Patents by Inventor Bruce Phillips

Bruce Phillips 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: 10362468
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide apparatuses, systems and methods for distributing public information. For example, some embodiments of the invention provide methods for determining an appropriate set of addresses to which to distribute an alert. One such exemplary method comprises maintaining a directory of alert gateways. The directory can comprise a plurality of directory entries, and each directory entry can be associated with a particular alert gateway. Each directory entry can also comprise at least one gateway characteristic associated with that alert gateway. In some cases, a gateway characteristic can include information to enable the alert distribution device to determine whether a given alert should be transmitted to the alert gateway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Bruce A. Phillips, Steven M. Casey
  • Publication number: 20190219082
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fastener assembly (20) for a prefabricated service module. The fastener assembly (20) comprises a first arm (21) having a flange (211) at a first end (221) thereof; a second arm (22) having a flange (221) at a first end (222) thereof; and a retainer mechanism (23). The second arm (22) is arranged parallel and opposite to the first arm (21); and the flanges (211, 221) of the first and second arms (21, 22) are arranged opposite from one another and extend in a direction away from each other. The first end (212) of the first arm (21) is moveable between a first position wherein said first end (212) is spaced apart from the first end (222) of the second arm (22) at a first distance, and a second position wherein said first end (212) is spaced apart from the first end (222) of the second arm (21) at a second distance, the first distance being greater than the second distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Applicant: BLUESKY SOLUTIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Paul Marks, Paul Cummings, Charles Van Blerk, James Samuel, Bruce Renfrew, Shaun Phillips, Hugo Swift
  • Patent number: 10327039
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention provide novel apparatus, methods and systems for providing relatively high-speed bandwidth to enable, inter alia, video transmission services over media previously unable to support such services. In accordance with certain embodiments, a device located at the telecommunication service provider can logically couple two or more physical media to provide a single, consolidated source of bandwidth, which can be used to transmit data, which can represent a video signal. In accordance with other embodiments, a device located at the subscriber's location can be used to receive the data from each of the two physical media and recreate the video signal from the data, such that the video signal can be transmitted to a display device, such as a television, monitor, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Casey, Bruce A. Phillips
  • Publication number: 20190009088
    Abstract: An electrical venous stimulation apparatus comprising an electrical signal generator, the signal generator configured to generate a specified electrical output signal. The apparatus also includes a plurality of electrodes in electrical communication with the signal generator and configured to be placed in electrical communication with a subject. The electrical output signal sent to the subject includes an output voltage, electrical current, and waveform that changes with time in a preprogrammed repeating cycle. The output voltage, electrical current, and waveform are configured to elicit a physiological response that stimulates a plurality of peripheral nerves in the subject, activates a venous muscle pump mechanism in one or more limbs of the subject, and non-invasively alter the physiology of target vein(s), wherein the target vein(s) is caused to distend from under the surface of the subject's skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventor: David Bruce Phillips
  • Patent number: 10092752
    Abstract: An electrical venous stimulation apparatus comprising an electrical signal generator, the signal generator configured to generate a specified electrical output signal. The apparatus also includes a plurality of electrodes in electrical communication with the signal generator and configured to be placed in electrical communication with a subject. The electrical output signal sent to the subject includes an output voltage, electrical current, and waveform that changes with time in a preprogrammed repeating cycle. The output voltage, electrical current, and waveform are configured to elicit a physiological response that stimulates a plurality of peripheral nerves in the subject, activates a venous muscle pump mechanism in one or more limbs of the subject, and non-invasively alter the physiology of target vein(s), wherein the target vein(s) is caused to distend from under the surface of the subject's skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: NOVINTUM MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventor: David Bruce Phillips
  • Patent number: 10034808
    Abstract: Mattresses and cushions, methods of making mattresses and cushions, and patient supports comprising a mattress and/or a cushion. At least some embodiments of the present mattresses and cushions comprise a body with air-impermeable material having a plurality of openings, and a cover sheet comprising air-permeable and liquid-impermeable material covering at least a portion of the plurality of openings and coupled to the body by a liquid-impermeable welded seam encircling the covered one or more openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Huntleigh Technology Limited
    Inventors: John H. Vrzalik, Bruce Phillips, Kz Hong
  • Patent number: 10020550
    Abstract: An energy storage pack includes a coolant inlet manifold, a coolant outlet manifold, and a plurality of thermal-exchange tubes extending between the coolant inlet manifold and the coolant outlet manifold to exchange heat between coolant passing through the plurality of thermal-exchange tubes and a plurality of battery cells mounted adjacent to and among the plurality of thermal-exchange tubes within the energy storage pack. In one embodiment, at least one of coolant inlet manifold and the coolant outlet manifold includes a plurality of thermal-exchange tube terminating structures and a plurality of hose segments intercoupling the plurality of thermal-exchange tube terminating structures. The energy storage pack may further include a coolant inlet opening located on the coolant inlet manifold and a coolant outlet opening located on the coolant outlet manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert David Sumpf, Jr., Ernest Matthew Villanueva, David Elias Hegeman, Satvik Vipin Batavia, Ganesh Ramanarayan Singh, Alex Prilutsky, Scott Ira Kohn, Bruce Phillip Edwards, Peter Thomas Tennessen, Jayesh Bharat Gorasia, Hugh Burnett Ross
  • Publication number: 20180021577
    Abstract: An electrical venous stimulation apparatus comprising a powered signal generator, the signal generator configured to generate a specified electrical output signal. The apparatus also includes a plurality of electrodes in electrical communication with the signal generator and configured, to be placed in electrical communication with a subject, The electrical output signal sent to the subject, includes an output voltage, electrical current, and waveform that changes with time in a preprogrammed repeating cycle. The output voltage, electrical current, and waveform are configured to elicit a physiological response that stimulates a plurality of peripheral nerves in the subject, activates a venous muscle pump mechanism in one or more limbs of the subject, and non-invasively alter the physiology of target vein(s), wherein the target vein(s) is caused to distend under the surface of the subject's skirt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventor: David Bruce PHILLIPS
  • Publication number: 20170312456
    Abstract: A skin desensitizing device for temporarily numbing and/or cooling a surface of a subject's skin. The skin desensitizing device comprises a controller, a skin-bracing interface, and at least one overloading-neural source, which includes (i) a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS)-like device capable of electrically stimulating superficial skin neurons of the subject's skin into a state of fibrillation, (ii) a thermoelectric device capable of cooling the subject's skin to approximately 30° F. to 38° F., and (iii) a vibration device capable of vibrating the subject's skin to overload the skin's vibration sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventor: David Bruce Phillips
  • Publication number: 20170162922
    Abstract: An energy storage pack includes a coolant inlet manifold, a coolant outlet manifold, and a plurality of thermal-exchange tubes extending between the coolant inlet manifold and the coolant outlet manifold to exchange heat between coolant passing through the plurality of thermal-exchange tubes and a plurality of battery cells mounted adjacent to and among the plurality of thermal-exchange tubes within the energy storage pack. In one embodiment, at least one of coolant inlet manifold and the coolant outlet manifold includes a plurality of thermal-exchange tube terminating structures and a plurality of hose segments intercoupling the plurality of thermal-exchange tube terminating structures. The energy storage pack may further include a coolant inlet opening located on the coolant inlet manifold and a coolant outlet opening located on the coolant outlet manifold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert David Sumpf, JR., Ernest Matthew Villanueva, David Elias Hegeman, Satvik Vipin Batavia, Ganesh Ramanarayan Singh, Alex Prilutsky, Scott Ira Kohn, Bruce Phillip Edwards, Peter Thomas Tennessen, Jayesh Bharat Gorasia, Hugh Burnett Ross
  • Patent number: 9542830
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for distributing urgent public information. Merely by way of example, urgent public information, such as an alert message, may be received by, inter alia, an alert gateway device. The alert message may then be distributed to a subscriber in any of a variety of ways, including by telephone, by data message (e.g., to a computer), by video message (e.g., via a television), by display on an alert notification device. In some embodiments, the alert gateway device may process the alert message and/or may determine how to provide the alert message to the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Casey, Bruce A. Phillips
  • Publication number: 20160326828
    Abstract: A plug (10) for blocking off mining exploration drill holes. The plug (10) comprises an elongate body (12) of solid impervious material, and an engineered surface (14) is provided on an external circumference of the elongate body (12). The engineered surface (14) comprises an annular anchoring groove (16) having a ramp (18) extending from a maximum diameter to a minimum diameter of the engineered surface (14) in a braking direction, in which it is intended to prevent movement of the plug (10) in the drill hole. The plug (10) also comprises an O-ring (20) received in the anchoring groove (16) and having a thickness whereby it protrudes slightly above the maximum diameter of the engineered surface (14) and engages with a wall (22) of the drill hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 10, 2016
    Inventor: Jeffrey Bruce PHILLIPS
  • Publication number: 20160213923
    Abstract: An electrical venous stimulation apparatus comprising an electrical signal generator, the signal generator configured to generate a specified electrical output signal. The apparatus also includes a plurality of electrodes in electrical communication with the signal generator and configured to be placed in electrical communication with a subject. The electrical output signal sent to the subject includes an output voltage, electrical current, and waveform that changes with time in a preprogrammed repeating cycle. The output voltage, electrical current, and waveform are configured to elicit a physiological response that stimulates a plurality of peripheral nerves in the subject, activates a venous muscle pump mechanism in one or more limbs of the subject, and non-invasively alter the physiology of target vein(s), wherein the target vein(s) is caused to distend from under the surface of the subject's skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Inventor: David Bruce PHILLIPS
  • Publication number: 20160209196
