Patents by Inventor Dave Lechkun

Dave Lechkun 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: 7635210
    Abstract: An illuminated door handle (16) for a vehicle door (12,14) includes a mounting frame (22), a handle arm (24), an LED (26), an LED light guide (28), and a back plate (30). The handle arm (24) is pivotally attached to the mounting frame (22). The handle arm (24) includes one or more window portions (32) and a cavity (34), with the LED light guide (28) extending into the cavity (34) and emitting light through the window portion (32). The back plate (30) is attached to the handle arm (24) and extends across the cavity (34). The LED (26) is attached to the LED light guide (28) and transmits light through the LED light guide (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Craig Metros, Dave Lechkun, Jeff Nowak, Michael Smith
  • Patent number: 7407210
    Abstract: A vehicle having a climate-controlled console (14) is provided. The vehicle (10) includes a vehicle frame (12) and a console (14) attached to the vehicle frame (12). The console (14) includes a housing (20), a drawer (22), and one or more climate regulators (24). The housing (20) defines a cavity (26). The drawer (22) is slidably attached to the housing (20) and movable into the cavity (26). The drawer (22) includes one or more compartments with a floor portion (38), a lid (36), and a series of wall portions (40) extending between the floor portion (38) and lid. One or more of the wall portions (40) are formed from a transparent material (56) for displaying an interior (58) of the compartment (28). The climate regulators (24) maintain a predetermined climate in the compartment (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Arbaugh, Craig Metros, Dave Lechkun, Brian Izard, Nicolas Thetard
  • Publication number: 20070194582
    Abstract: A vehicle having a climate-controlled console (14) is provided. The vehicle (10) includes a vehicle frame (12) and a console (14) attached to the vehicle frame (12). The console (14) includes a housing (20), a drawer (22), and one or more climate regulators (24). The housing (20) defines a cavity (26). The drawer (22) is slidably attached to the housing (20) and movable into the cavity (26). The drawer (22) includes one or more compartments with a floor portion (38), a lid (36), and a series of wall portions (40) extending between the floor portion (38) and lid. One or more of the wall portions (40) are formed from a transparent material (56) for displaying an interior (58) of the compartment (28). The climate regulators (24) maintain a predetermined climate in the compartment (28).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Publication date: August 23, 2007
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Arbaugh, Craig Metros, Dave Lechkun, Brian Izard, Nicolas Thetard
  • Publication number: 20070195542
    Abstract: An illuminated door handle (16) for a vehicle door (12,14) includes a mounting frame (22), a handle arm (24), an LED (26), an LED light guide (28), and a back plate (30). The handle arm (24) is pivotally attached to the mounting frame (22). The handle arm (24) includes one or more window portions (32) and a cavity (34), with the LED light guide (28) extending into the cavity (34) and emitting light through the window portion (32). The back plate (30) is attached to the handle arm (24) and extends across the cavity (34). The LED (26) is attached to the LED light guide (28) and transmits light through the LED light guide (28).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Publication date: August 23, 2007
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Craig Metros, Dave Lechkun, Jeff Nowak, Michael Smith
  • Patent number: 7125076
    Abstract: A seat assembly is disclosed for a passenger vehicle which provides multiple positions by translating a seat back between a fore position and an aft position relative to the seat bottom. A carriage is disclosed mounted to a track within a seat bottom for translating the seat back to the fore and aft positions. A motor and transmission are disclosed for driving the carriage. Additionally, a mechanism is disclosed for adjusting the tilt angle of the seat back as it is translated. A method for adjusting a seat assembly is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Beranek, Dave Lechkun
  • Publication number: 20060152049
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a seat assembly for a passenger vehicle which provides multiple positions by translating a seat back between a fore position and an aft position relative to the seat bottom. A carriage is disclosed mounted to a track within a seat bottom for translating the seat back to the fore and aft positions. A motor and transmission are disclosed for driving the carriage. Additionally, a mechanism is disclosed for adjusting the tilt angle of the seat back as it is translated. The present invention also provides a method for adjusting a seat assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Publication date: July 13, 2006
    Inventors: John Beranek, Dave Lechkun