Patents by Inventor Brian Aitken

Brian Aitken 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: 11192289
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a fuel tank is described herein. The method includes subsequent to molding of a housing of a fuel tank, positioning a strut inside the housing. The method additionally includes snap-fitting a flexible projection of the strut with a corresponding flange section in a first wall of the housing, the flange section surrounding an opening in the first wall of the housing and the flexible projection including a surface overlapping an interior surface of the flange section subsequent to the snap-fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Aitken, Mark Bunge
  • Publication number: 20210277170
    Abstract: Provided are polymer compositions made by a process comprising: (a) providing a first reactive composition containing: (i) a polymerization initiator that is capable, upon a first activation, of forming two or more free radical groups, at least one of which is further activatable by subsequent activation; (ii) one or more ethylenically unsaturated compounds; and (iii) a crosslinker; (b) subjecting the first reactive composition to a first activation step such that the first reactive composition polymerizes therein to form a crosslinked substrate network containing a covalently bound activatable free radical initiator; (c) contacting the crosslinked substrate network with a grafting composition containing one or more ethylenically unsaturated compounds, wherein the contacting is conducted under conditions such that the grafting composition penetrates into the crosslinked substrate network; and (d) activating the covalently bound activatable free radical initiator at one or more selective regions of the crossli
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2021
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Inventors: Brian Aitken, Charles W. Scales, Joe M. Wood, Michael F. Widman
  • Publication number: 20210261712
    Abstract: Provided are polymer compositions made by a process comprising: (a) providing a first reactive composition containing: (i) a polymerization initiator that is capable, upon a first activation, of forming two or more free radical groups, at least one of which is further activatable by subsequent activation; (ii) one or more ethylenically unsaturated compounds; and (iii) a crosslinker; (b) subjecting the first reactive composition to a first activation step such that the first reactive composition polymerizes therein to form a crosslinked substrate network containing a covalently bound activatable free radical initiator, (c) combining the crosslinked substrate network with a second reactive composition containing one or more ethylenically unsaturated compounds; and (d) activating the covalently bound activatable free radical initiator of the crosslinked substrate network such that the second reactive composition polymerizes therein with the crosslinked substrate network to form a grafted polymeric network and a
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Inventors: Brian Aitken, Charles Scales, Scott Joslin, Yong Zhang, Dola Sinha, Shivkumar Mahadevan, Patricia Martin, Fang Lu, Donnie Duis, Stephen C. Arnold
  • Publication number: 20210179766
    Abstract: Provided are ophthalmic devices comprised of a reaction product of a composition comprising: (i) a crosslinked substrate network containing covalently bound activatable free radical initiators; and (ii) a grafting composition containing one or more ethylenically unsaturated compounds. Also provided are processes for making ophthalmic devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Inventors: Brian Aitken, Charles Scales, Scott Joslin, Yong Zhang, Dola Sinha, Shivkumar Mahadevan, Patricia Martin, Fang Lu, Donnie Duis, Stephen C. Arnold
  • Patent number: 11034789
    Abstract: Provided are polymer compositions made by a process comprising: (a) providing a first reactive composition containing: (i) a polymerization initiator that is capable, upon a first activation, of forming two or more free radical groups, at least one of which is further activatable by subsequent activation; (ii) one or more ethylenically unsaturated compounds; and (iii) a crosslinker; (b) subjecting the first reactive composition to a first activation step such that the first reactive composition polymerizes therein to form a crosslinked substrate network containing a covalently bound activatable free radical initiator; (c) contacting the crosslinked substrate network with a grafting composition containing one or more ethylenically unsaturated compounds, wherein the contacting is conducted under conditions such that the grafting composition penetrates into the crosslinked substrate network; and (d) activating the covalently bound activatable free radical initiator at one or more selective regions of the crossli
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Aitken, Charles W. Scales, Joe M. Wood, Michael F. Widman
  • Patent number: 11021558
    Abstract: Provided are polymer compositions made by a process comprising: (a) providing a first reactive composition containing: (i) a polymerization initiator that is capable, upon a first activation, of forming two or more free radical groups, at least one of which is further activatable by subsequent activation; (ii) one or more ethylenically unsaturated compounds; and (iii) a crosslinker; (b) subjecting the first reactive composition to a first activation step such that the first reactive composition polymerizes therein to form a crosslinked substrate network containing a covalently bound activatable free radical initiator, (c) combining the crosslinked substrate network with a second reactive composition containing one or more ethylenically unsaturated compounds; and (d) activating the covalently bound activatable free radical initiator of the crosslinked substrate network such that the second reactive composition polymerizes therein with the crosslinked substrate network to form a grafted polymeric network and a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Aitken, Charles Scales, Scott Joslin, Yong Zhang, Dola Sinha, Shivkumar Mahadevan, Patricia Martin, Fang Lu, Donnie Duis, Stephen C. Arnold
