Patents by Inventor Don Peterson

Don Peterson 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: 9636155
    Abstract: A method of loading an implant inserter with an implant tab and an intramedullary orthopedic implant includes placing the intramedullary orthopedic implant engaged with the implant tab in an implant tab press tool. The implant tab press tool closes the implant tab, which is then moved to a locked position. The implant press tool opens, and the implant tab coupled with the intramedullary orthopedic implant is removed therefrom. The implant tab coupled with the intramedullary orthopedic implant and the implant inserter are placed in an inserter press tool. The inserter press tool closes the implant inserter, which is then moved to a locked position. The inserter press tool opens, and the implant inserter loaded with the implant tab and the intramedullary orthopedic implant coupled therewith is removed from the inserter press tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: BioMedical Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph H. Taber, Daniel F. Cheney, Joe Ritz, Don Peterson, Bernard Humes
  • Publication number: 20150320460
    Abstract: A method of loading an implant inserter with an implant tab and an intramedullary orthopedic implant includes placing the intramedullary orthopedic implant engaged with the implant tab in an implant tab press tool. The implant tab press tool closes the implant tab, which is then moved to a locked position. The implant press tool opens, and the implant tab coupled with the intramedullary orthopedic implant is removed therefrom. The implant tab coupled with the intramedullary orthopedic implant and the implant inserter are placed in an inserter press tool. The inserter press tool closes the implant inserter, which is then moved to a locked position. The inserter press tool opens, and the implant inserter loaded with the implant tab and the intramedullary orthopedic implant coupled therewith is removed from the inserter press tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Publication date: November 12, 2015
    Applicant: BIOMEDICAL ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph H. Taber, Daniel F. Cheney, Joe Ritz, Don Peterson, Bernard Humes
  • Patent number: 8890670
    Abstract: A trailer is provided with various parametric sensors. Trailer operating characteristics obtained from the sensors are conveyed to an attached tow vehicle. The tow vehicle is configured to respond to trailer operating conditions or characteristics and/or warn the tow vehicle operator of trailer conditions. The tow vehicle's operation can also be changed responsive to an attached trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Brey, Don Peterson
  • Patent number: 8744401
    Abstract: An enhanced emergency notification system comprising a vehicle location device located in a vehicle, an emergency notification device located in the vehicle, a receiving/transmitting device, and an emergency responder receiving device. The vehicle location device is configured to provide data regarding a current location of the vehicle. The emergency notification device is configured to send a first signal upon a specified event, wherein the first signal includes information on the location of the vehicle obtained from the vehicle location device. The receiving/transmitting device is configured to directly receive the first signal from the emergency notification device and transmit a second signal within a range, wherein the second signal includes at least the same information as the first signal. The emergency responder receiving device is configured to directly receive the second signal from the receiving/transmitting device when within the range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Don Peterson
  • Publication number: 20130038730
    Abstract: An apparatus and method by which a rear-facing, ceiling-mounted entertainment display for a vehicle can be made transparent or virtually transparent to a vehicle's driver uses a camera and a second, forward-facing display panel on which an image what the entertainment display blocks from the driver's view. The camera is attached to the entertainment display and captures image-forming light blocked to the driver's rear-view mirror by the downwardly extending entertainment display. The second display panel projects forwardly, i.e., toward the rear-view mirror, what the camera sees looking rearwardly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Don Peterson, Sheldon Waite, Thomas A. Brey
  • Publication number: 20130038436
    Abstract: A trailer is provided with various parametric sensors. Trailer operating characteristics obtained from the sensors are conveyed to an attached tow vehicle. The tow vehicle is configured to respond to trailer operating conditions or characteristics and/or warn the tow vehicle operator of trailer conditions. The tow vehicle's operation can also be changed responsive to an attached trailer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Brey, Don Peterson
  • Publication number: 20130038731
    Abstract: A camera that is movable is provided for a vehicle. It can be placed at the rear of a vehicle or at the rear of a towed trailer to capture images that might not be within the driver's field of view. Captured images are modulated onto a radio frequency signal, which is broadcast and picked up by a mating radio frequency receiver, typically located inside the towing vehicle. Captured-picture information on the radio frequency signal is recovered and used to generate an image on a display device that can be seen by the driver. An attaching device is provided to the camera to allow the camera to be attached to the vehicle or a trailer and its location changed as needed. The camera thus provides a method and apparatus for wirelessly conveying to the driver, images in an otherwise obstructed field of view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Brey, Don Peterson
  • Publication number: 20120295576
    Abstract: An enhanced emergency notification system comprising a vehicle location device located in a vehicle, an emergency notification device located in the vehicle, a receiving/transmitting device, and an emergency responder receiving device. The vehicle location device is configured to provide data regarding a current location of the vehicle. The emergency notification device is configured to send a first signal upon a specified event, wherein the first signal includes information on the location of the vehicle obtained from the vehicle location device. The receiving/transmitting device is configured to directly receive the first signal from the emergency notification device and transmit a second signal within a range, wherein the second signal includes at least the same information as the first signal. The emergency responder receiving device is configured to directly receive the second signal from the receiving/transmitting device when within the range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Don Peterson
  • Publication number: 20080074055
    Abstract: An apparatus for triggering a flash in a gas discharge lamp includes a power supply; a current limiter operatively connected between the power supply and the lamp to limit the current flowing through the lamp to a first preselected level; and a shunt path operatively connected between the power supply and the lamp to selectively increase the current flow through the lamp to a second level higher than the first level to produce a flash of increased brightness. Independently or in conjunction with the flash circuit, magnetic fields can be applied to the gas discharge lamp to increase electron path length in the plasma, increasing the optical output of the lamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventors: Don Peterson, David Aldo Navone
  • Patent number: 6048907
    Abstract: An apparatus for converting PET into polyester polyols including a reactor vessel having an interior volume, a stirring member rotatably mounted inside the reactor vessel and adapted to stir contents of the reactor vessel, a rotation device connected to the stirring member and adapted to rotate the stirring member in the reactor vessel, and a heater interactive with the interior of the reactor vessel so as to elevate the temperature of the interior volume of the reactor vessel to at least 175.degree. C. The reactor vessel has an inner wall and an outer wall with a space therebetween. The heater passes a heated fluid into the space between the inner wall and the outer wall. The stirring member includes a tubular member extending through the interior volume of the reactor vessel and a plurality of stirring arms extending radially outwardly of the tubular member. The heater serves to pass heated fluid through the interior of the tubular member and into the interior passageway of the stirring arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Inventor: Don Peterson
  • Patent number: 6037947
    Abstract: A 3-D graphics accelerator for performing lighting operations using operands within a given fixed point numeric range. The 3-D graphics accelerator includes a first computational unit which is configured to compute a value of an attenuation factor usable for performing said lighting operation for local lights. The attenuation factor is represented in floating point format. The first computational unit is also configured to represent the attenuation factor in an intermediate format including a first intermediate value (a scaled attenuation factor value within the given fixed point numeric range), and a second intermediate value (a shift count usable to convert the scaled attenuation factor value back to the original attenuation factor value). The 3-D graphics accelerator further includes a lighting unit coupled to said first computational unit. The first computational unit is further configured to convey the intermediate representation of the attenuation factor to the lighting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. Nelson, Wayne Morse, Don Peterson