Removable Support Specially Adapted For Seating Patents (Class 5/653)
  • Patent number: 9545155
    Abstract: A floor seat providing a pair of sitting-bone supports, a pelvic-floor support extending between the sitting-bone supports at substantially the same level, a coccyx indent behind the pelvic-floor support, a heel indent in front of the pelvic-floor support, and a forward incline, which provide positioning, cushioning, insulation, and the proper amount of supporting pressure or absence of pressure appropriate to the sitting bones, the pelvic floor, and the coccyx, and room for proper placement of the feet, for persons sitting on a floor, particularly though not exclusively in the practice of yoga, and optionally a pubic-bone positioner to aid in positioning and posture, and thigh supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Louise James
  • Patent number: 9445770
    Abstract: A nuclear medicine diagnostic apparatus includes a support unit for supporting an inspection object from front, an opening for receiving a breast of the inspection object supported by the support unit, a detector ring opposed to the inspection object across a supporting surface of the support unit for detecting radiation generated from the breast, a chest mat provided around the opening formed in the support unit for supporting the chest of the inspection object, and an outer mat provided outward of the chest mat for supporting the inspection object. The chest mat is formed of a material having a greater sagging rate than the outer mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventor: Masafumi Furuta
  • Patent number: 9361817
    Abstract: A removable personalized seat marker assembly that is temporarily installed on the user's seat at an event to personalize the user's seat. The user may easily remove the seat marker assembly and keep it as memorabilia of the event. The removable seat marker assembly comprises a personalized marker that enhances the experience of attending an event by allowing the user to customize their seat at the event by choosing from a variety of templates, personal user information, or event information, such as user's name, and/or the event name, date, and/or place. The seat marker assembly comprises a body having a front panel and a rear panel forming at least one enclosed compartment therein. The body comprises one or more attachment portions for installing the seat marker assembly to a seat. The front panel of the body comprises a clear window for displaying a personalized marker printed with information about the user and the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventor: Stephen M. Trongone
  • Patent number: 9132575
    Abstract: A method of making a carburetor float by first creating a homogeneous mixture of gas and polymer in a plastic injection machine. The gas/polymer mixture is injected into a tool having a mold cavity. A moveable portion of the mold cavity allows the gas/polymer mixture to expand in that area thus forming a foamed portion of the finished float. The portion of the mold that is stationary does not allow the gas/polymer mixture to foam and thus forms a portion of the finished float with a higher density that the foamed portion. The result is a float made of the homogeneous mixture with two differing densities in two different portion of the float.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Hoffer Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Webster, Keith Farthing
  • Patent number: 9021637
    Abstract: A wheelchair cushion comprises a dual stiffness fluid. A cushion also comprises an ability to adjust fluid volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Ki Mobility
    Inventors: Thomas J Whelan, Stephen Sprigle, Alison McKenna, Ezekiel Kolajo, Sanchit Mittal, Saranya Sathananthan, Christopher Tile
  • Patent number: 8990985
    Abstract: Designs and methods are provided for a composite seat cushion comprising a molded portion made of a resilient foam material, having a sculpted top surface, and a bottom surface with a cavity therein. The composite seat cushion may further comprise an insert made of a viscoelastic foam material filling the cavity in the bottom of the molded portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Armorworks Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Terry Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 8968183
    Abstract: A support apparatus, for use in supporting a device such as a sex toy, the inflatable apparatus comprising an attachment portion and a holding portion which is attached to the attachment portion, and which defines an aperture therethrough, the holding portion having an inflatable element which is operable to adjust the size of said aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: James Hamilton
  • Patent number: 8938831
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a framed air pillow system, using air pressure to provide stability and comfort for a user when sitting in an upright position. The invention comprises of a base frame structure, an inflatable air chamber having an air pump and a rectangular cushion pad, wherein said system having means to adjust the angle between said base and said rectangular cushion pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Deka A. Gilao
  • Patent number: 8939505
