Patents Examined by Sharon Payne
  • Patent number: 9528674
    Abstract: Disclosed is a head lamp for a car having asymmetric magnifications for upper, lower, left, and right lens standards, and the head lamp includes: a light source; and an aspheric lens disposed in a front direction of the light source, and configured to have different horizontal and vertical magnifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hyun Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 9523469
    Abstract: A lighting system utilizing light emitting diode lamps, designed to be mounted on the mullion inside a cabinet display case wherein the distribution of light illuminates the product in an even and consistent manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Innovative Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua G. Bauer, Patrick Trese
  • Patent number: 9519085
    Abstract: A light diffusing sheet can include a diffusion layer. The diffusion layer has a surface profile that satisfies certain conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: KIMOTO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yokota, Shingo Ohsaku
  • Patent number: 9518709
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lighting article such as holiday decorations and lamps e.g. a glowing Santa Claus, and a method of preparing such articles. The lighting article comprises an elongated structure resembling an image such as Santa. A solid matrix embedded with a LED strip is fitted into a groove in the elongated structure. The light emitted from the strip irradiates upon the elongated structure, and makes Santa Claus shining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: NINGBO SUNTEC LIGHTING CO., LTD
    Inventors: Zhaowei Wang, Haisheng Tang
  • Patent number: 9512968
    Abstract: Provided is an LED module that can be easily manufactured while maintaining good reflective characteristics even when a plurality of LED elements and other electronic components are packaged on a circuit substrate. This LED module is characterized by having: a sub-mounting substrate for packaging a plurality of LED elements; a module substrate for packaging an electronic component other than the plurality of LED elements, the sub-mounting substrate being mounted on the module substrate; a dam material disposed on the module substrate and surrounding a mounting part of the sub-mounting substrate; and a cover member for covering top faces of the plurality of LED elements, the cover member being filled into an inside region of the dam material; the reflectance of a surface of the sub-mounting substrate being set higher than the reflectance of a surface of the module substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignees: CITIZEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD., CITIZEN ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryo Tamura, Takashi Akiyama
  • Patent number: 9512974
    Abstract: A vehicular lamp (1) including a lamp easing (4) formed by a lamp housing (2) having an opening (2a) on at least one side and a cover (3) attached to the lamp housing and closing the opening, and a tight source unit (6) disposed in the lamp casing and having a light source (8) that emits light, wherein the light source unit has a wiring board (7) that has a first surface (9a) and a second surface (10a) which face different directions and an electronic part that is mounted at least on the first surface and includes the light source, and a holding protrusion (11) that holds the electronic part is provided on the first surface of the wiring board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takayuki Otsubo
  • Patent number: 9506632
    Abstract: A light-emitting module includes a substrate, and elongated light-emitting units arranged in rows on the substrate. Each light-emitting unit includes an element array of light-emitting elements arranged on the substrate and a sealing member sealing the element array. The sealing member contains a wavelength converting material. When the light-emitting units are viewed from a direction that is parallel to a surface on which the plurality of light-emitting units are arranged and coincides with a row direction being a direction along which the light-emitting units are arranged in rows, two of the light-emitting units are arranged such that portions of one of the two light-emitting units nearer to the center in the row direction are visible without being obstructed by the other light-emitting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshifumi Ogata, Atsuyoshi Ishimori, Masumi Abe
  • Patent number: 9488902
    Abstract: An illuminator includes a (solid-state light source array) including a plurality of solid-state light sources, a light collecting system that collects light from the solid-state light source group at a predetermined light collection position, a collimator system disposed on the opposite side of the light collection position to the light collecting system and substantially parallelizing light from the light collecting system, and an integrator system that homogenizes the in-plane light intensity distribution of light from the collimator system. The illuminator further includes a transmissive diffusing unit that is disposed in the vicinity of the light collection position and transmits the light from the light collecting system while diffusing the light from the light collecting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koichi Akiyama
  • Patent number: 9477029
    Abstract: A lighting assembly includes a light guide having opposed major surfaces between which light propagates by total internal reflection, a light input edge, and two light output regions of different optical characteristics and at least one of which is associated with a corresponding one of the major surfaces. The lighting assembly also includes a light source located adjacent the light input edge. The light source and the light guide variably positionable relative to one another to vary a location on the light input edge at which the light is input to the light guide such that the light is emitted from the light guide selectively apportioned between the light output regions so that a characteristic of the light output from the lighting assembly is modified based on the optical characteristics associated with the light output regions and the relative positioning of the light source and the light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Rambus Delaware LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery R Parker, Timothy A McCollum, Fumitomo Hide, Alexey Titov, Ian Hardcastle
  • Patent number: 9476579
    Abstract: A relay connector that is interposed between two substrates provided with mutually connectable connecting parts and that indirectly connects the two substrates, wherein the relay connector is provided with a first connecting part capable of mechanistically connecting to the connecting part of one of the substrates, and a second connecting part capable of mechanistically connecting to the connecting part of the other substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shingo Kamitani
  • Patent number: 9464767
    Abstract: A light emitting diode (LED) work light and associated method of controlling the LED work light. The LED work light includes a power source, a casing including a handle section, at least one LED mounted to illuminate light from the casing, at least one lens forward of the LEDs to focus light from the LEDs, a control switch designated to at least turn on and turn off the LEDs, and a controller. The controller may be configured to, in response to activation of the control switch, provide control of the power source to the LEDs to transition from a first illumination state to a second illumination state of the illumination of the LEDs, the transition being illumination defined by a specified function over time defined to slow a transition time of the transition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Cliplight Holdings, Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert Tod Whitfield, Donald L. Klipstein, Jack Brass, Lorne Hilts
