Patents by Inventor Andrew J. LeVesque

Andrew J. LeVesque has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10096922
    Abstract: A rearview mirror assembly is provided herein and includes a printed circuit board (PCB) and an electrical connector electrically coupled to the PCB. The assembly also includes at least one biasing member that is electrically conductive and positioned between and in contact with the PCB and the electrical connector. The at least one biasing member is configured to compress or expand in response to displacement of the electrical connector. Compression or expansion of the at least one biasing member serves to maintain an electrical connection between the PCB and the electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Andrew J. LeVesque
  • Publication number: 20180131113
    Abstract: A rearview mirror assembly is provided herein and includes a printed circuit board (PCB) and an electrical connector electrically coupled to the PCB. The assembly also includes at least one biasing member that is electrically conductive and positioned between and in contact with the PCB and the electrical connector. The at least one biasing member is configured to compress or expand in response to displacement of the electrical connector. Compression or expansion of the at least one biasing member serves to maintain an electrical connection between the PCB and the electrical connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventor: Andrew J. LeVesque
  • Patent number: 9838653
    Abstract: An imager module for a vehicle includes a support having a first side and a second side. A shroud is operably coupled with the first side. The support and the shroud define a cavity. A viewing aperture is disposed in one of the support and the shroud. An imager system is disposed in the cavity. An electrical connector is configured to provide communication with the imager system. The electrical connector is disposed outside the cavity in abutting contact with the second side of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard T. Fish, Jr., Peter N. Rizk, Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Mark R. Roth, Frederick T. Bauer, Christian M. Kemperman, Danny L. Suman, Andrew J. LeVesque, David J. Cammenga, Michael F. Lisowski, Sandra Lynn Suman
  • Publication number: 20170162965
    Abstract: The disclosure provides for a conductive connector device. The device is configured for communicating a control signal of an electro-optic element for a vehicular display device. The device comprises a spring assembly and a body having a connecting feature. The spring assembly comprises a spring and a conductive pin. The body forms an internal passage configured to at least partially house the spring assembly. A connecting feature is in connection with the body. The connecting feature is configured to engage an aperture of a circuit board configured to communicate a control signal to the electro-optic element. The engagement of the connecting feature to the aperture is configured to receive at least a portion of a force from the spring in a compressed arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Inventors: Jason D. Hallack, Andrew J. LeVesque, John B. Wallace
  • Patent number: 9633772
    Abstract: An inductive component having a printed circuit board (“PCB”) with a first side and a second side. An aperture extends through the PCB and a conductive winding is printed onto the PCB surrounding the aperture. A core is formed by a first core member and a second core member. The first core member includes a first base member with at least one joining surface which is solderable to the first side. A first core leg extends at least partially through the aperture. The second core member includes at least a second base member and is coupled to the first core member or the second side. To manufacture the PCB, the first core member is soldered to the first side and then the PCB is inverted. The second core member is then coupled to at least one of the first core member or the second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert R. Turnbull, Andrew J. LeVesque, Kent H. Frye
  • Patent number: 9403590
    Abstract: An aircraft window foam mounting assembly having an exterior pressure pane frame including an inner surface and an outer surface. A pressure pane is in abutting contact with the inner surface of the exterior pressure pane frame. A foam bezel is proximate a periphery of the pressure pane and defines an inner opening. The foam bezel includes an inner wall and an outer wall. The inner wall includes a channel. An electrochromic element is disposed in the opening and is configured for reception in the channel of the inner wall. An electrically conductive member is operably coupled to the foam bezel and extends from the inner wall to the outer wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David I. Driscoll, Bradley L. Busscher, Kevin L. Ash, Andrew J. LeVesque, James E. Teune, Christian M. Kemperman, David A. Theiste, Andrew T. Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20150029574
    Abstract: An aircraft window foam mounting assembly having an exterior pressure pane frame including an inner surface and an outer surface. A pressure pane is in abutting contact with the inner surface of the exterior pressure pane frame. A foam bezel is proximate a periphery of the pressure pane and defines an inner opening. The foam bezel includes an inner wall and an outer wall. The inner wall includes a channel. An electrochromic element is disposed in the opening and is configured for reception in the channel of the inner wall. An electrically conductive member is operably coupled to the foam bezel and extends from the inner wall to the outer wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: David I. Driscoll, Bradley L. Busscher, Kevin L. Ash, Andrew J. LeVesque, James E. Teune, Christian M. Kemperman, David A. Theiste, Andrew T. Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20120327234
    Abstract: An imager module for a vehicle includes a support having a first side and a second side. A shroud is operably coupled with the first side. The support and the shroud define a cavity. A viewing aperture is disposed in one of the support and the shroud. An imager system is disposed in the cavity. An electrical connector is configured to provide communication with the imager system. The electrical connector is disposed outside the cavity in abutting contact with the second side of the support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventors: Richard T. Fish, JR., Peter N. Rizk, Danny L. Minikey, JR., Mark R. Roth, Frederick T. Bauer, Christian M. Kemperman, Danny L. Suman, Sandra Lynn Suman, Andrew J. LeVesque, David J. Cammenga, Michael F. Lisowski
