Patents by Inventor Brian Hoffman

Brian Hoffman 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: 10327487
    Abstract: Systems or methods for anatomy patterning a garment are provided. Anatomy patterning is any deliberate manipulation of a garment's pattern in order to change the perceived shape of a wearer of the garment toward a desired appearance. Additionally, the garments that result from use of these systems and methods for anatomy patterning are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: VF Corporation
    Inventors: Darren J. Peshek, Justin T. Mark, Brian Marion, Kyle Stephens, Donald Hoffman, Stephen H. Zades
  • Patent number: 10314357
    Abstract: Systems and methods for anatomy shading and the garments that result therefrom are provided herein. More specifically, anatomy shading is any deliberate manipulation or addition of shading (a brightness gradient) to a garment in order to change the perceived shape of a wearer of the garment toward a desired appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: VF Corporation
    Inventors: Donald Hoffman, Darren J. Peshek, Stephen F. Dull, Stephen H. Zades, Robin O'Neill Fisher, Justin T. Mark, Brian Marion
  • Patent number: 10301121
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system has a carousel that has a guiderail that forms a loop that has a loading position and an unloading position. The carousel also has a plurality of buckets, each having an upper end and a lower end. The lower end includes at least one bottom wall that is moveable between (i) a transporting configuration where the at least one bottom wall substantially closes the lower end of the bucket and (ii) a discharge configuration where the at least one bottom wall is moved so as to define an opening in the lower end of the bucket. The buckets are supported by the guiderail such that the buckets can be driven from the loading position towards the unloading position in the transporting configuration. The buckets can be transitioned to the discharge configuration so as to unload inventory items at the unloading position into a packaging material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Hoffman, Martin Peter Aalund, David Alspaugh, Samuel Gardner Garrett, Paul Roy Raines, Jr., Timothy Alan Talda, Akshay Tilekar, Stephanie Tomasetta, Eric Wyman, Toby Ge Xu
  • Patent number: 10296870
    Abstract: A packaging system employs a cartridge having moveable walls such that the cartridge discharges or inducts one or more items into a cavity of a package, such as a film that is sealed into a pouch or mailer. A bottom wall of the cartridge is retracted relative to an end panel of the cartridge during the induction process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Hoffman, Martin Peter Aalund, David Alspaugh, Samuel Gardner Garrett, Paul Roy Raines, Jr., Timothy Alan Talda, Akshay Tilekar, Stephanie Tomasetta, Eric Wyman, Toby Ge Xu
  • Publication number: 20190100369
    Abstract: A packaging cushion includes a first liner and a second liner opposite one another and each defining an inner surface. A transverse liner axis extends normal to the inner surfaces. The packaging cushion includes a mesh bonded to and disposed between the first and second liners. The mesh has a top mesh surface and an opposed bottom mesh surface. The mesh defines a plurality of nodes and a plurality of legs interconnecting the plurality of nodes. Each of the plurality of nodes defines 1) a top node surface defined by the top mesh surface, 2) a bottom node surface defined by the bottom mesh surface, and 3) a transverse node axis extending substantially normal to the top and bottom node surfaces. The transverse node axes of at least some of the plurality of nodes are each oriented at an oblique angle relative to the transverse liner axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Inventors: Brian Hoffman, Michael Ralph, Timothy Alan Talda
  • Patent number: 9702649
    Abstract: A reciprocally-cycled weapon delinks and fires cartridges in open-end linked ammunition belts or close-end linked ammunition belts. The weapon has first round select and first cycle fire capabilities. The bolt carrier assembly translates out of phase with the extractor assembly. The extractor assembly is configured for rearward extraction of the cartridges in close-end linked ammunition belts. The weapon works seamlessly with open-end linked and close-end linked ammunition belts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Brian Hoffman, Alexander Smith, Hansen Lukman
  • Patent number: 9638483
    Abstract: An ammunition magazine is used with a reciprocally-cycled weapon for delinking and firing cartridges in close-end linked ammunition belts. The magazine includes a housing with an ammunition indexing mechanism fixed to one side of the housing. A magazine feed box is disposed above the ammunition indexing mechanism. The magazine feed box includes a movable follower having an upper and a lower position and cam pins that engage cam slots in the magazine feed box. The movable follower is configured to receive a cartridge from the weapon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Brian Hoffman, Alexander Smith, Hansen Lukman
  • Patent number: 9618284
