Patents by Inventor Timothy J. Gardner

Timothy J. Gardner 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: 20200116392
    Abstract: A water heater includes a leak detection system. The leak detection system includes a leak sensor assembly that is disposed in a bottom pan of the water heater. The leak sensor assembly includes a sensor housing that has a sensor channel that is formed therein such that the sensor channel is disposed at an elevation from a base of the bottom pan when the sensor housing is disposed on the base of the bottom pan. Further, the leak sensor assembly includes a leak sensor that is disposed in the sensor channel of the sensor housing. The leak sensor detects water that leaks from the water heater and accumulates in the bottom pan when a level of the water in the bottom pan rises to the elevation of the sensor channel and the leak sensor that is disposed therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Joseph D. Gardner, Jozef Boros, Timothy D. Scott, William J. Hall, Raheel A. Chaudhry, Gregory M. Welk
  • Publication number: 20200085508
    Abstract: Systems and methods that use computer vision techniques in connection with robotic surgery are discussed. A robotic surgery system may include an implantable device engagement sub-system, a targeting sub-system, and/or an insertion verification sub-system. The system may use computer vision techniques to facilitate implanting a micro-manufactured bio-compatible electrode device in biological tissue (e.g., neurological tissue such as the brain) using robotic assemblies. The system can attach, via robotic manipulation, the electrode to an engagement element of an insertion needle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: Neuralink Corp.
    Inventors: Ian M. O'Hara, Vikash Gilja, Kenny Sharma, Timothy L. Hanson, Timothy J. Gardner
  • Publication number: 20200085375
    Abstract: Disclosed are biocompatible multi-electrode devices capable of being implanted in sensitive tissue, such as the brain, and methods for fabricating such arrays. The disclosed arrays can be implanted in living biological tissue with a single needle insertion. The devices can include linear arrays with contacts along an edge, linear arrays with multiple electrodes per opening in a parylene support layer, multi-thread electrode arrays, tree-like electrode arrays, and combinations thereof. In an embodiment, a compliant electrode apparatus can comprise a biocompatible and bio-implantable compliant dielectric having a top edge defined by a top and a side along a length of the dielectric, insulated electrical traces oriented along the length of the dielectric, and electrode contacts coupled to the traces and situated on the side along the length of the dielectric, wherein an exposed portion of a respective electrode contact protrudes beyond the top edge of the dielectric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: Neuralink Corp.
    Inventors: Vanessa M. Tolosa, Zachary M. Tedoff, Timothy L. Hanson, Timothy J. Gardner, Camilo A. Diaz-Botia, Supin Chen
  • Publication number: 20200012911
    Abstract: Optical articles including a spatially defined arrangement of a plurality of data rich retroreflective elements, wherein the plurality of retroreflective elements comprise retroreflective elements having at least two different retroreflective properties and at least two different optical contrasts with respect to a background substrate when observed within an ultraviolet spectrum, a visible spectrum, a near-infrared spectrum, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Michael A. McCoy, Anne C. Gold, Glenn E. Casner, Timothy J. Gardner, Steven H. Kong, Gautam Singh, Nathan J. Anderson, Caroline M. Ylitalo, Britton G. Billingsley, Muhammad J. Afridi, Travis L. Potts, Robert W. Shannon, Guruprasad Somasundaram
  • Patent number: 10480824
    Abstract: A water heater includes a leak detection system. The leak detection system includes a leak sensor assembly that is disposed in a bottom pan of the water heater. The leak sensor assembly includes a sensor housing that has a sensor channel that is formed therein such that the sensor channel is disposed at an elevation from a base of the bottom pan when the sensor housing is disposed on the base of the bottom pan. Further, the leak sensor assembly includes a leak sensor that is disposed in the sensor channel of the sensor housing. The leak sensor detects water that leaks from the water heater and accumulates in the bottom pan when a level of the water in the bottom pan rises to the elevation of the sensor channel and the leak sensor that is disposed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Rheem Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Joseph D. Gardner, Jozef Boros, Timothy D. Scott, William J. Hall, Raheel A. Chaudhry, Gregory M. Welk
  • Patent number: 10450946
    Abstract: A system and methods for a vehicle are provided for adjusting each of a speed of a radiator fan and a position of grille shutters of the vehicle responsive to a temperature at a wastegate exceeding a temperature threshold. In one example, a system may include a radiator fan at a front end of a vehicle, an engine coupled to an exhaust passage, a turbine in the exhaust passage having a bypass conduit, a wastegate positioned in the turbine conduit, and the wastegate receiving airflow from downstream of the radiator fan via a cooling duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Shuya Shark Yamada, Timothy J. Gardner, Christopher David Tiernan, Matthew Coon, Shawn Michael Spannbauer
  • Publication number: 20190145661
    Abstract: A water heater includes a leak detection system. The leak detection system includes a leak sensor assembly that is disposed in a bottom pan of the water heater. The leak sensor assembly includes a sensor housing that has a sensor channel that is formed therein such that the sensor channel is disposed at an elevation from a base of the bottom pan when the sensor housing is disposed on the base of the bottom pan. Further, the leak sensor assembly includes a leak sensor that is disposed in the sensor channel of the sensor housing. The leak sensor detects water that leaks from the water heater and accumulates in the bottom pan when a level of the water in the bottom pan rises to the elevation of the sensor channel and the leak sensor that is disposed therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Joseph D. Gardner, Jozef Boros, Timothy D. Scott, William J. Hall, Raheel A. Chaudhry, Gregory M. Welk
