Patents by Inventor Michael R. Smith

Michael R. 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: 20190248479
    Abstract: An aspect provides a skid landing gear assembly including a cross member disposed between a first skid tube and a second skid tube, and a tension cable member configured to be disposed in the cross member; wherein the tension cable member resists outward deflection of at least a portion of the skid landing gear assembly when a downward load is applied to the skid landing gear assembly. In other aspects, there are methods of avoiding ground resonance in a skid landing gear assembly, methods of assembling a skid landing gear assembly, methods of operating a helicopter with a skid landing gear assembly, and methods of improving the service life of a skid landing gear assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Smith, John C. Larkin, III
  • Publication number: 20190242529
    Abstract: The process begins by obtaining a first batch of monomers selected from a group of acrylates with a molecular, weight equal to or less than butyl acrylate and/or methacrylate with a molecular weight equal to or less than butyl methacrylate. A second batch of monomers is then selected from a group of acrylates with a molecular weight greater than butyl acrylate and/or methacrylate with a molecular weight greater than butyl methacrylate. A mixture is then prepared by mixing the first batch of monomers and the second batch of monomers, wherein the second batch of monomers are greater than 50% by weight of the mixture. Finally, the mixture is polymerized to produce a drag reducing polymer. The drag reducing polymer is capable of imparting drag reducing properties in liquid hydrocarbons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Zhiyi BAO, Stuart N. MILLIGAN, Michael OLECHNOWICZ, Ray L. JOHNSTON, Timothy L. BURDEN, Kenneth W. SMITH, William F. HARRIS, Wayne R. DREHER
  • Patent number: 10372501
    Abstract: Provisioning of computing resources for a workload in a networked computing environment. A method receives a set of provisioning requests in a computer data structure of a networked computing environment, wherein the provisioning requests relate to a workload request. The method further identifies a set of provisioning operations for computing resources in the networked computing environment to perform the provisioning requests. The method determines, for each provisioning operation of the provisioning operations, a respective provisioning time, the respective provisioning time being an amount of time for a particular computing resource to become prepared and equipped to perform a job. The determining the respective provisioning time for each provisioning operation provides a plurality of determined provisioning times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael J. Shaffer, Kevin B. Smith, David R. Waddling
  • Patent number: 10366352
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method are disclosed for communicating vehicle repair data among a plurality of parties, wherein a data pump is employed to automate the extraction of vehicle repair data such as labor hours estimation data from a repair facility computer system for delivery to interested parties, including a rental vehicle service provider that provides replacement rental vehicles to drivers whose vehicles are undergoing repairs at repair facilities. A reservation management computer system operated by the rental vehicle service provider can thus use the received vehicle repair data to facilitate management of replacement rental vehicle reservations by its business partners, such as insurance companies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: The Crawford Group, Inc.
    Inventors: David Gary Smith, Owen R. Miller, Anita K. Klopfenstein, Russell E. Dittmar, Doug Kelly, Michael Anthony Hastings, Carmela Pham, Erick Bickett
  • Publication number: 20190202570
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a float bag comprising an air bladder configured to inflate when an aircraft lands in the water, a girt coupled to the air bladder and configured to attach the air bladder to the aircraft via at least one airframe fitting, and a load attenuator coupled to the girt and configured to be positioned between the girt and the airframe fitting when the float bag is attached to the aircraft, wherein the plurality of load attenuators are configured to mechanically deform in a progressive failure fashion from a first effective length to a second effective length greater than the first length in response to an applied tensile load on the load attenuators coupled to the plurality of girts and the aircraft airframe, wherein the load attenuators are selected to reduce the force with a total length that minimizes buoyancy depth of the aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Michael R. Smith, Cheng-Ho Tho
  • Patent number: 10336754
    Abstract: The present invention provides compounds of Formula (I): or stereoisomers, tautomers, or pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof, wherein all the variables are as defined herein. These compounds are selective factor XIa inhibitors or dual inhibitors of FXIa and plasma kallikrein. This invention also relates to pharmaceutical compositions comprising these compounds and methods of treating thromboembolic and/or inflammatory disorders using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
    Inventors: Andrew K. Dilger, James R. Corte, Indawati De Lucca, Tianan Fang, Wu Yang, Yufeng Wang, Kumar Balashanmuga Pabbisetty, William R. Ewing, Yeheng Zhu, Ruth R. Wexler, Donald J. P. Pinto, Michael J. Orwat, Leon M. Smith, II
  • Patent number: 10339804
    Abstract: Disclosed is an identification system to improve safety on roads and allow for the driver or for the vehicle itself, if it is autonomous or semi-autonomous, to have readable and useful information about road signs, roadways, and adjacent roadway information. The disclosed identification system comprises a marker with marker communication information that can be read by a vehicle information system to provide information to the vehicle. Information that the marker communication information may convey would allow the vehicle information system to detect or recognize, or both detect and recognize critical road sign, roadway information, and adjacent roadway information. Then, the vehicle information system could respond to the information received from the marker communication information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Janovec, Kenneth L. Smith, Michael R. Duoos, Todd A. Ballen, Travis L. Potts, James Howard, Thomas J. Dahlin
