Patents by Inventor Stephen Smith

Stephen 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).

  • Patent number: 10209830
    Abstract: A force sensor is disclosed. The force sensor includes a force-sensitive structure that compensates for temperature and other environmental changes through the use of a strain-sensitive element and one or more reference elements. An array of such force-sensitive structures forms a force-sensing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Pedder, John Stephen Smith, Michael Vosgueritchian, Vikram Garg, Sinan Filiz, Miguel C. Christophy
  • Publication number: 20190043987
    Abstract: Roughly described, a computer program product describes a transistor with a fin, a fin support, a gate, and a gate dielectric. The fin includes a first crystalline semiconductor material which includes a channel region of the transistor between a source region of the first transistor and a drain region of the transistor. The fin is on a fin support. The fin support includes a second crystalline semiconductor material different from the first crystalline semiconductor material. The first crystalline semiconductor material of the fin and the second crystalline semiconductor material of the fin support form a first heterojunction in between. A gate, gate dielectric, and/or isolation dielectric can be positioned to improve control within the channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Applicant: Synopsys, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Moroz, Stephen Smith, Qiang Lu
  • Publication number: 20190025140
    Abstract: A strain-responsive sensor incorporating a strain-sensitive element is disclosed. The strain-sensitive element includes a matched-pair of resistive structures disposed on opposite sides of a substrate. One resistive structure is coupled to a crossover, either a physical crossover or a soft crossover, such that current within the resistive structures of the matched pair flows in the same direction. In addition, one resistive structure of the matched pair has a different loop area than the other resistive structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventor: John Stephen Smith
  • Publication number: 20190015602
    Abstract: A handheld cryoanesthesia or analgesia device for cooling a target area on cutaneous membranes, mucous membranes, and tissue of the mucocutaneous zone having an elongated body and a thermoelectric cooling system disposed within the elongated body. The thermoelectric cooling system is configured to physically contact and thermally couple the target area of the cutaneous membranes, mucous membranes, and tissue of the mucocutaneous zone to induce cryoanesthesia or analgesia. The thermoelectric cooling system includes a thermally-conductive cold tip, a thermally-conductive cooling power concentrator thermally coupled to the cold tip, at least one Peltier unit module thermally coupled to the cooling power concentrator, a heatsink thermally coupled to at least one Peltier unit module, a power source, at least one thermal sensor, and a controller operably outputting a control signal to the Peltier unit module to maintain a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Cagri Giray BESIRLI, Stephen SMITH, Kevin P. PIPE, Gun-Ho KIM
  • Publication number: 20180364850
    Abstract: Structures and methods are disclosed for an electronic device having an input surface that uses dual sensors to measure forces applied to the input surface. The forces can be estimated over a greater range of values than would be possible with either sensor alone. A second sensor can be used after a first sensor has reached a limit. A first sensor can be a strain sensor and a second sensor a pressure sensor. Both sensors may be resistance based, with signals from both sensors can be combined and measured by processing circuitry. Each sensor type may be part of planar arrays disposed beneath the input surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Vosgueritchian, Sinan Filiz, James E. Pedder, John Stephen Smith, Saahil Mehra, Xiaofan Niu
  • Publication number: 20180348333
    Abstract: A method comprising: receiving a radio map of an indoor venue using survey data collected by a survey device positioned throughout the venue, the radio map including a boundary; receiving harvest data from a mobile device, wherein at least some of the harvest data are obtained by the mobile device while the mobile device is positioned at locations that are outside of the boundary; determining, based on the harvest data, a trajectory of the mobile device, wherein at least some of the trajectory resides outside of the boundary; identifying one or more locations on or proximate to the trajectory; and extending the radio map using the survey data and the one or more identified locations, wherein the extended radio map is defined at least in part by an extension of the boundary to encompass the one or more identified locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jahshan Bhatti, David Benjamin Millman, Brian Stephen Smith, Jasvinder Singh
