Patents by Inventor Alan J. Smith

Alan J. Smith has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200340172
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method for scouring and increasing the brightness of non-wood fibers. The method comprises forming a mixture of non-wood fibers, exposing the mixture to a scouring liquor and a scouring agent comprising oxygen gas to form a scouring mixture, and scouring the scouring mixture by radially circulating the scouring liquor throughout the scouring mixture to provide scoured fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Lee, Raymond Jeffrey Harwood, Edward J. Smith, Alan E. Wright
  • Patent number: 10800853
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods for alleviating symptoms in a subject having a neurodegenerative disorder, comprising administering to the subject an effective amount of an isolated binding molecule which specifically binds to semaphorin-4D (SEMA4D) or to its Plexin-B1 or Plexin-B2 receptors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Vaccinex, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest S. Smith, Maurice Zauderer, William J. Bowers, Alan Jonason
  • Publication number: 20200316705
    Abstract: Welding power supplies having adjustable current ramping rates are disclosed. An example welding power supply, comprising: a switched mode power supply to convert primary power to welding-type power having an output current based on a current control loop; a voltage sensing circuit to measure a weld voltage; a voltage comparator to determine whether the weld voltage corresponds to a welding arc condition or a short circuit condition; and a control circuit to: select a current ramping rate; and execute the current control loop to control the output current, the control circuit configured to, while the weld voltage corresponds to the short circuit condition, increase the output current at the current ramping rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: Alan F. Smith, Cody J. Bowman
  • Patent number: 10792713
    Abstract: A device, mechanism, and methodology for regular and consistent cleaning of the vacuum aperture, nozzle, and contacting surfaces of a pick-and-place apparatus and the pick-up tools of automated or manual semiconductor device and die handling machines are disclosed. The cleaning material may include a cleaning pad layer with one or more intermediate layers that have predetermined characteristics, regular geometrical features, and/or an irregular surface morphology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: International Test Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan E. Humphrey, Bret A. Humphrey, Jerry J. Broz, Wayne C. Smith
  • Patent number: 10688583
    Abstract: Welding power supplies having adjustable current ramping rates are disclosed. An example welding power supply, comprising: a switched mode power supply to convert primary power to welding-type power having an output current based on a current control loop; a voltage sensing circuit to measure a weld voltage; a voltage comparator to determine whether the weld voltage corresponds to a welding arc condition or a short circuit condition; and a control circuit to: select a current ramping rate; and execute the current control loop to control the output current, the control circuit configured to, while the weld voltage corresponds to the short circuit condition, increase the output current at the current ramping rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Alan F. Smith, Cody J. Bowman
  • Publication number: 20200144997
    Abstract: A gate-drive controller for a power semiconductor device includes a master control unit (MCU) and one or more comparators that compare the output signal of the power semiconductor device to a reference value generated by the MCU. The MCU, in response to a turn-off trigger signal, generates a first intermediate drive signal for the power semiconductor device and generates a second intermediate drive signal, different from the first drive signal, when a DSAT signal indicates that the power semiconductor device is experiencing de-saturation. The MCU generates a final drive signal for the power semiconductor when the output signal of the one or more comparators indicates that the output signal of the power semiconductor device has changed relative to the reference value. The controller may also include a timer that causes the drive signals to change in predetermined intervals when the one or more comparators do not indicate a change.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Albert J. Charpentier, Alan K. Smith, Nitesh Satheesh, Robin Weber
  • Publication number: 20200028439
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to use a switched-mode power supply as a source of power in a service pack are disclosed. An example power system includes: an engine; a generator configured to generate electrical power from mechanical power delivered by the engine; a switched-mode power supply configured to convert the electrical power from the generator to output power; and control circuitry configured to: when an output load of the switched-mode power supply is a power system load, control the switched-mode power supply to provide the output power for output to the power system load; and when the output load of the switched-mode power supply is a vehicle load, control the switched-mode power supply to provide the output power for output to a vehicle electrical system connected to a vehicle energy storage device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Alan F. Smith, Nathan J. Jochman
  • Patent number: 10530353
    Abstract: A gate-drive controller for a power semiconductor device includes a master control unit (MCU) and one or more comparators that compare the output signal of the power semiconductor device to a reference value generated by the MCU. The MCU, in response to a turn-off trigger signal, generates a first intermediate drive signal for the power semiconductor device and generates a second intermediate drive signal, different from the first drive signal, when a DSAT signal indicates that the power semiconductor device is experiencing de-saturation. The MCU generates a final drive signal for the power semiconductor when the output signal of the one or more comparators indicates that the output signal of the power semiconductor device has changed relative to the reference value. The controller may also include a timer that causes the drive signals to change in predetermined intervals when the one or more comparators do not indicate a change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Albert J. Charpentier, Alan K. Smith, Nitesh Satheesh, Robin Weber
  • Publication number: 20190360846
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a frame defining a sensor axis having opposing endplates with axially extending supports. The opposing endplates are connected by a pair of axially extending side beams. A suspended mass is within an interior of the frame suspended from the supports of the frame. A plurality of piezoelectric material layers are operatively connected to sides of respective spacers opposite the frame to damp vibrations of the suspended mass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Brian J. Smith, Alan M. Giles
  • Publication number: 20190322757
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods for alleviating symptoms in a subject having a neurodegenerative disorder, comprising administering to the subject an effective amount of an isolated binding molecule which specifically binds to semaphorin-4D (SEMA4D) or to its Plexin-B1 or Plexin-B2 receptors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Ernest S. Smith, Maurice Zauderer, William J. Bowers, Alan Jonason
  • Patent number: 10428076
    Abstract: The invention provides compounds of the Formula (I) or a pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof, wherein X, Y, Z, R1, R2, R4, Ra, and the subscripts m, p, and q are as described herein. The compounds or their pharmaceutically acceptable salts can modulate the body's production of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (“cGMP”), and are generally suitable for the therapy and prophylaxis of diseases which are associated with a disturbed cGMP balance. The invention also provides pharmaceutical compositions which comprise compounds of Formula (I) or pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof. The invention also relates to methods for use of the compounds or their pharmaceutically acceptable salts in the therapy and prophylaxis of the abovementioned diseases and for preparing pharmaceuticals for this purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
    Inventors: Raphaelle Berger, Yi-Heng Chen, Guoqing Li, Joie Garfunkle, Hong-Dong Li, Shouwu Miao, Subharekha Raghavan, Cameron J. Smith, John Stelmach, Alan Whitehead, Rui Zhang, Yong Zhang, Jianmin Fu, Gang Ji, Falong Jiang
  • Publication number: 20190295030
    Abstract: A method and system of managing vehicle location is disclosed herein. A computing system receives a set of vehicle information associated with a set of vehicles. The computing system receives a set of vehicle accounting information associated with the set of vehicles. The computing system receives, from a telematics device positioned in each vehicle of the set of vehicles, telematics information. For each vehicle in the set of vehicles, the computing system associates vehicle information, accounting, information, and telematics information to generate a database. The computing system generates an application programming interface (API) accessible to a client device. The computing system receives an API call from client device. The computing system generates one or more rules for each vehicle of the set of vehicles. The computing system transmits a notification message to client device upon determining a rule of the one or more rules is violated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Anthony J. Candeloro, JR., Harvey Richard Smith, Jeremy Matthew Paolone, William John Cariss, Alan Lee Kibler
  • Publication number: 20190267982
    Abstract: A gate-drive controller for a power semiconductor device includes a master control unit (MCU) and one or more comparators that compare the output signal of the power semiconductor device to a reference value generated by the MCU. The MCU, in response to a turn-off trigger signal, generates a first intermediate drive signal for the power semiconductor device and generates a second intermediate drive signal, different from the first drive signal, when a DSAT signal indicates that the power semiconductor device is experiencing de-saturation. The MCU generates a final drive signal for the power semiconductor when the output signal of the one or more comparators indicates that the output signal of the power semiconductor device has changed relative to the reference value. The controller may also include a timer that causes the drive signals to change in predetermined intervals when the one or more comparators do not indicate a change.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: AGILESWITCH, LLC
    Inventors: ALBERT J. CHARPENTIER, ALAN K. SMITH, NITESH SATHEESH, ROBIN WEBER
  • Publication number: 20190265005
    Abstract: A ballistic-resistant garment having an incrementally-adjustable fit, and methods of making and using such a ballistic-resistant garment, whereby the ballistic-resistant garment includes a front panel having a front panel pocket configured to receive a first ballistic-resistant insert; a back panel having a back panel pocket configured to receive a second ballistic-resistant insert; a front panel first fastener coupled to the front panel; and a plurality of discrete back panel first fasteners coupled in spaced apart relation to the back panel, whereby each of the discrete back panel first fasteners is configured to matably engage with the front panel first fastener to provide a first pair of releasably engaged fasteners which couple the front and back panels to fasten the ballistic-resistant garment about a torso of a wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: Angel Armor, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew J. Wellman, Alan V. Morine, Ross M. Hinschberger, William T. Smith, Ryan M. Miller
  • Patent number: 10385136
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods for alleviating symptoms in a subject having a neurodegenerative disorder, comprising administering to the subject an effective amount of an isolated binding molecule which specifically binds to semaphorin-4D (SEMA4D) or to its Plexin-B1 or Plexin-B2 receptors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Vaccinex, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest S. Smith, Maurice Zauderer, William J. Bowers, Alan Jonason
  • Patent number: 10378934
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a frame defining a sensor axis having opposing endplates with axially extending supports. The opposing endplates are connected by a pair of axially extending side beams. A suspended mass is within an interior of the frame suspended from the supports of the frame. A plurality of piezoelectric material layers are operatively connected to sides of respective spacers opposite the frame to damp vibrations of the suspended mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Brian J. Smith, Alan M. Giles
  • Patent number: 10351478
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for improving the curing process of materials that cure under reaction with CO2 and that do not cure in the presence of water alone are described, and examples are given.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Solidia Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Camron Quinn, Kenneth Michael Smith, Devin M. Patten, Xudong Hu, George Perry, Vahit Atakan, Jitendra Jain, Anuj Seth, Ahmet Cuneyt Tas, Alan Thomas Blacklock, Thomas Schuler, Christopher J. Grootenboer, Dan Castoro
  • Patent number: 10333365
    Abstract: An end winding support segment for a generator rotor includes a support segment body with a curved inner surface configured to be adjacent to a rotor shaft, a winding support arm extending radially outward from the support segment body, and an orifice extending from the curved inner surface of the support to an exterior surface of the support adjacent the winding support arm with the orifice configured to transfer lubricant from a surface of the rotor shaft to a winding located on the winding support arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Dhaval Patel, Glenn W. Hufstedler, Ted A. Martin, Eric A. Brust, Shaun Maconaghy, Kevin J. Koester, Doren C. Smith, Alan D. Hanson, William D. Sherman
  • Patent number: 9181924
    Abstract: An exchange of momentum wind turbine vane having a large area for exchange of momentum which is made rigid with buckleable wing columns capable of automatic self-feathering the vane to protect it from damaging high-speed wind. The large vane area provides very low windspeed startup. In the preferred embodiment the vane is plastic and very inexpensive to manufacture. Four embodiments are described and shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Alan J. Smith
  • Publication number: 20110184513
    Abstract: A material that can be applied as implants designed to artificially replace or augment the cornea, such as an artificial cornea, corneal onlay, or corneal inlay (intrastromal lens) is provided. The artificial corneal implant has a double network hydrogel with a first network interpenetrated with a second network. The first network and the second network are based on biocompatible polymers. At least one of the network polymers is based on a hydrophilic polymer. The artificial cornea or implant has epithelialization promoting biomolecules that are covalently linked to the surface of the double network hydrogel using an azide-active-ester chemical linker. Corneal epithelial cells or cornea-derived cells are adhered to the biomolecules. The double network has a physiologic diffusion coefficient to allow passage of nutrients to the adhered cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventors: David Myung, Jaan Noolandi, Alan J. Smith, Curtis W. Frank, Christopher N. Ta, Yin Hu, Won-Gun Koh, Michael R. Carrasco, Laura Hartmann