Patents Examined by Sharon Payne
  • Patent number: 9416934
    Abstract: Disclosed is a light source module for a vehicle. The light source module includes an LED light source, a PCB that controls supply of current to the LED light source, a patterned film disposed on the PCB and provided with an optical pattern which enables a stereoscopic light-emission image of a desired pattern to be formed when light from the LED light source is emitted thereto, and optical resin that is disposed on the patterned film and uniformly transmits the light from the LED light source to the entire range of the patterned film. The light source module improves visibility of the LED light source and makes a lamp using the light source module look luxurious by using a hidden effect of a deposited film even when the LED light source is not turned on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jeong Gyu Yang
  • Patent number: 9400094
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus may include a holding member, a lighting panel, and an attachment bracket for removably attaching the lighting panel to the holding member. The lighting panel may form a first position in which a light-emitting surface of the lighting panel and a light-emitting surface of a lighting panel are located substantially on the same plane with each other and a second position in which the lighting panel is pressed from its light-emitting surface side so that the attachment bracket pivots around a portion where the attachment bracket is attached to the holding member and the lighting panel is inclined with respect to the lighting panel. As the lighting panel forming the second position is moved in a direction away from the holding member the attachment bracket is released from the holding member, and the lighting panel forming the second position is readily removed from the holding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Junya Wakahara, Nobuya Miki, Naoki Masazumi, Yasuhiro Honda
  • Patent number: 9388961
    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: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Whelen Engineering Compnay, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd J. Smith
  • Patent number: 9383078
    Abstract: Light sources include light-emitting surfaces only on a condenser lens side to emit illumination light. The condenser lens and the refraction optical member are formed integrally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Watanabe, Masaaki Yamanishi, Hong Yong Zhang, Shuichi Kudo
  • Patent number: 9366404
    Abstract: A decorative lighting system for sporting equipment includes at least one strip of electrical lights, such as LED lamps, which are connected to an electrical power source via wiring, and which are attached to an article of sporting equipment such as a snowboard, snow skis, snowshoes, a skateboard, a bicycle, or the like. The decorative lighting system may be substantially waterproof, and may provide both an attractive appearance when the sporting equipment is used in low-light conditions, while making the sporting equipment more visible in darkness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventors: Dakota W. Porter, Garret W. Porter
  • Patent number: 9353934
    Abstract: A light holding assembly facilitates installation and removal of decorative light strings on a structure. The assembly includes a panel having an upper section and a lower section. The lower section is selectively separable from the upper section. A plurality of apertures extends through the upper section of the panel wherein the upper section of the panel is configured for being coupled to a structure by insertion of connectors through the apertures. A plurality of straps is coupled to the lower section of the panel. The straps are selectively formed into loops wherein the lower section of the panel is configured for supporting a string of lights extending through the loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Kortney Rudloff
  • Patent number: 9353923
    Abstract: A light fixture is configured for use in either retrofitting an existing troffer light fixture or for use in new construction. The light fixture includes a self-supporting adaptor bracket configured to rest on a T-bar of a ceiling system and further configured to optionally receive a housing of the existing troffer light fixture. The light fixture further includes a door assembly including a latch configured to engage a latch surface of the adaptor bracket, a hinge configured to interface with a slot of the adaptor bracket, a housing including the latch and the hinge, and a light source within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Orion Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John Scribante, Scott A. Green, Marc Meade, Therese Bartz, Matthew S. Tlachac, Ronald E. Ernst
  • Patent number: 9347635
    Abstract: A light source system comprising projection optics, which are capable of producing a far-field image of a light source. The light source comprises a fluorescent medium that when illuminated by light from laser emitters of a first waveband emits light of a second or more wavebands of longer wavelength. The resulting light emission produces a colour perceived as white. The light source is illuminated by a plurality of laser emitters arranged to illuminate the light source in an array-like manner. Control of the output of one or more of the laser emitters results in a variation of the spatial emission distribution from the light source and hence a variation of the far-field beam spot distribution. Further, fine variation of the far-field beam spot distribution may be achieved by re-direction of the laser beams by separate control methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: James Rowland Suckling, David James Montgomery, Sarah Anne Mitchell, Koji Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9346507
    Abstract: A separate member is provided in the space between the side portion of headlight and the side cowl. A front structure of straddle type vehicle includes a joint portion that can be precisely positioned, while an increase in the width of the front portion of side cowl is prevented. A separate air intake cover is provided between the side portion of the headlight and the side cowl and is attached to the headlight stay with the headlight, simultaneously. The side cowl engaging portions is disposed behind the side cowl and with which the side cowl is engaged in the vicinity of the joint portion with the side cowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taiki Hoashi, Gen Tanabe
  • Patent number: 9341766
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to suppress the brightness distribution in the lighting device. The backlight unit 12 according to the present invention includes an LED 17 as a light source with a light intensity distribution in which light having a peak light intensity travels in a direction inclined with respect to a front direction, a chassis 14 having an opening on a light exit side and housing the LED 17, and a light leading member 22 provided to extend from a mounting surface of the LED 17 toward the light exit side. The light leading member 22 is configured to lead light from the LED 17 toward the light exit side. The employment of the LED 17 with the above light intensity distribution enables an irradiation area A irradiated with the light having the peak light intensity to be larger. This reduces the uneven that may occur in the brightness distribution of the outgoing light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takaharu Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9343634
