Patents by Inventor Walter A. Michel

Walter A. Michel 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: 20160309229
    Abstract: Methods and systems for directing a user to desired content are described. In an aspect, a user can be directed to desired content through content bundling. As an example, in response to a user setting a digital video recorder (DVR) to record a particular program, a set of programs based on the particular program can also be recorded on the file and/or suggested to the user for recording. The order that the programs appear in the file is determined by a logical sequence, such as the order in which the programs first aired. In an aspect, a user can be directed to desired content during a particular point in current content, such as when the end credits begin to roll. The desired content can be identified as desired content based on the current content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Publication date: October 20, 2016
    Inventors: Bruce Bradley, Walter Michel, Mark McKelvey, Rob Holmes, Dan Carella, William Sheahan, Ryan Crouch
  • Patent number: 9037494
    Abstract: Method and system of managing subscriber access to services. The method and system including features for use in determining sub scriber entitlements to the services and managing presentation of the services for subscriber selection and access as a function of the subscriber entitlements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: David Cleary, Walter Michel
  • Publication number: 20080141137
    Abstract: Method and system of managing subscriber access to services. The method and system including features for use in determining sub scriber entitlements to the services and managing presentation of the services for subscriber selection and access as a function of the subscriber entitlements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: COMCAST CABLE HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: David Cleary, Walter Michel
  • Publication number: 20070083899
    Abstract: A system for on demand session and resource management in an on demand platform for delivery of on demand digital assets is distributed and scalable. A session manager manages on demand sessions. A resource manager manages resources associated with the on demand delivery of a digital asset to an on demand client. The architecture is partitioned into logical components. Each logical component interfaces with at least one other logical component through a defined interface. The session manager is a separate logical component from the resource manager.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2004
    Publication date: April 12, 2007
    Inventors: Charles Compton, Weidong Mao, Walter Michel
  • Publication number: 20060227722
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying which signals provided by a head-end are accessible to CPE of a subscriber in an HFC network. The method includes obtaining a partial list of signals accessible to the CPE, and then applying heuristic rules on the partial list to generate a complete accessible signal list. Obtaining the partial list includes discovering signal information regarding a subset of the signals which are accessible to the CPE; using the discovered signal information to obtain a signal identification of a signal accessible to the CPE; and generating the partial list based on the obtained signal identification. Applying a heuristic rule includes using a bit mask within the obtained signal identification or a naming convention of the obtained signal identification to identify other associated signals. The partial list is then generated based on the obtained signal identification and the signal identifications of the other associated signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2005
    Publication date: October 12, 2006
    Applicant: Comcast Cable Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Walter Michel, Michael Chen
  • Publication number: 20060218601
    Abstract: An on demand content delivery platform for delivering on demand digital assets includes a network transport composed of network elements. A content delivery path extends from an application server, through the network transport, to a client. During content delivery, at a network element, data is inserted into the content delivery path to produce a content stream containing inserted in-stream data. In one implementation, the content is conditioned in accordance with instructions present in the in-stream data. In another implementation, the in-stream data represents session information and is utilized for stateless recovery of session information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Publication date: September 28, 2006
    Inventor: Walter Michel
  • Publication number: 20050198341
    Abstract: A content distribution network includes a central content management system that acquires digital assets for distribution over the network to on-demand serving locations for on-demand delivery to customers. A digital asset includes a package of files. The files are processed prior to distribution from the central content management system to provide trick mode support. The content distribution network distributes the processed files from the central content management system to the serving locations. A method includes breaking up the digital asset at the central content management system into chunks, utilizing a pipelined distribution process between the central content management system and the serving locations for the digital asset chunks, and re-assembling the digital asset chunks at the serving locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2004
