Patents by Inventor Joseph T. Aronson

Joseph T. Aronson 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: 20190227049
    Abstract: A method of board lumber (Table 2) grading is performed in an industrial environment on a machine learning framework (12) configured as an interface to a machine learning-based deep convolutional network (20) that is trained end-to-end, pixels-to-pixels on semantic segmentation. The method uses deep learning techniques that are applied to semantic segmentation to delineate board lumber characteristics (Table 1), including their sizes and boundaries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Revathy Narasimhan, Patrick Freeman, Hayden Michael Aronson, Kevin Johnsrude, Chris Mosbrucker, Dan Robin, Ryan T. Shear, Joseph H. Weintraub, Eric N. Mortensen
  • Publication number: 20190219743
    Abstract: Optical diffusing films are made by microreplication from a structured surface tool. The tool is made using a 2-part electroplating process, wherein a first electroplating procedure forms a first metal layer with a first major surface, and a second electroplating procedure forms a second metal layer on the first metal layer, the second metal layer having a second major surface with a smaller average roughness than that of the first major surface. The second major surface can function as the structured surface of the tool. A replica of this surface can then be made in a major surface of an optical film to provide light diffusing properties. The structured surface and/or its constituent structures can be characterized in terms of various parameters such as optical haze, optical clarity, Fourier power spectra of the topography along orthogonal in-plane directions, ridge length per unit area, equivalent circular diameter (ECD), and/or aspect ratio.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Tri D. Pham, Steven H. Kong, Haiyan Zhang, Joseph T. Aronson, Michael R. Leaf, Gary T. Boyd, Nicholas A. Johnson, Qingbing Wang
  • Patent number: 10295710
    Abstract: Optical diffusing films are made by microreplication from a structured surface tool. The tool is made using a 2-part electroplating process, wherein a first electroplating procedure forms a first metal layer with a first major surface, and a second electroplating procedure forms a second metal layer on the first metal layer, the second metal layer having a second major surface with a smaller average roughness than that of the first major surface. The second major surface can function as the structured surface of the tool. A replica of this surface can then be made in a major surface of an optical film to provide light diffusing properties. The structured surface and/or its constituent structures can be characterized in terms of various parameters such as optical haze, optical clarity, Fourier power spectra of the topography along orthogonal in-plane directions, ridge length per unit area, equivalent circular diameter (ECD), and/or aspect ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Tri D. Pham, Steven H. Kong, Haiyan Zhang, Joseph T. Aronson, Michael R. Leaf, Gary T. Boyd, Nicholas A. Johnson, Qingbing Wang
  • Publication number: 20190094418
    Abstract: Optical films for redirecting light are described, and optical systems, such as display systems, incorporating such optical films are described. The optical film may include a first structured surface including a plurality of prismatic structures, and a second structured surface opposing the first structured surface and including a plurality of microstructures. An effective transmission of the optical film is not more than 1% less than a film with a comparable construction except for a smooth, non-structured second surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Robert A. Yapel, Joseph T. Aronson, Matthew R.C. Atkinson, Gary T. Boyd, Slah Jendoubi, Mitchell A.F. Johnson, Scott R. Kaytor, Steven H. Kong, Fei Lu, Tri D. Pham, Robert B. Secor, Steven D. Solomonson
  • Patent number: 10156661
    Abstract: An optical film having a structured surface is described. At least 90% of the structured surface has a slope magnitude that is less than about 5 degrees. The optical film may have an optical haze of less than about 10% and an optical clarity of less than about 50%, or may have an optical haze of less than about 7.5% and an optical clarity of less than about 60%, or may have an optical haze of less than about 3% and an optical clarity of less than about 65%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert A. Yapel, Joseph T. Aronson, Matthew R. C. Atkinson, Gary T. Boyd, Slah Jendoubi, Mitchell A. F. Johnson, Scott R. Kaytor, Steven H. Kong, Fei Lu, Tri D. Pham, Robert B. Secor, Steven D. Solomonson
  • Publication number: 20180217300
    Abstract: A diffuser including opposing structured first and second major surfaces is described. The first major surface includes a first plurality of surface structures providing a uniform first haze. The second major surface includes a first portion adjacent an edge and a second portion adjacent the first portion. The first portion includes a first region and a second region between the first region and the second portion. The second major surface includes a second plurality of surface structures providing a uniform second haze over the second portion and providing a third haze in the first portion. The third haze in the first region is higher than the second haze, and the third haze in the second region is monotonically decreasing. The second portion has a surface area of at least 90 percent of a surface area of the second major surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: Gary T. Boyd, Tri D. Pham, Nicholas A. Johnson, Oanh V. Pham, Sara S. Merritt, Stephen J. Etzkorn, Haiyan Zhang, Corey D. Balts, Joseph T. Aronson
