Patents by Inventor Brian W. Johnson

Brian W. 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).

  • 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: 10290189
    Abstract: An automated banking machine operative to cause financial transfers responsive to data read from data bearing records. The automated banking machine includes a card reader that is operative to read card data from user cards corresponding to financial accounts. The automated banking machine is operative responsive to the card data to carry out transactions that transfer and/or allocate funds between accounts. The automated banking machine is further operative to provide users with a receipt for transactions conducted. The automated banking machine includes a cash dispenser operative to dispense cash to machine users and to cause the value of cash to be assessed to financial accounts corresponding to card data. The automated banking machine is further operative to receive currency bills or other sheets from a user and to process and store such sheets through operation of a currency accepting device. The account corresponding to card data may be credited for the value of bills or other sheets received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Eastman, Brian Jones, Michael S. Johnson, Shawn Griggy, Jeff A. Brannan, Michael J. Harty, Robert W. Barnett, Eric S. VanKeulen, Mike P. Ryan, William D. Beskitt, Kenneth Turocy
  • Patent number: 9632514
    Abstract: An electronic shower system including a mixing valve operably coupled to a mixing valve drive, and a diverter valve operably coupled to a diverter valve drive and in fluid communication with the mixing valve. A controller is in communication with the mixing valve drive and the diverter valve drive. A user interface includes a removable module in communication with the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Garry R. Marty, Todd Huffington, Kyle R. Davidson, Brian W. Johnson, Larry D. O'Cull, Patrick B. Jonte
  • Patent number: 9513791
    Abstract: A method of operation of an electronic device system includes: detecting a drag performed on a touch screen, the drag having a starting point and an ending point; detecting a stretchable cursor extendable based on the drag, the stretchable cursor having a cursor length, a cursor direction, a starting portion, and an ending portion at the ending point and larger than the starting portion at the starting point; displaying the stretchable cursor on the touch screen; and performing a process routine based on the cursor length and the cursor direction, the process routine continued after the stretchable cursor is pasted with the drag performed on the touch screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: George Arriola, Michael P. Bauerly, Brian W. Johnson, Reiko Miyazaki, Tatsushi Nashida, Ken Miyashita
  • Publication number: 20160270270
    Abstract: A lightweight electrical assembly for vehicular application is virtually “fastenerless” and includes a fold-up case formed of polymer based material that is molded to provide details to accept electronic devices such as playback mechanisms and radio receivers, as well as the circuit boards required for electrical control and display. The case is of composite structure, including an insert molded electrically conductive wire mesh screen that has been pre-formed to contour with the molding operation. The wire mesh provides electromagnetic shielding and grounding of the circuit boards via exposed wire mesh pads and adjacent ground clips. Side wall closure members are extruded of aluminum defining self-engaging attachment features for affixing to the case, providing electrical self-grounding with the wire screen and thermal grounding with internal power devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Inventors: WAYNE A. MADSEN, BRIAN W. JOHNSON
  • Patent number: 9047006
    Abstract: A method of operation of an electronic device system includes: detecting a drag performed on a touch screen, the drag having a first direction from a starting point and an ending point; detecting a stretchable cursor extendable based on the drag, the stretchable cursor having a cursor length, a cursor direction, a starting portion, and an ending portion at the ending point and larger than the starting portion at the starting point; displaying the stretchable cursor on the touch screen, the stretchable cursor stretched across a centerline on the touch screen; detecting whether a second direction of the drag is opposite the first direction; and moving a starting position of the stretchable cursor toward the centerline and away from the starting point when the second direction is opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: George Arriola, Michael P. Bauerly, Brian W. Johnson, Reiko Miyazaki, Tatsushi Nashida, Ken Miyashita
  • Publication number: 20150061698
    Abstract: A radio-frequency (RF) energy coupling apparatus for electromagnetic interference (EMI) susceptibility testing of a device. The apparatus includes a ground-plane, a micro-strip, a first dielectric layer, a coupling-strip, and a second dielectric layer. The micro-strip overlies the ground-plane. The first dielectric layer is interposed between the ground-plane and the micro-strip. The combination of the ground-plane, the micro-strip, and the first dielectric layer cooperate to form a micro-strip transmission line configured to propagate RF energy from a RF generator to a termination load. The coupling-strip overlies the micro-strip opposite the first dielectric layer. The coupling-strip is configured to couple RF energy from the micro-strip to a harness wire connected to the device. The second dielectric layer is interposed between the coupling-strip and the micro-strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: VINEESH S., BRIAN W. JOHNSON, ASHOK KUMAR VIJAYARAJ