    Abstract: An externally-operated weapon has a direct current servo motor that provides motive force to drive the weapon operating group at an average rate of fire. Within a single cycle, the weapon operating group is driven at rates greater than and less than the average rate of fire, while the overall rate for a single cycle is maintained at the average rate of fire. Some benefits of servo motor control include reduced power consumption, increased bolt dwell time, expansion of the weapon's battlefield role from one to many roles, and increased accuracy and shot-to-shot precision while firing from an open bolt position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Brian Hoffman, Alexander Smith, Hansen Lukman
  • Patent number: 8710950
    Abstract: A wireless control system includes a device for sending a wireless signal, a receiver for receiving the wireless signal, and circuitry for processing the wireless signal. The circuitry includes a learn mode in which a device is associated with the control signal to the exclusion of commands from other devices not associated with the circuitry. The device transmits a wireless signal redundantly over a plurality of frequencies. The control system may chooses a signal frequency and receiver combination to maintain a quality signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Lubbers, Matthew C. Visca, Brian Hoffman, James L. Walke, Robert M. Zerhusen, James K. Findlay
  • Patent number: 8603057
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for automatically limiting the drainage of a bodily fluid such as cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from a patient into a collection chamber. The collection chamber includes a vent having an hydrophobic filter for the passage of air to facilitate the movement of CSF yet to maintain a closed system. The system includes a buoyant float hingedly connected with the top of the collection chamber in one embodiment. When fluid rises in the collection chamber to a predetermined volume, buoyant force raises the float and causes a seal plug mounted on top of the float to seal one of an inflow port or a vent port. The float is limited to pivoting movement in one plane and to a certain angle within that plane. The system and method avoid overdrainage of CSF from the patient and overfilling of the collection chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignees: Integra LifeSciences Corporation, The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Brian Hoffman, Michael McDermott, William R. Chang, Eric Scott Clasen
  • Patent number: 8527094
    Abstract: A multi-user medical robotic system for collaboration or training in minimally invasive surgical procedures includes first and second master input devices, a first slave robotic mechanism, and at least one processor configured to generate a first slave command for the first slave robotic mechanism by switchably using one or both of a first command indicative of manipulation of the first master input device by a first user and a second command indicative of manipulation of the second master input device by a second user. To facilitate the collaboration or training, both first and second users communicate with each other through an audio system and see the minimally invasive surgery site on first and second displays respectively viewable by the first and second users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajesh Kumar, Brian Hoffman, Giuseppe Prisco, David Larkin, William Nowlin, Frederic Moll, Stephen Blumenkranz, Gunter D Niemeyer, J. Kenneth Salisbury, Yulun Wang, Modjtaba Ghodoussi, Darrin Uecker, James Wright, Amante Mangaser, Ranjan Mauherjee
  • Patent number: 8336442
    Abstract: An automatically-reloadable, remotely-operated weapon system may include an operator station located distant from a weapon station. The weapon station may include an externally-powered firearm, a firearm mover for adjusting an azimuth and an angle of inclination of the firearm, and an ammunition storage and transport system for automatically moving ammunition to and from the firearm. From the operator station, a user may remotely control all aspects of firearm operation and ammunition reloading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Robert Testa, Michael Manuel Mera, William Burgermeister, Brian Hoffman, James Lee, Bai Ming Cen
  • Publication number: 20120283676
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for automatically limiting the drainage of a bodily fluid such as cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from a patient into a collection chamber. The collection chamber includes a vent having an hydrophobic filter for the passage of air to facilitate the movement of CSF yet to maintain a closed system. The system includes a buoyant float hingedly connected with the top of the collection chamber in one embodiment. When fluid rises in the collection chamber to a predetermined volume, buoyant force raises the float and causes a seal plug mounted on top of the float to seal one of an inflow port or a vent port. The float is limited to pivoting movement in one plane and to a certain angle within that plane. The system and method avoid overdrainage of CSF from the patient and overfilling of the collection chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: INTEGRA LIFESCIENCES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian Hoffman, Michael McDermott, William R. Chang, Eric Scott Clasen
  • Patent number: 8297167
    Abstract: A reciprocally-cycled, externally-powered weapon may include a rotative driver connected via a crank and connecting rod to the operating group of the weapon. The connecting rod may be connected to a pinion that meshes with a translating rack and a stationary rack. The translating rack may be connected to the operating group, and the stationary rack may be fixed to the receiver of the weapon. The energy needed to fire the weapon may be supplied by an energy generator. The minimum amount of energy supplied by the energy generator may be independent of the speed of translation of the operating group and may be sufficient to reliably result in cartridge ignition, thereby providing an infinitely adjustable firing rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Brian Hoffman
  • Patent number: 8221366
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for automatically limiting the drainage of a bodily fluid such as cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from a patient into a collection chamber. The collection chamber includes a vent having an hydrophobic filter for the passage of air to facilitate the movement of CSF yet to maintain a closed system. The system includes a buoyant float hingedly connected with the top of the collection chamber in one embodiment. When fluid rises in the collection chamber to a predetermined volume, buoyant force raises the float and causes a seal plug mounted on top of the float to seal one of an inflow port or a vent port. The float is limited to pivoting movement in one plane and to a certain angle within that plane. The system and method avoid overdrainage of CSF from the patient and overfilling of the collection chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Integra LifeSciences Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Hoffman, Michael McDermott, William R. Chang, Eric Scott Clasen
  • Publication number: 20120152103
    Abstract: An automatically-reloadable, remotely-operated weapon system may include an operator station located distant from a weapon station. The weapon station may include an externally-powered firearm, a firearm mover for adjusting an azimuth and an angle of inclination of the firearm, and an ammunition storage and transport system for automatically moving ammunition to and from the firearm. From the operator station, a user may remotely control all aspects of firearm operation and ammunition reloading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventors: ROBERT TESTA, Michael Manuel Mera, William Burgermeister, Brian Hoffman, James Lee, Bai Ming Cen
  • Patent number: 7942090
    Abstract: An blank firing attachment, with enhanced operating life, for use with gas-operated weapons; wherein, a tungsten carbide stem extending from the attachment is inserted into the bore of the weapon's barrel, the stem having a cross-sectional area less than the cross-sectional area of the bore, to provide backpressure within the barrel to properly cycle the weapon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Brian Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20100175547
    Abstract: A reciprocally-cycled, externally-powered weapon may include a rotative driver connected via a crank and connecting rod to the operating group of the weapon. The connecting rod may be connected to a pinion that meshes with a translating rack and a stationary rack. The translating rack may be connected to the operating group, and the stationary rack may be fixed to the receiver of the weapon. The energy needed to fire the weapon may be supplied by an energy generator. The minimum amount of energy supplied by the energy generator may be independent of the speed of translation of the operating group and may be sufficient to reliably result in cartridge ignition, thereby providing an infinitely adjustable firing rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventor: Brian Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20090088710
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for automatically limiting the drainage of a bodily fluid such as cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from a patient into a collection chamber. The collection chamber includes a vent having an hydrophobic filter for the passage of air to facilitate the movement of CSF yet to maintain a closed system. The system includes a buoyant float hingedly connected with the top of the collection chamber in one embodiment. When fluid rises in the collection chamber to a predetermined volume, buoyant force raises the float and causes a seal plug mounted on top of the float to seal one of an inflow port or a vent port. The float is limited to pivoting movement in one plane and to a certain angle within that plane. The system and method avoid overdrainage of CSF from the patient and overfilling of the collection chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: INTEGRA LIFESCIENCES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian Hoffman, Michael McDermott, William R. Chang, Eric Scott Clasen
  • Patent number: 7433215
    Abstract: A method for the startup of a solar power three-phase inverter in which a waiting period is increased between successive attempts to start the inverter. This method allows the inverter to start up in a reasonable amount of time while avoiding excessive cycling during prolonged periods of low light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: PV Powered, Inc.
    Inventors: Bill Taylor, Brian Hoffman