Patents by Inventor S. Hancock

S. Hancock 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: 10311854
    Abstract: A noise cancellation system for a vehicle includes a sensor configured to determine an imminent noise that will be perceivable in a passenger compartment of the vehicle, a noise identification module operable to identify at least one quality of the imminent noise, and a noise cancellation device operable to substantially attenuate the imminent noise as the imminent noise becomes a perceivable noise in the passenger compartment based on the at least one quality of the imminent noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Eli Tzirkel-Hancock, Ilan Malka, Bassam S. Shahmurad
  • Publication number: 20190032975
    Abstract: A microchannel heat exchanger has an upper portion connected in fluid communication with a header, a lower portion connected in fluid communication with the header at a location that is vertically lower on the header than the upper portion, and a sight glass on the header. The sight glass can be horizontally aligned with a top of the second portion. The sight glass can be served as a visual aid when charging the microchannel heat exchanger with a refrigerant at a predetermined level. When an indicator indicates that refrigerant is mixed vapor and liquid, refrigerant can be added into the microchannel heat exchanger. When the indicator indicates that the refrigerant is liquid, the charging process can be stopped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventor: Stephen S. HANCOCK
  • Patent number: 10066843
    Abstract: A method of constructing an air handling unit includes forming an air handling enclosure, mounting a blower in the air handling enclosure, mounting a heat exchanger in the air handling enclosure downstream of the blower, and mounting at least one heating element in the air handing enclosure downstream of the blower. A method of operating an HVAC system includes disposing a heat exchanger downstream of a blower within an enclosure, providing an airflow through the enclosure, and orienting a plurality of fins on the heat exchanger to stabilize the airflow exiting the heat exchanger prior to the airflow contacting an electrically-powered resistive heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen S. Hancock
  • Patent number: 9897357
    Abstract: Systems and methods may include a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system having a heat exchanger and an expansion device disposed upstream and in fluid communication with the heat exchanger. The expansion device includes a pressure recovery portion. The expansion device may also include an isentropic expansion device and/or a substantially isentropic expansion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen S. Hancock
  • Publication number: 20170078752
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a television schedule guide which includes a detector for determining whether a previously scrambled program is unscrambled. If a previously scrambled program is momentarily unscrambled due to promotional efforts by the program provider, the system will visually distinguish the program on the guide, and a viewer may tune to or record the program from the guide. The view may also subscribe to the program provider through the guide during the promotional period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: DOUGLAS B. MACRAE, THOMAS E. WARD, KENNETH S. HANCOCK, JONATHAN B. ORLICK
  • Patent number: 9521462
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a television schedule guide which includes a detector for determining whether a previously scrambled program is unscrambled. If a previously scrambled program is momentarily unscrambled or scrambled due to promotional efforts by the program provider, the system will visually distinguish the program on the guide, and a viewer may tune to or record the program from the guide. The view may also subscribe to the program provider through the guide during the promotional period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas B. Macrae, Thomas E. Ward, Kenneth S. Hancock, Jonathan B. Orlick
  • Publication number: 20160219327
    Abstract: A system and method for utilizing data stored in an EPG database for modifying advertisement information. In this way, a service provider and/or an advertiser can transmit a single advertisement to all the television stations regardless of their geographic location and other user specific information, and need not re-transmit the advertisement even if there is a change in the show's program description. When the advertisement is displayed, the correct updated information is retrieved from the EPG database and inserted into the advertisement. In one aspect, the present invention describes a method for modifying an advertisement in an EPG comprising the steps of: storing television schedule information in a first database; storing advertisement information in a second database; incorporating a portion of the television schedule information into a portion of the advertisement information to form a modified advertisement; and displaying the modified advertisement on a screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Inventors: Ronald Alexander, Stephen Dias, Kenneth S. Hancock, Elsie Y. Leung, Douglas B. Macrae, Arthur Y. Ng, Shawn P. O'Neil, P. Christopher Shoaff, Jonathon Sutton, Thomas E. Ward, Thomas E. Westberg, Henry C. Yuen
