Patents by Inventor Mario F. Saenger Nayver

Mario F. Saenger Nayver 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: 20200310211
    Abstract: An electro-optic sub-assembly and method of making that includes a substrate web and an electrically conductive layer disposed on the substrate web. An electroactive gel layer is disposed on the electrically conductive layer and includes an electroactive component dispersed in a polymeric matrix. The electroactive gel layer may include at least one electrochromic component. Also provided is an electro-optic assembly and method of making that includes a cathodic sub-assembly and an anodic sub-assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Garret C. DeNolf, George A. Neuman, Gary J. Dozeman, Zachary J. Petroelje, John S. Anderson, Michael T. Stephenson, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, Sheng Liu, Jeffrey A. Forgette
  • Publication number: 20200301525
    Abstract: A touch-sensitive assembly and method of making includes a first electrically conductive layer disposed on a first substrate and a second electrically conductive layer disposed on a second substrate. A piezoelectric film is disposed between the first electrically conductive layer and the second electrically conductive layer. The piezoelectric film includes a plurality of aligned piezoelectric particles disposed in a polymeric matrix and is characterized by a haze value of about 5% or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: William L. Tonar, George A. Neuman, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, Kurtis L. Geerlings, Sue F. Franz
  • Patent number: 10744934
    Abstract: A vehicle interior light intensity mapping system comprises at least one light detector configured to identify an intensity of light distributed in a plurality of regions in the vehicle. The light detector comprises an optic device comprising at least one aperture configured to receive light from a plurality of directions distributed in a passenger compartment of a vehicle. The light detector further comprises at least one sensor configured to receive the light from the plurality of directions. A controller is configured to identify an intensity of the light in each of a plurality of regions of the vehicle, wherein each of the regions corresponds to a different direction of the light received through each of the plurality of apertures of the optic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: John S. Anderson, George A. Neuman, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, Barry K. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10739661
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an electro-optic device. The device comprises a first substrate comprising a first surface and a second surface. The device further comprises a second substrate comprising a third surface and a fourth surface. The first substrate and the second substrate form a cavity between the second surface and the third surface. An electrochromic medium is disposed in the cavity. A transflective coating is disposed at the third surface, wherein the transflective coating comprises a multi-layer stack comprising alternating high-index (H) material and low-index (L) material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mario F. Saenger Nayver, Jian Gao, John S. Anderson, George A. Neuman
  • Publication number: 20200209621
    Abstract: A transparency includes a first substrate having a first surface and a second surface. A second substrate includes a third surface and a fourth surface. An optical coating is positioned on the fourth surface. The optical coating has a refractive index real component n of greater than about 1.8 and an nk ratio of greater than about 0.6, as measured at 550 nm. The fourth surface has a reflectance of less than about 1.2%, as measured from the first surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: George A. Neuman, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, John S. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20200209620
    Abstract: A transparency includes a first substrate having a first surface and a second surface and a second substrate having a third surface and a fourth surface. An optical coating is positioned on the fourth surface and has a refractive index real component n of greater than about 1.6 and an nk ratio greater than about 0.4, both as measured at 550 nm. The optical coating is configured to attenuate the transmission of the second substrate and not substantially affect the reflectivity of the fourth surface, as viewed from the first surface, such that the attenuation factor is less than about 50%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: George A. Neuman, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, John S. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20200183244
    Abstract: An electro-optic apparatus configured to adjust in transmittance in response to a control input comprises a first web substrate and a second web substrate. Each of the web substrates form a plurality of perimeter edges. A first edge is in connection with a first electrical terminal connecting in connection with a first electrode. A second edge opposing the first edge is in connection with a second electrical terminal in connection with a second electrode. A third edge and an opposing fourth edge comprise a barrier seal in a first configuration in connection with an exterior surface of each of the first web substrate and the second web substrate. The barrier seal encapsulates the electro-optic medium between an interior surface of each of the first web substrate and the second web substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Garret C. DeNolf, Gary J. Dozeman, George A. Neuman, William L. Tonar, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, John S. Anderson, Sheng Liu, Yuping Lin, David J. Cammenga, Joel A. Stray, Scott S. McNees
  • Patent number: 10649299
