Knockdown, Set-up, Or Sectional Patents (Class 312/195)
  • Patent number: 10327541
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bar section for a portable modular bar comprising a frame portion having spaced upper and lower rails connected by opposing side rails, the upper rail comprising a slot extending into its upper surface, and a display panel portion comprising a hook configured to cooperate with the slot in the frame portion in order to mount the display panel portion on the frame portion. The present invention also relates to a modular bar comprising a front bar section, a side bar section hingedly connected to a side rails of the front bar section, and a cover section having a peripheral lip configured to fit around the upper part of the front and side bar sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Nextco Ltd
    Inventor: David Insinna
  • Patent number: 10117511
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to modular and reconfigurable architectural assemblies such as modular walls and modular furniture, including modular and reconfigurable desk systems, with features and components that provide wire management functionality. A modular desk system includes a horizontal work surface and a lower vertical section extending vertically downward and/or upward from the work surface. At least a portion of the lower vertical section houses one or more resource trays having power and data receptacles for user wires to plug into. An access component such as a cover encloses the resource tray to provide a functional and aesthetically pleasing assembly while allowing management and organization of user wires and/or supply wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: DIRTT ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS, LTD
    Inventors: Geoff Gosling, Mogens F. Smed, Thomas A. Brown
  • Patent number: 9567083
    Abstract: The invention relates to a modular on-board galley, in particular an aircraft galley (11), and a method of assembling such a galley that comprises, as utility zones, a base and at least one attachment element divided into compartments for accommodating drawers and devices, the compartments being designed with mechanical connectors for interconnecting the elements and with inserts or devices as well as electrical and electronic device connectors and device supply lines. Such a modular on-board galley that not only offers a variable structure but also enables the galley to be completely assembled in a simple manner with preassembled space-saving block- and housing-like attachments and superstructures that are nevertheless compact with regard to their dimensions, in particular in an aircraft that is fully equipped with seats, cabinets and on-board toilets, without these installed components having to be removed beforehand, is to be created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: SELL GMBH
    Inventors: Steffen Saeltzer, Andreas Claas
  • Patent number: 9427083
    Abstract: A furniture docking system includes a dock and various dock supports, including freestanding and non-freestanding dock supports. The dock includes an upper rail having a primary channel and a pair of auxiliary channels opening upwardly from an upper surface of the upper rail, and a pair of side channels opening outwardly from opposite sides of the upper rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Dame, Michael J. Katje, Sheryl Knoll
  • Patent number: 9303893
    Abstract: A casing 10 is included. The casing 10 includes a left side face panel 4 constituting one side face portion of the casing 10 and a part of a front face portion of the casing 10 adjacent to the side face portion, a front face left side panel 2 constituting the front face portion of the casing 10 together with the left side face panel 4, and the top face panel 7 constituting a top face portion of the casing 10. The front face left side panel 2 includes a temporary fixing stop portion 2a at an upper end portion. The temporary fixing stop portion 2a projects toward a back side of the casing 10. The left side face panel 4 includes a temporary fixing rectangular hole 4a at an upper end portion of a front face side. The temporary fixing stop portion 2a is inserted into the temporary fixing rectangular hole 4a. The front face left side panel 2 and the left side face panel 4 are fixed on the front face side of the casing 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Masaharu Miwa
  • Patent number: 9125494
    Abstract: Modular ready to assembly furniture consists of components when assembled will embody a chair, sofa, loveseat or sofa sectional. These modular components which may include but not limited to arm component and back components. As one component consisting of a bolt with a flat bottom head protruding from the inside part at an angle relative to horizontal. The opposite component having a integrated keyhole slot consisting of a internal machined tapered ramp. The head of the bolt fits through internal keyhole slot. Thus the angle of the internal tapered ramp, corresponds to bottom flat side of the bolt head protruding at a precise angle relative to horizontal and being at the relative matching angle's, thus the back side of the bolt slides up the integrated tapered ramp. This action pulls together the components. When the flat bottom bolt head and the internal tapered ramp are fully seated the components will be held together at a precise and aligned position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventor: Roger Allen Helton
  • Patent number: 9119466
    Abstract: A table leg assembly with an intermediate beam to removably support elements on the table leg assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Inscape Corporation
    Inventor: David Parshad
  • Patent number: 9051035
    Abstract: A boatlift for use with small, manual or paddle or oar powered watercraft (such as canoes and kayaks) is provided with a guide rails on either side of the boat lift, which can be utilized by a boater to propel or urge his/her watercraft onto the boatlift. In addition, that boatlift is provided with an entrance/exit assist member which can be used by boaters with impaired leg function to enter and exit from the watercraft. The boatlift can be provided with a bench system which enables disabled persons to more easily enter and exit from small watercraft supported by the boatlift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: E-Z-DOCK, INC.
