Patents by Inventor Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley 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: 20060241454
    Abstract: Transmit multibeams insonify an object with multiple noncollinear transmit beams fired substantially simultaneously. The noncollinear beams are along different scan lines of same scan geometry, or they belong to scan lines of different scan geometries. One or more receive beams are formed in parallel in response to each of the noncollinear beams. The scan geometry and/or center frequency is varied between the noncollinear transmit beams of a transmit event. By scanning the transmit multibeam, and varying the scan geometry and/or frequency between the noncollinear transmit beams of a transmit event, multiple component images are generated for compounding. The component images are scan-converted (if scan geometries are different), weighted and combined after envelope detection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2005
    Publication date: October 26, 2006
    Inventors: Kutay Ustuner, Anming Cai, Charles Bradley
  • Publication number: 20060185456
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a shift inhibitor apparatus. At least a portion of the range actuating assembly is moveable between a range first ratio and a range second ratio. The portion of the range actuating assembly is moveable, at least in part, in response to a fluid pressure. The range chamber is selectively in fluid communication with a vent. The shift inhibitor includes a main section neutral interlock having an interlock chamber. At least a portion of the main section neutral interlock is moveable between a first condition and a second condition. The interlock chamber is selectively in fluid communication with the vent. The range chamber can be exhausted such that the range section is selectively switched from the first ratio to the second ratio. The interlock chamber can be exhausted such that the main section neutral interlock is selectively switched from the first condition to the second condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Publication date: August 24, 2006
    Inventors: Kurt Gerlofs, Dave Stevens, Mark Hirsch, Charles Bradley, Michael Huggins, Gerard Smith, Michael Lemon
  • Publication number: 20060185458
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a shift inhibitor apparatus for a multiple speed transmission main section. The transmission includes an input shaft and an output shaft The transmission main section has a plurality of selectively engageable ratios. The transmission also has a range section shiftable between a range high ratio and a range low ratio. The shift inhibitor includes an interlock moveable between a locked condition and a released condition, wherein the interlock selectively prevents a gear shift in the transmission main section. The shift inhibitor also includes a range sensor valve. The range sensor valve selectively detects a range shift of the range section. The range sensor valve selectively causes the interlock to be positioned in the released condition upon detection of a completed range shift. The interlock is selectively positioned by a fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Publication date: August 24, 2006
    Inventors: Kurt Gerlofs, Dave Stevens, Mark Hirsch, Charles Bradley, Michael Huggins
  • Publication number: 20060173313
    Abstract: A set of N×M signals are acquired from an object, where N is the number of array elements and M corresponds to variations in data acquisition and/or processing parameters. The parameters include transmit aperture functions, transmit waveforms, receive aperture functions, and receive filtering functions in space and/or time. A coherence factor is computed as a ratio of the energy of the coherent sum to the energy of the at-least-partially incoherent sum of channel or image signals acquired with at least one different parameter. Partial beamformed data may be used for channel coherence calculation. For image domain coherence, a component image is formed for each different transmit beam or receive aperture function, and a coherence factor image is computed using the set of component images. The coherence factor image is displayed or used to modify or blend other images formed of the same region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2005
    Publication date: August 3, 2006
    Inventors: D-L Liu, Lewis Thomas, Kutay Ustuner, Charles Bradley, John Lazenby
  • Patent number: 7025048
    Abstract: A fuel/air separation apparatus for separating air and/or vapor from a liquid fuel. The apparatus includes a canister and filter element which separates the entrained air and/or vapor from the fuel and provides substantially air/vapor-free fuel for use by an engine and returns the filtered air/vapor and any excess fuel to the vehicle's fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventor: Charles Bradley Ekstam
  • Patent number: 6948420
    Abstract: A container for holding ground coffee or tealeaves. The container may include a body and a lip extending from the body. The lip may include a top substantially flat surface and a width of no more than about 2.6 millimeters (about 0.1 inch).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Kirschner, Charles Bradley Green, Michael Alan Masters
  • Publication number: 20050199222
    Abstract: A fuel/air separation apparatus for separating air and/or vapor from a liquid fuel. The apparatus includes a canister and filter element which separates the entrained air and/or vapor from the fuel and provides substantially air/vapor-free fuel for use by an engine and returns the filtered air/vapor and any excess fuel to the vehicle's fuel tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2005
    Publication date: September 15, 2005
    Inventor: Charles Bradley Ekstam
  • Patent number: 6937996
    Abstract: The subject invention is directed to a method and system for selecting and purchasing media advertising in a user/server environment accessed through a Web site. The method includes accessing a server system through a Web site by an advertiser in which the advertiser provides information relating to buying criteria and customer data through a form on the Web page in order to select and purchase media advertising. The server system receives and processes the information in order to create at least one media advertising rate request. The server system transmits the rate request to at least one media outlet for processing. The media outlet processes the rate request and transmits the processed rate request to the server system. The server system manipulates the processed rate request to create a media advertising schedule and then transmits the advertising schedule to the advertiser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Inventors: Charles Bradley Forsythe, Laura Forsythe
  • Patent number: 6926120
    Abstract: Masonry project kits assist with building basements. In the course of building a basement, it is frequently necessary to climb over and lift equipment over walls. A wall hanger is provided to attach a ladder to the side of a wall. The ladder's height can be adjusted by changing which rungs are hung on the wall hanger. A platform at the base of the ladder allows the floor of a basement to be finished without leaving footprints. A hoist is also included for lifting loads into and out of a basement or over a wall. The hoist securely mounts to the corner of a wall. Both the wall hanger and the hoist accommodate a variety of wall widths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Inventor: Charles A. Bradley
