Patents by Inventor Paul E. Nagel

Paul E. Nagel 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: 20180048626
    Abstract: Systems and methods for preparing and re-commissioning a controlled device in a home area network are described. A utility meter is communicated with. An authentication key and encryption data for communicating with the utility meter may be determined. The authentication key and encryption data are sent to a controlled device. A set of translation rules for a message are determined. The translation rules are sent to the controlled device. The controlled device establishes a secure communication link with the utility meter using the authentication key and the encryption data. The controlled device receives a request to change power usage from the utility meter over the secure communication link. The controlled device translates the request to change power usage into control instructions using the translation rules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventors: Paul E. Nagel, William B. West
  • Patent number: 9813383
    Abstract: Systems and methods for preparing and re-commissioning a controlled device in a home area network are described. A utility meter is communicated with. An authentication key and encryption data for communicating with the utility meter may be determined. The authentication key and encryption data are sent to a controlled device. A set of translation rules for a message are determined. The translation rules are sent to the controlled device. The controlled device establishes a secure communication link with the utility meter using the authentication key and the encryption data. The controlled device receives a request to change power usage from the utility meter over the secure communication link. The controlled device translates the request to change power usage into control instructions using the translation rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Control4 Corporation
    Inventors: Paul E. Nagel, William B. West
  • Patent number: 8554384
    Abstract: A method for presenting saving opportunities for electronic devices is disclosed. Experience based data learned from past power behavior of one or more devices is received. One or more power saving opportunities are generated based on the experience based data. Estimated cost savings is calculated. A notification message is presented to a user that describes the power saving opportunities and associated cost savings for the opportunities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Control4 Corporation
    Inventors: William B. West, Wallace Eric Smith, Paul E. Nagel
  • Patent number: 8406933
    Abstract: Systems and methods for estimating the effects of a request to change power usage are described. Device data about one or more devices may be received. User behavior data about past and anticipated user behavior may be received. Effects of a request to change power usage on a power grid may be estimated using the device data and the user behavior data. Whether to send the request to change power usage may be determined based on the estimated effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Control4 Corporation
    Inventors: Paul E. Nagel, William B. West
  • Publication number: 20120130557
    Abstract: A method for presenting saving opportunities for electronic devices is disclosed. Experience based data learned from past power behavior of one or more devices is received. One or more power saving opportunities are generated based on the experience based data. Estimated cost savings is calculated. A notification message is presented to a user that describes the power saving opportunities and associated cost savings for the opportunities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: Control4 Corporation
    Inventors: William B. West, Wallace Eric Smith, Paul E. Nagel
  • Patent number: 8121737
    Abstract: A method for presenting saving opportunities for electronic devices is disclosed. Experience based data learned from past power behavior of one or more devices is received. One or more power saving opportunities are generated based on the experience based data. Estimated cost savings is calculated. A notification message is presented to a user that describes the power saving opportunities and associated cost savings for the opportunities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Control4 Corporation
    Inventors: William B. West, Wallace Eric Smith, Paul E. Nagel
  • Patent number: 7983026
    Abstract: A surface-mount touch panel cradle is disclosed for use in electrically controlling remote components. The surface-mount touch panel cradle comprises a surface mounted receptacle. A cradle frame can be coupled to the receptacle. A frame biasing mechanism can be configured to move the cradle frame away from the information mount to enable the touch panel to be inserted and removed from the receptacle. An electrical connection can be located within the receptacle. The electrical connection can be configured to be electrically coupled to the touch panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Control4 Corporation
    Inventors: William B. West, Paul E. Nagel, Roger T. Johnsen, Brent D. Madsen
  • Publication number: 20110137826
    Abstract: A method for synchronizing a cost estimate on an electronic device is described. The method includes obtaining an estimated usage by an electronic device. The method also includes obtaining an estimated rate. The method further includes estimating, on the electronic device, a bill for a period-to-date to produce an estimated bill. The method also includes determining, on the electronic device, whether to synchronize. The method further includes synchronizing, on the electronic device, the estimated bill using actual bill information for the period-to-date if it is determined to synchronize.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: Control4 Corporation
    Inventors: William B. West, Wallace Eric Smith, Paul E. Nagel
  • Publication number: 20110047370
    Abstract: Systems and methods for preparing and re-commissioning a controlled device in a home area network are described. A utility meter is communicated with. An authentication key and encryption data for communicating with the utility meter may be determined. The authentication key and encryption data are sent to a controlled device. A set of translation rules for a message are determined. The translation rules are sent to the controlled device. The controlled device establishes a secure communication link with the utility meter using the authentication key and the encryption data. The controlled device receives a request to change power usage from the utility meter over the secure communication link. The controlled device translates the request to change power usage into control instructions using the translation rules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: Control4 Corporation
    Inventors: Paul E. Nagel, William B. West
  • Publication number: 20110046806
    Abstract: Systems and methods for estimating the effects of a request to change power usage are described. Device data about one or more devices may be received. User behavior data about past and anticipated user behavior may be received. Effects of a request to change power usage on a power grid may be estimated using the device data and the user behavior data. Whether to send the request to change power usage may be determined based on the estimated effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: Control4 Corporation
    Inventors: Paul E. Nagel, William B. West
