Patents Examined by William J Carter
  • Patent number: 10443812
    Abstract: A laser navigational system for a vehicle having a lighting assembly configured for emission of light. A lens array assembly receives incoming light from the lighting assembly and changes the direction of the incoming light received from the lighting assembly such that the outgoing light emanating from the lens array assembly is collimated in a first direction but diverges along a different, second direction. A scanning unit aligns with the lighting assembly to direct the collimated beam in two orthogonal directions. The lighting assembly, the lens array assembly and the scanning unit are configured to direct the light to form a visual beacon that guides navigation of the vehicle to a location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Mark Marshall Meyers, Loucas Tsakalakos
  • Patent number: 10443821
    Abstract: A modular illumination assembly provides at least one elongated light emitting diode lamp that joins other light emitting diode lamps in parallel series, through connecting junction boxes. The lamp comprises a shield that at least partially covers the lamp to directionally guide the emanated light in a desired direction. A pair of lamp holders provide circuitry and a switch for operation of the lamp. The lamp holders also comprise an adjustable retention member to fasten the termini of the lamp to restrict lateral slippage by the lamp. The lamp holders also comprise an anchor to receive a cable for hanging the light emitting diode lamp. The junction box forms an elongated ridge, and the lamp holder forms an elongated slot. The ridge and the slot slidably engage to enable detachable attachment between the junction box and the lamp holder, so as to connect multiple lamps in a parallel arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Chen
  • Patent number: 10442344
    Abstract: Disclosed are techniques for installing an exterior-mounted light bar accessory underneath a factory-installed rear spoiler on a liftgate of a vehicle while leaving intact the rear spoiler and a liftgate spoiler sealing system fitted and mounting components used during factory installation of the rear spoiler by attachment to the liftgate, the liftgate having a top side margin and the vehicle having a roof with a rear end, the rear spoiler mounted at the top side margin of the liftgate and at the rear end of the roof, and the liftgate having an outer surface with first and second curved distal ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Code 3, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul L. Stein
  • Patent number: 10436422
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods of attaching accessories to LED lamps and for providing active accessories in LED lamps are disclosed. The active accessories include single-function active accessories as well as multi-function active accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: SORAA, INC.
    Inventors: Laszlo Takacs, Wilfred A. Martis, Frank Shum, Artem Mishin, Vinod Khosla, Radha Nayak, Michael Ragan Krames
  • Patent number: 10427599
    Abstract: A seat illuminating system (101D) for, in particular sunlight-like, illuminating a target region (144) comprises a seat arrangement (140) having a seat surface (142A). The target region (144) is defined for a person sitting on the seat surface (142A). The seat illuminating system (101D) comprises further a mounting structure (150A) being spatially fixed with respect to the seat arrangement (140); a reflector unit (106) mounted at the mounting structure (150A) and comprising a reflective surface and a luminous layer for homogenously emitting diffuse light at a first color, the luminous layer extending in front of the reflective surface and comprising a visible front area section (110A) of the reflector unit (106).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: COELUX S.R.L.
    Inventors: Paolo Di Trapani, Davide Magatti
  • Patent number: 10415768
    Abstract: An optical cup which mixes multiple channels of light to form a blended output, the device having discreet zones or channels including a plurality of reflective cavities each having a remote phosphor light converting appliance covering a cluster of LEDs providing a channel of light which is reflected upward. The predetermined blends of phosphors provide a predetermined range of illumination wavelengths in the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Raghuram L. V. Petluri, Paul Kenneth Pickard, Robert Fletcher
  • Patent number: 10416499
    Abstract: A backlight module, which includes: a backplane; a reflector sheet, a light guide plate, and an optical diaphragm group, which are sequentially stacked on the backplane; and multiple connectors disposed at a border of the backlight module, wherein the connector having a space block and an upper connection portion connected to an upper surface of the spacer block, the spacer block is disposed between the backplane and the reflector sheet, the upper connection portion is relatively fixed simultaneously to the reflector sheet, the light guide plate, and the optical diaphragm group. A display device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gang Yu, Dehua Li
  • Patent number: 10393341
    Abstract: A tri-lobe optic for a linear light source, and related light rails, retrofit kits and light fixtures, are disclosed. The linear light source defines a light emitting region along an axis. The tri-lobe optic includes an optical material having a constant cross-sectional profile along a direction of the axis from a first axial end to a second axial end. The cross-sectional profile includes a first azimuthal side relative to the axis and concave and convex curves relative to the axis. The curves are a first concave curve coupled with the first azimuthal side, a first convex curve, a second concave curve, a second convex curve and a third concave curve. Each of the concave curves defines a lobe of the optical material along the direction of the axis. The cross-sectional profile further includes a second azimuthal side relative to the axis, coupled with the third concave curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: ABL IP Holding LLC
    Inventor: Forrest Starnes McCanless
  • Patent number: 10391923
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a battery charger and an exterior lamp assembly. The assembly includes a housing defining a cavity, and an electrical port including at least one electrical terminal disposed within the cavity, electrically connected with the battery charger, and configured to be electrically connected with an electrical power grid remote from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Duane M. Grider, Bala Chander
  • Patent number: 10371350
    Abstract: Optical systems are disclosed. More particularly, optical systems including an asymmetric turning film (110) with at least a first (120) and second light source (130) are disclosed. Selection of geometries for the asymmetric turning film can enable different output viewing angles depending on the selective illumination of the first light source, the second light source, or both. The optical systems disclosed may be suitable in both luminaires and displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Johnson, Gilles J. Benoit, John A. Wheatley, Kenneth A. Epstein, David Scott Thompson, Michael E. Lauters
  • Patent number: 10359155
