Patents Represented by Attorney Edward W. Callan
  • Patent number: 8289999
    Abstract: A method of communicating individual packets i of K bits includes permutation mapping of the packets, with each permuted packet being denoted by ?n(i), wherein ?n is a permutation on K letters that is unique for each packet transmission. Each permuted packet ?n(i) is modulated to provide a complex vector x(?n(i)) for each packet. The packets are transmitted over a AWGN channel so each individual packet i is received as a variable of the vector x(?n(i)) in a complex vector yn=x(?n(i))+vn, wherein n represents the sequential number of the transmission attempt for a particular packet and vn represents noise. This method enables the packets to be transmitted while using an improved ARQ routine that includes soft-combining decisions and a constant constellation with a constellation complexity greater than two bits/symbol to thereby significantly improve ARQ-routine performance over the current state of the art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: L-3 Services, Inc.
    Inventor: James Covosso Francis
  • Patent number: 8287508
    Abstract: A urine collection device and a moisture-wicking article for use in a system for transporting urine voided from a person or an animal by collecting the urine in a moisture-wicking article that is disposed in contact with a region surrounding an urethral, opening, and drawing the urine into the collection device from the moisture-wicking article. The urine collection device includes a container defining an empty chamber for collecting urine. An elongated exterior of the container is configured and dimensioned for enabling a moisture-wicking article to be secured over the array of openings of the container by wrapping the article over the array and securing the wrapped article, and for enabling a said secured moisture-wicking article to be disposed in contact with the region of a female body surrounding the urethral opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Robert A. Sanchez
  • Patent number: 8269825
    Abstract: Apparatus that allows at least one feature of a patient's face to be observed while the patient is in a prone position includes a facial cushion, a video camera and a monitor. A self supporting facial cushion provides cranial support for a patient in a prone position during a medical procedure. The cushion has a frontal aperture that is dimensioned so that the facial feature of a patient wearing the facial cushion and in a prone position are visible through the at least one aperture. A portion of the facial cushion that contacts a supporting surface when the facial cushion is self supported defines a tunnel through which at least the lens of the video camera can be inserted for movement from outside the facial cushion to a position beneath the patient's face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Dupaco, Inc.
    Inventors: An Binh Vu, Gregory Philip Jordan
  • Patent number: 8260473
    Abstract: A system for managing the operation of a semiconductor device in accordance with varying load conditions that affect the power being dissipated by the semiconductor device, includes a sensor for measuring a temperature related to the junction temperature of an operating semiconductor device; electronic components for measuring the real-time operating load conditions of the operating semiconductor device; and a computer that is adapted by computer executable program instructions to perform the steps of: (a) determining the power being dissipated by the operating semiconductor device in accordance with the measured real-time operating load conditions of the semiconductor device; (b) determining a dynamic temperature cutback threshold for the operating semiconductor device in accordance with the determination of the power being dissipated; and (c) managing the operation of the semiconductor device in accordance with the measured temperature and the dynamic temperature cutback threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: L-3 Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Daniel O'Brien, Mark David Rodzinka, Joseph Gerard Trabold
  • Patent number: 8187050
    Abstract: A toy building element has sidewalls that include grooves and tongues by which the toy building element can be interconnected with a like building element. Each groove is formed between a pair of outwardly extending flexible ridges. The tongue does not extend outward beyond the virtual plane of the sidewall that includes the tongue. The virtual plane is defined as a plane that passes through a midpoint of a line that connects a central point on an outer surface of the sidewall that includes the at least one tongue to a central point on an outer surface of the sidewall of the other building element that includes the at least one pair of ridges and is perpendicular to a line that passes through the central points of said interconnected building elements when said building elements are interconnected in a centered configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Soren Christian Sorensen
  • Patent number: 8179319
    Abstract: A parameter of interest of a signal, such as the angle of arrival of a target signal received by an antenna system having an array of antenna elements, is estimated by (a) obtaining disparate observations of the target signal received by the antenna system; (b) with a computer, processing the disparate observations of the target signal to determine a subset of a set of possible further obtained disparate observations of the target signal for processing to enable an optimal estimation of the angle of arrival of the target signal; (c) obtaining the subset of further disparate observations of the signal; and (d) processing the obtained subset of further obtained disparate observations to obtain the optimal estimate of the parameter of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: L-3 Services, Inc.
    Inventor: James Covosso Francis
  • Patent number: 8175851
    Abstract: A preferred estimate of a given parameter is made by processing a set of data points representing estimates of the given parameter, such as the angle of arrival of a target signal. The process includes the steps of: (a) obtaining a set of data points representing estimates of a given parameter; (b) using a computer to process said data points with an unsupervised clustering algorithm to select data points for use in making a preferred estimate of the given parameter; and (c) using the selected data points to make a preferred estimate of the given parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: L-3 Services, Inc.
