Patents by Inventor William M. Peterson

William M. Peterson 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: 10557734
    Abstract: An airflow sensor for a heat sink has a substantially flat base portion and a deformable upper portion electrically coupled to the base portion that contacts a conductive strip. As airflow increases, the deformable upper portion deforms and moves away from the source of airflow, which moves the point of contact between the deformable upper portion and the conductive strip farther away from the source of the airflow. The difference in the point of contact is measured, and is used to characterize the airflow sensor for different airflows. Data from the airflow sensor can then be logged during system operation. When needed, the data from the airflow sensor can be read from the log and converted to airflow using the airflow sensor characterization data. In this manner the airflow through a heat sink may be dynamically measured, allowing analysis and correlation between system events and airflow through the heat sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Anderl, Bret P. Elison, Phillip V. Mann, Chelsie M. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20200032281
    Abstract: A variety of methods and compostions are provided, including methods and compositions for targeted modification of a specific target site in a cell or organism, methods for integrating polynucleotides of interest, methods to assess promoter activity, directly select transformed organisms, minimize or eliminate expression resulting from random integration into the genome of an organism, such as a plant, remove polynucleotides of interest, combine multiple transfer cassettes, invert or excise a polynucleotide, silence a gene, and identify and/or characterize transcriptional regulating regions. The methods involve the introduction of a cell proliferation factor and a double-strand break-inducing enzyme into an organism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: WILLIAM JAMES GORDON-KAMM, KEITH S. LOWE, DAVID J. PETERSON, CHRISTOPHER J. SCELONGE, GRACE M. ST CLAIR, BING-BING WANG
  • Patent number: 10531907
    Abstract: A method of treating bowel diseases includes introducing a fluid into a portion of a patient's colon and applying energy thereto from an external energy source such that the fluid and the energy cooperate to treat tissue of the portion of the patient's colon in contact with the fluid. Another method of treating inflammatory bowel diseases includes sealing a portion of a patient's colon, introducing an electrically-conductive fluid thereto, and energizing an electrode disposed therein to treat tissue of the portion of the patient's colon in contact with the electrically-conductive fluid. Another method of treating inflammatory bowel diseases includes sealing a portion of a patient's colon and introducing a heated fluid at a temperature equal to or above 60° C. to treat tissue of the portion of the patient's colon in contact with the heated fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Robert M. Sharp, Darion R. Peterson, Duane E. Kerr, Arlen K. Ward, Anthony B. Ross, Rebecca J. Coulson, William H. Nau, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20200010071
    Abstract: A method of transporting cargo, a cargo transport system and an unmanned Wing In Ground Effect vessel (UWIG) for transporting the cargo. A wake up signal indicates assignment of a new delivery. The UWIG begins pre-flight, causes cargo to be transported to the UWIG, and causes the cargo loaded into UWIG storage compartments. Once loaded and the loaded UWIG is ready, the UWIG taxis, e.g., to the open sea. Environmentally sealed PAR thrust fans provide PAR thrust during takeoff. The UWIG flies to a delivery location where cargo is unloaded, and may be stored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: JACOB M. BRANCATO, William C. Peterson
  • Patent number: 10499988
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a microwave ablation device, the method including applying a balun short circumferentially about an outer conductor of a coaxial feedline and applying a dielectric material circumferentially about the outer conductor of the coaxial feedline and in contact with the balun short to form a balun. The method further including extending a temperature sensor along the coaxial feedline such that the sensor contacts the balun short, securing the temperature sensor to the coaxial feedline with a first heat shrink material, and securing the dielectric material, balun short, and temperature sensor in contact with each other and to the coaxial feedline using a second heat shrink material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Joseph D. Brannan, Casey M. Ladtkow, Darion R. Peterson, Eric W. Larson, William J. Dickhans, Richard A. Willyard, Jason A. Case
  • Patent number: 10443064
    Abstract: A variety of methods and compositions are provided, including methods and compositions for targeted modification of a specific target site in a cell or organism, methods for integrating polynucleotides of interest, methods to assess promoter activity, directly select transformed organisms, minimize or eliminate expression resulting from random integration into the genome of an organism, such as a plant, remove polynucleotides of interest, combine multiple transfer cassettes, invert or excise a polynucleotide, silence a gene, and identify and/or characterize transcriptional regulating regions. The methods involve the introduction of a cell proliferation factor and a double-strand break-inducing enzyme into an organism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: William J. Gordon-Kamm, Keith S. Lowe, David J. Peterson, Christopher J. Scelonge, Grace M. St. Clair, Bing-Bing Wang
  • Publication number: 20190308672
