Boeing has been granted a patent for an innovative armrest assembly that includes a secondary armrest that can be deployed from beneath a primary armrest. The assembly comprises articulable and pivotable components, enhancing seating comfort in vehicles. GlobalData’s report on Boeing gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Boeing, Light-weight composite fuselage was a key innovation area identified from patents. Boeing's grant share as of February 2024 was 76%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Armrest assembly with deployable secondary armrest beneath primary armrest

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: The Boeing Co

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11926421B2) discloses an innovative armrest assembly designed for use in various passenger vehicles, including aircraft and spacecraft. The assembly comprises a primary armrest with a first and second surface, a secondary armrest assembly with front and intermediate links, and an end link. The secondary armrest assembly can move from a stowed position beneath the primary armrest to a deployed position adjacent to it, providing enhanced comfort and functionality for passengers. Additionally, the secondary armrest front link can extend outwardly for added convenience.

Furthermore, the patent includes claims for a seat assembly incorporating the armrest assembly, a method for installing the seat assembly in a passenger vehicle, and specific applications for the assembly in crewed and uncrewed aircraft, spacecraft, rotorcraft, terrestrial vehicles, waterborne vehicles, submarines, and satellites. The design allows for flexibility in positioning and movement, catering to different vehicle configurations and passenger needs. The method outlined in the patent involves attaching the primary armrest to the end link and nesting the secondary armrest beneath it in a stowed configuration, ensuring efficient use of space and ease of installation, particularly in aircraft settings.

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