Patents by Inventor Brian N. Pierce

Brian N. Pierce 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: 20180149341
    Abstract: A compact, environmentally isolated platform for mounting optical components, comprising a plurality of similarly shaped substantially flat plates, an enclosing structural element, and an interior structural element. The similarly shaped substantially flat plates define planes generally parallel to each other. The enclosing structural element is shaped to generally contain the plurality of similarly shaped substantially flat plates with an interior surface shaped to accommodate the perimeters of the plurality of similarly shaped substantially flat plates, and surrounds the perimeters of the plurality of similarly shaped substantially flat plates. The interior structural element passes through or connecting at least two of the plurality of similarly shaped substantially flat plates to provide structural support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventors: Brian N. Pierce, Lawrence A. Zulch
  • Patent number: 9909742
    Abstract: A compact, environmentally isolated platform for mounting optical components, comprising a plurality of similarly shaped substantially flat plates, an enclosing structural element, and an interior structural element. The similarly shaped substantially flat plates define planes generally parallel to each other. The enclosing structural element is shaped to generally contain the plurality of similarly shaped substantially flat plates with an interior surface shaped to accommodate the perimeters of the plurality of similarly shaped substantially flat plates, and surrounds the perimeters of the plurality of similarly shaped substantially flat plates. The interior structural element passes through or connecting at least two of the plurality of similarly shaped substantially flat plates to provide structural support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Photometics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian N. Pierce, Lawrence A. Zulch
  • Publication number: 20170268755
    Abstract: A compact, environmentally isolated platform for mounting optical components, comprising a plurality of similarly shaped substantially flat plates, an enclosing structural element, and an interior structural element. The similarly shaped substantially flat plates define planes generally parallel to each other. The enclosing structural element is shaped to generally contain the plurality of similarly shaped substantially flat plates with an interior surface shaped to accommodate the perimeters of the plurality of similarly shaped substantially flat plates, and surrounds the perimeters of the plurality of similarly shaped substantially flat plates. The interior structural element passes through or connecting at least two of the plurality of similarly shaped substantially flat plates to provide structural support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Brian N. Pierce, Lawrence A. Zulch
  • Patent number: 9702532
    Abstract: A compact, environmentally isolated platform for mounting optical components, comprising a plurality of similarly shaped substantially flat plates, an enclosing structural element, and an interior structural element. The similarly shaped substantially flat plates are comprised of metal or composite material, define planes generally parallel to each other, are configured to receive mountable optical components, and have at least one aperture. The enclosing structural element is comprised of metal or composite material, is shaped to generally contain the plurality of similarly shaped substantially flat plates with an interior surface shaped to accommodate the perimeters of the plurality of similarly shaped substantially flat plates, and surrounds the perimeters of the plurality of similarly shaped substantially flat plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Photometics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian N. Pierce, Lawrence A. Zulch
  • Publication number: 20140222116
    Abstract: Neoplastic tissue, viral and bacterial infections, and other physiological disorders and conditions are treated by irradiation of the host with electromagnetic radiation at a wavelength that is differentially absorbed by the offending tissue or cells. Radiation with differential absorption is also used in the sterilization of articles and packing made from synthetic polymers and for the treatment of food stuffs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Photometics, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian N. Pierce
  • Patent number: 8790381
    Abstract: Neoplastic tissue, viral and bacterial infections, and other physiological disorders and conditions are treated by irradiation of the host with electromagnetic radiation at a wavelength that is differentially absorbed by the offending tissue or cells. Radiation with differential absorption is also used in the sterilization of articles and packing made from synthetic polymers and for the treatment of food stuffs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Photometics, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian N. Pierce
  • Patent number: 7608794
    Abstract: Drupaceous fruit pieces, including fruit flesh with and without pit matter adhering to the flesh as well as loose pits and pit pieces themselves, are passed through an integrated system of multiple sorting units utilizing different sorting methodologies. The sorting units include a laser-based sorting unit that sorts according to differences in light scattering, a diode-based sorting unit that sorts according to differences in light reflectance, and in certain embodiments a camera-based sorting unit that sorts according to differences in color. The system also includes an impact separator that dislodges pit material from fruit flesh from which the pit material has not been dislodged by any preceding units, most notably by pitting machinery through which the fruit has passed prior to entering the system of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Sunsweet Growers, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian N. Pierce
  • Patent number: 7609074
    Abstract: The moisture content of a foodstuff or other solid matter is determined by reducing the matter to a paste, packing the paste into a vessel equipped with multiple pairs of plate electrodes and one or more temperature sensors, applying an AC voltage across each pair of electrodes, and measuring the impedance of the paste from each pair of electrodes. The multiple impedance measurements are averaged or otherwise processed to obtain a value that is representative of the paste, and that value and the temperature are processed against calibration data to achieve a value of the moisture content of the paste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Sunsweet Growers, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian N. Pierce, Orion Davies, Michael Gildemeister
  • Publication number: 20080208294
    Abstract: Neoplastic tissue, viral and bacterial infections, and other physiological disorders and conditions are treated by irradiation of the host with electromagnetic radiation at a wavelength that is differentially absorbed by the offending tissue or cells. Radiation with differential absorption is also used in the sterilization of articles and packing made from synthetic polymers and for the treatment of food stuffs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Applicant: Advanced Light Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Brian N. Pierce
  • Publication number: 20080177359
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the process of selectively exposing matter to a specific wavelength of electromagnetic energy in sufficient flux density per wavelength to cause or promote a desired effect. The process includes, but is not limited to, destroying, disinfecting, denaturing, disinfesting, disrupting, or dehydration of one or more of the substances present. More specifically, present invention relates to subjecting matter, which may contain a mixture of substances, to electromagnetic energy, in concurrence with its spectral properties to exploit the spectral differences within the substance or within a mixture of substances. Energies are applied to cause wavelength-dependent reactions resulting from differential absorption; this additional applied energy manifests itself in changes, or quantum transitions, in the vibrational, rotational, magnetic, and electronic states of the molecules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Applicant: Advanced Light Technology, LLC.
