Patents by Inventor Brian Michael Courtney

Brian Michael Courtney 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: 11870127
    Abstract: A wireless control device, such as a system controller for a load control system, may comprise a light-transmissive cover for an antenna that may be illuminated to provide feedback to a user of the load control system. The light-transmissive cover may receive light energy from a light-generating circuit to provide a visible display of the light energy. The wireless control device may be mounted to, for example, a ceiling, and the light-transmissive cover may extend from the wireless control device (e.g., down from the ceiling). The light-transmissive cover may be viewed by a user at large viewing angles and at a distance away from the wireless control device, which may simplify and improve reliability of commissioning of the load control system as well as speed up troubleshooting of the load control system after commissioning is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Brian Michael Courtney, Matthew Philip McDonald
  • Publication number: 20230308311
    Abstract: A load control system may include control devices for controlling power provided to an electrical load. The control devices may include a control-source device and a control-target device. The control-target device may control the power provided to the electrical load based on digital messages received from the control-source device. The control devices may include a load control discovery device capable of sending discovery messages configured to discover control devices within a location. The discovered control devices may be organized by signal strength and may be provided to a network device to enable association of the discovered control devices within a location. The discovery messages may be transmitted within an established discovery range. The discovery range may be adjusted to discover different control devices. Different control devices may be identified as the load control discovery device for discovering different control devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2023
    Publication date: September 28, 2023
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Thomas Barco, Bryan Robert Barnes, Erica L. Clymer, Brian Michael Courtney, Jordan H. Crafts, William Bryce Fricke, Galen Edgar Knode, Sanjeev Kumar, Jonathan T. Lenz, Stephen M. Ludwig, JR., Sandeep Mudabail Raghuram, Richard M. Walsh, III
  • Publication number: 20230232520
    Abstract: A load control system may comprise load control devices for controlling respective electrical loads, and a system controller operable to transmit digital messages including different commands to the load control devices in response to a selection of a preset. The different commands may include a preset command configured to identify preset data in a device database stored at the load control device and/or a multi-output command configured to define the preset data for being stored in the device database. The system controller may decide which of the commands to transmit to the load control devices in response to the selection of the preset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2023
    Publication date: July 20, 2023
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company
    Inventors: Brian Michael Courtney, Timothy Gill, Sriram Gopalakrishnan, Roshni Ashwin Shah, Vidya Sukumar, Mark S. Taipale, Mark Yorgey
  • Patent number: 11700147
    Abstract: A load control system may include control devices for controlling power provided to an electrical load. The control devices may include a control-source device and a control-target device. The control-target device may control the power provided to the electrical load based on digital messages received from the control-source device. The control devices may include a load control discovery device capable of sending discovery messages configured to discover control devices within a location. The discovered control devices may be organized by signal strength and may be provided to a network device to enable association of the discovered control devices within a location. The discovery messages may be transmitted within an established discovery range. The discovery range may be adjusted to discover different control devices. Different control devices may be identified as the load control discovery device for discovering different control devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Thomas Barco, Bryan Robert Barnes, Erica L. Clymer, Brian Michael Courtney, Jordan H. Crafts, William Bryce Fricke, Galen Edgar Knode, Sanjeev Kumar, Jonathan T. Lenz, Stephen M. Ludwig, Jr., Sandeep Mudabail Raghuram, Richard M. Walsh, III
  • Publication number: 20230185260
    Abstract: A method comprises measuring a light intensity at a window; determining if the light intensity exceeds a cloudy-day threshold; operating in a sunlight penetration limiting mode to control the motorized window treatment to control the sunlight penetration distance in the space; enabling the sunlight penetration limiting mode if the light intensity is greater than the cloudy-day threshold; and disabling the sunlight penetration limiting mode if the total lighting intensity is less than the cloudy-day threshold. The cloudy-day threshold is maintained at a constant threshold if a calculated solar elevation angle is greater than a predetermined solar elevation angle, and the cloudy-day threshold varies with time if the calculated solar elevation angle is less than the predetermined solar elevation angle. The cloudy-day threshold is a function of the calculated solar elevation angle if the calculated solar elevation angle is less than the predetermined solar elevation angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2022
    Publication date: June 15, 2023
    Applicant: LUTRON TECHNOLOGY COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Brian Michael Courtney, Timothy Gill, Shilpa Sarode
