Patents by Inventor David J. Smith

David J. Smith 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: 20200374700
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for testing devices, issuing certificates, and managing certified devices, are discussed herein. A system is configured for using platform certificates to verify compliance and compatibility of a device when onboarding the device into an internet of things (IoT) network. The system may use an approved product list to verify compliance and compatibility for the device. When the device is certified, the system may use an onboarding tool to onboard the device into the IoT network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: Ned M. Smith, Edward Agis, Eduardo Cabre, Jeremy Rover, David J. McCall
  • Publication number: 20200370738
    Abstract: A spotlight controller including a housing having a first control axis, a fixed base configured to mate with the housing, the housing rotatable relative to the base about a second control axis substantially perpendicular to the first control axis, a handle configured to engage the housing and pivot about the first control axis, a housing sensor arranged to detect the position of the housing relative to the base and generate a housing position signal, a handle sensor arranged to detect the position of the handle relative to the housing and generate a handle position signal, and a controller operatively connected to the housing sensor and the handle sensor, wherein the controller receives the housing position signal and the handle position signal and generates spotlight control signals based on the housing position signal and the handle position signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: David J. SOUSA, Kevin M. SMITH, Sean BROWN, Tomasz J. WALCZAK
  • Publication number: 20200369733
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are nucleotide sequences encoding an insecticidal protein exhibiting Lepidopteran inhibitory activity, as well as novel insecticidal proteins referred to herein as a BCW 001, BCW 002, BCW 003, and BCW toxic protein-containing chimeras and BCW toxin insecticide, transgenic plants expressing the chimeras or the insecticide, and methods for detecting the presence of the nucleotide sequences or the insecticide in a biological sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: James A. BAUM, David J. BOWEN, Catherine A. CHAY, David J. CHI, William P. CLINTON, Crystal L. DART, Leigh ENGLISH, Stanislaw FLASINSKI, Victor M. GUZOV, Kevin A. JARRELL, Uma R. KESANAPALLI, Thomas M. MALVAR, Robert M. MCCARROLL, Jason S. MILLIGAN, Jay P. MORGENSTERN, Deborah G. RUCKER, Sara A. SALVADOR, Temple F. SMITH, Carlos E. SOTO, Collin M. STULTZ, Brian M. TURCZYK, Ty T. VAUGHN, Moritz W.F.F. VON RECHENBERG
  • Publication number: 20200365752
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing high efficiency solar cells is disclosed. The method comprises providing a thin dielectric layer and a doped polysilicon layer on the back side of a silicon substrate. Subsequently, a high quality oxide layer and a wide band gap doped semiconductor layer can both be formed on the back and front sides of the silicon substrate. A metallization process to plate metal fingers onto the doped polysilicon layer through contact openings can then be performed. The plated metal fingers can form a first metal gridline. A second metal gridline can be formed by directly plating metal to an emitter region on the back side of the silicon substrate, eliminating the need for contact openings for the second metal gridline. Among the advantages, the method for manufacture provides decreased thermal processes, decreased etching steps, increased efficiency and a simplified procedure for the manufacture of high efficiency solar cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Peter J. Cousins, David D. Smith, Seung Bum Rim
  • Patent number: 10835208
    Abstract: A Multiple Aperture Ultrasound Imaging (MAUI) probe or transducer is uniquely capable of simultaneous imaging of a region of interest from separate apertures of ultrasound arrays. Some embodiments provide systems and methods for designing, building and using ultrasound probes having continuous arrays of ultrasound transducers which may have a substantially continuous concave curved shape in two or three dimensions (i.e., concave relative to an object to be imaged). Other embodiments herein provide systems and methods for designing, building and using ultrasound imaging probes having other unique configurations, such as adjustable probes and probes with variable configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: MAUI IMAGING, INC.
    Inventors: David M. Smith, Donald F. Specht, Linda V. Cabrera, Kenneth D. Brewer, David J. Specht
  • Publication number: 20200353132
    Abstract: Implementations described herein include a system for guiding medical waste fluid into a medical waste collection canister. The system includes a manifold and a filter. The manifold includes a top surface and a sidewall extending from the top surface in a first direction. The top surface and the sidewall define an interior chamber of the manifold. The top surface includes an inlet port and a vacuum port disposed therein. The inlet port connects to a source of medical waste fluid and the vacuum port connects to a vacuum source. The manifold can be formed from a first polymer. A filter is positioned within the interior chamber of the manifold and immediately upstream of the vacuum port so as to filter air flowing into the vacuum port. The filter extends away from the top surface of the manifold in the first direction and the filter is formed from a second polymer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: Larry C. Smith, David J. Boles
  • Patent number: 10829518
    Abstract: Provided herein are compositions including peptides, pharmaceutical preparations thereof, and methods of preventing photoreceptor death therewith and protecting of retinal cells, including, but not limited to, photoreceptors and retinal pigment epithelium, from Fas- or TRAIL-mediated apoptosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignees: ONL THERAPEUTICS. INC., THE REGENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Cagri G. Besirli, Alexander J. Bridges, John K. Freshley, William A. Hunke, Linda L. Johnson, Francis X. Smith, Ethan Sylvain, David N. Zacks
  • Patent number: 10824759
    Abstract: Methods and systems for processing a blockchain comprising a plurality of immutable sales records corresponding to sales made by agents of an entity are provided. According to certain aspects, a transaction request indicating a sale made by an agent of the entity may be received at a first node. A block including a sales record indicating the sale made by the agent may be added to a blockchain and transmitted to another node for validation. The first node may add the block to a copy of the blockchain, where the block may be identified by a hash value that references a previous block in the blockchain that includes at least one additional sales record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Melinda Teresa Magerkurth, Eric Bellas, Jaime Skaggs, Shawn M. Call, Eric R. Moore, Vicki King, Burton J. Floyd, David Turrentine, Steven T. Olson, Timothy Caleb Wells, Corin Rebekah Chapman, Edward W. Breitweiser, Robert Gomez, Shelia Cummings Smith
  • Patent number: 10821044
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for storing medical products such as pharmaceutical and medical products in climate controlled storage devices includes climate control systems in communication with inventory access and tracking systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: HELMER, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Larkner, David A. Ferrer, Jesse M. Smith, Dennis H. Smith, Adam A. Cloud, Mark D. Lockwood, Mark G. Loeffelholz, James R. Edwards
  • Patent number: 10824746
    Abstract: Methods and systems for managing and/or processing a blockchain to maintain data security for confidential and/or personal data are provided. According to certain aspects, the disclosed data security techniques may enable access sharing functionality utilizing the blockchain. For example, access sharing may be utilized to file documents, share policy information, and/or comply with an audit. The data security techniques disclosed herein also enable the use of smart contracts to transfer funds associated with payment obligations and/or other forms of blockchain based payments, comply with anti-money laundering requirements, report industry data, validate interest payments and/or maintain agent sales data. Data security may be achieved through the use of public key/private key encryption techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Melinda Teresa Magerkurth, Eric Bellas, Jaime Skaggs, Shawn M. Call, Eric R. Moore, Vicki King, Burton J. Floyd, David Turrentine, Steven T. Olson, Timothy Caleb Wells, Corin Rebekah Chapman, Edward W. Breitweiser, Robert Gomez, Shelia Cummings Smith
  • Patent number: 10824747
    Abstract: Methods and systems for managing and/or processing a blockchain to maintain data security for confidential and/or personal data are provided. According to certain aspects, the disclosed data security techniques may enable access sharing functionality utilizing the blockchain. For example, access sharing may be utilized to share policy information. The policy information may be associated with a smart contract. Accordingly, the policy information may be encrypted using a public key for the smart contract and compiled into a block of the blockchain. In response to a request to provide access to the information to a particular node, the private key for the smart contract may be encrypted using the public key for the particular node and compiled into a block of the blockchain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Melinda Teresa Magerkurth, Eric Bellas, Jaime Skaggs, Shawn M. Call, Eric R. Moore, Vicki King, Burton J. Floyd, David Turrentine, Steven T. Olson, Timothy Caleb Wells, Corin Rebekah Chapman, Edward W. Breitweiser, Robert Gomez, Shelia Cummings Smith
