Patents by Inventor William Preston

William Preston 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: 20240133023
    Abstract: The current disclosure relates to highly homogeneous glass sputter targets with a large aspect ratio and a high relative density. The glass sputter targets have properties that are desirable for forming thin films by physical vapor deposition processes such as sputtering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2023
    Publication date: April 25, 2024
    Applicants: SCHOTT Corporation, SCHOTT AG, SCHOTT Japan Corporation
    Inventors: James Marro, Yoshio Okano, Azatuhi Ayrikyan, William Preston
  • Publication number: 20240110201
    Abstract: Nucleic acids encoding C1 inhibitor are described. Also described are expression cassettes, vectors, cells, and cell lines containing the nucleic acids, as well as methods of using the nucleic acids to treat complement-mediated disorders, such as hereditary angioedema.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2022
    Publication date: April 4, 2024
    Inventors: Christopher Riling, Francis Pankowicz, Sean Armour, William John Quinn, III, Michael Preston, Stephen Ioele, Daniel Cohen, Zhenwei Kelvin See
  • Patent number: 11933154
    Abstract: Methods and systems for delivering well stimulation materials to a wellbore using a high-pressure delivery manifold are provided. In some embodiments, the methods of the present disclosure include: providing a pressurizable delivery manifold at a well site, wherein the pressurizable delivery manifold is continuously equalized with a piping system; providing a pressurized treatment fluid to the pressurizable delivery manifold; releasing one or more well stimulation materials into the pressurized treatment fluid to create a payload delivery treatment fluid; and injecting the payload delivery treatment fluid into at least a portion of a subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey Wedell Gullickson, John Dean Stabenau, Jon Preston Doucette, William Owen Alexander Ruhle, Richard David Grisinger
  • Patent number: 11860988
    Abstract: A method and system for a one-time authentication interaction to conduct electronic financial transactions using a wearable smart ring device is described. In one embodiment, a method includes detecting, by a mobile device, that a wearable smart ring device is being worn by a user. The method also includes receiving, by the mobile device, authentication information associated with the user, and comparing the received authentication information with stored authentication information associated with the user. Upon determining that the received authentication information matches the stored authentication information, the wearable smart ring device is authorized to conduct electronic financial transactions. Additionally, the wearable smart ring device remains authorized to conduct electronic financial transactions as long as it is worn by the user. Once removed from the user's finger, the wearable smart ring device is de-authorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Kelly Q. Baker, William Preston Culbertson, II, Will Kerns Maney, Jr., Gregory David Hansen, Jerry John Maestas, Oscar Guerra, Gregory Brian Meyer, Ana Maldonado, Michelle Susan Croak, Andre Rene Buentello, Stacy Callaway Huggar, Jose L. Romero, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11836805
    Abstract: A system comprising a plurality of sensor devices configured to acquire data related to a property and a processor configured to receive the data from the plurality of sensor devices and identify one or more hazardous conditions for the property based on the data. The processor is further configured to determine an amount of risk associated with the one or more hazardous conditions and initiate verification operations to confirm the one or more hazardous conditions in response to determining that the amount of risk associated with the one or more hazardous conditions exceeds a first threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: UNITED SERVICES AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION (USAA)
    Inventors: William Preston Culbertson, II, Gregory David Hansen, Mark Anthony Lopez, Will Kerns Maney, Keegan Patrick Hayes, Steven Michael Bernstein
  • Patent number: 11836697
    Abstract: A service tracking and guidance system includes processing circuitry configured to receive, from a location tracking device and/or an online service, usage data indicative of usage of a service by a consumer. The processing circuitry is also configured to determine a usage value based on the usage data, to receive remittance data indicative of recurring payments made by the consumer for the service, and to retrieve a usage threshold that represents a level of usage of the service that justifies the recurring payments. The processing circuitry is further configured to compare the usage value determined based on the usage data for a time period that corresponds to at least one of the recurring payments to the usage threshold and to provide an output with directions to increase the usage value or to facilitate cancellation of the service in response to the usage value being below the usage threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Reynaldo Medina, III, William Preston Culbertson, II, Susan Elizabeth Wright
