Patents by Inventor Robert W. Smith

Robert W. 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).

  • Publication number: 20210342828
    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. The data security techniques disclosed herein also enable the use of smart contracts to support compliance with anti-money laundering requirements. A node may receive a new account transaction that includes documents identifying an account holder. The node may compare the identity to a government list of identities. In some embodiments, the node may detect any discrepancies between the documents and modify the new account transaction. The new account transaction may be compiled into a block of the blockchain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Publication date: November 4, 2021
    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: 11135915
    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 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Jason T. Czapka, Kevin D. McKee, Kevin M. Smith, Robert J. Longua, Keith W. Wendte, Marvin A. Prickel
  • Patent number: 11135110
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    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 R. 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: 20210279722
    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 with an agency. In some scenarios, the documents may be associated with unclaimed property. The documents may be associated with a smart contract. Accordingly, the document 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 document 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: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    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: 20210279723
    Abstract: Methods and systems for processing a blockchain comprising a plurality of immutable insurance policy records corresponding to industry reports are provided. According to certain aspects, a transaction request indicating an industry report issued by an entity may be received at a first node. A block including a reporting record indicating the industry report 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 industry report.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    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: 20210264052
    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 access to audit data. The policy information may be associated with a smart contract. Accordingly, the audit data 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 audit data 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: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    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: 10555548
    Abstract: An ozone generator includes at least four independent ozone generation control channels that energize at least four independent ozone generation plates. The at least four independent ozone generation control channels allow for multiple modes of operation, including sterilization, disinfecting, and managing, in addition to interleaved operation, which significantly extends the useful life of the individual ozone generation plates. The ozone generator is placed in a preexisting conditioned airflow that enters a conditioned airspace enclosed by a container. Being placed in the preexisting conditioned airflow, the ozone generator does not require a fan or other air movement device to actively transport ozone-enriched air or oxygen through the ozone generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Quail Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Robert W. Smith
  • Publication number: 20190335790
    Abstract: An ozone generator includes at least four independent ozone generation control channels that energize at least four independent ozone generation plates. The at least four independent ozone generation control channels allow for multiple modes of operation, including sterilization, disinfecting, and managing, in addition to interleaved operation, which significantly extends the useful life of the individual ozone generation plates. The ozone generator is placed in a preexisting conditioned airflow that enters a conditioned airspace enclosed by a container. Being placed in the preexisting conditioned airflow, the ozone generator does not require a fan or other air movement device to actively transport ozone-enriched air or oxygen through the ozone generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: Quail Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Robert W. Smith
  • Patent number: 10342246
    Abstract: An ozone generator includes at least four independent ozone generation control channels that energize at least four independent ozone generation plates. The at least four independent ozone generation control channels allow for multiple modes of operation, including sterilization, disinfecting, and managing, in addition to interleaved operation, which significantly extends the useful life of the individual ozone generation plates. The ozone generator is placed in a preexisting conditioned airflow that enters a conditioned airspace enclosed by a container. Being placed in the preexisting conditioned airflow, the ozone generator does not require a fan or other air movement device to actively transport ozone-enriched air or oxygen through the ozone generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Quail Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Robert W. Smith
  • Publication number: 20180070616
    Abstract: An ozone generator includes at least four independent ozone generation control channels that energize at least four independent ozone generation plates. The at least four independent ozone generation control channels allow for multiple modes of operation, including sterilization, disinfecting, and managing, in addition to interleaved operation, which significantly extends the useful life of the individual ozone generation plates. The ozone generator is placed in a preexisting conditioned airflow that enters a conditioned airspace enclosed by a container. Being placed in the preexisting conditioned airflow, the ozone generator does not require a fan or other air movement device to actively transport ozone-enriched air or oxygen through the ozone generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventor: Robert W. Smith
  • Patent number: 9381884
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat bottom and a seatback operatively coupled to the seat bottom. The seatback includes a substantially rigid polymeric substrate and an outer layer covering the polymeric substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Bruce L. Stone, Robert W. Smith
  • Patent number: 9273859
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lighting system for lighting the interior of an enclosure. The enclosure has at least one movable door or drawer for opening and accessing the interior of the enclosure. The lighting system includes a light assembly with a lower casing and an upper casing. The light assembly also includes a plurality of light emitting diode (LED) mounted within the upper casing, at least one battery mounted within the upper casing, electrical circuitry connecting the plurality of LED's to the battery, a means for mounting the lower casing to a surface, and a electrical receptacle mounted within the lower casing. The lighting system further includes a magnetic switch including an electrical cable or harness. The cable has an electrical plug configured to electrically mate with the receptacle of the lower casing. The magnetic switch has a means for mounting to an interior enclosure surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventor: Robert W. Smith
