Patents by Inventor Allen P. Smith

Allen P. 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: 10361103
    Abstract: A thermal system includes: a base member including at least one fluid passageway in which a two-phase fluid is disposed; a tuning layer secured to the base member; and a control system. The pressure of the two-phase fluid is controlled such that the two-phase fluid provides at least one of heating and cooling to the base member. The tuning layer includes a plurality of zones. The control system includes a plurality of sets of power lines in communication with the tuning layer, and a plurality of addressable control elements in electrical communication with the power lines and with the tuning layer. The control elements provide selective control of the tuning layer zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Kevin R. Smith, Kevin Ptasienski, Ray Alan Derler, Cal T. Swanson, Philip S. Schmidt, Mohammad Nosrati, Jacob R. Lindley, Allen N. Boldt, Sanhong Zhang, Louis P. Steinhauser, Dennis S. Grimard
  • Patent number: 10321264
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and systems relating to location-based services such as providing a geofencing, outputting location-based information on a mobile device, varying transmissions to and from a mobile device, and providing location-based alerts. More specifically, a method can include receiving a task on a mobile device, associating the task with a location, generating a geofence around the location associated with the task, tracking a current location of a the mobile device, and generating an alert associated with the task when the current location is within the geofence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Alan Phillips, Frank Schroth, Geoffrey M. Palmer, Stefan G. Zielinski, Allen P. Smith, Colin M. Cunningham, III
  • Publication number: 20180124564
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and systems relating to location-based services such as providing a geofencing, outputting location-based information on a mobile device, varying transmissions to and from a mobile device, and providing location-based alerts. More specifically, a method can include receiving a task on a mobile device, associating the task with a location, generating a geofence around the location associated with the task, tracking a current location of a the mobile device, and generating an alert associated with the task when the current location is within the geofence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Alan Phillips, Frank Schroth, Geoffrey M. Palmer, Stefan G. Zielinski, Allen P. Smith, Colin M. Cunningham, III
  • Patent number: 9668096
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and systems relating to location-based services such as providing a geofence, outputting location-based information on a mobile device, varying transmissions to and from a mobile device, and providing location-based alerts. More specifically, a method can include obtaining a first physical location of a mobile device; and generating a geofence on the mobile device based on the first physical location. The methods and systems also provide the capability to generate a geofence based on one or more physical locations of a mobile device over a course of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Alan Philips, Frank Schroth, Geoffrey M. Palmer, Stefan G. Zielinski, Allen P. Smith, Colin M. Cunningham, III
  • Patent number: 9654923
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and systems relating to location-based services such as providing a geofencing, outputting location-based information on a mobile device, varying transmissions to and from a mobile device, and providing location-based alerts. More specifically, a method can include receiving data defining a geofence, monitoring a current location, comparing the current location with the geofence, determining that the current location is within the geofence, and in response altering the state of an application on the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Phillips, Frank Schroth, Geoffrey M. Palmer, Stefan G. Zielinski, Allen P. Smith, Colin M. Cunningham, III
  • Publication number: 20150163632
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and systems relating to location-based services such as providing a location-aware game environment executing on a mobile device. More specifically, a method can include executing a location-aware game, monitoring a physical location corresponding to a mobile device, and triggering an action or event within the game environment based on information associated with the physical location of the mobile device. The methods and systems also provide the capability to alter the simulated environment within the game based on physical location associated with other players within a multi-player game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Inventors: Alan Phillips, Frank Schroth, Geoffrey M. Palmer, Stefan G. Zielinski, Allen P. Smith, Colin M. Cunningham, III
  • Publication number: 20150148078
