Patents by Inventor Donald E. Smith

Donald E. 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).

  • Patent number: 10647105
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an object holder for retaining an object in a direct-to-object print system and a direct-to-object print system configured to use various embodiments of the object holder of the present invention. In one embodiment, the object holder comprises a shuttle mount configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead configured to eject marking material on to a surface of an object. A plurality of threads, at least partially comprising a flexible synthetic elastomer, are connected to the shuttle mount. The threads are joined together to form an elastic netting which can be manually expanded around the object to retain the object to the shuttle mount while the object is being printed in the direct-to-object print system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Nicholas Soures, Jonathan Ross Ireland, Bruce H. Smith, Donald E. Thresh, James D. Van Bortel
  • Publication number: 20200130982
    Abstract: A cord management system for a cabinet or other similar furniture, appliances, or other applications include a conduit. A cord management weight is disposed within the conduit. The cord management weight includes a cord receiving portion and a weight locking feature. The cord receiving portion is configured to receive a portion of an electrical cord of an electronic device. The weight locking feature is configured to selectively prevent translational movement of the cord management weight within the conduit. The cord management weight is configured to be selectively retracted into the conduit and locked into position within the conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Andrew L. Smith, Billy Jack Ahola, Alexander V. LeTourneau, Scott R. Krebs, Lawrence E. Duwell, Donald G. Bogenschuetz, Peter William Swart
  • Publication number: 20200048886
    Abstract: A toilet assembly includes a flush engine having a bowl defining a sump and a trapway extending from the sump. A bowl insert is configured to be located in the bowl and a shroud is configured to be positioned over the flush engine to conceal at least a portion of the flush engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Billy Jack Ahola, Andrew L. Smith, Mark E. Baumgartner, Donald G. Bogenschuetz, Tobin J. Vetting, Lawrence E. Duwell, Peter W. Swart
  • Patent number: 10343634
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a vehicle structure, a bumper, an elongate structural member, and an extension portion. The elongate structural member is able to crush longitudinally in response to application of force in a longitudinal direction. The extension portion is able to crush longitudinally in response to application of force in the longitudinal direction, is connected to the elongate structural member such that the elongate structural member and the extension portion support the bumper with respect to the vehicle structure, and is operable to move the bumper between an extended position and a retracted position with respect to the vehicle structure to change a distance between the bumper and the vehicle structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Mikael Fermer, Alice C. Watts, Joel Frederic Jensen, Ronald Jack Smith, Mark B. Rober, Sung Hoon Kim, David Jennings Dostal, Russell Cranstoun Mead, Jr., Todd Elliot Lewis, Jesse T. Buehler, Nathaniel J. Dennis, Tommaso P. Rivellini, Robert R. Mayer, Anthony S. Montevirgen, Donald J. Parr, Bryce A. Woollard, Adam J. Golman, Kevin P. Makowski, Daniel E. Rivera
  • Publication number: 20190169825
    Abstract: A toilet that includes a tank having an outlet; a mounting bracket including a base having a central opening, a first set of mounts, which comprises two mounting locations located on opposite sides of the central opening for mounting the tank to a first pedestal having a bowl and two mounting holes, and a second set of mounts, which comprises three mounting locations that are separate from the two mounting locations of the first set of mounts, are located in a triangular pattern around the central opening, and mount the tank to a second pedestal having a bowl and three mounting holes; a valve body extending through the outlet and the central opening, wherein the valve body fluidly connects the outlet to an inlet of one of the bowls; and two or more fasteners with each fastener engaging one mounting hole and an associated mounting location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Peter William Swart, John F. Emmerling, Scott R. Krebs, Billy Jack Ahola, Andrew L. Smith, Lawrence E. Duwell, Donald G. Bogenschuetz
  • Patent number: 10144029
    Abstract: An irrigation sprinkler head has an auxiliary nozzle carrier having a nozzle attached to each end thereof. Each nozzle is held on one end of the flexible nozzle carrier. One end of the nozzle carrier holding a nozzle is attached to the sprinkler head to operatively attach the nozzle to the outlet of the sprinkler head while the other end extends from the side of the sprinkler head. The nozzles are rapidly exchanged on the sprinkler head by disconnecting the nozzle carrier and nozzle from the sprinkler head and connecting the other end of the nozzle carrier and nozzle to the sprinkler head without removing either nozzle from the carrier and without the use of tools. The nozzle carrier is flexible and angled between the nozzle holding ends so that the nozzle carrier can flex between the ends thereof to absorb impact without damage when used below a crop line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: SENNINGER IRRIGATION, INC.
