Patents by Inventor James A. Stevens

James A. Stevens 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: 10638097
    Abstract: An audio/video (A/V) recording and communication doorbell device includes an input port, a switch, a first power supply, a second power supply, a button, a first controller, and a second controller. The switch is electrically coupled across the input port. The first power supply receives power from the input port and powers a first power supply rail, and the second power supply powers a second power supply rail. The button, when pressed, activates a signaling device. The first controller is at least partially powered from the first power supply rail and closes the switch in response to the button being pressed. The second controller is at least partially powered from the second power supply rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Steven Skeoch, Robert Tso, Chih-Jung Lin
  • Patent number: 10633615
    Abstract: An automatic dishwashing cleaning composition including a dispersant polymer and a surface-modification surface-substantive polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Stefano Scialla, Glenn Steven Ward, James Elliot Goodwin, Yonas Gizaw
  • Publication number: 20200114163
    Abstract: A bone implant includes a rod having an aperture extending entirely through the rod. The aperture is to receive a fastener to couple the rod to a bone of a patient. The bone implant also includes a light source disposed on the rod. The light source is to emit light onto a portion of the bone adjacent the rod to at least one of stimulate bone growth or reduce bone loss.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: James T. Ninomiya, Janine A. Struve, Dorothee Weihrauch, Scott Howard Micoley, Dale Selsor DiIulio, Douglas J. Birkholz, Kyle Steven Jansson, Richard B. Davidson
  • Patent number: 10617299
    Abstract: A two-way audiovisual communication device with multiple audio and video subsystems. In one embodiment, the device includes a wheeled cart that supports a dock for a tablet computing device that includes a tablet camera, a tablet display, and a tablet microphone. The device also includes a cart camera, a cart speaker, and a cart microphone. The device may be coupled to a network and accessible to other devices on the network to allow a two-way audiovisual session to take place between remote parties. The device may operate in two modes: In a first mode, the tablet is mated with the dock and the remote device receives video from the pan-tilt-zoom camera and audio from the cart microphone. In a second mode, the tablet is removed from the dock and the remote device receives video from the tablet camera and audio from the tablet microphone. In both modes, the tablet monitor displays video from the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel Steven Sanchez, Gary S. Douville, Shuodan Chen, James Rosenthal, Andrew Kirchhoff
  • Patent number: 10620226
    Abstract: An instrument for processing a biological sample includes a chassis. Connected to the chassis is a tape path along which a tape with a matrix of wells can be automatically advanced through the instrument, a dispensing assembly for dispensing the biological sample and a reagent into the matrix of wells of the tape to form a biological sample and reagent mixture, a sealing assembly for sealing the biological sample and reagent mixture in the tape, and an amplification and detection assembly for detecting a signal from the biological sample and reagent mixture in the matrix of wells in the tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventors: Darren Lynn Cook, Eric Guy Johnson, Nathan Luther Westad, Andrew Richard Haug, James Henry Konynenbelt, Grant Edward Maasjo, Jared Whittier Patterson, Brent Conrad Urke, Ryan John Zitzmann, Chad Steven Smith
  • Publication number: 20200086802
    Abstract: A vehicle rail system has a frame mountable to a vehicle, the frame having a plurality of support legs, the support legs interconnected via support beams. One or more fixed rails are mountable to the support frame, each fixed rail comprising a plurality of bearings thereon and configured to receive a sliding rail, the sliding rail having a plurality of grooves for receiving the bearings of the fixed rail so as to be slidable thereon. The bearings are located along regular intervals of the fixed rails on each non-mounted side. The sliding rail is then able to slide along the bearings of the fixed rail, extending to the exterior of the frame mounted in the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: CurrentWrx, LLC DBA Cargoglide
    Inventors: Patrick Williams, Brad Harrell, James Wilson, Brian Stevens, Jordy Pincock, Doyle Hansen
  • Publication number: 20200089024
    Abstract: A deformable membrane assembly comprises an at least partially flexible fluid-filled envelope, one wall of which is formed by an elastic membrane that is held around its edge by a resiliently bendable supporting ring, a fixed support for the envelope and selectively operable means for causing relative movement between the supporting ring and the support for adjusting the pressure of the fluid in the envelope, thereby to cause the membrane to deform. The bending stiffness of the ring varies round the ring such that upon deformation of the membrane the ring bends variably to control the shape of the membrane to a predefined form. The moving means comprise a plurality of ring-engaging members that are arranged to apply a force to the ring at spaced control points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Edward Stevens, Alex Edginton, Benjamin Thomas Tristram Holland, Daniel Paul Rhodes, Dijon Pietropinto, Derek Paul Forbes Bean, Roger Brian Minchin Clarke, Peter Lee Crossley, Richard Leefe Douglas Murray, Edwin James Stone
  • Publication number: 20200080267
    Abstract: A side cutter milling assembly is used to modify a milling machine having a frame, a milling drum housing that is removably attached to the frame, a milling drum that is mounted for rotation within the milling drum housing, and a primary drum drive assembly that is adapted to rotate the milling drum. The side cutter milling assembly includes a drum housing having a main portion and a side portion. The main portion is adapted to be installed on the frame of the milling machine in place of the milling drum housing, and the side portion is offset to one side of the milling machine. A side cutter milling drum is mounted for rotation within the side portion of the drum housing, and a side cutter drivetrain is configured and adapted to be operatively attached to the side cutter milling drum and the primary drum drive assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Applicant: Roadtec, Inc.
