Patents Examined by Mark A Shabman
  • Patent number: 10876879
    Abstract: A aerosol-generating system includes a liquid storage portion, a liquid pressure sensor within the liquid storage portion, and a control unit that is in communication with the pressure sensor. The aerosol-generating system further includes an atmospheric pressure sensor in communication with the control unit. The atmospheric pressure sensor is configured to sense the atmospheric pressure of the environment. The control unit is configured to receive the pressure signals from the liquid pressure sensor and the atmospheric pressure sensor. The control unit is further configured to determine the fill level of the liquid aerosol-forming substrate based on a comparison of the pressure signals from the liquid pressure sensor and the atmospheric pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Guillaume Colotte, Stephane Bilat
  • Patent number: 10876935
    Abstract: A water sampling system having multiple collection channels configured to collect multiple samples of a fluid as the fluid flow rate and level changes with respect to time. The system is designed to connect to and sample urban storm water runoff outfalls, pipes and drains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: 2NDNature Software Inc.
    Inventors: Nicole Beck, Krista McDonald, Raph Townsend, Robb Kraft
  • Patent number: 10866135
    Abstract: Mass flow verification systems and apparatus verify mass flow rates of mass flow controllers (MFCs) based on pressure decay principles. Embodiments include a location for coupling a calibrated gas flow standard or a MFC to be tested in a line to receive a gas flow from a gas supply; a control volume serially coupled to the location in the line to receive the gas flow; a flow restrictor serially coupled to the control volume; a pump serially coupled to the flow restrictor; and a controller adapted to allow the gas supply to flow gas through the mass flow control verification system to achieve a stable pressure in the control volume, terminate the gas flow from the gas supply, and measure a rate of pressure decay in the control volume over time. Numerous additional aspects are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Zhiyuan Ye, Justin Hough, Marcel E. Josephson
  • Patent number: 10864778
    Abstract: A tyre condition monitoring system comprising a sensing unit adapted for approximation to a tyre to take a measurement of, or at least from which can be derived, tread depth, the sensing unit being adapted for deployment by manual approximation to a tyre and to store and/or transmit measurement data from one or more or all of a set of tyres on a vehicle as well as for mechanical approximation to a tyre for continuing and/or programmed measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Pre-Chasm Research Ltd.
    Inventor: Anthony David George Rhoades
  • Patent number: 10859594
    Abstract: A detector for a bicycle that includes a magnet, which generates a generated magnetic field, and a magnetic field sensor. The mutual position of the magnet and of the sensor is fixed, and the sensor is immersed in the generated magnetic field. A length of a path intended for a non-diamagnetic movable element is immersed in the generated magnetic field; if in said path length there is at least one actual portion of the movable element, the sensor detects the magnetic field perturbed by the actual portion of the movable element. Bicycle equipment and a bicycle derailleur are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Campagnolo S.r.l.
    Inventor: Federico Miglioranza
  • Patent number: 10859472
    Abstract: The present document relates to a piston corer for acquiring a soil sample. The piston corer comprises a sample reception cylinder for taking in and retaining the soil sample, and which comprises a piston. The piston is moveable over a piston stroke inside the sample reception cylinder. An intake opening at a first end of the sample reception cylinder allows to receive the soil sample upon penetration of the ground, and the piston is configured to move in a direction away from the intake opening during taking in of the soil sample towards an end position of the piston stroke. The piston corer further comprises an activator cooperating with a valve arranged for closing of the intake opening upon activation. The activator is configured for activating a closing action of the valve in response to the piston reaching the end position of the piston stroke. The document further relates to a method of acquiring a soil sample using such a piston corer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Peter Nicolaas Looijen, Adrianus Petrus Maria Brabander
  • Patent number: 10852135
    Abstract: A device includes a proof mass of a sensor, capacitive elements, an electrode circuitry, a time multiplexing circuitry, a sense circuitry, and a force feedback circuitry. The proof mass moves from a first position to a second position responsive to an external actuation. The capacitive elements change capacitive charge in response thereto. The electrode circuitry coupled to the capacitive elements generates a charge signal. The time multiplexing circuitry pass the charge signal during a sensing time period and prevents the charge signal from passing through during a forcing time period. The sense circuitry generates a sensed signal from the charge signal. The force feedback circuitry applies a charge associated with the sensed signal to the electrode circuitry during the forcing time period. The electrode circuitry applies the charge received from the force feedback circuitry to the capacitive elements, moving the proof mass from the second position to another position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: InvenSense, Inc.
