Patents Examined by Stephen Husar
  • Patent number: 7008086
    Abstract: The present invention 10 discloses a fish strike indicator for ice fishing comprised of a base 20 of sufficient length to span the ice-fishing hole. A hook, line 24 and reel 64 mounted to an arm 62 is operatively connected to the platform 20 and a mast 14 having a flag 26 mounted thereto engaging the arm 62 whereby a fish strike of sufficient pressure causes the mast 14 to pop up. The mast 14 incorporates a tilt sensitive switch 54 engaging a power supply 48 selectively energizing a circuit 36 having a flashing light 34 forming an integral part therewith and optionally having an RF transmitter 50 integrally mounted within the circuit 36 for transmitting a signal to a remote receiver 22.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventor: Curtis Kell
  • Patent number: 7008076
    Abstract: A folding knife light tool with an ergonometric handle in which an illuminating means whether an LED or light bulb or a laser light is incorporated into the handle housing in the spaces existing between the blade, the locking mechanism, and the handle. A knife handle is provided having a body contoured for the hand. The housing is made from one molded piece with a slit in the middle. The handle includes a pivot point for supporting a blade between the longitudinal sides or scales of the blades. A conventional locking or non-locking system is utilized for keeping the blade open once it is unfolded. When the blade is folded, a portion of the blade extends above the sides of the knife handle for digital engagement in the opening operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventors: Jason E. Zirk, Darren Kady
  • Patent number: 7008091
    Abstract: An electromagnetic radiation assembly is described and which includes, a supporting substrate having a region through which visibly discernable electromagnetic radiation forming a signal may pass; first and second electromagnetic radiation emitters are provided and which are positioned adjacent to one of the surfaces defined by the substrate, and which, when energized, emit electromagnetic radiation; and a single reflector is disposed in eccentric reflecting relation relative to the first and second electromagnetic radiation emitters, and wherein emitted electromagnetic radiation is reflected by the single reflector and passes through the supporting substrate region which passes electromagnetic radiation, in different directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: K.W. Muth Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Mathleu, Daniel R. Todd
  • Patent number: 7004595
    Abstract: An Illuminated electrical plug adapter assembly (202) utilizing an Illuminating module assembly (201) comprising Light emitting diode (106), Controlling means (104) and Battery (103), removably contained within Adapter body (135). The Illuminated electrical plug adapter (202) is designed for attachment onto the plug of an existing power cord for the purpose of providing illumination while attaching the plug to an electrical receptacle. Illuminating module assembly (201B) may also be contained within Wall mount transformer case (143). The light emitting diode (106) is positioned to illuminate an electrical receptacle to provide a lighted and clear view, enabling user to safely and accurately connect the plug to the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventor: James Marshall Stoddard
  • Patent number: 7004607
    Abstract: A motorized adjuster for adjusting the aim of a lamp having a housing, motor, and control rod. The control rod passes through the motor. An anti-rotation gear is positioned inside the housing. The control rod passes through the gear. A flex point is positioned inside the housing to functionally engage the gear. The adjuster may be operated manually or electrically. Manual operation is accomplished by actuating a driver inserted into the housing. Electrical operation is accomplished by actuating the motor. Actuating the driver or the motor causes the control rod to move along its axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Asyst Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Raul Aguinaga
  • Patent number: 7004613
    Abstract: A display structure. The display structure has a substrate, a panel, a lamp disposed on the panel, a lead wire connected to the lamp, and an intermediate disposed between the lead wire and the substrate. The substrate has a first sliding portion and a first positioning portion. The intermediate has a clamping portion, a second sliding portion and a second positioning portion. When the lead wire is placed in the clamping portion, the intermediate is moved to an engaging position on the substrate by sliding the second sliding portion on the first sliding portion. Thus, the second positioning portion is engaged to the first positioning portion, and the intermediate is elastically deformed so that the lead wire is wedged by the clamping portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: AU Optronics Corp.
