Patents Examined by Ricky D. Shafer
  • Patent number: 11173843
    Abstract: An exterior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mirror head pivotally mounted at a mounting base configured for attachment at a side of a vehicle. The mirror head includes a mirror casing and a reflective element adjustably disposed at the mirror casing. A powerfold actuator is operable to pivot the mirror head relative to the mounting base between at least a folded position and a drive position. The powerfold actuator includes a primary detent that is engaged to retain the mirror head at the folded or drive position when the mirror head is pivoted via the actuator to the folded or drive position. The powerfold actuator includes a secondary detent. When the powerfold actuator pivots the mirror head between the folded and drive positions, the secondary detent is disengaged. When the mirror head is manually pivoted, the primary detent is disengaged and the secondary detent is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth C. Peterson, Mitchell J. Wesley
  • Patent number: 11178392
    Abstract: An opto-electronic device includes a semiconductor substrate having a planar surface. An emitter is formed on the substrate and configured to emit a beam of light away from the planar surface. A reflective layer is formed on the planar surface adjacent to the emitter. A transparent layer is formed over the planar surface and has a curved outer surface including a first segment positioned vertically over the emitter and configured to internally reflect the emitted beam of light toward the reflective layer, and a second segment positioned and configured to collimate and transmit the beam reflected from the reflective layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Assaf Avraham, Refael Della Pergola, Roei Remez
  • Patent number: 11161455
    Abstract: A side mirror includes a housing, a mirror moveably attached with the housing, and a Peltier element mounted in the housing adjacent the mirror. There may also be a controller that is electrically connected with the Peltier element. The controller is configured to apply an electric current to the Peltier element in an electric current direction that depends on temperature and humidity data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: David Mercado Velazquillo, Alfonso Hickman Guevara, Luis Jesus Chavela Guerra, Luis Olmos Gonzalez, Raul Ezequiel Alvarez Ruiz
  • Patent number: 11165932
    Abstract: The imaging apparatus 10 includes the lens 11, the image sensor 12 and the controller 14. A light receiving surface of the image sensor 12 is disposed on a focused position of an object by the lens 11, the object being located at a specific object distance. The controller 14 generates one or more second images from a first image obtained from the image sensor 12, the focus position of the second images being changed to an object distance different from a specific object distance, and determines the presence of foreign matters adhered to the surface on the object side of the lens, on the basis of the focused state of the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Toshihiro Sunaga
  • Patent number: 11150392
    Abstract: An optical element 1 includes a first layer (A1) and a second layer (A2) that faces the first layer (A1). The first layer (A1) includes a plurality of first structural bodies (B1) that each have optical anisotropy. In reflection of light entering from the first layer (A1), the second layer (A2) reflects the light while maintaining a polarization state of the light at incidence and at the reflection. The first layer (A1) changes, according to directions of orientation of the first structural bodies (B1), a phase of the light from a phase at incidence to the first layer (A1) from outside of the first layer (A1) to a phase at output from the first layer (A1) toward the second layer (A2). The first layer (A1) changes the phase of the light from a phase at incidence to the first layer (A1) from the second layer (A2) to a phase at output from the first layer (A1) toward the outside of the first layer (A1) according to the directions of orientation of the first structural bodies (B1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: OSAKA UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11150393
    Abstract: Thermoplastic birefringent multilayer optical films are described. More particularly, thermoplastic multilayer films having alternating first and second layers having a linear layer profile where both outer layers are thinner than 350 nm but thicker than 150 nm are described. Thermoplastic birefringent multilayer optical films with thinner outer protective boundary layers are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Matthew B. Johnson, Adam D. Haag, Martin E. Denker
  • Patent number: 11142127
    Abstract: A pivot joint system of a rear view device includes a base to be fixed to a vehicle and a head rotatable relative to the base, the pivot joint system acting between two components that rotate with respect to one another around an axis to control rotation from a first set position to at least one second set position, with each of the two components including a cylindrical section and a resilient means being arranged within a cylindrical space between said cylindrical sections to act between the two components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.à.r.l.