  • Publication number: 20160169540
    Abstract: An air handling unit has an enclosure, a heat exchanger disposed within the enclosure, and a heating element substantially co-located with the heat exchanger within the enclosure. An air handling unit has a cabinet with a first air opening and a second air opening. A blower is disposed within the cabinet adjacent to the first air opening and a heat exchanger is disposed within the cabinet adjacent to an air outlet of the blower unit and also adjacent to the second air opening. At least one heating element is located adjacent the heat exchanger. A method of constructing an air handling unit includes forming an air handling enclosure, mounting a blower in the air handling enclosure, mounting a heat exchanger in the air handling enclosure downstream of the blower, and mounting at least one heating element in the air handing enclosure downstream of the blower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventor: Stephen S. HANCOCK
  • Publication number: 20160156979
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a television schedule guide which includes a detector for determining whether a previously scrambled program is unscrambled. If a previously scrambled program is momentarily unscrambled or scrambled due to promotional efforts by the program provider, the system will visually distinguish the program on the guide, and a viewer may tune to or record the program from the guide. The view may also subscribe to the program provider through the guide during the promotional period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Inventors: Douglas B. Macrae, Thomas E. Ward, Kenneth S. Hancock, Jonathan B. Orlick
  • Patent number: 9303882
    Abstract: An air handling unit includes an enclosure, a heat exchanger having a first section and a second section, wherein the heat exchanger is disposed within the enclosure, and at least one heating element substantially co-located with the heat exchanger within the enclosure. The at least one heating element is at least partially located between the first section of the heat exchanger and the second section of the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen S. Hancock
  • Patent number: 9279429
    Abstract: A blower housing has a discharge direction, an axis of rotation, a polar axis that intersects the axis of rotation and is substantially perpendicular to the discharge direction, and an angular sweep of increasing fluid flow area. The fluid flow area, A, increases with increasing angular magnitude, ?, as a function comprising at least a functional component that is at least one of (1) equal to, (2) substantially mathematically reducible to, and (3) substantially mathematically analogous to the equation, A ? ( ? ) = A co + R ? ( 1 - 1 - [ ( r i ) ? ( ? ) R ] 2 ) , where Aco is a minimum fluid flow area, R is a radius of a first circle, and ri is a radius of a second circle that is smaller than the first circle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen S. Hancock
  • Patent number: 9271049
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a television schedule guide which includes a detector for determining whether a previously scrambled program is unscrambled. If a previously scrambled program is momentarily unscrambled due to promotional efforts by the program provider, the system will visually distinguish the program on the guide, and a viewer may tune to or record the program from the guide. The view may also subscribe to the program provider through the guide during the promotional period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas B. Macrae, Thomas E. Ward, Kenneth S. Hancock, Jonathan B. Orlick
  • Publication number: 20160047582
    Abstract: Systems and methods may include a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system having a heat exchanger and an expansion device disposed upstream and in fluid communication with the heat exchanger. The expansion device includes a pressure recovery portion. The expansion device may also include an isentropic expansion device and/or a substantially isentropic expansion device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Inventor: Stephen S. Hancock
  • Patent number: 9234673
    Abstract: An air handling unit has a blower configured to selectively move air from an air inlet of the air handling unit to an air outlet of the air handling unit along an airflow direction extending from the blower to the air outlet, a heat exchanger disposed within the air handling unit between the inlet and the outlet, the heat exchanger has a thermal conductor, an evaporator tube thermally conductively joined to the thermal conductor, and a subcooler tube thermally conductively joined to the thermal conductor. An expansion device provides fluid communication between the evaporator tube and the subcooler tube and a drain pan disposed within the air handling unit upstream relative to the at least one subcooler tube and positioned in a geometrical footprint of at least a portion of the drain pan as the drain pan is viewed from an upstream position in the airflow direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan David Douglas, Kevin B. Mercer, Benton A. Harris, Jr., Stephen S. Hancock
