US Patent No: 6,726,034

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Furniture system

ALSO PUBLISHED AS: 20030168951

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A modular furniture system having at least one rail that has a grooved surface, at least one clip adapted to cooperatively engage the grooved surface of the rail(s), a fastener for securing the clip(s) to the rail(s), and at least one fixture mounted over the clip(s) and onto the rail(s). The clip(s) have a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the first end having two arms facing each other separated by a channel. The arms are capable of being biased toward each other as the clip is inserted into the grooved surface and maintains the clip in the grooved surface after the clip is inserted. The fastener is dimensioned to pass into the channel to secure the clip(s) to the rail(s). Several fixtures can be used with the furniture system to provide a number of different configurations, including surface mounted furniture systems, mobile furniture systems, and furniture systems that are either integral parts of other pieces of furniture or stand alone systems.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
TEKNION LLCPASADENA, CA3

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bentzler, Jeffrey Los Angeles, CA 7 116
Betancourt, Filiberto North Hills, CA 5 34
Holbrook, Richard M Pasadena, CA 47 617
Mark, Darren Valencia, CA 3 24

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Haworth, Inc. (3)
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6,052,958 Wall panel system 35 1998
6,260,324 Wall panel system 23 1999
 
ALLIED HEALTHCARE PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
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Bill Branham Designs, Ltd. (1)
5,142,832 Wall mounting system 49 1990
 
BOATMEN'S NATIONAL BANK OF ST. LOUIS, THE (1)
4,725,030 Removable bracket for attachment to rail 19 1986
 
CABRIO DESIGN, LLC (1)
6,119,317 Clamp assembly 16 1999
 
Erecta International Corporation (1)
6,241,106 Movable shelf 18 1999
 
ERS International, Inc. (1)
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FORCE ET FORME (1)
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Knurr-Mechanik fur die Elektronik Aktiengesellschaft (1)
5,695,263 Cabinet 57 1995
 
METRO INDUSTRIES INC. (1)
5,797,503 Modular storage system with an active storage level feature 15 1995
 
Octanorm-Vertriebs-GmbH fuer Bauelemente (1)
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Pryor Products (1)
6,612,664 Modular cabinets with portable stand mount 5 2002
 
QUIK-PIK, INC., A CORP. OF KY (1)
4,383,614 Clip for releasably locking rails to supports 32 1980
 
STANLEY WORKS, THE (1)
6,074,029 Workstation and method of constructing the same 2 1997
 
SUNSOR METAL PRODUCTS, INC., A CORP. OF WI (1)
5,407,262 Reinforced modular office file and furniture system 17 1993
 
TENNSCO CORP., EAST BROAD, DICKSON, TENNESSEE (1)
4,582,001 Shelf connector assembly 31 1984
 
The Hopp Press, Inc. (1)
4,373,693 Shelf molding clip assembly 16 1980
 
TOTAL FINA ELF (1)
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Unistrut International Corp. (1)
4,895,331 Shelf bracket 35 1989
 
WHITAKER CORPORATION, THE (1)
5,241,451 Modular electronic assemblies using compressible electrical connectors 43 1992
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (5)
4,974,352 Picture frame 16 1989
5,011,323 Angle coupling structure for knockdown cabinets 14 1989
5,924,577 Modular rack and storage system 26 1997
5,941,399 Upright post and board holder arrangement for racks 11 1997
6,402,420 Connector for knockdown furniture 7 2000

Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
SIMPLEHUMAN LLC (8)
8,225,946 Shelving system 3 2006
D622990 Shelving system 6 2009
8,474,632 Shelving system 2 2009
D628841 Shelving system 3 2009
D651837 Shelving system 3 2010
D651838 Shelving system 1 2010
8,408,405 Shelving system 1 2011
8,763,821 Shelving system 0 2013
 
STEELCASE INC. (3)
D648449 Workwall assembly 0 2010
D647634 Frame assembly frame member 0 2010
D642814 Workwall assembly 6 2010
 
ADC GMBH (1)
7,950,531 Mounting arrangement for a standard telecommunications panel 1 2007
 
Haworth, Inc. (1)
8,128,182 Reversible wall track system for office furniture 0 2010
 
LLOYD, GERSTNER & PARTNERS (1)
7,959,017 Compression bin system 1 2006
 
MEDAVAIL, INC. (1)
8,695,814 Rack arrangement for kiosk dispenser 0 2012
 
MOBILE MERCHANDISERS, INC. (1)
8,016,135 Product display support systems and methods 1 2010
 
PCA SERVICES INC. (1)
8,191,719 Rack arrangement for kiosk dispenser 2 2009
 
PROTREND CO., LTD. (1)
7,506,772 Wall-mount rack 12 2006
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
D554911 Aluminum rail for a worktable 10 2005
8,517,189 Shelving system 2 2010

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