Patents Represented by Attorney M.A. Ervin & Associates
  • Patent number: 8343357
    Abstract: A device and method for filtering storm water entering a street curb inlet drain using a series of expandable brackets to deploy and seal a filter medium completely inside a street curb inlet drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Horner Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Stuart Richard Horner
  • Patent number: 8340421
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed include methods and systems for three dimensional connected component labeling, including determining a location value for each of one or more labels, each location value identifying a maximum “y” extent and a maximum “z” extent of an associated label region; storing each of the one or more labels that refer to areas subsumed in a determination of the maximum y extent in the maximum “z” extent as a yzMax location value; buffering in a frame buffer the one or more of labels; and providing access via a three-dimensional kernel to one or more values in a current line buffer and/or a current array and/or a previous array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: EYEP Inc.
    Inventor: Craig Sullender
  • Patent number: 8280167
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed include methods for connected component labeling including labeling groups of raw data as one or more regions, the labeling including designating one or more data structures as containing information about the one or more regions; designating one or more of the regions as one or more subregions to expose a spatial distribution of one or more region features; and arranging at least one memory array with a 1:1 correspondence to a data array associated with the raw data to enable one or more data structures to include feature labels of the one or more subregions, the 1:1 correspondence enabling acquisition of the one or more region features with a controllable precision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Eyep, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig Sullender
  • Patent number: 8249348
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed include methods and systems for reusing labels for connected component labeling including assigning one or more labels to one or more groups of raw data representing one or more regions by designating one or more data structures as containing information about the one or more regions; connecting the one or more labels determined to be related; choosing a root label for the connected one or more labels, the root label determined by locating an earliest data element from the one or more groups of raw data; altering a label list of the one or more labels, the label list altered by flagging the root label to include a region label index; and overwriting one or more region label indexes according to the root label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Eyep Inc.
    Inventor: Craig Sullender
  • Patent number: 8204691
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing a downhole measurement-while-drilling (MWD) tool with diagnostic capability by including one or more printed circuit boards to the tool with firmware processors that internally record significant system diagnostic events that can be time correlated with known tool operational problems. The concept includes firmware protocol to enable transfer all of the recorded data to an external software analysis program after the MWD tool is removed from a drilling run.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Paul Deere
  • Patent number: 8192664
    Abstract: A system and method for forming an article from thermoplastic material and fiber. The method includes heating thermoplastic material to form a molten thermoplastic material for blending with the fiber. The molten thermoplastic material is blended with the fibers to form a molten composite material having a concentration of fiber by weight. The molten composite material may then be extruded through dynamic dies to deliver discrete controlled material that is gravitated onto a lower portion of a mold. The lower portion of the mold may be moved in space and time while receiving the flow of composite material to deposit a predetermined quantity of molten composite material thereon conforming to mold cavities of the lower and an upper portion of the mold. The upper portion of the mold may be pressed against the predetermined quantity of molten composite material and closing on the lower portion of the mold to form the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: LRM Industries International Inc.
    Inventors: Dale E. Polk, Jr., Dale E. Polk, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8156690
    Abstract: An enclosed structure includes a base perimeter structure with a plurality of base plates, an exterior wall structure and a roof structure. The exterior wall structure includes a plurality of sidewall panels. The roof structure includes a plurality of roof panels. The enclosed structure has a substantially enclosed interior structure space. The enclosed structure can be prepared using plastic molding methods and may be used as a temporary emergency structure, such as a temporary emergency dwelling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: LRM Industries International, Inc.
    Inventor: Dean Higley
  • Patent number: 8132562
    Abstract: A rail gun armature assembly utilizing unique carbon-carbon composite materials and armature design to enable repeated use of very high velocity projectile firings with minimal damage to rail guns, and a rail gun rail assembly utilizing unique carbon-carbon composite materials to enable repeated use of very high velocity projectile firings with greatly reduced damage to the gun rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Texas Research International, Inc.
    Inventor: Harry Ebiff Perkinson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8118037
    Abstract: A system of brushes for coloring hair with each brush including an ergonomically shaped handle, recessed valley areas for comfortable and effective finger pressure points, each brush color coded to specific base colors, and each brush provided with a color changing system to alert the user to recent use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventors: Rey Cardenas, Evelina Cardenas
  • Patent number: 8111919
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed include methods and systems for encoding one or more region features in connected components labeling including associating one or more labels for an object with a memory structure, the memory structure including the one or more region features; storing the one or more region features in the memory structure, the one or more region features processed in raster order to provide a correspondence between one or more region properties and an original location of the object; enabling the memory structure to receive one or more extents of the one or more region properties at an adjustable precision and with an adjustable data rate, the adjustable precision and the adjustable data rate determined as a function of an amount of detail to be stored; and enabling the memory structure to receive one or more extents at an adjustable data rate determined as a function of an amount of detail to be stored independent of pixel data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Eyep, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig Sullender
  • Patent number: 8091314
    Abstract: A load bearing assembly (300, 452) that includes at least one molded plastic panel (1) and/or at least one molded plastic panel assembly (3), a first support (303) and optionally a second support (306), is described. Each panel (1) of the load bearing assembly (300) includes a first external portion (17) and a second external portion (20), each having a plurality of reinforcing structures (49, 79) having sidewalls (52, 82) that define a plurality of external portion recesses (64, 98).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventors: Dale E. Polk, Jr., James R. Franks
  • Patent number: 8031963
    Abstract: Provided is a system and method for processing data and images including, but not limited to separating data into a plurality of data planes; performing noise analysis to determine an average noise amplitude and noise distribution for each data plane via a gradient calculation; applying an edge mask to weaken isolated transients in one or more of the data planes; applying a noise filter using one or more levels of filtering to one or more of the data planes; and performing detail recovery combining a composite data plane and filtered and unfiltered data planes according to the noise analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Eyep Inc.
    Inventor: Craig Sullender
  • Patent number: 7980042
    Abstract: A molded panel is provided, which includes a body and a plurality of supporting members. The body includes a generally planar top surface and a bottom surface. The supporting members extend from the bottom surface of the body to define a support structure. The support structure includes a top surface adjacent to the bottom surface of the body, a generally planar bottom surface and at least one edge extending therebetween. The support structure also includes at least one channel extending along a central x-axis of the support structure, and at least one additional channel intersecting the at least one central channel and extending along a y-axis of the support. The y-axis is generally perpendicular to the x-axis. A connection system for the molded panel, systems including the molded panel, and methods related to the molded panel are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: LRM Industries International Inc.
    Inventor: Dale E. Polk, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7955550
    Abstract: The method includes providing a mold apparatus (1) that includes, a first mold portion (11) having an interior mold surface (14) having a plurality of perforations (26) and a perimeter edge (17). The mold apparatus (11) further includes at least one tubular sheet retainer (35) having an exterior surface (38) having a plurality of perforations (41) and a longitudinal axis (44) that is oriented along at least a portion of the perimeter edge (17) of the first mold portion (11). Each tubular sheet retainer (35) is reversibly and controllably: (i) positionable along an x-, y- and/or z-axis relative to the perimeter edge (17); and (ii) rotatable around its longitudinal axis (44), toward and/or away from the perimeter edge (17). A heated thermoplastic sheet (95) is formed and contacted (while at a thermoformable temperature) with the interior surface (14) of the first mold portion (11) and the exterior surfaces (38) of the tubular sheet retainers (35).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: LRM Industries International, Inc
    Inventors: Dale E. Polk, Jr., Victor Wolynski
  • Patent number: 7923095
    Abstract: A method of forming a molded plastic article with a second surface with molded extensions, and a first surface that is substantially free of sink mark defects. The method involves forming, from a first plastic material, a first molded section with at least one molded extension extending from the second surface. The molded extension is formed in a mold recess with a reversibly positionable slide. After formation of the first molded section, the slide is retracted to a second slide position thus forming within the molded extension a retainer cavity that is in fluid communication with an aperture in the first surface of the first molded section. A second plastic material is introduced into the mold over the first molded section, and a portion thereof passes through the aperture and into the retainer cavity, thereby forming a second molded section that is continuous with each retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventor: Dale E. Polk, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7913570
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus for measuring environmental degradation of a structures making use of exposed sacrificial material coupons mounted in the immediate vicinity of magnetic sensor elements in the environment of the monitored structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventor: David Sean Forsyth
  • Patent number: 7874125
    Abstract: A molded support beam (1, 2, 3) that includes an elongated lower portion (11) an elongated upper portion (14) and at least one elongated flange (17, 18) extending upwardly from the elongated upper portion, is described. The elongated lower portion (11) includes at least three separate downwardly extending supports (e.g., 29, 32, 35) which together define at least two open-bottomed transverse openings (e.g., 41, 44), at least one of which being an arched open-bottomed transverse opening (e.g., 219, 234, 249). The elongated upper portion (14) includes a longitudinal passage (68), and a ledge (92) that extends horizontally outward from a second vertical side (56) thereof. An elongated hollow support tube (74) resides within the longitudinal passage (68) of the elongated upper portion (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: LRM Industries International, Inc
    Inventor: Dale E. Polk, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7876982
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus for sensing parameters of an object may include at least one optical fiber, one or more attaching members and a tensioner. The one or more attaching members may be coupled to the optical fiber and may attach the one optical fiber to an object. The tensioner may be coupled to the optical fiber and may secure the one or more optical fiber against a surface of an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: SensorTran, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Park, Mohammed Fassih-Nia
  • Patent number: 7842226
    Abstract: The method includes providing a mold apparatus (1) that includes a first mold portion (11) having a contoured and perforated interior mold surface (14), and a perimeter edge (17). The mold apparatus also includes a frame (35) that surrounds at least a portion of the perimeter edge (17) of the first mold portion (11). At least one sheet retainer (148) resides on the upper surface (38) of the frame (35). Each sheet retainer (148) includes a clamp portion (151) that faces towards (or in the direction of) the perimeter edge (17) of the first mold portion (11), and which includes a reversibly closeable clamp member (154) which defines in part a clamp interior (157). Each sheet retainer (148) is independently, reversibly and laterally attached to the upper surface (38) of the frame (35), such that each clamp portion (151) is reversibly and laterally positionable relative to the perimeter edge (17) of the first mold portion (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: LRM Industries International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale E. Polk, Jr., Victor Wolynski
  • Patent number: 7842225
    Abstract: A method of forming a shaped thermoplastic sheet is described. The method includes providing a mold apparatus (1) that includes, a first mold portion (11) having an interior mold surface (14) having a plurality of perforations (26) and a perimeter edge (17). The mold apparatus (11) further includes at least one sheet retainer (35) having an upper surface (38) having a plurality of perforations (41) and a longitudinal axis (44) that is oriented along at least a portion of the perimeter edge (17) of the first mold portion (11). Each sheet retainer (35) is reversibly and controllably: (i) positionable along an x-, y- and/or z-axis relative to the perimeter edge (17); and (ii) rotatable around its longitudinal axis (44), toward and/or away from the perimeter edge (17). A heated thermoplastic sheet (95) is formed and contacted (while at a thermoformable temperature) with the interior surface (14) of the first mold portion (11) and the exterior surfaces (38) of the tubular sheet retainers (35).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: LRM Industries International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale E. Polk, Jr., Victor Wolynski