Patents by Inventor Gerald Patrick

Gerald Patrick 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).

  • Publication number: 20200198511
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided with a seat frame for a seat back or a seat bottom. At least two side bolster regions are spaced apart laterally on the seat frame. At least two bolster support assemblies are provided, each bolster support assembly comprising an air bladder mounted to the seat frame along each of the side bolster regions. An actuator inflates each air bladder between a deflated position and at least one inflated support position. An accelerometer is mounted to the seat frame. A controller is in electrical communication with the accelerometer and the actuator. The controller is programmed to receive data from the accelerometer indicative of a lateral acceleration. If the lateral acceleration is above a threshold, the controller commands the actuator to inflate one of the air bladders to the inflated support position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: DAN GOLLES, GERALD PATRICK, KEVIN GEISLER
  • Patent number: 10647235
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided with a seat cushion and a seat back. A controller is in electrical communication with an actuator. The controller is programmed to receive a data input indicative of occupant anthropometry data. The data input is compared with predetermined data ranges. A setting of the actuator is adjusted to a predetermined setting based on the predetermined data range. A data input indicative of a selected driving mode is received by the controller. The setting of the actuator is adjusted to another predetermined setting based on the selected driving mode. The actuator includes an inflation device, side bolster air bladders, a seat back recline actuator, a tilt actuator, and a central air bladder. The driving modes include a touring mode, a sport mode and a performance mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald Patrick, Samuel Hanlon, Michelle A. Pereny, Marie-Eve Cote
  • Publication number: 20200116286
    Abstract: A reactor pressure vessel includes a reactor pressure vessel body, a nozzle structure connected to the reactor pressure vessel body, a conduit structure connected to the nozzle structure, and a restraint device attached around a portion of the conduit structure. The restraint device includes collar parts that have cross sections corresponding to respective segments of a periphery of the portion of the conduit structure, brackets attached to the nozzle structure, and rods connecting the brackets to the collar parts. The collar parts are connected end-to-end to each other such that a cross section of the collar parts connected to each other corresponds to the periphery of the portion of the conduit structure. The collar parts are pinned to each other. The brackets spaced apart from each other around a periphery of the nozzle structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Applicant: GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas LLC
    Inventors: Joel Patrick Melito, Gerald Alan Deaver, Randy Morris Brown, Lorne Eugene Nix
  • Patent number: 10569678
    Abstract: A seat air bladder assembly is provided with at least one central air bladder region having a support surface. At least one pair of lateral air bladder regions extend from opposed sides of the at least one central bladder region. The at least one pair of lateral air bladder regions are oriented at a non-zero angle to incline laterally and support a thoracic region of a seat occupant. A seat assembly is provided with a seat back with a contact surface with a thoracic region. An air bladder assembly is oriented within the thoracic region of the seat back with a support surface that is reclined relative to the contact surface to provide support, and wedge-shaped so that during inflation the air bladder assembly inflates in an upward and forward direction relative to the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Winsen C. Zouzal, Gerald Patrick, Ashford Allen Galbreath, Michelle A. Pereny
  • Patent number: 10479450
    Abstract: The present invention provides a sealing device for an opening. The device includes a body that has a first side and a second side. A passageway is formed through the body such that the passageway has a first end adjacent to the first side and a second end that is adjacent to the second side. A sealing member is provided that includes an outer gasket and an inner gasket. The outer gasket is positioned adjacent the first side and the inner gasket is positioned adjacent the second side. A seal connector connects the inner gasket and the outer gasket and the seal connector passes through the passageway. In this way, the inner gasket and the outer gasket are mechanically attached to the ring. The sealing device is configured for use in such applications as sealing the cargo opening on the deck of a kayak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventors: Gerald Boyd Zinnbauer, John Martin Schaefer, Lee Patrick Ward
  • Patent number: 10473255
    Abstract: A reactor pressure vessel includes a reactor pressure vessel body, a nozzle structure connected to the reactor pressure vessel body, a conduit structure connected to the nozzle structure, and a restraint device attached around a portion of the conduit structure. The restraint device includes collar parts that have cross sections corresponding to respective segments of a periphery of the portion of the conduit structure, brackets attached to the nozzle structure, and rods connecting the brackets to the collar parts. The collar parts are connected end-to-end to each other such that a cross section of the collar parts connected to each other corresponds to the periphery of the portion of the conduit structure. The collar parts are pinned to each other. The brackets spaced apart from each other around a periphery of the nozzle structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas LLC
