Patents by Inventor Elliott Grant

Elliott Grant 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: 20190392596
    Abstract: Implementations relate to detecting/replacing transient obstructions from high-elevation digital images. A digital image of a geographic area includes pixels that align spatially with respective geographic units of the geographic area. Analysis of the digital image may uncover obscured pixel(s) that align spatially with geographic unit(s) of the geographic area that are obscured by transient obstruction(s). Domain fingerprint(s) of the obscured geographic unit(s) may be determined across pixels of a corpus of digital images that align spatially with the one or more obscured geographic units. Unobscured pixel(s) of the same/different digital image may be identified that align spatially with unobscured geographic unit(s) of the geographic area. The unobscured geographic unit(s) also may have domain fingerprint(s) that match the domain fingerprint(s) of the obscured geographic unit(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Jie Yang, Cheng-en Guo, Elliott Grant
  • Patent number: 10492374
    Abstract: In embodiments, acquiring sensor data associated with a plant growing in a field, and analyzing the sensor data to extract, while in the field, one or more phenotypic traits associated with the plant from the sensor data. Indexing, while in the field, the one or more phenotypic traits to one or both of an identifier of the plant or a virtual representation of a part of the plant, and determining one or more plant insights based on the one or more phenotypic traits, wherein the one or more plant insights includes information about one or more of a health, a yield, a planting, a growth, a harvest, a management, a performance, and a state of the plant. One or more of the health, yield, planting, growth, harvest, management, performance, and the state of the plant are included in a plant insights report that is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: X DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: William R. Regan, Matthew A. Bitterman, Benoit G. Schillings, David R. Brown, Elliott Grant
  • Publication number: 20190228224
    Abstract: In embodiments, obtaining a plurality of image sets associated with a geographical region and a time period, wherein each image set of the plurality of image sets comprises multi-spectral and time series images that depict a respective particular portion of the geographical region during the time period, and predicting one or more crop types growing in each of particular locations within the particular portion of the geographical region associated with an image set of the plurality of image sets. Determining a crop type classification for each of the particular locations based on the predicted one or more crop types for the respective particular locations, and generating a crop indicative image comprising at least one image of the multi-spectral and time series images of the image set overlaid with indications of the crop type classification determined for the respective particular locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Applicant: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Cheng-en Guo, Jie Yang, Elliott Grant
  • Publication number: 20190228225
    Abstract: In embodiments, obtaining a plurality of image sets associated with a geographical region and a time period, wherein each image set of the plurality of image sets comprises multi-spectral and time series images that depict a respective particular portion of the geographical region during the time period, and predicting presence of a crop at particular locations within the particular portion of the geographical region associated with an image set of the plurality of image sets. Determining crop boundary locations within the particular portion of the geographical region based on the predicted presence of the crop at the particular locations, and generating a crop indicative image comprising at least one image of the multi-spectral and time series images of the image set overlaid with indication of crop areas, wherein the crop areas are defined by the determined crop boundary locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Applicant: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Cheng-en Guo, Jie Yang, Elliott Grant
  • Publication number: 20190200535
    Abstract: In embodiments, acquiring sensor data associated with a plant growing in a field, and analyzing the sensor data to extract, while in the field, one or more phenotypic traits associated with the plant from the sensor data. Indexing, while in the field, the one or more phenotypic traits to one or both of an identifier of the plant or a virtual representation of a part of the plant, and determining one or more plant insights based on the one or more phenotypic traits, wherein the one or more plant insights includes information about one or more of a health, a yield, a planting, a growth, a harvest, a management, a performance, and a state of the plant. One or more of the health, yield, planting, growth, harvest, management, performance, and the state of the plant are included in a plant insights report that is generated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: William R. Regan, Matthew A. Bitterman, Benoit G. Schillings, David R. Brown, Elliott Grant
  • Publication number: 20190191630
    Abstract: Systems and Methods for Augmented-Human Field Inspection Tools for Automated Phenotyping Systems and Agronomy Tools. In one embodiment, a method for plant phenotyping, includes: acquiring a first set of observations about plants in a field by a trainer. The trainer carries a sensor configured to collect observations about the plant, and the first set of observations includes ground truth data. The method also includes processing the first set of observations about the plants by a trait extraction model to generate instructions for a trainee; and acquiring a second set of observations about the plants by a trainee while the trainee follows the instructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: William Regan, Matthew Bitterman, David Brown, Elliott Grant, Zhiqiang Yuan
  • Patent number: 9684730
    Abstract: Food miles for a product can be determined by comparing a present location for the product to an origin location. A traceability code associated with the product is linked to the origin location, while the present location can be determined in a variety of ways such as with the GPS capabilities of a mobile device. The food miles can be provided on an electronic signage in a retail store, or displayed on a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Trimble Inc.
