Patents by Inventor John Bird

John Bird 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: 10870028
    Abstract: A sprinkler system comprises at least one double interlock pre-action head that has a conduit having an inlet and outlet to permit flow of fire suppressant fluid through the conduit. A dedicated electrically actuatable valve is connected to the conduit to prevent fire suppressant fluid in sprinkler system piping from entering the conduit. The electrically actuatable valve opens in response to a signal from a fire detector to permit fire suppressant fluid to flow into the conduit. A heat-sensitive valve is connected to the conduit and opens to permit fire suppressant fluid to exit the conduit when ambient temperature at the heat-sensitive valve is at or above a predefined temperature. The double interlock pre-action head provides a dry pipe solution for a single room while being fully integratable into any building-wide sprinkler system, including wet pipe systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: R&D Fire Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: David Ryan Groen, Randal John Bird
  • Patent number: 10322425
    Abstract: A water atomisation device for water evaporation and/or dust control. The device includes: a generally longitudinally hollow housing; a fan; a motor; and a hollow manifold. The housing extends between an inlet end and an outlet end, with the inlet end defining a first air inlet to an interior of the housing. The fan is within the housing, between the inlet end and the outlet end. The motor drives the fan. The manifold is shaped to generally correspond to that of the outlet end and has a plurality of water injector nozzles directed substantially inwardly and away from the outlet end. A distal edge of the outlet end is longitudinally spaced apart from a proximal edge of the manifold to define a second air entrainment inlet to an interior of the manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: MINETEK INVESTMENTS PTY LTD
    Inventor: Garth John Bird
  • Publication number: 20180272171
    Abstract: A sprinkler system comprises at least one double interlock pre-action head that has a conduit having an inlet and outlet to permit flow of fire suppressant fluid through the conduit. A dedicated electrically actuatable valve is connected to the conduit to prevent fire suppressant fluid in sprinkler system piping from entering the conduit. The electrically actuatable valve opens in response to a signal from a fire detector to permit fire suppressant fluid to flow into the conduit. A heat-sensitive valve is connected to the conduit and opens to permit fire suppressant fluid to exit the conduit when ambient temperature at the heat-sensitive valve is at or above a predefined temperature. The double interlock pre-action head provides a dry pipe solution for a single room while being fully integratable into any building-wide sprinkler system, including wet pipe systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: R&D Fire Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: David Ryan Groen, Randal John Bird
  • Patent number: 9993675
    Abstract: A double interlock pre-action sprinkler head has a pipe having an inlet and outlet to permit flow of fire suppressant fluid through the pipe. A dedicated electrically actuatable valve is connected to the pipe to prevent fire suppressant fluid in sprinkler system piping from entering the pipe. The electrically actuatable valve opens in response to a signal from a fire detector to permit fire suppressant fluid to flow into the pipe. A heat-sensitive valve is connected to the pipe and opens to permit fire suppressant fluid to exit the pipe when ambient temperature at the heat-sensitive valve is at or above a predefined temperature. The sprinkler head provides a dry pipe solution for a single room while being fully integratable into any building-wide sprinkler system, including wet pipe systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventors: David Ryan Groen, Randal John Bird
  • Publication number: 20170259283
    Abstract: A water atomisation device for water evaporation and/or dust control. The device includes: a generally longitudinally hollow housing; a fan; a motor; and a hollow manifold. The housing extends between an inlet end and an outlet end, with the inlet end defining a first air inlet to an interior of the housing. The fan is within the housing, between the inlet end and the outlet end. The motor drives the fan. The manifold is shaped to generally correspond to that of the outlet end and has a plurality of water injector nozzles directed substantially inwardly and away from the outlet end. A distal edge of the outlet end is longitudinally spaced apart from a proximal edge of the manifold to define a second air entrainment inlet to an interior of the manifold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventor: Garth John BIRD
  • Patent number: 9694373
    Abstract: A water atomization device for water evaporation and/or dust control. The device includes: a generally longitudinally hollow housing; a fan; a motor; and a hollow manifold. The housing extends between an inlet end and an outlet end, with the inlet end defining a first air inlet to an interior of the housing. The fan is within the housing, between the inlet end and the outlet end. The motor drives the fan. The manifold is shaped to generally correspond to that of the outlet end and has a plurality of water injector nozzles directed substantially inwardly and away from the outlet end. A distal edge of the outlet end is longitudinally spaced apart from a proximal edge of the manifold to define a second air entrainment inlet to an interior of the manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Minetek Investments Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Garth John Bird
  • Patent number: 9364345
    Abstract: A surgical impactor (2) for inserting a prosthetic implant (26) into a bone, the surgical impactor (2) comprising: a movable retaining means (8) for releasably connecting the implant (26) to the surgical impactor (2), wherein the movable retaining means (8) has a first position in which the implant (26) is connected to the surgical impactor (2) and a second position in which the implant (26) is not connected to the surgical impactor (2); and a mechanism (14, 16) for moving the movable retaining means (8) between the first and second positions, wherein the movable retaining means (8) and the mechanism (14, 16) are removable from the surgical impactor (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: BIOMET UK LIMITED
    Inventors: Russell Lloyd, Mona Alinejad, David Wycliffe Murray, Christopher Dodd, Paul James Kistle, Nigel John Bird
  • Publication number: 20160136471
    Abstract: A double interlock pre-action sprinkler head has a pipe having an inlet and outlet to permit flow of fire suppressant fluid through the pipe. A dedicated electrically actuatable valve is connected to the pipe to prevent fire suppressant fluid in sprinkler system piping from entering the pipe. The electrically actuatable valve opens in response to a signal from a fire detector to permit fire suppressant fluid to flow into the pipe. A heat-sensitive valve is connected to the pipe and opens to permit fire suppressant fluid to exit the pipe when ambient temperature at the heat-sensitive valve is at or above a predefined temperature. The sprinkler head provides a dry pipe solution for a single room while being fully integratable into any building-wide sprinkler system, including wet pipe systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Inventors: David Ryan Groen, Randal John Bird
  • Patent number: 9078614
    Abstract: A laryngoscope includes a blade that can be folded outwardly from a storage position to an operative position in which the blade extends from the handle at an angle of the order of 90°. Another laryngoscope includes two blade assemblies that are pivotally mounted together. Each assembly includes a blade and a removable outer sleeve or similar member that protects the blade. The assemblies can be folded outwardly from a storage position to an operative position in which the assemblies extend from each other an angle of the order of 90°. A doctor can remove the outer sleeve from a selected assembly and use the other assembly as a handle of the laryngoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: SWIRL TECHNOLOGIES PTY. LTD.
