Patents by Inventor Hubert Zwick

Hubert Zwick 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: 9908460
    Abstract: Presented is a motor vehicle light with a light source, a light conductor, which comprises a bordering decoupling volume opposite of a first side and a second side lying opposite the second side, wherein the second side comprises decoupling elements, which decouple light distributed about a principal propagation direction, and wherein the motor vehicle light comprises a colored shield which is positioned behind the second side in a direction opposite to the principal propagation direction. The shield is a black shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Automotive Lighting Reutlingen GmbH
    Inventor: Hubert Zwick
  • Patent number: 9599304
    Abstract: A light module of a lighting equipment of a motor vehicle that includes several separately controllable light sources combined in an array, several primary optics elements in the form of collective lenses, each of which has a light ingress surface and a light emitting surface, that are combined to a primary optics array, wherein the primary optics elements concentrate at least a portion of the light emitted by the light sources and generate intermediate light distributions on the light emitting surfaces, and a secondary optics system for reproducing the emitted light on a road in front of a motor vehicle as resulting total light distribution of the light module. The secondary optics system for reproducing the intermediate light distributions as resulting total light distribution of the light module is focused on at least one of the light-emitting surfaces of the collective lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Automotive Lighting Reutlingen GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Brendle, Emil P. Stefanov, Armin Austerschulte, Hubert Zwick, Hermann Kellermann
  • Patent number: 9239144
    Abstract: The invention concerns a light module with a light source, a primary optical system and a reflector. The primary optical system contains a lens element that is embodied as a sector of an imaginary rotation body formed by the rotation of an imaginary rotation base surface around a rotation axis, wherein the rotation base surface is designed such that the lens element contains a light entry surface that faces the rotation axis and that surrounds the rotation axis and a light emitting surface that is located radially exterior to the rotation axis, wherein the reflector has at least one reflector zone that is embodied as a segment of the surface of a rotation symmetric imaginary associated circular cone, and wherein the axis of symmetry of the circular cone extends parallel to the rotation axis of the lens element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: AUTOMOTIVE LIGHTING REUTLINGEN GMBH
    Inventors: Hubert Zwick, Hermann Kellermann
  • Publication number: 20140307459
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a light module of a lighting equipment of a motor vehicle that includes several separately controllable light sources combined in an array, several primary optics elements in the form of collective lenses, each of which has a light ingress surface and a light emitting surface, that are combined to a primary optics array, wherein the primary optics elements concentrate at least a portion of the light emitted by the light sources and generate intermediate light distributions on the light emitting surfaces, and a secondary optics system for reproducing the emitted light on a road in front of a motor vehicle as resulting total light distribution of the light module. The secondary optics system for reproducing the intermediate light distributions as resulting total light distribution of the light module is focused on at least one of the light-emitting surfaces of the collective lenses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Matthias Brendle, Emil P. Stefanov, Armin Austerschulte, Hubert Zwick, Hermann Kellermann
  • Publication number: 20140140084
    Abstract: Presented is a motor vehicle light with a light source, a light conductor, which comprises a bordering decoupling volume opposite of a first side and a second side lying opposite the second side, wherein the second side comprises decoupling elements, which decouple light distributed about a principal propagation direction, and wherein the motor vehicle light comprises a colored shield which is positioned behind the second side in a direction opposite to the principal propagation direction. The shield is a black shield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Hubert Zwick
  • Publication number: 20140140083
    Abstract: A light for a motor vehicle is presented, with a light conductor which is designed to locally deflect the light propagating in it so that the deflected light emerges through the light emitting surface in a light beam that is centered around one preferential direction to generate a signal light distribution in accordance with the regulations, which subtends a predetermined angle region in a first spatial direction (z) and in a second spatial direction, and wherein the first spatial direction, the second spatial direction, and the preferential direction are each pairwise orthogonal to each other. The light is characterized in that it has a diaphragm that extends starting from the light conductor in a diaphragm direction lying between the preferential direction (x) and the first spatial direction and runs outside the aperture angle, and wherein the diaphragm extends starting from the light conductor for a length that corresponds to 2.5 to 6 times the thickness of the light conductor, especially 4.5 to 5.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Hubert Zwick
  • Publication number: 20140043840
