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: 9481296
    Abstract: An illuminated emblem assembly is provided that includes a power source, a backing member, and a light-producing assembly coupled to the power source and supported by the backing member. The light-producing assembly includes a plurality of light-emitting diode sources. The light-producing assembly may also include a plurality of micro-sized, dispersed light-emitting diode sources. The illuminated emblem assembly further includes a translucent base region over the light sources, a chromatic layer over the translucent base region and a UV-stable translucent sealing structure over the chromatic layer that seals the backing member, the light producing assembly, and the chromatic layer. The sealing structure may be UV-stable and/or include a design feature. The illuminated emblem assembly exhibits a chrome- or mirror-like finish when viewed under ambient lighting conditions. Further, the illuminated emblem assembly possesses a glowing appearance when activated under low light or nighttime conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Richard J. Roberts, LaRon Michelle Brown, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 9481297
    Abstract: A lighting system for a vehicle steering assembly is provided herein. The lighting system includes a steering wheel having a central hub and a rim connected to the hub through a spoke. A light source is disposed on the rim. A first photoluminescent structure is disposed on the steering wheel and configured to luminesce in response to excitation by at least a portion of the light source. In some embodiments, the light source may implement a thin design, thereby helping to fit the light source into small package spaces of the vehicle where traditional light sources may not be practicable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, Pietro Buttolo, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Annette Lynn Huebner
  • Patent number: 9463737
    Abstract: A lighting system for a vehicle seatbelt assembly is provided herein. The lighting system includes a first seatbelt component configured to couple to a second seatbelt component. A light source is disposed on the first seatbelt component. A photoluminescent structure is disposed on the second component and is configured to luminesce in response to excitation by the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 9463734
    Abstract: An illuminated vehicle seatbelt assembly is provided herein. The vehicle seatbelt assembly includes a buckle having a housing and a latch mechanism. A light source is disposed within the housing. A light guide directs light from the light source to a top portion of the housing. A first photoluminescent structure is disposed within the buckle and is configured to luminesce in response to excitation by the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Edward Joseph DeSmet, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9463739
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting system is provided. The system includes a sun visor having a visor body movable between a stored position and a use position. A photoluminescent structure is coupled to a surface of the visor body and a light source is coupled to a headliner and oriented to excite the photoluminescent structure when the visor body is in the use position. A switch is included for activating the light source in response to a signal change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Mahendra Somasara Dassanayake, Carol Kordich
  • Patent number: 9457712
    Abstract: A sun visor is provided herein. The sun visor includes a visor body and a lid coupled to the visor body. The lid is moveable between a closed and an open position. A photoluminescent structure is coupled to the lid and a light source is configured to emit light based on the position of the lid. The photoluminescent structure luminesces in response to excitation by light emitted from the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 9447613
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch assembly includes a first proximity sensor on a first side of a door handle and a second proximity sensor on a second side of the door handle. The assembly also includes a latch operative to latch the door closed and to unlatch the door to allow the door to open. The assembly further includes control circuitry for activating the latch to unlatch the door based on an object such as an operator's hand sensed with both the first and second proximity sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Yun Shin Lee, Pietro Buttolo, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 9440579
    Abstract: A vehicle illumination apparatus is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a retractable handle having a proximal end portion in connection with a tailgate. The retractable handle forms an internal passage therethrough from the proximal end portion to a distal end portion of the retractable handle. A light source is disposed proximate the proximal end portion and configured to emit a first emission through the internal passage. At least one light emitting portion is disposed along a length of the retractable handle and configured to output light derived from the first emission to an outside environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, James J. Surman
  • Patent number: 9440584
    Abstract: A vehicle illumination apparatus is disclosed. The vehicle illumination apparatus comprises a console rotatably connected to a portion of a seat. The console is operable to rotate from a first position to a second position. A light source is disposed proximate the console and configured to emit a first emission of light. The illumination apparatus further comprises at least one light guide configured to direct the first emission to a first photoluminescent portion disposed on the console when the console is oriented in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, James J. Surman
  • Patent number: 9434302
    Abstract: An illuminated vehicle storage apparatus is disclosed. The storage apparatus comprises a bin rotatably connected to a console and configured to be oriented in an open position and a closed position. The storage apparatus further includes a light source configured to emit a first emission disposed in the console. A photoluminescent portion is disposed proximate the bin such that the first emission is directed toward the photoluminescent portion when the bin is oriented in the open position to illuminate the photoluminescent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies,LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 9434297
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a trim portion affixed to a surface comprising a first photoluminescent portion and at least one light source. The light source may be configured to emit a first emission at a first wavelength. The first emission may be configured to excite the first photoluminescent portion in a back-lit configuration. The trim portion is configured to mask the first photoluminescent portion from external light sources to prevent excitation of the first photoluminescent portion in the presence of external light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 9434294
    Abstract: An emblem illumination assembly for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination assembly comprises an external cover defining a profile shape and an optic device proximate the external cover. The optic device further includes an interior surface. A light source is located proximate the interior surface and is configured to emit a first emission into the optic device. The optic device comprises a photoluminescent material disposed between the light source and the external cover, wherein the photoluminescent material is configured to convert the first emission to emit a second emission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 9434304
    Abstract: An illuminated engine compartment disposed within a vehicle is provided herein. The illuminated engine compartment includes a light-producing assembly. A first luminescent portion is disposed on the light-producing assembly and is configured to luminesce in response to excitation by the light-producing assembly. A second luminescent portion is disposed on a feature within the vehicle engine compartment and is configured to luminesce in response to light emitted from the light-producing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, James J. Surman, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 9409515
    Abstract: A lighting system for a vehicle headrest is provided herein. The lighting system includes a support attached to a headrest on a first end and removably coupled to a seatback on the opposing end. A light source is disposed on the headrest. A first photoluminescent structure is disposed within the system and is configured to luminesce in response to excitation by the light source. The light source may comprise a plurality of printed LEDs employing a thin configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 9399427
    Abstract: An illuminated device storage apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The storage apparatus comprises a console forming an elongated opening leading to a cavity. At least one support member extends along the elongated opening and is configured to engage a device. The storage apparatus further comprises a light source disposed proximate the cavity and configured to emit a first emission of light upward to illuminate the at least one support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Scott Holmes Dunham, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Annette Lynn Huebner
  • Patent number: 9393903
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a photoluminescent portion disposed on an internal surface of a closure of a vehicle compartment. The illumination apparatus further includes a light source located proximate the closure. The light source is configured to emit light at a first wavelength directed toward the photoluminescent portion. The photoluminescent portion is configured to convert the first wavelength to at least a second wavelength, longer than the first wavelength, to illuminate the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Publication number: 20160204634
    Abstract: An instrument panel storage system is provided for a motor vehicle. That storage system includes an instrument panel having a storage cavity defining a first docking station and a removable storage bin held in the cavity at the first docking station. Further the storage system includes one or more remote docking stations that allow the removable storage bin to be positioned at different locations within the motor vehicle as desired by the vehicle occupants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Inventors: Kathleen M. Parlow, Nicholas Alphonse Billardello, Scott Holmes Dunham, Elizabeth Cleary Johnston Tengler, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Publication number: 20160200244
    Abstract: A storage bin for a motor vehicle includes a storage bin storage compartment and a storage bin lid hingedly connected to the storage compartment. The lid includes a light source disposed to illuminate an interior of the storage compartment. A transmitter and a receiver are provided for providing an electrical current to the hinged storage bin light source. The transmitter is a first coil disposed in a first portion of a pivoting hinge assembly of the storage bin and the receiver is a second coil disposed in a second portion of the pivoting hinge assembly, the second coil electrically communicating with the light source. In use, a current is supplied to the light source when the transmitter and receiver are disposed adjacent to one another by pivoting the storage bin lid to an open configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Ali Ammar, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Publication number: 20160193959
    Abstract: A vehicle puddle lamp assembly is provided and 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 also includes a controller for sequentially activating the plurality of light projectors to generate an animated lighted image on the ground surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Inventors: Ali Ammar, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Stuart C. Salter
  • Publication number: 20160195242
    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: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, James J. Surman, Paul Kenneth Dellock