Patents Examined by Stephen Husar
  • Patent number: 7033035
    Abstract: A portable light-emitting display device having one or more rotating members including one or more light sources mounted or otherwise affixed thereto. The one or more rotating members are coupled to a motor. The motor and the light sources are each electrically coupled to one or more controllers, which control the speed at which the motor rotates the one or more rotating members and controls a lighting frequency and/or an intensity of all or one or more of the light sources or any combination thereof, to create a visual effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: I & K Trading
    Inventors: John M. Fatemi, Chin Kuo (Phily) Chung, Hsin Yu (Michael) Chao
  • Patent number: 7029143
    Abstract: A light cove (20), which is adapted to be secured to a wall (46), includes elongated top and bottom fastening devices (22) and (24), a light-transparent panel section (26), and a plurality of two-piece adjustable supports (28). A light fixture (82) with one or more bulbs (80) is positioned intermediate to the top and bottom fastening devices, and all three elements are separately securable to a wall (46) for accommodating any unevenness of the wall and to provide maximum adjustment among the three parts. The panel section is pivotally couplable to the bottom fastening device and can be articulated upwardly so as to position its end (50) adjacent to the adjustable supports. The supports include a strap (62) having projections (78) which can be snapped past a snap-in lip (58) to form a secure joint between the strap and the panel section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Ceilings Plus
    Inventors: Albert Kiechle, Lester Eisner
  • Patent number: 7029154
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle headlight, which comprises a casing enclosing a light source and fixed on a chassis, as well as frangible means of linking the casing to the chassis, which are able to absorb in the course of their rupture at least part of the energy of an impact suffered by the headlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Philippe Arlon, Laurence Marechal, Pascal Harand, Jean-Paul Ravier
  • Patent number: 7025485
    Abstract: A thin automobile lamp assembly is manufactured by first fixing an elongated printed circuit board (PCB) having a plurality of LEDs to an elongated inner lens before the inner lens and PCB are joined to any other parts. The inner lens is fixed to the PCB by contacting the inner lens and the PCB such that a plurality of stakes on the inner lens extend through a plurality of associated holes on the PCB. The stakes extending through the holes are then melted by a process such as heat staking to fix the PCB to the inner lens. The fixed relationship between the inner lens and the PCB board secures a proper alignment between the lens and the plurality of LEDs on the PCB. Next, the PCB and lens subassembly is joined to a lamp housing, and the entire assembly is secured to an automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Guide Corporation
    Inventor: Jamison M. Henry
  • Patent number: 7021785
    Abstract: The present invention is a miniature illuminating Christmas tree intended to create a decorative display in the window of a home, car, or office. In the preferred mode, the tree-shaped ornament is made from plastic and artificial green Christmas tree material and contains an illumination source, such as blinking LEDs, fiberoptics, or bulbs configured according to a previously determined pattern. A power source, such as at least one battery, is housed in the base or trunk of the ornament. The device is removably attached to a window through usage of one or more suction cups, and may be reversed, allowing the user to display the object on the outside or the inside of the window in question.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: Jonathan Rubin
  • Patent number: 7021798
    Abstract: The invention relates to mirrors for use in confined spaces which are subject to being covered by fluids and debris, principally dental mirrors, for use by dentists and similar medical professionals. The mirror assembly includes a head portion and a handle portion. The head portion includes a housing with a rotor assembly and a rotor drive means. In accordance with the invention, a secondary member has a reflective surface. The mirror assembly includes attachment means for removably attaching the secondary member with respect to the rotor assembly so that the reflective surface can be replaced when degraded. In use, the rotor drive means spins the rotor assembly and with it the secondary member to remove fluids and debris that may fall on the reflective surface so that vision when using the reflective surface is not impaired by such fluids or debris. Advantageously the attachment means include magnetic components although mechanical attachment means may also be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventors: Efraim Tsimerman, Emil Chouster
  • Patent number: 7021810
