Patents by Inventor Henry A. Luten

Henry A. Luten 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: 20200326602
    Abstract: A low dimerizing electrochromic compound for use in electrochromic mediums and electro-optic elements incorporating said electrochromic mediums is provided. The low dimerizing electrochromic compound is represented by Formula (I): wherein each R1 is individually an alkyl, a hydroxyalkyl, or an alkyl substituted with at least one polymerizable functional group; each R2 is a hydrogen; each R3 is individually a hydrogen or an alkyl; and each R4 is individually a hydrogen, an alkyl, or a hydroxyalkyl; and X? is an anion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Leroy J. Kloeppner, Zachary B. Erno, Henry A. Luten
  • Publication number: 20200123844
    Abstract: A glazing apparatus comprises a multilayer structure forming an electro-optic device of a variable transmission window. The apparatus comprises an exterior laminated assembly, an interior laminated assembly, and an electro-optic medium disposed between the exterior laminated assembly and the interior laminated assembly. A first electrode is disposed on the exterior laminated assembly, and a second electrode is disposed on the interior laminated assembly. A plurality of thermal control layers are in connection with at least one of a plurality of substrates of the exterior laminated assembly and the interior laminated assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: George A. Neuman, Henry A. Luten
  • Patent number: 10610975
    Abstract: A method of removing material from an opposite side of workpiece includes directing a laser beam at a first side of the workpiece to remove the material from an opposite second side of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Henry A. Luten, Kurtis L. Geerlings, Donald L. Bareman
  • Patent number: 10585323
    Abstract: A product includes a substrate that is at least partially transparent to visible light. The substrate includes a first surface, an opposing second surface, and a conductive layer disposed on the opposing second surface. The conductive layer has a first ablated area and a second ablated area entirely disposed within and overlapping a portion of the first ablated area. The second ablated area includes a selectively visible indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kurtis L. Geerlings, Mark R. Roth, David J. Cammenga, Henry A. Luten
  • Publication number: 20200073192
    Abstract: A controller system configured to clear an electro-optic device may include an electro-optic device having a first substrate having a first surface and a second surface, the second surface having a first layer of electrically conductive material disposed thereon; a second substrate having a first surface having a second layer of electrically conductive material disposed thereon, and a second surface, the second substrate being approximately parallel to the first substrate such that a chamber is defined by the first and second substrates; and an electro-optic medium disposed in the chamber defined by the first and second substrates and in contact with the first and second layers of electrically conductive material; a controller in communication with the electro-optic device, wherein the controller is configured to control electrical power supplied to the electro-optic device and a potentiometer in communication with the electro-optic device and with the controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Henry A. Luten, Carl N. Wassink, Kevin L. Ash, Zachary J. Petroelje, Michael T. Stephenson
  • Publication number: 20200033667
    Abstract: A window is provided that includes a first substrate, a second substrate spaced apart from the first substrate, an intermediate substrate between the first and second substrate and having a first transparent electrode on a surface proximal to the first substrate and second transparent electrode on a surface proximal to the second substrate, a first electrode on a surface of the first substrate proximal to the intermediate substrate, a second electrode on a surface of the second substrate proximal to the intermediate substrate, a light absorbing layer comprising an electrochromic medium between the first substrate and the intermediate substrate, and a light scattering layer comprising a liquid crystal material between the intermediate substrate and the second substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: William L. Tonar, Henry A. Luten, George A. Neuman, John S. Anderson, Gary J. Dozeman, Tammy G. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20200019034
    Abstract: A window control system comprises a plurality of electro-optic devices configured to control a transmittance of light through each of the plurality of zones, and at least one sensor configured to identify an intensity of light transmitted through the at least one window. A controller is in communication with the electro-optic devices and the at least one sensor. The controller is configured to independently control the transmittance of the light through each of the zones based on at least on at least one of a direction of the light and an intensity of the light detected in a passenger compartment of a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Autumn N. Lagowski, George A. Neuman, Michael T. Stephenson, Luke A. Bomers, Barry K. Nelson, Henry A. Luten, JR., Dennis D. Festerling, JR., David J. Cammenga, John S. Anderson, Michael J. VanAst
