Patents by Inventor Gregg R. Kittinger

Gregg R. Kittinger 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: 9276645
    Abstract: An inductive charger for a portable electronic device is provided. The portable electronic device has a radio frequency (“RF”) antenna configured for receiving an outgoing RF signal, as well as a secondary coil. The inductive charger includes a primary coil configured for creating a magnetic flux. The magnetic flux is configured for coupling to the secondary coil in the portable electronic device to induce current. The inductive charger includes RF coupling assembly that receives an incoming RF signal. The RF coupling assembly is configured to radiate the outgoing RF signal that is based on the incoming RF signal. The inductive charger includes a radiator configured to receive the outgoing RF signal from the RF coupling assembly. The radiator is configured to radiate the outgoing RF signal to the RF antenna of the portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Wisnewski, David J. Trzcinski, Gregg R. Kittinger, Donald B. Hibbard, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150326330
    Abstract: An AM/FM radio system for a vehicle that is selectively impedance matched to the particular tuned frequency of interest so that noise received by other frequencies does not affect the received signal. The radio system includes an HMI allowing a user to select an AM or FM radio station and a radio tuner responsive to a signal from the HMI identifying the selected radio station. The tuner tunes the radio system to the radio station, and provides a signal to the HMI identifying the radio station. The HMI places a message on a vehicle bus identifying the radio station that the radio tuner is tuned to. An antenna controller receives the message from the vehicle bus to selectively control an impedance matrix to provide impedance matching for the selected radio station frequency. The antenna controller also selectively tunes antenna radiating elements to the particular tuned frequency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Publication date: November 12, 2015
    Inventors: TIMOTHY J. TALTY, GREGG R. KITTINGER, ANDREAS FUCHS, ELIAS GHAFARI
  • Patent number: 9148212
    Abstract: An antenna system includes a controller operatively connected to a first antenna and a second antenna, the controller including a vehicle position input configured and disposed to receive GPS position data identifying a location of a motor vehicle and a vehicle heading input configured and disposed to receive GPS heading data for the motor vehicle. The controller is configured and disposed to selectively employ at least one of the first and second antennas to receive a radio signal based on received location and heading data for the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Donald B. Hibbard, Jr., Gregg R. Kittinger
  • Publication number: 20150214605
    Abstract: A method and system for increasing the performance of an automotive plate antenna system are provided. A carbon loaded material is used to enhance performance of the plate antenna. The method and resulting systems have a first metallic plate of the antenna arranged and secured on a planar surface of the carbon loaded material. The method realizes an antenna system with reduced size and weight without a reduction in performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: DONALD B. HIBBARD, JR., GREGG R. KITTINGER, DAVID J. TRZCINSKI
  • Publication number: 20150051831
    Abstract: An antenna system includes a controller operatively connected to a first antenna and a second antenna, the controller including a vehicle position input configured and disposed to receive GPS position data identifying a location of a motor vehicle and a vehicle heading input configured and disposed to receive GPS heading data for the motor vehicle. The controller is configured and disposed to selectively employ at least one of the first and second antennas to receive a radio signal based on received location and heading data for the motor vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Donald B. Hibbard, JR., Gregg R. Kittinger
  • Patent number: 8952854
    Abstract: Antenna spoilers and methods of manufacturing the antenna spoilers are provided. An antenna spoiler for a vehicle includes a spoiler housing, an antenna element, and an amplifier. The spoiler housing is created by blow molding. The antenna element is disposed within the spoiler housing. The amplifier is coupled to the antenna element, and is disposed within the spoiler housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy P. Fellows, Gregg R. Kittinger
  • Patent number: 8896496
    Abstract: A configurable antenna element comprises a conductor encased in a foam substrate with a pressure sensitive adhesive applied to a surface of the foam substrate for application of the configurable antenna to a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Gregg R. Kittinger, Donald B. Hibbard, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140118199
    Abstract: An applique antenna for an automobile comprises a body panel having a body panel outer surface and a body panel cavity. An applique is configured to be received in the body panel cavity and to continue the styling lines of the body panel outer surface with a flush fit. A cavity is defined between the body panel cavity and the applique. An antenna structure is disposed within the cavity and is decoupled from the body panel cavity by the applique.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Gregg R. Kittinger, Donald B. Hibbard, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140055306
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for detecting whether an antenna mast is coupled to an antenna. In one embodiment, a method of monitoring an antenna having a removable detection mechanism is provided. The method includes: monitoring voltage standing wave radio (VSWR) measurement data of the antenna; and selectively determining whether at least one of the detection mechanism and an antenna mast is installed based on the VSWR measurement data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David R. PETRUCCI, Gregg R. KITTINGER, Duane S. CARPER, Douglas C. MARTIN
  • Publication number: 20140055307
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for detecting whether at least one of an antenna mast and a detection mechanism is installed to an antenna. In one embodiment, a method includes monitoring at least one of amplitude modulation (AM) band data and direct current (DC) power data of the antenna; and selectively determining whether at least one of the antenna mast and the detection mechanism is installed based on the at least one of the AM band data and the DC power data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David R. PETRUCCI, Gregg R. KITTINGER, Duane S. CARPER, Douglas C. MARTIN
  • Publication number: 20140055320
    Abstract: An antenna is provided. The antenna includes an antenna base; and a detection mechanism removably coupled to the antenna base that generates a detection signal for detecting whether an antenna mast is coupled to the antenna base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David R. PETRUCCI, Gregg R. KITTINGER, Duane S. CARPER, Douglas C. MARTIN, Laurence G. EKSTROM
  • Publication number: 20130260842
    Abstract: An inductive charger for a portable electronic device is provided. The portable electronic device has a radio frequency (“RF”) antenna configured for receiving an outgoing RF signal, as well as a secondary coil. The inductive charger includes a primary coil configured for creating a magnetic flux. The magnetic flux is configured for coupling to the secondary coil in the portable electronic device to induce current. The inductive charger includes RF coupling assembly that receives an incoming RF signal. The RF coupling assembly is configured to radiate the outgoing RF signal that is based on the incoming RF signal. The inductive charger includes a radiator configured to receive the outgoing RF signal from the RF coupling assembly. The radiator is configured to radiate the outgoing RF signal to the RF antenna of the portable electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Wisnewski, David J. Trzcinski, Gregg R. Kittinger, Donald B. Hibbard, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130106658
    Abstract: A configurable antenna element comprises a conductor encased in a foam substrate with a pressure sensitive adhesive applied to a surface of the foam substrate for application of the configurable antenna to a surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Gregg R. Kittinger, Donald B. Hibbard, JR.
  • Patent number: 8294625
    Abstract: An antenna of the present invention includes an electrical half wave monopole antenna element fixedly attached to a surface, where the antenna element includes an electrical center. A first electrical feed point is located on a first side of the antenna element. A second electrical feed point is located on a second side of the antenna element. The second side generally opposes the first side of the antenna element. The first and second electrical feed points are about one-twentieth a wavelength from the electrical center. A first signal corresponds with the first electrical feed point and a second signal corresponds with the second electrical feed point. The first signal is out of phase when compared to the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Gregg R. Kittinger, Donald B. Hibbard, Jr., David J. Trzcinski
  • Publication number: 20120229351
    Abstract: Antenna spoilers and methods of manufacturing the antenna spoilers are provided. An antenna spoiler for a vehicle includes a spoiler housing, an antenna element, and an amplifier. The spoiler housing is created by blow molding. The antenna element is disposed within the spoiler housing. The amplifier is coupled to the antenna element, and is disposed within the spoiler housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy P. FELLOWS, Gregg R. KITTINGER
  • Publication number: 20120223810
    Abstract: A remote keyless system (RKS) includes a remote control device configured to create a signal having at least a component at a first frequency and an antenna assembly coupled to a vehicle that includes a first antenna tuned to receive a signal in a frequency band. The RKS also includes a first filter coupled to the first antenna and configured to pass the first frequency and a second filter coupled to the first antenna and configured to pass the frequency band. The RKS also includes a remote keyless system controller coupled to the first filter that, upon receipt of a predetermined signal, causes the vehicle to perform an action. The first frequency is an integer multiple of a frequency in the frequency band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David R. Petrucci, Gregg R. Kittinger, Donald B. Hibbard, JR., Ron Yousif Asmar, Mark A. Wisnewski
  • Patent number: 8130156
    Abstract: A center high mount stop lamp (CHMSL) assembly for a vehicle includes an integrated radio frequency (RF) antenna. The CHMSL assembly has an outer lens element, a lamp assembly configured to emit light through the outer lens element, and a housing for the outer lens element and the lamp assembly. The housing is adapted for attachment to an upper rear portion of the vehicle, and the housing has an interior region defined therein. The CHMSL assembly also has an RF antenna element located within the interior region. The RF antenna element is configured and positioned such that it does not obstruct a light path from the lamp assembly to the outer lens element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Gregg R. Kittinger, Donald B. Hibbard, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110187613
    Abstract: An antenna of the present invention includes an electrical half wave monopole antenna element fixedly attached to a surface, where the antenna element includes an electrical center. A first electrical feed point is located on a first side of the antenna element. A second electrical feed point is located on a second side of the antenna element. The second side generally opposes the first side of the antenna element. The first and second electrical feed points are about one-twentieth a wavelength from the electrical center. A first signal corresponds with the first electrical feed point and a second signal corresponds with the second electrical feed point. The first signal is out of phase when compared to the second signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Gregg R. Kittinger, Donald B. Hibbard, JR., David J. Trzcinski
  • Publication number: 20100225549
    Abstract: A center high mount stop lamp (CHMSL) assembly for a vehicle includes an integrated radio frequency (RF) antenna. The CHMSL assembly has an outer lens element, a lamp assembly configured to emit light through the outer lens element, and a housing for the outer lens element and the lamp assembly. The housing is adapted for attachment to an upper rear portion of the vehicle, and the housing has an interior region defined therein. The CHMSL assembly also has an RF antenna element located within the interior region. The RF antenna element is configured and positioned such that it does not obstruct a light path from the lamp assembly to the outer lens element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: GREGG R. KITTINGER, DONALD B. HIBBARD, JR.