Patents by Inventor Daniel J. INNES

Daniel J. INNES 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: 20220316752
    Abstract: An air treatment system is disclosed that includes a modular configuration whereby a fan module, filter module, and humidifier module may couple together to provide a plurality of air treatment solutions. In more detail, the modules can stack end-to-end in a vertical configuration. The modules may electrically couple to each other via a common electrical bus and enable a controller disposed in the fan module (or other module) to control fan flow rates, direction, and humidity. The fan module can include an articulating nozzle capable of directing airflow in virtually any direction and angle about an environment. The fan module can further include an inlet arrangement that can selectively restrict external air from entering the fan module housing when the fan module is fluidly coupled to the filter module. Thus, the fan module may generate air flow from exclusively filtered air to minimize or otherwise reduce bacterial/mold growth within the fan module housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2022
    Publication date: October 6, 2022
    Inventors: Andre D. Brown, Jason B. Thorne, Peter Hutchinson, Gary Palladino, Alden Kelsey, Daniel J. Innes, Zach Hellman
  • Patent number: 11408430
    Abstract: In accordance with the present disclosure a modular air treatment system is disclosed. The modular air treatment system includes a fan apparatus having a base to removably couple to at least one of an air filter and/or a humidifier, wherein the fan apparatus includes a fan body with at least one convex surface and a nozzle to output air along the at least one convex surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: Andre D. Brown, Jason B. Thorne, Peter Hutchinson, Gary Palladino, Alden Kelsey, Daniel J. Innes, Zach Hellman, Josh Anthony, Sunil Moda, Lloyd Olson, Ramiro Henriquez Porras, Da Deng
  • Patent number: 11384956
    Abstract: An air treatment system is disclosed that includes a modular configuration whereby a fan module, filter module, and humidifier module may couple together to provide a plurality of air treatment solutions. In more detail, the modules can stack end-to-end in a vertical configuration. The modules may electrically couple to each other via a common electrical bus and enable a controller disposed in the fan module (or other module) to control fan flow rates, direction, and humidity. The fan module can include an articulating nozzle capable of directing airflow in virtually any direction and angle about an environment. The fan module can further include an inlet arrangement that can selectively restrict external air from entering the fan module housing when the fan module is fluidly coupled to the filter module. Thus, the fan module may generate air flow from exclusively filtered air to minimize or otherwise reduce bacterial/mold growth within the fan module housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: Andre D. Brown, Jason B. Thorne, Peter Hutchinson, Gary Palladino, Alden Kelsey, Daniel J. Innes, Zach Hellman
  • Patent number: 11330949
    Abstract: A cordless surface cleaning apparatus is disclosed that includes a compact storage configuration to allow the surface cleaning apparatus to have a small, compact footprint relative to an in-use configuration. The storage configuration therefore allows for storage in locations otherwise unsuitable for other surface cleaning apparatuses, e.g., upright vacuum cleaners, and so on. For instance, a surface cleaning apparatus configured in accordance with aspects disclosed herein may have a footprint with an overall width that allows the same to be hidden between an open door and an adjacent wall or other similarly narrow space such as a small closet. Moreover, the surface cleaning apparatus may include an aesthetically pleasing, minimalist design in addition to a small footprint, which allows the surface cleaning apparatus to be placed at a conspicuous location, such as against a wall, without becoming obtrusive or otherwise disruptive to the surrounding environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: Andre D. Brown, Daniel J. Innes
  • Publication number: 20220071459
    Abstract: A surface cleaning head includes a housing having a front side and back side, a brush roll rotatably mounted to the housing within a suction conduit and having at least a portion proximate the opening of the suction conduit, a leading roller mounted to the housing in front of the brush roll, and a drive mechanism operatively coupled to the brush roll and the leading roller for driving the brush roll and the leading roller at same time. The brush roll includes an agitator body and a first bristle/flap arrangement comprising a first deformable flap extending from the agitator body and a first bristle strip and/or row of tufts extending from the agitator body and disposed adjacent to the first deformable flap. The first deformable flap is disposed at an aggressive angle and the first bristle strip and/or row of tufts is arranged at a passive angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2021
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    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: 20220031131
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner may include a body having a handle end and an attachment end, the attachment end being opposite the handle end along a longitudinal axis of the body, a dust cup disposed between the handle end and the attachment end, a suction motor disposed between the handle end and the attachment end, a body latch configured to releasably engage an accessory, and a body toggle configured to cause the body latch to transition between a releasing position and a retaining position, the body toggle being positioned closer to the handle end than the attachment end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2021
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventors: Casey MCCLAY, Kevin KELEMEN, Peter HUTCHINSON, Matt WINDT, Steven GACIN, Mingshun SU, Robert YANG, Jesse YANG, David T. BARKER, Patrick CLEARY, Daniel J. INNES
  • Publication number: 20210315428
