Patents by Inventor Michael W. Miller

Michael W. Miller 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: 10798452
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving information expressing a user's interest in one or more media programs, obtaining information indicative of popularity for a plurality of media programs responsive to the received information by individuals other than the user, and transmitting one or more recommendations of media programs for display to the user, from the plurality of media programs that relate to the received information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Joon-Hee Jeon, Vincent Dureau, Steve D. Benting, Zhenhai Lin, Michael W. Miller, Manish G. Patel
  • Patent number: 10769592
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for generating an explanation for a benefit qualification status change over different benefit qualification periods includes a computing device executing a benefit calculation engine. The benefit calculation engine operates on first and second benefit completeness graphs from respective first and second benefit qualification periods to perform first and second benefit qualification status determination. The first and second benefit completeness graphs each describe data dependent benefit qualification operations including a plurality of interconnecting functional nodes connected by one of a plurality of functions. The method also includes the computing device identifying the differences among nodes within the first benefit completeness graph and the second benefit completeness graph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: INTUIT INC.
    Inventors: Gang Wang, Kevin M. McCluskey, Gregory W. Miller, Arien C. Ferrell, Michael J. Graves
  • Patent number: 10762472
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for providing a notice regarding a benefit qualification status change includes receiving a change in a qualification requirement for a benefit program. The method also includes obtaining a completeness graph corresponding to the benefit program. The method further includes modifying the completeness graph based on the received change in the qualification requirement for the benefit program. Moreover, the method includes obtaining a profile corresponding to an individual. In addition, the method includes obtaining a first qualification status relating to the individual's qualification for the benefit program before the received change in the qualification requirement for the benefit program. The method also includes determining a second qualification status by running the profile against the modified completeness graph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: INTUIT INC.
    Inventors: Gregory W. Miller, Gang Wang, Kevin M. McCluskey, Andre Felipe Luis, Arien C. Ferrell, Michael J. Graves
  • Patent number: 10759190
    Abstract: A method for printing on an article can include selecting a shape model. The shape model is generated from a first image and includes a fiducial, a reference location, and a graphic marker, the fiducial is located in the first image. The reference location is based on a location of the fiducial in the first image, and the graphic marker is positioned at a pre-selected location relative to the reference location. The method can also include locating the fiducial in a second image of an article, by a computing device, establishing the reference location in the second image of the article, positioning the graphic marker within the second image of the article at the pre-selected location, and printing a graphic on the article at a graphic location, the graphic location on the article corresponds to the pre-selected location of the graphic marker on the second image of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Collier, Amie Evans, Laurel Manville, Todd W. Miller
  • Patent number: 10743903
    Abstract: An ultrasonic surgical instrument includes a body, an ultrasonic supported by the body, a shaft extending distally from the body and defining a shaft axis, a waveguide extending distally through the shaft, and an end effector arranged at a distal end of the shaft. The end effector includes an ultrasonic blade coupled to a distal end of the waveguide and having a primary blade treatment surface configured to treat tissue, and a clamp arm coupled to the distal end of the shaft. The shaft and the waveguide are selectively rotatable relative to one another about the shaft axis through a predefined range of angular motion between an assembly state and an operational state. In the assembly state, the clamp arm and the primary blade treatment surface are rotationally offset from one another. In the operational state, the clamp arm and the primary blade treatment surface are rotationally aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Matthew C. Miller, Sean P. Conlon, Michael E. Boehm, Richard W. Flaker, Bryce Hansen, Rafael J. Ruiz Ortiz
  • Patent number: 10715384
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a system for automatically modifying computer parameters as an incentive for complying with data policies. During operation, the system receives, at a computing system, a data policy definition, wherein the data policy definition comprises: one or more metrics associated with data usage, and one or more desired vectors associated with the one or more metrics. Next, the system receives, at the computing system, usage statistics for data, wherein the usage statistics comprise the one or more metrics for one or more clients. The system then analyzes the usage statistics to determine, at the computing system, a first score indicating how a first client in the one or more clients is performing compared to the one or more desired vectors for the one or more metrics. Finally, the system automatically modifies a parameter of the computing system associated with the first client based on the first score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: INTUIT INC.
    Inventors: Michael T. Miller, Brian W. Gardner
  • Patent number: 10656971
    Abstract: A software development platform comprising one or more user-selectable modular units containing a vertical stack of back-end business logic. One or more user-selectable modular units containing domain model components. One or more user-selectable modular units containing front end presentation components. A virtual appliance comprising application-specific logic that includes one or more of the modular units containing the vertical stack of back-end business logic, one or more of the user-selectable modular units containing the domain model components and one or more of the user-selectable modular units containing front end presentation components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: DELL PRODUCTS L.P.
    Inventors: Stanley K. Poon, Maisa C. Manoel, Yao Lu, Gavin D. Scott, Andrew T. Miller, Michael D. Condon, Kevin S. Borden, Praharsh S. Shah, Roger W. Faulkner, James Watt
  • Patent number: 10601099
    Abstract: The present disclosure sets forth various embodiments of power reception kits and methods. In one embodiment, a guided surface wave receive structure is configured to obtain electrical energy from a guided surface wave travelling along a terrestrial medium. Power output circuitry having a power output is configured to be coupled to an electrical load. The electrical load is experienced as a load at an excitation source coupled to a guided surface waveguide probe generating the guided surface wave. At least one connector is configured to couple the at least one guided surface wave receive structure to the power output circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, Michael W. Miller, Paul Kendall Carlton, Jr., Michael J. D'Aurelio
  • Patent number: 10591527
    Abstract: A method of iteratively screening a sample of electrolytic capacitors having a predetermined rated voltage is provided. The method can include measuring a first leakage current of a first set of capacitors, calculating a first mean leakage current therefrom, and removing capacitors from the first set having a first leakage current equal to or above a first predetermined value, thereby forming a second set of capacitors. The second set can be subjected to a burn in heat treatment where a test voltage can be applied, then a second leakage current of the second set of capacitors can be measured and a second mean leakage current can be calculated. Capacitors having a second leakage current equal to or above a second predetermined value can be removed from the second set, forming a third set of capacitors. Because of such iterative screening, the capacitors in the third set have low failure rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: AVX Corporation
    Inventors: William A. Millman, Marc V. Beaulieu, Michael I. Miller, Mark W. Leinonen
  • Patent number: 10569810
    Abstract: A node is disclosed. The node may have a core. The node may also have a projection extending from the core. Further the node may have a structural member attached to the projection. The node may also have a top cover having a top recess. The top recess may be configured to receive the structural member. Additionally, the node may have a bottom cover having a bottom recess. The bottom recess may be configured to receive the structural member. In addition the node may have a fastener to connect the top cover and the bottom cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Rahul N. Gami, Ajay Dnyandeo Yadav, Richard K. Huff, Jarrod Delane Neal, Matthew M. Robinson, Tad W. Miller, Brandon C. Brenner, David William Holthaus, Jacob Warner Bell, Michael H. Noble, Edward Patrick Ormiston, Hemant Prasad Mallampalli, Thierry A. Marchione, Michael R. Spengler
  • Patent number: 10563805
    Abstract: A sealing assembly has an expansion band having an arcuate band portion and a pair of threaded end portions formed at opposing ends of the arcuate band, in which the arcuate band and threaded end portions are monolithically formed as a single piece. Fixed within respective threaded end portions are a pair of oppositely threaded nuts adapted to receive a bolt having correspondingly oppositely threaded ends. Rotation of the bolt causes the threaded end portions to be simultaneously driven apart or drawn toward one another (depending on the rotation direction of the bolt) to thereby expand or contract the overall outer profile of the arcuate band portion. The monolithically formed expansion band may be made of an inexpensive, non-rusting material such as nylon 66, and glass fibers and/or additives may be employed to impart strength and flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Press-Seal Corporation
    Inventors: James W. Skinner, Graham E. Blackwood, Katherine A. Bergfeld, Michael R. Miller, John R. Kaczmarczyk
  • Patent number: 10556476
    Abstract: An agricultural vehicle includes a frame and a plurality of suspension assemblies coupled to the frame. The plurality of suspension assemblies configured to together increase or decrease a vertical distance between the frame and a surface supporting the agricultural vehicle. The agricultural vehicle also includes a plurality of wheels. One wheel of the plurality of wheels is coupled to each suspension assembly, and at least two wheels of the plurality of wheels are movable about a steering axis. The agricultural vehicle further includes at least two actuators. Each of the at least two actuators is coupled to a respective suspension assembly of the plurality of suspension assemblies and is configured to move one of the at least two wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Hagie Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Matthew W. Dames, Michael M. Miller
  • Patent number: 10538555
