Patents by Inventor Brian D. Smith

Brian D. 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: 20120171900
    Abstract: In an electrical connector for an electric vehicle, the spring latch is not sealed; instead, the connector body has holes allowing water entering the spring latch mechanism to drain harmlessly out of the connector. A forward-facing LED or other light source acts as a flashlight. Once the connector is connected, the forward-facing LED is switched off, and a rear-facing LED or other light source is switched on to confirm that the connector is connected and capable of charging the vehicle. The connector is produced by overmolding in a three-layer configuration, where each layer is formed of a material having advantageous materials for that layer's position in the connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: General Cable Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Damien T. SEBALD, Brian D. SMITH
  • Patent number: 8074970
    Abstract: A fragrance disperser in one form includes a single fan that passes air over a wicked single or double fragrance. A second form has the fan reversible to provide two different airstreams that evaporate respective different fragrances one after the other. Where two fragrances are provided, the evaporation may be by respective electrical heaters. A fragrance source may be formed by two sheets joined together to form two chambers each receiving a respective wick and having respective exposed wick portions. The source may incorporate a source of electrical power. An alternative source has a reservoir for fragrance and a wick located in an air passage forming part of the source so that an air flow is guided through the passage past the wick to evaporate fragrance. Where two fragrances are provided, the fragrance sources may be located side-by-side and matching fragrances may have, for example, matching indicia on the sources so that the match can be easily determined visually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: CTR Consultoria Técnica e Representações Lda.
    Inventors: Richard P. H. Pankhurst, Brian D. Smith, Michael J. Evans
  • Patent number: 7926792
    Abstract: A fragrance disperser in one form includes a single fan that passes air over a wicked single or double fragrance. A second form has the fan reversible to provide two different airstreams that evaporate respective different fragrances one after the other. Where two fragrances are provided, the evaporation may be by respective electrical heaters. A fragrance source may be formed by two sheets joined together to form two chambers each receiving a respective wick and having respective exposed wick portions. The source may incorporate a source of electrical power. An alternative source has a reservoir for fragrance and a wick located in an air passage forming part of the source so that an air flow is guided through the passage past the wick to evaporate fragrance. Where two fragrances are provided, the fragrance sources may be located side-by-side and matching fragrances may have, for example, matching indicia on the sources so that the match can be easily determined visually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: CTR Consultoria Tecnica e Representacoes, Lda.
    Inventors: Richard P. H. Pankhurst, Brian D. Smith, Michael J. Evans
  • Patent number: 7841587
    Abstract: A fragrance disperser in one form includes a single fan that passes air over a wicked single or double fragrance. A second form has the fan reversible to provide two different airstreams that evaporate respective different fragrances one after the other. Where two fragrances are provided, the evaporation may be by respective electrical heaters. A fragrance source may be formed by two sheets joined together to form two chambers each receiving a respective wick and having respective exposed wick portions. The source may incorporate a source of electrical power. An alternative source has a reservoir for fragrance and a wick located in an air passage forming part of the source so that an air flow is guided through the passage past the wick to evaporate fragrance. Where two fragrances are provided, the fragrance sources may be located side-by-side and matching fragrances may have, for example, matching indicia on the sources so that the match can be easily determined visually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: CTR Consultoria Tecnica e Representacoes, Lda.
    Inventors: Richard P. H. Pankhurst, Brian D. Smith, Michael J. Evans
  • Patent number: 7748687
    Abstract: A fragrance disperser in one form includes a single fan that passes air over a wicked single or double fragrance. A second form has the fan reversible to provide two different airstreams that evaporate respective different fragrances one after the other. Where two fragrances are provided, the evaporation may be by respective electrical heaters. A fragrance source may be formed by two sheets joined together to form two chambers each receiving a respective wick and having respective exposed wick portions. The source may incorporate a source of electrical power. An alternative source has a reservoir for fragrance and a wick located in an air passage forming part of the source so that an air flow is guided through the passage past the wick to evaporate fragrance. Where two fragrances are provided, the fragrance sources may be located side-by-side and matching fragrances may have, for example, matching indicia on the sources so that the match can be easily determined visually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: CTR Consultoria Tecnica e Representacoes, Lda
    Inventors: Richard P. H. Pankhurst, Brian D. Smith, Michael J. Evans
  • Publication number: 20100163639
    Abstract: A fragrance disperser in one form includes a single fan that passes air over a wicked single or double fragrance. A second form has the fan reversible to provide two different airstreams that evaporate respective different fragrances one after the other. Where two fragrances are provided, the evaporation may be by respective electrical heaters. A fragrance source may be formed by two sheets joined together to form two chambers each receiving a respective wick and having respective exposed wick portions. The source may incorporate a source of electrical power. An alternative source has a reservoir for fragrance and a wick located in an air passage forming part of the source so that an air flow is guided through the passage past the wick to evaporate fragrance. Where two fragrances are provided, the fragrance sources may be located side-by-side and matching fragrances may have, for example, matching indicia on the sources so that the match can be easily determined visually.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventors: Richard P.H. PANKHURST, Brian D. Smith, Michael J. Evans
