Patents by Inventor James F. Kramer

James F. Kramer 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: 10926852
    Abstract: A personal watercraft includes a floatation member, a thrust assembly, a steering assembly, and a braking assembly. The assemblies may be actuated either mechanically or electrically. The thrust assembly is human powered, solar powered, or electric powered. The thrust, steering, and braking assemblies can be added after-market to an existing stand-up paddle board (SUP), or built into one or a plurality of SUPs during initial manufacturing. When the thrust assembly is human powered, it is leg or arm powered. When the thrust assembly is leg powered, the legs can move backward and forward in a sliding motion, up and down in a stomping fashion, or move in a loop trajectory. When the thrust assembly is arm powered, the arms can move forward/backward together or separately. The thrust assembly includes one or a plurality of paddles or flippers that are positioned to the side or under the SUP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: James F. Kramer
  • Publication number: 20210019786
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a service to promoters, including venues and advertising sponsors, who wish to provide promotions. The service includes making promoter promotions accessible by the mobile phones of members associated with an organization. Typically a promotion and member are matched based on the member's geographical position, which may be reported by the member or determined automatically during a transaction, a promotion redemption, or by a position sensor in their mobile phone. A promotion and member are optionally matched by the member's traits and behaviors. In addition to accessing promotions, members have mobile access to real-time information about the venues, such as the demographics of venue attendees and media posted by attendees concerning venue characteristics. Using the system, venues can determine who is shopping nearby and can send promotions to their phones, and members can know before going which venues have promotions and their preferred attendee demographic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: James F. Kramer, Paul C. Ning
  • Patent number: 10881249
    Abstract: An active foodware system includes a mechanical structure supporting a food surface recessed in relation to an area surrounding the food surface; a heating component for heating food received by the food surface; a sensing component for maintaining the heating component at a desired temperature; a wireless communication component; and a visual stimulating component responsive to data from the sensing component or the wireless communication component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventor: James F. Kramer
  • Publication number: 20200369580
    Abstract: Processes are described for isomerizing one or more C14-C24 alpha olefins to produce an isomerization mixture comprising one or more C14-C24 internal olefins comprising contacting an olefinic feed comprising the one or more C14-C24 alpha olefins with a catalyst under isomerization conditions, wherein the catalyst comprises a microporous crystalline aluminosilicate having an MWW framework. The resulting isomerization mixture typically exhibits a low pour point with maintained biodegradability properties as compared to the olefinic feed, and is particularly useful in drilling fluid and paper sizing compositions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: Ronald Raymond Hill, JR., Renyuan Yu, Elizabeth G. Mahoney, Anatoly I. Kramer, Wenyih F. Lai, Paul F. Keusenkothen, Nan Hu, Andrew P. Broenen, James R. Lattner
  • Publication number: 20200357014
    Abstract: A system can determine that a mobile device, located at a physical place of business transmits a first electronic communication for redemption of an electronic offer at the physical place of business. The system can further detect a second electronic communication transmitted from the mobile device, which indicates a first identifier. The first identifier can be associated with a verifier of the electronic offer (e.g., a staff member) at the physical place of business. The system can further determine, based on analysis of the first identifier, a second identifier (e.g., contact data, a telephone number, etc.), that corresponds to the verifier, without providing the second identifier to the mobile device. The system can further electronically transmit, utilizing the second identifier, a third electronic communication that indicates information about the redemption of the electronic offer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: James F. Kramer, Paul C. Ning
  • Publication number: 20200315217
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for storing and dispensing into a liquid a soluble substance, such as a flavoring, a body fuel, a nutritional supplement, a stimulant, a relaxant, an alcohol neutralizer, or a medical drug. A useful application of the subject invention includes a lime flavoring held by a gelatinous artificial lime wedge stored with a beer bottle or can, or attached to a 6-pack or 12-pack carton. The artificial lime wedge may be retrieved from a protective covering and acted upon so it mixes the lime flavoring into the beer when it is inserted into the beer bottle or can. Rather than needing to buy and store a perishable natural lime, and cut it up, an artificial lime wedge may be stored for an extended period of time with a beer vessel and placed in functional contact with the beer at time of consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventor: James F. Kramer
  • Patent number: 10776826
    Abstract: Various systems are provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Kramer, Paul C. Ning
  • Patent number: 10690346
