Patents by Inventor Brian Hughes

Brian Hughes 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: 20210232306
    Abstract: A computer implemented system for providing content to a device based upon the location of the device. A captive portal is provided via a vendor network for display on a device screen. Distinct first and second gestures are used to navigate access, they may include, swipes, to the left, to the right, upwards, downwards, arcuate or circular clockwise or arcuate or circular anticlockwise gestures. The first user gesture on the screen provides the device with access to additional information relevant to the content page, and a second user gesture on the screen causes the access management system to remove content page from the screen, such that after step (i), the device is provided with internet access via the vendor network or is shown n additional content pages displayed sequentially and after step (ii) the device is provided with internet access via the vendor network or is shown n additional content pages then is provided with internet access via the vendor network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Inventors: Brian HUGHES, Stewart FRASER
  • Publication number: 20210214760
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to molecular biology, and more specifically, to a system and method for the manufacture of quantities of error mitigated polynucleotides via the polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Inventors: Stephen HUGHES, James A. Hayward, Brian Viscount
  • Patent number: 10659032
    Abstract: A half bridge circuit includes a sapphire substrate, a GaN upper switch on the sapphire substrate, a GaN lower switch on the sapphire substrate and coupled to the GaN upper switch, a first conductor coupled to the upper switch, a second conductor coupled to the lower switch, and a capacitor. A portion of the first conductor and a portion of the second conductor are on a plane vertically separated from the upper switch and the lower switch by a height, and the capacitor is coupled between the portion of the first conductor and the portion of the second conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Hughes, Rongming Chu
  • Patent number: 10641481
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for producing a superheated steam having a specified ratio of water vapor to combustion gases for injection into a well to enhance heavy oil production. Embodiments comprise indirect-contact steam generators and direct-contact steam generators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Energy Analyst LLC
    Inventors: A. Burl Donaldson, Brian Hughes
  • Patent number: 10521407
    Abstract: A computing device analyzes the transaction entries in a transaction log to identify related commands associated with performing a set of data operations. Commands are considered to be potentially related if the commands are executed within a predetermined timespan. Sets of potentially related commands are then grouped together into corresponding candidate patterns, and further analyzed in view of additional information to determine a probability that the potentially related commands of a candidate pattern are actually related. A confidence value indicating that probability is also determined. Application management tasks, such as database optimization and recovery tasks, for example, may then be performed based on the candidate patterns that meet or exceed a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: CA, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Dubost, Shweta Tiwari, Brian Hughes, Preetdeep Kumar
  • Patent number: 10447261
    Abstract: Photo-switchable relays and switches and dual gate III-switches having a photo switchable normally-off region located in the channel layer of the device are disclosed where irradiation of the normally-off regions with an appropriate wavelength of radiation results in generation of charge carriers and the flow of electricity through the device being turned on and off in response to the radiation being turned on and off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Hughes, Karim S. Boutros
  • Publication number: 20190165776
    Abstract: A half bridge circuit includes a sapphire substrate, a GaN upper switch on the sapphire substrate, a GaN lower switch on the sapphire substrate and coupled to the GaN upper switch, a first conductor coupled to the upper switch, a second conductor coupled to the lower switch, and a capacitor. A portion of the first conductor and a portion of the second conductor are on a plane vertically separated from the upper switch and the lower switch by a height, and the capacitor is coupled between the portion of the first conductor and the portion of the second conductor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Applicant: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Brian HUGHES, Rongming CHU
  • Patent number: 10153761
    Abstract: A half bridge circuit includes a sapphire substrate, a GaN upper switch on the sapphire substrate, a GaN lower switch on the sapphire substrate and coupled to the GaN upper switch, a first conductor coupled to the upper switch, a second conductor coupled to the lower switch, and a capacitor. A portion of the first conductor and a portion of the second conductor are on a plane vertically separated from the upper switch and the lower switch by a height, and the capacitor is coupled between the portion of the first conductor and the portion of the second conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Hughes, Rongming Chu
  • Patent number: 10089334
    Abstract: A computing device analyzes the transaction entries in a transaction log to identify related commands associated with performing a set of data operations. Commands are considered to be potentially related if the commands are executed within a predetermined timespan. Sets of potentially related commands are then grouped together into corresponding candidate patterns, and further analyzed in view of additional information to determine a probability that the potentially related commands of a candidate pattern are actually related. A confidence value indicating that probability is also determined. Application management tasks, such as database optimization and recovery tasks, for example, may then be performed based on the candidate patterns that meet or exceed a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: CA, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Dubost, Shweta Tiwari, Brian Hughes, Preetdeep Kumar
  • Patent number: 10086222
    Abstract: A method of conditioning oxygen depleted air (ODA) exhausted from a fuel cell comprising the steps of; taking fuel from an aircraft fuel tank collector cell, delivering said fuel to a rear mounted engine via a primary heat exchanger, taking exhaust ODA from a fuel cell, passing the ODA through the primary heat exchanger in the opposite direction to the fuel, such that the fuel acts as a heat sink for the ODA, to cool the ODA, passing the ODA through a dryer, to dry the ODA and using the cooled, dried ODA to inert fuel in the aircraft fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Franklin Tichborne, Joseph K-W Lam, Timothy Leigh, Brian Hughes
  • Patent number: 10037647
    Abstract: A charger vending assembly includes a housing that may be positioned on a support surface. A vending unit is movably positioned within the housing and the vending unit contains a plurality of chargers. The vending unit selectively dispenses a selected number of the chargers outwardly from the housing. In this way the selected number of chargers may be used to charge an electronic device. A control unit is coupled to the housing and the control unit is selectively manipulated. The control unit is electrically coupled to the vending unit such that the control unit controls operational parameters of the vending unit. The vending unit dispenses the selected chargers in accordance with commands from the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Brian Hughes