    Inventors: James H. Bevill, Tim Stevens
  • Publication number: 20200079418
    Abstract: An assembly includes a housing and a steering rack supported by the housing. The assembly includes a plug supported by the housing. The assembly includes a yoke supported by the housing between the steering rack and the plug. The assembly includes a monolithic dampener between the plug and the yoke, the monolithic dampener extending away from the plug toward the steering rack along the yoke.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James Philip Cooper, Jack E. Barry, Rohit Kadam, Daniel Steven Payne, Joseph Washnock, Jennifer Laz
  • Publication number: 20200078207
    Abstract: Embodiments of the Urine Collection System for Women are comprised of a collection sheet, a top collection flange, a bottom collection flange, and a standard collection cup. The collection sheet forms an aperture onto which the top collection flange rests. The collection flange protrudes through the collection sheet and forms the bottom collection flange. The top collection flange and the bottom collection flange are integrally formed together to form the overall collection flange. The bottom collection flange forms the attachment means for the collection cup. The standard collection cup is a common medical urine collection cup that attaches to the bottom collection flange via an attachment means. The combined weight of the top collection flange and the bottom collection flange deflects the collection sheet into a conical shape thereby causing the collection sheet to serve as a funnel directing urine into the collection cup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Applicant: BP Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Bradley Steven Parr, James Alen Mohrbacker
  • Publication number: 20200082501
    Abstract: A map image is displayed via a user interface. A user selection of a location marker or one of a set of textual driving directions is received via the user interface. In response to the received user selection, an interactive information window overlaid within the map image is generated. Generating the interactive information window includes providing additional information regarding a location related to the marker or to the one of the set of textual driving directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: Jens E. Rasmussen, Lars E. Rasmussen, Bret Steven Taylor, James Christopher Norris, Stephen Ma, Andrew Robert Kirmse, Noel Philip Gordon, Seth Michael Laforge
  • Patent number: 10584173
    Abstract: A human antibody or an antigen-binding fragment which binds human IL-6 receptor (hIL-6R) with a KD of about 500 pM or less and blocks IL-6 activity with an IC50 of 200 pM or less, is provided. In preferred embodiments, the antibody the antibody or antigen-binding fragment binds hIL-6R with an affinity at least 2-fold higher relative to its binding monkey IL-6R.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventors: Sean Stevens, Tammy T. Huang, Joel H. Martin, Jeanette L. Fairhurst, Ashique Rafique, Eric Smith, Kevin J. Pobursky, Nicholas J. Papadopoulos, James P. Fandl, Gang Chen, Margaret Karow
  • Patent number: 10578171
    Abstract: A valve system (44) for reducing morning sickness effects in a viscous clutch (20) having a reservoir (38) with a bore (46-1) includes a valve element (44-1), a counterweight portion (44-2), a pivot (44-3), and a biasing member (44-4). The pivot is located in between the valve element and the counterweight portion, and the valve element and the counterweight portion are configured to commonly move about the pivot between open and closed positions. The biasing member is configured to bias the valve element to cover the bore in the closed position by default. The counterweight portion is configured to counteract the biasing member under centrifugal loading such that the valve element at least partially uncovers the bore in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: HORTON, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Stevens, James R. Preston
  • Publication number: 20200062512
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for sorting items to a plurality of sort destinations. The items are fed into the apparatus at an input station having a scanning station. The scanning station evaluates one or more characteristics of each item. The items are then loaded onto one of a plurality of independently controlled delivery vehicles. The delivery vehicles are individually driven to sort destinations. Once at the appropriate sort destination, the delivery vehicle ejects the item to the sort destination and returns to receive another item to be delivered. A re-induction conveyor may be provided for receiving select items from the vehicles and conveying the items back to the input station for re-processing. Additionally, a controller is provided to control the movement of the vehicles based on a characteristic each item being delivered by each vehicle. The system may also include vehicles having an assembly for detecting items being loaded onto or discharged from the vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Robert R. DeWitt, Alexander Stevens, Monty McVaugh, James Walsh, Gregory Wilson
  • Publication number: 20200057751
