Patents by Inventor Christopher Black

Christopher Black 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: 20190380327
    Abstract: A pest control device comprising a capacitive sensor array including a plurality of sensor pads, the capacitive sensor array being configured to generate an electrical output signal indicating the state of each sensor pad, and an electronic controller electrically connected to the capacitive sensor array, the electronic controller including a processor and a memory including a plurality of instructions, which, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to: receive the electrical output signals from the capacitive sensor array, determine a measured capacitance value for each sensor pad based on each electrical output signal, calculate a baseline for each sensor pad based on the measured capacitance value of the sensor pad, determine whether a difference between the measured capacitance value of at least one sensor pad and its corresponding baseline exceeds a first predetermined threshold, update a counter when the first predetermined threshold is exceeded, and record an event indicative of a presence
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Inventors: Phillip J. Howard, Richard V. Baxter, Douglas K. Brune, Uriel Kluk, Edward G. Beistle, Christopher Siler, Marc Black
  • Patent number: 10486803
    Abstract: Structural health monitoring and protection systems and methods are provided. System and methods utilize structural information and/or enhanced built in testing capabilities for detecting failure modes that may cause damage to a structure. Systems and methods herein may protect a structure by mitigating one or more incorrect forces. The structure may be an aircraft, a rotary wing aircraft, or any other physical structure subject to vibrations and receptive to canceling of those vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: LORD Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Black, Douglas Swanson, Douglas G. Pedersen, Mark R. Jolly, Christopher Townsend, Ian Cassidy
  • Publication number: 20190354283
    Abstract: A data-storage system comprises a head receiver configured to variably receive up to a number M of write heads. The data-storage system also includes an installed number N of write heads arranged in the head receiver, a substrate receiver configured to receive one or more data-storage substrates, and a positioner machine configured to adjust a relative placement of each of the M write heads with respect to at least one of the one or more data-storage substrates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Antony Ian Taylor ROWSTRON, Ioan Alexandru STEFANOVICI, Aaron William OGUS, Douglas Wayne PHILLIPS, Richard John BLACK, Austin Nicholas DONNELLY, Alexander Lloyd GAUNT, Andreas GEORGIOU, Ariel GOMEZ DIAZ, Serguei Anatolievitch LEGTCHENKO, Reinhard Sebastian Bernhard NOWOZIN, Benn Charles THOMSEN, Hugh David Paul WILLIAMS, David LARA SAUCEDO, Patrick Neil ANDERSON, Andromachi CHATZIELEFTHERIOU, John Christopher DAINTY, James Hilton CLEGG, Raluca Andreea DIACONU, Rokas DREVINSKAS, Mengyang YANG
  • Publication number: 20190257817
    Abstract: Methods of screening a compound for susceptibility to causing systemic or hepatic toxicity, using a hepatic cell system exposed to a range of concentrations of a bile acid in the absence or presence of a compound to determine a toxicity profile. In vitro systems for predicting in vivo hepatotoxic potential of a compound are also provided, and include in vitro cultured hepatic cell systems with a capacity for bile acid synthesis, bile acid transport and bile acid regulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: Qualyst Transporter Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Brouwer, Jonathan Jackson, Christopher Black
  • Patent number: 10301295
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a compound of formula (I) wherein: wherein R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, R9, R10, R11 and G are as defined herein; and wherein the compound of formula (I) is optionally present as an agrochemically acceptable salt thereof. These compounds are thought to be suitable for use as herbicides. The invention therefore also relates to a method of controlling weeds, especially grassy monocotyledonous weeds, in crops of useful plants, comprising applying a compound of formula (I), or a herbicidal composition comprising such a compound, to the plants or to the locus thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SYNGENTA PARTICIPATIONS AG
    Inventors: Shuji Hachisu, Alan Joseph Hennessy, Jeffrey Steven Wailes, Nigel James Willetts, Christopher John Mathews, Janice Black, Suzanna Jane Dale
  • Patent number: 9914000
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an aerial fire-fighting bucket. The bucket includes a base plate and a valve arrangement including at least one valve and a liner actuator. The base plate includes at least one aperture and the valve is arranged to block the aperture in a closed position and to allow fluid to pass from within the bucket through the aperture when in an open position. The valve is arranged to be moved by the linear actuator generally transversely across an upper face of the base plate between the closed position and the open position of the valve to progressively reveal the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: AERIAL FIRE CONTROL PTY LTD
    Inventor: Christopher Black
  • Publication number: 20170205393
    Abstract: A method of evaluating disposition and/or effect of a candidate compound in an in vitro culture and/or suspension to predict in vivo disposition and/or effect of the candidate compound, which can include the steps of providing a cell culture and/or suspension; exposing a candidate compound to the culture and/or suspension; exposing the culture and/or suspension to a media providing an in vivo relevant extracellular environment, such as a media comprising a component (such as a protein and/or other component, such as lipoproteins, bile acids, and endogenous compounds such as bilirubin) at a physiologic concentration or a concentration having characteristics, such as binding characteristics, similar to the physiological concentration; wherein any combination of any of the exposing steps can occur in any order or simultaneously; and evaluating in vitro disposition and/or effect of the compound to predict in vivo disposition and/or effect of the candidate compound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: Qualyst Transporter Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Brouwer, Christopher Black, Jonathan Jackson
  • Publication number: 20170013187
