Patents Examined by Ricky D. Shafer
  • Patent number: 11513265
    Abstract: A method for producing a half mirror includes forming a reflection region by which light is reflected and a transmission region through which the light is transmitted on a surface of a transparent plate Only the reflection region is coated with a plating. The coating includes a masking step of coating a position of the transparent plate corresponding to the transmission region with a masking material, a plating step of coating the entire surface which includes the transmission region which has been coated with the masking material and the reflection region with the plating, a plating removing step of removing the plating to a depth in which the masking material is exposed after the plating step, and a masking material removing step of removing the masking material after the plating removing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Tsuchiya, Daisuke Nakashima, Shunsuke Iwao, Masayoshi Takori
  • Patent number: 11505125
    Abstract: An external mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a support arm adapted to be affixed to an associated vehicle side door, and a housing movably connected to the support arm via a pivoting structure. The pivoting structure is connected to the support arm and to a bracket supported within the housing. A seal member surrounds the connection of the housing to the support arm. The seal member includes a base at least partially compressed by one of the support arm and the housing. The seal member includes an outer periphery portion defining a first seal lip and an inner periphery portion defining a second seal lip. One of the first seal lip and the second seal lip is configured to sealingly engage the support arm and the other of the first seal lip and the second seal lip configured to sealingly engage the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Oscar A. Caraan, Nathan E. Palsa
  • Patent number: 11505126
    Abstract: The present invention includes a shaft, a gear case, a cover, a motor, and a rotational force transmission mechanism. The gear case has an upright wall. The cover has a fitting wall and a cover wall. The upright wall and the fitting wall are provided with a fitting member. The fitting member includes a fitting protruding unit, and an elastically deformable fitting piece having a fitting opening unit. As a result, the present invention can sufficiently reduce the number of parts and can surely prevent the cover from rattling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Ichikoh Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ikuo Sakata
  • Patent number: 11485288
    Abstract: An adjustment unit for an indirect vision system is indicated, which comprises a first and a second component connected to a support structure of an indirect vision system by as little connecting elements as possible. The interface of the adjustment unit to the support structure is to be able to withstand robust mechanical requirements in a small installation space. Due to the second component including a pressure distribution element which extends transversely to a longitudinal direction of the main connecting member, and due to the fact that pressure is applied to the pressure distribution element by the main connecting element, the forces introduced and centrally acting on the pressure distribution element and thus on the second component are equally distributed in a direction transverse to the main connecting element. Traction with the support structure therefore is no longer performed centrally, but spreaded over a transverse extension of the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: MEKRA LANG GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Werner Lang, Albrecht Popp, Franziska Geuder
  • Patent number: 11479176
    Abstract: A mounting assembly of a vehicle interior mirror or other pane add-on part, includes a pane adhesive element, shaped in a substantially plate-shaped or disc-shaped manner and having a free first surface designed as an adhesive surface for fastening the mounting assembly to the inner-side of a vehicle pane and a second surface and a mirror mount, having a first end face, on which the pane adhesive element is seated with the second surface thereof, and a second end face designed for mounting a housing of the vehicle interior mirror or add-on part, wherein the pane adhesive element has the shape of a flat truncated cone or a flat pyramid such that the second surface is smaller than the free first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Claire Barras, Martin Lakshmanan
  • Patent number: 11472341
    Abstract: In a vehicle door mirror, bottomed first and second tubular parts are provided integrally with a base plate portion of an end wall so as to protrude to a mirror side and a cover side from the base plate portion, the first tubular parts having first recesses formed therein respectively, the first recesses opening to the cover side, the second tubular parts having second recesses formed therein respectively, the second recesses opening to the mirror side, the first recesses and the second recesses being arranged alternately, and peripheral walls of the alternately arranged first tubular parts and second tubular parts are formed integrally and continuously with each other such that wall parts, that are part of the peripheral walls and respectively disposed between the alternately arranged first recesses and second recesses, are formed so as to be common to the first tubular parts and the second tubular parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lock
    Inventors: Takehito Yamashita, Masakazu Tada
  • Patent number: 11474366
    Abstract: A light projector including a light source, a beam multiplication film, and a tunable wave plate is provided. The light source is configured to emit a light beam. The beam multiplication film is disposed on a transmission path of the light beam and made of anisotropic refractive index material, wherein a plurality of separated light beams are produced after the light beam from the light source passes through the beam multiplication film. The tunable wave plate is disposed on transmission paths of the separated light beams from the beam multiplication film and configured to modulate the separated light beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: LIQXTAL TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Hung-Shan Chen, Yen-Chen Chen
