Patents by Inventor Robert D. Smith

Robert D. Smith 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: 20190143814
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for providing implement-based speed control for a work vehicle may include a planter controller provided in operative association with a planter towed by the work vehicle and a vehicle controller provided in operative association with the work vehicle. The planter controller may be configured to access an input associated with at least one predetermined threshold value for an operating parameter of the planter and monitor the operating parameter relative to the predetermined threshold value(s) as the planter is being towed at a current ground speed of the work vehicle. In addition, when the operating parameter differs from the predetermined threshold value(s), the planter controller may be configured to adjust a speed control request transmitted to the vehicle controller to cause the current ground speed of the work vehicle to be automatically increased or decreased between predetermined maximum and minimum speed values set for the work vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Jason T. Czapka, Kevin D. McKee, Kevin M. Smith, Robert J. Longua, Keith W. Wendte, Marvin A. Prickel
  • Patent number: 9373881
    Abstract: A low RCS array panel employs a number of linkable support segments. Each support segment has several junctions spaced along it, and the support segments are designed to connect with each other at the junctions to create a support grid. The segments can connect orthogonally, and the junctions can be spaced according to the frequency performance requirements for the antenna the array panel is designed to support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Basil W. Thompson, Jr., Robert D. Smith, Almer M. Garnett
  • Patent number: 9287608
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a structure and method for providing better antenna element retention in the any environment. The structure may comprise at least two card guides attached to a base. Each card guide may have at least one antenna slot, and individual antenna elements may be guided into position by an antenna slot of two different card guides. The individual antenna elements may have their freedom of motion restricted in the direction of their insertion by caps attached to the card guides. The individual antenna elements may have their freedom of motion restricted in a direction transverse to their direction of insertion by retention members attached to the card guides. By allowing for the “top-down” assembly of individual antenna elements in a modular fashion, embodiments of the present invention may facilitate easier repair of antenna element arrays, than prior art array assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Basil W. Thompson, Jr., Robert D. Smith, Paul Simmons
  • Publication number: 20140059840
    Abstract: A low RCS array panel employs a number of linkable support segments. Each support segment has several junctions spaced along it, and the support segments are designed to connect with each other at the junctions to create a support grid. The segments can connect orthogonally, and the junctions can be spaced according to the frequency performance requirements for the antenna the array panel is designed to support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Basil W. Thompson, JR., Robert D. Smith, Almer M. Garnett
  • Publication number: 20130327088
    Abstract: An interchangeable jewellery insert for detachable attachment to a receptacle is described. The jewellery insert has a body with two ends, the first end has at least one dimension sized to fit within a receiving aperture of the receptacle of the item, the second end has at least one dimension larger than the receiving aperture. The first end of the body has a first magnetic element. The receiving aperture has a second magnetic element. The first magnetic element and the second magnetic element provide a repelling force to secure the interchangeable jewellery insert to the receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Robert D. Smith
  • Patent number: 8596090
    Abstract: An interchangeable jewelry insert for detachable attachment to a receptacle is described. The jewelry insert has a body with two ends, the first end has at least one dimension sized to fit within a receiving aperture of the receptacle of the item, the second end has at least one dimension larger than the receiving aperture. The first end of the body has a first magnetic element. The receiving aperture has a second magnetic element. The first magnetic element and the second magnetic element provide a repelling force to secure the interchangeable jewelry insert to the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Robert D Smith
  • Patent number: 8292353
    Abstract: A construction for an automotive vehicle having a generally vertically extending pillar positioned adjacent a door opening as well as a laterally extending cross member having one end aligned with the pillar adjacent its bottom. A gusset has one end secured to one end of the cross member and a second end secured to the pillar. A crush box is attached to the pillar and includes at least a portion aligned with the second end of the gusset to provide a controlled pillar deformation resulting in a constant force-deformation loading of the gusset during a side impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Toro Ishimaru, Jonathan R. Young, Robert D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20120101087
    Abstract: The present invention relates to, in part, novel bisphenol compounds useful for the recognition, attachment and growth of unwanted biologics on natural and manmade surfaces. Another aspect of the invention relates to combinatorial libraries for producing the same. Another aspect of the invention relates to pharmaceutical formulations comprising the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Inventors: Randall S. Alberte, Robert D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20110127800
    Abstract: A construction for an automotive vehicle having a generally vertically extending pillar positioned adjacent a door opening as well as a laterally extending cross member having one end aligned with the pillar adjacent its bottom. A gusset has one end secured to one end of the cross member and a second end secured to the pillar. A crush box is attached to the pillar and includes at least a portion aligned with the second end of the gusset to provide a controlled pillar deformation resulting in a constant force-deformation loading of the gusset during a side impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Toru Ishimaru, Jonathan R. Young, Robert D. Smith
  • Patent number: 7660040
    Abstract: A diffuse reflective article is provided including a diffuse reflector of light positioned within a structure defining an optical cavity. The diffuse reflector is a nonwoven sheet containing a plurality of inter-fiber and intra-fiber pores of optimal light scattering dimension. Also provided is an optical display, including: (i) a structure defining an optical cavity; (ii) a light source positioned within the optical cavity; (iii) a display panel through which light from the light source passes; and (iv) a diffuse reflector positioned within the optical cavity for reflecting light from the light source toward the display panel, wherein the diffuse reflector is a nonwoven sheet containing a plurality of inter-fiber and intra-fiber pores of optimal light scattering dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Adam Ben Starry, William John Gambogi, Jr., Robert William Johnson, Edwin James Lightfoot, Hyunkook Shin, Robert D. Smith-Gillespie, Torence John Trout, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20090188149
