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: 10335467
    Abstract: A streamlined method for purifying alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) from an AAT-containing protein mixture, such as Coh fraction IV precipitate, is provided. In the method of the invention, contaminating proteins are destabilized by cleavage of disulfide bonds with a reducing reagent, such as dithiol, which does not affect AAT. The destabilized proteins are then preferentially adsorbed on a solid protein-adsorbing material, without the addition of a salt as a precipitante. Spearation of the solid absorbent from the solution leaves a purified AAT solution that is directly suitabale for chromatographic purification, without the need for extensive desalting as in prior art processes. A process incorporating this method, which provides pharmaceutical grade AAT in high yield on a commercial scale, is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: CSL Behring L.L.C.
    Inventors: Scott M. Kee, Paul I. Cook, James R. Smith, Robert Kling, Scott A. Fowler, David Weber
  • Patent number: 10339682
    Abstract: A method and system for providing a visualization of energy data. In one embodiment, the method comprises establishing an energy visualization scale for visually depicting energy data in terms of one or more color parameters, where the energy data pertains to a distributed generator (DG); and generating a display image, based on the energy visualization scale, that depicts a plurality of energy data values in a grid layout across two dimensions in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Enphase Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Ilen Zazueta-Hall, Sara Beth Brown, John Coleman Gibbs, Jamie Eric Ruderman, Brenda Catherine Strech, Leesa Lee, Benjamin Lewis Smith, Robert M. Serafini
  • Patent number: 10308116
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Jason T. Czapka, Kevin D. McKee, Kevin M. Smith, Robert J. Longua, Keith W. Wendte, Marvin A. Prickel
  • 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: 10286411
    Abstract: An electrostatic spray dryer for drying liquid into powder including an elongated body defining a drying chamber, a spray nozzle assembly at one end of the drying chamber and a filter element housing and powder collection chamber at an opposite end. A non-structural non-metallic liner is disposed within the elongated body in spaced relation to an inner wall surface for defining an internal drying zone. The liner is releasably supported within the body for enabling selective removal and replacement following a particular usage. The illustrated elongated body has a modular construction comprising a plurality of modules, with at least one being selectively removable and replacement for altering the length of the drying chamber for a particular spray application. The liner also is replaceable with a liner of a length corresponding to the altered length of the drying chamber or with a different diameter for a particular usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Spraying Systems Co.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Ackerman, Christopher W. Barnes, Adam C. Bright, David C. Huffman, Scott J. Kocsis, Kristopher E. Roskos, Glenn R. St. Peter, Brian K. Smith, Joseph P. Szczap, Michel R. Thénin, Chin Ping Su, Robert M. Sobel
  • Publication number: 20180154257
    Abstract: Examples of the disclosure provide real-time display of achievements to a user during gameplay. A computing device receives a request from a user to display a portion of achievement data describing performance of the user in a gaming application. Responsive to the received request, the achievement data is filtered based on contextual criteria. The filtered achievement data is provided to a user interface for display during gameplay. The displayed achievement data is updated by the computing device updates during gameplay. The achievement data may be system-level achievement data. Further, the achievement data may be displayed on another computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Robert M. Smith, Zane WS Teh, Nathan Johnson, Mengyuan Tu, Mitch A. Johnson, Casey Baker, Eric Cancino, Cierra D. McDonald
  • Patent number: 9914054
    Abstract: Examples of the disclosure provide real-time display of achievements to a user during gameplay. A computing device receives a request from a user to display a portion of achievement data describing performance of the user in a gaming application. Responsive to the received request, the achievement data is filtered based on contextual criteria. The filtered achievement data is provided to a user interface for display during gameplay. The displayed achievement data is updated by the computing device updates during gameplay. The achievement data may be system-level achievement data. Further, the achievement data may be displayed on another computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Robert M. Smith, Zane W S Teh, Nathan Johnson, Mengyuan Tu, Mitch A. Johnson, Casey Baker, Eric Cancino, Cierra D. McDonald
  • Publication number: 20180055981
    Abstract: The invention provides a blood pump for use with an intravascular ventricular assist system (iVAS), as well as a method for utilizing the blood pump to treat heart failure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Robert M. Smith, Valluvan Jeevanandam
  • Patent number: 9760731
    Abstract: Methods for configuring and utilizing a configurable data guard (CDG) implemented on a hardware-based programmable logic device are disclosed. The CDG may include integrated circuit portions comprising a plurality of arrays of generic comparison operations and a plurality of arrays of generic action operations. The CDG may receive a data guard configuration. The CDG may perform an authentication and integrity check procedure on the received data guard configuration. The CDG may configure a plurality of guard primitives based on the data guard configuration. Each guard primitive may be configured from at least one generic comparison operation and at least one generic action operation. The guard primitives may be used to enforce the complex data guard rules that correspond to the data guard configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: L3 TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Norman Winslow, Frank Anthony Costantini, Steven Daniel Devlin, Robert M. Smith
  • Patent number: 9694122
    Abstract: An implantable aortic blood pump includes a rigid body having wall extending along a long axis and defining an inflation port portion with an inflation aperture therethrough. The aperture is fluid communication with an inner surface of the body and on a fluid supply, the body is preferably independent of an external brace or an external stiffener, yet still has a cantilevered deformation of less than 8 millimeters in response to a 200 gram weight suspended from a front body edge. A deflecting structure of a membrane deflects in response to fluid pressure so as to pump blood when the pump is secured to a subject aorta.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: L-VAD Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M Smith, Adrian Kantrowitz, Valluvan Jeevanandam, Allen B. Kantrowitz, Paul S. Freed
  • Publication number: 20170098094
    Abstract: Methods for configuring and utilizing a configurable data guard (CDG) implemented on a hardware-based programmable logic device are disclosed. The CDG may include integrated circuit portions comprising a plurality of arrays of generic comparison operations and a plurality of arrays of generic action operations. The CDG may receive a data guard configuration. The CDG may perform an authentication and integrity check procedure on the received data guard configuration. The CDG may configure a plurality of guard primitives based on the data guard configuration. Each guard primitive may be configured from at least one generic comparison operation and at least one generic action operation. The guard primitives may be used to enforce the complex data guard rules that correspond to the data guard configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Applicant: L-3 Communications Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Norman Winslow, Frank Anthony Costantini, Steven Daniel Devlin, Robert M. Smith
  • Patent number: 9595146
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed that relate to persistently identifying a user interacting with a computing device. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a method comprising receiving biometric data regarding the user, determining a determined identity of the user based on the biometric data, outputting a notification of the determined identity of the user, and providing a mechanism to receive feedback regarding a correctness of the determined identity of from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Robert M. Smith, Joseph Wheeler, Victoria N. Podmajersky
  • Publication number: 20150352444
    Abstract: Examples of the disclosure provide real-time display of achievements to a user during gameplay. A computing device receives a request from a user to display a portion of achievement data describing performance of the user in a gaming application. Responsive to the received request, the achievement data is filtered based on contextual criteria. The filtered achievement data is provided to a user interface for display during gameplay. The displayed achievement data is updated by the computing device updates during gameplay. The achievement data may be system-level achievement data. Further, the achievement data may be displayed on another computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Inventors: Robert M. Smith, Zane WS Teh, Nathan Johnson, Mengyuan Tu, Mitch A. Johnson, Casey Baker, Eric Cancino, Cierra D. McDonald
  • Patent number: 9082911
    Abstract: The systems, methods, and devices of the various embodiments provide a photovoltaic cell made up of an array of photovoltaic bristles. The photovoltaic bristles may be configured individually and in an array to have a high probability of photon absorption. The high probability of photon absorption may result in high light energy conversion efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Q1 Nanosystems Corporation
    Inventors: Mark R Schroeder, Robert M Smith
  • Patent number: 9076908
    Abstract: The systems, methods, and devices of the various embodiments provide a photovoltaic cell made up of an array of photovoltaic bristles. The photovoltaic bristles may be configured individually and in an array to have a high probability of photon absorption. The high probability of photon absorption may result in high light energy conversion efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Q1 Nanosystems Corporation
    Inventors: Mark R Schroeder, Robert M Smith
  • Publication number: 20150137937
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed that relate to persistently identifying a user interacting with a computing device. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a method comprising receiving biometric data regarding the user, determining a determined identity of the user based on the biometric data, outputting a notification of the determined identity of the user, and providing a mechanism to receive feedback regarding a correctness of the determined identity of from the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Robert M. Smith, Joseph Wheeler, Victoria N. Podmajersky
  • Publication number: 20140364680
    Abstract: An implantable aortic blood pump includes a rigid body having wall extending along a long axis and defining an inflation port portion with an inflation aperture therethrough. The aperture is fluid communication with an inner surface of the body and on a fluid supply, the body is preferably independent of an external brace or an external stiffener, yet still has a cantilevered deformation of less than 8 millimeters in response to a 200 gram weight suspended from a front body edge. A deflecting structure of a membrane deflects in response to fluid pressure so as to pump blood when the pump is secured to a subject aorta.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: L-VAD Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Smith, Adrian Kantrowitz, Valluvan Jeevanandam, Allen B. Kantrowitz, Paul S. Freed
  • Patent number: D802514
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: BNR Motorsports LLC
    Inventor: Robert M. Smith
  • Patent number: D848880
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: IntegenX Inc.
    Inventors: Corey M. Smith, Tracy Lee Dahlmann, Daniel M. Parker, Robert A. Schueren, David King
  • Patent number: D853392
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, Robert Y. Cao, James M. Cuseo, Daniele De Iuliis, Markus Diebel, Kevin Scott Fetterman, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Duncan Robert Kerr, Dinesh Mathew, Sabrina Paseman, Gavin J. Reid, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Brandon S. Smith, Christopher J. Stringer, Joe Sung-Ho Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer