Patents by Inventor Gregory M. Smith

Gregory M. Smith 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: 20200153912
    Abstract: A communications device, such as an Internet-of-Things device, includes an entity resource to originate or consume data, and core resources to facilitate stateless messaging with a remote device, with the messaging being associated with the entity resource. Transaction resources are provided to manage a transaction with the remote device. The transaction includes a sequence of messages associated with the entity resource. The transaction resources include a transaction state machine to represent a current intra-transactional ephemeral state from among a plurality of intra-transactional ephemeral states representing progression of the transaction, a commit handler to institute a persistent state change related to the entity resource in response to a successful completion of the transaction, and a transaction communicator to conduct intra-transaction communications via the core resources directed to corresponding transactional resources of the remote device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Ned M. Smith, Gregory Burns, Ravi Subramaniam
  • Patent number: 10643189
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer program products for activating a software product for use by a customer of a financial institution that accesses an on-line banking product on an on-line banking server. A request from the financial institution to activate the software product for use by the customer is received through an interface such as an extranet site of a host of the on-line banking product. An enablement request is transmitted from the interface to an activation server, and a script on the activation server is executed to modify a configuration element to automatically activate the software program for the customer. Thus, the financial institution, which does not host the on-line banking product, drives automatic activation of the software product without manual input by project managers or technical support persons of the on-line banking product host.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: INTUIT INC.
    Inventors: Leslie J. Smith, Michael C. Morgan, Marcus A. Holt, Eric T. Horne, Eric T. Hollinshead, Harriet A. Henderson, Gregory D. Yenney, Matthew M. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10645139
    Abstract: Technologies are described for enabling a network protocol that supports switching between communication modes, including a plain text mode and a compressed mode. Switching between the plain text mode and the compressed mode can be performed without closing a network connection between devices. The network protocol can support communication among the devices interacting with a live interactive video game streaming service. The network protocol can also communicate throttling and/or aggregation messages between the devices of the live interactive video game streaming service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory M. Smith, Molly Rose Suver, Connor Peet, Gershom L. Payzer, Richard Michael Fox
  • Publication number: 20200125744
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices configured to build and utilize an intelligent cipher transfer object are provided. The intelligent cipher transfer object includes a set of participants protected by cloaking patterns. A portable dynamic rule set, which includes executable code for managing access to the protected set of participants, is included within the intelligent cipher transfer object. For a given user, the intelligent cipher transfer object may provide access to some of the participants while preventing access to other participants, based on the portable dynamic rule set therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Gregory Scott Smith, Melani Leigh Smith Weed, Daniel Michael Fischer, Elke M. Ridenour
  • Publication number: 20200128638
    Abstract: An electronic device is described. The electronic device includes current measuring circuitry configured to measure load current to produce a load current measurement. The electronic device also includes a processor coupled to the current measuring circuitry. The processor is configured to calculate an estimated load current slope based on the load current measurement and to determine a predicted zero-cross point based on the estimated load current slope to minimize damaging voltage spike creation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Sidney Lyle King, Joseph M. Doubek, Gregory Scott Smith, Robert Don Bruhn, JR.
  • Publication number: 20200113625
    Abstract: A system for controlling operation of a radiofrequency treatment device to apply radiofrequency energy to tissue to heat tissue to create lesions without ablating the tissue. The system includes a first treatment device having at least one electrode for applying radiofrequency energy to tissue, a controller including a connector to which a first treatment device is coupled for use, and a generator for applying radiofrequency energy to the electrodes. The controller controls application of energy so that the tissue is thermally treated to create lesions but preventing thermal treatment beyond a threshold which would ablate the tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: OLEG SHIKHMAN, William W. Rutan, Danny L. Stemple, Penny R. Smith, Gregory K. Thompson, Thomas M. McGilvary
  • Publication number: 20200085465
    Abstract: Ultrasonic surgical instruments including a handle housing, a switch frame, and a switch assembly are disclosed. The switch assembly may include a first switch arrangement movably supported on a distal portion of the handle housing and selectively movable relative to a first switch contact supported by the switch frame. The switch assembly may further include a second switch arrangement including a right switch button movably supported on a right side of the handle housing and selectively movable relative to a right switch contact supported by the switch frame, and a left switch button movably supported on a left side of the handle housing and selectively movable relative to a left switch contact supported by the switch frame. The first and second switch arrangements may be configured to be selectively actuatable by a single hand supporting the handle housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Richard W. Timm, Daniel W. Price, Jeffery T. Kirk, Jose Domingo Vasquez, Timothy G. Dietz, Richard D. Smith, Ryan M. Asher, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Craig T. Davis, Emron J. Henry, James W. Voegele, Gregory W. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20200070208