  • Patent number: 9923548
    Abstract: A switched mode negative inductance circuit includes an input node responsive to a voltage signal. The circuit also includes first and second voltage sources, first and second controlled switches having first poles coupled to the first and second voltage sources, respectively and an inductor having a first electrode coupled to second poles of the first and second controlled switches and a second electrode coupled to the input node. The input node is coupled to a control electrode of the first controlled switch, and to a control electrode of the second controlled switch through a voltage inverting circuit. The disclosure also illustrates balanced negative inductance circuits and implementation approaches using NMOS transistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Carson R. White, Brian Hughes
  • Patent number: 9912765
    Abstract: A network system for providing content to a mobile computing device of a user based upon the location of the mobile computing device. A wireless internet access point provides access to a single vendor web site such that upon connecting the wireless internet access points to the user's mobile computing device, a processor determines whether the device is associated with a user and if so, said device is directed to the landing page of the vendor web site when the user mobile computing device's device location is within a predetermined proximity to the wireless internet access point of that vendor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: KILTR LIMITED
    Inventors: Oliver Theobald, Stewart Fraser, Brian Hughes, Alastair Murdoch
  • Publication number: 20170321883
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for producing a superheated steam having a specified ratio of water vapor to combustion gases for injection into a well to enhance heavy oil production. Embodiments comprise indirect-contact steam generators and direct-contact steam generators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Inventors: A. Burl Donaldson, Brian Hughes
  • Patent number: 9645171
    Abstract: A traveling wave detector and method of traveling wave signal detection employ a plurality of detector diodes connected according to different polarities with respect to adjacent ones of the detector diodes. The traveling wave detector includes a transmission line having an input end and a terminal end and the plurality of detector diodes connected as stated above and spaced apart along the transmission line. The traveling wave detector further includes a plurality of direct current (DC) blocks to define a series conduction path. The method of traveling wave signal detection includes rectifying a received incident signal using the traveling wave detector to produce a video signal at each of the detector diodes and summing the video signals along the series conduction path to produce an output video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan J Lynch, Brian Hughes
  • Publication number: 20170104477
    Abstract: A half bridge circuit includes a sapphire substrate, a GaN upper switch on the sapphire substrate, a GaN lower switch on the sapphire substrate and coupled to the GaN upper switch, a first conductor coupled to the upper switch, a second conductor coupled to the lower switch, and a capacitor. A portion of the first conductor and a portion of the second conductor are on a plane vertically separated from the upper switch and the lower switch by a height, and the capacitor is coupled between the portion of the first conductor and the portion of the second conductor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Brian HUGHES, Rongming CHU
  • Patent number: 9567094
    Abstract: A method of controlling a flow rate of inerting gas introduced into a vented aircraft fuel tank, the method comprising: monitoring changes in a quantity of a fuel in the aircraft fuel tank; monitoring changes in the ambient air pressure external to the aircraft fuel tank; and actively controlling a flow rate of inerting gas, {dot over (m)}(I), introduced into the aircraft fuel tank based upon changes in the quantity of fuel in the fuel tank and changes in the ambient air pressure, p. Also, an aircraft including a vented fuel tank, a supply of inerting gas for rendering inert the fuel tank ullage, and a controller for performing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignees: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED, AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Franklin Tichborne, Brian Hughes, Gwènaëlle Marie Lucette Renouard-Vallet, Stephen Edward Burnell
  • Publication number: 20170034289
    Abstract: A network system for providing content to a mobile computing device of a user based upon the location of the mobile computing device. A wireless internet access point provides access to a single vendor web site such that upon connecting the wire-less internet access points to the user's mobile computing device, a processor determines whether the device is associated with a user and if so, said device is directed to the landing page of the vendor web site when the user mobile computing device's device location is within a predetermined proximity to the wireless internet access point of that vendor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Inventors: Oliver Theobald, Stewart Fraser, Brian Hughes, Alastair Murdoch
  • Publication number: 20160321688
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided that provide a credit card payment incentive system. The incentive system incentivizes a credit card member to pay down an outstanding balance quicker than it would typically be paid by making minimum payments against the outstanding balance. A financial system computing system is configured to receive payment data, which it parses to determine a payment amount made by the credit card member against the outstanding balance. The computing system reviews the payment amount against a minimum payment due to determine whether the payment amount qualifies as a qualified payment for purposes of applying a statement credit against the outstanding balance. If the payment amount qualifies as the qualified payment, the statement credit is applied against the outstanding balance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Brian Hughes, Ryan Scully, Miren Desai, Julie Geraghty, Gayle Prete, Diana Chen
  • Publication number: 20160283529
    Abstract: A computing device analyzes the transaction entries in a transaction log to identify related commands associated with performing a set of data operations. Commands are considered to be potentially related if the commands are executed within a predetermined timespan. Sets of potentially related commands are then grouped together into corresponding candidate patterns, and further analyzed in view of additional information to determine a probability that the potentially related commands of a candidate pattern are actually related. A confidence value indicating that probability is also determined. Application management tasks, such as database optimization and recovery tasks, for example, may then be performed based on the candidate patterns that meet or exceed a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Publication date: September 29, 2016
    Inventors: Philippe Dubost, Shweta Tiwari, Brian Hughes, Preetdeep Kumar