Patents by Inventor Charles F. Brown

Charles F. Brown 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: 10752875
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and method for producing an organic compound using fermentation wherein multiple components of the system are recycled within the system. The system and method allow for extraction of a high concentration of the organic compound from the fermentation broth in a continuous system that allows recycling of the biomass, aqueous fermentation broth and extraction solvents. The system and method are particularly well adapted for producing and extracting ethanol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: ARCHER-DANIELS-MIDLAND COMPANY
    Inventors: Charles A Abbas, Dan L Brown, Matt Dyer, Mark D Isder, Travis Nelson, Dan L Fanselow, Robert T Fitzsimons, Masayuki Nakamura, John F Reed, Brian Bone, Rhea J Sammons, Jerry Barnes, Jerod Fults
  • Patent number: 10695731
    Abstract: An apparatus for dye dispensing is disclosed herein. The apparatus includes a controller and a tray. The tray communicates with the controller and is configured with at least one opening. At least one canister is configured with an identifier and a dye. The dye is associated with the identifier. A reader communicates with the controller. A dispenser comprises an actuator communicating with the controller and a lever arm. The lever arm is coupled to the actuator and configured with a projection. The reader, based on the identifier, identifies a selected dye in a selected canister associated with a dye formulation. When the selected canister is aligned with a dispensing area, the dispenser applies a downward force on the selected canister and dispenses the selected dye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: CliCS, LLC
    Inventors: Leilani M. Macedo, Charles D. Brown, Jeffrey F. Macedo, Stuart D'Alessandro, Christopher Munz
  • Publication number: 20200121144
    Abstract: An example of an agitator for a vacuum cleaner may include a body and at least one deformable flap extending from the body. The deformable flap may include at least one taper. The at least one taper causes a cleaning edge of the deformable flap to approach the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Steven GACIN, Jason B. THORNE, Adam UDY, Charles S. BRUNNER, Xavier F. CULLERE, Nicholas Sardar, Ognjen VRDOLJAK, Daniel R. DER MARDEROSIAN, Andre D. BROWN, Daniel J. INNES
  • Publication number: 20190320777
    Abstract: A system is disclosed including at least one scanner identifying an identification associated with a receptacle. At least one dispenser is configured to dispense a first desired amount. At least one dispensing area has a measuring instrument that measures a dispensed amount and an unused amount, and associates with the identification. At least one storage device stores a program, and at least one controller which, when executing the program, is configured to receive information and associate the information with the identification. Collected data associated with the identification is recorded. A second desired amount based on at least some of the collected data in at least one file in the database is recommended. The at least one dispenser is controlled by the at least one controller based on the first desired amount or the second desired amount. The at least one dispenser is configured to dispense the second desired amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Leilani M. Macedo, Charles D. Brown, Jeffrey F. Macedo, Stuart D'Alessandro, Christopher Munz, Jeffrey S. Ploetner
  • Publication number: 20190308149
    Abstract: An apparatus for dye dispensing is disclosed herein. The apparatus includes a controller and a tray. The tray communicates with the controller and is configured with at least one opening. At least one canister is configured with an identifier and a dye. The dye is associated with the identifier. A reader communicates with the controller. A dispenser comprises an actuator communicating with the controller and a lever arm. The lever arm is coupled to the actuator and configured with a projection. The reader, based on the identifier, identifies a selected dye in a selected canister associated with a dye formulation. When the selected canister is aligned with a dispensing area, the dispenser applies a downward force on the selected canister and dispenses the selected dye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Leilani M. Macedo, Charles D. Brown, Jeffrey F. Macedo, Stuart D'Alessandro, Christopher Munz
  • Patent number: 10315135
    Abstract: A conduit assembly of a gravity separation device having specialized joint structure for mating first and second conduits to permit easier removal of the first conduit. The first conduit may include a snout having a tube and a collar positioned at an end of the tube. The collar may include a flange extending outward from a center of the tube. The second conduit may have a main body and a saddle at an end of the main body. The saddle may include a track shaped to receive the flange of the collar of the first conduit. The saddle may also have a resiliently separable gateway comprising two opposing projections configured for receiving therebetween and partially enclosing the tube of the snout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Schier Products Company
    Inventors: Benjamin F. Brown, Todd E. Uhlenhake, Martin B. Ismert, Charles M. Ismert, Luke J. Ismert
  • Patent number: 6690940