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and systems relating to location-based services such as providing a geofence, outputting location-based information on a mobile device, varying transmissions to and from a mobile device, and providing location-based alerts. More specifically, a method can include obtaining a first physical location of a mobile device; and generating a geofence on the mobile device based on the first physical location. The methods and systems also provide the capability to generate a geofence based on one or more physical locations of a mobile device over a course of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Alan Phillips, Frank Schroth, Geoffrey M. Palmer, Stefan G. Zielinski, Allen P. Smith, Colin M. Cunningham, III
  • Publication number: 20150065177
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and systems relating to location-based services such as providing a geofencing, outputting location-based information on a mobile device, varying transmissions to and from a mobile device, and providing location-based alerts. More specifically, a method can include receiving data defining a geofence, monitoring a current location, comparing the current location with the geofence, determining that the current location is within the geofence, and in response altering the state of an application on the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Alan Phillips, Frank Schroth, Geoffrey M. Palmer, Stefan G. Zielinski, Allen P. Smith, Colin M. Cunningham, III
  • Patent number: 8909248
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and systems relating to location-based services such as providing a geofencing, outputting location-based information on a mobile device, varying transmissions to and from a mobile device, and providing location-based alerts. More specifically, a method can include receiving a task on a mobile device, associating the task with a location, generating a geofence around the location associated with the task, tracking a current location of a the mobile device, and generating an alert associated with the task when the current location is within the geofence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Phillips, Frank Schroth, Geoffrey M. Palmer, Stefan G. Zielinski, Allen P. Smith, Colin M. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 8862150
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and systems relating to location-based services such as providing a geofencing, outputting location-based information on a mobile device, varying transmissions to and from a mobile device, and providing location-based alerts. More specifically, a method can include receiving a selected location on a mobile device, monitoring a current location of the mobile device, determining when the current location of the mobile device is within the geofence, and initiating an action on the mobile device associated with the geofence and the selected location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Phillips, Frank Schroth, Geoffrey M. Palmer, Stefan G. Zielinski, Allen P. Smith, Colin M. Cunningham, III
  • Publication number: 20120129553
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and systems relating to location-based services such as providing a geofencing, outputting location-based information on a mobile device, varying transmissions to and from a mobile device, and providing location-based alerts. More specifically, a method can include receiving a selected location on a mobile device, monitoring a current location of the mobile device, determining when the current location of the mobile device is within the geofence, and initiating an action on the mobile device associated with the geofence and the selected location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Phillips, Frank Sehroth, Geoffrey M. Palmer, Stefan G. Zielinski, Allen P. Smith, Colin M. Cunningham
  • Publication number: 20120126974
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and systems relating to location-based services such as providing a geofencing, outputting location-based information on a mobile device, varying transmissions to and from a mobile device, and providing location-based alerts. More specifically, a method can include receiving a task on a mobile device, associating the task with a location, generating a geofence around the location associated with the task, tracking a current location of a the mobile device, and generating an alert associated with the task when the current location is within the geofence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Phillips, Frank Schroth, Geoffrey M. Palmer, Stefan G. Zielinski, Allen P. Smith, Colin M. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 7848765
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and systems relating to location-based services such as social networking, providing demographic information, tracking mobile devices, providing business information, providing an adaptable user interface, remotely effecting a change on a portable electronic device, providing a geofence, outputting location-based information on a mobile device, varying transmissions to and from a mobile device, providing location-based alerts, verifying transactions and tailoring information to the behavior of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Where, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Phillips, Frank Schroth, Geoffrey M. Palmer, Stefan G. Zielinski, Allen P. Smith, Colin M. Cunningham, III
  • Patent number: 6517297
