Patents by Inventor Eric Taylor

Eric Taylor 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: 20200380826
    Abstract: A blockchain system provides progressive jackpots within a blockchain network of participating electronic devices. The blockchain system includes an electronic gaming machine storing a local blockchain and a system blockchain. The EGM is configured to identify a plurality of transactions for the first progressive jackpot account, each transaction of the plurality of transactions are deposit transactions from the first plurality of electronic gaming devices adding value to the first progressive jackpot account within the local blockchain. The EGM also determines a total sum amount of the plurality of transactions and creates a first deposit blockchain transaction including a first progressive jackpot account identifier and the total sum amount. The EGM transmits the first deposit blockchain transaction to one or more nodes of the second plurality of electronic gaming devices for addition to the system blockchain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventors: Eric Taylor, Nimish Purohit, Thomas Rizos
  • Publication number: 20200355388
    Abstract: An on-site controller for an HVAC system is operated to maintain temperature and humidity set points inside an enclosed facility. A weather station inside the facility records microclimate data pertinent to environmental conditions inside the facility, and a weather station outside the facility records microclimate data pertinent to meteorological conditions outside the facility. A summing network compares the inside microclimate data with the outside meteorological data to establish an actuating signal. A throttle, responsive to the actuating signal, varies the power demand for the HVAC system to maintain the predetermined set points for environmental conditions inside the facility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventor: James Eric Taylor
  • Patent number: 10798974
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an aerosol delivery device that includes a reservoir housing that defines a mouthpiece channel. The aerosol delivery device includes a sealing member configured to be received within the reservoir housing to define a reservoir chamber configured to retain an aerosol precursor composition therein. The aerosol delivery device also includes a substrate member that is configured to be received within the reservoir housing and to be directly engaged with a vaporizing assembly for forming an aerosol. The reservoir housing, sealing member, substrate member, and/or vaporizing assembly can be used for forming aerosols with precise and reproducible compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Taylor Hunt, Timothy Brian Nestor, Paul Andrew Brinkley, Stephen Benson Sears, John DePiano, Matthew C. Ebbs, Kristen Dodds Weight, Michael F. Davis
  • Patent number: 10791761
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to aerosol delivery devices. The aerosol delivery devices may include a reservoir containing a liquid aerosol precursor composition and an atomizer including an electrical resistance heating element and a nonfibrous liquid transport element having a microtextured surface adapted for surface wicking of the liquid aerosol precursor composition across the microtextured surface, the microtextured surface of the liquid transport element being in fluid communication with the reservoir and in fluid communication with the electric resistance heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael F. Davis, Frederic Philippe Ampolini, James William Rogers, Andries Don Sebastian, Eric Taylor Hunt, Sawyer Hubbard, David Allan Brammer
  • Patent number: 10786010
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to aerosol delivery devices and related methods of delivering aerosol to a user. The aerosol delivery devices may include a housing providing multiple aerosol pathways having a mouth-end opening through which aerosol can be inhaled by a user, the housing defining a first aerosol delivery pathway in fluid communication with the mouth-end opening and a second aerosol delivery pathway separate from the first aerosol delivery pathway and in fluid communication with the mouth-end opening. An atomizer including a heating element or piezoelectric element and a liquid transport element in fluid communication with an aerosol precursor composition is provided in fluid communication with the first aerosol delivery pathway. A flavorant-infused material is positioned within the second aerosol delivery pathway and adapted to produce a second aerosol upon contact between the flavorant-infused material and flowing air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: RAI STRATEGIC HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Sawyer Hubbard, Eric Taylor Hunt, Karen V. Taluskie, Stephen Benson Sears, Donna Walker Duggins, Michael F. Davis
  • Publication number: 20200237460
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system includes an electrosurgical energy source, an instrument drive unit, a sterile interface module coupled to the instrument drive unit, and a robotic surgical instrument selectively couplable to the sterile interface module. The robotic surgical instrument may be disposed in electrical communication with the electrosurgical energy source while the robotic surgical instrument is coupled to the sterile interface module. The robotic surgical instrument is configured to automatically electrically disconnect from the electrosurgical energy source when the robotic surgical instrument is uncoupled from the sterile interface module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: Brian Rockrohr, Jaimeen Kapadia, Eric Taylor
  • Patent number: 10709442
    Abstract: A needle for use with an endoscopic stitching device includes a first end portion that is movable relative to a second end portion to allow the needle to convert from a first, mis-aligned orientation to a second, aligned orientation, thereby allowing the length of the needle in the aligned orientation to exceed the height of an end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Kevin Sniffin, Mark Russo, Gregory Fischvogt, Russell Pribanic, Eric Taylor
