Coupled Side-by-side Patents (Class 297/248)
  • Patent number: 10683094
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a seat (1) for an aircraft passenger comprising a back part (2) and a sitting part (3), said seat (1) being turned in a first direction so that when a passenger is sitting in said seat (1) he is turned in said first direction, said seat (1) being configured so as to perform a recline movement along a respective recline axis (A) between a sitting position and a recline position, and vice versa, said seat (1) being characterized in that it is configured in such a manner that the back part (2) and the sitting part (3) are apt to perform a translation movement along a translation axis (B), wherein said translation axis (B) is not parallel to said recline axis (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: OPTIMARES S.P.A.
    Inventors: Alessandro Braca, Alessio Morsicani, Andrea Giordano
  • Patent number: 10548400
    Abstract: A bench (100) includes an upper member (101), a first leg member (103), and a second leg member (102). The first leg member and the second leg member can be selectively attachable to the upper member. The upper member includes a substantially planar portion (104), a first side end portion (105), and a second side end portion (106). The substantially planar portion can define a seat (113) for a user, where the seat defines a seat width (116) and a seat length (117). The first leg member and the second leg member can define a leg member length (120) that is coextensive with seat length and the lengths of the side end portions. The leg members can include an adjustment mechanism (203) to selectively alter a height (207) of the one or both of the first leg member or the second leg member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Paterson, Matt Costello, Kristian Trendafilov, Luke Westra
  • Patent number: 10232750
    Abstract: A seat for a vehicle is equipped with a seat frame comprising general steel pipes, cushioning bodies suspended by the seat frame, and a skin covering the cushioning bodies. The seat frame has on an outer side a frame member in which a side portion provided vertically and an upper portion provided horizontally on an upper side are bent into L-shape at a corner portion, and the corner portion is provided with a lock member to be locked to a vehicle body of said vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Hamano, Kunihiko Matano
  • Patent number: 10213020
    Abstract: A modular assembly for a row of seating units is provided. Each seating unit has a pair of mechanisms operable to move between a closed position and a reclined position. Each mechanism includes first and second roller track that are oriented at opposite angles to one another. A seat mounting plate is moveably coupled to, and constrained by, a linkage coupling the seat mounting plate to the first and second roller tracks so that the seat mounting plate is moveable from a generally horizontal orientation in the closed position, to an inclined orientation in the reclined position, with the incline from back end of the seating unit to the front end of the seating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: L&P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventor: Gregory Mark Lawson
  • Patent number: 10188211
    Abstract: A modular seating system includes a plurality of side frames, seat back assemblies and seat bottom assemblies. Each of the side frames includes a base member configured to support the side frame on an underlying surface and an arm member extending upwardly from the base member. Each of the seat back assemblies and seat bottom assemblies are releasably connected between an adjacent pair of side frames. In use, the plurality of side frames are placed, freestanding, on an underlying surface. The plurality of seat back assemblies and seat bottom assemblies are then releasably connected therebetween to form a plurality of seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: TOTALLY MOD EVENTS, LLC
    Inventor: William L. Whidden
  • Patent number: 10154733
    Abstract: A modular furniture assembly includes: a base member having a frame assembly, a transverse member having a frame assembly, a foot configured to contact a support surface, and a mounting platform having a plurality of apertures therethrough. The mounting platform is configured to be mounted on the base member frame assembly and the transverse member frame assembly, thereby connecting the frame assemblies. The foot is selectively mounted on the mounting platform, such that the foot is configured to contact the support surface when the modular furniture assembly is in an upright configuration. The mounting platform connects the base and transverse member frame assemblies together and also acts as a platform for receiving a variety of different types of feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: THE LOVESAC COMPANY
    Inventors: Shawn D. Nelson, David M. Underwood, Spencer Pearson
  • Patent number: 10035433
