Patents by Inventor Richard Higgins

Richard Higgins 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: 10672062
    Abstract: A system or method is provided to monitor a consumer's shopping routes associated with shopping lists. A location and movements of the consumer in a merchant's store may be monitored using a network of Bluetooth beacons installed throughout the merchant's store. When the consumer picks up a product from a store shelve and crosses out an item from a digital shopping list, the system may mark the location where the merchandise is picked up. Thus, a shopping route of the consumer may be detected as the consumer picks ups and crosses out various products listed on the shopping list during the shopping trip in the store. The consumer may share the shopping route with another consumer. The shopping route may be shared in real time, such that another consumer may make suggestions or comments or approve various items picked up by the consumer in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Krystal Rose Higgins, John Richard Tapley
  • Patent number: 10536863
    Abstract: A gateway turns encrypted PS data traffic on the Iub interface into clear IP packets so that WAN stream de-duplication and other optimization can be performed to eliminate the transfer of repetitive data across the Iub interface, thereby increasing the throughput between the NodeB and the RNC of the WCDMA network. The gateway pulls PS data traffic out from Iub without disturbing the signaling and CS traffic. The bifurcated PS data traffic is redirected to the GTP I/O port of the gateway where the stream de-duplication is applied. Deployment of the gateway is transparent to the WCDMA network. No network reconfiguration is required to deploy the gateway on the Iub interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: IDIRECT UK LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael Godley, Richard Lord, Edmond Higgins, QiMing Zhu, Siu Bun Chan, Ian Walter
  • Publication number: 20190167821
    Abstract: Provided are imaging agents comprising a compound of Formula I, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, and methods of their use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Celia Dominguez, John Wityak, Jonathan Bard, Christopher John Brown, Michael Edward Prime, Peter David Johnson, Thomas Martin Krulle, Daniel Clark-Frew, Duane Higgins, Matthew Robert Mills, Richard Waldron Marston, Samuel Coe, Samantha Brown, Sarah Hayes
  • Patent number: 9562658
    Abstract: The exemplary embodiments disclosed herein provide a light diffraction device positioned adjacent to a wall and comprising a laser and a diffractive imaging element. The diffractive imaging film having an image and positioned relative to the laser so as to create a projection of the image upon the wall. The diffractive film can also contain a series of images where the film is moved relative to the laser in order to create an animation effect upon the wall. In some embodiments, a distortion reflector may be positioned to accept the laser light exiting the diffractive imaging film and to distort the laser light to produce a desired image upon the wall. In some embodiments, additional reflectors may be used and in some further embodiments a distortion lens may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Laserscapes LLC
    Inventors: Richard Higgins, Michael Koulermos
  • Patent number: 9506334
    Abstract: A method for cleaning a ceramic membrane used in an oil recovery process. The cleaning method includes online and offline modes. In the online mode, the method includes periodically backflushing the ceramic membrane with an aqueous media. In the offline mode, the method includes backpulsing or statically cleaning the ceramic membrane by utilizing an aqueous alkaline media, an aqueous acidic media, and a liquid hydrocarbon solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Veolia Water Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Higgins, Stanton R. Smith, Bruce Bishop, David E. Gamache
  • Publication number: 20160221846
    Abstract: A process for treating feedwater with a microfiltration or ultrafiltration membrane unit and a downstream reverse osmosis unit. An aluminum salt coagulant is added and mixed with the feedwater upstream of a membrane separation unit. An aluminum salt coagulant is added and mixed with the wastewater upstream of the membrane separation unit. The membrane separation unit produces a permeate that is directed to the reverse osmosis membrane. The concentration of aluminum in the permeate is controlled by controlling the hydraulic residence time for aluminum salt reaction products in a concentrate loop associated with the membrane separation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Applicant: Veolia Water Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanton R. Smith, Jeremy Cardin, Benoit Tranape, Richard Higgins
  • Publication number: 20140313779
