Patents by Inventor Gordon Fisher

Gordon Fisher 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: 9303575
    Abstract: Systems and methods for continuous automatic adjustment of a control set point of an air-fuel ratio controller of a rich burn engine so as to maintain emissions within a desired range. In an embodiment, a NOx sensor is placed in the exhaust outlet from an exhaust catalyst and the NOx exhaust sensor output is continuously monitored while adjusting the control set point between rich and lean in order to minimize the output from the NOx sensor. Corrections may be continuously made to the set point during operation of the engine to compensate for changes in environmental conditions, engine loads, and other factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL CONTROLS CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Gordon Fisher, Richard Ross Fisher, Galina Laur, Hillary H. Grimes, III, Kristian W. Yates, John A. Zahir, John C. Vronay
  • Patent number: 8010433
    Abstract: A system for and method of administering payouts under an individual annuity contract is provided. In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, a computer system is provided which includes a memory for storing individual annuity contract data relating to a individual annuity contract which provides the contract owner with the option to withdraw principal from the annuity during the payout phase, and a processor programmed to process and issue principal payouts as selected by the annuitant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
    Inventor: Charles Gordon Fisher, III
  • Patent number: 7664700
    Abstract: A system for and method of administering payouts under an individual annuity contract is provided. In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, a computer system is provided which includes a memory for storing individual annuity contract data relating to a individual annuity contract which provides the contract owner with the option to withdraw principal from the annuity during the payout phase, and a processor programmed to process and issue principal payouts as selected by the annuitant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
    Inventor: Charles Gordon Fisher, III
  • Patent number: 6039859
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conductive dispersions used for diverse purposes such a base for electroplating nonconductors. The dispersion are characterized by use of a stabilizing quantity of a stabilizer having repeating alylkene oxide groups and a hydrophilic--lipophilic balance in excess of 12. It has been found that the stabilizers utilized in the subject compositions does result in a significant loss of conductivity in coatings formed from the dispersion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Shipley Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Wade Sonnenberg, Patrick J. Houle, Thong B. Luong, James G. Shelnut, Gordon Fisher
  • Patent number: 5868518
    Abstract: A wedging device locatable between two components and consisting of a plurality of parts connected together such that the device remains as a single cohesive assembly during all phases of operation. The wedging device comprises a spool having two inclined surfaces and a pair of wedges arranged such that each wedge is able to be moved up one of the inclined surfaces, respectively. The device also comprises a rotatable threaded member which extends through an aperture formed in the spool and is received by the wedges. Rotation of the threaded member when the device is located between the two components causes the wedges to move toward each other up the respective inclined surfaces of the spool and be pressed against one of the components to thereby force the spool against the other said component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Assignee: The ANI Corporation, Ltd.
    Inventors: David John Chesterfield, Douglas Gordon Fisher
  • Patent number: 5800739
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conductive dispersions used for diverse purposes such a base for electroplating nonconductors. The dispersion are characterized by use of a stabilizing quantity of a stabilizer having repeating alylkene oxide groups and a hydrophilic-lipophilic balance in excess of 12. It has been found that the stabilizers utilized in the subject compositions does result in a significant loss of conductivity in coatings formed from the dispersion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Shipley Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Wade Sonnenberg, Patrick J. Houle, Thong B. Luong, James G. Shelnut, Gordon Fisher
  • Patent number: 5667662
    Abstract: A process for electroplating a nonconducting substrate comprising formation of a film of a conductive polymer on the surface of a nonconducting substrate and electrolytic deposition of metal thereover. The conductive film is formed by deposition of the conductive polymer onto said surface from an aqueous suspension of said polymer containing a polymeric stabilizer having repeating alkylene oxide groups and a hydrophilic--lipophilic balance of at least 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Assignee: Shipley Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Wade Sonnenberg, Patrick J. Houle, Thong B. Luong, James G. Shelnut, Gordon Fisher
  • Patent number: 5419829
    Abstract: A method for electroplating a nonconducting surface using a metal oxide colloid. The process comprises contacting the surface of the nonconductor to be plated with a preformed colloid of a metal oxide to adsorb the colloid onto the surface of the nonconductor and then electroplating metal over the surface having the adsorbed metal oxide colloid. The process may include a step of reducing the metal oxide to a lower valent state prior to the step of metal plating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1995
    Assignee: Rohm and Haas Company
    Inventors: Gordon Fisher, John J. Bladon, Wade Sonnenberg, Robert L. Goldberg
  • Patent number: 5316150
    Abstract: A method for separating the long outer bast fibers from the short woody inner core fibers of herbaceous fiber producing plants which includes the steps of requiring that such plants harvested at a certain cut length are processed through a first and second stage core separator, each of which includes a rotating spiked cylinder and a set of angled moving conveyors for coarse separation of the bast and core fibers; then processed through a first and second incline core separator each of which include a series of rotating spiked cylinders provided at an inclined angle; then introduced into a single saw separator; then passed through a jet air separator having an adjustable blade therein; and finally, run through a four cylinder fiber cleaner. Each of these steps provides further and more complete separation of the woody core fibers from the longer bast fibers so that by the time the bast fibers exit the four cylinder cleaner they are over ninety-eight percent (98%) free of the woody core fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Inventor: Gordon Fisher
  • Patent number: 5252196
    Abstract: Compositions and processes for electrolytic plating. The compositions are characterized by critical amounts of one or more brightening and leveling agents. The compositions are particularly useful for plating through hole walls of printed circuit boards, including through holes having an aspect ratio equal or greater than about ten to one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Assignee: Shipley Company Inc.
