Patents by Inventor Diana L. Unser

Diana L. Unser 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: 11329468
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for underground cable installation are provided. A system includes a compressor and a boring attachment. The boring attachment may be operatively coupled to the compressor and further coupled to an outer sheath of a buried cable. The boring attachment may be configured to be actuated by the compressor. In response to being actuated by the compressor, the boring attachment may be configured to displace at least some ground material, in contact with the buried cable, in which the buried cable is buried, and advance in at least one direction along a longitudinal axis of the buried cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael L. Elford, Pete A. Kawamoto, Diana L. Unser
  • Publication number: 20220029348
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing an enclosure for protecting at least one connector of a cable. In some embodiments, an enclosure comprises an enclosure housing. The enclosure housing includes a first part and a second part. The first part of the enclosure housing is attached to the second part of the enclosure housing. The first part of the enclosure housing and the second part of the enclosure housing together define a chamber to fully enclose a connector assembly and a connector housing the at least one connector of the cable. The enclosure includes at least one opening disposed at a first end of the enclosure housing. The at least one opening is configured to allow a boot of the at least one connector or the cable of the at least one connector to extend through the at least one opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Applicant: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Pete A. Kawamoto, Diana L. Unser
  • Patent number: 11152739
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing an enclosure for protecting at least one connector of a cable. In some embodiments, an enclosure comprises an enclosure housing. The enclosure housing includes a first part and a second part. The first part of the enclosure housing is attached to the second part of the enclosure housing. The first part of the enclosure housing and the second part of the enclosure housing together define a chamber to fully enclose a connector assembly and a connector housing the at least one connector of the cable. The enclosure includes at least one opening disposed at a first end of the enclosure housing. The at least one opening is configured to allow a boot of the at least one connector or the cable of the at least one connector to extend through the at least one opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Pete A. Kawamoto, Diana L. Unser
  • Publication number: 20210135395
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing an enclosure for protecting at least one connector of a cable. In some embodiments, an enclosure comprises an enclosure housing. The enclosure housing includes a first part and a second part. The first part of the enclosure housing is attached to the second part of the enclosure housing. The first part of the enclosure housing and the second part of the enclosure housing together define a chamber to fully enclose a connector assembly and a connector housing the at least one connector of the cable. The enclosure includes at least one opening disposed at a first end of the enclosure housing. The at least one opening is configured to allow a boot of the at least one connector or the cable of the at least one connector to extend through the at least one opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Inventors: Pete A. Kawamoto, Diana L. Unser
  • Patent number: 10886712
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for new cable provisioning utilizing an applied physical process are provided. A system includes a physical process applicator and a first coupler. The first coupler may be configured to attach to a first end of a first cable. The physical process applicator may be configured to apply a physical process to the first cable, and tension the first cable, via the first coupler. The first coupler may further be configured to cause, via the physical process, the first cable to displace at least some ground material surrounding the first cable, and allow at least part of the first cable to be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael L. Elford, Pete A. Kawamoto, Diana L. Unser
  • Publication number: 20200036177
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for underground cable installation are provided. A system includes a compressor and a boring attachment. The boring attachment may be operatively coupled to the compressor and further coupled to an outer sheath of a buried cable. The boring attachment may be configured to be actuated by the compressor. In response to being actuated by the compressor, the boring attachment may be configured to displace at least some ground material, in contact with the buried cable, in which the buried cable is buried, and advance in at least one direction along a longitudinal axis of the buried cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Michael L. Elford, Pete A. Kawamoto, Diana L. Unser
  • Patent number: 10485140
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for providing in-lineup passive air distribution system designs, and for delivering more effective cooling for termination dense network equipment with high heat dissipation. In some embodiments, one or more air distribution units might be positioned in-line with one or more heat generating equipment. The one or more air distribution units might receive air from an HVAC system, and might distribute the received air to the one or more heat generating equipment. In some cases, the one or more air distribution units might distribute the received air to a position in front of and/or behind the one or more heat generating equipment for intake by an air intake device of at least one of the one or more heat generating equipment. Some air distribution units might comprise dowels for storing fiber slack. Some dowels might comprise an air shaft for distributing the received air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Pete A. Kawamoto, Diana L. Unser, Christopher M. Wills
  • Patent number: 10439382
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for underground cable installation are provided. A system includes a compressor and a boring attachment. The boring attachment may be operatively coupled to the compressor and further coupled to an outer sheath of a buried cable. The boring attachment may be configured to be actuated by the compressor. In response to being actuated by the compressor, the boring attachment may be configured to displace at least some ground material, in contact with the buried cable, in which the buried cable is buried, and advance in at least one direction along a longitudinal axis of the buried cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael L. Elford, Pete A. Kawamoto, Diana L. Unser
  • Patent number: 10338334
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for direct cable expansion are provided. A system includes a pump, a probe, and a coupler. The pump is coupled to a reservoir holding a fluid. The probe is in fluid communication with the pump, and is configured to introduce the fluid into a cable such that a channel is created, by the fluid, between an outer sheath of the cable and a core of the cable. The coupler is configured to attach to a cable, receive the probe, and position the probe at an interface between the outer sheath and an inner material of the cable adjacent to the outer sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael L. Elford, Pete A. Kawamoto, Diana L. Unser
  • Patent number: 10103532
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing MediaLink Interconnection Boxes (“MIBs”). In some embodiments, a plurality of MediaLink Interconnection Boxes (“MIBs”) or media interconnection devices, which may be disposed throughout a recreational vehicle (“RV”) park or other bulk service provider application sites, or the like, may serve as demarcation units designed to each provide an accessible indoor or outdoor interface where long-term or temporary/transient customers can directly connect to land line service (e.g., POTS service), video or television service, and/or Ethernet or Internet services provided by one or more service providers. Fiber-to-Drop-Point (“FTDP”) and/or point-to-point fiber insertion within a passive optical network (“PON”) communications system may be implemented using apical conduit systems in conjunction with the MIBs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael L. Elford, Diana L. Unser, Pete A. Kawamoto
  • Publication number: 20180115141
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for new cable provisioning utilizing an applied physical process are provided. A system includes a physical process applicator and a first coupler. The first coupler may be configured to attach to a first end of a first cable. The physical process applicator may be configured to apply a physical process to the first cable, and tension the first cable, via the first coupler. The first coupler may further be configured to cause, via the physical process, the first cable to displace at least some ground material surrounding the first cable, and allow at least part of the first cable to be removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: Michael L. Elford, Pete A. Kawamoto, Diana L. Unser
  • Publication number: 20180039040
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for direct cable expansion are provided. A system includes a pump, a probe, and a coupler. The pump is coupled to a reservoir holding a fluid. The probe is in fluid communication with the pump, and is configured to introduce the fluid into a cable such that a channel is created, by the fluid, between an outer sheath of the cable and a core of the cable. The coupler is configured to attach to a cable, receive the probe, and position the probe at an interface between the outer sheath and an inner material of the cable adjacent to the outer sheath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: Michael L. Elford, Pete A. Kawamoto, Diana L. Unser
  • Publication number: 20180041017
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for underground cable installation are provided. A system includes a compressor and a boring attachment. The boring attachment may be operatively coupled to the compressor and further coupled to an outer sheath of a buried cable. The boring attachment may be configured to be actuated by the compressor. In response to being actuated by the compressor, the boring attachment may be configured to displace at least some ground material, in contact with the buried cable, in which the buried cable is buried, and advance in at least one direction along a longitudinal axis of the buried cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: Michael L. Elford, Pete A. Kawamoto, Diana L. Unser
  • Publication number: 20170317482
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing MediaLink Interconnection Boxes (“MIBs”). In some embodiments, a plurality of MediaLink Interconnection Boxes (“MIBs”) or media interconnection devices, which may be disposed throughout a recreational vehicle (“RV”) park or other bulk service provider application sites, or the like, may serve as demarcation units designed to each provide an accessible indoor or outdoor interface where long-term or temporary/transient customers can directly connect to land line service (e.g., POTS service), video or television service, and/or Ethernet or Internet services provided by one or more service providers. Fiber-to-Drop-Point (“FTDP”) and/or point-to-point fiber insertion within a passive optical network (“PON”) communications system may be implemented using apical conduit systems in conjunction with the MIBs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: Michael L. Elford, Diana L. Unser, Pete A. Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 9742172
