Patents Examined by Matthew J Peerce
  • Patent number: 10300843
    Abstract: A vehicle side marker is provided herein. The side marker may include a translucent lens having a texture thereon. A substrate may be attached to the lens. A first photoluminescent structure and a second photoluminescent structure are disposed between an exterior surface of the lens and the substrate. The first and second photoluminescent structures are configured to luminesce in response to excitation by a light source. The first photoluminescent structure may include a long persistent photoluminescent material therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sleiman N. Abdelnour, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, Stephen Kenneth Helwig
  • Patent number: 10302847
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, micro light guides are constructed that include a wall and one or more features extending from or protruding into one or more surfaces of the wall. The microstructure light guide is defined by a mold and formed as a single article with uniform internal stresses. In at least some embodiments, the mold that defines the microstructure light guide employs pixelated mold portions that enable selective temperature adjustment of discrete regions of the mold portions to form the microstructure light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Kurt A. Jenkins, Lincoln M. Ghioni
  • Patent number: 10293761
    Abstract: A vehicle trim element has a panel that includes at least one colored mask having solid areas and at least one aperture delimiting a pattern, and a colored screen transmitting light and closing each aperture of the mask. The mask and the screen are substantially of the same color so that the pattern is visible when the panel is backlit and substantially invisible in the absence of backlighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Interieur Industrie
    Inventors: Geoffroy Topart, Thierry Vourlat, Dany Desrus
  • Patent number: 10281100
    Abstract: An optical device comprising: an optical element for converting wavelength formed from a first optical medium having a first refractive index. The converter element receives an incident light beam at a first face and converts it into a converted light beam. The reflective optical element, positioned on a second face of the converter is configured to reflect the converted light beam. The optical device comprises a primary optical element formed from a second optical medium having a second refractive index substantially identical to the first refractive index. A first face of the primary optical element being positioned in proximity to the first face of the converter element, the primary optical element receives the incident light beam and transmits it to the converter. A second face of the primary optical element forms an output face for outputting the converted light beam to minimize parasitic reflections of the converted light beam off itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: VALEO VISION
    Inventors: Marine Courcier, Pierre Albou
  • Patent number: 10267492
    Abstract: An illumination device for synthesizing light from an object at virtually infinite distance comprises a primary light source configured to emit a primary light, a concentrator positioned downstream the primary light source and configured to reduce the divergence of the primary light, an emitting surface positioned downstream the concentrator, and an absorber made of light-absorbing material positioned upstream the emitting surface and configured to absorb light rays which cross the emitting surface in an upstream direction and which, in the absence of the absorber would not be directed toward the primary light source, wherein the primary light source, the concentrator, the emitting surface and the absorber are configured so that they produces from the primary light an output light that exits the emitting surface with a luminance profile which is spatially uniform across the emitting surface, and has a narrow peak in the polar-angle distribution around an output-light direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: CoeLux S.r.l.
    Inventor: Paolo Di Trapani
  • Patent number: 10253466
    Abstract: A ground level illumination system such as a road stud comprises a light source (12) positioned below ground level (8). An optics block (9) and a top block (2) transmit light from the source (12) to the exterior, the light rising at a shallow angle as a collimated beam in the top block (2) to emerge at a window (4) above the ground level (8). The window (4) is shaped to refract the light into a beam (16) that descends at a shallow angle relative to the ground level (8). The emerging beam (16) may be used to illuminate road markings (26) formed from luminous paint that can be re-charged by the illumination system. A feedback mechanism (82) can measure reflected light levels to maintain the optimal “charge” in the paint. A further element (84) of the system may also compare the intensity of reflected light at different wavelengths to detect the presence of fog.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Cyclops Road Studs Limited
    Inventors: Antoine Yvon Messiou, Thomas James Barker
  • Patent number: 10240746
    Abstract: An optical mixer for a vehicle lighting device having a light source and an optical fiber panel that inputs light from the light source. The optical mixer includes a light input face configuration to input light from the light source, and a light output face configured to output light to the input to panel. A sidewall connects the light input face to the light output face. The optical mixer is configured to provide output light from the output face having greater spatial uniformity than input light entering the input face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: Kayla Greene, John Orisich, Brant Potter, Mark Madden
  • Patent number: 10234090
