Patents Examined by Danielle Allen
  • Patent number: 9118148
    Abstract: A battery connector including an electrical connector including a plurality of terminals, each mechanically and electrically connectable with a battery, the terminals being in electrical communication with each other and mechanically connected to each other with a joint member that permits flexing the batteries with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventor: Dov Pikielny
  • Patent number: 9091798
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a light source part, a light guide plate, and a display panel. The light source part includes first light sources and second light sources alternately arranged to emit a light having a color different from a color of a light emitted from the second light sources. The light guide plate includes an incident surface having at least one light incident surface facing the light source to guide the light. The display panel receives the light from the light guide plate to display an image. A distance between end portions of the incident surface and the first and second light sources disposed and corresponding to each end portion of the light incident surface is different from a distance between a center portion of the light incident surface and the first and second light sources disposed and corresponding to the center portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventors: Juyoung Yoon, Hee-Kwang Song, HanMoe Cha
  • Patent number: 9079759
    Abstract: An illuminated tap handle comprises a handle casing, a LED light strip, a battery, a charging station, and a remote control. The LED light strip comprises a plurality of LED lights. The plurality of LED lights and the battery are hermetically sealed within the handle casing to prevent damage from corrosive materials and electronically connected to each other. The handle casing design can be easily altered to meet the needs of the consumer. The LED light strip and the battery can be installed in any casing design to better promote the branding. The remote control controls the effects of the plurality of LED lights. An induction charging method is used to charge the illuminated tap handle to prevent any kind of damages that may happen during the charging process. The illuminated tap handle is easily connected to the existing beer towers with a simple screwing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: ILLUMITAP LLC
    Inventors: Andrew S. Walker, James R. Lester, Brian D. G. Maxfield
  • Patent number: 9078536
    Abstract: A monument assembly having a main body that is interlocked with a base. The main body has inscriptions and etchings that are laser cut therein of a memorable photo or design. A plurality of solar powered lights are then used in association with the monument assembly to focus light onto the etching at night to illuminate the etching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: James Boettcher
  • Patent number: 9072454
    Abstract: A light source device for endoscopic or exoscopic applications includes a flat first light source, a second light source, an illuminating beam path that is configured to provide a first light beam emanating from the first light source for an endoscopic or exoscopic application, and a coupling device to couple a second light beam from the second light source into the illuminating beam path, whereby the coupling device is configured in such a way that at the coupling site the cross-section surface of the second light beam is smaller than the cross-section surface of the first light beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: KARL STORZ GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Klaus-Martin Irion, Thomas Hinding, Werner Goebel
  • Patent number: 9074747
    Abstract: The present invention provides a semiconductor-type light source 2, a lens 35, a light control member 6, and a driving member 7. The lens 35 is made of a main lens portion 3 and an auxiliary lens portion 5. The light control member 6 is made of a light shading portion 60 and a light transmission portion 61. The driving member 7 is configured to position the light control member 6 in such a manner as to be changeably movable between a first location and a second location. As a result, the present invention is capable of obtaining an optimal light distribution pattern for low beam LP and an optimal light distribution pattern for high beam HP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: Toshiya Abe
  • Patent number: 9068713
    Abstract: A dew condensation preventing device of a head lamp for a vehicle may include a housing forming a head lamp for the vehicle and having a lens mounted on a front end portion thereof, and a Phase Change Material (PCM) unit, mounted on the housing, for preventing dew from condensing on the lens when an internal temperature of the head lamp is lowered, thereby improving the merchantable quality and the safety when the vehicle is driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: Jeong Gyu Yang
  • Patent number: 9062933
    Abstract: A tactical illuminating system for weapons. The tactical illuminating system for weapons has a grip body with a joystick button. The grip body has at least first and second illumination sources and at least one laser emitter. The grip body mounts onto a rail member of a quail rail hand guard. The tactical illuminating system also has an electrical system and at least first and second side illuminator housings with third and fourth illumination sources respectively. The at least first and second side illuminator housings mount onto the quail rail hand guard. The at least first and second, and third and fourth, illumination sources are positioned on both sides of a weapon, and are independently controlled by the joystick button to provide light sources on strong and/or advantageous sides of the weapon when cornering without having to change grip, sight picture, an angle of said weapon, or stance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventors: John M. Allen, Stephen Kelly, Kevin Burge