    Abstract: A frameless transit seat is used for carrying passengers in a transit vehicle. The transit seat is comprised of at least two pedestals which connect the seating portion to the vehicle floor and which distribute the weight of the seat and its passenger(s). Under the passenger, at least two side supports are affixed on top of the pedestals, and one or more crossbars or stabilizers, without any rack frame structures connecting the pedestals. A variant of the transit seat has two seats and uses a mounting plate to connect the two inner side supports to a central pedestal. The components of the transit seat include hollow beams, bent sheet metal, and other components optimized to decrease mass while retaining maximum strength. Optionally, the seat may recline and be upholstered in a variety of covering options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Freedman Seating Company
    Inventors: Vitaliy Viktorovich Muraiti, Paul I. Vidri, David Alan Klopp, Vladislav Balef
  • Patent number: 10021986
    Abstract: A fixing device includes an encircling element having left and right lateral sides and an intermediate portion that is formed with a notch and that is bent to form two limiting apartments at two sides of the notch, each limiting apartment having left and right walls extending integrally and transversely from a longitudinal axis of the encircling element and a middle wall interconnecting the walls that define an opening accessible only from a direction that is the same direction, each of the left and right lateral sides is formed with a retainer stub; a sluice gate having two notches disposed on the retainer stubs for denying access into the apartments; and a locking member extending through a through hole in the sluice gate and the notch in the encircling element for preventing untimely disengagement of the sluice gate from the encircling element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: SPEC SEATS TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventor: Mei Chuen Lin
  • Patent number: 10021981
    Abstract: A molded tray and ganging device for attachment to a seat of a chair and a chair containing the molded tray and ganging device. The molded tray and ganging device includes a molded structure having an top surface, a bottom surface, and first and second raised sides attached to the bottom surface. One or more ganging rod capture structures are integrally molded into the molded structure and extend upwardly from the top surface of the molded structure. A U-shaped ganging rod is slidably attached to each of the one or more ganging rod capture structures. Each U-shaped ganging rod has a ganging engagement portion that extends outwardly from one of the raised sides of the molded structure and L-shaped ends distal from the ganging engagement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Zhuhai Shichang Metals Ltd.
    Inventor: Qiao Zheng
  • Patent number: 9975461
    Abstract: An arrangement of components, in particular for a vehicle seat, includes a first component and a second component which are interconnected by a connector. The connector includes a nail-shaped pin that has a grooved drive stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS GMBH
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Werner, Bernd Gross, Andreas Dannheisig
  • Patent number: 9828101
    Abstract: An armrest structure and an aircraft seat assembly thereof are disclosed. The armrest structure includes an armrest body and two support plates. The armrest body is disposed between two aircraft seats. The shape of the support plates correspond to the armrest body and the support plates are disposed at two sides of the armrest body respectively. Each of the support plates has a first position and a second position. The support plates combine with the armrest body to form an armrest when the support plates are at the first position. The support plates and the armrest body are vertical to each other so that a hand of the passenger can rest on the support plates when the support plates are in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Aircom Pacific Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Shih
  • Patent number: 9826832
    Abstract: A fixing device includes an encircle element having lateral sides and left and right flap portions located inwardly of the lateral sides and extending transversely and outwardly from the lateral sides to define left and right chambers which are accessible only from the same direction, each of the left and right lateral sides being formed with a through hole; a fixing element installed on the encircle element at one of the through holes; and a locking plate having a first end fastened movably to the encircle element via a fastener such that the locking plate is movable relative to the encircle element between a locked position, where a second end of the locking plate engages the fixing elements, thereby preventing access into the chambers, and an unlocked position, where the locking plate disengages the fixing elements, thereby permitting access into the chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: SPEC SEATS TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventor: Mei Chuen Lin
  • Patent number: 9820575
    Abstract: A rotation adjustment system for seats includes a first viewing chair and a second viewing chair. The first viewing chair includes a first seat part and a first backrest part which is stood from the first seat part to maintain the seating function of the first seat part, and is laid down toward the first seat part to disable the seating function of the first seat part. The second viewing chair includes a second seat part and a second backrest part which is stood from the second seat part to maintain the seating function of the second seat part, and is laid down toward the second seat part to disable the seating function of the second seat part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: UNITECH SYSTEM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shin Sang Ham
