Patents by Inventor Jeffery R. Parker

Jeffery R. Parker 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: 8998478
    Abstract: A lighting assembly includes a light guide having a first major surface, a second major surface opposite the first major surface, a light input edge, and an end edge distal the light input edge. Light input to the light guide through the light input edge propagates by total internal reflection toward the end edge. The lighting assembly further includes light extracting elements at least one of the major surfaces of the light guide, the light extracting elements configured to extract light through the first major surface in a direction away from the light input edge and away from the first major surface, and a banding reduction element at the end edge configured to redirect light incident thereon in a direction away from the light input edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Rambus Delaware LLC
    Inventors: Timothy A. McCollum, Jeffery R. Parker, Fumitomo Hide, Alexey Titov, Ian Hardcastle, Robert M. Ezell
  • Patent number: 8998452
    Abstract: A light bulb includes a base, light guide, and light source. The base is configured to mechanically mount the light bulb and receive electrical power. The light guide includes light input regions, at least one of the light input regions associated with an optical modifying characteristic, the light guide configured to propagate light by total internal reflection. The light source is located adjacent the light input regions. The light source and light input regions are variably positionable relative to one another to vary location at which light is incident on the light input regions such that light emitted from the light source is selectively apportioned between the light input regions. A characteristic of the light output from the light bulb is modified based on the optical modifying characteristic of the at least one of the light input regions and the relative positioning of the light source and light input regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Rambus Delaware LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery R. Parker, Timothy A. McCollum, Fumitomo Hide, Alexey Titov, Ian Hardcastle
  • Publication number: 20150092439
    Abstract: A lighting assembly includes a light guide having opposed major surfaces between which light propagates by total internal reflection, a light input edge, and two light output regions of different optical characteristics and at least one of which is associated with a corresponding one of the major surfaces. The lighting assembly also includes a light source located adjacent the light input edge. The light source and the light guide variably positionable relative to one another to vary a location on the light input edge at which the light is input to the light guide such that the light is emitted from the light guide selectively apportioned between the light output regions so that a characteristic of the light output from the lighting assembly is modified based on the optical characteristics associated with the light output regions and the relative positioning of the light source and the light guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffery R. Parker, Timothy A. McCollum, Fumitomo Hide, Alexey Titov, Ian Hardcastle
  • Patent number: 8963405
    Abstract: A light bulb includes a light guide, light source, and housing. The light guide is configured as an open-ended hollow body surrounding an internal volume and defining a longitudinal axis. The light guide has inner and outer major surfaces. The light source is configured to edge light the light guide. The housing is at one end of the light guide. In one embodiment, fins extend from the housing adjacent the outer major surface, each fin separated from the outer major surface by an air gap to allow air flow between the fin and outer major surface. In another embodiment, a heat sink is disposed in the internal volume and configured as a hollow body with a branched cross section. Each branch extends outward from a common center and defines an air flow channel that terminates in an orifice aligned with a respective through-slot of the light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Rambus Delaware LLC
    Inventors: James T. Petroski, Witold Bauer, Jeffery R. Parker
  • Publication number: 20150016143
    Abstract: A lighting assembly includes a light guide having opposed major surfaces between which light propagates by total internal reflection and a light input edge. The light assembly also includes a light engine. The light engine has a heat conductive armature having a receptacle for a portion of the light guide that includes the light input edge and a light source retained by and thermally coupled to the armature. The armature functions as a heat sink for dissipating heat generated by the light source. The light guide is mechanically retained in the receptacle, and the light guide and the armature cooperate to align the light input edge with the light source for inputting light from the light source into the light guide through the light input edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffery R Parker, Timothy A McCollum, Martin E Ligas, Joseph Crookston, Fumitomo Hide, Alexey Titov, Ian Hardcastle
  • Publication number: 20150003112
    Abstract: An optical assembly comprises light sources and a light emitting panel member having an input edge to which each of the light sources is optically coupled at a different location along the input edge. Different sets of individual optical deformities on or in at least one of the sides of the panel member each have at least one surface that is shaped or oriented to extract light propagating in the same direction through the panel member in different directions for viewing from different angles through one of the sides of the panel member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy A. McCollum, Jeffery R. Parker, Robert M. Ezell
  • Publication number: 20140369073
    Abstract: A lighting assembly includes a light engine and a light guide. The light engine edge lights the light guide and includes a control assembly that controls light output according to one or more parameters to produce light output from the lighting assembly with a desired characteristic. Lighting assemblies are combined to form a modular lighting assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffery R. Parker, Timothy A. McCollum, Matthew R. Wancata, Fumitomo Hide, Alexey Titov, Ian Hardcastle
  • Patent number: 8899813
    Abstract: A lighting assembly includes an edge-lit light guide and a light redirecting member. Light extracting elements at the light guide extract light from the light guide as intermediate light. Light redirecting elements at the light redirecting film are configured to redirect the intermediate light received from the light guide to illuminate a target surface in accordance with a defined illumination profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Rambus Delaware LLC
    Inventors: Timothy A. McCollum, Robert M. Ezell, Jeffery R. Parker, Kurt R. Starkey, Ian Hardcastle, Fumitomo Hide
  • Patent number: 8864360
    Abstract: A lighting assembly includes a light guide having opposed major surfaces between which light propagates by total internal reflection and a light input edge. The light assembly also includes a light engine. The light engine has a heat conductive armature having a receptacle for a portion of the light guide that includes the light input edge and a light source retained by and thermally coupled to the armature. The armature functions as a heat sink for dissipating heat generated by the light source. The light guide is mechanically retained in the receptacle, and the light guide and the armature cooperate to align the light input edge with the light source for inputting light from the light source into the light guide through the light input edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Rambus Delaware LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery R. Parker, Timothy A. McCollum, Martin E. Ligas, Joseph Crookston, Fumitomo Hide, Alexey Titov, Ian Hardcastle
