Patents by Inventor Christian Von Heifner

Christian Von Heifner 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: 20160039553
    Abstract: A system enables management of dispensable units by supporting functions such as retrieval, scheduled distribution, analysis, and notifications. To this end, a dispensable retrieval mechanism may be programmed to carry out blind retrievals of dispensable units using a retrieval strategy with a predetermined sequence of retrieval attempts (e.g., fixed or varying two-dimensional retrieval patterns), which may be open loop or closed loop. Techniques may also include the identification of dispensable units through optical sensors and weight measurement devices that can detect, e.g., a texture, a shape, and a size of dispensable units. Such identification can be used to program retrieval attempts by a retrieval robot and in the formulation of the retrieval pattern. Additionally, networked notification systems for dispensable units can be used for updating rules or schedules related to the dispensable units, or alerting users and remote resources of any potential misuse or hazards of the dispensable units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Publication date: February 11, 2016
    Inventors: Kutadgu Akdogan, Christian Von Heifner, Kalyan C. Vepuri
  • Patent number: 9211498
    Abstract: A device includes a desiccant and an enclosure having an interior surrounding the desiccant. The enclosure may include a moisture vapor permeable membrane with a moisture permeability sufficient to pass moisture from outside the enclosure to the desiccant. The device may further include a functional device within the enclosure having processing circuitry to perform at least one function associated with the desiccant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Makefield LLC
    Inventors: Kutadgu Akdogan, Kalyan C. Vepuri, Christian Von Heifner
  • Publication number: 20140263423
    Abstract: A dispensing device is improved through the inclusion of modular components, for example, mechanical interfaces to couple to a container and a base. The modular dispensing device may also include communication systems related to the container and the base. Specifically, the modular dispensing device may receive information such as the contents of the container (e.g., quantity, identity, etc.) and a schedule for dispensing the contents. Using this information, the modular dispensing device may control the dispensing of the contents of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Makefield LLC
    Inventors: Kutadgu Akdogan, Kalyan C. Vepuri, Christian Von Heifner
  • Publication number: 20140260985
    Abstract: A device includes a desiccant and an enclosure having an interior surrounding the desiccant. The enclosure may include a moisture vapor permeable membrane with a moisture permeability sufficient to pass moisture from outside the enclosure to the desiccant. The device may further include a functional device within the enclosure having processing circuitry to perform at least one function associated with the desiccant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Makefield LLC
    Inventors: Kutadgu Akdogan, Kalyan C. Vepuri, Christian Von Heifner
  • Publication number: 20140267719
    Abstract: A dispensing device provides improved security and risk management through the inclusion of a security lock. The security lock may require authentication of a user as a condition for dispensing a dispensable included in a container of the dispensing device. The dispensable may include a consumable unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Makefield LLC
    Inventors: Kutadgu Akdogan, Kalyan C. Vepuri, Christian Von Heifner
  • Publication number: 20140278508
    Abstract: A system enables dispensing, tracking, storage, processing, analysis, management, fulfillment and/or commerce relating to dispensables, such as consumables. The system may include packages that hold consumables and function either independently or in concert with numerous smart configuration devices, such as table top machines or mobile machines, as well as remote servers, databases, and other cloud-based resources. A distributed software layer ties all devices and packages together and adds advanced interactivity, communication, analysis, and self-regulation functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Makefield LLC
    Inventors: Kutadgu Akdogan, Kalyan C. Vepuri, Christian Von Heifner
  • Publication number: 20140263391
    Abstract: A dispensing cartridge may be improved by the inclusion of an actuator and an agitator. Specifically, activation of the actuator may move the agitator within the cartridge to agitate the items and to direct one of the items into a position for dispensing. Concurrently, activation of the actuator may move a cap of the cartridge to align a dispensing hole with the position for dispensing, thereby allowing for the dispensing of a single item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Makefield LLC
    Inventors: Kutadgu Akdogan, Christian Von Heifner, Dale Trigger, Kalyan C. Vepuri
  • Publication number: 20140277710
    Abstract: A system enables dispensing, tracking, storage, processing, analysis, management, fulfillment and/or commerce relating to dispensables, such as consumables. The system may include packages that hold consumables and function either independently or in concert with numerous smart configuration devices, such as tabletop machines or mobile machines, as well as remote servers, databases, and other cloud-based resources. A distributed software layer ties all devices and packages together and adds advanced interactivity, communication, analysis, and self-regulation functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Makefield LLC
    Inventors: Kutadgu Akdogan, Kalyan C. Vepuri, Christian Von Heifner
  • Publication number: 20140277707
    Abstract: A dispensing device provides improved security and risk management through the inclusion of a security lock. The security lock may require authentication of a user as a condition for dispensing a dispensable included in a container of the dispensing device. The dispensable may include a consumable unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: MAKEFIELD LLC
    Inventors: Kutadgu Akdogan, Kalyan C. Vepuri, Christian Von Heifner
  • Publication number: 20140263425
    Abstract: A dispensing device is improved through the inclusion of modular components, for example, mechanical interfaces to couple to a container and a base. The modular dispensing device may also include communication systems related to the container and the base. Specifically, the modular dispensing device may receive information such as the contents of the container (e.g., quantity, identity, etc.) and a schedule for dispensing the contents. Using this information, the modular dispensing device may control the dispensing of the contents of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Makefield LLC
    Inventors: Kutadgu Akdogan, Kalyan C. Vepuri, Christian Von Heifner
  • Patent number: D623356
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Harvey Lee, Jochen Rainer Schaepers, Christian Von Heifner
  • Patent number: D626171
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: E+B Giftware, LLC
    Inventor: Christian Von Heifner
  • Patent number: D627610
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Robinson Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Harvey Lee, Lindsay Mannix, Christian Von Heifner, Jochen Schaepers
  • Patent number: D630064
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Robinson Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Harvey Lee, Jochen Schaepers, Lindsay Mannix, Christian Von Heifner
  • Patent number: D652258
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Robinson Home Products Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Harvey Lee, Jochen Schaepers, Christian von Heifner
  • Patent number: D652695
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Robinson Home Products Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Harvey Lee, Jochen Schaepers, Christian von Heifner
  • Patent number: D652745
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Robinson Home Products Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Harvey Lee, Jochen Schaepers, Christian von Heifner
  • Patent number: D652746
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Robinson Home Products Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Harvey Lee, Jochen Schaepers, Christian von Heifner
  • Patent number: D671802
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Robinson Home Products Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Harvey Lee, Jochen Schaepers, Christian von Heifner
  • Patent number: D733454
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Makefield LLC
    Inventors: Christian Von Heifner, Dale Trigger, Kalyan C. Vepuri, Kutadgu Akdogan