Reflectors Arranged In The Outline Of Indicia Patents (Class 40/583)
  • Patent number: 9864413
    Abstract: An accessory suitable for an electronic device is provided. The electronic device has a display area. The accessory includes a coupling portion and a cover portion. The coupling portion is suitable to be coupled to the electronic device. The cover portion is connected to the coupling portion and is suitable for covering the display area of the electronic device. The cover portion has a plurality of light-transmitting areas, and the light-transmitting areas are arranged on the display area in an array. An image generated by the display area is projected out of the cover portion through the light-transmitting areas. Moreover, an electronic assembly containing the electronic device and the accessory is also provided. Furthermore, a control method is also provided for controlling the electronic assembly. A method is also provided for forming an accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Yen-Hung Lin, Chien-Wei Hsieh, Chun-Ta Huang, Hung-Chuan Wen, Michael Ross Massucco
  • Patent number: 9792841
    Abstract: Scintillating display panels having a plurality of display element posts formed on the top surface and integrated interlocking couplings formed in the edge margins of each display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventors: Samuel Mark Cowan, Roman Zenon Shwed, Lindsay Cowan
  • Publication number: 20130074385
    Abstract: Disclosed is an alkyd or hydrocarbon resin-based pre-manufactured thermoplastic airport runway signage that is applied in relatively large sections onto an airport runway where the alkyd or hydrocarbon resin-based composite includes a functionalized wax incorporated in the resin-based composite within the range of 0.2 to 3 percent by weight, thereby allowing the resin-based composite to exist in a molten state within a viscosity range of between 35,000 and 85,000 centipoise and wherein the top surface provides an area for surface indicia materials existing on the top surface together with retroreflective glass beads with an index of refraction of 1.9 such that when the beads are suspended in and applied on the surface of the resin-based composite in a molten state the beads do not sink into the resin-based composite provide for allowing and maintaining an overall retroreflectivity of about 1000 millicandellas/m2/lux (mcd).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: Flint Trading, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert W. Greer, Simon Yakopson, Catherine Binder
  • Patent number: 7523899
    Abstract: Provided is a system for mounting signs, the system having: a mounting block with a sign interfacing boss configured to be received into an aperture in a fence having an anterior surface and posterior rim; the anterior surface being configured to be attached to a sign; and a flange disposed about the posterior rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Sheldon Distributors LLC
    Inventor: Paul H Cormier
  • Patent number: 7374311
    Abstract: A system provides light of selectable spectral characteristic (e.g. a selectable color combination of light), for luminous applications such as signage and indicator lights. An optical integrating cavity combines energy of different wavelengths from different sources, typically different-color LEDs. The cavity has a diffusely reflective interior surface and an aperture for allowing emission of combined light. Control of the intensity of emission of the sources sets the amount of each wavelength of light in the combined output and thus determines a spectral characteristic of the light output through the aperture. A deflector shaped like a number, character, letter, or other symbol, may be coupled to a similarly shaped aperture. By combining several such fixtures, it is possible to spell out words and phrases, with selectable color lighting. Disclosed fixture examples use an extruded body member with appropriately located reflective surfaces, to form both the cavity and deflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Advanced Optical Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jack C. Rains, Jr., Christopher Bates, Matthew Brown
  • Patent number: 7076898
    Abstract: A system is provided to allow one to utilize fences in order to display text and designs. This is suitable for advertising applications. This is also suitable to make chain-link fences into privacy fences. The apparatus is an insert which may be snapped into position relative to fence components such as a chain-link fence. It includes a display plate, a plurality of side plates, a lower lip, and at least one latch member. Preferably, all of these components are integrally formed into one piece. The insert snaps into position relative to the components of a chain-link fence. The inserts may be colored. The inserts may carry lighting elements. The inserts may carry translucent portions. The inserts may carry reflective components. The inserts may carry movable components. The inserts may carry cut-out portions. Additionally, an internet-moderated method is disclosed which allows for customers to provide their design information and requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Inventor: Randall C. Hunt
  • Patent number: 6772614
    Abstract: A key ring in the present invention includes an ornamental block and a buckle ring. The one-piece ornamental block is made of plastic material and may be any kind of configuration. A plurality of spaced cavities are disposed in the at least one surface of the ornamental block. The inner surface of each cavity is treated by vacuum gilding so as for the ornamental block to achieve diamond-shining effect. A through hole is provided in one end of the ornamental block for the buckle ring to penetrate through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventor: Chen-An Cheng
  • Patent number: 6711841
    Abstract: A display device has a support, a tubular light source, and a cover. The light source is interconnected to the support, and the cover is placed over the light source. The cover is an arc-shaped partially translucent elongated member. The cover is colored to create a glowing effect when light emitted from the light source passes through the cover in a forward direction. Light emitted from the light source in a rearward direction reflects off of the support. The cover allows the light source to create both a glowing effect and a back-lit effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Everbrite, Inc.
    Inventors: John Glueckstein, Stephen E. Porter
  • Patent number: 6569522
    Abstract: A light storage and reflecting device comprising a reflecting layer, base layer, light storage layer, and coating layer is arranged such that a thermocompression-bonding colored sheet of the base layer is bonded to the surface of the reflecting layer by a thermocompression bonding process, the light storage layer is formed by ink containing light storage pigment on the colored sheet, and all layers collectively are covered with the coating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Inventor: Shoji Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 6526588
    Abstract: A durable colored article having fluorescent properties comprises a substantially solventless polyvinyl chloride matrix, a thioxanthene fluorescent dye, and a secondary or tertiary hindered amine light stabilizer having a molecular weight less than about 1000 grams/mole. The invention has the advantage in that it provides a flexible polyvinyl chloride film that exhibits durable fluorescent colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Kenneth M. White, Lee A. Pavelka, Vera L. Lightle, James C. Coderre
  • Patent number: 6490819
    Abstract: A decorative sheet including a pattern with a third-dimensional appearance is provided. The decorative sheet has a reflective layer for reflecting incident light. On the reflective layer, a transparent layer is formed. On the transparent layer, a light shielding layer for shielding incident light is formed. A pattern layer is interposed between the light shielding layer and the reflective layer in such a manner, for example, that it is included in the rear surface of the light shielding layer or in the transparent layer. The light shielding layer is provided with a plurality of through holes for passing incident light toward the reflective layer and emission light which leads out a pattern image reflected in the reflective layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masataka Kumata, Naoto Ishii, Hidehito Fukumoto
  • Patent number: 6419306
    Abstract: An illuminating plate for a car has a light guide plate; a cover provided with at least one light transmitting window, and disposed on the light guide plate; and light reflecting layer formed on the rear surface of the light guide plate. The light reflecting layer is formed to cover an area where the light is projected onto the rear surface of the light guide plate through the corresponding light transmitting window, and the light reflecting layer being slightly larger than the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshio Sano, Osamu Yamanaka, Yasumasa Tatewaki, Minoru Shibata, Katuhiro Katagiri, Kazumichi Shigeno, Hiroshi Suyama
  • Patent number: 6382126
    Abstract: A reflective safety, signal, and warning patch is disclosed that is attachable to clothing articles worn by an individual or to an object includes a plurality of reflective panels that can have a variety of geometric configurations that are arranged in either rows or columns on one surface of the patch, and each row and column of panels is mounted to the patch by a wire that extends through each panel of that respective row and column. Each panel incorporates a reflective, prismatic, or fluorescent material, and is capable of slidable movement on the wires to diffuse reflected light thus producing a broken-up pattern of light dissemination for enhancing the visibility of the light and the individual wearing the patch or patches, especially during the dusk, twilight, and nighttime hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventor: Craig Alan Findley
  • Patent number: 5992342
    Abstract: The instant invention is a navigation aid for use in depicting the buoyage system for navigable waters. The device has a support base that is secured to the helm of the vessel having a rotatable faceplate with daymark indicia placed thereon. The device provides a reminder to the vessel operator of the buoyage system and the position of the vessel in relation to the buoyage system. The device may be illuminated for nighttime usage by either direct or indirect illumination. A method of incorporating the positioning indicia in combination with a chart plotter is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventors: Robert P. Nordin, Donald H. Kranendonk
  • Patent number: 5556686
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a street address display designed to provide easier identification of property. The street address display is especially effective at night. The street address display includes a housing with transparent viewing faces, anchoring platforms attached to the housing, figures, and a background used as a mounting surface for the figures. The figures and the background are of contrasting coloration so that the figures can be seen by day as well as by night. The street address display is designed to be mounted directly to a mounting surface, such as a vehicle entranceway, using an anchoring means. The street address display is mounted on the mounting surface proximate to a roadway so that the street address display can be easily seen by oncoming traffic. The placement of the street address display near an adjacent roadway, along with the low profile of the street address display, allows for the street address display to be readily visible in an automobile's low beam headlights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Inventor: Christian D. O'Shea
  • Patent number: 5452532
    Abstract: A road sign for clearly presenting a customizable message to a driver under direct and back lighting conditions, comprising a background board with an array of mounting holes. Message elements and background elements are placed into the appropriate holes to form a mosaic message. Each mosaic message has a retroreflective portion surrounded by a translucent border. When the sign is illuminated by direct lighting, such as a driver's own headlights, the retroreflective portion will reflect much of the light so that the message will be clearly visible to the driver. When the sign is illuminated by strong back lighting, such as a low sun or oncoming headlights, the translucent border will glow brightly so that the message will be clearly seen by the driver as an outline of the message. The message elements can be rearranged to form a variety of different possible messages and graphical designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1995
    Inventor: Dan Nishio
  • Patent number: 5309658