    Inventors: Dustin Imel, David J. Sturtevant
  • Patent number: 8308173
    Abstract: A portable voting booth having multiple voting stations or trays combined with a single voting cart. The voting cart includes portable voting booth trays that can be deployed from the voting cart with privacy shields that are formed integral and can be erected for privacy. Voting trays are placed at various levels to accommodate individuals of various heights, including individuals utilizing wheelchairs while also providing a compact storage configuration. Beneath the retractable voting stations is an area for storage of voting materials, allowing the materials to be assembled in a remote location and sealed within the utility cart for storage. The cart then can be moved to the particular locations for the voting procedure. Upon completion of the voting process the cart can be resealed with the cast ballots. Tracking systems are optionally employed to track the cart and/or contents of the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Naztec International Group, LLC
    Inventor: Mohamed Pazhoor
  • Patent number: 8186284
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a desk structure. The desk structure comprises a writing surface, and a book box which is secured to the writing surface. A plurality of receiver sleeves are integrally molded with the book box. Each receiver sleeve has an outer wall and an inner wall. The inner wall of the receiver sleeve has a slot and a plurality of radially spaced ribs. The inner wall defines an opening. The desk structure further comprises a plurality of legs. Each leg has an upper leg portion. The upper leg portion of each leg is received by the inner wall opening of a corresponding receiver sleeve. Additionally, each upper leg portion includes a detent. The detent is adapted to engage a corresponding inner wall slot when the upper leg portion is received by the inner wall opening of the corresponding receiver sleeve. Thus, the detent both secures the leg to the book box and positions the upper leg portion within the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Artco-Bell
    Inventors: Mack Daniel Westbrook, Matthew Murphy Lafleur, Lewis Dorsey Cox, Jeffrey Stout
  • Patent number: 8118375
    Abstract: A desk comprising: a writing board, the writing board defining a top surface and a substantially opposed bottom surface; at least three sleeves, each of the at least three sleeves extending substantially away from the bottom surface, each of the at least three sleeves defining a respective free end substantially opposed to the bottom surface; at least three legs, each of the at least three legs being removably insertable into and securable to a respective one of the at least three sleeves; a first one of the at least three sleeves defining a ridge extending substantially longitudinally therefrom at the free end of the first one of the at least three sleeves and a second one of the at least three sleeves defining a recess extending substantially longitudinally thereinto at the free end of the second one of the at least three sleeves, the recess being configured and sized for substantially snugly receiving the ridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventors: Gilles Berthiaume, Pierre Berthiaume
  • Patent number: 8087735
    Abstract: A free standing furniture apparatus including a furniture unit having a unit height dimension, a base including a base wall having a base height dimension and first and second separated base wall ends, the base wall at least in part circumscribing a base space where the base wall includes a top edge surface that resides substantially in a single edge plane and a back wall member supported by the base wall proximate the first and second ends of the base wall member and extending substantially vertically upward from the base wall member and substantially perpendicular to the single edge plane so that there is a receiving space that is unobstructed by the back wall member and that is above the base space for receiving the furniture unit, the back wall member having a back wall height dimension that is greater than the unit height dimension so that at least a portion of the back wall member is observable above the furniture unit when the furniture unit is received within the receiving space, wherein the furniture
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Rheault, William Small
  • Patent number: 8006986
    Abstract: A portable voting booth having multiple voting stations combined with a single utility/storage cart. The cart includes portable voting booth stations that can be deployed from the cart with privacy shields that are formed integral and can be erected instantly for privacy. Privacy booths are placed at various levels to accommodate individuals of various heights, including wheelchair bound individuals. Beneath the retractable voting stations is an area for storage of voting materials, allowing the materials to be assembled in a remote location and sealed within the utility cart for storage. The cart then can be moved to the particular locations for the voting procedure. At the voting location, the seal can be broken and the ballots accessed. Upon completion of the voting process the cart can be resealed with the cast ballots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Naztec International Group, LLC
