Patents by Inventor James B. Clauser

James B. Clauser 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: 10676000
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly is provided with a structural member adapted to be mounted within a vehicle to provide support to an occupant. The structural member has at least one channel formed therein. A cushion member is provided adjacent to the structural layer. The cushion member has at least one channel formed therethrough. A trim member is secured over the cushion member to form a seating surface. At least one attachment member is mounted to the trim member extending through the at least one channel of the cushion member. The at least one attachment member extends into the at least one channel of the structural member such that at least one of the trim material and the cushion layer is retained on the structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Ashford A. Galbreath, Thomas S. Hicks, Ronald L. Miotto, Asad S. Ali, Mark A. Folkert, William Paruszkiewicz, Paul Severinski, James B. Clauser, Thomas A. Welch, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10604040
    Abstract: A seat for a vehicle includes a seatback support structure including a main portion having a first side and a second side disposed opposite the first side, and a flange that projects from the main portion in a direction away from the first side, and that defines a hole extending through the flange for receiving a headrest post. The seat further includes a trim cover disposed over at least a portion of the seatback support structure and a trim fastener attached to the trim cover for securing the trim cover to the flange of the seatback support structure. The trim fastener has two opposing side portions and a cavity therebetween for receiving the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: James B. Clauser, Ashley L. Baisch, William J. Paruszkiewicz, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20190084455
    Abstract: A seat assembly having improved trim appearance is provided as well as a method and mold tool for making the seat assembly. In certain embodiments, the seat assembly has at least one narrow trench having a substantially constant width of up to 5 mm, which provides for better tolerances when installing a trim cover on the cushion and provides improved appearance and comfort. In certain embodiments, the mold tool has at least one tool insert that is configured to create the at least one narrow trench with a substantially constant width in the cushion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ashford A. GALBREATH, Asad S. ALI, Gregory Alan LYMBURNER, Paul S. SEVERINSKI, Gary ROCK, James B. CLAUSER, Louella Ann PATTERSON, Thomas A. WELCH
  • Patent number: 10160357
    Abstract: A seat assembly having improved trim appearance is provided as well as a method and mold tool for making the seat assembly. In certain embodiments, the seat assembly has at least one narrow trench having a substantially constant width of up to 5 mm, which provides for better tolerances when installing a trim cover on the cushion and provides improved appearance and comfort. In certain embodiments, the mold tool has at least one tool insert that is configured to create the at least one narrow trench with a substantially constant width in the cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ashford A. Galbreath, Asad S. Ali, Gregory Alan Lymburner, Paul S. Severinski, Gary Rock, James B. Clauser, Louella Ann Patterson, Thomas A. Welch, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10144320
    Abstract: A trim cover assembly securable over a cushion is provided. The trim cover assembly includes a leather trim material. A trim fastener is attached to the leather trim material for retaining the trim cover to the cushion. Therein the trim fastener elastically deformable so that the fastener that elongates between an extended position and a retracted position to allow the leather trim material to expand while minimizing deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Louella Ann Patterson, James B. Clauser, Laura Schulz, William Paruszkiewicz, Pusheng Chen, Thomas A. Welch, Sr., Paul S. Severinski
  • Publication number: 20180339615
    Abstract: A seat for a vehicle includes a seatback support structure including a main portion having a first side and a second side disposed opposite the first side, and a flange that projects from the main portion in a direction away from the first side, and that defines a thru-hole extending through the flange for receiving a headrest post. The seat further includes a trim cover disposed over at least a portion of the seatback support structure and a trim fastener attached to the trim cover for securing the trim cover to the flange of the seatback support structure. The trim fastener has two opposing side portions and a cavity therebetween for receiving the flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: James B. CLAUSER, Ashley L. BAISCH, William J. PARUSZKIEWICZ, JR.
  • Publication number: 20170113586
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly is provided with a structural member adapted to be mounted within a vehicle to provide support to an occupant. The structural member has at least one channel formed therein. A cushion member is provided adjacent to the structural layer. The cushion member has at least one channel formed therethrough. A trim member is secured over the cushion member to form a seating surface. At least one attachment member is mounted to the trim member extending through the at least one channel of the cushion member. The at least one attachment member extends into the at least one channel of the structural member such that at least one of the trim material and the cushion layer is retained on the structural member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Ashford A. Galbreath, Thomas S. Hicks, Ronald L. Miotto, Asad S. Ali, Mark A. Folkert, William Paruszkiewicz, Paul Severinski, James B. Clauser, Thomas A. Welch, SR.
  • Publication number: 20170088026
    Abstract: A trim cover assembly securable over a cushion is provided. The trim cover assembly includes a leather trim material. A trim fastener is attached to the leather trim material for retaining the trim cover to the cushion. Therein the trim fastener elastically deformable so that the fastener that elongates between an extended position and a retracted position to allow the leather trim material to expand while minimizing deformation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventors: Louella Ann PATTERSON, James B. CLAUSER, Laura SCHULZ, William PARUSZKIEWICZ, Pusheng CHEN, Thomas A. WELCH, Sr., Paul S. SEVERINSKI
  • Patent number: 9555728
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly is provided with a structural member adapted to be mounted within a vehicle to provide support to an occupant. The structural member has at least one channel formed therein. A cushion member is provided adjacent to the structural layer. The cushion member has at least one channel formed therethrough. A trim member is secured over the cushion member to form a seating surface. At least one attachment member is mounted to the trim member extending through the at least one channel of the cushion member. The at least one attachment member extends into the at least one channel of the structural member such that at least one of the trim material and the cushion layer is retained on the structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ashford A. Galbreath, Thomas S. Hicks, Ronald L. Miotto, Asad S. Ali, Mark A. Folkert, William Paruszkiewicz, Paul Severinski, James B. Clauser, Thomas A. Welch, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20150175042
    Abstract: A seat assembly having improved trim appearance is provided as well as a method and mold tool for making the seat assembly. In certain embodiments, the seat assembly has at least one narrow trench having a substantially constant width of up to 5 mm, which provides for better tolerances when installing a trim cover on the cushion and provides improved appearance and comfort. In certain embodiments, the mold tool has at least one tool insert that is configured to create the at least one narrow trench with a substantially constant width in the cushion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Inventors: Ashford A. Galbreath, Asad S. Ali, Gregory Alan Lymburner, Paul S. Severinski, Gary Rock, James B. Clauser, Louella Ann Patterson, Thomas A. Welch, SR.
  • Publication number: 20130200664
    Abstract: A vehicle seat air bag assembly (17) having an air bag module (18) includes an air bag chute (44) that is foldable from a flexible sheet (46). The air bag chute (44) guides an air bag (40) of the air bag module (18) during inflation and movement to and through a trim cover deployment seam (34). The flexible sheet (46) has a panel (52) that is folded to provide panel portions (56) and (58) and straps (62) of one panel portion (56) extend therefrom in opposite directions and are folded back to connections (66) with the other panel portion (58). The connections (66) may be provided by stitching (70), heat staking (82), sonic welding (84) or slits (86) in the other panel portion for receiving the straps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Louella Ann Patterson, Bryan L. Orlando, William J. Paruszkiewicz, JR., James B. Clauser, Thomas A. Welch, SR., Paul S. Severinski
  • Patent number: 8272665
    Abstract: A vehicle seat air bag assembly (17) having an air bag module (18) includes an air bag guide (44) that is foldable from a flexible sheet (46) to provide both left and right hand embodiments with connection of distal ends of the flexible sheet to each other after the folding fabrication. The air bag guide (44) guides an air bag (40) of the air bag module (18) during inflation and movement to and through a trim cover deployment seam (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Benedict J. Messina, William J. Paruszkiewicz, Tomas A. Welch, Sr., Paul S. Severinski, James B. Clauser, Louella A. Patterson
  • Publication number: 20120187664
    Abstract: A vehicle seat air bag assembly (17) having an air bag module (18) includes an air bag guide (44) that is foldable from a flexible sheet (46) to provide both left and right hand embodiments with connection of distal ends of the flexible sheet to each other after the folding fabrication. The air bag guide (44) guides an air bag (40) of the air bag module (18) during inflation and movement to and through a trim cover deployment seam (34).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Benedict J. Messina, William J. Paruszkiewicz, Thomas A. Welch, SR., Paul S. Severinski, James B. Clauser, Louella A. Patterson
  • Patent number: 7946649
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly has a seat body adapted to be mounted within a vehicle to provide support to an occupant. A seat component is provided adjacent to the seat body. A first attachment member is provided within one of the seat body and the seat component. A second attachment member is provided on the other of the seat body and the seat component. The second attachment member is engageable within the first attachment member such that the seat component is attached to the seat body through engagement between the first attachment member and the second attachment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Ashford A. Galbreath, Asad S. Ali, Richard Reyes, Jeffrey Frelich, Ronald L. Miotto, James B. Clauser, George Edward Dishner, William Paruszkiewicz, Paul S. Severinski
  • Patent number: 7637531
    Abstract: A vehicle seat air bag assembly (17) having an air bag module (18) includes an air bag guide (42) of a synthetic plastic having an inner end (44) secured to a seat frame (24) and also having a tubular portion (46) that extends from the inner end adjacent the air bag module (18) toward a deployment seam (34) of a seat trim cover (32). The air bag guide tubular portion (46) guides an air bag of the air bag module (18) during inflation and movement to the trim cover deployment seam (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Paruszkiewicz, Jr., James B. Clauser, Thomas A. Welch, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20090295215
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly is provided with a structural member adapted to be mounted within a vehicle to provide support to an occupant. The structural member has at least one channel formed therein. A cushion member is provided adjacent to the structural layer. The cushion member has at least one channel formed therethrough. A trim member is secured over the cushion member to form a seating surface. At least one attachment member is mounted to the trim member extending through the at least one channel of the cushion member. The at least one attachment member extends into the at least one channel of the structural member such that at least one of the trim material and the cushion layer is retained on the structural member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ashford A. Galbreath, Thomas S. Hicks, Ronald L. Miotto, Asad S. Ali, Mark A. Folkert, William Paruszkiewicz, Paul Severinski, James B. Clauser, Thomas A. Welch, SR.
  • Publication number: 20090085384
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly has a seat body adapted to be mounted within a vehicle to provide support to an occupant. A seat component is provided adjacent to the seat body. A first attachment member is provided within one of the seat body and the seat component. A second attachment member is provided on the other of the seat body and the seat component. The second attachment member is engagable within the first attachment member such that the seat component is attached to the seat body through engagement between the first attachment member and the second attachment member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ashford A. Galbreath, Asad S. Ali, Richard Reyes, Jeffrey Frelich, Ronald L. Miotto, James B. Clauser, George Edward Dishner, William Paruszkiewicz, Paul S. Severinski
  • Publication number: 20080061539
    Abstract: A vehicle seat air bag assembly (17) having an air bag module (18) includes an air bag guide (42) of a synthetic plastic having an inner end (44) secured to a seat frame (24) and also having a tubular portion (46) that extends from the inner end adjacent the air bag module (18) toward a deployment seam (34) of a seat trim cover (32). The air bag guide tubular portion (46) guides an air bag of the air bag module (18) during inflation and movement to the trim cover deployment seam (34).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: William J. Paruszkiewicz, James B. Clauser