Patents by Inventor Christopher J. Morris

Christopher J. 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: 20190389988
    Abstract: Methods to produce heterogeneous polyethylene granules, the method including: contacting first olefin monomers and second olefin monomers with a catalyst system in a single reaction zone to produce heterogeneous polyethylene granules and recovering the heterogeneous polyethylene granules; wherein the catalyst system includes a product of a combination including: one or more catalysts having a Group 3 through Group 12 metal atom or lanthanide metal atom; at least one activator; and optionally, one or more support material compositions; and wherein the heterogeneous polyethylene granules include a product of a combination of: a first portion comprising a first polyethylene including the first olefin monomers and the second olefin monomers; a second portion including a second polyethylene including the first monomers and the second monomers; and wherein the first polyethylene has a higher second monomer weight percent than the second polyethylene, are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Xuan Ye, Jonathan J. Schaefer, Timothy M. Boller, Christopher S. Breiner, Chi-I Kuo, Kevin A. Stevens, Logan E. Shephard, Eyerusalem H. Mamo, Evan J. Morris, Shamah Lloyd
  • Publication number: 20190158994
    Abstract: Systems and methods for proactively identifying and surfacing relevant content are disclosed herein. An example method includes: detecting, via the touch-sensitive display, a search activation gesture from a user of the electronic device. The method also includes: in response to detecting only the search activation gesture, displaying a search interface on substantially all of the touch-sensitive display, the search interface including: (i) a search entry portion; and (ii) a predictions portion with one or more user interface objects each associated with a respective locally-installed application. Each respective locally-installed application is selected from among a plurality of locally-installed applications for inclusion in the predictions portion based on an application usage history associated with the user of the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel C. Gross, Patrick L. Coffman, Richard R. Dellinger, Christopher P. Foss, Jason J. Gauci, Aria D. Haghighi, Cyrus D. Irani, Bronwyn A. Jones, Gaurav Kapoor, Stephen O. Lemay, Colin C. Morris, Michael R. Siracusa, Lawrence Y. Yang, Brent D. Ramerth, Jerome R. Bellegarda, Jannes G.A. Dolfing, Giulia P. Pagallo, Xin Wang, Jun Hatori, Alexandre R. Moha, Kevin D. Clark, Karl Christian Kohlschuetter, Jesper S. Andersen, Hafid Arras, Alexandre Carlhian, Thomas Deniau, Mathieu J. Martel, Sofiane Toudji
  • Publication number: 20190141494
    Abstract: Systems and methods for proactively identifying and surfacing relevant content on an electronic device with a touch-sensitive display are disclosed herein. In one aspect, a method includes executing, on the device, an application in response to an instruction from a user of the electronic device. While executing the application, the method further includes collecting usage data. The usage data at least includes one or more actions performed by the user within the application. The method also includes: automatically, without human intervention, obtaining at least one trigger condition based on the collected usage data and associating the at least one trigger condition with a particular action of the one or more actions performed by the user within the application. Upon determining that the at least one trigger condition has been satisfied, the method includes providing an indication to the user that the particular action associated with the trigger condition is available.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel C. Gross, Patrick L. Coffman, Richard R. Dellinger, Christopher P. Foss, Jason J. Gauci, Aria D. Haghighi, Cyrus D. Irani, Bronwyn A. Jones, Gaurav Kapoor, Stephen O. Lemay, Colin C. Morris, Michael R. Siracusa, Lawrence Y. Yang, Brent D. Ramerth, Jerome R. Bellegarda, Jannes G.A. Dolfing, Giulia P. Pagallo, Xin Wang, Jun Hatori, Alexandre R. Moha, Kevin D. Clark, Karl Christian Kohlschuetter, Jesper S. Andersen, Hafid Arras, Alexandre Carlhian, Thomas Deniau, Mathieu J. Martel, Sofiane Toudji
  • Publication number: 20170039674
    Abstract: A method and system for managing graphics load balancing strategies are disclosed. The method comprises using a plurality of rendering servers to render a multitude of graphics frames for a display device, wherein each of the rendering servers has an associated workload; identifying a plurality of load balancing strategies for balancing the workloads on the rendering servers; selecting one of the load balancing strategies; and using the selected one of the load balancing strategies to balance the workloads on the rendering servers. One or more defined metrics are monitored; and in response to a defined changed in said one or more defined metrics, another one of the load balancing strategies is selected and used to balance the workloads on the rendering servers. In one embodiment, the load balancing policy can be changed in real-time during the course of an application session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Inventors: James T. Klosowski, Christopher J. Morris
