Patents by Inventor Michael C. Robinson

Michael C. Robinson 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: 11123250
    Abstract: A powered ambulance cot and methods of raising and lowering the cot as well as loading and unloading the cot are disclosed. The cot includes a support frame and legs, each leg having a wheel. An actuator of an actuation system interconnects the frame and legs, and is configured to effect changes in elevation of the frame relative to the wheel of each of the legs. A control system controls activation of the actuation system, and detects both the actuator at a first location relative to the frame, where the first location is remote from a second location and which situates an end of the actuator that is remote from each wheel closer to the frame, and a presence of a signal requesting a change in elevation of said support frame to thereby cause the legs to move relative to the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventors: Colleen Q. Blickensderfer, Brian M. Magill, Timothy R. Wells, Preeti Sar, Derick C. Robinson, Nicholas V. Valentino, Michael D. Clark
  • Patent number: 10367951
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a device and method for extending alerts for a wireless device. In one embodiment, a method for extending alerts for a wireless device includes linking the wireless device through a wireless connection with a wireless ringer module; wherein the wireless ringer module is removably coupled to a device having an interface for receiving and coupling with the wireless ringer module. The method further includes transmitting a signal to the wireless ringer that triggers an alert feature of the wireless ringer for notifying a user of an incoming communication in response to the wireless device receiving an indication of an incoming communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Sweeney, Michael C. Robinson, Robert J. Morrill
  • Publication number: 20160080581
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a device and method for extending alerts for a wireless device. In one embodiment, a method for extending alerts for a wireless device includes linking the wireless device through a wireless connection with a wireless ringer module; wherein the wireless ringer module is removably coupled to a device having an interface for receiving and coupling with the wireless ringer module. The method further includes transmitting a signal to the wireless ringer that triggers an alert feature of the wireless ringer for notifying a user of an incoming communication in response to the wireless device receiving an indication of an incoming communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Publication date: March 17, 2016
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Sweeney, Michael C. Robinson, Robert J. Morrill
  • Patent number: 9219826
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a device and method for extending alerts for a wireless device. In one embodiment, a method for extending alerts for a wireless device includes linking the wireless device through a wireless connection with a wireless ringer module; wherein the wireless ringer module is removably coupled to a device having an interface for receiving and coupling with the wireless ringer module. The method further includes transmitting a signal to the wireless ringer that triggers an alert feature of the wireless ringer for notifying a user of an incoming communication in response to the wireless device receiving an indication of an incoming communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Sweeney, Michael C. Robinson, Robert J. Morrill
  • Patent number: 9014764
    Abstract: A system and method for playing ringtones on a communication device. User preferences indicating a desired method for selecting a ringtone are received from the number of ringtones. The ringtone is selected from the number of ringtones based on the user preferences indicating the desired method for selecting the ringtone from the number of ringtones. Playback of the ringtone is initiated for playback on the communication device in response to being selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Sweeney, Kelsyn D. Rooks, Michael C. Robinson, Robert J. Morrill, Charles E. Lumbirt
  • Patent number: 8976785
    Abstract: A system and method for providing voice redundancy service. A digital packet telephony service is monitored for continuity of the digital packet telephony service. Voice communication service is switched to a plain old telephone connection in response to determining the digital packet telephony service is unavailable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Sweeney, Michael C. Robinson
  • Publication number: 20130296001
    Abstract: A system and method for playing ringtones on a communication device. User preferences indicating a desired method for selecting a ringtone are received from the number of ringtones. The ringtone is selected from the number of ringtones based on the user preferences indicating the desired method for selecting the ringtone from the number of ringtones. Playback of the ringtone is initiated for playback on the communication device in response to being selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Sweeney, Kelsyn D. Rooks, Michael C. Robinson, Robert J. Morrill, Charles E. Lumbirt
  • Patent number: 8478355
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosed inventions include a method for playing ringtones on a communication device. The method includes associating a plurality of ringtones with an identifier of a calling device. The method also includes receiving a user preference indicating a desired method for selecting a ringtone from the plurality of ringtones. In response to the communication device receiving a communication from the calling device associated with the identifier, the method selects the ringtone from the plurality of ringtones based on the user preference indicating the desired method for selecting the ringtone from the plurality of ringtones and initiates the playing of a selected ringtone on the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Sweeney, Kelsyn D. Rooks, Sr., Michael C. Robinson, Robert J. Morrill, Charles E. Lumbirt
  • Patent number: 8457617
    Abstract: A system and method for locating a wireless accessory. User input to search for the wireless accessory is received. A determination is made whether a signal is received from the wireless accessory. Location information is displayed to a user in response to detecting the signal from the wireless accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Sweeney, Michael C. Robinson
  • Patent number: 8331221
    Abstract: An outage notification system is provided which includes a first communication network, a second communication network, a plurality of first communication units communicatively coupled to the first communication network and the second communication network, a network monitoring unit communicatively coupled to the first communication network and configured to detect a failure in at least one of the plurality of first communication units or the first communication network, a plurality of second communication units communicatively coupled to the second communication network and associated with corresponding first communication units, and a message alert unit communicatively coupled to the first and second communication networks and configured to receive an alert notification from the network monitoring unit via the first communication network indicating a failure in at least one of the first communication units or the first communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Jamie Christopher Howarter, Charles Michael Lesher, Michael C. Robinson
