Patents by Inventor Mark H. Nelson

Mark H. Nelson 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: 6611581
    Abstract: A method and system for transmitting a facsimile message uses a public-switched telecommunications network, the public-switched telecommunication network having a messaging platform capable of storing a plurality of facsimile messages. The initiation of a telephone call to a destination is detected, the content of the call including the facsimile message. If the destination is available at a first time to receive a telephone call, the facsimile message is transmitted. The facsimile message is stored on the messaging platform only if the destination is unavailable at the first time. If the facsimile message was stored, the facsimile message is transmitted at a second time if the destination if the destination is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: SBC Properties, LP
    Inventors: Mark H. Nelson, Thomas F. Stevens, Matthew J. Yuschik, Jeffrey J. Meek
  • Patent number: 6588226
    Abstract: A system for recovering potable water from the water vapor in ambient air at a wide range of temperature and humidity conditions. The system is especially adapt at operating efficiently at low temperatures and/or low humidities. The system is able to operate efficiently at low temperatures and/or low humidities by employing a mechanism for enhancing the buildup of frozen water on the surfaces used to condense the water vapor from ambient air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Aquatronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry L. Semrow, Elwin Brooks Petersen, Cory Buckway, Keith C. Warner, Mark H. Nelson, Desiree Ragan, Nick Wells, Greg A. Cameron
  • Patent number: 6571965
    Abstract: A dishwasher rack which includes a basket supporting a plurality of fences rotatably about a common axis. The basket has a plurality of wires forming a bottom wall, a pair of side walls and a front and back wall. The bottom wall has a plurality of upwardly oriented tines connected to and extending from the bottom wall in a first area and further has an open area without upwardly oriented tines. A first fence is provided having an axle wire and a plurality of support wires. The axle wire is rotatably supported adjacent the bottom wall such that the first fence may be rotated between a front position and a back position. A second fence is provided having a connection wire and a plurality of support wires. The connection wire is rotatably connected to axle wire such that the second fence may rotate about the axle wire between a front position and a back position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Casey Brian Arthur Beck, Mark H. Nelson, John Irven Smith, Jeffrey Ray Taylor
  • Patent number: 6425259
    Abstract: A removable ice bucket for an ice making system for a refrigerator and more particularly a removable ice bucket disposable in a refrigerator for receipt of ice pieces from an ice maker disposed in the freezer compartment of the refrigerator. The ice bucket has a base and a plurality of upwardly extending side walls cooperating to form a storage bin. A first handle is formed in an upper portion of a first side walls and a second handle is formed in a lower portion of a second of said side walls. A spout is formed above the first handle. The handles facilitate quick and sanitary removal of the ice bucket from the freezer and dispensing of the ice pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Mark H. Nelson, Daniel H. Quinlan, Kenneth Todd Shelley, Sandra C. Steward, Jim J. Pastryk
  • Patent number: 6351958
    Abstract: A system for protecting optical elements from moisture and/or ice build up when used in freezing environment, such as a freezer compartment of a refrigerator. The system includes a hood or sleeve which can be assembled to an optical element such as a light emitting or receiving elements used in a freezer compartment. The sleeve acts to trap air about the optic element such that warm humid air does not readily move into contact with the optic element. Moreover, the warm, humid air that does flow toward the optic element may be cooled by the sleeve such that moisture condenses out of the air and onto the sleeve. A heater may be provided adjacent the sleeve for heating the sleeve if the optic element is impaired due to ice or moisture build up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jim J Pastryk, Donald E. Janke, Mark H. Nelson, Gregory J. Markert
  • Patent number: 6314745
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a control system for an ice making system. The ice making system includes an ice maker, and an ice storage bin for receiving ice pieces formed by the ice maker. The control system controls the ice maker and includes optic elements for emitting and receiving a beam of light directed across the upper portion of the bin. The control system senses when the ice maker is ready to harvest ice pieces and then directs a beam of light or light signal from a first side of the ice storage bin, across the bin toward a second side of the ice storage bin. The control system senses for the light signal at the second side of the ice storage bin and if ice pieces block the path of the light signal, the control system prevents ice harvesting from the ice maker. The optic elements of the control system include a light emitting element and a light receiving element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Donald E. Janke, Gregory J. Markert, Larry J. Manson, Husein Allgayer, Jim J Pastryk, Mark H Nelson
