Patents by Inventor Cornel Lewis Gardner

Cornel Lewis Gardner 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: 9586527
    Abstract: A step assembly of a vehicle is provided herein. A step pad is pivotally coupled to a quarter panel of the vehicle and is movable between a stowed position and deployed position. At least one light source is provided in the step pad and the step pad transmits light emitted by the at least one light source in an outward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ford global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Annette Lynn Huebner, Cornel Lewis Gardner, James J. Surman, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 9586518
    Abstract: A vehicle grille assembly is provided herein. The grille assembly includes a plurality of grille bars, each including a housing having a first portion and a second portion. The first portion of each grille bar illuminates in a first color and the second portion of at least one grille bar illuminates in a second color that is visually distinct from the first color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 9586519
    Abstract: A vehicle is presented that includes a lift gate operably connected to a body, a cargo lamp configured to emit light positioned near a rear of the body, a first luminescent structure disposed on a lift gate sill of the body, and a second luminescent structure disposed on an interior side of the lift gate. The first and second luminescent structures are configured to interact with the light from the cargo lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, Annette Lynn Huebner, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Stephen Kenneth Helwig
  • Patent number: 9587800
    Abstract: A molding of a vehicle is provided herein. The molding includes a cover panel portion mounted to a body panel of the vehicle. A carrier is disposed between the cover panel portion and the body panel, the carrier having an exposed portion configured to luminesce in response to light excitation. At least one light source is disposed inside the carrier and is configured to emit light for exciting the exposed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Michael James Whitens, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Publication number: 20170050558
    Abstract: A vehicle puddle lamp assembly is provided that includes a plurality of light projectors located on a vehicle and configured to illuminate different lighted image patterns on a ground surface adjacent to the vehicle. The vehicle puddle lamp assembly includes a controller for sequentially activating the plurality of light projectors to generate an animated lighted image on the ground surface. The animated image moves in a location based on a door position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Annette Lynn Huebner
  • Patent number: 9573517
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a closure frame configured to engage an opening formed by a body of the vehicle. A light source is disposed proximate an edge of the closure frame such that an emission of light from the light source is projected through a gap between the closure frame and the body. The emission is projected through the gap in response to the closure frame being arranged in an ajar position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 9573519
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a light source disposed proximate an engine compartment configured output an emission to illuminate a component moving at a cyclic rate. The apparatus further comprises a controller configured to selectively illuminate the light source at a lighting frequency. The lighting frequency is configured to generate a strobe effect configured to create a sampled illumination of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, James J. Surman, Benjamin Yilma
  • Patent number: 9573518
    Abstract: A lighting system of a vehicle is provided herein. A floor console bin is provided having a housing and a movable lid. A reflective target is coupled to the floor console bin. An overhead console is provided having an IR transmitter for emitting an IR signal toward a target location, an IR receiver for receiving and detecting the IR signal reflected by the target, and a projector for illuminating the housing based on detection of the IR signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Pietro Buttolo, Jeffrey Singer
  • Publication number: 20170036594
    Abstract: An illuminated emblem assembly that includes a power source; a light-producing assembly that is coupled to the power source, supported by a backing member and comprises a plurality of light-emitting diode sources; a chromatic layer comprising an emblem shape over the light-producing assembly, wherein the shape is visible under ambient lighting; and a polycarbonate sealing structure over the chromatic layer that seals the backing member, the light-producing assembly, and the chromatic layer. Further, the sealing structure can comprise a design feature. In addition, the plurality of light-emitting diode sources can be dispersed in the light-producing assembly. The light-emitting diode sources can also be micro-sized elements comprising gallium nitride that are arranged on a positive electrode layer in the form of an ink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Applicants: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Colonial Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Roberts, LaRon Michelle Brown, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 9556648
    Abstract: A retractable cover assembly is provided for a vehicle to cover a latching component such as the striker of a trunk door. The assembly includes a retractable cover and a support structure for supporting the cover at a position to cover the striker. The assembly further includes an arrangement for actuating the cover between an open position exposing the striker and a closed position covering the striker. A first light source may illuminate the cover and a second light source may illuminate an interior of the vehicle when the cover is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Cornel Lewis Gardner, Megan Lovejoy, Inshirah Hillawi, Stuart C. Salter, Steven J. Antilla, Patrick Berryman, Scott H. Dunham
  • Patent number: 9539941