    Inventor: Mohamed Pazhoor
  • Patent number: 7942485
    Abstract: A desk unit assembly deployable from a closed position to an open position. The desk unit assembly has a desk portion and a chair assembly. The desk portion has a top, two opposed and vertically extending sidewalls, a rear wall and a front wall, the top, sidewalls, front and rear walls define a chamber therebetween. A chair assembly has a seat and a backrest, the seat is disposed within the chamber and the backrest forms a portion of the front wall of the desk portion when the desk unit assembly is in the closed position. The assembly has a generally cubical shape with substantially flat outer surfaces of the two sidewalls, the front wall and the rear wall when in the closed position and when the assembly is in the open position the chamber can accommodate the legs of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventor: Kathi Castelluccio
  • Publication number: 20100277043
    Abstract: A furniture assembly and method for a configurable modular articulating table and credenza. In some embodiments, the furniture assembly includes an articulating table having a pair of elongate table segments each individually and pivotally secured to a stationary base segment and containing arcuate edges located opposite the base segment. The furniture assembly also includes a pair of symmetrical credenza end table units, each having a top surface with a curved front edge and a linear rear edge. The furniture assembly further includes a modular unit having a top surface of modified trapezoidal shape including an arc-shaped front edge and a linear back edge, said modular unit shaped to interchangeably and selectively couple in abutting relation with the articulating table and the pair of symmetrical credenza units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: NEVERS INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Steven C. Bloch, Mark A. Vogeler, Michael M. Norfolk
  • Publication number: 20100171398
    Abstract: A desk comprising: a writing board, the writing board defining a top surface and a substantially opposed bottom surface; at least three sleeves, each of the at least three sleeves extending substantially away from the bottom surface, each of the at least three sleeves defining a respective free end substantially opposed to the bottom surface; at least three legs, each of the at least three legs being removably insertable into and securable to a respective one of the at least three sleeves; a first one of the at least three sleeves defining a ridge extending substantially longitudinally therefrom at the free end of the first one of the at least three sleeves and a second one of the at least three sleeves defining a recess extending substantially longitudinally thereinto at the free end of the second one of the at least three sleeves, the recess being configured and sized for substantially snugly receiving the ridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventors: Gilles Berthiaume, Pierre Berthiaume
  • Patent number: 7744160
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing objects, volumes, furniture modules and furniture as well as articles produced by said method that are composed of individual elements such as walls, panels, beams, legs, etc. The aim of the invention is to provide a method and articles such as objects, volumes, furniture modules and furniture that are highly stable and yet have a low weight, by providing a flat composite material composed of a plurality of layers and which is cut and folded along fold lines whereby the blank is shaped to a folded thin-walled shell which can be joined to an individual element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Inventor: Penio Stolarov
  • Publication number: 20090051254
    Abstract: A modular desk assembly is disclosed of the kind commonly used in a home or office. The desk assembly includes front and second end desk sections and a mid desk section located between the end desk sections. Each of the first and second end desk sections includes a frame that is adapted to be moved between expanded and collapsed frame configurations. The mid desk section includes a frame that is coupled between and suspended from the frames of the first and second end desk sections. A lift-off top is detachably connected to a set of legs from each of the first and second end desk sections. A lift-off top is seated upon the frame of the mid desk section so as to lie between the lift-off tops of the first and second end desk sections. The desk assembly can be quickly and easily assembled and disassembled without using tools and with a minimum of manpower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventor: James E. Grove
  • Publication number: 20080284292
    Abstract: The present invention provides a desk unit assembly deployable from a closed position to an open position. The desk unit assembly has a desk portion and a chair assembly. The desk portion has a top, two opposed and vertically extending sidewalls, a rear wall and a front wall, the top, sidewalls, front and rear walls define a chamber therebetween. A chair assembly has a seat and a backrest, the seat is disposed within the chamber and the backrest forms a portion of the front wall of the desk portion when the desk unit assembly is in the closed position. The assembly has a generally cubical shape with substantially flat outer surfaces of the two sidewalls, the front wall and the rear wall when in the closed position and when the assembly is in the open position the chamber can accommodate the legs of a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventor: Kathi Castelluccio
