The title of this one is Graduated Train Braking
a.k.a. United States Patent Application 20060012246
But the IdeaCop(tm) thinks it may as well be called DUH! BRAKING.
Claim 1 reads as follows:
1. A method of automatically controlling braking of a train comprising: applying a first degree of braking to a train during a first time period; and applying a second degree of braking to the train during a second time period following the first time period.
Ummm... does it occur to anyone else out there that this is what normally happens in trying to stop any piece of large equipment? That is, the intuitive braking function is to apply the braking action in at least two stages so as not to lock them up?
Maybe we were just schooled in the old days, before rail-road rage caught on, but can't we try to stop this patent insanity?!?
The IdeaCop(tm) has come up with some potential prior art references in the attached file for your collective review. Post your comments and alternative references. Help the USPTO do its job!
The GE Patent Attorney on this case is
John L. DeAngelis Jr.
BEUSSE BROWNLEE WOLTER MORA & MAIRE, P. A.
390 NORTH ORANGE AVENUE
ORLANDO FL 32801