Patents by Inventor Jeffrey P. Christensen

Jeffrey P. Christensen 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: 20190320607
    Abstract: The compositions and methods disclosed relate to DNA compositions, plant cells, seeds, plant parts that relate to maize plants with increased grain yield trait. Also provided are assays for detecting the presence of the maize DP-202216-6 event based on the DNA sequence of the recombinant construct inserted into the maize genome and the DNA sequences flanking the insertion site. Kits and conditions useful in conducting the assays are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Heather Marie Christensen, Nathan David Coles, Olga Danilevskaya, Jeffrey Habben, Mary A Rupe, Jeffrey R Schussler, Bo Shen, Benjamin P Weers, Jingrui Wu
  • Patent number: 8836489
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting unauthorized vehicle movement that includes measuring a resting angle of a vehicle using a vehicle sensor; thereafter, detecting a change in the measured resting angle of the vehicle; determining that the detected change is not authorized; and sending an alert message based on the determination via a vehicle telematics unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Christensen, Daryl L. Carr, Michael D. Solomon, Christopher L. Oesterling
  • Patent number: 8571752
    Abstract: Vehicle mirrors and telematics systems are provided. A vehicle mirror comprises a mirror housing and an accelerometer. The mirror housing is configured to be mounted within a vehicle. The accelerometer is disposed within the mirror housing, and is configured to measure an acceleration of the vehicle. A diagnostics device is configured to provide diagnostics information pertaining to the vehicle. A navigation device is configured to provide navigation information as to a position of the vehicle. A controller is coupled to the accelerometer, the diagnostics device, and the navigation device. The controller is configured to generate vehicle determinations using the acceleration, the diagnostics information, and the navigation information. A transmitter is coupled to the controller, and is configured to transmit determination information pertaining to the vehicle determinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Matt C. Videtich, John J. Correia, Jeffrey P. Christensen, Michael D. Solomon, Daryl L. Carr
  • Patent number: 8494447
    Abstract: An aftermarket telematics unit for use with a vehicle includes, but is not limited to, a housing that is configured for mounting in an interior of a vehicle, a receiver mounted within the housing and configured to receive a first short range wireless signal at a first frequency, a fob component mounted within the housing and configured to transmit a second short range wireless signal at a second frequency, and a controller mounted within the housing and coupled to the wireless receiver and the fob component. The controller is configured to provide instructions to the fob component to transmit the second short range wireless signal when the wireless receiver receives the first short range wireless signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Christopher L. Oesterling, Daryl L. Carr, Jeffrey P. Christensen, Michael D. Solomon
  • Patent number: 8433471
    Abstract: A pre-filling vehicle data check method and system are disclosed herein. One example of the method includes receiving, at a financial institution, an authorization request from a filling station for initiating a filling event, where the authorization request includes a financial code. Via a computing device at the financial institution, the financial code is recognized as being associated with at least one of a vehicle identification number or a station identification associated with a vehicle, thereby identifying the vehicle. At least one parameter of the vehicle is identified via a computing device at a data center in selective communication with the vehicle and the financial institution, and an authorization or denial of the at least one filling event based at least upon the at least one parameter is transmitted from the computing device at the data center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Christensen, Michael D. Solomon, Carl J. Hering, Ryan M. Edwards
  • Patent number: 8432269
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for disabling a vehicle. An exemplary system includes, but is not limited to an antenna that is adapted to be attached to the vehicle. The antenna is configured to transmit and receive communication transmissions. A telematics unit is communicatively connected to the antenna. The telematics unit is adapted for attachment to the vehicle and is configured to communicatively connect to a necessary sub-system of the vehicle, to receive telecommunications from a user through the antenna, and to disable the necessary sub-system in response to receiving an instruction from the user to disable the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Christensen, Michael D. Solomon, Carl J. Hering, Ryan M. Edwards, Jason J. Parks, Travis L. Bradburn, Laura R. Chmielewski
  • Publication number: 20120286950
    Abstract: Various examples of a method and a system for detecting theft of an item are disclosed herein. The method includes at least detecting with an aftermarket telematics unit a loss of electrical power being supplied to the aftermarket telematics unit and switching the aftermarket telematics unit to an alternate source of electrical power. The aftermarket telematics unit detects an occurrence of a second condition subsequent to detecting the loss of electrical power. The second condition may be a movement of the aftermarket telematics unit above a predetermined speed, or a diminution of strength of a wireless signal received from a component of the vehicle to below a predetermined threshold. The unit transmits a report containing information that is indicative of a theft event to a third party when the loss of electrical power and the occurrence of the second condition are detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas J. PEARISO, Russell A. PATENAUDE, Jeffrey P. CHRISTENSEN
  • Publication number: 20120041640
    Abstract: Vehicle mirrors and telematics systems are provided. A vehicle mirror comprises a mirror housing and an accelerometer. The mirror housing is configured to be mounted within a vehicle. The accelerometer is disposed within the mirror housing, and is configured to measure an acceleration of the vehicle. A diagnostics device is configured to provide diagnostics information pertaining to the vehicle. A navigation device is configured to provide navigation information as to a position of the vehicle. A controller is coupled to the accelerometer, the diagnostics device, and the navigation device. The controller is configured to generate vehicle determinations using the acceleration, the diagnostics information, and the navigation information. A transmitter is coupled to the controller, and is configured to transmit determination information pertaining to the vehicle determinations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: MATT C. VIDETICH, JOHN J. CORREIA, JEFFREY P. CHRISTENSEN, MICHAEL D. SOLOMON, DARYL L. CARR
