Patents by Inventor Peter John Smith

Peter John Smith 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: 7000064
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present invention, there is disclosed, a method of handling data which is being written to and stored in flash memory, wherein input data, comprising information data and overhead data, undergoes a reversible transformation before being written to flash memory whereupon each bit stored in flash memory, as flash data, is a function of both information data and header data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Lexar Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Edwin Payne, Peter John Smith
  • Patent number: 6993955
    Abstract: Semiconductor gas sensors with improved selectivity to target gases are provided by having a semiconductor gas-sensing layer and a layer thereon of microporous ceramic oxide having catalytic activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: City Technology Limited
    Inventors: Charles Edmund King, Peter John Smith
  • Publication number: 20040232096
    Abstract: A carrier for use in a coating process, the carrier being generally elongate and having a plurality of support members which, in use, support articles during the coating process, the support members each having an opening leading to a recess, the recess extending from the opening in a direction generally parallel to a longitudinal axis of the carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2004
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventor: Peter John Smith
  • Patent number: 6711059
    Abstract: According to a first aspect of the present invention, there is provided a memory system having a controller and a non-volatile memory storing firmware for start up and for normal operation of the system, the controller comprising, a volatile memory; and a processor; wherein the controller is arranged to operate during initialization or configuration of the system so that the start up firmware stored in the non-volatile memory is loaded into the volatile memory under hardware control by the controller and with the processor halted, the start up firmware in the volatile memory being subsequently executed by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Lexar Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Welsh Sinclair, Peter John Smith, Robert Edwin Payne
  • Publication number: 20030156473
    Abstract: According to a first aspect of the present invention, there is provided a memory system having a controller and a non-volatile memory storing firmware for start up and for normal operation of the system, the controller comprising, a volatile memory; and a processor; wherein the controller is arranged to operate during initialization or configuration of the system so that the start up firmware stored in the non-volatile memory is loaded into the volatile memory under hardware control by the controller and with the processor halted, the start up firmware in the volatile memory being subsequently executed by the processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Publication date: August 21, 2003
    Inventors: Alan Welsh Sinclair, Peter John Smith, Robert Edwin Payne
  • Publication number: 20030099140
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present invention, there is disclosed, a method of handling data which is being written to and stored in flash memory, wherein input data, comprising information data and overhead data, undergoes a reversible transformation before being written to flash memory whereupon each bit stored in flash memory, as flash data, is a function of both information data and header data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Publication date: May 29, 2003
    Inventors: Robert Edwin Payne, Peter John Smith
  • Publication number: 20030074951
    Abstract: Semiconductor gas-sensitive materials of the formula Cr2−xTixO3 where 0.05>x≧0.0001, and gas sensors formed therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Inventors: David Edward Williams, Keith Francis Edwin Pratt, Peter John Smith, Dirk Niemeyer
  • Publication number: 20020137442
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for removing surface coating of an article carrying jig so as to enable electrical contact between the jig and the or each article to enable the articles to be coated with surface coating in a treatment chamber wherein the surface coating on the jig is removed by subjecting the jig and article to vibration so that the resulting movement between the articles and the jig abrades the surface coating on the jig hence enabling electrical contact between the jig and the articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2001
    Publication date: September 26, 2002
    Inventor: Peter John Smith
  • Patent number: 6063485
    Abstract: Foamed articles having a closed cell structure formed from a polymer blend comprising at least 50% by weight of a styrenic polymer and up to 50% by weight of an acrylic polymer which has an average molecular weight which is less than 90% of that of the styrenic polymer which are significantly less dense than such articles prepared from the styrenic polymer alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Imperial Chemical Industies PLC
    Inventors: Peter John Smith, Bernard John Cross
  • Patent number: 5985946
    Abstract: A foamed article having a closed cell structure formed from: (i) a polymer blend comprising at least 80% by weight of a styrenic polymer and up to 20% by weight of an acrylic polymer; and (ii) gaseous carbon dioxide blowing agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Imperial Chemical Industries PLC
    Inventors: Peter John Smith, Bernard John Cross
  • Patent number: 5898039
    Abstract: A process for forming a foamed article having a closed cell structure without the need to use a halogenated blowing agent. In the process, a polymer blend comprising at least 50% by weight of a styrenic polymer and up to 50% by weight of an acrylic polymer which has an average molecular weight which is less than 90% of that of the styrenic polymer and a hydrocarbon blowing agent are supplied to a heated extruder where the blend is formed and the blowing agent incorporated to form a molten mixture from which the foamed article is formed on release from the extruder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: Imperial Chemical Industries PLC
    Inventors: Peter John Smith, Bernard John Cross
  • Patent number: 5747395
    Abstract: A glass composition which is essentially free of lead and cadmium includes 30 to 70 wt % SiO.sub.2, 1 to 25 wt % B.sub.2 O.sub.3, 0 to 10 wt % Al.sub.2 O.sub.3, 0 to 5 wt % Bi.sub.2 O.sub.3, 0.1 to 30 wt % CoO, 0.1 to 20 wt % ZnO, 1 to 30 wt % total of at least one of Li.sub.2 O, Na.sub.2 O or K.sub.2 O, up to 10 wt % ZrO.sub.2 and other optional ingredients. The glass composition can be used as a blue colored on-glaze enamel which relies upon the presence of Co.sup.2+ in a network-forming position in the glass to produce the blue color, with oxygen donors such as ZnO.sub.2, alkaline earth oxides and alkali oxides increasing the amount of cobalt occupying network-forming positions, and ZrO.sub.2 to provide chemical durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: Cookson Matthey Ceramics & Materials Limited
    Inventors: Peter John Smith, Harbans Kaur Mangat