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing MediaLink Interconnection Boxes (“MIBs”). In some embodiments, a plurality of MediaLink Interconnection Boxes (“MIBs”) or media interconnection devices, which may be disposed throughout a recreational vehicle (“RV”) park or other bulk service provider application sites, or the like, may serve as demarcation units designed to each provide an accessible indoor or outdoor interface where long-term or temporary/transient customers can directly connect to land line service (e.g., POTS service), video or television service, and/or Ethernet or Internet services provided by one or more service providers. Fiber-to-Drop-Point (“FTDP”) and/or point-to-point fiber insertion within a passive optical network (“PON”) communications system may be implemented using apical conduit systems in conjunction with the MIBs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael L. Elford, Diana L. Unser, Pete A. Kawamoto
  • Publication number: 20170164524
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for providing in-lineup passive air distribution system designs, and for delivering more effective cooling for termination dense network equipment with high heat dissipation. In some embodiments, one or more air distribution units might be positioned in-line with one or more heat generating equipment. The one or more air distribution units might receive air from an HVAC system, and might distribute the received air to the one or more heat generating equipment. In some cases, the one or more air distribution units might distribute the received air to a position in front of and/or behind the one or more heat generating equipment for intake by an air intake device of at least one of the one or more heat generating equipment. Some air distribution units might comprise dowels for storing fiber slack. Some dowels might comprise an air shaft for distributing the received air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Inventors: Pete A. Kawamoto, Diana L. Unser, Christopher M. Wills
  • Patent number: 9609788
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for providing in-lineup passive air distribution system designs, and for delivering more effective cooling for termination dense network equipment with high heat dissipation. In some embodiments, one or more air distribution units might be positioned in-line with one or more heat generating equipment. The one or more air distribution units might receive air from an HVAC system, and might distribute the received air to the one or more heat generating equipment. In some cases, the one or more air distribution units might distribute the received air to a position in front of and/or behind the one or more heat generating equipment for intake by an air intake device of at least one of the one or more heat generating equipment. Some air distribution units might comprise dowels for storing fiber slack. Some dowels might comprise an air shaft for distributing the received air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Pete A. Kawamoto, Diana L. Unser, Christopher M. Wills
  • Publication number: 20160226231
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing MediaLink Interconnection Boxes (“MIBs”). In some embodiments, a plurality of MediaLink Interconnection Boxes (“MIBs”) or media interconnection devices, which may be disposed throughout a recreational vehicle (“RV”) park or other bulk service provider application sites, or the like, may serve as demarcation units designed to each provide an accessible indoor or outdoor interface where long-term or temporary/transient customers can directly connect to land line service (e.g., POTS service), video or television service, and/or Ethernet or Internet services provided by one or more service providers. Fiber-to-Drop-Point (“FTDP”) and/or point-to-point fiber insertion within a passive optical network (“PON”) communications system may be implemented using apical conduit systems in conjunction with the MIBs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Inventors: Michael L. Elford, Diana L. Unser, Pete A. Kawamoto
  • Publication number: 20150011150
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for providing in-lineup passive air distribution system designs, and for delivering more effective cooling for termination dense network equipment with high heat dissipation. In some embodiments, one or more air distribution units might be positioned in-line with one or more heat generating equipment. The one or more air distribution units might receive air from an HVAC system, and might distribute the received air to the one or more heat generating equipment. In some cases, the one or more air distribution units might distribute the received air to a position in front of and/or behind the one or more heat generating equipment for intake by an air intake device of at least one of the one or more heat generating equipment. Some air distribution units might comprise dowels for storing fiber slack. Some dowels might comprise an air shaft for distributing the received air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Pete A. Kawamoto, Diana L. Unser, Christopher M. Wills
  • Patent number: 8644668
    Abstract: According to the invention, a system for covering the docking port of an optical communication device and protecting a terminating end of an optical fiber at the optical communication device is disclosed. The system may include body, where the body is configured to be at least partially received by the docking port of the optical communication device. The body may also be configured at partially receive the optical fiber. The body may not allow communication between the optical fiber and the optical communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Diana L. Unser, Erica A. Stockford