  • Patent number: 10486601
    Abstract: A vehicular rearview assembly is provided that includes a display configured to emit light of a first polarization. A reflective polarizer is positioned adjacent the display. The reflective polarizer is configured to transmit the light of the first polarization and reflect light of a second polarization and an electro-optic element is positioned on an opposite side of the reflective polarizer than the display. The electro-optic element is configured to transition between substantially clear and substantially darkened states. The electro-optic element includes a plurality of electrochromic molecules substantially aligned with the second polarization of the light such that the electro-optic element is configured to substantially absorb the light of the second polarization when in the darkened state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Henry A. Luten, William L. Tonar, Leroy J. Kloeppner
  • Patent number: 10481460
    Abstract: An electrode for an electrochromic device includes a resistive layer disposed over a conductive layer. The resistive layer is disposed between the conductive layer and an electrochromic material in the electrochromic device. The electrode reduces non-uniform response of the electrochromic material when the electrochromic device is in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael T. Stephenson, Sue F. Franz, Henry A. Luten, John S. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10471546
    Abstract: A laser system is configured to produce a distribution of self-focus damage volumes through the thickness of a substrate. A laser of the laser system produces a laser beam, and an optical assembly receives the laser beam and emits a conditioned laser beam having a geometric focal region. Placing the substrate in the path of the conditioned beam shifts the focal region to an effective focal region. The optical assembly and/or optical elements thereof can be configured such that the distribution of self-focus damage volumes is uniform over the thickness of the substrate by accounting for the non-linear effects of the substrate on the light that propagates through the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kurtis L. Geerlings, Donald L. Bareman, Henry A. Luten, Niels A. Olesen, David J. Cammenga
  • Patent number: 10466524
    Abstract: A window is provided that includes a first substrate, a second substrate spaced apart from the first substrate, an intermediate substrate between the first and second substrate and having a first transparent electrode on a surface proximal to the first substrate and second transparent electrode on a surface proximal to the second substrate, a first electrode on a surface of the first substrate proximal to the intermediate substrate, a second electrode on a surface of the second substrate proximal to the intermediate substrate, a light absorbing layer comprising an electrochromic medium between the first substrate and the intermediate substrate, and a light scattering layer comprising a liquid crystal material between the intermediate substrate and the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: William L. Tonar, Henry A. Luten, George A. Neuman, John S. Anderson, Gary J. Dozeman, Tammy G. Morgan
  • Patent number: 10427606
    Abstract: Anisotropic film laminates for use in image-preserving reflectors such as rearview automotive mirror assemblies, and related methods of fabrication. A film may comprise an anisotropic layer such as a light-polarizing layer and other functional layers. The film having controlled water content is heated under omnidirectional pressure and vacuum to a temperature substantially equal to or above a lower limit of a glass-transition temperature range of the film so as to be laminated to a substrate. The laminate is configured as part of a mirror structure so as to increase contrast of light produced by a light source positioned behind the mirror structure and transmitted through the mirror structure towards a viewer. The mirror structure is devoid of any extended distortion and is characterized by SW and LW values less than 3, more preferably less than 2, and most preferably less than 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: John S. Anderson, William L. Tonar, Henry A. Luten, George A. Neuman, Gary J. Dozeman, Tammy G. Morgan, David J. Cammenga
  • Patent number: 10429711
    Abstract: An imaging system is provided that includes an imager, an optical lens stack, and an electro-optic element positioned between the imager and the lens stack. The electro-optic element includes a first substantially transparent substrate defining first and second surfaces. The second surface includes a first electrically conductive layer. A second substantially transparent substrate defines third and fourth surfaces. The third surface has a second electrically conductive layer. A primary seal is disposed between the first and second substrates. The seal and the first and second substrates define a cavity therebetween. An electro-optic medium is disposed within the cavity. The electro-optic medium is operable between substantially clear and substantially opaque states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Henry A. Luten, Leroy J. Kloeppner, Michael T. Stephenson, Punam Giri
