US Patent No: 6,035,901

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Woven fabric membrane for a seating surface

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A membrane for a seating structure including a plurality of groups of at least two adjacent and parallel strands of multifilament yarn and a plurality of monofilaments arranged in generally perpendicular interlocking relationship with the strands. The monofilaments weave alternatively above and below the adjacent strands in each group. A plurality of pairs of the monofilaments hold the groups of strands in place by having the monofilaments in each pair cross over between each group of strands. In one aspect, the membrane is attached to a frame member such that the plurality of groups of strands are oriented in the longitudinal direction of the frame member and the monofilaments are oriented in the lateral warp direction of the frame member. In another aspect, the seating structure includes the frame member and attached membrane.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
HERMAN MILLER, INC.ZEELAND, MI452

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bruner, Jeffrey W Greensboro, NC 42 1672
Cammenga, Eric Holland, MI 20 1325
Chadwick, Donald Los Angeles, CA 29 1618
Coffield, Timothy P Grand Rapids, MI 80 1859
Keller, Carolyn Holland, MI 20 1444
Sayers, Randy J Belding, MI 25 1239
Schoenfelder, Rodney C Minneapolis, MN 28 1603
Stumpf, William E Minneapolis, MN 53 2331

Cited Art Landscape

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LEAR CORPORATION (6)
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4,842,257 Vehicle seat suspension component and its method of manufacture 45 1987
4,869,554 Elastomeric woven mat seat suspension 45 1988
5,009,827 Process for forming an elastomeric membrane 32 1988
4,939,183 Elastomeric membrane and its method of manufacture 30 1990
5,013,089 Thin profile integrated suspension and seat trim cover 107 1990
 
DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (3)
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5,106,678 Elastomeric filament and its woven fabric 17 1990
5,153,065 Dual modulus oriented elastomeric filaments 13 1990
 
GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION (3)
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4,826,249 Thin inflatable elastomeric seat 46 1988
4,885,827 Elastic membrane seat with fluidic bladder tensioning method 19 1988
 
HOOVER UNIVERSAL, INC. (3)
4,852,228 Method of Manufacturing a vehicle seat with mold-in-face suspension system 24 1987
4,860,415 Method of making a vehicle seat assembly with pour-in-place foam body 46 1988
5,000,515 Variable density foam vehicle seat 39 1989
 
ASTENJOHNSON, INC. (2)
4,815,499 Composite forming fabric 96 1988
5,117,865 Papermakers fabric with flat high aspect ratio yarns 31 1991
 
E. I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY (2)
4,469,738 Oriented net furniture support material 69 1983
4,469,739 Oriented woven furniture support material 57 1983
 
GESSNER HOLDING AG (2)
5,070,915 Textile substrate for seat coverings 17 1989
5,167,264 Ramie containing textile substrate for seat covers 18 1990
 
Milliken Research Corporation (2)
5,533,789 Seating structure 26 1994
5,596,888 Knitted furniture support fabric 24 1995
 
Allied Signal (1)
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Atoma International of America, Inc. (1)
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BALLIN, BETTY (1)
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BEMIS MANUFACTURING COMPANY (1)
5,662,383 Apparatus for attaching fabric to a chair frame 56 1996
 
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4,846,230 Woven ribbon with weft threads joined in parallel by warp threads 18 1987
 
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FORMOSA SAINT JOSE CORP. (1)
5,503,455 Back cushion with optionally adjustable inclination 43 1994
 
Herman Miller, Inc. (1)
5,288,136 Chair membrane fastener 24 1992
 
Hoechst Aktiengesellschaft (1)
5,651,847 Double-face circular knit 36 1994
 
KI-ADD SPECIALIZED SUPPORT TECHNOLOGY, INC. (1)
4,946,224 Combination wood-metal chair 29 1988
 
LAINIERE DE PICARDIE (1)
5,153,049 Textile base material, in woven or weft knitted fabric, for thermobinding interlining 24 1991
 
M-I L.L.C. (1)
4,968,366 Method of manufacture of tension screens 32 1988
 
Michael Ladney (1)
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Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (1)
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MITSUI CHEMICALS, INC. (1)
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NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD. (1)
4,829,644 Method of molding skin-covered foamed plastic article 36 1988
 
Prince Corporation (1)
5,015,034 Upholstery system 58 1990
 
SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION (1)
5,135,694 Electronic device wristband 30 1990
 
Shimizu Seiko Kabushiki Gaisha (1)
5,178,815 Method of forming composite moldings 28 1991
 
SONY CORPORATION (1)
4,830,697 Method and apparatus for manufacturing a magnetic recording disk 13 1988
 
SPRINGS CREATIVE PRODUCTS GROUP, INC. (1)
4,927,698 Pucker and shrink resistant flame retardant fabric formed of corespun yarns 47 1989
 
SWECO, INC. (1)
4,568,455 Screening device 30 1983
 
TACHI-S CO., LTD. (1)
4,831,697 Method of making integrally foam-molded seats 25 1988
 
TAKEDA CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, LTD. (1)
4,986,948 Molding process for fiber reinforced plastics 28 1989
 
