Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm James R. Young
  • Patent number: 7444961
    Abstract: A system that compares, ranks, sorts and grades animals into groups of like kinds according to previously determined predicted maximum values. The system uses a single method such as multi-dimensional single voxel(s) of MR, NMR, MRI, ultrasound, C.A.T. scan, CT scan, P.E.T. scan, or a combination of these, or any equivalent internal measuring device, on a single occasion, to evaluate the animal and determine a number of days the animal must be fed to reach a maximum value. The system also combines internal evaluation with an external animal evaluation system to refine the number of days remaining for the animal to reach a maximum value, and the system, when used in a feedlot, will direct the animal to a feed pen based on the number of days remaining for the animal to reach maximum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Inventor: James S. Ellis
  • Patent number: 6877460
    Abstract: A system that compares, ranks, sorts and grades animals or carcasses into groups of like kinds according to previously determined predicted maximum values. For live animals, the system uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on a single occasion to evaluate the animal and determine a number of days the animal must be fed to reach a maximum value. For carcasses, the system evaluates the carcass to grade the quality and quantity of meat the carcass will provide. The system also combines MRI imaging with a three-dimensional system to refine the number of days remaining for the animal to reach a maximum value, and the system, when used in a feedlot, will direct the animal to a feed pen based on the number of days remaining for the animal to reach maximum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Pheno Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: James S. Ellis
  • Patent number: 6813302
    Abstract: A laser device for producing laser radiation at an eyesafe wavelength from a diode-pumped solid-state laser. The device consists of three stages. The first stage is a laser diode whose output pumps the second stage. The second stage is a guided-wave laser or guided-wave Raman-shifted laser whose output pumps into the upper laser level of the Erbium laser dopant of the third stage. The third stage is an Erbium-doped solid-state crystalline-host laser whose output wavelength is in the eyesafe region. One embodiment of the device is: a cw laser diode with a wavelength in the range 0.9 to 1.0 microns, which pumps a guided-wave laser doped with Ytterbium and Erbium that produces laser output with a wavelength near 1.5 microns, which further pumps an Erbium-doped crystal laser that produces laser output with a wavelength in the eyesafe region near 1.6 microns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Coherent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Stoneman, Sammy W. Henderson
  • Patent number: 6790258
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for trapping AlCl3 from an aluminum etch effluent includes a housing containing disposable trapping medium with a first trapping stage and a second trapping media positioned radially outward and axially downward, respectively, from the strap inlet at respective distances to take advantage of differences in heat exchange efficiencies between the trapping media and solid AlCl3 build-up on the trapping media and of resulting changes in partial vapor pressure of AlCl3 adjacent condensation surfaces as solid AlCl3 build-up occurs to initially induce condensation and build-up near the inlet, but then preferentially flow vapor to more distant trapping media as build-up occurs before the build-up clogs the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventor: Youfan Gu
  • Patent number: 6756785
    Abstract: A method operating a hot cathode ionization pressure gauge during electron bombardment and resistance degas operations by controlling the degas power levels as a function of the gauge pressure. In one embodiment, the degas power level is increased and decreased in steps, and the gauge pressure monitored following each increase and decrease. In another embodiment the rate of change in the gauge pressure is monitored while the degas power level is increased. If it is determined from the monitored rate of change that the gauge pressure may exceed the upper limit, the degas power increases can be stopped or the degas power decreased. These operation are continued until predetermined final degas conditions are met. A display can be activated following the successful completion of the degas operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil T. Peacock, Stacy W. Wade
  • Patent number: 6754588
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to the field of quantitative sedimentologic and stratigraphic prediction. Specifically, geological data observed or inferred from core samples, cuttings, geophysical well logs and seismic data from locations within a sedimentary basin, in conjunction with a stratigraphic forward model and an inverse optimization technique, are used to predict sedimentologic and stratigraphic attributes at locations within the basin other than those at which data were collected. The model's output consists of a three-dimensional model of the sedimentologic and stratigraphic attributes for the specified basin volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Platte River Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy A. Cross, Margaret A. Lessenger