    Abstract: A lighting device may be provided according to the embodiment of the present invention. The lighting device according to the embodiment of the present invention includes: a light source which includes a substrate including a top surface and a bottom surface, a plurality of light emitting devices disposed in a central portion of the bottom surface of the substrate, and an input/output portion disposed in an edge portion of the bottom surface of the substrate and electrically connected to a wire; and a body which is coupled to the substrate of the light source and includes an opening through which light from the plurality of light emitting devices of the light source passes. The body includes an inner surface which defines the opening. The body includes a cover portion which is disposed on the inner surface of the body and covers the input/output portion of the light source and the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chang Hyuk Im, Ji Hwan Jeon, Sang Jun Hong
  • Patent number: 10234621
    Abstract: A display device includes a first display panel including a display surface defined by first and second directions, a second display panel spaced apart from the first display panel in a third direction perpendicular to the display surface, and a backlight unit disposed between the first and second display panels to provide a light to the first and second display panels. The backlight unit includes a light emitting element, a first exit light guide plate, a second exit light guide plate spaced apart from the first exit light guide plate, a first light-division light guide member, and a second light-division light guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Chan-jae Park, Hyun-hwa Song, Seunghwan Baek
  • Patent number: 10234130
    Abstract: An illuminating dreamcatcher apparatus which provides a soothing visualization even when viewed in the dark includes a hoop member formed from a rigid circular shaped structural ring, a netting formed from an illuminating wire disposed in the open center of the hoop member and a plurality of decorative items hanging from the hoop member. The hoop member includes at least one hoop lighting element positioned around its circumferential edge as well as an electrical control unit that is wired to the hoop lighting elements and netting so as to allow the selective provision of electricity to the hoop lighting elements and netting. Each of the plurality of hanging decorative items defines a beaded strand with a fiber optic core so as to allow illumination from the hoop lighting element to be emitted from the bottom of the plurality of hanging decorative items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Autumn Falcon
  • Patent number: 10198917
    Abstract: A mobile emergency light device includes a casing (1), a moving closure cover (2), a translucent lens (3), an electronic circuit board (5) for control, and a combined reflector (4), in which the combined reflector (4) has an inverted bell shape and is open at both ends, in which the electronic circuit board is securely connected to the combined reflector (4), and provided with a plurality of light-emitting diodes (LED), suitably angled towards the combined reflector (4), and in which the casing (1) forms inside this a cylindrical cavity (13), whose interior houses an automatic switch, driven by the base of the casing approaching a ferromagnetic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Netun Solutions, S.L.
    Inventor: Jorge Torre Sarmiento
  • Patent number: 10168015
    Abstract: An LED lamp includes a metal lead frame strip (14) on which is directly mounted bare LED dies (12), such as in series. Therefore, there is excellent thermal conductivity to the lead frame (14). Lenses (24) are then molded over the LED dies (12) to encapsulate them. The lead frame (14) is then inserted into a mold for a thermally conductive plastic body (38) and is bent in an arc while in the mold so that the top surfaces of the LED dies (12) are not parallel to each other. The plastic body is molded, and the structure is removed from the mold. The curved lead frame causes the overall light emission to be very wide, such a greater than 270 degrees. In another embodiment, the lead frame strip is supported over a curved outer surface of a pre-molded plastic support. Ends of the lead frame strip are inserted into electrical connectors of the plastic support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Hui Ling Pan, Hiu Tung Chu, Paul Scott Martin, Jianzhong Pan, Hua Sin Daniel Yew
  • Patent number: 9255683
    Abstract: A light module of a lighting device comprises one passing-light sub-module for production of a dimmed-light distribution below a horizontal “light/dark” boundary, one high-beam sub-module for production of a light distribution above the boundary, a common projection-lens system for production of an overall light distribution, and one element deflecting a course of light beams of the sub-module(s) before it falls on the system. To realize the smallest system and a reduction of non-homogeneities in the overall light distribution in a region of the boundary, a majority of the light beams of the high-beam sub-module falls on a common segment of the system as a majority of the light beams of the passing-light sub-module, a smaller portion of the light beams of the high-beam sub-module falls on another segment of the system, and the system exhibits a deflector that deflects at least a portion of the light beams falling on the other segment downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventor: Matthias Brendle
  • Patent number: 9228708
    Abstract: A linear LED system including a plurality of line light modules, each line light module comprising an extruded light module housing profile that extends along an axis and that has a profile wall defining an inner profile contour and an outer profile contour and of which a cross sectional view along a plane that is perpendicular to the axis is closed, wherein the profile wall in the cross sectional view defines a LED chamber. At least one LED-strip including a plurality of LEDs is accommodated in an associated LED chamber. The system further includes a plurality of interface modules, each interface module that connect the housing profiles and that an inner space in which at least one power supply module is accommodated so that the power supply module and any other electronic controller equipment is not, or at least to a lesser extend exposed to heat dissipated by the LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Luminaid B.V.
