Patents by Inventor Frank Althoff

Frank Althoff 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: 10649625
    Abstract: A device and method for adapting the content of a status bar to a screen. The method includes activation of an input element with respect to the status bar, reception of user input, and adaptation of the contents of the status bar in which additional information is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventors: Holger Wild, Mark Peter Czelnik, Frank Althoff
  • Publication number: 20200055396
    Abstract: An assembly of a graphical user interface in a transportation vehicle with a transportation vehicle seat to which a range is assigned and having a touchscreen arranged in the transportation vehicle relative to the transportation vehicle seat so a first sub-region of the touchscreen is arranged within the range and a second sub-region is arranged outside of the range. The assembly includes a control unit by which a virtual operating surface with an application region and an information region are generated. The virtual operating surface is output on the touchscreen so the application region extends substantially over the first sub-region of the touchscreen and the information region extends substantially over the second sub-region of the touchscreen. During the output process, a first section of the virtual operating surface is displayed on the touchscreen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventors: Maria Esther MEJIA GONZALEZ, Heino WENGELNIK, Indra Lena KOEGLER, Frank ALTHOFF
  • Patent number: 10532348
    Abstract: A hydrogen oxidation catalyst is provided, comprising a zeolite that contains at least one catalytically active noble metal or a compound thereof, wherein said zeolite is a hydrophobic zeolite. A use of the catalyst and a method for hydrogen recombination in nuclear power plants, reprocessing plants or fuel element repositories is also specified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: CLARIANT PRODUKTE (DEUTSCHLAND) GMBH
    Inventors: Patrick Mueller, Arno Tissler, Frank Klose, RoderikPeter Althoff, Olaf Buettner
  • Publication number: 20190338498
    Abstract: A buried installation body for a sanitary fitting having a housing with a receiving space for a functional unit, wherein the housing has a lower shell and an upper shell which are connectable to each other, and a connection body having at least a first connection for a supply line and at least a second connection for a discharge line, wherein the connection body is at least partially arranged in the receiving space of the housing, and wherein the connection body is fastened by the connection of the lower shell with the upper shell in the receiving space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: Grohe AG
    Inventors: Frank-Thomas LUIG, David MAINKA, Dajana LAZIC, Sebastian ALTHOFF
  • Publication number: 20190262771
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a catalyst comprising a macroporous noble metal-containing zeolite material and a porous SiO2-containing binder, wherein the catalyst has a proportion of micropores of more than 70%, based on the total pore volume of the catalyst. The invention is additionally directed to a process for preparing the catalyst and to the use of the catalyst as an oxidation catalyst.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Arno TISSLER, Frank KLOSE, Roderik ALTHOFF, Mika ENDLER, Patrick Mueller, Grigory REZNIKOV, Margit SCHUSCHKE
  • Patent number: 10261653
    Abstract: A method for making available a user interface, in particular in a vehicle, in which one or more graphic objects are displayed on a display with a touch-sensitive surface, an operator controlled intention which can be assigned to an operator controlled area of the display is determined in a contactless fashion in a space in the viewing direction in front of the display, and an operator controlled action is implemented by touching one of the graphic objects in the operator-controlled area of the display. Three-dimensional graphics data are calculated for a graphic object in the operator-controlled area of the display, and that when the operator-controlled intention has been determined, the graphic object in the operator-controlled area is emphasized visually in that the display of the graphic object which can be perceived over an area in the plane of the display is changed into a display which can be perceived spatially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventors: Heino Wengelnik, Mathias Kuhn, Gustav Hofmann, Andreas Medler, Frank Althoff
  • Patent number: 9878618
    Abstract: An information playback system in a vehicle having a processor designed to generate a video or control signal and provide this signal to a display device so that the video or control signal causes a playback of at least two different contents in two adjoining subsurfaces of a display surface in a display device. The processor generates the video or control signal so that a boundary between the two subsurfaces can be shifted based on a selection detected by the display unit, or based on an approach detected by a display unit, or based on a predefined movement detected by an input device, resulting in modification of the ratio of the surface portions of the two subsurfaces on the display surface of the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Nils Kötter, Holger Wild, Heino Wengelnik, Frank Althoff
  • Publication number: 20160288643
