Patents by Inventor Robert J. Monson

Robert J. Monson 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: 20210393968
    Abstract: This disclosure describes devices, systems, and techniques for recharging power sources using RF energy received by one or more antennae. In one example, an implantable medical device includes a rechargeable power supply and an antenna configured to receive radio frequency (RF) energy having one or more frequencies within at least one of a first range from 1 MHz to 20 MHz or a second range from 100 MHz to 700 MHz. The implantable medical device may also include charging circuitry configured to convert the RF energy to a direct current (DC) power and charge the rechargeable power supply with the DC power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Andrew T. Fried, Jeffrey P. Bodner, Jonathon E. Giftakis, Venkat R. Gaddam, Jacob P. Komarek
  • Publication number: 20210399584
    Abstract: The disclosure describes techniques to provide antennae configured to harvest radio-frequency (RF) energy from the nearby environment to provide electrical energy to an electrically powered device. Antennae may be configured in different shapes, lengths, locations, and materials to efficiently collect RF energy to be converted to electrical power. In some examples, RF energy may be harvested from existing sources, such as FM radio transmissions, communication transmissions such as Wi-Fi and BLUETOOTH, and similar existing sources. In other examples, antennae may be configured to collect energy from a source specifically designated to recharge the device. In some examples, the harvested RF energy may be sufficient to power the device. In other examples, the harvested RF energy may provide enough power to reduce the amount of recharging required by other means, such as by inductive recharging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Andrew Thomas Fried, Bruce T. Peacock
  • Patent number: 9921003
    Abstract: A wickless heat pipe including a first tube and a second tube. The first tube may form a first shape extending longitudinally in a first direction. The second tube may form a second shape extending longitudinally in a second direction different from the first direction. The first tube and the second tube intersect at at least one location. The two tubes may intersect at a right angle or an oblique angle. The first and second tube may intersect at a plurality of locations. The tubes may be formed from a metal plate used as a thermal ground plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Brian Van Lear
  • Patent number: 9913368
    Abstract: Articles and related methods, the article having an enclosed area at least partially surrounded by a visible light-transmissive protective film comprising a first visible light-transmissive flexible film, a second visible light-transmissive flexible film, and a visible light-transmissive patterned conductive layer interposed between the first visible light-transmissive flexible film and the second visible light-transmissive flexible film, the visible light-transmissive conductive layer comprising a dispersion of metal nanowires within a polymeric matrix having an average pore size among metal nanowires that is impenetrable by electromagnetic radiation having a wavelength greater than 1 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Andrew T. Fried
  • Publication number: 20160219694
    Abstract: Articles and related methods, the article having an enclosed area at least partially surrounded by a visible light-transmissive protective film comprising a first visible light-transmissive flexible film, a second visible light-transmissive flexible film, and a visible light-transmissive patterned conductive layer interposed between the first visible light-transmissive flexible film and the second visible light-transmissive flexible film, the visible light-transmissive conductive layer comprising a dispersion of metal nanowires within a polymeric matrix having an average pore size among metal nanowires that is impenetrable by electromagnetic radiation having a wavelength greater than 1 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Andrew T. Fried
  • Publication number: 20150305166
    Abstract: A method of patterning an unpatterned transparent conductive film, the unpatterned transparent conductive film comprising: a transparent substrate, a first conductive layer disposed on a first surface of the transparent substrate, and a second conductive layer disposed on a second surface of the transparent substrate, the first and second surfaces being disposed on two opposing sides of the unpatterned transparent conductive film, the first conductive layer comprising a first set of metal nanostructures, and the second conductive layer comprising a second set of metal nanostructures, the method comprising irradiating the first conductive layer with at least one first laser to form a patterned transparent conductive film, where the irradiation of the first conductive layer patterns the first conductive layer with a first pattern without also patterning the second conductive layer with the first pattern, and also where the unpatterned transparent conductive film and the patterned transparent conductive film bot
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew T. Fried, Jeffrey P. Treptau, Michael G. Steward, Eric L. Granstrom, Robert J. Monson, Kiarash Vakhshouri
  • Publication number: 20150199048
    Abstract: A touch panel module including a flexible transparent substrate, a transparent conductive film disposed on a first surface of the flexible transparent substrate, a conductive paste disposed on a first portion of the transparent conductive film, an optically clear adhesive disposed on a first and second portion of the conductive paste and a second portion of the transparent conductive film, and a cover lens disposed on the optically clear adhesive, where a third portion of the transparent conductive film and a third portion of the conductive paste are not covered by the optically clear adhesive. A touch panel including such a touch panel module, where the touch panel does not include an anisotropic conductive film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: July 16, 2015
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Robert R. Brearey, Andrew T. Fried, Joel T. Abrahamson, Steven W. Tanamachi
  • Publication number: 20150129174
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a heat plate system that includes a closed vessel having at least one flexible surface. The flexible surface allows the vessel to come into intimate contact with heat-generating components (e.g., integrated circuits) residing at varying heights above the floor of a module (e.g., an avionics module). In some embodiments, the material may allow the heat plate to expand in response to absorbing heat, so that it may mold itself around the contours of different heat-generating components, increasing the surface area contact between the heat plate and the components, and increasing the heat plate's ability to conduct heat away from the components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Kent Katterheinrich, Yung-Cheng Lee
  • Publication number: 20150122531
    Abstract: An article comprising a conductive film comprising conductive structures, and a first resistive element patterned into a first portion of the conductive film. In at least some cases, the conductive structures may comprise nanostructures, such as, for example, nanowires. Silver nanowires are exemplary conductive structures. In some useful applications, the first resistive element may be part of a circuit, such as, for example, a Wheatstone bridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Andrew T. Fried
