Patents by Inventor Thomas R. Futryk

Thomas R. Futryk 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: 8113695
    Abstract: A component of an actuatable apparatus has a substrate, a selectively light- transmissive opaque covering, and an illumination source. The opaque covering is applied to an obverse surface or a reverse surface of the substrate to selectively enable and prevent transmission of light therethrough. The illumination source is adjacent the reverse surface for illuminating a selected area of the substrate. The opaque covering is characterized by first and second portions collectively defining a pattern associated with the selected area. The first portion enables transmission of light therethrough, and the second portion prevents or impedes transmission of light therethrough. Actuation of the illumination source directs light through the first portion but not through the second portion to reveal the pattern. The opaque covering renders the pattern invisible when the illumination source is in the non- illuminated state, and visible when the illumination source is in the illuminated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: ADAC Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph S. Meinke, Robert L. Bingle, Todd Pastrick, Ian R. Pettigrew, Thomas R. Futryk, Todd W. Trap
  • Publication number: 20090257241
    Abstract: A component of an actuatable apparatus includes a substrate having an external surface defining a selected area, an illumination source actuatable between an illuminated state and a non-illuminated state, and an opaque indicia coating applied over the selected area. The illumination source is positioned behind the selected area. A portion of the opaque indicia coating defines a pattern having a greater light transmissivity than the portion of the opaque indicia coating not comprising the pattern. The pattern is invisible when the illumination source is in the non-illuminated state, and visible when the illumination source is in the illuminated state and transmits light through the pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Applicant: ADAC PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Joe Meinke, Robert L. Bingle, Todd Pastrick, Ian R. Pettigrew, Thomas R. Futryk, Todd Trap
  • Patent number: 7350949
    Abstract: A vehicular trim component comprises a substrate having external and internal surfaces and a finish on at least one of the external and internal surfaces. An illumination source actuatable between an illuminated state and a non-illuminated state is positioned behind the substrate to direct light through the finish with the illumination source is in the illuminated state. A mask associated with the substrate defines at least a masked portion and an unmasked portion, wherein the unmasked portion transmits more light than the unmasked portion. The finish extends across both the masked portion and the unmasked portion to conceal visible differences between the masked portion and the unmasked portion when the illumination source is in the non-illuminated state. When the illumination source is in the illuminated state, light passes through the unmasked portion and the finish to provide a visible distinction between the masked portion and the unmasked portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: ADAC Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Meinke, Robert L. Bingle, Todd Pastrick, Ian R. Pettigrew, Thomas R. Futryk, Todd Trap
  • Patent number: 7281745
    Abstract: A vehicle having a cargo extender mounted to a rear portion thereof, preferably a minivan or a sport utility vehicle, is provided. The cargo extender is preferably slidable between a retracted position stowed in an aesthetically-pleasing manner within the rear portion of the vehicle and an extended position where any contents of the extender can be accessed. Further, the cargo extender can be pivoted to different angular positions (as opposed to the generally horizontal position in which it is stored) to provide additional functionality thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: ADAC Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph S. Meinke, Thomas R. Futryk
  • Patent number: 6988756
    Abstract: A tailgate of modular construction and employing an extender assembly. The tailgate employs a thick central molded plastic core structure and inner and outer cover sheets secured to inboard and outboard faces of the core structure. The core structure defines laterally spaced vertically extending channels and the extender assembly includes a pair of laterally spaced post assemblies slidably mounted in the respective channels of the core member and connected at their upper end by a bar member which fits in a pocket defined in the upper face of the tailgate with the extender assembly in its lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Inventors: Joseph S. Meinke, Robert L. Bingle, Thomas R. Futryk, Todd W. Pastrick