Patents by Inventor Paul Noll

Paul Noll 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: 10448130
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for asymmetric distribution of mixed content via a network. Current optical fiber-based access network technologies are multiplexed onto the same fiber for delivery via a common Optical Distribution Network (ODN). Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to combining (using optical multiplexing and power splitting) two or more optical user-technologies onto a single Passive Optical Network (PON) while maintaining an independent serving group size and operational independence for each of the combined user-technologies. The disclosed methods and apparatus allow the so-called “outside plant” architecture (i.e., the fiber optic infrastructure from the headend to the customer premises) to be independent of the user-technologies and network architecture that are provided via the outside plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Kevin A. Noll, David J. Musser, Paul D. Brooks, Peter H. Wolff
  • Patent number: 10404938
    Abstract: A system and method for creating a virtual world conferencing experience wherein a first set of real world emissive surfaces and content thereon is replicated on virtual world emissive surfaces where the virtual world emissive surfaces are juxtaposed in a virtual world instance at locations and in orientations that replicate the juxtapositions in the real world arrangement and where the virtual world instance is presented on a second set of real world emissive surfaces at a virtual world workstation where the second set of emissive surfaces are arranged differently than the first set of real world surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: STEELCASE INC.
    Inventors: Nicolas De Benoist, Francis Gerard Graziano, Mark Baloga, Paul Noll, Terry West
  • Publication number: 20180281295
    Abstract: Described are methods for making three dimensional objects. A nozzle is positioned within a gel inside a container of gel. The position of the nozzle within the gel is changed while depositing solidifying material through the nozzle. The gel supports the solidifying material at the position at which the solidifying material is deposited. The solidifying material is solidified to form a solid material, which is a three-dimensional object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Skylar J.E. Tibbits, Christophe Guberan, Jared Smith Laucks, Schendy G. Kernizan, Kathleen Sofia Hajash, Bjorn Eric Sparrman, Paul Noll
  • Patent number: 10061138
    Abstract: A system for selectively controlling visibility of information in a work environment is provided. The system includes one or more polarized emissive screens located within the work environment. The screens have a first direction of polarization. Information displayed on the screens is visible from inside the work environment. The work environment includes at least one window which permits viewing of the polarized emissive screens from outside of the work environment. A polarizing filter having a second direction of polarization arranged at an angle to the first direction of polarization is positioned proximate to the window. From outside the work environment, the inside of the environment can be seen through the window, but with an altered view of the information on the displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: STEELCASE INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Mead, Paul Noll, Lisa Mead, Remi Marcel Louis Casal, Joel Stanfield
  • Publication number: 20180107014
    Abstract: A system for selectively controlling visibility of information in a work environment is provided. The system includes one or more polarized emissive screens located within the work environment. The screens have a first direction of polarization. Information displayed on the screens is visible from inside the work environment. The work environment includes at least one window which permits viewing of the polarized emissive screens from outside of the work environment. A polarizing filter having a second direction of polarization arranged at an angle to the first direction of polarization is positioned proximate to the window. From outside the work environment, the inside of the environment can be seen through the window, but with an altered view of the information on the displays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Mead, Paul Noll, Lisa Mead, Remi Marcel Louis Casal, Joel Stanfield
  • Patent number: 9942523
    Abstract: A method and system for optimizing conference session activities within a conference space, the system comprising at least a first sensor for sensing session characteristics and a processor receiving the sensed session characteristics and identifying a conference paradigm based on the sensed session characteristics, identifying an action sequence to perform as a function of the conference paradigm and performing the action sequence, wherein the action sequence results in automatic presentation of at least some information to at least a subset of conferees within the conference space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: STEELCASE INC.