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (1)
4,364,887 Method of molding multi-ply reinforced panels and/or belts 20 1981
 
TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC. (1)
5,100,713 Reinforcing woven fabric and preformed material, fiber reinforced composite material and beam using it 58 1990
 
TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO., LTD. (1)
4,803,118 Composite cushion 16 1988
 
Westinghouse Electric Corp. (1)
4,465,534 Apparatus and method for upholstering a rigid chair shell 30 1983
 
Winston Furniture Company, Inc. (1)
5,318,348 Cushioned sling chair 56 1991
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (8)
4,302,048 Occasional chair 27 1979
4,299,645 Method for assembling fabric to an article of furniture 27 1980
4,339,488 Support web 30 1980
4,522,444 Stacking chair 78 1982
4,629,525 Method and apparatus for preparing a high strength sheet material 45 1983
4,601,516 Contoured chair 29 1984
4,743,323 Method of molding a composite article 40 1986
5,256,291 Screen for filtering undesirable particles from a liquid 28 1992

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STEELCASE INC. (57)
6,849,227 Method of manufacturing furniture article 5 2002
6,786,548 Chair construction 5 2002
6,817,668 Seating unit with variable back stop and seat bias 10 2003
7,040,711 Nonslip bearing arrangement 7 2003
7,458,637 Back construction with flexible lumbar 9 2004
7,114,777 Chair having reclineable back and movable seat 24 2004
7,237,841 Back construction with flexible lumbar 7 2005
7,131,700 Back construction for seating unit 66 2005
7,040,709 Back construction for seating unit having inverted U-shaped frame 6 2005
6,991,291 Back construction for seating unit having spring bias 39 2005
7,427,105 Back construction for seating unit 48 2006
7,857,388 Seating unit with adjustable lumbar device 56 2007
D701053 Chair 0 2012
D699957 Chair 0 2012
D699958 Chair 1 2012
D699959 Chair 0 2012
D699061 Arm assembly 0 2012
D698164 Chair 1 2012
D698165 Chair 0 2012
D698166 Chair 0 2012
D697726 Chair 2 2012
D697728 Chair 0 2012
D697729 Chair 0 2012
D697730 Chair 0 2012
D694536 Chair 0 2012
D694537 Chair 1 2012
D694538 Chair 2 2012
D694539 Chair 0 2012
D694540 Chair 0 2012
D688907 Arm assembly 5 2012
D683150 Chair 21 2012
D683151 Chair 16 2012
D695034 Chair 0 2012
D690547 Chair 0 2013
D690146 Chair 2 2013
D689312 Chair 0 2013
D689313 Chair 0 2013
D689314 Chair 4 2013
D689315 Arm assembly 0 2013
D689317 Chair 0 2013
D689318 Chair 0 2013
D689319 Chair 0 2013
D688497 Chair 18 2013
D688498 Chair 15 2013
D688499 Chair 15 2013
D688500 Chair 15 2013
D688501 Chair 9 2013
D688502 Arm assembly 4 2013
D688503 Chair 14 2013
D688504 Chair 13 2013
D688505 Chair 14 2013
D697747 Chair 0 2013
D696544 Chair 0 2013
D696054 Chair 0 2013
D702981 Chair 0 2013
D701410 Chair seat 1 2013
D699994 Chair frame 0 2013
 
BROWN JORDAN SERVICES, INC. (14)
6,625,970 Method of making twisted elongated yarn 4 2002
6,705,070 Method of making furniture with synthetic woven material 12 2002
6,725,640 Method of making furniture with synthetic woven material 7 2002
6,935,383 Combination weave using twisted and nontwisted yarn 5 2002
6,911,105 Method of making furniture with synthetic woven material 5 2002
7,076,939 Method of making furniture with synthetic woven material 8 2002
6,848,248 Method of making furniture with synthetic woven material 9 2003
7,089,725 Method of making furniture with synthetic woven material 8 2004
7,892,989 Woven articles from synthetic self twisted yarns 0 2004
7,476,630 Woven articles from synthetic self twisted yarns 6 2005
7,175,235 Furniture with synthetic woven material 10 2005
7,700,022 Woven articles from synthetic self twisted yarns 1 2005
7,823,979 Woven articles from synthetic yarn 2 2009
8,052,907 Woven articles from synthetic self twisted yarns 0 2010
 
FORMWAY FURNITURE LIMITED (14)
D448219 Castored base for a chair 2 2000
D448277 Castor 1 2000
D446397 Chair 21 2000
D445580 Chair 51 2000
D463144 Chair 20 2001
6,908,159 Seat for a reclining office chair 47 2001
6,874,852 Lumbar support 48 2001
6,817,667 Reclinable chair 24 2001
6,802,566 Arm assembly for a chair 23 2001
6,637,072 Castored base for an office chair 4 2001
6,910,741 Lumbar support 22 2003
6,840,582 Height adjustable arm assembly 18 2003
7,441,839 Reclinable chair 5 2006
7,798,573 Reclinable chair 51 2008
 