  • Patent number: 8237909
    Abstract: A vehicular rearview mirror assembly (600) includes an electrochromic (EC) glass element (303) and a printed circuit board (603) for mounting electrical components. A liquid crystal display (LCD) (615) is mounted to the printed circuit board (603), while a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) (608) are also mounted to the same printed circuit board below the LCD (603) for providing backlighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: John B. Ostreko, Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Andrew J. LeVesque, William R. Spence, Peter Wm. VanderWel, John B. Wallace, Frederick T. Bauer, Mark W. Newton, Ethan J. Lee, Jeremy A. Fogg
  • Publication number: 20100201896
    Abstract: A vehicular rearview mirror assembly (600) includes an electrochromic (EC) glass element (303) and a printed circuit board (603) for mounting electrical components. A liquid crystal display (LCD) (615) is mounted to the printed circuit board (603), while a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) (608) are also mounted to the same printed circuit board below the LCD (603) for providing backlighting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Inventors: John B. Ostreko, Danny L. Minikey, JR., Andrew J. LeVesque, William R. Spence, Peter Wm. VanderWel, John B. Wallace, Frederick T. Bauer, Mark W. Newton, Ethan J. Lee, Jeremy A. Fogg
  • Patent number: 7746535
    Abstract: A rearview mirror assembly comprising a rear housing section with wiring connected to a first electrical connection device and a circuit board with a second electrical connection device, with first electrical connection device and the second electrical connection device being configured to automatically mate when the circuit board and the rear housing section are moved relatively towards each other. The rearview mirror assembly can also include a circuit board with a third electrical connection device and a reflective element with a fourth electrical connection device, with third electrical connection device and the fourth electrical connection device being configured to automatically mate when the circuit board and the reflective element are moved relatively towards each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Julie A. Kelley, Andrew J. LeVesque, Kenton J. Ypma, Kristi L. Hooper, William R. Spence, John B. Ostreko, Peter Wm. VanderWel
  • Publication number: 20080310006
    Abstract: A rearview mirror assembly comprising a rear housing section with wiring connected to a first electrical connection device and a circuit board with a second electrical connection device, with first electrical connection device and the second electrical connection device being configured to automatically mate when the circuit board and the rear housing section are moved relatively towards each other. The rearview mirror assembly can also include a circuit board with a third electrical connection device and a reflective element with a fourth electrical connection device, with third electrical connection device and the fourth electrical connection device being configured to automatically mate when the circuit board and the reflective element are moved relatively towards each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventors: Julie A. Kelley, Andrew J. LeVesque, Kenton J. Ypma, Kristi L. Hooper, William R. Spence, John B. Ostreko, Peter Wm. VanderWel
  • Patent number: 6420800
    Abstract: An electrochromic mirror includes a housing, a rearview mirror subassembly including a reflector in the housing, and an electrical circuit with switches adapted to interact with electrical systems in the vehicle. An elongated display area is formed in a face of the housing assembly, either under, aside or above the face. Switch buttons are positioned in the display area for operating switches in the electrical circuit. A compact display is incorporated into a face of the buttons. Specifically, a center region forms a symbol. A border is formed around the center region, and a third region is formed around the border. One of the center region, the border, and the outer region is light-transmissive, and the other two regions contrast in color. A light source is positioned to direct light toward the button face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew J. LeVesque, John K. Roberts
  • Patent number: 6407468
    Abstract: An electrochromic mirror includes housing, a rearview mirror subassembly including a reflector in the housing, and an electrical circuit with switches adapted to interact with electrical systems in the vehicle. An elongated display area is formed in a face of the housing assembly, either under, aside or above the face. Switch buttons are positioned in the display area for operating switches in the electrical circuit. Where compact display is needed along with the button, the buttons each have a visible portion with a front symbol-forming window that is light-transmissive, and further with a perimeter made of a visible material that outlines and creates a border around the symbol-forming window, and still further with an opaque outer region that contrasts to the visible material. A light source is positioned to direct light toward each window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew J. LeVesque, John K. Roberts
  • Patent number: 6023229
    Abstract: A rearview mirror assembly is provided for a vehicle which incorporates a self-contained magnetic field sensor in the mirror housing. When mounted to a fixed pivot point in a single ball mounting bracket, the mirror housing pivots around the magnetic field sensor. When the magnetic field sensor is mounted within the mirror housing either to the housing or to the mirror, compensation for the rotation position of the mirror about a vertical axis is provided by an empirically predetermined compensation value whereby direct reading of the angle is adjusted by a processor or by mechanically mounting the field sensor at an angle representative of the compensation value. Other ways of rotation compensation are also disclosed. Compensation for tilt about a horizontal axis is provided by an elliptical compensation algorithm in a microprocessor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Inventors: Mark D. Bugno, Timothy A. Bonardi, Andrew J. LeVesque