Patents Examined by Y. My Quach
  • Patent number: 9004713
    Abstract: An interior illumination assembly comprising a lamp housing mountable on an interior panel and a lamp removably supportable within the lamp housing. The lamp includes an LED module carrying an LED and removably receivable by the lamp housing into an installed position in the lamp housing. A lens is disposed across the module opening and a reflector carried by the LED module reflects light from the LED through the lens into the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Man-D-Tec, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Roy Mandy, Dalton John Mandy, Brandon Roy Mandy
  • Patent number: 8974084
    Abstract: Disclosed is an illuminating system of flexible shape and comprising at least one LED disposed on a flexible carrier material, an optic being provided that permits uniform, directed and/or glare-free light emission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: OSRAM GmbH
    Inventor: Florian Wildner
  • Patent number: 8960986
    Abstract: The present invention provides a reflector plate, which includes a substrate layer and a reflection layer formed on the substrate layer, the substrate layer having a surface that is away from the reflection layer and includes an ink layer printed thereon. The present invention also provides a backlight system, which includes a reflector plate and a back frame that carries the reflector plate, wherein the back frame includes at least two primary assembling pieces, the at least two primary assembling pieces being joined to form a main frame structure of the back frame; and the reflector plate comprises a substrate layer and a reflection layer formed on the substrate layer, the substrate layer having a surface that is away from the reflection layer and comprises an ink layer printed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng-Wen Que, Yi-Cheng Kuo, Yu-Chun Hsiao
  • Patent number: 8944620
    Abstract: A lighted display assembly for an appliance includes interchangeable display screens. Multiple light sources flash, turn on and turn off to indicate a status of the appliance by illuminating a selected one of the display screens. A display grid extends between the light sources and the selected display screen and defines light passages that are each uniquely associated with a corresponding light source. Light emitted by each light source is confined to a discrete area of the display screen by the corresponding light passage. The discrete areas of the interchangeable display screens may include any of a variety of markings, for example, markings in a different language. The assemblies may be tailored to the needs of a particular customer by selecting an appropriate display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Miles, Terry L. Lautzenheiser, Karlis Vecziedins
  • Patent number: 8944621
    Abstract: A shelving assembly (500) includes a pair of sheet metal sidearms (506) having ladder connectors (508) releasably coupled to cantilever ladders (504). An LED strip (520) having spaced apart LEDs is positioned immediately behind a refrigerator shelf (516). A rear form (522) is used for securing the LED strip (520) to a refrigerator shelf (516). The LED strip (520) is powered through electrical contact modules (524) which conductively connect to low voltage power strips (534).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: SSW Holding Company, Inc.
    Inventors: John Patrick Driver, Matthew McMillin, Bradley M. Nall, Jason Robert Yochum
  • Patent number: 8905584
    Abstract: A lighting fixture comprising a stationary housing and a mobile housing carried by the stationary housing is provided. The lighting fixture also includes a lens carried by the mobile housing, a first rotation mechanism operatively connected to the connection rod, and a second rotation mechanism carried by the encasing member. The connection rod may protrude at least partially through the backing of the mobile housing. The first rotation mechanism may be configured to rotate the mobile housing about a first rotational axis, and the second rotation mechanism is configured to rotate the mobile housing about a second rotational axis. The mobile housing is configured to rotate about the first rotational axis such that portions of the lens are selectively positionable below a plane defined by a lower surface of the encasing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Lighting Science Group Corporation
    Inventors: Fredric S. Maxik, Robert R. Soler, David E. Bartine, Mark Andrew Oostdyk, Addy S. Widjaja, Matthew Regan, Valerie A. Bastien, Ran Zhou
  • Patent number: 8894253
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a heat transfer bracket that is configured to mount to a lighting fixture, which includes a heat spreading structure that is formed from a material that efficiently conducts heat and a light source and control electronics that are thermally coupled to the heat spreading structure. The heat transfer bracket includes a base that is thermally coupled to the heat spreading structure of the lighting fixture and multiple petals that extend from the base, wherein heat generated from the light source and control electronics is transferred to the heat spreading structure and from the heat spreading structure to the base of the heat transfer bracket. The heat is then further transferred along the plurality of petals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Cree, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Rowlette, Jr., Long Larry Le