    Abstract: An adult booster seat in the form of two cushions connected by a folding panel to allow use on a seating surface alternatively with either one or both under a seated adult. The second cushion serves as a back support when rotated away from use upon a seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Ann B. Dreyer
  • Publication number: 20140375089
    Abstract: A seating cushion for treating and alleviating pain and discomfort related to pelvic pressure and pelvic organ prolapse. The seating cushion applies pressure to the pelvic crotch area of a user. The seating cushion comprises a base cushion portion for providing padding and an elevated and elongated central portion for applying pressure to the pelvic crotch area of a user while the user is seated thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Ambreen S. Qureshi, Asif M. Sheikh
  • Patent number: 8899677
    Abstract: A compact seat cushion that may be expanded to reveal a banner wherein the banner may be changed in accordance with the desires of the user is provided. In a preferred embodiment, the device comprises a foldable length of material which, when in a folded position, may be used as a seat cushion, and when in an expanded, unfolded position, may be used as a banner to display letters, logos, messages or other insignia. In certain embodiments, the device comprises a plurality of conjoined panels, each comprising a closed compartment comprising padded material. One or more of the panels comprise an upper layer and a lower layer joined together to form a compartment comprising padding. A plurality of strips is adapted for cooperative coupling insignia. A user desiring to form a banner may do so easily by coupling letters or phrases to the unfolded seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Unsil C. Hurlburt
  • Patent number: 8887327
    Abstract: The invention involves a folding patient transfer apparatus with a material top layer and a material bottom layer. A plurality of inserts has handhold openings that are formed in the inserts that are positioned between the material top layer and the material bottom layer utilizing a sewn plurality of insert seams. The seams form enclosed material chambers containing the inserts. The materials can be disposed of due to contamination; however the inserts can be sterilized reducing hospital waste and cost. The apparatus is configured to slide and/or lift and/or carry a patient from a non-planer surface to a second planer or non-planer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: ACE Safety Gear, LLC
    Inventor: Calvin Paul Davis, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8850644
    Abstract: The invention relates mold, particularly a mold for producing foam articles. In a preferred embodiment, the mold comprises a lid and a bowl releasingly engageable to define a mold cavity, the lid comprising: (i) a vent having a passageway for gas to escape from the mold cavity, and (ii) a plurality of grooves connected to the vent. The use of a plurality of grooves/slots in the mold cavity surface effectively acts as a siphon to draw gas away from the composition to be molded. The plurality of grooves/slots is connected to one or more vents which then allows for escape of the gas from the mold cavity to the exterior of the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Proprietect L.P.
    Inventors: Allan K. Cathcart, Leslie E. Clarke, Larry A. Genyn, Louie J. Meneses, Randall J. Lansue
  • Publication number: 20140259426
    Abstract: Portable cushions include first and second portions that may be folded relative to one another between a folded state in which the cushion may be carried by a user and an unfolded state in which the cushion may be used to cushion the body of a person or another object. Each of the first and second portions of the cushion includes deformable wall members that are located and configured to define voids therebetween, such that the deformable wall members may be displaced into adjacent voids upon deformation of the deformable wall members during cushioning. Methods of manufacturing such portable cushions include the formation of such first and second portions of a cushion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: EdiZONE, LLC
    Inventor: Tony M. Pearce
  • Patent number: 8782835
    Abstract: A seat cushion, such as for use in an aircraft passenger seat, including a layer of open cell foam for passenger comfort, a closed cell foam core for flotation and structural support, and support structure positioned on the underside of the seat cushion for directly engaging underlying beams of a seat frame to attach the seat cushion to the seat frame without the need for additional fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: BE Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander N. Pozzi
  • Patent number: 8763181
    Abstract: A multipurpose mat including: a first side made from a water-resistant material; a second side fixedly secured to the first side and made from an absorbent material; a plurality of first straps fixedly secured to the first side; and a plurality of second straps fixedly secured to the second side. The first and second sides form a perimeter including first and second protrusions with a recess between the first and second protrusions. Respective straps in the plurality of first straps are connectable to each other or to another strap in the plurality of first straps. Respective straps in the plurality of second straps are connectable to each other or to another strap in the plurality of second straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Penfold, Nicole Penfold
  • Patent number: 8739336
    Abstract: An inclined body positioning and support system is presented comprising an internal foundational wedged support encased in a chamber, an internal ventilation/comfort material encased in a chamber, first and second internal elongated positioning and support chambers each encasing a fill material, and an external cover. The foundational wedge chamber encases a respective first and second wedge plateau overlapped by the respective first and second elongated support material chamber to form a respective first and second transitional.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: John Kiefer
  • Patent number: 8732880
    Abstract: A diaper changing station assembly includes a mat that has a top side, a bottom side and a peripheral edge. The peripheral edge includes a front side, a back side, a first lateral side and a second lateral side. A top pad is attached to and covers a portion of the top side. A bottom pad has a top surface, a bottom surface and a peripheral edge. The bottom surface is attached to and covers a portion of the bottom side. A portion of the bottom pad is unattached to the mat adjacent to the peripheral edge to define a bag pocket extending between the mat and the bottom pad. The bag is removable from the pocket after the soiled diaper is changed to receive the mat. The bag is configured to receive the soiled diaper for disposal of the mat and the soiled diaper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Chante L. Carrothers-Smith
  • Publication number: 20140101856
    Abstract: A hook-and-loop component embedded with a foam material is disclosed herein and includes a band body having a first surface and a second surface, the first surface and the second surface being opposite to each other and the hook-and-loop component is characterized in that: a plurality of pores disposed on the band body; a plurality of hair loops disposed on the first surface; and a magnetic material disposed on the second surface and is corresponding to a disposed position of the hair loops. The disposed position of the hair loops and the magnetic material includes an interval away from an edge of the first surface and the second surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: TAIWAN PAIHO LIMITED
    Inventor: Allen CHENG
  • Patent number: 8695136
    Abstract: A seat cushion including a soft foam cushion constructed from open cell foam for comfort, and a plurality of closed cell foam pieces distributed within the open cell foam cushion for flotation and structural support, such as for use as a bottom cushion on an aircraft seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: BE Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander N. Pozzi
  • Patent number: 8689378
    Abstract: A cushion assembly includes an aesthetic cover having a perimeter panel providing a perimeter height. Spaced apart cover panels extend between the perimeter panels. The perimeter and cover panels together provide a cushion cavity. A cushion includes randomly oriented fibers bonded to one another to provide a core of a batt that has opposing surfaces. The batt includes manufactured, tufted and desired design heights. A tuft extends through the cushion to the opposing surfaces to maintain the cushion in the tufted height, which is less than the manufactured height. The cushion is provided at the desired design height with the tufted cushion arranged within the cushion cavity. The tufted height is generally less than the desired design height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: IndraTech LLC
    Inventor: Surendra S. Khambete
  • Patent number: 8677532
    Abstract: A portable, unitary, lightweight, weather-proof support mat to reduce physical stress on a user caused by standing, sitting or kneeling on a hard surface for prolonged periods. The support mat provides a non-slip surface and an integral handle opening. The support mat is manufactured of rubber or other resilient material and may be provided in a variety of shapes and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Exodus Traffic Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Desiree Legare
  • Patent number: 8671482
    Abstract: An orthopedic device for improving posture while sitting, having a foundation member including a front portion for upper legs and a bowl portion for lower pelvic area. The bowl portion has a central portion and an upwardly inclined lateral portion. The lateral portion and the front portion collectively surround the central portion. The central portion has regions of varying flexibility and the lateral portion has regions of varying flexibility. The bowl portion applies an upwardly and inwardly compressive force when the lower pelvic area is disposed in the bowl portion, and rotates on a supporting surface between a first position when the lower pelvic area is not disposed in the bowl portion, and a second position, rotationally forward of the first position, when the lower pelvic area is disposed in the bowl portion, to thereby cause a forward rotational tilting of the lower pelvic area into a forward lordotic position after the lower pelvic area is placed in the bowl portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Backjoy Orthotics, LLC
