Patents by Inventor William L. Olson

William L. Olson 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: 10522461
    Abstract: A method of forming a semiconductor structure comprises forming pools of acidic or basic material in a substrate structure. A resist is formed over the pools of acidic or basic material and the substrate structure. The acidic or basic material is diffused from the pools into portions of the resist proximal to the pools more than into portions of the resist distal to the pools. Then, the resist is exposed to a developer to remove a greater amount of the resist portions proximal to the pools compared to the resist portions distal to the pools to form openings in the resist. The openings have wider portions proximal to the substrate structure and narrower portions distal to the substrate structure. The method may further comprise forming features in the openings of the resist. The features have wider portions proximal to the substrate structure and narrower portions distal to the substrate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam L. Olson, Kaveri Jain, Lijing Gou, William R. Brown, Ho Seop Eom, Xue (Gloria) Chen, Anton J. deVilliers
  • Publication number: 20190358395
    Abstract: A mechanism for transferring energy from an external power source to an implantable medical device is disclosed. A sensor may be used to measure a parameter that correlates to a temperature of the system that occurs during the transcutaneous coupling of energy. For example, the sensor may measure temperature of a surface of an antenna of the external power source. The measured parameter may then be compared to a programmable limit. A control circuit such as may be provided by the external power source may then control the temperature based on the comparison. The programmable limit may be, for example, under software control so that the temperature occurring during transcutaneous coupling of energy may be modified to fit then-current circumstances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: David P. Olson, William C. Phillips, Andrew L. Schmeling
  • Patent number: 10369275
    Abstract: A mechanism for transferring energy from an external power source to an implantable medical device is disclosed. A sensor may be used to measure a parameter that correlates to a temperature of the system that occurs during the transcutaneous coupling of energy. For example, the sensor may measure temperature of a surface of an antenna of the external power source. The measured parameter may then be compared to a programmable limit. A control circuit such as may be provided by the external power source may then control the temperature based on the comparison. The programmable limit may be, for example, under software control so that the temperature occurring during transcutaneous coupling of energy may be modified to fit then-current circumstances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Olson, William C. Phillips, Andrew L. Schmeling
  • Publication number: 20190206726
    Abstract: Methods of forming staircase structures. The method comprises forming a patterned hardmask over tiers. An exposed portion of an uppermost tier is removed to form an uppermost stair. A first liner material is formed over the patterned hardmask and the uppermost tier, and a portion of the first liner material is removed to form a first liner and expose an underlying tier. An exposed portion of the underlying tier is removed to form an underlying stair in the underlying tier. A second liner material is formed over the patterned hardmask, the first liner, and the second liner. A portion of the second liner material is removed to form a second liner and expose another underlying tier. An exposed portion of the another underlying tier is removed to form another underlying stair. The patterned hardmask is removed. Staircase structures and semiconductor device structure are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Lance Williamson, Adam L. Olson, Kaveri Jain, Robert Dembi, William R. Brown
  • Publication number: 20190192898
    Abstract: An exercise machine may include a stationary frame, an inclinable portion movably connected to the stationary frame, and an incline mechanism connected to the stationary frame. The incline mechanism may include a coiling mechanism, a coiling rod of the coiling mechanism, a flexible coiling link movable with a rotation of the coiling rod, and where the flexible coiling link is connected to the inclinable portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: William T. Dalebout, Gordon Cutler, Michael L. Olson
  • Publication number: 20190151698
    Abstract: A cable exercise machine includes a first pull cable and a second pull cable incorporated into a frame. Each of the first pull cable and the second pull cable are linked to at least one resistance mechanism. The at least one resistance mechanism includes a flywheel and a magnetic unit arranged to resist movement of the flywheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Michael L. Olson, William T. Dalebout
