Patents Examined by Lynda Jasmin
  • Patent number: 10973093
    Abstract: A lighting control system for controlling a cumulative light emitted by a lighting fixture may comprise a light-emitting diode (LED) driver comprising an output for conducting an output current, and a control module electrically coupled to the output of the LED driver for receiving the output current. The LED driver may regulate the magnitude of the output current towards a target current, and may be characterized by a low-end intensity. The control module may be coupled to a first LED light source of the LED light sources. The control module may receive a command including a requested intensity and control the magnitude of a first LED current through the first LED light source. The control module may control the cumulative light output of the lighting fixture below the low-end intensity of the LED driver by diverting a portion of the output current away from the first LED light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Picard, Johnathan Paul Ross, Robert D. Stevens, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10949898
    Abstract: A system and method for ranking or scoring charging stations and/or charging events or sessions, and/or performing actions based on the ranking or scoring is described. In some embodiments, a charging station ranking engine is configured to rank charging stations, or potential charging events, based on feedback received from users of the charging stations, such as drivers of electric vehicles, or other dynamically determined factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: RECARGO, INC.
    Inventors: Lucas Manfield, Forrest North, Armen Petrosian, Nick Wild
  • Patent number: 10943315
    Abstract: Systems and methods for distributed, automated management of brownfield real estate asset remediation and/or redevelopment, including at least one server computer for analyzing and providing recommendations for a potential brownfield investment, wherein the at least one server computer is paired with a web-based graphical interface for accessing and editing stored documents, pictures, tasks, and budget information related to at least one brownfield asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventor: Thomas Francis Darden
  • Patent number: 10945318
    Abstract: A circuit assembly for operating a load may include an input for inputting an input voltage and/or current. The circuit assembly may further include an output for outputting an output voltage and/or current. The circuit assembly may further include an at least partially digital switching regulator with a feedback loop. A loop gain of the feedback loop may be frequency-dependent where the frequency ranges from 3 Hz to 20 Hz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: OSRAM GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Heckmann
  • Patent number: 10936997
    Abstract: A Phasetime Method and Automated System for tracking Element Efforts that result in end products, at least including products of art, industry, and nature, and reporting Development Event Efforts by their virtual Points in Phasetime within designated Past, Present, and Future Project Development Phases. Dynamically generated Phasetime Reports display Element Project Efforts within a live Phasetime Matrix in relation to their Phase of Development and Points in Phasetime. Development Events occur within Project Development Phases, which Phases may vary in number and kind depending on the end product. Development Events include Project Production Elements, Element Efforts, the duration of said Efforts, and Efforts' Points in Phasetime. Element Efforts, tracked by Phasetime Project Development Event Instances, are reported in edited Storyboard Beats in Phasetime Macro, Micro, and Nano Views depicting the Efforts' effect on the end Product's Storyline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Neal King Rieffanaugh, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10925147
    Abstract: An example method includes: receiving, from a treatment planning process, information that is based on a dose distribution for an irradiation target; and performing at least one of the following operations: moving structures to trim spots of a particle beam so that the spots of the particle beam approximate pre-trimmed spots for which characteristics are obtained based on the information received; moving structures to produce a trimming curve for a layer of an irradiation target based on a specification of a trimming curve for the layer included in the information received; moving structures to produce a single trimming curve for all radiation fields of an irradiation target based on specifications of the single trimming curve included in the information received; or moving structures based on configuration information for the structures in the information received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Mevion Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James Cooley, Gerrit Townsend Zwart, Stanley J. Rosenthal, Mark R. Jones, Lionel G. Bouchet, Robert Cessac, Joseph Jachinowski
  • Patent number: 10922657
    Abstract: Systems for using social media sites in recruiting activities. Potential candidates for job openings are considered using computer-implemented analysis of an online social referral graph and a rule base. Content from one or more social data sources is retrieved and analyzed to identify potential candidates for a job opening. The potential candidate's social data comprises information used as a reputation score pertaining to the potential candidate and as a reputation score pertaining to the potential candidate's social connections. An employee database is cross referenced to find a match between employees and any of the potential candidate's social connections. A referral score based on an influence contribution measure, a clout contribution measure, a generosity contribution measure, an activity contribution measure, an impact contribution measure, or an engagement contribution measure is calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Preston Bennett, Tara U. Roberts, Stacy P. Parkinson, Kaylin Marie Linke
  • Patent number: 10922700
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, it may be recognized that a consumer has placed a consumer object, such as a toy or action figure, into a field of view of a camera (e.g., a video camera incorporated into a portable computer). A software benefit associated with the consumer object may then be automatically determined, and, responsive to the recognition and determination, it may be arranged for the consumer to receive that software benefit (e.g., in a virtual world).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher W. Heatherly
  • Patent number: 10909586
    Abstract: Methods and systems for content aggregation and distribution are described. Video content may be received from a plurality of sources. The video content may be associated with metadata identifying items included within the video content. A video player may be provided which enables video content to be displayed on a user terminal, and a control may be provided enabling the user to quickly navigate to specific portions of the video content. A viewer of the video content may, in turn, author and provide additional video content. The video player may be embeddable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Scorpcast, LLC
    Inventors: Narbeh Avedissian, Nikhil Sreenath
  • Patent number: 10903313
    Abstract: A single photon avalanche diode based range detecting apparatus includes a reference array of single photon avalanche diodes configured to receive light from an illumination source via an internally coupled path. A return array of single photon avalanche diodes is configured to receive light from the illumination source via an external free space path. A calibration pulse generator is configured to generate a calibration signal pulse. Readout circuitry is configured to receive an output of the reference array via a reference signal path, an output of the return array via a return signal path, and an output of the calibration pulse generator via a calibration signal path. The readout circuitry is configured to determine a delay difference value between the reference signal path and the return signal path based on the output of the calibration pulse generator via the calibration signal path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS (RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT) LIMITED
