Patents by Inventor Michael D. Smith

Michael D. Smith 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: 20200302921
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are described herein for placing secondary content into a break of unknown duration in a stream of primary content. In one aspect, the described techniques may include streaming a segment of primary content, for example, by a reduce capability client device, such as a mobile device or tablet. The device may receive information indicative of a break in the streaming of the primary content. The device may play secondary content based on receiving the information indicative of the break. The device may determine when a next segment of the primary content is available, and begin streaming the next segment of the primary content upon detecting that the second segment of the primary content is available.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Benjamin Aaron Miller, Jason D. Justman, Lora Clark Bouchard, Michael Ellery Bouchard, Kevin James Cotlove, Mathew Keith Gitchell, Stacia Lynn Haisch, Jonathan David Kersten, Matthew Karl Marchio, Peter Arthur Pulliam, George Allen Smith, Todd Christopher Tibbetts
  • Patent number: 10781429
    Abstract: The present invention relates to non-naturally occurring polypeptides useful for preparing armodafinil, polynucleotides encoding the polypeptides, and methods of using the polypeptides. The non-naturally occurring polypeptides of the present invention are effective in carrying out biocatalytic conversion of the (i) 2-(benzhydrylsulfinyl)acetamide to (?)-2-[(R)-(diphenylmethyl)sulfinyl]acetamide (armodafinil), or (ii) benzhydryl-thioacetic acid to (R)-2-(benzhydrylsulfinyl)acetic acid, which is a pivotal intermediate in the synthesis of armodafinil, in enantiomeric excess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Codexis, Inc.
    Inventors: Ee Lui Ang, Oscar Alvizo, Behnaz Behrouzian, Michael D. Clay, Steven J. Collier, Ellen D. Eberhard, Fu Fan, Shiwei Song, Derek J. Smith, Magnus Widegren, Robert Wilson, Junye Xu, Jun Zhu
  • Publication number: 20200291107
    Abstract: Methods of manufacture for producing anti-IL-12/IL-23p40 antibodies, e.g., the anti-IL-12/IL-23p40 antibody ustekinumab, in CHO and specific pharmaceutical compositions of the antibody are useful in treating various diseases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Inventors: Kristopher Barnthouse, Subinay Ganguly, Maarten Groeneveld, Manuel Lopez, Michael Nedved, Kevin D. Smith
  • Patent number: 10778955
    Abstract: Mathematical relationships between the scene geometry, camera parameters, and viewing environment are used to control stereography to obtain various results influencing the viewer's perception of 3D imagery. The methods may include setting a horizontal shift, convergence distance, and camera interaxial parameter to achieve various effects. The methods may be implemented in a computer-implemented tool for interactively modifying scene parameters during a 2D-to-3D conversion process, which may then trigger the re-rendering of the 3D content on the fly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Christopher E. Nolan, Bradley T. Collar, Michael D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20200284429
    Abstract: A blower assembly for a gas-burning appliance includes a blower and a motor coupled to the blower and configured to turn the blower to provide airflow through the gas-burning appliance. The blower assembly also includes a housing enclosing the blower and the motor. The housing a first portion and a second portion coupled to the first portion. The first portion and the second portion define a cavity therebetween to receive the motor and the blower. The blower assembly further includes an inlet sleeve coupled between the first portion and the second portion. The inlet sleeve is configured to couple to the gas-burning appliance and receive the airflow from the gas-burning appliance. The blower assembly also includes a seal extending at least partially around the inlet sleeve and at least partially between the inlet sleeve and at least one of the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: Steven W. POST, Michael D. SMITH
  • Patent number: 10759158
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an object holder for securely retaining an object while it is being printed in a direct-to-object print system and a direct-to-object print system configured to use various embodiments of the object holder of the present invention. In one embodiment, the object holder comprises a metallic shuttle mount configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead configured to eject marking material on to a surface of an object. A plurality of magnetic retainers are each shaped to physically secure the object to the metallic shuttle mount while the object is being moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Ireland, Michael N. Soures, Bruce H. Smith, Donald E. Thresh, James D. Vanbortel
  • Patent number: 10746406
    Abstract: The breaker box assembly may include a plurality of breaker modules that are removably attached to each other. Each breaker module includes a body and a first valve assembly disposed within the body. The body includes an inlet and first and second outlets. The first valve assembly is movable between a first position in which fluid is allowed to flow to the first and second outlets and a second position in which fluid is prevented from flowing to the first outlet and is permitted to flow to the second outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Georg Fischer Central Plastics LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Smith, Thomas G. Veeley
  • Patent number: 10749824
