Patents by Inventor Benjamin L. Miller

Benjamin L. Miller 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: 10550604
    Abstract: A device for preventing unwanted opening of a locked enclosure includes a lock bolt moveable between a locked position and an unlocked position. A face gear is meshable with and rotatable by the worm gear between locking and unlocking positions when the worm gear is driven in the first and second directions, respectively. A blocker member is rotatable between first and second positions. A biasing member is operatively coupled to the face gear and the blocker member to bias the blocker member in a biasing direction. A sliding member selectively disengages the blocker member to allow the blocker member to rotate in the biasing direction. A lever arm is operatively coupled to the sliding member such that the lever arm is in the disengaged and engageable positions when the sliding member engages the blocker member in the first and second positions, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Lock II, LLC
    Inventors: J. Clayton Miller, Chris L. Burrus, Benjamin T. Redmon
  • Patent number: 10545987
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer readable storage mediums for replicating data to the cloud. A first dataset is replicated from a first storage subsystem to the cloud, with only the changes made to the first dataset since a previous replication event being replicated to the cloud. Additionally, the data may be deduplicated and compressed before being replicated from the first storage subsystem to the cloud. In some cases, the first dataset may be replicated to the cloud in a stream format which is not directly usable and then, at a later point in time, loaded onto a second storage subsystem from the cloud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Pure Storage, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Borowiec, Ethan L. Miller, Steve Hodgson, Andrew R. Bernat, Ganesh Ramanarayanan, Malcolm Sharpe, Alan S. Driscoll
  • Patent number: 10538295
    Abstract: A floating base comprising a shell constructed from a plurality of blocks reinforced using a plurality of tensile elements. The shell includes an inner space, a length, a width and at least one bulkhead disposed across the width along the length of the shell within the shell to strengthen the shell. In one embodiment, the shell further includes a spine disposed substantially at right angle to the at least one bulkhead to further strengthen the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Spherical Block LLC
    Inventors: Peter Andrew Roberts, Stephen M. Bonan, Benjamin L. Cleaver, Matthew P. Frietag, Charles A. Heulitt, IV, Ryan P. Miller, Michael J. McGrath
  • Publication number: 20190376331
    Abstract: An example exit device includes a mounting assembly configured for mounting to a door, a pushbar movably mounted to the mounting assembly, a latchbolt mounted to the mounting assembly for movement between an extended position and a retracted position, and a rocker lever engaged between the pushbar and the latchbolt such that the pushbar is operable to move the latchbolt between the extended position and the retracted position. The exit device further includes impact dampener mounted to the exit device and configured to dampen impact between a first component of the exit device and a second component of the exit device during movement of the first component relative to the second component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Aaron P. McKibben, Gregory Musselman, Brian C. Eickhoff, Paul R. Arlinghaus, Vijayakumar Mani, Benjamin L. Miller, Saagar Mohammed
  • Publication number: 20190369092
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of preparing a biosensor that involves providing a substrate including a surface having a topographical pattern formed at one or more sites on or in the surface, coating the substrate with a solution including hydrogel particles, wherein the hydrogel particles self-assemble on the surface to mask the surface except at the one or more sites, and binding one or more capture molecules to the one or more sites to form the biosensor. Systems that include the biosensor, as well as methods of using the biosensor, are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Benjamin L. Miller, Mark A. Lifson, Dhruba Jyoti Basu Roy
  • Publication number: 20190329739
    Abstract: A system for regulating pressure in one or more vessels by adapting a fluid input to receive a fluid from a fluid source such as an air compressor at a constant pressure. At least one fluid outlet assembly is used to attach the system to a vessel such as a bike tire, ball, or car tire. At least one controllable valve is used to couple the fluid outlet assembly to the fluid input, the valve is controllable to pulsate air going through it, check the new pressure in the vessel, and either continue to increase pressure in the vessel, decrease pressure, or stop inflating. A pressure sensor corresponding to a fluid outlet assembly adaptable to provide pressure values from each vessel to a controller. The controller receives at least one desired pressure input, compares that value to the pressure value from the at least one pressure sensor, and selectively energizes the controllable valve to adjust the pressure in the corresponding vessel until the pressure within the vessel is equal to the desired pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: Cameron Hedrick, Benjamin L. Miller, Shawn Parks, Alan C. Harris
  • Publication number: 20190322337
