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: 10560149
    Abstract: This disclosure describes techniques for using alternating current (AC) power waveforms to communicate between devices in a doorbell circuit. A signaling device that emits sound may be positioned in the doorbell circuit between an AC power source and a doorbell device (such as an A/V device including a doorbell). A signaling device may be coupled in parallel to a signaling-control device that includes electronic circuitry that provides a selective bypass to allow for larger amounts of current drawn by the A/V device to bypass the signaling device without causing the signaling device to emit the sound. The A/V device and the signaling-control device may use AC power waveforms to communicate data and/or data between each other. For example, the A/V device and the signaling-control device may control respective signal relays to selectively open and close the doorbell circuit in order to communicate with each other using the AC current waveform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James Steven Skeoch
  • Publication number: 20200039703
    Abstract: A portable beverage container is provided. The portable beverage container may include a glass vessel having a neck; a metal outer shell configured to surround a first portion of the glass vessel; a cap configured to engage with the metal outer shell to surround a second portion of the glass vessel; and an amorphous thermoplastic spout having a neck configured to be inserted through an opening in the cap and into the neck of the glass vessel. The spout may be configured to securely engage with the cap. The cap may include a lid with an elastomeric sealing member having a knob configured to extend into a recess in the spout and a recess configured to wrap around and over a lip of the spout. The spout may be removable from the cap while the cap is engaged with the outer shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventors: Hardy STEINMANN, James Steven Keith Pelletier
  • Publication number: 20200044325
    Abstract: An antenna tilting assembly for mounting a CB antenna at an angle on a vehicle includes a citizen's band (CB) antenna. A mount is included that is mounted on a vehicle and the mount is positioned on an exterior of the vehicle. A fitting is provided that has a first section forming an angle with respect to a second section. The fitting is removably coupled between the CB antenna and the mount. Thus, the CB antenna is oriented at an angle corresponding to the angle between the first and second sections. In this way the fitting enhances an ornamental appearance of the CB antenna.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventor: James Stevens
  • Patent number: 10547191
    Abstract: According to at least one aspect, embodiments herein provide a traffic light power management system comprising a power source, a first output, a service bypass unit and a power management unit. The service bypass unit is configured to receive AC power from the power source, convert the AC power to a first DC power in a first mode of operation, provide the first DC power to the first output in the first mode of operation, and provide the AC power to a power management unit in a second mode of operation. The power management unit is coupled to the service bypass unit, and is configured to receive the AC power from the service bypass unit in the second mode of operation, convert the AC power to a second DC power in the second mode of operation, and provide the DC power to the first output in the second mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventors: Brian McKenna, Kaushal J. Patel, Kenneth J. Steeves, Marcel B. Grenier, Qinghong Yu, Jeffrey M. August, James Edward Briggs, Steven Allen Diggins, Jeffrey Steven Young, Devin Patrick Auclair, James Walter Frey
  • Patent number: 10547305
    Abstract: A switch control circuit includes a positive voltage bias node, a voltage-regulated positive supply rail coupled to the positive voltage bias node, a charge pump coupled to a charge pump supply node, and a current source positive supply rail coupled to the charge pump supply node and configured to supply the charge pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Leo John Wilz, Jonathan Christian Crandall, David Steven Ripley, James Phillip Young
  • Publication number: 20200024718
    Abstract: The present application provides Calcia-Magnesia-Alumina-Silica (CMAS) (or molten silicate) resistant thermal barrier coatings (IBC). The coatings include elongate growth domains of non-equiaxed, randomly arranged overlapping grains or splats. The elongate growth domains include overlapping individual, randomly distributed splats of tough and soft phases. In some embodiments, the elongate growth domains are formed via air plasma spray. In some embodiments, the tough phases are at least partially stabilized zirconia and/or hafnia compositions, and the soft phases are CMAS (or molten silicate) reactive or resistant compositions. Within each elongate growth domain, the mixture of the tough and soft phases act together to limit penetration of CMAS and also provide sufficient domain toughness to minimize cracking forces produced during crystallization of infiltrated CMAS.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Larry Steven Rosenzweig, James Anthony Ruud, Shankar Sivaramakrishnan
  • Publication number: 20200028509
    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: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Paul A. Ward, James S. Pringle, Marc Steven Weinberg, Warner G. Harrison
  • Publication number: 20200009736
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for social behavior of a telepresence robot are disclosed herein. A telepresence robot may include a drive system, a control system, an object detection system, and a social behaviors component. The drive system is configured to move the telepresence robot. The control system is configured to control the drive system to drive the telepresence robot around a work area. The object detection system is configured to detect a human in proximity to the telepresence robot. The social behaviors component is configured to provide instructions to the control system to cause the telepresence robot to operate according to a first set of rules when a presence of one or more humans is not detected and operate according to a second set of rules when the presence of one or more humans is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Marco Pinter, Fuji Lai, Daniel Steven Sanchez, James Ballantyne, David Bjorn Roe, Yulun Wang, Charles S. Jordan, Orjeta Taka, Cheuk Wah Wong
