Patents Examined by Michael G. Lee
  • Patent number: 10739496
    Abstract: Disclosed are an optical element which offers certain direction of light diffusion by disposing, in a resin having a refractive index n1, an anisotropic polymer having a refractive index n2 different from n1 in a predetermined direction, and a display device including the same. Such control of viewing angles is possible without using any louver pattern and eliminates the necessity of an additional brightness enhancement film, thus advantageously decreasing manufacturing costs and preventing defects such as diagonal line spots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoon-Jung Eo, Hyun-Woo Jeon
  • Patent number: 10731287
    Abstract: A laundry treating appliance can include a chassis defining an interior, with a tub and a drum provided in the interior to define a treating chamber for treating articles according to a cycle of operation. A door can selectively open an access opening in the chassis for accessing the treating chamber. The door can include a hinge assembly having a first hinge arm and a second hinge arm coupled to an actuator arm. Operation of a handle assembly can actuate the actuator arm and can selectively couple the first hinge arm at a first hinge or the second hinge arm at a second hinge to open the door in a first or second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy E. Heater, Nicholas E. Mawhorr, Jaroslav Ridilla, Justin Zirbes
  • Patent number: 10711963
    Abstract: A flame simulation method including: identifying, by a computing device, a maximum brightness level value and a primary event generation level; setting, in response to determining that a first event occurred based on the primary event generation level, a secondary event generation level; adjusting the secondary event generation level towards a baseline secondary event generation level; adjusting a current brightness value of a lighting element of a flame simulation apparatus towards the maximum brightness level value; setting, in response to determining that a second event occurred based on the secondary event generation level, the current brightness level value of the lighting element to a value less than the maximum brightness level; and controlling, by the computing device, a brightness level of the lighting element to correspond to the current brightness level value of the lighting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Polygroup Macau Limited (BVI)
    Inventors: Victor Hugo Ocegueda Gallaga, An-Wu Tang, Lewis Ka Hang Cheng
  • Patent number: 10711968
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting apparatus that illuminates a frontward direction of a vehicle includes: first and second light source units each having a light source main body and a light-focusing optical system that focuses light emitted from the light source main body; a reflection-type digital light deflection device that is configured by arranging a plurality of mirror elements each of which can be slanted around a rotation movement axis and each of which can be individually switched between an ON slanted state and an OFF slanted state and that reflects the light, focused by the first and second light source units, by the mirror element of the ON slanted state to form a reflection pattern; and a projection optical system that illuminates a frontward direction with light reflected by the reflection-type digital light deflection device, wherein light incident on the reflection-type digital light deflection device by the first and second light source units is overlapped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Shinya Hoshino
  • Patent number: 10706345
    Abstract: A micro radio frequency identification tag for use on articles in an equipment identification and tracking system includes a substrate, an RFID chip, a power storage means, an antenna, and a conductive means. The substrate has a pair of surfaces. The RFID chip and power storage means are operatively retained on one surface. The antenna is operatively retained on the other surface of the substrate and acts as a conductive layer. The conductive means extends between the surfaces of the substrate to operatively connect the antenna to the RFID chip and power storage means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Brian K. Blank
  • Patent number: 10699504
    Abstract: A system for controlling access to one or more enclosed areas comprises at least one access card reader and controller powered via a Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) interface, each access card reader and controller being capable of controlling access through a particular entrance to a particular enclosed area and an access control server in communication with the at least one access card reader and controller, the access control server being capable of controlling the operation of the at least one access card reader and controller, and a signal converter disposed between the access card reader and the access control server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Isonas, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Radicella, Richard Burkley, Kriston Chapman, Shirl Jones, Roger Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10699087
    Abstract: A system configured to display an augmented-reality user interface for a barcode reader using a heads-up display assembly is provided. An augmented reality adapter having a camera and a presentation generator is configured to identify a unique identifier associated with a handheld barcode reader and provide an augmented reality display based on data captured by the handheld barcode reader. The presentation generator may position the augmented reality display based on a location of the unique identifier within the field of view (FOV) of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Ozgur Ozserin, James Roger Morley-Smith
