Patents by Inventor Michael A. Pappas

Michael A. Pappas 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: 11395793
    Abstract: Described herein are zinc-amino acid-lauryl sulfate complexes and oral care compositions comprising the same; and methods of making and using the same are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Tatiana Brinzari, Michael Stranick, Chi-Yuan Cheng, Zhigang Hao, Iraklis Pappas, Greggory Marron, Viktor Dubovoy, Long Pan
  • Patent number: 11378529
    Abstract: The disclosure contains a method of quantifying and/or evaluating metal ions in a dentifrice, wherein the method comprises subjecting the dentifrice to X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), and wherein the XAS is used to measure and/or evaluate the metal ions in the dentifrice. Also disclosed are methods of selecting and screening for dentifrices based upon the evaluation and quantification of their metal ion content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignees: Colgate-Palmolive Company, Northwestern University
    Inventors: Michael Fitzgerald, Iraklis Pappas, Jean-Francois Gaillard, Marco Alsina Corvalan
  • Publication number: 20220110305
    Abstract: A reel system includes a fishing reel including a spool, an electrical module, and a multi-gear system. The electrical module is coupled to the fishing reel. The electrical module includes a motor configured to turn the spool. A first position in the multi-gear system is configured to turn the spool via the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2021
    Publication date: April 14, 2022
    Inventor: Michael Pappas
  • Publication number: 20220115033
    Abstract: A toxicity moderation system has an input configured to receive speech from a speaker. The system includes a multi-stage toxicity machine learning system having a first stage and a second stage. The first stage is trained to analyze the received speech to determine whether a toxicity level of the speech meets a toxicity threshold. The first stage is also configured to filter-through, to the second stage, speech that meets the toxicity threshold, and is further configured to filter-out speech that does not meet the toxicity threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Publication date: April 14, 2022
    Inventors: William Carter Huffman, Michael Pappas, Henry Howie
  • Publication number: 20210256985
    Abstract: A method of building a new voice having a new timbre using a timbre vector space includes receiving timbre data filtered using a temporal receptive field. The timbre data is mapped in the timbre vector space. The timbre data is related to a plurality of different voices. Each of the plurality of different voices has respective timbre data in the timbre vector space. The method builds the new timbre using the timbre data of the plurality of different voices using a machine learning system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2021
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Inventors: William Carter Huffman, Michael Pappas
  • Patent number: 11017788
    Abstract: A method of building a new voice having a new timbre using a timbre vector space includes receiving timbre data filtered using a temporal receptive field. The timbre data is mapped in the timbre vector space. The timbre data is related to a plurality of different voices. Each of the plurality of different voices has respective timbre data in the timbre vector space. The method builds the new timbre using the timbre data of the plurality of different voices using a machine learning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Modulate, Inc.
    Inventors: William Carter Huffman, Michael Pappas
  • Patent number: 10861476
    Abstract: A timbre vector space construction system for building a timbre vector space has an input. The input is configured to receive a first speech segment in a first voice and a second speech segment in a second voice. The system also includes a temporal receptive field to transform the first speech segment into a first plurality of analytical segments, and the second speech segment into a second plurality of analytical segments. Each of the first plurality of smaller analytical segments, and each of the second plurality of analytical segments have a frequency distribution that represents a different portion of the timbre data of the respective voices. The system also includes a machine learning system configured to map the first voice relative to the second voice in the timbre vector space as a function of the frequency distribution of the first plurality of analytical segments the second plurality of analytical segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Modulate, Inc.
    Inventors: William Carter Huffman, Michael Pappas
  • Patent number: 10830560
    Abstract: A firearm sight assembly comprises a rear base. The firearm sight assembly comprises a rear sight element movable with respect to the rear base between a lowered condition and an elevated condition. The rear sight element has a first pair of upwardly projecting first rear posts defining a first notch therebetween when in the lowered condition. The rear sight element has a second pair of upwardly projecting second rear posts defining a second notch therebetween when in the elevated condition. The first rear posts extend to a first height above the rear base, and the second rear posts extend to a second height above the rear base. The second height is greater than the first height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: KNS PRECISION, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Clauis Barnett, Christian Kager Welch, Daniel Earl Fisher, Nicholas Adam Rode, Todd Alan Magee, Steven Michael Pappas
  • Publication number: 20200243101
    Abstract: A method of building a new voice having a new timbre using a timbre vector space includes receiving timbre data filtered using a temporal receptive field. The timbre data is mapped in the timbre vector space. The timbre data is related to a plurality of different voices. Each of the plurality of different voices has respective timbre data in the timbre vector space. The method builds the new timbre using the timbre data of the plurality of different voices using a machine learning system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: William Carter Huffman, Michael Pappas
  • Patent number: 10622002
    Abstract: A method of building a new voice having a new timbre using a timbre vector space includes receiving timbre data filtered using a temporal receptive field. The timbre data is mapped in the timbre vector space. The timbre data is related to a plurality of different voices. Each of the plurality of different voices has respective timbre data in the timbre vector space. The method builds the new timbre using the timbre data of the plurality of different voices using a machine learning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Modulate, Inc.
