Patents Examined by Robert May
  • Patent number: 10078245
    Abstract: A light flux controlling member includes an incidence surface, an emission surface, and an annular groove part. The annular groove part includes a first internal surface and a second internal surface. The second internal surface protrudes from a virtual line connecting an outer and inner end portions toward an opening side of the annular groove part; and, when an angle on the annular groove part side of two angles between a tangent to an arbitrary point of the second internal surface and the central axis is an inclination angle at the arbitrary point of the second internal surface in the cross section including the central axis, an inclination angle at the inner end portion is smaller than an inclination angle at the outer end portion, and an inclination angle of the second internal surface increases as a distance from the central axis increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: ENPLAS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuki Fujii
  • Patent number: 10076176
    Abstract: A mirror assembly can include a housing, a mirror, and a light source. In some embodiments, the mirror comprises one or more adjustable sections. In certain embodiments, the mirror includes a light column configured to emit a substantially constant amount of light along a periphery of a mirror section. In some embodiments, the light column can produce various color temperatures. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly comprises a capacitive touch sensor that allows control of one or more features of the light emitted from the light source. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly includes a sensor assembly. The sensor assembly can be configured control on/off settings and other features of the emitted light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Tzu-Hao Wei, Guy Cohen, Joseph Sandor
  • Patent number: 10066804
    Abstract: An integrated lighting element assembly includes a transparent light-transmitting portion and an opaque or translucent optical diffuser. The light-transmitting portion has a light-transmitting surface. The optical diffuser is integrated or co-molded with the light-transmitting element to form a boundary of the light-transmitting surface. A light source is configured to direct incident light into the light-transmitting portion in response to a lighting control signal. A controller may generate the lighting control signal in response to activation of a user input device such as a turn signal lever or transmission mode selection lever. The optical diffuser may be parallel to and contiguous with the longitudinal surfaces of the light-transmitting element. A headlight assembly includes first and second headlights having respective low- and high-beam functions, and the lighting element assembly, which is positioned with respect to one of the headlights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey T. Zawacki
  • Patent number: 10067284
    Abstract: A lighting fixture includes a first end plate and a second end plate that are coupled to and disposed on opposite sides of a reflector panel. Further, the lighting fixture includes a pair of elongated heat sinks that are coupled to the first end plate and the second end plate on opposite latitudinal ends of the pair of elongated heat sinks. Each elongated heat sink retains a longitudinal edge of a light guide and/or a plurality of LEDs directed towards the longitudinal edge. Further, the lighting fixture includes an optical device that is removably coupled to the lighting fixture such that the first end plate, the second end plate, and the pair of elongated heat sinks retain and overlap a perimeter of an optical device to prevent light leakage. The light guide is oriented horizontally and the optical device is oriented to receive light exiting the light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Eric DiFelice, Patrick Neal Walker
  • Patent number: 10066796
    Abstract: A LED light system includes an elongated body extending from a first end to a second end; an elongated strip of a plurality of LED lights secured to the raised connector section; a light defusing cover slidingly engaged with the first slot of the first side and with the second slot of the second side, the light defusing cover having a plurality of elongated textured lines for defusing light from the plurality of LED lights, the light defusing cover being configured to cover the cavity of the elongated body; a first removable end cap removably secured to a first end and removably secured to the first side and the second side; and a second removable end cap removably secured to a second end and removably secured to the first side and the second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Kevin Ward
  • Patent number: 10060589
    Abstract: A light device comprises an elongated light guide (2) and a LED source (1) seated in the light guide entry part (3) for emitting the light beam into the light guide (2). The entry part of the light guide comprises mutually intersecting parts of at least two ellipsoids (11, 21) arranged with their main axes (14, 24) next to each other. The LED light sources are fitted in the first focuses (15, 25) of the ellipsoids for emission of light beams and their reflection from the elliptic walls (13, 23) thereof to the second focuses (16, 26) thereof, laying inside the light guide in different distances from the first focuses. The distance between the first focus (15) and the second focus (16) of the first ellipsoid (11) preferably equals at least 1.5 times the distance between the first focus (25) and the second focus (26) of the second ellipsoid (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: VARROC LIGHTING SYSTEMS, S.R.O.