  • Patent number: 9625640
    Abstract: Optical films, optical stacks including the optical films, and display systems including the optical films are described. The optical film includes a first major surface that may include a plurality of first microstructures that extend along a first direction. The optical film also includes a second major surface that is opposite to the first major surface and includes a plurality of second microstructures. The second major surface has an optical haze that is not greater than about 3% and an optical clarity that is not greater than about 85%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Joseph T. Aronson, Slah Jendoubi, Mitchell A. F. Johnson, Scott R. Kaytor, Tri D. Pham, Robert A. Yapel, Joseph A. Zigal, Steven J. McMan, Steven D. Solomonson, Steven Hin-Chung Kong, Fei Lu, Gary T. Boyd
  • Patent number: 9383482
    Abstract: The present invention concerns antireflective films comprising a high refractive index layer (60) and low refractive index layer (80) disposed on the high refractive index layer. The antireflective films have a microstructured surface (70) that can be derived from a microreplicated tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Christopher B. Walker, Jr., Christopher P. Tebow, Tri D. Pham, Steven H. Kong, Joseph T. Aronson, Kyle J. Lindstrom, Michael K. Gerlach, Michelle L. Toy, Taun L. McKenzie, Anthony M. Renstrom, Robert A. Yapel, Mitchell A. F. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20160103270
    Abstract: Optical films, optical stacks including the optical films, and display systems including the optical films are described. The optical film includes a first major surface that may include a plurality of first microstructures that extend along a first direction. The optical film also includes a second major surface that is opposite to the first major surface and includes a plurality of second microstructures. The second major surface has an optical haze that is not greater than about 3% and an optical clarity that is not greater than about 85%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Publication date: April 14, 2016
    Inventors: Joseph T. Aronson, Slah Jendoubi, Mitchell A.F. Johnson, Scott R. Kaytor, Tri D. Pham, Robert A. Yapel, Joseph A. Zigal, Steven J. McMan, Steven D. Solomonson, Steven Hin-Chung Kong, Fei Lu, Gary T. Boyd
  • Patent number: 9229239
    Abstract: Light redirecting film is disclosed. The light redirecting film includes a first major surface that includes a plurality of first microstructures that extend along a first direction. The light redirecting film also includes a second major surface that is opposite to the first major surface and includes a plurality of second microstructures. The second major surface has an optical haze that is not greater than about 3% and an optical clarity that is not greater than about 85%. The light redirecting film has an average effective transmission that is not less than about 1.75.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Joseph T. Aronson, Slah Jendoubi, Mitchell A. F. Johnson, Scott R. Kaytor, Tri D. Pham, Robert A. Yapel, Joseph A. Zigal, Steven J. McMan, Steven D. Solomonson, Steven Hin-Chung Kong, Fei Lu, Gary T. Boyd
  • Publication number: 20150293272
    Abstract: Optical diffusing films are made by microreplication from a structured surface tool. The tool is made using a 2-part electroplating process, wherein a first electroplating procedure forms a first metal layer with a first major surface, and a second electroplating procedure forms a second metal layer on the first metal layer, the second metal layer having a second major surface with a smaller average roughness than that of the first major surface. The second major surface can function as the structured surface of the tool. A replica of this surface can then be made in a major surface of an optical film to provide light diffusing properties. The structured surface and/or its constituent structures can be characterized in terms of various parameters such as optical haze, optical clarity, Fourier power spectra of the topography along orthogonal in-plane directions, ridge length per unit area, equivalent circular diameter (ECD), and/or aspect ratio.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: October 15, 2015
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Tri D. Pham, Steven H. Kong, Haiyan Zhang, Joseph T. Aronson, Michael R. Leaf, Gary T. Boyd, Nicholas A. Johnson, Qingbing Wang
  • Patent number: 8888333
    Abstract: Light redirecting film is disclosed. The light redirecting film includes a first major surface that includes a plurality of first microstructures that extend along a first direction. The light redirecting film also includes a second major surface that is opposite to the first major surface and includes a plurality of second microstructures. The second major surface has an optical haze that is in a range from about 4% to about 20% and an optical clarity that is in a range from about 20% to about 60%. The light redirecting film has an average effective transmission that is not less than about 1.55.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Robert A. Yapel, Mitchell A. F. Johnson, Tri D. Pham, Joseph T. Aronson, Steven D. Solomonson, Scott R. Kaytor, Steven J. McMan, Fei Lu, Steven H. Kong, Slah Jendoubi, Gary T. Boyd
  • Publication number: 20140313587