  • Patent number: 6892710
    Abstract: A fuel/air separation apparatus for separating air and/or vapor from a liquid fuel. The apparatus includes a canister and filter element which separates the entrained air and/or vapor from the fuel and provides substantially air/vapor-free fuel for use by an engine and returns the filtered air/vapor and any excess fuel to the vehicle's fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Inventor: Charles Bradley Ekstam
  • Publication number: 20040255790
    Abstract: A beverage system for brewing a beverage from a beverage material and a source of hot, pressurized water. The beverage system may include a cartridge with the beverage material therein. The cartridge may include a seal positioned about the beverage material. The beverage system also may include an injection system for injecting the hot, pressurized water into the cartridge so as to brew the beverage from the beverage material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2004
    Publication date: December 23, 2004
    Inventor: Charles Bradley Green
  • Publication number: 20040226542
    Abstract: A fuel/air separation apparatus for separating air and/or vapor from a liquid fuel. The apparatus includes a canister and filter element which separates the entrained air and/or vapor from the fuel and provides substantially air/vapor-free fuel for use by an engine and returns the filtered air/vapor and any excess fuel to the vehicle's fuel tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Inventor: Charles Bradley Ekstam
  • Patent number: 6786134
    Abstract: A beverage system for brewing a beverage from a beverage material and a source of hot, pressurized water. The beverage system may include a cartridge with the beverage material therein. The cartridge may include a seal positioned about the beverage material. The beverage system also may include an injection system for injecting the hot, pressurized water into the cartridge so as to brew the beverage from the beverage material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: Charles Bradley Green
  • Publication number: 20040009281
    Abstract: A foamed milk system for creating foamed milk from a source of milk, a source of air, and a source of steam. The system may include a milk inlet system for pressurizing the milk, an air inlet system for pressurizing the air, a mixing area to mix the pressurized milk, the pressurized air, and the steam, and an expansion area to expand the mixture of the pressurized milk, the pressurized air, and the steam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2003
    Publication date: January 15, 2004
    Inventor: Charles Bradley Green
  • Patent number: 6657188
    Abstract: Neutral particles, such as atoms and molecules, transported along a path having at least one curved region are selectively conveyed or filtered according to each particle's velocity by generating an inhomogeneous magnetic field across a cross-section of the path. The neutral particles may be transported through a physical tube or simply through the region defined by the magnetic field. The path may have more than one curved region and may additionally have one or more straight regions. The magnetic field may be generated for example by homogeneously or inhomogeneously magnetized permanent magnets or by current carrying elements. The magnetic elements may additionally be used in conjunction with at least one piece of a high permeability magnetic material for focussing or containing the magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Inventors: Randall Gardner Hulet, Kevin Edwin Strecker, Jordan Mitchell Gerton, William Ian McAlexander, Curtis Charles Bradley, Jeffrey J Tollett, Charles Ackley Sackett, Bita Ghaffari, Stephen Calvin Moss
  • Publication number: 20030145736
    Abstract: A beverage system for brewing a beverage from a beverage material and a source of hot, pressurized water. The beverage system may include a cartridge with the beverage material therein. The cartridge may include a seal positioned about the beverage material. The beverage system also may include an injection system for injecting the hot, pressurized water into the cartridge so as to brew the beverage from the beverage material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2002
    Publication date: August 7, 2003
    Inventor: Charles Bradley Green
  • Patent number: 6409807
    Abstract: The present invention relates to detecting the state of a slide block positioned in a linear valve and using the position of the slide block to predict the health of a linear valve and provide information to a controller/monitor. An operator is provided with information before failure occurrence to allow preventative maintenance of the linear valve. The linear valve is constructed with two canister ports and a vent port. The slide block can be constructed to block the two canister ports and vent port simultaneously. The system can control the position of the block, when provided with position information, hence, using the slide block as a shutoff valve. The typical slide valve can be used as an integral slide shutoff valve, reducing system complexity and reducing system weight, which is critical to airborne applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Litton Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Bradley Hager, Kevin Michael Dailey
  • Patent number: 6221018
    Abstract: A medical diagnostic ultrasonic imaging method and system subdivide the transmit aperture into two or more subapertures, each subaperture having at least four adjacent transducer elements. The subapertures are phased differently with respect to one another to selectively reduce either fundamental components or harmonic components of echoes from tissue. These techniques can be used to improve contrast agent harmonic imaging as well as tissue harmonic imaging, depending upon the phase shift selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Acuson Corporation
    Inventors: Bhaskar S. Ramamurthy, Charles Bradley, Ken Sawatari, Danhua Zhao, Stuart L. Carp, Stirling S. Dodd, David J. Hedberg, Samuel H. Maslak, Daniel E. Need
  • Patent number: 6193659
    Abstract: An improvement to the method for harmonic imaging including the steps of (a) transmitting ultrasonic energy at a fundamental frequency and (b) receiving reflected ultrasonic energy at a harmonic of the fundamental frequency is provided. The transmitting step includes the step of: applying the plurality of waveforms to a respective plurality of transducer elements, a first waveform of the plurality of waveforms characterized by a first value of a harmonic power ratio, waveforms transmitted from the transducer elements and corresponding to the plurality of waveforms summing as an acoustic waveform substantially at the point, the acoustic waveform characterized by a second value of the harmonic power ratio less than the first value. The imaging method can also include a step for subdividing the transmit aperture into two or more subapertures, each subaperture having at least four adjacent transducer elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Acuson Corporation
    Inventors: Bhaskar S. Ramamurthy, Charles Bradley, Ken Sawatari, Danhua Zhao, Stuart L. Carp, Stirling S. Dodd, David J. Hedberg, Samuel H. Maslak, Daniel E. Need
  • Patent number: D480519
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Inventor: Charles Bradley Firth