Patents by Inventor Robert Murphy

Robert Murphy 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: 9291044
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for conducting a fracturing operation using a wellbore fracturing assembly. The assembly may be mechanically set and released from a wellbore using a coiled tubing string to conduct a fracturing operation adjacent an area of interest in a formation. The assembly may include an unloader for equalizing pressure between the assembly and the wellbore, a pair of spaced apart packers for straddling the area of interest, an injection port disposed between the packers for injecting fracturing fluid into the area of interest, and an anchor for securing the assembly in the wellbore. After conducting the fracturing operation, the assembly may be relocated to another area of interest to conduct another fracturing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Murphy, Gary D. Ingram, Simon J. Harrall
  • Patent number: 9113301
    Abstract: A computer implemented method includes receiving a message and geo-location data for a device sending the message. It is determined whether the geo-location data corresponds to a geo-location fence associated with an event. The message is posted to an event gallery associated with the event when the geo-location data corresponds to the geo-location fence associated with the event. The event gallery is supplied in response to a request from a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Snapchat, Inc.
    Inventors: Evan Spiegel, Robert Murphy, Nick Allen
  • Publication number: 20150121601
    Abstract: A clip device that allows for easy application of barber capes around a wearer with a reliable connection that facilitates adjustment for a suitable fit is provided. Such a device includes a spring-loaded lift structure that closes around a placed cape portion at any used length with grip means to prevent cape slippage during a haircut operation. The clip itself is configured with a flat back for suitable placement in alignment with the base cape portion and may be removed, if desired, for cleaning or other like actions. As well, the clip includes an extended front including the aforementioned lift structure further including a curved lip to facilitate the disengagement between clip and cape portion on demand, but with a form that is not susceptible to undesired detachment through accidental contact therewith. The clip alone, as well as an incorporating cape, are encompassed within this invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Murphy
  • Patent number: 8720554
    Abstract: A method of flow testing multiple zones in a wellbore includes lowering a tool string into the wellbore. The tool string includes an inflatable packer or plug and an electric pump. The method further includes operating the pump, thereby inflating the packer or plug and isolating a first zone from one or more other zones; monitoring flow from the first zone; deflating the packer or plug; moving the tool string in the wellbore; and operating the pump, thereby inflating the packer or plug and isolating a second zone from one or more other zones; and monitoring flow from the second zone. The zones are monitored in one trip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Dale Clapp, Robert Murphy, Paul James Wilson, Mark Rogers
  • Publication number: 20140121391
    Abstract: Methods for extracting solute from plant biomass, some examples comprising placing plant biomass in extraction chambers, introducing extraction solvent into the extraction chambers to produce first mixtures, sealing the extraction chambers at predetermined initial pressures, performing pressure adjustment procedures on the first mixtures, the pressure adjustment procedure including introducing pressure gas into the extraction chambers and removing at least a portion of the pressure gas from the extraction chambers, repeating the pressure adjustment procedure, and discarding plant biomass to produce third mixtures. Some examples include introducing transfer oils and removing extraction solvents to produce essential oil mixtures containing transfer oils and extracted solutes. In some examples, an extraction chamber containing plant biomass and a quantity of extraction solvent is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Murphy
  • Publication number: 20140075678
    Abstract: A mattress wherein a plurality of independent yarn based fire barrier fabrics encases a plurality of distinct and unattached interior core structures. The plurality of interior core structures include at least a detached and internally flippable upper comfort layer assembly with a plurality of non-homogeneous foams or filling materials encased in a yarn-based fire barrier fabric and a lower, interiorly disposed support core structure with resilient filling materials encased in a yarn-based fire barrier fabric and a fabric cover. The detachable and internally flippable upper comfort layer assembly may be contained in a user accessible compartment that is fashioned into an outer cover assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: Harrison Robert MURPHY, Juraj Michal Daniel SLAVIK, II
  • Patent number: 8618400
    Abstract: An electronic musical instrument controller is constructed by fixing sensors and transducers to sections of a chair, allowing a user to map motion of body, arms, head, hands, fingers, and feet to parameters of a musical instrument such as a hardware or software electronic music synthesizer. The mapping may take place over MIDI, control voltage, computer connection, or other means of interfacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventors: Cary Murphy, Robert Murphy
  • Patent number: 8597430
    Abstract: A system for vapor deposition of a thin film layer on a photovoltaic module substrate is provided. The system includes a vacuum chamber having a pre-heat section, a vapor deposition apparatus, and a cool-down section; and a conveyor system operably disposed within said vacuum chamber and configured for conveying the substrates in a serial arrangement from said pre-heat section and through said vapor deposition apparatus at a controlled constant linear speed. The vapor deposition apparatus is configured for depositing a thin film of a sublimed source material onto an upper surface of the substrates as the substrates are continuously conveyed by said conveyor system through said vapor deposition apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: PrimeStar Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Jeffrey Pavol, Russell Weldon Black, Brian Robert Murphy, Christopher Rathweg, Edwin Jackson Little, Max William Reed
