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).

  • Publication number: 20220258650
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly is provided that includes a pivot bracket coupled to a vehicle floor and disposed at a front of a seat frame, a gear assembly and a locking disk assembly disposed around an axis of rotation defined by the pivot bracket, wherein the gear assembly and the locking disk assembly are configured to each alternatively move the seating assembly from a sitting position to a standing position, and a track assembly disposed on the vehicle floor and between opposing side brackets of a seat frame. The track assembly includes a cam assembly movable between a locked position and an unlocked position. The vehicle seating assembly further includes a crank assembly extending between the pivot bracket and the cam assembly and configured to move the cam assembly from the locked position to the unlocked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Macit Aktas, Johnathan Andrew Line, Joseph Michael Kish, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Jung Jeon
  • Patent number: 11407334
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat base. A carriage is coupled to a lower surface of the seat base and includes a locating protrusion on a bottom surface thereof. The track assembly includes a rail. A rail cartridge is slidably engaged with the rail. The rail cartridge defines a locating hole for receiving the locating protrusion. A first electrical connector is coupled to the rail cartridge. A second electrical connector is coupled to the carriage and operable between engaged and disengaged positions. An actuation member is configured to move the second electrical connector between the engaged and disengaged positions. When the second electrical connector is in the engaged position, an electrical connection is formed between the first and second electrical connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Jimmy Moua, Joshua Gauthier, Macit Aktas, Gregory Hagedorn, Joseph Michael Kish
  • Patent number: 11407332
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly is provided that includes a pivot bracket coupled to a vehicle floor and disposed at a front of a seat frame, a gear assembly and a locking disk assembly disposed around an axis of rotation defined by the pivot bracket, wherein the gear assembly and the locking disk assembly are configured to each alternatively move the seating assembly from a sitting position to a standing position, and a track assembly disposed on the vehicle floor and between opposing side brackets of a seat frame. The track assembly includes a cam assembly movable between a locked position and an unlocked position. The vehicle seating assembly further includes a crank assembly extending between the pivot bracket and the cam assembly and configured to move the cam assembly from the locked position to the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Macit Aktas, Johnathan Andrew Line, Joseph Michael Kish, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Jung Jeon
  • Patent number: 11396253
    Abstract: A seating assembly having a seating assembly frame that includes a seat frame and a seatback frame. The seating assembly includes an extension member coupled to the seat frame and movable in response to an actuating force between an extended position relative to the seat frame and a compressed position relative to the seat frame and including an end fixedly coupled to the seat frame and an end coupled to an adjustment device disposed on the seat frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Ratan Howlader, Robert Charles Shipley, Patrick Davis, Ian James, Nicholas Alphonse Billardello, David Frederick Lyons, Sean Bayle West
  • Patent number: 11396250
    Abstract: A seat back frame assembly may include first and second brackets coupled with and extending outwardly from the seat back frame assembly. The first and second brackets may define first and second recesses, respectively. A cushion assembly may include first and second sides. The first and second sides may be disposed within the first and second recesses, respectively. An upper hood comprising first and second ends may be coupled with first and second brackets, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Mozurkewich, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Ryan Welch, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Publication number: 20220227275
    Abstract: A seating assembly includes a seatback frame movable between a reclined position, an upright position, and a folded position and having opposing sides defining a central space. Each opposing side includes a non-linear front edge and a non-linear rear edge. A pivot assembly includes a first plate pivotally coupled with the seatback frame. The first plate includes a forward stop. A second plate is pivotally coupled with the first plate and is fixedly coupled with a seat base frame. The second plate includes a post configured to selectively contact the forward stop. A panel is configured to be coupled with the seatback frame to cover the central space and form a planar surface along the seatback frame. The panel includes upper retention hooks and side retention hooks configured to be engaged with the seatback frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2021
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Robert Charles Shipley, Anna Frances Hardig Hendrickson, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Keith Allen Godin, Macit Aktas
  • Patent number: 11376995
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seatback movable between an upright position and a reclined position relative to a seat base. A track assembly includes a bracket slidably received by a rail. The bracket is operably coupled with at least one of the seatback and the seat base. A rear support assembly is positioned to extend at least partially along the seatback and includes a base operably coupled with the seatback. First and second struts extend downward from the base, and one of the first and second struts is pivotally coupled with a back end of the bracket. An actuator assembly is operably coupled with the base and is configured to move the seatback between the upright position and the reclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Wayne Jaranson, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Patrick Maloney, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 11377000
