Patents Examined by David V. Hobden
  • Patent number: 6513945
    Abstract: This invention is in the area of three-dimensional holiday decorations and their manufacture, and specifically in the area of an illuminated decoration which may replace natural stems for the tops of pumpkins, squash and gourd-type fruits as used in Halloween, Thanksgiving, Harvest, Christmas and similar holiday-type decorations. An artificial replacement stem and various assorted appendages are provided. A decorative novelty item, such as a Halloween pumpkin, is affixed with said artificial stem or various appendages of a design or other festive decorative appurtenance, replacing or augmenting its natural stem. Said artificial stem or appendages may also be equipped with means of illumination, especially by chemical luminescence, together with a means for affixing said artificial stem or appendage to said pumpkin or like-type fruit such as adhesive, a spike or hook-type attachment means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Inventors: John Raymond Wyss, Wade Garrett Latourette
  • Patent number: 6508568
    Abstract: A light assembly designed to be mounted within and illuminate an interior portion of a purse, pocketbook or like structure including a casing having a substantially hollow interior, the boundaries of which are defined by a surrounding, exterior wall at least partially formed from a transparent or light transmitting portion. A circuit assembly including an illumination source, a power source and a switch assembly is mounted, at least partially, within the interior of the casing such that the illumination source is aligned with the light transmitting portion so as to generate light from the casing into interior portions of the purse for illumination thereof. A mounting structure is secured, at least in part, to the exterior wall and, dependent upon the specific structural embodiment thereof the casing may be permanently or removably connected to any one of a variety of different positions within the interior of the purse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Inventor: Brenda Robinson Blue-Recio
  • Patent number: 6508574
    Abstract: A light fixture suitable for illuminating highway signage and billboards having large surface areas. The fixture includes a curved reflector assembly, shaped generally like a cobra hood that is attached to a plate disposed in a base. The reflector assembly 38 includes a plurality of spectral segments, integrally disposed in bands and rows of the reflector assembly so that an portion of the spectral segments is disposed above the plate, an intermediate portion of the spectral segments is disposed partially above and partially below the plate, and a portion of spectral segments is disposed below the plate surface. A lamp is supported within the fixture for facilitating projecting a substantially rectangularly shaped plane of light distributed in a plurality of substantially rectangularly shaped luminance patterns onto a flat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: Allied Lighting Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter C. Sara, Steven C. Donner, Henry M. Avila
  • Patent number: 6491405
    Abstract: A photographic umbrella includes a skeletal frame and both a reflective inner surface and a diffusive inner surface secured in relation to the frame. The frame defines an inner concavity or recess that opens at a mouth portion. A first cover member made from fabric or other suitable material is secured to the frame, and an inner surface of the first cover member conforms generally to the shape of the inner concavity. This inner surface of the first cover member includes a highly reflective surface. A second, translucent cover member is placed in covering relation with the reflective inner surface of the first cover member so that the second cover member at least substantially covers the reflective inner surface. Thus, the second cover member diffuses light incident thereon and the reflective inner surface reflects light that passes through the second cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Inventor: John E. Shirilla
  • Patent number: 6485169
    Abstract: The disclosed safety light is designed to provide automatic operation for lights placed on elastic tires. Wheel (100) comprises a hub (84), a urethane tire (88), and a safety light circuit molded into the urethane tire and hub. The safety light circuit is formed on a circuit board which holds electrical components comprising, a battery (B1), deformation-activated switch (SW1), photo sensor and delay(CDS1, D1, R1, R2, Q1, C1), and illumination devices (LED1 and LED2). Battery(B1) provides electromotive power to operate all circuitry, with switch (SW1), photo sensor CDS1, and illumination devices (LEDp1 and LED2) placed substantially in series electrically. Switch (SW1) is designed to conduct current when a change in deformation or a specified rate-of-change in deformation of the tire material is detected. The photocell (CDS1) signals the photo-sensor to conduct current when photocell (CDS1) detects a sufficiently low level of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Inventor: Gary Dean Ragner
  • Patent number: 6478452
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus includes a semiconductor laser providing light-output in first and second mutually perpendicular axes. The light-output propagates in a direction mutually perpendicular to the first and second axes. An optical system is arranged cooperative with the semiconductor laser to focus the light-output inn the first and second axes at respectively first and second focal points spaced apart in the propagation direction. At a plane intersecting the first focal point perpendicular to the direction of propagation, the focussed diode-laser light-output is formed into a line of light having a width in the first axis and a length in the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Coherent, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew O. Richardson, Haiyin Sun, Christopher John Kruger
  • Patent number: 6467924
    Abstract: A keyboard is provided having illuminating keys. The keyboard includes a light channeling membrane and key members constructed at least partially of translucent material so that light produced from a light source is channeled upwardly to the upper surfaces of the key members. The light source may include LED or LEC systems in adjoining relationship to the light channeling membrane. However, in a preferred embodiment, the light source is constructed of a substantially planar illuminescent sheet which underlies the light channeling membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Inventor: Michael Shipman
  • Patent number: 6457843
    Abstract: An outlet covering system for restricting access to an outlet mounted on a wall surface. The outlet covering system includes an enclosure mountable to a wall surface for covering an outlet. The enclosure comprises a plate member that includes an opening for receiving the outlet and a cover member pivotally coupled to the plate member for selectively blocking access to the outlet. The cover member includes a front wall, a top wall, a bottom wall, and a pair of side walls. A securing member is provided for releasably securing the cover member to the plate member. A locking means is provided for selectively locking said cover member in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Inventors: Billie-Jo M. Kester, Ronald D. Kester
  • Patent number: 6457838
    Abstract: An adaptor for a hand-held flashlight is disclosed, the flashlight being of the type having an elongate handle defying a battery compartment. The adaptor comprises a fitting in the form of a cylindrical handle-receiving aperture for mounting the flashlight handle detachably in a friction fit A multi-directional connector joins the flashlight fitting to one of a number of interchangeable bases, which may be coupled detachably to a mounting plate. The mounting plate may be formed with strap mounting formations for carrying a headstrap or the like. Both the base-plate and the interchangeable bases may be formed with suction caps, plugs, keyed apertures or magnets for mounting them detachably to various fixtures. As a result, the hand-held flashlight may be readily adapted for hands-free use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Designodev Limited
    Inventors: Peter Balfour Dugmore, Gwendy Helen Hayward, Paul Bunn
  • Patent number: 6454427
    Abstract: An illuminating utility knife has an easy-access to spare blades contained therein. The knife has a housing made up of a first cover and a second cover coupled together and fastened by at least one screw. A blade is slidably contained in the housing. The utility knife of the invention can be used in dim light because an illuminating device is provided in the knife. The illuminating device includes a bulb installed near the blade, a battery chamber defined in the housing for containing at least one battery, and a switch used for actuating the bulb. Additionally, a spare blade drawer is provided and slidably contained in a passage defined in the housing. At least one spare blade is stored in the spare blade drawer and therefore is easy to be taken out for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Inventor: Kun-Chen Chen
  • Patent number: 6450661
    Abstract: A light source device including a light-permeable cap accommodating therein a light emitting diode adapted to emit light from a top surface thereof in an axial direction. The top surface is oriented at an angle relative to the axial direction such that the light projected toward the top surface is reflected thereon and is redirected toward lateral direction or directions. A light emitting device has a disc-like globe which has opposing flat light permeable walls and within which a plurality of such light source devices are arranged along a marginal portion of the globe. The redirected light from each light source is diffused from the light permeable walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Okumura Seisakusho
    Inventor: Masahiro Okumura
  • Patent number: 6439732
    Abstract: A theft-proof removable door handle illumination device having a base, a door handle illumination assembly, and a case supporting the assembly. The base is operable to be mounted on a mounting surface. The door handle illumination assembly is operable to provide illumination. The case and base are removably interconnected such that disconnection of the case from the base requires movement of the case in a disconnect direction that is at least substantially parallel to the mounting surface. The case and base cooperate when interconnected to prevent movement of the case in a direction generally perpendicular to the disconnect direction. With this arrangement, the device is easily associated with a door assembly so that movement of the case in the disconnect direction is permitted only when the door is open. The case, once removed, can be used for illumination purposes apart from the door (e.g., a flashlight).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventors: Mark A. Weisbach, Dee Weisbach
  • Patent number: 6439735
    Abstract: This invention of double-tube water pen includes an outer tube, an inner tube, an ink tube, a pen cover, and a pen top. Once the inner and outer tubes are connected, decorative liquid can be added. The closed end of the inner tube can have an extended tube. This extended tube can take in ink tube in its outer tube and make the length of ink tube to be longer. Moreover, a glowing gadget can be installed into the empty space inside of inner tube. One end of the glowing gadget is pushed closely to the end of the ink tube. When users use the pen and press the ink tube to the glowing gadget, the glowing part inside of the gadget will receive current and start to glow. This will add special effect to the pen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventor: Ming-Tay Shu