  • Patent number: 10328567
    Abstract: A power tool motor is provided including a stator assembly and a rotor assembly rotatably disposed within the stator assembly. The stator assembly includes: a generally-cylindrical lamination stack having a stator ring and stator teeth extending radially inwardly towards a center bore arranged to receive the rotor assembly therein; an end insulator disposed at an and of the lamination stack and having an outer ring and teeth portions extending radially inwardly from the outer ring towards a center of the end insulator; and stator windings wound around the stator teeth and the teeth portion of the end insulator. A generally cylindrical seal member is disposed to interface with an end of the stator, which includes a mating surface having indents configured to mate with ends of the stator windings or ends of the teeth portion of the end insulator to substantially seal respective gaps therebetween from entry of workpiece particulate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Craig A. Oktavec, David J. Smith, Jarrett A. Dunston, Andrew M. Palich, Michael R. Marjomaa, Kevin L. Pulley
  • Patent number: 10330166
    Abstract: The vibration suppression system includes a vibration isolator located in each corner in a four corner pylon mount structural assembly. The combination of four vibration isolators, two being forward of the transmission, and two being aft of the transmission, collectively are effective at isolating main rotor vertical shear, pitch moment, as well as roll moment induced vibrations. Each opposing pair of vibration isolators can efficiently react against the moment oscillations because the moment can be decomposed into two antagonistic vertical oscillations at each vibration isolator. A pylon structure extends between a pair of vibration isolators thereby allowing the vibration isolators to be spaced a away from a vibrating body to provide increased control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Taeoh Lee, David E. Heverly, II, Matthew W. Hendricks, Maurice Griffin, Michael R. Smith
  • Patent number: 10333985
    Abstract: Distribution and management of services in virtual environments is described herein. In one or more implementations, a service distribution and management model is implemented in which system services and applications are seamlessly distributed across multiple containers which each implement a different runtime environment. In one or more implementations, a system for distributing access to services in a host operating system of a computing device includes a host operating system configured to implement a host runtime environment, and one or more services implemented by the host operating system. The system further includes a service control manager configured to enable communication between a client stub of a service implemented in a client runtime environment and a service provider of the service that is implemented in a service runtime environment that is separate from the first client runtime environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Hari R. Pulapaka, Margarit Simeonov Chenchev, Benjamin M. Schultz, Jonathan David Wiswall, Frederick Justus Smith, John A. Starks, Richard O. Wolcott, Michael Bishop Ebersol
  • Publication number: 20190185077
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a chassis, a suspension system coupled to the chassis, a front axle, a first rear axle, and a second rear axle coupled to the chassis by the suspension system, and a powertrain coupled to the chassis and at least one of the front axle, the first rear axle, and the second rear axle. The powertrain is configured to drive the at least one of the front axle, the first rear axle, and the second rear axle. The chassis, the suspension system, the front axle, the first rear axle, and the second rear axle provide a payload capacity rating of at least 1,750 pounds. The vehicle has an overall width between 60 inches and 80 inches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Chad K. Smith, Robert S. Messina, Chris K. Yakes, Mark J. Charniak, Neil E. DeKarske, Mike A. Koenigs, Michael S. Poetter, Devon C. Palmer, Jesse D. Gander, Jason J. Zuleger, Megan N. Schultz, Troy D. Lind, Michael R. Yanacek, Kevin L. Pennau, Andrew L. Drach, Steve Volkman, Nathaniel J. Harter, Justin N. Rittenhouse, Peter K. Kramer, Annelise L. Kotenberg, Christopher J. Rukas
  • Publication number: 20190183472
    Abstract: A medical device system for delivering a neuromodulation therapy includes a delivery tool for deploying an implantable medical device at a neuromodulation therapy site. The implantable medical device includes a housing, an electronic circuit within the housing, and an electrical lead comprising a lead body extending between a proximal end coupled to the housing and a distal end extending away from the housing and at least one electrode carried by the lead body. The delivery tool includes a first cavity for receiving the housing and a second cavity for receiving the lead. The first cavity and the second cavity are in direct communication for receiving and deploying the housing and the lead coupled to the housing concomitantly as a single unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Brad C. Tischendorf, Eric H. Bonde, Phillip C. Falkner, John E. Kast, Randy S. Roles, Erik R. Scott, Todd V. Smith, Xuan K. Wei, Anthony M. Chasensky, Michael J. Ebert, Shawn C. Kelley, Gabriela C. Molnar, Richard T. Stone
  • Publication number: 20190182369