    Inventor: William Preston Willingham
  • Patent number: 8667632
    Abstract: A pneumatic seat cushion system (10) has a deformable cushion (11) having a seating surface (12) and a self inflating cushion bladder (14) positioned beneath the seating surface (12). The self inflating cushion bladder (14) has an airtight envelope (15) containing compressible material (16) which is in air communication (19) with a displacement bladder (18) such that when in use the airtight envelope (15) and the displacement bladder (18) form a closed system from which no air can enter or escape. When there is no person seated on the seating surface (12), the self inflating cushion bladder (14) is inflated and the displacement bladder (18) is deflated. When there is a person seated on the seating surface, the weight of the person compresses the compressible material (16) so as to partially deflate the self inflating cushion bladder (14) which results in the contained air passing into the displacement bladder (18) which becomes fully inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Comfort Concepts Pty Limited
    Inventor: Ralph Edward Lee
  • Publication number: 20140047642
    Abstract: A sitting device for prevention of spinal diseases comprises a padded member, a thin pad extended forwardly from the padded member, and a hard block fully inserted inside the padded member. The padded member has a generally right triangular shape, and is made of resilient materials. The hypotenuse surface of the padded member is undulating ergonomically. The hard block is made of a non-resilient material, and is able to tolerate, without rupturing, the gravity force on a mass of an adult's body with a shape and size similar to those of the adult's buttocks. The hard block is inserted completely inside the right angle area of the padded member. The height of the front side of the hard block is greater than the distance from the lowest point of the sitter's coccyx to the lowest point of his tuberosity of ischium. Both the padded member and the hard block have a flat bottom side to ensure stability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: Loan Kim Thi Pham
  • Publication number: 20130283535
    Abstract: A weight distribution device for a seated person is disclosed. The weight distribution device comprises a seat cushion designed to elevate a user's buttocks and pelvic region significantly when the user is seated upon a vehicle seat. The weight distribution device distributes the weight of the seated person away from the user's ishial tuberosities by elevating the user's buttocks and pelvic region so that pressure on the user's ishial tuberosities is greatly reduced in relation to the rest of the user's anatomical structures in the buttocks and pelvic region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Phillip West
  • Patent number: 8566987
    Abstract: A seat cushion configured to promote pelvic support and alleviate pressure in the parineal, rectal, and coccyx regions. An embodiment of the seat cushion comprises a foam base having one or more reinforcing layers patterned to shape compliance in said base. Another embodiment comprises a channel shaped in relation to the ischial tuberosity allowing specific support and pressure relief for pelvic regions. Other embodiments are described and shown. The resulting seat cushion promotes posture with seating comfort and may be of specific aid to patients suffering from Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome. Embodiments are described and shown that can be manufactured inexpensively from readily available materials and customized to accommodate a specific user's need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Robert S. Burge
  • Publication number: 20130247303
    Abstract: A seat cushion, such as for use in an aircraft passenger seat, including a layer of open cell foam for passenger comfort, a closed cell foam core for flotation and structural support, and support structure positioned on the underside of the seat cushion for directly engaging underlying beams of a seat frame to attach the seat cushion to the seat frame without the need for additional fasteners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: BE Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander N. Pozzi
  • Patent number: 8539624
    Abstract: A climate controlled seat assembly includes a seat cushion that has an outer surface with a first side for supporting an occupant in a seated position and a second side, which generally faces in an opposite direction than the first side. An air passage extends from the first side to the second side of the seat cushion. A support member has a first side that is configured to provide support to the seat cushion and a second side. the first side and the second side of the support member generally face in opposite directions. A distribution passage is in communication with the air passage and is formed at least in part by a recess formed at least in part in one of the first side of the support member and the second side of the seat cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventors: John Terech, David Marquette
