Patents by Inventor David A. Kirby

David A. Kirby 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: 9488000
    Abstract: A battery-powered window treatment, such as a roller shade, may include a battery compartment that provides access to batteries while the window treatment is assembled and mounted to a structure. The battery compartment may be supported along a pivot axis by a housing of the window treatment, and operable between opened and closed positions by pivoting the battery compartment about the pivot axis. The batteries may be concealed when the battery compartment is closed, and may be accessible when the battery compartment is open. The battery compartment may define a central axis that is offset relative to the pivot axis, and along which the batteries may be aligned. The window treatment may include a fascia that is operably connected to the battery compartment, such that when the battery compartment is opened, the fascia does not obstruct access to the batteries, and does not interfere with the shade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO., INC.
    Inventors: David A. Kirby, Samuel F. Chambers, Edward J. Blair
  • Patent number: 9447636
    Abstract: A battery-powered motorized window treatment for covering at least a portion of a window may be adjusted into a service position to allow for access to at least one battery that is powering the motorized window treatment. A headrail of the motorized window treatment may be adjusted to the service position to allow for easy replacement of the batteries without unmounting the headrail and without requiring tools. The motorized window treatment may comprise brackets having buttons that may be actuated to release the headrail from a locked position, such that the head rail may be rotated into the service position. The headrail easily rotates through a controlled movement into the service position, such that a user only needs one free hand available to move the motorized window treatment into the service position and change the batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Edward J. Blair, Samuel F. Chambers, David A. Kirby, Peter W. Ogden, Jr., James J. Wilson, Justin M. Zernhelt
  • Publication number: 20160245016
    Abstract: As described herein, a photovoltaic film may include a plurality of photovoltaic cells arranged to form a frit pattern. The photovoltaic film may be affixed to a transparent substrate to form a film-treated panel. The transparent substrate may be glass, such as a windowpane. The photovoltaic cells may be configured to convert sunlight into electrical energy. The electrical energy may be stored and used to power an electrical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Applicant: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventor: DAVID A. KIRBY
  • Publication number: 20160123076
    Abstract: A battery-powered, motorized window treatment may include a fascia that pivots between a conceal position wherein the fascia covers a window treatment assembly and a battery compartment, and an expose position wherein the fascia does not cover the battery compartment. The fascia may be a two part fascia that includes an arm and a cover that pivots relative to the arm when the battery compartment is operated between respective opened and closed positions. The arm may be attached to the battery compartment such that the arm remains in a fixed orientation relative to the battery compartment. The arm and the cover may define complementary pivotally interlocking connectors that define a pivot axis about which the cover may pivot relative to the arm. The fascia may be configured to generate a perceptible indication when the fascia pivots into the conceal position, and/or when the fascia pivots into the expose position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2014
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Applicant: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventor: DAVID A. KIRBY
  • Publication number: 20160108665
    Abstract: A battery-powered motorized window treatment for covering at least a portion of a window may be adjusted into a service position to allow for access to at least one battery that is powering the motorized window treatment. A headrail of the motorized window treatment may be adjusted to the service position to allow for easy replacement of the batteries without unmounting the headrail and without requiring tools. The motorized window treatment may comprise brackets having buttons that may be actuated to release the headrail from a locked position, such that the head rail may be rotated into the service position. The headrail easily rotates through a controlled movement into the service position, such that a user only needs one free hand available to move the motorized window treatment into the service position and change the batteries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Publication date: April 21, 2016
    Inventors: Edward J. Blair, Samuel F. Chambers, David A. Kirby, Peter W. Ogden, James J. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20160047163
    Abstract: A sensor assembly comprises a housing having a major face and a side edge. The side edge is formed of a material that is capable of conducting light. A photosensitive element is positioned within the housing and facing the major face of the housing. A reflector is positioned within the housing. The reflector is shaped to direct light entering through the side edge onto the photosensitive element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Inventors: Edward J. Blair, Stephen Lundy, Brandon L. Szoke, David A. Kirby
  • Patent number: 9249624
    Abstract: A battery-powered motorized window treatment for covering at least a portion of a window may be adjusted into a service position to allow for access to at least one battery that is powering the motorized window treatment. A headrail of the motorized window treatment may be adjusted to the service position to allow for easy replacement of the batteries without unmounting the headrail and without requiring tools. The motorized window treatment may comprise brackets having buttons that may be actuated to release the headrail from a locked position, such that the head rail may be rotated into the service position. The headrail easily rotates through a controlled movement into the service position, such that a user only needs one free hand available to move the motorized window treatment into the service position and change the batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO., INC.
    Inventors: Edward J. Blair, Samuel F. Chambers, David A. Kirby, Peter W. Ogden, James J. Wilson, Justin M. Zernhelt
  • Publication number: 20150368970
    Abstract: A window treatment retention system may include a roller shade assembly and one or more retention brackets that at least partially enclose the roller shade assembly and do not interfere with operation of the roller shade assembly. The retention brackets may be configured to absorb an impact force associated with detachment of the roller shade assembly from a mounted position. The retention brackets may deflect upon absorbing the impact force, and may limit displacement of the detached roller shade assembly from the mounted position. The retention brackets may deflect such that the roller shade assembly does not pass through openings defined by the retention brackets. The retention brackets may deflect such that the width of at least one of the openings defined by the retention brackets does not expand beyond a distance that is equivalent to the diameter of a roller tube of the roller shade assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Applicant: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel F. Chambers, David A. Kirby, Peter W. Ogden, James J. Wilson, Andrew P. Schmalz
  • Patent number: 9171330
    Abstract: An accountability provider is configured to enable specification of queries for data sources of accountable entities. The queries are based on an analysis of transparency goals of the accountable entities and utilize transparency metrics of those entities. The accountability provider is further configured to present representations of the transparency metrics generated responsive to the queries, to enable interaction with the representations, and to update the representations based on at least one of viewer requests or viewer interactions. Also, the accountability provider is configured determine representations of transparency metrics available to viewers based on viewer descriptors and to present the determined representations responsive to logins of the viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Woods, David Kirby Rehr
  • Publication number: 20150247362
    Abstract: A window treatment may include a housing, a covering material, and a valence. The valence may at least partially conceal the housing and/or a portion of the covering material. The valence may define first and second channels that extend along upper and lower ends of the valence, respectively. The valence may further include a flexible, decorative facing that is attached to an outer surface of valence. The valence may further include a first spline that secures a top edge of the facing in place within the first channel, and a second spline that secures the bottom edge of the facing in place within the second channel. The facing may include a decorative layer, one or more adhesive layers, and may include an interliner layer that is disposed between adhesive layers. The decorative layer may be made of the same material as the covering material, for example shade fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Publication date: September 3, 2015
    Applicant: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventor: DAVID A. KIRBY
  • Publication number: 20150240560
    Abstract: A battery-powered motorized window treatment for covering at least a portion of a window may be adjusted into a service position to allow for access to at least one battery that is powering the motorized window treatment. A headrail of the motorized window treatment may be adjusted to the service position to allow for easy replacement of the batteries without unmounting the headrail and without requiring tools. The motorized window treatment may comprise brackets having buttons that may be actuated to release the headrail from a locked position, such that the head rail may be rotated into the service position. The headrail easily rotates through a controlled movement into the service position, such that a user only needs one free hand available to move the motorized window treatment into the service position and change the batteries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Publication date: August 27, 2015
    Inventors: Edward J. Blair, Samuel F. Chambers, David A. Kirby, Peter W. Ogden, JR., James J. Wilson, Justin M. Zernhelt
  • Publication number: 20150235503
    Abstract: A parking meter assembly (10) including a base (11) that is to be fixed to or embedded in a ground surface, typically adjacent the curb that which a car is to be parked. The assembly (10) also includes a parking meter (13) having a front face (17) that includes a coin slot (25) a card slot (20) and a control panel (21). The parking meter (13) further includes a rear face (27) having a window aperture (28) that provides for the transmission of light to a solar panel (29) behind the aperture (28).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Inventors: David William King, Murray David Kirby Hunter, Matthew James Hall, David Andrew Jones
  • Publication number: 20150226001
    Abstract: A motorized window treatment may provide a low-cost solution for controlling the amount of daylight entering a space through a window. The window treatment may include a covering material (e.g., a cellular shade fabric or a roller shade fabric), a drive assembly for raising and lowering the covering material, and a motor drive unit including a motor configured to drive the drive assembly to raise and lower the covering material. The motorized window treatment may comprise one or more battery packs configured to receive batteries for powering the motor drive unit. The batteries may be located out of view of a user of the motorized window treatment (e.g., in a headrail or in a battery compartment). The motorized window treatment may use various power-saving methods to lengthen the lifetime of the batteries, e.g., to reduce the motor speed to conserve additional battery power and extend the lifetime of the batteries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Publication date: August 13, 2015
    Inventors: Jason O. Adams, Edward J. Blair, Andrew karl Cooney, Soumya Jain, David A. Kirby, Stephen Lundy, Justin J. Mierta, Daniel W. Mistarz, Robert C. Newman, JR., Peter W. Ogden, JR., Jonathan L. Roe, Chen Ming Wu, Justin M. Zernhelt, Samuel F. Chambers
  • Publication number: 20150159433
    Abstract: A motorized window treatment provides a low-cost solution for controlling the amount of daylight entering a space through a window. The window treatment includes a covering material, a drive shaft, at least one lift cord rotatably received around the drive shaft and connected to the covering material, and a motor coupled to the drive shaft for raising and lowering the covering material. The window treatment also includes a spring assist unit for assisting the motor by providing a torque that equals the torque provided by the weight on the cords that lift the covering material at a position midway between fully-open and fully-closed positions, which helps to minimize motor usage and conserve battery life if a battery is used to power the motorized window treatment. The window treatment may comprise a photosensor for measuring the amount of daylight outside the window and temperature sensors for measuring the temperatures inside and outside of the window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Inventors: Jason O. Adams, Edward J. Blair, Andrew karl Cooney, Soumya Jain, David A. Kirby, Stephen Lundy, Justin J. Mierta, Daniel W. Mistarz, Robert C. Newman, Jr., Peter W. Ogden, Jr., Jonathan L. Roe, Chen Ming Wu, Justin M. Zernhelt
  • Patent number: 9045939
    Abstract: A battery-powered motorized window treatment for covering at least a portion of a window may be adjusted into a service position to allow for access to at least one battery that is powering the motorized window treatment. A headrail of the motorized window treatment may be adjusted to the service position to allow for easy replacement of the batteries without unmounting the headrail and without requiring tools. The motorized window treatment may comprise brackets having buttons that may be actuated to release the headrail from a locked position, such that the head rail may be rotated into the service position. The headrail easily rotates through a controlled movement into the service position, such that a user only needs one free hand available to move the motorized window treatment into the service position and change the batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO., INC.
    Inventors: Edward J. Blair, Samuel F. Chambers, David A. Kirby, Peter W. Ogden, Jr., James J. Wilson, Justin M. Zernhelt
  • Patent number: D746015
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Murray David Kirby Hunter, David Andrew Jones, Choor Hong Tan
  • Patent number: D747896
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO., INC.
    Inventors: Erica L. Clymer, Laura Marie Gabriel, David A. Kirby, Justin J. Mierta
  • Patent number: D748364
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Murray David Kirby Hunter, David Andrew Jones, Choor Hong Tan
  • Patent number: D748888
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Murray David Kirby Hunter, David Andrew Jones, Choor Hong Tan
  • Patent number: D762040
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Murray David Kirby Hunter, David Andrew Jones, Choor Hong Tan, Michael W MacCollum, Ron Lawrence, Anthony Babaran