Personal Patents

As part of my product design and analysis projects I have worked with clients to develop new ways of doing things to support user/operator needs, capabilities and characteristics.

In a number of instances these concepts have been patentable.

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Rural Mail Reaching

Device - 2013

Contributed as Ergonomist for the development of a mail manipulation reaching device to be used for the delivery of envelopes & small packages from delivery vehicles into rural mail boxes.

The device was a significant refinement of a stick initially developed by a Rural Mail carrier.  The device was effective, robust, efficient & biomechanically optimized to minimize operator stress.

Restraining Device - 2013

Contributed as Ergonomist to the development of a retraining device to be used to secure a plastic mail container for use in rural delivery vehicles.

Designed to work in concert with the Rural Mail Reaching Device to safely secure the stick and the mail container in the vehicle. Designed to provide effective, robust, efficient & biomechanically effective system to reduce operator stress.

Method for Privacy & Personalization - 2001

System & Method service concept application submitted to Nortel Intellectual Property Law group. Project fed into a technology development group who were exploring opportunities associated with network personalization for the end user.

Development work involved development of a usage scenario and web based end user interface demonstration to allow technology group and business partners to better visualize network capabilities and business opportunities.

PDA Enhanced Network Communications - 2000

System & Method service concept application submitted to Nortel Intellectual Property Law group. The disclosure described how a users PDA information can be used by the network to provide enhanced call  features.

By using a small PDA application, updated information about the users schedule, location & contacts can be used to automatically enhance call  services.

Buried Fiber Terminal - 1998

A packaging concept that was developed in a team effort at Nortel's Corporate Design Group to support simplified and rapid deployment of broadband access infrastructure.   The design:

- permits installation by a single worker, using a post hole auger

- does not require a concrete plinth, and is visually and functionally tolerant to off-vertical installation

- removed the equipment from view, yet permits localization and service assess when necessary,

- providef an integral fiber management capability.

Communication Media Management - 1997

A service concept was developed in a team effort at Nortel's Corporate Design Group to define a communications service to: find people and choose the most appropriate communication media to easily contact them; send, receive and access all asynchronous information and messages; and/or manage and filter communications and information according to end-users needs & preferences..