Patents by Inventor William A. Sweeney

William A. Sweeney 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: 10990094
    Abstract: Sensor information is collected from human driven vehicles which are driven in a given region. From the sensor information, a road condition is detected on a road segment, where the road condition has a sufficiently high likelihood of impairing autonomous vehicles in safely navigating through the one or more road segments. Information about the one or more road segments is communicated to the one or more autonomous vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: William Ross, John Bares, David LaRose, Matthew Sweeney
  • Patent number: 9999850
    Abstract: A method of filtering contaminants from a fluid is disclosed. A feedstream of fluid containing contaminants is directed into a filter chamber containing a filter element. Part of the feedstream fluid flows in one of: a forward flow direction where it passes in a first direction through a wall of the filter element; and a reverse flow direction where it passes in a second, opposite direction through the wall. The filtrate is directed into a flowline for collection. The feedstream fluid is then arranged to flow through the filter element in the other direction, to remove contaminant material from a surface of the element wall. Following removal of contaminant material, the feedstream fluid is continued to be directed through the wall of the filter element in said other direction, to filter out contaminants from the fluid during flow in said other direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: AQUA DYNAMICS PROCESS TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Christopher William Sweeney
  • Publication number: 20150129508
    Abstract: A method of filtering contaminants from a fluid is disclosed. A feedstream of fluid containing contaminants is directed into a filter chamber containing a filter element. Part of the feedstream fluid flows in one of: a forward flow direction where it passes in a first direction through a wall of the filter element; and a reverse flow direction where it passes in a second, opposite direction through the wall. The filtrate is directed into a flowline for collection. The feedstream fluid is then arranged to flow through the filter element in the other direction, to remove contaminant material from a surface of the element wall. Following removal of contaminant material, the feedstream fluid is continued to be directed through the wall of the filter element in said other direction, to filter out contaminants from the fluid during flow in said other direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher William Sweeney
  • Patent number: 8903981
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product for distributing task assignments on a computer network comprising a client grid having at least one server coupled to at least one client node and a plurality of client computers coupled to the client node through a plurality of monitoring agents. Each monitoring agent collects data regarding the resources a particular client computer makes available to the grid and transmits the data to the grid server when the client computer requests a grid task. The system generates a resource probability distribution based on the historical computing resource data and employs a scheduling algorithm to distribute grid tasks to the client computers using at least the probability distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Alimi, William Sweeney, Nianjun Zhou
  • Publication number: 20090276519
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product for distributing task assignments on a computer network comprising a client grid having at least one server coupled to at least one client node and a plurality of client computers coupled to the client node through a plurality of monitoring agents. Each monitoring agent collects data regarding the resources a particular client computer makes available to the grid and transmits the data to the grid server when the client computer requests a grid task. The system generates a resource probability distribution based on the historical computing resource data and employs a scheduling algorithm to distribute grid tasks to the client computers using at least the probability distribution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard A. Alimi, William Sweeney, Nianjun Zhou
  • Publication number: 20090012999
    Abstract: A method for pushing a targeted audience to a specific location includes identifying an entity having a connection to the targeted audience and agreeing to enter into a Targeted Audience Initiator arrangement with the entity. The entity is then providing with materials for pushing members of the targeted audience to the specific location. The entity is then compensated in exchange for pushing members of the targeted audience to the specific location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventor: William Sweeney
  • Publication number: 20090012856
    Abstract: A method of marketing local products and/or services includes establishing a database of providers of local products and/or services, wherein the providers are classified into one or more business categories and each provider is certified prior to inclusion. User requests are received for information about providers of local products and/or services in a specified business category, and a list of providers classified in the specified business category is displayed to the user in response to the request. The list has a limited number of providers to avoid an excessive number of choices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventor: William Sweeney
  • Publication number: 20070207239
    Abstract: A flavor pouch includes a porous covering that encloses a carrier having a flavorant. The carrier may be solid or particulate. Flavorants may be one or more of tea, coffee, rose hips, honey, royal jelly, fruit extracts, mint, sweeteners, ginger, pepper extract, exotic flavors, ethnic flavors and the like. Where the carrier comprises a plurality of beads, the beads may have randomly dissolvable encapsulation to extend the time duration of flavor release. To use the flavor pouch, it is placed in the mouth and masticated or exposed to saliva to thereby release the flavorant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Publication date: September 6, 2007
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Neidle, Kenneth Newman, William Sweeney, Cynthia Hayes, Robert Mitten, Danielle Crawford
  • Publication number: 20070122526
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a flavor pouch containing flavorant selected from one or more of tea, coffee, rose hips, honey, royal jelly, fruit extracts, mint, sweeteners, exotic flavors, and the like includes feeding a strip of fabric along a feed path, placing preselected amounts of flavorant material at spaced apart locations along the strip, forming flavor pouches by sealing portions of the strip together to enclose each preselected amount of flavorant material, and separating the flavor pouches from the strip. The pouches can have various shapes including crescent and oval shapes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Publication date: May 31, 2007
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: William Sweeney, Danielle Crawford
  • Publication number: 20070055763
    Abstract: A peer-to-peer network has a server that maintains a list of addresses of clients connected to the peer-to-peer network. The server generates seed lists for each of the clients connected to the network from the server maintained list. The clients conduct peer-to-peer searches using the seed list provided by the server. The seed lists may be either randomly generated or generated to facilitate network objectives. The clients may periodically request seed list refreshing. The peer-to-peer network may further include authentication and authorization search security checks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Publication date: March 8, 2007
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Goodman, John Ronney, Ramesh Subramanian, William Sweeney
  • Publication number: 20070016655
    Abstract: A peer-to-peer network propagates searches from client to client. Resources within each client are selectively searched in response to authentication and authorization processes. Authentication information may be included in a search request or may be performed by an authentication process external to the client. Authorization is performed by a process external to the client. Only after authentication or authorization may resources of any particular client be accessed. The system allows for secure propagated searches and resource access in a peer-to-peer network environment. The network may further include a server for maintaining a list of clients connected to the peer-to-peer network in order to more efficiently facilitate peer-to-peer communications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Publication date: January 18, 2007
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Goodman, John Rooney, Ramesh Subramanian, William Sweeney
  • Publication number: 20070006889
    Abstract: A virtual or augmented reality smoking system is provided herein. A smoker using the system can experience a virtual reality of smoking by puffing on a cigarette shaped article and experiencing the taste or aroma from the article while simultaneously viewing a generated image of a burning cigarette and exhaled and sidestream smoke. Additionally, the room environment may be simulated to give the experience of smoking in a setting of the smoker's choice (virtual reality) or the image of a burning cigarette and smoke may be superimposed on a live or natural image of the smoker's environment (augmented reality).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2005
    Publication date: January 11, 2007
    Inventors: Gerd Kobal, Henry Dante, Rangaraj Sundar, Peter Lipowicz, William Sweeney, Ashok Solanky
  • Publication number: 20060187040
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing personalized information are provided. Based on an identification of a customer through the use of a card, personalized information is selectively produced and wirelessly provided to a display such as a wireless display. The identification of the customer, as well as additional information, can be provided through the use of the card, wherein functions of the card can be enabled or disabled by the customer through the use of on-card switches, buttons, slides and/or bistable domes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Publication date: August 24, 2006
    Inventor: William Sweeney
  • Publication number: 20060176239
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing personalized information are provided. Based on an identification of a customer and/or a product, the personalized information is produced and wirelessly provided to a display such as a wireless display. A wireless information reader is used to gather the identification and the personalized information and transmit power and data to the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Publication date: August 10, 2006
    Inventor: William Sweeney
  • Publication number: 20060175400
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing discreet messaging are provided. Based on an identification of a customer and/or a product to be purchased, a message is selectively produced and provided in a discreet manner to the customer. The message can be visible and/or audible. The customer can be identified using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags. The product to be purchased can be identified using scanned bar code information and/or RFID tags.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Publication date: August 10, 2006
    Inventors: William Sweeney, Ken Forster, Joe Amado, Quazi Islam
  • Publication number: 20050006467
    Abstract: A system and method for distribution of product price and/or sales data in a retail establishment. Product price and/or sales data is stored locally, either in a central computer or master electronic cash register (ECR) or remotely at a master computer. The product price data is stored in the form of a price look-up (PLU) table. The price data can be pushed from the master ECR, local or master computers to and ECR emulation hub to an ECR emulation hub. Similarly, the ECR emulation hub can request product price data from the master ECR, local or master computers. Once the product price data arrives at the ECR emulation hub, it can be processed and sent to a display, which will be located near the appropriate product. The ECR emulation hub can also record and/or transmit prices actually charged for products over time to allow for automatic auditing of promotional pricing offers such as those made by manufacturers of the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Publication date: January 13, 2005
    Inventor: William Sweeney
  • Patent number: 5210363
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hydrous zirconium oxide catalyst for the dehydration of alcohols of the general formula ##STR1## to terminal olefins, as well as a method for preparing said catalyst. The catalyst provides high conversion of alcohol to olefin, high dehydration selectivity, and high selectivity for terminal olefin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1993
    Assignee: Chevron Research and Technology Company
    Inventor: William A. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 5130287
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hydrous zirconium oxide catalyst for the dehydration of alcohols of the general formula ##STR1## to terminal olefins, as well as a method for preparing said catalyst. The catalyst provides high conversion of alcohol to olefin, high dehydration selectivity, and high selectivity for terminal olefin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Assignee: Chevron Research and Technology Company
    Inventor: William A. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 5104486
    Abstract: An improved liquid alkenyl succinic anhydride composition having superior paper sizing properties. There is also disclosed a method for the sizing of paper and a method for imparting water-repellency to cellulosic fabrics using the composition of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Assignee: Chevron Research Company
    Inventor: William A. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 5059734
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for preparing C.sub.5 to C.sub.18 straight chain .alpha.-olefins from the corresponding internal olefins. The process comprises reacting a C.sub.5 to C.sub.18 straight chain olefin reactant with an electrophilic compound containing hydrogen followed by selectively cracking the resulting product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Assignee: Chevron Research and Technology Company
    Inventor: William A. Sweeney