Patents by Inventor Charles H. Gabbard

Charles H. Gabbard 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: 20030006886
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle disabling system for terminating operation of a vehicle having a braking system thereon. The system includes a transmit unit transmitting at least one brake activation message to the vehicle. The system may further include a vehicle unit in communication with at least one braking component of the braking system such that receipt of the at least one brake activation message causes the vehicle unit to activate the at least one braking component thereby reducing speed of the vehicle and preventing movement thereof. Further, operator identity may be confirmed via use of a biometrics identification reader. A global positioning satellite may be employed for storing a usage record of the transmit unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2002
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Inventor: Charles H. Gabbard
  • Patent number: 6411217
    Abstract: A vehicle disabling system for terminating operation of a vehicle. The system includes a transmit unit for transmitting a command shutdown message and a command-receiver vehicle unit within the subject vehicle in communication with at least one operational component of the vehicle and capable of shutting down that component to thereby terminate vehicle operation. The transmit unit is operable only by an operator having a pre-authorized biometrics identification that is read, recognized, and confirmed by the transmit unit site prior to system activation. Both the transmit unit and the vehicle unit preferably are in separate communication with the global positioning satellite. With respect to the transmit unit, such satellite communication functions to record all transmit unit usage to thereby maintain and assure proper and appropriate operator use thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Inventor: Charles H. Gabbard
  • Patent number: 6392531
    Abstract: A vehicle disabling system for terminating operation of a vehicle. The system first includes a transmit unit in communication with a global positioning satellite for conveying a command shutdown message via the satellite to a target vehicle. Second, the system includes a command-receiver vehicle unit in two-way communication with the transmit unit via the global positioning satellite such that a shutdown message from the transmit unit can reach the vehicle unit. The vehicle unit is in communication with at least one operational component of the vehicle and capable of shutting down that component upon receipt of a shutdown message from the transmit unit to thereby terminate vehicle operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Inventor: Charles H. Gabbard
  • Patent number: 6232884
    Abstract: A remotely operable vehicle disabling system for terminating operation of a vehicle. The system has a remotely operable transmit unit for transmitting a command shutdown message to a command-receiver vehicle unit in a vehicle. The vehicle unit is in communication with at least one operational component and capable of shutting down that component to thereby terminate vehicle operation. The transmit unit can initially transmit a query message prior to the shutdown message to confirm vehicle identity or to confirm the presence of the vehicle disabling system. Correspondingly, the vehicle unit is capable of receiving both the query message and the shutdown message and of responding to the query message, with all such communication activities preferably being encoded with a continuously changing key. The disabling system provides a safe and efficient manner for law enforcement personnel to apprehend criminals attempting to escape in vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Inventor: Charles H. Gabbard
  • Patent number: 6124805
    Abstract: A remotely operable vehicle disabling system for terminating operation of a vehicle. The system has a remotely operable transmit unit for transmitting a command shutdown message to a command-receiver vehicle unit in a vehicle. The vehicle unit is in communication with at least one operational component and capable of shutting down that component to thereby terminate vehicle operation. The transmit unit can initially transmit a query message prior to the shutdown message to confirm vehicle identity or to confirm the presence of the vehicle disabling system. Correspondingly, the vehicle unit is capable of receiving both the query message and the shutdown message and of responding to the query message, with all such communication activities preferably being encoded with a continuously changing key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Inventor: Charles H. Gabbard