  • Patent number: 7438002
    Abstract: A desktop including a first portion and a diagonal portion oriented diagonally with respect to the first portion. Both the first portion and diagonal portion each have a top surface, a bottom surface opposite said top surface, a plurality of side surfaces, and first and second longitudinal axes, respectively, that substantially bisect each portion. The first portion and diagonal portion are oriented so that the first longitudinal axis and the second longitudinal axis are diagonal to one another. The desktop also includes a return portion having a top surface, a bottom surface opposite the top surface, and a plurality of side surfaces. The return portion is joined with the first portion and has a third longitudinal axis that substantially bisects the top surface of the return portion. The third longitudinal axis is substantially perpendicular to the first longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventor: David A. Murray
  • Publication number: 20080224580
    Abstract: A module of furniture is provided for use in a modular furniture system or as a free standing piece of furniture, comprising, a frame construction with two end assemblies each having a base and a front and rear upright. A flange and upper support beam connect the upper ends of the uprights and support a shelf. A mid-support beam connects the rear uprights and provides an accessory attachment lip as well as a wire management trough. A screen is disposed between the rear uprights for additional privacy. Various accessories including speaker shelves, a monitor mount, and a book shelf are included as a kit with the module for added desktop organization. Each accessory has a clasp, which may be integrally formed, for attaching to one of the support beams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: THE BRILL COMPANY
    Inventors: Kenneth Gibbs, David Field, Michael Wiersema
  • Publication number: 20080211360
    Abstract: A multifunction desk that includes various amenities in one device wherein the desk may include each or in combination a removable refrigerator, a water dispensing unit, a freezer, an icemaker, a power strip, a water filtering unit, and or a water heating and cooling system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventor: Timothy Eubanks
  • Patent number: 7390069
    Abstract: A ready-to-assemble (RTA) modular desk has multiple clasp connectors, two desk assemblies a door and at least one pedestal drawer. Each desk assembly has a pedestal, and a desktop having a bottom surface. The pedestal and a stand are constructed and mounted detachably on bottom surface of the desktop by using the clasp connectors. The desk assemblies are connected detachably to the each other using multiple latch assemblies. The door is mounted detachably on one of the pedestals. The pedestal drawers are mounted detachably in one of the pedestals. Therefore, the RTA modular desk can be assembled without using tools in a variety of orientations, allowing a person to customize the RTA modular desk to their needs and easily change or disassemble the RTA modular desk without using tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Grace Chance Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen-Te Ho
  • Publication number: 20080074014
    Abstract: A collapsible desk includes two pedestals, multiple pedestal drawers and a top board. Each pedestal includes a front frame, an outer panel, an inner panel and a rear frame. The front and rear frames are hinged to the outer panel. The inner panel is hung on the front and rear frames. Each pedestal drawer includes a front board, a rear board, two side boards, a bottom board and multiple pins. The front, rear and side boards are connected to each other by the pins The top board has two ridges and multiple pins. The ridges correspond respectively to the pedestals and are connected to the pedestal by the pins. Accordingly, all components of the collapsible desk are mounted detachably to each other without using tools and assembling the collapsible desk is easy and convenient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventor: Wen-Te HO
  • Patent number: 7125088
    Abstract: A multi-media workstation having a master rail system for permitting horizontal adjustment of the various components of the workstation. The workstation generally includes a console having a work surface and a master rail system for supporting various audiovisual equipment. The master rail system includes a rail extrusion connecting at least two frames and having a longitudinal slot formed in at least one of its surfaces. The various components of the workstation each include a finger engaged in the longitudinal slot of the rail extrusion, wherein the component is able to be horizontally translated along a length of the rail extrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Forecast Consoles, Inc.