  • Publication number: 20200343789
    Abstract: A brushless direct-current motor is provided includes an inner stator and an outer rotor. The rotor includes a rotor core disposed around the stator, an inner annular member mounted on a rotor shaft, and a plurality of radial blades extending angularly from the rotor core to the inner annular member forming a fan. A first end cap is provided including a radial back plate proximate the fan and a center opening in the radial back plate through which the rotor shaft extends. A second end cap is provided including a main body disposed adjacent the stator opposite the fan. The radial back plate of the first end cap includes at least one sloped surface forming at least one air gap such that the airflow generated by the fan is centrifugally guided within the first end cap by the sloped surface and caused to exit through the air gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: John B. Fogle, Dustin Jeffries, Michael R. Marjomma, Kevin L. Pulley, Vincent W. Zou, Jarrett A. Dunston, David J. Smith, Rene Thieme, Tim Heimrich, Tobias Heep, Daniel Bernhart, Dieter Schmidtfrerick
  • Publication number: 20200343780
    Abstract: A brushless direct-current motor is provided includes an inner stator and an outer rotor. A rotor shaft extends through a stator core of the inner stator. A first end cap includes a radial back plate disposed on a first side of the stator and a front center opening through which the rotor shaft is supported via a front bearing. A second end cap includes an inner annular body extending axially inwardly and forming a rear center opening, an outer annular body, and a main body extending on a second side of the stator. The inner annular body includes a first portion that extends at least partially into an opening of the stator core and supports the rotor shaft via a rear bearing, and a second portion rearward of the first portion that received a rear end of the rotor shaft therein and houses a sensor board therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: John B. Fogle, Dustin Jeffries, Michael R. Marjomma, Kevin L. Pulley, Vincent W. Zou, Jarrett A. Dunston, David J. Smith, Rene Thieme, Tim Heimrich, Tobias Heep, Daniel Bernhart, Dieter Schmidtfrerick
  • Publication number: 20200323717
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a base frame, lift mechanism supporting an upper frame relative to the base frame, a load frame, and a plurality of deck sections, a patient support surface, and a number of barriers positioned about the patient supporting surface. The patient support apparatus includes a notification system for visually notifying a caregiver of a condition or status of a component of the patient support apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Robert M. ZERHUSEN, Richard H. HEIMBROCK, Arpit SHAH, Aziz A. BHAI, Bradley T. SMITH, Catherine M. WAGNER, Charles A. LACHENBRUCH, Clay G. OWSLEY, Dan R. TALLENT, Daniel NACHTIGAL, David L. BEDEL, David J. BRZENCHEK, David J. HITCHCOCK, David P. LUBBERS, Douglas A. SEIM, Douglas E. BORGMAN, Eric D. BENZ, Florin IUCHA, Frank E. SAUSER, Gavin M. MONSON, James W. PASCOE, James L. WALKE, Jared RUDE, John G. BYERS, John D. CHRISTIE, Jonathan D. TURNER, Joshua A. WILLIAMS, Karen LANNING, Kathryn SMITH, Kirsten M. EMMONS, Mary Kay BRINKMAN, Michael BUCCIERI, Nathaniel W. HIXON, Neal WIGGERMANN, Richard J. SCHUMAN, SR., Scott M. CORBIN, Sravan MAMIDI, Todd P. O'NEAL, Todd S. VENTROLA, Travis PELO, Unnati OJHA, John GOEWERT
  • Patent number: 10805024
    Abstract: One embodiment illustrated herein includes a system for simulating communications in an environment. The system includes a postulated physical environment model, having modeled terrain and continuous changes over time. A channel parameter calculator is coupled to the postulated physical environment model, and configured to obtain samples from the postulated physical environment model, each sample comprising information about modeled terrain at a given time. The channel parameter calculator is further configured to, from the obtained samples, generate communication channel parameters, over time. A channel simulator is coupled to the channel parameter calculator. The channel simulator is configured to be coupled to signal source and to, using the communication channel parameters, apply the communication channel parameters to a communication signal from the signal source to simulate transmission of data through a simulated channel over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: L3 TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ryan W. Hinton, Anthony D. Smith, L. Andrew Gibson, David J. Moore, William K. McIntire
  • Publication number: 20200316816
    Abstract: A concrete mixer truck includes a chassis, a plurality of tractive assemblies coupled to the chassis, a mixing drum rotatably coupled to the chassis, the mixing drum defining an internal volume configured to contain material and an aperture through which the material can enter and exit the internal volume, an energy storage device positioned at a rear end of the chassis and configured to provide electrical energy, and an electromagnetic device electrically coupled to the energy storage device, where the electromagnetic device is configured to receive the electrical energy from the energy storage device and provide mechanical energy to drive at least one of the plurality of tractive assemblies to propel the concrete mixer truck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Applicant: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Robert S. Messina, Chris K. Yakes, Nader Nasr, Chad K. Smith, Mike Bolton, Loren D'Vries, Neil Dekarske, Jon J. Morrow, David J. Steinberger, Yanming Hou
  • Publication number: 20200321826
    Abstract: A brushless motor includes a stator assembly including a generally-cylindrical stator body having a center bore, teeth extending from the stator body towards the center bore and defining slots in between, and windings wound around the teeth; and a rotor assembly rotatably received within the center bore and includes a rotor shaft and a generally-cylindrical rotor body. The motor further includes at least one rotor bearing mounted on the rotor shaft, and at least one bearing support member supporting the rotor bearing. The bearing support member includes a radial body forming a bearing pocket for receiving the rotor bearing therein, and axial post inserts received within the slots of the stator assembly between adjacent sets of windings and in contact with an inner curved surface of the stator body to support the rotor bearing with respect to the stator assembly along a center axis of the center bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: Colin M. Crosby, Merritt J. Tennison, Ryan F. Schroeder, Jarrett A. Dunston, David J. Smith, Barak N. Gohn, Andrew M. Palich, Justin H. Ayers
  • Publication number: 20200317083
    Abstract: A concrete mixer vehicle includes a chassis, a tractive assembly coupled to the chassis and configured to propel the concrete mixer vehicle, a mixing drum rotatably coupled to the chassis, and an electromagnetic device configured to convert electrical energy to mechanical energy to drive the tractive assembly. In a first configuration, a first battery module is removably coupled to the chassis and configured to provide the electrical energy to the electromagnetic device, and in a second configuration, the first battery module is removed from the chassis and replaced with a second battery module, the second battery module removably coupled to the chassis and configured to provide the electrical energy to the electromagnetic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Applicant: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Robert S. Messina, Chris K. Yakes, Nader Nasr, Chad K. Smith, Mike Bolton, Loren D'Vries, Neil Dekarske, Jon J. Morrow, David J. Steinberger, Yanming Hou
  • Publication number: 20200321825
    Abstract: A brushless motor includes a stator assembly including a generally-cylindrical stator body having a center bore, teeth extending from the stator body towards the center bore and defining slots in between, and windings wound around the teeth; and a rotor assembly rotatably received within the center bore and includes a rotor shaft and a generally-cylindrical rotor body. The motor further includes at least one rotor bearing mounted on the rotor shaft, and at least one bearing support member supporting the rotor bearing. The bearing support member includes a radial body forming a bearing pocket for receiving the rotor bearing therein, and axial post inserts received within the slots of the stator assembly between adjacent sets of windings and in contact with an inner curved surface of the stator body to support the rotor bearing with respect to the stator assembly along a center axis of the center bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: Colin M. Crosby, Merritt J. Tennison, Ryan F. Schroeder, Jarrett A. Dunston, David J. Smith, Barak N. Gohn, Andrew M. Palich, Justin H. Ayers
  • Publication number: 20200309742
    Abstract: A method for extracting pharmacogenetic DNA from dried blood that is retained in a solid resin collection device includes one or more of the steps of combining the dried blood and at least a portion of the solid resin collection device in a first vessel, sonicating the first vessel containing the dried blood and at least a portion of the solid resin collection device, moving at least some of the contents of the first vessel including the portion of the solid resin collection device to a solid resin spin column, adding an elution buffer to the solid resin spin column, centrifuging the solid resin spin column so that at least some of the contents of the solid resin spin column are transferred to a second vessel, and processing the contents of the second vessel by conducting one of capillary electrophoresis, Next-Generation Sequencing, DNA sequencing or genotyping, and mass spectrometry-based sequencing on the contents of the second vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: David J. Smith, Christian Tagwerker, Matthew D. Rifat