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: 8140914
    Abstract: A predictive failure model is used to generate a failure prediction associated with a node. A repair or backup action may also be determined to perform on the node based on the failure prediction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Elissa E. S. Murphy, David A. Nichols, John D. Mehr
  • Publication number: 20120041218
    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: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    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: 8106226
    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: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    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: 20120018647
    Abstract: A method of determining the presence of 99Tc in a container includes the steps of (a) subjecting the exterior of the container to neutron bombardment of sufficient energy to assure passage of the neutrons to the interior of the container; and (b) observing the emission or non-emission of gamma radiation from the container at energy levels of about 540 keV and about 591 keV as an indicator of the presence or non-presence, respectively, of 99Tc within the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventors: Celestino Abrego, David Nichols
  • Publication number: 20120016144
    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: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventors: James Robertson Petrie, Anne Maree Mackenzie, Qing Liu, Pushkar Shrestha, Peter David Nichols, Susan Irene Ellis Blackburn, Peter Maged Mansour, Stanley Suresh Robert, Dion Matthew Frederick Frampton, Xue-Rong Ziiou, Surinder Pal Singh, Craig Christopher Wood
  • Publication number: 20110309103
    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: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventors: RICHARD B. HEATHERLY, MICHAEL MORTON, JOHN GRIMM, I, MICK TINKER, DAVID NICHOLS-ROY, ALEX McKAY, RON MOORE
  • Patent number: 8071341
    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: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    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: 8038702
    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. Methods of utilizing such a device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Hansen Yuan, David Nichols, Eric Finley
  • Patent number: 8025679
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for connecting first and second elongated spaced apart spinal rods to one another which includes an elongated body portion, a clamp portion depending from the body portion for engaging a spinal rod, the clamp portion defining a deformable clamp body having opposed clamp arms configured for movement between a first position wherein a spinal rod is received between the opposed clamp arms of the clamp body and a second position wherein the spinal rod is securely engaged by the opposed clamp &ms &the clamp body, and structure operatively associated with the clamp body which h configured to effectuate movement of the opposed clamp arms of the clamp body between the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: David Nichols, Eric Finley
  • Patent number: 8007900
    Abstract: A composition which comprises a light absorbing layer adhered to an underlying layer containing a photo-chromic colorant, which photo-chromic colorant has been activated by exposure to UV light to undergo a reversible color change, and wherein the rate of color reversion is dependent on temperature, is provided. The ultraviolet light and/or visible light absorbing layer may also contain components which reflect rather than absorb light and can be conveniently applied via thermal transfer or ink jet to a substrate comprising the photo-chromic colorant to protect it from unwanted exposure to UV and/or certain wavelengths visible light. The composition is conveniently employed in a temperature time indicator (TTI).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Kathleen Hoekstra, David Nichols, Ross Birney
  • Publication number: 20110201065
    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: April 25, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    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: 7991916
    Abstract: Architecture that allows users in an application sharing environment to separately view portions of data that are not part of the current shared view. An enhanced application sharing component is provided that facilitates rendering the application data multiple times for a correspondingly similar number of simultaneous users, and sending the additional renderings to the other users for interaction. Each user client includes an application sharing viewer that composites the per-user renderings onto the base shared image of the user client to create a per-user view of the shared document. The enhanced sharing component renders the portion of the data that is requested by the remote user as a bitmap and passes the bitmap along with coordinate information to the client rendering program presentation with the shared data view. The coordinate information indicates where on the shared screen of the remote client the bitmap is overlayed to produce a seamless experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Meek, David Nichols
  • Publication number: 20110176386
    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: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventors: Cintia Lapilli, David Nichols, Alfonso Gonzalez
  • Publication number: 20110145198
    Abstract: A backup system that utilizes contextual and semantic concepts is described. The backup system provides for the ability to create a version changes log for listing and tracking all the changes in the different versions of the file. The version changes log creates a contextual description around the changes, deletions and additions. The semantic concept log is created from the version changes log to create a log of all of the semantic concepts associated with each change. A visualization builder then creates visualizations that can be used by the user to search for changes, deletions and additions whether in a text file or an image file.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Mathew J. Dickson, Samuel J. McKelvie, David A. Nichols, John D. Mehr, Kristin E. Lauter, Elissa E.S. Murphy
  • Patent number: 7959633
    Abstract: An electrosurgical pencil is provided which includes an elongated housing, an electrocautery blade supported within the housing and extending distally from the housing. The electrocautery blade is connected to a source of electrosurgical energy. The pencil also includes at least one activation switch supported on the housing which is configured and adapted to complete a control loop extending from the source of electrosurgical energy. At least one voltage divider network is also supported on the housing and is electrically connected to the source of electrosurgical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: Joe Don Sartor, Arlen James Reschke, David Nichols Heard, Dale Francis Schmaltz, Ronald J. Podhajsky, Steven Paul Buysse, Mark Huseman
  • Patent number: 7934661
    Abstract: Provided is a marketing/fundraising/reward method and system including providing a member with product with an incorporated authenticity tag including a personalized part, a unique number part, an encoded part, and a system identification section, assigning a unique number to be displayed in the unique number part, encoding the encoded part with the unique number, allowing the member to provide the personalized part, providing system identity information in the system identity section, providing a donation to a charity of the member's choosing, and recording information regarding the product, the donation, the personalized part, the unique number and the encoded part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Inventor: David Nichols
  • Publication number: 20110098996
    Abstract: Multiple models are generated based on information relating to uncertainties of model parameters, where the models are consistent with preexisting data regarding a subsurface structure. A system receives, on a continual basis, information collected as an operation is performed with respect to the subsurface structure. The multiple models are recursively sifted to progressively select smaller subsets of the models as the collected information is continually received.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: David Nichols, Konstantin S. Osypov
  • Patent number: 7932438
    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: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    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: 20110087661
    Abstract: Both search criteria and a friends list associated with a user are obtained. One or more data items that satisfy the search criteria are identified as search results. An order of the search results is adjusted based at least in part on multiple additional friends lists, each of which is associated with a data item of the one or more data items. Each of the multiple additional friends lists can also be updated to reflect changes in the friends lists made by users associated with the friends lists.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David R. Quick, Mohamed M. Battisha, Alexander E. Mallet, David A. Nichols, Michael Patrick Mroch, Nikolay Smolyanskiy, Tevfik S. Ingec
  • Publication number: 20110069582
    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: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventors: David Nichols, Madhav Vyas, Everett C. Mobley