Patents by Inventor Brian Paul Williams

Brian Paul Williams 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: 20200050208
    Abstract: Autonomous machine navigation techniques may generate a three-dimensional point cloud that represents at least a work region based on feature data and matching data. Pose data associated with points of the three-dimensional point cloud may be generated that represents poses of an autonomous machine. A boundary may be determined using the pose data for subsequent navigation of the autonomous machine in the work region. Non-vision-based sensor data may be used to determine a pose. The pose may be updated based on the vision-based pose data. The autonomous machine may be navigated within the boundary of the work region based on the updated pose. The three-dimensional point cloud may be generated based on data captured during a touring phase. Boundaries may be generated based on data captured during a mapping phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Alexander Steven Frick, Jason Thomas Kraft, Ryan Douglas Ingvalson, Christopher Charles Osterwood, David Arthur LaRose, Zachary Irvin Parker, Adam Richard Williams, Stephen Paul Elizondo Landers, Michael Jason Ramsay, Brian Daniel Beyer
  • Patent number: 9010990
    Abstract: The disclosed apparatus, system and method relate to a shaft-actuated spindle mixer where the spindle mixer includes a motor and at least one motor switch enclosed in a mixer housing. A spindle shaft extends from the housing and is mechanically connected to the motor. The motor is mounted to a moveable mixer component such that the spindle shaft can be displaced to thereby causing the associated movement of the enclosed motor and moveable mixer component to which the motor is mounted. Movement of the movable mixer component actuates a switch. Actuating the switch causes the selective activation of the mixer motor. Activating the mixer motor rotates the spindle shaft. The disclosed apparatus and method provide for the optional one-handed operation of a spindle mixer, eliminate the need for a user or a cup to directly contact a switch to engage the spindle mixer, and further provides for the sanitary operation of a spindle mixer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc
    Inventors: Benjamin H. Branson, III, Ernest B. Pryor, Jr., Michael G. Sandford, Brian Paul Williams, Ann Marie Blackmon
  • Patent number: 8752481
    Abstract: A blender with an air intake snorkel where the snorkel extends away from a motor housing provided by the blender is provided. The snorkel includes an air intake opening, an outlet opening, and a conduit fluidly connecting the intake and outlet openings. In one preferred embodiment, the snorkel includes a cap connected to the snorkel wherein the cap partially obstructs access to the intake opening in order to prevent contamination of the conduit. The outlet opening fluidly communicates with an inlet aperture provided by the motor housing. In use, an electric motor contained by the housing actuates a fan. The fan pulls air through the intake opening, conduit, and outlet opening. The air enters the housing via the inlet aperture where it acts to cool the electric motor. In one preferred embodiment, the appliance is a blender and the motor housing comprises a blender base that is installed on a countertop or in-counter (i.e., a portion of the blender extends into or through the plane defined by a countertop).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Paul Williams, Steven W. Ashworth
  • Publication number: 20130256436
    Abstract: A blender control apparatus and method includes monitoring the operation of a blender motor as a measure of monitoring the quality and results of blending. The method includes a two-step query to the user to determine both a predetermined blender cycle and the number of portions to be blended.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventors: John Robert Bohannon, JR., Brian Paul Williams
  • Patent number: 8485715
    Abstract: A blender control apparatus and method includes monitoring the operation of a blender motor as a measure of monitoring the quality and results of blending. By connecting a feedback sensor to the motor, it is possible to determine whether a blend process is complete. It is also possible to identify when cavitation is occurring or about to occur. In another aspect, the blender controls are directed to an improved method for portion blending. The method includes a two-step query to the user to determine both a predetermined blender cycle and the number of portions to be blended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: John Robert Bohannon, Jr., Brian Paul Williams
  • Patent number: PP23931
    Abstract: A new cultivar of Canna plant named ‘Maui Punch’, that is characterized by its medium to large flowers that are bright yellow with numerous bright red spots that are self-cleaning and do not require deadheading, its compact plant habit, its branched flower spikes, resulting in numerous flowers per spike, and light green foliage, and its bloom from spring until frost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Brian's Botanicals
    Inventor: Brian Paul Williams
  • Patent number: PP24315
    Abstract: A new cultivar of Musa plant named ‘MeKong Giant’, that is characterized by its large green leaves with red coloration on the lower surface of the young leaves, its very fast growth habit and large stature, its good cold hardiness, its thick trunks that are streaked with dark pink to dark maroon with age, and its large underground rhizomes with new growth that returns quickly from winter dormancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Brian's Botanicals
    Inventor: Brian Paul Williams
  • Patent number: PP24391
    Abstract: A new cultivar of Alocasia plant named ‘Upright Mayan Mask’, that is characterized by its leaves that are 1 to 3 feet in length (age dependant), dark green in color with lighter green veins on the upper surface and dark purple in color on the lower surface with colors non-fading with sunlight and age, its leaves that are thick and durable that remain upright with age and are wind tolerant, its light green petioles, its upright plant habit providing good cold tolerance and rot resistance, its ability to produce large stem-like tubers with age, its fast growth rate, its healthy root system, and its height of about 1.8 m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Brian's Botanicals
    Inventor: Brian Paul Williams
  • Patent number: PP25219
