Patents by Inventor Nicholas Miller

Nicholas 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).

  • Publication number: 20200297133
    Abstract: A merchandiser for storing a product for purchase by a customer is disclosed. The merchandiser includes a housing defining a cavity; a door coupled to the housing; a platform located in the cavity for holding the product; a load sensor structured to determine a weight of the product; and a controller coupled to the load sensor. The controller is structured to unlock the door based on a validation of payment information of the customer, and determine a weight of product removed during a transaction for the product based on a value regarding the weight of the product removed during the transaction being substantially constant for a preset amount of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: Leer, Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Huffar, Stephen J. Dieter, Terry D. Matt, John A. Miller, Nicholas A. Truesdale
  • Patent number: 10760846
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance having an ice making assembly is provided herein. The refrigerator appliance may include a cabinet, an icemaker attached to the cabinet, an ice bin, a support tray, a fluid filter, a liquid storage volume, and a fluid pump. The ice bin may define a bin outlet at a bottom end. The support tray may be positioned below the bin outlet to receive water therefrom. The support tray may define an inclined groove extending downward toward a tray outlet. The fluid filter may be positioned below the support tray. A filter inlet may be positioned downstream from the tray outlet. A filter outlet may be positioned below the filter inlet along the vertical direction. The liquid storage volume may be positioned below the filter outlet and downstream therefrom. The fluid pump may be positioned in fluid communication between the liquid storage volume and the icemaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Santhosh Kandi, Charles Benjamin Miller, Bradley Nicholas Gilkey, Gregory Sergeevich Chernov
  • Patent number: 10738286
    Abstract: The present invention provides engineered RNA polymerase variants and compositions comprising these variants. The present invention further provides engineered T7 RNA polymerase variants and compositions comprising these variants. These variants have been evolved for selective incorporation of the m7G(5?)ppp(5?)m7G cap analog over GTP at the initiation of in vitro transcription. The present invention also provides methods for selective capping of RNA transcripts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Codexis, Inc.
    Inventors: Mathew G. Miller, Chinping Chng, Oscar Alvizo, Melissa Ann Mayo, James Nicholas Riggins, Xiang Yi, Jonathan S. Penfield, Gjalt W. Huisman, Jared Davis, Yasushi Saotome
  • Patent number: 10737934
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes first and second exposed electrical contacts and a cavity having a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) structure therein. A conductive path extends from the first exposed electrical contact to the cavity and an over-voltage protection element electrically is coupled between the first and second exposed electrical contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: SiTime Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas Miller, Ginel C. Hill, Charles I. Grosjean, Michael Julian Daneman, Paul M. Hagelin, Aaron Partridge
  • Patent number: 10725124
    Abstract: A system for magnetic detection includes a nitrogen vacancy (NV) diamond material comprising a plurality of NV centers, a radio frequency (RF) excitation source configured to provide RF excitation to the NV diamond material, an optical excitation source configured to provide optical excitation to the NV diamond material, an optical detector configured to receive an optical signal emitted by the NV diamond material, and a controller. The optical signal is based on hyperfine states of the NV diamond material. The controller is configured to detect a gradient of the optical signal based on the hyperfine states emitted by the NV diamond material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian P. Boesch, Gregory Scott Bruce, Jeff D. Cammerata, David Nelson Coar, Laird Nicholas Egan, Bryan Neal Fisk, Wilbur Lew, Arul Manickam, Stephen Michael Sekelsky, John B. Stetson, Jr., Peter G. Kaup, Julie Lynne Miller, Jon C. Russo, Emanuel Solomon Stockman, Thomas J. Meyer, James Michael Krause, James P. Mabry, Elton Pepa
  • Publication number: 20200224949
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance having an ice making assembly is provided herein. The refrigerator appliance may include a cabinet, an icemaker attached to the cabinet, an ice bin, a support tray, a fluid filter, a liquid storage volume, and a fluid pump. The ice bin may define a bin outlet at a bottom end. The support tray may be positioned below the bin outlet to receive water therefrom. The support tray may define an inclined groove extending downward toward a tray outlet. The fluid filter may be positioned below the support tray. A filter inlet may be positioned downstream from the tray outlet. A filter outlet may be positioned below the filter inlet along the vertical direction. The liquid storage volume may be positioned below the filter outlet and downstream therefrom. The fluid pump may be positioned in fluid communication between the liquid storage volume and the icemaker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Santhosh Kandi, Charles Benjamin Miller, Bradley Nicholas Gilkey, Gregory Sergeevich Chernov