    Inventor: Brian N. Pierce
  • Patent number: 7373254
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the process of selectively exposing matter to a specific wavelength of electromagnetic energy in sufficient flux density per wavelength to cause or promote a desired effect. The process includes, but is not limited to, destroying, disinfecting, denaturing, disinfesting, disrupting, or dehydration of one or more of the substances present. More specifically, present invention relates to subjecting matter, which may contain a mixture of substances, to electromagnetic energy, in concurrence with its spectral properties to exploit the spectral differences within the substance or within a mixture of substances. Energies are applied to cause wavelength-dependent reactions resulting from differential absorption; this additional applied energy manifests itself in changes, or quantum transitions, in the vibrational, rotational, magnetic, and electronic states of the molecules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Advanced Light Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Brian N. Pierce
  • Patent number: 7354433
    Abstract: Neoplastic tissue, viral and bacterial infections, and other physiological disorders and conditions are treated by irradiation of the host with electromagnetic radiation at a wavelength that is differentially absorbed by the offending tissue or cells. Radiation with differential absorption is also used in the sterilization of articles and packing made from synthetic polymers and for the treatment of food stuffs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Advanced Light Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Brian N. Pierce
  • Patent number: 7018201
    Abstract: A dehydration tunnel for fruits, vegetables, and other products reduces the vulnerability of the products to damage from carmelization and case hardening by dividing a row of product vessels into two segments, passing heated air simultaneously over both segments but in opposite directions, and advancing the row of vessels unidirectionally through the tunnel. Each vessel is thus exposed to a stream of heated air traversing the vessel in one direction, followed by a separate stream of heated air traversing the vessel in the opposite direction. This allows the tunnel to be operated at moderate temperatures and reduces the harmful temperature cycling of each vessel that is typical of tunnel dryers of the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Sunsweet Growers, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian N. Pierce, Steven Ralph Rasmussen
  • Publication number: 20040236267
    Abstract: Neoplastic tissue, viral and bacterial infections, and other physiological disorders and conditions are treated by irradiation of the host with electromagnetic radiation at a wavelength that is differentially absorbed by the offending tissue or cells. Radiation with differential absorption is also used in the sterilization of articles and packing made from synthetic polymers and for the treatment of food stuffs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Applicant: Advanced Light Technology, LLC, a corporation of the state of California
    Inventor: Brian N. Pierce
  • Publication number: 20030027186
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the process of selectively exposing matter to a specific wavelength of electromagnetic energy in sufficient flux density per wavelength to cause or promote a desired effect. The process includes, but is not limited to, destroying, disinfecting, denaturing, disinfesting, disrupting, or dehydration of one or more of the substances present. More specifically, present invention relates to subjecting matter, which may contain a mixture of substances, to electromagnetic energy, in concurrence with its spectral properties to exploit the spectral differences within the substance or within a mixture of substances. Energies are applied to cause wavelength-dependent reactions resulting from differential absorption; this additional applied energy manifests itself in changes, or quantum transitions, in the vibrational, rotational, magnetic, and electronic states of the molecules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2002
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Applicant: ADVANCED LIGHT TECHNOLOGY, LLC.
    Inventor: Brian N. Pierce
  • Patent number: 5820820
    Abstract: A process for selectively dehydrating organic matter, and at the same time eliminating insects, larvae and insect eggs that are carried by the organic matter is provided. This process leaves the product free of all toxic chemicals. The process includes the use of selected narrow bands of infrared radiation. Narrow bands of infrared radiation are selected that most efficiently penetrate the product being processed. The color of the product, its physiological properties such as oil, sugar and water content are factors considered in the selection of the vacuum, temperature, and time of the process. The process is performed in a vacuum which reduces the vapor point of the target water or solvent contained in the product being processed and permits the process to be performed at a temperature that does not harm the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventor: Brian N. Pierce