Patents Examined by Thuy Vinh Tran
  • Patent number: 10819024
    Abstract: One example discloses a combination near-field and far-field antenna configured to be coupled to a conductive host surface, including: a first feed point configured to be coupled to a far-field transceiver; a second feed point configured to be coupled to a near-field transceiver; a first conductive antenna surface; a first filter having a first interface coupled to both the first feed point and the first conductive antenna surface, and having a second interface coupled to the second feed point; wherein the first filter is configured to attenuate far-field signals passing between the first conductive antenna surface and the far-field transceiver from being received by the near-field transceiver; and wherein the first filter is configured to pass near-field signals between the near-field transceiver and the first conductive antenna surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventor: Anthony Kerselaers
  • Patent number: 10814779
    Abstract: A device for managing at least two light functions accommodated in a same motor vehicle light device, the managing device comprising a block of light sources for each light function, wherein the managing device further comprises: an input block configured to: provide a power supply common to the at least two light functions; indicate if the at least two light functions are activated or deactivated; a bias block configured to supply a stabilized reference voltage common to the at least two light functions; a switching block for each light function, one switching block of which is configured to deactivate one of the at least two light functions that is defined as secondary with respect to the other of the at least two light functions that is defined as having priority if the latter is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: VALEO VISION BELGIQUE
    Inventors: Yves Dubois, Alexandre Franc, Arthur Guillaume Renaudeau
  • Patent number: 10813193
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for managing a flashlight function on a mobile electronic communications device having a curved display surface that includes a front screen area, one or more edge screen areas and a back flashlight. By way of example, the disclosed technique entails detecting that the user has turned on the flashlight function, determining whether the back flashlight is facing toward the user, and enabling the back flashlight when it is determined that the back flashlight is not facing toward the user. When it is determined that the back flashlight is facing toward the user, a flashlight on a screen edge facing away from the user is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Motorloa Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Amit Kumar Agrawal, Zhengping Ji, Olivier David Rene Meirhaeghe
  • Patent number: 10804591
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are implementations of devices and methods for side mounting of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) transducers on tapered horn antennae. A hole is made in a sidewall of a tapered horn antenna, where the hole is substantially cylindrical, tapered and the like. In an implementation, an internal port opening of a MEMS microphone is aligned with the hole and attached to the sidewall of the tapered horn antenna. In an implementation, the hole is tapered with a diameter at one end, either the same or slightly larger than the diameter of the port opening of the MEMS microphone and a larger diameter at another end of the hole. In an implementation, a tube is used to connect the internal port opening of the MEMS antenna to the hole in the tapered horn antenna. In an implementation, the tapered horn antenna may have multiple holes, each having its respective MEMS transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Jabil Inc.
    Inventors: David Donald Logan, Katelyn Christensen
  • Patent number: 10806000
    Abstract: A device includes an analog current division circuit configured to divide an input current into a first current and a second current, and a multiplexer array including a plurality of switches to provide the first current to a first of three colors of LEDs and the second current to a second of three colors of LEDs simultaneously during a first portion of a period, the first current to the second of three colors of LEDs and the second current to a third of three colors of LEDs simultaneously during a second portion of the period, and the first current to the first of three colors of LEDs and the second current to the third of three colors of LEDs simultaneously during a third portion of the period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Lumileds Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Yifeng Qiu, John Grant
  • Patent number: 10800317
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp includes: a first light source; a second light source; a first input terminal that receives a first turn-on instruction signal of the first light source; a second input terminal that receives a pulsed second turn-on instruction signal of the second light source; and a turn-on circuit that drives the first light source and the second light source based on the first turn-on instruction signal and the second turn-on instruction signal. The turn-on circuit includes: a drive circuit that becomes active based on the first turn-on instruction signal and the second turn-on instruction signal, and outputs a constant drive current from an output terminal; and a distribution circuit that forms a current path such that the drive current flows to the second light source, and forms a current path such that the drive current flows to the first light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Ichikawa, Takuya Serita, Masato Harazaki
  • Patent number: 10806007
