Patents by Inventor Robert Whiteman

Robert Whiteman 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: 10421310
    Abstract: A method of forming a security document, comprises providing a thread comprising at least one region of heat-transformable material, this material having an optical effect which is transformable in response to applied heat. The thread is integrated with a document substrate material during a substrate forming process, so as to produce a security document substrate having at least one windowed region in which the thread is exposed at the substrate surface, and at least one bridge region in which the thread is not exposed. A patterned heat process is then applied, causing a structural modification in the heat-transformable layer of the thread so as to produce an observable optical effect representative of the heat pattern at one or more predetermined positions with respect to one or more of the said windowed region or bridge region. Security documents bearing threads with such optically transformable materials are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: DE LA RUE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert Whiteman
  • Patent number: 10377649
    Abstract: The present invention relates to apparatus, methods, and applications for treating wastewater, and more particularly to biological processes for removing pollutants from wastewater. This invention further relates to apparatus and methods for growing microbes on-site at a wastewater treatment facility, and for economically inoculating sufficient microbes to solve various treatment problems rapidly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: G. Robert Whiteman
  • Publication number: 20190232708
    Abstract: A security device is disclosed, comprising an array of focussing elements with regular periodicity in at least a first direction, each focusing element having an optical footprint of which different portions will be directed to the viewer in dependence on the viewing angle; and an array of image elements with regular periodicity in at least the first direction overlapping the array of focusing structures, the image elements representing portions of at least two respective images, and at least one image element from each respective image being located in the optical footprint of each focusing structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: DE LA RUE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Brian William HOLMES, John GODFREY, Robert WHITEMAN
  • Patent number: 10322956
    Abstract: The present invention relates to apparatus, methods, and applications for treating wastewater, and more particularly to biological processes for removing pollutants from wastewater. This invention further relates to apparatus and methods for growing microbes on-site at a wastewater treatment facility, and for economically inoculating sufficient microbes to solve various treatment problems rapidly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Biological Services, Inc.
    Inventor: G. Robert Whiteman
  • Publication number: 20190111723
    Abstract: An optically variable device comprising a substrate having a transparent viewing region and a layer of optical interference structure material for selectively reflecting and transmitting incident light to generate an optically variable effect. The layer of optical interference structure material has a front side and a rear side, the device further comprising an absorbing layer comprising an at least partially light absorbing material on the rear side of the layer of optical interference structure material. When a region on the front side of the layer of optical interference structure material receives incident light and the device is viewed in reflected light, the absorbing layer is sufficiently opaque to absorb light that passes through the optical interference structure material and the optically variable effect is observable in reflected light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: DE LA RUE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert WHITEMAN
  • Patent number: 10249113
    Abstract: A secure entry system is provided. The secure entry system includes an authorization apparatus including a reader for reading data, and a record medium, in which the record medium is presented to the reader, and characterized in that the reader and the record medium or a member connected to the record medium include one or more pairs of visible and/or tactile markings which, only when the record medium is correctly presented to the reader, cooperate with one another in a predetermined manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: DE LA RUE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert Whiteman
  • Publication number: 20190061409
    Abstract: A security device manufacturing method includes: providing a substrate having a viewing region; providing an obscuring layer in the region; providing a first image; applying a mask to the first image and swapping colour components of first and second sub-images of the first image forming: a mask pattern, and a background pattern representing the unswapped colour components on their assigned side; and printing the mask and background patterns on corresponding layer sides. The layer reduces colours visibility on one side when the other side of the layer is viewed in reflection, and allows light through the region when the security device is viewed in transmitted light. When either side of the region is viewed in reflected light, the patterns on that side are dominantly visible and may be distinguished. When the region is viewed in transmitted light from either side, the region is transparent and the colour-composite image is visible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: DE LA RUE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert WHITEMAN
  • Publication number: 20190039403
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a hybrid security structure for a security document, the method comprising the steps of: providing a document substrate; applying to the document substrate, by a first process, a first element comprising a first electrically conductive region of the hybrid security structure; applying to the document substrate, by a second process, a second element comprising a second electrically conductive region of the hybrid security structure, wherein the first process is different from the second process; and electrically coupling the first and second electrically conductive regions of the hybrid security structure for detection by a capacitance sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Applicant: DE LA RUE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert WHITEMAN
  • Publication number: 20180360156
    Abstract: The invention relates to embroidered material portions for incorporation into an article of footwear, and systems and methods for the manufacture thereof. More particularly, the invention relates to an article of footwear having an upper with a sole structure, the upper including a first upper element including a base layer and a first structural layer including at least one first fiber embroidered onto the exterior surface of the base layer, the at least one first fiber forming a plurality of first elongate structural elements extending over the exterior surface of the base layer to provide discrete localized structural support to the base layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: John Robert Whiteman, Bryan Decker Gothie, Timothy Kelvin Robinson, Michael Nelson White
  • Publication number: 20180315151
