Patents by Inventor Richard Huff

Richard Huff 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: 20170326930
    Abstract: A trailer coupler locking device that includes: a trailer ball body, wherein the trailer ball body is shaped as a coupling ball; a plurality of locking rods, where the plurality of locking rods define elongated members which extend from the trailer ball body; and a locking mechanism. The elongated members may be placed in either a locked position or an unlocked position. When in the unlocked position, the ball body moves freely in and out of a ball mount coupler, and when in a locked position, the ball body is locked into a ball mount coupler. The locking rods selectively extend and retract by manual operation of the locking mechanism, where the locking mechanism includes a cylinder lock that is operably connected to a rotational member and a mechanical rod actuator. The mechanical rod actuator operable connects the rotational member with each locking rod and enables each locking rod to move linearly in response to the rotary motion of the rotational member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Inventors: Richard Huff, Kristy Moore, Wynell Welch
  • Publication number: 20110310929
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to systems and device for monitoring remote device with a wireless, dual-mode communication protocol. As such, a representative embodiment is a system for monitoring and controlling remote devices. The system includes a first and a second remote device; and a first and a second wireless transceiver integrated with the respective remote devices. The wireless transceivers are configured to communicate with at least one of a spread-spectrum communication protocol and a fixed-frequency communication protocol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: SIPCO, LLC
    Inventors: THOMAS D. PETITE, RICHARD HUFF, DAVID P. ALDORETTA, CANDIDA STEVENS
  • Patent number: 8031650
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to systems and device for monitoring remote device with a wireless, dual-mode communication protocol. As such, a representative embodiment is a system for monitoring and controlling remote devices. The system includes a first- and a second remote device; and a first and a second wireless transceiver integrated with the respective remote devices. The wireless transceivers are configured to communicate with at least one of a spread-spectrum communication protocol and a fixed-frequency communication protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Sipco, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas D. Petite, Richard Huff, David P. Aldoretta, Candida Stevens
  • Publication number: 20100265909
    Abstract: Dual-mode communication devices, methods, and systems are provided. Embodiments of the present invention include devices, method, and systems enabling communication in a spread-spectrum communication protocol, comprising: receiving a first portion of a communication frame at a first frequency channel, wherein the first portion of the communication frame comprises a data channel index that indicates a second frequency channel for receiving a second portion of the communication frame; switching to the second frequency channel; and receiving the second portion of the communication frame at the second frequency channel. Other aspects, embodiments, and features are claimed and disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Applicant: SIPCO, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas D. PETITE, Richard HUFF, David P. ALDORETTA
  • Patent number: 7756086
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to methods for communicating in a dual-mode communication protocol. A representative embodiment of the present invention comprises: enabling communication in a spread-spectrum communication protocol, comprising: receiving a first portion of a communication frame at a first frequency channel, wherein the first portion of the communication frame comprises a data channel index that indicates a second frequency channel for receiving a second portion of the communication frame; switching to the second frequency channel; and receiving the second portion of the communication frame at the second frequency channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Sipco, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas D. Petite, Richard Huff, David P. Aldoretta
  • Publication number: 20070208521
    Abstract: A system for controlling remotely located electrically-powered systems in an electrical network includes a first transceiver. The first transceiver has an identifier in memory and wirelessly communicates bidirectionally with a control center via a plurality of additional wireless bidirectional transceivers. At least one of the plurality of additional wireless bidirectional transceivers is a site controller coupled to a wide area network. At least another of the additional wireless bidirectional transceivers is coupled to a meter. A microcontroller is coupled to the first transceiver and to a remotely located electrically-powered system. The microcontroller controls operation of the electrically-powered device from at least a state of powered on to a state of powered off when a signal associated with actuating the power state of the remotely located electrically-powered system is received. A keypad containing user selectable buttons is coupled to the microcontroller for receiving user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Publication date: September 6, 2007
    Applicant: HUNT TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Petite, Richard Huff
  • Publication number: 20060181406
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to a system for monitoring a variety of environmental and/or other conditions within a defined remotely located region. In accordance with one aspect of the invention, a system is configured to monitor utility meters in a defined area. The system is implemented by using a plurality of wireless transmitters, wherein each wireless transmitter is integrated into a sensor adapted to monitor a particular data input. The system also includes a plurality of transceivers that are dispersed throughout the region at defined locations. The system uses a local gateway to translate and transfer information from the transmitters to a dedicated computer on a network. The dedicated computer, collects, compiles, and stores the data for retrieval upon client demand across the network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Publication date: August 17, 2006
    Inventors: Thomas Petite, Richard Huff
  • Publication number: 20050245415
    Abstract: A product for cleaning stains. In one embodiment, the product may include a piece of material and a volume of carbonated water, both sealed within a container. When a stain is encountered, the container may be opened and the piece of material that has been wetted by the carbonated water may be used to clean the stain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2005
    Publication date: November 3, 2005
    Inventors: Richard Huff, Amy Huff
  • Publication number: 20050195775
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to systems and device for monitoring remote device with a wireless, dual-mode communication protocol. As such, a representative embodiment is a system for monitoring and controlling remote devices. The system includes a first- and a second remote device; and a first and a second wireless transceiver integrated with the respective remote devices. The wireless transceivers are configured to communicate with at least one of a spread-spectrum communication protocol and a fixed-frequency communication protocol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2004
    Publication date: September 8, 2005
    Inventors: Thomas Petite, Richard Huff, David Aldoretta, Candida Stevens
  • Publication number: 20050195768
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to methods for communicating in a dual-mode communication protocol. A representative embodiment of the present invention comprises: enabling communication in a spread-spectrum communication protocol, comprising: receiving a first portion of a communication frame at a first frequency channel, wherein the first portion of the communication frame comprises a data channel index that indicates a second frequency channel for receiving a second portion of the communication frame; switching to the second frequency channel; and receiving the second portion of the communication frame at the second frequency channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2004
    Publication date: September 8, 2005
    Inventors: Thomas Petite, Richard Huff, David Aldoretta
  • Publication number: 20050043059
    Abstract: A system for providing remote monitoring of electricity consumption is provided. Briefly described, in one embodiment the system may comprise a plurality of electric meters, a plurality of communication devices having a unique address and defining a wireless communication network, and a site controller. Each of the plurality of electric meters may be configured to measure the electricity consumption of a load attached to the electric meter. Each of the plurality of communication devices may be associated with one of the plurality of electric meters and configured to receive data related to the electricity consumption of the electric meter data and generate a transmit message using a predefined communication protocol being implemented by the wireless communication network. The transmit message may comprise the unique identifier and the data related to the electricity consumption of the electric meter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Publication date: February 24, 2005
    Inventors: Thomas Petite, Richard Huff
  • Publication number: 20050030199
    Abstract: A novel system and method for achieving accurate readings of the rotational speed, number of revolutions and direction of rotation of a utility system. More specifically, a system and method for retrofitting existing utility meters with a lightweight tape, having contrasting sections of reflective and non-reflective material applied thereto, which is read by optical sensors as the lightweight tape passes by with the revolutions of the disk of the utility meter. Additionally, the system and method detects unauthorized use of the utility or tampering with the utility meter and its functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2004
    Publication date: February 10, 2005
    Inventors: Thomas Petite, Richard Huff, James Davis
  • Publication number: 20040094194
    Abstract: A system and method for mounting a solar panel includes a housing and a cover configured to pivotally connect to the housing. The cover disengages the housing when the cover is at a release angle from the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventors: David P. Aldoretta, James S. Davis, Mark D. Spittel, Don E. Vance, Hilda M. Westergren, Richard Huff