Patents by Inventor Christopher Butler

Christopher Butler 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: 20190216453
    Abstract: A retractor assembly includes a base, a first side assembly, a second side assembly, and a medial arm assembly. The first side assembly is coupled to a first side of the base and translates relative to the base along a first direction. The second side assembly is coupled to a second side of the base and configured to translate relative to the base along the first direction. The medial arm assembly is coupled to the base and can extend in an extension direction and retract in a retraction direction. The extension direction is opposite the retraction direction. The extension direction and the retraction direction are perpendicular to the first direction. The medial arm assembly includes a body, and a blade assembly. The blade assembly includes a receiving portion and a medial blade. The receiving portion and the medial blade are rotatably interfaced via a ball and a socket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Applicant: LIFE SPINE, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Predick, Michael S. Butler, Paul Christopher Zakelj
  • Publication number: 20190156221
    Abstract: A computer-implemented prediction method, system, and computer program product including detecting an anomaly between at least two images in a social media timeline, analyzing at least one of contextual data and image data associated with the at least two images that cause the anomaly, and predicting an actual time of the at least two images in the social media timeline based on the analyzed at least one of contextual data and image data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher Butler, Jennifer Lai, Shaila Pervin
  • Patent number: 10198699
    Abstract: A method and system for reserving a time slot to gain access to a resource, such as an attraction, ride, show or event, as may be found in an amusement park. A portable module is used to determine a time when the user is able to access the resource based on reservation requests and throughput, without need for a docking station or continuous communication with a central database of all reservations and queue times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: LO-Q, PLC
    Inventors: Christopher Bayne, Christopher Butler, Leonard Sim
  • Patent number: 10127744
    Abstract: A system for regulating access to a resource by a plurality of users, comprises: a plurality of portable access keys, each being provided to one of the plurality of users and having an eligibility level associated therewith; a standard access queue allowing access to the resource by all users at a standard access rate; a premium access barrier allowing access to the resource at a premium access rate for users in a premium access queue, separate from the standard access queue; and a queue manager for managing the premium access queue by receiving a request from a user wishing to access the resource via the premium access queue, allowing the user to access the resource via the premium access barrier if the eligibility level associated with the user's portable access key meets an eligibility threshold, determining an access queue characteristic and setting the eligibility threshold based on the determined access queue characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Christopher Butler
  • Publication number: 20180260730
    Abstract: In a general aspect, a quantum computing method is described. In some aspects, a control system in a quantum computing system assigns subsets of qubit devices in a quantum processor to respective cores. The control system identifies boundary qubit devices residing between the cores in the quantum processor and generates control sequences for each respective core. A signal delivery system in communication with the control system and the quantum processor receives control signals to execute the control sequences, and the control signals are applied to the respective cores in the quantum processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: Rigetti & Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Reagor, William J. Zeng, Michael Justin Gerchick Scheer, Benjamin Jacob Bloom, Nikolas Anton Tezak, Nicolas Didier, Christopher Butler Osborn, Chad Tyler Rigetti
  • Patent number: 10062234
    Abstract: A system for regulating access to a resource by a plurality of users is provided. The system comprises: a plurality of portable access keys, each being provided to one of the users and having an associated variable access parameter; an access barrier, having an open state allowing passage through and a closed state denying access to the resource, and defining an access queue; a sensor that determines an access queue characteristic related to a number of users in the access queue; a controller, which sets an access criterion based on the determined access queue characteristic; and a detector, located at the access barrier and which determines the variable access parameter of a portable access key when it is brought into the vicinity of the detector. The controller sets the access barrier in its open state if the variable access parameter determined by the detector meets the access criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: LO-Q, PLC
    Inventors: Christopher Bayne, Christopher Butler, Leonard Sim
  • Patent number: 9842358
    Abstract: The present invention enables personalized recommendations for a user. In a preferred embodiment, a user submits an image of her face along with personal information. The image is analyzed to produce measurements of the user's facial characteristics. A user profile containing the image measurements and personal information is compared to two or more categories of reference data. For each category, one or more recommendations are produced according to the results of the comparison. The top recommendations are chosen according to a prioritization hierarchy and provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: BrighTex Bio-Photonics LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Butler, Brittania Boey
  • Patent number: 9403350
    Abstract: A bonding method includes vacuum bagging a second metal plate atop a first metal plate, with a thermosetting adhesive in a lap joint therebetween covered in turn by a porous peel ply and a porous breather ply; the plates being initially clamped together by applying vacuum through the breather ply; and thermally curing the adhesive, with the breather and peel plies being preselected to capture adhesive seepage from the lap joint and removed with the plies to correspondingly reduce cured adhesive flash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: The NORDAM Group, INC.