  • Patent number: 11617251
    Abstract: A load control system may comprise load control devices for controlling respective electrical loads, and a system controller operable to transmit digital messages including different commands to the load control devices in response to a selection of a preset. The different commands may include a preset command configured to identify preset data in a device database stored at the load control device and/or a multi-output command configured to define the preset data for being stored in the device database. The system controller may decide which of the commands to transmit to the load control devices in response to the selection of the preset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company
    Inventors: Brian Michael Courtney, Timothy Gill, Sriram Gopalakrishnan, Roshni Ashwin Shah, Vidya Sukumar, Mark S. Taipale, Mark Yorgey
  • Publication number: 20230033397
    Abstract: A wireless control device, such as a system controller for a load control system, may comprise a light-transmissive cover for an antenna that may be illuminated to provide feedback to a user of the load control system. The light-transmissive cover may receive light energy from a light-generating circuit to provide a visible display of the light energy. The wireless control device may be mounted to, for example, a ceiling, and the light-transmissive cover may extend from the wireless control device (e.g., down from the ceiling). The light-transmissive cover may be viewed by a user at large viewing angles and at a distance away from the wireless control device, which may simplify and improve reliability of commissioning of the load control system as well as speed up troubleshooting of the load control system after commissioning is completed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2022
    Publication date: February 2, 2023
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Brian Michael Courtney, Matthew Philip McDonald
  • Patent number: 11467548
    Abstract: A method comprises measuring a light intensity at a window; determining if the light intensity exceeds a cloudy-day threshold; operating in a sunlight penetration limiting mode to control the motorized window treatment to control the sunlight penetration distance in the space; enabling the sunlight penetration limiting mode if the light intensity is greater than the cloudy-day threshold; and disabling the sunlight penetration limiting mode if the total lighting intensity is less than the cloudy-day threshold. The cloudy-day threshold is maintained at a constant threshold if a calculated solar elevation angle is greater than a predetermined solar elevation angle, and the cloudy-day threshold varies with time if the calculated solar elevation angle is less than the predetermined solar elevation angle. The cloudy-day threshold is a function of the calculated solar elevation angle if the calculated solar elevation angle is less than the predetermined solar elevation angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Brian Michael Courtney, Timothy Gill, Shilpa Sarode
  • Publication number: 20220239529
    Abstract: A load control system may include control devices for controlling power provided to an electrical load. The control devices may include a control-source device and a control-target device. The control-target device may control the power provided to the electrical load based on digital messages received from the control-source device. The control devices may include a load control discovery device capable of sending discovery messages configured to discover control devices within a location. The discovered control devices may be organized by signal strength and may be provided to a network device to enable association of the discovered control devices within a location. The discovery messages may be transmitted within an established discovery range. The discovery range may be adjusted to discover different control devices. Different control devices may be identified as the load control discovery device for discovering different control devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2022
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Thomas Barco, Bryan Robert Barnes, Erica L. Clymer, Brian Michael Courtney, Jordan H. Crafts, William Bryce Fricke, Galen Edgar Knode, Sanjeev Kumar, Jonathan T. Lenz, Stephen M. Ludwig, JR., Sandeep Mudabail Raghuram, Richard M. Walsh, III
  • Patent number: 11362408
    Abstract: A wireless control device, such as a system controller for a load control system, may comprise a light-transmissive cover for an antenna that may be illuminated to provide feedback to a user of the load control system. The light-transmissive cover may receive light energy from a light-generating circuit to provide a visible display of the light energy. The wireless control device may be mounted to, for example, a ceiling, and the light-transmissive cover may extend from the wireless control device (e.g., down from the ceiling). The light-transmissive cover may be viewed by a user at large viewing angles and at a distance away from the wireless control device, which may simplify and improve reliability of commissioning of the load control system as well as speed up troubleshooting of the load control system after commissioning is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: LUTRON TECHNOLOGY COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Brian Michael Courtney, Matthew Philip McDonald
  • Patent number: 11303471
