Patents by Inventor Curtis Hudson

Curtis Hudson has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10830310
    Abstract: A gear assembly includes motor, a first gear, one or more planet gears, a first ring gear, and/or a second ring gear. The motor may be configured to rotate the first ring gear at a first speed and/or a second speed. The first gear may be configured to rotate the one or more planet gears. The planet gears may be configured to engage the first ring gear and/or rotate the second ring gear. The second speed may be greater than the first speed. Each of the one or more planet gears may include a first portion and/or a second portion. The first portion may include a first radius, and/or the second portion may include a second radius. The first radius may be larger than the second radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Curtis Hudson, Mladen Humer, Mark R. Keyser
  • Publication number: 20200278009
    Abstract: A gear assembly includes motor, a first gear, one or more planet gears, a first ring gear, and/or a second ring gear. The motor may be configured to rotate the first ring gear at a first speed and/or a second speed. The first gear may be configured to rotate the one or more planet gears. The planet gears may be configured to engage the first ring gear and/or rotate the second ring gear. The second speed may be greater than the first speed. Each of the one or more planet gears may include a first portion and/or a second portion. The first portion may include a first radius, and/or the second portion may include a second radius. The first radius may be larger than the second radius.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Inventors: Curtis Hudson, Mladen Humer, Mark R. Keyser
  • Patent number: 10625630
    Abstract: A vehicle seating system includes a seat bottom and a seat back pivotably connected to the seat bottom. A first motor may operate to pivot the seat back relative to the seat bottom with a first gearing. A second motor may operate to pivot the seat back relative to the seat bottom with a second gearing. A transmission member may be disposed between the first motor and the second motor such that operation of the first motor drives the first gearing and rotates the elongate transmission member, thereby driving the second gearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Mark R. Keyser, Curtis Hudson
  • Publication number: 20200076916
    Abstract: A multi-source peer content distribution system transfers content files from multiple, distributed peer computers to any requesting computer. The content distribution network coordinates file transfers through a mediation system including a content catalog and a host broker system. The content catalog contains an identification of each content file, the segmented subunits of each file, and the peer caches to which the subunits have been distributed. The host broker system receives content file requests issued over a network from requesting computers. In response, manifest files identifying the request corresponding content subunits and distributed cache locations are returned. The requesting computers can then retrieve and assemble the corresponding content subunits from the peer computers to obtain the requested content file.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Michael D. Hudson, Brian L. Windheim, Darin L. Stewart, Sudhir Menon, Mark W. Goschie, Glen Curtis Shipley
  • Publication number: 20200009994
    Abstract: A vehicle seating system includes a seat bottom and a seat back pivotably connected to the seat bottom. A first motor may operate to pivot the seat back relative to the seat bottom with a first gearing. A second motor may operate to pivot the seat back relative to the seat bottom with a second gearing. A transmission member may be disposed between the first motor and the second motor such that operation of the first motor drives the first gearing and rotates the elongate transmission member, thereby driving the second gearing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Mark R. KEYSER, Curtis HUDSON
  • Patent number: 10506064
    Abstract: A multi-source peer content distribution system transfers content files from multiple, distributed peer computers to any requesting computer. The content distribution network coordinates file transfers through a mediation system including a content catalog and a host broker system. The content catalog contains an identification of each content file, the segmented subunits of each file, and the peer caches to which the subunits have been distributed. The host broker system receives content file requests issued over a network from requesting computers. In response, manifest files identifying the request corresponding content subunits and distributed cache locations are returned. The requesting computers can then retrieve and assemble the corresponding content subunits from the peer computers to obtain the requested content file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Michael D. Hudson, Brian L. Windheim, Darin L. Stewart, Sudhir Menon, Mark W. Goschie, Glen Curtis Shipley
  • Patent number: 10352399
    Abstract: An actuator assembly having an actuator, a worm gear, a first gear unit, a second gear unit, and a biasing member. The actuator may rotate the worm gear, first gear unit, and second gear unit in first rotational directions while the biasing member may rotate the worm gear, first gear unit, and second gear unit in second rotational directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Curtis Hudson, Mark R. Keyser, Andrzej Dlugokecki
  • Patent number: 10351019
    Abstract: An actuator assembly for moving a vehicle seat on a track includes an actuation cable having a first end and a second end, an actuation gear unit having an output gear with a spool feature attached to the first end of the actuation cable, a first biasing member, and an actuator in communication with the actuation gear unit. The output gear rotates about a first axis, the actuation cable partially windable upon the spool feature. Characteristically, the actuator when actuated rotates the actuation gear unit to wind the actuation cable onto the spool feature thereby retracting the actuation cable from a first position to a second position. Advantageously, the first biasing member biases the actuation gear unit to move the actuation cable from the second position to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark R. Keyser, Curtis Hudson, Greg Cook, Gary Holt
