Held By Prop Behind Back Patents (Class 297/377)
  • Patent number: 10842701
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a base, a seat supported by the base and a backrest pivotable between an upright position and a reclined position. In one embodiment, a backrest support member is coupled to the backrest and is adapted to move between a stowed position in which the backrest support member does not support the backrest and a deployed position in which the backrest support member does support the backrest. Movement to the deployed position occurs in response to activation of an emergency control. In other embodiments, the base includes a portion that moves into an extended position underneath the backrest when the backrest is in the reclined position. Movement of the base portion to the extended position also occurs in response to activation of an emergency control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Anish Paul, Joseph Adam Upchurch, Matthew A. Cutler, Tyler Joseph Ethen
  • Patent number: 10709626
    Abstract: The apparatus of the present invention provides an apparatus for moving a patient on a pad and holding the pad in place on the surgical table. The disposable pad works in conjunction with the reusable patient lifting/moving base, allowing nurses to more readily and easily move patients on the table in order to facilitate surgical positioning. In another embodiment, the entire apparatus may be disposable. A pressure sensitive adhesive may hold the pad in place and prevent slippage between the pad and the top of the surgical table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: David J. Gomez
  • Patent number: 10327943
    Abstract: A device (10) for counteracting gastroesophageal reflux in babies, including at least a flat rigid support (12), with a supporting side covered with stuffing or a cushion (11). The device includes mechanisms of assemblage (19) with a frame (30, 30?) including wheels. The supporting side of the rigid support has an inclination of 70-90° compared to the horizontal. The device also includes a sling (13) coupled with the rigid support (12) and fitted on the supporting side for placing and securing a baby (20) with his abdomen facing the cushion, in the space between the cushion and the sling. The sling includes a back rest (15) inclined in the same direction of the rigid support (12) and having an upper extremity higher than an upper extremity of the rigid support (12) and the cushion (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: DR ALBANI LIMITED
    Inventor: Roberto Albani
  • Patent number: 10023274
    Abstract: A water pad assembly adapted to floatingly support a human in open water, including: a water pad member and a plurality of grommets and/or cup holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Comfort Research, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel C. George, II, Matthew Jung
  • Patent number: 9918556
    Abstract: The disclosure generally relates to an adjustable bed foundation. The adjustable foundation includes lateral and/or longitudinal support members as part of an adjustable base frame positioned below a mattress support. The lateral and longitudinal support members, along with a fixed base frame portion of the foundation are preferably formed from a lightweight material such as wood. The lateral and longitudinal support members provide sufficient vertical support structure to accommodate a mattress and bed occupants on the adjustable platform, as well as electrical and mechanical components of the adjustable foundation below a mattress support deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: ASCION, LLC
    Inventors: Martin B. Rawls-Meehan, Stephen A. Ratkowiak, Qianyu Liang
  • Patent number: 9919183
    Abstract: A physical exercise apparatus and method of using the same targets the balanced development of a user's deltoid, pectoralis or upper pectoralis muscles by providing for a user to perform a target, upper body, weight lifting exercise with a resistance load, such as with a barbell, while the user simultaneously performs a distraction exercise of cycling with the legs. The distraction exercise inhibits the muscles of the lower body from assisting the upper body with the target exercise. The apparatus includes a seat or bench for a user to perform the weight lifting and cycling in one of a seated position, a supine position, and a partially supine position. The apparatus also includes a single or multi-level support for holding the resistance load adjacent the seat or bench, and movable foot pedals that are adjustable to a selected location in a two-dimensional plane at which the user performs cycling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Moschel
  • Patent number: 9878201
    Abstract: A physical exercise apparatus and method of using the same targets the balanced development of a user's deltoid, pectoralis or upper pectoralis muscles by providing for a user to perform a target, upper body, weight lifting exercise with a resistance load, such as with a barbell, while the user simultaneously performs a distraction exercise of cycling with the legs. The distraction exercise inhibits the muscles of the lower body from assisting the upper body with the target exercise. The apparatus includes a seat or bench for a user to perform the weight lifting and cycling in one of a seated position, a supine position, and a partially supine position. The apparatus also includes a single or multi-level support for holding the resistance load adjacent the seat or bench, and movable foot pedals that are adjustable to a selected location in a two-dimensional plane at which the user performs cycling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Moschel
  • Patent number: 9782009
