Patents Examined by Thai Pham
  • Patent number: 10362645
    Abstract: A supply circuit comprises a regulated positive supply circuit and an unregulated negative supply circuit. The regulated positive supply circuit includes an inductor arranged to receive input energy from an input circuit node, a switch circuit coupled to the inductor at a switch circuit node, and a control circuit coupled to the switch circuit. The control circuit is configured to control activation of the switch circuit to regulate a voltage at a regulated circuit node and generate a positive output voltage at a positive output circuit node. The unregulated negative supply circuit is operatively coupled to the switch circuit node and is configured to generate a negative supply voltage at a negative output circuit node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Linear Technology Holding, LLC
    Inventors: Xugang Ke, Yaojie Xu, Min Chen, Keith Szolusha
  • Patent number: 10362656
    Abstract: A load control device for controlling power delivered from an alternating-current power source to an electrical load may comprise a controllably conductive device, a control circuit, and an overcurrent protection circuit that is configured to be disabled when the controllably conductive device is non-conductive. The control circuit may be configured to control the controllably conductive device to be non-conductive at the beginning of each half-cycle of the AC power source and to render the controllably conductive device conductive at a firing time during each half-cycle (e.g., using a forward phase-control dimming technique). The overcurrent protection circuit may be configured to render the controllably conductive device non-conductive in the event of an overcurrent condition in the controllably conductive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Dinesh Sundara Moorthy, James P. Steiner
  • Patent number: 10359161
    Abstract: A light environment rendering system includes: one lighting apparatus disposed on a part of a structure to form an illumination space; another lighting apparatus disposed on the part of a structure, at a position different from a position at which the one lighting apparatus is located, to form the illumination space; and a system controller which controls an operation of each of the lighting apparatuses. The system controller determines an illumination mode based on sky information that indicates at least one of a brightness and a color tone of a sky which are determined at least based on an azimuth direction and a height of the sun, and causes each of the lighting apparatuses to perform lighting simulating a sky according to the illumination mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Kentaro Yamauchi, Hironori Takeshita, Satoshi Hyodo
  • Patent number: 10356870
    Abstract: A controller 100 for controlling a light source 110 is disclosed. The controller 100 comprises a communication unit 102 for communicating with the light source 100. The controller 100 further comprises an input unit 104 for receiving a first input indicative of a selection of a first color in a first image, and for receiving a second input indicative of a selection of a second color in a second image. The controller 100 further comprises a processor 106 for morphing the first image into the second image after the first and second user input have been received, whereby at least one intermediate image in between the first image and the second image is generated, the at least one intermediate image being a mixture of the first image and the second image, and for determining at least one intermediate color based on color information of the at least one intermediate image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Dzmitry Viktorovich Aliakseyeu, Bartel Marinus Van De Sluis, Tim Dekker, Dirk Valentinus René Engelen, Philip Steven Newton
  • Patent number: 10354209
    Abstract: A service providing system provides a service to a service usage device connected via a network. The service providing system is constituted by at least one information processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naritake Kondoh, Sachiko Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10351057
    Abstract: An in-vehicle production lighting system includes: an acceleration sensor configured to detect an acceleration of a vehicle; light emitters arranged at a prescribed position in a cabin of the vehicle and capable of changing light intensity and light color in a prescribed lighting pattern; and a controller configured to generate or select the prescribed lighting pattern depending on a detection result obtained by the acceleration sensor and control the light emitters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Tomonori Ohashi
  • Patent number: 10343591
    Abstract: A method and a device for the automated adaptation of a brightness of at least one light for a vehicle. The method includes a step of determining a position and/or a moving direction of the vehicle relative to a first and/or second national territory; a step of ascertaining data that represent a brightness requirement for the at least one light as a function of the position and/or moving direction of the vehicle; and a step of the automated adaptation of the brightness of at least one light as a function of the ascertained data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Amar Music
  • Patent number: 10346770
    Abstract: In various implementations, a supplemental system may be provided. The supplemental system may be coupled to business intelligence environment(s) to facilitate deployment, version control, testing, and/or other processes. In some implementations, the supplemental system may be communicably coupled to an external version control. The external version control may store one or more versions of components of the business intelligence environment(s) and the supplemental system may utilize the versions to perform one or more operations, such as, but not limited to, facilitating deployment, version controlling, and/or testing. In some implementations, the supplemental system may utilize information from a ticket manager in deployments of BI Artifact(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Motio, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Moore, Edward Kaplonski
  • Patent number: 10349205
    Abstract: A server computing system including a storage device and a processing device. The storage device storing application records including application attributes and location data indicating a geographic area associated with an application. The processing device configured to receive a search query comprising a search term, identify application records stored by comparing the search term with the application attributes, and determine a search location. The processing device also configured to: for each of the identified application records, compute a distance scoring feature based on a distance between the search location and the geographic area indicated in the application record and determine a relevance score for the application record based on the distance scoring feature; select download addresses from the application records based on the relevance scores; and transmit the download addresses to the client computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eric J. Glover, Michael Harris, James Delli Santi
  • Patent number: 10349485
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a control assembly comprising control units connected in series along with a respective control method, which allow for the provision of a particularly efficient data transfer, in particular for light-emitting diode control units. The present invention is also directed to a respective protocol causing control units to carry out the respective method steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Inova Semiconductors GmbH
    Inventor: Roland Neumann
  • Patent number: 10342115