  • Patent number: 8888345
    Abstract: The invention relates to a thermal-expansion compensator for holding a light module in a housing of a headlamp for a motor vehicle, comprising a compensation pin extending along a pin axis with a stop element, wherein the compensation pin can be connected to the housing by means of a connecting means, a compensation element with a compensation body extending along a compensation axis and at least two stop receptacles that are each formed for holding the stop element of the compensation pin, and a holder that is arranged rigidly on the light module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Hella KGAA
    Inventors: Lars Tillmann, Dirk Schulte
  • Patent number: 8882296
    Abstract: A light emitting diode (LED) module and a display device adopting the same LED module are provided. The LED module includes a circuit substrate, a LED chip, a connector and a conductive line. The LED chip has at least three pins, and the LED chip is fixed on the circuit substrate through the pins, wherein one of the pins is defined as a no connection (NC) pin. The connector includes a non-conductive housing, at least one fixing pin and a conductor. The fixing pin is connected to the non-conductive housing, and the non-conductive housing is fixed on the circuit substrate through the said at least one fixing pin. A part of the non-conductive housing is covered with the conductor. The conductive line is disposed on the circuit substrate and is electrically connected between the conductor and the NC pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Au Optronics Corp.
    Inventors: Sheng-Wen Chen, Wen-Kuei Liu, Yu-Min Hung, Tsai-Fen Lee, Yung-Hsiang Tsao
  • Patent number: 8882318
    Abstract: A peripheral illumination device for a vehicle component includes at least one light guide, and an enclosure for guiding the at least one light guide. The at least one light guide is securely mounted in the enclosure via a fixed support at a predefined location and has two ends which are movably mounted in relation to the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Marcus Pfeil, Elena Justus-Bischler
  • Patent number: 8882311
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a lighting fixture. In one embodiment, the lighting fixture includes a reflector and a lens. The reflector includes a first flange that defines a forward opening and includes at least one tab receiver outside of the forward opening. The lens has an outer periphery and includes at least one tab that is configured to mate with the tab receiver of the first flange, such that when each tab is mated with a corresponding tab receiver, the lens is affixed to the reflector. In this arrangement, there are no dark spots visible on the lens due to the presence of the tabs when light is emanating from the lighting fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Cree, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan R. Snell
  • Patent number: 8882304
    Abstract: An illuminating device includes a substrate, an illuminating element, at least one barricade and at least one cover layer. The illuminating element is disposed on the substrate. The barricade is protruded from a surface of the substrate and disposed around the illuminating element continuously or discontinuously to form a first accommodating area. The cover layer is disposed in the first accommodating area for covering the illuminating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Hsiang-Chen Wu, Ching-Chuan Shiue, Chun-Lang Chen, Chun-Huang Cheng
  • Patent number: 8858046
    Abstract: A control apparatus of a vehicle lamp is provided with a reception section (228L1, 228R1), a control section (228, 228L, 228R) and a transmission section (228L3, 228R3). The reception section (228L1, 228R1) receives a tilt angle of a vehicle relative to a horizontal plane from a tilt detection device (316). The control section (228, 228L, 228R) corrects the tilt angle obtained from the tilt detection device (316) based on correction information obtained from a first pre-recorded reference acceleration vector information (S1) of the vehicle being in a first state and a second pre-recorded reference acceleration vector information (S2) of the vehicle being in a second state different from the first state only in a pitch angle, and also determines an optical axis position of the vehicle lamp. The transmission section (228L3, 228R3) transmits the determined optical axis position to an optical axis adjustment section (236).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masashi Yamazaki, Kazuo Goto, Toshikazu Tomono
  • Patent number: 8845139
    Abstract: A backlight assembly includes a light emitting module and a receiving container. The receiving container receives the light emitting module, and includes a first frame, a second frame and a heat dissipation channel. The first frame includes a first bottom, and first sidewalls connected to the first bottom. The second frame includes a second bottom which faces the first bottom and is sealed with the first frame. The first and second bottoms are spaced apart from each other and form the heat dissipation channel therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong-Lyoul Shin, Hirokazu Shibata, Jae-Chang Choi