    Abstract: An illuminated remote control device providing illumination in the visible spectrum and the functionality of a wireless signal transmitter. Light projects from one or more translucent portions of the remote control device. The illuminated remote control device comprises a housing defining an outer surface and a cavity therein. The housing comprises at least one translucent portion adapted for the transmission of light from the cavity to the outer surface of the housing. At least one control feature is provided to operate transmitter electronics and/or the light source housed in the cavity. The light source produces light within the cavity, the light being then guided from the cavity to the surface by a translucent portion of the housing. The illumination provides the user with an increased ability to see or be seen in the dark and provides illumination that is visually appealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: Lawrence Andrew Hoffman
  • Patent number: 7021801
    Abstract: A high-intensity light comprising a side-emitting optoelectronic device adapted to emit light of a desired color. A heat sink is positioned adjacent the optoelectronic device and a reflector at least partially surrounds the optoelectronic device. The reflector is spaced a distance from the optoelectronic device. A window portion is sized to output the light in a desired arc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Everbrite, LLC
    Inventor: Ferenc Mohacsi
  • Patent number: 7021812
    Abstract: A lighting device including a light guide plate, a light source unit disposed on the side of the light guide plate and a polarization separation element disposed between the light guide plate and the light source unit. The polarization separation element is used for transmitting linearly polarized light in a first polarized direction and reflecting linearly polarized light in a polarized direction normal to the first polarized direction. The light source unit includes a pillar-shaped light guide which light exits at a first side surface, a spot light emission source disposed on the end surface of the pillar-shaped light guide, and a reflecting layer disposed on a second side surface of a prism surface opposed to the first side surface for reflecting light from the spot light emission source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Satoshi Maeda, Hirokazu Aritake, Chikara Nishio, Takao Satake
  • Patent number: 7018074
    Abstract: A reflector mounting for fluorescent light fixtures in which a rectangular reflector sheet is formed and held in a trough shape by a series of bracket clips hooked to side edges thereof, the bracket clips having a hole receiving the light tube to thereby hold the reflector in the light fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventors: Bruce R. Raby, Fredrick R. Raby, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7018077
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward an attachment for a light fixture. More specifically, the present invention is directed toward an attachment for retaining one or more lenses in position for use with light fixtures that have a housing in which the light source is recessed. The lenses may be, for example, colorless transparent lenses, colored transparent lenses, colorless translucent lenses, colored translucent lenses, louvered grates, and diffusing grids. Further, the lenses may be made out of any material that is known in the art or has yet to be developed, but are preferably made of a rigid material such as plastic. The preferred embodiment of the present invention comprises generally an attachment body and an attachment insert. The attachment body comprises an inner sleeve, a means for retaining the inner sleeve on a recessed housing, an upper eave connected to the inner sleeve, a recessed cavity in the upper eave, and a means for securing the attachment insert to the attachment body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventor: Nate Mullen
  • Patent number: 7014352
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an endurable decoration light string of light strings and one or more non-electrical connector. The light string includes mutually connective luminaries and electrical connector, in which the luminaries are composed of luminescent elements including lamp bulb, tungsten lamp, LED and lamp holder. Electrical conductor can be single or multiple wires, and uses the non-electrical connector parallel or by winding to fix on the predetermined fixed position of the head and tail ends and center part of the decoration light string, to tie a knot on the predetermined fixed position to enhance endurable strengthen of decoration light string. Thus, during the arrangement, the draw force of the decoration light string will be firstly supported by non-electrical connector to avoid the damage on the decoration light string and increase the life span on the decoration light string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Inventor: Jeng-Shyong Wu
  • Patent number: 7014341
    Abstract: Functional yet decorative luminaires intended to create distinctive environments within specific areas of a space in which one or more luminaires are used, the luminaires of the invention visually tie to architectural elements of the space by providing a customizable glow of color surrounding a typically white light that acts to illuminate the space functionally. A downlighting luminaire configured according to the invention as one example is typically configured to utilize two separate reflectors, usually reflectors having concave reflective surfaces and being mounted concentrically within a housing, an inner reflector directing light centrally through an aperture of the luminaire with the light so directed typically being white light useful for illumination intended to facilitate usual activities within the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Acuity Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Leslie Charles King, Carl T. Gould, Chester G. Vier