  • Patent number: 10139294
    Abstract: One or more strain sensors can be included in an electronic device. Each strain sensor includes a strain sensitive element and one or more strain signal lines connected directly to the strain sensitive element. The strain sensor(s) are used to detect a force that is applied to the electronic device, to a component in the electronic device, and/or to an input region or surface of the electronic device. A strain sensitive element is formed or processed to have a first gauge factor and the strain signal line(s) is formed or processed to have a different second gauge factor. Additionally or alternatively, a strain sensitive element is formed or processed to have a first conductance and the strain signal line(s) is formed or processed to have a different second conductance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Vosgueritchian, John Stephen Smith, Sinan Filiz, James E. Pedder, Tingjun Xu, Xiaonan Wen
  • Patent number: 10141982
    Abstract: In an RFID system having at least one tag and at least one reader, a tag and a reader can, in one embodiment, use a pair of keys, known to both the tag and the reader, to restrict the interaction of the tag and the reader so that tags having the pair of keys interact only with readers that use the pair of keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: RUIZHANG TECHNOLOGY LIMITED COMPANY
    Inventor: John Stephen Smith
  • Publication number: 20180338245
    Abstract: An example method includes obtaining a plurality of data items. Each data item includes an indication of a particular location, an indication that a wireless signal from a first access point was observed at that location, and an indication of a time at which the wireless signal from the first access point was observed at that location. The method also includes determining a locational stability of the first access point based on the data items. Determining the locational stability of the first access point includes clustering the plurality of data items into one or more clusters based on the locations indicated in the plurality of data items, determining whether the N most recent data items are associated with a common cluster, and determining whether a time span between the N most recent data items exceeds a threshold period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Margaret H. Tam, David Benjamin Millman, Brian Stephen Smith, Benjamin A. Detwiler
  • Patent number: 10133418
    Abstract: A strain-sensitive structure includes two resistive structures connected in series and formed on one surface of a substrate. One resistive structure is formed with a first trace arranged in first trace pattern. The other resistive structure is formed with a second trace arranged in a second trace pattern. The first resistive structure is configured to experience strain in response to an applied stress on the substrate. The second resistive structure is configured to experience less strain in response to the applied stress on the substrate compared to the first resistive structure. Together the strain-sensitive structure and the substrate form a force sensing layer that can be included in an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: John Stephen Smith
  • Publication number: 20180313773
    Abstract: Automated isothermal titration micro calorimetry (ITC) system comprising a micro calorimeter with a sample cell and a reference cell, the sample cell is accessible via a sample cell stem and the reference cell is accessible via a reference cell stem. The system further comprises an automatic pipette assembly comprising a syringe with a titration needle arranged to be inserted into the sample cell for supplying titrant, the pipette assembly comprises an activator for driving a plunger in the syringe, a pipette translation unit supporting the pipette assembly and being arranged to place pipette in position for titration, washing and filling operations, a wash station for the titrant needle, and a cell preparation unit arranged to perform operations for replacing the sample liquid in the sample cell when the pipette is placed in another position than the position for titration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicant: Malvern Panalytical Inc.
