Patents Examined by Sandra L. O'Shea
  • Patent number: 9078536
    Abstract: A monument assembly having a main body that is interlocked with a base. The main body has inscriptions and etchings that are laser cut therein of a memorable photo or design. A plurality of solar powered lights are then used in association with the monument assembly to focus light onto the etching at night to illuminate the etching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: James Boettcher
  • Patent number: 8366300
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an ornamental pond fish feeding indicator that has a housing with an indicator end. A first LED is enclosed in the housing at the indicator end of the housing. A second LED is also enclosed in the housing at the indicator end of the housing. A temperature sensing circuit is enclosed in the housing. The temperature sensing circuit transmits a signal to the first LED and the second LED. A float is attached to the housing. Using this invention, a pond owner can simply glance at his or her pond and determine whether or not to feed their fish based on the color of the light on top. The light on top of the indicator is red when pond water is below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. If the pond water is 50 degrees or over, the light is green.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: K & H Manufacturing
    Inventor: James Donald Koskey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8079744
    Abstract: An illuminating brick includes a block and at least one light-emitting element mounted in the brick. The brick has a top face, a bottom face and a plurality of lateral side surfaces interconnecting the top and bottom faces. The at least one light-emitting element is engaged in and optically coupled to at least one of the bottom face and lateral side surfaces. The lateral side surfaces and the bottom face are configured for reflecting and directing light emitted from the at least a light-emitting element to exit through the top face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Foxsemicon Integrated Technology, Inc
    Inventors: Chih-Chung Tsao, Shu-Hui Hsieh, Mei-Jiun Lin, Hung-Chih Yang, Ping-Yu Chen, Tse-An Lee
  • Patent number: 8002446
    Abstract: A direct and indirect suspended component light fixture is described herein. The light engine of the fixture is recessed within a ceiling and contains a plurality of linear fluorescent lamps substantially surrounded by an ellipsoidal reflector. The ellipsoidal reflector reflect light downward through a light output region to a suspended diffuser, the suspended diffuser acting as both a provider of direct and indirect light to generate smooth and even illumination both in the indirect and direct light components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Carlton Plunk, Eugene Graff
  • Patent number: 7988314
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus for a Gunner's Quadrant including a housing and a flexible circuit board including lights. The lighting apparatus illuminates portions of the M1 A1 or M1 A2 Gunner's Quadrant. The lighting apparatus may be removably attached to the Gunner's Quadrant. The invention also includes a method of manufacturing a lighting apparatus for a Gunner's Quadrant, including applying a flexible circuit board including lights to a housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Kemco Aerospace
    Inventors: John E. Nichols, Roy E. Avery
  • Patent number: 7980746
    Abstract: A hollow type planar illuminating device having uniform luminance distribution over the entire light emitting is described. A reflecting surface member is arranged on the bottom side of a hollow unit case, a light emitting surface member is arranged on the side facing the reflecting surface member of the unit case, and a space sandwiched between the reflecting surface member and the light emitting surface member of the unit case forms a hollow light guide space. An LED light source unit emits light into the hollow light guide space with a light collecting lens arranged between the LED light source unit and an end surface of the hollow light guide space. The light collecting lens reduces the directivity angle of light emitted from the LED light source unit in the device thickness direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Harison Toshiba Lighting Corporation
    Inventors: Ryuji Tsuchiya, Yoji Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 7972024
    Abstract: Disclosed is an illuminating device that includes a light source and a mouthpiece. The mouthpiece is configured to adapt the light source thereon and is capable of being accommodated within a user's mouth. The mouthpiece includes a switch and a power source. The switch is electrically connected to the light source. The power source is electrically connected to the switch and the light source and is capable of providing electrical power to the light source for illumination. Upon receipt of the mouthpiece within the user's mouth and application of pressure on the switch by the user's teeth, the light source is illuminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventor: Bronson DeLeeuw
  • Patent number: 7950815
    Abstract: A back light unit includes a bottom cover, a plurality of light source modules mounted on the bottom cover, and an optical sheet unit over the light source modules, wherein each of the light source module includes a PCB having the plurality of light source modules mounted thereon, a diffusing plate spaced a distance from the LED light sources and surrounding the PCB fully for diffusing a light incident thereon from the LED light sources throughout a surface thereof uniformly, and a diffusing plate supporter for securing the diffusing plate to the PCB, and the diffusing plate includes a flat plate portion, a side wall portion extended from opposite edges of the plate portion to the diffusing plate supporter, and a plurality of light diffusing units each projected from a surface facing the LED light source on the plate portion at a position matched to the LED light source, thereby enabling to make effective response to fabrication of thinner liquid crystal display device and improve a light uniformity, and impr