  • Patent number: 9063270
    Abstract: A light-uniforming anti-glaring structure includes a light-polarizing reflection unit and a light-polarizing position adjusting unit. The light-polarizing reflection unit includes a multilayer reflector composed of a plurality of inter-stacked polymer films. One of the inter-stacked polymer films is a birefringence material layer that conforms to the condition of NX?NY?NZ, wherein NX is the index of refraction of light at X direction, NY is the index of refraction of light at Y direction, and NZ is the index of refraction of light at Z direction. The light-polarizing position adjusting unit is coupled with the light-polarizing reflection unit for adjusting the position of the light-polarizing reflection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventors: Chao-Ying Lin, Jen-Huai Chang
  • Patent number: 9052098
    Abstract: According to the invention, the, or each, electroluminescent diode is mounted on a cooling radiator comprising a U-shaped main body and fins located in the space delimited by the main body and spaced by bracing systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventor: Antoine Araman
  • Patent number: 9046233
    Abstract: A lighting module has an OLED panel with two or more pairs of electrodes and a casing for mounting the OLED panel on the casing front side. The backside of the casing has two openings for providing access to one pair of electrodes (anode and cathode), each opening located near one of the opposing side edges to provide access to one of the electrodes. A connection component made of an electrically conductive material has two bent portions dimensioned for inserting into the openings of two adjacent lighting modules for providing mechanical and electrical connection between two adjacent modules. The length of the connection component is dimensioned for achieving a snug fit between two adjacent modules. One lighting module can be connected to one or two adjacent lighting modules in a one-dimensional array, or two to fourth adjacent lighting modules in a two-dimensional array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: AU Optronics Corporation
    Inventor: Chin-Shan Chen
  • Patent number: 8992038
    Abstract: An illumination system is housed in a footwear, the footwear including a sole and an upper. A structure and a liner form inner layers connected to the upper. A plurality of illumination sources are electrically connected to a power source and positioned adjacent to the liner. The illumination sources are positioned between the liner and upper. A batting is designed to be light diffusing, while the upper has a light diffusing section. The light emitted from the plurality of illumination sources is diffused as it passes through the batting and light diffusing section. Aesthetic designs can be creating, either through the arrangement of the plurality of illumination sources or the provision of a light impermeable section on the upper. The light impermeable section, in combination with the light diffusion section, can be used to form or outline an aesthetic design. The result is an internally illuminated footwear with diffused light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Roy Robert Smith, III
  • Patent number: 8985811
    Abstract: A LED luminaire includes a body portion having a lighting module and an optical structure formed integrally with the body portion. The optical structure is formed within the body portion and located in a light-projection direction of the lighting module. The optical structure substantially is a sheet-like structure with a first surface and a second surface. The first surface has at least two side portions with a first curvature, and the second surface has a second curvature. The first curvature is greater than the second curvature. Thereby, the view angle of the light is increased as the light generated from the lighting module passes through the optical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignees: Lite-On Electronics (Guangzhou) Limited, Lite-On Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Jen-Min Huang, Chih-Lung Liang
  • Patent number: 8967840
    Abstract: A vehicle auxiliary lighting system (VALS 10) having attached to the side of a vehicle a set of side lights that automatically illuminate in synchrony with a corresponding set of vehicle lights are activated by a vehicle driver. The side lights are attached to four moisture-resistant enclosures namely: a left front light enclosure (12), a right front light enclosure (28), a left rear light enclosure (38) and a right rear light enclosure (54). The enclosures, which are attached to a structure adjacent a set of disk brakes and a set of drum brakes, are viewed through openings on a set of spoked vehicle wheels. The side lights, which correspond to the vehicle's front facing lights, produce an amber light; the side lights that correspond to the vehicle's rear facing lights produce a red light; and the side light that corresponds to a vehicle's reverse light produces a white light. By utilizing the VALS (10) the margin of safety for both pedestrians and other motorists is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Curtis J. Haney
  • Patent number: 8944618
    Abstract: An illumination module includes a plurality of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and a light conversion sub-assembly mounted near but physically separated from the LEDs. The light conversion sub-assembly includes at least a portion that is a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) material that also includes a wavelength converting material. Despite being less reflective than other materials that may be used in the light conversion sub-assembly, the PTFE material unexpectedly produces an increase in luminous output, compared to other more reflective materials, when the PTFE material includes a wavelength converting material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Xicato, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter K. Tseng, Gerard Harbers
  • Patent number: 8931926
    Abstract: A reflector luminaire with a light-emitting means and a reflector, which reflects light from the light-emitting means which is incident on said reflector in a predetermined emission direction and which has a rim (2) which points towards the emission direction makes it possible to perform particular lighting tasks, for example the uniform illumination of a rectangular illumination area by virtue of the fact that the reflector comprises a plurality of differently designed segments (7), which are calculated individually with respect to the light-emitting means for defined illumination of a predetermined area, and by the fact that the segments (7) are joined to one another by transition sections (8), by means of which the predetermined reflecting total surface area of the segments (7) is reduced by less than ΒΌ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Auer Lighting GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Becker, Harry Wagener, Marc C. Hubner
  • Patent number: 8905573
    Abstract: A portable light may comprise: a light body having a light source near one end for emitting light in a substantially transverse direction; a switch actuator near the end of the light body for controlling the light source; and a stowable hanger affixed to the light body near the end thereof. The light body may have an external opening and a given cross-sectional shape and size for receiving a light source module having an exterior of the given cross-sectional shape and size. The light source module may comprise: a light source, a reflector, a heat sink thermally coupled to the light source, a lens, reflector, and a lens ring holding the lens. The portable light may also comprise: a clip extending adjacent the light body in a longitudinal direction, wherein the clip is rotatably mounted so as to be movable about the light body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Streamlight, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond L. Sharrah, Matthew B. Dalton
  • Patent number: 8899801
    Abstract: A PSU pod assembly that is configured to be positioned in the interior of an aircraft. The PSU pod assembly includes a PSU pod that includes a housing that includes a top, a bottom and first, second, third and fourth sides that cooperate to define a pod interior and a panel positioned above and connected to the PSU pod. The PSU pod includes at least first and second reading lights positioned within the pod interior that are configured to shine light below the housing and cabin lights positioned on or in the housing that are configured to shine light above the housing. The panel includes connectors that are configured to secure the PSU pod assembly to a component within the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: C&D Zodiac, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Savian
  • Patent number: 8801250
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting device can include a bulb or a light source, a projector lens, a first reflection surface which reflects light toward the projector lens and collects the reflected light, a shade including an upper rim, the upper rim being movable between a light blocking position and a retracting position. The lighting device can also include a second reflection surface which reflects light downward when the shade is in the light blocking position, and a third reflection surface which reflects light forward to allow the reflected light to be emitted forward, when the shade is in the light blocking position. The device can also include a pair of left and right fourth reflection surfaces which reflect light in diagonally forward right and left directions, respectively, to allow the reflected light to be emitted in the diagonally forward right and left directions, when the shade is in the light blocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Uchida
  • Patent number: 8770810
    Abstract: A rear view mirror assembly is proposes having at least a mirror base and a mirror head covering a mirror glass (54) mounted into the mirror head and an optical alert indicator (62) that produces light in reaction to a sensor signal to inform operator (28) about hazardous information and the light shines through the mirror glass (54). The mirror glass (54) is mounted to a backing plate (52) that has a mounting surface (53) for at least one LED (64) and at least one light guide structure that can be a wedged light guide or a light guide pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Soenke Goldschmidt, Xavier Beuzeville, Thomas Baggi