    Abstract: An apparatus for illuminating a vehicle cupholder is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a cavity formed by a console. The cavity is configured to receive a container and has a base portion. The base portion comprises a light-transmissive portion configured to transmit electromagnetic energy. A light source is configured to emit a first emission proximate the light-transmissive portion. The apparatus further comprises a photoluminescent portion proximate the light-transmissive portion. The photoluminescent portion is configured to be excited in response to the first emission to generate a second emission configured to illuminate the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Chad M. Bross
  • Patent number: 9539939
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises at least on fabric portion comprising a first photoluminescent portion having a first luminescent absorption range. The illumination apparatus further comprises a second photoluminescent portion having a second luminescent absorption range. A light source is configured to emit a first emission at a first wavelength directed toward the fabric portion, wherein the first wavelength is within the first absorption range and significantly outside the second absorption range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, James J. Surman
  • Patent number: 9533613
    Abstract: A vehicle illumination apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus comprises an access panel configured to conceal an access region of a fueling receptacle. A light source is disposed proximate the access region and is in communication with a controller. The illumination apparatus further comprises at least one photoluminescent portion disposed proximate the access region and configured to illuminate at least a portion of the access region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, Cornel Lewis Gardner, LaRon Michelle Brown
  • Patent number: 9499113
    Abstract: A grille assembly of a vehicle is provided herein and includes at least one grille bar. A first photoluminescent structure is provided at a first location of the at least one grille bar and is configured to luminesce when excited by light emitted from a light source. A second photoluminescent structure is provided at a second location of the at least one grille bar and is configured to luminesce when excited by light emitted from the first photoluminescent structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, James J. Surman, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 9493085
    Abstract: A charging system for a vehicle. The charging system includes an on-board battery, a charger region and a wireless receiver for generating a charging signal in the charger region to charge a battery. The system also includes a plurality of sensors located to sense living beings and foreign objects in proximity to the charger region. The system further includes a controller for filtering transient conditions and terminating the charging signal when a being or a foreign object is near the charger region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Richard William Kautz, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Stuart C. Salter, Eric L. Reed, Don David Price
  • Patent number: 9493113
    Abstract: A vehicle illumination apparatus is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a storage compartment forming an interior cavity disposed in a cargo area and a cover. The cover comprises a handle configured to facilitate access to the storage compartment from a closed position to an open position. The illumination apparatus further comprises at least one photoluminescent portion disposed proximate the storage compartment configured to illuminate at least a portion of the handle in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 9487126
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a photoluminescent portion disposed on a downward facing portion of the vehicle and a light source located proximate the downward facing portion. The light source is configured to emit light at a first wavelength directed toward the photoluminescent portion. In response to receiving the light at the first wavelength, the photoluminescent portion is configured to convert the first wavelength to at least a second wavelength, longer than the first wavelength, to illuminate a surface beneath the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 9487135
    Abstract: A dome light assembly for a vehicle is provided herein. The dome light assembly includes a headliner having a trough and a light-producing assembly arranged as a strip configured to be received in the trough. The light-producing assembly includes a plurality of light sources and a photoluminescent structure configured to luminesce in response to excitation by the plurality of light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Todd Jared Konet
  • Patent number: 9487127
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a photoluminescent portion disposed on a step portion and a first light source. The first light source is configured to excite the photoluminescent portion in a back-lit configuration. The illumination apparatus further comprises a lighting controller in communication with the first light source. The lighting controller is configured to activate the first light source to illuminate the photoluminescent portion by exciting a photoluminescent material by emitting a first wavelength of light. In response to receiving the first wavelength, the photoluminescent material is configured to become excited to illuminate at least a portion of the step portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, James J. Surman, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Publication number: 20160318440
    Abstract: A warning indicator system for a vehicle includes an indicator for providing visible signals in a portion of a rear vision minor housing. The indicator may be operatively connected to one or both of a proximity sensor system and to a turn signal control system of the vehicle. The indicator provides a visible light signal from a mirror skull cap portion, without using available mirror reflective surface. In embodiments, printed LED strips are associated with the minor skull cap for providing the visible light signal. Rear-vision mirror assemblies including the described warning indicator system are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Annette Lynn Huebner, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Paul Kenneth Dellock