Patents by Inventor Sue F. Franz

Sue F. Franz 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: 20180112127
    Abstract: An electrochromic medium includes a solvent, a first pair of a first anodic material and a first cathodic material, and at least one of a second anodic material and a second cathodic material. At least one of the first anodic material and the first cathodic material is an electrochromic absorbing in the visible range, and at least one of the second anodic material and the second cathodic material is electrochromic absorbing in the visible range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: Sue F. FRANZ, Kelvin L. BAUMANN
  • Publication number: 20180039148
    Abstract: An electrochromic device includes a chamber defined by a substantially transparent first substrate, a second substrate, and a sealing member; wherein: the first substrate comprises a first surface, and a second surface comprising a first substantially transparent, electrically conductive coating and disposed opposite to the first surface; the second substrate comprising a first surface comprising a second substantially transparent, electrically conductive coating, and a second surface disposed opposite to the first surface; the second surface of the first substrate and the first surface of the second substrate being located proximally to each other and having a substantially uniform spacing of distance, d, between them; and 0 ?m<d?65 ?m; an electrochromic medium comprising a cathodic component, an anodic component, and a solvent; and insoluble spacing objects within the chamber, the insoluble spacing objects having a largest dimension that is greater than 0, but less than or equal to d.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: Sue F. Franz, Kelvin L. Baumann, Adam R. Heintzelman
  • Publication number: 20170336693
    Abstract: An electrode for an electrochromic device includes a resistive layer disposed over a conductive layer. The resistive layer is disposed between the conductive layer and an electrochromic material in the electrochromic device. The electrode reduces non-uniform response of the electrochromic material when the electrochromic device is in operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Michael T. Stephenson, Sue F. Franz, Henry A. Luten, John S. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9738140
    Abstract: An electrochromic device includes a first substantially transparent substrate having an electrically conductive material associated therewith, a second substantially transparent substrate having an electrically conductive material associated therewith, an electrochromic composition contained within a chamber positioned between the first and second substrates that includes at least one anodic electroactive material, at least one cathodic electroactive material, and at least one solvent, wherein at least one of the anodic electroactive and cathodic electroactive materials is electrochromic, and wherein the electrochromic device exhibits a contrast ratio of at least 20,000:1, a darkening time less than about 30 seconds, and a clearing time of less than about 150 seconds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin L. Ash, Kelvin L. Baumann, Sue F. Franz
  • Patent number: 9575359
    Abstract: An emissive display system includes an electro-optic device having a first substantially transparent substrate including first and second surfaces disposed on opposite sides thereof. At least one of the first and second surfaces includes a first electrically conductive layer. A second substantially transparent substrate includes third and fourth surfaces disposed on opposite sides thereof. At least one of the third and fourth surfaces includes a second electrically conductive layer. A primary seal disposed between the first and second substrates. The seal and the first and second substrates define a cavity therebetween. An electro-optic medium is disposed in the cavity and is variably transmissive such that the electro-optic device is operable between substantially clear and darkened states. A substantially transparent light emitting display is disposed adjacent to the electro-optic device, which is converted to the darkened state when the light emitting display is emitting light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David A. Theiste, Leroy J. Kloeppner, Sue F. Franz, Kevin L. Ash, William L. Tonar, David J. Cammenga
  • Patent number: 9575360
    Abstract: An emissive display system includes an electro-optic device having a first substantially transparent substrate. A second substantially transparent substrate is spaced apart from the first substrate to define a cavity therebetween. An electro-optic medium is disposed within the cavity and is variably transmissive such that the electro-optic device is operable between substantially clear and darkened states, and includes at least one solvent, at least one anodic material, and at least one cathodic material. One or more spacing members are deposited on one of the first substrate and the second substrate and are configured to maintain a cell spacing between the first and second substrates. The one or more spacing members at least substantially dissolve upon association with the electro-optic medium. A substantially transparent light emitting display is operably coupled to the electro-optic device, which is in the darkened state when the light emitting display is emitting light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David A. Theiste, Sue F. Franz, Kevin L. Ash, Leroy J. Kloeppner, William L. Tonar
  • Patent number: 9470927
    Abstract: An emissive display system includes an electro-optic device having a first substantially transparent substrate including a first electrically conductive material associated therewith. A second substantially transparent substrate is spaced apart from the first substrate to define a cavity and includes a second electrically conductive material associated therewith. One or more spacing members are positioned within the cavity and include one or more polymer matrix discs configured to maintain a cell spacing between the first and second substrates. An electro-optic medium is disposed within the cavity and is variably transmissive such that the electro-optic device is operable between substantially clear and darkened states, and includes at least one solvent, at least one anodic material, and at least one cathodic material. A substantially transparent light emitting display is operably coupled to the electro-optic device, which is in the darkened state when the light emitting display is emitting light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin L. Ash, Sue F. Franz, David A. Theiste, William L. Tonar, Leroy J. Kloeppner
  • Patent number: 9354470
    Abstract: An emissive display system includes an electro-optic device having a first substantially transparent substrate including first and second surfaces, at least one of which includes a first electrically conductive layer. A second substantially transparent substrate includes third and fourth surfaces, at least one of which includes a second electrically conductive layer. A primary seal is disposed around perimeter portions of the first and second substrates, which define a cavity therebetween. An electro-optic medium is disposed in the cavity and is variably transmissive such that the electro-optic device is operable between substantially clear and darkened states. A plurality of beads are disposed in a central portion of the cavity and are movable to a perimeter portion of the cavity. A substantially transparent light emitting display is disposed adjacent to the electro-optic device, which is in the darkened state when the light emitting display is emitting light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin L. Ash, Sue F. Franz, Adam R. Heintzelman, David J. Cammenga
  • Publication number: 20160033838
    Abstract: An electrochromic device includes a first substantially transparent substrate having an electrically conductive material associated therewith, a second substantially transparent substrate having an electrically conductive material associated therewith, an electrochromic composition contained within a chamber positioned between the first and second substrates that includes at least one anodic electroactive material, at least one cathodic electroactive material, and at least one solvent, wherein at least one of the anodic electroactive and cathodic electroactive materials is electrochromic, and wherein the electrochromic device exhibits a contrast ratio of at least 20,000:1, a darkening time less than about 30 seconds, and a clearing time of less than about 150 seconds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventors: Kevin L. ASH, Kelvin L. BAUMANN, Sue F. FRANZ
  • Publication number: 20150362645
    Abstract: An electro-optic (EO) display includes one or more adjustable-intensity color filters; a transparent backlight; and a transflective layer positioned between the adjustable-intensity color filter(s) and the transparent backlight, wherein the transflective layer reflects light off of one surface of the transflective layer and allows light through another surface of the transflective layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Inventors: Sue F. Franz, Leroy J. Kloeppner, John A. VanderPloeg, David A. Blaker, David A. Theiste
  • Publication number: 20150085338
    Abstract: An emissive display system includes an electro-optic device having a first substantially transparent substrate including a first electrically conductive material associated therewith. A second substantially transparent substrate is spaced apart from the first substrate to define a cavity and includes a second electrically conductive material associated therewith. One or more spacing members are positioned within the cavity and include one or more polymer matrix discs configured to maintain a cell spacing between the first and second substrates. An electro-optic medium is disposed within the cavity and is variably transmissive such that the electro-optic device is operable between substantially clear and darkened states, and includes at least one solvent, at least one anodic material, and at least one cathodic material. A substantially transparent light emitting display is operably coupled to the electro-optic device, which is in the darkened state when the light emitting display is emitting light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Kevin L. Ash, Sue F. Franz, David A. Theiste, William L. Tonar, Leroy J. Kloeppner
  • Publication number: 20150085340
    Abstract: An emissive display system includes an electro-optic device having a first substantially transparent substrate including first and second surfaces disposed on opposite sides thereof. At least one of the first and second surfaces includes a first electrically conductive layer. A second substantially transparent substrate includes third and fourth surfaces disposed on opposite sides thereof. At least one of the third and fourth surfaces includes a second electrically conductive layer. A primary seal disposed between the first and second substrates. The seal and the first and second substrates define a cavity therebetween. An electro-optic medium is disposed in the cavity and is variably transmissive such that the electro-optic device is operable between substantially clear and darkened states. A substantially transparent light emitting display is disposed adjacent to the electro-optic device, which is converted to the darkened state when the light emitting display is emitting light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: David A. Theiste, Leroy J. Kloeppner, Sue F. Franz, Kevin L. Ash, William L. Tonar, David J. Cammenga
  • Publication number: 20150085339
    Abstract: An emissive display system includes an electro-optic device having a first substantially transparent substrate. A second substantially transparent substrate is spaced apart from the first substrate to define a cavity therebetween. An electro-optic medium is disposed within the cavity and is variably transmissive such that the electro-optic device is operable between substantially clear and darkened states, and includes at least one solvent, at least one anodic material, and at least one cathodic material. One or more spacing members are deposited on one of the first substrate and the second substrate and are configured to maintain a cell spacing between the first and second substrates. The one or more spacing members at least substantially dissolve upon association with the electro-optic medium. A substantially transparent light emitting display is operably coupled to the electro-optic device, which is in the darkened state when the light emitting display is emitting light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: David A. Theiste, Sue F. Franz, Kevin L. Ash, Leroy J. Kloeppner, William L. Tonar
  • Publication number: 20150085341
    Abstract: An emissive display system includes an electro-optic device having a first substantially transparent substrate including first and second surfaces, at least one of which includes a first electrically conductive layer. A second substantially transparent substrate includes third and fourth surfaces, at least one of which includes a second electrically conductive layer. A primary seal is disposed around perimeter portions of the first and second substrates, which define a cavity therebetween. An electro-optic medium is disposed in the cavity and is variably transmissive such that the electro-optic device is operable between substantially clear and darkened states. A plurality of beads are disposed in a central portion of the cavity and are movable to a perimeter portion of the cavity. A substantially transparent light emitting display is disposed adjacent to the electro-optic device, which is in the darkened state when the light emitting display is emitting light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Kevin L. Ash, Sue F. Franz, Adam R. Heintzelman, David J. Cammenga
  • Patent number: 7920053
    Abstract: A notification system and method of visual notification of different types of events by flashing different colors is provided, wherein the notification system includes a master controller and a notification device. The master controller is configured to communicate at least one signal. The notification device includes an enclosure accepting a plurality of conductors providing both signaling and electrical power to the notification device, and at least one strobe drive circuit configured to supply an electrical signal for periodically flashing at least one strobe. The notification device further includes a strobe system configured to flash at least one strobe, such that the strobe system flashes one of at least two different colors, and a control logic configured to determine which color of the at least two different colors to flash at least one strobe based upon the signal received from at least one of the plurality of conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Greg R. Pattok, Michael B. DeWarrd, Scott R. Edwards, Sue F. Franz, Christopher D. Stirling
  • Publication number: 20100033319
    Abstract: A notification system and method of visual notification of different types of events by flashing different colors is provided, wherein the notification system includes a master controller and a notification device. The master controller is configured to communicate at least one signal. The notification device includes an enclosure accepting a plurality of conductors providing both signaling and electrical power to the notification device, and at least one strobe drive circuit configured to supply an electrical signal for periodically flashing at least one strobe. The notification device further includes a strobe system configured to flash at least one strobe, such that the strobe system flashes one of at least two different colors, and a control logic configured to determine which color of the at least two different colors to flash at least one strobe based upon the signal received from at least one of the plurality of conductors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventors: Greg R. Pattok, Michael B. DeWarrd, Scott R. Edwards, Sue F. Franz, Christopher D. Stirling
  • Patent number: 7428091
    Abstract: An electrochromic device having an electrochromic medium comprising: a material represented by the following formula: wherein X comprises N—R10, O, or S; wherein R1-R10 are defined herein with the proviso that at least one of R5 and R10 comprises an alkyl, cycloalkyl, polycycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl, aryl, alkaryl, aralkyl, alkoxy, alkenyl, and/or alkynyl group containing 4 to approximately 50 carbon atoms, wherein at least one of the carbon atoms may be a linking group to, or part of, a halogen, a N, O, and/or S containing moiety, and/or one or more functional groups comprising alcohols, esters, ammonium salts, phosphonium salts, and combinations thereof, and wherein at least one of R5 and R10 is void of any ? hydrogen atoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Kelvin L. Baumann, Thomas F. Guarr, Punam Giri, Mark D. Muyskens, Sue F. Franz