Patents by Inventor Stephen S. Wilson

Stephen S. Wilson 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: 11141959
    Abstract: An optical web comprising includes a substrate with an anterior coating applied to the anterior side of the substrate and a posterior coating applied to the posterior side of the substrate. The refractive index of the anterior coating and the posterior coating is less than that of the substrate. A second coating layer may be applied to the anterior coating layer and/or the posterior coating layer, where the second coating layer has a refractive index less than that of the coating layer it is applied to. Additional coating layers may be applied to produce a stack of layers that decrease monotonically in refractive indexes moving outward from the substrate. The optical webs may be laminated together to form tear-off laminated lens stacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Racing Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: Bart E. Wilson, Stephen S. Wilson
  • Patent number: 11125449
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning (HVAC) system, includes a cooling circuit, a reheat circuit, and a control system. The cooling circuit includes a condenser, a compressor, an evaporator, and a multi-directional valve, and the HVAC system is configured to circulate refrigerant through the cooling circuit in a cooling operating mode. The reheat circuit includes a reheat heat exchanger, the compressor, the evaporator, and the multi-directional valve, and the HVAC system is configured to circulate refrigerant through the reheat circuit in a reheat operating mode. The control system is configured to execute a switch between the cooling operating mode and the reheat operating mode by sending a signal to the multi-directional valve to adjust from a first position to a second position, interrupting a voltage provided to the compressor at a first time, and restoring application of the voltage to the compressor at a second time that is subsequent to the first time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Norman J. Blanton, Stephen C. Wilson, Paul S. Willmus, Bradford G. Briley
  • Publication number: 20210283994
    Abstract: A protective barrier affixable to a curved substrate comprises a stack of two or more lenses, each of the two or more lenses including a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film, a hard coat on a first side of the PET film, and an adhesive layer on a second side of the PET film opposite the first side. The stack of two or more lenses may have a modulation transfer function that exhibits a contrast value greater than 75% for a spatial resolution of one line-pair per 0.0003 radians at 65 degrees angle of incidence. Heat and pressure may be applied to conform the stack of two or more lenses to the shape of the curved substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Inventors: Bart E. Wilson, Stephen S. Wilson, Seth Wilson
  • Patent number: 11059266
    Abstract: A protective shield includes a rigid base layer, and a flexible outer cushioning layer formed from a flexible film material laminated to an outer surface of the base layer. The outer cushioning layer includes two or more layers of flexible film laminated together via an intermediary adhesive. The protective shield also has a mounting adhesive layer applied on the lower surface of the shield. The mounting adhesive allows the shield to be removably mounted to a display surface, such as a touch screen surface for an electronic device. When the shield is properly mounted to the display surface, the outer layer formed from flexible film material faces away from the display surface. The flexible cushioning layer on the outer surface of the shield allows the shield to protect the display surface such that the display surface can withstand higher levels of impacts without breaking or shattering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Racing Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: Bart E. Wilson, Stephen S. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20210162645
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a polymer film includes melting a resin, extruding the melted resin through a die to produce a polymer film, shaping the polymer film, cooling the polymer film, capturing an image of a test pattern through the polymer film, calculating a modulation transfer function value from the image, and adjusting a process parameter of the melting, the extruding, the shaping, or the cooling based on the calculated modulation transfer function value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Inventors: Bart E. Wilson, Stephen S. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20210070017
    Abstract: A solar control system for a vehicle window includes a substrate made of biaxially-oriented polyethelene terephthalate, a thermochromic film formed on the substrate or on an intervening dielectric layer that is formed on the substrate, and a protective layer. The protective layer may be made of biaxially-oriented polyethelene terephthalate and may be laminated on the thermochromic film or on a thermochromic core comprising one or more thermochromic film(s) and/or dielectric layer(s). The thermochromic film may include vanadium dioxide nanocrystals. The solar control system may be applied to a vehicle window such as a windshield of an automobile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Bart E. Wilson, Stephen S. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20200369015
    Abstract: A laminate includes a polycarbonate substrate and an ultraviolet hard coat film disposed on the polycarbonate substrate. The ultraviolet hard coat film may include a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) layer, an adhesive interposed between the PET layer and the polycarbonate substrate, and an exterior hard coat disposed on the PET layer opposite the polycarbonate substrate. The exterior hard coat may include UV stabilizers. The laminate may include additional ultraviolet hard coat films stacked on the ultraviolet hard coat film. The laminate may be thermoformed into the shape of a curved vehicle windshield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: Stephen S. Wilson, Bart E. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20200247102
    Abstract: A method of installing a stack of two or more lenses on a curved substrate includes placing a moldable coveting on a curved substrate, the moldable covering including a stack of two or more lenses, an adhesive layer interposed between each pair of adjacent lenses from among the two or more lenses, and a sacrificial layer disposed on an outermost lens of the stack, the sacrificial layer including a sacrificial lens and a sacrificial adhesive interposed between the sacrificial lens and the outermost lens of the stack. The method may include applying heat and pressure to the sacrificial layer and peeling off the sacrificial layer to reveal the stack of two or more lenses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Bart E. Wilson, Stephen S. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20200183460
    Abstract: A shield that is attachable to a touch sensitive screen is disclosed. The shield may be attached to the touch sensitive screen only at its outer peripheral portion. An air gap is enclosed between the shield and the touch sensitive screen to form a planar air bearing. The shield preferably does not touch the active area of the touch sensitive screen when the user is not touching the shield but only viewing the touch sensitive screen through the shield. This mitigates unwanted optical artifacts such as trapped air bubbles, Newton rings and chromatic interference while maintaining the sensitivity of the touch sensitive screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Stephen S. Wilson, Bart Wilson, Seth Wilson