    Abstract: The invention concerns a light module with a light source, a primary optical system and a reflector. The primary optical system contains a lens element that is embodied as a sector of an imaginary rotation body formed by the rotation of an imaginary rotation base surface around a rotation axis, wherein the rotation base surface is designed such that the lens element contains a light entry surface that faces the rotation axis and that surrounds the rotation axis and a light emitting surface that is located radially exterior to the rotation axis, wherein the reflector has at least one reflector zone that is embodied as a segment of the surface of a rotation symmetric imaginary associated circular cone, and wherein the axis of symmetry of the circular cone extends parallel to the rotation axis of the lens element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Hubert Zwick, Hermann Kellermann
  • Publication number: 20130322820
    Abstract: An optical fiber for a lighting device comprises: a coupling section that exhibits at least one coupling surface for coupling of light in the optical fiber; a fiber-optics section that extends along a main fiber-optics line that is limited by at least one main fiber-optics surface extending along the main fiber-optics line and such that the light can be conducted along the main fiber-optics line, starting from the coupling section, by internal total reflection at the main fiber-optics surface; and a plurality of decoupling components. Each decoupling component is disposed on the main fiber-optics surface such that light from the optical fiber can be fully decoupled by a respective light-emitting surface of the optical fiber assigned thereto. The decoupling components on the main fiber-optics surface are disposed such that they are offset along the main fiber-optics line. A fiber-optics device comprises first and second ones of the optical fiber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: Hubert Zwick, Hermann Kellermann
  • Patent number: 8226283
    Abstract: The invention relates to an illumination device for an automobile with at least one light source (11) to emit light and at least one cup (or bowl)-shaped reflector (10) to reflect at least a portion of the light emitted by the light source (11). The reflector (10) is formed as a light-conductor structure (12) with a totally-reflecting reflection surface (16). The light-conductor structure (12) includes at least one light-coupling surface (13) and at least one light-decoupling surface (15). The reflection surface (16) is formed as a border surface of the light-conductor structure (12). It is proposed that either the light-coupling surface (13) and/or the light-decoupling surface (15) and/or the reflection surface (16) of the reflector (10) include means to deflect the light beams passing through them or reflected by them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Automotive Lighting Reutlingen GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Gebauer, Hubert Zwick
  • Patent number: 8206017
    Abstract: An illumination device (11) for a motor vehicle includes a transparent light guide (13). At least a first decoupling element (33) is formed into the light guide (13). At least one reflector (35) is assigned to the first decoupling element (33) for reflection of light coupled-out by the first decoupling element (33) and aligned and formed in such a way that at least a portion of the light reflected by the reflector (35) irradiates the light guide (13). At least one second decoupling element (37) is formed in the light guide (13) for coupling-out of light from the light guide (13) and aligned and formed in such a way that light coupled-out by the second decoupling element (37) ultimately exits the light guide (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Automotive Lighting Reutlingen GmbH
    Inventor: Hubert Zwick
  • Patent number: 7980741
    Abstract: The invention relates to a light-conductor structure (13) for an automobile lighting device (11), with a coupling section (17) to couple light into the light-conductor structure, a curved reflecting surface (25) to reflect light beams (59) of the light coupled into the light-conductor structure via the coupling section, and at least one decoupling section (30, 45, 51) to decouple the light from the light-conductor structure (13). In order to achieve a light-conductor structure (13) in which fewer limitations to the determination of its geometric shape exist, or whose appearance may be more freely configured, it is proposed that the reflecting surface (25) of the light-conductor structure (13) is curved such that light reflected from the reflecting surface (25) strikes directly with no additional reflection either again onto the reflecting surface (25) or passes into the minimum of one decoupling section (30, 45, 51).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Automotive Lighting Reutlingen GmbH
    Inventor: Hubert Zwick
  • Publication number: 20110103084
    Abstract: An illumination device (11) for a motor vehicle includes a transparent light guide (13). At least a first decoupling element (33) is formed into the light guide (13). At least one reflector (35) is assigned to the first decoupling element (33) for reflection of light coupled-out by the first decoupling element (33) and aligned and formed in such a way that at least a portion of the light reflected by the reflector (35) irradiates the light guide (13). At least one second decoupling element (37) is formed in the light guide (13) for coupling-out of light from the light guide (13) and aligned and formed in such a way that light coupled-out by the second decoupling element (37) ultimately exits the light guide (13).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventor: Hubert Zwick
  • Publication number: 20100027282
    Abstract: The invention relates to an illumination device for an automobile with at least one light source (11) to emit light and at least one cup (or bowl)-shaped reflector (10) to reflect at least a portion of the light emitted by the light source (11). The reflector (10) is formed as a light-conductor structure (12) with a totally-reflecting reflection surface (16). The light-conductor structure (12) includes at least one light-coupling surface (13) and at least one light-decoupling surface (15). The reflection surface (16) is formed as a border surface of the light-conductor structure (12). It is proposed that either the light-coupling surface (13) and/or the light-decoupling surface (15) and/or the reflection surface (16) of the reflector (10) include means to deflect the light beams passing through them or reflected by them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: Automotive Lighting Reutlingen GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Gebauer, Hubert Zwick