  • Publication number: 20130075483
    Abstract: An electronic shower system including a mixing valve operably coupled to a mixing valve drive, and a diverter valve operably coupled to a diverter valve drive and in fluid communication with the mixing valve. A controller is in communication with the mixing valve drive and the diverter valve drive. A user interface includes a removable module in communication with the controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: MASCO CORPORATION OF INDIANA
    Inventors: Garry R. Marty, Todd Huffington, Kyle R. Davidson, Brian W. Johnson, Larry D. O'Cull, Patrick B. Jonte
  • Publication number: 20130062422
    Abstract: An electronic shower system including a mixing valve operably coupled to a mixing valve drive, and a diverter valve operably coupled to a diverter valve drive and in fluid communication with the mixing valve. A controller is in communication with the mixing valve drive and the diverter valve drive. A user interface includes a removable module in communication with the controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventors: Garry R. Marty, Todd Huffington, Kyle R. Davidson, Brian W. Johnson, Larry D. O'Cull, Patrick B. Jonte
  • Patent number: 8040892
    Abstract: A switching system (14) at a customer premises communicates information associated with one or more subscribers. The switching system (14) includes multiple subscriber line ports (17) for communicating xDSL signals with subscribers, the xDSL signals containing both data signals and POTS voice signals. A logical port (20) communicates data signals and packetized voice signals from the subscribers with a central office, the switching system (14) converting between the POTS voice signals of the subscriber lines (16) and the packetized voice signals of the logical port (20). A LAN port (21) communicates data signals with a server complex (23) using a LAN (22) to provide data services to the subscribers. The switching system (14) may include a switch (32) that receives voice signals on a first virtual circuit (VC), switches the voice signals out of the switching system (14) on the first VC, and also communicates received data signals for routing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Brian W. Johnson, K. Arlan Harris, Gregory E. Geiger
  • Publication number: 20090264567
    Abstract: A composition is disclosed that includes at least one polyolefin, at least one organic peroxide, and an antioxidant mixture of a composition of at least one polyolefin, at least one organic peroxide, and an antioxidant mixture. The antioxidant mixture has at least one fast radical scavenger selected from the group consisting of low hindered phenols, low hindered thiophenols, low hindered thiobisphenols, aliphatic amines, aromatic amines, NOR HALS, hydroxylamines, and mixtures thereof, and at least one long term stabilizer selected from the group consisting of low hindered phenols, highly hindered phenols, thiosynergists, aliphatic amines, aromatic amines, HALS, hydroxylamines, and mixtures thereof. The preferred polyolefin is a homopolymer of ethylene or a copolymer of ethylene and the compositions are useful in insulating media for medium and high voltage wire and cable applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventors: Anne-Marie Prins, Klaus Keck-Antoine, Jonathan Simon Hill, Joachim Bayer, Brian W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7266123
    Abstract: A system (10) for communicating information associated with one or more subscribers includes a connecting link (50). A first switching system (14) coupled to the connecting link (50) communicates remote voice signals (60) and remote data signals (62) using the connecting link (50). A second switching system (14) coupled to the connecting link (50) includes an interface (56) to receive the remote voice signals (60) and the remote data signals (62) using the connecting link (50). The second switching system (14) also includes subscriber line ports (17) for receiving local voice signals (52) and local data signals (54) from subscribers. The interface (56) of the second switching system (14) selectively communicates the highest priority available signals using an outgoing link, voice signals (52, 54) having higher priority than data signals (60, 62). In a more particular embodiment, the remote voice signals (60) may have higher priority than the local voice signals (52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Brian W. Johnson, K. Arlan Harris, Manlio D. Marquez
  • Patent number: 7015709
    Abstract: Passive balanced probes are disclosed for use with a signal analysis device. The probes are very low cost relative to typical commercially available probes and provide an extremely flat response over a frequency range of approximately 0 to at least 1.5 gigahertz. The probes include a probe body constructed primarily from conventional components, a first surface mount resistor electrically connected between a probe tip and a center conductor, and two surface mount resistors electrically connected and parallel between the center conductor and a conductive shield. The probes further include a coaxial cable for connection to an instrument combiner or other instrument connection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles P. Capps, Brian W. Johnson, Jeffrey M. Gloudemans, John A. Lane
  • Patent number: 6909716
