Patents Examined by Albert K. Wong
  • Patent number: 11064242
    Abstract: A method and device for moving an indicator on an on-screen keyboard depicted on a display device is described. A series of signals transmitted from a remote-control unit are received at the display device. The indicator on a grid depicted on the display device is moved based on the received signals. A time for moving the indicator on the grid varies based on the series of signals received from the remote-control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: INTERDIGITAL CE PATENT HOLDINGS
    Inventors: Thomas Morin, Karine Jegou, Christophe Jollivet
  • Patent number: 11053637
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present disclosure, a method of treating a textile with an antimicrobial agent includes receiving a textile in a washer system. The textile includes an identification tag, which uniquely identifies the textile among a plurality of textiles. The method also includes detecting, in the washer system, the identification tag. The method further includes determining, based on the detected identification tag, one or more parameters for treating the textile with an antimicrobial agent. The antimicrobial agent includes a metallic ion. The method also includes washing the textile with a detergent, and, after washing the textile with the detergent, treating the textile with the antimicrobial agent based on the one or more parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: APPLIED SILVER, INC.
    Inventors: Elizabeth Ann Hutt Pollard, Sean Morham, David E. Brown
  • Patent number: 11051086
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an at-home monitoring system includes a sensor unit configured to be placed under a leg of a piece of furniture, the sensor unit comprising a load cell configured to measure a force imposed by the leg, a central controller configured to receive force data from the load cell, to determine the times when an individual gets on and off of the piece of furniture, and to determine a weight of the individual, and a wireless communications component configured to wirelessly transmit information determined by the central controller to a separate computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Reese Kyle Starowesky, Carlos Eduardo Pena Duran, Autar Kaw, Ali Yalcin, Carla Vandeweerd
  • Patent number: 11041738
    Abstract: A signal activated switch for meters equipped with automatic meter reading output capability which allows a single water or gas meter to be interrogated by two or more meter interrogation units or meter reading devices without interference. The art of the present invention senses an interrogation by a meter interrogation unit and switches the meter interrogation unit onto the meter circuit for a brief period in order to read the internally stored data of the meter via an industry standard automatic meter reading communication protocol. The signal activated switch may integrate a display which allows display of internally stored consumption data, rate-of-flow, or water meter serial number. The signal activated switch also defaults to a first or primary meter interrogation unit should power be interrupted to the signal activated switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventor: James E. Mimlitz
  • Patent number: 11022306
    Abstract: A device including a device body for storing fuel; a spark wheel that may be used as a first fidget device is configured to rotate against a flint to produce igniting sparks; a flame setting indicator for indicating low flame (LO), high flame (HI), and flame off (OFF); a tab portion for pointing to at least one of the flame setting settings; a flame-height adjuster for decreasing or increasing a flame ignited by said sparks, or turning off a supply of fuel; a rotating disc implement that may be used as a second fidget device, wherein the rotating disc implement is configured to significantly flush-mount against the device body and to customarily rotate freely against the device body; a circular indentation implement disposed on a proximate center portion of said lighter body section is configured to generally secure said rotating disc implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: Jonathan Romero, Leandro Molina
  • Patent number: 11011328
    Abstract: A key module, a keyboard and an electronic device using same are provided. The key module includes a substrate, a light receiver, a light emitter and a lifting mechanism. The light receiver is disposed on and electrically connected with the substrate. The light emitter is disposed on and electrically connected with the substrate and disposed opposite to the light receiver. The lifting mechanism is disposed on the substrate and includes an interrupting portion, wherein the interrupting portion is movable to a region between the light receiver and the light emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventors: Wei-Pin Chuang, Ming-Fu Yen, Jian-Jhih Chen
  • Patent number: 11003247
    Abstract: The present concepts relate to devices that can employ deployable controllers. In one example the device can include a base assembly configured to ground the device to a non-hand body part of a user. The example can also include an engagement assembly configured to receive tactile input from a hand of the user or to deliver tactile output to the hand of the user. The device can further include a deployment assembly extending from the base assembly to the engagement assembly and configured to deploy the engagement assembly from a storage orientation proximate to the base assembly to a deployed orientation proximate to the hand of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Jack Sinclair, Robert Kovacs, Eyal Ofek, Mar Gonzalez Franco
  • Patent number: 10997518
    Abstract: A method for predicting oil and gas production comprising a new and improved reservoir production modeling and forecasting system, containing a commercialized physics-based forecasting tool, that fully incorporates a complete production analysis system for the evaluation of petroleum reservoir production performance. Said method precisely forecasts production and estimates reserves to maximize profitability, increases the predictability of oil and gas reservoir production, and minimizes errors in production forecasting and booking reserves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Duc Lam
  • Patent number: 10935686
    Abstract: Mobile base stations for use with one or more portable utility locators to aid in determining the location of a particular locator during operation and to receive information associated with the utility for storage and/or retransmission to other devices or systems are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SEESCAN, INC.
    Inventors: Mark S. Olsson, Paul Wisecaver, Austin Rutledge
  • Patent number: 10934832
    Abstract: Systems and methods for downhole measurement and communications are disclosed. The system includes a communications medium, at least partially disposed in a drillpipe, a processor coupled to the communications medium, at least two sensor modules coupled to the communications medium, where at least one of the sensor modules is along a drillpipe, and at least one communications coupler to couple at least one sensor module to the communications medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel D. Gleitman
  • Patent number: 10935362
    Abstract: An sensor unit has an analog Hall-effect sensor coupled to a microprocessor containing an analog to digital converter. It is mounted to the frame of a cell door. A magnet is mounted to the cell door so that when the door is closed, they are in close-proximity. A calibration initiates the storage of digital voltage signal presented by the Hall-effect sensor, via an analog to digital converter, when the cell door is closed. This door-closed value is constantly compared to the current value based on the position of the cell door. If this value deviates within preset limitations of the stored value, the sensor unit signals a fault condition to a connected central control panel which sends a “door ajar” notification to a designated user's cell phone as well as activating a local alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Edward Francis Burress, Stephen Lawrence Dillier
  • Patent number: 10905326
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for collecting and evaluating biometric data of members of a group uses a mobile ad hoc network to relay information collected from each group member to a monitoring device. The information is collected from each group member using a chin strap biometric sensing device. The monitoring device is an endpoint of the mobile ad hoc network, and organizes the collected data for evaluation and display to a supervisor of the group. Any biometric parameter for a given group member that exceeds a preferred value can be flagged for immediate attention by the supervisor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Franco Lodato, Gustavo Leizerovich, Jose Ruiz, Biren Patel, Hao Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10908604
    Abstract: Techniques for remote operation of vehicles are presented. Remote operation can involve maneuvering, by a vehicle computer system, a vehicle based on driving instructions from a remote computer system. The vehicle computer system collects sensor data from a plurality of sensors onboard the vehicle. Based on the sensor data, data associated with a visual representation of the surrounding environment is generated and sent to the remote computer system. The generating of the data can involve fusing sensor data to identify one or more features of a surrounding environment. The generated data may be indicative of the identified features. The visual representation is output on a display device of the remote computer system. The driving instructions can be based on human input supplied in response to the visual representation. In certain embodiments, the vehicle is maneuvered toward a location within proximity of a parking space before performing automated parking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Cyril Rastoll, Shahram Rezaei, Malte Joos
  • Patent number: 10893013
    Abstract: Notifying a recipient of an electronic message that the message was produced via a voice-to-text engine can include accessing text data produced by the voice-to-text engine; adding at least one symbol to the text data to form the electronic message; and providing the electronic message to a messaging engine that sends the electronic message to the recipient, who is notified by the at least one symbol that the electronic message was produced via the voice-to-text engine. The at least one symbol can be added to at least one of the head of the text data, the tail of the text data, and a position within the text data. A symbol can be any combination of ASCII, GSM 03.38, Unicode, and HTTP encoding symbols. A messaging engine can send electronic messages as SMS, MMS, or E-Mail messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventor: James Peter Morrissette
  • Patent number: 10885765
    Abstract: A vehicle safety system is for preventing child abandonment in a vehicle. The vehicle safety system may include a flow sensor for fuel in the vehicle, and a controller coupled to the flow sensor and a seat sensor. The controller may be configured to detect when the vehicle is in a fueling state based upon the flow sensor, and detect occupancy of a child safety seat based upon the seat sensor. The controller may be configured to if the vehicle does not enter the fueling state within a first time period, then cause the vehicle to enter a first alert state, and if the vehicle does not enter the fueling state within a second time period greater than the first time period, then cause the vehicle to enter a second alert state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventor: Cecil Lee Hunter, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10871461
    Abstract: A method for accurately measuring the conductivity of substances. This method incorporates two points of measurement that are isolated from each other. Each of these points is in contact with the substance to be measured. A continuous, constant electrical current is passed through the substance at the measurement points by means of an electrical force that is not constant but varies depending upon the amount of electrical force required to maintain the constant electrical current through the substance. This constant current is passed through the substance in two directions. This change in direction is achieved by reversing the polarity of the electrical force across the two measurement points. The time periods for each of the two directions of constant current flow are equal. The amount of electrical force or voltage that is required to maintain this constant amount of current is directly related to the resistance of the substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventor: Ronald W. Parker
  • Patent number: 10869110
    Abstract: An ultra-low pressure, vapor analyte, and vapor pathway parameter monitoring system can include an embedded server comprising a base radio and memory. In some embodiments, the embedded server is communicatively coupled to a third-party database. The system can include a first monitoring device comprising a first ultra-low pressure sensor and a first radio communicatively coupled to the base radio. The embedded server can be remotely located with respect to the first monitoring device whereby the embedded server receives first pressure data from the first monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventor: Bradford Charles Schwie
  • Patent number: 10866587
    Abstract: There is provided a management system for vehicles which can make it easier to introduce changes in the traveling path on the field. A management system 1 manages travel of a vehicle by using a travel management apparatus. The vehicle includes a plurality of driving wheels to be driven by a plurality of motors, a drive unit to rotate the driving wheels, a first communication circuit which receives data representing a traveling path from the travel management apparatus, and a control circuit which causes the vehicle to travel along the traveling path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: NIDEC SHIMPO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiro Akamatsu, Syunta Sato
  • Patent number: 10859266
    Abstract: A device including a sleeve body, wherein the sleeve body is configured to host a lighter, and wherein the sleeve body is further configured to be operable for relieving boredom or stress; an opening portion, the opening portion is configured to be operable for accepting a lighter; a circular indentation section disposed on a proximate center portion of the sleeve body; wherein the circular indentation implement is configured to generally secure a rotating disc implement; and a rotating disc implement, wherein the rotating disc implement is configured to significantly flush-mount against the circular indentation, wherein the rotating disc implement is further configured to customarily rotate freely against the sleeve body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Jonathan Romero, Leandro Molina
  • Patent number: 10846497
    Abstract: The present invention relates to inventory scanning using dual polarization radio frequency identification antennae for automatically reading and locating inventory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: ADASA Inc.
    Inventor: Clarke William McAllister