    Abstract: A body support bridge comprising a four panel hinged device with top plate capable of adjustable flexed mounting into a generally arched shape from a folded flat configuration. A top plate and front plate are covered with foam. A hinged adjustment plate engaged against adjustment tabs lifts and flexes the top plate into at least four different height levels for multiple functions, including lumbar support positioned between a user's back and the seat, thigh support positioned on a seat behind a user's knee, a foot rest with the device placed on the floor, and a head rest positioned with the front plate placed on a tray table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: Bruce Everett Backer, Mona Dehshid
  • Patent number: 9701368
    Abstract: A seat and seat back assembly includes a seat back moveable between an upright position and a horizontal position. A support panel is connected to the seat back for pivoting movement of the support panel between a first position supporting the seat back upright, and a second position wherein the seat back is moveable into the horizontal position. A biasing mechanism serves to urge the support panel into the first position when the seat back is moved into an upright position. When the support panel is moved into the second position this allows the seat back assembly to move into the horizontal position without dropping unrestricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Grady-White Boats, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Neese, Daniel Strickland
  • Patent number: 9616913
    Abstract: A direction setting device for the seat of a baby stroller includes the main backrest providing an auxiliary backrest whose bottom end is sewed with the seat fabric to form a sewing thread line via which the auxiliary backrest moves to the front end of the frame to change the seat direction. A a rear canopy is secured on the sunshade, and a switching line for turning over the rear canopy to change the direction forms at the joints of the rear canopy and the sunshade. The rear canopy is fastened to the auxiliary backrest and to the footrest respectively by a fastening element after the seat direction is switched, so that the sunshade may simultaneously change its direction. Furthermore, the tilting angle of the auxiliary backrest may be controlled by adjusting the elevation angle of the footrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Li-Te Wang
  • Patent number: 9516942
    Abstract: The foldable table has a flat Labe top and a pair of leg assemblies which fold inward from an operative position to an inoperative position. The leg assemblies are pivotal about separate axes which are spaced an unequal distance from the table top. When the leg assemblies are folded in an inoperative position, both of the leg assemblies lie parallel to each other and to the table top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventor: Thomas G. B. Merey
  • Patent number: 9332834
    Abstract: The foldable table has a flat table top and a pair of leg assemblies which fold inward from an operative position to an inoperative position. The leg assemblies are pivotal about separate axes which are spaced an unequal distance from the table top. When the leg assemblies are folded in an inoperative position, both of the leg assemblies lie parallel to each other and to the table top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventor: Thomas G. B. Merey
  • Patent number: 9084492
    Abstract: A portable kneeling apparatus for providing a selectively deployable fixed structure on which to kneel on comfortably. The portable kneeling apparatus comprises a rectangular body having a padded top surface and a solid bottom surface, two foldable fork legs disposed on opposing ends of the bottom surface of the rectangular body, and handle attached to one end of the top surface which turns both down and away from the portable kneeling apparatus. In this manner, the portable kneeling apparatus allows for the selective deployment of a padded surface secured to the ground by way of two fork legs which, when not deployed, is forms merely a substantially flat rectangular board structure which can be carried by most users with one arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventor: Cynthia Guillory
  • Publication number: 20150108813
    Abstract: An adjustment unit for a vehicle seat is disclosed. Said adjustment unit comprises an inclination adjustment mechanism for the backrest of the vehicle seat. The inclination adjustment mechanism comprises a first rocker which is mounted in such a way as to be rotatable about a transverse direction extending perpendicular to a direction of travel of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Sascha Müller, Andreas Kinzer, Eckhard Kirch, Joachim Mühlberger
  • Patent number: 8998327
    Abstract: A reclining marine seat is provided. An embodiment of the reclining marine seat marine seat comprises a seat back retainer section having at least one sidewall. The sidewall defines a top surface. The reclining marine seat further comprises a back having at least one sidewall. The sidewall defines a bottom surface. The back is pivotal between first and second positions with respect to the seat back retainer section. The bottom surface of the back does not extend above the top surface of the seat back retainer section during movement of the back between the first and second positions. The reclining marine seat further includes a seat. First and second frames are provided to support the back and seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Avalon & Tahoe Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: John R. Cooney
  • Patent number: 8690250