  • Patent number: 11825638
    Abstract: A climate control system may include an electronic equipment room including one or more interior partitions dividing the chamber into two or more subchambers. The system may further include a cooling system configured to provide the subchambers with different levels of cooling, wherein at least one partition is movable from a first position defining a first subchamber to a second position defining a second subchamber in a different area of the room than the first subchamber. The system may also include a controller including instructions for controlling operation of the movable partition based on cooling requirements of the electronic equipment in the room; a first heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit and a second HVAC unit, each configured to provide cooling to a different subchamber of the electronic equipment room; and a third HVAC unit configured to provide backup for the first HVAC unit and/or the second HVAC unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: UNITED SERVICES AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION (USAA)
    Inventors: Ryan Thomas Russell, Nathan Lee Post, Bryan J. Osterkamp, William Preston Culbertson, II, Courtney St. Martin, Ashley Raine Philbrick
  • Patent number: 11822681
    Abstract: A data processing system may include a plurality of host servers, each server including a device processor and a non-transitory computer readable medium including instructions stored thereon and executable by the processor, wherein the computer readable medium of each server includes instructions for running one or more virtual machines. In addition, the system may include a system controller including a device processor and a non-transitory computer readable medium including instructions stored thereon and executable by the processor, the computer readable medium of the system controller including instructions for receiving commands to host two or more virtual machines on the plurality of host servers; making a determination as to which of the virtual machines share commonalities with one another; and based on the determination, providing instructions to the plurality of host servers to host virtual machines determined to share one or more commonalities with one another on the same host server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: UNITED SERVICES AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION (USAA)
    Inventors: Nathan Lee Post, Ryan Thomas Russell, Bryan J. Osterkamp, William Preston Culbertson, II, Courtney St. Martin, Ashley Raine Philbrick
  • Patent number: 11803423
    Abstract: A method for dynamically allocating computing resources to virtual computing machines in a shared system. An initial allocation is made for each computing resource. Current demand for each computing resource for each of the virtual computing machines is determined to identify changes in current demand. The system identifies a virtual computing machine for which usage of a first computing resource is approaching a first predetermined threshold allotted to the first virtual computing machine. The system identifies a second virtual computing machine in the system for which usage of the first computing resource is less than a second predetermined threshold of the first computing resource allotted to the second virtual computing machine. The server dynamically allocates at least part of the first computing resource from the second virtual computing machine to the first virtual computing machine to meet current demand for the first computing resource in the first virtual computing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Ashley Raine Philbrick, Ryan Thomas Russell, Nathan Lee Post, Brian J. Osterkamp, William Preston Culbertson, II
  • Publication number: 20230341119
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to in grade light fixtures and recessed luminaires and subassemblies thereof, including, for example, a heat sink and pivot for a recessed luminaire, a gasket for the recessed luminaire, and an outer box and cover for installation of the recessed luminaire. The recessed luminaire comprises: a housing having an internal surface; and a light subassembly engaged with a thermally conductive body, the light subassembly having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the light subassembly is pivotally secured to a pivot arranged on, in, or proximate to the internal surface of the housing. The thermally conductive body is in thermal contact with the internal surface of the housing. The recessed luminaire further comprises a dehumidifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2023
    Publication date: October 26, 2023
    Inventors: ZACHARY ROBERT WESSNER, RAYMOND ANDREW DEBRUIN, BRADFORD THOMAS KOLSKY, JAMES WILLIAM PRESTON, ROBERT WILSON TIMMERMAN, ERIC ANTHONY ROTH
  • Patent number: 11800690
