Patents by Inventor Kevin Smith

Kevin 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).

  • Publication number: 20220240571
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a holder of a smoking article comprising a receiving end and a mouth end opposite the receiving end. The holder defines a socket that is configured to receive a proximal section of a cartridge. The holder has a lighting configuration in which the holder is configured to secure a proximal section of the cartridge to the holder with a heat source of the cartridge opposite the proximal section disposed beyond the receiving end of the holder. The holder has a received configuration in which the holder is configured to secure the proximal section of the cartridge in the socket with the heat source disposed proximate the receiving end of the holder. The receiving end comprises a substantially solid outer wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2022
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Inventors: Keri Meggan Cox, Edmond Strother Smith, III, Zachary Kevin Francis, Thaddeus Jackson, Billy T. Conner, Taylor Leigh, Randall M. Bachtel, Frank Bascas, Hannah Tam, Moises Araya
  • Publication number: 20220241989
    Abstract: An articulated arm system is disclosed that includes an articulated arm including an end effector, and a robotic arm control systems including at least one sensor for sensing at least one of the position, movement or acceleration of the articulated arm, and a main controller for providing computational control of the articulated arm, and an on-board controller for providing, responsive to the at least one sensor, a motion signal that directly controls at least a portion of the articulated arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2022
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Inventors: Thomas WAGNER, Kevin Ahearn, Matthew T. Mason, Christopher Geyer, Thomas Koletschka, Prasanna Velagapudi, Michael Dawson-Haggerty, Siddhartha Srinivasa, Kyle Maroney, Joseph Romano, Daniel Smith, Gene Temple Price, Thomas Allen
  • Patent number: 11400493
    Abstract: An object processing system within a trailer for a tractor trailer is disclosed. The object processing system includes an input area of the trailer at which objects to be processed may be presented, a perception system for providing perception data regarding objects to be processed, and a primary transport system for providing transport of each object in one of at least two primary transport directions within the trailer based on the perception data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Berkshire Grey Operating Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wagner, Kevin Ahearn, Benjamin Cohen, Michael Dawson-Haggerty, Christopher Geyer, Thomas Koletschka, Kyle Maroney, Matthew T. Mason, Gene Temple Price, Joseph Romano, Daniel Smith, Siddhartha Srinivasa, Prasanna Velagapudi, Thomas Allen
  • Patent number: 11402831
    Abstract: A processing system for processing objects using a programmable motion device is disclosed. The processing system includes a perception unit for perceiving identifying indicia representative of an identity of a plurality of objects received from an input conveyance system, an acquisition system for acquiring an object from the plurality of objects at an input area using an end effector of the programmable motion device, wherein the programmable motion device is adapted for assisting in the delivery of the object to an identified processing bin, and the identified processing bin is associated with the identifying indicia and said identified processing location is provided as one of a plurality of processing bins, and a delivery system for bringing the identified processing bin toward the object, where the delivery system includes a carrier for carrying the identified processing bin toward the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Berkshire Grey Operating Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wagner, Kevin Ahearn, John Richard Amend, Jr., Benjamin Cohen, Michael Dawson-Haggerty, William Hartman Fort, Christopher Geyer, Jennifer Eileen King, Thomas Koletschka, Michael Cap Koval, Kyle Maroney, Matthew T. Mason, William Chu-Hyon McMahan, Gene Temple Price, Joseph Romano, Daniel Smith, Siddhartha Srinivasa, Prasanna Velagapudi, Thomas Allen
  • Patent number: 11400491
    Abstract: An automated shuttle sorter is disclosed that includes a carriage that is movable from a load position at which the carriage may be loaded, and at least two destination locations into which any contents of the carriage may be provided from the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Berkshire Grey Operating Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wagner, Kevin Ahearn, Benjamin Cohen, Michael Dawson-Haggerty, Christopher Geyer, Thomas Koletschka, Kyle Maroney, Matthew T. Mason, Gene Temple Price, Joseph Romano, Daniel Smith, Siddhartha Srinivasa, Prasanna Velagapudi, Thomas Allen
  • Patent number: 11402096
    Abstract: A combustor dome may be formed by way of additive layer manufacturing. The combustor dome may further include a raised outer surface and a recessed outer surface on a hot side of the combustor dome. The recessed outer surfaces may be closer to the cold side than the raised outer surfaces. The combustor dome may include a shadow surface defined between the raised outer surface and recessed outer surface. The shadow surface may define a corresponding cooling outlet in fluid communication with an internal cooling channel defined inside of the combustor dome. The cooling outlet may release air from the internal cooling channel to the hot axial side of the combustor dome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignees: ROLLS-ROYCE CORPORATION, ROLLS-ROYCE NORTH AMERICAN TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Sauer, Lewis Dailey, Keith McCormick, Duane Smith, Christopher D. DeBruhl
  • Publication number: 20220237607