    Inventors: William Carter Huffman, Michael Pappas
  • Patent number: 10614826
    Abstract: A method of building a speech conversion system uses target information from a target voice and source speech data. The method receives the source speech data and the target timbre data, which is within a timbre space. A generator produces first candidate data as a function of the source speech data and the target timbre data. A discriminator compares the first candidate data to the target timbre data with reference to timbre data of a plurality of different voices. The discriminator determines inconsistencies between the first candidate data and the target timbre data. The discriminator produces an inconsistency message containing information relating to the inconsistencies. The inconsistency message is fed back to the generator, and the generator produces a second candidate data. The target timbre data in the timbre space is refined using information produced by the generator and/or discriminator as a result of the feeding back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Modulate, Inc.
    Inventors: William Carter Huffman, Michael Pappas
  • Publication number: 20190186870
    Abstract: A firearm sight assembly comprises a rear base. The firearm sight assembly comprises a rear sight element movable with respect to the rear base between a lowered condition and an elevated condition. The rear sight element has a first pair of upwardly projecting first rear posts defining a first notch therebetween when in the lowered condition. The rear sight element has a second pair of upwardly projecting second rear posts defining a second notch therebetween when in the elevated condition. The first rear posts extend to a first height above the rear base, and the second rear posts extend to a second height above the rear base. The second height is greater than the first height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: KNS Precision, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Clauis Barnett, Christian Kager Welch, Daniel Earl Fisher, Nicholas Adam Rode, Todd Alan Magee, Steven Michael Pappas
  • Publication number: 20180342258
    Abstract: A method of building a new voice having a new timbre using a timbre vector space includes receiving timbre data filtered using a temporal receptive field. The timbre data is mapped in the timbre vector space. The timbre data is related to a plurality of different voices. Each of the plurality of different voices has respective timbre data in the timbre vector space. The method builds the new timbre using the timbre data of the plurality of different voices using a machine learning system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: William Carter Huffman, Michael Pappas
  • Publication number: 20180342257
    Abstract: A timbre vector space construction system for building a timbre vector space has an input. The input is configured to receive a first speech segment in a first voice and a second speech segment in a second voice. The system also includes a temporal receptive field to transform the first speech segment into a first plurality of analytical segments, and the second speech segment into a second plurality of analytical segments. Each of the first plurality of smaller analytical segments, and each of the second plurality of analytical segments have a frequency distribution that represents a different portion of the timbre data of the respective voices. The system also includes a machine learning system configured to map the first voice relative to the second voice in the timbre vector space as a function of the frequency distribution of the first plurality of analytical segments the second plurality of analytical segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: William Carter Huffman, Michael Pappas
  • Publication number: 20180342256
    Abstract: A method of building a speech conversion system uses target information from a target voice and source speech data. The method receives the source speech data and the target timbre data, which is within a timbre space. A generator produces first candidate data as a function of the source speech data and the target timbre data. A discriminator compares the first candidate data to the target timbre data with reference to timbre data of a plurality of different voices. The discriminator determines inconsistencies between the first candidate data and the target timbre data. The discriminator produces an inconsistency message containing information relating to the inconsistencies. The inconsistency message is fed back to the generator, and the generator produces a second candidate data. The target timbre data in the timbre space is refined using information produced by the generator and/or discriminator as a result of the feeding back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: William Carter Huffman, Michael Pappas
  • Publication number: 20150377577