  • Patent number: 10711542
    Abstract: A sucker rod tong assembly for fastening together sucker rods to a rod coupling, where the assembly can include a two-stage mechanical drive mechanism. The first stage can connect an upper sucker rod to a lower sucker rod via a rod coupling. The first stage can be limited in mechanical ability to tighten the connection to a pre-set shoulder torque value. The second stage can then be hydraulically and mechanically sequenced, using a linear gear drive mechanism, to rotate a main tong pinion gear that can further rotate the sucker rod connection through a fixed circumferential displacement to a mechanical stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Automated Rig Technologies Ltd
    Inventors: Monte Neil Wright, Donald Nicholas Carmelo, Andrew David Richard, Harold James Miller, David Luis Richard
  • Publication number: 20200196541
    Abstract: A mycelium growth bed for growing a solid substrate-bound mycelium through which the mycelium composite is easily and readily removed. This is achieved through the use of a perforation layer embedded between the mycelium substrate and the mycelium composite so as to create a uniform structural weakness and thereby enhancing harvesting abilities of the ex-substrate mycelium via a greatly reduced and uniform tear strength. The perforation layer, through which the mycelium grows, allows for the gated and controlled extrusion of a matrix of colonial cells that may be easily and uniformly delaminated from the underlying mycelium substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Philip Ross, Matt Scullin, Nicholas Wenner, Jordan Chase, Quinn Miller, Ryan Saltidos, Phil McGaughy
  • Patent number: 10674841
    Abstract: A merchandiser for storing a product for purchase by a customer is disclosed. The merchandiser includes a housing defining a cavity; a door coupled to the housing; a platform located in the cavity for holding the product; a load cell structured to measure a mass of the product; and a controller communicably coupled to the load cell. The controller is structured to unlock the door based on a validation of payment information of the customer, determine a weight of product removed during a transaction for the product, determine a type of the product removed from the ice merchandiser based on the determined weight, and determine an amount of currency required for the transaction for the product based on the determined type of product removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Leer, Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Huffar, Stephen J. Dieter, Terry D. Matt, John A. Miller, Nicholas A. Truesdale
  • Patent number: 10676349
    Abstract: Multiple degenerately-doped silicon layers are implemented within resonant structures to control multiple orders of temperature coefficients of frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: SiTime Corporation
    Inventors: Charles I. Grosjean, Nicholas Miller, Paul M. Hagelin, Ginel C. Hill, Joseph C. Doll
  • Publication number: 20200153208
    Abstract: A power management system includes a generator, a meter mounted transfer switch, and a power management module. The generator includes a controller positioned in the housing of the generator. The generator connects to the power management module to provide power to one or more electrical loads. The controller is configured to selectively disconnect at least one of the electrical loads by communicating, via a wireless gateway, to a transfer switch of the power management module to move between first and second positions for connecting the generator to the one or more electrical loads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Miller, Gary Gracyalny, David A. Kratz, Richard Gilpatrick, Dean Weigand, Sie Teong Lim, Nicholas Demos
  • Patent number: 10641536
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance and ice bin assembly therefor are provided herein. The ice bin may include a bin body, an ice sweep, a sweep gear, and a drive gear. The bin body may define a storage volume to receive ice therein. The ice sweep may be positioned below the storage volume. The sweep gear may be rotatable about a sweep axis. The drive gear may be positioned in mechanical communication with the sweep gear. The drive gear may be rotatable about a drive axis, the drive axis extending along a non-parallel angle relative to the sweep axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis A. Wantland, Bradley Nicholas Gilkey, Charles Benjamin Miller, Sateesh Kumar Kudikala
  • Publication number: 20200131694
    Abstract: An abrasion resistant finish for a fungal material, the finishing comprising an optimum quantity biodegradable polylactic acid plastic (PLA) dispersed in water to produce a PLA mixture. When the PLA mixture is applied to the fungal material, water carries the PLA deeply into the matrix of the fungal hyphae to a depth at least 2 N/10 mm or 1% of the thickness of the fungal material, whichever is greater. The finish fortifies the hyphal structure as the water evaporates and creates a PLA coating on the fungal material with improved abrasion resistance and water resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Matt Scullin, Nicholas Wenner, Jordan Chase, Quinn Miller, Philip Ross
  • Publication number: 20200120880
