Patents Represented by Attorney Rick D. Nydegger
  • Patent number: 7636708
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for gathering and aggregating operational metrics (e.g., performance metrics, process events, health monitor state, server state) for a plurality of members as a single entity and for a plurality of entities as a singular entity. The system and method provides for operational metrics of members and entities to be aggregated and retrieved as a single result set, such that entity wide operational metrics can be acquired, monitored and displayed as a single entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Federico Garcea, Michael S. Murstein, Roger W. Sprague, Alexander M. Sutton, Michael W. Thomas, Giedrius Zizys
  • Patent number: 7305488
    Abstract: The present invention enables an electronic message to be distributed sequentially to selected recipients. The electronic message is associated with a routing map, which defines the route of the electronic message. The routing map includes a list of operations, at least some of which are implemented in script. A routing engine controls the current state and the state transition of the routing map while predefined routing objects assist in the manipulation and processing of the routing map. Routing maps are associated with folders and any electronic message dropped in the folder is associated with the routing map. The operations of the routing map are executed in a stateful manner in response to events occurring in the messaging system until the electronic message has been sequentially distributed to the intended recipients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew J. Wallace, Christopher J. Ambler
  • Patent number: 4898309
    Abstract: A system for facilitating the donning of gloves having elastic cuffs. The system is particularly adapted for allowing healthcare personnel to don elastic gloves without requiring the assistance of another individual and without contacting the outer surface of the gloves. A curved rim member is comprised of flared portions along the periphery of the rim as well as teeth which are formed on the upper edges of a slot, the flared portions and teeth serving to help the rim frictionally to hold the elastic cuff of a glove in a stretched open configuration so that the user's hand may be inserted therein. A slot in combination with the design of the curved rim member and the flared portion and teeth of the rim member allows the user, by proper movement of the wrist and forearm, to release the glove from the curved rim member whereupon the glove assumes a proper fit on the user's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1990
    Assignee: Ultradent Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Dan E. Fischer
  • Patent number: 4485398
    Abstract: An underwater color television camera system for use in high pressure or dense shielding applications. The system includes a spread tube color television camera encased in a three-segment housing designed to provide quick access to and interchangeability of camera parts, while also providing protection to the camera from water pressure at depths of over 2500 feet below water surface. A television viewfinder is affixed to the camera housing for use during manual operation by divers. A control center which includes computer devices is remotely connected by coaxial or triaxial cable to the camera so as to permit surface control and monitoring of numerous camera operations. Camera operations and applications are capable of enhancement by use of computer generated graphics, computer navigation assistance, and computer aided visual communication with divers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 27, 1984
    Assignee: Aquavision International Ltd.
    Inventors: Herbert D. Chapin, Jr., Pierre J. Bonnescuelle de Lespinois, Alan H. Young, John Shelly
  • Patent number: 4479335
    Abstract: An interior wall system formed from two opposing walls. Each opposing wall is assembled from a plurality of composite wall panels, each wall panel having an exterior surface material and an interior layer of insulating material bonded to one side of the exterior surface material. Each opposing wall is anchored to top and bottom U-shaped support members and adjoining wall panels of each wall are connected by a plurality of retaining clips. The retaining clips may be adjusted in length to accommodate various widths between the opposing walls. Additionally, splines are inserted between the first and second walls along the seams between adjoining wall panels. The wall system also includes a door frame comprising first and second jamb members and a lintel member, each having a spacing member attached to approximately the center thereof. The spacing members are inserted between the opposing walls and are used to anchor the door frame in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 30, 1984
    Assignee: Western Sun, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank W. Roberts, Richard A. Roberts, W. Calvin Roberts, Jack A. Nipko, Clark S. Roberts, Hal R. Hudson
  • Patent number: 4472887
    Abstract: A large scale, industrial system and method for dehydrating fruits, nuts or other produce. The system includes two long air tunnels which are placed end-to-end. Each air tunnel has a conveyor which is used to transport the produce through the air tunnel. As the produce exits one air tunnel, it is dropped from one conveyor onto the other, thus permitting the produce to be turned over before it enters the second air tunnel. Each air tunnel is divided into a number of separate air chambers in which the heated, circulating air is confined so as to reduce heat loss, thus increasing the energy efficiency of the system, and also providing for separate control of the air temperature and humidity levels in each air chamber. Countercirculation of air between adjacent air chambers aids in confining the air through the separate air chambers, as well as the use of resilient flaps which are used to enclose the ends of each air chamber through which the conveyor enters and exits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1984
    Assignee: Tagus Ranch
    Inventors: Aaron M. Avedian, Lonald H. Jensen
  • Patent number: 4471590