    Inventors: Joel Patrick Melito, Gerald Alan Deaver, Randy Morris Brown, Lorne Eugene Nix
  • Publication number: 20190337412
    Abstract: A method to adjust a seat assembly transmits input indicative of a seating position of an occupant to a health care provider. Input indicative of a prescribed seating position is received from the health care provider. The seat assembly is adjusted to the prescribed seating position. Makes, models and seat assemblies are stored for various vehicles. Ranges of adjustments permitted for the seat assemblies are stored. A selection of a vehicle seat assembly is received. The ranges of adjustments for the selected vehicle seat assembly are outputted. The occupant is evaluated by a medical professional. A prescribed seating position for the occupant is determined. The prescribed seating position is transmitted to a seat assembly controller to adjust the seat assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Winsen C. ZOUZAL, Giuseppe GHISONI, Gerald PATRICK
  • Patent number: 10427829
    Abstract: A thinned metal can end having a non-uniform thickness profile is provided. The can end has a central panel having at least a first thickness, a middle portion having at least a second thickness greater than the first thickness, and an end portion having at least a third thickness greater than the first and second thicknesses. The can end is configured to be joined to a can wall by a double seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Gerald James Baker, Michael Patrick Moore
  • Patent number: 10328823
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided with a translatable seat cushion, a pivotal seat back, and a head restraint adapted to be mounted for translation adjacent the seat back. An actuator is operably connected to at least one of the seat cushion and the seat back for adjustment of a plurality of settings of the seat assembly. A controller is in electrical communication with the actuator and is configured to receive input indicative of occupant anthropometry data, current physical condition and/or activity level, compare the input with predetermined data ranges, and adjust at least one of the plurality of settings of the actuator to a predetermined setting based on the predetermined range. A computer-program product is programmed for automatically adjusting a seat assembly. A method for adjusting a seat assembly receives anthropometry data for an occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Terry O'Bannon, Michelle A. Pereny, Samuel R. Hanlon, Ashford Allen Galbreath, Gerald Patrick, Karl Henn
  • Publication number: 20190189297
    Abstract: A flow restrictor nozzle for a pressurized vessel of a nuclear reactor may comprise a nozzle body including an inlet face and an outlet face. The nozzle body may define a plurality of internal flow paths extending from the inlet face to the outlet face. Each of the plurality of internal flow paths may include a convergent section, a throat section, and a divergent section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Joel Patrick Melito, Randy Morris Brown, Zhe Zhang, Robin D. Sprague, Adrian M. Mistreanu, Gerald A. Deaver
  • Publication number: 20190167272
    Abstract: Described is an inflatable implant suitable for placement in the human body and left there for an indeterminate and potentially lengthy period of time. The implant is one that has a low profile when introduced into the body and a larger profile when it is inflated with one or more filler materials. Depending upon design and use choices the delivered implant may be removable and adjustable in situ in size, position, location, form, and rigidity. Indeed, in some variations, the design of the implant may be such that it may be removed at a potentially fairly lengthy time after implantation. The implant includes at least one bladder wall that generally is at least partially non-elastic (or unexpandable) after the preselected size is reached. The bladder wall will define at least one fillable volume and may form more than one independent fillable volumes. The bladder wall, in some variations, may be partially elastic or expandable to permit adjustment of implant size or configuration after or during delivery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: W. Patrick Stephens, Gerald Ray Martin
  • Patent number: 10307959
    Abstract: The present invention is a three-dimensional printing system which is capable of printing with multiple different printing materials, including homogenous materials, such as cement paste, or heterogeneous materials, such as concrete. Functionality is accomplished by novel, critical structures including but not limited to a movable gate capable of controlling the flow of printing materials without clogging or becoming otherwise damaged. The system has a print head that discharges printing material through a discharge aperture. The movable gate is rotatably connected to the print head, allowing it to cover the discharge aperture and cut off the flow of printing material when actuated and rotated into position. Certain embodiments also include hose positioning systems to prevent hoses delivering printing material from disconnecting or damaging the printed structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
    Inventors: Gerald R. Northrup, William Jacob Wagner, Megan A. Kreiger, Bruce A. MacAllister, Michael Patrick Case, Ghassan Al-Chaar
  • Patent number: 10213147
    Abstract: A method for a vehicle includes using sensors in a vehicle seat to detect biometrics of a person sitting in the seat and a vehicle controller determining from the biometrics of the person whether the person requires medical attention. In response to the person requiring medical attention, a request for assistance for the person is broadcasted via a V2X transceiver of the vehicle to medical practitioners of a medical practitioner network who are near a location of vehicle during the broadcasting. The medical practitioner network includes the person as a subscriber and medical practitioners as providers. Alternately, in response to the person requiring medical attention, the vehicle controller uses an autonomous vehicle control system of the vehicle to drive the vehicle to a medical facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: David Gallagher, Francesco Migneco, Arjun Yetukuri, Karl Henn, Gerald Patrick
  • Publication number: 20180345823
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided with a seat bottom and a seat back. A first actuator is oriented in a lower lumbar region. A second actuator is oriented in an upper lumbar region. A controller is programmed to operate the first actuator to adjust the lower lumbar region, and operate the second actuator to subsequently adjust the upper lumbar region to provide a seat assembly motion pattern. A third actuator is oriented in a thoracic region or a seat bottom region. The controller operates the third actuator to adjust the thoracic region or the seat bottom region after adjusting the lumbar regions to provide a seat assembly motion pattern. A plurality of sensors is provided on the seat back and the seat bottom to initiate the pattern in response to a lack of detected occupant motion to induce muscle activation upon an occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Winsen C. ZOUZAL, Gerald PATRICK, Samuel HANLON, Michelle A. PERENY, Marie-Eve COTE
  • Publication number: 20180333093
    Abstract: A method for a vehicle includes using sensors in a vehicle seat to detect biometrics of a person sitting in the seat and a vehicle controller determining from the biometrics of the person whether the person requires medical attention. In response to the person requiring medical attention, a request for assistance for the person is broadcasted via a V2X transceiver of the vehicle to medical practitioners of a medical practitioner network who are near a location of vehicle during the broadcasting. The medical practitioner network includes the person as a subscriber and medical practitioners as providers. Alternately, in response to the person requiring medical attention, the vehicle controller uses an autonomous vehicle control system of the vehicle to drive the vehicle to a medical facility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: David Gallagher, Francesco Migneco, Arjun Yetukuri, Karl Henn, Gerald Patrick
  • Publication number: 20180326881
    Abstract: An air bladder assembly for a seat is provided. The air bladder assembly includes a thoracic bladder assembly has an increasing width in the longitudinal direction. A pair of scapular bladders are each positioned on a lateral side of the thoracic bladder assembly and has a tapered width decreasing in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald PATRICK, Winsen C ZOUZAL
  • Patent number: 10112513
    Abstract: A vehicle seat with an inflatable bladder having a rear surface and a support surface opposite the rear surface is provided. The subassembly includes a seat climate control system having an air duct. An air duct tunnel is formed in the inflatable bladder and extends from the rear surface to the support surface. The air duct tunnel cooperates with the air duct to supply climate control air to a seating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gerald Patrick, Michael R. Powell
  • Patent number: 10085565
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided with a seat bottom and a seat back mounted adjacent the bottom. The seat back and seat bottom are provided with an occupant seating surface. At least one air bladder is oriented in a sacral region the seat bottom or the seat back. The air bladder has a support surface defined by a enlarged width portion and extends to an elongated tapered portion. When the air bladder is inflated, the support surface is inclined from the taper portion to the enlarged width portion relative to the seating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Winsen C. Zouzal, Gerald Patrick, Walter T. Cichocki, Ted Smith, Michelle A. Pereny
  • Publication number: 20180264981
    Abstract: A seat air bladder assembly is provided with at least one central air bladder region having a support surface. At least one pair of lateral air bladder regions extend from opposed sides of the at least one central bladder region. The at least one pair of lateral air bladder regions are oriented at a non-zero angle to incline laterally and support a thoracic region of a seat occupant. A seat assembly is provided with a seat back with a contact surface with a thoracic region. An air bladder assembly is oriented within the thoracic region of the seat back with a support surface that is reclined relative to the contact surface to provide support, and wedge-shaped so that during inflation the air bladder assembly inflates in an upward and forward direction relative to the seat back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: Winsen C. ZOUZAL, Gerald PATRICK, Ashford Allen GALBREATH, Michelle A. PERENY
  • Patent number: 10034631
    Abstract: A vehicle seating system includes a vehicle seat, piezoelectric sensors individually positioned at respective locations within the seat corresponding to anatomical locations of a person sitting in the seat, and a controller. The sensors to generate electrical signals in response to mechanical stress applied on the sensors from biologically motivated force inputs of the person. The controller to detect from the electrical signals generated by the sensors biometric information of the person corresponding to the biologically motivated force inputs of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: David Gallagher, Francesco Migneco, Arjun Yetukuri, Karl Henn, Gerald Patrick