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling lighting devices are disclosed. The system includes a processor in communication with a portable electronic device. The method includes, by the processor, receiving geolocation data corresponding to an electronic device, and identifying one or more light-enabled facilities that are within a distance range of the electronic device. Each of the light-enabled facilities comprises a controller that is communicatively coupled to one or more lighting devices in a network of lighting devices. The method further includes receiving a light operation request comprising a selected one of the light-enabled facilities and a scene from the electronic device, and transmitting the light operation request to cause the controller to activate at least one lighting device at the selected light-enabled facility according to the scene to the controller at the selected light-enabled facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Brian M. Wilson, Joseph R. Casper, Christopher D. Nolan
  • Patent number: 10796887
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a high voltage, high frequency switching circuit. In some embodiments, the high voltage, high frequency switching circuit includes a high voltage switching power supply that produces pulses having a voltage greater than 1 kV and with frequencies greater than 10 kHz; a transformer having a primary side and secondary side; an output electrically coupled with the secondary side of the transformer; and a primary sink electrically coupled with the primary side of the transformer and in parallel with the high voltage switching power supply, the primary sink comprising at least one resistor that discharges a load coupled with the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Eagle Harbor Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Prager, Timothy Ziemba, Kenneth Miller, Ilia Slobodov
  • Patent number: 10773635
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to systems and methods for automatically controlling various lights of a vehicle. The systems and methods are configured to determine whether a vehicle is being driven off-road or on a public road, determine a first light activation condition that is based on whether the vehicle is being driven off-road or on the public road, and execute a vehicle lights control procedure to grant to a driver of the vehicle on-off control of a first light in the vehicle based on the first light activation condition and to withdraw grant of the on-off control of the first light based on a second light activation condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mario Alejandro Adams-Campos, Elias Ruiz, Gregory S. Hawkins, Kelley Maria Adams-Campos, Alejandro Becerra
  • Patent number: 10779366
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus includes a control circuit configured to control a power supply circuit such that a measurement value of an output current measured by a current measuring device approaches a target value. The control circuit is configured to execute a control mode alternatively selected from the plurality of control modes to control the power supply circuit. The plurality of control modes of the control circuit includes at least a first control mode and a second control mode. The first control mode is a control mode of adjusting the target value in accordance with a first direct-current voltage. The second control mode is a control mode which includes adjusting the target value regardless of the first direct-current voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiya Moriwaki, Masanobu Murakami, Masahiko Koizeki, Takashi Kambara
  • Patent number: 10770781
    Abstract: A computing device includes a metal frame forming an exterior surface of the computing device and including an array of resonant cavities. Each resonant cavity has a center axis and defining a volume within the metal frame. Each volume contains a corresponding metal plate positioned within the volume on the center axis of the resonant cavity and a corresponding metal feed line positioned to capacitively drive the corresponding metal plate and the resonant cavity. A least a portion of the corresponding metal feed line is positioned within the volume on the center axis of the resonant cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Marc Harper
  • Patent number: 10766413
    Abstract: A light guide for a light system of a vehicle and a method of forming the light guide are disclosed herein. The light system comprises the light guide, a light source proximate the guide, and a receiving feature coupled to the vehicle. The light guide comprises a core portion having a light transmissive body, a reflective portion, an absorptive portion, and an attachment feature. The reflective portion is disposed about the core portion along the length of the body. The absorptive portion is disposed about the reflective portion along the length of the reflective portion. The attachment feature extends outwardly from the absorptive portion and is configured to be engaged with the receiving feature coupled to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Satyanarayana R. Vemulapati, Steven J. Antilla, Jason Robert Emrich
  • Patent number: 10770782
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes: a circuit substrate on which circuit components are disposed; and an antenna that includes a first electrode and a second electrode which is opposite to a surface of the circuit substrate, on which the circuit components are disposed, and includes a projection portion protruding in a direction from the second electrode toward the circuit substrate, a top portion of the projection portion not overlapping with the circuit components in plan view along a thickness direction of the circuit substrate. In the antenna including the first electrode and the second electrode, even if a surface of the antenna has an unevenness shape, as an average of thicknesses of the antenna is thicker, sensitivity of the antenna is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadashi Aizawa, Seiji Osawa