    Inventor: Jan Martoch
  • Patent number: 10060616
    Abstract: A system and method of illuminating a foot pedal with an illuminated protective covering. The illuminated protective covering can include a plurality of illuminating devices surrounding at least a majority of a perimeter of the foot pedal. The illuminated protective covering can also include a sheet surrounding the upper surface and the lower surface of the foot pedal and the plurality of illuminating devices, the sheet being configured to protect the foot pedal from debris during use. A friction portion can be attached to the sheet, the friction portion being positioned on the sheet such that the friction portion is adjacent the bottom surface of the foot pedal when the sheet surrounds the foot pedal, the friction portion being configured to prevent sliding of the foot pedal against the floor or other surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: FACULTY PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS OF LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
    Inventor: Dalton Duane Baldwin
  • Patent number: 10061072
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a backlight module and a display device. The backlight module includes a backlight source, a light guide plate, and an optical membrane configured to filter out a light beam from the backlight source other than predetermined light beams and direct the predetermined light beams toward a display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., HEFEI XINSHENG OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fei Gao, Wenming Ren, Kai Wang
  • Patent number: 10059259
    Abstract: The invention relates to an interior trim component for a motor vehicle, which comprises: a carrier component, which determines the contour of the interior trim component, a cover layer, which is applied to a front side of the carrier component, and a light-emitting layer, which is applied to a back side of the carrier component, wherein the carrier component and the cover layer are transparent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: International Automotive Components Group GmbH
    Inventors: Carter Scott Cannon, Michael Behnke
  • Patent number: 10060586
    Abstract: An electric flameless candle is disclosed; the electric flameless candle includes a case, a translucent shell positioning unit, a translucent shell, a light emitting unit, a connecting unit, an electromagnetic sway module, a circuit board and a power unit. The case includes an opening. The translucent shell positioning unit is located at the opening. The translucent shell is located on the translucent shell positioning unit and includes a translucent shell base. The light emitting unit is located on the translucent shell base and in the translucent case. The connecting unit is connected to the translucent shell base. The electromagnetic sway module is located in the case. The electromagnetic sway module includes a metal bar, a metal coil and a metal core. The metal coil is connected to the fixing stand and located under the metal bar. The metal core is located in the metal coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Zhu Hai Fu Yun Lighting Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Su-Hua Chen, Chi-Shih Lai
  • Patent number: 10060606
    Abstract: A detachable rod-like decorative lighting, comprises a rod and a fancy lamp detachably connected to the top of the rod, wherein the rod comprises an outer pipe and an inner shell adapted to be inside the outer pipe; the outer pipe is a single body or consists of at least two pipes integrally formed with one another by axial connection; the inner shell is provided at the top thereof with a coaxial hole; the fancy lamp is provided at the bottom thereof with a plug connected to the top of the outer pipe by insertion and the plug is provided with a coaxial column corresponding to the coaxial hole for electric connection; and the outer pipe is provided at the top and the bottom thereof with connecting structures, respectively, for quickly matching and being fixed to the fancy lamp and the inner shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: JIANGMEN HONGSEN ELECTRONIC LIGHTING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Su Io Lam
  • Patent number: 10047929
    Abstract: A system and method of generating perceived white light by laser. The system comprises a laser, a phosphoric substrate, and optionally a diffraction grating. In one embodiment, a blue laser beam from the laser penetrates the phosphoric substrate to create perceived white light in a Gaussian distribution appropriate for emergency lighting. In another embodiment, the blue laser beam is split into multiple beams by the diffraction grating. The multiple beams penetrate the phosphoric substrate to create perceived white light in a Gaussian distribution appropriate for emergency lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: Richard Redpath, James Redpath
  • Patent number: 10047920
    Abstract: Disclosed is a flashlight which may include of a first window arranged at a first end of the flashlight, a light source configured to generate light, a first reflector configured to reflect light from the light source to the first window to generate a first beam of light, and a second reflector configured to reflect stray light from the light source through one of a first aperture and a first gap in the first reflector to generate a second beam of light leaving the flashlight through a second window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Alan K. Uke
  • Patent number: 10036514