  • Patent number: 10701968
    Abstract: A package that may be employed to store a tobacco-containing material is provided. The package may include a container and a valve assembly. The container may include a body portion and a cover configured to engage the body portion. The body portion may define an internal space therein. The valve assembly may be configured to affect an atmosphere within the internal space of the container. For example, the valve assembly may remain closed except when releasing pressure from the internal space. Thereby, by way of further example, the valve assembly may vent the container so as to avoid damage thereto, while reducing moisture loss from the tobacco-containing material stored in the internal space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: RAI STRATEGIC HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Dennis Lee Potter, Eric Taylor Hunt, Michael Andrew Liberti, Jeremy Barrett Mabe, Pankaj Patel, Bruce Alan Bengtsson
  • Patent number: 10653990
    Abstract: A control unit is provided for monitoring the efficacy of an air filter in the ducting of an operating HVAC system. Specifically, the control unit monitors airflow velocity in the ducting to evaluate and control the power requirements that are necessary for the HVAC system to maintain a constant airflow velocity in the ducting of the system. In accordance with the present invention, the power requirements are measured and evaluated during the duty cycle of an air filter, to thereby determine when the air filter needs to be removed or replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: James Eric Taylor
  • Publication number: 20200113225
    Abstract: The invention provides an smokeless tobacco composition adapted for oral use, the composition including a tobacco material and an effervescent material. The effervescent material includes an acid component and a base component, wherein the acid component includes a triprotic acid such as citric acid and at least one additional acid. The invention also provides a method for making a smokeless tobacco composition that involves first forming a granulation mixture, granulating the granulation mixture, and then blending the resulting granules with further blending components. Thereafter, the material can be formed into a predetermined shape, such as by compression or extrusion. The acid component of the effervescent material is divided into two portions, the first portion added to the granulation mixture and the remaining portion added during the blending step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Eric Taylor Hunt, Darrell Eugene Holton, JR., Frank Kelley St. Charles
  • Patent number: 10595856
    Abstract: An end effector assembly for a surgical stitching device is provided. The end effector assembly includes an end effector, a housing, and a needle. The end effector includes a first jaw member and a second jaw member. The housing is movable relative to the end effector. The needle is releasably coupled to the housing and movable relative to the housing between a first, insertion position and a second deployed position. The needle is adapted, when in the second, deployed position, to releasably couple to one or both of the first jaw member and the second jaw member of the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Kevin Sniffin, Mark Russo, Gregory Fischvogt, Russell Pribanic, Eric Taylor
  • Publication number: 20200081598
    Abstract: An accessibility method is performed by an electronic device with a display and a touch-sensitive surface. The method includes: displaying a first section of a document on the display, where the document has a plurality of sections that includes the first section of the document; outputting an audible document section indicia that corresponds to the first section of the document; and detecting a first finger gesture on the touch-sensitive surface. The method also includes, in response to detecting the first finger gesture, ceasing to display the first section of the document; displaying a second section of the document on the display, where the second section of the document is adjacent to the first section of the document; and outputting an audible document section indicia that corresponds to the second section of the document.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher Brian FLEIZACH, Eric Taylor SEYMOUR, Gregory F. HUGHES, Reginald Dean HUDSON
  • Patent number: 10537132
    Abstract: The invention provides an smokeless tobacco composition adapted for oral use, the composition including a tobacco material and an effervescent material. The effervescent material includes an acid component and a base component, wherein the acid component includes a triprotic acid such as citric acid and at least one additional acid. The invention also provides a method for making a smokeless tobacco composition that involves first forming a granulation mixture, granulating the granulation mixture, and then blending the resulting granules with further blending components. Thereafter, the material can be formed into a predetermined shape, such as by compression or extrusion. The acid component of the effervescent material is divided into two portions, the first portion added to the granulation mixture and the remaining portion added during the blending step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Eric Taylor Hunt, Darrell Eugene Holton, Jr., Frank Kelley St. Charles
  • Patent number: 10518207
    Abstract: An air filter system in accordance with the present invention includes a filter housing that defines an airflow channel. A supply roll of a filter medium, and a take-up roll for receiving the filter medium from the supply roll are positioned parallel to each other in the airflow channel. A plurality of wire mesh diverter-screens are positioned between the supply roll and the take-up roll to establish a tortuous path for statically positioning the filter medium across the airflow channel. Periodically, the take-up roll can be rotated to draw replacement filter medium into position on the tortuous path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Automatic Air, LLC