    Abstract: A contactless delivery system is provided. The contactless delivery system includes a contactless card storing a cryptogram containing a unique identifier associated with a user account. After entry into a communication field, the contactless card is configured to transmit the cryptogram to a server. Upon receipt of the cryptogram, the server is configured to validate and decrypt the cryptogram, and extract the unique identifier. The server can query a database for an identity of the user account using the unique identifier, generate a digital signature based on the identity of the user account, and transmit a verification notification including the identity of the user account and the digital signature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2021
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Inventors: Kevin OSBORN, Asher SMITH-ROSE, Andrea MONTEALEGRE
  • Patent number: 11389600
    Abstract: A handheld cryoanesthesia or analgesia device for cooling a target area on cutaneous membranes, mucous membranes, and tissue of the mucocutaneous zone having an elongated body and a thermoelectric cooling system disposed within the elongated body. The thermoelectric cooling system is configured to physically contact and thermally couple the target area of the cutaneous membranes, mucous membranes, and tissue of the mucocutaneous zone to induce cryoanesthesia or analgesia. The thermoelectric cooling system includes a thermally-conductive cold tip, a thermally-conductive cooling power concentrator thermally coupled to the cold tip, at least one Peltier unit module thermally coupled to the cooling power concentrator, a heatsink thermally coupled to at least one Peltier unit module, a power source, at least one thermal sensor, and a controller operably outputting a control signal to the Peltier unit module to maintain a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Cagri Giray Besirli, Stephen Smith, Kevin P. Pipe, Gun-Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 11390459
    Abstract: A storage, retrieval and processing system for processing objects is disclosed. The storage, retrieval and processing system includes a plurality of storage bins providing storage of a plurality of objects, where the plurality of storage bins is in communication with a bin conveyance system for moving selected storage bins to a storage bin processing location, a programmable motion device in communication with the bin processing location for receiving a selected storage bin from the plurality of bins, where the programmable motion device includes an end effector for grasping and moving a selected object out of a selected storage bin, and a plurality of destination bins in communication with the bin conveyance system for moving a selected destination bin from a destination bin processing location that is proximate the programmable motion device to the plurality of destination bins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Berkshire Grey Operating Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wagner, Kevin Ahearn, John Richard Amend, Jr., Benjamin Cohen, Michael Dawson-Haggerty, William Hartman Fort, Christopher Geyer, Jennifer Eileen King, Thomas Koletschka, Michael Cap Koval, Kyle Maroney, Matthew T. Mason, William Chu-Hyon McMahan, Gene Temple Price, Joseph Romano, Daniel Smith, Siddhartha Srinivasa, Prasanna Velagapudi, Thomas Allen
  • Patent number: 11394575
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can present accessory state information. For example, the computing device can receive accessory state information from various accessories and present status items representing the current state of the accessories. The status items can be prioritized according to classifications assigned to accessories and/or accessory state information. The status items can be filtered based on a role assigned to the user of the computing device. Additional implementations and details are described in the paragraphs that follow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Smith, Reed Olsen, Kevin McLaughlin, Anush Nadathur
  • Patent number: 11382180
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a support pedestal that includes a support member including a resistive layer having at least two zones, a routing layer, and a plurality of conductive vias. The resistive layer and the routing layer are disposed in different planes of the support member and are connected by the plurality of vias. The number of zones of the resistive layer is greater than or equal to a number of wires coupled to the routing layer. The routing layer may include a plurality of arm portions that extend from a central region of the routing layer. The support pedestal may further include a second resistive layer disposed along the same plane as the routing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: WATLOW ELECTRIC MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Kevin Ptasienski, Stanton Hopkins Breitlow, Mohammad Nosrati, Kevin Smith, Brittany Phillips, Ken Ames, Patrick Margavio, Kurt English
  • Patent number: 11381421
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein provide for assigning classifications to signals and corresponding messages for prioritization and transmission across a vehicle CAN bus. The assigned classifications are used to prioritize messages, signals, and nodes of the vehicle CAN bus. The classifications are used to prioritize critical messages and high priority messages that control operations of the vehicle system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Xin Ye, Lisa Therese Boran, Venkata Kishore Kajuluri, Kevin Smith
  • Publication number: 20220210873
    Abstract: A support pedestal includes a substrate, a plurality of resistive heating elements disposed on the substrate and defining a plurality of heating zones, and electric terminals disposed at a central region of the substrate. At least one of the electric terminals is connected to at least two of the plurality of resistive heating elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2022
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Applicant: WATLOW ELECTRIC MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Kevin PTASIENSKI, Stanton Hopkins BREITLOW, Mohammad NOSRATI, Kevin SMITH, Brittany PHILLIPS, Ken AMES, Patrick MARGAVIO, Kurt ENGLISH
  • Patent number: 11370127
    Abstract: An end effector system is disclosed for a robotic system that includes a primary acquisition system that includes a primary end effector, and a secondary retention system that substantially surrounds at least a portion of the primary acquisition system, wherein at least a portion of the primary acquisition system may be drawn up within at least a portion of the secondary retention system such that the primary end effector system may be used to select an object from a plurality of objects, and the secondary retention system may be used to secure the object for rapid transport to an output destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Berkshire Grey Operating Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wagner, Kevin Ahearn, Benjamin Cohen, Michael Dawson-Haggerty, Christopher Geyer, Thomas Koletschka, Kyle Maroney, Matthew T. Mason, Gene Temple Price, Joseph Romano, Daniel Smith, Siddhartha Srinivasa, Prasanna Velagapudi, Thomas Allen
  • Patent number: 11370122
    Abstract: A sensing manipulator of an articulated arm is disclosed. The sensing manipulator includes a compliant section and a movement detection system provided along a first direction of the compliant section such that movement of the compliant section along both the first direction and at least one direction transverse to said first direction, are detectable by the movement detection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Berkshire Grey Operating Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wagner, Kevin Ahearn, Michael Dawson-Haggerty, Christopher Geyer, Thomas Koletschka, Kyle Maroney, Matthew T. Mason, Gene Temple Price, Joseph Romano, Daniel Smith, Siddhartha Srinivasa, Prasanna Velagapudi, Thomas Allen
  • Patent number: 11370843
    Abstract: A human antibody or an antigen-binding fragment which binds human IL-6 receptor (hIL-6R) with a KD of about 500 pM or less and blocks IL-6 activity with an IC50 of 200 pM or less, is provided. In preferred embodiments, the antibody the antibody or antigen-binding fragment binds hIL-6R with an affinity at least 2-fold higher relative to its binding monkey IL-6R.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Stevens, Tammy T. Huang, Joel H. Martin, Jeanette L. Fairhurst, Ashique Rafique, Eric Smith, Kevin J. Pobursky, Nicholas J. Papadopoulos, James P. Fandl, Gang Chen, Margaret Karow
  • Patent number: 11374164
    Abstract: Embodiments herein relate to a system, apparatus, and/or process for producing a spin orbit torque (SOT) electrode that includes a first layer with a first side to couple with a free layer of a magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) and a second layer coupled with a second side of the first layer opposite the first side, where a value of an electrical resistance in the first SOT layer is lower than a value of an electrical resistance in the second SOT layer and where a current applied to the SOT electrode is to cause current to preferentially flow in the first SOT layer to cause a magnetic polarization of the free layer to change directions. During production of the SOT electrode, the second layer may act as an etch stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Tanay Gosavi, Sasikanth Manipatruni, Chia-Ching Lin, Kaan Oguz, Christopher Wiegand, Angeline Smith, Noriyuki Sato, Kevin O'Brien, Benjamin Buford, Ian Young, Md Tofizur Rahman
  • Patent number: 11370128
    Abstract: An articulated arm system is disclosed that includes an articulated arm including an end effector, and a robotic arm control systems including at least one sensor for sensing at least one of the position, movement or acceleration of the articulated arm, and a main controller for providing computational control of the articulated arm, and an on-board controller for providing, responsive to the at least one sensor, a motion signal that directly controls at least a portion of the articulated arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Berkshire Grey Operating Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wagner, Kevin Ahearn, Matthew T. Mason, Christopher Geyer, Thomas Koletschka, Prasanna Velagapudi, Michael Dawson-Haggerty, Siddhartha Srinivasa, Kyle Maroney, Joseph Romano, Daniel Smith, Gene Temple Price, Thomas Allen
  • Publication number: 20220194314
    Abstract: An inflator for generating inflation gases for a safety device includes a housing having an internal cavity including a combustion chamber and a filter chamber. A filter is disposed in the filter chamber. A separating member is disposed in the housing on a first axial side of the filter and separates the filter chamber from the combustion chamber. An insulating member is disposed in the filter chamber on a second axial side of the filter. The second axial side is opposite the first axial side. The separating member is coupled to the insulating member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Applicants: AUTOLIV ASP, INC., AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Romain DANIELOU, Matthew A. COX, Kevin SMITH, Ludovic POGEANT, Jean CHAMPENDAL, Ludovic CUEFF, Dominique LOUBOUTIN, Laurent MAZEAS, Sebastien DELACROIX, Gildas CLECH
  • Patent number: 11348491
    Abstract: A self-contained illuminated sign for mounting on a vehicle is disclosed. The sign includes a front panel, a rear panel situated opposite and substantially parallel to the front panel in spaced relation therefrom to define a space therebetween, and a light source comprising a plurality of LEDs. The light source is positioned between the front and rear panels and is configured to emit light that emanates from the front panel. The front panel is thus backlit to display indicia. A system for supporting a self-contained illuminated sign on a vehicle is also disclosed. The system includes the sign and a separate mounting frame mountable on a vehicle. The mounting frame is configured to removably receive the sign and, when the sign is received in the mounting frame, to surround a perimeter of the sign while permitting visibility of the front display area. Related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: SMARTREND MANUFACTURING GROUP (SMG), INC.
    Inventors: Nick Gamble, Michael Yudelevich, David Beernaert, Kevin Smith