  • Patent number: 6428193
    Abstract: For a control rod disposed between a top corner of the sun visor and the hinge of the mirror flap on the sun visor, the end of the rod associated with the plate carries a cam that causes two electrical conductors to be pressed one against the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Mollertech SAS
    Inventor: Robert Guyot
  • Patent number: 6425678
    Abstract: An obstruction lamp which replaces conventional incandescent light bulbs and which utilizes light emitting diodes (LEDs) in an illumination unit. The obstruction lamp includes a first plurality of LEDs connected in series. The first plurality of LEDs are mounted onto a metal vertical cylinder which provides a heat sinking for the first plurality of LEDs. A lens is configured to cover the first plurality of LEDs and the metal vertical cylinder. A metal base is provided on which the first plurality of LEDs, the metal vertical cylinder, and the lens are mounted. Further, a clamp is configured to seal the lens to the metal base. A second plurality of LEDs may be connected electrically independently of the first plurality of LEDs and may be mounted on top of the metal vertical cylinder. A wire housing may be configured to attach to the metal base and to provide electrical connection to the first and/or second plurality of LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Assignee: Dialight Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Verdes, Rand Eikelberger
  • Patent number: 6422727
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp having a hollow body lens unit constructed by integrally forming a lamp body and a front lens which constitute a lamp chamber, a light source provided in the body lens unit, and a diffusion step such as a cylindrical step having step elements, each of which has constant directivity, the diffusion step being provided on the outer surface of the lens portion of the body lens unit. The step elements of the diffusion step on the outer surface of the lens portion are lined up in a predetermined direction and each have directivity, so that the mud and dust do not easily stick to each step element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takayoshi Goto
  • Patent number: 6422724
    Abstract: A portable light device for vehicles for providing useful and needed light when working with or about a vehicle. The portable light device for vehicles includes includes a magnetic base member; and also includes an elongate contortable member having a first end and a second end with the first end being securely fastened to the magnetic base member; and further includes a support member being securely and pivotally attached to the second end of the elongate contortable member and having a first portion and a second portion which is rotatably mounted upon the first portion with the second portion also including a top wall and a recessed portion in the top wall; and also includes light-emitting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Inventor: Robert A. Monteiro
  • Patent number: 6419380
    Abstract: A vehicle light can include a light source, at least one first elliptic group reflecting surface shaped as half of an elliptical surface (after either an upper or lower substantial half of the substantial ellipse is cut-off). The first elliptic group reflecting surface can have its longitudinal axis on an optical axis of the vehicle light, and a first focus located in the vicinity of the light source. Two second elliptic group reflecting surfaces can be provided that are shaped as substantial halves of elliptical surfaces (after either upper or lower substantial halves of substantial ellipses are cut-off). The second elliptic group reflecting surfaces can have longitudinal axes that are substantially perpendicular to the optical axis of the vehicle light, and their first foci can be located in the vicinity of the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroo Oyama, Go Adachi, Yoshifumi Kawaguchi, Takashi Akutagawa
  • Patent number: 6406164
    Abstract: A safety light kit is described that includes a plurality of battery-powered safety lights and an plurality of safety light stands, each of the stands including a ferrous mounting plate, and a support member adapted to support the ferrous mounting plate in a generally upright orientation on a horizontal surface. The kit can also include additional mounting mechanisms such as a rectangular plate having a front face for attachment of a light, and a rear surface for use in attaching said mounting mechanism to a generally vertical surface and/or a flexible pouch having a safety light-receiving cavity with a transparent front face. The lights can also be used in combination with a stand or other mounting mechanism independent of the kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Marpac Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Small, Terrence P. McCoy, David A. Theisen
  • Patent number: 6402353
    Abstract: A lighting system for preferentially illuminating the seating area of a mass-transit vehicle includes a light fixture with a lamp housing longitudinally disposed above the seating area An electrically energized light source is mounted at least one end of the light fixture. At least one solid-core semi-rigid light pipe extends from and is optically coupled to the light source. The light pipe receives light from the light source, transmits the light along its length, and emits the light laterally into the passenger compartment. The light pipe runs parallel to and is suspended from the lamp housing between the lamp housing and the seating area so that the lamp housing can direct laterally emitted light from the pipe into the seating area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Transmatic, Inc.
    Inventors: Onward K. Dealey, Jr., Ben V. Domas, Alvin D. McCauley