Patents by Inventor Andrew Allen

Andrew Allen 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: 20180340712
    Abstract: Thermoelectric energy storage system and an associated method are disclosed. The thermoelectric energy storage system includes a first refrigeration system, a power system, a first thermal storage unit, and a second thermal storage unit. The first refrigeration system includes a first heat exchanger, a first compressor, a second heat exchanger, and a first expander. The first heat exchanger is disposed upstream relative to the first compressor. The power system includes a third heat exchanger, a second compressor, a fourth heat exchanger, a fifth heat exchanger, and a second expander. The third heat exchanger is disposed upstream relative to the fourth heat exchanger. The fifth heat exchanger is disposed downstream relative to the second expander. The first thermal storage unit is coupled to the first heat exchanger and the fifth heat exchanger. The second thermal storage unit is coupled to the first refrigeration system and the power system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: Andrew Maxwell PETER, Douglas Carl HOFER, Roger Allen SHISLER, Chiranjeev KALRA, Andrew Paul MANN
  • Patent number: 10139381
    Abstract: A toilet is disclosed which, in general, includes a toilet bowl and a housing. The toilet bowl includes multiple apertures and a blower, wherein the blower is fluidly connected to one or more of the apertures. The housing is fluidly connected to the blower. The housing includes a gas permeable substrate and a gas chemical sensor. The gas permeable substrate comprises a first side, a second side, intercalated sorbent media, and a rapid desorption heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Dan Allen, Steven Butala, Andrew Davis, Justin Robinson
  • Publication number: 20180334669
    Abstract: We disclose a method of tagging a variety of pharmaceutical or nutritional products in which well-studied chemicals may be added to the products in unique ratios. The identities of the chemicals and their relative ratios comprise unique taggants. The taggants may identify which of multiple distinct categories the product falls within. The method includes the step of systematically varying the relative concentrations of the chemicals resulting in multiple ratios of the chemicals. The plurality of ratios of a defined set of chemicals may be collected to form a library of taggants associated with specified items or categories. As the number of chemicals added per product increases, the library supports more categories and the system is less likely to produce a false positive. The method may result in a series of taggants for each item which is single fault tolerant or double fault tolerant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Steven J.M. Butala, Dan Allen, Andrew Nguyen, Conrad Rosenbrock, Ben Swenson, Daniel Hendricks, Joe Fox
  • Publication number: 20180336516
    Abstract: A system for monitoring inventory items, with each inventory item being associated with a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag. The system comprises a check-in station for checking in inventory items. The check-in station comprises a first reader antenna for receiving information from RFID tags of inventory items being checked in, and a first indicator for providing an indication of the inventory items being checked in. The system additionally comprises a check-out station for checking out inventory items. The check-out station comprises a second reader antenna for receiving information from RFID tags of inventory items being checked out, and a second indicator for providing an indication of the inventory items being checked out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: O-Ring Sales & Service, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Allen Johnson, Jonathan Peter Hansen, Adam Lewis O'Hara
  • Publication number: 20180338044
    Abstract: An initial data center can be selected to host a communication session between multiple participants. This data center can be initially selected based, at least in part, on a first set of effective distances (e.g., representing distances between the initial data center and the first group of participants modified by effective distance factors). For example, the data center closest to the centroid can be selected. The effective distance factor (or weighting) can be based on one or more of the participant's device/driver type, the participant's network type, the participant's connection type, and a participant weighting factor. Then, as the multiple participants on the conference session change or the effective distances change (e.g., based on a change in connectivity), a second data center can be selected to host the communication session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Amer Hassan, Gareth Lyndon Eadred Bridges, Bradford R. Clark, Timothy R. Allen, Russell Andrew Penar
  • Publication number: 20180335427
    Abstract: We disclose a tag for tracking and identifying pharmaceutical and nutritional products. The tag includes a paramagnetic microparticle which is connected to at least one unique and detectable chemical. The chemical may be coated on the paramagnetic microparticle or connected through functional groups. The tags may be too large to be taken into the bloodstream and therefore remain in the user's gastrointestinal tract. The tags may be fully or partially isolated from feces for analysis. The tags are attracted to an external electromagnetic force but are not magnetically attracted to each other. Consequently, the tags are safe to ingest. The tags may vary in volume or mass so as to be separable according to mass. The tags may be non-spherical in shape thus increasing the surface area to volume ratio and increasing the amount of chemical which may be attached as a taggant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Steven J.M. Butala, Dan Allen, Andrew Nguyen, Conrad Rosenbrock, Ben Swenson, Daniel Hendricks, Travis Niederhauser, Terrece Pearman, Joe Fox
  • Patent number: 10130619
    Abstract: The present invention is related to amino thiazole derivatives of Formula (I), pharmaceutical composition thereof and to their use for the treatment and/or prophylaxis of disorders or conditions related to Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidase (NADPH Oxidase).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GENKYOTEX SUISSE SA
    Inventors: Peter Machin, Andrew Sharpe, Christopher James Lock, Mark S. Chambers, Alastair Hodges, Vivienne Allen, John M. Ellard
  • Publication number: 20180331150