  • Patent number: 9730521
    Abstract: A bench top for a bench seat includes mounting elements for coupling to sides of bench seat members and a seat unit. The seat unit includes: a seating top; front and back members extending generally away from the seating top; ribs extending inwardly from the front and back members that, together with a front lip and a back lip, provide front and back pockets for receiving respective mounting elements therein; and joining elements at opposing sides of the seat unit for cooperating with joining elements of adjacent units. The seat unit is resilient to move the front and back lips away from each other for installation over the mounting elements and to return to a less flexed state as the front and back lips move toward each other when the mounting elements are received in the front and back pockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: CASCADIA SPORT SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Murdo Paterson, Mal Paterson, Shawn Kennedy
  • Patent number: 9282823
    Abstract: A linking mechanism includes a convex linking member and a concave linking member, which are provided to each of the chairs aligned in a left and right direction. Each of the linking members is engaged with each other so that linkage of the neighboring chairs is realized. The convex linking member includes a convex-side mounting portion, an extending portion, a notch portion, and an engaging piece. The concave linking member includes a concave-side mounting portion, an engaging projection, and a pair of engaging wall portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Aichi Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Taku Kumazawa
  • Patent number: 9261123
    Abstract: A furniture connector includes a substantially planar first tab extending from a substantially planar base. The substantially planar base includes a furniture attachment portion attached to a furniture component. A tab-receiving first aperture is sized to receive a second tab of an other furniture connector while the first tab is received in a tab-receiving second aperture of the other furniture connector, and while the second tab extends in a same direction as the first tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Best Chairs Incorporated
    Inventor: Glenn A. Lange
  • Patent number: 9226592
    Abstract: A fixing device includes an encircle element having lateral sides and two flap portions extending outwardly from the lateral sides and formed with a through hole; a positioning element fixed securely to the encircle element and having lateral sides extending parallel to the lateral sides of the encircle element so as to define restriction chambers, wherein one lateral side of the positioning element has a longitudinal length greater than the lateral sides of the encircle element and is formed with an upward notch; and a locking plate having a first end connected pivotally to the through hole in the encircle element and a second end formed with a downward notch such that the locking plate is pivotable relative to the encircle element between an unlocked position, in which the notches disengage relative to each other and a locking position, in which the notches engages relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: SPEC SEATS TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventor: Mei Chuen Lin
  • Patent number: 9126617
    Abstract: A chair including a fold down seat which is closed against the side or rear of a stroller or wheelchair for transit or storage, but which is deployable to rotate outwardly therefrom for sitting upon when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventor: Philip D. Moody
  • Patent number: 9113717
    Abstract: A seating attachment for a vehicle trailer hitch features two metal bars, the main shaft and the cross member, each with a square cross section and capable of fitting into a standard vehicle trailer hitch mount. The main shaft and cross member are welded together in a “T” configuration. At the ends of the cross member, two seats mounted; the seats may optionally be positioned to face directly backward or be angled inward to face one another. Swivel-mounted seats are also contemplated. Additional mounting points are provided for a table top, an umbrella, beverage coolers, or other equipment. The height of the seats may be raised or lowered relative to the trailer hitch height by an angle piece in order to reach a comfortable sitting level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventor: Randal Gene Edwards
  • Publication number: 20150130236
    Abstract: A chair has a frame with legs, a seat hoop carried by the legs, and a backrest extending above the seat hoop. A seat is carried by the seat hoop of the frame, and has a seat base with a cushion. A perimeter lip circumscribes the seat base and rests over the seat hoop. The seat base has a flexible and resilient corrugated interior capable of deflecting under weight and returning when the weight is removed. An annular bottom projection projects from the seat base between the perimeter lip and the corrugated interior and into the seat hoop, and has an annular bottom surface substantially flush with the lower surface of the seat hoop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: MITY-LITE, INC.
    Inventor: Grant Rogers
  • Patent number: 8979206
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention may include a seat back frame of a vehicle seat. The vehicle seat has a seat back main body configured to support the back of an occupant and an extension portion extending from a side of the seat back main body. The seat back frame has a main body frame, an extension frame, and a connection member. The main body frame may form a framework of the seat back main body and may be mounted on a base. The extension frame may form a framework of the extension portion. The connection member connects the extension frame to a side of the main body frame. The connection member has a rear support portion and a front support portion. The rear support portion contacts the main body frame and the extension frame from the rear so that the rear support portion integrally couples the main body frame and the extension frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 8974002
    Abstract: Tubular bodies for use in frames for seats of vehicles such as aircraft are described. A tube can include a sidewall that has a variable thickness along the length of the tube. The variable thickness of the sidewalls can result in the tube having a variable inner diameter along the length of the tube. The tube may also include a variable outer diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: C&D Zodiac, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Tien Le, Aram Aris Krikorian
  • Patent number: 8955909
    Abstract: A vehicle has a seat on which a passenger sits, wherein the seat is bench-shaped and has a sitting portion, a backrest portion, and a supporting portion which supports the sitting portion and the backrest portion, wherein at least one of the sitting portion and the backrest portion is detachable from the supporting portion, wherein when the sitting portion is detachable, the sitting portion has a plurality of sitting regions which are arranged side by side in the right-left direction and have different thicknesses in the up-down direction, and wherein when the backrest portion is detachable, the backrest portion has a plurality of backrest regions which are arranged side by side in the right-left direction and have different thicknesses in the front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazumasa Hisada, Teruaki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8944379
    Abstract: A passenger seating arrangement for an aircraft cabin that includes first and second adjacent columns of at least two seats that define a first longitudinally extending center axis that extends approximately parallel to a longitudinal axis of the aircraft cabin. The seats in the first column face away from and form an angle with the first axis of between about 1° and about 44°, and the seats in the second column face away from and form an angle with the first axis of between about 1° and about 44°. Each seat in the first column is staggered fore of a seat in the second column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Zodiac Seat Shells US LLC
    Inventors: Ben Orson, Zhao Jin
  • Patent number: 8931846
    Abstract: A seat for a transport vehicle includes a seat surface, an armrest, and a child armrest. The child armrest is configured to adopt an adult position and a child position. In the adult position the child armrest is arranged in a stowed position in which the child armrest is incorporated in a contour of the armrest. In the child position the child armrest is arranged in a use position in which the child armrest has a reduced spacing from the seat surface in the vertical direction and a reduced spacing from an opposing armrest in the horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Lufthansa Technik AG
    Inventor: Harald Merensky
  • Patent number: 8919854
    Abstract: A bench for a vehicle is provided, which bench comprises at least two seats that are arranged next to one another and are connected to one another. Provision is made for one of the at least two seats to act as a base seat that has at least one locking unit for the purpose of connection to a vehicle floor of a vehicle body, while the at least one other seat hovers above a vehicle floor since the other seat is reversibly connected solely to the base seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignees: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Sitech Sitztechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Joerg Breyvogel, Hans Rohlfing, Tobias Woynowski, Ole Stollreiter, Robert Sulowski, Jaroslaw Szydlo
  • Patent number: 8911016
    Abstract: A seat structure is configured to allow three passengers to be seated, respectively, in a left seat (1L), a right seat (1R), and a region striding across a boundary between the right and left seats (1R, 1L). The left seat (1L) can be slid leftward to create a walk-through space (S) between the right and left seats (1R, 1L). A headrest (1c) for a middle seat passenger seated between the right and left seats (1R, 1L) is split into right and left split headrests each supported on a top of a seat back of a corresponding seat. The middle seat passenger's left split headrest (1c-L) is moved with the left seat (1L) when sliding the left seat (1L) to allow the right and left seats (1R, 1L) to become spaced apart from each other so as to unblock the walk-through space (S).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Delta Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Fujiwara
  • Publication number: 20140361588
    Abstract: A chair having an integrally molded chair back and seat that move together upon reclining movement of a user. The seat includes a series of glides that travel along a glide track mounted to a fixed support frame. A bias spring, connects the support frame to the seat and chair back to urge the seat and chair back into an upright position. The chair includes a pair of ganging arms that are movable between a storage position and an operative position. In the storage position, the ganging arms are concealed within a bottom cover. When in the extended, operative position, the ganging arms allow multiple chairs to be ganged together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Francisco Romero
  • Patent number: 8905475
    Abstract: A modular seat assembly for installation into one of at least two vehicles differing in body style includes a seat frame including a first attachment area and a second attachment area. The seat assembly also includes a coupling device that operably couples the seat frame to the vehicle. The coupling device is attached to the seat frame in one of the first and second attachment areas. The one of the first and second attachment areas is chosen for attachment of the coupling device according to the body style of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Steven J. Schenten, Sumit Mathur, D. Scott Bittinger, Nicol Margot Albanese
  • Patent number: 8894147
    Abstract: A plurality of seating assemblies 9, 10, 7 which may be operatively deployed upon a selectively movable assembly 12 and which includes independently formed and ribbed members what make the deployed seat assemblies light weight and durable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: John Micheli
  • Patent number: 8840182
    Abstract: A seat structure has a right seat (1R) and a left seat (1L) configured to allow three passengers to be seated, respectively, in the left seat (1L), the right seat (1R), and a region striding across a boundary between the right and left seats (1R, 1L). The left seat (1L) can be slid leftward (L) to allow the right and left seats (1R, 1L) to become spaced apart to create a walk-through space (S) therebetween. A headrest (1c) for a middle seat passenger seated in the region striding the boundary between the right and left seats (1R, 1L) is supported on a top of a seat back of the left seat (1L). The middle seat passenger's headrest (1c) can be slid leftward to unblock the walk-through space (S) when the right and left seats (1R, 1L) are in spaced-apart relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Atsushi Onji
  • Patent number: 8840183
    Abstract: A motor vehicle rear seat has two units, which are set side by side along a horizontal axis, are each provided with a respective squab and a respective backrest and are arranged on opposite sides of a support device having a lower base designed to be fastened to a floorpan of the motor vehicle; the device has a body that supports the two units and has a position that can be adjusted in a longitudinal direction and in height with respect to the lower base; a fixing device is provided to block this body in the desired position with respect to the lower base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marco Genta
  • Patent number: 8833853
    Abstract: A seat for a vehicle constructed so that a side seat is provided on an opposite side of a center seat may include a first hinge shaft to which a center seat back of the center seat may be rotatably coupled for folding the center seat back forwards, a second hinge shaft to which a side seat back of the side seat may be rotatably coupled for folding the side seat back forwards, and a folding actuator assembly selectively engaging the side seat back with the center seat back, wherein the folding actuator assembly locks the center seat back to the side seat back when the side seat back may be folded, and releases the center seat back from the side seat back to fold only the center seat back when the center seat back may be folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Bong Ku Kim, Sang Ho Kim, Chan Ho Jeong, Sang Do Park, Hak Gyun Kim, Deok Soo Lim, Ji Hyun Kim, Tae Hoon Lee, Soo Hyun Moon, Jun Yeol Heo, Jong Kweon Pyun
  • Publication number: 20140225404
    Abstract: A seating system for improved user comfort and convenience while maximizing auditorium floor space utilization. The seating system is composed of two modular components: (1) a reclining theater seat assembly and (2) a comfort divider. The reclining theater seat assembly is comprised of a seating surface, a reclining back, armrests and a support base. The comfort divider is comprised of foot rest assemblies and recliner backstop assemblies arranged in an alternating fashion. The comfort divider is placed between each row of theater seats.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Enrique Ramirez Magaña
  • Patent number: 8801095
    Abstract: A chair including a fold down seat which is closed against the side or rear of a stroller or wheelchair for transit or storage, but which is deployable to rotate outwardly therefrom for sitting upon when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Philip D Moody
  • Patent number: 8764114
    Abstract: A sectional sofa and method of assembly provides ease and convenience in the manufacture and use. The sectional sofa includes a central section having a seat and a pair of backs positioned approximately ninety degrees to each other forming a V-shaped opening therebetween. Affixed on each side of the central section is a side section which includes a back frame that can be easily inserted or removed into a seat frame as needed. End sections having a back frame, seat frame and an arm frame are affixed to each side section. Each back includes a pair of stakes which are slideably engaged within rectangular apertures in the seat frame for ease in manufacturing and stability in use. Additional standard bolts connect each section together for safety and convenience. The central section V-shaped opening allows for simplicity during construction and adds to the aesthetic qualities of the sofa design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Simplicity Sofas, Inc
