Patents by Inventor David Nichols

David Nichols 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: 8817668
    Abstract: Architecture for a scalable, pluggable multi-party, and distributed multimedia conferencing. A centralized policy and control conferencing component allows the seamless plug-in of different distributed media components (e.g., data, audio/video, messaging) to accommodate client participation in a conference session. The centralized conference control component includes the following: a conference notification service for accepting subscriptions to the conference state and notifying subscribers about changes to that state; a conference policy and roster control service for storing and manipulating conference policy and rosters; a security service for user authorization/authentication based on user identity information; a scheduling service for conference scheduling; an allocation service for allocating the most available media component(s) for a conference session; and, an MCU management service for conference policy and roster management of the distributed media components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Dhigha D. Sekaran, Shaun D. Pierce, Shaun D. Cox, Srikanth Shoroff, Pavel Curtis, David Nichols, Bimal K. Mehta, Vadim Eydelman, Vijay Kishen Hampapur Parthasarathy, Orit Levin, Gur Kimchi
  • Patent number: 8809559
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the field of recombinant fatty acid synthesis, particularly in transgenic plants. The application describes genes involved in fatty acid synthesis and provides methods and vectors for the manipulation of fatty acid composition of plant oils. In particular, the invention provides constructs for achieving the integration of multiple heterologous genes involved in fatty acid synthesis into the plant genome, such that the resulting plants produce altered levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Also described are methods for enhancing the expression of fatty acid biosynthesis enzymes by co-expressing a silencing suppressor within the plant storage organ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Commonwelath Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Inventors: James Robertson Petrie, Anne Maree Mackenzie, Qing Liu, Pushkar Shrestha, Peter David Nichols, Susan Irene Ellis Blackburn, Maged Peter Mansour, Stanley Suresh Robert, Dion Matthew Frederick Frampton, Xue-Rong Zhou, Surinder Pal Singh, Craig Christopher Wood
  • Patent number: 8808327
    Abstract: A device is disclosed for securing a spinal rod to the spine which includes a head portion configured to receive a spinal rod, a locking cap configured to engage the head portion and the spinal rod upon rotation of the locking cap relative to the head portion to secure the position of the head portion relative to the spinal rod, and a fastener portion depending from the head portion and configured to engage the spine. The locking cap has discontinuous opposed engagement flanges that are received within opposed engagement slots of the head portion when the locking cap is rotated into a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Hansen Yuan, David Nichols, Eric Finley
  • Patent number: 8795744
    Abstract: The present invention relates to feedstuffs for use in aquaculture, as well as methods for producing said feedstuffs. The invention also provides methods for rearing fish and/or crustaceans. In particular, the present invention provides a method of rearing a fish or crustacean, the method comprising feeding the fish or crustacean a feedstuff comprising lipid, the fatty acid of said lipid comprising at least 5.5% (w/w) stearidonic acid (SDA).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Inventors: Matthew Robert Miller, Christopher Guy Carter, Peter David Nichols, Surinder Pal Singh, Xue-Rong Zhou, Allan Graham Green
  • Patent number: 8783512
    Abstract: A dosing spout for liquid containers, and a system for inventory control, verification and accounting for liquids dispensed in smaller doses or portions from larger containers. The device controls flow of a liquid from a container in predetermined dosage size by an air tube that permits flow of liquid through a liquid tube when the container is tilted. After a predetermined time, the air tube is closed, which terminates flow of the liquid through the liquid tube. The time interval during which the air tube is open is correlated with the viscosity of the liquid in the container so that a predetermined dosage is dispensed through the dosing spout. Controls and signaling devices operate the dosing spout, and wireless communications devices and processors record uses of the dosing spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventors: Richard B. Heatherly, Michael Morton, David Nichols-Roy
  • Patent number: 8778644
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods of synthesizing long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, especially eicosapentaenoic acid, docosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, in recombinant cells such as yeast or plant cells. Also provided are recombinant cells or plants which produce long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. Furthermore, the present invention relates to a group of new enzymes which possess desatorase or elongase activity that can be used in methods of synthesizing long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Inventors: Surinder Pal Singh, Stanley Suresh Robert, Peter David Nichols, Susan Irene Ellis Blackburn, Xue-Rong Zhou, James Robertson Petrie, Allan Graham Green
  • Publication number: 20140058465
    Abstract: The present invention includes an apparatus for securing a spinal rod with an anchoring device, the apparatus including a tubular body defining a longitudinal axis from a proximal end to a distal end; a connecting element positioned within the tubular body and along the longitudinal axis, the connecting element engaged by a first internal shaft and a second internal shaft, the tubular body, first internal shaft and second internal shaft coaxial with one another; the first internal shaft rotatably engages the connecting element such that rotation of the first internal shaft results in axial translation of the connecting element; and the second internal shaft engages the connecting element such that rotation of the second internal shaft results in rotation of the connecting element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: HOWMEDICA OSTEONICS CORP.
    Inventors: David Nichols, Eric Finley
  • Publication number: 20140011247
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods of synthesizing long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, especially eicosapentaenoic acid, docosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, in recombinant cells such as yeast or plant cells. Also provided are recombinant cells or plants which produce long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. Furthermore, the present invention relates to a group of new enzymes which possess desatorase or elongase activity that can be used in methods of synthesizing long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Inventors: Surinder Pal Singh, Stanley Suresh Robert, Peter David Nichols, Susan Irene Ellis Blackburn, Xue-Rong Zhou, James Robertson Petrie, Allan Graham Green
  • Patent number: 8590066
    Abstract: An offset outlet flush valve has a valve body, the valve body having an inlet comprising an inlet aperture, an overflow tube socket comprising an overflow tube aperture, and an outlet comprising an outlet aperture. The outlet aperture of the valve body, and the wall that defines it, intersects a portion of the inlet aperture and a portion of the overflow tube aperture and the walls that define them. In this way, a water flow continuum is created between the inlet aperture and the outlet aperture and between the overflow tube aperture and the outlet aperture. A number of alternative embodiments of an overflow tube socket and overflow tube are also provided depending upon OEM or after-market application of the offset outlet flush valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Lavelle Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Alberto C. Torres, David Nichols-Roy, Dennis D. Woods
  • Patent number: 8588028
    Abstract: A method to correct errors in a conversion from time gather to angle gather using slant stacks wherein the slant stacking is performed along a direction that is normal to a dip or along three orthogonal directions. The slant stacking is performed in various domains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: WesternGeco L.L.C.
    Inventors: David Nichols, Madhav Vyas, Everett C. Mobley
  • Patent number: 8579943
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method of securing a spinal rod to an anchoring device, including releasably securing a locking cap to a distal end of an insertion instrument, the instrument having an outer tubular body, a rod persuader, and a locking shaft, each of the tubular body, rod persuader and locking shaft having proximal and distal ends and positioned coaxial with one another; positioning the distal end of the insertion instrument, and locking cap, into operative engagement with the spinal rod; engaging the anchoring device with the distal end of the tubular body; rotating the proximal end of the rod persuader to longitudinally advance the locking cap and spinal rod distally towards the anchoring device, the proximal end and the distal end of the rod persuader being rotatable relative to one another; and after the locking cap is advanced, rotating the locking shaft to rotate the locking cap thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: David Nichols, Eric Finley
  • Publication number: 20130296589
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods of synthesizing long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, especially eicosapentaenoic acid, docosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, in recombinant cells such as yeast or plant cells. Also provided are recombinant cells or plants which produce long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. Furthermore, the present invention relates to a group of new enzymes which possess desaturase or elongase activity that can be used in methods of synthesizing long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Inventors: Surinder Pal Singh, Stanley Suresh Robert, Peter David Nichols, Susan Irene Ellis Blackburn, Xue-Rong Zhou, James Robertson Petrie, Allan Graham Green
  • Patent number: 8575377
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods of synthesizing long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, especially eicosapentaenoic acid, docosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, in recombinant cells such as yeast or plant cells. Also provided are recombinant cells or plants which produce long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. Furthermore, the present invention relates to a group of new enzymes which possess desaturase or elongase activity that can be used in methods of synthesizing long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Inventors: Surinder Pal Singh, Stanley Suresh Robert, Peter David Nichols, Susan Irene Ellis Blackburn, Xue-Rong Zhou, James Robertson Petrie, Allan Graham Green
