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U.S. Patent No. 11,149,481 entitled “Furniture Hinge” issued October 19, 2021 to Samet Kalip Ve Maden Esya Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.S. of Istanbul, Turkey. Invented by Himmet Tan riverdi of Esenyurt-Istanbul, Turkey. Abstract: The invention relates to a furniture hinge for the articulated securing of a furniture door, leaf or similar to a furniture body, in particular to a frame of a furniture body, comprising a mounting plate for securing the furniture hinge to the furniture body and a hinge body for securing the furniture hinge to the furniture door, leaf or similar, wherein a pivotally mounted hinge arm is associated with the hinge body and wherein the hinge arm can be secured to the mounting plate directly or via at least one connection element secured to the hinge arm. In addition, the hinge arm can be secured to the mounting plate indirectly or directly via a connection system that can be closed without tools. The furniture hinge permits a quick and secure mounting of a furniture door, leaf or similar to a furniture body.