Patents Examined by K. Wong
  • Patent number: 11900762
    Abstract: Gaming systems and methods that activate progressive award opportunities responsive to accumulations of symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Darcy McCormick
  • Patent number: 11898452
    Abstract: A system is provided for an aircraft. This aircraft system includes a gas turbine engine and a sensor system. The gas turbine engine includes an inlet and a compressor section. A flowpath projects radially inward into the gas turbine engine from the inlet and extends through the compressor section. The sensor system includes a plurality of static pressure sensors at least partially within the flowpath. The sensor system is configured to determine a total pressure characteristic within the flowpath using the plurality of static pressure sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Damien Le Pape, Mark Cunningham
  • Patent number: 11893847
    Abstract: Evaluation rooms (or fitting rooms) at a clothing store include replenishment closets that are accessible to customers and associates of the clothing store, albeit not at the same time. Doors of evaluation rooms include access control systems with interlocks that govern operation of the respective doors. Before an associate opens a first door between an exterior of an evaluation room and a closet to place an item therein, a second door between an interior of the evaluation room and the closet is locked. After the associate places the item in the closet, the first door is closed and locked, and the second door is unlocked, enabling the customer to open the second door and retrieve the item. Feedback indicating that items are being staged in a closet, or that items are staged therein and the closet is accessible to a customer, is provided to the customer within the evaluation room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Ausich, Zoe Corneli, Leon Hsu, Erin Meyer, Olga Mironov, Vanessa Nommensen, Philip Pinette, Ilene Mina Rafii, Joelle Marie Torneros, Christian Angelo
  • Patent number: 11892818
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for automated engaging of a truck trailer at a loading dock. Sensors measure a distance and an angle of alignment between the incoming trailer and a wall of the loading dock. An outside lighting system guides a truck driver backing the trailer toward the dock door. A vehicle restraint system fixates the trailer within the loading dock in response to signals from the sensors. An overhead dock door opens once the trailer is successfully fixated by the vehicle restraint system. A dock leveler deploys after the overhead dock door opens. An inside dock light indicates to dock personnel that the trailer is ready to be serviced. Once servicing of the trailer is finished, an automated release of the trailer from the loading dock may be initiated by PLC communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Niagara Bottling, LLC
    Inventors: Luis Ramos, Alex Sigala, Ken Cooper, Sergio Falcon, Ken Cooper, IV
  • Patent number: 11891908
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine with a lubrication system includes a ball bearing assembly and a rotor circumscribing a rotational axis and journaled within the ball bearing assembly. The gas turbine engine also includes a lubrication system located radially outward from a rotational axis and radially outward and adjacent to the ball bearing assembly, which includes a lubrication channel having an inlet and an outlet and a dispersion cone adjacent to the outlet of the lubrication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: RTX Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence A. Binek, Leslie F. Guzman, Sean R. Jackson, Evan J. Butcher
  • Patent number: 11890120
    Abstract: A compression arm device for compressing a breast in an imaging system with a compression paddle. The compression arm device includes a drive for moving the compression paddle towards the breast such that the drive provides a variable resistance during a contact of the compression paddle with the breast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Defreitas, Alan Rego
  • Patent number: 11891903
    Abstract: A borescope plug assembly includes a housing, a plug, and a spring. The housing extends between a first housing end and a second housing end. The housing includes a plug aperture, an internal chamber, and a bayonet interface. The plug aperture is located at the second housing end. The internal chamber extends from the plug aperture toward the first housing end. The plug includes a shaft, a first sealing surface, and at least one tab. The shaft extends between a first shaft end and a second shaft end. The first sealing surface is disposed at the first shaft end. The at least one tab projects radially outward from the shaft. The plug extends through the plug aperture with the second shaft end and the at least one tab disposed within the internal chamber. The spring is positioned within the internal chamber between the first housing end and the at least one tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Guy Lefebvre, Francois Doyon
  • Patent number: 11891901
