Patents by Inventor Denis Patrick Igoe

Denis Patrick Igoe 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: 8475017
    Abstract: A method for making a vehicle interior panel including positioning a slipsheet on a film or fabric liner. The liner is placed on a substrate board. The liner and substrate board are formed into an interior panel. A cavity is formed by removing a portion of the substrate board from the interior panel adjacent to the slipsheet position. A lamp is positioned in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Chi Li, Denis Patrick Igoe, Jeffrey Singer, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 8454181
    Abstract: A light bar proximity switch is provided that includes a light pipe having a first surface and a second surface, wherein the first and second surface define an area. The light bar proximity sensor further includes an at least partially reflective surface adjacent the second surface, at least one circuit board spaced from the light pipe and the at least partially reflective surface, at least one proximity sensor electrically connected to the at least one circuit board, and at least one light source configured to project light along the area, wherein the emitted light is reflected by the at least partially reflective surface and viewed through the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Denis Patrick Igoe, Jeffrey Singer, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 8449156
    Abstract: A vehicle interior panel having a substrate with a receiving slot. A support lens is disposed in the receiving slot and includes a light source. A sensor is operably connected to the light source and disposed proximate the support lens. A connector operably links the sensor to the light source through the support lens. A decorative layer extends over the support lens and the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Jeffrey Singer, Chi Li, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Denis Patrick Igoe
  • Patent number: 8449161
    Abstract: A luminous decorative vehicle trim insert having an opaque carrier structure. A reflective layer is disposed over the opaque carrier structure. A light pipe is adjacent the reflective layer and operably connected to a light source. An optic layer is disposed in the light pipe. A total internal reflection (TIR) protective layer is disposed over the light pipe. A diffusing layer is disposed over the TIR protective layer. A decorative transmitting layer is disposed over the diffusing layer. An optic layer creates a luminous effect in the trim insert visible only when the light source is activated. An environmental layer is disposed over the transmitting layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Denis Patrick Igoe, Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Jeffrey Singer
  • Patent number: 8439418
    Abstract: A vehicle storage compartment is provided having a housing defining a storage space and a shelf disposed within the housing such that the compartment is divided. The shelf includes translucent material coated with flock and has non-flock areas. A light source is operatively coupled to the shelf to provide light illumination through the translucent material such that light illumination is illuminated into the compartment through the non-flock areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Megan Lovejoy, Irene Shu, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Denis Patrick Igoe
  • Patent number: 8387257
    Abstract: A vehicle interior panel is provided that includes an interior panel substrate defining an aperture for a light source to extend through the interior panel substrate, a lens attached to the interior panel substrate, wherein the lens extends over at least a portion of the aperture for the light source, an at least partially transparent material that extends over the lens, and a plurality of positioning holes defined by the interior panel substrate, such that at least a portion of the plurality of positioning holes are configured to correspond to a plurality of positioning pins of an interior panel mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Chi Li, Jeffrey Singer, Denis Patrick Igoe, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 8330385
    Abstract: A light bar system for a vehicle compartment includes a circuit board having a plurality of capacitive-type, user-activated switches, an electrical power source coupled to the circuit board, a light emitting diode (LED) coupled to the circuit board, and a light bar affixed to the circuit board. The user-activated switches are coupled to a vehicle accessory to control the level of operation of the vehicle accessory. The most recently actuated one of the user-actuated switches is detected by the circuit board and the circuit board provides a pulse width modulated (PWM) signal to the LED with a duty cycle of the PWM signal based on the most recently actuated switch. A higher duty cycle PWM signal corresponds to a higher setting of the accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Jeffrey Singer, Denis Patrick Igoe
  • Publication number: 20120051073
    Abstract: A vehicle interior panel is provided that includes an interior panel substrate defining an aperture for a light source to extend through the interior panel substrate, a lens attached to the interior panel substrate, wherein the lens extends over at least a portion of the aperture for the light source, an at least partially transparent material that extends over the lens, and a plurality of positioning holes defined by the interior panel substrate, such that at least a portion of the plurality of positioning holes are configured to correspond to a plurality of positioning pins of an interior panel mold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Chi Li, Jeffrey Singer, Denis Patrick Igoe, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Publication number: 20120048708
    Abstract: A light bar proximity switch is provided that includes a light pipe having a first surface and a second surface, wherein the first and second surface define an area. The light bar proximity sensor further includes an at least partially reflective surface adjacent the second surface, at least one circuit board spaced from the light pipe and the at least partially reflective surface, at least one proximity sensor electrically connected to the at least one circuit board, and at least one light source configured to project light along the area, wherein the emitted light is reflected by the at least partially reflective surface and viewed through the first surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Denis Patrick Igoe, Jeffrey Singer, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Publication number: 20120043888
    Abstract: An interior light in a vehicle and method of compensating for a change of color of emitted light are provided. The interior light includes a circuit board configured to be attached to a roof support structure of the vehicle, an at least partially transparent material proximate to the circuit board and attached to the roof support structure, wherein the at least partially transparent material changes a perceived color and of light propagating there-through, and at least one light source electrically connected to the circuit board, such that the at least one light source is between the circuit board and the at least partially transparent material, wherein the at least one light source is configured to emit light that propagates through the at least partially transparent material, and further configured to compensate for the change of the color and the intensity of light propagating through the at least partially transparent material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Jeffrey Singer, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Megan Lovejoy, Denis Patrick Igoe
  • Publication number: 20110228553
    Abstract: A luminous decorative vehicle trim insert having an opaque carrier structure. A reflective layer is disposed over the opaque carrier structure. A light pipe is adjacent the reflective layer and operably connected to a light source. An optic layer is disposed in the light pipe. A total internal reflection (TIR) protective layer is disposed over the light pipe. A diffusing layer is disposed over the TIR protective layer. A decorative transmitting layer is disposed over the diffusing layer. An optic layer creates a luminous effect in the trim insert visible only when the light source is activated. An environmental layer is disposed over the transmitting layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventors: Denis Patrick Igoe, Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Jeffrey Singer
  • Publication number: 20110198995
    Abstract: A light bar system for a vehicle compartment includes a circuit board having a plurality of capacitive-type, user-activated switches, an electrical power source coupled to the circuit board, a light emitting diode (LED) coupled to the circuit board, and a light bar affixed to the circuit board. The user-activated switches are coupled to a vehicle accessory to control the level of operation of the vehicle accessory. The most recently actuated one of the user-actuated switches is detected by the circuit board and the circuit board provides a pulse width modulated (PWM) signal to the LED with a duty cycle of the PWM signal based on the most recently actuated switch. A higher duty cycle PWM signal corresponds to a higher setting of the accessory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Jeffrey Singer, Denis Patrick Igoe
  • Publication number: 20100214798
    Abstract: A vehicle interior panel having a substrate with a receiving slot. A support lens is disposed in the receiving slot and includes a light source. A sensor is operably connected to the light source and disposed proximate the support lens. A connector operably links the sensor to the light source through the support lens. A decorative layer extends over the support lens and the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Jeffrey Singer, Chi Li, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Denis Patrick Igoe
  • Publication number: 20100212819
    Abstract: A method for making a vehicle interior panel including positioning a slipsheet on a film or fabric liner. The liner is placed on a substrate board. The liner and substrate board are formed into an interior panel. A cavity is formed by removing a portion of the substrate board from the interior panel adjacent to the slipsheet position. A lamp is positioned in the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Chi Li, Denis Patrick Igoe, Jeffrey Singer, Cornel Lewis Gardner