Patents by Inventor Michael Kolich

Michael Kolich 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: 10933821
    Abstract: A seating assembly for a vehicle comprising: a seat; a seatback including an occupant side configured to contact and support an occupant of the seating assembly, a rear side that faces in the generally opposite direction as the occupant side, and a top portion; seatbelt webbing, the seatbelt webbing extending along the rear side of the seatback; a plurality of emitters of UVC radiation; and an emitter support structure attached to the seatback that supports the plurality of emitters of UVC radiation such that the plurality of emitters of UVC radiation emit UVC radiation onto the seatbelt webbing extending along the rear side of the seatback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Daniel Ferretti, Michael Kolich, Scott Holmes Dunham, Edward Joseph DeSmet, Benjamin Yilma, Matthew Anthony Majkowski
  • Publication number: 20210016698
    Abstract: A vehicle comprises: a plurality of seating assemblies, each seating assembly including an exterior surface, an interior beneath the exterior surface, a pressured supply of liquid sanitizer disposed within the interior, and at least one valve in fluid communication with the pressurized supply of liquid sanitizer that opens to allow liquid sanitizer to be dispensed onto the exterior surface. Each of the at least one valve are selectively positionable to and from an open position where the liquid sanitizer flows through the valve to allow liquid sanitizer to be dispensed onto the exterior surface and a closed position where the liquid sanitizer cannot flow through the valve. A controller, configured to receive instructions from a user interface, communicates with each of the at least one valve to cause any particular valve to move to and from the open position and the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Michael Kolich, Daniel Ferretti, Scott Holmes Dunham
  • Patent number: 10836291
    Abstract: A vehicle comprises: a plurality of seating assemblies, each seating assembly including an exterior surface, an interior beneath the exterior surface, a pressured supply of liquid sanitizer disposed within the interior, and at least one valve in fluid communication with the pressurized supply of liquid sanitizer that opens to allow liquid sanitizer to be dispensed onto the exterior surface. Each of the at least one valve are selectively positionable to and from an open position where the liquid sanitizer flows through the valve to allow liquid sanitizer to be dispensed onto the exterior surface and a closed position where the liquid sanitizer cannot flow through the valve. A controller, configured to receive instructions from a user interface, communicates with each of the at least one valve to cause any particular valve to move to and from the open position and the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Michael Kolich, Daniel Ferretti, Scott Holmes Dunham
  • Publication number: 20200307472
    Abstract: A seating assembly for a vehicle comprising: a seat; a seatback including an occupant side configured to contact and support an occupant of the seating assembly, a rear side that faces in the generally opposite direction as the occupant side, and a top portion; seatbelt webbing, the seatbelt webbing extending along the rear side of the seatback; a plurality of emitters of UVC radiation; and an emitter support structure attached to the seatback that supports the plurality of emitters of UVC radiation such that the plurality of emitters of UVC radiation emit UVC radiation onto the seatbelt webbing extending along the rear side of the seatback.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Daniel Ferretti, Michael Kolich, Scott Holmes Dunham, Edward Joseph DeSmet, Benjamin Yilma, Matthew Anthony Majkowski
  • Patent number: 10780812
    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: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael M. Filipovich, Michael Kolich, Johnathan Andrew Line, Michael Medoro
  • Publication number: 20200269738
    Abstract: A vehicle comprises: a plurality of seating assemblies, each seating assembly including an exterior surface, an interior beneath the exterior surface, a pressured supply of liquid sanitizer disposed within the interior, and at least one valve in fluid communication with the pressurized supply of liquid sanitizer that opens to allow liquid sanitizer to be dispensed onto the exterior surface. Each of the at least one valve are selectively positionable to and from an open position where the liquid sanitizer flows through the valve to allow liquid sanitizer to be dispensed onto the exterior surface and a closed position where the liquid sanitizer cannot flow through the valve. A controller, configured to receive instructions from a user interface, communicates with each of the at least one valve to cause any particular valve to move to and from the open position and the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Michael Kolich, Daniel Ferretti, Scott Holmes Dunham
  • Publication number: 20200198445
    Abstract: An air sanitizing apparatus for a vehicle comprising: an ozone generator; a negative ion generator; and an ultraviolet radiation source. The air sanitizing apparatus further includes a rotating feature and a motor operably connected to the rotating feature, the rotating feature configured to move the air sanitizing apparatus along a track system. The air sanitizing apparatus can includes a first end portion; a second end portion; a middle portion disposed between the first end portion and the second end portion, the middle portion rotatable relative to the first end portion and the second end portion about an axis that extends through both the first end portion and the second end portion. The ozone generator, the negative ion generator, and the ultraviolet radiation source are all disposed at the middle portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Michael Kolich, Daniel Ferretti, Scott H. Dunham