    Abstract: A mycelium growth bed for optimal production of pure mycelium or a pure mycelium composite with controlled or predictable properties, the bed comprising a tray, a conveying platform, a permeable membrane, a substrate, a porous material and a lid. The permeable membrane is positioned on the conveying platform within the tray. The substrate is positioned on the permeable membrane and the porous material is positioned on top of the substrate. The system provides a configuration having a substrate weight to surrounding space volume ratio between 0.5 and 5.0 g/cc, an air volume (surrounding space) to substrate volume between 0.01 and 1.0, and an air volume (surrounding space) to substrate area is between 0.5 and 5 cc/cm, wherein the CO2 concentration is held above 3%, the relative humidity is held above 40% and the O2 concentration is held below 20% in steady state conditions to produce leather-like mycelium without fruiting bodies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Philip Ross, Matt Scullin, Nicholas Wenner, Jordan Chase, Quinn Miller, Ryan Saltidos, Phil McGaughy
  • Publication number: 20200089805
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are system, method, and computer program product embodiments for providing voice-activated events management. An embodiment operates by receiving an audio-formatted query through an application associated with an event. A first user ID, registered with the event, is determined to be associated with the mobile device. It is determined whether the query is an event query or a user query based on one or more keywords. Based on the determination that the query is either the event query or the user query, the answer to the event query is determined from data retrieved over a network, or the answer to the user query is determined from the locally stored data at the mobile device. The determined answer to the query is provided via the application operating on the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin OTA, Adam DRAZIC, Nicholas HOWLAND, Rob CHRISTENSEN, Karson MILLER, Jo CHAN, Takashi ARAI
  • Patent number: 10579827
    Abstract: User events are processed to estimate a unique user count. An identifier hash, having a bucket index portion denoting one of a plurality hash buckets, is generated for each of the user events. At a processing node, each of the user events is allocated to one of a plurality of processing threads based on the bucket index portion of its identifier hash. A unique user count is estimated as follows: for each user event satisfying at least one query parameter, 1) determine a run length of a second portion of its identifier hash, 2) compare it with a value of the hash bucket denoted by the bucket index portion of that identifier hash, and 3) if the determined run length is greater, change that hash bucket value at that node to match the determined run length. The hash bucket values are used to estimate the unique user count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Meltwater News International Holdings GmbH
    Inventors: Nicholas Telford, Andi Miller, Alistair Joseph Bastian
  • Patent number: 10578347
    Abstract: An ice dispensing assembly is provided that can be mounted within an appliance, such as a refrigerator appliance. The ice dispensing assembly includes an ice dispenser crusher mechanism having features that facilitate dispensing and crushing of ice. The construction of dispenser crusher mechanism provides a horizontal axis motor coupling with a vertical axis agitator and crusher for dispensing and crushing ice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Benjamin Miller, Bradley Nicholas Gilkey, Ansuraj Seenivasan, Bart Andrew Nuss, Alan Joseph Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20200064044
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance and ice bin assembly therefor are provided herein. The ice bin may include a bin body, an ice sweep, a sweep gear, and a drive gear. The bin body may define a storage volume to receive ice therein. The ice sweep may be positioned below the storage volume. The sweep gear may be rotatable about a sweep axis. The drive gear may be positioned in mechanical communication with the sweep gear. The drive gear may be rotatable about a drive axis, the drive axis extending along a non-parallel angle relative to the sweep axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Louis A. Wantland, Bradley Nicholas Gilkey, Charles Benjamin Miller, Sateesh Kumar Kudikala
  • Publication number: 20200062895
    Abstract: Biosuccinic acid, obtained via sugar fermentation, is cyclodimerized and oxidized to yield building blocks for aromatic polyesters with high glass transition temperatures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Stephen Albert MILLER, Ha Thi Hoang NGUYEN, Gabriel Nicholas SHORT
  • Patent number: 10574053
    Abstract: A method and system for supplying electric power to a plurality of priority loads from either a utility power source or a secondary power source, such as a generator. A control unit monitors the power draw by each of a plurality of priority loads and base loads during the supply of electric power from the utility power source. When the supply of power from the utility power source is interrupted, the control unit determines the number of the priority loads that can be powered by the secondary power source based on the monitored power draw of the priority and base loads prior to power interruption. The secondary power source is activated and the determined number of priority loads is immediately connected to the secondary power source without delay. When the utility power source returns, the system and method transfers utility power back to all of the priority and base loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Brandon M. Batzler, Sie Teong Lim, Todd Plichta, Nicholas Demos, Brian Northway, Michael Miller