    Inventors: Ming-Shen Martin Sun, Kuo-Chung Lee
  • Patent number: 7004614
    Abstract: A backlight module includes a bezel and a reflective shell. The bezel includes a bezel base, a bezel side plate connected to the bezel base, and an engagement structure mounted on an external side surface of the bezel side plate. The reflective shell includes a reflective shell top plate and a reflective shell side plate, which is connected to the reflective shell top plate and has an engagement hole to be engaged with the engagement structure such that the reflective shell is tightly combined with the bezel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: AU Optronics Corp.
    Inventors: Yi-Shiuan Tsai, Ming-Fa Wang
  • Patent number: 7001056
    Abstract: An LED illuminated pendant comprises a necklace formed of strands having a pair of electrical wires of positive and negative polarity. A barrel housing, a printed circuit board and a pendant lit by an LED element are mounted on the pendant. The strand joins to the barrel housing, and the barrel housing forms a housing connector at its end. The barrel houses a battery cage. The battery cage holds a plurality of batteries and electrical wires disposed within the first strand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Inventor: Tim Clegg
  • Patent number: 7001051
    Abstract: A plurality of lighting structures is provided for enhancing the visibility of a human powered vehicle at night. The visibility enhanced human powered vehicle has a frame with attached wheels having tires including sidewalls. The safety lighting structures include at least one photo-luminescent section and at least one reflective section being located on at least one of the wheels. A light source is attachable to the human powered vehicle to direct light against the photo-luminescent sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Heli, LLC
    Inventors: Jesse N. Palmer, Barry L. Allen
  • Patent number: 7001057
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus for dental purposes having plurality of light sources supported on semi-conductor bases, which are mounted on a substrate is provided. The lighting apparatus includes a reflective over surface encircling the light sources which reflects visible light. The lighting apparatus may be deployed in a light hardening device as a light source unit with the emitted light beams being conducted, in particular, by a prismatic body, to a light guiding conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Ivoclar Vivadent A.G.
    Inventors: Wolfgang Plank, Gottfried Rohner
  • Patent number: 7001046
    Abstract: An LED lamp has: an LED with a pair of terminals; a holder to which the LED is attached, the holder being of insulating material; and a radiation unit that has two metallic radiation plates that are attached to the holder while surrounding the holder and being insulated from each other. Each of the radiation plates has a contact portion that contacts the pair of terminals of the LED being attached to the holder and a power receiving terminals for power supplied to the LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignees: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd., E-Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Kaga, Satoru Tahata
  • Patent number: 6997585
    Abstract: A headlamp unit (30) is mounted between opposite sides of a radiator core support panel (10) in a widthwise direction of a vehicle and a front portion of a front fender. One of a front mounting position of a front portion of the headlamp unit (30) and a rear mounting position of a rear portion of the headlamp unit (30) is provided with a fastening structure (50). The other one of the front mounting position and the rear mounting position is provided with an inserting structure (40) capable of adjusting an inserting amount. The headlamp unit (30) is allowed to slide and move by the fastening structure and/or the inserting structure, thereby making it possible to adjust a mounting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masataka Ito
  • Patent number: 6997584
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for a bicycle lamp includes a plurality of light sources; a source of power; an electrical circuit connecting the source of power with the plurality of light sources; at least one switch connected in the electrical circuit; a diffuser positioned adjacent at least one individual light source of the plurality of light sources, the diffuser including translucent resilient material supported on a helical coil defining a central passageway extending through the diffuser, the diffuser passageway being of sufficient dimension to accept a bicycle tube therethrough; a housing coupled to the diffuser, the housing having a housing passageway extending therethrough, wherein the housing passageway is generally complementary to and aligned with the diffuser passageway so as to provide a continuous opening through the bicycle lamp; and a reflector adjustably connected to the housing spaced apart from the housing passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventors: Russell Rothan, Jason Barber, Daniel Deutsch
  • Patent number: 6997582