    Inventor: William G. Haberman
  • Patent number: 6986556
    Abstract: A multi-media workstation having a master rail system for permitting horizontal adjustment of the various components of the workstation. The workstation generally includes a console having a work surface and a master rail system for supporting various audiovisual equipment. The master rail system includes a rail extrusion connecting at least two frames and having a longitudinal slot formed in at least one of its surfaces. The various components of the workstation each include a finger engaged in the longitudinal slot of the rail extrusion, wherein the component is able to be horizontally translated along a length of the rail extrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Forecast Consoles, Inc.
    Inventor: William G. Haberman
  • Patent number: 6953231
    Abstract: An advanced data electrified fully adjustable computer corner desk having a keyboard platform recessed into work surface that comprises a corner section and adjacent furniture components. The work surface of the corner section is pentagonal and has a front edge slightly greater than that of the keyboard platform. The two side edges of the corner section are at 45° angles to the front edge, and are of a lesser extension than the two rear edges that form a 90° angled corner. Disposed on the underside of the work surface is a control switch for the activation of a surge protection unit and wire management means. The wire management means includes a horizontally disposed aperture at the rear corner spaced slightly from the two rear edges, and at least one vertically disposed wire grommet situated in a modesty panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: California Office Furniture
    Inventor: Gary Markofer
  • Patent number: 6857712
    Abstract: A multi-media workstation having a master rail system for permitting horizontal adjustment of the various components of the workstation. The workstation generally includes a console having a work surface and a master rail system for supporting various audiovisual equipment. The master rail system includes a rail extrusion connecting at least two frames and having a longitudinal slot formed in at least one of its surfaces. The various components of the workstation each include a finger engaged in the longitudinal slot of the rail extrusion, wherein the component is able to be horizontally translated along a length of the rail extrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Forecast Consoles, Inc.
    Inventor: William G. Haberman
  • Patent number: 6834918
    Abstract: A drawer fixing mechanism for fixing a drawer to a desk without using screws and rivets is provided. The mechanism prevents the drawer from being deformed, shifted or separated from the desk by impact applied, to the desk. The fixing mechanism comprises a fixing member outwardly extending along upper edges of a drawer and having insertion holes corresponding to the through holes and an insertion groove at its bottom, an intermediate frame combined with a stand, and bots and nuts for assembling elements of the desk. The intermediate frame has a plurality of connection holes formed to correspond to the insertion holes. The bolts are inserted into the through holes of an upper panel, the insertion holes of the fixing member combined with the drawer, and the connection holes of the intermediate frame in order, and the nuts are combined with the respective bolts at the bottom of the intermediate frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Inventor: Hyuk-Koo Park
  • Patent number: 6679571
    Abstract: A furniture kit includes several pieces of furniture which can be combined in one way to produce an infant changing table and in another way to produce a desk. The furniture kit includes a table, a drawer, a chest, and an infant changer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Inventors: Jack L. Lawson, Nancy J. Rasche, Dennis M. Turner, Edmund M. Apperson, IV
  • Publication number: 20030189392
    Abstract: Disclosed is a drawer fixing mechanism for fixing a drawer to a desk without using screws and rivets, so that it prevents the drawer from being deformed, shifted or separated from the desk by impact applied to the desk. The fixing mechanism comprises a fixing member outwardly extending along upper edges of a drawer and having insertion holes corresponding to the through holes and an insertion groove at its bottom, an intermediate frame combined with a stand, and bots and nuts for assembling elements of the desk. The intermediate frame has a plurality of connection holes formed to correspond to the insertion holes. The bolts are inserted into the through holes of an upper panel, the insertion holes of the fixing member combined with the drawer, and the connection holes of the intermediate frame in order, and the nuts are combined with the respective bolts at the bottom of the intermediate frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2003
    Publication date: October 9, 2003
    Inventor: Hyuk-Koo Park
  • Patent number: 6536857
    Abstract: A device for preventing a thin apparatus from overturning by fixing it with a fixing portion of a desk and the like. The device prevents overturn of the thin apparatus, which is a tower type computer, or the like, as the apparatus is fixed to an overhanging part of the desk using a fixture which is a combination of a hook and a U-shaped bracket, and the like when the thin apparatus is disposed in dead space at the back of, the side of, or under a desk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Takumi Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 6422668
    Abstract: A furniture unit comprises a closed-front credenza that folds out to form an L-shaped desk. The unit comprises a stationary desk having a partially open front, with a kneehole opening forming at least a portion of the open front. A moveable return pivotally mounted at on one side of the desk comprises a vertical face panel and a work surface mounted at a rear side of the face panel. The return is pivotal between a closed position, wherein the face panel covers the open portion of the front of the desk and the return work surface is concealed behind the face panel, and an open position, wherein the face panel is pivoted outward from the front of the desk, exposing the kneehole opening in the desk. The return work surface extends forward from the desk alongside the kneehole opening when the return is opened. The face panel is configured so as to create the impression that the furniture unit is a credenza with no kneehole opening when the return is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: Sligh Furniture Co.
