Patents by Inventor Brian A. Fisher

Brian A. Fisher 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: 7743887
    Abstract: A clip for maintaining a first side rail of a first ladder adjacent to a second side rail of a second ladder which is in series with the first side rail. The clip includes a first portion connected to a support element and a second portion connected to the support element. The first portion, second portion and support element are one continuous piece. The first portion defines a hooking engagement with the first side rail and the second portion defines a receiving engagement with the second side rail. The first and second portion opening from opposite sides of the support element, respectively, which conform to the portion of the respective side rail that it receives for removably and frictionally holding the respective side rails in a self-gripping and form-fitting manner such that the side rails are maintained adjacent and in series to each other so that no damage is possible to the ladders by relative movement of the side rails under dynamic conditions brought about by motion during transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Werner Co.
    Inventors: Kyle G. Astor, Shannon Brightbill, Brian Fisher, Joseph Dangrow
  • Patent number: 7690509
    Abstract: A flat blade windshield wiper blade (12) has a naturally elongated curve with a delicate wiper element (16) to be protected during shipping and display for retail sales purposes. A protective package (12) surrounds the wiper (12). The package (12) is made from a single piece of sheet stock and includes a flexible, outwardly bowed front panel (24), a back panel (26), and opposing left (30) and right (28) side panels adjoining respective sides of the front (24) and back (26) panels. Top (32) and bottom (34) end flaps extend between the front (24) and back (26) panels for forcing the front (24) panel to form in a generally semi-cylindrical configuration bowed outwardly relative to the back panel (26). The wiper (12) is disposed in a shipping condition in the package (12), with a connector (22) feature of the wiper (12) bearing in direct pressing contact with the bowed front panel (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul World Wide, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Herring, Deborah Herring, legal representative, Richard Stibbe, Mike McKee, Brian Fisher
  • Publication number: 20090318756
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system for overlaying ultrasound imagery on a laparoscopic camera display. The system may include a laparoscope configured to capture a laparoscopic image of a surgical field and a laparoscopic ultrasound probe configured to capture an ultrasonic image of a structure in the surgical field. The system may further include a tracking system configured to detect a position and orientation of the laparoscope and a position and orientation of the laparoscopic ultrasound probe. The system may further include data associated with the laparoscope wherein the data indicates a distortion in the laparoscopic image. The system may further include a computer configured to receive the laparoscopic image, the ultrasonic image and the distortion data associated with the laparoscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicant: SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: James Brian FISHER, Steven P. BOWERS, Kent R. Van Sickle, Warren Carl COUVILLION, JR., Robert D. WRIGHT, Jeremy W. CANNON
  • Publication number: 20090165267
    Abstract: A clip for maintaining a first side rail of a first ladder adjacent to a second side rail of a second ladder which is in series with the first side rail. The clip includes a first portion connected to a support element and a second portion connected to the support element. The first portion, second portion and support element are one continuous piece. The first portion defines a hooking engagement with the first side rail and the second portion defines a receiving engagement with the second side rail. The first and second portion opening from opposite sides of the support element, respectively, which conform to the portion of the respective side rail that it receives for removably and frictionally holding the respective side rails in a self-gripping and form-fitting manner such that the side rails are maintained adjacent and in series to each other so that no damage is possible to the ladders by relative movement of the side rails under dynamic conditions brought about by motion during transportation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Inventors: Kyle G. Astor, Shannon Brightbill, Brian Fisher, Joseph Dangrow
  • Publication number: 20090102746
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system which may allow a user to visualize and/or monitor motor activities during, e.g., rehabilitation exercises and/or athletic training. The system may include a camera that may be configured to capture images of a user performing a motor activity. The system may also include a computer configured to receive the captured images from the camera while the user is performing the motor activity. The computer may be further configured to provide static and dynamic augmentation of the captured images. The system may further include a display for the user. The display may be configured to receive the augmented captured images from the computer and to display the augmented captured images to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Applicant: SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: James Brian FISHER, Fred Henry PREVIC
  • Publication number: 20080073246
