Patents by Inventor Robert O'Donnell

Robert O'Donnell 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: 7946303
    Abstract: A carrier for supporting a substrate during processing by a meniscus formed by upper and lower proximity heads is described. The carrier includes a frame having an opening sized for receiving a substrate and a plurality of support pins for supporting the substrate within the opening. The opening is slightly larger than the substrate such that a gap exists between the substrate and the opening. Means for reducing a size and frequency of entrance and/or exit marks on substrates is provided, the means aiding and encouraging liquid from the meniscus to evacuate the gap. A method for reducing the size and frequency of entrance and exit marks is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Robert O'Donnell, Eric Lenz, Mark Wilcoxson, Mike Ravkin, Alexander A. Yatskar
  • Publication number: 20100318473
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for dynamic, cost effective reallocation of assets among a plurality of investment products comprising a processor, a memory and a computer program stored in the memory. The computer program implementing the present invention controls the reallocation of assets to reduce the transactions costs associated with rebalancing the investor's composite assets according to a composite asset allocation model. Information relating to the composite asset allocation model, the investor's assets, and the investor are stored in memory. Periodically, or upon occurrence of an event, the composite assets are evaluated to determine if rebalancing is necessary. If rebalancing is necessary, the transaction costs associated with the available transactions for performing the rebalancing are compared to select the most economically favorable transaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: The Prudential Insurance Company of America
    Inventors: Robert Arena, David Kuperstock, Robert O'Donnell, Lincoln Collins
  • Patent number: 7852989
    Abstract: The rotating anode x-ray tube has a composite outer bearing made from two rings of a high hot-hardness material and a spacer between the two rings made of a constant coefficient of thermal expansion material. The spacer is welded to the two rings providing the composite outer bearing. One inner bearing race is formed from the shaft and the other inner bearing race is a one-piece inner race mounted on the shaft while the two rings have the corresponding outer races.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Schaeffler KG
    Inventors: Edward Albanetti, Robert O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 7769659
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for dynamic, cost effective reallocation of assets among a plurality of investment products comprising a processor, a memory and a computer program stored in the memory. The computer program implementing the present invention controls the reallocation of assets to reduce the transactions costs associated with rebalancing the investor's composite assets according to a composite asset allocation model. Information relating to the composite asset allocation model, the investor's assets, and the investor are stored in memory. Periodically, or upon occurrence of an event, the composite assets are evaluated to determine if rebalancing is necessary. If rebalancing is necessary, the transaction costs associated with the available transactions for performing the rebalancing are compared to select the most economically favorable transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: The Prudential Insurance Company of America
    Inventors: Robert Arena, N. David Kuperstock, Robert O'Donnell, Lincoln Collins
  • Publication number: 20100185560
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for allocating assets among a plurality of investments to guarantee a predetermined value at the end of a predetermined time period. A computer program controls the allocation of assets in the investment vehicle, which allows the investor to initially invest one hundred percent of the initial deposit in non-secure, high risk investments. At the end of the each trading day, the computer program determines if assets should be reallocated from the non-secure investments to the secure investments, from the secure investments to the non-secure investments, or if no reallocation is necessary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: The Prudential Insurance Company of America
    Inventors: Robert Arena, Robert O'Donnell, Robert Schwartz, N. David Kuperstock, Tim Paris, Robert Leach, Jacob Herschler, Mike Morell, Fiona Jackman-Ward
  • Publication number: 20100170539
    Abstract: A proximity head for generating and maintaining a meniscus for processing a substrate is described. The proximity head includes a plurality of meniscus nozzles formed on a face of the proximity head, the nozzles being configured to supply liquid to the meniscus, a plurality of vacuum ports formed on the face of the proximity head, the vacuum ports being arranged to completely surround the plurality of meniscus nozzles, and a plurality of gas nozzles formed on the face of the proximity head, the gas nozzles at least partially surrounding the vacuum ports. The proximity head further includes means for reducing a size and frequency of entrance and/or exit marks at a leading edge and a trailing edge on the substrate by aiding and encouraging liquid from the meniscus to evacuate a gap between the substrate and the carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Applicant: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Robert O'Donnell, John de Larios, Mike Ravkin
  • Patent number: 7703462
