Patents by Inventor Paul D. Miller

Paul D. 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: 20210289277
    Abstract: Embodiments of the Character Comfort Headphones are comprised of a fabric strip in the shape of a playful animal, or character, a hook and loop fastener with the hook fastener on one end of the fabric strip and the loop fastener at another end of the fabric strip. The fabric strip forms an inter channel within the fabric strip for placement of headphones. The fabric strip forms openings on either end of the fabric strip to accept the headphones and speaker wire that powers the headphones. The headphone locations can be adjusted as needed to place the headphones over the user's ears.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Inventor: Paul D Miller
  • Patent number: 9241568
    Abstract: An appliance that includes a storage compartment includes either a drawer or a wire basket located in the storage compartment, a handle, and a trim portion. The drawer or basket stores at least one item and the drawer is movable relative to the storage compartment. The handle is snappingly secured to a peripheral edge of the drawer or basket. The trim portion is snappingly secured to at least one edge of the drawer or basket where the trim portion is secured independently of the handle. In another example, a humidity control device is located on the drawer and controls the humidity within the interior portion of the drawer. A knob that controls the humidity control device is received through a cutout in the trim portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Kent Crookshanks, Charles D. Baker, Richard Brian Moulder, Paul D. Miller, Greg Wade
  • Publication number: 20140339976
    Abstract: An appliance that includes a storage compartment is provided. The appliance comprises either a drawer or a wire basket located in the storage compartment, a handle, and a trim portion. The drawer or basket is configured for storing at least one item and the drawer is movable relative to the storage compartment. The handle is snappingly secured to a peripheral edge of the drawer or basket. The trim portion is snappingly secured to at least one edge of the drawer or basket where the trim portion is secured independently of the handle. In another example, a humidity control device is located on the drawer and is configured to control the humidity within the interior portion of the drawer. A knob that controls the humidity control device is received through a cutout in the trim portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Kent Crookshanks, Charles D. Baker, Richard Brian Moulder, Paul D. Miller, Greg Wade
  • Patent number: 8820864
    Abstract: An appliance that includes a storage compartment includes either a drawer or a wire basket located in the storage compartment, a handle, and a trim portion. The drawer or basket stores at least one item and the drawer is movable relative to the storage compartment. The handle is snappingly secured to a peripheral edge of the drawer or basket. The trim portion is snappingly secured to at least one edge of the drawer or basket where the trim portion is secured independently of the handle. In another example, a humidity control device is located on the drawer and controls the humidity within the interior portion of the drawer. A knob that controls the humidity control device is received through a cutout in the trim portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent Crookshanks, Charles D. Baker, Richard Brian Moulder, Paul D. Miller, Greg Wade
  • Publication number: 20100123379
    Abstract: An appliance that includes a storage compartment is provided. The appliance comprises either a drawer or a wire basket located in the storage compartment, a handle, and a trim portion. The drawer or basket is configured for storing at least one item and the drawer is movable relative to the storage compartment. The handle is snappingly secured to a peripheral edge of the drawer or basket. The trim portion is snappingly secured to at least one edge of the drawer or basket where the trim portion is secured independently of the handle. In another example, a humidity control device is located on the drawer and is configured to control the humidity within the interior portion of the drawer. A knob that controls the humidity control device is received through a cutout in the trim portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Applicant: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent Crookshanks, Charles D. Baker, Richard Brian Moulder, Paul D. Miller, Greg Wade
  • Patent number: 7536644
    Abstract: The preferred embodiments described herein provide a method and system for facilitating selection of stored medical images. In one preferred embodiment, a plurality of medical images are stored, and, for each medical image, the settings of at least one acquisition time control used to create the image are also stored. During image review, a user selects a set of acquisition time control settings, and a set of medical images is automatically selected from the stored images based on the selected set of acquisition time control settings. Other preferred embodiments are provided, and each of the preferred embodiments described herein can be used alone or in combination with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Fowkes, Laurence S. McCabe, Paul D. Miller, David R. Mack, Ruth E. Leibig
  • Patent number: 6840386
    Abstract: A unitary centertube, molded out of a synthetic material and designed for use as part of a fluid filter, includes a tubular body portion arranged with a plurality of annular ribs in alternating sequence with a plurality of annular recessed sections, the tubular body portion defining a plurality of fluid flow apertures and an interior opening. The plurality of fluid flow apertures are arranged in two styles to facilitate the mold design. Included as part of the unitary centertube is a cross-beam section positioned in the interior opening for providing reinforcement to a corresponding filtering element when subjected to a differential pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Fleetguard, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas H. Steger, Jr., Jeffrey B. Sharp, Paul D. Miller
