Patents by Inventor Kenneth A. Clark

Kenneth A. Clark 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: 11986567
    Abstract: The use of plasma to clean or sterilize items can be particularly advantageous for items that cannot be readily washed or cleaned by standard methods. The toxicity and complications generating sufficient plasma makes it hard to use for such purposes. The subject invention addresses the problem by generating a minimal amount of highly reactive plasma to sterilize an item. This is achieved by reducing the amount of space and ambient air around and within the item. In this way, the plasma generated fills only the required volume of the item to be cleaned and the plasm is directed at the object, not directed at or released into non-target areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: BLUEWAVE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Julius Regalado, Xin Zhou, Kenneth Cherisol, Miles Clark
  • Publication number: 20240156062
    Abstract: An electrical stimulation system includes an electrical stimulation circuit and a controller. The electrical stimulation circuit includes a flyback transformer connected to electrical stimulus outputs, and a switch having a control input. In some instances, a controller is connected to the control input, and generates a stimulus signal. The flyback transformer outputs an electrical stimulus event responsive to the stimulus signal onto the electrical stimulus outputs. In some instances, pulses operate to charge the flyback transformer to a saturation mode. In some further instances, a diode and capacitor arrangement electrically connected at a secondary side of the flyback transformer facilitate delivery of the electrical stimulus event at the electrical stimulus outputs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2023
    Publication date: May 16, 2024
    Inventors: KENNETH R. WACASEY, THOMAS B. LEE, ERIC CLARK
  • Patent number: 11982579
    Abstract: Measurement apparatus, for generating a first output signal indicative of a measurand, comprises: a first oscillator circuit and a second oscillator circuit, each oscillator circuit being arranged to generate a respective oscillating output signal and comprising at least a respective first component having a property determining a respective output frequency of the respective oscillating output signal; a sensor for sensing said measurand, the sensor comprising said first component of the first oscillator circuit, said property of said first component of the first oscillator circuit being dependent upon said measurand; and circuitry arranged to receive said oscillating output signals and generate said first output signal, said first output signal being indicative of a number of cycles of one of the first and second oscillating output signals in a time period determined by a period of the other of said first and second oscillating output signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: PRAGMATIC PRINTING LTD.
    Inventors: Brian Hardy Cobb, Joao De Oliveira, Thomas Clark, Kenneth David Williamson
  • Publication number: 20240095983
    Abstract: Various techniques facilitate the development of an image library that can be used to train and/or validate an automated visual inspection (AVI) model, such an AVI neural network for image classification. In one aspect, an arithmetic transposition algorithm is used to generate synthetic images from original images by transposing features (e.g., defects) onto the original images, with pixel-level realism. In other aspects, digital inpainting techniques are used to generate realistic synthetic images from original images. Deep learning-based inpainting techniques may be used to add, remove, and/or modify defects or other depicted features. In still other aspects, quality control techniques are used to assess the suitability of image libraries for training and/or validation of AVI models, and/or to assess whether individual images are suitable for inclusion in such libraries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2021
    Publication date: March 21, 2024
    Inventors: Al Patrick Goodwin, Joseph Peter Bernacki, Graham F. Milne, Thomas Clark Pearson, Aman Mahendra Jain, Jordan Ray Fine, Kenneth E. Hampshire, Aik Jun Tan, Osvaldo Perez Varela, Nishant Mukesh Gadhvi
  • Publication number: 20230411813
    Abstract: A microwave mode coupling device for transferring electromagnetic (EM) energy from a first structure to a second structure while providing a pressure barrier between the first structure and the second structure, the coupling device comprising first and second transmission line sections separated by an intermediate waveguide section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2021
    Publication date: December 21, 2023
    Inventors: James M. Tranquilla, Kenneth Clark
  • Publication number: 20230182229
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed, in certain embodiments, a system for depositing material from a metal feedstock. The system includes a feedstock guide configured to guide a metal feedstock from a material feeder to extend beyond a terminal end of the feedstock guide. The system includes a ceramic collar disposed at the terminal end of the feedstock guide and configured to guide the metal feedstock extending from the terminal end of the feedstock guide to a deposition outlet of the ceramic collar. An induction coil disposed adjacent to the ceramic collar and configured to heat a portion of the metal feedstock within the ceramic collar, such that material of the metal feedstock can be deposited on a surface from the deposition end of the ceramic collar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2021
    Publication date: June 15, 2023
    Inventors: Kenneth Robert Sargent, William Kenneth Clark
  • Publication number: 20220360112
    Abstract: A transmitter assembly is useful in optimizing the delivery of wireless power to a plurality of receivers. Each receiver measures its own battery need for power and transmits that measurement as a request to the transmitter. The transmitter is configured to normalize and compare battery need requests. The transmitter then allocates pulses of wireless power among the requesting receivers according to their battery need.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2022
    Publication date: November 10, 2022
    Applicant: Ossia Inc.