    Abstract: A prong-type harmonically de-tuned flash suppressor that is usable with a sound suppressor. As a consequence of its harmonic de-tuning, the flash suppressor does not produce an audible ping when the firearm to which it is attached is discharged, due to harmonic variance among the prongs of the flash suppressor. Harmonic variance, or de-tuning, of the flash suppressor is accomplished by varying centers of gravity of the prongs such that each prong of the flash suppressor has a different fundamental harmonic than each other prong. This harmonic de-tuning of the flash suppressor is accomplished while maintaining each prong at an equal length to each other prong, and while maintaining the general exterior appearance of each prong as being about the same as the general exterior appearance of each other prong. Centers of gravities of the prongs, and thus fundamental harmonics of the prongs, may be varied by placing payloads within the prongs which serve as harmonic dampers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Inventors: Steven Michael Pappas, Joshua Dan MacMurray
  • Patent number: 9184451
    Abstract: A power supply apparatus has at least one modular reserve battery magazine with a plurality of compartments. A plurality of reserve battery modules may be respectively replaceably provided in corresponding ones of the plurality of compartments, each of the plurality of reserve battery modules being configured to provide power when a reserve battery provided therein is activated. Each reserve battery module of the plurality of reserve battery modules includes a sleeve and a reserve battery provided within the sleeve, the sleeve being configured to fit within one of the plurality of compartments in a predetermined orientation. Each sleeve may be detachably connectable within any compartment of the plurality of compartments and includes electrical connections so that each reserve battery module of the plurality of reserve battery modules is separately replaceable while the power supply apparatus remains remotely located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Eaglepicher Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Bennett, Greg Miller, Mike Parrot, Jim Ferraro, Greg Kirk, Dharmesh Bhakta, Donald S. Coonrod, Tyler Smith, Graham Schlanger, Amber Tucker, Adam Castillo, Jennifer Gaines, Kevin Havis, Michael Riemer, Michael Pappas, Thomas Vest, Michael Boyd, Kelvin Singleton, Derek Redd
  • Patent number: 8950546
    Abstract: A suppressor for a firearm is provided, wherein the suppressor can be selectively oriented relative to the firearm. The suppressor has an elongate body, a piston assembly and a cam assembly. A piston of the piston assembly can be fixedly attached to the barrel of a firearm. An indexing ring is radially fixed relative to the piston. The cam lever is selectively movable between a second position, in which the indexing ring is fixed relative to the elongate body, and a first position, in which the indexing ring can rotate relative to the elongate body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Silencerco, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathon Shults, Steven Michael Pappas, Harrison Holden
  • Publication number: 20140000904
    Abstract: A power supply apparatus has at least one modular reserve battery magazine with a plurality of compartments. A plurality of reserve battery modules may be respectively replaceably provided in corresponding ones of the plurality of compartments, each of the plurality of reserve battery modules being configured to provide power when a reserve battery provided therein is activated. Each reserve battery module of the plurality of reserve battery modules includes a sleeve and a reserve battery provided within the sleeve, the sleeve being configured to fit within one of the plurality of compartments in a predetermined orientation. Each sleeve may be detachably connectable within any compartment of the plurality of compartments and includes electrical connections so that each reserve battery module of the plurality of reserve battery modules is separately replaceable while the power supply apparatus remains remotely located.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicants: CAMERON INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION, EAGLEPICHER TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: John BENNETT, Greg MILLER, Mike PARROT, Jim FERRARO, Greg KIRK, Dharmesh BHAKTA, Donald S. COONROD, Tyler SMITH, Graham SCHLANGER, Amber TUCKER, Adam CASTILLO, Jennifer GAINES, Kevin HAVIS, Michael RIEMER, Michael PAPPAS, Thomas VEST, Michael BOYD, Kelvin SINGLETON, Derek REDD
  • Patent number: 8590826
    Abstract: In a winding assembly for winding web rolls, an enveloper assembly is used to initiate winding of a web stream onto a pre-formed core or to initiate winding of a core-forming substrate into an in-line core. The enveloper assembly comprises a first support arm operatively coupled to a second support arm; a third support arm operatively coupled to the second support arm; and an enveloper roller operatively coupled to the third support arm. The enveloper roller is movable along a cylindrical surface from a first position to a second position. The enveloper assembly accommodates a wide range of core diameters. For winding non-adhesive web streams, a tail tucker can be used in conjunction with the enveloper assembly to initiate winding. In conjunction with apparatus for inserting core-forming substrates or adhesive tabs onto a web, the winding assembly can perform high-volume, streaming production of wound web rolls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Catbridge Machinery, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Pappas, William Christman, Michael Yermal