    Inventors: Wade Sonnenberg, Gordon Fisher, Roger F. Bernards, Patrick Houle
  • Patent number: 5223118
    Abstract: A direct method of analyzing brighteners and levelers used in metal electroplating baths. The method is based on the differential adsorption of these additives on a working electrode during a sequence of steps prior to and during metal plating. The sensitivity of the method allows for the determination of both brightener and leveler in the same sample without cyclic processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1993
    Assignee: Shipley Company Inc.
    Inventors: Wade Sonnenberg, Roger Bernards, Patrick Houle, Gordon Fisher
  • Patent number: 5051154
    Abstract: The invention discloses the use of an additive for acid copper plating bath which is chosen based on criteria of creating a shift in the charge transfer overpotential of the bath; or alternatively, creating a differential overpotential between the surface of a high aspect ratio circuit board and the recesses of such boards. The additive may be a single or multi-component additive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1991
    Assignee: Shipley Company Inc.
    Inventors: Roger F. Bernards, Gordon Fisher, Wade Sonnenberg, Edward J. Cerwonka, Stewart Fisher
  • Patent number: 5004525
    Abstract: A composition for electroplating copper onto a conductive surface comprising a solution soluble copper salt and an acid electrolyte, said copper salt being present in a concentration of from about 1 to 10 grams per liter of solution and said acid being present in a concentration whereby the acid to copper ratio preferably varies between about 30 to 1 and 50 to 1. The composition is especially useful for the plating of walls of cylindrical openings having a ratio of height to diameter of at least 10 to 1 and a length of at least 0.100 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1991
    Assignee: Shipley Company Inc.
    Inventors: Roger F. Bernards, Gordon Fisher, Wade Sonnenberg
  • Patent number: 4932518
    Abstract: A composition for electroplating copper onto a conductive surface comprising a solution soluble copper salt and an acid electrolyte, said copper salt being present in a concentration of from about 1 to 10 grams per liter of solution and said acid being present in a concentration whereby the acid to copper ratio preferably varies between about 30 to 1 and 50 to 1. The composition is especially useful for the plating of walls of cylindrical openings having a ratio of height to diameter of at least 10 to 1 and a length of at least 0.100 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1990
    Assignee: Shipley Company Inc.
    Inventors: Roger F. Bernards, Gordon Fisher, Wade Sonnenberg
  • Patent number: 4917774
    Abstract: A method for determining the effective quantity of an organic additive in an electroplating bath involving passing an inert electrode through a predetermined sequence of voltammetric steps including a step of plating the electrode at a given applied potential, stripping the plated metal at a given applied potential, and conditioning the inert electrode without applied potential; correlating the quantity of additive with the coulombs utilized during the metal stripping step; and using the same predetermined sequence of voltammetric steps for a bath having an unknown quantity of additive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1990
    Assignee: Shipley Company Inc.
    Inventor: Gordon Fisher
  • Patent number: 4917777
    Abstract: A method for determining the effective quantity of an organic additive in an electroplating bath involving passing an inert electrode through a predetermined sequence of voltammetric steps including a step of plating the electrode at a given applied potential, stripping the plated metal at a given applied potential, and conditioning the inert electrode without applied potential; correlating the quantity of additive with the coulombs utilized during the metal stripping step; and using the same predetermined sequence of voltammetric steps for a bath having an unknown quantity of additive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1990
    Assignee: Shipley Company Inc.
    Inventor: Gordon Fisher
  • Patent number: 4897165
    Abstract: A composition for electroplating copper onto a conductive surface comprising a solution soluble copper salt and an acid electrolyte, said copper salt being present in a concentration of from about 1 to 10 grams per liter of solution and said acid being present in a concentration whereby the acid to copper ratio preferably varies between about 30 to 1 and 50 to 1. The composition is especially useful for the plating of walls of cylindrical openings having a ratio of height to diameter of at least 10 to 1 and a length of at least 0.100 inches.Also disclosed is a device for measuring throwing power of a plating solution. The device comprises two anodes and a cathode suspended in a chamber adapted to contain a plating solution. The cathode is suspended between said anodes and comprises two flat electrode portions in electrical contact with each other, in parallel relationship to each other and spaced apart from each other to define a space containing plating solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1990
    Assignee: Shipley Company Inc.
    Inventors: Roger F. Bernards, Gordon Fisher, Wade Sonnenberg