Patents Examined by Thomas M. Sember
  • Patent number: 11026497
    Abstract: A mirror system can include a mirror assembly and a protective portion, such as a holder or cover. A mirror assembly can include a housing portion, a mirror, a light source, a light conveying channel, and an orienting structure. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly includes a component interaction actuator, such as a switch, configured to automatically activate or deactivate when two components in the mirror system interact or cease interacting. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly is configured to turn on upon removal of at least a portion of the mirror assembly from at least a portion of the protective portion and to turn off upon at least a portion of the mirror assembly being received by at least a portion of the protective portion. In some embodiments, a user can hold the mirror assembly and use the orienting structure as a finger-retaining portion. In some embodiments, the user can use the orienting structure as a stand for the mirror assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Di-Fong Chang, Guy Cohen
  • Patent number: 11027658
    Abstract: A lamp for vehicle includes a light source unit including a light source and a light guide unit which emits light incident from the light source to form an image having a predetermined shape; a lamp assembly including a lamp housing and a lens unit coupled to the lamp housing to form a space for accommodating the light source unit and a plurality of lamp components; and a position fixing unit formed on one side in the lamp assembly to fix a position of the light source unit. The position fixing unit comprises a first contact portion that contacts at least a portion of a lower surface of the light guide unit; and a second contact portion that contacts at least a portion of an upper surface of the light guide unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: SL Mirrortech Corporation
    Inventors: Yong Hwan Kim, Won Bin Kim, Chang Byung Ryu, Yong Won Seo
  • Patent number: 11028990
    Abstract: A single-piece optical vehicle part comprising: a plurality of entrance dioptric interfaces and/or a plurality of exit dioptric interfaces; at least one junction between two adjacent entrance dioptric interfaces and/or at least one junction between two adjacent exit dioptric interfaces. The junction between two adjacent entrance dioptric interfaces and/or the junction between two adjacent exit dioptric interfaces has a structural modification allowing light to be absorbed and/or scattered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: VALEO VISION
    Inventors: Pierre Renaud, Alexandre Joerg, Francois Gratecap, Yves Gromfeld
  • Patent number: 11032893
    Abstract: A driver box for a light fixture includes a first compartment and a second compartment. The first compartment defines a first end of the driver box, and the second compartment defines a second end of the driver box opposite from the first end. The first compartment is pivotable relative to the second compartment. A method of installing a light fixture assembly includes pivoting the first compartment of the driver box relative to the second compartment of the driver box to a first orientation such that the driver box is insertable into an installation opening. The method includes inserting the driver box into the installation opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: ABL IP Holding LLC
    Inventor: Mark Charles Major
  • Patent number: 11021265
    Abstract: Example implementations relate to stowage bin lighting interfaces. An example apparatus includes a panel portion, and a set of fasteners configured to couple the panel portion to a stowage bin such that a curvature of the panel portion aligns with a curvature of the exterior of the stowage bin. Each fastener is configured to extend through the stowage bin into a back portion of the panel portion to couple the panel portion to the stowage bin. Aligning the curvature of the panel portion with the curvature of the exterior of the stowage bin enables the stowage bin to open and close when the panel portion is coupled. The apparatus further includes a lighting interface configured to couple between the panel portion and the exterior of the stowage bin at a position that enables the lighting interface to provide illumination through openings in the panel portion and ambient lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Sean R. Cysewski
  • Patent number: 11009207
    Abstract: An improved illuminatable windshield assembly comprising of an external light source and an optical waveguide, preferably for use on a vehicle such as a golf cart, but adaptable for use on all types of vehicles. The illuminatable windshield assembly includes a windshield comprised of a translucent panel having an outer surface, inner surface and peripheral surface wherein the panel has a channel formed therein defining an edge in the windshield, an optical waveguide seated within the channel and disposed to emit light into the edge for illuminating at least a portion of the windshield, a light source connected to said optical waveguide with the light source being external to, and situated remotely from, the windshield, and a source of electrical power for the light source. Preferably, the source of electrical power is the vehicle's existing electrical system. The windshield may additionally have an ornamental design etched therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventor: Robert P Olmr
  • Patent number: 10995943