    Abstract: A support mechanism for a vehicle seating assembly includes a seat frame moveable between a sitting position and a standing position and a support bracket coupled to a vehicle floor. A linkage assembly extends between the support bracket and the seat frame. The linkage assembly is positionable between a collapsed position if the seat frame is in the sitting position and an extended position if the seat frame is in the standing position and includes a first end rotatably coupled to the support bracket and a second end slidably coupled to the seat frame. A pawl assembly is engageable with the linkage assembly and positionable in an unlocked position if the linkage assembly is in the collapsed position and a locked position if the linkage assembly is in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Macit Aktas, Joseph Michael Kish, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Jason Matthew Koberstein, Anna Hendrickson, David Frederick Lyons
  • Patent number: 11370341
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat and a lower leg support. The seat includes a first end and a second end. The first and second ends are opposite to one another. The lower leg support is coupled to the seat at the second end and is movable relative to the seat between a retracted position and an extended position. A suspension assembly is coupled to the lower leg support. The suspension assembly includes a first end, a second end, and an intermediate portion. The first end of the suspension assembly is coupled to a portion of the seat. The second end of the suspension assembly is coupled proximate to a distal end of the lower leg support. A distance between an interior surface of the intermediate portion and an adjacent surface of each of the seat and the lower leg support may vary based on lower leg support position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Jimmy Moua, Deeptej Kudav, S. M. Akbar Berry, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Macit Aktas, Spencer Hoin
  • Patent number: 11364829
    Abstract: A seatback assembly includes a front carrier module having a mounting portion with an inverted U-shaped outer perimeter edge. A plurality of doors includes individual doors that are hingedly coupled to the outer perimeter edge of the front carrier module. Each door of the plurality of doors is operable between open and closed positions. An airbag carrier module includes an inverted U-shaped raceway with an open front portion. The airbag carrier module is operably coupled to the front carrier module, such that the doors of the front carrier module selectively open and close the open front portion of the raceway of the airbag carrier module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: S. M. Akbar Berry, Johnathan Andrew Line, Alan George Dry, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Benjamin Yilma
  • Patent number: 11364870
    Abstract: A seatback carrier module includes first and second side portions spaced-apart from one another and interconnected by an upper portion. A cradle portion is disposed along the first and second side portions and the upper portion of the seatback carrier module. The cradle portion includes inner and outer edges with a rearwardly extending body portion. A mounting portion is disposed along a portion of the inner edge of the cradle portion. The mounting portion includes inner and outer edges with a body portion disposed therebetween. The mounting portion further includes a rearwardly extending sidewall disposed along the inner edge of the mounting portion. An airbag assembly is received within the cradle portion and has an inverted U-shaped configuration to substantially surround the outer perimeter of the seatback frame. The airbag assembly is an elongate member defining an overhead airbag assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marcos Silva Kondrad, Johnathan Andrew Line, Alan George Dry, S. M. Akbar Berry, Derek Board, Srinivasan Sundararajan, Spencer Robert Hoernke
  • Publication number: 20220185151
    Abstract: A bench seating assembly for a vehicle includes an outboard seating assembly disposed on a pair of outboard rails slidably coupled to a pair of outboard tracks and an inboard seating assembly disposed on an inboard rail slidably coupled to an inboard track. A release bar assembly is disposed below the outboard seating assembly and the inboard seating assembly, and includes a driver movable between a first position and a second position. A latch mechanism is operably coupled to the driver such that if the driver is in the first position, then the latch mechanism is in a locked position, and if the driver is in the second position, then the latch mechanism is in an unlocked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Ratan Howlader, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Macit Aktas, Joseph Michael Kish
  • Patent number: 11351898
    Abstract: An accessory support assembly for a vehicle seat includes a support frame that includes an upper bracket and a lower bracket coupled to a bottom of the upper bracket. The lower bracket includes coupling features. The lower bracket defines side projections that extend from opposing sides of the support frame. A speaker assembly is coupled to the support frame. The speaker assembly includes a first speaker housing and a second speaker housing. The first and second speaker housings are coupled to the side projections of the support frame, respectively. A speaker is disposed in each of the first and second housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Deeptej Kudav, Robert Charles Shipley, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Anna Frances Hardig Hendrickson, Rodney Charles Brinker, Nicholas Alphonse Billardello, Joseph Kafati, Peter Ryan, Andre John Van Schyndel, Alan Peter Norton, Nanki Sahota