    Abstract: A retrofitting kit for retrofitting an existing troffer light fixture having a troffer housing includes an adaptor bracket and a door assembly. The adaptor bracket includes a channel configured to rest on a T-bar of a ceiling system, and further configured to be located between the T-bar and the troffer housing, a slot, and a latch surface. The channel defines an open slot configured to receive and retain a portion of the troffer housing thereby facilitating a retrofit installation. The door assembly includes a latch configured to engage the latch surface of the adaptor bracket, a hinge configured to interface with the slot of the adaptor bracket, a housing including the latch and the hinge, and a light source coupled to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Orion Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John H. Scribante, Matthew S. Tlachac, Scott A. Green, Brandon J. King
  • Patent number: 10028382
    Abstract: A planar lighting device includes a light guide plate, a plurality of light sources arranged in a line shape along a longitudinal direction of a side end face of the light guide plate, and a mounting substrate, on which the light sources are mounted. The mounting substrate has a base material, a conduction pattern formed on the base material, and a cover member arranged on the conduction pattern. The conduction pattern includes pairs of lands corresponding to a plurality of electrode terminals of each light source and to which the pair of electrode terminals is respectively connected, and first and second extension parts that are respectively connected to the pair of lands, extend from a first end portion of the lands, which faces the land of the adjacent light source, extend toward opposite sides of the light guide plate and to extend under the cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Minebea Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomotaka Horikawa, Makoto Furuta, Hidekazu Kasai, Namiko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10022035
    Abstract: In one aspect, a dishwasher having sidewalls at least partially defining a treating chamber and defining an access opening, a rack rail mount, and a rack rail coupled to the tub mount slidably mounting a dishrack. The tub mount includes at least a light source and an electrical connection configured to provide electrical connection from the light source to a wiring harness adjacent the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Sujay Sunil Dabade, Benjamin Fulbright, Nic Kesterke, Ryan K. Roth
  • Patent number: 10018347
    Abstract: A bulb lamp structure includes a base, a seat, a circuit board, and a bulb housing, and further includes a plurality of chips on which LEDs are mounted, a heat dissipater, and a double-sided board. The seat has a lower rim in which an air inlet opening is formed. The heat dissipater has a lower portion forming an annular hood that has an upper end on which a plurality of plate-like substrates is arranged to circumferentially delimit a chamber in communication with the air inlet opening of the seat. The chips are respectively mounted on outside surfaces of the substrates. The bulb housing has a top end having a central portion in which a ventilation hole is formed to correspond to an air outlet opening formed in a top of the heat dissipater. A large illumination angle can be effectively realized and automatic production can be facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: MAINHOUSE (XIAMEN) ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nanqing Zhou, Rongkui Wu
  • Patent number: 10018324
    Abstract: A light source unit of one embodiment includes a socket housing, a light emitting module, a substrate, a sealing part, and a lens part. The sealing part seals the light emitting element and the conductive part to the substrate. A lens part is formed on the sealing part. Alastic modulus of the lens part is higher than that of the sealing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Nakagawa, Atsushi Ozawa, Ryota Naito
  • Patent number: 10018348
    Abstract: Various implementations described herein are directed to providing lighting in an underwater transducer mounted to a boat. The transducer assembly includes a housing. The housing includes a transducer. The housing includes one or more lighting devices. The housing also includes an element integrated with an outer edge of the housing in a waterproof configuration. The element allows light from the one or more lighting devices to emanate outward from the outer edge of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: NAVICO HOLDING AS
    Inventor: Jeremy Schroeder
  • Patent number: 10018767
    Abstract: An illumination device includes a light source unit and a light guide plate configured to guide light coming from the light source unit. The light guide plate includes an incidence surface, main emission surfaces from which the light incident on the incidence surface is emitted, and an end emission surface which is opposed to the incidence surface and from which the light is emitted. At least one of the main emission surfaces has a stepped surface which is formed such that the thickness of the light guide plate becomes thinner at a side of the end emission surface than at a side of the incidence surface. The stepped surface is configured to reflect the light in a direction opposite to a light guide direction extending from the incidence surface toward the end emission surface and inclined with respect to the light guide direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideharu Kawachi, Shinichi Anami, Osamu Tanahashi, Hiroyuki Sekii