    Inventors: Jerry D. Lawyer, Donald E. Smith
  • Patent number: 9694876
    Abstract: A pivoting mast device is disclosed for pivoting a mast relative to a surface. The pivoting mast device comprises a mast pivot pivotably coupling the mast to the surface. A lower wheel is rotatably coupled adjacent to a proximal end of the mast. An upper wheel is rotatably coupled adjacent to a distal end of the mast. A linkage couples the lower wheel to the upper wheel. A drive is coupled to the lower wheel for displacing the linkage. An upper traveler slideably engages the mast and is coupled to the headstay. A lower traveler slidably engages the mast and is coupled to the linkage. A lowering stay is secured to the surface and the lowering traveler. A mast lowering displacement is defined by the lower traveler and the upper traveler in a descending direction. A mast raising displacement is defined by the lower traveler in a ascending direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Donald E. Smith
  • Patent number: 9547836
    Abstract: An approach is provided for scheduling work order tasks based on an optimization of available resources and an assessment of cost penalty functions for missing work order deadlines, including determining an estimated work order completion time for processing a plurality of tasks associated with a work order on one or more resources, scheduling the plurality of tasks in a processing queue based on the estimated work order completion time, and determining a value of a penalty function for violating a work order deadline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Donald E. Smith, John David Allen
  • Patent number: 9264652
    Abstract: A method may include storing a number of programs on a digital video recorder (DVR) and assigning a score or ranking to each of the programs. The method may also include receiving a request to store another program on the DVR and determining whether the DVR has adequate storage space for the other program. The method may further include forwarding, when the DVR does not have adequate storage space for the other program, one of the programs having a lowest score or ranking to a secondary storage located remotely from the DVR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Donald E. Smith, James Di Mattia, Xue Li
  • Patent number: 9253549
    Abstract: Method, device, and non-transitory storage medium to receive peak viewership parameters that indicate one or more program channels to be modeled; query a device that stores viewership data based on the peak viewership parameters; determine a peak viewership for the one or more program channels; query another device that stores network configuration data pertaining to a program delivery network; obtain channel path information pertaining to the one or more program channels; generate peak channel delivery data based on the channel path information and the peak viewership data; and simulate, based on the peak channel delivery data, resource utilization of the program delivery network stemming from a provisioning of the one or more program channels according to a delivery channel format that is different from another delivery channel format that was used to deliver the one or more program channels to subscribers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Valcourt, Donald E. Smith, James F. Di Mattia, Leonard J. Andrews
  • Publication number: 20150348044
    Abstract: A mobile device may facilitate secure credit card transactions. The mobile device may initialize a mobile credit card verification (MCCV) generator using parameters that are shared with a credit card verifier, and then initialize a rollover timer, where the rollover timer may be synchronized with the credit card verifier. The mobile device may generate an MCCV value based on the parameters, and provide the generated MCCV value to verify a credit card transaction. The mobile device may determine if the rollover timer has reached a predetermined time value, and generating a new MCCV value, based on updated parameters, in response to determining the rollover timer has reached the predetermined time value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Applicant: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventor: Donald E. Smith
  • Patent number: 9197687
    Abstract: A method, a device, and a non-transitory storage medium having instructions to receive a request for a program from a user device; identify a type of the request, wherein the type of the request pertains to a prioritized blocking service that affords a prioritized access to the at least one of the downloading service or the streaming service, on behalf of at least one type of request over at least one of another type of request; determine whether the prioritized blocking service is to be invoked based on an identification of the type of request; use prediction data that indicates a future arrival time and a future completion time of a request having a higher priority relative to the identified request; calculate an available bandwidth based on the use of the prediction data; and block the identified request when the available bandwidth cannot support a session for the identified request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventor: Donald E. Smith
  • Patent number: 9154225
