Patents Examined by Robert J May
  • Patent number: 11326761
    Abstract: Illumination devices with improved color mixing optics are disclosed herein for mixing the colors produced by a multi-colored LED emitter module to produce uniform color throughout the entire beam angle of the output light beam, along with smoother edges and improved center beam intensity. Embodiments disclosed herein include a unique arrangement of multi-color LEDs within an emitter module, a unique exit lens with different patterns of lenslets on opposing sides of the lens, and other associated optical features that thoroughly mix the different color components, and as such, provide uniform color across the output beam exiting the illumination device. Additional embodiments disclosed herein include a unique arrangement of photodetectors within the primary optics structure of the LED emitter module that ensure the optical feedback system properly measures the light produced by all similarly colored emission LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Fangxu Dong, Horace C. Ho, David J. Knapp
  • Patent number: 11326759
    Abstract: A lamp for a vehicle includes a light source unit for generating a first light; a light adjustment unit for adjusting a first light concentration for the first light to generate a second light having a second light concentration from the first light concentration; and a movable mirror unit for reflecting the second light to form an image of a predetermined shape on a road surface. A position where the image is formed on the road surface is changed depending on a position of the movable mirror unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SL Corporation
    Inventors: Hye Jin Park, Jong Min Lee
  • Patent number: 11320107
    Abstract: A vehicle lens apparatus includes a top lens connected to a main lens. The main lens projects onto a horizontal surface a first light pattern with a width in a rear-to-front direction to include a first main light region, and two first lateral light regions respectively formed at left and right sides of the first main light region. The top lens projects a second light pattern convexed in a rear-to-front direction, and includes a second main light region superimposed on the first main light region, and two second lateral light regions respectively and rearwardly extending from left and right sides of the second main light region to protrude rearwardly from the first lateral light regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: T.Y.C. BROTHER INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ming-Chih Shih
  • Patent number: 11314157
    Abstract: A light source optical system includes a wavelength conversion unit configured to receive first color light emitted from by an excitation light source and emit second color light with a wavelength different from a wavelength of the first color light; and a first optical system and a second optical system provided in an optical path between the excitation light source and the wavelength conversion unit. The first optical system includes one optical element having a negative power, wherein the second optical system as a whole has a positive power, and wherein Conditional Expression (1) is satisfied as follows: 1.8<|Fn/F2|<5.0,??(1) where Fn is a focal length for a d-line of the optical element having the negative power of the first optical system, and F2 is a focal length for the d-line of the second optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yohei Takano, Tatsuya Takahashi, Kasumi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11314011
    Abstract: A light guide body aggregate substrate includes: a light-transmitting substrate having a main surface; a plurality of unit regions located at the main surface of the substrate, wherein the plurality of unit regions are spaced apart from each other, wherein the plurality of unit regions are arranged one-dimensionally in one row extending in a first direction and a plurality of columns, or arranged two-dimensionally in a plurality of rows extending in the first direction and a plurality of columns extending in a second direction, and wherein a light guide structure is located in each unit region; a first region located at the main surface of the substrate, surrounding the plurality of unit regions; and a 1-A alignment mark and a 1-B alignment mark arranged at the substrate in the first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: NICHIA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinichi Daikoku
  • Patent number: 11313549
    Abstract: A light module for a motor vehicle including a light source, an electronic support, a driver device driving the electrical power supply of the one light source arranged on the electronic support, a heatsink including an obviously in which the driver device is housed, characterized in that the light source is fixed onto the heatsink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: David Dorn, Eric Donnen
  • Patent number: 11313529
    Abstract: A vehicular lamp (10) includes: a condensing unit (12) including a condensing upper emitting unit (22, 23) for a condensing upper pattern (65, 67, 68), a condensing lower emitting unit (21, 31) for a condensing lower pattern (63, 64, 66), and a condensing projection lens (24, 34) that projects light from the condensing upper emitting unit and the condensing lower emitting unit; and a diffusion unit (13) including a diffusion upper emitting unit (42) for a diffusion upper pattern (73); a diffusion lower emitting unit (41) for a diffusion lower pattern (71, 72), and a diffusion projection lens (44) that projects light from the diffusion upper emitting unit and the diffusion lower emitting unit, the condensing lower pattern and the diffusion lower pattern form a passing light distribution pattern (LP), and the condensing upper pattern and a diffusion upper pattern (73) form a traveling light distribution pattern (HP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Ichikoh Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Eiji Suzuki, Katsuhiko Inoue