    Abstract: A system for switching and routing data associated with one or more subscribers within a subscriber community includes layer-2 switching functionality and an intermediate device, both within a first network access switch. The intermediate device is operable to receive data units from the layer-2 switching functionality and to selectively store first data units received by the intermediate device after layer-3 routing functionality has begun to process a data block comprising the first data units and before all other data units within the data block ahead of the first data units have been switched for communication and external device of layer 2 switching functionality of another network access switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Brian W. Johnson, Manlio D. Marquez
  • Patent number: 6775271
    Abstract: A switching system (14) at a customer premises communicates information associated with one or more subscribers. The switching system (14) includes multiple subscriber line ports (17) for communicating xDSL signals with subscribers, the xDSL signals containing both data signals and POTS voice signals. A logical port (20) communicates data signals and packetized voice signals from the subscribers with a central office, the switching system (14) converting between the POTS voice signals of the subscriber lines (16) and the packetized voice signals of the logical port (20). A LAN port (21) communicates data signals with a server complex (23) using a LAN (22) to provide data services to the subscribers. The switching system (14) may include a switch (32) that receives voice signals on a first virtual circuit (VC), switches the voice signals out of the switching system (14) on the first VC, and also communicates received data signals for routing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Brian W. Johnson, K. Arlan Harris, Gregory E. Geiger
  • Patent number: 6765910
    Abstract: A system (10) for communicating information includes a connecting link (50) to communicate ATM cells. A first switching system (14) receives ATM cells for at least first and second virtual circuits using a first link (20) and communicates ATM cells for the second virtual circuit using the connecting link (50). A second switching system (14) receives ATM cells for at least the first and second virtual circuits using a second link (20) and communicates ATM cells for the first virtual circuit using the connecting link (50). The first switching system (14) receives the ATM cells for the first virtual circuit from the second switching system (14), using the connecting link (50), and sequences all ATM cells for the first virtual circuit using first IMA functionality (80).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Brian W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6627085
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for reducing the amount of silicon in brine. More specifically the silicon content of the brine is reduced to 1 ppm or less by using low caustic excess. The disclosed process can also be characterized as lowering sodium hydroxide excess (caustic excess) while maintaining the sodium carbonate level thereby obtaining a brine with a low level of silicon. A further purification step employs a sludge blanket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Vulcan Chemicals
    Inventors: Derrek R. Burrows, Brian W. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20030026749
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for reducing the amount of silicon in brine. More specifically the silicon content of the brine is reduced to 1 ppm or less by using low caustic excess. The disclosed process can also be characterized as lowering sodium hydroxide excess (caustic excess) while maintaining the sodium carbonate level thereby obtaining a brine with a low level of silicon. A further purification step employs a sludge blanket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2001
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Applicant: VULCANS CHEMICALS
    Inventors: Derrek R. Burrows, Brian W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5822300
    Abstract: A congestion management scheme for managing traffic in a data communication system having a plurality of port blocks at least one of which may be connected to a communication medium, the congestion management scheme including a structure for determining whether a sender is congested, a structure for determining whether a receiver is congested, and a structure for determining whether a RX FIFO is congested and a structure for determining a memory buffer, associated with at least one of the sender and the receiver, is congested. The congestion scheme further includes a structure for handling traffic by taking one of the preferred actions depending upon the congestion indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Compaq Computer Corporation
    Inventors: Brian W. Johnson, Hieu M. Hoang
  • Patent number: 5787084
    Abstract: An apparatus and associated method for facilitating data flow through a multiple port multicast data switch includes receiving a data packet at a first port of the multicast data switch, the data packet formed of sequentially positioned cells of data. Determining if the second port is congested and if congested sending the selected cell to the second port if and when the second port becomes uncongested within a selected period of time. If otherwise uncongested, copying the cell data to the second port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Compaq Computer Corporation
    Inventors: Hieu M. Hoang, Brian W. Johnson