    Abstract: An image item processing engine for image item exchange may receive an image item data packet including two image items, each including a digital image documenting an action for a recipient institution and associated metadata. The metadata may identify the image item sender and a country associated with an image item, the packet originator, or the recipient institution, at least one country associated with the second image item being different than a country associated with the first image item. The engine may apply sorting rules to determine item types for the first and second image items based on their metadata, determine a recipient institution for the packet based on the item types, assemble a data transfer packet including the digital images and metadata included in the first and second image items, and provide the data transfer packet to a transfer packet routing service for routing to the selected recipient institution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Timmy Leo Gauvin, Kenneth R. Cox, Haywood P. Enloe, Jasher David Fowles, Georgeann Paschal Gregory, Christopher David Greth, Shawn Cart Gunsolley, Charles Christopher Harbinson, Leslie Marie LaRock, Clarence E. Lee, II, Timothy Alan Mincey, Jeanne Marie Moulton, Raymond William Schall, JR., Tami Marie Shepard, Michael G. Smith, Shashi R. Warrier
  • Publication number: 20190182295
    Abstract: Distribution and management of services in virtual environments is described herein. In one or more implementations, a service distribution and management model is implemented in which system services and applications are seamlessly distributed across multiple containers which each implement a different runtime environment. In one or more implementations, a system for distributing access to services in a host operating system of a computing device includes a host operating system configured to implement a host runtime environment, and one or more services implemented by the host operating system. The system further includes a service control manager configured to enable communication between a client stub of a service implemented in a client runtime environment and a service provider of the service that is implemented in a service runtime environment that is separate from the first client runtime environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Hari R. Pulapaka, Margarit Simeonov Chenchev, Benjamin M. Schultz, Jonathan David Wiswall, Frederick Justus Smith, John A. Starks, Richard O. Wolcott, Michael Bishop Ebersol
  • Publication number: 20190173218
    Abstract: An electrical connector or electrical connector assembly that has a housing, a contact carrier, one or more spring members, and an interposer. The contact carrier is movable with respect to the housing between unmated and mated electrical positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Ronald I. Frank, James R. Meszaros, George L. Goulart, JR., Braden J. lshaug, Robert G. Hennemuth, III, Michael D. Smith, Michael A. Yashin, Gordon J. Udall, Daniel R. Mcnevin
  • Publication number: 20190167288
    Abstract: An ultrasonic instrument comprises a body, a shaft assembly, an ultrasonic blade, and a pivoting member. The shaft assembly extends distally from the body. The ultrasonic blade is positioned distal to the shaft assembly. The pivoting member is pivotable with respect to the blade from an open position to a closed position to thereby clamp tissue between the pivoting member and the blade. One or both of the shaft assembly or the pivoting member comprise a guide feature. The guide feature is configured to provide lateral alignment of the distal portion of the pivoting member with the blade as the pivoting member is pivoted to the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: John B. Schulte, Craig N. Faller, Eric B. Smith, Patrick J. Scoggins, JoAnn M. Stegeman, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, William D. Dannaher, Michael R. Lamping, Jacob S. Gee, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Brian D. Bertke
  • Publication number: 20190145648
    Abstract: A thermostat for a building includes a halo light emitting diode (LED) system including one or more LEDs configured to emit light and a halo diffuser structured around at least a portion of an outer edge of the thermostat. The halo diffuser is configured to diffuse the emitted light of the one or more LEDs around at least the portion of the outer edge of the thermostat. The thermostat includes a processing circuit configured to receive one or more data streams, determine whether the one or more data streams indicate a building emergency condition, and operate the one or more LEDs of the halo LED system to indicate the building emergency condition to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Sudhi Sinha, Joseph R Ribbich, Michael L Ribbich, Charles J. Gaidish, John P. Cipolla, Damon B. Smith, John R. Taylor,, Jr., John M. Reiszl, William P. Alberth,, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10288595
    Abstract: The present invention provides a water quality analysis system capable of making multiple simultaneous measurements of different water quality parameters and saving or transmitting this data for analysis. A housing surrounds a data processor and a water sensor flow cell. The flow cell incorporates a channel through which a stream of water flows. Multiple probe bores within the flow cell house different sensor probes used to measure different water quality parameters of the stream. The data processor receives and digitizes data for the different water quality parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
    Inventors: Michael J. Anderson, Clint B. Smith, Andmorgan R. Fisher, Tung Ly
  • Patent number: 10288816
    Abstract: A hybrid connector includes a connector housing, one or more first connection elements configured to transfer a first type of energy or a fluid, and one or more second connection elements configured to transfer a second type of energy, different from the first type of energy, or the fluid. The first connection elements are rotationally fixed and the second connection elements are configured to rotate around an axis that is substantially perpendicular to a mating axis of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Terry L. Smith, Michael A. Haase, James M. Nelson, Alexander R. Mathews
  • Publication number: 20190136163
    Abstract: The present invention relates to aqueous compositions of associative polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs), optionally containing surfactants, biocidal agents and/or oxidants, which can provide a cleaning benefit and surface protection to treated articles including reduced soiling tendency, reduced cleaning effort and improved soil repellancy, as well as providing bacteriostatic properties to treated surfaces that thereby gain resistance to water, environmental exposure and microbial challenge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: David R. Scheuing, William L. Smith, Michael Kinsinger, Jared Heymann