    Abstract: A method for generating and maintaining hierarchical tags with community-based ratings is provided. Tags for media streams are organized into a hierarchical format. Users may select tags from the hierarchical tag database that describes a particular multimedia content. If the user is unable to locate a desired tag, the user may submit a new tag. Upon submission of the new tag, a librarian approves the tag before storing and placing the tag in the hierarchical tag database. Users are also able to rate the quality of the association between the tag and the multimedia content. If a tag is rated low, the tag may be removed from the hierarchical tag database. If the tag is rated highly, display of the tag in a list of tags becomes more prominent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventors: James M. Barton, Brian Beach, David Platt, Kevin Smith, Michael Klar, Paul Stevens, David Chamberlin, Richard Lee
  • Patent number: 10564200
    Abstract: Aspects and embodiments are generally directed to electric field detector systems and methods. In one example, an electric field detector system includes a proof-mass including a source of concentrated charge, a plurality of supports, each individual support of the plurality supports being coupled to the proof-mass, a plurality of sensors, each individual sensor of the plurality of sensors positioned to measure a resonant frequency of a corresponding support of the plurality of supports, and a controller coupled to each individual sensor of the plurality of sensors, the controller configured to measure a characteristic of an electric field imparted on the proof-mass based on at least a first resonant frequency of the measured resonant frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: James A. Bickford, Marc S. Weinberg, John Shattler Fullford, Ronald Steven McNabb, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10566974
    Abstract: Provided is a Precision Voltage Reference (PVR). In one example, the PVR includes a resonator having an oscillation frequency, the resonator including a first proof-mass, a first forcer located adjacent a first side of the first proof-mass, and a second forcer located adjacent a second side of the first proof-mass. The PVR may include control circuitry configured to generate a reference voltage based on the oscillation frequency of the resonator, at least one converter configured to receive the reference voltage from the control circuitry, provide a first bias voltage to the first forcer based on the reference voltage, provide a second bias voltage to the second forcer based on the reference voltage, and periodically alter a polarity of the first and second bias voltages to drive the oscillation frequency to match a reference frequency, and an output configured to provide the reference voltage as a voltage reference signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Paul A. Ward, James S. Pringle, Marc Steven Weinberg, Warner G. Harrison
  • Patent number: 10566296
    Abstract: In the invention described, magnetic field characteristics of randomly placed magnetized particles are exploited by using the magnetic field fluctuations produced by the particles as measured by a sensor. The magnetized particles generate a complex magnetic field near the surface of an integrated circuit chip on a bank card or identification card that can be used as a “fingerprint.” The positioning and orientation of the magnetized particles is an uncontrolled process, and thus the interaction between the sensor and the particles is complex. The randomness of the magnetic field magnitude and direction near the surface of the material containing the magnetic particles can be used to obtain a unique identifier for an item such as an integrated circuit chip on a bank card or identification card carrying the PUF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Steven Cannon, William Corbett, Gary A. Denton, James Paul Drummond, Kelly Ann Killeen, Carl E. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10567711
    Abstract: In implementations described herein, A/V recording and communication doorbell devices (“A/V doorbells”) and signaling devices may be powered from a common AC waveform. In some implementations, an A/V doorbell and its corresponding signaling device may be arranged in a circuit loop where a portion of an AC waveform is used to power the A/V doorbell and the other portions of the AC waveform is used to power the signaling device. For example, a positive phase of the AC waveform may be used to power one of the A/V doorbell or signaling device and a negative phase of the AC waveform may be used to power the other of the A/V doorbell or signaling device. In some cases, an energy harvester device may be used to slow charge a battery or supercapacitor from the circuit loop to power the A/V doorbell and/or signaling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James Steven Skeoch
  • Publication number: 20200047793
    Abstract: A steering apparatus includes a first pinion, an internal gear engaged with the first pinion, a second pinion fixed relative to the internal gear, a first gear engaged with the second pinion, a third pinion fixed relative to the first gear, and a steering rack meshed with the third pinion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC