Patents by Inventor Michael K. Russell

Michael K. Russell 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: 20200093009
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a glass housing structures. The glass housing structures may be used to cover a display and other internal electronic device components. The glass housing structure may have multiple glass pieces that are joined using a glass fusing process. A peripheral glass member may be fused along the edge of a planar glass member to enhance the thickness of the edge. A rounded edge feature may be formed by machining the thickened edge. Raised fused glass features may surround openings in the planar glass member. Multiple planar glass members may be fused together to form a five-sided box in which electronic components may be mounted. Raised support structure ribs may be formed by fusing glass structures to a planar glass member. Opaque masking material and colored glass may be used to create portions of the glass housing structures that hide internal device components from view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Peter N. Russell-Clarke, Jonathan P. Ive, Michael K. Pilliod
  • Patent number: 10551722
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods for windows integration with cover glass and for processing cover glass to provide windows for electronic devices are disclosed. Transparent windows such as a transparent camera window, a transparent illuminator window and/or a transparent display window can be integrated into the cover glass. The apparatus, systems and methods are especially suitable for cover glasses, or displays (e.g., LCD displays), assembled in small form factor electronic devices such as handheld electronic devices (e.g., mobile phones, media players, personal digital assistants, remote controls, etc.). The apparatus, systems and methods can also be used for cover glasses or displays for other relatively larger form factor electronic devices (e.g., portable computers, tablet computers, displays, monitors, televisions, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Michael K. Pilliod, Peter N. Russell-Clarke, Douglas J. Weber
  • Patent number: 10512176
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a glass housing structures. The glass housing structures may be used to cover a display and other internal electronic device components. The glass housing structure may have multiple glass pieces that are joined using a glass fusing process. A peripheral glass member may be fused along the edge of a planar glass member to enhance the thickness of the edge. A rounded edge feature may be formed by machining the thickened edge. Raised fused glass features may surround openings in the planar glass member. Multiple planar glass members may be fused together to form a five-sided box in which electronic components may be mounted. Raised support structure ribs may be formed by fusing glass structures to a planar glass member. Opaque masking material and colored glass may be used to create portions of the glass housing structures that hide internal device components from view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Peter N. Russell-Clarke, Jonathan P. Ive, Michael K. Pilliod
  • Patent number: 8954456
    Abstract: A system and method for accepting content in a first form, identifying the type of the content, specifying at least a second form, converting the content form from the first to the second form, and continuing conversion for any forms subsequent to the second form. Variant Production Functions create specification-based variant files and supplemental metadata using data from existing resources. A Variant Production Function provides functionality for parsing an existing resource's data, and generating a complete or partial alternate translated form of that resource. The Variant Production Function includes at least the input of the content of the primary target resource file used as the basis for the new variant. Variant Production Functions may be in Auto Generation Configuration Objects, or used as components within a Translation and Transcription Service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Measured Progress, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary Pierce, Thomas Hoffmann, Michael K. Russell
  • Patent number: 8303309
    Abstract: In an exemplary embodiment, a computer-implemented method for implementing a test delivery system is provided. The method includes implementing a plurality of interoperable accommodation and accessibility tools, and providing an interface to the test with the plurality of interoperable accommodation and accessibility tools provided on the interface. The method also includes receiving one or more tool settings for a test-taker specifying one or more permitted tools in the plurality of interoperable accommodation and accessibility tools, and customizing the interface based on the one or more tool settings to allow the test-taker access to the one or more permitted tools during the test. The method further includes allowing the test-taker to activate or deactivate each of the one or more permitted tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Measured Progress, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Hoffmann, Michael K. Russell
  • Publication number: 20090017432
    Abstract: In an exemplary embodiment, a computer-implemented method for implementing a test delivery system is provided. The method includes implementing a plurality of interoperable accommodation and accessibility tools, and providing an interface to the test with the plurality of interoperable accommodation and accessibility tools provided on the interface. The method also includes receiving one or more tool settings for a test-taker specifying one or more permitted tools in the plurality of interoperable accommodation and accessibility tools, and customizing the interface based on the one or more tool settings to allow the test-taker access to the one or more permitted tools during the test. The method further includes allowing the test-taker to activate or deactivate each of the one or more permitted tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Applicant: Nimble Assessment Systems
    Inventors: Thomas Hoffmann, Michael K. Russell
  • Patent number: 6883240