    Abstract: A display apparatus for lighted footwear, having a spring switch, a battery-powered integrated circuit sealingly encapsulated, a plurality of illuminators, and a wiring harness connecting the illuminators to points of the integrated circuit, the integrated circuit being configured for activating the illuminators in a sequential pattern that can include repeated activation cycles when the spring switch is subjected to an effective acceleration. The display apparatus preferably includes the battery being sealingly encapsulated together with the spring switch and the integrated circuit; an ON/OFF switch can be included for selectively producing a deep sleep state of the integrated circuit that is unresponsive to the spring switch. Also disclosed is footwear incorporating the display apparatus, wherein the encapsulated enclosure is located within a sole heel portion of the shoe, and the illuminators are distributed on the footwear for external view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Fujian Yibao Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jiayang Lin
  • Patent number: 10995938
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the technical field of lighting fittings, in particular to a panel lamp. The panel lamp comprises a frame (1), a lamp panel (2), a light guide plate (3), a reflective sheet (9), a lampshade (4) and a rib (6) supporting the lampshade (4) wherein there is a clearance between the light guide plate (3) and the lampshade (4), which is good in irradiation effect and comfortable for users to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: Xiangjun Yu, Liu Yuan
  • Patent number: 10995942
    Abstract: An installation bottom base is provided. The installation bottom base includes: a main body, a fixed installation structure connected with the main body, a light source installation structure and a bottom base terminal assembly, and the bottom base terminal assembly includes at least two bottom base terminals exposed to the light source installation structure. When the light source module is installed to the bottom base, the at least two base terminals are electrically connected with the plurality of light emitting units in the light source module, so that at least two of the light emitting units in the light source module are in different power supply circuits. In summary, current supplied to the light emitting units by a power module is transmitted by the at least two terminals, so that the at least two light emitting units are in different power supply circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Opple Lighting Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zicai Ma, Chaoguang Li, Xuejun Feng, Chengxiang Li
  • Patent number: 10995916
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a rigid and lighted flag assembly for a vehicle. The flag assembly is preferably comprised of a flag mast, a rigid flag, a plurality of lights for lighting the flag, and a power source for powering the lights. The flag assembly allows the content of the flag to be viewable at all times, regardless of the vehicle's speed and regardless of the time of day or night. The flag portion of the flag assembly is less susceptible to the elements, such as wind, snow, sleet, rain, and the like, as well as harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun. Further, the flag assembly is capable of simultaneously supporting more than one rigid flag device at a time, and does not negatively affect the aerodynamics of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Matthew Murphy
  • Patent number: 10984969
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing illumination to illuminable portions of keys associated with a keyboard are described. A key disposed on a flexible substrate includes a light guide positioned below a keycap. The light guide includes one or more light extraction features to produce a substantially uniform light distribution of light from a light emitting element at an illuminable portion of the key. In one embodiment, a light emitting element is positioned on the flexible substrate and is optically coupled to the light guide. In another embodiment, a light emitting element is positioned below the flexible substrate and is optically coupled to the light guide via an optical interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Paul X. Wang, Aidan N. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10983265
    Abstract: A touchscreen having a haptic feedback device includes an electrooptical display with an input area located in front of the electrooptical display and a carrier. The display is mechanically connected, rigidly, to the input area. The input area is movable relative to the carrier by a motor. The electrooptical display is illuminated by a light source connected immovably to the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Markus Weber, Andreas BrĂ¼ninghaus, Steffen Wildner
  • Patent number: 10986711
    Abstract: A light-emitting apparatus includes a first light emitter configured to emit visible light and including a plurality of light sources having color temperatures different from each other, a second light emitter configured to emit infrared rays, and a controller configured to adjust characteristics of the visible light and the infrared rays by controlling the first and second light emitters, in which each of the light sources includes a light-emitting diode chip and a wavelength conversion unit configured to convert a wavelength rage of light emitted from the light-emitting diode chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Chung Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 10976033