    Inventor: Paul Noll
  • Patent number: 9885876
    Abstract: A system for selectively controlling visibility of information in a work environment is provided. The system includes one or more polarized emissive screens located within the work environment. The screens have a first direction of polarization. Information displayed on the screens are visible to a person inside the work environment. The work environment includes at least one window which permits viewing of the polarized emissive screens from outside of the work environment. A polarizing filter having a second direction of polarization arranged at an angle to the first direction of polarization is positioned proximate to the window. A person outside the work environment can see inside the environment through the window, but has an altered view of the information on the displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Steelcase, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Mead, Paul Noll, Lisa Mead, Rémi Marcel Louis Casal, Joel Stanfield
  • Publication number: 20170082865
    Abstract: A system for selectively controlling visibility of information in a work environment is provided. The system includes one or more polarized emissive screens located within the work environment. The screens have a first direction of polarization. Information displayed on the screens are visible to a person inside the work environment. The work environment includes at least one window which permits viewing of the polarized emissive screens from outside of the work environment. A polarizing filter having a second direction of polarization arranged at an angle to the first direction of polarization is positioned proximate to the window. A person outside the work environment can see inside the environment through the window, but has an altered view of the information on the displays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: Matthew Mead, Paul Noll, Lisa Mead, Rémi Marcel Louis Casal, Joel Stanfield
  • Patent number: 9547112
    Abstract: A system for selectively controlling visibility of information in an environment is provided. The system includes one or more polarized emissive screens and polarized non-emissive surfaces located within the work environment. The screens have a first direction of polarization and the surfaces have a direction of polarization substantially aligned with the first direction of polarization. Information displayed on the screens and surfaces are visible to a person inside the work environment. The work environment includes at least one window which permits viewing of the polarized emissive screens and non-emissive surfaces from outside of the work environment. A polarizing filter having a second direction of polarization arranged at an angle to the first direction of polarization is positioned proximate to the window. A person outside the work environment can see inside the environment through the window, but has an altered view of the information on the displays and surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Mead, Paul Noll, Lisa Mead, Rémi Marcel Louis Casal, Joel Stanfield
  • Patent number: 9479730
    Abstract: A method and system for optimizing conference session activities within a conference space, the system comprising at least a first sensor for sensing session characteristics and a processor receiving the sensed session characteristics and identifying a conference paradigm based on the sensed session characteristics, identifying an action sequence to perform as a function of the conference paradigm and performing the action sequence, wherein the action sequence results in automatic presentation of at least some information to at least a subset of conferees within the conference space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Steelcase, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Noll
  • Publication number: 20150247962
    Abstract: A system for selectively controlling visibility of information in an environment is provided. The system includes one or more polarized emissive screens and polarized non-emissive surfaces located within the work environment. The screens have a first direction of polarization and the surfaces have a direction of polarization substantially aligned with the first direction of polarization. Information displayed on the screens and surfaces are visible to a person inside the work environment. The work environment includes at least one window which permits viewing of the polarized emissive screens and non-emissive surfaces from outside of the work environment. A polarizing filter having a second direction of polarization arranged at an angle to the first direction of polarization is positioned proximate to the window. A person outside the work environment can see inside the environment through the window, but has an altered view of the information on the displays and surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Publication date: September 3, 2015
    Inventors: Matthew Mead, Paul Noll, Lisa Mead, Rémi Marcel Louis Casal, Joel Stanfield
  • Patent number: 9044863
    Abstract: A system for selectively controlling visibility of information and for reducing or eliminating light energy in a robotic telepresence environment is provided. The system includes a robotic device in a work environment that is occupied or operated by a pilot at a station in a workspace remote from location of the robot in the work environment, a camera operably attached to the robotic device, a primary polarizing filter adjustably attached to the camera, a viewing area, at least one light source remote from the camera, and at least one secondary polarizing filter. The primary and at least one secondary polarizing filter can be adjusted to vary the lighting and artifacts seen by the pilot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Mead, Paul Noll, Lisa Mead, Joel Stanfield, Rémi Marcel Louis Casal
  • Publication number: 20140222206
    Abstract: A system for selectively controlling visibility of information and for reducing or eliminating light energy in a robotic telepresence environment is provided. The system includes a robotic device in a work environment that is occupied or operated by a pilot at a station in a workspace remote from location of the robot in the work environment, a camera operably attached to the robotic device, a primary polarizing filter adjustably attached to the camera, a viewing area, at least one light source remote from the camera, and at least one secondary polarizing filter. The primary and at least one secondary polarizing filter can be adjusted to vary the lighting and artifacts seen by the pilot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Mead, Paul Noll, Lisa Mead, Joel Stanfield, Rémi Marcel Louis Casal
  • Patent number: 8616972
    Abstract: Various methods for interacting with mechanical reels via a video screen are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises providing a gaming machine having one or more mechanical reels positioned behind a video screen, wherein the video screen includes a touch screen and user interface for receiving user input. The mechanical reels spin and generate a game outcome, visible to the player through a video screen. A request is received, via the user interface, to rearrange the placement order of the mechanical reels, and the rearranged order of the mechanical reels is displayed on the video screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: John Vallejo, Micheal L. Shackelford, Christopher Paul Noll, Christopher Ray England, Keith Rucker, John Edward Garofalo, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120165089
    Abstract: Various methods for interacting with mechanical reels via a video screen are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises providing a gaming machine having one or more mechanical reels positioned behind a video screen, wherein the video screen includes a touch screen and user interface for receiving user input. The mechanical reels spin and generate a game outcome, visible to the player through a video screen. A request is received, via the user interface, to rearrange the placement order of the mechanical reels, and the rearranged order of the mechanical reels is displayed on the video screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: BALLY GAMING, INC.