  • Publication number: 20190258130
    Abstract: A method for removing a material from a surface of a substrate includes impinging a laser beam on the material during a first sweep to remove the material from the surface along a first line and impinging the laser beam on the material during a second sweep to remove the material from the surface along a second line adjacent to the first line. The first line includes first artifacts that form a first portion of an array of artifacts on the surface. The second line includes second artifacts that form a second portion of the array of artifacts on the surface. A first laser pulse of the laser beam corresponding with the second sweep is synchronized with a start of the second sweep when transitioning between the first line and the second line such that the start of the second sweep coincides with the first laser pulse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Henry A. Luten, Donald L. Bareman, Thomas J. Scott, Kurtis L. Geerlings, William L. Tonar, Niels A. Olesen
  • Patent number: 10345672
    Abstract: A vehicular rearview assembly with a mirror element having a curved or rounded edge on the first surface that is fully observable from the front of the assembly, a complex peripheral ring, and a user interface with switches and sensors that activate and configure pre-defined function(s) or device(s) of the assembly in response to the user input applied to the user interface. The mirror element is supported by a hybrid carrier co-molded of at least two materials, a portion of which is compressible between the housing shell and an edge of the mirror element. The peripheral ring may include multiple bands. Electrical communications between the electronic circuitry, the mirror element, and the user interface utilize connectors configured to exert a low contact force, onto the mirror element, limited in part by the strength of adhesive affixing the EC element to an element of the housing of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Bruizeman, Henry A. Luten, John S. Anderson, George A. Neuman
  • Publication number: 20190204702
    Abstract: An optical assembly is provided that includes an electro-optic element that is configured to transition between a substantially clear state and a substantially darkened state. The electro-optic element can include an electrochromic polymer or network film that is substantially aligned with light having a predetermined polarization such that the electro-optic element is variably transmissive to the polarized light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Leroy J. Kloeppner, Henry A. Luten, William L. Tonar, Zachary B. Erno
  • Patent number: 10317765
    Abstract: A method for removing a material from a surface includes passing a laser through a lens such that the laser impinges on the material. The surface from which the material is removed has an array of artifacts thereon with a spacing between the artifacts and a pitch between lines of the artifacts. At least the spacing between the artifacts is varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Henry A. Luten, Donald L. Bareman, Thomas J. Scott, Kurtis L. Geerlings, William L. Tonar, Niels A. Olesen
  • Patent number: 10273182
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and process that includes a substantially transparent substrate having a first surface, a second surface, and an edge extending around at least a portion of a perimeter of the substantially transparent substrate, wherein the edge is a laser induced channel edge having enhanced edge characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Donald L. Bareman, William L. Tonar, Niels A. Olesen, Thomas J. Scott, David J. Cammenga, Henry A. Luten, George A. Neuman
  • Publication number: 20190113818
    Abstract: A laser ablated product exhibits a diffraction severity of less than about 5. The product may include a substrate that is at least partially transparent to visible light, and a periodic structure formed on at least one surface of the substrate by laser ablation. The periodic structure has a period in at least one direction of at least about 4,500 nm to at most about 850,000 nm, and the periodic structure has a peak-to-valley dimension of less than about 25 nm. The product may be employed in an electrochromic device, such as a vehicle rearview mirror assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Kurtis L. GEERLINGS, George A. NEUMAN, John S. ANDERSON, Chad M. WINE, Henry A. LUTEN, Donald L. BAREMAN
  • Publication number: 20190049810
    Abstract: A product includes a substrate that is at least partially transparent to visible light. The substrate includes a first surface, an opposing second surface, and a conductive layer disposed on the opposing second surface. The conductive layer has a first ablated area and a second ablated area entirely disposed within and overlapping a portion of the first ablated area. The second ablated area includes a selectively visible indicia.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Kurtis L. GEERLINGS, Mark R. ROTH, David J. CAMMENGA, Henry A. LUTEN