  • Patent number: 6690275
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fuel dispenser capable of sensing the proximity or location of a customer relative to the fuel dispenser without requiring direct customer contact and controlling the display or aspects of the display accordingly to conserve energy, reduce heat generation or draw the customer's attention to the display once the customer is within a relative proximity to the fuel dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph D. Long, Paul D. Miller, Dolan F. Blalock
  • Publication number: 20040001080
    Abstract: The preferred embodiments described herein provide a method and system for facilitating selection of stored medical images. In one preferred embodiment, a plurality of medical images are stored, and, for each medical image, the settings of at least one acquisition time control used to create the image are also stored. During image review, a user selects a set of acquisition time control settings, and a set of medical images is automatically selected from the stored images based on the selected set of acquisition time control settings. Other preferred embodiments are provided, and each of the preferred embodiments described herein can be used alone or in combination with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2002
    Publication date: January 1, 2004
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Fowkes, Laurence S. McCabe, Paul D. Miller, David R. Mack, Ruth E. Leibig
  • Publication number: 20030168398
    Abstract: A unitary centertube, molded out of a synthetic material and designed for use as part of a fluid filter, includes a tubular body portion arranged with a plurality of annular ribs in alternating sequence with a plurality of annular recessed sections, the tubular body portion defining a plurality of fluid flow apertures and an interior opening. The plurality of fluid flow apertures are arranged in two styles to facilitate the mold design. Included as part of the unitary centertube is a cross-beam section positioned in the interior opening for providing reinforcement to a corresponding filtering element when subjected to a differential pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2002
    Publication date: September 11, 2003
    Inventors: Thomas H. Steger, Jeffrey B. Sharp, Paul D. Miller
  • Patent number: 6554140
    Abstract: A fluid filter has a filter element for filtering fluid. A nutplate having a threaded mounting portion is adapted to threadedly engage an externally threaded filter head. An inner seal retainer is positioned between the nutplate and the filtering element in order to define a hollow interior. The inner seal retainer has at least one stiff hollow web extending in a radial direction adapted to provide a space for transmitting fluid between the nutplate and the filter element. An inner radial seal is attached to the inner seal retainer for sealing the filter element with the filter head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Fleetguard, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas H. Steger, Jr., A. Caner Demirdogen, Paul D. Miller, Bruce Bounnakhom, Samuel T. Masters
  • Patent number: 6533712
    Abstract: A centrifuge for processing a flow of oil in order to remove particulate matter includes a mounting base defining a drain passageway, a drain conduit connected to the mounting base, a unitary housing connected to the mounting base, and a cone-stack subassembly which is positioned in and cooperates with the unitary housing. The mounting base is constructed and arranged to mount directly to a portion of a vehicle engine (or other equipment) and the drain conduit provides a return path to sump for oil from a remote engine (or equipment) location. The unitary housing is an injection molded plastic component including both a main body portion and an integral oil fill port. The oil fill port is substantially cylindrical with a longitudinal axis which is parallel to the axis of rotation for the rotor portion of the centrifuge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Fleetguard, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Miller, Hendrik Amirkhanian, Peter K. Herman
  • Patent number: 6533935
    Abstract: A drain valve for a fuel filter water separator for an internal combustion engine has a first port mating with the vent opening of the separator, a second port mating with the drain opening of the separator, and a third port. The drain valve is actuatable between a closed position blocking communication of the first port with the third port and blocking communication of the second port with the third port, and an open position providing communication of the first port with the third port and providing communication of the second port with the third port. If the valve is actuated to the open position when the engine is off, collected water and vent air each flow through the third port but in opposite directions. If the drain valve is actuated while the engine is running, pressurized fuel spray from the vent opening and collected water from the drain opening of the separator each flow through the third port in the same direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Fleet Guard, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Miller, John Arnett, Melvin D. McCormick
  • Patent number: 6474289