  • Patent number: 10667943
    Abstract: A nozzle is provided herein for ophthalmic dispensers which is configured to accommodate microdosing. The nozzle includes a converging pathway. Preferably, the pathway converges so as to impart momentum to liquid passing therethrough through an increase of velocity. A tapered portion may be provided flared openly from the inlet to best accept liquid flow thereinto and provide a funneling effect into the flowpath. Preferably, the flowpath terminates at an outlet which is internally un-radiused and circumscribed by a chamfered surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Ben Z. Cohen
  • Patent number: 10661533
    Abstract: A laminated glass article includes at least a first layer, a second layer in direct contact with the first layer, and an optical property difference between the first layer and the second layer. The optical property difference includes at least one of: (a) a transmission profile difference between a transmission profile of the first and second layers in a wavelength range from 200 nm to 2500 nm; or (b) a light-polarizing difference, whereby the second layer is light-polarizing with respect to electromagnetic irradiation in the wavelength range from 200 nm to 2500 nm; or (c) a refractive index difference between refractive indices of the first and second layers of at least 0.005, wherein one layer includes a base glass composition and the other layer includes the base glass composition and a dopant in an amount sufficient to cause the refractive index difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Olus Naili Boratav, Ming-Jun Li, Piotr Janusz Wesolowski
  • Patent number: 10655797
    Abstract: An elongated lighting device (1) having a first and a second suspension point (8, 8?) for suspending the lighting device (1), comprising: a plastic housing (2) extending from the first suspension point (8) to the second suspension point (8?); a light source carrier (4) having one or more solid state light sources (6) mounted on a surface thereof, the carrier (4) being arranged along the housing (2) so that the one or more light sources (6) emit light into the housing (2). A wire (10) is arranged inside the housing (2) between the first and second suspension points (8, 8?) so as to prevent the lighting device (1) from bending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Johannes Gerrit Jan Beijer
  • Patent number: 10657528
    Abstract: Methods, secure elements, validation entities, and computer program products for effecting secure communication of payment information to merchants for Internet-based purchases. Payment information for a user's real payment information is installed in a secure element of a computer, the payment information may comprise a pseudo PAN number for the portable consumer device provided by a validation entity. The secure element is shielded from the computer's operating system to thwart hacker attacks. The user accesses the secure element to make a purchase. In response, the secure element contacts the validation entity with the pseudo account number, and in response obtains dynamic payment information that the secure element can used to effect the payment. The dynamic payment information comprises an account number that is different from the pseudo PAN, and which has at least one difference which respect to the user's real payment information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventor: Ayman Hammad
  • Patent number: 10650366
    Abstract: A registration settlement apparatus comprises a first determining module configured to determine contents of a transaction in response to an operation by a first operator; a second determining module configured to determine contents of the transaction in response to an operation by a second operator facing the first operator across the registration settlement apparatus; a determination control module configured to enable one of the first and second determining modules, and to switch to the determining module enabled for the determination on contents of a transaction started thereafter in response to a button operation by the second operator before the determination on contents of one transaction is started; and a settlement module configured to perform a settlement processing of calculating a settlement amount based on the contents of the transaction determined by the determining module enabled, and settling the calculated settlement amount in response to an operation by the first operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Yuichi Ogawa, Takashi Muraoka
  • Patent number: 10646099
    Abstract: In an embodiment the present invention provides a dispensing device for introducing a pourable detergent in metered amounts into a treatment chamber of a program-controlled cleaning appliance, in particular a dishwasher, the dispensing device including: a supply container for holding the detergent, the supply container having a reservoir chamber and a metering chamber terminating in a dispensing opening, the metering chamber being provided by a metering element that is movably disposed within the supply container and is movable from a non-metering position to a metering position; and a carrier unit which is rotatable by a motor and is configured to replaceably receive the supply container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: MIELE & CIE. KG
    Inventors: Fabian Hils, Dirk Wegener
  • Patent number: 10642095