    Abstract: A stemming plug (10) for stemming a blast hole in a mine, the plug (10) comprising an active wedge-shaped member (12) having a sloping face received in sliding relationship with a matching face of a passive wedge-shaped member (14). In use, the active wedge-shaped member (12) is positioned nearest to an explosive material in the blast hole and the passive wedge-shaped member (14) is positioned further from the explosive material in the blast hole. The active wedge-shaped member (12) has a friction reducing material provided on at least part of its surface to reduce the sliding resistance of the active wedge-shaped member (12) relative to the passive wedge-shaped member (14); whereby, in use, when a shockwave from initiation of the explosive material in the blast hole encounters the active wedge-shaped member (12) it acts as a piston, sliding on the passive wedge-shaped member (14) so that both wedge-shaped members exert diametrically opposed forces against a wall of the blast hole and are locked in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Applicant: Rise Mining Developments Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Bruce PHILLIPS
  • Publication number: 20160184498
    Abstract: A reduced pressure treatment system includes a porous pad positioned at a tissue site and a canister having a collection chamber, an inlet, and an outlet. The inlet is fluidly connected to the porous pad. A reduced pressure source is fluidly connected to the outlet of the canister to such that fluid from the tissue site may be drawn into the collection chamber. A hydrophobic filter is positioned adjacent the outlet to prevent liquid from exiting the collection chamber through the outlet. A baffle is positioned within the canister to create a tortuous path between the inlet and the outlet to prevent premature blocking of the hydrophobic filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Inventors: Jonathan Paul JAEB, Randall Paul KELCH, Christopher Brian LOCKE, James A. LUCKEMEYER, Terrie Lea MCDANIEL, Bruce PHILLIPS, Timothy Mark ROBINSON, Abhay JASWAL, Kevin HIGLEY, Tyler H. SIMMONS
  • Patent number: 9330799
    Abstract: A garment for protection from ultraviolet radiation, having a torso garment with a front side and a rear side that extend from a first edge to an end. Further having first and second lateral sides and first and second shoulder sections. Extending from the first and second lateral sides and the first and second shoulder sections are first and second sleeves. First and second hand covers extend from the first and second sleeves respectively. The first and second hand covers each have an elastic band. The elastic band, a distal end, and third and fourth lateral sides define an interior face. The interior face has a thumb loop and at least first and second finger loops. The elastic band, the distal end, and the third and fourth lateral sides also define an exterior face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: D. Bruce Phillips
  • Patent number: 9272078
    Abstract: A reduced pressure treatment system includes a porous pad positioned at a tissue site and a canister having a collection chamber, an inlet, and an outlet. The inlet is fluidly connected to the porous pad. A reduced pressure source is fluidly connected to the outlet of the canister to such that fluid from the tissue site may be drawn into the collection chamber. A hydrophobic filter is positioned adjacent the outlet to prevent liquid from exiting the collection chamber through the outlet. A baffle is positioned within the canister to create a tortuous path between the inlet and the outlet to prevent premature blocking of the hydrophobic filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Paul Jaeb, Randall Paul Kelch, Christopher Brian Locke, James A. Luckemeyer, Terrie Lea McDaniel, Bruce Phillips, Timothy Mark Robinson, Abhay Jaswal, Kevin Higley, Tyler Simmons
  • Publication number: 20150333794
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provides devices, systems and methods that overcome certain deficiencies in the prior art. One exemplary embodiment of the invention comprises an integrated system for providing video and data services to a customer premises. The integrated system comprises a digital broadcast satellite receiver, a data source, and an integrated network interface device. The integrated network interface device can be coupled to the receiver and/or the data source, and the integrated network interface device can be configured to receive video information from the receiver and data (e.g. Internet Protocol data) from the data source. In accordance with certain embodiments, the integrated network interface device can further be configured to distribute the data to the customer premises via a first internal transport medium and/or distribute the video information to the customer premises via a second internal transport medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Inventors: Steven M. Casey, Charles I. Cook, Bruce A. Phillips
  • Patent number: 9130898
    Abstract: Tools and techniques for transmitting utility usage data. In some cases, the tools receive utility usage data provided by a utility meter and transmit that data for reception by a utility provider. In particular cases, the utility usage data may be received at a network interface device. The network interface device might, in some instances, include a broadband modem, such as a digital subscriber line modem, which can be used to transmit the utility usage data to the utility provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Casey, Charles I. Cook, Bruce A. Phillips
  • Publication number: 20150231007
    Abstract: Mattresses and cushions, methods of making mattresses and cushions, and patient supports comprising a mattress and/or a cushion. At least some embodiments of the present mattresses and cushions comprise a body with air-impermeable material having a plurality of openings, and a cover sheet comprising air-permeable and liquid-impermeable material covering at least a portion of the plurality of openings and coupled to the body by a liquid-impermeable welded seam encircling the covered one or more openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Applicant: HUNTLEIGH TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: John H. Vrzalik, Bruce Phillips, Kz Hong