    Abstract: A flat blade windshield wiper blade (12) has a naturally elongated curve with a delicate wiper element (16) to be protected during shipping and display for retail sales purposes. A protective package (12) surrounds the wiper (12). The package (12) is made from a single piece of sheet stock and includes a flexible, outwardly bowed front panel (24), a back panel (26), and opposing left (30) and right (28) side panels adjoining respective sides of the front (24) and back (26) panels. Top (32) and bottom (34) end flaps extend between the front (24) and back (26) panels for forcing the front (24) panel to form in a generally semi-cylindrical configuration bowed outwardly relative to the back panel (26). The wiper (12) is disposed in a shipping condition in the package (12), with a connector (22) feature of the wiper (12) bearing in direct pressing contact with the bowed front panel (24).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventors: Richard Herring, Richard Stibbe, Mike McKee, Brian Fisher, Deborah Herring
  • Publication number: 20070213606
    Abstract: A device for providing an indication of moisture present in skin of a user includes a device body including a skin contact portion. A sensor circuit is located in the device body. The sensor circuit is configured to produce an output signal having a signal value that corresponds to moisture level in the skin with the skin contact portion in contact with the skin at a skin measurement location. A controller is in communication with the sensor circuit and is configured to determine the signal value of the output signal. The controller stores a first signal value in memory corresponding to a first output signal produced with the skin contact portion in contact with the skin of the user at a first skin measurement location. The controller stores a second signal value in memory corresponding to a second output signal generated with the contact portion in contact with the skin of the user at a second skin measurement location different from the first skin measurement location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Publication date: September 13, 2007
    Inventors: Faiz Sherman, Vladimir Gartstein, David Moore, Carl Margraf, Brian Fisher
  • Publication number: 20070207404
    Abstract: A method for reducing line edge roughness (LER) in a layer of photoresist is provided. In accordance with the method, a layer of photoresist is applied to a substrate. The layer of photoresist is then patterned and annealed in an atmosphere comprising at least one gas selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, nitrogen and fluorine-containing materials. Preferably, the anneal is performed after patterning the photoresist, but either immediately after, or subsequent to, the trim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Publication date: September 6, 2007
    Inventors: Jinmiao Shen, Jonathan Cobb, William Darlington, Brian Fisher, Mark Hall, Vikas Sheth, Mehul Shroff, James Vasek
  • Publication number: 20070191694
    Abstract: Methods provide for measuring moisture content of skin, such as the scalp. More particularly, the present invention is directed to a method comprising the steps of: (a) providing a means for measuring skin moisture content; (b) using said means for measuring skin moisture content to obtain at least two measured moisture content values from skin; (c) comparing said at least two measured moisture content values with each other to obtain a measured moisture content differential; and (d) correlating said measured moisture content differential to a skin moisture value for said skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Publication date: August 16, 2007
    Inventors: Faiz Sherman, Vladimir Gartstein, David Moore, Carl Margraf, Brian Fisher
  • Publication number: 20070190006
    Abstract: Methods provide for measuring moisture content of skin, such as the scalp. More particularly, the present invention is directed to a method comprising the steps of: (a) providing a means for measuring skin moisture content; (b) using the means for measuring skin moisture content to obtain at least one measured moisture content value for the skin; (c) correlating the measured moisture content value to a skin moisture value for the skin; and (d) using the skin moisture value to assess health state of the skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Publication date: August 16, 2007
    Inventors: Faiz Sherman, Vladimir Gartstein, David Moore, Carl Margraf, Brian Fisher
  • Publication number: 20070056859
    Abstract: A device is provided for measuring the moisture content of skin, such as the scalp. The device comprises (a) a body portion containing a sensor circuit therein, said sensor circuit operable to generate a signal correlated to the moisture content of said scalp, said body portion having a first color; (b) a removable cover attached to said body portion, said cover having a second color; and (c) said first color and said second color match a color scheme of a personal care product thereby signaling at least one performance characteristic of said device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Publication date: March 15, 2007
    Inventors: Faiz Sherman, Vladimir Gartstein, David Moore, Carl Margraf, Brian Fisher
  • Publication number: 20070054261
    Abstract: Methods provide for measuring scalp moisture content of a consumer. More particularly, the present invention is directed to a method comprising the steps of: (a) collecting input information from said consumer regarding a plurality of characteristics associated with hair and scalp condition of said consumer; (b) providing a moisture meter for measuring said scalp moisture content; (c) using said meter to obtain at least two measured moisture content values from head of said consumer; (d) using said input information collected in step (a) and said measured moisture content values obtained in step (c) to recommend at least one hair care product that will be effective for said consumer in improving health for said hair and scalp of said consumer; and (e) providing said consumer with information regarding said at least one hair care product thereby allowing said consumer to use said at least one hair care product to provide optimum health for said hair and scalp of said consumer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Publication date: March 8, 2007
    Inventors: Faiz Sherman, Vladimir Gartstein, David Moore, Carl Margraf, Brian Fisher, Adam Stamper, Colin Kelly, Claire Alexander
  • Publication number: 20070045047
