Patents by Inventor Michael Nguyen

Michael Nguyen 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: 20140195101
    Abstract: A multi-stage diagnostic system and related method which seeks diagnostic information from a secondary information source when a first information source does not yield sufficient data for producing a diagnostic result. In particular, diagnostic process includes a first stage of communicating with an onboard vehicle computer to retrieve diagnostic trouble codes therefrom. If diagnostic trouble codes are received from the onboard computer, the diagnostic trouble codes are used to produce a diagnostic result. On the other hand, if no diagnostic trouble codes are retrieved from the onboard computer, the diagnostic process proceeds to a second stage wherein symptomatic diagnostic information is solicited from the user. A series of symptomatic questions may be presented to the user on a smartphone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Innova Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ieon C. Chen, Robert Madison, Michael Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20140188329
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for determining the cost of operating a vehicle over a defined period of time. The method proceeds by establishing, on a database, a schedule of anticipated future repairs for a plurality of vehicle types, the repair schedule including the cost of the repairs and the approximate mileage at which the anticipated future repair(s) are expected to become necessary. A processor, in communication with the database, receives information identifying a particular of vehicle, and the present mileage associated with that particular vehicle. Using the vehicle type information, the vehicle's present mileage information and the repair schedule, the processor then computes the approximate total future repair costs for maintaining the vehicle over a defined period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Innova Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ieon C. Chen, Michael Nguyen, Robert Madison, Keith Andreasen
  • Publication number: 20140052328
    Abstract: There is provided a method of predicting defects likely to occur in a vehicle over a predetermined period. The method includes receiving vehicle characteristic data regarding a vehicle under consideration, and comparing the received vehicle characteristic data with a defect database. The defect database includes information related to defects that have occurred in different vehicles and the mileage at which such defects occurred. The method additionally includes identifying defects that occurred in vehicles corresponding to use vehicle under consideration, and the mileage at which such defects occurred. Detects which fail to satisfy minimum count requirements are then filtered out, and the defects are then sorted in order of the highest defect count.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Nguyen, Robert Madison, Keith Andreasen
  • Patent number: 8557518
    Abstract: The present invention discloses the integration of programmable microfluidic circuits to achieve practical applications to process biochemical and chemical reactions and to integrate these reactions. In some embodiments workflows for biochemical reactions or chemical workflows are combined. Microvalves such as programmable microfluidic circuit with Y valves and flow through valves are disclosed. In some embodiments microvalves of the present invention are used for mixing fluids, which may be part of an integrated process. These processes include mixing samples and moving reactions to an edge or reservoir for modular microfluidics, use of capture regions, and injection into analytical devices on separate devices. In some embodiments star and nested star designs, or bead capture by change of cross sectional area of a channel in a microvalve are used. Movement of samples between temperature zones are further disclosed using fixed temperature and movement of the samples by micropumps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: IntegenX Inc.
    Inventors: Stevan Bogdan Jovanovich, Iuliu I. Blaga, Michael Nguyen, William D. Nielsen, Mattias Vangbo
  • Publication number: 20100263852
    Abstract: Providing a plurality of fans within an enclosure. A system implementing this technique can include an enclosure, a heat sink in thermal communication with the enclosure, electronic components at least partially sealed within the enclosure, an eXclusive OR (XOR) fan array, a monitoring engine, and a control engine. A method implementing this technique can include using a heat sink to dissipate heat generated by electronic components within an enclosure; determining that each of the fans of a XOR fan array are stopped, selecting one and only one of the fans of the XOR fan array for operation, and operating the fan to increase air flow within the enclosure, thereby increasing the efficiency of the heat sink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Applicant: Trapeze Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Mirshams, Gary Wong, Michael Nguyen, Nozar Azarakhsh
  • Patent number: 7749365
    Abstract: The invention herein provides improved sample injection systems and related methods to create microfluidic devices with symmetrical channel configurations that can produce relatively large sample volumes. An embodiment of the invention provides microfluidic structures with different geometries that are symmetrical from the perspective of a sample load channel and a sample waste channel, which essentially eliminates issues of time offset and other problems commonly associated with twin-T sample formation techniques. A split-injection approach and related methods of sample plug formation are therefore provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: IntegenX, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Nguyen, Luc Bousse
  • Patent number: 7680378
    Abstract: A system and method which integrates a mirror at the fiber tip to the fiber tip and uses a tilted flat at the exit plane to prevent astigmatism caused by the cylindrical curvature of the fiber wall and minimize reflection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Medeikon Corporation
    Inventors: Gerard A. Alphonse, Mahesh Ajgaonkar, Robert Comizzoli, Rajeev Rohatgi, Michael Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20070292090
    Abstract: A system and method which integrates a mirror at the fiber tip to the fiber tip and uses a tilted flat at the exit plane to prevent astigmatism caused by the cylindrical curvature of the fiber wall and minimize reflection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Inventors: Gerard Alphonse, Mahesh Ajgaonkar, Robert Comizzoli, Rajeev Rohatgi, Michael Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20070175756
    Abstract: The invention herein provides improved sample injection systems and related methods to create microfluidic devices with symmetrical channel configurations that can produce relatively large sample volumes. An embodiment of the invention provides microfluidic structures with different geometries that are symmetrical from the perspective of a sample load channel and a sample waste channel, which essentially eliminates issues of time offset and other problems commonly associated with twin-T sample formation techniques. A split-injection approach and related methods of sample plug formation are therefore provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Publication date: August 2, 2007