  • Patent number: 8845176
    Abstract: An optical assembly includes a light emitting panel having a light output surface with non-uniform directional light output distribution, and a light redirecting film located to receive light emitted from the light output surface. The light redirecting film has a pattern of individual non-prismatic optical elements of well defined shape with a total of two surfaces that intersect each other, the shape varying at different locations on the light redirecting film to redistribute the light received from the light output surface within a desired light ray angle distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Rambus Delaware LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery R. Parker, Timothy A. McCollum, Robert M. Ezell
  • Publication number: 20140286052
    Abstract: A modular light-emitting panel assembly has first and second light guides edge lit by respective light sources. Each light guide has a light input edge, opposed side edges, opposed major surfaces and a pattern of light extracting elements at at least one of the major surfaces. The light guides are juxtaposed with a side edge of the first light guide abutting a side edge of the second light guide at a seam and with the major surfaces nominally coplanar. Various embodiments of the panel assembly additionally include respective structures that reduce visibility of the seam when the light sources illuminate the panel assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy A McCollum, Jeffery R Parker, Gregg M Podojil
  • Patent number: 8840275
    Abstract: A lighting assembly includes a light guide having opposed major surfaces between which light propagates by total internal reflection, a light input edge, and two light output regions of different optical characteristics and at least one of which is associated with a corresponding one of the major surfaces. The lighting assembly also includes a light source located adjacent the light input edge. The light source and the light guide variably positionable relative to one another to vary a location on the light input edge at which the light is input to the light guide such that the light is emitted from the light guide selectively apportioned between the light output regions so that a characteristic of the light output from the lighting assembly is modified based on the optical characteristics associated with the light output regions and the relative positioning of the light source and the light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Rambus Delaware LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery R. Parker, Timothy A. McCollum, Fumitomo Hide, Alexey Titov, Ian Hardcastle
  • Patent number: 8827504
    Abstract: A light bulb has a light guide configured as a hollow body surrounding an internal volume. The light guide is open at its proximal and distal ends, and has inner and outer surfaces and an end surface at the proximal end that provides a light input edge. A solid-state light source is optically coupled to the light input edge of the light guide such that light from the solid-state light source travels in the light guide by total internal reflection. The solid-state light source is thermally coupled to a housing at the proximal end of the light guide. The housing contains vents for air flow and convection cooling through the internal volume. Light-extracting optical elements at least one of the inner surface and the outer surface of the light guide are for extracting light from the light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Rambus Delaware LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery R. Parker, Timothy A. McCollum, Robert M. Ezell, Witold Bauer
  • Patent number: 8827475
    Abstract: A light bulb includes a base for mechanically mounting the light bulb and for receiving electrical power, a light guide, and a light source that directs output light into the light guide. The light source includes a light emitting device that emits light, and a variable spectrum adjuster that is variably positionable relative the light path of light emitted by the light emitting device. The spectrum adjuster includes a region of continuously-variable spectrum-adjusting material, usable for adjusting the spectrum of light passing through the spectrum adjuster. In some embodiments, the spectrum adjusting material is a color-attenuating material, such as a filtering material. In other embodiments, the spectrum-adjusting material is a wavelength-shifting material, such as a phosphor, or another suitable type of material that shifts the wavelength of light incident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Rambus Delaware LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery R Parker, Timothy A McCollum, Fumitomo Hide, Alexey Titov, Ian Hardcastle
  • Patent number: 8770814
    Abstract: An optical assembly comprises light sources and a light emitting panel member having an input edge to which each of the light sources is optically coupled at a different location along the input edge. Different sets of individual optical deformities on or in at least one of the sides of the panel member each have at least one surface that is shaped or oriented to extract light propagating in the same direction through the panel member in different directions for viewing from different angles through one of the sides of the panel member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Rambus Delaware LLC
    Inventors: Timothy A. McCollum, Jeffery R. Parker, Robert M. Ezell
  • Patent number: 8770816
    Abstract: A lighting assembly includes a light engine and a light guide. The light engine edge lights the light guide and includes a control assembly that controls light output according to one or more parameters to produce light output from the lighting assembly with a desired characteristic. Lighting assemblies are combined to form a modular lighting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Rambus Delaware LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery R Parker, Timothy A McCollum, Matthew R Wancata, Fumitomo Hide, Alexey Titov, Ian Hardcastle
  • Publication number: 20140092590
    Abstract: A flashlight includes first and second solid-state light sources, a collimating optical element, and a light guide. Light output by the first light source interacts with the collimating optical element to output a light from the flashlight along an optical axis of the collimating optical element. The light guide includes an outer major surface, a first end, a second end, a longitudinal axis extending between the first end and the second end, and a light input edge at the first end. Light from the second light source is input to the light guide at the light input edge and propagates in the light guide by total internal reflection. The light guide additionally includes light extracting elements to extract light from the light guide with a radial component relative to the longitudinal axis and the optical axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Rambus Delaware LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery R. Parker, Kieran F. Drain, Fumitomo Hide, Gregg M Podojil
  • Patent number: 8668371
    Abstract: Light redirecting film comprises a thin optically transparent substrate having a pattern of individual optical elements formed as projections on a light exit surface of the film. At least some of the projections comprise a dome-shaped surface on the light exit surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Rambus Delaware LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery R. Parker, Timothy A. McCollum, Robert M. Ezell
  • Patent number: D711584
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Rambus Delaware LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery R. Parker, Timothy M. Parker
  • Patent number: D714974
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Rambus Delaware LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery R. Parker, Christopher R. Ruhland