Patents by Inventor Nathan L. Nearman

Nathan L. Nearman 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: 8350788
    Abstract: A louver panel for an electronic sign incorporating multiple spaced primary and secondary louvers extending outwardly from a configured substantially planar panel to provide direct shading of the structure adjacent to an LED, to the structure of the louver panel including the louvers and the panel, and to provide shading for all or part of an LED. Spacings of the louvers provide for regions of shade which improve contrast and which in transition between panels camouflage horizontal seams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan L. Nearman, Brett D. Wendler, Eric S. Bravek, Chad N. Gloege, Matthew R. Mueller, Jason N. Harms
  • Publication number: 20120274675
    Abstract: Pixel interleaving configurations for use in high definition electronic sign displays where each and every scan line includes full red, green, and blue color representation to provide for high resolution electronic video sign displays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent A. Joffer, Brett D. Wendler, Glenn P. Luke, Nathan L. Nearman, Chad N. Gloege, Mathew R. Mueller, Shannon Lee Mutschelknaus, Joseph G. Schulte, Eric S. Bravek, Ryan M. Hansen
  • Patent number: 8194385
    Abstract: A precision alignment system for the alignment of modular frames of an electronic sign including a plurality of precision alignment mechanisms which are mounted to the outer panels of the modular frames and an alignment fixture having a plurality of configurable jig towers. The configurable jig towers include moveable components which are used to precisionally align the outer contact surfaces of contact blocks in the precision alignment mechanisms for subsequent intimate contact between other like outer contact surfaces of contact blocks in the precision alignment mechanisms of horizontally and vertically adjacent modular frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent S. Miller, Mark D. Dennis, Nathan L. Nearman
  • Publication number: 20120119980
    Abstract: Pixel interleaving configurations for use in high definition electronic sign displays where each and every scan line includes full red, green, and blue color representation to provide for high resolution electronic video sign displays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent A. Joffer, Brett D. Wendler, Glenn P. Luke, Nathan L. Nearman, Chad N. Gloege, Matthew R. Mueller, Shannon Lee Mutschelknaus, Joseph G. Schulte, Eric S. Bravek, Ryan M. Hansen
  • Patent number: 8154864
    Abstract: The present invention is a robust LED display module for use in an electronic sign which display module includes a metallic housing, a heat conductive interface panel, an LED circuit board and LEDs, and a metallic mask arranged in intimate contact and association therewith, and which components operate synergistically in concert with each other in order to evenly distribute, reduce and dissipate heat along, about and within the structure of the present invention. Display uniformity is provided by the use of major metallic structures in order to prevent warpage and to protect the geometric integrity of the LED display module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan L. Nearman, Shannon Lee Mutschelknaus, Matthew R. Mueller, Douglas P. Tvedt, Kent S. Miller, Mark D. Dennis, John L. Hage, Ryan J. Nielsen
  • Patent number: 8136279
    Abstract: An electronic sign module housing having an overmolded gasket seal including an elastomer overmolded gasket seal with an inner and an outer lip and a base overmolded to a rearwardly located contact surface of an electronic sign module housing. Grooves on the contact surface of the electronic sign module housing provide additional bonding surfaces with a greater surface area to enhance the chemically-bonded overmolding of the overmolded gasket seal. Truncated conical projections extending forwardly from the elastomer base extend into correspondingly shaped truncated conical cavities in the electronic sign module housing in order to provide additional chemical bonding and to provide a geometrically based frictional engagement arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan L. Nearman, Kory D. Kludt
  • Patent number: 8130175
    Abstract: Pixel interleaving configurations for use in high definition electronic sign displays where each and every scan line includes full red, green, and blue color representation to provide for high resolution electronic video sign displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent A. Joffer, Brett D. Wendler, Glenn P. Luke, Nathan L. Nearman, Chad N. Gloege, Matthew R. Mueller, Shannon Lee Mutschelknaus, Joseph G. Schulte, Eric S. Bravek, Ryan M. Hansen
  • Publication number: 20110175888
    Abstract: Pixel interleaving configurations for use in high definition electronic sign displays where each and every scan line includes full red, green, and blue color representation to provide for high resolution electronic video sign displays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: DAKTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: BRENT A. JOFFER, BRETT D. WENDLER, GLENN P. LUKE, NATHAN L. NEARMAN, CHAD N. GLOEGE, MATT R. MUELLER, SHANNON LEE MUTSCHELKNAUS, JOSEPH G. SCHULTE, ERIC S. BRAVEK, RYAN M. HANSEN
  • Publication number: 20110163942
