Patents by Inventor William L. King

William L. King 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: 10617151
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to aerosol delivery devices, methods of producing such devices, and elements of such devices. In some embodiments, the present disclosure provides devices configured for vaporization of an aerosol precursor composition that is contained in a reservoir and transported to a heating element by a liquid transport element. The liquid transport element may include a porous monolith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael F. Davis, Percy D. Phillips, James W. Rogers, Frederic P. Ampolini, David A. Clemens, William K. Carpenter, Owen L. Joyce, Michael L. King, Sean M. Ahr
  • Patent number: 10602775
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to aerosol delivery devices, elements of such devices, and methods for producing vapor. In some embodiments, the present disclosure provides devices configured for vaporization of an aerosol precursor composition that is contained in and transported to a heating element by a unitary reservoir and liquid transport element. The unitary reservoir and liquid transport element may include a porous monolith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael F. Davis, Percy D. Phillips, James W. Rogers, Frederic P. Ampolini, David A. Clemens, William K. Carpenter, Owen L. Joyce, Michael L. King, Sean M. Ahr
  • Patent number: 10304330
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer program product for prioritizing traffic flow based on vehicle-caused road degradation. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for prioritizing traffic flow based on vehicle-caused road degradation includes detecting an approaching vehicle in a traffic control system disposed at an intersection governed by the traffic control system, classifying the approaching vehicle and correlating the classification of the approaching vehicle with a road degradation impact resulting from both a deceleration of the approaching vehicle and a subsequent acceleration of the approaching vehicle. The method further includes on condition that the road degradation impact exceeds a permissible impact, transmitting a message to the traffic control system to emit a visual signal permitting the approaching vehicle to pass through the intersection without stopping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michal Broz, Henry E. Mikhail, Cheryl L. King, William J. Hoch
  • Patent number: 9820541
    Abstract: A luggage case may include opposing front and back walls, opposing sidewalls, opposing end walls, and multiple wheels. The front, back, side, top and end walls together thereby define an outer structure and enclosed space of the case. The wheels may include a pair of axially spaced apart fixed axis wheels with a common fixed rotational axis substantially perpendicular to the front and back walls and located towards a bottom corner of the case and at least one spinner wheel assembly mounted to the case to rotate at least one wheel about at least two orthogonal axes and located on the bottom end of the case spaced a distance along the width (W) of the case from the common fixed rotational axis of fixed wheels. Such a case can be wheeled over and cope better with rough terrain than a more conventional luggage article, while still being relatively manoeuvrable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Samsonite IP Holdings S.a r.l.
    Inventor: William L. King
  • Patent number: 9468277
    Abstract: A luggage case may include front, back, side, top, and bottom walls. At least one recess may be defined by at least one of the walls near the luggage case's bottom end. Two or more spinner wheel assemblies may be joined to at least one of the walls proximate the luggage case's bottom end. Each spinner wheel assembly may be configured to pivot its at least one wheel from a first position where the at least one wheel engages a support surface to allow the luggage case to be wheeled on the support surface to a second position where the least one wheel is positioned within one of the at least one recess and does not project beyond the bottom wall. An actuation mechanism that includes a user engagement component and at least one actuation assembly may be used to move the wheels between their first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Samsonite IP Holdings S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: William L. King
  • Patent number: 9282795
    Abstract: A suitcase may include at least two panels defining a pocket, a substantially planar object sized for receipt within a pocket, at least one guide joined to at least one of the at least two panels, and at least one connection assembly joining the substantially planar object to the at least one guide. The substantially planar object may be a table. The at least one connection assembly and the at least one guide may be configured to allow the at least one connection assembly to move along the guide. The at least one connection assembly may further be configured to allow the table to pivot relative to an outer surface of the suitcase. The table may be supported by an upper outer surface of the suitcase. The table may provide a working surface for a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Samsonite IP Holdings S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: William L. King, Kyle F. Gendreau
  • Patent number: 9051916
    Abstract: A system for converting wind power to electrical energy has a peripheral frame, sails interconnected to the peripheral frame, radial struts extending from the hub to the peripheral frame, wheels mounted on the peripheral frame, electric generators interconnected with respective wheels, and a hub about which the peripheral frame is rotatable. The hub is in electrical communication with the electric generators. Sails may be interconnected with the peripheral frame on respective masts, each mast having a base and the mast being pivotable about the base. The electric generators may be mounted on a variety of locations, such as the peripheral frame. Each electric generator may be interconnected with a respective wheel via a belt, a chain or other mechanism. The system may include arrangements to generate electricity from sunlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: IQ Energy
    Inventors: William L. King, Ghanshyam Popat
  • Publication number: 20140238803
    Abstract: A luggage case may include front, back, side, top, and bottom walls. At least one recess may be defined by at least one of the walls near the luggage case's bottom end. Two or more spinner wheel assemblies may be joined to at least one of the walls proximate the luggage case's bottom end. Each spinner wheel assembly may be configured to pivot its at least one wheel from a first position where the at least one wheel engages a support surface to allow the luggage case to be wheeled on the support surface to a second position where the least one wheel is positioned within one of the at least one recess and does not project beyond the bottom wall. An actuation mechanism that includes a user engagement component and at least one actuation assembly may be used to move the wheels between their first and second positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Samsonite IP Holdings S.a r.I.
    Inventor: William L. King
  • Publication number: 20140182990
    Abstract: A luggage case may include opposing front and back walls, opposing sidewalls, opposing end walls, and multiple wheels. The front, back, side, top and end walls together thereby define an outer structure and enclosed space of the case. The wheels may include a pair of axially spaced apart fixed axis wheels with a common fixed rotational axis substantially perpendicular to the front and back walls and located towards a bottom corner of the case and at least one spinner wheel assembly mounted to the case to rotate at least one wheel about at least two orthogonal axes and located on the bottom end of the case spaced a distance along the width (W) of the case from the common fixed rotational axis of fixed wheels. Such a case can be wheeled over and cope better with rough terrain than a more conventional luggage article, while still being relatively manoeuvrable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Samsonite IP Holdings S.a r.l.
    Inventor: William L. King
  • Patent number: 8720655
    Abstract: A wheeled luggage case may include first and second shells connected together at their perimeter edges to define a generally parallelepiped packing volume. A wheel device may be attached to each of the first and second shells. Each of these wheel devices may include a hub rotatably attached to a respective shell. A tire may be attached to the hub for rolling on the supporting surface when the tire portion and hub are rotated about this axis of rotation. The tire portion may include a series of tire segments. At least some of the segments may be attached to the hub portion by a hinge. The hinge may include a hinging axis of rotation at a substantially right angle to the axis of rotation of the hub itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Samsonite IP Holdings S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: William L. King
  • Patent number: 8650724
    Abstract: A zipper for luggage or a travel bag may include a slider and a releasable security device to provide access to the bag by authorized persons. The releasable security device may be configured to receive a portion of a locking apparatus, such as a padlock. A portion of the releasable security device may be received within the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Samsonite IP Holdings S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: William L. King, Robert Thomas Zielinski
  • Publication number: 20120217109
    Abstract: A suitcase may include at least two panels defining a pocket, a substantially planar object sized for receipt within a pocket, at least one guide joined to at least one of the at least two panels, and at least one connection assembly joining the substantially planar object to the at least one guide. The substantially planar object may be a table. The at least one connection assembly and the at least one guide may be configured to allow the at least one connection assembly to move along the guide. The at least one connection assembly may further be configured to allow the table to pivot relative to an outer surface of the suitcase. The table may be supported by an upper outer surface of the suitcase. The table may provide a working surface for a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: Samsonite IP Holdings S.a r.l.
    Inventors: William L. King, Kyle F. Gendreau
  • Patent number: 8245825
    Abstract: A remote cinching device 14 comprising a resiliency mechanism 15 and 16, a force-transferring device 17, and a cinching device 28, 30, 32 enhances luggage, totes, briefs, and other transport and/or storage devices. The resiliency mechanism biases the luggage in an open condition, while the cinching device, located remotely from the areas undergoing the highest levels of expansion force (the top and bottom ends of an upright luggage case, for example), allows effective, easy, and visually pleasing compression of the case once it has been closed. The cinch is carried by force-transferring structures 17, by which the act of cinching is made even more efficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Samsonite IP Holdings S.ar.l.
    Inventors: Kenzo Yoneno, Luc Huyghe, Dirk Santy, William L. King
  • Publication number: 20120023714
    Abstract: A zipper for luggage or a travel bag may include a slider and a releasable security device to provide access to the bag by authorized persons. The releasable security device may be configured to receive a portion of a locking apparatus, such as a padlock. A portion of the releasable security device may be received within the slider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: William L. King, Robert Thomas Zielinski
  • Publication number: 20110174583
    Abstract: A remote cinching device 14 comprising a resiliency mechanism 15 and 16, a force-transferring device 17, and a cinching device 28, 30, 32 enhances luggage, totes, briefs, and other transport and/or storage devices. The resiliency mechanism biases the luggage in an open condition, while the cinching device, located remotely from the areas undergoing the highest levels of expansion force (the top and bottom ends of an upright luggage case, for example), allows effective, easy, and visually pleasing compression of the case once it has been closed. The cinch is carried by force-transferring structures 17, by which the act of cinching is made even more efficient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: SAMSONITE IP HOLDINGS S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Kenzo Yoneno, Luc Huyghe, Dirk Santy, William L. King
  • Publication number: 20110163551
    Abstract: A system for converting wind power to electrical energy has a peripheral frame, sails interconnected to the peripheral frame, radial struts extending from the hub to the peripheral frame, wheels mounted on the peripheral frame, electric generators interconnected with respective wheels, and a hub about which the peripheral frame is rotatable. The hub is in electrical communication with the electric generators. Sails may be interconnected with the peripheral frame on respective masts, each mast having a base and the mast being pivotable about the base. The electric generators may be mounted on a variety of locations, such as the peripheral frame. Each electric generator may be interconnected with a respective wheel via a belt, a chain or other mechanism. The system may include arrangements to generate electricity from sunlight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: IQ Energy
    Inventors: William L. King, Ghanshyam Popat
  • Publication number: 20110155528
    Abstract: A carry-on case comprising a packing compartment defined by a lower textile panel and a zipper track that extends along a bottom edge of the packing compartment. Packing compartment is accessible from the top of the case via a three sided zipper track extending along the top edge, right, and left sides of the packing compartment to permit all-sided access therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: William L. King, John H. Sullivan, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110120828
    Abstract: A wheeled luggage case may include first and second shells connected together at their perimeter edges to define a generally parallelepiped packing volume. A wheel device may be attached to each of the first and second shells. Each of these wheel devices may include a hub rotatably attached to a respective shell. A tire may be attached to the hub for rolling on the supporting surface when the tire portion and hub are rotated about this axis of rotation. The tire portion may include a series of tire segments. At least some of the segments may be attached to the hub portion by a hinge. The hinge may include a hinging axis of rotation at a substantially right angle to the axis of rotation of the hub itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: William L. King
  • Patent number: 7900758
    Abstract: A carry-on case (2) comprising a packing compartment (12) defined by a lower textile panel (16) and a zipper track (8) that extends along a bottom edge of the packing compartment (12). Packing compartment is accessible from the top of the case (2) via a three sided zipper track (8) extending along the top edge, right, and left sides of the packing compartment (12) to permit all-sided access therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Samsonite IP Holdings S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: William L. King, John H. Sullivan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7886884
    Abstract: Luggage cases that are sized and shaped to be carried on to the passenger compartment of a commercial airplane are called carry-on luggage cases. Cases small enough to fit below the passenger seat 28 immediately in front of the traveler must be very small and compact and generally interfere with comfortable placement of the passenger's feet during travel. The disclosed luggage case 2 includes a tapering reinforced portion 22 of the main packing door 18 on which a passenger may wish to place or rest his or her feet during travel. This main packing door 18 is constructed to bend and open to give access to a specially designed slanting shelf area 12 where a bottled drink 16 or cosmetics can be easily accessed without removing the case 2 from its stowed position beneath the front passenger seat 28.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Samsonite IP Holdings S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: William L. King, Charles Weisbart