Patents by Inventor Richard Norton

Richard Norton 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: 10759727
    Abstract: Use of diverse biomass feedstock in a process for the recovery of target C5 and C6 alditols and target glycols via staged hydrogenation and hydrogenolysis processes is disclosed. Particular alditols of interest include, but are not limited to, xylitol and sorbitol. Various embodiments of the present invention synergistically improve overall recovery of target alditols and/or glycols from a mixed C5/C6 sugar stream without needlessly driving total recovery of the individual target alditols and/or glycols. The result is a highly efficient, low complexity process having enhanced production flexibility, reduced waste and greater overall yield than conventional processes directed to alditol or glycol production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: INTERCONTINENTAL GREAT BRANDS LLC
    Inventors: Lloyd Allen, Claudio Arato, Terry Brix, Peter Andrew Clarke, Joshua Davies, Bryan Gene, Mark Kirby, Quak Foo Lee, William McKean, Ankit Munjapara, Clive Richard Norton, Stuart A. Stein, Greg Stock, David Sugden
  • Patent number: 10757769
    Abstract: A lighting relay panel may include lower-cost features or components related to improved safety and reliability. In some cases, the relay panel includes a power supply capable of protecting the panel from high-voltage and high-current transients. A microcontroller may determine a power interruption based on a zero-cross signal received from the power supply, and may also configure latching relays during the interruption. In some implementations, the relay panel includes a relay sense circuit that is capable of receiving actuation signals from multiple relays connected to different phases of a power signal, and the microcontroller may synchronize or repeat the actuations based on a signal from the relay sense circuit. The microcontroller may generate relay addresses based on the relay positions within the relay panel. In some cases, the relay panel may include isolation circuits that are capable of providing an isolated control signal having an improved voltage range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: ABL IP Holding LLC
    Inventors: Shoumin Liu, Dalibor Zulim, Mark Norton, Richard Lee Westrick, Jr., Ryan Zaveruha, Justin Bierschbach, Frank Pelliccio, Tiberiu Almasi
  • Patent number: 10654692
    Abstract: A system and computer-implemented method is used for operating a crane on an offshore unit on which entities (e.g., personnel and/or equipment) operate. A dimensional map of the unit is created so locations of the entities can be tracked in the dimensional map of the unit. For example, wireless monitoring is received from wireless devices associated with both the entities and the offshore unit to perform the tracking. Dynamic operating parameters of the crane are also obtained while the crane is operating on the unit. These parameters can be received remotely from the crane. A programmable control device calculates a lifting zone that moves dynamically in the dimensional map based on the parameters, detect a conflict of a tracked location interfering with the zone, and outputs the detected conflict for appropriate action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Rowan Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Norton, Agung Atus Sundia
  • Publication number: 20200128650
    Abstract: A lighting relay panel may include lower-cost features or components related to improved safety and reliability. In some cases, the relay panel includes a power supply capable of protecting the panel from high-voltage and high-current transients. A microcontroller may determine a power interruption based on a zero-cross signal received from the power supply, and may also configure latching relays during the interruption. In some implementations, the relay panel includes a relay sense circuit that is capable of receiving actuation signals from multiple relays connected to different phases of a power signal, and the microcontroller may synchronize or repeat the actuations based on a signal from the relay sense circuit. The microcontroller may generate relay addresses based on the relay positions within the relay panel. In some cases, the relay panel may include isolation circuits that are capable of providing an isolated control signal having an improved voltage range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Mark Norton, Dalibor Zulim, Ryan Zaveruha, Frank Pelliccio, Richard Lee Westrick, JR.
