Patents Examined by Anh V. La
  • Patent number: 10767717
    Abstract: A method for modifying a brake application of a combination vehicle comprises receiving a temperature signal of a first brake pad of a first brake assembly and receiving a temperature signal representative of a temperature of a second brake pad of a second brake assembly. The temperatures are compared to a first predetermined temperature. The method will determine if service brakes of the trailer are being applied by a driver and compare a wheel speed of the trailer with the wheel speed of a tractor of the combination vehicle. The method will determine a brake drag exists on the trailer in response to both the first and the second brake pad temperature being greater than the first predetermined temperature, the trailer wheel speed being less than the tractor wheel speed and the service brakes not being applied by the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Michael D Cremona, Thomas J Hayes, Daniel P Zula
  • Patent number: 10763681
    Abstract: A system and method is described for rapid charging and power management of a battery for a meter. A charger component is operably associated with the meter and is capable of executing a rapid charge algorithm for a rechargeable battery. The algorithm includes monitoring for a connection to an external power source and implementing a charging routine of a battery at a first charge rate and then at a second charge rate. The second charge rate is lower than the first charge rate. A temperature rise in the rechargeable battery due to the first charge rate has a negligible heat transfer effect on the fluid sample. The meter can also include a power switch for controlling current flow to a battery fuel gauge. The power switch is open when the meter enters into a sleep mode. The state of battery charge is determined after the meter exits the sleep mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventors: Igor Gofman, Jun Chen
  • Patent number: 10755555
    Abstract: A service management system validates service on building management systems. Devices of the building management systems include wireless transmitters (for example, radiofrequency identification (RFID) tags) for transmitting wireless signals containing identification information. During service, a technician reads the identification information using a mobile computing device (for example, an RFID reader) while also recording the signal strength of the wireless signals. The mobile computing sends the identification information and signal strength information to a connected services system along with information about the service, and a validation module confirms that the identification information and signal strength information indicates that the technician was actually in the vicinity of the devices that were serviced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Fire Protection LP
    Inventors: Alexandra K. Norton, Tyler H. Brown, Alessandro Scanu
  • Patent number: 10741043
    Abstract: An offender monitoring system has an electronic tag and a monitoring unit. The electronic tag has a tether to secure the electronic tag to an offender and a communication device to communicate with the monitoring unit. The monitoring unit has a communication device to communicate with the electronic tag. The system has a processor which analyses a communication between the electronic tag and the monitoring unit to determine a communication property, such as latency, variability of latency over a plurality of communications and signal strength. The processor determines, based on the measured communication property differing from a historical value, whether the communication between the electronic tag and the monitoring unit has been relayed via an intermediary device in an attempt by the offender to trick the monitoring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Aled Hughes, Jon Gordon
  • Patent number: 10729201
    Abstract: An impact protection apparatus (IPA) may include an impact switch configured to transition from an open-circuit state to a close-circuit state when a force is exerted on the IPA in a first direction and exceeds a force threshold. The IPA may further include a protective headgear and linear and rotational locks that can limit movement of the protective headgear upon a threshold level of pressure or impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: RLF Industries LLC
    Inventor: Ricardo Lewis de la Fuente
  • Patent number: 10733864
    Abstract: An information processing device is equipped with a recognition information acquirer, a danger determiner, a signal generator, and a signal transmitter. The recognition information acquirer acquires, from an electric apparatus, recognition information that is information obtained as a result of recognition of sensor information by the electric apparatus that performs operational control using the sensor information, the sensor information being sensed and output by a sensor. The danger determiner determines whether a danger state exists based on the recognition information acquired by the recognition information acquirer. The signal generator, when the danger determiner determines that the danger state exists, generates an informing signal that causes operation of an informing function of an informing apparatus that informs of danger. The signal transmitter transmits to the informing apparatus the informing signal generated by the signal generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Hikaru Uruno
  • Patent number: 10733270
    Abstract: An aspect of the present invention is drawn to a patch for use with application against the skin of a user. The patch includes a substrate, a material detector, a memory, a comparator, an output component, and a power source. The material detector is disposed on the substrate and has a contact portion disposed so as to contact the skin. The material detector generates a material signal based on the amount of material contacting the contact portion. The memory has a priori material data stored within. The comparator outputs a compared signal based on the comparison of the material signal and the a priori material data. The output component outputs a readiness signal based on the compared signal and the a priori data. The power source provides power to the output component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Dau, Jeffrey Allen, Mark A. Oleson
  • Patent number: 10723365
    Abstract: A driving assistance device that performs a notification process for notifying a driver of a risk of a collision with a preceding vehicle in cooperation with a notification device includes: an inter-vehicular distance acquisition section that successively acquires an inter-vehicular distance; a first index calculator that calculates a first risk index indicating a degree of the risk of the collision based on a traveling speed and the inter-vehicular distance; a second index calculator that successively calculates a second risk index based on a relative speed between the own vehicle and the preceding vehicle; a notification level determination section that successively determines a notification level indicating a strength of notification for notifying the risk of the collision, based on the first risk index and the second risk index; and a notification processor that performs the notification process in a notification mode corresponding to the notification level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Takuya Kume, Akihiro Hayashi, Takahiro Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10725175
    Abstract: A receiver method and apparatus provides a more efficient computation and application of optimal filters. Range and Doppler processing in the receiver are decoupled and, as a result, computational complexity required for both filter computation and filtering stages are significantly reduced. In one embodiment, a response to an emitted signal is demodulated and sampled to provide baseband samples. The response includes a component due to interaction of the emitted signal with a target, The baseband samples are filtered in a bank of N parallel range filters to provide N filter outputs for each of the baseband samples. For one or more Doppler phase shifts ?, a discrete Fourier transform of the N filter outputs is computed to produce Doppler components that may be analyzed to determine at least one of a presence, range and speed of the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Cenk Sahin, Justin G. Metcalf, Braham Himed
  • Patent number: 10719747
    Abstract: Surgical articles, such as sponges, are provided in a pack which contains individual surgical articles having UHF RFID or other electronic labels which provide both (a) unique identification information for each article as well as (b) unique identification information for all articles in the pack. Prior to the surgical procedure, the labels are scanned and the identification information for all articles in the pack uploaded to a processor to create a list of available individual surgical articles. At the end of the surgical procedure, the surgical articles are collected and the electronic labels read and compared to the initial list to determine if there are any unaccounted individual surgical articles. The UHF RFID tag may then be used to determine a location of the unaccounted article outside the patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Innovo Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian E. Stewart, William Stewart, Jan Svoboda
  • Patent number: 10713744
    Abstract: A method for operating an arrival notification system at a location includes receiving a request to generate a notification from an arrival notification system. The method also includes receiving, in response to the request, a token. The method further includes enabling an output from a component of the arrival notification system when the token is validated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Allison Thackston, Samuel Zapolsky, Katarina Miller, Laura Stelzner, Ron Goldman
  • Patent number: 10715976
    Abstract: A method, a device, and a non-transitory storage medium are described in which an event detection service is provided. A network device of a Multi-access Edge Computing network receives sensed data from vehicular devices and metadata. The network device is pre-configured with criteria information to detect events including events pertaining to public safety. The network device also can be remotely triggered to detect customized events. The network device may trigger vehicular devices to capture sensed data. The network device may receive and analyze the sensed data and the metadata, and determine whether the customized event is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Barry F. Hoffner, James Mathison
  • Patent number: 10713449
    Abstract: An antenna module for a RFID reader is provided, the antenna module being configured for operation with a plurality of transceivers of different impedance. The RFID reader includes an antenna and at least two terminals, with the antenna being connectable via at least a first of the terminals along at least two different contact points. A switch may also be provided for enabling switching between the at least two contact points. A RFID reader and a method for assembling a RFID reader are also provided. The antenna module and associated RFID reader are advantageously configured for use with a number of different transceivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Elatec GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Rötzer
  • Patent number: 10713919
