Patents by Inventor Robert Vaughan

Robert Vaughan 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).

  • Publication number: 20210293560
    Abstract: Systems and methods of determining vehicle travel routes taken by a plurality of vehicles between a plurality of starting locations and a plurality of ending locations may identify a plurality of Trips taken by the vehicles between the starting locations and the ending locations; group the identified plurality of Trips to form Groups of Trips; separate the Groups of Trips to form Collections of Trips; determine a Common Route for each of the Collections of Trips; combine similar Common Routes to form Current Routes; and use the Current Routes to direct future trips to be taken by the vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Inventors: Mary Amelia Walker, Nicholas Hickson, Robert Catron, Brian Vaughan, Hung Jung Lu
  • Publication number: 20210295226
    Abstract: Methods and systems determine at least one production constraint for a material loading system and a material processing system; estimate an effect of entropy on a cycle time of a material conveying system to produce a future cycle time estimate; estimate an effect of entropy on a material processing time to produce a future material processing time estimate; predict whether a delay will occur during the operation of the material loading, material conveying, and material processing systems; estimate a duration of the predicted delay; determine a loading system capacity and a conveying system capacity required to meet the defined production target based on the production constraint and estimates of the future cycle time, the future material processing time, and the duration of the predicted delay; and deploy one or more material loading and conveying systems to meet the determined loading and conveying system capacities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Inventors: Mary Amelia Walker, Nicholas Hickson, Robert Catron, Brian Vaughan, Hung Jung Lu
  • Publication number: 20210294343
    Abstract: Methods and systems of determining and controlling a vehicle travel speed on a roadway determine a grade of the roadway at defined intervals along the roadway; calculate a maximum straight line vehicle speed for each defined interval based on the determined grade and vehicle performance data; determine a radius of curvature and a superelevation of the roadway for each defined interval; determine a lateral friction coefficient for a vehicle/roadway system; calculate a maximum cornering vehicle speed for each defined interval based on the curvature, superelevation, and lateral friction coefficient; calculate the travel speed for each defined interval based on the maximum straight line vehicle speed and the maximum cornering vehicle speed; and control the speed of the vehicle so that it does not exceed the calculated travel speed for each defined interval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Inventors: Mary Amelia Walker, Nicholas Hickson, Robert Catron, Brian Vaughan, Hung Jung Lu
  • Patent number: 11063660
    Abstract: A satellite system may have a constellation of communications satellites that provides services to users with electronic devices such as portable electronic devices and home and office equipment. A network operations center may use gateways to communicate with the satellite constellation. The satellite constellation may include sets of satellites with different orbits such as circular orbits with different inclinations, sets of satellites with elliptic orbits, sets of satellites with circular orbits of different altitudes including low earth orbits, medium earth orbits, and/or geosynchronous orbits, and/or sets of satellites with other orbits. The satellite orbits of the satellites in the satellite constellation may be selected to provide coverage to desired user population concentrations at different locations on the earth without using an excessive number of satellites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventors: Robert Vaughan, Greg Busche, Brett Poirier, Robert Hawkins
  • Publication number: 20210199293
    Abstract: An igniter device comprising a holder for a piezo electric ignition source, the holder comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the inner holder is coupled to a piezo electric ignition source including an actuator, and the second end of the inner holder has a surface configured to receive a tip of an oxy fuel torch; and an attachment means to releasably attach the igniter device to a support member; wherein, the actuator is moveable from a relaxed state to a compressed state to thereby activate the piezo electric ignition source to produce a spark for igniting the oxy fuel torch to produce a flame when the igniter device is attached to the support member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventor: John Robert Vaughan
  • Patent number: 11045341
    Abstract: Apparatus for manipulating and securing tissue are described herein. In creating tissue folds within the body of a patient, a tissue manipulation assembly may generally have an elongate tubular member, an engagement member slidably disposed through the tubular member and a distal end adapted to engage tissue via a helical member, tissue stabilizing members positioned at the tubular member distal end which are adapted to stabilize tissue therebetween, and a delivery tube pivotable about the tissue stabilizer. The stabilizing members can be adapted to become angled relative to a longitudinal axis of the elongate tubular member. Moreover, one or all the articulation controls and functions can be integrated into a singular handle assembly connectable to the tissue manipulation assembly via a rigid or flexible tubular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: USGI MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Richard C. Ewers, Cang C. Lam, Robert A. Vaughan, Chris Rothe, Kenneth H. Michlitsch
  • Publication number: 20210086917
    Abstract: A satellite system may have a constellation of communications satellites that provides services to users with electronic devices such as portable electronic devices and home/office equipment. A network operations center may use gateways to communicate with the satellite constellation. The satellite constellation may include sets of satellites with different orbits such as circular orbits with different inclinations, sets of satellites with elliptic orbits, sets of satellites with circular orbits of different altitudes including low earth orbits, medium earth orbits, and/or geosynchronous orbits, sets of satellites with sun synchronous orbits, and/or sets of satellites with other orbits. The orbits of the satellites in the constellation may be selected to provide coverage to desired user population concentrations at different locations on the Earth, while reducing the amount of capacity that goes unused (e.g., is idle) at one or more times of day.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Inventors: Robert Vaughan, James Scott, Ryan Reid, Robert Hawkins, John Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10900889
