Patents Examined by Michael Nghiem
  • Patent number: 10267950
    Abstract: A populace centric weather forecast system, method of forecasting weather and a computer program product therefor. A forecasting computer applies a grid to a forecast area and provides a weather forecast for each grid cell. Area activity data sources indicate human activity in the forecast area. A dynamic selection module iteratively identifies grid cells for refinement in response to the weather forecast and to indicated/expected human activity. The dynamic selection module provides the forecasting computer with a refined grid for each identified grid cell in each iteration. The forecasting computer provides a refined weather forecast in each iteration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Victor Fernandes Cavalcante, Ricardo Guimaraes Herrmann, Kiran Mantripragada, Marco Aurelio Stelmar Netto, Lucas Correia Villa Real, Cleidson Ronald Botelho De Souza
  • Patent number: 10247537
    Abstract: For determining the topology of a grid section of an AC power grid, the grid section comprising a grid connection point, at least one branch branching off from the grid connection point and including a plurality of energy consumption and/or energy generation units, and at least one measurement point in the at least one branch, dependencies of variations of a grid voltage measured at the at least one measurement point based on variations of connection power values of at least some individual ones of the energy consumption and/or energy generation units are determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SMA Solar Technology AG
    Inventors: Daniel Premm, Yehia Tarek Fawzy, Gerd Bettenwort, Claus Allert, Thorsten Buelo, Stijn Stevens
  • Patent number: 10175135
    Abstract: A leak detector includes a sensor assembly including at least one sensor configured to sense acoustic signals; and at least one printed circuit board coupled to the sensor assembly and configured to support a processing device, the processing device comprising at least a microcontroller unit (MCU) and a digital signal processor (DSP), wherein the MCU is configured to continually receive acoustic signals from the sensor assembly, and wherein the DSP is configured to remain in a sleep mode except when the MCU wakes the DSP from the sleep mode at predetermined times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Ganapathi Deva Varma Dintakurt, Shabbir Yusuf, Steven James Mercer
  • Patent number: 10168183
    Abstract: A system and a method for determining a failure within a resolver are provided. The method includes detecting signals output from the resolver. In addition, an average value and a deviation value of the detected signals are calculated. Further, the controller is configured to determine a disconnection or a short circuit of the resolver using the calculated average value and deviation value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Hyun Min Park, Tae Young Chung
  • Patent number: 10066977
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods of monitoring velocity or flow in channels, especially in microfluidic channels. In some embodiments, the present invention relates to systems and methods of monitoring velocity or flow rate in systems and methods for performing a real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in a continuous-flow microfluidic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenton C. Hasson, Gregory A. Dale
  • Patent number: 10067184
    Abstract: A method, test system and computer program product and system for voltage binning integrated circuit chips. The method includes selecting or changing a voltage bin of a set of voltages bins corresponding to frequency specification limits of an integrated circuit chip using functional testing of data paths of the integrated circuit chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Theodoros Anemikos, Jeanne Bickford, Nazmul Habib, Susan K. Lichtensteiger
  • Patent number: 10055515
    Abstract: A probe is adapted to send a signal over a selected circuit and to provide circuit information. One or more modules have a connector for electrically connecting to an outlet, logic interconnected with the connector for detecting the signal and receiving the circuit information, and an indicator interconnected with the logic for presenting the circuit information in response to the signal. A computer is operably associated with the probe and configured to execute a program of instructions to provide a breaker box representation and an electronic record of one or more rooms showing outlet symbols that identify the location of outlets. The computer is configured to execute the program of instructions to collect the circuit information from the one or more modules and to associate the circuit information with a corresponding breaker on the breaker box representation and on outlet symbols on the electronic record of one or more rooms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Calcaterra, Humberto Gutierrez-Rivas, Steven M. Miller
  • Patent number: 10048300
    Abstract: A device comprises a multiplication circuit configured to derive a product of a first signal S1 and a second signal S2, S2 having a phase difference ? relative to the first signal S1, a low pass filter configured to remove a selected frequency component from the product of S1 and S2 to derive a dot product S1•S2; and a calculation circuit configured to receive the dot product S1•S2 and generate a signal output having a ratio |S1|/|S2| and the phase difference ?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter van der Cammen
  • Patent number: 10035387
    Abstract: A module is operable to monitor at least a pressure within a tire of a wheel, the module being operatively mounted to said wheel, the module including (a) a pressure sensor for measuring the pressure (P) and generating a corresponding pressure signal; and b1) an associated data memory including a data field containing data relevant to the functional status of the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Volvo Lastvagnar AB
    Inventors: Erik Carresjö, Per Hasselberg, Anders Trygg
  • Patent number: 10037256
    Abstract: An electronic device which has a self diagnosis function and a self diagnosis method using the same are provided. The electronic device includes: an interface which receives a user's selection signal for a hardware of an object to be diagnosed; and a controller which provides a plurality of lines connected to the hardware of the object to be diagnosed with a signal for diagnosis according to the selection signal which is received through the interface and calculates a diagnosis result for the hardware of diagnosis object according to a comparison result of the signal for diagnosis with a return signal which is returned from the hardware of the object to be diagnosed by a loop-back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventors: Young-hun Choi, Hyun-ho Kim, Sang-eun Lee, Ju-hyun Choe, Eun-young Kim, Ji-won Kim
  • Patent number: 10024955
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining a misalignment angle for a sensor in a vehicle are provided. The method, for example, may include, but is not limited to determining, by a processor, when an object detected in sensor data acquired by the sensor is a stationary object, and calculating, by the processor, the misalignment angle of the sensor based upon sensor data associated with the stationary object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventors: Xiaofeng Frank Song, Shuqing Zeng
  • Patent number: 10024896
