Patents by Inventor Tony S. Pan

Tony S. Pan 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: 11205564
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include vacuum electronic devices, methods of operating a vacuum electronic device, and methods of fabricating a vacuum electronic device. In a non-limiting embodiment, a vacuum electronics device includes a cathode and an anode. At least one focus grid is disposed between the cathode and the anode, and the at least one focus grid is physically disconnected from the cathode. The at least one acceleration grid is disposed between the cathode and the anode, and the at least one acceleration grid is further disposed adjacent the at least one focus grid. The at least one acceleration grid is physically disconnected from the cathode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: MODERN ELECTRON, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen E. Clark, Richard M. Gorski, Arvind Kannan, Andrew T. Koch, Andrew R. Lingley, Hsin-I Lu, Max N. Mankin, Tony S. Pan, Jason M. Parker
  • Publication number: 20210380407
    Abstract: Systems for producing hydrogen gas for local distribution, consumption, and/or storage, and related devices and methods are disclosed herein. A representative system includes a pyrolysis reactor that can be coupled to a supply of reaction material that includes a hydrocarbon. The reactor includes one or more flow channels positioned to transfer heat to the reaction material to convert the hydrocarbon into an output that includes hydrogen gas and carbon particulates. The system also includes a carbon separation system operably coupled to the pyrolysis reactor to separate the hydrogen gas the carbon particulates in the output. In various embodiments, the system also includes components to locally consume the filtered hydrogen gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2021
    Publication date: December 9, 2021
    Inventors: Justin B. Ashton, Roelof E. Groenewald, Kevin J. Hughes, Arvind Kannan, William Kokonaski, Max N. Mankin, Tony S. Pan, Levi D. Rodriguez, Lowell L. Wood, John J. Lorr, Amit Goyal, Guido Radaelli, Vikram Seshadri
  • Publication number: 20210351722
    Abstract: Various disclosed embodiments include combined heating and power modules and combined heat and power devices. In an illustrative embodiment, a combined heat and power device includes a heating system including: at least one burner; at least one igniter configured to ignite the at least one burner; a fluid motivator assembly including an electrically powered prime mover; and a heat exchanger fluidly couplable to the fluid motivator assembly. At least one alkali metal thermal-to-electricity converter (AMTEC) has a high pressure zone and a low pressure zone, the high pressure zone being thermally couplable to the at least one burner, the low pressure zone being thermally couplable to the heat exchanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2021
    Publication date: November 11, 2021
    Inventors: Justin B. Ashton, Stephen E. Clark, William Kokonaski, Daniel Kraemer, John J. Lorr, Max N. Mankin, David J. Menacher, Patrick D. Noble, Tony S. Pan, Alexander J. Pearse, Ad de Pijper, Lowell L. Wood
  • Patent number: 11120977
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include conductive oxide-coated electrodes and methods of fabricating a conductive oxide-coated electrode. In a non-limiting embodiment, a conductive oxide-coated electrode includes: a conductive layer; and an oxide coating disposed on the conductive layer. In another non-limiting embodiment, a method of fabricating a conductive oxide-coated electrode includes: patterning a conductive layer; etching the patterned conductive layer; and disposing an oxide coating on the etched conductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Modern Electron, Inc.
    Inventors: Chloe A. M. Fabien, Max N. Mankin, Tony S. Pan, Yong Sun
  • Publication number: 20210257959
    Abstract: Various disclosed embodiments include combined heating and power modules and combined heat and power devices. In an illustrative embodiment, a combined heat and power device includes a heating system including: at least one burner; at least one igniter configured to ignite the at least one burner; a fluid motivator assembly including an electrically powered prime mover; and a heat exchanger fluidly couplable to the fluid motivator assembly. At least one thermophotovoltaic converter has a photon emitter and at least one photovoltaic cell, the photon emitter being thermally couplable to the at least one burner, the at least one photovoltaic cell being thermally couplable to the heat exchanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2021
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Inventors: Justin B. Ashton, Stephen E. Clark, William Kokonaski, Daniel Kraemer, John J. Lorr, Max N. Mankin, David J. Menacher, Patrick D. Noble, Tony S. Pan, Alexander J. Pearse, Ad de Pijper, Lowell L. Wood
  • Publication number: 20210254581
    Abstract: Various disclosed embodiments include combined heating and power modules and combined heat and power devices. In an illustrative embodiment, a combined heat and power device includes a heating system including: at least one burner; at least one igniter configured to ignite the at least one burner; a fluid motivator assembly including an electrically powered prime mover; and a heat exchanger fluidly couplable to the fluid motivator assembly. At least one alkali metal thermal-to-electricity converter (AMTEC) has a high pressure zone and a low pressure zone, the high pressure zone being thermally couplable to the at least one burner, the low pressure zone being thermally couplable to the heat exchanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2021
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Inventors: Justin B. Ashton, Stephen E. Clark, William Kokonaski, Daniel Kraemer, John J. Lorr, Max N. Mankin, David J. Menacher, Patrick D. Noble, Tony S. Pan, Alexander J. Pearse, Ad de Pijper, Lowell L. Wood
  • Publication number: 20210257958
    Abstract: Various disclosed embodiments include combined heating and power modules and combined heat and power devices. In an illustrative embodiment, a combined heat and power device includes a heating system including: at least one burner; at least one igniter configured to ignite the at least one burner; a fluid motivator assembly including an electrically powered prime mover; and a heat exchanger fluidly couplable to the fluid motivator assembly. At least one thermophotovoltaic converter has a photon emitter and at least one photovoltaic cell, the photon emitter being thermally couplable to the at least one burner, the at least one photovoltaic cell being thermally couplable to the heat exchanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2021
