Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm John L. DeAngelis, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6829855
    Abstract: A magazine-protecting, ambidextrous device for carrying a loaded spare magazine attached to a firearm buttstock in position for rapid removal and insertion into the firing position of the firearm. The loaded spare magazine is restrained within a well formed in the buttstock by a retractable latch pivotably mounted such that when the spare magazine is removed, the latch retracts below the exterior surface of the firearm buttstock, protecting the latch from damage and reducing the profile of the weapon. The spare magazine is carried in such a way as to protect the open end of the magazine and the ammunition carried therein from dirt and/or damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Inventor: Ralph Arthur Seifert
  • Patent number: 6824226
    Abstract: In a distributed power railroad train, an apparatus for equalizing the equalizing reservoir pressure in the remote power unit and the brake pipe pressure in response to airflow into the brake pipe from the remote locomotive. With these pressures equal, the remote unit cannot charge the brake pipe while the lead unit vents the brake pipe to command a brake application at the train railcars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Eugene A. Smith, Jr., James M. Kiss, Jr., Robert C. Palanti
  • Patent number: 6823835
    Abstract: A diesel engine, having a plurality of individually controllable fuel injected cylinders, is operated in a skip firing mode to reduce smoke emissions during low power operation. The system senses certain identified engine operating parameters and when these parameters exceed predetermined thresholds for a predetermined time, then the skip firing is implemented. In another embodiment, it is possible to implement several different skip firing patterns dependent upon engine performance. Upon implementation of skip firing, the engine timing angle is reset by a fixed angle and a multiplication factor is included in the speed loop integrator to ensure that the appropriate fuel volume value is injected into each cylinder immediately upon initiation of skip firing. Skip firing is then disabled when another set of predetermined conditions is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Vincent F. Dunsworth, Eric Richard Dillen, Shawn Michael Gallagher
  • Patent number: 6812891
    Abstract: An antenna resonant in two or more frequency bands. The antenna comprises three parallel conductive plates disposed in a stacked orientation, with a first dielectric layer interposed between the bottom and the middle conductive plates and a second dielectric layer interposed between the middle and the top conductive plates. The middle conductive plate is smaller than the bottom and top conductive plates. A signal feed is connected to the top and the middle conductive plates; a first shorting pin is connected between the bottom and top conductive plates and a second shorting pin is connected between the middle and the bottom conductive plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: SkyCross, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Montgomery, Chris McCue, Jason M. Hendler, Frank M. Caimi
  • Patent number: 6795935
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for chronologically combining fault data, repair data, and operational parameters for a railroad locomotive. Generally, this data is collected and stored in separate databases. The present invention teaches combining the data so that an ordered analysis reflecting the timing of faults, repairs, and operational information can be carried out to determine the root causes of the faults.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: C. Richard Unkle, Richard G. Bliley, William R. Schneider, Stephen M. Pelkowski
  • Patent number: 6741212
    Abstract: An antenna having a plurality of conductive layers formed on a dielectric substrate. A ground plate and a feed plate are oriented in substantially parallel relation on two opposing sides of the dielectric substrate. A top plate, which is electrically connected to the ground plate and electrically insulated from the feed plate, is disposed on a third surface of the dielectric substrate perpendicular to the first and the second surfaces. One or more conductive layers are also disposed within the interior of the dielectric substrate parallel to the first and the second surfaces. One or more conductive vias extend between the feed plate and the ground plate through the interior of the dielectric substrate. In various embodiments these conductive vias are connected to one or more of the feed plate, the ground plate, and the interior conductive surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: SkyCross, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay A. Kralovec, Jason M. Hendler
  • Patent number: 6741147
    Abstract: A thin film resonator comprising a piezoelectric material and having a controllable or tunable resonant frequency. The resonator is formed on a substrate having a cavity formed therein below the piezoelectric film material. A bending electrode is disposed within the cavity and the application of a voltage between the bending electrode and one of the resonator electrodes, creates an electric field that causes the substrate region to bend. These stresses caused: by the bending are transferred to the thin film resonator, subjecting the piezoelectric film to stresses and thereby changing the resonant properties of the thin film resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Agere Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Edward B. Harris
  • Patent number: 6738294
