Patents by Inventor Edward A. Fletcher

Edward A. Fletcher 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: 8177011
    Abstract: A forecab and additional electrical and mechanical components attachable to a motorcycle for converting a motorcycle between its standard configuration and a three-wheeled vehicle is disclosed. The forecab has two front wheels, chassis, a body, a motorcycle front wheel cradle, headlights and parking lights, and standard automobile-type components such as a steering wheel, foot brake, clutch, and foot-manipulated gas pedal. The forecab components are connected to corresponding motorcycle components using both electrical connections, and mechanical linkages as appropriate. The invention adds components to the motorcycle so that the linkages between the forecab and the motorcycle component may be implemented. The mechanical linkages, electrical connections and motorcycle-securing mechanisms are designed to they can be easily connected and disconnected in a manner so that the biker can easily transition between the three-wheeled motorcycle-powered vehicle and the standard motorcycle without tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Len Edward Fletcher
  • Patent number: 8099207
    Abstract: Method for determining the performance of a motor vehicle consumable, including engine lubricant, fuel and tires in a motor vehicle having an engine with at least one fuel injection valve, a lubricating system and a CANbus network having at least three network nodes, each operably connected to a computer. The method includes operating the vehicle while supplying the engine with fuel through a fuel injection valve and lubricating the engine with the engine lubricant. A first CANbus network node transmits to the computer a signal indicative of the engine fuelling rate based upon the opening time of a fuel injection valve. One or more second CANbus network nodes transmit signals to the computer indicative of one or more variables indicative of the power output of the engine, and one or more third CANbus network nodes transmit signals to the computer indicative of the vehicle operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Castrol Limited
    Inventors: Timothy Edward Fletcher, William Hugh Preston
  • Publication number: 20110306996
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system for releasing a ligament. In one embodiment, the system includes a proximal handle, a tubular body, and a flexible body. The tubular body includes a proximal end and a distal end. The handle is coupled to the proximal end. The flexible body extends through the tubular body and includes a tissue cutting portion. The flexible body or tubular body is longitudinally displaceable to move the tissue cutting portion between a non-deployed state and a deployed state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: THAYER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCormack, Edward Fletcher Eyster, Jeffrey D. Smith, Edward Liou, Jonathan Carver, Peter How, Joshua Druker, Martin Leugers, Shigeru Tanaka, Joseph G. McCormack
  • Publication number: 20110087255
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system for releasing a ligament. In one embodiment, the system includes a proximal handle, a tubular body, and a flexible body. The tubular body includes a proximal end and a distal end. The handle is coupled to the proximal end. The flexible body extends through the tubular body and includes a tissue cutting portion. The flexible body is longitudinally displaceable relative to the tubular body to move the tissue cutting portion between a non-deployed state and a deployed state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCormack, Edward Fletcher Eyster, Jeffrey D. Smith, Edward Liou, Jonathan Carver, Peter How, Joshua Druker, Martin Leugers, Shigeru Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20110048275
    Abstract: The present invention relates to dispersion of surface modified inorganic particles including (a) fluid comprising a complexing agent, and (b) the surface modified inorganic particles comprising polyvalent metal ions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Timothy Edward Fletcher
  • Publication number: 20100193274
    Abstract: A forecab and additional electrical and mechanical components attachable to a motorcycle for converting a motorcycle between its standard configuration and a three-wheeled vehicle is disclosed. The forecab has two front wheels, chassis, a body, a motorcycle front wheel cradle, headlights and parking lights, and standard automobile-type components such as a steering wheel, foot brake, clutch, and foot-manipulated gas pedal. The forecab components are connected to corresponding motorcycle components using both electrical connections, and mechanical linkages as appropriate. The invention adds components to the motorcycle so that the linkages between the forecab and the motorcycle component may be implemented. The mechanical linkages, electrical connections and motorcycle-securing mechanisms are designed to they can be easily connected and disconnected in a manner so that the biker can easily transition between the three-wheeled motorcycle-powered vehicle and the standard motorcycle without tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Len Edward Fletcher
  • Publication number: 20100191241
