Patents by Inventor Robert L. Jones

Robert L. Jones 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: 10929712
    Abstract: In some implementations, a system is capable of generating identifications that include distinctive line patterns corresponding to different portions of secure customer information. Data indicating an input image, and a dithering matrix representing a two-dimensional array of pixel values is obtained. Pixel values of pixels included in the input image are transformed using the dithering matrix. For each pixel within the input image, the transformation includes identifying a particular pixel value within the dithering matrix that represents a particular pixel within the input image, and adjusting an intensity value of the particular pixel based on attributes of the dithering matrix. A transformed image is generated based on the transformation and then provided for output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: MorphoTrust USA, LLC
    Inventors: Yecheng Wu, Robert L. Jones, Brian K. Martin
  • Publication number: 20200407496
    Abstract: Techniques regarding the synthesis of polyesters and/or polycarbonates through one or more ring-opening polymerizations conducted within a flow reactor and facilitated by a urea anion catalyst and/or a thiourea catalyst are provided. For example, one or more embodiments can comprise a method, which can comprise polymerizing, via a ring-opening polymerization within a flow reactor, a cyclic monomer in the presence an organocatalyst comprising a urea anion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Nathaniel H. Park, James L. Hedrick, Victoria A. Piunova, Dmitry Zubarev, Gavin O. Jones, Robert M. Waymouth, Binhong Lin
  • Publication number: 20200384701
    Abstract: An ergonomic frame-filler placement tool is manually operable to supply a vacuum fluid flow at a distal end of the tool that can be used by a worker to pick up and hold a piece of frame-filler material to the distal end of the tool, which enables the worker to manipulate the tool to position the piece of frame-filler material over a desired location of a fuselage mandrel and then manually stop the vacuum fluid flow at the distal end of the tool to position the piece of frame-filler material at the desired location on the mandrel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Y. Ahn, Davis Tran, Silas L. Studley, Chace Wilcoxson, Long H. Ly, Darrell D. Jones, Robert Whiting
  • Publication number: 20200363644
    Abstract: In one aspect, a light-mixing system is disclosed, which includes a light pipe having an input surface configured for receiving light from a light source, a light-mixing segment optically coupled to the input surface, and an output surface optically coupled to said light-mixing segment through which light exits the light pipe. A putative vector normal to at least one of the input or the output surface forms a non-zero angle relative to a longitudinal axis of the light-mixing segment. In some embodiments, the non-zero angle can be, for example, about 90 degrees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Carlton S. JONES, Robert A. GOBRON, Anthony L. BOLZAN
  • Patent number: 10815335
    Abstract: Techniques regarding the synthesis of polyesters and/or polycarbonates through one or more ring-opening polymerizations conducted within a flow reactor and facilitated by a urea anion catalyst and/or a thiourea catalyst are provided. For example, one or more embodiments can comprise a method, which can comprise polymerizing, via a ring-opening polymerization within a flow reactor, a cyclic monomer in the presence an organocatalyst comprising a urea anion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignees: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Nathaniel H. Park, James L. Hedrick, Victoria A. Piunova, Dmitry Zubarev, Gavin O. Jones, Robert M. Waymouth, Binhong Lin
  • Patent number: 10813355
    Abstract: In one aspect, the invention relates to chemical modulators of insect olfactory receptors. In particular, compounds and compositions are provided that can inhibit sensory (e.g., host targeting) functions in airborne insects such as mosquitoes. Methods of employing such agents, and articles incorporating the same, are also provided. This abstract is intended as a scanning tool for purposes of searching in the particular art and is not intended to be limiting of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Vanderbilt University
    Inventors: Laurence Zwiebel, Gregory M. Pask, David C. Rinker, Ian M. Romaine, Gary A. Sulikowski, Paul R. Reid, Alex G. Waterson, Kwangho Kim, Patrick L. Jones, Robert W. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20200330912
    Abstract: Thermoplastic bicomponent binder fiber can be combined with other media, fibers and other filtration components to form a thermally bonded filtration media. The filtration media can be used in filter units, such as breather caps. Such filter units can be placed in the stream of a mobile fluid and can remove a particulate and/or fluid mist load from the mobile stream. The unique combination of media fiber, bicomponent binder fiber and other filtration additives and components provide a filtration media having unique properties in filtration applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Robert M. Rogers, Keh B. Dema, Brad E. Kahlbaugh, Linda M. Olson, Chuanfang Yang, Gregory L. LaVallee, Timothy D. Sporre, Joe Israel, Paul L. Kojetin, Derek O. Jones, Michael A. Madden
  • Publication number: 20200284022
