Patents by Inventor Brian Neil

Brian Neil 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: 20200203171
    Abstract: A method for patterning a layer increases the density of features formed over an initial patterning layer using a series of self-aligned spacers. A layer to be etched is provided, then an initial sacrificial patterning layer, for example formed using optical lithography, is formed over the layer to be etched. Depending on the embodiment, the patterning layer may be trimmed, then a series of spacer layers formed and etched. The number of spacer layers and their target dimensions depends on the desired increase in feature density. An in-process semiconductor device and electronic system is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Baosuo Zhou, Mirzafer K. Abatchev, Ardavan Niroomand, Paul A. Morgan, Shuang Meng, Joseph Neil Greeley, Brian J. Coppa
  • Publication number: 20200191640
    Abstract: A load suspension and weighing system for a removable reservoir unit of a portable dialysis machine includes a centrally located flexure assembly. The flexure assembly includes magnets and a number of flexure rings which allow for movement of the magnets about a fixed circuit board. Sensors in the circuit board sense changes in the magnetic field as the magnets move in relation to the circuit board. The magnetic field changes produce a voltage output which is used by a processor to generate weight calculations. The top of the flexure assembly is attached to the interior of the dialysis machine. The entirety of the reservoir unit is suspended by a first internal frame that is attached to the bottom of the flexure assembly. Having a single flexure assembly positioned above the reservoir unit provides more accurate weight measurements while also preventing damage to the assembly from water spillage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Barry Neil Fulkerson, Joe Fazio, Alec Huang, Brian Thomas Kelly, Tam Nolan, Mark Smith
  • Publication number: 20200179809
    Abstract: Systems and methods enable most valuable players (MVPs) of a gameplay session to play a bonus gameplay session where other players (non-MVP players) participate as player-spectators in online video games and, through a collective voting mechanism or through active interaction, determine the occurrence of certain events or contents of the bonus gameplay in real time. In this manner, non-MVP players are able to directly affect the course of the bonus gameplay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Jason Lin, Paul Derek Yan, Michael James Stout, Daniel Neil, Brian Thomas Fricks
  • Publication number: 20200155756
    Abstract: The specification discloses a portable dialysis machine having a detachable controller unit and base unit with an improved reservoir heating system. The controller unit includes a door having an interior face, a housing with a panel, where the housing and panel define a recessed region configured to receive the interior face of the door, and a manifold receiver fixedly attached to the panel. The base unit has a reservoir with an internal pan and external pan, separated by a space that holds a heating element. The heating element is electrically coupled to electrical contacts attached to the external surface of the external pan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Barry Neil Fulkerson, Alec Huang, Brian Thomas Kelly, Tam Nolan
  • Patent number: 10643322
    Abstract: This disclosure is generally drawn to systems, devices, apparatuses, and/or methods, related to monitoring a shaker used for separating solids from fluid. Specifically, the disclosed systems, devices, apparatuses, and/or methods relate to capturing infrared images of a shaker or components thereof (e.g., shaker baskets, decks, screens) and performing actions on the shaker, its components, and/or the its operation based at least in part on the captured infrared images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventors: Benjamin Lanning Holton, Colin Stewart, Brian Neil Ligertwood
  • Patent number: 10623199
    Abstract: For outputting audio based on a user's location, an apparatus is disclosed. A system, method, and program product also perform the functions of the apparatus. The apparatus for outputting audio based on a user's location includes a processor and a memory that stores code executable by the processor. The processor receives an audible command to output audio and associates the audible command with a particular user. Additionally, the processor monitors a location of the particular user and output audio, based on the command, from a device nearest a location of the particular user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE LTD
    Inventors: Nathan J. Peterson, Brian Jules Jaeger, Joshua Neil Novak, Nicholas Richard Roberts
  • Patent number: 10607844
