Patents by Inventor M. Benton Free

M. Benton Free 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: 9201556
    Abstract: Methods and devices for determining the location of a touch implement relative to a touch locating sensing device involve developing touch signals at a touch sensor in response to a touch implement on or near the touch surface. Data associated with the touch signals is fitted to a predefined curve. The predefined curve is preferably defined by a charged sphere near a conducting plane, the charged sphere representative of an end of the touch implement and the conducting plane representative of the touch surface. A location of the touch implement is determined relative to the touch surface using the predefined curve to which the data is fitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: M. Benton Free, Bernard O. Geaghan, Karl P. Hauck, Billy Lee Weaver
  • Patent number: 8740599
    Abstract: An apparatus for casting a patterned surface on both sides of an opaque web. The apparatus includes a first patterned roll, a second pattered roll, and a means for rotating the first and second patterned rolls such that their patterns are transferred to opposite sides of the opaque web while it is in continuous motion. During this process, their patterns are maintained in continuous registration to within at least 100 micrometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: John S. Huizinga, Vincent W. S. King, John T. Strand, James N. Dobbs, William V. Dower, Daniel H. Carlson, Serge Wetzels, Gregory F. King, Olester Benson, Jr., Brian W. Lueck, Haiyan Zhang, Jeremy K. Larsen, M. Benton Free, David W. Kuhns, Samual W. Hunter, Thelma E. Hunter
  • Patent number: 8013731
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing data collected via a wireless network sensor includes modules for receiving and processing the data. The wireless network sensor includes a plurality of sensors for detecting events occurring proximate the sensors, a processor for receiving and processing data from the sensors, and a wireless transmitter for wirelessly transmitting data. The apparatus also includes modules for parsing events, episodes, vectors, links, and paths based upon the received data. The paths can be used to generate a representation of traffic patterns in a space monitored by wireless network sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Billy L. Weaver, Silva K. Theiss, Eileen M. Gorrell, Kathy L. Hagen, James J. Bartol, Scott E. Brigham, Anthony L. Hill, Jennifer R. Yi, M. Benton Free
  • Patent number: 7990262
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing data collected via a wireless network sensor includes modules for receiving and processing the data. The wireless network sensor includes a plurality of sensors for detecting events occurring proximate the sensors, a processor for receiving and processing data from the sensors, and a wireless transmitter for wirelessly transmitting data. The apparatus also includes modules for parsing events, episodes, vectors, links, and paths based upon the received data. The paths can be used to generate a representation of traffic patterns in a space monitored by wireless network sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Billy L. Weaver, Silva K. Theiss, Eileen M. Gorrell, Kathy L. Hagen, James J. Bartol, Scott E. Brigham, Anthony L. Hill, Jennifer R. Yi, M. Benton Free
  • Patent number: 7948380
    Abstract: A remote sensing device includes a plurality of components arranged to form a resonant electrical circuit. The plurality of components includes at least one sensing component having sensing elements distributed among regions of an area of interest. The sensing elements are arranged so that a resonant characteristic of the resonant circuit is modifiable by an external event affecting an element associated with a region. The sensing component may be a capacitor having spatially distributed capacitive elements or an inductor having spatially distributed inductive elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: David W. Kuhns, M. Benton Free
  • Patent number: 7943388
    Abstract: Acoustic sensors, preferably surface acoustic wave sensors, and more preferably shear horizontal surface acoustic wave sensors that include soluble mixed with oligomers and/or polymers formed from such monomers), or multifunctional compounds, for example, that can function as either waveguide materials, immobilization materials for secondary capture agents (e.g., antibodies), or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: John P. Baetzold, Karl E. Benson, G. Marco Bommarito, Michael P. Daniels, Albert I. Everaerts, Peggy-Jean P. Flanigan, M. Benton Free, Cary A. Kipke, Brinda B. Lakshmi, Charles M. Leir, George G. I. Moore, Lang N. Nguyen, Rahul R. Shah, Peter A. Stark
  • Patent number: 7916501
    Abstract: An energy transfer apparatus with a magnetic shield is configured to magnetically couple energy from a fixed location to a mobile or moveable device within a field-activated space of the energy transfer apparatus. Apparatuses include a location sensing surface and a drive coil arranged in relation to a periphery of the location sensing surface. A magnetic shield plate is disposed below the location sensing surface and the drive coil. The shield plate includes a number of radially oriented slots originating at, and distributed about, a periphery of the shield plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: M. Benton Free, Bernard O. Geaghan, Karl P. Hauck, Albert H. Libbey, Billy Lee Weaver