    Inventors: Martin BROGA, Phillip PRICE, Stephen SMITH
  • Patent number: 10089486
    Abstract: A method for transaction registration is described herein. The method includes sending, for a transaction manager, a registration request for a transaction. The method also performing data accesses on a data server. The registration request is non-blocking to the data accesses. The method further includes performing a two-phase commit process for the data server if the registration request is accepted. Additionally, the method includes handling the rollback if the transaction registration is rejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Shang-Sheng Tung, Sean L. Broeder, Ronald M. Cassou, John Stewart de Roo, Gary Stephen Smith
  • Publication number: 20180275811
    Abstract: A device configured to sense a touch on a surface of the device. The device includes a cover and a force-sensing structure disposed below the cover. The force-sensing structure may be positioned below a display and used in combination with other force-sensing elements to estimate the force of a touch on the cover of a device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Inventors: Sinan Filiz, Martin P. Grunthaner, John Stephen Smith, Charley T. Ogata, Christian M. Sauer, Shin John Choi, Christopher J. Butler, Steven J. Martisauskas
  • Patent number: 10073855
    Abstract: A system, a method, and a computer program product for or managing grid server system resource(s) are disclosed. A processor of a grid server in a plurality of grid servers determines an ingestion rate of data received by the grid server for a backup. The ingestion rate corresponds to a speed of transferring of the received data into a memory of the grid server. The processor determines a deduplication and replication rate of the received data. Deduplication represents a deduplication of the received data by the grid server. Replication represents replication of the deduplicated received data to another server in the plurality of servers. The processor adjusts the deduplication and replication rate based on the ingestion rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Exagrid Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Yee-ching Chao, Peter Watkins, Thomas G. Hansen, Stephen A. Smith, Luis Arruda, Adrian T. VanderSpek
  • Patent number: 10055048
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an electronic device having a force sensing device. The force sensing device receives a continuous force input which is translated into a discrete event. In order to more accurately determine the type of discrete event intended by a user, the electronic device is able to determine an amount of noise present in the electronic device and dynamically adjust force threshold values associated with the force sensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: John Stephen Smith
  • Publication number: 20180233345
    Abstract: A method of detecting one or more compounds, chemicals or contaminants in a substrate by mass spectrometry is disclosed. A non-living substrate is analysed by contacting the substrate with a diathermy knife. An electric current is applied to the diathermy knife such that the diathermy knife vaporises a portion of the substrate. The vapour is aspirated via a sampling tube pumped by a venturi pump into a vacuum chamber of a mass spectrometer. Analyte molecules are aspirated into the vacuum chamber whereupon they impact a surface of the vacuum chamber and are ionised to form analyte ions which are then mass analysed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Inventors: Steven Derek Pringle, Michael Raymond Morris, Stephen Smith, Michael McCullagh
  • Patent number: 10048789
    Abstract: A device configured to sense a touch on a surface of the device. The device includes a cover and a force-sensing structure disposed below the cover. The force-sensing structure may be positioned below a display and used in combination with other force-sensing elements to estimate the force of a touch on the cover of a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sinan Filiz, Martin P. Grunthaner, John Stephen Smith, Charley T. Ogata, Christian M. Sauer, Shin John Choi, Christopher J. Butler, Steven J. Martisauskas
  • Patent number: 10036715
    Abstract: Automated isothermal titration micro calorimetry (ITC) system comprising a micro calorimeter with a sample cell and a reference cell, the sample cell is accessible via a sample cell stem and the reference cell is accessible via a reference cell stem. The system further comprises an automatic pipette assembly comprising a syringe with a titration needle arranged to be inserted into the sample cell for supplying titrant, the pipette assembly comprises an activator for driving a plunger in the syringe, a pipette translation unit supporting the pipette assembly and being arranged to place pipette in position for titration, washing and filling operations, a wash station for the titrant needle, and a cell preparation unit arranged to perform operations for replacing the sample liquid in the sample cell when the pipette is placed in another position than the position for titration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Malvern Panalytical Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Broga, Phillip Price, Stephen Smith
  • Patent number: 10010506
    Abstract: The invention relates to matrix and layer compositions comprising a first polymer. The matrix and layer compositions are useful in the delivery of bioactives. In particular, the matrices and layers may have advantageous properties including mechanical properties and protection of bioactives and may also provide for pH-dependent release of a bioactive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Novus International, Inc.
    Inventors: Houston Stephen Smith, Matthew J. Fischer, Graciela B. Arhancet, Rangarani Karnati, John A. Hume, Xiaojun Wang
  • Patent number: 10014006
    Abstract: A system receives an audio stream from an application, and performs signal analysis on the audio stream to compute (on sound and silence) a sequence of events. The sequence of events identifies a pattern comprised of at least two of sound, silence, frequency, magnitude, duration, tone, and Dual Tone Multi Frequency (DTMF). The pattern matches a similar pattern of at least two of sound, silence, frequency, magnitude, duration, tone, and DTMF, and the signal analysis is performed on sound and silence within the audio stream. The similar pattern is associated with at least one of an automated device or human answering the call. The system determines whether the sequence of events indicates the phone call is answered by the automated device or the human, based on rules in a heuristic engine and/or a known audio print from a library of known audio prints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Ampersand, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Smith, George Howitt, Douglas Campbell