    Abstract: A frame for a direct type back light device is provided. The frame includes a base and a plurality of side-plates. The base has a groove and an opening. The groove has a first end and a corresponding second end. The side-plates are respectively disposed on a periphery of the base so that a first slit and a second slit are formed at positions corresponding to the first and the second ends. The first and second slits have different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Benq Corporation
    Inventors: Pang-Lun Yang, Ting-Hui Chih
  • Patent number: 6994448
    Abstract: A solar powered illuminated device is provided with a power module electrically connected to an illuminated module, the power module having a solar cell array electrically connected to a battery array having at least one rechargeable battery, the battery array being electrically connected to the illuminated module. The power module utilizes a power charging mode during generally daylight hours to charge the battery array with energy generated and provided by the solar cell array, and a photo switching device to switch from the power charging mode to a power source mode during generally non-daylight hours to enable the battery array to discharge current to the illuminated module to light up one or more housings in the illuminated module with a light source mounted in each housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Inventor: John H. Gorrell
  • Patent number: 6994460
    Abstract: A vehicular headlamp that forms a predetermined light distribution pattern in front of the lamp by light that is radiated from a projector-type lamp unit. The projector-type lamp unit includes a projection lens provided on the optical axis that extends in the longitudinal direction of a vehicle and passes through substantially the center of the projection lens, a light source bulb provided behind the rear focal point of the projection lens, and a reflector which condenses and reflects light from the light source bulb toward the optical axis in the forward direction; and the light source bulb is disposed in the reflector at a point which is at a distance from the optical axis in an obliquely downward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoshi Yamamura
  • Patent number: 6994452
    Abstract: The invention relates to LED-based lamps, luminaires and lighting systems for buildings particularly, though not exclusively, for providing emergency light in the event of power failure. In particular it provides a light-emitting diode lamp comprising a support (26) and an array of light emitting diodes (58) on the support, an optical axis (72) passing through the middle of the array (58) and diodes increasing in number and increasing in inclination with distance from the optical axis (72). It also provides a luminaire (24) comprising a lamp as described above and a lens (30) having facets for generally un-deviated and un-reflected passage of light from off-axis diodes, and a building emergency lighting system comprising luminaires (24) as described above. In an alternative embodiment inclination of the light is through progressively increasing inclination of the facets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Inventors: Simon Grant Rozenberg, Ian Shaun Lawry, George Alan Limpkin
  • Patent number: 6991345
    Abstract: A light source is disposed in a cosmetic housing. One or more mirrors are disposed between the cosmetic housing and a cover that opens to expose the mirror(s). The light source is manually or automatically activated. The light source is activatable over any angle between the cover and the rest of the housing, thus an angle for turning on the light source is selectable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Inventor: Jacek Helenowski
  • Patent number: 6991351
    Abstract: An illumination system has a mounting plate, a plurality of thermally conductive circuit boards in thermal contact with the mounting plate, a plurality of light emitting diodes electrically and thermally communicating with the circuit board strips, an optical lens formed as a translucent dome covering the circuit boards and light emitting diodes, and a lamp base operatively coupled to the mounting plate and circuit boards. The light emitting diodes receive power from an external electrical source entering the system through the base and the circuit boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: TWR Lighting, Inc.
    Inventor: John T. Petrick
  • Patent number: 6991359
    Abstract: A surface light source (3, 4, 5) includes a light guide plate (32, 42, 52), which defines an incident surface (321, 421, 521), an emitting surface and a bottom surface (323, 423, 523) opposite to the emitting surface; and a light source (31, 41, 51) adjacent to the incident surface of the light guide plate for radiating light beams into the light guide plate through the incident surface. A multiplicity of generally rectangular dots (328, 428, 528) and generally circular dots (329, 429, 529) is formed on the bottom surface of the light guide plate. The rectangular and circular dots reflect and scatter the light beams in directions toward the emitting surface. The rectangular dots are distributed on the bottom surface corresponding to lower luminance areas of the light guide plate, so that the luminance over the whole emitting surface of the light guide plate is uniform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Charles Leu, Ga-Lane Chen, Tai-Cheng Yu