    Abstract: A nozzle for use with a surface cleaning device is disclosed that includes a nozzle housing defining a dirty air inlet, at least a first caster coupled to the nozzle housing to allow for movement of the nozzle housing over a surface to be cleaned, and a caster locking arrangement coupled to the nozzle housing. The caster locking arrangement preferably includes at least a first locking member to transition the first caster between a locked configuration and an unlocked configuration, with the locked configuration limiting movement of the nozzle housing along a single axis during cleaning operations, and the unlocked configuration allowing for movement of the nozzle housing along a plurality of axes/directions during cleaning operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2021
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Inventors: Adam UDY, Nikola PETROV, Daniel J. INNES
  • Patent number: 11051668
    Abstract: A vacuum assembly having a hand vacuum configuration and a wand vacuum configuration may include a dust cup, a suction motor fluidly coupled to the dust cup, and a power source. The suction motor and the power source may be transitionable between a wand vacuum position and a hand vacuum position. When the suction motor and the power source are in the wand vacuum position, the dust cup, the suction motor, and the power source may be arranged serially. When the suction motor and the power source are in the hand vacuum position, the suction motor and the power source may be arranged in parallel with the dust cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: Jason B. Thorne, Kai Xu, Sam Liu, Adam Udy, Daniel J. Innes, Nikola Petrov, Andre D. Brown
  • Publication number: 20200345196
    Abstract: A docking station for a vacuum cleaner may include a receptacle configured to engage at least a portion of the vacuum cleaner such that, in response to engaging the receptacle, a vacuum cleaner flow path extending within the vacuum cleaner is transitioned from a cleaning flow path to an evacuation flow path, a suction motor of the vacuum cleaner being configured to urge air along the vacuum cleaner flow path and a docking station dust cup configured to receive debris from a vacuum cleaner dust cup of the vacuum cleaner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel J. INNES, Andre D. BROWN, Jason B. THORNE, Kai XU, Sam LIU
  • Publication number: 20200205631
    Abstract: A cordless surface cleaning apparatus is disclosed that includes a compact storage configuration to allow the surface cleaning apparatus to have a small, compact footprint relative to an in-use configuration. The storage configuration therefore allows for storage in locations otherwise unsuitable for other surface cleaning apparatuses, e.g., upright vacuum cleaners, and so on. For instance, a surface cleaning apparatus configured in accordance with aspects disclosed herein may have a footprint with an overall width that allows the same to be hidden between an open door and an adjacent wall or other similarly narrow space such as a small closet. Moreover, the surface cleaning apparatus may include an aesthetically pleasing, minimalist design in addition to a small footprint, which allows the surface cleaning apparatus to be placed at a conspicuous location, such as against a wall, without becoming obtrusive or otherwise disruptive to the surrounding environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Andre D. BROWN, Daniel J. INNES
  • 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: 20190357740
    Abstract: A vacuum assembly having a hand vacuum configuration and a wand vacuum configuration may include a dust cup, a suction motor fluidly coupled to the dust cup, and a power source. The suction motor and the power source may be transitionable between a wand vacuum position and a hand vacuum position. When the suction motor and the power source are in the wand vacuum position, the dust cup, the suction motor, and the power source may be arranged serially. When the suction motor and the power source are in the hand vacuum position, the suction motor and the power source may be arranged in parallel with the dust cup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Jason B. THORNE, Kai XU, Sam LIU, Adam UDY, Daniel J. INNES, Nikola PETROV, Andre D. BROWN
  • Publication number: 20190085852
    Abstract: In accordance with the present disclosure a modular air treatment system is disclosed. The modular air treatment system includes a fan apparatus having a base to removably couple to at least one of an air filter and/or a humidifier, wherein the fan apparatus includes a fan body with at least one convex surface and a nozzle to output air along the at least one convex surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Andre D. Brown, Jason B. Thorne, Peter Hutchinson, Gary Palladino, Alden Kelsey, Daniel J. Innes, Zach Hellman, Josh Anthony, Sunil Moda, Lloyd Olson, Ramiro Henriquez Porras, Da Deng
  • Publication number: 20180335228
    Abstract: An air treatment system is disclosed that includes a modular configuration whereby a fan module, filter module, and humidifier module may couple together to provide a plurality of air treatment solutions. In more detail, the modules can stack end-to-end in a vertical configuration. The modules may electrically couple to each other via a common electrical bus and enable a controller disposed in the fan module (or other module) to control fan flow rates, direction, and humidity. The fan module can include an articulating nozzle capable of directing airflow in virtually any direction and angle about an environment. The fan module can further include an inlet arrangement that can selectively restrict external air from entering the fan module housing when the fan module is fluidly coupled to the filter module. Thus, the fan module may generate air flow from exclusively filtered air to minimize or otherwise reduce bacterial/mold growth within the fan module housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: Andre D. BROWN, Jason B. THORNE, Peter HUTCHINSON, Gary PALLADINO, Alden KELSEY, Daniel J. INNES, Zach HELLMAN
  • Patent number: D873516
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: Gary Palladino, Colby Higgins, Daniel J. Innes