Patents by Inventor Michael Fennel

Michael Fennel 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: 20140318596
    Abstract: A system for collecting electromagnetic energy is provided. The system can include one or more electromagnetic energy collection devices. An individual device comprises a first electrically conductive layer adjacent to a semiconductor layer. The first electrically conductive layer forms a Schottky barrier to charge flow at an interface between the first electrically conductive layer and the semiconductor layer. A second electrically conductive layer is disposed adjacent to the semiconductor layer and away from the first electrically conductive layer. The second electrically conductive layer forms an ohmic contact with the semiconductor layer. Upon exposure of the device to electromagnetic energy, the first electrically conductive layer generates localized surface plasmon resonances that resonantly interact with the second electrically conductive layer, providing near perfect absorption of light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Bala Krishna Juluri, Justin Hallas, Phillip Layton, Michael Fennel, Shawn Meade
  • Patent number: 5738485
    Abstract: There is provided a pallet dispensing apparatus wherein the carriage assembly is reciprocably movable in a vertical direction and has first and second transversely extending rails with pallet supporting members secured thereto. Each of the rails has a cam member at an end thereof which is movable in an associated cam guide which has first and second generally vertically extending cam tracks, an upper cam guide track extending between upper portions of the inner and outer vertical channels and a lower cam guide track extending between lower portions of the inner and outer vertical channels. The guiding movement of the cam guide with associated cam members causes the transversely extending rails to rotate and permit the dispensing of a single pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Assignee: Coprodev Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Denis Bedard, Michael Fennel