Patents by Inventor William Charron

William Charron 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: 20210090402
    Abstract: A system and method for operating a game of chance. A gaming system includes a primary game display and secondary game display with the secondary game display mapped with prize blocks arranged in a grid that may generally mimic a primary game grid. The prize blocks can be represented as characters, articles, numeral values, symbols and the like. Each prize block is assigned a prize value and a health value. When the health value of a prize block is exhausted based on primary game outcomes, the prize block is destroyed and removed awarding its corresponding prize value. New prize blocks fill the void left by removed prize blocks or the void remains as a space without any assigned prize value. One version of the system and method is facilitated by a slot-based primary game incorporating certain pre-established symbols (e.g., dice) that diminish (or increase) health values of the prize blocks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Inventors: David Colvin, Justin Thomas Ficarrotta, Joshua Ewing Porter, Scott Forbes Sims, William Chong, Dan Charron, Keith Matthew Kruczynski
  • Patent number: 10692329
    Abstract: A system and method for operating a game of chance. A gaming system includes a primary game display and secondary game display with the secondary game display mapped with prize blocks arranged in a grid that may generally mimic a primary game grid. The prize blocks can be represented as characters, articles, numeral values, symbols and the like. Each prize block is assigned a prize value and a health value. When the health value of a prize block is exhausted based on primary game outcomes, the prize block is destroyed and removed awarding its corresponding prize value. New prize blocks fill the void left by removed prize blocks or the void remains as a space without any assigned prize value. One version of the system and method is facilitated by a slot-based primary game incorporating certain pre-established symbols (e.g., dice) that diminish (or increase) health values of the prize blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Gaming Arts, LLC
    Inventors: David Colvin, Justin Thomas Ficarrotta, Joshua Ewing Porter, Scott Forbes Sims, William Chong, Dan Charron, Keith Matthew Kruczynski
  • Patent number: 7690260
    Abstract: A system for ultrasonic profiling of a weld sample includes a carriage movable in opposite first and second directions. An ultrasonic sensor is coupled to the carriage to move over the sample as the carriage moves. An encoder determines the position of the carriage to determine the position of the sensor. A spring is connected at one end of the carriage. Upon the carriage being moved in the first direction toward the spring such that the carriage and the sensor are at a beginning position and the spring is compressed the spring decompresses to push the carriage back along the second direction to move the carriage and the sensor from the beginning position to an ending position. The encoder triggers the sensor to take the ultrasonic measurements of the sample when the sensor is at predetermined positions while the sensor moves over the sample between the beginning and positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignees: Ford Motor Company, The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: James Panyard, Timothy Potter, William Charron, Deborah Hopkins, Frederic Reverdy
  • Publication number: 20080271537
    Abstract: A system for ultrasonic profiling of a weld sample includes a carriage movable in opposite first and second directions. An ultrasonic sensor is coupled to the carriage to move over the sample as the carriage moves. An encoder determines the position of the carriage to determine the position of the sensor. A spring is connected at one end of the carriage. Upon the carriage being moved in the first direction toward the spring such that the carriage and the sensor are at a beginning position and the spring is compressed the spring decompresses to push the carriage back along the second direction to move the carriage and the sensor from the beginning position to an ending position. The encoder triggers the sensor to take the ultrasonic measurements of the sample when the sensor is at predetermined positions while the sensor moves over the sample between the beginning and positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Applicants: FORD MOTOR COMPANY, THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: James Panyard, Timothy Potter, William Charron, Deborah Lynne Hopkins, Frederic Reverdy
  • Patent number: 5810059
    Abstract: According to a preferred embodiment, a machine for filling containers, such flexible plastic bags, with fluid product, such a liquid food product, uses two container fill nozzles that each has a product supply system. While one of the nozzles is being used to fill containers that are being moved through the machine, the other nozzle and its product supply system is being cleaned. For the cleaning, at least one receptacle is provided to receive a nozzle being cleaned. Any product remaining in the delivery system and nozzle is flushed out through the receptacle in which the nozzle is inserted, and those portions cleaned. Fresh product is then loaded back into the delivery system and dispensed through the nozzle into the containers. This system and these operating techniques allow the product to be changed frequently without having to suffer a significant down time of the filling machine for cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Packaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher C. Rutter, Robert A. Bilbrey, William Charron
  • Patent number: 5690151
    Abstract: A machine for filling containers, such as flexible plastic bags, with fluid product, such as liquid food product, using two container fill nozzles that each having a product supply system. While one of the nozzles is being used to fill containers that are being moved through the machine, the other nozzle and its product supply system is being cleaned. For the cleaning, at least one receptacle is provided to receive a nozzle being cleaned. Any product remaining in the delivery system and nozzle is flushed out through the receptacle in which the nozzle is inserted, and those portions cleaned. Fresh product is then loaded back into the delivery system and dispensed through the nozzle into the containers. This system and these operating techniques allow the product to be changed frequently without having to suffer a significant down time of the filling machine for cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: Packaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher C. Rutter, Robert A. Bilbrey, William Charron
  • Patent number: 4460349
    Abstract: A paperboard tray forming machine is disclosed which is designed for forming a paperboard tray from a flat production blank. The paperboard tray has front and rear end panels hingedly attached to side panels by means of folded gusset corner panels. The tray further has folded over corner flaps hingedly attached to the gusset panels and upwardly turned top flaps hingedly attached to the front and rear end panels. The machine is formed in a plurality of stations designed to take a paperboard flat production blank from a hopper and to fold the tray into the finished shape through a series of folding and glueing stations in the machine. The path of travel through the machine is in a generally U-shape. The various folding and glueing stations are positioned around an endless traveling conveyor having a plurality of mandrels attached thereto. The carton blank advances first in one direction and then turns in a U-shaped path and advances in the opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1984
    Assignee: Manville Service Corporation
    Inventor: William Charron