    Abstract: A lighting device includes a lighting unit with two arms formed on two ends thereof. The arms each include at least one reception portion. Multiple attachments each have a slide and a clip. The slide of each attachment is slidably engaged with the at least one reception portion of each arm. The clip is pivotably connected to the slide. Each clip includes a slot so as to clip a hat visor. The clip is adjustable by sliding the slide relative to the at least one reception portion. Also, the clip is pivotable relative to the slide to adjust a direction of the slot. The lighting device is able to clip to a hat visor of different shapes by sliding the slide relative to the at least one reception, and by pivoting the clip relative to the slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Wen-Sung Lee
  • Patent number: 10971860
    Abstract: A tamper resistant nightlight for placement in an electrical receptacle, the nightlight includes a body that has a base with an LED circuit and plug blades extending from the body. A housing includes a locking element configured to restrict a child from removing the nightlight from the electrical receptacle through a flange that extends away from the body to be positioned behind a rear surface of an electrical wall plate associated with the electrical receptacle to prevent the tamper resistant nightlight from being removed from the electrical receptacle while the electrical wall plate is coupled to the electrical receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Baldwin, John E. Klein
  • Patent number: 10965060
    Abstract: A dimmable tamper resistant nightlight may include a body comprising at least one light emitting diode (LED). Plug blades may extend from the body. A dimming switch may be coupled to the at last one LED, the dimming switch configured to move between a first position that activates about 50% luminosity of the at least one LED, a second position that deactivates about 100% luminosity of the at least one LED, and a third position that activates about 100% luminosity of the at least one LED. A housing may be coupled to the body, the housing comprising an access opening through which the dimming switch may be moved among the first position, the second position, and the third position. A housing may also comprise a locking element configured to prevent the dimmable tamper resistant nightlight from being removed from the electrical receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Baldwin, John E. Klein
  • Patent number: 10957226
    Abstract: An electronic device and a tiling electronic apparatus are disclosed and include a base substrate, a first circuit layer and a plurality of light-emitting elements. The base substrate has a first surface and a second surface opposite to each other. The first circuit layer includes a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is disposed on the first surface of the base substrate, and the second portion is disposed on the second surface of the base substrate. The light-emitting elements are disposed on the first portion of the first circuit layer. At least one of the second surface of the base substrate and the first portion of the first circuit layer includes at least one microstructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: InnoLux Corporation
    Inventors: Chin-Lung Ting, Chung-Kuang Wei, Li-Wei Mao, Chi-Liang Chang, Chia-Hui Lin
  • Patent number: 10955704
    Abstract: A polarized backlight employs a light source configured to provide polarized light and a light guide to guide the polarized light. A polarization-preserving scattering feature optically coupled to the light guide is configured to scatter a portion of the guided polarized light out of the light guide as emitted polarized light. A polarization of the emitted polarized light is determined by a polarization of the guided polarized light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: LEIA INC.
    Inventors: David A. Fattal, Ming Ma, Xuejian Li
  • Patent number: 10946564
    Abstract: An optical assembly of a light-emitting module, especially of a lighting and/or signalling module, for a motor vehicle, including an optical element, a frame; the optical element being overmoulded on the frame, the frame being shaped so as to make a mechanical attachment between the frame and the optical element following the overmoulding of the optical element on the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: VALEO VISION
    Inventors: Damien Revol, Vincent Penichou, Anthony Lozano
  • Patent number: 10941924
    Abstract: LED related lighting methods and apparatus are described. Various features relate to water tight light fixtures. Some of the fixtures are flood lights. The light fixtures in at least some embodiments include power control features. In flood light embodiments beam angle and power or light output distribution can be controlled without opening the light assembly or compromising the water tight seals which also protect against dirt. The light fixtures also support tilt angle adjustments and light fixture head adjustments. Beam distribution pattern can also be changed in some embodiments as well as power control. Beam distribution pattern, power control and tilt angle adjustments are supported in some embodiments but need not be supported in all embodiments with some embodiments using one or more of the described features but not all features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Wangs Alliance Corporation
    Inventors: Rong Feng Yu, Voravit Puvanakijjakorn