    Abstract: Sorting systems and methods for large quantities of items in industrial processes are described. The systems, devices and methods are for receiving, sorting and removing items dynamically. A first group of items, such as letters or other mail pieces, are injected by a belt into a pocket to a form a first stack, and a divider is extended near the first stack. The divider allows for a second group of items to either be injected to form a second stack behind the divider, or to be diverted and injected into another pocket. The first stack can be removed while the second group is being injected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher M. Stratton, Gregory J. Smith, Thomas C. Potter
  • Patent number: 10567466
    Abstract: Technologies are described for enabling co-streaming of live video game streams by multiple broadcasters. For example, broadcasters that are eligible to co-stream can be determined. Invitations can be sent to the broadcasters to join a co-stream. After acceptance, a co-stream can be created. The co-stream can be streamed to viewer devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory M. Smith, Connor Peet, Nathan Yim, Joseph Michael Blouin, Mehmet Akkurt, Chad Curtis Gibson, Matthew Stephen Salsamendi
  • Publication number: 20200017721
    Abstract: A system for protecting a surface of a substrate includes a protective film, which is configured to be applied and secured to the surface, as well as a backing on an adherent surface of the protective film and an application tape over an exterior surface of the protective film. Protruding features, such as tabs, adjacent to different peripheral edges of the protective film may enable removal of the backing and the application tape from the protective film, and may include features that indicate the order in which each protruding feature is to be grasped to peel its corresponding element away from the protective film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Jim A. Colby, Gregory E. Booth, Jonathan B. Benson, Derek M. Smith, James McGuire
  • Patent number: 10517627
    Abstract: Ultrasonic surgical instruments including a handle housing, a switch frame, and a switch assembly are disclosed. The switch assembly may include a first switch arrangement movably supported on a distal portion of the handle housing and selectively movable relative to a first switch contact supported by the switch frame. The switch assembly may further include a second switch arrangement including a right switch button movably supported on a right side of the handle housing and selectively movable relative to a right switch contact supported by the switch frame, and a left switch button movably supported on a left side of the handle housing and selectively movable relative to a left switch contact supported by the switch frame. The first and second switch arrangements may be configured to be selectively actuatable by a single hand supporting the handle housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Richard W. Timm, Emron J. Henry, James W. Voegele, Gregory W. Johnson, Daniel W. Price, Jeffery T. Kirk, Jose Domingo Vasquez, Timothy G. Dietz, Richard C. Smith, Ryan M. Asher, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Craig T. Davis
  • Publication number: 20190352538
    Abstract: A system for protecting a surface of a substrate includes a protective film, which is configured to be applied and secured to the surface, as well as a backing on an adherent surface of the protective film and an application tape over an exterior surface of the protective film. Protruding features, such as tabs, adjacent to different peripheral edges of the protective film may enable removal of the backing and the application tape from the protective film, and may include features that indicate the order in which each protruding feature is to be grasped to peel its corresponding element away from the protective film. Methods of using such a system are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Jim A. Colby, Gregory E. Booth, Jonathan B. Benson, Derek M. Smith, James McGuire
  • Patent number: 10482266
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices configured to build and utilize an intelligent cipher transfer object are provided. The intelligent cipher transfer object includes a set of participants protected by cloaking patterns. A portable dynamic rule set, which includes executable code for managing access to the protected set of participants, is included within the intelligent cipher transfer object. For a given user, the intelligent cipher transfer object may provide access to some of the participants while preventing access to other participants, based on the portable dynamic rule set therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Sertainty Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory Scott Smith, Melani Leigh Smith Weed, Daniel Michael Fischer, Elke M. Ridenour
  • Publication number: 20190349733
    Abstract: An Internet of Things (IoT) network includes an IoT device with data manager, data classifier, and data mapper; or includes IoT device with bloom filter, blockchain logic, content creator, and search manager; or includes IoT device with device connector, namespace discoverer, partition creator, service advertiser, and data router; or includes IoT device with IoT network topology identifier, IoT node resource identifier, neural network topology identifier, mapping optimizer, and decomposable task processor; or includes IoT device with blockchain logic, Merkle tree with hash code entries, and locator to search the Merkle tree; or includes IoT device with bloom filter topic list, subscription manager, and content locator; or includes IoT device with topic classifier to determine if topic includes encrypted content, notifier of the encrypted content, and key subscriber; or includes IoT device with an attestator to provide group membership credential and a subscriber to supply bloom filter and receive a key.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Applicant: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keith Nolan, Mark Kelly, Michael Nolan, Davide Carboni, John Brady, Niall Cahill, Ned M. Smith, Gregory Burns