    Abstract: Methods of manufacturing security documents and security devices, and corresponding products, provide a lenticular device effect in a first registration zone. Viewing its appearance from two different angles in this way, the relative positioning of the focussing element array and the image array can be judged to a high degree of accuracy. If the two arrays do not have the desired relative position, this will be clearly apparent since the different first and second images will not be captured at the first and second test viewing angles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicant: DE LA RUE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Brian William HOLMES, Robert WHITEMAN, Lawrence George COMMANDER
  • Publication number: 20180215187
    Abstract: A security device is provided including a first pattern of elements and a second, overlapping, pattern of elements spaced by a transparent layer, the first and second patterns in combination obstructing the passage of light transmitted to a viewer through the device to a varying degree depending on the viewing position. The first and second patterns of elements are configured such that a first region of the device exhibits a maximum change in the degree of obstruction when the device is tilted relative to the viewer about a first tilt axis, and a second region of the device exhibits a maximum change in the degree of obstruction when the device is tilted relative to the viewer about a second tilt axis which is not parallel to the first tilt axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: DE LA RUE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Robert WHITEMAN, Alice SMITH, Adam LISTER
  • Publication number: 20180141369
    Abstract: Improvements in security substrates that are used in the production of security documents are provided. The security substrate includes a base substrate having a plurality of openings extending through a thickness of the base substrate. The plurality of openings define a frame of the base substrate with an island of the base substrate lying within the frame. The island is connected to the frame by a plurality of spurs formed from the base substrate, with the spurs being spaced around a periphery of the island and being separated by the plurality of openings. The frame has an inner periphery, where at least 50% of the inner periphery lies adjacent to the plurality of openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: De La Rue International Limited
    Inventor: Robert WHITEMAN
  • Patent number: 9969633
    Abstract: The present invention relates to apparatus, methods, and applications for treating wastewater collection systems contaminated with fats, oils and grease (FOG), such as wet wells, transfer or lift stations, or main sewer lines, and more particularly to biological processes for removing the FOG from wastewater. This invention further relates to apparatus and methods for growing microbes on-site at a wastewater treatment facility or FOG-contaminated wastewater collection system location, and for economically inoculating sufficient microbes to solve various treatment problems rapidly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Whiteman
  • Publication number: 20180072596
    Abstract: The present invention relates to apparatus, methods, and applications for treating wastewater, and more particularly to biological processes for removing pollutants from wastewater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Applicant: Advanced Biological Services, Inc.
    Inventor: G. Robert Whiteman
  • Patent number: 9902186
    Abstract: A security device is provided including a first pattern of elements and a second, overlapping, pattern of elements spaced by a transparent layer, the first and second patterns in combination obstructing the passage of light transmitted to a viewer through the device to a varying degree depending on the viewing position. The first and second patterns of elements are configured such that a first region of the device exhibits a maximum change in the degree of obstruction when the device is tilted relative to the viewer about a first tilt axis, and a second region of the device exhibits a maximum change in the degree of obstruction when the device is tilted relative to the viewer about a second tilt axis which is not parallel to the first tilt axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: DE LA RUE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Robert Whiteman, Alice Smith, Adam Lister
  • Patent number: 9783438
    Abstract: The present invention relates to apparatus, methods, and applications for treating wastewater, and more particularly to biological processes for removing pollutants from wastewater. This invention further relates to apparatus and methods for growing microbes on-site at a wastewater treatment facility, and for economically inoculating sufficient microbes to solve various treatment problems rapidly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Advanced Biological Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Whiteman
  • Publication number: 20170116797
    Abstract: A secure entry system is provided. The secure entry system includes an authorisation apparatus including a reader for reading data, and a record medium, in which the record medium is presented to the reader, and characterised in that the reader and the record medium or a member connected to the record medium include one or more pairs of visible and/or tactile markings which, only when the record medium is correctly presented to the reader, cooperate with one another in a predetermined manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: DE LA RUE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert WHITEMAN
  • Patent number: 9563999
    Abstract: A method is provided of identifying a security document using an identifying device. The identifying device is provided with a capacitance sensor and a second sensor. The method includes capacitively coupling a first element of the security document with the capacitance sensor and obtaining first data from the first element using the capacitance sensor. Second data is also obtained from the security document using the second sensor. Output data is then generated based upon the first and second data. A corresponding device and system are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: DE LA RUE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert Whiteman
  • Publication number: 20170015130
    Abstract: A method of forming a security document, comprises providing a thread comprising at least one region of heat-transformable material, this material having an optical effect which is transformable in response to applied heat. The thread is integrated with a document substrate material during a substrate forming process, so as to produce a security document substrate having at least one windowed region in which the thread is exposed at the substrate surface, and at least one bridge region in which the thread is not exposed. A patterned heat process is then applied, causing a structural modification in the heat-transformable layer of the thread so as to produce an observable optical effect representative of the heat pattern at one or more predetermined positions with respect to one or more of the said windowed region or bridge region. Security documents bearing threads with such optically transformable materials are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Applicant: DE LA RUE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert WHITEMAN
  • Patent number: D840654
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: New Balance Athletics, Inc.
    Inventor: John Robert Whiteman