  • Patent number: 9479358
    Abstract: A method and system for managing graphics load balancing strategies are disclosed. The method comprises using a plurality of rendering servers to render a multitude of graphics frames for a display device, wherein each of the rendering servers has an associated workload; identifying a plurality of load balancing strategies for balancing the workloads on the rendering servers; selecting one of the load balancing strategies; and using the selected one of the load balancing strategies to balance the workloads on the rendering servers. One or more defined metrics are monitored; and in response to a defined changed in said one or more defined metrics, another one of the load balancing strategies is selected and used to balance the workloads on the rendering servers. In one embodiment, the load balancing policy can be changed in real-time during the course of an application session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James T. Klosowski, Christopher J. Morris
  • Patent number: 9297746
    Abstract: A reaction characteristic detector comprising a ladder assembly including a plurality of rungs, where each rung in the plurality of rungs comprises a reaction passage determiner spaced a distance from a point of an energetic material reaction initiation. Each reaction passage determiner has at least one characteristic that is configured to change in response to the reaction occurring proximate to the reaction passage determiner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Steven J. Apperson, Christopher J. Morris, Luke J. Currano, Collin R. Becker, Madan Dubey
  • Patent number: 9272426
    Abstract: According to embodiments, an optically-actuated mechanical device comprises at least one deformable section formed of: an element including an intrinsic stress differential or gradient, the stress tending to urge deformation of one portion relative to another portion; and an optically-sensitive material which is configured to (i) initially prevent deformation of the device, and (ii) upon sufficient heating by absorbing optical energy allows the element to deform. The devices may be incorporated into various devices and apparatuses for select, non-contact actuation using only optical energy, for example, via light, from one or more lasers. Methods for fabricating and actuating such devices are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: The Uniteed States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Christopher J. Morris, Kate E. Malachowski, David H. Gracias, Madan Dubey
  • Publication number: 20150298322
    Abstract: According to embodiments, an optically-actuated mechanical device comprises at least one deformable section formed of: an element including an intrinsic stress differential or gradient, the stress tending to urge deformation of one portion relative to another portion; and an optically-sensitive material which is configured to (i) initially prevent deformation of the device, and (ii) upon sufficient heating by absorbing optical energy allows the element to deform. The devices may be incorporated into various devices and apparatuses for select, non-contact actuation using only optical energy, for example, via light, from one or more lasers. Methods for fabricating and actuating such devices are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher J. Morris, Kate E. Malachowski, David H. Gracias, Madan Dubey
  • Patent number: 9021954
    Abstract: Provided among other things are reactive energetic material systems used for conductors in detonators for increased efficiencies. According to an embodiment, a detonator may include: a conductor including at least two constituents including (i) an electrically conductive constituent, and (ii) an electrically non-conductive constituent, that when subjected to sufficient electrical energy, result in an exothermic reaction; and a flyer plate having a non-conductive surface in contact with said conductor. When the sufficient electrical energy is supplied to said conductor, rapid heating and vaporization of at least a portion of the conductor occurs so as to explosively drive at least a portion of the flyer plate away from said conductor. In an embodiment, a multilayer conductor may be formed of alternating layers of at least one electrically conductive layer, and at least one electrically non-conductive layer, that when subjected to sufficient electrical energy, result in an exothermic reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Christopher J. Morris, Paul Wilkins, Chadd May, Eugene Zakar
  • Publication number: 20130143330
