Patents by Inventor Paul S. Van Lente

Paul S. Van Lente 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: 6694126
    Abstract: A digital memo recorder in a vehicle for recording/play-back of messages and tagging the messages for future reference. The digital recorder is microprocessor controlled to allow direct sequential access for playing back messages. An auditory and visual indication reminds a user of stored messages. Vehicle performance characteristics may be stored as message reminders for future reference. A communications medium couples the digital recording device to the various vehicle functions for courtesy retrieval. The communications medium may be both hard-wired and wireless.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Interiors Technology Corp.
    Inventor: Paul S. Van Lente
  • Patent number: 5903226
    Abstract: A control system selectively controls the operation of at least one lamp and at least one garage door opener. The control system includes a control module. The control module includes connectors adapted to be coupled to at least one lamp through household AC power conductors. The control module also includes terminals adapted to be connected to a garage door opener mechanism. A circuit positioned in the control module receives and identifies radio frequency signals, stores control information associated with a plurality of received signals from a remote control in a training mode and outputs control signals for communication over the AC power line and the garage door mechanism in accordance with the stored control signals when one of said remote control signals is received in an operating mode. The control module also includes a selector used to select garage door and/or light control operations to be associated with a signal received by the control module in a training mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Suman, Paul S. Van Lente, Mark L. Zeinstra, William S. De Vree
  • Patent number: 5903326
    Abstract: A control system selectively controls the operation of at least one lamp and at least one garage door opener. The control system includes a control module. The control module includes connectors adapted to be coupled to at least one lamp through household AC power conductors. The control module also includes terminals adapted to be connected to a garage door opener mechanism. A circuit positioned in the control module receives and identifies radio frequency signals, stores control information associated with a plurality of received signals from a remote control in a training mode and outputs control signals for communication over the AC power line and the garage door mechanism in accordance with the stored control signals when one of said remote control signals is received in an operating mode. The control module also includes a selector used to select garage door and/or light control operations to be associated with a signal received by the control module in a training mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Suman, Paul S. Van Lente, Mark L. Zeinstra, William S. De Vree
  • Patent number: 5708415
    Abstract: A vehicle structural accessory includes one or more electronic accessories. One electrical accessory which may be provided is an electronically trainable transmitter which is trainable to generate a control signal which will actuate a garage door opening mechanism. Another electronic accessory which may be included is an electronic compass. Yet another device is an electronically adjustable mirror having parameters set for each driver of a vehicle. The electronically adjustable rearview mirror and the electronically trainable garage door opener may be advantageously provided with a keyless entry system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventors: Paul S. Van Lente, Michael J. Suman, Mark L. Zeinstra, William S. DeVree
  • Patent number: 5699044
    Abstract: A vehicle structural accessory includes one or more electronic accessories. One electrical accessory which may be provided is an electronically trainable transmitter which is trainable to generate a control signal which will actuate a garage door opening mechanism. Another electronic accessory which may be included is an electronic compass. Yet another device is an electronically adjustable mirror having parameters set for each driver of a vehicle. The electronically adjustable rearview mirror and the electronically trainable garage door opener may be advantageously provided with a keyless entry system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventors: Paul S. Van Lente, Michael J. Suman, Mark L. Zeinstra, William S. DeVree
  • Patent number: 5691848
    Abstract: A vehicle structural accessory includes one or more electronic accessories. One electrical accessory which may be provided is an electronically trainable transmitter which is trainable to generate a control signal which will actuate a garage door opening mechanism. Another electronic accessory which may be included is an electronic compass. Yet another device is an electronically adjustable mirror having parameters set for each driver of a vehicle. The electronically adjustable rearview mirror and the electronically trainable garage door opener may be advantageously provided with a keyless entry system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventors: Paul S. Van Lente, Michael J. Suman, Mark L. Zeinstra, William S. DeVree
  • Patent number: 5661455
    Abstract: A vehicle structural accessory includes one or more electronic accessories. One electrical accessory which may be provided is an electronically trainable transmitter which is trainable to generate a control signal which will actuate a garage door opening mechanism. Another electronic accessory which may be included is an electronic compass. Yet another device is an electronically adjustable mirror having parameters set for each driver of a vehicle. The electronically adjustable rearview mirror and the electronically trainable garage door opener may be advantageously provided with a keyless entry system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventors: Paul S. Van Lente, Michael J. Suman, Mark L. Zeinstra, William S. DeVree
  • Patent number: 5614885
    Abstract: A vehicle structural accessory includes one or more electronic accessories. One electrical accessory which may be provided is an electronically trainable transmitter which is trainable to generate a control signal which will actuate a garage door opening mechanism. Another electronic accessory which may be included is an electronic compass. Yet another device is an electronically adjustable mirror having parameters set for each driver of a vehicle. The electronically adjustable rearview mirror and the electronically trainable garage door opener may be advantageously provided with a keyless entry system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventors: Paul S. Van Lente, Mark L. Zeinstra, Michael J. Suman, William S. DeVree
  • Patent number: 5583485
    Abstract: A vehicle structural accessory includes one or more electronic accessories. One electrical accessory which may be provided is an electronically trainable transmitter which is trainable to generate a control signal which will actuate a garage door opening mechanism. Another electronic accessory which may be included is an electronic compass. Yet another device is an electronically adjustable mirror having parameters set for each driver of a vehicle. The electronically adjustable rearview mirror and the electronically trainable garage door opener may be advantageously provided with a keyless entry system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventors: Paul S. Van Lente, Michael J. Suman, Mark L. Zeinstra, William S. DeVree
  • Patent number: 5475366
    Abstract: A vehicle structural accessory includes one or more electronic accessories. One electrical accessory which may be provided is an electronically trainable transmitter which is trainable to generate a control signal which will actuate a garage door opening mechanism. Another electronic accessory which may be included is an electronic compass. Yet another device is an electronically adjustable mirror having parameters set for each driver of a vehicle. The electronically adjustable rearview mirror and the electronically trainable garage door opener may be advantageously provided with a keyless entry system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1995
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventors: Paul S. Van Lente, Michael J. Suman, Mark L. Zeinstra, William S. DeVree
  • Patent number: 5406270
    Abstract: An operator identification system utilizes "dead" switches, such as window actuating switches which have no control function until such time as a vehicle ignition is turned on, for identifying a particular vehicle operator. The inactive switch contact closure is detected by an electrical circuit which also tests to determine whether the ignition is off and if it is, the window switch closure provides an operator identification signal to a vehicle microprocessor for identifying a particular driver and preset option functions associated with that driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventor: Paul S. Van Lente
  • Patent number: 4953305
    Abstract: A vehicle compass includes a magnetic field sensor for mounting within a vehicle and providing two output channels of information representing orthogonal direction sensing of the earth's magnetic field within the vehicle. The sensor is coupled to an electrical circuit including a microprocessor for sampling the data from each of the two channels and providing a plurality of tests to determine if the rate of change of data is within a prescribed limit thereby indicating valid data is being received. Further, the data is tested to determine the maximum and minimum signal levels during movement of the vehicle through a completed 360.degree. path of travel and for calculating therefrom the compass compensation information used to provide a corrected heading display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1990
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventors: Paul S. Van Lente, Steven L. Geerlings