  • Patent number: 11305689
    Abstract: An aircraft passenger reading light include comprises: a light source arrangement having a plurality of rows of reading light sources, with each of the rows having a plurality of reading light sources for passenger-specific illumination of a plurality of seats of a seating row of an aircraft and with the plurality of rows having different illumination directions in a longitudinal direction (L) of the aircraft, whereinach of the light sources first and second electrical terminals; first and second power supply connectors; and a multi-state switching arrangement having a plurality of switching states. The first power supply connector is coupled to the first electrical terminals of the plurality of reading light sources. The second power supply connector is coupled to the second electrical terminals of the plurality of reading light sources via the multi-state switching arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: GOODRICH LIGHTING SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Anil Kumar Jha, Jens Leuschner
  • Patent number: 11306890
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lighting apparatus for a vehicle that includes a housing; a screen unit mounted in the housing; and a projection unit fixed to the housing and configured to radiate light toward the screen unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ban Suk Choi, Seung Woo Baek, Chi Yun Han, Jun Hyuk Cha
  • Patent number: 11299085
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses for roadway illumination by an industrial vehicle are disclosed. A work light of the industrial vehicle is operated to provide illumination to an area located between a forward end of the industrial vehicle and an area illuminated by a low beam light. The work light and the low beam light are operated together to provide improved illumination during travel of the industrial vehicle along the roadway while promoting visibility of operators of oncoming vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Nathan R. Demski, Brian T. Mosdal, Matthew Lommen, Michael R. Gratton, Christopher J. Mahoney, Nathan D. Turnis, Keith C. Rottinghaus, Brian Huenink, Nathan D. Sherman
  • Patent number: 11285863
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus of an autonomous vehicle including a lamp box disposed in a roof part of a vehicle; one or more front lamp units housed in a front portion of the lamp box and configured to distribute light to a forward area of the vehicle; one or more rear lamp units housed in a rear portion of the lamp box and configured to distribute light to a rearward area of the vehicle; one or more interior lamp units disposed at the bottom of the lamp box, and configured to distribute light to an indoor area of the vehicle; and a control unit configured to control operations of the front lamp unit, the rear lamp unit and the interior lamp unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyun Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 11287097
    Abstract: A fastener comprising: a fastener body comprising: a connection body that is movable within the fastener body between a locked position and a locking position to connect to assembly parts together and an alignment tab that is separate from and movable relative to the connection body and is movable within the fastener body and is configured to bias the fastener against one or more of the assembly parts so that the fastener is configured to self-align itself relative to the assembly parts, configured to align the assembly parts relative to one another, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Valeo North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Amando Aurellio Gallardo Amaya, Roberto Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 11279276
    Abstract: A boat towing auxiliary light is provided. The device includes an elongated shaft having an upper end opposite a lower end. A light assembly is affixed to the upper end of the elongated shaft. A pair of notches are disposed within the lower end of the elongated shaft. A brace removably securable within the pair of notches. A power source is disposed within the elongated shaft, wherein the power source is operably connected to the light assembly. A control is disposed on the elongated shaft, wherein the control selectively toggles the light assembly between an activated state and a deactivated state. In some embodiments, a wireless controller is disposed within the elongated shaft and operably connects the light assembly with a remote electronic device, wherein the remote electronic device selectively toggles the light assembly between an activated state and a deactivated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventors: Patrick Spellman, Thomas Bonner
  • Patent number: 11279277
    Abstract: An illumination device for a motor vehicle for displaying a linear light including a plurality of optical waveguides, an illuminating element having a plurality of light sources for coupling light into a respective first end face of the plurality of optical waveguides, and an emitting part for generating a linear light distribution, the optical waveguides being arranged with a respective second end face, which is different from the first end face, through the emitting part relative to one another along precisely one line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Friedrich-Uwe Tontsch, Johannes Scheuchenpflug
