Patents by Inventor Michael Rodgers

Michael Rodgers 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: 20140022786
    Abstract: An imaging system. An array of light sources and an array of lenses corresponding to the light sources and having optical axes substantially parallel to one another are provided. The lenses produce collimated output beams. An afocal optical relay having an optical axis substantially parallel to the optical axes of the lenses is also included, the array of lenses being positioned relative to the afocal optical relay so as to form an optical system that produces an image of each collimated output beam on an image plane, each image having a prescribed depth of focus and spot size. The light sources preferably are lasers producing an array of respective laser beams having high intensity and a long waist. A system for writing information on a light-sensitive label includes the imaging system. Methods of imaging and of writing information on a light-sensitive label are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: John Tamkin, John Michael Rodgers, Matthew Scott Howarth, Richard Evans, Richard Hirst
  • Patent number: 8570356
    Abstract: An imaging system. An array of light sources and an array of lenses corresponding to the light sources and having optical axes substantially parallel to one another are provided. The lenses produce collimated output beams. An afocal optical relay having an optical axis substantially parallel to the optical axes of the lenses is also included, the array of lenses being positioned relative to the afocal optical relay so as to form an optical system that produces an image of each collimated output beam on an image plane, each image having a prescribed depth of focus and spot size. The light sources preferably are lasers producing an array of respective laser beams having high intensity and a long waist. A system for writing information on a light-sensitive label includes the imaging system. Methods of imaging and of writing information on a light-sensitive label are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventors: John Michael Tamkin, John Michael Rodgers, Matthew Scott Howarth, Richard Evans, Richard Hirst
  • Publication number: 20130214968
    Abstract: A device is provided for use with a satellite and a receiver having a local oscillator. The satellite is traveling in a vector and transmits a signal having an expected frequency. The receiver receives a received signal having a received signal frequency. The device includes: a Doppler shift measuring portion measuring a Doppler shift Dm; a predetermined Doppler shift storage portion storing a predetermined received Doppler shift Dp; a received signal Doppler shift error calculating portion calculating a received signal Doppler shift error De; a predetermined receiver position storage portion storing a predetermined position Pp of the receiver; and a receiver position estimating portion calculating an estimated receiver position Pc based on the predetermined position Pp of the receiver and the received signal Doppler shift error De.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Parr, Michael Rodgers
  • Patent number: 8495784
    Abstract: A device for treating a target surface, such as occurs when cleaning a window. The device has a squeegee blade or other member to apply pressure to the target surface. A sheet movably covers the blade, to present a fresh covering to the target surface with each use. The fresh surface provides for improved removal of the liquid from, or improved treatment of the liquid on, the target surface. Additionally a sheet may comprise a prewetted substrate to apply the liquid to the target surface. One or both of the sheets may be disposed in a cartridge insertable to and removable from the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Mark John Steinhardt, William Michael Cannon, Nicola John Policicchio, Patricia R. Soll, Kuang-Kai Liu, Christopher Miles Miller, Kevin Michael Rodgers, David Keith Dycher, Gregory Clegg Spooner, Bengt Ivar Anders Ivarsson, William Fraser Gwynfor Jones, Stanley Yuk Ming Chan
  • Publication number: 20130191229
    Abstract: A method of ordering menu items for delivery to a station at a premises, such as a table at a restaurant, includes the steps: Launch App; Scan QR code or NFC tag on table; Identify location. The location is identified using the restaurant and table identifier(s) extracted from the QR code. This location is used to identify the correct restaurant menu from the central platform database; Download menu; Add menu items to order; Confirm order; Pay order; Route order. The restaurant identifier is used to determine the appropriate EPOS adaptor based on the EPOS system in use by the specific restaurant; Transmit to restaurant. The correct communication protocol and authentication details are then used in order to route the order to the restaurant EPOS system or printer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventors: Daniel Michael RODGERS, Ronald FORBES
  • Patent number: 8431025
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus and method for biologically treating fluids, in particular municipal or industrial wastewater or the like, the apparatus comprising a pair of reservoirs each containing growth medium having a biofilm thereon, the apparatus being arranged to pump the wastewater from one reservoir to another such as to alternatively expose the biofilms within the reservoirs to air and wastewater, thus making it possible to achieve sequential aerobic, anoxic and anaerobic conditions in the biofilms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: National University of Ireland
