Patents by Inventor A. Kenneth Johnson

A. Kenneth Johnson has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11076848
    Abstract: A guide member is configured for guiding a suture passer through a cannula and tissue surrounding the cannula to facilitate closure of an opening in tissue. The guide member includes a guide housing and an elongated guide shaft. The guide housing is configured for releasably engaging the guide member with the cannula and defines an entry aperture. The elongated guide shaft extends distally from the guide housing and defines an annular exterior surface. An exit aperture is defined through the annular exterior surface. The guide member defines a lumen extending from the entry aperture, through the guide housing and the elongated guide shaft, to the exit aperture. The entry aperture, lumen, and exit aperture cooperating to define a passageway extending through the guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Jaroslaw T. Malkowski, Scott J. Prior, John D. Hendershot, III, Kenneth W. Horton, Christopher A. Tokarz, Danny R. Berry, Wayne A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 11083051
    Abstract: An exemplary running board assembly includes a running board with a deck having a plurality of spaced-apart raised sections. The raised sections are made of a thermally conductive polymer and include an electrically conductive element configured to allow electric current to flow through the raised sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, Aaron Bradley Johnson, Stuart C. Salter, Stephen Kenneth Helwig, Jeffrey Alan Mesko
  • Publication number: 20210229392
    Abstract: A machine and method for making bags is described and includes a web traveling from an input section to a rotary drum, to an output section. The rotary drum includes at least one seal bar, having a first sealing zone, and an adjacent weakening zone. The weakening zone may be a heated perforator, includes a heating wire, or be disposed to create an auxiliary sealed area. The heating wire can have connected thereto, a source of power that is an adjustable voltage or magnitude, and/or pulsed, and/or a feedback loop. The heating wire ay be an NiCr wire and make intermittent contact with the web and be disposed in an insert. The weakening zone may create a line of weakness that is uniform or varies in intensity, is a separating zone, or includes a heat film, a toothed blade, a row of pins, a source of air, or a source of vacuum. The sealing zones ma include temperature zones, cartridge heaters, cooling air, or hated air, or a source of ultrasonic, microwave or radiative energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2021
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Applicant: CMD Corporation
    Inventors: Paul A. Selle, Kenneth C. Radtke, Charles H. Sauder, Paul A. Johnson, Christopher L. White, Arvid R. Johnson, Gregory T. Prellwitz, Michael J. Stickney, Thomas C. Jansen, Christopher A. Saucier, Terry L. Leitzke, Bradley J. Schmoll
  • Patent number: 11060737
    Abstract: A convection system in a home cooking appliance, including: an oven cavity defined by a top wall, a bottom wall, a pair of opposed side walls, a rear wall, and a front opening closable by an oven door; at least one heating source configured to heat the oven cavity; and a convection air channel that passes along the top wall of the oven cavity and then down along the rear wall of the oven cavity, the convection air channel having at least one inlet in the top wall of the oven cavity, at least one outlet configured to communicate with the oven cavity, and a fan disposed within the convection air channel at a location outside of the oven cavity. The convection air channel is devoid of an additional heating source that is separate from and in addition to the at least one heating source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignees: BSH Home Appliances Corporation, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Sean Johnson, Kenneth Jones, Robert Parchman
  • Patent number: 11003464
    Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to enforcing control flow integrity by adding instrumentation when source code is compiled or binary code is rewritten. An indirect call to a control transfer target (e.g., in the source code, in the binary code, etc.) can be identified. Moreover, the instrumentation can be inserted prior to the indirect call. The instrumentation can use a bit from a bitmap maintained by a runtime to verify whether the control transfer target is valid. When an executable image that includes the inserted instrumentation runs, execution can be terminated and/or other appropriate actions can be taken when the control transfer target is determined to be invalid; alternatively, execution can continue when the control transfer target is determined to be valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Richard John Black, Timothy William Burrell, Miguel Oom Temudo de Castro, Manuel Silverio da Silva Costa, Kenneth Johnson, Matthew Ryan Miller
  • Patent number: 10648974
    Abstract: Ethyl glucuronide (EtG) lateral flow immunoassay test strips, devices, and methods, useful for testing for alcohol ingestion for alcohol abuse or related diseases and treatment monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: CAREHEALTH AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Johnson, Jacqueline Ann Gale
  • Patent number: 10569122
