Patents by Inventor Harold A. Brown

Harold A. Brown 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: 10400184
    Abstract: Heavy oil feeds are hydroprocessed in the presence of a solvent and in the presence of a catalyst with a median pore size of about 85 ? to about 120 ? under conditions that provide a variety of benefits. The solvent can be an added solvent or a portion of the liquid effluent from hydroprocessing. The processes allow for lower pressure processing of heavy oil feeds for extended processing times or extended catalyst lifetimes be reducing or mitigating the amount of coke formation on the hydroprocessing catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Hyung Suk Woo, Jane Chi-Ya Cheng, Teh C. Ho, Stephen Harold Brown
  • Patent number: 10314426
    Abstract: A system for brewing a desired portion of a beverage, such as a single-cup portion of coffee, is provided. The system may have more than one brew module. The system allows a user to quickly and easily brew a variety of types of single-cup portions of a beverage. In some embodiments, the system may brew a single-cup portion of coffee in a relatively short period of time based on a combination of certain parameters. The system may include an automatic cleaning mechanism such that a user does not need to manually clean components of a brewing machine between brew cycles. The system may also include apparatus configured to substantially prevent steam from reaching grinder components of the system. The system may also include apparatus configured to provide a precise dose of material based on, for example, volume of the material. Methods and apparatus for brewing a beverage are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Randy Hulett, David Doucette, Izaak Koller, Brian Shay, Harold A. Brown, Jared Drinkwater, Levi Makaio Miller, Jeff Allison, Peter Bristol
  • Publication number: 20180284896
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are interface devices and systems. In one aspect, a haptic interface device includes at least one position detection module configured to determine positional data for determining a position of at least one portion of at least one body part of the user; at least one tensile element or compressive element coupled to the at least one body part and configured to produce at least one of: a predetermined range of motion and applied force to a coupled body part; and at least one haptic feedback module configured to produce force feedback or tactile sensation to the at least one body part, the feedback module comprising: at least one motion control module configured to control motion of the at least one body part; and at least one force sensor configured to determine applied force data generated from the at least one body part. Also disclosed herein are methods for using the disclosed devices and systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: DEREK KEARNEY, CHRISTOPHER TAYLOR, ADDISON SHELTON, HAROLD BROWN
  • Patent number: 9936593
    Abstract: The description relates to devices, such as computing devices having displays that can be rotated through a range of travel. The device can counter-balance the display to create a near weightless feel for the user when repositioning the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Mike F. Deily, Robyn Rebecca Reed McLaughlin, Daniel C. Park, Anthony J. Hewett, Brian Bitz, Harold A. Brown, Eric Davis, Joe Gault, Steve Klein, Ingrid Lin
  • Publication number: 20170303415
    Abstract: The description relates to devices, such as computing devices having displays that can be rotated through a range of travel. The device can counter-balance the display to create a near weightless feel for the user when repositioning the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Mike F. DEILY, Daniel C. PARK, Anthony J. HEWETT, Brian BITZ, Harold A. BROWN, Eric DAVIS, Joe GAULT, Steve KLEIN, Ingrid LIN, Robyn Rebecca Reed MCLAUGHLIN
  • Patent number: 9677015
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for processing a heavy oil feed, such as an atmospheric or vacuum resid, using a combination of solvent assisted hydroprocessing and slurry hydroconversion of a heavy oil feed. The systems and methods allow for conversion and desulfurization/denitrogenation of a feed to form fuels and gas oil (or lubricant base oil) boiling range fractions while reducing the portion of the feed that is exposed to the high severity conditions present in slurry hydroconversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Himanshu Gupta, Stephen Harold Brown, Federico Barrai, Kirtan Kunjbihari Trivedi
  • Publication number: 20160036931
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods, and computer storage media directed to an analytics tool for detecting real-time user or “visitor” events based on real-time data. More specifically, events are detected based on actions not taken by a user. In this regard, events can be defined and, thereafter, detected based on inactions of a user. In some cases, events are inferred or predicted based on a calculated likelihood of a user not performing an action. Upon determining an event based on an action not being performed by a user, an interested party may be notified thereof such that the interested party can influence, in real-time, visitor conversion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventors: Craig Mathis, James Harold Brown, Joshua Aaron Hansen, Deepak Pai
  • Patent number: 9206363
    Abstract: Heavy oil feeds are hydroprocessed in the presence of a solvent under conditions that provide a variety of benefits. The solvent can be an added solvent or a portion of the liquid effluent from hydroprocessing. The processes allow for lower pressure processing of heavy oil feeds for extended processing times or extended catalyst lifetimes be reducing or mitigating the amount of coke formation on the hydroprocessing catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Hyung Suk Woo, Jane Chi-ya Cheng, Teh C. Ho, Stephen Harold Brown, Richard Charles Dougherty, David Thomas Ferrughelli, Federico Barrai
  • Patent number: 9169169
    Abstract: A process for the oligomerization of olefins includes treating, e.g., water washing, an olefin-containing hydrocarbon stream to lower the concentration of an organic nitrogen-containing Lewis base contained therein until the treated hydrocarbon stream is substantially free of the Lewis base; and subsequently contacting the treated hydrocarbon stream with a molecular sieve catalyst to produce a product including at least one oligomer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: John Stephen Godsmark, George Marie Karel Mathys, Hubertus Joseph Beckers, Charles Morris Yarbrough, Stephen Harold Brown, Yeo-Meng Lim