    Publication date: September 8, 2005
    Inventor: Walter Michel
  • Patent number: 6467711
    Abstract: A device for the size reduction of foodstuffs, such as onions and the like, with a housing which may be turned over the goods to be reduced in size. A knife is displaceable downwards against a force of a spring by an actuation mechanism with a push button and a plunger. The knife with the upwards movement by the guiding in the housing is rotated about an angle and by way of a positive displacement the rotation of the actuation mechanism relative to the housing is limited in one direction. The actuation mechanism includes a cap open at the bottom in which the push button is rotatably mounted, wherein the push button and the cap in the axial direction are rigidly connected to one another. An outer shaping of the actuation mechanism is completely free with the application of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: Moha Moderne Haushaltwaren AG
    Inventor: Walter Michel
  • Publication number: 20010028007
    Abstract: A device for the size reduction of foodstuffs, such as onions and the like, with a housing which may be turned over the goods to be reduced in size. A knife is displaceable downwards against a force of a spring by an actuation mechanism with a push button and a plunger. The knife with the upwards movement by the guiding in the housing is rotated about an angle and by way of a positive displacement the rotation of the actuation mechanism relative to the housing is limited in one direction. The actuation mechanism includes a cap open at the bottom in which the push button is rotatably mounted, wherein the push button and the cap in the axial direction are rigidly connected to one another. An outer shaping of the actuation mechanism is completely free with the application of the cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Publication date: October 11, 2001
    Inventor: Walter Michel
  • Patent number: 5002328
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a motorized drive system for covering and uncovering the top of an open truck box or the like and comprises a laterally operated roll tube for winding and unwinding a flexible cover over the top of a truck box. One lateral edge of the cover is fixed to one side edge of the box opening, and the other lateral edge is attached to a roll tube. A reversible rotary motor rotates the roll tube, in conjunction with an extensible pivot arm and a cable return mechanism utilizing a tapered grooved sheave to provide constant tension and to facilitate smooth and consistent rectilinear movement of the roll tube for winding and unwinding of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1991
    Inventor: Walter Michel
  • Patent number: 4967970
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for chopping foodstuffs such as onions and the like, having a housing that may be placed over the items to be chopped and, guided in the housing, a knife that may be pressed downwards against the force of a spring by means of a plunger, the knife being rotated about an angle during its upwards movement through the guide in the housing with a coupling composed of two substantially annular elements (15, 16) disposed concentrically to one another, one element (15) of which presents, on the side facing the second element (16), a number of teeth (24) angled in the same direction and spaced around the circumference of said element, the second element (16) presenting, on the side facing the first, at least two or more resilient tongues (34) meshing into the vertical flank of the teeth (24), the first coupling element (15) being slidably mounted in spiral grooves (8) formed in the housing whereas the second coupling element (16) is mounted rigidly with the operating mechanism (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1990
    Assignee: Moha Moderne Haushaltwaren AG
    Inventor: Walter Michel
  • Patent number: 4646672
    Abstract: An improved semi-submersible unit for use in offshore operations which has a significantly reduced susceptability to heave motions in wave periods which are most likely to be encountered during practical operation conditions. The unit consists of a lower hull or hulls supporting vertical buoyant caisson which also support an upper deck or platform which supports and is supported by a centrally disposed, large diameter buoyant caission which contributes a significant portion of the total water plane area of the vessel when it is submerged to its operational draft. The vessel may be configured for offshore drilling operations, diving support, and various other offshore support functions. When configured for the offshore drilling operation, the central column serves as buoyant chamber and as a primary storage chamber for tubular products which are associated with the drilling function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1987
    Inventors: William Bennett, Walter Michel
  • Patent number: 4430494
    Abstract: Modified melamine-formaldehyde resins having a melamine:formaldehyde molar ratio of 1:(1.27 to 0.7) are prepared by heating melamine in an aqueous solution or suspension with formaldehyde in a melamine:formaldehyde molar ratio of 1:(1.27 to 0.7) at a pH value of 8 to 11 and at temperatures of 105.degree. to 160.degree. C. until the finished resin has reached a dilutability with water of 1:(0.1 to 4) at 20.degree. C., and, before, during or after the condensation reaction, adding less than 25% by weight of a glycol ether of the formulaR(OCH.sub.2 CH.sub.2).sub.n OHin which R denotes alkyl having 1 to 4 C atoms and n denotes an integer from 1 to 5, and/or of p-toluenesulfonamide. The resins are used in particular for the production of molding compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1984
