Patents by Inventor Stephen Morris

Stephen Morris 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: 20210339859
    Abstract: A dual use UAV or “drone” can include a battery and primary processor located at a fuselage, as well as two separate modular units removably coupled to the fuselage and in communication with the primary processor. The two separate modular units can interact with each other to provide an enhanced operation while the drone is in flight. One modular unit can be an ISR unit having a video camera, and the other modular unit can be a cargo unit. The enhanced operation can involve the ISR unit using its video camera to identify a delivery location for a cargo pod of the cargo unit. Alternative modular units can include a secondary ISR unit, a cargo fuel pod unit, or a robotic arm assembly. Standardized interfaces coupled to the fuselage can enable the ready removal of one modular unit and installation of another one.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Publication date: November 4, 2021
    Inventors: Emily Agostino, Curtis Leo, Stephen Morris
  • Publication number: 20210339860
    Abstract: A modular VTOL drone aircraft can include a primary processor, a plurality of propellers, one or more line replacement modules (“LRMs”) and one or more line replacement units (“LRUs”). LRMs can include a fuselage, a center wing, two booms, two outer wings, two vertical tails, a horizontal tail, and/or an engine. LRUs can include an avionics module, a radio communications assembly, a sensor package assembly, an ISR assembly, and/or a deployable payload assembly. Each LRM and LRU can be self-contained and removably attached to the remainder of the VTOL drone. Each LRM can be readily interchanged with another similar LRM, which can be of a different size. LRM interfaces can include a blind mate electric connector and/or a floating connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Publication date: November 4, 2021
    Inventors: Emily Agostino, Sean Foxen, Curtis Leo, Stephen Morris
  • Publication number: 20210339853
    Abstract: A VTOL drone aircraft can include a rechargeable battery, a primary processor, lift propellers, an internal combustion engine with a thrust propeller, a generator, and a power regulation controller. The generator can receive power from the internal combustion engine and deliver electrical power to the rechargeable battery, the lift propellers, or both. The power regulation controller can regulate dynamically power delivery from the internal combustion engine to the thrust propeller and the generator, and from the generator to the rechargeable battery based upon changing conditions during flight. The power regulation controller can prevent operation of the generator when peak power is needed from the internal combustion engine for the thrust propeller. The power regulation controller can also control a clutch coupled to the thrust propeller to regulate the delivery of power to the thrust propeller when the internal combustion engine is active.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Publication date: November 4, 2021
    Inventors: Mikhail Blinkov, Curtis Leo, Stephen Morris
  • Publication number: 20210263358
    Abstract: A device for modulation of light (16) having a wavelength, comprising: a first substrate (10) with a first face (81) and a second opposite face (82), and comprising a first electrode (11); a second substrate (20) adjacent to the second face (82) and defining a gap between the first and second substrate (10, 20), the second substrate (20) comprising a second electrode (21); a responsive liquid crystal layer (15) disposed in the gap, wherein the responsive liquid crystal layer (15) has a flexoelectro-optic chiral nematic phase, and is birefringent with an optic axis that tilts in response to an applied electric field between the first and second electrode (11, 21); and a minor adjacent to the second substrate (20), the minor configured to reflect incident circular polarised light while preserving its handedness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Inventors: Julian FELLS, Steve ELSTON, Martin BOOTH, Patrick SALTER, Stephen MORRIS
  • Patent number: 11100096
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at an analysis server from a user device, a keyword associated with content of interest. The method includes retrieving, at the analysis server from a database, searchable tag data for first searchable tags in the database. Each searchable tag of the searchable tags corresponds to a segment of stored media content. The stored media content is associated with the user device. The first searchable tags pertain to the keyword. The searchable tag data includes an initial relevancy score and a corresponding aging factor for each first searchable tag of the first searchable tags. The method also includes generating, at the analysis server, a list of media content segments based on the searchable tag data and sending the list from the analysis server to the user device. The list is ordered based on the initial relevancy scores modified by the corresponding aging factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Stephen A. Rys, Dale W. Malik, Nadia Morris
  • Patent number: 11087738
    Abstract: Implementations of the disclosure describe systems and methods that leverage machine learning to automate the process of creating music and effects mixes from original sound mixes including domestic dialogue. In some implementations, a method includes: receiving a sound mix including human dialogue; extracting metadata from the sound mix, where the extracted metadata categorizes the sound mix; extracting content feature data from the sound mix, the extracted content feature data including an identification of the human dialogue and instances or times the human dialogue occurs within the sound mix; automatically calculating, with a trained model, content feature data of a music and effects (M&E) sound mix using at least the extracted metadata and the extracted content feature data of the sound mix; and deriving the M&E sound mix using at least the calculated content feature data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC
    Inventors: Scott Levine, Stephen Morris
  • Publication number: 20210229483
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for authenticating a product. The method comprises: receiving a verification code associated with the product; applying an electric field to a liquid crystal device (100) located in or on the product, the liquid crystal device (100) comprising: a first substrate (105); a second substrate (110) spaced apart from the first substrate (105); a liquid crystal composition (115) located between the first substrate (105) and the second substrate (110); wherein the liquid crystal composition (115) comprises one or more regions (120) of polymerised liquid crystal composition; and a first electrode (125) and a second electrode (130) configured to apply the electric field; comparing a display output by the liquid crystal device (100) in response to the application of the electric field to the verification code associated with the product; wherein, if the display output by the liquid crystal device (100) matches the verification code associated with the product, the product is authenticated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Inventors: Chloe Ceren TARTAN, John Sandford O'NEILL, Patrick SALTER, Stephen MORRIS, Miha RAVNIK, Martin BOOTH, Steve ELSTON
  • Patent number: 10977387
    Abstract: A system for providing an internet-based search mechanism to enable an anonymous user to search for a resource provider. The system comprises a user device adapted to host an internet-based portal such that a user can submit an anonymous request for information relating directly to a resource. A secure server adapted to host a database containing resource provider information, to communicate with the user device via a communications network and to alert at least a first resource provider is also provided. The secure server is also adapted to initiate an anonymous communication channel between at least the first resource provider and the user via the internet-based portal and the communications network. A method for carrying out such a search is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: BUBBLR LIMITED
    Inventor: Stephen Morris
  • Publication number: 20200394999
    Abstract: Implementations of the disclosure describe systems and methods that leverage machine learning to automate the process of creating music and effects mixes from original sound mixes including domestic dialogue. In some implementations, a method includes: receiving a sound mix including human dialogue; extracting metadata from the sound mix, where the extracted metadata categorizes the sound mix; extracting content feature data from the sound mix, the extracted content feature data including an identification of the human dialogue and instances or times the human dialogue occurs within the sound mix; automatically calculating, with a trained model, content feature data of a music and effects (M&E) sound mix using at least the extracted metadata and the extracted content feature data of the sound mix; and deriving the M&E sound mix using at least the calculated content feature data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Applicant: Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC
    Inventors: Scott Levine, Stephen Morris
  • Patent number: 10724364
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing drilling operations in earth formations. The systems and methods include drilling a borehole within the earth formation, receiving data acquired within the borehole in the earth formation, analyzing the data to locate a plurality of data structures formed by the data, the plurality of data structures including a first structure at a first location and a second structure at a second location, projecting the first structure as a first geological projection intersecting the first location, and projecting the second structure as a second geological projection intersecting the second location, classifying the first geological projection and the second geological projection based on a hierarchy of geological feature types to generate a hierarchical classification, and adjusting one or more of the first geological projection and the second geological projection based on the hierarchical classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Anne Claudia Maria Bartetzko, Stefan Wessling, Nicklas Jeremias Ritzmann, Stephen A. Morris, Florent Kelfoun
  • Publication number: 20200122832
    Abstract: An aircraft can include a fuselage, a plurality of booms extending from the fuselage, and a plurality of rotors coupled to the fuselage via the plurality of booms. The plurality of rotors can comprise at least a pair of rotors arranged on each of the first side and the second side of the fuselage. Each pair of rotors can include a fore rotor and an aft rotor, and each rotor can be configured to tilt its corresponding axis of rotation. The fore rotor can be spaced from the fuselage by a fore distance and the aft rotor can be spaced from the fuselage by an aft distance different than the fore distance, where the fore and aft distances can be selected such that the circular rotor paths of the fore and aft rotors partially overlap along the spanwise direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventor: Stephen Morris
  • Patent number: 10576904
    Abstract: The present invention solves the problems described above by presenting an improved mounting plate for vehicle bike racks allowing the user to directly mount a vehicle license plate to the mounting plate such that the license plate is visible and not obstructed by the bikes positioned on the vehicle bike rack. The mounting plate for vehicle bike racks includes a rigid body having a flat mounting surface, a plurality of holes positioned on the flat mounting surface, a pair of rotatable arms and a pair of connection members configured to attach to a vehicle bike rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Anthony Stephen Morris