    Abstract: A spinal joint distraction system for treating a facet joint including articular surfaces having a contour is disclosed and may include a delivery device including a generally tubular structure adapted to engage a facet joint, an implant adapted to be delivered through the delivery device and into the facet joint, the implant comprising two members arranged in opposed position, and an implant distractor comprising a generally elongate member adapted to advance between the two members of the implant causing separation of the members and distraction of the facet joint, wherein the implant is adapted to conform to the shape of the implant distractor and/or the articular surfaces of the facet upon being delivered to the facet joint. Several embodiments of a system, several embodiments of an implant, and several methods are disclosed including a method for interbody fusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCormack, Jeffrey D. Smith, Shigeru Tanaka, Edward Liou, Edward Fletcher Eyster, Jonathan Carver, Joshua Druker, Martin Leugers, Kurin Tu, Peter Lombrozo
  • Publication number: 20090326756
    Abstract: A method for determining the performance of at least one motor vehicle consumable selected from the group consisting of engine lubricant, fuel and tyres, in a motor vehicle having an engine with at least one fuel injection valve, a lubricating system and a CANbus network comprising at least three network nodes, each operably connected to a computer, which method comprises: operating the vehicle whilst supplying the engine with the fuel through at least one fuel injection valve and lubricating the engine with the engine lubricant characterised in that: a first CANbus network node transmits to the computer, a signal indicative of the engine fuelling rate based upon the opening time of at least one of the fuel injection valves; one or more second CANbus network nodes transmit one or more signals to the computer indicative of one or more variables indicative of the power output of the engine; one or more third CANbus network nodes transmit one or more signals to the computer indicative of the vehicle operating co
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: Castrol Limited
    Inventors: Timothy Edward Fletcher, William Hugh Preston
  • Publication number: 20080197133
    Abstract: An easily removable fire sprinkler head paint cover to be temporarily installed over and around a fire sprinkler head so as to prevent paint or other finishing materials from coming into contact with a fire sprinkler head and to allow for uniform and systematic painting or finishing of walls or ceilings in which fire sprinkler heads are installed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventors: Donald Robert McKay, Darrell Edward Fletcher
  • Publication number: 20080085465
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method of solidifying a polymerizable liquid to form a film on a substrate that features minimizing inhibition of the polymerization process by oxygen contained in the atmosphere surrounding the polymerizable liquid. To that end, the polymerizable liquid includes, inter alia, an initiator that consumes oxygen that interacts with the polymerizable liquid and generates additional free radicals to facilitate the polymerizable process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Applicant: MOLECULAR IMPRINTS, INC.
    Inventors: Frank Xu, Edward Fletcher, Pankaj Lad, Michael Watts
  • Publication number: 20070212494
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of applying an adhesion primer layer for an imprint lithography process that includes contacting a fluid with a surface of a substrate in a coating process and initiating a chemical reaction that forms a covalent bond between a component in the fluid and the surface of the substrate such that an adhesion primer layer is adhered to the surface of the substrate. A polymeric layer may be adhered to the surface of the substrate coated with the adhesion primer layer. The method allows adhesion primer coating for double-sided imprinting applications including patterned magnetic media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Publication date: September 13, 2007
    Applicant: MOLECULAR IMPRINTS, INC.
    Inventors: Frank Xu, Sidlgata Sreenivasan, Edward Fletcher
  • Publication number: 20070077763
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of coating a substrate having a solidified layer formed thereon, that features depositing a flowable material upon the solidified layer and forming an additional layer having a smooth flowable surface upon the substrate by imparting rotational movement upon the substrate followed by leveling of the flowable material in an absence of the rotational movement. After the additional layer is formed, the same is solidified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Publication date: April 5, 2007
    Inventors: Frank Xu, Edward Fletcher
  • Publication number: 20060266916
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards a template, transmissive to energy having a predetermined wavelength, having first and second opposed sides and features a coating disposed thereon to limit the volume of the template through which the energy may propagate. In a first embodiment, the template includes, inter alia, a mold, having a plurality of protrusions and recessions, positioned on a first region of the first side; and a coating positioned upon a second region of the first side, with the coating having properties to block the energy from propagating between the first and second opposed sides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2005
    Publication date: November 30, 2006
    Inventors: Michael Miller, Edward Fletcher, Nicholas Stacey, Michael Watts, Ian McMackin
  • Publication number: 20060177532
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of controlling a quantity of liquid from extruding from a volumetric gap defined between a mold included in the substrate and a region of the substrate in superimposition therewith that features varying the capillary forces between the liquid and one of the template and the substrate. To that end, the method includes generating capillary forces between the liquid and one of the template and the substrate; and varying a magnitude of the forces to create a gradient of forces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Publication date: August 10, 2006
