Patents by Inventor Charles A. Smith

Charles A. Smith 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: 20190209000
    Abstract: An endoscope has an improved chip-on-tip configuration that includes both a first configuration of source illumination fibers and a second plurality of source illumination fibers, along with a camera chip. The combination of the camera chip and the source illumination fibers on the tip of the endoscope results in endoscopes with reduced size and weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Patrick TREADO, Charles GARDNER, Shona STEWART, Aaron SMITH
  • Patent number: 10333706
    Abstract: A method and system of providing verification of information of a user relating to an attestation transaction is provided, and includes sending a request for information of the user, wherein the information has been previously attested to in an attestation transaction stored within a centralized or distributed ledger at an attestation address; receiving at a processor associated with a verifier the information of the user; sending a cryptographic challenge nonce; receiving at the processor associated with the verifier the cryptographic challenge nonce signed by the user's private key; verifying user identity with the cryptographic challenge nonce signed by the user's private key; deriving a public attest key by using the information of the user; deriving an attestation address using the public attest key; and verifying the existence of the attestation transaction at the attestation address in the centralized or distributed ledger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Civic Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Robert Smith, Vinodan Karthikeya Lingham, John Driscoll, Iain Charles Fraser
  • Patent number: 10323561
    Abstract: Methods for monitoring thermal characteristics of oxidation catalyst (OC) catalytic composition(s) (CC) are provided, and comprise communicating exhaust gas to the OC, and determining a temperature change of the CC for the time frame based on a plurality of heat sources including heat imparted to the CC from exhaust gas enthalpy, heat imparted to the CC via oxidation of HC and/or CO in exhaust gas, heat imparted to the CC via water present in the exhaust gas condensing on the CC or heat removed from the CC via water evaporating from the CC, and optionally heat exchanged between the CC and the ambient environment. Heat imparted to the CC via water condensing on the CC can be determined using an increasing relative humidity proximate the CC, and heat removed from the CC via water evaporating from the CC can be determined using a decreasing relative humidity proximate the CC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Michael A. Smith, Charles E. Dean, Raffaele Esposito
  • Patent number: 10306924
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to atomizers for an aerosol delivery device such as a smoking article. The atomizer may include a liquid transport element and a wire continuously extending along a longitudinal length thereof. The wire may define end portions, contact portions, and a heating portion. The wire may be continuously wound about the liquid transport element such that each of the portions of the wire defines coils. A related input, cartridge, and method of forming atomizers also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: John DePiano, David Smith, Patsy Coppola, Charles Jacob Novak, III, Steven Lee Alderman, James William McClellan, John William Wolber, Frank S. Silveira, Michael Laine, Paul A. Brinkley, Grady Lance Dooly
  • Patent number: 10299761
    Abstract: A biopsy probe mechanism and method includes an elongate sample receiving member having a longitudinal axis and having a sample receiving notch. The elongate sample receiving member and a cutting cannula are movable relative to one another along a longitudinal axis. A first echogenic feature and a third echogenic feature are established on the elongate sample receiving member and a second echogenic feature and a fourth echogenic feature are established on the cutting cannula. The elongate sample receiving member and the cutting cannula have a first position in which the first echogenic feature is in longitudinal alignment with the second echogenic feature, and in which the third echogenic feature is in longitudinal alignment with the fourth echogenic feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc
    Inventors: Rafal Chudzik, Jason G. Seiger, Jennifer Smith, Charles Simpson
  • Publication number: 20190152670
    Abstract: A box (51) containing a two dimensional array of laundry detergent capsules (21) containing laundry detergent composition, the box having a height of no more than 3.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Conopco, Inc., d/b/a UNILEVER
    Inventors: Deborah Jane COOKE, Andrew David GREEN, Matthew Charles Meyrick PRITCHARD, Neil John SMITH
  • Publication number: 20190154773
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for radio frequency (RF) coils for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems. In one embodiment, a system comprises: a radio frequency (RF) coil array for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, including: a flexible shell including an inner layer; and a plurality of flexible RF coils embedded within the inner layer, with each RF coil of the plurality of RF coils including two distributed capacitance wire conductors. In this way, the RF coil array may deform in order to conform to a body of a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Ceara Delmore Stack, Fraser John Laing Robb, Victor Taracila, Robert Steven Stormont, Luke Charles Smith
  • Publication number: 20190153364
    Abstract: A laundry detergent capsule containing a laundry detergent composition, the capsule including a capsule base (33) with one or more side walls (35) extending from the base to form a detergent composition cavity accommodating the laundry detergent composition (39), wherein the capsule includes a capsule lid (41) for sealing the detergent composition cavity and the capsule lid includes a flange (43) extending from a lid portion and abutting the side wall or side walls, The flange having 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 breaks or gaps arranged symmetrically around the circumference of the upper rim of the side wall or walls. a container containing a plurality of such capsules and use of such capsules to launder textiles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Conopco, Inc., d/b/a UNILEVER
    Inventors: Andrew David GREEN, Matthew Charles Meyrick PRITCHARD, Neil John SMITH
  • Publication number: 20190148128
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for selectively depositing silicon nitride on exposed surfaces of a substrate having hydroxyl end groups relative to exposed surfaces having S—H bonds are provided herein. Techniques involve providing a transition metal-containing reactant or a non-hydride aluminum-containing gas to the substrate to form a transition metal-containing or an aluminum-containing moiety on an exposed surface having hydroxyl end groups and selectively depositing silicon nitride on the surface using alternating pulses of an aminosilane and a hydrazine by thermal atomic layer deposition catalyzed by the transition metal-containing or aluminum-containing moiety on the exposed surface having hydroxyl end groups relative to an exposed surface having S—H bonds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: David Charles Smith, Dennis M. Hausmann