    Inventors: Michael Rodgers, Edmond O'Reilly, Xinmin Zhan, Rose C. Mulqueen
  • Publication number: 20130047363
    Abstract: A device for treating a target, such as cleaning a window. The device has a handle and head, mounted in pivotal relationship to each other. When the head is placed in sliding, contacting relationship with the target surface the handle can pivot relative to the head for the ergonomic convenience of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: Mark John Steinhardt, William Michael Cannon, Kevin Michael Rodgers, Kin Wong Pierce Yau, David Keith Dycher, Gregory Clegg Spooner, Bengt Ivar Anders Ivarsson
  • Publication number: 20120266399
    Abstract: A device for treating a target surface, such as occurs when cleaning a window. The device has a squeegee blade or other member to apply pressure to the target surface. A sheet movably covers the blade, to present a fresh covering to the target surface with each use. The fresh surface provides for improved removal of the liquid from, or improved treatment of the liquid on, the target surface. Additionally a sheet may comprise a prewetted substrate to apply the liquid to the target surface. One or both of the sheets may be disposed in a cartridge insertable to and removable from the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: Mark John Steinhardt, William Michael Cannon, Nicola John Policicchio, Patricia R. Soll, Kuang-Kai Liu, Christopher Miles Miller, Kevin Michael Rodgers, David Keith Dycher, Gergory Clegg Spooner, Bengt Ivar Anders Ivarsson, William Fraser Gwynfor Jones, Stanley Yuk Ming Chan
  • Publication number: 20120266923
    Abstract: A device for treating a target surface, such as occurs when cleaning a window. The device has a squeegee blade or other member to apply pressure to the target surface. A sheet movably covers the blade, to present a fresh covering to the target surface with each use. The fresh surface provides for improved removal of the liquid from, or improved treatment of the liquid on, the target surface. Additionally or alternatively, the sheet may comprise a prewetted substrate to apply the liquid to the target surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: Mark John Steinhardt, William Michael Cannon, Nicola John Policicchio, Patricia R. Soll, Kevin Michael Rodgers, David Keith Dycher, Gregory Clegg Spooner, Bengt Ivar Anders Ivarason, William Fraser Gwynfor Jones, Stanley Yuk Ming Chan
  • Patent number: 7938965
    Abstract: The present invention provides a reactor for the biological processing of fluid such as domestic or industrial waste water or the like, the reactor comprising a plurality of substantially horizontal layers of growth medium stacked one above the other, and having a colonizing biofilm thereon during use, the reactor being arranged to cause the path of flow of the fluid to reverse from one layer to the next, in order to maximize the length of the path of flow for a given footprint of the reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: National University of Ireland
    Inventors: Michael Rodgers, John Mulqueen, Rose Mulqueen, legal representative, Aoife Lambe, Liwen Xiao, Eoghan Clifford, John Prendergast
  • Publication number: 20100309279
    Abstract: An imaging system. An array of light sources and an array of lenses corresponding to the light sources and having optical axes substantially parallel to one another are provided. The lenses produce collimated output beams. An afocal optical relay having an optical axis substantially parallel to the optical axes of the lenses is also included, the array of lenses being positioned relative to the afocal optical relay so as to form an optical system that produces an image of each collimated output beam on an image plane, each image having a prescribed depth of focus and spot size. The light sources preferably are lasers producing an array of respective laser beams having high intensity and a long waist. A system for writing information on a light-sensitive label includes the imaging system. Methods of imaging and of writing information on a light-sensitive label are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventors: John Michael Tamkin, John Michael Rodgers, Matthew Scott Howarth, Richard Evans, Richard Hirst
  • Publication number: 20100298134
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a chemically activated carbon, based on a combination of wood particles and comminuted carbonaceous vegetable material selected from kernel or shell material, in a weight ratio of between 5-95 to 90-10, preferably between 15-85 and 90-10, further optionally containing a binder, said carbon having been chemically activated using phosphoric acid or zinc chloride and to a process for producing same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventors: Ralph Richard De Leede, Eduardus Gerardus Johannes Staal, Michael Rodgers, Wilhelmina Margaretha Theresia Maria Reimerink-Schats
  • Publication number: 20090152195
    Abstract: The present invention provides a reactor for the biological processing of fluid such as domestic or industrial waste water or the like, the reactor comprising a plurality of substantially horizontal layers of growth medium stacked one above the other, and having a colonizing biofilm thereon during use, the reactor being arranged to cause the path of flow of the fluid to reverse from one layer to the next, in order to maximize the length of the path of flow for a given footprint of the reactor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventors: Michael Rodgers, John Mulqueen, Rose Mulqueen, Aoife Lambe, Liwen Xiao, Eoghan Clifford, John Prendergast