    Abstract: A utility vehicle is described having front and rear passenger area, and an HVAC system provides treated air to both front and rear areas. The front area includes a tunnel extending longitudinally rearwardly, and a low profile duct extends within the tunnel to communicate treated air to the rear passenger area. The frame has been modified to mount a drive shaft carrier bearing to maximize the area under the tunnel for hose routing. The frame has been modified to maximize the ingress area for the foot of the rear passenger. The frame has been modified to better seal the vehicle when doors are utilized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Kyle J. Schounard, William L. Barbrey, Shawn D. Peterson, Daniel S. Weber, Derek M. Frie
  • Patent number: 10363098
    Abstract: An ablation system including an image database storing a plurality of computed tomography (CT) images of a luminal network and a navigation system enabling, in combination with an endoscope and the CT images, navigation of a locatable guide and an extended working channel to a point of interest. The system further includes one or more fiducial markers, placed in proximity to the point of interest and a percutaneous microwave ablation device for applying energy to the point of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Joseph D. Brannan, Casey M. Ladtkow, Darion R. Peterson, Eric W. Larson, William J. Dickhans, Richard A. Willyard, Jason A. Case
  • Patent number: 10309735
    Abstract: An airflow sensor for a heat sink has a first portion having a first electrical point of contact, a second portion have a second electrical point of contact, and a deformable portion made of an electroactive material electrically coupled to the first and second portions. The deformable portion has first electrical properties measured between the first and second electrical points of contact when there is no airflow and the deformable portion is in a first position, and has second electrical properties different than the first electrical properties when a source of airflow blows air against the deformable portion, thereby causing the deformable portion to extend to a second position farther away from the source of airflow than the first position. The airflow sensor can be incorporated into a heat sink for an electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Anderl, Bret P. Elison, Phillip V. Mann, Chelsie M. Peterson
  • Patent number: 6964372
    Abstract: A table-based wired information system includes a table having a plurality of actual positions designed to receive people and a monitor positioned so as to be observed by people at any of the plurality of actual positions. A flat ribbon cable with a plurality of electrical conductors less than the number of available positions is affixed to an under-surface of the table in a flat orientation by an adhesive backing. A plurality of vote boxes, each including a multi-position switch, are adhesively attached to the under-surface at each of the actual positions. The cable is coupled to the monitor system and each of the vote boxes is coupled to the cable intermediate the ends by a press-on insulation displacement connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Inventor: William M. Peterson
  • Patent number: 6097627
    Abstract: Quantum random address memory apparatus including a low dimensional plurality of address ports, a plurality of nano-memory elements, nano-diodes coupling the address ports to a high dimensional plurality of the plurality of nano-memory elements, and data output ports and structure coupled to the plurality of nano-memory elements. The high dimensional plurality of nano-memory elements is greater than the low dimensional plurality of address ports by a number resulting in substantially error free memory recalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Peterson, Glenn A. Glass, Daniel S. Marshall
  • Patent number: 6026013
    Abstract: Quantum random address memory apparatus including a low dimensional plurality of address ports, a plurality of nano-memory elements, mixer elements coupling the address ports to a high dimensional plurality of the plurality of nano-memory elements, and data output ports and structure coupled to the plurality of nano-memory elements. The high dimensional plurality of nano-memory elements is greater than the low dimensional plurality of address ports by a number resulting in substantially error free memory recalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventor: William M. Peterson
  • Patent number: 6016269
    Abstract: Quantum random address memory apparatus including a low dimensional plurality of address ports, a plurality of magnetic nano-memory elements, mixer elements coupling the address ports to a high dimensional plurality of the plurality of magnetic nano-memory elements, and data output ports and structure coupled to the plurality of magnetic nano-memory elements. The high dimensional plurality of magnetic nano-memory elements is greater than the low dimensional plurality of address ports by a number resulting in substantially error free memory recalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Peterson, Eugene Y. Chen
  • Patent number: 5991190
    Abstract: A quantum random address memory with piezo readout includes a plurality of address ports providing a low dimensional plurality of addresses, readout structure including a piezo layer with a pair of readout terminals attached thereto, a plurality of nano-memory elements, a plurality of mixer elements coupling either the plurality of address ports or the piezo layer to a high dimensional plurality of the plurality of nano-memory elements, and the other of the plurality of address ports or the piezo layer being coupled to the plurality of nano-memory elements, wherein the high dimensional plurality of nano-memory elements is greater than the low dimensional plurality of addresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventor: William M. Peterson