    Inventors: Edward Fletcher, Ian McMackin, Michael Miller, Nicholas Stacey, Wesley Martin, Frank Xu, Christopher Mackay, Van Truskett
  • Publication number: 20060175736
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method that features improved wetting characteristics while allowing preferential adhesion and release characteristics with respect to a substrate and a mold having imprinting material disposed therebetween. The method includes coating a surface of the mold with a volume of surfactant containing solution. The surfactant in the solution includes a hydrophobic component consisting essentially of a plurality of fluorine-containing molecules. The distribution of the plurality of the fluorine atoms in the fluorine-containing molecules, as well as the fluorine-containing molecules throughout the volume provides a desired contact angle with respect to a polymerizable composition disposed on the substrate. The contact angle is in a range of 50° or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2005
    Publication date: August 10, 2006
    Inventors: Frank Xu, Pankaj Lad, Ian McMackin, Van Truskett, Edward Fletcher
  • Publication number: 20060062922
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method of solidifying a polymerizable liquid to form a film on a substrate that features minimizing inhibition of the polymerization process by oxygen contained in the atmosphere surrounding the polymerizable liquid. To that end, the polymerizable liquid includes, inter alia, an initiator that consumes oxygen that interacts with the polymerizable liquid and generates additional free radicals to facilitate the polymerization process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Publication date: March 23, 2006
    Applicant: Molecular Imprints, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Xu, Edward Fletcher, Pankaj Lad, Michael Watts
  • Publication number: 20060035029
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method and a composition to form a layer on a substrate having uniform etch characteristics. To that end, the method includes controlling variations in the characteristics of a solid layer, such etch characteristics over the area of the solid layer as a function of the relative rates of evaporation of the liquid components that comprise the composition from which the solid layer is formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Publication date: February 16, 2006
    Applicant: Molecular Imprints, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Xu, Christopher Mackay, Pankaj Lad, Ian McMackin, Van Truskett, Wesley Martin, Edward Fletcher, David Wang, Nicholas Stacey, Michael Watts
  • Publication number: 20050270312
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method for dispensing a total volume of liquid on a substrate, the method including, inter alia, disposing a plurality of spaced-apart droplets on a region of the substrate, each having an unit volume associated therewith, with an aggregate volume of the droplets in the region being a function of a volume of a pattern to be formed thereat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Publication date: December 8, 2005
    Inventors: Pankaj Lad, Ian McMackin, Van Truskett, Norman Schumaker, Sidlgata Sreenivasan, Duane Voth, Philip Schumaker, Edward Fletcher
  • Patent number: 5757636
    Abstract: A drive circuit for a three-plane load (7) includes an inverter bridge consisting of six bridge switches (T1 to T6), a modulation generator (6) which controls switching of the inverter bridge (4) via a pulse width modulator, in dependence on the inverter line voltage commands (Va, Vb and Vc) and sensed line currents (Ia, Ib and Ic). The pulse width modulation generator is configured such that if the commanded line voltages allow, the phase leg carrying the greater sensed, current is claimed to one of the d.c. rails, the required line voltage controlled by varying the on-to-off duty cycle of the two other bridge legs in accordance with the pulse width modulation (pwm) principle. Clamping suppresses the high frequency switching in the leg (dead-banding) and in the steady state occurs for two sixty-degree segments of the fundamental cycle. The reduction in switching losses associated with the clamping is maximized by linking the dead-band to the peaks of the leg current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: PWM Drives Limited
    Inventor: John Edward Fletcher
  • Patent number: 4842093
    Abstract: A system and method for preventing unauthorized starting of a motor vehicle. A timing interval of preselected duration is generated only upon detecting positioning of an ignition switch to a first position by means of a proper key inserted into the vehicle ignition switch. An electrical indication is generated when the ignition switch is positioned to a second position which, in one embodiment, corresponds to a start position of an automobile ignition switch. A starting circuit interrupt element remains in or is urged into a normally closed state to electrically complete the starting circuit only when the electrical indication appears during the time interval. The starting circuit may thereby only be energized for starting the motor during a normal preselected starting sequence comprised of key insertion followed by positioning of the switch from the first to the second state within the preselected time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Inventors: Nolan C. Lerche, Edward A. Fletcher, Michael H. Twedell