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Inventors: Justin B. Ashton, Stephen E. Clark, William Kokonaski, Daniel Kraemer, John J. Lorr, Max N. Mankin, David J. Menacher, Patrick D. Noble, Tony S. Pan, Alexander J. Pearse, Ad de Pijper, Lowell L. Wood
  • Publication number: 20210057123
    Abstract: Various disclosed embodiments include elements for mitigating electron reflection in a vacuum electronic device, vacuum electronic devices that incorporate elements for mitigating electron reflection, and methods of fabricating elements for reducing reflection of electrons off an electrode. An illustrative electrode assembly includes an electrode. Elements are configured to reduce reflection of electrons off the electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Inventors: Stephen E. Clark, Roelof E. Groenewald, Arvind Kannan, Hsin-I Lu, Daniel J. Merthe, Jason M. Parker, Alexander J. Pearse, Peter J. Scherpelz, Max N. Mankin, Tony S. Pan
  • Patent number: 10811212
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include vacuum electronic devices and methods of fabricating a vacuum electronic device. In a non-limiting embodiment, a vacuum electronic device includes an electrode that defines discrete support structures therein. A first film layer is disposed on the electrode about a periphery of the electrode and on the support structures. A second film layer is disposed on the first film layer. The second film layer includes electrically conductive grid lines patterned therein that are supported by and suspended between the support structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Modern Electron, LLC
    Inventors: Max N. Mankin, Chloe A. M. Fabien, Gary D. Foley, Andrew T. Koch, William Kokonaski, Andrew R. Lingley, Tony S. Pan, Yong Sun
  • Publication number: 20200316365
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to a garment system including at least one sensor and at least one actuator that operates responsive to sensing feedback from the at least one sensor to cause a flexible compression garment to selectively constrict or selectively dilate, thereby compressing or relieving compression against at least one body part of a subject. Such selective constriction or dilation can improve muscle functioning or joint functioning during use of motion-conducive equipment, such as an exercise bike or rowing machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Max N. Mankin, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Tony S. Pan, Robert C. Petroski, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Nicholas W. Touran, Yaroslav A. Urzhumov, Lowell L. Wood, JR., Victoria Y.H. Wood
  • Publication number: 20200294780
    Abstract: Various disclosed embodiments include combined heating and power modules and combined heat and power devices. In an illustrative embodiment, a combined heat and power device includes a heating system including: at least one burner; at least one igniter configured to ignite the at least one burner; a fluid motivator assembly including an electrically powered prime mover; and a heat exchanger fluidly couplable to the fluid motivator assembly. At least one thermionic energy converter has a hot shell and a cold shell, the hot shell being thermally couplable to the at least one burner, the cold shell being thermally couplable to the heat exchanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Applicant: Modern Electron, LLC
    Inventors: Justin B. Ashton, Stephen E. Clark, William Kokonaski, Daniel Kraemer, John J. Lorr, Max N. Mankin, David J. Menacher, Patrick D. Noble, Tony S. Pan, Ad de Pijper, Lowell L. Wood
  • Publication number: 20200294779
    Abstract: Various disclosed embodiments include combined heating and power modules and combined heat and power devices. In an illustrative embodiment, a combined heat and power device includes a heating system including: at least one burner; at least one igniter configured to ignite the at least one burner; a fluid motivator assembly including an electrically powered prime mover; and a heat exchanger fluidly couplable to the fluid motivator assembly. At least one thermionic energy converter has a hot shell and a cold shell, the hot shell being thermally couplable to the at least one burner, the cold shell being thermally couplable to the heat exchanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Applicant: Modern Electron, LLC
    Inventors: Justin B. Ashton, Stephen E. Clark, William Kokonaski, Daniel Kraemer, John J. Lorr, Max N. Mankin, David J. Menacher, Patrick D. Noble, Tony S. Pan, Ad de Pijper, Lowell L. Wood
  • Patent number: 10765817
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods that may be used to controllably deliver alcohol to a subject using an inhaler, wherein the inhaler may include a housing having a flow channel coupled to an ethanol-containing inhalant reservoir, an actuator configured to facilitate release of the inhalant, a constituent sensor, and a control unit. The control unit may accept parameters associated with the subject, create an inhalant delivery regime, and control operation of the actuator based at least partially on a sensed constituent level to facilitate release of an ethanol-containing inhalant from the reservoir into the flow channel in accordance with the regimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Elwha, LLC
    Inventors: Edward S. Boyden, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Tony S. Pan, Robert C. Petroski, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10758673
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein are directed to systems and methods of dispensing one or more medicaments to a subject. The systems and methods utilize at least one flexible compression garment having one or more medicament dispensers therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Max N. Mankin, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Tony S. Pan, Robert C. Petroski, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Nicholas W. Touran, Yaroslav A. Urzhumov, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 10720297
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include vacuum electronics devices and methods of fabricating a vacuum electronics device. In a non-limiting embodiment, a vacuum electronics device includes: an electrode; a first film layer disposed on the electrode about a periphery of the electrode; and a second film layer disposed on the first film layer, the second film layer including a plurality of electrically conductive grid lines patterned therein that are supported only at the periphery of the electrode by the first film layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Modern Electron, Inc.
