Patents by Inventor Brian George

Brian George 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: 10926945
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for dispensing a beverage preparation ingredient from a pod. The dispensing apparatus comprises a pod support region configured to support a pod, an actuator configured to engage with a corresponding actuator engagement region of the pod, and a rotation mechanism for rotating the pod. The apparatus is configured to cause the actuation member to cause an opening to be formed in a pod supported by the pod support region. The apparatus is further configured to cause the rotation mechanism to cause the pod to rotate about an axis of rotation during a dispensing operation, so as to cause the beverage preparation ingredient to be released from the pod via said opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: NE Innovations Limited
    Inventors: Brian George Kennedy, Edward Alexander Bedford, John R Laverack, George Edward Riehm, Kurt Raymond Weseman, Bruce Renfrew, James Williamson
  • Patent number: 10926733
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly includes a seatback including a left lateral panel and a right lateral panel opposite the left lateral panel, a left airbag inflatable from the left lateral panel to an inflated position, a right airbag inflatable from the right lateral panel to an inflated position, a tether extending from the left lateral panel to the right lateral panel, and a sheet connected to the left airbag and the right airbag. The tether is connected to the left and right airbags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Brian Spahn, Benjamin Yilma, Johnathan Line, S. M. Akbar Berry
  • Publication number: 20210032587
    Abstract: Embodiments of a cell culture incubator system provided herein have two or more individual incubators and atmospheric regulation system configured to regulate atmospheric conditions within the environmental chamber of each individual incubator. The atmospheric regulation system has a single integrated controller system that controls atmospheric regulation of each of the individual incubators independently of the one or more other individual incubators. Atmospheric conditions within each of the individual incubators include at least the oxygen level and the total gas pressure, which are regulated independently of each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: James LIM, Brian FETH, Becky RUTHERFORD, Janette Trang PHI, Nicholas George ERNDT
  • Publication number: 20210036293
    Abstract: Novel or improved microporous single or multilayer battery separator membranes, separators, batteries including such membranes or separators, methods of making such membranes, separators, and/or batteries, and/or methods of using such membranes, separators and/or batteries are provided. In accordance with at least certain embodiments, a multilayer dry process polyethylene/polypropylene/polyethylene microporous separator which is manufactured using the inventive process which includes machine direction stretching followed by transverse direction stretching and a subsequent calendering step as a means to reduce the thickness of the multilayer microporous membrane, to reduce the percent porosity of the multilayer microporous membrane in a controlled manner and/or to improve transverse direction tensile strength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Kristoffer K. Stokes, William John Mason, Kang Karen Xiao, Xiaomin Zhang, Barry J. Summey, Robert Moran, Jeffrey Gordon Poley, Brian R. Stepp, Changqing Wang Adams, Daniel R. Alexander, Shante P. Williams, Andrew Edward Voss, Douglas George Robertson
  • Publication number: 20210029780
    Abstract: A mobile gateway device that includes a receiver configured to electronically receiving wirelessly-transmitted data from a beacon connected to a vehicle or piece of equipment being tracked or monitored, where the wirelessly-transmitted data relates to a status or location of the vehicle or piece of equipment. A transmitter is configured to wirelessly transmit the data received from the beacon to a smart device or to a cloud-based computer server. The mobile gateway device includes a processor and electronic memory. The processor is configured to control operation of the receiver and the transmitter. The electronic memory is configured to store the wirelessly-transmitted data. A housing houses the receiver, transmitter, processor and electronic memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Applicant: Northern Clearing, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel George Vernon, Brian Carl Gustafson, Matthew Todd Freudenrich
  • Publication number: 20210022302
    Abstract: A system and method for calibrating an irrigation system to account for variations in flow rates, motor operating parameters, and other parameters caused by field elevation changes, pipe friction losses, water emitter nozzle wear, pressure-regulator inaccuracies, and other factors. A calibration map is created to account for the flow rate variations or other parameters and then consulted to control operation of the irrigation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Applicant: LINDSAY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael George Ricketts, Brian James Magnusson
  • Patent number: 10882687
    Abstract: A pod for storing and dispensing a beverage preparation ingredient during a dispensing operation. The pod comprises a body defining a cavity for storing the beverage preparation ingredient, said body comprising a dispensing side and a closed side, and at least one side wall extending from the closed side to the dispensing side; and an actuation member contained within said cavity. The actuation member is configured to cause an opening to be formed between said cavity and a region outside the pod when actuated. The opening is formed around a perimeter of a dispensing surface of the pod at a junction formed between the at least one side wall and the dispensing surface, the dispensing surface being provided at the dispensing side of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: NE Innovations Limited
    Inventors: Brian George Kennedy, Edward Alexander Bedford, John R Laverack, George Edward Riehm, Kurt Raymond Weseman, Bruce Renfrew, James Williamson
