Patents by Inventor John W. Carter

John W. Carter 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: 20190249958
    Abstract: A weapon system for a firearm having a barrel includes a powered accessory rail interface having an upper accessory rail and a lower accessory rail. A first accessory device is removably attachable to the upper accessory rail and is configured to receive electrical power and data signals over the powered accessory rail interface. A second accessory device is removably attachable to the lower accessory rail, the second accessory device configured to receive electrical power and data signals over the powered accessory rail interface. A power supply is electrically coupled to the powered accessory rail interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Gary M. Lemire, John P. Bousquet, Daniel M. Desrosiers, Marvin S. Carter, III, Jansen Habrial
  • Patent number: 7784953
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a mirror head assembly including a rearwardly-extending ball section, and a mirror support assembly including a tube having a larger-diameter mid-section and a smaller-diameter tapered end section. A socket on the mirror support assembly, when in the end section, captures the ball section with friction to permit angular adjustment but with enough friction to maintain a selected angular position. A spring biases the socket from the mid-section into the end section, but is compressible so that assembly is possible by pressing the ball section against the socket, causing the socket to move from the end section into the mid-section where the ball section snaps into the socket. It is conceived that the ball section and socket components can be reversed, and also that the mirror support assembly can include a two-ball mount, with a ball-and-socket connection at each end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Wayne Rumsey, John W. Carter
  • Patent number: 7663798
    Abstract: The inventive electrochromic mirror may be used in a vehicle rearview mirror assembly having a light source positioned behind the electrochromic mirror for selectively projecting light through the mirror and/or a light sensor positioned behind the electrochromic mirror for selectively receiving light through the mirror. The electrochromic mirror includes front and rear spaced elements each having front and rear surfaces and being sealably bonded together in a spaced-apart relationship to define a chamber, a layer of transparent conductive material disposed on the rear surface of the front element, an electrochromic material is contained within the chamber, and a second electrode overlies the front surface of the rear element in contact with the electrochromic material. The second electrode includes a layer of reflective material and a partially transmissive coating of and is disposed over substantially all of the front surface of the rear element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: William L. Tonar, Jeffrey A. Forgette, John S. Anderson, Jon H. Bechtel, John W. Carter, Joseph S. Stam, David J. Cammenga
  • Patent number: 7612929
    Abstract: A mirror includes an electro-optic mirror subassembly, and a thin-profiled bezel attached around a perimeter of the electrochromic mirror subassembly. The electro-optic mirror subassembly is supported on a carrier by an adheringly bonded heater and foam tape in a laminar arrangement. The bezel may be bonded to an edge of the front surface of the front element of the electro-optic mirror subassembly, and/or may be bonded and/or interlockingly mechanically attached to an edge of the carrier. Alternatively, the bezel can be a strip of paint or thin coating material. The bezel can be molded in place, or can be pre-molded and elastically stretched to permit assembly. In one form, the bezel includes a laterally-extending fin that prevents seeing past the bezel into the inside of a mirror housing. In at least one embodiment, the assembly has no bezel or only a bezel on one edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: William L. Tonar, Frederick T. Bauer, John W. Arnold, David J. Cammenga, John W. Carter, Bradley L. Busscher, Jeremy A. Fogg
  • Patent number: 7571886
    Abstract: A suspension for a vehicle seat having four bellcranks which guide the seat substantially vertically, oscillate on a central pivot on elevated stationary pivots mounted on a lower frame, with upper arms of the bellcranks pivotally attached to a seat cushion upper frame and the lower arms indirectly attached to adjustable tension springs that are attached to the upper frame; the lower ends with substantial inward offsets so as to rotate downwardly toward the mounting deck of the vehicle while clearing the lower frame and adjustable sliders; the bellcranks being coupled longitudinally and laterally to stay in phase and keep the upper frame level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Inventor: John W. Carter
  • Publication number: 20090040588