    Abstract: The exemplary embodiments disclosed herein provide a light diffraction device positioned adjacent to a wall and comprising a laser and a diffractive imaging element. The diffractive imaging film having an image and positioned relative to the laser so as to create a projection of the image upon the wall. The diffractive film can also contain a series of images where the film is moved relative to the laser in order to create an animation effect upon the wall. In some embodiments, a distortion reflector may be positioned to accept the laser light exiting the diffractive imaging film and to distort the laser light to produce a desired image upon the wall. In some embodiments, additional reflectors may be used and in some further embodiments a distortion lens may be used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: LaserScapes LLC
    Inventors: Richard Higgins, Michael Koulermos
  • Publication number: 20140262253
    Abstract: A method of recovering oil from an oil well includes recovering an oil-water mixture from the oil well and separating produced water from the oil-water mixture. Thereafter, the produced water is directed through a ceramic membrane that removes free oil and emulsified oil from the produced water. The method or process further includes cleaning the ceramic membrane in online and offline modes. In the offline mode, cleaning is achieved by periodically backflushing the ceramic membrane with an aqueous media having a pH of 13 or greater and a temperature of 60° C. or greater. Further, the ceramic membrane is cleaned in the offline mode by applying the following operations. In one or more clean-in-place operations, an aqueous alkaline media at a pH of 13 or higher and a temperature of 60° C. or higher is directed through the ceramic membrane. In one or more clean-in-place operations, the ceramic membrane is also cleaned with an aqueous acidic media that contains dissolved citric acid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Higgins, Stanton R. Smith, Bruce Bishop, David E. Gamache
  • Publication number: 20140263056
    Abstract: A process for treating feedwater with a microfiltration or ultrafiltration membrane unit and a downstream reverse osmosis unit. An aluminum salt coagulant is added to the feedwater upstream of a membrane separation unit. The aluminum salt coagulant is mixed upstream of the membrane separation unit. A sufficient amount of the aluminum salt coagulant is mixed with the feedwater for a sufficient residence time to control the concentration of the aluminum in the permeate emitted by the membrane separation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanton R. Smith, Jeremy Cardin, Benoit Tranape, Richard Higgins
  • Patent number: 8707876
    Abstract: A design and method of operation for the floor of solid fuel boilers is described. The combustion region includes a stepped-floor that improves combustion in the lower furnace. In some embodiments, the fuel is moved between the steps of the floor by a gas, rather than by mechanical means, and the fuel is moved from an upper to a lower step as it is burned. In some embodiments, the steps are fixed steps having a layer of a refractory material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel Richard Higgins, Eugene Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8590463
    Abstract: A system for drying solid fuels prior to injection and burning in solid fuel boilers is described. High moisture content solid fuels such as bark, sludge, wet coal, are preferably dried to some degree before they can burn. The present invention incorporates a delivery chute in which combustion gases dry the solid fuel before it reaches the combustion chamber of the boiler. In one embodiment, the combustion gases are drawn through the delivery chute to remove moisture from the incoming fuel and then the gases flow back into the boiler. A second embodiment directly exposes the wet fuel to the combustion in the boiler for a sufficient time to remove a substantial amount of moisture before the fuel is spread onto the solid fuel combustion region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventors: Daniel Richard Higgins, Eugene Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8424150
    Abstract: An improved apparatus for cleaning linearly translating rods is described. Embodiments of the invention are suitable for use where a rod, such as a cleaning rod, is moved linearly through a stationary support, generally a cylindrical tube, such as a pneumatic cylinder, with bushings fixed inside the tube through which the rod slides. Preferred embodiments of the present invention allow the rod scraper to be attached or removed without disassembling the complete hydraulic cylinder rod apparatus. Preferred embodiments of the present invention also allow the rod scraper to float radially while its motion is constrained axially. This allows the invention to compensate for lateral displacement of a translating cylindrical cleaning rod due to normal working clearances between the cleaning rod and bushings or by bushing wear over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventors: Daniel Richard Higgins, Michael J. Kranda
  • Patent number: 8316185
