Patents by Inventor Robert C. Fitzpatrick

Robert C. Fitzpatrick 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: 10279717
    Abstract: An occupant support system includes a vehicle seat and an arm support. The vehicle seat supports an occupant in a vehicle while the vehicle is moving. The arm support supports the occupant's arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Cedric Ketels, Rod Goodrich, Robert C Fitzpatrick
  • Publication number: 20190039486
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat bottom and a seat back. The seat back is coupled to the seat bottom and arranged to extend upwardly from the seat bottom. The seat back includes a seat-back frame and a comfort integrator unit to be mounted to the seat-back frame, as well as a seat-cover shell that can be positioned over the mounted comfort integrator unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Kevin L. WRIGHT, Robert C. FITZPATRICK
  • Publication number: 20190031050
    Abstract: An occupant support includes a vehicle seat. The vehicle seat includes a seat bottom and a seat back coupled to the seat bottom. The occupant support further includes a lift system coupled to the seat bottom and seat back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventor: Robert C. Fitzpatrick
  • Patent number: 10046671
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat bottom and a seat back. The seat back is coupled to the seat bottom and arranged to extend in an upward direction away from the seat bottom. The vehicle seat further includes an electronics system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Julien Seiller, Robert C Fitzpatrick
  • Publication number: 20180178692
    Abstract: An occupant support adapted for use in a vehicle includes a cushion, an air-permeable cushion cover, and a ventilation unit. The cushion is adapted to support an occupant on the occupant support. The air-permeable cushion cover is arranged around at least a portion the cushion. The ventilation unit is configured to selectively cool the occupant of the occupant support with convective cooling through the air-permeable cushion cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventors: Ying (Carolyn) ZHAO, Robert C. FITZPATRICK, Cedric KETELS, John M. PERRAUT
  • Patent number: 9975394
    Abstract: Vehicle seats may be configured as part of an airflow management system capable of controlling the environment in the immediate vicinity of seated passengers. A vehicle seat may include any number of air intake and discharge ports arranged so that discharged air flows along the body of the seated passenger on its way to the air intake ports. The air may be heated and/or cooled along a system air flow path to have an immediate effect on the comfort of the seated passenger without the need to heat or cool the entire vehicle cabin. Less energy is consumed to achieve a vehicle seat-specific climate than to achieve an overall interior cabin climate. The airflow management system may include more than one such vehicle seat, and the airflow characteristics with respect to each vehicle seat may be separately controllable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Robert C. Fitzpatrick, James T. Hotary
  • Patent number: 9914371
    Abstract: A seat system for use in a vehicle includes a vehicle seat and a seat mover system. The vehicle seat is arranged to support an occupant above a vehicle floor included in the vehicle. The seat mover system is configured to vary a tilt, height, and longitudinal position of the vehicle seat relative to the vehicle floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Robert C Fitzpatrick, Jeffery T Bonk, Timothy L Moulton, Jared A Judson
  • Patent number: 9889770
    Abstract: Equipment and processes generate a seating solution by obtaining occupant data, calculating body dimensions from the occupant data, and calculating a best-fit body arrangement for an occupant. Occupant data may be obtained in various ways using available computational devices and software or by manually measuring the relevant dimensions on the occupant. A user interface for inputting occupant metrics and/or occupant measurements may be provided in a mobile terminal included in the vehicle or separate from the vehicle, thus giving users increased flexibility while maximizing simplicity and usability for the user or other personnel obtaining the data. Once an occupant's best-fit body arrangement is determined, it may be altered by changing the predetermined criteria to achieve optimum comfort, safety, and therapeutic benefit as well as used for providing improved comfort on a continuous basis and/or in response to detected or predicted vehicle, road, or atmospheric conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: James T. Hotary, Samuel Baudu, Robert C. Fitzpatrick, Dana R. Lowell, Gregory Brncick
