Patents by Inventor Robert Caruso

Robert Caruso 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: 10400745
    Abstract: A rotor blade for a wind turbine may generally include a first blade component formed from a first fiber-reinforced composite including a first thermoplastic resin material and a second blade component configured to be coupled to the first blade component at a joint interface. The second blade component may be formed from a second fiber-reinforced composite including a second thermoplastic resin material. The second fiber-reinforced composite may include a low fiber region and a high fiber region, with the low fiber region having a fiber-weight fraction that is less than a fiber-weight fraction of the high fiber region. In addition, the first thermoplastic resin material of the first fiber-reinforced composite may be welded to the second thermoplastic resin material contained within the low fiber region of the second thermoplastic composite to form a welded joint at the joint interface between the first blade component and the second blade component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Robert Tobin, Christopher Daniel Caruso, Aaron A. Yarbrough, Daniel Alan Hynum
  • Patent number: 10398007
    Abstract: A control module attached to a lighting fixture and having a front cover portion may comprise one or more sensors, such as a daylight and/or occupancy sensor, for sensing information through the front cover portion. The control module may have a main printed circuit board (PCB) that extends from a front side to a rear side of the control module, and a sensor PCB perpendicular to the main PCB to enable at least one sensor attached to the sensor PCB to face the front side of the control module. The main PCB may comprise a wireless communication circuit and an antenna for communicating radio frequency (RF) signals, wherein at least a portion of the antenna is located within a plastic lip of the front cover portion of the control module. The control module may further have a conductive enclosure to reduce radio-frequency interference noise from coupling into the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Sean R. Pearson, Nicholas R. Baer, Angelo Caruso, Thomas E. Hibshman, Kevin L. Gascho, Robert Bollinger, Jr., Richard S. Camden
  • Publication number: 20190176445
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method for manufacturing a spar cap for a wind turbine rotor blade may generally include stacking a plurality of plates together to form a plate assembly, wherein each of the plates is formed from a fiber-reinforced composite including a plurality of fibers surrounded by a thermoplastic resin material. The method may also include positioning the plate assembly relative to a mold defining a mold surface, wherein the mold surface is shaped so as to correspond to at least one blade parameter of the wind turbine rotor blade. In addition, the method may include applying pressure to the plate assembly via the mold such that at least a portion of the plate assembly conforms to the shape of the mold surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: James Robert Tobin, Christopher Daniel Caruso, Aaron A. Yarbrough, Daniel Alan Hynum
  • Publication number: 20190141818
    Abstract: A control module attached to a lighting fixture and having a front cover portion may comprise one or more sensors, such as a daylight and/or occupancy sensor, for sensing information through the front cover portion. The control module may have a main printed circuit board (PCB) that extends from a front side to a rear side of the control module, and a sensor PCB perpendicular to the main PCB to enable at least one sensor attached to the sensor PCB to face the front side of the control module. The main PCB may comprise a wireless communication circuit and an antenna for communicating radio frequency (RF) signals, wherein at least a portion of the antenna is located within a plastic lip of the front cover portion of the control module. The control module may further have a conductive enclosure to reduce radio-frequency interference noise from coupling into the antenna.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Sean R. Pearson, Nicholas R. Baer, Angelo Caruso, Thomas E. Hibshman, Kevin L. Gascho, Robert Bollinger, Jr., Richard S. Camden
  • Patent number: 9249594
    Abstract: A jackable building foundation includes a steel beam support frame platform to which one or more hydraulic jacks are attached. Vertical movement of the platform in response to jacking is constrained by cuboidal column guides at the four corners. Each of the column guides comprises two tiers of square roller frames, within each of which is an I-beam engaged between the flanges on either side by two rollers supported on horizontal axes. The orientations of the I-beams and rollers alternate orthogonally at each corner of the platform, so that torques generated by uneven jacking are suppressed and do not result in jamming of the platform as it rises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: High Tide Homes Inc.