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min Ji Jin, Hee Jeong Park
  • Patent number: 7946729
    Abstract: An LED-based light for replacing a conventional fluorescent tube in a fixture is provided. The LED-based light includes an elongate light transmitting rod defining a bore and at least one LED positioned at one or both ends of the rod and oriented to produce light longitudinally into a portion of the rod radially outward of the bore. At least one connector is physically coupled to an end of the rod and electrically coupled to the at least one LED. The at least one connector is adapted for physical and electrical connection to the fixture. In operation, the directional light produced by the at least one LED is dispersed by way of reflection, refraction, and/or diffusion while traveling longitudinally through the rod to reduce the appearance of bright spots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Altair Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: John Ivey, David L Simon
  • Patent number: 7934859
    Abstract: A light emitting diode module which includes a hollow enclosed body having a transparent or translucent portion. A power source is disposed within the body. At least one light emitting diode is disposed within the body. The at least one light emitting diode is visible through the transparent or translucent portion of the body. A power circuit couples the at least one light emitting diode to the power source. An externally accessible switch is provided to open and close the power circuit so that the at least one light emitting diode can be turned on and turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Inventors: Robert Bryant, Huston Hill, Derek Pettigrew
  • Patent number: 7934858
    Abstract: A lighting lens can sufficiently suppress unevenness color and improve light use efficiency. This light lens has: first incidence surface 20 that is orthogonal to the optical axis; second incidence surface 21 that expands the radius toward the light emitting element 8 side; total reflection surface 22 that expands the radius toward the emitting side; first emission surface 24 that mainly emits light incident on first incidence surface 21, toward illuminated surface 18; and second emission surface 25 that emits light incident on a second incidence surface, toward illuminated surface 18, and forms second emission surface 25 such that positive power in second emission surface 25 is weaker than positive power of first emission surface 24.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Enplas Corporation
    Inventor: Masato Nakamura
  • Patent number: 7934854
    Abstract: A light fixture (100) comprises a base (101) and at least a first arm (102) having a first end (103) that couples to this base. A housing (105) then couples to the second end (203) of this first arm and can serve to house both a light source (901) (such that emanated light will tend to be directed towards a primary area of coverage) and an animate object detector (902) (such that the latter will be aimed towards, and will tend to be sensitive to, objects that move within the primary area of coverage). By one approach, this arm couples to the base and/or the housing in a manner that permits an end user to adjust a position of the housing with respect to the base without requiring any hand tools. The housing can comprise a heat sink (906) if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: HeathCo LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Edward Anglikowski, David Scott Bullard, William Calvin Raper, Jeremy Lee Prichard
  • Patent number: 7931380
    Abstract: In embodiments of the present invention improved capabilities are described for producing background separated product images for print and on-line display. An image formation system provides controllable background and foreground lighting of an item to facilitate acquiring images that appear to have no background, a platform for supporting items, cameras configured to acquire both high contrast and high quality images of the item, and automated image processing algorithms for creating item-only images that can be stored in an image library and presented to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventors: Robert C. Williams, Matthew J. Wheeler, Steve R. Koontz
  • Patent number: 7926988
    Abstract: Flashlights are provided herein that can be removable attached to a magnetic surface. A flashlight can include a body having a bulb end and a clip end, a light source connected to the bulb end, and one or more magnets attached to the body flashlight. In one example, a flashlight includes a pocket clip attached to the clip end, and the one or more magnets can be attached to the pocket clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Koehler-Bright Star LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth M. Robinson
  • Patent number: 7926994
    Abstract: A light production system and apparatus for adjusting the uniformity of light is provided. The apparatus comprises a light reducing portion, having an area less than that of an exit of an integrator, for reducing the brightness of a central area of light emitted from the exit. The apparatus further comprises a mounting portion for mounting the light reducing portion in general longitudinal alignment with a center of the exit, the mounting portion enabled to transmit the light emitted from the exit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.
