Patents by Inventor Alexander J. Smith

Alexander 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).

  • Patent number: 10848974
    Abstract: A service coordinating entity device includes communications circuitry to communicate with a first access network, processing circuitry, and a memory device. The processing circuitry is to perform operations to, in response to a request for establishing a connection with a user equipment (UE) in a second access network, retrieve a first Trusted Level Agreement (TLA) including trust attributes associated with the first access network. One or more exchanges of the trust attributes of the first TLA and trust attributes of a second TLA associated with the second access network are performed using a computing service executing on the service coordinating entity. A common TLA with trust attributes associated with communications between the first and second access networks is generated based on the exchanges. Data traffic is routed from the first access network to the UE in the second access network based on the trust attributes of the common TLA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Bachmutsky, Dario Sabella, Francesc Guim Bernat, John J. Browne, Kapil Sood, Kshitij Arun Doshi, Mats Gustav Agerstam, Ned M. Smith, Rajesh Poornachandran, Tarun Viswanathan
  • Patent number: 10829518
    Abstract: Provided herein are compositions including peptides, pharmaceutical preparations thereof, and methods of preventing photoreceptor death therewith and protecting of retinal cells, including, but not limited to, photoreceptors and retinal pigment epithelium, from Fas- or TRAIL-mediated apoptosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignees: ONL THERAPEUTICS. INC., THE REGENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Cagri G. Besirli, Alexander J. Bridges, John K. Freshley, William A. Hunke, Linda L. Johnson, Francis X. Smith, Ethan Sylvain, David N. Zacks
  • Patent number: 10811663
    Abstract: Methods and systems for welding a terminal of a battery cell to corresponding terminal tab or busbar are described using a magnet that causes the terminal and tab/busbar to be placed in physical contact. The terminal of a battery cell is aligned in contact with the tab/busbar by the force of a magnetic field. A welder, e.g., a laser welder, can then generate a laser weld beam to weld the terminal of the battery cell to the tab/busbar. Next, the laser weld beam is narrowed, reducing the first diameter to a smaller second diameter. Without touching the tab/busbar or terminal of the battery (which could affect the welding operation), the magnetic field can cause a force that brings the tab and terminal in contact during welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin L. Newman, Alexander J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10796873
    Abstract: Devices and systems are provided that incorporate fusible links within the electrical traces of a battery module voltage sensing circuit. The fusible links can be integrally formed in an electric trace and provide an overcurrent protection feature for the circuit without requiring fuse elements or components that are separate from the electrical trace. Each of these fusible links include a substantially flat controlled cross-sectional area disposed along a length of the material making up the electrical trace. In an overcurrent situation, the connection between a battery management system and a battery cell may be severed by the overcurrent melting the fusible link. The electrical traces may be spaced apart from one another in the circuit such that an overcurrent situation breaking the connection between one cell and the battery management system would not affect adjacent electrical traces not having an overcurrent situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Holland, Alexander J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10784486
    Abstract: A tapered busbar for an energy storage device is provided. The tapered busbar is configured to interconnect with a first row of series-connected energy storage cells in a battery module at a first end of the busbar. As the busbar tapers from a first cross-sectional area at the first end to a larger second cross-sectional area at a second opposite end, the busbar is configured to interconnect with sequentially additional electrically-parallel rows of series-connected energy storage cells. The tapered cross-sectional area of the busbar provides a substantially uniform current density at any point along the length of the busbar regardless of the number of rows of energy storage cells connected before or after the point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander J. Smith, Austin L. Newman
  • Patent number: 10784668
    Abstract: A laminated busbar assembly includes positive and negative leads supported by an insulative layer. The insulative layer as well as the positive and negative leads are thin and flexible, thus facilitating connection of the positive and negative leads with the terminals of the electric cells of a battery module. The laminated busbar assembly may include voltage measurement wires and/or temperature sensors for measuring voltage and/or temperature, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam H. Ing, Shubham Saurav, Alexander J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10775263
    Abstract: Systems and methods of detecting leakage and other issues with electrical battery housings are provided. By using an air compressor to alter the air pressure within a battery housing, a processor may detect an abnormal rate of change in the air pressure within the battery housing as compared to a rate of change of an ideal battery housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam H. Ing, Alexander J. Smith, Austin L. Newman
  • Patent number: 10763108
