Patents by Inventor Robert Kirby

Robert Kirby 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: 9302988
    Abstract: The invention relates to pyrrole carboxamides bearing a fluoromethyl-moiety as voltage gated calcium channel blockers, to pharmaceutical compositions containing these compounds and also to these compounds for use in the treatment and/or prophylaxis of pain and further diseases and/or disorders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: GR√úNENTHAL GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Schunk, Melanie Reich, Henning Steinhagen, Nils Damann, Michael Haurand, Achim Kless, Philip Skone, Richard Hamlyn, Robert Kirby, Marc Rogers, Kathy Sutton
  • Publication number: 20140066426
    Abstract: The invention relates to pyrrole carboxamides bearing a fluoromethyl-moiety as voltage gated calcium channel blockers, to pharmaceutical compositions containing these compounds and also to these compounds for use in the treatment and/or prophylaxis of pain and further diseases and/or disorders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Stefan SCHUNK, Melanie REICH, Henning STEINHAGEN, Nils DAMANN, Michael HAURAND, Achim KLESS, Philip SKONE, Richard HAMLYN, Robert KIRBY, Marc ROGERS, Kathy SUTTON
  • Patent number: 7984118
    Abstract: A control system having a host computer and one or more control computers connected to an interface for control of a process or machinery. The control computers are capable of automatically initiated network address assignment and configuration when powered up after installation. The network address is based on a location identifier situated in the interface that corresponds to a specific connection thereof to the control computer. The control computer reads the location identifier from the interface and requests a network address. The host computer assigns the network address based on the location identifier. Configuration of the control computer then proceeds. The procedure applies to newly installed control computers, whether first time installment or a replacement for a failed control computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Fred Henry Boettner, Stephen J. Sullivan, Craig William Moyer, Gary Kraterfield, Robert Kirby, Mark E. Shepard
  • Patent number: 7928342
    Abstract: A metal sheathed heater includes a solid state control device that allows the metal sheathed heater to be more efficiently operated. The control device supplies or terminates power to the heater according to certain conditions. Further, the control device uses predetermined time periods to control power to the heater. Thus, the heater is not kept on unnecessarily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Tutco, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Kirby
  • Publication number: 20100318893
    Abstract: An online system provides users with tools to annotate publications and share such annotations with other users. Publications annotated by a community of users become a richer source of information for the community.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventors: Brett Matthews, Andrew Bathgate, Tulio Solorzano, Robert Kirby, Michael Brown
  • Patent number: 7442904
    Abstract: A metal sheathed heater includes a thermostat, a means for mounting the thermostat in a secure location, and a joint interconnecting the thermostat with a source of power and a lead wire of the metal sheathed heater. The joint is a type that is moisture and abrasion resistant, mechanically strong, and electrically insulating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Tutco, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Kirby
  • Publication number: 20080245782
    Abstract: A metal sheathed heater includes a solid state control device that allows the metal sheathed heater to be more efficiently operated. The control device supplies or terminates power to the heater according to certain conditions. Further, the control device uses predetermined time periods to control power to the heater. Thus, the heater is not kept on unnecessarily.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventor: Robert Kirby
  • Publication number: 20080230619
    Abstract: A heater for a heating or heating and air conditioning unit employs a screen positioned between a heater and a fan of the unit. The screen disrupts air flowing from or to the heater to reduce noise generated by the unit when the heater is energized. The screen partially disrupts the air flow between the heater and the fan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventor: Robert Kirby
  • Patent number: 7230214
    Abstract: A metal sheathed heater utilizes splice connections that connects ends of a heater cable with ends of a lead wire. Each splice connection has a connector that connects core wires of the lead wires and heater cable together. Heat shrinkable tubing surrounds the connector and ends of the heater cable and lead wires. An adhesive is interposed between the heat shrinkable tubing and heater cable and lead wire ends to bond with the heat shrinkable tubing and complete the splice connection. The metal sheath of the heater can be formed with an enlarged diameter portion to account for the heat shrinkable tubing surrounding the lead wire and heater cable ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Tutco, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Kirby
  • Publication number: 20060191904
    Abstract: A metal sheathed heater includes a thermostat, a means for mounting the thermostat in a secure location, and a joint interconnecting the thermostat with a source of power and a lead wire of the metal sheathed heater. The joint is a type that is moisture and abrasion resistant, mechanically strong, and electrically insulating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Publication date: August 31, 2006
    Inventor: Robert Kirby
  • Patent number: 7075042
    Abstract: A solid state heater uses a heater subassembly employing a terminal block, terminals and a PTCR or NTCR heater. The terminals engage and make electrical contact with the heater, thus eliminating the need for a rigid heater housing. The heater subassembly can be formed into a soft body or rigid body heater for heating purposes. The soft body heater uses a soft casing that envelops the heater subassembly with the casing expanding upon heating to provide a snug fit during use. The heater subassembly can be inserted in the cavity of either a soft body or a rigid body with potting compound filling any remaining voids, and the rigid or soft body can then be used for heating purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Tutco, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Kirby
