected height and pitch positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: ACCO Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Lee Choy, Stephen T. Brown
  • Patent number: 6020918
    Abstract: An improved apparatus for inspecting and video taping pipelines is provided. A tubular vessel accommodates a video camera. A plurality of scuba lights are adjustably mounted to the periphery of the tubular housing at the front end of the apparatus. A dual-section guide leg is provided which has limited upward and downward movement and limited forward and rearward movement. An elastic member controls the upward/downward and forward/rearward movement of the guide leg to provide a shock absorber system. The guide leg engages the top inside surface of the pipeline as the apparatus is carried down the pipeline by the current. The angle of inclination of the apparatus may be controlled with weights, foam and the position of the guide leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Inventor: Patrick M. Murphy
  • Patent number: 5878674
    Abstract: The present computer keyboard support assembly comprises a platform suitable for supporting a keyboard mechanism having one end of an arm pivotally mounted to the platform and the other end pivotally mounted to a mounting bracket which is attached to the underside of a work surface. A compensating mechanism utilizing a driving mechanism interacting with the pivot mountings for the arm and controlling the orientation of the platform, as the platform is moved to and from a storage and use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: Waterloo Furniture Components
    Inventor: Scott Allan