    Inventors: Franciscus Cornelius Dings, Christianus Wilhelmus Johannes Boomaars
  • Patent number: 9221394
    Abstract: A lighting device for a vehicle is provided to a vehicular door trim to illuminate a handle housing portion in which an inside handle is housed. The lighting device includes a light exit member, a light exit member mount member provided on an upper side of the inside handle and on which the light exit member is arranged, and a light transmission portion provided to the light exit member mount member and through which light from the light exit member is directed to the handle housing portion. The light exit member is arranged on a vehicular compartment inner side than the light transmission portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Ukai, Hiroyasu Tahara, Takahiro Sugioka, Ryuuji Fukui
  • Patent number: 9206977
    Abstract: An illumination assembly structured to be supported on an individual, including a garment worn by the individual, having a base connectable to the garment and an adjustment assembly connected to the base. An illumination source is connected to the adjustment assembly and moveable therewith relative to the base. The adjustment assembly is disposed in movable interconnecting relation between the illumination source and the base and is cooperatively structured therewith to facilitate adjustable, multi-directional movement and multi-positional placement of the illumination source on the base. The base may be removably connected to a mounting structure connected to the garment, wherein the mounting structure is dimensioned and configured to be unobtrusive when not connected to the base and disposed in underlying relation to an over garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Kendel C. Cain
  • Patent number: 9200780
    Abstract: A light source system operable in at least first and second modes to provide at least and first and second different far field illumination patterns, the system comprising: a photoluminescent material; and a light beam generator for generating, in the first mode, a first set of light beams for illuminating respective first regions of the photoluminescent material and for generating, in the second mode, a second set of light beams for illuminating respective second regions of the photoluminescent material, the first and second sets of light beams being independently controllable. In the first mode, the light beam generator generates the first set of light beams such that a first beam of the first set of light beams illuminates a first illumination region of the photoluminescent material having one side that is inclined with respect to another side of the illumination region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: James Rowland Suckling, David James Montgomery, Sarah Anne Mitchell, Koji Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9169999
    Abstract: A securing unit is for securing a lamp shade to a bulb socket. The lamp shade includes a shade frame, and a coupler connected to the shade frame. The bulb socket is to be disposed in the lamp shade. The securing unit includes a connecting member and a securing member. The connecting member has an upper mounting segment, and a lower connecting segment disposed below the upper mounting segment and configured for connection to the bulb socket. The securing member includes a base part having opposite first and second surfaces, an engaging part extending from the first surface and engaging the upper mounting segment of the connecting member, and a resilient holding part extending from the second surface and configured to hold the coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventor: Pei-Lin Hsieh
  • Patent number: 9127874
    Abstract: A freezer lamp includes a strip lamp holder, a light module, a socket, and a plurality of decks. The light module is disposed in the strip lamp holder. The socket is disposed on the end of the strip lamp holder and electrically connected to the light module. The strip lamp holder includes a main lateral surface and a mounting lateral surface. An installation groove is formed in the main lateral surface along length direction thereof. The light module is received into the installation groove. Two clamping grooves are formed in the mounting lateral surface along length direction thereof and are spaced apart from each other. Each of the decks includes two clamping edges which are spaced apart from each other. The distance between the two clamping edges is exactly equal to that between the two clamping grooves. The clamping edge is cooperating with the corresponding buckle of the clamping groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Self Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lin Ye, Le Xu, Xiaobo You, Wanjiong Lin
  • Patent number: 9110209
    Abstract: A lighting fixture that includes a frame, a heat sink assembly, an LED assembly, and a reflector. The frame includes a first end plate and a second end plate, each end plate including a slot formed therein. The slot extends from a top edge of the end plates towards a bottom edge of the end plates. The heat sink assembly includes one or more LEDs and a lightguide having a first longitudinal edge that receives light emitted from the LEDs. A first edge and a second edge of the lightguide are slidably inserted respective slots. The heat sink assembly includes a heat sink base and a heat sink cap coupled thereto which forms a first cavity for housing the LEDs and a second cavity adjacent the first cavity for housing a portion of the lightguide. The reflector is coupled to the end plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: James H. Blessitt, Paul W. Lewis, Jr.