    Inventors: Hatem Zeine, Thomas H. Wilson, K. Kenneth Clark
  • Patent number: 11411440
    Abstract: A transmitter assembly is useful in optimizing the delivery of wireless power to a plurality of receivers. Each receiver measures its own battery need for power and transmits that measurement as a request to the transmitter. The transmitter is configured to normalize and compare battery need requests. The transmitter then allocates pulses of wireless power among the requesting receivers according to their battery need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Ossia Inc.
    Inventors: Hatem Zeine, Thomas H. Wilson, K. Kenneth Clark
  • Publication number: 20220128538
    Abstract: A method of using a water distribution system can include measuring a property of water in the system, the system including: a multi-port service saddle mountable on a water pipe and including main and secondary ports; and a water sensing assembly including: a housing received within the main port; a generator positioned inside the housing; a sensor coupled to the secondary port and configured to be exposed to water flow within the water pipe; and a turbine coupled to a generator shaft of the generator, the turbine movable from and between a first position and a second position, the turbine in fluid communication with the water flow within the water pipe in the first position but to be in fluid communication with the water flow within the water pipe in the second position; and moving the housing to one of the first position and the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2022
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Clark, Timofey Sitnikov, Paul Gifford
  • Patent number: 11307190
    Abstract: Systems and methods of measuring properties of water in a water distribution system are provided. An analysis system, according to one embodiment, comprises a plurality of water sensors connected at various points to the water distribution system, each of the plurality of water sensors configured to measure a property of water. The analysis system also includes a computer server configured to communicate with the plurality of water sensors via a network and receive water measurement data from the plurality of water sensors. The computer server comprises a processor, a database configured to store the water measurement data, and a system health monitoring module configured to evaluate the health of the water distribution system to obtain health data. The analysis system further includes at least one client device configured to communicate with the computer server via the network and receive the health data from the computer server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Clark, Timofey Sitnikov, Paul Gifford
  • Publication number: 20220101403
    Abstract: Computer vision and image characteristic search is described. The described system leverages visual search techniques by determining visual characteristics of objects depicted in images and comparing the determined characteristics to visual characteristics of other images, e.g., to identify similar visual characteristics in the other images. In some aspects, the described system performs searches that leverage a digital image as part of a search query to locate digital content of interest. In some aspects, the described system surfaces multiple user interface instrumentalities that include images of patterns, textures, or materials and that are selectable to initiate a visual search of digital content having a similar pattern, texture, or material. The described aspects also include pattern-based authentication in which the system determines authenticity of an item in an image based on a similarity of its visual characteristics to visual characteristics of known authentic items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2021
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Robinson Piramuthu, Timothy Samuel Keefer, Kenneth Clark Crookston, Ashmeet Singh Rekhi, Niaz Ahamed Khaja Nazimudeen, Padmapriya Gudipati, Shane Lin, John F. Weigel, Fujun Zhong, Suchitra Ramesh, Mohammadhadi Kiapour, Shuai Zheng, Alberto Ordonez Pereira, Ravindra Surya Lanka, Md Atiq ul Islam, Nicholas Anthony Whyte, Giridharan Iyengar, Bryan Allen Plummer
  • Patent number: 11262343
    Abstract: Systems and methods of measuring properties of water in a water distribution system are provided. An analysis system, according to one embodiment, comprises a plurality of water sensors connected at various points to the water distribution system, each of the plurality of water sensors configured to measure a property of water. The analysis system also includes a computer server configured to communicate with the plurality of water sensors via a network and receive water measurement data from the plurality of water sensors. The computer server comprises a processor, a database configured to store the water measurement data, and a system health monitoring module configured to evaluate the health of the water distribution system to obtain health data. The analysis system further includes at least one client device configured to communicate with the computer server via the network and receive the health data from the computer server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Clark, Timofey Sitnikov, Paul Gifford
  • Patent number: 11255835
    Abstract: Systems and methods of measuring properties of water in a water distribution system are provided. An analysis system, according to one embodiment, comprises a plurality of water sensors connected at various points to the water distribution system, each of the plurality of water sensors configured to measure a property of water. The analysis system also includes a computer server configured to communicate with the plurality of water sensors via a network and receive water measurement data from the plurality of water sensors. The computer server comprises a processor, a database configured to store the water measurement data, and a system health monitoring module configured to evaluate the health of the water distribution system to obtain health data. The analysis system further includes at least one client device configured to communicate with the computer server via the network and receive the health data from the computer server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Clark, Timofey Sitnikov, Paul Gifford