  • Publication number: 20100004791
    Abstract: A method for presenting saving opportunities for electronic devices is disclosed. Experience based data learned from past power behavior of one or more devices is received. One or more power saving opportunities are generated based on the experience based data. Estimated cost savings is calculated. A notification message is presented to a user that describes the power saving opportunities and associated cost savings for the opportunities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Applicant: Control4 Corporation
    Inventors: William B. West, Wallace Eric Smith, Paul E. Nagel
  • Patent number: 7106261
    Abstract: A system for remotely controlling an electrical switching device is disclosed. The system includes a mounting fixture configured to be mounted in a wall. An electrical switching device is supported by the mounting fixture. The system also includes a cover configured to cover at least a portion of the mounting fixture. The system further includes a shielding plate configured to have a high electrical conductivity. The shielding plate is mounted proximate to the mounting fixture between the cover and the electrical switching device. The system also includes a directional, non-isotropic radio frequency (RF) antenna sized to fit within the cover and configured to transmit RF frequency signals. The RF antenna is located between the shielding plate and the cover at a predetermined distance from the shielding plate. The predetermined distance is selected to increase the capability of the RF antenna to send and receive the RF signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Control4 Corporation
    Inventors: Paul E. Nagel, James K. Russell, Roger T. Johnsen, Paul B. Vincent
  • Publication number: 20020058533
    Abstract: A modem is incorporated into a laptop computer and directly connected to either a cellular phone, a land line, or both. The modem is provided with two connectors, one for connection with a cellular phone or external DAA, the other for connection to a normal land line via an internal DAA. The modem selectively enables either the connector for the cellular phone or external DAA, or the connector for its internal DAA. The modem defaults to selecting the cellular phone or external DAA if it is connected, and only if they are not connected selects the internal DAA. These defaults can be overridden by user commands. Further, the modem can independently power down a connected internal DAA, external DAA, or cellular phone to conserve power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2001
    Publication date: May 16, 2002
    Inventors: Paul E. Nagel, Robin T. Castell, Randall L. Jones, Thomas G. Bunch
  • Patent number: 6295460
    Abstract: A modem is incorporated into a laptop computer and directly connected to either a cellular phone, a land line, or both. The modem is provided with two connectors, one for connection with a cellular phone or external DAA, the other for connection to a normal land line via an internal DAA. The modem selectively enables either the connector for the cellular phone or external DAA, or the connector for its internal DAA. The modem defaults to selecting the cellular phone or external DAA if it is connected, and only if they are not connected selects the internal DAA. These defaults can be overridden by user commands. Further, the modem can independently power down a connected internal DAA, external DAA, or cellular phone to conserve power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: Compaq Computer Corporation
    Inventors: Paul E. Nagel, Robin T. Castell, Randall L. Jones, Thomas G. Bunch
  • Patent number: 6285706
    Abstract: A modem which is separated into two circuit boards. One board contains the modem engine, while the second board contains the codec and the DAA components. The two boards are connected using only properly isolated digital signals so that the modem engine board does not require certification, only the codec/DAA board requiring certification. The codec/DAA board is contained in a housing to provide proper high voltage protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: Compaq Computer Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin H. Skinker, Robert F. Watts, Paul E. Nagel
  • Patent number: 6120307
    Abstract: A connector includes a modular housing having a jack slidably disposed thereto. The housing includes a substantially U-shaped frame having a cover mounted thereon. A printed circuit board (PCB) is secured to the frame and has an elongated center finger extending between the opposing side walls of the frame. A plurality of partially exposed contact lines are formed on the center finger of the PCB. The jack includes a slide plate having an aperture extending therethrough and a channel communicating with the aperture. The aperture is configured to receive a media plug. Mounted on the slide plate so as to be positioned over the channel is a pin block. The pin block has a plurality of elongated slots formed therein. The slots face the channel and are separated by insulating walls. Disposed within each of the elongated slots is a substantially S-shaped pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: 3Com Corporation
    Inventors: Paul E. Nagel, Brent Madsen, David Oliphant, Joshua Randall, Ryan A. Kunz
  • Patent number: 5737397
    Abstract: A modem which is separated into two circuit boards. One board contains the modem engine, while the second board contains the codec and the DAA components. The two boards are connected using only properly isolated digital signals so that the modem engine board does not require certification, only the codec/DAA board requiring certification. The codec/DAA board is contained in a housing to provide proper high voltage protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: Compaq Computer Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin H. Skinner, Robert F. Watts, Paul E. Nagel
  • Patent number: 5428671
    Abstract: A modem which includes connections for both land lines and a cellular phone. The modem contains high and low level routines that allow it to perform standard AT commands rationally when connected to a cellular phone, and further perform additional AT commands that access cellular specific features. An applications software program in a computer connected to the modem can provide a number of options for determining whether to use the land line or the cellular phone when both are connected. First, it can default to the land line and only use the cellular phone if the land line is not available. Alternatively, it can first use the cellular phone and only use the land line if the cellular phone signal strength is not sufficient. Further, cellular file transfer operations can be aborted if the remaining battery life in the cellular phone is insufficient to reliably complete the transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1995
    Assignee: Compaq Computer Corporation
    Inventors: Don A. Dykes, Robin T. Castell, Andrew C. Clark, Paul E. Nagel, Huyen B. Tran, Randall L. Jones, Ronald L. Baldridge
  • Patent number: D514558
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Control4 Corporation
    Inventors: Paul E. Nagel, Jonathan Jay Woolley, Gerardo David Ayala, Michael S. Horito
  • Patent number: D524298
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Control4 Corporation
    Inventors: Richard C. Hedderich, Roger T. Johnsen, Paul B. Vincent, Paul E. Nagel, James R. Gist, William B. West, Wallace Eric Smith, Mark J. Morgan