  • Patent number: 7708256
    Abstract: A fragrance disperser in one form includes a single fan that passes air over a wicked single or double fragrance. A second form has the fan reversible to provide two different airstreams that evaporate respective different fragrances one after the other. Where two fragrances are provided, the evaporation may be by respective electrical heaters. A fragrance source may be formed by two sheets joined together to form two chambers each receiving a respective wick and having respective exposed wick portions. The source may incorporate a source of electrical power. An alternative source has a reservoir for fragrance and a wick located in an air passage forming part of the source so that an air flow is guided through the passage past the wick to evaporate fragrance. Where two fragrances are provided, the fragrance sources may be located side-by-side and matching fragrances may have, for example, matching indicia on the sources so that the match can be easily determined visually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Carbonate Limited
    Inventors: Richard P. H. Pankhurst, Brian D. Smith, Michael J. Evans
  • Publication number: 20100038443
    Abstract: A fragrance disperser in one form includes a single fan that passes air over a wicked single or double fragrance. A second form has the fan reversible to provide two different airstreams that evaporate respective different fragrances one after the other. Where two fragrances are provided, the evaporation may be by respective electrical heaters. A fragrance source may be formed by two sheets joined together to form two chambers each receiving a respective wick and having respective exposed wick portions. The source may incorporate a source of electrical power. An alternative source has a reservoir for fragrance and a wick located in an air passage forming part of the source so that an air flow is guided through the passage past the wick to evaporate fragrance. Where two fragrances are provided, the fragrance sources may be located side-by-side and matching fragrances may have, for example, matching indicia on the sources so that the match can be easily determined visually.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventors: Richard P.H. PANKHURST, Brian D. Smith, Michael J. Evans
  • Publication number: 20090236439
    Abstract: A fragrance disperser in one form includes a single fan that passes air over a wicked single or double fragrance. A second form has the fan reversible to provide two different airstreams that evaporate respective different fragrances one after the other. Where two fragrances are provided, the evaporation may be by respective electrical heaters. A fragrance source may be formed by two sheets joined together to form two chambers each receiving a respective wick and having respective exposed wick portions. The source may incorporate a source of electrical power. An alternative source has a reservoir for fragrance and a wick located in an air passage forming part of the source so that an air flow is guided through the passage past the wick to evaporate fragrance. Where two fragrances are provided, the fragrance sources may be located side-by-side and matching fragrances may have, for example, matching indicia on the sources so that the match can be easily determined visually.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventors: Richard P.H. PANKHURST, Brian D. Smith, Michael J. Evans
  • Patent number: 7413111
    Abstract: A container (21) for storing and shipping produce is reinforced with at least one cross beam (20) extending across the bottom wall (26) of the container to form a bridge under loose product placed in the container to support at least a portion of the weight of the product and prevent sagging of the container bottom. The cross beam is positioned and held in place by engaging the ends of the cross beam in recesses (71) formed by crushed areas (82) on an inner surface of opposing side walls, or cut-outs (93) in the side walls, and/or by flaps (42, 43) folded upwardly from the container bottom wall and to which the cross beam is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventors: Benjamin W. Quaintance, Brian D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20080193339
    Abstract: A fragrance disperser in one form includes a single fan that passes air over a wicked single or double fragrance. A second form has the fan reversible to provide two different airstreams that evaporate respective different fragrances one after the other. Where two fragrances are provided, the evaporation may be by respective electrical heaters. A fragrance source may be formed by two sheets joined together to form two chambers each receiving a respective wick and having respective exposed wick portions. The source may incorporate a source of electrical power. An alternative source has a reservoir for fragrance and a wick located in an air passage forming part of the source so that an air flow is guided through the passage past the wick to evaporate fragrance. Where two fragrances are provided, the fragrance sources may be located side-by-side and matching fragrances may have, for example, matching indicia on the sources so that the match can be easily determined visually.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventors: Richard P.H. PANKHURST, Brian D. Smith, Michael J. Evans
  • Publication number: 20080190935
    Abstract: A fragrance disperser in one form includes a single fan that passes air over a wicked single or double fragrance. A second form has the fan reversible to provide two different airstreams that evaporate respective different fragrances one after the other. Where two fragrances are provided, the evaporation may be by respective electrical heaters. A fragrance source may be formed by two sheets joined together to form two chambers each receiving a respective wick and having respective exposed wick portions. The source may incorporate a source of electrical power. An alternative source has a reservoir for fragrance and a wick located in an air passage forming part of the source so that an air flow is guided through the passage past the wick to evaporate fragrance. Where two fragrances are provided, the fragrance sources may be located side-by-side and matching fragrances may have, for example, matching indicia on the sources so that the match can be easily determined visually.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventors: Richard P.H. PANKHURST, Brian D. Smith, Michael J. Evans
