Patents by Inventor Rodney Paul Opitz

Rodney Paul Opitz 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: 8090388
    Abstract: A communication system is disclosed that uses a received wireless signal combined with stored location data about the received signal to determine a location of the communication system or a component of the communication system. The communication system can include a receiver, a processor, and a memory. The processor is adapted to detect identification information in the received wireless signal, search the memory for identification data that matches the detected identification information, and retrieve location data associated with the matching identification information, thereby determining a general location or geographic region in which the receiver is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Uniden America Corporation
    Inventor: Rodney Paul Opitz
  • Patent number: 7522111
    Abstract: A telescoping antenna is disclosed having a plurality of telescoping hollow elements, including an inner-most hollow element. A button latches onto the top of the inner-most element. The inner-most element also includes a tab for preventing its full retraction into the other hollow elements. A wire antenna element is connected to the button, extends through the hollow elements, and is operably connected to a retracting mechanism. The button can be detached from the hollow elements in order to extend the wire antenna elements from out of the hollow elements. The wire antenna element is electrically connected to the receiver circuit such that the wire can act as a long-wire antenna of a calculable radio frequency (RF) resonance when extracted to a particular length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Uniden America Corporation
    Inventor: Rodney Paul Opitz
  • Publication number: 20090046032
    Abstract: A telescoping antenna is disclosed having a plurality of telescoping hollow elements, including an inner-most hollow element. A button latches onto the top of the inner-most element. The inner-most element also includes a tab for preventing its full retraction into the other hollow elements. A wire antenna element is connected to the button, extends through the hollow elements, and is operably connected to a retracting mechanism. The button can be detached from the hollow elements in order to extend the wire antenna elements from out of the hollow elements. The wire antenna element is electrically connected to the receiver circuit such that the wire can act as a long-wire antenna of a calculable radio frequency (RF) resonance when extracted to a particular length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventor: Rodney Paul Opitz
  • Patent number: 7444238
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and system for generating a map using a global positioning system (100). According to one embodiment, the present invention is a mapping apparatus capable of automatically loading the most relevant local map data to a handheld mapping device (112) as needed. The mapping apparatus comprises a handheld mapping device (112) incorporating a wide area base database (158) and a local area detail database (160). The apparatus further comprises a mobile docking station (114) incorporating a wide area detail database (172) and software operable to update the local area detail database (160).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Uniden America Corporation
    Inventor: Rodney Paul Opitz