Patents by Inventor Brett McDonald

Brett McDonald 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).

  • Publication number: 20170097289
    Abstract: Systems and methods that enable automated processing of specimens carried on microscope slides are described herein. Aspects of the technology are directed, for example, to automated slide processing apparatuses capable of dispensing liquids onto microscope slides. Additional aspects of the technology are directed to methods of replacing a reagent pipette in automated slide processing apparatuses. The apparatus can include, for example, a reagent pipette assembly including a reagent pipette moveable between at least one loading position for obtaining reagent from a reagent container at a filling station and at least one dispense position. The apparatus can also include a retainer for releasably securing the reagent pipette. In some embodiments, the reagent pipette assembly includes a locking mechanism for transitioning the retainer from an open configuration for receiving a pipette and a closed configuration for securing a pipette, in e.g., an aligned position within the retainer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Inventors: Donald M. Barnett, Robert Javier Cisneroz, Timothy Brett McDonald, Christopher OHaire, Jason Ruhl, John Charles Tessen
  • Patent number: 9454357
    Abstract: A system set of a utility node device, such as a kernel and/or root file system, may be updated by utilizing a multi-system set configuration. For example, the multi-system set configuration may include a first system set that is generally configured to act as an “active” set, a second system set (e.g., “idle” set) that is configured to operate when the first system set is non-operational or in an “idle” state, and a third system set that is configured to operate when the first and second system sets are non-operational. During an update of a system set, an update package may be applied to the second “idle” system set, while the first “active” system set remains operational. The utility node device may comprise a smart utility meter, sensor, control device, transformer, switch, relay, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Itron, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett McDonald, Samuel Lee Whitfield, Gregory Shane Barrett, Kevin David Guthrie, Scott Michael Collins
  • Publication number: 20150095900
    Abstract: A system set of a utility node device, such as a kernel and/or root file system, may be updated by utilizing a multi-system set configuration. For example, the multi-system set configuration may include a first system set that is generally configured to act as an “active” set, a second system set (e.g., “idle” set) that is configured to operate when the first system set is non-operational or in an “idle” state, and a third system set that is configured to operate when the first and second system sets are non-operational. During an update of a system set, an update package may be applied to the second “idle” system set, while the first “active” system set remains operational. The utility node device may comprise a smart utility meter, sensor, control device, transformer, switch, relay, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Brett McDonald, Samuel Lee Whitfield, Gregory Shane Barrett, Kevin David Guthrie, Scott Michael Collins
  • Patent number: 8938730
    Abstract: A system set of a utility node device, such as a kernel and/or root file system, may be updated by utilizing a multi-system set configuration. For example, the multi-system set configuration may include a first system set that is generally configured to act as an “active” set, a second system set (e.g., “idle” set) that is configured to operate when the first system set is non-operational or in an “idle” state, and a third system set that is configured to operate when the first and second system sets are non-operational. During an update of a system set, an update package may be applied to the second “idle” system set, while the first “active” system set remains operational. The utility node device may comprise a smart utility meter, sensor, control device, transformer, switch, relay, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Itron, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett McDonald, Samuel Lee Whitfield, Gregory Shane Barrett, Kevin David Guthrie, Scott Collins
  • Patent number: 8924950
    Abstract: Software and/or firmware of a utility node device may be updated by utilizing an update package that includes multiple update items related to different types of the software and/or firmware. The utility node device may selectively install one or more of the multiple update items based on a type of the software and/or firmware that is currently installed on the device. The different types of software and/or firmware may relate to different versions of the software and/or firmware and/or different types of hardware. In some instances, an update item of the update package comprises a delta file that contains differences between different versions of the software and/or firmware. The utility node device may comprise a smart utility meter, sensor, control device, transformer, switch, relay, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Itron, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett McDonald, Samuel Lee Whitfield, Gregory Shane Barrett, Kevin David Guthrie, Scott Collins
  • Patent number: 8900857
    Abstract: A mould and tissue cassette for automated embedding of tissue, and a method of operation are disclosed. The mould attaches to the cassette prior to embedding, and fits into a rack. The rack supports the mould holding the tissue cassette when the mould and cassette are in a first position. When the mould and cassette are moved to a second position, a projection on the rack separates the mould from the cassette, to facilitate easy removal. Also disclosed is a mould for a tissue cassette having projections for holding the mould to a rack, so that the tissue cassette is not in contact with the mould.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Leica Biosystems Melbourne Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Ian Emil Sohn, Chester Henderson, Timothy Brett McDonald, Richard John Louis Gardner
  • Publication number: 20140173579
    Abstract: Software and/or firmware of a utility node device may be updated by utilizing an update package that includes multiple update items related to different types of the software and/or firmware. The utility node device may selectively install one or more of the multiple update items based on a type of the software and/or firmware that is currently installed on the device. The different types of software and/or firmware may relate to different versions of the software and/or firmware and/or different types of hardware. In some instances, an update item of the update package comprises a delta file that contains differences between different versions of the software and/or firmware. The utility node device may comprise a smart utility meter, sensor, control device, transformer, switch, relay, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: ITRON, INC.
    Inventors: Brett McDonald, Samuel Lee Whitfield, Gregory Shane Barrett, Kevin David Guthrie, Scott Collins
  • Publication number: 20140173580
    Abstract: A system set of a utility node device, such as a kernel and/or root file system, may be updated by utilizing a multi-system set configuration. For example, the multi-system set configuration may include a first system set that is generally configured to act as an “active” set, a second system set (e.g., “idle” set) that is configured to operate when the first system set is non-operational or in an “idle” state, and a third system set that is configured to operate when the first and second system sets are non-operational. During an update of a system set, an update package may be applied to the second “idle” system set, while the first “active” system set remains operational. The utility node device may comprise a smart utility meter, sensor, control device, transformer, switch, relay, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: ITRON, INC.
    Inventors: Brett McDonald, Samuel Lee Whitfield, Gregory Shane Barrett, Kevin David Guthrie, Scott Collins
  • Publication number: 20110201106
    Abstract: A mould and tissue cassette for automated embedding of tissue, and a method of operation are disclosed. The mould attaches to the cassette prior to embedding, and fits into a rack. The rack supports the mould holding the tissue cassette when the mould and cassette are in a first position. When the mould and cassette are moved to a second position, a projection on the rack separates the mould from the cassette, to facilitate easy removal. Also disclosed is a mould for a tissue cassette having projections for holding the mould to a rack, so that the tissue cassette is not in contact with the mould.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: LEICA BIOSYSTEMS MELBOURNE PTY LTD
    Inventors: Ian Emil Sohn, Chester Henderson, Timothy Brett McDonald, Richard John Louis Gardner
  • Publication number: 20080092132
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and methodology subject matters for upgrading firmware associated with one or more metrology devices and adjunct devices. Methods are disclosed for broadcast transmission of portions of a firmware image file from an originating device over a network connecting multiple devices to be upgraded. The entire image file may be transmitted as segments to be assembled by the end devices. Broadcast segments not properly received from the originating device may be retried directly from the originating device or from neighbors correctly receiving the segment. A viral propagation methodology is disclosed as an alternative to portions of the broadcast methodology.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventors: Michael Stuber, Brett McDonald, Kevin Guthrie, Eugene Falendysz
  • Publication number: 20080071930
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and methodology subject matters for providing a Native Network Interface within an Advanced Metering System (AMS). The Native Network Interface provides the ability to plug in different low level network transport layers into a metering system to provide access to the physical network protocol from a C12.22 protocol stack in C12.22 Host applications. The design includes a base class having selected capabilities that may be reused in development of a transport layer for providing reliable message transport between communications system coupled components in an Advanced Metering System.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Inventors: Kenneth Holbrook, Brett McDonald