  • Patent number: 8510884
    Abstract: A pneumatic seat cushion system (10) has a deformable cushion (11) having a seating surface (12) and a self inflating cushion bladder (14) positioned beneath the seating surface (12). The self inflating cushion bladder (14) has an airtight envelope (15) containing compressible material (16) which is in air communication (19) with a displacement bladder (18) such that when in use the airtight envelope (15) and the displacement bladder (18) form a closed system from which no air can enter or escape. When there is no person seated on the seating surface (12), the self inflating cushion bladder (14) is inflated and the displacement bladder (18) is deflated. When there is a person seated on the seating surface, the weight of the person compresses the compressible material (16) so as to partially deflate the self inflating cushion bladder (14) which results in the contained air passing into the displacement bladder (18) which becomes fully inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Comfort Concepts Pty Limited
    Inventor: Ralph Edward Lee
  • Patent number: 8499388
    Abstract: The folding chair pad includes a rectangular resilient foam cushion with an upper surface, a lower surface and four side surfaces. A fabric top panel covers cushion upper surface. A fabric bottom panel covers cushion bottom surface. A fabric band covers the side surfaces and is sewn to the top and bottom panels to encase the foam cushion. The cushion is compressed and tensions the fabric members when the pad is not in use. An envelope is formed on the bottom panel by a lower fabric panel and a partial fabric band. The envelope has a rearward facing opening that receives the front portion of a chair seat. A retainer flap is sewn to the rear end of the bottom panel and is attached to the rear of the chair seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Rene J. Copes
  • Publication number: 20130125313
    Abstract: A system and method of forming seating materials having variable density gradient for high hardness ratio of high-to-low deflection, and more specifically to forming foam materials for vehicle seats having variable density gradient that allow greater comfort across a wider range of occupant weights.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventors: Ryoko Yamasaki, Brent T. Hodge, William W. Li
  • Patent number: 8424137
    Abstract: Ribbed gel devices for cushioning purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Edizone, LLC
    Inventors: Tony M. Pearce, Terry V. Pearce
  • Patent number: 8403412
    Abstract: A seating pad assembly is provided for use by travelers to increase the comfort for a seat on a public transportation vehicle or at a public transit terminal. A system and method for ordering the seating pad assembly for a transportation seat includes at least one terminal configured for entering an identifier indicative of a type of transportation seat purchased, e.g., a class of service; a server configured for receiving the identifier, determining dimensions of the seating pad assembly based on the identifier, and generating an order to acquire the determined seating pad assembly; and a communications network for coupling the at least one terminal and the server. The terminal may be configured in the form of a computer, a kiosk or a mobile terminal. The system will allow a purchaser of a transportation seat to either purchase or rent the seating pad assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Nightgear LLC.
    Inventor: Richard M. Leeds
  • Publication number: 20130007962
    Abstract: A body support apparatus, system, and method of reducing pressure on the pelvic structure of a non-ambulatory or semi-ambulatory individual. According to the invention, a body support apparatus provides pressure relief and a level base of pelvic support for wheelchair users. The body support apparatus provides enhanced pressure relief via layers of tissue density-specific pressure relieving layers of foam. In addition, the apparatus provides further pressure relief via gender specific pressure relief zones. The body support apparatus can be used in combination with a wheelchair to provide pressure relief and a pelvic postural support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: Kemper Support Surfaces, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher E. Kemper
  • Patent number: 8321979
    Abstract: A toroidal cushion sized to fit and support a posterior of a human user. The toroidal cushion slopes significantly from the back toward the front and comprises an upper cushion surface comprising a depressed center within a surrounding upper cushion surface. The depressed center and the surrounding upper cushion surface are configured such that the user's weight is essentially supported by the surrounding upper cushion surface whereas the depressed center is substantially non-body-weight-bearing and provides an upward force that contacts and supports a rectal area of a user when the toroidal cushion is sat upon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Robert W. Goodwin
  • Patent number: 8302223
