Patents by Inventor Bruce Preston Williams

Bruce Preston Williams 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).

  • Publication number: 20200080717
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting assembly is provided that comprises a single heat sink defining a plurality of cavities. The heat sink is within, and movable relative to, a housing. The vehicle lighting assembly further comprises a plurality of optic polyhedrons configured within the cavities and a plurality of LED light sources within the cavities is configured to direct an incident light pattern through the optic polyhedrons to generate a plurality of vehicular light patterns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Preston Williams, Arun Kumar
  • Patent number: 10549809
    Abstract: A scooter includes a lower body with a first end and a second end, a rear wheel rotatably supported by the first end, an elongated front body with a lower end and an upper end, a guide fixed within the front body extending from the lower end to the upper end, an attachment member pivotably fixed to the second end of the lower body and engaged by the guide, and a front wheel rotatably supported by the lower end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James Yu-Hsin Kuo, Chelsia Ka Po Lau, Jack Li, Hyunsoo Kim, Euishik Bang, Bruce Preston Williams
  • Patent number: 10539313
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting assembly is provided that comprises a single heat sink defining a plurality of cavities. The heat sink is within, and movable relative to, a housing. The vehicle lighting assembly further comprises a plurality of optic polyhedrons configured within the cavities and a plurality of LED light sources within the cavities is configured to direct an incident light pattern through the optic polyhedrons to generate a plurality of vehicular light patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Preston Williams, Arun Kumar
  • Publication number: 20190383480
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting assembly is provided that comprises a single heat sink defining a plurality of cavities. The heat sink is within, and movable relative to, a housing. The vehicle lighting assembly further comprises a plurality of optic polyhedrons configured within the cavities and a plurality of LED light sources within the cavities is configured to direct an incident light pattern through the optic polyhedrons to generate a plurality of vehicular light patterns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Preston Williams, Arun Kumar
  • Publication number: 20190111988
    Abstract: A scooter includes a lower body with a first end and a second end, a rear wheel rotatably supported by the first end, an elongated front body with a lower end and an upper end, a guide fixed within the front body extending from the lower end to the upper end, an attachment member pivotably fixed to the second end of the lower body and engaged by the guide, and a front wheel rotatably supported by the lower end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: James Yu-Hsin KUO, Chelsia Ka Po LAU, Jack LI, Hyunsoo KIM, Euishik BANG, Bruce Preston WILLIAMS
  • Patent number: 10259376
    Abstract: A vehicle exterior lighting system includes, among other things, a lens assembly, a light diffusing fiber enclosed within the lens assembly, a light source connected to a first portion of the light diffusing fiber, and a prismatic device connected to a second portion of the light diffusing fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Arun Kumar, Edward R. Golden, Bruce Preston Williams
  • Patent number: 10168018
    Abstract: A vehicle headlight includes a headlight housing including an external lens and an outer wall that define a headlight interior and a lighting element including a light-emitting diode lamp and an internal heatsink coupled to at least a portion of the lamp. The lamp is in thermal communication with the internal heatsink. The lighting element is disposed within the headlight interior and coupled to an element receptacle defined by the outer wall. The internal heatsink of the lighting element is in thermal communication with the external lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Preston Williams, Arun Kumar, Junmo Park, Eric Stoddard
  • Publication number: 20180319313
    Abstract: A vehicle exterior lighting system includes, among other things, a lens assembly, a light diffusing fiber enclosed within the lens assembly, a light source connected to a first portion of the light diffusing fiber, and a prismatic device connected to a second portion of the light diffusing fiber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Arun KUMAR, Edward R. GOLDEN, Bruce Preston WILLIAMS
  • Patent number: 10088120
    Abstract: A vehicular LED assembly is provided that includes a plurality of vehicular LED modules, each comprising: a lens with a canted input surface and an exit surface; a bezel surrounding the lens; and an LED light source positioned to direct incident light through the input surface. The input surface comprises a plurality of near-field lens elements for shaping the incident light into a collimated light pattern emanating from the exit surface. Further, the plurality of optical elements may be configured in a step-wise pattern defined by a sweep angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Arun Kumar, Albert Ekladyous, Mahendra Somasara Dassanayake, Bruce Preston Williams, Junmo Park, Eric Stoddard
  • Publication number: 20180194275
    Abstract: A sidemarker light assembly includes a support bracket, a light blade carried on the support bracket and a light source in communication with the first end of the light blade. Light from that light source is then transmitted through the light blade and emitted from a second end of the light blade to provide a sidemarker indication. A motor vehicle light assembly incorporating the sidemarker light assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventors: Bruce Preston Williams, Gary Edward Henige, Nicholas James Nowicki, Timothy Scott Vladu
  • Publication number: 20180149333
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting module includes a silicone lens having an input surface and an exit surface, and a light source. The lens defines a near-zero draft between the input surface and the exit surface. The input surface is configured to shape an incident light emanating from the light source into a collimated light pattern emanating from the exit surface and containing at least 69% of the incident light. For this, the input surface includes a plurality of multi-faceted near-field lens elements each having a different focal length and each defining a near-zero draft. The exit surface includes a plurality of micro-optical elements configured to shape the collimated light pattern into a predetermined emitted light pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventors: Arun Kumar, Greg A. Patton, Bruce Preston Williams, Martin Witte, Albert Ekladyous
  • Patent number: 9573512
