Patents by Inventor Donald L. Roberts

Donald L. Roberts 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: 20200318282
    Abstract: A laundry appliance includes a cabinet having a rotating drum operably positioned therein for processing fabric. At least one transducer is positioned proximate the drum that provides an ultrasonic resonance that is directed into an interior chamber of the drum. The ultrasonic resonance is adapted to be directed into damp fabric being treated within the interior chamber. The ultrasonic resonance serves to modify water trapped within the damp fabric into a substantially gaseous form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark J. Christensen, Donald Erickson, Jordan M. Grider, Alexander Halbleib, Christopher A. Hartnett, Christopher A. Jones, K. David McAllister, Rodney M. Welch, Erica L. Roberts
  • Patent number: 10704189
    Abstract: A laundry appliance includes a cabinet having a rotating drum operably positioned therein for processing fabric. At least one transducer is positioned proximate the drum that provides an ultrasonic resonance that is directed into an interior chamber of the drum. The ultrasonic resonance is adapted to be directed into damp fabric being treated within the interior chamber. The ultrasonic resonance serves to modify water trapped within the damp fabric into a substantially gaseous form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Mark J. Christensen, Donald Erickson, Jordan M. Grider, Alexander Halbleib, Christopher A. Hartnett, Christopher A. Jones, K. David McAllister, Rodney M. Welch, Erica L. Roberts
  • Patent number: 10355186
    Abstract: A flexible lighting element is provided, comprising: a first substrate; first and second conductive elements over the first substrate; a light-emitting element having first and second contacts that are both on a first surface of the light-emitting element, the first and second contacts being electrically connected to the first and second conductive elements, respectively, and the light-emitting element emitting light from a second surface opposite the first surface; a transparent layer located adjacent to the second surface; and a transparent affixing layer located between the first substrate and the transparent layer, wherein the transparent layer and the transparent affixing layer are both sufficiently transparent to visible light that they will not decrease light transmittance below 70%, and the first and second conductive layers are at least partially transparent to visible light, or are 300 ?m or smaller in width, or are concealed by a design feature from a viewing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Grote Industries, LLC
    Inventors: William L. Corwin, Donald Lee Gramlich, Jr., Scott J. Jones, Martin J. Marx, Cesar Perez-Bolivar, George M. Richardson, II, James E. Roberts
  • Patent number: 7064664
    Abstract: The present invention involves a system and method for detecting a graffiti-making act such as the spray of a spray paint can, the writing with a felt-marker pen on a surface, and the scratching with an abrasive instrument on a surface. The system includes one or more sensors adapted to sense the graffiti-making act and transmit a signal representative of the graffiti-making act, and a base unit including electronics adapted to process the signal and determined whether the signal represents a graffiti-making act, and a communication device coupled to the electronics and adapted to communicate to one or more entities that a graffiti-making act has been detected. The method includes sonically detecting the graffiti-making act, and initiating an alarm indicating that the graffiti-making act took place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Traptec Corporation
    Inventors: George H. Lerg, Arthur J. Devine, Donald L. Roberts, Randy E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6961002
    Abstract: A method of sonically detecting a sonic act such as a graffiti-making act or firearm shot includes providing a sonic act detection system to sonically detect a sonic act and a camera to take an image of a perpetrator of the sonic act; locating the sonic act detection system and the camera near a location where the sonic act is prone to occur; sonically detecting with said sonic act detection system a sonic act; obtaining one or more images of the perpetrator of the sonic act with the camera; communicating to one or more entities that sonic act has been detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Traptec Corporation
    Inventors: George H. Lerg, Arthur J. Devine, Donald L. Roberts
  • Publication number: 20040075561
    Abstract: The present invention involves a system and method for detecting a graffiti-making act such as the spray of a spray paint can, the writing with a felt-marker pen on a surface, and the scratching with an abrasive instrument on a surface. The system includes one or more sensors adapted to sense the graffiti-making act and transmit a signal representative of the graffiti-making act, and a base unit including electronics adapted to process the signal and determined whether the signal represents a graffiti-making act, and a communication device coupled to the electronics and adapted to communicate to one or more entities that a graffiti-making act has been detected. The method includes sonically detecting the graffiti-making act, and initiating an alarm indicating that the graffiti-making act took place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2003
    Publication date: April 22, 2004
    Applicant: Traptec Corporation
    Inventors: George H. Lerg, Arthur J. Devine, Donald L. Roberts, Randy E. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20030214405
    Abstract: A method of sonically detecting a sonic act such as a graffiti-making act or firearm shot includes providing a sonic act detection system to sonically detect a sonic act and a camera to take an image of a perpetrator of the sonic act; locating the sonic act detection system and the camera near a location where the sonic act is prone to occur; sonically detecting with said sonic act detection system a sonic act; obtaining one or more images of the perpetrator of the sonic act with the camera; communicating to one or more entities that sonic act has been detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Applicant: Traptec Corporation
    Inventors: George H. Lerg, Arthur J. Devine, Donald L. Roberts
  • Patent number: 6632168
    Abstract: A magnetic therapeutic device for application to a target pain or injury area under a user's skin includes a plurality of hook-like members for attaching to an inner surface of a user's clothing adjacent the target pain or injury. In an embodiment, the device further comprises a plastic member including a smooth surface for contacting the user's skin adjacent the target pain or injury area, a magnet sandwiched between the hook-like members and the plastic member for generating a magnetic field in the target pain or injury area under the user's skin, and a keeper for placing outside a user's clothing. In an embodiment, the device is held in place by the attractive force of the magnet to pinch the clothing between the magnet and the keeper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: Advanced Recording Technologies
    Inventors: Donald L. Roberts, Arthur J. Devine, Larry R. Haase
  • Patent number: 6600417
    Abstract: The present invention involves a system and method for detecting a graffiti-making act such as the spray of a spray paint can, the writing with a felt-marker pen on a surface, and the scratching with an abrasive instrument on a surface. The system includes one or more sensors adapted to sense the graffiti-making act and transmit a signal representative of the graffiti-making act, and a base unit including electronics adapted to process the signal and determined whether the signal represents a graffiti-making act, and a communication device coupled to the electronics and adapted to communicate to one or more entities that a graffiti-making act has been detected. The method includes sonically detecting the graffiti-making act, and initiating an alarm indicating that the graffiti-making act took place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Traptec Corporation
    Inventors: George H. Lerg, Arthur J. Devine, Donald L. Roberts, Randy E. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20020198433
    Abstract: A magnetic therapeutic device for application to a target pain or injury area under a user's skin includes a plurality of hook-like members adapted to be attached to an inner surface of a user's clothing adjacent the target pain or injury, a plastic member including a smooth surface adapted to contact the user's skin adjacent the target pain or injury area, a magnet sandwiched between the hook-like members and the plastic member and adapted to generate a magnetic field in the target pain or injury area under the user's skin, and a keeper adapted to be placed outside a user's clothing and held in place by the attractive force of the magnet to pinch the clothing between the magnet and the keeper to hold the device in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2001
    Publication date: December 26, 2002
    Applicant: Advanced Recording Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald L. Roberts, Arthur J. Devine, Larry R. Haase
  • Publication number: 20020008619
    Abstract: The present invention involves a system and method for detecting a graffiti-making act such as the spray of a spray paint can, the writing with a felt-marker pen on a surface, and the scratching with an abrasive instrument on a surface. The system includes one or more sensors adapted to sense the graffiti-making act and transmit a signal representative of the graffiti-making act, and a base unit including electronics adapted to process the signal and determined whether the signal represents a graffiti-making act, and a communication device coupled to the electronics and adapted to communicate to one or more entities that a graffiti-making act has been detected. The method includes sonically detecting the graffiti-making act, and initiating an alarm indicating that the graffiti-making act took place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2001
    Publication date: January 24, 2002
    Applicant: Traptec Corporation
    Inventors: George H. Lerg, Arthur J. Devine, Donald L. Roberts, Randy E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6288643
    Abstract: The present invention involves a system and method for detecting a graffiti-making act such as the spray of a spray paint can, the writing with a felt-marker pen on a surface, and the scratching with an abrasive instrument on a surface. The system includes one or more sensors adapted to sense the graffiti-making act and transmit a signal representative of the graffiti-making act, and a base unit including electronics adapted to process the signal and determined whether the signal represents a graffiti-making act, and a communication device coupled to the electronics and adapted to communicate to one or more entities that a graffiti-making act has been detected. The method includes sonically detecting the graffiti-making act, and initiating an alarm indicating that the graffiti-making act took place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Traptec Corporation
    Inventors: George H. Lerg, Arthur J. Devine, Donald L. Roberts, Randy E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6281792
