Rearwardly Tilting Of Back Patents (Class 297/342)
  • Patent number: 9718380
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly includes a back rest and a seat cushion that may be reconfigurable to alternatively form a forward facing adult seating surface and child seat mounting surface. The back rest may be provided in a substantially horizontal orientation to offer an extended lower leg support surface for a child's lower legs and feet while seated in a rear facing child seat. The vehicle seat assembly may include a support mechanism to interconnect the seat cushion to a vehicle, enabling selective longitudinal repositioning of the vehicle seat assembly with respect to fixed adjacent interior vehicle structure to establish a variable longitudinal clearance there-between. A rear facing child seat forming back rest and seat cushion portions may be carried by the child seat mounting surface of the vehicle seat assembly. The back rest may be removable from the vehicle seat assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Lauren M. Abro, Angela Piculi
  • Patent number: 9609949
    Abstract: Disclosed in this application is a chair capable of permitting a user to quickly and easily change his or her posture by tilting a back support in a state in which the user takes a seat. The chair includes a seat support; a back support which has a back frame, with a lower end being connected to a rear end of the seat support by a pivot shaft, so that the back support is tilted in a rearward direction; and a footrest which is engaged to the seat support, so that the back support is interlocked with the footrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Sang Hwa Lee
  • Patent number: 9585477
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a movable backrest of an adjustable chair, which can include: a backrest assembly, a first backrest support, a first backrest connector, a second backrest support, a second backrest connector, and a backrest guiding apparatus; the backrest assembly is connected to the first backrest support through a first shaft, the backrest assembly is connected to the guiding apparatus through a seventh shaft, the first backrest support is connected to the first backrest connector through a second shaft, the backrest guiding apparatus is connected to the first backrest connector through a sixth shaft. The invention is simple, durable, and easy to operate, can help eliminate a gap between the backrest and the sitting pad when the adjustable chair is at different positions, reduce the friction feeling of a person's back and prevent the backrest from touching the well when the adjustable chair is at different positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: REMACRO MACHINERY & TECHNOLOGY (WUJIANG) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bruce Huang, James Li, Dick Qin, Daniel Wang, Jerry Zou
  • Patent number: 9480337
    Abstract: A disassemblable rocking chair including a back panel member, opposing armrests, a seat panel, a spring plate, and a base member is provided. The back panel member includes first connecting elements to connect to second connecting elements of the opposing armrests and to third connecting elements of the seat panel. The spring plate includes fourth connecting elements to connect to the third connecting elements of the seat panel and to fifth connecting elements of the base member. A closed region is defined below a first spindle connecting opposing sides of each opposing armrest. The seat panel includes a wall member perpendicularly connected to a front side of its horizontal seat member. A connection between the closed region on each opposing armrest, the wall member of the seat panel, and the back panel member conceals a connection between the seat panel and the base member below the seat panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Yotrio Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jianqiang Xie
  • Patent number: 9474375
    Abstract: Described is adjustable furniture comprising a first furniture component (28), a second furniture component (10,12,14) movable, in use relative to the first furniture component (28) and supported by a guide arrangement comprising a guide (24) associated with one of the first and second components and at least one follower (22) associated with the other of the first and second components and movable along the guide (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: INTEGRATED FURNITURE TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventor: Dale Robertson
  • Patent number: 9246175
    Abstract: A composite support including: an ordered mesoporous carbon including mesopores having an average diameter of about 2 nanometers to about 8 nanometers; and silicon carbide dispersed in the ordered mesoporous carbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chan-ho Pak, Dae-jong Yoo, Ji-man Kim, Jin-hoe Kim
  • Patent number: 9226581