  • Patent number: 5930162
    Abstract: Quantum pseudo-random address memory apparatus including a low dimensional plurality of address ports, a plurality of polymer nano-memory elements, polymer mixer elements coupling the address ports to a high dimensional plurality of the plurality of polymer nano-memory elements, and data output ports and structure coupled to the plurality of polymer nano-memory elements. The high dimensional plurality of polymer nano-memory elements is greater than the low dimensional plurality of address ports by a number resulting in substantially error free memory recalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventor: William M. Peterson
  • Patent number: 5819245
    Abstract: A neural network (10) organizes the data items into a graphically oriented format by retrieving data items from a database (68) where each data item has a plurality of attributes. The neural network is organized (102) such that data items having similar attributes are assigned to neurons located closer together. The neurons of the neural network are matched (104) with the data items from the database and stored in a cross reference table. The cross reference table is displayed (106) on a computer screen (108) in a graphical format so that user visually relates the food items and sees the similarities and differences in their attribute data by the proximity of the data items to one another. The graphic format allows easy visual interpretation of the data items. For large databases, multiple neural networks (110, 112) can be organized hierarchically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Peterson, Robert H. Leivian
  • Patent number: 5632006
    Abstract: An artificial neural network performs error correction on an input signal vector. The input signal vector is process in a forward direction through synapses in each of a plurality of neurons for providing an output signal from each of the neurons. The output signals from the neurons are monitored until the one having the greatest activity level is identified. A reverse flow signal having a predetermined magnitude is processed in the reverse direction through the neuron having the greatest activity level for updating the input signal vector. Alternately, the output signals of competing neurons may be applied through synapses weighted to favor the neuron having the greatest output signal activity. Thus, the neuron with synapses most closely matched to the elements of the input signal vector overpowers the remaining neurons and wins the competition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Peterson, Sidney C. Garrison, III
  • Patent number: 5430830
    Abstract: A processing element utilizing the learning algorithmW.sub.i =W.sub.i-1 +A.sub.iwhere A.sub.i is one of .eta.*(X.sub.i -W.sub.i-1), +1, -1, and 0, andwhere:W.sub.i =a weight,W.sub.i-1 =a previous weight,.eta.=a plasticity signal, andX.sub.i =an input signal.A method of generating adaptive weight adjustments, A.sub.i, including generating .eta.*(X.sub.i -W.sub.i-1) and additional least significant bits of data representative of the term .eta.*(X.sub.i -W.sub.i-1). Comparing the additional least significant bits of data to a random number and providing >, = and <, comparison signals. Adding one of .eta.*(X.sub.i -W.sub.i-1), +1, -1 and 0, respectively, to the term W.sub.i-1 when one of the following occurs: at least one bit of .eta.*(X.sub.i -W.sub.i-1) equals one; .eta.*(X.sub.i -W.sub.i-1) equals zero, the comparison signal is < and the sign bit is +; .eta.* (X.sub.i -W.sub.i-1) equals zero, the comparison signal is < and the sign bit is -; or .eta.*(X.sub.i -W.sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Frank, William M. Peterson
  • Patent number: 5216751
    Abstract: An artificial neural network is provided using a digital architecture having feedforward and feedback processors interconnected with a digital computation ring or data bus to handle complex neural feedback arrangements. The feedforward processor receives a sequence of digital input signals and multiplies each by a weight in a predetermined manner and stores the results in an accumulator. The accumulated values may be shifted around the computation ring and read from a tap point thereof, or reprocessed through the feedback processor with predetermined scaling factors and combined with the feedforward outcomes for providing various types neural network feedback computations. Alternately, the feedforward outcomes may be placed sequentially on a data bus for feedback processing through the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1993
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Gardner, William M. Peterson, Robert H. Leivian, Sidney C. Garrison, III
  • Patent number: 5097141
    Abstract: An artificial neuron is provided using a simple distance calculation between the input signal vector and the synapse weight signals for providing an output signal. A difference signal is developed by subtracting a weight signal from an input signal. The difference signal is processed through a weighting function having a predetermined polarity and accumulated for providing the output signal of the neuron. A digital embodiment is supported with a memory circuit for storing the digital weights and a memory lookup table or possibly a multiplexer circuit for weighting of the difference signal. An analog embodiment uses a plurality of comparators responsive to the input signal vector and the weight signals for providing the output signal of the neuron as the absolute value of the difference of the input signal vectors and the weight signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert H. Leivian, William M. Peterson, Robert M. Gardner, Sidney C. Garrison, III