Patents by Inventor Brian J. Flaherty

Brian J. Flaherty 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: 20190386603
    Abstract: A photovoltaic module generates electrical power when installed on a roof. The module is constructed as a laminated sandwich having a transparent protective upper layer adhered to a photovoltaic layer. The photovoltaic layer is adhered to a rigid layer formed from a fiber reinforced plastic. The laminated sandwich has a frame around the perimeter. The laminated panel has a layer of double stick tape on the bottom to adhere the panel to the surface of a roof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Inventors: Brian J. Flaherty, Timothy M. Davey
  • Patent number: 10445331
    Abstract: A method for electronically mining intellectual property using an associative discovery process may include determining a set of documents containing keywords and/or phrases associated with an industry trend of interest and, for each document, assigning a weight. The method may also include selecting a subset of the documents based at least upon the assigned weights, and determining a feedback score for each document in the subset. The method may further include determining an optimal weighing scheme for the determined keywords and/or phrases using a statistical learning model and the feedback scores, ranking all documents in the set of documents according to the optimal weighing scheme, and providing results of the associative discovery process to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Mark Fields, Jufeng Peng, Jason Freeck, James Maxwell McWilliams, Mark O'Flaherty, Pat J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10171025
    Abstract: A photovoltaic module generates electrical power when installed on a roof. A photovoltaic module preferably has an upper transparent protective layer, and a photovoltaic layer positioned beneath the upper transparent protective layer, the photovoltaic layer comprising a plurality of electrically interconnected photovoltaic cells disposed in an array. A rigid substrate layer is preferably positioned beneath the photovoltaic layer. A plurality of inserts is configured to be fixedly attached to (i) a bottom surface of the rigid substrate and (ii) a surface of a roof. The plurality of inserts is preferably disposed in an array, each foam insert having a substantially triangular-shaped cross section when viewed from a side orthogonal to a line of a roof downward slope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: LUMETA, LLC
    Inventors: Brian J. Flaherty, Erwang Mao, Joseph P. Kaveney
  • Publication number: 20170012573
    Abstract: A photovoltaic module generates electrical power when installed on a roof. A photovoltaic module preferably has an upper transparent protective layer, and a photovoltaic layer positioned beneath the upper transparent protective layer, the photovoltaic layer comprising a plurality of electrically interconnected photovoltaic cells disposed in an array. A rigid substrate layer is preferably positioned beneath the photovoltaic layer. A plurality of inserts is configured to be fixedly attached to (i) a bottom surface of the rigid substrate and (ii) a surface of a roof. The plurality of inserts is preferably disposed in an array, each foam insert having a substantially triangular-shaped cross section when viewed from a side orthogonal to a line of a roof downward slope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: BRIAN J. FLAHERTY, ERWANG MAO, JOSEPH P. KAVENEY
  • Patent number: 8186111
    Abstract: A roofing module provides weather protection generates electrical power. The module comprises a base having a plurality of curved crests and curved pans. The crests and pans have contours sized and shaped to match the size and shape of the contours and pans of conventional clay or concrete S-tiles to enable the base to interlock with the conventional clay or concrete S-tiles. The base is made from lightweight plastic material. Each crest of the base includes a depressed portion. A photovoltaic panel is positioned in the depressed portions of at least two curved crests and span across at least one curved pan between the at least two curved crests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Lumeta Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Flaherty, Timothy M. Davey
  • Publication number: 20090205704
    Abstract: A photovoltaic module generates electrical power when installed on a roof. The module is constructed as a laminated sandwich having a transparent protective upper layer adhered to a photovoltaic layer. The photovoltaic layer is adhered to a rigid layer formed from a fiber reinforced plastic. The laminated sandwich has a frame around the perimeter. The laminated panel has a layer of double stick tape on the bottom to adhere the panel to the surface of a roof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Applicant: LUMETA, INC.
    Inventors: BRIAN J. FLAHERTY, Timothy M. Davey
  • Patent number: 7557291
    Abstract: A photovoltaic module generates electrical power when installed on a roof. The module is constructed as a laminated sandwich having a transparent protective upper layer adhered to a photovoltaic layer. The photovoltaic layer is adhered to a rigid layer formed from a composite panel of fiber reinforced plastic and a metallic layer. The laminated sandwich has a plastic-clad aluminum frame around the perimeter. The laminated sandwich is coated with a moisture resisting coating. The laminated panel has a layer of double stick tape on the bottom to adhere the panel to the surface of a roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Lumeta, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Flaherty, Timothy M. Davey
  • Patent number: 7531740
    Abstract: A photovoltaic module generates electrical power when installed on a roof. The module is constructed as a laminated sandwich having a transparent protective upper layer adhered to a photovoltaic layer. The photovoltaic layer is adhered to a rigid layer formed from a fiber reinforced plastic. The laminated sandwich has a frame around the perimeter. The laminated panel has a layer of double stick tape on the bottom to adhere the panel to the surface of a roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Lumeta, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Flaherty, Timothy M. Davey
  • Patent number: 7509775
    Abstract: A roofing module provides weather protection generates electrical power. The module comprises a base having a plurality of curved crests and curved pans. The crests and pans have contours sized and shaped to match the size and shape of the contours and pans of conventional clay or concrete S-tiles to enable the base to interlock with the conventional clay or concrete S-tiles. The base is made from lightweight plastic material. Each crest of the base includes a depressed portion. A photovoltaic panel is positioned in the depressed portions of at least two curved crests and span across at least one curved pan between the at least two curved crests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Lumeta, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Flaherty, Timothy M. Davey
  • Publication number: 20090077907
    Abstract: A roofing module provides weather protection generates electrical power. The module comprises a base having a plurality of curved crests and curved pans. The crests and pans have contours sized and shaped to match the size and shape of the contours and pans of conventional clay or concrete S-tiles to enable the base to interlock with the conventional clay or concrete S-tiles. The base is made from lightweight plastic material. Each crest of the base includes a depressed portion. A photovoltaic panel is positioned in the depressed portions of at least two curved crests and span across at least one curved pan between the at least two curved crests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Applicant: Lumeta, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Flaherty, Timothy M. Davey
  • Patent number: 7506477
    Abstract: A roofing module provides weather protection generates electrical power. The module comprises a base having a plurality of curved crests and curved pans. The crests and pans have contours sized and shaped to match the size and shape of the contours and pans of conventional clay or concrete S-tiles to enable the base to interlock with the conventional clay or concrete S-tiles. The base is made from lightweight plastic material. Each crest of the base includes a depressed portion. A photovoltaic panel is positioned in the depressed portions of at least two curved crests and span across at least one curved pan between the at least two curved crests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Lumeta, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Flaherty, Timothy M. Davey
  • Publication number: 20080289272
    Abstract: A roofing module provides weather protection generates electrical power. The module includes an injection molded base having a size, a shape and an appearance of a conventional flat concrete roofing tile with a top surface having a slate-like striated texture. The base is made from lightweight plastic material. The base includes a depressed portion in an upper surface. A photovoltaic panel assembly is positioned in the depressed portion with electrical conductors from the photovoltaic panel passing through an opening in the depressed portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Applicant: LUMETA, INC.