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically focusing imaging devices on an imaging set employs at least one tracker and two or more tracking markers, each tracking marker having an identification means and a tracking pattern. The tracking markers are configured for attaching to the imaging devices and to corresponding subjects to be imaged. A tracker gathers image information of the imaging set and provides it to a controller, which compares the image information to predetermined stored information about the tracking patterns of the various tracking markers. The tracking markers are identified and their three-dimensional positions determined. The distances between the imaging devices and the subjects are determined and the distances between the imaging devices and the subjects are calculated. This provides the focus setting information for communication to the imaging devices. The tracking patterns may have no rotational symmetry, allowing the orientation of subjects to be determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: Ehud (Udi) DAON, Martin Gregory BECKETT, Christopher Black
  • Patent number: 9456122
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically focusing imaging devices on an imaging set employs at least one tracker and two or more tracking markers, each tracking marker having an identification means and a tracking pattern. The tracking markers are configured for attaching to the imaging devices and to corresponding subjects to be imaged. A tracker gathers image information of the imaging set and provides it to a controller, which compares the image information to predetermined stored information about the tracking patterns of the various tracking markers. The tracking markers are identified and their three-dimensional positions determined. The distances between the imaging devices and the subjects are determined and the distances between the imaging devices and the subjects are calculated. This provides the focus setting information for communication to the imaging devices. The tracking patterns may have no rotational symmetry, allowing the orientation of subjects to be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Navigate Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ehud (Udi) Daon, Martin Gregory Beckett, Christopher Black
  • Patent number: 9384775
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include systems and methods for selective gripping and/or releasing of media cartridges using a robotic ratcheting gripper mechanism. Embodiments operate in context of a data storage library having a number of media cartridges physically located within slots of one or more magazines. A robot with a hand assembly uses a gripper mechanism to retrieve and ferry the cartridges between the magazines and one or more media drives. A novel gripper mechanism is provided that toggles between open and closed states according to movement of the gripper. In some embodiments, movement of a carriage from a retracted to an extended position extends the gripper mechanism and toggles its state, while movement of the carriage from the extended to the retracted position retracts the gripper mechanism while maintaining its state. Certain embodiments implement this functionality with simple mechanical components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph Paul Manes, David Christopher Black
  • Publication number: 20160166863
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an aerial fire-fighting bucket. The bucket includes a base plate and a valve arrangement including at least one valve and a liner actuator. The base plate includes at least one aperture and the valve is arranged to block the aperture in a closed position and to allow fluid to pass from within the bucket through the aperture when in an open position. The valve is arranged to be moved by the linear actuator generally transversely across an upper face of the base plate between the closed position and the open position of the valve to progressively reveal the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventor: Christopher BLACK
  • Publication number: 20150049238
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically focusing imaging devices on an imaging set employs at least one tracker and two or more tracking markers, each tracking marker having an identification means and a tracking pattern. The tracking markers are configured for attaching to the imaging devices and to corresponding subjects to be imaged. A tracker gathers image information of the imaging set and provides it to a controller, which compares the image information to predetermined stored information about the tracking patterns of the various tracking markers. The tracking markers are identified and their three-dimensional positions determined. The distances between the imaging devices and the subjects are determined and the distances between the imaging devices and the subjects are calculated. This provides the focus setting information for communication to the imaging devices. The tracking patterns may have no rotational symmetry, allowing the orientation of subjects to be determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Ehud (Udi) DAON, Martin Gregory BECKETT, Christopher Black
  • Publication number: 20140126990
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include systems and methods for selective gripping and/or releasing of media cartridges using a robotic ratcheting gripper mechanism. Embodiments operate in context of a data storage library having a number of media cartridges physically located within slots of one or more magazines. A robot with a hand assembly uses a gripper mechanism to retrieve and ferry the cartridges between the magazines and one or more media drives. A novel gripper mechanism is provided that toggles between open and closed states according to movement of the gripper. In some embodiments, movement of a carriage from a retracted to an extended position extends the gripper mechanism and toggles its state, while movement of the carriage from the extended to the retracted position retracts the gripper mechanism while maintaining its state. Certain embodiments implement this functionality with simple mechanical components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph Paul Manes, David Christopher Black
  • Patent number: 8665554