    Abstract: A semiconductor wafer has a plurality of non-rectangular semiconductor die with an image sensor region. The non-rectangular semiconductor die has a circular, elliptical, and shape with non-linear side edges form factor. The semiconductor wafer is singulated with plasma etching to separate the non-rectangular semiconductor die. A curved surface is formed in the image sensor region of the non-rectangular semiconductor die. The non-rectangular form factor effectively removes a portion of the base substrate material in a peripheral region of the semiconductor die to reduce stress concentration areas and neutralize buckling in the curved surface of the image sensor region. A plurality of openings or perforations can be formed in a peripheral region of a rectangular or non-rectangular semiconductor die to reduce stress concentration areas and neutralize buckling. A second semiconductor die can be formed in an area of the semiconductor wafer between the non-rectangular semiconductor die.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ulrich BOETTIGER, Marc Allen SULFRIDGE, Andrew Eugene PERKINS
  • Patent number: 10127331
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems are used for three-dimensional models for three-dimensional makers to indicate engineering requirements. In an example, operations may be effectuated that include displaying a graphical user interface including an object in a three-dimensional (3D) space and receiving first data that includes a link between a flag and a component of the object. The flag may be indicative of an engineering requirement associated with the component of the object. The flag in the 3D space approximate to the component of the object may be displayed based on the received data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: David D. Briggs, Lloyd James Milton, Andrew Allen Kevin Austill, Anthony Robert Davies, Gregory Dean Lane
  • Publication number: 20180321218
    Abstract: We disclose an in-toilet urinalysis system which includes a system for collection urine and for analysis of urine components using aptamer technology. Urine collection system may dispense urine into cuvettes, channels, or other containers that include aptamers. The aptamers may detect target molecules in urine. The aptamers may measure urine analytes, detect excreted drugs or drug metabolites, or disease markers. Upon binding to the target molecule, the aptamers may produce a signal which a sensor in the toilet may detect. In some embodiments, the signal may be electrochemical, fluorescent, or colorimetric. The measurements obtained from analysis of the urine may be used to assess a user's health or diagnose disease. In some embodiments, the measurements are stored in a controller which may transmit the measurements to a healthcare provider for assessment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Dan Allen, Conrad Rosenbrock, Daniel Hendricks, Andrew Nguyen, Steven J.M. Butala, Travis Niederhauser, Terrece Pearman, Joe Fox
  • Publication number: 20180313805
    Abstract: We disclose a method of using taggants to assess how and to what extent a drug in a drug composition has decayed in response to environmental conditions and time. The taggants may decay in response to environmental conditions which cause drugs to lose their efficacy. The decay may occur due to improper storage or excursions into certain environmental conditions. These environmental conditions may include light, temperature, moisture, oxidation, and age. By including taggants that have different decay characteristics, the environmental condition that caused the decay may be determined. The amount of time the drug composition was exposed to the environmental condition and the amount of effective drug remaining may also be determined. The disclosed method may reduce the need for a unique assay for each drug to assess decay and determine shelf life. The disclosed method may also be used as a quality control technique for pharmaceutical products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Dan Allen, Conrad Rosenbrock, Daniel Hendricks, Andrew Nguyen, Steven J.M. Butala, Travis Niederhauser, Joe Fox, Terrece Pearman
  • Patent number: 10115081
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention monitor node usage in a transaction processing system. Embodiments include accessing a dynamic mapping of transaction flow in the transaction processing system, the dynamic mapping including a plurality of transaction pathways interconnected by transaction nodes, wherein the transaction nodes represent an automated processing step or action taken by a manual station of the transaction processing system on transactions files that are received at the transaction nodes; wherein the transaction processing system processes a transaction file at a first node and stores information corresponding to the first node and the type of processing that occurred at the first node with the transaction file; determining that the transaction file was processed at the first node; accessing the transaction file to determine the type of processing that occurred at the first node; and performing an action related to the type of processing that occurred at the first node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Gerald Smith, Joshua Allen Beaudry, Eric Dryer, Marshall Bright Thompson, Shawn Cart Gunsolley, Michael Matthew Wisser, Andrew Patrick Bastnagel, James F. Barrett, II
  • Publication number: 20180306824
    Abstract: We disclose a method of tagging nutritional or drug compositions using chemical entities which are known to be safely consumed and which are detectable using known techniques, including near IR spectroscopy. The chemical entities used as tags may be detected in easily obtainable biological samples, including urine and feces. The biological sample may be deposited into a medical toilet which may analyze the biological sample using an analytical device associated with the medical toilet. The tag may be identified and quantified to then identify and quantify the nutritional or drug composition the subject consumed along with the tag. This system may be used to track the source of a food or drug, confirm compliance to a prescribed diet or drug treatment, confirm drug consumption in clinical trials, identify the source of contaminated food, and identify the food substances used to produce food products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Dan Allen, Daniel Hendricks, Andrew Nguyen, Conrad Rosenbrock, Travis Niederhauser, Joe Fox, Terrece Pearman, Steven J.M. Butala
  • Publication number: 20180306826
    Abstract: We disclose a method of using taggants to assess how and to what extent a drug in a drug composition that a user has consumed has decayed in response to storage conditions and time. The taggants may decay in response to environmental conditions which cause different drugs to lose their efficacy. These environmental conditions may include light, temperature, oxidation, moisture, and age. The taggants may be detected in biological samples, including urine and feces. By identifying the taggants, the drug composition and other information relating to the drug may be identified. Additionally, quantification of the different taggants may be used to determine whether the drug in the drug composition has been exposed to environmental conditions which may reduce its efficacy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Dan Allen, Conrad Rosenbrock, Daniel Hendricks, Andrew Nguyen, Steven J.M. Butala, Travis Niederhauser, Terrece Pearman, Joe Fox
  • Publication number: 20180306825
    Abstract: We disclose a method of using taggants to assess how and to what extent a drug in a drug composition that a user has consumed has decayed in response to storage conditions and time. The taggants may decay in response to environmental conditions which cause different drugs to lose their efficacy. These environmental conditions may include light, temperature, oxidation, and age. The taggants may be detected in biological samples, including urine and feces. By identifying the taggants, the drug composition and other information relating to the drug may be identified. Additionally, quantification of the different taggants may be used to determine whether the drug in the drug composition has been exposed to environmental conditions which may reduce its efficacy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Dan Allen, Conrad Rosenbrock, Daniel Hendricks, Andrew Nguyen, Steven J.M. Butala, Travis Niederhauser, Terrece Pearman, Joe Fox
  • Patent number: 10102222
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for providing geographically relevant search results. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a geotoken for a resource. The geotoken can be a resource token that references a geographic location. A semantic geotoken can be selected using the received geotoken. The semantic geotoken is a standardized representation of the geographic location that includes one or more location-specific terms. The semantic geotoken is stored with a reference to the resource. Neighboring locations for the geographic location are determined. The neighboring locations are within a predetermined distance of the geographic location. Semantic geotokens for the neighboring locations are selected and stored with the reference to the resource. Data specifying the semantic geotokens and the reference to the resource are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Daniel F. Lieuwen, Andrew Hogue, Gregory Allen Morris, Denis M. Lynch
  • Patent number: 10100386
    Abstract: A method for preparing an article of a base metal alloyed with an alloying element includes the steps of preparing a compound mixture by the steps of providing a chemically reducible nonmetallic base-metal precursor compound of a base metal, providing a chemically reducible nonmetallic alloying-element precursor compound of an alloying element, and thereafter mixing the base-metal precursor compound and the alloying-element precursor compound to form a compound mixture. The compound mixture is thereafter reduced to a metallic alloy, without melting the metallic alloy. The step of preparing or the step of chemically reducing includes the step of adding an other additive constituent. The metallic alloy is thereafter consolidated to produce a consolidated metallic article, without melting the metallic alloy and without melting the consolidated metallic article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Andrew Philip Woodfield, Eric Allen Ott, Clifford Earl Shamblen, Michael Francis Xavier Gigliotti
  • Patent number: 10101126
    Abstract: An improved mounting device for enabling a user to quickly and securely attach and detach an accessory (e.g., a scope, light, bayonet, etc.) to a Magpul MLOK rail of a firearm. In a preferred embodiment of the present invention, the device comprises an upper portion, a lower portion, and at least one locking mechanism to enable a user to quickly removably attach the improved mounting device to an MLOK rail on a firearm. In a further preferred embodiment of the present invention, the device also comprises a side wedge and side wedge spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Matthew A. Sharron, Andrew Visinski, Josef Visinski, Dave Loeser, Darren Mellors, Charles Allen Lafferty, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20180284144
    Abstract: We disclose a drug tracking system and method of use which may be used to screen a subject's bodily waste in order to assess whether the subject has consumed a drug. The system includes a drug composition which is tagged with at least one artificial sweetener that may be detected in the subject's bodily waste. The subject may consume the tagged drug and a user may obtain a sample of the subject's bodily waste. The bodily waste sample may be analyzed to detect the artificial sweetener or its metabolite. In some embodiments, the result of the analysis of bodily waste may be entered into a database, compared to standards that comprises analyses of a plurality of drug tags, and the identity of the drug tag, and consequently the drug composition, determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Steven Butala, Dan Allen, Daniel Hendricks, Andrew Nguyen, Conrad Rosenbrock, Terrece Pearman
  • Publication number: 20180288300
    Abstract: Various embodiments herein each include at least one of systems, devices, methods, and software for overhead camera synchronization, such as with regard to a camera positioned above a POS terminal or other kiosk terminal type. One embodiment in the form of a method includes adjusting at least one of an exposure setting of an imaging device and lighting within a field of view of the imaging device to affect an exposure within an image captured by the imaging device. This method further includes capturing an image with the imaging device with the at least one of the exposure setting of the imaging device and the lighting within the field of view of the imaging device to achieve a desired exposure within the captured image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: John Crooks, Andrew Jeremy Adamec, Mark Allen Rambler