    Abstract: A reaction characteristic detector comprising a ladder assembly including a plurality of rungs, where each rung in the plurality of rungs comprises a reaction passage determiner spaced a distance from a point of an energetic material reaction initiation. Each reaction passage determiner has at least one characteristic that is configured to change in response to the reaction occurring proximate to the reaction passage determiner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventors: Steven J. Apperson, Christopher J. Morris, Luke J. Currano, Collin R. Becker, Madan Dubey
  • Patent number: 8318595
    Abstract: Self-assembling microscale electrical and mechanical connections includes a part binding site and a part electrical binding site; and a template binding site comprising a template electrical conductor layer; a metallization layer on the template electrical conductor layer; a bump structure comprising a solder alloy positioned on the metallization layer, wherein the solder alloy is liquefied to allow the bump structure to self-assemble and align with the part electrical binding site using capillary forces, and wherein the solder alloy only liquefies at a temperature above that at which the self-assembly and alignment is performed; and a fluid on the template electrical conductor layer, wherein the fluid comprises a melting point lower than that of the solder alloy, wherein the fluid binds with the part binding site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Christopher J. Morris, Mandan Dubey
  • Publication number: 20100289803
    Abstract: A method and system for managing graphics load balancing strategies are disclosed. The method comprises using a plurality of rendering servers to render a multitude of graphics frames for a display device, wherein each of the rendering servers has an associated workload; identifying a plurality of load balancing strategies for balancing the workloads on the rendering servers; selecting one of the load balancing strategies; and using the selected one of the load balancing strategies to balance the workloads on the rendering servers. One or more defined metrics are monitored; and in response to a defined changed in said one or more defined metrics, another one of the load balancing strategies is selected and used to balance the workloads on the rendering servers. In one embodiment, the load balancing policy can be changed in real-time during the course of an application session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: James T. Klosowski, Christopher J. Morris
  • Publication number: 20100289804
    Abstract: A system and method for providing an Application Programming Interface (API) that allows users to write complex graphics and visualization applications with little knowledge of how to parallelize or distribute the application across a graphics cluster. The interface enables users to develop an application program using a common programming paradigm (e.g., scene graph) in a manner that accommodates handling parallel rendering tasks and rendering environments. The visualization applications written by developers take better advantage of the aggregate resources of a cluster. The programming model provided by APT function calls handles scene-graph(s) data in a manner such that the scene and data management are decoupled from the rendering, compositing, and display. As a result, the system and method is not beholden to one particular graphics rendering API (e.g. OpenGL, Direct X, etc.) and provides the ability to switch between these APIs even during runtime.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas M. Jackman, James T. Klosowski, Christopher J. Morris
  • Publication number: 20100139954
    Abstract: Self-assembling microscale electrical and mechanical connections includes a part binding site and a part electrical binding site; and a template binding site comprising a template electrical conductor layer; a metallization layer on the template electrical conductor layer; a bump structure comprising a solder alloy positioned on the metallization layer, wherein the solder alloy is liquefied to allow the bump structure to self-assemble and align with the part electrical binding site using capillary forces, and wherein the solder alloy only liquefies at a temperature above that at which the self-assembly and alignment is performed; and a fluid on the template electrical conductor layer, wherein the fluid comprises a melting point lower than that of the solder alloy, wherein the fluid binds with the part binding site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventors: Christopher J. Morris, Mandan Dubey
  • Patent number: 7623992
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus solving problems of polygonal approximations of isosurfaces extracted from uniformly sampled volumes increasing in size due to the availability of higher resolution imaging techniques. The large number of primitives represented hinders the interactive exploration of the dataset. Examples of methods are provided for adaptive isosurface extraction that are generally easy to implement and allows the user to decide the degree of adaptivity as well as the choice of isosurface extraction algorithm. The extraction of the isosurface is optimized by warping the volume. In a warped volume, areas of importance (e.g. containing significant details) are inflated while unimportant ones are contracted. Once the volume is warped, any extraction algorithm can be applied. The extracted mesh is subsequently unwarped such that the warped areas are rescaled to their initial proportions. The resulting isosurface is represented by a mesh that is more densely sampled in regions decided as important.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Laurent L. Balmelli, Fausto Bernardini, Christopher J. Morris, Gabriel Taubin