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus for and method of making and using portable display kiosks. The invention is designed and fabricated to be highly collapsible for transport yet readily deployable for use. The invention is substantially preassembled in transport requiring only unfolding and the attachment of a backplate and counter top, none of which requires tools or any other ancillary items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: DAVID J. DEPROSPERO, MARK L. ADAMS, BRIAN L. WHITMAN, EDWARD J. WEEKS, GREGORY A. BECKMAN, ROBERT V. JONES, ERIC T. YAPLE, ROBERT T. HOOVER, MATTHEW BENOIT, CARL RICKARD, HAROLD KIRCH, MARK LAWSON
  • Patent number: 10738153
    Abstract: Techniques regarding the synthesis of one or more polymers through one or more ring-opening polymerizations conducted within a flow reactor and facilitated by one or more anionic catalysts are provided. For example, one or more embodiments can comprise a method, which can comprise functionalizing, via a post-polymerization reaction within a flow reactor, a chemical compound by covalently bonding a trimethylsilyl protected thiol to a pendent functional group of the chemical compound in a presence of a catalyst. The pendent functional group can comprise a perfluoroaryl group and a methylene group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Nathaniel H. Park, James L. Hedrick, Victoria A. Piunova, Dmitry Zubarev, Gavin O. Jones, Robert M. Waymouth, Binhong Lin
  • Publication number: 20200246100
    Abstract: A trajectory guiding apparatus and one or more methods associated therewith for facilitating precision-guided alignment and implantation of a DBS therapy device in a patient. A pivotally rotatable stage is pivotally coupled to a base support and a vertical support operative to support a slider assembly arranged to accommodate an instrumentation column (IC) containing the therapy device. A first gimbal drive is disposed between the pivotally rotatable stage and the base support, wherein the first gimbal drive is actuatable to cause a first pivotal motion of the slider assembly including the IC, the first pivotal motion defined along a first arcuate path pivoted around a first pivotal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Robert E. Jones, Galen L. Smith
  • Publication number: 20200246099
    Abstract: A trajectory guiding apparatus and one or more methods associated therewith for facilitating precision-guided alignment and implantation of a DBS therapy device in a patient. A base plate and base frame combination provides a platform for a dual-stage slider (DSS) assembly comprising a bottom stage slider (BSS) table and a top stage slider (TSS) table that each have suitably sized apertures or orifices therethrough for allowing the passage of and securely holding an instrumentation column (IC) assembly whose translational movement (i.e., sideways or forward and/or backward directions along a translational plane) and pivotal/rotational movement (i.e., around a perpendicular axis orthogonal to the translational plane and extending through a pivot or fulcrum) are independently controlled by respective slide actuators in order to properly align the IC assembly to a desired trajectory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Robert E. Jones, Galen L. Smith
  • Publication number: 20200246101
    Abstract: A trajectory guiding apparatus and one or more methods associated therewith for facilitating precision-guided alignment and implantation of a DBS therapy device in a patient. Orthogonally disposed first and second arcuate racks are independently actuatable by respective pinion drives, wherein the first arcuate rack is coupled to a base support and the second arcuate rack is operative to support a slider assembly arranged to accommodate an instrumentation column (IC) containing the therapy device. The first pinion drive is actuatable to cause a first curvilinear motion of the second arcuate rack including the slider assembly, the first curvilinear motion defined along a first arcuate path on a first perpendicular plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Robert E. Jones, Galen L. Smith
  • Patent number: 10713618
    Abstract: Aspects and embodiments are directed to systems for determining counting accuracy of products, including retail products. The system for determining counting accuracy can interface with other inventory systems to access or receive information on inventory of the retail products. The inventory information can include, for example, numbers of units in inventory, shelf space accorded to respective products, package size (i.e., number of units available per package), retail value, margin value, among other options. The system can manage physical counts made on respective products. In some examples, the system can determine a value associated with physically counting inventory of respective product(s), for example, as a function of a number of units on-hand, time since the product has been counted, and a presentation value. Responsive to determining the value associated with physically counting the respective product, the system triggers a physical count or can prohibit a physical count of a product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Allen Jones, Robert Taylor, Roger L. Snelgrove
  • Publication number: 20200210796
    Abstract: In general, the subject matter described in this specification relates to security credentials for documents, such as identification documents. One example is an identification document that includes a photographic image of an individual associated with the document, and a spiral pattern applied to a region of the identification document. The spiral pattern includes an elliptical spiral segmented into a plurality of arc segments, where wherein the arc segments of the spiral pattern encode identification data associated with the individual. Other implementations include corresponding processes, systems, apparatus, and computer programs related to generating and verifying identification documents with spiral patterns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Rein-Lien Hsu, William M. O`Connor, Ashley S.R. Tiguy, Yecheng Wu, Robert L. Jones
