Patents by Inventor Dale A. Dixon

Dale A. Dixon 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: 6034324
    Abstract: A self-protected modular high temperature superconducting (HTS) down-lead that is capable of carrying large currents from a room temperature power source to a superconducting device operating at cryogenic temperatures. This down-lead incorporates a safety lead capable of carrying current and absorbing heat to protect the HTS material of the lead in the event of catastrophic failure of the HTS elements. The lead is in continuous contact with the HTS material and provides protection from interrupts and excess current. The down-lead is modular in design, and parts are easily replaced. Further, the down-lead is cooled through conduction in the middle stage, and gas cooled in the upper and lower stages by independent gas sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: BWX Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kelly Dale Dixon, Ralph C. Neimann, Christopher Mark Rey
  • Patent number: 4801107
    Abstract: A conventional reel brake in a video cassette is modified so that it will not function to release the brake when the cassette is placed in a cassette player unless a disabling device in the cassette is first unlocked or reset by external means. Further, when the cassette is unlocked and allowed to be played, it is once more disabled when the cassette is removed from the player. Thus, the cassette must be once more reset or unlocked before it can be played again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1989
    Assignee: Sotar, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale A. Dixon, Forrest Hannan
  • Patent number: 4771462
    Abstract: There is provided herein an apparatus and method of encryption/decryption which incorporates a microprocessor into security devices. A first such device is connected to the communication port of the accessing remote terminal, and a second such security device is connected to the communication port of the computer to which access is sought. This microprocessor is programmed to encode and decode all signals directed through the communication port of the computer terminal.The system incorporates a programmed ROM associated with the sending computer terminal containing tables of characters and a programmed ROM associated with the receiving computer terminal containing a complementary image of the tables programmed into the sending station. When data is transmitted by the sending computer terminal it is processed by the sending encryption device. The character code that is generated by the remote terminal is used as an address to access the ROM of the sending encryption device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1988
    Inventors: Forrest A. Hannan, Dale A. Dixon, Linda L. Ostrander