  • Patent number: 10755898
    Abstract: A plasma generating device is an inductively coupled plasma generating device comprising an antenna coil that generates plasma in a vacuum chamber, a high-frequency power source that is connected to a reference potential to be referred for plasma potential and that applies high-frequency voltage to the antenna coil, and a resonance circuit provided between the antenna coil and the high-frequency power source. The resonance circuit comprises a first series reactance element that is connected in series to one end portion of the antenna coil and has at least a capacitance component and a second series reactance element that is connected in series to the other end portion of the antenna coil and has at least a capacitance component. The circuit configuration at one side and the circuit configuration at the other side are electrically symmetrical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: DAIHEN Corporation
    Inventors: Hayato Notomi, Shigeki Amadatsu, Eiji Tatebe
  • Patent number: 10750593
    Abstract: A driving circuit for illuminating a light emitting unit is provided. The driving circuit includes a data memory circuit, a current source, a PWM control circuit, a buffer circuit, and a second switch. The data memory circuit stores a data signal according to a scan signal. The current source generates a driving current. The PWM control circuit generates a PWM signal according to an enable signal and the data signal stored in the data memory circuit. The buffer circuit receives the PWM signal to generate a PWM signal. The second switch passes the current source through the light emitting unit according to the PWM signal so that the driving current flows through the light emitting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: INNOLUX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Hashimoto, Hidetoshi Watanabe, Ming-Chun Tseng
  • Patent number: 10741924
    Abstract: Described is a hybrid notch antenna comprising a flared notch antenna structure and a transverse electromagnetic (TEM) horn structure having walls disposed through or attached to the notch antenna structure member such that the TEM horn is integrated with the notch antenna to form a hybrid TEM/notch antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Daniel T. McGrath, Michael Streitwieser, Brian W. Johansen
  • Patent number: 10314148
    Abstract: A faceplate remote control device may be attached to a wall-mounted mechanical light switch that has a toggle actuator. The faceplate remote control device may include a toggle indicator that detects operation of the toggle actuator of the mechanical switch. The toggle indicator may cause the generation of an indication of detected operation of the toggle actuator. The toggle indicator may comprise a sliding member that is configured to move with the toggle actuator. The toggle indicator may comprise an obstruction detection device that includes an infrared (IR) transmitter and an IR receiver. The faceplate remote control device may include a control circuit and a wireless communication circuit. The control circuit may be configured to cause the wireless communication circuit to transmit one or more messages in response to detecting operation of the toggle actuator of the mechanical switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Karc, Jamie Steffie, Jordan H. Crafts
  • Patent number: 10299354
    Abstract: A wireless operated LED lighting controller has both analog and phase control outputs which operate a dimming luminaire, and sensors for lighting and motion which operate autonomously as needed. In addition it is locally operated by a handheld infra-red controller. At least one sensor can be chosen from the group of: a light detector, a motion detector, an acoustic detector, a temperature sensor, and a microwave detector. The sensor is electrically connected to the phase control output. A light output of the controller is affected by signals detected by the at least one sensor. The lighting controller has the phase control output enabled for either a leading edge dimming or a trailing edge dimming, and has a mode for completely turning off the dimming luminaire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: EuControls, Corp
    Inventors: Tom O'Neil, Lee Chiang
  • Patent number: 10267505
    Abstract: A portable lighting device comprises at least one light source arranged to emit light to illuminate an environment of the portable lighting device; at least one sensor arranged to provide a sensor output signal; and a control module arranged to receive the sensor output signal from the at least one sensor. The control module is configured to: detect user manipulation of the portable lighting device; control the light emitted based on the detected user manipulation; detect translational movement of the portable lighting device; and control the light emitted from the at least one light source based on the translational movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Bartel Marinus Van De Sluis, Tommy Reinhoudt, Berent Willem Meerbeek, Dirk Valentinus René Engelen
  • Patent number: 10264635
    Abstract: A ripple suppression circuit for suppressing a ripple component in a drive current for an LED load includes: an output port connected to the LED load; a current filter circuit connected in series with the output port, and being configured to control the drive current based on an output voltage after a ripple component is filtered out, where the drive current is maintained as substantially stable; and a ripple shunt circuit connected between a drive current input terminal and a ground terminal, and being configured to shunt the drive current in response to the output voltage, where the output voltage is a voltage output from a power stage circuit that is coupled to the ripple suppression circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Silergy Semiconductor Technology (Hangzhou) LTD
    Inventor: Jian Deng