Patents by Inventor Robert A. Hoffman

Robert A. Hoffman 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: 20220194063
    Abstract: A multilayer film having a heat seal layer and a high oxygen transmission layer. The high oxygen transmission layer being made from a blend of a heterogeneous ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer; and at least one of: ethylene acrylate copolymer; homogeneous ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer; ethylene acrylic acid; ethylene/vinyl acetate copolymer; and styrene butadiene block copolymer. The multilayer film having an oxygen transmission rate of at least 8,000 cc (STP)/m2/day/1 atm at 23C at 0% RH measured according to ASTM 3985.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Inventors: Robert Babrowicz, Dylan Z. Hopkins, Tyler Hoffman, Darren Brice Mungo
  • Patent number: 11347963
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying semantically and/or visually related information among a set of content items, such content items that include similar concepts or that have similar visual aspects, are disclosed. The disclosed techniques provide tools for identifying related information among various content items, such as text pages and documents, presentation slides and slide decks, etc. The disclosed techniques provide improved methods for searching among content items, organizing content items into categories, and pruning redundant content. Furthermore, the disclosed techniques provide improvements to computation of various metrics, including usage, performance, and impact metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Highspot, Inc.
    Inventors: Raphael Hoffman, Nate Dire, Erik Christensen, Oliver Sharp, David Wortendyke, Scot Gellock, Robert Wahbe
  • Publication number: 20220032978
    Abstract: A vehicle monitoring device includes a camera or other optical sensor configured to be disposed at a trailing end of a first vehicle system. The camera or other optical sensor is configured to output one or more images or video of a field of view behind the first vehicle system. The monitoring device also includes a controller configured to receive output from one or more sensors and to activate the camera or other optical sensor to output the one or more images or video based on the output from the one or more sensors. The output from the one or more sensors indicates one or more of a change in movement of the first vehicle system, a temperature, an acoustic sound, or movement of a second vehicle system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2021
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventors: Carl L. Haas, Padam D. Swar, Danial Rice, Christopher Claussen, Joseph W. Gorman, James A. Oswald, Ann K. Grimm, Kevin Angel, James Trainor, Phillip A. Burgart, Kendrick W. Gawne, Robert Hoffman, Tim Gibson, Brian Kurz
  • Publication number: 20210330767
    Abstract: Oral composition and a method for the treatment of coronaviruses infections in humans and animals. The method includes the steps of administering orally a methionine cleaving-enzyme; administering orally or parentally a protease inhibitor; and orally administering pyridoxal-L-phosphate in a fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2021
    Publication date: October 28, 2021
    Inventors: Qinghong Han, Robert Hoffman
  • Patent number: 11120105
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical order filling system receives pharmaceutical orders and uses a packing device to package pharmaceutical orders. The packing device is configured with at least one cutter that generates tailings and dust. A tailing collection device is provided that collects the tailings and dust generated by the packing device into and through an intake tube and into a collection assembly. The collection assembly includes a hood with at least one air filter, a frame, and a bin removably received within the frame. The frame supports the hood and aligns the bin to be in fluid communication with the hood. A gas motive device is positioned intermediate the ends of an intake tub before the hood and is configured to suction the tailings and/or dust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Express Scripts Strategic Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20210266453
    Abstract: A continuous slanted edge focus measurement system characterizes focus of a camera lens. The measurement system may be used to measure effects on focus on caused by factors such as thermal focal shift, humidity focal shift, focal shift caused by changing parts in the camera, and focal shift by changing the camera design. An accurate measurement system enables camera designers to optimize focus under a variety of different conditions and ensure consistency in the products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2021
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Inventors: Yin-Min Huang, Mark Schnittker, Robert Hoffman, Emilio Graff
  • Publication number: 20210203064
    Abstract: A system may be provided that may include an end of vehicle device, and an antenna coupled to an exterior of the end of vehicle device. The antenna may be configured to communicate signals to or from the end of vehicle device, and may include a conductive member configured to communicate the signals to or from the end of vehicle device, and a flexible support member disposed within the conductive member and configured to receive, absorb, and displace force from the conductive member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventors: Robert Hoffman, Padam Swar, Tim Gibson
  • Patent number: 11010052
    Abstract: A computing device may include one or more dynamically configurable user input devices. In one example, a triggering event, such as, for example, a user input at a user interface of the computing device, may be detected in connection with an application running on the computing device. In response to the detected triggering event, individual elements of the user interface, such as, for example, keys of a keyboard, may be configured, and/or re-configured, to correspond to the input received and/or the application running on the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Alberto Martin, Katie Leah Roberts-Hoffman, Alexander Friedrich Kuscher, Benjamin Goldsmith
  • Patent number: 11006034
    Abstract: A continuous slanted edge focus measurement system characterizes focus of a camera lens. The measurement system may be used to measure effects on focus on caused by factors such as thermal focal shift, humidity focal shift, focal shift caused by changing parts in the camera, and focal shift by changing the camera design. An accurate measurement system enables camera designers to optimize focus under a variety of different conditions and ensure consistency in the products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Yin-Min Huang, Mark Schnittker, Robert Hoffman, Emilio Graff
  • Publication number: 20200365247
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical order filling system receives pharmaceutical orders and uses an accumulation device to accumulate bottles of pharmaceuticals corresponding to the pharmaceutical orders. The accumulation device is configured with a table assembly that includes a plurality of holding tubes configured to accumulate multiple bottles corresponding to pharmaceutical orders. The accumulation device also includes a bottle pick and place assembly configured to place bottles into holding tubes and an unload assembly configured to empty accumulated bottles from holding tubes into an unload assembly tube. The accumulation device may be further configured to receive and temporarily store a single bottle of a prescription order. The accumulation device may be configured to release accumulated bottles onto a conveyor in an upright position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Robert HOFFMAN, Jonathan JOPLIN
  • Patent number: 10817109
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for implementing a dynamic space bar are disclosed. In one aspect, a method includes the actions of determining, by a computing device that includes a touchscreen keyboard and trackpad, a context of the computing device. The actions further include receiving touch input on the trackpad. The actions further include designating, by the computing device and based on the previously-determined context of the computing device, the touch input on the trackpad to be a selection of a space bar of the touchscreen keyboard. The actions further include providing, for output to a display of the computing device and based on the computing device having designated the touch input on the trackpad to be a selection of the space bar, an indication of the selection of the space bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Katie Leah Roberts-Hoffman, Charles Zimmer Mooney
  • Publication number: 20200329012
    Abstract: A system and method for providing dedicated storage through a secure internet connection in a remote location are disclosed. The system and method form an “anti-cloud system” by storing an end user's data only in a location over which the end user has both logical and physical control. Data within this system and method are stored on a primary block device and on a secondary block device that is mirrored at the start for redundancy and these drives are under both the logical and physical control of the end user. These specific block devices do not contain data from any other end user and therefore the specific end user is in possession of all copies. Should the specific end user wish to destroy all of his/her data, the destruction of the two block devices will guarantee that no other copies of his/her data are extant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Jeffrey Robert HOFFMAN, Thomas Eugene KUNZ, Lance GRIBBIN
  • Patent number: 10759892
    Abstract: The present invention provides trimerization catalyst compositions having a sterically hindered carboxylate salt used in combination with a tertiary amine catalysts having isocyanate reactive groups and methods to produce a polyisocyanurate/polyurethane foam using such trimerization catalyst compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Evonik Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Boxun Leng, Juan Jesus Burdeniuc, James Douglas Tobias, Robert Hoffman, Xiubing Hu
  • Patent number: 10751254
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical order filling system receives pharmaceutical orders and uses a loading device to label containers and load the labeled containers onto a pallet. The loading device is configured with at least one container drop assembly that receives containers to be labelled and loaded onto the pallet and that is in communication with a label assembly configured to print and apply labels to the containers. The loading device also includes at least one loading rotary wheel configured to receive the labelled containers and hold the labelled containers in a pick position to be moved from the pick position to a predetermined position on the pallet. The loading device may be configured to accommodate multiple sizes of containers and to consolidate multiple sizes of labelled containers into a single loading rotary wheel for loading onto the pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Express Scripts Strategic Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan W. Joplin, Robert Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10741274
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical order filling system receives pharmaceutical orders and uses an accumulation device to accumulate bottles of pharmaceuticals corresponding to the pharmaceutical orders. The accumulation device is configured with a table assembly that includes a plurality of holding tubes configured to accumulate multiple bottles corresponding to pharmaceutical orders. The accumulation device also includes a bottle pick and place assembly configured to place bottles into holding tubes and an unload assembly configured to empty accumulated bottles from holding tubes into an unload assembly tube. The accumulation device may be further configured to receive and temporarily store a single bottle of a prescription order. The accumulation device may be configured to release accumulated bottles onto a conveyor in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Express Scripts Strategic Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Hoffman, Jonathan Joplin
  • Patent number: 10656725
    Abstract: A keyboard may include a plurality of keys, at least one light source configured to illuminate the plurality of keys, and a controller. The controller may be configured to control a color and/or an intensity of light emitted by the at least one light source based on a time of day and/or a type of an application running on a computing system receiving input from the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Omri Amarilio, Katie Leah Roberts-Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10589134
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a system and methods for maintaining or improving hand health and hygiene. More particularly, the system and methods prevent or overcome skin damage caused by frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizers and/or cleansers. The hand care system comprises an article, such as an elastomeric glove, that has a moisturizing liquid liner composition on the skin-contacting surface of the article that delivers a skin health benefit to the skin, a non-irritating hand cleanser capable of moisturizing the skin, and a moisturizing hand sanitizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Robert Hoffman, Scott W. Wenzel, David William Koenig, Lisa Flugge-Berendes
  • Patent number: 10571400
    Abstract: A method for detecting a target cell surface molecule and classifying cell types in a fluid sample. The method involves the addition of a reagent to the fluid sample. The reagent includes nanoparticles with optical plasmonic resonances, and at least one fluorescent probe. The nanoparticles are a bio-optical probe for the target cell surface molecule. Each fluorescent probe targets a cell classification marker. The method further involves the acquisition of an image using dark field microscopy and fluorescence microscopy to detect and quantify the presence or absence of any cells in the fluid sample having the target cell surface molecule or having the cell classification marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Conor L. Evans, W. Peter Hansen, Robert A. Hoffman, Petra B. Krauledat, Daniel W. Cramer
  • Publication number: 20200034019
    Abstract: A computing device may include one or more dynamically configurable user input devices. In one example, a triggering event, such as, for example, a user input at a user interface of the computing device, may be detected in connection with an application running on the computing device. In response to the detected triggering event, individual elements of the user interface, such as, for example, keys of a keyboard, may be configured, and/or re-configured, to correspond to the input received and/or the application running on the computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Alberto Martin, Katie Leah Roberts-Hoffman, Alexander Friedrich Kuscher, Benjamin Goldsmith
  • Patent number: 10540495
    Abstract: A method includes establishing a power link between a power source and a computing device using a cable assembly, the cable assembly including at least one indicator, monitoring a status of the power link at the computing device, determining if the status of the power link includes establishing a communication link, and upon determining the status of the power link includes establishing the communication link determining a direction of data flow along the cable assembly associated with the communication link, and generating a signal using the at least one indicator, the signal indicating the direction of data flow along the cable assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Omri Amarilio, Katie Leah Roberts-Hoffman, Alexander Friedrich Kuscher