Patents by Inventor Jeffrey Smith

Jeffrey Smith 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: 11961802
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a device plane including an array of cells each including a transistor device. The device plane is formed on a working surface of a substrate and has a front side and a backside opposite the front side. A signal wiring structure is formed on the front side of the device plane. A front-side power distribution network (FSPDN) is positioned on the front side of the device plane. A buried power rail (BPR) is disposed below the device plane on the backside of the device plane. A power tap structure is formed in the device plane. The power tap structure electrically connects the BPR to the FSPDN and electrically connects the BPR to at least one of the transistor devices to provide power to the at least one of the transistor devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Lars Liebmann, Jeffrey Smith, Daniel Chanemougame, Paul Gutwin
  • Publication number: 20240112539
    Abstract: A gaming system is provided. The gaming system may include a game display configured to display a game interface including a matrix having a plurality of rows including a plurality of matrix positions and a processor configured to determine a number of wild symbols currently displayed in the matrix, in response to determining the number of wild symbols currently displayed in the matrix exceeds a threshold number, determine a number of spin credits, in response to the number of spin credits being greater than zero, determine a weighting factor defining a probability for displaying a symbol in a respective matrix position, apply the determined weighting factors to respective lookup tables for each matrix position not currently displaying a wild symbol, and determine, for each matrix position not currently displaying a wild symbol, a symbol to display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2022
    Publication date: April 4, 2024
    Inventors: Erick Ching, Hanna Sanborn, Jennifer Mizzi, Nathan Warms, Rogelio Decasa, Jr., Zachary Smith, Jeffrey Uss, Kelly Lockheed
  • Publication number: 20240112544
    Abstract: An electronic gaming device that includes a display device, an input device, a memory device, and a processor is described. The processor causes to be displayed a dual symbol configured as a wild symbol and as a credit on reel (or cash-on-reel) symbol that indicates a prize to be awarded if a trigger symbol also lands in the same row as the dual symbol. The processor causes a base game to be initiated that includes causing symbols to be displayed on reels within a display matrix on a display device wherein each reel is configured to spin. During game play of the base game, the dual symbol, if displayed, persists between different reel spins and moves up one row each reel spin from a previous symbol position to a new symbol position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2022
    Publication date: April 4, 2024
    Inventors: Kelly Lockheed, Jeffrey Uss, Hanna Sanborn, Nathan Warms, Zachary Smith, Rogelio Decasa, JR., Jennifer Mizzi, Scott Hopkins
  • Publication number: 20240109564
    Abstract: A method is provided that can include activating at least two wireless communication channels in parallel, between a first wireless transceiver and a second wireless transceiver. Each of the at least two wireless communication channels can operate at a different radio carrier frequency, and the first wireless transceiver may be part of a first vehicle. The method can also include transmitting, by the first wireless transceiver, common information in parallel on the at least two wireless communication channels to the second wireless transceiver and deactivating the at least two wireless communication channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2023
    Publication date: April 4, 2024
    Inventors: Padam Dhoj Swar, Carl L. Haas, Danial Rice, Rebecca W. Dreasher, Adam Hausmann, Matthew Steven Vrba, Edward J. Kuchar, James Lucas, Andrew Ryan Staats, Jerrid D. Chapman, Jeffrey D. Kernwein, Janmejay Tripathy, Stephen Craven, Tania Lindsley, Derek K. Woo, Ann K. Grimm, Scott Sollars, Phillip A. Burgart, James Allen Oswald, Shannon K. Struttmann, Stuart J. Barr, Keith Smith, Francois P. Pretorius, Craig K. Green, Kendrick Gawne, Irwin Morris, Joseph W. Gorman, Srivallidevi Muthusami, Mahesh Babu Natarajan, Jeremiah Dirnberger, Adam Franco
  • Publication number: 20240094233
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods, devices and systems for associating consumable data with an assay consumable used in a biological assay. Provided are assay systems and associated consumables, wherein the assay system adjusts one or more steps of an assay protocol based on consumable data specific for that consumable. Various types of consumable data are described, as well as methods of using such data in the conduct of an assay by an assay system. The present invention also relates to consumables (e.g., kits and reagent containers), software, data deployable bundles, computer-readable media, loading carts, instruments, systems, and methods, for performing automated biological assays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2023
    Publication date: March 21, 2024
    Inventors: Jacob N. WOHLSTADTER, Manish KOCHAR, Peter J. BOSCO, Ian D. CHAMBERLIN, Bandele JEFFREY-COKER, Eric M. JONES, Gary I. KRIVOY, Don E. KRUEGER, Aaron H. LEIMKUEHLER, Pei-Ming WU, Kim-Xuan NGUYEN, Pankaj OBEROI, Louis W. PANG, Jennifer PARKER, Victor PELLICIER, Nicholas SAMMONS, George SIGAL, Michael L. VOCK, Stanley T. SMITH, Carl C. STEVENS, Rodger D. OSBORNE, Kenneth E. PAGE, Michael T. WADE, Jon WILLOUGHBY, Lei WANG, Xinri CONG, Kin NG