  • Patent number: 10961341
    Abstract: Provided are ophthalmic devices comprised of a reaction product of a composition comprising: (i) a crosslinked substrate network containing covalently bound activatable free radical initiators; and (ii) a grafting composition containing one or more ethylenically unsaturated compounds. Also provided are processes for making ophthalmic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Aitken, Charles Scales, Scott Joslin, Yong Zhang, Dola Sinha, Shivkumar Mahadevan, Patricia Martin, Fang Lu, Donnie Duis, Stephen C. Arnold
  • Publication number: 20200307130
    Abstract: Provided is a method for manufacturing photoabsorbing contact lenses and photoabsorbing contact lenses produced thereby. The method comprises: (a) providing a mold assembly comprised of a base curve and a front curve, the base curve and the front curve defining and enclosing a cavity therebetween, the cavity containing a reactive mixture, wherein the reactive mixture comprises at least one polymerizable monomer, a photoinitiator which absorbs at an activating wavelength, and a photoabsorbing compound which displays absorption at the activating wavelength; and (b) curing the reactive mixture to form the photoabsorbing contact lens by exposing the reactive mixture to radiation that includes the activating wavelength, wherein the radiation is directed at both the base curve and the front curve of the mold assembly, and wherein the radiation's radiant energy at the base curve is greater than the radiation's radiant energy at the front curve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Brian Aitken, Jeffrey D. Caltrider, Leilani K. Sonoda, Robert MacDonald Smith, Donnie J. Duis
  • Publication number: 20190233572
    Abstract: Provided are ophthalmic devices comprised of a reaction product of a composition comprising: (i) a crosslinked substrate network containing covalently bound activatable free radical initiators; and (ii) a grafting composition containing one or more ethylenically unsaturated compounds. Also provided are processes for making ophthalmic devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Brian Aitken, Charles Scales, Scott Joslin, Yong Zhang, Dola Sinha, Shivkumar Mahadevan, Patricia Martin, Fang Lu, Donnie Duis, Stephen C. Arnold
  • Publication number: 20180243968
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a fuel tank is described herein. The method includes subsequent to molding of a housing of a fuel tank, positioning a strut inside the housing. The method additionally includes snap-fitting a flexible projection of the strut with a corresponding flange section in a first wall of the housing, the flange section surrounding an opening in the first wall of the housing and the flexible projection including a surface overlapping an interior surface of the flange section subsequent to the snap-fitting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: Brian Aitken, Mark Bunge
  • Publication number: 20180037690
    Abstract: Provided are polymer compositions made by a process comprising: (a) providing a first reactive composition containing: (i) a polymerization initiator that is capable, upon a first activation, of forming two or more free radical groups, at least one of which is further activatable by subsequent activation; (ii) one or more ethylenically unsaturated compounds; and (iii) a crosslinker; (b) subjecting the first reactive composition to a first activation step such that the first reactive composition polymerizes therein to form a crosslinked substrate network containing a covalently bound activatable free radical initiator, (c) combining the crosslinked substrate network with a second reactive composition containing one or more ethylenically unsaturated compounds; and (d) activating the covalently bound activatable free radical initiator of the crosslinked substrate network such that the second reactive composition polymerizes therein with the crosslinked substrate network to form a grafted polymeric network and a
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: Brian Aitken, Charles Scales, Scott Joslin, Yong Zhang, Dola Sinha, Shivkumar Mahadevan, Patricia Martin, Fang Lu, Donnie Duis, Stephen C. Arnold
  • Patent number: 7530375
    Abstract: A fuel filler nozzle for an automotive vehicle includes an axially insertable guide spud for opening a capless filler pipe closure device. A vacuum shroud is mounted to the guide spud, and a fuel supply tube is telescopically mounted within the guide spud and the shroud. The fuel supply tube has a retracted position within the guide spud and an extended position in which a flexible portion of the fuel supply tube extends through the vacuum shroud and guide spud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Aitken, Robert Beier
  • Publication number: 20080000544
    Abstract: A fuel filler nozzle for an automotive vehicle includes an axially insertable guide spud for opening a capless filler pipe closure device. A vacuum shroud is mounted to the guide spud, and a fuel supply tube is telescopically mounted within the guide spud and the shroud. The fuel supply tube has a retracted position within the guide spud and an extended position in which a flexible portion of the fuel supply tube extends through the vacuum shroud and guide spud.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Aitken, Robert Beier