Patents by Inventor John A. Minich

John A. Minich 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: 20190391198
    Abstract: A utility meter includes a meter housing that supports at least one current coil, a temperature sensor, and a processing circuit coupled to both. The current coil can be coupled to receive heat energy from a meter socket. The temperature sensor disposed generates a sensor signal based on a temperature within the meter housing. The processing circuit obtains the sensor signal and generates meter temperature information based at least in part thereon. The processing circuit also obtains a first predetermined threshold based on at least one of time of day information and date information. The processing circuit also determines whether an abnormal condition exists by comparing the meter temperature information to a value based on the first predetermined threshold, and generates an output signal to a memory, display or communication circuit responsive to determining that the abnormal condition exists.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Mark David Minich, Steven John Schamber
  • Patent number: 10393791
    Abstract: A utility meter includes a meter housing that supports at least one current coil, a temperature sensor, and a processing circuit coupled to both. The current coil can be coupled to receive heat energy from a meter socket. The temperature sensor disposed generates a sensor signal based on a temperature within the meter housing. The processing circuit obtains the sensor signal and generates meter temperature information based at least in part thereon. The processing circuit also obtains a first predetermined threshold based on at least one of time of day information and date information. The processing circuit also determines whether an abnormal condition exists by comparing the meter temperature information to a value based on the first predetermined threshold, and generates an output signal to a memory, display or communication circuit responsive to determining that the abnormal condition exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr LLC
    Inventors: Mark David Minich, Steven John Schamber
  • Patent number: 6474410
    Abstract: A portable, sealed apparatus for housing electronic devices for outside use having slidable shelves for housing a TV, VCR, DVD, stereo, etc. The shelves are behind water and ozone proof doors. The doors have transparent areas for viewing the TV and operating remote controls. The inside of the apparatus is cooled by a fan controlled by a thermostat. The fan draws hot air over cooling fins that extend through the side to the outside. A grill and filter allow for removal of lint and dust. The electronic devices may be plugged into a power strip and run on a battery or by an external electrical source. The apparatus may have an optional humidification control device or heater. The apparatus is on lockable wheels and has handles that permit the easy movement of the electronic devices to the desired area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Inventors: John A. Minich, Diane P. Minich