Patents by Inventor Scott R. Kaytor

Scott R. Kaytor 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 6780355
    Abstract: Diffuse reflective materials proximate to a structure formed by thermally induced phase separation of a thermoplastic polymer and a diluent providing enhanced flexibility and reflectivity especially in the visible wavelengths of 380-730 nanometers are described. Such materials find a wide variety of application among combinations with other reflective layers. The diffuse reflective articles are useful in backlight units of liquid crystal displays, lights, copy machines, projection system displays, facsimile apparatus, electronic blackboards, diffuse white standards, photographic lights and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Wade D Kretman, Scott R Kaytor
  • Publication number: 20040005451
    Abstract: Diffuse reflective materials proximate to a structure formed by thermally induced phase separation of a thermoplastic polymer and a diluent providing enhanced flexibility and reflectivity especially in the visible wavelengths of 380-730 nanometers are described. Such materials find a wide variety of application among combinations with various light management films, including other reflective layers, turning films, brightness enhancement films, and polarizing films. The diffuse reflective articles are useful in backlight units of liquid crystal displays, lights, copy machines, projection system displays, facsimile apparatus, electronic blackboards, diffuse white standards, photographic lights and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Publication date: January 8, 2004
    Applicant: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing company
    Inventors: Wade D. Kretman, Scott R. Kaytor
  • Publication number: 20030118805
    Abstract: Diffuse reflective materials proximate to a structure formed by thermally induced phase separation of a thermoplastic polymer and a diluent providing enhanced flexibility and reflectivity especially in the visible wavelengths of 380-730 nanometers are described. Such materials find a wide variety of application among combinations with other reflective layers. The diffuse reflective articles are useful in backlight units of liquid crystal displays, lights, copy machines, projection system displays, facsimile apparatus, electronic blackboards, diffuse white standards, photographic lights and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Applicant: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Wade D. Kretman, Scott R. Kaytor
  • Patent number: 6497946
    Abstract: Diffuse reflective materials proximate to a structure formed by thermally induced phase separation of a thermoplastic polymer and a diluent providing enhanced flexibility and reflectivity especially in the visible wavelengths of 380-730 nanometers are described. Such materials find a wide variety of application among combinations with other reflective layers. The diffuse reflective articles are useful in backlight units of liquid crystal displays, lights, copy machines, projection system displays, facsimile apparatus, electronic blackboards, diffuse white standards, photographic lights and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Wade D. Kretman, Scott R. Kaytor
  • Publication number: 20010036546
    Abstract: Diffuse reflective articles having a first layer formed by thermally induced phase separation of a thermoplastic polymer and a diluent, plus a second layer containing a dimensionally stabilizing polymer are described. Such materials find a wide variety of applications, including in combinations with various light management films. The diffuse reflective articles are useful in applications where high reflectivity is desired, such as backlight units of liquid crystal displays, lights, copy machines, projection system displays, facsimile apparatus, electronic blackboards, diffuse white standards, and photographic lights.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2001
    Publication date: November 1, 2001
    Inventors: Scott R. Kaytor, Warren P. Caswell, Wade D. Kretman
  • Patent number: 6282821
    Abstract: A low-loss, diffuser film is provided for translucent surface(s) of lighted signage. The film has little absorptivity and has partial transmissivity and partial reflectivity. Luminance efficiency and brightness are significantly improved over conventional films used in backlit signage. A luminance efficiency prediction equation is also provided to aid in selection of diffuser films and interior surfaces of the lighted sign cavity. A combination of effects of diffuser films and a diffuse reflective films lining the interior surfaces of the lighted sign cavity is unexpectedly greater than their sum of effects operating alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: David G. Freier, Neal T. Strand, Scott R. Kaytor, Frank L. Deyak
  • Patent number: 6171689
    Abstract: Microporous articles formed by thermally induced phase separation from a diluent in combination with a thermoplastic polymer and a flame retardant providing novel flame retardant articles. Such articles are useful in clothing, wall or roofing barriers, optical films in electronic devices (such as light reflective and dispersive films), printing substrates and electrical insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Scott R. Kaytor, Richard A. Kollaja
  • Patent number: 6010776
    Abstract: Microporous materials formed by thermally induced phase transition from a crosslinkable oil in combination with a thermoplastic polymer providing covalent bonding and immobilization of the oil diluent. Such materials are useful in graphic imaging substrates and fluid-repellent diapers and garments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Bert J. Exsted, Robert J. Maki, Jeffrey M. Mailand, Scott R. Kaytor, Claudia L. Allison, Sean B. Mahoney