    Assignee: Cassella Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Hans Honel, Walter Michel, Steffen Piesch, Karin Schluter, Alfons Wolf
  • Patent number: 4430380
    Abstract: A bonded structure of textile materials bonded by a melamine-formaldehyde precondensate is produced by applying to a textile material a melamine-formaldehyde precondensate with a molar ratio of melamine to formaldehyde of 1:(0.8 to 1.26) to form a composite and then compressing the composite with an overpressure of 1 to 200 bars at temperature of from 130.degree. to 220.degree. C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1984
    Assignee: Cassella Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Hans Honel, Walter Michel, Steffen Piesch, Karin Schluter, Manfred Seidel, Wolfgang Spieler
  • Patent number: 4279758
    Abstract: A process for inhibiting the formation of mineral deposits from a water using novel N,N'-dialkylureidomethane diphosphonic acids and their alkaline salts having the formula: ##STR1## wherein R.sub.1 and R.sub.2 represent separate alkyl groups having one to three carbon atoms or a ring-forming alkylene group having two or three carbon atoms and R is hydrogen or an alkali metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1981
    Assignee: Joh. A. Benckiser GmbH
    Inventors: Friedrich Kruger, Walter Michel
  • Patent number: 4271286
    Abstract: An improved process for the preparation of methylolaminotriazines etherified with alkanols and having per mol of the aminotriazine, an analytically determined average of 0.6 n to 2 n preferably 0.7 to 2 n methylol groups, which are etherified to the extent of 30 to 60%, n being the number of amino groups in the aminotriazine, wherein an aminotriazine is warmed to 80.degree. to 130.degree. C. with 0.7 n to 3 n mols of formaldehyde, 2 n to 10 n mols alkanol or a mixture of alkanols having 1 to 8 carbon atoms, the carbon chain of which, if having more than 2 carbon atoms, can also be interrupted by an oxygen atom, and 0 to 5 n mols of water, per mol of the aminotriazine, for 0.2 to 20 minutes, under elevated pressure, wherein the improvement comprises said aminotriazine being first heated to a temperature of 60.degree.-90.degree. C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1981
    Assignee: Cassella Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Walter Michel, Hans Honel, Manfred Schon, Wolfgang Kaiser
  • Patent number: 4255572
    Abstract: Novel N,N'-dialkylureidomethane diphosphonic acids and their alkaline salts having the formula: ##STR1## wherein R.sub.1 and R.sub.2 represent separate alkyl groups having 1 to 3 carbons or a ring forming alkylene group and R is hydrogen or an alkali metal; a novel method for their preparation comprising reacting formic acid with a corresponding N,N'-dialkylurea and phosphorus trichloride and the use of such compounds to prevent the formation of calcareous deposits in water systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1981
    Inventors: Friedrich Kruger, Walter Michel
  • Patent number: 4250817
    Abstract: The method of burning different sorts of solid fuel in a tunnel-like burner furnace comprises the steps of pulverizing the solid fuel particles to a size corresponding to optimum burning performance of the employed burners, supplying the pulverized particles in an air stream to the burners of the furnace and adjusting the supplied amount of pulverized particle-air mixture, and the amount of air in the mixture in accordance with the optimum burning performance of the burner. The burner furnace system for performing the method of this invention comprises a tunnel burner furnace having a plurality of ceiling burners and of side wall burners, a fuel distributor having a rotatable distributing channel communicating successively with respective burners and a dosing device connected to the input of the fuel distributor and adapted for adjusting the stream of the mixture of air with pulverized fuel particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1981
    Assignee: Thermo Murg K.G.
    Inventor: Walter Michel
  • Patent number: 4223141
    Abstract: This invention relates to a process for the manufacture of methanol-etherified methylolmelamines which are largely monomeric containing more than 5 mols of formaldehyde and more than 4 mols of methyl-etherified methylol groups, per mol of melamine, and having a viscosity of less than 20 pascal-seconds at 25.degree. C. and a solids content of at least 95%, comprising (a) methylolating melamine with formaldehyde at a molar melamine:formaldehyde ratio of 1:6.5 to 1:8 for 11/2 to 5 hours at 50.degree. C. to 85.degree. C., with the formaldehyde source being an aqueous solution of formalin containing 30 to 50% by weight of formaldehyde and having a pH of 6.7 to 7.3, and (b) etherifying the resulting suspension of methylolmelamine with 15 to 30 mols of methanol per mol of melamine at temperatures of 30.degree. C. to 60.degree. C. in the presence of a strong acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1980
    Assignee: Cassella Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Hans Honel, Karlfried Keller, Walter Michel, Manfred Schon
  • Patent number: D343814
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Inventor: Walter Michel