Patents by Inventor Vincent K. Gustafson

Vincent K. Gustafson 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: 10330642
    Abstract: Lateral boundaries of a fluidic passage of a fluidic device incorporating at least one BAW resonator structure are fabricated with photosensitive materials (e.g., photo definable epoxy, solder mask resist, or other photoresist), allowing for high aspect ratio, precisely dimensioned walls. Resistance to delamination and peeling between a wall structure and a base structure is enhanced by providing a wall structure that includes a thin footer portion having a width that exceeds a width of an upper wall portion extending upward from the footer portion, and/or by providing a wall structure arranged over at least one anchoring region of a base structure. Anchoring features may include recesses and/or protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: QORVO US, INC.
    Inventors: Rio Rivas, Vincent K. Gustafson
  • Patent number: 10330643
    Abstract: A fluidic device incorporating at least one BAW resonator structure (e.g., a biosensing device) and a fluidic passage includes one or more features that provide filtration capability. Certain embodiments include at least one group of pillars extending into the fluidic passage which are arranged between an active region of the at least one BAW resonator structure and at least one fluidic port. Individual pillars are separated from one another by inter-pillar spaces that provide redundant fluid flow paths while preventing passage of obstruction media such as particulate matter, cells, and/or bubbles. Certain embodiments provide porous material arranged in fluid communication with at least one fluidic port and configured to filter contents of fluid supplied thereto. Porous material (e.g., porous membranes) may be provided in a cover structure of a fluidic device or within a filtration cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: QORVO US, INC.
    Inventors: Rio Rivas, Vincent K. Gustafson
  • Patent number: 10037781
    Abstract: A docking assembly serves as an interface between (1) a portable digital media storage and playback (PDMSP) device, and (2) a media reproduction system. A remote controller preferably controls the docking assembly and PDMSP device, which may receive electric charge from the assembly. Media reproduction systems may reproduce audio and video signals in user-perceptible form. Telephonic relay capability is further provided between a telephonic PDMSP playback device and a telephonic remote controller by way of a telephone rebroadcast receiver associated with the docking assembly. Methods for downloading digital media files, and for creating or modifying playlists with a remotely controllable docking assembly adapted to provide a television-compatible video output signal, are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Jeff Grady, Garey De Angelis, Andrew Green, Vincent K. Gustafson
  • Patent number: 9918039
    Abstract: A docking assembly serves as an interface between (1) a portable digital media storage and playback (PDMSP) device, and (2) a media reproduction system. A remote controller preferably controls the docking assembly and PDMSP device, which may receive electric charge from the assembly. Media reproduction systems may reproduce audio and video signals in user-perceptible form. Telephonic relay capability is further provided between a telephonic PDMSP playback device and a telephonic remote controller by way of a telephone rebroadcast receiver associated with the docking assembly. Methods for downloading digital media files, and for creating or modifying playlists with a remotely controllable docking assembly adapted to provide a television-compatible video output signal, are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Jeff Grady, Garey De Angelis, Andrew Green, Vincent K. Gustafson
  • Publication number: 20170227497
    Abstract: A fluidic device incorporating at least one BAW resonator structure (e.g., a biosensing device) and a fluidic passage includes one or more features that provide filtration capability. Certain embodiments include at least one group of pillars extending into the fluidic passage which are arranged between an active region of the at least one BAW resonator structure and at least one fluidic port. Individual pillars are separated from one another by inter-pillar spaces that provide redundant fluid flow paths while preventing passage of obstruction media such as particulate matter, cells, and/or bubbles. Certain embodiments provide porous material arranged in fluid communication with at least one fluidic port and configured to filter contents of fluid supplied thereto. Porous material (e.g., porous membranes) may be provided in a cover structure of a fluidic device or within a filtration cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Inventors: Rio Rivas, Vincent K. Gustafson
  • Patent number: 9681994
    Abstract: Skin covering elements utilize conductive regions including electrically conductive materials may be arranged to enable a user to actuate a capacitive touchscreen such as through a centrally arranged absorptive pad and/or laterally through a carrier. Embodiments directed to adhesive bandages and athletic tapes are provided. A method includes applying an adhesive bandage to a user and depressing a portion of the bandage against a surface of a capacitive touchscreen to control or operate a function of an electronic device. Conductive regions may be also arranged to communicate with an electrical interface, such as for resistive heating of skin of a user and/or providing communication with one or more sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventors: Pamela S. Case-Gustafson, Vincent K. Gustafson
  • Publication number: 20170168017