    Abstract: An interior wall system formed from two opposing walls. Each opposing wall is assembled from a plurality of composite wall panels, each wall panel having an exterior surface material and an interior layer of insulating material bonded to one side of the exterior surface material. Each opposing wall is anchored to top and bottom U-shaped support members and adjoining wall panels of each wall are connected by a plurality of retaining clips. The retaining clips may be adjusted in length to accommodate various widths between the opposing walls. Additionally, splines are inserted between the first and second walls along the seams between adjoining wall panels. The wall system also includes a door frame comprising first and second jamb members and a lintel member, each having a spacing member attached to approximately the center thereof. The spacing members are inserted between the opposing walls and are used to anchor the door frame in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1984
    Assignee: Western Sun, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank W. Roberts, Richard A. Roberts, W. Calvin Roberts, Jack A. Nipko, Clark S. Roberts, Hal R. Hudson
  • Patent number: 4470373
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for practicing calf-roping on live calves without the use of a roping horse. The novel calf-roping practice apparatus of the present invention comprises a rectangular chute which may be connected to the cattle chute of a stockyard or corral. The chute of the apparatus has a spring-loaded forward gate, which may be opened by pulling on a lever. The apparatus further comprises a take-up mechanism which is connected to the roping rope and which removes the slack in the rope after a calf has been roped. The apparatus is surmounted by a surface which simulates a horse's back, such that the user may secure his saddle thereon. The apparatus of the present invention may also include a spring-loaded neck mechanism which simulates a horse's neck and head.In use, the user ties his saddle on the apparatus and ties a string between one of the stirrups of the saddle and the lever which triggers the spring-loaded forward gate. The user then connects his rope to the take-up device of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1984
    Inventor: Greg Kesler
  • Patent number: 4468197
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting interproximal cavities and the like. A high intensity light from an incandescent lamp is transmitted through an optical fiber bundle and is projected onto a tooth. Light passing around or through said tooth is detected by a second optical fiber bundle and is transmitted to a viewer where it is projected through a lense system onto an opaque screen where an image of the tooth can be viewed and any defects therein can be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1984
    Inventor: Wayne Provost
  • Patent number: 4444998
    Abstract: A touch controlled membrane device producing an output signal which is a function of any dual coordinate location resulting from an applied pressure in a two dimensional resistive field. In one preferred embodiment a single resistive film is spaced from a coextensive conductive film. First and second source voltages are alternately applied across orthogonal axis directions of the resistive film to establish voltage gradients in both directions. Pressure applied to the conductive film brings the conductive and resistive films into contact so that a unique two component output signal appears on the conductive film which defines the X and Y coordinates of the location of the applied pressure. In a second embodiment, two resistive films are mounted opposite to two conductive surfaces applied onto opposite sides of an insulative film, and voltage is applied to the resistive films in orthogonally related directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1984
    Assignee: Spectra-Symbol Corporation
    Inventor: V. Dean House
  • Patent number: 4441363
    Abstract: A vibrating wire placed in the humidity duct of a standard radiosonde is used to measure vertical profiles of the concentration of supercooled liquid water in clouds. An electronic circuit is provided for monitoring the natural frequency of vibration which varies according to the mass of ice accumulated on the wire by contact freezing. The time rate of change of ice accumulation is related to the supercooled liquid water concentration. By monitoring the natural frequency, the supercooled liquid water concentration can be found.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1984
    Assignee: Utah State University Foundation
    Inventors: Geoffrey E. Hill, Duard S. Woffinden, Duane G. Chadwick
  • Patent number: 4439666
    Abstract: An electrical heating system for use in heating surfaces. A heating element is constructed of mesh screen comprised of nonferrous, small gauge metal wires which are spaced in a cloth mesh arrangement such that the total surface area of the wires is substantially equal to or greater than the adjacent area of the surface to be heated. The heating element is positioned substantially parallel to and adjacent the surface to be heated. The heating system includes electronic circuitry which essentially eliminates transmission of power surges, voltage spikes and chatter when the heating system is connected to an alternating current power source. The heating system also includes protective circuits and devices for preventing injury or damage due to transformer overheating, or due to under-current or over-current conditions. An optional electronic circuit permits use of the device for preventing formation of ice on surfaces in an efficient and economical manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1984
    Assignee: Intermountain Thermafloor
    Inventor: Charles H. Graham
  • Patent number: 4431902
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying a band of hardened metal around a portion of a drill collar in accordance with conventional MIG or TIG welding processes. The improved hardbanding system comprises an AC power source coupled to a water cooled, MIG or TIG welding torch assembly. A hydraulic pump is provided, coupled to the AC power source, for independently driving: (1) a mandril assembly for rotating the drill collar workpiece adjacent the torch assembly, (2) an elevation assembly for adjusting the height of the torch assembly and the mandril assembly; and (3) a pair of hydraulic jacks for lifting the drill collars off of standard pipe racks. The entire system is designed for mounting on the bed of a conventional two ton truck such that the system is easily transportable for on-site hardbanding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1984
    Assignee: Rocky Mountain Hardbanders, Inc.
