Patents by Inventor Charles E. Hunter

Charles E. Hunter 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: 10360593
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices for presenting marketing information to a customer based on proximity to marketing areas. A wireless identity transmitter associated with the customer may periodically transmit wireless broadcast messages that include obscured identifiers. A proximity broadcast receiver within a retail store, such as near a product display or aisle, may receive and relay the broadcast messages to a server which may process the included information. Based on proximity information and other conditions, the server may transmit marketing information relevant to the customer and a proximate marketing area, such as coupons and offers. In an embodiment, the server may store data based on broadcast messages that may indicate foot traffic and other information valuable to merchants. The server may also transmit messages based on stored permissions that indicate whether the customer desires to receive marketing information and whether the server is authorized to provide the customer's identity to merchants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Kevin E Hunter, Stephen A Sprigg, Neville J Meijers, Charles S Wurster, Paul E Jacobs
  • Patent number: 8112311
    Abstract: A device for generating audiovisual display signals, including a first input terminal receiving content signals representative of an audiovisual event, the signals including insertion points indicating the output of an advertisement, a second input terminal receiving ad signals representative of an advertisement, a first buffer storing the ad signals, and a processor converting the content signals into display signals of the event and converting ad signals stored in the first buffer into display signals of an advertisement upon detection of an insertion point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Ochoa Optics LLC
    Inventors: Charles E. Hunter, Bernard L. Ballou, Jr., John H. Hebrank
  • Publication number: 20110233344
    Abstract: In a satellite control system, a liquid is ejected by thermal ejection from holes in a substrate structure to create a reactive force on the satellite allowing the position, such as the attitude, of the satellite to be adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventors: Charles E. Hunter, Jurgen Klaus Vollrath, John H. Hebrank, Bernard L. Bailou, JR., Judson Sidney Clements, Thomas Johannes Lindner, Ravi Prasad, Philip E. Russell, Elliott M. Pines, David W. Carey
  • Patent number: 8019688
    Abstract: Music is blanket transmitted (for example, via satellite downlink transmission) to each customer's computer-based user station. Customers preselect from a list of available music in advance using an interactive screen selector, and pay only for music that they choose to have recorded for unlimited playback, for example, by a “CD burner”. An “ID tag” is woven into the recorded music so that any illegal copies therefrom may be traced to the purchase transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Ochoa Optics LLC
    Inventors: Charles E. Hunter, John H. Hebrank, Kelly C. Sparks
  • Patent number: 6952685
    Abstract: Music is blanket transmitted (for example, via satellite downlink transmission) to each customer's computer-based user station. Customers preselect from a list of available music in advance using an interactive screen selector, and pay only for music that they choose to have recorded for unlimited playback, for example, by a “CD burner”. An “ID tag” is woven into the recorded music so that any illegal copies therefrom may be traced to the purchase transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Ochoa Optics LLC
    Inventors: Charles E. Hunter, John H. Hebrank, Kelly C. Sparks
  • Publication number: 20020124251
    Abstract: A device for generating audiovisual display signals, including a first input terminal receiving content signals representative of an audiovisual event, the signals including insertion points indicating the output of an advertisement, a second input terminal receiving ad signals representative of an advertisement, a first buffer storing the ad signals, and a processor converting the content signals into display signals of the event and converting ad signals stored in the first buffer into display signals of an advertisement upon detection of an insertion point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Publication date: September 5, 2002
    Inventors: Charles E. Hunter, Bernard L. Ballou, John H. Hebrank
  • Publication number: 20020112243
    Abstract: Movies are distributed to customer households in a secure format on digital media such as optical disks for playback via proprietary set-top boxes. A system operator produces movie disks in large quantities and delivers the disks to widely geographically dispersed distribution agents. Agents produce copies of the disks with unique agent identification codes embedded therein, and distribute the disks to local customers who have compatible playback devices. When customers view movies, information identifying the movie and a distribution agent who is responsible for the movie being distributed to that customer are communicated to the central computer of the system operator. The content providers are then paid royalties due and responsible distribution agents are compensated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2001
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Applicant: World Theatre
    Inventors: Charles E. Hunter, Bernard L Ballou, Kelly C. Sparks, John H. Hebrank
  • Patent number: 4883032
    Abstract: A method using concurrently and simultaneously certain control factors for in-cylinder combustion, at least two of such factors being at levels never tried before by the prior art. The combination of control factors comprises: (i) high pressure charging of supply air for enhanced excess oxygen; (ii) advanced techniques for improved in-cylinder mixing of fuel and air (i.e., high swirl, reentraining piston bowl configuration, high compression ratio); (iii) high pressure injection of diesel fuel at levels of 16-22.times.10.sup.3 psi; (iv) smaller fuel nozzle ports for creating finer droplet size; (v) retardation of fuel injection from TDC by 2.degree.-5.degree.; and (vi) limitation of the ingress of lubrication oil into the combustion chamber by use of noncompressed cylinder sleeves to enhance piston to bore concentricity and preferably by other augmenting limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1989
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Charles E. Hunter, Harry A. Cikanek
  • Patent number: 4866005
    Abstract: The present invention is a method of forming large device quality single crystals of silicon carbide. The sublimation process is enhanced by maintaining a constant polytype composition in the source materials, selected size distribution in the source materials, by specific preparation of the growth surface of seed crystals, and by controlling the thermal gradient between the source materials and the seed crystal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1989
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Robert F. Davis, Calvin H. Carter, Jr., Charles E. Hunter
  • Patent number: RE34861
    Abstract: The present invention is a method of forming large device quality single crystals of silicon carbide. The sublimation process is enhanced by maintaining a constant polytype composition in the source materials, selected size distribution in the source materials, by specific preparation of the growth surface and seed crystals, and by controlling the thermal gradient between the source materials and the seed crystal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Robert F. Davis, Calvin H. Carter, Jr., Charles E. Hunter