    Abstract: An electro-optic assembly for use in a vehicle having a windshield is provided and includes a first arcuate substrate having a first surface with an anti-reflective coating and a second surface. A second arcuate substrate includes a third surface and a fourth surface with an anti-reflective coating. The first and second substrates are positioned such that the second and third surfaces are at least 0.1 mm apart. A seal is disposed between the first and second substrates and located substantially about a periphery of the electro-optic assembly. An electro-optic medium is positioned in a cavity defined by the first substrate, the second substrate, and the seal, the electro-optic medium including a refractive index greater than 1.2. The second surface is configured to receive and reflect incident light projected from a projector, thereby displaying information that appears to be displayed forward of the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David J. Cammenga, Christopher M. Derry, Bradley A. Bosma, George A. Neuman, Mario F. Saenger Nayver
  • Publication number: 20200110322
    Abstract: A switchable device is provided. The switchable device includes an electro-optic element switchable between a darkened state and a transmissive state in addition to a sensor having a field of view at least partially defined by a perimeter portion of the electro-optic element. The darkened state is configured to mask the sensor and visibly match the perimeter portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Adam R. Heintzelman, George A. Neuman, David J. Cammenga, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, Jian Gao, Xiaoxu Niu
  • Patent number: 10591724
    Abstract: A transparency includes a first substrate having a first surface and a second surface. A second substrate includes a third surface and a fourth surface. An optical coating is positioned on the fourth surface. The optical coating having a refractive index of greater than about 1.8 and an nk ratio of greater than about 0.6. The reflectance of the fourth surface has a reflectance of less than about 1.2% as measured from the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: George A. Neuman, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, John S. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10547783
    Abstract: An imaging device is disclosed. The device comprises an image sensor configured to capture image data and a filter. The filter is configured to selectively control a range of wavelengths of light entering the image sensor. The filter comprises a liquid crystal structure configured to pass the range of wavelengths in a first configuration and reflect the range of wavelengths in a second configuration. The device further comprises a controller in communication with the image sensor and the filter. The controller is configured to adjust the filter from the first configuration to the second configuration in response to an environmental lighting condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mario F. Saenger Nayver, Joshua D. Lintz, George A. Neuman, Adam R. Heintzelman, William L. Tonar, Xiaoxu Niu
  • Patent number: 10539853
    Abstract: An electrochromic device includes a flexible plastic substrate including a front surface, and a rear surface, wherein the rear surface comprises a first conductive material; and a rigid plastic substrate including a front surface, and a rear surface, wherein the front surface comprises a second conductive material, wherein the first substrate is joined to the second substrate by a sealing member, wherein the rear surface of the first substrate and the front surface of the second substrate with the sealing member define a chamber therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Leroy J. Kloeppner, William L. Tonar, Gary J. Dozeman, Kelvin L. Baumann, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, Zachary J. Petroelje, Garret Denolf
  • Publication number: 20200017023
    Abstract: A vehicle interior light intensity mapping system comprises at least one light detector configured to identify an intensity of light distributed in a plurality of regions in the vehicle. The light detector comprises an optic device comprising at least one aperture configured to receive light from a plurality of directions distributed in a passenger compartment of a vehicle. The light detector further comprises at least one sensor configured to receive the light from the plurality of directions. A controller is configured to identify an intensity of the light in each of a plurality of regions of the vehicle, wherein each of the regions corresponds to a different direction of the light received through each of the plurality of apertures of the optic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: John S. Anderson, George A. Neuman, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, Barry K. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20190324341
    Abstract: An electro-optic element includes a first substantially transparent polymer substrate defining first and second surfaces. The second surface includes a first electrically conductive layer. A first polymer multi-layer film is disposed between the first substrate and the first conductive layer. The first polymer multi-layer film includes a first polymer layer, an inorganic layer, and a second polymer layer. A second substantially transparent substrate defines a third surface and a fourth surface. The third surface includes a second electrically conductive layer. An electrochromic medium is disposed in a cavity defined between the first and second substrates and includes a cathodic material, an anodic material, and at least one solvent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: William L. Tonar, Garret C. DeNolf, Gary J. Dozeman, George A. Neuman, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, John S. Anderson, Jeffrey A. Forgette, Sheng Liu, Yuping Lin
  • Patent number: 10444575
    Abstract: An electro-optic assembly includes a first partially reflective, partially transmissive substrate defining a first surface and a second surface. A second partially reflective, partially transmissive substrate defines a third surface and a fourth surface. A space is defined between a first substrate and a second substrate. A seal is disposed about a perimeter of the first and second substrates. An electro-optic material is disposed between the second surface of the first substrate and the third surface of the second substrate. The electro-optic assembly is operable to change at least one of a reflectance state and a transmittance state in either a discrete or continuous manner. A transparent electrode coating is disposed between the second surface and the third surface. The transparent electrode coating includes an insulator layer, metal layer, and insulator layer (IMI) structure. The reflectance off of the transparent electrode coating is less than about 2%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mario F. Saenger Nayver, George A. Neuman, John S. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10247995
    Abstract: A variable transmittance electro-optic assembly includes a first partially reflective, partially transmissive substrate defining first and second surfaces. A second partially reflective, partially transmissive substrate defines a third surface and a fourth surface. The first substrate and the second substrate are configured to be held in a parallel spaced apart relationship and sealed about a perimeter of the first and second substrates. An electro-optic material is positioned between the second surface and the third surface. The electro-optic assembly includes a principle transflector having a transflector coating on at least one of first and second surfaces. Low reflectance coatings are disposed on secondary surfaces of the variable transmittance electro-optic assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: George A. Neuman, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, John S. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20190094642
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an electro-optic device. The device comprises a first substrate comprising a first surface and a second surface. The device further comprises a second substrate comprising a third surface and a fourth surface. The first substrate and the second substrate form a cavity between the second surface and the third surface. An electrochromic medium is disposed in the cavity. A transflective coating is disposed at the third surface, wherein the transflective coating comprises a multi-layer stack comprising alternating high-index (H) material and low-index (L) material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Mario F. Saenger Nayver, Jian Gao, John S. Anderson, George A. Neuman
  • Patent number: 10234720
    Abstract: An electro-optic assembly includes a first partially reflective, partially transmissive substrate defining a first surface and a second surface. A second partially reflective, partially transmissive substrate defines a third surface and a fourth surface. A space is defined between a first substrate and a second substrate. An electro-optic material is disposed between the second surface of the first substrate and the third surface of the second substrate. The electro-optic assembly is operable to change the transmittance state in either a discrete or continuous manner. A transflective coating is disposed on the second surface. The transflective coating includes a silver conductive layer and an overcoat layer including one of a transparent conductive oxide (TCO) and a noble metal. The overcoat layer is disposed between the silver conductive layer and the electro-optic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mario F. Saenger Nayver, John S. Anderson, George A. Neuman
  • Publication number: 20190018242
    Abstract: An electro-optic assembly of a vehicle includes a first substrate with a first surface and a second surface and a second substrate with a third surface and a fourth surface. The first substrate and the second substrate are configured to be held in a parallel spaced apart relationship. A transflective coating is positioned on at least one of the first and second surfaces of the first substrate. An antireflective electrode positioned on at least one of the second and third surfaces. An antireflection coating is positioned on at least one of the first surface and the fourth surface. An electro-optic medium is positioned between the second surface of the first substrate and the third surface of the second substrate. The electro-optic assembly is configured to reflect an image from a projector of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Mario F. Saenger Nayver, George A. Neuman, David J. Cammenga
  • Publication number: 20190011796
    Abstract: An electro-optic assembly for use in a vehicle having a windshield is provided and includes a first arcuate substrate having a first surface with an anti-reflective coating and a second surface. A second arcuate substrate includes a third surface and a fourth surface with an anti-reflective coating. The first and second substrates are positioned such that the second and third surfaces are at least 0.1 mm apart. A seal is disposed between the first and second substrates and located substantially about a periphery of the electro-optic assembly. An electro-optic medium is positioned in a cavity defined by the first substrate, the second substrate, and the seal, the electro-optic medium including a refractive index greater than 1.2. The second surface is configured to receive and reflect incident light projected from a projector, thereby displaying information that appears to be displayed forward of the windshield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: David J. Cammenga, Christopher M. Derry, Bradley A. Bosma, George A. Neuman, Mario F. Saenger Nayver