Patents by Inventor Steven D. Solomonson

Steven D. Solomonson 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: 20190211168
    Abstract: A display film includes a transparent cross-linked polyurethane acrylate layer. The transparent cross-linked polyurethane acrylate layer having a glass transition temperature of 10 degrees Celsius or less and a Tan Delta peak value of 0.5 or greater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: David Scott THOMPSON, Steven D. SOLOMONSON, Karissa Lynn ECKERT, John James STRADINGER, Catherine A. LEATHERDALE, Peter D. CONDO, Richard J. POKORNY, Ryan M. BRAUN, Michael A. JOHNSON, Joseph D. RULE, Kevin R. SCHAFFER, Derek W. PATZMAN
  • Patent number: 10295724
    Abstract: This application describes a back-lit transmissive display including a transmissive display and a variable index light extraction layer optically coupled to a lightguide. The variable index light extraction layer has first regions of nanovoided polymeric material and second regions of the nanovoided polymeric material and an additional material. The first and second regions are disposed such that for light being transported at a supercritical angle in the lightguide, the variable index light extraction layer selectively extracts the light in a predetermined way based on the geometric arrangement of the first and second regions. The transmissive display may be a transmissive display panel or a polymeric film such as a graphic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: David Scott Thompson, Kevin R. Schaffer, Zhaohui Yang, Encai Hao, Audrey A. Sherman, Michael A. Meis, John A. Wheatley, Matthew S. Stay, Robert F. Kamrath, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Steven D. Solomonson
  • Patent number: 10288254
    Abstract: This application describes a front-lit reflective display assembly including a reflective display and an illumination article for front-lighting the display when the article is optically coupled to a light source. The illumination article includes a variable index light extraction layer optically coupled to a lightguide. The variable index light extraction layer has first and second regions, the first region comprising nanovoided polymeric material, the second region comprising the nanovoided polymeric material and an additional material, the first and second regions being disposed such that for light being transported at a supercritical angle in the lightguide, the variable index light extraction layer selectively extracts the light in a predetermined way based on the geometric arrangement of the first and second regions. Front-lit reflective display devices including the front-lit reflective display assembly optically coupled to a light source are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Kevin R. Schaffer, David Scott Thompson, Zhaohui Yang, Encai Hao, Audrey A. Sherman, Michael A. Meis, William J. Bryan, John A. Wheatley, Joseph W. Woody, Steven D. Solomonson, Matthew S. Stay, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20190010371
    Abstract: Processing tapes for use in preparing optical articles include a thermally stable tape backing and a low tack adhesive layer at least partially coated on tape backing. The low tack adhesive layer includes a crosslinked, polyester-containing (meth)acrylate-based polymer that is essentially free of volatile components, is unchanged after heat aging of 150 C for 1 hour under a pressure of 4.31 kiloPascals, and is able to removably adhere to the anti-reflective, nanostructured surface coating of an optical construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Lan H. Liu, Edward J. Kivel, Steven D. Solomonson, Stephen A. Johnson
  • 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: 10139550
    Abstract: Variable index light extraction layers that contain a first region with a first material and a second region including a second material are described, where the first region has a lower effective index of refraction than the second region. Optical films and stacks may use the variable index light extraction layers in front lit or back lit display devices and luminaires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: David Scott Thompson, Shawn C. Dodds, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Kevin R. Schaffer, Matthew S. Stay, Steven D. Solomonson, John A. Wheatley, Zhaohui Yang, Joseph W. Woody, V
  • Patent number: 10090480
    Abstract: A display film includes a transparent polymeric substrate layer and a transparent aliphatic cross-linked polyurethane layer disposed on the transparent polymeric substrate layer. The transparent aliphatic cross-linked polyurethane layer has a glass transition temperature in a range from 11 to 27 degrees Celsius and a Tan Delta peak value in a range from 0.5 to 2.5. The display film has a haze value of 1% or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael A. Johnson, David Scott Thompson, Catherine A. Leatherdale, John J. Stradinger, Evan L. Breedlove, Steven D. Solomonson, Ryan M. Braun, Kevin R. Schaffer, Peihui Zhang, Joseph D. Rule
  • Publication number: 20180264790
    Abstract: A display film includes a transparent polymeric substrate layer having a 0.2% offset yield stress greater than 110 MPa and a transparent aliphatic cross-linked polyurethane layer having a thickness of 100 micrometers or less disposed on the transparent polymeric substrate layer. The transparent aliphatic cross-linked polyurethane layer has a glass transition temperature in a range from 11 to 27 degrees Celsius and a Tan Delta peak value in a range from 0.5 to 2.5. The display film has a haze value of 2% or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: Catherine A. Leatherdale, David Scott Thompson, Michael A. Johnson, John J. Stradinger, Evan L. Breedlove, Steven D. Solomonson, Joseph D. Rule
  • Patent number: 10005264
    Abstract: A display film includes a transparent polymeric substrate layer having a 0.2% offset yield stress greater than 110 MPa and a transparent aliphatic cross-linked polyurethane layer having a thickness of 100 micrometers or less disposed on the transparent polymeric substrate layer. The transparent aliphatic cross-linked polyurethane layer has a glass transition temperature in a range from 11 to 27 degrees Celsius and a Tan Delta peak value in a range from 0.5 to 2.5. The display film has a haze value of 2% or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Catherine A. Leatherdale, David Scott Thompson, Michael A. Johnson, John J. Stradinger, Evan L. Breedlove, Steven D. Solomonson, Joseph D. Rule
  • Publication number: 20170365804
    Abstract: A display film includes a transparent polymeric substrate layer and a transparent aliphatic cross-linked polyurethane layer disposed on the transparent polymeric substrate layer. The transparent aliphatic cross-linked polyurethane layer has a glass transition temperature in a range from 11 to 27 degrees Celsius and a Tan Delta peak value in a range from 0.5 to 2.5. The display film has a haze value of 1% or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: Michael A. Johnson, David Scott Thompson, Catherine A. Leatherdale, John J. Stradinger, Evan L. Breedlove, Steven D. Solomonson, Ryan M. Braun, Kevin R. Schaffer, Peihui Zhang, Joseph D. Rule
  • Patent number: 9780318
    Abstract: A display film includes a transparent polymeric substrate layer and a transparent aliphatic cross-linked polyurethane layer disposed on the transparent polymeric substrate layer. The transparent aliphatic cross-linked polyurethane layer has a glass transition temperature in a range from 11 to 27 degrees Celsius and a Tan Delta peak value in a range from 0.5 to 2.5. The display film has a haze value of 1% or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael A. Johnson, David Scott Thompson, Catherine A. Leatherdale, John J. Stradinger, Evan L. Breedlove, Steven D. Solomonson, Ryan M. Braun, Kevin R. Schaffer, Peihui Zhang, Joseph D. Rule
  • Publication number: 20170165950
    Abstract: A display film includes a transparent polymeric substrate layer having a 0.2% offset yield stress greater than 110 MPa and a transparent aliphatic cross-linked polyurethane layer having a thickness of 100 micrometers or less disposed on the transparent polymeric substrate layer. The transparent aliphatic cross-linked polyurethane layer has a glass transition temperature in a range from 11 to 27 degrees Celsius and a Tan Delta peak value in a range from 0.5 to 2.5. The display film has a haze value of 2% or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: Catherine A. Leatherdale, David Scott Thompson, Michael A. Johnson, John J. Stradinger, Evan L. Breedlove, Steven D. Solomonson, Joseph D. Rule
  • Publication number: 20170166750
    Abstract: Presently described are hardcoat compositions comprising at least one first (meth)acrylate monomer comprising at least three (meth)acrylate groups and C2-C4 alkoxy repeat units wherein the monomer has a molecular weight per (meth)acrylate group ranging from about 220 to 375 g/mole and at least one second (meth)acrylate monomer comprising at least three (meth)acrylate groups. In one embodiment, the hardcoat composition further comprises and at least 50 wt-% solids of silica nanoparticles. Also described are articles, such as protective films, displays, and touch screens comprising such cured hardcoat compositions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: Richard J. Pokorny, Steven D. Solomonson, Robert F. Kamrath, Anthony M. Renstrom, Roger W. Barton, Craig R. Sykora
