Patents by Inventor Johnathan Andrew Line

Johnathan Andrew Line 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: 10315551
    Abstract: An item holder includes a receiving well with an upper opening. First and second air bladders are disposed in the receiving well. Upper portions of outer casings of the air bladders are substantially flush with the upper opening of the receiving well when the air bladders are in an inflated condition. Also, the abutment portions abut one another along an abutment seam when the air bladders are in an inflated condition. A sensor may be sued to detect the receiving of an item in the receiving well. Valves assemblies are opened as the sensors detect an item being received in the receiving well. The item compresses a filler material disposed within the air bladders as the item is received in the receiving well. When the item is removed from the receiving well, the filler material expands to inflate the air bladders to the at-rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael M. Filipovich, Michael Kolich, Johnathan Andrew Line, Michael Medoro
  • Publication number: 20190168647
    Abstract: A seat cushion assembly includes a first foam pad defining at least one air cooling column disposed therethrough. A topper pad is disposed over the first foam pad and the at least one air cooling column. A second foam pad is disposed below the first foam pad. The second foam pad and the first foam pad define a flow channel in fluid communication with the at least one air cooling column. An air mover moves air from an air intake of the flow channel to an air exhaust of the flow channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Alan George Dry, Spencer Robert Hoernke
  • Patent number: 10308148
    Abstract: A seating assembly includes a seat operable between a lateral use position and a vertical storage position. A mattress is disposed below the seat when the seat is in the lateral use position and held in place by securing features. The mattress is operable between an inflated condition and a deflated condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Mozurkewich, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Alan George Dry, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Publication number: 20190160922
    Abstract: A vehicle door assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a first door, a second door and a first hinge assembly connected to the first door and the second door. The first door is movable between a first position and a second position about the first hinge assembly, and in the second position, the first door is received against the second door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Gregory Hagedorn, Cory Stuffelbeam, Craig Rackers, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 10300823
    Abstract: A method for controlling and selecting massage functions of a motor vehicle seat and include the steps of: switching the system to a selection mode and starting the selection mode; scrolling through massage functions that are organized in a block-by-block manner, wherein the massage functions that are organized in a block-by-block manner include a specific massage zone per block; confirming a selection of the massage block by way of a user selection; and terminating the selection mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeroen Lem, Steve Michell, Florian Golm, Stefan Wolter, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Publication number: 20190152359
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat back having a front surface and a rear surface, a panel movable along the rear surface from a stowed position adjacent the rear surface to a deployed position facing the front surface, and an airbag supported on the panel and inflatable toward the front surface to an inflated position in which the airbag contacts the panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Spahn, Benjamin Yilma, Alan George Dry, Johnathan Andrew Line, S.M. Akbar Berry, Jeffrey Charles Paddock
  • Publication number: 20190143852
    Abstract: A lifter mechanism for an edge of a seat cushion includes a bracket detachable from and rotatable about a transverse bar. The bracket includes a forward lever and a rearward portion. The forward lever is coupled to a seat suspension. The rearward portion is coupled to a linkage. The linkage is coupled to a seatback. The forward lever raises an edge of the seat suspension upon the seatback pivoting to a predetermined reclined position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Adam Ewel, Jimmy Moua, Corbin Shea Johnston, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Robert Damerow, Johnathan Andrew Line, Paul Iacoban, S.M. Akbar Berry
  • Publication number: 20190143867
    Abstract: A headrest assembly includes a front surface and a frame member disposed within an interior of the headrest bun. First and second hinge members are coupled to opposite sides of the frame member and first and second side supports are operably coupled to the first and second hinge members, such that the first and second side supports are independently operable between stowed and extended positions relative to the headrest bun. The first and second side supports extended outwardly from the front surface of the headrest bun in the extended position, and the friction hinges are tuned to move the first and second side supports towards the stowed position when the first and second side supports are contacted by a vehicle occupant during a vehicle impact event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Preuss, Christian J. Hosbach, Daniel Ferretti
  • Publication number: 20190143854
    Abstract: A lifter mechanism for an edge of a seat cushion includes a bracket pivotable about a transverse bar. The bracket includes a forward lever and a rearward portion. The forward lever is coupled to a channel within a flange of a seat suspension. The rearward portion is coupled to a linkage. The linkage is coupled to a seatback. The forward lever raises an edge of the seat suspension upon the seatback pivoting to a predetermined reclined position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Jimmy Moua, Adam Ewel, Corbin Shea Johnston, Robert Damerow, Paul Iacoban, S.M. Akbar Berry
  • Patent number: 10286815
    Abstract: A seating assembly includes a seat. A seatback is rotatably coupled with the seat to a fully reclined position. A rear seat lift device includes a mechanism disposed below a cushion support proximate a rear portion of the seat and is operable between a lowered position and a raised position. A rear portion of the seat is elevated relative to the seatback to minimize a height difference between the rear portion of the seat and a bottom portion of the seatback when the seatback is in the fully reclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Keith Allen Godin, Daniel Ferretti
  • Patent number: 10286818