    Abstract: An element is disclosed for displaying one or more portions of characters or shapes, wherein the display element comprises partially transparent plastic in which fluorescent colorant is incorporated. Preferably the inside of one head end is provided with a profiled form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1994
    Inventors: Henri Cohen, Gertjan R. Willemsen, Remco S. Schoppen
  • Patent number: 5009019
    Abstract: A sign plate for an illuminated sign having a light source includes an opaque layer on one of its faces which layer is broken by zones corresponding to a configuration of text or figures to be communicated, the zones being covered with fluorescent material, and the surface of the fluorescent material facing the viewer and opposite the light source being covered with a light reflective layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1991
    Assignee: Rite Lite Partnership
    Inventors: Gudni Erlendsson, Thorgeir D. Hjaltason
  • Patent number: 4842921
    Abstract: The invention is a multi-part patterned mirror of thermoplastic material. The mirror is formed by utilizing a numerically controlled laser cutting machine to create an opening in a sheet of thermoplastic material, and an identical cutting step to create a cutting to be inserted in the opening created by the first laser cutting step. The assembled materials create the appearance of a patterned mirror of varying colors on one continuous sheet of thermoplastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Inventor: Paul O. Sorko-Ram
  • Patent number: 4783920
    Abstract: A display device for the reproduction of characters and symbols including light sources in the form of incandescent lamps or lightbulbs, which are arranged in close proximity to each other on a substrate, such as a display device for moving illuminated writing, illuminated area or field, luminescent boards, marquees, or the like. Apertures are provided in a preselected pattern in the substrate, into which there are inserted reflectors at the front side thereof, and which respectively receive in their central rearwardly directed reflector necks, insertable incandescent lamp holders or sockets; with electrical contact terminals arranged at the end thereof. Hereby, annular or ring-shaped members can be positioned in the apertures, and which extend at right angles from the substrate, into which there are inserted from at the front side thereof, the reflectors with fixedly superimposed light distributor caps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1988
    Assignee: Eckhart Muller-Tolk
    Inventor: Eckhart Muller-Tolk
  • Patent number: 4726773
    Abstract: Constellations are depicted on a ceiling with phosphorescent indicators of a predetermined planar surface area, which indicators are proportionally related to each other by a constant multiplication factor, to depict various star brightness magnitudes. A template has apertures with predetermined shapes, such that each aperture permits the affixing therein of only one indicator of a specific surface area against a ceiling. When all apertures are filled with indicators, the template is removed leaving a depiction of the constellations on the ceiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1988
    Inventor: Jay L. Lazar
  • Patent number: 4709307
    Abstract: An article of clothing includes a shell forming an outer layer of the article, a liner disposed generally inside the shell and forming an inner layer of the article, and a set of light-emitting diodes or the like forming a predetermined pattern on the exterior of the article of clothing. The set of light-emitting diodes is mounted on a substrate. A power source is provided for illuminating the diodes, as is a control circuit for controlling the energization of the diodes. There is a pocket in the article of clothing in which the power source is removably disposed. A cable electrically connects the diodes and the power source, which cable is disposed generally between the shell and the liner so as to be hidden from view and protected. An overlay has imprinted thereon a pattern corresponding to the predetermined pattern of the diodes. The overlay has openings therethrough through which the diodes extend, and the overlay is secured to the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1987
    Assignee: McKnight Road Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: David E. Branom
  • Patent number: 4628422
    Abstract: A display incorporating light-emitting diodes, comprising a reflector which is formed in a holder. A light-emitting diode is mounted in the holder and projects into the reflector through an opening. The light-emitting diode is attached in the opening with the diode walls snugly abutting against the edges of the opening. The invention also relates to a method of manufacturing the display comprising light-emitting diodes and an installation to perform the method. Each diode is provided with two connections protected by the holder. The holder consists of surface-treated sheet metal, preferably anodized aluminum. The reflector is bowl-shaped and semispherical. Owing to the reflector a bundle of aligned beams of light is emitted from the light-emitting diode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1986
    Assignee: Integrerad Teknik HB
    Inventor: Rolf V. T. Ewald
  • Patent number: 4214390
    Abstract: A decorative panel assembly which includes a backing or supporting panel and a second or facing panel spaced from the backing panel. The facing panel includes a plurality of circular apertures therein and a plurality of spheres are loosely held hostage between the panels, the spheres each having a portion extending through the apertures. The spheres are supported such that they are each freely rotatable, and one hemispherical portion of each of the spheres is one color and the other hemispherical portion of each of the spheres is a contrasting color. The decorative panels may be used to form a wall or large decorative surface incorporating a large number of the rotatable spheres and whereby visual patterns can be formed by rotating the respective spheres such that the desired colored portion of the sphere surface projects through the respective aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1980
    Inventor: Gerard Kluiters
  • Patent number: 4165576
    Abstract: The invention relates to an advertizing or decorative sign for representing images, formed by a base member onto which plate-like members are removably fittable. The plate-like members have different shapes so that by suitably combining them with the base member zones of different degrees of transparency are achieved, which enables to compose an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1979
    Inventor: Eduardo J. Joselevich