    Abstract: The present invention involves a system and method for detecting a firearm shot. The system includes one or more sensors adapted to sense the firearm shot and transmit a signal representative of the firearm shot, and a base unit including electronics adapted to process the signal and determined whether the signal represents a firearm shot, and a communication device coupled to the electronics and adapted to communicate to one or more entities that a firearm shot has been detected. The method includes sonically detecting the firearm shot, and initiating an alarm indicating that the firearm shot took place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Inventors: George H. Lerg, Arthur J. Devine, Donald L. Roberts, Randy E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6281787
    Abstract: The present invention involves a system and method for detecting a vehicle tire leak. The system includes one or more sensors adapted to detect the vehicle tire leak and transmit a signal representative of the vehicle tire leak, and a base unit including electronics adapted to process the signal and determined whether the signal represents a vehicle tire leak, and a communication device coupled to the electronics and adapted to communicate to one or more entities such as a driver and/or dispatcher that a vehicle tire leak has been detected. The method includes sonically detecting the vehicle tire leak, and initiating an alarm indicating that the vehicle tire leak took place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: Traptec Corporation
    Inventors: George H. Lerg, Arthur J. Devine, Donald L. Roberts, Randy E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4986286
    Abstract: Flavorful tobacco substances are provided by extracting tobacco with water, spray drying the resulting liquid tobacco extract, contacting the spray dried extract with a glycerine carrier, and subjecting the extract and carrier to a temperature above 150.degree. C. for a period of time sufficient to eliminate the harsh or "green" taste provided by the extract. The flavorful tobacco substances are useful as forms of tobacco in smoking product manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1991
    Assignee: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Donald L. Roberts, Carmen C. Fernandez
  • Patent number: 4949736
    Abstract: A variable ventilation mouthpiece for a smoking article includes first and second sets of vents, the first set serving to admit ambient air into the mouthpiece, and the second set adapted to variably introduce the admitted air into the smokestream for varying the level for dilution of the smokestream in relation to the suction applied by the smoker to the mouthpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Assignee: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Donald L. Roberts, David W. Boldridge
  • Patent number: 4947875
    Abstract: Flavor delivery articles employ an electrical resistance heating element and an electrical power source to provide a flavored aerosol. The articles advantageously comprise a disposable portion and a reusable controller. The disposable portion normally includes a flavor substance and an air permeable resistance heating element having a surface area greater than 1 m.sup.2 /g, which usually carries an aerosol forming substance. The reusable controller normally includes a puff-actuated current actuation means, a time-based current regulating means to control the temperature of the heating element, and a battery power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Assignee: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Johnny L. Brooks, Donald L. Roberts, Jerry S. Simmons
  • Patent number: 4947874
    Abstract: Smoking articles employ an electrical resistance heating element and an electrical power source to provide a tobacco-flavored smoke or aerosol and other sensations of smoking. The smoking articles advantageously comprise a disposable portion and a reusable controller. The disposable portion, which may be a cigarette, normally includes (i) an air permeable resistance heating element having a surface area greater than 1 m.sup.2 /g, which usually carries an aerosol forming material, and (ii) a charge or roll of tobacco. The reusable controller normally includes a puff-actuated current actuation means, a time-based current regulating means to control the temperature of the heating element, and a battery power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Assignee: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Johnny L. Brooks, Donald L. Roberts, Jerry S. Simmons
  • Patent number: 4922901
    Abstract: Drug delivery articles employ an electrical resistance heating element and an electrical power source to provide a dose of a drug in aerosol form. The articles advantageously comprise a disposable portion and a reusable controller. The disposable portion, normally includes a drug and an air permeable resistance heating element having a surface area greater than 1 m.sup.2 /g, which usually carries an aerosol forming material. The reusable controller normally includes a puff-actuated current actuation means, a time-based current regulating means to control the temperature of the heating element, and a battery power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1990
    Assignee: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Johnny L. Brooks, Donald L. Roberts, Jerry S. Simmons
  • Patent number: 4867182
    Abstract: A smoking article having a valve system for closing off the flow of smoke to the user in response to an increase in temperature or humidity. The valve system includes a plastic body with a hollow valve chamber communicating with a smoke passage. A valve element is located in the chamber and is movable between a first position in which smoke from the smoking article is allowed to pass through the smoke passage and a second position in which the valve element closes the smoke passage thereby preventing smoke from passing therethrough. Expansion means are connected to the valve element and cause the valve to move between the first and second positions in response to the temperature or humidity of the smoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1989
    Assignee: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Donald L. Roberts, David W. Boldridge