Patents by Inventor Matthew P. McDonald

Matthew P. McDonald 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: 10733926
    Abstract: A control device includes a button with a body defining an outer surface; a metallic veneer coupled to the button opposite the outer surface; and a machined indicia formed in the veneer and defining an open portion, a floating portion, and one or more ribs that suspend the floating portion. The rib has an upper surface recessed relative to a front surface of the veneer, and opposed tapered sides extending from a base of the rib to the upper surface, such that the upper surface is narrower than the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Chris Dimberg, Kevin J. Heimann, Brad M. Kreschollek, Matthew P. McDonald
  • Publication number: 20200043395
    Abstract: A veneer may be configured to be secured to a backlit button of a control device. A plate portion of the veneer may have one or more indicia machined therethrough. The indicia may define an open portion, a floating portion, and one or more ribs that suspend the floating portion. The one or more ribs may be configured to create an optical illusion that conceals the ribs from view relative to a user of the control device. The rib may define an upper surface that is recessed relative to a front surface of the veneer, and may define opposed sides that extend from a base of the rib to the upper surface. The sides may be tapered between the base and the upper surface, such that the upper surface is narrower than the base. The sides and the upper surface of the rib may be unfinished.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Chris Dimberg, Kevin J. Heimann, Brad M. Kreschollek, Matthew P. McDonald
  • Patent number: 10424233
    Abstract: A control device includes at least one button, a veneer secured to an outer surface of the button, and at least one light source configured to backlight the button. The veneer includes indicia defining an open portion exposing a portion of a body of a respective button, a floating portion, and at least one rib that suspends the floating portion. The rib has an upper surface recessed relative to a front surface of the veneer, and opposed sides extending from a base of the rib to the upper surface. The opposed sides are tapered between the base and the upper surface, such that the upper surface is narrower than the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Chris Dimberg, Kevin J. Heimann, Brad M. Kreschollek, Matthew P. McDonald
  • Publication number: 20190252137
    Abstract: A wall box may provide adjustable support for a control device, such as a keypad, to allow for level alignment of the control device when mounted to the wall box. The wall box may have an adjustable support frame to which the control device may be mounted. When the control device is mounted to the support frame of the wall box, the support frame may be rotated to adjust the alignment of the control device. In addition, the wall box may comprise one or more projections configured to be received in respective detents in notched surfaces of the control device to allow for adjustment of the alignment of the control device. Further, the wall box may have a modular assembly and may be constructed from a central portion and two side portions at the time of installation of the wall box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew P. McDonald, Sean Tucker
  • Publication number: 20190230762
    Abstract: A control device for controlling power delivered to an electrical load may illuminate an area around a button of the control device, such as a gap formed between the button and an opening of a faceplate of the control device. The control device may illuminate the gap to provide a nightlight feature, to provide feedback (e.g., a status of the electrical load), and/or to indicate a selected preset. The button may have a cap portion that may be actuated by a user and a diffuser portion that may contact a rear surface of the cap portion and may conduct light emitted by an internal light source to illuminate the gap around the button.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Applicant: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew P. McDonald, Sean Tucker
  • Publication number: 20180246273
    Abstract: A control device, such as a gateway device for a wireless load control system, has a light bar extending around a periphery of an enclosure to provide feedback to a user of the load control system, as well as to provide a pleasing aesthetic effect on the gateway device. The control device may include at least one light-emitting diode mounted to a printed circuit board inside the enclosure, a control circuit mounted to the printed circuit board and operatively coupled to the light-emitting diode for controllably illuminating the light-emitting diode, and a multi-functional mounting structure for mounting the printed circuit board inside the enclosure. The mounting structure may have at least one light-pipe structure for conducting light from the at least one light-emitting diode to the light bar. The mounting structure may have an antenna-mounting structure to which an antenna of the control device may be mounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicant: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew P. McDonald, Joseph M. Nichols, Andrew P. Schmalz
  • Publication number: 20180197449
    Abstract: A veneer may be configured to be secured to a backlit button of a control device. A plate portion of the veneer may have one or more indicia machined therethrough. The indicia may define an open portion, a floating portion, and one or more ribs that suspend the floating portion. The one or more ribs may be configured to create an optical illusion that conceals the ribs from view relative to a user of the control device. The rib may define an upper surface that is recessed relative to a front surface of the veneer, and may define opposed sides that extend from a base of the rib to the upper surface. The sides may be tapered between the base and the upper surface, such that the upper surface is narrower than the base. The sides and the upper surface of the rib may be unfinished.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Dimberg, Kevin J. Heimann, Brad M. Kreschollek, Matthew P. McDonald
  • Patent number: D794580
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Dimberg, Elliot G. Jacoby, Jason C. Killo, Brad M. Kreschollek, Matthew P. McDonald
  • Patent number: D795202
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Dimberg, Elliot G. Jacoby, Jason C. Killo, Brad M. Kreschollek, Matthew P. McDonald
  • Patent number: D867308
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Chris Dimberg, Elliot G. Jacoby, Jason C. Killo, Brad M. Kreschollek, Matthew P. McDonald
  • Patent number: D873222
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Gregory S. Altonen, Nikhil V. Bhate, Jonathan Dersch, Jason C. Killo, Brad M. Kreschollek, Ritesh Maharjan, Matthew P. McDonald