Connected To Move To Inoperative Position Patents (Class 297/162)
  • Patent number: 10934002
    Abstract: An aircraft seat armrest includes an armrest portion and two extension elements coupled to the armrest portion on opposite sides thereof. A first of the two extension elements is rotatable from a first, closed, position where it is disposed below the armrest portion to a second, open, position wherein the first extension element is adjacent to the armrest portion. The arm rest also includes a first locking mechanism disposed on the first extension element that maintains the first extension element in the open position after it has been moved from the closed position to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: AMI INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Radha Boddu, Gaurav Sahay
  • Patent number: 10807718
    Abstract: A seat assembly is configured to be positioned within an interior cabin of a vehicle. The seat assembly includes a seat support structure that is configured to connect to a floor structure within the interior cabin of the vehicle. The seat support structure includes a seat base and a front end opposite from a rear end. Arm rests are pivotally coupled to the seat support structure. A seat back is pivotally coupled to the seat support structure proximate to pivotal coupling of the arm rests to the seat support structure. In at least one other embodiment, a seat back coupling upwardly and rearwardly extends from a middle portion of the rear cross beam. A seat back includes a narrowed mounting portion that pivotally couples to the seat back coupling without interfering with knee space formed in a back side of the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Mithra Sankrithi
  • Patent number: 10414313
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a table that may be selectively stored in a portion of a vehicle console. An outer housing member having a storage cavity therein attaches to a side of the vehicle console. A support shaft supporting a table is mounted for sliding and rotational movement with respect to the vehicle console. The support shaft is slidable in a first direction from a storage position wherein the table is positioned in a vertical orientation in the cavity of the outer housing member. The support shaft is also rotatable 270 degrees from the storage position to move the table into a horizontal use position after removal from the storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: S. M. Iskander Farooq, Scott Holmes Dunham, Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammed Omar Faruque
  • Patent number: 9896011
    Abstract: A foldable table assembly for vehicles includes a base bracket, a first rotary arm provided with one end connected with the base bracket and elastically rotatable upwards about the end by a first elastic member, a second rotary arm provided with one end hinged to the base bracket and to be rotated in accordance with rotation of the first rotary arm, and a table connected with the other ends of the first and second rotary arms. The table includes base plates hinged to the other ends of the first and second rotary arms, an intermediate support plate connected with the base plate to be rotatable when a bearing member is interposed between the intermediate support plate and the base plate, and table plates connected with the intermediate support plate to be slidably movable when sliding members are interposed between the table plates and the intermediate support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Faurecia Trim Korea
    Inventors: Byung Seok Kong, Gregory Martin, Bruno Dinant
  • Patent number: 9380870
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dual axis of rotation tablet arm storage mechanism. The mechanism includes a first rotor block rotationally secured to a second rotor block. Both rotor blocks travel within a dual walled track of the mechanism. In the use configuration, the walls of the track are adjacent to the second rotor and restrict the rotation of the second rotor to help stabilize the writing surface. While the disclosed tablet arm maintains the benefits of other tablet arm mechanisms, many other benefits are achieved such as a mechanism that is free of pinch points during operation. The disclosed mechanism includes a dual access rotation mechanism that also allows the elevational alignment of the tablet top surface to be adjusted while the table top is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: DSA International, Inc.
