Patents by Inventor William Hardy

William Hardy 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: 10836239
    Abstract: A method of installing a vehicle component to a vehicle panel is provided. The method includes aligning a fastening opening of the vehicle component with a fastening opening through the vehicle panel. The vehicle component abuts against an alignment rib that is formed integrally with the vehicle panel. A fastener is inserted through the fastening openings of the vehicle component and the vehicle panel. The fastener is tightened while the alignment rib inhibits rotation of the vehicle component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian T. Thurgate, William Hardy, Kevin O'Beirne
  • Patent number: 10836238
    Abstract: A method of installing a vehicle component to a vehicle panel is provided. The method includes aligning a rib receiving channel of the vehicle component with an alignment rib that is formed integrally with the vehicle panel while also aligning a fastening opening of the vehicle component with a fastening opening through the vehicle panel. The alignment rib is inserted into the rib receiving channel. A fastener is inserted through the fastening openings of the vehicle component and the vehicle panel. The fastener is tightened while the alignment rib and rib receiving channel inhibit rotation of the vehicle component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian T. Thurgate, William Hardy, Kevin O'Beirne
  • Patent number: 10813695
    Abstract: An end effector assembly for an optical surgical instrument includes a jaw member and a plurality of optical elements positioned within a cavity of the jaw member. The jaw member has a tissue contacting surface. The jaw member has a proximal portion that is configured to secure a fiber optic cable thereto such that a distal end of the fiber optical cable extends into the cavity. The plurality of optical elements are arranged in a staircase-like manner that rises towards the tissue contacting surface as the plurality of optical elements extends distally within the cavity. The plurality of optical elements is configured to direct a beam of light exiting the fiber optic cable towards the tissue contacting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: William H. Nau, Jr., Eric R. Larson, Duane E. Kerr, Nathaniel M. Fried, Thomas C. Hutchens, Thomas W. Meiser, Luke A. Hardy
  • Patent number: 10776501
    Abstract: A method of automatically augmenting content through augmentation services can include invoking a service to receive an entity determination based on the content and an entity container comprising an object of the content and one or more attributes of the object. The entity determination and corresponding entity container can be assigned as a marker to content being clipped. The marker can be used to enable access and actions that can be taken with respect to the clipping or the structured information augmenting the clipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Akselrod, Donald Gordon Hardy, Pradeep Chilakamarri, Shikha Devesh Desai, Bernhard S. J. Kohlmeier, Ian William Mikutel
  • Publication number: 20200279278
    Abstract: A system and method for generating purchasing interest values in relation to purchasing a product or service, by category, brand, make, or model. The method includes associating a user identity with recordations of activity in requesting information from assets accessible by addressing universal resource locators, such as applying a web browser to render web pages addressable by registered domain names of the World Wide Web; additional information such as purchasing history, residence address and income level; and estimations of proximity and ease of travel between a geographic location associated with the user identity and a point of sales or services of a product or service type, category, brand, make, or model. The product or service may be related to or comprise an automobile. A map is rendered that separately associates geographic locations with individual user identities. Marketing communications are sent to electronic and/or postal addresses associated with user identities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Applicant: SUMMIT RESOURCE, LLC
    Inventors: Grigoriy S. GEODAKYAN, Yong-jong Shawn YEN, Ryan Andrew FOSS, Jason HARDY, William Dale BROEN, Natalie M. BORN, JONATHAN LUCENAY
  • Publication number: 20200238801
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes an inner panel including an upper portion defining a window aperture, and a lower portion positioned opposite the upper portion in a vertical direction, and a support assembly coupled to the inner panel, the support assembly including a first torsion member extending along the upper portion of the inner panel in a lateral direction that is transverse to the vertical direction, the first torsion member defining holes extending through the first torsion member, a second torsion member extending along the upper portion of the inner panel toward the first torsion member, the second torsion member defining holes that are aligned with the holes of the first torsion member, and at least one fastener positioned in corresponding aligned holes of the first torsion member and the second torsion member, the at least one fastener coupling the first torsion member to the second torsion member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian T. Thurgate, William A. Hardy, Kevin O'Beirne, Johnny Rose, Wasim Ukra, Rajesh Chennagowni, Herb Meingast
  • Publication number: 20200238802
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes an inner panel formed from a resin and including an upper portion, and a lower portion positioned opposite the upper portion in a vertical direction, and a torsion bar assembly coupled to the inner panel, the torsion bar assembly including a lateral bar that extends across the upper portion of the inner panel in a lateral direction that is transverse to the vertical direction, a pair of vertical bars extending downward from the lateral bar, where the pair of vertical bars and the lateral bar define an inner cavity extending along the torsion bar assembly, and the lateral bar defines an access hole that provides access to the inner cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian T. Thurgate, William A. Hardy, Kevin O'Beirne, Johnny Rose, Wasim Ukra, Rajesh Chennagowni, Herb Meingast
  • Patent number: 10717349
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes an inner panel formed from a resin and including an upper portion, and a lower portion positioned opposite the upper portion in a vertical direction, and a torsion bar assembly coupled to the inner panel, the torsion bar assembly including a lateral bar that extends across the upper portion of the inner panel in a lateral direction that is transverse to the vertical direction, a pair of vertical bars extending downward from the lateral bar, where the pair of vertical bars and the lateral bar define an inner cavity extending along the torsion bar assembly, and the lateral bar defines an access hole that provides access to the inner cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian T. Thurgate, William A. Hardy, Kevin O'Beirne, Johnny Rose, Wasim Ukra, Rajesh Chennagowni, Herb Meingast
  • Publication number: 20200215884
    Abstract: A method of installing a vehicle component to a vehicle panel is provided. The method includes aligning a rib receiving channel of the vehicle component with an alignment rib that is formed integrally with the vehicle panel while also aligning a fastening opening of the vehicle component with a fastening opening through the vehicle panel. The alignment rib is inserted into the rib receiving channel. A fastener is inserted through the fastening openings of the vehicle component and the vehicle panel. The fastener is tightened while the alignment rib and rib receiving channel inhibit rotation of the vehicle component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian T. Thurgate, William Hardy, Kevin O'Beirne
  • Publication number: 20200215885
    Abstract: A method of installing a vehicle component to a vehicle panel is provided. The method includes aligning a fastening opening of the vehicle component with a fastening opening through the vehicle panel. The vehicle component abuts against an alignment rib that is formed integrally with the vehicle panel. A fastener is inserted through the fastening openings of the vehicle component and the vehicle panel. The fastener is tightened while the alignment rib inhibits rotation of the vehicle component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian T. Thurgate, William Hardy, Kevin O'Beirne
  • Publication number: 20200215317
    Abstract: Wireless and non-wireless drug delivery integrated circuits, systems, and methods of delivering therapeutic pharmaceutical compounds are provided. The system can include a control module, a wireless drug delivery integrated circuit, a first electrode and a second electrode that are both attached to the wireless drug delivery integrated circuit, an electroactive polymer, and a pharmaceutical compound. The electroactive polymer and the pharmaceutical compound can be formed as films on one of the electrodes and, when placed in a solution, a voltage potential can be applied across the electrodes causing the pharmaceutical compound to be released into the solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Byul Hur, John Hardy, William R. Eisenstadt, Christine E. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20200051062
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a printed circuit board having a physically unclonable function (PUF) source. The electronic device may also include an integrated circuit (IC) chip positioned on the printed circuit board, and the first PUF source may be embedded in or formed on the printed circuit board external to the IC chip. The IC chip has processing circuitry that is configured to determine PUF data based on the PUF source. The processing circuitry is further configured to determine a cryptographic key or authentication token based on the PUF data and to perform at least one secure operation using the cryptographic key or authentication token.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Applicant: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Wade, William Hardy, Malcolm Ronald Smith, Afshin Rezayee, Yue Yang
  • Patent number: 10450661
    Abstract: A method for using an electrochemical cell to continuously acidify alkaline water sources and recover carbon dioxide with simultaneous continuous hydrogen gas production. The electrochemical cell has a center compartment, an electrolyte-free anode compartment having a mesh anode in direct contact with an ion permeable membrane, an endblock in direct contact with the anode where the endblock provides a gas escape route behind the anode, an electrolyte-free cathode compartment having a mesh cathode in direct contact with an ion permeable membrane, and an endblock in direct contact with the cathode where the endblock provides a gas escape route behind the cathode. Current applied to the electrochemical cell for generating hydrogen gas also lowers the pH of the alkaline water to produce carbon dioxide with no additional current or power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Felice DiMascio, Heather D. Willauer, Dennis R. Hardy, Frederick Williams, M. Kathleen Lewis
  • Patent number: 10438190
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a printed circuit board having a physically unclonable function (PUF) source. The electronic device may also include an integrated circuit (IC) chip positioned on the printed circuit board, and the first PUF source may be embedded in or formed on the printed circuit board external to the IC chip. The IC chip has processing circuitry that is configured to determine PUF data based on the PUF source. The processing circuitry is further configured to determine a cryptographic key or authentication token based on the PUF data and to perform at least one secure operation using the cryptographic key or authentication token.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Wade, William Hardy, Malcolm Ronald Smith, Afshin Rezayee, Yue Yang
  • Publication number: 20190026724
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a printed circuit board having a physically unclonable function (PUF) source. The electronic device may also include an integrated circuit (IC) chip positioned on the printed circuit board, and the first PUF source may be embedded in or formed on the printed circuit board external to the IC chip. The IC chip has processing circuitry that is configured to determine PUF data based on the PUF source. The processing circuitry is further configured to determine a cryptographic key or authentication token based on the PUF data and to perform at least one secure operation using the cryptographic key or authentication token.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Wade, William Hardy, Malcolm Ronald Smith, Afshin Rezayee, Yue Yang
  • Patent number: 9764834
    Abstract: A kite for a system for extracting energy from the wind, the kite comprising: a body having a wing for providing lift; means for connecting the wing to a tether; and means for controlling the flight of the kite in the wind, wherein the wing is constructed with an asymmetry in a spanwise direction from a first end of the wing to a second end of the wing to provide the wing with a naturally asymmetric shape at least when in flight. The asymmetry may be provided to optimise the shape of the wing for a flight pattern in which one end of the wing has a higher speed than the other end of the wing. For example, the asymmetry may be optimised to allow the kite to follow a flight pattern resembling a circle or spiral, from the point of view of a base unit of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Kite Power Solutions Limited
    Inventor: John William Hardy
  • Publication number: 20170226991
    Abstract: The invention provides a mechanical apparatus comprising: a main wheel rotatable about a main axis; four radially spaced pendulum axes parallel to and around the main axis, and four pairs of weighted pendulums. Each pair is mounted to the main wheel for 360° rotation about a separate pendulum axis. A latching mechanism associated with each pendulum pair releasably but independently holds one or both pendulum of a pair at one or more rotational position, the engagement and/or release of a pendulum by a latching mechanism being operated by the movement of pendulums within the same or other pairs and/or by the rotation of the main wheel. As the main wheel rotates about the main axis the pendulums rotate about the pendulum axes under the control of the latching mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Inventor: William Hardy
  • Patent number: 9315167
    Abstract: Bumpers and vehicles that include bumpers are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a bumper includes a bumper beam assembly, where the bumper beam assembly extends in a vehicle lateral direction, the bumper beam assembly including a front side that is oriented to face forward in a vehicle longitudinal direction that is transverse to the vehicle lateral direction, and a reinforcement bracket coupled to the front side of the bumper beam assembly, the reinforcement bracket including an inboard edge coupled to the front side of the bumper beam assembly, an outboard edge coupled to the front side of the bumper beam assembly and positioned outboard of the inboard edge, and a central portion that extends between the inboard edge and the outboard edge in the vehicle longitudinal direction, where at least a portion of the central portion extends in a direction that is transverse to the vehicle longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Hardy, Tyler E. Schnug, Kuo Sun
  • Publication number: 20160096496
    Abstract: Bumpers and vehicles that include bumpers are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a bumper includes a bumper beam assembly, where the bumper beam assembly extends in a vehicle lateral direction, the bumper beam assembly including a front side that is oriented to face forward in a vehicle longitudinal direction that is transverse to the vehicle lateral direction, and a reinforcement bracket coupled to the front side of the bumper beam assembly, the reinforcement bracket including an inboard edge coupled to the front side of the bumper beam assembly, an outboard edge coupled to the front side of the bumper beam assembly and positioned outboard of the inboard edge, and a central portion that extends between the inboard edge and the outboard edge in the vehicle longitudinal direction, where at least a portion of the central portion extends in a direction that is transverse to the vehicle longitudinal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 7, 2016
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Hardy, Tyler E. Schnug, Kuo Sun
  • Patent number: 9157466
    Abstract: A retention clip assembly for connecting first and second components together. The retention clip assembly includes a male member configured to engage a female member. The male member includes a body portion with a tab extending therefrom. A terminal end of the tab includes a flange projecting laterally from a side surface. The female member includes body portion having sides defining an opening into which the tab of the male member is received. A rib of the female member is located adjacent to one of the sides defining the opening so as to form a slot being between the rib and adjacent side of the opening. The flange is constantly biased into contact with the rib when the male and female members are engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Hardy, Edgar C. Herrera