  • Publication number: 20190131130
    Abstract: Methods of and apparatuses for processing a metal oxide film are provided. Methods involve (a) exposing the metal oxide film to a boron halide reactant and igniting a first plasma with a first bias power to modify a surface of the metal oxide film, and (b) exposing the modified surface of the metal oxide film to a second plasma at a second bias power and for a duration sufficient to remove the modified surface without sputtering. Methods also involve (c) selectively depositing a metal oxide material on the metal oxide film to fill crevices within the metal oxide film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventors: David Charles Smith, Richard Wise, Arpan Mahorowala, Dennis M. Hausmann
  • Publication number: 20190115207
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for selectively depositing silicon oxide on a silicon oxide surface relative to a silicon nitride surface are described herein. Methods involve pre-treating a substrate surface using ammonia and/or nitrogen plasma and selectively depositing silicon oxide on a silicon oxide surface using alternating pulses of an aminosilane silicon precursor and an oxidizing agent in a thermal atomic layer deposition reaction without depositing silicon oxide on an exposed silicon nitride surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: David Charles Smith, Dennis M. Hausmann
  • Patent number: 10242866
    Abstract: It will be understood that in some embodiments, nitrogen-containing ligands bonded to the silicon may not necessarily be identical to another nitrogen-containing ligand bonded to the same silicon atom. For example, in some embodiments, R1 and R2 may be different alkyl ligands. In some embodiments, a first NR1R2 ligand attached to a silicon atom may not be the same as or have the same alkyl ligands as another NR1R2 ligand attached to the same silicon atom. As noted above, R1 and R2 may be any alkyl ligand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: David Charles Smith, Dennis M. Hausmann
  • Patent number: 10227720
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to methods and systems for bleaching textiles using ozone gas that incorporates a color removal step. In one example, there is provided a hybrid machine that incorporates certain features of a washer, but that also includes an integrated blower for gas distribution inside the machine. There is also provided an ozone dosing control system that allows for maintenance of a constant concentration of ozone in the machine. In one embodiment, the ozone output measured in grams/hour at this constant concentration in conjunction with the weight of product measured being treated may be referred to as the “bleaching factor.” There is further provided a wastewater dye removal step, in which ozone is used to clean the water and remove dyes and other colors that may be deposited via denim or other garments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: GUARDIAN MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Allen, Charles Smith, Thoram Charanda
  • Publication number: 20190060964
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate generally to systems and methods for combing ozone and water to deliver ozonated water in a rinse stream. The ozone rain pan finds particular use for rinsing food products traveling along a conveyor line with ozonated water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: GUARDIAN MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: CHARLES SMITH, THORAM CHARANDA
  • Publication number: 20190057858
    Abstract: Provided are methods for the selective deposition of material on a sidewall surface of a patterned feature. In some embodiments, the methods involve providing a substrate having a feature recessed from a surface of the substrate. The feature has a bottom and a sidewall which extends from the bottom. A conformal film is deposited on the feature using an atomic layer deposition (ALD) process. The conformal film deposited on the bottom is modified by exposing the substrate to directional plasma such that the conformal film on the bottom is less dense than the conformal film on the sidewall. The modified conformal film deposited on the bottom of the feature is preferentially etched. Also provided are methods for the selective deposition on a horizontal surface of a patterned feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Inventors: Dennis M. Hausmann, Alexander R. Fox, David Charles Smith, Bart J. van Schravendijk
  • Publication number: 20190040528
    Abstract: The present inventors have conceived of a multi-stage process gas delivery system for use in a substrate processing apparatus. In certain implementations, a first process gas may first be delivered to a substrate in a substrate processing chamber. A second process gas may be delivered, at a later time, to the substrate to aid in the even dosing of the substrate. Delivery of the first process gas and the second process gas may cease at the same time or may cease at separate times.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Purushottam Kumar, Hu Kang, Adrien LaVoie, Yi Chung Chiu, Frank L. Pasquale, Jun Qian, Chloe Baldasseroni, Shankar Swaminathan, Karl F. Leeser, David Charles Smith, Wei-Chih Lai
  • Patent number: 10199212
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for selectively depositing silicon-containing dielectric or metal-containing dielectric material on silicon or metal surfaces selective to silicon oxide or silicon nitride materials are provided herein. Methods involve exposing the substrate to an acyl chloride which is reactive with the silicon oxide or silicon nitride material where deposition is not desired to form a ketone structure that blocks deposition on the silicon oxide or silicon nitride material. Exposure to the acyl chloride is performed prior to deposition of the desired silicon-containing dielectric material or metal-containing dielectric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: David Charles Smith, Dennis M. Hausmann
  • Patent number: 10196229
    Abstract: A wire unroller apparatus having a base configured to be removably mounted to a vehicle and at least one first spindle and a second spindle mounted to the base and configured to receive one or more spools of wire. The base has a base surface, left and right arms extending away from the base surface and terminating at ends, and a cross bar removably connected to the ends of the left and right arms. The first spindle is oriented in a first direction and is connected between the base surface and the cross bar. The second spindle is oriented in a second direction and is mounted between the left and right arms. The spools of wire on the first spindle and the second spindle may be unrolled at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Charles Smith
  • Publication number: 20190015870
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatuses are disclosed for depositing a substantially transparent film coating onto a substantially transparent substrate via atmospheric pressure plasma deposition techniques and apparatuses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Charles A. Smith, Thai H. Sweitzer
  • Patent number: D848362
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: First Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Conley, Benjamin De Fresart, Peter Hruby, Matthew Kuzila, Weixin Li, Joseph Lindgren, Daniel Smith, Thomas Truman, Charles Wickersham