    Inventor: Ian John Bird
  • Publication number: 20120184966
    Abstract: A surgical impactor (2) for inserting a prosthetic implant (26) into a bone, the surgical impactor (2) comprising: a movable retaining means (8) for releasably connecting the implant (26) to the surgical impactor (2), wherein the movable retaining means (8) has a first position in which the implant (26) is connected to the surgical impactor (2) and a second position in which the implant (26) is not connected to the surgical impactor (2); and a mechanism (14, 16) for moving the movable retaining means (8) between the first and second positions, wherein the movable retaining means (8) and the mechanism (14, 16) are removable from the surgical impactor (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: BIOMET UK LIMITED
    Inventors: Russell Lloyd, Mona Alinejad, David Wycliffe Murray, Christopher Dodd, Paul James Kistle, Nigel John Bird
  • Publication number: 20100179387
    Abstract: A laryngoscope includes a blade that can be folded outwardly from a storage position to an operative position in which the blade extends from the handle at an angle of the order of 90°. Another laryngoscope includes two blade assemblies that are pivotally mounted together. Each assembly includes a blade and a removable outer sleeve or similar member that protects the blade. The assemblies can be folded outwardly from a storage position to an operative position in which the assemblies extend from each other an angle of the order of 90°. A doctor can remove the outer sleeve from a selected assembly and use the other assembly as a handle of the laryngoscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventor: Ian John Bird
  • Publication number: 20080045345
    Abstract: A gaming machine system and associated method are provided for operating a gaming machine candle. Initially, a status of a gaming machine is identified. Such status relates to an aspect of gaming such as a jurisdictional requirement, a cashless gaming mode, and/or an enhanced entertainment experience mode. In use, a gaming machine candle of the gaming machine is operated, based on the status. To this end, the status of the gaming machine is indicated by the gaming machine candle. Another gaming machine system and associated method are included for providing a networked gaming machine candle system. Included is a plurality of gaming machines each with at least one candle mounted thereon. Further included is a network in communication with the gaming machines. In use, a status of the candle is monitored and/or controlled via the network. Yet another gaming machine system and associated method are provided. Included is a gaming machine with at least one candle mounted thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Inventor: John Bird
  • Publication number: 20080032802
    Abstract: A gaming system and associated method are provided. In use, a user of at least one gaming machine is identified. In addition, at least one other party is identified that is associated with the user utilizing a data structure, for providing interaction between the user and the at least one other party.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventor: John Bird
  • Publication number: 20080026850
    Abstract: A gaming system and associated method are provided. Included is a plurality of gaming clients each including a display and at least one input device. Further included is a server in communication with the gaming clients, and a computer in communication with the server. The computer is equipped with a broadband communication link for receiving information destined for at least one of the gaming clients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Inventor: John Bird
  • Publication number: 20080026849
    Abstract: A gaming machine system and associated method are provided. Initially, a user of a gaming machine is identified, along with at least one other party. In uses, communication between the user and the at least one other party is provided. In another embodiment, first identified is a first user of a first gaming machine associated with a second user of a second gaming machine. In use, the first gaming machine is located for the second user, for various purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Inventor: John Bird
  • Publication number: 20080015026
    Abstract: A gaming machine system and associated method are provided. Included are a plurality of gaming machines and a high-speed network. Such network couples the gaming machines in either a daisy-chain and/or tapped configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Inventor: John Bird
  • Publication number: 20080015028
    Abstract: A gaming system and associated method are provided. Included is a plurality of gaming clients each including a display and at least one input device. Also included is a server in communication with the gaming clients. Further, communication between the gaming clients and the server is provided by a switching protocol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Inventor: John Bird
  • Publication number: 20080015016
    Abstract: A gaming machine system and associated method are provided. Initially, biometric information, and smart device and/or personal identifier information are received from a gaming machine user. Such received biometric information, and smart device and/or personal identifier information are then reconciled. Use of the gaming machine and/or a gaming-related transaction is then conditionally allowed based on the reconciliation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Inventor: John Bird
  • Publication number: 20080015029
    Abstract: A gaming system is provided. Included is a plurality of gaming clients each including a display and at least one input device. In addition, the gaming clients are each positioned on at least one of a casino floor, a hotel room, and an arcade room. Also included is a central repository of at least one game application in communication with the gaming clients via a network. The central repository is further situated in an impenetrable housing with a security door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Inventor: John Bird
  • Publication number: 20080015027
    Abstract: A centralized gaming system and associated method are provided. Included is a plurality of gaming clients each including a display and at least one input device. Further included is a centralized repository of computer processing units. Each of the computer processing units is connected to at least one of the game clients for executing a gaming application for play by a user utilizing the gaming client.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Inventor: John Bird