    Abstract: Light redirecting film is disclosed. The light redirecting film includes a first major surface that includes a plurality of first microstructures that extend along a first direction. The light redirecting film also includes a second major surface that is opposite to the first major surface and includes a plurality of second microstructures. The second major surface has an optical haze that is not greater than about 3% and an optical clarity that is not greater than about 85%. The light redirecting film has an average effective transmission that is not less than about 1.75.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Joseph T. Aronson, Slah Jendoubi, Mitchell A.F. Johnson, Scott R. Kaytor, Tri D. Pham, Robert A. Yapel, Joseph A. Zigal, Steven J. McMan, Steven D. Solomonson, Steven Hin-Chung Kong, Fei Lu, Gary T. Boyd
  • Patent number: 8657472
    Abstract: A light redirecting film (100) includes a first major surface (110) that includes first microstructures (150) that extend along a first direction and a second major surface (120), which may form part of a matte layer, the second major surface being opposite to the first major surface and including second microstructures (160). The second major surface has an optical haze that is not greater than about 3% and an optical clarity that is not greater than about 85%. The light redirecting film has an average effective transmission that is not less than about 1.75. The light redirecting film (100) may comprise particles. The second microstructures may have a slope distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Joseph T. Aronson, Slah Jendoubi, Mitchell A. F. Johnson, Scott R. Kaytor, Tri D. Pham, Robert A. Yapel, Joseph A. Zigal, Steven J. McMan, Steven D. Solomonson, Steven H. Kong, Fei Lu, Gary T. Boyd
  • Publication number: 20130236697
    Abstract: The present invention concerns microstructured articles comprising nanostructures such an antiglare films, antireflective films, as well as microstructured tools and methods of making microstructured articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Christopher B. Walker, JR., Vivian W. Jones, Tri D. Pham, Joseph T. Aronson, Corey D. Balts
  • Publication number: 20130070341
    Abstract: Optical films for redirecting light are described, and optical systems, such as display systems, incorporating such optical films are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert A. Yapel, Joseph T. Aronson, Matthew R.C. Atkinson, Gary T. Boyd, Slah Jendoubi, Mitchell A.F. Johnson, Scott R. Kaytor, Steven H. Kong, Fei Lu, Tri D. Pham, Robert B. Secor, Steven D. Solomonson
  • Publication number: 20130038939
    Abstract: The present invention concerns antireflective films comprising a high refractive index layer (60) and low refractive index layer (80) disposed on the high refractive index layer. The antireflective films have a microstructured surface (70) that can be derived from a microreplicated tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Christopher B. Walker, JR., Christopher P. Tebow, Tri D. Pham, Steven H. Kong, Joseph T. Aronson, Kyle J. Lindstrom, Michael K. Gerlach, Michelle L. Toy, Taun L. McKenzie, Anthony M. Renstrom, Robert A. Yapel, Mitchell A.F. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20120147593
    Abstract: Light redirecting film is disclosed. The light redirecting film includes a first major surface that includes a plurality of first microstructures that extend along a first direction. The light redirecting film also includes a second major surface that is opposite to the first major surface and includes a plurality of second microstructures. The second major surface has an optical haze that is in a range from about 4% to about 20% and an optical clarity that is in a range from about 20% to about 60%. The light redirecting film has an average effective transmission that is not less than about 1.55.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert A. Yapel, Mitchell A.F. Johnson, Tri D. Pham, Joseph T. Aronson, Steven D. Solomonson, Scott R. Kaytor, Steven J. Mcman, Fei Lu, Steven H. Kong, Stah Jendoubi, Gary T. Boyd
  • Publication number: 20120113622
    Abstract: A light redirecting film (100) includes a first major surface (110) that includes first microstructures (150) that extend along a first direction and a second major surface (120), which may form part of a matte layer, the second major surface being opposite to the first major surface and including second microstructures (160). The second major surface has an optical haze that is not greater than about 3% and an optical clarity that is not greater than about 85%. The light redirecting film has an average effective transmission that is not less than about 1.75. The light redirecting film (100) may comprise particles. The second microstructures may have a slope distribution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventors: Joseph T. Aronson, Slah Jendoubi, Mitchell A. F. Johnson, Scott R. Kaytor, Tri D. Pham, Robert A. Yapel, Joseph A. Zigal, Steven J. McMan, Steven D. Solomonson, Steven H. Kong, Fei Lu, Gary T. Boyd
  • Publication number: 20120064296
    Abstract: The present invention concerns antiglare films having a microstructured surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher B. Walker, JR., Christopher P. Tebow, Tri D. Pham, Steven H. Kong, Joseph T. Aronson, Kyle J. Lindstrom, Michael K. Gerlach, Michelle L. Toy, Taun L. McKenzie, Anthony M. Renstrom, Slah Jendoubi, Mitchell A.F. Johnson, Scott R. Kaytor, Robert A. Yapel, Joseph A. Zigal, Steven J. McMan, Steven D. Solomonson, Fei Lu, Gary T. Boyd