  • Patent number: 9188137
    Abstract: A blower housing has a discharge direction, an axis of rotation, a polar axis that intersects the axis of rotation and is substantially perpendicular to the discharge direction, an angular sweep of increasing fluid flow area, and an axial contraction located at an angularly greater value than the angular sweep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen S. Hancock
  • Patent number: 9191722
    Abstract: A system and method for utilizing data stored in an EPG database for modifying advertisement information. In this way, a service provider and/or an advertiser can transmit a single advertisement to all the television stations regardless of their geographic location and other user specific information, and need not re-transmit the advertisement even if there is a change in the show's program description. When the advertisement is displayed, the correct updated information is retrieved from the EPG database and inserted into the advertisement. In one aspect, the present invention describes a method for modifying an advertisement in an EPG comprising the steps of: storing television schedule information in a first database; storing advertisement information in a second database; incorporating a portion of the television schedule information into a portion of the advertisement information to form a modified advertisement; and displaying the modified advertisement on a screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Alexander, Stephen Dias, Kenneth S. Hancock, Elsie Y. Leung, Douglas B. Macrae, Arthur Y. Ng, Shawn P. O'Neil, P. Christopher Shoaff, Jonathon Sutton, Thomas E. Ward, Thomas E. Westberg, Henry C. Yuen
  • Publication number: 20150252817
    Abstract: A blower housing has a discharge direction, an axis of rotation, a polar axis that intersects the axis of rotation and is substantially perpendicular to the discharge direction, and an angular sweep of increasing fluid flow area. The fluid flow area, A, increases with increasing angular magnitude, ?, as a function comprising at least a functional component that is at least one of (1) equal to, (2) substantially mathematically reducible to, and (3) substantially mathematically analogous to the equation, A ? ( ? ) = A co + R ? ( 1 - 1 - [ ( r i ) ? ( ? ) R ] 2 ) , where Aco is a minimum fluid flow area, R is a radius of a first circle, and ri is a radius of a second circle that is smaller than the first circle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen S. Hancock
  • Publication number: 20150189392
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a television schedule guide which includes a detector for determining whether a previously scrambled program is unscrambled. If a previously scrambled program is momentarily unscrambled due to promotional efforts by the program provider, the system will visually distinguish the program on the guide, and a viewer may tune to or record the program from the guide. The view may also subscribe to the program provider through the guide during the promotional period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Inventors: Douglas B. MacRae, Thomas E. Ward, Kenneth S. Hancock, Jonathan B. Orlick
  • Publication number: 20150181310
    Abstract: Systems, methods, computer program products and apparatus are described for presenting an advertisement playout summary in an interactive display, that involve collecting individual playout statistics corresponding to playout of advertisements from at least one advertising insertion computer system; organizing the individual playout statistics into groups, each group having a group identifier; calculating aggregated playout statistics for each group, the aggregated playout statistics comprising a first statistic calculated for the group; generating display information for a displayable grid of blocks, each block displays the group identifier and at least one of the aggregated playout statistics for a respective group, wherein the size and position of the block in the grid depends on the first statistic; and transmitting the display information to a client device to display the grid. The color of a block corresponding to a respective group can depends on a second statistic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Applicant: SeaChange International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Hancock, Aseem Bakshi
  • Patent number: 9039363
    Abstract: A blower housing has a discharge direction, an axis of rotation, a polar axis that intersects the axis of rotation and is substantially perpendicular to the discharge direction, and an angular sweep of increasing fluid flow area. The fluid flow area, A, increases with increasing angular magnitude, ?, as a function comprising at least a functional component that is at least one of (1) equal to, (2) substantially mathematically reducible to, and (3) substantially mathematically analogous to the equation, A ? ( ? ) = A co + R ( 1 - 1 - [ ( r i ) ? ( ? ) R ] 2 ) , where Aco is a minimum fluid flow area, R is a radius of a first circle, and ri is a radius of a second circle that is smaller than the first circle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen S. Hancock