    Inventor: Elliott Grant
  • Patent number: 9384460
    Abstract: A shelf code in a machine readable format, such as on a QR code on a printed card, is provided where bulk merchandise displayed in a bin. When the bin is stocked from a case bearing a case code, the case code is associated with the shelf code. Lot-specific and lot-independent information previously associated with the case code is then linked to the shelf code. Consumers scan the shelf code with a mobile device to establish a communication channel to access the linked information. Retailers and producers use the channel to reach the consumer, and to solicit feedback from the consumer at a known time and location. A mobile device can also be used to associate quality assessments of merchandise to the shelf code. Analysis of consumer ratings and quality inspection assessments that are tied to time and location can provide valuable insights to both producers and retailers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Elliott Grant, J. Scott Carr
  • Patent number: 8887990
    Abstract: Systems and methods allow units of produce to be traced back to the fields in which the produce was grown. In the field, a harvest form is completed with harvest information at the time of the harvest. In some instances, labels having unique codes are used to label the produce in the field, and an additional label is placed on the harvest form to associate a range of unique codes for an entire roll of labels with the harvest information on the form. In the alternative, the label can be read, such as with a hand-held device and associated with harvest information also entered through the hand-held device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: YottaMark, Inc.
    Inventors: Elliott Grant, Albert Anthony Luna, Juan Garibay
  • Patent number: 8833654
    Abstract: A shelf code in a machine readable format, such as on a QR code on a printed card, is provided where bulk merchandise displayed in a bin. When the bin is stocked from a case bearing a case code, the case code is associated with the shelf code. Lot-specific and lot-independent information previously associated with the case code is then linked to the shelf code. Consumers scan the shelf code with a mobile device to establish a communication channel to access the linked information. Retailers and producers use the channel to reach the consumer, and to solicit feedback from the consumer at a known time and location. A mobile device can also be used to associate quality assessments of merchandise to the shelf code. Analysis of consumer ratings and quality inspection assessments that are tied to time and location can provide valuable insights to both producers and retailers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: YottaMark, Inc.
    Inventor: Elliott Grant
  • Patent number: 8825516
    Abstract: Traceability codes on perishable products facilitate the correlation of product data from the origin of a distribution chain to quality assessments of the perishable products made at points along the distribution chain. The product data is initially associated with the code, the product is marked with the code, and then the product is distributed. Receipt of a code after the perishable product enters the distribution chain establishes an elapsed time. Location information submitted with the code can also establish a traversed distance. A quality assessment submitted with the code can be associated with both time and distance. Consumers, for example, may submit codes, provide assessments and locations, and in return access product data linked to the specific products they consider in retail stores, purchase, and use. Inspectors can likewise submit quality assessments from locations earlier in the distribution chain as well as in retail stores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: YottaMark, Inc.
    Inventors: Elliott Grant, J. Scott Carr, Robert Herdemann
  • Publication number: 20140188666
    Abstract: Traceability codes on perishable products facilitate the correlation of product data from the origin of a distribution chain to quality assessments of the perishable products made at points along the distribution chain. The product data is initially associated with the code, the product is marked with the code, and then the product is distributed. Receipt of a code after the perishable product enters the distribution chain establishes an elapsed time. Location information submitted with the code can also establish a traversed distance. A quality assessment submitted with the code can be associated with both time and distance. Consumers, for example, may submit codes, provide assessments and locations, and in return access product data linked to the specific products they consider in retail stores, purchase, and use. Inspectors can likewise submit quality assessments from locations earlier in the distribution chain as well as in retail stores.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: YottaMark, Inc.
    Inventors: Elliott Grant, J. Scott Carr, Robert Herdemann
  • Patent number: 8649512
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided that employ two or more cryptographically linked codes. The codes, when encrypted, become cipher texts that appear unrelated. The codes described herein are characterized by a series of bits including one or more switch bits. The cipher text of a code having a switch bit in one state will appear to be unrelated to the cipher text of another code differing only in that the switch bit is in the opposite state. The cryptographically linked codes can be used in various combinations, such as on a product and its packaging, on a product and a component of the product, on a certificate packaged with the product and on the packaging, or on outer and inner packagings of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: YottaMark, Inc.
