Patents by Inventor Christopher J. Claypool

Christopher J. Claypool 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: 20190381204
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an article for detecting a disinfectant via visual feedback. The article have a first substrate with a first major surface and opposite ends. The article also comprises a process indicator disposed on at least a portion of the first major surface. The process indicator reacts with at least one liquid disinfectant selected from the group consisting of glutaraldehyde, ortho-phthalaldehyde, hydrogen peroxide, peroxyacetic acid, and combinations thereof. The process indicator can be formed from a synthetic amine-containing polymer derived from polyethylenimine (PEI). The article can have a flow channel that is formed by a portion of the process indicator and that extends between the opposite ends. The disclosure also relates to a kit containing the article as well as a method of using the article in a disinfection process. The article is used to diagnose issues in an automated endoscope reprocessors (AERs).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: TIMOTHY J. NIES, G. MARCO BOMMARITO, CHRISTOPHER J. CLAYPOOL
  • Patent number: 9737378
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a dental material has a cartridge with a dispensing end. The dispensing end has a dispensing opening for the dental material. The dispensing end further has in essence an axially symmetric shape with a truncation. The truncation provides the dispensing end with a generally flat dispensing surface through which the dispensing opening extends. The device has further a cap received on the dispensing end. The cap and the dispensing end are rotatable relative to each other between an open position, in which an orifice in the cap uncovers the dispensing surface, and a closed position, in which a closed space is formed between the cap and the dispensing surface. The device allows for a relatively convenient dispensation of dental material, in particular for a dispensation of a dental composite filling material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventors: Bruce R. Broyles, Christopher J. Claypool, Marc Peuker, Greg E. Schrank
  • Patent number: 9668826
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a viscous dental paste that includes a barrel member, a dispensing tip, and a platform. The barrel defines a chamber for containing a viscous material. The dispensing tip extends from the barrel member to a dispensing end and defines a passageway open to the chamber. The dispensing end forms an outlet opening open to the passageway and circumscribed by a continuous wall defining an interior surface and an exterior surface. The platform projects from the dispensing end and defines opposing first and second major faces. The first major face is aligned with the outlet opening. The second major face is contiguous with a section of the exterior surface. Viscous material is dispensed from the chamber and onto the platform as a ribbon or sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventors: Christopher J. Claypool, Bruce R. Broyles
  • Publication number: 20160166356
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a dental material has a cartridge with a dispensing end. The dispensing end has a dispensing opening for the dental material. The dispensing end further has in essence an axially symmetric shape with a truncation. The truncation provides the dispensing end with a generally flat dispensing surface through which the dispensing opening extends. The device has further a cap received on the dispensing end. The cap and the dispensing end are rotatable relative to each other between an open position, in which an orifice in the cap uncovers the dispensing surface, and a closed position, in which a closed space is formed between the cap and the dispensing surface. The device allows for a relatively convenient dispensation of dental material, in particular for a dispensation of a dental composite filling material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Bruce R. Broyles, Christopher J. Claypool, Marc Peuker, Greg E. Schrank
  • Publication number: 20150125827
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a viscous dental paste that includes a barrel member, a dispensing tip, and a platform. The barrel defines a chamber for containing a viscous material. The dispensing tip extends from the barrel member to a dispensing end and defines a passageway open to the chamber. The dispensing end forms an outlet opening open to the passageway and circumscribed by a continuous wall defining an interior surface and an exterior surface. The platform projects from the dispensing end and defines opposing first and second major faces. The first major face is aligned with the outlet opening. The second major face is contiguous with a section of the exterior surface. Viscous material is dispensed from the chamber and onto the platform as a ribbon or sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher J. Claypool, Bruce R. Broyles
  • Patent number: 8408666
    Abstract: A drawer assembly for mounting beneath a shelf has a drawer and a mounting unit. The drawer has a bottom, a front end, a rear end, and a pair of opposed side panels. The mounting unit is configured to mount to a shelf and has a pair of spaced apart drawer supports that support the drawer under a shelf. A pair of laterally spaced apart tracks is provided on either the drawer side panels or the mounting unit drawer supports. A pair of lugs protrudes from each of the other of the drawer side panels or the mounting unit drawer supports. Each pair of lugs is slidable relative to and along a respective one of the tracks. The drawer is slidable between a closed position and an open position relative to the mounting unit. The tracks and lugs cooperate such that the front end and rear end of the drawer are substantially level with one another in the closed position and the front end is lower than the rear end in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: William Armstrong, Christopher J. Claypool, Bradley S. Hooley, Michael Schumann, Stian Tesdal, Anthony Torris, Allen Zadeh
  • Publication number: 20120074825
    Abstract: A drawer assembly for mounting beneath a shelf has a drawer and a mounting unit. The drawer has a bottom, a front end, a rear end, and a pair of opposed side panels. The mounting unit is configured to mount to a shelf and has a pair of spaced apart drawer supports that support the drawer under a shelf. A pair of laterally spaced apart tracks is provided on either the drawer side panels or the mounting unit drawer supports. A pair of lugs protrudes from each of the other of the drawer side panels or the mounting unit drawer supports. Each pair of lugs is slidable relative to and along a respective one of the tracks. The drawer is slidable between a closed position and an open position relative to the mounting unit. The tracks and lugs cooperate such that the front end and rear end of the drawer are substantially level with one another in the closed position and the front end is lower than the rear end in the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: William Armstrong, Christopher J. Claypool, Bradley S. Hooley, Michael Schumann, Stian Tesdal, Anthony Torris, Allen Zadeh
  • Patent number: 8038192