    Abstract: A method for patterning a layer increases the density of features formed over an initial patterning layer using a series of self-aligned spacers. A layer to be etched is provided, then an initial sacrificial patterning layer, for example formed using optical lithography, is formed over the layer to be etched. Depending on the embodiment, the patterning layer may be trimmed, then a series of spacer layers formed and etched. The number of spacer layers and their target dimensions depends on the desired increase in feature density. An in-process semiconductor device and electronic system is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Baosuo Zhou, Mirzafer K. Abatchev, Ardavan Niroomand, Paul A. Morgan, Shuang Meng, Joseph Neil Greeley, Brian J. Coppa
  • Publication number: 20200094794
    Abstract: Vehicles according to at least some embodiments of the disclosure include a sensor, and a computing device comprising at least one hardware processing unit. The computing device is programmed to perform operations comprising capturing an image with the sensor, identifying an object in the image, and in response to an accuracy of the identification meeting a first criterion, pre-loading a braking system of the autonomous vehicle. In some aspects, the computing device may predict that an object not currently within a path of the vehicle has a probability of entering the path of the vehicle that meets a second criterion. When the probability of entering the path meets the second criterion, some of the disclosed embodiments may pre-load the braking system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Mark Calleija, Eyal Cohen, Kenneth James Jensen, Randol Aikin, Brian Neil
  • Publication number: 20200089869
    Abstract: For increased security, a source is determined for software to be installed on a computing device. In one approach, an application identifier is received from the computing device for an application to be installed. A source identifier of the application is determined. The application identifier and the source identifier are sent over a network to a server. A first state designation for the first application is received from the server. The first state designation represents a trusted state or an untrusted state. In response to receiving the first state designation, a second state designation is set. The second state designation is sent to the computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: David Richardson, Ahmed Mohamed Farrakha, William Neil Robinson, Brian James Buck
  • Patent number: 10586405
    Abstract: A method, computer-readable storage device and apparatus for exchanging vehicle information are disclosed. For example, the method receives the vehicle information from a second vehicle, wherein the vehicle information is received via a direct vehicle to vehicle communication, calculates an operating parameter of the second vehicle, determines an alert condition based on the operating parameter of the second vehicle, and provides a notification of the alert condition to a driver of the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Michael S. Denny, Brian Dominguez, Brian Greaves, Craig Lee, Ricardo Niedermeyer, Steven Neil Tischer
  • Publication number: 20200061280
    Abstract: The specification discloses a portable dialysis machine having a detachable controller unit and base unit. The controller unit includes a door having an interior face, a housing with a panel, where the housing and panel define a recessed region configured to receive the interior face of the door, and a manifold receiver fixedly attached to the panel. The manifold includes diaphragms adapted to minimize the dead space between the dialysis machine pins and improve responsivity. The base unit has a planar surface for receiving a container of fluid, a scale integrated with the planar surface and a heater in thermal communication with the container. Embodiments of the disclosed portable dialysis system have improved structural and functional features, including improved modularity, ease of use, and safety features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Barry Neil Fulkerson, Alec Huang, Brian Thomas Kelly
  • Publication number: 20200058074
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure help protect computing devices by, among other things, identifying events that may pose a risk to a computing device based on data from sensors coupled to the computer device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventors: John Gunther Hering, Kevin Patrick Mahaffey, Brian James Buck, William Neil Robinson
  • Patent number: 10540494
    Abstract: An action may be performed in response to a determination of a source of side-loaded software. In one case, the handling of an application on a mobile device may be based on whether the source of the application is trusted or untrusted. If a software application being newly-installed on a mobile device of a user is determined to be untrusted, installation or execution is blocked. In one approach, the determination of the source includes: receiving, from the mobile device, a first application identifier and a first source identifier, each for a first application; sending the first application identifier and the first source identifier over a network to an administrator server; receiving, from the administrator server, a first state designation for the first application; setting a second state designation based on the first state designation; and sending the second state designation to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Lookout, Inc.