    Abstract: A method of identifying an integrated circuit device based on the initial state of certain memory cells within a memory array of the integrated circuit device. For many cells in the memory array the initial state is relatively consistent at each power-up, due to mismatches between the transistors that form each memory cell. Thus these consistent initial states provide a signature of the memory array and the integrated circuit device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Agere Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Arthur Layman, Samir Chaudhry, James Gary Norman, J. Ross Thomson
  • Patent number: 6725134
    Abstract: A diesel locomotive includes a number of auxiliary subsystems operating in conjunction with the locomotive diesel engine and deriving their energy, from the diesel engine. Included among the subsystems are various cooling systems, the battery charging system, and the electrical generation system, comprising one or more alternators drivingly coupled to the engine shaft. Each of the subsystems includes a component that is activated when one or more operational conditions associated with the subsystem are met. For instance, an engine cooling system fan motor is activated when the coolant temperature exceeds a predetermined value. Similarly, a battery charger is activated when the battery voltage falls below a predetermined value, and an alternator blower is activated when the main or auxiliary alternator temperature exceeds a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Eric Richard Dillen, Shawn Michael Gallagher, Norman Zethward Shilling
  • Patent number: 6722085
    Abstract: A tie-down apparatus for building structures, including mobile homes. The structure is constructed with a plurality of structural members including channel members disposed therein. In one embodiment, channel members are formed in both the roof structural members and the sidewall structural members. A tie-down cable is disposed within the channels and the two terminal ends thereof releasably engaged with hooks. The hooks are further attached to ground anchors located within the ground adjacent structural sidewalls. A tensioning mechanism is disposed near one terminal and of each of the tie-down cables for simultaneously applying a tensioning force to the tie-down cables, that in turn directs a downward force on the roof structural members thereby retaining the roof in place during high wind conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Inventor: Chester L. Pittman
  • Patent number: 6720874
    Abstract: A portal access control system is disclosed for preventing unauthorized entry from a public area into a secure area. The system utilizes input from several different sensors, including: passive IR sensors, motion detectors, photo detectors and authentication devices. Also, the passage time of an individual through the open portal may be determined. Based on selected combinations of one or more sensor inputs, the portal access control system can detect passage into the secure area by a lone perpetrator and also by tailgating behind an authorized user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: IDS Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Vincent Fufido, Giuseppe Pino Baldassarre, Reginald Gary Moffat
  • Patent number: 6718238
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for re-synchronizing a communications link between an on-board monitor located aboard a vehicle and a remote site. The occurrence of certain events may render the establishment of a communication link between the on-board monitor and the remote monitoring and diagnostics center impossible. To avoid this problem, after a successful download of information to the remote site, the on-board monitor starts a timer. When the timer expires, and if the on-board monitor has not received a call or successfully downloaded information to the remote site since the timer was started, the on-board monitor attempts to call the remote site for providing certain re-synchronization information thereto. The remote site thereafter uses this re-synchronization information to establish communications with the on-board monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Juan Laguer-Diaz, Carl Frederick Conrath
  • Patent number: 6714779
    Abstract: A method for automatically testing cellular telephone equipment includes a method for determining a geographic location of a mobile unit. The system includes monitoring sites located, e.g., at high elevations, so that each monitoring site electronically covers a geographical area including several cellular telephone base stations. Locations of mobile cellular stations, especially of such stations placing emergency 911 calls, are determined by comparing signal time-of-reception and other observable signal parameters at a combination of three cell sites and/or monitoring sites. Testing functions include transmitting gradually increasing power levels on a frequency assigned to a particular base station to determine the power level required to acquire service from that base station. Periodic repetitions are monitored over time to indicate any changes or degradation in performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Inventors: Christopher J. Hall, Clay S. Turner, Jimmy C. Ray
  • Patent number: 6708442
    Abstract: A reflective hood for use with a natural baitfish or artificial lure baitfish. The baitfish is received within the hood, which is shaped to resemble a baitfish head and further includes two eyes. The fishing line with a hook attached passes through a hole in the front or nose portion of the hood and passes into the body of the baitfish, with the hook extending from the baitfish in the mid-body region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: L & S Bait Company of Florida, Inc.
    Inventors: James H. Kress, Jerry N. Spaulding
  • Patent number: 6709904
    Abstract: An architecture for creating a vertical silicon-on-insulator MOSFET. Generally, an integrated circuit structure includes a semiconductor area with a major surface formed along a plane and a first source/drain contact region formed in the surface. A relatively thin single crystalline layer is oriented vertically above the major surface and comprises a first source/drain doped region over which is located a doped channel region, over which is located a second source/drain region. An insulating layer is disposed adjacent said first and said second source/drain regions and said channel region, serving as the insulating material of the SOI device. In another embodiment, insulating material is adjacent only said first and said second source/drain regions. A conductive region is adjacent the channel region for connecting the back side of the channel region to ground, for example, to prevent the channel region from floating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Agere Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Samir Chaudhry, Paul Arthur Layman, John Russell McMacken, J. Ross Thomson, Jack Qingsheng Zhao
  • Patent number: 6708038
    Abstract: A locomotive communication system for communicating between a locomotive and a fixed site. A communication system commissioning process is utilized to ensure that the locomotive phone number and locomotive road number are paired at the fixed site so that data downloaded from the locomotive, in response to a call from the fixed site using the locomotive phone number will be identified with the correct locomotive road number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Juan Laguer-Diaz, David Joseph Schroeck
  • Patent number: 6690040
    Abstract: A vertical JFET architecture. Generally, an integrated circuit structure includes a semiconductor area with a major surface formed along a plane and a first source/drain doped region formed in the surface. A second doped region forming a channel of different conductivity type than the first region is disposed over the first region. A third doped region is formed over the second doped region having an opposite conductivity type with respect to the second doped region, and forming a source/drain region. A gate is formed over the channel to form a vertical JFET.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Agere Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Samir Chaudhry, Paul Arthur Layman, John Russell McMacken, Ross Thomson, Jack Qingsheng Zhao
  • Patent number: 6686604
    Abstract: An architecture for creating multiple operating voltage MOSFETs. Generally, an integrated circuit structure includes a semiconductor area with a major surface formed along a plane and first and second spaced-apart doped regions formed in the surface. A third doped region forming a channel of different conductivity type than the first region is positioned over the first region. A fourth doped region of a different conductivity and forming a channel is positioned over the second region. The process of creating the gate structure for each of the two transistors allows for the formation of oxide layers of different thickness between the two transistors. The transistors are therefore capable of operating at different operating voltages (including different threshold voltages). Each transistor further includes fifth and sixth layers positioned respectively over the third and fourth regions and having an opposite conductivity type with respect to the third and fourth regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Agere Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Arthur Layman, John Russell McMacken, J. Ross Thomson, Samir Chaudhry, Jack Qingsheng Zhao
  • Patent number: 6667536
    Abstract: A thin-film multi-layer high Q transformer. To form an outer transformer winding a plurality of parallel first level metal runners are formed in a first insulating layer overlying the semiconductor substrate. A plurality of vertical conductive vias are formed in third and fourth insulating layers and in electrical communication with each end of the first level metal runners. A fourth insulating layer is disposed over the third insulating layer and additional vertical conductive vias and a fourth level metal runner are formed therein. Thus, the fourth level metal runners and the intervening vertical conductive vias connect each of the first level metal runners to form a continuously conductive structure having a generally helical shape. The inner winding of the transformer is similarly formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Agere Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Samir Chaudhry, Paul Arthur Layman, J. Ross Thomson, Mohamed Laradji, Michelle D. Griglione
  • Patent number: 6662967
    Abstract: A bandage or other injury dressing dispenser is disclosed. The dispenser includes a plurality of differently-sized compartments, one for each injury dressing size. The dispenser includes bottom, front, rear and top surfaces and further includes a tension member in each compartment, for providing a biasing force between the compartment rear surface and a backing plate in each compartment. The injury dressings are disposed vertically between the backing plate and the front compartment surface, such that the tension member urges the injury dressings forwardly against the interior side of the front surface. The injury dressings are dispensed from a slot in the bottom surface of each compartment by the application of a downwardly directed force against the injury dressing through an arcuate opening in the front surface of each compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Inventor: Eric R. Roy