    Inventors: James O. Kelley, Ralph Byma, Greg J. Persons
  • Patent number: 6419330
    Abstract: A structure that provides for enhanced access to a chamber defined therein. The structure includes a top member and a support assembly for supporting the top member and together defining the chamber. The invention includes a panel removably connected to the structure and a securing device for removably securing the panel to the structure. The securing device is hidden from view when the panel is connected to the structure. Removing the panel provides for access to the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Nova Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: John N. Lechman
  • Publication number: 20020089268
    Abstract: A modular equipment console comprising at least one base structure, each base structure having a uniform height and an upper surface with a predetermined depth; at least one turret structure, each turret structure being mountable onto one or more base structures; at least one equipment mount, each equipment mount being connectable to one or more of the turret structures and being adaptable for various types of equipment; and a work area, the work area being mountable on at least one of the base structures; wherein the modular equipment console can be arranged into various configurations using different numbers or types of base structures, turret structures, equipment mounts, and work areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2001
    Publication date: July 11, 2002
    Inventor: Geoff Gosling
  • Patent number: 6371582
    Abstract: A device for preventing a thin apparatus from overturning by fixing it with a fixing portion of a desk. The device prevents overturn of the thin apparatus, which is a tower type computer, or the like, as the apparatus is fixed to an overhanging part of the desk using a fixture which is a combination of a hook and a U-shaped bracket, when the thin apparatus is disposed in dead space at the back of, the side of, or under the desk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Takumi Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 6283564
    Abstract: A portable, wooden computer desk is disclosed, comprising an all wood computer desk that can be quickly and easily assembled without the use of tools or separate fastening devices. A continuous feed paper slot is provided to facilitate use of continuous feed paper. Holes are provided on the work surface for use of lamps and similar electric appliances. Electric cord indentations provide a way to place the present invention against a wall without damaging the electric cords of computer components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Inventor: Sandra Corson
  • Patent number: 6193338
    Abstract: A computer storing desk for housing and supporting computer hardware includes a C-shaped top with a concave side and an opposite convex side. The concave side defines a work area and the convex side is greater in length than the concave side and defines a front edge of the desk. The top also has two ends which extend between the concave and convex sides. A pedestal supports the top and is positioned under one end of the top. Inside of the pedestal is a storage space and one face of the pedestal has an access opening which communicates with the interior storage space. The pedestal has another face which is a solid face with no openings. The pedestal is positioned such that the solid face is aligned with the concave side of the top and the face with the access opening is aligned with one end of the top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Inventor: Bruce Kocer
  • Patent number: 6161487
    Abstract: A computer office table structure includes an upstanding rod having a lower end fixed to a supporting base and an upper end provided with a shoulder, a supporting post extending upward from the shoulder and having a diameter smaller than that of the upstanding rod, a first table supporting member provided with a plurality of crossbars and including a first end provided with a first extension bar having a first sleeve rotatably mounted on the supporting post, and a second end provided with a first table leg and two first rollers each rotatably mounted on the first table leg, a second table supporting member provided with a plurality of crossbars and including a first end provided with a second extension bar having a second sleeve rotatably mounted on the supporting post and a second end provided with a second table leg and two second rollers each rotatably mounted on the second table leg, two table plates each mounted on the first table supporting member and the second table supporting member, and a supporting
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Inventor: Chien-Kuo Chang
  • Patent number: 6141209