  • Patent number: 6709121
    Abstract: A releasable attachment for a support rod of a lightbank assembly includes a rod anchor block that has at least one hole for receiving and retaining a proximal end of a support rod and is pivotally mounted in relation to a frame, such as a typical ring-shaped frame of the light bank assembly. A releasable latch mechanism, such as a pivotal lever or a slidable pin, with a latch surface engages a latch surface on or in the rod anchor block to releasably latch the rod anchor block against pivotal movement in relation to the frame, when the support rod and a reflector hood and diffuser panel mounted on the support rod, are extended to their outstretched, use configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Chimera Company
    Inventors: Gregory E. Lowe, Thomas M. Frost
  • Patent number: 6678411
    Abstract: An optical image characterizer 10 detects light energy as discrete angular orientations of a slit in a rotating spatial filter positioned at the focal plane of a Fourier transform lens, where a Fourier transform pattern of spatial frequencies of an image are formed. Detection of light energy with a small array (e.g., 16×16) photodetector is enhanced by splitting the beam containing the filtered light energy pattern and projecting it onto two photodetector arrays in offset, virtual juxtaposed relation to each other. Detected light intensities I at discrete angular orientations R are stored in RIXel data arrays with or without searchable flags X, such as distortion factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Look Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: Rikk Crill
  • Patent number: 6673321
    Abstract: An apparatus and process for recovering metals from aqueous solutions by passing an aqueous solution, which contains dissolved metals, into a space between two elongated electrodes of a treatment chamber. A very high voltage electric field is created in the treatment chamber and is accompanied by a very small trickle current charge to enhance adsorption, polarization, ion exchange or to otherwise agglomerate the dissolved metal, which is then recovered by filtering, adsorbing, exchanging or otherwise separating the metal from the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Hydro-Met of Colorado, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward C. Weakly, Joseph N. Ignat, Henry L. DiCamillo
  • Patent number: 6672171
    Abstract: Transducer apparatus and method combining both an absolute pressure sensor for sensing absolute pressure in the load lock chamber and a differential pressure sensor for sensing a pressure difference between ambient atmospheric pressure and pressure in a load lock chamber and provides control signals for opening an interior door from the load lock chamber into a vacuum processing chamber and for opening an exterior door between ambient atmosphere and the load lock chamber. The transducer can also produce signals to control transition from slow to fast vacuum pump-down of load lock chamber pressure at a predetermined pressure set point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Youfan Gu, Garry Holcomb, Ole Wenzel
  • Patent number: 6654957
    Abstract: A real time device polling method for multiplexed transmission of on/off constant bit rate data, such as voice data from a telephone call, over a cable data network is disclosed. The network serves as a shared bus for both the downstream and upstream traffic. The upstream channel is modeled as a stream of mini-slots. A cable modem termination system at the head end supports a number of cable modems attached to the cable network and connected to customer premises equipment. Allocation maps are transmitted on the downstream channel to the cable modems to define transmission opportunities on the upstream channel. The cable modem termination system polls the cable modems in an efficient way such that the overhead associated with the polling is minimized, and the availability of data transmission slots is synchronized with the data packet generation by the codec for the cable modem, which minimizes delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Moore, Andrew W. Sundelin, Jeff Weaver
  • Patent number: 6641599
    Abstract: A system and method of therapeutic treatment of an individual by applying a therapeutic modality to a plurality of therapeutic systems of the body. A plurality of therapeutic points of the therapeutic systems are stimulated and the body is therapeutically treated in response to such stimulation. Embodiments may provide applying at least one therapeutic light modality to each of a plurality of a plurality of therapeutic systems of an individual and stimulating a plurality of therapeutic points of each of the therapeutic systems. The individual is therapeutically treated in response to the stimulation. Embodiments may also provide applying a plurality of therapeutic modalities comprising at least one visible light modality and an infrared light modality to at least one therapeutic microsystem of the individual and stimulating a plurality of therapeutic points of the therapeutic microsystem. The individual is therapeutically treated in response to the stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: D & K Unlimited, Inc.