    Inventors: Philip DeStefano, John Bianco, Robert Caruso
  • Publication number: 20150102275
    Abstract: A jackable building foundation includes a steel beam support frame platform to which one or more hydraulic jacks are attached. Vertical movement of the platform in response to jacking is constrained by cuboidal column guides at the four corners. Each of the column guides comprises two tiers of square roller frames, within each of which is an I-beam engaged between the flanges on either side by two rollers supported on horizontal axes. The orientations of the I-beams and rollers alternate orthogonally at each corner of the platform, so that torques generated by uneven jacking are suppressed and do not result in jamming of the platform as it rises.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Philip DeStefano, John Bianco, Robert Caruso
  • Patent number: 8926223
    Abstract: A floatable building foundation comprises a steel beam support frame platform with buoyancy provided by underlying pontoons and/or foam billets. Vertical movement of the platform in response to a storm surge is constrained by cuboidal column guides at the four corners. Each of the column guides comprises two tiers of square roller frames, within each of which is an I-beam engaged between the flanges on either side by two rollers supported on horizontal axes. The orientations of the I-beams and rollers alternate orthogonally at each corner of the platform, so that torques generated by uneven buoyancy are suppressed and do not result in jamming of the platform as it rises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventors: Philip DeStefano, John Bianco, Robert Caruso
  • Patent number: 8645264
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for processing a loan application. The apparatus and methods may involve accessing a financial institution customer account that includes a plurality of transactions; identifying those transactions that belong to a predetermined transaction category; and summarizing the transactions. Summary information may be presented as part of an income and expenses flow report that at least partially characterizes the account or the applicant. A financial institution representative may query a database for the summary information and, optionally, initiate an underwriting process based on the loan application and the summary information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Thayer Allison, Robert Caruso, Sudeshna Banerjee, Debashis Ghosh, Kurt Newman, David Joa, Arun Pinto, Yanghong Shao
  • Patent number: 8417625
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for approving financing for the sale of real estate. The apparatus and methods may involve receiving from a seller, or a seller's agent, information regarding the property so that a financial institution can determine a loan amount before the seller is engaged by a buyer. The financial institution may order from vendors documentation and certification desired or required for closing. The financial institution may issue a seal certifying that the financial institution has pre-approved a loan in a stated amount. The amount may be subject to change based on the qualifications of a buyer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Sudeshna Bannerjee, Robert Caruso, Michael Kelly, Kim Barbour, Debashis Ghosh, Robert Mauldin, Robert Huber Eshleman, Timothy O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20100106638
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for processing a loan application. The apparatus and methods may involve accessing a financial institution customer account that includes a plurality of transactions; identifying those transactions that belong to a predetermined transaction category; and summarizing the transactions. Summary information may be presented as part of an income and expenses flow report that at least partially characterizes the account or the applicant. A financial institution representative may query a database for the summary information and, optionally, initiate an underwriting process based on the loan application and the summary information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: Bank of America
    Inventors: Thayer Allison, Robert Caruso, Sudeshna Banerjee, Debashis Ghosh, Kurt Newman, David Joa, Arun Pinto, Yanghong Shao
  • Publication number: 20100106639
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for approving financing for the sale of real estate. The apparatus and methods may involve receiving from a seller, or a seller's agent, information regarding the property so that a financial institution can determine a loan amount before the seller is engaged by a buyer. The financial institution may order from vendors documentation and certification desired or required for closing. The financial institution may issue a seal certifying that the financial institution has pre-approved a loan in a stated amount. The amount may be subject to change based on the qualifications of a buyer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: Bank of America
    Inventors: Sudeshna Banerjee, Robert Caruso, Michael Kelly, Kim Barbour, Debashis Ghosh, Robert Mauldin, Robert Huber Eshleman, Timothy O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20080027845
    Abstract: A method of refinancing a mortgage loan is provided. The method of refinancing a mortgage loan comprises pre-approving a customer for refinancing of a mortgage loan. This customer is sent a pre-screened offer. The offer comprises materials setting forth the terms of the refinanced mortgage loan, materials providing all required pre-acceptance disclosures, and instructions describing how the customer may accept the offer. Upon receiving an indication of acceptance of the offer from the customer, a closing package is sent to the customer to be executed by the customer. The execution of the closing package by the customer creates a refinancing loan agreement. Also provided is a closing package for a mortgage loan comprising closing documents and a format and instructions providing specific guidance to the customer for completion and execution of the closing documents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Inventors: Geoffery Dreyer, Mark Oman, Robert Caruso, Steven Bulmer, Eric Malchodi, Michael DeVito, Nancy Brennan, Michael Heid, Timothy O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20080010277