    Inventors: Roy Jefferson Reese, Jr., William Christopher Butler
  • Patent number: 9263046
    Abstract: A distributed dictation/transcription system is provided. The system provides a dictation manager having a data port to receive and transmit audio signals. The dictation manager includes a dictation server selector to a dictation server to transcribe the audio based on whether the dictation server already has a user profile uploaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: NVOQ INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Richard Beach, Christopher Butler, Jon Ford, Brian Marquette, Christopher Omland
  • Publication number: 20150193997
    Abstract: A system for regulating access to a resource by a plurality of users, comprises: a plurality of portable access keys, each being provided to one of the plurality of users and having an eligibility level associated therewith; a standard access queue allowing access to the resource by all users at a standard access rate; a premium access barrier allowing access to the resource at a premium access rate for users in a premium access queue, separate from the standard access queue; and a queue manager for managing the premium access queue by receiving a request from a user wishing to access the resource via the premium access queue, allowing the user to access the resource via the premium access barrier if the eligibility level associated with the user's portable access key meets an eligibility threshold, determining an access queue characteristic and setting the eligibility threshold based on the determined access queue characteristic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: July 9, 2015
    Applicant: ACCESSO TECHNOLOGY GROUP, PLC
    Inventor: Christopher Butler
  • Publication number: 20150165742
    Abstract: A bonding method includes vacuum bagging a second metal plate atop a first metal plate, with a thermosetting adhesive in a lap joint therebetween covered in turn by a porous peel ply and a porous breather ply; the plates being initially clamped together by applying vacuum through the breather ply; and thermally curing the adhesive, with the breather and peel plies being preselected to capture adhesive seepage from the lap joint and removed with the plies to correspondingly reduce cured adhesive flash.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: Roy Jefferson Reese, JR., William Christopher Butler
  • Patent number: 8863180
    Abstract: Interactive audio-video episodes may be provided in which progression of storylines is contingent upon user interactions with the episodes. User activities may be facilitated during presentation of an episode. The user activities may be contextually related to the storyline of the presented episode. A given user activity may include a visual and/or audio queue to prompt the user to participate in the given user activity. Progression of the storyline of the presented episode may be suspended during the given user activity. One or more user interactions may be received during individual user activities facilitated during presentation of the episode. The storyline may continue to progress after the given user activity responsive to receipt of a given user interaction prompted by the given user activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Lauren Devillier, Michael Peterson, Christopher Butler, Jason Scott Byers
  • Publication number: 20140258042
    Abstract: A system, method and software is described for the advertising of real estate. Information and images for a property are made available to prospective purchasers. Users' interactions are tracked, and points are assigned for each interaction. For each property listing, the system and software identify a segment of other relevant property listings. Each property listing is compared to the listings in its segment on the basis of points to determine its relative ranking. The relative ranking is used to determine the fee charged to the seller for use of the system and software. The system and software generate and provide reports and recommendations to users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher Butler, Thomas A. Horvath
  • Patent number: 8779889
    Abstract: A system for regulating access to a resource by a plurality of users is provided. The system comprises: a plurality of portable access keys, each being provided to one of the users and having an associated variable access parameter; an access barrier, having an open state allowing passage through and a closed state denying access to the resource, and defining an access queue; a sensor that determines an access queue characteristic related to a number of users in the access queue; a controller, which sets an access criterion based on the determined access queue characteristic; and a detector, located at the access barrier and which determines the variable access parameter of a portable access key when it is brought into the vicinity of the detector. The controller sets the access barrier in its open state if the variable access parameter determined by the detector meets the access criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: LO-Q PLC.
    Inventors: Christopher Bayne, Christopher Butler, Leonard Sim
  • Publication number: 20140067441
    Abstract: A method and system for reserving a time slot to gain access to a resource, such as an attraction, ride, show or event, as may be found in an amusement park. A portable module is used to determine a time when the user is able to access the resource based on reservation requests and throughput, without need for a docking station or continuous communication with a central database of all reservations and queue times.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher Bayne, Christopher Butler, Leonard Sim
  • Patent number: 8606605
    Abstract: A method and system for reserving a time slot to gain access to a resource, such as an attraction, ride, show or event, as may be found in an amusement park. A portable module is used to determine a time when the user is able to access the resource based on reservation requests and throughput, without need for a docking station or continuous communication with a central database of all reservations and queue times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: LO-Q, PLC
    Inventors: Christopher Bayne, Christopher Butler, Leonard Sim
  • Patent number: 8412523
    Abstract: A distributed dictation/transcription system is provided. The system provides a client station, dictation manager, and dictation server networked such that the dictation manager selects a dictation server to transcribe audio from the client station. The dictation manager selects one of a plurality of dictation servers based on conventional load balancing and on a determination of whether the user profile is already uploaded to a dictation server. While selecting a dictation server or uploading a profile, the client may begin dictating, which audio would be stored in a buffer of dictation manager until a dictation server was selected or available. The user may receive in real time or near real time a display of the textual data that may be corrected by the user to update the user profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: nVoq Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard Beach, Christopher Butler, Jon Ford, Brian Marquette, Christopher Omland
  • Publication number: 20120185250
    Abstract: A distributed dictation/transcription system is provided. The system provides a client station, dictation manager, and dictation server networked such that the dictation manager selects a dictation server to transcribe audio from the client station. The dictation manager selects one of a plurality of dictation servers based on conventional load balancing and on a determination of whether the user profile is already uploaded to a dictation server. While selecting a dictation server or uploading a profile, the client may begin dictating, which audio would be stored in a buffer of dictation manager until a dictation server was selected or available. The user may receive in real time or near real time a display of the textual data that may be corrected by the user to update the user profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: NVOQ INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Richard Beach, Christopher Butler, Jon Ford, Brian Marquette, Christopher Omland
  • Patent number: 8150689
    Abstract: A distributed dictation/transcription system is provided. The system provides a client station, dictation manager, and dictation server networked such that the dictation manager can select a dictation server to transcribe audio from the client station. The dictation manager selects one of a plurality of dictation servers based on conventional load balancing as well as on a determination of which of the dictation servers may already have a user profile uploaded. Moreover, while selecting a dictation server and/or uploading a profile, the user or client at the client station may begin dictating, which audio would be stored in a buffer of dictation manager until a dictation server was selected and/or available. The user would receive in real time or near real time a display of the textual data that may be corrected by the user. The corrective textual data may be transmitted back to the dictation manager to update the user profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: nVoq Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard Beach, Christopher Butler, Jon Ford, Brian Marquette, Christopher Omland
  • Patent number: D773228
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Food & Beverage Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Backett, Christian Freissler, Christopher Butler, Wesley Hare, Dan Nicholson