    Abstract: A light-emitting apparatus includes an excitation light source that emits first light; a light-emitting device on an optical path of the first light, the light-emitting device emitting second light having a wavelength in air; and a first converging lens on an optical path of the second light. The light-emitting device comprises: a photoluminescent layer that emits the second light by being excited by the first light; and a light-transmissive layer on the photoluminescent layer. At least one of the photoluminescent layer and the light-transmissive layer has a surface structure comprising projections or recesses arranged perpendicular to a thickness direction of the photoluminescent layer. At least one of the photoluminescent layer and the light-transmissive layer has a light emitting surface perpendicular to the thickness direction, the second light emitted from the light emitting surface. The surface structure limits the directional angle of the second light emittied from the light emitting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Taku Hirasawa, Yasuhisa Inada, Akira Hashiya, Nobuaki Nagao, Akira Tsujimoto
  • Patent number: 10352533
    Abstract: In a light source device, an axis extends from a light-emitting face and perpendicularly to the light-emitting face. A reflective surface includes a curved surface defined by rotating a first arc which is a part of an ellipse around the axis. The ellipse has a first focal point and a second focal point which are located on the light-emitting face. The second focal point is located adjacently to the first arc with respect to a center of the ellipse. A distance from the first focal point to the axis is shorter than a distance from the second focal point to the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Daijo, Hiroyuki Yoshioka, Katsunori Kawabata, Yoshimichi Enno
  • Patent number: 10343622
    Abstract: A vehicle applique is provided that includes a substantially transparent substrate defining first and second surfaces, a decorative film positioned on the first surface of the substrate, and an over-mold positioned over the film. The over-mold defines at least one diffraction grating and a light source is positioned proximate the second surface of the substrate. The light source is configured to emit light through the substrate and the over-mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, Talat Karmo, Michael Musleh, Joseph Myszka
  • Patent number: 10344926
    Abstract: The modular LED retrofit lamp system includes a high-power LED light engine, together with an integrated optics mount, an integrated yet serviceable LED dimmable driver, and a point of attachment on the center area of the engine for mounting the LED engine. Different mounts for the engine can include, but are not limited to, PAR56, PAR46, PAR64, PAR38, Mini Candelabra, Intermediate Screw Base, Mogul Screwbase, and Fresnel-based Theatrical Fixtures. One LED light engine can replace a wide range of tungsten lamps ranging up to 500 watt equivalents in output performance, as well as dimming performance. Additional brackets and lamp sockets easily retrofit into an existing lighting fixture, while dimming capabilities are retained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Brian Moon, John Luhrs
  • Patent number: 10330978
    Abstract: A light emission assembly of a backlight module, a backlight module and a display device are provided and relate to a display technical field. The light emission assembly includes a circuit board and at least one light emission unit provided thereon, the light emission unit includes a light source, a light absorption element is provided on the circuit board, and the light absorption element is provided around the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Zhifu Zheng, Li Wang, Daowen Xi
  • Patent number: 10328844
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle lamp a pair of lamp modules configured to irradiate light to form a pair of left and right light distribution patterns. Each of the lamp modules includes first and second lamp units. Further, irradiation light from the first lamp unit forms a first light distribution pattern having a vertically extending cutoff line at a center side of a pair of left and right distribution patterns, and irradiation light from the second lamp unit forms a second light distribution pattern near the cutoff line. The second light distribution pattern is smaller and brighter than the first light distribution pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuyuki Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 10330286
    Abstract: A handheld lighting device with a viewing mechanism to inspect a subject through an opening consists of a head portion, a lighting source, a handle, a power source, and a peep hole. To mimic a flashlight, the head portion is terminally connected to the handle. The lighting source is positioned within the head portion. The power source is positioned within the handle and is electrically connected to the lighting source. The peep hole traverses through the handle and the head portion. The lighting source and the power source are configured to be positioned around the peep hole. Thus, the user can utilize the peep hole to observe a viewing area illuminated by the lighting source. To maximize the range of the lighting source, a reflector is positioned within the head portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Kevin Simms
  • Patent number: 10322669
    Abstract: A vehicle vanity visor assembly including an illuminated mirror. The assembly includes a component including a mirror portion and a light pipe portion, with the two portions separated by an air gap. The component may be a single piece of mirror stock. The light pipe portion includes one or more corners extending around the mirror portion, and the light pipe portion defines air gaps in the corner to assist in guiding light through the corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: INNOTEC, CORP.
    Inventors: Luke T. Bredeweg, Philip M. Reinken
  • Patent number: 10310329
    Abstract: The aspects disclosed herein relate to a display unit and a method for producing a display unit, is to provide a display unit which is easy to produce and is not susceptible to compressive and tensile stresses acting on the protective housing. This object is achieved in that the TFT module is disposed within a first housing half and the backlighting unit is disposed within a second housing half, and in that the first housing half is connected to the second housing half by means of a plurality of mounting elements, the mounting elements having predetermined breaking points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, INC.
    Inventor: Marcus Koch
  • Patent number: 10302281
    Abstract: A detachable panel light includes an outer casing, light emitting members, and magnetic members. The outer casing includes a detachable covering plate and holding members respectively at two sides of the detachable covering plate. One surface of the magnetic member is attached on an inner surface of a receiving groove of the outer casing, and one surface of the magnetic member is attached on the corresponding holding member. The light emitting members are assembled on the outer casing. Each of the light emitting members includes a supporting frame assembled on the corresponding holding member, a light source plate assembled on the supporting frame, and a lightshade assembled on the supporting frame to cover the light source plate. Accordingly, the light emitting members are modularized and attached on the outer casing by the magnetic members. Therefore, the maintenance and the replacement for the LED modules can be convenient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Xiamen PVTECH Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fuxing Lu, Xiaoping Lan