    Abstract: An infant carrier apparatus comprises a seat assembly, a backrest assembly including a first and second backrest frame, and a backrest holding mechanism. The first backrest frame includes first side and transverse segments, the second backrest frame includes second side and transverse segments, the first side segment being coupled with the seat assembly via a first pivot point. The backrest holding mechanism can be movably assembled between the first and second transverse segment, and include a latch element movable between a first and second position. The first position of the latch element causes the backrest holding mechanism to be in locking engagement with the first transverse segment to prevent rotation of the backrest assembly relative to the seat assembly, and the second position of the latch element removes the locking engagement of the backrest holding mechanism to permit rotation of the backrest assembly relative to the seat assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventor: Xiang Yong Zhen
  • Patent number: 8668268
    Abstract: A lounge chair assembly includes a frame having a top section, a bottom section, and a medial section. A support member is coupled to the frame for supporting a person on the frame. The support member has a corresponding top portion, bottom portion, and medial portion coupled to the frame. A plurality of legs is coupled to the frame. A telescopic headrest extends from the top section of the frame. An aperture extends through the head rest. A pair of openings extend through the bottom portion of the support member. Each opening is configured for receiving a human foot therethrough whereby a leg extending from the foot is abutted and supported by the support member without bending of the foot relative to the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen J. Cormack
  • Patent number: 8585135
    Abstract: A portable, foldable chair that configures to a straight-back chair, a bed, and a recliner, while also providing standard seat height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Dean Wilson
  • Patent number: 8371653
    Abstract: A number of variations of a structure for leisure chairs with armrests (4a) that enable a user to sit very close to floor level (SS), with side base front supports (8f) that extend forward further than the backrest connection means (6). The structure for the chair comprises two sides (LS and RS), a backrest (2), and means (2p and 6) for connecting the backrest (2) to the sides (LS and RS). Each side (LS and RS) is comprised of a first or base portion (8) having a front supporting portion (8f) and a rear supporting portion (8r); a second or armrest portion (4a) comprising a front armrest portion (4af) and a rear armrest portion (4ar); whereby the second or armrest portion (4a) is above the first portion (8), and wherein the front armrest portion (4af) is generally above the front supporting portion (8f) to make the chair stable when downward force is exerted on the front armrest portion (4af).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventor: Walter Joseph Albecker, III
  • Patent number: 8157287
    Abstract: The convertible wheelchair includes a seat and a plurality of chair legs extending downward from the seat. Each leg includes a wheel to permit movement of the convertible wheelchair. A reclining backrest is pivotally mounted to the back of the wheelchair, which provides a flat, horizontal surface for a user to rest thereon. Both the seat and the backrest include a pair of panels selectively extendable towards the lateral side in order to form a bed. In this configuration, a caregiver can easily maneuver the user into any position required for ablutions and lavatory functions. Each panel and the handlebars on the backrest may include extendable legs to stabilize the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventors: Valerie N. Cleveland, Gerlene C. Borum
  • Patent number: 8056982
    Abstract: A collapsible, compactable chair or seating apparatus having a pair of rigid frames hingedly connected to one another to form an A-frame configuration. Both frames may be collapsed so that the frame dimensions of the chair in an operational, deployed configuration may be reduced in two dimensions (i.e., height, length) when collapsed into a compacted configuration for storage or transport. The novel chair may be compacted into a thin bundle that may be rolled up in and contained within fabric forming a portion of the chair. In its compacted, rolled up state, the novel chair is suitable for transportation within a backpack or other such enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Christopher Loney
  • Patent number: 7930852
    Abstract: A portable gun rest that will provide a sturdy, and fully adjustable gun rest support for hunters or target shooters. This includes a fully adjustable and padded gun rest cradle, adjustable gun rest arm, and padded seat in which all can rotate three hundred sixty degrees as a single unit, and which has a backrest for comfort and support. The portable gun rest can be folded into a compact unit, and be transported to any location by being attached and worn around a hunter or target shooter's waist. This invention is also well suited for scopes, and cameras and other equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventor: Billy Joe Hubbard, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110049957
    Abstract: A chaise lounge having a base frame, and a back rest movably connected to the base frame. The back rest may be adjustably positioned in a range between an upright position and a reclined position. The chaise lounge also includes at least one gas cylinder having a first end connected to the base frame and a second end connected to the back rest. The chaise lounge may also include means for increasing or decreasing the distance between the first and second ends, thereby moving the back rest between upright and reclined positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: EVAN LUWISCH