    Abstract: An exercise and rehabilitation apparatus for exercising an extremity of a user. The apparatus includes a flywheel having a first side and a second side with a channel in the first side. The channel has a top edge near a planer surface of the first side. A lever, such as a pedal or handle, is adjustable in position and combined with an adjustment member. The adjustment member is movable within the channel between first and second positions. However, the adjustment member cannot be removed from the channel through a slot along the top edge. A locking pin, biased in an extended position, is combined with the adjustment member and is movable between the extended position and a retracted position. The flywheel includes a plurality of openings adapted to receive the locking pin in the extended position in order to secure the adjustment member at a particular location within the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Hurford Global, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth Johnson
  • Publication number: 20190337220
    Abstract: An assembly formed by additive manufacturing comprises a top face sheet, a bottom face sheet, and a core structure between the top face sheet and the bottom face sheet, the core structure comprising a plurality of cells, wherein structural elements of the core structure defining the plurality of cells exhibit at least one electrical property in at least one direction varying from at least one electrical property in a second, different direction and at least one structural property in at least one direction varying from at least one structural property in a second, different direction, wherein at least a portion of the structural elements comprises a radar absorbing structure, the structural elements comprising a matrix material and at least one additive dispersed in or on the matrix material. Related radar absorbing structures and related methods of fabricating the radar absorbing structures are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Peter A. Beyerle, Kenneth Johnson, Brett A. Poor, Talbot P. Thrasher
  • Patent number: 10441864
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for golf putting aid apparatus. An example golf putting aid includes a base configured to rest on a ground surface. The base has a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The example golf putting aid also includes a curved body supported by the base and defining a convex surface that extends in a direction between the first end and the second end of the base. When the base is rested on the ground surface, the convex surface is positioned relative to the ground surface to engage a toe of a putter head of a golf club as a user performs a putting motion to guide the putting motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: AGAINST THE GRAIN GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond Kenneth Johnson, Justin Kutz
  • Publication number: 20190137560
    Abstract: A block heater test system for testing continuity in a vehicle's block heater. The block heater test system plugs into the power cord of a block heater to test continuity for the purpose of making sure the block heater can be powered. The block heater test system relies on a battery. So, no other power source is needed; but alternate power sources can be used. An indicator light or audible tone indicates a fault in the block heater or indicates correct operation of the heater depending on the design. The small nature of block heater test system and the weather resistant housing allow for easy use during inclement weather.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Dan Kenneth Johnson, Jacki Johnson
  • Patent number: 10188893
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus has a housing for substantially enclosing a hand of a user, an opening within the housing for receiving a hand of the user, a handle within the housing, and vents in the housing, which is weighted and balanced whereby in use the user grips the handle to perform resistance and aerobic exercises using the exercise apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignees: Mitz Fitness Limited
    Inventors: Greg Kenneth Johnson, Matthew George Kelvie
  • Publication number: 20180363318
    Abstract: A collapsible enclosure which is easily transitioned between a collapsed position for storage and an extended position for use. The collapsible enclosure generally includes a front wall, a rear wall, a first side wall, and a second side wall which are each split by a hinge such that they may be folded downwardly when the collapsible enclosure is in a collapsed position and extended upwardly when the collapsible enclosure is in an extended position. A roof is provided which includes a guide slot which guides corresponding guide pins on the side walls when the side walls are being transitioned between positions. The roof also includes pin receivers which engage with corresponding locking pins on the front and rear walls when the front and rear walls are extended. Securing members such as latches are provided to secure the roof against the lower portions of the walls when in the collapsed and expanded positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Johnson, John Al Johnson
  • Patent number: 9993013
    Abstract: The invention relates to an icing composition that consists of: 30-75 wt. % of fine carbohydrate particles containing at least 90 wt. % of crystalline carbohydrate, at least 90 wt. % of said fine carbohydrate particles having diameter of less than 50 ?m; 15-50 wt. % of fat having a melting point of at least 20° C.; 0-30 wt. % water; and 0.1-30 wt. % of other edible ingredients; wherein the fine carbohydrate particles comprise: —50-100 wt. % of mannitol particles containing at least 90 wt. % mannitol; —0-50 wt. % of sugar particles containing at least 90 wt. % of one or more sugars selected from sucrose, glucose, fructose, lactose and maltose. The icing composition enables the preparation of iced bakery products that exhibit high freeze-thaw stability and that can suitably be stored for several days under ambient conditions without becoming stale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: BAKERY SUPPLIES EUROPE HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Michael Kenneth Johnson, Jacob Ailko De Vries, Kai Alexander Heuberger, Pieter Moret