    Abstract: A combustor for a gas turbine engine includes a combustor shell having a shell opening therethrough, a combustor panel having a stud attached thereto, the stud extending through the shell opening. The stud includes a standoff to define an intermediate passage between the combustor shell and the combustor panel. A retainer is attached to the stud. A washer surrounds the stud and is positioned between the retainer and the combustor shell. The washer at least partially defines a cooling flow passage configured to direct a cooling airflow through the shell opening to impinge the cooling flow on at least one of the stud or the standoff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tracy A. Propheter-Hinckley, Mark F. Zelesky, Atul Kohli, Dustin W. Davis, Ricardo Trindade, Steven Bruce Gautschi, Brandon W. Spangler, Trevor Rudy, Benjamin Bellows, Dave J. Hyland, James B. Hoke, Stephen K. Kramer, Dennis M. Moura
  • Patent number: 10687546
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for storing and dispensing into a liquid a soluble substance, such as a flavoring, a body fuel, a nutritional supplement, a stimulant, a relaxant, an alcohol neutralizer, or a medical drug. A useful application of the subject invention includes a lime flavoring held by a gelatinous artificial lime wedge stored with a beer bottle or can, or attached to a 6-pack or 12-pack carton. The artificial lime wedge may be retrieved from a protective covering and acted upon so it mixes the lime flavoring into the beer when it is inserted into the beer bottle or can. Rather than needing to buy and store a perishable natural lime, and cut it up, an artificial lime wedge may be stored for an extended period of time with a beer vessel and placed in functional contact with the beer at time of consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: James F. Kramer
  • Patent number: 10672019
    Abstract: A system, method, apparatus, and computer program product for providing for identifying mobile devices and transmitting electronic messages to the mobile devices. An exemplary method comprises receiving input defining a target demographic category of user profiles to which to direct an electronic message and a target location category that defines a tracked location pattern that, upon being satisfied, results in transmission of the electronic message, receiving GPS device locations from a communication device, identifying a user profile associated with the communications device, determining that the user profile is classified to the target demographic category, determining that the tracked location pattern is satisfied, and upon determining that the user profile is classified to the target demographic category of user profiles, and the tracked location pattern is satisfied, causing transmission of the electronic message indicative of the particular offer to the at least one mobile communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Kramer, Paul C. Ning
  • Patent number: 10664860
    Abstract: A system can determine that a mobile device, located at a physical place of business transmits a first electronic communication for redemption of an electronic offer at the physical place of business. The system can further detect a second electronic communication transmitted from the mobile device, which indicates a first identifier. The first identifier can be associated with a verifier of the electronic offer (e.g., a staff member) at the physical place of business. The system can further determine, based on analysis of the first identifier, a second identifier (e.g., contact data, a telephone number, etc.), that corresponds to the verifier, without providing the second identifier to the mobile device. The system can further electronically transmit, utilizing the second identifier, a third electronic communication that indicates information about the redemption of the electronic offer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Kramer, Paul C. Ning
  • Publication number: 20190360963
    Abstract: A sensor system configured to detect oxygen in an exhaust stream of an industrial process is provided. In one embodiment, the sensor system comprises a probe with an oxygen-detecting sensor, wherein the oxygen-detecting sensor detects a concentration of oxygen in the exhaust stream. The system may also comprise a catalytic converter located on the probe near the sensor, wherein the catalytic converter is configured to convert carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide. The system may also comprise a signal detector configured to detect a change in oxygen concentration indicative of a carbon monoxide breakthrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Pavel Shuk, Robert F. Jantz, James D. Kramer
  • Publication number: 20190308709
    Abstract: A personal watercraft includes a floatation member, a thrust assembly, a steering assembly, and a braking assembly. The assemblies may be actuated either mechanically or electrically. The thrust assembly is human powered, solar powered, or electric powered. The thrust, steering, and braking assemblies can be added after-market to an existing stand-up paddle board (SUP), or built into one or a plurality of SUPs during initial manufacturing. When the thrust assembly is human powered, it is leg or arm powered. When the thrust assembly is leg powered, the legs can move backward and forward in a sliding motion, up and down in a stomping fashion, or move in a loop trajectory. When the thrust assembly is arm powered, the arms can move forward/backward together or separately. The thrust assembly includes one or a plurality of paddles or flippers that are positioned to the side or under the SUP.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventor: James F. Kramer
  • Publication number: 20190220884
