Patents by Inventor Michael Leabman

Michael Leabman 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: 20160099758
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein include a transmitter that transmits a power transmission signal (e.g., radio frequency (RF) signal waves) to create a three-dimensional pocket of energy. At least one receiver can be connected to or integrated into electronic devices and receive power from the pocket of energy. A wireless power network may include a plurality of wireless power transmitters each with an embedded wireless power transmitter manager, including a wireless power manager application. The wireless power network may include a plurality of client devices with wireless power receivers. Wireless power receivers may include a power receiver application configured to communicate with the wireless power manager application. The wireless power manager application may include a device database where information about the wireless power network may be stored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 7, 2016
    Applicant: ENERGOUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Douglas BELL, Michael LEABMAN
  • Publication number: 20160099614
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein include a transmitter that transmits a power transmission signal (e.g., radio frequency (RF) signal waves) to create a three-dimensional pocket of energy. At least one receiver can be connected to or integrated into electronic devices and receive power from the pocket of energy. The transmitter can locate the at least one receiver in a three-dimensional space using a communication medium (e.g., Bluetooth technology). The transmitter generates a waveform to create a pocket of energy around each of the at least one receiver. The transmitter uses an algorithm to direct, focus, and control the waveform in three dimensions. The receiver can convert the transmission signals (e.g., RF signals) into electricity for powering an electronic device. Accordingly, the embodiments for wireless power transmission can allow powering and charging a plurality of electrical devices without wires.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 7, 2016
    Applicant: ENERGOUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael A. LEABMAN, Gregory Scott BREWER
  • Publication number: 20160099613
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein include a transmitter that transmits a power transmission signal (e.g., radio frequency (RF) signal waves) to create a three-dimensional pocket of energy. At least one receiver can be connected to or integrated into electronic devices and receive power from the pocket of energy. The transmitter can locate the at least one receiver in a three-dimensional space using a communication medium (e.g., Bluetooth technology). The transmitter generates a waveform to create a pocket of energy around each of the at least one receiver. The transmitter uses an algorithm to direct, focus, and control the waveform in three dimensions. The receiver can convert the transmission signals (e.g., RF signals) into electricity for powering an electronic device. Accordingly, the embodiments for wireless power transmission can allow powering and charging a plurality of electrical devices without wires.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 7, 2016
    Applicant: ENERGOUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Douglas BELL, Michael A. LEABMAN
  • Publication number: 20160099612
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein include a transmitter that transmits a power transmission signal (e.g., radio frequency (RF) signal waves) to create a three-dimensional pocket of energy. At least one receiver can be connected to or integrated into electronic devices and receive power from the pocket of energy. The transmitter can locate the at least one receiver in a three-dimensional space using a communication medium (e.g., Bluetooth technology). The transmitter generates a waveform to create a pocket of energy around each of the at least one receiver. The transmitter uses an algorithm to direct, focus, and control the waveform in three dimensions. The receiver can convert the transmission signals (e.g., RF signals) into electricity for powering an electronic device. Accordingly, the embodiments for wireless power transmission can allow powering and charging a plurality of electrical devices without wires.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2014
    Publication date: April 7, 2016
    Applicant: ENERGOUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael A. LEABMAN, Gregory Scott BREWER
  • Publication number: 20160087731
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to systems and methods for improving the quality of communication between a ground station and the ship by avoiding destructive interference between direct and reflected signal paths and thus offering enhancement in the quality of long range marine wireless communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2015
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Inventor: Michael A. Leabman
  • Publication number: 20160054395
    Abstract: Systems and methods to use software to automatically test the communication between wireless power transmitter and wireless power receiver are described. The described systems include one or more wireless power transmitters, one or more wireless power receivers and one or more electronic devices. Electronic devices may be able to communicate with wireless power transmitters and wireless power receivers using suitable communications channels. The disclosed methods may be employed for antenna direction management and for transmission of power from transmitter to receiver in a wireless power transmission system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Applicant: ENERGOUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Douglas Bell, Michael A. Leabman