  • Publication number: 20200139850
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly is provided herein. The seating assembly includes a seat-base. A seatback is pivotally coupled to the seat-base and includes a trim cover. The trim cover includes a front-portion, an upper-portion, and a rear-portion. A motorized system is coupled to the seatback and operable to pivot the seatback relative to the seat-base. A switch extends along the upper-portion and the rear-portion of the trim cover and is configured to activate the motorized system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Aaron Halonen, Pietro Buttolo, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Johnathan Andrew Line, Michael Kolich
  • Publication number: 20190248264
    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: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Michael M. Filipovich, Michael Kolich, Johnathan Andrew Line, Michael Medoro
  • Patent number: 10343497
    Abstract: A method of controlling a climate control system. The method may include positioning a valve to block airflow from a desiccant to a port, permit airflow from the port to a blower, and circulate air through the desiccant and then through a trim component. The valve may be disposed between the port and the blower. The desiccant may be disposed between the blower and the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Michael Kolich, Paul Bryan Hoke
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: 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: 10259370
    Abstract: An item holder includes a receiving well with a sidewall and an upper opening. One or more air bladders are disposed within the receiving well and are operable between inflated and deflated conditions within the receiving well. The air bladders substantially fill the upper opening when the air bladders are in the inflated condition to provide a filled receiving well appearance. A sensor is configured to sense an item being received in or removed from the receiving well. The air bladders deflate from the inflated condition to the deflated condition as an item is received in the receiving well. The air bladders may include a filler material that is predisposed to an expanded condition which correlates to the air bladders being in the inflated condition to substantially fill the upper opening of the receiving well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael M. Filipovich, Michael Kolich, Johnathan Andrew Line, Michael Medoro
  • Patent number: 10258535
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a cushion and a seatback coupled with the cushion. The vehicle seat further includes a first set of independently inflatable massage bladders coupled within the seatback. The massage bladders of the first set are arranged to extend diagonally from adjacent a center line of the seatback at a first vertical location toward a first lateral side of the seatback at a second vertical location above the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeroen Lem, Joseph August Himmel, IV, Michael Kolich, Jessica Rausch, Amber LaVerne Hall, Brian Boland, Michael Medoro
  • Patent number: 10239419
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a lower seat and a seatback structure extending upwardly relative the lower seat, the lower seat and the seatback structure defining a seat H-point, and the seatback structure having an upper seatback support, a lower seatback support, and a split between the upper seatback support and the lower seatback support. The split is disposed between 270 and 300 mm, preferably about 285 mm, above the H-point along a line extending substantially parallel to the seatback structure. The upper seatback support pivots about a pivot between a rearward position and a forward position relative the lower seatback support. A motorized actuation assembly is disposed within the seatback structure and operably coupled to the upper seatback support, wherein the motorized actuation assembly pivots the upper seatback support about the pivot between the rearward position and the forward position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Daniel Ferretti, Michael Kolich, John Wayne Jaranson
  • Patent number: 10232752
    Abstract: A cushion pan for a vehicle seating assembly includes a body portion having at least one pocket including a module retention aperture disposed therein. First and second suspension assembly retainers are disposed in the body portion. A peripheral flange extends substantially orthogonal to the planar extent of the body portion and includes a plurality of trim tabs. A plurality of support ribs extend through a midportion of the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Fod Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Medoro, Majid Arefi, Khaled Ayyash, Johnathan Andrew Line, Michael Kolich, James Patrick Creighton, Robert J. Sack
  • Patent number: 10220742
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a tilt plate rotationally coupled at a first horizontal axis to a front of a base. A cushion spring extends from a rear of the base to the tilt plate. Rotation of the tilt plate rotates the cushion spring about a second horizontal axis. A thigh support is rotationally coupled to the tilt plate. A dynamic spring biases the thigh support away from the tilt plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, S. M. Akbar Berry, Amber LaVerne Hall, Michael Kolich, Rodney Charles Brinker, Carol Casey