    Abstract: Disclosed are a light emitting device. The light emitting device comprises a board comprising a plurality of lead frames, a light emitting diode chip electrically connected to the lead frames, and a reflective member formed coupled on the board while surrounding the light emitting diode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: LG Innotek Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dong Wook Park
  • Patent number: 9341336
    Abstract: A vehicle headlamp has a first light source disposed on a first optical axis that extends in a front-to-rear direction of a vehicle, a first lens that projects light emitted from the first light source to a front of the vehicle, a second lens having a rear focal point on a second optical axis that is parallel to the first optical axis and disposed adjacent to the first lens, a second light source disposed on the second optical axis rearwards of the first light source, a reflector that reflects light emitted from the second light source towards the rear focal point of the second lens, and a sub-reflector disposed such that the sub-reflector does not interfere with an optical path which extends from the reflector to the second lens and that causes part of light emitted from the first light source to be incident on the second lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: Hiroya Koizumi
  • Patent number: 9328906
    Abstract: A solar lighting blinds system is configured to provide light. The system includes blinds attached to a component housing. An LED bar is attached to the component housing. A switch is attached to the component housing. A solar panel is attached to the component housing. A battery is contained within the component housing. A microprocessor is contained within the component housing. The microprocessor is electrically coupled to the LED bar, the switch, the solar panel and the battery and configured to charge the battery with the solar panel and then direct power from the battery to the LED bar when directed by the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: Eric N. Bennington
  • Patent number: 9324924
    Abstract: A solid state lighting comprising: at least one LED element positioned on a top surface of a substrate or a submount; and a polygonal structure comprising a plurality of edges forming a plurality of facets configured to receive light from the at least one LED element, the polygonal structure comprising a wavelength converting material, wherein the wavelength converting material is remotely positioned from the at least one LED element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Cree, Inc.
    Inventor: Antony P. Van De Ven
  • Patent number: 9316781
    Abstract: A linear light source device comprises a wiring substrate in a rectangular shape and having a wiring pattern formed thereon, a plurality of light emitting elements arranged on the wiring substrate in a longitudinal direction of the wiring substrate and connected with the wiring pattern on the wiring substrate, and a sealing resin that seals the light emitting elements, wherein the linear light source device is to be arranged on a side surface of a light guiding plate to form a planar light source device, and an external connection terminal is arranged on a surface of the wiring substrate that is opposite to a surface of the wiring substrate where the light emitting element are arranged and in a central portion in the longitudinal direction of the wiring substrate, and connected with the wiring pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki Kokubu, Yuhki Ito
  • Patent number: 9316863
    Abstract: A display system with a distributed LED backlight includes: providing a plurality of tile LED light sources, each tile LED light source having a tile and a plurality of similar LED light sources on each tile connected for emitting light therefrom; orienting the plurality of tile LED light sources for illuminating a display from the back of the display; and integrating the plurality of tile LED light sources into a thermally and mechanically structurally integrated distributed LED tile matrix backlight light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Hillman, Gregory L. Tice, William Sauway Law, Sean Bailey, Ann Torres, Efrain Alcorta, Perry Anderson
  • Patent number: 9316360
    Abstract: A light source unit is used in a multiply combined manner, and includes a light source element having a substrate and one or more light emitting elements disposed on the substrate. The light source unit is configured such that when a plurality of the light source units are arranged in cascade, the light source element in the light source unit comes to in electric connection with another light source element in an adjacent light source unit. Thereby, the plurality of light source units may emit light at the same time. Thus, the structure similar to rod-shaped light source such as CCFL is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Norimasa Furukawa, Hiroshi Murayama, Ichiro Murakami
  • Patent number: 9310646
    Abstract: A display device includes a display panel, a backlight unit disposed at the back of the display panel, and a back cover disposed at the back of the backlight unit, wherein the backlight unit including a base layer, a plurality of substrates disposed on the base layer and separated from each other, and light sources disposed on the substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventors: Sangtae Park, Seungchoon Bae
  • Patent number: 9310035
    Abstract: There is provided a light fixture comprising a baffle system and a side reflector, the baffle system comprising at least an outer baffle structure and an inner baffle structure. Also, there is provided a light fixture which comprises at least two recessed concentric square elements, triangular connecting elements and lenses which are recessed from the faces of each of the square elements. In some embodiments, the lighting device comprises at least one solid state light emitter. In some embodiments, the light fixture further comprises at least one lens positioned between at least two respective baffle elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Cree, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary David Trott, Paul Kenneth Pickard
  • Patent number: 9310031
    Abstract: A LED bulb includes a circuit board, a lighting module, a conductive connector, and a lamp shade. The circuit board includes a slot. The lighting module is arranged on the circuit board and includes a transmissive substrate. The lighting module includes a circuit layer attached to the transmissive substrate, an electrode component arranged on one end of the transmissive substrate and inserted into the slot and electrically connected to the circuit layer, and a plurality of LED dies placed on the transmissive substrate and electrically connected to the circuit layer. The conductive connector is arranged on the other side of the circuit board and electrically connected to the circuit. The lamp shade is assembled with the conductive connector such that the circuit board and the lighting module are arranged between the conductive connector and the lamp shade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventors: Hwa Su, Tzu-Chi Cheng, Hong-Zhi Liu