    Inventors: Alireza Shirvani, Michael Perrott
  • Patent number: 10845331
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the teachings herein may include a method for operating an internal combustion engine having probe measuring a gas concentration of a gas mixture, said probe comprising a pump electrode, comprising: controlling a first pump current at the pump electrode to provide a resulting first pump voltage; controlling a second pump current at the pump electrode to provide a resulting second pump voltage, wherein the second pump voltage is greater than the first pump voltage; calculating an aging factor for the probe on the basis of the first pump current and the second pump current; and adapting operation of the internal combustion engine based on a characteristic of the probe corresponding to the calculated aging factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Hong Zhang
  • Patent number: 10845376
    Abstract: An aspect of the present invention more reliably prevents a false detection of lifting of the electronic device, in an information processing device mounted on an electronic device. A first lifting determination section (64A) determines that a mobile terminal (1) has been lifted, in a case where the following conditions (i) and (ii) are satisfied after a manner of change in acceleration detected by an acceleration sensor (11) over time has satisfied a predetermined acceleration condition: (i) a standstill determination section (63) determines that the mobile terminal (1) is in a standstill state; and (ii) a result of detection by a proximity sensor (14) indicates a transition from proximity to non-proximity within a predetermined time range, the predetermined time range being set with reference to a standstill determination completion time point at which the standstill determination section (63) has completed determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Tohru Kashiwagi, Masatoshi Noma
  • Patent number: 10840430
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a sensing device that includes a base structure having a proof mass that is positioned in proximity to a cavity of an organic substrate, a piezoelectric material in contact with a first electrode of the base structure, and a second electrode in contact with the piezoelectric material. The proof mass deflects in response to application of an external force or acceleration and this deflection causes a stress in the piezoelectric material which generates a voltage differential between the first and second electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Feras Eid, Sasha N. Oster, Georgios C. Dogiamis, Shawna M. Liff, Adel A. Elsherbini, Thomas L. Sounart, Johanna M. Swan
  • Patent number: 10837952
    Abstract: A bearing lubrication system includes a lubricant distributor configured to perform a lubrication operation by moving lubricant toward an interior of a housing of a bearing, at least one sensor configured to measure at least one condition of the bearing and to produce a signal indicative of the at least one measured condition and a controller configured to produce a transient detection signal, a signal indicative of a second derivative of the measurement signal, for example, and to determine whether an absolute value of the transient detection signal exceeds a threshold value during a given time period after the lubrication operation and to output a failure signal indicative of a lubrication failure in response to a determination that the absolute value of the transient detection signal does not exceed the threshold value during the given time period. Also a method of operating a bearing lubrication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventors: Andreas Clemens Van der Ham, Jeroen Bongaerts, Gert-Jan Scheers
  • Patent number: 10828694
    Abstract: A casting device in which refrigerant is pressure-fed to a cooling passage formed in a die, leakage of refrigerant in the die can be reliably detected in a short time without a significant modification applied to the conventional device. A casting device includes a pressure-feed device that pressure-feeds refrigerant to a cooling passage formed in a die, and a release agent coating applicator that applies a release agent to the die, and further includes a unit that mixes a fluorescent agent into the refrigerant (fluorescent agent tank), a unit that irradiates the die surface of the die with black light while the refrigerant containing the fluorescent agent mixed therein is pressure-fed to the die, and an imaging device that captures an image of the die surface. The imaging device is integrally assembled with the release agent coating applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventors: Daisuke Serino, Fumio Kawahara, Yuzo Matsuda, Tetsushi Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Kawahara, Sakayuki Ishikawa, Takuto Takahashi, Naoshi Sakaguchi, Hiroyuki Kayaba, Takahiro Michimoto
  • Patent number: 10823634
    Abstract: A method for detecting a leak in a fluid line, having at least the following steps: closing the fluid line with a valve to create a pressure chamber in the fluid line; determining a first pressure drop in the pressure chamber; opening the valve after completing the determination of the first pressure drop; closing the fluid line with the valve to create the pressure chamber in the fluid line again; determining a second pressure drop in the pressure chamber; and comparing the first pressure drop with the second pressure drop. Also, a water meter is provided with a valve, a flow sensor, and a pressure sensor, which are connected in a data-carrying manner to a controller, wherein the controller is set up to carry out the method according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Grohe AG
    Inventors: Achim Mielke, Matthias Thesseling, Heiko Schoenbeck