  • Publication number: 20100109410
    Abstract: A patient chair for use in a dental operatory or the like generally comprises a base, a chair frame supported by the base, and a seatback support coupled to the chair frame. The seatback support is slidably movable relative to the chair frame. To provide a desired connection or fit between components, a locking assembly is configured to apply a clamping force between the seatback support and the chair frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: MIDMARK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jacob E. Broering, Leo R. Hanus
  • Patent number: 7699398
    Abstract: The invention relates to a backrest unit for a motor vehicle seat, in particular a rear seat comprising a backrest and support connected thereto. A guide rail is arranges on the rear surface of the backrest on an x-z plane. A slide is movably mounted on the guide rail and is lockable therein in different positions. When a control device associated with the slide is actuated, it brings the slide from a normally locking position into a released position. A support comprises a near end which is hinged on the slide and a distant end which is fixable to a bodywork part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: C. Rob. Hammerstein GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jörg Sokolla, André Dick, Lutz Jonas, Andreas Müller, Burckhard Becker
  • Patent number: 7631940
    Abstract: A lounge chair having a frame with a seat portion and a 180-degree pivotally adjustable backrest portion and a plurality of telescopic, height-adjustable legs with a twist-lock compression fitting on each leg. A reinforced support bar fits over each end of a strap across the seat portion and across the backrest portion to provide secure attachment to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Inventor: Barbara K. Jager
  • Publication number: 20090206645
    Abstract: A number of variations of a structure for leisure chairs with armrests (4a) that enable a user to sit very close to floor level (SS), with side base front supports (8f) that extend forward further than the backrest connection means (6). The structure for the chair comprises two sides (LS and RS), a backrest (2), and means (2p and 6) for connecting the backrest (2) to the sides (LS and RS). Each side (LS and RS) is comprised of a first or base portion (8) having a front supporting portion (8f) and a rear supporting portion (8r); a second or armrest portion (4a) comprising a front armrest portion (4af) and a rear armrest portion (4ar); whereby the second or armrest portion (4a) is above the first portion (8), and wherein the front armrest portion (4af) is generally above the front supporting portion (8f) to make the chair stable when downward force is exerted on the front armrest portion (4af).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Inventor: Walter J. Albecker
  • Patent number: 7422284
    Abstract: The apparatus is an infant seat that has reduced depth for shipping and recline controls that permit control of the seat during the reclining adjustment. The seat is constructed so that the deepest part of the seat fits into the rest of the seat for packaging, but locks into its proper location for use. The preferred embodiment of the recline control uses a dial on a seat pivot fixture. The dial is pushed in to release the seat for reclining, but the dial is interconnected with the seat so that the dial maintains full control of the seat movement. An alternative recline control captures and releases a support wire at the backside of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Curtis M. Hartenstine, Gregory Sellers, Adam Bearup
  • Publication number: 20080150340
    Abstract: The invention relates to a backrest unit for a motor vehicle seat, in particular a rear seat comprising a backrest and support connected thereto. A guide rail is arranges on the rear surface of the backrest on an x-z plane. A slide is movably mounted on the guide rail and is lockable therein in different positions. When a control device associated with the slide is actuated, it brings the slide from a normally locking position into a released position. A support comprises a near end which is hinged on the slide and a distant end which is fixable to a bodywork part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2005
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventors: Jorg Sokolla, Andre Dick, Lutz Jonas, Andreas Muller, Burckhard Becker
  • Patent number: 7364235
    Abstract: A chair includes a positioning unit that is provided in a receiving portion of an armrest and that includes shorter and taller stop portions. A positioning member is retained movably on a rear side of a backrest, and has one end extending into the receiving portion to abut against a selected one of the stop portions. An operating unit is connected to and is operable to move the positioning member for selectively disengaging and engaging the stop portions. A safety mechanism is provided on the backrest and the operating unit, and is operable in either a limiting state, where the positioning member is unable to move past the taller stop portion, or a non-limiting state, where the positioning member is able to move past the taller stop portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Wonderland Nursery Goods, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shun-Min Chen, Hong-Bin Xu
  • Publication number: 20080001459
