Patents Represented by Attorney Maine & Asmus
  • Patent number: 7293822
    Abstract: A system for retraction and deployment of a covering over at least a portion of a vehicle interior is disclosed, such as might be employed in commercial or sport utility style vehicles to provide a convertible hardtop over a portion of the vehicle that can be retracted for open air and ease of access, or closed for physical and environmental protection. The system provides: first and second roof panels; first and second sidewall panels; and posterior and anterior roll bars, each roll bar having at least one channel whereby the first and second roof panels and the first and second sidewall panels are guided between a deployed position and a stowed position, such that when the panels are in the deployed position the vehicle is enclosed and when the panels are in a stowed position the vehicle is at least partially open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Appropriate Combined Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Amos G Winter, IV
  • Patent number: 7271775
    Abstract: An antenna formed with a number of notch antennas forming an sectional inner ring and a sectional outer ring. Each of the notch antennas having a pair of leaves with a throat end proximate the inner ring and a leaf tip end proximate the outer ring, wherein the leaves are separated by a notch area. There is a lagoon interiorly disposed about the inner ring. At least one feed is coupled to at least one throat end. A lower horizontal loop couples each leaf tip and forms the outer ring. In addition, a plurality of slots separates each of the notch antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Court Rossman, Katherine Zink, Zane Lo
  • Patent number: 7264058
    Abstract: An arrangement and a method to control and regulate the bottom hole pressure in a well during subsea drilling at deep waters: The method involves adjustment of a liquid/gas interface level in a drilling riser up or down. The arrangement comprises a high pressure drilling riser and a surface BOP at the upper end of the drilling riser. The surface BOP havs a gas bleeding outlet. The riser also comprises a BOP, with a by-pass line. The drilling riser has an outlet at a depth below the water surface, and the outlet is connected to a pumping system with a flow return conduit running back to a drilling vessel/platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Ocean Riser Systems AS
    Inventor: Borre Fossli
  • Patent number: 7264554
    Abstract: A system and method for analyzing and improving the performance of an athletic motion such as a golf swing requires: instrumenting a user with inertial sensors and video cameras and monitoring a golf swing or such other athletic motion of interest; drawing upon and contributing to a vast library of performance data for analysis of the test results; the analysis including scoring pre-defined parameters relating to component parts of the motion and combining the parameter scores to yield a single, kinetic index score for the motion; providing a real-time, information rich, graphic display of the results in multiple, synchronized formats including video, color coded and stepped frame animations from motion data, and data/time graphs; and based on the results prescribing a user-specific training regime with exercises selected from a library of standardized exercises using standardized tools and training aids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Bentley Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Bentley
  • Patent number: 7254000
    Abstract: An over voltage protection circuit for single phase and multiphase buck converters. According to one embodiment, upon the occurrence of an over voltage condition, the high side switch is turned Off and the low side switch is On. As the output voltage drops below a lower threshold, the low side switch is turned Off thereby reducing or eliminating negative spikes on the voltage output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: Nexem, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Smith, Chongming Qiao, Vincent Condido, Reza Amironi, Amir Asvadi
  • Patent number: 7249436
    Abstract: An animal and bird deterrent apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus includes a flexible dielectric material, and electrically conducting strips disposed on a top surface of the flexible material. In one embodiment the flexible material is secured to a structure by an adhesive and the strips are coupled to a high voltage source such that a shock is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: KABA Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Ravenelle, Laurent Ouellette
  • Patent number: 7248130
    Abstract: A power combiner/divider is disclosed that employs triaxial transmission line structures operatively coupled to provide a desired number of input/output ports. A balun is operatively coupled to the triaxial transmission line structures, and is adapted to couple out unbalanced currents flowing therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: Walter A Bohlman
  • Patent number: 7245673
    Abstract: Windowed multiuser detection techniques are disclosed. A window of data is established, and certain central bits within the window are selected as reliable, while other side bits are ignored. The selected bits are demodulated. The windowed multiuser detector moves along to the next window in such a manner that the next group of central bit decisions lay contiguous with the previous set, and eventually every bit to be demodulated has at some point been a central bit decision. Most any type of MUD algorithm (e.g., MMSE algorithm MUD or M-algorithm MUD) can be used to compute estimates in the windowed data. Unreliable windowed data are distinguished from reliable data (e.g., weighting or other de-emphasis scheme).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Bae Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: Robert B. MacLeod
  • Patent number: 7239056
    Abstract: A canned motor has an L3/D4 ratio of less than 50, with one bearing on one end of the rotor assembly configured to resist longitudinal displacement of the rotor as by an axial shaft load, and another bearing on the other end of the rotor assembly configured to allow limited longitudinal displacement of the rotor assembly within the bearing as from thermal expansion, lengthwise adjustment or pressure from an axial shaft load. The rotor assembly may include a center shaft coaxially extended through a hollow shaft, with rotor windings mounted on the hollow shaft, with the first bearing positioned on one end of the hollow shaft and the second bearing mounted on the second hollow shaft end. A cap and nut assembly on the second hollow shaft end, into which the rotor shaft end is threaded, provides for adjusting the effective rotor shaft length protruding from the motor, and for replacement of the rotor shaft within the hollow shaft without removing the rotor assembly from motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: Lawrence Pumps, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul E Griggs, Dale B Andrews
