Patents by Inventor Michael Knopf

Michael Knopf 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: 11983774
    Abstract: A system may include a vehicle system configured to monitor one or more monitor variables related to a vehicle. The system may also include a processor that may receive a selection of the one or more monitor variables to monitor and receive data from the vehicle system. The data may be limited based on the selection of the one or more monitor variables. The processor may then determine a fixed rate premium for at least two years based on the data and display a visualization that may include the fixed rate premium on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Stephen Young, Michael A. Merwarth, Jon-Michael Kowall, Michael Kyne, Carolyn Knopf
  • Patent number: 11954737
    Abstract: A system may include a vehicle system configured to monitor one or more monitor variables related to a vehicle. The system may also include a processor that may receive a selection of the one or more monitor variables to monitor and receive data from the vehicle system. The data may be limited based on the selection of the one or more monitor variables. The processor may then determine a fixed rate premium for at least two years based on the data and display a visualization that may include the fixed rate premium on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Stephen Young, Michael A. Merwarth, Jon-Michael Kowall, Michael Kyne, Carolyn Knopf
  • Publication number: 20230404895
    Abstract: The present technology relates to compositions suitable for depositing personal care actives onto keratinous substrates. More particularly, the technology concerns compositions comprising lipophilic materials which are deposited from an ampholytic-anionic delivery system. The compositions exhibit high deposition of the lipophilic material onto keratinous substrates such as the skin, nails, and/or hair upon application thereto. In one aspect, the disclosed technology relates to a personal care deposition composition for depositing a lipophilic material onto a keratinous substrate comprising: a) at least one ampholytic polymer; b) at least one anionic polymer; c) at least one lipophilic material; and d) water, wherein the weight ratio of the at least one ampholytic polymer to the at least one anionic polymer ranges from about 10:1 to about 1:1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2021
    Publication date: December 21, 2023
    Applicant: Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Seren Frantz, Michael Knopf, Yi Yang, Robert Jacobs, Carole A. Lepilleur
  • Patent number: 11730647
    Abstract: A backrest assembly of a wheelchair seat has a tubular seating frame. The backrest assembly includes a backrest, two hollow backrest tubes connecting the backrest to the seat, and at least two joints allowing movement of the backrest tubes between at least first and second end positions. Two locking means are provided for locking and/or unlocking the joints. A hollow handle tube has a single handle for effecting the locking means which is arranged between the backrest tubes and mechanically connected to the locking means via cables. The handle further effects movement of the backrest tubes, via the joints, with use of one hand in constant grip of the handle. The handle is actuated by at least partly sliding, rotating, squeezing, pushing and/or pulling. The locking means automatically re-locks after unlocking and reaching the first or second end positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: Sunrise Medical (US) LLC
    Inventor: Michael Knopf
  • Patent number: 11371902
    Abstract: A pressure transmitter includes a housing and a pressure sensor having an electrical characteristic that varies with applied pressure. The pressure sensor is configured to generate a sensor signal indicative of process fluid pressure. A transmitter isolation diaphragm is configured to couple to a process barrier seal to convey pressure to the pressure sensor. A flange is coupled to the transmitter isolation diaphragm. The flange includes at least one gas pathway extending inwardly from an outer diameter of the transmitter isolation diaphragm. Electronics are coupled to the pressure sensor to receive the sensor signal and to generate an output indicative of the pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan R. Pepin, Michael A. Knopf, James Walters, III, David A. Andrew, David Cutter
  • Patent number: 11331231
    Abstract: A mounting unit for adjustably mounting an add-on piece to a frame, in particular of a wheelchair, includes at least one drum receiving unit having at least one aperture and female thread. The drum receiving unit is an integral part of the frame or adapted to be attached to the frame. At least one drum assembly has at least one hole and a male thread. At least one bolt is part of the add-on piece or adapted to be mounted therewith to hold the add-on piece. The drum receiving unit is adapted to receive the drum assembly. The female thread mates with the male thread and allows an alignment of the position of the hole with respect to the aperture, such that the bolt can be inserted through the aperture at least partly into the hole. The drum receiving unit with the drum assembly and/or the drum assembly with the bolt comprises a detachable form fit connection. At least one of the drum receiving unit, the drum assembly and/or the bolt comprises a detachable force fit connection with respective mating component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Sunrise Medical (US) LLC