  • Publication number: 20060129986
    Abstract: A control system having a host computer and one or more control computers connected to an interface for control of a process or machinery. The control computers are capable of automatically initiated network address assignment and configuration when powered up after installation. The network address is based on a location identifier situated in the interface that corresponds to a specific connection thereof to the control computer. The control computer reads the location identifier from the interface and requests a network address. The host computer assigns the network address based on the location identifier. Configuration of the control computer then proceeds. The procedure applies to newly installed control computers, whether first time installment or a replacement for a failed control computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2004
    Publication date: June 15, 2006
    Inventors: Fred Boettner, Stephen Sullivan, Craig Moyer, Gary Kraterfield, Robert Kirby, Mark Shepard
  • Publication number: 20050194377
    Abstract: A metal sheathed heater utilizes splice connections that connects ends of a heater cable with ends of a lead wire. Each splice connection has a connector that connects core wires of the lead wires and heater cable together. Heat shrinkable tubing surrounds the connector and ends of the heater cable and lead wires. An adhesive is interposed between the heat shrinkable tubing and heater cable and lead wire ends to bond with the heat shrinkable tubing and complete the splice connection. The metal sheath of the heater can be formed with an enlarged diameter portion to account for the heat shrinkable tubing surrounding the lead wire and heater cable ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Publication date: September 8, 2005
    Inventor: Robert Kirby
  • Patent number: 6884974
    Abstract: A mica board open coil resistance heater assembly includes a mica board subassembly of at least one pair of mica boards, a resistance wire wound around the boards, an electrical connection clip secured to each mica board, wherein each end of the resistance wire is connected to a respective clip. A terminal plate subassembly includes a thermostat, a ceramic two-hole terminal block, and bus wires, the bus wires adapted to be attached to a portion of the electrical connection clip to connect the resistance wire to power. The ceramic two-hole terminal is able to receive push on terminals from power conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Tutco, Inc.
    Inventors: H. Keith Howard, Robert Kirby
  • Publication number: 20050084024
    Abstract: Signals are transmitted on sub-channels at different but mutually overlapping frequencies. A receiver separates the sub-channels into component signals Z0 . . . C254 Prior to decoding (7), interference estimates C0 . . . C254 are subtracted from the components. These estimates are deduced from the signals received on the idle sub-channels (or on sub-channels from which a known or estimated signal is subtracted), for example by calculating (10) parameters defining a model of the interference and using these (11) to generate the interference estimates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2002
    Publication date: April 21, 2005
    Inventor: Robert Kirby
  • Publication number: 20050072773
    Abstract: A solid state heater uses a heater subassembly employing a terminal block, terminals and a PTCR or NTCR heater. The terminals engage and make electrical contact with the heater, thus eliminating the need for a rigid heater housing. The heater subassembly can be formed into a soft body or rigid body heater for heating purposes. The soft body heater uses a soft casing that envelops the heater subassembly with the casing expanding upon heating to provide a snug fit during use. The heater subassembly can be inserted in the cavity of either a soft body or a rigid body with potting compound filling any remaining voids, and the rigid or soft body can then be used for heating purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2003
    Publication date: April 7, 2005
    Inventor: Robert Kirby
  • Patent number: 6844531
    Abstract: An electric belly-band heater includes at least one conduit fitting housing. The housing is located on the heater to surround one or more lead wires and provide a securement point for a conduit end. The conduit end can be secured to the housing using the appropriate fittings so that the lead wire exiting the heater sheath is totally encased in the conduit to meet installation codes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: Tutco, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Kirby
  • Publication number: 20040256379
    Abstract: An electric belly-band heater includes at least one conduit fitting housing. The housing is located on the heater to surround one or more lead wires and provide a securement point for a conduit end. The conduit end can be secured to the housing using the appropriate fittings so that the lead wire exiting the heater sheath is totally encased in the conduit to meet installation codes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Publication date: December 23, 2004
    Inventor: Robert Kirby
  • Patent number: 6825449
    Abstract: A cooking controller assembly includes a heating element, a push-to-turn rotary switch, and an electric controller. The heating element is coupled to the push-to-turn rotary switch and the electric controller. The push-to-turn rotary switch is manually pushed and turned to selectively connect power to the heating element. The electric controller is coupled to the push-to-turn rotary switch and the heating element, and electrically controls the power to the heating element in relation to the manual rotation of the push-to-turn rotary switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Tutco, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Kirby
  • Publication number: 20040182853
    Abstract: A mica board open coil resistance heater assembly includes a mica board subassembly of at least one pair of mica boards, a resistance wire wound around the boards, an electrical connection clip secured to each mica board, wherein each end of the resistance wire is connected to a respective clip. A terminal plate subassembly includes a thermostat, a ceramic two-hole terminal block, and bus wires, the bus wires adapted to be attached to a portion of the electrical connection clip to connect the resistance wire to power. The ceramic two-hole terminal is able to receive push on terminals from power conductors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventors: H. Keith Howard, Robert Kirby