    Abstract: A floating base comprising a shell constructed from a plurality of blocks reinforced using a plurality of tensile elements. The shell includes an inner space, a length, a width and at least one bulkhead disposed across the width along the length of the shell within the shell to strengthen the shell. In one embodiment, the shell further includes a spine disposed substantially at right angle to the at least one bulkhead to further strengthen the shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Peter Andrew Roberts, Stephen M. Bonan, Benjamin L. Cleaver, Matthew P. Frietag, Charles A. Heulitt, IV, Ryan P. Miller, Michael J. McGrath
  • Publication number: 20190216493
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a body assembly, a shaft, an acoustic waveguide, an articulation section, an end effector, and an articulation drive assembly. The shaft extends distally from the body assembly and defines a longitudinal axis. The acoustic waveguide comprises a flexible portion. The articulation section is coupled with the shaft. A portion of the articulation section encompasses the flexible portion of the waveguide. The articulation section comprises a plurality of body portions aligned along the longitudinal axis and a flexible locking member. The flexible locking member is operable to secure the body portions in relation to each other and in relation to the shaft. The end effector comprises an ultrasonic blade in acoustic communication with the waveguide. The articulation drive assembly is operable to drive articulation of the articulation section to thereby deflect the end effector from the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Barry C. Worrell, Benjamin J. Danziger, Benjamin D. Dickerson, Brian D. Black, Cara L. Shapiro, Charles J. Scheib, Craig N. Faller, Daniel J. Mumaw, David J. Cagle, David T. Martin, David A. Monroe, Disha V. Labhasetwar, Foster B. Stulen, Frederick L. Estera, Geoffrey S. Strobl, Gregory W. Johnson, Jacob S. Gee, Jason R. Sullivan, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Jeffrey S. Swayze, John A. Hibner, John B. Schulte, Joseph E. Hollo, Kristen G. Denzinger, Kristen L. D'Uva, Matthew C. Miller, Michael R. Lamping, Richard W. Timm, Rudolph H. Nobis, Ryan M. Asher, Stephen M. Leuck, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, William B. Weisenburgh, II, William A. Olson
  • Patent number: 10215753
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of preparing a biosensor that involves providing a substrate including a surface having a topographical pattern formed at one or more sites on or in the surface, coating the substrate with a solution including hydrogel particles, wherein the hydrogel particles self-assemble on the surface to mask the surface except at the one or more sites, and binding one or more capture molecules to the one or more sites to form the biosensor. Systems that include the biosensor, as well as methods of using the biosensor, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: University of Rochester
    Inventors: Benjamin L. Miller, Mark A. Lifson, Dhruba Jyoti Basu Roy
  • Patent number: 10209254
    Abstract: According to aspects illustrated herein, there are provided a sensor chip suitable for serological detection of Streptococcus pneumoniae, a method for detecting serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae using the sensor chip, a detection system that includes the sensor chip, and a method for detecting serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae using the detection system described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignees: University of Rochester, The UAB Research Foundation
    Inventors: Benjamin L. Miller, Moon H. Nahm
  • Publication number: 20190048618
    Abstract: An exemplary noise-reducing mechanism for door hardware includes a housing, a damper, and a stop. The door hardware includes a first component and a second component, and an operational movement of the door hardware causes relative movement of the first and second components. The housing is mounted to the first component, and the damper is mounted to the housing. The stop is mounted to the second component such that the stop engages the damper during the operational movement. The damper is configured to slow the operational movement, thereby reducing noise generated by operation of the door hardware.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Aaron P. McKibben, Gregory Musselman, Brian C. Eickhoff, Benjamin L. Miller, Paul R. Arlinghaus, Vijayakumar Mani, Saagar Mohammed
  • Publication number: 20180217137
    Abstract: Understanding the amount of exposure individuals have had to common chemical pollutants critically requires the ability to detect those compounds in a simple, sensitive, and specific manner. Doing so using label-free biosensor technology has proven challenging, however, given the small molecular weight of many pollutants of interest. To address this issue, a pollutant microarray based on the label-free Arrayed Imaging Reflectometry (AIR) detection platform was developed. The sensor that has undergone a two-step blocking process is able to detect three common environmental contaminants (benzo[a]pyrene 200, bisphenol A, and acrolein) in human serum via a competitive binding scheme.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: ADARZA BIOSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Jared A. CARTER, Emily J. TRIPLETT, Christopher C. STREIMER, Benjamin L. MILLER
  • Publication number: 20180052156
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sensor chip for detecting a target molecule in a sample. The sensor chip includes a substrate having a surface and a layer of hydrogel particles immobilized on the substrate surface at two or more locations on the surface, wherein the hydrogel particles at a first location comprise a plurality of first probe molecules bound to the particles and the hydrogel particles at a second location comprise a plurality of second probe molecules bound to the particles. Systems that include the sensor chip, as well as methods of preparing and using the sensor chip, are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Inventors: Benjamin L. MILLER, Mark A. LIFSON, Jared A. CARTER
  • Patent number: 9757428
    Abstract: According to aspects illustrated herein, there is provided an agent that transiently disrupts claudin-1 within tight junctions. The agent includes a peptide having at least 40% polar, uncharged amino acid residues and a self-assembled ?-sheet secondary structure. According to aspects illustrated herein, there is also provided a transepithelial drug and vaccine formulations, as well as isolated peptides, pharmaceutical compositions, and transdermal delivery devices. Also described herein are methods of disrupting epithelial barrier and methods of administering the transepithelial formulations described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: University of Rochester
    Inventors: Benjamin L. Miller, Anna De Benedetto, Lisa A. Beck, Elizabeth A. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20160258949
    Abstract: According to aspects illustrated herein, there are provided a sensor chip suitable for serological detection of Streptococcus pneumoniae, a method for detecting serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae using the sensor chip, a detection system that includes the sensor chip, and a method for detecting serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae using the detection system described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Inventors: Benjamin L. MILLER, Moon H. NAHM
  • Patent number: 9410953
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a formulations and methods for coupling a reactant (or probe precursor) to a functionalized surface for purposes of forming an arrayed sensor. This method includes the steps of: providing a surface having a reactive functional group; and introducing onto the surface, at a plurality of discrete locations, two or more compositions of the invention, which include a different reactant (probe precursor) and a non-nucleophilic additive, wherein such introduction is carried out under conditions effective to allow for covalent binding of the reactant to the surface via the reactive functional group. This results in a probe-functionalized array that substantially overcomes the problem of surface morphological anomalies on the array surface. Use of the resulting arrays in various detection systems is also encompassed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: University of Rochester
    Inventors: Charles R. Mace, Amrita R. Yadav, Benjamin L. Miller
  • Publication number: 20160199440
    Abstract: According to aspects illustrated herein, there is provided an agent that transiently disrupts claudin-1 within tight junctions. The agent includes a peptide having at least 40% polar, uncharged amino acid residues and a self-assembled ?-sheet secondary structure. According to aspects illustrated herein, there is also provided a transepithelial drug and vaccine formulations, as well as isolated peptides, pharmaceutical compositions, and transdermal delivery devices. Also described herein are methods of disrupting epithelial barrier and methods of administering the transepithelial formulations described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
    Inventors: Benjamin L. MILLER, Anna DE BENEDETTO, Lisa A. BECK, Elizabeth A. ANDERSON
  • Publication number: 20160041168
    Abstract: A sensor chip for detecting an immune response against an influenza virus, the sensor chip including a substrate having a surface and a plurality of hemagglutinin polypeptides bound to discrete locations on the surface of the substrate, each hemagglutinin polypeptide having a hemagglutinin epitope. Detection devices containing the sensor chip and methods of detecting influenza immune responses are also described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Publication date: February 11, 2016
    Inventors: Benjamin L. Miller, Tim R. Mosmann, David Topham, Charles R. Mace
  • Publication number: 20160009652
    Abstract: The present invention relates to small molecule modulators of melanin expression and methods of making the small molecules. Also disclosed are methods of increasing pigmentation in a cell which involve providing compounds of the present invention and contacting a cell with the compounds under conditions effective to induce melanin expression in the cell, thereby increasing pigmentation. The present invention also relates to compositions containing compounds of the present invention and a carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Inventors: Benjamin L. Miller, Brian R. McNaughton, Peter Gareiss, Glynis Scott
  • Patent number: 9217745
    Abstract: A sensor chip for detecting an immune response against an influenza virus, the sensor chip including a substrate having a surface and a plurality of hemagglutinin polypeptides bound to discrete locations on the surface of the substrate, each hemagglutinin polypeptide having a hemagglutinin epitope. Detection devices containing the sensor chip and methods of detecting influenza immune responses are also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: University of Rochester
    Inventors: Benjamin L. Miller, Tim R. Mosmann, David Topham, Charles R. Mace