  • Publication number: 20200069219
    Abstract: A portable device for receiving pulmonary function test data and displaying and analyzing same with both real-time and recorded patient clinical data such as that obtained with ultrasound and/or an electronic stethoscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Applicant: University of South Carolina
    Inventors: Richard A. Hoppmann, Keith Barron, Robert Haddad, Duncan Norton
  • Publication number: 20190339351
    Abstract: A system and computer-implemented method is used for tracking crew members on an offshore unit. A static map is created in software and interfaces with a network of receiver nodes physically installed at a predetermined set of measurements to provide coverage to designated areas to locate and identify crew members, who have or wear Bluetooth beacons. During operations, crew members are located and identified in real-time through the network of receiver nodes installed over prespecified coordinates. Cameras and visual recognition processing can operate in the designated areas. The designated areas can include muster stations for crew members to gather in an emergency or can include designated areas in which personnel are restricted while equipment is operating or moving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Agung Atus SUNDIA, Richard NORTON
  • Publication number: 20190337771
    Abstract: A system and computer-implemented method is used for operating a crane on an offshore unit on which entities (e.g., personnel and/or equipment) operate. A dimensional map of the unit is created so locations of the entities can be tracked in the dimensional map of the unit. For example, wireless monitoring is received from wireless devices associated with both the entities and the offshore unit to perform the tracking. Dynamic operating parameters of the crane are also obtained while the crane is operating on the unit. These parameters can be received remotely from the crane. A programmable control device calculates a lifting zone that moves dynamically in the dimensional map based on the parameters, detect a conflict of a tracked location interfering with the zone, and outputs the detected conflict for appropriate action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Richard Norton, Agung Atus SUNDIA
  • Publication number: 20190340560
    Abstract: A system and computer-implemented method is used for tracking crew members on an offshore unit. A static map is created in software and interfaces with a network of receiver nodes physically installed at a predetermined set of measurements to provide coverage to designated areas to locate and identify crew members, who have or wear Bluetooth beacons. During operations, crew members are located and identified in real-time through the network of receiver nodes installed over prespecified coordinates. Cameras and visual recognition processing can operate in the designated areas. The designated areas can include muster stations for crew members to gather in an emergency or can include designated areas in which personnel are restricted while equipment is operating or moving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Agung Atus SUNDIA, Richard NORTON
  • Patent number: 10405404
    Abstract: A lighting control system includes a plurality of lighting system elements that are connected together over at least one lighting control network. The lighting system elements include a network controller, a luminaire, or a lighting control device. Some of the lighting system elements are designated as client lighting devices. At least one of the lighting system elements is designated as a lighting control data synchronization master. The lighting control system allows for changes in lighting control setting data, without sacrificing performance and maintaining stability with network failures, by generation and utilization of lighting control data keys. For example, data synchronization replicates or transfers lighting control setting data when a state change in a lighting control setting is detected based on a comparison of a current lighting control data key with an original lighting control data key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Trickler, Mark Norton, Richard L. Westrick, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20190039981
    Abstract: Use of diverse biomass feedstock in a process for the recovery of target C5 and C6 alditols and target glycols via staged hydrogenation and hydrogenolysis processes is disclosed. Particular alditols of interest include, but are not limited to, xylitol and sorbitol. Various embodiments of the present invention synergistically improve overall recovery of target alditols and/or glycols from a mixed C5/C6 sugar stream without needlessly driving total recovery of the individual target alditols and/or glycols. The result is a highly efficient, low complexity process having enhanced production flexibility, reduced waste and greater overall yield than conventional processes directed to alditol or glycol production.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Applicant: INTERCONTINENTAL GREAT BRANDS LLC
    Inventors: Lloyd ALLEN, Claudio ARATO, Terry BRIX, Peter Andrew CLARKE, Joshua DAVIES, Bryan GENE, Mark KIRBY, Quak Foo LEE, William MCKEAN, Ankit MUNJAPARA, Clive Richard NORTON, Stuart A. STEIN, Greg STOCK, David SUGDEN
  • Publication number: 20150264958
    Abstract: A chewing gum product is formed by a method that includes extruding a chewing gum material to form an extruded body portion with capillaries, adding a fill material to at least one capillary to form a filled extruded body, and separating the filled extruded body to form the chewing gum product. The fill material includes about 20 to about 80 weight percent sorbitol, and about 20 to about 80 weight percent xylitol, wherein the total of sorbitol and xylitol is at least 80 weight percent. On cooling, the fill material crystallizes to form a crunchy filling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Applicant: Intercontinental Great Brands LLC