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a substrate and first and second electrical connectors. The apparatus also includes at least one first conductive trace positioned in, on, or over the substrate. The at least one first conductive trace forms an electrical connection between the first and second electrical connectors. The at least one first conductive trace is configured to be damaged by laser energy to break the electrical connection between the first and second electrical connectors. The apparatus further includes an indicator electrically coupled to the at least one first conductive trace. The indicator is configured to generate feedback based on whether the electrical connection between the first and second electrical connectors has been broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Jason R. Lavine, Liam T. Skoyles
  • Patent number: 10713509
    Abstract: A parking assist system for a vehicle uses cameras to collect ground images at opposite edges of the vehicle. A speed sensor provides a speed signal representing a speed of the vehicle. When speed is less than a threshold, a navigation system compares a geographic location of the vehicle to map data or the camera images are monitored to detect parking zones. A parking controller is coupled to the cameras, a display panel, navigation system, and speed sensor. When the parking controller detects that the geographic location of the vehicle coincides with a parking zone then the parking controller 1) examines the ground images to recognize a pair of edge boundaries of a parking spot, 2) calculates a proportion of an intersection length of the vehicle contained within the boundaries to a full length of the vehicle, and 3) displays the calculated proportion as a percentage on the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Oliver Lei, Brian Bennie, Allen R. Murray
  • Patent number: 10702155
    Abstract: A method for handling an Implantable Medical Device, IMD, transmission from an IMD provider such that the transmission comprises one or more alerts and/or IMB data attributes indicative for a status of the IMD or the patient. The alert comprises a provider specific alert priority. The method comprises the following steps: retrieving the IMD transmission from the IMD provider; and assigning to the one or more alerts a generic alert severity based on a predetermined mapping between the provider specific alert priority and the generic alert severity; and/or calculating an IMD data severity based on the IMD data attributes; and calculating a transmission severity based on the generic alert severity assigned to the one or more alerts and/or the IMD data severity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: LINDACARE NV
    Inventor: Miguel Maquieira
  • Patent number: 10705516
    Abstract: A dynamic risk fault tree (DRFT) for displaying and analyzing risk levels for manufacturing operations. The DRFT incorporates a Dynamic Risk Analyzer (DRA) to periodically assesses real-time or historic process data, or both, associated with an operations site, such as a manufacturing, production, or processing facility, including a plant's operations, and identifies hidden near-misses of such operation, when in real time the process data appears otherwise normal. DRFT assesses the process data in a manner that enables operating personnel including management at a facility to have a comprehensive understanding of the risk status and changes in both alarm and non-alarm based process variables. The DRA and hidden process near-miss data may be analyzed alone or in combination with other process data and/or data resulting from prior near-miss situations to permit strategic action to be taken to reduce or avert the occurrence of adverse incidents or catastrophic failure of a facility operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Near-Miss Management LLC
    Inventors: Ulku G. Oktem, Ankur Pariyani, Brett Emaus, Daniel Shumway, Steven DeLaurentis
  • Patent number: 10694019
    Abstract: A cutoff system for a power tool or other device includes a receiver and a transmitter, the receiver being configured to electrically couple to a power source and to a power tool or other device, the transmitter is configured to transmit a communication signal to the receiver, and the receiver is further configured to transmit electrical power from the power source to the power tool or other device only when the receiver receives the communication signal from the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: William Mawson, Stephen V. Weigman
  • Patent number: 10683122
    Abstract: Lighting elements are disposed within the enclosure doors surrounding an automated material handling machine such as a packaging machine. The clear panels in the door are edge-lit so that the entire door window corresponding to the location of the maintenance notice is illuminated a contrasting color to call the operator's quick attention to that portion of the machine. A method of notifying the operator of a maintenance issue in a particular portion of the machine is provided by illuminating a window panel in a door of the machine enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Richard Allen Bahr
  • Patent number: 10674235
    Abstract: A fiber port management system that can be connected between network devices and network appliances is provided. The fiber port management system includes a housing, one or more hydra cables within the housing, one or more indicators and a controller. The housing has a front panel with a plurality of low density fiber connectors and a rear panel with a plurality of high density fiber connectors. The hydra cable is positioned within the housing and connects one of the plurality of high density fiber connectors to two or more of the plurality of low density fiber connectors. The one or more indicators are associated with each of the plurality of low density fiber connectors and each of the plurality of high density fiber connectors. The controller is located within the housing and is used to control the operation of the indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: FIBER MOUNTAIN, INC.
    Inventors: Mohammad H. Raza, David G Stone, Aristito Lorenzo, Phuc Minh Ly