  • Publication number: 20110035271
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing data collected via a wireless network sensor includes modules for receiving and processing the data. The wireless network sensor includes a plurality of sensors for detecting events occurring proximate the sensors, a processor for receiving and processing data from the sensors, and a wireless transmitter for wirelessly transmitting data. The apparatus also includes modules for parsing events, episodes, vectors, links, and paths based upon the received data. The paths can be used to generate a representation of traffic patterns in a space monitored by wireless network sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventors: Billy L. Weaver, Silva K. Theiss, Eileen M. Gorrell, Kathy L. Hagen, James J. Bartol, Scott E. Brigham, Anthony L. Hill, Jennifer R. Yi, M. Benton Free
  • Publication number: 20100285231
    Abstract: An apparatus for casting a patterned surface on both sides of an opaque web. The apparatus includes a first patterned roll, a second pattered roll, and a means for rotating the first and second patterned rolls such that their patterns are transferred to opposite sides of the opaque web while it is in continuous motion. During this process, their patterns are maintained in continuous registration to within at least 100 micrometers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventors: John S. Huizinga, Vincent W.S. King, John T. Strand, James N. Dobbs, Thomas B. Hunter, Samual W. Hunter, Thelma E. Hunter, William V. Dower, Daniel H. Carlson, Serge Wetzels, Gregory F. King, Oiester Benson, JR., Brian W. Lueck, Haiyan Zhang, Jeremy K. Larsen, M.Benton Free, David W. Kuhns
  • Patent number: 7830368
    Abstract: A keypad having a virtual floating image that appears to a user to be in a plane other than the apparent plane of the keypad surface. More particularly, the indicia on the keypad appear to float above or below the surface of the device. The keypad can be, for example, the keypad on a cell phone. For such an application there would be more than one array of indicia present on the keypad. For example, there might be ten arrays of indicia, which provide the numerals from 0 to 9 and two more arrays to provide virtual images of the * and # keys. In some embodiments, the keypad is integrated with an illumination source that light up the indicia. The present disclosure also provides a method of manufacturing a key pad with a virtual floating image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Charles A. Marttila, John T. Strand, Alan G. Hulme-Lowe, M. Benton Free, John S. Huizinga, James N. Dobbs, Serge Wetzels, Glen A. Jerry, Jennifer R. Yi, William R. Dudley
  • Patent number: 7787259
    Abstract: An energy transfer apparatus with a magnetic shield is configured to magnetically couple energy from a fixed location to a mobile or moveable device within a field-activated space of the energy transfer apparatus. Apparatuses include a location sensing surface and a drive coil arranged in relation to a periphery of the location sensing surface. A magnetic shield plate is disposed below the location sensing surface and the drive coil. The shield plate includes a number of radially oriented slots originating at, and distributed about, a periphery of the shield plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: M. Benton Free, Bernard O. Geaghan, Karl P. Hauck, Albert H. Libbey, Billy Lee Weaver
  • Patent number: 7767273
    Abstract: An apparatus for casting a patterned surface on both sides of an opaque web. The apparatus includes a first patterned roll, a second pattered roll, and a means for rotating the first and second patterned rolls such that their patterns are transferred to opposite sides of the opaque web while it is in continuous motion. During this process, their patterns are maintained in continuous registration to within at least 100 micrometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: John S. Huizinga, Vincent W. S. King, John T. Strand, James N. Dobbs, Thomas B. Hunter, Samual W. Hunter, legal representative, Thelma E. Hunter, legal representative, William V. Dower, Daniel H. Carlson, Serge Wetzels, Gregory F. King, Olester Benson, Jr., Brian W. Lueck, Haiyan Zhang, Jeremy K. Larsen, M. Benton Free, David W. Kuhns
  • Publication number: 20100188832
    Abstract: An energy transfer apparatus with a magnetic shield is configured to magnetically couple energy from a fixed location to a mobile or moveable device within a field-activated space of the energy transfer apparatus. Apparatuses include a location sensing surface and a drive coil arranged in relation to a periphery of the location sensing surface. A magnetic shield plate is disposed below the location sensing surface and the drive coil. The shield plate includes a number of radially oriented slots originating at, and distributed about, a periphery of the shield plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventors: M. Benton Free, Bernard O. Geaghan, Karl P. Hauck, Albert H. Libbey, Billy Lee Weaver