    Abstract: In various embodiments, self-adjusting reclinable seating is disclosed. When the user applies a force to the seating by shifting his or her center of gravity, the backrest and seat portions of the seating move in response to the force to recline the seating. The user can return the seating to an upright position by again shifting his or her center of gravity. Such a configuration eliminates the need for manual recline controls. The seating is further configured to continuously vary the angle of the seat and backrest portions relative to the ground as the user moves. In particular, vertical distance between the front of the seat and the ground increases as the backrest reclines. Continuously varying the angle of both the seat and the backrest portions of the seating relative to the ground may improve a user's seating comfort, for example, by decreasing or eliminating the user's need to shift position on the seat when reclined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Tropitone Furniture Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Rivera
  • Patent number: 9156380
    Abstract: A vehicle seat having an upwardly-foldable seat cushion that includes an engagement piece projecting from the rear end of the seat cushion and an under cover below the seat having an upper panel portion having an upwardly sloped surface. A forwardly-and-rearwardly extending guide groove formed in that upper panel portion which allows the engagement piece to be moved therein, without its contact with the upwardly sloped surface of the upper panel portion, when the rear end of the seat cushion is slidingly brought to a lower end of a set back. Ribs are formed in a bottom surface of the guide groove. The guide groove allows forward-and-rearward movement of the engagement piece therein, so that the engagement piece can be pressed against and frictionally engaged with the lower end of the seat back, without being caught by the upwardly sloped surface of the upper panel portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideya Shiotani, Yoshikazu Kijima, Hiroshi Nakao, Taichi Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 9144311
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Office Master
    Inventor: Francisco Romero
  • Patent number: 9060910
    Abstract: A seat for a wheelchair is provided. An exemplary embodiment of the seat includes a seat back portion, a bottom portion, and a linkage coupling the bottom portion to the seat back portion such that the seat back portion is movable relative to the bottom portion. The linkage generally includes a first link and a second link. The first link is generally pivotally connected to the bottom portion and the seat back portion. The second link is generally pivotally connected to the bottom portion and the seat back portion. The first link and the second link pivot relative to the seat back portion and the bottom portion as the seat back portion is moved relative to the bottom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Invacare Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew Cerreto
  • Patent number: 9039086
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat back, a seat cushion, a connecting arm that connects the seat back with the seat cushion, a seat arranging mechanism for changing the posture of the vehicle seat, and a fixing device. The seat arranging mechanism includes a base member at which the seat arranging mechanism is mounted to the connecting arm. The fixing device fixes the connecting arm to the seat cushion and also fixes the base member of the seat arranging mechanism to the seat cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeshi Morimoto
  • Publication number: 20150130241
    Abstract: Self-adjusting furniture, seating, and accessories disclosed. When the user applies a force to the seating by shifting his or her center of gravity, the backrest and/or seat/bed portions of the seating/furniture move in response to the force to recline or adjust the seating/furniture or accessories. The user can return the seating to an upright position by again shifting his or her center of gravity. The angle of the backrest and/or seat/bed portions can vary relative to the ground as the user moves. Continuously varying the angle of both the backrest and seat/bed portions of the seating/furniture or accessories relative to the ground may improve a user's seating comfort, for example, by decreasing or negating the user's need to shift position on the seat when reclined or continuously responding the user's shift in position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Richard Rivera
  • Publication number: 20150108809
    Abstract: An office chair including a linking mechanism between a movable chair seat and a pivotable chair back. The mounting arrangement between the chair back and the chair seat includes swing arm assembly that is pivotally connected to the chair seat. When the chair seat moves forward, the swing arm assembly moves with the chair seat and causes the chair back to pivot and move relative to a stationary support arm. The stationary support arm includes a curved support face that moves within a movement, slot formed on the swing arm assembly. The movement slot includes a roller that helps guide relative movement between the two components. The chair seat includes a thigh support portion that allows the user to adjust the seat depth as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Office Master
    Inventor: Francisco Romero
  • Patent number: 8894151
    Abstract: A child seat assembly for use on a vehicle seat includes a seat portion, a base and a backrest. The seat portion is adapted to be supported on the vehicle seat and includes a cavity. The base is disposed at least partially within the cavity of the seat portion. The seat portion is operatively coupled to the base for selective sliding movement of the seat portion in a longitudinal direction relative to the base. The backrest is coupled to the seat portion and pivots about an axis extending in a lateral direction in response to the sliding movement of the seat portion relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Clek Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Joseph Poniatowski, Rohanna Marie Lindhorst, Mark Anthony Brockman