    Inventors: Kishor Kabse, Clive Richard Norton, Bary L. Zeller, Cesar Carlos Elejalde, Yoshimitsu Kamakura, Atsushi Ueminami
  • Publication number: 20130000006
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a securing apparatus and method for securing a hand protective device about the wrist of the wearer. The apparatus provides a mechanism that allows a wearer to single-handedly secure a glove or hand protective device on their other hand, even when the wearer has taped hands for contact sports. The invention allows for the glove or hand protective device to be secured in a manner that eliminates gaps or twisting about the wearer's wrist.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventors: Richard Norton, Darshan Rane, Shaw Furukawa, Jeffery Woodson
  • Publication number: 20070114731
    Abstract: A galloping riding toy has a frame with a head tube, a fork rotatably located within said head tube, a front axle attached to said fork and passing through an off-center point in a front wheel, rear wheels attached to an end of said frame opposite said head tube, and a body attached to said frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Publication date: May 24, 2007
    Inventor: Richard Norton
  • Publication number: 20070042097
    Abstract: A coffee product and process are provided which produce a coffee product having elevated levels of 3,7-dimetylocta-1,6-dien-3-ol. In various forms, the coffee product is dry roast and ground coffee or a dry soluble coffee product such as a powder or granule form. The process includes adding 3,7-dimethylocta-1,6-dien-3-ol to roast and ground coffee or a soluble coffee to produce an enhanced coffee flavor beverage, or to an extract or solution thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Publication date: February 22, 2007
    Inventors: Mark Richard Norton, Jeremy Stagg
  • Patent number: 7153182
    Abstract: A system and method for in situ measurement and maintenance of preferred pad smoothness in a CMP process is disclosed. The system includes a linear polisher having one or more sensors for detecting fluid pressure, fluid flow or motor current at the linear polisher during a polishing process. A controller receiving the information provided by the sensors includes an algorithm for adjusting the pad conditioning process to achieve a desired pad smoothness based on the sensor data. The method includes obtaining baseline data on preferred linear polisher characteristics associated with desired pad smoothness and using the baseline data to adjust a pad conditioning regimen on a linear polisher to achieve the desired pad smoothness in situ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Travis R. Taylor, Jingang Yi, Peter Richard Norton
  • Publication number: 20060210604
    Abstract: The present invention provides a flowable composition suitable for use as a controlled release implant. The flowable composition can be administered into the ocular region of a mammal. The composition includes: (a) a biodegradable, biocompatible thermoplastic polymer that is at least substantially insoluble in aqueous medium, water or body fluid; (b) a biological agent, a metabolite thereof, a biological agently acceptable salt thereof, or a prodrug thereof; and (c) a biocompatible organic liquid, at standard temperature and pressure, in which the thermoplastic polymer is soluble. The present invention also provides methods of medical treatment that include administering the flowable composition into the ocular region of a mammal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Publication date: September 21, 2006
    Inventors: Eric Dadey, Christopher Lindemann, Stephen Warren, Richard Norton
  • Publication number: 20050071306
    Abstract: The method for on-screen animation includes providing a digital world including image object elements and defining autonomous image entities (AIE). Each AIE may represent a character or an object that is characterized by i) attributes defining the AIE relatively to the image objects elements of the digital world, and ii) behaviours for modifying some of the attributes. Each AIE is associated to animation clips allowing representing the AIE in movement in the digital world. Virtual sensors allow the AIE to gather data information about image object elements or other AIE within the digital world. Decision trees are used for processing the data information resulting in selecting and triggering one of the animation cycle or selecting a new behaviour. A system embodying the above method is also provided. The method and system for on-screen animation of digital entities according to the present invention can be used for creating animation for movies, for video games, and for simulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2004
    Publication date: March 31, 2005
    Inventors: Paul Kruszewski, Vincent Stephen-Ong, Muthana Kubba, Fred Dorosh, Julianna Lin, Nicolas Leonard, Greg Labute, Cory Kumm, Richard Norton
  • Patent number: D651675
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Century, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Norton
  • Patent number: D853535
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Goodridge (UK) Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter Norton, Richard Vanstone
  • Patent number: D854128
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Goodridge (UK) Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter Norton, Richard Vanstone