Patents by Inventor Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor 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: 11352069
    Abstract: A fender for a lawn mower having tire and wheel assemblies that are mounted to a yoke of a swivel caster assembly, whereby the yoke pivots through 360 degrees of rotation, includes an arcuate fender body. The fender body is attached to the yoke by a bracket so that it is rotatably carried by the rotating yoke. As such, the fender body is maintained at an optimal position relative to the mower tire and thereby provides desirable deflection of lawn clippings and other debris from the various operational components provided upon the mower deck. This prevents the premature wear of such operational components, thereby decreasing down time and reducing maintenance costs of the mower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventor: Mike Taylor
  • Patent number: 11073112
    Abstract: An evaporative emission control system for a vehicle includes an engine, a fuel tank connected to the engine and a reversible purge pump connected between the fuel tank and the engine. Fuel vapor generated in the fuel tank is supplied to the engine. The purge pump is operable in a first direction to supply the fuel vapor from the fuel tank to the engine and a second direction to supply air to the fuel tank. A purge control valve is connected between the reversible purge pump and the engine to control a flow of the fuel vapor to the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Kyle Shinaberry, Mike Taylor
  • Patent number: 10975968
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a fluid seal to prevent fluid and lubricant loss during automotive transmission testing. The fluid seal may be disposed on a surface of an axle shaft such that a variety of transmissions may be evaluated without replacement of the axle shaft, a laborious and ergonomically stressful task. Moreover, the fluid seal may be disposed on a standard collar of the axle shaft for interaction with an internal surface of a transmission coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc.
    Inventors: Jason W. McFarland, Andrea L. Hudson, Mike Taylor
  • Patent number: 10949649
    Abstract: A method for locating and tracking facial features in an unconstrained video sequence includes: in a face-detecting process, delineating, with region-bounding coordinates, the face of the subject within an image selected from the sequence; detecting, in the selected image, a small set of landmarks, corresponding to the face of the subject, using a convolutional neural network, trained to take as input an image region corresponding to the face of the—subject and to return a set of coordinates at computational speeds approximating real time; projectively fitting a three-dimensional character model to the detected landmarks, and using the fitted model to estimate physical locations of additional landmarks, so as to provide a complete hypothesized set of facial landmarks; and in a feature tracker process, updating the hypothesized set of facial landmarks to improve convergence between predicted feature locations and their actual physical locations based on data sampled from the selected image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Image Metrics, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kevin Walker, Mike Rogers, Mike Taylor, Matthew Oakes, Vincent Drouard, Carl Moore
  • Publication number: 20210033047
    Abstract: An evaporative emission control system for a vehicle includes an engine, a fuel tank connected to the engine and a reversible purge pump connected between the fuel tank and the engine. Fuel vapor generated in the fuel tank is supplied to the engine. The purge pump is operable in a first direction to supply the fuel vapor from the fuel tank to the engine and a second direction to supply air to the fuel tank. A purge control valve is connected between the reversible purge pump and the engine to control a flow of the fuel vapor to the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Kyle SHINABERRY, Mike TAYLOR
  • Publication number: 20200307715
    Abstract: A fender for a lawn mower having tire and wheel assemblies that are mounted to a yoke of a swivel caster assembly, whereby the yoke pivots through 360 degrees of rotation, includes an arcuate fender body. The fender body is attached to the yoke by a bracket so that it is rotatably carried by the rotating yoke. As such, the fender body is maintained at an optimal position relative to the mower tire and thereby provides desirable deflection of lawn clippings and other debris from the various operational components provided upon the mower deck. This prevents the premature wear of such operational components, thereby decreasing down time and reducing maintenance costs of the mower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventor: Mike Taylor
  • Patent number: 10766542
    Abstract: A fender for a lawn mower having tire and wheel assemblies that are mounted to a yoke of a swivel caster assembly, whereby the yoke pivots through 360 degrees of rotation, includes an arcuate fender body. The fender body is attached to the yoke by a bracket so that it is rotatably carried by the rotating yoke. As such, the fender body is maintained at an optimal position relative to the mower tire, and thereby provides desirable deflection of lawn clippings and other debris from the various operational components provided upon the mower deck. This prevents the premature wear of such operational components, thereby decreasing down time and reducing maintenance costs of the mower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Mike Taylor