    Abstract: A lighting module is provided that includes a single-piece lens having an input surface including a plurality of near-field lens elements, and an exit surface, each element having a different focal length. The lighting module also includes light-emitting diode (LED) source positioned to direct incident light through the input surface. Further, the elements are configured to shape the light from the input surface into a collimated light pattern emanating from the exit surface containing at least 60% of the incident light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Arun Kumar, Mahendra Somasara Dassanayake, Albert Ekladyous, Bruce Preston Williams
  • Publication number: 20170009949
    Abstract: A vehicular LED assembly is provided that includes a plurality of vehicular LED modules, each comprising: a lens with a canted input surface and an exit surface; a bezel surrounding the lens; and an LED light source positioned to direct incident light through the input surface. The input surface comprises a plurality of near-field lens elements for shaping the incident light into a collimated light pattern emanating from the exit surface. Further, the plurality of optical elements may be configured in a step-wise pattern defined by a sweep angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Arun Kumar, Albert Ekladyous, Mahendra Somasara Dassanayake, Bruce Preston Williams, Junmo Park, Eric Stoddard
  • Publication number: 20160348869
    Abstract: A vehicle headlight includes a headlight housing including an external lens and an outer wall that define a headlight interior and a lighting element including a light-emitting diode lamp and an internal heatsink coupled to at least a portion of the lamp. The lamp is in thermal communication with the internal heatsink. The lighting element is disposed within the headlight interior and coupled to an element receptacle defined by the outer wall. The internal heatsink of the lighting element is in thermal communication with the external lens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Preston Williams, Arun Kumar, Junmo Park, Eric Stoddard
  • Patent number: 9476557
    Abstract: A vehicle headlamp module is provided that includes a lens having a plurality of near-field lens elements, a canted input surface, an exit surface and a cavity between the surfaces. The headlamp module also includes an LED lighting module that directs incident light through the input and exit surfaces. The lens elements are configured to transmit from the exit surface a collimated light pattern containing at least 60% of the incident light. In some embodiments, the exit surface includes a step-wise pattern of optical elements. In other implementations, a headlamp assembly is provided that includes a plurality of vehicle headlamp modules. Each headlamp module includes: a lens with a canted input surface and an exit surface, a bezel surrounding the lens, and an LED light source that directs incident light through the input surface. The lens of each module includes a plurality of near-field lens elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Arun Kumar, Albert Ekladyous, Mahendra Somasara Dassanayake, Bruce Preston Williams, Junmo Park, Eric Stoddard
  • Patent number: 9429293
    Abstract: A vehicle headlight includes a headlight housing including an external lens and an outer wall that define a headlight interior and a lighting element including a light-emitting diode lamp and an internal heatsink coupled to at least a portion of the lamp. The lamp is in thermal communication with the internal heatsink. The lighting element is disposed within the headlight interior and coupled to an element receptacle defined by the outer wall. The internal heatsink of the lighting element is in thermal communication with the external lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Preston Williams, Arun Kumar
  • Patent number: 9381973
    Abstract: An e-bike center module includes a substantially straight first center module connecting surface that is releasably connectable to a substantially straight front module connecting surface. A substantially straight second center module connecting surface is releasably connectable to a substantially straight rear module connecting surface. the center module is part of a bicycle frame when the first center module connecting surface is connected to the front module connecting surface and the second center module connecting surface is connected to the rear module connecting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Bruce Preston Williams
  • Publication number: 20160016625
    Abstract: An e-bike center module includes a substantially straight first center module connecting surface that is releasably connectable to a substantially straight front module connecting surface. A substantially straight second center module connecting surface is releasably connectable to a substantially straight rear module connecting surface. the center module is part of a bicycle frame when the first center module connecting surface is connected to the front module connecting surface and the second center module connecting surface is connected to the rear module connecting surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Bruce Preston Williams
  • Publication number: 20150316226
    Abstract: A lighting module is provided that includes a single-piece lens having an input surface including a plurality of near-field lens elements, and an exit surface, each element having a different focal length. The lighting module also includes light-emitting diode (LED) source positioned to direct incident light through the input surface. Further, the elements are configured to shape the light from the input surface into a collimated light pattern emanating from the exit surface containing at least 60% of the incident light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Inventors: Arun Kumar, Mahendra Somasara Dassanayake, Albert Ekladyous, Bruce Preston Williams
  • Patent number: 9156395
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting module is provided that includes a lens having a plurality of near-field lens elements, an input surface, and an exit surface. The lighting module also includes an LED light source that directs incident light through the input surface and out of the exit surface. The plurality of lens elements is configured to transmit from the exit surface a collimated light pattern containing at least 60% of the incident light. Further, a vehicle headlamp assembly is provided that includes a plurality of vehicle lighting modules, each module comprising a lens, and an LED light source that directs incident light through the lens. The assembly further includes a case for housing the lighting modules. The lens includes a plurality of lens elements configured to transmit at least 60% of the incident light in a collimated, vehicular light pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Arun Kumar, Mahendra Somasara Dassanayake, Albert Ekladyous, Bruce Preston Williams