  • Publication number: 20090237951
    Abstract: The invention relates to a light-conductor structure (13) for an automobile lighting device (11), with a coupling section (17) to couple light into the light-conductor structure, a curved reflecting surface (25) to reflect light beams (59) of the light coupled into the light-conductor structure via the coupling section, and at least one decoupling section (30, 45, 51) to decouple the light from the light-conductor structure (13). In order to achieve a light-conductor structure (13) in which fewer limitations to the determination of its geometric shape exist, or whose appearance may be more freely configured, it is proposed that the reflecting surface (25) of the light-conductor structure (13) is curved such that light reflected from the reflecting surface (25) strikes directly with no additional reflection either again onto the reflecting surface (25) or passes into the minimum of one decoupling section (30, 45, 51).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: AUTOMOTIVE LIGHTING REUTLINGEN GMBH
    Inventor: Hubert Zwick
  • Patent number: 6499870
    Abstract: A vehicle tail light has a housing having a light source chamber and a light window delimiting one side of the light source chamber. A first light source provides a first signaling function and a second light source provides a second signaling function. The first and second light sources are mounted in the light source chamber remote from the light window. A first reflector, having a first horizontal reflection angle, and a second reflector, having a second horizontal reflection angle, are mounted in the housing opposite the light window. The first light source emits light being reflected at the first reflector onto the light window and passing through the light window to the exterior of the tail light. The second light source emits light being reflected at the second reflector onto the light window and passing through the light window to the exterior of the tail light. The second reflection angle is different from the first reflection angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: Reitter & Schefenacker GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hubert Zwick, Otto Müller, Rudolf Bauder
  • Patent number: 6305830
    Abstract: Lighting optics is provided for lights of vehicles, preferably motor vehicles. The lighting optics has a light-refracting lens element that is disposed in the path of rays of at least one light. The lens element has at least one aperture through which a portion of the rays of the light passes without undergoing refraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: Reitter & Schefenacker GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Hubert Zwick, Helfried Sandig
  • Patent number: 6280068
    Abstract: An external rearview mirror for a vehicle includes a base for attachment to a vehicle, a mirror head connected to the base, and a holder for a mirror glass. A blinker light on the mirror head provides light which is radiated rearwardly, as viewed in the direction of forward travel of the vehicle. The rearward light is radiated at an angle of at least 55 degrees relative to a straight line that is parallel to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle and that substantially extends beyond the contour of the mirror head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: Reitter & Schefenacker GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jens Mertens, Hubert Zwick
  • Patent number: 5707130
    Abstract: A vehicle taillight has a housing and a light-transmissive cover for closing off the housing. At least one light source is located within the housing for emitting light through the light-transmissive cover. At least one light-guiding member is positioned within the housing between the light source and the light-transmissive cover. The light-guiding member consists of light guide material and reflects light emitted by the light source onto the light-transmissive cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: Reitter & Schefenacker GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hubert Zwick, Otto Muller, Stephan Berlitz
  • Patent number: 5704709
    Abstract: The optical receiving body for at least one LED has an optical member with a receiving chamber for receiving the at least one LED. The LED emits light in a main direction of light emission. The receiving chamber has an inner wall with a parabolic wall section. The parabolic wall section is a first reflective surface for light beams emitted by the at least one LED. The exterior surface of the optical member is provided with at least one second reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: Reitter & Schefenacker GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hubert Zwick, Hellfried Sandig
  • Patent number: 5582480
    Abstract: A light assembly for a motor vehicle has a housing and a transparent plate closing off the housing. At least one light-emitting device is positioned in the housing for illuminating the transparent plate. At least one main reflector is positioned in the housing for reflecting light emitted by the light-emitting device to the transparent plate. A prism is positioned in the housing so as to be placed at least partially in the path of the light emitted by the light-emitting device, whereby the prism reflects the light impinging thereon to the main reflector so as to be reflected onto the transparent plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Assignee: Reitter & Schefenacker GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hubert Zwick, Gernot M. Bracht