    Abstract: An improved fishing rod comprising a plurality of generally triangular shaped strips joined together to define an elongated body having a distal end, a proximal end, and a plurality of sides extending from the distal end to the proximal end. Each of the triangular strips has an exterior side that defines a side of the rod and two interior sides that define an angle opposite the exterior side. The angle opposite the exterior side of at least one of the triangular strips is greater than the angle opposite the exterior side of the remaining triangular strips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventor: Robert D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20090124690
    Abstract: The present invention relates to, in part, novel sulfate and bisphenol compounds useful for the recognition, attachment and growth of unwanted biologics on natural and manmade surfaces. Another aspect of the invention relates to combinatorial libraries for producing the same. Another aspect of the invention relates to pharmaceutical formulations comprising the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventors: Randall S. Alberte, Robert D. Smith
  • Patent number: 7479571
    Abstract: One aspect of the present invention relates to compounds, comprising at least two moieties selected from the group consisting of aryl sulfonates and aryl sulfates. A second aspect of the present invention relates to combinatorial libraries of the aforementioned compounds. The present invention also relates to compositions comprising a compound of the present invention. A fourth aspect of the present invention relates to the use of a compound or composition of the present invention in a method for inhibiting bioadhesion to a surface. Another aspect of the present invention relates to the use of a compound or composition of the present invention in a method for enhancing bioadhesion to a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Cernofina, LLC
    Inventors: Randall S. Alberte, Robert D. Smith
  • Patent number: 7409837
    Abstract: An interchangeable jewelry insert having an extension formed of elastic material that can frictionally engage a surface of a receptacle for receiving the insert. The interchangeable jewelry insert may be detachably attached to any item that can be configured to have a receptacle for receiving the insert. The extension of the interchangeable jewelry insert is sized for convenience of handling and storage. The use of an elastically deformable extension extending, at two or more points having sufficient angular separation, from the periphery of the body of an insert allows for a secure fit within the receptacle, while maintaining a convenient connection system that can be manipulated by manual forces of a jewelry wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Inventor: Robert D. Smith
  • Patent number: 7132567
    Abstract: One aspect of the present invention relates to compounds, comprising at least two moieties selected from the group consisting of aryl sulfonates and aryl sulfates. A second aspect of the present invention relates to combinatorial libraries of the aforementioned compounds. The present invention also relates to compositions comprising a compound of the present invention. A fourth aspect of the present invention relates to the use of a compound or composition of the present invention in a method for inhibiting bioadhesion to a surface. Another aspect of the present invention relates to the use of a compound or composition of the present invention in a method for enhancing bioadhesion to a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Cerno Biosciences, LLC
    Inventors: Randall S. Alberte, Robert D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20020133247
    Abstract: A system and method for seamlessly switching between multiple media streams of multimedia content is disclosed. A media server transmits a first media stream to a media client and a media player plays it to a user. At some point, a request to play a second media stream at the media client is detected. A media stream buffer is provided that buffers one or both of the media streams. The media stream buffer enables the media player to continue to play at least one of the media streams while switching between the first media stream and the second media stream. Since the media player continues to play at least one of the media streams to the user without interruption, the switch from the first media stream to the second media stream is thus affected seamlessly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Publication date: September 19, 2002
    Inventors: Robert D. Smith, Daniel S. Schiappa, Robert D. McDonald
  • Publication number: 20020052003
    Abstract: One aspect of the present invention relates to compounds, comprising at least two moieties selected from the group consisting of aryl sulfonates and aryl sulfates. A second aspect of the present invention relates to combinatorial libraries of the aforementioned compounds. The present invention also relates to compositions comprising a compound of the present invention. A fourth aspect of the present invention relates to the use of a compound or composition of the present invention in a method for inhibiting bioadhesion to a surface. Another aspect of the present invention relates to the use of a compound or composition of the present invention in a method for enhancing bioadhesion to a surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Publication date: May 2, 2002
    Inventors: Randall S. Alberte, Robert D. Smith
  • Patent number: 6116818
    Abstract: An ocean plow device and accompanying method which incorporate a passive plow blade and a jetter tool working in conjunction with one another to lower drawbar and increase cable deployment speeds. In order to avoid cavitation due to sand dilation, in one embodiment of the plow device, the jetter tool includes nozzles oriented in a downward and backward direction relative to the plow device which creates a flow pattern to turbulently remove surface soil in front of the jetter tool in a rapid manner. The jetter tool is pivotally suspended from a point in front of the passive plow blade, such that the jetter will be free to find its own equilibrium position. That is, the pivotal mounting enables the jetter tool to rotate upward in harder soils and become fully extended in softer soils in order to reach the equilibrium position. The passive plow blade behind the jetter tool provides a constant burial depth for the cable and also provides protection from side loads encountered during deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: General Dynamics Advanced Technology Systems
    Inventors: James J. Bitetto, James Christopher Coyne, Frank Dominick Messina, Robert D. Smith, Gerald E. Tourgee
  • Patent number: 5609280
    Abstract: A belt buckle is provided that is uniquely designed for securely holding a plier-like tool, such that a wearer has ready access to the tool when needed. The belt buckle is particularly designed for use with a tool of the type exemplified by a handtool commercially available under the name VISE GRIPS, which is characterized by jaws operated by a pair of bi-stable arms. The belt buckle utilizes the jaws and the arms of the tool to secure the tool to the buckle in a manner that exploits the ability of such a tool to grip an object without slipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Inventor: Robert D. Smith
  • Patent number: D401517
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Inventors: Robert D. Smith, Sunday Lee Smith