  • Publication number: 20130284094
    Abstract: A system and associated process for vapor deposition of a thin film layer on a photovoltaic (PV) module substrate is includes establishing a vacuum chamber and introducing the substrates individually into the vacuum chamber. A conveyor system is operably disposed within the vacuum chamber and is configured for conveying the substrates in a serial arrangement through a vapor deposition apparatus within the vacuum chamber at a controlled constant linear speed. A post-heat section is disposed within the vacuum chamber immediately downstream of the vapor deposition apparatus in the conveyance direction of the substrates. The post-heat section is configured to maintain the substrates conveyed from the vapor deposition apparatus in a desired heated temperature profile until the entire substrate has exited the vapor deposition apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Mark Jeffrey Pavol, Stacy Ann Black, Brian Robert Murphy, Christopher Rathweg, Edwin Jackson Little, Max William Reed
  • Patent number: 8530393
    Abstract: Of the many compositions and methods provided herein, one method includes providing a drilling fluid comprising a base drilling fluid and a plurality of particulates, wherein the base drilling fluid without the particulates is characterized by N1(B) and wherein the base drilling fluid with the particulates is characterized by N1(A); and adjusting a concentration of the particulates in the drilling fluid by comparing the value of ?N1(F) to ?N1(P) so that ?N1(F)??N1(P), wherein ?N1(F)=|N1(A)|?|N1(B)|.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandeep D. Kulkarni, Sharath Savari, Arunesh Kumar, Matthew L. Miller, Robert Murphy, Dale E. Jamison
  • Patent number: 8524638
    Abstract: A method for determining a Plug Normal Stress Difference (?N1(P)) may include providing a test base drilling fluid that is characterized by N1(TB); adding a first concentration of a test particulate to the test base drilling fluid; adjusting the concentration of the test particulate in the test base drilling fluid to achieve a minimum concentration of the test particulate in the test base drilling fluid that will substantially plug a tapered slot, wherein the test base drilling fluid with the minimum concentration of the test particulate is characterized by N1(TA); and calculating ?N1(P)=|N1(TA)|?|N1(TB)| wherein each First Normal Stress Difference is measured by the same procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandeep D. Kulkarni, Sharath Savari, Arunesh Kumar, Matthew L. Miller, Robert Murphy, Dale E. Jamison
  • Patent number: 8510058
    Abstract: A method of scoring binding affinity of a proposed ligand molecule for a receptor molecule using a computer and computer data bases, which accounts for the increase in energy required where docking disrupts water molecules that are localized at ligand hydration sites. The method uses computer-stored data representing a predicted ligand-receptor structure (preferably one that is validated). The computerized scoring analysis includes determining whether the receptor includes one or more hydration sites occupied by localized water, and, if so, assessing a penalty if docking the ligand into the receptor results in unfavorable interaction of the ligand with a localized water molecule remaining at the receptor hydration site (i.e. after docking).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Schrodinger, LLC
    Inventors: Richard A. Friesner, Robert Murphy
  • Patent number: 8481355
    Abstract: A system and associated process for vapor deposition of a thin film layer on a photovoltaic (PV) module substrate is includes establishing a vacuum chamber and introducing the substrates individually into the vacuum chamber. A conveyor system is operably disposed within the vacuum chamber and is configured for conveying the substrates in a serial arrangement through a vapor deposition apparatus within the vacuum chamber at a controlled constant linear speed. A post-heat section is disposed within the vacuum chamber immediately downstream of the vapor deposition apparatus in the conveyance direction of the substrates. The post-heat section is configured to maintain the substrates conveyed from the vapor deposition apparatus in a desired heated temperature profile until the entire substrate has exited the vapor deposition apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Primestar Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Jeffrey Pavol, Russell Weldon Black, Brian Robert Murphy, Christopher Rathweg, Edwin Jackson Little, Max William Reed
  • Publication number: 20130122291
    Abstract: An adhesive stack comprises a shear layer positioned between two adhesive layers. The shear layer, comprised of a weak adhesive sub-layer positioned between substrate sub-layers, is designed to fail upon application of a deliberate and appropriate shear force and before the failure of the adhesive layers. The adhesive sub-layer defines a width and/or length less than a width and/or length of another layer or sub-layer of the adhesive stack. The adhesive stack aids in securing components within an electronic device to prevent movement of the component when the device is dropped, hit, or bumped. The adhesive stack may occupy minimal space within the device, and reduce the cost of securing the component within the device's interior. The adhesive stack may allow for replacement of the component by an authorized person applying an appropriate and deliberate force. The adhesive stack may aid in identifying components replaced by an unauthorized person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Casebolt, Robert Murphy
  • Publication number: 20130000555
    Abstract: A system for vapor deposition of a thin film layer on a photovoltaic module substrate is provided. The system includes a vacuum chamber having a pre-heat section, a vapor deposition apparatus, and a cool-down section; and a conveyor system operably disposed within said vacuum chamber and configured for conveying the substrates in a serial arrangement from said pre-heat section and through said vapor deposition apparatus at a controlled constant linear speed. The vapor deposition apparatus is configured for depositing a thin film of a sublimed source material onto an upper surface of the substrates as the substrates are continuously conveyed by said conveyor system through said vapor deposition apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: PRIMESTAR SOLAR, INC.