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Frank, Glenn Laughlin
  • Patent number: 8764107
    Abstract: The invention relates to seating furniture comprising two frames (2) arranged at a distance to each other on a support (1), between which frames a seat part (3) and a backrest part (4) can be mounted, and the frames (2) have one upper frame part (6) and a lower frame part (7) each which mechanically immobilize the seat part (3) and the backrest part (4) on the edges thereof. The support (1) contains a horizontal bar (11), extending between two legs (5), on which the frames (2) can be mounted as a terminal frame or intermediate frame via respective frame bases (12). The bar (11) comprises a linking piece (13) which is put on a detachable, form-fitting pin connection (14) together with the frame base (12) of a terminal frame and a leg (5) in a certain order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Kusch + Co. GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Dieter Kusch, Robert De Le Roi, Karl-Heinz Seipp
  • Publication number: 20140175848
    Abstract: The invention enables distribution of a series of chairs in row alignment, preventing undesired shifting and movement thereof, being especially intended for chairs having a bottom frame disposed underneath the seat, said frame having at least one tubular profile whereupon the seat rests; said device standing out for comprising a female part and a male part associated to the tubular profile of the chair, destined for being solidarily connected to other male and female parts, respectively, of chairs disposed in adjacent lateral positions, and where the female and male parts comprise pivoting means which allow extraction and retraction of these in a fast and simple manner, depending on whether or not arrangement of chairs in row alignment is required.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Alberto Lievore Motta
  • Publication number: 20140159440
    Abstract: A seating arrangement for location at the longitudinal centre line of a commercial passenger vehicle that has a longitudinally extending passenger seating area. The seating arrangement includes a pair of seats disposed alongside and secured to each other. Each seat comprising a backrest portion, and a seat pan portion, wherein the seats face at an acute angle to each other, and wherein the backrest portions of the respective seats are nearest the vertex of the acute angle than the seat pan portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Glen Wilson Porter
  • Publication number: 20140152059
    Abstract: A ganging system for a chair includes a first support interconnected with the chair adjacent the first side of the chair and a first ganging member slidably supported by the support. The first ganging member has a retracted position, a fully extended position, and at least one intermediate partially extended position. A second support is interconnected with the chair adjacent the second side of the chair and a second ganging member is supported by the second support. The ganging members have ganging features that interconnect with the ganging feature of a like chair so as to interconnect the chairs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Michigan Tube Swagers & Fabricators, Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua Paul Swy
  • Publication number: 20140145481
    Abstract: An aircraft seat assembly including multiple seats together having a total seating area. The aircraft seat assembly also includes an armrest separating a first seat of the multiple seats from a second seat of the multiple seats and a sliding mechanism coupled to the armrest. The sliding mechanism enables movement of the armrest to change a portion of the total seating area that is associated with at least one seat of the multiple seats. The aircraft seat assembly also includes a controller that controls movement of the armrest responsive to a control command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Kelly L. Boren
  • Patent number: 8733838
    Abstract: An apparatus for maintaining at least two seats in a vertical position and a predetermined distance between rows of the at least two seats. The apparatus includes at least two substantially flat base portions; and at least two support blocks mounted a predetermined distance from each other on an upper surface of each of the base portions, wherein the at least two support blocks define a hollow region for receiving a lower end portion of a leg of a seat to maintain the seat in a vertical position. The predetermined distance between the support blocks corresponds to a predetermined distance between rows of seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Scott Suprina
  • Patent number: 8714652
    Abstract: A frame of rectangular configuration, constructed of structural components and usable in connection with modular furniture. Front and back frame components are interconnected by a pair of side components, and a locking bar member extends between the side components and is movable therealong while remaining essentially parallel to the back component. The locking bar member has a straight edge in alignment with and parallel to a straight edge of the back component, such that when the locking bar member is brought into a relatively close relation to the back component, the straight edges of the back component and the locking bar member can hold therebetween a backrest equipped with cleats in a secure, fixed position, without the need for screws, bolts, pins or other joinder elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Ice Magic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Whidden, Lawrence W. Bechtold
  • Patent number: 8708410