    Abstract: A VoIP 911 application is accessible to VoIP callers in the form of a portal and/or at least one API executed by one or more of a plurality of computing systems to retrieve a physical location of a VoIP user utilizing a VoIP number. A known postal address is generated from the physical location. The postal address is processed using a GIS system to determine if the postal address is a valid actual address. The postal address is processed using geocoding, and an updated MSAG address associated with the location of the VoIP user is generated. The VoIP 911 application may comprise an instant messaging application. The IM application is installed to and/or integrated with existing software packages. A VoIP user may update emergency information by submitting a current physical location of the VoIP user via an IM chat window. The physical location submitted is validated and confirmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Level 3 Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Michael F. Robles, Christopher D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20200250003
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus comprises a processor to: identify a workload comprising a plurality of tasks; generate a workload graph based on the workload, wherein the workload graph comprises information associated with the plurality of tasks; identify a device connectivity graph, wherein the device connectivity graph comprises device connectivity information associated with a plurality of processing devices; identify a privacy policy associated with the workload; identify privacy level information associated with the plurality of processing devices; identify a privacy constraint based on the privacy policy and the privacy level information; and determine a workload schedule, wherein the workload schedule comprises a mapping of the workload onto the plurality of processing devices, and wherein the workload schedule is determined based on the privacy constraint, the workload graph, and the device connectivity graph.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Shao-Wen Yang, Yen-Kuang Chen, Ragaad Mohammed Irsehid Altarawneh, Juan Pablo Munoz Chiabrando, Siew Wen Chin, Kushal Datta, Subramanya R. Dulloor, Julio C. Zamora Esquivel, Omar Ulises Florez Choque, Vishakha Gupta, Scott D. Hahn, Rameshkumar Illikkal, Nilesh Kumar Jain, Siti Khairuni Amalina Kamarol, Anil S. Keshavamurthy, Heng Kar Lau, Jonathan A. Lefman, Yiting Liao, Michael G. Millsap, Ibrahima J. Ndiour, Luis Carlos Maria Remis, Addicam V. Sanjay, Usman Sarwar, Eve M. Schooler, Ned M. Smith, Vallabhajosyula S. Somayazulu, Christina R. Strong, Omesh Tickoo, Srenivas Varadarajan, Jesús A. Cruz Vargas, Hassnaa Moustafa, Arun Raghunath, Katalin Klara Bartfai-Walcott, Maruti Gupta Hyde, Deepak S. Vembar, Jessica McCarthy
  • Patent number: 10734732
    Abstract: An optically tunable metamaterial unit cell is provided for photonic switching. The cell is optically tunable and includes a dielectric substrate with upper and lower surfaces. The cell further includes arrays of metamaterial elements and a layer of photo-capacitive material. The arrays are disposed the upper surface of the dielectric substrate. The metamaterial is capable of reflecting electromagnetic radiation. The layer of photo-capacitive material overlaps the arrays of metamaterial elements. The photo-capacitive material is optically tunable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Simin Feng, Kevin A. Boulais, Walter D. Sessions, Pearl Rayms-Keller, Robert B. Nichols, William F. Smith, Karen J. Long, Michael S. Lowry
  • Patent number: 10734622
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, an aircraft comprises a fuselage including composite skin; an enclosure located inside the fuselage; a rechargeable battery disposed inside the enclosure; and a ventilation conduit extending from the enclosure to an opening in the composite skin, the ventilation conduit including: a first portion having a first end coupled to the enclosure and a second end spaced from the composite skin, and a second portion extending between the composite skin and the second end of the first portion, the second portion comprising an electrically non-conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Julie K. Plessner, Douglas D. Maben, Daniel F. Lewinski, George A. McEachen, Mark E. Smith, Michael L. Trent, Richard K. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10726246
    Abstract: Implementations include actions of receiving consumer-specific data and ID-specific data from an identification presented by a consumer to a vending machine, processing at least a portion of the ID-specific data to determine one or more of whether the identification is unexpired and whether the identification is authentic, and serving the consumer from the vending machine at least partially in response to determining that the identification is unexpired and that the identification is authentic and determining that the consumer is authentic relative to the identification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Accenture Global Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Christopher J. McClellan, Jon C. Carder, Kevin D. McCann, Benjamin Scott Rogers, Christopher Bryan Paul Barr, Josef Salyer, Michael James Smith, David W. Nippa
  • Publication number: 20200227854
    Abstract: An electrical connector or electrical connector assembly that has a housing, a contact carrier, one or more spring members, and an interposer or contact system. The contact carrier is movable with respect to the housing between unmated and mated electrical positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Ronald I. Frank, James R. Meszaros, George L. Goulart, JR., Braden J. Ishaug, Robert G. Hennemuth, III, Michael D. Smith, Michael A. Yashin, Gordon J. Udall, Daniel R. Mcnevin
  • Patent number: 10695075
    Abstract: A handheld surgical device having a working portion that can be covered or uncovered. The working portion of the handheld surgical device can have an advanced position or a retracted position, which can be controlled by one or more switch(s) at the handle portion of the handheld surgical device. The handheld surgical device can also include a shroud that can cover the working portion having a cutting blade driven by a powered motor. The shroud can also have a cutting edge, which is not driven by the powered motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Michael D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20200193713