    Abstract: A chair includes a positioning unit that is provided in a receiving portion of an armrest and that includes shorter and taller stop portions. A positioning member is retained movably on a rear side of a backrest, and has one end extending into the receiving portion to abut against a selected one of the stop portions. An operating unit is connected to and is operable to move the positioning member for selectively disengaging and engaging the stop portions. A safety mechanism is provided on the backrest and the operating unit, and is operable in either a limiting state, where the positioning member is unable to move past the taller stop portion, or a non-limiting state, where the positioning member is able to move past the taller stop portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Applicant: WONDERLAND NURSERY GOODS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shun-Min Chen, Hong-Bin Xu
  • Patent number: 7275273
    Abstract: A medical bolster for alleviating the effects of poor circulation supports either the legs above the heart or the heart above the extremities to improve blood and lymph fluid flow in a patient. The collapsible bolster has an articulated frame pivotally connected together for adjusting the angle between the base frame member and the support frame member. A brace extends between the base frame and the support frame to fix and secure the frame in a selected position. The brace has a safety stop to prevent injury during collapse and the brace is oriented to vector the forces within the articulated frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventors: Banning Gray Lary, Aniceto Esteban Fernandez
  • Patent number: 7219959
    Abstract: A swing seat configured to be supported by a swing frame includes a seat bottom frame, a seat back frame movably coupled to the seat bottom frame, and a recline mechanism to recline the seat back frame relative to the seat bottom frame. The recline mechanism includes first and second mounts on opposite sides of the seat back frame to movably mount the seat back frame to the seat bottom frame, at least one recline lock associated with at least one of the first and second mounts and configured to lock the seat back frame in at least two recline positions relative to the seat bottom frame, and a recline actuator having a grip intermediate the first and second mounts and movable between an un-actuated position and an actuated position. The at least one recline lock is movable between a locked position to set the recline position of the seat back frame relative to the seat bottom frame and an unlocked position to allow adjustment of the recline position of the seat back frame relative to the seat bottom frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Ransil, Jeff G. Greger
  • Patent number: 7207622
    Abstract: A lounge chair having a frame supported by legs, which may or may not have wheels incorporated therewith, and at least first and second adjustable backrest portions pivotally attached to the chair. When a sunbather wishes to sit on the lounge chair in an inclined position with his or her back supported, he or she inclines one of the backrest members which will position the sunbather in the most optimal position relative to the sun for sun bathing. As the sun passes overhead to a point which causes the sunbather's exposure to the sun to be diminished, the sunbather may merely drop the first backrest portion down to a horizontal or other desired position, adjust the second backrest portion to a position of inclination which suits the sunbather, and turn him or herself around 180° to lay in the opposite direction in the lounge chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventors: Howard Cohan, Chrissa Paloni
  • Patent number: 7025418
    Abstract: A floating chair includes a buoyant member attached to a seat member (“seat”) for maintaining the seat above water. A maneuvering device is operatively attached to the seat. A battery and a CPU are in communication with the maneuvering device. A solar panel is in communication with the CPU for conveying sun location data to the CPU, and the solar panel may be electrically connected to the battery for charging the battery with solar energy. The CPU may determine the position of the seat relative to the sun or a remote object and actuate the maneuvering device to maintain the seat in a constant position relative to either. Further, the CPU may actuate the maneuvering device to move the seat in a clockwise direction, a counterclockwise direction, or laterally. When the floating chair is not in use, the seat may be moved from a lounging configuration to a storage configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventor: Mike Hackal
  • Patent number: 7025421
    Abstract: A recliner is suited for airplane mechanics and the like who need seating and backrest support at various heights. A rectangular base has removable caster-type wheels. A rectangular table frame is supported above the base by a pair of scissor-type leg assemblies with adjustable height bracket, slot and pin subassemblies and/or lift assist assemblies. The table frame has a fixed seat cushion. A tiltable backrest can be supported by a slotted cam assembly or other mechanical and/or hydraulic assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventors: Richard L. Fowler, Sean J. Fowler
  • Patent number: 6981741
    Abstract: A portable folding chair without legs has a seat and a backrest. In a compact position, the seat and backrest lie substantially in the same plane with the backrest located immediately to the rear and sides of the seat. The chair has an upright position where the backrest is mounted at an angle that is greater than substantially 90° relative to the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Inventor: Malbee B. Sirjoo
  • Patent number: 6945596