    Abstract: A system for selectively disabling use of at least selected features of a stand-alone electronic device under a predetermined set of conditions. The system establishes a state of the set of conditions as being satisfied or unsatisfied, communicates the state to the electronic device, and disables the selected features if the state is satisfied. In one embodiment, the system may be advantageously be used to prevent vehicular accidents by at least partially disabling non-emergency use of a wireless telephone in a moving vehicle. In another embodiment, the system may be used to disable features of an electronic device within a predetermined area having a boundary that is independent of a communications network cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Inventors: James W. Brown, George W. Brown, Charles F. Brown
  • Patent number: 5303822
    Abstract: A receptacle to support and retain a plurality of used hypodermic needle and syringe combinations to prevent the accidental pricking of the care giver or patient after use comprising an outer receptacle support including a substantially cylindrical body having a centrally disposed substantially cylindrical canister recess and a plurality of peripherally disposed substantially cylindrical liquid retaining tube recesses formed therein to selectively receive and support an inner disinfectant canister and a plurality of substantially cylindrical liquid retaining tubes respectively wherein the inner disinfectant retaining canister includes a substantially cylindrical tube to operatively house a disinfectant solution therein and a penetrable membrane to receive the used hypodermic needles therethrough to support and retain the used hypodermic needles in the disinfectant solution for subsequent disposal of the used hypodermic needle and syringe combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Inventors: Mark D. Wengyn, Charles F. Brown
  • Patent number: 5184721
    Abstract: A hypodermic needle/syringe receptacle to support and retain a plurality of hypodermic needle/syringe combinations to prevent the accidental pricking of the care giver or patient after use comprising an outer receptacle support including a substantially cylindrical body having a centrally disposed substantially cylindrical canister recess and a plurality of peripherally disposed substantially cylindrical liquid retaining tube recesses formed therein to selectively receive and support an inner disinfectant canister and a plurality of substantially cylindrical liquid retaining tubes respectively wherein the inner disinfectant retaining canister includes a substantially cylindrical tube to operatively house a disinfectant therein and a penetrable membrane to receive the used hypodermic needle/syringe combinations therethrough to support and retain the used hypodermic needles in the disinfectant for subsequent disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1993
    Inventors: Mark D. Wengyn, Charles F. Brown
  • Patent number: 4734149
    Abstract: Improved apparatus for heat-treating gelatin capsules containing a medicament to cause heat-seal of the telescoped cap and body wall portions thereof, the apparatus comprising a housing defining an elongate generally cylindrical passageway sloping downwardly from inlet to outlet for receiving and discharging capsules passing therethrough, a capsule conveyor comprising an elongate rotatable shaft mounted on the longitudinal cylindrical axis of the passageway for rotation and carrying a plurality of generally circular conveyor plates, each plate supportably mounted in spaced relation along the shaft and having extending ramp portions communicating with the top surface of the next adjacent plate in the direction of the housing passageway outlet to define a generally Archimedean screw-shaped path for passage of gelatin capsules through the housing passageway from inlet to outlet, air-distributing means comprising an elongate manifold attached to the housing having a first section communicating with the passageway
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1988
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventor: Charles F. Brown
  • Patent number: 4724019
    Abstract: Improved method and apparatus for use in sealing gelatin capsules filled with medicinal ingredients wherein each capsule has a generally cylindrical cap and body arranged with the side wall of the body telescopically within the side wall of the cap to contain the medicament therein comprising an economical and compact wetting device for automatically conveying filled capsules from a capsule-filling machine by pneumatic pressure conveyance through one or more passageways to a wetting location where each capsule is maintained in a generally cap-upright position and metered amounts of a wetting liquid are applied to side wall portions of the body of the capsule adjacent the seam of the cap and body to pass by capillary action into the space between the overlapping cap and body side walls, and the capsules are released from wetting positions in the passageways for further pneumatic conveyance to a point of heat treatment for final sealing of the body and cap portions of the capsule to prevent their separation and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1988
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventors: Charles F. Brown, Jean C. Lebrun
  • Patent number: RE47216
    Abstract: A system for selectively disabling use of at least selected features of a stand-alone electronic device under a predetermined set of conditions. The system establishes a state of the set of conditions as being satisfied or unsatisfied, communicates the state to the electronic device, and disables the selected features if the state is satisfied. In one embodiment, the system may be advantageously be used to prevent vehicular accidents by at least partially disabling non-emergency use of a wireless telephone in a moving vehicle. In another embodiment, the system may be used to disable features of an electronic device within a predetermined area having a boundary that is independent of a communications network cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: James W. Brown, George W. Brown, Charles F. Brown