    Abstract: A backlight module and a display device are disclosed. The display device includes: a reflective plate; a light guide plate disposed on the reflective plate; a turning film disposed on the light guide plate, wherein the turning film comprises a plurality of grooves on a surface thereof facing to the light guide plate; an optical film disposed on the turning film; a display panel disposed on the optical film; and a micro-structure film disposed on the optical film, wherein the display panel and the micro-structure film are arranged in a stack, the micro-structure film includes a first layer and a second layer, and an interface between the first layer and the second layer is formed of a multi-curve structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventors: Shun-Yu Chang, Siow-Mean Loh, Ying-Chieh Tsai, Ming-Chia Shih
  • Patent number: 10639685
    Abstract: A method for maintaining solids and heavy liquids in fluid suspension within a bulk storage tank includes providing a nozzle and suction assembly mounted to a storage tank sidewall having a horizontally extending discharge pipe and a suction pipe for recirculation of the emulsion of fluids within the storage tank. The discharge pipe and suction pipe can be extended to the tank floor and configured with a bend to extend along the tank sidewall to which is attached a submersible swivel joint fitted with a choked nozzle. The nozzle and suction assembly produce positive and vacuum pressure, respectively, for causing the simultaneous discharge and suction of contained tank fluids to cause recirculation. The nozzle may be adjusted so the direction of flow may follow the angle of the tank floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Henry James, Michael William O'Rourke
  • Patent number: 10633779
    Abstract: A lifter for a laundry treating apparatus includes a first member mounted at an inner side of a drum; and a second member mounted on the first member and protruded toward an inside of the drum, wherein the first member includes a hook protruded and formed along a circumference of the first member, at least part of which is disposed to cover an inner circumferential surface of the drum when inserted into a fastening hole of the drum and then slid in one direction; and a shield protruded and formed at an inner side of the first member and configured to completely cover the fastening hole when the hook is, inserted into the fastening hole and then slid in one direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventors: Kilryong Lee, Byeongha Jeon, Jinseok Ahn
  • Patent number: 10631706
    Abstract: A rinse arm system for a warewasher includes a rinse arm (1) rotatable about a rotation axis (D), a locking mechanism (2) connected to the rinse arm (1) such that the locking mechanism (2) is rotatable with respect to the rinse arm (1), and a bushing (3). The locking mechanism (2) is latched in an interlocking manner to the bushing (3) or clamped in a force-fitting manner to the bushing (3) such that the locking mechanism (2) is fixedly connected to the bushing (3) and the rinse arm (1) is rotatable about the rotation axis (D) with respect to the bushing (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventors: Udo B├╝rkle, Martin Stettinius
  • Patent number: 10635957
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods capable of collecting and analyzing a multi-fields two-dimensional code. A system in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention comprises at least one mobile terminal, a communication network and at least one server, wherein the at least one mobile terminal and the at least one server are both coupled to the communication network. The mobile terminal comprises a collecting module for collecting the multi-fields two dimensional code in an optical manner; a decoding module for decoding the collected multi-fields two dimensional code; and an identifying module for identifying the multiple fields by applying a predetermined rule. The server comprises a memory and an analyzing module for analyzing the multi-fields two-dimensional code. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Gmedia Corporation
    Inventors: Wei Shen, Kaijun Cao, Hongqiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10627089
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic glow stick comprising a stick body which is a tubular body, at least one handle in a plugged connection with an end of the stick body, a battery pack which is disposed in the handle and connected with the handle in a detachable way, and a light emitting element which is connected with the battery pack and electrically connected with batteries in the battery pack. The batteries can charge the light emitting element, and the light emitting element can project light in the stick body such that the stick body glows. The electronic glow stick has advantages of simple structure, low cost and high durability because of no circuit board; additionally, damaged parts can be exchanged instead of replacing the whole unit, thus effectively saving use cost; moreover, the handle is detachably connected with the stick body, so the whole glow stick has diversified structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Yanbei Qin
  • Patent number: 10614519
    Abstract: A card registry system is configured to automatically identify financial card information in one or more credit files associated with a consumer and populate a card registry account of the consumer with the identified financial card information. Once the financial card information has been obtained from the credit file(s), the card registry system may transmit cancellation and/or reissuance requests to the respective card issuers in the instance that one or more cards are compromised, so that the financial cards may be easily and efficiently cancelled and/or reissued at the request of the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee:, Inc.
    Inventors: Ty Taylor, Michael R. Balducci, Arlene E. Miranda, Laura Gelgand