    Abstract: A chuck 30,232 includes a pair of jaws 178,304,306 which are located within an axial opening 114,246 of a body 106,234 for receipt of a shank of a bit therein. A roller 186,238 is located in a slot 134,272 of the body 106,234 and can be pressed into the shank of the bit to clamp the shank between the jaws 178,304,306 and the roller. A sleeve 196,240 is biased and structured to normally urge the roller 186,238 into the shank-pressing position, and is movable relative to the body 106,234 to facilitate removal of the shank from the chuck 30,232.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Cochran, Michael L. Obanion, Allen P. Smith
  • Publication number: 20010046421
    Abstract: A chuck 30, 232 includes a pair of jaws 178, 304, 306 which are located within an axial opening 114, 246 of a body 106, 234 for receipt of a shank of a bit therein. A roller 186, 238 is located in a slot 134, 272 of the body 106, 234 and can be pressed into the shank of the bit to clamp the shank between the jaws 178, 304, 306 and the roller. A sleeve 196, 240 is biased and structured to normally urge the roller 186, 238 into the shank-pressing position, and is movable relative to the body 106, 234 to facilitate removal of the shank from the chuck 30, 232.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Publication date: November 29, 2001
    Inventors: John R. Cochran, Michael L. Obanion, Allen P. Smith
  • Patent number: 6224304
    Abstract: A bit attaching arrangement for a power tool has a collet nut threadably engaging a rotatably driven shaft of the power tool. The collet nut has a plurality of slots positioned on an outer peripheral surface. A first gear is disposed on the shaft so that rotation of the first gear causes rotation of the shaft. An actuating member having a second gear associated therewith is attached to the housing of the power tool. The actuating member also has a slot-engaging extension associated therewith. The actuating member is positionable between a first position and a second position. In the first position, the second gear engages the first gear and the extension engages one of the slots of the collet nut such that rotation of the actuating member results in rotation of the shaft while maintaining the collet nut at a generally fixed rotational location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen P. Smith, Dale K. Wheeler
  • Patent number: 5800940
    Abstract: A battery retention latch (50, 140) comprises an annular ring member (52, 142), a release button (54, 172, 174) and a spring arm (156, 190, 192, 194, 196). The annular ring (52, 142) retains a battery pack (26) in a cordless device (20, 120) regardless of the annular orientation of the battery pack (26) about a casing axis. The spring arm (56, 190, 192, 194, 196) maintains the ring (52, 142) in a normally engaged position and upon depressing the push button (54, 172, 174), the battery (26) may be removed from the device (20, 120).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Roderick F. Bunyea, Alvydas P. Karasa, Philip T. Miller, Allen P. Smith
  • Patent number: 5718985
    Abstract: A battery retention latch (50, 140) comprises an annular ring member (52, 142), a release button (54, 172, 174) and a spring arm (156, 190, 192, 194, 196). The annular ring (52, 142) retains a battery pack (26) in a cordless device (20, 120) regardless of the annular orientation of the battery pack (26) about a casing axis. The spring arm (56, 190, 192, 194, 196) maintains the ring (52, 142) in a normally engaged position and upon depressing the push button (54, 172, 174), the battery (26) may be removed from the device (20, 120).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1998
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Roderick F. Bunyea, Alvydas P. Karasa, Philip T. Miller, Allen P. Smith
  • Patent number: 5681667
    Abstract: A battery retention latch (50, 140) comprises an annular ring member (52, 142), a release button (54, 172, 174) and a spring arm (156, 190, 192, 194, 196). The annular ring (52, 142) retains a battery pack (26) in a cordless device (20, 120) regardless of the annular orientation of the battery pack (26) about a casing axis. The spring arm (56, 190, 192, 194, 196) maintains the ring (52, 142) in a normally engaged position and upon depressing the push button (54, 172, 174), the battery (26) may be removed from the device (20, 120).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Roderick F. Bunyea, Alvydas P. Karasa, Philip T. Miller, Allen P. Smith
  • Patent number: 5663011
    Abstract: A battery retention latch (350) comprises a retaining member (354), a release button (356) and a cam element (362). A biasing member 358 maintains the retention catch in a normally engaged position. The cam element (362) retains a battery pack (26) in a cordless device (352) regardless of the annular orientation of the battery pack (26) about a casing axis. A holding device (382, 394) maintains the battery (26) in the cavity (34) against a spring ejecting force such that the battery (26) partially extends from the device (352) enabling the battery (26) to be removed from the device (352).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Roderick F. Bunyea, Alfred H. Judge, Alvydas P. Karasa, Philip T. Miller, Allen P. Smith, Thomas J. Wheeler