  • Patent number: 8888183
    Abstract: A chair has a supporting frame, a seat portion for supporting an occupant, and a back portion for supporting the back of a seated occupant. The portion is reclinable relative to the supporting frame between a generally upright position and a generally reclined position. A preference control is operatively engaged between the back portion and a chair component, wherein displacement of the back portion toward the generally reclined position causes displacement of the chair component. The preference control is adjustable to vary the amount of displacement of the chair component caused by a given amount of displacement of the back portion toward the generally reclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Formway Furniture Limited
    Inventors: Kent Wallace Parker, Paul Michael Wilkinson, Lyall Douglas Stewart, Daryl Owen Neal, Martyn Walter Goodwin Collings, Peter Alan Tierney
  • Publication number: 20140292052
    Abstract: A chair has a supporting frame 1, a seat portion 101, a back portion 201 that has an upper end, a lower end, and is pivotally mounted relative to the supporting frame at a position above its lower end, and a recline mechanism 601. The recline mechanism 601 lifts the seat portion 101 upon a reclining action of the back portion 201, and has an operative connection 603, 611 between the seat portion and the supporting frame and a drag link 602 pivotally connected to the seat portion 101 and pivotally connected to the back portion 201 at a position below the pivotal mounting of the back portion relative to the supporting frame. As the back portion 201 of the chair is reclined, the lower end of the back portion 201 moves forward and the drag link 602 pulls the seat portion 101 upward relative to the supporting frame 1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Kent Wallace Parker, Gregory William Baum, Lyall Douglas Stewart, Gavin James Bateman, Leon Harley Craze, Jon Leonard Fifield, Mark Rundle Pennington, Wayne Douglas O'Hara, Martyn Walter Goodwin Collings, Paul James Stevenson
  • Patent number: 8833858
    Abstract: Disclosed is a reclining mechanism comprising: a first plate fixed to a seat back; a second plate fixed to a seat cushion; a plurality of planetary gears in meshing engagement with internal gears of the first and second plates; a sun gear in meshing engagement with the planetary gears; and a holding member rotatably holding the planetary gears. An inclined wall portion of the holding member, and an inner peripheral wall of a concave portion of the second plate, define therebetween a wedge-shaped space in which a restriction member is displaceably disposed. The inclined wall portion of the holding member is formed such that a width of the wedge-shaped space is gradually narrowed toward a counter direction opposite to a specific direction along which the first plate is urged to be rotated according to a force applied to the seat back in a rearward tilting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Delta Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasukazu Oki
  • Patent number: 8827365
    Abstract: Describes are passenger seats including a seat pan assembly with a reclining mechanism, a seat back pivotally coupled to the aft end of the seat pan assembly, and a lumbar mechanism coupled to the seat back and/or the seat pan assembly. As examples, the seat pan assembly includes at least one track having a reclining path and a sleeper path, and a sleeper selection control configured to pull a diverter into a position substantially blocking the opening to the reclining path and to push the diverter into a position substantially blocking the opening to the sleeper path. In certain cases, the seat pan assembly also includes a tilting mechanism with a fixed component and a variable component adjustably engaged with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Zodiac Seats US LLC
    Inventors: Larry Richard Gaither, Timothy W. Terleski, Chirag Patel
  • Publication number: 20140217795
    Abstract: In various embodiments, self-adjusting reclinable seating is disclosed. When the user applies a force to the seating by shifting his or her center of gravity, the backrest and seat portions of the seating move in response to the force to recline the seating. The user can return the seating to an upright position by again shifting his or her center of gravity. Such a configuration eliminates the need for manual recline controls. The seating is further configured to continuously vary the angle of the seat and backrest portions relative to the ground as the user moves. In particular, vertical distance between the front of the seat and the ground increases as the backrest reclines. Continuously varying the angle of both the seat and the backrest portions of the seating relative to the ground may improve a user's seating comfort, for example, by decreasing or eliminating the user's need to shift position on the seat when reclined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: TROPITONE FURNITURE CO., INC.
    Inventor: Richard Rivera
  • Patent number: 8783771
    Abstract: An extendable seat pan assembly configured to be supported on spaced side walls of a seat frame and including a seat pan frame having spaced frame rails retained longitudinally parallel to and adjacent the side walls, and a seat pan slidably supported on the frame rails and defining an opening therethough spanned by a spring assembly including a plurality of springs. An aircraft passenger seat including an extendable seat pan assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: BE Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael L. Oleson
  • Patent number: 8733840
    Abstract: Described are seat pan assemblies for a passenger seat having a pan frame pivotally coupled to a seat back, a seat pan pivotally coupled to the pan frame, a tilting mechanism coupled to the seat pan and the pan frame, wherein the tilting mechanism is configured to rotate the seat pan between an upright position and a sleeper position, and an automatic release mechanism, wherein the automatic release mechanism is configured to return the seat pan to an upright position when the seat back is in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Zodiac Seats US LLC
    Inventors: Rik Westerink, Armando Valdes, Chirag Patel, Timothy W. Terleski
  • Publication number: 20140103688
    Abstract: An office chair includes a seat and a backrest that are pivotally connected together at a pivot axis such that the backrest can pivot with respect to the seat between an upright position and a reclining position. The seat is mounted on a base such that the seat can move with respect to a base, and the seat includes front and rear portions that can pivot with respect to one another. When the backrest is pivoted from the upright position to the reclining position, both of the seat and the pivot axis move forward with respect to said base, and the seat front portion flexes with respect to the seat rear portion such that the angle between said upward faces of said seat front portion and the seat rear portion increases. The backrest may also include an upper portion and a lower portion that can pivot with respect to one another. When the backrest is moved to the recline position, the angle between the forward faces of the upper and lower backrest portions decreases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: HAWORTH, INC.
    Inventor: Harold R. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8690247
    Abstract: In various embodiments, self-adjusting reclinable seating is disclosed. When the user applies a force to the seating by shifting his or her center of gravity, the backrest and seat portions of the seating move in response to the force to recline the seating. The user can return the seating to an upright position by again shifting his or her center of gravity. Such a configuration eliminates the need for manual recline controls. The seating is further configured to continuously vary the angle of the seat and backrest portions relative to the ground as the user moves. In particular, vertical distance between the front of the seat and the ground increases as the backrest reclines. Continuously varying the angle of both the seat and the backrest portions of the seating relative to the ground may improve a user's seating comfort, for example, by decreasing or eliminating the user's need to shift position on the seat when reclined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Tropitone Furniture Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Rivera
  • Patent number: 8616643
    Abstract: An aircraft passenger seat having a primary seat (1) having a seat back (3) and a seat pan (4), and a secondary support surface (5) located or locatable opposite the primary seat (1), the passenger seat being able to adopt each of an upright configuration, a reclined configuration and a substantially flat configuration, such that in the reclined configuration, the primary seat (1) is reclined relative to the upright configuration and the secondary support surface (5) is angled upwardly towards the primary seat (1) to support the lower leg(s) of a passenger seated in the primary seat (1); and in the substantially flat configuration, the secondary support surface (5) is substantially horizontal and the seat back (3), the seat pan (4), and the secondary support surface (5) form a substantially flat and continuous surface where the secondary support surface (5) is rotatable about an axis between the reclined and substantially flat configurations, the axis being translated between the reclined and substantially fl
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: British Airways PLC
    Inventors: Martin Darbyshire, Matthew Round, Asa Dancy Herring, III, Dennis Isaac Waldrip, Marc Schatell, Alen Wyss, Gregory Hall, Walter Sutcavage, John Lovingood, Dan Alford
  • Patent number: 8579375
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide adjustable or convertible seats for use in aircraft and other passenger transport vehicles. The seats are designed to use non-parallel slides and a single actuator for certain movements of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Seats France
    Inventors: Jean Charles Marais, Joel Marais
  • Patent number: 8550558
