Patents by Inventor Paul S. Severinski

Paul S. Severinski 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: 10736435
    Abstract: A vehicle seating system having a seat part includes a non-foam base material covered with a trim material. The non-foam base material may include a plurality of different firmness zones based at least in part on at least one of a seated-occupant pressure map and a structural arrangement disposed adjacent to the seat part. The seat part may be, for example, a seat cushion, a seat back, or a seat bolster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Bradley C. Duncan, Paul S. Severinski, Louella Ann Patterson, Lisa Townley, Kevin W. Peabody, Michelle A. Pereny, Michael R. Puhalla, Vineetha Mathew
  • Publication number: 20200101895
    Abstract: A control system for controlling operation of a vehicle system is described. The control system includes a trim cover textile configured to cover at least a portion of a vehicle component and having an electrically conductive element configured to provide a capacitive touch functionality. In response to a user touch, the electrically conductive clement generates a signal representative of a user command for the vehicle system. The system also includes a control unit adapted to be provided in electrical communication with the electrically conductive element of the trim cover. The control unit is configured to receive the user command signal and, in response, generate a control signal to effectuate control of the vehicle system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Lisa TOWNLEY, Michael HANS, Paul S. SEVERINSKI, John M. SEMBER
  • Patent number: 10421414
    Abstract: A contour connect system for applying a vehicle trim includes a fabric loop and a low-profile hook component. The fabric loop component includes a spacer layer, Class A surface layer, and a loop-containing layer, the Class A surface layer being adhered to one side of spacer layer while the loop-containing layer is adhered to the opposite side of spacer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lisa Townley, Paul S. Severinski, Louella Ann Patterson, Larry Francis Kocher, Pusheng Chen
  • Publication number: 20190225143
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes an illuminated graphic feature. The vehicle seat includes an occupant support. The vehicle seat also includes a light source supported on the occupant support. The light source emits light in an illumination direction when activated. The seat also includes a graphic image that the light that travels in the illumination direction. A cover layer is located in the illumination direction from the graphic image. An illuminated graphic feature is visible through the cover layer when the light source is activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Applicant: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Paul S. Severinski, Lisa Townley, Louella Ann Patterson, Arjun Yetukuri
  • Publication number: 20190090656
    Abstract: A vehicle seating system having a seat part includes a non-foam base material covered with a trim material. The non-foam base material may include a plurality of different firmness zones based at least in part on at least one of a seated-occupant pressure map and a structural arrangement disposed adjacent to the seat part. The seat part may be, for example, a seat cushion, a seat back, or a seat bolster.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Bradley C. DUNCAN, Paul S. SEVERINSKI, Louella Ann PATTERSON, Lisa TOWNLEY, Kevin W. PEABODY, Michelle A. PERENY, Michael R. PUHALLA, Vineetha MATHEW
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20180370403
    Abstract: According to one or more embodiments, a vehicle seat assembly includes a cushion and a leather trim cover assembly disposed over the cushion. The leather trim cover assembly includes a leather upper layer and a foundation layer secured to the leather upper layer at radio-frequency weld points. The radio-frequency weld points define at least one design boundary adjacent a raised portion of a protruding design in the leather trim cover assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lisa TOWNLEY, Thomas KORYCINSKI, Paul S. SEVERINSKI, Louella Ann PATTERSON, Thomas WELCH, JR., Sara RUSSO, Dorothy KROMM
  • 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: 20180154843
    Abstract: A contour connect system for applying a vehicle trim includes a fabric loop and a low-profile hook component. The fabric loop component includes a spacer layer, Class A surface layer, and a loop-containing layer, the Class A surface layer being adhered to one side of spacer layer while the loop-containing layer is adhered to the opposite side of spacer layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: LISA TOWNLEY, PAUL S. SEVERINSKI, LOUELLA ANN PATTERSON, LARRY FRANCIS KOCHER, PUSHENG CHEN
  • Publication number: 20170327072
    Abstract: An airbag panel for a vehicle airbag system having an inflatable airbag and an inflator operable to inflate the airbag includes a first edge configured to be attached to a trim material in a vehicle interior along a first length to form a seam. A second edge may be configured to be attached to the first edge and the trim material along a second length, and at least one force-concentrating feature associated with at least one of the first edge or the second edge may be configured to effect application of a first force to a first portion of the seam and a second force less than the first force to a second portion of the seam when an inflating airbag contacts the seam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Inventors: Paul S. SEVERINSKI, Louella Ann PATTERSON, Thomas A. WELCH, SR., Lisa TOWNLEY, Pusheng CHEN, David GALLAGHER
  • 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: 9120411
    Abstract: An automotive seat back foam pad assembly includes a seat back foam pad and a panel. The seat back foam pad is configured to receive a seat back frame and includes a side pocket. The side pocket has a sidewall portion and is configured to receive an air bag module. The panel is attached to the sidewall portion and attachable with the seat back frame. The panel is configured to maintain integrity of the sidewall portion during air bag module deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: James Bradley Clauser, Paul S. Severinski, William Joseph Paruszkiewicz, Louella Ann Patterson
  • 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.
  • Patent number: 8998310
    Abstract: A seat trim retention clip that may have a pad and at least one footing. The pad may have first and second retention features. A footing may extend from the pad and may have a plurality of arms that extend from the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Lovasz, Paul S. Severinski, Louella Ann Patterson
  • Patent number: 8814267
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are generally directed to securing a trim cover to a vehicle seat cushion. In at least one embodiment, a seat cushion assembly comprises a foam cushion having an “A” surface, a “B” surface, and at least one slot extending therebetween, a trim cover extending over the foam cushion, and a trim cover attachment assembly secured to the trim cover for securing the trim cover adjacent the foam cushion. In at least one embodiment, the trim cover attachment assembly comprises a flexible sheet having a first end attached to the trim cover and a second end having a paddle that sits adjacent the “B” surface of the foam cushion, the fabric extending through the slot of the foam cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas A. Welch, Sr., William Paruszkiewicz, James Clauser, Jeffrey Joseph Frelich, Paul S. Severinski, Louella Patterson
  • Patent number: 8783768
    Abstract: The present invention relates a vehicle seat assembly comprising a frame, a cushion supported on the frame, and a trim cover assembly secured over the cushion, the trim cover assembly comprising a leather trim material and a reinforcing layer secured to the leather trim material, the reinforcing layer being less flexible than the leather trim material, the trim cover assembly having a percent reduction in stretch relative to a similar trim cover assembly not having the reinforcing layer of 40% to 95% as measured according to SAE J855.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Paul S. Severinski, Karl Henn, Pusheng Chen, Thomas A. Welch, Sr., Louella Patterson, Larry Hulme, William Paruszkiewicz, Benedict J. Messina, Bryan Orlando
  • Patent number: 8776554
    Abstract: A method of processing a leather material. The method may include providing a tanned and dried leather material and pre-stretching the leather material after the leather material is dried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Pusheng Chen, Thomas A. Welch, Sr., Louella Ann Patterson, Ashford Allen Galbreath, Paul S. Severinski
  • Publication number: 20140183925
    Abstract: A trim cover closeout system for securing adjoining trim cover portions on a vehicle component such as a seat at an opening between the trim cover portions, the system includes first and second trim edge attachment elements each having a mounting surface adapted to be secured to the edge of one of the trim cover portions and it an attachment portion including an outwardly protruding surface, and any longer closure element configured to extend over substantially the entire length of the opening, wherein the closure element may be slidably positioned over the attachment elements to secure the first and second attachment elements and, thereby, the edges of the adjoining trim cover portions to each other to close the opening. A vehicle seat assembly including the trim cover closeout system is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: James CLAUSER, William PARUSZKIEWICZ, Paul S. Severinski, Thomas A. Welch, SR.
  • Publication number: 20140137610
    Abstract: A method of processing a leather material. The method may include providing a tanned and dried leather material and pre-stretching the leather material after the leather material is dried.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Pusheng Chen, Thomas A. Welch, SR., Louella Ann Patterson, Ashford Allen Galbreath, Paul S. Severinski