Patents by Inventor Michael Birch

Michael Birch 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: 20090137047
    Abstract: An automated and autonomous diagnostic apparatus that is capable of dispensing collection vials and collections kits to users interesting in collecting a biological sample and submitting their collected sample contained within a collection vial into the apparatus for automated diagnostic services. The user communicates with the apparatus through a touch-screen monitor. A user is able to enter personnel information into the apparatus including medical history, insurance information, co-payment, and answer a series of questions regarding their illness, which is used to determine the assay most likely to yield a positive result. Remotely-located physicians can communicate with users of the apparatus using video tele-medicine and request specific assays to be performed. The apparatus archives submitted samples for additional testing. Users may receive their assay results electronically. Users may allow the uploading of their diagnoses into a central databank for disease surveillance purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventors: John Frederick Regan, James Michael Birch
  • Publication number: 20090066674
    Abstract: A single-layer touch-sensor device having a calibration mechanism coupled therewith is described. Included is a charge measurement circuit coupled, by a pair of electrical traces, with a slider of the single-layer touch-sensor device. A pair of calibration capacitors is included, each calibration capacitor coupled, between the slider and the charge measurement circuit, with one of the pair of electrical traces. A pair of connection switches is also included, each connection switch coupled with one of the pair of calibration capacitors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventors: Andriy Maharyta, Robert Michael Birch
  • Publication number: 20070094328
    Abstract: A system for collaboratively producing artwork includes a server and a plurality of user computers coupled to a network. The server transmits a request for submissions to collaborators and who prepare portions of the artwork using multimedia tools provided by the server computer. The collaborators transmit their completed portions of the artwork back to the server computer where they are compiled and transmitted to a recipient on a designated time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Publication date: April 26, 2007
    Inventor: Michael Birch
  • Publication number: 20070053629
    Abstract: A system for use in a subsea environment includes at least one fiber optic cable for connection to surface equipment, and a subsea optical junction assembly connected to the at least one fiber optic cable. The system further includes subsea components, and plural fiber optic cables connected to corresponding subsea components. The subsea optical junction assembly couples the at least one fiber optic cable for connection with the surface equipment to the plural fiber optic cables connected to the subsea components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Publication date: March 8, 2007
    Inventors: Ramaswamy Meyyappan, Roderick MacKenzie, Michael Birch, Gregor Deans
  • Publication number: 20070016689
    Abstract: A social network drawing system allows users of the social network to communicate with text as well as pictures that are posted on a web site. The social network program includes a user interface having drawing tools and a drawing area. The user selects the desired tools which include a marker, marker color, marker size and canvas size to prepare the illustration using a computer mouse. The completed illustrations are posted on the posting page which allows other users to view and respond with additional illustrations to the posted drawings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Publication date: January 18, 2007
    Inventor: Michael Birch
  • Publication number: 20050220645
    Abstract: A booster pumping system is disclosed for producing hydrocarbons from a subsea production well. The booster pumping system includes: (1) a submersible pump hydraulically connected to the production well to provide energy to the hydrocarbon flow and boost production to another destination such as a subsea production facility or the surface via a riser; (2) an inlet conduit to receive the flow from the production well and isolate the flow from the dummy wellbore and direct the flow to the intake of the pump; and (3) a motor exposed to the dummy wellbore to drive the pump. The dummy wellbore may be flooded or circulated with seawater to cool the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Publication date: October 6, 2005
    Inventors: John Kerr, Michael Birch, Joseph Scranton, Tauna Leonardi, Randall Vessels
  • Patent number: 6575770
    Abstract: An optoelectronic module including a skeleton structure, a platform portion, and a vertical portion is provided. The skeleton structure has a socket portion and the vertical portion extends from the socket portion to a transverse back plate. The platform portion has a first array of recesses arranged to receive a plurality of pins extending from a first circuit board disposed on the optoelectronic module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Michael Birch, Peter Charles Gibson
  • Publication number: 20030027440
    Abstract: Existing optical transceiver modules employ flex circuits in order to achieve a predetermined between an optical centreline and a centreline of pins of the transceiver module. The present invention employs a lead frame to attach pins to a lower edge of circuit boards forming the transceiver module so that the circuit boards can be inserted vertically with respect to a surface upon which the transceiver module is to be mounted when in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2001
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Inventors: Kevin Michael Birch, Peter Charles Gibson
  • Patent number: 6332285
    Abstract: A plastic tab for indexing or marking a folder or an edge portion of an article such as an organizer or storage system. The lower portion of the tab has two downwardly extending walls, between which an edge of the folder or other article may be placed. The downwardly extending walls are configured and adapted to create an interference fit when the folder or other article is inserted between the walls of the tab. The interference fit enables the tab to remain securely in the desired position along the edge portion. The tab is made of a flexible polymeric material so that it may be mounted, re-positioned or removed easily. Removal of the tab from a wall edge causes the walls to flex apart and thereby eliminate or minimize the interference fit between the tab lower walls and the article on which the tab is mounted. Removal of the tab is therefore a smooth and simple operation that minimizes breakage of the tab or damage to the folder, organizer or storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2001
    Assignee: Esselte Corporation
    Inventors: Eric R. Aaldenberg, Lee A. Boy, Michael Birch, Robert D. Seiler, James J. Lynch
  • Patent number: 5701667
    Abstract: This disclosure describes an Interconnect Stress Testing (IST) system and a printed wiring board test coupon which is used with the IST system. The system includes a computer device and a cabinet which is used for mounting the test coupon as well as housing a number of the other components that make up the system. During a pre-cycling phase, the system determines the correct current that should be passed through the coupon in order to heat it to a predetermined temperature. After that test current value is determined the system actually stress tests the coupon by passing the determined test current through the coupon. It does so for a selected number of cycles, and monitors resistance changes in the coupon during testing while recording test data. This disclosure also describes the test coupon, which is designed to uniformly dissipate the heat created during stress cycling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Assignee: Digital Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Birch, Gerard Michel Gavrel, Zaffar Iqbal Memon