    Abstract: An aircraft seat set is provided that allows for providing extra room for passengers and/or allow for selectively increasing the width of an aircraft aisle during enplaning and deplaning and/or increasing the width of some seats during flight. In one embodiment, the aisle seat of the seat set is movably connected to the seat frame of the seat set to allow the aisle seat to be disposed above and in front of the middle seat of the seat set for enplaning and deplaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Molon Labe LLC
    Inventors: Frank Matthew Scott, Kevin Lee Van Liere
  • Patent number: 8696062
    Abstract: A multiple-chair cover having a front side, a back side a right edge and a left edge with an open interior area positioned therebetween. At least one divider is positioned within the open interior which separates the open interior into separate compartments. At least one pad is positioned within the open interior. This provides a multiple-chair cover which prevents chairs from rattling against one another while in transit while also maintaining the alignment and position of multiple chairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Kent L. Brown
  • Patent number: 8690254
    Abstract: In herringbone seats of the prior art, armrests on the closed angle side form an obstacle for the passengers in the seat in case of a shock, since the latter are generally projected along the axis of the vehicle and thus towards the armrest thus creating a high risk of injury for the passenger in case of a shock. The present invention provides a secure herringbone arrangement for the armrest of a seat i.e. making it possible to reduce the risk of injuries caused by the armrest, in case of a shock. Therefore, the present invention provides to leave a space between the seating part structure and the armrest to enable the passenger on the seat to be projected along the axis of the airplane in case of a shock without hitting the armrest. More precisely, the aim of the invention is a herringbone arrangement for the armrest of a seat wherein the armrest is angularly shifted with respect to the seat, so as to form a free space (33) between the seat and the armrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Zodiac Seats France
    Inventor: Jeremy Cailleteau
  • Patent number: 8678496
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly 12 having a bracket assembly, the vehicle seat assembly 12 having a first seat back 22 having a seat frame member, and a second seat back 24 having a seat frame member, the bracket assembly having a first bracket 44 coupled to the first seat back 22, preferably the seat frame member, the first bracket 44 having an aperture 42, a second bracket 28 coupled to the second seat back 24, preferably the seat frame member, the second bracket 24 having a pivot pin 32 for insertion into the aperture 42 of the first bracket 22. The vehicle seat assembly 12 also including a retainer mechanism 34 for retaining the pivot pin 32 within the aperture 42 of the first bracket 22, the retainer mechanism 34 having a first bushing 40, a second bushing 36 and a retainer member 38.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Maxim Vladimirovich Zorine
  • Patent number: 8678497
    Abstract: A multi-row vehicle seating arrangement includes a second row of vehicle seats including a first lateral side seat, a second lateral side seat, and a center seat disposed between the first and second lateral side seats. The center seat has a pair of spaced apart seat anchors fixably secured thereto for securing a child seat to the center seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Kyogoku, Rudy M. Mayne, Jr., Spyro G. Blatseas, William Charles Lanz, Mark D. Herbert, Wataru Takayasu, J. Zachary Sorrell
  • Patent number: 8668542
    Abstract: A multiple use, light weight, cost-effective, indoor and all-weather outdoor construction toy for stimulating children's imaginations and encouraging physical activity comprises a basic modular unit with open ended cup-like coupling-means on its perimeter for male to female coupling and decoupling to other couple-able units, is described. The coupling-means may be molded as an integral part forming one seamless basic unit. The open bottom end of the coupling means provides for coupling, the open top end prevents the buildup of snow inside the coupling unit. Coupling can be achieved via coupling-means on basic units to each other or through the use of accessory independent coupler-units. The basic unit of the modular toy may be in the form of a saucer, disc, an oval, or in a rectilinear-shape for use as a sled, skiing device, a flotation device, or as fort building modules. Additional accessory parts include skis and inner-tubes, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Joshua D Bruzgul
  • Patent number: 8657374
    Abstract: There is provided a chair (101) comprising: a seating portion (102) for occupation; a base portion (103) for location upon a support surface; and a connecting portion (104) connectedly extending between said seating portion (102) and said base portion (103); wherein said connecting portion (104) is configured to provide a degree of freedom of the position of said seating portion (101) relative to said base portion (103), such that said seating portion (102) is movable between a default unloaded position relative to said base portion (103) and each of a plurality of available loaded positions relative to said base portion (103), whereby when unoccupied, said seating portion (102) is in said default unloaded position relative to said base portion (103), and when occupied, said seating portion (102) is in one of said plurality of available loaded positions relative to said base portion (103), whereby said chair is configured to dynamically respond to changes in the posture of an occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas Oliver Duncan Higgs