    Abstract: An ice scoop is disclosed and has a scoop section and a handle section. The scoop section includes a bottom with a forward end, a rear end, and opposed side edges, two opposed side walls extending up from the side edges of the bottom, and a back wall connecting the side walls and connected to the rear end of the bottom. A scoop cavity is defined within the scoop section. The handle section extends rearward from the back wall and has two elongate, opposed, and spaced apart rails. First and second grips extend laterally between the two rails. The first grip is spaced from the back wall. The second grip is spaced from the first grip further from the back wall. The handle section is oriented at an oblique angle relative to the bottom and angles upward away from the back. The handle has an offset step formed in the side rails. The forward end is a reinforced edge. The scoop has a hand shield at the back wall and spaced from the first grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: Christopher J. Claypool, Jason Ernest Begin
  • Patent number: 7789238
    Abstract: A storage bin assembly has a container base with a front, a back, a bottom, a perimeter side wall extending up from the bottom, and a storage space above the bottom within the side wall. A base lid is positioned over a top of the storage space. An access opening into the storage space is positioned near the front of the container base. A cover is selectively movable relative to the lid between a closed position closing off the access opening and two optional open positions. One of the positions is a rear position rearward of the access opening and the other of the positions is a front position forward of the access opening. Each optional open position exposes the storage space through the access opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: Christopher J. Claypool, Jason E. Begin
  • Publication number: 20100128753
    Abstract: A thermometer to monitor food in accordance with a monitoring procedure includes a measurement input probe to contact the food to capture temperature information, and a housing coupled to the measurement input probe and having a user interface. Visual indicators of the user interface have a modifiable appearance to convey status information for a respective stage of the monitoring procedure. A controller disposed in the housing is configured to implement a routine in accordance with the monitoring procedure and in response to the temperature information. The routine includes a timer routine to count elapsed time, and is configured to cause the controller to direct the display to convey the temperature information and to indicate the elapsed time, and to direct each visual indicator to convey the status information in accordance with the temperature information and the elapsed time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: Christopher J. Claypool, Mark S. Stultz
  • Publication number: 20090205876
    Abstract: A digital scale includes an instrumentation unit to which a load is applied for a weight measurement, and a user interface unit communicatively coupled with the instrumentation unit to receive an indication of the weight measurement. The user interface unit includes a housing releasably secured to the instrumentation unit via a magnetic engagement. A housing of the instrumentation unit has an exterior surface shaped to complement the housing of the user interface unit to position the user interface unit relative to the instrumentation unit and facilitate the magnetic engagement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Applicant: RUBBERMAID INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Christopher J. Claypool
  • Publication number: 20090205877
    Abstract: A scale includes an instrumentation housing, a load sensor disposed within the instrumentation housing, a platform base spaced from the instrumentation housing for movement in communication with the load sensor, and a platform configured to support a load. In some cases, the platform is attached to the platform base via a snap-fit connection to apply the load to the load sensor. The platform is then detachable from the platform base to separate the platform from the instrumentation housing via a release of the snap-fit connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Applicant: RUBBERMAID INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Christopher J. Claypool
  • Publication number: 20090205875
    Abstract: A portable scale includes an instrumentation housing having a plurality of sides, a carrying handle disposed on the instrumentation housing and configured for carrying the portable scale, a platform assembly spaced from the instrumentation housing for movement during a weight measurement via application of a load, and a plurality of disparate accessory components configured to facilitate the weight measurement. Each respective component of the plurality of disparate accessory components is detachably secured to a respective side of the plurality of sides of the instrumentation housing such that the weight measurement can be performed with one or more of the plurality of disparate accessory components attached to the instrumentation housing, and such that the portable scale can be carried via the handle with and without any number of the plurality of disparate accessory components attached to the instrumentation housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Applicant: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventor: Christopher J. Claypool
  • Publication number: 20090167038
    Abstract: An ice scoop is disclosed and has a scoop section and a handle section. The scoop section includes a bottom with a forward end, a rear end, and opposed side edges, two opposed side walls extending up from the side edges of the bottom, and a back wall connecting the side walls and connected to the rear end of the bottom. A scoop cavity is defined within the scoop section. The handle section extends rearward from the back wall and has two elongate, opposed, and spaced apart rails. First and second grips extend laterally between the two rails. The first grip is spaced from the back wall. The second grip is spaced from the first grip further from the back wall. The handle section is oriented at an oblique angle relative to the bottom and angles upward away from the back. The handle has an offset step formed in the side rails. The forward end is a reinforced edge. The scoop has a hand shield at the back wall and spaced from the first grip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: Christopher J. Claypool, Jason Ernest Begin
  • Publication number: 20090140536
    Abstract: An ice scoop is disclosed and has a scoop section with a bottom, a leading edge, two spaced apart side walls extending up from opposed sides of the bottom, and a back between the two side walls extending up from the bottom opposite the leading edge. The scoop has a cavity formed within the bottom, the side walls, and the back, and having an open front end and extending rearward therefrom. The scoop has a handle connected to and extending rearward from the back. The scoop cavity has an extended cavity section disposed under the handle that is a contiguous part of the cavity. The handle is spaced above the extended cavity section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: Christopher J. Claypool, Jason Ernest Begin
  • Patent number: D733870
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Bruce R. Broyles, Christopher J. Claypool, Greg E. Schrank, Steven J. Maxa, Andreas Boehm
  • Patent number: D739934
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Bruce R. Broyles, Christopher J. Claypool, Greg E. Schrank, Steven J. Maxa, Andreas J. Boehm, Stefan Eckstein, Remus Feldman
  • Patent number: D747466
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Bruce R. Broyles, Christopher J. Claypool, Greg E. Schrank, Steven J. Maxa, Andreas Boehm, Stefan Eckstein, Remus Feldman
  • Patent number: D859771
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Vostal, Christopher J. Claypool, Jared J. Balthazor
  • Patent number: D870252
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Vostal, Christopher J. Claypool, Jared J. Balthazor