  • Publication number: 20150076885
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat bottom and a seatback operatively coupled to the seat bottom. The seatback includes a substantially rigid polymeric substrate and an outer layer covering the polymeric substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Bruce L. Stone, Robert W. Smith
  • Patent number: 8971362
    Abstract: A power monitoring and correction to a desired power level of a laser or group of lasers utilizes two photodetectors which are employed to accurately determine the amount of output power from the front end or “customer” end of a laser or a plurality of such lasers. During power detection, which may be accomplished intermittently or continuously, the laser is modulated with a tone of low frequency modulation. One photodetector at the rear of the laser is employed to detect the DC value of the frequency tone, i.e., a value or number representative of the AC peak-to-peak swing, amplitude or modulation depth of the tone. Also, the rear photodetector may be employed to determine the optical modulation index (OMI). In either case, these values may be employed in a closed loop feedback system to adjust or otherwise calibrate the value of the low tone frequency relative to the total desired bias current applied to the laser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Smith, Alan C. Nilsson
  • Publication number: 20140334139
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lighting system for lighting the interior of an enclosure. The enclosure has at least one movable door or drawer for opening and accessing the interior of the enclosure. The lighting system includes a light assembly with a lower casing and an upper casing. The light assembly also includes a plurality of light emitting diode (LED) mounted within the upper casing, at least one battery mounted within the upper casing, electrical circuitry connecting the plurality of LED's to the battery, a means for mounting the lower casing to a surface, and a electrical receptacle mounted within the lower casing. The lighting system further includes a magnetic switch including an electrical cable or harness. The cable has an electrical plug configured to electrically mate with the receptacle of the lower casing. The magnetic switch has a means for mounting to an interior enclosure surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Robert W. Smith
  • Patent number: 8548391
    Abstract: An apparatus includes terminals configured to be coupled to a string wiring of a photovoltaic string. The apparatus also includes a power controller configured to control a power provided over the string wiring by a photovoltaic panel in the photovoltaic string. The apparatus further includes a wireless radio configured to at least one of transmit and receive wireless signals using the string wiring as an antenna. The wireless signals contain data associated with the photovoltaic panel and/or the power controller. For example, the wireless radio could be configured to receive a first signal containing a command for the power controller from the string wiring and to provide the command to the power controller. The wireless radio could also be configured to receive an acknowledgement associated with the command from the power controller and to transmit a second signal containing the acknowledgement over the string wiring for wireless transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: National Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence H. Zuckerman, Perry I. Tsao, Robert W. Smith
  • Patent number: 8521595
    Abstract: A method and system for dynamic interaction mapping for online advertizing is disclosed in one embodiment. Metric information relating to interaction with a creative is received from a number of user computer from across the Internet. The metric information is correlated to playback time of the creative and position of interaction with respect to the creative. A graphic overlay or heatmap is formulated according to display options, event triggers, playback time and position of the interaction relative to the creative. The graphic overlay is presented in a way that the graphic overlay changes according to playback time. Display options include creative transparency, graphic overlay transparency, selection from a number of interactions and/or events, selection of one or more panels, choosing clicks and/or rollovers, choice of different colors or shading for different interaction, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Eyewonder, LLC
    Inventors: Aleksei Tolompoiko, Justin Haygood, Phillip J. Markert, Jr., Ryan A. Caskey, Robert W. Smith
  • Patent number: 8356486
    Abstract: A compressor bleed air valve in an auxiliary power unit (“APU”) modulates bleed air flow both for accessory pneumatic systems powered by the bleed air and for reducing or removing surge in the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Walters, Robert W. Smith, Anthony C. Jones
  • Publication number: 20120152300
    Abstract: An apparatus includes terminals configured to be coupled to a string wiring of a photovoltaic string. The apparatus also includes a power controller configured to control a power provided over the string wiring by a photovoltaic panel in the photovoltaic string. The apparatus further includes a wireless radio configured to at least one of transmit and receive wireless signals using the string wiring as an antenna. The wireless signals contain data associated with the photovoltaic panel and/or the power controller. For example, the wireless radio could be configured to receive a first signal containing a command for the power controller from the string wiring and to provide the command to the power controller. The wireless radio could also be configured to receive an acknowledgement associated with the command from the power controller and to transmit a second signal containing the acknowledgement over the string wiring for wireless transmission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: National Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence H. Zuckerman, Perry I. Tsao, Robert W. Smith
  • Patent number: 8155488
    Abstract: A transmissive active channel element is provided in each signal channel of a monolithic multi-channel TxPIC where each channel also includes a modulated source. The active channel element functions both as a power control element for both monitoring and regulating the output channel signal level of each signal channel and as a modulator for channel wavelength tagging or labeling to provide for wavelength locking the modulated sources. The power regulating function is also employed to control the channel signal power outputs of each channel to be uniform across the channel signal array. All of these functions are carried out by a feedback loop utilizing digital signal processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Alan C. Nilsson, Robert W. Smith, Yishai Kagan, Paul N. Freeman