  • Publication number: 20200272806
    Abstract: A method for locating and tracking facial features in an unconstrained video sequence includes: in a face-detecting process, delineating, with region-bounding coordinates, the face of the subject within an image selected from the sequence; detecting, in the selected image, a small set of landmarks, corresponding to the face of the subject, using a convolutional neural network, trained to take as input an image region corresponding to the face of the—subject and to return a set of coordinates at computational speeds approximating real time; projectively fitting a three-dimensional character model to the detected landmarks, and using the fitted model to estimate physical locations of additional landmarks, so as to provide a complete hypothesized set of facial landmarks; and in a feature tracker process, updating the hypothesized set of facial landmarks to improve convergence between predicted feature locations and their actual physical locations based on data sampled from the selected image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin Walker, Mike Rogers, Mike Taylor, Matthew Oakes, Vincent Drouard, Carl Moore
  • Publication number: 20200158243
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a fluid seal to prevent fluid and lubricant loss during automotive transmission testing. The fluid seal may be disposed on a surface of an axle shaft such that a variety of transmissions may be evaluated without replacement of the axle shaft, a laborious and ergonomically stressful task. Moreover, the fluid seal may be disposed on a standard collar of the axle shaft for interaction with an internal surface of a transmission coupler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason W. MCFARLAND, Andrea L. Hudson, Mike Taylor
  • Patent number: 10520111
    Abstract: A system for straightening downwardly-bowed underground pipeline using a means of pumping expandable fluid into substratum below the pipeline bow. The system includes an apparatus for identifying the bowed section of underground pipeline, and a device for delivering expandable liquid to the target site beneath the pipeline bow. The apparatus includes a frame supporting a series of probe-rods driven into contact with the top of the pipeline, to locate the bowed section. The device for straightening downwardly-bowed underground pipeline uses a means of pumping expandable fluid into substratum below the pipeline bow; the device comprises an elongated shaft having a trailing end and a leading end and defining a fluid pathway from the upstream trailing end to the downstream leading end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Mike Taylor
  • Publication number: 20190368634
    Abstract: A system for straightening downwardly-bowed underground pipeline using a means of pumping expandable fluid into substratum below the pipeline bow. The system includes an apparatus for identifying the bowed section of underground pipeline, and a device for delivering expandable liquid to the target site beneath the pipeline bow. The apparatus includes a frame supporting a series of probe-rods driven into contact with the top of the pipeline, to locate the bowed section. The device for straightening downwardly-bowed underground pipeline uses a means of pumping expandable fluid into substratum below the pipeline bow; the device comprises an elongated shaft having a trailing end and a leading end and defining a fluid pathway from the upstream trailing end to the downstream leading end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventor: Mike Taylor
  • Publication number: 20190308668
    Abstract: A fender for a lawn mower having tire wheel assemblies that are mounted to a yoke of a swivel caster assembly, whereby the yoke pivots through 360 degrees of rotation, includes an arcuate fender body. The fender body is attached is attached to the yoke by a bracket so that it is rotatably carried by the rotating yoke. As such, the fender body is maintained at an optimal position relative to the mower tire, and thereby provides desirable deflection of lawn clippings and other debris from the various operational components provided upon the mower deck. This prevents the premature wear of such operational components, thereby decreasing down time and reducing maintenance costs of the mower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventor: Mike Taylor
  • Publication number: 20180060325
    Abstract: Users are most likely to search for documents “around” them, such as documents which are created, read, or modified by other users they work closely or collaborate with, documents on sites the user frequents, and/or documents trending around them, in addition to documents they've created or interacted with themselves. Therefore, embodiments are directed to relevance ranking of query results based on external context. A search service may receive a query and an external context list, determine a relevance value for each entry in the external context list, and perform the query, where a search index comprising items may be returned in response to performance of the query. The search service may then match entries in the external context list against associated properties of the items, compute a score for the items based on the matching, and rank results of the query based on the score computed for the items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Mike Taylor, Torbjorn Helvik, Oystein Fledsberg, Lars Hagen
  • Patent number: 7927712