    Abstract: A chair comprises a seat, a backrest and a chair base, wherein the backrest and the chair base are connected through a first connector, that comprises a base holder rigidly connected to the chair base, a back holder secured to the backrest, a rotation holder, a first linkage bar, a second linkage bar and a third linkage bar. The chair solves the problem that a user's clothes is pulled up when the backrest of the chair is turned backward in the traditional chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Jianhua Fu
  • Patent number: 8534758
    Abstract: In various embodiments, self-adjusting reclinable seating is disclosed. When the user applies a force to the seating by shifting his or her center of gravity, the backrest and seat portions of the seating move in response to the force to recline the seating. The user can return the seating to an upright position by again shifting his or her center of gravity. Such a configuration eliminates the need for manual recline controls. The seating is further configured to continuously vary the angle of the seat and backrest portions relative to the ground as the user moves. In particular, vertical distance between the front of the seat and the ground increases as the backrest reclines. Continuously varying the angle of both the seat and the backrest portions of the seating relative to the ground may improve a user's seating comfort, for example, by decreasing or eliminating the user's need to shift position on the seat when reclined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Tropitone Furniture Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Rivera
  • Publication number: 20130193731
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat back, a seat cushion, a connecting arm that connects the seat back with the seat cushion, a seat arranging mechanism for changing the posture of the vehicle seat, and a fixing device. The seat arranging mechanism includes a base member at which the seat arranging mechanism is mounted to the connecting arm. The fixing device fixes the connecting arm to the seat cushion and also fixes the base member of the seat arranging mechanism to the seat cushion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
  • Patent number: 8474912
    Abstract: Subject matter described herein includes a seat assembly (e.g., chair, bench, sofa, vehicle seat, etc.) having a seat and a back rest that adjust together to facilitate reclining. The seat assembly includes a base coupled to a back-rest frame. The base remains substantially fixed relative to synchronized adjustment of the seat and the back rest, and the back-rest frame includes a pivot on which the back rest rotates to adjust a back-rest recline position. The assembly also includes the seat hingedly coupled to the back rest and a fore-and-aft adjuster that couples the seat to the base. A movement restrictor attaches to the seat and the base and biases the seat in a rearward orientation. The assembly further includes a pivot receiver coupled to the back rest, the pivot receiver providing a path along which the pivot travels when the seat moves forward and rearward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Dana Lockwood, Joseph L. Waters, Cesar Antonio Santana
  • Publication number: 20130154314
    Abstract: An office chair including a linking mechanism between a movable chair seat and a pivotable chair back. The mounting arrangement between the chair back and the chair seat includes swing arm assembly that is pivotally connected to the chair seat. When the chair seat moves forward, the swing arm assembly moves with the chair seat and causes the chair back to pivot and move relative to a stationary support arm. The stationary support arm includes a curved support face that moves within a movement slot formed on the swing arm assembly. The movement slot includes a roller that helps guide relative movement between the two components. The chair seat includes a thigh support portion that allows the user to adjust the seat depth as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: OFFICE MASTER
    Inventor: Francisco Romero
  • Patent number: 8439435
    Abstract: Described are passenger seats having a seat pan assembly with reclining and tilting mechanisms, a seat back pivotally coupled to the aft end of the seat pan assembly, and a lumbar mechanism coupled to the seat back and the seat pan assembly. The reclining mechanism is configured to adjust a forward position of the seat pan assembly and the rotation of the seat back between upright and reclining positions. The tilting mechanism is configured to rotate an aft end of the seat pan relative to the pan frame and deploy the lumbar mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Seats US LLC
    Inventors: Larry Richard Gaither, Timothy W. Terleski, Chirag Patel
  • Patent number: 8419123
    Abstract: An aircraft seat has a chassis (21), fixed to a pallet which is fixed to the floor of the aircraft. The chassis has two load bearing sides (23) and opposite ends (24, 25). Fixed along the top edge of the sides (23) and facing outwards are pins (26) supporting bearing wheels (27). These on each side engage with a rectangular S form interconnection beam (28) having an inside groove (29) for receiving these wheels. On the outside, the beam has another groove (30) receiving similar wheels (31), on pins (32) fixed to the inside of side plates (41) of a sub-frame (42), these side plates being interconnected by front and rear beams (43, 44). Thus the sub-frame can move back and forth, with the wheels acting as rolling element bearings. The beams move half the distance of the sub-frame, in analogous manner to the bearing of filing cabinet drawers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Seats UK Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Hankinson, Benedict Nicholas Samuels
