Patents Examined by Gregory J. Toatley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10853893
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for automatically correlating geologic tops. The system receives well logs from different well bores and each of the picks is added to a priority queue ordered by each pick's quality measure. User selected picks are assigned the highest level of quality measure. The system performs correlation by selecting a window of well log data about a pick selected from the top of the priority queue and then finding the best optimal match with a corresponding window in a neighboring wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Drilling Info, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian W. Grant, Stefan Compton, Dean Witte
  • Patent number: 10850690
    Abstract: An electronic device for use in a vehicle and method for controlling the same are provided. The device includes a battery sensor configured to detect a battery voltage when connected to a vehicle's battery, and a processor in communication with the battery sensor. The processor is configured to monitor the battery voltage of a vehicle's battery using the battery sensor and identify at least one transition in the battery voltage. The processor is also configured to determine an operational state of the vehicle based on the transition and the battery voltage, and control the electronic device in accordance with the operational state of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig J. Witcraft, Kamran Faterioun
  • Patent number: 10845433
    Abstract: A magnetic field sensor arrangement includes a magnetic field sensor element configured to provide a sensor output signal responsive to a magnetic field, wherein the sensor output signal is representative of a magnetic field amplitude; a processing module configured to provide a processed sensor output signal representative of the sensor output signal; a switching level calculation module configured to calculate a switching level, (1) during a power up mode, based on a default switching level, and (2) during a running mode, based on the processed sensor output signal; a comparator module configured to compare the processed sensor output signal with the switching level, and to provide a comparator output signal based on the comparison; and a storage module configured to store the default switching level, provide the default switching level during the power up mode, and update the default switching level during the running mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Tobias Werth, Catalina-Petruta Juglan
  • Patent number: 10845282
    Abstract: A test coupon having node bonds is disclosed. In some aspects, the method includes a first foil and a second foil, stripes of adhesive serially disposed across a width of the first foil or the second foil and coupling the first foil and second foil to one another to form node bonds, and a first adherend coupled to the first foil and a second adherend coupled to the second foil such that the first foil and the second foil are provided between the first adherend and the second adherend, the first adherend and the second adherend being connectable to load blocks of a test apparatus capable of loading the test coupon to determine characteristics of each of the node bonds formed from the stripes of adhesive. A method for testing node bonds and a related apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Matthew Anthony Dilligan, William B. H. Grace, Brice Thompson Collamer, Joe M. Walters, Randy Jay Grove
  • Patent number: 10837995
    Abstract: Systems and methods to combine line fault location probabilities. A first and second location probability distribution are received for a location of an line fault along an electrical line based upon at least electrical current measurements reported by a first electrical current monitor at a first location and at least a second electrical current measurements reported by a second electrical current monitor at a second location. The second electrical current measurements being made within a time interval of the first electrical current measurements. A composite location probability distribution is determined for the location of the line fault along the electrical line based on an algorithm processing the first location probability distribution and the second location probability distribution. The composite location probability distribution is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Florida Power & Light Company
    Inventors: David L. Herlong, II, Eric D. Schwartz, Ronald A. Capute, Alexandra J. Hayes, Michael A. Gonzalez, Prashant R. Kansakar, Carmen J. Seppy, Andres Gomez, Giovanni Herazo
  • Patent number: 10835779
    Abstract: An action information processing device includes: a biological sensor which acquires biological information; a motion sensor which acquires action information including a first action indicating a predetermined action and a second action executed before the start of the first action; an information acquisition unit which acquires the biological information and the action information; a mental information processing unit which estimates mental state information from the biological information; an action decision unit which calculates an action of a subject from the action information and decides whether the first action is success or failure, based on a predetermined decision condition; and an action advice output information unit which outputs action advice information about the second action, based on the mental state information about the second action and a result of the decision about the first action by the action decision unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yosuke Itasaka, Osamu Takahashi, Michihiro Nagaishi, Hideaki Yamada, Yuji Kamichika
  • Patent number: 10834213
    Abstract: A system for monitoring user engagement, comprising at least one hardware processor, configured to: receive from a plurality of sensors information about a sequence of interactions of a user with a software application during a time interval, the information comprising, for each of the sequence of interactions, a plurality of sensor output values of a plurality of engagement metrics reflecting the user's emotional attachment to the software application; compute a sequence of linearly uncorrelated principle components based on an outcome of principal component analysis (PCA) of the plurality of sensor output values of the plurality of engagement metrics; and select a first component from the sequence of linearly uncorrelated principle components to be a user engagement index representing engagement of the user with the application during the time interval according to the plurality of engagement metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Idan Ben-Harrush, Nili Ifergan-Guy, Lior Turgeman
  • Patent number: 10830583
    Abstract: A method for creating a measurement protocol in a computer, such as the measurement computer of a coordinate-measuring machine or a computer remote therefrom, includes: providing data necessary for creating a measurement protocol generated on the basis of a measurement sequence by the coordinate-measuring machine; providing specification data specifying predefined conditions under which a measurement sequence should be performed and/or specifying predefined conditions under which examination features should be evaluated; checking the data necessary for creating a measurement protocol as to whether the predefined conditions under which the entire measurement sequence should be performed were met and/or as to whether the predefined conditions under which individual examination features to be examined should be evaluated were met, and; creating a measurement protocol in the form of an electronic document, in which compliance and/or non-compliance with the conditions in accordance with the specification data is d
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Roithmeier, Udo Kirin
  • Patent number: 10824921
    Abstract: A first intelligent assistant computing device configured to receive and respond to natural language inputs provided by human users syncs to a reference clock of a wireless computer network. The first intelligent assistant computing device receives a communication sent by a second intelligent assistant computing device indicating a signal emission time at which the second intelligent assistant computing device emitted a position calibration signal. The first intelligent assistant computing device records a signal detection time at which the position calibration signal was detected. Based on a difference between 1) the signal emission time and the signal detection time, and 2) a known propagation speed of the position calibration signal, a distance between the first and second intelligent assistant computing devices is calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Nabil Bathiche, Flavio Protasio Ribeiro, Vivek Pradeep
  • Patent number: 10823497
    Abstract: An insulation-time determining device for a thermally insulated container with a latent heat accumulator includes energy-calculating equipment for calculating the amount of thermal energy stored in the latent heat accumulator from at least one status parameter of the thermally insulated container or the interior thereof as well as display equipment for displaying the calculated amount of stored thermal energy or a value correlated therewith. The insulation-time determining device also includes insulation-time calculating equipment to calculate a maximum insulation time provided with a safety correction factor of the thermally insulated container from the calculated amount of stored thermal energy or a value correlated therewith and a specified external temperature progression outside the thermally insulated container, during which maximum insulation time a specified temperature range is neither fallen below nor exceeded in the interior of the thermally insulated container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: REP IP AG
    Inventor: Nico Ros
  • Patent number: 10822939
    Abstract: Unwanted oscillations of a drill string while a borehole is being drilled are limited by adjusting a drilling parameter. Measurements related to oscillations of the drill string can be extrapolated by calculation to a position of interest along the drill string using a mode identified from one or more determined modes and a stability criterion that models the drill string. The stability criterion includes a specific modal damping for each of the one or more determined modes. The position of interest may correspond to a location of a tool or component that may be damaged by the unwanted oscillations. If the tool or component can be damaged by the oscillations as calculated, then the drilling parameter is adjusted to limit those oscillations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Andreas Hohl, Christian Herbig, Hatem Oueslati, Hanno Reckmann, Michael Neubert
  • Patent number: 10816365
    Abstract: A method for automatically calibrating an engine camshaft sensor, the sensor measuring variations in magnetic field value and delivering an electrical signal having a high state after the passage of the values of the magnetic field above the switching threshold on a rising edge and a low state after the passage of the values of the magnetic field below the switching threshold on a falling edge. After the passage of the values of the magnetic field above the switching threshold and measuring a new maximum value, the electrical signal remains in a high state as long as the magnetic field values are higher than a hysteresis threshold, which is dependent on the amplitude of the magnetic field calculated with the measured new maximum value; after the passage of the values of the magnetic field below the hysteresis threshold, a new switching threshold is calculated according to the new maximum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignees: Continental Automotive France, Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: David Mirassou
  • Patent number: 10817925
    Abstract: A gas cylinder counting apparatus that has a cage or rack with aligned parallel rows or bins of industrial gas cylinders stored in the cage or cage having upright posts with gas cylinder movement detectors. Gas cylinders in each bin are separated from each other to form an x-y cylinder array. Sensors attached to posts count cylinder removals by changes of state of the cylinder array and report removal of a cylinder from the bin to a local server. When gas cylinders are removed from cages, local servers report to a remote server that may be in a cloud having management software for gas cylinder delivery using orders from each local server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Ratermann Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: George W. Ratermann