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and an apparatus for use in surveying boreholes. The method of the invention comprises the following steps: providing an instrument package in a leading end of a drillstring, the instrument package comprising first and second single-axis sensors mounted for rotation with the drillstring about the rotational axis of the drillstring, the first sensor being an accelerometer and the second sensor being a magnetic fluxgate or a rate gyro; rotating the drillstring; deriving from the first sensor the inclination angle of the drillstring at the instrument package; and deriving from the second sensor the azimuth angle of the drillstring at the instrument package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Smart Stabilizer Systems Limited
    Inventors: Anthony W. Russell, Michael K. Russell
  • Patent number: 6854192
    Abstract: A borehole drilling and survey assembly includes a drill string of magnetic material, a non-magnetic drill collar, and a non-magnetic rotary drilling system including a drill bit. A near-bit survey instrument is located in the rotary drilling system at a fixed distance from the junction of the drill string and the drill collar. A second survey instrument is located in the drill collar at a fixed distance from said junction. The survey instruments measure the local values of the component of the earth's magnetic along the borehole axis, and these values are processed to remove the magnetic effects of the drillstring. The survey instruments optionally also measure gravity vector components to enable borehole heading to be derived.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Smart Stabilizer Systems Limited
    Inventors: Michael K. Russell, Anthony W. Russell
  • Publication number: 20040134081
    Abstract: A borehole drilling and survey assembly includes a drill string of magnetic material, a non-magnetic drill collar, and a non-magnetic rotary drilling system including a drill bit. A near-bit survey instrument is located in the rotary drilling system at a fixed distance from the junction of the drill string and the drill collar. A second survey instrument is located in the drill collar at a fixed distance from said junction. The survey instruments measure the local values of the component of the earth's magnetic along the borehole axis, and these values are processed to remove the magnetic effects of the drillstring. The survey instruments optionally also measure gravity vector components to enable borehole heading to be derived.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2003
    Publication date: July 15, 2004
    Applicant: Smart Stabilizer Systems Limited
    Inventors: Michael K. Russell, Anthony W. Russell
  • Publication number: 20040107590
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and an apparatus for use in surveying boreholes. The method of the invention comprises the following steps: providing an instrument package in a leading end of a drillstring, the instrument package comprising first and second single-axis sensors mounted for rotation with the drillstring about the rotational axis of the drillstring, the first sensor being an accelerometer and the second sensor being a magnetic fluxgate or a rate gyro; rotating the drillstring; deriving from the first sensor the inclination angle of the drillstring at the instrument package; and deriving from the second sensor the azimuth angle of the drillstring at the instrument package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2003
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Applicant: Smart Stabilizer Systems Limited
    Inventors: Anthony W. Russell, Michael K. Russell
  • Patent number: 5695015
    Abstract: A system for controlling the rotation of a roll stabilizable control unit in a steerable rotary drilling assembly comprises an instrument carrier rotatably mounted on a support connected to the drill string. A first rotatable impeller is mounted for rotation by a flow of drilling fluid over the impeller and is coupled to the instrument carrier so as to transmit a torque to it. Sensors carried by the instrument carrier sense the rotational orientation of the instrument carrier and produce a control signal indicative of its rotational orientation, and the torque applied to the instrument carrier by the impeller is controlled, at least partly in response to said signal, so that the instrument carrier can, for example, be roll stabilized if required. A second rotatable impeller is coupled to the instrument carrier for transmitting to it a second torque, which may also be controlled, in the opposite direction to the torque transmitted by the first impeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Assignee: Camco Drilling Group Ltd. of Hycalog
    Inventors: John D. Barr, William C. Motion, Michael K. Russell
  • Patent number: 5367686
    Abstract: The method of the present invention presents a plurality of option panels to a user, each option panel requiring at least one user input which specifies a system option for a selected data processing system. Thereafter, an installation profile is created utilizing these specified system options, including at least a description of the operating system to be utilized and a description of the data processing system hardware configuration. In one embodiment of the present invention this installation profile is then stored in conjunction with a complex multilevel software application on a portable storage media, such as a tape reel. Thereafter, the installation of the complex multilevel software application may be automatically accomplished by reference to the installation profile which contains those values which represent preset installation options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Arvin J. Fisher, Alan Hlava, Paul D. Koeller, Mary C. Manges, Michael K. Russell, Robert H. Satin, Gordon G. Stewart, Patricia A. Timms
  • Patent number: 5265682
    Abstract: A system for maintaining a downhole instrumentation package in a roll stabilised orientation with respect to a drill string comprises an instrument carrier which is mounted within a drill collar for rotation about the longitudinal axis of the collar. An impeller is mounted on the instrument carrier so as to rotate the carrier relatively to the drill collar as a result of the flow of drilling fluid along the drill collar during drilling. The torque transmitted to the instrument carrier is controlled, in response to signals from sensors in the carrier which respond to the rotational orientation of the carrier, and input signals indicating the required roll angle of the carrier, so as to rotate the carrier in the opposite direction to the drill collar and at the same speed, so as to maintain the carrier non-rotating in space and hence roll stabilised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Assignee: Camco Drilling Group Limited
    Inventors: Michael K. Russell, John D Barr
  • Patent number: 5103177