    Inventors: Callum Scott-Collins, Andrew Lettis
  • Patent number: 11142126
    Abstract: A method of assembling a mirror head for a vehicular interior rearview mirror assembly includes providing a mirror casing, a mirror reflective element at the mirror casing, and a toggle mechanism, which includes a body portion and a toggle lever joined to the body portion. A lower pivot mount of the toggle mechanism is inserted into a lower receiving portion of the mirror casing and an upper pivot mount of the toggle mechanism is inserted into an upper receiving portion of the mirror casing. An outer surface of the body portion corresponds with adjacent outer surfaces of the mirror casing, and, when the toggle lever pivots relative to the lower receiving portion of the mirror casing, the mirror casing pivots relative to the body portion to flip the mirror head between a first orientation and a second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew V. Steffes, Peter Krebs
  • Patent number: 11137570
    Abstract: A reflection assembly is configured to reflect a three dimensional image in two planes. The reflection assembly has a housing that further has a back wall joined to a top wall, and a bottom wall. A first frame is rotatably joined to the top wall and the bottom wall. The first frame further comprises a first frame major axis and a first frame minor axis. A first mirror is joined to the first frame. A second frame is rotatably joined to the top wall and the bottom wall. The second frame further comprises a second frame major axis and a second frame minor axis. A second mirror is joined to the second frame. An intersection angle is formed by the first frame minor axis and the second frame minor axis is about eighty degrees measured counterclockwise from the first frame minor axis to the second frame minor axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventor: Ijomah Joseph Oputa
  • Patent number: 11135976
    Abstract: A foldable exterior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a housing having a glass assembly secured thereto. A support arm mounts the housing an associated vehicle side door. The support arm has a closed end portion at least partially received within an aperture in an underside of the housing. A pivot shaft is mounted to the closed end portion of the support arm. The housing is foldable about the pivot shaft between a drive or use position and a folded or park position. The closed end portion of the support arm includes an opening, and a wiring harness for connection to associated electronics housed in the housing is received through the opening and routed beneath the pivot shaft into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jacob A. Rothschild, Oscar A. Caraan
  • Patent number: 11125924
    Abstract: The present invention is a one-side-protected polarizing film having a polarizer and a protective film provided on only one surface of the polarizer, wherein the polarizer contains a polyvinyl alcohol-based resin, has a thickness of 10 ?m or less, and is configured so that optical properties represented by a single-body transmittance T and a polarization degree P satisfy the following relationship: P>?(100.929T?42.4?1)×100 (provided that T<42.3) or P?99.9 (provided that T?42.3), a transparent layer is provided on another surface of the polarizer, and a dynamic friction coefficient of the surface on which the protective film is provided is 0.2 or less. In this one-side-protected polarizing film, it is possible to resist the occurrence of through cracks and nano-slits even when the polarizer has specific optical properties and a thickness of 10 ?m or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomonori Ueno, Shinya Hiraoka, Hiromi Ikeshima, Atsushi Kishi
  • Patent number: 11112617
    Abstract: A spreading optics system distributes electromagnetic (EM) waves emitted by an emitter having an emission vector. The spreading optics system includes reflective surfaces. The reflective surfaces include concave first reflector having a concave cross section in a plane substantially perpendicular the emission vector. The reflective surfaces further include a convex second reflector arranged further from the emitter than the concave first reflector. The convex second reflector has a convex cross section in a second plane substantially parallel the first plane. The reflective surfaces are configured to divergently redirect the EM waves into a vector fan at a predetermined angle relative to the emission vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH START-UP PLATFORM NORTH AMERICA, LLC, SERIES 1
    Inventors: Todd Louis Harris, William Weber, Audrey Steever
  • Patent number: 11103048
    Abstract: A portable mirror assembly (1) having a plurality of mirrors (8), each of which has an increasing level of magnification. The mirrors are preferably connected via one or more hinges (6) and/or pivot points (9) that allow the plurality of mirrors to be folded out into an open position and into a desired configuration revealing the particular mirror or mirrors an individual desires to use for a specific application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Dorothy L. Kramer
  • Patent number: 11099312