    Abstract: There is described a biaxially oriented polyolefin single or multi-layer film which comprises at least one core layer comprising a propylenic polymer component and either an ethylenic polymer component (preferably 0.2% to 8% by weight of core layer) or a styrenic polymer component (preferably 0.2% to 25% by weight of core layer). The films have a dynamic loss modulus (E?), at 3 Hz and 25° C., of 28 to 136 MPa (TD) and/or 73 to 135 MPa (MD) as well as a dynamic storage modulus (E?), at 3 Hz and 25° C., of 630 to 2800 MPa (TD) and/or 1300 to 3000 MPa (MD). These films are suitable for use as a label facestock with improved conformability for example to provide improved labels for squeezable containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Innovia Films, Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter Mills, Alasdair McEwen, Mike Taylor
  • Publication number: 20100183891
    Abstract: There is described a biaxially oriented polyolefin single or multi-layer film which comprises at least one core layer comprising a propylenic polymer component and either an ethylenic polymer component (preferably 0.2% to 8% by weight of core layer) or a styrenic polymer component (preferably 0.2% to 25% by weight of core layer). The films have a dynamic loss modulus (E?), at 3 Hz and 25° C., of 28 to 136 MPa (TD) and/or 73 to 135 MPa (MD) as well as a dynamic storage modulus (E?), at 3 Hz and 25° C., of 630 to 2800 MPa (TD) and/or 1300 to 3000 MPa (MD). These films are suitable for use as a label facestock with improved conformability for example to provide improved labels for squeezable containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: INNOVIA FILMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Peter MILLS, Alasdair MCEWEN, Mike TAYLOR
  • Patent number: 7722960
    Abstract: There is described a biaxially oriented polyolefin single or multi-layer film which comprises at least one core layer comprising a propylenic polymer component and either an ethylenic polymer component (preferably 0.2% to 8% by weight of core layer) or a styrenic polymer component (preferably 0.2% to 25% by weight of core layer). The films have a dynamic loss modulus (E?), at 3 Hz and 25° C., of 28 to 136 MPa (TD) and/or 73 to 135 MPa (MD) as well as a dynamic storage modulus (E?), at 3 Hz and 25° C., of 630 to 2800 MPa (TD) and/or 1300 to 3000 MPa (MD). These films are suitable for use as a label facestock with improved conformability for example to provide improved labels for squeezable containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Innovia Films Limited
    Inventors: Peter Mills, Alasdair McEwen, Mike Taylor
  • Patent number: 7469350
    Abstract: A particular problem for self-service devices incorporating USB devices (12) and a USB host (14) is that, when communication is lost between the USB host and one or more of the devices it is difficult (in particular situations) to reset those USB devices without manual intervention. We address that problem by using self-powered USB devices and/or bus powered devices connected to USB hubs, and by creating a power control interface (18) which is itself a USB device. That power control interface takes instructions from the USB host and is able to interrupt a power supply (20) to the USB devices to provoke automatic reset of those devices. Additionally, a watchdog application within the power control interface causes reset of that interface should it malfunction. Also, a master watchdog application at the USB host communicates with a slave watchdog application at the power control interface via a USB link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Jim Henderson, Mike Taylor, Michael McBride, Graeme Mitchell
  • Patent number: 7281887
    Abstract: A mechanism and method for providing base end plunge router depth adjustment, such as when a router is utilized with a router table. The apparatus and method of the present invention permits accurate and efficient depth adjustment when utilizing a router with a router table. A router depth adjustment device includes an adjustment knob and indexer, so users are provided with the ability for measured depth adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: Mike Taylor
  • Patent number: 7255520
    Abstract: A mechanism and method for providing base end plunge router depth adjustment, such as when a router is utilized with a router table. The apparatus and method of the present invention permits accurate and efficient depth adjustment when utilizing a router with a router table. A router depth adjustment device includes an adjustment knob and indexer, so users are provided with the ability for measured depth adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: Mike Taylor
  • Publication number: 20070150758
    Abstract: A particular problem for self-service devices incorporating USB devices (12) and a USB host (14) is that, when communication is lost between the USB host and one or more of the devices it is difficult (in particular situations) to reset those USB devices without manual intervention. We address that problem by using self-powered USB devices and/or bus powered devices connected to USB hubs, and by creating a power control interface (18) which is itself a USB device. That power control interface takes instructions from the USB host and is able to interrupt a power supply (20) to the USB devices to provoke automatic reset of those devices. Additionally, a watchdog application within the power control interface causes reset of that interface should it malfunction. Also, a master watchdog application at the USB host communicates with a slave watchdog application at the power control interface via a USB link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Publication date: June 28, 2007
    Inventors: Jim Henderson, Mike Taylor, Michael McBride, Graeme Mitchell