  • Publication number: 20240090381
    Abstract: An agricultural machine system, includes: an agricultural machine; a control system operatively coupled with the agricultural machine, the control system including: a sensor configured for: sensing a cut stubble of a plant material; outputting a cut stubble signal corresponding to the cut stubble; a controller system operatively coupled with the sensor and configured for: receiving the cut stubble signal; determining a cut stubble characteristic based at least in part on the cut stubble signal; outputting an output signal based at least in part on the cut stubble characteristic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2022
    Publication date: March 21, 2024
    Applicant: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Smith, Stefaan Desmet, Andrew Harmon, Jeffrey Fay, II
  • Publication number: 20240087892
    Abstract: A method of forming a semiconductor device includes forming, over a hardmask layer and an underlying layer of a substrate, a pattern of first trenches between adjacent template lines, each of the first trenches exposing a portion of the hardmask layer, and each of the template lines including a mandrel and spacers on sidewalls of the mandrel; forming a pattern of first blocks over the pattern of the first trenches and the template lines, the first blocks dividing the first trenches to form a pattern of first stencil trenches; transferring the pattern of first stencil trenches to the hardmask layer to form a pattern of first hardmask trenches, each of the first hardmask trenches exposing a portion of the underlying layer; forming a first fill layer filling the first hardmask trenches and exposing the mandrels; selectively removing the mandrels to form second trenches, each of the second trenches exposing a portion of the hardmask layer; and forming a conformal liner in the second trenches and over a surface of
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2022
    Publication date: March 14, 2024
    Inventors: Eric Chih-Fang Liu, Katie Lutker-Lee, Steven Grzeskowiak, Jodi Grzeskowiak, Jeffrey Smith, David L. O'Meara
  • Patent number: 11918199
    Abstract: A surgical tissue connector system for moving a first internal body tissue to a position away from a second internal body tissue and then holding the first internal body tissue in the position. Tissue connectors are secured to cords such that the length of cord between the tissue connectors can be easily adjusted in a laparoscopic work space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Freehold Surgical, LLC
    Inventors: J. Stephen Scott, Jeffrey Smith
  • Patent number: 11923364
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a cell array having tracks and rows formed on a substrate. The tracks extend perpendicularly to the rows. A logic cell is formed across two adjacent rows within the cell array. The logic cell includes a cross-couple (XC) in each row and a plurality of poly tracks across the two adjacent rows. Each XC includes two cross-coupled complementary field-effect-transistors. Each poly track is configured to function as an inter-row gate for the XCs. A pair of signal tracks is positioned on opposing boundaries of the logic cell and electrically coupled to the plurality of poly tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Lars Liebmann, Jeffrey Smith, Daniel Chanemougame, Paul Gutwin
  • Patent number: 11923026
    Abstract: A data storage system may connect a non-volatile memory to a quarantine module that generates a quarantine strategy in response to a pending data access request to the non-volatile memory. The quarantine strategy can proactively prescribing a plurality of status levels for physical data addresses of the non-volatile memory. A comparison of a volume of errors for the non-volatile memory to a first threshold of the quarantine strategy with the quarantine module may prompt the alteration of a first status level of the plurality of status levels for a first physical data address of the non-volatile memory, as directed by the quarantine strategy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy B. Goolsby, Ryan J. Goss, Indrajit Prakash Zagade, Thomas V. Spencer, Jeffrey J. Pream, Christopher A. Smith, Charles McJilton
  • Publication number: 20240071169
    Abstract: Techniques and systems for providing games of chance with multiple levels of persistent features are disclosed. Some example systems include scatter prize indicators that are each associated with different symbol positions of a game of chance. When a scatter symbol is selected for a given symbol position, the scatter prize indicator associated therewith may be upgraded; selection of a sufficient number of symbol positions may result in a feature game mode being activated. During feature game mode play, scatter symbols are retained after each play of the game until either sufficient consecutive plays occur without any scatter symbols being obtained or until all symbol positions have scatter symbols. In the latter case, the scatter prize indicators are upgraded and play continues. In the former case, the feature game mode concludes. Various enhancements may be triggered based on the number of times that the feature game mode has been activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Inventors: Nathan Warms, Jennifer Mizzi, Rogelio Decasa, JR., Zachary Smith, Erick Ching, Jeffrey Uss, Hanna Sanborn
  • Patent number: 11901360
