Patents by Inventor William R. Howell

William R. Howell 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: 10329381
    Abstract: Degradable polycarbonates network based bulk materials are provided. The bulk materials of the present disclosure may be produced having a wide range of tunable mechanical, physical, and thermal properties and are hydrolytically degradable. The bulk materials of the present disclosure may be suitable for the manufacture of a variety of sport fishing equipment or other equipment for water use or that may benefit from hydrolytic degradation in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Karen L. Wooley, Simcha E. Felder, Brooke A. Versaw, Ashlee A. Jahnke, Lauren A. Link, Mark W. Wooley, Charles A. Hinton, William R. Howell, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20190180580
    Abstract: Security systems and methods for protecting portable electronic devices from theft are provided. For example, a security system includes a sensor configured to be secured to a portable electronic device, and a monitoring component configured to wirelessly communicate with the sensor and to removably support the sensor thereon, wherein the monitoring component and the sensor are configured to communicate with one another to determine a proximity of the portable electronic device relative to the monitoring component, wherein the monitoring component and/or the sensor is configured to initiate a security signal when the proximity between the monitoring component and the sensor is not within a predetermined range. The sensor and the monitoring component are configured to communicate with one another for initially setting the predetermined range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Kevin A. Burtness, Jonathon D. Phillips, Michael R. Johnston, Jeffrey A. Grant, Gary A. Taylor, William B. Howell
  • Patent number: 10267102
    Abstract: A coiled tubing system includes a first section of coiled tubing, a second section of coiled tubing, a first insert assembly attached at an end of the first section of coiled tubing, a second insert assembly attached at an end of the second section of coiled tubing, and a connector disposed between the first and second sections of coiled tubing and removably coupled to the first and second insert assemblies. A portion of the connector is configured to pivot with respect to a longitudinal axis of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: William R. Howell, Sr., Sohail Shad
  • Publication number: 20180230990
    Abstract: A downhole pump system for increasing production of a well includes a mechanical steam pump, a steam generator, a plurality of electrical pumps, and a cable. The mechanical steam pump is disposed within a horizontal section of the well. The electrical pumps are disposed in series within the vertical section of the well above the steam generator. The cable connects the mechanical steam pump, the steam generator, and the electrical pumps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Inventor: William R. Howell, SR.
  • Publication number: 20180229796
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a battery powered ride-on toy vehicle. The ride-on vehicle includes a main body, a front wheel assembly, and a steering assembly. The front wheel assembly is angularly offset from the main body so that steering the vehicle into a turn with the steering assembly creates a camber angle in the wheels of the front wheel assembly and tilts the main body into a turn. The ride-on vehicle may also include a rear wheel assembly and a drive assembly configured to drive any wheels included in the front wheel assembly and the rear assembly. The toy vehicle can also drift through turns while tilting into the turn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Inventors: Nicholas Chojecki, Peter Truman vom Scheidt, JR., Kurt J. Huntsberger, William R. Howell, Jon Paul Castiglione
  • Publication number: 20180112473
    Abstract: A coiled tubing system includes a first section of coiled tubing, a second section of coiled tubing, a first insert assembly attached at an end of the first section of coiled tubing, a second insert assembly attached at an end of the second section of coiled tubing, and a connector disposed between the first and second sections of coiled tubing and removably coupled to the first and second insert assemblies. A portion of the connector is configured to pivot with respect to a longitudinal axis of the connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: William R. HOWELL, SR., Sohail SHAD
  • Publication number: 20180016390
    Abstract: Degradable polycarbonates network based bulk materials are provided. The bulk materials of the present disclosure may be produced having a wide range of tunable mechanical, physical, and thermal properties and are hydrolytically degradable. The bulk materials of the present disclosure may be suitable for the manufacture of a variety of sport fishing equipment or other equipment for water use or that may benefit from hydrolytic degradation in the environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Inventors: Karen L. Wooley, Simcha E. Felder, Brooke A. Versaw, Ashlee A. Jahnke, Lauren A. Link, Mark W. Wooley, Charles A. Hinton, William R. Howell, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150204990
    Abstract: A well borehole seismic sensing system having one or more rotatable sensor arrays. The sensor arrays can have one or more groups of sensors disposed on a cam shaft located along a portion of a well pipe. The sensors can be located within a housing contacting the cam shaft. A motor can rotate the sensors around a longitudinal axis of the pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: July 23, 2015
    Inventor: William R. HOWELL, SR.
  • Patent number: 9081112
    Abstract: A well borehole seismic sensing system having one or more rotatable sensor arrays. The sensor arrays can have one or more groups of sensors disposed on a cam shaft located along a portion of a well pipe. The sensors can be located within a housing contacting the cam shaft. A motor can rotate the sensors around a longitudinal axis of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: WRHowell, LLC
    Inventor: William R. Howell
  • Patent number: 9027685
    Abstract: Latch assemblies and children's products that include the latch assemblies are disclosed herein. The children's products may include a children's ride-on vehicle. The children's ride-on vehicle may include a vehicle body, a plurality of wheels, and a hinged assembly that is coupled to the vehicle body. The hinged assembly may include a base member, a hinged member, and a latch assembly that is configured to selectively retain the hinged assembly in a closed orientation. The latch assembly may include a female member, a male member that is configured to be selectively interconnected with the female member, and a guide structure. The guide structure may be configured to direct the male member and the female member into an aligned orientation from which the male member may be received within the female member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Howell, Christopher G. Gromek
  • Patent number: 9022456
    Abstract: Hinged assemblies, and children's products including at least one hinged assembly, include a base member and a hinged member operatively and pivotally coupled to the base member to define a hinge. The hinge is configured to release if an obstruction is positioned between the hinged member and the base member while the hinged member is being closed and if a closing torque is greater than or equal to a release torque. The hinge also may be configured to not release when an opening torque is applied when the hinged member is in its open position even when the opening torque is greater than the release torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Howell, Charles D. Smith, Jon Paul Castiglione
  • Patent number: 9016803
    Abstract: Axle mounting assemblies including an object, an axle, and a bushing assembly that operatively couples the object to the axle. The bushing assembly includes a bushing portion that extends at least partially through and engages a hub of the object, a fastener operatively retained relative to a bore defined by the bushing portion and positioned around the end region of the axle, and a force-receiving portion configured to selectively receive an installation force for operatively positioning the fastener over the end region of the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Howell, Ross Rumfola, III, Kevin M. Gastle
  • Publication number: 20140265195
    Abstract: Latch assemblies and children's products that include the latch assemblies are disclosed herein. The children's products may include a children's ride-on vehicle. The children's ride-on vehicle may include a vehicle body, a plurality of wheels, and a hinged assembly that is coupled to the vehicle body. The hinged assembly may include a base member, a hinged member, and a latch assembly that is configured to selectively retain the hinged assembly in a closed orientation. The latch assembly may include a female member, a male member that is configured to be selectively interconnected with the female member, and a guide structure. The guide structure may be configured to direct the male member and the female member into an aligned orientation from which the male member may be received within the female member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Howell, Christoper G. Gromek
  • Publication number: 20140231159
    Abstract: Hinged assemblies, and children's products including at least one hinged assembly, include a base member and a hinged member operatively and pivotally coupled to the base member to define a hinge. The hinge is configured to release if an obstruction is positioned between the hinged member and the base member while the hinged member is being closed and if a closing torque is greater than or equal to a release torque. The hinge also may be configured to not release when an opening torque is applied when the hinged member is in its open position even when the opening torque is greater than the release torque.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Howell, Charles D. Smith, Jon Paul Castiglione
  • Patent number: 8662564
    Abstract: Hinged assemblies, and children's products including at least one hinged assembly, include a base member and a hinged member operatively and pivotally coupled to the base member to define a hinge. The hinge is configured to release if an obstruction is positioned between the hinged member and the base member while the hinged member is being closed and if a closing torque is greater than or equal to a release torque. The hinge also may be configured to not release when an opening torque is applied when the hinged member is in its open position even when the opening torque is greater than the release torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Howell, Charles D. Smith, Jon Paul Castiglione