  • Patent number: 9168518
    Abstract: Deactivation of a zeolite catalyst during its use to catalyse the oligomerisation of olefins, is often believed to be a result of the formation of high boiling polymers as by-products. These by-products can remain on the catalyst and undergo further conversion to higher molecular weight polymers, which resemble heavy tars and in some cases even have the appearance of coke-like material. These materials can coat the catalyst particles and plug pores in the catalyst, thereby causing catalyst deactivation. The invention relates to an improved method for regenerating such a catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: John Stephen Godsmark, Georges Marie Karel Mathys, Hans Karel Theresia Goris, Roger Eijkhoudt, Stephen Harold Brown
  • Publication number: 20150027924
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for processing a heavy oil feed, such as an atmospheric or vacuum resid, using a combination of solvent assisted hydroprocessing and slurry hydroconversion of a heavy oil feed. The systems and methods allow for conversion and desulfurization/denitrogenation of a feed to form fuels and gas oil (or lubricant base oil) boiling range fractions while reducing the portion of the teed that is exposed to the high severity conditions present in slurry hydroconversion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Himanshu Gupta, Stephen Harold BROWN, Federico BARRAI, Kirtan Kunjbihari TRIVEDI
  • Patent number: 8932451
    Abstract: Methods are provided for processing crude oil feeds with reduced or minimized energy usage, reduced or minimized numbers of processing steps, improved allocation of hydrogen, and reduced or minimized formation of low value products. The methods reduce or minimize the use of vacuum distillation, and in many aspects reduce or minimize the use of both atmospheric and vacuum distillation. The methods also reduce or minimize the use of coking and fluid catalytic cracking processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Ramon A. Strauss, Stephen Harold Brown, Donald E. Stratton, Stefan Maria Willy Ceulemans
  • Patent number: 8858610
    Abstract: A fixed sequence activation handle is described that forces a predetermined activation sequence. Such handles are suitable for use in the delivery of medical devices or for other application that require a fixed sequence of activations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold A. Brown, Eric J. Davis, Michelle L. Gendron, John L. Loewen, Clare R. Long, Justin W. Sokel, Joseph P. Sullivan, Markus Wierzoch
  • Publication number: 20140174980
    Abstract: Provided is a hydrocarbon tar. The tar has 75 wt % or more of aromatics of 10 carbons to 75 carbons based on the total weight of the tar. The aromatics exhibit 40% to 80% aromaticity. The tar has a boiling point of from 300° F. to 1350° F. There is also a fuel oil composition having the tar therein. There are also processes for making the hydrocarbon tar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Stephen Harold Brown, Frank Cheng-Yu Wang, Stephen Mark Davis, Cathleen Yung
  • Patent number: 8741129
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a process for producing a hydroprocessed product. The invention is particularly advantageous in that substantially less hydrogen is absorbed during the process relative to conventional hydroprocessing methods. This benefit is achieved by using a particular solvent as a co-feed component. In particular, the solvent component contains at least one single ring aromatic compound and has a relatively low boiling point range compared to the heavy hydrocarbon oil component used as another co-feed component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Stephen Harold Brown, Teh C. Ho, Jane Chi-Ya Cheng, Hyung Suk Woo
  • Patent number: 8716542
    Abstract: In a process for oligomerizing an olefinic hydrocarbon feedstock comprising at least 65 wt % olefins and/or sulfur-containing molecules, the feedstock is contacted under oligomerization conditions with (a) a first unidimensional 10-ring molecular sieve catalyst and (b) a second multidimensional crystalline molecular sieve catalyst. The first and second catalysts may be contained in separate reactors or as separate beds in a single reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Harold Brown, John Stephen Godsmark, Georges Marie Karel Mathys
  • Publication number: 20140105793
    Abstract: The invention concerns integration of hydroprocessing and steam cracking. A feed comprising crude or resid-containing fraction thereof is treated by hydroprocessing and visbreaking and then passed to a steam cracker to obtain a product comprising olefins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: Paul F. Keusenkothen, Stephen Harold Brown
  • Patent number: 8688805
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing pertinent multimedia content to mobile subscribers based on dynamically created profiles. Users are provided information relevant to their interests based on dynamic profiles developed as a result of prior patterns of use, interest and behavior. Such profile generation is automated without need for active user participation in selecting what would be desirable information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Scott Allen Swanburg, Arthur Richard Brisebois, Gregg Harold Brown
  • Patent number: 8536392
    Abstract: The invention relates to series reactor beds containing different oligomerization catalysts and having independent temperature control, and processes for the oligomerization of light olefins to heavier olefins using such series reactor beds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Harold Brown, Jon Edmond Randoph Stanat, Jose Manuel Vargas, Stephen W. Beadle, Georges Marie K. Mathys, John Stephen Godsmark, Raphael Frans Caers
  • Publication number: 20130204060
    Abstract: Deactivation of a zeolite catalyst during its use to catalyse the oligomerisation of olefins, is often believed to be a result of the formation of high boiling polymers as by-products. These by-products can remain on the catalyst and undergo further conversion to higher molecular weight polymers, which resemble heavy tars and in some cases even have the appearance of coke-like material. These materials can coat the catalyst particles and plug pores in the catalyst, thereby causing catalyst deactivation. The invention relates to an improved method for regenerating such a catalyst.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: John Stephen Godsmark, Georges Marie Karel Mathys, Hans Karel Theresia Goris, Roger Eijkhoudt, Stephen Harold Brown