  • Patent number: 8954501
    Abstract: Described are methods and devices for identifying a group that include various methods to determine a group. Also described are devices and methods for attempting communication with a missing member of the group include different manners in which to determine information related to an entry of a group. The described devices and methods may be particularly beneficial at the particular time the certain group members plan to be or are in communication with one another. In this way, in the event that two or more entries of a group planned to be in communication or are in communication in-real time, in accordance with the disclosed devices and methods, the parties may be able to bring one or more other entries of the group into the communication as needed or desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: William P. Alberth, Jr., Steve R. Bunch, Gary W. Grube, Michael A. Newell, Robert J. O'Dea, William L. Olson, Frederick W. Vook
  • Patent number: 8140439
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention generally provide a method and apparatus for enabling digital rights management in file transfers. One embodiment of a method for transferring digital content from a first user to a second user, includes transferring ownership of an instance of the digital content to the second user, where the instance of the digital content resides on a first device belonging to the first user. Copies of the digital content are then deleted from one or more additional devices belonging to the first user (including at least one offline device).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: General Instrument Corporation
    Inventors: William L. Olson, Vida Ilderem, Frederick L. Kitson, Morris A. Moore, Paul Moroney, Petr Peterka, Theodore S. Rzeszewski, Robert H. Yacobellis
  • Publication number: 20110035807
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices and methods of communication devices that are configured to be a part of clustered displays. A communication device may be a mobile communication device. Such a device may include a cluster module configured to determine that the device is a license owning unit, a content module configured to receive data including content via a transceiver when it is determined that the device is a license owning unit and a distribution module configured to transmit output data via a transceiver, the output data being at least one portion of the data. The license owning unit is determined based on the reception characteristics of the devices of the cluster. The distribution by the license owning unit to other devices in the cluster is at the lowest resolution of any of the devices of the cluster.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Applicant: MOTOROLA, INC.
    Inventors: William P. Alberth, Steve R. Bunch, Gary W. Grube, Robert J. O'Dea, William L. Olson, Frederick W. Vook
  • Patent number: 7880607
    Abstract: A risk management system (100) for first responders (102) equips first responders with physiological and environmental sensors (104) in order to track the stress conditions and stress responses of the first responders. Data from the sensors is digitized and filtered and processed through a feature extraction system (202, 704) that may include noise filters, (710) derivative filters (706), integrators (708) and derived signal generators (712) that use stored data on first responders, before being fed into a pattern recognition system (402, 900) that assesses the risk state of the first responder. Data from multiple first responders in a team can be aggregated to obtain team risk assessments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Olson, Magdi A. Mohamed
  • Publication number: 20100153142
    Abstract: Disclosed is a group decision-making process. One user (the “control”) is selected to propose a possibility (e.g., a group seating arrangement) to other members of the group. The other members access on-line information to review the proposal and then send their feedback to the control. The proposal is altered as necessary based on the feedback and on any exigencies (e.g., one of the seats in the proposal becomes unavailable to the group). When consensus is reached within the group, the control launches an interaction with the vendor to implement the consensus decision. In this way, every group member has the opportunity to affect the decision based on whatever information, constraints, or preferences seem relevant to that group member. Also, the proposal is always kept up-to-date so that the final decision is not based on “stale” information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: MOTOROLA, INC.