    Abstract: A proximity head for generating and maintaining a meniscus for processing a substrate is described. The proximity head includes a plurality of meniscus nozzles formed on a face of the proximity head, the nozzles being configured to supply liquid to the meniscus, a plurality of vacuum ports formed on the face of the proximity head, the vacuum ports being arranged to completely surround the plurality of meniscus nozzles, and a plurality of gas nozzles formed on the face of the proximity head, the gas nozzles at least partially surrounding the vacuum ports. The proximity head further includes means for reducing a size and frequency of entrance and/or exit marks at a leading edge and a trailing edge on the substrate by aiding and encouraging liquid from the meniscus to evacuate a gap between the substrate and the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Robert O'Donnell, John de Larios, Mike Ravkin
  • Publication number: 20090268874
    Abstract: The rotating anode x-ray tube has a composite outer bearing made from two rings of a high hot-hardness material and a spacer between the two rings made of a constant coefficient of thermal expansion material. The spacer is welded to the two rings providing the composite outer bearing. One inner bearing race is formed from the shaft and the other inner bearing race is a one-piece inner race mounted on the shaft while the two rings have the corresponding outer races.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: SCHAEFFLER KG
    Inventors: Edward ALBANETTI, Robert O'DONNELL
  • Publication number: 20080314422
    Abstract: A system and method of forming and using a proximity head. The proximity head includes a head surface, the head surface including a first zone, a second zone and an inner return zone. The first zone including a first flat surface region and a plurality of first discrete holes. Each one of the plurality of first discrete holes being connected to a corresponding one of a plurality of first conduits. The plurality of first discrete holes residing in the head surface and extending through the first flat surface region. At least a portion of the plurality of first discrete holes are arranged in a first row. The second zone including a second flat region and a plurality of second discrete holes. Each one of the plurality of second discrete holes being connected to a corresponding one of a plurality of second conduits. The plurality of second discrete holes residing in the head surface and extending through the second flat surface region. The inner return zone including a plurality of inner return discrete holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Robert O'Donnell, Cheng-Yu (Sean) Lin, Arnold Kholodenko
  • Publication number: 20080270323
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for providing stabilized annuity payments and control of investments in a variable annuity, the system comprising a processor, a memory, and a computer program stored in the memory. The computer program allocates the short and long term risks associated with an investment to the potential beneficiaries of the annuitant by controlling the allocation of assets between two investment pools. The annuitant pool is the pool on which annuity payments are based and the beneficiary pool contains assets that are provided to the beneficiaries upon the death of the annuitant. The beneficiary pool is used as a cushion to isolate the contents of the annuitant pool from fluctuations in value. The beneficiary pool is initially funded with sufficient assets to minimize the likelihood of its depletion under fairly conservative estimates of market conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: The Prudential Insurance Co. of America
    Inventors: Robert Arena, Robert Schwartz, N. David Kuperstock, Robert O'Donnell, Gordon Boronow
  • Patent number: 7401037
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method of managing assets for stabilizing anticipated periodic payments, allocating the assets to first and second pools; at periodic intervals, comparing the current value of the assets in the first pool to a present value of the remaining payments; and, when the current value is less the present value, reallocating a portion of the assets from the second pool to the first pool so that the first asset pool has a current value representing the present value. In another embodiment, a method for managing assets for stabilizing anticipated periodic payments includes allocating the assets into first and second pools; establishing a first payment amount; determining a first trigger value; assessing a current value of the assets; and reallocating assets from the second pool to the first pool to increase the first payment amount in response to the current value being greater than the first trigger value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: The Prudential Insurance Company of America
    Inventors: Robert Arena, Robert Schwartz, N David Kuperstock, Robert O'Donnell, Gordon Boronow
  • Publication number: 20080142053
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems are provided for efficiently reclaiming solvents used to clean surfaces of semiconductor wafers, etc. More particularly, embodiments of the present invention provide an in-situ reclaim approach that utilizes condensing mechanisms to reclaim evaporated solvent components. In these embodiments, the condensing can occur within a proximity head itself and/or along a vacuum line running from the proximity head to a vacuum tank. Other embodiments of the present invention provide an in-situ reclaim approach that prevents the evaporation of solvents at the onset by maintaining appropriate equilibrium gas phase concentrations between the liquid chemistries and gases used to process wafer surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Applicant: LAM RESEARCH, CORP.