    Abstract: A rich media file is a self-contained file, including both the information to be viewed by a user and the viewer that displays the information to the user. The information can be formatted however the client likes: for example, the information can be split across several pages, and can include text and still and animated images. There can also be web links to pages on a network, and e-mail forms to simplify sending an e-mail message to the client. The rich media file can include viewing limitations, so that only the proper password can unlock the file, or that the rich media file will automatically expire after a specified condition occurs. The rich media file also assists the user in obtaining the latest version of the rich media file, by offering to retrieve a newer version for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Publication date: January 10, 2008
    Applicant: Marger Johnson & McCollom, P.C. an Oregon corporation
    Inventors: Robert Caruso, Konstantin Balashov
  • Publication number: 20070292021
    Abstract: A rich media file is a self-contained file, including both the information to be viewed by a user and the viewer that displays the information to the user. The information can be formatted however the client likes: for example, the information can be split across several pages, and can include text and still and animated images. There can also be web links to pages on a network, and e-mail forms to simplify sending an e-mail message to the client. The rich media file can include viewing limitations, so that only the proper password can unlock the file, or that the rich media file will automatically expire after a specified condition occurs. The rich media file also assists the user in obtaining the latest version of the rich media file, by offering to retrieve a newer version for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Applicant: MARGER JOHNSON & MCCOLLOM PC
    Inventors: Robert Caruso, Konstantin Balashov
  • Patent number: 7093557
    Abstract: A fastener cover capable of covering exposed studs on a boat contains a padded portion having a top surface and a bottom surface and at least one socket sized to couple to an exposed stud. The socket is located on the bottom surface of the padded portion, so that when the fastener cover is attached to the exposed stud, the stud is covered by the padded portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Inventor: Robert Caruso
  • Publication number: 20060174948
    Abstract: A hydraulic valve includes a housing having a valve bore therein. A sensor bore intersects the valve bore and extends generally transverse with respect to the valve bore. A valve spool is movable axially in the valve bore. The spool has a sensing surface which extends at an angle with respect to a central axis of the spool and which is exposed to the sensor bore. A proximity sensor is mounted in the sensor bore to sense a distance between the sensor and the sensing surface, and to generate a signal representing an axial position of the valve spool relative to the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2005
    Publication date: August 10, 2006
    Inventor: Robert Caruso
  • Publication number: 20060153443
    Abstract: To compress an image, each pixel is considered. The color of each pixel, represented as an index into a color palette, is compared with the color of the pixel's upper and left neighbors and encoded to an entry in the color palette. A probability distribution is updated based on the colors of the pixel and its left and upper neighbors. Once all pixels are encoded, the color palette is optimized using the probability distribution, and the indices into the color palette for the pixels are compressed. In the preferred embodiment, the compression is achieved using a single pass over the pixels in the image, and the probability distribution is updated dynamically as each pixel is compressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Publication date: July 13, 2006
    Applicant: Marger Johnson & McCollom, P.C.
    Inventors: Robert Caruso, Konstantin Balashov
  • Publication number: 20060027157
    Abstract: A fastener cover capable of covering exposed studs on a boat contains a padded portion having a top surface and a bottom surface and at least one socket sized to couple to an exposed stud. The socket is located on the bottom surface of the padded portion, so that when the fastener cover is attached to the exposed stud, the stud is covered by the padded portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2004
    Publication date: February 9, 2006
    Inventor: Robert Caruso
  • Publication number: 20050041856
    Abstract: To compress an image, each pixel is considered. The color of each pixel, represented as an index into a color palette, is compared with the color of the pixel's upper and left neighbors and encoded to an entry in the color palette. A probability distribution is updated based on the colors of the pixel and its left and upper neighbors. Once all pixels are encoded, the color palette is optimized using the probability distribution, and the indices into the color palette for the pixels are compressed. In the preferred embodiment, the compression is achieved using a single pass over the pixels in the image, and the probability distribution is updated dynamically as each pixel is compressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2004
    Publication date: February 24, 2005
    Applicant: OnMercial.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Caruso, Konstantin Balashov
  • Publication number: 20050008224
    Abstract: To compress an image, each pixel is considered. The color of each pixel, represented as an index into a color palette, is compared with the color of the pixel's upper and left neighbors and encoded to an entry in the color palette. A probability distribution is updated based on the colors of the pixel and its left and upper neighbors. Once all pixels are encoded, the color palette is optimized using the probability distribution, and the indices into the color palette for the pixels are compressed. In the preferred embodiment, the compression is achieved using a single pass over the pixels in the image, and the probability distribution is updated dynamically as each pixel is compressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2001
    Publication date: January 13, 2005
    Inventors: Robert Caruso, Konstantin Balashov