  • Publication number: 20180065778
    Abstract: A fuel container comprising an enclosure configured to extend and contract vertically, allowing the container to be in a fully extended state or a fully collapsed state and further capable of being within a motorcycle storage compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventor: Kenneth Johnson
  • Publication number: 20170242063
    Abstract: A block heater test system for testing continuity in a vehicle's block heater. The block heater test system plugs into the power cord of a block heater to test continuity for the purpose of making sure the block heater can be powered. The block heater test system relies on batteries so no other power source is needed however alternate power sources can be used. An indicator light and/or audible tone indicates a fault in the block heater to the user. The small nature of block heater test system and the weather resident housing allow for easy use during inclement weather.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Inventors: Dan Kenneth Johnson, Jacki Johnson
  • Publication number: 20170191996
    Abstract: Ethyl glucuronide (EtG) lateral flow immunoassay test strips, devices, and methods, useful for testing for alcohol ingestion for alcohol abuse or related diseases and treatment monitoring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth JOHNSON, Jacqueline Ann GALE
  • Patent number: 9644940
    Abstract: A system and method for the monitoring of ammonia in a fluid. The ammonia monitoring system includes an ammonia sensor that is configured to detect trace amounts of ammonia (NH3) in a fluid (i.e., gas or liquid) that is pumped through it in real time. The real time ammonia sensor includes an interferometer configured to track the amount of ammonia that is pumped into the real time ammonia sensor. The ammonia monitoring system, via the real time ammonia sensor, is further configured to detect ammonia levels in industrial poultry houses and provide electronic feedback to the building's ventilation control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Lumense, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Campbell, Jayme Caspall, Janet Cobb-Sullivan, Bonnie Bobzin, Kenneth Johnson, Robert E. Jones, Michael Slawson
  • Publication number: 20170113092
    Abstract: An exercise and rehabilitation apparatus for exercising the extremity of a user wherein the position of the lever is adjustable. The apparatus includes a flywheel having a first side and a second side with a channel in the flywheel first side. The channel has a top edge near the planer surface of the flywheel first side. A lever, such as a pedal or handle, is combined with an adjustment member. The adjustment member is movable within the channel between a first position and a second position, however, the adjustment member cannot be removed from the channel through the slot/opening along its top edge. A locking pin is combined with the adjustment member and movable between an extended position and a retracted position, the locking pin is biased in its extended position. The flywheel includes a plurality of openings adapted to receive the locking pin when the locking pin is in its extended/locked position to secure the adjustment member at a particular location within the channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: Brainchild Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Johnson
  • Patent number: 9623534
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting one or two handheld type orbital thereto is described to permit a user to sand a floor surface from a standing position while moving the mounted sander(s) to and fro by way of a broom handle extending from the apparatus. Typically, the apparatus includes one fixed mount and one moveable mount. Each mount is configured to facilitate attachment to an orbital sander. The moveable mount can be placed and secured in one of two positions: A first position that centers a single sander in line with the handle and a second position wherein the fixed mount is located to one side of the handle and the moveable mount is secured essentially an equal distance on the other side of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Kenneth Johnson
  • Patent number: 9618313
    Abstract: One or more specific embodiments disclosed herein includes an apparatus for manually measuring the distance between a first and second point, comprising: a first and second member that is positioned adjacent to the first member, wherein the first member is capable of sliding with respect to the second member in an axial direction and wherein each of the first and second members is substantially straight and has at least two outer longitudinal sides that are substantially straight and substantially parallel to one another, a first replacement tip receiver at a first location between the two outer longitudinal sides of the first member, wherein a first tip can be removably coupled to the first member, and wherein the first tip includes a first tip point capable of corresponding to the first point of the distance to be measured, and a first scale that provides a first distance measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Epoch Concepts, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth Johnson