Patents by Inventor Stephan Berlitz

Stephan Berlitz 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: 10645529
    Abstract: A motor vehicle is disclosed that includes at least one linear lighting means for directly and/or indirectly lighting a vehicle interior. A position-sensing unit senses ego information describing a position and an orientation of the motor vehicle. A control device determines, from location information describing the position of a person, and from the ego information, direction information describing a direction of the person in relation to the motor vehicle (1), selects, in accordance with the direction information, a sub-group of lighting segments that includes at least one lighting segment to be activated, and activates the lighting segment belonging to the sub-group in accordance with a configuration, which specifies the lighting brightness and/or the lighting color of the lighting segment, and which visualizes the position of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Stephan Berlitz, Friedrich-Uwe Tontsch, Julia Kastner
  • Publication number: 20190322212
    Abstract: A motor vehicle, comprising at least one linear lighting device for directly or indirectly lighting a vehicle interior. The at least one lighting device extends, at least in some sections, horizontally along at least one component of the motor vehicle. The motor vehicle additionally comprises a position-sensing unit for sensing ego information describing a position and an orientation of the motor vehicle. The at least one lighting device is divided horizontally into a plurality of lighting segments each having a fixed emission profile. The motor vehicle has a control device, configured to: determine a direction of the destination in relation to the motor vehicle; select a sub-group of the plurality of lighting segments comprising at least one lighting segment to be activated; and activate the at least one lighting segment belonging to the sub-group according to lighting brightness or lighting color of the at least one lighting segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Julia KASTNER, Friedrich-Uwe TONTSCH, Stephan BERLITZ
  • Publication number: 20190090091
    Abstract: A motor vehicle is disclosed that includes at least one linear lighting means for directly and/or indirectly lighting a vehicle interior. A position-sensing unit senses ego information describing a position and an orientation of the motor vehicle. A control device determines, from location information describing the position of a person, and from the ego information, direction information describing a direction of the person in relation to the motor vehicle (1), selects, in accordance with the direction information, a sub-group of lighting segments that includes at least one lighting segment to be activated, and activates the lighting segment belonging to the sub-group in accordance with a configuration, which specifies the lighting brightness and/or the lighting color of the lighting segment, and which visualizes the position of the person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: Audi AG
    Inventors: Stephan BERLITZ, Friedrich-Uwe TONTSCH, Julia KASTNER
  • Patent number: 10195987
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a motor vehicle having one or more flashing light devices for generating a turn signal light or a blinking hazard light, one or more elongated interior lighting devices for emitting visible light in a form of moving light in the interior of the motor vehicle, and a control device associated with the interior lighting devices, and the control device is configured to to control the one or more interior lighting devices such that, during the time the turn signal light or the blinking hazard light is being generated by the one or more flashing light devices, visible light in the form of a moving light will be emitted by the one or more interior lighting devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Stephan Berlitz, Friedrich-Uwe Tontsch, Julia Kastner
  • Publication number: 20180257558
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a motor vehicle having one or more flashing light devices for generating a turn signal light or a blinking hazard light, one or more elongated interior lighting devices for emitting visible light in a form of moving light in the interior of the motor vehicle, and a control device associated with the interior lighting devices, and the control device is configured to to control the one or more interior lighting devices such that, during the time the turn signal light or the blinking hazard light is being generated by the one or more flashing light devices, visible light in the form of a moving light will be emitted by the one or more interior lighting devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2016
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Inventors: Stephan BERLITZ, Friedrich-Uwe TONTSCH, Julia KASTNER
  • Patent number: 8970112
    Abstract: An actuation device (4) for a lighting device (3) of a motor vehicle (1), which includes at least one LED associated with a turn signal and at least one LED associated with another type of light, in particular a daytime running light and/or a position light, and a common optical system (10) for the types of light, wherein the actuation device (4) has a single DC/DC converter (11) used for both the LEDs of the turn signal and for the LEDs of the other type of light, as well as a control unit (12) for controlling the DC/DC converter (11) in response to a control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Thomas Baier, Stephan Berlitz
  • Patent number: 8858020
    Abstract: An illuminated display for representing a three-dimensional object includes a display element containing the object, wherein information becomes visible when light is coupled into the display element. The display element is transparent. The three-dimensional object is made from a first plastic material having a first refractive index and is partially or completely surrounded by a second plastic material having a second refractive index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Tobias Schwab, Stephan Berlitz
  • Publication number: 20140049160
    Abstract: An actuation device (4) for a lighting device (3) of a motor vehicle (1), which includes at least one LED associated with a turn signal and at least one LED associated with another type of light, in particular a daytime running light and/or a position light, and a common optical system (10) for the types of light, wherein the actuation device (4) has a single DC/DC converter (11) used for both the LEDs of the turn signal and for the LEDs of the other type of light, as well as a control unit (12) for controlling the DC/DC converter (11) in response to a control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Audi AG
    Inventors: Thomas Baier, Stephan Berlitz
  • Publication number: 20130094205
    Abstract: An illuminated display for representing a three-dimensional object includes a display element containing the object, wherein information becomes visible when light is coupled into the display element. The display element is transparent. The three-dimensional object is made from a first plastic material having a first refractive index and is partially or completely surrounded by a second plastic material having a second refractive index.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Tobias Schwab, Stephan Berlitz
  • Patent number: 6851843
    Abstract: A light assembly for a motor vehicle has a housing having a housing opening covered by a lens. At least one reflector is arranged in the housing, and at least one light guide is arranged in the housing between the at least one reflector and the lens. One or more LEDs as a light source are arranged hidden in the housing such that rays emitted by the LEDs are partially reflected on the at least one reflector toward the light guide. The light guide gives the impression of a fluorescent lamp being mounted in the light assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Reitter & Schefenacker GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Otto Rolf Müller, Stephan Berlitz, Friedbert Schmitt
  • Publication number: 20020114166
    Abstract: A light assembly for a motor vehicle has a housing having a housing opening covered by a lens. At least one reflector is arranged in the housing, and at least one light guide is arranged in the housing between the at least one reflector and the lens. One or more LEDs as a light source are arranged hidden in the housing such that rays emitted by the LEDs are partially reflected on the at least one reflector toward the light guide. The light guide gives the impression of a fluorescent lamp being mounted in the light assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2002
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Applicant: Reitter & Schefenacker GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Otto Rolf Muller, Stephan Berlitz, Friedbert Schmitt
  • Patent number: 5707130
    Abstract: A vehicle taillight has a housing and a light-transmissive cover for closing off the housing. At least one light source is located within the housing for emitting light through the light-transmissive cover. At least one light-guiding member is positioned within the housing between the light source and the light-transmissive cover. The light-guiding member consists of light guide material and reflects light emitted by the light source onto the light-transmissive cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: Reitter & Schefenacker GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hubert Zwick, Otto Muller, Stephan Berlitz