  • Patent number: 11467330
    Abstract: A magneto-optical trap chamber includes a first waveplate; a second waveplate; a first mirror positioned between the first waveplate and the second waveplate; a prism extending from the first mirror and positioned between the first waveplate and the second waveplate; and a second mirror positioned under the first waveplate, the second waveplate, the first mirror, and the prism. The second mirror may include a direct bonded copper (DBC) chip. The first waveplate and the second waveplate may be parallel to each other. The first mirror may be orthogonal to each of the first waveplate and the second waveplate. The prism may have a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is connected to the first mirror, and the second end is connected to the second mirror. The prism may extend from the first mirror to the second mirror at an acute angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Government of the United States as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Adam J. Krueger, Isaac B. McMahon, Matthew Squires
  • Patent number: 11465562
    Abstract: A vehicle side mirror assembly includes a base member configured to be attached to a vehicle. A sensor is non-rotatably attached to the base member. A mirror housing is connected to the base member. An actuator is disposed within the mirror housing. A mirror assembly is connected to the actuator such that movement of the actuator controls a position of the mirror assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Kyle Happy
  • Patent number: 11467329
    Abstract: A reflective polarizing imaging lens includes at least one optical film having an active area that is curved in two orthogonal directions. Edges of the optical film are arranged to form seams between segments of the optical film in the active area of the reflective polarizing imaging lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert M. Jennings, Jo A. Etter, Susan L. Kent, Erin A. McDowell, Timothy L. Wong, Zhisheng Yun
  • Patent number: 11467397
    Abstract: Methods are described for forming polarized image films in which a displayed image changes depending on the state of polarization of a backside illumination source. Methods are also described for eliminating the leakage of unpolarized light through certain parts of the images resulting in unwanted visual artifacts in these images. Polarized dual graphic films achieving images with higher optical density and uniformity, minimum ghosting and mis-registration, can be made by a manufacturing technique that is faster, capable of higher production volumes, and that can produce polarized images at a lower cost. An exemplary method provides for forming a polarized image or pattern on an oriented substrate by using a negative patterned resist image or pattern formed by graphic arts techniques, followed by the imbibition of a dichroic dye or iodine ink to form a corresponding positive image in the areas not protected by the resist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: MicroContinuum, Inc.
    Inventors: W. Dennis Slafer, Christine Higgins
  • Patent number: 11453340
    Abstract: A display device includes: a display panel, a reflective polarization plate, a polarization control panel, a polarization plate, and an optical layer arranged in a stated order. The reflective polarization plate transmits a component polarized in the first direction and reflects a component polarized in the second direction, in light incident on the reflective polarization plate. The polarization control panel is switchable between a first state in which light incident on the polarization control panel has its polarization direction changed and is transmitted accordingly and a second state in which the incident light has its polarization direction maintained and is transmitted accordingly. The polarization plate transmits a component polarized in the first direction or a component polarized in the second direction, in light incident on the polarization plate. The optical layer disturbs a polarization direction of light incident on the optical layer and transmits the light accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toshiharu Oishi
  • Patent number: 11454742
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a decorative sheet, an electronic apparatus cover plate and an electronic apparatus. The decorative sheet is used for forming a three-dimensional image to represent a three-dimensional material object. The decorative sheet comprises a transparent protective layer, a graph-text structure layer and a reflective layer; the graph-text structure layer and the reflective layer are located on a same side of the transparent protective layer; the graph-text structure layer comprises a number of graph-text sub-blocks which form the three-dimensional image and each of which comprises a micro-structure that represents corresponding lightness of the three-dimensional material object. The lightness of light rays emitted by each graph-text sub-block comprising the micro-structure is different, and thus a change of lightness is produced among the graph-text sub-blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: SHINE OPTOELECTRONICS (KUNSHAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yulong Gao, Su Shen
  • Patent number: 11448854
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide to angle adjustment systems using one or more spring arrangements. In certain aspects, an angle adjustment system comprises a component and a first spring arrangement coupled to the component, wherein the first spring arrangement comprises at least three spring elements. Further, the first spring arrangement is configured to allow the component to rotate around a first axis of rotation and prevent a first translational movement of the component with respect to the first axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Alcon, Inc.
    Inventors: Babak Honaryar, Mauricio Jochinsen
  • Patent number: 11447073
    Abstract: Mirror displays, mirror display and compartment assemblies, and methods for making mirror displays are provided. In one example, the mirror display includes a transparent mirror having a front surface facing in a forward direction and a back surface opposite the front surface. When a user is present in front of the front surface, the transparent mirror is configured to reflect a first image of the user from the transparent mirror back towards the user. A display panel is disposed adjacent to the back surface of the transparent mirror and is configured to display a second image that is transmitted through the transparent mirror to be viewable from the front surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: John Bullock, William Rodriguez, Joshua Tatum, Stephen Spencer
  • Patent number: 11439257
    Abstract: A photographic mirror assembly includes a mirror which comprises a plurality of panels that are movably coupled together thereby facilitating a user to see themselves from a plurality of angles. An image capturing unit is integrated into the mirror to capture images of the user. The image capturing unit can overlay various eyeglasses onto the user to facilitate the user to view themselves wearing various eyeglasses prior to purchasing eyeglasses. An actuator is coupled to the mirror spacing the mirror an adjustable distance from the vertical support surface. A remote control is in wireless communication with the image capturing unit and the actuator to facilitate the user to remotely control operation of the image capturing unit and the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventor: Richard H. Weiland, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11433817
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a first mirror and a half mirror between a display device and a concave mirror. The first mirror reflects emission light emitted from an elongate display surface of the display device, toward the half mirror. The half mirror reflects the light reflected by the first mirror, toward the concave mirror. The concave mirror reflects the light reflected by the half mirror, toward the half mirror. In a top view of the display apparatus, a line passing through a center of the display surface in a longitudinal direction and parallel to the longitudinal direction and a tangent line passing through a center of a reflection surface of the concave mirror in a longitudinal direction and parallel to the longitudinal direction intersect at a predetermined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norihiro Imamura, Shigeru Furumiya
  • Patent number: 11433816
    Abstract: A vehicular interior rearview mirror assembly includes a reflective element assembly portion that includes a mirror reflective element and at least one pivot element, which provides adjustability of the mirror reflective element when the reflective element assembly portion is mounted within an interior cabin of a vehicle. A cap portion is adapted to attach to the reflective element assembly portion. The cap portion includes at least one accessory. The at least one accessory includes an accessory module insertable at least partially into the cap portion. Insertion of the accessory module into the cap portion connects the accessory module to the cap portion both mechanically and electrically. The cap portion may encase a rear portion of the reflective element assembly portion, and a mounting member may extend from the pivot element and through an aperture of the cap portion for mounting the mirror assembly within the interior cabin of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: John T. Uken, Lee Karner, Richard R. Hook, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 11425985
    Abstract: Methods and an apparatus for providing a portable beauty tool assembly is described. The assembly includes multiple accessories, such as a mirror, tray, and container that may be useful as beauty tools. Further, the assembly has a unique structure that allows the apparatus to be adjusted into several different functional positions. Each position configures the assembly for hands-free use of the multiple accessories. The assembly can be placed into a vertical hanging position, a neck position, a leg position, or a tabletop position. The assembly includes a plurality of adjustable arms that provide the adjustable movement, such as extending, collapsing, and rotating, that is necessary for configuring the assembly into the various functional positions. Additionally, the assembly includes a hook arm, which can be used for attaching, securing, or stabilizing the various functional positions. The assembly can include additionally accessories, such as lights, tray inserts and mirrors having different magnifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: VANGO, LLC
    Inventor: Dominique Megesi
  • Patent number: 11421060
    Abstract: Provided are a dope solution for preparing a polarizing plate protective film by a solution casting method using an acrylic polymer with high thermal resistance and high molecular weight, and a polarizing plate protective film using the same. The polarizing plate protective film using the dope solution according to the present invention has excellent optical properties, high tensile strength, low hygroscopic properties, and high thermal resistance, and thus, has the effects of excellent dimensional stability, and excellent adhesion with a polyvinyl alcohol film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: LG MMA CORP.
    Inventors: Sung Il Park, Seong Jang Jeon, Sang Seok Park, Eun Jin Jeon, Sang Eob Na