    Abstract: A new cultivar of Colocasia plant named ‘Noble Gigante’, that is characterized by its large plants that grow up to 2 m in height, its large leaves up to 1.2 m in length that are held horizontal and are green and suffused with purple when young and mature to deep purple, its petioles that are deep purple in color, its inflorescences that are purple in color and sterile, and its vigorous growth habit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Brian's Botanicals
    Inventor: Brian Paul Williams
  • Patent number: PP25220
    Abstract: A new cultivar of Alocasia plant named ‘Zulu Mask’, that is characterized by its large leaves that are dark green in color with white veins on the upper surface and dark maroon in color on the lower surface, its leaves that are long, arrow-shaped with long basal lobes and leaf tips that point downward, its leaves that are orientated horizontal to downward, its petioles that are greenish white in color, its plant height of 0.9 to 1.2 m (3 to 4 ft.) when mature, and its good resistance to root rot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Brians Botanicals
    Inventor: Brian Paul Williams
  • Patent number: PP26151
    Abstract: A new cultivar of Colocasia plant named ‘Black Ripple’, that is characterized by its leaves that are very dark black-purple in color with a surface that is corrugated (puckered), iridescent and shiny, its dwarf and compact plant habit, its petioles that are deep purple in color, its clump forming growth habit, and its vigorous growth habit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: BRIAN'S BOTANICALS
    Inventor: Brian Paul Williams
  • Patent number: PP26152
    Abstract: A new cultivar of Colocasia plant named ‘Imperial Gigante’, that is characterized by its large leaves that are light green and suffused with black between bright yellow-green veins, its leaves that are held horizontal to the petioles, its large tubers when mature, and its small tuberous rhizomes that are produced at the base of mature plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: BRIAN'S BOTANICALS
    Inventor: Brian Paul Williams
  • Patent number: PP26153
    Abstract: A new cultivar of Colocasia plant named ‘Electric Blue Gecko’, that is characterized by its leaves that are very dark black in color with a metallic blue sheen on the upper surface and dark maroon on the lower surface, its dwarf and compact plant habit, its petioles that are dark maroon in color, and its clump forming growth habit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: BRIAN'S BOTANICALS
    Inventor: Brian Paul Williams
  • Patent number: PP26890
    Abstract: A new cultivar of Colocasia plant named ‘Dragon Heart’ that is characterized by its large plant habit growing up to 2.1 m in height, its large leaves up to 90 cm in length, its velvety leaves that are very dark purple-black in color, its production of large tubers up to 15 cm in diameter, and its maroon petioles that are streaked with dark maroon and black.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Brian's Botanicals
    Inventor: Brian Paul Williams
  • Patent number: PP26891
    Abstract: A new cultivar of Colocasia plant named ‘Victorious Gigante’ that is characterized by its very large leaves that are light green in color on the upper surface and grey-green on the lower surface and held horizontal on petiole, its leaves with a rugose surface and cupped edges to form a bowl shape, and its small tuberous rhizomes at the base of the plant that become large tubers with age.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Brian's Botanicals
    Inventor: Brian Paul Williams
  • Patent number: PP27513
    Abstract: A new cultivar of Caladium plant named ‘Poison Dart Frog’, that is characterized by its compact, medium-sized plant habit growing 30 to 60 cm in height, its sagittate-shaped leaves that are dark green overlaid with large reddish-pink blotches and sporadically with small white spots in color, it petioles that are dark green in color, its healthy root system, its ability to grow well in full sun where its leaves develop a reflective sheen, and its production of very large tubers as it ages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: BRIAN'S BOTANICALS
    Inventor: Brian Paul Williams
  • Patent number: PP27733
    Abstract: A new cultivar of Colocasia plant named ‘Painted Black Gecko’, that is characterized by its clump forming, medium-sized plant habit growing 1.2 to 1.5 m in height, its leaves that are very dark purple-black in color with a blue metallic sheen, its leaves with lower surfaces that are dark maroon in color, its petioles that are dark purple-black in color, its healthy root system that is that is resilient to cold in U.S.D.A. Zone 7, and its production of tubers as it ages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: BRIAN'S BOTANICALS
    Inventor: Brian Paul Williams
  • Patent number: PP27966
    Abstract: A new cultivar of Colocasia plant named ‘Black Sapphire Gecko’, that is characterized by its clump forming, large plant habit growing up to 1.8 m in height, its leaves that are dark purple-black in color with a reflective sheen on the upper surface and maroon in color on the lower surface, its petioles that are dark maroon in color, its healthy root system that is cold hardy up to U.S.D.A. Zone 7, and its production of large tubers as it ages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Brian's Botanicals
    Inventor: Brian Paul Williams
  • Patent number: PP28001
    Abstract: A new cultivar of Colocasia plant named ‘Maximus Gigante’, that is characterized by its clump forming, large plant habit growing up to 2.1 m in height, its large leaves up to 1 m in length that are held nearly horizontally, its leaves that are green in color with a pinkish-purple marking where the stem attaches and dark bluish-purple colored markings between the veins, its leaves with lower surfaces maroon-gray to green in color, its petioles that are dark green to bluish gray in color, suffused with pink at the edges, its healthy root system that is cold hardy up to U.S.D.A. Zone 7, and its production of very large tubers as it ages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: BRIAN'S BOTANICALS
    Inventor: Brian Paul Williams
  • Patent number: PP28766
    Abstract: A new cultivar of Colocasia plant named, ‘Fierce Gigante’, that is characterized by its leaves that are large in size, its leaves that are rounded and hastate in shape, its foliage color that is green with a small light violet dot in the center of the leaf, its larger growing habit up to 7 feet in height, its clumping, robust and vigorous plant habit, its petioles that are deep purple in color, its foliage that is held horizontally to upright in aspect, and its root system that is strong and healthy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: BRIAN'S BOTANICALS
    Inventor: Brian Paul Williams