    Abstract: In a method of forming a semiconductor device, a plurality of transistor pairs is formed to be stacked over a substrate. The plurality of transistor pairs have a plurality of gate electrodes that are stacked over the substrate and electrically coupled to gate structures of the plurality of transistor pairs, and a plurality of source/drain (S/D) local interconnects that are stacked over the substrate and electrically coupled to source regions and drain regions of the plurality of transistor pairs. A sequence of vertical and lateral etch steps are performed to etch the plurality of the gate electrodes and the plurality of S/D local interconnects so that the plurality of the gate electrodes and the plurality of S/D local interconnects have a staircase configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Lars Liebmann, Jeffrey Smith, Anton J. deVilliers, Kandabara Tapily
  • Publication number: 20240047342
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a field-effect transistor (FET) having a source/drain (S/D) structure and an interconnect structure in contact with the S/D structure. The interconnect structure has a barrier film at a surface of the interconnect structure separating the interconnect structure from materials surrounding the interconnect structure. A first portion of the barrier film covers a first interface between the interconnect structure and the S/ID structure. A second portion of the barrier film covers a second interface between the interconnect structure and dielectric materials adjacent to the interconnect structure. The first portion of the barrier film is thicker than the second portion of the barrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2022
    Publication date: February 8, 2024
    Applicant: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Jeffrey SMITH, Hiroaki NIIMI, Kandabara TAPILY, Daniel CHANEMOUGAME, Lars LIEBMANN
  • Publication number: 20240011273
    Abstract: A urinal screen can include a frame having: a first face; a second face opposite the first face; and a plurality of apertures extending through the first and second faces. The urinal screen can include a plurality of first posts extending from the first face of the frame and configured to at least partially dissipate splashing of urine that impacts the urinal screen; and a plurality of second posts extending from the second face of the frame and configured to at least partially dissipate splashing of urine that impacts the urinal screen; wherein: at least ? majority of the plurality of first and second posts are parallel to each other; at least ? of the plurality of second posts are parallel to each other; and the at least ? majority of the plurality of firsts posts extend at a non-perpendicular angle from with respect to the first face of the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2023
    Publication date: January 11, 2024
    Inventors: Douglas S. Brown, Jeffrey A. Smith
  • Publication number: 20230411298
    Abstract: An additional set of interconnects is created in bulk material, allowing connections to active devices to be made from both above and below. The interconnects below the active devices can form a power distribution network, and the interconnects above the active devices can form a signaling network. Various accommodations can be made to suit different applications, such as encapsulating buried elements, using sacrificial material, and replacing the bulk material with a dielectric. Epitaxial material can be used throughout the formation process, allowing for the creation of a monolithic substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2023
    Publication date: December 21, 2023
    Applicant: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Daniel CHANEMOUGAME, Lars LIEBMANN, Jeffrey SMITH
  • Patent number: 11841617
    Abstract: A method of forming a pattern on a substrate is provided. The method includes forming a first layer on an underlying layer of the substrate, where the first layer is patterned to have a first structure. The method also includes depositing a grafting material on side surfaces of the first structure, where the grafting material includes a solubility-shifting material. The method further includes diffusing the solubility-shifting material by a predetermined distance into a neighboring structure that abuts the solubility-shifting material, where the solubility-shifting material changes solubility of the neighboring structure in a developer, and removing soluble portions of the neighboring structure using the developer to form a second structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Anton J. Devilliers, Jodi Grzeskowiak, Daniel Fulford, Richard A. Farrell, Jeffrey Smith
  • Patent number: 11832803
    Abstract: A specimen retrieval system for easier tissue removal during endoscopic surgery. The device includes a specimen tube with a main tube, and a mechanism for pulling and everting the distal end of the tube into the tube, or a side channel provided within the tube. The mechanism may include a tether fixed to the distal edge of the tube, or a grasper operable to grasp the distal edge of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Freehold Surgical, LLC
    Inventors: Darren R. Sherman, Jeffrey Smith
  • Patent number: D1010518
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Daniels, Frank Savage, Brad Richards, Brent Ahlers, Alexander John Bozmoski, Jeffrey Smith, Terry Rumpel, Michael Case, Kyle Wick, Michael Carlin, Matthew Mueller
  • Patent number: D1012813
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Ben McGinley, Frank Savage, Brad Richards, Scott Matthews, Alexander John Bozmoski, Jeffrey Smith, Terry Rumpel, Michael Case, Kyle Wick, Michael Carlin, Matthew Mueller
  • Patent number: D1021941
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Coinbase, Inc.
    Inventors: Siddharth Coelho-Prabhu, Adam Moore, Jeffrey Smith, Frank Taehyun Yoo