  • Patent number: 11273758
    Abstract: A vehicle interior component comprising a cover with a surface providing a display region is disclosed. The component may comprise a composite layer/structure and light source to provide light at a first and a second visible color/wavelength. The composite layer may comprise light-transmissive segments with color and light-transmissive transparent/translucent segments; light at the first wavelength is transmitted through a first segment and transparent/translucent segment to present a first image/visual effect at the display region; light at the second wavelength is transmitted through a second segment and transparent/translucent segment to present a second image/visual effect at the display region; light at the first wavelength is obstructed by the second segment; light at the second wavelength is obstructed by the first segment; transparent/translucent segments transmit light at first and second wavelengths. The composite layer may comprise a multi-layer form on the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: SHANGHAI YANFENG JINQIAO AUTOMOTIVE TRIM SYSTEMS CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Chun Wang
  • Patent number: 11267391
    Abstract: A vehicle headlight includes a housing unit, a low beam unit, a high beam unit and a control module. The low beam unit is mounted to the housing unit and is controllable to produce a low beam. The high beam unit is mounted to the housing unit and is controllable to produce a high beam. The control module is communicatively connected between the low beam unit and the high beam unit, and is operable to switch between a high beam mode, in which the high beam unit is controlled to produce the high beam with a first level brightness, and a daytime running mode, in which the high beam unit is controlled to produce the high beam with a second level brightness that is weaker than the first level brightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: COPLUS INC.
    Inventor: Po-Hua Wu
  • Patent number: 11256025
    Abstract: A device comprises a film with an adhesive layer on a first side of a core layer, a major sheet area of the film bounded by edges of the film with a light extracting region positioned to receive and extract light propagating by total internal reflection within the core layer out of the major sheet area, and a minor sheet between the major sheet area and an array of strips. The strips extend from the minor sheet area of the film, and each strip of the array of strips is folded within a fold region and stacked. The device further comprises a component extending a width of the array of strips where they extend from the minor sheet area, wherein the adhesive layer adheres the component to the film between fold region and the light extracting region. In some embodiments, the adhesive layer is a cladding layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: AZUMO, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony John Nichol, Zane A. Coleman
  • Patent number: 11254401
    Abstract: A pole light and base system that includes a pole light base configured to be secured to a gunwale of a watercraft. In practice, the pole light base might include a pole light tube and a female Universal Serial Bus connector. The pole light tube may have electrical contacts configured to engage respective electrical contacting portions of an all around light pole if an all around light pole is inserted into the pole light tube. In some cases, the system might include the all around light pole and light. The electrical contacts of the tube might include a positive contact electrically coupled to a first wire and a negative contact electrically coupled to a second wire. The first and second wire may be designed to connect directly to a 12 Volt watercraft battery. They may also connect to a boat fuse box that is connected to a battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Lightbulb Innovation, LLC
    Inventor: Russell W. White
  • Patent number: 11248767
    Abstract: A first camera unit (111) acquires an image including at least an area ahead of a vehicle based on a first optical axis (X1). A second camera unit (112) acquires an image including at least an area on the left of the vehicle based on a second optical axis (X2). When viewed from an up-down direction of the vehicle, the first optical axis (X1) and the second optical axis (X2) intersect with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichi Watano, Yukio Nomura, Yoshiyuki Nakanishi, Teppei Muramatsu, Yichao Xie
  • Patent number: 11236886
    Abstract: A lighted cable termination assembly for a heat trace cable is provided. The lighted cable termination assembly includes a stand, a base component, a lens, and a plurality of light emitting components. The stand has a first perimeter, and the base component is coupled to the stand and has a second perimeter. The lens has a proud surface and is coupled to the base component so that the proud surface extends radially outside of the first perimeter and the second perimeter. The plurality of light emitting components are disposed under the lens and configured to be powered by the heat trace cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: nVent Services GmbH
    Inventors: Adam C. Sherman, James F. Beres, Rajasree Andeth Nair, Subhash Thanathalil Kumaran