    Abstract: A system can determine that a mobile device, located at a physical place of business transmits a first electronic communication for redemption of an electronic offer at the physical place of business. The system can further detect a second electronic communication transmitted from the mobile device, which indicates a first identifier. The first identifier can be associated with a verifier of the electronic offer (e.g., a staff member) at the physical place of business. The system can further determine, based on analysis of the first identifier, a second identifier (e.g., contact data, a telephone number, etc.), that corresponds to the verifier, without providing the second identifier to the mobile device. The system can further electronically transmit, utilizing the second identifier, a third electronic communication that indicates information about the redemption of the electronic offer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: James F. Kramer, Paul C. Ning
  • Publication number: 20190213624
    Abstract: A system can determine that a mobile device, located at a physical place of business transmits a first electronic communication for redemption of an electronic offer at the physical place of business. The system can further detect a second electronic communication transmitted from the mobile device, which indicates a first identifier. The first identifier can be associated with a verifier of the electronic offer (e.g., a staff member) at the physical place of business. The system can further determine, based on analysis of the first identifier, a second identifier (e.g., contact data, a telephone number, etc.), that corresponds to the verifier, without providing the second identifier to the mobile device. The system can further electronically transmit, utilizing the second identifier, a third electronic communication that indicates information about the redemption of the electronic offer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: James F. Kramer, Paul C. Ning
  • Publication number: 20190215292
    Abstract: An information source, such as an advertiser or product vendor, transfers information to contacts for which the information source has no contact data. The information source stores information in an information database which communicates the information to a referrer which has the desired contact data. The referrer uses a communication device to transfer the information to one or more contacts using contact data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: James F. Kramer, Paul C. Ning
  • Publication number: 20190205913
    Abstract: Product vendors are provided with a system for performing a marketing campaign to mobile communication device users, providing offers as instruments, such as digital coupons, to a selected group of users of the mobile communication devices and validating the integrity of the instruments. The invention has two phases: the selection of the components of the instrument from a menu provided by a social networking organization; and validating the instrument upon redemption from the product vendor. In the first phase, the product vendor selects elements from the menu relevant to the campaign, such as timing, nature of the offer, targeting of the recipients, etc. In the second phase, the instrument is encoded as to the marketing campaign and an arbitrary designation which initiates a pattern as the instrument is redeemed. The product vendor inspects the instrument to ensure that the encoding is correct during the redemption process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: James F. Kramer, Paul C. Ning
  • Publication number: 20190029472
    Abstract: An active foodware system includes a mechanical structure and provides visual stimuli, heating of food, and wireless communication by having a power source, a visual stimulating component, a heating component, and a wireless communication component. Other components can provide sensing, data processing, as well as auditory and haptic stimuli. The mechanical structure can be a single unit where the components and circuitry are all contained in the unit and protected from water, or can be two units: an upper food surface for receiving food, and an underplate comprising components and circuitry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventor: James F. Kramer
  • Patent number: 10116612
    Abstract: A referrer device configured to perform operations such as detecting an electronic request to provide information from an information source to a contact communication device. The contact data for a contact associated with the contact communication device is accessible by the referrer device. However, the contact data is not accessible by the information source. The operations can further include encoding a referral container file with programming instructions configured to, upon execution by a processor of the contact communication device, cause the contact communication device to electronically request the information from the information source via a communications network without providing the contact data to the information source. The operations can further include embedding the referral container file in an electronic message and transmitting, via a network communication interface of the referrer device, the electronic message to the contact communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventors: James F. Kramer, Paul C. Ning
  • Patent number: 10102539
    Abstract: A system can determine that a mobile device, located at a physical place of business transmits a first electronic communication for redemption of an electronic offer at the physical place of business. The system can further detect a second electronic communication transmitted from the mobile device, which indicates a first identifier. The first identifier can be associated with a verifier of the electronic offer (e.g., a staff member) at the physical place of business. The system can further determine, based on analysis of the first identifier, a second identifier (e.g., contact data, a telephone number, etc.), that corresponds to the verifier, without providing the second identifier to the mobile device. The system can further electronically transmit, utilizing the second identifier, a third electronic communication that indicates information about the redemption of the electronic offer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventors: James F. Kramer, Paul C. Ning