    Inventors: John Kevin Moore, Caixin Zhuang
  • Patent number: 10902437
    Abstract: An approach that provides interactive product evaluation and service within a virtual universe is described. In one embodiment, there is an evaluation indicating component that is configured to permit an owner of a virtual universe product to indicate a desire to have at least one avatar in the virtual universe evaluate the virtual universe product. An evaluation generating component is configured to generate an invitation that requests an evaluation of the virtual universe product. An evaluation collecting component is configured to collect the evaluation of the virtual universe product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kulvir S. Bhogal, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Jenny S. Li, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 10891564
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to conversation protocol validation and provide a method, system and computer program product for testing protocol compatibility between trading partners in a B2B conversation. In one embodiment of the invention, a method for testing protocol compatibility between roles in a B2B conversation can be provided. The method can include selecting at least two roles from amongst global process models, constructing local protocols for each of the selected roles, generating a conversation protocol from the constructed local protocols, and detecting dead-end states in the generated conversation protocol to identify protocol incompatibility while identifying protocol compatibility in the absence of dead-end states in the generated conversation protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Joachim H. Frank
  • Patent number: 10889244
    Abstract: The lighting control device includes a controller, a diagnosis circuit, a latch circuit, and a logic circuit. The controller outputs a control signal. The diagnosis circuit outputs an irregular signal. The latch circuit decides a state of a forcibly lighting signal. The logic circuit controls a light source in accordance with an ignition signal, the control signal, and the forcibly lighting signal. The logic circuit turns on the light source in accordance with the ignition signal while receiving the forcibly lighting signal, and turns on the light source in accordance with the control signal while not receiving the forcibly lighting signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masatoshi Ueno, Masaaki Takamatsu, Toshiaki Sasaki, Kazuya Kato
  • Patent number: 10861107
    Abstract: A method, including: at a client terminal of a user of a social network platform: displaying a first network resource published by a first resource publisher; displaying a resource rewarding affordance in association with the first network resource or an identifier of the first resource publisher; detecting user selection of the resource rewarding affordance; and in accordance with a determination that the resource rewarding affordance has been selected while the resource rewarding affordance is displayed in association with the first network resource or the identifier of the first resource publisher, initiating a resource rewarding operation to reward the first resource publisher on the social network platform, wherein the resource rewarding operation transfers reward goods from a social network account of the user to a social network account of the first resource publisher on the social network platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Wen Zha, Kaibin Chen, Changpeng Pan, Dong Huang, Linping Tang, Ge Liang
  • Patent number: 10853820
    Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium, and apparatus for recommending a topic-cohesive and interactive implicit community are disclosed. For example, the method receives a request for customer care, selects an implicit community identified from a plurality of individual users of a social media website based upon a relevance score related to a topic of the request for customer care and recommends the implicit community in response to the request for customer care.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Lei Li, Wei Peng, Saurabh Kataria, Tong Sun
  • Patent number: 10827578
    Abstract: Methods and systems may be used for controlling the color temperature of one or more light sources (e.g., discrete-spectrum light sources) based on fixture capability information. Fixture capability information may be obtained using a configuration tool. The fixture capability information may be determined by the configuration tool, and the fixture capability information determined by the configuration tool may be stored and/or processed. The fixture may have a memory for storing the fixture capability information. The fixture capability information may also be stored in a remote network device. A system controller may obtain the fixture capability information from the fixture or the remote control device. The system controller may generate control instructions based on the fixture capability information and send the control instructions to the fixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Ethan Charles Biery, Craig Alan Casey, Venkatesh Chitta, Brent Protzman, Thomas M. Shearer, Mark S. Taipale
  • Patent number: 10820388
    Abstract: A driving circuit for driving a light emitting unit is provided. The driving circuit includes a current source, a PWM circuit, and an emission switch. The current source generates a current. The PWM circuit stores a data signal according to a scan signal, and generates a PWM signal according to the data signal and an enable signal. The emission switch couples the current source to the light emitting unit according to the emission signal so that the current flows through the Light emitting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: INNOLUX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10790055
    Abstract: Improving appetite through positive memory association. Information is received including text content related to a user. A positive user sentiment is defined using sentiment analysis. Text analysis is applied on the text content to identify a factor in the information that correlates with the positive user sentiment. The factor is ranked based on a strength of the correlation. Responsive to determining that the strength of the correlation is above a predefined threshold, the factor is stored as a positive token. A list of food recipes is accessed to identify a food recipe that incorporates the positive token. The food recipe is displayed to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Nadiya Kochura, Fang Lu
  • Patent number: 10790053
    Abstract: Improving appetite through positive memory association. Information is received including text content related to a user. A positive user sentiment is defined using sentiment analysis. Text analysis is applied on the text content to identify a factor in the information that correlates with the positive user sentiment. The factor is ranked based on a strength of the correlation. Responsive to determining that the strength of the correlation is above a predefined threshold, the factor is stored as a positive token. A list of food recipes is accessed to identify a food recipe that incorporates the positive token. The food recipe is displayed to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Nadiya Kochura, Fang Lu
  • Patent number: 10726668
    Abstract: A gaming system sends a transfer verification message containing mobile payment transfer information for providing the transfer verification for completion of a mobile payment transfer, wherein an audit trail is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Dwayne R. Nelson, Steve G. Lemay