    Inventors: Michael Nguyen, Luc Bousse
  • Publication number: 20070141552
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods of constructing an integrated artificial immune system that comprises appropriate in vitro cellular and tissue constructs or their equivalents to mimic the normal tissues that interact with vaccines in mammals. The artificial immune system can be used to test the efficacy of vaccine candidates in vitro and thus, is useful to accelerate vaccine development and testing drug and chemical interactions with the immune system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2006
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Inventors: William Warren, Robert Parkhill, Michael Nguyen, Guzman Sanchez-Schmitz, Heather Fahlenkamp, Russell Higbee, Donald Drake, Anatoly Kachurin, David Moe
  • Publication number: 20060270029
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods of constructing an integrated artificial immune system that comprises appropriate in vitro cellular and tissue constructs or their equivalents to mimic the normal tissues that interact with vaccines in mammals. The artificial immune system can be used to test the efficacy of vaccine candidates in vitro and thus, is useful to accelerate vaccine development and testing drug and chemical interactions with the immune system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Publication date: November 30, 2006
    Inventors: William Warren, Robert Parkhill, Michael Nguyen, Guzman Sanchez-Schmitz, Heather Fahlenkamp, Russell Higbee, Donald Drake, Anatoly Kachurin, David Moe
  • Publication number: 20060150328
    Abstract: A multipurpose sleeping bag is presented, and more particularly a sleeping bag that also operates as a tent. The sleeping bag has a shell with an insulating material. The shell includes a cavity large enough to contain a person therein and function as a sleeping bag. A flap is connected with the shell. A foldable frame member is included for connecting with the flap. The foldable frame member has both a folded and unfolded configuration. A tent material covers a portion of the foldable frame member to form a collapsible tent. When the foldable frame is in the unfolded configuration and connected with the flap, the collapsible tent forms a shelter over the shell, allowing a user to use the multipurpose sleeping bag as a tent with an attached sleeping bag therein. Alternatively, when the collapsible tent is collapsed, a user may utilize the shell alone as a sleeping bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2005
    Publication date: July 13, 2006
    Inventor: Michael Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20030084192
    Abstract: A portable computer and replicator particularly suited for use in a network environment are disclosed. The portable computer has a digital network controller located therein and adapted to receive digital network signals from an external connector. The replicator is located external to the portable computer and has an analog network circuit adapted to receive analog signals from a network and deliver corresponding digital network signals to the external connector on the portable computer to provide a high-bandwidth network connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 1999
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Inventors: MICHAEL NGUYEN, DAN FORLENZA, TIM ZHANG
  • Patent number: 6055560
    Abstract: An interactive video system supports functions typically expected with a VCR such as play, pause, fast forward and rewind. A set top box is coupled to a display terminal and a first interface. The set top box includes a memory for storing an operating system in set top enabling codes. A video dial tone network includes a control channel and a data channel coupled to a second interface linked to the first interface. A first gateway controls establishment of a video session between a video server and the display terminal. A second gateway establishes connection between the video server and the set top box over a data channel in response to an input from the first gateway. An application server coupled to the first gateway and the video server contains executable code for transferring video data, video and audio information from the video server to the display terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: William Allen Mills, Tien Haphi Nguyen, Tien Michael Nguyen, Frank L. Stein, Srivatsa Krishnaswamy
  • Patent number: 5861899
    Abstract: Greater throughput is possible by using wider print swaths in each traverse across printing media. Multiple print cartridges are mounted to be offset from each other in the media scan direction (X-axis). The amount of offset is adjustably varied by selective on/off control of individual printing elements as well as by relative mechanical movement of the print cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventors: Michael A. Nguyen, Lowell J. Stewart, Daniel S. Kline, Robert A. Boeller, Chuong C. Ta, Robert D. Haselby
  • Patent number: 5510822
    Abstract: A thermal ink-jet printer (10) including a paper advancing mechanism (14) and a pen traversing mechanism (18) and a pen (20) is disclosed. The pen (20) includes a nozzle plate portion (22) which includes irregularly spaced columns of nozzles (24) for staggering application of inks onto the print medium (16) such that a drying time is provided between applications of differing inks to adjacent areas. The printer (10) further includes a platen heater assembly (68) as a means of fixing and drying the ink on the print medium (16), and a vacuum fan (62) and an associated plurality of platen vacuum holes (74) as a means of holding the print medium (16) in close contact with the heater plate assembly (68), thus increasing efficiency of heat transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1996
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventors: Kent D. Vincent, Michael A. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 5488397
    Abstract: Greater throughput is possible by using wider print swaths in each traverse across printing media. Multiple print cartridges are mounted to be offset from each other in the media scan direction (X-axis). The amount of offset is adjustably varied by selective on/off control of individual printing elements as well as by relative mechanical movement of the print cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1996
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventors: Michael A. Nguyen, Lowell J. Stewart, Daniel S. Kline, Robert A. Boeller, Chuong C. Ta, Robert D. Haselby
  • Patent number: 5466077
    Abstract: A molded plastic printer carriage mountable in the printer on a slider rod uses a pair of spaced sintered bronze bushings and a spring biased preload pad intermediate the bushings which engages the slider rod to compensate for and minimize rocking of the carriage during rapid movement thereof during printing without requiring expensively machined slider rods or close tolerance bushings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventors: Abdolreza Movaghar, W. Wistar Rhoads, Michael A. Nguyen
  • Patent number: D541570
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Jakks Pacific Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Nguyen
  • Patent number: D542369
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Jakks Pacific Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Nguyen