  • Publication number: 20010025505
    Abstract: A removable ice bucket for an ice making system for a refrigerator and more particularly a removable ice bucket disposable in a refrigerator for receipt of ice pieces from an ice maker disposed in the freezer compartment of the refrigerator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2001
    Publication date: October 4, 2001
    Inventors: Mark H. Nelson, Daniel H. Quinlan, Kenneth Todd Shelley, Sandra C. Steward, Jim J. Pastryk
  • Patent number: 6286324
    Abstract: An ice level sensing system for use on a refrigerator including a freezer compartment having top wall, opposite side walls and an access opening. A door is provided for closing the access opening. An ice maker is disposed within the freezer compartment adjacent the top wall for forming ice pieces. An ice storage bin is removably mounted to the door below the ice maker for receiving ice pieces from the ice maker. An emitter element, supported on a side wall of the freezer, emits a beam of light across the upper portion of the bin. A receiver element, supported on a freezer side wall opposite the emitter element, receives the beam of light wherein beam of light travels between the emitter element and the receiver element along a line of sight path. A paddle is rotatably supported on a freezer side wall for blocking the line of sight when the door is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jim J Pastryk, Donald E. Janke, Mark H. Nelson, Daryl Lee Harmon
  • Patent number: 6148624
    Abstract: A refrigerator having a cabinet forming a freezer compartment having an access opening. A closure member is hingedly connected to the cabinet for closing the access opening and an ice maker is mounted on the closure member. An ice bucket or storage receptacle is mounted to the closure member below the ice maker. A support rail is provided along the inner surface of the closure member wherein the ice maker is vertically movable along the support rail. The ice maker has an ice level sensor and the amount of ice supplied to the ice bucket is controlled by the vertical position of the ice maker. The ice bucket is pivotably mounted to the closure member and can be pivoted between an orientation wherein the ice bucket is positioned adjacent the closure member substantially under the ice maker and an orientation wherein the ice bucket is pivoted away from the closure member. The ice bucket is a pitcher-like receptacle having a handle and is removable from the closure member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Donald L. Bishop, Rodney S. Goodrich, Mark H. Nelson, Jim J. Pastryk
  • Patent number: 6082130
    Abstract: A refrigerator having a cabinet defining a freezer compartment having an access opening and a closure member for closing the access opening. An ice maker is disposed within the freezer compartment for forming ice pieces and an ice storage bin is removably mounted to the closure member below the ice maker for receiving ice from the ice maker. The ice storage bin has an upper portion which is transparent and has a bottom opening. An ice discharge chute extends through the closure member below the bottom opening of the ice storage bin. A motor is mounted on the closure member. An auger is vertically disposed within the ice storage bin and is drivingly connected to the motor. Upon energization of the motor, the auger moves ice pieces from the ice storage bin through the bottom opening to the ice discharge chute for dispensing ice pieces from the ice storage bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jim J. Pastryk, Mark H. Nelson, Verne H. Myers, Daryl L. Harmon, Andrew M. Oltman, Gregory G. Hortin, Devinder Singh
  • Patent number: 6050097
    Abstract: A refrigerator having a cabinet which defines a freezer compartment having an access opening and a closure member for closing the access opening. An ice maker is disposed within the freezer compartment for forming ice pieces. An ice storage bin is mounted to the closure member below the ice maker for receiving ice from the ice maker. An ice level sensing finger extends from the ice maker into the ice storage bin for sensing the level of ice within the storage bin. A lever is pivotably connected to the ice maker and biased toward the closure member for lifting the ice level sensing finger out of the ice storage bin when the closure member is opened. The lever further operates to prevent the dispensing of ice pieces when the closure member is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Mark H. Nelson, Jim J. Pastryk, Verne H. Myers, Daryl L. Harmon, Andrew M. Oltman, Gregory G. Hortin, James R. Peterson, Victor W Cuthbert, Steven E. Tolliver
  • Patent number: 6049828
    Abstract: A network management system includes a user interface, a virtual network and a device communication manager. The virtual network includes models which represent network entities and model relations which represent relations between network entities. Each model includes network data relating to a corresponding network entity and one or more inference handlers for processing the network data to provide user information. The system can poll or communicate with certain network entities and can infer the status of network connectors and other network entities for which polling is impossible or impractical. The system performs a fault isolation technique wherein the fault status of a network device is suppressed when it is determined that the device is not defective. User displays include hierarchical location views and topological views of the network configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignee: Cabletron Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger H. Dev, Mark H. Nelson
