US Patent No: 7,841,878

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Modular electrical distribution system for a building

ALSO PUBLISHED AS: 20090130879

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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, MI363

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Johnson, Ross 305 N. Browning, Carthage, TX 75633 33 99
Wilson, Harold Port Moody, CA 14 109

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (13)
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Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Arlington Industries, Inc. (3)
8,658,895 Pre-wired TV bridge kit 0 2012
8,664,542 Electrical box and frame assembly for shallow wall cavities formed by furring strips 0 2012
8,772,649 Electrical box and frame assembly for shallow wall cavities formed by furring strips 0 2012
 
LIEBERT CORPORATION (2)
8,264,099 Portable display for adaptive power strip 2 2011
8,207,627 Adaptive power strip 1 2011
 
DET INTERNATIONAL HOLDING LIMITED (1)
8,597,059 Plug movable to a plurality of positions depending upon characteristics of a load device 0 2011
 
Haworth, Inc. (1)
8,662,695 Modular electrical distribution system for a building 0 2012
 
HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P. (1)
8,608,493 Keying mechanism for device bay 0 2012
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
8,145,327 Method and apparatus for implementing a consumer-configurable modular electrical system 1 2009

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