  • Patent number: 10239420
    Abstract: A system and method for positioning a seat arrangement in a vehicle includes moving the seat arrangement forward by a first amount when a certain criteria are met. The criteria may include at least one criterion related to occupancy of a seat directly behind the seat arrangement and at least one criterion related to a likelihood of an impact into the vehicle from behind the seat arrangement. The method may also include not moving the seat arrangement forward by the first amount when at least one of the criteria is not met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Arjun Yetukuri, Mladen Humer, Karl Henn, Jasmine Pizana, Curtis Hudson
  • Patent number: 10202051
    Abstract: A back-drive speed control system for incorporation into an actuated vehicle seating system includes an actuator having a permanent magnet and a coil that can move relative to each other to create a voltage across a first terminal and a second terminal. The actuator is adapted to move a linkage in an actuated vehicle seating system. A biasing member moves one or both of the permanent magnet and the coil such that the first terminal has a positive potential relative to the second terminal. The back-drive speed control system further includes a first diode and a Zener diode in series connected across the first terminal and the second terminal such that the forward current direction of the first diode is oriented in the opposite direction to the forward current direction of the Zener diode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Curtis Hudson, Craig Elder, Mark R. Keyser
  • Publication number: 20190016234
    Abstract: An actuator assembly for moving a vehicle seat on a track includes an actuation cable having a first end and a second end, an actuation gear unit having an output gear with a spool feature attached to the first end of the actuation cable, a first biasing member, and an actuator in communication with the actuation gear unit. The output gear rotates about a first axis, the actuation cable partially windable upon the spool feature. Characteristically, the actuator when actuated rotates the actuation gear unit to wind the actuation cable onto the spool feature thereby retracting the actuation cable from a first position to a second position. Advantageously, the first biasing member biases the actuation gear unit to move the actuation cable from the second position to the first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: MARK R. KEYSER, CURTIS HUDSON, GREG COOK, GARY HOLT
  • Publication number: 20190009696
    Abstract: A back-drive speed control system for incorporation into an actuated vehicle seating system includes an actuator having a permanent magnet and a coil that can move relative to each other to create a voltage across a first terminal and a second terminal. The actuator is adapted to move a linkage in an actuated vehicle seating system. A biasing member moves one or both of the permanent magnet and the coil such that the first terminal has a positive potential relative to the second terminal. The back-drive speed control system further includes a first diode and a Zener diode in series connected across the first terminal and the second terminal such that the forward current direction of the first diode is oriented in the opposite direction to the forward current direction of the Zener diode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: CURTIS HUDSON, CRAIG ELDER, MARK R. KEYSER
  • Publication number: 20180170215
    Abstract: A system and method for positioning a seat arrangement in a vehicle includes moving the seat arrangement forward by a first amount when a certain criteria are met. The criteria may include at least one criterion related to occupancy of a seat directly behind the seat arrangement and at least one criterion related to a likelihood of an impact into the vehicle from behind the seat arrangement. The method may also include not moving the seat arrangement forward by the first amount when at least one of the criteria is not met.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: Arjun YETUKURI, Mladen HUMER, Karl HENN, Jasmine PIZANA, Curtis HUDSON
  • Patent number: 9902296
    Abstract: A seatback drive assembly includes a lower bracket, a seatback pivotally mounted to the lower bracket, and a lock cam pivotally mounted to the seatback. The lock cam holds the seatback in an upright position when the lock cam engages the lower bracket. A biasing spring moves the seatback to a folded position when the lock cam is disengaged from the lower bracket. The seatback drive assembly also includes a gear pivotally mounted to the lower bracket and having a set of gear teeth. A motorized pinion engages the gear and is driven by an electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark R. Keyser, Curtis Hudson
  • Publication number: 20170341538
    Abstract: A seatback drive assembly includes a lower bracket, a seatback pivotally mounted to the lower bracket, and a lock cam pivotally mounted to the seatback. The lock cam holds the seatback in an upright position when the lock cam engages the lower bracket. A biasing spring moves the seatback to a folded position when the lock cam is disengaged from the lower bracket. The seatback drive assembly also includes a gear pivotally mounted to the lower bracket and having a set of gear teeth. A motorized pinion engages the gear and is driven by an electric motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: MARK R. KEYSER, CURTIS HUDSON
  • Publication number: 20170314643
    Abstract: An actuator assembly having an actuator, a worm gear, a first gear unit, a second gear unit, and a biasing member. The actuator may rotate the worm gear, first gear unit, and second gear unit in first rotational directions while the biasing member may rotate the worm gear, first gear unit, and second gear unit in second rotational directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: Curtis Hudson, Mark R. Keyser, Andrzej Dlugokecki