  • Patent number: 7011439
    Abstract: An adjustable spotlight fitting for use with an illuminated fiber optic bundle. A spherically contoured pivot element is received within a pivot housing and retained therein by an adjustable locking ring which clamps the pivot element in any angularly adjusted position. A focusing member is mounted by the pivot element for limited axial adjusting movement in relation thereto. A fiber optic bundle is inserted through the back of the pivot element and the exposed optical fibers at its terminal end are positioned within the focusing member. A lens, carried at the outer end of the focusing member, is movable by the focusing member toward and away from the fiber optic bundle for converging and expanding the area of illumination. Optical filters can be selectively installed behind the lens for various lighting effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Lighting Services Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Kane, Jeremy S. Brotchner
  • Patent number: 7011424
    Abstract: A candle fireplace illuminator that includes a multi-reflector element assembly that is foldable for storage and which unfolds into a three-sided, single-bottomed reflector assembly having four reflective elements and which has a bottom reflective element for supporting a number of candles on a number of candle holders or candlabras such that the candles may be used within a fireplace to provide illumination into a room by light reflecting from the four reflective surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Inventor: Sharon Poulson
  • Patent number: 7011427
    Abstract: A safety light tube has a light string within the tube and is powered by a battery within a control assembly on the tube. The control assembly has controls such as an on-off switch and a flasher unit. The tube has, at both ends, a clip hook and a hook-and-loop fastener strap, providing dual means for attaching the ends to items such as dog leashes and to parts of the body, such as an arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Inventor: Gilbert Baez
  • Patent number: 7011420
    Abstract: A solid-state light source includes a planar substrate, a single unitary organic light emitting diode (OLED) layer deposited on the planar substrate, the organic light emitting diode layer including first and second electrodes for providing electrical power to the OLED layer, an encapsulating cover covering the OLED layer; first and second conductors electrically connected to the first and second electrodes, and extending beyond the encapsulating cover for making electrical contact to the first and second electrodes by an external power source; and a lenslet array located on the substrate and/or encapsulating cover and coextensive with the OLED layer for directing the light emitted by the OLED layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Ronald S. Cok
  • Patent number: 7008088
    Abstract: A lighting and safety unit for a vehicle trailer hitch providing enhanced rearward lighting to a motor vehicle for safety. The unit has a T-shaped support made from square tubing adapted for being received in a trailer hitch. The T-shaped support has a crossbar and a mounting bar perpendicular to the crossbar. A pair of halogen lamps are disposed at opposite ends of the crossbar. An accessory post is mounted on the mounting bar and may support additional lighting accessories, such as an elevated lighting assembly or a strobe light assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventor: Richard J. Pisciotti
  • Patent number: 7008072
    Abstract: A light assembly for a barbecue grill has a body with an extension at one end and a light at the other end. The barbecue grill has a hollow handle extending from one side of a lid. The handle is hollow and the extension is sized to fit with the handle. The light assembly and barbecue grill are used in combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Onward Multi-Corp Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore A. Witzel, Frankie Cheung
  • Patent number: 7008074
    Abstract: A hands-free dental or surgical light system (10) is disclosed which allows the dentist or surgeon to dim and turn a light (12) on and off by simply moving their head. First and second infrared sensitive switches (16, 18) are mounted on glasses (14) worn by the operator. The switches are positioned at different angles so that if the operator moves their head to point the first infrared sensitive switch (16) at a remotely located infrared source (20), the first infrared sensitive switch (16) will be activated to dim the light (12). Similarly, if the operator moves their head to point the second infrared sensitive switch (18) at the infrared source (20), the light (12) will be turned on and off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventor: Gary V. Halm