    Abstract: A cached memory system that can handle high-rate input data and ensure that an embedded DSP can meet real-time constraints is described. The cached memory system includes a cache memory located close to a processor core, an on-chip memory at the next higher memory level, and an external main memory at the topmost memory level. A cache controller handles paging of instructions and data between the cache memory and the on-chip memory for cache misses. A direct memory exchange (DME) controller handles user-controlled paging between the on-chip memory and the external memory. A user/programmer can arrange to have the instructions and data required by the processor core to be present in the on-chip memory well in advance of when they are actually needed by the processor core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Gilbert Christopher Sih, Charles E. Sakamaki, De D. Hsu, Jian Wei, Richard Higgins
  • Patent number: 8276528
    Abstract: A pneumatic fuel distributor for solid fuel boilers is described incorporating in various embodiments one or more of the following features: a converging nozzle section, a converging adjustable orifice section and an integral trajectory plate. The nozzle, orifice and trajectory plate are preferably all interconnected and rotate together about a common axis. The orifice damper is, in one embodiment, a rotating convergent section and independently adjustable. The unit preferably incorporates a viewing glass and access port and the rotating components are preferably removable for maintenance. The unit is preferably reversible for left or right hand installation and the trajectory plate is easily replaceable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventors: Daniel Richard Higgins, Eugene Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20110259253
    Abstract: A design and method of operation for the floor of solid fuel boilers is described. The combustion region includes a stepped-floor that improves combustion in the lower furnace. In some embodiments, the fuel is moved between the steps of the floor by a gas, rather than by mechanical means, and the fuel is moved from an upper to a lower step as it is burned. In some embodiments, the steps are fixed steps having a layer of a refractory material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventors: Daniel Richard Higgins, Eugene Sullivan
  • Patent number: 7873397
    Abstract: Innovative techniques that result in a better signal-to-noise ratio for spectrographic analysis of substances in a target than conventional techniques. In these techniques, light illuminates a target with at least some of the light penetrating the target. At least a portion of the light that penetrates the target is collected from a region on the target's surface that is not directly illuminated. Preferably, at least a majority of the collected light is light that penetrates the target. Also preferably, the light that illuminates the target is in a pattern that partially but not completely surrounds the region from which the portion of the light that penetrates the target is collected. A spectrum of at least a portion of the collected light is analyzed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventors: Richard Higgins, Betty Lise Anderson
  • Publication number: 20100235578
    Abstract: A cached memory system that can handle high-rate input data and ensure that an embedded DSP can meet real-time constraints is described. The cached memory system includes a cache memory located close to a processor core, an on-chip memory at the next higher memory level, and an external main memory at the topmost memory level. A cache controller handles paging of instructions and data between the cache memory and the on-chip memory for cache misses. A direct memory exchange (DME) controller handles user-controlled paging between the on-chip memory and the external memory. A user/programmer can arrange to have the instructions and data required by the processor core to be present in the on-chip memory well in advance of when they are actually needed by the processor core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Gilbert Christopher Sih, Charles E. Sakamaki, De D. Hsu, Jian Wei, Richard Higgins
  • Patent number: 7769950
    Abstract: A cached memory system that can handle high-rate input data and ensure that an embedded DSP can meet real-time constraints is described. The cached memory system includes a cache memory located close to a processor core, an on-chip memory at the next higher memory level, and an external main memory at the topmost memory level. A cache controller handles paging of instructions and data between the cache memory and the on-chip memory for cache misses. A direct memory exchange (DME) controller handles user-controlled paging between the on-chip memory and the external memory. A user/programmer can arrange to have the instructions and data required by the processor core to be present in the on-chip memory well in advance of when they are actually needed by the processor core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Gilbert Christopher Sih, Charles E. Sakamaki, De D. Hsu, Jian Wei, Richard Higgins
  • Patent number: D616473
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventors: Daniel Richard Higgins, Michael J. Kranda
  • Patent number: D674919
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventors: Daniel Richard Higgins, Michael J. Kranda