    Abstract: An apparatus for conditioning fluid. In one embodiment of the present invention, there is an apparatus which comprises two filters and an electrically actuatable switching valve. Fluid provided to the apparatus may be routed to either filter by the switching valve. A controller positions the valve to provide fluid to a particular filter based on a measurement of pressure downstream of the filter, provided that the temperature of the fluid is above a predetermined level. Further, the invention includes proximity switches by which the controller can determine the coupling or uncoupling of a filter from the body. Various fuel heaters are provided for heating the fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: Fleetguard, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Lilly, Byron A. Pardue, Paul D. Miller, Robert R. Brackett
  • Publication number: 20020074281
    Abstract: A fluid filter has a filter element for filtering fluid. A nutplate having a threaded mounting portion is adapted to threadedly engage an externally threaded filter head. An inner seal retainer is positioned between the nutplate and the filtering element in order to define a hollow interior. The inner seal retainer has at least one stiff hollow web extending in a radial direction adapted to provide a space for transmitting fluid between the nutplate and the filter element. An inner radial seal is attached to the inner seal retainer for sealing the filter element with the filter head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventors: Thomas H. Steger, A. Caner Demirdogen, Paul D. Miller, Bruce Bounnakhom, Samuel T. Masters
  • Publication number: 20020074344
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fuel dispenser capable of sensing the proximity or location of a customer relative to the fuel dispenser without requiring direct customer contact and controlling the display or aspects of the display accordingly to conserve energy, reduce heat generation or draw the customer's attention to the display once the customer is within a relative proximity to the fuel dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventors: Joseph D. Long, Paul D. Miller, Dolan F. Blalock
  • Patent number: 6380853
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fuel dispenser capable of sensing the proximity or location of a customer relative to the fuel dispenser without requiring direct customer contact and controlling the display or aspects of the display accordingly to conserve energy, reduce heat generation or draw the customer's attention to the display once the customer is within a relative proximity to the fuel dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Marconi Commerce Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph D. Long, Paul D. Miller, Dolan F. Blalock
  • Publication number: 20020036163
    Abstract: A drain valve for a fuel filter water separator for an internal combustion engine has a first port mating with the vent opening of the separator, a second port mating with the drain opening of the separator, and a third port. The drain valve is actuatable between a closed position blocking communication of the first port with the third port and blocking communication of the second port with the third port, and an open position providing communication of the first port with the third port and providing communication of the second port with the third port. If the valve is actuated to the open position when the engine is off, collected water and vent air each flow through the third port but in opposite directions. If the drain valve is actuated while the engine is running, pressurized fuel spray from the vent opening and collected water from the drain opening of the separator each flow through the third port in the same direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Publication date: March 28, 2002
    Applicant: Fleetguard, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Miller, John Arnett, Melvin D. McCormick
  • Patent number: 6358416
    Abstract: A drain valve for a fuel filter water separator for an internal combustion engine has a first port mating with the vent opening of the separator, a second port mating with the drain opening of the separator, and a third port. The drain valve is actuatable between a closed position blocking communication of the first port with the third port and blocking communication of the second port with the third port, and an open position providing communication of the first port with the third port and providing communication of the second port with the third port. If the valve is actuated to the open position when the engine is off, collected water and vent air each flow through the third port but in opposite directions. If the drain valve is actuated while the engine is running, pressurized fuel spray from the vent opening and collected water from the drain opening of the separator each flow through the third port in the same direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Fleetguard, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Miller, John Arnett, Melvin D. McCormick
  • Patent number: 6270659
    Abstract: A fuel filter for an engine includes a housing having an interior space and is assembled into a fuel flow path between a source of fuel and the engine. The housing includes a passageway which has an inlet aperture which is used to control the delivery of fuel to either the engine or back to the source of fuel. The housing also includes a return-fuel passageway which is in flow communication with the interior space and is adapted to couple to the source of fuel. A filter cartridge is installed within the housing and includes an end cap with an air vent tube having an inlet opening. The air vent tube is designed so as to assemble into the passageway, so as to plug the inlet aperture. Once the inlet aperture is plugged by the air vent tube, the flow entrance to the passageway is raised from the inlet aperture to the inlet opening of the air vent tube. The plugging of the inlet aperture by the air vent tube allows fuel to be delivered to the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignee: Fleetguard, Inc.
    Inventors: Ismail Bagci, Byron A. Pardue, Paul D. Miller, Charles W. Hawkins, Wayne N. Harrington