Patents by Inventor Bryan Lester

Bryan Lester 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: 20200313611
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a covering for a clamping assembly used to connect and ground solar panel modules to a mounting rail. The covering comprises a sleeve including an outer cover for connecting to the solar panel module and a connector shaped to be contained within the outer cover and connected to the outer cover through two or more flanges. The connector has an opening there through to receive a female member of the clamping assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: IronRidge, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Ash, David Briggs, Shawn Meine, Bryan Lester
  • Patent number: 10686401
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a covering for a clamping assembly used to connect and ground solar panel modules to a mounting rail. The covering comprises a sleeve including an outer cover for connecting to the solar panel module and a connector shaped to be contained within the outer cover and connected to the outer cover through two or more flanges. The connector has an opening there through to receive a female member of the clamping assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Ironridge, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Ash, David Briggs, Shawn Meine, Bryan Lester
  • Patent number: 10312855
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, an assembly for connecting and electrically bonding electronic equipment to solar panel frames is provided. More specifically, the present invention relates generally to an assembly for securing and installing micro inverter and power optimizer units for use with solar panel arrays that are typically installed on roof structures. The assembly comprises a bracket assembly that couples micro invertors and power optimizers to solar panel frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: IronRidge, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Lester, William Pereira, Shawn Meine
  • Patent number: 10224870
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, an assembly for connecting and electrically bonding electronic equipment to solar panel frames is provided. The present invention relates generally to an assembly for supporting junction box structures used in a solar panel frame array. More specifically, the apparatus comprises an adjustable bracket assembly that can mount most sizes and shapes of junction boxes that are then secured virtually to any solar panel frame while being electrically bonded by way of a surface layer penetrating means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ironridge, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Lester, William Pereira, Shawn Meine
  • Patent number: 10186791
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, an apparatus for clamping and grounding solar panel frames to a mounting rail is disclosed herein. The apparatus comprises a fastener with an enlarged end, and a shank, with the enlarged end having one or more sharp protrusions that resemble teeth, and a washer with one or more sharp protrusions, and an opening. When installed, the shank is inserted through the opening of the washer, the sharp protrusions of the enlarged end penetrate either the lower or upper surface of the mounting rail and the sharp protrusions of the washer penetrate the other surface of the solar panel frames while at the same time creating a grounding path through the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ironridge, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Meine, Jon Ash, Bryan Lester
  • Publication number: 20170346440
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, an assembly for connecting and electrically bonding electronic equipment to solar panel frames is provided. The present invention relates generally to an assembly for supporting junction box structures used in a solar panel frame array. More specifically, the apparatus comprises an adjustable bracket assembly that can mount most sizes and shapes of junction boxes that are then secured virtually to any solar panel frame while being electrically bonded by way of a surface layer penetrating means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: IronRidge, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Lester, William Pereira, Shawn Meine
  • Publication number: 20170346439
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, an apparatus for securing conduit to solar panel arrays that are typically installed on roof structures. More specifically, the assembly comprises a mount that is coupled to a solar panel module or a rail-less wire conduit structure for securing wire conduit alongside the perimeter of an array of solar panel modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: IronRidge, Inc.
    Inventors: William Pereira, Bryan Lester, Shawn Meine
  • Publication number: 20170346441
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, an assembly for connecting and electrically bonding electronic equipment to solar panel frames is provided. More specifically, the present invention relates generally to an assembly for securing and installing micro inverter and power optimizer units for use with solar panel arrays that are typically installed on roof structures. The assembly comprises a bracket assembly that couples micro invertors and power optimizers to solar panel frames.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: IronRidge, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Lester, William Pereira, Shawn Meine
  • Publication number: 20170288602
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel and improved roof flashing assembly for use in supporting hardware needed to install solar panel arrays on shingle roofs. The assembly is both easy to install and provides an improved watertight seal at the location where the assembly is secured to the rafters of the roof over the state of the art.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Applicant: IronRidge, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Meine, Jon Ash, Bryan Lester, David Taggart
  • Publication number: 20170085219
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, an apparatus for securing and covering clamp assembly that secures and electrically binds a solar panel module to a mounting rail as part of a solar panel array is provided that is both easy and efficient to install.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: IronRidge, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Ash, David Briggs, Shawn Meine, Bryan Lester
  • Publication number: 20160134230
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel and improved roof flashing assembly for use in supporting hardware needed to install solar panel arrays on shingle roofs. The assembly is both easy to install and provides an improved watertight seal at the location where the assembly is secured to the rafters of the roof over the state of the art.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Applicant: IRONRIDGE, INC.
    Inventors: Shawn Meine, Jon Ash, Bryan Lester, David Taggart
  • Publication number: 20150311606
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, an apparatus for clamping and grounding solar panel frames to a mounting rail is disclosed herein. The apparatus comprises a fastener with an enlarged end, and a shank, with the enlarged end having one or more sharp protrusions that resemble teeth, and a washer with one or more sharp protrusions, and an opening. When installed, the shank is inserted through the opening of the washer, the sharp protrusions of the enlarged end penetrate either the lower or upper surface of the mounting rail and the sharp protrusions of the washer penetrate the other surface of the solar panel frames while at the same time creating a grounding path through the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Applicant: IRONRIDGE, INC.
