Patents Examined by Paul M. West
  • Patent number: 10895487
    Abstract: In one aspect the present disclosure relates to a sensor for measuring at least one physical or chemical parameter of a cartridge or syringe filled with a liquid substance. In further aspects the disclosure relates to a cartridge equipped with such a sensor as well as to a drug delivery device equipped with such a cartridge, wherein the sensor comprises: a planar flexible foil arrangeable to an outer circumference of a barrel of the cartridge or syringe, at least a first and a second measuring electrode arranged on said foil, and at least a first and a second contact electrode arranged on said foil, wherein the first contact electrode is connected to the first measuring electrode and wherein the second contact electrode is connected to the second measuring electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Schabbach, Christian Nessel, Daniel Auernhammer, Beate Franke, Francisco Soares
  • 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: 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: 10876878
    Abstract: A liquid level monitoring system for monitoring the level of liquid in a tiltable tank, which may tilt or rotate in a tilt or rotation plane about a tilt axis. The system comprises a pair of pressure sensors comprising a first pressure sensor for sensing the pressure of the liquid in the tank at a first position located towards the bottom of a tank and a second pressure sensor for sensing the pressure of the liquid in the tank at a second position located a known pre-defined distance above the first sensing wherein the two sensing positions are located on a sensing line substantially orthogonal to and passing through a liquid surface dividing line, said liquid surface dividing line being the line along and extending past the surface of liquid in the tank whose position relative to the tank walls remains the same as the tank tilts about the tilt axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventor: Wojciech Konrad Kulczyk
  • Patent number: 10876934
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a press-type water sampling device, and to a press-type water sampling device comprising: a water sampling bottle having opened upper and lower parts; and a bumper support, which has a top cap and a bottom cap for blocking the opened upper and lower parts of the water sampling bottle, is formed into a frame having a shape that encompasses the water sampling bottle, and enables the water sampling bottle to be vertically moveable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: Kwang Myung Ko, Ki Chul Jang, Kwan Ju Yang, Seung Jae Lee
  • 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: 10859544
    Abstract: A secondary ultrasonic nebulisation device is disclosed comprising: a liquid sample delivery capillary; a sample receiving surface arranged for receiving a liquid sample from the capillary; and an ultrasonic transducer configured for oscillating the surface so as to nebulise the liquid sample received thereon, wherein the device is configured such that the oscillations of the surface by the ultrasonic transducer cause charged droplets and/or gas phase ions to be generated from the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Micromass UK Limite
    Inventors: Stevan Bajic, David S. Douce, Gordon A. Jones
  • 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: 10859539
    Abstract: When mounting a second assembly 36 to a first assembly 35 that is fixed to a main body, the second assembly 36 engages a second connection element 54 of a non-rotation unit 361 of the second assembly 36 with a first connection element 354 of the first assembly 35. A rotating part 362 is mounted on the first assembly 35 when the rotation unit 362 is rotated. Therefore, an operator can carry out positioning for the second assembly 36 by connecting the second connection element 54 of the second assembly 36 with the first connection element 354 of the first assembly 35. The second assembly 36 can be smoothly mounted on the first assembly 35 that is fixed to the main body. The second connection element 54 of the non-rotation unit 361 connects with the first connection element 354 of the first assembly 35, so that the non-rotation unit 361 is prevented from rotating together with the rotation unit 362 during use and the assemblies that contact the non-rotation unit 361 are protected from damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Yuki Komori
  • 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: 10845298
    Abstract: A method of measuring adhesive strength between an element body and a porous protection layer that are included in a sensor element includes (a) a step of holding a portion of the element body where the porous protection layer is absent with an elastic force exerted by a holding jig, and placing a peeling jig at a position between the porous protection layer and the holding jig in the longitudinal direction such that the element body is allowed to move in the longitudinal direction while the porous protection layer is prevented from moving in the longitudinal direction toward the holding jig; and (b) a step of moving, after the step (a), the peeling jig pushes the porous protection layer in the longitudinal direction, and measuring the adhesive strength of the porous protection layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Ryo Onishi, Yosuke Adachi, Takashi Hino
  • 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: 10845348
    Abstract: A gas sensor includes: a cell array which includes a plurality of cells disposed in rows and columns; a read-out circuit which reads out signals from the plurality of cells; and a signal processor which processes the signals read out. Each of the plurality of cells includes: a gas molecule detector which is electrically isolated between adjacent ones of the plurality of cells; and an amplifier circuit which is electrically connected to the gas molecule detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Toru Okino, Yutaka Hirose, Yoshihisa Kato, Akio Oki
  • Patent number: 10845289
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for static sedimentation tests comprising a plurality of sedimentation cylinders, which are subject to the same mixing conditions, said apparatus comprises: a. A variable number of transparent sedimentation cylinders, the most common being 12; b. Each sedimentation cylinder is located inside a non-intrusive emitter and receiving sensor housing where each housing has an electronic ID card, electronic circuit boards and connection to a control system; c. A support structure containing the sedimentation cylinders and sensor housings which rotates around an axis of rotation; d. Each sedimentation cylinder has a bottom stopper and top stopper; e. Where each bottom stopper of each sedimentation cylinder is mounted on a lateral bar parallel to the rotation axis, by a fixing to the supporting structure; f. Also the sedimentation cylinders are fixed in the supporting structure by a clamping system around the top stopper of each sedimentation cylinder g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Jonathan Engels, Peter Amelunxen
  • 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: 10840075
    Abstract: Focused acoustic radiation, referred to as tonebursts, are applied to a volume of liquid to generate a set of droplets. In one embodiment, a first toneburst is applied to temporarily raise a mound or protuberance on a free surface of the fluid. After the mound has reached a certain state, at least two additional toneburst can be applied to the protuberance to sequentially eject multiple bursts of multiple droplets. In one embodiment, the state of the mound can be maintained by a sustained acoustic signal, during which time multiple additional tonebursts can be applied to sequentially eject multiple bursts of multiple droplets from the mound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Labcyte Inc.
    Inventor: Richard G. Stearns