    Abstract: Provided are methods for the selective deposition of material on a sidewall surface of a patterned feature. In some embodiments, the methods involve providing a substrate having a feature recessed from a surface of the substrate. The feature has a bottom and a sidewall which extends from the bottom. A conformal film is deposited on the feature using an atomic layer deposition (ALD) process. The conformal film deposited on the bottom is modified by exposing the substrate to directional plasma such that the conformal film on the bottom is less dense than the conformal film on the sidewall. The modified conformal film deposited on the bottom of the feature is preferentially etched. Also provided are methods for the selective deposition on a horizontal surface of a patterned feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis M. Hausmann, Alexander R. Fox, David Charles Smith, Bart J. van Schravendijk
  • Publication number: 20200271876
    Abstract: An optical communication subassembly includes one or more optoelectronic devices, one or more optical elements, and a transceiver light coupling unit. Each optical element is configured to change a divergence of the outgoing light relative to a divergence of the incoming light and is spaced apart from and optically aligned with a corresponding optoelectronic device. The transceiver light coupling unit has a mating surface configured for mating with a connector light coupling unit attached to an optical waveguide. A mating direction of the optical light coupling unit forms an angle with the mating surface of the transceiver light coupling unit such that when the connector light coupling unit mates with the transceiver light coupling unit, the angle between the mating direction of the connector light coupling unit and the mating surface of the transceiver light coupling unit causes the optical waveguide to bend.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: Terry L. Smith, Barry J. Koch, Michael A. Haase, Alexander R. Mathews
  • Patent number: 10740113
    Abstract: A user interface may display visual traces between semantic constructs in representations of functionality. The representations of functionality may include textual programming language code, graphical programming language code, graphical or textual models, and/or text. The visual trace enables a party to visually review the correlations between the semantic constructs. The visual trace may include unique visual cues for distinguishing a degree of nesting of programming language constructs. For example, each successive level of nesting of a programming language construct may be associated with a different shade of a color. The user interface may be interactive and provide real-time feedback based upon actions of a party. The system determines what semantic constructs are to be visually distinguished on the user interface based on the location of an action and based on the hierarchy of semantic constructs and correlations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: The MathWorks, Inc.
    Inventors: Ji W. Lee, Irwin H. Kwan, Takshak Desai, Frederick Mattsson Smith, Alexander J. von Alt
  • Patent number: 10741808
    Abstract: An energy storage device and structurally enhanced packaging for energy storage cells is provided. The energy storage device includes a number of energy storage cells spaced apart from one another and contained in a lightweight carrier. The energy storage cells and carrier are mechanically coupled together with a structural adhesive forming a unified structure and framework where each connection point acts as a node in a force distribution structure. The structural adhesive can be injected into the volume between the energy storage cells while in a fluid, or semi-fluid, state. While in this state, a retaining form or gasket inside the carrier can prevent the structural adhesive from leaking out of the energy storage device. When in a cured, or hardened, non-fluid state the structural adhesive may adhere to the various components of the energy storage device to mechanically join the component together into a structurally safe package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin L. Newman, Alexander J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10741889
    Abstract: A multiple-zone thermocouple battery module temperature monitoring system is provided configured to determine a plurality of temperatures along a depth of the battery module at different locations. The system may include a number of temperature probes each including a first temperature sensor oriented at a base of a group of cells in the module and a second temperature sensor oriented at an upper portion of the group of cells in the module. Providing upper and lower battery cell temperature sensors in each probe of the system allows a battery management system to detect and record a temperature gradient of the battery cells in the module at a number of different locations. These recordings can determine a gradient and temperature difference between the upper and lower battery cell portions over an operable threshold difference, and command a thermal management system to return the battery module to limits within the operable threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin L. Newman, Alexander J. Smith, Adam H. Ing
  • Patent number: 10727680
    Abstract: Embodiments include a junction box for an electric vehicle. The junction box includes a charging port to receive power from an external power source, and a plurality of switching elements to control electrical connections between the charging port, a first battery, and a second battery. On/off states of the plurality of switching elements control whether the charging port, the first battery and the second battery are connected in a first configuration or a second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam H Ing, Alexander J Smith
  • Publication number: 20200225421
    Abstract: A connector is disclosed that includes a housing and first and second attachment areas located in the housing and spaced apart from each other along the mating direction of the connector. The second, but not the first, attachment area is designed to move relative to the housing. The connector further includes an optical waveguide that is permanently attached to, and under a first bending force between, the first and second attachment areas. The connector also includes a light coupling unit located in the housing for receiving light from the optical waveguide and transmitting the received light to a mating connector along a direction different than the mating direction of the connector. The mating of the connector to the mating connector causes the optical waveguide to be under a greater second bending force between the first and second attachment areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Michael A. Haase, Terry L. Smith, Barry J. Koch, Ding Wang, Alexander R. Mathews
  • Patent number: 10707471
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and systems for interconnecting all of the battery cells in a battery module from a single side of the battery cell and module are provided. The cell busbar system comprises a number of thin formed strips arranged to interconnect individual battery cells in a row together in series and each row in parallel along a length of the battery module. In particular, the cell busbar system may include two high voltage, or edge, strips and a number of cell-to-cell, or internal, strips electrically interconnected to the edge strips. All of the battery cells in the battery module may be oriented such that all of the positive terminals are facing the same direction. The interconnections between series-connected rows of cells, and parallel rows of series-connected rows, may all be made in substantially the same plane on a single side of the battery module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin L. Newman, Alexander J. Smith
  • Publication number: 20200203941
    Abstract: A laminated busbar assembly includes positive and negative leads supported by an insulative layer. The insulative layer as well as the positive and negative leads are thin and flexible, thus facilitating connection of the positive and negative leads with the terminals of the electric cells of a battery module. The laminated busbar assembly may include voltage measurement wires and/or temperature sensors for measuring voltage and/or temperature, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Adam H. Ing, Shubham Saurav, Alexander J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10690870
    Abstract: An optical communication subassembly includes one or more optoelectronic devices, one or more optical elements, and a transceiver light coupling unit. Each optical element is configured to change a divergence of the outgoing light relative to a divergence of the incoming light and is spaced apart from and optically aligned with a corresponding optoelectronic device. The transceiver light coupling unit has a mating surface configured for mating with a connector light coupling unit attached to an optical waveguide. A mating direction of the optical light coupling unit forms an angle with the mating surface of the transceiver light coupling unit such that when the connector light coupling unit mates with the transceiver light coupling unit, the angle between the mating direction of the connector light coupling unit and the mating surface of the transceiver light coupling unit causes the optical waveguide to bend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Terry L. Smith, Barry J. Koch, Michael A. Haase, Alexander R. Mathews
  • Patent number: 10682920
    Abstract: Battery charging systems and the operations thereof are provided. The battery charging systems provide fast charging. The battery charging systems include a charging unit, a battery, a battery management system, and a number of sensors and battery monitors. The battery includes one or more cells. The battery charging systems include a fast-charge profile including a number of stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10680503
    Abstract: An electrical machine including a rotor and a stator, at least one of the rotor and stator being provided with superconducting first electrical windings; and a set of one or more screen electrical windings, provided in the form of one or more further superconducting electrical windings, arranged around and radially outward of the first electrical windings; wherein the set of screen electrical windings is arranged to be supplied with an electrical current for generating a magnetic field of suitable magnitude and phase to reduce the magnitude of the magnetic field, generated at least by the first electrical windings during operation of the electrical machine, radially outwards of the screen electrical windings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Stephen Williamson, Alexander C Smith, John J A Cullen, Ellis F H Chong
  • Publication number: 20200173907
    Abstract: No reliable test presently exists for predicting the amount or type of corrosion a metal surface may experience during field use, particularly when the corrosion can be a result of both acid-induced corrosion and microorganism-induced corrosion mechanisms. Apparatuses affording more field-like testing conditions may comprise: a one-pass fluid train comprising a reservoir configured to maintain a fluid at a first temperature state under anoxic conditions; a pre-conditioning chamber in fluid communication with the reservoir and configured to receive a defined volume of the fluid; an autoclave chamber having an impeller in fluid communication with the pre-conditioning chamber that is configured to receive the defined volume of the fluid from the pre-conditioning chamber; and one or more sampling receptacles in fluid communication with the autoclave chamber that are configured to receive the defined volume of the fluid while maintaining anoxic conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Dennis R. Enning, Ramsey J. Smith, Jeffrey D. Spitzenberger, Alexander J. Dulin, Oleg Y. Melnichenko, James K. Backman, William Farrell, Kurt R. Grice, Michael Scudiero