Patents by Inventor Charles A. Mullen

Charles A. Mullen 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: 10422501
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting assembly is provided herein. The vehicle lighting assembly includes a back panel configured to couple to a vehicle. A plurality of light sources emit a common wavelength of light. A first portion of the plurality of light sources is operably coupled with a luminescent structure. A second portion of light sources emits the common wavelength of light from an overmold material that is disposed outboard of the first and second portions of light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Matthew Cramer Mullen, Christopher Charles Hunt, Doug H. Randlett
  • Patent number: 10377299
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting system is provided herein. A spotlight is coupled to a vehicle and is configured to project light in a target direction. A controller is configured to wirelessly send command signals to the spotlight. A user-input device is in communication with the controller and is provided on a steering wheel of the vehicle. The command signals are based on user-input and control at least one of an aim direction and a light activation of the spotlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Paul Duncan, Doug H. Randlett, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Douglas Miller, Christopher Charles Hunt, Stuart C. Salter, Chad Hoover, Matthew Cramer Mullen
  • Patent number: 10351051
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting system is provided herein. A spotlight is coupled to a vehicle and is configured to project light in a target direction. A controller is configured to wirelessly send command signals to the spotlight. A user-input device is in communication with the controller and is provided on a steering wheel of the vehicle. The command signals are based on user-input and control at least one of an aim direction and a light activation of the spotlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Paul Duncan, Doug H. Randlett, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Douglas Miller, Christopher Charles Hunt, Stuart C. Salter, Chad Hoover, Matthew Cramer Mullen
  • Publication number: 20190193625
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting system is provided herein. A spotlight is coupled to a vehicle and is configured to project light in a target direction. A controller is configured to wirelessly send command signals to the spotlight. A user-input device is in communication with the controller and is provided on a steering wheel of the vehicle. The command signals are based on user-input and control at least one of an aim direction and a light activation of the spotlight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Paul Duncan, Doug H. Randlett, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Douglas Miller, Christopher Charles Hunt, Stuart C. Salter, Chad Hoover, Matthew Cramer Mullen
  • Publication number: 20190127652
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods of producing calcined coke from bio-oil from a biomass feedstock. Also disclosed are calcined cokes produced by such methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventors: Yaseen M. Elkasabi, Akwasi A. Boateng, Charles A. Mullen
  • Patent number: 10202557
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods of producing calcined coke from bio-oil from a biomass feedstock. Also disclosed are calcined cokes produced by such methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Yaseen M. Elkasabi, Akwasi A. Boateng, Charles A. Mullen
  • Patent number: 9434885
    Abstract: Methods for producing bio-oil from a feedstock (e.g., lignocellulosic) involving (1) pyrolyzing the feedstock in an inert atmosphere in a reactor to produce bio-oil, bio-char and non-condensable gases; (2) recycling 50 to about 85% of the non-condensable gases to the reactor to produce deoxygenated bio-oil; wherein the method is conducted in the absence of oxygen and wherein the method does not utilize externally added catalysts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Charles A. Mullen, Akwasi A. Boateng, Neil M. Goldberg
  • Publication number: 20160199222
    Abstract: An ice pack holder for use in holding ice packs or hot compresses against a portion of a user's body. The ice pack holder includes a frame defining an open central area, wherein netting extends across the frame and over the open central area. The frame and netting are used to hold an ice pack in position on the user's body. One or more securing members extend from the frame for use in securing the frame in position on the user's body. The securing members preferably include straps that can be wrapped around a user's body part and secured thereon via adjustable fasteners. The ice pack holder can be used to apply an ice pack or similar item to any of various portions of the user's body including the user's arms, legs, shoulder, and joints.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Inventors: Charles A. Mullen, SR., Cassandra L. Mullen
  • Publication number: 20160177184
    Abstract: Methods for producing bio-oil from a feedstock (e.g., guayule bagasse and/or guayule leaves), involving (1) pyrolyzing the feedstock in an inert atmosphere in a reactor to produce bio-oil, bio-char and non-condensable gases; (2) recycling about 10 to about 99% of the non-condensable gases to the reactor to produce deoxygenated bio-oil; wherein the method is conducted in the absence of oxygen and wherein said method does not utilize externally added catalysts. Also disclosed are bio-oils produced from such methods. Additionally, the methods further involving (a) first distilling the bio-oil to produce distillates and then reacting the distillates in a hydrodeoxygenation reactor in a chemically reductive atmosphere (e.g., hydrogen environment to produce hydrocarbons, water, and non-condensable gases or (b) reacting the bio-oil after centrifugation in a hydrodeoxygenation reactor in a chemically reductive atmosphere (e.g.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Inventors: Akwasi A. Boateng, Charles A. Mullen, Yaseen M. Elkasabi
  • Publication number: 20160177208
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods of producing calcined coke from bio-oil from a biomass feedstock. Also disclosed are calcined cokes produced by such methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Inventors: Yaseen M. Elkasabi, Akwasi A. Boateng, Charles A. Mullen
  • Patent number: 9023181
    Abstract: A pyrolyzer apparatus (i.e. a “cracking pipe”) comprises a first screen, a second screen, and a catalyst material positioned between the first and second screens. The pyrolyzer is structured so that feedstock is pyrolyzed and pyrolyzer-generated gas is drawn through the first screen, through the catalyst material, and then through the second screen in series. The gas may then be directed to other processing equipment so that bio-oil is extracted from the gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Neil M. Goldberg, Michael F. Dallmer, Akswasi A. Boateng, Charles A. Mullen, David J. Milhalcik
  • Patent number: 8317883
    Abstract: Bio-oil from a feedstock selected from mustard family seeds, mustard family seed presscake, mustard family seed defatted presscake, and mixtures thereof. The bio-oil is produced by a method involving (1) pyrolyzing the feedstock to produce bio-oil, bio-char and non-condensable gases, (2) removing the bio-char from the bio-oil, (3) condensing the bio-oil, and (4) precipitating the bio-oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Akwasi A. Boateng, Neil M. Goldberg, Peter B. Johnson, Sudhir Seth, Charles A. Mullen, Serin R. Rao
  • Publication number: 20120241305
    Abstract: A pyrolyzer apparatus (i.e. a “cracking pipe”) comprises a first screen, a second screen, and a catalyst material positioned between the first and second screens. The pyrolyzer is structured so that feedstock is pyrolyzed and pyrolyzer-generated gas is drawn through the first screen, through the catalyst material, and then through the second screen in series. The gas may then be directed to other processing equipment so that bio-oil is extracted from the gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: Neil M. Goldberg, Michael F. Dallmer, Akwasi A. Boateng, Charles A. Mullen, David J. Mihalcik
  • Publication number: 20060017438
    Abstract: A sample probe and apparatus are provided for magnetic resonance experiments. The probe includes a coil simultaneously tunable to at least two different frequencies. The coil includes a section having a scroll configuration and defines a core into which a sample can be inserted. A multi-resonant circuit transmits RF energy to the coil at two or more different frequencies for exciting nuclei of the sample. The apparatus includes a coil having a scroll configuration. RF transmission circuitry transmits RF energy to the coil at two or more different frequencies. RF receiving circuitry receives an RF signal responsive to excitation. A coil is magnetically coupled with a sample at an RF frequency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2004
    Publication date: January 26, 2006
    Inventors: Charles Mullen, John Stringer, Knut Mehr