    Abstract: Lateral boundaries of a fluidic passage of a fluidic device incorporating at least one BAW resonator structure are fabricated with photosensitive materials (e.g., photo definable epoxy, solder mask resist, or other photoresist), allowing for high aspect ratio, precisely dimensioned walls. Resistance to delamination and peeling between a wall structure and a base structure is enhanced by providing a wall structure that includes a thin footer portion having a width that exceeds a width of an upper wall portion extending upward from the footer portion, and/or by providing a wall structure arranged over at least one anchoring region of a base structure. Anchoring features may include recesses and/or protrusions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: Rio Rivas, Vincent K. Gustafson
  • Patent number: 9312805
    Abstract: In a concentrated solar photoelectric system, at least one controllable radiation attenuation element (e.g., an array of controllable pixels or segments) is arranged to selectively attenuate transmission of radiation to a photoelectric element (e.g., a solar panel). Liquid crystals may provide attenuation utility without necessity for mechanical actuation. Attenuation may be controlled responsive to at least one sensor to maintain each portion of the photoelectric element at or below a maximum power conversion point. Non-planar attenuators and/or lenses may be provided. One or more thermal exchange fluid channels may be in thermal communication with the thermoelectric element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Vincent K. Gustafson
  • Publication number: 20150182384
    Abstract: Skin covering elements utilize conductive regions including electrically conductive materials may be arranged to enable a user to actuate a capacitive touchscreen such as through a centrally arranged absorptive pad and/or laterally through a carrier. Embodiments directed to adhesive bandages and athletic tapes are provided. A method includes applying an adhesive bandage to a user and depressing a portion of the bandage against a surface of a capacitive touchscreen to control or operate a function of an electronic device. Conductive regions may be also arranged to communicate with an electrical interface, such as for resistive heating of skin of a user and/or providing communication with one or more sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Inventors: Pamela S. Case-Gustafson, Vincent K. Gustafson
  • Patent number: 8271713
    Abstract: A docking assembly serves as an interface between (1) a portable digital media storage and playback (PDMSP) device, and (2) a media reproduction system. A remote controller preferably controls the docking assembly and PDMSP device, which may receive electric charge from the assembly. Media reproduction systems may reproduce audio and video signals in user-perceptible form. Telephonic relay capability is further provided between a telephonic PDMSP playback device and a telephonic remote controller by way of a telephone rebroadcast receiver associated with the docking assembly. Methods for downloading digital media files, and for creating or modifying playlists with a remotely controllable docking assembly adapted to provide a television-compatible video output signal, are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Philips Electronics North America Corporation
    Inventors: Jeff Grady, Garey De Angelis, Andrew Green, Vincent K. Gustafson
  • Publication number: 20110265872
    Abstract: In a concentrated solar photoelectric system, at least one controllable radiation attenuation element (e.g., an array of controllable pixels or segments) is arranged to selectively attenuate transmission of radiation to a photoelectric element (e.g., a solar panel). Liquid crystals may provide attenuation utility without necessity for mechanical actuation. Attenuation may be controlled responsive to at least one sensor to maintain each portion of the photoelectric element at or below a maximum power conversion point. Non-planar attenuators and/or lenses may be provided. One or more thermal exchange fluid channels may be in thermal communication with the thermoelectric element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: Vincent K. Gustafson
  • Patent number: 8010728
    Abstract: A multi-function docking assembly electrically coupleable with a portable digital media storage and playback device is provided. The assembly includes a body adapted to receive and retain the media device, an electrical coupling adapted to engage the media device when the same is received by the body, a transmitter for wirelessly transmitting media content to an external receiving device, an electrical circuit element to conduct power, and an authentication element. Any of various authentication methods are use to ensure and/or regulate interoperability between the media device and the docking assembly. Multiple discrete tiers of functionality of the audio player and/or portable digital media storage and playback device may be enabled or disabled based on an authentication operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Jeff Grady, Vincent K Gustafson
  • Publication number: 20080138028
    Abstract: A docking assembly serves as an interface between (1) a portable digital media storage and playback (PDMSP) device, and (2) a media reproduction system. A remote controller preferably controls the docking assembly and PDMSP device, which may receive electric charge from the assembly. Media reproduction systems may reproduce audio and video signals in user-perceptible form. Telephonic relay capability is further provided between a telephonic PDMSP playback device and a telephonic remote controller by way of a telephone rebroadcast receiver associated with the docking assembly. Methods for downloading digital media files, and for creating or modifying playlists with a remotely controllable docking assembly adapted to provide a television-compatible video output signal, are further provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventors: Jeff Grady, Garey De Angelis, Andrew Green, Vincent K. Gustafson
  • Publication number: 20080089658
    Abstract: A docking assembly serves as an interface between (1) a portable digital media storage and playback (PDMSP) device, and (2) a media reproduction system. A remote controller preferably controls the docking assembly and PDMSP device, which may receive electric charge from the assembly. Media reproduction systems may reproduce audio and video signals in user-perceptible form. Telephonic relay capability is further provided between a telephonic PDMSP playback device and a telephonic remote controller by way of a telephone rebroadcast receiver associated with the docking assembly. Methods for downloading digital media files, and for creating or modifying playlists with a remotely controllable docking assembly adapted to provide a television-compatible video output signal, are further provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventors: Jeff Grady, Garey De Angelis, Andrew Green, Vincent K. Gustafson
  • Publication number: 20080089667
    Abstract: A docking assembly serves as an interface between (1) a portable digital media storage and playback (PDMSP) device, and (2) a media reproduction system. A remote controller preferably controls the docking assembly and PDMSP device, which may receive electric charge from the assembly. Media reproduction systems may reproduce audio and video signals in user-perceptible form. Telephonic relay capability is further provided between a telephonic PDMSP playback device and a telephonic remote controller by way of a telephone rebroadcast receiver associated with the docking assembly. Methods for downloading digital media files, and for creating or modifying playlists with a remotely controllable docking assembly adapted to provide a television-compatible video output signal, are further provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventors: Jeff Grady, Garey De Angelis, Andrew Green, Vincent K. Gustafson
  • Publication number: 20080092200
    Abstract: A docking assembly serves as an interface between (1) a portable digital media storage and playback (PDMSP) device, and (2) a media reproduction system. A remote controller preferably controls the docking assembly and PDMSP device, which may receive electric charge from the assembly. Media reproduction systems may reproduce audio and video signals in user-perceptible form. Telephonic relay capability is further provided between a telephonic PDMSP playback device and a telephonic remote controller by way of a telephone rebroadcast receiver associated with the docking assembly. Methods for downloading digital media files, and for creating or modifying playlists with a remotely controllable docking assembly adapted to provide a television-compatible video output signal, are further provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventors: Jeff Grady, Garey De Angelis, Andrew Green, Vincent K. Gustafson
  • Patent number: 6814938
    Abstract: Non-planar microfluidic devices and methods for transferring fluids between vessels and microfluidic devices are provided. The devices may be contoured to physically contact non-planar vessels, such as pipes, tubes, vials, or syringes to establish fluid communication between a vessel and a microfluidic device. Devices according to the invention may be constructed from flexible, rigid, or combinations of flexible and rigid materials. In certain embodiments, microfluidic devices are composed of sandwiched stencils, and self-adhesive tapes may be used for one or more layers. A microfluidic device may be removably attached to a vessel with a non-permanent adhesive or adhesive layer. Continuously wrapped microfluidic devices fashioned from a single layer, in addition to rewindable microfluidic devices constructed from multiple layers, are provided. A multi-plunger syringe permits a microfluidic device or other reservoir coupled to the vessel to be filled on the draw stroke of the syringe plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Nanostream, Inc.
    Inventors: Christoph D. Karp, Stephen D. O'Connor, Vincent K. Gustafson
  • Publication number: 20040092033
    Abstract: Systems and method for removing undesirable gas from microfluidic separation devices to prepare them for operation are provided. The microfluidic devices contain separation media that provides a significant fluidic impedance. A vacuum source is used to evacuate gas from, and a positive pressure source is used to introduce liquid into, the microfluidic device to minimize the presence of undesirable bubbles. Where hydrophobic materials are present within the microfluidic device, the liquid may be an organic solvent. Positive pressures of at least about 100 psi are preferably employed. A microfluidic separation device may include multiple separation columns and a distribution network in fluid communication with the columns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Publication date: May 13, 2004
    Applicant: Nanostream, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent K. Gustafson, Steven E. Hobbs
  • Publication number: 20020177238
    Abstract: Non-planar microfluidic devices and methods for transferring fluids between vessels and microfluidic devices are provided. The devices may be contoured to physically contact non-planar vessels, such as pipes, tubes, vials, or syringes to establish fluid communication between a vessel and a microfluidic device. Devices according to the invention may be constructed from flexible, rigid, or combinations of flexible and rigid materials. In certain embodiments, microfluidic devices are composed of sandwiched stencils, and self-adhesive tapes may be used for one or more layers. A microfluidic device may be removably attached to a vessel with a non-permanent adhesive or adhesive layer. Continuously wrapped microfluidic devices fashioned from a single layer, in addition to rewindable microfluidic devices constructed from multiple layers, are provided. A multi-plunger syringe permits a microfluidic device or other reservoir coupled to the vessel to be filled on the draw stroke of the syringe plunger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2001
    Publication date: November 28, 2002
    Inventors: Christoph D. Karp, Stephen D. O'Connor, Vincent K. Gustafson