Patents Examined by John A. Tweel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10314170
    Abstract: A motherboard of a computer is provided. The motherboard of a computer includes a main body, a notch formed at a side edge of the main body, an auxiliary device, and a fixing device formed adjacent to the notch to fix the auxiliary device in the notch, wherein the auxiliary device is a light guiding device including patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: ASUSTEK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Bing-Min Lin, Teng-Liang Ng, Ji-Kuang Tan, Ming-Fang Tsai, Chih-Kuang Lin
  • Patent number: 10302686
    Abstract: Systems of detecting high-voltage lines to guard against electrocution when using heavy machinery are disclosed. Systems of the inventive subject matter include an antenna to detect the high-voltage line, and upon detection, the system can cut power to a movement system of the heavy machinery. A manual override is provided so that a user can remove the heavy machinery from an area at risk of causing electrocution either by contact with the high-voltage line or by arcing from the high-voltage line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Edwin Cosgrove
  • Patent number: 10304309
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a device, methods, and systems for a specialized circuit and alert system for use with any motorized vehicle with an integrated electrical system. The circuit may connect to the vehicle electrical system through any available port. When the voltage in the electrical system is high the signal is deactivated, as is the case when the vehicle motor is running and charging the battery and electrical system. When it is low the signal is actuated. The system is further controlled by a switch connected to a sensor or other detection means, which activates the system based upon the presence or absence of an item. The whole of the system therefore operates to activate the system when an item is present and the engine is running, an alert signal is triggered when the vehicle engine is turned off. In the preferred embodiment a sensor is incorporated into a baby seat, and the circuit plugs into the cigarette lighter port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Steve Baker
  • Patent number: 10304304
    Abstract: An asset tag device including a housing, a battery disposed within the housing, a circuit board disposed within the housing and in electrical communication with the battery. The circuit board includes a local memory, a transceiver to detect local signals and transmit a response packet, and a processor. The processor to identify the detected local signals, determine whether the detected local signals include at least one beacon signal, store, to the local memory, the at least one beacon signal, sort, in the local memory, the stored at least one beacon signal by proximity to the asset tag device, parse the sorted at least one beacon signal, and append tag information to the parsed at least one beacon signal to generate the response packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Enovate Medical, LLC
    Inventors: David R. Miller, Arlow Farrell
  • Patent number: 10297125
    Abstract: Described is a dynamic emergency exit sign comprising one or more pictograms and at least one light source for accentuating one or more of the one or more pictograms either singly or in combination, wherein at least one light source is controlled by signals from evacuation computer modelling software to assist occupants egress in emergency or other critical situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: EVACLITE LTD
    Inventors: Bernard Mc Donagh, Brian Stevens
  • Patent number: 10282960
    Abstract: Methods, systems and processor-readable media for providing instant/real-time voice alerts automatically to remote electronic devices. An activity can be detected utilizing one or more sensors. A text message indicative of the activity can be generated and converted into a digitized voice alert. The activity can also be a live utterance (e.g., a live announcement), which can then be instantly converted into a digitized voice alert for automatic delivery in a selected series of languages following the base language (e.g., English). The combined digitized voice alert can then be instantly transmitted through a network for broadcast of consecutive alerts (e.g., English followed by Spanish followed by Vietnamese, etc.) to one or more remote electronic devices that communicate with the network for an automatic audio announcement of the digitized voice alert through the one or more remote electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Verna IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Verna, Luis M. Ortiz, Kermit D. Lopez
  • Patent number: 10285003
    Abstract: A power distribution box and method of communicating via the power distribution box are provided. A power input in the power distribution box is coupled to a power output to provide power to external devices. A gateway device supported by the housing of the power distribution box includes a wireless network module for communicating with power tools and a cellular module for communicating via a cellular network with a power tool monitoring system. The gateway may be removable from the power distribution box. A translation controller in the gateway enables communication between the wireless network module and the external network using the cellular module. The translation controller translates messages between the power tools and external network. The messages may include location data or operational data associated with the power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wade F. Burch, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Leslie J. Reading
  • Patent number: 10275949
    Abstract: An RFID tag for use in a vehicle for use in an electronic toll collecting system. The tag is capable of transmitting data to a tag interrogator indicating the occupancy status of the vehicle. In an embodiment, the tag has a user input and a visual and audible tag status indicator. The user input is used to change the occupancy status of the tag, wherein the occupancy status is a portion of a message sent by radio frequency to the interrogator when the vehicle passes through a toll area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: AMTECH SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Kelly Gravelle, Charles A. Johnson, Matthew K. Burnett, Dale L. Scott
  • Patent number: 10276008
    Abstract: A security screening apparatus for use in detecting ferromagnetic objects comprises a detector apparatus which comprises a housing that supports at least one magnetic sensor arranged to produce a signal indicative of an ambient magnetic field or gradient over a zone of sensitivity which extends away from the housing, the size of the zone being large enough to contain the whole body of the person, and a signal processing circuit which receives as an input the signal from the magnetic sensor and which, in response to a change in the signal produces an alert signal. A beacon that comprises a light source is able to emit at least two visually distinct colors of light, and a control means controls the light source such that in a first condition in the absence of the alert signal the beacon emits a first color light and in a second condition corresponding to the presence of the alert signal the beacon emits a second, different, color of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Metrasens Limited
    Inventors: Mark Nicholas Keene, Simon Wray Goodyear
  • Patent number: 10271777
    Abstract: A system and method for verifying patient identity including a heart monitor, a memory, and a processor. The heart monitor may be adapted to collect a baseline ECG signal from a patient and a monitored ECG signal from the patient. The memory may be in electrical communication with the heart monitor and adapted to store a plurality of baseline statistical characteristics of the baseline ECG signal and a plurality of monitored statistical characteristics of the monitored ECG signal. The processor may be in electrical communication with the memory and adapted to compare the plurality of baseline statistical characteristics to the plurality of monitored statistical characteristics and determine a likelihood of patient match. The heart monitor may be configured for further collection of the monitored ECG signal if the likelihood of patient match is greater than a threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Medicomp, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Baskerville, Sara England
  • Patent number: 10267061
    Abstract: A locking system and method for a movable freight container comprises an electronic module with a shaft that goes into a cavity in a mechanical lock module. The shaft is securely retained in the cavity by a lock mechanism in the mechanical lock module by moving the lock mechanism to a locked position. A plurality of magnetic field sensors in the shaft are used to read the position of the shaft in the cavity by sensing or not sensing one or more magnets in the lock mechanism to confirm continuous time insertion of the shaft in the cavity. A wireless communication component in the electronic module wirelessly transmits an alarm signal if the magnetic field sensors detect an unexpected interruption in at least one of the continuous time shaft position magnetic sensor readings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Joseph Hage, Pierre Touma, Elias Bachaalany, Imad Maalouf
  • Patent number: 10267143
    Abstract: A drilling area network hub is located proximate to a drill rig and includes an uphole transceiver in bidirectional communication with a downhole transceiver by utilizing the drill string as an electrical conductor. Certain information is collected including rig-based and/or location information. At least one field report is generated based on the certain information to characterize at least one of an inground operation, an operational condition of the downhole transceiver, an operational condition of the uphole transceiver, and an operational condition of the drill rig. A drilling area network server receives the field report from the Internet at a remote location and can generate a custom report and/or recommended actions based on field data. Region specific parameters can be applied to the operation of a drilling system. The drilling area network hub can transfer data logs to the remote location according to assigned priorities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Merlin Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Hall
  • Patent number: 10264665
    Abstract: Tamper-respondent assemblies and methods of fabrication are provided which include at least one tamper-respondent sensor having unexposed circuit lines forming, at least in part, one or more tamper-detect network(s), and the tamper-respondent sensor having at least one external bond region. The tamper-respondent assembly further includes at least one conductive trace and an adhesive. The conductive trace(s) forms, at least in part, the one or more tamper-detect network(s), and is exposed, at least in part, on the tamper-respondent sensor(s) within the external bond region(s). The adhesive contacts the conductive trace(s) within the external bond region(s) of the tamper-respondent sensor(s), and the adhesive, in part, facilitates securing the at least one tamper-respondent sensor within the tamper-respondent assembly. In enhanced embodiments, the conductive trace(s) is a chemically compromisable conductor susceptible to damage during a chemical attack on the adhesive within the external bond region(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: William L. Brodsky, James A. Busby, Zachary T. Dreiss, Michael J. Fisher, David C. Long, William Santiago-Fernandez, Thomas Weiss
  • Patent number: 10255777
    Abstract: Systems and methods for deactivating an Electronic Article Surveillance (“EAS”) security tag coupled to an item. The methods comprise: detecting a presence of the EAS security tag in proximity to a tag deactivator; determining a distance between the item and at least one deactivation coil of the tag deactivator, in response to a detection of the EAS security tag; dynamically adjusting a deactivation field strength setting of the tag deactivator based on the distance that was previously determined; and using the at least one deactivation coil to generate a deactivation field in accordance with the deactivation field strength setting which was previously dynamically adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Manuel Soto, Hubert A. Patterson, Adam S. Bergman
  • Patent number: 10252640
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to apparatus for detecting a child left unattended in a car seat as well as the status of the connection between the car seat and the vehicle. The apparatus includes a sensor module and a processor. The sensor module including a sensor for measuring force data associated with the coupling between car seat and a vehicle. The processor receives and analyzes the sensor data to determine the status of the child/child seat, and then communicates status data to a caretaker. Counter-measure instructions can also be provided to the vehicle for altering the vehicle state/environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS ACQUISITION LLC
    Inventors: Leonard Cech, Chakravarthi Mallikarjun Nagolu
  • Patent number: 10255805
    Abstract: Systems, components, and methodologies are provided for improvements in operation of automotive vehicles by enabling emulation of traffic signal operation by genertic algorithms, providing tunable solutions for efficient and safe operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignees: Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Porsche AG
    Inventors: Joerg Christian Wolf, Michael Zweck, Christoph Rucker
  • Patent number: 10246010
    Abstract: An ultrasonic sensor (10) includes a transmission and reception unit (11) for transmitting and receiving an ultrasonic wave, a holder (12) and an attachment (13) for fixing the transmission and reception unit (11) to the bumper (1) of a vehicle, and light source units (14a, 14b) mounted in a back side of the bumper (1). The holder (12) is shaped so as to be exposed on a surface of the bumper (1), and guides light beams emitted by the light source units (14a, 14b) to the surface of the bumper (1), to project the light beams from a light projecting surface (12a) to the outside of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru Inoue, Takashi Ohsawa, Masato Kurahashi
  • Patent number: 10245216
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatuses, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, are provided for assisting users with adherence to a medication regimen. An attachable device includes a sensor module releasably attached to an adapter, which is in turn attached to a medication container using a connector, such as adhesive tape. The sensor module can be removed from the adapter to change an included battery without removing the adapter from the medication container. The sensor module is in communication with a user device, such as a smart phone. A user can use an app on the user device to create a medicine regimen, or schedule, and send the schedule to the sensor module. The user can also set notification preferences on the user device to be sent to the sensor module. The sensor module includes audio and/or visual transducers that notify the user to take the medication at the scheduled times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Rajesh Rawal, Sreenivasan Narayanan
  • Patent number: 10249115
    Abstract: An envoy device configured to perform a transaction with a further device. The envoy device comprises: a data store; a processor; communication circuitry for communicating with the further device; and a display. The envoy device is configured to respond to detection of the further device being within a predetermined physical proximity to trigger initiation of a transaction between the devices; and to respond to the transaction completing to display an object related to the transaction that it is determined the user may wish to select to initiate a subsequent action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ARM IP Limited
    Inventors: Hugo John Martin Vincent, Krisztian Flautner
  • Patent number: 10244913
    Abstract: A debris monitoring system includes a receptacle, a first and a second emitter, and a first receiver. The receptacle defines an opening to receive debris into the receptacle. The first and second emitter are each arranged to emit a signal across at least a portion of the opening. The first receiver is proximate to the first emitter to receive reflections of the signal emitted by the first emitter, and the first receiver is disposed toward the opening to receive an unreflected portion of the signal emitted by the second emitter across at least a portion of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Steven Schnittman, Michael Todd Rosenstein