On February 21, 2012 the United States patent office granted US 8,118,365 B2 covering the original Formation Aircraft Seating concept invented by Formation Partner, Robert Henshaw.
The concept allows a much greater number of lie flat seats to be installed in aircraft than the current state of the art without compromising seat or bed size. The seating arrangement utilizes some of the unused vertical space in the cabin to overlap parts of the lie flat beds. Formation continues to explore and develop the concept based on this patent and has filed for additional patent protection on derivative concepts including a version that maintains the upright take-off and landing position of all seats at the standard height from the floor. More information regarding this development will be made public in the coming months.