    Abstract: A load control system may include control devices for controlling power provided to an electrical load. The control devices may include a control-source device and a control-target device. The control-target device may control the power provided to the electrical load based on digital messages received from the control-source device. The control devices may include a load control discovery device capable of sending discovery messages configured to discover control devices within a location. The discovered control devices may be organized by signal strength and may be provided to a network device to enable association of the discovered control devices within a location. The discovery messages may be transmitted within an established discovery range. The discovery range may be adjusted to discover different control devices. Different control devices may be identified as the load control discovery device for discovering different control devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Thomas Barco, Bryan Robert Barnes, Erica L. Clymer, Brian Michael Courtney, Jordan H. Crafts, William Bryce Fricke, Galen Edgar Knode, Sanjeev Kumar, Jonathan T. Lenz, Stephen M. Ludwig, Jr., Sandeep Mudabail Raghuram, Richard M. Walsh, III
  • Publication number: 20210398401
    Abstract: A load control system may include a load control device for providing power to an electrical load and a control device that may send instructions to the load control device for providing the power to the electrical load. The control device may communicate with the load control device using a link address assigned to the load control device. The load control device may provide power to the electrical load in a manner that causes the electrical load to indicate the link address assigned to the load control device. The link address may be identified by a user or a user device. The identified link address may be associated with a load control device identifier that may identify a physical location of a load control device that is assigned the link address. A user may control a load control device at a physical location by sending instructions via the link address.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Rupesh Gajurel, Sandeep Mudabail Raghuram, Rhodes B. Baker, Brian Michael Courtney
  • Patent number: 11116063
    Abstract: A load control system may include a load control device for providing power to an electrical load and a control device that may send instructions to the load control device for providing the power to the electrical load. The control device may communicate with the load control device using a link address assigned to the load control device. The load control device may provide power to the electrical load in a manner that causes the electrical load to indicate the link address assigned to the load control device. The link address may be identified by a user or a user device. The identified link address may be associated with a load control device identifier that may identify a physical location of a load control device that is assigned the link address. A user may control a load control device at a physical location by sending instructions via the link address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Rupesh Gajurel, Sandeep Mudabail Raghuram, Rhodes B. Baker, Brian Michael Courtney
  • Publication number: 20210028622
    Abstract: A load control system may comprise load control devices for controlling respective electrical loads, and a system controller operable to transmit digital messages including different commands to the load control devices in response to a selection of a preset. The different commands may include a preset command configured to identify preset data in a device database stored at the load control device and/or a multi-output command configured to define the preset data for being stored in the device database. The system controller may decide which of the commands to transmit to the load control devices in response to the selection of the preset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company
    Inventors: Brian Michael Courtney, Timothy Gill, Sriram Gopalakrishnan, Roshni Ashwin Shah, Vidya Sukumar, Mark S. Taipale, Mark Yorgey
  • Publication number: 20200379422
    Abstract: A method comprises measuring a light intensity at a window; determining if the light intensity exceeds a cloudy-day threshold; operating in a sunlight penetration limiting mode to control the motorized window treatment to control the sunlight penetration distance in the space; enabling the sunlight penetration limiting mode if the light intensity is greater than the cloudy-day threshold; and disabling the sunlight penetration limiting mode if the total lighting intensity is less than the cloudy-day threshold. The cloudy-day threshold is maintained at a constant threshold if a calculated solar elevation angle is greater than a predetermined solar elevation angle, and the cloudy-day threshold varies with time if the calculated solar elevation angle is less than the predetermined solar elevation angle. The cloudy-day threshold is a function of the calculated solar elevation angle if the calculated solar elevation angle is less than the predetermined solar elevation angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Brian Michael Courtney, Timothy Gill, Shilpa Sarode
  • Patent number: D907609
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Brian Michael Courtney, Brad Michael Kreschollek, Jason C. Killo, Glenn Stone Laverty, IV, Matthew Philip McDonald, Daniel L. Twaddell
  • Patent number: D914057
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Erica L. Clymer, Brian Michael Courtney, Sanjeev Kumar, Sandeep Mudabail Raghuram, Richard M. Walsh, III, Jennifer Wong
  • Patent number: D941879
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Erica L. Clymer, Brian Michael Courtney, Sanjeev Kumar, Sandeep Mudabail Raghuram, Richard M. Walsh, III, Jennifer Wong
  • Patent number: D968466
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Erica L. Clymer, Brian Michael Courtney, Sanjeev Kumar, Sandeep Mudabail Raghuram, Richard M. Walsh, III, Jennifer Wong
  • Patent number: D1010677
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Erica L. Clymer, Brian Michael Courtney, Sanjeev Kumar, Sandeep Mudabail Raghuram, Richard M. Walsh, III, Jennifer Wong