Patents by Inventor Patrick E. O'Brien

Patrick E. O'Brien 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: 20210072176
    Abstract: An electronic device can include a housing defining an internal volume and a pressure sensor assembly disposed in the internal volume and in communication with an ambient environment. The pressure sensor assembly can include a structure at least partially enclosing a sensor volume, a pressure sensor affixed to a die disposed in the sensor volume, and an exposed moisture detection conductor positioned in the sensor volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Caleb C. Han, Brad G. Boozer, David MacNeil, Gregory B. Arndt, Patrick E. O'Brien, Roham Solasi, Tongbi T. Jiang, Ashwin Balasubramanian, William S. Lee, Manoj K. Bhattacharyya, Jiahui Liang, James G. Horiuchi, Savas Gider
  • Patent number: 9871897
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for creating a sensor stack or element for use in an electronic device. In one example, a method may include providing a substrate made of sapphire; affixing, by physical vapor deposition, a decorative feature on the substrate; providing a silicon layer including a capacitive sensor; and bonding the sensor to the substrate. In one example, the affixing operation may include an icon, logo, symbol or other graphic as the decorative feature. The method may also include reducing the substrate or silicon layer from an initial thickness to a second thickness, the second thickness being thinner that the initiation thickness. The sensor stack may be used or configured as an input button for the electronic device such as a mobile phone, tablet computer, or other computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin B. Lyon, Patrick E. O'Brien, Scott A. Myers
  • Patent number: 9679187
    Abstract: A finger biometric sensor assembly may include a finger biometric sensor integrated circuit (IC) die having a finger sensing area and a cover layer aligned with the finger sensing area. The finger biometric sensor may also include a direct bonding interface between the finger biometric sensor and the cover layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Milind S. Bhagavat, Patrick E. O'Brien, Jun Zhai, Dale R. Setlak, David D. Coons, Kwan-Yu Lai
  • Publication number: 20160371529
    Abstract: A finger biometric sensor assembly may include a finger biometric sensor integrated circuit (IC) die having a finger sensing area and a cover layer aligned with the finger sensing area. The finger biometric sensor may also include a direct bonding interface between the finger biometric sensor and the cover layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Inventors: Milind S. Bhagavat, Patrick E. O'Brien, Jun Zhai, Dale R. Setlak, David D. Coons, Kwan-Yu Lai
  • Patent number: 7390142
    Abstract: An underground storage tank riser assembly comprises a riser member and at least one riser alignment spacer assembly. The riser member comprises an inferior riser end and an outer riser surface. The outer riser surface at the inferior riser end comprises a plurality of paired, optionally color-coded, curvilinear score indicia. The curvilinear score indicia enable a user to remove paired inferior end portions from the inferior riser end for forming a tank-engaging, saddle-shaped mouth at the inferior riser end. The saddle-shaped mouth comprises a vertical riser radius of curvature substantially equal in magnitude to a determinable tank radius of curvature. The saddle-shaped mouth is engageable with an outer tank surface in radial adjacency to a conduit extending therefrom. The riser alignment spacer assembly functions to center the riser member relative to the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Inventor: Patrick E. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 7171994
    Abstract: A matter-isolating system for use in combination with an underground storage tank assembly comprises primary and secondary spillage containment assemblies and a double-walled manhole assembly. The manhole assembly comprises a manhole lid, an outer skirt wall, and an inner skirt wall. The inner skirt wall defines an inner manhole cavity and an outer manhole channel. The outer manhole channel directs moisture from the lid to certain backfill material thus isolating the inner manhole cavity from channel-directed moisture. The spillage containment assemblies form concentric primary and secondary spillage-containing chambers in radial adjacency to a tank access conduit of the underground tank assembly. The inner manhole cavity functions to isolate the secondary spillage containment chamber from the outer manhole channel and the primary spillage containment chamber isolates the secondary spillage containment chamber from the tank access conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Inventor: Patrick E. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 5458592
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an absorbent article with a tissue-wrapped absorbent core wherein the tissue is made from a specifically designed thermoplastic fibrous nonwoven web which is particularly well-suited to trapping and retaining particulate material such as superabsorbent particles. The invention has particular application in conjunction with personal care products such as diapers, training pants, incontinence garments, sanitary napkins, bandages and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventors: Frank P. Abuto, Richard J. Schmidt, Patrick E. O'Brien, Michael W. Veith, Anthony J. Wisneski