  • Patent number: 10813275
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an agricultural product distribution system having first and second product meters configured to meter first and second amounts of agricultural product from a product tank over first and second periods of time, respectively. The system also includes first and second motors coupled to the first and second product meters, respectively, and configured to turn the first and second product meters a first number of turns and a second number of turns, respectively, over the first and second periods of time to meter the first and second amounts of agricultural product. Further, the system includes a controller configured to receive inputs indicative of the first amount of agricultural product, the first number of turns, the second amount of agricultural product, and the second number of turns and to compare the signals to determine first and second calibration rate of the first and second product meters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Dennis W. Chahley, Gordon Anthony Engel, Jack Donald Turner, Dennis George Thompson, Gregory Jacob Erker, Trevor Lawrence Kowalchuk, Anthony Charles Rapley
  • Patent number: 10816434
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide same results of leak judgments even if conditions such as temperature and pressure vary as long as sizes of sealing defects are same. A leak device 5 that generates regular leakage under regular temperature and pressure is made communicable with a test path 19 through which a test pressure is provided. A device actual measurement leak value of the leak device 5 is actually measured by a leakage measuring instrument 33. An object actual measurement leak value of a test object 9 is actually measured by the leakage measuring instrument 33. The object actual measurement leak value is converted into a regular-conditions-converted leak value based on the device actual measurement leak value and a leakage is judged based on the regular-conditions-converted leak value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: FUKUDA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satsuo Fukushima, Yusuke Mochizuki, Masakazu Ito
  • Patent number: 10809109
    Abstract: A fluid line system comprises fluid lines (100, 200, 300, 400). Each of the two fluid lines (100, 400) has in each case one lumen (100*; 400*) which is enclosed by a wall, and extends from a flow opening (100a; 400a), located in a respective first line end (100+; 400+), of the respective fluid line both to a flow opening (100b; 400b) which is located in a line end (100#; 400#) of said fluid line (100; 400) and also as far as a flow opening (100c; 400c) which, spaced apart from said flow opening (100b; 400b), is likewise located in each case in the line end (100#; 400#) of said fluid line (100; 400).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Natalie Schlachter, Marc Werner
  • Patent number: 10794812
    Abstract: Techniques for determining a rock wettability alteration include circulating a first brine fluid into a test cell that includes a rock sample and a hydrocarbon fluid disposed on a surface of the rock sample, the first brine fluid having a property at a first value; contacting the rock sample and the hydrocarbon fluid with the first brine fluid; measuring a first contact angle between the rock sample and the hydrocarbon fluid in contact with the first brine fluid; at least partially displacing the first brine fluid with a second brine fluid in the test cell, the second brine fluid having the property at a second value; contacting the rock sample and the hydrocarbon fluid with the second brine fluid; measuring a second contact angle between the rock sample and the hydrocarbon fluid in contact with the second brine fluid; and determining a wettability alteration of the rock sample based on at least one of the measured first or second contact angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Ahmed Gmira, Mohammed AlGeer
  • Patent number: 10798492
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are provided wherein a sensor which comprises at least two electrodes and a movable part is alternately biased with at least two different voltages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Christoph Bernhard Wurzinger, Jose Luis Ceballos
  • Patent number: 10794806
    Abstract: A system for preparing a test sample includes a vial holder, a needle trap connected to the vial holder, and a sample preparation station. The vial holder includes a vial chamber configured to hold a vial, a purge gas needle, and a needle trap heater. The needle trap includes a needle with the needle trap heater surrounding a distal end portion of the needle. A packing bed is disposed in the needle at the distal end portion. The sample preparation station includes a housing and a vial heater assembly including a vial heater and defining a cavity. The vial holder is configured to be received in the cavity in an installed position with the vial heater surrounding at least a portion of the vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Nathan L. Porter, Anthony David Rands
  • Patent number: 10794793
    Abstract: There is provided a leak detection device configured to check tightness of an object to be tested by a tracer gas, the device including a sniffing probe configured to be connected to a leak detector and/or a spray blower configured to be connected to a source of the tracer gas; and a glove to which the sniffing probe and/or the spray blower is attached. There is also provided a module for detection of leaks, including the device configured to check the checking the tightness of the object to be tested by the tracer gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Pascal Jourdan, Laurent Ducimetiere