    Abstract: Multilayer optical film reflective polarizers previously considered to have excessive off-axis color can provide adequate performance in an LC display in an “on-glass” configuration, laminated to a back absorbing polarizer of the display, without any light diffusing layer or air gap in such laminate. The reflective polarizer is a tentered-one-packet (TOP) multilayer film, having only one packet of microlayers, and oriented using a standard tenter such that birefringent microlayers in the film are biaxially birefringent. The thickness profile of optical repeat units (ORUs) in the microlayer packet is tailored to avoid excessive perceived color at normal and oblique angles. Color at high oblique angles in the white state of the display is reduced by positioning thicker ORUs closer to the absorbing polarizer, and by ensuring that, with regard to a boxcar average of the ORU thickness profile, the average slope from an ORU(600) to an ORU(645) does not exceed 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Timothy J. Nevitt, Carl A. Stover, Gilles J. Benoit, Kristopher J. Derks, Zhaohui Yang
  • Patent number: 11092808
    Abstract: An optical structure includes an input grating and a multilayer waveplate. The input grating is configured to incouple a first spectrum of received image light into a waveguide. The multilayer waveplate is configured to reflect the first spectrum of the image light incoupled by the input grating in the second polarization orientation and reflect a second spectrum of the image light incoupled by the input grating by diffraction in the first polarization orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Wai Sze Tiffany Lam, Yijing Fu
  • Patent number: 11086061
    Abstract: A display module and the manufacturing method of the same, which are able to eliminate the attachment mark between the supporting assembly and the display panel, are provided. The display module includes a display panel; a supporting assembly, configured to support the display panel; an adhesive layer, configured to attach the supporting assembly to a non-display surface of the display panel; and an optical filter layer being on a side of the adhesive layer distal to the supporting assembly, and an orthographic projection of the optical filter layer on the supporting assembly covers an orthographic projection of the adhesive layer on the supporting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignees: CHENGDU BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kun Luo, Wenwei Mo
  • Patent number: 11077796
    Abstract: An extended mirror mounting assembly for mounting one or more mirrors to a vehicle is provided. The mirror mounting assembly has one or more mirror mounting arms, each including an arm portion and configured to support the mirrors. The mirror mounting assembly has a lower support member including a lower base end portion configured to be connected to the vehicle at a first vehicle location and a lower distal end portion configured to be connected to the mirror mounting arms at a first mount location. The mirror mounting assembly has an upper support member including an upper base end portion configured to be connected to the vehicle at a second location and an upper distal end portion configured to be connected to the mirror mounting arms at a second mount location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: ROSCO, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin Englander, Julian Serer, Joe Ippolito, Arti Karkar
  • Patent number: 11079526
    Abstract: A polarizing film is disclosed including a polarizer having a thickness of 10 ?m or less, and a transparent resin layer on at least one surface of the polarizer, wherein the polarizer includes a polyvinyl alcohol-based resin, and has a single-body transmittance T and a polarization degree P representing optical properties satisfying the condition of the following formula: P>?(100.929T?42.4?1)×100 (provided that T<42.3) or P?99.9 (provided that T?42.3), and the transparent resin layer is a formed product of a transparent resin layer forming material including a water-based emulsion resin and has a hardness of 0.01 GPa or more. The polarizing film, using a thin-polarizer, can suppress the occurrence of defects such as nano-slits and is further restrained from being lowered in optical properties in a heating and humidifying test to have a high optical reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Mita, Tomonori Ueno, Jingfan Xu, Atsushi Kishi
  • Patent number: 11073698
    Abstract: An image display device includes an image formation device and an optical system that brings an image from the image formation device to an eyeball of an observer. 0 (degrees)??2<?1 is satisfied where an image-formation-device first strike point (CP1) is a point where an extended line of an optical axis of the optical system intersects with an image exit surface of the image formation device, an image-formation-device second strike point (CP2) is a point where an extended line of a pupil center line of the eyeball of the observer intersects with the image exit surface of the image formation device, ?1 represents an angle between the extended line of the optical axis of the optical system and a first normal line (NL1), and ?2 represents an angle between the extended line of the pupil center line and a second normal line (NL2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiichi Tanaka, Hirokazu Tatsuta, Yuichi Hasegawa, Kenta Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 11067844
    Abstract: A color conversion display panel includes a first color conversion layer and a second color conversion layer disposed on a color conversion substrate and including semiconductor nanocrystals, and a transmission layer, wherein a first distance between the first and second color conversion layers is different from a second distance between one of the first and second color conversion layers and the transmission layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventors: Young Gu Kim, Jin-Soo Jung, Taek Joon Lee, Hye Lim Jang, Baek Kyun Jeon