  • Patent number: 7223371
    Abstract: Described herein is microfluidic device for joining fluids and a related method for doing the same. The device according to the present invention includes a microfluidic junction, an outlet channel, and a plurality of circuit units. A microfluidic junction is an area for converging multiple fluids. An outlet channel is capable of receiving fluid from the microfluidic junction. An outlet channel includes a first end connected with the microfluidic junction, a second end connected with a waste reservoir, and an analysis region positioned between the first end and the second end of the outlet channel. The device also includes a plurality of circuit units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Micronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon W. Hayenga, Bernhard H. Weigl, Ronald L. Bardell, Christopher J. Morris
  • Publication number: 20040229378
    Abstract: Microfluidic devices and methods for performing a microfluidic process are presented. A microfluidic device conforms with a standard well plate format. The device includes a well plate comprising a plate and an array of wells formed on or in the plate, and a microfluidic structure connecting at least two of the wells. The device can rely exclusively on gravitational and capillary forces that exist in channels within the microfluidic structure when receiving fluid streams. Also disclosed is a microfluidic device having an array of microfluidic structures, each connecting at least two wells of a well plate, and connecting three or more wells in alternative embodiments. With the present invention, a large number of microfluidic processes or reactions can be performed simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Applicant: Micronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas H. Schulte, Bernhard H. Weigl, Christopher J. Morris, Natasa Kesler
  • Publication number: 20040193391
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus solving problems of polygonal approximations of isosurfaces extracted from uniformly sampled volumes increasing in size due to the availability of higher resolution imaging techniques. The large number of primitives represented hinders the interactive exploration of the dataset. Examples of methods are provided for adaptive isosurface extraction that are generally easy to implement and allows the user to decide the degree of adaptivity as well as the choice of isosurface extraction algorithm. The extraction of the isosurface is optimized by warping the volume. In a warped volume, areas of importance (e.g. containing significant details) are inflated while unimportant ones are contracted. Once the volume is warped, any extraction algorithm can be applied. The extracted mesh is subsequently unwarped such that the warped areas are rescaled to their initial proportions. The resulting isosurface is represented by a mesh that is more densely sampled in regions decided as important.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Laurent L. Balmelli, Fausto Bernardini, Christopher J. Morris, Gabriel Taubin
  • Publication number: 20030175990
    Abstract: Described herein is microfluidic device for joining fluids and a related method for doing the same. The device according to the present invention includes a microfluidic junction, an outlet channel, and a plurality of circuit units. A microfluidic junction is an area for converging multiple fluids. An outlet channel is capable of receiving fluid from the microfluidic junction. An outlet channel includes a first end connected with the microfluidic junction, a second end connected with a waste reservoir, and an analysis region positioned between the first end and the second end of the outlet channel. The device also includes a plurality of circuit units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Publication date: September 18, 2003
    Inventors: Jon W. Hayenga, Bernhard H. Weigl, Ronald L. Bardell, Christopher J. Morris
  • Publication number: 20020160518
    Abstract: A device for promoting sedimentation within microfluidic channels which uses gravity to separate particles from fluid. Particles such as blood cells or beads are separated from a carrier fluid using gravity combined with various devices such as membranes and sonic energy in different embodiments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2002
    Publication date: October 31, 2002
    Inventors: Jon W. Hayenga, C. Frederick Battrell, Bernhard H. Weigl, Christopher J. Morris, Patrick Saltsman, Gerald L. Klein