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing smart mirrors and smart mirror systems for mixed or augmented reality display are disclosed. A system for augmented reality display using a smart mirror system comprises a server and a smart mirror. The smart mirror comprises a display and a camera. The server is configured to receive information associated with a user; identify, using the information, an object for the user; and transmit, to the smart mirror a three-dimensional model of the object. The smart mirror is configured to receive, from the server, the three-dimensional model of the object; receive, from the camera, a real-time image of the user; overlay the three-dimensional model of the object on the real-time image of the user to provide an overlaid image; and display the overlaid image on the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Melanie WAGNER, Andrew BRAVERMAN, Garett CHANG, Andre D. SMITH, Michael GABINSKY
  • Patent number: 10683174
    Abstract: A flow-through discharge assembly having a rotatable tube section and an opening through which product is discharged and a positioning apparatus for rotating the tube section between operation and non-operational conditions. When the tube is positioned in an operational orientation, grain exits through the opening for discharge from the assembly. When the tube is returned to a non-operational condition, the tube opening is blocked and grain is prevented from exiting through the opening. The tube opening may be a single elongated opening or may include multiple tube openings through which product is discharged. A method of using a rotary discharge assembly to control grain flow within a grain handling system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: AG GROWTH INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Huff, Douglas Kruse, Michael Patenaude, Bradley D. Smith
  • Patent number: 10680341
    Abstract: Optimizations are provided in the design and fabrication of a parabolic antenna reflector. In particular, a parabolic antenna reflector comprises an inner reflective face being formed in a parabolic shape and a first outer circumferential portion. The parabolic antenna also includes an outer face being formed in a different parabolic shape and a second circumferential portion. The first outer circumferential portion is coupled to the second outer circumferential portion to form an inner body between the inner reflective face and the outer face. This inner body includes a monopulse comparator waveguide. As a result, the monopulse comparator waveguide is embedded between the inner reflective face and the outer face. In some instances, this waveguide includes one or more bends. Additionally, in some instances, the parabolic antenna reflector is fabricated using additive manufacturing techniques such that the parabolic antenna reflector is a single printed unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: L3 Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Trevis D. Anderson, Jared E. Campbell, Michael C. Hollenbeck, Robert H. Smith
  • Publication number: 20200174213
    Abstract: An optical fiber cable management panel includes drawer assemblies, each including a drawer slidable within a chassis. The drawer assemblies are secured together by a bracket that includes an interlock arrangement with the chassis. Such an interlock arrangement includes a non-threaded stud engaging a hole. Radius limiters may be part of the drawer assembly and include a cable entry aperture have a closed perimeter and a flared cable guide surface around most of, and preferably all of, the closed perimeter to allow for the entry of cables from all directions. A control mechanism controls movement of the radius limiter relative to the drawer assembly. The control mechanism includes a rotating member that has an axis of rotation transverse to the slidable motion of the radius limiter and normal to the radius limiter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Joel B. Douglas, Kathleen M. Barnes, Michael J. Franklin, Lonnie E. Hannah, Trevor D. Smith, Steven P. Trebesch
  • Publication number: 20200173907
    Abstract: No reliable test presently exists for predicting the amount or type of corrosion a metal surface may experience during field use, particularly when the corrosion can be a result of both acid-induced corrosion and microorganism-induced corrosion mechanisms. Apparatuses affording more field-like testing conditions may comprise: a one-pass fluid train comprising a reservoir configured to maintain a fluid at a first temperature state under anoxic conditions; a pre-conditioning chamber in fluid communication with the reservoir and configured to receive a defined volume of the fluid; an autoclave chamber having an impeller in fluid communication with the pre-conditioning chamber that is configured to receive the defined volume of the fluid from the pre-conditioning chamber; and one or more sampling receptacles in fluid communication with the autoclave chamber that are configured to receive the defined volume of the fluid while maintaining anoxic conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Dennis R. Enning, Ramsey J. Smith, Jeffrey D. Spitzenberger, Alexander J. Dulin, Oleg Y. Melnichenko, James K. Backman, William Farrell, Kurt R. Grice, Michael Scudiero
  • Patent number: 10669593
    Abstract: Methods, compositions, and kits for predicting and controlling fruit color in palm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Malaysian Pal Oil Board
    Inventors: Rajinder Singh, Leslie Ooi Cheng Li, Leslie Low Eng Ti, Rahimah Abdul Rahman, Meilina Ong Abdullah, Jayanthi Nagappan, Rozana Rosli, Mohd Amin Ab. Halim, Rajanaidu Nookiah, Chan Kuang Lim, Norazah Azizi, Ravigadevi Sambanthamurthi, Rob Martienssen, Steven W. Smith, Nathan D. Lakey, Andrew Van Brunt, Jared Ordway, Michael Hogan, Chunyan Wang