Patents by Inventor Charles Burns

Charles Burns 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: 6652189
    Abstract: A method and system allowing fish to migrate upstream and downstream, bypassing dams, obstructions, either man-made or natural, safely, freely and in a natural manner. The system consists of a meandering “nature-like” channel constructed of pneumatically placed concrete, shotcrete or gunite that simulates a waterway bed condition. The construction of riffles, ledges, undercut banks and other natural-like features to provide a foundation for the placement of fish habitat, such as gravel beds, boulders, logs, and the like. The placement of sand, gravel, cobbles and such to create and provide an aquatic environment to sustain plant and aquatic life. The introduction of plants and other aquatic life to provide forage, cover and a year around natural-like environment within a river or stream-like migratory bypass channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Inventor: Gordon Charles Burns, II
  • Publication number: 20030072617
    Abstract: A method for enhancing or generating a water flow current by the generation of a velocity head differential, to guide fish, including: a venturi eductor to induce higher water pressures; a pump, piping or other motive water source; an adjustable frame to mount the venturi eductor; and a method of using this equipment. Fish may be guided into or away from a waterway area by generating or enhancing a current to guide them. The apparatus may be used as a method to guide fish through low velocity areas of a river, lake, reservoir or other waterway. The apparatus may also be used as a method to create water flow velocities that fish are reluctant to pass through for a barrier or curtain to further guide the fish. The apparatus and method may also be used to transfer temperature-variant water in a waterway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Publication date: April 17, 2003
    Inventor: Gordon Charles Burns
  • Publication number: 20020187006
    Abstract: A method and system allowing fish to migrate upstream and downstream, bypassing dams, obstructions, either man-made or natural, safely, freely and in a natural manner. The system consists of a meandering “nature-like” channel constructed of pneumatically placed concrete, shotcrete or gunite that simulates a waterway bed condition. The construction of riffles, ledges, undercut banks and other natural-like features to provide a foundation for the placement of fish habitat, such as gravel beds, boulders, logs, and the like. The placement of sand, gravel, cobbles and such to create and provide an aquatic environment to sustain plant and aquatic life. The introduction of plants and other aquatic life to provide forage, cover and a year around natural-like environment within a river or stream-like migratory bypass channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2002
    Publication date: December 12, 2002
    Inventor: Gordon Charles Burns
  • Patent number: 6156445
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ablatively photodecomposable polymer having a photoabsorber bound to the polymer (the "ablatively photodecomposable polymer") which does not phase separate, nor does it crystallize. The ablatively photodecomposable polymer provides even ablation, high resolution and in preferred embodiments, can withstand potassium permanganate etchant and ferric chloride etchant. The ablatively photodecomposable polymer is strippable, although it can remain on the substrate if desired. The ablatively photodecomposable polymer comprises a polymer to which a photoabsorber is bound, either covalently or ionically. The present invention is also directed to a process for forming a metal pattern on a substrate employing the ablatively photodecomposable polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Francis Charles Burns, William Weathers Fleming, Victor Yee-Way Lee, Randy William Snyder
  • Patent number: 5980852
    Abstract: A reaction vessel for use in producing large diamond crystals of good quality and yield includes a reaction volume and a reaction mass located in the volume. The reaction mass comprises a plurality of seed particles located in or on a surface in the reaction volume and a carbon source separated from the seed particles by a mass of metallic catalyst/solvent for diamond synthesis. The mass comprises alternating layers of carbon-rich and carbon-lean metallic catalyst/solvent which lie parallel or substantially parallel to the surface. There is also provided a mass of alternating layers of carbon-rich and carbon-lean metallic catalyst/solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventors: Robert Charles Burns, Dennis Leonard Welch
  • Patent number: 5919868
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ablatively photodecomposable polymer having a photoabsorber bound to the polymer (the "ablatively photodecomposable polymer") which does not phase separate, nor does it crystallize. The ablatively photodecomposable polymer provides even ablation, high resolution and in preferred embodiments, can withstand potassium permanganate etchant and ferric chloride etchant. The ablatively photodecomposable polymer is strippable, although it can remain on the substrate if desired. The ablatively photodecomposable polymer comprises a polymer to which a photoabsorber is bound, either covalently or ionically. The present invention is also directed to a process for forming a metal pattern on a substrate employing the ablatively photodecomposable polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Francis Charles Burns, William Weathers Fleming, Victor Yee-Way Lee