  • Publication number: 20090252933
    Abstract: A printer for digital printing in which ink is deposited in metered amounts on a substrate. The printer includes a wheel rotatable by a shaft of a motor, an idler disposed in a paint reservoir, and a segment of wire disposed around the wheel and the idler. A computer controls movement of the wire by controlling the rotation of the wheel. As the motor rotates the wheel, electroluminescent material contained within the paint reservoir coats the wire and is drawn by the wire in front of an air stream, which pulls the electroluminescent material from the wire and carries it toward the substrate to make an electroluminescent sign.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Inventors: M. Benton Free, Daniel W. Hennen, Gregory G. Jager
  • Publication number: 20090249969
    Abstract: A printer for digital printing in which ink is deposited in metered amounts on a substrate. The printer includes a wheel rotatable by a shaft of a motor, an idler disposed in a paint reservoir, and a segment of wire disposed around the wheel and the idler. A computer controls movement of the wire by controlling the rotation of the wheel. As the motor rotates the wheel, ink contained within the paint reservoir coats the wire and is drawn by the wire in front of an air stream, which pulls the ink from the wire and carries it toward the substrate. The wire has features to increase a solution volume of the ink on the wire. The ink is applied to the substrate in vector mode to form well defined fine lines an image and a raster mode to form wider lines less well defined than the fine lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Inventors: M. Benton Free, Daniel W. Hennen, John S. Huizinga, Mark D. Fiegen
  • Publication number: 20090009317
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing data collected via a wireless network sensor includes modules for receiving and processing the data. The wireless network sensor includes a plurality of sensors for detecting events occurring proximate the sensors, a processor for receiving and processing data from the sensors, and a wireless transmitter for wirelessly transmitting data. The apparatus also includes modules for parsing events, episodes, vectors, links, and paths based upon the received data. The paths can be used to generate a representation of traffic patterns in a space monitored by wireless network sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventors: Billy L. Weaver, Silva K. Theiss, Eileen M. Gorrell, Kathy L. Hagen, James J. Bartol, Scott E. Brigham, Anthony L. Hill, Jennifer R. Yi, M. Benton Free
  • Patent number: 7456744
    Abstract: A remote sensing device includes a sensor and reference circuit. A resonant circuit of the sensor has a resonant characteristic modifiable by exposure to an external condition. The sensor is configured to produce a sensor signal associated with the modifiable resonant characteristic. A reference circuit of the remote sensing device is configured to produce a reference signal suitable for use in conjunction with the sensor signal. The reference signal is used to account for variations of the sensor signal due to variations in the inductive coupling between the remote sensing device and a reader designed to detect the reference signal and the sensor signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: David W. Kuhns, M. Benton Free
  • Patent number: 7399609
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods of detecting staphylococcus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Brinda B. Lakshmi, Angela K. Dillow, M. Benton Free, John S. Huizinga, Patrick A. Mach, Dasaratha V. Sridhar
  • Publication number: 20080158848
    Abstract: An energy transfer apparatus with a magnetic shield is configured to magnetically couple energy from a fixed location to a mobile or moveable device within a field-activated space of the energy transfer apparatus. Apparatuses include a location sensing surface and a drive coil arranged in relation to a periphery of the location sensing surface. A magnetic shield plate is disposed below the location sensing surface and the drive coil. The shield plate includes a number of radially oriented slots originating at, and distributed about, a periphery of the shield plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventors: M. Benton Free, Bernard O. Geaghan, Karl P. Hauck, Albert H. Libbey, Billy Lee Weaver
  • Publication number: 20080106520
    Abstract: Methods and devices for determining the location of a touch implement relative to a touch locating sensing device involve developing touch signals at a touch sensor in response to a touch implement on or near the touch surface. Data associated with the touch signals is fitted to a predefined curve. The predefined curve is preferably defined by a charged sphere near a conducting plane, the charged sphere representative of an end of the touch implement and the conducting plane representative of the touch surface. A location of the touch implement is determined relative to the touch surface using the predefined curve to which the data is fitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2006
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Inventors: M. Benton Free, Bernard O. Geaghan, Karl P. Hauck, Billy Lee Weaver