  • Publication number: 20180066576
    Abstract: A system and methods for a vehicle are provided for adjusting each of a speed of a radiator fan and a position of grille shutters of the vehicle responsive to a temperature at a wastegate exceeding a temperature threshold. In one example, a system may include a radiator fan at a front end of a vehicle, an engine coupled to an exhaust passage, a turbine in the exhaust passage having a bypass conduit, a wastegate positioned in the turbine conduit, and the wastegate receiving airflow from downstream of the radiator fan via a cooling duct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventors: Shuya Shark Yamada, Timothy J. Gardner, Christopher David Tiernan, Matthew Coon, Shawn Michael Spannbauer
  • Patent number: 9822696
    Abstract: A system and methods for a vehicle are provided for adjusting each of a speed of a radiator fan and a position of grille shutters of the vehicle responsive to a temperature at a wastegate exceeding a temperature threshold. In one example, a system may include a radiator fan at a front end of a vehicle, an engine coupled to an exhaust passage, a turbine in the exhaust passage having a bypass conduit, a wastegate positioned in the turbine conduit, and the wastegate receiving airflow from downstream of the radiator fan via a cooling duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Shuya Shark Yamada, Timothy J. Gardner, Christopher David Tiernan, Matthew Coon, Shawn Michael Spannbauer
  • Publication number: 20160237884
    Abstract: A system and methods for a vehicle are provided for adjusting each of a speed of a radiator fan and a position of grille shutters of the vehicle responsive to a temperature at a wastegate exceeding a temperature threshold. In one example, a system may include a radiator fan at a front end of a vehicle, an engine coupled to an exhaust passage, a turbine in the exhaust passage having a bypass conduit, a wastegate positioned in the turbine conduit, and the wastegate receiving airflow from downstream of the radiator fan via a cooling duct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Inventors: Shuya Shark Yamada, Timothy J. Gardner, Christopher David Tiernan, Matthew Coon, Shawn Michael Spannbauer
  • Patent number: 9131204
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optimizing properties of objects within a scene or achieve a visual goal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian J. Stankiewicz, Brian E. Brooks, Brian L. Linzie, Nathan J. Anderson, Michael Kelly Canavan, Glenn E. Casner, Timothy J. Gardner, David K. Misemer
  • Patent number: 8811753
    Abstract: Systems and methods for evaluating the robustness of objects within a scene or a scene itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventors: Brian J. Stankiewicz, Brian E. Brooks, Brian L. Linzie, Nathan J. Anderson, Michael Kelly Canavan, Glenn E. Casner, Timothy J. Gardner, David K. Misemer
  • Patent number: 8577156
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using visual attention modeling techniques to evaluate a scene from multiple perspectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Brian J. Stankiewicz, Brian E. Brooks, Brian L. Linzie, Nathan J. Anderson, Michael Kelly Canavan, Glenn E. Casner, Timothy J. Gardner, David K. Misemer
  • Publication number: 20130259448
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optimizing properties of objects within a scene or achieve a visual goal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventors: Brian J. Stankiewicz, Brian E. Brooks, Brian L. Linzie, Nathan J. Anderson, Michael Kelly Canavan, Glenn E. Casner, Timothy J. Gardner, David K. Misemer
  • Publication number: 20130230253
    Abstract: Systems and methods for evaluating the robustness of objects within a scene or a scene itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian J. Stankiewicz, Brian E. Brooks, Brian L. Linzie, Nathan J. Anderson, Michael Kelly Canavan, Glenn E. Casner, Timothy J. Gardner, David K. Misemer
  • Patent number: 8478111
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optimizing properties of objects within a scene or achieve a visual goal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Brian J. Stankiewicz, Brian E. Brooks, Brian L. Linzie, Nathan J. Anderson, Michael Kelly Canavan, Glenn E. Casner, Timothy J. Gardner, David K. Misemer
  • Patent number: 8442328
    Abstract: Systems and methods for evaluating the robustness of objects within a scene or a scene itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Brian J. Stankiewicz, Brian E. Brooks, Brian L. Linzie, Nathan J. Anderson, Michael Kelly Canavan, Glenn E. Casner, Timothy J. Gardner, David K. Misemer
  • Publication number: 20100086278
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optimizing properties of objects within a scene or achieve a visual goal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventors: Brian J. Stankiewicz, Brian E. Brooks, Brian L. Linzie, Nathan J. Anderson, Michael Kelly Canavan, Glenn E. Casner, Timothy J. Gardner, David K. Misemer
  • Publication number: 20100086200
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using visual attention modeling techniques to evaluate a scene from multiple perspectives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventors: Brian J. Stankiewicz, Brian E. Brooks, Brian L. Linzie, Nathan J. Anderson, Michael Kelly Canavan, Glenn E. Casner, Timothy J. Gardner, David K. Misemer
  • Publication number: 20100086221
    Abstract: Systems and methods for evaluating the robustness of objects within a scene or a scene itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventors: Brian J. Stankiewicz, Brian E. Brooks, Brian L. Linzie, Nathan J. Anderson, Michael Kelly Canavan, Glenn E. Casner, Timothy J. Gardner, David K. Misemer