FedEx Receives Fire Suppression System Patent

Fire suppressant device and method, including expansion agent patent assigned to Federal Express Corp.
Courtesy: United States Patent and Trademark Office

1/31/18

By Meagan Nichols, Lead Reporter
Memphis Business Journal

Data compression and fire suppression are the subjects of two patents recently assigned to FedEx by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a patent developed by Tawfik Lachheb out of Ladera Ranch, California, was assigned Jan. 23 for “data compression.” Federal Express Corp. was listed as the assignee.

The patent abstract states:

“Methods, systems and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for compressing rows of data stored in a first matrix using run length encoding (RLE) to produce an RLE encoded matrix. Compressing columns of the RLE encoded matrix into a set of arrays by differentially encoding data count values of the RLE encoded matrix, wherein each array in the set of arrays represents a column of the RLE encoded matrix.”

The second patent assigned to Federal Express Corp. on Jan. 23 was a “fire suppressant device and method, including expansion agent” developed by James Popp out of Olive Branch.

The patent abstract states:

“A device for suppressing and/or extinguishing a fire associated with a container may include a housing defining a hollow sleeve and a column configured to be received within the hollow sleeve. The column may define a first chamber, a second chamber, at least one aperture, and a piercing end configured to pierce a barrier. The first chamber may be configured to receive an expansion agent, and the second chamber may be configured to receive a fire extinguishing agent. The device may be configured such that upon activation of the expansion agent, the column extends from the housing so as to enable the piercing end to penetrate the container and to enable the fire extinguishing agent to be delivered into an interior of the container via the at least one aperture.”

Memphis-based delivery giant FedEx Corp. has more than 400,000 employees across the world who help deliver about 13 million packages to more than 220 countries and territories each day. In 2017, it reported $60.3 billion in annual revenue; it also reported $16.3 billion in revenue for the second quarter 2018.

Original story can be found here: https://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/news/2018/01/31/fedex-patents-hinge-on-data-compression-fire.html

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