    Abstract: An information playback system in a vehicle having a processor designed to generate a video or control signal and provide this signal to a display device so that the video or control signal causes a playback of at least two different contents in two adjoining subsurfaces of a display surface in a display device. The processor generates the video or control signal so that a boundary between the two subsurfaces can be shifted based on a selection detected by the display unit, or based on an approach detected by a display unit, or based on a predefined movement detected by an input device, resulting in modification of the ratio of the surface portions of the two subsurfaces on the display surface of the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventors: Nils KÖTTER, Holger WILD, Heino WENGELNIK, Frank ALTHOFF
  • Publication number: 20160253049
    Abstract: A device and method for adapting the content of a status bar to a screen. The method includes activation of an input element with respect to the status bar, reception of user input, and adaptation of the contents of the status bar in which additional information is displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Inventors: Holger WILD, Mark Peter CZELNIK, Frank ALTHOFF
  • Patent number: 9346399
    Abstract: A method and device for setting at least one parameter of at least one light source, wherein the light source is disposed in a vehicle, wherein the at least one parameter of the at least one light source and at least one parameter of at least one audio source are set by means of activation of a first functional profile, wherein the at least one audio source is disposed in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignees: VOLKSWAGEN AG, AUDI AG
    Inventors: Julia Ahlers, Imke Gaus, Stefanie Wald, Oliver Hengstenberg, Jian Lou, Thorb Baumgarten, Frank Althoff, Werner Hamberger
  • Publication number: 20160103567
    Abstract: A user interface and a method for adapting a menu bar on a user interface. The method includes displaying the menu bar on a display unit of the user interface, receiving a first user input for displaying a two-dimensional arrangement in the menu bar of displayable entries representing ranges of functions of the user interface, displaying the arrangement on the display unit, receiving a second predefined user input with respect to an entry of the menu bar or an entry of the arrangement, and, in response thereto, adapting the menu bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Publication date: April 14, 2016
    Inventors: Heino WENGELNIK, Frank ALTHOFF, Maria Esther MEJIA GONZALEZ
  • Publication number: 20150212641
    Abstract: An operating interface comprising a touch-sensitive display element and at least one sensor formed to display information to a user on the display element to register touching of the display element with a touch element by the user and to register the presence of the touch element in a recognition region, the recognition region adjoining a side of the display element which faces the user. The interface also includes a control circuit formed to control the display element so the display element reproduces information facilitating operation of the operating interface on the display element when the touch element is located in the recognition region for a predetermined period of time without touching of the display element being registered during that time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Inventors: Volkmar Tanneberger, Heino Wengelnik, Andreas Medler, Frank Althoff
  • Patent number: 8850336
    Abstract: A method for producing a graphic user and/or display surface on a display for a man/machine interface of a motor vehicle is provided, whereby the user surface includes graphic elements that are arranged in a menu-type manner. A main group and at least one subgroup below the main group is produced and every graphic element is associated with the main group, for example the domain “com.bmw” or one of the subgroups, for example “com.bmw.entertainment”, “com.bmw.enterainment.cd” or “com.bmwentertainment.radio”, and the main group and the at least one subgroup indicate respective properties of the graphic elements associated therewith, for example their color. A graphic element of a subgroup has, in addition to the properties indicated in the subgroup, at least one for the most part also the properties indicated in the main group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Karl Strenzl, Ralf Decke, Klaus Ries, Frank Althoff
  • Publication number: 20140215403
    Abstract: A method for making available a user interface, in particular in a vehicle, in which one or more graphic objects are displayed on a display with a touch-sensitive surface, an operator controlled intention which can be assigned to an operator controlled area of the display is determined in a contactless fashion in a space in the viewing direction in front of the display, and an operator controlled action is implemented by touching one of the graphic objects in the operator-controlled area of the display. Three-dimensional graphics data are calculated for a graphic object in the operator-controlled area of the display, and that when the operator-controlled intention has been determined, the graphic object in the operator-controlled area is emphasized visually in that the display of the graphic object which can be perceived over an area in the plane of the display is changed into a display which can be perceived spatially.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventors: Heino Wengelnik, Mathias Kuhn, Gustav Hofmann, Andreas Medler, Frank Althoff