    Abstract: A computer has an internal chassis with four wall-like frame members located at its rectangular perimeter. A variety of electronic components are mounted to the chassis within the rectangular perimeter. A bezel is mounted to an outer portion of one of the frame members and forms an exterior rear panel of the computer. The chassis is sidably mounted within an integral, five-sided enclosure having a rectangular opening at its rearward end. The enclosure closely receives the chassis to eliminate relative movement therebetween. The bezel has an integral handle with a pair of tabs which engage recesses in the enclosure when the chassis is in the enclosure. The chassis is removed from the enclosure by lifting the handle on the bezel such that the tabs disengage the recesses in the enclosure to allow the chassis to slide out of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Michael Kerrigan, Larry Thomas Cooper, Daniel Paul Beaman, John Richard Pugley, M. Lawrence Buller, Jeffrey William Young
  • Patent number: 6126253
    Abstract: A computer desk has a work surface with a first support connected with the work surface near a first end to support the work surface above a floor, and a second support releasably connected with the work surface near a second, opposing end. The second support has a top with a portion of the top spaced from the work surface to define a drawer space. A drawer extends from the first support toward the second end and into the drawer space. A kneehole is defined between the first and second support members and below the work surface. One of the support members may include a storage compartment with an interior and a door that opens and closes access to the interior. The door is spaced above the floor and the storage compartment has a removable panel that extends from the floor to at least a bottom of the door. The storage compartment may also include a saddle type storage drawer that is narrower than the storage compartment to define a space for a CPU tower in the storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Sligh Furniture Company
    Inventors: James O. Kelley, Ralph J. Byma, Gregg J. Persons
  • Patent number: 6082838
    Abstract: A foldable desk assembly having a panel, a first leg hingedly attached to one end of the panel so as to be movable between a first position overlying a surface of the panel and a second position extending transverse to the panel, a second leg hingedly attached to an opposite end of the panel so as to be movable between a first position overlying the surface of the panel and a second position transverse to the panel. Each of the first and second legs includes a pair of spaced apart screws located at a top end thereof. A desktop has grooved formed therein so as to correspond to the location of the screws on the ends of the legs. Each of the screws can be inserted into the respective slots so as to allow the desktop to properly engage the top of the legs. A pair of tracks is formed on an underside of the desktop so as to allow for the receipt of a drawer therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Inventor: Moises Bissu-Palombo
  • Patent number: 6033045
    Abstract: A computer desk module has a trapezoidal desk top with an opening. A transparent window plate is supported in the desk top so as to cover the opening. A pull-out keyboard shelf is supported under a front edge portion of the desk top. A computer monitor is suspended under the desk top so its screen is inclined upward to allow viewing of the screen through the window plate. A plurality of the computer desk modules are assembled end-to-end into various semi-trapezoidal clusters, S-shaped clusters, and straight line clusters. Overhead power and data bus cables are routed from a classroom ceiling into tubular legs supporting a decorative cover against the ceiling. The legs extend upward from a cabinet having a semi-octagonal shape that mates with a semi-octagonal cluster of the computer desk modules. The cables pass through the legs, through the cabinet, into the various computer desk modules forming the cluster, and to the monitor and a computer in each of the computer desk modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Fay D. Roberts
    Inventors: Fay D. Roberts, Debra D. Williamson
  • Patent number: 6003962
    Abstract: A height controllable desk having a top plate having a first end and a second end with a first desk support and a second desk support having a first plurality of vertically spaced members thereon for providing vertically positionable support to the second end of the top plate and a U-shaped connecting cover having a plurality of vertically spaced members securable at different vertical locations to the first desk support to provide support for the first end of the top plate whereby the top plate can be adjusted to the proper vertical height on both ends thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Inventor: Sang Goo Song
  • Patent number: 5997113