  • Patent number: 10486808
    Abstract: An aircraft includes a fuselage, a wing, a ducted fan and a controller. The wing and the ducted fan are coupled to the fuselage. The controller is operable to control the aircraft in a vertical flight mode, a horizontal flight mode, and transition the aircraft from the vertical flight mode to the horizontal flight mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: MARTIN UAV, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Morris
  • Patent number: 10445056
    Abstract: Implementations of the disclosure describe systems and methods that leverage machine learning to automate the process of creating various versions of sound mixes using an original sound mix as a starting point. In implementations, a system for automated versioning of sound mixes may include: (i) a component to extract metadata categorizing/identifying the input sound mix; (ii) a component to extract audio features of the input sound mix; (iii) a component that uses a machine learning model to compare the extracted audio features of the input sound mix with extracted audio features of previously analyzed sound mixes to calculate audio features of a target sound mix; and (iv) a component to perform signal processing to derive the target sound mix given the calculated audio features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Morris, Scott Levine
  • Publication number: 20190167342
    Abstract: An electrosurgical forceps instrument in which an energy conveying structure for efficiently transferring electromagnetic energy (e.g. microwave energy and/or radiofrequency energy) from a coaxial cable to electrodes on the forceps jaws is incorporated into a compact jaw opening structure. The jaw opening structure may be dimensioned to be suitable for insertion down the instrument channel of a endoscope or other scoping device. Alternatively, the device may be configured as a laparoscopic device or be used in open procedures. The instrument may be used as a tool to perform new minimally invasive surgical techniques such as Natural Orifice Transluminal Endosurgery (NOTES) or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher HANCOCK, George ULLRICH, David WEBB, Stephen MORRIS, Patrick BURN, Malcolm WHITE, Thomas CRAVEN
  • Publication number: 20190147189
    Abstract: A system for providing an internet-based search mechanism to enable an anonymous user to search for a resource provider. The system comprises a user device adapted to host an internet-based portal such that a user can submit an anonymous request for information relating directly to a resource. A secure server adapted to host a database containing resource provider information, to communicate with the user device via a communications network and to alert at least a first resource provider is also provided. The secure server is also adapted to initiate an anonymous communication channel between at least the first resource provider and the user via the internet-based portal and the communications network. A method for carrying out such a search is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: BUBBLR LIMITED
    Inventor: Stephen MORRIS
  • Publication number: 20180252101
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing drilling operations in earth formations. The systems and methods include drilling a borehole within the earth formation, receiving data acquired within the borehole in the earth formation, analyzing the data to locate a plurality of data structures formed by the data, the plurality of data structures including a first structure at a first location and a second structure at a second location, projecting the first structure as a first geological projection intersecting the first location, and projecting the second structure as a second geological projection intersecting the second location, classifying the first geological projection and the second geological projection based on a hierarchy of geological feature types to generate a hierarchical classification, and adjusting one or more of the first geological projection and the second geological projection based on the hierarchical classification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: Anne Claudia Maria Bartetzko, Stefan Wessling, Nicklas Jeremias Ritzmann, Stephen A. Morris, Florent Kelfoun
  • Publication number: 20180237135
    Abstract: An aircraft includes a fuselage, a wing, a ducted fan and a controller. The wing and the ducted fan are coupled to the fuselage. The controller is operable to control the aircraft in a vertical flight mode, a horizontal flight mode, and transition the aircraft from the vertical flight mode to the horizontal flight mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventor: Stephen MORRIS
  • Patent number: 9902494
    Abstract: An aircraft includes a fuselage, a wing, a ducted fan and a controller. The wing and the ducted fan are coupled to the fuselage. The controller is operable to control the aircraft in a vertical flight mode, a horizontal flight mode, and transition the aircraft from the vertical flight mode to the horizontal flight mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: MARTIN UAV, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Morris
  • Patent number: 9828090
    Abstract: An aircraft includes a fuselage, a wing, a ducted fan and a controller. The wing and the ducted fan are coupled to the fuselage. The controller is operable to control the aircraft in a vertical flight mode, a horizontal flight more, and transition the aircraft from the vertical flight mode to the horizontal flight mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: MARTIN UAV, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Morris