  • Patent number: 8376458
    Abstract: A chair having an adjustable seat pan that can be moved from an angled to a flat position is disclosed. The chair includes a seat frame having a front end and a rear end with a seat back attached to the rear end of the seat frame. A seat articulator that includes a ramp bar that has a first end connected to the seat back and an upper edge with a second end displaced downward from the upper edge is adjacent to the seat frame. The seat pan is pivotally connected to the seat frame and a drop down link is pivotally attached to the seat pan. A cam roller is attached to the drop down link where it is positioned on the upper edge of the ramp bar in contact with the seat pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Meister, Larry Hazbun
  • Patent number: 8303036
    Abstract: An aircraft seat having a movable squab and backrest, and a fixed seat chassis is presented. A mechanism for moving the squab and backrest has a linear runner mounted on the seat chassis and includes a linear drive for extending (and retracting) the assembly between a retracted position and an extended position. A first cam track allows adjustment the height of the back edge of the seat squab, the first cam track being generally parallel to the linear runner through the majority of its length and having a rearmost substantially vertical portion. A first cam follower mechanism interconnects a back edge of the seat squab, the first cam track and the linear drive, for motion of the seal squab. A second cam track is provided for adjusting the inclination of the backrest and a second follower is connected to the seatback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Contour Aerospace Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Hankinson, Michael Roy Hudswell
  • Publication number: 20120248831
    Abstract: A chair has a seat portion having a front, a rear and sides. The chair also has a footrest adjustable between at least two positions: a retracted position and an extended position. The footrest is cantilevered from the seat portion in the extended position. The chair also has a plurality of members connected by a plurality of linkages permitting the members to pivot with respect to each other. The plurality of members is adapted to hold the footrest in the retracted position and to support the footrest in the extended position. The chair also has a cover for hiding the plurality of linkages when viewed from a lateral position when the footrest is in the extended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: AMERICAN LEATHER, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas A. Garland
  • Patent number: 8272694
    Abstract: A passenger seat, having a seat back, and a seat bottom, including a seat pan, supported by a frame mounted on laterally spaced-apart legs for being mounted to the deck of the aircraft by track fittings. A seat back frame assembly and a seat bottom assembly are joined for articulating movement such that when the seat back is reclined, the seat pan is shifted forward and the forward end of the seat pan and thus the seat bottom is raised in order to maintain an appropriate passenger seating angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathaniel Hawkins, Dennis Hedrick, Jeremy Green
  • Publication number: 20120228912
    Abstract: A vehicle seat, which can be moved between a sitting position and a reclining position, has a seat cushion, a back cushion, and a head cushion. The seat cushion moves horizontally between the sitting position and the reclining position, and the relative angle between the seat cushion and the back cushion is increased, wherein the contour of the back cushion can be changed and a lower edge of the back cushion follows a movement of the seat cushion, whereas an upper edge of the back cushion is decoupled from a horizontal movement of the seat cushion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Ludger Alofs, Markus Stepke
  • Publication number: 20120205952
    Abstract: Provided is a chair suited to the use of a keyboard or mouse, the chair has a seat 3 and a rocking backrest 4. The seat 3 comprises a first section 3a, 12a and a second section 3b, 12b. The first section 3a of the seat 3 is affixed to a seat-mounting shell 11 is attached to a base 9, via a seat-mounting fixture, so as to be slide forwards and backwards. The backrest 4 has a back cover 14, a back panel 15 and a cushion move downwards while rotating in a seesaw fashion during rocking. The front end of the back cover 14 is connected to the seat-mounting fixture 10 by means of a connecting pin 25. When the chair rocks, the seat 3 moves forwards as a whole while the second section 3b tilts backward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: ITOKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Takeuchi, Shinji Inoue, Minoru Hashimoto, Jun Tatsuno
  • Publication number: 20120139314
    Abstract: A back reclining apparatus interlocking with a seat cushion for a vehicle may include a back frame including a main frame fixed to a vehicle body and a reclining frame that may be selectively reclined around a reclining hinge on an inner surface of the main frame, a reclining locking unit connected to the main frame and the reclining frame to selectively release locking of the main frame and the reclining frame, a cushion locking unit selectively releasing locking of a cushion frame and the reclining frame, and a cushion sliding unit connected between the cushion frame and a floor panel to interlock with the reclining frame and to make the cushion frame move to slide forward when the locking of the reclining locking unit may be released and the reclining frame may be reclined around the reclining hinge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicants: Kia Motors Corporation, Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Chan Ho JEONG, Byung Jae Lee, Sang Wook Yu, Mi Sun Kwon, Seon Chae Na
  • Patent number: 8172315
    Abstract: Device for a reclining chair or functional sofa with an adjustable back support and an adjustable headrest, where the device when the back support is moved is adjusted to influence the headrest angle relative to the back support in such a way that the headrest is rotated from an almost vertical plane to an angle in relation to the back support when the back support is reclined, while at least one rotatable joint in between the headrest and the back support is connected with at least one frictional part by the use of at least one strut in such a way that a user with his/her head or other force can rotate the headrest backwards or forward as so desired when the back support is in desired reclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Mobel Design AS
    Inventors: Rune Jonsen, Lars Inge Jakobsen
  • Patent number: 8075058
    Abstract: The invention relates to a seat, in particular, a vehicle or aircraft passenger seat with seat components such as a seat base (12), a backrest (14) and a coupling device (16) for coupling the movement of at least one part of the seat components between an exit (I) and at least one comfortable (II) position and vice versa. According to the invention, the coupling device (16) comprises at least one control piece, which may be controlled using the movement of the backrest (14) and/or the seat base (12) and hence by means of at least one further control piece to move the seat base (12) and/or the backrest (14) between said positions (I, II), whereby an adjustment, in particular, tilting movement of the backrest is linked with a simultaneous adjustment movement of the seat base which, preferably in the rearward transition region into the backrest descends by a given amount relative to the front edge of the seat which simultaneously moves forward to increase the seat depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jürgen Baumann
  • Patent number: 7997654
    Abstract: A recliner seat assembly for a passenger vehicle. The recliner seat assembly includes a fixed supporting portion for supporting the assembly off a floor of the vehicle, a reclinable seat portion having a seat-pan and a back-rest, and a seat connecting device adapted for connecting the seat portion to the supporting portion. The connecting device includes a seat reclining mechanism adapted for allowing and controlling translational movement of the seat portion relative to the supporting portion between a first upright position and a second fully reclined position. The connecting device further includes a selectively operable, bi-directional motor adapted for driving the seat portion between the first and second positions. The seat reclining mechanism includes a guiding device for reclining the back-rest progressively rearwardly relative to the supporting portion as the seat portion is moved from the first upright position to the second fully reclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited
    Inventors: David Ferry, Adam Bernard Wells, Luke Miles, Andrew Leslie Lawler, David Edward Starkey, Simon Frederick Mills, Gary Doy
  • Patent number: 7971938
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly adapted to perform an easy entry function includes a seat body having a seat bottom and a pivotally connected seat back. The seat body is configured to limit the seat back to pivot through a first angular range that inhibits the seat back from actuating the easy entry function. The seat body is further configured to limit the seat back to pivot through a second angular range that allows the seat back to actuate the easy entry function. The first actuator is provided to actuate the seat back to pivot through the first angular range. A second actuator is provided to actuate the seat back to pivot through the second angular range. The seat back maintains a generally upright orientation as the seat back pivots in a forward direction through the first angular range and the second angular range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Stanislaw Andrzej Wieclawski
  • Publication number: 20110084530
    Abstract: Subject matter described herein includes a seat assembly (e.g., chair, bench, sofa, vehicle seat, etc.) having a seat and a back rest that adjust together to facilitate reclining. The seat assembly includes a base coupled to a back-rest frame. The base remains substantially fixed relative to synchronized adjustment of the seat and the back rest, and the back-rest frame includes a pivot on which the back rest rotates to adjust a back-rest recline position. The assembly also includes the seat hingedly coupled to the back rest and a fore-and-aft adjuster that couples the seat to the base. A movement restrictor attaches to the seat and the base and biases the seat in a rearward orientation. The assembly further includes a pivot receiver coupled to the back rest, the pivot receiver providing a path along which the pivot travels when the seat moves forward and rearward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: L & P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventors: DANA LOCKWOOD, JOSEPH L. WALTERS, CESAR ANTONIO SANTANA