  • Patent number: 5974122
    Abstract: A method and system for transmitting a facsimile message uses a public-switched telecommunications network, the public-switched telecommunication network having a messaging platform capable of storing a plurality of facsimile messages. The initiation of a telephone call to a destination is detected, the content of the call including the facsimile message. If the destination is available at a first time to receive a telephone call, the facsimile message is transmitted. The facsimile message is stored on the messaging platform only if the destination is unavailable at the first time. If the facsimile message was stored, the facsimile message is transmitted at a second time if the destination if the destination is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Ameritech Corporation
    Inventors: Mark H. Nelson, Thomas F. Stevens, Matthew J. Yuschik, Jeffery J. Meek
  • Patent number: 5812750
    Abstract: A network management system includes a user interface, a virtual network and a device communication manager. The virtual network includes models which represent network entities and model relations which represent relations between network entities. Each model includes network data relating to a corresponding network entity and one or more inference handlers for processing the network data to provide user information. The system can poll or communicate with certain network entities and can infer the status of network connectors and other network entities for which polling is impossible or impractical. The system performs a fault isolation technique wherein the fault status of a network device is suppressed when it is determined that the device is not defective. User displays include hierarchical location views and topological views of the network configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Cabletron Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger H. Dev, Mark H. Nelson
  • Patent number: 5751933
    Abstract: A network management system includes a user interface, a virtual network and a device communication manager. The virtual network includes models which represent network entities and model relations which represent relations between network entities. Each model includes network data relating to a corresponding network entity and one or more inference handlers for processing the network data to provide user information. The system can poll or communicate with certain network entities and can infer the status of network connectors and other network entities for which polling is impossible or impractical. The system performs a fault isolation technique wherein the fault status of a network device is suppressed when it is determined that the device is not defective. User displays include hierarchical location views and topological views of the network configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Inventors: Roger H. Dev, Mark H. Nelson
  • Patent number: 5560120
    Abstract: An improved lint handling system for a household laundry dryer is provided. The lint handling system for a laundry dryer has a dryer drum with an exit grill. The lint handling system provides a blower speed increaser to increase airflow in the dryer. The lint handling system also has a lint container and a foreign objects trap connected to the exit grill. Also a lint separator to separate lint from the airflow in the dryer is provided. The lint separator has an input connected to the foreign objects trap and an output connected to the lint container. A laundry dryer having a lint handling system as described is also provided. The lint handling system of the invention also provides a scroll-shaped centrifugal blower housing having a cylindrical base to accept airflow tangentially, a cutoff and a throat region to produce high velocity airflow. The blower housing further has a Helmholtz resonator located in the throat to reduce the acoustic emissions at a blade passage frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Edward T. Swanson, Patrick J. Clark, Anthony J. Sajdak, Mark R. Jaske, Johnny W. Zimmerle, Robert E. Smith, Mark H. Nelson, Raymond M. Goodman, Kevin M. Herreman
  • Patent number: 5559955
    Abstract: A network management system includes a user interface, a virtual network and a device communication manager. The virtual network includes models which represent network entities and model relations which represent relations between network entities. Each model includes network data relating to a corresponding network entity and one or more inference handlers for processing the network data to provide user information. The system can poll or communicate with certain network entities and can infer the status of network connectors and other network entities for which polling is impossible or impractical. The system performs a fault isolation technique wherein the fault status of a network device is suppressed when it is determined that the device is not defective. User displays include hierarchical location views and topological views of the network configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Assignee: Cabletron Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger H. Dev, Mark H. Nelson