    Inventors: Shawn Meine, Jon Ash, Bryan Lester
  • Patent number: 8180831
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus, method, and program product for performing ad hoc media delivery. Enhanced handheld devices are used in combination with the other components to route media and control its presentation. Enhanced media presentation stations detect the presence of one or more of the handheld devices. Information regarding the presence of a handheld device is then communicated from the media presentation stations to an enhanced server. The server uses this information to maintain a record of the location of each handheld device. The recorded location information is used to route the media to the media presentation station that is closest to the location of the handheld device. Control information, such as media selection and fidelity control (when appropriate), is forwarded from the handheld device to the server, so that the server can take appropriate action relative to transmission of the media to the media presentation station at issue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Company
    Inventor: Bryan Lester Striemer
  • Patent number: 7953789
    Abstract: Disclosed is an Information Supply Facility. The Information Supply Facility utilizes a personal/hand held device that transparently interacts (via various access points) with a centralized server. The server collects identification and location information about the personal device and makes a determination as to whether the person associated with the device should be notified regarding the proximity of other individuals and/or regarding one or more topics of interest to the particular person. The collected information along with certain profile information is stored in a database where it can be made available to third parties (e.g., governmental entities) for tracking and notification purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Bryan Lester Striemer
  • Patent number: 7079808
    Abstract: A wireless repeater and controller is placed between a light socket and a light bulb, such as in a ceiling light fixture. The wireless repeater and controller has an extending threaded portion that screws into the light socket, and a recessed threaded portion that receives a light bulb. When the light switch that would normally control the light bulb is on, power is provided to the wireless repeater and controller. When the power to the wireless repeater and controller is toggled on then off using the light switch, the wireless repeater and controller disconnects line power from the light bulb so the light switch can still be used to control the light bulb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Bryan Lester Striemer
  • Patent number: 6992566
    Abstract: A local wireless device serves as a unique identifier for students and teachers in a school system. The school is equipped with multiple stationary hubs for tracking the location of students and teachers. The school may also be equipped with multiple mobile hubs, such as hand-held hubs and hubs on school buses, which allow easily and quickly determining if a student or teacher is where he or she should be. The local wireless device may be used in conjunction with a pager, mobile phone, a voicemail device, and devices for storing, reviewing and sending audio and video files. The preferred embodiments also includes a single device that provides all of the above-mentioned functions. In addition, a wireless display may be coupled to the local wireless device as needed. The function of these devices may be controlled according to the needs of the system. For example, some of the functions may be disabled during class periods, but enabled between classes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Bryan Lester Striemer
  • Patent number: 6931463
    Abstract: A companion device provides non-native function to a different electronic device. In the preferred embodiments, the electronic device and the companion device both include a local wireless interface that allows communicating between the two, such as a Bluetooth interface. When the electronic device comes within range of the companion device, it detects the presence of the companion device, and thus knows what enhanced function the companion device provides. In a first embodiment, the electronic device transmits information to the companion device, which processes the information and transmits the processed information to the electronic device. In a second embodiment, the companion device receives information from a source other than the electronic device, processes the information, and transmits the information to the electronic device. In both embodiments, the companion device provides non-native functions to the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Bryan Lester Striemer
  • Publication number: 20040123321
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus, method, and program product for performing ad hoc media delivery. Enhanced handheld devices are used in combination with the other components to route media and control its presentation. Enhanced media presentation stations detect the presence of one or more of the handheld devices. Information regarding the presence of a handheld device is then communicated from the media presentation stations to an enhanced server. The server uses this information to maintain a record of the location of each handheld device. The recorded location information is used to route the media to the media presentation station that is closest to the location of the handheld device. Control information, such as media selection and fidelity control (when appropriate), is forwarded from the handheld device to the server, so that the server can take appropriate action relative to transmission of the media to the media presentation station at issue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Publication date: June 24, 2004
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Bryan Lester Striemer
  • Publication number: 20040064566
    Abstract: Disclosed is an Information Supply Facility. The Information Supply Facility utilizes a personal/hand held device that transparently interacts (via various access points) with a centralized server. The server collects identification and location information about the personal device and makes a determination as to whether the person associated with the device should be notified regarding the proximity of other individuals and/or regarding one or more topics of interest to the particular person. The collected information along with certain profile information is stored in a database where it can be made available to third parties (e.g., governmental entities) for tracking and notification purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Publication date: April 1, 2004
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Bryan Lester Striemer
  • Publication number: 20030197607
    Abstract: A local wireless device serves as a unique identifier for students and teachers in a school system. The school is equipped with multiple stationary hubs for tracking the location of students and teachers. The school may also be equipped with multiple mobile hubs, such as hand-held hubs and hubs on school buses, which allow easily and quickly determining if a student or teacher is where he or she should be. The local wireless device may be used in conjunction with a pager, mobile phone, a voicemail device, and devices for storing, reviewing and sending audio and video files. The preferred embodiments also includes a single device that provides all of the above-mentioned functions. In addition, a wireless display may be coupled to the local wireless device as needed. The function of these devices may be controlled according to the needs of the system. For example, some of the functions may be disabled during class periods, but enabled between classes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Bryan Lester Striemer