  • Publication number: 20100213743
    Abstract: Device for a reclining chair or functional sofa with an adjustable back support and an adjustable headrest, where the device when the back support is moved is adjusted to influence the headrest angle relative to the back support in such a way that the headrest is rotated from an almost vertical plane to an angle in relation to the back support when the back support is reclined, while at least one rotatable joint in between the headrest and the back support is connected with at least one frictional part by the use of at least one strut in such a way that a user with his/her head or other force can rotate the headrest backwards or forward as so desired when the back support is in desired reclined position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: MØBEL DESIGN AS
    Inventors: Rune Jonsen, Lars Inge Jakobsen
  • Patent number: 7703851
    Abstract: A tilt mechanism portion is connected to an front downward-extending portion of a side frame (cushion side fame) of a seat cushion so as to move vertically the seat cushion. A rear downward-extending portion of the cushion side frame is supported at a support pin of a base side frame. Thereby, the rear end of the seat cushion changes little longitudinally despite the vertical movement (tilt) of the front portion of the seat cushion. Accordingly, any conformability deterioration that may be caused by a large forward movement of the seat cushion at a seat back taking a large reclining position can be prevented properly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Kouichi Nakaya, Kousei Nakano
  • Patent number: 7699400
    Abstract: A seating apparatus, and in particular a vehicle or aircraft seating apparatus, includes a seat base bearing unit which is provided in order to mount a seat base in a movable manner. The seat base bearing unit comprises at least one movably mounted stiffening member which has at least two coupling points in the transverse direction of the seat base bearing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Speh, Oliver Schweizer, Jürgen Baumann
  • Patent number: 7681945
    Abstract: This invention is related to an ottoman convertible to a seating unit comprising a back-support assembly, a seat-support assembly, a base frame, and a pair of opposed armrests. Additionally, the ottoman includes a linkage system comprising a plurality of pivotably interconnected linkages, where the linkage system is configured to rotatably couple the seat-support assembly to the back-support assembly, and translatably couple the seat-support assembly and the base frame. In operation, this furniture piece is moveable between a closed position, resembling an ottoman, and an open position, wherein the back-support assembly forms the backrest of a seating unit accessible to a seated occupant. Specifically, the pivotably interconnected linkages operate such that rearward rotational movement of the back-support assembly induces forward translation of the seat-support assembly in relation to the base frame. This movement coincidentally induces the pair of opposed armrests to raise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Glenn N. Wiecek, Gary Masters
  • Patent number: 7625045
    Abstract: A task chair, including a backrest assembly and a seat assembly pivotally coupled both to one another and to side portions of a fixed yoke member for synchronized movement, in which the seat of the seat assembly moves upwardly and forwardly concurrently with recline of the backrest of the backrest assembly. The chair further includes a tension assembly including an elongate tension member, such as a leaf spring, secured at one end thereof to the yoke member, and a contact member, such as a contact roller, adjustably mounted to the seat assembly. The contact member engages the tension member such that the tension member resists recline of the backrest assembly and concurrent movement of the seat assembly from their initial positions, and also provides a restoring force which tends to move the backrest to its initial upright position and the seat to its initial rearward and lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Kimball International, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen D. Hatcher, Michael L. Deimen
  • Patent number: 7585019
    Abstract: A seat reclining mechanism for a power wheelchair implements an actuator and a plurality of linkages mechanistically connected to the seat portion, back portion, arm rests and footrests of the wheelchair to recline the back portion and shift the seat in harmony with the center-of-gravity position of the wheelchair it is attached to synchronously. So that a user can be free from the risk of falling during operation of the seat reclining mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Cycling & Health Tech Industry R & D Center
    Inventors: Alfred Huang, Shun-Yuan Chu