    Abstract: A clip for maintaining a first side rail of a first ladder adjacent to a second side rail of a second ladder which is in series with the first side rail. The clip includes a first portion connected to a support element and a second portion connected to the support element. The first portion, second portion and support element are one continuous piece. The first portion defines a hooking engagement with the first side rail and the second portion defines a receiving engagement with the second side rail. The first and second portion opening from opposite sides of the support element, respectively, which conform to the portion of the respective side rail that it receives for removably and frictionally holding the respective side rails in a self-gripping and form-fitting manner such that the side rails are maintained adjacent and in series to each other so that no damage is possible to the ladders by relative movement of the side rails under dynamic conditions brought about by motion during transportation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2005
    Publication date: March 1, 2007
    Inventors: Kyle Astor, Shannon Brightbill, Brian Fisher, Joseph Dangrow
  • Publication number: 20060247608
    Abstract: A laser-based refractive surgery system includes a laser source including a laser controller, wherein at least a portion of the incident beam is directed to target eye tissue of a patient. The incident beam portion produces a reflected beam after striking the eye tissue. The system includes at least one detector for detecting the reflected beam. A computer or data processor is communicably coupled to the detector and the laser controller. The computer or data processor generates a cross-correlation function using a plurality of discrete points which digitally represent a waveform representation of the reflected beam and a plurality of reference points. The reference points are preferably associated with a digital representation of the incident beam. The laser controller receives and utilizes the cross-correlation function or parameter derived therefrom, or the ablation rate, and adjusts at least one operating parameter of the laser beam in real-time during a refractive procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Publication date: November 2, 2006
    Inventors: David Hahn, Brian Fisher
  • Publication number: 20060105568
    Abstract: A method for forming a semiconductor device (10) includes forming an organic anti-reflective coating (OARC) layer (18) over the semiconductor device (10). A tetra-ethyl-ortho-silicate (TEOS) layer (20) is formed over the OARC layer (18). The TEOS layer (20) is exposed to oxygen-based plasma at a temperature of at most about 300 degrees Celsius. In an alternative embodiment, the TEOS layer (20) is first exposed to a nitrogen-based plasma before being exposed to the oxygen-based plasma. A photoresist layer (22) is formed over the TEOS layer (20) and patterned. By applying oxygen based plasma and nitrogen based plasma to the TEOS layer (20) before applying photoresist, pattern defects are reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Publication date: May 18, 2006
    Inventors: Jin Shen, Brian Fisher, Mark Hall, Kurt Junker, Vikas Sheth, Mehul Shroff
  • Patent number: 6314608
    Abstract: A wiper blade for a windshield wiper blade refill includes a crown located at the top of the wiper blade. The bottom of the wiper blade has a windshield-engaging lip. A neck extends from the crown toward the lip, and the neck increases in width in a direction away from the crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: Cooper Automotive Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian A. Fisher, Donald W. Stratton
  • Patent number: 6163922
    Abstract: A wiper blade for a windshield wiper blade refill includes a crown located at the top of the wiper blade. The bottom of the wiper blade has a windshield-engaging lip. A neck extends from the crown toward the lip, and the neck increases in width in a direction away from the crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Cooper Automotive Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian A. Fisher, Donald W. Stratton
  • Patent number: 5689928
    Abstract: A roof drain for draining rain water from a flat roof comprises a conduit, with a roof flange, a strainer for straining debris from the water entering the drain, having an openable cap. The roof flange extends peripherally outwardly around the top of the conduit, and provides a connection between the surface of the roof. The conduit provides a connection with a drainage pipe located beneath the surface of the roof. The roof flange has a flat outer top surface and an recessed inner portion with a shoulder connecting the inner and outer portions of the roof flange. The strainer includes a hollow strainer basket with open bottom and top faces and side walls containing a plurality of apertures, and a strainer flange extending peripherally outwardly around the bottom edge of the side walls of the strainer basket. The outside dimension of the strainer flange is sized to fit within the recessed portion of the roof flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: Metalcraft Spinning & Stamping (Tor.) Ltd.
    Inventor: Neil Brian Fisher Rasksen
  • Patent number: D552486
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Federal Mogul World Wide, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Herring, Richard Stibbe, Mike McKee, Brian Fisher
  • Patent number: H1036
    Abstract: A windshield wiper boot made by blow moulding a thermoplastic elastomer. The selected thermoplastic elastomer advantageously does not absorb moisture and will not stick to itself, thereby obviating the need for a release agent wash. The blow moulding process results in a boot of superior finish and permits the boot to be formed with a thickened saddle area where it is fastened to a windshield wiper superstructure for connection to a wiper arm and also to carry identifying logos and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Inventor: Brian A. Fisher