  • Patent number: 10816687
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for determining rock and fluid parameters of a subsurface region from measured seismic reflection data, said method including: generating, with a computer, a geophysical data volume by combining a plurality of angle stacks obtained from the measured seismic reflection data and geophysical property data obtained from a full wavefield inversion of the measured seismic reflection data; for each point of the geophysical data volume, determining, with a computer, a petrophysical model that is a probability of a rock state based on initial values of the rock and fluid parameters and the geophysical data volume; iteratively determining, using a computer, updated values for the rock and fluid parameters, wherein the iteratively determining includes determining a petrophysical parameter estimate for the rock and fluid parameters from the petrophysical model as constrained by the geophysical data volume and the initial values of the rock and fluid parameters, minimizing a misfit between th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventor: Ratnanabha Sain
  • Patent number: 10816527
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for tree preservation efforts by determining a critical root zone of a selected tree within an existing landscape including hardscape elements. The critical root zones can be determined based upon the diameter size of each tree being impacted. The system includes generating a landscape map including visually representing the calculated critical root zone including any root zone loss within the existing landscape. In addition, the disclosure provides a system for determining survivability of an impacted tree that takes into account a number of factors to ensure a survivability percentage of at least 70%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Tree Matrix, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith Pitchford
  • Patent number: 10817588
    Abstract: A digital processing technique for measuring a characteristic of a digitized electronic signal pulse, particularly including its time of arrival and/or maximum. The technique is particularly suited for in-line implementation in a field programmable gate array or digital signal processor. For each detected pulse, one or more ratios are created from values of the pulse above baseline, obtained from regions of the pulse where the values change as its arrival time offset changes, and the ratio or ratios are used as variables in a reference table or equation to generate the value of the desired characteristic. The table or equation is created beforehand by using a secondary technique to study pulses of the type being measured, to establish the relationship between the ratio value or values and the desired characteristic, and to codify that relationship in the reference table or equation. Time resolutions of 2-3% of the sampling interval are demonstrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: XIA LLC
    Inventors: William K. Warburton, Wolfgang G. Hennig
  • Patent number: 10816579
    Abstract: Provided is a sensor in which a current sensor that detects a current of a power line as a change in a magnetic field and a voltage sensor that detects a voltage of the power line using capacitive coupling are integrally formed. The transmission of signals related to substantially the same sections is omitted in order to effectively compress an output signal from the sensor and an output signal from the voltage sensor. When the amplitude and phase of a fundamental wave which are estimated from the output signal from the sensor and the amplitude and phase of harmonics are encoded, the amplitude and phase of the harmonics are relativized with a value for the fundamental wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Informetis Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Arashima, Takashi Shibuya, Mototsugu Abe, Masayuki Nishiguchi
  • Patent number: 10817808
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a system may comprise a communications network and processing logic. The processing logic may acquire information regarding an incident, identify a first mobile resource (MR) that may respond to the incident based on a type of the incident and a capability associated with the first MR. The processing logic may further identify a generic path scenario to the incident based on a location of the MR and a location of the incident. The processing logic may identify that the first MR is preferred over a second MR with respect to responding to the incident and assign the first MR to the incident. The processing logic may send a message via the communications network to the first MR to notify the first MR that it has been assigned to the incident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: Joseph E. Conroy
  • Patent number: 10816386
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for selecting an appropriately sized meter for use in a selected application implemented by a computer processor implementing instructions stored in a non-transient memory is described. The instructions include receiving utility meter data transmitted from a plurality of utility meters, each utility meter being installed at a unique utility monitoring location, identifying incorrectly sized utility meters based on utility meter data for particular utility meters that displays quantization effects, and selecting an appropriate meter based on the identification of the utility meters displaying quantization effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Badger Meter, Inc.
    Inventors: Michele Malinowski, Richard Povinelli
  • Patent number: 10810068
    Abstract: In one implementation, a system for valve failure prediction includes a temperature engine to determine a temperature of a liquid exiting a cooling device, a flowrate engine to compare an actual flow rate of the liquid exiting the cooling device to a flow rate threshold, a prediction engine to determine when a valve of the cooling device is malfunctioning based on the comparison of the actual flow rate and the flow rate threshold, and a notification engine to notify a user when the valve of the cooling device is malfunctioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Tahir Cader, John Franz