  • Patent number: 5902712
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ablatively photodecomposable polymer having a photoabsorber bound to the polymer (the "ablatively photodecomposable polymer") which does not phase separate, nor does it crystallize. The ablatively photodecomposable polymer provides even ablation, high resolution and in preferred embodiments, can withstand potassium permanganate etchant and ferric chloride etchant. The ablatively photodecomposable polymer is strippable, although it can remain on the substrate if desired. The ablatively photodecomposable polymer comprises a polymer to which a photoabsorber is bound, either covalently or ionically. The present invention is also directed to a process for forming a metal pattern on a substrate employing the ablatively photodecomposable polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Francis Charles Burns, William Weathers Fleming, Victor Yee-Way Lee, Randy William Snyder
  • Patent number: 5756259
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ablatively photodecomposable polymer having a photoabsorber bound to the polymer (the "ablatively photodecomposable polymer") which does not phase separate, nor does it crystallize. The ablatively photodecomposable polymer provides even ablation, high resolution and in preferred embodiments, can withstand potassium permanganate etchant and ferric chloride etchant. The ablatively photodecomposable polymer is strippable, although it can remain on the substrate if desired. The ablatively photodecomposable polymer comprises a polymer to which a photoabsorber is bound, either covalently or ionically. The present invention is also directed to a process for forming a metal pattern on a substrate employing the ablatively photodecomposable polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Francis Charles Burns, William Weathers Fleming, Victor Yee-Way Lee, Randy William Snyder
  • Patent number: 5705570
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ablatively photodecomposable polymer having a photoabsorber bound to the polymer (the "ablatively photodecomposable polymer") which does not phase separate, nor does it crystallize. The ablatively photodecomposable polymer provides even ablation, high resolution and in preferred embodiments, can withstand potassium permanganate etchant and ferric chloride etchant. The ablatively photodecomposable polymer is strippable, although it can remain on the substrate if desired. The ablatively photodecomposable polymer comprises a polymer to which a photoabsorber is bound, either covalently or ionically. The present invention is also directed to a process for forming a metal pattern on a substrate employing the ablatively photodecomposable polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Francis Charles Burns, William Weathers Fleming, Victor Yee-Way Lee, Randy William Snyder
  • Patent number: 5672760
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ablatively photodecomposable polymer having a photoabsorber bound to the polymer (the "ablatively photodecomposable polymer") which does not phase separate, nor does it crystallize. The ablatively photodecomposable polymer provides even ablation, high resolution and in preferred embodiments, can withstand potassium permanganate etchant and ferric chloride etchant. The ablatively photodecomposable polymer is strippable, although it can remain on the substrate if desired. The ablatively photodecomposable polymer comprises a polymer to which a photoabsorber is bound, either covalently or ionically. The present invention is also directed to a process for forming a metal pattern on a substrate employing the ablatively photodecomposable polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Francis Charles Burns, William Weathers Fleming, Victor Yee-Way Lee, Randy William Snyder
  • Patent number: 4067472
    Abstract: A combined anti-refilling and pouring device for use in association with a bottle incorporates a tubular casing having at one end a tubular extension formed with inwardly directed radial fins and an annular flange presenting a center hole projecting inwardly beyond the fins at the outer end of the extension. A ring member having radially disposed fins extending axially from one end face of the ring is located within the tubular casing with the fins on the ring member terminating close to the fins in the tubular extension. A movable valve member is trapped within the axial passage defined by the tips of the radial fins in the tubular extension between the fins on the ring member and the annular flange, the valve member being free to engage the center hole and close it, and a ring of deformable material having a maximum diameter greater than the internal diameter of the neck of a bottle into which the device is to be fitted encircles the tubular casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1978
    Assignee: Daniel Montgomery & Son Limited
    Inventor: Charles Burns Cruickshank
  • Patent number: D342074
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Inventor: Charles A. Burns
  • Patent number: D380470
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Inventor: Charles Burns