    Inventors: MARK JEFFREY PAVOL, RUSSELL WELDON BLACK, BRIAN ROBERT MURPHY, CHRISTOPHER RATHWEG, EDWIN JACKSON LITTLE, MAX WILLIAM REED
  • Publication number: 20120324620
    Abstract: An electronic touchscreen operative glove, providing a conductive path from the skin to the exterior of the glove, so one need not remove the present glove to operate a touchscreen. The conductive path can be provided from the skin to one or more conductive panels on the tips of one or more finger and/or thumb of the glove. The glove can include one or more layers, preferably an inner and outer layer, the inner layer being weatherproof, and the outer layer forming the exterior of the glove, and having the conductive panels that can operate a touchscreen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: Seirus Innovative Accessories, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Murphy
  • Publication number: 20120316088
    Abstract: A method for determining a Plug Normal Stress Difference (?N1(P)) may include providing a test base drilling fluid that is characterized by N1(TB); adding a first concentration of a test particulate to the test base drilling fluid; adjusting the concentration of the test particulate in the test base drilling fluid to achieve a minimum concentration of the test particulate in the test base drilling fluid that will substantially plug a tapered slot, wherein the test base drilling fluid with the minimum concentration of the test particulate is characterized by N1(TA); and calculating ?N1(P)=|N1(TA)|?|N1(TB)| wherein each First Normal Stress Difference is measured by the same procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandeep D. Kulkarni, Sharath Savari, Arunesh Kumar, Matthew L. Miller, Robert Murphy, Dale E. Jamison
  • Publication number: 20120316089
    Abstract: A drilling fluid may include a base drilling fluid and a plurality of particulates, wherein a concentration of the particulates in the base drilling fluid provides for ?N1(F)??N1(P), wherein ?N1(F)=|N1(A)|?|N1(B)|. The particulates may be lost circulation materials including, for example, fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandeep D. Kulkarni, Sharath Savari, Arunesh Kumar, Matthew L. Miller, Robert Murphy, Dale E. Jamison
  • Publication number: 20120303292
    Abstract: A method of scoring binding affinity of a proposed ligand molecule for a receptor molecule using computer analysis and computer data bases to accounts for the increase in energy required where docking disrupts or partially disrupts the ?-conjugated character of the ligand when bound to the receptor. The method uses data representing one or more proposed ligand molecules to be scored and data representing the receptor molecule. Computer analysis of the proposed ligand molecule data determines whether the ligand includes at least one ?-conjugated moiety having multiple possible geometries, one of those geometries being characterized by less delocalization of electrons across the ?-conjugated moiety than the delocalization of electrons characterizing another of those geometries. Computer analysis of the predicted ligand-receptor structure determines whether the ligand in the ligand-receptor structure adopts the geometry characterized by less delocalization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventors: Richard A. Friesner, Robert Murphy
  • Publication number: 20120285375
    Abstract: Systems and processes for treatment of a cadmium telluride thin film photovoltaic device are generally provided. The systems can include a treatment system and a conveyor system. The treatment system includes a preheating section, a treatment chamber, and an anneal oven that are integrally interconnected within the treatment system. The conveyor system is operably disposed within the treatment system and configured for transporting substrates in a serial arrangement into and through the preheat section, into and through the treatment chamber, and into and through the anneal oven at a controlled speed. The treatment chamber is configured for applying a material to a thin film on a surface of the substrate and the anneal oven is configured to heat the substrate to an annealing temperature as the substrates are continuously conveyed by the conveyor system through the treatment chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: PrimeStar Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Cory Allen Schaeffer, Brian Robert Murphy