Patents Examined by John Anthony Ward
  • Patent number: 8382349
    Abstract: A signaling assembly for use on an overland vehicle is shown and described, and which includes an exterior mirror housing defining an internal cavity, and which is mounted on a side of the overland vehicle; a semitransparent mirror having forward and rearward facing surfaces, and which is mounted on the mirror housing; a focusing optic mounted in the exterior mirror housing and juxtaposed relative to the rearward facing surface of the semitransparent mirror; and an emitter of visible light mounted in the internal cavity of the exterior mirror housing and juxtaposed relative to the focusing optic, and which further, when energized, emits visible light which passes through the semitransparent mirror, and which can be seen at an angle which is about 60 degrees relative to the side of the overland vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: K.W. Muth Company
    Inventor: Daniel J. Mathieu
  • Patent number: 7434968
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for installing an LED lamp module into a light such as a traffic signal light. The LED lamp module includes a plurality of LEDs for producing light. The traffic signal light includes a housing, a door assembly removably or movably attached to the housing and having an aperture for passing the light, and a securing bracket having a first end secured to the door assembly and a second end secured to the LED lamp module, for maintaining an alignment between the door assembly and the LED lamp module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Leotek Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Chen-Ho Wu
  • Patent number: 7402842
    Abstract: A light emitting diode package and method of manufacturing the light emitting diode package are provided. The light emitting diode package includes a sub-mount portion and a frame portion extending from the sub-mount portion. The frame portion has angled walls and is configured to receive a light emitting diode therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: M/A-COM, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel Lee Goodrich
  • Patent number: 7390225
    Abstract: There is disclosed a lamp device including a longitudinal axis, a first elongate electrical connector and a second elongate electrical connector, each of the first elongate electrical connector and the second elongate connector being non-parallel with respect to the longitudinal axis. The present lamp device provides a reliable electric connection on the one hand, yet is relatively inexpensive, uncomplicated and simple to implement on the other hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Trojan Technologies
    Inventors: Joseph Elku, Jim Fraser, Richard Gratton
  • Patent number: 7384173
    Abstract: A brightness enhancement article for use in an optical system is disclosed. The brightness enhancement article has a structured surface including light directing protrusions. The light directing protrusions include a peak and a base, the peak having a rounded contour defined by a first pair of prism facets and the base defined by a second pair of prism facets. The first pair of prism facets has a first included angle and the second pair of prism facets has a second included angle, such that the first included angle is different than the second included angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Leland R. Whitney
  • Patent number: 7380957
    Abstract: A joiner assembly for joining and supporting a first linear light fixture with a second linear light fixture. The joiner assembly includes a joiner bracket including first control surface connected to a second control surface and a draw fastener hole therebetween. The first control surface is configured for controlling a position of the first linear light fixture in a prestressed condition, and the second control surface is configured for controlling a position of the second linear light fixture in a prestressed condition. A draw fastener is connected to the draw fastener hole. A draw fastener constraint is connected to the draw fastener and configured for connection to at least one of the first linear light fixture and the second linear light fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Pent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Geza T. Lanczy
  • Patent number: 7371002
    Abstract: A back light module for a liquid crystal display. The module has a rear cover, a reflective film and a high-reflective mode frame. The rear cover has a bottom plate and a side plate; a first side of the side plate is connected to a side of the bottom plate. The reflective film is disposed on a top surface of the bottom plate and an internal side surface, so as to replace a lamp reflector. The high-reflective mode frame is put on the second side, which is opposite the first side of the side plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Tzuchang Wang, Shunta Hong
  • Patent number: 7370991
    Abstract: The assembly includes a strap adaptable to a variety of positions. Such a strap is placed directly about the user's head. A light-emitting source spaced from the strap includes a power supply source electrically coupled to the light-emitting assembly. Such a power supply source is rechargeable. A voice-activated mechanism for biasing the light-emitting source is defined from the strap so that the light-emitting assembly can be adapted along an x-axis, y-axis and z-axis. A motor assembly is directly and operably conjoined to the voice-activated mechanism and the light-emitting assembly. The voice-activated mechanism cooperates with the light-emitting source and the motor assembly during operating conditions. Such a voice operating mechanism is power-operated. The voice-activated mechanism is conveniently responsive to a user's voice commands in such a manner that the user can selectively operate the motor assembly and the light-emitting source from a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Inventor: Wanda J. Ellis-Fant
  • Patent number: 7367685
    Abstract: A lighted cabinet assembly includes a pair of spaced apart sidewalls and a top wall interconnecting the sidewalls. The sidewalls define an interior space therebetween and at least one shelf is supported between the sidewalls. The cabinet assembly further includes a base for supporting the cabinet assembly on a support surface. The base has an upper surface and a lower surface for facing the support surface. The sidewalls extend from the upper surface and are mounted to the base. In addition, each sidewall includes an elongate recess, which extends from the base up at least a portion of the sidewalls. At least one light strip is positioned in each of the recesses for illuminating at least a portion of the interior space of the cabinet assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Nexlite
    Inventor: Gregory R Moll
  • Patent number: 7363751
    Abstract: A modular pole system for a luminaire includes an elongated pole section formed from a continuous filament winding process with a tenon or tenon collar wound into a tip end of the pole section. A method for making a modular pole system includes placing a tenon or tenon collar over a trunion end of a mandrel and winding a pre-selected thickness of a filament along the length of the mandrel up to and including a pre-selected length of the tenon or tenon collar to produce a tenon or tenon collar wound into a pole section of the modular pole system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Shakespeare Composite Structures, LLC
    Inventors: S. Douglas Copeland, Gerti Bajraktari, William Griffin, Gregory S Hosford
  • Patent number: 7364344
