Patents by Inventor Brian Ward

Brian Ward 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).

  • Patent number: 11164598
    Abstract: A method includes writing first data on a first track of a data storage surface, and storing information for the first data in a memory other than the data storage surface. The method also includes performing a write operation on a second track of the data storage surface after the data is written on the first track. The second track is adjacent to the first track. The method further includes identifying potentially-overwritten sectors of the first track as a result of the performance of the write operation on the second track, and performing a first read operation on the identified potentially-overwritten sectors of the first track after completion of the write operation on the second track. Second data associated with the identified potentially-overwritten sectors is then stored in a solid-state memory, and mirrored to media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Anil Kashyap, Jason Charles Jury, Joshua Ward Christensen, Brian T. Edgar, Mark A. Gaertner
  • Publication number: 20210337401
    Abstract: A system described herein may provide a technique for the analysis of antennas in a wireless network, and the ensuing detection of misaligned antennas. Images reflecting measures of interference associated with different antennas may be analyzed based on structural similarity index (“SSIM”) or other similarity analysis techniques, and antennas may be paired according to this analysis. The paired antennas may be compared to a known configuration. Mismatches may indicate misalignment or other malfunctions, based on which automated remedial measures (e.g., antenna realignment) may be performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 28, 2021
    Inventors: Jason A. Birr, Katrina Adams, Brian A. Ward
  • Patent number: 11159961
    Abstract: A system described herein may provide a technique for the analysis of antennas in a wireless network, and the ensuing detection of misaligned antennas. Images reflecting measures of interference associated with different antennas may be analyzed based on structural similarity index (“SSIM”) or other similarity analysis techniques, and antennas may be paired according to this analysis. The paired antennas may be compared to a known configuration. Mismatches may indicate misalignment or other malfunctions, based on which automated remedial measures (e.g., antenna realignment) may be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Jason A. Birr, Katrina Adams, Brian A. Ward
  • Publication number: 20210324449
    Abstract: The present invention provides a plurality of oligonucleotides comprising a semi-random sequence, wherein the semi-random sequence comprises degenerate nucleotides that are substantially non-complementary. Also provided are methods for using the plurality of oligonucleotides to amplify a population of target nucleic acids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2021
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Inventors: Brian Ward, Kenneth Heuermann
  • Patent number: 11149885
    Abstract: A high pressure swivel comprises a first tube; a second tube; and a plurality of balls contained between a plurality of bearing races and a plurality of complimentary bearing races, wherein the first tube and the second tube comprise a carburizing grade micro-alloy steel, wherein the carburizing grade micro-alloy steel comprises a yield strength of greater than about 110,000 psi, a tensile strength of greater than about 130,000 psi, an elongation of greater than about 14%, a reduction area of greater than about 45%, and a longitudinal Charpy v-notch of greater than about 31 ft/lbs longitudinal at about ?40° C., and a nickel concentration of less than about 1 wt. %, by weight of the carburizing grade micro-alloy steel, and a carbon content of less than about 0.15 wt. %, by weight of the carburizing grade micro-alloy steel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: S.P.M. Flow Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Witkowski, Matt Treida, Ben Ward
  • Publication number: 20210314183
    Abstract: A device may include a memory storing instructions and processor configured to execute the instructions to maintain an Internet of Things (IoT) device database that stores, for an IoT device in the IoT device database, an application server device list that includes one or more application server devices that are to be notified when the IoT device is determined to be in an awake state. The processor may be further configured to receive a first indication from a first application server device that the IoT device is in an awake state; access the IoT device database to identify a second application server device associated with the IoT device; and send a second indication to the second application server device that the IoT device is in the awake state based on the received first indication from the first application server device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Inventors: Rachel Ward, Ning Zhang, Carl Wang, Brian Matthew White
  • Patent number: 11136761
    Abstract: A shingle includes a substrate having an asphalt coating on a top surface of the substrate and on a bottom surface of the substrate. A surface layer of granules is embedded in the asphalt on the top surface of the substrate. A backdust layer of particles is embedded in the asphalt on the bottom surface of the substrate. A sealant is disposed on the backdust. A hydrophobic material is applied to the sealant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventors: Donn R. Vermilion, Xiujuan Zhang, William Brian Ward, Chris Armintrout
  • Patent number: 11124968
    Abstract: A shingle includes a substrate having an asphalt coating on a top surface of the substrate and on a bottom surface of the substrate. A surface layer of granules is embedded in the asphalt on the top surface of the substrate. A backdust layer of particles is embedded in the asphalt on the bottom surface of the substrate. A sealant is disposed on the backdust. A hydrophobic material is applied to the sealant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventors: Donn R. Vermilion, Xiujuan Zhang, William Brian Ward, Chris Armintrout
  • Publication number: 20210253184
    Abstract: A tie down apparatus that may be utilized for securing an item, such as a safety chain, wherein the tie down apparatus may be used with a hitch mounting system. In one embodiment, the tie down apparatus may include a receiving member, a tie down member, and a locking member. The receiving member may include an opening located there through. The tie down member may include at least one aperture, wherein the locking member may extend therethrough. The locking member may selectively engage the receiving member. The locking member may include a head that engages with a safety chain member positioned on the tie down apparatus to prevent disengagement between the locking member and the receiving member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2021
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Inventor: Brian Ward
  • Publication number: 20210248015
    Abstract: Systems described herein may allow for the intelligent configuration of containers onto virtualized resources. Different configurations may be generated based on the simulation of alternate placements of containers onto nodes, where the placement of a particular container onto a particular node may serve as a root for several branches which may themselves simulate the placement of additional containers on the node (in addition to the container(s) indicated in the root). Once a set of configurations are generated, a particular configuration may be selected according to determined selection parameters and/or intelligent selection techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2021
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Applicant: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Kapala, Hector A. Garcia Crespo, Sudha Subramaniam, Brian A. Ward, Brent D. Segner
  • Publication number: 20210221188
    Abstract: An under bed hitch mounting apparatus is shown and described. The under bed hitch mounting apparatus may comprise a first bracket attachable to a frame of a vehicle below a load bed of the vehicle and a second bracket attachable to the frame of the vehicle below a load bed of the vehicle, the second bracket transversely spaced from the first bracket. The under bed hitch mounting apparatus may also include a first receiving member attached with the first bracket, the first receiving member configured to engage an accessory member, where at least a portion of the first receiving member extends above the load bed of the vehicle, and a second receiving member attached with the second bracket, the first receiving member configured to engage the accessory member, where at least a portion of the second receiving member extends above the load bed of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2021
    Publication date: July 22, 2021
    Inventors: Kevin Garner, Matt Dunlavey, Erik Fritz, Brian Ward
  • Publication number: 20210207207
    Abstract: Methods are provided herein for identifying rare and/or unknown DNA sequences by next-generation sequencing approaches. Isolated double-stranded (ds), single-stranded (ss), or ds/ss DNA is fragmented and the fragments are polished, phosphorylated, and tailed, as necessary. Fragmentation can be enzymatic or mechanical. A universal adapter sequence is ligated to each fragment, wherein the adapter can have a top strand without a 5? phosphate, a 3? with an —H in place of the —OH, and/or a 3? extra base complementary to any base added to the polished fragments. The ligatamers may then serve as templates for amplification using a forward primer complementary to the adapter sequence and a reverse primer targeted to the fragment sequence. Compositions produced by these methods and kits adapted for performing these methods are also described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventor: Brian Ward
  • Publication number: 20210206214
    Abstract: A hitch mount configured to be selectively attached to a vehicle, the vehicle having an under bed hitch mounting system is shown and described. The hitch mount may include at least one transverse member, at least one longitudinal member attached with the at least one transverse member, the at least one longitudinal member including first and second apertures, the first and second apertures of different size, and first and second fastening devices configured to selectively engage the under bed hitch mounting system and the first and second apertures, respectively. The hitch mount may also include first and second biasing members operatively engaged with the first and second fastening, the biasing members applying a load against the under bed hitch mounting system, and first and second handles pivotally and rotatably attached with the first and second fastening devices, the handles having a camming surface configured to engage the first and second biasing members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventors: Richard W. McCoy, Brian Ward
  • Publication number: 20210160719
    Abstract: A device may receive input data associated with a wireless network, and may extract data from the input data to generate extracted data. The device may create PRB images based on the extracted data, and may process the PRB images, with a first model, to associate labels with each of the PRB images. The device may process the labels and the PRB images, with a second model, to identify potential issues associated with the PRB images, and may process data identifying the potential issues associated with the PRB images, with a third model, to compress the data identifying the potential issues into an array. The device may process the array, with a fourth model, to determine probability scores associated with the potential issues, and may select a potential issue with a greatest probability score as a detected issue. The device may perform actions based on the detected issue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Inventors: Christian WINTER, Brian A. WARD, Richard S. DELK, Xia LI
  • Patent number: 10994793
    Abstract: A tie down apparatus that may be utilized for securing an item, such as a safety chain, wherein the tie down apparatus may be used with a hitch mounting system. In one embodiment, the tie down apparatus may include a receiving member, a tie down member, and a locking member. The receiving member may include an opening located there through. The tie down member may include at least one aperture, wherein the locking member may extend therethrough. The locking member may selectively engage the receiving member. The locking member may include a head that engages with a safety chain member positioned on the tie down apparatus to prevent disengagement between the locking member and the receiving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS INC.
    Inventor: Brian Ward
  • Patent number: 10988802
    Abstract: Methods are provided herein for identifying rare and/or unknown DNA sequences by next-generation sequencing approaches. Isolated double-stranded (ds), single-stranded (ss), or ds/ss DNA is fragmented and the fragments are polished, phosphorylated, and tailed, as necessary. Fragmentation can be enzymatic or mechanical. A universal adapter sequence is ligated to each fragment, wherein the adapter can have a top strand without a 5? phosphate, a 3? with an —H in place of the —OH, and/or a 3? extra base complementary to any base added to the polished fragments. The ligatamers may then serve as templates for amplification using a forward primer complementary to the adapter sequence and a reverse primer targeted to the fragment sequence. Compositions produced by these methods and kits adapted for performing these methods are also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Sigma-Aldrich Co. LLC
    Inventor: Brian Ward
  • Patent number: 10987982
    Abstract: An above-bed, gooseneck hitch and component mounting system is described. The system includes a pair of intersecting rails which overlap via an interlocking and/or coping joint, thereby forming an X-shape frame. The gooseneck connection is disposed at the central intersection of the rails, and optional quick connect/disconnect safety chain hooks and/or component ports may be integrated on one or more of the legs emanating from the central intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Erik Fritz, Matt Dunlavey, Kevin Garner, Brian Ward
  • Patent number: 10967688
    Abstract: An under bed hitch mounting apparatus is shown and described. The under bed hitch mounting apparatus may comprise a first bracket attachable to a frame of a vehicle below a load bed of the vehicle and a second bracket attachable to the frame of the vehicle below a load bed of the vehicle, the second bracket transversely spaced from the first bracket. The under bed hitch mounting apparatus may also include a first receiving member attached with the first bracket, the first receiving member configured to engage an accessory member, where at least a portion of the first receiving member extends above the load bed of the vehicle, and a second receiving member attached with the second bracket, the first receiving member configured to engage the accessory member, where at least a portion of the second receiving member extends above the load bed of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Garner, Matt Dunlavey, Erik Fritz, Brian Ward
  • Patent number: D909782
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: Anthony Harcup, Richard Peter John Nicholas, Brian Ward
  • Patent number: D927207
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventors: Anthony Harcup, Richard Peter John Nicholas, Brian Ward