  • Publication number: 20190392970
    Abstract: A method of making a physical unclonable function (PUF) having magnetic and non-magnetic particles is disclosed. Measuring both magnetic field and image view makes the PUF difficult to counterfeit. PUF may be incorporated into a user-replaceable supply item for an imaging device. A PUF reader may be incorporated into an imaging device to read the PUF. Other methods are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: James Ronald Booth, Roger Steven Cannon, Gary Allen Denton, James Paul Drummond, Kelly Ann Killeen
  • Publication number: 20190390629
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a water jacket diverter. In one example, the water jacket diverter may be formed by injection molding and includes features such as cut-outs, an inlet ledge, a continuous upper rail, and one or more fins. The water jacket diverter may increase coolant flow in an upper portion of the water jacket, thereby increasing a cooling efficiency at an upper region of a cylinder block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Philip Damian Cierpial, Kenneth Steven Fedeson, Anthony Hale, Donna O'Hara, James Schneider, Calvin Tran
  • Patent number: 10508946
    Abstract: A screed hardware apparatus for adjusting a grade height in screeding concrete. The apparatus includes a cap configured to attach to a base. The cap includes a post mount portion, a grade surface portion that abuts the post mount portion, and one or more flexible antenna that extend from the grade surface portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Stego Industries, LLC
    Inventors: James Steven Lutes, Joe Marks
  • Patent number: 10500410
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Cimphoni Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: James T. Ninomiya, Janine A. Struve, Dorothee Weihrauch, Scott Howard Micoley, Dale Selsor DiIulio, Douglas J. Birkholz, Kyle Steven Jansson, Richard B. Davidson
  • Publication number: 20190366397
    Abstract: Air rinsing apparatus and systems for rinsing containers are disclosed. An example air rinsing apparatus includes: a first enclosure having a first inlet port and a first output port; a second enclosure within the first enclosure, the second enclosure comprising a second inlet port and a second output port, the second output port disposed on a same face of the first enclosure as the first inlet port; and one or more air movers configured to: urge first air into the second inlet port, the second enclosure configured to direct the first air from the second inlet port to the second output port; and pull second air from the first output port, the first enclosure configured to direct the second air from the first inlet port to the first output port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: William Mark Feldmann, William Rick Immell, Stanley Coley, Barbara Stefl, James Steven Prows
  • Publication number: 20190365575
    Abstract: Absorbent articles with front and rear opening features are disclosed. An article may comprise an absorbent insert comprising an outer cover, a liner, and an absorbent core between the outer cover and the liner, a first waist panel coupled to the insert and comprising a weakened region and first waist band portion and first chassis portion, the first waist band portion and first chassis portion comprising elastic elements, and a second waist panel. The first waist panel may be bonded to the second along side edges of the article. One of the elastic elements of the first waistband portion may be spaced laterally from a second one forming a waistband non-elasticized region laterally between the first one of the elastic elements and the second one of the elastic elements, and the weakened region may extend at least partially through the waistband non-elasticized region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Beth Johnson, Sarah Kleuskens, James R Niedt, Kyle M Barriger, Timothy A. Thorson, Victor Stevens
  • Patent number: 10494192
    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 edge-detection assemblies for detecting items being loaded onto or discharged from the vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Opex Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R. DeWitt, Alexander Stevens, Monty McVaugh, James Walsh, Gregory Wilson
  • Publication number: 20190362420
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are described for assigning agents using updated criteria tables. In one example, an assignment system maintains an assets table including properties of assets, a recovery agent criteria table including values for a location and a capacity of recovery agents, and a requester criteria preferences table including agent preference factors received from requesters. A requester requests a recovery agent to recover an asset. The agents are scored and weighted using the tables and the asset is assigned to a selected agent. The agent capacity criteria is adjusted in response to the assignment and the agent capacity criteria is adjusted in response to receiving recovery status information about the asset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: Consolidated Asset Recovery Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James Michael Wilmsen, Nathan Eric Wykes, Terry Lee Groves, Ronald Steven Norwood
  • Patent number: 10489347
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Barton, Brian Beach, David Platt, Kevin Smith, Michael Klar, Paul Stevens, David Chamberlin, Richard Lee
  • Publication number: 20190345336
    Abstract: Implementations of wax ester compositions may include: a product of transesterifying oleyl oleate, stearyl stearate, and behenyl behenate using one of a chemical or an enzyme catalyst. The ratio of the oleyl oleate to stearyl stearate to behenyl behenate in the mixture prior to transesterification is one of 65%/23%/12%, 56%/29%/15%, or 36%/34%/30%, respectively, measured by weight. The product may demonstrate a substantially equivalent physical property to a physical property of a transesterified wax ester composition including a jojoba ester.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: Jeff Addy, James Steven Brown
  • Patent number: 10475157
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    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: D868552
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: CORONA CLIPPER, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony Magana, James J. Wolf, Kevin Michael Kroeger, O'Ryan Lopez, Estevan Jose Silvas, Jr., Craig Steven Agney