    Abstract: A reclining chair, which has a back and a footrest both angularly displaceable relative to a seat simultaneously, is equipped with an adjusting mechanism, which includes a shaft, a pedal secured to one end of the shaft, a pushing member secured to the other end of the shaft, a fixed pin, and a locking rod; the locking rod is pivoted to the back at an upper end, and is right opposite the pushing member at a lower portion; the locking rod has engaging gaps on a rear edge for selective engagement with the pin; a spring is used for biasing the locking rod such that the locking rod can normally engage the pin at the gaps; thus, the footrest can be adjusted together with the back when the pedal is depressed for making the pushing member push the locking rod forwards such that the locking rod disengages the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Inventor: Chi-Tzung Huang
  • Patent number: 6913313
    Abstract: An infant car seat is provided, comprising a seat shell and a handle comprising a grip portion and a pair of handle arms extending from the grip portion. Each of the handle arms is rotatably connected to the seat shell at an end of the handle arm opposite the grip portion. The grip portion comprises a first grip section that extends generally perpendicular to a central longitudinal axis of the seat shell, a second grip section and a third grip section. The second and third grip sections extend inwardly towards the central longitudinal axis from opposite ends of the first grip section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Baby Trend, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Sedlack
  • Patent number: 6860567
    Abstract: A lounge chair with ergonomic features. The lounge chair includes frame, a contoured seat section and an adjustable contoured back section that can be angularly biased relative to the seat section. The mechanism that permits the angular positioning between the seat and back sections includes a biasing member (such as a spring) and an actuator that can be operated with one hand, thereby promoting ease of use. A variable-position aperture formed into the back section can accommodate users of different heights. The contouring can be bowed upward to provide additional ventral or dorsal support to a user depending on whether the user lying prone or supine on the chair. In one embodiment, the lounge chair is of predominantly wooden construction, preferably from a dense hardwood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Inventor: Bo Bauer
  • Patent number: 6840580
    Abstract: A lounge chair having a seat portion, an adjustable back portion rotatable about a transverse axis through roughly a 9° angle from upright to flat, and an adjustable support associated with said back portion. The lounge chair preferably has a manually accessible lever extending from the side of the seating area to the adjustable support conventionally associated with the back to engage and re-engage the support to change the angle of the back portion with respect to the seat position while a person is seated in the lounge chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Inventor: Peter M. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 6805409
    Abstract: An articulated bench comprising a two-section pad attached to a rectangular frame and two folding/pivoting support leg assemblies. The two padded sections are pivotally attached to the frame. Either of the two padded end sections can be pivoted upward and locked at a selectable incline. Either of a length-adjustable I-shaped brace assembly, or alternatively, a U-shaped support assembly fold out of the frame from beneath the longer of the two pivoting, padded end sections (i.e. the section for supporting the upper body) and are inserted into one of a series of catches located on the section's rear surface to hold it at a selectable incline. The shorter of the two pivoting, padded end sections (i.e. the section for supporting an individual's lower body) also pivots upward and a U-shaped support assembly folds out of the frame and is inserted in a pair of surface-mounted catches to maintain the section in an inclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Inventor: James Parker
  • Publication number: 20040195891
    Abstract: The Ground Lounger is a seat that can be adjusted to fit the individual's preference for comfortable seating on the ground or floor. The ground does not have to be near level to achieve comfortable seating. The seat cushion is comprised of closed cell foam that will not transmit water, thereby keeping the user dry and warm, even on wet ground. The new features of the Ground Lounger as compared to any other invention is the manner in which the frame is assembled to be fully adjustable to ground slope and foldable for transport. The Ground Lounger is comprised of aluminum tubing and fabric that can be adjusted with straps to account for the natural slope of the ground to provide the user with the desired angle of backrest. The front and rear legs of the Ground Lounger form an A-frame that is held in position with an adjustable strap. The adjustability of the A-frame is the central feature that allows for using the Ground Lounger on sloping or flat ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventor: Clifford Eugene Vaughan
  • Patent number: 6796605
    Abstract: A folding recliner includes an extendable frame, a rear frame, a backrest frame, and a seat frame that have sequentially reduced widths. The rear frame is pivotally connected at two lower ends to two rear inner sides of the extendable frame, the backrest frame has two hooked upper ends for detachably engaging with one of many crossbars of the rear frame, the backrest frame is pivotally connected at lower ends to rear ends of the seat frame, and front ends of the seat frame are pivotally connected to two front inner sides of the extendable frame and a U-shaped leg. Therefore, when the recliner is fully folded, the rear frame, the backrest frame, and the seat frame are sequentially nested in the extendable frame to locate in the same plane, enabling the folded recliner to occupy the smallest possible space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Inventor: Walt Chu
  • Publication number: 20040183354
    Abstract: A lounge chair having a seat portion, an adjustable back portion rotatable about a transverse axis through roughly a 90° angle from upright to flat, and an adjustable supporting means associated with the back portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventor: Peter M. Rodriguez
  • Publication number: 20040135416
    Abstract: An articulated bench comprising a two-section pad attached to a rectangular frame and two folding/pivoting support leg assemblies. The two padded sections are pivotally attached to the frame. Either of the two padded end sections can be pivoted upward and locked at a selectable incline. Either of a length-adjustable I-shaped brace assembly, or alternatively, a U-shaped support assembly fold out of the frame from beneath the longer of the two pivoting, padded end sections (i.e. the section for supporting the upper body) and are inserted into one of a series of catches located on the section's rear surface to hold it at a selectable incline. The shorter of the two pivoting, padded end sections (i.e. the section for supporting an individual's lower body) also pivots upward and a U-shaped support assembly folds out of the frame and is inserted in a pair of surface-mounted catches to maintain the section in an inclined position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2003
    Publication date: July 15, 2004
    Inventor: James Parker
  • Patent number: 6666505
    Abstract: A chair is provided that includes a seat member, a back rest pivotally connected to the seat member, and first and second recline mechanisms. The seat member includes a first back rest support portion and a second back rest support portion. The back rest support portions each have a tooth-receiving member at an upper exterior surface. The recline mechanisms each include a lever mounted to the back rest. The lever of each recline mechanism has a tooth for receipt in a respective tooth-receiving member, and the lever is movable between an engaged state and a disengaged state. When the lever is in the engaged state, the tooth engages the tooth-receiving member to prevent rearward pivotal motion of the back rest relative to the seat member. When the lever is in the disengaged state, the tooth is disengaged from the tooth-receiving member. When the levers of the recline mechanisms are both in the disengaged state, the back rest is allowed to pivot relative to the seat member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff G. Greger, Baku Kakuda
  • Publication number: 20030218372
    Abstract: IMPROVED DECKCHAIR, constituted by a monobloc chassis (1), a back (2) and an adjustable, articulating support frame (3) of the back (2) that has openings (4) on its front and back crosspieces capable of attaching the ends of a canvas provided with orifices or perimetral buttonholes (5a) which, together with other orifices (6) surrounding the deckchair, permit securing the canvas by means of zigzag lacing (7). Another row of orifices (8) has been provided on said front and back crosspieces for alternate mounting of small boards (9) that are also transversally secured by tongue and groove means to alternately replace the canvas. The chassis (1) is flat with rounded edges, with the peculiarity that three different performance alternatives (1a, 1b, 1c) can be obtained from the same mold by means of respective changes in the central part of the mold, thus permitting its stacking (FIGS. 10 and 11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2002
    Publication date: November 27, 2003
    Inventor: Carme Balliu Falgueras
  • Publication number: 20030197408
    Abstract: A chair is provided that includes a seat member, a back rest pivotally connected to the seat member, and first and second recline mechanisms. The seat member includes a first back rest support portion and a second back rest support portion. The back rest support portions each have a tooth-receiving member at an upper exterior surface. The recline mechanisms each include a lever mounted to the back rest. The lever of each recline mechanism has a tooth for receipt in a respective tooth-receiving member, and the lever is movable between an engaged state and a disengaged state. When the lever is in the engaged state, the tooth engages the tooth-receiving member to prevent rearward pivotal motion of the back rest relative to the seat member. When the lever is in the disengaged state, the tooth is disengaged from the tooth-receiving member. When the levers of the recline mechanisms are both in the disengaged state, the back rest is allowed to pivot relative to the seat member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2002
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Inventors: Jeff G. Greger, Baku Kakuda
  • Patent number: 6460934
    Abstract: An electric adjusting device for a front seat of a motor vehicle, with which the front seat can be displaced at least in the longitudinal direction by means of an electric motor is provided. In the present invention, a forwards displacement of the front seat is requested by folding the seat back forwards (entry assistance). According to the invention, a changeover switch which is coupled to the release lever is provided. The changeover switch having to be actuated at the same time as the seat back is folded forwards, if it is intended for the seat to be displaced by means of an electric motor in order to facilitate entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventors: Jochen Langer, Peter Maly, Frank Rauscher