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include systems and methods for selective gripping and/or releasing of media cartridges using a robotic ratcheting gripper mechanism. Embodiments operate in context of a data storage library having a number of media cartridges physically located within slots of one or more magazines. A robot with a hand assembly uses a gripper mechanism to retrieve and ferry the cartridges between the magazines and one or more media drives. A novel gripper mechanism is provided that toggles between open and closed states according to movement of the gripper. In some embodiments, movement of a carriage from a retracted to an extended position extends the gripper mechanism and toggles its state, while movement of the carriage from the extended to the retracted position retracts the gripper mechanism while maintaining its state. Certain embodiments implement this functionality with simple mechanical components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Paul Manes, David Christopher Black
  • Publication number: 20130177371
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include systems and methods for selective gripping and/or releasing of media cartridges using a robotic ratcheting gripper mechanism. Embodiments operate in context of a data storage library having a number of media cartridges physically located within slots of one or more magazines. A robot with a hand assembly uses a gripper mechanism to retrieve and ferry the cartridges between the magazines and one or more media drives. A novel gripper mechanism is provided that toggles between open and closed states according to movement of the gripper. In some embodiments, movement of a carriage from a retracted to an extended position extends the gripper mechanism and toggles its state, while movement of the carriage from the extended to the retracted position retracts the gripper mechanism while maintaining its state. Certain embodiments implement this functionality with simple mechanical components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph Paul Manes, David Christopher Black
  • Publication number: 20110253009
    Abstract: According to principles of this invention, flour can be used as a filler for either an oil-based or PEG-based paintball fill material. In one embodiment of the present invention, a paintball fill material preferably comprises flour. More particularly, a paintball according to principles of the present invention can comprise a gelatin capsule defining an interior chamber which, upon formation of the paintball, houses a fill material. The fill material can comprise, for instance, 1%-65% polyethylene glycol, 25%-45% flour, and up to 0.5% dye, with the balance water. Accordingly, unlike conventional paintballs, the paintball fill material of the present invention preferably contains flour rather than starch to reduce the amount of polyethylene glycol required for the fill material. In alternative formulations, an oil can be used in addition to, or instead of, polyethylene glycol. According to another aspect of the present invention, the gelatin capsule for the paintball can also utilize flour in its composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: GI SPORTZ, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Black, Michael J. Ratko, Richmond Italia
  • Publication number: 20090260536
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a paintball comprising a shell containing an inner filler composition. The shell comprises a mixture of gelatin and mineral oil; the inner filler composition comprises a mixture of starch, oil, an emulsifying agent and a spreading and surfacting agent. The shell further comprises a non-crystallizing polyhydric alcohol, glycerine, and water. The inner filler composition may further comprise a pigment. The non-crystallizing polyhydric alcohol may be sorbitol, the oil is Soya oil and the emulsifying agent is emulsifying wax. The spreading and surfacting agent may be Tween® 20 and the pigment may be TiO2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventor: Christopher Black
  • Patent number: 7575891
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of purifying diphtheria toxin comprising (1) fermenting a microorganism strain capable of producing diphtheria toxin using glucose as a carbon source, said method comprising adding glucose to a growing culture whereby the addition of glucose maintains microorganism growth effective to support diphtheria toxin production; and (2) purifying the diphtheria toxin from the culture by contacting a toxin containing preparation derived therefrom with an ion exchange matrix, eluting a fraction containing the toxin, applying the eluate to a hydrophobic matrix, and eluting a fraction containing the toxin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: GE Healthcare AS
    Inventors: Henry Wolfe, Fahar Merchant, Rosemina Merchant, Christopher Black, Harry Storflor, Geir Stokke, Halldis Hellebust
  • Publication number: 20080153750
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of purifying diphtheria toxin comprising (1) fermenting a microorganism strain capable of producing diphtheria toxin using glucose as a carbon source, said method comprising adding glucose to a growing culture whereby the addition of glucose maintains microorganism growth effective to support diphtheria toxin production; and (2) purifying the diphtheria toxin from the culture by contacting a toxin containing preparation derived therefrom with an ion exchange matrix, eluting a fraction containing the toxin, applying the eluate to a hydrophobic matrix, and eluting a fraction containing the toxin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventors: Henry Wolfe, Fahar Merchant, Rosemina Merchant, Christopher Black, Harry Storflor, Geir Stokke, Halldis Hellebust
  • Publication number: 20080010045
    Abstract: An NSET method and system for modeling the behavior of a visitor to an e-commerce location are disclosed. The method of one embodiment of this invention comprises the steps of: obtaining one or more visitor characteristic values; developing a model of the visitor's behavior according to a nonlinear state estimation technique (NSET); and estimating a set of visitor behavior characteristic to model the visitor's behavior using the developed model. The method further comprises predicting the visitor's future behavior at the e-commerce location based on the set of behavior characteristic values and known statistical behavior characteristic values. The method of this invention can further comprise measuring a set of actual behavior values for a visitor based on the visitor's actual behavior at an e-commerce location, and comparing the set of estimated behavior characteristic values and the set of actual behavior values with at least one similarity operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Publication date: January 10, 2008
    Applicant: SmartSignal Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Black, J. Hines