  • Publication number: 20190349426
    Abstract: The Internet can be configured to provide communications to a large number of Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. Devices can be designed to address the need for network layers, from central servers, through gateways, down to edge devices, to grow unhindered, to discover and make accessible connected resources, and to support the ability to hide and compartmentalize connected resources. Network protocols can be part of the fabric supporting human accessible services that operate regardless of location, time, or space. Innovations can include service delivery and associated infrastructure, such as hardware and software. Services may be provided in accordance with specified Quality of Service (QoS) terms. The use of IoT devices and networks can be included in a heterogeneous network of connectivity including wired and wireless technologies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Applicant: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ned M. Smith, Keith Nolan, Mark Kelly, Gregory Burns, Michael Nolan, John Brady, Cliodhna Ni Scanaill, Niall Cahill, Thiago Macieira, Zheng Zhang, Glen J. Anderson, Igor Muttik, Davide Carboni, Eugene Ryan, Richard Davies, Toby M. Kohlenberg, Maarten Koning, Jakub Wenus, Rajesh Poornachandran, William C. Deleeuw, Ravikiran Chukka
  • Patent number: 10471475
    Abstract: Sorting systems and methods for large quantities of items in industrial processes are described. The systems, devices and methods are for receiving, sorting and removing items dynamically. A first group of items, such as letters or other mail pieces, are injected by a belt into a pocket to a form a first stack, and a divider is extended near the first stack. The divider allows for a second group of items to either be injected to form a second stack behind the divider, or to be diverted and injected into another pocket. The first stack can be removed while the second group is being injected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Christopher M. Stratton, Gregory J. Smith, Thomas C. Potter
  • Patent number: 10421885
    Abstract: A system for protecting a surface of a substrate includes a protective film, which is configured to be applied and secured to the surface, as well as a backing on an adherent surface of the protective film and an application tape over an exterior surface of the protective film. Protruding features, such as tabs, adjacent to different peripheral edges of the protective film may enable removal of the backing and the application tape from the protective film, and may include features that indicate the order in which each protruding feature is to be grasped to peel its corresponding element away from the protective film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: ZAGG Intellectual Property Holding Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Jim A. Colby, Gregory E. Booth, Jonathan B. Benson, Derek M. Smith, James McGuire
  • Publication number: 20190281102
    Abstract: Technologies are described for enabling co-streaming of live video game streams by multiple broadcasters. For example, broadcasters that are eligible to co-stream can be determined. Invitations can be sent to the broadcasters to join a co-stream. After acceptance, a co-stream can be created. The co-stream can be streamed to viewer devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory M. Smith, Connor Peet, Nathan Yim, Joseph Michael Blouin, Mehmet Akkurt, Chad Curtis Gibson, Matthew Stephen Salsamendi
  • Patent number: 10410473
    Abstract: A unified platform supports a plurality of game titles and diverse gaming devices to provide publishers and developers with a software development kit (SDK) including application programming interfaces (APIs) for creating multiplayer tournaments. Developers use the SDK to create tournament definitions and permission levels for tournament organizers. Tournament definitions specify configuration values as parameters the unified platform uses to create instances of multiplayer tournaments. Permission levels can define which tournament organizers are able to set up and manage tournaments and can define parameters to which they must adhere. The unified platform can store tournament definitions that are created by game publishers, game developers, or tournament organizers and can use the stored definitions to create tournament instances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Siebert, Thomas A. Langan, Antonio Vargas Garcia, Justin Brown, Gregory M. Smith
  • Publication number: 20190262201
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus may include a support surface configured to conduct air along a top face of the support surface so that heat and moisture from a patient lying on the support surface are drawn away from the top face of the support surface. An opening may be formed in a side of the support surface. A cavity may extend from the opening into the support surface. An inlet port may be positioned within the cavity and fluidly coupled to the top face. A blower assembly may be configured to position within the cavity. The blower assembly may have an outlet port that couples to the inlet port when the blower assembly is positioned within the cavity. The blower assembly may conduct air through the inlet port to the top face of the support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Darrell L. Borgman, Douglas E. Borgman, Arpit Shah, Wui Hsien Wong, Keith Moores, Jason M. Gilreath, Michael R. Montini, Charles A. Lachenbruch, Eric R. Meyer, Frank E. Sauser, Catherine M. Wagner, Rachel L. Williamson, Brandon P. Fisk, Jason B. Grace, Brian Guthrie, Nicole Johannigman, Gregory J. Shannon, David C. Newkirk, Michael Churilla, Jnanesha Ramegowda, Taylor Franklin, Kathryn R. Smith, John G. Byers, Frederick K. Schultz, Andrew R. Wager, Sridhar Karimpuzha Seshadri, Gary R. Gibbons, Scott M. Corbin, John Goewert, Thomas L. Simpson, Faron L. Blessing, James D. Voll, Kin Meng Choi, Stephen S. Amrhein, Herve Gautier, Jean-Francois Lellig, Philippe Kaikenger, Matthieu Guetta