    Abstract: A variable-pitch stator blade includes an airfoil having a central portion with a first chord and a first skeleton line delimited by a leading edge and a trailing edge. An end portion has a second chord and a second skeleton line delimited by the leading edge and a downstream limit. A skeleton angle at a first length I1 of the first chord is defined by a function G1(l1), and the skeleton angle at a second length l2 of the second rope being chord is defined by a function G2(l2). The absolute value of the average increase A2 of G2?(l2) between the leading edge and the downstream limit is greater than the absolute value of the average increase Al of Gl?(l1) between the leading edge and a point P, wherein the first length I1 corresponds to the total length of the second chord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventors: Mickael Cavarec, Sébastien Claude Cochon, Pierre-Hugues Ambroise Maxime Victor Retiveau
  • Patent number: 11889938
    Abstract: A parcel safe system comprising a parcel safe in communication with a server, providing remote access and control of the system. The parcel safe system may be integrated into a home or building structure itself, significantly reducing the risk of package theft. The parcel safe system may use modular construction, allowing for customization, and may incorporate smart home technology. The parcel safe system may provide a controlled environment, suitable for temporary storage of groceries and prescriptions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Parcel Safe Systems LLC
    Inventors: Kip Jordan, Steven Killman, Ed Conn, Philip M. Maltby
  • Patent number: 11891919
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for controlling a pitch angle of the vanes or blades of a propellant body of a turbine engine, comprising generating a pitch command (ifinal) according to a rotational speed of the propeller (XNmes) and a speed setpoint (XNcons), the method comprises a nominal regulating chain (13), wherein the pitch command is further generated according to a value of a pitch angle (?mes) of the vanes or blades of the propellant body, and an off-nominal regulating chain (16), wherein the pitch command is generated independently of a value of a pitch angle of the vanes or blades of the propellant body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventors: Sébastien Jean Fernand Deneuve, Charles Ying
  • Patent number: 11890122
    Abstract: A medical imaging system includes a movable station having a C-arm, a collector, an X-ray beam emitter, and a controller. The collector is attached to a first end of the C-arm. The X-ray beam emitter faces the collector to emit an X-ray beam in a direction of the collector and is attached to a second end of the C-arm. The controller moves one of the X-ray beam emitter and the collector to a first offset position along a lateral axis orthogonal to the arc, and obtains a first set of images by rotating the collector and the X-ray beam emitter along the arc about a scanned volume. The controller moves the one of the X-ray beam emitter and the collector to a second offset position along the lateral axis, and obtains a second set of images. The controller combines the first and second set of images to generate a three-dimensional image of the scanned volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil R. Crawford, Norbert Johnson
  • Patent number: 11891015
    Abstract: During operation, an electronic device may provide, to a second electronic device, an invitation to share a digital car key associated with a user of the electronic device and a vehicle, where the invitation includes information for creating another instance of the digital car key on the second electronic device. Then, the electronic device may receive, from the second electronic device, a message accepting the invitation, where the message includes a certificate associated with the other instance of the digital car key on the second electronic device. Moreover, the electronic device may provide, to the second electronic device, an approved version of the certificate with a digital signature of the user. Next, the electronic device may provide, to the computer, an instruction to share the digital car key with a set of electronic devices, which is associated with a second user of the second electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthias Lerch, Alexander D Pelletier, Florian Galdo, Gordon Y Scott, Oren M Elrad, Yogesh D Karandikar
  • Patent number: 11891897
    Abstract: The invention discloses an integrated manufacturing system and method for a small-deformation self-diagnosis shield segment, wherein the designed installation process saves time and effort, and all the sensing modules are provided inside the segment without disturbing the space outside the segment. Integration of all the deformation self-diagnosis shield segments is achieved by comprehensively monitoring inclination, displacement, strain, pressure and temperature of the shield segments via five monitoring modules. At the same time, the obtained data is uploaded to a database, and various contents are displayed in real time according to indication information input by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: CNBM Technology Innovation Academy (Shandong) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhongchun Hu
  • Patent number: 11886643
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus that includes a relative velocity calculation unit that calculates, on the basis of data obtained by sensing of an operation body in chronological order, a relative velocity of a second point on the operation body with respect to a first point on the operation body, and a gesture recognition unit that recognizes a gesture of the operation body on the basis of the relative velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Irie, Kenji Gotoh, Yugo Sato, Junji Otsuka, Tetsuo Ikeda, Seishi Tomonaga, Eisuke Fujinawa
  • Patent number: 11883226
    Abstract: An x-ray apparatus includes an x-ray source capable of producing an x-ray beam with a focal spot having a spatial shape that is selected to pre-amplify predetermined spatial frequencies exceeding half a cutoff frequency as compared to spatial frequencies below half the cutoff frequency; an x-ray detector capable of detecting the x-ray beam; and a processor adapted to reconstruct an image from the detected x-ray beam using a filter that compensates the pre-amplified predetermined spatial frequencies. The spatial shape comprises two or more disconnected regions that preferably have widths less than that of a nominal focal spot, combined widths greater than or equal to that of a nominal focal spot, and are separated by less than three times a width of a nominal focal spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Norbert J. Pelc, Adam S. Wang
  • Patent number: 11885240
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine is provided having a static structure including a flowpath wall. A fluid circuit is extended through the flowpath wall and includes a first inlet opening in fluid communication with a first cavity to receive a first flow of fluid through the fluid circuit. The static structure includes an ejector positioned at the fluid circuit, in which the ejector includes a second inlet opening in fluid communication with a second cavity to receive a second flow of fluid through the ejector and into the fluid circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignees: General Electric Company Polska sp.z o.o, General Electric Deutschland Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Tomasz Edward Berdowski, Mirosław Sobaniec, Maciej Czerwiński, Ashish Sharma, Piotr Jerzy Kuliński
  • Patent number: 11887434
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention set forth systems, apparatuses and methods for implementing an incrementing feature in gaming devices. Accordingly, a gaming device can be configured to generate a game outcome in response a wager and determine if an incrementing symbol is present on a game grid when the generated game outcome is shown on a display of the gaming device. When the incrementing symbol is present, a processor is further operable to increment the incrementing symbol while maintaining at least the initial position of the incrementing symbol in the game grid during a subsequent game event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Jacob Lamb
  • Patent number: 11887439
    Abstract: Innovations in game design features of an electronic gaming device are presented. Groups of players can be defined that may win an award that is also available to non-group based players. If the award is won by a group-based player, the award can be distributed to at least a portion of the group members in addition to the player who won the award. A group profile can define criteria for group membership, awards associated with the group, how awards will be distributed among the group, and how and when groups can be altered. Groups can be associated with awards other than those associated with gaming activity. In addition, a value of a gaming award can be increased based on non-gaming activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Santisi, T. Grant Bolling, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11887458
    Abstract: A fall detection system includes first sensing devices, second sensing devices, positioning modules, a data server and a display device. The first sensing device is configured to detect a posture of a body part of a user for obtaining body part posture data. The positioning modules are configured to detect positions of the first and second sensing devices, so as to obtain corresponding body part position data. Each of the second sensing devices is disposed on a shoe to detect a posture of a user's feet and to measure a distance from an ambient object for obtaining feet posture data and distance measurement data. The data server is configured to receive the body part posture data, the body part position data, the feet posture data and the distance measurement data to determine if the user falls down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Chih-Lung Lin, Wen-Ching Chiu, Yuan-Hao Ho
  • Patent number: 11887456
    Abstract: A method is provided for a parent to determine a geo location of a child and the child may defer the release of their location by providing an affirmative response to the parent, the parent and child each having a network accessible device and the child's device being GPS enabled. The method utilizes a server based application in which the parent may request a response from the child. The application starts a countdown timer and the child must respond to the parent before the timer expires. If the timer expires and the child has not responded, the application attempts to determine the geo location of the child's device and forward any determined location to the parent's device. The method provides a parent peace of mind that they might locate their child in an emergency while providing the child a level of autonomy without feeling that they are constantly being watched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Herron Holdings Group LLC
    Inventor: Brian J. Herron