    Abstract: Borehole surveying methods and apparatus for surveying the true longitudinal magnetic field within a substantially non-magnetic drill collar. A plurality of longitudinal magnetic field measurements are made to provide a longitudinal-position-dependent series of magnetic field measurements BZ(z) which enable the true magnitude of the terrestial magnetic field BZe in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the borehole to be calculated on the basis that BZ(z)=BZe+E(z), where E(z) is the longitudinal-position-dependent longitudinal magnetic field error induced by the magnetism of the drill string and the bottom-hole assembly. Several different methods of calculation are described, including polar and non-polar magnetic error function models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Inventors: Anthony W. Russell, Michael K. Russell
  • Patent number: 4999920
    Abstract: A method of deriving the true magnitude of the terrestial magnetic field in the direction of the longitudinal axis of a borehole at a region of the borehold occupied by an instrumentation package equipped with magnetic vector measuring means for measuring the lateral magnetic vectors Bx and By and further equipped with gravitational vector measuring means for measuring each of the three gravitational vectors Gx, Gy, and Gz.The method comprises the steps of performing said measurements of the magnetic vectors and the gravitational vectors and from said vector measurements solving the equation:Bze=(Bve.Ge-Bx.Gx-By.Gy)/Gzwhere BVe is the vertical component of the terrestial magnetic field at the location of the borehole, and Ge is the terrestial gravity field. The terrestial gravity field Ge may be derived as the square root of the sum of the individual squares of the individual gravity vectors Gx, Gy and Gz, according to the equation:Ge=(Gx.sup.2 +Gy.sup.2 +Gz.sup.2).sup.1/2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Inventors: Anthony W. Russell, Michael K. Russell
  • Patent number: 4956823
    Abstract: A transmitter comprises an impeller assembly rotatable by a liquid flow, and an electrical generator having a stator and a rotor arranged to be driven by the impeller assembly. The impeller assembly comprises a main impeller portion and a secondary impeller portion angularly displaceable relative to one another about the axis of rotation of the impeller assembly in response to a change in load of the generator so as to vary the pressure drop across the rotating impeller assembly. Thus appropriate variation of the load of the generator may be used to control the impeller assembly in such a manner as to transmit pressure signals within the liquid flow. Such a transmitter is particularly suitable for transmitting measurement data to the surface from a measuring instrument at the end of a drill string within a borehole. Furthermore such a transmitter can be constructed so as to be readily retrievable without requiring withdrawal of the drill string from the borehole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1990
    Inventors: Michael K. Russell, Anthony W. Russell
  • Patent number: 4941354
    Abstract: An accelerometer has a moving magnet within a housing. The magnet is mounted within a support member connected to the center of a diaphragm so as to permit movement of the magnet along a measurement axis extending in the axial direction of the support member by deformation of the diaphragm and so as to permit movement of the magnet along two mutually orthogonal measurement axes parallel to the diaphragm by flexing of the diaphragm to allow for pivoting of the support member. Furthermore displacement of the magnet with respect to the three mutually transverse measurement axes in response to an applied force is sensed by a pickoff capacitor, and a respective output signal proportional to the component of the applied force along each of the measurement axes is supplied by associated sensing circuitry. Simultaneously the magnet is restored to its null position by associated force coil pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1990
    Inventors: Michael K. Russell, Anthony W. Russell
  • Patent number: 4855870
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an assembly for supporting an electrical circuit board within a tube. The assembly comprises a circuit board, an elongated support spine extending longitudinally along the tube and supporting the circuit board and a shock absorbing device for holding the assembly within the tube. The circuit board is disposed parallel to a support surface of the spine with a gap therebetween and a layer of a vibration absorbing material is disposed in the gap between the circuit board and the spine. The vibration absorbing material preferably is an elastomer. Most preferably, the vibration absorbing material comprises a layer of a thixotropic elastomer together with a layer of a silicon elastomer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Assignee: NL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael K. Russell, Donald L. Wesenberg, Peter A. Leaney
  • Patent number: 4845988
    Abstract: An accelerometer has a housing defining a chamber, and a magnetizable fluid 11 within the chamber. A permanent magnet is magnetically suspended within the chamber by the magnetizable fluid with its poles oriented along a displacement axis so as to be displaceable from a null position along the displacement axis by an applied force. At least parts of the outer surface of the permanent magnet in the vicinity of its poles are provided with non-magnetizable end members. A sensing arrangement is provided for detecting displacement of the permanent magnet along the displacement axis and for supplying an electrical signal indicative of the applied force. Such an accelerometer is relatively immune to calibration drift and has high measurement accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Assignee: Baroid Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael K. Russell, Kenneth S. Evans
  • Patent number: 4802150
    Abstract: A down-hole signal generator for a mud-pulse telemetry system comprises a flow constrictor defining a throttle orifice for the mud passing along a drill string, a throttling member displaceable with respect to the throttle orifice to modulate the mud pressure for the purpose of transmitting measurement data up the drill string, and a turbogenerator. The turbogenerator incorporates an annular impeller surrounding a casing and arranged to be driven by the mud passing along the drill string, and a rotatable magnet assembly disposed in a mud-free environment within the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1989
    Assignee: NL Sperry Sun, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael K. Russell, Anthony W. Russell