  • Publication number: 20200193495
    Abstract: A method for producing an identification article is described. The method includes associating one or more data items with one or more line patterns, where the line patterns include one or more line segments. A particular data item is associated with at least a subset of line segments and the particular data item corresponds to an attribute of a user of the identification article. The method further includes integrating the line patterns with graphical features of the identification article. The graphical features being discernable by a human eye and the subset of line segments is indiscernible by the human eye. The method includes identifying a region of the identification article that includes the subset of line segments associated with the particular data item and associating the particular line pattern with an identifying feature of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Yecheng Wu, Robert L. Jones
  • Publication number: 20200182053
    Abstract: An optical computing device having a redundant light source and/or a plurality of optical elements (i.e., optical train) in order to simultaneously determine characteristics of a sample in real-time by deriving the characteristic data from the output of the optical elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Robert P. Freese, Christopher Michael Jones, Michael T. Pelletier, David L. Perkins
  • Patent number: 10679105
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for identifying, by a computer system, at least one line of a plurality of lines that are disposed at a first layer of a card; providing, by the computer system and based on the identified at least one line, control signals to a laser device of the computer system, the control signals indicating coordinates for the identified at least one line; generating, by the laser device and based on the control signals, one or more line patterns that are embedded at a particular layer of the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Idemia Identity & Security USA LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Jones, Robert Andrew Eckel
  • Publication number: 20200175323
    Abstract: In some implementations, a system is capable of generating identifications that include distinctive line patterns corresponding to different portions of secure customer information. Data indicating an input image, and a dithering matrix representing a two-dimensional array of pixel values is obtained. Pixel values of pixels included in the input image are transformed using the dithering matrix. For each pixel within the input image, the transformation includes identifying a particular pixel value within the dithering matrix that represents a particular pixel within the input image, and adjusting an intensity value of the particular pixel based on attributes of the dithering matrix. A transformed image is generated based on the transformation and then provided for output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Applicant: MorphoTrust USA, LLC
    Inventors: Yecheng Wu, Robert L. Jones, Brian K. Martin
  • Publication number: 20200139743
    Abstract: A system is capable of generating identifications that include distinctive line patterns corresponding to different portions of secure customer information. In some implementations, data indicating one or more linear patterns and data indicating customer information to be embedded within an identification document is obtained. Respective subsets of the customer information are assigned to each of the one or more linear patterns. A photographic image to be included within the identification document is then modified based at least on generating a portion of the photographic image that is composed of at least one of the one or more linear patterns. The modified photographic image is then disposed on an identification document to yield embedded customer information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: MorphoTrust USA, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Jones, Yecheng Wu
  • Patent number: 10628539
    Abstract: A computing system, method and computer program product dynamically manage Monte Carlo simulations. In a method, convergence criteria conditions are identified and a set of outcomes is generated following the repeated performance of one or more functions upon randomly sampled input parameter distributions. The method also determines whether the convergence criteria condition is satisfied based upon a plurality of samples. In an instance in which the convergence criteria condition is not satisfied, the method supplements the set of outcomes by repeatedly performing the one or more functions upon randomly sampled input parameter distributions. In an instance in which the convergence criteria condition is satisfied, the method determines whether the set of outcomes has been supplemented prior to satisfying the convergence criteria condition and, if the set of outcomes has not been supplemented, the size of the set of outcomes to be generated during a subsequent Monte Carlo simulation is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kelsea Cox, Lindsay L. Jones, Robert M. Lawton, Shelby E. Basham, Jordan S. Falk