  • Patent number: 11332050
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly is provided that includes a seat rotatable about an axis of rotation disposed at a front of the seat between a sitting position and a standing position, a latch assembly rotatably coupled to the rear of the seat and releasably coupled to a track assembly disposed below the seat, wherein if the seat is in a sitting position, the latch assembly is in a locked position relative to the track assembly, and wherein if the seat is in a standing position, the latch assembly is in an unlocked position relative to the track assembly, and a connecting bar extending through the latch assembly, wherein the latch assembly is rotatable around the connecting bar as the seat moves between the sitting position and the standing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Macit Aktas, Johnathan Andrew Line, Joseph Michael Kish, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Jung Jeon
  • Patent number: 11332046
    Abstract: A rail assembly includes a track assembly, an elongate shaft mounted to the track assembly, and a carriage assembly received within the track assembly. The carriage assembly includes a body portion, an exterior surface of the body portion, a slider bracket fastened to the exterior surface of the body portion, and a gear box positioned within the slider bracket. The elongate shaft extends through the gear box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Macit Aktas, Joshua Gauthier, Joseph Michael Kish, Johnathan Andrew Line, Adarsh Gupta, Robert Clayton Caldwell, Changwei Xie
  • Patent number: 11332042
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly comprises a lift mechanism disposed at a forward portion of a seat and a latch assembly disposed at a rearward portion of the seat and rotatably coupled to the seat. A mechanical link has a first end rotatably coupled to the forward portion of the seat and a second end rotatably coupled to the latch assembly. The vehicle seating assembly is movable between a first position and a second position, wherein the latch assembly is positionable in a latched position or an unlatched position relative to a mount assembly. The mechanical link is disposed in an initial position when the seating assembly is in the first position, and the mechanical link is disposed in a final position when the seating assembly is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Macit Aktas, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Paul D. Peterson, Johnathan Andrew Line, Joseph Michael Kish
  • Patent number: 11332043
    Abstract: A track assembly for a vehicle seating assembly includes a track that defines a lateral channel and a central channel. The lateral channel is in communication with the central channel. A plurality of contact strips are coupled with the track and are positioned within the lateral channel. A rail cartridge is positioned within the central channel and is slidable along the track. The lateral channel is at least partially enclosed by the track and the rail cartridge. A support is operably coupled with the rail cartridge and extends from the central channel into the lateral channel. A plurality of contacts are operably coupled with the support and are configured to engage the plurality of contact strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Joseph Michael Kish, David James Tippy, Alan George Dry, Jimmy Moua, Adam Ewel, Joshua Gauthier, Macit Aktas, Michael P. Bell
  • Publication number: 20220144143
    Abstract: A transportation system is disclosed. The transportation system includes a vehicle, a plurality of seating assemblies positioned within a passenger compartment of the vehicle and defining an arrangement, a plurality of actuators that effect movement of various components of the plurality of seating assemblies, a plurality of sensors, and a controller. Specific examples of pre-set or pre-programmed arrangements are disclosed, as well as the ability to customize the arrangement. Additionally, exemplary methods are disclosed that illustrate transitions between a variety of the pre-set or pre-programmed arrangements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marcos Silva Kondrad, Patrick Maloney, Kevin Mozurkewich, Johnathan Andrew Line, Kevin VanNieulande
  • Publication number: 20220144135
    Abstract: A transportation system is disclosed. The transportation system includes a vehicle, a plurality of seating assemblies positioned within a passenger compartment of the vehicle and defining an arrangement, a plurality of actuators that effect movement of various components of the plurality of seating assemblies, a plurality of sensors, and a controller. Specific examples of pre-set or pre-programmed arrangements are disclosed, as well as the ability to customize the arrangement. Additionally, exemplary methods are disclosed that illustrate transitions between a variety of the pre-set or pre-programmed arrangements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marcos Silva Kondrad, Patrick Maloney, Kevin Mozurkewich, Johnathan Andrew Line, Ayush Shah
  • Publication number: 20220144145
    Abstract: A transportation system is disclosed. The transportation system includes a vehicle, a plurality of seating assemblies positioned within a passenger compartment of the vehicle and defining an arrangement, a plurality of actuators that effect movement of various components of the plurality of seating assemblies, a plurality of sensors, and a controller. Specific examples of pre-set or pre-programmed arrangements are disclosed, as well as the ability to customize the arrangement. Additionally, exemplary methods are disclosed that illustrate transitions between a variety of the pre-set or pre-programmed arrangements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marcos Silva Kondrad, Patrick Maloney, Kevin Mozurkewich, Johnathan Andrew Line, Sean Bayle West