    Inventors: David Richardson, Ahmed Mohamed Farrakha, William Neil Robinson, Brian James Buck
  • Patent number: 10539450
    Abstract: A load suspension and weighing system for a removable reservoir unit of a portable dialysis machine includes a centrally located flexure assembly. The flexure assembly includes magnets and a number of flexure rings which allow for movement of the magnets about a fixed circuit board. Sensors in the circuit board sense changes in the magnetic field as the magnets move in relation to the circuit board. The magnetic field changes produce a voltage output which is used by a processor to generate weight calculations. The top of the flexure assembly is attached to the interior of the dialysis machine. The entirety of the reservoir unit is suspended by a first internal frame that is attached to the bottom of the flexure assembly. Having a single flexure assembly positioned above the reservoir unit provides more accurate weight measurements while also preventing damage to the assembly from water spillage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry Neil Fulkerson, Joe Fazio, Alec Huang, Brian Thomas Kelly, Tam Nolan, Mark Smith
  • Publication number: 20200012528
    Abstract: Systems and methods for coordinating components can include: determining, by a first application executing on a client device, a need to perform a sharable functional task; identifying a first software component installed on the client device and capable of performing a first variation of the sharable functional task; identifying a second software component installed on the client device and capable of performing a second variation of the sharable functional task, wherein the second variation of the sharable functional task is functionally overlapping with and not identical to the first variation; identifying a set of characteristics of both the first software component and the second software component; selecting the second software component for performing the sharable functional task based on the set of characteristics, where the set of characteristics includes at least a version number; and delegating performance of the sharable functional task to the second software component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Applicant: LOOKOUT, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew John Joseph LaMantia, Brian James Buck, Stephen J. Edwards, William Neil Robinson
  • Publication number: 20190377465
    Abstract: Techniques to control arrangement of items in a user interface is described. In one or more implementations, intuitive rearrangement of items in a user interface is caused by a computing device. A priority ordering of items, one to another, is determined that is specified for display of the items in a first layout in a user interface of the computing device. The items are assigned into respective ones of a plurality of groups that together compose one or more linear arrangements of the groups. Arrangement of the items is controlled by the computing device for display in a second layout in the user interface that is different from the first layout by an amount of display area available in the user interface along one or more dimensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Poorva Singal, Matthew Neil Akers, Brian Eric Uphoff
  • Publication number: 20190377189
    Abstract: A housing, including mounting features for directly mounted components, is formed by curing carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) and a molding compound (MC) such as a sheet molding compound (SMC) or a bulk molding compound (BMC). SMC or BMC may be used depending on the implementation. This forms a housing with mounting features in a thermoset manner, in which the weight of a product such as a head mounted display (which incorporates the housing comprising the mounting features) is reduced, and any orientation issues or problems are significantly reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Brian J. TOLENO, Igor MARKOVSKY, Michael NIKKHOO, Joseph Daniel TAYLOR, Michael Neil BEERMAN, Marianne Elizabeth LAFORD
  • Patent number: 10489862
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure help protect computing devices by, among other things, identifying events that may pose a risk to a computing device based on data from sensors coupled to the computer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: LOOKOUT, INC.
    Inventors: John Gunther Hering, Kevin Mahaffey, Brian James Buck, William Neil Robinson
  • Patent number: 10491603
    Abstract: A method includes: determining an encryption level associated with an application installed on a computing device; determining a context in which the computing device is operating, wherein determining the context comprises identifying a geographic location of the computing device; determining at least one rule associated with the context, wherein determining the at least one rule comprises identifying a security policy corresponding to allowed encryption levels associated with the identified geographic location of the computing device; determining whether the encryption level associated with the application installed on the computing device meets the allowed encryption level associated with the one rule; and in response to determining that the encryption level associated with the application installed on the computing device does not meet the allowed encryption level associated with the one rule, causing at least one action on the computing device to meet the allowed encryption level associated with the one r
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: LOOKOUT, INC.
    Inventors: William Neil Robinson, Brian James Buck
  • Publication number: 20190354717
    Abstract: A rule-based attribution mechanism analyzes documents having different types of data in different formats through the application of script-based rules that apply a tag to the document identifying the type of sensitive data that is contained in the document. Documents having similar tags are aggregated so that the sensitive data is scrubbed from the document leaving the telemetric data available for downstream processing. The scrubbing entails different actions, such as, eliminating the sensitive data, obfuscating the sensitive data, and converting the sensitive data into a non-sensitive value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: BRIAN BOON, DINESH CHANDNANI, ZHU CHEN, RAM KUMAR DONTHULA, MATTHEW SLOAN THEODORE EVANS, ANDREW NEIL, VIJAYA UPADYA, GEOFFREY STANEFF, SHIBANI BASAVA, EVGENIA STESHENKO, CARL BROCHU, SHAUN MILLER, XIN SHI