MillerKnoll has been granted a patent for a height adjustable work surface featuring a platform, height adjustment assembly, leg assembly, and locking assembly. The innovative design allows for easy adjustment between raised, lowered, and intermediate positions, enhancing user comfort and productivity. GlobalData’s report on MillerKnoll 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 MillerKnoll, Electric load control systems was a key innovation area identified from patents. MillerKnoll's grant share as of February 2024 was 75%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Height adjustable work surface with locking leg positions

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

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11918104B2) discloses a height adjustable work surface designed to provide flexibility and comfort to users. The work surface includes a platform, a height adjustment assembly, a leg assembly, and a locking assembly. The leg assembly, comprising a first and second leg, is movable between raised, lowered, and intermediate positions. The height adjustment assembly, with biasing mechanisms, allows for smooth transitions between these positions. The platform features a main body with a base and tray, with components of the height adjustment mechanism positioned between them.

Furthermore, the patent details additional features such as a sloping platform height towards the user, sliders with teeth for secure positioning, and a torsion spring for biasing the leg assembly. The locking assembly includes arms and biasing mechanisms for secure engagement, while a lower position lock ensures the leg assembly remains inside the platform when in the lowered position. The design also incorporates front and rear feet with different friction coefficients for stability and adjustability. Overall, the height adjustable work surface offers a versatile and ergonomic solution for users seeking customizable workspaces with enhanced comfort and functionality.

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