  • Publication number: 20150107878
    Abstract: Electrically conductive films and methods for making them. The films include at least two patterns, the first of which, alone, would be visible, but with the addition of one or more other patterns, becomes invisible to the unaided human eye. These films are useful in applications where invisible patterning is desirable, such as, for example, devices employing touch screens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew T. Fried, Robert S. Loushin, Robert J. Monson
  • Publication number: 20140352144
    Abstract: Claimed methods reduce leakage currents in transparent conductive films comprising conductive nanostructures without substantially impairing the films' optical properties or physical integrity. Imposition of electrical stimuli to separate conductive regions leads to reduced conductivity of the intervening lesser conductive regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Andrew T. Fried, Eric L. Granstrom
  • Patent number: 8743544
    Abstract: A cardlock clamp is described that is used to secure an electronics module in a channel of a card cage. The cardlock clamp is configured to convert an input compression force into clamping forces in at least two radial directions perpendicular to the input compression force. The described cardlock clamp also provides self-alignment and self-center functions for the electronics module inserted into the channel. Further, variations of the cardlock clamp are described that provide more effective heat transfer from the electronics module to the card cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Kevin J. Thorson, Melissa A. Grette-Compton, Kent D. Katterheinrich
  • Publication number: 20140016998
    Abstract: A cardlock clamp is described that is used to secure an electronics module in a channel of a card cage. The cardlock clamp is configured to convert an input compression force into clamping forces in at least two radial directions perpendicular to the input compression force. The described cardlock clamp also provides self-alignment and self-center functions for the electronics module inserted into the channel. Further, variations of the cardlock clamp are described that provide more effective heat transfer from the electronics module to the card cage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert J. MONSON, Kevin J. THORSON, Melissa A. GRETTE-COMPTON, Kent D. KATTERHEINRICH
  • Patent number: 8559178
    Abstract: A cardlock clamp is described that is used to secure an electronics module in a channel of a card cage. The cardlock clamp is configured to convert an input compression force into clamping forces in at least two radial directions perpendicular to the input compression force. The described cardlock clamp also provides self-alignment and self-center functions for the electronics module inserted into the channel. Further, variations of the cardlock clamp are described that provide more effective heat transfer from the electronics module to the card cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Kevin J. Thorson, Melissa A. Grette-Compton, Kent D. Katterheinrich
  • Publication number: 20130186601
    Abstract: A wickless heat pipe including a first tube and a second tube. The first tube may form a first shape extending longitudinally in a first direction. The second tube may form a second shape extending longitudinally in a second direction different from the first direction. The first tube and the second tube intersect at at least one location. The two tubes may intersect at a right angle or an oblique angle. The first and second tube may intersect at a plurality of locations. The tubes may be formed from a metal plate used as a thermal ground plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Brian Van Lear
  • Patent number: 8484974
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a device and system capable of producing electricity by using a temperature gradient and a dual-phase fluid to convert thermal energy into electrical energy. The system relies on a sealed enclosed volume that utilizes a thermal gradient to vaporize and condense a dual-phase fluid. The cycle of the fluid transforming between the two phases is used to turn a turbine to create electricity. The thermal gradient can be enhanced using energy input from the sun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, John P. Abraham
  • Patent number: 8262068
    Abstract: Shock mounts are described that provide improved shock and vibration isolation compared to existing shock mounts. The shock mounts utilize zero-overlap elastomeric mount technology designed to provide more effective shock and vibration isolation. The shock mounts described herein can be used to mount any objects in which it is desired to isolate the objects from shocks and vibrations including, but not limited to, equipment and large mass objects on military and commercial vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Jianhua Yan
  • Patent number: 8215377
    Abstract: A heat transfer device generally includes a flexible cooling layer for use in heat pipe technology for example. The flexible layer has outer and inner surfaces. A backing layer has an outer surface and an inner surface facing the inner surface of the flexible layer. A rigid separator portion is disposed between the inner surfaces of the flexible and backing layers, and has inner and outer surfaces. The inner surfaces of the flexible and backing layers and the rigid separator portion define a sealed chamber. An evaporable working liquid is contained within the sealed chamber. The working liquid expands when heated to expand a volume within the sealed chamber, such that the flexible layer extends away from the sealed chamber. The flexible layer, when extended transfers heat through the sealed chamber to a cooler area of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Kevin J. Thorson
  • Publication number: 20120087089
    Abstract: A cardlock clamp is described that is used to secure an electronics module in a channel of a card cage. The cardlock clamp is configured to convert an input compression force into clamping forces in at least two radial directions perpendicular to the input compression force. The described cardlock clamp also provides self-alignment and self-center functions for the electronics module inserted into the channel. Further, variations of the cardlock clamp are described that provide more effective heat transfer from the electronics module to the card cage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert J. MONSON, Kevin J. THORSON, Melissa A. GRETTE-COMPTON, Kent D. KATTERHEINRICH
  • Patent number: 8118255
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes various apparatus, system, and method embodiments for vehicle energy absorption. One embodiment includes an inflatable structure for impact of a vehicle thereon and one or more cords coupled to one or more deflation vents on the inflatable structure, where at least one of the one or more cords is an activation mechanism to activate the deflation vent upon impact of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, John P. Abraham, Joseph V. Crimando, Joel E. Farley, Matthew F. Linder, Joel T. Seipel