  • Publication number: 20200402871
    Abstract: A method of aligning a stencil to an eyepiece wafer includes providing the stencil, positioning the stencil with respect to a first light source, and determining locations of at least two stencil apertures. The method also includes providing the eyepiece wafer. The eyepiece wafer includes at least two eyepiece waveguides, each eyepiece waveguide including an incoupling grating and a corresponding diffraction pattern. The method further includes directing light from one or more second light sources to impinge on each of the corresponding diffraction patterns, imaging light diffracted from each incoupling grating, determining at least two incoupling grating locations, determining offsets between corresponding stencil aperture locations and incoupling grating locations, and aligning the stencil to the eyepiece wafer based on the determined offsets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Ling Li, Chieh Chang, Sharad D. Bhagat, Christophe Peroz, Brian George Hill, Roy Matthew Patterson, Satish Sadam
  • Publication number: 20200400870
    Abstract: A diffractive waveguide stack includes first, second, and third diffractive waveguides for guiding light in first, second, and third visible wavelength ranges, respectively. The first diffractive waveguide includes a first material having first refractive index at a selected wavelength and a first target refractive index at a midpoint of the first visible wavelength range. The second diffractive waveguide includes a second material having a second refractive index at the selected wavelength and a second target refractive index at a midpoint of the second visible wavelength range. The third diffractive waveguide includes a third material having a third refractive index at the selected wavelength and a third target refractive index at a midpoint of the third visible wavelength range. A difference between any two of the first target refractive index, the second target refractive index, and the third target refractive index is less than 0.005 at the selected wavelength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Sharad D. Bhagat, Brian George Hill, Christophe Peroz, Chieh Chang, Ling Li
  • Publication number: 20200400941
    Abstract: A head-mounted, near-eye display system comprises a stack of waveguides having integral spacers separating the waveguides. The waveguides may each include diffractive optical elements that are formed simultaneously with the spacers by imprinting or casting. The spacers are disposed on one or more major surfaces of the waveguides and define a distance between immediately adjacent waveguides. Adjacent waveguides may be bonded using adhesives on the spacers. The spacers may fit within indentations of overlying waveguides. In some cases, the spacers may form one or more walls of material substantially around a perimeter of an associated waveguide. Vent holes may be provided in the walls to allow gas flow into and out from an interior volume defined by the spacers. Debris trapping structures may be provided between two walls of spacers to trap and prevent debris from entering into the interior volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Ling Li, Ali Karbasi, Christophe Peroz, Chieh Chang, Sharad D. Bhagat, Brian George Hill, Melanie Maputol West, Ryan Jason Ong, Xiaopei Deng, Shuqiang Yang, Frank Y. Xu
  • Publication number: 20200392827
    Abstract: A method for optimizing pressure exchange includes providing a first pressure exchange system comprising an energy recovery device (ERD). A second system supplies high-pressure fluid, energized by a positive displacement pump, to the ERD. A third system supplies low-pressure fluid to the ERD. The first system energizes the low-pressure fluid with the high-pressure fluid to form a high-pressure fracking fluid, which is delivered from the first system to a well-head. A rate of required flow is input into a control system, which determines a rate of flow of the high-pressure fluid, a rate of flow of the low-pressure fluid, and an actual rate of flow of the fracking fluid at the well-head. The control system then adjusts to equilibrium: the rate of flow of the high-pressure fluid based on the actual rate of flow; and the rate of flow of the low-pressure fluid based on the actual rate of flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Inventors: Paul George, James Montemayor, Brian Parr, Andy Cox
  • Patent number: 10861121
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a security document, including: providing a polymer substrate having first and second surfaces; and: applying an array of focussing elements to the first surface of the polymer substrate across a first region; forming an image array by: providing a die form having a surface including an arrangement of raised areas and recessed areas defining the pattern; applying a first curable material to the surface of the die form so it substantially fills the recessed areas; bringing a pattern support layer in contact with the surface of the die form so it covers the recessed areas; separating the pattern support layer from the surface of the die form so the first curable material in the recessed areas is removed from the recessed areas and retained on the pattern support layer; and at least partly curing the first curable material in one or more curing steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: DE LA RUE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Brian William Holmes, John Godfrey, Ian Cornes, John O'Malley, Lawrence George Commander
  • Patent number: 10862969
    Abstract: Systems and approaches for interacting with industrial equipment are provided that include an interface having an input and an output, and a processor coupled to the interface. The processor is configured to link a uniform identification construct to a device and receive a request to access the uniform identification construct. The processor is further configured to translate the uniform identification construct into an internet protocol (IP) address and route the request to the device having the uniform identification construct according to the IP address via the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: INTELLIGENT PLATFORMS INC.