    Abstract: Disclosed is a high-frequency-tuning sliding electrical contact. The contact includes a tuning ring which is composed of an inner elastic piece, an upper base, an outer elastic piece and a lower base. Pull rods are welded to an upper side face of the upper base, and upper ends of the pull rods are driven to move up and down by a motor, so that the tuning ring slides up and down between the outer sleeve and the inner sleeve along the pull rods. The overall structure of the novel electrical contact is simple, compact and economical. The disclosure reduces joule heat produced by contact resistance and prevents contact surface fusion welding or conductive damage, and is especially suitable for tuning in a small gap range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Yuntao Song, Manman Xu, Gen Chen, Yongsheng Wang, Guang Liu
  • Patent number: 10334669
    Abstract: A lighting circuit uses a tapped linear driver architecture in which there are at least two LED types; a first LED type with a first forward voltage, and a second LED type with a second forward voltage at least double the first forward voltage. The first segment of the tapped linear driver comprises more LEDs of the first type than the second type and the last segment comprises more LEDs of the second type than the first type. This arrangement enables a reduction in the number of LEDs needed, but without significantly impacting on the efficiency of the circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Shan Wang, Chun Yang, Zhi Quan Chen, Gang Wang, Jie Fu
  • Patent number: 10327299
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a lighting apparatus, which comprises a motion detector, a controller, a main light source, and a motion display portion. The motion detector, the main light source, and the motion display portion are respectively coupled to the controller. The motion detector is configured to sense a control motion at a preset interval and to send a control motion signal to the controller. The controller is configured to send a first control signal to turn on or off the motion display portion according to a first preset condition; and to send a second control signal to, and control to switch on or off, the main light source according a second preset condition. The motion display portion is configured to display a track of the control motion under control of the first control signal. The main light source is configured to emit light under control of the second control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Jie Lin
  • Patent number: 10325770
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a field emission light source and specifically to a miniaturized field emission light source that is possible to manufacture in large volumes at low cost using the concept of wafer level manufacturing, i.e., a similar approach as used by integrated circuits (IC) and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). The invention also relates to a lighting arrangement comprising at least one field emission light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignees: Lightlab Sweden AB, Nanyang Technological University
    Inventors: Jonas Tirén, Hilmi Volkan Demir
  • Patent number: 10327291
    Abstract: A lamp driver for an LED lamp is provided, comprising a voltage input port for connecting the lamp driver to a power source, a relay that is switchable between an energized state and a de-energized state according to a pick-up voltage, and a relay controller circuit that connects the relay to the voltage input port and that is switchable between a conducting state and an non-conducting state according to a threshold voltage, wherein the pick-up voltage is smaller than the threshold voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: LEDVANCE GMBH
    Inventors: ShiYu Ding, Xusheng Yang
  • Patent number: 10320903
    Abstract: The disclosure describes an on-demand web-based software and hardware platform that has been developed, on a custom hardware (server) architecture, in an abstracted fashion to enable the administrative users (admins) to create and deploy their experience that can manage asynchronous communication and decision-oriented workflows, in a secure fashion, within a healthcare system. The experience created by the admin can be used for almost any use-case (within care delivery, care coordination and care management) where asynchronous and decision-based workflows and video-centric asynchronous communication proves to derive value resulting in increased productivity, reduction in cost, improved revenue production. Additionally, from an asynchronous communication perspective, the platform empowers the delivery of “capture, store and forward” video-based one-way, two-way and multi-way user interactivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: VII NETWORK, INC.
    Inventors: Phil Newman, Steve Grimm, Paul Winterling
  • Patent number: 10308175
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus for a vehicle accessory is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a lighting device disposed proximate the vehicle accessory comprising a persistent luminescent portion. The persistent luminescent portion is configured to charge in response to an excitation emission from a light source. The apparatus further comprises a detection sensor configured to detect a device proximate the vehicle and a controller configured to activate the light source in response to the detection. The light source is configured to charge the persistent luminescent portion to emit an output emission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Anthony Dwayne Cooprider
  • Patent number: 10310540
    Abstract: A load control device may control the amount of power provided to an electrical load utilizing a phase control signal that operates in a reverse phase control mode, a center phase control mode, and a forward phase control mode. A load control device may be configured to determine that the electrical load should be operated via a phase control signal operating in a forward phase-control mode. After determining to operate the electrical load via the phase control signal in the forward phase-control mode, the load control device may provide the phase control signal in a reverse phase-control mode for a predetermined period of time to the electrical load, for example, to charge a bus capacitor of the electrical load. Subsequently, the load control device may be configured to switch the phase control signal to the forward phase-control mode and provide the phase control signal in the forward phase-control mode to the electrical load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Donald F. Hausman, Jr., Robert C. Newman, Jr., Christopher J. Salvestrini
  • Patent number: 10304662
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a multi regime plasma wafer processing are described. The systems and methods have three states. During a first one of the states, an etching operation is performed. In a second one of the states, a power level of a kilohertz radio frequency signal is greater than zero to increase directionality of ions that are incident on a bottom surface of a stack layer. In a third one of the states, there is a reduction in a loss of mask on top of the stack layer and deposition may be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Alexei Marakhtanov, Lin Zhao, Felix Kozakevich, Kenneth Lucchesi, Zhigang Chen, John Patrick Holland
  • Patent number: 10306717
    Abstract: A flicker-free LED driving apparatus and voltage regulating method thereof are disclosed. The apparatus includes a power conversion circuit receiving an AC electricity and then generating an output voltage with a ripple component for an LED string; a feedback circuit electrically connected to the power conversion circuit and generating a feedback signal with varying duty cycle according to operation states of the LED string; a power conversion circuit including, a controller receiving the feedback signal turns on or off a switching device thereof according to the feedback signal; and a linear voltage-regulating circuit electrically connected to the power conversion circuit, the feedback circuit, and the LED string. and configured to regulate the output voltage in accordance with a voltage difference between the output voltage and a voltage across the LED string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Yeu-Torng Yau, Tsung-Liang Hung