Patents by Inventor Stephen Williams

Stephen Williams 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: 10817801
    Abstract: A method for modeling a system that includes a disturbance rejection model configured for modeling an operation of the system so to generate a predicted value for a system output. The disturbance rejection model having a network for mapping system inputs to the system output, and input-output pairings, each representing a unique pairing of one of the system inputs with the system output. The method may include the steps of: calculating a confidence metric for a selected input-output pairing of the disturbance rejection model; and recommending a modification be made to the disturbance rejection model based upon the confidence metric calculated for the selected one of the input-output pairing. The confidence metric may indicate a probability that a predicted sign of a gain in the system output made by the disturbance rejection model is correct when the system input of the selected input-output pairing is varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Stephen William Piche, Fred Francis Pickard
  • Patent number: 10814496
    Abstract: Structures and methods to actively control the shape of a micro pickup array (MPA) during micro device transfer are described. In an embodiment, a strain is applied to the MPA counteractive to strain arising during micro device transfer operations. For example, strain may be applied by a piezoelectric actuator element bonded to a back side of the base substrate to control a curvature of base substrate, and by extension the MPA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: Andreas Bibl, Paul A. Parks, Stephen P. Bathurst, Jon A. Williams, John A. Higginson, Shenshen Zhao
  • Publication number: 20200336980
    Abstract: A method at a sensor module within a sensor system for communicating with a gateway, the method including storing a timing profile for communications with the gateway; waking a radio core of the sensor module at a threshold time prior to a beacon signal being expected from the gateway; sampling a channel for the beacon signal at the radio core; if the beacon signal is detected: waking a processor on the sensor module; exchanging communication with the gateway; and powering down the processor and radio core upon completion of the exchanging communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Mahendra Fuleshwar Prasad, Michael Peter Montemurro, Stephen McCann, Jesse William Bennett, Scott Leonard Dill, James Randolph Winter Lepp
  • Publication number: 20200330127
    Abstract: A trocar assembly for releasable engagement with an adapter assembly of a surgical stapling instrument includes a trocar mechanism that includes a trocar member that is at least one of rotatable or articulable relative to a housing of the trocar assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Justin Williams, Anthony Sgroi, JR., David Valentine, JR., Jon Wink, Ramiro Cabrera, Stephen Paul
  • Patent number: 10812547
    Abstract: A streaming server stores a plurality of parameter values for configuring a computing client node to stream output associated with a particular application. Upon receipt of a request to establish streaming relating to the particular application, the streaming server retrieves the relevant parameter values from the previously stored information and generates instructions for configuring the client device based upon the retrieved parameter values. The streaming server transmits the instructions to the client device which uses the received instructions to configure itself for streaming. The stream of output from the client device is received at the streaming server which transmits the stream to other devices that have requested to receive the output. In response to subsequent requests, the streaming server again retrieves the relevant parameter values from the previously stored information and generates instructions for configuring the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Javier Justino Garavito, Stephen Gordon Dewhurst, Jeremiah William Habets
  • Patent number: 10809590
    Abstract: A variable transmission film may include an electrophoretic medium having a plurality of capsules and a binder, each capsule containing a plurality of electrically charged particles and a fluid, the charged particles being movable by application of an electric field and being capable of being switched between an open state and a closed state. The film may include at least one of a binder containing fish gelatin and a polyanion; a binder containing one or more tinting agents; capsules containing charge control agents, such as an oligoamine-terminated polyolefin and a branched chain fatty acid comprising at least 8 carbon atoms; a selection of capsules in which at least 60% have a diameter between 50 ?m and 90 ?m and at least 15% have a diameter between 20 ?m and 49 ?m; a tinted adhesive layer; and a fluid selected from one or more nonconjugated olefinic hydrocarbons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: E Ink Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Carsten Bailey Widger, Jay William Anseth, Richard J. Paolini, Jr., Mark Benjamin Romanowsky, Jillian Smith, Stephen J. Telfer, Craig Alan Breen, Stephen Bull
  • Patent number: 10811816