    Inventors: Brian J. Flaherty, Timothy M. Davey
  • Publication number: 20080149169
    Abstract: A photovoltaic module generates electrical power when installed on a roof. The module is constructed as a laminated sandwich having a transparent protective upper layer adhered to a photovoltaic layer. The photovoltaic layer is adhered to a rigid layer formed from a fiber reinforced plastic. The laminated sandwich has a frame around the perimeter. The laminated panel has a layer of double stick tape on the bottom to adhere the panel to the surface of a roof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Applicant: LUMETA, INC.
    Inventors: Brian J. Flaherty, Timothy M. Davey
  • Publication number: 20080149168
    Abstract: A photovoltaic module generates electrical power when installed on a roof. The module is constructed as a laminated sandwich having a transparent protective upper layer adhered to a photovoltaic layer. The photovoltaic layer is adhered to a rigid layer formed from a composite panel of fiber reinforced plastic and a metallic layer. The laminated sandwich has a plastic-clad aluminum frame around the perimeter. The laminated sandwich is coated with a moisture resisting coating. The laminated panel has a layer of double stick tape on the bottom to adhere the panel to the surface of a roof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Applicant: DRI Solar Corporation
    Inventors: Brian J. Flaherty, Timothy M. Davey
  • Publication number: 20080000174
    Abstract: A roofing module provides weather protection generates electrical power. The module comprises a base having a plurality of curved crests and curved pans. The crests and pans have contours sized and shaped to match the size and shape of the contours and pans of conventional clay or concrete S-tiles to enable the base to interlock with the conventional clay or concrete S-tiles. The base is made from lightweight plastic material. Each crest of the base includes a depressed portion. A photovoltaic panel is positioned in the depressed portions of at least two curved crests and span across at least one curved pan between the at least two curved crests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Applicant: LUMETA, INC.
    Inventors: Brian J. Flaherty, Timothy M. Davey
  • Publication number: 20080000512
    Abstract: A roofing module provides weather protection generates electrical power. The module comprises a base having a plurality of curved crests and curved pans. The crests and pans have contours sized and shaped to match the size and shape of the contours and pans of conventional clay or concrete S-tiles to enable the base to interlock with the conventional clay or concrete S-tiles. The base is made from lightweight plastic material. Each crest of the base includes a depressed portion. A photovoltaic panel is positioned in the depressed portions of at least two curved crests and span across at least one curved pan between the at least two curved crests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Applicant: DRI ENERGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian J. Flaherty, Timothy M. Davey
  • Patent number: 4942943
    Abstract: A roofing safety device, adapted to be used in connection with substantially all roof configurations comprises an upright support, adapted to be secured to the roof of a building, having at least one self-braking mechanism and cable assembly attached thereto. Disposed at the free end of the cable is a fastening device which may be secured to one of a plurality of heavy rings secured to a belt. The plurality of rings provided on the belt enables the worker to attach the cable of the self-braking mechanism to either side of his body, thereby allowing the worker to perform his task on the roof without being chafed by the cable. A pair of stabilizing struts, each having a rectangular foot at the distal ends thereof which are rotatable about a pair of orthogonal axes enables the device to conform to substantially any rooftop configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1990
    Assignee: Davey Roofing, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian J. Flaherty
  • Patent number: 4852692
    Abstract: A roofing safety device, adapted to be used in connection with substantially all roof configurations comprises an upright support, adapted to be secured to the roof of a building, having at least one self-braking mechanism and cable assembly attached thereto. Disposed at the free end of the cable is a fastening device which may be secured to one of a plurality of heavy rings secured to a belt. The plurality of rings provided on the belt enables the worker to attach the cable of the self-braking mechanism to either side of his body, thereby allowing the worker to perform his task on the roof without being chafed by the cable. A pair of stabilizing struts, each having a rectangular foot at the distal ends thereof which are rotatable about a pair of orthogonal axes enables the device to conform to substantially any rooftop configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1989
    Assignee: Davey Roofing, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian J. Flaherty