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides novel macrocyclic peptides which inhibit the PD-1/PD-L1 and PD-L1/CD80 protein/protein interaction, and thus are useful for the amelioration of various diseases, including cancer and infectious diseases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael Matthew Miller, Claudio Mapelli, Martin Patrick Allen, Michael S. Bowsher, Eric P. Gillis, David R. Langley, Eric Mull, Maude A. Poirier, Nishith Sanghvi, Li-Qiang Sun, Daniel J. Tenney, Kap-Sun Yeung, Juliang Zhu, Kevin W. Gillman, Qian Zhao, Katharine A. Grant-Young, Paul Michael Scola, Lyndon A. M. Cornelius
  • Patent number: 10536037
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of load shedding techniques for a guided surface wave power delivery system. In one embodiment, among others, a guided surface waveguide probe is configured to transmit a guided surface wave along a lossy conducting medium; and a load shedding controller device is configured to send load shedding instructions to a plurality of user devices. The load shedding instructions regulate user device consumption of electrical energy provided by the guided surface wave amongst the plurality of user devices by spreading out activation and deactivation of load shedding conservations amongst the plurality of user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: CPG Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, James D. Lilly, Stephen W. Wilson, Basil F. Pinzone, Jr., Joseph F. Pinzone, Richard T. Devereaux, John Robert Ashcroft, Michael W. Miller
  • Patent number: 10518902
    Abstract: A UAV capture system including a cable array comprising at least two laterally-spaced cables carried by a first cable support structure. Catches disposed on respective port and starboard wings of a UAV are positioned to engage the cables when the UAV flies into them. A payout device pays out the engaged cables after they have been engaged by the UAV and a brake decelerates the UAV by resisting the pay out of the cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: David C. Briggs, Corey A. Fleischer, Greg W. Klein, Adam M. Knabe, George Gregory Miller, Michael W. Poppek
  • Patent number: 10485586
    Abstract: A clamping device for attaching to an external fixation element of an external fixation system includes a first jaw having an inner surface and an outer surface and includes a second jaw having an inner surface and an outer surface, with the inner surface of the first jaw and the inner surface of the second jaw together forming a passage configured to receive the external fixation element of the external fixation system. A locking system is engageable with the first and the second jaws. A portion of the locking system is moveable relative to the first and the second jaws between a first position where the locking arrangement is configured to prevent release of the external fixation element having a first size from between the first jaw and the second jaw and a second position where the locking arrangement is configured to prevent release of the external fixation element having a second size from between the first jaw and the second jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Zimmer, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen T. Miller, Michael W. Mullaney
  • Publication number: 20190296276
    Abstract: The disclosure provides seals for devices that operate at elevated temperatures and have reactive metal vapors, such as lithium, sodium or magnesium. In some examples, such devices include energy storage devices that may be used within an electrical power grid or as part of a standalone system. The energy storage devices may be charged from an electricity production source for later discharge, such as when there is a demand for electrical energy consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: David J. Bradwell, David A.H. McCleary, Gregory A. Thompson, Allan Blanchard, Jeffrey B. Miller, Ronald Teel, William B. Langhauser, Alexander W. Elliott, Donald R. Sadoway, Michael J. McNeley, Ian Redfern
  • Patent number: 10420865
    Abstract: A waste collection unit (40) with a primary display (106) on which information about the operation of the unit is presented. In addition to the primary display there is a light assembly (662) adjacent the fitting (614) to which a suction line is attached. The light assembly emits light of selectively colors or in a selected pattern based on an operation state of the waste collection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: STRYKER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stephen J. Reasoner, Robert W. Childers, Chamara Gamhewage, Michael W. Hall, Nathan K. Hogan, Brian J. MacLachlan, Michael J. Miller
  • Patent number: 10401404
    Abstract: Disclosed are various approaches for measuring and reporting the amount of electrical power consumed by an electrical load attached to a guided surface wave receive structure. A guided surface wave receive structure is configured to obtain electrical energy from a guided surface wave traveling along a terrestrial medium. An electrical load is coupled to the guided surface wave receive structure, the electrical load being experienced as a load at an excitation source coupled to a guided surface waveguide probe generating the guided surface wave. An electric power meter coupled to the electrical load and configured to measure the electrical load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: CPG Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, Joseph F. Pinzone, James D. Lilly, Michael W. Miller, Stephen W. Wilson
  • Patent number: D877961
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Nspire Lighting LLC, an Indiana limited liability company
    Inventors: Thad J. Eads, Jake W. Miller, Michael C. Sale