  • Patent number: 11250487
    Abstract: Computer vision and image characteristic search is described. The described system leverages visual search techniques by determining visual characteristics of objects depicted in images and comparing the determined characteristics to visual characteristics of other images, e.g., to identify similar visual characteristics in the other images. In some aspects, the described system performs searches that leverage a digital image as part of a search query to locate digital content of interest. In some aspects, the described system surfaces multiple user interface instrumentalities that include images of patterns, textures, or materials and that are selectable to initiate a visual search of digital content having a similar pattern, texture, or material. The described aspects also include pattern-based authentication in which the system determines authenticity of an item in an image based on a similarity of its visual characteristics to visual characteristics of known authentic items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Robinson Piramuthu, Timothy Samuel Keefer, Kenneth Clark Crookston, Ashmeet Singh Rekhi, Niaz Ahamed Khaja Nazimudeen, Padmapriya Gudipati, Shane Lin, John F. Weigel, Fujun Zhong, Suchitra Ramesh, Mohammadhadi Kiapour, Shuai Zheng, Alberto Ordonez Pereira, Ravindra Surya Lanka, Md Atiq Ul Islam, Nicholas Anthony Whyte, Giridharan Iyengar, Bryan Allen Plummer
  • Patent number: 11125355
    Abstract: A device for indicating the status of a valve includes a position indicator, wherein the position indicator includes a monitoring element, and a communication element. A method for indicating the status of at least one valve includes monitoring positions of a device enclosed by a first valve with a position indicator and communicating the positions of the device enclosed by the first valve with a communications element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Clark, Jared Aaron Brandt, Ralph William Vanderburg
  • Publication number: 20210220201
    Abstract: A veterinary incubator is disclosed, that features a modular hygienic design ceramic infrared based veterinary incubator that fully disassembles for disinfection. The invention heats a puppy more deeply and can be tailored to the specific condition of the puppy, allowing for better processing of colostrum and food—leading to a better weight gain, a stronger immune system and eyes opening sooner that competitive products with puppies from the same litter. The invention can be fully disassembled with 100% user replaceable modular components to allow for more effective disinfecting and elimination of service calls. The invention created a microenvironment that compliments a small animal's ability to seek our warmer and cooler parts of their environment to regulate body temperature and can be adjusted to allow for only good choices based upon the small animal's condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2021
    Publication date: July 22, 2021
    Inventor: Kenneth Clark Sunden
  • Patent number: 10896158
    Abstract: A system for managing and updating an internal product catalog, including an internal product catalog database, at least one external product catalog database, and an application program interface. The internal product catalog database includes a plurality of existing item files in which each existing item file is associated with a product and includes at least one attribute of the product. The at least one external product catalog database includes a plurality of external item files in which each external item file is associated with a product and includes at least one attribute of the product. The application program interface is communicatively coupled with the internal product catalog database and the at least one external product catalog database. The application program interface is configured to accept a user search request to search for a new product in which the user search request includes at least one attribute of the new product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Tucker, Jimmie Bond, Kenneth Clark, David Terjak
  • Publication number: 20200021142
    Abstract: A transmitter assembly is useful in optimizing in the delivery of wireless power to a plurality of receivers. Each receiver measures its own battery need for power and transmits that measurement as a request to the transmitter. The transmitter is configured to normalize and compare battery need requests. The transmitter then allocates pulses of wireless power among the requesting receivers according to their battery need.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Applicant: Ossia Inc.
    Inventors: Hatem Zeine, Thomas H. Wilson, K. Kenneth Clark
  • Patent number: 10456221
    Abstract: A force damping dental bridge assembly which damps compressive, tensile, and lateral forces on a prosthetic tooth and jawbone through use of synthetic periodontal ligament fibers in the form of a damping membrane. Multiple layers of arcuate components and Morse taper interconnections secure the assembly. A threaded implant that penetrates the jawbone defining a tapered, conical inner cavity which receives a shank protruding downwardly from a full bar. An arcuate damping membrane positions on the bar and a half-bar positions over the membrane; whereby the damping membrane is sufficiently resilient to enable lateral and axial movements by the prostheses affixed to the half-bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Paul Kenneth Clark, Jr.
  • Patent number: D1017696
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventor: Kenneth Clark