  • Publication number: 20080191370
    Abstract: A fragrance disperser in one form includes a single fan that passes air over a wicked single or double fragrance. A second form has the fan reversible to provide two different airstreams that evaporate respective different fragrances one after the other. Where two fragrances are provided, the evaporation may be by respective electrical heaters. A fragrance source may be formed by two sheets joined together to form two chambers each receiving a respective wick and having respective exposed wick portions. The source may incorporate a source of electrical power. An alternative source has a reservoir for fragrance and a wick located in an air passage forming part of the source so that an air flow is guided through the passage past the wick to evaporate fragrance. Where two fragrances are provided, the fragrance sources may be located side-by-side and matching fragrances may have, for example, matching indicia on the sources so that the match can be easily determined visually.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventors: Richard P.H. PANKHURST, Brian D. Smith, Michael J. Evans
  • Publication number: 20080128925
    Abstract: A fragrance disperser in one form includes a single fan that passes air over a wicked single or double fragrance. A second form has the fan reversible to provide two different airstreams that evaporate respective different fragrances one after the other. Where two fragrances are provided, the evaporation may be by respective electrical heaters. A fragrance source may be formed by two sheets joined together to form two chambers each receiving a respective wick and having respective exposed wick portions. The source may incorporate a source of electrical power. An alternative source has a reservoir for fragrance and a wick located in an air passage forming part of the source so that an air flow is guided through the passage past the wick to evaporate fragrance. Where two fragrances are provided, the fragrance sources may be located side-by-side and matching fragrances may have, for example, matching indicia on the sources so that the match can be easily determined visually.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventors: Richard P.H. Pankhurst, Brian D. Smith, Michael J. Evans
  • Patent number: 7344123
    Abstract: A fragrance disperser (10) in one form includes a single fan (101) that passes air over a wicked single or double fragrance (102). A second form has the fan (11) reversible to provide two different airstreams (29a, 29b; 60a, 60b) that evaporate respective different fragrances one after the other. Where two fragrances are provided, the evaporation may be by respective electrical heaters. A fragrance source may be formed by two sheets (31, 40; 47, 48) joined together to form two chambers each receiving a respective wick (37a, 37b; 56a, 56b) and having respective exposed wick portions. The source may incorporate a source of electrical power (45). An alternative source (81a, 81b) has a reservoir (82a, 82b) for fragrance and a wick (87a, 87b) located in an air passage (83a, 83b) forming part of the source so that an air flow is guided through the passage past the wick to evaporate fragrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Carbonate Limited
    Inventors: Richard P. H. Pankhurst, Brian D. Smith, Michael J. Evans
  • Patent number: 7258434
    Abstract: The invention teaches placing labels over air diffusion vents on inkjet printheads depending upon a content of the inkjet printhead. In one embodiment, the inkjet printhead contains one or three inks in its interior and has three air diffusion vents in a lid that fluidly communicate with the interior. If the interior has one ink, a label covers the entirety of two of the three air diffusion vents to substantially prevent the two air diffusion vents from communicating with atmosphere. If the interior has three inks, a label only covers a portion of each of the three air diffusion vents and allows each to fluidly communicate with atmosphere. In this manner, single or tri-color inkjet printhead manufacturing can occur with a single lid having a multiplicity of label placement positions. The labels can have similar dimensions, dissimilar length dimensions or other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Smith, David E. Greer, Sara M. Coneway
  • Patent number: 7123187
    Abstract: A technique uses “phase windup” to determine relative yaw of a craft from a plurality circularly polarized signals transmitted from one or more transmission sources. A first difference in carrier phase measurements taken simultaneously at time t1 is determined for first and second circularly polarized signals from a given transmitting source A second difference is then determined from simultaneous carrier phase measurements taken at time t2. A third difference, which is the difference between the first and second differences, is then used to determine the relative yaw based on a difference in wavelengths of the two signals. If more than one transmitting source is in view, a mean average of the third differences associated with the respective transmitting sources may be used to determine the relative yaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: NovAtel, Inc.
    Inventors: Kim Deimert, Brian D. Smith
  • Patent number: 6749108
    Abstract: A container for carrying produce is reinforced with at least one cross beam extending longitudinally across the upper side of the container and supported by the container's side walls. The cross beam is supported by die cut recesses in the upper edge of opposing side walls or by extensions extending from the sides of the cross beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventors: William J. Naughton, Benjamin W. Quaintance, Pamela J. Riggins, Brian D. Smith, Donald A. Leith
  • Patent number: D491428
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Inventors: Franklin E. Barnett, Brian D. Smith
  • Patent number: D656124
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: FeONIC plc
    Inventors: Brian D. Smith, Kamlesh Prajapati, Martin G. Aston, Neil Richard Munns, Christopher Tiler