Patents by Inventor Steven T. Richards

Steven T. Richards 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: 20190369779
    Abstract: A device configured to determine the location and magnitude of a touch on a surface of the device. The device includes a transparent touch sensor that is configured to detect a location of a touch on the transparent touch sensor. The device also includes a force-sensing structure disposed at the periphery of the transparent touch sensor. The force sensor includes an upper capacitive plate and a compressible element disposed on one side of the upper capacitive plate. The force sensor also includes a lower capacitive plate disposed on a side of the compressible element that is opposite the upper capacitive plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Jonah A. Harley, Peter W. Richards, Brian Q. Huppi, Omar Sze Leung, Dhaval N. Shah, Martin P. Grunthaner, Steven P. Hotelling, Miguel C. Christophy, Vivek Katiyar, Tang Yew Tan, Christopher J. Butler, Erik G. De Jong, Ming Sartee, Rui Qiao, Steven J. Martisauskas, Storrs T. Hoen, Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Lee E. Hooton, Ian A. Spraggs, Sawyer I. Cohen, David A. Pakula
  • Publication number: 20190344661
    Abstract: A disconnecting differential assembly includes a first dog, a second dog, and an actuator. The first dog can include first engagement features fixedly coupled to a first side gear and disposed within the differential case. The second dog can include second engagement features and an annular body. The second engagement features can be radially outward of the annular body and fixedly coupled thereto. The annular body and second engagement features can be disposed within the differential case. The second dog can be rotatable relative to the differential case and the actuator can axially move the second dog between a first position wherein the first and second engagement features are disengaged, and a second position wherein the first and second engagement features are engaged to selectively non-rotatably couple the first and second dogs. The annular body can be adapted to be non-rotatably coupled to an output shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: Steven T. RICHARDS, Douglas J. CHEMELLI, Joseph S. BALENDA, II
  • Patent number: 10391861
    Abstract: A disconnecting differential assembly includes a first dog, a second dog, and an actuator. The first dog can include first engagement features fixedly coupled to a first side gear and disposed within the differential case. The second dog can include second engagement features and an annular body. The second engagement features can be radially outward of the annular body and fixedly coupled thereto. The annular body and second engagement features can be disposed within the differential case. The second dog can be rotatable relative to the differential case and the actuator can axially move the second dog between a first position wherein the first and second engagement features are disengaged, and a second position wherein the first and second engagement features are engaged to selectively non-rotatably couple the first and second dogs. The annular body can be adapted to be non-rotatably coupled to an output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: AMERICAN AXLE & MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Steven T. Richards, Douglas J. Chemelli, Joseph S. Balenda, II
  • Patent number: 10386970
    Abstract: A device configured to determine the location and magnitude of a touch on a surface of the device. The device includes a transparent touch sensor that is configured to detect a location of a touch on the transparent touch sensor. The device also includes a force-sensing structure disposed at the periphery of the transparent touch sensor. The force sensor includes an upper capacitive plate and a compressible element disposed on one side of the upper capacitive plate. The force sensor also includes a lower capacitive plate disposed on a side of the compressible element that is opposite the upper capacitive plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonah A. Harley, Peter W. Richards, Brian Q. Huppi, Omar Sze Leung, Dhaval N. Shah, Martin P. Grunthaner, Steven P. Hotelling, Miguel C Christophy, Vivek Katiyar, Tang Yew Tan, Christopher J. Butler, Erik G. de Jong, Ming Sartee, Rui Qiao, Steven J. Martisauskas, Storrs T. Hoen, Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Lee E. Hooton, Ian A. Spraggs, Sawyer I. Cohen, David A. Pakula
  • Publication number: 20180029471
    Abstract: A disconnecting differential assembly includes a first dog, a second dog, and an actuator. The first dog can include first engagement features fixedly coupled to a first side gear and disposed within the differential case. The second dog can include second engagement features and an annular body. The second engagement features can be radially outward of the annular body and fixedly coupled thereto. The annular body and second engagement features can be disposed within the differential case. The second dog can be rotatable relative to the differential case and the actuator can axially move the second dog between a first position wherein the first and second engagement features are disengaged, and a second position wherein the first and second engagement features are engaged to selectively non-rotatably couple the first and second dogs. The annular body can be adapted to be non-rotatably coupled to an output shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventors: Steven T. Richards, Douglas J. Chemelli, Joseph S. Balenda, II