    Inventors: Kimberly K. Peterson, Douglas B. Peterson
  • Patent number: 6562109
    Abstract: Trap apparatus and method for removing contaminants from the gaseous effluent flows from chemical vapor deposition chambers and processes by flowing the particle laden gas into an upper chamber of the trap apparatus, imparting additional kinetic energy to the powder particles to enhance separation of the powder particles from the gas, and then flowing the gas, sans the powder particles, out of the trap, while the powder particles fall into and are captured by a lower chamber positioned below the upper chamber and remote from the flowing gas. An impeller positioned in the upper chamber in the inlet path imparts the additional kinetic energy. For some reaction gas systems, an optional reactor with hydrophillic, rotating growth substrates enhance and accelerate growth of solid particles, which are then dislodged from the media, and fed by the flowing gas into the upper chamber for capture as previously described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren Livingston, Youfan Gu, Paul Dozoretz, James M. Mueller
  • Patent number: 6556339
    Abstract: A noncollinear pumped solid state Raman laser or amplifier has a pump laser that transversely or noncollinearly pumps a solid state Raman gain material, with an intensity sufficient to produce a stimulated Raman laser output beam. The pump beam and the Raman beam are noncollinear when the Raman beam travels completely across the pump beam within the Raman gain material, or where the Raman beam completely separates physically, at some location in the pumped Raman gain material, from a virtual beam, which is collinear to the pump beam axis, and which has the same entrance spot size and beam divergence as the Raman beam. The device enhances the pump laser beam spatial homogenization to improve the wavefront smoothness and propagation performance from the pump beam to the Raman beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Coherent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Duane Donald Smith, Glenn Taylor Bennett, AnnMarie Louise Oien, Timothy William Monarski
  • Patent number: 6549289
    Abstract: A system for determining a three-dimensional image of an animal, or other symmetric object, by projecting a pattern of light on the object and capturing two images of the reflected light with two cameras located a fixed distance apart. Using triangulation, the x, y, and z locations of each element of the light pattern is measured, thus creating a three-dimensional image of the surface of the object. Because animals are symmetric, an image need only be taken of one side of the animal, and the image mirrored, to determine the complete three dimensional characteristics of the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Pheno Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: James S. Ellis
  • Patent number: 6545636
    Abstract: A printer feeds cut-sheet print media past an exposure area of a linear exposure print engine exposing the edges of the media. A sheet of print media is fed into a pair of open leading edge pinch rollers as printing is started. These rollers close and push the media past the exposure area where the leading edge of the sheet is exposed to the image being printed. The leading edge then passes through a pair of open trailing edge pinch rollers, which close to start pulling the media through the exposure area. After the trailing edge pinch rollers close, the leading edge pinch rollers open, transferring the movement from the leading edge pinch rollers to the trailing edge pinch rollers, allowing the trailing edge pinch rollers to pull the trailing edge of the sheet through the exposure area where it is exposed to the image being printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Sienna Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Kerry L. Shaklee, Gary L. Brackett
  • Patent number: 6488745
    Abstract: A trap for condensable liquids, such as tantalum pentoxide, has a primary trapping chamber surrounding a secondary trapping chamber and a sump connected by a small enough opening to the primary or secondary chamber such that trapped liquid in the sump is effectively isolated from a gas flow through the primary and secondary chambers. Partitions and openings in the primary and secondary chambers enhance condensation while allowing condensed liquid flow that does not clog the primary and secondary chambers against the gas flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventor: Youfan Gu
  • Patent number: D470682
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Imaginit, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrina Eiffert
  • Patent number: D470964
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Imaginit, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrina Eiffert
  • Patent number: D472881
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventor: Dana S. Hauschulz