    Inventors: Keith George Mcnab, Daniel White Sexton, Richard A. Carpenter, Wesley Michael Skeffington, Ward Linnscott Bowman, Brian Scott Courtney
  • Patent number: 10850699
    Abstract: An assembly includes a seatback. The assembly includes a first airbag and a second airbag, each inflatable to an inflated position spaced from each other at the seatback and abutting each other in front of and spaced from the seatback. The assembly includes a sheet extending from the first airbag to the second airbag in front of where the first airbag abuts the second airbag in the inflated positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Srinivasan Sundararajan, Johnathan Andrew Line, Brian Robert Spahn, Benjamin Yilma, Derek Board, S. M. Akbar Berry
  • Patent number: 10842694
    Abstract: There is provided a patient support that may be adjustable in height, width, length or a combination thereof. The patient support may be useable with normal sized patients or with bariatric patients. The patient support has a variety of features to enhance operability and/or functionality, including a width adjustable caster frame, width adjustable deck portions, a width adjustable headboard and an extendible foot board to provide extra length. An enhanced lift mechanism can accommodate bariatric patients and alternative functionality in achieving deck positions improves patient comfort. Various parts of the patient support including deck panels and the footboard may be removed and replaced with ease without complicated connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Brian Roussy, Jason John Connell, Joseph Steven David Elku, Jason James Cerny, Christopher Alan George, Joseph William Roussy, Christopher Scott Jacob, Aleem Yusuf
  • Patent number: 10827692
    Abstract: A system and method for calibrating an irrigation system to account for variations in flow rates caused by field elevation changes, pipe friction losses, water emitter nozzle wear, pressure-regulator inaccuracies, and other factors. A calibration map is created to account for the flow rate variations and then consulted to control operation of the irrigation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventors: Michael George Ricketts, Brian James Magnusson
  • Publication number: 20200341905
    Abstract: Systems, methods and/or devices are used to perform memory-efficient mapping of block/object addresses. In one aspect, a method of managing a storage system having one or more storage devices includes a tiered data structure in which each node has a logical ID and entries in the nodes reference other nodes in the tiered data structure using the logical IDs. As a result, when a child node is updated and stored to a new location, but retains its logical ID, its parent node does not need to be updated, because the logical ID in the entry referencing the child node remains unchanged. Further, the storage system uses a secondary mapping table to translate the logical IDs to the corresponding physical locations of the corresponding nodes. Additionally, the secondary mapping table is cached in volatile memory, and as a result, the physical location of a required node is determined without accessing non-volatile memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: Brian W. O'Krafka, Frederic H. Tudor, Niranjan Patre Neelakanta, Manavalan Krishnan, Johann George, Evgeniy Firsov
  • Patent number: 10814818
    Abstract: A method for operating an airbag carrier is provided herein. The method includes the steps of moving carrier containing an airbag along a guide-channel of a seating assembly from a stowed position to a use position, and deploying the airbag into an occupant space of the seating assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Johnathan Andrew Line, Brian Robert Spahn, Benjamin Yilma, S. M. Akbar Berry
  • Publication number: 20200330300
    Abstract: There is provided a patient support that may be adjustable in height, width, length or a combination thereof. The patient support may be useable with normal sized patients or with bariatric patients. The patient support has a variety of features to enhance operability and/or functionality, including a width adjustable caster frame, width adjustable deck portions, a width adjustable headboard and an extendible foot board to provide extra length. An enhanced lift mechanism can accommodate bariatric patients and alternative functionality in achieving deck positions improves patient comfort. Various parts of the patient support including deck panels and the footboard may be removed and replaced with ease without complicated connectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Richard Brian Roussy, Jason John Connell, Joseph Steven David Elku, Jason James Cerny, Christopher Alan George, Joseph William Roussy, Christopher Scott Jacob, Aleem Yusuf
  • Publication number: 20200329035
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems, methods, and computer-readable media for securely verifying an identity of a user of a client device based on a signal transmitted by the client device. For example, systems disclosed herein include registering a client device and facility device via a cloud computing system to enable the client device and facility device to securely communicate a signal via a wireless connection. The systems disclosed herein additionally include determining whether a trigger condition applies based on a position of the client device relative to the facility device. The systems disclosed herein further include maintaining and updating a subset of user verification information to include personal verification of a registered user of the client device. Using the subset of user verification information, a biometric scanning device may efficiently and accurately verify an identity of an individual associated with the client device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Frank GORGENYI, Matthew Thomas BEAVER, Aidan George PURDY-SAY, Bartosz Henryk PALISWIAT, Jared Enoch HENDERSON, Brian Andrew BOWMAN, Peter DAWOUD SHENOUDA DAWOUD, Arvind MUTHUKRISHNAN