    Abstract: An exemplary lamp housing includes a base (21), two frame members (23), and two frame holding members (24). The base includes an upper surface for disposing one lamp (20) thereon. The frame members are respectively attached to two opposite ends of the base so as to hold the lamp. Each of the frame members includes an outer side surface (232) and a lower outer surface (233). The frame holding members are each fixed on a corresponding one of the frame members so as to fix the frame members with the lamp. Each frame member includes a plurality of first protruding rims (2323) and second protruding rims (2324) extending from the outer side surface and down the lower outer surface. Each of the first protruding rims is parallel to one of the second protruding rims so as to define a receiving groove (2321) for mounting lamp wires connecting to the lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shao-Han Chang
  • Patent number: 7364319
    Abstract: A personal light including a battery power source connected in series with a light-emitting diode (LED) light source and a switching mechanism configured for non-contact actuation are disposed within an environmentally sealed chamber. A reflector is employed to maximize reflection of light emanating from the LED and a lens having an anti-reflective coating thereon associated with the LED opposite the reflector to enhance the light output and magnify the narrow beam of the LED. The switch employs an actuation mechanism exterior to the chamber to activate and deactivate the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Inventor: Robert L. Canella
  • Patent number: 7360917
    Abstract: A lamp holder with a securing stake is disclosed, comprising a power input line provided with a plug; a main body provided with an accommodating space whose front end is provided with an opening, whose back end is provided with an power line opening for the passing of a power line, and whose bottom is provided with a protrusion, which is provided with a connecting part; a bulb socket disposed in the accommodating space; a control circuit disposed in the accommodating space and coupled with the lamp holder and the power line; and a stake whose upper end is provided with a protrusion which is provided with a connecting part, such that the connecting part of the main body and the connecting part of the securing stake can be connected together to assemble the lamp holder with a securing stake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Inventor: Chao Chuan Chien
  • Patent number: 7360933
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a mounting structure for a vehicle headlamp. In the headlamp mounting structure, damping members, made of rubber, are inserted in middle locations of a headlamp housing to provide the headlamp housing with flexibility. Also, a steel frame is inserted in the damping members to allow for restoration or regulation of the downward deformation of the headlamp housing upon an impact with a headlamp. With the use of the damping members and the steel frame, accordingly, there is no risk of damage to a lens and other elements inside the headlamp housing due to their unintentional movements and collisions. The damping members are also made of a rubber material, ensuring the headlamp is water-tight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jong Bok Kim
  • Patent number: 7357558
    Abstract: A LCD display backlight system with improved color mixing and efficiency comprises a reflective surface, a plurality of light sources mounted on the reflective surface, a plurality of fractional wave plates and a reflective polarizer. The plurality of fractional wave plates is mounted on spaces between the plurality of light sources on the reflective surface. The reflective polarizer transmits light having a useable polarization and reflects back unused polarization of light onto the reflective surface. A portion of the unused polarization of light reflected from the reflective polarizer passes through a fractional wave plate. The reflective surface reflects the portion of the unused polarization of light through the fractional wave plate such that the polarization of the unused polarization of light is changed to useable polarization, thereby recycling the unused polarization of light into useful light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Wavien, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth K. Li, Seiji Inatsugu
  • Patent number: 7357550
    Abstract: An illumination engine for a projection display using light emitting diodes (LEDs) that includes a reflector having a first and second focal points, a source of electro-luminescence located proximate to the first focal point to emit rays of radiation in a first range of wavelengths that reflect from the reflector and converge substantially at the second focal point, and a light pipe having an first input end and a first output end, the first input end being located proximate to the second focal point to collect substantially all of the radiation and wherein the first output end transmits substantially all of the radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Wavien, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth K. Li
  • Patent number: 7357525
    Abstract: The instant invention is directed to a light emitting diode pool or spa lamp bulb having at least one light emitting diode with at least one lens body that is optically clear. The at least one light emitting diode being embedded in the lens body, the lens body being in direct contact with the pool or spa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Inventor: Kevin Doyle
  • Patent number: 7354171
    Abstract: A new lighting fixture is provided for illuminating a mirror or the like while creating the impression and feel of multiple swag lamps suspended on each side of the mirror. The fixture includes a pair of side lamp assemblies each of which is suspended from a corresponding support arm projecting from a mounting assembly positioned above and at the approximate center of the mirror. To provide compact shipping and easy assembly in the field, the side lamp assemblies are suspended by carrier links which are attached to their associated support arms by quick-fit non-screw unions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: The L.D. Kichler Co.
    Inventors: Bruce Raymond Pazula, Joseph John Janos
  • Patent number: 7350957
    Abstract: A light guide plate (100) includes a light incident surface (110), two opposite light emitting surfaces (120) each adjoining to the light incident surface, a plurality of first tapered structures (132), and a plurality of second tapered structure (134). The first and second tapered structures are provided on the light incident surface and are tapered in opposite directions. The present LCD lighting system also provides a surface light source (800) and a display device (900) using the light guide plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ming-Yi Liao
  • Patent number: 7350935
    Abstract: A backlight assembly includes at least two light sources. Each of the at least two light sources includes a first end portion and a second end portion. The first end portions of the at least two light sources are adjacent to each other. The second end portions of the at least two light sources are adjacent to each other. The backlight assembly also includes a voltage supplier for applying a high voltage to the adjacent first end portions of the at least two light sources and a low voltage to the adjacent second end portions of the at least two light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: LG.Philips LCD Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sun Young Kwon