Patents by Inventor Robert M. Smith

Robert M. 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).

  • Patent number: 10925131
    Abstract: An electronic device is described. The electronic device includes current measuring circuitry configured to measure load current to produce a load current measurement. The electronic device also includes a processor coupled to the current measuring circuitry. The processor is configured to calculate an estimated load current slope based on the load current measurement and to determine a predicted zero-cross point based on the estimated load current slope to minimize damaging voltage spike creation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: WirePath Home Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Sidney Lyle King, Joseph M. Doubek, Gregory Scott Smith, Robert Don Bruhn, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20210015246
    Abstract: Cleaning devices are provided that have a surface with areas that provide different cleaning states. The areas of different cleaning states are connected to one another by a deflection member that provides tactile and/or audible feedback to the user when transitioning between the different cleaning states.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: William Harrington, James M. Buckley, Robert F. Smith, Paul Adams
  • Publication number: 20210010535
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a steering column housing. The steering column assembly also includes a lower shaft disposed within the steering column housing and axially adjustable. The steering column assembly further includes a torque adjustment assembly operatively connected to the lower shaft to increase or decrease a steering shaft turning torque.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Inventors: Matthew L. Messing, Robert J. Smith, Clinton D. Spencer, Brandon M. McComb, Jacob A. Caverly, Douglas M. Schneider
  • Publication number: 20200399744
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing powdered composite material includes metal particles coated with a coating of ceramic particles. The metal particles may include a ternary NiCoCr alloy, with select additions of minor amounts of other elements. The ceramic particles may include yttrium oxide or other oxides. The composite material is suitable for additive manufacturing (AM) into a component for high temperature (>1000° C.) applications. The AM component includes a metal matrix formed from the alloy, with the ceramic particles dispersed in the matrix.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Timothy M. Smith, Robert W. Carter, Christopher A. Kantzos, Michael J. Kulis
  • Publication number: 20200383812
    Abstract: A bariatric device includes an esophageal member having an esophageal surface that is configured to generally conform to the shape and size of a portion of the esophagus and an anchoring technique anchoring the esophageal member to the portion of the esophagus. The bariatric device includes a cardiac member having a cardiac surface that is configured to generally conform to the shape and size of a portion of the cardiac portion of the stomach and a connector connected with the esophageal member and the cardiac member to cause strain to be applied by the cardiac member to the cardiac portion of the stomach. The strain applied by the cardiac member to the cardiac portion of the stomach causes satiety in the absence of food. The connector is adapted to pass through the gastroesophageal junction while leaving a continuous portion of the gastroesophageal junction substantially unrestrained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Inventors: Randal S. Baker, James A. Foote, Paul R. Kemmeter, Frederick J. Walburn, Peter M. Wilson, Adam I. Lehman, Barry J. Smith, Robert J. Chappolini
  • Publication number: 20200369733
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are nucleotide sequences encoding an insecticidal protein exhibiting Lepidopteran inhibitory activity, as well as novel insecticidal proteins referred to herein as a BCW 001, BCW 002, BCW 003, and BCW toxic protein-containing chimeras and BCW toxin insecticide, transgenic plants expressing the chimeras or the insecticide, and methods for detecting the presence of the nucleotide sequences or the insecticide in a biological sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: James A. BAUM, David J. BOWEN, Catherine A. CHAY, David J. CHI, William P. CLINTON, Crystal L. DART, Leigh ENGLISH, Stanislaw FLASINSKI, Victor M. GUZOV, Kevin A. JARRELL, Uma R. KESANAPALLI, Thomas M. MALVAR, Robert M. MCCARROLL, Jason S. MILLIGAN, Jay P. MORGENSTERN, Deborah G. RUCKER, Sara A. SALVADOR, Temple F. SMITH, Carlos E. SOTO, Collin M. STULTZ, Brian M. TURCZYK, Ty T. VAUGHN, Moritz W.F.F. VON RECHENBERG
  • Patent number: 10842068
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for controlling the direction of travel of agricultural implements may include a work vehicle having a vehicle-based controller configured to control an operation of a valve provided in operative association with the work vehicle. The system may also include an agricultural implement configured to be towed by the work vehicle. The implement may include a sensor configured to detect an operational parameter indicative of a direction of travel of the implement. The implement may also include an actuator configured to adjust the direction of travel of the implement, with the actuator being fluidly coupled to the valve such that the valve is configured to control an operation of the actuator. The implement may further include an implement-based controller configured to initiate control of the operation of the valve based on sensor data received from the sensor to adjust the direction of travel of the implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Jason T. Czapka, Kevin D. McKee, Kevin M. Smith, Robert J. Longua, Keith W. Wendte, Trevor Stanhope, Marvin A. Prickel
  • Publication number: 20200360663