    Abstract: An improved chip assembly for use in a stapling device includes a housing assembly receivable within a reload assembly. The housing assembly includes a base member defining a cavity and an identification assembly received within the cavity. The chip assembly further includes a plug assembly configured to selectively engage the base member. The plug assembly includes a housing, a wire extending from the housing, a seal member disposed within and extending from a distal end of the housing, and first and second contact members extending through the seal member and from the housing. The seal member is configured to be frictionally received within the base member to secure the plug assembly to the housing assembly in a fluid tight manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Christopher Penna, Anthony Sgroi, Jr., Charlie Kollar, David Valentine, Justin Williams, Patrick Mozdzierz, Stephen Paul, Ramiro Cabrera, Steven Joyce, Joseph Guerrera
  • Patent number: 10807263
    Abstract: A flexible curvilinear knife is disclosed. The flexible curvilinear knife is formed from a cutting element, a blade holder element, and a plurality of spring elements. A first, proximal end of each spring element of the plurality of spring elements is operably and fixably attached to a discrete location of the cutting element and a second, distal end of each spring element of the plurality of spring elements is fixably attached to a discrete location of the blade holder element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: James William Busch, Jennifer Lynn Tuertscher, Stephen Douglas Congleton, Dale Francis Bittner, Matthew Ryan Wortley
  • Publication number: 20200328072
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sample analysis include applying, using a first laser source, a first beam to a sample to desorb organic material from a location of the sample and ionizing the desorbed organic material using a second laser source to generate ionized organic material. The ionized organic material is then analyzed using a mass spectrometer. A second beam from the first laser is then applied to the sample to ablate inorganic material from the location of the sample. The ablated inorganic material is then ionized using the second laser source to generate ionized inorganic material. The mass spectrometer is then used to analyze the ionized inorganic material. During analysis, one or more images of the sample may also be captured and linked to the collected analysis data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: Exum Instruments
    Inventors: Jeffrey Williams, Stephen Strickland, Neal Wostbrock, Oleg Maltsev, Matthew McGoogan, Scott Messina
  • Publication number: 20200323840
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to compositions that are useful in the delivery of various materials. In particular, the compositions comprise a suspension wherein an internal phase material is surrounded by an external phase material. The internal phase specifically can be a hydrophilic material, and the external phase specifically can be a hydrophobic material. The materials are combined so that the internal phase is substantially encapsulated by the external phase such that release can be controlled in relation to osmotic pressure differentials. The suspension can be combined with a carrier, and various systems and products can be formed with the suspension and optional carrier, such as oral strips, spray delivery systems, smokeless tobacco products, aerosol delivery devices, cigarettes, and packaging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: James William Rogers, Michael F. Davis, Percy D. Phillips, Karen V. Taluskie, Stephen Benson Sears, Ercilia Hernandez Garcia
  • Patent number: 10800375
    Abstract: An energy absorbing seat belt retractor used with a seat belt assembly of a motor vehicle. The seat belt retractor includes a reel for winding and unwinding the seat belt and an elongated shaft, with the reel attached to the shaft. In one example, a movable disc is connected to and moves longitudinally along the shaft. At least one of the reel or movable disc includes a friction layer providing a friction surface such that when the movable disc is driven axially toward the reel there is frictional engagement between the reel and movable disc that absorbs impact energy on the occupant and limits the load applied to the seat belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen William Rouhana
  • Patent number: 10805784
    Abstract: Techniques are discussed herein for efficiently providing wireless emergency alerts (WEA) to a mobile device. The techniques include broadcasting a warning message from a base station in a wireless network within a cell for the base station and including an interior cell or exterior cell indication and a geographic area description for an external cell. A receiving mobile device may then display the warning message to a user either unconditionally when an interior cell is indicated or after verifying the mobile device is located within the geographic area for an exterior cell. The wireless network may determine interior versus exterior cell status by determining interior cells to be wholly within the geographic area and exterior cells to be partly within the geographic area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen William Edge, Farrokh Khatibi, Kirk Allan Burroughs, James Deloach
  • Patent number: 10805222
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, system and methods are provided, comprising receiving, from a network configuration module, configuration data at a network driver of a communication network; configuring the network driver based on the received configuration data; receiving one or more data packets at the network driver from an application; determining that one or more segregation features are present in the data packet based on the received configuration data; transmitting the one or more data packets based on the one or more segregation features; and controlling one or more operations of an installed product based on the transmitted one or more data packets. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Tony Frangieh, Andrew William Berner, Stephen Francis Bush, Vincent Staudinger
  • Publication number: 20200317418
    Abstract: A container system for shipping product in bulk, having a corrugated container sleeve and a pallet for supporting the sleeve thereon, the pallet having a channel configured to receive therein a bottom edge of the sleeve, and the pallet with said sleeve defining an internal section of the container system in which the bulk product is contained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Applicant: Schwarz Partners Packaging, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Miller Hilbish, III, Stephen J. Wasko, Edward William Stakem, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20200315600
    Abstract: An artificial pneumoperitoneum bag device may include an inflatable bag having an opening at an end of the bag. The bag device may also include an indicator including at least one repeating pattern on a wall of the bag. The pattern may extend across at least one side of the bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Applicant: ATROPOS LIMITED
    Inventors: Frank BONADIO, Stephen WILLIAMS, Lucy Dolores HALPIN, Kirk Anthony SHIBLEY, Trevor VAUGH, Shane J. MacNALLY
  • Publication number: 20200323035
    Abstract: Techniques are described for providing assistance data corresponding to a plurality of access points (APs). The techniques include, in part, providing assistance data to a mobile device. The assistance data comprises group data that is common among the plurality of APs. The group data is associated with a group identifier (ID). The techniques further include providing the group ID and a set of AP-specific information for at least one of the plurality of APs. The group data may include information corresponding to a common grid, common location area and/or common characteristics of the APs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventor: Stephen William EDGE
  • Patent number: 10795724
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system includes: a plurality of cloud nodes implemented on computing devices, the plurality of cloud nodes configured to execute computing jobs in a cloud computing environment according to a schedule, a schedule optimizer configured to: use a machine learning model to determine functional intent for job requests according to at least job execution metadata, and generate a schedule recommendation for jobs associated with the job requests, where the schedule recommendation is generated based at least in part on the functional intent; and a job executor configured to provide the schedule recommendation as the schedule to the plurality of cloud nodes, where the schedule optimizer and the job executor are instantiated in memory and executed by processing circuitry on at least one computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Rohit Bahl, Debashish Ghosh, Stephen Williams
  • Patent number: 10794796
    Abstract: A novel, advanced polymeric swab is disclosed herein. The swabs have a surface texture that allows for independent motion between microscale regions, are reusable with no loss of accuracy or efficiency, and are fabricated from optoelectronically-active elements to minimize static charging during repeated use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Stephen P Beaudoin, Bryan William Boudouris, Michelle Chaffee-Cipich, Aaron James Harrison, Stefan Lukow, Lizbeth Rostro, Caitlin Joy Schram, Kathryn Maureen Smith, Myles Calvin Thomas
  • Patent number: 10793303
    Abstract: An externally-powered strapping tool includes a strapping tool assembly configured to perform one or more strapping operations; and an external power source operatively coupled thereto, the external power source being attached to the strapping tool assembly in a substantially immovable manner. According to another aspect, a strapping tool assembly includes one or more strapping tool subassemblies configured to perform one or more strapping operations; a power transfer subassembly operatively coupled to the one or more strapping tool subassemblies, the power transfer subassembly configured to transfer motive power from an external power source to the one or more strapping tool subassemblies; and a coupling member configured to couple the strapping tool assembly to the external power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Golden Bear LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Robert Sikora, Stephen William Sikora, Charles Russell Patzer
  • Patent number: D900043
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Stephen William Oneufer, Edgar Yee, Robert Allan Morris, Daniel Boyd Kroushl