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: 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: 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
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10086731
    Abstract: A method for selecting and controlling massage functions of a motor vehicle seat having a control system comprising the steps of: switching the system to a selection mode and starting the selection mode; providing a menu list having options for querying the user's requirements during the massage; selection of an option by the user and providing predefined responses to the respective query and selection of the response by the user and if necessary repeating the steps for further queries; and terminating the selection mode and automatically determining suitable massage settings on the basis of the user's selection and controlling the massage actuators in the motor vehicle seat on the basis of determined massage settings to perform the massage function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Amber LaVerne Hall, Michael Kolich, Keith Allen Godin, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Publication number: 20180251047
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a seatback defining a loading surface and operable between deployed and undeployed positions. A seat base is positioned proximate the seatback. A bladder is operable between inflated and deflated states. A valve is fluidly coupled with the bladder. Foam is positioned within the bladder. The loading surface is substantially horizontal when the bladder is deflated and the seatback is in the deployed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Daniel Ferretti, Keith Allen Godin, Michael Medoro, Michael Kolich, Michael M. Filipovich
  • Patent number: 10065534
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a seatback defining a loading surface and operable between deployed and undeployed positions. A seat base is positioned proximate the seatback. A bladder is operable between inflated and deflated states. A valve is fluidly coupled with the bladder. Foam is positioned within the bladder. The loading surface is substantially horizontal when the bladder is deflated and the seatback is in the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Daniel Ferretti, Keith Allen Godin, Michael Medoro, Michael Kolich, Michael M. Filipovich
  • Patent number: 10046683
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a frame and an inner suspension panel coupled to the frame. A plurality of suspension members attach the frame to the inner suspension panel. Each suspension member has a tab that is biased away from the inner suspension panel and is operable between extended and compressed positions. A cushion is coupled to at least one of the tabs. The cushion includes a plurality of comfort positions defined by the position of each of the tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Michael Kolich, Daniel Ferretti
  • Publication number: 20180222372
    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: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: Michael M. Filipovich, Michael Kolich, Johnathan Andrew Line, Michael Medoro
  • Publication number: 20180222373
    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: February 9, 2017
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: Michael M. Filipovich, Michael Kolich, Johnathan Andrew Line, Michael Medoro
  • Publication number: 20180162245
    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: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: 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
  • Patent number: 9994135
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a base seat defining a seating surface configured to position an H-point of an occupant at a predetermined location. The base seat includes first and second sides. First and second seat bolsters are disposed at the first and second sides, respectively, of the base seat. First and second thigh supports are disposed forward of the base seat. The first and second thigh supports define a cushion split. A transverse seam extends across a forward edge of the base seat. The transverse seam is forward of the H-point a predetermined distance. The first and second thigh supports are pivotable about an axis disposed at the predetermined distance forward of the H-point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Daniel Ferretti, John Wayne Jaranson, Michael Kolich
  • Patent number: 9925901
    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: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    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
  • Publication number: 20180065518
    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: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventors: Brian Boland, Michael Medoro, Johnathan Andrew Line, S.M. Akbar Berry, Michael Kolich, Daniel Ferretti