    Abstract: Intravascularly delivered blood pumps and associated devices, systems, and methods, are disclosed herein. A method of intravascularly delivering a blood pump in accordance with embodiments of the present technology can include, for example, advancing an elongated delivery dilator through a patient's vasculature such that a first portion of the elongated delivery dilator is externally accessible proximate to the subclavian artery and a second portion of the elongated delivery dilator is externally accessible proximate to the femoral artery. The method can further include attaching the second portion of the elongated delivery dilator to a driveline, which is coupled to a balloon at the opposite end, and then pulling on the first portion of the elongated delivery dilator to move the driveline and the balloon through the patient's vasculature to a target site with the balloon positioned within the aorta.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Robert M. Smith, Guruprasad Anapathur Giridharan, Duane Pinto, Joshua Ryan Woolley, Brian Howard Novack, Douglas Altschuler
  • Publication number: 20200352252
    Abstract: A system for testing a vapor product with a mouthpiece that has a non-circular cross section includes an adaptor coupled to a neck portion of a filter pad holder. The adaptor includes a nose to receive the neck portion and an adaptor body coupled to the nose. An opening is defined by the adaptor body and the nose, the opening extending through the adaptor body and the nose and configured to receive the neck portion. A sealing member is configured to be received by the adaptor and the filter pad holder. The sealing member includes a sealing member nose configured to be received by the neck portion, and a sealing member body coupled to the sealing member nose and configured to be received by the opening. The sealing member body defines an orifice, the orifice extending through the sealing member body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: Jeffrey Sean SMITH, Robert UNDERLY, Jason M. SHORT, Cassidy MCMAHAN, Yi-Ping CHANG, Bradley BROWN
  • Publication number: 20200355660
    Abstract: A system for testing a vapor product with a mouthpiece that has a non-circular cross section includes an adaptor coupled to a neck portion of a filter pad holder. The adaptor includes a nose to receive the neck portion and an adaptor body coupled to the nose. An opening is defined by the adaptor body and the nose, the opening extending through the adaptor body and the nose and configured to receive the neck portion. A sealing member is configured to be received by the adaptor and the filter pad holder. The sealing member includes a sealing member nose configured to be received by the neck portion, and a sealing member body coupled to the sealing member nose and configured to be received by the opening. The sealing member body defines an orifice, the orifice extending through the sealing member body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: Jeffrey Sean SMITH, Jason M. SHORT, Robert UNDERLY
  • Patent number: 10827822
    Abstract: Cleaning devices are provided that have a surface with areas that provide different cleaning states. The areas of different cleaning states are connected to one another by a deflection member that provides tactile and/or audible feedback to the user when transitioning between the different cleaning states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: UNGER MARKETING INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: William Harrington, James M. Buckley, Robert F. Smith, Paul Adams
  • Publication number: 20200345910
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed towards systems and methods built for predictively timing the inflation and/or deflation of an intra-aortic balloon pump. A controller operates in three states: (1) initialization state, (2) learning state, and (3) peak detection state. The controller decomposes a patient's electrocardiogram signal to a power signal. It then learns characteristics of the patient's electrocardiogram signal during the learning state and computes adaptive threshold parameter values. During the peak detection state, the controller applies the learnt threshold parameter values on a current electrocardiogram signal to identify occurrence and timings of R peaks in the electrocardiogram signal. The R-to-R peak timings are then used to trigger inflation of an intra-aortic balloon pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Robert M. Smith, Nagarjuna Reddy Chinta, Ryan Daniel McCormick, Douglas Edward Ivers, Cranos M. Williams, Divyakumar Mahiman Badheka, Hubert Troy Nagle, JR., Sai Bhargav Dasari, Shamim Samadi
  • Publication number: 20200345911
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed towards systems and methods built for predictively timing the inflation and/or deflation of an intra-aortic balloon pump. A controller operates in three states: (1) initialization state, (2) learning state, and (3) peak detection state. The controller decomposes a patient's electrocardiogram signal to a power signal. It then learns characteristics of the patient's electrocardiogram signal during the learning state and computes adaptive threshold parameter values. During the peak detection state, the controller applies the learnt threshold parameter values on a current electrocardiogram signal to identify occurrence and timings of R peaks in the electrocardiogram signal. The R-to-R peak timings are then used to trigger inflation of an intra-aortic balloon pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Robert M. Smith, Nagarjuna Reddy Chinta, Ryan Daniel McCormick, Douglas Edward Ivers
  • Publication number: 20200348319
    Abstract: The invention provides methods of diagnosing autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by analyzing ratios of concentrations of selected amine containing compounds in a sample, such as a blood sample, from a subject. Based on the discovery that specific amine containing compounds and their ratios are dysregulated in patients with ASD, these metabotypes or subtypes of metabolism have the potential to diagnose earlier and suggest more precise treatment based on the metabolism of the individual. The invention provides methods of analyzing amine containing compounds and ratios in a test subject and determining whether the test subject has or is at risk of developing an ASD by comparing ratios from the test subject to ratios from subjects diagnosed with a neurodevelopmental disorder such as ASD who share a common profile of metabolism which is not found in the majority of typically developing subjects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Alan M. Smith, Joseph King, Paul R. West, Michael Ludwig, Elizabeth L.R. Donley, Robert Burrier
  • Patent number: 10824759
    Abstract: Methods and systems for processing a blockchain comprising a plurality of immutable sales records corresponding to sales made by agents of an entity are provided. According to certain aspects, a transaction request indicating a sale made by an agent of the entity may be received at a first node. A block including a sales record indicating the sale made by the agent may be added to a blockchain and transmitted to another node for validation. The first node may add the block to a copy of the blockchain, where the block may be identified by a hash value that references a previous block in the blockchain that includes at least one additional sales record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Melinda Teresa Magerkurth, Eric Bellas, Jaime Skaggs, Shawn M. Call, Eric R. Moore, Vicki King, Burton J. Floyd, David Turrentine, Steven T. Olson, Timothy Caleb Wells, Corin Rebekah Chapman, Edward W. Breitweiser, Robert Gomez, Shelia Cummings Smith
  • Patent number: 10824746
    Abstract: Methods and systems for managing and/or processing a blockchain to maintain data security for confidential and/or personal data are provided. According to certain aspects, the disclosed data security techniques may enable access sharing functionality utilizing the blockchain. For example, access sharing may be utilized to file documents, share policy information, and/or comply with an audit. The data security techniques disclosed herein also enable the use of smart contracts to transfer funds associated with payment obligations and/or other forms of blockchain based payments, comply with anti-money laundering requirements, report industry data, validate interest payments and/or maintain agent sales data. Data security may be achieved through the use of public key/private key encryption techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Melinda Teresa Magerkurth, Eric Bellas, Jaime Skaggs, Shawn M. Call, Eric R. Moore, Vicki King, Burton J. Floyd, David Turrentine, Steven T. Olson, Timothy Caleb Wells, Corin Rebekah Chapman, Edward W. Breitweiser, Robert Gomez, Shelia Cummings Smith
  • Patent number: 10824747
    Abstract: Methods and systems for managing and/or processing a blockchain to maintain data security for confidential and/or personal data are provided. According to certain aspects, the disclosed data security techniques may enable access sharing functionality utilizing the blockchain. For example, access sharing may be utilized to share policy information. The policy information may be associated with a smart contract. Accordingly, the policy information may be encrypted using a public key for the smart contract and compiled into a block of the blockchain. In response to a request to provide access to the information to a particular node, the private key for the smart contract may be encrypted using the public key for the particular node and compiled into a block of the blockchain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Melinda Teresa Magerkurth, Eric Bellas, Jaime Skaggs, Shawn M. Call, Eric R. Moore, Vicki King, Burton J. Floyd, David Turrentine, Steven T. Olson, Timothy Caleb Wells, Corin Rebekah Chapman, Edward W. Breitweiser, Robert Gomez, Shelia Cummings Smith
  • Publication number: 20200323717
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a base frame, lift mechanism supporting an upper frame relative to the base frame, a load frame, and a plurality of deck sections, a patient support surface, and a number of barriers positioned about the patient supporting surface. The patient support apparatus includes a notification system for visually notifying a caregiver of a condition or status of a component of the patient support apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Robert M. ZERHUSEN, Richard H. HEIMBROCK, Arpit SHAH, Aziz A. BHAI, Bradley T. SMITH, Catherine M. WAGNER, Charles A. LACHENBRUCH, Clay G. OWSLEY, Dan R. TALLENT, Daniel NACHTIGAL, David L. BEDEL, David J. BRZENCHEK, David J. HITCHCOCK, David P. LUBBERS, Douglas A. SEIM, Douglas E. BORGMAN, Eric D. BENZ, Florin IUCHA, Frank E. SAUSER, Gavin M. MONSON, James W. PASCOE, James L. WALKE, Jared RUDE, John G. BYERS, John D. CHRISTIE, Jonathan D. TURNER, Joshua A. WILLIAMS, Karen LANNING, Kathryn SMITH, Kirsten M. EMMONS, Mary Kay BRINKMAN, Michael BUCCIERI, Nathaniel W. HIXON, Neal WIGGERMANN, Richard J. SCHUMAN, SR., Scott M. CORBIN, Sravan MAMIDI, Todd P. O'NEAL, Todd S. VENTROLA, Travis PELO, Unnati OJHA, John GOEWERT
  • Publication number: 20200306127
    Abstract: A therapy system includes a patient support apparatus and a pneumatic therapy device that is coupleable to the patient support apparatus. The therapy device may receive power and air flow from the patient support apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Eric D. BENZ, John G. BYERS, Scott M. CORBIN, Richard H. HEIMBROCK, Michael A. KNECHT, Bradley T. SMITH, Lori Ann ZAPFE, Robert M. ZERHUSEN, Kenneth L. LILLY, Jonathan D. TURNER, James L. WALKE, Joseph T. CANTER, Richard J. SCHUMAN, SR., John V. HARMEYER
  • Publication number: 20200306130
    Abstract: A therapy system includes a patient support apparatus and a pneumatic therapy device that is coupleable to the patient support apparatus. The therapy device may receive power and air flow from the patient support apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Eric D. Benz, John G. Byers, Scott M. Corbin, Kenneth L. Lilly, Joseph T. Canter, James L. Walke, Richard J. Schuman, Richard H. Heimbrock, Bradley T. Smith, John V. Harmeyer, Lori Ann Zapfe, Mekashia Chenault, Kimberly Tuinstra, Michael A. Knecht, Robert M. Zerhusen