    Inventor: Elliott Grant
  • Publication number: 20130346125
    Abstract: Traceability codes on perishable products facilitate the correlation of product data from the origin of a distribution chain to quality assessments of the perishable products made at points along the distribution chain. The product data is initially associated with the code, the product is marked with the code, and then the product is distributed. Receipt of a code after the perishable product enters the distribution chain establishes an elapsed time. Location information submitted with the code can also establish a traversed distance. A quality assessment submitted with the code can be associated with both time and distance. Consumers, for example, may submit codes, provide assessments and locations, and in return access product data linked to the specific products they consider in retail stores, purchase, and use. Inspectors can likewise submit quality assessments from locations earlier in the distribution chain as well as in retail stores.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Elliott Grant, J. Scott Carr, Robert Herdemann
  • Patent number: 8573476
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for associating traceability codes on clamshells with unique identifiers on containers in which the empty clamshells are packed for later use. In various methods, the clamshells are marked with traceability codes and stacked together, one traceability code is read from one of the clamshells in each stack, a unique identifier is read from a container, and the stack is placed in the container. The traceability code is stored in association with the unique identifier for later retrieval. An exemplary table for making clamshell-to-container associations comprises a scanner for reading traceability codes and rails for positioning stacks of clamshells proximate to the scanner. The table can also comprise a second scanner positioned to read unique identifiers from containers placed proximate thereto. The table can further comprise a computing system to make and store the associations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: YottaMark, Inc.
    Inventors: Elliott Grant, J. Scott Carr, Albert Anthony Luna, Sean Calhoon
  • Patent number: 8500015
    Abstract: A method and system for authenticating goods and thereby detecting and deterring counterfeits are disclosed. According to one aspect of the invention, a client utilizes data received from a host to generate a plurality of security codes and to direct a printing device to print the plurality of security codes on a plurality of products, without retaining the plurality of security codes after the printing device has printed the plurality of security codes on the plurality of products. After the security codes have been printed, a person can communicate the security code to the host, which can verify its authenticity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: YottaMark, Inc.
    Inventors: Elliott Grant, Warwick Robert Stirling, Matthew Self
  • Patent number: 8474714
    Abstract: A shelf code in a machine readable format, such as on a QR code on a printed card, is provided where bulk merchandise displayed in a bin. When the bin is stocked from a case bearing a case code, the case code is associated with the shelf code. Lot-specific and lot-independent information previously associated with the case code is then linked to the shelf code. Consumers scan the shelf code with a mobile device to establish a communication channel to access the linked information. Retailers and producers use the channel to reach the consumer, and to solicit feedback from the consumer at a known time and location. A mobile device can also be used to associate quality assessments of merchandise to the shelf code. Analysis of consumer ratings and quality inspection assessments that are tied to time and location can provide valuable insights to both producers and retailers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: YottaMark, Inc.
    Inventors: Elliott Grant, J. Scott Carr
  • Patent number: 8428773
    Abstract: Clamshells for packaging produce, or other unit packaging, are labeled with unique codes. Harvest crates for transporting filled clamshells from the harvest, or other containers for transporting unit packaging, are also labeled with unique codes. A plurality of labeled un-filled clamshells are nested together and placed into each harvest crate before the harvest, and the codes from the clamshells and the harvest crate are stored in association. In some instances, clamshells are de-nested, labeled with pre-printed labels, and nested again before being placed into the harvest crates. At the harvest the clamshells are removed from the harvest crate, de-nested, filled with produce, packed back into the harvest crate, and moved into the distribution chain. The unique codes are further associated with other information such as harvest data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: YottaMark, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Scott Carr, Elliott Grant, Kevin Ma, Jeff Roughgarden, Lin Zhang, Matthew Self
  • Publication number: 20130077778
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided that employ two or more cryptographically linked codes. The codes, when encrypted, become cipher texts that appear unrelated. The codes described herein are characterized by a series of bits including one or more switch bits. The cipher text of a code having a switch bit in one state will appear to be unrelated to the cipher text of another code differing only in that the switch bit is in the opposite state. The cryptographically linked codes can be used in various combinations, such as on a product and its packaging, on a product and a component of the product, on a certificate packaged with the product and on the packaging, or on outer and inner packagings of the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventor: Elliott Grant
  • Patent number: 8342393
    Abstract: Systems and methods allow units of produce to be traced back to the fields in which the produce was grown. In the field, a harvest form is completed with harvest information at the time of the harvest. In some instances, labels having unique codes are used to label the produce in the field, and two additional labels are placed on the harvest form to associate a range of unique codes with the harvest information on the form. The labels used to label the produce can also be marked with a lot code and date at the time of harvest. In other instances, empty packages arrive at the field already marked with a range of associated unique codes. In the field, harvest information is recorded and associated with the range of unique codes by scanning one or more of the packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: YottaMark, Inc.
    Inventors: Elliott Grant, Matthew Self