  • Patent number: 7238960
    Abstract: A QWIP structure is disclosed that is configured with enhanced optical coupling to improve absorption capability and efficiency. A waffle-type light-coupling grating having a pattern of etched wells operates to improve absorption by preventing photons from bouncing out of the detector sensing areas. A post-type light coupling grating can also be used. Parameters of the grating, including its orientation, pitch, and etch depth, can be adjusted to optimize specific color detection. The grating can include a hybrid metal layer including both ohmic and reflective qualities to further improve quantum and conversion efficiency. A “photon-in-a-box” configuration is also disclosed, where sides of the QWIP sensing areas are coated with reflective metal to further inhibit the escaping of photons. The material design and number of quantum wells per QWIP can be selected so as to exploit the avalanche effect, thereby increasing device responsivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Mani Sundaram, Axel R Reisinger
  • Patent number: 7236299
    Abstract: A periscopic beam director is disclosed. The periscopic beam director can be configured with a hemispheric field of regard, in a volume that minimizes external structure or dome size when mounted on a host vehicle (e.g., airplane or UAV). One embodiment combines a Risley Prism refractive beam steering arrangement with an angled azimuthal mount. By using refraction in combination with reflection for changing the beam direction within an optical unit, a substantially more compact periscopic beam director can be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: M. James Smith
  • Patent number: 7236546
    Abstract: A multiple access processing system for a plurality of users employing a multiuser detector processing partial blocks of data within a window. The multiuser detector processes the data for all users within a processing window and is interrupted at successive frame boundaries. Once an entire block is processed by the MUD, the blocks for that user are decoded and the processing continues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Bae Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Dianne E Egnor, Robert B MacLeod
  • Patent number: 7236139
    Abstract: Polymer antenna structures having low reflectivity and high efficiency are disclosed. Wire antennas can be configured from coaxial cable having center conductors and outer conductors made from conductive polymer. Fabrics can also be configured with conductive polymer antenna elements formed in or on the fabric. The conductive polymer antenna elements can be configured with a graded conductivity to facilitate capture (as opposed to reflection) of electromagnetic energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: Donald P Waschenko
  • Patent number: 7233620
    Abstract: Wireless communication network dynamically assigning communicators to allocated channels by considering the interference and noise environment to maximize the number of communicators and effective bandwidth of the channel. The present invention provides a digital wireless modem capable of measuring interference and noise in a channel, signaling the information on a control channel, accepting dynamic channel assignments from a controlling element and demodulating signals in the presence of interference and noise. The modem uses a demodulator capable of recovering information from data signals in the presence of noise and interference stronger than the primary signal, and there is a controlling element for transmitting noise and interference measurements to a central network controller and a controlling element for determining channel assignments with the central network controller and setting the modem to the correct transmission and reception channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: Karl D Brommer
  • Patent number: 7231139
    Abstract: A system and method for reducing fan noise by controlling the drive current to the fan motor. In one embodiment the system approximates a linear drive using a number of transistors in parallel and sequentially deploying the transistors. In another embodiment, a scheme is used to activate and deactivate transistors in discrete steps thereby achieving the benefits of the linear controller topology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Asahi Kasei Microsystems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark E Collins, Sumner B Marshall, III
  • Patent number: 7229745
    Abstract: Multilayer resist systems and techniques used for liftoff or planarizing topography wherein the dimensions and thicknesses of the layers are independently controlled. The undercut may also be independently controlled for precision structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: Philip A. Lamarre
  • Patent number: 7228156
    Abstract: An RF-actuated microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) switch for use with switchable RF structures such as antennas and reflectors is disclosed. An antenna within each MEMS switch module is coupled to a circuit that provides a trigger voltage based on an RF control signal received at the antenna. The trigger voltage output of the circuit is used as the control the MEMS switch. This allows arrays of MEMS switch modules to be actuated by remotely generated radio frequency signals thus alleviating the need for running metallic conductors or optical fibers to each MEMS switch. Frequency response characteristics, phasing, reflectivity, and directionality characteristics may be altered in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: Roland A Gilbert
  • Patent number: 7218690
    Abstract: The present invention is a high quality real-time Turbo-Mud processing system initially employing a high complexity multi-user detector that results in better estimates of the bit streams, and then the remaining iterations employing a computationally low linear-based-MUD/Turbo-MUD. The present approach uses more computational computations at the first iteration, and less computations on subsequent processing due to cycling through the Turbo-Mud process with a low complexity sub-optimal detector that significantly cleans up the estimates in a few iterations of the Turbo-MUD. The present invention also provides an efficient means of estimating symbols transmitted in a multi-user environment in overloaded or super-saturated conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Bae Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: Rachel E Learned
  • Patent number: D544211
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Hitchiker Global Limited
    Inventor: Paul F. Herzberg
  • Patent number: D548085
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: Scanfinest Ou
    Inventors: Veiko Paalma, Tommi Silvan, Jukka Halttunen