    Abstract: Pixel interleaving configurations for use in high definition electronic sign displays where each and every scan line includes full red, green, and blue color representation to provide for high resolution electronic video sign displays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent A. Joffer, Brett D. Wendler, Glenn P. Luke, Nathan L. Nearman, Chad N. Gloege, Matt R. Mueller, Shannon Lee Mutschelknaus, Joseph G. Schulte, Eric S. Bravek, Ryan M. Hansen
  • Patent number: 7907133
    Abstract: Pixel interleaving configurations for use in high definition electronic sign displays where each and every scan line includes full red, green, and blue color representation to provide for high resolution electronic video sign displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent A. Joffer, Brett D. Wendler, Glenn P. Luke, Nathan L. Nearman, Chad N. Gloege, Matt R. Mueller, Shannon Lee Mutschelknaus, Joseph G. Schulte, Eric S. Bravek, Ryan M. Hansen
  • Patent number: 7869198
    Abstract: The present invention provides a multiple seal electronic display module having displacement springs for distributed use as major components of an electronic sign. Displacement springs are provided to displace the electronic display module from the front of an electronic sign mounting panel until latching mechanisms are properly actuated in order to secure the electronic display module to the electronic sign mounting panel and thus provide a visual clue indicating proper or improper securing. A configured front edge seal provides for multiple surface sealing of multiple components consisting of, but not limited to, a louver panel, an LED circuit board, and a housing. A rear seal is also provided to seal the rear of the electronic display module to the electronic sign mounting panel. Input and output signal jack base seals and a power jack base seal provide effective seals between the housing and the signal and power jacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan L. Nearman, Ryan J. Nielsen, Kent S. Miller, Mark D. Dennis, Bradley D. Rinschen, Douglas P. Tvedt, Lenny A. Sik, Kurt L. Peters, Brian W. Kroll, Derek J. Heronimus, David G. Philips
  • Patent number: 7774968
    Abstract: A transportable electronic sign display system having modular cabinets which support electronic display modules and electronics having male and female latching assemblies connecting adjacent electronic display modules. Robust male and female latching assemblies at the top and bottom of electronic display modules provide for forcible positive action latching between vertically situated electronic display modules to provide a minimally visible horizontally oriented seam therebetween. Side latches between horizontally situated electronic display modules assemblies provide for latching to provide a minimally visible vertically oriented seam therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan L. Nearman, Mark D. Dennis, Kent S. Miller, John Hage
  • Patent number: 7694444
    Abstract: An electronic sign having a formed metal cabinet where precise and close tolerance formed planar panels and formed channels are fastened together only by rivets, nut inserts or the combination thereof for rapid assembly thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent S. Miller, Todd M. Letcher, Nathan L. Nearman, Lane A. Munson, Cassandra L. Fuls
  • Publication number: 20090021127
    Abstract: An electronic sign having a formed metal cabinet where precise and close tolerance formed planar panels and formed channels are fastened together only by rivets, nut inserts or the combination thereof for rapid assembly thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventors: Kent S. Miller, Todd M. Letcher, Nathan L. Nearman, Lane A. Munson, Cassandra L. Fuls
  • Publication number: 20080263924
    Abstract: A transportable electronic sign display system having modular cabinets which support electronic display modules and electronics having male and female latching assemblies connecting adjacent electronic display modules. Robust male and female latching assemblies at the top and bottom of electronic display modules provide for forcible positive action latching between vertically situated electronic display modules to provide a minimally visible horizontally oriented seam therebetween. Side latches between horizontally situated electronic display modules assemblies provide for latching to provide a minimally visible vertically oriented seam therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventors: Nathan L. Nearman, Mark D. Dennis, Kent S. Miller, John Hage
  • Publication number: 20080225143
    Abstract: Pixel interleaving configurations for use in high definition electronic sign displays where each and every scan line includes full red, green, and blue color representation to provide for high resolution electronic video sign displays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventors: Brent A. Joffer, Brett D. Wendler, Glenn P. Luke, Nathan L. Nearman, Chad N. Gloege, Matt R. Mueller, Shannon Lee Mutschelknaus, Joseph G. Schulte, Eric S. Bravek, Ryan M. Hansen
  • Patent number: 6816389
    Abstract: An LED module latch system for quickly and readily attaching or detaching an LED module to an included mounting panel in an informational display. An LED module having one or more positionable helical spring latches adjacent to the geometry of the mounting panel is secured to the mounting panel by engagement of the helical spring latches. Each helical spring latch includes a pivot pin and a helical spring which are rotatingly positioned to cause intimate rotational engagement of the helical springs with the geometry of the mounting panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Lutz, Neil J. Andal, Nathan L. Nearman