    Inventor: John Parkin
  • Patent number: 7927001
    Abstract: In a backlight assembly and a display device including the backlight assembly, the backlight assembly includes a light dispersion member and a light source having a plurality of light source members, a distance defined between the light sources members adjacent to each other. The light dispersion member includes a lower face portion having alternately arranged ridges and grooves. Each light source is positioned under a respective ridge. An interval between a center of each light source and the respective ridge positioned directly over the light source is from about 0.2 to about 0.55 times the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seong-Sik Choi, Dong-Lyoul Shin, Jae-Hwan Chun, Byung-Yun Joo, Jung-Wook Paek, Jin-sung Choi, Ju-Hwa Ha, Heu-Gon Kim, Sang-Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 7926999
    Abstract: A planar light-emitting device includes an elongate first lightguide plate (13) having a light entrance end surface (13a) disposed facing an exit surface (12a) of a light-emitting package (12), a reflecting side surface (13b) extending substantially at right angles to the light entrance end surface to reflect light entering through the light entrance end surface, and a light exit side surface (13c) facing the reflecting side surface, and a flat plate-shaped second lightguide plate (14) having a light entrance side edge surface (14a) facing the light exit side surface (13c). The first lightguide plate is configured to satisfy the condition of t1<t2?t3, where: t1, t2 and t3 are the respective heights of the light exit side surface (13c), the reflecting side surface (13b) and the light entrance end surface (13a). The surfaces of the first lightguide plate other than the light entrance end surface (13a) and the light exit side surface (13c) are reflecting surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Citizen Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junji Miyashita, Takumi Miyashita
  • Patent number: 7922357
    Abstract: Disclosed are an external light-shielding layer for a display filter preventing occurrence of ghosting using a difference between refractive indexes of a base substrate and an external light-shielding part, and a display filter and display apparatus including the external light-shielding layer. The external light-shielding layer for the display filter comprises a base substrate made of a transparent resin; and at least one external light-shielding part arranged on a surface of the base substrate and filled with an external light-absorption material, wherein ny of a refractive index of the base substrate is less than or equal to nx of a refractive index of the external light-shielding part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Corning Precision Materials Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung Nim Jo, Sang Cheol Jung, Eun Young Cho
  • Patent number: 7922346
    Abstract: An object of the preset invention is to provide a medical lighting apparatus capable of illuminating an affected part with proper illuminance while assuring a work space for an operator near the affected part. A medical lighting apparatus for irradiating an affected part with light includes: a light source (a light emitting element); a light condenser (a collimate lens and a condenser lens) for condensing light emitted from the light source; an image forming unit (an image lens) for forming an image on the affected part from the light condensed by the light condenser; and an aperture portion provided between the light condenser and the image forming unit and regulating passage of the light condensed by the light condenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: J. Morita Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Katsuda, Shusuke Hashimoto, Kazunari Matoba, Shinichi Okawa, Hiroaki Kusakabe, Yuzo Nakayama
  • Patent number: 7922377
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp includes a light emitting diode (LED) unit supported by a metal-made support member. The LED unit is constituted by an integrally formed aluminum diecast product including an LED support portion for supporting an LED, a reflector including a reflecting face constituted by a face thereof opposed to the LED, a rib projected from a back face of the reflector, and a connecting portion connected to the metal-made support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuhiko Yamamichi, Shigeyuki Watanabe, Tetsuaki Inaba, Takashi Inoue