    Abstract: A hand foldable and portable article of furniture comprising planar back and right and left side members hinged at edge surfaces thereof such that the right and left side members swing between a folded position with the side members on a back of the back member and a unfolded position in which the side members are substantially perpendicular to the back member and upper edges of the back and side members are interlocked in mating grooves in a planar top member, one of the back and side members being transversely bendable at its upper edge to spring lock into its mating groove to tightly interlock the article of furniture in its unfolded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: Cleon E. Benson
  • Patent number: 5980004
    Abstract: A digital work station can be used in a radiology lab, with x-ray illuminators on an upper shelf for viewing traditional film x-rays, and computer monitors, e.g., CRTs at a lower shelf for viewing digitized x-rays. The work station is ergonomically arranged for radiologist's viewing comfort and efficiency. The height of the illuminators can be adjusted, and the shelves for the computer monitors can be adjusted also to accomodate the user preference. The monitor shelf can be level or angulated (e.g., 20 degrees) and is adjustable up and down in either orientation. The upper shelf is adjusted to minimize the gap above the monitors, and the front edge of the upper shelf maintains alignment with the sloping edge of the side walls if the upper shelf is elevated or lowered. Power outlets are provided on the front edges of the side walls just above a work shelf. The work shelf can have pull-out writing shelves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: S&S X-Ray Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Norman A. Shoenfeld
  • Patent number: 5971504
    Abstract: A furniture unit comprises a closed-front credenza that folds out to form an L-shaped desk. The unit comprises a stationary desk having a partially open front, with a kneehole opening forming at least a portion of the open front. A moveable return pivotally mounted at on one side of the desk comprises a vertical face panel and a work surface mounted at a rear side of the face panel. The return is pivotal between a closed position, wherein the face panel covers the open portion of the front of the desk and the return work surface is concealed behind the face panel, and an open position, wherein the face panel is pivoted outwardly from the front of the desk, exposing the kneehole opening in the desk. The return work surface extends forwardly from the desk alongside the kneehole opening when the return is opened. The face panel is configured so as to create the impression that the furniture unit is a credenza with no kneehole opening when the return is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventors: James O. Kelley, Ralph Byma, Greg J. Persons
  • Patent number: 5967631
    Abstract: A computer desk is composed of a desk top, a reference slide, an article tray, a stationery rack, a drawer, two legs, two leg-supporting bases, a cross rod, and a connection rod. The desk top, the reference slide, the article tray, the stationery rack, the drawer are supported by three sets of support frames. The legs are supported by the leg-supporting bases in conjunction with the connection rod and the cross rod. The legs are provided at a top end thereof with a fitting seat which is in turn provided with a through hole for receiving a curved tube for connecting two computer desks side by side. The curved tube is provided with a support board located between the two computer desks to provided an added work space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventor: Wen-Shan Ko
  • Patent number: 5863282
    Abstract: A unique, simple, and effective leg rest system of great versatility for desks, wherein a hinged or retractable panel is disposed within the leg opening of any desk, and is shifted from an inactive out-of-the-way position to an active position which may be parallel to the floor or at an angle thereto as desired, thereby to permit the desk user to elevate and rest his or her legs, feet, and thighs in comfort as well as to achieve desired orthopedic or therapeutic purposes. Various forms of the invention are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: Soraya F. Moossun
    Inventor: Mohamed Hassen Moossun
  • Patent number: 5769514
    Abstract: A foldable ready to use computer desk is disclosed having a desk top for supporting computer equipment and the like and a pair of spaced foldable side members which include solid panels that form sides of the desk and support the desk above the floor. The solid side panels are carried by hinges having displaced pivot points which allow the side members to fold over one another in an overlapping manner to create a utility space between the side members and the desk top in which utility devices such as a keyboard drawer assembly, power surge strip, and cable tray are nested when the desk is folded. Brace assemblies urge the side members outwardly in an extended position to support the desk top above the floor and urge upper portions of the side members against the hinge brackets to provide a sturdy construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Assignee: Decolam, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles R. Brown, Marion O. Fogle, Thomas F. Salley