    Abstract: The inventive electrochromic mirror may be used in a vehicle rearview mirror assembly having a light source positioned behind the electrochromic mirror for selectively projecting light through the mirror and/or a light sensor positioned behind the electrochromic mirror for selectively receiving light through the mirror. The electrochromic mirror includes front and rear spaced elements each having front and rear surfaces and being sealably bonded together in a spaced-apart relationship to define a chamber, a layer of transparent conductive material disposed on the rear surface of the front element, an electrochromic material is contained within the chamber, and a second electrode overlies the front surface of the rear element in contact with the electrochromic material. The second electrode includes a layer of reflective material and a partially transmissive coating of and is disposed over substantially all of the front surface of the rear element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: William L. Tonar, Jeffrey A. Forgette, John S. Anderson, Jon H. Bechtel, John W. Carter, Joseph S. Stam, David J. Cammenga
  • Patent number: 7446427
    Abstract: A visual, rear viewing and rain sensing system for a vehicle comprising a windshield and a button connected to the windshield, with the button having a peripheral body defining an open area in a middle section of the button. The visual, rear viewing and rain sensing system further includes a rain sensor located in the middle section and an interior rearview mirror system connected to the button. The rain sensor is operatively coupled to the windshield independent of the interior rearview mirror system. At least a portion of the rain sensor is no longer operatively coupled to the windshield as the interior rearview mirror system is detached from the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Brian R. Parker, Brian J. Rees, Wayne J. Rumsey, Timothy S. DeVries, John W. Carter
  • Patent number: 7427150
    Abstract: An exterior rearview mirror assembly of the present invention, includes a lamp module with light sources functioning as a turn signal indicator, a security light, and a blind spot indicator. The light module may include at least one LED device that is activated during different activation modes so as to operate in two or more of the following modes: a blind spot indication mode, a turn signal mode, and a security light mode. The LED device may emit light of different color during the different modes of operation. The security light may be oriented to illuminate the door handle and keyhole. The light module may be positioned behind the mirror element to project light through the mirror element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: John W. Carter, Darin D. Tuttle, Bradley L. Busscher, Frederick T. Bauer, Garth D. Deur
  • Patent number: 7417781
    Abstract: The inventive electrochromic mirror may be used in a vehicle rearview mirror assembly having a light source positioned behind the electrochromic mirror for selectively projecting light through the mirror and/or a light sensor positioned behind the electrochromic mirror for selectively receiving light through the mirror. The electrochromic mirror includes front and rear spaced elements each having front and rear surfaces and being sealably bonded together in a spaced-apart relationship to define a chamber, a layer of transparent conductive material disposed on the rear surface of the front element, an electrochromic material is contained within the chamber, and a second electrode overlies the front surface of the rear element in contact with the electrochromic material. The second electrode includes a layer of reflective material and a partially transmissive coating of and is disposed over substantially all of the front surface of the rear element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: William L. Tonar, Jeffrey A. Forgette, John S. Anderson, Jon H. Bechtel, John W. Carter, Joseph S. Stam, David J. Cammenga
  • Patent number: 7404655
    Abstract: Rearview assemblies for a vehicle are provided. The rearview assembly includes a housing coupled to a mounting structure that is configured to be mounted in a vehicle. The housing includes a rearward viewing means, and also includes a lamp subassembly. The lamp subassembly includes a single white LED device mounted to a substrate, and also includes an optical assembly with secondary optics for reflecting and refracting light emitted from the LED such that the emitted light forms two separate pools of light external to the rearview assembly. In an alternate embodiment, the lamp subassembly is included in a mounting structure for a vehicle rearview assembly. In still another embodiment, a vehicle optical accessory is provided, in which the vehicle optical accessory has one LED that provides two separate pools of light external to the vehicle optical accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Walser, Kenton J. Ypma, Mark W. Newton, John W. Carter
  • Patent number: 7324261
    Abstract: A mirror includes an electro-optic mirror subassembly, and a thin-profiled bezel attached around a perimeter of the electrochromic mirror subassembly. The electro-optic mirror subassembly is supported on a carrier by an adheringly bonded heater and foam tape in a laminar arrangement. The bezel may be bonded to an edge of the front surface of the front element of the electro-optic mirror subassembly, and/or may be bonded and/or interlockingly mechanically attached to an edge of the carrier. Alternatively, the bezel can be a strip of paint or thin coating material. The bezel can be molded in place, or can be pre-molded and elastically stretched to permit assembly. In one form, the bezel includes a laterally-extending fin that prevents seeing past the bezel into the inside of a mirror housing. In at least one embodiment, the assembly has no bezel or only a bezel on one edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: William L. Tonar, Frederick T. Bauer, John W. Arnold, David J. Cammenga, John W. Carter, Bradley L. Busscher, Jeremy A. Fogg, John S. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7293901
