Steelcase‘s patented table assembly features a tabletop with a leg structure supporting it, including upper and lower horizontal members. A removable accessory bracket with a vertical member and lip engages the lower member for support. This innovative design enhances functionality and versatility in workspace furniture. GlobalData’s report on Steelcase gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Steelcase, Gesture-based recognition systems was a key innovation area identified from patents. Steelcase's grant share as of January 2024 was 81%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Table assembly with removable accessory bracket support

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Steelcase Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11882934B2) discloses a table assembly comprising a tabletop member with a tabletop worksurface and a leg structure supporting the tabletop. The leg structure includes first and second vertical leg members connected by an upper member and a lower member, forming a gap. A removable accessory bracket with a vertical member and lip member engages the lower member to support the bracket adjacent to the leg structure. The accessory bracket may include a horizontal shelf member and a lip extending upward along the shelf member's edge. Additionally, the table assembly may include a storage subassembly, a power delivery channel assembly, and a privacy screen mounted to the power delivery channel.

Furthermore, the patent also describes a furniture system with an elongated channel forming assembly supported by legs, housing power outlets and cables. The system includes a worktop member coupled to the channel forming assembly and extending to one side. The legs may have a leg channel for power cables and may be angled with respect to vertical. The channel forming assembly forms a slot opening into a cavity, and a cover member may close the leg channel. The system may include multiple power outlets, a second worktop member, and brackets with shelf members extending above the worktop surfaces. The upper surface of the channel forming assembly may be co-planar with the worktop surfaces, providing a functional and integrated furniture solution for various settings.

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