    Abstract: A system to create a dehydrating environment from the waste cooling air from a data center including a drying room above the data center. Waste cooling air dries moisture laden product in the drying room and is returned to the data center. Also, a system to distribute waste cooling air from a data center. The system includes a reservoir tank and a local tank for waste cooling air. Both tanks include insulated walls that assist in maintaining a temperature within the reservoir tank. A reservoir tank blower conveys waste cooling air from the data center into the reservoir tank and pressurizes the interior of the reservoir tank. Pressurized waste cooling air from the data center is delivered from the local tank through the blower when a blower valve is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Bryan J. Osterkamp, Ryan Thomas Russell, Nathan Lee Post, William Preston Culbertson, II, Courtney St. Martin, Ashley Raine Philbrick
  • Patent number: 11762971
    Abstract: A dual wearable smart device system and a method of using the dual wearable smart device system for authenticating an electronic financial transaction are described. In one embodiment, a method for approving an electronic financial transaction using at least two wearable smart devices includes providing a first wearable smart device that is designated as a payment device for conducting electronic financial transactions. The method also includes providing a second wearable smart device that is designated as a confirmation device for confirming the electronic financial transactions by the first wearable smart device. The method includes initiating, by the first wearable smart device, an electronic financial transaction, and, approving, by the second wearable smart device, the electronic financial transaction initiated by the first wearable smart device. The method further includes authenticating the first wearable smart device to complete the electronic financial transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Kelly Q. Baker, William Preston Culbertson, II, Will Kerns Maney, Jr., Gregory David Hansen, Jerry John Maestas, Oscar Guerra, Gregory Brian Meyer, Ana Maldonado, Michelle Susan Croak, Andre Rene Buentello, Stacy Callaway Huggar, Jose L. Romero, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11755906
    Abstract: Described are systems and processes for generating dynamic estimated time of arrival predictive updates for delivery of perishable goods. In one aspect a system is configured for generating dynamic estimated time of arrival (ETA) predictive updates between a series of successive events for real-time delivery of orders. For each order, a plurality of delivery events and corresponding timestamps are received from devices operated by customers, restaurants, and couriers. Based on the timestamps, the system generates a plurality of ETA time predictions for one or more of the delivery events with trained predictive models that use weighted factors including historical restaurant data and historical courier performance. As additional timestamps are received for a delivery event, the trained predictive models dynamically update the ETA time predictions for successive events. The predictive models may be continuously trained by updating the weighted factors based on the received timestamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: DoorDash, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Ning Han, William Preston Parry, Bing Wang, Rohan Balraj Chopra
  • Patent number: 11748156
    Abstract: A system and method for operating fewer servers near maximum capacity as opposed to operating more servers at low capacity is disclosed. Computational tasks are made as small as possible to be completed within the available capacity of the servers. Computational tasks that are similar may be distributed to the same computing node (including a processor) to improve RAM utilization. Additionally, workloads may be scheduled onto multicore processors to maximize the average number of processing cores utilized per clock cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Nathan Lee Post, Bryan J. Osterkamp, William Preston Culbertson, II, Ryan Thomas Russell, Ashley Raine Philbrick
  • Patent number: 11708969
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to in grade light fixtures and recessed luminaires and subassemblies thereof, including, for example, a heat sink (10) and pivot (16) for a recessed luminaire (2), a gasket (100) for the recessed luminaire (2), and an outer box (70) and cover (4) for installation of the recessed luminaire (2). The recessed luminaire (2) comprises: a housing (6) having an internal surface (18); and a light subassembly (8) engaged with a thermally conductive body (10), the light subassembly (8) having a first end (53) and a second end (54), wherein the first end (53) of the light subassembly (8) is pivotally secured to a pivot (16) arranged on, in, or proximate to the internal surface (18) of the housing (6). The thermally conductive body (10) is in thermal contact with the internal surface (18) of the housing (5). The recessed luminaire (2) further comprises a dehumidifier (90).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Zachary Robert Wessner, Raymond Andrew Debruin, Bradford Thomas Kolsky, James William Preston, Robert Wilson Timmerman, Eric Anthony Roth
  • Patent number: 11651346
    Abstract: A system and method for performing a transaction and managing transaction data. The system and method operate by scanning an item for purchase with a point of sale system and obtaining image data of the item with an image capture device of the point of sale system during the scanning. The system and method operate by proceeding to store the image data in a memory of the point of sale system and generating, with a processor of the point of sale system, an association of the image data with purchase data acquired at the point of sale during the purchase. Further, the system and method operate by providing the association, the image data, and the purchase data to a graphical user interface, which displays the image data and the purchase data such that the image data is visually linked with the purchase data based on the association.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Reynaldo Medina, III, William Preston Culbertson, II, Susan Elizabeth Wright
  • Publication number: 20230013948
    Abstract: A catheter system for atraumatic placement along a guidewire includes: a catheter including a cylindrical catheter body that defines a longitudinally extending interior lumen; and a guide device. The guide device includes: a conduit member for insertion into the interior lumen of the catheter body; a leading structure connected to a forward end of the conduit member, the leading structure including a cone and a sleeve extending forward from the cone; and an inner guide hole extending longitudinally through the leading structure and conduit member. In use, the guide device and catheter body are coaxially arranged, the cone is forward of the catheter, and the sleeve extends forward from the cone. The cone includes a shoulder, and a tapered exterior that increases diametrically from the sleeve to the shoulder. The shoulder abuts a distal end of the catheter to register insertion of the guide device in the catheter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2022
    Publication date: January 19, 2023
    Inventors: Alexander R. Thomas, Todd O. Flohr, William Preston Buchanan
  • Patent number: 11544766
    Abstract: A system includes one or more point of sale systems and processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is configured to receive purchase data for a plurality of purchases made by a purchaser via the one or more point of sale systems over a time period, wherein the purchase data includes an identifier of the purchaser, a timestamp, and a type of good. The processing circuitry is configured to determine a frequency with which the purchaser purchased a type of good over the time period based on the purchase data, determine a target time at which the purchaser should next purchase the type of good based on the purchase data and the frequency, and instruct output of a notification in response to receipt of an indication that the purchaser is attempting to purchase the type of good using the one or more point of sale systems prior to the target time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Reynaldo Medina, III, William Preston Culbertson, II, Susan Elizabeth Wright
  • Patent number: 11452849
    Abstract: A catheter system for atraumatic placement along a guidewire includes: a catheter including a cylindrical catheter body that defines a longitudinally extending interior lumen; and a guide device. The guide device includes: a conduit member for insertion into the interior lumen of the catheter body; a leading structure connected to a forward end of the conduit member, the leading structure including a cone and a sleeve extending forward from the cone; and an inner guide hole extending longitudinally through the leading structure and conduit member. In use, the guide device and catheter body are coaxially arranged, the cone is forward of the catheter, and the sleeve extends forward from the cone. The cone includes a shoulder, and a tapered exterior that increases diametrically from the sleeve to the shoulder. The shoulder abuts a distal end of the catheter to register insertion of the guide device in the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: MicroLinerTechnologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander R. Thomas, Todd O. Flohr, William Preston Buchanan
  • Patent number: 11439044
    Abstract: A system to create a dehydrating environment from the waste cooling air from a data center including a drying room above the data center. Waste cooling air dries moisture laden product in the drying room and is returned to the data center. Also, a system to distribute waste cooling air from a data center. The system includes a reservoir tank and a local tank for waste cooling air. Both tanks include insulated walls that assist in maintaining a temperature within the reservoir tank. A reservoir tank blower conveys waste cooling air from the data center into the reservoir tank and pressurizes the interior of the reservoir tank. Pressurized waste cooling air from the data center is delivered from the local tank through the blower when a blower valve is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Bryan J. Osterkamp, Ryan Thomas Russell, Nathan Lee Post, William Preston Culbertson, II, Courtney St. Martin, Ashley Raine Philbrick