    Inventors: James Eric Taylor, Scott Edward Morehouse
  • Patent number: 10500015
    Abstract: A surgical robotic arm support system may include a base and at least one post and/or a connection for coupling a robot arm to the support system. The base may be configured to at least partially surround a surgical table. The at least one post may have a first end supported on the base and a second end configured to support a robotic arm. The at least one post may be configured to be coupled to a surgical table. The connection may support a mechanical and/or electrical connectivity between the support system and a coupled robot arm. Electrical connectivity may be configured to identify at least one of the robot arm connections to which at least one robot arm is connected. Each robot arm connection may be configured to maintain a portion of a connected robot arm at a predetermined position from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Eric Taylor, Josh Snow, Peter Hathaway, Michael Stow, Russell Pribanic, Andrew Miesse, Christopher Switalski, Michael Zemlok, Jason Iceman
  • Publication number: 20190357906
    Abstract: A suture grasper for retrieving a suture from an internal surgical site includes an inner shaft defining a tissue-penetrating tip, an intermediate shaft disposed about the inner shaft, and an outer shaft disposed about the intermediate shaft. The intermediate shaft defines a plurality of spring fingers movable between a spread position, wherein the spring fingers extend radially outwardly from the inner shaft, and a compressed position, wherein the spring fingers are approximated about the inner shaft. The outer shaft is selectively translatable relative to the inner shaft and the intermediate shaft for moving the spring fingers between the spread position and the compressed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Scott J. Prior, Jaroslaw T. Malkowski, Justin Williams, Christopher W. Kaswer, Eric Taylor
  • Patent number: 10474351
    Abstract: An accessibility method is performed by an electronic device with a display and a touch-sensitive surface. The method includes: displaying a plurality of user interface elements on the display; in response to detecting a first user interface navigation gesture by a finger on the touch-sensitive surface, navigating in the plurality of user interface elements in accordance with a current navigable unit type; in response to detecting a first user interface navigation setting gesture on the touch-sensitive surface: changing the current navigable unit type from the first navigable unit type to a second navigable unit type; and outputting accessibility information about the second navigable unit type; after changing the current navigable unit type, in response to detecting a second user interface navigation gesture by the finger on the touch-sensitive surface, navigating in the plurality of user interface elements in accordance with the current navigable unit type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Brian Fleizach, Eric Taylor Seymour
  • Patent number: 10456169
    Abstract: A surgical access port and method for achieving articulation is disclosed, the surgical access port including a housing, at least one lumen extending through the housing, and an articulation structure. The housing comprises an access member having a proximal end and a distal end, and defines a longitudinal axis. The lumen in the housing extends from the proximal to the distal end of the access member along the longitudinal axis. The articulation structure comprises a first tubular member and a second tubular member, the second tubular member hingably attached to the first tubular member, and an articulation element slidably attached to the first tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Gennady Kleyman, Eric Taylor
  • Patent number: 10426472
    Abstract: A suture grasper for retrieving a suture from an internal surgical site includes an inner shaft defining a tissue-penetrating tip, an intermediate shaft disposed about the inner shaft, and an outer shaft disposed about the intermediate shaft. The intermediate shaft defines a plurality of spring fingers movable between a spread position, wherein the spring fingers extend radially outwardly from the inner shaft, and a compressed position, wherein the spring fingers are approximated about the inner shaft. The outer shaft is selectively translatable relative to the inner shaft and the intermediate shaft for moving the spring fingers between the spread position and the compressed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Scott J. Prior, Jaroslaw T. Malkowski, Justin Williams, Christopher W. Kaswer, Eric Taylor
  • Patent number: 10390899
    Abstract: A surgical system includes one or more arms defining a passageway therethrough. The arm includes a proximal portion configured for positioning externally of a patient's body and a distal portion configured for positioning within an internal body cavity. The distal portion includes first and second articulatable segments spaced apart from one another and capable of independent articulation between a substantially straight configuration and an articulated configuration. A first articulation assembly is coupled to the proximal portion of the one arm and is transitionable between a first state and a second state for articulating the first articulatable segment between the substantially straight configuration and the articulated configuration. A second articulation assembly is coupled to the proximal portion of the arm and is configured to move between a plurality of positions for articulating the second articulatable segment between the substantially straight configuration and the articulated configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Jaroslaw T. Malkowski, Eric Taylor, Gennady Kleyman