  • Publication number: 20130046443
    Abstract: A method and device for setting at least one parameter of at least one light source, wherein the light source is disposed in a vehicle, wherein the at least one parameter of the at least one light source and at least one parameter of at least one audio source are set by means of activation of a first functional profile, wherein the at least one audio source is disposed in the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Julia Ahlers, Imke Gaus, Stefanie Wald, Oliver Hengstenberg, Jian Lou, Thorb Baumgarten, Frank Althoff, Werner Hamberger
  • Patent number: 7860621
    Abstract: A method for operating a motor vehicle having multiple functional systems is provided, in which a set of profile specifications is stored in a storage medium of the motor vehicle, and the at least one functional system is configured in accordance with this set of profile specifications. A set of rule specifications is stored in a storage medium of the motor vehicle. The set of profile specifications is fed to a rule analysis unit as input data, the rule analysis unit analyzing the profile specifications on the basis of the set of rule specifications. The configuration of the at least one functional system is performed on the basis of the result of the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Ralf Decke, Frank Althoff, Karl Strenzl, Klaus Ries
  • Publication number: 20080125937
    Abstract: A method for operating a motor vehicle having multiple functional systems is provided, in which a set of profile specifications is stored in a storage medium of the motor vehicle, and the at least one functional system is configured in accordance with this set of profile specifications. A set of rule specifications is stored in a storage medium of the motor vehicle. The set of profile specifications is fed to a rule analysis unit as input data, the rule analysis unit analyzing the profile specifications on the basis of the set of rule specifications. The configuration of the at least one functional system is performed on the basis of the result of the analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Applicant: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Ralf Decke, Frank Althoff, Karl Strenzl, Klaus Ries
  • Publication number: 20080084267
    Abstract: A fuse component (1) comprises a hollow body (2), which is formed from a tubular wall that encloses an inner area (5) and which has two open faces that are situated opposite one another. The fuse component also comprises a fuse-element (4), which extends inside the inner area (5) between both faces of the hollow body (2), and two contact caps (3) each provided with a bottom (7) and lateral walls (8) connected thereto. Two end sections (10) of a conductor of the fuse-element (4) are lead out of the inner area (5) through the faces and around the wall of the hollow body (2). The end sections (10) of the conductor of the fuse-element (4) are fastened by means of an adhesive bond (11) so that the surfaces abutting the inner area (5) are essentially free from organic materials. The end sections (10) of the conductor are preferably fastened to a conductive plastic that, in turn, fastens the contact caps (3) to the outer wall (9) of the hollow body (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Applicant: WICKMANN-WERKE GMBH
    Inventors: Andre Jollenbeck, Frank Althoff, Karin Koch, Ute Lehnhardt
  • Patent number: 7320171
    Abstract: A fuse component (1) includes a hollow body (2) which is formed from a tubular wall that encloses an inner area (5) and which has two open faces that are situated opposite one another. The fuse component also includes a fuse-element (4) which extends inside the inner area (5) between both faces of the hollow body (2) and two contact caps (3) each provided with a bottom (7) and lateral walls (8) connected thereto. Two end section (10) of a conductor of the fuse-element (4) are led out of the inner area (5) through the faces and around the wall of the hollow body (2). The end sections (10) of the conductor of the fuse element (4) are fastened by an adhesive bond (11) so that the surfaces abutting the inner area (5) are essentially free from organic materials. The end sections (10) of the conductor are preferably fastened to a conductive plastic that, in turn, fastens the contact caps (3) to the outer wall (9) of the hollow body (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Wickmann-Werke GmbH
    Inventors: André Jöllenbeck, Frank Althoff, Karin Koch, Ute Lehnhardt
  • Publication number: 20070143695
    Abstract: A method for producing a graphic user and/or display surface on a display for a man/machine interface of a motor vehicle is provided, whereby the user surface includes graphic elements that are arranged in a menu-type manner. A main group and at least one subgroup below the main group is produced and every graphic element is associated with the main group, for example the domain “com.bmw” or one of the subgroups, for example “com.bmw.entertainment”, “com.bmw.enterainment.cd” or “com.bmwentertainment.radio”, and the main group and the at least one subgroup indicate respective properties of the graphic elements associated therewith, for example their color. A graphic element of a subgroup has, in addition to the properties indicated in the subgroup, at least one for the most part also the properties indicated in the main group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Applicant: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Karl Strenzl, Ralf Decke, Klaus Ries, Frank Althoff