    Inventor: Michael Knopf
  • Publication number: 20210199530
    Abstract: A pressure transmitter includes a housing and a pressure sensor having an electrical characteristic that varies with applied pressure. The pressure sensor is configured to generate a sensor signal indicative of process fluid pressure. A transmitter isolation diaphragm is configured to couple to a process barrier seal to convey pressure to the pressure sensor. A flange is coupled to the transmitter isolation diaphragm. The flange includes at least one gas pathway extending inwardly from an outer diameter of the transmitter isolation diaphragm. Electronics are coupled to the pressure sensor to receive the sensor signal and to generate an output indicative of the pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventors: Nathan R. Pepin, Michael A. Knopf, James Walters, III, David A. Andrew, David Cutter
  • Patent number: 10921204
    Abstract: A connector for coupling a single-use container to a measurement instrument includes a connector region having a cylindrical sidewall. The connector includes a deflectable diaphragm sealed to the connector region and configured to contact a media sample. A portion of the deflectable diaphragm lines an interior surface of at least a portion of the substantially cylindrical sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan R. Pepin, Michael A. Knopf, James Walters, III, David A. Andrew, Cameron S. Wallace
  • Patent number: 10584309
    Abstract: A pressure-sensing system is presented. The pressure-sensing system comprises a single-use container. The pressure-sensing system comprises a disposable process connector configured to couple directly to the single-use container. The disposable process connector has a deflectable diaphragm. The pressure-sensing system comprises a pressure transducer. The pressure transducer is removably coupled to the disposable process connector. The pressure transducer comprises an isolation diaphragm positioned adjacent the deflectable diaphragm of the disposable process connector. The pressure transducer comprises a pressure sensor module operably coupled to the isolation diaphragm. The pressure transducer also comprises a controller coupled to the pressure sensor. The controller is configured to transmit a detected indication of pressure within the single-use container. A pressure transducer for a single-use container includes a polymeric housing and a base having an isolation diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Fadell, Michael Knopf, Jay I. Scheldorf
  • Publication number: 20200022854
    Abstract: A mounting unit for adjustably mounting an add-on piece to a frame, in particular of a wheelchair, includes at least one drum receiving unit having at least one aperture and female thread. The drum receiving unit is an integral part of the frame or adapted to be attached to the frame. At least one drum assembly has at least one hole and a male thread. At least one bolt is part of the add-on piece or adapted to be mounted therewith to hold the add-on piece. The drum receiving unit is adapted to receive the drum assembly. The female thread mates with the male thread and allows an alignment of the position of the hole with respect to the aperture, such that the bolt can be inserted through the aperture at least partly into the hole. The drum receiving unit with the drum assembly and/or the drum assembly with the bolt comprises a detachable form fit connection. At least one of the drum receiving unit, the drum assembly and/or the bolt comprises a detachable force fit connection with respective mating component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Applicant: Sunrise Medical GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Knopf
  • Publication number: 20190365584
    Abstract: A backrest assembly of a wheelchair seat has a tubular seating frame. The backrest assembly further includes a backrest, two hollow backrest tubes connecting the backrest to the seat, and at least two joints allowing movement of the backrest tubes between at least first and second end positions. Two locking means are provided for locking and/or unlocking the joints. A hollow handle tube has a single handle for effecting the locking means to lock and/or unlock the joints. The handle is arranged between the backrest tubes and is mechanically connected to the locking means via cables that effect at least the unlocking of the locking means. The handle further effects movement of the backrest tubes, via the joints, with use of one hand in constant grip of the handle. The handle is actuated by at least partly sliding, rotating, squeezing, pushing and/or pulling. The locking means automatically re-locks after unlocking and reaching the first or second end positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicant: Sunrise Medical GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Knopf
  • Publication number: 20190078952
    Abstract: A connector for coupling a single-use container to a measurement instrument includes a connector region. The connector includes a deflectable diaphragm sealed to the connector region and configured to contact a media sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Nathan R. Pepin, Michael A. Knopf, James Walters, David A. Andrew, Cameron S. Wallace
  • Publication number: 20180223242