  • Publication number: 20120178504
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosed inventions include a method for playing ringtones on a communication device. The method includes associating a plurality of ringtones with an identifier of a calling device. The method also includes receiving a user preference indicating a desired method for selecting a ringtone from the plurality of ringtones. In response to the communication device receiving a communication from the calling device associated with the identifier, the method selects the ringtone from the plurality of ringtones based on the user preference indicating the desired method for selecting the ringtone from the plurality of ringtones and initiates the playing of a selected ringtone on the communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Sweeney, Kelsyn D. Rooks, SR., Michael C. Robinson, Robert J. Morrill, Charles E. Lumbirt
  • Publication number: 20120169486
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a device and method for extending alerts for a wireless device. In one embodiment, a method for extending alerts for a wireless device includes linking the wireless device through a wireless connection with a wireless ringer module; wherein the wireless ringer module is removably coupled to a device having an interface for receiving and coupling with the wireless ringer module. The method further includes transmitting a signal to the wireless ringer that triggers an alert feature of the wireless ringer for notifying a user of an incoming communication in response to the wireless device receiving an indication of an incoming communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Sweeney, Michael C. Robinson, Robert J. Morrill
  • Patent number: 8145278
    Abstract: A system and method for shuffling ringtones. An identifier associated with a calling party is received. A selection of ringtones is received. The identifier is associated with the selection of ringtones. A communication is received from the calling party. Playback of one of the selection of ringtones is initiated on a communications device based on a user preference in response to determining the communication is associated with the identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Embarq Holdings Company LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Sweeney, Kelsyn D. Rooks, Sr., Michael C. Robinson, Robert J. Morrill, Charles E. Lumbirt
  • Patent number: 7840602
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for a management application accessing a database of interest, including the management application creating an object for indicating a unique identifier for a data item using a SET command; an agent storing the unique identifier in the restricted intermediate database; the management application creating an object for indicating a data type for the data item, the creating including use of a SET command; the agent storing the data type in the restricted intermediate database; the management application creating an object for indicating an action to be performed on the data item with respect to the database of interest, the creating including use of a SET command; the agent issuing an action command to perform the action; and the agent receiving a response and sending it to the management application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael C. Robinson, Jon C. Wilhelmsen
  • Publication number: 20090274052
    Abstract: An outage notification system is provided which includes a first communication network, a second communication network, a plurality of first communication units communicatively coupled to the first communication network and the second communication network, a network monitoring unit communicatively coupled to the first communication network and configured to detect a failure in at least one of the plurality of first communication units or the first communication network, a plurality of second communication units communicatively coupled to the second communication network and associated with corresponding first communication units, and a message alert unit communicatively coupled to the first and second communication networks and configured to receive an alert notification from the network monitoring unit via the first communication network indicating a failure in at least one of the first communication units or the first communication network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventors: Jamie Christopher Howarter, Charles Michael Lesher, Michael C. Robinson
  • Publication number: 20090240538
    Abstract: A system and method for tracking calls based on advertising. An advertisement is communicated to a user through a communications network. A determination is made that a call connection is made between the user and one or more numbers associated with the advertiser. The advertiser is billed in response to the determined call connections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Sweeney, Kelsyn D.S. Rooks, SR., Michael C. Robinson, Robert J. Morrill
  • Publication number: 20090156265
    Abstract: A system and method for shuffling ringtones. An identifier associated with a calling party is received. A selection of ringtones is received. The identifier is associated with the selection of ringtones. A communication is received from the calling party. Playback of one of the selection of ringtones is initiated on a communications device based on a user preference in response to determining the communication is associated with the identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: Embarq Holdings Company LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Sweeney, Kelsyn D. Rooks, SR., Michael C. Robinson, Robert J. Morrill, Charles E. Lumbirt
  • Publication number: 20090088207
    Abstract: A system and method for extending alerts for a wireless device. A media player equipped with a wireless ringer is linked with a media player through a wireless connection. Playback of media content on the media player is interrupted to play an alert in response to the wireless ringer receiving an indication of an incoming communication from the wireless device. The alert is played on the media player in response to interrupting playback of the media content in order to inform a user of the incoming communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: EMBARQ HOLDINGS COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Sweeney, Michael C. Robinson, Robert J. Morrill
  • Publication number: 20090058670
    Abstract: A system and method for locating a wireless accessory. User input to search for the wireless accessory is received. A determination is made whether a signal is received from the wireless accessory. Location information is displayed to a user in response to detecting the signal from the wireless accessory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Sweeney, Michael C. Robinson
  • Publication number: 20090003318
    Abstract: A system and method for providing voice redundancy service. A digital packet telephony service is monitored for continuity of the digital packet telephony service. Voice communication service is switched to a plain old telephone connection in response to determining the digital packet telephony service is unavailable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Sweeney, Michael C. Robinson