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improvements in controlling the direction of light rays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Darin D. Tuttle, John K. Roberts, Timothy A. Bonardi, Jeremy A. Fogg, John W. Carter, Timothy J. Thomas
  • Patent number: 7287868
    Abstract: An electrochromic mirror includes an integrated internal plate frame with an electrochromic mirror subassembly adhered to its flat front surface, electrical components supported on a rear with the frame acting as a heat sink and EMI/RFI shield, and a back cover supported on the plate frame. The subassembly is uniformly supported across the front surface of the plate frame for good mirror impact resistance. The mirror is supported by an angularly adjustable ball-and-socket connection. In one embodiment, the ball is formed integrally on the plate frame. The present mirror is surprisingly thin, with at least 50% of the depth dimensions being less than about 3.0 centimeters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: John W. Carter, Wayne Rumsey, Kenton J. Ypma, Daniel J. Bostwick, Jeremy A. Fogg
  • Patent number: 7209277
    Abstract: The inventive electrochromic mirror may be used in a vehicle rearview mirror assembly having a light source positioned behind the electrochromic mirror for selectively projecting light through the mirror. The electrochromic mirror includes front and rear spaced elements each having front and rear surfaces and being sealably bonded together in a spaced-apart relationship to define a chamber, a layer of transparent conductive material disposed on the rear surface of the front element, an electrochromic material is contained within the chamber, and a second electrode overlies the front surface of the rear element in contact with the electrochromic material. The second electrode includes a layer of reflective material and a partially transmissive coating of and is disposed over substantially all of the front surface of the rear element. The second electrode further includes a region in front of the light source that is at least partially transmissive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: William L. Tonar, Jeffrey A. Forgette, John S. Anderson, Jon H. Bechtel, John W. Carter, Joseph S. Stam, David J. Cammenga
  • Patent number: 7009751
    Abstract: The inventive electrochromic mirror may be used in a vehicle rearview mirror assembly having a light source positioned behind the electrochromic mirror for selectively projecting light through the mirror. The electrochromic mirror includes front and rear spaced elements each having front and rear surfaces and being sealably bonded together in a spaced-apart relationship to define a chamber, a layer of transparent conductive material disposed on the rear surface of the front element, an electrochromic material is contained within the chamber, and a second electrode overlies the front surface of the rear element in contact with the electrochromic material. The second electrode includes a layer of reflective material and a partially transmissive coating of and is disposed over substantially all of the front surface of the rear element. The second electrode further includes a region in front of the light source that is at least partially transmissive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: William L. Tonar, Jeffrey A. Forgette, John S. Anderson, Jon H. Bechtel, John W. Carter, Joseph S. Stam, David J. Cammenga
  • Patent number: 6870656
    Abstract: The inventive electrochromic mirror may be used in a vehicle rearview mirror assembly having a light source positioned behind the electrochromic mirror for selectively projecting light through the mirror. The electrochromic mirror includes front and rear spaced elements each having front and rear surfaces and being sealably bonded together in a spaced-apart relationship to define a chamber, a layer of transparent conductive material disposed on the rear surface of the front element, an electrochromic material is contained within the chamber, and a second electrode overlies the front surface of the rear element in contact with the electrochromic material. The second electrode includes a layer of reflective material and a partially transmissive coating of and is disposed over substantially all of the front surface of the rear element. The second electrode further includes a region in front of the light source that is at least partially transmissive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: William L. Tonar, Jeffrey A. Forgette, John S. Anderson, Jon H. Bechtel, John W. Carter, Joseph S. Stam, David J. Cammenga
  • Patent number: D543916
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: John W. Carter, Wayne J. Rumsey
  • Patent number: D543917
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: John W. Carter, Kenton J. Ypma
  • Patent number: D556105
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: John W. Carter, Wayne J. Rumsey
  • Patent number: D556106
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: John W. Carter, Kenton J. Ypma