Patents by Inventor Charles A. Morris

Charles A. Morris 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: 20200368115
    Abstract: A connector for rotatably coupling an enteral feeding solution supply tube to a circular port of a gastrostomy device wherein the connector comprises a fluid conduit having a first end configured for connection with an orifice defined in the circular port to supply the enteral feeding solution to the gastrostomy device, and a second end configured for connection to the enteral feeding solution supply tube, a pair of arms circumferentially arranged around an outer wall of the first end of the fluid conduit, each arm including a first free end and a second free end, wherein the second free end includes a catch configured to releasably engage with a circumferential rim on the circular port, and a flexible bridge connecting each arm to the first end of the fluid conduit and about which the first and second ends of each arm can be pivoted, wherein the connector is couplable to and decouplable from the circular port by pivoting the first and second ends of each arm at the flexible bridge such that the catch on the
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Applicant: Metis Design BV
    Inventors: Mark David Heynes, Phil Anthony SAMPEY, William Charles MORRIS, Lee Thomas SMITH
  • Patent number: 9663418
    Abstract: A system for making cyclohexylbenzene starting from benzene and hydrogen includes a first benzene preparation column, a hydroalkylation reactor, a dehydrogenation reactor, a second distillation column for cyclohexylbenzene separation, a third distillation column for cyclohexylbenzene purification, a transalkylation reactor, and a fourth distillation column for separating cyclohexylbenzene from transalkylation effluent. All components are integrated to achieve a high-purity cyclohexylbenzene product produced with a high yield and high overall energy efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Becker, James R. Lattner, Francisco M. Benitez, Charles Morris Smith
  • Patent number: 9656934
    Abstract: In a process for producing phenol, a cleavage feed comprising cyclohexylbenzene hydroperoxide is supplied to a cleavage reaction zone and a cleavage reaction mixture comprising the cleavage feed is contacted in the cleavage reaction zone with a solid acid catalyst under conditions effective to produce a cleavage effluent comprising phenol and cyclohexanone. The cleavage effluent is then divided into at least a cleavage product and a cleavage recycle and the cleavage recycle and a polar solvent is supplied to the cleavage reaction zone to produce the cleavage reaction mixture with the cleavage feed. Preferably, the polar solvent is combined with the cleavage recycle before being charged into the cleavage reaction zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Hari Nair, Christopher L. Becker, Karen S. Nimmo, James R. Lattner, Francisco M. Benitez, Charles Morris Smith
  • Patent number: 9639526
    Abstract: Techniques are described for improving language translation of content (e.g., web content) on computing devices (e.g., mobile computing devices). For example, automatic translation can be performed when entering reading view in association with displayed web content by determining that the displayed web content is not in a language that is understood by the user (e.g., as indicated by language settings). As another example, language-related meta-data can be passed between applications and used in language detection of content, such as web content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Oren Freiberg, Chris Wendt, Vikram Dendi, Charles Morris, Chee Chen Tong, Yongik Chung
  • Patent number: 9580368
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a process for dehydrogenating a saturated cyclic hydrocarbon and/or 5-membered ring compound with a dehydrogenation catalyst. The dehydrogenation catalyst comprises: (i) 0.05 wt % to 5 wt % of a metal selected from Group 14 of the Periodic Table of Elements; and (ii) 0.1 wt % to 10 wt % of a metal selected from Groups 6 to 10 of the Periodic Table of Elements. The process is conducted under dehydrogenation conditions effective to dehydrogenate at least a portion saturated cyclic hydrocarbon and/or 5-membered ring compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Tan-Jen Chen, Jihad Mohammed Dakka, Terry Eugene Helton, Francisco Manuel Benitez, Charles Morris Smith, Lorenzo Cophard DeCaul
  • Patent number: 9545622
    Abstract: A hydroalkylation catalyst comprising a molecular sieve and a compound of a hydrogenation metal is activated by treating the catalyst at a temperature of less than about 250° C. in the presence of hydrogen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Teng Xu, Edward Andrew Lemon, Jr., Terry Eugene Helton, Tan-Jen Chen, Charles Morris Smith
  • Patent number: 9547468
    Abstract: A system running on a mobile device such as a smartphone is configured to expose a user interface (UI) to enable a user to specify web pages that can be pinned to a start screen of the device. Once pinned, the user may launch a web page by voice command from any location on the UI or from within any experience that is currently being supported on the device. Thus, the user can be on a call with a friend talking about a new video game and then use a voice command to launch a web browser application on the mobile device that navigates to a pinned web page having information about the game's release date. Web pages can be readily pinned and unpinned from the start screen through the UI. When a web page is unpinned from the start screen, the system disables voice web navigation for it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Cheng-Yi Yen, Derek Liddell, Kenneth Reneris, Charles Morris, Dieter Rindle, Tanvi Surti, Michael Stephens, Eka Tjung