  • Publication number: 20170170416
    Abstract: A display film includes a transparent polymeric substrate layer and a transparent aliphatic cross-linked polyurethane layer disposed on the transparent polymeric substrate layer. The transparent aliphatic cross-linked polyurethane layer has a glass transition temperature in a range from 11 to 27 degrees Celsius and a Tan Delta peak value in a range from 0.5 to 2.5. The display film has a haze value of 1% or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: Michael A. Johnson, David Scott Thompson, Catherine A. Leatherdale, John J. Stradinger, Evan L. Breedlove, Steven D. Solomonson, Ryan M. Braun, Kevin R. Schaffer, Peihui Zhang, Joseph D. Rule
  • Patent number: 9651728
    Abstract: Variable index light extraction layers (100) that contain a plurality of microreplicated posts (120) are described. The variable index light extraction layers contain a plurality of microreplicated posts (120), a first region including a first lower-index substance (130) and a second region including a second higher-index substance (140). Optical films can use the variable index light extraction layers (100) in front lit or back lit display devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: David S. Thompson, Vivian W. Jones, Michael A. Meis, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Kevin R. Schaffer, Audrey A. Sherman, Steven D. Solomonson, Matthew S. Stay, Joseph W. Woody, V, Zhaohui Yang
  • 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: 20170031078
    Abstract: This application describes a back-lit transmissive display including a transmissive display and a variable index light extraction layer optically coupled to a lightguide. The variable index light extraction layer has first regions of nanovoided polymeric material and second regions of the nanovoided polymeric material and an additional material. The first and second regions are disposed such that for light being transported at a supercritical angle in the lightguide, the variable index light extraction layer selectively extracts the light in a predetermined way based on the geometric arrangement of the first and second regions. The transmissive display may be a transmissive display panel or a polymeric film such as a graphic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Inventors: David Scott Thompson, Kevin R. Schaffer, Zhaohui Yang, Encai Hao, Audrey A. Sherman, Michael A. Meis, John A. Wheatley, Matthew S. Stay, Robert F. Kamrath, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Steven D. Solomonson
  • Patent number: 9541701
    Abstract: This application describes a back-lit transmissive display including a transmissive display (620) and a variable index light extraction layer (640) optically coupled to a lightguide (630). The variable index light extraction layer has first regions (140) of nanovoided polymeric material and second regions (130) of the nanovoided polymeric material and an additional material. The first and second regions are disposed such that for light being transported at a supercritical angle in the lightguide, the variable index light extraction layer selectively extracts the light in a predetermined way based on the geometric arrangement of the first and second regions. The transmissive display may be a transmissive display panel or a polymeric film such as a graphic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: David Scott Thompson, Kevin R. Schaffer, Zhaohui Yang, Encai Hao, Audrey A. Sherman, Michael A. Meis, John A. Wheatley, Matthew S. Stay, Robert F. Kamrath, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Steven D. Solomonson
  • Patent number: 9519096
    Abstract: Optical devices include a light source and an optical article, where the optical article is an acid-free, non-yellowing pressure sensitive adhesive light guide. The light source is optically coupled to the light guide such that light emitted by the light source enters the light guide and is transported within the light guide by total internal reflection. The light guide includes a plurality of features oriented to extract light being transported within the light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Audrey A. Sherman, Corinne E. Lipscomb, Steven D. Solomonson, Arlin L. Weikel, Maureen A. Kavanagh, Kevin R. Schaffer, Michael A. Meis