Patents by Inventor Thomas A. Conroy

Thomas A. Conroy 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: 20190143937
    Abstract: A vehicle that includes in-vehicle controller(s) coupled to an external network transceiver, and configured to register a key fob and/or a mobile device configured as a key fob, which include an authentication code, and which enable remote control of the vehicle. The transceiver is configured to communicate autonomously with remote servers to respond to a key fob signal received from the server, which includes the authentication code and a remote control command generated by the key fob and/or mobile device configured as the key fob. In further variations, the key fob is also configured to be paired and/or registered by an external mobile device, by the authentication code, and to generate the remote control command via the mobile device. In response to the key fob signal, the controller(s) autonomously adjust vehicle systems, such as locking or unlocking, arming and disarming a security system, adjusting cabin and/or seat temperature and configuration preferences, as well as other driver vehicle preferences.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: David Anthony HATTON, David Marvin GERSABECK, Thomas NELSON, Michael Andrew SIMONS, Ziad ALHIHI, Ryan CONROY
  • Patent number: 10258712
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing scent in an environment include receiving data from sensors disposed in an environment regarding an indication that a service is being delivered in the environment and identifying remote atomizing scent diffusion devices disposed in the environment, wherein each scent diffusion device comprises a communications facility that enables transmitting signals to and receiving signals from the remote computer. Based on the indication, an electronic data structure is created defining a physical operational state of the scent diffusion devices, including data specifying at least one of a production of a scent that is intended to be a complement to the service, a fan speed of a fan in the diffusion device that moves particles carrying a scent, and a voltage of a pump of the diffusion device. The diffusion devices are caused to implement the at least one defined operational state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Todd H. Becker, Thomas A. Conroy
  • Publication number: 20180036448
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include a method of managing scent in an environment, which includes disposing at least one scent diffusion device within an environment, wherein the at least one scent diffusion device comprises a communications facility that enables transmitting signals to and receiving signals from a remote computer, receiving at least one target value of a scent parameter for the environment at the remote computer, and controlling, via the remote computer, diffusion of a liquid from a source of the liquid in fluid communication with the at least one scent diffusion device to achieve the target value of the scent parameter. Controlling a diffusion rate of the liquid includes altering at least one of a voltage and a duty cycle applied to at least one component of the diffusion device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: Todd H. Becker, Thomas A. Conroy, David L. Langton, Christopher H. Patstone
  • Publication number: 20170232130
    Abstract: The disclosure herein concerns a method including receiving at a computer at least one target value of a scent parameter for an environment that is remote from the computer, receiving at the computer a sensed parameter of the environment, and controlling, via the computer, diffusion of a liquid from a source of the liquid in fluid communication with at least one scent diffusion device to achieve the target value of the scent parameter, wherein controlling includes setting or adjusting an operation parameter of the at least one scent diffusion device in response to the sensed parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20160367716
    Abstract: The disclosure herein concerns an atomizing diffusion device including at least two packages with liquid in fluid communication with the atomizing diffusion device, a liquid level sensor that determines the liquid level in the package, and a processor, operatively coupled to the liquid level sensor, for generating a signal indicative of the liquid level and a control instruction for a switch based on the signal, wherein the switch, operatively coupled to the processor, receives the control instruction from the processor, and wherein the control instruction causes the diffusion device to switch from utilizing one package in the diffusion device to utilizing a different package in the diffusion device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20160361453
    Abstract: Scent cartridges for use in a networked scent diffusion device include a reservoir that holds a liquid and an atomizer head assembly. An anti-tampering identifier is associated with at least one of the reservoir and the atomizer head assembly. Scent diffusion from the device is based on the condition of the anti-tampering identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20160339135
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing scent in an environment include receiving data from sensors disposed in an environment regarding an indication that a service is being delivered in the environment and identifying remote atomizing scent diffusion devices disposed in the environment, wherein each scent diffusion device comprises a communications facility that enables transmitting signals to and receiving signals from the remote computer. Based on the indication, an electronic data structure is created defining a physical operational state of the scent diffusion devices, including data specifying at least one of a production of a scent that is intended to be a complement to the service, a fan speed of a fan in the diffusion device that moves particles carrying a scent, and a voltage of a pump of the diffusion device. The diffusion devices are caused to implement the at least one defined operational state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: Todd H. Becker, Thomas A. Conroy
  • Patent number: 9474824
    Abstract: Scent cartridges for use in a networked scent diffusion device include a reservoir that holds a liquid and an atomizer head assembly. An anti-tampering identifier is associated with at least one of the reservoir and the atomizer head assembly. Scent diffusion from the device is based on the condition of the anti-tampering identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Patent number: 9452234
    Abstract: The disclosure herein concerns an atomizing diffusion device including at least two packages with liquid in fluid communication with the atomizing diffusion device, a liquid level sensor that determines the liquid level in the package, and a processor, operatively coupled to the liquid level sensor, for generating a signal indicative of the liquid level and a control instruction for a switch based on the signal, wherein the switch, operatively coupled to the processor, receives the control instruction from the processor, and wherein the control instruction causes the diffusion device to switch from utilizing one package in the diffusion device to utilizing a different package in the diffusion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Patent number: 9439995
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing scent in an environment include disposing a plurality of scent diffusion devices within an environment, wherein the diffusion devices include a communications facility that enables transmitting signals to and receiving signals from a remote computer and disposing at least one sensor within the environment that transmits sensor data to the remote computer. At least one scent parameter for scenting an environment is received at the remote computer. The remote computer controls diffusion of a liquid from a source of a liquid in fluid communication with at least one of the plurality of scent diffusion devices to achieve the scent parameter. Controlling includes setting or adjusting an operation parameter of the scent diffusion device in response to the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20150297779