    Inventor: Tod Babick
  • Patent number: 9216695
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly includes a seat portion disposed adjacent to a seat back having a front surface, a back surface, an inboard surface, and an outboard surface. A side pocket extends across the inboard surface and terminates at a forward edge proximate the front surface at a first end and terminates at a rearward edge proximate the back surface at a second end. An upper back pocket disposed is on an upper back surface of the seat back and a lower back pocket disposed on a lower back surface of the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Todd Gagnier
  • Patent number: 9139117
    Abstract: The invention relates to a center arm rest (01) for use in a vehicle with a console part (03), which can be directly or indirectly attached to the vehicle body, and with an arm rest (05), which is mounted on the console part so as to be swivelable about a swivel axis between a lower use position and an upper rest position, the arm rest (05) having a top side (07) for resting an arm thereon, which is padded at least in sections, and a bottom side (08) on the opposite side, which is padded at least in sections and forms part of a back rest, comprising a tray device (11), which is swivelably mounted in the center arm rest (01) and which is in an upper non-use position behind the arm rest (05) when the arm rest (05) is in the rest position, and which is swivelable about a hinge axis (12) between the non-use position and a lower use position having the tray device (11) resting on the top side of the arm rest (05) when the arm rest (05) is in the use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: F.S. Fehrer Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Eberhard von Rothkirch und Panthen, Thomas Hessdorfer, Manfred Dehn
  • Patent number: 9072377
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for supporting computer peripherals on a chair. An apparatus for supporting computer peripherals on a chair includes a support plate, a mounting plate, and a pivoting member. The support plate includes a substantially flat surface for supporting a computer peripheral. The mounting plate includes one or more engagement mechanisms for engaging a side of an armrest of a chair. When the mounting plate is engaged to the side of the armrest the mounting plate is oriented in a substantially vertical plane. The pivoting member couples the support plate to the mounting plate. The pivoting member permits the support plate to pivot relative to the mounting plate between a chair access mode and a peripheral usage mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: Shayne Beimborn
  • Patent number: 8979190
    Abstract: A tray attached to a pivot housing, support arm, and armrest clamp may be easily and quickly detached and reattached to an armrest on a chair. The tray may rotate around an arm hub when a stationary lower index plate in the arm hub is displaced from an upper index plate in the index housing. The tray is restrained from rotation when the upper and lower index plates are in contact with one another. The tray may be disconnected from the support arm while the support arm remains clamped to an armrest. The armrest clamp includes a bevel gear driven in rotation by a clamping ring on the support arm. The bevel gear drives rack gear attached to a traveling clamp jaw. Rotating the clamping ring displaces the traveling clamp jaw relative to a stationary clamp jaw, enabling the armrest clamp to securely clamp to an armrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Demetrius Madrigal, Bryan Ulrich McClain, Raymond Donald Mueller, Anthony Printis
  • Patent number: 8967711
    Abstract: A swivel joint for pivotably coupling a tray to a support element of a seating implement. The swivel joint includes a tubular inner structure arranged substantially coaxially with and non-rotatably connectable to the support element, and a mounting structure at least partially surrounding the tubular inner structure in a radial direction. The mounting portion is pivotable relative to the tubular inner structure and rigidly coupled to the tray. The tubular inner structure includes at least one opening extending in the peripheral direction between two angular positions, and the mounting structure has at least one projection which projects in a radial direction and engages with the at least one opening of the tubular inner structure. The swivel joint provides additional structural integrity to compensate for loads on the tray and also provides a pivoting point to allow the tray to move easily between positions of use and non-use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: VS Vereinigte Spezial Mobelfabriken GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Reinhard Weber, Paul Sprafke
  • Patent number: 8905471
    Abstract: A self-storing table that is pivotally mounted to a collapsible chair such that when the self-storing table is down, it does not interfere with the closing of the collapsible chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Cohesion Products, LLC
    Inventor: Gerald Tang
  • Patent number: 8851564
    Abstract: A chair with a foldable desk includes a support leg having a crossbar. A seat plate installed above said support leg includes an upper seat, a lower cover and a coupler into which the crossbar is rotatably inserted. The seat plate rotates between a vertical position and a horizontal position. A back installed above a rear side of the seat plate is capable of tilting forward and rearward with tilting means. A desk installed above a side of the support leg includes an upper plate with an attachment member on its bottom. The upper plate may swing between an upper position and a lower position within an angle range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Won ho Seo
  • Patent number: 8794699
    Abstract: The collapsible chair having foldable arm tray is a device that can convert from a chair to a fold out bed to a collapsed state for towing and/or storage. The collapsible chair when configured as a chair includes an optional footrest, an optional canopy to provide shade from the elements, an optional arm tray folds out above the seat, and a lumbar support. The collapsible chair, when configures as a bed, fully extends to support an end user. The collapsible chair can collapse and includes wheels and a handle for towing when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Joan P Rudolfo
  • Publication number: 20140167457
    Abstract: A tray table for use with a passenger seat of a transportation vehicle is provided. The tray table may be moveable between a deployed position and a stowed position relative to a seat. The tray table may include a storage compartment for storing belongings of a passenger. A lid may be provided for covering an opening of the storage compartment. A portion of the lid may be transparent such that contents of the storage compartment may be readily viewed by a passenger when the tray table is in the deployed position. A portion of a storage compartment bottom may be transparent such that contents of the storage compartment may be readily viewed by a passenger when the tray table is in the stowed position. The tray table may have any number of storage compartments and a single lid or multiple lids may be used to cover the storage compartment openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Udo W. Schultheis
  • Patent number: 8746788
    Abstract: A fold-down tablet used in a chair is disclosed. The tablet includes a board, a torsion positioning mechanism, a shaft and an armrest. The torsion positioning mechanism is fixed to a side of the board for horizontally rotating and positioning the board. The shaft has a protrudent positioning bar and is fixed to the torsion positioning mechanism for making the board vertically rotatable. The armrest has a shaft hole for rotatably receiving the shaft and a slot communicating with the shaft hole. When the board is turned horizontally, the positioning bar is embedded into the slot to be restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Dongguan Howen Plastic & Metal Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Cheng Su
  • Patent number: 8672400
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing a work surface proximate to a seat in a vehicle. The apparatus comprises a base support connectable to the vehicle, a substantially planar member and a parallel linkage extending between the base support and the planar member for planar translational movement from a first position to a second position about an arcuate path defining a first plane. The first position is substantially proximate to the seat and the second position is above the seat and forward of the first position. The planar member is also pivotable about an axis parallel to the first plane away from the seat. The apparatus further comprises a support for selectably maintaining the planar member at a substantially horizontal orientation. The method comprises moving the planar member from the first position to the second position, rotating the planar member to the horizontal orientation and supporting the planar member with the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald John Henderson
  • Patent number: 8668257
    Abstract: A foldable bracket of a chair contains a positioning rod, a first rotating rod, a connector, a second rotating rod, and a supporting plate. The positioning rod is connected with the chair. The first rotating rod is rotatably coupled with the positioning rod. The connector is joined with the first rotating rod. The second rotating rod is rotatably coupled with the connector, and the supporting plate is connected to the second rotating rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Yao-Chuan Wu
  • Publication number: 20140021750
    Abstract: A fold-down tablet used in a chair is disclosed. The tablet includes a board, a torsion positioning mechanism, a shaft and an armrest. The torsion positioning mechanism is fixed to a side of the board for horizontally rotating and positioning the board. The shaft has a protrudent positioning bar and is fixed to the torsion positioning mechanism for making the board vertically rotatable. The armrest has a shaft hole for rotatably receiving the shaft and a slot communicating with the shaft hole. When the board is turned horizontally, the positioning bar is embedded into the slot to be restricted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Chih-Cheng Su
  • Patent number: 8628142
    Abstract: A chair includes a base, a seat supported on the base, and a support member having an upper portion and at least one lower portion that is lower than the upper portion. The at least one lower portion of the support member is attached to at least one of the base and the seat. The upper portion of the at least one support member is attached to the at least one lower portion. A portion of the upper portion defines an offset positioned inwardly toward the seat relative to other sections of the upper portion. A tablet is moveably attached to the upper portion such that it is moveable from a first position to a second position. The offset is positioned so it supports the tablet when the tablet is in the second position and transfers a substantial amount of load supported by the offset to the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Knoll, Inc.
    Inventor: Hendrik R. van Hekken
  • Patent number: 8528969
    Abstract: A class chair includes a chair frame, seat, and a table. A rack is arranged below the chair frame, and the seat is arranged to a top of the chair frame. A table retaining plate is formed to a lower lateral side of the chair frame so as to fix a linking plate of a table frame of the table. The class chair provides a steady and durable assembly. Through the removable table frame and the rack, the assembly of the chair frame and the seat can be piled on top of each other so as to save the space and cost of transportation and storing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Tsung-Chieh Huang
  • Patent number: 8480172
    Abstract: A universal reclining armrest system for use with an articulated examination chair. The system includes an armrest adapter having a universal aperture for receiving a post portion of an armrest assembly. The armrest adapter further includes a splined peg for coupling to a pivoting mechanism of an articulated chair. The pivoting mechanism enables the chair to move throughout an operable range of motion while maintaining a fixed rotational position of an attached armrest adapter. The armrest assembly further includes an adjustable joint to provide 360° of rotational adjustment to the armrest relative to the fixed position of the armrest adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventors: Jeff Baker, Mike Bradfield, Brad Baker
  • Publication number: 20120223548
    Abstract: A platform assembly comprising a mount and an elbow that includes a horizontal portion and a vertical portion. The vertical portion is rotatably mated to the mount. An elongate arm is rotatably mated to the horizontal portion and a platform is slidably and non-rotatably disposed on the arm. The mount includes a slot formed around a portion of its circumference and the vertical portion includes a protrusion that engages the slot to limit rotation of the vertical portion with respect to the mount. The arm includes a cylindrical portion and the horizontal portion of the elbow includes a cylindrical socket that receives the cylindrical portion of the arm. The horizontal portion includes a slot formed around a portion of the circumference of the cylindrical socket and the arm includes a protrusion that engages the slot to limit rotation of the arm with respect to the horizontal portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: BRAVO SPORTS
    Inventors: Jerry Sharber, Jack B. Lovley, II
  • Patent number: 8256835
    Abstract: A tablet adjustment mechanism is provided to control the movement of a tablet of a seat assembly between a lowered non-use or stowed position under the armrest and a raised or use position, and further control the tablet's movement between an inward use position and an outward use position. The adjustment mechanism includes a plunger inside of a pivot element, the plunger's longitudinal and rotational or pivotal movements being controlled by a pin engaging a slot in the plunger, and also by a guide pin traversing an arcuate slot in a tablet support arm. The adjustment mechanism may limit lateral or sideward movement of the tablet when the tablet is in its fully lowered or stowed position and during at least some of the pivotal movement toward its raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Irwin Seating Company
    Inventors: James M. Brink, John P. Conner
  • Publication number: 20120146367
    Abstract: A swivel joint for pivotably coupling a tray to a support element of a seating implement. The swivel joint includes a tubular inner structure arranged substantially coaxially with and non-rotatably connectable to the support element, and a mounting structure at least partially surrounding the tubular inner structure in a radial direction. The mounting portion is pivotable relative to the tubular inner structure and rigidly coupled to the tray. The tubular inner structure includes at least one opening extending in the peripheral direction between two angular positions, and the mounting structure has at least one projection which projects in a radial direction and engages with the at least one opening of the tubular inner structure. The swivel joint provides additional structural integrity to compensate for loads on the tray and also provides a pivoting point to allow the tray to move easily between positions of use and non-use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: VS Vereinigte Spezialmobelfabriken GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Weber, Paul Sprafke
  • Publication number: 20120139302
    Abstract: An airplane passenger seat may include a non-articulated seat shell configured to recline as a unit. In embodiments, an airplane passenger seat may include a tray table including a literature pocket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: Jcedesign
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Andre Estevenin, Perry G. Estevenin
  • Publication number: 20120091764
    Abstract: Multiple features of seating assemblies are detailed. Innovations in or to tray tables, luggage bars, arm rests, seat backs, and seat frames are included, with features being incorporated into seating assemblies either separately or in any combination. The assemblies are configured principally for passenger aircraft but may be used elsewhere as appropriate or desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventors: Jeremy Cailleteau, David Da Silva
  • Patent number: 8109566
    Abstract: A collapsible desk assembly includes a desk board, an elbow joint, a positioning board, and a connecting portion. The elbow joint has a groove defined therein and is mounted to the desk board. The positioning board has a pin disposed thereon and the positioning board is connected to the elbow joint. The pin is inserted into the groove. A pivoting shaft is extending from the positioning board. The connecting portion has a receiving hole defined therein for receiving the pivoting shaft. A bolt is inserted into the receiving hole and passing through the pivoting shaft, and is threaded to the elbow joint. When the desk board is descended, the positioning board is rotated downwardly and blocking the elbow joint from pivotally bending relative to the connecting portion, such that the desk board is stably suspended beside the connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Inventor: Tuang Hock Koh
  • Patent number: 8042784
    Abstract: The present invention includes a frame that is quickly and easily assembled and disassembled. The frame may be used for supporting a portable forced air heater, or other similar equipment. Handles, supports, and optionally a wheel assembly is assembled to two core members using snap lock buttons. In a preferred embodiment, the portable forced air heater includes a maintenance clock for measuring and recording operational parameters of a portable forced air heater, and for notifying a user that maintenance is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignees: Pinnacle Products International, Inc., SP Elemech
    Inventors: Steve McCalley, Kyu Sam Hwang
  • Publication number: 20110148156
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include a table stop assembly comprising a mounting block having at least one receptacle, at least one stop coupled to the receptacle, and at least one arm knuckle. The arm knuckle includes a side, a first end, and a second end, wherein the side is pivotally coupled to the mounting block, the first end is pivotally coupled to a tray table, and the second end is configured to contact the stop when the tray table is in a deployed position. In some embodiments, the position of the stop is adjustable relative to the receptacle. In other embodiments, the tray table in the deployed position comprises a surface that forms an angle relative to a horizontal axis that is controlled by the position of the stop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: WEBER AIRCRAFT LLC
    Inventors: RIK WESTERINK, BRAD GRUNWALD
  • Publication number: 20110101740
    Abstract: A collapsible desk assembly includes a desk board, an elbow joint, a positioning board, and a connecting portion. The elbow joint has a groove defined therein and is mounted to the desk board. The positioning board has a pin disposed thereon and the positioning board is connected to the elbow joint. The pin is inserted into the groove. A pivoting shaft is extending from the positioning board. The connecting portion has a receiving hole defined therein for receiving the pivoting shaft. A bolt is inserted into the receiving hole and passing through the pivoting shaft, and is threaded to the elbow joint. When the desk board is descended, the positioning board is rotated downwardly and blocking the elbow joint from pivotally bending relative to the connecting portion, such that the desk board is stably suspended beside the connecting portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventor: TUANG HOCK KOH
  • Patent number: 7874614
    Abstract: A system for mounting writing tablets to armchairs includes a slide guide mounted inside the armrest of the armchair. The writing tablet is slidable on the slide guide between a concealed position inside the armrest and a projecting position outside the armrest. A support is rotatably attached to the armrest and includes an upper stop element that can be adjusted to ensure the writing tablet is horizontal when in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Figueras International Seating, S.A.
    Inventor: José Figueras Mitjans
  • Publication number: 20100295338
    Abstract: A collapsible tray for use with portable chairs. The tray is mounted to the chair frame by a mounting bracket or clamp. The horizontal support is connected to the vertical support by a pivoting connector, which allows the tray to swing out of the way for easy access. The tray surface itself is made of flexible material and is attached to two tray supports. The two tray supports are connected using two hinged extensions connected to either end of the tray supports. The hinged extensions are connected to the horizontal support by a connector to the support allowing the extensions to pivot and fold. Opening or closing the tray may be accomplished by folding the extensions in or out. The tray can be easily collapsed which allows it to be stored with the chair, or carried in the storage bag with the chair itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventor: Kenneth Reed Crowe
  • Patent number: 7731277
    Abstract: A seating implement has a base frame, a sitting surface, a back rest, and a tablet. The tablet is fastened to a support element provided on one side of the base frame by way of a linkage mechanism, so that the table can swivel between a substantially horizontal position of use and a position of non-use. The tablet is dimensioned to support a notebook computer and the support element has a section running in a substantially horizontal plane, on which the tablet is pivotally fastened by way of the linkage mechanism. The substantially horizontal section is oriented at an angle to the direction of the sitting surface, and the tablet can swivel about an axis substantially parallel to this section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: VS Vereinigte Spezialmoebelfabriken GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Reinhard Weber, Friedrich Korte, Paul Sprafke
  • Patent number: 7726732
    Abstract: A chair mountable desk apparatus includes a clamp is removably positioned on an armrest. A first panel has a top side, a bottom side and a perimeter edge. The first panel is mechanically coupled to the clamp and a computer mouse is positionable on the top side. The first panel has a first lateral edge, a second lateral edge, a first end edge and a second end edge. A second panel has an upper surface, a lower surface, and a peripheral edge. A rod is attached to the lower surface and extends outwardly from the peripheral edge. A sleeve is attached to the bottom side of the first panel nearer to the first end edge than the second end edge. A keyboard is positionable on the upper surface. The sleeve receives the rod to position the second panel adjacent to the second lateral edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Inventor: Sherrina J. Keating
  • Patent number: 7699390
    Abstract: In a seating system for passenger service vehicles, and for aircraft in particular, having a seat structure (19), a seat element, a backrest (5), an arm rest (7), and table element (1), the table element (1) is movable between a storage position and a use position. In the use position, the table element (1) faring a table surface (3). The table element (1) is pivotally connected to the seat structure (19, 27) by lever mechanism (23, 33), and a power drive (21) is provided, which is coupled to the lever mechanism (23, 33) to form an over-center mechanism. The power drive (21) pivots the table element (1) from the storage position into an intermediate position, which is defined by the over-center mechanism, and from the intermediate position into the use position after over-centering of the intermediate position has been overcome by application of a force to the table element (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jürgen Baumann
  • Publication number: 20100090504
    Abstract: A tablet adjustment mechanism is provided to control the movement of a tablet of a seat assembly between a lowered non-use or stowed position under the armrest and a raised or use position, and further control the tablet's movement between an inward use position and an outward use position. The adjustment mechanism includes a plunger inside of a pivot element, the plunger's longitudinal and rotational or pivotal movements being controlled by a pin engaging a slot in the plunger, and also by a guide pin traversing an arcuate slot in a tablet support arm. The adjustment mechanism may limit lateral or sideward movement of the tablet when the tablet is in its fully lowered or stowed position and during at least some of the pivotal movement toward its raised position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: IRWIN SEATING COMPANY
    Inventors: James M. Brink, John P. Conner
  • Patent number: 7695061
    Abstract: A tablet assembly including a tablet movable between a generally vertical stored position and a generally horizontal in-use position, and a swivel joint operable between the tablet and a mount, the swivel joint comprising an elbow, a first plate, and a second plate, wherein the first plate is rotateably attached to a first surface of the elbow and the second plate is rotateably attached to a second surface of the elbow, and wherein the first plate is fixedly attached to the mount and the second plate is fixedly attached to the tablet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Series International, LLC
    Inventor: Alvaro Mauricio Olarte
  • Publication number: 20100019548
    Abstract: The invention is a workstation with variable spatial configuration capabilities. It is designed to allow a plurality of office chairs to couple to the workstation and while coupled to the workstation move in tandem with the workstation. Such coupling will allow the workstation as a whole to be portable while still efficiently supporting and effectively organizing the components of a complex computer system. The workstation further comprises of work surfaces whose placement is adjustable in multiple dimensions and provides a solid, yet portable structure to work from, while being flexible enough to allow a user selective variable spatial configuration for the user work environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventor: Fariborz Tajbakhsh
  • Patent number: 7575283
    Abstract: Modular seating sections can be joined to form booth seating that can easily be reconfigured or reupholstered. The seat sections include a generally vertical back element having a lower edge that is connected to the inner edge of a generally horizontal seat section. A gusset extends diagonally between the back section and the seat section to add rigidity and strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: FCC Commercial Furniture, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott D. Crowe
  • Patent number: 7571925
    Abstract: A stroller has a stroller frame with a child seat positioned on the stroller frame. The stroller further includes a child barrier that can be coupled to the stroller frame forward of a seat bight of the child seat. The child barrier also includes a cup holder with a central longitudinal axis. When the child barrier moves relative to the stroller frame, the cup holder pivots about the central longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Pike, Todd D. Sorzano, Gregory S. Sellers, Dmitriy Faktorovich
  • Patent number: 7530632
    Abstract: A seating unit includes a tubular support extending upwardly from a chair frame, a retainer telescopingly engaging an upright open end of the support, and an armrest mounted on the retainer. The retainer is keyed at both ends to prevent undesired rotation of the armrest. Accessories are mounted to the retainer, and are positionable at use and non-use positions relative to a seated user. The accessories include a cup holder, a container, a hook for hanging items under the cup holder or container, and different tablets. One tablet includes a wheeled leg that extends downwardly from a center of gravity of the tablet, the leg supporting the tablet and reducing cantilever forces on the retainer. The back and seat comprise a flexible member co-molded onto a supportive partial-perimeter frame member and includes back and seat sections that matably engage corresponding surfaces of the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: John M. Kaloustian, Russell Plant, Robert L. Stewart, Paul Thomas Cornell
  • Publication number: 20090108641
    Abstract: A multi-functional adjustable tray that mounts on the arm of a chair to provide a comfortably accessible work surface to support a computer mouse and other IO devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: DANIEL V. STEENSON
  • Publication number: 20090026812
    Abstract: The invention relates to improvements to a system for mounting writing tablets to armchairs, of the type that is disposed on a slide guide (4) provided in the armrest (1) of the armchair, such that the writing tablet (3) can slide between a concealed position in which it is concealed inside the armrest (1) and a projecting position in which it projects out from the upper part of the armrest. The ends of the course of the slide guide (4) are fitted with a lower elastic stop element (13) and an upper stop element provided on a support (15) that can be adjusted in order to ensure that the horizontal position of the writing tablet (3) is level in the use position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Applicant: FIGUERAS INTERNATIONAL SEATING, S.A.
    Inventor: D. Jose Figueras Mitjans
  • Patent number: 7478868
    Abstract: The invention relates to an armchair tablet hinge system. According to the invention, the tablet (1) is mounted to an armrest of the armchair by means of a support (4), said support containing a hollow shaft (5). The end of the hollow shaft is provided with a head (6) to which the tablet (1) is articulated by means of a cam-shaped element (7). In addition, rod (10) is housed in the aforementioned shaft (5) and is pushed against the cam-shaped element (7) by means of a spring (11). Moreover, the end of the rod (10) can be inserted into a notch (13) in the cam (7) in order provisionally to block the rotation of the tablet (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Figureas International Seating, S.A.
    Inventor: Jose Figueras Mitjans
  • Patent number: 7458638
    Abstract: A chair has an essentially horizontal seat. An adjustable positioning assembly between a horizontal upper brace supporting the chair and a lower brace allows for varying the height between the chair and a recipient surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Inventor: Donald R. Frank
  • Patent number: 7438363
    Abstract: A bridge that is attached to a wheelchair such that the bridge allows a wheelchair user to have support for ingress into and egress from the wheelchair without assistance and without the need to rely primarily on arm strength alone. The bridge is a generally L-shaped member that has a pair of aligned slits located on a lower portion thereof such that respective connection members pass through each slit and attach the bridge to a frame of the wheelchair the connection members allowing the bridge to be pivoted out of the way when needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventor: James Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20080203778
    Abstract: A seating implement has a base frame, a sitting surface, a back rest, and a tablet. The tablet is fastened to a support element provided on one side of the base frame by way of a linkage mechanism, so that the table can swivel between a substantially horizontal position of use and a position of non-use. The tablet is dimensioned to support a notebook computer and the support element has a section running in a substantially horizontal plane, on which the tablet is pivotally fastened by way of the linkage mechanism. The substantially horizontal section is oriented at an angle to the direction of the sitting surface, and the tablet can swivel about an axis substantially parallel to this section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Applicant: VS VEREINIGTE SPEZIALMOBELFABRIKEN GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Reinhard Weber, Friedrich Korte, Paul Sprafke
  • Publication number: 20080197678
    Abstract: A tablet assembly including a tablet movable between a generally vertical stored position and a generally horizontal in-use position, and a swivel joint operable between the tablet and a mount, the swivel joint comprising an elbow, a first plate, and a second plate, wherein the first plate is rotateably attached to a first surface of the elbow and the second plate is rotateably attached to a second surface of the elbow, and wherein the first plate is fixedly attached to the mount and the second plate is fixedly attached to the tablet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventor: Alvaro Mauricio Olarte
  • Patent number: 7413213
    Abstract: A stroller comprises a stroller frame, and a child seat positioned on the stroller frame and having a seat back, a seat bottom, and a seat bight. The stroller frame includes a cup holder forward of the seat bight. The stroller can further include a child barrier, such as a child tray or a child arm bar, movably coupled to the stroller frame such that the cup holder remains stationary relative to the stroller frame while the child barrier moves relative to the stroller frame. The child tray can also be movably coupled to the cup holder and releasably coupled to the stroller frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Pike, Todd D. Sorzano, Gregory S. Sellers, Dmitriy Faktorovich
  • Publication number: 20080164729
    Abstract: A stowable tray assembly for upholstered sitting furniture includes an elongated storage compartment adaptable to installation either inside or outside an arm rest of a chair and a vertical telescoping post anchored inside the storage compartment. In addition, there is a means for releasably locking members of the vertical telescoping post in a fully extended position. A short horizontal support member is attached substantially perpendicular to the unanchored end of the vertical telescoping post, and a substantially horizontal tray support arm is pivotally attached to the free end of this horizontal support member. A tray table is rotatably attached substantially parallel to the axis of and along a portion of the tray support arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Inventor: Brian Cavanaugh