  • Patent number: 8568483
    Abstract: An intervertebral implant component includes an inlay which fits into an endplate, where the inlay is prevented from moving relative to the endplate. Various embodiments of locking mechanisms for preventing movement are disclosed. In some preferred embodiments, a surgeon is able to see that the locking mechanism is properly engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Coppes, Jeffrey Walker, David Nichols, Curtis Compton, Vincent Mandes
  • Publication number: 20130265852
    Abstract: Acquired data that corresponds at least in part to a target structure is received. One or more subsets of a first type are formed from the acquired data. The one or more subsets of the first type are converted to one or more subsets of a second, different type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: WESTERNGECO L.L.C.
    Inventors: DAVID NICHOLS, EVERETT C. MOBLEY, JR.
  • Patent number: 8535917
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods of synthesizing long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, especially eicosapentaenoic acid, docosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, in recombinant cells such as yeast or plant cells. Also provided are recombinant cells or plants which produce long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. Furthermore, the present invention relates to a group of new enzymes which possess desatorase or elongase activity that can be used in methods of synthesizing long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Inventors: Surinder Pal Singh, Stanley Suresh Robert, Peter David Nichols, Susan Irene Ellis Blackburn, Xue-Rong Zhou, James Robertson Petrie, Allan Graham Green
  • Publication number: 20130185032
    Abstract: A technique includes determining at least one impulse response of a modeling and migration of at least one point scatterer in a target structure and based at least in part on the impulse response(s) and a reflection amplitude image, determining a model for at least part of the target structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: WESTERNGECO L.L.C.
    Inventors: STEWART ARCHER, ROBIN FLETCHER, WEIJIAN MAO, DAVID NICHOLS
  • Publication number: 20130145674
    Abstract: Embodiments of the current invention are directed towards an apparatus for connection to dual and multi hook fishing lures. In an embodiment, a single hook can be loaded over dual hooks via the two eye holes. An exemplary embodiment of the present invention may comprise a dual hook, a wire attachment clip, a joining mechanism (including a sleeve, and a plastic spacer according to one embodiment), and a trailer hook. When attached to the dual hook, the trailer hook point or points ride in a position behind and between the dual hook.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventor: David Nichols
  • Patent number: 8456953
    Abstract: A method for generating an illumination map. The method includes receiving an earth model that represents one or more properties of the earth. The method then includes receiving a target area in the earth model and propagating one or more wavefields from the target area to a potential seismic data acquisition region in the earth model. After propagating the wavefields, the method includes decomposing the propagated wavefields into one or more subsets of the propagated wavefields and creating the illumination map based on the subsets of the propagated wavefields. The illumination map may indicate one or more contributions of one or more synthetic source and receiver pairs for illuminating the target area in the earth model. The method may then include creating a seismic survey design based on the contributions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: WesternGeco L.L.C.
    Inventors: Cintia Lapilli, David Nichols, Alfonso Gonzalez
  • Publication number: 20130132479
    Abstract: People often trust ratings provided by those with whom they have an existing relationship more than they would trust ratings provided by strangers. A system that provides ratings can combine the ratings with information about a person's social network, in order to provide information that a person seeking the rating may find more reliable. The information provided to a person may, in some manner, differentiate between ratings that were provided by members of the person's social network and ratings that were provided by those outside of the persons' social network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Oludare Obasanjo, Bhupinder S. Sethi, David A. Nichols