Herman Miller, Inc. (11)
6,588,842 Backrest 115 2001
6,726,285 Cellular chair construction 50 2001
6,702,390 Support assembly for a seating structure 93 2002
6,733,080 Seating structure having a backrest with a flexible membrane and a moveable armrest 96 2002
6,722,741 Seating structure having a backrest with a bowed section 106 2002
6,726,286 Seating structure having a fabric with a weave pattern 82 2002
6,966,604 Chair with a linkage assembly 69 2004
7,455,365 Seating structure having flexible support surface 17 2004
7,059,682 Seating structure having flexible seating surface 21 2004
7,594,700 Contoured seating structure 45 2005
7,794,022 Body support structure having a molded elastomeric member 4 2008
 
MITY-LITE, INC. (10)
8,038,221 Folding mesh chair with nesting hoops 5 2009
8,033,598 Mesh folding chair 2 2009
8,033,612 Comfortable mesh folding chair 7 2009
8,029,059 Folding and stacking mesh chair system 1 2009
D599127 Mesh folding chair 15 2009
8,322,787 Clamping joint for a chair 4 2009
8,317,269 Mesh stacking chair 1 2009
D648554 Mesh stacking chair 7 2009
8,454,093 Mesh chair with open-end hoop 2010
D660612 Mesh banquet chair 1 2010
 
The Quantum Group, Inc. (9)
D473383 Fabric construction 28 2001
D537256 Fabric construction 15 2005
D534357 Fabric construction 29 2005
D533723 Fabric construction 15 2005
D531817 Fabric construction 17 2005
D546562 Fabric construction 11 2006
D546563 Fabric construction 11 2006
D541051 Fabric construction 11 2006
8,484,940 Composite elastomeric yarns and fabric 0 2006
 
HNI TECHNOLOGIES INC. (6)
7,014,269 Chair back construction 94 2001
6,729,691 Chair back construction 116 2002
7,066,537 Chair back construction 74 2004
7,837,265 Reclining chair with enhanced adjustability 2 2006
D543388 Chair arm 4 2006
8,297,701 Reclining chair with enhanced adjustability 0 2010
 
HUMANSCALE CORPORATION (6)
8,240,771 Mesh chair component 4 2005
8,061,775 Seating apparatus with reclining movement 4 2006
D661135 Pair of armrests for a chair or the like 5 2011
D660056 Chair 6 2011
8,777,312 Seating apparatus with reclining movement 0 2012
D673401 Chair support structure 0 2012
 
HNI CORPORATION (5)
D568074 Chair arm 4 2006
D558994 Chair 32 2006
D550467 Chair 15 2006
D548992 Chair 27 2006
D547978 Chair back upright 3 2006
 
COOL FRONT, INC. (2)
7,278,642 Snow sled 2 2004
7,559,558 Snow sled 2 2007
 
ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC. (2)
6,444,152 Method for capturing stretched fabrics in carrier frames 3 1999
8,329,281 Load bearing fabric assembly and method of making a load bearing fabric assembly 0 2005
 
KNOLL, INC. (2)
8,480,171 Office chair 0 2005
7,887,131 Lumbar support 32 2010
 
LEAR CORPORATION (2)
6,478,381 Elastomeric seat back and slide-over head rest assembly for a vehicle seat 13 2000
6,814,412 Elastomeric seat back and slide-over head rest assembly for a vehicle seat 2 2002
 
STEELCASE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (2)
6,536,841 Synchrotilt chair 43 2000
6,669,301 Furniture article having panel and integral perimeter frame 63 2000
 
TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA (2)
8,708,418 Vehicle seat and method of manufacturing the same 0 2010
8,297,708 Assembling structure of planar elastic body of vehicle seat 1 2010
 
COMFORDY CO., LTD. (1)
7,152,929 Structure of a double-mesh seat of a chair 16 2005
 
EC SERVICE INC. (1)
8,584,286 Systems and methods for providing a self deflating cushion 0 2010
 
FITNESS QUEST INC. (1)
7,458,918 Back support for an exercise device 14 2004
 
Hadash, Kimberly (1)
D460300 Slotted seat panel for a chair 39 2000
 
Haworth, Inc. (1)
6,983,997 Chair having a suspension seat assembly 79 2003
 
KENDALL, MICHAEL (1)
6,601,321 Devices for suspending a foot within a shoe, and shoes incorporating such devices 19 2000
 
MIDMARK CORPORATION (1)
7,376,991 Medical examination table 5 2004
 
Patrician Furniture Co. (1)
6,767,066 Articulated chair for health care 11 2003
 
SAGE AUTOMOTIVE INTERIORS, INC. (1)
6,435,221 Low abrasion elastomeric fabric 8 2002
 
Steeelcase Inc. (1)
D697727 Chair 0 2012
 
STYLEX, INC. (1)
6,439,665 Ergonomic chair with mesh seat and back 44 2000
 
TELESCOPE CASUAL FURNITURE, INC. (1)
6,523,904 Outdoor furniture construction 7 1999
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (3)
D432344 Compact disk case 32 1999
7,059,674 Bicycle saddle 11 2002
7,555,847 Device for suspending a foot within a shoe and shoes incorporating such devices 0 2006