  • Patent number: 8833983
    Abstract: An LED lamp including a first light source device and a second light source device is provided. The first light source device has a light exiting surface and a connection portion, and is used for emitting a first illumination light through the light exiting surface. The light exiting surface surrounds the connection portion. The second light source device is connected to the connection portion, and is used for emitting a second illumination light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Young Lighting Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Wen-Chiao Chang, Fang-Ru Ye, Yao-Cheng Lue, Chen-Wei Chu, Udo Custodis
  • Patent number: 8827483
    Abstract: A power tool including a end effector rotatable with respect to the housing, a collar rotatable with respect to the housing, a printed circuit board (PCB) rotatably fixed with respect to the housing, and a light element operatively connected to the PCB and adjacent to the end effector and in a recess of the collar and located to illuminate a workpiece machined by the power tool. A method of providing light for a workpiece being machined by a power tool including locating lighting elements around a spindle of a power tool, aligning the lighting elements to shine light on a workpiece being machined by the power tool, operatively connecting the lighting elements to a PCB, containing and supporting the PCB with a guide, supporting wires configured to provide power to the PCB with the guide, locating the lighting elements, PCB and guide in a rotatable collar, and preventing the lighting elements, PCB and guide from rotating when the collar rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Eva J. Dixon, Daniel L. Krout, Robert G. Kusmierski, Stephen P. Osborne, Amanda Miller, Jeffrey Delcamp, Corey G. Robertson
  • Patent number: 8827527
    Abstract: A multimode edge-light configured for providing reduced depth and improved multimode edge uniformity is provided. The multimode edge-light may be suitable for sun light readability and use with night vision goggles. The multimode edge-light includes a support base and a first and second set of light-emitting diode (LED) modules electronically connected to the support base. The first set of LED modules is positioned adjacent to the light guide, and the second set of LED modules is positioned separate from the light guide. The multimode edge-light also includes an infrared filter configured for filtering light from only the second set of LED modules positioned on a surface of the support base. In operation of the multimode edge-light, at least a portion of the first set of LED modules and at least a portion of the second set of LED modules are selectively energized for providing a plurality of operation modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua V. Davis, Steven W. Kramer
  • Patent number: 8820951
    Abstract: A luminaire includes an LED based illumination device with a light emitting area and an optical element that is configured to produce a hybrid emission pattern with a spot beam emitted within a predetermined far field angle and a background level spherical emission pattern. The optical element, for example, may be configured with an input port and an output port, and a perimeter that increases in size from the input port to a maximum perimeter and decreases from the maximum perimeter to the output port. The optical element receives an amount of light from the LED based illumination device at the input port, emits a first portion of the light from a curved, semitransparent sidewall, and emits a second portion of the light at the output port, wherein the emission area of the output port is less than a maximum perimeter of the optical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Xicato, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Yriberri, Gerard Harbers
  • Patent number: 8807813
    Abstract: A ring light illuminator with annularly arranged light sources is disclosed. To each light source there corresponds a beam shaper comprising a light collector, a homogenizing means for light from the light source, and an imaging means for imaging an output of the homogenizing means into an area to be illuminated. The homogenizing means in embodiments is a rod, into which light from the light collector is directed. The end of the rod opposite the light collector is imaged by the imaging means into the area to be illuminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventor: Andy Hill
  • Patent number: 8807793
    Abstract: A device for securing a source of LED light to a heat sink includes a LED light source engaging surface that is arranged and configured to engage a least a portion of a the source of LED light and which is provided with an integrated force applying spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: IDEAL, Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew David Schroll, Alan Emad Zantout