  • Publication number: 20120028580
    Abstract: An aftermarket telematics unit for use with a vehicle includes, but is not limited to, a housing that is configured for mounting in an interior of a vehicle, a receiver mounted within the housing and configured to receive a first short range wireless signal at a first frequency, a fob component mounted within the housing and configured to transmit a second short range wireless signal at a second frequency, and a controller mounted within the housing and coupled to the wireless receiver and the fob component. The controller is configured to provide instructions to the fob component to transmit the second short range wireless signal when the wireless receiver receives the first short range wireless signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: CHRISTOPHER L. OESTERLING, DARYL L. CARR, JEFFREY P. CHRISTENSEN, MICHAEL D. SOLOMON
  • Publication number: 20110291823
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting unauthorized vehicle movement that includes measuring a resting angle of a vehicle using a vehicle sensor; thereafter, detecting a change in the measured resting angle of the vehicle; determining that the detected change is not authorized; and sending an alert message based on the determination via a vehicle telematics unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Christensen, Daryl L. Carr, Michael D. Solomon, Christopher L. Oesterling
  • Publication number: 20110288721
    Abstract: A pre-filling vehicle data check method and system are disclosed herein. One example of the method includes receiving, at a financial institution, an authorization request from a filling station for initiating a filling event, where the authorization request includes a financial code. Via a computing device at the financial institution, the financial code is recognized as being associated with at least one of a vehicle identification number or a station identification associated with a vehicle, thereby identifying the vehicle. At least one parameter of the identified vehicle is identified via the computing device at a data center in selective communication with the vehicle and the financial institution, and an authorization or denial of the at least one filling event based at least upon the at least one parameter is transmitted from the computing device at the data center.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Christensen, Michael D. Solomon, Carl J. Hering, Ryan M. Edwards
  • Publication number: 20110140871
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for disabling a vehicle. An exemplary system includes, but is not limited to an antenna that is adapted to be attached to the vehicle. The antenna is configured to transmit and receive communication transmissions. A telematics unit is communicatively connected to the antenna. The telematics unit is adapted for attachment to the vehicle and is configured to communicatively connect to a necessary sub-system of the vehicle, to receive telecommunications from a user through the antenna, and to disable the necessary sub-system in response to receiving an instruction from the user to disable the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: JEFFREY P. CHRISTENSEN, MICHAEL D. SOLOMON, CARL J. HERING, RYAN M. EDWARDS, JASON J. PARKS, TRAVIS L. BRADBURN, LAURA R. CHMIELEWSKI
  • Publication number: 20100152960
    Abstract: An on-line vehicle management system includes a vehicle group having a plurality of vehicles and an in-vehicle telematics unit in each vehicle. A call center is in selective operative communication with each telematics unit and an Internet-enabled program. The call center receives vehicle data from each vehicle in response to a predetermined trigger, and stores the received data in a database. The Internet-enabled program includes a Gregorian calendar with spreadsheet functionality. The Internet-enabled program automatically receives at least some of the stored data from the call center, and inputs the received data into predetermined calendar cells. The Internet-enabled program is also configured, in response to a predetermined user request, to i) render the received data accessible to an authorized user associated with the vehicle group, ii) generate reports based on the received data, and iii) at least one of derive or calculate information from the received data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Chester A. Huber, Jeffrey P. Christensen, Michael D. Solomon, Carl J. Hering
  • Publication number: 20090326760
    Abstract: Ways are provided for improving the in-cabin air quality of a vehicle by automatically adjusting the HVAC system settings sufficiently in advance of approaching a location associated with an air quality hazard. In one example, the vehicle's telematics unit correlates the vehicle's position information with locations of static and dynamic air quality hazards, including locations of incidents potentially affecting the air quality in vicinity of the vehicle's location and issues instructions to adjust the HVAC settings to minimize the impact on in-cabin air quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason W. Clark, Jeffrey P. Christensen, Michelle L. Michelini, Steven C. Tengler
  • Patent number: 6045441
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for removing casing from a body of a sausage includes an infeed mechanism to provide forward movement of the body of the sausage along a feed path, with the tuft of the sausage leading the body of the sausage. A cutting device is operatively connected to the apparatus for cutting the casing of the sausage. A tucker plate is moveable between an unengaged position to an engaged position. A pair of stripper rollers are positioned below the tucker plate assembly. The body of the sausage contacts the tucker plate, causing the grasping members to more from the unengaged to the engaged position, forcing the tuft down between the stripper rollers and the casing is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignees: Algona Fabrication and Equipment Company, Peelmen, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Christensen, Derek E. Householder, Benjamin O. Strattan, Robert W. Reinke, Sr., Robert W. Reinke, Jr.