  • Publication number: 20200124768
    Abstract: A transparent covering affixable to a substrate includes a stack of two or more lenses, an adhesive layer interposed between each pair of adjacent lenses from among the two or more lenses, a first anti-reflective coating on a first outermost lens of the stack, and a second anti-reflective coating on a second outermost lens of the stack opposite the first outermost lens. The first anti-reflective coating has a first design wavelength range, and the second anti-reflective coating has a second design wavelength range that is different from the first design wavelength range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventor: Stephen S. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10620670
    Abstract: A shield that is attachable to a touch sensitive screen is disclosed. The shield may be attached to the touch sensitive screen only at its outer peripheral portion. An air gap is enclosed between the shield and the touch sensitive screen to form a planar air bearing. The shield preferably does not touch the active area of the touch sensitive screen when the user is not touching the shield but only viewing the touch sensitive screen through the shield. This mitigates unwanted optical artifacts such as trapped air bubbles, Newton rings and chromatic interference while maintaining the sensitivity of the touch sensitive screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Racing Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen S. Wilson, Bart Wilson, Seth Wilson
  • Publication number: 20190389182
    Abstract: An optical web comprising includes a substrate with an anterior coating applied to the anterior side of the substrate and a posterior coating applied to the posterior side of the substrate. The refractive index of the anterior coating and the posterior coating is less than that of the substrate. A second coating layer may be applied to the anterior coating layer and/or the posterior coating layer, where the second coating layer has a refractive index less than that of the coating layer it is applied to. Additional coating layers may be applied to produce a stack of layers that decrease monotonically in refractive indexes moving outward from the substrate. The optical webs may be laminated together to form tear-off laminated lens stacks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Bart E. Wilson, Stephen S. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10427385
    Abstract: An optical web comprising includes a substrate with an anterior coating applied to the anterior side of the substrate and a posterior coating applied to the posterior side of the substrate. The refractive index of the anterior coating and the posterior coating is less than that of the substrate. A second coating layer may be applied to the anterior coating layer and/or the posterior coating layer, where the second coating layer has a refractive index less than that of the coating layer it is applied to. Additional coating layers may be applied to produce a stack of layers that decrease monotonically in refractive indexes moving outward from the substrate. The optical webs may be laminated together to form tear-off laminated lens stacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Racing Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: Bart E. Wilson, Stephen S. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10345934
    Abstract: A shield that is attachable to a touch sensitive screen is disclosed. The shield may be attached to the touch sensitive screen only at its outer peripheral portion. An air gap is enclosed between the shield and the touch sensitive screen to form a planar air bearing. The shield preferably does not touch the active area of the touch sensitive screen when the user is not touching the shield but only viewing the touch sensitive screen through the shield. This mitigates unwanted optical artifacts such as trapped air bubbles, Newton rings and chromatic interference while maintaining the sensitivity of the touch sensitive screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Racing Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen S. Wilson, Bart Wilson, Seth Wilson
  • Publication number: 20190094914
    Abstract: A shield that is attachable to a touch sensitive screen is disclosed. The shield may be attached to the touch sensitive screen only at its outer peripheral portion. An air gap is enclosed between the shield and the touch sensitive screen to form a planar air bearing. The shield preferably does not touch the active area of the touch sensitive screen when the user is not touching the shield but only viewing the touch sensitive screen through the shield. This mitigates unwanted optical artifacts such as trapped air bubbles, Newton rings and chromatic interference while maintaining the sensitivity of the touch sensitive screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen S. Wilson, Bart Wilson, Seth Wilson
  • Publication number: 20190050025
    Abstract: A touch screen protector is removably attachable to a touch screen device. The protector attaches to the touch screen device about an outer peripheral portion of the touch screen, thereby not adhering to a central video display portion of the touch screen. The protector is pre-formed with a curvature that causes the protector, when attached to the device, to rise upwards and away from the touch screen. By biasing the protector away from the touch screen, the attached protector inhibits optical interference forming between the protector and the touch screen. The curvature is configured to provide a separation that is large enough to inhibit formation of optical interference between the protector and the touch screen, but small enough to maintain touch sensitivity of the touch screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Bart E. Wilson, Stephen S. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20180200114
    Abstract: A tear-off capture system includes an eye protector with a base lens. The eye protector has a retention mechanism mounted on one side, and a support mechanism that supports the eye protector on the head of a wearer. A two-tabbed stack of laminated tear-off lenses mounts to the eye protector via an adhesive. The stack mounts so that the first tab of the stack aligns with the first side of the eye protector and the second tab engages with the retention mechanism. Via the second tab and the retention mechanism, released tear-off layers are directed toward the second side of the eye protector away from the base lens. A capturer helps hold the initially released tear-off layer to the eye protector. An exposed tacky surface on each released tear-off helps hold the subsequently removed tear-off layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Bart E. Wilson, Stephen S. Wilson, Maxwell C. Klein
  • Patent number: D836727
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SBYKE USA LLC
    Inventors: Stephen S. Wilson, Bart Wilson, Maxwell C. Klein, Jian Li
  • Patent number: D843437
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Racing Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: Bart E. Wilson, Stephen S. Wilson, Maxwell C. Klein
  • Patent number: D933119
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Racing Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: Bart E. Wilson, Stephen S. Wilson, Maxwell C. Klein