    Abstract: A method may include determining a total data demand distribution for a plurality of subscribers associated with a link between a gateway router (GWR) and an optical line terminal (OLT) in a network. The method also includes identifying a maximum link capacity of the link between the GWR and the OLT. The method further includes identifying a speed tier for which a speed test is to be executed, and determining a speed test throughput distribution based on the speed tier, the total data demand distribution and the maximum link capacity in an identified time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Smith
  • Publication number: 20150113156
    Abstract: A method, a device, and a non-transitory storage medium having instructions to receive a request for a program from a user device; identify a type of the request, wherein the type of the request pertains to a prioritized blocking service that affords a prioritized access to the at least one of the downloading service or the streaming service, on behalf of at least one type of request over at least one of another type of request; determine whether the prioritized blocking service is to be invoked based on an identification of the type of request; use prediction data that indicates a future arrival time and a future completion time of a request having a higher priority relative to the identified request; calculate an available bandwidth based on the use of the prediction data; and block the identified request when the available bandwidth cannot support a session for the identified request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Smith
  • Publication number: 20150006226
    Abstract: An approach is provided for scheduling work order tasks based on an optimization of available resources and an assessment of cost penalty functions for missing work order deadlines, including determining an estimated work order completion time for processing a plurality of tasks associated with a work order on one or more resources, scheduling the plurality of tasks in a processing queue based on the estimated work order completion time, and determining a value of a penalty function for violating a work order deadline.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Donald E. SMITH, John David ALLEN
  • Publication number: 20140341566
    Abstract: A method may include determining a total data demand distribution for a plurality of subscribers associated with a link between a gateway router (GWR) and an optical line terminal (OLT) in a network. The method also includes identifying a maximum link capacity of the link between the GWR and the OLT. The method further includes identifying a speed tier for which a speed test is to be executed, and determining a speed test throughput distribution based on the speed tier, the total data demand distribution and the maximum link capacity in an identified time interval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Smith
  • Patent number: 8825766
    Abstract: The METHODS, SYSTEMS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR A PEER-TO-PEER CACHE CONTENT REPLACER (“P2PCCR”) rates the value of storing specified existing content and replaces the lowest rated existing content with the requested new content. In one embodiment, a method for content replacement that may be used in a peer to peer video on demand system is described. The method includes receiving a request for new content, obtaining usage and availability data, determining a value rating based on the usage and availability data, and replacing lowest value rated content with said new content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E Smith
  • Patent number: 8644678
    Abstract: A device may estimate a probability that each video recording, of a group of video recordings, will be played back at the device during a time interval. The group of video recordings may include video recordings stored locally at the device and video recording stored at a remote location. The device may also determine whether to transfer a video recording to the remote location or retrieve a video recording from the remote location based on the estimated probabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Smith, James H. Drew, Raymond Sweha
  • Publication number: 20140033241
    Abstract: Method, device, and non-transitory storage medium to receive peak viewership parameters that indicate one or more program channels to be modeled; query a device that stores viewership data based on the peak viewership parameters; determine a peak viewership for the one or more program channels; query another device that stores network configuration data pertaining to a program delivery network; obtain channel path information pertaining to the one or more program channels; generate peak channel delivery data based on the channel path information and the peak viewership data; and simulate, based on the peak channel delivery data, resource utilization of the program delivery network stemming from a provisioning of the one or more program channels according to a delivery channel format that is different from another delivery channel format that was used to deliver the one or more program channels to subscribers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Michael P. Valcourt, Donald E. Smith, James F. Di Mattia, Leonard J. Andrews
  • Patent number: 8612326
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and system for analyzing risk. An embodiment of this invention comprises determining a deployment cost and an outage cost for each of a plurality of portfolios. The portfolio comprises one or more elements with a predetermined capacity. Total cost, which is an indicator of deployment cost and risk, for each portfolio is then determined by summing the deployment cost and the outage cost. The total cost of at least two portfolios is compared.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Smith