    Inventors: John Vallejo, Micheal L. Shackelford, Christopher Paul Noll, Christopher Ray England, Keith Rucker, John Edward Garofalo, JR.
  • Patent number: 8128495
    Abstract: Various methods for interacting with mechanical reels via a video screen are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises providing a gaming machine having one or more mechanical reels positioned behind a video screen, wherein the video screen includes a touch screen and user interface for receiving user input. The mechanical reels spin and generate a game outcome, visible to the player through a video screen. A request is received, via the user interface, to rearrange the placement order of the mechanical reels, and the rearranged order of the mechanical reels is displayed on the video screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: John Vallejo, Micheal L. Shackelford, Christopher Paul Noll, Christopher Ray England, Keith Rucker, John Edward Garofalo, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20090275386
    Abstract: Methods for enhancing a mechanical reel game are disclosed. According to one method, a game is initiated by spinning a plurality of mechanical reels in response to a player wager, wherein each mechanical reel has a plurality of game symbols. The gaming machine ascertains whether a triggering event is established during the game. In response to a triggering event, one or more video images are presented and overlay one or more the mechanical reels to obscure the game symbols on the mechanical reels in response to the triggering event. In one embodiment, the video images include one or more video depictions of game symbols. The mechanical reels obscured by the video images are fixed, and the mechanical reels not obscured by the video images are spun. One or more paylines are evaluated for winning outcomes based on the combination of the video depictions of game symbols and the game symbols presented on the mechanical reels on the one or more paylines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventors: John Vallejo, Micheal L. Shackelford, Christopher Paul Noll, Christopher Ray England, Kolth Rucker, John Edward Garofalo, JR.
  • Publication number: 20090275383
    Abstract: Systems for enhancing a mechanical reel game are disclosed. In one embodiment, the gaming machine includes a video screen having a touch screen, and a set of mechanical reels positioned behind the video screen. A user interface is displayed on the video screen and is configured to receive user input to rearrange the placement order of the mechanical reels. The video screen then displays the mechanical reels in the rearranged order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Applicant: BALLY GAMING, INC.
    Inventors: John Vallejo, Micheal L. Shackelford, Christopher Paul Noll, Christopher Ray England, Keith Rucker, John Edward Garofalo, JR.
  • Publication number: 20090275382
    Abstract: Various methods for interacting with mechanical reels via a video screen are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises providing a gaming machine having one or more mechanical reels positioned behind a video screen, wherein the video screen includes a touch screen and user interface for receiving user input. The mechanical reels spin and generate a game outcome, visible to the player through a video screen. A request is received, via the user interface, to rearrange the placement order of the mechanical reels, and the rearranged order of the mechanical reels is displayed on the video screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Applicant: BALLY GAMING, INC.
    Inventors: John Vallejo, Micheal L. Shackelford, Christopher Paul Noll, Christopher Ray England, Keith Rucker, John Edward Garofalo, JR.
  • Patent number: D279994
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1985
    Assignee: Lieba, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Noll