  • Publication number: 20140049015
    Abstract: Axle mounting assemblies including an object, an axle, and a bushing assembly that operatively couples the object to the axle. The bushing assembly includes a bushing portion that extends at least partially through and engages a hub of the object, a fastener operatively retained relative to a bore defined by the bushing portion and positioned around the end region of the axle, and a force-receiving portion configured to selectively receive an installation force for operatively positioning the fastener over the end region of the axle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: William R. Howell, Ross Rumfola, III, Kevin M. Gastle
  • Publication number: 20130181589
    Abstract: Hinged assemblies, and children's products including at least one hinged assembly, include a base member and a hinged member operatively and pivotally coupled to the base member to define a hinge. The hinge is configured to release if an obstruction is positioned between the hinged member and the base member while the hinged member is being closed and if a closing torque is greater than or equal to a release torque. The hinge also may be configured to not release when an opening torque is applied when the hinged member is in its open position even when the opening torque is greater than the release torque.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Howell, Charles D. Smith, Jon Paul Castiglione
  • Patent number: 8366135
    Abstract: A children's ride-on vehicle is disclosed. In some embodiments, the vehicle may include a body having a seat assembly configured to support a child; and a drive assembly adapted to selectively drive rotation of at least one driven wheel in a plurality of drive configurations, and including a motor assembly comprising at least one electric motor, at least one user input device positioned to receive inputs from a child supported by the seat assembly and adapted to selectively actuate the motor assembly, a battery assembly adapted to selectively energize the motor assembly, and a detection system adapted to detect whether an accessory is coupled to the body. The drive assembly being adapted to restrict driving of the at least one driven wheel to less than all drive configurations of the plurality of drive configurations based on the detection system detecting whether the accessory is coupled to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald M. Asbach, Mark J. Bergum, William R. Howell, Gary G. Lenihan, Scott H. McIlvain, David G. Waples
  • Patent number: 8251083
    Abstract: A system for preventing overinflation of an inner tube is disclosed. In some embodiments, the system may include a wheel; and a tube-bursting region of the wheel, wherein the tube-bursting region is configured to facilitate bursting of an associated inner tube when the associated inner tube is pressurized above a predetermined maximum pressure. A tire system also is disclosed. In some embodiments, the system may include a wheel; and a tube-bursting region of the wheel, wherein the tube-bursting region is configured to facilitate bursting of an associated inner tube when the associated inner tube is pressurized above a predetermined maximum pressure. A children's ride-on vehicle also is disclosed. In some embodiments, the vehicle may include a wheel; and a tube-bursting region of the wheel, wherein the tube-bursting region is configured to facilitate bursting of an associated inner tube when the associated inner tube is pressurized above a predetermined maximum pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald M. Asbach, William R. Howell
  • Patent number: 8141668
    Abstract: Children's ride-on vehicles. The ride-on, or ride-on vehicle, includes a frame having a seat adapted to support a child, and a drive assembly with a battery-powered motor assembly. The ride-on vehicle further includes one or more steerable wheels and one or more driven wheels. In some embodiments, the ride-on vehicle includes a biasing assembly that is connected to the frame and adapted to bias the seat away from the vehicle's driven wheels. In some embodiments, the ride-on vehicle includes a free-floating wheel, which is unbiased and travels within a defined range of positions with respect to the ride-on vehicle's frame as external forces are imparted to the wheel. In some embodiments, the ride-on vehicle includes a high-speed switch positioned for momentary high-speed operation of the ride-on vehicle and a user-manipulable portion may be provided to enable a child to select such a high-speed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt J. Huntsberger, John L. Jones, Jr., William R. Howell, Karl D. Lerch, Brian L. Bienz