    Abstract: Scent cartridges for use in a networked scent diffusion device include a reservoir that holds a liquid and an atomizer head assembly. An anti-tampering identifier is associated with at least one of the reservoir and the atomizer head assembly. Scent diffusion from the device is based on the condition of the anti-tampering identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20150297777
    Abstract: The disclosure herein concerns an atomizing diffusion device including at least two packages with liquid in fluid communication with the atomizing diffusion device, a liquid level sensor that determines the liquid level in the package, and a processor, operatively coupled to the liquid level sensor, for generating a signal indicative of the liquid level and a control instruction for a switch based on the signal, wherein the switch, operatively coupled to the processor, receives the control instruction from the processor, and wherein the control instruction causes the diffusion device to switch from utilizing one package in the diffusion device to utilizing a different package in the diffusion device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20150297778
    Abstract: The disclosure herein concerns a method including receiving at a computer at least one target value of a scent parameter for an environment that is remote from the computer, receiving at the computer a sensed parameter of the environment, and controlling, via the computer, diffusion of a liquid from a source of the liquid in fluid communication with at least one scent diffusion device to achieve the target value of the scent parameter, wherein controlling includes setting or adjusting an operation parameter of the at least one scent diffusion device in response to the sensed parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20150297776
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing scent in an environment include disposing a plurality of scent diffusion devices within an environment, wherein the diffusion devices include a communications facility that enables transmitting signals to and receiving signals from a remote computer and disposing at least one sensor within the environment that transmits sensor data to the remote computer. At least one scent parameter for scenting an environment is received at the remote computer. The remote computer controls diffusion of a liquid from a source of a liquid in fluid communication with at least one of the plurality of scent diffusion devices to achieve the scent parameter. Controlling includes setting or adjusting an operation parameter of the scent diffusion device in response to the sensor data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Patent number: 8016268
    Abstract: An apparatus used for maintaining a wind tower structure wherein the wind tower structure may have a plurality of legs and may be configured to support a wind turbine above the ground in a better position to interface with winds. The lift structure may be configured for carrying objects and have a guide system and drive system for mechanically communicating with a primary cable, rail or other first elongate member attached to the wind tower structure. The drive system and guide system may transmit forces that move the lift relative to the cable and thereby relative to the wind tower structure. A control interface may be included for controlling the amount and direction of the power into the guide system and drive system thereby causing the guide system and drive system to move the lift relative to said first elongate member such that said lift moves relative to said wind tower structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Wind Tower Systems, LLC
    Inventors: David Oliphant, Jared Quilter, Todd Andersen, Thomas Conroy
  • Publication number: 20090294219
    Abstract: An apparatus used for maintaining a wind tower structure wherein the wind tower structure may have a plurality of legs and may be configured to support a wind turbine above the ground in a better position to interface with winds. The lift structure may be configured for carrying objects and have a guide system and drive system for mechanically communicating with a primary cable, rail or other first elongate member attached to the wind tower structure. The drive system and guide system may transmit forces that move the lift relative to the cable and thereby relative to the wind tower structure. A control interface may be included for controlling the amount and direction of the power into the guide system and drive system thereby causing the guide system and drive system to move the lift relative to said first elongate member such that said lift moves relative to said wind tower structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventors: David Oliphant, Jared Quilter, Todd Andersen, Thomas Conroy
  • Publication number: 20080083861
    Abstract: A hanger with an integral U shaped clamping device for attachment to a metal support of a screened enclosure. The clamping device includes one resilient lined sidewall of which is movable by means of a hand-operated screw in order to clamp the hanger to the support. The resilient interior walls of the clamp provide a solid yet non-damaging surface area to hold the hanger securely to a vertical support structure of a screen enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2006
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Inventors: John Conroy, J. Thomas Conroy
  • Publication number: 20080078083
    Abstract: A method and system for installing a drive pin in an interference hole created by joining a first structural member and second structural member of a wind turbine structural tower is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Inventors: Tracy Livingston, Todd Andersen, David Oliphant, Thomas Conroy
  • Publication number: 20080027763
    Abstract: Computer machine, manufacture, methods of making and using the same, and product produced thereby, as well as necessary intermediates, each pertaining to a system of the kind adapted to transform insurance risk for a transaction, in cooperation with different entities with respective computing systems. Embodiments transforming insurance risks into credit risks to accomplish one or more financial guarantees are preferably carried out in multiple jurisdictions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Inventors: Crispina Caballero, Thomas Conroy, Peter Gilman
  • Publication number: 20070162380
    Abstract: Apparatus (method implemented with a machine, the machine, and the method for making the machine, and products produced thereby) for controlling a system of managing cash flows for a transaction, the apparatus including: data processing means arranged for receiving information into memory, said information including respective descriptions of risks, statistical assumptions for said risks, and financial assumptions for said risks, the data processing means further including: calculating means, responsive to said descriptions and said assumptions, for calculating expected cash flows corresponding to said risks for time periods; accounting means for determining, responsive to actual cash flow information from occurrence of events corresponding to said risks, for a first party to the transaction owing the expected cash flows to a second party to the transaction, and for determining, for the second party owing the actual cash flows to the first party, a net settlement, for each of said time periods, between the pa
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2004
    Publication date: July 12, 2007
    Inventor: THOMAS CONROY