  • Publication number: 20160376212
    Abstract: Disclosed are (i) a process for making cyclohexylbenzene by benzene hydroalkylation with a low methylcyclopentylbenzene selectivity; and (ii) a process of making phenol and/or cyclohexanone from cyclohexylbenzene including a step of removing methylcyclopentylbenzene from the cyclohexylbenzene feed supplied to the oxidation step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Inventors: Charles Morris Smith, Tan-Jen Chen, Terry E. Helton, Jane C. Cheng
  • Patent number: 9475745
    Abstract: In a process for producing phenol and cyclohexanone, a cleavage feed containing greater than 40 wt % and no greater than 95 wt % cyclohexyl-1-phenyl-1-hydroperoxide, and at least 5 wt % and less than 60 wt % cyclohexylbenzene is mixed with at least phenol, cyclohexanone, water, and sulfuric acid to produce a cleavage reaction mixture containing from 15 wt % to 50 wt % phenol, from 15 wt % to 50 wt % cyclohexanone, from 1 wt % to 10 wt % cyclohexyl-1-phenyl-1-hydroperoxide, from 5 wt % to 60 wt % cyclohexylbenzene, from 0.1 wt % to 4 wt % water, and from 10 wppm to 1000 wppm sulfuric acid. The cleavage reaction mixture is then reacted at a temperature from 30° C. and to 70° C., and a pressure of at least 1 atmosphere for a time sufficient to convert at least 50% of said cyclohexyl-1-phenyl-1-hydroperoxide in said cleavage reaction mixture and produce a cleavage effluent containing phenol and cyclohexanone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Keith H. Kuechler, Charles Morris Smith, Francisco M. Benitez, Kun Wang, Hari Nair, Travis A. Reine, Gabor Kiss, Roberto Garcia, Christopher L. Becker
  • Patent number: 9469589
    Abstract: In a process for producing phenol and/or cyclohexanone, cyclohexylbenzene is contacted with an oxygen-containing gas in the presence of an oxidation catalyst under oxidation conditions effective to produce an oxidation effluent comprising cyclohexylbenzene hydroperoxide. At least a portion of the oxidation effluent is then subjected to a concentrating step to produce a cleavage feed having a higher concentration of cyclohexylbenzene hydroperoxide than the oxidation effluent. A cleavage reaction mixture comprising the cleavage feed is then contacted with a solid acid catalyst in a cleavage reaction zone under conditions effective to produce a cleavage product comprising phenol and cyclohexanone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Hari Nair, Christopher L. Becker, Jason D. Davis, Charles Morris Smith
  • Patent number: 9469580
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a process for dehydrogenating a hydrocarbon with a dehydrogenation catalyst comprising a step of activating the catalyst precursor in a H2-containing atmosphere. A particularly advantageous activation process includes heating the catalyst precursor to a temperature in a range from 400° C. to 600° C. The process of the present disclosure is particularly advantageous for dehydrogenating cyclohexane to make benzene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Tan-Jen Chen, Christopher L. Becker, Hari Nair, Francisco M. Benitez, Charles Morris Smith
  • Patent number: 9452965
    Abstract: A process for producing phenol and/or cyclohexanone is described in which cyclohexylbenzene is contacted with an oxygen-containing gas under conditions effective to produce an oxidation effluent comprising cyclohexylbenzene hydroperoxide and at least part of cyclohexylbenzene hydroperoxide is contacted with a cleavage catalyst under conditions effective to produce a cleavage effluent containing phenol and cyclohexanone. At least one of the oxidation effluent and the cleavage effluent contains at least one phenylcyclohexanol as a by-product and the process further comprises contacting the phenylcyclohexanol with a dehydration catalyst comprising a molecular sieve of the MCM-22 family under conditions effective to convert at least part of the phenylcyclohexanol to phenylcyclohexene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Jihad M. Dakka, Charles Morris Smith, Keith H. Kuechler, Christopher L. Becker, Terry E. Helton, Jason D. Davis, Edmund J. Mozeleski
  • Patent number: 9347722
    Abstract: A magazine loader for a firearm is provided. The magazine loader includes a base having a lip that is configured to removably engage a magazine in an upstanding position thereon. The base further includes a hydraulic shaft having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is affixed to the base. The second end includes a depressible platform and a projection configured to load an unloaded cartridge placed above an opening of a magazine. The depressible platform is configured to be hand actuated in relation to the hydraulic shaft to apply downward pressure on the unloaded cartridge with the projection. In this way, the cartridge can be forced downwardly and loaded into the magazine. The depressible platform and projection automatically return to the resting position to allow for additional cartridges to be loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventor: Charles Morris