  • Publication number: 20160054396
    Abstract: Disclosed here are wireless power delivery systems including one or more wireless power transmitters and one or more power receivers. Disclosed here are methods of using self-test software for fault detection in wireless power receivers. The methods include the analysis of one or more system operational metrics to evaluate the status of wireless power receivers. The results of the tests may be sent to wireless power transmitters to further analysis; all test results ultimately are sent to the operator of the wireless power delivery system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Inventors: Douglas Bell, Michael A. Leabman
  • Patent number: 9252628
    Abstract: Configurations and methods of wireless power transmission using a laptop computer may include a transmitter and/or a receiver embedded in the laptop screen. The embedded transmitter may emit RF waves for the generation of pockets of energy that may be utilized by receivers in peripheral devices for charging or powering. Meanwhile, the receiver embedded in the laptop computer may collect RF waves from a separate transmitter for charging or powering the laptop computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Energous Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Leabman, Gregory Scott Brewer
  • Publication number: 20160020649
    Abstract: A system and method for smart registration of wireless power receivers within a wireless power network is disclosed. Each wireless power device may include a universally unique identifier (UUID). Each wireless power device bought by a customer may be registered, at the time of purchase or later. The registry may be stored in an energy domain service, where energy domain service may be one or more cloud-based servers. The method for smart registration may include the steps of detecting a customer device; establishing a connection with a wireless power receiver to read its UUID; sending wireless power transmitter manager's UUID and wireless power receiver's UUID to energy domain service; inspecting wireless power transmitter manager registry; verifying wireless power receiver registry; authorizing power transfer to wireless power receiver; and reporting energy consumption for subsequent billing of customer depending on billing policy of wireless power transmitter manager specified within registry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Applicant: ENERGOUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Douglas Bell, Michael A. Leabman
  • Publication number: 20160020830
    Abstract: Various exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure describe systems and methods for communication between wireless power transmission systems and remote management systems. The described systems include one or more wireless power transmitters, one or more wireless power receivers and one or more electronic devices. Electronic devices may be able to communicate with wireless power transmitters and wireless power receivers using suitable communications channels. The disclosed systems are capable of performing system assessments and check-ups, periodically generating status reports and sending the status reports to a remote management system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: Douglas Bell, Michael A. Leabman
  • Publication number: 20160020647
    Abstract: A plurality of integrated antenna structures described herein may be formed in a flat panel antenna arrays which may be arranged in equally spaced grid and may be used in transmitters for sending focused RF waves towards a receiver for wireless power charging or powering. Each of the integrated antenna structures may include planar inverted-F antennas (PIFAs) integrated with artificial magnetic conductor (AMC) metamaterials. As a result of their high directionality and form factor, the integrated antenna structures may be placed very close together, thus enabling the integration of a high number of integrated antenna structures in a single flat panel antenna array which may fit about 400+ integrated antenna structures. Each integrated antenna structure in the flat panel antenna arrays may be operated independently, thus enabling an enhanced control over the pocket forming. In addition, the higher number of integrated antenna structures may contribute to a higher gain for the flat panel antenna arrays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Applicant: ENERGOUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael A. Leabman, Harry Contopanagos
  • Publication number: 20160020616
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a methodology for wireless power transmission based on pocket-forming. This methodology may include one transmitter and at least one or more receivers, being the transmitter the source of energy and the receiver the device that is desired to charge or power. The transmitter may identify and locate the device to which the receiver is connected and thereafter aim pockets of energy to the device in order to power it. Pockets of energy may be generated through constructive and destructive interferences, which may create null-spaces and spots of pockets of energy ranged into one or more radii from transmitter. Such feature may enable wireless power transmission through a selective range, which may limit operation area of electronic devices and/or may avoid formation of pockets of energy near and/or over certain areas, objects and people.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: Michael A. Leabman, Gregory Scott Brewer
  • Publication number: 20160012695
    Abstract: Embodiments in the present disclosure may be directed to an off-premises alert system and method for one or more wireless power receivers in a wireless power network. The system and method may include automated software embedded on a wireless power receiver that may be triggered every time a wireless power receiver is turned on. The system and method may be employed in stores where customers may use wireless power receivers to charge their mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and the like, while being inside the store. The method may prevent customers from not returning the wireless power receiver by producing an audible alert in the power receiver. If customer fails to return wireless power receiver, the method may then automatically report details regarding the lost wireless power receiver to an appropriate authority through automatic communication connection through any intervening network cloud-based media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Inventors: Douglas Bell, Michael Leabman
  • Publication number: 20160013656
    Abstract: Embodiments in the present disclosure may be directed to a system and method for providing health safety in a wireless power transmission system. The wireless power transmission system disclosed here may include one or more wireless power transmitters, one or more wireless power receivers, one or more mobile client devices each running GUI system management software, one or more remote information service servers, and one or more active or inactive system management servers. The presently active system management server may host web service for system management GUI. The servers may be local or located remotely within a cloud. The method may include a checklist of proscribed circumstances or criteria that may allow the user to specify the circumstances when wireless power should not be transmitted to the client device in use by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Inventors: Douglas Bell, Michael Leabman
  • Publication number: 20160013678
    Abstract: A system for selecting a deselecting charging devices in a wireless power network is disclosed here. The system includes a graphical user interface from which a user may select or deselect devices to be charged in a wireless power network. The disclosed system may store records from different components of a wireless power network into a database distributed throughout said network with copies stored within the memory of wireless power transmitters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Inventors: Douglas Bell, Michael Leabman
  • Publication number: 20160013677
    Abstract: A system for managing power charging schedules in a wireless power network is disclosed here. The system includes a graphical user interface from which a user may perform scheduling functions in a wireless power network. The disclosed system may store power scheduling records in a database within a wireless power transmitter or other computers in a wireless power network. The wireless power transmitter may use scheduling records in the database to control when to transmit wireless power to a single power receivers or simultaneously to multiple power receivers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Inventors: Douglas Bell, Michael Leabman
  • Publication number: 20150349574
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for improving battery life of electronic devices such as Bluetooth headsets, smart-watches among others running on small batteries, for example coin batteries. The method may include wireless sound power transmission through suitable techniques such as pocket-forming, while including receivers and capacitors in the aforementioned devices. Wirelessly charged capacitors may provide sufficient power on which devices may run, and thus, battery life of such electronic devices may be enhanced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Applicant: Energous
    Inventor: Michael A. Leabman
  • Publication number: 20150349850
    Abstract: Configurations and methods of wireless sound power transmission using a laptop computer may include a transmitter and/or a receiver embedded in the laptop screen. The embedded transmitter may emit SW waves for the generation of pockets of energy that may be utilized by receivers in peripheral devices for charging or powering. Meanwhile, the receiver embedded in the laptop computer may collect SW waves from a separate transmitter for charging or powering the laptop computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Applicant: Energous
    Inventor: Michael A. Leabman
  • Publication number: 20150340910
    Abstract: An enhanced transmitter for wireless power transmission is disclosed. The transmitter may be able to transmit radio frequency (RF) waves or pockets of energy for charging or powering an electronic device. The transmitter may include antenna element arrangements for receiving RF waves from a plurality of wireless sources and process them using a dedicated RF integrated circuit (RFIC) and set of antenna elements for receiving RF input signals from a plurality of wireless power sources. A digital signal processor (DSP) may be used to control reception using the dedicated RFIC and antenna elements of reception and to control transmission of wireless power selecting the transmitting RFICs and configuration of antenna elements to send RF waves or pockets of energy to a wireless receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Inventors: Jason Petras, Michael Leabman
  • Patent number: D747682
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: ENERGOUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Michael A. Leabman