    Inventors: James Covosso Francis, David Delaney McGann
  • Patent number: 8175186
    Abstract: A communication signal including a plurality of bursts that individually include a plurality of data symbols is processed by both interleaving diversity and duplication diversity prior to transmission in order to preserve the content of the signal when the signal is corrupted by interference during transmission of the signal. A received communication signal having a plurality of bursts that individually include a plurality of data symbols which have been processed for transmission by interleaving diversity is processed to recover the content of the signal when the signal is corrupted by interference during transmission of the signal. Upon determining that the received communication signal may have been corrupted by interference during transmission, the received signal is processed by inserting erasure symbols into a deinterleaver prior to deinterleaving of the data symbols. The erasure symbols are necessary for recovering the content of the transmitted interleaved data symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: L-3 Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John Robert Wiss, Yuhui Marie Ren
  • Patent number: 8138480
    Abstract: A bulk material analyzer (FIG. 2) is variably constructed from an assembly of components The analyzer (FIG. 2) is the type that is used to analyze bulk material (28) transported on a conveyor belt (29) through an activation region (30) between at least one radiation source (element 11) and at least one radiation detector (12) within the bulk material analyzer (FIG. 2) The assembly includes a radiation-source box (11) for disposition either above the activation region (30) or below the conveyor belt (29), a radiation-detector box (12) for disposition on the opposite side of the activation region (30) and the conveyor belt (29) from the radiation-source box (11); and a set of stackable structural beams (14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19) predominantly containing radiation shielding material and configured for stacking about the activation region (30), the radiation-source box (11) and the radiation-detector box (12) to prevent unwanted radiation being generated and transported to the radiation-detector box (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond John Proctor, Anton Mario Lucchin, Thomas Leland Atwell, Mark Rudy Chiesman
  • Patent number: 8127491
    Abstract: A watering device for deployment within soil for watering vegetation by releasing water into the soil in which the vegetation is growing. The device includes a container that is shaped for being deployed at least partially within soil. The container has an inlet for receiving a flow of water into the container and a plurality of apertures through which water can flow from the container. A flow-control assembly is coupled to the inlet of the container for regulating the flow of water into the container in accordance with a demand for water from the soil. The assembly includes a float disposed for rising and falling in accordance with the level at which water accumulates within the container; and a valve coupled to the float for regulating the flow of water into the container through the inlet in accordance with the level of the float.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventors: John Louis Voigt, III, Joseph Peter Inzunza
  • Patent number: 8121225
    Abstract: The angle of arrival is estimated for a received signal received by an array of commutated antenna elements, wherein there is a temporal boundary at the instant of commutation between antenna elements. Samples of the signal received by the elements of the array are preprocessed to construct maximum-likelihood-estimates of the received signal for points in time that are immediately adjacent the temporal boundaries and thereby provide a preprocessed signal. A maximum-likelihood-estimation of the angle of arrival of the received signal is made for the array of commutated antenna elements by processing the preprocessed signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: L-3 Services, Inc.
    Inventor: James Covosso Francis
  • Patent number: 8105128
    Abstract: A toy building element includes side walls, a top having an upper surface that extends from the side walls, and a plurality of projections extending upward from the extensive upper surface, an open bottom and an interior. The interior is accessible through the open bottom for receiving a plurality of projections of another building element of a set of toy building elements. The interior includes a plurality of hollow members that extend downward from a respective portion of the extensive upper surface that is disposed between two of the projections; and the hollow members are open to the extensive upper surface. The hollow members partition the interior into regions in which a plurality of projections of another building element is received; and the regions of the building element are disposed directly below the projections of the same building element for receiving the projections of the other building element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventors: Soren Christian Sorensen, Jens Ole Sorensen
  • Patent number: 8102242
    Abstract: A group of associated transponders are respectively attached to a plurality of objects, such as sensors or containers. Each transponder includes a memory, a transmitter, a receiver and a controller. The memory stores group data, which includes data related to the respective attached objects. The controller causes the transmitter to autonomously transmit a group interrogation signal and to transmit a response signal in response to receipt of a group interrogation signal from another transponder of the group. The response signal includes at least some of the stored group data. The receiver receives both the group interrogation signals and the response signals from the other transponders of the group. The controller controls the transmitter and receiver and causes the memory to store data related to the respective object to which the transponder is attached and to store the group data included in the received response signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Inventors: Lincoln H. Charlot, Jr., David L. Acosta, James H. Swindell
  • Patent number: 8031119
    Abstract: In a system for determining the angle of arrival of a target signal received by an array of antenna elements, a pair of receivers simultaneously obtain observations of a received target signal from multiple elements of an array of antenna elements; and a computer processes the simultaneously obtained samples of the target signal to determine a maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) of the angle of arrival ? of the target signal by using the following equation: ?MLE=argmax?Re(?*?). The value of ? is determined in accordance with whether the target signal is known or unknown. When the target signal is unknown, the computer also processes the simultaneously obtained samples of the target signal to estimate the bandwidth of the received target signal by using binary hypotheses and a generalized log likelihood ratio test (GLLRT) or by using multiple hypotheses and pair-wise generalized log likelihood ratio tests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: L-3 Services, Inc.
    Inventors: James Covosso Francis, David Delaney McGann
  • Patent number: 7974227
    Abstract: A relay terminal for relaying communication signals from originator user terminals to destination user terminals stores relay-authorization-and-priority data for a plurality of user terminals having respective identification codes; detects the identification codes in communication signals sent from a plurality of originator terminals; processes the detected identification codes in combination with the stored data to determine if immediate relaying of the received communication signals to respective identified destination terminals is authorized; and relays the received communication signals immediately to only those of the identified destination terminals to which immediate relaying is so authorized. Directional-position data associated with a given originator terminal derived by processing portions of a signal received from such originator terminal is processed to form a beam path for communications with the given originator terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas Stanley Seay
  • Patent number: 7948438
    Abstract: In a system for determining the angle of arrival of a target signal received by an array of antenna elements, a receiver obtains observations of a received target signal from an array of antenna elements; and a computer processes the obtained observations of the target signal with estimates of a target signal for different angles of arrival of a target signal received by the array of antenna elements to determine that the angle of arrival of the target signal is an angle of arrival at which dissimilarity between the observations of target signal and the estimates of the target signal for the different angles of arrival is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: L-3 Services, Inc.
    Inventor: James Covosso Francis
  • Patent number: 7901261
    Abstract: A board assembly for kitesurfing and/or kiteboarding includes an elongated board for traversing a supporting surface while a person is riding the board and apparatus for changing the orientation of the person's feet relative to the different ends of the board. Such apparatus includes a deck that is rotatably attached to the board, foot receptacles coupled to the deck and a device for facilitating rotation of the deck between different stationary positions relative to the different ends of the board while the board is traversing the supporting surface. The device for facilitating rotation temporarily locks the deck in one of the stationary positions upon the deck having been rotated to the one of stationary positions. The device for facilitating rotation responds to motion of the person's feet by causing the deck to be released from retention in the stationary positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Swivelboard LLC
    Inventors: Jose Rosas Zarich, Matthew Philip Jones
  • Patent number: 7873127
    Abstract: Sample vectors of a signal received simultaneously by an array of antennas are processed to estimate a weight for each sample vector that maximizes the energy of the individual sample vector that resulted from propagation of the signal from a known source and/or minimizes the energy of the sample vector that resulted from interference with propagation of the signal from the known source. Each sample vector is combined with the weight that is estimated for the respective sample vector to provide a plurality of weighted sample vectors. The plurality of weighted sample vectors are summed to provide a resultant weighted sample vector for the received signal. The weight for each sample vector is estimated by processing the sample vector in accordance with the expression: min w _ , c _ ? ? X * ? Y ? ? w _ - ( C 0 ? c _ 0 + C ? ? c _ ) ? p ? where c0=1 and 0<p??.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: L-3 Communications Titan Corporation
    Inventor: James Covosso Francis
  • Patent number: 7856050
    Abstract: A receiver, which is adapted for demodulating signal carriers at variable frequencies to provide received signals at a plurality of different received frequencies, is calibrated to compensate for a frequency-dependent imbalance in the amplitude and/or the quadrature phase of analog in-phase (I) and quadrature (Q) received-signal components that have passed through receiver circuit paths that may cause such imbalance. I-channel and Q-channel Rx-correction coefficients for each of a plurality of different calibration frequencies are estimated and stored in a lookup table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: L-3 Communications Titan Corporation
    Inventors: John Robert Wiss, Yuhui Marie Ren
  • Patent number: 7850630
    Abstract: Apparatus for supporting a person's head in a selected position includes a flexible shaft that will maintain its shape when reconfigured for enabling a person's head to be supported in a selected position and a first coupler attached to one end of the shaft for coupling a replaceable chinrest to the one end of the shaft in a releasable restraining engagement. The first coupler includes a protuberance that is shaped for fitting within a cavity of the replaceable chinrest. The first coupler is rotatable about the longitudinal axis of the shaft. A second coupler is attached to the other end of the shaft for coupling a replaceable support base to the other end of the shaft in a releasable restraining engagement. The second coupler includes a protuberance having a shape that is functionally equivalent to the shape of the protuberance of the first coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Dupaco, Inc.
    Inventors: An Binh Vu, Gregory Philip Jordan