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seatback and a seat base. The seat base is operably coupled to the seatback. The seat base includes a first suspension assembly and a second suspension assembly. The first suspension assembly includes a seat pan assembly and a seat cushion assembly. The seat cushion assembly is positioned above the seat pan assembly. The second suspension assembly includes a plurality of independent thigh supports operably coupled to a forward portion of the seat pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Daniel Ferretti, John Wayne Jaranson, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Michael Kolich, S. M. Akbar Berry, Carol Diane Casey, David Andree, Rodney Charles Brinker
  • Patent number: 10286824
    Abstract: A seating assembly includes a seat having a seat frame. The seat generally defines a seating surface. A seatback is pivotally coupled with the seat. A carrier is disposed on the seat frame and supports a multi-contour seating component that is adjustable to change a contour of the seating surface. A cushion assembly is disposed over the multi-contour seating component of the seat and is in communication with a climate control system. A spreader plate is disposed below the cushion assembly. The spreader plate is configured to balance load distribution across the seating surface when the multi-contour seating component is activated. The spreader plate includes flex recesses defined in forward and rearward walls of the spreader plate. Lateral flex breaks allow limited flexure of the spreader plate. An inner opening is in communication with the climate control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Boland, Jeroen Lem, Michael Medoro, Johnathan Andrew Line, S. M. Akbar Berry, Michael Kolich
  • Patent number: 10286825
    Abstract: A support assembly for a vehicle seat includes a base plate and a support plate. The support plate is rotatably coupled to the base plate at a peripheral edge. First and second inflatable members are positioned between the base plate and the support plate. A fluid supply is in fluid communication with the first and second inflatable members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Boland, Michael Medoro, Johnathan Andrew Line, S. M. Akbar Berry, Michael Kolich, Daniel Ferretti
  • Publication number: 20190135163
    Abstract: A cargo-restraint system includes a cargo-restraint apparatus and an anchor plate disposed on a sidewall of a pickup-truck box. The cargo-restraint apparatus includes a spool supported for rotation within a housing, and a strap wound on the spool and extendable and retractable relative to the housing. A strap-return mechanism rotationally biases the spool in a return direction of the strap. A ratchet assembly is supported by the housing and is configured to resist rotation of the spool in the return direction when engaged and to permit rotation when disengaged. The housing is configured to connect with the anchor plate to secure the cargo-restraint apparatus to the box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Jimmy MOUA, Gregory HAGEDORN, Johnathan Andrew LINE
  • Publication number: 20190135186
    Abstract: Vehicle hub step apparatus are disclosed. An example wheel hub step includes a radially-symmetric body having a first end to be adjacent a vehicle wheel and a second end opposite the first end. Additionally, the wheel hub step includes a wall extending between the ends and approximately coaxial relative to a rotational axis of the vehicle wheel. The wall of the wheel hub step having an outer surface including a surface treatment to increase friction between footwear and the wheel hub step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Gregory Hagedorn, Corbin Shea Johnston, Jimmy Moua, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 10279714
    Abstract: A seating assembly includes a seat assembly having a seat carrier. A ventilation control bag is disposed on the seat carrier and includes independent forward thigh support regions. A spacer fabric is disposed over the bag and includes independent forward thigh support regions. A permeable foam heater mat is disposed over the spacer fabric and includes independent forward thigh support regions. A permeable seat trim cover is disposed over the mat. A seatback assembly includes a seatback carrier having upper and lower regions. The upper region is pivotable relative to the lower region. A vent fan assembly is operably coupled with the seatback carrier. A ventilation control bag is in communication with the fan assembly. A spacer fabric is disposed over the bag. A permeable foam heater mat is disposed over the spacer fabric. A permeable seatback trim cover is disposed over the mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Daniel Ferretti, S. M. Akbar Berry, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Michael Kolich, Michael Medoro
  • Patent number: 10279720
    Abstract: A seating assembly includes a seatback. A seat is operably coupled with the seatback. A calf support is rotatably coupled with the seat. A first bladder assembly is disposed behind the calf support and is configured to rotate the calf support outward approximately 90 degrees from a design position to a deployed position. An extension is rotatably coupled with the calf support. A second bladder assembly is disposed between the calf support and the extension and is configured to rotate the extension from a stored position to a support position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Keith Allen Godin, Daniel Ferretti
  • Publication number: 20190126786
    Abstract: A seating assembly includes an anchor that has a post that is surrounded by a main body. The post extends above and below the main body and terminates in an upper head and a lower head. The post surrounds a locking pin that can be actuated within the post. An electrical connector extends outward from the anchor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Publication number: 20190126783
    Abstract: An underbody structure for supporting an adjustable seating assembly for a motor vehicle comprises a rotatable turntable operably coupled to an underbody of the motor vehicle and a brace operably coupled with the rotatable turntable and the underbody of the motor vehicle and extending substantially across the rotatable turntable, wherein the adjustable seating assembly is operably coupled to the brace and the underbody of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, Rahul Arora, Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad
  • Publication number: 20190126784
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a rail system coupled to a floor pan and a floor covering having a bridge. The vehicle further includes one or more anchors that couple a seating assembly to the rail system and are configured to displace the bridge as the anchors traverse the rail system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Johnathan Andrew Line, Amaury Diaz-Serrano