  • Patent number: 9463835
    Abstract: A bicycle dynamo for a bicycle having a frame and a wheel has a stator, an internal stationary winding fixed on the stator, and an external rotor rotatable on the stator. This rotor has a rotatable cylindrical external casing surrounding the winding and formed with an outwardly open annular groove, a plurality of permanent magnets inside the casing that generate an electrical voltage in the internal stationary stator winding, and an elastic ring frictionally engageable with a rim of the bicycle wheel, set in the annular groove, and projecting from the outer casing. A holder carries the stator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: VELOGICAL ENGINEERING GMBH
    Inventor: Peter Frieden
  • Patent number: 9447945
    Abstract: A light-emitting apparatus includes a substrate, a light source configured to emit light and arranged on the substrate, a phosphor layer being apart from the light source and configured to convert the light into forward transmitted light and backward transmitted light, and an optic device, being narrower than the substrate and having a transparent side wall, configured to direct at least a portion of the backward transmitted light through the transparent side wall and toward the substrate. In another aspect, a light-emitting apparatus includes a transparent base, a light source on the transparent base, a transparent material covering the light source, a phosphor layer on the transparent material, and a transparent wall on the phosphor layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Nadarajah Narendran, Yimin Gu
  • Patent number: 9441793
    Abstract: There is provided a lighting device that comprises at least one 600-630 nm solid state light emitter and at least one light source emitting light within an area on a 1931 CIE Chromaticity Diagram defined by a first set of points having x, y coordinates of (0.32, 0.40), (0.36, 0.48), (0.43, 0.45), (0.42, 0.42), (0.36, 0.38), or a second set of points having x, y coordinates of (0.29, 0.36), (0.32, 0.35), (0.41, 0.43), (0.44, 0.49), (0.38, 0.53). Some embodiments further comprise at least a first power line. Also provided are methods that comprise illuminating at least one light source to emit light within one of the areas defined above, and illuminating at least one 600-630 nm emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Cree, Inc.
    Inventors: Antony Paul Van De Ven, Gerald H. Negley
  • Patent number: 9440578
    Abstract: An assembly includes a motor vehicle headlamp and a mounting device to mount the headlamp on the vehicle. The headlamp includes a casing. The mounting device includes a pivot connection that pivots about a fixed rotation axis with respect to the technical front end of the vehicle, which carries the cooling unit for the propulsion unit of the vehicle. The rotation axis is contained in the longitudinal plane of the vehicle and is positioned such that an impact along a line of force located on one side of the rotation axis causes an edge of the headlamp raise above the adjacent edge of the fender on the other side of the rotation axis. The headlamp is shaped and the rotation axis is oriented such that the headlamp pivots about this rotation axis, remaining inscribed within a predetermined surface of revolution outside the contour of the adjacent fender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: RENAULT s.a.s.
    Inventors: Sylvain Gelfi, Raphael Dahan, Ronan Bouguyon, Herve Sanchez, Ayla Shakourzadeh
  • Patent number: 9441808
    Abstract: An asymmetrical optical assembly employs reflecting surfaces and a lens to combine the light from a plurality of LED lamps into an illumination pattern useful in a floodlight or work light. The reflecting surfaces and lens optical element are not symmetrical with respect to a plane bisecting the optical assembly and including the optical axes of the LED light sources. Some light from the LED light sources is redirected from its emitted trajectory into the desired illumination pattern, while a significant portion of the light from the LED light sources is permitted to exit the optical assembly without redirection. Minimizing the number of optical elements employed and the redirection of light enhances the efficiency of the resulting light assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Whelen Engineering Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd J. Smith
  • Patent number: 9429328
    Abstract: A cooking appliance includes a muffle having walls to delimit a cooking chamber. The muffle has a front face with a loading opening which is delimited peripherally by a front edge of the muffle. A lighting apparatus has at least one first light source for lighting up the cooking chamber and/or for displaying information. The at least one first light source is activated in at least a first operating mode of the cooking appliance, and at least one second light source is activated in a second operating mode of the cooking appliance, with the second operating mode being different from the first operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventor: Reinhard Wiedenmann
  • Patent number: 9423096
    Abstract: An LED lighting apparatus including a plurality of lens members aligned substantially along a preferential/non-preferential line. Each lens member being elongate across the preferential/non-preferential line with all elongate lens members being in substantially same orientation and each configured for light to exit the unitary lens predominantly toward the preferential side. Each lens member includes an elongate opening for receiving light from a group of emitters aligned across the preferential/non-preferential line; a refracting inner surface forming a void and having a racetrack-shaped surrounding surface extending from the opening to a substantially planar elongate end surface; and a lateral surface having opposed preferential and non-preferential surface portions, the non-preferential portion being at an angle to the base plane which is greater than the angle of the preferential portion to the base plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Cree, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt S. Wilcox, Mario A. Castillo
  • Patent number: 9423111
    Abstract: An illumination device includes a plurality of flat light source units and an elongated base unit to which the light source units are removably attached. The base unit includes one or more connectors connected to the light source units and used in supplying an electric current to the light source units and a plurality of connector attachment portions arranged at a specified interval along a longitudinal direction of the base unit. The connectors are removably attached to the connector attachment portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryusuke Kotera, Hideharu Kawachi
  • Patent number: 9423081
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an illumination assembly comprising a specific combination of one or more white LEDs and one or more red-orange LEDs with improved spectral characteristics (e.g., specific color performance characteristics, such as a desirable color rendering index and color temperature).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Brandon Medical Company Limited
    Inventors: Graeme Hall, Euan Morrison