    Inventor: H. Bruce Wallen
  • Patent number: 4430739
    Abstract: A laser system having an intermediate mode of laser beam operation wherein the laser beam is extinguished but the laser cathode continues to remain energized. The laser system includes an electronic circuit in which energy is stored while the laser beam is extinguished so that the laser beam can be substantially instantaneously re-ignited when the stored energy is released to the laser anode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1984
    Inventor: William H. McMahan
  • Patent number: 4427292
    Abstract: A computer controlled microfilm camera system and method for microfilming data onto pre-cut individual microfiche film sheets in one of a plurality of formats selected by a system user. The camera system includes a reusable cartridge which permits the single microfiche film sheet to be substantially withdrawn and exposed, and then reinserted into the cartridge for processing in a daylight loading processor. The cartridge is supported on a movable carriage assembly which is connected to a first drive system and stepping motor so as to provide for translation of the film sheet in a column direction. The carriage assembly supports a second drive system and stepping motor which is connected so as to provide for translation of the film sheet in a row direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1984
    Assignee: Microsize, Inc.
    Inventor: Vernon G. Buchanan
  • Patent number: 4427470
    Abstract: A ventricular assist device and a method of manufacturing the ventricular assist device. The device is generally flat in shape and gently curved so that it may be comfortably implanted under the skin or inside the chest of a patient. The device includes a housing comprising an atrial blood chamber, an atrial compliance chamber, a ventricular blood chamber and a ventricular pumping chamber. Blood is introduced through an inlet port into the atrial blood chamber. An atrial compliance membrane within the housing separates the atrial blood chamber from the atrial compliance chamber and responds to the changing volume of blood. The ventricular blood chamber receives the blood from the atrial blood chamber through a flap valve which is formed as an integral extension of the compliance membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1984
    Assignee: University of Utah
    Inventor: Willem J. Kolff
  • Patent number: 4418507
    Abstract: An interior wall system formed from two opposing walls. Each opposing wall is assembled from a plurality of composite wall panels, each wall panel having an exterior surface material and an interior layer of insulating material bonded to one side of the exterior surface material. Each opposing wall is anchored to top and bottom U-shaped support members and adjoining wall panels of each wall are connected by a plurality of retaining clips. The retaining clips may be adjusted in length to accommodate various widths between the opposing walls. Additionally, splines are inserted between the first and second walls along the seams between adjoining wall panels. The wall system also includes a door frame comprising first and second jamb members and a lintel member, each having a spacing member attached to approximately the center thereof. The spacing members are inserted between the opposing walls and are used to anchor the door frame in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1983
    Inventors: Frank W. Roberts, Richard A. Roberts, W. Calvin Roberts, Jack A. Nipko, Clark S. Roberts, Hal R. Hudson
  • Patent number: 4396290
    Abstract: An improved ring laser gyroscope is disclosed that uses two counterrotating beams separated in frequency by an amount that is large compared to lock-in thresholds. The two beams are heterodyned together to obtain a beat frequency whose magnitude is proportional to rotation rate. In the preferred embodiment, the gyroscope utilizes an optical fiber waveguide as the laser cavity. The two countercirculating beams are generated via the mechanism of stimulated Brillouin scattering within the cavity. The two Brillouin ring lasers are pumped by two beams derived from an external pump laser. The derived beams are shifted in frequency by acousto-optic modulators. Lock-in is eliminated at all rotation rates. Other error sources common to ring laser gyroscopes are eliminated or greatly reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1983
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Institute
    Inventor: Glen J. Morris
  • Patent number: 4382412
    Abstract: An auxiliary drive traction system for an automated guideway transit (AGT) vehicle. Remotely controlled hydraulic or electrically powered auxiliary drive systems are used to drive the AGT vehicle's lateral guide wheels, which are biased against a running surface, thus providing an auxiliary drive and braking system. A remotely controlled clutch may be added so as to selectively couple the auxiliary drive system and the guide wheels. A protective skirt is attached to the edges of the guideway assembly along its entire length in order to shield the guide wheel running surfaces from adverse weather conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1983
    Assignee: Universal Mobility, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald P. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 4375193
    Abstract: An improved monorail guideway assembly including unencumbered running surfaces that are supported by a truss. Electrical bus bars are attached to the underside of the running surfaces and a protective skirt is attached to the edges of the running surfaces along their entire length. The skirt is bent so as to form a smoothly curved shoulder that shields the bus bars and guideway surface from snow or rain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1983
    Assignee: Universal Mobility, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald P. Sullivan