  • Patent number: 9334218
    Abstract: A cleavage process for making phenol and/or cyclohexanone, the process comprising: (A) providing a feed comprising cyclohexylbenzene hydroperoxide; (B) contacting the feed with a catalyst under cleavage reaction conditions effective to produce a cleavage effluent comprising phenol and cyclohexanone, the catalyst having a collidine uptake of at least 20 ?mol per gram of the catalyst and comprising an aluminosilicate molecular sieve of the FAU-type, an oxide binder, and a clay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Kun Wang, Roberto Garcia, Terry E. Helton, Hari Nair, Charles Morris Smith
  • Patent number: 9321711
    Abstract: A system for producing high-purity phenol and/or cyclohexanone from cyclohexylbenzene oxidation includes a cyclohexylbenzene feed hydrogenation reactor, a bubble column oxidation reactor, a cyclohexylbenzene hydroperoxide concentrator, a cleavage reactor, and a separation and purification sub-system. The components and the integrated system are designed such that high-purity phenol and/or cyclohexanone can be produced at high energy efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Becker, James R. Lattner, Francisco M. Benitez, Charles Morris Smith
  • Publication number: 20160107970
    Abstract: In a process for producing phenol and/or cyclohexanone, cyclohexylbenzene is contacted with an oxygen-containing gas in the presence of an oxidation catalyst under oxidation conditions effective to produce an oxidation effluent comprising cyclohexylbenzene hydroperoxide. At least a portion of the oxidation effluent is then subjected to a concentrating step to produce a cleavage feed having a higher concentration of cyclohexylbenzene hydroperoxide than the oxidation effluent. A cleavage reaction mixture comprising the cleavage feed is then contacted with a solid acid catalyst in a cleavage reaction zone under conditions effective to produce a cleavage product comprising phenol and cyclohexanone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: April 21, 2016
    Inventors: Hari Nair, Christopher L. Becker, Jason D. Davis, Charles Morris Smith
  • Publication number: 20160102034
    Abstract: In a process for producing phenol, a cleavage feed comprising cyclohexylbenzene hydroperoxide is supplied to a cleavage reaction zone and a cleavage reaction mixture comprising the cleavage feed is contacted in the cleavage reaction zone with a solid acid catalyst under conditions effective to produce a cleavage effluent comprising phenol and cyclohexanone. The cleavage effluent is then divided into at least a cleavage product and a cleavage recycle and the cleavage recycle and a polar solvent is supplied to the cleavage reaction zone to produce the cleavage reaction mixture with the cleavage feed. Preferably, the polar solvent is combined with the cleavage recycle before being charged into the cleavage reaction zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 14, 2016
    Inventors: Hari Nair, Christopher L. Becker, Karen S. Nimmon, James R. Lattner, Francisco M. Benitez, Charles Morris Smith
  • Patent number: 9272974
    Abstract: In a process for producing phenol and/or cyclohexanone, cyclohexylbenzene is contacted with an oxygen-containing gas to produce an oxidation effluent containing cyclohexylbenzene hydroperoxide and the cyclohexylbenzene hydroperoxide is then contacted with a cleavage catalyst to produce a cleavage effluent containing phenol and cyclohexanone. At least one of the oxidation effluent and the cleavage effluent also contains at least one by-product selected from phenylcyclohexanols and phenylcyclohexanones and the process further comprises contacting the by-product with a dehydration catalyst to convert the by-product to phenylcyclohexene and hydrogenating the phenylcyclohexene to cyclohexylbenzene. The dealkylation and hydrogenation may be conducted in a single stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Jihad M. Dakka, Charles Morris Smith, Christopher L. Becker, Terry E. Helton, Jason D. Davis, Edmund J. Mozeleski
  • Patent number: 9266801
    Abstract: The invention is directed to improvements in the indirect hydration process for the production of alcohols that enable high alcohol yield by increasing ether recycle in an olefin hydration process, such as the hydration process to produce isopropyl alcohol (IPA) from propylene or the hydration process to produce sec-butyl alcohol (SBA) from butylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Morris Yarbrough, Seth McConkie Washburn, Dennis Jay Davoren, Michael Alan Better
  • Publication number: 20160032801
    Abstract: An aftertreatment system is disclosed for use with a combustion engine. The aftertreatment system may have at least one exhaust passage, and a plurality of dosing circuits configured to inject reductant into the at least one exhaust passage. The aftertreatment system may also have a controller in communication with each of the plurality of dosing circuits. The controller may be configured to determine a failure of a first of the plurality of dosing circuits, and to selectively adjust operation of a second of the plurality of dosing circuits based on the failure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR INC.
    Inventors: Eric Tyler Alig, Jinhui Sun, Scott Charles Morris, Faith Juliet McKenzie, Matthew Colin Mowers