    Inventors: Yong Sun, Andrew T. Koch, Andrew R. Lingley, Chloe A. M. Fabien, Max N. Mankin, Tony S. Pan
  • Publication number: 20200178848
    Abstract: Systems are described for monitoring extremities for injury or damage following a physical impact. A device embodiment includes, but is not limited to, a deformable substrate; a sensor assembly coupled to the deformable substrate, the sensor assembly configured to generate one or more sense signals based on detection of a physical impact to a body portion and based on detection of a physiological parameter; circuitry operably coupled to the sensor assembly and configured to receive the one or more sense signals based on detection of the physical impact and to determine whether the physical impact exceeds a threshold impact value, the circuitry configured to instruct the sensor assembly to detect one or more physiological parameters of the body portion when the physical impact exceeds the threshold impact value; and a reporting device operably coupled to the circuitry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Mark A. Malamud, Tony S. Pan, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Patent number: 10674685
    Abstract: A method of pollinating a plant includes receiving, with a processing circuit, plant data regarding a plant having flowers, and controlling, by the processing circuit, operation of an robotic device to selectively pollinate a portion of the plurality of flowers based on the plant data. The robotic device includes sensors configured to acquire plant data, a pollination device configured to pollinate flowers of a plant, a collection device configured to collect pollen, and a pollination prevention device configured prevent a flower from being pollinated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth G. Caldeira, Alistair K. Chan, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Max N. Mankin, Tony S. Pan, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10668305
    Abstract: Garment systems including a flexible compression garment, at least one sensor, and at least one therapeutic stimulation delivery device operable responsive to sensing feedback from the at least one sensor, effective to provide therapeutic radiation to a body part of a subject. Methods of using such garment systems are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Jesse R. Cheatham, III, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Max N. Mankin, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Tony S. Pan, Robert C. Petroski, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Nicholas W. Touran, Yaroslav A. Urzhumov, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 10671168
    Abstract: Described embodiments include a system and a method. A system includes a first ultrasound transmitter acoustically coupled to a conducting layer of a display surface and configured to deliver a first ultrasound wave to a selected delineated area. The first ultrasonic wave has parameters sufficient to induce a non-linear vibrational response in the conducting layer. A second ultrasound transmitter is acoustically coupled to the conducting layer and configured to deliver a second ultrasound wave to the selected delineated area. The second ultrasonic wave has parameters sufficient to induce a non-linear vibrational response in the conducting layer. A controller selects a delineated area in response to an indication of a touch to the display surface, and initiates delivery of the first and second ultrasonic waves. A convergence of the first and second ultrasonic waves at the selected delineated area produces a stress pattern perceivable or discernible by the human appendage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Jesse R. Cheatham, III, William Gates, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Tony S. Pan, Robert C. Petroski, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 10665332
    Abstract: A method for facilitating physiological data acquisition includes scheduling a medical appointment between a patient and a medical provider. The medical appointment is to be conducted at a medical provider location on an appointment date. The method also includes selecting a medical device configured to acquire physiological data regarding the patient. The method further includes sending, to a fulfillment system, a request to provide the medical device to a patient location prior to the appointment date. The patient location is remote from the medical provider location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Alistair K. Chan, Jesse R. Cheatham, III, Joel Cherkis, Paul H. Dietz, Tom Driscoll, William Gates, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Neil Jordan, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Patrick Neill, Tony S. Pan, Robert C. Petroski, David R. Smith, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Desney S. Tan, Clarence T. Tegreene, David L. Tennenhouse, Yaroslav A. Urzhumov, Gary Wachowicz, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood