Local Inventors and Patents From the City of Itasca
This article covers a few of the local patents, including one by Boeing in Chicago for a device that measures turbulence remotely. Another is by Illinois Tool Works, which received a patent for a U-nut fastener. Then, there’s the invention of a flange-less nut fastener by a company in Itasca.
Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent for measuring turbulence remotely
The invention can be used to gauge turbulence in an airflow. The Boeing Company, based in Chicago, has received a patent for this invention (7,878,459) with four co-inventors. They are James H. Mabe of Seattle, Washington; Frederick T. Calkins of Mill Creek, Wash.; and David P. Banks of Bellevue, Wash.
The patent describes a system that measures turbulence over a pre-determined geographical region. The system can monitor turbulence in a flight and convey the information to the aircrew. The data can be sent in several forms, including audio alerts, maps, and visual overlays. The system can also communicate the information to the air traffic control tower and to other aircraft.
In a similar way, Boeing has received a patent for uninterruptible autopilot. This system eliminates the need for pilots to monitor the flight. The system can be activated remotely, via onboard sensors, or by government agencies.
This system works by using a clear air turbulence meter that measures atmospheric turbulence along a line-of-sight. The turbulence is measured by detecting changes in the satellite signal’s intensity, phase, and frequency. The signals are then processed to produce a three-dimensional model of turbulence. The resulting data is transmitted to a receiver in a network using a publish-subscribe architecture.
The patented method can be used to determine the speed of air travel. The patent application was filed Jan. 8, 2008, and co-inventors include James D. Jacobson, Lindenhurst, Ill., and Tuan Bui of Green Oaks, Ill.
A number of companies have also filed for patents. Illinois Tool Works, Westport, Mass., has received a patent for a system that reduces turbulence using a gear pump. The patent application was filed Dec. 11, 2007 (12/001,279). Several other companies have been granted patents.
Motorola, Schaumburg, Ill., has been assigned a patent for spectrum sharing
Motorola, Schaumburg, Ill., has been assigned a patent for spectrum sharing from the City of Itasca, a Chicago suburb. The patent covers spectrum sharing among wireless carriers. This technology is being used to make cell phones and other wireless devices. It is intended for emergency services, government agencies and other users of wireless communication.
Motorola asserts that the Assignment failed to provide adequate consideration. The assignment document lists “contingents,” but is essentially boilerplate. The company says that the Agreement was essentially an ownership exchange. The company argues that Motorola employees were not co-inventors. Thus, it was not entitled to assign its ownership interests to others.
The patent covers a monitoring system that includes antennas for monitoring, a spectrum analyzer and a device for processing data. It was filed on Aug. 31, 2006 and Motorola owns the patent. The company also retains all rights to the software and related software.
Two other companies are also assigned patents for spectrum sharing from the City of Itasca. The patents were developed by the company and four co-inventors. Two of them, Peerouz Amleshi and John Laurx, live in Lisle and Aurora, respectively.
Another patent is issued to Baxter International, Schaumburg, Ill., and MEMC Electronic Materials. These companies developed a system that allows for a network that can share spectrum. This technology is enabling more efficient wireless communications.
Another patent was issued to Peerless Industries. They developed a system that helps people share and receive data. The company has developed a patented system for generating intense laser light from a laser diode array. The patent was filed on Dec. 15, 2005.
Those three companies have developed similar technology. Boeing is the biggest customer. The second largest customer is Nextel. The third is Pittencrief Communications. The company has a call center in Nebraska.
Illinois Tool Works has been assigned a patent for a U-nut fastener
The U-nut fastener was developed by a team of inventors from Illinois Tool Works, a business in Hawthorn Woods, Ill., and five other co-inventors. The patent was filed on Oct. 18, 2008, and covers the invention.
The patent covers a wire saw that is capable of preheating both the ingot and the web. It also includes temperature and flow rate control for the slurry. The inventors include Carl E. Hoge and Edward J. Derian, both of St. Peters, Mo.
The City of Itasca has been working on a U-nut fastener for several years. The patent is a result of collaboration between the inventors of the two patent applications. The original patent (No. 7,878,015) was developed by Knud Winther in Snekkersten, Denmark. A second patent, 7,878,946, was filed by Gordon J. Stepanek on April 1, 2008 and assigned to Illinois Tool Works on May 22, 2008.
The Smith brothers originally established Illinois Tool Works, Inc., in 1912. Under the Smith family’s leadership, the company grew steadily. Its management style was conservative, but it was known for its innovative products. In addition to making high-quality products, the Smith brothers also emphasized acquisitions, putting the company in debt to buy other companies.
The U-nut fastener is an integral part of the construction industry, and a U-nut fastener is a vital tool. The company has a number of patents pending on it. In addition to Illinois Tool Works, other companies are working on patented products. In addition to the U-nut fastener, several other companies have been awarded patents.
In addition to the U-nut fastener, the company has patented the U-nut-nut fastener. This new U-nut fastener has a number of advantages. One of them is that the fastener can be used with ease and speed. Moreover, the product is also safe to use in outdoor environments.
The U-nut fastener was developed in collaboration with Boeing. The company was assigned a patent for this invention on Nov. 20, 2006. In addition to the two Illinois Tool Works, four other co-inventors include David P. Banks of Itasca, Ill.