Patents Represented by Attorney Law Offices of Thomas E. Schatzel, A Professional Corporation
  • Patent number: 8259011
    Abstract: An improved network enabled extended ephemeris navigation system includes a network server able to collect ephemeris, clock, and almanac information from orbiting GPS satellites, and to use that information to build up extended ephemeris predictions that will be valid and useful for at least a week. A mobile client is able to request and use the extended ephemeris predictions to search for and track orbiting GPS satellites visible to it. The improvement is characterized by a satellite position and clock compact model construction and database unit that constructs a compact short-term satellite model to be sent first in response to a request for extended ephemeris predictions from the mobile client, and that constructs several consecutive long-term satellite models each representing a unique portion of a day in at least a seven day series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Furuno Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul W. McBurney, Shahram Rezaei
  • Patent number: 8178027
    Abstract: A request-to-exit (REX) switch comprises an injection-molded plastic body that can snap into the access hole of a mortise lock mechanism to provide a request-to-exit contact generation. A micro-switch mounts to a distal end of the injection-molded plastic body. Such is precisely oriented, positioned, and secured by pressing onto two posts molded into the distal end. The installation is accomplished without tools, and two snap locking tabs in the injection-molded plastic body automatically secure to the access hole of the mortise lock mechanism. An orienting lip on a front cap of the injection-molded plastic body allows only one possible fit. A strain relief for wiring to the micro-switch is a part of the injection-molded plastic body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Raymond E. Zehrung