  • Publication number: 20090139045
    Abstract: A head for a cleaning device. The head has a cleaning surface which has multiple sections. The sections are movable relative to each other in response to force applied by the user. The sections can be moved from a first configuration having noncoplanar sections to a second configuration where the sections are coplanar. The noncoplanar configuration may provide cavities for the collection of debris from a surface to be cleaned, such as a floor. The coplanar configuration may provide for improved stress distribution across the cleaning surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventors: William Michael Cannon, Kevin Michael Rodgers
  • Publication number: 20090139928
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus and method for biologically treating fluids, in particular municipal or industrial wastewater or the like, the apparatus comprising a pair of reservoirs each containing growth medium having a biofilm thereon, the apparatus being arranged to pump the wastewater from one reservoir to another such as to alternatively expose the biofilms within the reservoirs to air and wastewater, thus making it possible to achieve sequential aerobic, anoxic and anaerobic conditions in the biofilms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: National University of Ireland
    Inventors: Michael Rodgers, Jr., John Mulqueen, Jr., Rose C. Mulqueen, Jr., Edmond O'Reilly, Jr., Xinmin Zhan, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20080209846
    Abstract: A device for replacing a portion of a soleplate where a structural load is concentrated, comprising a base, a stud-supporting means located on top of the base, and at least one soleplate-holding means extending from a side of the base; the at least one soleplate member for holding an adjacently-abutted soleplate section. The stud-supporting means supports a trimmer section or any member, which applies load, on top of the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2006
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventors: Michael Rodgers, Jose Gonzalez
  • Publication number: 20070080243
    Abstract: A device for dispensing coating material includes a handle and a barrel coupled to the handle and extending therefrom toward a forward end from which coating material is dispensed. A first component is provided on the dispensing device. Multiple second components each include a portion which is complementary to the first component. At least one of the multiple second components comprises a tool for use in conjunction with the operation of the dispensing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Publication date: April 12, 2007
    Inventors: Kevin Alexander, Michael Rodgers
  • Publication number: 20060283386
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for electrostatically aided atomization and dispensing of coating material. The apparatus includes a power supply for supplying operating potential and a coating dispensing device remote from the power supply. The coating dispensing device includes an input/output (I/O) device. The I/O device includes at least one indicator for selectively indicating a commanded state of the power supply and a fault state of at least one of the power supply and the coating dispensing device. A pair of conductors couple the I/O device to the power supply. Commands are coupled from the I/O device to the power supply. Commanded state information and fault state information are coupled from the power supply to the I/O device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2005
    Publication date: December 21, 2006
    Inventors: Kevin Alexander, Gene Altenberger, Varce Howe, Michael Rodgers
  • Publication number: 20060219824
    Abstract: A hand-held, electrostatically- and/or compressed gas-aided coating material dispensing device comprises a barrel and a handle extending downward from the barrel. The handle includes a module selected from modules having a number of different characteristics for coupling sources of coating material, compressed gas and/or electrical supply to the coating material dispensing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2005
    Publication date: October 5, 2006
    Inventors: Kevin Alexander, Gene Altenburger, Michael Rodgers
  • Publication number: 20060108436
    Abstract: A retaining ring for a coating material dispenser including a nozzle for the discharge of coating material and a cap having a plurality of orifices arrayed in a spatial orientation with respect to the nozzle to supply a flow of gas or a mixture of gases to aid in dispensing of the coating material from the nozzle. The retaining ring is adapted for retaining the cap on the coating material dispenser with the plurality of orifices in the spatial orientation. The retaining ring includes first and second members. The second member is adapted for coupling to the coating material dispenser. The first member includes a first torque limiting driving member. The second member includes a second torque limiting driven member for engaging the first torque limiting driving member to limit the torque which the second member can apply to the coating material dispenser in response to manipulation of the first member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Publication date: May 25, 2006
    Inventors: Kevin Alexander, Michael Rodgers