Modular electrical distribution system for a building

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7841878
APP PUB NO 20090130879A1
SERIAL NO

12228268

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Abstract

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A universal power distribution system is provided for routing electrical circuits within a building structure to comprehensively provide electrical power to the building in ceiling configurations, wall-mounted configurations, raised floor configurations and in office furniture configurations. The system components for all of these configurations have common plug connectors that are engagable with each other so as to be readily usable in a wide variety of applications. The system is readily adaptable to form virtually any conventional circuit configuration found within conventional hard-wired systems yet is formed simply through the routing of the cables through the building cavities and interconnection is accomplished merely by plugging components together rather than through labor-intensive manual wiring.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
HAWORTH, INC.HOLLAND, MI237

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Johnson, Ross Jenison, US 25 195
Wilson, Harold Holland, US 8 142

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Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
* 8145327 Method and apparatus for implementing a consumer-configurable modular electrical system 2 2009
* 2010/0235,009 Method and Apparatus for Implementing a Consumer-Configurable Modular Electrical System 2 2009
 
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HAWORTH, INC. (2)
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