  • Publication number: 20180022248
    Abstract: An occupant support system includes a vehicle seat and an arm support. The vehicle seat supports an occupant in a vehicle while the vehicle is moving. The arm support supports the occupant's arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventors: Cedric KETELS, Rod GOODRICH, Robert C FITZPATRICK
  • Publication number: 20170370357
    Abstract: A vehicle seat in accordance with the present disclosure includes a seat bottom, a seat back, and an occupant comfort system. The occupant comfort system includes a pneumatic pump and a pneumatic bladder. The pneumatic pump provides a stream of pressurized air to the pneumatic bladder to inflate the pneumatic bladder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Inventors: Robert C. FITZPATRICK, Todd SIETING
  • Publication number: 20170282770
    Abstract: Equipment and processes generate a seating solution by obtaining occupant data, calculating body dimensions from the occupant data, and calculating a best-fit body arrangement for an occupant. Occupant data may be obtained in various ways using available computational devices and software or by manually measuring the relevant dimensions on the occupant. A user interface for inputting occupant metrics and/or occupant measurements may be provided in a mobile terminal included in the vehicle or separate from the vehicle, thus giving users increased flexibility while maximizing simplicity and usability for the user or other personnel obtaining the data. Once an occupant's best-fit body arrangement is determined, it may be altered by changing the predetermined criteria to achieve optimum comfort, safety, and therapeutic benefit as well as used for providing improved comfort on a continuous basis and/or in response to detected or predicted vehicle, road, or atmospheric conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: James T. HOTARY, Samuel BAUDU, Robert C. FITZPATRICK, Dana R. LOWELL, Gregory BRNCICK
  • Patent number: 9688163
    Abstract: Equipment and processes generate a seating solution by obtaining occupant data, calculating body dimensions from the occupant data, and calculating a best-fit body arrangement for an occupant. Occupant data may be obtained in various ways using available computational devices and software or by manually measuring the relevant dimensions on the occupant. A user interface for inputting occupant metrics and/or occupant measurements may be provided in a mobile terminal included in the vehicle or separate from the vehicle, thus giving users increased flexibility while maximizing simplicity and usability for the user or other personnel obtaining the data. Once an occupant's best-fit body arrangement is determined, it may be altered by changing the predetermined criteria to achieve optimum comfort, safety, and therapeutic benefit as well as used for providing improved comfort on a continuous basis and/or in response to detected or predicted vehicle, road, or atmospheric conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: James T Hotary, Samuel Baudu, Robert C Fitzpatrick, Dana R Lowell, Gregory Brncick
  • Patent number: 9676310
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes seat pads included in seat bottoms and seat backs. The seat pads are configured to provide both a cold sensation and a warming sensation to an occupant sitting on the seat pads. According to the present disclosure, a vehicle seat includes an occupant-support base. The occupant-support base includes a cushion cover defining a cushion-receiving space and a cushion positioned to lie in the cushion-receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Robert C. Fitzpatrick, Dana R. Lowell, Tarek Makansi, John Latimer Franklin
  • Publication number: 20170043681
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat bottom and a seat back. The seat back is coupled to the seat bottom and arranged to extend in an upward direction away from the seat bottom. The vehicle seat further includes an electronics system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventors: Julien Seiller, Robert C Fitzpatrick
  • Publication number: 20160339804
    Abstract: Equipment and processes generate a seating solution by obtaining occupant data, calculating body dimensions from the occupant data, and calculating a best-fit body arrangement for an occupant. Occupant data may be obtained in various ways using available computational devices and software or by manually measuring the relevant dimensions on the occupant. A user interface for inputting occupant metrics and/or occupant measurements may be provided in a mobile terminal included in the vehicle or separate from the vehicle, thus giving users increased flexibility while maximizing simplicity and usability for the user or other personnel obtaining the data. Once an occupant's best-fit body arrangement is determined, it may be altered by changing the predetermined criteria to achieve optimum comfort, safety, and therapeutic benefit as well as used for providing improved comfort on a continuous basis and/or in response to detected or predicted vehicle, road, or atmospheric conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: James T. Hotary, Samuel Baudu, Robert C. Fitzpatrick, Dana R. Lowell, Gregory Brncick