    Abstract: Method and systems for assessing the authenticity of a candidate product compare molecular sensor generated spectrum data for the candidate product with spectrum data for the identified product. A method includes receiving data identifying a product and spectrum data generated by scanning the one or more locations of the candidate product with a molecular sensor that emits electromagnetic radiation onto the candidate product and includes a spectrometer to generate the received spectrum data for resulting electromagnetic radiation reflections from the candidate product. The received spectrum data is compared with spectrum data for the identified product. The candidate product is classified as authenticated or non-authenticated based on the results of the comparison between the received spectrum data for the candidate product and the spectrum data for the identified product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Vaughan Williams, Cynthia Wilson Williams, Abhishek Ojha, Neil Scott Ackerman, Rotem Hershko
  • Patent number: 10807740
    Abstract: A satellite system may have a constellation of communications satellites that provides services to users with electronic devices such as portable electronic devices and home/office equipment. A network operations center may use gateways to communicate with the satellite constellation. The satellite constellation may include sets of satellites with different orbits such as circular orbits with different inclinations, sets of satellites with elliptic orbits, sets of satellites with circular orbits of different altitudes including low earth orbits, medium earth orbits, and/or geosynchronous orbits, sets of satellites with sun synchronous orbits, and/or sets of satellites with other orbits. The orbits of the satellites in the constellation may be selected to provide coverage to desired user population concentrations at different locations on the Earth, while reducing the amount of capacity that goes unused (e.g., is idle) at one or more times of day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Vaughan, James Scott, Ryan Reid, Robert Hawkins, John Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20200304202
    Abstract: A satellite system may have a constellation of communications satellites that provides services to users with electronic devices such as portable electronic devices and home and office equipment. A network operations center may use gateways to communicate with the satellite constellation. The satellite constellation may include sets of satellites with different orbits such as circular orbits with different inclinations, sets of satellites with elliptic orbits, sets of satellites with circular orbits of different altitudes including low earth orbits, medium earth orbits, and/or geosynchronous orbits, and/or sets of satellites with other orbits. The satellite orbits of the satellites in the satellite constellation may be selected to provide coverage to desired user population concentrations at different locations on the earth without using an excessive number of satellites.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Vaughan, Greg Busche, Brett Poirier, Robert Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10707953
    Abstract: A satellite system may have a constellation of communications satellites that provides services to users with electronic devices such as portable electronic devices and home and office equipment. A network operations center may use gateways to communicate with the satellite constellation. The satellite constellation may include sets of satellites with different orbits such as circular orbits with different inclinations, sets of satellites with elliptic orbits, sets of satellites with circular orbits of different altitudes including low earth orbits, medium earth orbits, and/or geosynchronous orbits, and/or sets of satellites with other orbits. The satellite orbits of the satellites in the satellite constellation may be selected to provide coverage to desired user population concentrations at different locations on the earth without using an excessive number of satellites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Vaughan, Greg Busche, Brett Poirier, Robert Hawkins
  • Publication number: 20190341998
    Abstract: A satellite system may have a constellation of communications satellites that provides services to users with electronic devices such as portable electronic devices and home and office equipment. A network operations center may use gateways to communicate with the satellite constellation. The satellite constellation may include sets of satellites with different orbits such as circular orbits with different inclinations, sets of satellites with elliptic orbits, sets of satellites with circular orbits of different altitudes including low earth orbits, medium earth orbits, and/or geosynchronous orbits, and/or sets of satellites with other orbits. The satellite orbits of the satellites in the satellite constellation may be selected to provide coverage to desired user population concentrations at different locations on the earth without using an excessive number of satellites.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Vaughan, Greg Busche, Brett Poirier, Robert Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10361773
    Abstract: A satellite system may have a constellation of communications satellites that provides services to users with electronic devices such as portable electronic devices and home and office equipment. A network operations center may use gateways to communicate with the satellite constellation. The satellite constellation may include sets of satellites with different orbits such as circular orbits with different inclinations, sets of satellites with elliptic orbits, sets of satellites with circular orbits of different altitudes including low earth orbits, medium earth orbits, and/or geosynchronous orbits, and/or sets of satellites with other orbits. The satellite orbits of the satellites in the satellite constellation may be selected to provide coverage to desired user population concentrations at different locations on the earth without using an excessive number of satellites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Vaughan, Greg Busche, Brett Poirier, Robert Hawkins
  • Publication number: 20190083318
    Abstract: Devices, systems, methods, and kits for treating the tissue structures of the ear make use of a guide structure that can mechanically register a treatment probe with a target region of a target tissue, the guide structure being fittingly received in an auditory canal and often comprising a conformable body such as a compressible foam, or the like. The guide structure may include an articulating mechanism for selectively orienting the treatment probe toward the target region of, for example, a tympanic membrane. The guide structure may also support a videoscopic image capture device, illumination transmitting optical fibers, an aiming beam transmitter, and the like. Such structures facilitate myringotomy, tympanostomy tube placement, and the like, under local anesthesia in a doctor's office.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: Tusker Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron V. KAPLAN, Joseph TARTAGLIA, Robert VAUGHAN, Christopher JONES
  • Patent number: 10231533
    Abstract: A wearable container or pack that is quickly convertible into front and rear body armor without removing the pack from the torso of the wearer. The container or pack may include a bag that may be easily separated from the container or pack, and quickly dropped from the container or pack, providing supplies for another person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Vaughan, Dennis O'Connor, Brian Naillon, Von Bolin, Wallace Lau
  • Publication number: 20180344501
    Abstract: Apparatus for manipulating and securing tissue are described herein. In creating tissue folds within the body of a patient, a tissue manipulation assembly may generally have an elongate tubular member, an engagement member slidably disposed through the tubular member and a distal end adapted to engage tissue via a helical member, tissue stabilizing members positioned at the tubular member distal end which are adapted to stabilize tissue therebetween, and a delivery tube pivotable about the tissue stabilizer. The stabilizing members can be adapted to become angled relative to a longitudinal axis of the elongate tubular member. Moreover, one or all the articulation controls and functions can be integrated into a singular handle assembly connectable to the tissue manipulation assembly via a rigid or flexible tubular body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Richard C. Ewers, Cang C. Lam, Robert A. Vaughan, Chris Rothe, Kenneth H. Michlitsch
  • Patent number: 10130515
    Abstract: Devices, systems, methods, and kits for treating the tissue structures of the ear make use of a guide structure that can mechanically register a treatment probe with a target region of a target tissue, the guide structure being fittingly received in an auditory canal and often comprising a conformable body such as a compressible foam, or the like. The guide structure may include an articulating mechanism for selectively orienting the treatment probe toward the target region of, for example, a tympanic membrane. The guide structure may also support a videoscopic image capture device, illumination transmitting optical fibers, an aiming beam transmitter, and the like. Such structures facilitate myringotomy, tympanostomy tube placement, and the like, under local anesthesia in a doctor's office.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Tusker Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron V. Kaplan, Joseph Tartaglia, Robert Vaughan, Christopher Jones
  • Publication number: 20180309507
    Abstract: A satellite system may have a constellation of communications satellites that provides services to users with electronic devices such as portable electronic devices and home and office equipment. A network operations center may use gateways to communicate with the satellite constellation. The satellite constellation may include sets of satellites with different orbits such as circular orbits with different inclinations, sets of satellites with elliptic orbits, sets of satellites with circular orbits of different altitudes including low earth orbits, medium earth orbits, and/or geosynchronous orbits, and/or sets of satellites with other orbits. The satellite orbits of the satellites in the satellite constellation may be selected to provide coverage to desired user population concentrations at different locations on the earth without using an excessive number of satellites.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: Robert Vaughan, Greg Busche, Brett Poirier, Robert Hawkins
  • Publication number: 20180305042
    Abstract: A satellite system may have a constellation of communications satellites that provides services to users with electronic devices such as portable electronic devices and home/office equipment. A network operations center may use gateways to communicate with the satellite constellation. The satellite constellation may include sets of satellites with different orbits such as circular orbits with different inclinations, sets of satellites with elliptic orbits, sets of satellites with circular orbits of different altitudes including low earth orbits, medium earth orbits, and/or geosynchronous orbits, sets of satellites with sun synchronous orbits, and/or sets of satellites with other orbits. The orbits of the satellites in the constellation may be selected to provide coverage to desired user population concentrations at different locations on the Earth, while reducing the amount of capacity that goes unused (e.g., is idle) at one or more times of day.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: Robert Vaughan, James Scott, Ryan Reid, Robert Hawkins, John Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10045871
    Abstract: Apparatus for manipulating and securing tissue are described herein. In creating tissue folds within the body of a patient, a tissue manipulation assembly may generally have an elongate tubular member, an engagement member slidably disposed through the tubular member and a distal end adapted to engage tissue via a helical member, tissue stabilizing members positioned at the tubular member distal end which are adapted to stabilize tissue therebetween, and a delivery tube pivotable about the tissue stabilizer. The stabilizing members can be adapted to become angled relative to a longitudinal axis of the elongate tubular member. Moreover, one or all the articulation controls and functions can be integrated into a singular handle assembly connectable to the tissue manipulation assembly via a rigid or flexible tubular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: USGI Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Richard C. Ewers, Cang C. Lam, Robert A. Vaughan, Chris Rothe, Kenneth H. Michlitsch