    Inventor: Robert O'Donnell
  • Publication number: 20080081775
    Abstract: A carrier for supporting a substrate during processing by a meniscus formed by upper and lower proximity heads is described. The carrier includes a frame having an opening sized for receiving a substrate and a plurality of support pins for supporting the substrate within the opening. The opening is slightly larger than the substrate such that a gap exists between the substrate and the opening. Means for reducing a size and frequency of entrance and/or exit marks on substrates is provided, the means aiding and encouraging liquid from the meniscus to evacuate the gap. A method for reducing the size and frequency of entrance and exit marks is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Inventors: Robert O'Donnell, Eric Lenz, Mark Wilcoxson, Mike Ravkin, Alexander A. Yatskar
  • Publication number: 20080078421
    Abstract: A proximity head for generating and maintaining a meniscus for processing a substrate is described. The proximity head includes a plurality of meniscus nozzles formed on a face of the proximity head, the nozzles being configured to supply liquid to the meniscus, a plurality of vacuum ports formed on the face of the proximity head, the vacuum ports being arranged to completely surround the plurality of meniscus nozzles, and a plurality of gas nozzles formed on the face of the proximity head, the gas nozzles at least partially surrounding the vacuum ports. The proximity head further includes means for reducing a size and frequency of entrance and/or exit marks at a leading edge and a trailing edge on the substrate by aiding and encouraging liquid from the meniscus to evacuate a gap between the substrate and the carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Inventors: Robert O'Donnell, John de Larios, Mike Ravkin
  • Publication number: 20070100715
    Abstract: A method for providing a financial instrument includes determining an initial account balance associated with a financial instrument based upon an initial deposit amount, wherein the financial instrument includes an account with an account balance that changes over time. The method further includes establishing a first guarantee of a protected value, the protected value including at least an amount based upon the initial account balance growing at a minimum growth rate for a defined period of time or until one or more defined events occur, whichever is sooner; and establishing a second guarantee that a beneficiary may periodically receive a transfer of an amount of money for the life of a designated party, wherein the amount comprises a percentage of the protected value at the time of a particular event, provided that the amount may vary based upon withdrawals from the account in excess of a first particular limit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Publication date: May 3, 2007
    Inventors: Robert O'Donnell, Marc Buzzelli, Robert Fishbein, Jacob Herschler, Fiona Jackman-Ward, Daniel Kane, N. Kuperstock, Gary Phifer, Steven Putterman, Polly Rae, Dain Runestad, Robert Schwartz, Christopher Shecklev
  • Publication number: 20070021986
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the invention, a benefits contract includes an agreement to provide a plurality of benefits for at least one person. The agreement provides for an account including a plurality of units. Each unit is associated with multiple benefits. For example each unit may be associated with multiple benefits such as life insurance, health insurance, supplemental health insurance, long-term care insurance, short-term disability insurance, long-term disability insurance, prescription drug insurance, a plurality of income payments, a withdrawal benefit, an annuity, a property and casualty benefit, or other similar benefits. The agreement is such that a person associated with the benefits contract may choose to exercise a particular unit, or fraction thereof, to receive only one of the three or more benefits; and such that the benefits account (or plurality of units) may be purchased tax-free using funds from a tax-deferred retirement account.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Publication date: January 25, 2007
    Inventors: Malcolm Cheung, Robert Fishbein, Jacob Herschler, N. Kuperstock, Robert O'Donnell, Steven Putterman
  • Publication number: 20070012657
    Abstract: A corrosion resistant component of a plasma chamber includes a liquid crystalline polymer. In a preferred embodiment, the liquid crystalline polymer (LCP) is provided on an aluminum component having an anodized or non-anodized surface. The liquid crystalline polymer can also be provided on an alumina component. The liquid crystalline polymer can be deposited by a method such as plasma spraying. The liquid crystalline polymer may also be provided as a preformed sheet or other shape adapted to cover the exposed surfaces of the reaction chamber. Additionally, the reactor components may be made entirely from liquid crystalline polymer by machining the component from a solid block of liquid crystalline polymer or molding the component from the polymer. The liquid crystalline polymer may contain reinforcing fillers such as glass or mineral fillers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Publication date: January 18, 2007
    Inventors: Robert O'Donnell, Christopher Chang, John Daugherty
  • Publication number: 20060254078
    Abstract: A method for processing a substrate is provided. The method includes applying an active agent to an active region of a surface of the substrate. Then, the method includes generating a fluid meniscus on the surface of the substrate with a proximity head, where the fluid meniscus is surrounding the active region. In one example, processing the surface of the substrate with the active agent includes one of an etching operation, a cleaning operation, a rinsing operation, a plating operation, or a lithography operation, and processing the surface of the substrate with the fluid meniscus includes one of an etching operation, a cleaning operation, a rinsing operation, a plating operation, a drying operation, or a lithography operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Publication date: November 16, 2006
    Applicant: Lam Research Corp.
    Inventor: Robert O'Donnell
  • Publication number: 20060032835
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for simulating a standard wafer in semiconductor manufacturing equipment. The apparatus includes a support layer suitable for being handled by the semiconductor manufacturing equipment. Applied to the support layer is a mixture including a process agent and a material. During use, the present invention simulates a standard production wafer including material similar to that in the mixture of the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Publication date: February 16, 2006
    Inventors: Gregory Goldspring, Robert O'Donnell
  • Publication number: 20050217135
    Abstract: In one of the many embodiments, a method for processing a substrate is provided which includes generating a first fluid meniscus and a second fluid meniscus on a surface of the substrate where the first fluid meniscus being substantially adjacent to the second fluid meniscus. The meniscus also includes substantially separating the first fluid meniscus and the second fluid meniscus with a barrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Publication date: October 6, 2005
    Applicant: Lam Research Corp.
    Inventors: Robert O'Donnell, Thomas Anderson