Patents by Inventor Michael Shepherd

Michael Shepherd 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: 20210374190
    Abstract: An information handling system is provided for extracting data associated with a data field of a database from a randomly formatted source document. A processor of the information handling system receives the document, embeds a text-based representation of text of the document into vector data associated with the text, and encodes the vector data through a first neural network into reconstructed text activations. The processor further concatenates the vector data with an image-based representation of the document to provide first concatenated data, and encodes the first concatenated data through a second neural network into extracted visual feature activations. The processor further concatenates the reconstructed text activations with the extracted visual feature activations to provide second concatenated data, decodes the second concatenated data to identify particular data associated with the data field, and updates an entry of the database with the particular data in the data field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Inventors: Michael Shepherd, Saurabh Jha
  • Publication number: 20210046980
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising: a passenger compartment; a nose region forwards of the passenger compartment, the nose region having a top surface and a front; and a duct running from an inlet to an outlet to permit air flowing into the inlet to be channeled to the outlet, the inlet being positioned at the front of the nose region below the top surface and the outlet being positioned on the top surface of the nose region behind the inlet, the outlet being oriented so that air flowing through the outlet is directed in an upwards direction, the upwards airflow causing disruption to a rearward airflow moving towards the passenger compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventors: Andrew Kay, Steven Digby Nicol, Scott Michael Shepherd
  • Patent number: 10304972
    Abstract: Solar cells with silicon oxynitride dielectric layers and methods of forming silicon oxynitride dielectric layers for solar cell fabrication are described. For example, an emitter region of a solar cell includes a portion of a substrate having a back surface opposite a light receiving surface. A silicon oxynitride (SiOxNy, 0<x, y) dielectric layer is disposed on the back surface of the portion of the substrate. A semiconductor layer is disposed on the silicon oxynitride dielectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Shepherd, David D. Smith
  • Patent number: 9896813
    Abstract: A method of preventing soil erosion in, among areas, seaside locations, includes drilling holes in the ground and filling the holes with a mixture of the soil and gelatin, and then curing the mixture in situ to form a barrier against soil erosion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: Nicholas Ford, Gavin Garland, Randy Garland, Albert Kim, Ian Lindberg, John Lindberg, Michael Mirabito, Michael Nogaj, Thomas Rafferty, Rahul Rangarajan, Michael Shepherd
  • Publication number: 20170051463
    Abstract: A method of preventing soil erosion in, among areas, seaside locations, includes drilling holes in the ground and filling the holes with a mixture of the soil and gelatin, and then curing the mixture in situ to form a barrier against soil erosion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Inventors: Nicholas Ford, Gavin Garland, Randy Garland, Albert Kim, Ian Lindberg, John Lindberg, Michael Mirabito, Michael Nogaj, Thomas Rafferty, Rahul Rangarajan, Michael Shepherd
  • Patent number: 9458587
    Abstract: Soil erosion in, among other areas, seaside locations, is prevented by the steps of: drilling holes in the ground; filling these holes with a mixture of the soil and gelatin, then curing the mixture in situ to form a barrier against soil erosion. The holes form stabilization walls and are placed seaside to a structure to be protected from erosion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventors: Nicholas Ford, Gavin Garland, Randy Garland, Albert Kim, Ian Lindberg, John Lindberg, Michael Mirabito, Michael Nogaj, Thomas Rafferty, Rahul Rangarajan, Michael Shepherd
  • Patent number: 9163629
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a resilient material lined stator and method of forming. A method of forming a resilient material lined stator can include disposing a resilient material tube 400 with a profiled helical inner surface 401 into the bore of a body 420. A cast material 410 can be disposed therebetween. The cast material 410 can bond to the body 420 to form a resilient material lined stator or the body 420 can be removed. The cast material 310 can include a conduit 312 or conductor 314 extending therethrough. The cast material 310 can include a pathway 316 formed therethrough. The resilient material can be an elastomer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence Lee, Michael Shepherd
  • Publication number: 20150194539
    Abstract: Solar cells with silicon oxynitride dielectric layers and methods of forming silicon oxynitride dielectric layers for solar cell fabrication are described. For example, an emitter region of a solar cell includes a portion of a substrate having a back surface opposite a light receiving surface. A silicon oxynitride (SiOxNy, 0<x, y) dielectric layer is disposed on the back surface of the portion of the substrate. A semiconductor layer is disposed on the silicon oxynitride dielectric layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Publication date: July 9, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Shepherd, David D. Smith
  • Patent number: 9063827
    Abstract: In accordance with the present disclosure, a dynamic random access memory (DRAM) component is described. The DRAM component may comprise an integrated circuit, with the integrated circuit including an array of volatile memory cells. A first volatile memory cells of the array of volatile memory cells may be defective. The integrated circuit may also include non-volatile memory, and the non-volatile memory may contain a reference to the first volatile memory cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventor: Michael Shepherd
  • Publication number: 20150139732
    Abstract: A method of preventing soil erosion in, among areas, seaside locations, includes drilling holes in the ground and filling the holes with a mixture of the soil and gelatin, and then curing the mixture in situ to form a barrier against soil erosion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Nicholas Ford, Gavin Garland, Randy Garland, Albert Kim, Ian Lindberg, John Lindberg, Michael Mirabito, Michael Nogaj, Thomas Rafferty, Rahul Rangarajan, Michael Shepherd
  • Patent number: 9018516
    Abstract: Solar cells with silicon oxynitride dielectric layers and methods of forming silicon oxynitride dielectric layers for solar cell fabrication are described. For example, an emitter region of a solar cell includes a portion of a substrate having a back surface opposite a light receiving surface. A silicon oxynitride (SiOxNy, 0<x, y) dielectric layer is disposed on the back surface of the portion of the substrate. A semiconductor layer is disposed on the silicon oxynitride dielectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Shepherd, David D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20140166089
    Abstract: Solar cells with silicon oxynitride dielectric layers and methods of forming silicon oxynitride dielectric layers for solar cell fabrication are described. For example, an emitter region of a solar cell includes a portion of a substrate having a back surface opposite a light receiving surface. A silicon oxynitride (SiOxNy, 0<x, y) dielectric layer is disposed on the back surface of the portion of the substrate. A semiconductor layer is disposed on the silicon oxynitride dielectric layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Shepherd, David D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20130227342
    Abstract: In accordance with the present disclosure, a dynamic random access memory (DRAM) component is described. The DRAM component may comprise an integrated circuit, with the integrated circuit including an array of volatile memory cells. A first volatile memory cells of the array of volatile memory cells may be defective. The integrated circuit may also include non-volatile memory, and the non-volatile memory may contain a reference to the first volatile memory cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Shepherd
  • Patent number: 8464811
    Abstract: A steerable system comprises a first rotatable housing and a second rotatable housing connected to the first rotatable housing by an adjustable joint. A cam member is held against rotation while in use. Cam follower means are cooperable with the cam member and moveable to drive the second rotatable housing for movement relative to the first rotatable housing about the adjustable joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Shepherd
  • Publication number: 20130040037
    Abstract: A protein beverage includes at least 90 percent egg white and at least one of a flavoring and sweetener. The beverage may be made by mixing pasteurized egg whites with a flavoring sweetener, and/or other biological enhancing agent, homogenizing the mixture, re-pasteurizing the beverage, and then bottling the mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: Paul Shepherd, Michael Shepherd
  • Patent number: 8337182
    Abstract: A skinned rotor 201 or skinned stator 305 of a progressive cavity apparatus is described. A rotor 201 can be skinned by threading a sleeve 210 with a profiled helical outer 212 and profiled helical inner 214 surface onto a core 202 with a profiled helical outer surface 204. A rotor (1301, 1401) can also be skinned by inserting a non-helical core (1302, 1402) into a non-helical longitudinal bore (1314, 1414) of a sleeve (1310, 1410) with a profiled helical outer surface (1312, 1412). A stator 305 can be skinned by threading a tubular liner 310 with profiled helical inner 314 and profiled helical outer 312 surfaces into a profiled helical bore 308 of a tube 306. A stator (2405, 2505) can also be skinned by inserting a tubular liner (2410, 2510) with a non-helical outer surface (2412, 2512) into a non-helical bore (2408, 2508) of a tube (2406, 2506).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence Lee, Robert Ian Robson, Olivier Sindt, Michael Shepherd, Norman Ward
  • Publication number: 20120284093
    Abstract: Improved techniques for targeting advertisements are provided, which take into account the content of electronic communications delivered via text messaging and/or other forms of communications. The system may automatically select advertisements based on message content, and the selected advertisements may then be displayed alongside messages, and/or embedded in or included in messages, for presentation to the sender and/or recipient of the message. Overall conversational context, including content of past messages between the parties, can be taken into account in selecting advertisements. In at least one embodiment, the content of a displayed advertisement can change dynamically in response to changes in the subject of a text conversation. Senders of messages can be rewarded for allowing advertisements to be embedded and/or displayed in connection with their messages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Shepherd Evans
  • Patent number: 8276029
    Abstract: A system and method are herein disclosed for managing memory defects in an information handling system. More particularly, a system and method are described for generating a usable memory map which excludes memory locations containing defect memory elements. In an information handling system, a memory defect map, which contains information about the location of defective memory elements, is coupled to the memory device. As a map of memory usable by the system is created, usable memory regions containing defective memory elements are excluded from the memory map. The memory map is passed to the operating system, which uses only those regions of memory designated as usable and non-defective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Mukund P. Khatri, Forrest E. Norrod, Jimmy D. Pike, Michael Shepherd, Paul D. Stultz
  • Patent number: 8257633
    Abstract: Cast material rotor (200,300,500,800) with profiled helical outer surface (208,308,508,808). Cast material layer (502,802) can be disposed between core (504,804) and tube (506,806). Profiled helical outer surface (208,308) can be in tube 206 or cast material layer 302, respectively. Method of forming rotor 200 can include filling void between outer surface 212 of core 204 and longitudinal bore 210 of tube 206 having profiled helical outer surface 208 with cast material 202 in fluid state, and solidifying cast material 202. Tube 206 can be disposed within profiled helical bore 714 of mold 700, e.g., before solidifying cast material 202. Method of forming rotor 300 can include filling void between outer surface 312 of core 304 and profiled helical bore 714 in mold 700 with cast material 302 in fluid state, solidifying cast material 302 to impart profiled helical outer surface 308 thereto, and removing mold 700 from cast material 302.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Olivier Sindt, Michael Shepherd, Hossein Akbari
  • Publication number: 20110271527
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a resilient material lined stator and method of forming. A method of forming a resilient material lined stator can include disposing a resilient material tube 400 with a profiled helical inner surface 401 into the bore of a body 420. A cast material 410 can be disposed therebetween. The cast material 410 can bond to the body 420 to form a resilient material lined stator or the body 420 can be removed. The cast material 310 can include a conduit 312 or conductor 314 extending therethrough. The cast material 310 can include a pathway 316 formed therethrough. The resilient material can be an elastomer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventors: Lawrence Lee, Michael Shepherd