Patents

Patents & Registered Trademarks

Our patents cover the Internet of Things (IoT) driven by utility Smart Meters, the utility billing and Smart Grid control systems, coupled with mobile smart phones.

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EnergyCite® is a USPTO registered Trademark

United States and foreign patents Tamarkin, et al

Our patents cover the new smart meters which send and receive data to and from a utility company and devices in the home or office. The first 2 granted US, Chinese, EU, and Israeli patents cover the distributed network system. The January 2014 US patent includes specific claims covering the use of the following with smart meter or internet connections with a utility.

Use of internet based utility websites to provide customers with a record of utility commodity (electricity, gas, water, and the like) on a daily basis in combination with new electric smart meters which contain internal service turn on-turn off switches for remote control. Virtually all new smart meter deployments by utilities offer this customer service as described by the Pacific Gas & Electric company, and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E,) based in San Francisco, CA sent a brochure to over 3.5 million electrical residential customers describing the new smart meters and the dual wireless radios inside along with plans to allow customers to use the Home Area Network radio in the "future." 

Who owns the data inside the utility meter at the customer’s location? Dian Grueneich, former Commissioner California Public Utility Commission, states that the customer owns the meter data and therefore is entitled to direct access.

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To avoid infringement, a chain of system component manufactures and the utility company deploying a smart meter containing the data communication capability must be licensed by us to “practice the IP.”

As an example of such a system covered by our patents consisting of smart meters, smart appliances, remote data communications to utilities and to customers over smart phones and PCs please see this news article.

Our specific business strategy to license the end users and contributory potential infringers is confidential and proprietary to USCL EnergyCite® and will only be shared under terms of non-disclosure with a NDA.

Follow this link to a video library of our history and our technology demonstrations.

Follow this link to a description of USCL’s patents and their business implications.

Priority date: August 3, 2004
Granted in US, China, EU, and Israel based on Publication No. US 2009/01-9056 A1
USPTO patent 7,379,791 granted May 27, 2008
USPTO patent 8,306,668 granted November 6, 2012
USPTO patent 8,639,390 granted January 28, 2014
USPTO Patent 8,639,390 assignment to USCL Corporation (correction from MGT Gaming when issued.)
China patent number 0033605 Issued September 9, 2011
EU Patent No. 1815213 granted November 4, 2012
First Israel patent granted January 12, 2012
Second Israel patent granted April 1, 2016

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Shanghai, China Patent office: Jeremy Tamarkin, Tom Tamarkin and two Chinese patent attornies

A discussion about the Tamarkin, et al patents on the smart meter and in-home network technology by Robert S. Block


USCL Jerusalem, Israel patent attorney explains USCL’s patents.

Integrated Metrology systems and information and control apparatus for interaction with integrated metrology systems

Abstract

A system is disposed at a location of a utility commodity subscriber for informing the subscriber of and controlling utility commodity usage. The system includes utility meters, an information and control apparatus, and a first and second data communication link. The meters measure usage and generate usage signals. The information and control apparatus includes a microprocessor, a memory, a clock, and a user interface. The first data communication link is between the utility meters and the information and control apparatus, and the second data communication link is between the information and control apparatus and one or more central locations. The second communication link also provides rate information to the information and control apparatus and utility commodity usage data to the one or more central locations. The microprocessor computes an accumulated cost of utility commodity for a predetermined period of time. Information related to the accumulated cost is output to the subscriber.

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Why 50 million smart meters still haven’t fixed America’s energy habits

Five years ago came the promise: A great new way of saving money on your energy bills was on its way. An impressive new device called a “smart meter” — a key component of the much touted “smart grid” — would let consumers actually see how much power they’re using in their homes, thus empowering them to change their habits and slash their bills.

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