    Abstract: A pressure-sensing system is presented. The pressure-sensing system comprises a single-use container. The pressure-sensing system comprises a disposable process connector configured to couple directly to the single-use container. The disposable process connector has a deflectable diaphragm. The pressure-sensing system comprises a pressure transducer. The pressure transducer is removably coupled to the disposable process connector. The pressure transducer comprises an isolation diaphragm positioned adjacent the deflectable diaphragm of the disposable process connector. The pressure transducer comprises a pressure sensor module operably coupled to the isolation diaphragm. The pressure transducer also comprises a controller coupled to the pressure sensor. The controller is configured to transmit a detected indication of pressure within the single-use container. A pressure transducer for a single-use container includes a polymeric housing and a base having an isolation diaphragm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: Paul R. Fadell, Michael Knopf, Jay I. Scheldorf
  • Publication number: 20160228344
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include a deodorant or antiperspirant base that includes cyclomethicone and propylene glycol dispersed in the cyclomethicone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Inventors: ANTHONY ESPOSITO, MICHAEL A. KNOPF, AMIT PATEL, LYUDMILA BEREZNER, THOMAS SCHAMPER, WILLIAM C. WOHLAND
  • Patent number: 8490994
    Abstract: A wheelchair frame includes left and right first frame members, each having a first leg for supporting a seat. The first legs are arranged on opposite sides of a central axis of the wheelchair. At least one cross-brace is connected, by the ends, to the first legs of the left and right frame members. The cross-brace has a non-circular cross-section along a section between the ends. The wheelchair frame includes left and right second frame members that are pivotally connected to the left and right first frame members. The second frame members are foldable and may be fixed in a position in that is generally parallel to the first legs of the left and right first frame members. A cross-brace is connected, by the ends, to the left and right second frame members. The cross-brace has a non-circular cross-section along a section between the ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Sunrise Medical GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Michael Knopf
  • Patent number: 8384548
    Abstract: Electronic monitoring systems and methods for detecting and verifying the adequacy of personal protective equipment needed by a person to complete a potentially hazardous task. Items providing different predetermined levels of protection may be identified and evaluated in light of specific risk potentials posed at specific locations, such as different portions of energized electrical circuitry presenting different arc flash hazard risks. Individuals may also be identified and determined to be authorized or unauthorized to perform a potentially hazardous task at a specific location. Confirmation features, alarm features, and event logs may be provided, and the monitoring systems and methods may be integrated with circuit protector monitoring systems and functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Kevin Michael Knopf, Todd Francis Lottmann
  • Patent number: 8328215
    Abstract: A wheelchair comprises a base frame, a backrest frame and a hinge assembly. The base frame has first and second side frame members. The hinge assembly connects the backrest frame to a portion of the base frame for selective pivotal movement. The hinge assembly includes a locking mechanism configured to provide selective discrete locking positions of the backrest relative to the base frame. The locking mechanism includes a locking pin and a plurality of cooperating locking apertures. The locking pin is adapted to selectively engage one of the plurality of locking apertures to define a backrest angle relative to the base frame. One or more plugs are adapted to engage one or more of the plurality of locking apertures to prevent the locking pin from cooperating with the plugged locking aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Sunrise Medical GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Michael Knopf
  • Patent number: 8262117
    Abstract: A wheelchair comprises a pair of spaced apart side frame tubes and a pair of foot support frames. Each of the foot support frames has a first end configured to connect to the side frame tubes and a second end configured to receive a cross member. The cross member interconnects the second ends of the foot support frames and supports a foot support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Sunrise Medical GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Knopf, Karsten Dellbruegge, Jason Shelton
  • Patent number: 8256785
    Abstract: A wheelchair frame assembly comprises a frame member having a first leg adapted to support a seat and a second leg configured to support a caster wheel. An axle mounting assembly connects an axle tube to the frame member. The axle mounting assembly includes an axle tube mount, a frame mount, and a spacer. The spacer is configured to alter the distance between the frame member and the axle tube and transfer longitudinal forces between the axle tube mount and the frame mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Sunrise Medical GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Michael Knopf
  • Patent number: D903539
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Sunrise Medical GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Knopf, Felix Ott