  • Publication number: 20160325642
    Abstract: A seat system for use in a vehicle includes a vehicle seat and a seat mover system. The vehicle seat is arranged to support an occupant above a vehicle floor included in the vehicle. The seat mover system is configured to vary a tilt, height, and longitudinal position of the vehicle seat relative to the vehicle floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Publication date: November 10, 2016
    Inventors: Robert C. Fitzpatrick, Jeffery T. Bonk, Timothy L. Moulton, Jared A Judson
  • Patent number: 9428082
    Abstract: Equipment and processes generate a seating solution by obtaining occupant data, calculating body dimensions from the occupant data, and calculating a best-fit body arrangement for an occupant. Occupant data may be obtained in various ways using available computational devices and software or by manually measuring the relevant dimensions on the occupant. A user interface for inputting occupant metrics and/or occupant measurements may be provided in a mobile terminal included in the vehicle or separate from the vehicle, thus giving users increased flexibility while maximizing simplicity and usability for the user or other personnel obtaining the data. Once an occupant's best-fit body arrangement is determined, it may be altered by changing the predetermined criteria to achieve optimum comfort, safety, and therapeutic benefit as well as used for providing improved comfort on a continuous basis and/or in response to detected or predicted vehicle, road, or atmospheric conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: James T Hotary, Samuel Baudu, Robert C Fitzpatrick, Dana R Lowell, Gregory Brncick
  • Publication number: 20160207429
    Abstract: A vehicle seat (10) comprising a deformable elastic layer (24) including a series of deformable strips (S) made of elastic material and arranged to lie in side-by-side relation to one another and a layer-firmness changer (25) including a strip deformer (28) comprising several inflatable bladders (B), each inflatable bladder (B) being positioned to lie in a bladder-receiving space provided between a companion pair of adjacent deformable strips (S) included in the deformable elastic layer (24) and adapted to be coupled in fluid communication to a pressurized fluid source (20) and a strip retainer (26) configured to provide means for retaining the series of deformable strips (S) in side-by-side relation to one another during deformation of the deformable strips (S) caused in one instance by inflation of each inflatable bladder (B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Inventors: Robert C. FITZPATRICK, Christopher L. HOGG, Adam M. DECK
  • Publication number: 20150266405
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes seat pads included in seat bottoms and seat backs. The seat pads are configured to provide both a cold sensation and a warming sensation to an occupant sitting on the seat pads. According to the present disclosure, a vehicle seat includes an occupant-support base. The occupant-support base includes a cushion cover defining a cushion-receiving space and a cushion positioned to lie in the cushion-receiving space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Inventors: Robert C. Fitzpatrick, Dana R. Lowell
  • Publication number: 20150145296
    Abstract: Equipment and processes generate a seating solution by obtaining occupant data, calculating body dimensions from the occupant data, and calculating a best-fit body arrangement for an occupant. Occupant data may be obtained in various ways using available computational devices and software or by manually measuring the relevant dimensions on the occupant. A user interface for inputting occupant metrics and/or occupant measurements may be provided in a mobile terminal included in the vehicle or separate from the vehicle, thus giving users increased flexibility while maximizing simplicity and usability for the user or other personnel obtaining the data. Once an occupant's best-fit body arrangement is determined, it may be altered by changing the predetermined criteria to achieve optimum comfort, safety, and therapeutic benefit as well as used for providing improved comfort on a continuous basis and/or in response to detected or predicted vehicle, road, or atmospheric conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: James T. Hotary, Samuel Baudu, Robert C. Fitzpatrick, Dana R. Lowell, Gregory Brncick