US Patent No: 7,040,709

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Back construction for seating unit having inverted U-shaped frame

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A back construction includes an inverted U-shaped back frame and a back shell supported on the back frame and having stiff thoracic and pelvic regions connected by a flexible lumbar region in a manner adapted to ergonomically support a seated user. The lumber section includes a plurality of vertically spaced slots to increase its flexibility. The back shell has a complex curved shape that is forwardly concave in horizontal cross section and forwardly convex in vertical cross section. A force-generating mechanism biases the lumber section forwardly for lumbar support to a seated user.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
STEELCASE INC.GRAND RAPIDS, MI552

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Dammermann, Arnold B Winona, MN 43 980
DeKraker, Larry Holland, MI 46 1527
Heidmann, Kurt R Grand Rapids, MI 141 2174
Knoblock, deceased Glenn A Fort Collins, CO 3 90
Knoblock, legal representative Daryl Fort Collins, CO 5 171
Peterson, Gordon J Rockford, MI 80 1267
Roossien, Charles P Wyoming, MI 32 1020
Teppo, David S East Grand Rapids, MI 44 1132

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
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4,776,633 Integrated chair and control 117 1986
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5,249,839 Split back chair 85 1991
5,320,410 Chair control 50 1992
5,328,242 Chair with back lock 38 1992
5,282,670 Cable actuated variable stop mechanism 34 1992
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5,540,481 Chair with zero front rise control 33 1994
5,487,591 Back shell with selective stiffening 60 1994
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5,782,536 Modular chair construction and method of assembly 56 1995
5,630,647 Tension adjustment mechanism for chairs 77 1995
5,611,598 Chair having back shell with selective stiffening 48 1996
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5,975,634 Chair including novel back construction 139 1997
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6,035,901 Woven fabric membrane for a seating surface 156 1995
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6,367,876 Chair 34 2001
 
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L&P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY (3)
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5,518,294 Variable apex back support 125 1994
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DEPERRY, SHIELA H. (2)
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AMERICAN SEATING COMPANY (1)
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FORD MOTOR COMPANY (1)
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Keiper Automobiltechnik GmbH & Co. KG (1)
4,544,204 Back frame for seat, particularly for power vehicle seat 41 1982
 
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4,889,384 Knee-action chair control 50 1988
 
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5,405,188 Mechanical chair 31 1993
 
Nepsco, Inc. (1)
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4,316,632 Ergonomic chair 34 1979
 
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5,302,002 Hip supporting apparatus of seat 25 1991
 
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (13)
4,465,317 Mechanism for adjusting a lumbar support of a back of a seat or the like 56 1981
4,621,866 Armchair structure having an adjustable anatomical configuration 20 1985
4,779,925 Height-adjustable swivel chair equipped with gas-pressure spring, especially office chair or office armchair 45 1987
4,848,837 Chair having a pelvis-hip support adjustable relative to a front seat portion 51 1987
4,966,413 Articulated relaxation chair 50 1989
5,062,676 Adjustable chair 35 1990
4,993,164 Measuring device 38 1990
5,240,308 Ergonomic adjustable chair and method 40 1991
5,112,108 Seating furniture 21 1991
5,354,120 Reclining chair 74 1992
5,299,851 Adjustable cushion assembly for a chair 56 1993
5,460,427 Seat assembly and method 61 1993
5,474,360 Seatback recliner mechanism 26 1995

Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Haworth, Inc. (1)
8,272,693 Tension mechanism for a weight-responsive chair 0 2010
 
Herman Miller, Inc. (1)
8,449,037 Seating structure with a contoured flexible backrest 0 2011
 
ITOKI CORPORATION (1)
7,896,439 Chair 1 2006
 
STEELCASE INC. (1)
7,841,665 Height adjustable armrest 35 2007
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
D545089 Chair frame 0 2005

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