    Inventors: Venugopal Vasudevan, William L. Olson
  • Publication number: 20090327415
    Abstract: Described are methods and devices for identifying a group that include various methods to determine a group. Also described are devices and methods for attempting communication with a missing member of the group include different manners in which to determine information related to an entry of a group. The described devices and methods may be particularly beneficial at the particular time the certain group members plan to be or are in communication with one another. In this way, in the event that two or more entries of a group planned to be in communication or are in communication in-real time, in accordance with the disclosed devices and methods, the parties may be able to bring one or more other entries of the group into the communication as needed or desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: MOTOROLA INC
    Inventors: WILLIAM P. ALBERTH, JR., Steve R. Bunch, Gary W. Grube, Michael A. Newell, Robert J. O'Dea, William L. Olson, Frederick W. Vook
  • Publication number: 20090259496
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention generally provide a method and apparatus for insuring digital content. One embodiment of a method for insuring digital content includes receiving a request to insure a specific instance of digital content and associating insurance with the instance of digital content, such that the instance of digital content can be restored to an owner of the instance of digital content in an event that the instance of digital content becomes unusable. At least one of: a copy of the at least one instance of digital content, metadata related to the at least one instance of digital content, and data related to the insurance is stored in at least one database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Applicant: GENERAL INSTRUMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: William L. Olson, Paul Moroney, Petr Peterka, Theodore S. Rzeszewski
  • Publication number: 20080270307
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention generally provide a method and apparatus for enabling digital rights management in file transfers. One embodiment of a method for transferring digital content from a first user to a second user, includes transferring ownership of an instance of the digital content to the second user, where the instance of the digital content resides on a first device belonging to the first user. Copies of the digital content are then deleted from one or more additional devices belonging to the first user (including at least one offline device).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: GENERAL INSTRUMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: William L. Olson, Vida Ilderem, Frederick L. Kitson, Morris A. Moore, Paul Moroney, Petr Peterka, Theodore S. Rzeszewski, Robert H. Yacobellis
  • Publication number: 20080146895
    Abstract: A risk management system (100) for first responders (102) equips first responders with physiological and environmental sensors (104) in order to track the stress conditions and stress responses of the first responders. Data from the sensors is digitized and filtered and processed through a feature extraction system (202, 704) that may include noise filters, (710) derivative filters (706), integrators (708) and derived signal generators (712) that use stored data on first responders, before being fed into a pattern recognition system (402, 900) that assesses the risk state of the first responder. Data from multiple first responders in a team can be aggregated to obtain team risk assessments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Applicant: MOTOROLA, INC.
    Inventors: William L. Olson, Magdi A. Mohamed
  • Patent number: 7197110
    Abstract: A method for identifying hazardous substances in a printed wiring assembly having a plurality of discrete components, using micro X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. A micro X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (?-XRF) and/or X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS) spectroscopy are used as detecting analyzers, to identify materials of concern in an electronic device. The device or assembly to be examined is analyzed by moving it in the X, Y, and Z directions under a probe in response to information in a reference database, to determine elemental composition at selected locations on the assembly, the probe positioned at an optimum analytical distance from each selected location for analysis. The determined elemental composition at each selected location is then correlated to the reference database, and the detected elements are assigned to the various components in the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Riess, Steven M. Scheifers, William L. Olson
  • Patent number: 7191662
    Abstract: A strain sensor (10) includes a flexible substrate (11) having one or more polymer-based resistive elements (12) at least partially conformably disposed thereon. Two or more conductive leads (13, 14) are electrically coupled to the resistive element. Flexure of the resistive element causes a corresponding alteration in a measurable electrical property of the resistive element, such as its characteristic impedance. User interfaces of various kinds can be fabricated with such strain sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Weber, William L. Olson
  • Patent number: 7171166
    Abstract: A wireless, programmable system for bio-potential signal acquisition (e.g., electrocardiogram (ECG) data) includes a base unit and a plurality of individual wireless, remotely programmable transceivers that connect to patch electrodes. The base unit manages the transceivers by issuing registration, configuration, data acquisition, and transmission commands using wireless techniques. Bio-potential signals from the wireless transceivers are demultiplexed and supplied via a standard interface to a conventional monitor for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Motorola Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Ng, Salvador Lopez, Mohammad Khair, Sanjar Ghaem, William L. Olson
  • Patent number: 6987965
    Abstract: A wireless, programmable system for bio-potential signal acquisition (e.g., electrocardiogram (ECG) data) includes a base unit and a plurality of individual wireless, remotely programmable transceivers that connect to patch electrodes. The base unit manages the transceivers by issuing registration, configuration, data acquisition, and transmission commands using wireless techniques. Bio-potential signals from the wireless transceivers are demultiplexed and supplied via a standard interface to a conventional monitor for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Ng, Salvador Lopez, Mohammad Khair, Sanjar Ghaem, William L. Olson
  • Patent number: D868909
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon Cutler, Michael L. Olson, William T. Dalebout