    Abstract: A phase-to-phase insulation partial discharge inspection apparatus includes: an impulse power supply (1) configured to apply an impulse voltage having a voltage rise time period tr which satisfies an expression “tr>(?coil·Vmax)/(PDIV)” to a rotary electric machine (2); a measurement section (12) configured to measure partial discharge which occurs when the impulse voltage is applied to the rotary electric machine (2); and a decision section (15) configured to determine that, when partial discharge is not measured by the measurement section (12), a phase-to-phase insulation performance is acceptable. In the expression, ?coil is a surge propagation time period of one coil of a rotary electric machine winding, PDIV a partial discharge inception voltage between winding turns, and Vmax a peak of a partial discharge testing voltage for the phase-to-phase insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Koji Obata
  • Patent number: 9983241
    Abstract: A method for validating an electric power plant capability as an electric service provider is provided. The method includes receiving a plurality of input data records from the plurality of renewable energy devices, respectively, the input data records respectively defining a plurality of device capabilities associated with at least one electrical service which can be provided by the renewable energy devices to the electric distribution grid; estimating internal power losses of the electric power plant; using the input data records and the internal power losses for calculating an output data record defining an overall plant capability for the service; communicating the output data record to an operator of the electric distribution grid; and receiving a validation signal from the operator of the electric distribution grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Kaj Skov Nielsen
  • Patent number: 9960010
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a signal processing method includes scanning a pattern on a substrate with a charged particle beam, detecting secondary charged particles emitted from the substrate by using a detector, outputting a signal, and filtering the signal. The detector is separated or divided into a plurality of regions, and the secondary charged particles are detected separately in each region of the detector. Intensity of the filtering is defined in dependence on a function f(?) of an angle ? between a reference axis and a direction along which the secondary charged particles enter a detector plane. The reference axis is an arbitrary direction in a plane parallel to a surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Motoki Kadowaki, Osamu Nagano
  • Patent number: 9945980
    Abstract: A infrastructure sensitivity centric weather forecast system, method of forecasting weather and a computer program product therefor. A forecasting computer applies a grid to a forecast area, locates infrastructure, e.g. power grid infrastructure, in the area and determines weather effects on infrastructure in each grid cell. A targeted selection module iteratively identifies grid cells for refinement in response to the weather effects on cell infrastructure. In each iteration a refined grid is applied to each grid cell identified as containing infrastructure that may be sensitive, or vulnerable, to expected weather. The forecasting computer refines the area considered to focus on area infrastructure and sensitivities/vulnerabilities to expected weather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sergio Borger, Renato Fontoura De Gusmao Cerqueira, Kiran Mantripragada, Ulisses T. Mello, Alexandre Pfeifer, Lucas Correia Villa Real
  • Patent number: 9921203
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of predicting sediment content of a hydroprocessed hydrocarbon product. The method involves: (a) precipitating an amount of asphaltenes from a liquid sample of a first hydrocarbon-containing feedstock having solvated asphaltenes therein with one or more first solvents; (b) determining one or more solubility characteristics of the precipitated asphaltenes; (c) analyzing the one or more solubility characteristics; (d) determining asphaltene content of the liquid sample from the results of analyzing the one or more solubility characteristics; (e) determining one or more asphaltene stability parameters of the liquid sample from the results of analyzing the one or more solubility characteristics; and (f) correlating the asphaltene content and one of the asphaltene stability parameters of the liquid sample with at least two operation conditions associated with a refinery to predict sediment content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Estrella Rogel, Cesar Ovalles, Pak Leung, Nan Chen
  • Patent number: 9915559
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to electronics, mechanics, and software, and more specifically, to systems and methods for wirelessly monitoring a brochure box. In one embodiment, the invention includes an apparatus that provides for remote content monitoring, the apparatus including a receptacle, the receptacle configurable to storing content; and a sensor node, the sensor node disposed proximate to the receptacle, the sensor node associated with a unique identifier, the sensor node configurable to monitor the existence of any stored content, the sensor node configurable to transmit a signal containing the unique identifier to a remote device, the signal being any of a cellular, satellite, and wireless network signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventor: Jaime Radcliff
  • Patent number: 9890629
    Abstract: A method of locating a conductive target from a wellbore includes generating a current flowing across an insulated gap in a downhole tool positioned in the wellbore, measuring an azimuthal magnetic field with at least one external magnetometer located proximate the exterior of the downhole tool, measuring a secondary magnetic field using a magnetometer disposed inside the downhole tool, computing at least one of a direction and a distance to the conductive target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Brian Clark
  • Patent number: 9880217
    Abstract: A line sensor assembly is described for measuring line characteristics in a power line such as voltage, phase, current, etc. The line sensor assembly includes a set of electric field sensors, where the electric field sensors are positioned annularly about an axis of the assembly corresponding to an axis of a power line. A measurement circuit is configured to measure an electric field across each of the electric field sensors to produce a set of electric field measurements. The set of electric field measurements may be used to determine the line characteristics of a given power line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Fred A. Volkening, Meghan E. Hartnett
  • Patent number: 9874087
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a tool configured to operate within a borehole during a period wherein matter is being output from a surrounding earth formation into a flow of matter in the borehole. The tool includes a main tool body having a longitudinal axis. A temperature probe array is coupled to the main tool body, including a first temperature probe and a second temperature probe. The first temperature probe is radially spaced from and is at a different circumferential position relative to the second temperature probe during operation. The first temperature probe and the second temperature probe are configured to measure a first temperature and a second temperature, respectively, during operation, wherein at least one of a type of matter in the flow and an entry point of the matter from the surrounding earth formation is derived using the first temperature and the second temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Lucas Jay, Gary James Frisch