    Abstract: The luggage attachable cushion device sections are held together with pliable hinges at the folding lines for wrapping the device around average carry on luggage. Two full-length cloth straps tie sections together lengthwise and wrap around an existing luggage. The strap ends fasten together at the top of the luggage using hook and loop. When unfolded, the device makes a bed, a chair cushion, or can cushion other surfaces as desired. The mat is removably attached to the folding blanket that can be used to further cushion or to cover a user as decided. The device may be especially sized to fit around carry-on luggage so that a user can more conveniently travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: David W. Warner
  • Patent number: 8291535
    Abstract: A body support apparatus, system, and method of reducing pressure on the pelvic structure of a non-ambulatory or semi-ambulatory individual. According to the invention, a body support apparatus provides pressure relief and a level base of pelvic support for wheelchair users. The body support apparatus provides enhanced pressure relief via layers of tissue density-specific pressure relieving layers of foam. In addition, the apparatus provides further pressure relief via gender specific pressure relief zones. The body support apparatus can be used in combination with a wheelchair to provide pressure relief and a pelvic postural support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Kemper Support Surfaces, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher E. Kemper
  • Publication number: 20120251597
    Abstract: Various fibrous articles incorporating a water non-dispersible short-cut polymer microfiber are provided. The water non-dispersible short-cut polymer microfibers can be incorporated into a number of different fibrous articles including personal care products, medical care products, automotive products, household products, personal recreational products, specialty papers, paper products, and building and landscaping materials. In addition, the water non-dispersible short-cut polymer microfibers can be incorporated into nonwoven webs, thermobonded webs, hydroentangled webs, multilayer nonwovens, laminates, composites, wet-laid webs, dry-laid webs, laminates, composites, wet laps, woven articles, fabrics and geotextiles. These various end products can incorporate the water non-dispersible short-cut polymer microfibers in varying amounts based on the desired end use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: EASTMAN CHEMICAL COMPANY
    Inventors: Rakesh Kumar Gupta, Daniel William Klosiewicz, Melvin Glenn Mitchell, Mark Dwight Clark, Chris Delbert Anderson
  • Patent number: 8220873
    Abstract: The Booster Seat System is a lightweight, portable, non-mechanical, affordable system in its own carrying case, which enables people with diminished strength in the back and/or legs, such as recovering surgical patients, elderly, disabled, or obese people and/or pregnant women, to comfortably and safely attain a standing position from most seating arrangements without the assistance of another person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventors: Deborah Muller Kemp, Marilyn Lorraine Lokken
  • Publication number: 20120124749
    Abstract: A meditation seating cushion. The seating cushion may comprise a first cushion portion, a second cushion portion separate from the first cushion portion, and a strap connecting the first and second cushion portions together. A single seating cushion portion has a substantially planar bottom surface and a substantially semi-cylindrical top surface. The cushion portions are used for disposition on a support surface such as a floor or mat, each cushion portion being underneath one of the user's buttocks, for seating the user so as to avoid imposing stress on that region of the user's bottom including the anus, perineum, and vagina or scrotum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventor: Clyde McClain Lewman
  • Publication number: 20120017375
    Abstract: A V-shaped cushion assembly has two cushions that are connected to each other by a connector so as to form a V-shape. The cushions are pivotable relative to each other at the connector, so that an angle of the V-shape between the cushions can be selectively adjusted. By adjusting this angle and the placement of the V-shaped cushion assembly on a seating surface, the V-shaped cushion assembly provides a wide variety of user-configurable options in order to allow a user to select the configuration that is most comfortable to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventors: Catherine Weibel, Amy Graller, Martha Armes
  • Patent number: 8087726
    Abstract: A back cushion includes an enclosure portion, a buffer portion, a filler portion and a fixing portion. The enclosure portion has a first surface/layer and a second surface/layer. The buffer portion and the filler portion are placed in the internal space of the enclosure portion. The buffer portion is in contact with the first layer and the rear surface of the filler portion is in contact with the second layer. The fixing portion is connected with the second layer of the enclosure portion. The fixing portion enables the back cushion to be attached to a suitable place of a chair or a supporting member. The buffer portion allows the back of a user can be comfortably cushioned and supported and hence injuries to his back may be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Formosa Sounding Corp.
    Inventor: Fu-Chieng Chen
  • Publication number: 20110298255
    Abstract: A portable back support device is provided for increasing the spinal support experienced by a user of a low-back chair. The present invention comprises a winged headrest, a back support, a pair of removably attachable armrests, and an adjustable chair strap. The winged head rest and back support may be separatable and removably secured to one another, or alternatively may be may be one piece. The device has cushions of varying contour and firmness and is covered with an upholstery material. Cushioned armrests may be attached at the sides of the back support according to the preference of a user. The device is removably secured to a chair by means of an adjustable strap that fits around the back of a chair and may be tightened or loosened as necessary to affix the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventor: Brenda Brotsch
  • Publication number: 20110277246
    Abstract: An orthopedic device for improving posture while sitting, having a foundation member including a front portion for upper legs and a bowl portion for lower pelvic area. The bowl portion has a central portion and an upwardly inclined lateral portion. The lateral portion and the front portion collectively surround the central portion. The central portion has regions of varying flexibility and the lateral portion has regions of varying flexibility. The bowl portion applies an upwardly and inwardly compressive force when the lower pelvic area is disposed in the bowl portion, and rotates on a supporting surface between a first position when the lower pelvic area is not disposed in the bowl portion, and a second position, rotationally forward of the first position, when the lower pelvic area is disposed in the bowl portion, to thereby cause a forward rotational tilting of the lower pelvic area into a forward lordotic position after the lower pelvic area is placed in the bowl portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: BACKJOY ORTHOTICS, LLC
    Inventor: William Preston Willingham
  • Publication number: 20110271454
    Abstract: A cushion unit includes shell having a first cushion retaining portion and a second cushion retaining portion that are demarcated by a hinge-seam including a fastener portion. The fastener portion is secured to an inboard surface of the shell. According to an embodiment, the cushion unit includes a cushion member affixed to an inboard surface of the shell. According to an embodiment, the fastener portion is secured directly to an outboard surface of the cushion member and secured indirectly to an inboard an inboard surface of the shell. According to an embodiment, the fastener portion is secured directly to an inboard an inboard surface of the shell. A method for manufacturing a cushion unit is disclosed. A method for providing a cushion unit is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: Arden Companies
    Inventor: Gary J. Furlow
  • Patent number: 8020937
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly having a cushion composite attachable to a vehicle. The cushion composite has a structural layer of an expanded polymer and a cushion layer adjacent the structural layer. A trim material covers the cushion composite. The structural layer is proximate the vehicle when the cushion composite is attached to the vehicle. A surface of the structural layer defines a cavity extending into the structural layer. An opening of the cavity is disposed proximate the vehicle when the cushion composite is attached to the vehicle. The cavity is configured to facilitate flexure of the structural layer when a force is applied to the structural layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Partington, Ashford A. Galbreath, Asad S. Ali
  • Patent number: 8015641
    Abstract: A cushion unit includes shell having a first cushion retaining portion and a second cushion retaining portion that are demarcated by a hinge-seam including a fastener portion. The fastener portion is secured to an inboard surface of the shell. According to an embodiment, the cushion unit includes a cushion member affixed to an inboard surface of the shell. According to an embodiment, the fastener portion is secured directly to an outboard surface of the cushion member and secured indirectly to an inboard an inboard surface of the shell. According to an embodiment, the fastener portion is secured directly to an inboard an inboard surface of the shell. A method for manufacturing a cushion unit is disclosed. A method for providing a cushion unit is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Arden Companies
    Inventor: Gary Jay Furlow
  • Patent number: 8011042
    Abstract: An organizational device for use with a group of children comprising a substantially-rectangular flexible mat having opposed first and second ends, a length, and a width. In a preferred embodiment, the substantially-rectangular flexible mat has a first plurality of substantially-rectangular areas distributed along the length and a corresponding first plurality of identification pockets affixed to the first plurality of substantially-rectangular areas. In another aspect, the substantially-rectangular flexible mat has at least one end anchoring device coupled to each of the first and second ends wherein the at least one end anchoring device is configured to removably couple to a fixed object. The present invention also provides a method of manufacturing an organizational device for use with a group of children.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventors: Gretchen Rose, Kathy Touchstone
  • Patent number: 8011044
    Abstract: A body support is provided utilizing a cushion formed in rectangular segments in which the segments alternately pivot to change pressure points on the surface of the user's skin. The body support can be used as a wheelchair seat cushion to prevent non-ambulatory patients from developing bedsores and other ailments. Electrical circuitry provided includes a timer to adjust the length of time between activation cycles thereby changing the pressure points at desired intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventor: George B. Jones